EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/29/2010

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  ALGERIA   


Standings
D1 Stage Two Standings
Play Off
 1. GS Petroliers 5-0 
 2. CRB Dar El-B. 4-1 
 3. WA Boufarik 2-3 
 4. Staoueli 2-3 
 5. Blida 1-4 
 6. ASPTT 1-4 
Stage 2
 1. OM Batna 10-1 
 2. CR Bir Khadem 7-5 
 3. IRB Hadjout 6-5 
 4. Aml Skikda 5-6 
 5. COBB 4-7 
 6. CRB Temouch. 4-7 
 7. Ain Benyane 3-8 
 8. CSMC 3-10 
 9. NAH Dey 2-11 
Stage Two Standings


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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Al Rayyan, Mahram, ASU and Al Riyadi enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Quarterfinals

Al Riyadi - Smart Gilas 74:63
Al Riyadi sealed the semifinal appearance at the Asia Champions Cup in Doha. The Lebanese team overcame Smart Gilas in the quarterfinal tonight. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) knocked down 24 points to lead the effort. Al Riyadi managed to bounce back after a slow start and marched to the victory after the main break.
Smart Gilas put on a clinical defensive performance in the starting frame. They limited Al Riyadi to just 9 points and earned a 10:9 lead at the first break. The second term saw an intense battle. Neither side could surge ahead and the teams were knotted up at 34 after twenty minutes of action. Al Riyadi finally managed to take over after the long break. They fired to a 9-point advantage at the final intermission. Fadi El Khatib stepped up with 12 points in the fourth stanza helping Al Riyadi to the victory.
Rony Fahed (182-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) and Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) knocked down 15 points apiece in the victory. Milan Vucicevic (206-F/C-85) responded with 22 points for Smart Gilas. Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88) had 15 points in the loss.

Al Riyadi: Fadi El Khatib 24, Rony Fahed 15, Nate Johnson 15
Smart Gilas: Milan Vucicevic 22, Mark Barroca 15

Al Rayyan - Al Hilal 97:59
Al Rayyan had no problems against Al Hilal at the quarterfinal stage of Asia Champions Cup. The hosts stunned their Saudi Arabia opponents and would now face ASU of Jordan in the semis tomorrow. Al Hilal will face Astana Tigers in the classification round.
Al Rayyan did not give a single chance for the visitors. The Qatari champions exploded with 29 points in the opening frame taking a 15-point lead. The margin stayed in the second stanza. Al Rayyan arrived at the main break up by 13 points 46:33. Al Rayyan did not slow down in the third period. They established a comfortable 76:46 cushion heading into the fourth quarter. Al Hilal could not recover as Al Rayyan coasted to the win in the fourth stanza. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) delivered 18 points for the winners. Tanguy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) added 16 points for the home side. Brandon Crump (208-C-82, college: Tennessee) responded with 14 points for Al Hilal. DerMarr Johnson (206-G-80, college: Cincinnati) canned 13 points in the loss.

Al Rayyan: Yasseen Musa 18, Tanguy Ngombo 16, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) 12
Al Hilal: Brandon Crump 14, DerMarr Johnson 13

ASU - Astana Tigers 74:59
Applied Science University of Jordan became the first semifinalists at the Asia Champions Cup in Qatar. They shot down Astana in the opening quarterfinal battle in Doha. Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) came up with 19 points and 11 rebounds to pace ASU. The Jordanian team will now take on the winner of Al Rayyan vs. Al Hilal clash.
The teams stayed close in the starting frame. The Tigers managed to eke out a narrow 15:13 lead at the first break. But ASU opened the second frame with seven points in a row and surged ahead. They rolled to a 30:27 advantage at the interval. Astana tried to stay within striking distance throughout the third quarter. However ASU went on a 16:3 run late in the period to establish a comfortable 54:38 advantage. ASU stretched the gap at 20-point mark in the fourth stanza and never looked back en route to the victory.
Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) nailed 15 points for ASU. Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83) and James Williams provided 14 points each in the win. Aleksandr Tiutiunik (199-F-90) accounted for 16 points for the Tigers. Anton Ponomarev (209-C/F-88, agency: Court Side) netted 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in the loss.

ASU: Olumide Oyedeji 19+11 boards, Wesam Al-Sous 15, Zaid Abbaas 14, James Williams 14
Astana Tigers: Aleksandr Tiutiunik 16, Anton Ponomarev 10

Mahram - Al Jalaa 88:60
The Asia Champions Cup defending champions Mahram reached the semifinal stage at this years edition of the tournament. The Iranian champions toppled Al Jalaa of Syria to move into the next stage. Samad Nikkhah (199-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) fired 21 points to pace Mahram.
Jalaa well-matched the tournaments favorites in the first frame. The Syrian team stayed close and finished the starting stanza down by just two points 21:23. But Mahram speeded the game up in the second stanza. They cleared off to take a 44:34 lead at the interval. Mahram continued to stay in charge after the big break. The Iranian outfit raced to a 20-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. Al Jalaa were not able to recover in the final stanza. Mahram cruised to the victory and would take on either Al Riyadi or Smart Gilas at the semifinal stage.
Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) knocked down 17 points for Mahram. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) delivered 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's) answered with 16 points for Al Jalaa. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) finished with 11 points in the losing effort.

Mahram: Samad Nikkhah 21, Jackson Vroman 17, Loren Woods 12+11 boards
Al Jalaa: Chudney Gray 18, Garnett Thompson 11



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  AUSTRIA   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Deteri MAYES
  Gmunden
  (189-G-74)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Mayes, Gmunden20.8 
 2. Houston, Arkadia20.2 
 3. Penigar, Furstenf.19.5 
 4. Francois, Gussing19.4 
 5. Parker, Oberwart18.9 
 6. Roderick, Arkadia18.5 
 7. Mahalbasic, Worth.18.4 
 8. Paez, Oberwart18.1 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg16.6 
 10. Youngblood, Furstenf.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Oberwart
  (202-F/C-77)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Johnson, Oberwart8.7 
 2. Mahalbasic, Worth.8.6 
 3. Conley, Wels7.8 
 4. McCandies, Worth.7.8 
 5. Houston, Arkadia7.8 
 6. Forrestal, UBSC G.7.6 
 7. Heard, Gussing7.5 
 8. Penigar, Furstenf.7.4 
 9. Moric, Klostern.6.7 
 10. Roderick, Arkadia6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kelvin PARKER
  Oberwart
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Parker, Oberwart6.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.5.8 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden5.4 
 4. Danek, Arkadia5.0 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.0 
 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.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  Gmunden
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Boylan, Gmunden2.0 
 2. Payton, Vienna2.0 
 3. Schreiner, St.Po.1.9 
 4. O''Neal, Vienna1.9 
 5. Zeleznik, UBSC G.1.8 
 6. Roderick, Arkadia1.8 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.1.7 
 8. Richards, Gussing1.7 
 9. Jandl, St.Polten1.6 
 10. Moore, Wels1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shelton COLWELL
  Furstenfeld
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Colwell, Furstenfeld1.4 
 2. Heard, Gussing1.1 
 3. Anderson, Vienna1.0 
 4. Kohlmaier, St.Polten0.7 
 5. Bralovic, Arkadia0.7 
 6. Mahalbasic, Worth.0.7 
 7. Levy, Oberwart0.7 
 8. Francois, Gussing0.6 
 9. Roderick, Arkadia0.6 
 10. Mayer, Gmunden0.5 


A Bundesliga Finals: Gmunden ties the score, forces Game Five - by Eurobasket News
Gmunden - Furstenfeld 82-79
Gmunden grabbed 82-79 home win against the Panthers tying the score to 2-2. It means that the Game Five will decide who will be the champion of Austria for season 2009/10. Matthias Mayer (205-C/F-81) stepped up for Gmunden last night with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Ian Boylan (197-G/F-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Cal.St. Northridge) scored 16 pts and dished out 6 assists, while Florian Schoninger (186-G-83) helped with 15 pts. In Furstenfeld, Desmond Penigar (201-F-81, college: Utah St.) collected 17 points and 7 boards. Game Five is scheduled for Sunday.


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  BAHRAIN   


Ahli down Hala to book spot in final - by Yousef Ahmed


AL AHLI yesterday reached the final of the Zain Bahrain Basketball League series, beating contenders Al Hala 80-71 at Zain Arena in Um Al Hassam.

In the third and deciding match of this best-of-three series, former NBA first round pick Johnny Antonio Taylor scored a high-game 31 points as defending champions Al Ahli stayed on course towards retaining the trophy.

Al Ahli, the 12th-time champions, also comprised some of Bahrain's best talents like Sayed Hashim Habib (15 points), Mohammed Qurban (13), Maytham Jameel (11) and Hussain Shaker (174-G-86) (6).

On the other hand, Al Hala were heavily relying on their American import Patrick Simpson who was the team's top scorer with 31 points.

Al Hala were also spearheaded by skipper Yasser Bunaffour and Mahmood Ahmed (10 points each), Ahmed Haji (8), Hussain Murtada (6), Mahmood Abdulnabi (4) and Ayoob Hajji (2).

Al Ahli will play Manama in the best-of-five final series, to be implemented for the first time this season.

Manama already won their battle against Cup champions Muharraq in a similar best-of-three semi-finals.

Manama, the 15-time champions, defeated Muharraq in straight matches. They took the first game 99-90 on May 20, then picked up an emphatic 89-79 victory last Monday.

The Bahrain Basketball Association is yet to confirm the schedule of the finals. The dates issued earlier were Monday, June 4, June 7, June 10 and June 14.

Al Ahli took a 1-0 lead on May 19, winning the first tie 81-76. But Al Hala came back in the second last Sunday which ended in their favour 79-76 to level the tie and extend the series to a third match.

Al Hala were hoping to score another upset win yesterday and revive their chances of winning their third league trophy and for the first time since 1996.

Al Ahli started the game well and took a six-point lead in the first quarter of 23-17 with Habib making crucial contributions scoring eight points.

Under former club and national team player Aqeel Milad, Al Ahli maintained their momentum in the second quarter with a well-organised teamwork and stretched the lead to eight points at half-time.

Coached by Walter Pereira, Al Hala were hoping to make a strong comeback in the third quarter, but it was Al Ahli who remained ahead after showing solid defence while capitalising on their throws.

Al Ahli stayed focused in the fourth and final quarter, during which they held on to their lead and never looked back for a nine-point victory.
Source: GDN By Rami Hulayyel , Posted on Friday, May 28, 2010



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Lietuvos Rytas keeps Bajramovic, Bjelica and Milosevic - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas announced that Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket), Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) will stay with the club next season.
Kenan Bajramovic joined the Lithuanian champion in January this year. He helped them to defend LKL title with 14.5 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 23 games. In Baltic league, Bajramovic appeared 9 times averaging 15.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He also played for Lietuvos Rytas on season 2007/08.
Milko Bjelica will play his third consecutive year with Lietuvos Rytas. He appeared 10 times in Euroleague this season averaging 11.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.1apg. In Baltic league, he had 14.0 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 15 games. In LKL, Bjelica averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists for 25 games.
Igor Milosevic joined Lietuvos Rytas in January this year from Marousi. For 6 games in Baltic league, Milosevic had 15.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 5.2 apg. In LKL, he collected 9.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 4.5 apg for 14 games.
Lietuvos Rytas was better than Zalgiris 4-3 in the Playoff Finals defending the LKL title. They also defended National Cup trophy this season.


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  BELGIUM   


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Brian GREENE
  Aalstar
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Greene, Aalstar16.8 
 2. Melson, Gent16.0 
 3. Black, Antwerp15.8 
 4. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.15.6 
 5. McNeal, M.Hainaut15.3 
 6. Thomas, Liege14.9 
 7. Freeman, Verviers.14.0 
 8. Banks, Liege14.0 
 9. Green, Liege14.0 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will THOMAS
  Liege
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Thomas, Liege8.9 
 2. Ebong, M.Hainaut8.6 
 3. Randle, Gent8.3 
 4. Young, Leuven7.8 
 5. Merriex, Aalstar7.6 
 6. Brown, Antwerp6.6 
 7. Greene, Aalstar6.4 
 8. Hilliard, Verviers.6.4 
 9. Pelle, Oostende6.3 
 10. Tofi, Verviers-Pep.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Stanley BURRELL
  Verviers-Pep.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Burrell, Verviers.4.6 
 2. Gill, Oostende4.3 
 3. Bosco, Gent3.9 
 4. Loubry, Gent3.8 
 5. Green, Liege3.8 
 6. Johnson, Charleroi3.7 
 7. Hamilton, Charleroi3.2 
 8. Tabu, Charleroi2.8 
 9. Black, Antwerp2.7 
 10. Wilson, Aalstar2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Loren STOKES
  Aalstar
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Stokes, Aalstar2.3 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.2 
 3. Gill, Oostende2.2 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.1.9 
 6. Bosco, Gent1.9 
 7. Thomas, Liege1.9 
 8. Anderson, Leuven1.8 
 9. Greene, Aalstar1.8 
 10. Conlan, M.Hainaut1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (208-C-73)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.2 
 2. Pelle, Oostende0.9 
 3. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 4. Wilkinson, Charleroi0.9 
 5. Young, Leuven0.8 
 6. Randle, Gent0.7 
 7. Tofi, Verviers-Pep.0.6 
 8. McNeal, M.Hainaut0.6 
 9. Barber, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Brown, Antwerp0.5 


Charleroi goes to Finals, Antwerp ties the score against Liege - by Eurobasket News
Oostende - Charleroi 58-69
Charleroi outplayed Oostende for the second consecutive time and advanced to Playoff Finals. Jonathan Tabu (190-G-85) top-scored in victory with 15 points. Hero from Game One, Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, college: Rider), also had very important role as he added 14 points and 7 rebounds. Courtney Sims (211-C-83, college: Michigan) helped with 13 points and 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) delivered 17 points. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) this time stopped on 13. Charleroi will now wait the winner of Liege - Antwerp series.

Antwerp - Liege 83-76
Antwerp was better than Liege in Game Two of the Playoff Semifinals. Liege celebrated in the first meeting, so the score is tied to 1-1 now. Game Three is scheduled for Saturday and Liege will be the host. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) shined for Antwerp with 19 points. Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton (NC)) and Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) followed with 17 and 16 points respectively. In Liege, Josh Duncan (204-F/C-86) collected 14 points and 9 rebounds. Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) and Guy Muya (190-G-83, agency: LBM Management) also had 14 pts apiece.


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  BOSNIA   


Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Awards 2009-10 - by Eurobasket
This is the revised version of season-end awards for 2009-10.
This year we posted twice the year-end awards. The first draft version was done before the play-off games. However this year play-off stage had significant influence on final awards as we had the chance to follow how the players perform in face-to-face games against their direct opponents for the season-end awards.
It was a lot of discussions and diagreements and this year's version was exceptionally hard to make.
Below you can find Eurobasket.com All-Bosnian League Awards for season 2009-10:


All-League 1st Team 2009-10
Ivan Grgat
Grgat
Chester Mason
Mason
Feliks Kojadinovic
Kojadinovic
Vladimir Zujovic
Zujovic
Christophe Massie
Massie

Player of the Year: Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74) of Siroki TT
Guard of the Year: Chester Mason (192-G-81) of Siroki TT
Forward of the Year: Vladimir Zujovic (201-F/G-80) of Igokea
Center of the Year: Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74) of Siroki TT
Defensive Player of the Year: Elnis Prasovic (204-F-84) of Celik
Newcomer of the Year: Nebojsa Andelic (198-G/F-91) of Slavija
Most Improved Player of the Year: Jozo Brkic (211-F/C-86) of Capljina
Domestic Player of the Year: Feliks Kojadinovic (197-G-79) of Bosna S.
Import Player of the Year: Chester Mason (192-G-81) of Siroki TT
Bosman of the Year: Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74) of Siroki TT
Coach of the Year: Ante Nazor of Capljina

1st Team
G: Chester Mason (192-81) of Siroki TT
G: Feliks Kojadinovic (197-79) of Bosna S.
F/G: Vladimir Zujovic (201-80) of Igokea
F/C: Christophe Massie (206-77) of Igokea
C/F: Ivan Grgat (210-74) of Siroki TT

2nd Team
G: Ivan Bakovic (197-81) of Capljina
G/F: Suad Sehovic (197-87) of Bosna S.
F/G: Marko Djerasimovic (200-84) of Igokea
F: Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) of Bosna S.
C: Savo Djikanovic (211-75) of Igokea

Honorable Mention
Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) of Siroki TT
Marko Djurkovic (205-C/F-87) of Igokea
Jovan Zdravkovic (178-G-78) of Capljina
LaVell Blanchard (201-G/F-81) of Igokea
Mladen Gligora (204-C/F-82) of Zrinjski MC
Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) of Siroki TT
Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) of Capljina
Nemanja Vranjes (188-G/F-88) of Hercegovac
Filip Adamovic (184-G-88) of Sloboda Dita
Milijan Bocka (186-G-82) of Igokea
Miroslav Cubrilo (205-C-82) of Slavija

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Feliks Kojadinovic (197-79) of Bosna S.
G: Ivan Bakovic (197-81) of Capljina
G/F: Suad Sehovic (197-87) of Bosna S.
C/F: Marko Djurkovic (205-87) of Igokea
C: Savo Djikanovic (211-75) of Igokea

All-Imports Team * includes also Bosmans
G: Chester Mason (192-81) of Siroki TT
G: Hrvoje Puljko (193-83) of Siroki TT
F: Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) of Bosna S.
C/F: Ivan Grgat (210-74) of Siroki TT
F/C: Christophe Massie (206-77) of Igokea

All-Defensive Team
Elnis Prasovic (204-F-84) of Celik
Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) of Bosna S.
Dalibor Persic (193-G-85) of Sloboda Dita
Christophe Massie (206-F/C-77) of Igokea
Chester Mason (192-G-81) of Siroki TT
Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) of Siroki TT

All-Newcomers Team
Nebojsa Andelic (198-G/F-91) of Slavija
Marko Djurkovic (205-C/F-87) of Igokea
Irfan Hodzic (93) of Sloboda Dita
Mirza Bulic () of Sloboda Dita
Emir Besovic (208-C-90) of Slavija



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  BULGARIA   


Best players in Bulgaria for season 2009/2010 - by Valentin Anguelov
Here are the awards for the best players in Bulgaria for season 2009/2010.
MVP - Best player of the season: Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) (Levski)
Guard of the year: Aaron Harper (Levski)
Forward of the year: Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) (Lukoil Academic)
Center of the year: Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) (Levski)
Bosman Player of the Year: Pero Antic (Lukoil Academic)
Import Player of the Year: Aaron Harper (Levski)
Domestic Player of the Year: Jordan Bozov (191-G-79, agency: Interperformances) (Balkan)
Defensive Player of the Year: Pero Antic (Lukoil Academic)
Coach of the year: Konstantin Papazov (Levski)

First team:
Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) (Rilski Sportist)
Aaron Harper (Levski)
Jordan Bozov (Balkan)
Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) (Levski)
Pero Antic (Lukoil Academic)

Second team:
Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) (Lukoil Academic)
Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) (Balkan)
Atanas Radev (200-F-81) (Balkan)
Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) (Rilski Sportist)
Stefan Georgiev (Levski)

Third team:
Bobby Frasor (191-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) (Levski)
Martin Durchev (200-G-87) (Chernomorets)
Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) (Euroins Cherno more)
Dimitar Angelov (202-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) (Yambol)
Joe Kennerly (Spartak Pleven)

All foreigners team
Willie Deane (Lukoil Academic)
Aaron Harper (Levski)
Travis Peterson (Rilski Sportist)
Donald Cole (Levski)
Pero Antic (Lukoil Academic)

All Bulgarians team:
Aleksandar Gruev (Rilski Sportist)
Jordan Bozov (Balkan)
Ivan Lilov (Balkan)
Atanas Radev (Balkan)
Stefan Georgiev (Levski)
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  CANADA   


Slam comeback falls short in Edmonton, 132-129 - by Eurobasket News
The Bellingham Slam nearly overcame a 13-point fourth quarter deficit, but fell to the Edmonton Energy, 132-129, in an up-tempo International Basketball League game at Jasper Place High School on Thursday.

The two teams traded leads several times during the first half before Edmonton began to pull away in the third quarter.

Edmonton scored eight of the fourth quarter's first ten points to give them their first double-digit lead, at 109-96. But Bellingham clawed back thanks to a late 15-4 run to get the margin down to one point twice in the final two minutes of the game. After a couple defensive stops, the Slam had chances to take the lead but were unable to convert.

Stevenson finished with a career high of 37 points on, while Ike Ohanson (6'6''-F-80, agency: Prossin Sports Management) had 18. Stevenson was also the game's leading rebounder with 12.

Stephen Sir (6'5''-G-82, college: N.Arizona) led seven Edmonton players with 24 points. Benson Callier (6'6''-G-84, college: W.Kentucky) contributed a double-double with 19 points and ten rebounds.

The two teams continue their three game series with a match-up Friday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Van Vliet Centre.


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CHINA   


China Names Under-17 and Under-18 Teams - by Arthur Volbert
The training rosters of China's Under-17 and Under-18 teams have been named.

CBA announced a 14-player roster of the China U17 National Team preparing for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship to be held in Hamburg of Germany from July 2 to 11.

Fan Bin, former Bayi Rockets star and national team player, is going to be the head coach. The roster is similar to the one that won the Asian Championship. The primary differences are that Shi Hongfei, the team's third-best point guard, has been transferred to the Under-18 team and that Guo Ailun is now listed as a point guard rather than a shooting guard.

Unfortunately, Ju Mingxin, he of the two conflicting birth dates, 1990 which he used in high school and 1993, which he uses today, is still on the team. Because of this conflict in documentation, he should be removed.

Point Guards:

Guo Ailun (93; 1.9M/6ft 3; Liaoning Panpan)
Luo Hanshen (94; 1.86M/6ft 1; Dongguan New Century)
Bi Jiguang (93; 1.83M/6ft; Dongguan New Century)
Wang Zirui (93 years, 1.88M/6ft 2; Zhejiang Guangsha)

Shooting Guards/Small Forwards:

Gao Shang (94; 1.97M/6ft 5.5; Guangdong Hongyuan)
Wang Pu (93; 1.98M/6ft 6; Guangdong Hongyuan)
Ju Mingxin (93; 1.99M/6ft 6; Guangdong Hongyuan)
Wang Qipeng (93; 1.98M/6ft 6; Dongguan Park Lane)

Power Forwards:

Zhu Xuhang (93; 2.07M/6ft 9.5; Guangdong Hongyuan)
Zhai Xiaochuan (93; 2.05M/6ft 8.5; Beijing Capital Steel)

Centers:

Xu Tao (93; 2.10M/6ft 10.5; Shandong Kingston)
Wei Dong (93; 2.04M/6ft 8; Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank)
Yan Pengfei (93; 2.04M/6ft 8; Shanxi Zhongyu)
Wang Zhelin (94; 2.11M/6ft 11; Fujian SBS)

The Under-18 team that will play in the Asian Championship is very similar to the team which played in the Albert Schweitzer Tourney. Li Muhao (216-C-92) has been added but no CBA players were added to the team. Wang Pu is listed as playing for both the U-17 and U-18 teams and he is either on one team or the other.

Hongfei Shi 180cm

Shan Zhiming 198cm

Li Muhao 218cm

Sun Tonglin 208cm

Xu Jiahan 190cm

Ren Kai 205 cm

Sun Hefeng 204cm

Gu Quan 200cm

Yang Dapeng 196cm

Zhang Bowen 190cm

Wang Pu 200cm

Tang Hanlin 194cm
Yu Gang 206cm
Jia Tianchen 188 cm
Liu Peng 197cm



Yao Ming's Recovery Going According to Schedule - by Arthur Volbert
According to the Houston Chronicle, Ming Yao (226-C-80) might not be back on the track quite yet, but he cleared a key hurdle Thursday to get there.

An extensive physical on Yao's repaired and restructured left foot, long considered an important milestone in his comeback, showed the rehabilitation progressing well, clearing Yao to move to more extensive running and on-court workouts.

We reviewed his most recent bone scans, and they indicate the healing is continuing at the expected rate, Rockets athletic trainer Keith Jones said. Hes right where he should be with regard to his rehab.

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Five Players Cut from National Team - by Arthur Volbert
Five players were cut from the Chinese National Team today -- Zhang Songtao (213-C-85) of Beijing Aoshen, Han Shuo (196-G-86) of Jiangsu, Han Dejun (215-C-89) of Liaoning, Yang Ming (193-G-85) of Liaoning, and Xu GuoChong (198-F/G-81) of Xinjiang.

According to pryuen at http://www.yaomingmania.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14700&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=130 Yang Ming and Han Shuo simply did not have the needed skills.

These are two players whose ages were altered. Yang Ming went from being born in 1987 to being born in 1985 and Han Shuo went from 1989 to 1986. As junior players, they were therefore misjudged as being far more talented than they actually are. This is the danger of Chinese players lying about their ages.

Zhang Songtao was also deficient in the skills Coach Bob Donewald Jr. seeks in his players. Zhang suffers from playing against the inferior competition that Beijing Aoshen faces, where defense and ruggedness are ignored in wide-open play.

Xu Guozhong, at age 29, was asked to voluntarily give up his position. He is currently more productive than some of the younger players who were kept. But he is not a star on the international stage, and the younger players have far more upside.

Han Dejun was cut because he needs to improve his conditioning. But Donewald said he might return to the team in two years if he improves his conditioning and works on his skills. However, currently both Su Wei and Zhang Zhaoxu are ahead of him, and may stay ahead of him. By 2012, Wang Zheng, Sun Zhe, Zhang Dayu and Li Muhao could join the competition.

Donewald said that he would add young Guo Ailun to the national team candidates right after the FIBA Under 17 World Championship in Germany from July 2 to July 11. Guo, the nephew of assistant coach Guo Shiqiang, is looked upon as China's point guard of the future.

Current National Team candidates:
Point/Shooting Guards (9)

Yu Shulong (Jilin Longrun Tea); Zhang Qingpeng (Liaoning Panpan); Liu Wei (Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks ); Sun Yue (Beijing Aoshen); Zhang Bo (Bayi Rockets); Meng Duo (Dongguan New Century Leopards); Wang Shipeng (Guangdong Dongguan Bank Hongyuan Tigers); Guo Ailun (Liaoning Panpan); Gong Songlin (Fujian SBS);

Small/Power Forwards (8 )

Zhu Fangyu (Guangdong Dongguan Bank Hongyuan Tigers); Zhou Peng (Guangdong Dongguan Bank Hongyuan Tigers); Yi Li (Jiangsu Nangang Dragons); Dong Hanlin (Guangdong Dongguan Bank Hongyuan Tigers); Yi Jianlian (New Jersey Nets); Wang Zhizhi (Bayi Rockets); Li xiaoxu (Liaoning Panpan); Ding Jinhui (Zhejinag Chuzhou Bank);

Centers (5)

Yao Ming (Houston Rockets); Tang Zhengdong (Jiangsu Nangang Dragons); Su Wei (Guangdong Dongguan Bank Hongyuan Tigers); Xu Zhonghao (Bayi Rockets); Max Zhang Zhaoxu (NCAA UC Berkeley);
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NBL Round: 1 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
CEZ Nymburk - BK Prostejov 85-70
Nymburk recorded the first win in the CBF Final. They toppled visiting Prostejov behind 20 points from Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side). Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) and Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) notched 12 points apiece in the winning effort. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) responded with 18 points for Prostejov.



Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Myles MCKAY
  USK Praha
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. McKay, USK P.22.7 
 2. Thomas, Podebrady17.0 
 3. Smith, BC Kolin16.7 
 4. Hatcher, BK Decin16.3 
 5. Stuchly, NH Ostrava15.8 
 6. Meno, Basketbo.15.4 
 7. Castleberry, Podeb.15.1 
 8. Hampton, BK Pardu.15.0 
 9. Stec, B&W Opava14.3 
 10. Mulligan, BK Decin14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tremaine FORD
  USK Praha
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Ford, USK Praha11.0 
 2. Castleberry, Podeb.9.4 
 3. Meno, Basketbo.9.0 
 4. Burke, NH Ostrava8.1 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.7.9 
 6. Chan, BK Prostejov7.1 
 7. Houska, BK Decin7.0 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.6.5 
 9. Payne, NH Ostrava6.5 
 10. Klimes, USK Praha5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brad JONES
  BC Kolin
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Jones, BC Kolin4.7 
 2. Mitchell, NH Os.4.5 
 3. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.4 
 4. Sanders, Novy Jicin4.4 
 5. Kotas, USK Praha4.3 
 6. Carnecky, B&W O.4.3 
 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
 Eugene LAWRENCE
  BK Prostejov
  (184-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lawrence, BK Prost.2.3 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha2.2 
 3. Mitchell, NH Os.2.1 
 4. Wright, BK Pardu.2.0 
 5. Meno, Basketbo.1.9 
 6. McKay, USK P.1.8 
 7. Mulligan, BK Decin1.8 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 9. Lenzly, CEZ N.1.7 
 10. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Tremaine FORD
  USK Praha
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Ford, USK Praha1.5 
 2. Chan, BK Prostejov1.5 
 3. Walker, Novy Jicin1.5 
 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. Houska, BK Decin0.9 


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LIDOBA RETURNS - by Ozell Wells
SANTO DOMINGO .- The Dominican Basketball League (LIDOBA) presented on the premises of the Dominican Olympic Committee the findings of work to rebuild / reestablish itself.

The League remained, in the first months of the year, in a rebuilding process, as they themselves defined it. This process included several aspects that highlight the formation of a new directive, the revision of its statutes, and a marketing study carried out in Santo Domingo, La Vega and Santiago.

As a result of the investigation, was worked around a strategic plan that will lay the basis on which they will work under short, medium and long term goals.

Mr. Antonio Mir, president of the League, noted that this reconstruction is supported by the eight franchises that are members and that they seek to reaffirm their rightful place as the top basketball event at the national level and the need to achieve to fulfill the Dominican people that want a professional sporting event throughout the year.

The most exciting moment of the evening was the unveiling of the new brand under which the League will be known from today: the National Basketball League (LNB), which is accompanied by a new graphic image.

This new brand is a commitment by all members of the League for being recognized as the single highest National professional basketball league, which shall be marked by seriousness and professionalism in the midst of an emotion and Youth basketball known worldwide.

The National Basketball League (LNB) will start on 23 July and end in September. In the regular season, 60 games will be played.

The franchises that currently make up the LNB are: Reales de La Vega, Puerto Plata Marineros, Metros de Santiago, Indios de San Francisco de Macoris, San Cristobal Constituyentes, Panteras de National Districto, Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris and La Caeros Romana.

On Friday 23 July, opening day of the LNB, it will play a total of four games distributed as follows: Reales de La Vega - Santiago Metros (Fernando Teruel de La Vega); Marineros Puerto Plata - San Francisco Indios (Fabio Rafael Gonzalez of Puerto Plata) Constituyentes of San Cristbal - District Panteras (Roofing San Cristobal); Caeros of La Romana - Cocolos of San Pedro de Macoris (Eleoncio Mercedes de La Romana).

The days of LNB game on Tuesday and Wednesday with two games per night, one in each circuit, and Friday and Sunday with four games per night, two on each circuit. The National Basketball League is divided into two circuits, Northern Circuit (Reales, Metros, Marineros and Indios) and South Circuit (Panteras, Caneros and Constituyentes and Cocolos).



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Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Derrick OBASOHAN
  Trabzonspor
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Obasohan, Hyeres-T.19.8 
 2. Roberson, Stras.18.5 
 3. Spencer, Le Mans18.2 
 4. Vassallo, Paris-.17.8 
 5. Chatfield, Rouen17.0 
 6. Gray, Chalon15.8 
 7. Greer, Nancy15.8 
 8. Banks, Orleans15.7 
 9. Traore, AS.15.6 
 10. Schilb, Chalon15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon11.4 
 2. Issa, Vichy10.8 
 3. Nsonwu, Roanne8.9 
 4. Greer, Nancy8.7 
 5. Terrell, Hyeres-T.7.6 
 6. Edwards, Grave.7.6 
 7. Falker, Cholet7.5 
 8. Gray, Chalon7.3 
 9. Slaughter, Nancy7.0 
 10. Jones, Le Havre6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Reid, Vichy7.8 
 2. Rogers, Rouen6.8 
 3. Everett, Chalon6.4 
 4. Greer, Nancy6.1 
 5. Neitzel, Chalon5.3 
 6. Pierce, Hyeres-T.5.1 
 7. Sciarra, Orleans5.0 
 8. Heurtel, Strasbourg4.8 
 9. Woodside, Gravelines4.8 
 10. Linehan, Cholet4.7 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Cholet
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Linehan, Cholet2.9 
 2. Flowers, Vichy2.0 
 3. Everett, Chalon2.0 
 4. Issa, Vichy1.9 
 5. Wright, Le Mans1.9 
 6. Mims, Roanne1.8 
 7. Greer, Nancy1.8 
 8. Melody, Vichy1.7 
 9. Spencer, Le Mans1.7 
 10. Rogers, Rouen1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon2.4 
 2. Issa, Vichy2.3 
 3. Badiane, Poitiers1.6 
 4. Akpomedah, Grave.1.6 
 5. Slaughter, Nancy1.4 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 7. Simon, Strasbourg1.2 
 8. Falker, Cholet1.2 
 9. Darden, Strasbourg1.1 
 10. Soliman, Rouen1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Chris DAVIS
  Charleville
  (196-G/F-80)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Davis, Charleville18.2 
 2. Siggers, Lille17.9 
 3. Mohammed, Limoges16.5 
 4. McKenzie, St Va.16.2 
 5. Huertas, Fos Ouest16.1 
 6. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.16.0 
 7. Ingram, Clermont15.9 
 8. Carter, Nanterre15.8 
 9. Taylor, Le Portel15.8 
 10. Gay, Fos Ouest15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luc-Arthur VEBOBE
  Antibes
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Vebobe, Antibes10.6 
 2. Giles, Nantes9.6 
 3. Jennings, Boulazac8.7 
 4. Bing, Clermont8.6 
 5. McClark, Bourg8.2 
 6. Lovedale, Quimper8.1 
 7. Calasan, Charleville8.0 
 8. McKenzie, St Va.7.8 
 9. McHugh, Quimper7.6 
 10. Badiane, Maurienne7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.1 
 2. Downey, Nantes7.4 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.8 
 4. Kerckhof, Antibes6.0 
 5. Braswell, Limoges5.9 
 6. McIntosh, St Va.5.7 
 7. Mullins, Bourg5.7 
 8. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.4 
 9. Cisse, Fos Ouest5.3 
 10. Swift, Brest4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Sami DRISS
  Bordeaux
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Driss, Bordeaux2.9 
 2. Riley, Nanterre2.8 
 3. Craven, Boulazac2.5 
 4. Denave, St Vallier2.2 
 5. Mullins, Bourg2.1 
 6. Siggers, Lille2.0 
 7. Da Silva, Evreux2.0 
 8. Dunn, Maurienne1.9 
 9. Paelay, Charleville1.8 
 10. McKenzie, St Va.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tarvis WILLIAMS
  Bordeaux
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Williams, Bordeaux1.8 
 2. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 3. Badiane, Maurienne1.7 
 4. Ford, Limoges1.7 
 5. Owona, Bordeaux1.5 
 6. Taccoen, Lille1.1 
 7. Gouez, Lille1.0 
 8. Bauer, Pau-Lacq.0.9 
 9. Jennings, Boulazac0.9 
 10. N''Diaye, Le Portel0.9 


Pro B : Markets news - by Laurent Maugein
After that first season in the second division professional the result of Fos Ouest Provence Basket is positive. The fosens will confirm the second season. Remi Guitta has begun its recruitment.
This is the French player Karim Atamna (194-F-80). The French MVP of the last championship to NM1 with Reims posted 16.0ppg 3PT 48% 6.3rpg 2.3spg and 3.0apg. This complete players knows Pro B having played 20 games with Le Portel in 2007/2008. Karim scored 4.6ppg 2.3rpg 1spg and 1.0 apg.

Boulazac Basket Dordogne almost complete. It is now official! At the heart of debate for several weeks, Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Iowa St.) (24 years) (St-Vallier) play well under the orders of Sylvain Lauti next season. The American leadership 1m83 already teammate Dramane Diarra (203-F/C-80, college: Kansas St.) in the Dorme turned to 14.6ppg 3.1rpg 1.4spg and 5.5apg in 30 minutes during the last season.

Exit the rumors that McKenzie and Bauer, the BBD has just signed Pete Campbell (201-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler) (25 years). It's a forward shooter of 2m01, out of Butler University in 2008. The following season, he chose to come to Germany to make his professional debut playing with the Giants jersey Duesseldorf (9.7 ppg). In 2009, he returned to the United States to defend the colors of Sioux Falls Skyforce for 7 games (6.7 ppg). In early 2010, he enlisted with the Bayreuth BC (Pro A) shows he has great qualities of long distance shooting, witnessed by its 11.3ppg to 43.1% behind the arc.


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Stephane Lasme finishes the season in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Stephane Lasme (203-F-82, college: Massachusetts) finishes the season in Israel and together with Maccabi T-V became the Israeli Premier League Regular Season Champion. Last night however his team lost to Galil Gilboa that became the winner of the Israeli Play-offs as they upset Maccabi T-A 90:77 in the Final Game. Trailing 8 points at the halftime, the winners were awesome in the second half and grabbed the Gold of the country.
Gilboa started better and won the opening quarters 6:2. Maccabi took the lead back and the teams finished the first frame at 21:20. The second quarter opened rapidly with points on both sides. Maccabi enjoyed 28:24 lead, while Gilboa reduced to 33:32 later in the quarter. Maccabi pushed the tempo again and grabbed 8-point lead at the halftime. Perkins nailed last points at the quarter for 50:42 lead.
Galil Gilboa however was far to give up as they started the third period with 5-0 run. Later Galil grabbed the advantage and had 56:53 deficit. The teams went to the lockers for 63:59 and left the intrigue for the last period. Jeremy Pargo led his side to 70:64, while Maccabi still tried to return into the game. Brian Randle made it however 77:67 and the game looked to be over at that time. Perkins managed to cut it to 78:71, while Maccabi reduced to 78:74 with a minute and a half to play. Galil Gilboa meanwhile held off the opponents to triumph in the country. Brian Randle top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Jeremy Pargo and Dion Dowell had 15 each. Prini responded with 18 points in the losing effort and Perkins had 14 points and 7 assists.
In 2009-2010 season for Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel-Premier League) in Israeli League Stephane Lasme played 24 games. He averaged 8.8ppg, 4.5rpg, Blocks-2 (1.7bpg), FGP: 64.2%, FT: 70.3%. In Euroleague after 20 games his stats read 6.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0spg, Blocks-3 (1.4bpg), FGP: 47.1%, FT: 70.6%. Lasme also became the Israeli Cup Winner, Israeli Premier League Finalist and Israeli Premier League Regular Season Champion.



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  GERMANY   


USC Heidelberg: Two new players and a familiar face - by Moritz Korff
USC Heidelberg (2. Bundesliga Pro A) managed to finalize a new deal with one of the most wooed young German post players, Oliver Komarek (210-C/F-86). The 23-year-old center, a 2009-2010 Eurobasket.com All-2. Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention and member of the All-Domestic Players Team, played 29 games for Heidelberg in this past season and produced outstanding stats: He scored 17.1 points per contest, brought down 6.4 rebounds an encounter and besides being a force in the paint also established himself as a dependable three point-shooter, hitting 53 of his 152 attempts from beyond the arc.
Also announced were the signings of USC's first two import Americans, Greg Baker (194-G/F-84, college: Adams St.) and Nate Montgomery (203-C, college: Whitworth). Baker is a transfer from BG Karlsruhe, where he spent a solid first year in German basketball. The 26-year-old Adams State College product averaged 13.8 points through 30 games for Karlsruhe in 2009-10. With adding Baker Heidelberg coach Torsten Daume primarily hopes to enhance his team athletic wise and on the defensive end.
In his second season in Germany Baker will be joined by pro-rookie Nate Montgomery, a NCAA Division 3 standout from Sammamish, Washington. Montgomery appeared in 29 games for the Whitworth University Pirates in this past campaign and led the team in points (16.8ppg) and rebounds (8.3rpg) per contest and was among the national leaders in field goal percentage (59.8%). The Whitworth grad, who played side by side with German big man Felix Friedt (203-C) over the past two years, emerged as one of the dominating frontcourt forces in NCAA Divsion 3 over the course of his college career. Earlier this year Montgomery earned NABC All-America 2nd Team and D3hoops.com All-America 4th Team honors and got invited to participate in the NABC Division 3 All-Star game.


The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Hunted For 40 Minutes, But he Deutsche Bank Skyliners Took Away Their Fish 85-84 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had much pressure to win in game 2, but acted as cool as Jimmy slick and suave Mckinney when he is strutting down the hall with his St Louis Cardinals cap, the current Boston Celtics who have a 6-2 playoff record since being down 2-1 against The Cavs, or German National coach Joachim Low who will enter the 2010 World Cup without Michael Ballack as they were able to deny the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven their nourishment of fish in the last seconds prevailing 84-83 winning game 2 and knotting the BEKO BBL Semi final best of five series at 1-1. Skyliner forward Seth Doliboa had enough time during his meal in the Vip room to think about entertaining comparisons to the coolness of the win to other situations having happened in life. We showed coolness in winning game 2, the same way Arnold Schwarzenegger showed as Mr Freeze in Batman Forever, as cool as Germany this spring and as cool as Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash running the show against The Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs, joked Seth Doliboa. The script of this game could have been written by Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino as the game was as exciting as his movie Dusk Till Dawn as either team could of won in the end, but such thrilling endings didnt seem to move Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak who is used to these kinds of games this season. We had 32 exciting games this season. The ending was no real surprise for me. I think that we did some tactical things well. We have to take the games the way they are and not get upset, stressed Kamil Novak. This wasnt a pretty win, but we will take it. A win is a win and sometimes you have to grind out playoff games like this, expressed Grayson Moyer.

It was a tough loss for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, who could have been up 2-0 in the series had they gotten one or two breaks more in the last minute. This was a hard fought game. There were two strong teams, but in the end Frankfurt had a little more luck. The difference in the end was that we had some weakness on defense, gave up easy baskets and took hurried shots. Frankfurt might of underestimated us in game one, but they were very strong tonight, expressed Bremerhaven German Jan Lipke. Frankfurt had to win game two and seemed to just have a bit more fight in the end. This was a crazy game. Both teams really wanted to win this game. Bremerhaven never gave up and we knew it would be a tough game. Each player fought and it was a great game to watch and be a part of. Said Seth Doliboa. One never really knows how Mr Incredible Jeff Gibbs is really feeling or thinking, because he seems to have one expression at most times, but he was very disappointed with the loss and is getting more and more dissatisfied with stepping onto the Ballsporthalle court, because the games always seem to end like heartbreakers. It seems like each time I play here, it is really tough. This was a real difficult loss, but not as bad as the buzzer beater against Ratiopharm Ulm in 2006. We know that we could of gotten the job done tonight, but Frankfurt outhustled us.

We got outrebounded and that just cant happen to us. It always comes down to a last possession when I play here, commented Eisbaeren Bremerhaven American Jeff Gibbs.
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners knew that they couldnt have a repeat performance of their lack luster 2-12 start into the game in Bremerhaven as they stepped on the court with a lot of intensity and quickly showed Bremerhaven that having a comfortable time in their living room was not on the menu as they jumped out on a 7-2 lead. Aubrey Reese scored a three point bomb and Quantez Robertson followed with a steal and lay in. Derrick Allen made a mid distance jumper. Bremerhaven seemed lethargic and were looking for their rhythm. Frankfurt extended their lead to 14-7 as they got some fast break points from Reese and Allen. Frankfurt also got much needed support from center Greg Jenkins who grabbed an offensive rebound and scored inside. It didnt take Bremerhaven long to find their rhythm as they went on a 6-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 14-13. Andrew Drevo scored inside and Lou Campbell may have made the shot of the game with a hard penetration and then fade away shot to his left catching nothing but net. You have to cut down the penetration against Campbell. He can beat you also with the jumper. He is so hard to stop that the only way really is to make work for everything and just wear him down, warned Grayson Moyer. Seth Doliboa followed with a lay in, but Bremerhaven answered with a mini 4-0 run to take their first lead 18-16 as Philipp Schwethelm buried a tough contested three pointer with Super Tez practically in his face and American big guy Kevin Lyde made a dunk. Dragan Labovic and Bryan Lucas traded baskets as The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven led 20-18 after one quarter. The first quarter was a game of runs. We started well, but we then got stalemate as they started hitting shots, stressed Skyliner American Grayson Moyer. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 50% from the field and 33% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 53% from the field and 25% from outside. Frankfurt had the slight edge under the boards 9-6. Bremerhaven was doing a good job taking care of the ball with only one turnover as Frankfurt had three turnovers.

This was a game with many many lead changes as the second quarter saw seven. Bryan Lucas started the second quarter with a three pointer as Bremerhaven led 23-18. However Frankfurt struck back with a 6-0 run as Doliboa made a tough runner and Labovic a three pointer as Frankfurt led again 24-23. Bremerhaven retook the lead with a Lucas lay in inside. Bremerhaven was doing a good job with the extra passes inside always finding the open guy. Frankfurt then retook the lead again with a Reese three pointer from the wing to lead 29-27. Bremerhaven tied the score with a beautiful spin move by Jeff Gibbs and lay up. Gibbs with only 188cm continues to amaze the basketball eye with his play as he makes such difficult shots and even when there are 3-4 taller bodies around, he always comes away with the ball somehow. I have been playing the post all my life. A difficult looking shot for me is like a regular lay up for another player. I practice getting hit in practice and shooting the ball, stressed ex Ratiopharm Ulm Jeff Gibbs. Schwethelm then gave Bremerhaven the lead 31-30 with a mid distance jumper before Reese made a lay in for the 32-31 lead.

Lou Campbell then made a hard lay in in traffic as Bremerhaven led again 33-32. Frankfurt then was able to retake the lead and hold it until halftime finishing the second quarter with a 11-6 run. Frankfurt got much help from Greg Jenkins who scored three consecutive baskets inside as he showed a lot of toughness scrapping and fighting for offensive boards and getting rewarded with hoops. Frankfurt led 39-34 and then extended their lead to 42-36 as Quantez Robertson made a three pointer from the wing. Jeff Gibbs then dunked over Labovic and the big 215cm Serb followed with a lay in as Frankfurt led 44-38 at halftime. The second quarter was very high scoring. Many points were made and they were hitting their shots. But we also executed very well, stated Grayson Moyer. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 53% from the field and 40% from the three point line and The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 44% from the field and 38% from the three point line. Frankfurt was doing a great job controlling the rebounds 21-14. Frankfurt had six turnovers and Bremerhaven only three.

In the third quarter, it was not The Deutsche Bank Skyliners that came out of the locker room on fire, but it was the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven who scooted out on an 8-0 run to retake the lead 46-44 as the loud Ballsporthalle suddenly seemed as quiet as The Bamberg Jako arena on a non game day. Schwethelm started the scoring with a three pointer, then Gibbs made a steal and Bremerhaven scored on the next play as the young German Schwethelm made a nice pass to Drevo who scored inside with his left hand. Campbell then dropped a three pointer from the corner as Reese was in his face. Then there were a few more lead changes as three consecutive three pointers were made with Allen giving Frankfurt the lead 47-46 with a three pointer, but Schwethelm reacted with a basket and the Bremerhaven led 49-47. Labovic then stepped outside giving Frankfurt the 50-49 lead. Frankfurt was able to keep the lead despite a few minutes where neither team was able to produce any points. Captain Pascal Roller who sometimes has problems finding his open looks due to the aggressive defense buried a three pointer from the wing and Quantez Robertson followed with another three pointer as Frankfurt led 58-54 after three quarters. They came out with more energy, but as soon as we got settled down, we were able to run our plays and get the lead back, added Grayson Moyer. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 49% from the field and 42% from the parking lot while The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 40% from the field and 35% from the parking lot. Frankfurt still maintained the big edge under the glass with the rebounding 30-22. Frankfurt had 11 turnovers and the lead despite only four turnovers by Bremerhaven.

The fourth quarter continued to be very tight as The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were able to get only one more lead as Frankfurt then held down the fort until the buzzer, but never leading by more than five points. Lou Campbell who sometimes can be a one man wreaking crew added another beautiful scoring play to his collection on this day as he spun around Dominik Bahiense De Mello and finished strong to the hoop with a lay in. Doliboa scored with a three pointer extending the Frankfurt lead to 61-56. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven then went on a 9-3 run to retake the lead 65-64. In this phase, The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were playing smart basketball taking missed Frankfurt free throws and bad passes as gifts. Lucas and Gibbs scored inside, Torrell Martin picked off an errant Roller pass and finished with a mid distance jumper and then it was Campbell again making a mini type of Michael Jordan play as he shot a huge three pointer timing it perfectly over Doliboa and one second left on the clock and sinking it making it look like a perfect ending to a game even if there were still seven minutes to play. Gibbs extended the Bremerhaven lead to 67-64 with a pair of free throws. Frankfurt then did something normal which has happened so often in this season taking control in the fourth quarter and going on a 6-0 run to lead 70-67. After a Reese turnover, he totally made up for his mistake by doing what he does best by scoring inside with a lay up and then with a floater. Robertson also added a mid distance jumper. After a Jenkins mid distance jumper to give Frankfurt the 73-69 lead, Reese made a steal and drew the foul and made both free throws which put Frankfurt in very good position of winning the game with the 75-69 lead and under two minutes to play.

Bremerhaven had the total pressure, but stepped up as Gibbs went hard to the hoop with a line drive shot then banked in. With Frankfurt leading 76-72 and one minute to play, it was Torrell Martin that hit a clutch three pointer to get Bremerhaven back to 76-75. However Frankfurt stayed tough and had answers on offense as Robertson scored with a pretty lay up and after a stop, Reese scores two free throws as Frankfurt led 80-75. Despite the five point lead and 40 seconds to play, it seemed like 3-4 minutes to play as Bremerhaven stayed cool and collected as Campbell dropped a three pointer from the wing cutting the Frankfurt lead to 80-78. However the biggest pain for Bremerhaven would be the clock on this day. Frankfurt got free throws down the stretch and had that four point cushion. Campbell and Labovic traded free throws as Frankfurt led 84-80 with 5,3 seconds to play. Andrew Drevo doesnt only have a talent for buzzer beaters in Trier or in game 5 in Goettingen, but can also make half court shots as he made one as the buzzer sounded, but the score was Frankfurt 84 and Bremerhaven 83 as even this shot could not save the Eisbaeren on this day. The fourth quarter was a real dog fight. Whenever we tried to put them away they responded with a three pointer. Their comeback play reminded me a bit of Bamberg. We made clutch free throws at the end and we did a good job executing as they were pressing and we were able to hit our shots, stressed Grayson Moyer. We didnt play bad in the second half, fought well, was aggressive and defended better, stated Bremerhaven guard Jan Lipke. Key down the stretch were big plays that we made. We gave a team effort on defense. Greg Jenkins played big and we got big rebounds. We had guys stepping up on a personal level, commented Seth Doliboa.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners received a lot of production as six players scored in double figures. The team was led by Aubrey Reese with 18 points. Quantez Robertson scored 15 points. Dragan Labovic and Derrick Allen chipped in with 12 points a piece. Seth Doliboa and Greg Jenkins added 10 points a piece. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were led by Jeff Gibbs with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Lou Campbell added 19 points. Andrew Drevo chipped in with 12 points and Philipp Schwethelm with 11 points.
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners recovered from the bad shooting day in game one by shooting 50% from the field and 43% from outside while The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven shot pretty good from the field at 47% and 42% from outside. Frankfurt controlled the boards 38-29, but there are still some improvements that need to be done on defense for game three. We had some let downs on defense. We can box out better and need to have a body on Gibbs at all times. We gave up too many easy baskets inside and didnt really follow the scouting plan. We will take a look at this game and make the needed adjustments for game three, warned Seth Doliboa. We will have to improve on our help defense in game three. They got too many easy baskets inside, added Skyliner assistant coach Tom Johnson. Bremerhaven will be back on their home court and after losing only with one point, why shouldnt they be confident for a game three win? We were so motivated in game 2. We really wanted to win. We will take our motivation back home. We will win game 3,warned Jan Lipke. Frankfurt has to win once on the road and no better time than on Saturday. We will play with a lot of passion in game 3. It will be the biggest game of the season and we want to steal a win in game 3, warned Seth Doliboa. We have to keep Frankfurt off the offensive glass. We have to continue to play hard and limit the little mistakes. The team that plays the hardest will win, warned Jeff Gibbs. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in game 3 on Saturday May 29th at 18:00.


Goettingen coach John Patrick signs contract extension - by Moritz Korff
BG Goettingen's head coach John Patrick has signed a contract extension which will keep him at the Lokhalle until 2011. Patrick has been named the 1. Bundesliga Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year and led the Violets to their first ever title in European competition earlier this year by claiming the EuroChallenge Cup championship. Since earning promotion to Germany's first division in 2007 the Violets advanced to the play-offs twice under the guidance of Coach Patrick. His team just dropped out of this year's BBL championship race, falling short in the last second in game five of a hard fought quarterfinal series against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.

Rasta Vechta snaps up Matthew Reid and keeps Marvin Boadu - by Moritz Korff
SC Rasta Vechta (2. Bundesliga Pro B) has made Matthew Reid (185-G-84, college: Cameron) its first newcomer for the 2010-2011 season. Reid played in 28 Regionalliga South-West games for TV Saarlouis last term and thanks to his fine performances received Eurobasket.com All-RLSW Second Team honors just recently. The 26-year-old playmaker from Las Vegas, Nevada, averaged 23.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 3.5 steals for the Royals during this past campaign, guiding the club to a 22-8 record and a 4th spot in the final RLSW standings. Prior to his professional career, which he has entirely spent on German soil so far, Reid was a member of the men's basketball team at Cameron University (NCAA Division 2). Following his graduation in 2008, he started his overseas career with the Schwelmer Baskets, being named to the Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West First Team after his first year in Germany. In 2008 he briefly suited up for GV Waltrop, before making the move to Saarlouis.
With signing Reid and extending the contract of talented German guard Marvin Boadu (193-G-89), head coach Pat Elzie has certainly built a very solid basis to his backcourt for the upcoming season.


Summertime... - by John Bynum
Its that time of the year again.. and I guess thats why I have been lagging on the blog of late...its summertime in Cali!!!!! Well not a lot has been going on back here... I have been trying to stay busy coaching my AAU team (B3 Elite) on the weekends and giving lessons on the side my youth basketball developmental program back in my home city (Visalia). But other than that.. I am trying to stay patient in this game because this can be a very stressful time of the year for many hoopers around the globe playing the waiting game for there next gig in the upcoming season. I guess in this blog I just want to just touch on patience in the offseason and stating what I have saw in my world during the summer months to a lot of younger heads crossing the water for the first time. I may be repeating myself a lot to some people who know the game and everything I say is stated on personal opinion... but I think the most important thing during these months is keeping communication with your representation (agent). It is a two way street, this is your career so stay persistent because most of us rely on them to get us jobs. Dont sit back and no disrespect to any agent out there but some of you guys just send out a list of names and hope that you get a response back.. not just to jump on the agents as well.. we as players sometimes contact many agents and have multiple people sending out information and could help you sometimes and can also backfire as well. It could drive your pricerange up or it could drive your range down cause at the end of the day everyone is trying to eat and money makes the world go round. This scenario could confuse owners of teams and wonder who to deal with at the end of the day cause if one agent is saying this amount and another one is saying x amount they most likely will go with the cheapest route. I know all this may sound like common sense but we as players are trying to eat just like the next man. Back to the main point though... stay on top of things and communication is a must. I have plenty of stories regarding agents playing a game called duck and weave and i wont name any names but agents we would rather hear you say we dont have anything for you instead of not answering our calls. But once again it is a two way street we as players cant have 20 agents telling one that he's our guy.... just keep it real and at the end of the day everyone has a chance of being happy. Anyhow... i know this is kind of a different blog but i just wanted to catch up and give my opinion about this topic. Best of luck to my old coach and club Doug Spradley in Bremerhaven and to all of the other teams still playing in the BBL playoffs. Congrats to all the teams still playing and best of luck to all the players at the crib waiting for the call to get news on the upcoming season.... ONE.

Seth Doliboa (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Pregame Thoughts To Game 3 Against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) is a 28 year old 203 cm power forward that will be playing his first season with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He grew up in Ohio and went to Wright State. In his junior year, he played 28 games averaging 22.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.0apg. He started his professional basketball career with the Roanoke Dazzle playing in the NBDL league and then in the D-League, playing 47 games averaging 10.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 78.1%. Last season, he played in Portugal for Sport Lisboa Benfica playing 26 games and averaging 17.6ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 72.8%. He won the Portugal league championship and was the 2009 Allstar MVP award. Seth spoke to Eurobasket before game 2 against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.

Seth a big big 84-83 win in game two. How much energy does a game like this take so late in the season?

It definitely takes a lot of enegy, but that s to be expected. Fortunately, we have a deep team to help sustain the energy needed.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had to win game 2 and did. Did the team feel the pressure in crunch time in the fourth quarter? It never seemed like you could give the game away despite the tough Eisbaeren who never gave up?

Of course there is pressure in these type of important games. We knew it was a must win game for us and really just didn t have time to think about the pressure when it came to the fourth quarter.

Frankfurt had the 44-38 lead at halftime. What was key for the Frankfurt lead at halftime?

We played with a lot of energy and stayed within ourselves. We played well on the offensive end.

What did coach Gordie Herbert tell the team to better in the second half?

We gave up a few easy baskets the first half. It is very important to not let this team beat you down the floor in defensive transition.

In the third quarter there was low scoring and both teams played better defense. What adjustments did Frankfurt make on defense?

We didn t really make any adjustments from other quarters. It was just a low scoring quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Frankfurt maintained the lead in the last five minutes, but couldnt really put Bremerhaven away. Why was it so tough dealing with Bremerhaven in crunch time?

They re a good team, which is why they re in the position fighting to make the finals with us. I think any good team is not going to go away easily in an important game.

What was key in the last two minutes that gave Frankfurt the win?

We played smart and held on to our lead. We kept our heads even when they hit some big shots.

What kind of game can we await in game three?

Obviously, game three will be another fight with hopefully better results than game one.

What adjustments will Frankfurt have to make to win game 3 on the road?

The biggest thing for us is execution on both ends of the floor.

Why are you so certain that The Lakers will pull out the series against the Suns?

I would like to see the Suns win but I just think the Lakers have too much experience and too many options to go along with the second best player in the league.
Thanks Seth for the chat.



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Market news - by Tamas Deri
Yesterday the Hungarian Basketball Federation just published that the clubs decided to allow to let play only three foreigners in the games of the next season. As the most clubs expected these new rules they already made the first transfers for the next season.

Jozsef Lekli (206-F/C-87) re-signed for two more seasons with his team NYKK. The management is also negotiating with 3 more hungarian players for the next season.

Kornel Kiss (187-G-87) decided to leave Kaposvar and agreed with Pecs for the upcoming season.

His teammate Gergely David (206-F-83) decided to move to Kormend, the club of MJUS-Fortress Kormend published just some hours ago, that hungarian guard Andras Rujak (187-G-88, agency: High Post Agency) will be also member of coach Sabali's team.



A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Winsome FRAZIER
  Falco
  (193-G/F-82)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Frazier, Falco23.4 
 2. Doyne, Marso-Vagep21.4 
 3. Walker, Dombovar18.4 
 4. Brooks, Soproni18.2 
 5. Sitku, Marso-Vagep17.9 
 6. Sirutaviaciu., Salgot.17.8 
 7. Watson, ZTE K.17.7 
 8. Rice, Szolnok17.4 
 9. LaGrange, Dombovar17.3 
 10. Lee, Albacomp17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ousmane BARRO
  Szolnok
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Barro, Szolnok10.1 
 2. Scott, Kormend8.8 
 3. Knight, Soproni7.9 
 4. Lee, Albacomp7.1 
 5. Wilson, ZTE K.6.9 
 6. Bader, Szolnok6.8 
 7. Nuhanovic, Debre.6.7 
 8. Clark, Atomeromu6.6 
 9. Rice, Szolnok6.5 
 10. Henderson, Marso-Va.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kalman, Falco8.0 
 2. Simon, Albacomp7.4 
 3. Hinnant, ZTE K.6.0 
 4. Fodor, Szolnok4.9 
 5. English, Atomeromu4.9 
 6. LaGrange, Dombovar4.7 
 7. Dejon, Kaposvari4.7 
 8. Thomas, Kormend4.4 
 9. Aleksic, Szolnok3.9 
 10. Watson, ZTE K.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gytis SIRUTAVIACIUS
  Salgotarjani
  (195-F-83)
  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.2.5 
 7. Ames, PVSK P.2.4 
 8. Clark, Atomeromu2.4 
 9. LaGrange, Dombovar2.3 
 10. Simon, Albacomp2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 DuJuan WILEY
  Marso-Vagep
  (206-C-75)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wiley, Marso-Vagep1.6 
 2. Clark, Atomeromu1.4 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari1.4 
 4. Barro, Szolnok1.2 
 5. Nuhanovic, Debre.1.1 
 6. Walker, Dombovar1.1 
 7. Sitku, Marso-Vagep1.0 
 8. Scott, Kormend1.0 
 9. Czigler, PVSK P.0.8 
 10. Dies, Falco0.8 


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Standings
IBL Standings
 1. Ohio H.G. 1-0 
 2. Arizona R. 0-2 
 3. Nevada P. 0-2 
Continental Division
 1. Battle Creek K. 10-5 
 2. Albany L. 8-1 
 3. Holland B. 7-7 
 4. L.Angeles L. 6-0 
 5. Edmonton E. 6-1 
 6. Kankakee S. 5-5 
 7. Tacoma T. 2-10 
 8. USA All-Stars 2-20 
International Division
 1. Yamhill H. 8-2 
 2. Vancouver V. 8-4 
 3. Olympia R. 6-2 
 4. Bellingham S. 6-4 
 5. B.Colombia T. 5-7 
 6. C.Oregon H. 3-5 
 7. Oregon W. 1-7 
 8. Shanxi Zh. 0-0 


Legends lose Freeman - by Eurobasket News
Albany Legends forward Rashaun Freeman (6'9''-C/F-84, college: Massachusetts) of Schenectady will miss the rest of the season after reinjuring his right foot in Saturday night's victory over the Holland (Mich.) Blast.

Freeman initially broke the foot while playing in Germany this winter.

'It's just disappointing,' Legends coach Derrick Rowland said. 'I thought I could have really helped him reach his goals. He has a great upside, a great attitude and he's a great worker.'

Rowland said Freeman came down awkwardly on the foot early in Saturday's game, only his second with the team. He made his Legends debut on Friday with 19 points and 14 rebounds against Holland.

Rowland said this latest injury isn't a fracture and Freeman hopes to return in time to play for an NBA summer-league team.

Rowland said he'll sign a replacement before Albany (8-1) plays its next series against the Edmonton Energy from June 4-7 at Washington Avenue Armory.


Courtesy of www.timesunion.com


Slam comeback falls short in Edmonton, 132-129 - by Eurobasket News
The Bellingham Slam nearly overcame a 13-point fourth quarter deficit, but fell to the Edmonton Energy, 132-129, in an up-tempo International Basketball League game at Jasper Place High School on Thursday.

The two teams traded leads several times during the first half before Edmonton began to pull away in the third quarter.

Edmonton scored eight of the fourth quarter's first ten points to give them their first double-digit lead, at 109-96. But Bellingham clawed back thanks to a late 15-4 run to get the margin down to one point twice in the final two minutes of the game. After a couple defensive stops, the Slam had chances to take the lead but were unable to convert.

Stevenson finished with a career high of 37 points on, while Ike Ohanson (6'6''-F-80, agency: Prossin Sports Management) had 18. Stevenson was also the game's leading rebounder with 12.

Stephen Sir (6'5''-G-82, college: N.Arizona) led seven Edmonton players with 24 points. Benson Callier (6'6''-G-84, college: W.Kentucky) contributed a double-double with 19 points and ten rebounds.

The two teams continue their three game series with a match-up Friday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Van Vliet Centre.


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


IBL's Bellingham Slam win at Edmonton- Jacob Stevenson hits for 36 points in the win - by Trask Frost
Bellingham Slam hold on for 114-104 win over Edmonton- The Bellingham Slam staked themselves a 20-point halftime lead, then held on to defeat the Edmonton Energy, 114-104 at the Van Vliet Centre on Friday night. After a defensive first quarter that saw just 43 total points scored, the Slam used an 18-4 run in the second quarter to build a 20-point lead going into halftime, at 57-37. Bellingham build their lead as high as 27 in the third quarter before Edmonton scored 13 of the periods last 15 points to trim the Slams lead to 87-72. The Energy continued to chip away at the Slams lead throughout the fourth quarter thanks to excellent three-point shooting, getting the margin down to seven points with 41 seconds left. But Edmonton couldnt get a field goal the rest of the way, and Lukas Henne iced the game with a swooping layup with 20 seconds left. Jacob Stevenson led the Slam in scoring for the tenth straight game with 36 points. Henne finished with 14 points, while Ike Ohanson had a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Edmonton was led by Stephen Sir for the second straight game with 25 points. Rashaun Broadus ended with 22, while Skousan Harker had ten points and 13 boards. The two teams face-off in the rubber match of their three game series Saturday night. A 7 p.m. tip-off is set for Ross Sheppard High School in Edmonton.

IBL's Kankakee Soldiers win at Los Angeles Lightning 126 to 124 - by Trask Frost
Kankakee County (Ill.) Soldiers 126, LA Lightning 124... Ryan Edwards scored a layup with 1.7 seconds remaining to lift Kankakee (6-5) and hand L.A. (6-1) its first loss of the year. The Lightning led 106-103 with 9:40 to play before the Soldiers hit four straight 3-pointers to pull within one at 110-109. Erik Rhinehart led the Soldiers with 30 points and nine rebounds while Stan Chismark had 15 points and 12 boards. Bryon Russell had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Lightning. Tyus Edney added 22 points an 16 assists for the Lightning, who played without their leading scorer, Trayvon Lathan (neck injury). The same teams play on Saturday night at Cal Lutheran at 7:30 p.m.

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Mahram ease past Al Jalaa, into Asia Champions Cup semis - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Al Jalaa 88:60

The Asia Champions Cup defending champions Mahram reached the semifinal stage at this years edition of the tournament. The Iranian champions toppled Al Jalaa of Syria to move into the next stage. Samad Nikkhah (199-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) fired 21 points to pace Mahram.
Jalaa well-matched the tournaments favorites in the first frame. The Syrian team stayed close and finished the starting stanza down by just two points 21:23. But Mahram speeded the game up in the second stanza. They cleared off to take a 44:34 lead at the interval. Mahram continued to stay in charge after the big break. The Iranian outfit raced to a 20-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. Al Jalaa were not able to recover in the final stanza. Mahram cruised to the victory and would take on either Al Riyadi or Smart Gilas at the semifinal stage.
Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) knocked down 17 points for Mahram. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) delivered 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's) answered with 16 points for Al Jalaa. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) finished with 11 points in the losing effort.

Mahram: Samad Nikkhah 21, Jackson Vroman 17, Loren Woods 12+11 boards
Al Jalaa: Chudney Gray 18, Garnett Thompson 11



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Al Nasr earn 9th place in Qatar - by Eurobasket News
Al Nasr - Duhok 85:77

Al Nasr occupied the ninth position at the Asia Champions Cup. The UAE champions finished their campaign with a confident win over Duhok from Iraq. Duhok completed the tournament winless and remained in the tenth spot.
Duhok got to the better start to the game. They outscored the UAE side to take a 24:21 lead at the break. But Al Nasr recovered pretty quickly and surged ahead in the second stanza. Al Nasr rallied to a comfortable 46:33 advantage at the big break. The dominance of Al Nasr grew in the third term. They looked solid and built a 16-point advantage at the final intermission. Duhok could not turn the tables in the fourth period. Al Nasr stayed cool and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Saleh Sultan knocked down 21 points for Al Nasr. Radhouane Slimane (205-C-80) also finished with 21 points in the victory. Calvin Cage (183-G-84, college: Buffalo) responded with 27 points for Duhok. Qutaiba Mohammed unloaded 23 points in the loss.

Al Nasr: Saleh Sultan 21, Radhouane Slimane 21
Duhok: Calvin Cage 27, Qutaiba Mohammed 23



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Lega2 Round: 3 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Trenkwalder - Prima Veroli 91-102
Prima Veroli earned the spot in the LegaDue Final. They swept the semifinal series against Trenkwalder. Ivan Gatto (207-F/C-78) and Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 22 points each for the winners. Guido Rosselli (196-G-83) notched 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Prima Veroli. Robert Fultz (190-G-82, agency: Interperformances) responded with 22 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds for Trenkwalder.

Fastweb CM - Banco Sard. 86-76
Fastweb Casale surged ahead in the series versus Sassari. Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group) unloaded 23 points and pulled down 7 caroms for Casale. Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85, college: Texas Tech) had 21 points for the hosts. Jason Rowe (178-G-78, college: Loyola (MD)) answered with 25 points for Sassari.



Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Gary NEAL
  Unicaja
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Neal, Benetton TV19.4 
 2. Grundy, Carife FE17.9 
 3. Aradori, Angelico.16.7 
 4. Ford, Carife FE16.6 
 5. Hicks, Scavolini PS15.4 
 6. Lavrinovic, Montepas.15.2 
 7. Jackson, Carife FE15.1 
 8. Ere, Pepsi Caserta14.9 
 9. Brown, Air AV14.8 
 10. Bell, Vanoli CR14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Carife FE
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Ford, Carife FE9.8 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.7 
 3. Brunner, Sigma C.8.4 
 4. Slay, Cimberio VA8.2 
 5. Troutman, Air AV7.9 
 6. Williams, Scavolin.7.9 
 7. Pasco, Angelico BI7.5 
 8. Milic, Vanoli CR7.3 
 9. Wallace, Benetton.7.2 
 10. Rocca, Armani MI6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dee BROWN
  Air AV
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Brown, Air AV5.2 
 2. Green, Scavolini PS5.0 
 3. Poeta, Banca Tercas4.4 
 4. Childress, Cimberio.4.3 
 5. Smith, Angelico BI4.1 
 6. McIntyre, Montepas.4.0 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.6 
 8. Finley, Armani MI3.2 
 9. Becirovic, Armani M.3.1 
 10. Bowers, Pepsi C.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Scavolini PS
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Green, Scavolini PS3.3 
 2. Jaaber, Lottomat.3.1 
 3. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.9 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.6 
 5. Hawkins, Montepas.2.4 
 6. Minard, Lottomat.2.4 
 7. Jones, Pepsi C.2.3 
 8. Ere, Pepsi Caserta2.3 
 9. Farabello, Carife F.2.3 
 10. Grundy, Carife FE2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Carife FE
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ford, Carife FE3.1 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.4 
 3. Szewczyk, Air AV1.1 
 4. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.1 
 5. Pasco, Angelico BI1.0 
 6. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.8 
 7. Maggioli, CS Bo.0.8 
 8. Ortner, NGC Cantu0.8 
 9. Lavrinovic, Montepas.0.7 
 10. Gigli, Lottomatica0.7 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 K.C. RIVERS
  Benetton TV
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Rivers, A.B. Latina24.5 
 2. Whiting, Aget IM22.3 
 3. Forte, Edimes PV20.8 
 4. Kemp, Banco Sard.20.8 
 5. Goss, Scafati .20.7 
 6. Young, Umana Reyer19.4 
 7. Crispin, Enel B.18.9 
 8. Slay, Carmatic PT18.8 
 9. Rowe, Banco Sard.18.5 
 10. Adams, Fileni Jesi18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Edilizia
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Ebi, Edilizia13.6 
 2. Boykin, Edimes PV10.2 
 3. Waleskowski, Fileni J.9.7 
 4. Smith, A.B. Latina9.0 
 5. Ezugwu, Aget IM8.4 
 6. Chiacig, Scafati .8.3 
 7. Hines, Prima Veroli8.2 
 8. Brkic, Snaidero UD7.5 
 9. Thomas, Enel Brindisi7.5 
 10. Missere, A.B. L.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  UCC Casalpus.
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Hatten, UCC C.4.8 
 2. Levin, Fastweb CM4.3 
 3. Forte, Edimes PV4.2 
 4. Nissim, Prima Veroli4.2 
 5. Rowe, Banco Sard.4.2 
 6. Young, Edimes PV3.4 
 7. Brown, Snaidero UD3.3 
 8. Bertolazzi, Miro R.3.2 
 9. Garris, Umana R.3.1 
 10. Whiting, Aget IM3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joseph FORTE
  Edimes PV
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Forte, Edimes PV3.8 
 2. Hines, Prima Veroli3.5 
 3. Hatten, UCC C.3.5 
 4. Goss, Scafati .3.3 
 5. Ebi, Edilizia3.2 
 6. Young, Umana Reyer3.1 
 7. Boyette, Miro R.2.7 
 8. Whiting, Aget IM2.6 
 9. Williams, Miro R.2.6 
 10. Rowe, Banco Sard.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Troy OSTLER
  UCC Casalpus.
  (209-F-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ostler, UCC C.2.0 
 2. Hines, Prima Veroli1.7 
 3. Ebi, Edilizia1.7 
 4. Di Giuliomar., Umana R.1.7 
 5. Valenti, UCC C.1.1 
 6. Bryan, Enel Brindisi1.1 
 7. Boykin, Fileni Jesi1.0 
 8. Melli, Trenkwalder1.0 
 9. Hall, Fastweb CM0.9 
 10. Boykin, Edimes PV0.9 


SerieA Round: 5 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
NGC Cantu - CS Bologna 72-65
NGC Cantu prevailed against CS Bologna and reached the semifinal stage in Seria A playoffs. Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) knocked down 18 points to pace the hosts. Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine) and Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) netted 15 points apiece in the victory. Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) responded with 16 points for CS Bologna. Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola (MD)) had 14 points in the loss.



A Dilettanti Finals, game 3 - by Armando Caporaso
In the game 3 of the finals Barcellona wins against Forli' with the result of 83-66 thanks a great third quarter (24-14 the partial) after a first half closed with 9 points of advantage. Now the Sigma leads the series for 2-1. Francesco Guarino (182-G-79) is the MVP of the match with 18 points, 4/7 by 3, 5 steals and 6 assist. 14 points in 19 minutes of Manuele Mocavero (203-C-80) with a block (starting by bench), 12 points of Ariel Svoboda (192-G-85, agency: Players Group), 7 points and 8 rebounds for Daniele Bonessio (197-G/F-88), 10 points of Luca Bisconti (206-F/C-82) and Ryan Bucci (192-G/F-81, college: C.W. Post) respectively with 8 rebounds for the center and 5 assist for the american player. For the visitors the top scorer is Federico Tassinari (194-G-77, agency: Players Group) with 15 points and 6/9 at shoot. Good performances for Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88) that scores 10 points and adds 7 rebounds + 3 steals and Massimo Farioli (202-F/C-77, agency: Interperformances) that closes with 7 points, 6 fouls suffered and 5 rebounds. 9 points for Stefano Masciadri (200-F-89), 8 points of Claudio Tommasini (190-G-91) and 7 points for others two players: Matteo Frassineti (195-G/F-87) and Christian Villani (200-G/F-82). Decisive the absence of the playmaker Andres Forray (188-G-86).
In the second match Bologna wins at San Severo for 63-57 and back to a 2-1 lead in series. After a very good start (14-5 in the first quarter for the Mazzeo, + 9 at the end of the first half) the Fortitudo plays a perfect third quarter: 24-5 the partial and victory assured! Not enough at the hosts the very excellent offensive performance of Nelson Rizzitiello (198-G/F-84) with 28 points, 8/17 at shoot and 29 of ranking in 33 minutes. Roberto Fossati (185-G-78) helps the forward with 14 points (4/8 by 3) and 3 assist. 9 points and 4 rebounds of Paolo Chiarello (204-C-78), disappoint Nicolo Benedusi (190-G-88, agency: Interperformances) and Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84): only 2 points apiece. Out for the match Giovanni Rugolo (196-G/F-81). For the winners Matteo Malaventura (196-G-78) (questioned his presence before the game) signs 24 points with 6/8 by 3 and leads the team at the victory. For the others of the starting five 8 points and 7 rebounds for Alessandro Cittadini (207-C/F-79) (but 6 turnovers), 6 points and 2 steals for Davide Lamma (192-G-76, agency: Players Group), 10 points of Gennaro Sorrentino (185-G-85) and 7 points with 11 rebounds for Silvio Gigena (200-F-75). From the bench 6 points and 3 assist for Alejandro Muro (187-G-74, agency: Players Group).


Attilio Caja leaves Cremona - by Eurobasket News
Attilio Caja and Vanoli Cremona decided to split ways. The 49-year-old coach was hired by Cremona back in February. Attilio Caja helped the team to remain in Seria A. However Cremona opted to look for a new coach to guide the team in the upcoming season. Attilio Caja used to work with Roma, Olimpia Milano, Pompea Napoli, Roseto Basket, Cimberio Novara, Armani Jeans and Snaidero Udine. He was named Italian A1 Coach of the Year back in 1996.


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  JORDAN   


ASU topple Astana to reach semifinal in Doha - by Eurobasket News
ASU - Astana Tigers 74:59

Applied Science University of Jordan became the first semifinalists at the Asia Champions Cup in Qatar. They shot down Astana in the opening quarterfinal battle in Doha. Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) came up with 19 points and 11 rebounds to pace ASU. The Jordanian team will now take on the winner of Al Rayyan vs. Al Hilal clash.
The teams stayed close in the starting frame. The Tigers managed to eke out a narrow 15:13 lead at the first break. But ASU opened the second frame with seven points in a row and surged ahead. They rolled to a 30:27 advantage at the interval. Astana tried to stay within striking distance throughout the third quarter. However ASU went on a 16:3 run late in the period to establish a comfortable 54:38 advantage. ASU stretched the gap at 20-point mark in the fourth stanza and never looked back en route to the victory.
Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) nailed 15 points for ASU. Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83) and James Williams (204-F-79, college: Brown Mackie) provided 14 points each in the win. Aleksandr Tiutiunik (199-F-90) accounted for 16 points for the Tigers. Anton Ponomarev (209-C/F-88, agency: Court Side) netted 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in the loss.

ASU: Olumide Oyedeji 19+11 boards, Wesam Al-Sous 15, Zaid Abbaas 14, James Williams 14
Astana Tigers: Aleksandr Tiutiunik 16, Anton Ponomarev 10



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


ASU topple Astana to reach semifinal in Doha - by Eurobasket News
ASU - Astana Tigers 74:59

Applied Science University of Jordan became the first semifinalists at the Asia Champions Cup in Qatar. They shot down Astana in the opening quarterfinal battle in Doha. Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) came up with 19 points and 11 rebounds to pace ASU. The Jordanian team will now take on the winner of Al Rayyan vs. Al Hilal clash.
The teams stayed close in the starting frame. The Tigers managed to eke out a narrow 15:13 lead at the first break. But ASU opened the second frame with seven points in a row and surged ahead. They rolled to a 30:27 advantage at the interval. Astana tried to stay within striking distance throughout the third quarter. However ASU went on a 16:3 run late in the period to establish a comfortable 54:38 advantage. ASU stretched the gap at 20-point mark in the fourth stanza and never looked back en route to the victory.
Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) nailed 15 points for ASU. Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83) and James Williams (204-F-79, college: Brown Mackie) provided 14 points each in the win. Aleksandr Tiutiunik (199-F-90) accounted for 16 points for the Tigers. Anton Ponomarev (209-C/F-88, agency: Court Side) netted 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in the loss.

ASU: Olumide Oyedeji 19+11 boards, Wesam Al-Sous 15, Zaid Abbaas 14, James Williams 14
Astana Tigers: Aleksandr Tiutiunik 16, Anton Ponomarev 10



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  KUWAIT   


Kuwait League Summary - by Yousef Ahmed
The 2009/10 season was full of surprises and dominated in the post season by Al Qadsia. The first surprise was done by the nose dive ending of Kuwait club. After finishing the regular season with the best record and favorites to win it all, they failed to win in the playoffs and to qualify to the final four; in the end of the terrible post season Al Kuwait SC fired Coach Zoran Zubcevic after failing to win the league in three seasons, and did not resign for next season with Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson).

Kazma was the team to surprise everybody from the beginning of the season, after the hiring of Coach Salman Ramadan from Bahrain the team reinvented them selves qualifying to the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. They got 2nd in the league and 3rd in the cup.

Al Qadsia club since the hiring of coach Jordanco Davitkov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ), Has Dominated the Kuwaiti league. He Coached Al Qadsia to win the league for the last 3 seasons, 2 cups and 1 GCC. And of course they are being led by Kuwaiti superstar scorer and MVP Abdullah Al Sarraf (190-F-82).

Al Jahraa and Al Sahel club played well throughout the year and they are loaded with young talent, if they remain together and gain more experience they can play more consistently in the playoffs so they have the potential to win.

Following results are based on season stats, performance and results in the Playoffs


Best Teams
1st
Al Qadsia
2nd Kazma
3rd Al Sahel

4th Al Kuwait SC

1st Team Imports

Andre Pitts from Al Kuwait SC
Anthony Jones (196-G-77, college: Ohio) from Al Jahraa
Joel Box (205-C-84, college: Quincy) from
Al Qadsia
Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.) from Kazma
Wayne Houston (206-F-73, college: S.Indiana) from Al Sahel


Honorable Import Mention
Brandon Mason (194-G/F-81, college: N.Mexico St.) from An Nasr

Louis Edem (196-G/F-83) from yarmuk
Ira Clark (203-C/F-75, college: Texas) from Al Kuwait SC

1st Team Locals
Coach: Jordanco Davitkov from Al Qadsia
Fahad Al Subayhi (168-G-76) from Al Qadsia
Abdullah Al Sarraf (190-F-82) from Al Qadsia
Ahmad Albaloushi (90) from Kazma
Abdel Azeez Dari (187-87) from Al Jahraa
Ahmad Saood (198-F/C-84) from
Al Qadsia

2nd Team Locals
Coach: Salman Ramadan from Kazma
Shaye Al Muhana from
Al Sahel
Rashed AlRabah from
Al Kuwait SC
Hassan Sager from Al Qadsia
Al Shimmari Abdullad from Al Sahel
Ahmed Al Mutawa from (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) from
Al Kuwait SC

Honorable Mention
Hussein Alkhabbaz (194-F-87) from
Al Kuwait SC
Jamal Naif (189) from Al Jahraa


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Barons clinch LBL title - by Eurobasket News
Barons - VEF Riga 78:71
Barons are crowned the LBL champions! They held off VEF Riga in the decisive seventh game of the championship series to claim the trophy. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) knocked down 19 points to lead the hosts.
Barons quickly jumped into the lead. They enjoyed a 15:11 advantage midway through the opening stanza. But VEF Riga cut the margin and trailed by just two points at the first intermission 18:20. However the second frame belonged to the visitors. Barons committed too many mistakes allowing VEF Riga to step in charge. Alex Renfroe (190-G-86, college: Belmont) allowed VEF Riga to take a 34:33 lead at the main break. Barons tipped off the second half with seven straight points to return the lead. Barons maintained the lead and sealed the third quarter outcome at 50:43. Barons boosted the margin at 13-point mark in the fourth stanza. But VEF Riga refused to surrender. They cut the deficit at just three points 68:71 but it was as close as they could get. Barons sealed the game with a 7:3 run and celebrated the title. Rinalds Sirsnins (186-G-85, agency: Promotex) nailed 15 points for Barons. Aigars Vitols (192-G-76, agency: Stanley International) finished with 12 points for the winners. Alex Renfroe answered with 23 points for VEF Riga. Taj McCullough (201-F-86, college: Winthrop) delivered 18 points in the losing effort.

Barons: Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 19, Rinalds Sirsnins 15, Aigars Vitols 12
VEF Riga: Alex Renfroe 23, Taj McCullough 18



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  LEBANON   


Al Riyadi enter semifinal stage at Asia Champions Cup - by Eurobasket News
Al Riyadi - Smart Gilas 74:63
Al Riyadi sealed the semifinal appearance at the Asia Champions Cup in Doha. The Lebanese team overcame Smart Gilas in the quarterfinal tonight. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) knocked down 24 points to lead the effort. Al Riyadi managed to bounce back after a slow start and marched to the victory after the main break.
Smart Gilas put on a clinical defensive performance in the starting frame. They limited Al Riyadi to just 9 points and earned a 10:9 lead at the first break. The second term saw an intense battle. Neither side could surge ahead and the teams were knotted up at 34 after twenty minutes of action. Al Riyadi finally managed to take over after the long break. They fired to a 9-point advantage at the final intermission. Fadi El Khatib stepped up with 12 points in the fourth stanza helping Al Riyadi to the victory.
Rony Fahed (182-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) and Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) knocked down 15 points apiece in the victory. Milan Vucicevic (206-F/C-85) responded with 22 points for Smart Gilas. Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88) had 15 points in the loss.

Al Riyadi: Fadi El Khatib 24, Rony Fahed 15, Nate Johnson 15
Smart Gilas: Milan Vucicevic 22, Mark Barroca 15



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  LITHUANIA   


Lietuvos Rytas keeps Bajramovic, Bjelica and Milosevic - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas announced that Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket), Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) will stay with the club next season.
Kenan Bajramovic joined the Lithuanian champion in January this year. He helped them to defend LKL title with 14.5 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 23 games. In Baltic league, Bajramovic appeared 9 times averaging 15.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He also played for Lietuvos Rytas on season 2007/08.
Milko Bjelica will play his third consecutive year with Lietuvos Rytas. He appeared 10 times in Euroleague this season averaging 11.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.1apg. In Baltic league, he had 14.0 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 15 games. In LKL, Bjelica averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists for 25 games.
Igor Milosevic joined Lietuvos Rytas in January this year from Marousi. For 6 games in Baltic league, Milosevic had 15.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 5.2 apg. In LKL, he collected 9.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 4.5 apg for 14 games.
Lietuvos Rytas was better than Zalgiris 4-3 in the Playoff Finals defending the LKL title. They also defended National Cup trophy this season.


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Ittihad Tanger wins over Amal Essaouira in the latest game - by Eurobasket News
Ittihad Tanger wins over Amal Essaouira 73-64 in the latest game of the league. Before that on may 21st AS Sale rolled over Ittihad Tanger 100-82 as they started with 28-18. Although the latter bounced back with 21-19 in the second period AS Sale added 25-14 in the third frame. Sport Plazza Casa edged Chabab Rif Al Hoceima 69-59 also on May 21st. On May 22nd Raja Casablanca overcame Amal Essaouira 55-47.

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  NABL   


Standings
NABL Standings
 1. Salem S. 7-2 
 2. Snohomish C. 6-5 
 3. Portland S. 5-3 
 4. Seattle A. 4-3 
 5. Tacoma T. 1-5 
 6. Tualatin R. 1-6 


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  NBA   


Lakers 103, Suns 101: Artest's buzzer-beater douses the Suns' rally - by Eurobasket News
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) had Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's) wrapped in a bear hug, which was then engulfed by a group hug, all while shiny purple and gold streamers poured from the sky. Bryant was beaming, jovial at last.

To that emotion, he could have added surprised, elated and maybe even relieved.

As a tie game dwindled to its final seconds Thursday night, Bryant shot an air ball and Artest turned it into a buzzer-beating, game-winning and possibly series-turning layup. The Los Angeles Lakers danced away with a 103-101 victory over the Phoenix Suns, and a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.

As a group, its always fun to have wins like this, Bryant said, his mood substantially improved from earlier in the week.

The Lakers are one victory away from a third straight trip to the N.B.A. finals and a chance to defend their title. Game 6 is Saturday in Phoenix. It is unlikely the series can get any wilder or weirder than it was Thursday night.

Suns Coach Alvin Gentry , struck by food poisoning, vomited in the first half and needed intravenous fluids at halftime. The Lakers blew an 18-point lead in the second half. The Suns nearly forced overtime on a bank-shot 3-pointer by Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) with 3.5 seconds left.

Then Artest, who might have left as the most vilified player in the building, became the Lakers unlikely savior.

With the score tied at 101-101, Bryant took an inbounds pass on the sideline, then turned and flung a 3-point attempt. Artest charged into the paint, caught the ball and quickly laid it back up as time expired, setting off a spectacular celebration at Staples Center.

Bryant finished with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists a total that did not include his unintentional feed of Artest on the games final play.

Artest, who joined the Lakers last summer to provide toughness and defense, was asked if it was the biggest shot of his career.

Biggest layup, he said with a smile. I missed a lot of layups during the regular season.

Fans have found Artest alternately thrilling and maddening, and he was both Thursday night. His decision making and shooting have been heavily critiqued.

With about a minute to play, and the Lakers clinging to a 101-98 lead, Artest shot an errant a 20-foot jumper, the crowd groaning before he even released it. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) grabbed the rebound and passed back to Artest at the 3-point arc. Seeing an open shot, Artest launched and missed again, to more groans.

In the timeout that followed, Coach Phil Jackson tried to give Artest who was 1 for 8 at that point a quick primer on good shots versus bad shots.

He was trying not to listen to me, very hard, Jackson said with a grin.

Yet Jackson sent Artest back onto the floor for the final 51.5 seconds.

I actually questioned it myself when I put him out there on the floor, he said.

It turned out to be a good decision. As Jackson noted, He has an uncanny knack of doing things.

The Suns, who did not hold a lead in the second half, nearly orchestrated their own miracle, after their own series of misfires. Channing Frye, Steve Nash and Jason Richardson all missed potential tying 3-pointers. But Richardson got another chance, and banked in a shot from 27 feet with 3.5 seconds left.

For a moment, the Suns were the ones hooting and skipping across the court.

It was a crazy game, said Nash, who led the Suns with 29 points and 11 assists, including 9 points in the fourth quarter.

Two nights earlier in Phoenix, the Suns had tied the series and sent Bryant into a foul mood. Asked to describe his emotions afterward, Bryant had said, sarcastically, Jovial. This time the feeling was genuine.

Derek Fisher (6'1''-G-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) had 22 points, his most productive game of the postseason. Gasol started to reassert himself in the paint, finishing with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) contributed 17 points and 13 rebounds. Bryant and Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) had four blocks apiece.

The trends now favor the Lakers. In the history of 2-2 ties, the team that wins Game 5 has gone on to win the series 83 percent of the time.

Nash frustrated the Lakers defense all night with his slippery moves and smooth shooting. He was at his best down the stretch, scoring on a 3-point play, feeding Amare Stoudemire for a layup and hitting two long jumpers over Gasol.

Phoenix again used heavy doses of zone defense, holding the Lakers to a series-low 41.8 percent shooting. The Suns bench, a key to their victories in Games 3 and 4, was not nearly as effective on the road. Frye scored 14 points, all in the second half, and Jared Dudley had 10 points. No other reserve had more than 3. Dudley was the only Suns reserve to score in the first 30 minutes of play.

On the Suns bench, they were just hoping to keep their coach upright. Gentry became ill early in the game and vomited in a trash can by the bench. It was not intended as a symbolic gesture.

I ate at a restaurant today that will not be named, Gentry said. But for some reason it did not sit well with me.

Gentry felt better by the end of the game, and then not so much.

Were not happy, I can tell you that, he said. Were very disappointed. Were not jovial.


Courtesy of www.nytimes.com


Grizzlies statement on Zach Randolph involvement in drug investigation - by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies released the following statement today from Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Chris Wallace, regarding media reports about forward Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) being implicated in an Indianapolis drug investigation.

Since Zach Randolph joined this organization, he has been an active member of the Memphis community and embraced our core values of hard work and leadership. These qualities helped him develop into an NBA All-Star this season and guided one of the NBAs youngest teams to a 16-game improvement.

Zachs continued commitment to the team has been evident the last couple of weeks as hes been working out with members of our staff on the West Coast.

Due to the ongoing police investigation, we do not feel it would be appropriate to comment further. Unless some other information surfaces, Zach remains a valued member of the Grizzlies family and Memphis community.


Courtesy of The Memphis Grizzlies


Avery Johnson to interview with Rod Thorn about New Jersey Nets coaching vacancy Saturday - by Eurobasket News
Avery Johnson is meeting with Nets president/GM Rod Thorn Saturday about the team's vacant head coaching job, and if all goes well the former Mavericks coach could be hired as soon as next week.

Johnson's attorney, Curry Cooksey, confirmed Thursday that his client will be interviewing for the Nets' job in New York or New Jersey and said that Johnson is 'optimistic' about his chances and also hoping to have the position locked up soon. 'He's hoping to have something finalized by next week,' Cooksey said.

Thorn would not confirm that the meeting will take place but did admit that Johnson is 'a guy we're interested in talking to.'

Johnson, who had a record of 194-70 in four seasons with Dallas and led the Mavs to the 2006 Finals, is considered a front-runner to be hired by the Nets. However, Thorn is also said to be interested in speaking to at least four other candidates, including former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy and Boston assistant Tom Thibodeau. There has also been speculation that Thorn might be willing to hold out until the end of next month to gauge the interest of Phil Jackson, who is coaching the Lakers in the Western Conference finals but could be leaving the club over contractual issues.

Thorn indicated Thursday that he would hire someone sooner rather than later if that person's interview went well.

Cooksey said Johnson has scheduled a third meeting with the Hawks, who fired Mike Woodson after being ousted from the playoffs two weeks ago. But Atlanta's budget probably can't compete with that of the Nets, whose new billionaire owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, reportedly was prepared to offer Mike Krzyzewski between $12 million and $15 million before Krzyzewski said he isn't interested in leaving Duke. Johnson made more than $4 million a year with Dallas.

KIKI UPDATE: Former interim coach Kiki Vandeweghe said he will likely stay with the Nets until his contract expires on June 30 despite being unceremoniously dumped last week by Prokhorov. 'I plan to keep working,' said Vandeweghe, who has relinquished his GM duties to Thorn.


Courtesy of http://www.nydailynews.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.8 
 2. James, Clevelan.29.6 
 3. Anthony, Denver N.28.4 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers27.3 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat27.0 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.5 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.1 
 8. Granger, Indiana P.24.1 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.24.0 
 10. Stoudemire, Phoeni.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Howard, Orlando M.12.9 
 2. Camby, LA Clippers12.2 
 3. Lee, New York K.11.7 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.7 
 5. Boozer, Utah Jazz11.4 
 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
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.9 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.7 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz10.5 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.8 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.8.9 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.4 
 7. Davis, LA Clippers8.0 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.8 
 9. Harris, New J.6.6 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat6.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.1 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 7. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 9. Iguodala, Philadel.1.7 
 10. Davis, LA Clippers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Howard, Orlando M.2.9 
 2. Bogut, Milwauke.2.5 
 3. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 4. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 5. Smith, Atlanta H.2.0 
 6. Haywood, Dallas M.2.0 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers1.8 
 8. Dalembert, Philad.1.8 
 9. Andersen, Denver N.1.8 
 10. McGee, Washingt.1.8 


NBA rescinds Perkins technical, upgrades Pierce foul - by Eurobasket News
Boston's Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84) will be eligible to play in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Orlando Magic.

The NBA said Thursday that one of the two technical fouls Perkins received in Game 5 was rescinded. That means Perkins hasn't hit the mark of seven technicals in the playoffs that would lead to an automatic suspension.

Perkins was called for the first technical when he elbowed Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84) in the stomach. Replays showed Perkins' arm merely slipped as he tried to help teammate Rajon Rondo up.

But it was the second technical that was rescinded by the league. Perkins got that one when he complained about a foul call in the second quarter.

The league said a foul committed by Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) in the fourth quarter was upgraded to a flagrant.


Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Clippers fans march in LA streets for LeBron - by Eurobasket News
A band of Los Angeles Clippers fans has taken to the streets outside Staples Center to show love for LeBron James (6'8''-F-84).

At least 75 Clippers fans in red-and-blue gear waved signs and chanted slogans as they marched up and down Chick Hearn Court on Thursday night in the hours before Game 5 of the Western Conference finals between the Lakers and the Phoenix Suns.

With signs displaying the No. 6, which will be James uniform number next year, the fans chanted We want the King! and L-B-J!

Although the Clippers are a longshot in the LeBron sweepstakes after 17 losing seasons in the last 18 years, theyre among a handful of NBA teams with a combination of salary cap room, a solid supporting cast and a major media market to entice James. The two-time league MVP is eligible for free agency July 1.

The march was organized through Facebook by Darrell Bailey, the self-proclaimed Clipper Darrell who taunts opposing teams with clever comments from the lower bowl at Staples Center. Wearing a suit with one blue leg and one red leg, Clipper Darrell marched in front of the pack, shouting through a megaphone.

LeBron versus Kobe, four times a year! Clipper Darrell yelled to cheers from his fellow fans.

Most Lakers fans streaming into Staples Center paid little attention to the march, although a few mumbled about disrespect from Los Angeles perpetual second-banana franchise.

Baron Davis, Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin are expected to be back next season with the Clippers, who havent hired a coach after the midseason dismissal of Mike Dunleavy, the winningest coach in the franchises sorry history. Interim coach Kim Hughes is among the candidates for the full-time job, and is still working at the Clippers training complex in Playa Vista.


Courtesy of Yahoo


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  NCAA1   


Two assistant coaches resign from UConn in wake of NCAA investigation - by Eurobasket News
A University of Connecticut official told The Associated Press that two assistant coaches have left the mens basketball program a day before the school plans to hold a news conference to update an NCAA investigation of potential recruiting violations.

School officials, including coach Jim Calhoun , were to attend Fridays on-campus event, along with attorney Rick Evrard, an outside counsel who advises UConn on NCAA-related matters.

A school official said assistant coach Patrick Sellers and director of basketball operations Beau Archibald had both agreed to resign from the school in advance of the news conference. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasnt authorized to release the information.

The Hartford Courant, citing unidentified sources, first reported the resignations Thursday.

Messages seeking comment from the AP were left for Calhoun, Sellers and an NCAA official.

The NCAA and the school have been investigating the program since shortly after a report by Yahoo! Sports in March 2009 that former team manager Josh Nochimson helped guide basketball recruit Nate Miles (6'7''-G/F) to Connecticut, giving him lodging, transportation, meals and representation.

The Yahoo! report also alleged that UConn coaches exceeded limits on the number of phone calls that can be made to recruits.

As a former team manager, Nochimson could be considered a representative of UConns athletic interests by the NCAA and prohibited from having contact with Miles or giving him anything of value. Documents released by the school showed pages and pages of phone and text message correspondence between Nochimson and UConn coaches Calhoun, Tom Moore, who is now head coach at Quinnipiac, and Sellers.

Miles was expelled from UConn in October 2008 without ever playing a game for the Huskies after he was charged with violating a restraining order in a case involving a woman who claimed he assaulted her. He played during the 2008-09 season for the College of Southern Idaho, and was cut last November by the NBA Development Leagues Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Calhoun has acknowledged that he or his staff might have made mistakes in recruiting Miles, and earlier this month said he expected the investigation would find violations.

They are not going to do a review for 14, 15 months and then say, See you later, he said. That normally doesnt occur.

Calhoun, who turned 68 this month, has led the Huskies to two national championships. He signed a five-year, $13 million contract earlier this month.

UConn was 18-16 last season. Calhoun took a medical leave of absence in January, missing seven games with an undisclosed condition.


Courtesy of www.masslive.com


Obama praises Duke for title, enjoys a ribbing for picking UNC in 2009 - by Eurobasket News
This is what you get for ever picking North Carolina, Mr. President.

President Barack Obama on Thursday heaped praise on the Duke mens basketball team for winning the NCAA championship last month - a Blue Devils squad that capped its run in one of the more exciting title games in recent memory, a 61-59 contest against upstart Butler that came down to the final shot.

But standing in the Rose Garden on a sticky day, Obama was still taking heat for (correctly) picking North Carolina, Dukes rival, to win it all in 2009. Dukes coach, Mike Krzyzewski , bristled a bit at Obama at the time and said the president should sticking to fixing the economy. The two have since made up.

It was nothing personal, Obama joked on Thursday with the coach and team standing behind him. Just trying to win some money.

A smiling Krzyzewski returned the favor by giving Obama a framed copy of this years winning bracket with Duke right in the center.

Obama lauded Duke for growing as a team and being part of their community. After their moment at the White House, the players and coaches were headed to the Pentagon to thank members of the military and then to Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects.

The president commended the coach for his style, quoting Krzyzewskis philosophy as saying a team is like a hand, which can attack with more force when it comes together like a fist. Very subtle, coach, Obama said.

The hoops-loving Obama spent time talking to the players and taking photos before the ceremony. It came on a day when he also was announcing his latest steps on Gulf Coast oil spill, holding a news conference, meeting privately with former President Bill Clinton and hosting Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

For him to take the time out to greet us in such a way is just terrific, Krzyzewski said.


Courtesy of www.taragana.com


UCLA guard Lee to have right knee surgery - by Eurobasket News
UCLA guard Malcolm Lee (6'5''-G-90) will have arthroscopic surgery next week to remove a portion of the cartilage in his right knee.

Coach Ben Howland said Thursday that Lee hurt his knee playing basketball last Sunday and an MRI on Wednesday revealed a tear.


Lee is expected to be sidelined 4 to 6 weeks.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

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  NEW ZEALAND   


Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Waikato 12-3 
 2. Nelson 11-4 
 3. Wellington 9-4 
 4. Bay Hawks 9-6 
 5. Harbour Heat 8-6 
 6. Southland Sharks 7-7 
 7. Cougars 7-9 
 8. Taranaki 6-7 
 9. Manawatu 1-11 
 10. Otago 0-13 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Eric DEVENDORF
  Wellington
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Devendorf, Wellington26.4 
 2. Hudson, Manawatu26.3 
 3. Devendorf, Waikato24.3 
 4. Webster, Harbour .24.2 
 5. Tisby, Otago23.5 
 6. Rose, Southland S.22.6 
 7. Pace, Bay Hawks22.4 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki21.9 
 9. Jones, Nelson20.9 
 10. Amaya, Otago20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waikato
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Pledger, Waikato12.7 
 2. Tisby, Otago10.3 
 3. Vukona, Nelson10.3 
 4. Terrell, Bay Hawks9.9 
 5. Rickert, Harbour .9.5 
 6. Boucher, Harbour .9.3 
 7. Abercrombie, Waika.8.7 
 8. Nowell, Taranaki7.8 
 9. Rougeau, Southlan.7.8 
 10. Frank, Wellington7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington
  (194-G-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Tait, Wellington6.4 
 2. Boucher, Harbour .5.5 
 3. Pace, Bay Hawks4.4 
 4. Kench, Cougars4.3 
 5. Devendorf, Waikato4.1 
 6. Jones, Nelson4.0 
 7. Hudson, Manawatu3.7 
 8. Daly, Cougars3.3 
 9. Amaya, Otago3.2 
 10. Krauser, Waikato3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Southland S.
  (198-G-86)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Rougeau, Southlan.3.8 
 2. Webster, Harbour .3.2 
 3. Helms, Southlan.2.8 
 4. Devendorf, Waikato2.7 
 5. Rose, Southland S.2.6 
 6. Kench, Cougars2.3 
 7. Te Huna, Manawatu2.3 
 8. Krauser, Waikato2.2 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki2.2 
 10. Boucher, Harbour .2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jon ROGERS
  Bay Hawks
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rogers, Bay Hawks2.8 
 2. Pledger, Waikato2.2 
 3. Abercrombie, Waika.1.9 
 4. Harrison, Nelson1.7 
 5. Terrell, Bay Hawks1.6 
 6. Vukona, Nelson1.2 
 7. Rougeau, Southlan.1.2 
 8. Rickert, Harbour .1.2 
 9. Johnson, Taranaki1.0 
 10. Barber, Otago1.0 


Wellington bring in Marcel Jones - by Eurobasket News
Wellington Saints have inked a short-term contract with Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.). The 24-year-old forward is meant to substitute Eric Devendorf (193-G-87, college: Syracuse). The Saints best scorer sprained his ankle and would undergo MRI scan to learn how serious the injury could be. Marcel Jones is not new to New Zealand. He played for the Manawatu Jets last season. Then the forward tallied 27.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Marcel Jones recently played for the Everton Tigers in the UK. He notched 5.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per BBL appearance.


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  PARAGUAY   


PARAGUAYAN METRO LAST 10 CHAMPIONS - by Santiago Maciel
It is always very helpful to remind a little bit of our basjetball history. In this article we want people from all over the world to know which have been the last 10 Paraguayan 'METRO CHAMPIONS' so that everyone get to know a little more about our teams and rich history.
The METRO TOURNAMENT OR LEAGUE has been historically the most important in our country in both MALE and FEMALE as in every age category. However there are other TOURNAMENTS like the ones developed in PILAR, once in a while in CONCEPCION, also in ENCARNACION and even lesser in frequence ,in FEDERATIONS like CNEL. OVIEDO, CAAGUAZU, PARANAENSE, P.J. CABALLERO, VILLA RICA and COLONIAS UNIDAS.
It is very important to quote that the 'CONFEDERACION PARAGUAYA DE BASQUETBOL' or 'CPB'is a conglomerate of about 10 different FEDERATIONS all around the country.
Each FEDERATION is affiliated to the 'CPB' and needs to feed certain rules to become an ACTIVE FEDERATION to have vote and voice during the yearly ASSEMBLY.
Sometimes these FEDERATIONS do not have much activity by the lack of organization and their BASKETBALL LEVEL simply go down, they do not compete internally and end up sending their young talents to the CAPITAL . BECAUSE of this, they do not have vote nor voice in the yearly FEDERATION`S MEETING and they end up depending too much of what is held on in the CAPITAL METRO TOURNAMENTS where the different competitions are always hold on.
It is very good to know that the METRO TOURNAMENT is being held on since 1937.
Here we will deliver the las 10 CHAMPIONS in the different competition
systems used by the METRO.

LAST 10 METRO CHAMPIONS
1. SAN JOSE 2000
2. SAN JOSE 2001
3.SAN JOSE 2002
4. SAN JOSE 2003
5.SAN JOSE 2004
6.LIBERTAD 2005
7.SAN JOSE 2006
8.SOL DE AM. 2007
9.LIBERTAD 2008
10. LIBERTAD 2009

We remaind our fans that this year is being held on the new version of the METRO COMPETITION in its two tournaments 'THE 74th METRO TOP 5' and 'THE 3ERD ESTADIO COMUNEROS' tournaments. Coming soon the '3RD LIGA NACIONAL'


National League Standings. 1ST ROUND.
National League 2009 NATIONAL LEAGUE. Standings
 1. Libertad 10-0 
 2. Sol de Amer. 8-2 
 3. Sacachispas 6-3 
 4. Felix Perez 4-7 
 5. Estrellas 3-7 
 6. Amambay 0-10 


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  PHILIPPINES   


Al Riyadi enter semifinal stage at Asia Champions Cup - by Eurobasket News
Al Riyadi - Smart Gilas 74:63
Al Riyadi sealed the semifinal appearance at the Asia Champions Cup in Doha. The Lebanese team overcame Smart Gilas in the quarterfinal tonight. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) knocked down 24 points to lead the effort. Al Riyadi managed to bounce back after a slow start and marched to the victory after the main break.
Smart Gilas put on a clinical defensive performance in the starting frame. They limited Al Riyadi to just 9 points and earned a 10:9 lead at the first break. The second term saw an intense battle. Neither side could surge ahead and the teams were knotted up at 34 after twenty minutes of action. Al Riyadi finally managed to take over after the long break. They fired to a 9-point advantage at the final intermission. Fadi El Khatib stepped up with 12 points in the fourth stanza helping Al Riyadi to the victory.
Rony Fahed (182-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) and Nate Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) knocked down 15 points apiece in the victory. Milan Vucicevic (206-F/C-85) responded with 22 points for Smart Gilas. Mark Barroca (198-F/C-88) had 15 points in the loss.

Al Riyadi: Fadi El Khatib 24, Rony Fahed 15, Nate Johnson 15
Smart Gilas: Milan Vucicevic 22, Mark Barroca 15



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  POLAND   


PLK Round: 3 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Anwil - Assec.Prokom 76-79
Asseco Prokom posted the third straight win over Anwil in the PLK Final. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) fired 26 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 4 boards to lead the charge. Jan-Hendrick Jagla (213-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Penn St.) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds for the Gdynia outfit. Nikola Jovanovic (204-C-81, agency: BeoExcell) accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds for Anwil in the loss.



DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael WRIGHT
  PGE Turow
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21
 1. Wright, PGE Turow21.0 
 2. Mays, Znicz19.3 
 3. Day, ISS Sportino19.2 
 4. Chappell, Znicz18.3 
 5. Williamson, Znicz17.9 
 6. Logan, Assec.Pr.17.6 
 7. Miller, Polonia Azbud17.6 
 8. Okafor, Polpharma17.6 
 9. Swanson, AZS K.17.1 
 10. Berisha, Polonia 201116.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.3 
 2. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.8.2 
 3. Chappell, Znicz8.2 
 4. Daniels, Energa C.8.1 
 5. Kesicki, ISS S.7.8 
 6. NaNa, Polonia Azbud7.6 
 7. Kinnard, Trefl S.7.5 
 8. Okafor, Polpharma7.2 
 9. Wallace, PGE Turow7.2 
 10. Bigus, Polonia 20117.1 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Szubarga, Anwil6.7 
 2. Loyd, Stal SW5.9 
 3. Swanson, AZS K.5.1 
 4. Smith, SKK Kotwica5.1 
 5. Brazelton, Energa C.4.8 
 6. Logan, Assec.Pr.4.5 
 7. Snieg, Polonia 20114.4 
 8. Milicic, AZS K.4.1 
 9. Hughes, Polonia .4.0 
 10. Mays, Znicz3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy CHAPPELL
  Znicz
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Chappell, Znicz2.9 
 2. Day, ISS Sportino2.4 
 3. Godbold, Stal SW2.1 
 4. Logan, Assec.Pr.2.1 
 5. Mays, Znicz2.0 
 6. Majewski, Polph.2.0 
 7. Angley, Polpharma1.9 
 8. Swanson, AZS K.1.9 
 9. Hawkins, Trefl S.1.8 
 10. Daniels, Energa C.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Leszek KARWOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (209-F-75)
  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. Misiewicz, Znicz1.1 
 6. Booker, Energa C.1.1 
 7. Lapeta, Assec.Pr.1.1 
 8. Wyka, Znicz1.0 
 9. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.1.0 
 10. Johnson, PGE Turow0.8 


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  PUERTO RICO   


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon21.4 
 2. Carmona, Mayaguez20.2 
 3. Hickerson, San G.20.1 
 4. Galindo, Mayaguez20.0 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas19.6 
 6. Priutt, Isabela19.1 
 7. Redhage, Quebradillas19.0 
 8. Maye, Mayaguez19.0 
 9. Ayuso, Capitanes18.2 
 10. Sweetney, Santurce17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Priutt, Isabela13.5 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas11.7 
 3. Sweetney, Santurce11.1 
 4. Narvaez, Ponce9.9 
 5. Traylor, Bayamon9.9 
 6. Aubry, Capitanes8.9 
 7. Dyer, San German8.9 
 8. Mays, Humacao8.6 
 9. Reyes, Capitanes8.6 
 10. Austin, San German8.0 
Assists Per Game
 C.J. BRUTON
  Quebradillas
  (188-G-75)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Bruton, Quebradillas7.4 
 2. Baker, Mayaguez6.6 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon5.9 
 4. Rodriguez, Capit.5.5 
 5. Rivera, Isabela5.2 
 6. Guzman, Guaynabo4.8 
 7. Copeland, San G.4.7 
 8. Berdiel, Humacao4.5 
 9. Cruz, Ponce4.5 
 10. Hatton, Ponce4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice BAKER
  Mayaguez
  (184-G-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Baker, Mayaguez2.0 
 2. Berdiel, Humacao2.0 
 3. Carmona, Mayaguez1.8 
 4. Rivera, Isabela1.7 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Perez, Isabela1.5 
 7. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 8. Mays, Humacao1.4 
 9. Pickett, Capitanes1.4 
 10. Copeland, San G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 James MAYS
  Humacao
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Mays, Humacao1.2 
 2. Priutt, Isabela1.2 
 3. Traylor, Bayamon1.2 
 4. Sweetney, Santurce1.1 
 5. Perez, Isabela1.1 
 6. Nieves, Santurce1.0 
 7. Reyes, Capitanes1.0 
 8. Guzman, Guaynabo0.9 
 9. Berdiel, Humacao0.9 
 10. Nailon, Ponce0.9 


Mets de Guaynabo sign Torraye Braggs - by Eurobasket
Mets de Guaynabo strengthened their roster with addition of 34-year old American power forward Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Braggs played most recently at Guaros de Lara (Venezuela). Braggs is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in China, Greece, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Latvia, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.
In his first game with Mets de Guaynabo, Braggs played 35 minutes against Capitanes de Arecibo and scored 21 points, 14 rebounds and 1 assists, but these numbers didn't help Guaynabo win the game, the team ended losing with 15 points difference with a score 74-89
By Eurobasket Data Center


San German signs Ernest Brown - by Eurobasket News
San German announced signing of Ernest Brown (213-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Indian Hills CC) for rest of the season. The 31-year old center is coming to San German from Toros de Aragua (Venezuela), where he signed in April. Brown appeared 10 times in LPB averaging 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds.
He started the season in Bulgaria with Lukoil Akademik. For 11 games in NBL, Brown averaged 12.5 points and 8 rebounds. In January this year he parted ways with the team. At the same month, Brown moved to China. There, he signed for Shougang Beijing Ducks and later was named Asia-Basket.com Chinese CBA All-Defensive Team -10. For 14 games in CBA Brown had 20.4 ppg, 11.6 rpg and 1.3 bpg.
Before the above mentioned teams, Ernest Brown was a member of Cypriot Pizza Express Primetel Apollon and Mexican Halcones UV Cordoba. He also played for Barangay Ginebra Kings on Philippines and Liaoning Panpan Hunters in China. In 2007, he was a member of Cangrejeros de Santurce. At that time he played 18 games in BSN averaging 13.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. In May 2007, he was traded to Humacao. With Bayamon in 2005 Brown was named Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Center of the Year -05.
San German is currently 0-2 down in BSN Quarterfinals against the Pirates.


BSN Quarterfinals: Pirates jump to 2-0, Santruce ties the score against Ponce (1-1) - by Eurobasket News
Quebradillas - San German 104-95
The Pirates are 2-0 up against San German. After 104-86 victory in Game One, Quebradillas cruised past San German once again celebrating 104-95 win. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) demonstrated great performance for his team. He spent 40 minutes on the court with double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds. Redhage reached valuation 41. Second scorer in victory was C.J. Bruton (188-G-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Indian Hills CC) with 19 points (6 as). In the loosing squad, Ryann Abraham (178-G-87, college: Appalachian St.) delivered 19 points. Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) followed him with one less. Game Three is scheduled for Saturday.

Ponce - Santurce 72-102
Santurce destroyed Ponce last night tying the score to 1-1. Ricardo Dalmau (188-G-77) shined for the winners with 27 points. Richard Chaney (196-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Troy) also had very important role as he added 25 points and 7 boards. For the Lions, Alvin Cruz (186-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Niagara) scored 14 points. Rick Apodaca (192-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Hofstra) had 12. Game Two will be played on Saturday.


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  QATAR   


Al Rayyan cruise past Al Hilal - by Eurobasket News
Al Rayyan - Al Hilal 97:59

Al Rayyan had no problems against Al Hilal at the quarterfinal stage of Asia Champions Cup. The hosts stunned their Saudi Arabia opponents and would now face ASU of Jordan in the semis tomorrow. Al Hilal will face Astana Tigers in the classification round.
Al Rayyan did not give a single chance for the visitors. The Qatari champions exploded with 29 points in the opening frame taking a 15-point lead. The margin stayed in the second stanza. Al Rayyan arrived at the main break up by 13 points 46:33. Al Rayyan did not slow down in the third period. They established a comfortable 76:46 cushion heading into the fourth quarter. Al Hilal could not recover as Al Rayyan coasted to the win in the fourth stanza. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) delivered 18 points for the winners. Tanguy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) added 16 points for the home side. Brandon Crump (208-C-82, college: Tennessee) responded with 14 points for Al Hilal. DerMarr Johnson (206-G-80, college: Cincinnati) canned 13 points in the loss.

Al Rayyan: Yasseen Musa 18, Tanguy Ngombo 16, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) 12
Al Hilal: Brandon Crump 14, DerMarr Johnson 13



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  ROMANIA   


UMobitelco keeps the core - by Eurobasket News
UMobitelco are planning to keep the core of the team for the next season. Head coach Marcel Tenter and Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) are expected to remain in the team in the upcoming season.
Marcel Tenter played for UMobitelco in 2006/07 season. The same season Tenter took the position of assistant coach in the team. Marcel Tenter became the head coach of the Cluj Napoca team at the start of the previous season. The 41-year-old specialist led UMobitelco to the Romanian League Final.
Zoran Krstanovic was the key performer in Cluj Napoca last season. The 27-year-old centre averaged 20.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. He was named the All-Romanian League Player of the Year by Eurobasket.com. Zoran Krstanovic arrived to Romania in December 2008. Earlier the centre played for Novi Becej, Soproni and Groningen.



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  RUSSIA   


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


A Superleague Semi-Finals: Unics won over Khimky for 2-2 in the series - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Khimky 65-53
Unics won over Khimky 65:53 in Game 4 as the series is tied at 2-2. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 7 assists, while Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) followed him with 14. Veremeenko Vladimir brought 10 points, while Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) and Zvarykin Victor netted 9 apiece. Langford Keith replied with 10 points for the visiting side. The decisive game 5 is scheduled for May 30th.



Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Lionel CHALMERS
  Enisey
  (183-G-80)
  Avg: 19
 1. Chalmers, Enisey19.0 
 2. Rush, Triumph18.8 
 3. Bykov, Dynamo M.18.7 
 4. Green, Lokomoti.16.3 
 5. Rakovic, Spartak SP15.2 
 6. Flores, Krasnie .15.2 
 7. Popovic, Unics15.0 
 8. White, Spartak SP14.8 
 9. Kambala, Enisey14.5 
 10. Bremer, Krasnie .14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor KHRYAPA
  CSKA
  (204-F/G-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Khryapa, CSKA8.4 
 2. Monya, Dynamo M.7.9 
 3. Trushkin, Krasni.7.0 
 4. Rakovic, Spartak SP6.4 
 5. Kambala, Enisey6.1 
 6. Kaun, CSKA5.9 
 7. Lampe, Unics5.8 
 8. McCarty, Khimky5.7 
 9. Javtokas, Khimky5.5 
 10. Mensah-Bonsu, CS.5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ernest BREMER
  Krasnie Krilya
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Bremer, Krasnie .5.7 
 2. Popovic, Unics4.0 
 3. Bykov, Dynamo M.4.0 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA3.9 
 5. Shved, Dynamo M.3.7 
 6. Rush, Triumph3.6 
 7. Fields, Spartak SP3.5 
 8. Planinic, CSKA3.3 
 9. Pashutin, Spart.3.3 
 10. Vyaltsev, Triumph3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Sergey BYKOV
  Dynamo M.
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bykov, Dynamo M.2.1 
 2. Khryapa, CSKA2.1 
 3. Rush, Triumph2.0 
 4. Bremer, Krasnie .1.7 
 5. Lyday, Unics1.6 
 6. Chalmers, Enisey1.6 
 7. Surovtsev, Lokomoti.1.6 
 8. Monya, Dynamo M.1.6 
 9. Gist, Lokomotiv K.1.5 
 10. McCarty, Khimky1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 James GIST
  Lokomotiv K.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Gist, Lokomotiv K.1.2 
 2. Mozgov, Khimky1.1 
 3. Monya, Dynamo M.1.0 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.0 
 5. Savenkov, Lokomoti.0.9 
 6. Javtokas, Khimky0.8 
 7. Douthit, Krasnie .0.8 
 8. Vasilyev, Dynamo M.0.8 
 9. Kaun, CSKA0.7 
 10. Zhukanenko, Dynamo M.0.6 


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  SAUDI ARABIA   


Al Rayyan cruise past Al Hilal - by Eurobasket News
Al Rayyan - Al Hilal 97:59

Al Rayyan had no problems against Al Hilal at the quarterfinal stage of Asia Champions Cup. The hosts stunned their Saudi Arabia opponents and would now face ASU of Jordan in the semis tomorrow. Al Hilal will face Astana Tigers in the classification round.
Al Rayyan did not give a single chance for the visitors. The Qatari champions exploded with 29 points in the opening frame taking a 15-point lead. The margin stayed in the second stanza. Al Rayyan arrived at the main break up by 13 points 46:33. Al Rayyan did not slow down in the third period. They established a comfortable 76:46 cushion heading into the fourth quarter. Al Hilal could not recover as Al Rayyan coasted to the win in the fourth stanza. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) delivered 18 points for the winners. Tanguy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) added 16 points for the home side. Brandon Crump (208-C-82, college: Tennessee) responded with 14 points for Al Hilal. DerMarr Johnson (206-G-80, college: Cincinnati) canned 13 points in the loss.

Al Rayyan: Yasseen Musa 18, Tanguy Ngombo 16, Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) 12
Al Hilal: Brandon Crump 14, DerMarr Johnson 13



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  SERBIA   


Milan Macvan gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian A League (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Talented international forward Milan Macvan (205-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11 (Second Stage).
The 21-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Radnicki K. (#4, 7-4) 89-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Hemofarm maintains the 2nd position in Serbian A League. They are still close to the very top. Hemofarm would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 9-2 record. In the team's last game Macvan had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Hemofarm, through which he has constantly improved. Milan Macvan averages this season 15.4ppg and 7.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old guard Branko Jereminov (187-G-87) of Tamis Petrohemija Pancevo. Jereminov impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Tamis was edged by slightly higher-ranked Borac (2-9) 91-88. This loss caused Tamis to drop to 7th position in the standings. 9 lost games is too many comparing to just two victory Tamis managed to get this Second Stage. Jereminov is one of the most experienced players at Tamis and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player last round was Nikola Micevic (196-G-82) of KK Borac Cacak (#6). Micevic scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Borac, leading his team to a 91-88 win against Tamis (2-9). Borac can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Micevic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Micevic has a very solid season. In 35 games in Serbia he scored 14.1ppg. He also has 4.6rpg and FGP: 62.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of FMP - 20 points and 8 rebounds
5. Branko Jorovic (205-F-81) of Borac - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Vladimir Vuksanovic (206-F/C-78) of Radnicki K. - 21 points and 6 rebounds
7. Ivan Maras (208-C-86) of Metalac - 20 points and 2 rebounds
8. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) of Partizan - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Aleksej Nesovic (189-G-85) of Borac - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Radovan Markovic (194-G-82) of Tamis - 22 points and 2 rebounds


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  SPAIN   


Bilbao hires Pedro Romero as Assistant Coach - by Eurobasket News
Bizkaia Bilbao Basket signed a deal with Pedro Romero for the next season. Romero will join the team as an Assistant Coach.
Pedro Romero spent last five years as AC in PE Valencia. There he worked with Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ), who is now the Head Coach of Bilbao. Valencia issued a statement about this transfer and wanted to thank Romero for very successful collaboration for the past years.
Meanwhile, Xacobeo BS got a new President. Ricardo Docobo was the one who got the most votes for this position.


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria18.8 
 2. Fitch, Fuenlabrada17.9 
 3. Vujanic, CB Murcia17.7 
 4. Tucker, DKV J.16.2 
 5. Vasiliadis, Xacob.16.0 
 6. Splitter, Caja L.15.3 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.15.1 
 8. Savanovic, Cajasol14.7 
 9. Batista, Fuenlabr.14.1 
 10. Teletovic, Caja L.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esteban BATISTA
  Fuenlabrada
  (208-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 2. Prestes, CB Murcia7.3 
 3. Augustine, Gran C.7.1 
 4. Kirksay, Cajasol7.1 
 5. Panko, Lagun A.6.9 
 6. Hendrix, Granada6.9 
 7. Splitter, Caja L.6.9 
 8. Moss, CB Murcia6.7 
 9. Jackson, Xacobeo BS6.5 
 10. Caner-Medley, Estudi.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Omar COOK
  Unicaja
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Cook, Unicaja5.9 
 2. Stanic, Xacobeo BS5.2 
 3. Huertas, Caja L.5.0 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca4.5 
 5. Valters, DKV J.4.3 
 6. Calloway, Cajasol4.2 
 7. Dumas, Valladolid4.1 
 8. Oliver, Estudiantes3.9 
 9. Prigioni, MMC R.3.8 
 10. Norris, Gran C.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tariq KIRKSAY
  Cajasol
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Kirksay, Cajasol2.4 
 2. Prigioni, MMC R.2.1 
 3. Rubio, Regal Barca2.0 
 4. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.8 
 5. Rodriguez, Bizkai.1.6 
 6. Vasiliadis, Xacob.1.5 
 7. Stanic, Xacobeo BS1.4 
 8. Tucker, DKV J.1.4 
 9. Triguero, Cajasol1.4 
 10. San Miguel, Manre.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Valladolid
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Valladolid1.5 
 2. Vazquez, Regal B.1.3 
 3. Hendrix, Granada1.3 
 4. Aguilar, Granada1.2 
 5. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.2 
 6. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 7. Freeland, Unicaja1.0 
 8. Lishchuk, Valencia.0.9 
 9. Barnes, Valladolid0.9 
 10. Hervelle, Bizkai.0.9 


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  SYRIA   


Mahram ease past Al Jalaa, into Asia Champions Cup semis - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Al Jalaa 88:60

The Asia Champions Cup defending champions Mahram reached the semifinal stage at this years edition of the tournament. The Iranian champions toppled Al Jalaa of Syria to move into the next stage. Samad Nikkhah (199-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) fired 21 points to pace Mahram.
Jalaa well-matched the tournaments favorites in the first frame. The Syrian team stayed close and finished the starting stanza down by just two points 21:23. But Mahram speeded the game up in the second stanza. They cleared off to take a 44:34 lead at the interval. Mahram continued to stay in charge after the big break. The Iranian outfit raced to a 20-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. Al Jalaa were not able to recover in the final stanza. Mahram cruised to the victory and would take on either Al Riyadi or Smart Gilas at the semifinal stage.
Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) knocked down 17 points for Mahram. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) delivered 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's) answered with 16 points for Al Jalaa. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) finished with 11 points in the losing effort.

Mahram: Samad Nikkhah 21, Jackson Vroman 17, Loren Woods 12+11 boards
Al Jalaa: Chudney Gray 18, Garnett Thompson 11



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  TOGO   


Togo is gearing up for 2011 qualifiers - by Kristian Santiago
The Togolese basketball federation is reportedly bringing in five foreign-based players for evaluations.
Togo's national-team is currently preparing for the zonal qualifiers to the 2011 African Championships, which will be hosted by the country this summer in August.
Two players are currently in the US, two in France and one in Senegal, but it has to be seen if the federation can come up with tickets for them as it's the first time the small country is trying to beef up their squad with Diaspora.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Academy - Ways to evaluate a coach: - by David Edole
By: Vctor 'Vitito' Ojeda

On many occasions the coaches wish to know their value. There are myths about the process of evaluating a basketball coach. Everyone understands if they win a lot of game he is a great coach, also he is evaluated by wins and losses. Others have great talents and are given credit for being great coaches when they win.

The truth is that when there is lack of knowledge and tools to evaluate a coach you tend to go into favoritism. This is done when the person that evaluates doesn't have the knowledge of needed criteria.

There are three ways to evaluate a coach. One is the 'ability to coach a game, being this the less important because the coaches usually don't win or lose. The game strategy is planned with sufficient time because no coach plans their game when it is in action. A lot of experts say that the game are won or lost in the practices. We can't lose the perspective that basketball is a team sport, so if they don't practice their potential as a team is lost.

Coaches without experience and neither the players can do new things and teach during a game. The coach can't teach during the game and that is why the game is overvalued. Teach, and train the players during the game is something different from being a coach.

A second way to evaluate is the 'ability to teach'. Improving individually each player is by the knowledge acquired during training. Considering his movements, ability to pass, decision making, shot selection, free throw mechanics and other abilities and where he has improved dramatically.

A third way to evaluate is by 'the way he understands the game.' We ask: What is more important to your team, playing well or winning? The answer is simple, still great coaches don't understand this. A great evaluation for a coach comes from the players when they recognize his job and professionalism, that is when they remember him and is an example for future generations.

Today we find coaches of all levels, but the important thing is that the coach has decided to make this a profession and has to train to the highest level. That who coaches without preparation will be lost on the road.



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  UBL   


UBL ALL STAR WEEKEND - by Ozzie Denson

The United Basketball League (UBL) All Star game was this pass weekend, and what a night. The UBL Texas Wranglers Dance Team started the night off. And then the 3pt contest in which Texas Wranglers own Sheldon Denson won. Move to the Slam Dunk contest that Michael Adams (Texas Wranglers) won . Then the All Star Game. Arkansas Warriors, Oklahoma Impact, Mississippi Tornadoes, and the Texas Wranglers . What a game, the West won 102 to 93. the MVP of the game was Reggie Griffin 33 pts. ( Texas Wranglers)
The UBL Come Get Some !!!
www.ublhoops.com



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  UKRAINE   


Superleague Finals. Budivelnyk ties the series at 2-2 - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash - Budivelnyk 74-77
Budivelnyk tied the Final series at 2-2 as the team brings the road victory from Mariupol. Budivelnyk won 77:74 as decisive Game 5 is scheduled for May 31st in the capital of Ukraine. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) stepped up with 21 points and Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) nailed 20. Balashov Maxim produced 12, whilst Drozdov Artur netted 11. Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) responded with 25 points in the losing effort.



Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Ferro-ZNTU
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Burtt, Fe.22.4 
 2. Karim, DniproAzot21.2 
 3. El-Amin, Budivelnyk20.4 
 4. Thomas, Fe.20.0 
 5. McClintock, Mykolaiv18.6 
 6. Curry, Azovmash18.5 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik18.3 
 8. Williams, Halychyna18.0 
 9. Atanackovic, Gryfo.17.5 
 10. Daniels, Azovmash17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  Hoverla
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Fraser, Hoverla11.4 
 2. Thomas, Fe.10.2 
 3. Finn, Halychyna7.9 
 4. McClintock, Mykolaiv7.8 
 5. Pettway, Dnipro7.8 
 6. Morton, DniproAzot7.3 
 7. Hunter, Fe.7.2 
 8. Rizvic, Azovmash7.0 
 9. Dubnyuk, Pulsar6.9 
 10. Agafonov, Khimik6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Dnipro
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Crowe, Dnipro7.7 
 2. Blassingame, BC Od.6.4 
 3. Sparks, Hoverla5.7 
 4. Burtt, Fe.5.5 
 5. Mitchell, Khimik5.4 
 6. Karim, DniproAzot5.4 
 7. El-Amin, Budivelnyk5.1 
 8. Lukashov, BC Kyiv4.9 
 9. Love, Mykolaiv4.5 
 10. Hill, BC Odessa3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Fred HOUSE
  Azovmash
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. House, Azovmash3.2 
 2. El-Amin, Budivelnyk2.4 
 3. Crowe, Dnipro2.2 
 4. Rybalko, Fe.1.8 
 5. Sparks, Hoverla1.8 
 6. Tiggs, Fe.1.8 
 7. Shemosyuk, Pulsar1.7 
 8. Karim, DniproAzot1.7 
 9. Curry, Azovmash1.7 
 10. Mitchell, Khimik1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Kyiv
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv2.7 
 2. McClintock, Mykolaiv1.9 
 3. Balashov, BC Odessa1.9 
 4. Rizvic, Azovmash1.8 
 5. Agafonov, Khimik1.7 
 6. Morton, DniproAzot1.6 
 7. Pettway, Dnipro1.5 
 8. Ulyanko, Hoverla1.1 
 9. Ulyanko, Pulsar1.0 
 10. Matyukevych, Mykol.1.0 


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Al Nasr earn 9th place in Qatar - by Eurobasket News
Al Nasr - Duhok 85:77

Al Nasr occupied the ninth position at the Asia Champions Cup. The UAE champions finished their campaign with a confident win over Duhok from Iraq. Duhok completed the tournament winless and remained in the tenth spot.
Duhok got to the better start to the game. They outscored the UAE side to take a 24:21 lead at the break. But Al Nasr recovered pretty quickly and surged ahead in the second stanza. Al Nasr rallied to a comfortable 46:33 advantage at the big break. The dominance of Al Nasr grew in the third term. They looked solid and built a 16-point advantage at the final intermission. Duhok could not turn the tables in the fourth period. Al Nasr stayed cool and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Saleh Sultan knocked down 21 points for Al Nasr. Radhouane Slimane (205-C-80) also finished with 21 points in the victory. Calvin Cage (183-G-84, college: Buffalo) responded with 27 points for Duhok. Qutaiba Mohammed unloaded 23 points in the loss.

Al Nasr: Saleh Sultan 21, Radhouane Slimane 21
Duhok: Calvin Cage 27, Qutaiba Mohammed 23



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Standings
WBA Standings
 1. Jacksonville B. 4-0 
 2. Florida Flight 2-1 
 3. Buford M. 2-1 
 4. Franklin Knigts 1-2 
 5. Cartersville W. 0-0 
 6. Birmingham S. 0-0 
 7. Decatur CK 0-1 
 8. Marietta S. 0-2 




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  ISRAEL - Women  


Liron Cohen sign with Schio ! - by Gil Goshen


Liron Cohen sign with Famila Wuber Schio !!!!

The Israeli national guard Liron Cohen sign today with The Italian cup holder Schio.
It will be her 4th season playing for top teams in Europe. After playing for san Jose in Spain, Dobri Anjeli in Slovakia, Besiktas in Turkey, and last year led her team Wisla from Poland to outstanding achievement the Euroleague semifinal ! It will be her 3rd season which she will play in the Euroleague. During the seasons she was the Spanish Copa S.M La Reina M.V.P, all Eurpeans point guard of the year 2008, all Europeans Honorable Mention 2009 Polish Super cup winner and the M.V.P.

Liron Cohen (173-G-82)


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  ITALY - Women  


Kaitlin Sowinski will play for Comense - by Eurobasket News
Kaitlin Sowinski (196-C-86, college: Sacred Heart) next year will play in Italy for Comense. The American player spent last season in Portugal and will head to the team that finished with 10-12 record last season.
Her career she started with Sacred Heart (NCAA) in 2005. In her last year there in 2008-2009 in 33 games she averaged 15.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.0apg, 2.9bpg, FGP: 53.0%, FT: 66.9%. In 2009-2010 moved to CAB Madeira (Portugal-Liga Feminina, starting five) and experienced in EuroCup. After 6 games Kaitlin Sowinski averaged 11.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.2bpg, FGP: 61.7%, FT: 47.8%. In Portuguese League her stats read14.4ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.4apg, Blocks-1 (2.2bpg), FGP-2 (58.2%), FT: 72.2%. In 2010 appeared for Connecticut Sun (WNBA) only in pre-season.
Together with CAB Madeira she became Portuguese Federation Cup Winner and played in Portuguese Women League All-Star Game. She was named Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Defensive Player of the Year and went into Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League 2nd Team.
In the last game for her previous team Kaitlin Sowinski nailed 5 points and had 5 rebounds. BoaViagem advanced into the semis after they shocked CAB Madeira away from home in the decider. Shannon Howell knocked down 25 points to propel BoaViagem into the next round. Dora Duarte had 16 points for the visitors. Maria Correia replied with 23 points for CAB Madeira. Candice Champion finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.



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  RUSSIA - Women  


Spartak Moscow Region bring Milovanovic and Prince - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Moscow Region bring Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) for the next season. The loud signings the team announced recently as the players will be great additions to their roster.
Jelena Milovanovic got the glory in MKB Euroleasing Sopron (Hungary-A) as she played there since year 2007. In her first season in Euroleague she averaged 8.8ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 70.6%. In Hungarian League after 17 games her stats read 11.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.4%, 3PT-2 (58.3%), FT: 68.0%. In 2008-2009 she increased her stats to 15.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 65.9% in Euroleague and in Hungarian League was the second best scorer averaging 15.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2.5spg, FGP-2 (67.3%), 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 71.9%. Last season in EuroLeague she showed 15.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 73.9%. She got also Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Bosmans Team.
Epiphanny Prince played last season in Turkey. In December 2009 she signed at Botasspor Adana (Turkey-TBBL, starting five) and in EuroCup exploded with 23.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 3.0apg, 4.0spg, 1.0bpg after 2 games. In Turkish League she became the second scorer averaging 20.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 84.6%. Recently the player is in Chicago Sky (WNBA). Sylvia Fowles scored 19 points to lead the Chicago Sky over the previously unbeaten Seattle Storm 84-75 Thursday night. Cathrine Kraayeveld scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half for the Sky, who got their first win of the season after an 0-4 start. Reserves Epiphanny Prince and Erin Thorn added 13 points each.



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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Pirsic extends with Ibiza - by Zeljko Zule
Palacio de Congesos de Ibiza have prolonged the contract of Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) until June 2012. Slovenian NT member joined the Spanish team at the start of 2008/09 season. She tallied 6.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.3 blocks per game in Liga Femenina and 4.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game in Euro Cup.


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  TURKEY - Women  


Saziye Ivegin heads to the Turkish Champions - by Eurobasket News
Saziye Ivegin (182-F-82) will play for Fenerbahce Istanbul in the next season. The latter confirmed already Taylor, Matovic, Diana Taurasi and the coach Laszlo Ratgeber.
Saziye Ivegin started her career in Botas in year 2000 and actually moved to Fenerbahce Istanbul in 2004. In her debut season she averaged 10.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6spg. Also she appeared in EuroCup and after 13 games her stats read 16.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 68.8%, 3FGP: 38.3%, 3FGP: 75.0%. After two more seasons there in season 2007-2008 she moved to New Wash Montigarda (Italy-A1, starting five) and after 2 games averaged 9.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0spg. In December 2007 Saziye Ivegin moved to Besiktas Istanbul (TBBL) and in Turkish League after 18 games her stats read 8.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 50.0%. The season 2008-2009 the Turkish player started for Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia-A Superleague) and in Russian League averaged 5.8ppg, 1.8rpg. She got some experience in Euroleague as in 10 games she showed 2.4ppg, 1.0rpg. That season she finished with Galatasaray Istanbul (TBBL) as in Turkish League her stats read 6.1ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 83.3%. Last season the player appeared in Mersin BSH Bld and averaged 8.6 points per game. She reached Turkish Cup Semifinals with her team and became Turkish TBBL Regular Season Runner-Up.



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Hoops stars Illinois bound - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS-- Shayla Kelly and Amara Williams were a successful scoring tandem for the Charlotte Amalie High School girls basketball team this past year. Next year, the duo will take their game north and play basketball at Kankakee Community College in Illinois.

The players signed commitment papers this week despite a loaded exam schedule, and both are already focused on playing for the Lady Cavaliers.

All I want to do is play basketball, do well in school and move on to the next level, said Kelly, who averaged 17 points and 5.4 assists a game for the Lady Chickenhawks. This is a steppingstone. This is the start of my college basketball career and I want to do well there.

Williams pumped in 19.3 points and 11 rebounds a game for CAHS, which finished with an undefeated league record and a third consecutive St. Thomas-St. John District IAA varsity title.

Its good that I will be able to go up there with a teammate, said Williams, who has never seen snow before. Im looking forward to it.

Kankakee, located about 60 miles south of Chicago, has a womens basketball program known for winning.

Under 10-year coach Donnie Denson, the Cavs finished with a 31-4 record last year, claimed the Region IV Championship and finished fourth at the NJCAA National Tournament. During the last 21 seasons, KCC has won the Region IV Championship 17 times and advanced to the National Tournament final five times since 1993.

Weve been in touch with a number of schools and this one has a great reputation, said CAHS coach Myron Corbett, who sent highlight tapes of both players to Kankakee. They win and their players move on so that was important to us.

The ultimate goal for Kelly, who has never traveled north of Philadelphia, and Williams is to finish a two-year stint with the Cavs and possibly land a scholarship with a Division I or II program.

Our mentality is to prepare these kids for lessons on and off the floor, Denson said. Basketball correlates to life and both these girls can learn a lot of lessons. They have the ability to take that next step and play at a higher level. I see a lot of potential in both of them and we cant wait to start working with them.

Corbett believes Williams and Kelly have the talent to play at that level now but two years of grooming them on the court and inside a classroom will help even more.

In terms of her game, Shayla can shoot the ball well and has a good first step, Corbett said. Her thing is driving to the basket. She can get to the basket any time she wants. Thats a given. But a few more years in the weight room will help and I believe her experience at Kankakee will be very beneficial.

On Williams, Corbett said: The intensity she brings to the game is what sticks out most. There were a few times when Amara just took over a game and she has the ability to score at any given moment.

Both players were named to the St. Thomas squad that competed at the 12th annual Sun Stroke All V.I. Hoop Classic on St. Croix in April and Kelly finished with a team-high 12 points, six assists and two rebounds. Williams added 10 points.

Kelly and Williams are three-year varsity players at CAHS. They are the second and third Lady Chickenhawks to commit to a college basketball team this year. Senior center Aesha Peters announced last month she is headed to UNC-Wilmington on a scholarship.
BY AAron GRAY


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  WNBA - Women  


Indiana deals for second-year guard Shavonte Zellous - by Eurobasket News
The Indiana Fever has acquired second-year guard Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) from the Tulsa Shock, in exchange for a 2011 second-round draft pick, it has been announced by Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf. To accommodate the move on the Fever roster, Indiana has waived Allie Quigley.

Zellous was a first-team selection on the WNBA's adidas All-Rookie Team last season while playing for the Shock in Detroit. She ranked second among rookies with 11.9 points per game. She finished second in the WNBA behind the Fever's Tamika Catchings with 155 free throws made and she averaged 1.8 assists per game. She was instrumental in leading the Shock to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Fever, averaging 15.6 points, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game in five playoff appearances.

Her scoring high was 25 points at Atlanta (6/26/09) when she hit 17-of-19 free throws. Her playoff scoring high was 23 points in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Indiana.

A 5-10 guard from the University of Pittsburgh, Zellous averaged 4.0 points and 16.8 minutes per game in four appearances with Tulsa this season. She will don a Fever uniform Saturday when Indiana plays at Tulsa.

Following its first visit to the WNBA Finals and three consecutive sellout crowds during the 2009 WNBA Playoffs, the Indiana Fever is eager to pursue a sixth straight playoffs appearance and a return trip to the Finals in 2010. The Fever plays host to the San Antonio Silver Stars on Thursday, June 3 (7:00 p.m.), and entertains the New York Liberty on Saturday, June 5 (7:00 p.m.). Season tickets are available at FeverBasketball.com or by calling (317) 917-2500.


Courtesy of The Indiana Fever

Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Minnesota L. - Connecticut S. 79-105
Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored 23 points and had six assists against her former team, and Tan White (5'7''-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) scored 22 points for the Connecticut Sun in a 105-79 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday night. Tina Charles added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Sun (3-1), who sent the Lynx (1-4) to their fourth straight loss. The game marked the return of Minnesota guard Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota), the Sun's career leader in assists, who was traded by Connecticut in the offseason. The deal sent Montgomery to Connecticut along with the rights to the first pick in the WNBA draft. The Sun took Charles with that selection. Whalen, who played in Connecticut for six seasons, scored six points. Charde Houston (6'1''-F-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) and Rashanda McCants (6'1''-G/F-86, college: N.Carolina) led the Lynx with 16 points apiece. Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) had 14 and Monica Wright had 11. *Courtesy of www.foxsportsnorth.com

Seattle S. - Chicago S. 75-84
Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) scored 19 points to lead the Chicago Sky over the previously unbeaten Seattle Storm 84-75 Thursday night. Cathrine Kraayeveld (6'4''-F-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half for the Sky, who got their first win of the season after an 0-4 start. Reserves Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) and Erin Thorn (5'10''-G-81, college: BYU) added 13 points each. Thorn made three 3-pointers. 'That's the beauty of our team, we've got players that can come off the bench and give us a lot of spark,' Fowles said. 'They came out with a lot of energy and kept the lead up. You can't ask for more than that.' Lauren Jackson had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Seattle (4-1). Svetlana Abrosimova (6'1''-F-80, college: Connecticut) scored 13 points and Swin Cash had 12. The Sky finished the first half on a 13-2 run to lead 42-29. *Courtesy of www.stamfordadvocate.com

Phoenix M. - Tulsa S. 110-96
The Tulsa Shock, two days off of their first win of the season, returned to the BOK Center Tuesday night for a nationally televised game with the defending WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury. The Shock put together a solid effort, but a breakout game by reigning league MVP Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) sealed a 110-96 win for the road team in front of a crowd of 4,100. Taurasi led all scorers with a season-high 35 points, including a WNBA record-tying eight three-pointers, while teammate Penelope Taylor (6'1''-F-81) added 29 points and seven assists for the Mercury. Despite the final score, the Shock stayed within striking distance until deep into the final quarter when the Mercury were able to pull away to a comfortable lead. Tulsa shot a season-high 47 percent from the field while out-scoring Phoenix 48-28 in the paint and 18-9 on the fast break. Amber Holt (6'0''-G/F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) logged 26 minutes after coming off the bench to lead the Shock with 20 points. *Courtesy of www.tulsatoday.com

Washington M. - Seattle S. 76-82
Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) and Tanisha Wright (5'11''-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) scored 16 points each and the Seattle Storm rallied from 10 down in the second half to beat the Washington Mystics 82-76 on Tuesday night. Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, college: Connecticut) and Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) added 14 points each to help the Storm improve to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history. Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke) scored 24 points and Lindsey Harding had 15 for Washington (3-2), which lost its second straight. After trailing by 10 late in the third quarter, Seattle went on a 31-10 run to take a 72-61 lead on Wright's 3-pointer with 3:11 to go. The Mystics rallied to plull within three on Currie's jumper about 2 minutes later, but Bird made six free throws in the final 33 seconds to secure the Storm's win. *Courtesy of www.taragana.com


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Washington M. 2-0 
 2. Atlanta D. 2-0 
 3. Connecticut S. 1-0 
 4. New York L. 1-0 
 5. Chicago S. 0-2 
 6. Indiana F. 0-2 
Western
 1. Phoenix M. 1-0 
 2. Seattle S. 1-0 
 3. Minnesota L. 1-0 
 4. Tulsa S. 0-1 
 5. S.Antonio SS 0-1 
 6. L.Angeles S. 0-2