EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/27/2010

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  ALGERIA   


Standings
D1 Standings
Group A
 1. WA Boufarik 10-4 
 2. ASPTT 8-6 
 3. Staoueli 6-8 
 4. Aml Skikda 5-6 
 5. COBB 4-7 
 6. Ain Benyane 3-8 
 7. NAH Dey 2-12 
Group B
 1. GS Petroliers 12-2 
 2. OM Batna 10-1 
 3. CRB Dar El-B. 9-5 
 4. CR Bir Khadem 7-5 
 5. IRB Hadjout 6-5 
 6. Blida 6-8 
 7. CRB Temouch. 4-7 
 8. CSMC 3-11 


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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - TNA

Points Per Game
 Brice ASSIE
  San Mart.C.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Assie, San Mart.C.21.1 
 2. Miller, Bragado19.8 
 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. Williams, Independ.T.8.1 
 4. Leith, Firmat SF8.1 
 5. Espinoza, Argentino8.0 
 6. Williams, Club 97.9 
 7. Assie, San Mart.C.7.5 
 8. Wilkerson, Ciclista7.4 
 9. Benjamin, San M.7.0 
 10. Kornegay, A.Ita.6.4 
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. Ceruti, San M.2.6 
 7. Ceci, Argentino2.5 
 8. Sartorelli, San M.2.5 
 9. Bernhardt, San M.2.3 
 10. Luchino, San M.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Gregorio ESEVERRI
  Belgrano SN
  (194-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Eseverri, Belgrano.2.1 
 2. Williams, Independ.T.2.0 
 3. Giletta, Alma Juniors2.0 
 4. Elsener, El Nacional1.9 
 5. La Bella, Obera TC1.8 
 6. Castets, 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 


LigaA: Atenas blasts Regatas in Game Five, goes to Playoff Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Atenas - Regatas C. 81-53
Atenas blasted Regatas in decisive Game Five of the Playoff Quarterfinals winning the series 3-2. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) shined for the hosts with 31 points and 8 rebounds. Djibril Kante (201-C-80, college: Indiana St.) had 20 points and 6 boards, while Juan Manuel Locatelli (198-F-75) helped with 17 pts. In Regatas, Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, college: W.Chester) collected 18 pts. Atenas will meet Sionista in the Semis.



TNA Semifinals: San Martin C ties the score against Bragado to 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
TNA Semifinals, Game 2: San Mart.C. - Bragado 87-77
San Martin C was better than Bragado last night tying the score to 1-1. Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83) top-scored for the hosts with 19 points. Leandro Portillo (185-G-85) and Mariano Ceruti (194-F-79) (7 rebs) had 15 and 14 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78, college: Georgetown, KY) collected 25 points and 6 boards. Game 3 is scheduled for April 27.


Liga A semifinals preview - by Facundo Iatzky
with the victory of Atenas over Regatas in the fifth game of the quarterfinals, Semifinals draw was made. In the semifinal 1, first seed, penarol will face 5th seed Boca juniors, the cinderella of the torunament that gave the surprisse winning the serie against Libertad, one of the candidates. At first sight, it seems an easy serie for penarol that is in a fantastic moment and in quarterfinals eliminated Lanus in just three games. But Boca will want to show why they are here. In the other semifinal, second seed, Atenas, that had to suffer a lot to defeat Regatas, will face Sionista, a team that many people did not think they would come so far but here they are. A nice serie to see because the two teams play a good basketball. Semifianls start on wedensday. The best is just starting.

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, Atenas17.7 
 4. Assie, Quilmes MP17.3 
 5. Moodie, Boca Jrs17.3 
 6. Funes, C.Entrer.16.7 
 7. Nelson, Quilmes MP16.4 
 8. Profit, Libertad S.16.4 
 9. Cutley, C.Entrer.16.2 
 10. Gonzalez, Quimsa16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.11.8 
 2. Williams, Union S.8.1 
 3. 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, Atenas3.2 
 9. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 10. Aguirre, Boca Jrs3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frank WILLIAMS
  Olimpico LB
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Williams, Olimpico.1.8 
 2. Moldu, Libertad S.1.7 
 3. Aguirre, Boca Jrs1.7 
 4. Funes, C.Entrer.1.6 
 5. Marshall, C.Entrer.1.6 
 6. Franco, Estudiantes1.6 
 7. Pelussi, Libertad S.1.6 
 8. Lamonte, Penarol1.5 
 9. Figueroa, Atenas1.5 
 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.1.6 
 3. Alston, Boca Jrs1.3 
 4. Bortz, Obras1.2 
 5. Rollins, Gimnasia.1.2 
 6. Williams, Union S.1.1 
 7. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 8. Assie, Quilmes MP1.0 
 9. Gomez, Quimsa0.8 
 10. Griffin, Estudiantes0.8 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Bus Trips!!! - by Ivan McFarlin
In my experience overseas, I've had different forms of transportation to and from games. Driving cars, buses, and airplanes have the basic means of travel overseas. Out of the three, the best one for me is the bus trips. When you are on bus trips, there is so much to do. It also gets you a chance to relax and really know your teammates and how they really act.Bus trips gives you a chance to see famous landmarks and travel to different cities, which is exciting. With each team that I have played on, the bus trips are so different in their own way.

In my first season playing overseas, we took bus trips and they were fun. Most of the teammates would play their PSP'S or read magazines while others would play cards and tell stories about past teams and players. On the way to the game or the hotel, some players would take a nap and get their minds clear and ready for the game. Some teammates would listen to their music and really get hyped up for the game.Throughout my career I've had some great bus trips and are just a few to talk about.

The first bus trip that I've enjoyed was in France, my first year. We had defeated a good team named Evreux, which was ahead of us in the standings. When we got back on the bus we celebrated by playing cards games and had a occasional drink or two along the way back. Hey, what is the hurt in that ,huh? It was a great victory and we wanted to be rewarded. We all had a pizza to ourself and enjoyed the rest of the ride back home.

Another great bus ride was when I played in Turkey with a team named CASA TED. We were going to play Fenebahce Ulker, one of the top teams in the league. In the paper, they had our team losing by 15 points. Surprisingly, we came out there and beat them by seven points and really dominated the game. After the game, the players and myself celebrated by having drinks and enjoying a very good victory in the league. It was a crucial period in our season and we needed this win. The American players, Antwan Dobie, Jermiane Dearman, Ricky Shields and myself really made the season fun and exciting. The turkish players were also cool and were cheering loudly the whole way back home.

The next bus road trip I had that was fun was in Switzerland with a team named BBC Nyon. We was getting ready for a big semifinal game against SAV Vacallo, which was the big favorite to win the game. On the way there, all the players was talking about if we won this game, we was going to celebrate this victory by going on and having some drinks. We came out so hyped up and defeated them by ten points and on the bus ride back to Nyon we celebrate with drinks and played games and enjoyed the win and the night.


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Travis REED
  Tallinna Kalev
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Reed, Tallinna Kalev21.6 
 2. 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. Vilkius, Neptunas7.1 
 10. Renfroe, VEF Riga7.1 
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
 Nicholas COVINGTON
  Tallinna Kalev
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Covington, Tallin.2.4 
 2. Rannula, Valga Welg2.4 
 3. Vileita, Rudupis2.2 
 4. Bitinas, Neptunas2.2 
 5. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.2 
 6. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.2.2 
 7. Gervin, Norrkoping2.1 
 8. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.1 
 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. Rozitis, Zemgale1.4 
 8. Davis, Valmiera1.4 
 9. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.4 
 10. Pettway, Ventspils1.3 


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  BARBADOS   


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


Unbeaten Lakers continue to bully Clapham - by Justin Marville
A WHOLE DECADE has passed since Lumber Company Lakers last started a Premier League basketball season 5-0.

If Clapham aren't careful their drought against the Husbands men might run just as long.

Adrian Allman and Keefe Birkett hit successive threes inside the final minute to quell yet another menacing Act II Popcorn Clapham Bulls comeback, as the undefeated Lakers kept their four-year unbeaten streak in the series alive after Thursday's 66-63 thriller at the YMCA.

It was Lakers' seventh straight victory over Clapham, who hadn't beaten their Husbands counterparts since the decisive Game 2 of the 2006 Premier League finals.

But those Bulls' championship days now seem as distant as the 1999 season, when then new acquisitions Sydney 'Bouncer' Rowe and Andy Straker led Lakers to five consecutive wins to open the year.

However, Clapham appeared intent on ending this latest streak after Halley Franklyn and Jeremy Gill helped to erase all but two of a gloomy seven-point deficit by scoring a combined 16 fourth quarter points.

Allman and Birkett were left with one too many open looks though, with the former doubling Lakers' slim 56-53 advantage, before the latter stretched the lead to four (62-59) with 31 seconds remaining following a Clapham transition basket.

Unsurprisingly, Bulls weren't finished just yet as Franklyn sank a huge midrange jumper prior to a pair of Gill free throws that cut the deficit to two (63-61) with eight seconds to play.

It proved more than enough time for the Lakers' duo to end another rally, with Birkett and Allman scoring three free throws sandwiching a Gill basket, before Franklyn's subsequent full-court heave fell harmlessly short at the final buzzer.

The last-second result was fitting for a game between the league's best teams, who played with the same intensity of their finals matchup four years ago.

Neither side led by more than seven in a contest where each defence contested just about every shot while bottling up respective top-scorers Gill and Birkett.

Clapham's combo guard got the worst of it though, facing multiple defenders while getting bumped and bruised on each drive against what appeared to be a version of the old Detroit Pistons' 'Jordan Rules' defence.

That focused effort on Gill was probably the deciding factor outside the last-second treys, as it accounted for the Bulls' playmaker going zero for five in the third quarter where Clapham managed just six points in total while falling behind 47-41.

The fourth quarter wasn't much easier either, with Boadu knocking knees with Gill early in the period before he was undercut on a subsequent jumper, following a heated exchange between Franklyn and opposing head coach Francis Williams.

But Gill, sparked by Franklyn's quick six-point burst, soon overcame the defence and the distractions to explode for eight fourth quarter points before Allman and Birkett put an end to the threatening drive.

Boadu led all scorers with 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Birkett and Allman added 12 points apiece. For Bulls, who fell to 3-2, Gill top-scored with 18 and Franklyn finished with 15 points.

In the night's first game, Junior Moore had season highs of 24 points and 18 boards as reigning double crowned champs Mpact Station Hill Cavs kept Patriots winless in a 97-71 rout.

Andre Jean-Pierre added 16 points in relief work as the Cavs gave up just ten third quarter points to stretch a 49-36 advantage to a 64-46 cushion. Julian Walcott scored 16 for the Patriots, who lost their fifth in a row.


Pinelands hold off St John's - by Justin Marville
PINELANDS latest success came on the heels of another fourth quarter performance of a national combo guard.

Kirk Patrick wont be taking the credit this time around though.

Roll-A-Way Storm & Security Shutters St Johns Sonics star Jefferson Trotman had 11 fourth quarter points but missed his last five shots during a crucial three-minute drought, as the Pine held on for a gruelling 75-71 victory in Saturday nights Premier League basketball action at the YMCA.

The win was Pinelands second in as many games since the return of the prolific Patrick, who was missing from the lineup for the seasons first two contest.

But Trotman looked certain of spoiling his national counterparts perfect record in a resounding fourth quarter spell where the St Johns standout was clearly getting the better of the high-scoring duel.

In just three minutes the Sonics playmaker singlehandedly erased all of an 11-point deficit (61-50), nailing seven points in succession and 11 overall as part of a 15-4 Sonics run that levelled the scores at 65.

And Trotmans best work might have been at the other end of the floor, having held his opposite number to just one shot attempt and two points for the entire period after Patrick had scored 25 in the previous three.

However, his two successive floaters and the subsequent top-of-the-arc trey were more memorable than the stifling defence played on Patrick, which also preceded another pair of runners as St Johns had 11 straight points at one stage.

But the efforts at both ends of the court soon took their toll in the same vein Pinelands took advantage of the tiring Sonics guard.

Pinelands responded by scoring five unanswered points of their own, getting three free throws in successions and a welcomed Ramon Simmons jumper before St Johns ever scored again.

It was a stretch where Trotman missed four shots in a row under duress from Patrick, while forward Akeem Marsh was equally as futile from the floor and charity as Sonics went scoreless for three minutes.

Two consecutive Shane Whittaker baskets got them back in the contest though, before Decarlo Skeetes subsequent and one play restored Pinelands two possession lead (73-69) with a minute to play.

Even then Sonics still had their chances, after Damien Waithes two free throws cut the deficit to two, but Waithe had a questionable no call on an ensuing drive against Skeete prior to Trotmans errant trey on St Johns last possession.

Patrick ended with 27 points, Skeete scored 17 and Vanderpool added 15 points and 14 boards while Trotman was the high man for Sonics with 23 points.

Earlier, Peter Alleyne had a game high 22 points and ten rebounds as British American Insurance Jackson survived a similar fourth quarter rally before eventually outlasting Sagicor Tridents 67-61.

Daniel Lovell and Justin Maloney scored successive baskets in transition and Manuel Alleng sank four straight free throws during the time schoolboys wiped away all but one of an early eight-point deficit (59-51).

But Nicholai Williams missed two straight field goals on ensuing possessions a driving left-handed lay-up and a short jumper as Tridents never scored again until the last twenty seconds during a near identical three-minute drought.

Jackson off-guard Javid Beckles scored twice to sandwich a Neil Harewood basket in that span before Alleyne provided the final margin with a free throw.

Kevin Austin assisted Alleyne with 16 points and Beckles finished with 11 while Lovells 16 was the top-score for the schoolboys.


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  BOSNIA   


League 6 - Great victory for Capljina Lasta - by Miljan Veskovic

This was another exciting round in Bosnian League 6. In the openning game BC Igokea Aleksandrovac won by 72-71 against KK Siroki Eronet and remained in the battle for the second place before the playoffs. HKK Capljina Lasta took over BC Zrinjski Mik Company Mostar in Mostar 92-93 and put themselves in a position to secure the 4th place in the last round, while Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo grabbed a valuable victory in Tuzla against KK Sloboda Dita Tuzla 62-72.


BC Igokea Aleksandrovac - KK Siroki Eronet 72-71

As expected this was a game full of twists, and no matter injury problems Siroki was in it till the last buzzer. The hosts opened better this match and after 10 minutes they were up by 3 (19:16), in the second quarter Siroki is putting more pressure in the defence and they managed to close this quarter by 9:18. In the second half guests kept the advantage thanks to long range shots, they have nailed 15 three pointers but in the crucial moments they felt the absence of the main players such as Chester Mason (192-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: Miami (OH)) and Ivan Grgat (210-F/C-74, agency: Court Side). BC Igokea Aleksandrovac showed good team spirit and they never gave up during this game, in the last round they will face Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in the battle for the playoff spot number 2.
Home team was led to a victory by Marko Djurkovic (205-C/F-87) 22, Christophe Massie (206-F-77, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Memphis) and Marko Djerasimovic (200-F/G-84) 14 a piece while Siroki had biggest effort from Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) 25 (5 three pointers), Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) and Frano Colak (205-C-77, agency: Court Side) 11 a piece.

BC Zrinjski Mik Company Mostar - HKK Capljina Lasta Lasta 92-93

Another great match was played in Mostar where the two teams from Herzegovina were fighting for the remaining playoff spot. BC Zrinjski Mik Company Mostar was also fighting to beat the negative score against HKK Capljina Lasta this season 0-4. Visitors dominated for the big part of the first half and during the second quarter they were up by 10 points, thanks to Mladen Gligora (204-C/F-82, agency: Court Side) and Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82) and their mini brake 12-2 BC Zrinjski Mik Company Mostar managed to tie the game. The second half was played in perfect balance till the last 60 seconds (91-91) when Gligora from BC Zrinjski Mik Company Mostar steped to a free throw line. He made 1 of 2 while on the other side Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) was perfect 2 of 2 for the final score (92-93). For the winning side Marko Jagodic Kuridza 21 points and 9 rebounds, Jovan Zdravkovic (178-G-78, agency: Interperformances) 14 points and 6 assists, Vladimir Radovanovic (194-G-81) 11.

KK Sloboda Dita Tuzla - Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo ASA BHT 62:72

After beating Siroki at home Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo continued with the winning streak this time on the road against KK Sloboda Dita Tuzla. The match was entirely dominated by the visitors except the beginning of the second half when the hosts took a small lead for the short period of time. In the end Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo's top scorers were Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) 19, Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) 11 and for the hosts in double digits only Dalibor Persic (193-G-85) 18 and Mirza Hrncic (203-F/C-86) 14.
Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo will face BC Igokea Aleksandrovac in the last round and these two teams will decide about the second playoff position, on the other side Sloboda will face HKK Capljina Lasta to decide about the fourth position and who will play against Siroki in the semis.

KK Sloboda Dita Tuzla - KK Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo ASA BHT 62:72
(16:16, 12:18, 15:16, 18:23)

SLOBODA: Halilovic 2, Adamovic 5, Hrncic 14, Halilbegovic 11, Persic 18, Suljagic 4, Tanasilovic 1, Albijanic 7.
BOSNA ASA BHT: Sehovic 19, Sarajlija 3, Durasovic 7, Bajic 2, Milosevic 11, Kojadinovic 8, Rakocevic 12, Jovanovic 10.



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  BRAZIL   


Three semifinalists are known - by Eurobasket News
Universo/BRB, Vivo/Franca and Pitagoras/Minas reached the NBB semifinals. They swept their respective quarterfinal series.
Universo/BRB needed three games to take care of GRSA/Bauru. The decisive third victory came on Saturday. Universo/BRB shocked GRSA/Bauru 39:14 in the opening frame and hang on to the win the battle 111:101. The visitors went on a desperate rescue rally in the second half but could not beat the forecasts and surrendered at the end. Arthur Luiz Belchior (200-G/F-82) delivered 28 points to lead the regular season champions. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) contributed 19 points in the win. Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) topscored for GRSA/Bauru with 30 points. Fernando Fischer (190-F-81) had 19 points in the loss.
Vivo/Franca snatched a 73:71 win over Pinheiros/Sky in the third game of the series which proved just enough to enter the next stage of the tournament. Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) canned 21 points to lead the charge. Helinho Garcia (186-G-75) and Turcao Borges (208-C-78) contributed 14 points apiece in the winning case. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) knocked down 21 points for Pinheiros.
Pitagoras/Minas held off Ciser/Joinville 94:90 at home court to book the ticket into the semifinal stage. Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) stepped up with 27 points to pace the hosts. Pitagoras/Minas dominated in the first three quarters piling up a 14-point advantage before the fourth term. Joinville managed to trim the deficit but could not escape the bitter defeat at the end. William Drudi (206-C/F-81) netted 18 points in the victory. Shilton dos Santos (198-F/C-82) answered with 23 points for Joinville.



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Parillon scores 15 in playoff win - by David Edole
Glasgow Rocks - Sapp 23, Yanders 17, Parillon 15
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders - Johnson 28, Wierzbicki 18, I Westbrooks 10

Glasgow Rocks held their nerve to eventually see off Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 88-86 and move into the BBL Play-offs semi-finals.

Trailing by as many as 14 points at home in the first half, Rocks had to draw on all their experience to hold off Riders from the free throw line.

Jessie Sapp led their scoring with 23 point but it was the contribution of Steve Parillon (196-F-78, college: Henderson St.) (15 points, 6 rebounds), who was three of four from three-point range, which made the difference.

Despite a broken thumb Riders forward Jason Johnson declared himself fit and was soon a major influence in the first quarter. Rocks led 10-9 on Mike Copelands two before Johnson took over.

After Bradd Wierzbicki had put Riders 10-12 ahead with a three the South Carolina State graduate scored nine points in a 14-5 run that gave Leicester a 17-26 advantage. Rocks chopped the lead to 21-26 but Isaac Westbrooks had the last say of the period to give Riders a seven point cushion (21-28).

Riders continued to dominate in the early stages of the second quarter. Free throws from Duane James and Aaron Westbrooks, a three point play from Barry Lamble and a Johnson field goal gave them their largest lead of the match at 23-37.

Glasgow responded by finding their range from beyond the arc. Jessie Sapp and player-coach Sterling Davis went back-to-back before Parillon landed two to make it 39-45. Parillons second three was the start of an 8-2 close to the half, which saw Riders ahead 44-47.

A 6-0 Leicester run to begin the third quarter was trumped by a 7-0 tear by Rocks which made it 51-53. Four points by Johnson took Riders lead back to six (51-57) but threes by Davis, Parillon and Michael Crowell in a 15-6 burst saw Rocks go in front for the first time since the first quarter at 66-63. Isaac Westbrooks pulled one point back from the line to give Glasgow a 66-64 advantage with ten minutes to play.

A three-point play from Leicesters Tony Windless tied the match at 71-71. Rocks replied with a 9-1 run but were then gradually pegged back by a Riders team that refused to go away.

Free throws by Wierzbicki made it 85-84, which forced Rocks point-guard Rob Yanders to make his free throws. Windless again cut the gap to one (87-86) but missed an and one opportunity and Yanders split his final pair from the line to seal Rocks meeting with his former club Sheffield Sharks in the last four.


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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


APOEL Nicosia Cyprus champion, Mokongo interview - by Maxime Weber
Mickael Mokongo (180-G-86, agency: ACMT) joins APOEL Nicosia in February and became the first French basketball player who wins this trophy. APOEL won final of Cyprus championship 3-1. Mike scored 18 points for the 3rd game and gives us his feeling after his first national title of his career.

How are you after this last game?
I'm so happy. It's my first title; I enjoy a lot this moment. It's unbelievable what the basketball can bring you. I'm lucky to be on this side today. I want to enjoy this moment and get this experience to continue my way of professional basketball player.

How was the final?
It was incredible. The fans are amazing here. For the last game, they were about 6.000 and the ambiance was indescribable! Ive never seen people devoted like that.

What are you doing now?
We are still in Nicosia to celebrate! I just see the Eurobasket.com awards and Im very happy for my teammate Brandon heath, he deserves his title! Philip Dozet too. It wasnt easy everyday for us but we worked hard to reach our goal.

What could we wish you?
Thanks god, I play basketball and I won Cyprus championship. 6 months ago I was not sure to be in this situation! So now, I want to continue my way. We are only the 26th of April. Im ready and motivate to finish the season with another team maybe to win a second title this season!



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  CHINA   


THE CBA..... - by Alex Yam
Another CBA season is in the books, and another champion was crowned, well sort of anyways, to no surprise, the Guandong Southern Tigers hoisted their millionth CBA championship... well at least it seems like it. The duo of Smush Parker and David Harrison was too much for the XInjiang in the finals and the rest of the league for that matter. THis CBA season we saw may firsts, we witnessed a former #2 NBA draft pick become the top forward in the league, Stromile Swift, and another NBA stalwart, Stephon Marbury capture the fans of China, as if he had been playing for many seasons, we saw a 71 point explosion and and a new single season CBA record set, by Andre Emmett, and we also saw the development of several promising Chinese players, such as Xu Zhonghao of Bayi and Dong Hanlin of Guandong.

We can only imagine what the next CBA season will be look, what former NBA star will be moving across the waters? which ones will return? After all this is the CBA, WHERE AMAZING HAPPENS.....


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  CYPRUS   


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 built the team from scratch, but also to Giannis Christopoulos who has driven the team through the playoffs and won the title.

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'.



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'.


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  DENMARK   


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Mychal KEARSE
  Kahraba
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Kearse, SISU23.4 
 2. Smith, Svendborg23.1 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj21.3 
 4. Johnson, Bakken20.8 
 5. Nielsen, Randers20.4 
 6. Cavanuagh, Aalborg20.0 
 7. Dennis, Naestved19.0 
 8. Claitt, Horsens IC18.7 
 9. Vance, Aalborg18.6 
 10. Seilund, Amager BK18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris CHRISTOFFERSEN
  Bakken
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Christoffers., Bak.9.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj9.3 
 3. Willis, Randers9.3 
 4. Vance, Aalborg9.0 
 5. Johansen, Naestved8.4 
 6. Johnson, Bakken8.2 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg8.2 
 8. Cavanuagh, Aalborg7.7 
 9. Kearse, SISU7.4 
 10. Johnson, Horsens IC7.4 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Randers
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Smedley, Randers6.5 
 2. Bradley, Amager BK5.3 
 3. Rinkevicius, SISU5.1 
 4. Claitt, Horsens IC4.5 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.5 
 6. Darboe, Horsholm4.3 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken4.2 
 8. Christensen, Amager B.3.8 
 9. Dennis, Naestved3.7 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Svendborg
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Smith, Svendborg2.7 
 2. Kearse, SISU2.1 
 3. Proctor, Bakken2.0 
 4. Fall, Horsens IC1.8 
 5. Dennis, Naestved1.7 
 6. Nielsen, Randers1.6 
 7. Houguet, Aalborg1.6 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg1.6 
 9. Morris, Aabyhoj1.5 
 10. Smedley, Randers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris CHRISTOFFERSEN
  Bakken
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Christoffers., Bak.2.5 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj2.2 
 3. Johnson, Bakken1.8 
 4. Willis, Randers1.6 
 5. Cavanuagh, Aalborg1.3 
 6. Vance, Aalborg1.1 
 7. Seilund, Amager BK1.1 
 8. Guyton, Aabyhoj1.0 
 9. Kalvelis, SISU0.9 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.0.9 


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Santiago: CDP TIES IT UP AGAIN! - by Ozell Wells
CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago, again matched the Grand Final, defeating CPN Pueblo Nuevo .

The triumph of the CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago was their second in the series and it sits tied at 2-2.

CPN Pueblo Nuevo, aware of what they were looking for, quickly won the first quarter with a difference of five (23-18) and ended at par in the second to reach the first half 46-41.

CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago did not want to hang it up with the 'rope around their neck', they tightened up and dominated the third quarter, from 23 to 19, returning fresh from the break and stuck to one (64-65).

Then, on the last leg of the 10 minutes from the troop of Nelson Urena , started running and pulled the CPN Pueblo Nuevo stadium, beating of 13 (26-13).

Rod Benson (208-F/C-84, college: California), taking over the stat sheet of the game, scored 33 points and 'dominated the paint' to be the hero of the game. Dustin Salisbury (196-G-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple) supported him with 21, Rome Sanders (203-F/C-84, college: Florida A&M) and Bernardo Martinez, while Franklin Matos (190-G-82) scored 7.

In CPN Pueblo Nuevo, led by Jose Maita Mercedes , the bulge was a lost cause, Alejandro Flores (202-F-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) 17, Edner Elisma (205-F/C-75, college: Georgia Tech), Lennox McCoy (188-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Cent.Oklahoma) and Luis Martinez (198-F-84, college: William Pater.), 13 and Jonnatan Polanco 9.
courtesy of ABASACA/ by Vicente Francisco


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  EBA   


EBA Moves into the Ohio Valley - by EBA Media
The Eastern Basketball Alliance announced today that they will be partnering with the Midwest Opportunity Group for their 2010 Basketball Exposure Camp and Career Expo on May 26-29, 2010 in Cambridge, Ohio.

EBA President, Dick Anzolut, said This is a perfect union for our league as we move into the Ohio Valley for the upcoming 2010/2011 season. The camp will give our team owners a look at the available talent from the Ohio region.

For more information about the Exposure Camp, call David Moore at (614) 859-3999 or email him at dmoore@midwestoppgroup.org.



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  EGYPT   


Superleague Standings
Superleague finals Standings
1-6 place
 1. Al Ittihad 17-1 
 2. Gezira 15-3 
 3. Somouha 8-10 
 4. Zamalek 6-12 
 5. Geish Army 4-14 
 6. Sporting 2-16 
7-12 place
 1. Ahly 12-3 
 2. Shorta-Police 10-5 
 3. Al-Intaj 9-6 
 4. Masr Ins. 7-8 
 5. Gasco 7-8 
 6. Tanta 0-15 


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  ESTONIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Charron FISHER
  Kalev/Cramo
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.23.3 
 2. McGee, Kuremaa19.2 
 3. Kriisa, Rakvere16.7 
 4. Reed, Tallinna Kalev16.5 
 5. Covington, Tallin.16.4 
 6. Toome, TTU K.16.2 
 7. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.16.0 
 8. Raap, Parnu15.2 
 9. Tamsalu, Parnu15.1 
 10. Veideman, Rakvere14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brett MCGEE
  Kuremaa
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. McGee, Kuremaa11.0 
 2. Ringmets, Parnu9.6 
 3. Reed, Tallinna Kalev9.2 
 4. Toome, TTU K.8.9 
 5. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.8.6 
 6. Rinkevicius, Valga W.8.0 
 7. Erm, Parnu7.9 
 8. Tagamets, Valga W.7.7 
 9. Kriisa, Rakvere7.3 
 10. Talts, TU/Rock7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Rakvere
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kriisa, Rakvere4.6 
 2. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.3 
 4. Rannula, Valga Welg3.2 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock2.9 
 6. Saage, Rakvere2.8 
 7. Tein, TU/Rock2.6 
 8. Toome, TTU K.2.6 
 9. Winston, Kuremaa2.6 
 10. Pokla, TTU K.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Silver LEPPIK
  TU/Rock
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Covington, Tallin.2.2 
 3. Raap, Parnu2.1 
 4. Veideman, Rakvere2.1 
 5. Karner, Parnu2.0 
 6. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 7. Saage, Rakvere2.0 
 8. Kriisa, Rakvere1.7 
 9. Ringmets, Parnu1.7 
 10. Pokla, TTU K.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.2.3 
 2. Rinkevicius, Valga W.1.9 
 3. Toome, TTU K.1.5 
 4. Morrison, TU/Rock1.1 
 5. McGee, Kuremaa1.1 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock1.0 
 7. Hallik, Rakvere0.9 
 8. Kitsing, TU/Rock0.8 
 9. Owens, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 10. Ringmets, Parnu0.7 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


OLYMPIACOS HOSPITALITY CENTRE at Paris!! - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos BC for the 2nd year in a row makes a pioneer move and invites all the Euroleague fans to the great celebration of the Euroleague Final Four at Paris!
Just like last year, during this years Final Four and specifically from Friday May 7, to Sunday May 9, at the official Olympiacos hotel, at the historic HOTEL SCRIBE PARIS in the OPERA at downtown Paris, the OLYMPIACOS HOSPITALITY CENTRE, will be operating, being the centre of the official events organized by the team for the Final Four in Paris!
At the Hospitality Centre, the Reds fans will be able to buy the original shirts of their favourite players, the unique collectibles of the Final Four, the Official Products of Olympiacos and many gifts from the team Sponsors, while many events are also scheduled for the fans during this three days period.
At the OLYMPIACOS HOSPITALITY CENTRE, an Info-desk is also going to operate as well, where the team personnel will give information on anything that may interest our fans Mr. Lepeniotes, the Commercial Director of Olympiacos BC pointed out. The issue of providing the best possible services to our fans that will to travel to Paris to support the effort of the team to win the European Championship is always one of our priorities. The OLYMPIACOS HOSPITALITY CENTRE at the HOTEL SCRIBE PARIS is going to be a reference point for our fans in Paris as well as a good opportunity to purchase the collectibles of the Final Four and get many gifts from our Sponsors, while at the same time, there are going to be parallel events. The events schedule is going to be announced next week.
All data can be found at the official web page of OLYMPIACOS BC, which will be constantly updated: www.olympiacosbc.gr



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  FINLAND   


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti23.7 
 2. Washington, KTP22.0 
 3. Young, KTP21.7 
 4. Rouse, Namika L.20.2 
 5. Hester, Pyrinto19.9 
 6. Wood, Karhu19.8 
 7. Trotter, ToPo19.6 
 8. Golson, Karhu19.4 
 9. Reid, Korihait19.0 
 10. Turner, LrNM.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 14
 1. Wood, Karhu14.0 
 2. Vinson, FoKoPo12.4 
 3. McDade, KTP12.2 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto10.8 
 5. Stamper, LrNM.10.6 
 6. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.3 
 7. Kotti, Honka10.1 
 8. Hamm, Salon Vilpas9.9 
 9. Rouse, Namika L.9.9 
 10. Smith, Karhu9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Wood, Karhu4.8 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti3.8 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.3.7 
 4. Trotter, ToPo3.7 
 5. Burgess, Salon Vilpas3.5 
 6. Scott, LrNM.3.4 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto3.3 
 8. Young, KTP3.2 
 9. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.2 
 10. Sarcevic, Korihait3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNMKY
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Gibson, LrNM.3.1 
 2. Trotter, ToPo2.9 
 3. Hickman, Namika Lahti2.4 
 4. Scott, LrNM.2.3 
 5. Golson, Karhu2.2 
 6. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 7. Shiloh, Kouvot2.1 
 8. Turner, LrNM.2.0 
 9. Stamper, LrNM.1.9 
 10. Belser, Honka1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyray PEARSON
  ToPo
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Pearson, ToPo0.8 
 2. Clarkson, Kataja0.8 
 3. Washington, KTP0.7 
 4. Stamper, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Hudson, Korihait0.7 
 6. Shiloh, Kouvot0.7 
 7. Chones, Kataja0.7 
 8. Hickman, Namika Lahti0.6 
 9. Moye, Kouvot0.6 
 10. Champion, FoKoPo0.6 


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APOEL Nicosia Cyprus champion, Mokongo interview - by Maxime Weber
Mickael Mokongo (180-G-86, agency: ACMT) joins APOEL Nicosia in February and became the first French basketball player who wins this trophy. APOEL won final of Cyprus championship 3-1. Mike scored 18 points for the 3rd game and gives us his feeling after his first national title of his career.

How are you after this last game?
I'm so happy. It's my first title; I enjoy a lot this moment. It's unbelievable what the basketball can bring you. I'm lucky to be on this side today. I want to enjoy this moment and get this experience to continue my way of professional basketball player.

How was the final?
It was incredible. The fans are amazing here. For the last game, they were about 6.000 and the ambiance was indescribable! Ive never seen people devoted like that.

What are you doing now?
We are still in Nicosia to celebrate! I just see the Eurobasket.com awards and Im very happy for my teammate Brandon heath, he deserves his title! Philip Dozet too. It wasnt easy everyday for us but we worked hard to reach our goal.

What could we wish you?
Thanks god, I play basketball and I won Cyprus championship. 6 months ago I was not sure to be in this situation! So now, I want to continue my way. We are only the 26th of April. Im ready and motivate to finish the season with another team maybe to win a second title this season!



French ProA round 28 best performance: Marcus Slaughter - by Eurobasket News
American forward Marcus Slaughter (203-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sluc Nancy Basket Pro, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Orleans (#6, 17-11) 78-75. Despite this victory Nancy dropped to the 4th position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nancy will need more victories to improve their 18-10 record. Slaughter turned to be Nancy's top player in his first season with the team. Marcus Slaughter averages this season 13.3ppg and 7.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Blake Schilb (201-G-83, agency: ZAG Advocates) of ES Chalon-Sur-Saone. Schilb had a very good evening with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Chalon cruised to a 83-76 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Dijon ( (#15, 7-21). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Chalon keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-16 record. Schilb is a newcomer at Chalon, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.0ppg (#8). His other stats are also decent: 5.3rpg and 3.8apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian center Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) of JDA Dijon Bourgogne (#15). Milosevic scored 22 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Milosevic's great performance Dijon lost 76-83 to the higher-ranked Chalon (#12, 12-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Dijon can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-21 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Milosevic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Milosevic has individually a great season in France. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.6rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81) of Hyeres-Toulon - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85) of Dijon - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ben Woodside (180-G-85) of Gravelines - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) of Nancy - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82) of Le Mans - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) of Hyeres-Toulon - 17 points and 11 rebounds
10. Ansumana Sesay (206-C/F-76) of Le Havre - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists


Alhaji Mohammed claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Ghanian Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Edge Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Limoges CSP Elite and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 29-year old guard had the game-high 23 points adding five rebounds and five assists for Limoges his team's victory, helping them to beat Nantes (#14, 12-19) 80-74. Limoges maintains the 2nd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Limoges will need more victories to improve their 21-10 record. In the team's last game Mohammed had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Limoges and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Louisville graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mohammed Mohammed is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.8ppg) and and averages solid 65.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Mykal Riley (198-F-85) of JSF Nanterre. Riley impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he lead Nanterre to another comfortable win 80-67 over slightly lower-ranked Evreux ( (#7, 18-13) being unquestionably team leader. Nanterre's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 19-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Riley is a newcomer at Nanterre and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was former international swingman Cedric Ferchaud (195-G/F-80) of Hermine Nantes Atlantique (#14). Ferchaud showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Ferchaud's great performance Nantes lost 74-80 to the higher-ranked Limoges (#2, 21-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Nantes not to end season on such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 19 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ferchaud could try to bring Nantes' a little bit higher in the standings. Ferchaud has a very solid season. In 30 games in France he scored 12.5ppg. He also has FGP: 52.2% and 3PT: 43.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brice Vounang (202-F/C-82) of Brest - 20 points and 11 rebounds
5. Mattis McHugh (198-F-84) of Quimper - 19 points and 14 rebounds
6. Ronnie Taylor (188-G-81) of Le Portel - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
7. William Gradit (197-F-82) of Clermont - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Nate Carter (199-F/C-83) of Nanterre - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist
9. Lee Cummard (201-G-85) of Fos Ouest - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jason Siggers (187-G-85) of Lille - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist


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  GERMANY   


Whit Holcomb-Faye claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Whit Holcomb-Faye (185-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Saar-Pfalz Braves and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 26-year old guard got a double-double of 22 points and thirteen assists, while his team beat Kirchheim (#4, 19-11) 97-90. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Braves maintained the 3rd position in German ProA. Holcomb-Faye turned to be Braves' top player in his first season with the team. Radford University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Holcomb-Faye is league's best passer with 8.4apg. Worth to mention Holcomb-Faye played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Jeremy Black (203-F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) of BG Karlsruhe. Black impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Karlsruhe to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked B.Muenchen ( (#8, 14-16) 98-78. Karlsruhe's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams.Black is a newcomer at Karlsruhe and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was American Emmanuel Holloway (188-G-86) of UBC Hannover Tigers (#10). Holloway showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Holloway's great performance Hannover lost 83-90 to the lower-ranked Noerdlingen (#16, 7-23). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Holloway could help Hannover to bring them higher in the standings. Holloway has a great season in Germany. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.1ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.9apg (6th best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 56.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cedric Brooks (185-G-80) of Kirchheim - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Mark Dorris (188-G) of Cuxhaven - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Giordan Watson (178-G-85) of Noerdlingen - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Greg Baker (194-G/F-84) of Karlsruhe - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Achmadschah Zazai (177-G-86) of Freiburg - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. DeWayne Richardson (202-C-77) of Karlsruhe - 15 points and 15 rebounds
10. Adrian Hill (203-F-84) of Jena - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist


1.Bundesliga Round: 33 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Goettingen - ALBA 81-74
Goettingen surprised ALBA 81:74 at the top game of the Regular Season Round 33. Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.) paced all the hosts with 19 points and Oliver Chris followed him with 16. McElroy Immanuel ended up with 14 points fromt the team of the capital.

Bremerhaven - Duesseldorf 86-76
Eisbaren Bremerhaven improved to 20-12 record defeating Duesseldorf 86:76. Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) collected 21 points and 15 rebounds for the winners, while Martin Torrell scored 14. Taylor Eric delivered 13 points and 11 boards in defeat.

TBB Trier - MBC 66-95
TBB Trier lost to MBC 66:95 as the latter got 17-16 record. Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87, agency: Court Side) stepped up with 16 points and Bernard, Wayne as well as Gamqrelidze Giorgi notched 13 apiece. Copeland Christopher chipped in 22 points for the home side.

Pad.Baskets - Brose Baskets 66-78
Brose Baskets improved to 21-12 record after the road 78:66 win over Paderborn Baskets. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Pleiss Tibor had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Oehle Robert produced 13 points for the hosts.

NY Phantoms - Phoenix Hagen 88-83
NY Phantoms rolled over Phoenix Hagen 88:83 at the Regular Season Round 33. Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Massachusetts) paced all the hosts with 19 points, while Goree Marcus notched 16. Turek John delivered 24 points in the losing effort.

EnBW L'burg - Dt.Bank SKY 77-67
EnBW Ludwigsburg is with 17-16 record beating Deutsche Bank SKYLINERS 77:67. Domonic Jones (186-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Chaney Richard as well as Lollis Quadre had 11 each. McKinney Jimmy replied with 16 points in defeat.

Art.Dragons - Walter Tigers 88-67
Art.Dragons rolled over Walter Tigers 88:67 as Toby Bailey (198-G/F-75, college: UCLA) notched 18 points for the winners. Peavy Nathan and Seggelke Alexander brought the team 14 points each. Wiliams Kenneth ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.

EWE Baskets - ratiopharm 90-88
EWE Baskets jumped to 25-8 record on top defeating ratiopharm 90:88. Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio St.) paced the league-leaders with 19 points and Paulding Rickey scored 16. Burns Christian replied with 27 points in the losing effort.

LTi 46ers - Telekom B. 52-59
Telekom Baskets Bonn is with 23-10 record beating LTi 46ers 59:52. Ronald DuPree (199-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Bowler John followed him with 11. Jeanty Osvaldo responded with 12 points in defeat.



Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Postgame Thoughts To 88-83 Win Against Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


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

Congrats on the 88-83 win against Phoenix Hagen. Why was this such a hard fought victory?

We lost concentration at the end of the game and Hagen was playing well offensively.

Braunschweig had the 52-37 lead at halftime. The offense seemed to be rolling on all cylinders again. Is an important strength that teams cant really focus on one player since there are so many weapons?

It is an important strength especially when we are playing together. When we play like that we are tough to stop.

What was key in the offense in the first half that produced 52 points?

I think we were playing unselfish and getting out on the break. We also made most of our open shots.

Phoenix Hagen came back in the fourth quarter pouring in 28 points. Why was the opponent able to come back into the game?

We had a lot of miscommunications on defense. We had some trouble defending their pick and roll and they made some tough shots in transition.

You had a huge game with 13 points, six rebounds, nine assists and five steals. Your averaging 10,1ppg, 4,0rpg and 5,6apg. What contributes to your game that you have such high points, rebounds, assist stats which are rare in BEKO BBL?

I think I have got a good feel for the league now. My teammates have had confidence in me as well as the coaches. The addition of Marcus Goree has also definitely helped a lot. Having an unselfish veteran leader like him was something the team desperately needed, as well as myself.

What did coach Sebastian Machowski tell the team after the big important home win?

He wasn't too happy with our effort at the end of the game. So he basically let us know that we will have to be better prepared this weekend.

What is an area that the team will still need to improve on?

I think it is really just an attitude thing right now. We need to have the best game of the season on Saturday, so hopefully we do whatever we have to do to make that happen

Who will win the Lakers-Oklahoma series which is tied at 2-2. Whats up with the Lakers?

I hope the lakers but they don't look so good right now.

What was the last DVD that you saw?

I have just been watching seasons of Martin. My daughter doesn't let my wife and I enjoy full movies anymore.
Thanks Kev for chat.



EnBW Ludwigsburg Get Hot In The 4th Quarter Rolling Past The Deutsche Bank Skyliners 77-67 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Playing in a new arena, having a top roster and EnBW Ludwigsburg hanging from a clothes line like a wrinkled shirt not in the playoffs is about as unlikely as Statler & Waldorf from the Muppets letting Paris Hilton join them in the balcony, having L.A Clipper Chris Kaman retire from being the unique personality that he is and become boring or having Michael Schumacher dressed in his old Ferrari uniform while driving Mercedes, but the club from coach Tolga Ongoren didnt disappoint the home crowd winning the last home game of the season 77-67. For EnBW Ludwigsburg not reaching the playoffs has been a big disappointment and the organization has felt the pain, but been able to ease it with a little humor. Not reaching the playoffs has been about as unlikely as The Los Angeles Lakers losing in the first round of the playoffs against the Oklahoma Thunder,said EnBW Ludwigsburg assistant coach Tyrone Mccoy. American Rashaun Freeman who had to sit out the game after getting a Quadre Lollis finger in his eye also was miffed by the team not reaching the promised land. Not getting to the playoffs has been as unlikely as if you have been going out with a girl for a long time, proposing and then suddenly getting rejected, stressed Rashaun Freeman. Frankfurt won Friday in Paderborn, but didnt have enough gas to win in Ludwigsburg. We came out hitting shots, but they got the momentum in the fourth quarter, were very tough, had good one on one players and showed a lot of heart playing hard after knowing that the playoffs were out of reach. Playing twice in three days was hard, stressed Skyliner forward Seth Doliboa. Frankfurt played unconcentrated in the fourth quarter, had turnovers, we had stops and got easy baskets, stressed German David Mccray.
The new Ludwigsburg arena was not filled as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners played their first game ever in the new arena. Frankfurt took the early 7-4 lead as Dragan Labovic scored inside, Derrick Allen a mid distance jumper and Quantez Robertson a three pointer. The game would stay tight all through out the first quarter as both teams found their rhythm quickly on offense and were making their shots. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) scored on a lay up, but Kyle Visser scored inside and Domonic Jones on a mid distance jumper to knot the score at ten a piece. Labovic scored twice, but each time EnBW Ludwigsburg came back and tied the score with a Richard Channy catch and pop jumper and a Domonic Jones three pointer. EnBW Ludwigsburg then closed out the first quarter with a 4-2 run to lead 19-17 after one quarter. TJ Thompson scored inside, but Mckinney countered with transition points and Thompson scored on a runner over Mckinney. We were able to make some easy baskets and played consequent defense, stated Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak. EnBW Ludwigsburg was shooting 70% from the field and 25% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 40% from outside. Ludwigsburg had the 7-4 rebound advantage and both teams had three turnovers a piece.

In the second quarter EnBW Ludwigsburg was able to keep the lead and extend it to 30-23. It is no secret that EnBW Ludwigsburg are a very athletic team that like to play one on one as Michael Haynes went one on one with Seth Doliboa scoring a mid distance jumper for the 21-17 lead. Pascal Roller countered with a jumper to cut the Ludwigsburg lead to 21-19. EnBW Ludwigsburg then jumped out on a 9-4 run. Thompson scored on a jumper and Greg Jenkins with a mid distance jumper over Visser as EnBW Ludwigsburg still led 24-21. Frankfurt then got a bit careless on defense as Domonic Jones scored easily on the penetration with a finger tip roll and then got an offensive rebound over three Frankfurt big guys who were all standing around and finished with a short shot. Quantez Robertson then snuck in for an offensive rebound and two handed stuff and Haynes answered with a three pointer as EnBW Ludwigsburg had the comfortable 30-23 lead.

Frankfurt then had a strong phase as they went on a 12-1 run as Roller scored on a catch and pop shot, and Labovic made a free throw and then scored on a fast break lay up getting a perfect feed from Aubrey Reese to cut the Ludwigsburg lead to 31-30. Frankfurt finished the second quarter with two fast break baskets from Mckinney and Domonic Bahiense de Mello to lead 35-31. We made bad decisions in the first minutes on offense, but we played good defense from the 30-23 score onward and were able to get back into the game. We didnt let them get easy baskets, commented Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 33% from the three point line while EnBW Ludwigsburg was shooting 60% from the field and 25% from the three point line. EnBW Ludwigsburg had the rebounding edge at 13-11, but had 10 turnovers and Frankfurt only seven.



The third quarter promised to be the most exciting in the game as both teams played hard nosed basketball as there was not a better team after 30 minutes. Frankfurt kept the lead, but EnBW Ludwigsburg quickly displayed a fighting attitude as they didnt allow Frankfurt to run away with the game. EnBW Ludwigsburg quickly established their inside game as American center Kyle Visser scored twice inside to cut the Frankfurt lead to 36-35. Frankfurt responded with a lightening 6-0 run with consecutive three pointers from Reese and De Mello as Frankfurt led 42-35. That didnt bother EnBW Ludwigsburg as they countered with an 8-0 run to retake the lead 43-42. Back in the 80s, the Detroit bad boys Pistons had Vinne Johnson who was known as the microwave as he could get hot within an instance and that is what Michael King did scoring inside hard to the glass over Labovic, making a free throw, then making a spin move around Resse and feeding Chaney with a no look pass, and then making an open three pointer. King can get hot quickly. He can make big shots off the dribble, stressed Skyliner assistant coach Tom Johnson. Frankfurt would retake the lead and keep it until the last shot of the third quarter. American Jimmy McKinney was very strong in this phase scoring 10 of his 16 points. Mckinney played like he was reborn showing a new found self confidence as he scored with a mini hook shot in the zone for the 45-43 lead. The problem for Frankfurt was that they were unable to go on a big run as Ludwigsburg kept clawing and staying with Frankfurt.


After Thompson and Labovic traded hoops, it was Chaney that scored tying the score at 48 all. Mckinney gave Frankfurt the 51-48 lead, but ex BG Karlsruhe guard Domonic Jones struck with a three pointer to tie the game at 51. Mckinney scored on a mid distance jumper and Allen made two free throws for the 55-51 Frankfurt lead. However EnBW Ludwigsburg gave a small introduction in quick scoring which would follow in the fourth quarter going on a 5-0 run to end the third quarter to lead 56-55. Quadre Lollis scored and David Mccray finished with a three pointer. We did a good job executing our half court game. We need to have this happen for longer stretches in a game, added Tom Johnson. Frankfurt played well in the third quarter. Mckinney hit big shots, we had problems getting the ball inside as they were doubling us and we had too many turnovers, stressed David Mccray. EnBW Ludwigsburg was shooting 63% from the field and 33% from the parking lot while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 49% from the field and 35% from the parking lot. EnBW Ludwigsburg was leading the rebounding duel 20-16, but had 14 turnovers while Frankfurt had 10.

In basketball the strangest things occur as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners returned to the floor as if they had been on the Bahamas for 10 days without playing basketball. After a hard fought third quarter, EnBW Ludwigsburg jumped all over Frankfurt going on a 11-0 run to lead 67-55 which Frankfurt was unable to recover from. The Ludwigsburg scoring rampage started with Lollis scoring over Allen, Mccray then scored all alone under the hoop as Frankfurt didnt switch, Jones made a floater, King stole the ball and hit a three pointer and Jones made a steal and went coast to coast for the lay up. Frankfurt looked like they were sleep walking while EnBW Ludwigsburg looked like they had drunk 10 red bulls as their energy level was skyrocketing. Frankfurt finally got on the board as Doliboa nailed a three pointer and hit two free throws to cut the EnBW Ludwigsburg lead to 67-60. However EnBW Ludwigsburg had the momentum and Frankfurt had to little power to successfully mount a comeback. Was Frankfurt really as tired as Doliboa had stated? We played hard until the end and had energy. We had many open long range jumpers that we missed, added Tom Johnson. EnBW Ludwigsburg went on a 5-0 run to lead 72-60. Lollis scored inside over Allen and Jones made a mid distance jumper. Frankfurt then had three possessions where they couldnt score, but were able to keep Ludwigsburg from scoring either. Frankfurt then started their famous comeback as Allen scored off a no look pass from Mckinney, but despite a hoop from Reese, he only hit one free throw in three attempts.

Frankfurt trailed only 72-65, but with under two minutes to play, Ludwigsburg had control, the momentum and the fans to give support. Mckinney made another hoop to get back to 74-67, but it was overshadowed with EnBW Ludwigsburg free throws and Chaney made a big block on a Quantez Super Tez Robertson shot. In the end, EnBW Ludwigsburg were able to pull out their last win in their last game at home with a strong fourth quarter. Ludwigsburg got the momentum in the fourth quarter and we simply were unable to recover. We were unconcentrated, were unable to control the tempo, had too many turnovers and they showed their individual strength and it was hard stopping them, added Tom Johnson. We got more aggressive on defense and got more stops. We got our fast break running well as well in the fourth quarter, stated David Mccray.
EnBW Ludwigsburg was led by Domonic Jones with 17 points. Quadre Lollis added 11 points and five rebounds. Richard Chaney chipped in with 11 points and nine rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Jimmy McKinney with 16 points. Dragan Labovic contributed 14 points and Aubrey Reese chipped in with 10 points, two rebounds and four assists.

EnBW Ludwigsburg finished the game shooting 62% from the field and 33% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners finished shooting 44% from the field and 27% from outside. EnBW Ludwigsburg won the rebounding battle 28-22. One of our focuses for this game was to win the rebounding. Lollis and Visser did a great job under the boards and had good support from Chaney, said David Mccray. EnBW Ludwigsburg had 21 turnovers and were a bit sloppy at the end as Frankfurt played their full court press which worked a little to late in the game. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners remain in sixth place and would play The Telekom Baskets Bonn in the playoffs if they started tomorrow while EnBW Ludwigsburg is slowly getting ready for their summer vacation as they remain in 11th position. Frankfurt next play The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig who are one of the dark horse favorites to win it all. This will be no cake walk for Frankfurt. We have to focus on getting better this week. We have to clean up some small things. We have to work at finding our spots on offense getting our entry passes down and we can always screen better. We have to work on our inside out game more and develop our inside game more, warned Tom Johnson. Despite the weak fourth quarter by Frankfurt, David Mccray will be crossing his fingers for the team. Frankfurt has a good team and play well together. The playoffs start from scratch and I think they are capable of making a run. I will be happy for Derrick and Dominic if they are successful, stressed David Mccray. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig May 1st at 20:00.



Michael Jenkins (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Postgame Thoughts To 93-76 Win Against The Teleom Baskets Bonn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Michael Jenkins (191-G-86, college: Winthrop) is a 22 year old 192 cm guard from Kinston, North Carolina. He played at Winthrop (NCAA) from 2004-2008. He didnt play as much his first two seasons, but got increased playing time in his junior and senior years. As a junior, he averaged 14.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PTConf-1 (41.5%), FT: 70.2% in 34 games. In his senior year, he played 34 games and averaged 13.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PTConf-6 (36.8%), FT: 71.3%: and finished his career as the 10th leading scorer in Winthrop history with 1,253 points. With Winthrop, he was the Big South Conf. Regular Season Champion in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and won the Big South Conf Tournament from 2005-2008. He was named to the Big South Conf. All-Tournament Team in 2007 and 2008. In his first professional season 2008-2009, he was drafted by the Albany Patrons of the CBA and in November 2008 signed with the Albany Patroons playing 3 games and averaging 6.7ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 47.4%, but left during the season and moved to BC Buducnost Podgorica (Bosnia-1A) in Feb 2009. He spoke to eurobasket after the 93-76 win against The Telekom Baskets Bonn.

Congrats on the 93-76 win at home against The Telekom Baskets Bonn. What did it feel like playing on a Thursday night?

Thank you. If felt like a regular weekend game actually.

How perfect a game did Walter Tigers Tuebingen play? You controlled the game from the start and finished strong.

We played this game like we wanted to come out and play every game this season. It just so happen this time we finally were able to do it.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen led at halftime 49-33. What was the biggest strength of Tuebingen in the first half?

We were strong offensively and equally as strong defensively. They could not stop our pick and roll.

It seemed also like The Telekom Baskets Bonn never were able to find a healthy game rhythm on offense. Was a reason for this because of the Tuebingen defense?

Yea our defensive intensity was very strong the whole game and it showed.

Was there ever a point in the second half where you thought that Bonn could claw themselves back into the game?

They went on a run and got within 7 or 9 points at one point but I honestly was never worried because we were playing to well offensively.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen dished out 31 assists. Can you ever remember a game this season where this worked so well. How satisfying is it when a Romeo Travis and Dane Watts chip in with five assists a piece?

No 31 assist is by far the most assist we've had in a game all season. We always average a lot of assist a game but no one would have ever thought we would produce 31. It's always great when you can get assist from positions other than the guard spots.

If Tuebingen had had efforts like this more often in the season, you would probably have made the playoffs. Why wasnt the team able to have more game efforts like this season?

Yea you are probably right but we will never really know because it did not happen. Some nights just weren't our nights.

What was your favourite play of the game?

My favorite play was when Steve made like 3 spin moves in transition and ending up dishing it to Sasha for the lay-up.

Who is going to win the Celtics-Heat NBA playoffs series and why?

I think the Celtics are if the Heat don't win both of their home games. The Celtics beat them with KG and without him so I feel they just have to much firepower for Miami.
Thanks Michael for the chat.



Chris Copeland (TBB Trier) Postgame Thoughts To 78-77 Win Against Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) is a 25 year old 203 cm power forward from Orange, New Jersey. He went to the University of Colorado from 2002-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 12.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 44%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 68.8%. In his first season overseas, he played for Beirasar Rosalia (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five), only pre-season, then moved to C.B. L'Hospitalet (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five) playing 4 games averaging 4.0ppg, 8.0rpg and then moved to Matrixx Magix Nijmegen (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five) playing 28 games and averaging 18.0ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 79.3%. Last season, he moved to Germany to TBB Trier playing 34 games averaging 13.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 74.8%. Chris Spoke to eurobasket after the 78-77 win against Phoenix Hagen.

Congrats on the 78-77 win against Phoenix Hagen. It was the second win out of the last three games for TBB Trier. I guess it is too bad that TBB Trier is finding a new rhythm so late in the season plus your winning close games?

Thank you. Yea its unfortunate we couldn't win the close ones we had earlier in the year, but thats basketball you never know how it will turn out.

The game was tied 44-44 at halftime. The game seemed even after 20 minutes. Were there any real notable differences between both teams?


No real differences in my eyes. Everyone could see this was going to go down to the wire.

The second half was a real nail bitter. Why was the scoring going down for TBB Trier?

We stopped executing. We kind of got out of our offenses a little bit and we struggled in the scoring department because of it.

In the fourth quarter, Phoenix Hagen had the lead until the last minutes. Why was TBB Trier having so much problems getting back into the game?

You have to give Hagen credit for that. They played well and they weren't letting us back into the game.

You won the game with 15 seconds left. Describe your game winning shot.

Just took what the defense gave me. The defender pressed up so I wouldn't turn and shoot. So I drove baseline and finished around the basket.
Besides your game winning shot, what was your favorite play of the game?

Besides a buzzer beater from Jamal from near the hash mark. My favorite play of the game was hearing the crowd roar when the final buzzer went off.

You play against MBC on April 25th. What will be key in winning this game?

Defense defense defense and executing well on the offensive end.

Who is going to win the Denver-Utah series?

It looks good for Utah right now. But Chauncey is my favorite player. I'm going for Denver.
Thanks Chris for the chat.



Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. EWE Baskets 24-8 
 2. ALBA 23-9 
 3. Telekom B. 23-10 
 4. Goettingen 22-10 
 5. Brose Baskets 21-12 
 6. Bremerhaven 20-12 
 7. Dt.Bank SKY 20-13 
 8. Art.Dragons 19-14 
 9. NY Phantoms 19-14 
 10. EnBW L'burg 17-15 
 11. MBC 17-16 
 12. Walter Tigers 16-17 
 13. ratiopharm 12-21 
 14. LTi 46ers 10-23 
 15. TBB Trier 10-23 
 16. Phoenix Hagen 8-24 
 17. Duesseldorf 8-25 
 18. Pad.Baskets 5-28 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 David TEAGUE
  LTi 46ers
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Teague, LTi 46ers20.4 
 2. Copeland, TBB Trier17.1 
 3. Jenkins, ALBA15.4 
 4. Rochestie, Goett.15.1 
 5. Burns, ratiopharm15.0 
 6. Suput, Brose B.14.9 
 7. Oliver, Goettingen14.8 
 8. Allen, Dt.14.6 
 9. Jeffers, LTi 46ers14.4 
 10. Travis, Walter Tigers14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff GIBBS
  Bremerhaven
  (188-F-80)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Gibbs, Bremerhaven9.3 
 2. Ensminger, Telek.8.7 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers8.4 
 4. Johnson, LTi 46ers7.4 
 5. Kale, Phoenix Hagen7.1 
 6. Boone, Goettingen6.6 
 7. Turek, Phoenix .6.5 
 8. Doliboa, Dt.6.5 
 9. Travis, Walter Tigers6.5 
 10. Oliver, Goettingen6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Louis CAMPBELL
  Bremerhaven
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Campbell, Bremerha.6.0 
 2. Hamilton, NY Phant.5.6 
 3. Ratkovica, Walter T.5.6 
 4. Jordan, Phoenix .5.3 
 5. Jordan, Telekom B.5.2 
 6. Reese, Dt.4.6 
 7. Gamqrelidze, MBC3.9 
 8. Schaffartzik, NY Pha.3.7 
 9. Williams, LTi 46ers3.6 
 10. McElroy, AL.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  ratiopharm
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Trice, ratiopharm2.3 
 2. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 3. Jenkins, Walter T.1.8 
 4. Anderson, Goett.1.5 
 5. Teague, LTi 46ers1.5 
 6. Bernard, MBC1.5 
 7. Foster, EWE B.1.3 
 8. Robertson, Dt.Ba.1.3 
 9. Burns, ratiopharm1.3 
 10. Ratkovica, Walter T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tibor PLEISS
  Brose Baskets
  (214-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Pleiss, Brose B.1.4 
 2. Turek, Phoenix .1.4 
 3. Boumtje, EWE B.1.3 
 4. Lyde, Bremerhaven1.2 
 5. Ohlbrecht, Telek.1.2 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers1.1 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 
 8. Barrett, Pad.Bask.0.9 
 9. Bryant, ratiopharm0.9 
 10. Boone, Goettingen0.9 


ProB Round: 30 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Speyer - L.Baeren 82-88
Speyer lost to L.Baeren 82:88 as the latter got 7-23 record. Ralph Schirmer (203-F/C-86) paced all the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Perl Mathias produced 14. Goode Jon ended up with 28 points in the losing effort.

NBC - Vechta 82-76
NBC cruised past Vechta 82:76 at the Regular Season Round 30. Will Chavis (181-G-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Texas Tech) stepped up with 26 points for the winners and Doreth Bastian followed him with 14. Buck Joe ended up with 26 points in defeat, while Boadu Marvin posted 22.

Rist-Wedel - Wuerzburg B. 76-70
Turnbull Stuart nailed 22 points as Rist-Wedel beat Wuerzburg 76:70. Mac-Davis Duah (186-G/f-76) notched 15, while Huber-Saffer Peter and Kiese Steffen added 12 apiece. McDuffie Dimitry answered with 29 points in the losing effort.

SOBA Dragons - Herten 88-103
SOBA Dragons lost to Herten 88:103 in the top game of the Regular Season Round 30 as both teams finished on top to places. Vincent Kittmann (199-F-88, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Smith Ahmad as well as Abercrombie Cory posted 19 each. Rojik Christopher replied with 26 points in defeat.

Ehingen - SU Medien 89-74
Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule finished the season with 20-10 record beating SU Medien 89:74. Stephen Sir (195-G-82, college: N.Arizona) paced all the winners with 19 points, while Wilson Josh added 17 points and 11 assists. Friedel Philipp brought 23 points for the guests.

Stahnsdorf - Dt.Bank SKY II 95-83
RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf is 10th with 14-16 record beating Dt.Bank SKY II 95:83. Terry Evans (196-F-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) led the way with 29 points, while Capel Jackson delivered 17. Willemsen Armin finished the night with 21 points and 10 boards for the guests.



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  GPBL   


Standings
GPBL Standings
North Division
 1. Stark R. 1-0 
 2. Canton C. 0-0 
 3. Lancaster L. 0-0 
 4. River City RW. 0-1 
SW Division
 1. Austin F. 0-0 
 2. Berberton W. 0-0 
 3. Houston F. 0-0 
 4. Play2Win 0-0 
 5. San Antonio A. 0-0 


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  GREECE   


Papadopoulos' a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for PAOK Marfin Thessaloniki and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed VAP Kolossos (14-11) with 21-point margin 69-48. PAOK maintains the 5th position in Greek league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. PAOK will need more victories to improve their 14-11 record. Papadopoulos turned to be PAOK's top player in his first season with the team. Papadopoulos has impressive league stats. He Papadopoulos is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.7rpg) and and averages solid 60.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Alexis Kyritsis) of Kavala/Panorama. He is a in his first season at Kavala/Panorama. In the last game Kyritsis recorded impressive 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Kavala/Panorama to edge the higher-ranked Aris ( (#7, 12-13) by 5 points 86-81. Kavala/Panorama's 11th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-17 record. Kyritsis is a newcomer at Kavala/Panorama and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Othello Hunter (203-F-86) of Ilysiakos Athens (#12). Hunter scored 15 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Ilysiakos, leading his team to a 76-72 win against the higher-ranked Peristeri GS (#8, 11-14). Ilysiakos can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-18 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Hunter he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hunter has a very solid season. In 7 games in Greece he scored 10.6ppg. He also has 8.0rpg and FGP: 62.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85) of Peristeri GS - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Dimitris Papanikolaou (202-F-77) of Panionios - 24 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist
6. Milton Palacio (190-G-78) of Kavala/Panor. - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jeremy Richardson (199-G/F-83) of Aris - 24 points and 5 rebounds
8. David Young (196-G/F-81) of Trikalla - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist
9. Warren Carter (206-F-85) of Ilysiakos - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Gordon Lukas (191-G-84) of Marousi BC - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists


Greek A2 round 26 best performance: Yannis Gagaloudis - by Eurobasket News
Guard Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for AEP Olimpiada Patron, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, five rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Amyntas (#10, 10-16) with 28-point margin 112-84. AEP Olimpiada Patron maintains the 4th position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AEP Olimpiada Patron will need more victories to improve their 16-10 record. In the team's last game Gagaloudis had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be AEP Olimpiada Patron's top player in his first season with the team. Yannis Gagaloudis has solid league stats. He Gagaloudis is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.3ppg), assists (3rd best: 5.0apg) and averages impressive 55.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Serbian Voule Mantic (200-F/G-82) of DROP Ermis Lagkada. Mantic had a very good evening with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course DROP Ermis Lagkada cruised to a 107-99 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Egaleo ( (#16, 7-19). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. DROP Ermis Lagkada keeps 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-17 record. Mantic is a newcomer at DROP Ermis Lagkada, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.1ppg (#8). He also registered 4.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Stavros Danil (201-F-76) of OFI Irakleio (#15). Danil scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of OFI, leading his team to a 70-68 win against the higher-ranked Dafni (#9, 11-15). The chances of OFI not to end season on such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Danil could try to bring OFI's a little bit higher in the standings. Danil has a very solid season. In 26 games in Greece he scored 6.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damir Latovic (204-C-80) of AGOR - 16 points and 16 rebounds
5. Nikos Liakopoulos (201-F-76) of Peramatos - 31 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-G-83) of KAOD - 31 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists
7. Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) of Near East - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Char Samothrakis (189-G-83) of Amyntas - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Vassilis Kounas (195-G-84) of Near East - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Christo Karavolas (197-F-83) of Egaleo - 19 points and 4 rebounds


OLYMPIACOS HOSPITALITY CENTRE at Paris!! - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos BC for the 2nd year in a row makes a pioneer move and invites all the Euroleague fans to the great celebration of the Euroleague Final Four at Paris!
Just like last year, during this years Final Four and specifically from Friday May 7, to Sunday May 9, at the official Olympiacos hotel, at the historic HOTEL SCRIBE PARIS in the OPERA at downtown Paris, the OLYMPIACOS HOSPITALITY CENTRE, will be operating, being the centre of the official events organized by the team for the Final Four in Paris!
At the Hospitality Centre, the Reds fans will be able to buy the original shirts of their favourite players, the unique collectibles of the Final Four, the Official Products of Olympiacos and many gifts from the team Sponsors, while many events are also scheduled for the fans during this three days period.
At the OLYMPIACOS HOSPITALITY CENTRE, an Info-desk is also going to operate as well, where the team personnel will give information on anything that may interest our fans Mr. Lepeniotes, the Commercial Director of Olympiacos BC pointed out. The issue of providing the best possible services to our fans that will to travel to Paris to support the effort of the team to win the European Championship is always one of our priorities. The OLYMPIACOS HOSPITALITY CENTRE at the HOTEL SCRIBE PARIS is going to be a reference point for our fans in Paris as well as a good opportunity to purchase the collectibles of the Final Four and get many gifts from our Sponsors, while at the same time, there are going to be parallel events. The events schedule is going to be announced next week.
All data can be found at the official web page of OLYMPIACOS BC, which will be constantly updated: www.olympiacosbc.gr



A2: Round 26 review - by Eurobasket News
Iraklis - KAOD 84-73
Iraklis remains on top of A2 standings, together with Ikaros Esperos (21-5 record). Dimitris Despos (209-C-76, agency: FCM) paced Iraklis to victory against KAO Dramas with 15 points, while Sotiris Karapostolou (194-G-80, college: S.New Hampshire) (5 rebs, 7 as) and Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77, agency: BeoExcell) added 12 points each. In KAO Dramas (14-12), Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-G-83) delivered 31 pts.

Ikaroi Serron - Arkadikos 72-70
Thriller win for Ikaroi Serron, who jumped to 11-15. Kostas Pehlivanis (192-F-79) stepped up for the hosts with 17 points, while Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) added 2 less. In Arkadikos (14-12), Andreas Sizopoulos (189-G-83, agency: High Post Agency) scored 20 pts.

Dafni - OFI 68-70
OFI grabbed valuable road win against Dafni getting 22 points and 9 rebounds from Stavros Danil (201-F-76). Sakis Panagakis (191-G-83) secured a nice help adding 13 points. In the loosing squad, Marko Pekovic (193-G-81, agency: BeoExcell) collected 17 points and 6 assists. OFI 9-17, Dafni 11-15.

Olimpiada P. - Amyntas 112-84
16th victory of the season for Olimpiada, whose leading player was Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78) with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Thodor Georgitsis (205-C/F-83) also was on fire scoring 26 points in this win. On the other side, Amyntas (10-16) got 26 points from Char Samothrakis (189-G-83).

Peramatos - AGOR 77-53
Comfortable win for Peramatos who had Nikos Liakopoulos (201-F-76, agency: FCM) on fire with 21 points. Fragiskos Amato (205-F/C-78, agency: FCM) collected 12 points and 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Damir Latovic (204-C-80) had double-double of 16 points and 16 boards. Peramatos 11-15, AGO Rethimno 13-13.

Near East - Pagrati 93-78
Near East improved to 11-15 after nice home with against Pagrati. Vassilis Kounas (195-G-84) was a key player for the hosts with 26 points. Thodori Vardianos (193-G-78) replied with 19 points and his Pagrati dropped to 17-19.

Ermis Lagk. - Egaleo 107-99
9-17 for Ermis Lagkada and 7-19 for Egaleo after this game. Voule Mantic (200-F/G-82) came up with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Kostas Behlivanis (180-G-74, agency: FCM) added 26 pts. On the other side, Kenrick Zondervan (206-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Florida) collected 20 pts and 10 boards.

Ikaros Esperos - Xanthi 85-70
21st win for Ikaros Esperos, who got 19 points from Alexis Falekas. Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-F/C-80, agency: FCM) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Paris Martzos (197-F-85) added 10 points for just 9 minutes on the court. In Xanthi (13-13), Konstantinos Christou (203-C/F-77) netted 17 pts.


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. Teodosic, Egaleo3.4 
 10. Maslarinos, Xanthi3.4 
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. Sizopoulos, Arkadikos1.3 
 7. Pekovic, Dafni1.3 
 8. Moscovitis, Pagrati1.2 
 9. Sourlis, Arkadikos1.2 
 10. Pettas, Olimpiada P.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Vassilis VAGENAS
  OFI
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Vagenas, OFI1.1 
 2. Giovanivic, 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. Cartelo, KAOD0.6 
 9. Vagenas, OFI0.6 
 10. Despos, Iraklis0.6 


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


Wins for D-Team and Elite B.C. - by Gianni Pascucci
Over the past weekend, both D-Team and Elite Sport made a pace ahead in the LPB standings, by defeating URL and Le Mans. The final score of the game between D-Team Guatemala and Universidad Rafael Landivar was 96-75, and Enrique Samayoa (193-F-82) and Heber Rodriguez (185-G-82) were the game best performers at 22 and 20 points, respecticvely. Jose Joaquin Ortiz (180-G-78) added 16, while at the URL side Fernando Fernandez (F) scored 18 and Sergio Uriarte 22 points.
Club Elite B.C. prevailed over Le Mans, 100-87, improving to 5 wins and 2 losses in the season. Forward Adrian Lemcke (191-F-77) led the way in Elite B.C. at 28 points, and Pablo Cano (178-G-88) score 23 points and was very effective at runninig the team offense. untos. With 33 points, Andres Barrios (190-G/F-81) was the game top scorer in losing effort.


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Sixers' Dalembert wins J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award - by Princeloo Alexandre
Samuel Dalembert of the Philadelphia 76ers is the 2009-10 recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. The award is named for the second commissioner of the league and honors an NBA player or coach for outstanding service and dedication to the community.

Dalembert, an eight-year Haitian-Canadian NBA veteran, has worked tirelessly to provide relief to victims of a devastating earthquake in his native Haiti since Jan. 12, 2010. In addition to making a personal donation of $100,000 to UNICEF, he visited the stricken country twice and raised awareness of the need for relief.

His Samuel Dalembert Foundation, founded in 2007, teams with UNICEF, the Red Cross and Feed the Children to assist relief efforts in Haiti. Dalembert has also been active in helping to build a training facility and a school in Haiti called the Dalembert Academy.

'What Samuel has done should be a model for all professional athletes. He saw a crying need for help and worked tirelessly to give whatever aid he could while spurring others to act and contribute as well,' said Doug Smith of the Toronto Star, president of the PBWA.

The PBWA represents approximately 150 writers for newspapers, magazines and Internet services who cover the NBA on a regular basis. Members nominate players and vote for the award. The finalists this season were Dalembert, Charlie Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons, Ronny Turiaf of the Golden State Warriors and Adonal Foyle of the Orlando Magic.


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Living the DREAM - by Matt Bauscher
If you want a normal, politically correct blog you can stop reading. I'm going to tell it like it is, no sugar coating anything. If you want agent advice, a list of my accolades... you're barking up the wrong tree. I'm an un-average white boy who has busted his ass to land a job overseas. NO sob stories coming from me, yeah it's a business but I'm making the most out of it. Some people play hoops because of the money, some for the girls and many because they love the game. WHY DO I PLAY? You can't tell your girl the single reason you love her, just like I can't tell you the single reason I play ball. Its funny how hard work isn't just a locker room saying, but it actually pays off.

Since I started my own blog last year, I've had different basketball sites approach me about publishing on theirs. I've always declined but felt Eurobasket was too good to turn down. The most annoying question I'm asked is 'why don't you play in the NBA?' Well Grey Goose isn't top shelf everywhere, but it sure does go down smooth. What people don't understand is making the NBA is way tougher than making the MLB or NFL. The odds of playing ball at the NCAA D1 level are insane and there are 5,000 players that make it. In the NBA there are 432, with only 46 being white boys from America. You have a better chance of being a Governor, Senator, winning the lottery, famous actor, etc. There are hundreds of thousands of kids around the world who dream about being in our shoes and I feel blessed every single day. If your reading my blog then obviously hoops has played some kind of roll in your life. I'm currently on one of the winningest teams Holland has ever seen. We are the favorites to win it all this year after going 33-3 in league. First round we swept Upstairs Weert and this Saturday the semi finals begin and we can't wait! It's been a wild ride on and off the court, grab a seat belt and enjoy the ride! BAUSCH-LUV-DAKIDS
Blog maintained by Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Boise St.)


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Ungmennafelagio Snaefell sign Jeb Ivey - by Eurobasket
Ungmennafelagio Snaefell added to their roster 30-year old American guard Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St., agency: Rasmussen Services). Ivey played most recently at Joensuun Kataja (Finland). While playing 42 games for Kataja this season he averaged 16.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg. Ivey played also pro basketball in Finland and Germany.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Keflavik sign Nicky Bradford - by Eurobasket
Keflavik added to their roster 32-year old American swingman Nicky Bradford (200-G/F-78, college: Kansas). Bradford played most recently at UMFN Njardvik (Express L.). While playing 18 games for UMFN this season he averaged 17.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.8apg and 2.2spg. Bradford is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Finland, France and United Kingdom.
in his games against Ungmennafelagio Snaefell, Bradford played 34 minutes and scored 26 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assists, but these records didnt help the team to beat Snaefell in the tird game of the finals. Snaefell ended winning 100-85 changing the record to 2-1.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Cedric ISOM
  Tindastoll
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Isom, Tindastoll26.4 
 2. Dabney, Hamar25.4 
 3. Valdimarsson, Ham.25.0 
 4. Shouse, Stjarnan23.8 
 5. Smith, Fjolnir23.6 
 6. Caird, FSU21.8 
 7. Vilbergsson, Grind.20.7 
 8. Zdravevski, Stjar.20.4 
 9. Lewis, KR20.3 
 10. Flake, Grindavik20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Snaefell
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 14
 1. Baeringsson, Snaefell14.0 
 2. Smith, Fjolnir12.0 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR11.6 
 4. Pantelic, Stjarnan10.8 
 5. Caldwell, Breidablik10.0 
 6. Visockis, Tindastoll9.9 
 7. Stefansson, UMFN9.4 
 8. Zimnickas, FSU8.4 
 9. Caird, FSU8.3 
 10. Helgason, Stjarnan8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pavel ERMOLINSKIJ
  KR
  (202-G/F-87)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Ermolinskij, KR8.8 
 2. Isom, Tindastoll8.2 
 3. Steinarsson, Fjolnir7.6 
 4. Burton, Snaefell7.4 
 5. Jonsson, Grindavik7.3 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan6.0 
 7. Dabney, Hamar5.5 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.5.4 
 9. Inge, KR5.2 
 10. Bradford, UMFN4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  KR
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Inge, KR3.4 
 2. Isom, Tindastoll2.9 
 3. Dabney, Hamar2.7 
 4. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.4 
 5. Bradford, UMFN2.2 
 6. Birmingham, Grindavik2.2 
 7. Shouse, Stjarnan2.1 
 8. Baeringsson, Snaefell2.1 
 9. Burns, Keflavik2.0 
 10. Ermolinskij, KR2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Fjolnir
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Smith, Fjolnir3.1 
 2. Pantelic, Stjarnan2.9 
 3. Nathanaelsso., Ham.1.7 
 4. Stefansson, UMFN1.4 
 5. Baeringsson, Snaefell1.4 
 6. Inge, KR1.3 
 7. Caldwell, Breidablik1.3 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.2 
 9. Hafsteinsson, Kefla.1.1 
 10. Magnusson, KR1.0 


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Maccabi T-A is the winner of the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi T-A - Netanya 88-60
Maccabi T-A won the Regular Season and enjoyed the last win over Netanya 88:60. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) paced the league-leaders with 15 points and Pnini Guy added 14. Washam Tony ended up with 21 poits in the losing effrot.

Galil Gilboa - Hapoel Afula 85-79
Galil Gilboa finished the season with 14-8 record beating Hapoel Afula 85:79. Jeremy Pargo (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Israeli Guni notched 14. Christmas Dionte nailed 23 points in defeat and Porat Gur had 22.

Hapoel Holon - Ironi Ramat G. 66-90
Hapoel Holon lost to Ironi Ramat Gan 66:90 as both teams finished with 6-16 records. John Sharper (186-G-84, college: San Diego St.) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Forbes Gary and Khazzouh Julian added 20 points apiece and collected 31 points together. Graves Antonio netted 13 points for the hosts.

Macc.Haifa - Hap.Jerusalem 74-78
Hapoel Jerusalem grabbed the second position after the win over Maccabi Haifa 78:74 at the top game of the Regular Season Round 22. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) stepped up with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners, while Jeter Pooh netted 15. Ben David Amit produced 18 points in the losing case.

Macc.Rishon LZ - Ironi Ashkelon 81-73
Maccabi Rishon LZ beat Ironi Ashkelon 81:73 to finish the season onthe 7th spot with 10-12 record. Meir Tapiro (194-G-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) paced all the winners with 17 points and McGhee Aaron followed him with 14. Baxter Jimmy ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.



Standings - BSL
Premier L. Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 21-1 
 2. Jerusalem 14-8 
 3. Galil Gilboa 14-8 
 4. Macc.Haifa 14-8 
 5. Netanya 13-9 
 6. Ashkelon 11-11 
 7. Rishon LZ 10-12 
 8. Bnei Hasharon 9-13 
 9. Ironi Nahariya 7-15 
 10. Hap.Afula 7-15 
 11. Ramat Gan 6-16 
 12. Hapoel Holon 6-16 


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Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 23-2 
 2. Pepsi Caserta 16-9 
 3. NGC Cantu 16-10 
 4. Armani MI 15-10 
 5. CS Bologna 15-11 
 6. Sigma Coat. 14-11 
 7. Lottomatica 14-12 
 8. Benetton TV 11-14 
 9. Air AV 11-14 
 10. Banca Tercas 10-15 
 11. Cimberio VA 10-15 
 12. Scavolini PS 10-17 
 13. Angelico BI 9-16 
 14. Carife FE 8-17 
 15. Vanoli CR 8-17 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 K.C. RIVERS
  Benetton TV
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Rivers, A.B. Latina24.5 
 2. Whiting, Aget IM22.3 
 3. Goss, Scafati .21.2 
 4. Kemp, Banco Sard.20.7 
 5. Forte, Edimes PV20.4 
 6. Slay, Carmatic PT19.6 
 7. Young, Umana Reyer19.6 
 8. Crispin, Enel B.19.0 
 9. Adams, Fileni Jesi18.3 
 10. Thomas, Enel Brindisi18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Edilizia
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Ebi, Edilizia13.8 
 2. Boykin, Edimes PV10.3 
 3. Waleskowski, Fileni J.9.6 
 4. Smith, A.B. Latina8.9 
 5. Chiacig, Scafati .8.6 
 6. Ezugwu, Aget IM8.4 
 7. Hines, Prima Veroli7.9 
 8. Brkic, Snaidero UD7.6 
 9. Thomas, Enel Brindisi7.5 
 10. Missere, A.B. L.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  UCC Casalpus.
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Hatten, UCC C.4.9 
 2. Levin, Fastweb CM4.4 
 3. Forte, Edimes PV4.3 
 4. Rowe, Banco Sard.4.2 
 5. Nissim, Prima Veroli4.1 
 6. Brown, Snaidero UD3.5 
 7. Young, Edimes PV3.4 
 8. Garris, Umana R.3.1 
 9. Whiting, Aget IM3.1 
 10. Draper, Prima Veroli3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Joseph FORTE
  Edimes PV
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Forte, Edimes PV3.5 
 2. Hines, Prima Veroli3.4 
 3. Hatten, UCC C.3.4 
 4. Ebi, Edilizia3.2 
 5. Young, Umana Reyer3.2 
 6. Goss, Scafati .3.2 
 7. Young, Edimes PV2.9 
 8. Boyette, Miro R.2.8 
 9. Draper, Prima Veroli2.7 
 10. Williams, Miro R.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris PEARSON
  Miro Radici VI
  (207-C-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pearson, Miro R.2.1 
 2. Ostler, UCC C.2.0 
 3. Di Giuliomar., Umana R.1.7 
 4. Ebi, Edilizia1.6 
 5. Hines, Prima Veroli1.3 
 6. Valenti, UCC C.1.2 
 7. Boykin, Fileni Jesi1.0 
 8. Melli, Trenkwalder1.0 
 9. Bryan, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 10. Hall, Fastweb CM0.9 


Italian SerieA round 27 best performance: Sharrod Ford - by Eurobasket News
American forward Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Carife Ferrara, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds, while his team edged out Sigma Coat. (#6, 14-11) 77-75. Carife FE maintains the 14th position in Italian SerieA. Carife FE is rather weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-17 record. Ford just recently signed at Carife FE, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Clemson University star has very solid stats this year. Ford. Ford is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.3ppg) and averages impressive 3.5bpg,2.2spg and 58.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Jumaine Jones (201-F-79) of league's second-best Pepsi JuveCaserta. Jones had a very good evening with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Pepsi Caserta to edge the lower-ranked Cimberio VA ( (#11, 10-15) 88-85. Pepsi Caserta's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 16-9 record is not bad at all. Jones is a newcomer at Pepsi Caserta, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of league's top team Montepaschi Siena. Lavrinovic scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Lavrinovic's great performance Montepaschi lost 96-99 to the lower-ranked Benetton TV (#9, 11-14). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. That was shocking loss for Montepaschi and their fans. Hopefully so far almost perfect season will not turn around. They still have impressive 23-2 record in the league holding top position in the standings. Lavrinovic plays for a very strong team and Montepaschi has many quality players. So achieving that high stats is even more impressive. Lavrinovic has a great season in Italy. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (4th best). He also has FGP: 60.6% and 3PT: 52.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Troy Bell (186-G-80) of Vanoli CR - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ronald Slay (203-F-81) of Cimberio VA - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 1 assist
6. Michel Morandais (197-G/F-79) of Cimberio VA - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Luke Jackson (201-F/G-81) of Carife FE - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81) of Air AV - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist
9. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75) of NGC Cantu - 23 points, 1 rebound and 3 assists
10. Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86) of Sigma Coat. - 19 points and 9 rebounds


Lega2 Round: 29 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Trenkwalder - Miro Radici VI 85-60
Trenkwalder cruised past Vigevano at home court. Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami (FL)) delivered 20 points and 7 rebounds for the Reggio Emilia team. Robert Fultz (190-G-82, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 18 points in the victory. Jason Williams (197-G/F-83, college: UTEP) responded with 14 points for Vigevano.

Enel Brindisi - A.B. Latina 106-73
Enel Brindisi knocked down A.B. Latina for the 21st win in the championship. Joseph Crispin (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Penn St.) nailed 21 points for the league leaders. Omar Thomas (197-F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UTEP) had 19 points in the win. Donato Cutolo (198-F-87, agency: Players Group) answered with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals for A.B. Latina.

Fastweb CM - Fileni Jesi 77-62
Fastweb Casale prevailed against Fileni Jesi at home court. Simone Pierich (198-F-81) nailed 19 points to lead the home side. Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group) notched 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Roberto Gabini (198-F-75, agency: Interperformances) tossed in 22 points for Fileni Jesi.

Banco Sard. - Edimes PV 84-88
Edimes Pavia fired past Banco di Sardegna on the road. Ruben Boykin (201-F-85, college: N.Arizona) came up with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visitors. Joseph Forte (193-G-81, agency: JEMsports, college: N.Carolina) had 19 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) went on a scoring frenzy as he uleashed 48 points for Banco Di Sardegna.

Edilizia - Carmatic PT 83-79
Edilizia toppled Carmatic Pistoia in Rimini. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Arizona) scored 24 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the hosts. Cameron Bennerman (193-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) added 20 points for the winners. Tamar Slay (204-F-80, college: Marshall) replied with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals for Carmatic Pistoia.

Umana Reyer - Aget IM 77-67
Umana Reyer tamed Aget Imola behind 19 points from Marco Allegretti (204-F-81). Guido Meini (188-G-79) notched 16 points for Venezia. Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU) responded with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Aget Imola.

Snaidero UD - Scafati Basket 76-70
Snaidero held off Scafati Basket in Udine. Joel Zacchetti (209-C/F-82) scored 20 points to lead the hosts. Demetric Bennett (193-G-85) contributed 17 points for the winners. Roberto Chiacig (210-C-74) netted 20 points for Scafati.

UCC Casalpus. - Prima Veroli 84-95
Prima Veroli accounted for the 18th win as they upset UCC Casalpusterlengo on the road. Mario Gigena (198-F-77) and Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) knocked down 20 points each for the visitors. Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college: St.John's) nailed 20 points for UCC Casalpusterlengo.



A Dilettanti Quarter-Finals, game 1 - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

In the first game of the Playoff for the promotion in LegaA2 win the first four team of the regular season. Bologna exceeds Castelletto for 92-83. For the Fortitudo perfect match of Alessandro Cittadini (207-C/F-79) with 21 points, 7/7 by 2 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assist and 4 blocks (41 of ranking!). Good performance of Davide Lamma (192-G-76, agency: Players Group) with 11 points, 4 steals and 7 assist, for Matteo Malaventura (196-G-78) with 19 points and 5/8 by 3 and for Silvio Gigena (200-F-75) with 15 points and 7 rebounds. For the visitors top scorer is Luciano Masieri (200-F-76) with 22 points, a excellent 9/11 at shoot and 7 rebounds. Franco Prelazzi (205-F/C-79) scores 18 points, 15 points of Luca Conte (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) (but 7 turnovers), 7 points and 6 assist of Giacomo Mariani (191-G-86).
Forli' starts very well the Playoff with a great victory against Treviglio for 83-58. 24 points for Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88), 14 points for Matteo Frassineti (195-G/F-87) and for Massimo Farioli (202-F/C-77, agency: Interperformances). For the Co.Mark best players are Matteo Da Ros (204-F-89) and Alfredo Moruzzi (193-G-80) with 13 points. Unfortunately the VemSistemi loses Federico Lestini (203-F-83) for injury during the second quarter.
Ozzano wins at PalaGira against Verona with the result of 74-58 thanks at the 19 points of Riccardo Perego (203-F/C-81) with 7/9 at shoot, helped by Alex Ranuzzi (195-F-86) that closes with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Marco Diviach (200-F-88) signs 14 points and catches 10 rebounds. 4 points and 7 rebounds for Davide Rosignoli (202-F-88) in only 18 minutes, starting by bench. For the Tezenis Ousmane Gueye (188-G-82) is the MVP with 16 points, 6 steals and 7 fouls suffered. Good match for Luca Gandini (205-F-85, agency: Interperformances) with 13 points and 7 rebounds and for Federico Bellina (205-C-79, agency: Players Group), top scorer with 20 points and 7/11 at shoot.
Omegna wins game 1 for 73-66. At Brescia not enough the 17 points of Bernardo Musso (193-G-86). 10 points for Federico Maiocco (200-G/F-83) and Mauro Quaroni (193-G-79). Marco Carra (185-G-80) leads the Paffoni with 17 points in 22 minutes. Good job for Andrea Saccaggi (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) with 12 points, for Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) with 9 points and 12 rebounds and of Innocenzo Ferraro (200-F/C-82) with 8 points and 7 rebounds.


The results
Paffoni Omegna - Centrale del Latte Brescia 73-66 (1-0)
PentaGruppo Ozzano - Tezenis Verona 74-58 (1-0)

VemSistemi Forli' - Co.Mark Treviglio 83-58 (1-0)
Amori Bologna - Nobili SBS Castelletto 92-83 (1-0)

Group B

2 external wins and 2 internal wins in the first game of the post season. Trapani wins at Perugia for 72-69 led by a good offensive match of Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84) with 28 points, 9/15 at shoot and 7 fouls suffered. 14 points for Mattia Soloperto (209-C-80), 19 points and 8 rebounds of Walter Santarossa (200-F-78) with 8/11 at shoot. For the Liomatic 20 points of Mattia Caroldi (185-G-82) with 3 assist, double-double of Marco Pazzi (203-C-79) with 11 points and 11 rebounds, 11 points also for Andrea Raschi (200-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) and Simone Bonamente (202-C-79).
San Severo exceeds Ruvo for 77-67 whit a perfect second quarter (24-6 the partial). 10 points and 9 rebounds in 22 minutes for Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84), 12 points of Nelson Rizzitiello (198-G/F-84), 11 points of Giovanni Rugolo (196-G/F-81) and 10 points for Riccardo Marzoli (187-G-89) (with 3 steals) and Roberto Fossati (185-G-78) (with 4 assist). For the Adriatica Industriale 19 points of Gionata Zampolli (189-G-85) with 4/8 by 3, 8 points, 5 steals and 3 assist for Simone Bonfiglio (181-G-88) and 9 points + 8 rebounds of Andrea Zerini (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances).
Barcellona wins against S.Antimo for 71-67. Ryan Bucci (192-G/F-81, college: C.W. Post) is top scorer with 18 points but the MVP is Francesco Guarino (182-G-79) with 15 points, 6 steals and 6 assist. Double-double of Daniele Bonessio (197-G/F-88) with 11 points + 11 rebounds (5 offensives). For the Nuove Frontiere 15 points of Mike Gizzi (196-G/F-75, college: La Salle), 13 points of Carlo Cantone (187-G-85) and 16 for Jacopo Valentini (193-G-86) with a bad 3/12 at shoot.
Resounding defeat at home for Ostuni. Siena wins for 70-72! Marco Portannese (194-G/F-89, agency: Players Group) leads the team with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals. Only 6 points for Gino Cuccarolo (219-C-87) that adds 12 rebounds and 2 blocks, 15 points for Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81) and 14 of Manuel Diomede (188-G-90). For the Assi Basket 12 points of Luigi Camera (198-F-84), 10 points for Francesco Amoroso (202-F-78), Nicola Basanisi (184-G-76) and Dusan Stijepovic (193-G-88).


The results
Liomatic Perugia - Basket Trapani 69-72 (0-1)
Mazzeo San Severo - Adriatica Industriale Ruvo 77-67 (1-0)
Sigma Barcellona - Nuove Frontiere S.Antimo 71-67 (1-0)
Assi Basket Ostuni - Consum.it Siena 70-72 (0-1)


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Enel Brindisi 21-8 
 2. Fastweb CM 18-11 
 3. Trenkwalder 18-11 
 4. Banco Sard. 18-11 
 5. Prima Veroli 18-11 
 6. Snaidero UD 17-12 
 7. Miro Radici VI 16-13 
 8. Carmatic PT 15-14 
 9. Harem SC 13-16 
 10. Basket Crabs 13-16 
 11. Aget IM 13-16 
 12. UCC Casalpus. 12-17 
 13. Fileni Jesi 11-18 
 14. Umana Reyer 11-18 
 15. Edimes PV 11-18 
 16. A.B. Latina 7-22 


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BJ League Round: 30 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Shiga Lakestars - Kyoto Hannaryz 83-78
Shiga Lakestars grabbed 28-22 record beating Kyoto Hannaryz 83:78. Mikey Marshall (196-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Texas Tech) led the way with 20 points and Hamilton Gary followed him with 15. Clifford John ended up with 22 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Osaka Evessa - Oita H.Devils 88-91
Osaka Evessa lost to Oita H.Devils 88:91 as the latter took 24-24 record. Bell Michael shined with 24 poinst and 15 rebounds, while Woods Ricky delivered 23 points and 12 rebounds. Lynn Washington (200-F-78, college: Indiana) exploded with 43 points for Evessa.

Okinawa GK - Takamatsu FA 87-80
Okinawa GK rolled over Takamatsu FA 87:80 at the end of the Regular Season Round 30. George Leach (210-C-81, college: Indiana) collected 20 points and 23 rebounds for the winners and Newton Jeff added 19. Okada Yu responded with 21 points in defeat.

Saitama Bron. - Toyama Grouses 89-91
Saitama Broncos lost to Toyama Grouses 89:91 as the latter enjoyed 27 points and 14 rebounds from Brian Harper (208-F/G-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Paine). Kato Makoto scored 21 and Thomas Brandon as well as Mito Takeshi posted 11 each. Shimizu Taishiro produced 21 points in the losing effort.

Saitama Bron. - Toyama Grouses 74-67
Saitama Broncos improved to 15-33 record beating Toyama Grouses 74:67. Mario Jointer (188-G-82, college: S.Alabama) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Woodyard Terrence added 13 points and 11 boards. Abdullah Bilal replied with 18 points in defeat.

Osaka Evessa - Oita H.Devils 92-84
Osaka Evessa edged Oita H.Devils 92:84 as Lynn Washington collected 31 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Nakanishi Jun and Palmer David followed him with 17 each, while Murry Nile added 15. Bell Michael brought 28 points and 16 rebounds in defeat.

Okinawa GK - Takamatsu FA 95-62
Okinawa GK outscored Takamatsu FA 95:62 on April 24th. Bryan Simpson (197-F-84) paced all the winners with 17 points, while George Leach and Steenberge Kevin notched 16 each. Gardener Michael replied with 23 points in defeat.

Sendai 89ers - Hamamatsu P. 86-83
Sendai 89ers surprised Hamamatsu 86:83 to take 33-15 record. Josh Peppers (201-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Florida) poured in 33 points for the winners, while Pomare Leonardo nailed 12.

Niigata Albirex - Tokyo Apache 72-79
Tokyo Apache is with 21-27 record defeating Niigata Albirex. Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82, college: Colorado) stepped up with 19 points and Chappell Michael scored 16 points. Levett Tyrone ended up with 26 points in the losing effort.

Sendai 89ers - Hamamatsu P. 69-76
Sendai 89ers was beaten by the league-leaders Hamamatsu P. 69:76 at first as the latter got 25 points from Knight William. Pomare Leonardo and Josh Peppers responded with 17 points each in the losing effort.

Niigata Albirex - Tokyo Apache 72-84
Niigata Albirex lost to Tokyo Apache 72:84 on April 24th. Sparks Rasheed led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Julius Ashby and Aoki Cohey added 15 each. Levett Tyrone delivered 19 for Albirex.

Shiga Lakestars - Kyoto Hannaryz 103-95
Shiga Lakestars cruised past Kyoto Hannaryz 103:95 as Mikey Marshall erupted with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Joho Masashi netted 24 and Schafer Ray posted 15. Bostic Josh expldoed with 40 points and 15 rebounds for Kyoto.



Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 38-10 
 2. Sendai 89ers 33-15 
 3. Niigata Albirex 22-26 
 4. Tokyo Apache 21-27 
 5. Toyama Grouses 16-32 
 6. Saitama Bron. 15-33 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 31-19 
 2. Osaka Evessa 30-18 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 28-20 
 4. Shiga Lakestars 28-22 
 5. Oita H.Devils 24-24 
 6. Kyoto Hannaryz 16-32 
 7. Takamatsu FA 12-36 


JBL: First transfer list released - by John Scribe
The Japan Basketball League (JBL) released its first slate of transfer eligible players on April 21st.

In it, there were only three players that were cleared from their teams, but they were three big names.

The transfer list at times feature big name players, but most players usually listed are players that are unwanted or nearing retirement.
In this year's list: the first three names that were featured was Toyota Alvark guard Kei Igarashi (180-G-80), Toshiba guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84), and former Japanese National Team nominee guard Hidenori Kashiwakura (174-G-80) from Mitsubishi.

It is unknown why a big star such as Igarashi was released.

The rumor behind Ishizaki's departure is that he is aiming to making his overseas debut and advance himself as a player.
Kashiwakura faced injuries this past season and also had to share time with newly acquired guard Kazuyuki Nakagawa.

There are more movement expected and it will be interesting to see what else happens during this offseason.


BJ: Tokyo Apache clinch final spot in the East - by John Scribe
Cohey Aoki said it in his Twitter post:

'It has been a tough season and nobody thought we would be able to do it, but we made it'.

Yes, the Tokyo Apache made it.

The Apache fought through two tough games this past weekend and swept the Niigata Albirex BB in Ojiya, Niigata to clinch the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Apache, which had to undergo massive changes with new ownership, coaches, and the loss of players perservered through a tough season and survived the final stretch to give itself a chance to compete for the championship in the end of may. The Apache (21-27) however, had to rely on Toyama, which lost its sunday game to Saitama. In the abysmal east, Tokyo will not be expected past the first round in a top heavy conference. If the playoffs were to start today, they will be matching up with Hamamatsu, which is not only cruising through the east, but the league as a whole. The game will also mark the rematch of last season's Eastern Conference Finals.


In other Playoff qualification scenarios, Hamamatsu, Sendai and Niigata have already clinched berths to compete in May. Tokyo and Niigata will be battling for the third seed until the last week to avoid matching up with the Phoenix in the first round.

In the Western Conference, the top four teams are starting to shape as Osaka has maintained control at the top spot followed by Okinawa, which is only one game away.



Fukuoka, which had been the king of the west for the first half of the season has slowed down, but keeps control of the third slot. Shiga, with 28 wins is four games ahead of Oita should be able to clinch in the coming week. OIta is in a situation where they can not lose a game.


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Standings - D2
Higher League Standings
 1. CSKA Almaty 24-0 
 2. Tobol-2 18-6 
 3. Artuak 14-10 
 4. BK Bars 12-12 
 5. Irtysh 12-12 
 6. Kazakhmys 8-16 
 7. Kaspiy-2 3-21 
 8. Kazygurt 0-0 
 9. BKSzS 0-24 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi EL KHATIB
  Champville
  (197-F-79)
  Avg: 30.6
 1. El Khatib, Champville30.6 
 2. Colson, Antranik25.8 
 3. Johnson, Al Riyadi25.3 
 4. Battles, Kahraba23.9 
 5. Byrd, Hoops21.3 
 6. Kearse, Kahraba21.0 
 7. Luca, Anibal20.7 
 8. Clemons, Hoops20.1 
 9. Phillips, Sagesse19.6 
 10. Ford, Moutahed19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm BATTLES
  Kahraba
  (205-F/C-79)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Battles, Kahraba14.3 
 2. Luca, Anibal11.9 
 3. Giles, Al Riyadi11.5 
 4. Darnell, Champville11.1 
 5. Charles, Champville10.7 
 6. Danielson, Champville9.0 
 7. El Khatib, Champville9.0 
 8. Samaha, Sagesse8.8 
 9. Kearse, Kahraba7.8 
 10. Christensen, Mouta.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Sean COLSON
  Toros
  (182-G-75)
  Avg: 9
 1. Colson, Antranik9.0 
 2. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi7.0 
 3. Clemons, Hoops6.0 
 4. Madison, Champville5.8 
 5. Slaughter, Anibal5.6 
 6. Johnson, Al Riyadi5.3 
 7. Ghattas, Sagesse4.5 
 8. El Khatib, Champville3.8 
 9. Akl, Al Riyadi3.6 
 10. Kelley, Sagesse3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Hoops
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Clemons, Hoops4.6 
 2. Kearse, Kahraba3.0 
 3. Byrd, Hoops2.9 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.6 
 5. Slaughter, Anibal2.4 
 6. Hakim, Kahraba2.3 
 7. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.2 
 8. Christensen, Mouta.2.2 
 9. Phillips, Sagesse2.2 
 10. Yammine, Hoops1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Christien CHARLES
  Champville
  (213-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Charles, Champville3.2 
 2. Giles, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Darnell, Champville2.4 
 4. Byrd, Hoops2.4 
 5. Battles, Kahraba1.9 
 6. Vogel, Al Riyadi1.4 
 7. Hamdar, Hoops1.1 
 8. Daoud, Anibal1.1 
 9. Slaughter, Anibal1.1 
 10. Johnson, Al Riyadi1.0 


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 21-3 
 2. Champville 18-6 
 3. Hoops 15-9 
 4. Moutahed 14-10 
 5. Sagesse 9-15 
 6. Kahraba 4-20 
 7. Anibal 3-11 
 8. Antranik 2-12 


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Diekirch League Round: 8 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
1-6 place
T71 - Sparta 90-78
T71 Dudelange bruised visiting Sparta. Martin Rajniak (204-F-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) stepped up with 30 points to lead the home side. Tom Schumacher (190-G/F-87, college: Cal.Baptist) accounted for 25 points for T71 in the win. Tom Wagner (182-G-79) responded with 22 points for Sparta.

Contern - Amicale 63-71
Amicale posted the 19th win in the season as they upset Contern on the road. Travis DePree (199-F/C-83, college: Albion) knocked down 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the effort. Raul Birenbaum (182-G-89) contributed 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners. Brandon Gary (202-F-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Hutchinson CC) delivered 17 points, 18 boards and 5 steals for Contern.

Etzella - Musel Pikes 98-81
Etzella remained on top of the ladder with a comfortable home win over Musel Pikes. Nelson Delgado (188-G/F-80) unleashed 41 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the charge. Dustin Scott (203-F/C-85, college: Charleston) had 20 points and 15 rebounds for Etzella. Laurent Schwartz (177-G-89) accounted for 28 points for Musel Pikes. Guy Schmit (185-G-80) tallied 22 points in the loss.



Standings
Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. Etzella 22-4 
 2. T71 20-6 
 3. Amicale 19-7 
 4. Sparta 17-9 
 5. Contern 13-13 
 6. Musel Pikes 10-16 
7-10 places
 1. Residence 12-12 
 2. Soleuvre 8-16 
 3. Racing 3-21 
 4. BBC Nitia 2-22 


Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Kennedy, Residence29.7 
 2. Crawford, Soleuvre27.8 
 3. Largent, Racing27.7 
 4. Walters, Musel Pikes23.0 
 5. Muller, T7122.3 
 6. Schumacher, T7122.3 
 7. McDaniel, BBC N.21.9 
 8. Delgado, Etzella21.2 
 9. Smith, Sparta21.1 
 10. Scott, Etzella21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Gary, Contern14.9 
 2. McDaniel, BBC N.14.0 
 3. Scott, Etzella12.3 
 4. Kennedy, Residence11.3 
 5. Walters, Musel Pikes11.2 
 6. DePree, Amicale10.5 
 7. Crawford, Soleuvre10.1 
 8. Grant, Sparta9.2 
 9. Stephens, T719.1 
 10. Smith, Sparta8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Schartz, Amicale4.2 
 2. Schumacher, T713.8 
 3. DePree, Amicale3.3 
 4. Largent, Racing3.2 
 5. Ruffato, T712.9 
 6. Delgado, Etzella2.8 
 7. Schmit, Musel Pikes2.7 
 8. Rajniak, T712.6 
 9. Delgado, Etzella2.6 
 10. Mangen, Residence2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Travis DEPREE
  Amicale
  (199-F/C-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. DePree, Amicale3.2 
 2. Scott, Etzella2.5 
 3. Jones, Amicale2.3 
 4. Delgado, Etzella2.2 
 5. Delgado, Etzella2.2 
 6. Schartz, Amicale2.1 
 7. Gary, Contern1.8 
 8. Stephens, T711.8 
 9. Jeitz, Contern1.6 
 10. Schumacher, T711.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nelson DELGADO
  Etzella
  (188-G/F-80)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Delgado, Etzella0.8 
 2. Jones, Amicale0.8 
 3. Hoffmann, Etzella0.8 
 4. Scott, Etzella0.7 
 5. Largent, Racing0.6 
 6. Bintz, BBC Nitia0.6 
 7. Abdiu, Residence0.5 
 8. McDaniel, BBC N.0.5 
 9. Engel, Sparta0.5 
 10. Walters, Musel Pikes0.5 


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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. Davis, Tijuana9.0 
 8. Hooks, Obregon9.0 
 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. Brown, Mazatlan1.8 
 6. Little, Hermosillo1.8 
 7. West, Los Mochis1.8 
 8. Smith, Mazatlan1.6 
 9. Brown, Tepic1.6 
 10. Harris, Cananea1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Tijuana
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Davis, Tijuana3.5 
 2. Habel, Guaymas2.0 
 3. Gutierrez, Cananea2.0 
 4. Brown, Tepic1.3 
 5. Blair, Tijuana1.2 
 6. Sullinger, Nogales1.1 
 7. Crouse, Nogales1.1 
 8. Ibarra, Los Mochis1.1 
 9. Smith, Mazatlan1.0 
 10. Hornsby, Culiacan0.8 


CIBACOPA, Round 24 review: Culiacan joins Cananea on top - by Eurobasket News
Obregon - Mexicali 98-76
Obregon was too strong for Mexicali improving to 7-17 score in CIBACOPA. Orlando Zuniga (192-G-82) was the leading scorer in victory with 21 points. Fred Hooks (198-F-82, college: Humboldt St.) also was great adding 19 points and 16 boards. In Mexicali (12-12), Mike Gavaldon (197-F-80, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles) delivered 16 pts.

Tepic - Hermosillo 91-104
15th victory of the season for Hermosillo, who got 22 points and 10 rebounds from Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota). Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85, agency: Buck Andre, college: Grand Valley St.) added 21 pts and 13 boards. In Tepic (6-18), Ira Brown (193-F, college: Gonzaga) collected 28 points and 6 boards.

Los Mochis - Tijuana 92-77
Los Mochis had Kenneth Lawrence (183-G-81, college: La-Lafayette) in a game mood with 24 points and 8 assists. Francisco Ibarra (210-C-84) added 20 points and 6 boards in this victory. In defeat, Jeral Davis (216-C-84) shined with 22 pts and 14 boards. Los Mochis 13-11, Tijuana 5-19.

Guasave - Cananea 120-114 OT
Guasave grabbed an overtime win against Cananea mostly owing to Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82, college: Francis Marion), who exploded with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. The winners had three more players with more than 20 pts, and two of them with double-double (check the stats). Davin White (186-G-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) shined in defeat, with 36 points, 7 boards and 6 assists. Guasave 12-12, Cananea 17-7.

Culiacan - Nogales 97-88
Culiacan joined Cananea on top of CIBACOPA standings with 17-7 score. Dallas Logan (193-G-82, college: Northwood) shined in this victory against Nogales with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Blake Walker (196-G/F-82, college: Portland St.) had 24 pts in defeat and his team dropped to 13-11.

Mazatlan - Guaymas 76-70
14-10 for Mazatlan and 13-11 for Guaymas after this game. Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up for the winners with double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) followed him with 23 pts. In the loosing squad, Jerome Habel (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) delivered 17 pts.


Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 24 - by Eurobasket News
American Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Caballeros de Culiacan and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 28-year old swingman had a double-double of 35 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Cananea (#1, 17-7) in overtime 120-114. Guasave maintains the 9th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Guasave is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-12 record. In the team's last game McCullough had a remarkable 52.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guasave, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Louis McCullough averages this season 20.9ppg and 5.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American guard Davin White (186-G-81) of league's best team Mineros de Cananea. White impressed basketball fans with 36 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Cananea lost that overtime game 114-120 to the lower-ranked Guasave ( (#9, 12-12). Cananea managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. His team has currently 17-7 record. White is one of the most experienced players at Cananea and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player last round was American Blake Walker (196-G/F-82) of Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#6). Walker scored 24 points and passed four assists. Despite Walker's great performance Nogales lost 88-97 to the higher-ranked Culiacan (#2, 17-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Nogales needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 11 lost games. Walker has a great season in Mexico. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.1ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) of Mazatlan - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 1 assist
5. Mychal Henderson (198-G/F-85) of Tepic - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Enrique Zuniga (193-G-76) of Guasave - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Jeral Davis (216-C-84) of Tijuana - 22 points and 14 rebounds
8. Ira Brown (193-F) of Tepic - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kenneth Lawrence (183-G-81) of Los Mochis - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists


Rayos de Hermosillo sign Callistus Eziukwu - by Eurobasket
Rayos de Hermosillo added to their roster 25-year old American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85, college: Grand Valley St., agency: Buck Andre). Eziukwu played most recently at Usakspor Belediyesi (Turkey). Eziukwu played also pro basketball in France and Turkey.
Callistus just finished his season at Usakspor Belediyesi with: Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L 2nd Team -10 and Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Defensive Player of the Year -10
in his first game with Rayos de Hermosillo against Lobos UAD Mazatlan, Eziukwu played 38 minutes and scored 14 points, 15 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks helping the Hermisillo win the game 77-71
By Eurobasket Data Center


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  NABL   


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


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  NBA   


Hill carries Spurs in 92-89 win over Mavericks in Game 4 - by Eurobasket News
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has said it time and again through the years: Each game is different.

While that could be construed as trite by some, Popovich coaches by that credo because he knows from experience that a teams last game has a relatively short shelf life.

Each game presents a new set of challenges and an opportunity for someone to step up and help his team win.

Never was that truer than Sunday night, when Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) scored only four points in the Spurs 92-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of a first-round playoff series San Antonio now leads 3-1.

Two nights earlier, Duncan hit 11 of 18 field-goal attempts and scored 25 points as the Spurs beat the Mavs 94-90 in Game 3.

While Duncan struggled offensively at the AT&T Center on his 34th birthday, second-year guard George Hill (6'2''-G-86, college: IUPUI) hit 11 of 16 field-goal attempts, including 5 of 6 from 3-point land, and finished with 29 points to lead all scorers.

And get this: Hill scored more points than even Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78), who took only 10 shots and finished with 17 points.

So how improbable was it for the Spurs to win Game 3 Friday night without making a 3-pointer and taking Game 4 with Duncan scoring only four points?

I dont know how improbable it is, Popovich said. You win or lose in different ways. Each game has its own characteristic and personality.

You go with the flow. We did make some threes tonight. George Hill was something else.

Yes, he was.

Looking confident from start to finish, Hill bedeviled the Mavs with his 3-point shooting and ability to penetrate and pull up for mid-range jumpers.

It was a fun night tonight, Hill said. It was a great team win. We just have to keep pounding the rock and believe in each other, and we will come out on top. My confidence is high. Its been something thats been high all year.

Slowed by an ankle sprain he sustained late in the season, Hill failed to score in the Mavs 100-94 victory in Game 1. Healthy again, he has given the Spurs another critical offensive option.

I finally have my feet back under me, Hill said. I have been struggling with a bum ankle for the last couple of weeks. I have done a lot of rehab that got me back to 100 percent. The main thing about all of this is just belief in myself, and just play and not worry about my ankle.

Manu Ginobili, who broke his nose in Game 3, started the game and didnt appear to be slowed by the injury, although he hit only 4 of 16 shots from the floor. He made just 1 of 7 3-pointers, but the one he canned was huge, giving the Spurs an 89-84 lead with 1:51 left.

It was a rough night shooting-wise, but Im glad I hit that one, Ginobili said.

Opting against a protective mask because it was too uncomfortable, Ginobili played with a soft splint on his nose.

I was breathing OK, he said. My sight was good. I got hit on my nose once, but it was OK.

For a while in the second quarter, it appeared as though the Mavs were on the way to running the Spurs off their home floor.

Behind 24-20 with 9:14 left in the period, Dallas went on a 23-4 run in a span of 6:40 to take a 43-28 lead. When Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-G-84, college: Northeastern) buried a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Mavs a 15-point lead, things looked mighty bleak for the Silver & Black.

A 3-pointer by Hill that cut the deficit to 48-37 at halftime turned out to be a prelude to the stirring comeback the Spurs made in the third quarter.

Led by Hill, who hit 4 of 5 shots and had 11 points, the Spurs went on a 22-6 run after Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) put Dallas ahead 51-37 on its first possession of the second half. Rookie DeJuan Blair gave the Spurs a 59-57 lead with 2:39 left in the third period.

San Antonio outscored the Mavs 29-11 in the quarter to take a 66-59 lead into the final period.

It was a grind, Spurs center Antonio McDyess (6'9''-F-74, college: Alabama) said. We came out from the start and said we have two quarters left and were going to leave it all on the floor.

We came out talking to each other. I think the crowd made a difference because they got us into the game. We kind of fed off of them and started making some shots and then didnt look back.

Duncan hit only 1 of 9 field-goal attempts, but he led the Spurs in rebounds with 11. He was so out of sync offensively that he didnt score his first point until he hit a free throw with 10:50 left in the third quarter, and recorded his only field goal on a tip-in with 4:11 remaining.

On a day when he would have had trouble hitting a barn with a bass fiddle, Duncan turned his focus on two things to help his team win.

I was trying to defend and rebound, he said.

The Mavs will win Game 5 Tuesday night in Dallas, but look for the Spurs to close this thing out when the series returns to the AT&T Center on Thursday night.

The Mavs have a talented team with a lot of offensive firepower, but they simply dont have what it takes to win an NBA championship.

They never have been a great defensive team and their mental toughness always has been lacking. For my money, the Mavs never have been the same since they squandered a 2-0 lead against the Miami Heat in the 2006 finals.


Courtesy of www.kens5.com


Sources say Sixers waiting for Brown - by Eurobasket News
According to multiple sources, the 76ers will almost certainly contact coach Larry Brown after the Charlotte Bobcats are eliminated from the playoffs.

The Sixers will likely discuss their coaching vacancy with Brown, who this season led the Bobcats to their first-ever playoff appearance, but it's possible that the Sixers also could discuss a front-office position, according to the same sources.

Although Ed Stefanski is still serving as the Sixers' president and general manager, his position is not secure.

The Bobcats host the Orlando Magic in Game 4 of their first-round series on Monday night. Charlotte trails the best-of-seven series by three games to none.

For various reasons, the Sixers' coaching search has crawled off the starting line, but with the first round of the NBA playoffs nearing completion, and, more specifically, with Charlotte only one game from elimination, the next step in the Sixers' off-season process appears only hours away.

Stefanski fired coach Eddie Jordan on April 15, less than 24 hours after the Sixers' final game of the season.

Stefanski is at the helm of this coaching search - as he was last summer when he made the ill-fated decision to hire Jordan - although with Stefanski's own job not guaranteed, there is some concern as to whether his authority over the search remains at its previous levels.

In the 10 days since Jordan's firing, the organization has been in the preliminary stages of the coaching search, slowed because many likely candidates are still involved in the playoffs, with several serving as assistant coaches on contending teams.

Brown, who previously coached the Sixers from 1997 to 2003, has stated that he has no intention to coach anywhere but with Charlotte, which is now owned by Michael Jordan. The Chicago Bulls legend personally recruited Brown to the Bobcats' sideline before the 2008-09 season.

But Brown's family - wife Shelly; son A.J., 15; and daughter Madison, soon to be 13 - has remained in the Philadelphia area ever since Brown left the Sixers after the 2002-03 season.

'I love my team,' Brown said when reached on April 13. 'I love coaching. I'm [almost] 70 years old. I want to coach for Michael Jordan. That's where I'm at. I'm happy here. It's no fun being away from my family and Shelly. That's always going to be the case. But I love what I'm doing.'

It has been reported that Jordan has given Brown permission to return home if the position involves authority over basketball decisions, something Brown does not have in Charlotte.


Courtesy of www.philly.com


Jazz take 3-1 lead on Denver with 117-106 win - by Eurobasket News
Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 31 points and 13 rebounds, Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) added 24 points and 13 assists, and the Utah Jazz held off a late charge to beat the Denver Nuggets 117-106 on Sunday night for a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference playoff series.

Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) finished with 39 points and led the Nuggets back within range late in the fourth quarter, but Denver never caught all the way up and lost for the third straight time in the series.

Game 5 is Wednesday in Denver, where the Nuggets will need to win at home to stay alive.

The Jazz controlled the first three quarters, seeming quicker and more determined than Denver while chasing down loose balls and firing up the fans with every hustle play. The frustrated Nuggets battled foul trouble, losing Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) while trying to rally in the fourth quarter.

Denver trailed by 18 entering the final period but was able to get within 113-106 on back-to-back 3-pointers from Anthony, but that was as close as it could get.

C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) scored 21 and Wesley Matthews added 18 points for Utah. The Jazz led by as much as 20 and had the Nuggets off balance until Anthony led a surge early in the fourth.

Anthony converted a three-point play, then hit a 3-pointer to cut Utah's lead to 90-79, but he was called for his fifth foul with 8:45 left to play when he got tangled up with Williams while going for a rebound. Anthony pleaded to the officials while still on his back outside the lane, but there was no changing the call and he was carrying five fouls for the third straight game.

Anthony sat for a couple of minutes and the Nuggets were still trailing 98-85 when he returned. Denver put together a few more runs that got it close enough for Jazz fans to get quiet and worry, but Utah was able to hang on.

Kenyon Martin (6'8''-F/C-77, college: Cincinnati) and Chauncey Billups scored 14 apiece for the Nuggets. Nene and J.R. Smith both scored 10.

Boozer converted a three-point play to put Utah up 74-54 with 5:40 left in the third, capping a 13-3 run. Anthony got in a layup just before the buzzer to get Denver within 86-68 entering the fourth quarter.

Williams had 11 points and six assists at halftime and led a 10-2 run in the second quarter after Denver had pulled within three. He converted a three-point play during the spurt, driving the length of the court and drawing a foul on a layup while the Nuggets scrambled to get back, then hit a 3-pointer when Denver's defense failed again.

Nene bit hard on a head fake when Williams made a half step toward the basket, then Williams backed off behind the arc for a 3-pointer that put the Jazz up 54-43 with 2:30 left in the second quarter.

NOTES: Denver opened the game on a 10-2 run. ... The only member of the Nuggets not booed loudly during introductions was acting coach Adrian Dantley, the former Jazz player whose No. 4 was retired by the team. ... After committing 10 turnovers in the second quarter, Utah had one in the third period.


Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.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.30.0 
 3. Anthony, Denver N.28.5 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat26.9 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers26.8 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.5 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.2 
 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. Randolph, Memph.11.7 
 4. Lee, New York K.11.7 
 5. Gasol, LA Lakers11.2 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.2 
 7. Boozer, Utah Jazz11.2 
 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
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.1 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 6. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 9. Davis, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Iguodala, Philadel.1.7 
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.2.0 
 7. Dalembert, Philad.1.8 
 8. Andersen, Denver N.1.8 
 9. McGee, Washingt.1.8 
 10. Perkins, Boston C.1.7 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Harbour Heat
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Webster, Harbour .24.8 
 2. Devendorf, Waikato24.3 
 3. Tisby, Otago23.5 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki23.0 
 5. Rose, Southland S.22.6 
 6. Jeter, Manawatu22.4 
 7. Amaya, Otago21.6 
 8. Hudson, Wellington20.3 
 9. Jones, Nelson20.0 
 10. Winitana, Cougars19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waikato
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Pledger, Waikato13.6 
 2. Boucher, Harbour .10.4 
 3. Tisby, Otago10.3 
 4. Rickert, Harbour .10.1 
 5. Terrell, Bay Hawks9.9 
 6. Vukona, Nelson8.2 
 7. Abercrombie, Waika.8.0 
 8. Rougeau, Southlan.8.0 
 9. Johnson, Taranaki7.6 
 10. Maxey, Wellington7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dillon BOUCHER
  Harbour Heat
  (196-F-75)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Boucher, Harbour .5.6 
 2. Kench, Cougars4.7 
 3. Tait, Wellington4.4 
 4. Jones, Nelson4.1 
 5. Devendorf, Waikato4.1 
 6. Davey, Taranaki3.6 
 7. Daly, Cougars3.3 
 8. Amaya, Otago3.1 
 9. Bartlett, Bay H.3.0 
 10. Fitchett, Nelson3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Harbour Heat
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Webster, Harbour .3.7 
 2. Rougeau, Southlan.3.3 
 3. Te Huna, Manawatu2.9 
 4. Devendorf, Waikato2.7 
 5. Tait, Wellington2.6 
 6. Boucher, Harbour .2.6 
 7. Rose, Southland S.2.6 
 8. Kench, Cougars2.4 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki2.3 
 10. Jones, Nelson2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waikato
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pledger, Waikato2.3 
 2. Abercrombie, Waika.2.1 
 3. Harrison, Nelson1.9 
 4. Terrell, Bay Hawks1.6 
 5. Rougeau, Southlan.1.5 
 6. Vukona, Nelson1.2 
 7. Rickert, Harbour .1.1 
 8. Johnson, Taranaki1.0 
 9. Trueman, Taranaki1.0 
 10. Behrendorff, Couga.1.0 


Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Harbour Heat 8-1 
 2. Waikato 7-1 
 3. Nelson 6-2 
 4. Wellington 5-3 
 5. Bay Hawks 5-4 
 6. Southland Sharks 5-5 
 7. Taranaki 4-4 
 8. Cougars 4-8 
 9. Manawatu 0-7 
 10. Otago 0-9 


NBL Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Southland S. - Otago 80-63
Southland knocked down Otago before the home fans. Mike Helms (184-G-80, college: Oakland) delivered 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the Sharks. Rene Rougeau (198-G-86, agency: Liman Sports, college: UNLV) contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds in the fifth win for the Sharks. Tyler Amaya (199-F-82, college: W.Washington) answered with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets.

Waikato - Harbour Heat 95-67
Waikato handed Harbour the first defeat in the season. Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) tallied 23 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists to pace the defending champions. Tony Ronaldson (203-F-72) added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Corey Webster (185-G-88, college: Lambuth) answered with 25 points for the Heat.

Bay Hawks - Cougars 76-72
Bay Hawks earned the fifth win in the season as they toppled Christchurch at home court. Josh Pace (198-G-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse) knocked down 21 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the hosts. Nat Connell (185-G-80)nnell added 12 points for the Bay Hawks. Trenton Wurtz (203-F-83, college: Indiana St.) delivered 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Cougars.

Manawatu - Cougars 101-106
Cristchurch needed an overtime to tame Manawatu on the road. Mark Morrison (200-F-85) scored 26 points to lead the Cougars. Jeremy Kench (187-G-84) nailed 22 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 4 boards in the victory. Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, college: Howard) accounted for 34 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists for the Jets.

Taranaki - Harbour Heat 83-92
Taranaki could not stop visiting Harbour as the Heat reached 8-1 record. Rick Rickert (211-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Minnesota) and Corey Webster notched 20 points each to lead the league leaders. Dillon Boucher (196-F-75) and Reece Cassidy (200-F/G-82) delivered 14 points apiece in the win. Jack Leasure (191-G-86, college: Co.Carolina) fired 28 points, added 5 boards and 4 assists for the Mountainairs.



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League Board Postpone League by one Week - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The newly constituted league board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation had its inaugural meeting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja Sunday and agreed among others to shift the dunk-off date of the 2009/ 2010 NBBF/ DSTV Premier League by one week.

According to chairman of the league board, Muktar Khaleh, our first meeting was very fruitful and it was well attended as all the members turned up except the President of the Coachs Association, Sani Ahmed who was represented by Coach Adamu Kuta of Niger Potters basketball club of Minna.

The board unanimously agreed to shift the commencement date of the present season by one week, so the new date now will be May 8, 2010.

The request was at the instance of the club representatives on the league board and you all know that the club owners are integral part of the Nigeria basketball family.

We have mandated the person who helps the federation to carry out over sight function in the Lagos office to begin repair of works at the Lagos Sports Hall and we believe the league will start on that day as representative of the sponsor on the league board was also on ground.

We want to categorically say we are working on the same page with the sponsor, the clubs and every stake-holder and we believe that with the new spirit exhibited by everybody at the Sunday inaugural meeting Nigeria basketball will be the greatest beneficiary.

The other important agreement reached at the meeting was the cancellation of road trip for this season because of time limitation as we are mindful of our teams who will represent the country at both the FIBA Africa Zone-3 elimination and the FIBA Africa Champions Club competition.

We using this medium to thank the NBBF board especially our president, Tijjani Umar for setting up the league board and we promise not to disappoint in carrying out our duties.



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


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PBL Finals: Rochester RazorSharks fall in Game Two, score is tied to 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Rochester R. - Lawton Ft.SC 84-95
Even the great teams have bad shooting nights, and the Rochester RazorSharks suffered that fate Sunday night. The Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second quarter and forced a decisive game three in the Premier Basketball League championship series with a 95-84 win over the RazorSharks at the Great Plains Coliseum in Lawton, Okla. Rochester shot 35 percent from the field compared to the Cavalry's 57 percent. The RazorSharks, who defeated the Cavalry 110-106 on Thursday, will try again for their third consecutive PBL title Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Oklahoma. The 84 points was the lowest amount scored by Rochester all season. The Cavalry, known for their press defense, also held Rochester to its previous season low of 88 points in the regular season. Rochester got off to a quick start and led 22-14 after the first quarter. The RazorSharks hit the first basket of the second quarter, but the Cavalry went on a 12-2 run to tie the score. After trading buckets, Jamaal Davis made two free throws to give the Cavalry a 32-30 and Rochester never led again. The RazorSharks got within three points, 73-70, with 8:45 left, but Lawton-Fort Sill scored nine straight points to take control. Glen Dandridge (6'6''-F-85, college: Lambuth) led Rochester with 18 points and six rebounds and Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia) scored 16 points despite only taking nine shots. Jermaine Tate (6'9''-C-76, agency: Duran International, college: Cincinnati) added 11 points for the RazorSharks. Elvin Mims (6'5''-G/F-79, college: S.Mississippi) scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Brandon Dean (6'2''-G-79, agency: Union Sports, college: Arkansas) finished with 20 points for the Cavalry. Lawton-Fort Sill was without veteran and former NBA player Oliver Miller, who was suspended the rest of the series for his conduct after Rochester's victory on Thursday. *Courtesy of www.democratandchronicle.com



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Larry AYUSO
  Capitanes
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Ayuso, Capitanes22.3 
 2. Sherrill, Maryland.20.9 
 3. Anderson, Manchest.19.8 
 4. Bennett, Halifax R.19.2 
 5. Wise, Quebec K.19.1 
 6. Audet-Sow, Quebec K.19.1 
 7. Robinson, Buffa.18.9 
 8. Bronson, Manchest.18.4 
 9. Mouton, Maryland.18.3 
 10. Jackson, Vermo.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angelo REYES
  Capitanes
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Reyes, Capitanes13.8 
 2. Crookshank, Halif.13.4 
 3. Aubry, Capitanes13.2 
 4. Cunningham, Maryland.10.2 
 5. Wise, Quebec K.9.4 
 6. Demasi, Vermont FH9.4 
 7. Ocitti, Manchest.8.6 
 8. Bronson, Manchest.8.3 
 9. Ross, Buffalo S.8.2 
 10. Johnson, Rocheste.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony ANDERSON
  Manchester M.
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Anderson, Manchest.6.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Capit.6.6 
 3. Ervin, Halifax R.6.1 
 4. Crouch, Rocheste.5.8 
 5. Bowden, Lawton F.5.7 
 6. Rice, Vermont FH5.6 
 7. Flegler, Maryland.5.2 
 8. Daniels, Lawton F.4.8 
 9. Sherrill, Maryland.4.6 
 10. Mouton, Maryland.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marlin JOHNSON
  Rochester R.
  (193-F-75)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Rocheste.2.6 
 2. Robinson, Buffa.2.2 
 3. Bowden, Lawton F.2.1 
 4. Fortier, Quebec K.2.0 
 5. Holmes, Quebec K.1.9 
 6. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.9 
 7. Thomas, Maryland.1.8 
 8. Rice, Vermont FH1.8 
 9. Gilchrese, Manche.1.8 
 10. Flegler, Quebec K.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael ANDERSON
  Maryland GH
  (213-C-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Anderson, Maryland.3.2 
 2. Davis, Vermont FH2.3 
 3. Aubry, Capitanes2.0 
 4. Thomas, Maryland.1.9 
 5. Ocitti, Manchest.1.6 
 6. Crookshank, Halif.1.5 
 7. McKeon, Maryland.1.4 
 8. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.4 
 9. Turner, Halifax R.1.4 
 10. Marshall, Lawton F.1.2 


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Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Tomasz CELEJ
  Start Lublin
  (198-F/G-78)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Celej, Start Lublin20.7 
 2. Sterenga, Gornik W.20.1 
 3. Pacocha, Big Star18.5 
 4. Mazur, Spojnia S.17.5 
 5. Pluta, MOSiR K.17.4 
 6. Flieger, Zastal ZG17.1 
 7. Kulikowski, Zubry15.8 
 8. Barycz, Siarka T.15.2 
 9. Weatherspoon, Znicz B.14.7 
 10. Wall, LKS Lodz14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcin STERENGA
  Gornik Walb.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Sterenga, Gornik W.10.3 
 2. Storozynski, Asec.P.9.8 
 3. Lopatka, Asec.Pro.9.6 
 4. Grudzinski, Spojn.9.5 
 5. Lisewski, MMKS D.9.1 
 6. Kulikowski, Zubry9.1 
 7. Mis, Siarka T.8.8 
 8. Kwiatkowski, Start L.8.5 
 9. Dluski, LKS Lodz8.3 
 10. Czech, Sudety JG8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Spojnia S.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Stoklosa, Spojn.7.9 
 2. Sikora, Start Lublin6.2 
 3. Basinski, MMKS D.5.0 
 4. Rapucha, Zubry4.6 
 5. Trepka, LKS Lodz4.5 
 6. Glapinski, Sokol L.4.5 
 7. Baran, Siarka T.4.5 
 8. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.0 
 9. Pacocha, Big Star4.0 
 10. Flieger, Zastal ZG3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin FLIEGER
  Zastal ZG
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Flieger, Zastal ZG3.0 
 2. Szpyrka, Siarka T.2.9 
 3. Sikora, Asec.Pro.2.7 
 4. Basinski, MMKS D.2.3 
 5. Stoklosa, Spojn.2.3 
 6. Krupa, Siarka T.2.2 
 7. Koszuta, Spojnia S.2.2 
 8. Chodkiewicz, Zastal Z.2.2 
 9. Raczynski, Zastal Z.2.1 
 10. Aleksandrowi., Znicz B.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Rafal KULIKOWSKI
  Zubry
  (204-C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kulikowski, Zubry2.2 
 2. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.2 
 3. Milewski, AZS A.1.8 
 4. Jarmakowicz, Zastal Z.1.3 
 5. Wrobel, Gornik Walb.1.2 
 6. Mis, Siarka T.1.2 
 7. Rajewicz, Zastal Z.1.0 
 8. Pisarczyk, Siarka T.1.0 
 9. Marculewicz, Zubry1.0 
 10. Salamonik, Big Star1.0 


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Astoria 27-3 
 2. Norgips 24-6 
 3. SKK Siedlce 23-7 
 4. Tur B.Podl. 22-8 
 5. Nowy Dwor Gd. 20-10 
 6. Zuraw Gn. 20-10 
 7. MMKS SIDEn 19-11 
 8. Harmattan 17-13 
 9. Basket Kw. 15-15 
 10. Assec.Prokom 3 12-18 
 11. Korsarz 11-19 
 12. Unibet Legia 9-21 
 13. Zyrardowianka 9-21 
 14. AZS Olsztyn 8-22 
 15. OSSM W-wa 3-27 
 16. OSSM Sopot 1-29 
Group B
 1. AZS Szczecin 24-2 
 2. Open Basket 22-4 
 3. AZS PP Poznan 20-6 
 4. AZS Kutno 16-10 
 5. Ksiezak 16-10 
 6. MKS Skiern. 14-12 
 7. Stal Ostrow 13-13 
 8. Pogon Prudnik 13-13 
 9. Nysa Klodzko 13-13 
 10. AZS PO Opole 12-14 
 11. Obiekty Wrocl. 9-17 
 12. Slask Wroclaw 7-19 
 13. OSSM Wroclaw 3-23 
 14. KKS Siechnice 0-26 
Group C
 1. Rosasport 27-1 
 2. Unia Tarnow 23-5 
 3. UMKS Kielce 21-7 
 4. AZS PR Radom 19-9 
 5. MCKiS Jaw. 16-12 
 6. Cracovia 16-12 
 7. AZS Pol.Cz-wa 16-12 
 8. Pogon Ruda Sl. 15-13 
 9. Alba 12-16 
 10. MKS Limanowa 12-16 
 11. Komtek 11-17 
 12. Mickiewicz 7-21 
 13. Wisla Krakow 7-21 
 14. Staco Niepol. 7-21 
 15. OSSM S.Wola 1-27 


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  PORTUGAL   


Bilal Benn is the new Ovarense american - by Hugo Carvalho
Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86, agency: Stanley International, college: Niagara) is the new Ovarense american
Is found the replacement for Shawn Jackson (203-F/C-71, college: Johnson C. Smith) in Ovarense Dolce Vita. Jackson has a physical problem that keeps him away from competition for more than a month, so Ovarense Dolce Vita seized the chance to make an extra enrollment transfer period, which ended on January 31.

The options available in the market made the coach Mario Leite chose Bilal Benn (1.98 me 24 years) who played last season in the Purple Eagles of Niagara University - also played for Villanova - with averages of 13.5 points, 9 , 9 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Source: Pedro Barros in ABOLA


LPB Round: 22 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Sampaense - CAB 94-98
CAB Madeira prevailed against Sampaense on the road to occupy the seventh spot in the ladder. Dwayne Archbold (198-F/G-80, college: Siena) delivered 28 points to pace the charge. Mario Fernandes (176-G-82, agency: Duran International) added 19 points in the victory. Bobby Madison (198-F-82, college: W.Michigan) responded with 24 points for Sampaense as they slipped at 7-15 record.

AD Vagos - Academica 73-60
AD Vagos clinched the 8th position in the regular season ladder after they knocked down Academica in the final round. John Smith (203-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Winona St.) was responsible for 29 points and 12 rebounds for AD Vagos. Nuno Pedrigao contributed 17 points and 7 boards in the win. Anthony Williams (201-F-84, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Grambling St.) netted 16 points for Academica.

Fisica - Ginasio 79-73
Fisica ended their woeful regular season campaign on a high note. They surprised visiting Ginasio behind 24 points and 7 rebounds from Austen Powers (203-F-87, agency: Tank Sports, college: Seattle). Louis Johnson (203-F/C, college: W.Illinois) delivered 22 points in the win. Brandon Dagans (185-G, college: Lewis) answered with 21 points for Ginasio.

Ovarense - Benfica 74-71
Ovarense prevailed against Benfica in the battle of the league leaders. John Waller (193-F-82, college: ODU) knocked down 21 points to lead the hosts. Christopher Lee (206-C, college: S.Carolina St.) added 21 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Benfica claimed the regular season crown despite the loss. Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) notched 14 points and 9 rebounds for the visitors.

VSC Guimar. - Illiabum 70-77
Illibaum finished the regular season with a road win over Guimaraes. James St.Robert (203-F/C-86, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Dowling) delivered 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the visitors. Daniel Felix (183-G-82) added 15 points and 8 steals in the win. Rod Nealy (198-F-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Houston Baptist) responded with 23 points and 21 rebounds for Guimaraes.

Porto Ferpinta - Barreirense 90-61
Porto posted the 16th win as they took care of Barreirense at home court. Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, agency: Buck Andre, college: Memphis) scored 21 points to lead the Dragons. Gregory Stempin (203-F-79, agency: Duran International, college: Toledo) contributed 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Shane Clark (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Barreirense.



Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 20-2 
 2. Ovarense 17-5 
 3. Porto Ferpinta 16-6 
 4. VSC Guimar. 12-10 
 5. Illiabum 10-12 
 6. Academica 10-12 
 7. CAB 9-13 
 8. AD Vagos 9-13 
 9. Ginasio 9-13 
 10. Barreirense 8-14 
 11. Sampaense 7-15 
 12. Fisica 5-17 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Brandon DAGANS
  Ginasio
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Dagans, Ginasio22.2 
 2. Crutchfield, Sampa.21.8 
 3. Madison, Sampaense20.5 
 4. Waller, Ovarense19.5 
 5. Ramos, Benfica18.5 
 6. Powers, Fisica18.4 
 7. Smith, AD Vagos18.3 
 8. Webster, CAB18.2 
 9. Voorhees, AD Vagos17.6 
 10. Nealy, VSC Guimar.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rod NEALY
  VSC Guimar.
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Nealy, VSC Guimar.10.5 
 2. Lee, Ovarense10.0 
 3. Smith, AD Vagos9.9 
 4. Johnson, Academica9.8 
 5. Johnson, Fisica9.5 
 6. Wilson, Sampaense9.2 
 7. St.Robert, Illiabum9.2 
 8. Terrell, Porto F.8.6 
 9. Shaw, Illiabum8.2 
 10. Evans, Benfica8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel FELIX
  Illiabum
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Felix, Illiabum2.7 
 2. Silva, VSC Guimar.2.6 
 3. Pedroso, CAB2.3 
 4. Costa, Ginasio2.3 
 5. Dagans, Ginasio2.2 
 6. Schneider, CAB2.2 
 7. Balseiro, Sampa.2.2 
 8. Simoes, Academica2.1 
 9. Sousa, Academica2.0 
 10. Mims, VSC Guimar.1.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jose COSTA
  Ginasio
  (187-G-73)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Costa, Ginasio6.4 
 2. Manarte, Ovarense6.2 
 3. Felix, Illiabum6.1 
 4. Reveles, AD Vagos5.3 
 5. Sing, Sampaense5.0 
 6. Perdigao, AD Vagos4.6 
 7. Fernandes, CAB4.6 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense4.3 
 9. Mims, VSC Guimar.4.2 
 10. Simoes, Academica4.2 
Blocks Per Game
 John SMITH
  AD Vagos
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Smith, AD Vagos1.9 
 2. DeWitz, Benfica1.3 
 3. Grimes, Academica1.2 
 4. Lee, Ovarense1.2 
 5. Soderberg, CAB1.2 
 6. Terrell, Porto F.1.2 
 7. Stempin, Porto F.1.2 
 8. Wilson, Sampaense1.2 
 9. Voorhees, AD Vagos1.1 
 10. Austin, Ginasio1.0 


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Gallitos de Isabela sign Lee Benson - by Eurobasket
Gallitos de Isabela agreed terms with 37-year old American power forward Lee Benson (208-F/C-73, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Paris Global Sports). Benson played most recently at Shanxi Zhongyu (China). Benson is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in China, Cyprus, France, Greece, Mexico, Philippines, Syria, Uruguay and Venezuela.
in his first game with Gallitos de Isabela against Leones de Ponce, Benson played 34 minutes and scored 11 points and 12 rebounds helping the team win the games with with 6 points difference 98-92
By Eurobasket Data Center


Quebradillas Pirates sign C.J. Bruton - by Eurobasket
Quebradillas Pirates agreed terms with 35-year old American guard C.J. Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC, agency: Gross Zeev ISA). Bruton played most recently at New Zealand Breakers (Australia). While playing 30 games for Breakers last season his stats were: 16.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.4apg (2nd best in the league), 1.7spg, in March 09 moved to Eldan Ashkelon (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 9 games: 11.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.4apg. Bruton is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Australia, China, Israel and Venezuela.
in his first game with Quebradillas Pirates, Bruton played 33 minutes and scored 15 points, 2 rebounds and 12 assists helping win the game against Humacao 105-89
By Eurobasket Data Center


Cowboys prevail over Lions - by Luis Ramirez
In a low scoring event the reigning Champions Bayamon Cowboys survived a late surge by the Ponce Lions to beat the Lions 69-66.

The Lions opened the game with a 5-2 run but the Cowboys quickly responded and at the end of the 1st quarter the Lions were in the lead by the minimum 16-15.

In the 2nd quarter both teams traded leads thru out the quarter but it was the Lions still leading as the half came to an end, 29-26.

In the 3rd quarter the Cowboys made consecutive baskets to claim the lead 33-31 with 7:20 left in the quarter. Lee Nailon tied it for the Lions with a couple of free throws at 38 points with 4:38 to go in the quarter. The Cowboys came back and took the lead to end the quarter on top 48-46.

In the 4th quarter it was nip and tuck until the Cowboys exploded and took an 8 points lead with 4:52 to go in the game. They continued to extend their lead and with 3:37 left the lead was at 12 points 60-48. The Lions battled back and cut the lead to 5 points 62-57 with 2:24 left. With 17.5 seconds left in the game Leon Rodgers made a layup to pull the Lions within 2 points 68-66. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) was fouled and made 1 free throw to seal the victory.

For Bayamon, Christian Dalmau scored 18 points with 7 assists, while Carmelo Lee scored 15 points and had 8 rebounds.

For Ponce, Lee Nailon scored 17 points with 12 rebounds while Ricardo Melendez scored 12 points.

In other BSN action, the Isabela Gallitos made it a no contest as they overwhelmed the San German Athletics 102-78. The Gallitos took the 1st quarter 22-14 and by half time the lead for the Gallitos had extended to 17 points 51-34. In the 2nd half the Athletics would not even come close.

For Isabela, Shaun Pruitt scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Lee Benson scored 21 points and 15 rebounds.

For San German, Leroy Hickerson scored 16 points followed by Bryant Lassiter with 12 points.

In the last game of the night, the Guaynabo Mets squeaked by the Quebradillas Pirates 85-83 as Ansel Guzman scored a field goal to put the Mets in the lead with just seconds left in the game.

The Mets took the 1st half 43-41, then in the 2nd half the Pirates made an offensive comeback in the 4th quarter but fell short as the Mets struggled to score in that quarter but got the needed basket when it counted.

For Guaynabo, Angel Figueroa scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while Andre Emmett scored 17 points and 10 rebounds.

For Quebradillas, David Huertas scored 22 points and 8 rebounds followed by Peter John Ramos and Joel Jones both with 17 points. Ramos also grabbed 12 rebounds.



Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Capitanes 14-3 
 2. Bayamon 14-5 
 3. Guaynabo 9-8 
 4. Ponce 9-8 
 5. Santurce 8-8 
 6. San German 8-9 
 7. Humacao 8-10 
 8. Isabela 7-11 
 9. Quebradillas 7-11 
 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, Bayamon21.5 
 3. Nailon, Quebradillas21.0 
 4. Maye, Mayaguez19.9 
 5. Hickerson, San G.19.8 
 6. Priutt, Isabela19.2 
 7. Nailon, Ponce18.6 
 8. Ayuso, Capitanes18.4 
 9. McGowan, Guaynabo18.2 
 10. Jones, Quebradillas17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Priutt, Isabela14.2 
 2. Sweetney, Santurce11.0 
 3. Narvaez, Ponce9.9 
 4. Traylor, Bayamon9.9 
 5. Aubry, Capitanes9.6 
 6. Dyer, San German9.6 
 7. Reyes, Capitanes9.6 
 8. Collins, Ponce9.0 
 9. Mays, Humacao8.8 
 10. Walker, Guaynabo8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.0 
 2. Russell, Quebradillas5.4 
 3. Graham, Mayaguez5.1 
 4. Cruz, Ponce5.0 
 5. Hatton, Ponce4.9 
 6. Copeland, San G.4.9 
 7. Guzman, Guaynabo4.6 
 8. Rodriguez, Capit.4.4 
 9. Rivera, Isabela4.3 
 10. Berdiel, Humacao4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Mayaguez
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Carmona, Mayaguez2.4 
 2. Berdiel, Humacao2.2 
 3. Pickett, Capitanes1.8 
 4. Rivera, Isabela1.7 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon1.7 
 6. Perez, Isabela1.7 
 7. Mays, Humacao1.6 
 8. Copeland, San G.1.5 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce1.4 
 10. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Glen MCGOWAN
  Guaynabo
  (206-F-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. McGowan, Guaynabo1.5 
 2. Gainous, Santurce1.3 
 3. Priutt, Isabela1.3 
 4. Russell, Quebradillas1.3 
 5. Reyes, Capitanes1.3 
 6. Perez, Isabela1.2 
 7. Nieves, Santurce1.2 
 8. Mays, Humacao1.0 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon1.0 
 10. Nailon, Quebradillas1.0 


BSN: Latest games with stats (April 21- April 24) - by Eurobasket News
Humacao - Quebradillas 89-105
Quebradillas Pirates topped the Humacao Caciques, 105-89. The Pirates broke out with a lead in the 1st quarter and at the end of the 1st half dominated the Caciques by 8 points, 49-41. In the 2nd half things didnt get better for the Caciques and the Pirates dominated the game the rest of the way. For Quebradillas, Ramos Peter John (222-C-85) scored 32 points and captured 15 rebounds while Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) scored 17 points with 6 assists. For Humacao, John Millsap (198-F-82, college: UTSA) scored 21 points followed by Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-G-83, college: Valparaiso) with 14 points and 7 assists. *by Luis Ramirez

Guaynabo - Bayamon 66-83
The Bayamon Cowboys bounced back from a loss to the Santurce Crabbers earlier this week, to beat the Guaynabo Mets 83-66. The Cowboys took the lead in the very 1st quarter and never looked back. At the end of the 1st quarter the Cowboys took a 1 point lead 23-22 and in the 2nd quarter the Cowboys took a commanding 9 point lead to end the 1st half 42-33. In the 3rd quarter the Cowboys went on an offensive run to further consolidate their lead, at the end of the quarter the Cowboys were leading by 21 points, 67-46. The Mets would not be able to threaten the rest of the game and the Cowboys cruised to an easy victory. For the Cowboys, Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) scored 27 points with 7 assists, while Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: N.E.T., college: Elgin CC) scored 18 points and had 8 rebounds. For the Mets, Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) scored 16 points with 8 rebounds followed by Samuel Villegas (198-G/F-83, college: Toledo) with 15 points. The Cowboys will be playing the Lions today in a back to back situation. *by Luis Ramirez

Quebradillas - Mayaguez 92-79
Shawn Redhage top-scored for the Pirates with 21 points and he had 6 rebounds beside that. Ramos Peter John helped with double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Sacramento St.) also scored 18 pts in this victory but to go with 8 assists. For Indios, James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) collected 17 points, 8 boards and 5 assists.

Capitanes - Isabela 80-68
Larry Ayuso and David Cortes (190-G/F-81) stepped up for Capitanes with 18 points each. Ayuso grabbed 6 rebounds beside that. Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, college: Florida St.) and Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) combined 24 points and 20 boards. In the loosing squad, Shawn Priutt (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) had 16 points and 15 rebs.

Isabela - Ponce 98-92
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 (186-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Niagara) 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 (204-F-75, college: TCU) 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, Shawn Priutt (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) was unstoppable and scored 32 points with 16 rebounds, while Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. For Ponce, Alvin Cruz scored 25 points followed by Lee Nailon who scored 17 points. *by Luis Ramirez

Mayaguez - Humacao 89-94
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, Ali Berdiel scored 27 points and had 7 assists, while James Mays (206-F-86, college: Clemson) and John Millsap both scored 20 points each, Mays also grabbed 12 rebounds for the Caciques. For Mayaguez, Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) scored 27 points with 9 rebounds while James Maye scored 20 points. *by Luis Ramirez

Bayamon - Santurce 71-86
After a short recess in the BSN due to the all-star game, the action resumed with the Santurce Crabbers hosting the Bayamon Cowboys. It was the Crabbers from start to finish as they cruised to a 86-71 win. In the 1st quarter, the Crabbers came out with an offensive onslaught as they were able to score 28 points while keeping the Cowboys to just 14 points to take a 14 point lead as the quarter came to a close. In the 2nd quarter the Cowboys were more effective in their shooting but the Crabbers managed to keep a 12 point lead as the half ended, 48-36. Again in the 3rd quarter the Cowboys went cold and the Crabbers took advantage of this extend their lead to a 20 point lead, 68-48. In the 4th quarter the Cowboys would get no closer than 15 points. For Santurce, Wilfredo Pagan (184-G-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 26 points while Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. For Bayamon, Christian Dalmau had another productive night as he scored 28 points followed by Terrence Shannon who was the only other Cowboy player to reach double digit scoring as he was able to score 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. *by Luis Ramirez

Humacao - San German 74-80
San German Athletics defeated the Humacao Caciques 80 -74. For San German, Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Mississippi St.) scored 27 points to lead all scorers while LeRoy Hickerson scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. For Humacao, James Mays scored 15 points and had 12 rebounds while Kleon Penn (211-C-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: McNeese St.) scored 11 points and had 6 rebounds. *by Luis Ramirez

Capitanes - San German 89-79
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, Jeffrion Aubry (205-C-76, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Cornell) scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) scored 19 points. For San German, LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) scored 30 points with 8 rebounds while Daniel Cooperland (177-G-84, college: Seton Hall) scored 15 points and had 7 assists. *by Luis Ramirez


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  ROMANIA   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 O''Darien BASSETT
  Craiova
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Bassett, Craiova20.7 
 2. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.7 
 3. Bassett, Craiova20.7 
 4. Pesic, Timisoara19.5 
 5. Peciukas, Mures18.7 
 6. Mandic, Oradea18.4 
 7. Bubanja, Brasov17.8 
 8. Mack, Steaua T.17.6 
 9. Santana, Municipal B.17.4 
 10. Smith, CSU Sibiu17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Trevor HARVEY
  Craiova
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 10
 1. Harvey, Craiova10.0 
 2. Harvey, Craiova10.0 
 3. Herndon, CSU Sibiu9.2 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.1 
 5. Carutasu, Ploiesti9.0 
 6. Masiulis, Mures8.9 
 7. Paltinisanu, Timis.8.5 
 8. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.4 
 9. Roschnafsky, Gladia.7.9 
 10. Miskovic, CSU S.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrett HOWELL
  Gaz Metan
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Howell, Gaz Metan5.8 
 2. Cooley, Mures5.6 
 3. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.4 
 4. Dzambic, Timisoara5.0 
 5. Dawson, Gladiato.4.6 
 6. Fometescu, Dinamo B.4.4 
 7. Howard, Gladiato.4.4 
 8. Bassett, Craiova4.3 
 9. Bassett, Craiova4.3 
 10. Mitchell, Oradea4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrett HOWELL
  Gaz Metan
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Howell, Gaz Metan2.4 
 2. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 3. Johnson, CSU Sibiu2.3 
 4. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.2 
 5. Maric, Oradea2.0 
 6. Medvedj, U.Mobite.2.0 
 7. Seals, Otopeni1.9 
 8. Mandache, Otopeni1.9 
 9. Hargrove, Ploiesti1.9 
 10. Mitchell, Oradea1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas MASIULIS
  Mures
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Masiulis, Mures2.2 
 2. Thomson, U.Mobite.1.8 
 3. Lazar, Oradea1.8 
 4. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.7 
 5. Dragusin, Pitesti1.6 
 6. Harvey, Craiova1.5 
 7. Harvey, Craiova1.5 
 8. Dragovic, Craiova1.4 
 9. Dragovic, Craiova1.4 
 10. Wiggins, Steaua T.1.1 


Div.A Round: 5 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
CSU Sibiu - Timisoara 75-78
Timisoara clinched the Semifinal spot beating CSU Sibiu 78:75 in the decisive game of the Quarter-Finals Round 5. Milos Pesic (202-F-84) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Paltinisanu Dan followed him with 15. Johnson Brandon ended up with 23 points in the losing effort.

U.Mobitel.CN - Mures 85-58
U-Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca survived the Quarter-Finals Round 5 to win over Mures 85:58 and advanced to the Semifinals. Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) exploded with 36 points and 11 rebounds, while Dykes Kyndall posted 15. Peciukas Vaidotas responded with 15 points in the losing effort.



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Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Sergey BYKOV
  Dynamo M.
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Bykov, Dynamo M.20.8 
 2. Capin, Lokomoti.20.4 
 3. Rush, Triumph18.8 
 4. Chalmers, Enisey18.5 
 5. Green, Lokomoti.16.3 
 6. Rakovic, Spartak SP16.3 
 7. Flores, Krasnie .15.2 
 8. Lyday, Unics15.2 
 9. Popovic, Unics14.8 
 10. Kambala, Enisey14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (204-F/G-82)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Khryapa, CSKA8.7 
 2. Monya, Dynamo M.8.3 
 3. Trushkin, Krasni.7.2 
 4. Rakovic, Spartak SP6.9 
 5. Lampe, Unics6.8 
 6. Kambala, Enisey6.1 
 7. McCarty, Khimky6.0 
 8. Javtokas, Khimky5.8 
 9. Antic, Lokomoti.5.5 
 10. Kaun, CSKA5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ernest BREMER
  Krasnie Krilya
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Bremer, Krasnie .5.7 
 2. Capin, Lokomoti.4.4 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA4.2 
 4. Bykov, Dynamo M.4.0 
 5. Fields, Spartak SP3.8 
 6. Rush, Triumph3.8 
 7. Popovic, Unics3.5 
 8. Khvostov, Dynamo M.3.5 
 9. Cabezas, Khimky3.5 
 10. Pashutin, Spart.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Sergey BYKOV
  Dynamo M.
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Bykov, Dynamo M.2.3 
 2. Rush, Triumph2.0 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA1.8 
 4. Bremer, Krasnie .1.7 
 5. Lyday, Unics1.7 
 6. Surovtsev, Lokomoti.1.6 
 7. Monya, Dynamo M.1.5 
 8. Fridzon, Khimky1.5 
 9. McCarty, Khimky1.5 
 10. Chalmers, Enisey1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 James GIST
  Lokomotiv K.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Gist, Lokomotiv K.1.5 
 2. Mozgov, Khimky1.3 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA1.2 
 4. Monya, Dynamo M.1.2 
 5. Douthit, Krasnie .1.0 
 6. Vasilyev, Dynamo M.0.9 
 7. Savenkov, Lokomoti.0.9 
 8. Kaun, CSKA0.7 
 9. Likhodey, Triumph0.6 
 10. Javtokas, Khimky0.6 


A Superleague Round: 4 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Group B
Triumph - Krasnie Krilya 80-83
Krasnye Krilya snatched a narrow road win over Trimph. Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) knocked down 23 points, grabbed 5 boards and issued 5 assists to lead the charge. Eugeny Voronov (192-G-86) notched 16 points in the victory. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) responded with 28 points and 7 assists for Triumph.

Lokomotiv K. - Enisey 82-72
Lokomotiv prevailed against Enisey at home court. Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston) delivered 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. James Gist (203-F-86) came up with 16 points for Lokomotiv as they improved at 10-9 record. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Enisey. Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier) had 16 points in the loss.



Standings - Superleague A
A Standings
Group A1
 1. CSKA 15-4 
 2. Khimky 15-4 
 3. Unics 12-7 
 4. Dynamo M. 9-10 
Group A2
 1. Lokomotiv K. 10-9 
 2. Triumph 7-12 
 3. Krasnie Krilya 7-13 
 4. Spartak SP 6-13 
 5. Enisey 5-14 


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Dexter Lyons claims Spanish LEB Silver weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Dexter Lyons (198-F/G-81, agency: NM Services) had an amazing evening in the last round for Fundacion Adepal Alcazar and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com LEB Silver Player of the Week award for round 15 (Second Stage).
The 29-year old swingman had the game-high 31 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Alcazar his team's victory, helping them to crush Prat Juventud (#10, 8-14) with 25-point margin 86-61. Thanks to this victory Alcazar finished regular season as No.1 (17-5) and earned a promotion to LEB Gold. In the team's last game Lyons had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Alcazar's top player in his first season with the team. Dexter Lyons averages this season 11.4ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old power forward Andreu Matali (204-F/C-81) of B.C. River Andorra. Matali impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Andorra cruised to a 70-63 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Illescas (#12, 5-17). This victory allowed Andorra to keep 5th place in the standings (11-11) and they will meet Caja Rioja in the Playoff Quarterfinals. Matali is a newcomer at Andorra and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was American Stevie Johnson (198-F-78) of CB Penas Huesca (#-3). Johnson scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Johnson's great performance Huesca lost 72-84 to #7 ranked Plasencia. Anyway, both teams advanced to Playoff Quarterfinals. Huesca made it as No.3 with 15-7 record and they will meet Alaior.
Johnson has a great season in Spain. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 7.7rpg (6th best). He also has 2.2spg and FGP: 58.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Javier Vega (205-C-88) of Illescas - 21 points and 7 rebounds
5. Pablo Sanchez (197-F-81) of Promobys - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jose Alonso (191-G-71) of Guadalajara - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Pablo Almazan (203-C/F-89) of Plasencia - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Wayne Nelson (193-F-81) of Huelva - 22 points and 2 rebounds
9. David Garcia (190-G-80) of Coruna - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Douglas Nunes (201-C-87) of Coruna - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist



Donaldson's a double-double lands him LEB Gold Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old Jakim Donaldson (203-C/F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ciudad de La Laguna Canarias and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 34.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Ourense (#15, 13-21) with 18-point margin 91-73. La Laguna finished regular season as No.4 with 21-13 record and they will meet Leon in the Playoff Quarterfinals. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Donaldson has many years of experience at La Laguna, through which he has constantly improved. Edinboro University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Donaldson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.4ppg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 60.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Louis Roe (200-F-72) of Tenerife Rural. He is American forward in his first season at Tenerife. In the last game Roe recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Tenerife cruised to a 91-81 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Breogan (#7, 19-15). Tenerife's 12th position in the standings has not changed and they failed to reach the Playoffs (16-18 record). Roe is a newcomer at Tenerife and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.5ppg (#6). He also registered 7.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International) of CB Cornella (#17). Smith showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Smith's great performance Cornella lost 78-83 to the higher-ranked Clin.Rincon (#14, 13-21) and finished regular season on poor 17th place with 10 wins and 24 defeats. Too bad for Smith he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Smith has a very solid season. In 33 games in Spain he scored 14.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of CAI Zaragoza - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist
5. Juan Riera (188-G-79) of Mallorca - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist
6. Jose Fernandez (202-C-75) of Ourense - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist
7. Zach Morley (203-F-83) of Burgos - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Francisco Sanchez (202-F-79) of Caceres - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Joao Gomes (199-F-85) of Breogan - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist
10. Adrian Boccia (196-G/F-82) of Tenerife - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists


Spanish ACB round 31 best performance: Mirza Teletovic - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina forward Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Caja Laboral Vitoria, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, four rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Manresa (#12, 12-19) 78-69. Caja Laboral maintains the 2nd position in Spanish ACB. They are still close to the very top. Caja Laboral would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 25-6 record. In the team's last game Teletovic had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Caja Laboral, through which he has constantly improved. Mirza Teletovic has solid league stats. He Teletovic is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.4ppg) and and averages impressive 60.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Paul Davis (211-C-84) of Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro. Davis had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Xacobeo BS lost that game 64-81 to the higher-ranked Valencia BC ( (#4, 21-9). Xacobeo BS managed to keep the same 17th spot in the standings. 23 lost games is too many comparing to just eight victories Xacobeo BS managed to get this year. Davis is one of the most experienced players at Xacobeo BS and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) of Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (#11). Mumbru scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Bizkaia Bilbao, leading his team to a 72-66 win against slightly higher-ranked DKV Joventut (#10, 14-17). The chances of Bizkaia Bilbao ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mumbru could help Bizkaia Bilbao to bring them higher in the standings. Mumbru has a very solid season. In 29 games in Spain he scored 13.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83) of Estudiantes - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist
5. Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78) of CB Murcia - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83) of Gran Canaria - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) of Regal Barca - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist
8. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) of Unicaja - 17 points and 7 rebounds
9. Sergio Llull (190-G-87) of MMC Real M. - 15 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists
10. Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) of Regal Barca - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists


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The management, the players, and the coach are all telling you to go for number 2 - by Kenyon Gamble

Hey, whats up world? I'm Kenyon Gamble (212-C-82, college: Tuskegee), and I will be blogging for Eurobasket. I am blessed to have this opportunity to share my experiences with the world. I am also excited about the chance. Many players and fans think that this game is all fun, and no work; but they don't understand the heartache, pain, and rough times that come along with it.

This is my 5th professional season. I started my career, primarily, in the minor leagues (CBA) in the states. CBA was the top league in the world, after the NBA in my rookie season. I chased the NBA, as I drew interest from my College days at Tuskegee University. I had top NBA scouts coming to small HBCU gyms to see me play, and see if I was as good as they say. I didn't disappoint, and because of God, family, hard work, determination, and some great coaching from the Jones Brothers (Caldwell, Oliver, Charles, Major), I was ready for any challenge. I received a lot of attention and invites from NBA clubs because of the experience I received at Tuskegee University. The most prominent invites coming from the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, and Indiana Pacers.

Being born and raised on the West Side of Chicago has giving me an edge like no one else when it comes to this game of basketball. Basketball is simple when you understand the game of life, such as I do. Real life trials and tribulations build you up to make this game easy. At the same time, basketball gives you a better look on life and helps you tackle some of life's tasks. It has been a blessing to put together a successful 5 year career.

I have Championships, League Awards, and a lot of WINS. I have been at the top of every league I have played in. I am also regarded as one of the best shot blockers and defenders in the world. The record books say so. Every league I have played in has had me number 1 on the blocked shot list. If you want to know more about my career, you can check me out at www.kenyongamble.com .

Now, that you know a little bit about my history, let me tell you about where I am. I am in Syria playing for Al Ittihad Aleppo. This is my second season in Syria with the same team. I left last year, half way through the season, because of some personal issues between the club and myself. Upon leaving, I was averaging 20 points a game, leading the league in rebounds and blocked shots as well. My team, Ittihad, was near the top of the league. After I left Ittihad last season, I went to play with the Manchester Millrats of the PBL, and we went undefeated in my stint there. I then went over to Qatar and competed with Al Rayyan in the Emir Cup, where we won the Championship. After all of this, and a long summer/off season, I decided to come back to Ittihad Aleppo after passing up many offers from all over the world.

I came full circle back to Aleppo, Syria. We started the season off with 6 wins and 0 losses and sitting in first place. Soon after a culmination of problems, losses started to accrue; we finished the season in 5th place. One thing you learn fast overseas is that the mentality you will find is nothing like that of your American counterparts. When you step foot on the court with your American Team, you feel you can beat the Los Angeles Lakers. When you come here, most teams concede to being competitive. The teams goal is not to win a championship!! Most teams just want to have a good enough record to make the playoffs, while other teams want you to come and insure that they don't drop to the 2nd division. The best way to explain this is to think of it like the American NCAA system. You have D1, D2, and D3 in every country. The team with the worst record in the league will drop to D2, and the best team from D2 will go D1.

It is a little frustrating because I am all about winning championships, and sometimes you are surrounded with a bunch of people who don't have faith that you will win. Most of the time, the coaches will come straight out and tell you We are trying to be #2. Yes, I have heard that this year, and right after that, we started losing games. We never set our goal as a team to be #1. The management, the players, and the coach are all telling you to go for number 2. No matter what you put in, or what you do, this is their goal. This is one of the things that will have you flabbergasted, about playing overseas, if you think anything like me. I was taught that no one remembers number 2, but that was our goal as a team from the first day of the season; even after having the best record in the league.

This being my first blog, I just wanted to give you some background info, and one thing you will encounter when you are a professional player overseas. More will be coming soon. I will get more into the roller-coaster season we had soon. It is playoffs now, and we won our first game against Al Karameh, on the road in a very hostile gym. It was exciting, and a great game. Thank God we won, and we have them at home on Tuesday so we can try and close out the series. The first team to 2 wins will advance to the final 4.
Blog is maintained by
Kenyon Gamble (212-C-82, college: Tuskegee)



Al Jalaa and Al Wehda cruise to the Semi-finals - by Emile Aaji
Both teams did not need game 4 to reach the Semi-finals as they won 2 games allready .
The Two teams had to visit each other's cities at the same day but not for a direct match up .
Al Jalaa Aleppo played Kasyoun in Damascus and won by 14 points as the final score was 90-76 .
The management of the league championsh Al Jalaa Aleppo decided not to register the new arrival Andre Brown (205-F/C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: DePaul) in the league and keep him for Asia Championship as they allready have Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) under the basket who they have registered in the first round .
Al Jalaa Aleppo continued to extend their record with 51 straight victories .
Al Wehda Damascus managed to eliminate the - full of talents - team Al Hurriya by beating them at home by 12 points 88-76 .
Rabee Al Hashem was the top scorer of the game by 23 points , Andre Smith (188-G-80, college: NC-Asheville) added 20 .
Two more teams can reach the finals tomorrow , Al Ittihad Aleppo will play at home against Al Karameh with a chance to win the series after they won the first , Al Jeish Army Damascus will face Talee''a in Hama with a 1-0 lead .


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Jalaa 22-0 
 2. Jeish 18-4 
 3. Karameh 13-9 
 4. Wehda 13-9 
 5. Ittihad 12-10 
 6. Kasyoun 10-12 
 7. Hurriya 10-12 
 8. Talee'a 10-12 
 9. Wathba 9-13 
 10. Yarmouk 8-14 
 11. Tishreen 6-16 
 12. Thawra 1-21 


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TBL PLAYOFFS 2010 - by Baha Kurtulus
Efes Pilsen Istanbul finished the regular season as leader.
After Saturday games, Kepez Bld Antalya and Darussafaka C.Tires Istanbul said bye to BEKO Basketball League and next year they will be struggling at Division II (TB2L).

Season's point leader Quincy Douby (191-G-84, college: Rutgers) 21 games 23.6 ppg, rebound leader Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) 27 games 10,7 rpg and assist leader Hakan Koseoglu (188-G-81, agency: Court Side) 30 games 8.7 apg

Playoff pairings will be constituted like below. Some of the teams begin the playoff games 1-0 ahead, those teams are Efes Pilsen Istanbul and Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul.
The teams who gain 3 games will play semi finals.


28th-April-2010
Banvit Basketbol Kulubu - Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (0-0)
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul - Bornova Bld (0-0)


29th-April-2010
Efes Pilsen Istanbul - Erdemirspor Belediyesi (1-0)
Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul - Turk Telekom Ankara ( 1-0 )



Nedim Yucel gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish TBL - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 33 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Mersin his team's victory, helping them to crush Antalya (12-18) with 16-point margin 91-75. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Mersin finished regular season as No.12 with 12-18 score and failed to reach the Playoffs.
In the team's last game Yucel had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Mersin's top player in his first season with the team. Nedim Yucel averages this season 6.3ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American guard Ricky Davis (199-G-79) of Turk Telekom Ankara. Davis impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course T.Telekom cruised to a 90-82 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Darussafaka (#16, 6-24). T.Telekom's 5th position in the standings has not changed and they will meet Besiktas in the Playoff Quarterfinals. Davis is one of the most experienced players at T.Telekom and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player last round was American Andre Smith (203-F-85) of Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (#7). Smith got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He was a key player of Karsiyaka, leading his team to a 108-90 easy win against the lower-ranked Aliaga (#13, 11-19). Karsiyaka ended regular season on 6th place with 16-14 score and they will take on Banvit in TBL QFinals.
Smith has a great season in Turkey. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.2rpg (7th best) and assists with 0.8apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81) of Galatasaray - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Orhan Haciyeva (201-C/F-89) of Darussafaka - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 1 assist
6. Charles Smith (193-G-75) of Efes Pilsen - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jack McClinton (185-G-85) of Aliaga - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79) of Galatasaray - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Joshua Heytvelt (211-F-86) of Oyak Renault - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist
10. Huseyin Besok (212-C-75) of T.Telekom - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 1 assist



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SUPER 12: The best HS talent for the next couple of years - by David Edole
I have been putting together the top 12 players in the Virgin Islands for the past seven years and this group may be the best ever. Talented, athletic, goes for it. This group will be heard from for years to come.

1. Javier Martinez (93), Central, 6-4, Forward, Class of 2013
The best player in the territory is none other than Javier Bebo Martinez. I know Bebo since he was 11 years old and to see him grow into this kind of player is special. What Bebo can do? Martinez was the only Central High participant that made the all tournament team at the Dekalb County Holiday Classic (Atlanta, GA). He has a nice jump hook and uses his 6-foot-4 frame to rebound. His quick leaps off the ground help him pull rebounds over bigger opponents. Martinez probably led the territory in double doubles. He has a pull up jump shot and is capable of knocking down the occasional three. He was the starting power forward for the Virgin Islands junior national team and helped the team to a bronze medal and 2010 FIBA Americas tournament berth.

2. Merwin Potter (93), Charlotte Amalie, 6-2, Guard, Class 2011
Potter is the ultimate competitor. He is dominant going right, a great slasher and good passer. On the defensive side, Potter has the length to steal and tip passes in the passing lane. Potter was one of the main people behind Charlotte Amalies turn around. He had a season high 28 in a win over Eudora Kean.
NEEDS: Work on jump shot, needs to work on passing and going left, lack of focus

3. Amadius Der-Weer, Central, 6-5, Forward, Class of 2012
When the season began, Amadius BoBo Der-Weer was the other guy in the post, an afterthought. Now he is the big man on campus. One coach said Der-weer has a world of talent. He has a lot of tools. He can put the ball on the floor; he has a back to the basket game and is semi athletic. Der-Weer had 19 points to lead Central in the finals of the St. Croix IAA.
NEEDS: To get stronger, needs to get tough on defense

4. Rasheed Swanston (95), Central, 6-1, Guard, Class of 2012
BIG TIME TALENT is words used by the Virgin Islands basketball Federation coaches to describe Rasheed Swanston. Swanton is probably the best outside shooter in the territory. He has the ability to score at will, a great slasher and would really be special if he puts it all together.
NEEDS: Work on going right

5. Kadeem Jones (94), Central, 5-6, Guard, Class of 2011
Kadeem Jones is the little general on the basketball court. He was named MVP of the tournament that was held in Aibonito, Puerto Rico and was named to the first team all V.I. Not because of his ability to score the basketball and that he can do, he was named to all V.I. first team for his ability to control the tempo of the game. Jones often makes the right decisions; he is a tough player and a coach on the floor. I have been talking about his basketball IQ for quite some time and it has only gotten better.
NEEDS: Improve Speed.

6. Dornell Weaver, Antilles, 6-6, Forward, Class 2012
I became a fan of Dornell Weavers after I saw him play in the Sun Stroke Hoops Classic. He is big and strong. He is an absolute monster on the boards and can score around the tin in the paint. He had eight points and nine rebounds in the game and looked like something special.
NEEDS: Interior moves, inconsistent offensively. If he is going to take jump shots, Weaver needs to spend every day shooting around 500 shots.

7. Jose Santos, 6-4, Forward, Educational Complex, Class of 2012
Jose Santos is another player with good potential. Santos is a low post beast when he wants to be. At his age his offense dictates his defense. I am hoping that he will grow out of that. Santos is also a good shot blocker.
NEEDS: Intensity

8. Xavier Richards, Kean, 5-10, Guard, Class of 2012
I saw him score 24 points in a loss to Charlotte Amalie High School. Richards is athletic and uses his left hand ala Manu Ginobili. He often catches defenders who forget he is left handed. I was disappointed that he did not play in the All Star game. I heard that he was frightened of the large crowd that was in attendance.
NEEDS: A heart

9. Charles Sealey, 6-2, Forward, Country Day, Class of 2012
Charles Sealey comes from a long line of Mountains. His older brother is Akeem Mountain Francis. His other brother Juaqium Francis also carried the Moniker Mountain. Now its Sealeys turn carry the name. So I call him Moutain III. Sealey potential is hard to define. He has played in the post so long and is struggling for a jump shot. Now defenders give him space and entice him to shoot. Rumors are flying all over the place that Mountain is leaving the territory.
NEEDS: Ball handling, outside shot

10. Alex 'Achkel' Bazil, CAHS, 6-4, Forward, Class 2012
With Charles Pemberton off to College, Alex Bazil is now in charge of the paint at Charlotte Amalie. Clearly Achkel did not belong playing JV last year. He overpowered every team except Woodson and Central. I saw him score 24 points against a tough BCB team. He dominated the Blazers and even hit a three point shot. That is the surprise; Bazil is one of the better outside shooters, rebounders and shot blockers in the territory. He loves to come from the weakside.
Needs; Low post moves, Develop back to basket game and upper body strength

11. Razeem Huggins, Central, 6-1, Forward, Class of 2012
Huggins spent the past season on the JV level and dominated. He led Central High to the JV title over John H. Woodson and led the Caribs to a blow out win over rivals Charlotte Amalie. Razeem is a good talent and excels at rebounding. He played well in the Ronald Charles League and should be a welcome addition to the varsity squad.
NEEDS: Attitude adjustment

12. Turrell Thomas, John H. Woodson, 6-3, Forward, Class 2014
I saw this kid play in the Bertha c. Boschulte middle school tournament and had a WOW moment. Turrell Thomas has a plethora of inside moves. His hands are big and his touch is exceptional. Most of his shots that be got by bigger players is credited to his long wing span. The big man can also put the ball on the floor and knock down outside shots. One fan shouted out North Carolina. I think if he grows into his body and hit the weights he could be wearing Carolina Blue. Did I forget to mention that he is a real good free throw shooter? Baby Carmelo may be ready for the big time.
NEEDS: Focus and Temperament



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Superleague Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Ferro-ZNTU - Dnipro 96-85
Ferro-ZNTU upset Dnipro for the second time in a row. Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) exploded with 37 points and 6 assists to lead the hosts. Heorhi Kandrusevich (198-F-78, agency: Promotex) netted 21 points for Ferro-ZNTU. Jason Crowe (193-G-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) delivered 21 points and 10 assists for Dnipro. Aaron Pettway (211-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma St.) finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

BC Kyiv - BC Odessa 95-77
BC Kyiv proved too good for BC Odessa at home court. Denys Lukashov (190-G-89) and Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Promotex) notched 19 points each for BC Kyiv. Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Interperformances) netted 18 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in the winning case. Stanislav Balashov (210-C-79) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds as BC Odessa coming back home with their backs against the wall.

Budivelnyk - Hoverla 85-79
Budivelnyk recorded the second straight win over Hoverla. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) delivered 23 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds to lead the hosts. Maxim Balashov netted 16 points in the winning effort. Rostislav Kryvych (198-F/G-78) responded with game-high 28 points for Hoverla. Alexander Kudryavtsev (190-G-80, agency: AB Agency) and Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma Baptist) had 15 points each in the loss.

Kryvbasbasket - Azovmash 77-69
Kryvbasbasket drew first blood in the series against Azovmash. Dmitry Korablev (198-F-77) knocked down 17 points to lead the Kryvyi Rih outfit to the home win as they leveled things up in the series. Evgeni Annenkov (186-G-77, agency: Interperformances) netted 12 points for the winners. Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) responded with 15 points for Azovmash. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: Buck Andre, college: Alabama) had 14 points in the loss.



Relegation tournament: round 1 - by Platon Khegai
Dnipro-Azot - Khimik 85:74 (19:19, 11:17, 24:24, 31:14)
Three double-doubles for the away party were not enough to celebrate victory. So, this was a second loss at Dnipro-Azot for Khimik. Both participants had only one import player each as they do not have any special goals for the remainder.
D: Karim 32 points, 9 rebounds; Berkhin 12; Chygrynov 12; Lokhmanchuk 10; Sokur 7 points, 5 rebounds.
K: Kolchenko 18 points, 4 assists; Kalnichenko 16 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks; Agafonov 14 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists; Harrison 13 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists.

MBC Mykolaiv - Halychyna 106:74 (35:15, 25:25, 28:17, 18:17)
Unsuccessful debut for Halychyna head coach Volodymyr Poliakh versus his former team. On the contrary, hosts had a great night as they made a total of 23 assists and 14 blocks and also eight players scored 10+ points.
M: Matiukevych 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks; McClintock 16 points, 9 rebounds, 6 blocks; Butskyi 16 points, 6 assists; Yailo 13 points, 6 rebounds; Silkovskyi 12 points, 4 rebounds; Onufriyev 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks; Love 11 points, 5 assists; Vaikulis 10 points, 4 assists.
H: Lepoevic 15 points, 8 rebounds; Finn 14 points, 10 rebounds; McIntosh 11; Bojovic 10.

Hryfony - Pulsar 80:91 (23:23, 15:21, 21:25, 21:22)
Hryfony still can not gain its first win in the championship.
H: Miletic 21 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds; Sabutskyi 19 points, 7 rebounds; Yevseyevichev 14 points, 4 assists; Kuznetsov 13 points, 4 rebounds.

P: Shemosiuk 19; Poltoratskyi 14; Shelukha 13 points, 4 rebounds; Kovalevskyi 11; Korovyakov 9 points, 5 rebounds; Herasymchuk 9 points, 4rebounds.

Standings:
9. MBC Mykolaiv 14/27
10. Khimik 11/27
11. Halychyna 10/27
12. Dnipro-Azot 5/27
13. Pulsar 5/27
14. Hryfony 0/27


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Ferro-ZNTU
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Burtt, Fe.21.6 
 2. El-Amin, Budivelnyk21.5 
 3. Karim, DniproAzot21.2 
 4. Thomas, Fe.20.7 
 5. McClintock, Mykolaiv18.6 
 6. Mitchell, Khimik18.3 
 7. Curry, Azovmash18.2 
 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.10.9 
 3. Finn, Halychyna7.9 
 4. McClintock, Mykolaiv7.8 
 5. Pettway, Dnipro7.7 
 6. Morton, DniproAzot7.3 
 7. Rizvic, Azovmash7.2 
 8. Hunter, Fe.7.1 
 9. Shkurupiy, Gryfony7.1 
 10. Agafonov, Khimik6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Dnipro
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Crowe, Dnipro7.7 
 2. Blassingame, BC Od.6.5 
 3. Sparks, Hoverla5.7 
 4. Mitchell, Khimik5.4 
 5. Karim, DniproAzot5.4 
 6. Burtt, Fe.5.3 
 7. El-Amin, Budivelnyk5.3 
 8. Lukashov, BC Kyiv5.0 
 9. Love, Mykolaiv4.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Mykol.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fred HOUSE
  Azovmash
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. House, Azovmash2.7 
 2. El-Amin, Budivelnyk2.3 
 3. Crowe, Dnipro2.2 
 4. Jeromanovs, Mykol.2.0 
 5. Perry, BC Donetsk1.9 
 6. Sparks, Hoverla1.8 
 7. Tiggs, Fe.1.8 
 8. Shemosyuk, Pulsar1.7 
 9. Karim, DniproAzot1.7 
 10. Mitchell, Khimik1.6 
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, Dnipro1.5 
 8. Garrison, Khimik1.3 
 9. Ulyanko, Hoverla1.2 
 10. Ulyanko, Pulsar1.0 


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Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Mike COOK
  Sheffield S.
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Cook, Sheffield S.26.9 
 2. Bratton, Worthing.24.7 
 3. Patton, Sheffiel.20.4 
 4. Yanders, Scottish.20.1 
 5. Valencia, Plymouth R.20.1 
 6. Moore, Everton T.20.0 
 7. Wierzbicki, Leices.20.0 
 8. Middleton, Worceste.19.6 
 9. Johnson, Leiceste.19.4 
 10. Harrison, MK Lions19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Leicester R.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Johnson, Leiceste.10.9 
 2. Janusauskas, London C.9.8 
 3. Toney, Sheffield S.9.8 
 4. Rodrigo, Essex P.9.2 
 5. Rowe, Plymouth R.8.6 
 6. Richard, Worthing.8.5 
 7. Gariba, London C.8.0 
 8. Young, Cheshire J.7.8 
 9. Disy, Worcester W.7.7 
 10. Valencia, Plymouth R.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony MARTIN
  Plymouth R.
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Martin, Plymouth.7.3 
 2. Sapp, Scottish R.7.1 
 3. Moore, Everton T.5.8 
 4. Drakeford, Guildfor.5.1 
 5. Patton, Sheffiel.5.1 
 6. Yanders, Scottish.4.8 
 7. Jivens, London C.4.6 
 8. Jackson, Newcastl.4.6 
 9. Peterson, Cheshire.4.6 
 10. Middleton, Worceste.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick MIDDLETON
  Worcester W.
  (186-G/F-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Middleton, Worceste.2.7 
 2. Moore, Everton T.2.6 
 3. Normantas, Worceste.2.3 
 4. Peterson, Cheshire.2.3 
 5. Gariba, London C.2.2 
 6. Sapp, Scottish R.2.2 
 7. Babalola, Evert.2.2 
 8. Young, Cheshire J.2.1 
 9. O''Reilly, Cheshire.2.0 
 10. Lasker, Plymouth.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadiri RICHARD
  Worthing T.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Richard, Worthing.2.3 
 2. Johnson, Leiceste.1.8 
 3. Toney, Sheffield S.1.2 
 4. Gorman, Sheffiel.1.0 
 5. Copeland, Scottish.0.9 
 6. Janusauskas, London C.0.8 
 7. Konarg, London C.0.8 
 8. Flournoy, Newcastl.0.8 
 9. Rodrigo, Essex P.0.8 
 10. Young, Cheshire J.0.8 


BBL Team of the Week #30 - by Andy Webb
The first face in this weeks Team of the Week is certainly a familiar one, as Mike Cook (193-G/F-84, college: Pittsburgh) (Sheffield Sharks) takes the first guard spot in this weeks line up of top performers. The former NBA D-League star earned his place thanks to an amazing 37 points in Sheffields 104-93 Playoff win over Marshall MK Lions. He is joined at the guard position by Glasgow Rocks Jessie Sapp, another BBL rookie who has had an incredible first season in the UK, as he stepped up late in the Rocks Quarter Final against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, to finish with 23 points personal. He also pulled down 7 rebounds, and handed out the same number of assists, as well as grabbing 2 steals in a full forty minute performance.

The rest of the team is made up purely of Newcastle Eagles players, as Charles Smith takes the forward spot in recognition of his performance against Worthing Thunder in the first round of the Playoffs - 29 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in just 23:04 of playing time. He is joined by team mate Andrew Sullivan, as the Great Britain captain put in a solid performance of 14 points, on 6/8 field goal shooting, 2/2 from the free throw line, 8 defensive rebounds, and 3 assists.

Lynard Stewart joins Smith and Sullivan, as the Centre also scored 14 points, as well as pulling down 11 boards. He shot 70% from the floor, as well as getting 2 assists and a steal.



A Fresh Start For the Heat Next Season - by Andy Webb
The basketball season has just come to a close but the Heat management team are already looking ahead to next season. Alan McClafferty, owner of the Heat said Everyone is disappointed with our team performance this season. But we need to regroup and be more competitive next season. One change next season is Chad McKnight is stepping down as player / coach but I am hoping he will return as a key player. We are delighted to have re-signed Julius Joseph along with Mike Martin - two of the top ten British basketball players - and intend to use the summer period to recruit exceptionally talented players to join them in our BBL team.

According to Mike Davies, general manager of the Heat, Like all businesses in the current climate we have conducted a stringent review of our budgets. We have attracted a large amount of sponsors, thanks to the success of the Heat Business Club, the usual government funding which we had expected, was not available this year. This has put huge pressure on the club financially all of which has had to be covered by the owner.

As the only premier division sports team in Surrey, the Heat has huge growth potential.
The 2010/2011 season marks a fresh start for the Heat, with its new home at the Surrey Sports Park, which enables all of its elite teams (BBL and National League) to train and play under one roof, with access to outstanding facilities. The club will also continue with its excellent work in the local community, coaching in schools throughout Surrey and Berkshire helping youngsters to tackle obesity and anti-social behaviour.

Mike Davies concludes, Our new home at the Surrey Sports Park, coupled with our continued work in the community, will help the Heat to create an even higher profile in the area. Despite this seasons results, the Heat is still one of the UKs most successful professional basketball teams, having won all the domestic titles over the last five years. We believe we are positioned for even greater success in the future.



Tigers and Rocks Progress - by Andy Webb
Facing Newcastle Eagles and Sheffield Sharks respectively, are Everton Tigers and Glasgow Rocks, after this weekend's results. The Tigers, who finished fifth in the BBL Championship table, beat Cheshire Jets to get gain an edge in the local rivalry, the score line reading 79-94. Whilst BBL veterans, Calvin Davis and Shawn Myers, led the Jets attack with 20 points and 16 points respectively, the Tigers were led by 25 points from last year's BBL MVP, Trey Moore, whilst Kevin Bell continued his successful return from injury with 22 points, and young Brit, James Jones had 17.

The Rocks, meanwhile, overcame Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 88-86 at Kelvin Hall, with Rob Yanders having to knock down the crucial free throws at the end of the ball game. The score line was 87-86, after former Rock Tony Windless missed the free throw to seal a three point play which would have tied the scores. Although Jason Johnson led all scorers, despite returning from being out with a broken thumb, with 28 points, Jessie Sapp stepped up for the Rocks at crucial times, as he had 23 points, whilst Yanders scored 17 points. Steve Parillon also proved to be the X-Factor for the BBL's only Scottish franchise, as he had 15 points and 6 rebounds, whilst Bradd Wierzbicki (18 points) and Isaac Westbrooks (10 points) were influential for the visitors.

Friday's Playoff Quarter Finals saw no upsets, as Newcastle Eagles overcame Worthing Thunder at home 102-74, with Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) (193-G) (pictured) leading the way with 29 points, a tally matched by EJ Harrison for the Lions against the Sharks that night, whilst Yorick Williams had 24 points and Dawud Morris scored 21 points. However, the Sharks' strength in depth shone through as Mike Cook scored an unbelievable 37 points, Matt Gorman had 23 points and Tafari Toney scored 21 points.

The weekend's results set up a fascinating tie between last season's title rivals, Newcastle Eagles and Everton Tigers, in a repeat of the BBL Trophy Semi Finals on Friday. The league's second and third placed teams also meet on Friday as Sheffield Sharks host Glasgow Rocks. The second leg of the Sharks-Rocks Semi Final will then take place at Kelvin Hall on Sunday, whilst the Eagles and Tigers will meet for the final time on Saturday.



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LPB 2010 - Week 10 (Apr. 25th): Bucaneros astonished Trotamundos, Cocodrilos sweep, Guaros explodes - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Bucaneros de La Guaira astonished Trotamundos and left them still out of the playoff spots by stealing a series split off the Forum of Valencia, while Cocodrilos de Caracas completed an away sweep against Gigantes de Guayana in Puerto Ordaz and Guaros de Lara exploded with a 26-point margin victory as hosts of Panteras de Miranda.

Cocodrilos de Caracas 100 - Gigantes de Guayana 92
Hermanas Gonzalez Arena - Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar

Quarter by quarter
GIG: 14-30-24-24= 92
COC: 19-33-24-24= 100

Scorers
GIG: Marlon Patino (204-F/C-80) 20 points and 8 rebounds, Clarence Matthews (201-F-83 18 points and 6 rebounds, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 18 points, Omar Quintero (183-G-81) 12 points, Douglas Rodriguez (185-G-79) 7 points, Jorge Diaz (195-F-77) 6 points, Elvis Baez (189-G-89) 5 points, Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) 4 points, Jose Ramos (198-F-71) 2 points and 7 rebounds, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 0 points, Antonio Sucre (193-F-83) 0 points
COC: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 19 points and 10 rebounds, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 17 points and 13 rebounds, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 16 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 16 points, Windi Graterol (204-C-86) 8 points, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80) 7 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 7 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 4 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 4 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 2 points


Guaros de Lara 103 - Panteras de Miranda 77
Domo Bolivariano - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
GUA: 23-23-26-31= 103
PAN: 15-19-21-22= 77

Scorers
GUA: Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 17 points, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 16 points and 8 rebounds, Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76) 16 points and 7 rebounds, Cheyne Gadson (192-G-80) 9 points, Heberth Bayona (210-C-78) 9 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 9 points, Carlos Morris (194-G-76) 9 points, Kervis Ramirez (190-G-78) 9 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 6 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 2 points, Erick Herrera (184-F-81) 1 point, Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 0 points
PAN: Kojo Mensah (185-G-85) 14 points, Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 14 points, Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) 11 points, Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77) 10 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 8 points, Elvis Burguillos (194-G/F-82) 6 points and 7 rebounds, Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) 6 points, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 4 points and 8 rebounds, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) 4 points, Richard Mejias (187-G-78) 0 points, Edgar Sifontes (185-F-85) 0 points, Julio Rausseo (200-F/C-77) 0 points


Bucaneros de La Guaira 78 - Trotamundos de Carabobo 76
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo

Quarter by quarter
TRO: 24-15-18-19= 76
BUC: 14-16-25-23= 78

Scorers
TRO: Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 16 points, Fernando Funes (193-G-83) 13 points, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 12 points and 6 rebounds, Miguel Marriaga (208-C-84) 11 points, Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83) 7 points and 7 rebounds, Martin Osimani (194-G-81) 7 points, Jorge Parra (206-C-84) 4 points, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 3 points, Pedro Brito (204-F/C-82) 3 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 0 points, Alexander Morillo (G-92) 0 points, Yorvis Umbria (203-F-85) 0 points
BUC: Kevin Young (206-C-84) 16 points and 6 rebounds, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 15 points and 9 rebounds, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 14 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 10 points, Aaron Nixon (188-G-83) 9 points, William Funn (188-G-82) 7 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez (203-F/C-79) 4 points and 6 rebounds, Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 3 points, Yonaiker Ecker (179-G-90) 0 points, Elder Jimenez (186-G-91) 0 points, Samuel Marsielle (193-G-91) 0 points, Jose Yovera (194-G/F-75) 0 points


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
1. Cocodrilos 25-5
2. Marinos 23-7
3. Gaiteros 16-12
4. Guaiqueries 15-13
5. Guaros 15-14
6. Panteras 15-16
7. Trotamundos 15-17
8. Toros 10-20
9. Bucaneros 8-22
10. Gigantes 7-23




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Playoff Finals: Sint Kateline takes 1-0 lead against BBC Boom - by Eurobasket News
Playoff Finals, Game 1: BBC Boom Sint Kateline 58-72

Sint Kateline used a great opening quarter of their Finals series to record win over BBC Boom. It means that Sint Kateline has 1-0 lead, after they have fairly easy overcame their opponent 58-72. Visitors came out stronger from the gate, as they dominated defensive part of the court. They limited BBC Boom players to only 13 points and as result took the 13-27 lead after 10 minutes of play. In the second quarter they continued to pressure their opponent thus creating a lot of transition baskets. They continued to increase their lead while controlling the flow of the match. At the halftime the score stood at 26-46 and Sint Kateline players were cruising towards an blowout. However, BBC Boom players managed to recover in the third quarter. After a series of runs, they managed to cut the deficit. They won the third period 20-12 and have entered final quarter trailing 46-58. Last quarter brought close matchup where BBC Boom tried to make one last push to make a comeback. Still, Sint Kateline players managed to hang onto their lead and as result have deservedly celebrated 58-72 win in the end.
Sofie Hendrickx (186-F/C-86) was great for the winning side as she poured in 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. She was closely followed by Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) who added 20 points of her own. For BBC Boom, Verny Vand Driel led the way with 15 points while Eveline Decroos (184-F-84) added 12 points.

BBC Boom: Verny Vand Driel 15, Eveline Decroos 12
Sint Kateline: Sofie Hendrickx 23+13 boards, Sara Leemans 20


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DBBL Round: 2 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Wasserburg - Saarlouis 88-74
Wasserburg stepped closer to the trophy success as they beat Saarlouis 88:74 in the Finals Game 2. The hosts started with 31-21 and never looked behind after the opening quarter. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F-78) stepped up with 23 points, while Ashley Hayes (178-G/F-87, college: Murray St.) followed her with 19. Barnert Stina ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.



Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Carmen GUZMAN
  Halle
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Guzman, Leipzig21.8 
 2. Pierce, Rhein MB19.5 
 3. Guzman, Halle17.8 
 4. Paunovic, Freiburg17.0 
 5. Bender, Halle17.0 
 6. Hayes, Wasserburg17.0 
 7. Terzic, Herner16.2 
 8. Danckert, Donau.15.7 
 9. Greunke, Rhein MB15.2 
 10. Sanders, Leipzig14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sabrina SCOTT
  Wolfenbuettel
  (190-C-81)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Scott, Wolfenbu.12.2 
 2. Mircheva, Donau.10.5 
 3. Tracey, Freiburg9.6 
 4. Triggs, Marburg8.9 
 5. Almind, Oberhausen8.5 
 6. Greunke, Rhein MB8.1 
 7. Sanders, Leipzig7.9 
 8. Thompson, Rhein MB7.8 
 9. Danckert, Donau.7.7 
 10. Wilson, Donau-Ries7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Romy BAR
  Saarlouis
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Bar, Saarlouis3.5 
 2. Dluzyk, Donau-Ries3.4 
 3. Guzman, Halle3.0 
 4. Mersch, Oberhausen2.8 
 5. Pop, Wasserburg2.8 
 6. Davidson, Marburg2.7 
 7. O''Rourke, Herner2.7 
 8. Greunke, Rhein MB2.6 
 9. Hightower, Herner2.6 
 10. Sanders, Leipzig2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Carmen GUZMAN
  Halle
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Guzman, Leipzig3.6 
 2. Sanders, Leipzig3.5 
 3. Bar, Saarlouis2.9 
 4. Tracey, Freiburg2.9 
 5. Richter, Wasse.2.4 
 6. Austmann, Oberh.2.4 
 7. Hayes, Freiburg2.3 
 8. Guzman, Halle2.3 
 9. O''Rourke, Herner2.2 
 10. Hightower, Herner2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Annika DANCKERT
  Donau-Ries
  (182-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Danckert, Donau.1.2 
 2. Bar, Saarlouis1.1 
 3. Bingham, Saarlouis1.0 
 4. Triggs, Marburg1.0 
 5. Tracey, Freiburg1.0 
 6. Damm, Halle0.9 
 7. Diaz, Leipzig0.9 
 8. Thompson, Rhein MB0.8 
 9. Smith, Saarlouis0.8 
 10. Mohr, Opladen0.8 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Intresting sentences about the Final 2010 - by Adam Patonay
Mizo Pecs 2010 lost Kelly Mazzante and Nicole Ohlde for the finals.
Kata Honti (175-G-87) re-signed with Sopron beofre the finals.
Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) was picked by Seattly Storm on the 3rd round of the WNBA Draft 2010.
Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) was elected as the play of the year while Akos Fuzy as the coach of the year by eurobaket.com

After the injuries Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) back to Mizo's roster and averaged 12 points and 4 rebounds.
Dora Horti was not on the starting line up on the first two games.
Alexandria Quigley (86) averaged 26.0 points on the finals!
Pecs used 3 players - Raksanyi, Sarok, Krnjic - from their U18 Champion team!
The 18 years old Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) was key-player on both games at Sopron.
Kata Honti and Dora Horti scored 58 points together in game 3.
Nora Bujdoso (185-F-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) - who is the started pos.3 for Hungary NT - played on center position because of the injuries.
Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) handed out 20 assists on the three games and won her 11th champion title.
Lilla Horvath (182-F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) borned and played in Sopron and signed to Pecs before the season. She didn't play against Pecs last year on the final but nor got 10 minutes on the last last game and scored 5 points against her hometown team.


After 10 title as a second coach, Akos Fuzy won his first gold medal as a head coach.


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Musel Pikes capture LaLux Cup - by Eurobasket News
Musel Pikes - Basket Esch 61:49

Musel Pikes earned the first trophy in the season. They claimed the Lalux Cup at the weekend. Musel Pikes overcame Basket Esch for the title. Christine Fisher (183-F-83) stepped up with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners.
It was all about Musel Pikes in the first half. They quickly opened a 14:3 lead early in the encounter. Musel Pikes ensured a 17:8 advantage at the first break. Musel Pikes stretched the lead to as many as 15 points midway through the second stanza. Basket Esch finished the half trailing by 18 points 15:33. However Basket Esch were not done for the night. They cut the deficit at just 9 points heading into the fourth period 35:44. Joy Schulte and Gaelle Pousseur (182-F/C-82) dragged Basket Esch within 5 at the start of the final frame. The margin grew even thinner before Musel Pikes triggered a 12:0 run and got away for good in this one.
Carine Cigrang (175-F-85) notched 15 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for the winners. Irina Mazjoukhina (181-F-76) provided 11 points and 8 rebounds for Musel Pikes. Gaelle Pousseur tallied 20 points and 9 rebounds for Basket Esch. Andrea Haris (169-G-78) finished with 11 points and 4 assists in the loss.

Musel Pikes: Christine Fisher 17, Carine Cigrang 15, Irina Mazjoukhina 11
Basket Esch: Gaelle Pousseur 20, Andrea Haris 11



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  SERBIA - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Awards 2009-10 - by Eurobasket
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Dajana Butulija
Butulija
Jovana Vukoje
Vukoje
Jelena Velinovic
Velinovic
Ivana Grubor
Grubor
Sheena Moore
Moore
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Player of the Year:
Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) of Partizan
Guard of the Year: Jovana Vukoje (174-G-86) of Vozdovac
Forward of the Year: Dajana Butulija of Partizan
Center of the Year: Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) of Crvena Zvezda
Newcomer of the Year: Marija Prlja (162-G-87) of Vozdovac
Most Improved Player of the Year: Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) of Spartak
Import Player of the Year: Sasa Cado (172-G-89) of Hemofarm
Domestic Player of the Year: Dajana Butulija of Partizan
Defensive Player of the Year: Marija Prlja of Partizan
Coach of the Year: Marina Maljkovic of Partizan

1st Team
Sheena Moore (170-G-84) of Partizan
Jovana Vukoje of Vozdovac
Dajana Butulija of Partizan
Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) of Radivoj Korac
Jelena Velinovic of Crvena Zvezda

2nd Team
Marija Prlja of Vozdovac
Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) of Hemofarm
Anja Stupar (178-F/C-89) of Vojvodina
Jelica Domazet (188-F/C-88) of Celarevo
Tijana Ajdukovic of Spartak

Honorable Mention
Sanja Orozovic (184-G-90) of Spartak
Iva Musulin (170-G-84) of Radivoj Korac
Tina Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) of Radivoj Korac
Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) of Hemofarm
Mirjana Beronja (170-G-86) of Partizan
Verica Stojiljkovic (166-G-79) of Radnicki KG
Milica Kravic (180-F-85) of Proleter
Maja Skoric (184-F-89) of Celarevo

All-Domestic Players Team
Biljana Stankovic of Hemofarm
Jovana Vukoje of Vozdovac
Dajana Butulija of Partizan
Ivana Grubor of Radivoj Korac
Jelena Velinovic of Crvena Zvezda

All-Imports Team
Sheena Moore of Partizan
Maja Milutinovic (177-G-87) of Hemofarm
Sasa Cado of Hemofarm
Anja Stupar of Vojvodina
Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75) of Hemofarm

All Defensive Team
Marija Prlja of Vozdovac
Dunja Prcic (180-G-87) of Partizan
Anja Stupar of Vojvodina
Marina Moraca (180-F-85) of Celarevo
Tijana Ajdukovic of Spartak

All-Newcomers Team
Marija Prlja of Vozdovac
Milena Radosevic (173-G/F-87) of Celarevo
Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) of Kovin, then she moved to Radivoj Korac
Ivana Jovanovic (185-F/C-85) of Proleter
Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) of Radivoj Korac


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Kranjska Gora into finals - by Zeljko Zule
Hit Kranjska Gora advanced into their fourth straight Play-Off Finals by crushing AJM Maribor 92-59 in do-or-die Game 3. Kranjska Gora scored 14 straight points to take a lead 26-12 in the second quarter and led by as many as 40 points. Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) had 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, Natalia Tratisak Terglav collected 13 points and 10 rebounds and Simona Jurse scored 14 points. AJM was outrebounded 19-36. Ljubica Kure posted 23 points and Kristina Baltic added 10.
Best-of-five Final Series Merkur Celje-Hit Kranjska Gora will start on May,4.


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Damligan Finals: Solna Vikings win Game Three - by Eurobasket News
Finals, Game 3: Solna Vikings - 08 Stockholm HR 56-47 (2-1)

Solna Vikings managed to cut the deficit in their Finals series against 08 Stockholm to 2-1 after winning Game Three. Using the home court advantage, Solna players worked hard in order to secure 56-47 win. It was a closely contested match from the start, marked by low scoring and lots of mistakes. Game started off with teams exchanging basket for basket for most of the period. As result, after initial 10 minutes of play the score stood at 15-15. The second quarter did not bring many changes, but Solna was able to mount a mini 4-0 run. This gave them advantage which they managed to keep until the end of the period. Teams went for halftime break with Solna holding onto 29-25 lead. After the breather, hosts were still in control but it was evident that the importance of the match was causing both teams to commit mistakes. The game has entered the final period with hosts still in the lead with the score standing at 45-39. The final 10 minutes again brought a lot of missed open shots and nervousness from both sides. In a low scoring quarter Solna won 11-8 which gave them overall 56-47 win.
Josefin Olheim (176-G-86) led the way for Solna as she scored 15 points on the night. Maria Gultekin (166-G-90) added 13 points while Ofa Tulikihihifo (180-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Cal.St. Northridge)chippe chiped in 10. On the other side, Martina Staalvant (175-G-89) and Agnes Nordstrom (181-G-88) were the only players in double digits after they scored 12 and 13 points respectively.

Solna: Josefin Olheim 15, Maria Gultekin 13, Ofa Tulikihihifo 10, Christy Bacon 8, Katarina Andersson 6, Michaela Livijn 4.
08 Stockholm: Martina Staalvant 13, Agnes Nordstrom 12, Kadidja Andersson 8, Farhiya Abdi 5, Nina Risto 4, Anna sterman 3, Sandra Ngoie-Hasahya 2.



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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Awards 2009-10 - by Eurobasket
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Celeste Trahan
Trahan
Ofelia Villarroel
Villarroel
Rhonda Price
Price
Sakellie Daniels
Daniels
Cameo Hicks
Hicks
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Player of the Year: Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) of BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket
Guard of the Year: Ofelia Villarroel (174-G-78) of Sdent Sierre Basket
Forward of the Year: Cameo Hicks (178-G/F-84) of Canti Riva Basket Ceresio
Center of the Year: Celeste Trahan (184-C-85) of BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket
Newcomer of the Year: Pauline Winkler (173-F/C-88) of BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket
Most Improved Player of the Year: Caroline Turin (173-F-87) of Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin
Bosman Player of the Year: Simona Soda (185-F-74) of Helios Basket
Import Player of the Year: Celeste Trahan (184-C-85) of BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket
Domestic Player of the Year: Jalinka Michaux (175-F-87) of Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin
Defensive Player of the Year: Sakellie Daniels (170-G-84) of Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin
Coach of the Year: * too many changes this season to give this award to anybody (3 teams changed coaches, 1 team quit)

1st Team
Sakellie Daniels (170-G-84) of Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin
Ofelia Villarroel (174-G-78) of Sdent Sierre Basket
Cameo Hicks (178-G/F-84) of Canti Riva Basket Ceresio
Celeste Trahan (184-C-85) of BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket
Megan Skouby (193-C-86) of Canti Riva Basket Ceresio

2nd Team
Janese Banks (178-G-86) of BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket
Jalinka Michaux (175-F-87) of Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin
Rhonda Price (185-F-80) of Esperance Sportive Pully
Simona Soda (185-F-74) of Helios Basket
Aminata Diop (196-C-83) of Esperance Sportive Pully

Honorable Mention
Jeanette Woodberry (172-G-85) of BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket
Caroline Turin (173-F-87) of Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin
Diodio Diouf (170-G-84) of Esperance Sportive Pully
Lindsey Hicks (185-F-81) of Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin
Ildiko Szakacs (187-F-81) of Sdent Sierre Basket
Rhona McKenzie (183-F-76) of Sdent Sierre Basket
Jamila Griffith (183-G/F-82) of Esperance Sportive Pully

All-Domestic Players Team
Jalinka Michaux (175-F-87) of Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin
Caroline Turin (173-F-87) of Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin
Alexia Rol (170-G-82) of Sdent Sierre Basket
Judit Jakab (178-F-89) of Canti Riva Basket Ceresio
Sabrina Dealbi (183-F/C-82) of Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin

All-Imports Team
Sakellie Daniels (170-G-84) of Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin
Ofelia Villarroel (174-G-78) of Sdent Sierre Basket
Cameo Hicks (178-G/F-84) of Canti Riva Basket Ceresio
Celeste Trahan (184-C-85) of BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket
Megan Skouby

All-Bosmans Team
Noemie Mayombo (171-G-91) of Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin
Simona Soda (185-F-74) of Helios Basket
Ildiko Szakacs (187-F-81) of Sdent Sierre Basket
Tina Moen (183-G-86) of Sdent Sierre Basket
Megan Skouby (193-C-86) of Canti Riva Basket Ceresio

All-Defensive Team
Sakellie Daniels (170-G-84) of Sdent Nyon Basket Feminin
Diodio Diouf (170-G-84) of Esperance Sportive Pully
Janese Banks (178-G-86) of BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket
Ofelia Villarroel (174-G-78) of Sdent Sierre Basket
Aminata Diop (196-C-83) of Esperance Sportive Pully


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Terrific 12: the best HS talent for the next couple of seasons - by David Edole
The Terrific twelve is a peek into the future of what talent is available in the Virgin Islands. This year twelve are exceptional and could help a college or university out there.

1. Shaniqua Wheatley, Class 2012, 5-7, Guard, Charlotte Amalie
How could the sixth-man of the year be the best player in the league? Talented, gifted, athletic, smooth, easy are words to describe Wheatley. She makes the game look easy. The junior to be can do everything on the basketball court. She is tremendous passer, scorer and can do things no one else in the territory can do. She brings the 'wow' to womens basketball. Years from now Wheatley could be someone that sets a college record in scoring or someone that has failed to fulfill their potential.
NEEDS: I think she gets bored because her skill level is superior to others. Work ethic needs to improve. Will be as good as she wants to be.
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2. Lanese Bough (92), Class 2011, 5-7, Guard, Central High
The coachs daughter showed me a lot at the Sunstroke Classic. Her ability to play on the ball defense opened my eyes. She even stopped turning the ball over which was her Achilles heel. She is looking like the player I thought she could have been. Bough has the ability to hit the 15 foot outside jumper, if she develops a three point shot she will be a tough defensive matchup for any player.. She still has slick passes and is a strong guard.
NEEDS: Work on the outside jump shot. Control turnovers.

3. Kelssy Trass, Class 2012, 5-6, Guard, Charlotte Amalie
De La as she is best known by is a combo guard who can score and pass. I saw her play in a scrimmage game against college players, but she has yet to equal that mark against any of the local teams. Versus the college players she chose her spots and didnt do too much on her way to 20 points. If she does what she suppose to do I think she is a Division I player. But she needs to work hard. Trass could be a great point guard if dedicated to being a point guard. If she thinks pass first, Charlotte Amalie will be a tough out.
NEEDS: Get in SHAPE!

4. Veronique Llanos (92), Class 2011, 5-8, Forward, Complex
The MVP of the Sunstroke Classic led St. Croix to an upset of their St. Thomas counterparts. Llanos was tough inside and out. She hit a big three pointer at the half to give St. Thomas a big lead. Llanos was also tough on the boards. She fought amongst the trees and pulled down rebounds that did not belong to her.
NEEDS: Get in SHAPE!

5. Te'Andra Richardson, Class 2011, 5-11, Forward, Charlotte Amalie
The power-small forward in the Charlotte Amalie attack had an abysmal junior season. She rarely showed up and is in need of a break out season. Richardson has the ability to knock down her outside shot and is a GREAT rebounder. The athletic player has the BEST hands in the Virgin Islands. On a fast break everyone knows pass it to Richardson.
NEEDS: Work ethic was terrible last season (got a job). Ball handling and passing must improve to get to the next level.

6. Edidiong Utibe, Class 2013, 6-0, Center, Charlotte Amalie
How could a then 13 year old be playing varsity? Welcome to Utibes world. The 6-foot center is already a good rebounder. Anything in her vicinity is grabbed and held on too like a vice grip. Utibe is a natural, instinctive player that is good around the basket. Easily a division I player after her four years is up,
I saw her take a jump shot and I think she could develop a great jumper.
NEEDS: Improve work ethic, foot work and a better understanding of weak side defense.

7. Jayda Edwards, Class 2012, 5-8, Forward, Central High
Edwards made a name for herself after hitting a deep three pointer in a win over Charlotte Amalie. The junior to be excels in knocking down open jump shots off the penetration. She can also rebound a bit and has a basketball body. She had a 16 point game vs. the Lady Hawks and could be a star in the making.
NEEDS: Improve ball handling, Get in SHAPE!

8. Sakile Brathwaite-Hall, Class 2011, 6-0, Center, Antilles
Good body, good court awareness, handles ball good around the basket. Could develop into an inside threat. Sakile is a real physical player that needs to stay in the gym. Being the fact so big and physical I think she can play on the next level.
NEEDS: Stay in a gym all summer and work on low post game.

9. Kristen Edney, Class 2012, 6-0, Forward, Country Day
Edney only played a third of the season with Country Day. Edney is good rebounder and has a nice mid range jumper. She plays hard all the time. Edney could easily lead the territory in double-doubles.
NEEDS: Improve conditioning.

10. Rhea Simon, Class 2012, 5-10, Forward, Seventh Day Adventist
It is a shame what has been going on with this young lady for two seasons. Seventh Day Adventist School has not played basketball and has had Rhea Simons development in limbo. Simon is an athletic beast. When I saw her in a pick-up game all I could do is shake my head. She jumps real well and is lightning quick with the basketball. We dont know how good she can be
NEEDS: To play in Interscholastic.

11. Akia 'Mookie' Frett, Class 2014, 5-4, Guard, Bertha C. Boschulte
Frett was the best middle school player in the territory. She is quick with the basketball and her anticipation in passing lanes in unbelievable for a person her age. She has added a jump shot to the repertoire and has even knocked down some three pointers. Her game has developed nicely since her seventh grade year. Her court vision is second to none and if she plays for any of the big three public schools she can change a bad program around instantly.
NEEDS: Going right, ball handling and finish using her right.

12. Kadeesha Barry, Class 2013, 5-5, Guard, Central High
Barry is St. Croixs answer to Akia Frett. She is also left handed and has the best pump fake in the territory. I saw her play in the Bertha C. Boschulte middle school tournament and the Sun Stroke All V.I. Hoop classic. A dangerous three point shooter and has the ability to get to the rim on the left side. In order to make herself more appealing to college coaches she must be able to go right
NEEDS: Going right, ball handling and finish using her right



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  WBCBL - Women  


NYC Franchise to hold FREE Tryout - by Willie McCray
DON'T MISS YOUR LAST CHANCE!!!

The 2009 WBCBL EAST COAST Regional Champions, 'New York City Franchise' has arranged a 'FREE' Tryout session to offer players one last chance to join the team for the 2010 season. Tryouts will be held Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm at Washington Irving High - located at 40 Irving Place in New York, NY 10003.

Come and tryout for this professional and competitive team as we gear up for another Division Title and a Championship run! Tryout is free. Team selections will be made and posted after the Final May 1, 2010 tryout. For more information, please contact Coach Nelson at (347) 374-9655 or email: NYCWBCBL@AOL.COM
- The New York City WBCBL Franchise