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ABA Rookie/Free Agent Camp announced - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association and the Southwest Division will open their first-ever Open Rookie/Free Agent Camp on Saturday, July 24 at the Grawyler Recreation Center in Dallas, Texas in preparation for summer league action. The ABA Open Rookie/Free Agent Camp is design to assist incoming rookies and free agents from this past season to secure basketball contracts towards the upcoming 2010-11 ABA season. This is your opportunity to be seen by multiple teams in the Southwest Division at once instead of attending each individual team tryouts. All participating teams in the Southwest Division will practice twice a day through Tuesday and then have a single practice session on Wednesday, August 4, before traveling to participate in the inaugural Lonestar Professional Basketball League from August 5-9 at the Odessa College. In addition to the West Texas Whirlwinds and the Texas RimRockers, the Oklahoma Stallions, Texas Fuel, Austin Capitols and Union City Ballers will field squads. The summer league will feature a schedule of five games on each day, with every team playing each other once over the course of the event.
After returning for a few additional days of practice, Each team will head East for the 2010 Lonestar Revue in Dallas, Texas. The event will take place from August 27-29.
RimCast TV is scheduled to televise a number of games, including both for the Lonestar Professional Basketball League and the Lonestar Revue.
For more information about this event, please email us at:
or please contact Jonathan Bentley 915.538.8930

Location: Grawyler Recreation Center
Address: 7780 Harry Hines, Dallas 75235
Times: 9am - 5pm *CST.
Registration Cost: $50.00 Late/ Walk-In: $75
Please click here to register:

August 5 - *9am - 9pm
August 6 - *9am - 9pm
August 7 - *9am - 9pm
August 8 - *9am - 9pm
August 9 - *9am - 9pm

LONESTAR REVUE (August 27-29)
August 27- *9am - 9pm
August 28- *9am - 9pm
August 29- *9am - 9pm
All times are CST

ABA returns to Indianapolis - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced that it will return next season to Indianapolis, Indiana, the birthplace of the original ABA and the Indiana Pacers. According to Joe Newman , ABA CEO, 'This is long overdue. We did have a team in Indianapolis during the first two years of the new ABA and it was one of the most successful teams in terms of attendance. The team had a huge following. Unfortunately, the business model of the league at that time did not justify continuing the operations. With the new ABA business model, if the new owners can duplicate the success of that team, and there is no reason they cannot do that, Indianapolis will again be one of the great ABA cities. We are very excited about the return of the ABA to Indianapolis and are very excited about this ownership group. Talk about experience - they are outstanding in every way.'
The ownership group of the Indianapolis Drive will be led by Speedway, Indiana native Tim Hicks, a graduate of Ben Davis High School. Tim is the owner of VIP Management and Talent Agency, a company he founded in 1990 with his first client being NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. His firm also manages fan clubs for former Indiana Pacer Rik Smits and Indianapolis 500 Mile race winner Al Unser. Tim has worked with Penske Racing, the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Ice, Indiana Twister professional soccer, Racing Professionals Indy car racing team and owns GodSpeed Co Marketing, Hicks Management Company, Public Relations Professional and WIN West Indy Network. 'Joe and I have known one another for many years,' stated Hicks. 'I worked closely with him in the early days of the ABA and the Indiana team. I know the league and what it takes to be successful. The time is right. There is no other professional sports league like the ABA. The history of the league is second to none, and now, with all of the new teams and ease of travel, unique rules, plus ABA Global, I cannot see why we will be anything but very successful.' 'Our goal is to load the team with players from Indiana, Purdue, Butler, Ball State, IUPUI, Marian, Indiana State, Manchester, Hanover, Evansville, Notre Dame and other great area schools,' continued Hicks. 'We will be local, we will be competitive, you can bank on that. And, one other thing, we are not going to charge the city of Indianapolis $15 million dollars a year for the right to see exciting, fun-filled, high scoring professional basketball at affordable prices. Like Tony George at the Indianapolis Speedway, we will not be a burden to the taxpayers.'
For more information, call 317 294 0909, email
or visit (Team website will be up shortly).

Philippines National team defeats the San Diego Surf - by Gianni Pascucci
In a historic international faceoff, the Philippine National Basketball Team, Smart Gilas, pulled off a narrow win Sunday over the San Diego Surf in the first of a three-game ABA Friendship Game series to play out in Los Angeles and Riverside counties through April 27. From the HourGlass Arena at Miramar College, the first two quarters ended with no more than an eight-point spread favoring Smart Gilas. Smart Gilas led by 12 points in the final half but their 18 turnovers fueled a rally by San Diego Surf. In what looked to be a certain two-point win by the Surf, Smart Gilas Mark Barroca (6'6''-F/C-88) launched the game-clinching shot with 4.3 seconds remaining. The Surfs Matt Vaughn (6'0''-G-83, college: Colorado Christian) had 22 points and six rebounds and Cameron Koford added 19 points and 5 rebounds and Greg Clark (6'7''-F-78, college: Washington) added 15. Continuing as the teams assist leader, Willie Hall (6'0''-G) offered up seven assists and 18 total points. The game ended 94-93 for the Smart Gilas team

Various ABA Tryouts announced - by Gianni Pascucci
- The expansion ABA team Oklahoma Stallions that begin play next season have announced a second tryout camp for Saturday, May 1st from 1pm-4pm with registration beginning at 11am. Place: Woodson Gymnasium, 3404 South May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK.
For more information, visit
or email or call 405 210 2467
- The ABA expansion Columbus Diesels announced its first three tryout camps for this spring and summer. 'We have great talent in Indiana from schools like Butler, IU, IUPUI, Purdue, Notre Dame, Manchester, Hanover, Ball State, Indiana State and others,' stated Rex Voils, owner of the team. 'There's no doubt in our minds that we will have a very competitive and very local team. We're excited.' The tryout are schedukled as follows: May 15th at Muncie High School from 12noon-3pm - Muncie, IN, June 19th at Ben Davis High School from 12noon-3pm - Indianapolis, IN and August 8th at Madison High School from 12noon-3pm - Madison, IN For complete details, email
or call 219 405 1585 or 812 327 0680
- The North Texas Fresh will have tryouts for 2010 season on Saturday, May 29th following a game on the 30th for the tryout players against an ABA Southwest Division Team to test their skills in regular game play. The tryouts will be held at a private location in the Tarrant County area and players will need to register for tryouts on the North Texas Fresh website in order to receive location details and itinerary. For more information on the May 29th tryouts please contact the Fresh by email at
and/or register to tryout online for location details.
- The ABA Las Vegas Aces have scheduled their first tryout camp for the upcoming sason on May 28th and 29th. According to team owner Todd Tripplett, 'We have an exciting new home for our team next season and want to gear up early to make a run for the ABA Championship. This will be the first in a series of tryouts and it would be wise to get an early jump. And there is no more exciting city or better place to play than the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas.' The tryout will be held at the Dula Memorial Gymnasium at 441 East Bonanza Road in Las Vegas, NV 89110 and will run from 3-5pm both days. For complete details and more information, contact Mr. Marinelli at 702 756 7999 or email


Partizan getting the training center - by Milan Jovanovic
Aftet the historical placement on Euroleague Final 4 tournament, Serbian Ministry of Sports decided to present Partizan Basketball Club with a brand new training center.
The arena will be 1600m2 big, just 350 seats because the purpose is mainly practicing.
Besides basketball, it will also be able to be used by handball and volleyball teams, and city of Belgrade is to help with finding the proper location.
Plans are already ready, and Minister Samardzic-Markovic and Partizan president Danilovic already agreed it suits Partizan completelly.


TNA Semifinals: Third games - by Eurobasket News
El Nacional - Argentino 74-62
El Nacional outplayed Argentino last night coming to 1-2 in the series. Ije Nwankwo (201-F-85, college: Cleveland St.) stepped up for the hosts with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Alexis Elsener (196-G-88) and Mario Sepulveda (200-F-77) added 15 points each. In the loosing squad Pablo Espinoza (195-F-87) collected 12 points and 8 boards.

Bragado - San Mart.C. 77-84
San Martin C is 2-1 up after last night's 77-84 road win against Bragado. Brice Assie (201-F-83, college: W.Connecticut) was a key player in victory as he scored 28 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Mariano Ceruti (194-F-79) helped with 22 pts. On the other side, Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78, college: Georgetown, KY) came up with 24 points and 8 boards.

Stats Leaders - TNA
Points Per Game
 Brice ASSIE
  San Mart.C.
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Assie, San Mart.C.21.5 
 2. Miller, Bragado19.9 
 3. Leith, Firmat SF16.5 
 4. Nwankwo, El Nacional16.3 
 5. Williams, Independ.T.16.1 
 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
  Belgrano SN
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Truscott, San M.9.1 
 2. Williams, Independ.T.8.1 
 3. Leith, Firmat SF8.1 
 4. Espinoza, Argentino8.0 
 5. Williams, Club 97.9 
 6. Assie, San Mart.C.7.8 
 7. Wilkerson, Ciclista7.4 
 8. Benjamin, San M.7.0 
 9. Miller, Bragado6.5 
 10. Kornegay, A.Ita.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Julian OLMEDO
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Olmedo, Bragado4.5 
 2. Gandoy, Belgrano SN3.4 
 3. Palacios, Firmat S.2.7 
 4. La Bella, Obera TC2.6 
 5. Forastieri, Club 92.6 
 6. Ceci, Argentino2.5 
 7. Ceruti, San M.2.5 
 8. Sartorelli, San M.2.5 
 9. Bernhardt, San M.2.3 
 10. Luchino, San M.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Gregorio ESEVERRI
  Belgrano SN
  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. Castets, Obera TC1.8 
 6. La Bella, Obera TC1.8 
 7. Castelli, Independ.T.1.7 
 8. Fernandez, Alma J.1.6 
 9. Luchino, San M.1.5 
 10. Fabio, Obera TC1.5 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Espinoza, Argentino1.4 
 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. Nwankwo, El Nacional0.9 
 8. Martina, Club 90.8 
 9. Francis, Argentino0.8 
 10. Centeno, A.Italiana0.6 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Deteri MAYES
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Mayes, Gmunden20.5 
 2. Houston, Arkadia20.4 
 3. Penigar, Furstenf.19.4 
 4. Francois, Gussing19.4 
 5. Parker, Oberwart18.9 
 6. Roderick, Arkadia18.7 
 7. Mahalbasic, Worth.18.4 
 8. Paez, Oberwart18.1 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg17.2 
 10. Youngblood, Furstenf.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Johnson, Oberwart8.7 
 2. Mahalbasic, Worth.8.6 
 3. Houston, Arkadia8.4 
 4. Conley, Wels7.8 
 5. McCandies, Worth.7.8 
 6. Penigar, Furstenf.7.6 
 7. Forrestal, UBSC G.7.6 
 8. Heard, Gussing7.5 
 9. Moric, Klostern.6.6 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kelvin PARKER
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Parker, Oberwart6.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.6.2 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden5.4 
 4. Schreiner, St.Po.5.0 
 5. Danek, Arkadia4.9 
 6. Lanegger, UBSC G.4.8 
 7. Woschank, Kapfe.4.4 
 8. Zeleznik, UBSC G.4.1 
 9. O''Neal, Vienna3.7 
 10. Creddle, Klostern.3.7 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2
 1. Boylan, Gmunden2.0 
 2. Payton, Vienna2.0 
 3. O''Neal, Vienna1.9 
 4. Roderick, Arkadia1.9 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.1.9 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.1.8 
 7. Zeleznik, UBSC G.1.8 
 8. Richards, Gussing1.7 
 9. Jandl, St.Polten1.6 
 10. Moore, Wels1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shelton COLWELL
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Colwell, Furstenfeld1.4 
 2. Heard, Gussing1.1 
 3. Anderson, Vienna1.0 
 4. Mahalbasic, Worth.0.7 
 5. Bralovic, Arkadia0.7 
 6. Levy, Oberwart0.7 
 7. Kohlmaier, St.Polten0.7 
 8. Roderick, Arkadia0.7 
 9. Francois, Gussing0.6 
 10. Youngblood, Furstenf.0.6 


Lakers remain unbeaten - by Justin Marville
THEY OWN BASKETBALL titles, but never before have the Lumber Company Lakers opened a Premier League season 6-0.

And the 'softer' part of their schedule is still to come.

The unbeaten league leaders overcame a poor start to their sixth straight victory by restricting a tired Sagicor Tridents to just five second quarter points, before pulling away late in the fourth of Sunday's 67-56 triumph at the Wildey Gymnasium.

This wasn't supposed to be the plot for a Lakers team that was written off by many after losing three key players in the offseason, and which is still awaiting the return of another three overseas-based members.

However, the Husbands men had a plot twist instead while downing the more heralded Station Hill, Clapham and Pinelands, leaving them with just two teams with winning records (Jackson, Warriors) left in their remaining five first-round games.

And the short-handed Tridents, who also played the previous night, were supposed to signal start of this 'soft' schedule after the Lakers had just come off from successive wins against the champion Cavs and Bulls.

But the schoolboys didn't look like the ones who were contesting their second game in as many nights while Lakers posted a season-low 11 points to fall behind by five in a flat first-quarter effort.

No one got anything going offensively outside of the prolific guard Keefe Birkett, not while Tridents consistently beat them up and down the floor in a period marked more for the shots that were missed rather than scored.

Those roles were reversed with the onset of the second though, as schoolboys weary legs took their toll against Lakers subsequent full court defence.

It resulted in the Tridents going scoreless for the first five minutes of the quarter while their opponents scored eight unanswered behind the third Birkett jumper of the half and successive field goals from Derek Browne and Jamar King.

Schoolboys' only reprieve was that Lakers weren't much better for the rest of the second, managing just a further five free throws in five minutes in their 24-21 half-time advantage.

But Lakers' fortunes at the offensive end improved, and their lead followed suit, when centre Andre Boadu began to take advantage of his smaller counterparts in the ensuing third.

Surviving Nicholai Williams' initial eight-point onslaught, Boadu responded by scoring nine points as part of a 17-6 run that pushed his sides lead to double digits (43-33) towards the end of the quarter.

Schoolboys threatened briefly at the start of the fourth though, getting as close as four points (50-46) on a tough Daniel Lovell lay-up after another Williams outburst.

However, their small-ball line-up wasn't able to keep Lakers off the offensive glass, instantly leading to second chance baskets for Birkett, King and Ormond Haynes as the Lakers put away the contest via a 13-6 run (63-52) before King added a string of free throws for the final margin.

Birkett led all scorers with 18 points, Boadu added 13 and Adrian Allman scored 11 for the Lakers, who have a ten-day layoff until their next game against Cougars.

Williams top-scored for Tridents with 18 points, Manuel Alleng had 11 and Lovell ended with ten.

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


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

Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Timothy BLACK
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Black, Antwerp17.7 
 2. Greene, Aalstar17.1 
 3. Melson, Gent16.2 
 4. McNeal, M.Hainaut15.3 
 5. Thomas, Liege15.1 
 6. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.15.0 
 7. Green, Liege14.5 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende14.3 
 9. Banks, Liege14.3 
 10. Torbert, M.Hainaut13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Thomas, Liege9.4 
 2. Ebong, M.Hainaut8.1 
 3. Randle, Gent8.0 
 4. Young, Leuven7.6 
 5. Merriex, Aalstar7.3 
 6. Brown, Antwerp7.1 
 7. Pelle, Oostende6.6 
 8. Hilliard, Verviers.6.4 
 9. Greene, Aalstar6.4 
 10. Beghin, Antwerp5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Stanley BURRELL
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Burrell, Verviers.4.8 
 2. Gill, Oostende4.7 
 3. Green, Liege4.0 
 4. Bosco, Gent4.0 
 5. Loubry, Gent3.9 
 6. Johnson, Charleroi3.6 
 7. Tabu, Charleroi3.0 
 8. Hamilton, Charleroi3.0 
 9. Black, Antwerp2.6 
 10. Wilson, Aalstar2.5 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Stokes, Aalstar2.5 
 2. Gill, Oostende2.5 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.2.0 
 6. Thomas, Liege2.0 
 7. Greene, Aalstar1.9 
 8. Anderson, Leuven1.9 
 9. Pelle, Oostende1.8 
 10. Green, Liege1.8 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.3 
 2. Pelle, Oostende1.0 
 3. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 4. Wilkinson, Charleroi1.0 
 5. Barber, Aalstar0.7 
 6. Young, Leuven0.7 
 7. Randle, Gent0.7 
 8. McNeal, M.Hainaut0.6 
 9. Tofi, Verviers-Pep.0.6 
 10. Drobnjak, Oostende0.5 


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


Paraiso basketball team has new players - by Paulo Freire
The team of Paraiso Basketball is working for their rehabilitation in the Novo Milnio Tournament on Saturday, May 1, for the second round of the first phase of the competition. His opponent will be the Americana Basketball.

For this game coach Jefferson Louis Teixeira will count with his new faces on their roster: the already announced point guard Otavio, others new acquisitions is powerforward Leandro Buboltz who played the NBB for Assis, the 2.00 m tall and 102 kg, played college basketball in the United States and in Brazil had played for teams of the South, it was also presented the young swingman Luis Felipe that was playing in Suzano Basketball Team.

Otavio Troyano (188-G/F-80) and Leandro Buboltz (198-F-83) was both comming from the bench in Assis on the 2009-2010 NBB.


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. Zadar 9-0 
 2. Cedevita 8-1 
 3. Cibona 7-2 
 4. KK Zagreb CO 5-4 
 5. Zabok 3-6 
 6. Svjetlost 2-7 
 7. Darda 1-8 
 8. Trogir 1-8 
Group B
 1. Borik 7-3 
 2. Dubrava 6-4 
 3. KK Split 6-4 
 4. Dubrovnik 5-5 
 5. Kastela 3-7 
 6. Sibenik 3-7 

Croatian A1 Round 9 - by Milord Nikolic
KK Zadar was dominant against shorthanded Svjetlost Slavonski Brod and crushed them 130-73! Tomislav Ruzic (208-F/C-79) was the best home scorer with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Matej Karlovic (200-F-89) scored 30 points (6 three pointers). Elsewhere Trogir ZP lost at home against KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje 69-86 and Cedevita Zagreb also won away against Vrijednosnice OS Darda 95-68.
Today there is one more game to be played between KK Cibona VIP Zagreb and KK Zabok. Anything then big victory for KK Cibona VIP Zagreb would be considered big suprise!

Standings - A2 League
A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Mladost Z. 19-3 
 2. Zrinjevac 18-4 
 3. Maksimir 15-7 
 4. Sanac Karl. 14-8 
 5. Kaptol 13-9 
 6. Hermes Anal. 12-10 
 7. Gorica 11-11 
 8. Samobor 9-13 
 9. Sisak 6-16 
 10. Rudes 6-16 
 11. Bosco 5-17 
 12. Fortuna 4-18 
Group East
 1. Belisce 15-5 
 2. Nasice 14-6 
 3. Vukovar 14-6 
 4. Osijek 2006 14-6 
 5. Valpovo 12-8 
 6. Mladost 11-9 
 7. Djakovo 11-9 
 8. Zupanja 8-12 
 9. Vinkovci 7-13 
 10. Virovitica 4-16 
 11. Klasije 2-18 
 12. Strmac 0-20 
Group North
 1. Medjimurje C. 20-2 
 2. Krizevci 18-4 
 3. Podravac Virje 15-7 
 4. SK Varazdin 15-7 
 5. Petar Zrinski 14-8 
 6. Bjelovar 11-11 
 7. Ivancica 9-13 
 8. Cakovec 9-13 
 9. Nedelisce 8-14 
 10. Radnik 6-16 
 11. Graficar 4-18 
 12. Mladost D. 3-19 
Group South
 1. Alkar Sinj 20-0 
 2. Vostarnica 12-8 
 3. Solin 11-9 
 4. Policnik 11-9 
 5. Jazine 11-9 
 6. Sibenka 4 8-12 
 7. Pet Bunara 8-12 
 8. DOSK 8-12 
 9. Cetina 7-13 
 10. Mislav 7-13 
 11. Omis Galeb 7-13 
Group West
 1. Torpedo 22-0 
 2. Crikvenica 17-5 
 3. Jadran 17-5 
 4. Kastav 12-10 
 5. Skrljevo 12-10 
 6. Kraljevica 11-11 
 7. Porec 9-13 
 8. Puris 9-13 
 9. Matulji 8-14 
 10. Jadranka 6-16 
 11. Pula 1981 6-16 
 12. Pleter 3-19 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Myles MCKAY
  USK Praha
  Avg: 23.1
 1. McKay, USK P.23.1 
 2. Thomas, Podebrady17.0 
 3. Smith, BC Kolin16.7 
 4. Hatcher, BK Decin16.1 
 5. Stuchly, NH Ostrava15.8 
 6. Meno, Basketbo.15.4 
 7. Castleberry, Podeb.15.1 
 8. Sarovic, Novy Jicin14.9 
 9. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.9 
 10. Mulligan, BK Decin14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tremaine FORD
  USK Praha
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ford, USK Praha11.1 
 2. Castleberry, Podeb.9.4 
 3. Meno, Basketbo.9.0 
 4. Burke, NH Ostrava8.1 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.7.5 
 6. Chan, BK Prostejov7.4 
 7. Houska, BK Decin7.0 
 8. Payne, NH Ostrava6.5 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.6.5 
 10. Klimes, USK Praha5.8 
Assists Per Game
  BC Kolin
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Jones, BC Kolin4.7 
 2. Sanders, Novy Jicin4.6 
 3. Mitchell, NH Os.4.5 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.4.4 
 5. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.3 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha4.2 
 7. Hatcher, BK Decin3.9 
 8. McKay, USK P.3.8 
 9. Vrubl, Basketbo.3.7 
 10. Wright, BK Pardu.3.5 
Steals Per Game
  BK Prostejov
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lawrence, BK Prost.2.4 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha2.3 
 3. Mitchell, NH Os.2.1 
 4. Wright, BK Pardu.2.0 
 5. McKay, USK P.1.9 
 6. Meno, Basketbo.1.9 
 7. Smith, BC Kolin1.8 
 8. Mulligan, BK Decin1.8 
 9. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 10. Necas, CEZ Nymburk1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ales CHAN
  BK Prostejov
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Chan, BK Prostejov1.6 
 2. Ford, USK Praha1.5 
 3. Walker, Novy Jicin1.4 
 4. Meno, Basketbo.1.3 
 5. Payne, NH Ostrava1.2 
 6. Castleberry, Podeb.1.1 
 7. Ricci, CEZ Nymburk1.0 
 8. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.0 
 9. Steffel, Novy Jicin0.9 
 10. Benda, CEZ Nymburk0.9 

NBL Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
BK Decin - BK Pardubice 72-75
Pardubice are now two up on Decin after they clinched a road win. Zbynek Pospisil (205-C-81, agency: PPGroup) scored 21 points and pulled down 6 caroms to lead the visitors. Marcus Arnold (207-F/C-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Admir Alic (198-F-84) answered with 17 points for Decin. Miroslav Soukup (200-F-82) had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

USK Praha - BK Prostejov 59-80
Prostejov fired past USK Praha in the capital to secure 2-0 lead in the series. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) stepped up with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Prostejov. Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) netted 19 points in the victory. Vojtech Hruban (200-F-89) answered with 14 points for USK Praha.

BC Kolin - CEZ Nymburk 57-90
Nymburk posted the second straight win over Kolin. This time the defending champions celebrated on the road. Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) stepped up with 15 points to pace the charge. Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) added 12 points in the victory. Stanislav Zuzak (206-F/C-80, college: Cal-Irvine) responded with 15 points for Kolin.


D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 37-13 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 32-18 
 3. Dakota W. 29-21 
 4. Ft.Wayne MA 22-28 
 5. Erie Bay H. 21-29 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 34-16 
 2. Austin T. 32-18 
 3. Maine R.Claws 27-23 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 27-23 
 5. Albuquerque 18-32 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 28-22 
 2. Utah F. 28-22 
 3. Idaho S. 25-25 
 4. Bakersfield J. 17-33 
 5. Los Angeles D. 16-34 
 6. Springfield A. 7-43 

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Rio Grande
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Harris, Rio Grande27.2 
 2. Almond, Springfi.26.8 
 3. Williams, Sioux F.26.4 
 4. Johnson, Sioux F.23.3 
 5. Farmer, Reno B.23.3 
 6. Powell, Albuquerque22.2 
 7. Taylor, Idaho S.21.9 
 8. McLeod, Albuquer.21.8 
 9. Jerrells, Austin T.21.4 
 10. Gee, Austin T.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Phoenix Suns
  Avg: 16
 1. Jones, Austin T.16.0 
 2. Dorsey, Rio Grande13.2 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.12.0 
 4. Johnson, Sioux F.11.2 
 5. Harris, Rio Grande10.4 
 6. Barron, Iowa E.10.2 
 7. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA10.1 
 8. Benson, Reno B.10.1 
 9. Simpson, Los A.9.6 
 10. Bryant, Erie Bay H.9.5 
Assists Per Game
  Iowa E.
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.10.7 
 2. Conroy, Rio Grande9.6 
 3. Jackson, Erie B.7.4 
 4. Blalock, Reno B.7.4 
 5. Johnson, Bakersfi.7.1 
 6. Dickau, Ft.Wayne.7.1 
 7. Curry, Springfield A.7.1 
 8. Gaines, Idaho S.6.9 
 9. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers6.7 
 10. Barrett, Idaho S.6.7 
Steals Per Game
  Utah F.
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Greene, Utah F.2.5 
 2. Trepagnier, Iowa E.2.4 
 3. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers2.2 
 4. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Stinson, Iowa E.2.0 
 6. Robinson, Maine RC2.0 
 7. Robinson, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Jerrells, Austin T.1.9 
 9. McLeod, Albuquer.1.9 
 10. Robinson, Los A.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
  Maine RC
  Avg: 4
 1. Looby, Maine RC4.0 
 2. Stiemsma, Sioux F.3.7 
 3. Looby, Albuquerque3.3 
 4. Ajinca, Maine RC3.1 
 5. Simmons, Idaho S.2.9 
 6. Alleyne, Albuquerque2.2 
 7. Benson, Reno B.1.9 
 8. Trybanski, Reno B.1.8 
 9. Jones, Austin T.1.8 
 10. Davis, Maine RC1.6 

Last-second buzzer-beating three propels Vipers over 66ers 94-91 for NBA D-League title - by Eurobasket News
Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU) shot 12-of-17 from the field to lead the Tulsa 66ers with 25 points, but a last second banked in three-pointer from Craig Winder (6'2''-G-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Texas) propelled the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a 94-91 victory and the NBA D-League Championship on Tuesday at the State Farm Arena.

Owens and Deron Washington (6'7''-G/F-85, college: Virginia Tech) each scored six points during a first quarter that saw nine lead changes and two ties. Mike Mike Harris (6'6''-F-83, college: Rice) led the Vipers with six points, as they shot 10-for-22 from the field while the 66ers shot 9-for-19 in the quarter. Rio Grande Valley took a 24-22 lead into the break, following an Antonio Anderson conventional three-point play.

An 11-5 run to start the second quarter gave the Vipers a 35-27 lead after Julian Sensley (6'9''-F-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Hawaii) converted a conventional three-point play with 6:15 remaining in the first half. The 66ers battled back with a 16-6 run of their own and grabbed a 43-39 lead with 35 seconds remaining in the period following a Washington lay up. The 66ers took a 43-42 edge into halftime after shooting 9-for-21 from the field, while holding the Vipers to 7-for-23 shooting. Latavious Williams (6'8''-F-91) scored eight points in the second quarter for Tulsa, while Mike Harris scored seven for Rio Grande Valley.

The Vipers started the third quarter with an 11-4 run, taking a 53-47 lead with 8:49 remaining after a Jonathan Wallace (6'2''-G-86, college: Georgetown) lay-in. Again, the 66ers battled back with an 8-0 run, as a Washington jumper gave Tulsa a 55-53 edge with 5:09 left. There were four lead changes and five ties the remainder of the quarter, as the 66ers had a 67-64 lead going into the final quarter. Washington scored eight points as the 66ers shot 9-for-22, while Mike Harris had 11 points as the Vipers shot 8-for-20.

The 66ers built as much as a six-point advantage at 76-70 with 8:16 remaining in the game, after a Williams dunk. A Winder three-pointer with 6:09 on the clock sparked a 7-0 run for the Vipers, as they grabbed an 82-80 edge with 5:21 remaining in the game. Owens scored nine straight points for Tulsa, as they built an 89-84 lead with 2:38 on the clock. A lay up by Ernest Scott (6'7''-F-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Valdosta St.) and Mike Harris in back-to-back possessions for the Vipers tied the game at 91, leading to the last second victory. The 66ers shot 10-for-19 in the final quarter, as Owens scored 11 points. The Vipers connected on 12-of-24 attempts, as Winder had 14 points in the period.

Led by Owens, the 66ers finished with four players in double-figures scoring. Washington finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Williams came off the bench for 14 points and eight boards. JaJuan Smith (6'2''-G-85, college: Tennessee) added 13 points off the bench for Tulsa.

The Vipers were led by Harris with 26 points and 16 rebounds. Winder came off the bench for 16 points, while Will Conroy (6'2''-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) added 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Anderson added 11 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Rio Grande Valley.

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SANTIAGO FINALS: CDP TAKES THE win to go! - by Ozell Wells
SANTIAGO .- CDP is now one win away from winning the Grand Final in Santiago. After being led by Dustin Salisbery with 20 points and him being assisted by four players in double-figures. CDP had a relatively easy victory over Pueblo Nuevo 84-95.
Rod Benson was able to help Salisberry with 19 points, while Adris de Leon scored 17 and Bernardo Martinez, 10 points.

The first half was won by the CDP 51- 33, after an easy 1st quarter, where they won 25-17. The first half was dominated by Rod Benson who scored 16 points and blocked shot after shot defending the basket, allowing for the double digit half time lead.

After the halftime, Pueblo Nuevo battled back to win the 3rd period 24-19, cutting the double digit lead to only five points going into the final period.

The final stanza was when the fireworks began .Both teams battled back and forth but in the end, Pueblo Nuevo could only get as close as four points, and that in the last 3 minutes of the game. The last three minutes belonged to CDP as Franklin Matos unleashed from behind the three point line to effectively bury Pueblo Nuevo.

In the lost cause, Lennox McCoy scored 19 points, Alex Chambers 16, Eddie Elisma 15 with 11 from Luis Martinez and 10 from Victor Liz.

The next game will be Friday at 8:30 in the evening. With the series now standing in favor of CDP at 3-2, we expect to see a helluva show in the sixth game of the series.


EBA Standings
N Empire Div.
 1. New York W. 11-1 
 2. Elmira B. 9-3 
 3. Connecticut S. 4-7 
 4. Hudson V.H. 2-12 
N Mid-Atlantic Div.
 1. DE Destroyers 11-1 
 2. Harrisburg H. 9-2 
 3. Garden St. R. 6-7 
 4. Newark P. 0-12 
S Capital Div.
 1. Washington M. 11-2 
 2. NoVa H. 7-4 
 3. M. All-Stars 7-5 
 4. Alexandria A. 4-7 
 5. Beltway B. 1-10 
S Dominion Div.
 1. True Hope TB 10-1 
 2. Virginia W. 4-9 
 3. Salem M. 3-6 
 4. Hampton RC 1-11 


Superleague Standings
Superleague finals Standings
1-6 place
 1. Al Ittihad 18-1 
 2. Gezira 16-3 
 3. Somouha 8-11 
 4. Zamalek 6-13 
 5. Geish Army 5-14 
 6. Sporting 2-17 
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 

ITTHAD Brings Glory days back to Alexandria - by Sherif Soliman
Round 19: Itthad won everything this year , No one could ever stop the amaizing team, Itthad crushed Somouha 83-68 finishing the title before the final game Vs Gezira who came second. However, ITTHAD won 4 titles this season looking forward to win the Arab championship next month held in Alexandria. On the other Hand,Somouha came 3rd for the 1st time in Somouhas basketball history and i think they must be proud of that .While zamalek dropped to the 4th po. after a very difficult season for the team


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Charron FISHER
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.22.9 
 2. McGee, Kuremaa19.2 
 3. Kriisa, Rakvere16.8 
 4. Reed, Tallinna Kalev16.5 
 5. Covington, Tallin.16.4 
 6. Toome, TTU K.16.1 
 7. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.15.4 
 8. Raap, Parnu15.2 
 9. Tamsalu, Parnu15.1 
 10. Veideman, Rakvere15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brett MCGEE
  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.8.5 
 6. Rinkevicius, Valga W.8.0 
 7. Erm, Parnu7.9 
 8. Tagamets, Valga W.7.7 
 9. Anderson, Rakvere7.5 
 10. Talts, TU/Rock7.3 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kriisa, Rakvere4.6 
 2. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.2 
 4. Rannula, Valga Welg3.2 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock2.8 
 6. Tein, TU/Rock2.7 
 7. Saage, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Winston, Kuremaa2.6 
 9. Toome, TTU K.2.6 
 10. Pokla, TTU K.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Silver LEPPIK
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Covington, Tallin.2.2 
 3. Veideman, Rakvere2.1 
 4. Raap, Parnu2.1 
 5. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.2.1 
 6. Saage, Rakvere2.0 
 7. Karner, Parnu2.0 
 8. Kriisa, Rakvere1.7 
 9. Ringmets, Parnu1.7 
 10. Pokla, TTU K.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.2.3 
 2. Rinkevicius, Valga W.1.9 
 3. Toome, TTU K.1.5 
 4. Morrison, TU/Rock1.2 
 5. McGee, Kuremaa1.1 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock1.0 
 7. Hallik, Rakvere1.0 
 8. Anderson, Rakvere0.8 
 9. Kitsing, TU/Rock0.8 
 10. Ringmets, Parnu0.7 


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto and ToPo in the Finals - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, 2009-10 Finals: It's time for the Finals! After a long (44 rounds) regular season and play-off-games there are two teams left: Regular season winner Pyrinto (Tampere) and # 3 Torpan Pojat (Helsinki). Last season finalist YMCA Lahti (The Champion) didn't make even the play-off-games, another finalist Kataja (Joensuu) was # 7. Pyrinto and ToPo played four times against eachother and Pyrinto won all these four games. Regular season results: In October 68-65, in December 86-79, in January 100-89 and in March 78-69.
Pyrinto's key players are three Americans Damon Williams - Chris Hester - Kenneth Lowe. Two Finnish starters are probably Antero Lehto and Olli Ahvenniemi. Head Coach Pieti Poikola , 32, is the youngest coach in Top League and this is his second season on top level. Last season Pyrinto won bronze. Pyrinto has been four times in the finals with four silver as the result.
Torpan Pojat has won 23 medals during the 49 seasons team has played on top level. 17 times in the finals has given nine championships and eight silver medals. This ToPo roster is after the very first championship. There is not a player or coach who has won Finnish championship - by now. ToPo's possible starters Tyray Pearson - Obie Trotter -
Corey Smith - Hanno Mottola - Antti Niskanen are very hungry to win it all and become champions as well as Head Coach Tomi Kaminen , 40, who has been three times in the finals with three silver and nickname 'silver Tomppa' as the result.
Three wins are needed to win it all and the famous Panther statue. Game # 1 in Tampere on Thursday, April 29, game # 2 in Helsinki on Sunday, May 2 and game # 3 again in Tampere on Tuesday, May 4. That's for sure. Game # 4 in Helsinki on Thursday, May 6 (if needed) and game # 5 in Tampere on Saturday, May 8 (if needed).

KORISLIIGA: Kouvot wins first time bronze - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, bronze game: When Kouvot (Kouvola) defeated tonight KTP (Kotka) 86-73 (42-45) it was meaning, that Kouvot had won first bronze medals ever. Kouvot was playing 17th season on top level and team had been earlier six times in the finals. Kouvot has won three gold and three silver before this bronze. The quarters were: 28-18, 14-27, 23-14, 21-14. For KTP this season was # 53 in Top League. KTP has won 21 medals (6 gold - 6 silver - 9 bronze) during all those years. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82, agency: Rasmussen Services) and Kyle Shiloh (191-G-85, college: Nevada) led Kouvot with 21 pts each. Isaac Spencer (198-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Murray St.) led KTP with 21 pts as well.
The bronze game: Kouvot - KTP 86-73 (42-45) (Ville Kaunisto 21, Kyle Shiloh 21, Antti Kanervo 17, AJ Moye 16, Jukka Kataja 6, Ross Neltner 3/11, Antto Nikkarinen 2 - Isaac Spencer 21, Ian Young 16, Ryan McDade 14/10, Juho Lehtoranta 8, Mikael Holme 8, Ville-Pertti Lind 6).


NM1 Day 32: Reims, Godin and Blair in capital - by Chris Spiesser
Le Puy 83-92 Reims
Denain 84-80 GET Vosges
Blois 81-65 Saint-Chamond
Angers ESSL 82-81 Challans
Saint-Quentin 93-81 Livin
Bayonne 96-69 Saint-Etienne
Chlons 67-58 Angers BC
Cognac 80-66 Boulogne
Longwy 58-74 CFBB

Bayonne 91-63 CFBB (anticipated from Day 34)
CFBB 53-67 Reims (postponed from Day 29)

Week overview
The marnians started their final season rush with a win @Le Puy. The 11pts gap has been dug in the final minutes, shouldered by Stankus (23pts) and a peak performance by Julien Bestron. On the other side, Travarus Bennett also reached an over 30pts evaluation but he will need to pass through playoff to keep the ProB dream alive. Of course, this result had to be confirmed yesterday against the CFBB which was done by coach Gaudre's troup in a defensive effort. Those performances were also underlined by Challans' false move against the ESSL Angers. Reims is now two wins ahead and if Challans keeps the point average (+ 6pts), captain Bestron's squad needs only one more victory to join the upper level. The upcoming games will see Reims welcome Cognac before visiting Longwy. This looks, on the paper, like a red carpet. So Challans' one point loss could cost more than the victory to the vendeans who stumbled on a brilliant Thibault Lonzieme. The young guard nailed the decisive basket that lifts Angers over Epinal in the standings. The vosgians fought until overtime in Denain, but could not resist a Fred Minet on a special evening. Chalons maintained its place among the leader gruppetto with its home win over Angers BC, built on a fourth QT 26-12 mark. The defeated angevins share place 6 with Boulogne as the maritims also lost @Cognac, unable to countain Jonathan Godin. Cognac's PG set one of the cleanest NM1 sheet ever and deserves a special mention for this (see below). For the rest, we still have very exciting standings with only two wins between places 8 to 14 and good week operations by Blois, St-Quentin and Bayonne led by a gargantuesque Larry Blair. For this 32nd NM1 day, the future season MVP summed not less than 50 ranking points!

The roster of Day 32
Jonathan Godin (Cognac): 28pts (100% - 7/7 @2pts and 3/3 @3pts), 6rbs, 7ass, 3to, 5stl
Larry Blair (Bayonne): 48pts (9/11 3pts), 5rbs, 4ass, 3stl
Travarus Bennett (Le Puy): 32pts (65%), 4rbs, 3stl
Julien Bestron (Reims): 29pts (9/9 2pts), 10rbs
David Condouant (Blois): 17pts (7/11), 19rbs, 4ass
Fred Minet (Denain): 18pts, 6rbs, 5ass
Mathis Keita (CFBB): 17pts, 6rbs
Thibault Lonzieme (ESSL Angers): 12pts, 8rbs, 4ass
Ronald Yates (Boulogne): 29pts, 8rbs
Dan Aultman (Cognac): 16pts, 8rbs

Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Reims 23-9 
 2. Challans 21-11 
 3. Denain 20-12 
 4. Le Puy 20-12 
 5. Chalons 20-12 
 6. Boulogne 19-13 
 7. Angers BC 49 19-13 
 8. Blois 17-15 
 9. St Quentin 17-15 
 10. St Etienne 17-15 
 11. Denek 17-16 
 12. Lievin 16-16 
 13. Angers EOSL 15-17 
 14. Get Vosges 15-17 
 15. Cognac 13-19 
 16. St Chamond 13-19 
 17. Longwy 4-28 
 18. CFBB 3-30 


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Kumanovo 2009 22-4 
 2. Ultimate B. 22-5 
 3. ABA Strumica 22-5 
 4. Goce Delchev 19-8 
 5. Kozuv 17-9 
 6. Lirija 16-10 
 7. Gostivar 2009 15-12 
 8. Millenium 14-13 
 9. Vardar Centar 14-13 
 10. Ilinden 13-14 
 11. V.Lisici 13-14 
 12. Teteks 11-15 
 13. Negotino 7-20 
 14. Crn Dream 4-23 
 15. Akademia B. 3-24 
 16. Karpos Sokoli 2-25 

Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Karadzovski, Torus20.4 
 2. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje19.0 
 3. Cekovski, Rabotnicki18.9 
 4. Dimcevski, Vardar 18.7 
 5. Ristic, Ovce Pole18.7 
 6. Held, Ovce Pole17.3 
 7. Stojanovski, V.Osig.16.9 
 8. Held, Pelister15.7 
 9. Hadzibulic, Rabot.15.6 
 10. Life, Feni Indistrija15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Cekovski, Rabotnicki9.4 
 2. Krstevski, Vardar 8.1 
 3. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje7.7 
 4. Held, Pelister7.6 
 5. Gjorevski, MZT S.7.3 
 6. Ristic, Ovce Pole7.3 
 7. Dimcevski, Vardar 6.9 
 8. Televski, Pelister6.8 
 9. Held, Ovce Pole6.3 
 10. Knezevic, Feni I.6.1 
Assists Per Game
  Feni Indistrija
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Samardziev, Feni I.5.5 
 2. Karadzovski, Torus4.8 
 3. Kocov, Vardar 20004.7 
 4. Mladenovic, Ovce Pole4.7 
 5. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.2 
 6. Sokolov, Rabotnicki3.7 
 7. Trajkovski, Plejme.3.7 
 8. Tasevski, Torus3.6 
 9. Cekovski, Rabotnicki3.2 
 10. Ugrinoski, V.Osig.3.2 
Steals Per Game
  Vardar 2000
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Dimcevski, Vardar 1.7 
 2. Tasevski, Torus1.6 
 3. Bogojev, Feni I.1.6 
 4. Kocov, Vardar 20001.5 
 5. Dimitrovski, Rabot.1.4 
 6. Stojanovski, V.Osig.1.4 
 7. Held, Pelister1.4 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.1.3 
 9. Sokolov, Rabotnicki1.3 
 10. Life, Feni Indistrija1.3 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje2.5 
 2. Krstevski, Vardar 1.5 
 3. Televski, Pelister1.3 
 4. Kralevski, Plejme.1.0 
 5. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.8 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.0.8 
 7. Cekovski, Rabotnicki0.5 
 8. Bilbija, Ovce Pole0.5 
 9. Ilic, Vardar 20000.5 
 10. Dokuzovski, Rabot.0.4 


Eye To Eye With Tom Johnson (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Tom Johnson (agency: LBM Management ) is from Vancouver island Canada and is currently an assistant coach for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. As a player, he played professionally from 1994-2000 in countries like Italy, Belgium, France and Germany. In the 1999-2000 basketball season, he played for Giessen averaging 14.5 ppg., 3 rpg., 3apg. and 1.5 spg. He started his coaching career in Finland in 2001 and left for Belgium in 2004 where he coached teams like Scarlet Vilvoorde, Okapi Aalstar, Belgacom Liege Basket and Basket Bree . He spoke to eurobasket about his current coaching situation with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.

A win in Paderborn that could of been won by 20 points. Is a coach more disappointed at themselves or at the players when you cant win by a higher score?

The most important thing was the win. There is a new coaching staff and we have only been together a short time. We are always looking at becoming better and we expect a lot from our players.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were trailing 56-55 after three quarters and fell apart in the fourth quarter. What happened?

I think that it already started in the last minutes of the third quarter. We had problems getting high percentage shots on offense, had turnovers which led to Ludwigsburg transition baskets.

It seemed like Frankfurt was a bit unconcentrated and not motivated in the fourth quarter?

It may appear so that the team was unconcentrated, but when the offense is struggling then it can deflate your defense. When the offense is working, you seem to be more on your toes on defense. We seem to bring energy when we are behind by 10 points, but look deflated when we have the lead. We need to work on maintaining the lead more.

Were The Deutsche Bank Skyliners tired after playing two games in three days?

I would say no. It is never easy to play two games in three days, but we had had a good day of recovery on Saturday and we didnt do anything to have to be tired at the last part of the game.

You came very late to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. How difficult is it coming so late to a team in the season?

It is difficult. You cant really change much in the system, but clean up a little and get the players to their optimal level for the playoffs and get their confidence up.

What does a coach have to do to be successful quickly when coming into a new situation?

You have to get the players to their optimal level as quickly as possible. The players have to know to perform their best at a high level and you might have to clarify the roles a bit also. The players have to raise their level of play and gain confidence.

How did the contact come to the Deutsche Bank Skyliners?

I already had a good relationship to Gordie Herbert. We are both Canadians and Canadians stick together. I coached in Belgium in liege for some years and played a few test games in the BCM. I had had a connection to the Skyliners so it is a bit ironic how I got the job.

Describe your relationship to Gordie Herbert?

We have a passionate basketball relationship. Our interaction mostly has to do with basketball. We are always talking about players, strategies, or new dimensions about the game. We work well together and we both played for the Canadian national team in different eras.

What do you respect the most about coach Gordie Herbert?

His work ethic. He is always working, brainstorming and breaking down ways to fix things on the court. He also always is trying to help players get better. He is the hardest working coach that I have ever worked together with.

What is your strength as coach?

I think that I understand the game tactfully. I study the game diligently. I have energy, am hardworking and I like to be close to the players and get the most out of them.

What is your exact duty as assistant coach?

I do a lot of scouting of the opponents offense. I am not only in charge of the defense, but my job also crosses over to the offense. There is a lot of conversation between, me, Gordie and Klaus.

Are The Deutsche Bank Skyliners a championship team?

We can be a title team. We have to win on the road in the playoffs. I think that if we can win the first round then we will have the confidence and elevate and have the momentum. I think any team from 1-8 will have this possibility.

What do The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have to do to be successful in the playoffs?

Each individual on the team will have to be accountable for what happens on the floor. Each player has to do their job on the court. If each guy can reach the highest level and then play together as a team then we can be dangerous.

How do you like Frankfurt?

I like Frankfurt. I have not seen much since I am at the training facilities most of the time. The weather has gotten very nice and I like it here.

You have the Irish/Canadian citizenship. What was your childhood like?

I grew up on the west coast of Canada on Vancouver island. It was a great place to grow up. I played a lot of sport, got a good education, had a loving family and nice friends.

You played for Giessen in 1999-2000. What are your memories from the BBL back then?

The BBL was the best league that I ever played in. The BEKO BBL now has gone to a new level. There is so much paraity now and the competition is great. The facilities have improved and the league raised their level.

You also played in France, Belgium and Italy. Where was your most memorable place to play?

I had nice memories in all places, but Italy was great. I loved the culture, way of life and the food.

What is the main difference between the Belgium league and the BEKO BBL?

The biggest difference is that there are more teams in the BEKO BBL. In Belgium there are only nine teams so you play each team four times. There is a big challenge as coach since you have to make more adjustments. In Germany, there is also a challenge as each team ahs 6-7 Americans.

What goal do you still have as coach?

I would still like to stay involved with basketball the game what I love so much for the next 20 years and just help my team win.

What are your hobbies?

I like to exercise and stay in shape. I like to run and ride the bike, read, watch films and spend time on Skype with my five year old daughter.

How will The Deutsche Bank Skyliners beat The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig May 1st?

Getting our defense set from good offense.

What was the last DVD that you saw?

Taking of the Pelham 1,2,3 with John Travolta.
Thanks Tom for the chat.

Will Chavis Gets Contract Extension With NBC Until 2013 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Staying with the same basketball club these days is about as rare as The New York Knicks ever winning another NBA title, but even rarer is when an over qualifed American decides to stay in a lower league and gets rewarded with a three year contract extension with a PRO B team, but that is what 29 year old 181cm guard Will Chavis (181-G-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Texas Tech) did staying with NBC for the next three years. After only one season in Nurnberg, it seems like Chavis has quickly made this old German town home as he also will help coach the JBBL team next season. He played 29 games averaging 19,6ppg, 2,8rpg, 4,1apg and 1,6spg. He is extremly happy with the contract extension. 'I see a lot of perspective with the club and we still have a lot we want to accomplish and I like the city. The fans are great and management is verfy professional, stressed Will Chavis.

NBC management and American coach Derrick Taylor are also pleased that they were able to keep the friendly American for another three years. 'Will Chavis showed his good game all season long. He fits perfectly into our team and concept for successful basketball in Nurnberg. We are looking forward to seeing him on the court in Nurnberg in the future', stressed NBC manager Johannes Kopkow. NBC coach Derrick Taylor is also happy to see the American for the next years in Nurnberg. 'Will has the best basketball age at 29. He can lead the young players in the right direction and help with his experience. It is a lot of fun to work with him', commented NBC coach Derrick Taylor. If NBC moves up divisions, then the contract of Chavis will stay valid as well. Chavis formed one of the strongest guard duo's in the PRO B with talened German Bastian Doreth and will surely continue to nail three pointters next season as he shot 46,7% from the parking lot this season.
Source: All-Regionalliga North Awards 2009-10 - by Moritz Korff


Andrew Olson
Kejuan Johnson
Elton Coffield
Andreas Seiferth
Kevin Hopkins
#e#6 All-Regionalliga North Player of the Year:
Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85, college: Long Beach St.) - Itzehoe All-Regionalliga North First Team:
Andrew Olson (178-G-86, college: Amherst) - Oldenburg
Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85, college: Long Beach St.) - Itzehoe
Elton Coffield (193-G-83, college: Mount Olive) - BSW Sixers
Andreas Seiferth (206-F/C-89) - Berlin
Kevin Hopkins (208-C-85, college: Amherst) - Oldenburg All-Regionalliga North Second Team:
Chris Rodgers (186-G-81, college: Bucknell) - Wolfenbuettel
Ryan Williams (191-G-85, college: Pace) - Bernau
Niels Giffey (200-F-91) - Berlin
Volodymyr Ivanov (198-F-80) - Magdeburg
Oliver Clay (205-F/C-87) - Berlin All-Regionalliga North Honorable Mention:
Sven Hellmann (183-G-83) - Rostock
Steve Krajewski (207-C-81) - Bernau
Ernie Rama (180-G, college: Concordia (OR)) - Goettingen
Frank Russell (211-F/C, college: Rutgers) - Itzehoe
Terryl Woolery (195-F-76, college: Cal Poly Pomona) - Oslebshausen All-Regionalliga North Domestic Player of the Year:
Andreas Seiferth (206-F/C-89) of ALBA Berlin - Berlin All-Regionalliga North Domestic Players Team:
Sven Hellmann - Rostock
Niels Giffey (200-F-91) - Berlin
Oliver Clay (205-F/C-87) - Berlin
Andreas Seiferth (206-F/C-89) of ALBA Berlin - Berlin
Steve Krajewski (207-C-81) - Bernau All-Regionalliga North Defensive Player of the Year:
Terryl Woolery (195-F-76, college: Cal Poly Pomona) - Oslebshausen All-Regionalliga North Most Improved Player of the Year:
Janek Schmidkunz (180-G-90) - Berlin All-Regionalliga North Newcomer of the Year:
Nino Valentic (198-F-90) - Hermsdorf All-Regionalliga North Coach of the Year:
Henrik Roedl - Berlin

The votes have been made by coaches of the RLN teams.

Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. EWE Baskets 24-8 
 2. ALBA 24-9 
 3. Goettingen 23-10 
 4. Telekom B. 23-10 
 5. Brose Baskets 21-12 
 6. Bremerhaven 20-13 
 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 8-26 
 18. Pad.Baskets 5-28 

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
  LTi 46ers
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Teague, LTi 46ers20.4 
 2. Copeland, TBB Trier17.1 
 3. Jenkins, ALBA15.3 
 4. Rochestie, Goett.15.0 
 5. Burns, ratiopharm15.0 
 6. Oliver, Goettingen14.9 
 7. Suput, Brose B.14.9 
 8. Allen, Dt.14.6 
 9. Jeffers, LTi 46ers14.4 
 10. Travis, Walter Tigers14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Gibbs, Bremerhaven9.2 
 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. Oliver, Goettingen6.5 
 8. Travis, Walter Tigers6.5 
 9. Doliboa, Dt.6.5 
 10. Turek, Phoenix .6.5 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Campbell, Bremerha.5.9 
 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.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  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. Burns, ratiopharm1.3 
 8. Robertson, Dt.Ba.1.3 
 9. Ratkovica, Walter T.1.3 
 10. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
  Brose Baskets
  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. Majstorovic, EWE B.0.9 

Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
  ETB Wohnbau
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Kepkay, ETB W.21.5 
 2. Holloway, Hannover21.1 
 3. Jeka, Cuxhaven19.6 
 4. Hodges, Heidelberg19.5 
 5. Baxley, Braves19.0 
 6. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.4 
 7. Dorris, Cuxhaven18.3 
 8. Brooks, Kirchheim18.1 
 9. Burleson, Heidelberg18.1 
 10. Wachalski, Osnab.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alonzo HIRD
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Hird, Langen10.9 
 2. Smallwood, Braves9.5 
 3. Richardson, Karls.9.3 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe9.1 
 5. Baker, Osnabrueck8.8 
 6. Maras, B.Muenchen8.3 
 7. Rastatter, Chemn.8.2 
 8. Chones, ETB W.7.8 
 9. Ferguson, Noerdlin.7.6 
 10. Jackson-W., Jena7.5 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Holcomb-Faye, Bra.8.4 
 2. Jeka, Cuxhaven5.5 
 3. Bynum, Crailsheim5.4 
 4. Watson, Noerdlin.5.2 
 5. Zazai, Freiburg4.9 
 6. Holloway, Hannover4.9 
 7. Harrelson, Osnab.4.7 
 8. Burleson, Heidelberg4.5 
 9. Brooks, Kirchheim4.2 
 10. Kepkay, ETB W.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Achmadschah ZAZAI
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Zazai, Freiburg2.4 
 2. Holloway, Hannover2.4 
 3. Dorris, Cuxhaven2.3 
 4. Scott, Kirchheim2.0 
 5. Brooks, Kirchheim2.0 
 6. Hunter, Freiburg1.9 
 7. Burleson, Heidelberg1.9 
 8. Hodges, Heidelberg1.9 
 9. Johnson, Chemnitz1.8 
 10. Slack, Hannover1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony SLACK
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Slack, Hannover2.2 
 2. De Michael, Kirchheim1.7 
 3. Schoo, Hannover1.5 
 4. Hill, Jena1.4 
 5. Fuller, Cuxhaven1.4 
 6. Willis, Hannover1.4 
 7. Maras, B.Muenchen1.3 
 8. Seward, Bayreuth1.1 
 9. Buse, Osnabrueck1.0 
 10. Smallwood, Braves0.9 


Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas and Trikalla 2000 relegated in A2 - by Chris Mammides
The two teams which will be playing in the A2 league after the today's results will be the teams of Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas and the team of Thanasis Giaples AS Trikalla 2000. The first one it was most certain since the very early stage of the league for the second one though only one hour ago it became solid and after the heavy defeat they suffered from the team of Peristeri with 96-76. Even though the amazing American David Young (196-G/F-81, college: N.C.Central) gave his very best shot in another game by scoring 37 points, the defense of the Trikalla team was quite poor and was not able to blog players such as Nelson (28 points), Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87, college: Miami (OH)) (16 points) and Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) (13 points). So after two seazon in the nig league the team of Trikalla will be playing in their familiar league of A2.

On the other hand the two teams to be promoted from A2 team and will replace the above mentioned two teams in A1 league will be no other than the teams of Ikaros Esperos of Coach Aris Likogiannis and the team of Coach Leuteris Kakiousis , Iraklis Thessaloniki which will participte in the A1 after 4 years in the A2.

Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 David YOUNG
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Young, Trikalla20.5 
 2. Childress, Olympiakos16.3 
 3. Erceg, Panionios15.9 
 4. Green, AEK15.1 
 5. Arnold, Perister.14.7 
 6. Gregory, PAOK14.5 
 7. Monroe, PAOK14.5 
 8. Massie, Olimpia L.14.4 
 9. Harris, VAP K.14.4 
 10. Kleiza, Olympiakos13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Massie, Olimpia L.10.7 
 2. Walsh, Aris8.1 
 3. Hunter, Ilysiakos8.0 
 4. Francis, AEK7.6 
 5. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 6. Bryant, Panionios7.0 
 7. Carter, Ilysiakos7.0 
 8. Dozier, VAP K.6.5 
 9. Homan, Marousi BC6.3 
 10. Arnold, Perister.6.2 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.4.9 
 2. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.3 
 3. Lukas, Marousi BC4.3 
 4. Karidas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 5. Dickel, Trikalla4.0 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.9 
 7. Hammonds, Perister.3.7 
 8. Vasiljevic, VAP K.3.6 
 9. Green, AEK3.6 
 10. Spanoulis, Panath.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Vonteego CUMMINGS
  Avg: 2
 1. Cummings, Ilysiakos2.0 
 2. Collins, Kavala/P.1.8 
 3. Lukas, Marousi BC1.8 
 4. Walsh, Aris1.8 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.1.6 
 6. Katsares, Trikalla1.6 
 7. Karidas, Ilysiakos1.5 
 8. Nikolaidis, AEK1.5 
 9. Hammonds, Perister.1.5 
 10. Penn, Olympiakos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Vougioukas, Panellin.1.5 
 2. Hunter, Ilysiakos1.1 
 3. Harissis, VAP K.1.1 
 4. Benton, Ilysiakos1.0 
 5. Mavroidis, Marou.1.0 
 6. Homan, Marousi BC0.9 
 7. Bourousis, Olympiakos0.8 
 8. Carter, Ilysiakos0.8 
 9. Fotsis, Panathinaikos0.8 
 10. Monds, VAP K.0.7 

Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Panathinaikos 25-1 
 2. Olympiakos 23-3 
 3. Marousi BC 19-7 
 4. Panellinios 15-11 
 5. PAOK 15-11 
 6. VAP Kolossos 14-12 
 7. Aris 12-14 
 8. Panionios 12-14 
 9. Peristeri GS 12-14 
 10. AEK 9-17 
 11. Kavala/Panor. 8-18 
 12. Ilysiakos 7-19 
 13. Trikalla 7-19 
 14. Olimpia L. 4-22 


Compusis defeats Australian Milk - by Gianni Pascucci
In the last round of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto, Compusys defeated Australian Milk, 110-102, making an important pace towards the qualification to post season action. Sharp shooting Walter Morales (180-G-83) was one time again the game top scorer at 40 points, 18/19 in free throws btw, but his effort wasn' t enough. Jorge Castaneda (189-F-82) was unstoppable under the boards, and ended the game at 28 pts, the best in Compusys. Marcos Zetina (180-G-86) added 22 points, and Julio Barrios (196-F-82) was very effective he too. The record of Compusys is now 4-4

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


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Amsterdam 2 19-5 
 2. Binnenland 18-6 
 3. MSV 17-7 
 4. Red Giants 15-9 
 5. Leiden 2 14-10 
 6. Goba 13-11 
 7. BV Rooi 12-12 
 8. Hoofddorp 11-13 
 9. Groene 10-14 
 10. Punch 10-14 
 11. Akrides 8-16 
 12. High Five 4-20 
 13. Landstede 2 3-21 


Kormend and ZTE advance to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Kormend - Falco 93-68
Kormend destroyed Falco last night to win the series with perfect 3-0 and of course to book a spot for the Playoff Semifinals. Csaba Ferencz (194-G-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) top-scored in victory with 26 points. Jermaine Thomas (186-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) had 20 points, while Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) added 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) collected 19 points and 5 boards.

ZTE KK - Soproni 83-82
ZTE grabbed thriller win against Soproni last night winning the series 3-0. Louis Hinnant (193-G-84, college: Boston Coll.) shined for the hosts with 19 points and 6 assists. Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) scored 17 and Zoltan Trepak added three points less. In Soproni, Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Marymount) collected 28 points and 8 boards. ZTE will meet Szolnok or Albacomp in the Semis.

Szolnok - Albacomp 101-78
Szolnok is 2-1 up after they outgunned Albacomp last night 101-78. Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami (FL)) and Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) delivered 28 and 24 points respectively for the winners. They also grabbed 15 rebounds together in this game. George Banks (202-F/C-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) led the scores in defeat with 19 pts.

Atomeromu - Kecskemeti 75-63
2-1 for Atomeromu, who got 20 points and 6 rebounds from Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81, agency: FCM). Tory Walker secured a nice help with 15 points and 6 boards, while Anthony Dill (200-F-81, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) netted 14 pts in this win. Ian Johnson (205-F-84, college: Davidson) had 11 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Game 4 is scheduled for Friday.

A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Winsome FRAZIER
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Frazier, Falco23.4 
 2. Doyne, Marso-Vagep21.4 
 3. Horvath, Falco21.3 
 4. Farmer, Debreceni21.0 
 5. Watson, ZTE K.18.7 
 6. Walker, Dombovar18.4 
 7. Rice, Szolnok18.3 
 8. Brooks, Soproni18.2 
 9. Sitku, Marso-Vagep17.9 
 10. Sirutaviaciu., Salgot.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ousmane BARRO
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Barro, Szolnok10.8 
 2. Horvath, Falco10.4 
 3. Davis, Salgotarjani9.5 
 4. Scott, Kormend9.3 
 5. Knight, Soproni7.9 
 6. Bader, Szolnok7.3 
 7. David Vay, PVSK P.7.3 
 8. Wilson, ZTE K.7.1 
 9. Lee, Albacomp7.1 
 10. Nuhanovic, Debre.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Avg: 8
 1. Kalman, Falco8.0 
 2. Simon, Albacomp7.3 
 3. Kelley, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Savic, Debreceni5.9 
 5. Hinnant, ZTE K.5.9 
 6. English, Atomeromu4.9 
 7. Fodor, Szolnok4.9 
 8. LaGrange, Dombovar4.7 
 9. Dejon, Kaposvari4.7 
 10. Thomas, Kormend4.6 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Sirutaviaciu., Salgot.3.7 
 2. Frazier, Falco3.6 
 3. Dejon, Kaposvari2.9 
 4. Lee, Albacomp2.8 
 5. English, Atomeromu2.6 
 6. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.6 
 7. Ames, PVSK P.2.4 
 8. Clark, Atomeromu2.4 
 9. LaGrange, Dombovar2.3 
 10. Cubela, Dombovar2.2 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wiley, Marso-Vagep1.6 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari1.4 
 3. Clark, Atomeromu1.4 
 4. Barro, Szolnok1.3 
 5. Walker, Dombovar1.1 
 6. Scott, Kormend1.1 
 7. David Vay, PVSK P.1.1 
 8. Nuhanovic, Debre.1.1 
 9. Horvath, Falco1.0 
 10. Sitku, Marso-Vagep1.0 



In 2008, the International Basketball League created the
USA All-Starsa developmental basketball team whereby ten
collegiate level players who want to play in the IBL, get to
play against IBL teams- in games that count (official games).
The USA All Stars was created to further the league's goals of
developing and assisting players in maximizing their
opportunities in professional level basketball. The team would
serve as a season-long opportunity (the team plays a full
20 game schedule) for players to prove their game against
outstanding IBL competition.

For most players, playing for the USA All Stars is a tryout to
get in while for other players, these games are their chance to
test their skill against top competition so the player knows
whether to continue pursuing basketball or whether they should
start moving on with other things.

In 2008, the USA All Stars teams finished with 1 win and 21
losses but the team put 14 players onto IBL teams. Mark Williams
played a few games with the USA All Stars but went on to play
for the Portland Chinooks amassing terrific numbersand for his
effortshe was named to the 2008 IBL All Star team representing
the USA All Stars. Zach Ramey also stood out with the
2008 USA All Stars team.

In 2009, the USA All Stars teams finished with 4 wins to
16 losses. The four victories included wins against veteran
clubs such as the Kankakee County Soldiers. This improvement
in record for the USA All Stars was due to better talent
wanting to play in the IBL. The fast paced play of the IBL
produces great players who go on to play overseas (or in the
NBA's D-league) after the IBL season expires. In fact, after
the 2007 IBL season, 102 IBL players went on to play overseas
basketballthis 2007 IBL season established the IBL as the
league to play into get or maintain an overseas basketball
job. The IBL season conveniently occurs from mid April through
all of May and June which is after the NBDL season and after
the overseas leagues are done and right before NBA summer leagues
and overseas opportunities come up; the timing of the IBL season
has made the International Basketball League an attractive spot
for players who need to continue their development and/or
maintain their shape and skill. Through the USA All Stars team
in 2009, 25 players made IBL teams. Terrence Hundley and Terry
Jeffries both played 7 games for the USA All Stars and both
Terrence and Terry moved on to IBL clubs where there overall
accomplishments (total number of games, total statistics) were
deemed worthy of IBL 2009 All Star recognition; Jeffries is
considered one of the fastest guards in America and in 22 games
played in the IBL- Jeffries averaged 18.3pts, 4.8 rebounds and
5.2 assists (played with USA All Stars 7 games, the Oregon Wave
3 games and the Central Oregon Hotshots 12 games). Hundley
scored 49 points in his USA All Stars debut versus the Southern
Illinois Truth. Hundley went on to average 29.4 points,
4.0 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game in his 15 games in the IBL
(6 games for the USA All Stars, 3 games for the Grand Rapids
Flight and 6 games for the Central Or' Hotshots).

In 2010, so farthe USA All Stars teams have 2 wins to 12 losses
with 9 remaining games slated for this upcoming weekend in
Portland Oregon (the IBL holds its final try-out involving USA
All Stars teams in Portland on May 1st and 2nd; for information
call Terrance Dickens at 503-805-3311). So far in 2010,
25 players have been given spots on IBL teams from IBL tryouts
featuring the USA All Star teams. Impressive early- is William
Rece Hampton who plays for the Battle Creek Knights and is
averaging 23.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in
8 games played. Not officially impressive yet, but considered a
great prospect based on his collegiate career but more so-
based on his recent tryout weekend in Los Angeles is a newcomer
to minor league basketball- Travis Pinnick. Pinnick is a hard
working, high jumping forward just out of Yale University.
Pinnick, an 11 point and 5 and a half rebound collegiate player-
made the All-Ivy team in 2007/2008 and again in 2008/2009.
Pinnick and the Los Angeles Lightning start their season
in Las Vegas on May 7th and 8th.

The USA All Stars program (team) has been deemed a success for
players but as well- starting in the second year of the program
(2009) the actual games involving the USA All Stars were
competitive (restated- the scores from the 2009 season were
normal- meaning these were good games for the most part).
The USA All Stars team in 2010 even started off 2-0!

For more info, photos & videos about the IBL or for information
about IBL teams, visit

Stevenson NAMED IBL PLAYER OF WEEK - by John Gary
courtesy Bellingham Slam guard JACob Stevenson has been named IBL player of the week. Stevenson scored 36 points and added ten assits,five rebounds and four steals in Bellinghams 127-108 victory over the Vancouver Volcanoes last friday. The win improved the Slams record to 2-1 on the season. Stevenson is highly respected throughout the league and recognized as one of the leagues top players.


Whiting extends his pact with Imola - by Gianni Pascucci
Aget Andrea Costa Imola Basket officially announced yesterday the extension of the contract with Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU). The player agreed to ink a contract for anotheer two seasons. He will wear a Imola jersey in 2010-2011 and in 2011-2012.

Ricky Hickman strengthens Casale - by Eurobasket News
Casale have landed Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro). The 24-year-old guard started the season in Finland. He tallied 23.7 points, 5.4 boards and 3.8 assists per game for Namika Lahti. The guard helped his team make it to the Finnish Cup semis. Ricky Hickman was named into the All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team. Last season Hickman played in Germany. He started in Goettingen II and then moved to LTi Giessen. Ricky Hickman tallied 6.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game for the 49ers.

Darius Washington close to Lottomatica Roma - by Eurobasket News
Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Lottomatica Roma. The 24-year-old guard parted ways with Galatasaray not long ago. He was in the sphere of interests of Bologna but opted for Lottomatica. Darius Washington averaged 21.6 points, 4.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game in the EuroCup this season. In TBL his stats read 15.4 points, 3.0 boards and 3.0 assists per appearance. Last season Darius Washington played for Ural Great in Russia. There the guard notched 13.1 points, 3.1 assists and 2.9 rebounds per Superleague game. In EuroChallenge he averaged solid 16.5 points, 3.8 assists and 3.3 boards.


Crump & Grier to ASU Club - by Omar Shafaamri

ASU Administration agreed the Terms with Big Man Crump Brandon (208-C-82, college: Tennessee) and the Talented Guard Vincent Grier to Participate with the Team in Asian Clubs Championship (22-30 May 2010) in Qatar .

Crump Brandon finished his season in Chinese CBA League making these Numbers with TianJin Rongcheng (China-CBA, starting five): 31 games: 20.0ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 25.6%, FT: 50.9% , while Vincent Grier (195-G/F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Minnesota) played in TBL Turkish League with Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (Turkey-TBL, starting five) averaging 11.4 ppg with 51.2% FG in 27 MPG .
Video For Vincent Grier during his Season in France PRO A (2007-2008 Season)


Jovo Stanojevic moves from Turkey to Kuwait - by Eurobasket News
Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) moved from Kepez to Al Kuwait SC. The experienced big guy signed contract for rest of the season.
Jovo Stanojevic appeared 29 times for Kepez in TBL averaging 17.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists. His season-high was 27 points against Darussafaka and Antalya.
Before Kepez, Stanojevic was a member of Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad, BC Kyiv, Besiktas Cola Turka, Prokom Trefl Sopot, ALBA Berlin, Partizan Belgrade, Maccabi Ranana and Crvena Zvezda.

Some of his awards/achievements include:
World University Games in Benjin (China) -01 (Champion)
Yugoslavian Cup Winner -02
Yugoslavian YUBA MVP -02
German Bundesliga All-Star Game -03, 04, 05
German Bundesliga Cup Winner -03, 06 All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year -03, 06 German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team -03, 04, 05, 06 German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -03 All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -03
German 1.Bundesliga Champion -03
German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -04, 05
German Bundesliga Semifinals -04, 05 All-German Bundesliga Center of the Year -04, 06 All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -04, 05, 06 All-German Bundesliga Player of the Year -06
Polish Cup Winner -08
Polish League Champion -08
Polish League Regular Season Runner-Up -08
Ukrainian Cup Finalist -09


Riyadi 2-0 in the Bank MED League - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

As predicted Game 2 of the Finals of the Bank MED League the level of intensity was great. The game was close throughout all its minutes with a slight dominance for the home team . As in game 1 Ali Mahmoud ,C.J. GILES carried their team in the game , Champville started the game focused on trying to win the game , the home players tried all their best to level the series but in the last seconds the big experience of the Champion team prevailed on the score of 77-74.

The last seconds of the game were full of drama, when Tony Madisson missed 2 consecutive free throws when he the chance to take the lead with 1 point 75-74, with 9 seconds remaining in the game. After Madisson's miss C.J. GILES scored 2 free throws which secured the win to Riyadi in the end on the score of 77-74.

Riyadi leads the series now 2-0 and will be heading to game 3 on Thursday at 21:45.

Best Scorers :

Champville : Fadi Khatib ( 23)

Riyadi : C.J. GILES (23)

Al Moutahed Tripoli sign Micah Brand - by Eurobasket
Al Moutahed Tripoli signed 30-year old American center Micah Brand (210-C-80, college: Massachusetts, agency: Liman Sports). Brand played most recently at Seoul Samsung Thunders (Korea). While playing 24 games for Samsung Th. this season he averaged 11.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.9apg. Brand is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Argentina, China, Finland, Korea and Mexico.
last season in Korea, Brand helped Egis became the Korean KBL Champion -09, and was awarded: All-Korean KBL 1st Team -09 and Korean KBL All-Imports Team -09
By Eurobasket Data Center

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut sign Lonnie Cooper - by Eurobasket
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut agreed terms with 34-year old American guard Lonnie Cooper (193-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech). Cooper played most recently at Keravnos Strovolou (Cyprus). While playing 6 games for Keravnos this season he averaged 7.5ppg, 1.2rpg, 5.3apg and 1.2spg. Cooper is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Cyprus, Finland, France, Italy and Russia.
Cooper was recently awarded All-Cyprus League 1st Team for the second time after 2009 as well as Cyprus League All-Imports Team for teh second time
By Eurobasket Data Center

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
  Avg: 29.4
 1. El Khatib, Champville29.4 
 2. Colson, Antranik25.8 
 3. Johnson, Al Riyadi25.3 
 4. Battles, Kahraba23.9 
 5. Byrd, Hoops21.3 
 6. Luca, Anibal20.7 
 7. Clemons, Hoops20.1 
 8. Ford, Moutahed19.6 
 9. Christensen, Mouta.18.8 
 10. Abed El Nour, Al Ri.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm BATTLES
  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. Samaha, Sagesse8.8 
 8. El Khatib, Champville8.6 
 9. Christensen, Mouta.7.8 
 10. Slaughter, Anibal7.7 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 9
 1. Colson, Antranik9.0 
 2. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.5 
 3. Clemons, Hoops6.0 
 4. Slaughter, Anibal5.6 
 5. Madison, Champville5.5 
 6. Johnson, Al Riyadi5.3 
 7. Ghattas, Sagesse4.5 
 8. El Khatib, Champville3.4 
 9. Kelley, Sagesse3.4 
 10. Akl, Al Riyadi3.2 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Clemons, Hoops4.6 
 2. Byrd, Hoops2.9 
 3. Slaughter, Anibal2.4 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 5. Hakim, Kahraba2.3 
 6. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.2 
 7. Christensen, Mouta.2.2 
 8. Yammine, Hoops1.9 
 9. Ibrahim, Moutahed1.7 
 10. El Nar, Kahraba1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Christien CHARLES
  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. Daoud, Anibal1.1 
 8. Slaughter, Anibal1.1 
 9. Hamdar, Hoops1.1 
 10. Johnson, Al Riyadi1.0 


LKL Round: 2 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai - Zalgiris 78-86
Zalgiris made it into the LKL Finals after they swept the semifinal series against Siaulia. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Zalgiris to the decisive victory. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) and Mirza Begic (215-C-85) knocked down 15 points each in the win. Deivydas Gailius (200-F-88) responded with 20 points for Siauliai.

Juventus - Lietuvos Rytas 63-84
Lietuvos Rytas claimed the spot in the Finals after they cruised past Juventus in the second game of the semifinal series. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) delivered 20 points to pace the visitors. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) finished with 13 points in the win. Tomas Jasiulionis (205-C-86, college: St.John's) and Jonas Elvikis (195-F-82) replied with 13 points apiece in the loss.

Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
  Alytus Alita
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.20.6 
 2. Kazevicius, Alytus A.19.5 
 3. Sirvydis, Sakalai18.8 
 4. Dabkus, Rudupis18.7 
 5. Kuzminskas, Siauliai16.6 
 6. Janavicius, Aisciai16.6 
 7. Kelys, Perlas16.1 
 8. Gvezdauskas, Nevez.16.0 
 9. Bajramovic, Lietuv.14.9 
 10. Ezerskis, Techasas14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus DIMSA
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Dimsa, Nevezis9.7 
 2. Kieza, Suduva8.6 
 3. Valanciunas, Perlas7.5 
 4. Tatarunas, Alytus A.7.4 
 5. Valukonis, Aisciai7.3 
 6. Vilkius, Neptunas7.2 
 7. Silinskis, Nevezis7.2 
 8. Cepukaitis, Aisciai7.1 
 9. Adomaitis, Alytus A.7.1 
 10. Janisius, Suduva6.9 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Viskontas, Perlas6.1 
 2. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.5.9 
 3. Low, Siauliai5.3 
 4. Broadus, Suduva5.3 
 5. Kelys, Perlas4.5 
 6. Ezerskis, Techasas4.5 
 7. Janavicius, Aisciai4.5 
 8. Maceina, Rudupis4.4 
 9. Ginevicius, Lietuv.4.4 
 10. Ivanauskas, Alytus A.3.9 
Steals Per Game
  Alytus Alita
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.2.6 
 2. Valukonis, Aisciai2.2 
 3. Kelys, Perlas2.2 
 4. Ginevicius, Lietuv.2.1 
 5. Dabkus, Rudupis2.0 
 6. Lipkevicius, Aisciai2.0 
 7. Jomantas, Lietuv.1.9 
 8. Vileita, Rudupis1.9 
 9. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 10. Vilkius, Neptunas1.8 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis2.8 
 2. Kieza, Suduva2.7 
 3. Begic, Zalgiris1.6 
 4. Valanciunas, Perlas1.5 
 5. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.4 
 6. Cepukaitis, Aisciai1.2 
 7. Tatarunas, Alytus A.1.1 
 8. Zyle, Aisciai1.1 
 9. Volkus, Techasas1.0 
 10. Baynes, Lietuvos.0.9 


Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
  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
  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
  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. Mangen, Residence2.6 
 9. Schwartz, Musel P.2.6 
 10. Rajniak, T712.6 
Steals Per Game
 Travis DEPREE
  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. Schumacher, T711.6 
 10. Jeitz, Contern1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Delgado, Etzella0.8 
 2. Hoffmann, Etzella0.8 
 3. Jones, Amicale0.8 
 4. Scott, Etzella0.7 
 5. Largent, Racing0.6 
 6. Bintz, BBC Nitia0.6 
 7. Abdiu, Residence0.5 
 8. Ribeiro, BBC Nitia0.5 
 9. Engel, Sparta0.5 
 10. Walters, Musel Pikes0.5 


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 18-7 
 2. Culiacan 17-8 
 3. Hermosillo 16-9 
 4. Mazatlan 15-10 
 5. Guaymas 14-11 
 6. Guasave 13-12 
 7. Los Mochis 13-12 
 8. Nogales 13-12 
 9. Mexicali 12-13 
 10. Obregon 8-17 
 11. Tepic 6-19 
 12. Tijuana 5-20 

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Benny WEST
  Los Mochis
  Avg: 25.8
 1. West, Los Mochis25.8 
 2. Smith, Mazatlan24.9 
 3. Cowan, Obregon24.5 
 4. Walker, Nogales24.4 
 5. Brown, Tepic24.0 
 6. Brown, Mazatlan24.0 
 7. Habel, Guaymas23.9 
 8. Fisher, Mexicali23.8 
 9. Cook, Cananea23.4 
 10. Bowie, Guasave23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremis SMITH
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Smith, Mazatlan12.7 
 2. Angounou, Guasave12.1 
 3. Berhoefer, Hermosillo10.4 
 4. Shipley, Mexicali10.3 
 5. Strobbe, Nogales9.8 
 6. Habel, Guaymas9.3 
 7. Davis, Tijuana9.0 
 8. Hooks, Obregon9.0 
 9. Jordan, Mazatlan8.9 
 10. Crouse, Nogales8.1 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Marentes, Guaymas5.7 
 2. Lawrence, Los M.5.3 
 3. White, Cananea5.0 
 4. Brown, Mazatlan4.4 
 5. Lee, Guaymas4.2 
 6. Jordan, Mazatlan4.1 
 7. Zuniga, Guasave4.0 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo4.0 
 9. Meza Rogel, Culiacan3.7 
 10. Harris, Cananea3.7 
Steals Per Game
  Los Mochis
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lawrence, Los M.2.3 
 2. Lee, Guaymas2.0 
 3. Moore, Culiacan1.9 
 4. Catala, Tijuana1.9 
 5. White, Cananea1.9 
 6. Brown, Mazatlan1.8 
 7. West, Los Mochis1.8 
 8. Little, Hermosillo1.8 
 9. Harris, Cananea1.6 
 10. Smith, Mazatlan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Davis, Tijuana3.5 
 2. Habel, Guaymas2.1 
 3. Gutierrez, Cananea2.1 
 4. Blair, Tijuana1.2 
 5. Crouse, Nogales1.2 
 6. Brown, Tepic1.2 
 7. Smith, Mazatlan1.0 
 8. Sullinger, Nogales1.0 
 9. Ibarra, Los Mochis1.0 
 10. Hornsby, Culiacan0.8 


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Buducnost 9-0 
 2. Lovcen 8-1 
 3. Mornar Bar 6-3 
 4. Ulcijn 4-6 
 5. Teodo Tivat 1-8 
 6. Gorstak 1-9 
 1. Danilovgrad 9-1 
 2. ABS Primorje 6-4 
 3. Mogren 4-5 
 4. Primorje-M. 3-6 
 5. Jedinstvo 3-6 
 6. Sutjeska 3-6 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Oklah.City T.
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.8 
 2. James, Clevelan.29.8 
 3. Anthony, Denver N.28.5 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat27.0 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers26.7 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.5 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.0 
 8. Granger, Indiana P.24.1 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.24.0 
 10. Stoudemire, Phoeni.23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  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. Boozer, Utah Jazz11.3 
 6. Gasol, LA Lakers11.2 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.11.2 
 8. Love, Minnesota T.11.0 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.10.8 
 10. Haywood, Washingt.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  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.8.9 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.5 
 7. Davis, LA Clippers8.0 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.8 
 9. Harris, New J.6.6 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat6.5 
Steals Per Game
 Monta ELLIS
  Golde State W.
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.1 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 6. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 9. Davis, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Iguodala, Philadel.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Howard, Orlando M.2.9 
 2. Bogut, Milwauke.2.5 
 3. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 4. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 5. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 6. Haywood, Dallas M.2.0 
 7. Andersen, Denver N.1.9 
 8. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 9. McGee, Washingt.1.8 
 10. Dalembert, Philad.1.8 

Celtics 96, Heat 86: Celts advance with team effort - by Eurobasket News
One player can win a game. It takes a team to win a series.

The Celtics rode that mentality to the championship in 2008. They used the same mindset to knock out the Heat in five games in the first round of this year's playoffs last night at the TD Garden.

Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) delivered another huge performance for Miami, but as was the case four out of five times in the series, it wasn't good enough. The Celtics countered with cohesive, unselfish play from the top seven of their rotation for a 96-86 victory that sends them to the conference semifinals against top-seeded Cleveland starting Saturday.

'We had a multitude of guys who stepped up and played well for us,' said Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut), who took a lead role in the attack last night with 24 points and five 3-pointers on six attempts. 'On their end, they were counting on Wade the whole time. If he wasn't going, they were looking for a second or third option. But we had guys who were constantly putting their mark on the game.'

Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) had 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency) had 14 points and eight rebounds and Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) dictated the aggressive tempo from the outset in finishing with 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds while playing 44 minutes with a bad cold.

'He felt awful,' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. 'Whenever he's like that I'm just going to play him the whole game from now on.'

'People keep calling them the Big 3,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'I don't know why they don't call them the Big 4. When you see (Rondo) in the regular season, he's quicker than everyone else. But in the playoffs he plays at another gear.'

After Wade's 31 points, Mario Chalmers was the only other Heat player in double figures with 20. A furious Miami comeback from 21 down midway through the third quarter to within three early in the fourth fizzled as Rivers got the starters back on the floor after a quick breather, and rode the energy of Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) down the stretch.

Miami used a 24-6 run over eight minutes to get within 73-70 with 10:14 left when the Celtics went for the kill. Three-point plays from Allen and Davis put Boston up 79-72 and Allen's fourth 3-pointer of the half had the Celtics ahead 82-74 with 8:20 on the clock.

The Heat scored the next two points before a 9-2 Boston run just about put the game away. Garnett hit two jumpers in the stretch, Pierce raised the roof with a rebound and drive to the net and Davis took his second charge of the half.

'His energy was terrific,' said Rivers, adding he teased Davis before the game about whether his Game 2 breakout was going to be a one-hit wonder performance in the series. 'When we get him playing like that, and (Kendrick Perkins) playing like that, with Kevin underneath, it's really good.'

Miami managed to hold up the celebration a bit longer when Wade's three-point play cut the deficit to 91-83 with 2:29 to go. But Allen answered with his fifth 3-pointer for an 11-point lead at 2:09 and Pierce's jumper with 1:18 on the clock ended the scoring.

'It feels good to close them out early,' Pierce said. 'I wish we had closed them out in four. Maybe that bump in the road woke us up.'

At least the turnover-filled start on Sunday did as the Celtics came out much stronger last night behind Rondo's attacking play. Boston used a 6-0 run to end the first quarter to hit the second quarter up eight. The Celtics carried a 10-point lead into the half after holding the Heat to 34.9 percent shooting and 0-for-8 from beyond the arc.

Boston went for the knockout early in the third during a 14-4 run that put them up 67-46 on a Perkins layup with 6:56 left in the quarter.

'That ball was moving so fast,' Rivers said, 'that guys were turning down good shots for better shots.'

One of the coach's directives was to get more shots for Allen, who had just four points in the first half.

'We made a concerted effort coming out of halftime to do that,' Rivers said. 'We just saw something and we kept going to him over and over again.'

But Wade wasn't done, even with Miami down 21, as he knocked down a pair of 3-pointers during a 19-4 run into the final 12 minutes before the Heat closed to within one possession early in the fourth.

'You had to know Wade was not going to let his team give up,' Pierce said. 'We didn't step on their throat like we wanted there. It's something we'll learn from.'

They'll get another chance to show it starting Saturday in Cleveland.

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LeBron, Cavs eliminate Bulls, face Celtics next - by Eurobasket News
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) pulled his right arm tightly to his chest, unable to do anything but grimace as the final seconds expired on Clevelands series-clinching win.

The Bulls were finally out of the way.

But for the Cavaliers, moving on in the NBA playoffs wasnt pain free.

James, playing despite an injured right elbow that went numb and forced him to shoot a free throw left-handed in the closing seconds, just missed a triple-double as the Cavs advanced to a playoff date with Boston by beating Chicago 96-94 in Game 5 on Tuesday night in perhaps Vinny Del Negro's final game as Bulls coach.

James scored 19 points16 in the second halfand added 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Cavs finally saddled the stubborn Bulls to win the series 4-1. After making one free throw, James then hoisted and missed the second with his left with 7.8 seconds left and the Cavs only ahead by four.

James doesnt know when he injured the elbow, which he said bothered him the entire second half. He revealed after the game that he underwent an MRI and X-rays two days ago.

It bothers me because I dont know what it is, James said. Hopefully it doesnt continue to bother me. But Im not concerned. Cleveland fans have nothing to worry about. They have no reason to panic. I dont think its that serious.

Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina) scored 25 points and Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) 14 for Cleveland, which will face Boston, reuniting teams that dont like each other and who played a testy seven-game series in 2008.

Game 1 is Saturday.

A lot of people are saying theyre too old, but we know theyre going to come out and give us their best shot, said Jamison, who was not with the Cavs the last time Cleveland met Boston in the postseason. Its going to be a hard-fought series. It should be fun.

Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 31 points and Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) 26 for Chicago, which had several shots roll in and out in the final minutes.

Given little chance against the leagues top team during the regular season, the Bulls gave the top-seeded Cavaliers all they could handle.

Delonte West (notes) had 16 points and ONeal racked up fouls during the second half against Chicagos big men.

The Cavs were intent on closing out the series at home but they couldnt shake the Bulls, who were trying to send the series back to Chicago for Game 6.

When Jamison buried a 3-pointer with 3:30 left, Cleveland was up 93-84, and for the first time all night Cavaliers fans finally started thinking about a matchup with the Celtics, who eliminated Miami earlier.

The Bulls, though, had other plans.

Deng hit a jumper and two free throws before Rose, who made Cleveland defenders look silly all series, made four straight from the line to pull the Bulls within 93-92 with 1:32 remaining. Two free throws by James then gave Cleveland a three-point lead with 1:11 left.

Rose then tried a short shot in the lane that went halfway down before spinning out.

Clevelands Mo Williams (notes), who shot a dismal 2 for 13, then missed a baseline runner but the ball went out of bounds off Chicagos Joakim Noah (notes). The Bulls did get the ball back on a steal, but Rose forced up an awkward left-handed layup over Anderson Varejao (notes) that was short.

James grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He made his first attempt to make it 96-92, but with his elbow causing him pain, he tried his second shot left-handed and it was way off the mark.

I knew we were up four, James said. I would have shot it right-handed if I had to make it. Ive never had problem with my elbow before.

Down four, the Bulls got a layin by Deng just before the buzzer.

James, who wore a sleeve on his right arm for the second straight game, refused to address his injury before the game.

I dont know what is up with it, but Im ready to play, he said.

So were the Bulls, who fought until the end to prolong their seasonand for Del Negro.

Chicago, which had to win down the stretch to earn the No. 8 seed, entered the playoffs amid controversy surrounding its coach. Del Negro reportedly got into a physical confrontation with vice president of basketball operations John Paxson last month, an incident the team downplayed but could have long-term effects.

I dont even think about that stuff, Del Negro said when asked if he thought he had coached his final game. I enjoy the experience, I enjoy the competitiveness. Its about the players to me. Im proud of the guys, Im proud of the way they stuck together. They played hard and played through adversity.

I cant worry about that. I dont worry about it. I know how hard my staff has worked and what weve done here the last two years. How anyone wants to judge that will judge it and well move on. Ive been too fortunate in my career and my life to worry about those things. Those decisions will be made now moving forward.

Rose said he would hate to see his coach fired.

We both came in as rookies. It would be devastating, Rose said. But its not up to me, its up to the front office. Theyre the ones that drafted me, so I guess Im behind them.

Rose said it would be hard to imagine the Bulls firing their coach after making the playoffs.

It would be unusual, especially since its our second time (in the playoffs), Rose said. But the league changes constantly. I guess thats how it is in the NBA. Its tough to coach up here.

Clevelands plan in the fourth quarter was to force the ball inside to ONeal and let the Big Diesel power his way to the basket.

ONeal drew two fouls in a five-second span on Chicagos Brad Miller (notes), who was doing all he could to keep the 325-pounder out of the lane. Del Negro and the Bulls assistants protested the second foul and Miller had to be grabbed by his teammates before he got called for a technical.

One minute later, ONeal got Noah to reach in and commit his fourth foul. The Cavs immediately went into ONeal again, and this time he spun on Noah and dunked on the Bulls outspoken center, sending the nervous, sellout crowd into a momentary frenzy.

NOTES: ONeal pulled a pro wrestling move in the third quarter, dropping all 325 pounds on top of Noah while scrambling for a loose ball. Rose was guarding James when Clevelands star pulled up and drained his buzzer-beating 40-foot jumper in Game 4. James flicked his wrist like it was a 15-footer. Hes one of the only ones who can do that, Rose said. I cant. I cant even shoot a 3. I still havent hit a shot like that yet. James was excited that Varejao finished third in voting for NBA Sixth Man of the Year. Hes a big key to our team and its great when a guy gets noticed and credit for what he does, James said.

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Lakers rout Thunder to take 3-2 series lead - by Eurobasket News
When the Lakers returned home from Oklahoma City in a position they did not expect to be in, a series that was all even, it turned out they were not the only ones in for an attitude adjustment.

There is nothing like sign of mortality to send Lakers fans into a tizzy, and so it was that questions about must-win games took on grave overtones.

Some of the Lakers played along after Mondays practice, but not Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78), who had not forgotten that the Lakers still have homecourt advantage.

Who said our backs are against the wall? Bryant asked. Its a 2-2 series. What is going on around here?

It did not take long for the Lakers to restore order to the series, and they did so in emphatic fashion with a wire-to-wire 111-87 rout of the upstart Thunder.

Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87) added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, which took a 3-2 lead in the series and can clinch it Friday with a victory in Game 6 at Oklahoma City.

Having an extra day off between games gave the Lakers more rest for their elderly legs, which had looked increasingly weary as the series moved on. It also gave them another 24 hours to absorb Coach Phil Jacksons message to punish smallish Oklahoma City inside.

So, the Lakers built a picket fence around their basket, lining it with its two 7-footers, Bynum and Gasol, and sent Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's) after Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas), and Kobe Bryant after Russell Westbrook.

The game was barely more than four minutes old before Westbrook, Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) and Thabo Sefalosha had each had shots blocked. It took more than six minutes for Oklahoma City to score its first basket, and it came far from the hoop a 19-foot jumper by Durant.

By that time, the Thunder trailed, 14-1.

The Lakers were just as determined when they had the ball to pound it inside. Their first two possessions were post entries to Bynum and Gasol, who continually fed the ball. When Bynum checked out midway through the first quarter, he had 8 points which included 3 dunks 3 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

The Lakers did not let their energy wane, whether it was Bryants defense frustrating Westbrook or Gasol lunging into the photographers row to save a loose ball. As a result, the Lakers were never threatened, leading by 16 in the first quarter, 21 at the half and as many as 32 in the third quarter.

They finished with 10 blocks, sent Oklahoma City to the free-throw line a series-low 24 times, and even got a pair of 3-pointers from Ron Artest, who had made 3 of 23 in the series.

The Thunders two key players, Durant and Westbrook, were held in check. Durant had 17 points on 5-for-14 field-goal shooting, while Westbrook had 15 points on 4-of-13 field-goal shooting.

It was the type of performance Jackson had hoped for before the game not desperate, but focused.

I hope its not desperation, Jackson said. Desperation, to me, relates to turnovers and bad shots and playing out of your skull. This is a game where we have to be sound, active, no doubt about it. We have to be very active.

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Mavericks down Spurs 103-81 behind Caron Butler's 35 points - by Eurobasket News
Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Brendan Haywood (7'0''-C-79, college: N.Carolina) gave the Dallas Mavericks the energy, toughness and scoring they needed -- in other words, everything the Mavs expected when they traded for them a few months ago.

Butler scored a career playoff-best 35 points and had 11 rebounds, and Haywood provided a strong inside presence at both ends in his first start of this postseason, keeping the Mavericks alive by leading them to a 103-81 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night in Game 5 of their first-round series.

The Spurs were outplayed most of the first half, but trailed by only seven at halftime. Dallas didn't let them hang around much longer.

Butler had a layup and a pair of free throws during a 10-0 flurry to open the third quarter. After San Antonio finally answered, Butler came back with a 3-pointer with Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) charging at him. Soon after, Butler drove right at Duncan; San Antonio's big man got a piece of the ball, but it caromed off the backboard and into the net anyway.

Butler ran away stifling a laugh, while Spurs coach Gregg Popovich began preparing for Game 6 in San Antonio on Thursday night. He pulled Duncan at the next dead ball, figuring their rest was more important than trying to overcome a deficit that soon peaked at 22, and eventually hit 26.

The Spurs still lead the series 3-2, giving the veteran club two more chances to get into the second round. Only eight teams have ever blown a 3-1 lead.

Dallas showed a new life from the start, inspired perhaps by Haywood starting instead of Erick Dampier (6'11''-C-74, college: Mississippi St.), or just by their now-or-never situation.

San Antonio's only lead was 6-4, and the Mavs followed that with a 12-2 spurt that included opportunistic plays like Jason Kidd slapping a rebound right to Shawn Marion for an easy layup. They ran plays through Haywood, something unheard of when Dampier starts, and Butler was scoring inside, outside and in between.

Butler, Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson (6'5''-G-81, agency: Priority Sports) were acquired during the All-Star break in a deal that cost Dallas four players and forced owner Mark Cuban to ante up another $30 million. It looked like a great investment when Dallas won 13 straight in February and March, not so much with the Mavs coming into this game having lost three straight and with Butler shooting 38 percent in the series.

Butler made 12-of-24 shots, including 3-of-8 3-pointers, and hit eight free throws. He had 12 points in the first quarter, seven in the second and 11 in the third. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle wasn't as conservative as Popovich and left his starters in until midway through the fourth, so Butler got eight more points in the final period.

Haywood had eight points and eight rebounds. He took only three shots, making one -- which is one more than Dampier has this series -- but he got to the line plenty. However, he made only 6-of-12 free throws.

Butler's performance turned Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) into a sidekick. He had 15 points and nine rebounds. Jason Terry had 12 points, while Marion and Kidd each scored 10. Kidd also had seven assists and seven rebounds.

Tony Parker led San Antonio with 18 points. Half of them came during an 11-2 run at the end of the second quarter that gave the Spurs hope of pulling off another throttling third quarter, like they did to win Game 4.

Duncan scored 11 in 24 minutes and Manu Ginobili scored seven in 19 minutes.

Despite facing elimination, the Mavericks spent the last two days insisting everything was fine, that all they had to do was get to a few more loose balls and keep the Spurs from shooting close to 50 percent, as they have all series.

Sure enough, San Antonio made a series-worst 36 percent of its shots (only 27 percent in the second half), with Dallas grabbing 11 more rebounds and committing six fewer turnovers.

Dampier turned out to be Dallas' only player not to play. The backup center was Eddie Najera, who was ejected after only 47 seconds in Game 4 because of a flagrant-two foul on Ginobili.

He lasted 21 minutes this time, but also notched a flagrant-one for a second-quarter whack on Parker. With three flagrant 'points' this postseason, his next will draw an automatic one-game suspension. His performance already has won over the fans, earning cries of 'Ed-die! Ed-die!' in the second half.

Ginobili opened the game with a brown, less-noticeable bandage over his broken nose, then went back to a thick white strip of tape in the second half. ... Weird play early in third: On a made free throw by Dallas, San Antonio's Matt Bonner fouled Nowitzki, giving the Mavs one more free throw, which Nowitzki hit. ... Stevenson is nearly clean shaven on his head and face, his off-the-chin beard trimmed to a flat goatee. ... Dallas' Terry wasn't able to repeat as Sixth Man of the Year, but he did finish second to Atlanta's Jamal Crawford.

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C.J. Leslie Picks nc state and uconn - by Allen Waters

C.J. Leslie Word of God Academy Sr.
picks N.C. State over Connecticut basketball | Kentucky basketball| N.C. State landed one of its most noteworthy recruits of the Coach Sidney Lowe era on Wednesday afternoon when C.J. Leslie of Raleigh Word of God, one of the top dozen rated senior prospects in the country, committed to the Wolfpack.

'I'm going to N.C. State,' Leslie said. 'It is a great school and we can be good there. And obviously, Coach Lowe is a great coach.'

Leslie, a 6-foot-8 basketball forward, picked State over Kentucky and Connecticut.

Leslie said Wednesday morning that he was undecided with Kentucky and Connecticut still in the the picture, but he decided during the day that he was sure he wanted to run with the Wolfpack.

'It was really up for grabs,' he said. 'It was really close with the other two schools.'

The commitment to State was a return home in a sense. Not only will he stay in his home town, but he also will be signing with the school that he committed to after his freshman season.

Leslie committed after his first year in high school, but later decided that his decision had been too hasty.

'But State was there all the time,' he said. 'State was always in the picture.'

Leslie will be joining a strong recruiting class that includes Marrietta (Ga.) Walton guard Ryan Harrow, a top 25 player who is a close friend of Leslie. The two players wrote a blog last season.

State also has signed guard Lorenzo Brown of Hargrave Military, one of the top prep school players in the country.

The Wolfpack also is in the mix for Rocky Mount's Tashawn Mabry, the most valuable player in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A state championship and the Gryphons all-time leading scorer.

'I talked with Tashawn yesterday,' Leslie said. 'It's his turn next.'

Leslie is ranked No. 12 in the country by, an on-line recruiting site.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Harbour Heat
  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
  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
  Harbour Heat
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Boucher, Harbour .5.6 
 2. Kench, Cougars4.7 
 3. Tait, Wellington4.4 
 4. Devendorf, Waikato4.1 
 5. Jones, Nelson4.1 
 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
  Harbour Heat
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Webster, Harbour .3.7 
 2. Rougeau, Southlan.3.3 
 3. Te Huna, Manawatu2.9 
 4. Devendorf, Waikato2.7 
 5. Rose, Southland S.2.6 
 6. Boucher, Harbour .2.6 
 7. Tait, Wellington2.6 
 8. Kench, Cougars2.4 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki2.3 
 10. Jones, Nelson2.1 
Blocks Per Game
  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. Trueman, Taranaki1.0 
 9. Johnson, Taranaki1.0 
 10. Behrendorff, Couga.1.0 

Heat face test of their top two credentials - by Mike Lacey
NZNBL table topping Harbour Heat face a tough road test this week. The outcome of their games against Wellington Saints and Christchurch Cougars will go a long way in determining their play off position come the end of the season. Two wins or even a 1 and 1 split will keep them firmly in the top two but a couple of losses and the chasing pack including Wellington themselves will be eyeing a coveted top two place. The Heat then have to back up with a home fixture against rivals Waikato Pistons. The next seven days will be fun for the Heat

Otago Nuggets sign John Barber - by Eurobasket
Otago Nuggets added to their roster 25-year old American forward John Barber (200-F-85, college: Youngstown St., agency: Interperformances). Barber played most recently at ecogise Nelson Giants (NBL). While playing 15 games for Nelson last season his stats were: 10.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg.
in his first game with Otago Nuggets, Barder played 26 minutes ans scored 4 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks, but the team ended losing 63-80 against Zero Fees Southland Sharks
By Eurobasket Data Center


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


Cavalry crowned as new PBL champs - by Eurobasket News
Rochester R. - Lawton Ft.SC 108-126
In a showdown of two back-to-back champs, the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry captured their first Premier Basketball League title on Tuesday night, defeating the Rochester RazorSharks 126-108 in the decisive third game of the championship series. In Lawton, Okla., the host Cavalry carried a 56-45 edge into halftime and then extended their lead to 16 points after three quarters. Rochester, vying for its third PBL crown in a row, won the series opener 110-106 in overtime on its home court but Lawton-Fort Sill drew even with a 95-84 victory in Game 2 at Great Plains Coliseum. Elvin Mims' (6'5''-G/F-79, college: S.Mississippi) 26 points led six double-figure scorers for the Cavalry, which advanced to the final with a two-game semifinal sweep of the Halifax Rainmen. Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) added 23 and Brandon Dean (6'2''-G-79, agency: Union Sports, college: Arkansas) 19. Derik Hollyfield (6'4''-G/F-82, college: Bemidji St.) was the RazorSharks' top scorer with 24 points. The Cavalry, who topped the regular-season standings with an 18-2 mark, swept the Halifax Rainmen in two games in their best-of-three semifinal series. The two-time defending champs of the Continental Basketball Association jumped to the PBL last summer when the Continental league crumbled around them. *Courtesy of

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Larry AYUSO
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Ayuso, Capitanes21.3 
 2. Sherrill, Maryland.20.9 
 3. Anderson, Manchest.19.8 
 4. Bennett, Halifax R.19.2 
 5. Audet-Sow, Quebec K.19.1 
 6. Wise, 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
  Halifax R.
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Crookshank, Halif.13.4 
 2. Reyes, Capitanes12.9 
 3. Aubry, Capitanes12.9 
 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. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC7.9 
Assists Per Game
  Manchester M.
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Anderson, Manchest.6.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Capit.6.7 
 3. Ervin, Halifax R.6.1 
 4. Bowden, Lawton F.5.9 
 5. Crouch, Rocheste.5.8 
 6. Rice, Vermont FH5.6 
 7. Flegler, Maryland.5.2 
 8. Daniels, Lawton F.4.8 
 9. Mouton, Maryland.4.6 
 10. Sherrill, Maryland.4.6 
Steals Per Game
  Rochester R.
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Johnson, Rocheste.2.4 
 2. Robinson, Buffa.2.2 
 3. Bowden, Lawton F.2.0 
 4. Fortier, Quebec K.2.0 
 5. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.9 
 6. Gilchrese, Manche.1.8 
 7. Rice, Vermont FH1.8 
 8. Thomas, Maryland.1.8 
 9. Dean, Lawton Ft.SC1.6 
 10. Crouch, Rocheste.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Maryland GH
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Anderson, Maryland.3.2 
 2. Davis, Vermont FH2.3 
 3. Thomas, Maryland.1.9 
 4. Aubry, Capitanes1.9 
 5. Ocitti, Manchest.1.6 
 6. Crookshank, Halif.1.5 
 7. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.4 
 8. McKeon, Maryland.1.4 
 9. Turner, Halifax R.1.4 
 10. Marshall, Lawton F.1.3 


PLK Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Assec.Prokom - Energa Czarni 78-60
Prokom cruised past Energa Czarni for the second consecutive win in the series. Qyntel Woods (203-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) delivered 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Prokom. Lorinza Harrington (193-G-80, agency: David Lee services, college: Wingate) netted 13 points for the winners. Chris Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue) replied with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Energa Czarni.

Trefl Sopot - PGE Turow 89-82
Trefl Sopot are now two games ahead of PGE Turow. Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) scored 20 points to lead the hosts to the second win in a row. Lawrence Kinnard (202-F-86, college: UAB) and Cliff Hawkins (186-G-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Kentucky) netted 14 points apiece in the win. Michael Wright (203-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona) answered with game-high 29 points for PGE Turow.

Anwil - Polonia Azbud 84-83
Anwil nipped Polonia Azbud at home to enjoy 2-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) scored 16 points to pace the hosts. Mujo Tuljkovic (203-F-79, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14 points in the victory. Harding NaNa (203-F-81, college: Delaware) answered with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 steals for Polonia Azbud.

Polpharma - AZS Koszalin 74-84
AZS Koszalin surprised Polpharma on the road to draw things level in the series. Igor Milicic (194-G-76) accounted for 18 points to lead balanced offensive effort from the visitors. Grzegorz Arabas (190-F/G-78) netted 16 points in the victory. Patrick Okafor (203-F-79, college: Houston) answered with 21 points for Polpharma.

DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael WRIGHT
  PGE Turow
  Avg: 21
 1. Wright, PGE Turow21.0 
 2. Scott, ISS Sportino20.0 
 3. Mays, Znicz19.3 
 4. Day, ISS Sportino19.2 
 5. Chappell, Znicz18.3 
 6. Williamson, Znicz17.9 
 7. Miller, Polonia Azbud17.8 
 8. Okafor, Polpharma17.5 
 9. Swanson, AZS K.17.4 
 10. Logan, Assec.Pr.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.3 
 2. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.8.4 
 3. Chappell, Znicz8.2 
 4. Daniels, Energa C.8.0 
 5. Ibrahim, ISS S.7.9 
 6. Kesicki, ISS S.7.8 
 7. NaNa, Polonia Azbud7.6 
 8. Wallace, PGE Turow7.6 
 9. Okafor, Polpharma7.3 
 10. Bigus, Polonia 20117.1 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.7 
 2. Loyd, Stal SW5.9 
 3. Swanson, AZS K.5.5 
 4. Smith, SKK Kotwica5.1 
 5. Brazelton, Energa C.4.8 
 6. Logan, Assec.Pr.4.5 
 7. Snieg, Polonia 20114.4 
 8. Ewing, Assec.Pr.4.3 
 9. Hughes, Polonia .4.1 
 10. Milicic, AZS K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Chappell, Znicz2.9 
 2. Day, ISS Sportino2.4 
 3. Logan, Assec.Pr.2.2 
 4. Majewski, Polph.2.2 
 5. Godbold, Stal SW2.1 
 6. Mays, Znicz2.0 
 7. Swanson, AZS K.2.0 
 8. Angley, Polpharma1.9 
 9. Hawkins, Trefl S.1.8 
 10. Smith, SKK Kotwica1.7 
Blocks Per Game
  Polonia 2011
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Karwowski, Polonia .1.6 
 2. Wallace, PGE Turow1.4 
 3. Harris, SKK K.1.4 
 4. Kesicki, ISS S.1.3 
 5. Lapeta, Assec.Pr.1.2 
 6. Misiewicz, Znicz1.1 
 7. Booker, Energa C.1.0 
 8. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.1.0 
 9. Wyka, Znicz1.0 
 10. Johnson, PGE Turow0.8 

Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Tomasz CELEJ
  Start Lublin
  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.14.9 
 9. Weatherspoon, Znicz B.14.7 
 10. Wall, LKS Lodz14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
  Gornik Walb.
  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. Kulikowski, Zubry9.1 
 6. Lisewski, MMKS D.8.9 
 7. Mis, Siarka T.8.8 
 8. Kwiatkowski, Start L.8.5 
 9. Dluski, LKS Lodz8.3 
 10. Barycz, Siarka T.8.1 
Assists Per Game
  Spojnia S.
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Stoklosa, Spojn.7.9 
 2. Sikora, Start Lublin6.2 
 3. Basinski, MMKS D.4.9 
 4. Rapucha, Zubry4.6 
 5. Trepka, LKS Lodz4.5 
 6. Glapinski, Sokol L.4.5 
 7. Baran, Siarka T.4.4 
 8. Pacocha, Big Star4.0 
 9. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.0 
 10. Flieger, Zastal ZG3.8 
Steals Per Game
  Zastal ZG
  Avg: 3
 1. Flieger, Zastal ZG3.0 
 2. Szpyrka, Siarka T.2.9 
 3. Sikora, Asec.Pro.2.7 
 4. Stoklosa, Spojn.2.3 
 5. Koszuta, Spojnia S.2.2 
 6. Basinski, MMKS D.2.2 
 7. Chodkiewicz, Zastal Z.2.2 
 8. Krupa, Siarka T.2.2 
 9. Raczynski, Zastal Z.2.1 
 10. Aleksandrowi., Znicz B.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kulikowski, Zubry2.2 
 2. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.1 
 3. Milewski, AZS A.1.8 
 4. Jarmakowicz, Zastal Z.1.3 
 5. Barycz, Siarka T.1.2 
 6. Mis, Siarka T.1.2 
 7. Wrobel, Gornik Walb.1.2 
 8. Rajewicz, Zastal Z.1.0 
 9. Salamonik, Big Star1.0 
 10. Marculewicz, Zubry1.0 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Brandon DAGANS
  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
  VSC Guimar.
  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. Evans, Benfica8.2 
 10. Shaw, Illiabum8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel FELIX
  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. Reed, Benfica1.9 
Steals Per Game
  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. Fernandes, CAB4.6 
 7. Perdigao, AD Vagos4.6 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense4.3 
 9. Mims, VSC Guimar.4.2 
 10. Simoes, Academica4.2 
Blocks Per Game
  AD Vagos
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Smith, AD Vagos1.9 
 2. DeWitz, Benfica1.3 
 3. Grimes, Academica1.2 
 4. Stempin, Porto F.1.2 
 5. Lee, Ovarense1.2 
 6. Wilson, Sampaense1.2 
 7. Soderberg, CAB1.2 
 8. Terrell, Porto F.1.2 
 9. Voorhees, AD Vagos1.1 
 10. Frisby, Benfica1.0 


Priutt's a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket
25-year old center Shawn Priutt (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) put on an amazing game in the last week for Gallitos de Isabela and receives a Player of the Week award for week 8.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Ponce (#4, 9-8) 98-92. Despite this victory Isabela dropped to the 8th position in Puerto Rican league. Isabela is rather weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-11 record. Priutt just recently signed at Isabela, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Illinois graduate has very impressive stats this year. Priutt. Priutt is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.2ppg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 54.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last week was Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Quebradillas Pirates. He is naturalized American center in his first season at Quebradillas. In the last game Ramos recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Quebradillas to another comfortable win 105-89 over slightly higher-ranked Humacao ( (#7, 8-10) being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory Quebradillas slide down in the standings to 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Ramos is one of the most experienced players at Quebradillas and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Ali Berdiel (198-G-83) of Caciques de Humacao (#7). Berdiel scored 27 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of Humacao, leading his team to a 94-89 win against the lower-ranked Mayaguez (#10, 3-15). The chances of Humacao ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Berdiel could help Humacao to bring them higher in the standings. Berdiel has a very solid season. In 16 games in Puerto Rico he scored 16.3ppg. He also has 4.3rpg, 4.1apg, 2.2spg and and 3PT: 40.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77) of Bayamon - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) of Isabela - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of San German - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77) of Bayamon - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist
8. James Mays (206-F-86) of Humacao - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Mayaguez - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist
10. Mario Austin (206-F/C-82) of San German - 27 points and 8 rebounds

Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Capitanes 15-3 
 2. Bayamon 14-5 
 3. Ponce 9-8 
 4. Guaynabo 9-9 
 5. San German 9-9 
 6. Santurce 9-9 
 7. Humacao 8-10 
 8. Isabela 7-11 
 9. Quebradillas 7-11 
 10. Mayaguez 3-15 

Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Carmona, Mayaguez22.8 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon21.5 
 3. Nailon, Quebradillas21.0 
 4. Maye, Mayaguez20.1 
 5. Hickerson, San G.19.6 
 6. Priutt, Isabela19.2 
 7. Nailon, Ponce18.6 
 8. Ayuso, Capitanes18.5 
 9. McGowan, Guaynabo18.2 
 10. Jones, Quebradillas17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Priutt, Isabela14.2 
 2. Sweetney, Santurce11.8 
 3. Dyer, San German10.2 
 4. Narvaez, Ponce9.9 
 5. Traylor, Bayamon9.9 
 6. Aubry, Capitanes9.8 
 7. Reyes, Capitanes9.4 
 8. Collins, Ponce9.0 
 9. Mays, Humacao8.8 
 10. Walker, Guaynabo8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Avg: 6
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.0 
 2. Russell, Quebradillas5.4 
 3. Cruz, Ponce5.0 
 4. Hatton, Ponce4.9 
 5. Copeland, San G.4.9 
 6. Graham, Mayaguez4.9 
 7. Guzman, Guaynabo4.6 
 8. Rivera, Isabela4.3 
 9. Rodriguez, Capit.4.3 
 10. Berdiel, Humacao4.1 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Berdiel, Humacao2.2 
 2. Carmona, Mayaguez2.2 
 3. Pickett, Capitanes1.7 
 4. Perez, Isabela1.7 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon1.7 
 6. Rivera, Isabela1.7 
 7. Mays, Humacao1.6 
 8. Copeland, San G.1.4 
 9. Mojica, Bayamon1.4 
 10. Hodge, Santurce1.3 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.5
 1. McGowan, Guaynabo1.5 
 2. Priutt, Isabela1.3 
 3. Gainous, Santurce1.3 
 4. Reyes, Capitanes1.3 
 5. Russell, Quebradillas1.3 
 6. Perez, Isabela1.2 
 7. Nieves, Santurce1.1 
 8. Mays, Humacao1.0 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon1.0 
 10. Nailon, Quebradillas1.0 


Gaz Metan Medias vs. CSU Asesoft Ploiesti semifinal series preview - by Sebastian Umbrich
CS Gaz Metan Medias and CSU Asesoft Ploiesti will meet in the Romanian championships basketball semifinals in the 2009-2010 season. These teams ranked 2nd and 3rd at the end of the regular season and are now meeting in a series best of five matches. The team led by Coach Bruno Soce has the home ground advantage, a fact that will probably be an advantage.
The two protagonists of this series met three times during the 2009/10 regular season. Along the regular season each team won the matches on their home ground: CSU Asesoft Ploiesti won 87-81 while CS Gaz Metan Medias won 77-69, a win thanks to which Medias ended the season 2nd, because both teams had the same record: 24-6.
The most important direct confrontation, through the stake but also that it was the last direct meeting, was held at the Transilvania sports palace in Sibiu, in the semifinals of the Romanian Cup. Medias won the meeting 65-59, in a match where Milos Pavlovic (210-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) and Tudor Dumitrescu (195-G-79) scored 15 points each, Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) had 12 points and five assists and Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) managed 10 points and five boards. On the other hand, Rashard Griffith (212-C-74, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) has scored 14 points while Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79) scored 12 points (4x3) in the losing effort. So, before the semifinals of the championship the overall score of the direct confrontations is favorable to Medias 2-1.
In the quarter-finals, Medias got past Steaua Turabo Bucharest, 3-1 overall score, but there were 4 matches in whom the spectators had plenty of basketball to see. Moreover, the fourth match of the series (and the last one) needed to overtime periods to separate the teams. An interesting fact was that Dragoslav Papic (205-C/F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) (Steaua Turabo Bucharest) had 2 free throws awarded with 2.4 seconds before the end of the 1st overtime period, but, unexplainable missed the both. Medias won the second overtime period 9-7 and qualified for the semis. Ploiesti got past BC Arges Pitesti in the quarter-finals, overall scores 3-0, and dominated clearly all of the three matches, winning every match with at least 15 points advantage. This series will be very interesting, because the teams with the most points scored during the regular season will be meeting.
Given the fact that both teams are the most complete teams in the league, both the reserve holders, we can say that it is the confrontation in which we should be witnessing the most intense games of the current edition of the championship. Actual problems, however, appear to affect the Transylvanian team, which could not count on Derrick Phelps (192-G-72, college: N.Carolina), injured in the series match against Steaua Bucharest. In these circumstances Jarrett Howell will check every 40 minutes of play in each match, if you have to turn to health problems or misconduct. Also Deven Mitchell (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances)'s situation is unclear at this time. He resumed his preparations with the team but no one knows exactly when and where one will come to be its efficiency.
Statistics during the playoffs
- Gaz Metan is averaging 96.0 points / game in playoffs, CSU Ploiesti is 88.0.
- CS Gaz Metan Medias scored 41 three-point shoots (43%), 90 successful 2 point shoots (47%) and scored 81 free throws (81%) in four playoff games.
- CSU Ploiesti has 15 three-point shoots (28%), 73 successful 2 point shoots (54%) and 73 free throws (84%) in three playoff games.
- CSU Ploiesti has an average 40.6 rebounds/game while Gaz Metan has 40.2 in the playoffs. CSU Ploiesti has an average 13.6 while Medias has an average 17.0 offensive rebounds/game
- CSU Ploiesti has an average 17.0 assists 9.6 steals and 14.6 turnovers/game in playoffs
- CS Gaz Metan Medias has an average 15.5 assists, 8.0 steals and 12.5 turnovers/game in playoffs.
- CSU Ploiesti fouled 26 times per game in the playoffs, while Medias fouled 21.5 times per game.
Players that played well in the direct matches this season
Jarrett Howell has 52 points, 16 rebounds, 15 assists, 16 turnovers in the 111 minutes of play during the three matches against CSU Asesoft. Titus Nicoara has 34 points (five field goals in each game), 35 rebounds but has made 14 fouls, being twice fouled out. Whats more, he managed 2 double-doubles in the three matches. Tudor Jucan managed 20 points and 17 boards this season against the champion of Romania.
On the other hand, Kevin Burleson scored 42 points, 13 boards in 87 minutes of play against CS Gaz Metan Medias during the three clashes this season. Rashard Griffith was twice among the best of his bullets in clashes against CS Gaz Metan Medias, but scored only a single point in the match played in Medias. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) has scored 36 points against the Transylvanian team and despite a season under the previous, Arvydas Cepulis remains the main threat from behind the 6.25 line. He has eight successful 3-point shots against Medias.
Dilemmas and weaknesses
CS Gaz Metan Medias fans and staff hope that Deven Mitchell will be able to play in the series, after he hadnt played for the last 2 months. He modestly played the game at Ploiesti - six points in 22 minutes and has been fouled out, but he revenged in the match at Medias, when he scored 17 points, four boards and two blocks. His health is not very clear at the moment but if he fully recovers, it remains to be seen how he can move against an opponent of value after two months of absence.
Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union) is one of the best players of the championship, but fails to be constantly in progress against the leading teams in the league. He had 16 points, four boards and two steals in the first match of the season against Gaz Metan, but in the return match he has scored only five points in 22 minutes, a game he got an efficiency index of -1. Then, in the semifinals of the Cup, he has again played modest, scoring only eight points (3/11 on field goals) in 29 minutes with an index to efficiency of 1.
Gaz Metan has two wins against CSU Asesoft this season including a victory in the Cup, which stopped Ploiestis hegemony in this competition. The problems regarding the team (some players are injured) and the experience the team led by Vladimir Arnautovic (CSU Ploiesti) are clear advantages for the latter. The home ground advantage means additional pressure on the shoulders of the team from Sibiu County. It is the first time that CSU Ploiesti plays the first game of a semifinal series of the championship on the road. The shape of Catalin Burlacu who played better in the quarter-finals than in any other match in the regular season may be a further advantage for CSU Ploiesti. In order to qualify, Ploiesti has to win a match on the road, but only U Cluj (the winners of the regular season) won in Medias.
Most specialists from Romania think that this will be a 5-match series, and in the fifth match everything is likely to happen. Thus, some specialists think that Ploiesti will qualify in 4, maximum 5 matches.


The Horsfords Ghetto Roots Basketball Club is off to a good start for the LIME SKABA 2010 season as both of their teams, the SKABA Champions Ghetto Roots and the A division contenders Rootsie, recorded opening game victories.

The Rootsie came up against the formidable Monkey Hill Rockers XI in a keenly contested encounter. Both teams traded baskets for most of the game and ended the first half at an even 39-39. Things remained the same for the 2nd half as Jason Shaggy Norford for Rootsie and Calvin Butters Wallace for Rockers led their teams in a very exciting uptempo game. At the end of regulation the game was tied forcing an overtime period.
The overtime period was all Rootsie as they outscored the Rockers to win the game 83-77.
Jason Shaggy Norford led Rootsie with 24 pts while Calvin Wallace had 27 Points for Rockers.
Defending SKABA Champions Ghetto Roots had similar fortunes as they easily disposed of the Shawn K. Richards Sandy Point Chappurtin. The Chappurtin brother duo of Taslyn Belboda and Javal Hodge played exceptionally as they were able to match the Ghetto Roots dynamic backcourt of Rymal Bally Browne and Levi By-By Fyfeild. Belboda and Hodge gave the Ghetto Roots all they could handle however the Ghetto Roots simply had to much weapons and too much talent for the Chappurtin to be of any real threat. Despite losing SKABA MVP Browne early in the game and a lack-lustre night from the exciting Fyfeild Ghetto Roots still managed to make relatively easy work of Chappurtin with a 97-92 victory.
Taslyn Tazzy Belboda led all scorers with 27 points and 5 assists for Chappurtin while Carlos Mucho Caliente Monzac led Ghetto Roots with 21 points and 9 rebounds.
Ghetto Roots next game will be on Sunday versus Fig Tree while Chappurtin will take on Cayon on Saturday.
Exodus defeated the Conaree Fireball 66-55 in the LIME A Division.
For Exodus, Jason Jarvis had 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Michael Rawlins had 19 points and five rebounds.
E.O. Loughlinn had 14 points for Conaree.
Blue Devils remained undefeated in the A Division with a 63-52 victory against the Polstars. Tavo Sargeant was the top scorer for the Blue Devils with 21 points, and Kareem Gerald had 11 points and seven rebounds.
For the Polstars, Shane Christmas had 14 points, Kevin Fahie had 13 points and Gareth Phillips had 12 points.
Staying in the A Division the Quakers defeated the Bird Rock Uprisers 71-69, with David Debeson scoring 21 points and Tyrone Southwell scoring 14 points for the Quakers.
Justin Williams had 17 points and Ian Carr had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Bird Rock.
In the Premier Division the Cotton Ground Devils defeated the Rams Hitters 80-79.
Royden Browne and Jennerson France both had 20 points for Cotton Ground, with France also pulling down 10 rebounds. Kurt Herbert also had a good night for the Rebels with 16 points.
The reeling Hitters were led by vetran Trevor Huggins who had 22 points, and Ansel Revan who had 13 points. This is the first time in the history of the Premier Division that Cotton Ground has ever defeated the Hitters.
In the Junior Division the Blue Devils defeated the four-time defending champions 74-59.
For the Blue Devils, Scilachi Robinsion had 23 points, and Renaldo George had 19 points.
For Sandy Point, Travis Rogers had 16 points and Rameece Belboda had 10 points.


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

Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Panic, Metalac18.8 
 2. Beader, KG 0618.3 
 3. Mladenovic, Ergon.17.8 
 4. Mihajlovic, Ergonom17.5 
 5. Markovic, Tamis17.2 
 6. Micic, Napredak16.5 
 7. Markovic, Napredak16.5 
 8. Vukosavljevi., Prolet.16.4 
 9. Jorovic, Borac15.5 
 10. Martinic, Vojvodina15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar MLADENOVIC
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Mladenovic, Ergon.7.4 
 2. Mikic, KG 066.9 
 3. Buric, Tamis6.5 
 4. Ljubojevic, Novi S.6.2 
 5. Bosnjak, Vojvodina6.2 
 6. Jelovac, Mega V.6.1 
 7. Borovcanin, Sloga6.0 
 8. Jorovic, Borac5.8 
 9. Pobric, Novi Sad5.8 
 10. Lukovic, Radnic.5.8 
Assists Per Game
  Proleter Naft.
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.7.2 
 2. Kocergin, Masinac4.9 
 3. Stefanovic, Metal.4.3 
 4. Rakic, Novi Sad4.2 
 5. Korac, Beograd4.1 
 6. Djordjevic, Sloga4.0 
 7. Prolovic, Borac3.7 
 8. Martinic, Vojvodina3.7 
 9. Dimitrijevic, Sloga3.6 
 10. Radulovic, Masinac3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marko VULIN
  Proleter Naft.
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vulin, Proleter Naft.2.2 
 2. Jereminov, Tamis2.0 
 3. Martinic, Vojvodina2.0 
 4. Zarkovic, Prolet.1.9 
 5. Dundjerski, Beograd1.7 
 6. Rakic, Novi Sad1.7 
 7. Borovcanin, Sloga1.7 
 8. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.7 
 9. Djordjevic, Sloga1.6 
 10. Ljubojevic, Metal.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
  Mega Vizura
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Maravic, Mega V.1.2 
 2. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.2 
 3. Buric, Tamis1.1 
 4. Lukovic, Radnic.1.0 
 5. Ljubojevic, Novi S.0.8 
 6. Dramicanin, Borac0.8 
 7. Arsic, Masinac0.8 
 8. Bircevic, Metalac0.8 
 9. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.6 
 10. Cvetkovic, Mega V.0.6 

Jovo Stanojevic moves from Turkey to Kuwait - by Eurobasket News
Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) moved from Kepez to Al Kuwait SC. The experienced big guy signed contract for rest of the season.
Jovo Stanojevic appeared 29 times for Kepez in TBL averaging 17.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists. His season-high was 27 points against Darussafaka and Antalya.
Before Kepez, Stanojevic was a member of Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad, BC Kyiv, Besiktas Cola Turka, Prokom Trefl Sopot, ALBA Berlin, Partizan Belgrade, Maccabi Ranana and Crvena Zvezda.

Some of his awards/achievements include:
World University Games in Benjin (China) -01 (Champion)
Yugoslavian Cup Winner -02
Yugoslavian YUBA MVP -02
German Bundesliga All-Star Game -03, 04, 05
German Bundesliga Cup Winner -03, 06 All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year -03, 06 German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team -03, 04, 05, 06 German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -03 All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -03
German 1.Bundesliga Champion -03
German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -04, 05
German Bundesliga Semifinals -04, 05 All-German Bundesliga Center of the Year -04, 06 All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -04, 05, 06 All-German Bundesliga Player of the Year -06
Polish Cup Winner -08
Polish League Champion -08
Polish League Regular Season Runner-Up -08
Ukrainian Cup Finalist -09

Partizan getting the training center - by Milan Jovanovic
Aftet the historical placement on Euroleague Final 4 tournament, Serbian Ministry of Sports decided to present Partizan Basketball Club with a brand new training center.
The arena will be 1600m2 big, just 350 seats because the purpose is mainly practicing.
Besides basketball, it will also be able to be used by handball and volleyball teams, and city of Belgrade is to help with finding the proper location.
Plans are already ready, and Minister Samardzic-Markovic and Partizan president Danilovic already agreed it suits Partizan completelly.


Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
Places 1-8
 1. U.Olimpija 8-1 
 2. Helios 7-2 
 3. Krka 7-2 
 4. Parklji 5-4 
 5. Sentjur 5-4 
 6. Rudar 3-6 
 7. Zlatorog 1-9 
 8. Geoplin Slovan 0-9 
 1. Polzela 20-11 
 2. Elektra Esotech 15-15 
 3. TCG Mercator 12-19 
 4. Luka Koper 9-22 
 5. Sencur CP 0-31 

Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Cebular, Sentjur21.6 
 2. King, Polzela20.6 
 3. Crenshaw, Sentjur16.9 
 4. Mucic, Rudar16.7 
 5. Cup, Elektra .16.2 
 6. Feeley, Elektra .16.0 
 7. Snow, Helios15.9 
 8. Dragic, Geoplin .15.6 
 9. Drzic, Luka Koper15.6 
 10. Djapa, Parklji15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Avg: 11.3
 1. King, Polzela11.3 
 2. Feeley, Elektra .8.5 
 3. Thondique, Polzela8.1 
 4. Virijevic, Sencur C.6.9 
 5. Nuhanovic, Elektr.6.8 
 6. Miljkovic, Elektr.6.7 
 7. Pavic, Krka6.5 
 8. Djapa, Parklji6.5 
 9. Nikolic, Krka6.2 
 10. Markic, Luka Koper6.2 
Assists Per Game
  Elektra Esotech
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Kostomaj, Elektr.5.4 
 2. Crenshaw, Sentjur5.2 
 3. Anzulovic, Rudar4.0 
 4. Mocnik, Helios3.7 
 5. Cmer, Zlatorog3.7 
 6. Nachbar, Luka Koper3.5 
 7. Venta, Polzela3.3 
 8. Jersin, Parklji3.2 
 9. Perko, Luka Koper3.1 
 10. Udrih, Polzela3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Alvin SNOW
  Avg: 2
 1. Snow, Helios2.0 
 2. Nuhanovic, Elektr.1.8 
 3. Dragic, Geoplin .1.8 
 4. Udrih, Polzela1.7 
 5. Ristic, Sencur CP1.7 
 6. Mocnik, Helios1.6 
 7. Markic, Luka Koper1.6 
 8. Jovanovic, Sencur C.1.6 
 9. Cebular, Sentjur1.5 
 10. Lapornik, Sentjur1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Avg: 2.4
 1. King, Polzela2.4 
 2. Nuhanovic, Elektr.1.4 
 3. Nikolic, Krka1.2 
 4. Cup, Elektra .0.8 
 5. Mucic, Rudar0.7 
 6. Sjekloca, Elektr.0.7 
 7. Cigoja, Geoplin .0.7 
 8. Djapa, Parklji0.7 
 9. Lucic, Krka0.7 
 10. Simovic, Sentjur0.7 


Yoo Named National Basketball Coach - by Rick Ross
Yoo Jae Hak of the Ulsan Mobis, the current champions of the
Korean Basketball League (KBL), began managing the national team Wednesday
with a modest goal for the upcoming Guangzhou Asian Games.
Grabbing a medal is our goal, Yoo said.
On the previous day, the Korea Basketball Association (KBA)
formed a special committee and it unanimously designated
Yoo as the team boss for the Asian Games in November.

I feel some pressure, Yoo said. Everyone knows that
Korean basketball has to get through its present crisis.
His responsibility is unprecedentedly hefty as the country is suffering a
recent blip from its traditional status as one of
Asia's traditional basketball powerhouses.

South Korea has grabbed 22 medals up to date at the biennial FIBA Asian Championship.
Since finishing fourth in the inaugural event in 1960,
the country continued to claim a top three spot until 2005.
However, it is now facing strong challenges from Middle Eastern countries.
South Korea finished fourth in 2005, and even missed out on a
berth at the World Championship last year by collapsing to seventh,
with a stunning 68-65 quarterfinal loss to Lebanon.

Such a downfall has become apparent at the Asian Games,
where South Korea has claimed 11 medals, including three golds.
After winning a gold medal in 2002, the squad fell off the podium four years later,
losing to China in the quarterfinals.
The former star guard was optimistic about the national team's chances in Guangzhou.
Compared to my predecessors, I'm in better condition because
I have more time to get my players prepared, Yoo said.
It is important how I and other coaching staff help
elevate the concentration and spirit of the squad.

The KBA and KBL also put some new regulations in place to make the national team stronger.
Under the new rule, players who refuse the national team's
call without giving a reasonable reason are subject to a 15-game league suspension.
Last year, then-head coach Hur Jae of the KCC Egis had trouble rounding up the
players he wanted because many of them refused to play at the Asian Championship due to injuries.

With all the top-notch players called up, South Korea is expected to have a better
chance this year with additions to the roster such as the
2.21-meter center Ha Seung-jin and ethnic Korean guard Jun Tae-poong.
Over the last five seasons, Yoo led his superstar-free Mobis squad to the regular
season title four times and won the championship title twice. He has 335 league wins so far,
the second most among KBL coaches following Shin Sun-woo of the SK Knights.

Yoo Jae Hak
By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter


Plannja Basket - Norrkoping Dolphins 1 - 2 (81 - 86 ) - by Johan Anderson
Norrkoping Dolphins was better team last night 86-81 (26 - 22, 18 - 21, 14 - 23, 23 - 20) . After 20 minutes of play it was Plannja Basket Lulea who held 44-43 lead, but the Norrkoping replied in third period with 23-14. Oladapo Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) led Norrkoping Dolphins with 17 points.Plannja Basket Lulea John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) replied with 20 points in defeat.It will be very interesting how will Plannja Basket Lulea answer tomorow.
Fourth games are scheduled for April 29 in Norrkoping.

Dolphins take 2-1 lead in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Playoff Finals, Game 3: Plannja Basket - Norrkoping Dolphins 81-86

Norrkoping Dolphins did a great job last night. They managed to beat Plannja Basket on the road 81-86 and to grab 2-1 lead in the Playoff Finals. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) was the top scorer in victory with 17 points. George Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston) and Joakim Kjelbom secured a nice help adding 15 points each. The winners had three more players with double-digits in scoring last night (Lindquist, Grant and Drains). On the other side, Plannja Basket got 20 points from John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati). Brandon McKnight (188-G-83, agency: Promotex, college: Purdue) followed him with 12.
Both teams displayed nice performance in offense at the very beginning. The hosts were slightly better and they were up by four after ten minutes of play, 26-22. In the second quarter visitors replied with 18-21 for minus one at the half time. Oladapo Ayuba and his teammates took control on Plannja Basket after the breather as they managed to limit them to 14 pts in Q3. On the other side, they drained 23 for nice 8-point lead. Plannja threatened in the final period, but was unable to make a comeback.
Game 4 is scheduled for April 29.

Plannja: John Williamson 20, Brandon McKnight 12, John Rosendahl 10, Hakan Larsson 10, Jim Enbom 8, Vesa Makalainen 8, Johan Akesson 6, Gustav Nystrom 5, Christoffer Ryan 2.
Norrkoping: Oladapo Ayuba 17, George Gervin 15, Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) 15, Mikael Lindquist 11, Kenneth Grant 10, Fred Drains 10, Joseph McNaull 6, Bojan Atanasoski 2.


NCC an undeniable success - by Albert-Lee Young

Brian Manning
TT Express Newspaper
Wednesday, April 28th 2010

Congratulations to all the teams that qualified and participated in the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobagos (NBFTT) 2009-2010 National Basketball Championships.

The tournament was an undeniable success and capped the beginning of a revolution in local basketball. The National Basketball Championships is the marquee event on the NBFTTs calendar; it is a showcase for the best basketball talent that Trinidad and Tobago has to offer and is designed to attract fans, sponsors, and young people to the sport.

The NBFTT has explored almost every avenue in terms of marketing this event-radio, television, print media, Facebook and a revamped website

A stylish and youthful spin to our marketing effort has played a huge role in the success of the 2009-2010 Championships and it all began with the introduction of the NBFTTs new logo late last year.

The new logo was used to signal that there was a change in the organization and it wasnt going to be business as usual. The thinking behind the new logo is that it should reflect the national colours of Trinidad and Tobago and should also prominently display the name (acronym) of the organization.

The casual fan, and even some who comprise the rank and file of the sport, seemed challenged to remember the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago. Hopefully, over time, the new logo will solve that problem.

The NBFTT could not have asked for a more exciting and hard-fought finals, a seven-game series that I am sure will be talked about for some time to come.

The T&T Defence Force basketball team and Detour Shak Attack, from the Laventille area, have been by far the two best teams in the country for the last few years and have developed a heated rivalry.

Not only are they the best two teams in the country but they also play in the most competitive basketball zone in T&T, the North Zone. The result of every game they play against each other is taken personally by everyone on both teams.

In the 1979 NCAA college basketball finals in the USA a small school from Indiana (Indiana State University) faced a college basketball giant in the form of the Michigan State Spartans and the rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird was born.

That game generated unprecedented interest in American college basketball and transformed the NCAA basketball tournament into the marketing behemoth that exists today. It also spawned a decade-long rivalry between two of the best players to ever play the game.

The fantastic Defence Force/Shak Attack finals could affect the local game in similar manner and introduce unparalleled growth, financial opportunities for teams, and fuel the NBFTTs youth development programmes.

I live for the day when basketball players will become household names in Trinidad and Tobago and are rewarded handsomely for endorsing the goods and services of major companies.

Corporate T&T has to realize the huge fan base that local basketball possesses and the high regard basketball players are held in their respective communities.

Kurt Koto Christian and Steven Lighter Lewis are heroes to a legion of young players across the length and breadth of this country and would make worthy advocates of any cause. Corporate T&T should take note.

There was also a credible performance by the four teams from the North Zone basketball league. The NBFTT is comprised of nine regional zones and the North Zone was the only zone that qualified, through a playoff system, more than two teams in the tournament.

Those four teams (Defence Force, Detour Shak Attack, Sportworld Straker Nets, and National Flour Mills) finished first, second, third and sixth, respectively, out of a field of 13 teams.

It is important in any national tournament organized by the NBFTT that the best teams in the country be given an opportunity to play...without them the tournament would lose much of its lustre and meaning. Participation by the best teams can only lift the standard of basketball throughout the tournament and throughout the country.

Several aspects of this tournament were a first for local basketball, but the one that stands out is the decision to play games in the sister isle of Tobago. The players and coaches absolutely loved it. Many wanted to stay longer.

Ruthven Daniel, chairman of the Tobago Zone, convinced the board that it was feasible for Trinidad teams to play games in Tobago, albeit on a limited basis. Players were treated to that trademark Tobago hospitality and all complimented the culinary delights that were made available.

Also, Tobago fielded two of the more competitive basketball teams I have seen from our sister isle in a long time. Tobago basketball is back in a big way.

In the interest of time and space, it would be impractical for me to thank all those who contributed to the success of the NBFTTs National Championships in this short column.

Thank you all for your commitment and remarkable contributions to the success of the NBFTTs National Championships 2009-2010. It was arguably the greatest basketball tournament held in the history of T&T and has succeeded in solidifying the positive position of Trinidad and Tobago basketball in the national consciousness.

Finally, thank you to all the coaches, players and fans for your unwavering support throughout the championships. The success of this sport depends on you and the NBFTT is doing its utmost to support and assist you in making your dreams a reality.

The NBFTT has a lot scheduled for 2010, so keep watching.

Brian Manning
National Basketball Federation of Trinidad & Tobago


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Douby, Darussafaka23.6 
 2. Shipp, Bornova18.9 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas18.4 
 4. Brown, Bornova18.1 
 5. Hosley, Aliaga18.1 
 6. Baxter, Besiktas17.4 
 7. Heytvelt, Oyak R.17.3 
 8. Stanojevic, Kepez B.17.2 
 9. Toolson, Karsiyaka17.0 
 10. Rancik, Galatasaray16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermareo DAVIDSON
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Davidson, Darussaf.10.7 
 2. Heytvelt, Oyak R.10.0 
 3. Williams, Erdemir9.3 
 4. Hosley, Aliaga8.0 
 5. Aldemir, Karsiyaka7.9 
 6. Bowman, Tofas7.3 
 7. Smith, Karsiyaka7.1 
 8. Greene, Antalya6.9 
 9. Wesson, Karsiyaka6.9 
 10. Wilkinson, Galatasa.6.8 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Koseoglu, Erdemir8.7 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas6.1 
 3. Ermis, Banvit4.9 
 4. Douby, Darussafaka4.9 
 5. Atsur, Besiktas4.4 
 6. Acik, T.Telekom4.4 
 7. Smith, Bornova4.4 
 8. Ukic, Fener.Ulker4.2 
 9. Erdogan, Oyak R.4.2 
 10. James, Mersin4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky DAVIS
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Davis, T.Telekom2.7 
 2. Hosley, Aliaga2.6 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas2.4 
 4. Douby, Darussafaka2.3 
 5. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.1 
 6. James, Mersin2.0 
 7. Shipp, Bornova1.9 
 8. Famutimi, Oyak R.1.9 
 9. Holston, Karsiyaka1.8 
 10. Adams, Oyak R.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.5 
 2. Davidson, Darussaf.1.3 
 3. Denison, Tofas1.2 
 4. Solak, Galatasaray1.2 
 5. Elegar, Bornova1.2 
 6. Heytvelt, Oyak R.1.2 
 7. Bowman, Tofas1.1 
 8. Davis, Banvit1.0 
 9. Kone, Erdemir0.9 
 10. Buckman, Kepez Bld0.9 


Milton Newton could follow Larry Brown to Sixers - by David Edole
Could Brown's possible exit lead to Wizards front-office shake-up?
Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting today that Charlotte's vagabond Coach Larry Brown could again be on the move after leading the Bobcats to their first-ever playoff appearance. Wojnarowski writes, 'Brown is angling to take the Philadelphia 76ers' presidency, and has targeted Washington Wizards front office executive Milt Newton as his general manager and the Atlanta Hawks' Mike Woodson as coach, sources said.'

The speculation involving Newton, the Wizards' vice president of player personnel, is not far fetched. Newton, 44, was a member of the 1988 Kansas national championship team under Brown and remains close with his former coach.

His name also surfaced as a possible general manager candidate five years ago when Brown nearly took over as head of basketball operations in Cleveland. Brown engaged in talks with the Cavaliers while the Detroit Pistons were seeking to repeat as NBA champions against the San Antonio Spurs. Newton interviewed with the Cavaliers and was considered a leading candidate for the job, which eventually went to Danny Ferry.

Ed Stefanski currently serves as president and general manager for the 76ers, but has drawn criticism for overpaying both Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala, letting Andre Miller leave for Portland, and hiring Eddie Jordan, whose only season as coach in Philadelphia was a disaster.

Brown coached the 76ers from 1997 to 2003, leading the franchise to the NBA Finals in 2001, but his wife, Shelly, and children, A.J. and Madison, never left Philadelphia even after he made stops in Detroit, New York and Charlotte. According to a league source, Brown has grown weary of the arrangement and would like to return home. New Bobcats owner Michael Jordan reportedly gave Brown permission to leave for a position that involves having authority over basketball decisions. Charlotte trails Orlando three games to none in its best-of-seven first-round series.

Brown has been linked to Philadelphia for some time, and the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Monday that the team plans to speak with Brown about a job once the Bobcats are eliminated from the playoffs. Brown reportedly advised Comcast Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider, with whom he remains close, not to fire Eddie Jordan during the season. Jordan, the former Wizards coach, was let go two weeks ago.

A native of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and raised in the District, Newton has been with the Wizards for the past seven seasons, and directs the overall scouting efforts for the franchise. He leads the Wizards' pre-draft efforts in scouting and conducts the workouts for draft candidates. He also oversaw the creation of team's scouting database and assists with salary cap and player management. Newton, with his straight-forward approach, has been considered a rising executive for some time. He was instrumental in the Wizards selecting JaVale McGee and Nick Young late in the first round, and finding Andray Blatche and Dominic McGuire in the second round.


Relegation tournament: round 2 - by Platon Khegai
Mykolaiv - Pulsar 86:75 (29:24, 8:21, 28:13, 21:17)
MBC Mykolaiv seems to be 'the best among the worst' team.
M: Butskyi 24 pt, 6 as, 4 rb, 4 st; Onufriyev 21 pt, 4 rb; McClintock 10 pt, 10 rb, 5 bl; Love 9 pt, 4 rb, 4 as; Silkovskyi 9; Yailo 5 pt, 9 rb.
P: Poltoratskyi 20 pt, 3 rb; Shemosiuk 16 pt, 5 as; Reka 14 pt, 4 as, 3 rb; Kovalevskyi 7 pt, 5 rb.

Khimik - Dnipro-Azot 64:70 (18:20, 13:12, 11:20, 22:18)
Khimik lost to Azot again, for the second time in a week.
K: Harrison 13 pt, 6 rb; Kolchenko 13 pt, 5 rb; Popov 11 pt, 6 rb, 5 as; Agafonov 8 pt, 6 rb.
D: Karim 20 pt, 6 as, 3 rb; Lokhmanchuk 11 pt, 7 rb; Berkhin 11; Sokur 10 pt, 3 rb, 3 as; Rykhliuk 5 pt, 7 rb.

Hryfony - Halychyna 75:85 (19:19, 23:22, 16:19, 17:25)
First victory for Vladimir Poliakh after he became the head coach of Halychyna.
Hr: Miletic 26 pt, 4 rb, 4 st; Yevseyevichev 15 pt, 4 rb, 4 as; Petrenko 13 pt, 9 rb; Sabutskyi 13 pt, 3 rb.
Ha: Finn 27 pt, 13 rb; Lepojevic 23 pt, 4 rb; McIntosh 11; Zubrytkyi 8 pt, 13 rb.

9. Mykolaiv 15/28
10. Khimik 11/28
11. Halychyna 11/28
12. Dnipro-Azot 6/28
13. Pulsar 5/28
14. Hryfony 0/28

Superleague Round: 3 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla - Budivelnyk 84-89
Budivelnyk became the first semifinalists as they swept the series against Hoverla. Maxim Balashov (189-G-80) scored 18 points to lead the Kyiv team to the decisive third win in Ivano-Frankivsk. Derrick Zimmerman (189-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi St.) added 15 points for the winners. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma Baptist) responded with game-high 30 points and 8 rebounds for Hoverla.

BC Odessa - BC Kyiv 101-76
BC Odessa survived the challenge and remained in the title race after a comfortable win over visiting BC Kyiv. Jerome Coleman (185-G-81, agency: Liman Sports, college: Rutgers) scored 25 points to lead the hosts. Stanislav Balashov (210-C-79) netted 14 points and 13 rebounds for Odessa. Denys Lukashov (190-G-89) answered with 13 points for BC Kyiv.

Azovmash - Kryvbasbasket 76-58
Azovmash eased past Kryvbasbasket in Mariupol to ensure 2-1 lead in the series. Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) notched 19 points to lead the home side. Yevgeniy Podorvannyy (194-F/G-78) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for the defending champions. Jurica Zuza (207-C-78) answered with 16 points for Kryvbasbasket.

Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Burtt, Fe.21.6 
 2. Karim, DniproAzot21.2 
 3. El-Amin, Budivelnyk21.2 
 4. Thomas, Fe.20.7 
 5. McClintock, Mykolaiv18.6 
 6. Curry, Azovmash18.3 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik18.3 
 8. Williams, Halychyna18.0 
 9. Atanackovic, Gryfo.17.5 
 10. Daniels, Azovmash17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Fraser, Hoverla11.4 
 2. Thomas, Fe.10.9 
 3. Finn, Halychyna7.9 
 4. McClintock, Mykolaiv7.8 
 5. Pettway, Dnipro7.7 
 6. Morton, DniproAzot7.3 
 7. Hunter, Fe.7.1 
 8. Rizvic, Azovmash7.1 
 9. Shkurupiy, Gryfony7.1 
 10. Agafonov, Khimik6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Crowe, Dnipro7.7 
 2. Blassingame, BC Od.6.6 
 3. Sparks, Hoverla5.7 
 4. El-Amin, Budivelnyk5.5 
 5. Karim, DniproAzot5.4 
 6. Mitchell, Khimik5.4 
 7. Burtt, Fe.5.3 
 8. Lukashov, BC Kyiv4.9 
 9. Love, Mykolaiv4.5 
 10. Perry, BC Donetsk3.9 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.7
 1. House, Azovmash2.7 
 2. El-Amin, Budivelnyk2.3 
 3. Crowe, Dnipro2.2 
 4. Perry, BC Donetsk1.9 
 5. Tiggs, Fe.1.8 
 6. Sparks, Hoverla1.8 
 7. Curry, Azovmash1.7 
 8. Karim, DniproAzot1.7 
 9. Shemosyuk, Pulsar1.7 
 10. Kolchenko, Khimik1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Kyiv
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv2.7 
 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, Hoverla1.1 
 10. Ulyanko, Pulsar1.0 


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Mike COOK
  Sheffield S.
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Cook, Sheffield S.26.9 
 2. Bratton, Worthing.24.7 
 3. Patton, Sheffiel.20.4 
 4. Moore, Everton T.20.3 
 5. Yanders, Scottish.20.1 
 6. Valencia, Plymouth R.20.1 
 7. Wierzbicki, Leices.20.0 
 8. Middleton, Worceste.19.6 
 9. Johnson, Leiceste.19.4 
 10. Harrison, MK Lions19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
  Leicester R.
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Johnson, Leiceste.10.9 
 2. Toney, Sheffield S.9.8 
 3. Janusauskas, London C.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.8.0 
 9. Disy, Worcester W.7.7 
 10. Valencia, Plymouth R.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony MARTIN
  Plymouth R.
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Martin, Plymouth.7.3 
 2. Sapp, Scottish R.7.1 
 3. Moore, Everton T.5.8 
 4. Patton, Sheffiel.5.1 
 5. Drakeford, Guildfor.5.1 
 6. Yanders, Scottish.4.8 
 7. Peterson, Cheshire.4.6 
 8. Jackson, Newcastl.4.6 
 9. Jivens, London C.4.6 
 10. Middleton, Worceste.4.5 
Steals Per Game
  Worcester W.
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Middleton, Worceste.2.7 
 2. Moore, Everton T.2.5 
 3. Normantas, Worceste.2.3 
 4. Sapp, Scottish R.2.2 
 5. Babalola, Evert.2.2 
 6. Gariba, London C.2.2 
 7. Peterson, Cheshire.2.2 
 8. O''Reilly, Cheshire.2.0 
 9. Bratton, Worthing.2.0 
 10. Lasker, Plymouth.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
  Worthing T.
  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. Young, Cheshire J.0.9 
 6. Copeland, Scottish.0.9 
 7. Janusauskas, London C.0.8 
 8. Konarg, London C.0.8 
 9. Rodrigo, Essex P.0.8 
 10. Flournoy, Newcastl.0.8 


Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Capurro 3-1 
 2. Larre Borges 3-1 
 3. Capitol 3-1 
 4. Verdirrojo 3-1 
 5. Waston 3-1 
 6. Larranaga 2-2 
 7. Nacional 2-2 
 8. Tabare 2-2 
 9. 25 de Agosto 1-3 
 10. Yale 1-3 
 11. Olivol Mundial 1-3 
 12. Marne 0-4 

Five leaders for the Metro league - by Hector Lopez
Five teams are now sharing the leadership for the Metro League, after the 4th round, Capitol, Verdirrojo, Waston, Capurro and Larre Borges. The results and main players (including all imports) were:
Capitol 77 - Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 13 points, 15 rebounds, 10 blocks
25 de Agosto 70 - Bruno Fitipaldo (183-G-91) 25 points 6 rebounds, Marcus King-Stockton (206-F-85, college: Colorado) 14 points 13 rebounds 4 blocks
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Verdirrojo 89 - Jorge Trindade (205-F/C-89) 22 points 17 rebounds
Larranaga 71 - Federico Martinez (203-F/C-74) 29 points 4 rebounds, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, agency: Liman Sports, college: W.Kentucky) 11 points 15 rebounds 5 blocks
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Waston 117 - Juan Cambon (180-G-88) 32 points 5 assists, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 22 points 8 rebounds 1 block
Marne 113 - Cedric McGowan (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) 20 points 12 rebounds 1 block
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Tabare 93 - Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola (IL)) 16 points 10 rebounds 3 assists
Larre Borges 87 - Marcos Cabot (178-G-89) 25 points, Claudio Charquero (207-C-77) 18 points 11 rebounds
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Olivol Mundial 76 - Kevin Mickens (206-F-83, college: George Mason) 9 points 12 rebounds 1 block
Yale 71 - Leandro Taboada (180-G-86) 23 points 8 assists, Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 13 points 14 rebounds 3 assists
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Nacional 92 - Keith Gayden (202-F-83, agency: EM-PA, college: Duquesne) 12 points 11 rebounds 1 block
Capurro 87 - Lorenzo Coleman (216-C-75, college: Tennessee Tech) 15 points 5 rebounds 6 blocks


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
1. Cocodrilos 27-5
2. Marinos 23-9
3. Gaiteros 17-12
4. Guaiqueries 17-13
5. Panteras 17-16
6. Guaros 15-16
7. Trotamundos 15-17
8. Toros 10-21
9. Bucaneros 8-22
10. Gigantes 7-25


Women News

  ITALY - Women  

Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Brooke SMITH
  Avg: 17
 1. Smith, Comense17.0 
 2. Robert, Faenza16.8 
 3. Dixon, GMA Napoli16.0 
 4. Macchi, Familia Schio15.8 
 5. Walker, GMA Napoli15.5 
 6. Machanguana, Bracco G.15.3 
 7. Brunson, Taranto15.1 
 8. Bjelica, Vomero NA13.8 
 9. Pascalau, Priolo13.7 
 10. Cirov, Priolo13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcedes WALKER
  GMA Napoli
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Walker, GMA Napoli10.2 
 2. Tillis, Familia Schio9.6 
 3. Bjelica, Vomero NA9.6 
 4. Robert, Faenza8.6 
 5. Willis, Livorno8.0 
 6. Brunson, Taranto7.7 
 7. Smith, Comense7.6 
 8. Harper, Umana R.7.6 
 9. Machanguana, Bracco G.6.9 
 10. Screen, Basket P.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Adriana PINTO
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Pinto, Faenza3.5 
 2. Eric, Vomero NA2.5 
 3. Macchi, Familia Schio2.5 
 4. Dixon, GMA Napoli2.2 
 5. Ballardini, Umana R.2.1 
 6. Penicheiro, Umbertide2.0 
 7. Carpreaux, Livorno2.0 
 8. Martinez Pra., Bracco G.2.0 
 9. Moro, Familia Schio2.0 
 10. Goryanova, GMA N.1.9 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Zampella, Comense5.3 
 2. Carpreaux, Livorno4.8 
 3. Dixon, GMA Napoli4.7 
 4. Martinez Pra., Bracco G.4.3 
 5. Pinto, Faenza4.3 
 6. Macchi, Familia Schio3.9 
 7. Zara, Basket Parma3.9 
 8. Smith, Comense3.8 
 9. Eric, Vomero NA3.8 
 10. Cirov, Priolo3.7 
Blocks Per Game
  Familia Schio
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Tillis, Familia Schio1.1 
 2. Prystupa, Faenza1.0 
 3. Harper, Umana R.0.9 
 4. Smith, Comense0.9 
 5. Alexander, Faenza0.8 
 6. Godin, Taranto0.6 
 7. Brunson, Taranto0.6 
 8. Wabara, Bracco G.0.6 
 9. Van Malderen, GMA N.0.6 
 10. Cinili, Umbertide0.5 

Semifinals: Taranto eliminates Umana Reyer with 3-0, Schio takes 2-1 lead against Faenza - by Eurobasket News
Taranto - Umana Reyer 70-57
Taranto outplayed Umana Reyer in Game 3 of the Playoff Semifinals winning the series with perfect 3-0. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) shined for the hosts in this meeting with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Jami Montagnino (173-G-85, college: Tulane) scored 14 points, while Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) added 11 pts and 8 boards. In Umana Reyer, Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) collected 11 points and 5 rebs.

Faenza - Familia Schio 60-66
Familia Schio is 2-1 up after excellent road win against Faenza last night. Now, Schio needs one more victory to join Taranto in the Playoff Finals. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) stepped up for the winners with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Chiara Pastore (171-G-86) followed her with 15 pts. For the home side, Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) collected 15 points and 6 boards.

  LEBANON - Women  

Exclusive Interview with Shada Nasr on Lebanese Basketball group this FRIDAY - by Maarouf Mawloud
For the first time a woman guest interview!!! After being for the 15th consecutive time in the final...Antranik shine star and captain Chada Nasr (173-G-83) (Boo #13) will be our guest interview this friday 30/4/10 at 10 pm...
be there and prepare ur questions...
to follow the interview here is the link of the group on facebook :
(in order you are not a member you need to request to join this group)

  RUSSIA - Women  

UMMC take Superleague crown - by Eurobasket News
UMMC - Spartak Moscow Region 73:67
UMMC repeated as the Russian Superleague champions. They overcame Spartak Moscow Region in the third game of the championship series to clinch the title. It became the fourth success for UMMC in the Superleague history. Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) was once again unstoppable as she accounted for 25 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners.
UMMC dominated right from the tip. They unleashed 28 points in the starting frame taking an 11-point lead at the first break. The hosts stayed ahead throughout the second term. They notched a 15-point advantage at the interval. But Spartak were not about to let their opponents coast to the win. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) and Co. triggered a comeback effort in the third period. They outgunned the home team cutting the distance at just 5 points heading into the final frame. But UMMC played cautiously in defense in the fourth period and did not allow Spartak to rescue the series.
Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) knocked down 12 points for UMMC. Deanna Nolan (180-G/F-79, college: Georgia) netted 11 points in the win. Diana Taurasi responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Spartak. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

UMMC: Candace Parker 25+14 boards, Cappie Pondexter 12, Deanna Nolan 11
Spartak MR: Diana Taurasi 17, Sylvia Fowles 15+13 boards

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marina KUZINA
  Dynamo M.
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Kuzina, Dynamo M.22.6 
 2. Parker, UMMC18.8 
 3. Mosch, Nadezhda O.16.0 
 4. Taurasi, Spartak .15.8 
 5. Snow, Dynamo K.15.7 
 6. Snytsina, Nadezhda.15.6 
 7. Firsova, Spartak SP13.8 
 8. Pimenova, Cheva.13.6 
 9. Korstine, Spartak .13.2 
 10. Gruda, UMMC12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
  Dynamo NSU
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Kiseleva, Dynamo N.10.1 
 2. Baranova, Nadezhda.8.9 
 3. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.8.8 
 4. Snow, Dynamo K.8.2 
 5. Zakalyuzhnay., Nadezh.7.9 
 6. Stepanova, UMMC7.7 
 7. Parker, UMMC7.6 
 8. Petrakova, Spart.6.8 
 9. Kuzina, Dynamo M.6.6 
 10. Grishaeva, Cheva.6.5 
Assists Per Game
  Spartak V MR
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Bird, Spartak V MR4.9 
 2. Pondexter, UMMC4.3 
 3. Poto, Dynamo NSU4.1 
 4. Berseneva, Nadezhda.4.0 
 5. Dumerc, UMMC3.9 
 6. Keyru, Dynamo M.3.6 
 7. Firsova, Spartak SP3.5 
 8. Popova, Dynamo M.3.3 
 9. Mosch, Nadezhda O.3.1 
 10. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.3.1 
Steals Per Game
  Dynamo NSU
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bolsunovskay., Dynamo N.2.9 
 2. Beglova, Spart.2.4 
 3. Popova, Dynamo M.2.4 
 4. Poto, Dynamo NSU2.2 
 5. Keyru, Dynamo M.2.2 
 6. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.2.1 
 7. Chrustaljeva, Cheva.1.9 
 8. Snytsina, Nadezhda.1.9 
 9. Abrosimova, UMMC1.9 
 10. Belyakova, Spart.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.2.3 
 2. Kiseleva, Dynamo N.1.8 
 3. Osipova, Spartak .1.7 
 4. Stepanova, UMMC1.2 
 5. Kuzina, Dynamo M.1.1 
 6. Parker, UMMC1.0 
 7. Loginova, Spart.1.0 
 8. Snow, Dynamo K.0.9 
 9. Vodopyanova, Dynamo M.0.8 
 10. Petrakova, Spart.0.8 

  TURKEY - Women  

Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Michelle CAMPBELL
  Ceyhan Bld
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Campbell, Ceyhan Bld21.4 
 2. Prince, Botas20.0 
 3. Frazee, Cankaya19.2 
 4. Pringle, TED K.18.7 
 5. Paris, Botas18.1 
 6. Sales, Besiktas17.9 
 7. Santos, Besiktas17.4 
 8. Taylor, Fenerbahce17.1 
 9. Hodges, Istanbul.16.8 
 10. Ervin, Ceyhan Bld16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Courtney PARIS
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Paris, Botas12.8 
 2. Ervin, Ceyhan Bld12.4 
 3. Pringle, TED K.11.8 
 4. Frazee, Cankaya11.7 
 5. Black, Tarsus Bld10.3 
 6. Sevinc, Kocaeli10.1 
 7. Dacic, Besiktas9.7 
 8. Larkins, Mersin9.3 
 9. Campbell, Ceyhan Bld8.9 
 10. Penn, Istanbul.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Zoll, Botas6.1 
 2. Johnson, TED K.4.3 
 3. January, Tarsus Bld4.1 
 4. Vardarli, Fener.4.0 
 5. Brooks, Cankaya3.9 
 6. Hodges, Istanbul.3.9 
 7. McBride, TED K.3.9 
 8. Unuvar, Cankaya3.9 
 9. Catchings, Galatasa.3.8 
 10. Zellous, Besiktas3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Epiphanny PRINCE
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Prince, Botas2.8 
 2. Catchings, Galatasa.2.7 
 3. Chaney, Samsun2.6 
 4. January, Tarsus Bld2.4 
 5. Penn, Istanbul.2.3 
 6. Gant, Istanbul.2.3 
 7. Smith, Ceyhan Bld2.2 
 8. Pringle, TED K.2.2 
 9. Zoll, Botas2.1 
 10. Brooks, Cankaya2.0 
Blocks Per Game
  TED Kayseri
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pringle, TED K.2.4 
 2. Dacic, Besiktas1.4 
 3. Black, Tarsus Bld1.2 
 4. Sutton-Brown, Fenerb.1.0 
 5. Alyoshkina, Samsun1.0 
 6. Ervin, Ceyhan Bld0.9 
 7. Engin, Mersin0.8 
 8. Paris, Botas0.8 
 9. Smith, TED Kayseri0.8 
 10. Gaither, Samsun0.7 

TBB2L Standings - by Eurobasket News
TBB2L Standings
 1. Alanya BLD 9-1 
 2. TED Ankara 7-3 
 3. Izmir BSB 4-6 
 4. Burhaniye Bld 4-6 
 5. Gure Belediye 3-7 
 6. Antalya Koleji 3-7 

Botas becomes the last semifinalist - by Eurobasket News
Botas advanced to Playoff Semifinals after they blasted TED Kayseri in Game Four 65-90. It means that Botas won the series 3-1 and will meet Fenerbahce in the Semis. Didem Suer (188-F-77) led the guests in this game with 17 points. Chasity Melvin (191-C/F-76, college: N.Carolina St.) and Epiphanny Prince (175-G, college: Rutgers) delivered 16 points each, and they also had 17 rebounds together. Courtney Paris (193-C-87, college: Oklahoma) collected 13 points and 19 boards. In the loosing squad, Tangela Smith (193-F/C-77, college: Iowa) shined with 26 pts and 8 rebs.