EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/25/2010

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  MMC Real M.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Tomic, KK.17.9 
 2. Zizic, Cedevita17.1 
 3. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.16.8 
 4. Bazdaric, Cedevita16.5 
 5. Tomas, Cibona14.7 
 6. Macvan, Hemofarm14.6 
 7. Zoric, KK.14.3 
 8. Videnov, Crvena Z.13.9 
 9. Gordon, Cibona13.8 
 10. Simon, KK.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  MMC Real M.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Tomic, KK.8.9 
 2. Mason, Siroki E.8.1 
 3. Maric, Partizan7.3 
 4. Zoric, KK.6.7 
 5. Ruzic, Zadar6.7 
 6. Roberts, Partizan6.7 
 7. Raduljica, FMP6.4 
 8. Brkic, Radnicki K.5.9 
 9. Zizic, Cedevita5.8 
 10. Macvan, Hemofarm5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Feliks KOJADINOVIC
  Bosna S.
  (197-G-79)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Kojadinovic, Bosna S.5.8 
 2. Mocnik, Helios5.5 
 3. Markovic, Hemofarm4.7 
 4. Gordon, Cibona4.7 
 5. Mason, Siroki E.4.6 
 6. Anderson, Cedevita4.4 
 7. Aleksic, Radnicki K.4.2 
 8. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.4.1 
 9. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.0 
 10. Stipcevic, Zadar3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lester MCCALEBB
  Partizan
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. McCalebb, Partizan2.3 
 2. Gordon, Cibona1.9 
 3. Walsh, U.Olimpija1.8 
 4. Roberts, Partizan1.8 
 5. Krstic, KK.1.6 
 6. Otasevic, Buducnost1.6 
 7. Mocnik, Helios1.5 
 8. Stipcevic, Zadar1.5 
 9. Markovic, Hemofarm1.5 
 10. Kojadinovic, Bosna S.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Zoric, KK.1.5 
 2. Vranes, Partizan1.4 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.2 
 4. Plaisted, Zadar0.8 
 5. Marjanovic, Hemof.0.8 
 6. Rakocevic, Bosna S.0.8 
 7. Tomic, KK.0.7 
 8. Golubovic, U.Olimpija0.7 
 9. Samardziski, FMP0.6 
 10. Vitkovac, Buducnost0.6 


Cibona and Partizan to meet in the Big Final again - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - U.Olimpija 78-73
Cibona advanced to Adriatic League Final after they outplayed Union Olimpija 78-73. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) stepped up for the winners with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) and Marko Tomas (201-G-85) followed him with 14 and 12 points respectively. They were the only players with double-digits in scoring for Cibona. On the other side, Union Olimpija got 19 points and 6 rebounds from Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87). Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) netted 14. The Big Final is scheduled for tomorrow.

Partizan - Hemofarm 72-67
Partizan will have a chance to defend the title after they eliminated Hemofarm in the Semifinals 72-67. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) was the leading player in Partizan with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans) followed with 11 points, while Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) and Jan Vesely (211-F-90) helped with 10 pts each. In Hemofarm, Milan Macvan (205-F-89) shined with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebs. The Big Final is scheduled for tomorrow and Partizan will take on Cibona. The Serbian powerhouse won last three titles in this competition.


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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - TNA
Points Per Game
 Brice ASSIE
  San Mart.C.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Assie, San Mart.C.22.1 
 2. Miller, Bragado19.6 
 3. Leith, Firmat SF16.5 
 4. Williams, Independ.T.16.1 
 5. Nwankwo, El Nacional16.1 
 6. Huggins, Ciclista16.1 
 7. Elsener, El Nacional15.7 
 8. Barlasina, San M.15.4 
 9. Truscott, San M.15.3 
 10. Wilkerson, Ciclista15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis TRUSCOTT
  Belgrano SN
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Truscott, San M.9.1 
 2. Ford, Belgrano SN8.5 
 3. Leith, Firmat SF8.1 
 4. Williams, Independ.T.8.1 
 5. Espinoza, Argentino8.0 
 6. Williams, Club 97.9 
 7. Assie, San Mart.C.7.7 
 8. Wilkerson, Ciclista7.4 
 9. Benjamin, San M.7.0 
 10. Miller, Bragado6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Julian OLMEDO
  Bragado
  (187-G-77)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Olmedo, Bragado4.6 
 2. Gandoy, Belgrano SN3.4 
 3. Palacios, Firmat S.2.7 
 4. La Bella, Obera TC2.6 
 5. Forastieri, Club 92.6 
 6. Ceci, Argentino2.5 
 7. Ceruti, San M.2.5 
 8. Sartorelli, San M.2.5 
 9. Luchino, San M.2.3 
 10. Bernhardt, San M.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Gregorio ESEVERRI
  Belgrano SN
  (194-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Eseverri, Belgrano.2.1 
 2. Giletta, Alma Juniors2.0 
 3. Williams, Independ.T.2.0 
 4. Elsener, El Nacional1.9 
 5. Castets, Obera TC1.8 
 6. La Bella, Obera TC1.8 
 7. Castelli, Independ.T.1.7 
 8. Fernandez, Alma J.1.6 
 9. Ford, Belgrano SN1.6 
 10. Luchino, San M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Pablo ESPINOZA
  Argentino
  (195-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Espinoza, Argentino1.5 
 2. Assie, San Mart.C.1.4 
 3. Williams, Club 91.2 
 4. Williams, Independ.T.1.1 
 5. Kornegay, A.Ita.1.0 
 6. Giorgi, Obera TC1.0 
 7. Ford, Belgrano SN0.9 
 8. Francis, Argentino0.8 
 9. Martina, Club 90.8 
 10. Nwankwo, El Nacional0.7 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Jackson, La Union18.9 
 2. Lamonte, Penarol18.1 
 3. Lo Grippo, Atenas17.3 
 4. Assie, Quilmes MP17.3 
 5. Moodie, Boca Jrs17.3 
 6. Funes, C.Entrer.16.7 
 7. Profit, Libertad S.16.4 
 8. Nelson, Quilmes MP16.4 
 9. Cutley, C.Entrer.16.2 
 10. Gonzalez, Quimsa16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.11.7 
 2. Williams, Union S.8.1 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.7.8 
 4. Griffin, Estudiantes7.5 
 5. Assie, Quilmes MP7.3 
 6. Leiva, Penarol7.2 
 7. Wolkowyski, Libertad.7.2 
 8. Gonzalez, Quimsa7.1 
 9. McFarlan, Union S.6.9 
 10. Nelson, Quilmes MP6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Fernando TITARELLI
  Quilmes MP
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Titarelli, Quilm.6.3 
 2. Cequeira, Sionista4.5 
 3. Franco, Estudiantes4.1 
 4. Victoriano, Lanus4.1 
 5. Martinez, Sionista3.9 
 6. Labaque, Obras3.6 
 7. Ginobili, Libertad S.3.4 
 8. Figueroa, Atenas3.1 
 9. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 10. Aguirre, Boca Jrs3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frank WILLIAMS
  Olimpico LB
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Williams, Olimpico.1.8 
 2. Moldu, Libertad S.1.7 
 3. Aguirre, Boca Jrs1.7 
 4. Marshall, C.Entrer.1.6 
 5. Funes, C.Entrer.1.6 
 6. Pelussi, Libertad S.1.6 
 7. Franco, Estudiantes1.6 
 8. Lamonte, Penarol1.5 
 9. Figueroa, Atenas1.4 
 10. Pau, La Union1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Derrick ALSTON
  Olimpico LB
  (208-C/F-72)
  Avg: 2
 1. Alston, Olimpico.2.0 
 2. Billings, Regatas C.1.7 
 3. Alston, Boca Jrs1.3 
 4. Rollins, Gimnasia.1.2 
 5. Bortz, Obras1.2 
 6. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 7. Williams, Union S.1.1 
 8. Assie, Quilmes MP1.0 
 9. Gomez, Quimsa0.8 
 10. Alloatti, Obras0.8 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Baltic-League Round: 1 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Group Final
Lietuvos Rytas - Zalgiris 66-73
Zalgiris celebrated the victory at the BBL Elite Division championship. They shocked Lietuvos Rytas in front of a sellout crowd at the Vilnius Siemens Arena. The Kaunas powerhouse used a strong second half to prevail in this one. Lietuvos Rytas got to the strong start. Led by Martynas Gecevicius the hosts built an 18:14 advantage at the first break. Lietuvos Rytas opened a 14-point lead in the second period. Ginevicius capped the first half with two free throws as Lietuvos Rytas enjoyed a 46:32 advantage. Zalgiris however closed their defense after the main break. They limited the home team to 12 points and cut the deficit at just one point 57:58. Marcus Brown tipped off the fourth term with a three-pointer to put Zalgiris in charge. Dainius Salenga and Tadas Klimavicius stretched the gap to as many as 5 points midway through the last period. Tadas Klimavicius followed with five more points as the visitors pulled away for good in this one. Marcus Brown knocked down 22 points to pace Zalgiris. Tadas Klimavicius delivered 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Martynas Gecevicius replied with 20 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Kenan Bajramovic added 14 points in the losing case.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Travis REED
  Tallinna Kalev
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Reed, Tallinna Kalev21.6 
 2. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.19.5 
 3. Davis, Valmiera19.5 
 4. McCullough, VEF R.18.9 
 5. Tatarunas, Alytus A.18.8 
 6. Sirvydis, Sakalai18.3 
 7. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.18.0 
 8. Kelys, Perlas17.6 
 9. Gulbis, Zemgale17.5 
 10. Covington, Tallin.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis REED
  Tallinna Kalev
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Reed, Tallinna Kalev10.1 
 2. Tatarunas, Alytus A.9.0 
 3. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.8.8 
 4. Valanciunas, Perlas8.3 
 5. Watson, Zalgiris8.3 
 6. Morrison, TU/Rock8.0 
 7. Cresnar, Valmiera7.7 
 8. Kojenets, Liepaja7.4 
 9. Renfroe, VEF Riga7.1 
 10. Vilkius, Neptunas7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Juventus
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.7.4 
 2. Renfroe, VEF Riga7.2 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping5.6 
 4. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.0 
 5. Maceina, Rudupis4.9 
 6. Jeromanovs, Liepa.4.5 
 7. Jomantas, Lietuv.4.5 
 8. Kelys, Perlas4.4 
 9. Gervin, Norrkoping4.4 
 10. Ezerskis, Techasas4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Heiko RANNULA
  Valga Welg
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rannula, Valga Welg2.4 
 2. Covington, Tallin.2.4 
 3. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.2 
 4. Bitinas, Neptunas2.2 
 5. Vileita, Rudupis2.2 
 6. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.2.2 
 7. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.1 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping2.1 
 9. Tatarunas, Alytus A.2.0 
 10. McCullough, VEF R.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.3.1 
 2. Valanciunas, Perlas2.3 
 3. Tatarunas, Alytus A.2.1 
 4. Silinskis, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Ezerskis, Techasas1.5 
 6. Toome, TTU K.1.4 
 7. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.4 
 8. Davis, Valmiera1.4 
 9. Rozitis, Zemgale1.4 
 10. Pettway, Ventspils1.3 


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  BELGIUM   


Ethias League News - by Peter Buyse
Liege has signed young American forward Kristof Ongenaet (203-F-85, college: Syracuse) till the end of the season with an option for next season.
Ongenaet was till recently on the roster of Italian team Montegranaro. Before coming back to Europe Kristof spent 4 seasons in the US. He first played for Cuesta College before moving to Syracuse.

Wim Vuchelen will also be on the roster of the Leuven Bears next season.

Arik Shivek will not be head-coach of Dexia Mons-Hainaut as announced by the team recently.


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  BOSNIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
1. LIGA BiH Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 N Vranjes HER 23,2
2 I Bakovic CAP 19,6
3 M Kuridza BOR 19,3
4 J Zdravkovic BOR 17,7
5 N Djurasovic LEO 16,9
6. M Cubrilo SLA 16,7
7 K Rimac ZRI 15,5
8 D Pinjuh GRU 15,0
9 L Simonovic HER 14,6
10 Avdibegovic CEL 14,1
Rebounds Per Game
1 M Cubrilo SLA 7,4
2 M Andelija CEL 7,2
3 M Djurkovic IGO 6,7
4 M Damjanac SUT 6,9
5 M Halilovic SLO 6,6
6 A Pejovic HER 6,3
7 M Mrkovic SUT 5,8
8 E Prasovic CEL 5,5
9 D Markovic LEO 5,4
10 N Djurasovic LEO 5,1
Assists Per Game
1 F Adamovic SLO 4,8
2 L Simonovic HER 4,6
3 G Jelcic GRU 4,1
4 V Radovanovic CAP 4,0
5 T Tomislav ZRI 3,8
6 M Bocka IGO 3,1
7 J Zavkovic BOR 3,1
8 A Avdibegovic CEL 2,9
9 H Jahic CEL 2,9
10 V Zujovic IGO 2,1
Steals Per Game
1 N Vranjes HER 3,1
2 V Zujevic IGO 2,0
3 N Pavlovic BOR 2,0
4 M Bocka IGO 3,0
5 M Komatina IGO 2,1
6 Z Joknic SUT 1,9
7. E Prasovic CEL 1,5
8 S Crnobrnja HER 1,4
9 S Fekete IGO 1,3
10 N Djurasovic LEO 1,3
Blocks Per Game
1 S Leric CAP 1,4
2 D Albijanic SLO 1,3
3 M Cubrilo SLA 1,0
4 M Djurkovic IGO 0,7
5 N Djurasovic LEO 0,6
3FGP
1 R Rizvic CEL 50%
2 A Sadibasic CEL 45%
3. Tanasilovic SLO 44%
4 M Durkovic IGO 43%
5 S Blanusa MLA 42%
6 B Sekicki SUT 40.9%
7 V Zujovic IGO 40.7%
8 Avdibegovic CEL 40.6%
9 NDurasovic LEO 40.3%
10 M Cubrilo SLA 40.2%
Free Throws
1 K Rimac ZRI 88%
2 AAvdibegovic CEL 87%
3 V Aleksic LEO 85.7%
4 M Bocka IGO 85.4%
5 J Zdravkovic BOR 85%


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
League 6
 1. Siroki Eronet 7-2 
 2. Igokea 6-3 
 3. Bosna S. 5-3 
 4. Sloboda Dita 3-5 
 5. Capljina 2-6 
 6. Zrinjski MC 2-6 
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   


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil A. 24-3 
 2. Levski 21-6 
 3. Balkan 13-14 
 4. Yambol 13-14 
 5. Rila Sport 12-15 
 6. Cherno More 11-16 
 7. Spartak P. 8-19 
 8. Chernomorets 6-21 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 22
 1. Harper, Levski22.0 
 2. Cole, Levski19.0 
 3. Durchev, Chernomo.18.5 
 4. Gruev, Rilski Sport18.1 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.6 
 6. Deane, Lukoil A.16.9 
 7. Brown, Chernomo.16.6 
 8. Angelov, Yambol16.3 
 9. Dimitrov, Spart.16.2 
 10. Dimitrov, Cherno M.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pero ANTIC
  Lukoil A.
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Antic, Lukoil A.9.9 
 2. Brown, Chernomo.8.7 
 3. Peterson, Rilski S.8.1 
 4. Brown, Lukoil A.8.0 
 5. Burgess, Rilski Sport7.6 
 6. Radev, Balkan7.3 
 7. Kennerly, Spart.7.0 
 8. Dimitrov, Spart.6.6 
 9. Morton, Chernomo.6.6 
 10. Dimitrov, Cherno M.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Quebradillas
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Russell, Lukoil A.5.5 
 2. Gruev, Rilski Sport5.5 
 3. Aleksiev, Chernomo.4.8 
 4. Mirakovski, Cherno M.4.4 
 5. Webb, Cherno More4.1 
 6. Radionov, Yambol3.9 
 7. Deane, Lukoil A.3.7 
 8. Frasor, Levski3.4 
 9. Lilov, Balkan3.4 
 10. Bozov, Balkan3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Yambol
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Radionov, Yambol2.7 
 2. Deane, Lukoil A.2.4 
 3. Lilov, Balkan2.2 
 4. Russell, Lukoil A.2.1 
 5. Wells, Lukoil A.2.1 
 6. Zhelev, Cherno M.2.0 
 7. Harper, Levski1.9 
 8. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.8 
 9. Angelov, Yambol1.7 
 10. Dimitrov, Spart.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ernest BROWN
  Toros
  (213-C-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Brown, Lukoil A.1.5 
 2. Brown, Chernomo.1.4 
 3. Gocevski, Yambol0.9 
 4. Earl, Yambol0.9 
 5. Ware, Cherno More0.8 
 6. Veselovs, Cherno M.0.7 
 7. Preston, Rilski Sport0.7 
 8. Peterson, Rilski S.0.7 
 9. Radev, Balkan0.7 
 10. Cole, Levski0.7 


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  CYPRUS   


APOEL is the champion! - by Chris Mammides
Apoel won the champion last night after beasting the team of AEL in Kition with 83-73. The team of Apoel was much better than its opponent and won this trophy fairly as it was the most steady team in the overall seazon especially having in mind that the Nicosian team was running after two targets this seazon with its European tour being alson quite succesfull. As Eurobasket stated yesterday and before the game the two players which were the top performers and the top scorers for their teams were the veteran Lewis Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, college: New Orleans) on behalf of Apoel (18 points), and the bosman player Brian Bracey (201-F-78, college: Oregon) who scored 17 points and for another one game was the top performer for his team. Coach Giannis Christopoulos team took the lead from the early begining and never let go, the Apoel players wer more passionated and were shooting with much better stats than coach Yiangoulli's players. The quarters were: 25-13,48-39,68-53,and the final 83-73. The top scorers for the two teams were as follows:
APOEL: Lewis Sims 18, Heath 15, Dozet 15, Hughes 14
AEL: Bracey 17, Fells 15, Eftimov 13
MVP of the game was the veteran super scorer Lewis Sims.


APOEL CRUSHES AEL AND WINS A BACK TO BACK! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
THE GAME
Apoel's charter flight to Kition landed successfully.

Anastasiades, Heath, Sims, Van Dorpe, Dozet, Sullivan, Randojevic, Hughes, Atkins, Mokongo, and the rest of the team have all unlocked the door, and guess what they have found?

A BACK TO BACK.

Despite being deprived its home court, Apoel swiped Ael and won the Cyprus Championship for the second straight year. Lewis Sims scored 18-points, Heath and Dozet added another 15, Hughes had 14, Van Dorpe had 7 and Apoel crushed Ael on Friday night. Final score 83-73 with Apoel winning the series 3-1.

Slowed by an injury Dozet was doubted to play. After hard work it was only made possible to play at the last moment. With him being on fire Apoel got an early lead (25-10) and finished the 1st quarter with 25-13.

During the 2nd quarter, Ael got as close as 6 (34-28), but with the usual suspect, Heath, being in a good day Apoel regained the lead (42-28). The half stopped at 48-39.

At the second half, Ael tried to balance the game and seemed more determined, but that was not enough. Apoel kept finding the solutions and with the great push of the fans (2500 people followed their team at Larnaka) it even took the lead to 17 (70-53). Few 3-point jumbers by Bracey and Evtimov allowed Ael to approach not more than 7.

In general, Apoel had more players in a good day. Captain Gerben Van Dorpe inspired his teammates and pushed them towards the victory. He added 7 very crucial points and faught very well under the basket.

Lewis the 'Dragon' Sims was back to his explosive self and proved once more what a great leader he is. He started the game with passion and led the way to his teammates. He helped Apoel to gain an early lead and kept finding his way to the basket mainly at the 2nd half. Sims finished the game with 18-points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 assist.

Using his brain, Brandon 'the Dancer' Heath kept serving the ball to his teammates. He hit a few jumpers during the 1st half and took some crucial drives, mainly at the last quarter. He finished the game with 15 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists and 1 steal.

Dozet was on fire and buried a few jumpers from outside, finishing with 15-points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Lets not forget Phillips 'the Lion' Sullivan whose defense was great.

In general, Ael did not play very well and it was only led by Bracey's 17-points. Fells added another 15.

Quarters: 25-13, 48-39, 68-53, 83-73

APOEL: Van Dorpe 7 (1), Sims 18, Dozet 15 (4), Heath 15 (1), Mokonko 2, Anastasiades 2, Sullivan 4, Randojevic, Hughes 14, Atkins 6

AEL: Liatsos 9, Bracey 17 (3), Davis 6 (1), Kounounis 5, Evdimov 13 (3), Fels 15, Gianoullis 8

THIS YEAR'S APOEL - FAIR WINNER!
Apoel is definitely a fair champion. A team that was set up only a few weeks before the league started, Apoel has played the whole regular season and most playoff games away (to Kition Indoor Arena) due to court's penalty and not only it has swiped most games, but also won the championship. So what has succeeded does not come easily or with luck and a team needs stability and a character to go through.

Apoel had clearly shown strength and stability this year. Even though it had completed its roster late, we need to mention that the selection of players was done methodically. Apoel had landed very good players like Heath, Sims, Kelly (left early), Dozet, Atkins, Sullivan, Cisse (left early), Randojevic, Mokongo and Hughes, all of whom were experienced and brought to the team the necessary strength to win another one.

Lets not forget Captain Gerben Van Dorpe and Co-Captain George Anastasiadis whose experience and leadership qualities have injected the team with passion and determination. They have both been an inspiration for their teammates.

For the record, this is Gerben's 2nd straight title and George's 3rd championship in a row. We asked George how he feels for winning 3 champs in a row and he stated: 'i feel very proud for winning 3 champs with 2 different teams. I would like to thank all the fans who stood by us all season long'.

Congradulations to Christos Stylianides and Nicos Lambrias who have started this, but also to Giannis Christopoulos who has finished it successfully.

We need to mention that had Giannis Christopoulos taken over Apoel earlier, he would have easily been the Coach of the Year.

Lastly, congratulations to all the players, board members, the supervisory committee, physiotherapists and doctors of the team, who have all greatly contributed to this success.

Assistant coach, Nicos Lambrias, stated the following to us: 'we are all very happy. It was a long year. Right now all we want is to enjoy our victory. Congradulations to everybody who has contributed'.

NOTE

Not many reporters in Cyprus act like this, but we strongly believe that our job is to objectively report the facts. At the same time it is our duty to criticize what we believe is wrong and stop hiding behind closed doors. Hiding facts is not called objectivity. Objectivity is defined as placing down the facts as they are.
So, one more time...

we hope that next year we will not see, 'commandos' of any team hiding behind bushes and throwing rocks at any bus, hurting players or doctors. Players and doctors are just doing their job. Don't expect us to sit down and watch while lives are in danger.

We hope not to see, players of any team, running behind the referees showing off their team's logo (unacceptable), nor we want to see fans or players spitting to each other. This is not basketball. If you want to act like this then accept our criticism.



APOEL CRUSHES AEL AND WINS A BACK TO BACK! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
THE GAME

Apoel's charter flight to Kition landed successfully.

Anastasiades, Heath, Sims, Van Dorpe, Dozet, Sullivan, Randojevic, Hughes, Atkins, Mokongo, and the rest of the team have all unlocked the door, and guess what they have found?

A BACK TO BACK.

Despite being deprived its home court, Apoel swiped Ael and won the Cyprus Championship for the second year. Lewis Sims scored 18-points, Heath and Dozet added another 15 and Apoel crushed Ael on Friday night. Final score 83-73.

Slowed by an injury Dozet was doubted to play. After hard work it was only made possible to play at the last moment. With him being on fire Apoel got an early lead (25-10) and finished the 1st quarter with 25-13.

During the 2nd quarter, Ael got as close as 6 (34-28), but with the usual suspect, Heath, being in a good day Apoel regained the lead (42-28). The half stopped at 48-39.

At the second half, Ael tried to balance the game and seemed more determined, but that was not enough. Apoel kept finding the solutions and with the great push of the fans (2500 people followed their team at Larnaka) it even took the lead to 17 (70-53). Few 3-point jumbers by Bracey and Evtimov allowed Ael to approach not more than 7.

In general, Apoel had more players in a good day. Captain Gerben Van Dorpe inspired his teammates and pushed them towards the victory. He added 7 very crucial points and faught very well under the basket.


Lewis the 'Dragon' Sims was back to his explosive self and proved once more what a great leader he is. He started the game with passion and led the way to his teammates. He helped Apoel to gain an early lead and kept finding his way to the basket mainly at the 2nd half. Sims finished the game with 18-points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 assist.

Using his brain, Brandon 'the Dancer' Heath kept serving the ball to his teammates. He hit a few jumpers during the 1st half and took some crucial drives, mainly at the last quarter. He finished the game with 15 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists and 1 steal.

Dozet was on fire and buried a few jumpers from outside, finishing with 15-points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Lets not forget Phillips 'the Lion' Sullivan whose defense was great.

In general, Ael did not play very well and it was only led by Bracey's 17-points. Fells added another 15.

Quarters: 25-13, 48-39, 68-53, 83-73

APOEL: Van Dorpe 7 (1), Sims 18, Dozet 15 (4), Heath 15 (1), Mokonko 2, Anastasiades 2, Sullivan 4, Randojevic, Hughes 14, Atkins 6

AEL: Liatsos 9, Bracey 17 (3), Davis 6 (1), Kounounis 5, Evdimov 13 (3), Fels 15, Gianoullis 8


THIS YEAR'S APOEL - FAIR WINNER!

Apoel is definitely a fair champion. A team that was set up only a few weeks before the league started, Apoel has played the whole regular season and most playoff games away (to Kition Indoor Arena) due to court's penalty and not only it has swiped most games, but also won the championship. So what has succeeded does not come easily or with luck and a team needs stability and a character to go through.

Apoel had clearly shown strength and stability this year. Even though it had completed its roster late, we need to mention that the selection of players had been done methodically. Apoel had landed very good players like Heath, Sims, Kelly (left early), Dozet, Atkins, Sullivan, Cisse (left early), Randojevic, Mokongo and Hughes, all of whom were experienced and brought to the team the necessary strength to win another one.

Lets not forget Captain Gerben Van Dorben and Co-Captain Giorgos Anastasiadis whose experience and leadership qualities have injected the team with passion and determination. They have both been an inspiration for their teammates.

For the record, this is George's 3rd championship in a row. We asked George how he feels for winning 3 champs in a row and he stated:' i feel very proud for winning 3 champs with 2 different teams. I would like to thank all the fans who stood by us all season long'.

Congradulations to Christos Stylianides and Nicos Lambrias who have started this, but also to Giannis Christopoulos who has finished it successfully.

We need to mention that had Giannis Christopoulos taken over Apoel earlier, he would have easily been the Coach of the Year.

Lastly, congratulations to all the players, board members, the supervisory committee, physiotherapists and doctors of the team, who have all greatly contributed to this success.


Assistant coach, Nicos Lambrias, stated the following to us: 'we are all very happy. It was a long year. Right now all we want is to enjoy our victory. Congradulations to everybody who has contributed'.

NOTE


Not many reporters in Cyprus act like this, but we strongly believe that our job is to objectively report the facts. At the same time it is our duty to criticize what we believe is wrong and stop hiding behind closed doors. Hiding facts is not called objectivity. Objectivity is defined as placing down the facts as they are.
So, one more time...

we hope that next year we will not see, 'commandos' of any team hiding behind bushes and throwing rocks at any bus, hurting players or doctors. Players and doctors are just doing their job. Don't expect us to sit down and watch while lives are in danger.

We hope not to see, players of any team, running behind the referees showing off their team's logo (unacceptable), nor we want to see fans or players spitting to each other. This is not basketball. If you want to act like this then accept our criticism.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Myles MCKAY
  USK Praha
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. McKay, USK P.23.3 
 2. Thomas, Podebrady17.0 
 3. Smith, BC Kolin17.0 
 4. Hatcher, BK Decin16.2 
 5. Stuchly, NH Ostrava15.8 
 6. Meno, Basketbo.15.4 
 7. Mulligan, BK Decin15.3 
 8. Castleberry, Podeb.15.1 
 9. Hampton, BK Pardu.15.0 
 10. Sarovic, Novy Jicin14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tremaine FORD
  USK Praha
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ford, USK Praha11.1 
 2. Castleberry, Podeb.9.4 
 3. Meno, Basketbo.9.0 
 4. Burke, NH Ostrava8.1 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.7.6 
 6. Chan, BK Prostejov7.3 
 7. Houska, BK Decin6.9 
 8. Payne, NH Ostrava6.5 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.6.4 
 10. Machac, BC Kolin5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Brad JONES
  BC Kolin
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Jones, BC Kolin4.7 
 2. Sanders, Novy Jicin4.6 
 3. Mitchell, NH Os.4.5 
 4. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.4 
 5. Carnecky, B&W O.4.4 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha4.3 
 7. Hatcher, BK Decin4.0 
 8. McKay, USK P.3.8 
 9. Vrubl, Basketbo.3.7 
 10. Wright, BK Pardu.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Eugene LAWRENCE
  BK Prostejov
  (184-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lawrence, BK Prost.2.4 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha2.3 
 3. Mitchell, NH Os.2.1 
 4. Wright, BK Pardu.2.0 
 5. McKay, USK P.1.9 
 6. Meno, Basketbo.1.9 
 7. Mulligan, BK Decin1.8 
 8. Smith, BC Kolin1.8 
 9. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ales CHAN
  BK Prostejov
  (214-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Chan, BK Prostejov1.7 
 2. Ford, USK Praha1.5 
 3. Walker, Novy Jicin1.4 
 4. Meno, Basketbo.1.3 
 5. Payne, NH Ostrava1.2 
 6. Castleberry, Podeb.1.1 
 7. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.0 
 8. Ricci, CEZ Nymburk1.0 
 9. Benda, CEZ Nymburk0.9 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.9 


NBL Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Novy Jicin - B&W Opava 88-73
Novy Jicin opened their Quarter-Finals Round 1 with the win over B&W Opava 88:73. Levell Sanders (189-G-75, agency: Stanley International, college: Seton Hall) stepped up with 30 points, while Sarovic Robert followed him with 17. Soska Ondrej chipped in 17 points in the losing effort.

BK Prostejov - USK Praha 95-55
BK Prostejov overcame USK Praha 95:55 as Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) stepped up with 23 points, Chan Ales scored 13 while Landry Kyle and Skibniewski Robert netted 11 apiece. McKay Myles notched 29 points in the losing case.

CEZ Nymburk - BC Kolin 105-61
CEZ Nymburk smashed BC Kolin 105:61 in the Quarter-Finals Round 1. Six players scored in double digits for the winners as Philip Ricci (202-F-80, college: Oregon St.) led them all with 17. Sokolovsky Ladislav and Lee Arthur followed him with 14 points each. Platt Roderick ended up with 19 points in defeat.

BK Pardubice - BK Decin 84-70
BK Pardubice rolled over BK Decin 84:70 as Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) poured in 27 points and Arnold Marcus posted 22. Alic Admir finished the game with 18 points for the guests and Hatcher Wiliam notched 13.



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


SANTIAGO FINALS: PUEBLO NUEVO DEFEATS CDP TO TAKE THE SERIES LEAD! - by Ozell Wells
SANTIAGO-The defending champion CPN Pueblo Nuevo defeated CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago , 100-73, to take the lead of the Grand Final 2-1.

The first quarter had finished level on 21 points, the CPN continued their policy of defensive play and perimeter attacks, getting four long range baskets. Only this time, Lennox McCoy (188-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Cent.Oklahoma)'s task was to respond and he stepped up getting nine points in that period, including six points from the beyond the 3pt arc.

The first half ended 48-35 in favor of CPN Pueblo Nuevo who managed to get a lead of 13 points, winning 27-14 in the second quarter, thanks to a 13-2 rally that members of CPN Pueblo Nuevo managed to get three sets of three-point line, Lennox McCoy was the offensive leader with 18 points, seconded by Edner Elisma (205-F/C-75, college: Georgia Tech) with 9 points.

CPN Pueblo Nuevo also won the third quarter, this time leaving 27 -19 was shown their control of the game, including successfully launching from the perimeter, where McCoy heated up.

Lennox McCoy was the offensive leader for CPN Pueblo Nuevo with 31 points, four rebounds and three assists, seconded by Edner Elisma with 19 points and nine rebounds, and Victor Liz (188-C-88) and Alejandro Flores (202-F-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) with 12 points each, the latter also had 11 rebounds for the second victory for the reigning champions. Their record now satands at 2-1... two wins and one loss.

For the CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago, the highlights: Rome Sanders (203-F/C-84, college: Florida A&M), Rod Benson (208-F/C-84, college: California) and Dustin Salisbury (196-G-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple) with 12 points each, this team now has a 1-2 record in the series agreed to the best of seven games.

Courtesy of ABASACA / By Ezequiel Sosa



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto and ToPo to the Finals - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, semi-finals, Game # 4: Regular season winner Pyrinto (Tampere) and # 3 Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) will play in the Finals this spring. Pyrinto visited on Saturday in Kotka and beat KTP 81-88 (42-49). That means Pyrinto won over KTP 3-1 and made the Finals. KTP will play for bronze. Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) led
Pyrinto with 33 pts and 12 rbs. Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington) added 22 and Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) 14 pts. KTP had only two players in double digits: Ian Young (191-G-81, agency: JEMsports, college: Auburn) (33) and Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) (22).
In Helsinki Torpan Pojat had six players in double figures, when ToPo defeated Kouvot (Kouvola) 77-68 (38-31) and went to the Finals with 3-1 victories. Hanno Mottola (209-F/C-76, college: Utah) knocked down 22 pts and led ToPo also in rebounds (8). Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) (Kouvot) scored game high 27 pts. The bronze game (Kouvot vs KTP) on Wednesday, April 28. The Finals will start on Thursday, April 29: Pyrinto vs Torpan Pojat first in Tampere.

KTP - Pyrinto 81-88 (42-49) (Ian Young 33, Eric Washington 22, Mikael Holme 9 - Damon Williams 33/12, Chris Hester 22, Kenny Lowe 14).
Torpan Pojat - Kouvot 77-68 (38-31) (Hanno Mottola 22/8, Tyray Pearson 12, Timo Heinonen 11 - AJ Moye 27, Kyle Shiloh 12, Ville Kaunisto 11/8).



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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Cholet 21-7 
 2. Le Mans 20-8 
 3. Roanne 19-9 
 4. Gravelines 18-10 
 5. Nancy 18-10 
 6. Orleans 17-11 
 7. Paris-Levall. 14-14 
 8. Poitiers 14-14 
 9. Hyeres-Toulon 13-15 
 10. Vichy 13-15 
 11. ASVEL 12-16 
 12. Chalon 12-16 
 13. Strasbourg 10-18 
 14. Le Havre 9-19 
 15. Dijon 7-21 
 16. Rouen 7-21 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Pau-Lacq-Ort. 26-5 
 2. Limoges 21-10 
 3. Lille 20-11 
 4. Maurienne 20-11 
 5. Nanterre 19-11 
 6. Bourg 19-12 
 7. Evreux 18-13 
 8. Le Portel 18-13 
 9. St.Vallier 15-16 
 10. Boulazac 13-18 
 11. Fos Ouest 13-18 
 12. Antibes 12-18 
 13. Charleville 12-19 
 14. Nantes 12-19 
 15. Clermont 11-20 
 16. Quimper 11-20 
 17. Bordeaux 9-22 
 18. Brest 9-22 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Derrick OBASOHAN
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Obasohan, Hyeres-T.19.7 
 2. Spencer, Le Mans18.4 
 3. Roberson, Stras.18.2 
 4. Vassallo, Paris-.17.3 
 5. Chatfield, Rouen16.9 
 6. Gray, Chalon16.6 
 7. Banks, Orleans16.5 
 8. Schilb, Chalon16.0 
 9. Greer, Nancy15.9 
 10. Traore, AS.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon11.9 
 2. Issa, Vichy11.1 
 3. Milosevic, Dijon9.6 
 4. Greer, Nancy8.9 
 5. Nsonwu, Roanne8.8 
 6. Edwards, Grave.7.9 
 7. Falker, Cholet7.7 
 8. Terrell, Hyeres-T.7.2 
 9. Gray, Chalon7.2 
 10. Slaughter, Nancy7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Reid, Vichy7.8 
 2. Everett, Chalon6.6 
 3. Rogers, Rouen6.4 
 4. Greer, Nancy6.1 
 5. Neitzel, Chalon5.3 
 6. Pierce, Hyeres-T.5.1 
 7. Sciarra, Orleans5.0 
 8. Heurtel, Strasbourg4.8 
 9. Woodside, Gravelines4.8 
 10. Tchicamboud, Nancy4.7 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Cholet
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Linehan, Cholet2.7 
 2. Everett, Chalon2.2 
 3. Flowers, Vichy2.0 
 4. Issa, Vichy1.9 
 5. Greer, Nancy1.9 
 6. Melody, Vichy1.8 
 7. Mims, Roanne1.8 
 8. Wright, Le Mans1.7 
 9. Miller, Le Havre1.6 
 10. Ball, Paris-Levallois1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon2.6 
 2. Issa, Vichy2.2 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.6 
 4. Badiane, Poitiers1.6 
 5. Slaughter, Nancy1.5 
 6. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 7. Fazekas, Dijon1.3 
 8. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 9. Simon, Strasbourg1.2 
 10. Duport, Le Havre1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Lille
  (187-G-85)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Siggers, Lille18.5 
 2. Davis, Charleville17.7 
 3. Mohammed, Limoges16.8 
 4. Dunn, Maurienne16.6 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.16.4 
 6. McKenzie, St Va.16.2 
 7. Huertas, Fos Ouest16.1 
 8. Downey, Nantes15.9 
 9. Carter, Nanterre15.5 
 10. Gay, Fos Ouest15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luc-Arthur VEBOBE
  Antibes
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Vebobe, Antibes10.4 
 2. Giles, Nantes9.2 
 3. Bing, Clermont8.5 
 4. McClark, Bourg8.3 
 5. Lovedale, Quimper8.3 
 6. McKenzie, St Va.8.0 
 7. Calasan, Charleville7.9 
 8. Jennings, Boulazac7.9 
 9. McHugh, Quimper7.7 
 10. Mathis, Evreux7.3 
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 Portel6.6 
 4. McIntosh, St Va.6.0 
 5. Kerckhof, Antibes5.9 
 6. Mullins, Bourg5.9 
 7. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.7 
 8. Cisse, Fos Ouest5.3 
 9. Dunn, Maurienne4.8 
 10. Ingram, Clermont4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Sami DRISS
  Bordeaux
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Driss, Bordeaux2.8 
 2. Riley, Nanterre2.7 
 3. Craven, Boulazac2.6 
 4. Periac, Bordeaux2.2 
 5. Denave, St Vallier2.2 
 6. Mullins, Bourg2.2 
 7. Da Silva, Evreux2.1 
 8. Siggers, Lille2.1 
 9. Dunn, Maurienne2.1 
 10. Smith, Quimper1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 John FORD
  Limoges
  (207-C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ford, Limoges1.8 
 2. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 3. Williams, Bordeaux1.8 
 4. Badiane, Maurienne1.7 
 5. Owona, Bordeaux1.5 
 6. Taccoen, Lille1.1 
 7. Jennings, Boulazac1.1 
 8. Gouez, Lille1.1 
 9. N''Diaye, Le Portel1.0 
 10. Badiane, Nanterre0.9 


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  GREECE   


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.14.8 
 6. Arnold, Perister.14.8 
 7. Monroe, PAOK14.8 
 8. Kaimakoglou, Marou.14.5 
 9. Kleiza, Olympiakos14.5 
 10. Gregory, PAOK14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Olimpia L.
  (206-F-77)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Massie, Olimpia L.10.7 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.7 
 3. Francis, AEK7.7 
 4. Bryant, Panionios7.2 
 5. Carter, Ilysiakos7.0 
 6. Dozier, VAP K.6.4 
 7. Arnold, Perister.6.4 
 8. Homan, Marousi BC6.3 
 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, Olympiakos4.3 
 5. Dickel, Trikalla4.2 
 6. Green, AEK3.8 
 7. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.8 
 8. Vasiljevic, VAP K.3.6 
 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. Katsares, Trikalla1.6 
 5. Green, Olimpia L.1.6 
 6. Green, AEK1.5 
 7. Penn, Olympiakos1.5 
 8. Karidas, Ilysiakos1.5 
 9. Diamantidis, Panath.1.5 
 10. Nikolaidis, AEK1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ian VOUGIOUKAS
  Panellinios
  (212-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Vougioukas, Panellin.1.6 
 2. Harissis, VAP K.1.1 
 3. Benton, Ilysiakos1.0 
 4. Homan, Marousi BC1.0 
 5. Mavroidis, Marou.1.0 
 6. Bourousis, Olympiakos0.8 
 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: 22
 1. Liakopoulos, Peram.22.0 
 2. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.19.3 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.17.6 
 4. Michalos, Near E.17.3 
 5. Christou, Xanthi16.8 
 6. Anagnostopou., Xan.16.5 
 7. Tsoutsos, Dafni16.3 
 8. Mantic, Ermis L.16.1 
 9. Vassilopoulo., Dafni15.3 
 10. Panagiotopou., Xan.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damir LATOVIC
  AGOR
  (204-C-80)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Latovic, AGOR11.5 
 2. Amato, Peramatos10.3 
 3. Kakiouzis, Pagrati7.3 
 4. Koutroulias, Near E.7.3 
 5. Cartelo, KAOD6.9 
 6. Harismidis, Pagrati6.8 
 7. Dimitriadis, Ermis L.6.7 
 8. Vagenas, OFI6.6 
 9. Zondervan, Egaleo6.6 
 10. Anagnostopou., Xan.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos LIAKOPOULOS
  Peramatos
  (201-F-76)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Liakopoulos, Peram.6.1 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas5.2 
 3. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.5.0 
 4. Vassilopoulo., Dafni4.9 
 5. Moscovitis, Pagrati4.5 
 6. Michalos, Near E.4.3 
 7. Kaklamanos, Pagra.3.9 
 8. Kiriakopoulo., KAOD3.7 
 9. Maslarinos, Xanthi3.4 
 10. Teodosic, Egaleo3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Olimpiada P.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.1.8 
 2. Petrovic-S., Iraklis1.6 
 3. Karapostolou, Iraklis1.5 
 4. Castle, Iraklis1.5 
 5. Liakopoulos, Peram.1.4 
 6. Pekovic, Dafni1.3 
 7. Sizopoulos, Arkadikos1.3 
 8. Pettas, Olimpiada P.1.2 
 9. Totsios, Ikaroi S.1.2 
 10. Moscovitis, Pagrati1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Vassilis VAGENAS
  OFI
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Vagenas, OFI1.1 
 2. Giovanivic, Arkadikos0.9 
 3. Koutroulias, Near E.0.9 
 4. Harismidis, Pagrati0.9 
 5. Psathas, AGOR0.8 
 6. Amato, Peramatos0.7 
 7. Souflias, OFI0.7 
 8. Despos, Iraklis0.6 
 9. Vagenas, OFI0.6 
 10. Cartelo, KAOD0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Ikaros Esperos 21-5 
 2. Iraklis 21-5 
 3. Pagrati 17-9 
 4. Olimpiada P. 16-10 
 5. Arkadikos 14-12 
 6. KAOD 14-12 
 7. AGOR 13-13 
 8. Xanthi 13-13 
 9. Dafni 11-15 
 10. Ikaroi Serron 11-15 
 11. Near East 11-15 
 12. Peramatos 11-15 
 13. Amyntas 10-16 
 14. Ermis Lagk. 9-17 
 15. OFI 9-17 
 16. Egaleo 7-19 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Panathinaikos 23-1 
 2. Olympiakos 21-3 
 3. Marousi BC 17-7 
 4. Panellinios 15-9 
 5. PAOK 14-11 
 6. VAP Kolossos 14-11 
 7. Aris 12-12 
 8. Peristeri GS 11-12 
 9. Panionios 10-14 
 10. AEK 8-16 
 11. Kavala/Panor. 7-17 
 12. Trikalla 7-17 
 13. Ilysiakos 6-18 
 14. Olimpia L. 4-21 


Macijauskas: Always strive to be better - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80), a once-feared three point specialist, is finally trying to come back to basketball after numerous injuries and countless legal battles with his former club. This summer the Lithuanian sharpshooter, who is nicknamed Lithuanian Kalashnikov, will attempt to revive his basketball career and will also begin laying foundations for the possibility of another one. Macijauskas will be studying on the Masters in European Basketball Coaching Science. The 30-year-old shares his views on the coaching profession and the prospect of entering the world of academia.

You are another Lithuanian superstar to enroll in this course. Why?

I guess this comes with an age. You are not getting any younger and you come to realise that life does not end with playing basketball. There are more things besides that and even much more after you have finished playing.

I thought it was a super opportunity, once people from the Lithuanian Basketball Federation alerted me to the course I was very interested. Basketball has been a huge part of my life and I intend to stay close to it after Im done playing. We all like doing what were good at, and basketball is my thing. Obviously I cannot say for certain, there is this saying man plans, god laughs but you never know, maybe coaching could be the next step in my professional career and this course will certainly give me a strong foundation.

What are your expectations for these studies?

To work on theory, to gain knowledge. Ive played for many different coaches and seen countless practical situations. So the practical aspect of it is there. But there are gaps that need to be filled. Hopefully by this programme.

Which coaching style do you prefer or suits you best?

I wouldnt say its all about coaching style. Theres no receipt for success. There are many great coaches who do not succeed and dont win championships. And there are those who win it all but arent that good. Lots of things depend on players you have, also, even luck could be a factor.

Would Macijauskas- the coach want to have Macijauskas- the player on his team?

Well its a tough question because Ive always been very critical of myself. So it depends which Macijauskas we are talking about. If its Macijauskas of Euroleague several years back, young, strong, nailing treys, then yes Id have him on my team. But if its current Macijauskas, older, having injury problems, less motivated, then I dont know.

You achieved a lot as a player (European champion, Lithuanian champion, Spanish Cup winner, Euroleague Final 4 participant). What kind of ambitions would you have as a coach? The same?

If I decide to be a coach, then yes. This is the nature of sport. Always strive to be better. To be the best. I developed that feeling from an early age. You always try to be better for yourself, for your family, for your fans. For me thats just the way it is. In basketball there are constant micro matches, in every move you make, on every spot of the floor. Its about how you beat your opponent, whether its your speed or your smart thinking. Whatever helps, whatever works. I think in coaching it is all the same.

Other Lithuanian players Linas Kleiza, Robertas Javtokas will be studying with you. How do you feel about the possibility of sitting at the same desk with them?

Its great. These are great guys and I havent seen them for a while. So it will be nice opportunity to meet and share ideas related to the game.






source: Mindaugas Gobikas



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  GUATEMALA   


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


USAC takes another win - by Gianni Pascucci
The USAC 'Chalaneros' confirmed their leadership in LPB by defeating, 100-76 Compusys two nights ago at the Gimnasio de la Universidad Popular, Guatemele City. Scoring 19 and 20 points respectively, Paul Rosales (182-g-75) and Dangelo Vaughn (192-F-80) led USAC, well assisted by forwards Miguel Gonzalez (189-G/F-90) (19 he too) and Alejandro Carrillo (192-F-88) (15 pts), while Thomas Gillespie (204-F/C-74, college: Regis) dominated the paint with 10 rebounds and 17 points. CVompusys played a good game, but was limited by a bad shooting accuracy (only 27% in FG), and its best players were Roman Carranza (169-G-78) and Marcos Zetina (180-G-86), with 19 points each. Thanks to this win, USAC keeps the first place unbeaten

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  HOLLAND   


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Danny GIBSON
  ZZ Leiden
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Gibson, ZZ Leiden18.7 
 2. Palmer, Upstairs.17.6 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.9 
 4. Thomas, M.Magix16.8 
 5. Monroe, DeFriesl.16.7 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra.16.3 
 7. Hendley, Landstede16.2 
 8. Calhoun, EclipseJet16.0 
 9. Sanders, EclipseJet14.8 
 10. LeMelle, ZZ Leiden14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Rotterdam
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Hilliman, Rotterdam10.2 
 2. Palmer, Upstairs.9.2 
 3. Haryasz, GasTerra.9.0 
 4. McGhee, ZZ Leiden8.6 
 5. Ellis, GasTerra F.8.5 
 6. Gordon, Landstede8.1 
 7. Monroe, DeFriesl.7.9 
 8. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.7.5 
 9. Griffin, Giants7.4 
 10. de Randamie, Eclip.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  M.Magix
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Thomas, M.Magix6.9 
 2. Oliver, Eiff.Towers5.4 
 3. Jones, DeFriesland5.3 
 4. Porter, Upstairs.5.0 
 5. Bauscher, GasTerra.4.3 
 6. Bostain, GasTerra.4.3 
 7. Defares, Giants4.2 
 8. Gibson, ZZ Leiden4.2 
 9. Moore, DeFriesland4.1 
 10. Blackwood, DeFriesl.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  M.Magix
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Thomas, M.Magix2.9 
 2. Jones, DeFriesland2.8 
 3. Bauscher, GasTerra.2.7 
 4. Rodgers, EclipseJet2.6 
 5. Dourisseau, GasTerra.2.5 
 6. de Randamie, Eclip.2.3 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra.2.3 
 8. Mason, EclipseJet2.3 
 9. Kimbrough, Giants2.2 
 10. Ellis, GasTerra F.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  M.Magix
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hughes, M.Magix1.8 
 2. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.5 
 3. Haryasz, GasTerra.1.4 
 4. Boxley, ZZ Leiden1.2 
 5. Slor, ZZ Leiden1.0 
 6. Sanders, EclipseJet1.0 
 7. Porter, Upstairs.0.9 
 8. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.0.9 
 9. Kuijper, ZZ Leiden0.7 
 10. Williams, Landstede0.7 


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  HUNGARY   


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Winsome FRAZIER
  Falco
  (193-G/F-82)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Frazier, Falco23.7 
 2. Doyne, Marso-Vagep21.4 
 3. Horvath, Falco21.3 
 4. Farmer, Debreceni21.0 
 5. Watson, ZTE K.18.8 
 6. Walker, Dombovar18.4 
 7. Brooks, Soproni18.3 
 8. Rice, Szolnok18.0 
 9. Sitku, Marso-Vagep17.9 
 10. Lee, Albacomp17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ousmane BARRO
  Szolnok
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Barro, Szolnok10.9 
 2. Horvath, Falco10.4 
 3. Davis, Salgotarjani9.5 
 4. Scott, Kormend9.2 
 5. Knight, Soproni7.9 
 6. Wilson, ZTE K.7.3 
 7. David Vay, PVSK P.7.3 
 8. Lee, Albacomp6.9 
 9. Nuhanovic, Debre.6.7 
 10. Clark, Atomeromu6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Kalman, Falco8.1 
 2. Simon, Albacomp7.2 
 3. Kelley, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Savic, Debreceni5.9 
 5. Hinnant, ZTE K.5.9 
 6. English, Atomeromu4.9 
 7. Fodor, Szolnok4.8 
 8. LaGrange, Dombovar4.7 
 9. Dejon, Kaposvari4.7 
 10. Thomas, Kormend4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gytis SIRUTAVIACIUS
  Salgotarjani
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Sirutaviaciu., Salgot.3.7 
 2. Frazier, Falco3.6 
 3. Lee, Albacomp2.9 
 4. Dejon, Kaposvari2.9 
 5. English, Atomeromu2.6 
 6. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.5 
 7. Ames, PVSK P.2.4 
 8. Clark, Atomeromu2.4 
 9. LaGrange, Dombovar2.3 
 10. Simon, Albacomp2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 DuJuan WILEY
  Marso-Vagep
  (206-C-75)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wiley, Marso-Vagep1.6 
 2. Clark, Atomeromu1.4 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari1.4 
 4. Barro, Szolnok1.3 
 5. Walker, Dombovar1.1 
 6. David Vay, PVSK P.1.1 
 7. Scott, Kormend1.1 
 8. Nuhanovic, Debre.1.1 
 9. Horvath, Falco1.0 
 10. Sitku, Marso-Vagep1.0 


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  INDIA   


Standings - D2
Parappa Trophy Standings
1. Vijaya Bank 9-0
2. MEG 8-1
3. KSP 7-2
4. HAL 6-3
5. ASC 5-4
6. JSC 3-6
7. Sports Hostel 3-6
8. young orions 0-0
9. ABC 0-0
10. Cmp 0-0


Beml mys wins - by Umashankar
BEML Ltd. (Mysore) register an 84-67 win over hosts Nationals SC, Mysore to win the coveted Chamundeshwari Cup'
supradeep (30) making the major damage to nationals while joshan and jayanth played well for the losers

League: BEML Ltd. (Mysore) 84 (Supradeep 30, Alex 12) bt Nationals SC 67 ( J.B.Joshan 18, Jayanth 16)

Final Placings: 1. BEML Ltd. (Mysore); 2. Protec SC; 3. Nationals SC; 4. Rangers SC.



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  LEBANON   


RIYADI & CHAMPILLE IN THE FINAL - by Maarouf Mawloud

Game 4 of the Final 4 from the Bank MED League between Riyadi and Moutahed saw the dominance of Riyadi like in Game 3, Moutahed had some resistance in this game to Riyadis experience but couldnt match up till the end and especially in the 3rd quarter despite the fouling out of C.J. GILES .

Riyadi had a great team work and five players had double digit in scoring. On the other side The home tam tried to answer through Miccah Brand & Rmi Akiki , but couldnt follow up the rhythm imposed by the champions for the past 5 years who qualified for the 6th consecutive time to the final by winning game 4 on the score of 65-75.

Riyadi will meet Champville in the Final starting Monday and will have the home court advantage due that Riyadi finished first in the Regular season and the Final 6.

Finals Schedule:

Monday April 26th @ 18:00- Manara

Tuesday April 27th @ 21:45 Champville

Thursday April 29th @ 21:45 Manara

Friday April 30th @ 21:00 Champville

Saturday May 01st @ 21:00 Champville


LEBANON 5-0 IN THE 11TH WABA U18 CHAMPIONSHIP - by Maarouf Mawloud


After winning 4 times the WABA U18 Junior Championship in 1998,2001, 2005 & 2006 Lebanon is crowned once again the 11th WABA U18 Champion after finishing the championship without any loss with 5-0 record .

Lebanons last game was against Syria, Lebanon managed to win the game on the score of 74-87. The game was close in the first half but in the second half the Lebanese players imposed their game especially through their great teamwork and a big leadership for Karam Mechref, the teams captain. Karim Jadayel finished the best scorer in the game with 23 points. The Lebanese U18 National Team had many big runs in the game but the Syrians knew how to get back in the game due to the small experience of the players.

Jadayel received a big help from Karam Mechref with 18 pints , Naji Birak (14 points), Konstantin Koudsi (13 points ).

In other games Iran won its 4th game in the championship against Yemen on the score of 65-51. In a decisive game for the 3rd place Iraq managed to win against Jordan on the score of 66-70.

Final Standing :

Lebanon 5-0
I. R. Iran 4-1
Iraq 2-3
Syria 2-3
Jordan 1-4
Yemen 1-4


BANK MED LEAGUE : FINAL 4 : RIYADI - MOUTAHED 1-1 , HOOPS - CHAMPVILLE :0-2 - by Maarouf Mawloud
As predicted the Final 4 will be full of excitement, games of two of the two series saw overtimes. Riyadi who lost the first game on its home court needed an overtime to win Game 2 in Tripoli against Moutahed on the score of 81-84 and to tie the series 1-1.

The game was a very close one thoughour the first half ,but a run made by Riyadi players especially though Ali Mahmoud ( finished the game with 22 points ) gave them the lead in the 4th but the home team regrouped and managed to tie it in the end74-74.

In the overtime Riyadis big experience prevailed in the end and secured them a very precious win on the score 81-84.

In the other game that joined Hoops to Champville in Murr Stadium, Champville needed an overtime to secure its second win in the series.

The game was a very close one throughout all its quarters, despite playing with the injured William Byrd Hoops remained in the game. Champville had the chance to seal the win before 3 seconds from the end when Khatib scored one from two free throws to tie the game 71-71.

In the overtime hoops who had lost 3 key players for fouling out William BYRD , Anthony YAMMINE & Mohamad HAMDAR couldnt continue on the same rhythm , Fadi Khatib took over and led his team to the second win on the score 79-82.

Moutahed Riyadi : 81-84

Best Scorers :

Moutahed : Micah Brand (25)

Riyadi : Ali Mahmoud (22)

Hoops Champville : 79-82

Best Scorers :
Hoops : Ricky Clemmons (22)
Champville : Fadi Khatib (26)


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  LITHUANIA   


Zalgiris grab BBL title - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris Lietuvos Rytas 73:66

Zalgiris celebrated the victory at the BBL Elite Division championship. They shocked Lietuvos Rytas in front of a sellout crowd at the Vilnius Siemens Arena. The Kaunas powerhouse used a strong second half to prevail in this one. Lietuvos Rytas got to the strong start. Led by Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) the hosts built an 18:14 advantage at the first break. Lietuvos Rytas opened a 14-point lead in the second period. Ginevicius capped the first half with two free throws as Lietuvos Rytas enjoyed a 46:32 advantage. Zalgiris however closed their defense after the main break. They limited the home team to 12 points and cut the deficit at just one point 57:58. Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) tipped off the fourth term with a three-pointer to put Zalgiris in charge. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) and Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) stretched the gap to as many as 5 points midway through the last period. Tadas Klimavicius followed with five more points as the visitors pulled away for good in this one.
Marcus Brown knocked down 22 points to pace Zalgiris. Tadas Klimavicius delivered 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Martynas Gecevicius replied with 20 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points in the losing case.

Zalgiris: Marcus Brown 22, Tadas Klimavicius 17, Dainius Salenga 11
Lietuvos Rytas: Martynas Gecevicius 20, Kenan Bajramovic 14



Macijauskas: Always strive to be better - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80), a once-feared three point specialist, is finally trying to come back to basketball after numerous injuries and countless legal battles with his former club. This summer the Lithuanian sharpshooter, who is nicknamed Lithuanian Kalashnikov, will attempt to revive his basketball career and will also begin laying foundations for the possibility of another one. Macijauskas will be studying on the Masters in European Basketball Coaching Science. The 30-year-old shares his views on the coaching profession and the prospect of entering the world of academia.

You are another Lithuanian superstar to enroll in this course. Why?

I guess this comes with an age. You are not getting any younger and you come to realise that life does not end with playing basketball. There are more things besides that and even much more after you have finished playing.

I thought it was a super opportunity, once people from the Lithuanian Basketball Federation alerted me to the course I was very interested. Basketball has been a huge part of my life and I intend to stay close to it after Im done playing. We all like doing what were good at, and basketball is my thing. Obviously I cannot say for certain, there is this saying man plans, god laughs but you never know, maybe coaching could be the next step in my professional career and this course will certainly give me a strong foundation.

What are your expectations for these studies?

To work on theory, to gain knowledge. Ive played for many different coaches and seen countless practical situations. So the practical aspect of it is there. But there are gaps that need to be filled. Hopefully by this programme.

Which coaching style do you prefer or suits you best?

I wouldnt say its all about coaching style. Theres no receipt for success. There are many great coaches who do not succeed and dont win championships. And there are those who win it all but arent that good. Lots of things depend on players you have, also, even luck could be a factor.

Would Macijauskas- the coach want to have Macijauskas- the player on his team?

Well its a tough question because Ive always been very critical of myself. So it depends which Macijauskas we are talking about. If its Macijauskas of Euroleague several years back, young, strong, nailing treys, then yes Id have him on my team. But if its current Macijauskas, older, having injury problems, less motivated, then I dont know.

You achieved a lot as a player (European champion, Lithuanian champion, Spanish Cup winner, Euroleague Final 4 participant). What kind of ambitions would you have as a coach? The same?

If I decide to be a coach, then yes. This is the nature of sport. Always strive to be better. To be the best. I developed that feeling from an early age. You always try to be better for yourself, for your family, for your fans. For me thats just the way it is. In basketball there are constant micro matches, in every move you make, on every spot of the floor. Its about how you beat your opponent, whether its your speed or your smart thinking. Whatever helps, whatever works. I think in coaching it is all the same.

Other Lithuanian players Linas Kleiza, Robertas Javtokas will be studying with you. How do you feel about the possibility of sitting at the same desk with them?

Its great. These are great guys and I havent seen them for a while. So it will be nice opportunity to meet and share ideas related to the game.






source: Mindaugas Gobikas



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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Benny WEST
  Los Mochis
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. West, Los Mochis25.8 
 2. Smith, Mazatlan24.9 
 3. Cowan, Obregon24.5 
 4. Brown, Tepic24.1 
 5. Walker, Nogales24.1 
 6. Brown, Mazatlan24.0 
 7. Fisher, Mexicali23.8 
 8. Habel, Guaymas23.5 
 9. Cook, Cananea23.3 
 10. Bowie, Guasave23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremis SMITH
  Mazatlan
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Smith, Mazatlan12.5 
 2. Angounou, Guasave12.0 
 3. Berhoefer, Hermosillo10.4 
 4. Shipley, Mexicali10.3 
 5. Strobbe, Nogales9.5 
 6. Habel, Guaymas9.3 
 7. Hooks, Obregon9.0 
 8. Davis, Tijuana9.0 
 9. Jordan, Mazatlan8.9 
 10. Crouse, Nogales8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rommel MARENTES
  Guaymas
  (179-G-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Marentes, Guaymas5.4 
 2. Lawrence, Los M.5.3 
 3. White, Cananea5.1 
 4. Brown, Mazatlan4.4 
 5. Lee, Guaymas4.2 
 6. Jordan, Mazatlan4.1 
 7. Zuniga, Guasave4.0 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo4.0 
 9. Henderson, Tepic3.7 
 10. Meza Rogel, Culiacan3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kenneth LAWRENCE
  Los Mochis
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lawrence, Los M.2.3 
 2. Lee, Guaymas2.0 
 3. Catala, Tijuana1.9 
 4. White, Cananea1.9 
 5. Little, Hermosillo1.8 
 6. Brown, Mazatlan1.8 
 7. West, Los Mochis1.8 
 8. Moore, Culiacan1.6 
 9. Harris, Cananea1.6 
 10. Brown, Tepic1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Tijuana
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Davis, Tijuana3.5 
 2. Gutierrez, Cananea2.0 
 3. Habel, Guaymas2.0 
 4. Brown, Tepic1.3 
 5. Blair, Tijuana1.2 
 6. Crouse, Nogales1.1 
 7. Ibarra, Los Mochis1.1 
 8. Sullinger, Nogales1.1 
 9. Smith, Mazatlan1.0 
 10. Hornsby, Culiacan0.8 


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 17-7 
 2. Culiacan 17-7 
 3. Hermosillo 15-9 
 4. Mazatlan 14-10 
 5. Guaymas 13-11 
 6. Los Mochis 13-11 
 7. Nogales 13-11 
 8. Guasave 12-12 
 9. Mexicali 12-12 
 10. Obregon 7-17 
 11. Tepic 6-18 
 12. Tijuana 5-19 


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  NBA   


Pierce hits game-winner at buzzer to give Boston 3-0 series lead - by Eurobasket News
With the clock on his side and the series in his hands, Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) couldn't wait to slip a dagger into the sides of the Miami Heat.

The Celtics scoring star did just that Friday night as he knocked home a 21-footer with less than a second left, crushing a fourth-quarter Heat rally and giving the Celtics a 100-98 victory at American Airlines Arena. The Celts now lead the playoff series, 3-0, with Game Four set for Sunday afternoon.

Pierce left no doubt as to his plans. After Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) had missed a chance to snap a 98-98 tie with 13 seconds left, the Celts called a timeout. In the huddle, Pierce was the clear option No. 1.

It was just Paul. He wanted it, said coach Doc Rivers. All the movement (away from the ball) was false movement. It was all Paul.

Pierce found himself isolated one-on-one with Dorell Wright, and no one else within 15 feet of him. The Heat had a foul to give on the play, but Pierce faked a drive once or twice and then calmly made his way to the spot on the floor where he has done so much damage in his Celtics career.

It was surprising that they wouldnt look to foul, but I saw them backing up and backing up and I got to my little sweet spot on the right elbow and got my shot off, he said.

Pierce led the way for the Celtics with 32 points. Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) added 25, and Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) chipped in 17 points and 8 assists.

The loss was a bitter one for the Heat, and especially their star, Dwyane Wade. He was fabulous most of the way and finished with 34 points. But a fourth-quarter case of the cramps limited him in the final few possessions, when his team needed him most.

It was tough, said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. He willed himself out there. The last couple of possessions he wanted to win it for us with a big shot.

For most of the first half, the teams went back and fourth at each other hard, and neither created much separation. Miami led by five at one point in the opening quarter, and the Celts were up by eight midway through the second. But Wade (15 points) was tough throughout the half and had the Heat up at the break, 49-48.

The biggest rush of the game came at the end of the third quarter. With Wade doing his best one-man-show act, the Heat were clinging to a 70-69 lead with 2:12 to play in the period. The Celts received two Glen Davis free throws and then the defense really clamped down and began forcing Miami miscues. Pierce canned a tough fallaway for a 73-70 lead and then Rondo stole a pass and took off for the hoop. Just after he entered the lane he jammed on the brakes and slipped a pass to Pierce, who scored while getting slapped by Wade.

Pierce hit the free throw, but Wade protested the call and received a technical foul. Pierce hit that freebie, as well, pushing the lead to 77-70. After a Wade driving hoop with 32 seconds left, the Celtics missed a runner but chased down the rebound and held for one shot. Pierce then hit a dagger of a 3-point jumper with 1.7 seconds to play, good enough to stretch the lead out to 80-72 and cap the 11-2 finish to the quarter.

The lead grew to 85-76 early in the fourth, but the home team was ready to begin its run to the finish.

Wade, of course, was the spark, but this time he received a long-overdue helping hand from Michael Beasley (16 points), who canned four jumpers in one key stretch, the last of which sliced Bostons lead to 87-84. The Heat took the lead, 92-91, with 3:36 left, but threes by Ray Allen and Pierce kept the Celtics in position. Pierces three at the 1:42 mark gave Boston a 98-95 edge. Wright then matched his three with one of his own with 1:29 to play.

Ray Allen missed a jumper with 33 seconds left, giving Wade his chance. But he pulled up for a deep three that missed. Given a final chance, Pierce didnt miss.

Its great because you put a team down, 3-0, you get the mentality that the series is over, said Pierce. We cant think that, but it is demoralizing for a team to go down, 3-0.


Courtesy of www.projo.com


Brandon Roy returns, Blazers beat Suns 96-87 to tie series at 2-2 - by Eurobasket News
Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) made a surprise return to the court and LaMarcus Aldridge recorded 31 points and 11 rebounds, as the Portland Trail Blazers evened their Western Conference quarterfinal series with the Phoenix Suns behind a 96-87 Game 4 victory.

Just eight days after undergoing successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, Roy suited up and gave the Blazers and the Rose Garden crowd the emotional lift they needed after the club lost the previous two games by a combined 48 points.

The All-Star guard played nearly 27 minutes and scored five of his 10 points in the final quarter for Portland, which turned the ball over just seven times. Andre Miller ended with 15 points, eight assists and six boards in the win.

Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) logged 26 points and six boards for the Suns, who connected on just 5-of-16 from the field in a 15-point fourth quarter.

Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) logged 15 points and eight assists, while Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.), coming off a 42-point effort in Game 3's 108-89 drubbing, scored 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting.


Game 5 is set for Monday back in Phoenix.

Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


Spurs survive Mavericks' charge, 94-90 - by Eurobasket News
Even with a broken and bloody nose, Manu Ginobili wasn't letting the Dallas Mavericks get ahead in this playoff series.

Playing with a bandage across his nose after getting popped by Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) 's elbow, Ginobili returned to the game and helped the San Antonio Spurs hold on in a wild fourth quarter for a 94-90 win over Dallas on Friday night.

Ginobili scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. He was diagnosed after the game with a nasal fracture, and the Spurs said Ginobili would undergo a CT scan on Saturday.

'If Dirk or Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California) get hurt, people like that who are ultimate competitors, they play unless they can't do it,' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. 'That's what (Manu) did.'

The Spurs took a 2-1 lead by surviving the NBA's best road team, and Nowitzki torching the Spurs for 35 points after a shaky Game 2.

Game 4 is Sunday in San Antonio.

Sunday is also when Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) turns 34 - but so far in this series, he's looked practically ageless. He scored 25 points for the second straight game and has the Spurs in position to possibly celebrate a commanding lead in this series if they can win on his birthday.

Nowitzki made good on his vow to make the baskets he missed in Game 2. He shot 13 of 23 from the field and jump-started a 17-0 run in the third quarter that got the Mavs back into the game and a lead for just the second time since Game 1.

For the Spurs, Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) had 23 points off the bench while continuing to thrive in the sixth-man role that Ginobili held for so many years.


Courtesy of www.seattletimes.com


Game 3: Jazz 105, Nuggets 93 - by Eurobasket News
Utah's reserves were able to do what the starters couldn't for the first 12 minutes - get inside and score on the Denver Nuggets.

Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) led a surge early in the second quarter that got Utah back into Game 3 after a disastrous start, then the Jazz took control of the game and their Western Conference playoff series with a 105-93 victory Friday night.

'That's what we do, especially coming off the bench,' said Millsap, who finished with career highs of 22 points and 19 rebounds. 'When other guys aren't really feeling it at the time, we've got to come in and do a good job of trying to spark them and get them going.'

Millsap was able to find a few creases in Denver's defense that widened into gaping holes as the Nuggets' continued to unravel.

Game 4 is Sunday in Utah, where the Nuggets will need to win to avoid falling behind the short-handed Jazz 3-1.

Millsap's 18 points in the second quarter gave the Jazz a chance to recover after Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) and Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) struggled early. Once Williams and Boozer got going, the Nuggets never recovered in their first road playoff game of the series.

Utah limited Denver's Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) to 25 points and flustered him into five fouls. He also had just four free throw attempts after taking 19 while scoring a combined 74 points in the series' first two games.

Anthony and Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado), who also scored 25 points, were the only Denver players to score in double figures.

'What I'm most disappointed at is that we failed to compete tonight as a team,' Anthony said. 'I think the Utah Jazz have done a good job making some adjustments defending me. When I get the ball I see two guys, three triple-teaming me. It's not just one guy on me.'

Williams finished with 24 points and 10 assists and Boozer added 18 points despite missing his first five shots.

Wesley Matthews added 14 points and helped pester Anthony into foul trouble for the second straight game. C.J. Miles added 10 points for Utah.

'We knew they were going to trap me and try and get the ball out of my hands. It took a little while to figure things out and settle down but then we knew what to do,' Williams said.

Denver shut down Utah inside through the first quarter, forcing the Jazz into outside shots that usually missed and bounced right to one of the Nuggets, who led by as many as 11 points.

Millsap ended that trend with two quick layups and a dunk as the Jazz opened the second quarter on an 8-2 run. He made his first nine shots and finished 11 of 14 from the field for Utah.

'The rim gets big, especially when you get a few layups and get yourself going,' Millsap said.

The Jazz outscored Denver 31-21 in the second quarter, then topped that with 32 points in the third while holding the flustered Nuggets to 20. Denver's woes slowly built throughout the quarter as the Jazz quickly pounced to stop any rallies, then the Nuggets really lost their composure at the end of the period.

I thought they came out and once again got layups and the whistles started to blow and they controlled the tempo. On the other end, we couldn't get shots to go down,' Billups said. 'It was like a snowball. It got frustrating in the third quarter.'

The Jazz were already surging before Matthews took a high elbow while defending Anthony with 1:05 left in the third, sending Denver's frustrated superstar to the bench with his fifth foul.

Anthony, who had four offensive fouls and fouled out in Game 2, was stuck watching as the Jazz took an 84-68 lead into the fourth quarter and continued surging early in the final period.

Utah's lead reached 23 points and even Anthony, who scored 42 in the series opener, couldn't rescue Denver when he returned in the fourth.

Utah finished with 27 assists and just nine turnovers.

'We didn't turn the ball over and we played as a team,' coach Jerry Sloan said.

Millsap had never made more than seven shots in a playoff game. He was 9 of 9 in the first half and his 18 points were one better than his previous postseason high of 17 scored against the Lakers two years ago. Millsap didn't miss a shot until late in the third quarter and Boozer was right there for the offensive rebound and putback that gave Utah an 80-63 lead.

Millsap rescued the Jazz from a wretched start, leading a group of mostly reserves on an 8-2 run to at the start of the second period that tied it. Millsap made all eight of his shots in the period, opening with a few inside and then hitting outside jumpers when the Nuggets backed off to keep him from sneaking back under the basket.

Denver shot 53 percent in the period, but Utah made 70 percent while outscoring the Nuggets 31-21 in the period and taking a 52-48 halftime lead.

NOTES: Kenyon Martin had 13 rebounds for the Nuggets. ... The Jazz posted a large get-well banner that was covered with greetings for center Mehmet Okur, who ruptured his Achilles' tendon in the series opener and is out for the remainder of the playoffs. ... Jazz fans stopped their anti-Denver chants for a few moments and switched to 'M-V-P' as Williams drew a foul on a three-point play in the first quarter. ... Denver had 14 turnovers to Utah's nine.


Courtesy of http://foxsports.foxnews.com


East and West Quarterfinals: Third games - by Eurobasket News
East
Orlando M. - Charlotte B. 90-86
In front of a boisterous, hostile crowd and facing a team in desperation mode, the Orlando Magic showcased their depth, grit and poise when it mattered most. Imagine how good they could be if their superstar center played more than half the game. No Dwight Howard, no problem for the Magic, who got 32 points from sudden star Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's) to overcome another frustrating, foul-filled game by their big man in a 90-86 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday. Spoiling Charlotte's return to the playoff stage after an eight-year absence, the Magic took a commanding 3-0 lead in their first-round series despite being without Howard for the final 3:32 after he fouled out. Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) scored 19 points, but was 6 of 18 from the field and missed a key 3-pointer in the final minute for the cold-shooting Bobcats. *Courtesy of Yahoo

Atlanta H. - Milwaukee B. 89-107
John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami (FL)) let out a huge sigh at his locker before a wide grin crept across his face. The questions of whether the Milwaukee Bucks can hang with the Atlanta Hawks are over. Salmons scored 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting, Kurt Thomas (6'9''-F-72, college: TCU) had eight points, 13 rebounds and four stitches, and the Bucks never let up after a hot start in a 107-89 Game 3 victory on Saturday night after a three-day layoff. Atlanta still leads 2-1 after two double-digit victories at home, when the Bucks looked overmatched without the injured Andrew Bogut. Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) scored 25 points for Atlanta. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Boston C. - Miami Heat 100-98
With the clock on his side and the series in his hands, Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) couldn't wait to slip a dagger into the sides of the Miami Heat. The Celtics' scoring star did just that Friday night as he knocked home a 21-footer with less than a second left, crushing a fourth-quarter Heat rally and giving the Celtics a 100-98 victory at American Airlines Arena. The Celts now lead the playoff series, 3-0, with Game Four set for Sunday afternoon. Pierce left no doubt as to his plans. After Dwyane Wade had missed a chance to snap a 98-98 tie with 13 seconds left, the Celts called a timeout. In the huddle, Pierce was the clear option No. 1. Pierce found himself isolated one-on-one with Dorell Wright (6'8''-G/F-85), and no one else within 15 feet of him. The Heat had a foul to give on the play, but Pierce faked a drive once or twice and then calmly made his way to the spot on the floor where he has done so much damage in his Celtics career. Pierce led the way for the Celtics with 32 points. Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) added 25, and Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) chipped in 17 points and 8 assists. *Courtesy of www.projo.com

Cleveland C. - Chicago B. 106-108
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers can forget about sweeping the Bulls out of the playoffs. Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 31 points, Kirk Hinrich (6'3''-G-81, college: Kansas) added 27 and Chicago hung to beat the top-seeded Cavaliers 108-106 Thursday night in Game 3 of a first-round series after its 21-point lead dwindled to one. James scored 13 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter but also committed some turnovers down the stretch. Even so, the Cavaliers were within 107-106 after Maurice Williams (6'1''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) nailed a 3-pointer with 3.8 seconds left. They immediately fouled Luol Deng, who hit the first free throw but missed the second. Cleveland's Anthony Parker (6'5''-G/F-75, college: Bradley) got the rebound and raced up the right side but missed a 3 at the buzzer, and the Bulls escaped with the win despite some shaky foul shooting late in the game. They will try to tie the best-of-seven series on Sunday. *Courtesy of www.suntimes.com

West
Phoenix Suns - Portland TB 108-89
Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) scored a playoff career-high 42 points and the Phoenix Suns dominated from the start in a 108-89 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night that gave them a 2-1 lead in their first-round series. The Suns led by as many as 31 points before Portland mounted a rally in the fourth quarter, closing within 91-80 after Rudy Fernandez (6'6''-G-85) hit three consecutive 3-pointers. The burst came too late for the Blazers, who suffered a setback when starting forward Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) aggravated a shoulder injury in the first half and did not return. Phoenix dropped the opening game of the series 105-100 at home but rebounded with a 119-90 victory on Tuesday night. Game 4 is Saturday at Portland. Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Denver N. - Utah Jazz 93-105
Utah's reserves were able to do what the starters couldn't for the first 12 minutes - get inside and score on the Denver Nuggets. Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) led a surge early in the second quarter that got Utah back into Game 3 after a disastrous start, then the Jazz took control of the game and their Western Conference playoff series with a 105-93 victory Friday night. 'That's what we do, especially coming off the bench,' said Millsap, who finished with career highs of 22 points and 19 rebounds. 'When other guys aren't really feeling it at the time, we've got to come in and do a good job of trying to spark them and get them going.' Millsap was able to find a few creases in Denver's defense that widened into gaping holes as the Nuggets' continued to unravel. Game 4 is Sunday in Utah, where the Nuggets will need to win to avoid falling behind the short-handed Jazz 3-1. Millsap's 18 points in the second quarter gave the Jazz a chance to recover after Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) and Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) struggled early. Once Williams and Boozer got going, the Nuggets never recovered in their first road playoff game of the series. Utah limited Denver's Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) to 25 points and flustered him into five fouls. He also had just four free throw attempts after taking 19 while scoring a combined 74 points in the series' first two games. Anthony and Chauncey Billups, who also scored 25 points, were the only Denver players to score in double figures. *Courtesy of www.foxsports.com

LA Lakers - Oklah.City T. 96-101
Scuffling through a rough shooting night, Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) wanted to do anything he could to keep the Oklahoma City Thunder from falling hopelessly behind the Los Angeles Lakers. So, why not take on the task of defending Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78)? Durant had 29 points and 19 rebounds, and snapped out of a shooting funk while guarding Bryant to lead the decisive run, lifting the Thunder to a 101-96 victory in Game 3 on Thursday night in the first playoff game in Oklahoma City. Durant and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) scored 22 of the final 23 for the Thunder, including every point during a 10-2 surge that put Oklahoma City ahead to stay. The top-seeded Lakers got back within 98-96 on Bryant's driving layup with 13.5 seconds left, but the Thunder closed it out from the foul line to pull within 2-1 in the seven-game series. Game 4 is Saturday night in Oklahoma City. Durant celebrated by thumping his chest and popping his jersey to show off the 'Thunder' printed on the front while Westbrook, who scored 27 points, flapped his arms to egg on the screaming crowd. Bryant scored 24 points to surpass Jerry West's franchise record for playoff scoring, and Pau Gasol had 17 points and 15 rebounds for Los Angeles. *Courtesy of www.fox8.com

Dallas M. - San Antonio S. 90-94
Even with a broken and bloody nose, Manu Ginobili wasn't letting the Dallas Mavericks get ahead in this playoff series. Playing with a bandage across his nose after getting popped by Dirk Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78)'s elbow, Ginobili returned to the game and helped the San Antonio Spurs hold on in a wild fourth quarter for a 94-90 win over Dallas on Friday night. Ginobili scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. He was diagnosed after the game with a nasal fracture, and the Spurs said Ginobili would undergo a CT scan on Saturday. 'If Dirk or Jason Kidd get hurt, people like that who are ultimate competitors, they play unless they can't do it,' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. 'That's what (Manu) did.' The Spurs took a 2-1 lead by surviving the NBA's best road team, and Dirk Nowitzki torching the Spurs for 35 points after a shaky Game 2. Game 4 is Sunday in San Antonio. Sunday is also when Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) turns 34 but so far in this series, he's looked practically ageless. He scored 25 points for the second straight game and has the Spurs in position to possibly celebrate a commanding lead in this series if they can win on his birthday. Dirk Nowitzki made good on his vow to make the baskets he missed in Game 2. He shot 13 of 23 from the field and jump-started a 17-0 run in the third quarter that got the Mavs back into the game and a lead for just the second time since Game 1. For the Spurs, Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) had 23 points off the bench while continuing to thrive in the sixth-man role that Ginobili held for so many years. *Courtesy of www.seattletimes.com



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 30
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.30.0 
 2. James, Clevelan.29.9 
 3. Anthony, Denver N.28.4 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers26.8 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat26.7 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.5 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.3 
 8. Granger, Indiana P.24.1 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.24.0 
 10. Stoudemire, Phoeni.23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Howard, Orlando M.13.0 
 2. Camby, LA Clippers12.2 
 3. Lee, New York K.11.7 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.7 
 5. Gasol, LA Lakers11.2 
 6. Boozer, Utah Jazz11.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.11.1 
 8. Love, Minnesota T.11.0 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.10.8 
 10. Haywood, Washingt.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.0 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.7 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz10.6 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.8 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.0 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.5 
 7. Davis, LA Clippers8.0 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.8 
 9. Arenas, Washingt.7.2 
 10. Harris, New J.6.6 
Steals Per Game
 Monta ELLIS
  Golde State W.
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.1 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 6. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 9. Iguodala, Philadel.1.7 
 10. Davis, LA Clippers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Howard, Orlando M.2.9 
 2. Bogut, Milwauke.2.5 
 3. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 4. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 5. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 6. Haywood, Dallas M.1.9 
 7. Andersen, Denver N.1.9 
 8. Dalembert, Philad.1.8 
 9. McGee, Washingt.1.8 
 10. Lopez, New J.1.7 


Thunder even series with 110-89 blowout of Lakers - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 22 points, Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) added 18 points and eight assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder evened their first-round series against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 110-89 victory in Game 4 on Saturday night.

For the second straight game, the Thunder capitalized on a significant edge at the foul line and on the boards despite the presence of the Lakers' 7-foot tandem of Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) and Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87).

Oklahoma City never trailed after the opening 5 minutes and led by double digits for the final three quarters in a thorough dismantling of the defending NBA champions.

Bynum had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Gasol also scored 13 to lead Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) finished with only 12 points.


Game 5 is Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

Courtesy of www.ldnews.com


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  PALESTINE   


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


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  POLAND   


PLK Round: 3 (1/8 Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Polonia Azbud - Znicz 88-79
Polonia Azbud completed the quarterfinal picture after they held off Znicz in the decider 88:79. Eddie Miller (191-G-85, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Fresno St.) top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Brandun Hughes (180-G-76, college: S.Indiana) nailed 16. Keddric Mays (183-G-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) and Dawid Witos (190-G-83, agency: Promotex) netted 19 points each in defeat.



DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael WRIGHT
  PGE Turow
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Wright, PGE Turow20.7 
 2. Scott, ISS Sportino20.0 
 3. Mays, Znicz19.3 
 4. Day, ISS Sportino19.2 
 5. Swanson, AZS K.18.3 
 6. Chappell, Znicz18.3 
 7. Miller, Polonia Azbud18.0 
 8. Williamson, Znicz17.9 
 9. Okafor, Polpharma17.5 
 10. Logan, Assec.Pr.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.3 
 2. Daniels, Energa C.8.3 
 3. Chappell, Znicz8.2 
 4. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.8.2 
 5. Bigus, ISS Sportino7.9 
 6. Ibrahim, ISS S.7.9 
 7. Kesicki, ISS S.7.8 
 8. Wallace, PGE Turow7.6 
 9. NaNa, Polonia Azbud7.5 
 10. Okafor, Polpharma7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.7 
 2. Loyd, Stal SW5.9 
 3. Swanson, AZS K.5.8 
 4. Smith, SKK Kotwica5.1 
 5. Brazelton, Energa C.4.8 
 6. Logan, Assec.Pr.4.7 
 7. Ewing, Assec.Pr.4.5 
 8. Snieg, Polonia 20114.4 
 9. Hughes, Polonia .4.3 
 10. Milicic, AZS K.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy CHAPPELL
  Znicz
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Chappell, Znicz2.9 
 2. Day, ISS Sportino2.4 
 3. Logan, Assec.Pr.2.3 
 4. Majewski, Polph.2.3 
 5. Godbold, Stal SW2.1 
 6. Rosnowski, ISS S.2.1 
 7. Mays, Znicz2.0 
 8. Angley, Polpharma1.9 
 9. Swanson, AZS K.1.9 
 10. Szubarga, Anwil1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Leszek KARWOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (209-F-75)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Karwowski, Polonia .1.6 
 2. Harris, SKK K.1.4 
 3. Wallace, PGE Turow1.4 
 4. Kesicki, ISS S.1.3 
 5. Lapeta, Assec.Pr.1.1 
 6. Misiewicz, Znicz1.1 
 7. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.1.0 
 8. Wyka, Znicz1.0 
 9. Booker, Energa C.0.9 
 10. Sullivan, Anwil0.9 


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  PORTUGAL   


Ovarense signs Bilal Benn due to Shawn Jackson injury - by Bruno Baltazar
Ovarense will replace Shawn Jackson (203-F/C-71, college: Johnson C. Smith) due to injury , in 13 games he had averages of 9.1PPG , 4.7RPG , 1.5APG and 1.3SPG in 28 minutes...
Ovarense will replace him in time for the decisive moment in the season ,the playoffs and his name is Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86, agency: Stanley International, college: Villanova) ,a rookie coming out from college with good numbers ,he plays the position 2/3 , from Niagara from NCAA D1,,23 years old , 6,5 , had averages of 13.5PPG ,3.2APG , 9.9RPG , 1.9APG and 0.4BPG,a hustler and a player that will bring good power for this team.


Joao Santos goes to Porto and Armando Costa is between Porto and Benfica - by Bruno Baltazar
And more news before the playoffs in what is one of the most market changes in some years before the playoffs and nobody wants to be behiend nobody...
This time Joao Santos (205-C-79, college: Nevada) ,one of the best portuguese players will move from rivals, from Benfica to Porto,the interior player had averages so far in 16 games of 12.1PPG,4.4RPG , 0.8APG , 1.6SPG...

In the time Armando Costa (192-G-83) the Guard that used to play for Queluz a few years ago with alot of sucess in the portuguese league and was playing lately in the Angolan championship and Angola national team is close to either sign with Porto or Benfica ,we will keep you updated with that but the team that grabs him will sure make their roster a stronger roster....


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  PUERTO RICO   


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Capitanes 14-3 
 2. Bayamon 12-5 
 3. Ponce 9-7 
 4. Guaynabo 8-7 
 5. San German 8-8 
 6. Santurce 8-8 
 7. Humacao 8-9 
 8. Quebradillas 6-10 
 9. Isabela 6-11 
 10. Mayaguez 3-14 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Mayaguez
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Carmona, Mayaguez23.7 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon21.4 
 3. Nailon, Quebradillas21.0 
 4. Hickerson, San G.20.2 
 5. Maye, Mayaguez19.9 
 6. Priutt, Isabela18.9 
 7. Nailon, Ponce18.8 
 8. Ayuso, Capitanes18.4 
 9. McGowan, Guaynabo18.2 
 10. Jones, Quebradillas17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Priutt, Isabela14.4 
 2. Sweetney, Santurce11.0 
 3. Traylor, Bayamon10.2 
 4. Dyer, San German9.8 
 5. Aubry, Capitanes9.6 
 6. Reyes, Capitanes9.6 
 7. Narvaez, Ponce9.5 
 8. Collins, Ponce9.0 
 9. Mays, Humacao8.8 
 10. Walker, Guaynabo8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon5.9 
 2. Russell, Quebradillas5.4 
 3. Cruz, Ponce5.2 
 4. Copeland, San G.5.1 
 5. Graham, Mayaguez5.1 
 6. Hatton, Ponce4.9 
 7. Guzman, Guaynabo4.7 
 8. Rodriguez, Capit.4.4 
 9. Rivera, Isabela4.2 
 10. Nailon, Ponce4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Mayaguez
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Carmona, Mayaguez2.4 
 2. Berdiel, Humacao2.3 
 3. Pickett, Capitanes1.8 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon1.7 
 5. Perez, Isabela1.7 
 6. Copeland, San G.1.6 
 7. Rivera, Isabela1.6 
 8. Mays, Humacao1.6 
 9. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 10. Sanchez, Santurce1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Glen MCGOWAN
  Guaynabo
  (206-F-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. McGowan, Guaynabo1.5 
 2. Reyes, Capitanes1.3 
 3. Russell, Quebradillas1.3 
 4. Perez, Isabela1.3 
 5. Gainous, Santurce1.3 
 6. Priutt, Isabela1.2 
 7. Nieves, Santurce1.2 
 8. Shannon, Bayamon1.0 
 9. Nailon, Quebradillas1.0 
 10. Mays, Humacao1.0 


Long layoff proves fatal for the Lions - by Luis Ramirez
The Ponce Lions has been in recess for the past two weeks and it showed. Playing against the Isabela Gallitos the Lions seemed out of sync and succumbed to the Gallitos 98-92.

In the first quarter the Gallitos immediately took the leading opening the game with a 5-2 run. Alvin Cruz tied the game at 5 but the Gallitos responded to take once again the lead with 3:55 to go in the quarter Isabela was leading 16-14. The Lions tied it again at 18 points with 2:40 to go but eventually the Gallitos took the quarter 26-24. The only bright spot for the Lions during this quarter was Lee Nailon who scored 10 points.

In the 2nd quarter the Gallitos made their adjustments and once again took the lead this time the Gallitos seemed that they would pull away but the Lions fought back and the quarter ended with the Gallitos in front by 2 points 46-44.

In the 3rd quarter the Lions started to show their rust and missed some easy baskets at times and other times the ball would just simply hit the rim and bounce out of the cylinder, the quarter ended 74-68 in favor of Isabela.

In the 4th quarter the Lions once again made a final push to try to take the lead but the closest they would get would be to 2 points 92-90 with just 1 minute to play in the game. The Gallitos were able to weather the storm and come away with the victory.

For Isabela, Shaun Pruitt was unstoppable and scored 32 points with 16 rebounds, while Rafael Perez scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.

For Ponce, Alvin Cruz scored 25 points followed by Lee Nailon who scored 17 points.

In other BSN action last night, the Arecibo Captains won as the game against the San German Athletics was stopped by the officials during the overtime period and awarded to the Captains with the score 89-79. It seems that the fans started to throw debris into the court frustrated by the way the game was being called by the officials. The regular time had finished tied at 79 points.

For Arecibo, Jeff Aubry scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Larry Ayuso scored 19 points.

For San German, Leroy Hickerson scored 30 points with 8 rebounds while Donald Copeland scored 15 points and had 7 assists.

Over at Humacao, the Caciques topped the Mayaguez Indians 94-89. The first half belonged to the Caciques 46-36. The Indians had a better 3rd quarter and took a 1 point lead as the quarter came to an end, 63-62, but in the 4th quarter the Caciques steamrolled the Indians to get the win.

For Humacao, Miguel Berdiel scored 27 points and had 7 assists, while James Mays and John Millsap both scored 20 points each, Mays also grabbed 12 rebounds for the Caciques.

For Mayaguez, Alejandro Carmona scored 27 points with 9 rebounds while James Maye scored 20 points.



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  SLOVENIA   


Koper beats Rogaska in first leg of Play-Out - by Zeljko Zule
Luka Koper beat Rogaska 82-66 in the first leg of Telemach League Play-Out. Emanuel Richter (192-G-86) scored 20 points including five 3-pointers, Davit Ugrekhelidze and Ivan Drzic added 15 points apiece and Rok Perko netted 11 points and handed out 9 assists. Koper trailed 35-43 early in the third period but reeled off 12 straight points and never looked back from there. Rogaska was outrebounded 32-44 and shot just 32 percent (19-of-60) from the field. Zeljko Jotic finished with 16 points and Beno Pungartnik and Jernej Pesic added 12 each. Second leg will be on Wednesday in Rogaska Slatina.

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  SPAIN   


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria19.5 
 2. Fitch, Fuenlabrada18.4 
 3. Vujanic, CB Murcia17.2 
 4. Tucker, DKV J.16.8 
 5. Splitter, Caja L.16.4 
 6. Vasiliadis, Xacob.16.0 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.15.3 
 8. Savanovic, Cajasol14.2 
 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. Kirksay, Cajasol7.3 
 3. Prestes, CB Murcia7.3 
 4. Moss, CB Murcia7.0 
 5. Hendrix, Granada7.0 
 6. Splitter, Caja L.6.9 
 7. Augustine, Gran C.6.9 
 8. Panko, Lagun A.6.9 
 9. Caner-Medley, Estudi.6.6 
 10. Jackson, Xacobeo BS6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Omar COOK
  Unicaja
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Cook, Unicaja5.9 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.1 
 3. Stanic, Xacobeo BS5.0 
 4. Valters, DKV J.4.4 
 5. Dumas, Valladolid4.3 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca4.3 
 7. Norris, Gran C.4.1 
 8. Calloway, Cajasol4.0 
 9. Oliver, Estudiantes3.7 
 10. Prigioni, MMC R.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tariq KIRKSAY
  Cajasol
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kirksay, Cajasol2.3 
 2. Rubio, Regal Barca2.1 
 3. Prigioni, MMC R.2.1 
 4. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.9 
 5. Rodriguez, Bizkai.1.6 
 6. Lewis, Manresa1.6 
 7. Triguero, Cajasol1.5 
 8. Vasiliadis, Xacob.1.5 
 9. San Miguel, Manre.1.4 
 10. Lofton, Estudiantes1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Valladolid
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Valladolid1.5 
 2. Hendrix, Granada1.3 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.3 
 4. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.2 
 5. Aguilar, Granada1.2 
 6. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 7. Freeland, Unicaja1.0 
 8. Savane, Gran C.1.0 
 9. Barnes, Valladolid1.0 
 10. Lishchuk, Valencia.1.0 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 28-3 
 2. Caja Laboral 24-6 
 3. MMC Real M. 24-6 
 4. Valencia BC 20-9 
 5. Cajasol 17-13 
 6. Unicaja 16-15 
 7. Estudiantes 16-15 
 8. Gran Canaria 15-15 
 9. Granada 14-16 
 10. DKV Joventut 14-16 
 11. Bizkaia Bilbao 13-16 
 12. Manresa 12-18 
 13. Fuenlabrada 12-18 
 14. Valladolid 11-19 
 15. Lagun Aro GBC 11-19 
 16. Meridiano A. 11-19 
 17. Xacobeo BS 8-22 
 18. CB Murcia 5-26 


ADEPAL Alcazar promotes to LEB Gold - by Natxo Mendaza
Fundacion Adepal Alcazar secured a LEB Gold berth for the next season with a 86-61 win over C.B. Prat, DKV Joventut farm team, in the last game of LEB Silver regular season. The team from Alcazar de San Juan, where former Spanish NT head coach Antonio Diaz Miguel was born, completed a perfect record (12-0) in the second round of the regular season, clinching the first place and earning automatic promotion to LEB Gold league next year, avoiding playoffs. Adepal was supported by more than 2,000 fans, who celebrated the biggest achievement of the club in its history. Dexter Lyons (198-F/G-81, agency: NM Services, college: Cent.Florida) were the hero of the night, scoring 31 points with an incredible shooting accuracy (7 threes), leading the way to the victory.

Now, the rest of the best LEB Silver teams will need to fight for the other LEB Gold berth that is still available. The best seven teams of the Group 1 and the best one of Group 2 will face each other in the playoffs, to start on April, 26th. They will play 3 rounds, all of them best-of-five series. Huesca, as LEB Silver Cup winner, will be the top seed:

(2) Huesca Vs. (9) Alaior Menorcarentals.com
(3) CB Promobys Tijola Vs. (8) Huelva
(4) Grupo Iruna Navarra Vs. (6) Plasencia Extremadura
(5) BC River Andorra Vs. (7) Cajarioja


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  TURKEY   


Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Awards 2009-10 - by Eurobasket
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Orhan Haciyeva
Haciyeva
Can Ugur Ogut
Ogut
Tyrone Nelson
Nelson
Albert Fisher
Fisher
Antonio Meeking
Meeking
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Player of the Year:
Orhan Haciyeva (201-C/F-89) of Pertevniyal Istanbul
Guard of the Year: Can Ugur Ogut (178-G-92) of Genc Telekom
Forward of the Year: Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Akhisar Belediye
Center of the Year: Orhan Haciyeva (201-C/F-89) of Pertevniyal Istanbul
Defensive Player of the Year: Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of Usakspor Belediyesi
Domestic Player of the Year: Orhan Haciyeva (201-C/F-89) of Pertevniyal Istanbul
Import of the Year: Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Akhisar Belediye
Bosman of the Year: Muhammed Tachi (200-G/F-81) of Ormanspor Genc Ankara
Newcomer of the Year: Can Mutaf (193-G-91) of FMV Isikspor Istanbul
Most Improved Player of the Year: Can Mutaf (193-G-91) of FMV Isikspor Istanbul
Coach of the Year: Hasan Ozmeric of Selcuk

1st Team
G: Can Ugur Ogut (178-G-92) of Genc Telekom
G: Albert Fisher (185-G-86) of Akcakoca Poyraz
F: Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Akhisar Belediye
F: Antonio Meeking (203-F-81) of Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya
C: Orhan Haciyeva (201-C/F-89) of Pertevniyal Istanbul

2nd Team
G: Admir Kan (185-G-83) of Yesilyurt Istanbul
F/C: Jermaine Dearman (202-F/C-80) of Hacettepe University
F/C: Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of Usakspor Belediyesi
C: Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85) of TTNET Beykozspor
C: Marquise Gray (203-C-86) of Gelisim Koleji

Honorable Mention
Benson Egemonye (208-C-83) of Optimum TED Kolejliler Ankara
Jermont Horton (198-G-83) of Tenis E.Dagcilik Istanbul
Thomas Brown (201-F-86) of Yesilyurt Istanbul
James Hairston (203-F-84) of Duzce Genclik
Johnny Dukes (203-F-84) of ITU Istanbul
Emre Ozpulat (200-F-82) of Vestelspor Manisa
Recai Ozturk (198-F-82) of Gelisim Koleji
Mustafa Abi (197-G-79) of ITU Istanbul
Eddy Fobbs (211-C-80) of Trabzonspor Basketbol
Arif Erhan Kocamis (196-F-86) of Gelisim Koleji
David Dixon (211-C-78) of Edirne Olin Genclik Spor
Sertac Sanli (209-F-91) of Genc Telekom
Azizcan Ozdemir (201-F-88) of Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya
Sezgin Eris (185-G-85) of Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Can Ugur Ogut (178-G-92) of Genc Telekom
G: Admir Kan (185-G-83) of Yesilyurt Istanbul
F: Emre Ozpulat (200-F-82) of Vestelspor Manisa
F: Recai Ozturk (198-F-82) of Gelisim Koleji
C: Orhan Haciyeva (201-C/F-89) of Pertevniyal Istanbul

All-Imports Team
G: Albert Fisher (185-G-86) of Akcakoca Poyraz
G: Jermont Horton (198-G-83) of Tenis E.Dagcilik Istanbul
F: Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Akhisar Belediye
F: Antonio Meeking (203-F-81) of Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya
C: Dwayne Curtis
(203-C-85) of TTNET Beykozspor


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Efes Pilsen 27-3 
 2. Fener.Ulker 23-7 
 3. Banvit 20-10 
 4. Besiktas 18-12 
 5. T.Telekom 18-12 
 6. Karsiyaka 16-14 
 7. Bornova 14-16 
 8. Erdemir 13-17 
 9. Galatasaray 13-17 
 10. Tofas 12-18 
 11. Antalya 12-18 
 12. Mersin 12-18 
 13. Aliaga 11-19 
 14. Oyak Renault 11-19 
 15. Kepez Bld 10-20 
 16. Darussafaka 6-24 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Darussafaka
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Douby, Darussafaka23.6 
 2. Shipp, Bornova19.1 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas18.4 
 4. Brown, Bornova18.1 
 5. Hosley, Aliaga18.1 
 6. Baxter, Besiktas17.4 
 7. Heytvelt, Oyak R.17.3 
 8. Stanojevic, Kepez B.17.2 
 9. Toolson, Karsiyaka17.0 
 10. Famutimi, Oyak R.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermareo DAVIDSON
  Darussafaka
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Davidson, Darussaf.10.7 
 2. Heytvelt, Oyak R.10.0 
 3. Williams, Erdemir9.3 
 4. Hosley, Aliaga8.0 
 5. Aldemir, Karsiyaka7.9 
 6. Bowman, Tofas7.3 
 7. Smith, Karsiyaka7.2 
 8. Elegar, Bornova6.9 
 9. Greene, Antalya6.9 
 10. Wesson, Karsiyaka6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan KOSEOGLU
  Erdemir
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Koseoglu, Erdemir8.7 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas6.1 
 3. Douby, Darussafaka4.9 
 4. Ermis, Banvit4.9 
 5. Smith, Bornova4.5 
 6. Acik, T.Telekom4.4 
 7. Atsur, Besiktas4.4 
 8. Ukic, Fener.Ulker4.2 
 9. James, Mersin4.2 
 10. Erdogan, Oyak R.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky DAVIS
  T.Telekom
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Davis, T.Telekom2.7 
 2. Hosley, Aliaga2.6 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas2.4 
 4. Douby, Darussafaka2.3 
 5. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.1 
 6. Shipp, Bornova2.0 
 7. James, Mersin2.0 
 8. Famutimi, Oyak R.1.9 
 9. Adams, Oyak R.1.8 
 10. Greene, Antalya1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  Karsiyaka
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.5 
 2. Davidson, Darussaf.1.3 
 3. Denison, Tofas1.2 
 4. Solak, Galatasaray1.2 
 5. Elegar, Bornova1.2 
 6. Heytvelt, Oyak R.1.2 
 7. Davis, Banvit1.1 
 8. Bowman, Tofas1.1 
 9. Kone, Erdemir0.9 
 10. Buckman, Kepez Bld0.9 


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  UKRAINE   


Superleague Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
BC Kyiv - BC Odessa 91-79
BC Kyiv won over BC Odessa 91:79 to open Quarter-Finals Round 1 in Ukraine. Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-G-84) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Lukashov Denys netted 18. Hill Chris delivered 17 points in the losing effort.

Ferro-ZNTU - Dnipro 89-72
Ferro-ZNTU overcame Dnipro 89:72 as Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) erupted with 27 points, while Thomas Charles collected 22 points and 16 boards. Faison Marcus notched 14 for the guests and Crowe Jason added 12.

Kryvbasbasket - Azovmash 49-62
Azovmash becme the only team on Friday to win away from home as they rolled over Kryvbasbasket 62:49. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: Buck Andre, college: Alabama) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Curry Ramel notched 17. Korablev Dmitry ended up with 13 points in the losing case.

Budivelnyk - Hoverla 105-65
Budivelnyk smashed Hoverla 105:65 in their Quarter-Finals Round 1. R.T. Guinn (208-C-81, college: Baylor) and Drozdov Artur poured in 16 points each, while El-Amin Khalid scored 15. Decker Tate responded with 17 ponts and 8 rebounds for the visitors.



Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Khalid EL-AMIN
  Budivelnyk
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. El-Amin, Budivelnyk21.4 
 2. Karim, DniproAzot21.2 
 3. Thomas, Fe.20.9 
 4. Burtt, Fe.20.5 
 5. McClintock, Mykolaiv18.6 
 6. Curry, Azovmash18.4 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik18.3 
 8. Williams, Halychyna18.0 
 9. Atanackovic, Gryfo.17.5 
 10. Daniels, Azovmash17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Hoverla
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Fraser, Hoverla11.5 
 2. Thomas, Fe.10.8 
 3. Finn, Halychyna7.9 
 4. McClintock, Mykolaiv7.8 
 5. Pettway, Dnipro7.6 
 6. Morton, DniproAzot7.3 
 7. Rizvic, Azovmash7.2 
 8. Shkurupiy, Gryfony7.1 
 9. Hunter, Fe.6.9 
 10. Agafonov, Khimik6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Dnipro
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Crowe, Dnipro7.6 
 2. Blassingame, BC Od.6.6 
 3. Sparks, Hoverla5.8 
 4. Mitchell, Khimik5.4 
 5. Karim, DniproAzot5.4 
 6. Burtt, Fe.5.3 
 7. El-Amin, Budivelnyk5.2 
 8. Lukashov, BC Kyiv5.0 
 9. Love, Mykolaiv4.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Mykol.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fred HOUSE
  Azovmash
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. House, Azovmash2.9 
 2. El-Amin, Budivelnyk2.2 
 3. Crowe, Dnipro2.2 
 4. Jeromanovs, Mykol.2.0 
 5. Tiggs, Fe.1.9 
 6. Perry, BC Donetsk1.9 
 7. Sparks, Hoverla1.8 
 8. Shemosyuk, Pulsar1.7 
 9. Karim, DniproAzot1.7 
 10. Skutyelnik, Azovm.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Kyiv
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv2.8 
 2. McClintock, Mykolaiv1.9 
 3. Rizvic, Azovmash1.9 
 4. Balashov, BC Odessa1.9 
 5. Agafonov, Khimik1.7 
 6. Morton, DniproAzot1.6 
 7. Pettway, Dnipro1.6 
 8. Garrison, Khimik1.3 
 9. Ulyanko, Hoverla1.2 
 10. Hunter, Fe.1.0 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Trailblazers look to repeat league success over Bristol - by George Manousidis
One of the greatest rivalries in British basketball will be renewed on Saturday, as Derby Trailblazers take on Bristol Academy Flyers in the Semi-Finals of the EBL Division One Play-Offs at Manchesters Amaechi Basketball Centre.

The two clubs have met three times already this season, with the most recent match providing not only a league victory for Derby, but also the division one league title, at Bristols expense.

Three years before, the two clubs also fought out the closest ever title race in league division two, with Derby clinching the league title on basket difference ahead of their West Country rivals to establish what has since become a healthy rivalry.

As champions, the Trailblazers are the number one seeds going into the final fours weekend, but Coach Clarence Wiggins, recently voted EBL Division One Coach of the Season, knows it will be difficult to repeat their success this weekend:

Winning the league was tremendous for everyone at the club. There are an awful lot of people who put a great deal of time and effort into making the club successful. At the start of the season, I thought we had a team that was capable of finishing in the top four and maybe winning one of the knock out competitions, but by winning the league, weve set a benchmark to show just how successful weve become.

Now we want to see if we can add another trophy, but we face two more very difficult matches along the way. If we can pull through and come away with the silverware, it would be an excellent achievement for our club, he said.

Derbys rise to the top this season has been even more remarkable because of their decision to field an entirely British team, the majority of whom come from within the franchise area. Its a concept that hasnt brought success to any other top flight club in over twenty-five years.

Trailblazers forward Dave Attewell, who finished runner up to Manchesters Stefan Gill in the vote for EBL Division One Player of the Season says that fact alone makes winning the league title even more special:

Several of us have felt for a while that we might have the right make up of players in and around the city to be able to make this dream a reality and fortunately all the pieces fell into place this year and we managed to get the job done. Now weve tasted success wed certainly like to taste a little bit more by going on to win the play-offs, he said.

Wiggins sees the need to keep Attewell healthy for the entire weekend as being a key factor in Derbys search for success:

Dave was missing the only time theyve beaten us this season and I think some of our guys heads dropped when they knew he wasnt going to play. As a result, we played very poorly, but we still came very close to beating them. In the two league games where weve had Dave playing, weve beaten fairly easily so Im pretty sure we can do it again.

As for his opponents, Wiggins says there are several players amongst the Bristol line up that could cause problems for Derby if his side dont perform to their best ability:

I think their American Davis Bowne has improved as the season has gone on and their other import Doug McLaughlin-Williams has the potential to cause problems. They also have a good back court with the likes of [Greg] Streete, [Rob] Loftman and [Tyrone] Treasure, but I think we match up well against them, so it should be another great game, he said.

One Derby player who has constantly caused problems for Bristol is club captain Matt Shaw, who top scored in the last two games against them. Consequently, its no surprise to see the Flyers coach Andreas Kapoulis singling out Shaw as being a major threat. But he admits he hasnt yet figured out a legal method of limiting his involvement:

I think the only way to deal with him is to lock him in the changing rooms during the game! Joking aside though, Matt is playing really well and we definitely need to find a way to contain him. However, I do not think you can concentrate only on one player when you play a team like Derby as they have a number of players that can hurt you during the game.

Gayle, Allaway, Baker and Spencer are all quality guards with great shooting ability while the front court of Attewell, Madourie and O'Shea is the best, in my opinion, in our division. We need to concentrate on good team defence and we will need to think of ways to disrupt their offensive rhythm. In such a game, defence and rebounding are always going to be the decisive elements, he said.

So what does the Trailblazers captain make of the comments made by Kapoulis?

Its obviously nice for Andreas to single me out as a star, but I guess thats because I have played particularly well against Bristol this season. I just hope that can continue on Saturday. However, I think the real key for us is for everyone to play well defensively and to have at least three or hopefully more people that can find their rhythm on offense.

In recent weeks the baskets have seemed really big to me and I've been able to score quite a lot of points, but all season long we've had different players step up on offence and I expect this to continue this weekend, particular as it sounds like Bristol will be paying me some extra attention. If that happens, hopefully it will mean some of my team mates will find they have a bit more space. We also need to make sure we shoot well from outside the three point arc, because if we can get seven or eight three pointers in any game we will be tough to beat, he said.

Rebounding is also likely to be a key factor, with both teams boasting a number of big and physical inside players. Its a battle the Trailblazers should win, as they have the leagues leading rebounder within their ranks. Dave Attewell has averaged almost twelve rebounds a game and usually manages to combine this with double-digit scoring.

Like Shaw, hes relishing the chance to repeat Derbys league success over the Flyers, but he also knows therell be no room for complacency:

When we played them last time, they were on a twelve game unbeaten run, but we were the last team to beat them before that run and of course we were the team that broke the run, so I dont think they enjoy playing us.

For that reason, I dont think they wouldve wanted to draw us in the semi-finals but I dont think theyll fear us either because theyve seen us so many times now. Theyll probably be focussing on the success they had against us in the cup and trying to reproduce that, so well have to be at our best to beat them, he said.

Bristols 85-78 victory in the semi-final of the National Cup is their only success over Derby so far this season, with the Trailblazers having won 101-80 at Filton College in January, before securing the league title with an 82-76 win at Moorways on the final day of the regular season.

If Derby are successful against Bristol on Saturday, they will go on to face the winners of the semi-final between Manchester Magic and London Mets on Sunday afternoon, but there seems to be little certainty among the Trailblazers ranks as to which of those two sides will win through:

The semi-final between London Mets and Manchester Magic will be very close game, Attewell said. Mets have are the only club to have beaten us twice this season so Id like the chance to meet them again, but I also know the Manchester coach very well and Id like to play against them again too. Theyre also coming back to their best form at just the right time of the season, so I think it would make for a very interesting final, he said.

Head Coach Clarence Wiggins is also undecided with regards to who he would prefer to face in the final:

Very few people have been able to stop Stefan Gill this season and even when we beat Manchester, he still had around 40 points, he said. With [Brandon] Kimbrough back in the line up, Manchester are even tougher still, so it would be nice to face them.

As for Mets, I think we have unfinished business to settle. Theyve beaten us twice, but I thought we were the better team on both occasions. [Arturo] Noha hurt us both times we lost and if Solomon [Ayinla] plays, he can also be a handful, but Id the chance to prove theyre beatable.

For Shaw though, there was no such indecision:

Its got to be Manchester, he said. My good friend David Watts plays for them so it would be nice to match up against them. We won the Division 2 play offs together when we were both at Mansfield so it would be great to battle against him for a championship title one level higher.

I think it would also make for a better atmosphere, as coincidentally the finals are being held in Manchester this year and I enjoy playing in those types of games. I think being an underdog would help us to be honest, because when youre expected to win, its always tougher. The most important thing for us is though is to win on Saturday, because then we can sit back and watch the second semi-final and see what happens, he said.

Derby take on Bristol Academy Flyers on Saturday at 4pm in the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester, with the winners going on to face either Manchester Magic or London Mets in Sundays Championship Final at 3:30pm.



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  VENEZUELA   


Cheap Excuses - by Carlos Santander
It sounds disrespectful when Mr. Flor Melendez come out with cheap excuses to Venezuela media on regards to his low performance as Trotamundos Basketball head coach. Everybody know that is not easy be Trotamundos Head Coach, but is not a secret neither that Mr. German Blanco doesn't hesitate to expend a lot of money in order to bring high level athletes to Venezuela besides trying to recruit good level Venezuelan to then develop them for his local list of athletes. 'The worst thing that can happen is that they get rid of me, they cannot kill me because the team is not good' Flor Melendez said. 'Our problem is we have not bench players I just count with seven players...when I turn to the bench to sub starters I don't see anyone... you tell me who I put in? It sound horrible especially to bench local players Mr. Melendez, Why not take full responsibility about what is happening now to the team? Also he comments about missing Rafael Perez due his participation in the Puerto Rican League as well as Miguel Marriaga absence by injure. It seems that Mr. Flor Melendez has forgotten that coaches are in the team to create strategies to solve those kinds of problems. Maybe pointing his finger everywhere looking for guilty is a good excuse to don't look so bad himself and hope for another contract in a different professional basketball organization for next season.
source http://www.liderendeportes.com/Noticias/?id=101290&sid=72


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  WABA   


LEBANON 5-0 IN THE 11TH WABA U18 CHAMPIONSHIP - by Maarouf Mawloud


After winning 4 times the WABA U18 Junior Championship in 1998,2001, 2005 & 2006 Lebanon is crowned once again the 11th WABA U18 Champion after finishing the championship without any loss with 5-0 record .

Lebanons last game was against Syria, Lebanon managed to win the game on the score of 74-87. The game was close in the first half but in the second half the Lebanese players imposed their game especially through their great teamwork and a big leadership for Karam Mechref, the teams captain. Karim Jadayel finished the best scorer in the game with 23 points. The Lebanese U18 National Team had many big runs in the game but the Syrians knew how to get back in the game due to the small experience of the players.

Jadayel received a big help from Karam Mechref with 18 pints , Naji Birak (14 points), Konstantin Koudsi (13 points ).

In other games Iran won its 4th game in the championship against Yemen on the score of 65-51. In a decisive game for the 3rd place Iraq managed to win against Jordan on the score of 66-70.

Final Standing :

Lebanon 5-0
I. R. Iran 4-1
Iraq 2-3
Syria 2-3
Jordan 1-4
Yemen 1-4




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Women News

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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Petra REISINGEROVA
  Strakonice
  (196-C-73)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Reisingerova, Strako.18.8 
 2. Vlkova, Valosun .18.3 
 3. Misurova, Trutnov17.9 
 4. Zrustova, Valosun .16.8 
 5. Wallace, BA Sparta15.6 
 6. Viteckova, Frisco S.15.6 
 7. Vetrovcova, Karlov.15.4 
 8. Sipova, Slovanka.15.0 
 9. Bonner, Frisco Sika14.8 
 10. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petra REISINGEROVA
  Strakonice
  (196-C-73)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Reisingerova, Strako.10.7 
 2. Kulichova, Frisco S.8.9 
 3. Hartigova, Trutnov8.6 
 4. Sipova, Slovanka.8.2 
 5. Stepanova, VS Praha7.9 
 6. Zrustova, Valosun .7.4 
 7. Vetrovcova, Karlov.7.4 
 8. Bonner, Frisco Sika7.2 
 9. Svobodova, Valosun .6.8 
 10. Novakova, Hradec K.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.4.8 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika4.1 
 3. Horakova, Frisco S.3.9 
 4. Bednarova, USK P.2.9 
 5. Whalen, USK Praha2.7 
 6. Borecka, Karlovy .2.7 
 7. Johnova, Strakonice2.5 
 8. Misurova, Trutnov2.4 
 9. DeHaven, Karlovy .2.4 
 10. Maltsi, USK Praha2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.4 
 2. Horakova, Frisco S.3.3 
 3. Wallace, BA Sparta2.8 
 4. DeHaven, Karlovy .2.8 
 5. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.2.7 
 6. Sipova, Slovanka.2.5 
 7. Borecka, Karlovy .2.4 
 8. Vlkova, Valosun .2.3 
 9. Vetrovcova, Karlov.2.3 
 10. Zrustova, Valosun .2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  Frisco Sika
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kulichova, Frisco S.1.9 
 2. Tamane, USK Praha1.5 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.1.1 
 4. Novakova, Hradec K.1.1 
 5. Kraayveld, USK P.1.0 
 6. Stepanova, VS Praha1.0 
 7. Vetrovcova, Karlov.0.9 
 8. Kohoutova, Hradec K.0.8 
 9. Svobodova, Valosun .0.8 
 10. Bonner, Frisco Sika0.7 


Frisco Sika Brno grab the Trophy! - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika Brno grab the Trophy of the League as they finished the Final series over their rivals. In Game 4 Frisco Sika Brno produced 83:69 win over USK Praha to clinch Gold.
Whalen opened the game for the hosts, while Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) was first to score for the winners. The team from the capital played better in the first 10 minutes, but could bring only 22:21 into the second period. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, college: Auburn) scored for 23:22 and Tay McWilliams (189-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) added for 29:24. The second frame became decisive in the game as Frisco Sika Brno took 47:33 at the halftime. Moreover Skerovic scored for 52:35 and DeWanna Bonner delivered for 56:35. Praha tried hard to recover but reduced only to 64:46 after three periods. Eva Viteckova nailed two in the start of the last quarter and it became clear that the guests triumphed in the country.Houston was the last to score in the game that became the last in the series.
DeWanna Bonner top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Eva Viteckova and Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) followed her with 14 each, while Tay McWilliams added 12. Charde Houston (185-F-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) ended up with 19 points and 5 rebounds in the losing effort. Whalen Lindsay and Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) posted 13 apiece, while Tamane Zane and Maltsi Evanthia scored 8 each.


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  DENMARK - Women  


Horsholm 79ers clinch the title - by Eurobasket News
Game 4 became the last one in the Danish Finals of the country. Horsholm 79ers clinched the title as they needed 50:49 win over Aabyhoj. The last period the winners won 14-2 and it was enough to take the Trophy.
Aabyhoj played at home and started with 14-8 in the opening quarter. The latter that play a great defensive game grabbed 16:8 later in the half, while the guests responded with 11-8 in the second frame. The score was tied at 26:26 and the hosts latertook 33:32 advantage. Abyhoj had a really good grip on the match and Stephanie Mannemar gave her side 47:36. It seemed the victory belonged to the hosts as the game had more defensive background. Horsholm 79ers however proved the ambitions for Gold and already after two minutes reduced t 47:45. Faye Muller (191-F-84) scored for 49:45 and nobody could imagine that it was Abyhoj last points of the match. Horsholm 79ers played better at the end and rightfully won the game. Anne Thorius (179-G-77, college: Michigan) brought 49:48, while Therese Deemand (176-G-83, college: Binghamton) gave the last points for the win. Kristine Dalgaard (188-F/C-79) and Anne Thorius paced all the winners with 9 points each. Therese Deemand brought 8 and Ryder as well as Stec scored 6 apiece. Deleuran Kristensen replied with 12 points for the home side. Ida Krogh (181-G/F-91) netted 10, while Hesseldal and Mannemar produced 9 each.



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  FRANCE - Women  


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lindsay TAYLOR
  Nantes
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Taylor, Nantes16.1 
 2. Williams, Mondeville15.3 
 3. Houston, Tarbes15.3 
 4. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.15.0 
 5. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes15.0 
 6. Stansbury, Aix-en-P.14.8 
 7. Gomis, Villeneuve14.4 
 8. Page, Aix-en-Prov.14.3 
 9. Sy, Nantes14.0 
 10. Krawczyk, Lattes M.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Agathe NNINDJEM
  Toulouse
  (192-C-80)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Nnindjem, Toulouse9.7 
 2. Bonnan, Mondeville8.5 
 3. Sy, Nantes8.5 
 4. Neaves, Calais8.5 
 5. Stansbury, Aix-en-P.8.4 
 6. Davis, Limoges8.0 
 7. Ivancevic, Aix-en-P.7.9 
 8. Humphrey, Calais7.9 
 9. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes7.7 
 10. Comfort, Villeneuve7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kathleen MACLEOD
  Nantes
  (167-G-86)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Macleod, Nantes6.4 
 2. Aubert, Mondeville5.6 
 3. Mitchell, Arras5.5 
 4. Lepron, Tarbes5.0 
 5. Johnson, Mondeville4.7 
 6. Tanqueray, Villeneuve4.6 
 7. Spatharou, Limoges4.2 
 8. Cousseins, Calais3.8 
 9. Manic, Bourges3.5 
 10. Das Neves, Aix-en-P.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Virginie BREMONT
  Armentieres
  (178-G-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Bremont, Armentie.2.5 
 2. Aubert, Mondeville2.4 
 3. Michel, Arras2.4 
 4. Gomis, Arras2.4 
 5. Parham, Landes2.3 
 6. Hermouet, Toulouse2.1 
 7. Mitchell, Arras2.0 
 8. Konate, Landes1.9 
 9. Skrela, Lattes M.1.9 
 10. Whittington, Lattes M.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Julie Anne PAGE
  Aix-en-Prov.
  (188-F/C-83)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Page, Aix-en-Prov.0.7 
 2. Metcalf, Toulouse0.7 
 3. Nnindjem, Toulouse0.7 
 4. Tayeau, Limoges0.6 
 5. Fikiel, Toulouse0.6 
 6. Cousseins, Calais0.6 
 7. Gueye, Limoges0.6 
 8. Stansbury, Aix-en-P.0.6 
 9. N''Diaye, Arras0.6 
 10. Putnina, Mondeville0.5 


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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, Faenza16.9 
 3. Dixon, GMA Napoli16.0 
 4. Macchi, Familia Schio15.8 
 5. Walker, GMA Napoli15.5 
 6. Machanguana, Bracco G.15.3 
 7. Brunson, Taranto15.0 
 8. Bjelica, Vomero NA13.8 
 9. Pascalau, Priolo13.7 
 10. Cirov, Priolo13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcedes WALKER
  GMA Napoli
  (191-C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Walker, GMA Napoli10.2 
 2. Bjelica, Vomero NA9.6 
 3. Tillis, Familia Schio9.1 
 4. Robert, Faenza8.8 
 5. Willis, Livorno8.0 
 6. Brunson, Taranto7.8 
 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: 3.2
 1. Pinto, Faenza3.2 
 2. Eric, Vomero NA2.5 
 3. Macchi, Familia Schio2.5 
 4. Dixon, GMA Napoli2.2 
 5. Ballardini, Umana R.2.2 
 6. Moro, Familia Schio2.0 
 7. Carpreaux, Livorno2.0 
 8. Penicheiro, Umbertide2.0 
 9. Martinez Pra., Bracco G.2.0 
 10. Goryanova, GMA N.1.9 
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, Faenza4.2 
 6. Zara, Basket Parma3.9 
 7. Macchi, Familia Schio3.9 
 8. Smith, Comense3.8 
 9. Eric, Vomero NA3.8 
 10. Palie, Vomero NA3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Oleksandra PRYSTUPA
  Faenza
  (203-C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Prystupa, Faenza1.0 
 2. Smith, Comense0.9 
 3. Harper, Umana R.0.9 
 4. Tillis, Familia Schio0.8 
 5. Alexander, Faenza0.8 
 6. Godin, Taranto0.6 
 7. Van Malderen, GMA N.0.6 
 8. Wabara, Bracco G.0.6 
 9. Cinili, Umbertide0.5 
 10. Currie, Umana R.0.5 


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  KAZAKHSTAN - Women  


Okzhetpes wins another thriller to qualify to the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Okzhetpes wins another thriller to qualify to the Finals. The team won over Irtysh 77:75 to win the Semifinal series 2-1. It was a real thriller as both teams deserved to advance, however Okzhetpes did its best.
In the Finals Okzhetpes will face the Winner of the Regular Season Astana Tigers. The series will start on April 25th. Both of them by the way met each other in the Finals two years ago. Irtysh meanwhile will face Taraz in the series for the third place.



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  ROMANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
A1
 1. Targoviste 13-1 
 2. Sf. Gheorghe 12-2 
 3. ICIM Arad 9-5 
 4. Satu Mare 8-6 
 5. Alexandria 7-7 
 6. Craiova 5-9 
 7. Oradea 1-13 
 8. Rapid Bucuresti 1-13 
A2
 1. Alba Iulia 9-2 
 2. Olimpia 8-3 
 3. Cluj Napoca 7-4 
 4. Iasi 6-5 
 5. Sp.Studentesc 4-6 
 6. Timisoara 3-8 
 7. Brasov 1-10 


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Merkur into finals, Kure scores 34 as AJM beat Kranjska Gora to force Game 3 - by Zeljko Zule
Merkur Celje advanced to its 11th straight Championship finals, beating Triglav 71-59 in Game 2. AJM Maribor beat Hit Kranjska Gora 64-59 to avoid elimination, even the series 1-1 and force Game 3 Monday in Kranjska Gora.
Triglav-Merkur Celje 59-71: Trailing 35-40 early in the third period, Merkur went on a 22-6 run. Rankica Sarenac scored 33 points on shooting 13-of-16 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds, Matea Tavic had 12 points and 8 rebounds and Nika Baric collected 10 points and 8 assists. Triglav was outrebounded 48-35. Vanja Cernivec scored 20 points and Tjasa Gortnar 16.
AJM Maribor-Hit Kranjska Gora 64-59: Maribor opened the game on a 28-5 run and never trailed . Ljubica Kure (178-G-81) scored 34 points and Martina Dover had 12 points and 8 rebounds. For Kranjska Gora, Iva Grbas collected 17 points and 8 rebounds and Natalia Tratsiak Terglav netted 12 points



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  SPAIN - Women  


Stats Leaders - LFB
Points Per Game
 Eshaya MURPHY
  Mariana
  (--85)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Murphy, Mariana21.1 
 2. Borges, Cadi la Seu18.4 
 3. Warburton, Gran C.17.6 
 4. Milton-Jones, Ros C.17.3 
 5. Covington, Cadi l.16.0 
 6. Lyttle, Perfumer.15.8 
 7. De Forge, Hondar.-.15.5 
 8. Garcia, Real Canoe15.4 
 9. Staknevicien., Real C.14.9 
 10. Johnson, EBE I.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  Perfumerias
  (193-C-83)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Lyttle, Perfumer.10.5 
 2. De Souza, Ros C.9.5 
 3. Sliskovic, Real C.8.3 
 4. Sanford, EBE I.8.2 
 5. Chones, Girona7.9 
 6. Vega, Mariana7.5 
 7. Perovanovic, Olesa7.3 
 8. Pascua, Mann F.7.3 
 9. Langhorne, Rivas E.7.2 
 10. Covington, Cadi l.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Clara BERMEJO
  Rivas Ecopolis
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bermejo, Rivas E.4.0 
 2. Palau, Ros Casares3.8 
 3. Garcia, Real Canoe3.7 
 4. Jordana, Real C.3.4 
 5. Infantes, EBE I.3.4 
 6. Ouvina, Mann Filter3.3 
 7. Aguilar, Ros C.3.3 
 8. Sanchez, Gran C.3.2 
 9. Ygueravide, Estudian.3.0 
 10. Dominguez, Perfumer.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marta BLANES
  Real Canoe
  (184-F-77)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Blanes, Real Canoe2.9 
 2. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.6 
 3. Murphy, Mariana2.6 
 4. Johnson, EBE I.2.2 
 5. Palau, Ros Casares2.1 
 6. Borges, Cadi la Seu2.0 
 7. Ouvina, Mann Filter1.9 
 8. Feaster-S., Mann F.1.9 
 9. Ygueravide, Estudian.1.8 
 10. Valdemoro, Ros C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Erika DE SOUZA
  Ros Casares
  (197-C-82)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. De Souza, Ros C.1.4 
 2. Bavendam, Hondar.-.1.0 
 3. Sliskovic, Real C.0.9 
 4. Page, Mariana0.9 
 5. Gardin, Cadi la Seu0.9 
 6. Henry, Gran Canaria0.8 
 7. Lyttle, Perfumer.0.8 
 8. Chones, Girona0.7 
 9. Podkovalniko., Perfum.0.6 
 10. Donaire, Cadi la Seu0.6 


Sancho Lyttle voted 2009-10 Player of the Year in Spanish League - by Eurobasket
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Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Awards 2009-10

Player of the Year: Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca
Guard of the Year: Anna Cruz (172-G-86) of Rivas Ecopolis
Forward of the Year: Eshaya Murphy (180-G/F-85) of Soller Joventud Mariana
Center of the Year: Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca
Newcomer of the Year: Laura Herrera (189-F/C-89) of MMT Estudiantes Madrid
Most Improved Player of the Year: Sara Gomez (168-G-86) of Real Club Celta Vigo Urban
Bosman Player of the Year: Iva Perovanovic (191-C/F-83) of C.B. Olesa Espanyol
Import Player of the Year: Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca
Domestic Player of the Year: Anna Cruz (172-G-86) of Rivas Ecopolis
Defensive Player of the Year: Sara Gomez (168-G-86) of Real Club Celta Vigo Urban
Coach of the Year: Miguel Mendez of Celta Vigo

1st Team
G: Clara Bermejo (178-G-81) of Rivas Ecopolis
G: Anna Cruz (172-G-86) of Rivas Ecopolis
G/F: Eshaya Murphy (180-G/F-85) of Soller Joventud Mariana
F: Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74) of Ros Casares Valencia
C: Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca

2nd Team
G: Shannon Johnson (169-G-74) of EBE Ibiza-PDV Sta Eulalia
G/F: Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) of Ros Casares Valencia
F: Arhonda Covington (185-F-85) of Cadi la Seu D'urgell
F/C: Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86) of Rivas Ecopolis
C: Erika De Souza (197-C-82) of Ros Casares Valencia

Honorable Mention
Iva Sliskovic (196-F-84) of Real Club Celta Vigo Urban
Laura Garcia (175-G-81) of Moguerza Real Canoe N.C.
Gisela Vega (188-C-82) of Soller Joventud Mariana
Nakia Sanford (193-F/C-76) of EBE Ibiza-PDV Sta Eulalia
Marta Blanes (184-F-77) of Moguerza Real Canoe N.C.
Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca<

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Clara Bermejo (178-G-81) of Rivas Ecopolis
G: Anna Cruz (172-G-86) of Rivas Ecopolis
C: Sonia Borges (189-C-84) of Cadi la Seu D'urgell
F: Alba Torrens (184-F-89) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca
C: Lucila Pascua (196-C-83) of Mann Filter Zaragoza

All-Imports Team
G: Shannon Johnson (169-G-74) of EBE Ibiza-PDV Sta Eulalia
G/F: Eshaya Murphy (180-G/F-85) of Soller Joventud Mariana
F: Arhonda Covington (185-F-85) of Cadi la Seu D'urgell
F: Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74) of Ros Casares Valencia
C: Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca

All-Bosmans Team
G/F: Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca
F: Iva Sliskovic (196-F-84) of Real Club Celta Vigo Urban
F: Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) of Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias
C/F: Iva Perovanovic (191-C/F-83) of C.B. Olesa Espanyol
C: Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80) of Rivas Ecopolis

All-Defensive Team
Sara Gomez (168-G-86) of Real Club Celta Vigo Urban
Anna Cruz (172-G-86) of Rivas Ecopolis
Eshaya Murphy (180-G/F-85) of Soller Joventud Mariana
Marta Blanes (184-F-77) of Moguerza Real Canoe N.C.
Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca


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  TURKEY - Women  


Penelope Taylor of Fenerbahce wins TBBL Player of the Year Award - by Eurobasket
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Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBBL Awards 2009-10

Player of the Year: Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
Guard of the Year: Matee Ajavon (173-G-86) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
Forward of the Year: Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
Center of the Year: Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
Newcomer of the Year: Kubra Siyahdemir (181-F-86) of Tarsus Belediyesi
Most Improved Player of the Year: Naile Ivegin (185-F/C-85) of Besiktas CT Istanbul
Import Player of the Year: Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
Domestic Player of the Year: Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
Bosman Player of the Year: Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83) of Galatasaray Istanbul
Defensive Player of the Year: Lauren Ervin (191-F-85) of Ceyhan Belediyespor
Coach of the Year: Zafer Kalaycioglu of Galatasaray Istanbul

1st Team
G: Matee Ajavon (173-G-86) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
G: Ivory Latta (168-G-84) of Mersin BSH Bld
F: Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
F: Tamika Catchings (186-F-79) of Galatasaray Istanbul
C: Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) of Fenerbahce Istanbul

2nd Team
G: Sharnee Zoll (170-G-86) of Botasspor Adana
G/F: Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79) of Galatasaray Istanbul
F: Michelle Campbell (188-F-84) of Ceyhan Belediyespor
F: Erlana Larkins (185-F-86) of Mersin BSH Bld
F/C: LaToya Pringle (191-F/C-86) of Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor

Honorable Mention
Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83) of Galatasaray Istanbul
Sophia Young (186-F-83) of Galatasaray Istanbul
Lauren Ervin (191-F-85) of Ceyhan Belediyespor
Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76) of Besiktas CT Istanbul
Esra Sencebe (170-G-81) of Galatasaray Istanbul
Birsel Vardarli (175-G-80) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86) of Besiktas CT Istanbul

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Esra Sencebe (170-G-81) of Galatasaray Istanbul
G: Birsel Vardarli (175-G-80) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
F: Kubra Siyahdemir (181-F-86) of Tarsus Belediyesi
F/C: Naile Ivegin (185-F/C-85) of Besiktas CT Istanbul
C: Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) of Fenerbahce Istanbul

All-Imports Team
G: Ivory Latta (168-G-84) of Mersin BSH Bld
G: Matee Ajavon (173-G-86) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
F: Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
F: Tamika Catchings (186-F-79) of Galatasaray Istanbul
F/C: LaToya Pringle (191-F/C-86) of Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor

All-Defensive Team
G: Epiphanny Prince (175-G) of Botasspor Adana
F: Lauren Ervin (191-F-85) of Ceyhan Belediyespor
F: Erlana Larkins (185-F-86) of Mersin BSH Bld
F/C: LaToya Pringle (191-F/C-86) of Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor
C: Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83) of Galatasaray Istanbul


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Michelle CAMPBELL
  Ceyhan Bld
  (188-F-84)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Campbell, Ceyhan Bld21.4 
 2. Prince, Botas20.0 
 3. Frazee, Cankaya19.2 
 4. Pringle, TED K.18.7 
 5. Paris, Botas18.1 
 6. Sales, Besiktas17.9 
 7. Taylor, Fenerbahce17.1 
 8. Hodges, Istanbul.16.8 
 9. Ervin, Ceyhan Bld16.7 
 10. Latta, Mersin15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Courtney PARIS
  Botas
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Paris, Botas12.8 
 2. Ervin, Ceyhan Bld12.4 
 3. Pringle, TED K.11.8 
 4. Frazee, Cankaya11.7 
 5. Sevinc, Kocaeli10.1 
 6. Black, Tarsus Bld10.1 
 7. Dacic, Besiktas9.7 
 8. Larkins, Mersin8.9 
 9. Campbell, Ceyhan Bld8.9 
 10. Penn, Istanbul.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  Botas
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Zoll, Botas6.1 
 2. Johnson, TED K.4.3 
 3. January, Tarsus Bld4.2 
 4. Vardarli, Fener.4.0 
 5. Hodges, Istanbul.3.9 
 6. Unuvar, Cankaya3.9 
 7. Brooks, Cankaya3.9 
 8. McBride, TED K.3.9 
 9. Catchings, Galatasa.3.7 
 10. Latta, Mersin3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tamika CATCHINGS
  Galatasaray
  (186-F-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Catchings, Galatasa.3.0 
 2. Prince, Botas2.8 
 3. Chaney, Samsun2.6 
 4. January, Tarsus Bld2.4 
 5. Gant, Istanbul.2.3 
 6. Penn, Istanbul.2.3 
 7. Pringle, TED K.2.2 
 8. Smith, Ceyhan Bld2.2 
 9. Zoll, Botas2.1 
 10. Perkins, Galatasa.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 LaToya PRINGLE
  TED Kayseri
  (191-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pringle, TED K.2.4 
 2. Dacic, Besiktas1.4 
 3. Black, Tarsus Bld1.2 
 4. Sutton-Brown, Fenerb.1.0 
 5. Alyoshkina, Samsun1.0 
 6. Ervin, Ceyhan Bld0.9 
 7. Smith, TED Kayseri0.8 
 8. Engin, Mersin0.8 
 9. Paris, Botas0.8 
 10. Catchings, Galatasa.0.7 


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  UKRAINE - Women  


The favorites reach the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
All four top team in Ukraine reached the Semifinals. Dnipro smashed Politeh 95:60 with the win in the first three quarters. It was an easy start with 29-14 as later Dnipro increased the lead and held off the opponents. Kochubey led the way with 17 points for the hosts and Agapova nailed 14. Ashley Paris (191-F-87, college: Oklahoma) poured in 12, while Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) followed them with 11. Dubas finished the game with 14 points for the guests.
Dynamo overwhelmed Fankivsk 100:48 to take the Semifinal spot. They opened the game with 36-9 lead after the first 10 minutes and added 27-1 in the second stanza. Dynamo won he third quarter as well, while Frankivsk could win the last stanza 18-14. Elena Koshurina (182-F-85) paced all the winners with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) netted 16, whilst Payne notched 15. Grahan replied with 15 points in the losing effort.
Kozachka rolled over Luganski Lastivki 66:60 as the latter tried hard to reduce the gap at the end of the quarter. Kateryna Rymarenko (183-F-90) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Panchenko posted 15. Stavitska answered with 15 points in defeat.
Donbas overcame Yuzhna Palmira 82:65. The latter surprised Donbas with 27-19 after the opening quarter, but the favorite won all three other quarters. Irina Rastorgueva (180-C-76) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Isachnko nailed 19. Alexander Kashlyak (196-F-80) responded with 24 points in the losing effort.


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


UWIC handles Northumbria, await Hatters in final - by Eurobasket News
By Dave Ryan

UWIC Archers 76 (21,41,55)
Team Northumbria 55 (15,25,39)


UWIC Archers ensured a repeat of last season's championship final as they comfortably defeated Team Northumbria on Saturday afternoon.

The Welsh side were led by Kate Buters' 17 points, with Mia Spasowska and Leah Dehaan (178-G-89) each adding 11 points, also pulling down eight and seven rebounds respectively.

Archers coach Damian Jennings was delighted with the win: 'The nost important things we're taking away from it is not just that we've progressed, but everyone got on the floor, and everyone made an impact,' he said.

'We're still not as good as we can be but we're in another final and we;re happy with that. We wanted to control the temp and we did.'

Ta'Yani Clark led Northumbria with 32 points and 19 rebounds, with Laura Calder the only other member of the north east team to get in double figures with 12 points and six boards.

Northumbria won the tip, but it was Archers' Nicki Avery who opened the scoring with a lay-up, but a three point play from Clark gave the north east side the lead.

Archers gradually took control , with a Kate Butters lay-up making it 15-8 after five minutes of action, with Northumbria relying on the outside shot.

A pair of Fiona Tozer baskets kept Northumbria in touch, and Clark hit a triple to cut Archers' lead to 18-15, forcing coach Damian Jennings to call a timeout with 46 seconds remaining.

Mia Spasowska hit a trey coming out of the timeout and despite Dehaan missing a long two, UWIC went into the first break 21-15 ahead.

It took two second period minutes before either side troubled the scores, with Meagan Hoffman hitting the second of a pair from the foul line.

Dehaan hit a jump shot with 5:17 on the clock to put Archers 28-17 and with her side yet to score in the second period, Northumbria coach Deirdre Hayes called a timeout.

The move didn't work as Dehaan completed a four point play after being fouled by Clark, but Clark made amends when she scored an and-one with 3:47 on the clock to break the drought and reduce the arrears to 32-20.

Kate Butters hit a trey to keep Archers comfortably ahead, and although Ruth Davidson replied at the other end, it was the Welsh side who went into the locker room with a 41-25 lead as Butters beat the buzzer from just inside the three-point line.

Avery opened the second half scoring from the foul line, and although Clark kept her side in the game, a Kasey Jemmings jump shot put Archers 50-35 ahead at the midway stage of the period.

It took until the 1:28 mark before either side added to the scoreline when Clark hit a lay-up, and she stole the inbound and scored to make it an 11 point game, but it was Dehaan who had the final say in the period with a lay-up to send Archers into the final break 55-39 ahead.

Dehaan struck again from outside the arc to open the fourth, and Butters nailed a three to make it a 23 point game with six minutes remaining only to see Northumbria answer with an 8-0 run to make it 66-51 with 4:30 on the clock.

Davidson broke the run with a single free-throw, and a Collins trey with just under three minutes to go wrapped things up for Archers.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


Hatters edge Barking Abbey, advance to final - by Eurobasket News
By Dave Ryan

City of Sheffield Hatters 62 (20,37,51)
Barking Abbey 59 (15,28,47)


Rose Mason was the difference between the two teams as City of Sheffield Hatters edged a thriller against Barking Abbey, 62-59, in the opening game of the Final Fours.

Mason took over in the fourth period, finishing with 23 points and six rebounds as Hatters reached the title game for the 19th straight season. Helen Naylor added 14 points for Sheffield, but it was Barking Abbey's Natalie Stafford (175-G) who led all scorers with 24 points. Ella Clark finished with 13 points and as many rebounds, while Harriett Yea was a rebound shy of also getting a double-double having scored ten points.

Abbey won the tip, but it was Hatters' Sarah Taylor who gave them the lead after 96 seconds. Jamilla Thompson levelled, and that set the tone for the first period with a Stafford drive to the basket putting Barking 11-10 up with six minutes gone.

Both teams had mini-runs, but it was Hatters who went into the first break with a 20-15 lead as Naomi Campbell scored the last five points of the quarter.

Ella Clark opened the second period scoring with the game's first trey off Stafford's assist, but despite Stafford also scoring from downtown, Hatters were 24-21 ahead after three minutes of action.

A nice drive to the basket by Katie Crowley (178-G/F-82) kept Hatters in front, and a single Shanna Oaddams free-throw made it a five point game at the midway stage of the period

Abbey continued to dominate on the offensive board, forcing a Hatters time-out with 4:16 on the clock. That move worked as a Rose Mason floater made it 33-24 going into the final three minutes of the half.

Clark kept the Hatters' lead in single figures, but Helen Naylor hit one from the foul line and Lisa Hutchinson did likewise to make it an 11 point game before Stafford took her tally to 14 for the half with a pair to make it 37-28 at the break.

Thompson picked up her fourth foul within 42 seconds of the start of the third period, and Mason opened the scoring with a long two to take her tally to 13.

Clark replied with a trey to keep Abbey in the game, but Naylor trey took the lead out to 13 and forced a timeout from Barking coach Mark Clark with 7:10 on the clock. Clark again struck from long range as the shot clock expired but Crowley replied from similar distance to make it 54-47 at the mid-point stage of the period.

A Stafford floater made it an eight point game with two third quarter minutes remaining, only to see Hutchinson drain a three but it was Yea who had the final word of the stanza as she hit a three-pointer to cut Hatters' lead to 51-47 going into the fourth period.

Stafford halved that lead with a 40 seconds of the final period gone and Rosie Hynes levelled the score with a lay-up.

GB international Mason put the Hatters four ahead as she hit six straight points to put her side 57-53 ahead as Mark Clark called a time-out with 3:10 remaining.

A good move from Yea halved that margin following the break in play, but Mason again answered at the other end

A steal and basket from Naylor put Sheffield four up before Thompson made it a two point game with 71 seconds left

Stafford's shot on 35 seconds rimmed out but Thompson blocked Mason's shot, and Yea was called for a foul as she went for a rebound having missed her shot with 4.4 seconds remaining.

Hutchinson was sent to the line with 3.8 seconds left, and after missing the first she hit the second, and Clark's trey hit the backboard to send Hatters to the final again.

Despite the victory, Hatters coach Vanessa Ellis was far from pleased, saying, 'We won the game, so I'm obviously happy with that, but we didn't play particularly well. We need to improve our rebounding, and we've been working on that all week because Barking are a lot bigger than us.

'The important thing is, we're in another final, but we need to play better.'

Barking coach Mark Clark was positive despite his team losing their first ever semi-final:

'We played really well, and if you take Rose out of their team, I think we could have won,' he said. 'There's a lot of little things that we could have done better, but we're a young team and they're bound to make mistakes.

'To come that close to beating the best team in the country is very pleasing, but also a little bit frustrating.'
Courtesy of:http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk