EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/3/2010

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  ABA   


Two new teams added to ABA line-up - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced two new teams over the past week.
One is located in California, and will be named South Valley Fever, owned and coached by Marco Vazquez. 'Marco is a person well known to the area having coached top local high school players in the AAU circuit for the past five years' stated ABA CEO Joe Newman 'He is a very capable young man and I know he will make a great owner.' 'Our goal is to make up a team of athletes who have played college basketball at Fresno State, Arizona State, Univeristy of Missouri, Middle Tennessee State, San Diego State, UC Riverside, Avila University, Rocky Mountain College, the Mexican pro league, Fresno City College and College of the Sequoias - the majority of whom live in the area and have played and graduated from high schools in Lemoore, Hanford, Tulare, Visalia, Fresno, Sanger and Latori,' stated Vazquez. 'We have a tremendous amount of great talent right here and I know we will be very competitive.' 'We ar excited to be part of this great league, a part of this dynamic community and look forward to developing relationships with local businesses as well as becoming an integral part of family-friendly sports entertainment here in the South Valley area,' added Vazquez. Home games will be held at the Santa Rosa Rancheria Coyote Corner Gymnasium. Myron Epps (6'6''-F-79, college: San Diego St.) will serve as the team's General Manager; Jess Thompson as the team's Director of Basketball Operations. For more information, visit www.southvalleyfever.com or email marco@southvalleyfever.com or jesthmsn@yahoo.com or call 559 707 8939
Another new ABA team will be playing in Corbin, Kentucky starting in December. 'We are very pleased to add this team to the South Central Division, a perfect fit,' stated Joe Newman . 'And we are also very excited about the ownership group being led by Bob Siler, a prominent Realtor, whose son Joe Siler is a professional basketball player and will likely be playing for the team. They are very far along in their development and we have no doubt that they will make an early impact. Kentucky is loaded with great players and they seem to have attrracted a good group already and anticipate more at their first tryout on June 26th.' Team Gold, LLC is led by Bob Siler who retired from the US Air Force after a 20-year stint in 1982. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and a former college business teacher, he now owns U.S. Gold Realty, one of the Kentucky's premiere real estate companies. 'I know business and marketing,' stated Siler. 'And I have a great love for basketball. Corbin is a wonderful city, we have excellent local support, and no doubt that we can put together a formidable team. My wife Ursula and my three sons are solidly behind this effort and we look forward to seeing Joe play regularly. This will be fun.' For more information, email joedashow133@yahoo.com
or call 606 521 6055. The website is under construction.


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  ARGENTINA   


Libertad Sunchales land Juan Pablo Cantero, Sionista tab Juan Manuel Locatelli - by Eurobasket News
Libertas Sunchales have agreed on terms of contract with Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82). The 27-year-old guard spent the previous season in Atenas. He tallied 10.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Juan Pablo Cantero participated at the FIBA Americas Tournament in 2009. The guard tallied 3.2 points, 1.1 boards and 1.1 assists per game in San Juan.
In the meantime Sionista strengthened the roster with addition of Juan Manuel Locatelli (198-F-75). The 34-year-old forward scored 11.9 points, pulled down 3.5 boards and issued 1.1 assists per game for Atenas in the last season.



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  BAHRAIN   


Muharraq clinch under-20 league crown - by Patrick Salomon
MUHARRAQ were Wednesday night crowned champions of the Zain Bahrain Under-20 Basketball League.

The youngsters regained the title they last won in 2008 after a resounding 88-79 come-from-behind victory over Al Ahli in a one-off final, played at Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam.

Muharraqs big three comprising lightning quick guards Ali Abbas, Ahmed Hassan and Salem Mohammed inspired their team to the win. Abbas and Hassan each poured in 25 points, while Mohammed had nine but was sensational on the defensive end.

All three are key components of Muharraqs senior team, and they used their experience to battle back from 11 points down in the third quarter before claiming the well-deserved result.

Abbas fuelled their comeback, scoring all but two of his game-high output in the second half.

I got off to a slow start, and they were able to play some good defence on me, but going into the third quarter I put it in my mind to drive the ball inside and get some easy baskets, and that helped me a lot in getting into the flow of the game, Abbas told the GDN.

We continued to miss some baskets in the second half but we knew that if we fought hard, our shots would eventually fall and Im really happy for our team in the way we came back to take the win.

Hassan, who had 18 of his points in the first two periods, made several key baskets down the stretch, but he missed much of the final two quarters after resting a right leg injury.

Mohammed and reserve guard Abdulla Jabber stepped up in his absence. They helped limit Ahlis star backcourt of Hesham Sarhan and Maytham Jameel to just 33 points combined, while Ahli big man Mahdi Ashoor was also a non-factor in the game. He was saddled with foul-trouble throughout and was held to a frustrating four markers.

Muharraq were down for much of the opening half and they faced a 34-42 deficit at the break.

In the third, Sarhan looked to lead Ahli to the win and at one point scored nine straight to help lift them to a 57-46 lead. But Muharraq answered with a game-changing 8-0 run, which included three straight lay-ups on the fast-break, that got them back to within three.

Power forward Noor El Deen later tied it at 62-all with a free-throw, and after he missed his second attempt, centre Mohammed Manea grabbed the offensive rebound and scored to give them a two-point edge to end the period.

In the fourth, after Jameel scored on a baseline jumper to tie it at 64-apiece, Abbas scored five straight to help build a gap, and later had a pair of charities for a 73-66 advantage.

Jameel replied with a rare four-point play that made it a one-possession game once more, but then Abbas knocked down back-to-back baskets, the second of which was controversial as it just barely beat the shot clock buzzer, to keep Muharraq comfortably ahead.

Shots from Abbas, Hassan and Mohammed later made it 83-75, and Hassan applied the final dagger in the coffin with triple that extended their lead to 11, 86-75, with just a minute and 32 seconds remaining.

Mohammed played the final few minutes with his entire forehead bandaged after sustaining a gash due to some overzealous Ahli defending.

The way our team responded today to a poor first half was unbelievable, Muharraq head coach Ahmed Najat told the GDN. They were asleep and a little nervous, but I told them that we would come back one possession at a time, and when we did, it woke them up.

I told them not to think about the score and to just play tough defence and share the ball, and in the end, we were able to finish the game as the winners.

El Deen chipped in with nine points while Manea and Jabber each had eight in the victory. Sarhan paced Ahli with 21 in defeat, while Jameel contributed 12.

After the game, both teams were awarded their respective medals, and Muharraq the league plaque, by Bahrain Basketball Association (BBA) general secretary Abdulelah Abdulghaffar and other BBA officials.


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  BELGIUM   


Jerry Johnson paces Charleroi to 1-0 in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Liege - Charleroi 73-76
Charleroi did a great job in Game One of the Playoff Finals. They cruised past Liege on the road for 1-0 lead in the series. Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) was the MVP of this game with valuation 25. Johnson scored 20 points with just two missed shots for 26 minutes on the court. Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida) (6 rebs) and Wes Wilkinson (207-F-84, college: Nebraska) (6 rebs) helped with 15 and 13 points respectively. For the hosts, Josh Duncan (204-F/C-86) collected 18 points and 5 boards. Game Two is scheduled for Thursday.


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, Antwerp15.9 
 4. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.15.6 
 5. McNeal, M.Hainaut15.3 
 6. Thomas, Liege14.9 
 7. Freeman, Verviers.14.0 
 8. Green, Liege13.9 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende13.8 
 10. Banks, Liege13.7 
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, Antwerp6.5 
 7. Greene, Aalstar6.4 
 8. Hilliard, Verviers.6.4 
 9. Pelle, Oostende6.3 
 10. Beghin, Antwerp5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Stanley BURRELL
  Aalstar
  (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, Liege3.7 
 6. Johnson, Charleroi3.7 
 7. Hamilton, Charleroi3.2 
 8. Tabu, Charleroi2.8 
 9. Wilson, Aalstar2.6 
 10. Black, Antwerp2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Loren STOKES
  Aalstar
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Stokes, Aalstar2.3 
 2. Gill, Oostende2.2 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.2 
 4. Bosco, Gent1.9 
 5. Black, Antwerp1.9 
 6. Thomas, Liege1.9 
 7. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.1.9 
 8. Anderson, Leuven1.8 
 9. Greene, Aalstar1.8 
 10. Conlan, M.Hainaut1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (208-C-73)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.3 
 2. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 3. Pelle, Oostende0.9 
 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 


Oostende Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
According to the site of the Beo Basket agency, Base Oostende has re-signed American guard Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, college: LSU) for next season.
Mitchell was signed in March 2010 to replace the injured Trevor Huffman. He started the 2009-2010 season in Ukraine playing for Khimik Opz Yuzny.
In 24 games there he averaged 18.3 ppg. After his team was eliminated from the playoffs he joined Base Oostende for the rest of the season.
At Oostende he averaged over 12ppg and 4.2 apg. His team won the Belgian Cup.

So far the news has not been made official by the Base Oostende.


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  BELIZE   


Belize ready for a new challenge in the 2010 Centrobasket Championship: - by David Magana
SAN JUAN - Belize had a surprising summer last year, winning the Silver medal in the COCABA Championship for Men and after a strong showing, they are going into the Centrobasket Tournament not just to participate, but to qualify for the FIBA-Americas Championship.

'We are going to the Dominican Republic not only to participate, but to qualify', said Basketball Belize President, Paul Thompson.

'We want to have the best team available so we can qualify for the next round and hopefully the FIBA-Americas Championship', he added.

The top four teams in the tournament qualify for the 2011 FIBA-Americas Championship and Belize needs to finish in the top two in their group to achieve it. Belize is in Group B along with Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Trinidad & Tobago. Group A features the British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Panama and US Virgin Islands.

Belize played in the COCABA Championship with a team that featured Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.), Alex Carcamo (200-F-77, college: E.Washington), Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara), Keenan Jourdon (202-F-74, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Boston Coll.), among other who have international experience. This year the team will have a mix of veterans and new players from Belize.

Basketball has grown at a high rate in Belize, especially during the COCABA Championship and this year it will be the same for probably the most important tournament in their history.

'When we were in Cancun for the COCABA Championship, the country stopped for that week and they watched every game on tv. It was pretty big.'

To ensure the future of basketball in Belize, they will have teams in the COCABA U15 Championships were over 60 children tried out. Also for the first time they have a Mini-Basketball program since 2008 and they will keep participating in future events. Also they have school tournaments with the Mini-Basket rules.

This year the local coaches will participate in the national team process as they prepare for the Centrobasket and U15 COCABA Tournaments.
FIBA-Americas


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Standings - Men
ABA Standings
 1. All or Nothing 0-0 
 2. Da Oddz 0-0 
 3. East 0-0 
 4. F&R 0-0 
 5. Mega Mix 0-0 
 6. Speed 0-0 
 7. Young Legs 0-0 


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  CHINA   


Brian Goorjian takes over DongGuan - by Eurobasket News
Brian Goorjian became the new head coach of DongGuan. The 56-year-old US specialist has been working in Australia for a long time. Brian Goorjian led the Melbourne South Dragons in 2008/09 season. Previously Goorjian worked with the Sydney Kings, Victoria Titans and SE Melbourne. Brian Goorjian also worked as coach assistant and head coach of the Australian NT.


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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Trogir
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 21
 1. Bizaca, Trogir21.0 
 2. Vragovic, Dubrava20.7 
 3. Zoric, KK.20.3 
 4. Gordon, Cibona19.6 
 5. Peric, Zadar17.9 
 6. Spahija, Svjetlost17.7 
 7. Bogdanovic, Cibona17.1 
 8. Filipovic, Sibenik16.8 
 9. Stipcevic, Zadar16.4 
 10. Drezga, Trogir16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jurica SPAHIJA
  Svjetlost
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Spahija, Svjetlost10.2 
 2. Zoric, KK.9.1 
 3. Ruzic, Zadar8.5 
 4. Peric, Zadar7.3 
 5. Sakic, Dubrava7.2 
 6. Krapic, Zabok7.0 
 7. Krolo, Darda7.0 
 8. Macura, KK Split7.0 
 9. Vukicevic, Svjetlost7.0 
 10. Maric, Dubrava6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jamont GORDON
  Cibona
  (193-G/F-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Gordon, Cibona4.7 
 2. Tomeljak, Zabok4.1 
 3. Bazdaric, Cedevita4.1 
 4. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.4.1 
 5. Stipcevic, Zadar3.8 
 6. Blajic, Trogir3.7 
 7. Cosic, Svjetlost3.7 
 8. Norac, Svjetlost3.6 
 9. Camagajevac, Darda3.6 
 10. Sumic, KK Split3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vinko BOSNJAK
  Dubrava
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bosnjak, Dubrava2.4 
 2. Norac, Svjetlost2.4 
 3. Sumic, KK Split2.0 
 4. Stipcevic, Zadar2.0 
 5. Katic, KK Split1.9 
 6. Kruslin, Dubrovnik1.8 
 7. Gordon, Cibona1.8 
 8. Car, Zadar1.7 
 9. Cosic, Svjetlost1.6 
 10. Tomeljak, Zabok1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jere MACURA
  KK Split
  (205-F-80)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Macura, KK Split1.6 
 2. Zoric, KK.1.5 
 3. Vladovic, Sibenik1.2 
 4. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 5. Gordon, Cibona0.8 
 6. Kamaldin, Darda0.7 
 7. Bagaric, Cibona0.7 
 8. Bizaca, Trogir0.7 
 9. Krolo, Darda0.7 
 10. Petrovic, Cedevita0.7 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


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.7.6 
 6. Chan, BK Prostejov7.1 
 7. Houska, BK Decin7.0 
 8. Payne, NH Ostrava6.5 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.6.5 
 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. Sanders, Novy Jicin4.4 
 4. Kotas, USK Praha4.3 
 5. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.3 
 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. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
 10. Lenzly, CEZ N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ales CHAN
  BK Prostejov
  (214-C-80)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Chan, BK Prostejov1.5 
 2. Walker, Novy Jicin1.5 
 3. Ford, USK Praha1.5 
 4. Meno, Basketbo.1.3 
 5. Payne, NH Ostrava1.2 
 6. Castleberry, Podeb.1.1 
 7. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.0 
 8. Ricci, CEZ Nymburk0.9 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 10. Benda, CEZ Nymburk0.9 


Branislav Brlit joins Opava - by Eurobasket News
Branislav Brlit (205-C-85, agency: Promotex) will spend the next season in Opava. The 24-year-old centre played for Slovakian champions Pezinok in the previous four seasons. Last season the centre averaged 4.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. Branislav Brlit participated at the 2010 Slovakian Extraliga All-Star Game. He entered the Slam Dunk Contest Final. Branislav Brlit is meant to replace Daniel Dousa (219-C-81, agency: Court Side) and Ondrej Soska (208-C-78) who left the team.


NBL Finals: CEZ Nymburk won Game 4 - by Eurobasket News
BK Prostejov - CEZ Nymburk 60-90
CEZ Nymburk won Game 4 over BK Prostejov to take 3-1 Final lead. Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77) and Michal Kremen (200-F-81) stepped up with 16 points each, while Benda Petr collected 14 points and 10 boards. Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) replied with 14 points in the losing effot.



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  FIJI   


Mighty Mights look sharp - by Eurobasket News
MIGHTY Mights look set to scoop the Raiwaqa Basketball tournament this weekend. Unbeaten after two games, the Saula Koroi-coached side look sharp and will be up against the likes of Warriors, Veterans and Mighty Sharks. The AU Graphics sponsored tournament serves as a trial for the Raiwaqa players as they gear up for the Fiji Games in Lautoka next weekend.
Raiwaqa Baketball Association official Nicholas Wong said the intensity of the game grew with each game as players tried to impress the selectors for a spot at the Fiji Games. 'Players are giving their best to impress the selectors. The excitement is there and it is really interesting watching players giving their utmost best,' he said. 'So far the team to beat is Mighty Mights. 'They play good basketball and with a good coach I believe they should be out to reach a good placing. 'Warriors and Veterans are also favourites in the tournament.'
In the women's section, Wed C, led by US-based Valerie Nainima, are in top form. They beat the national U20 team last week. Fiji White U20 national team remains unbeaten and should provide stiff competition to Wed C. Wong said the pool games would continue until Friday night before the elimination rounds begin on Saturday afternoon. Tonight, Fiji White takes on Knights in the women while Veterans plays Mighty Jazz and Mighty Sharks battles the Warriors.
Courtesy of: fijitimes.com


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  FRANCE   


Limoges advances to ProB Finals, Maurienne ties the score against Pau-Orthez - by Eurobasket News
Nanterre - Limoges 66-69
Limoges was better than Nanterre on the road and booked a spot for the Playoff Finals. Limoges won this series with 2-0. Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown) stepped up for the guests last night with 23 points and 5 assists. Raphael Desroses (199-F-80) had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Limoges didn't have any other player with double-digits in scoring. On the other side, Zeb Cope (205-F-82, college: William & Mary) came up with 20 points and 7 boards. Mykal Riley (198-F-85, college: Alabama) had 11 pts and 9 boards.

Maurienne - Pau-Lacq-Ort. 81-67
Maurienne cruised past Pau-Orthez 81-67 and tied the score to 1-1. It means that third game will decide which of these two teams will join Limoges in the Finals. Simon Darnauzan (178-G-80) stepped up for the hosts with 17 points and 7 assists. Moses Sonko (198-F-83, college: Co.Carolina) collected 15 points and 11 boards. In Pau-Orthez, Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, college: Arkansas) had 19 pts and 5 rebounds. Michael Bauer (203-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Minnesota) scored 13 pts (6 rebs, 5 as). Game Three is scheduled for Friday.


ProA Semifinals: Roanne takes Game Two against Le Mans (1-1) - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - Le Mans 99-95 OT
Roanne grabbed 99-95 OT win against Le Mans and forced crucial Game Three. David Noel (198-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) was on fire in victory with 24 points. He made 6 of 8 attempts from behind the arc. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) also was great adding 22 points and 8 assists. Uchenna Nsonwu (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) helped with double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) also scored 17. In Le Mans, Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) drained 34 pts. Third game will be played on Friday.


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Derrick OBASOHAN
  Trabzonspor
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Obasohan, Hyeres-T.19.8 
 2. Spencer, Le Mans18.7 
 3. Roberson, Stras.18.5 
 4. Vassallo, Paris-.17.8 
 5. Chatfield, Rouen17.0 
 6. Gray, Chalon15.8 
 7. Greer, Nancy15.8 
 8. Banks, Orleans15.7 
 9. Schilb, Chalon15.6 
 10. Traore, AS.15.6 
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. Falker, Cholet7.6 
 7. Edwards, Grave.7.5 
 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. Linehan, Cholet4.8 
 10. Woodside, Gravelines4.7 
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. Greer, Nancy1.8 
 7. Mims, Roanne1.8 
 8. Rogers, Rouen1.7 
 9. Melody, Vichy1.7 
 10. Spencer, Le Mans1.7 
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. Falker, Cholet1.2 
 8. Simon, Strasbourg1.2 
 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. McKenzie, St Va.16.2 
 4. Mohammed, Limoges16.2 
 5. Huertas, Fos Ouest16.1 
 6. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.16.1 
 7. Ingram, Clermont15.9 
 8. Taylor, Le Portel15.8 
 9. Dunn, Maurienne15.7 
 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. Braswell, Limoges6.1 
 5. Kerckhof, Antibes6.0 
 6. Mullins, Bourg5.7 
 7. McIntosh, St Va.5.7 
 8. Cisse, Fos Ouest5.3 
 9. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.3 
 10. Swift, Brest4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Sami DRISS
  Bordeaux
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Driss, Bordeaux2.9 
 2. Riley, Nanterre2.7 
 3. Craven, Boulazac2.5 
 4. Denave, St Vallier2.2 
 5. Mullins, Bourg2.1 
 6. Da Silva, Evreux2.0 
 7. Siggers, Lille2.0 
 8. Dunn, Maurienne1.9 
 9. McKenzie, St Va.1.8 
 10. Paelay, Charleville1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tarvis WILLIAMS
  Bordeaux
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Williams, Bordeaux1.8 
 2. Badiane, Maurienne1.7 
 3. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 4. Ford, Limoges1.6 
 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 


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  GERMANY   


The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Dodged The Ballsporthalle Sauna Cooling The Deutsche Bank Skyliners 76-69 Forcing Game 5 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven forgot about not getting fish in game two and somehow had some extra supply of energy in game four and were as strong as after getting the full amount of food at the five o clock feeding time at the Bremerhaven zoo, as potent as American actor Gerrod Butler is making women crazy for him and as powerful as current best soccer player of the world Lionel Messi who is looking to play a similar role to what Diego Maradona showed during the 1986 success of winning the World Cup in Mexico as they were able to force a deciding game five as they controlled the Deutsche Bank Skyliners 76-69. Frankfurt had the chance to send the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven back to the zoo for the summer, but witnessed a performance like night and day in comparison to game three. Bremerhaven came out strong and played well. They hit tough shots and Lou Campbell was 6/9 from outside. Their 10-0 run hurt us very much which gave them energy. We continued to fight, but we couldnt get over the hump. We were unable to execute against their zone defense not taking good shots, stressed Seth Doliboa. After only scoring 53 points in game three, The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven returned to being the scoring machine that everybody knows. Their was a big difference from the last game. We had a lot of intensity and concentration for the full 40 minutes. Campbell hit big shots and really important was that we shot well as a team which wasnt the case in game three, commented ex Ratiopharm Ulm center Bryan Lucas.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven didnt only shoot well as a team, but they continued their trend to game two in the Ballsporthalle where they were hitting contested shots left and right that may of even had caught the attention of a Lebron James for a split second if he had been a spectator. It seemed like Bremerhaven was hitting tough shots all night long. Whenever we were coming back, they would hit a contested shot or one at the buzzer, commented Skyliner American Grayson Moyer. The body language of Bremerhaven had a total 180 degree turn from game three as the team finally understood that losing was not on the agenda. Usually you are more tight with pressure, but we were extremely loose. We didnt let the pressure get to us. We brought the right intensity and always believed in ourselves, stressed ex Giessen 46er Lou Campbell.

After the spectacular Skyliner team performance in game three in Bremerhaven, it was no surprise that fans would be coming to the Ballsporthalle as it was nearly sold out with 4,980 coming to the battle. The first quarter was significant for a few 4-0 runs, but The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven had the better start as they quickly jumped on The Deutsche Bank Skyliners taking a 4-0 lead. Andrew Drevo made a turn around shot and Torrell Martin a lay in. Frankfurt got on the scoreboard and tied the game at five as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) scored inside and Jimmy Mckinney finished a fast break getting a nice pass from Quantez Robertson. Frankfurt then took their first lead as Allen made a turn around shot for the 7-5 lead. Philipp Schwethelm tied the game at 7-7 scoring inside retrieving a quick pass from Martin. Frankfurt then went on a mini 4-0 run as Frankfurt made another transition basket as Allen scored getting a risky but perfect Quantez Robertson pass in traffic and Greg Jenkins made a mini turn around shot in the zone. Frankfurt led 11-7. Both teams then had a dry spell for a few minutes as Frankfurt was missing shots and Bremerhaven had the tendency for too many individual plays. Martin then scored inside and Dragan Labovic made two free throws as Frankfurt still led 13-9. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven closed out the first quarter with a 4-0 run. Jeff Gibbs scrapped for an offensive rebound off a Lucas miss and scored inside and Skyliner captain Pascal Roller then made a turnover which led to a Martin dunk. After ten minutes the game was knotted at 13. The game was pretty even. Bremerhaven was changing between a man/zone defense. Bremerhaven was trying to score inside and set the tempo, stated Brose Baskets Bamberg assistant coach Volker Stix. Both teams were feeling each other out. They did a better job getting into their offense, said Grayson Moyer. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 36% from the field and 0% from outside while The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 35% from the field and 0% from outside. Bremerhaven had the 12-9 rebounding edge and both teams had two turnovers.

In the second quarter there were seven lead changes as the game was very tight until the last few minutes. Lou Campbell gave The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven the 16-13 lead with one of his many contested shots, but Frankfurt stormed back taking the lead as Labovic made a lay up and a rejuvenated Grayson Moyer who had a strong game three went to the hoop finishing with a finger tip roll and Frankfurt led 17-16. In the first quarter, both teams were 0/8 from outside and as cold as a winter day in Siberia, but then suddenly both teams started to thaw out of the tundra and started to get into a shooting rhythm. Both teams hit four three pointers in a row combined and four lead changes occurred as Drevo, Roller twice and Jan Lipke buried bombs from behind the three point line as Frankfurt led 24-22. Bremerhaven retook the lead with a Drevo jumper and Campbell free throws 26-24. Labovic isnt known for giving his teammate Super Tez a run at winning an athletic contest, but he tried his best with a spin move around Drevo and successfully scoring tying the game at 26. Both teams still seemed to be on the same page as no team was really able to run away with a big lead. Bremerhaven then went on a 5-0 run as Campbell made another three pointer and Schwethelm a catch and pop which looked as simple as if he was practicing on a playground. Schwethelm played a good season. I am a bit surprised how good he has gotten, but he has made a big step this season and I am sure that I will see him this summer with the German National team, warned ex skyliner Konrad Wysocki.

Frankfurt didnt let any mini run pressure them as they struck back with their own 8-1 run to lead 34-32. Allen started the attack with two free throws, Robertson penetrated strong into the zone finishing with his left hand and Mckinney scored twice with a pull up jumper off the fast break and a jumper from the wing. Runs in the first and second quarter seemed as common as Quantez Robertson as been top skyliner rebounder in the last games as The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven quickly silenced the Ballsporthalle with a 10-0 run to lead 42-34 at halftime. Lou Campbell was the Skyliner destroyer at the end of the quarter burying two three pointers in the face of Aubrey Reese and Seth Doliboa and his no mercy shooting seemed like a big slap in the face. In that run at the end, Bremerhaven was doing a good job drawing fouls and getting to the line and Campbell was penetrating and drawing fouls and hitting tough three pointers, stressed Brose Baskets Bamberg assistant coach Volker Stix. Bremerhaven hurt us at the end with the run and took the momentum into the third quarter, said Grayson Moyer. We found our rhythm, made big plays and hit big shots which can change a game and did, added Bryan Lucas. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 52% from the field and 55% from the three point line while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 22% from the three point line. Bremerhaven had the rebounding edge 19-14. Frankfurt had five turnovers and Bremerhaven six.

With only 20 minutes to play, the Ballsporthalle faithful were awaiting a big second half by The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, but instead saw Bremerhaven stay calm through the Frankfurt pressure and were able to keep a big lead at the end of the third quarter. Campbell started the third quarter where he left off in the second quarter nailing another three pointer. It really didnt matter who was in his face, because he hit bombs against anyone this time it being Allen. Campbell finished the day with a typical strong performance, but didnt have nice memories of the Ballsporthalle in the past. It was just my day tonight. I have never played well here except for game 2 and game 4, joked Lou Campbell. After this first little shock from Campbell, Frankfurt quickly got started in a comeback going on a 7-0 run to cut the Bremerhaven lead to only 45-41Quantez Robertson started the scoring attack with a lay in in traffic and finishing with his right hand. Allen then scored getting a quick pass from Reese inside Robertson then further sparked this run with his defense getting a steal and Jimmy Mckinney nailed a three pointer from the wing. A big problem for Frankfurt in the first four minutes were the Bremerhaven offensive rebounds which always led to second and third chances which didnt help the Frankfurt comeback any either. Drevo made a turn around shot and three pointer as Bremerhaven had a strong phase with quick ball movement and working for that open shot. Bremerhaven led 50-43. Greg Jenkins countered with a second chance lay in to cut the Eisbaeren lead to 50-45. Frankfurt was threatening, but then had another lapse on offense letting Breemrhaven get the big lead back closing out the third quarter with a 9-3 run to lead 59-48. Bremerhaven did too much damage in the zone as Jeff Gibbs scored twice and Jan Lipke once. Drevo hit an open three pointer and Labovic closed out the quarter with one free throw. We showed that we were not ready to go home yet. We were up by seven points and we just wanted to win the next two quarters to go home for the win, expressed Bryan Lucas. We came back, but they hit big shots and had too many extra chances off offensive rebounds giving them extra chances to score, said Grayson Moyer. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 49% from the field and 53% from the parking lot while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 25% from the parking lot. Bremerhaven still was leading the rebounding duel 28-22. Bremerhaven had eight turnovers and Frankfurt only seven.

In the fourth quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners kept creeping back and were able to cut the Bremerhaven lead to as little as five points, but never less as the Eisbaeren found something cool to their liking somewhere on the court despite the warm temperatures and were always able to find an answer on offense. After Drevo opened up the scoring in the fourth quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners didnt hesitate long getting production from Roller with a three pointer and Labovic lay in after Moyer had been blocked by Martin which cut the Bremerhaven lead to 61-53. Frankfurt kept pressuring as Labovic hit an open three pointer and Moyer an open three pointer as Frankfurt finally was finding some fortune cracking the stingy Bremerhaven zone defense as Frankfurt only trailed 64-59. Frankfurt could never get closer as they didnt have a consistent enough defense to get more consecutive stops as Martin scored inside with an athletic move and Campbell found some daylight and hit another three pointer and Bremerhaven had the comfortable 69-59 lead again. Frankfurt continued to be on the heels of Bremerhaven as Derrick Mr ballerina Allen was a scoring machine scoring seven points. After a Schwethelm lay in and Bremerhaven 71-61 lead, Frankfurt went on a 5-0 run as Allen scored twice inside and made a free throw as Frankfurt trailed only 71-66 with less than two minutes to play. Frankfurt missed a few shots and had a turnover as time was running out, but Robertson struck back with an open three pointer with less than a minute to play as Bremerhaven had the slim 73-69 lead. However Frankfurt was unable to execute on offense anymore as Bremerhaven shut the door on Frankfurt with Martin free throws. Frankfurt played hard, but when we built this 12 point lead, it was tough for Frankfurt to come back, because they had to use a lot of energy, stressed Bryan Lucas.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were led by Lou Campbell with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists. Andrew Drevo added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Torrell Martin chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds. Jeff Gibbs contributed with 10 points and four rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) with 19 points. Dragan Labovic had 11 points. Jimmy Mckinney and Pascal Roller chipped in with 10 points a piece.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven shot 50% from the field and 50% from the three point line while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were not able to match their success shooting only 42% from the field and 30% from the three point line. After totally dominating the boards in game three, it was time for a reversal as Bremerhaven led the attack under the boards 37-29. A big strength of Bremerhaven was their defense. We didnt really change much with our zone defense, but there was just more energy than usual and was very active, added Bryan Lucas. We made small adjustments with our zone. We didnt look as sluggish and had more energy, said Mr incredible Jeff Gibbs. We played as a team. Hitting so many big shots really helped. We packed it in more in the zone and were more active, stated Lou Campbell. Despite the loss, Frankfurt only had 9 turnovers and won the points in the paint 36-24 and still have some things to improve on for game 5. We can still improve our defense. We gave up too many shots. We also didnt rebound well. We will have to rebound better. They did a good job getting tips and scrambling for the rebounds. We will have to box out better, said Grayson Moyer.

Who will forget the dramatic ending to the five game series between BG Goettingen-Bremerhaven as Andrew Drevo shocked BG Goettingen with a game winning shot. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners square off in game five in less than 48 hours and this will be a game that wont resemble like a cute Polar bear relaxing and getting a tan on a glacier, but moreover will resemble a fierce battle as both teams will fight until the end no to be eaten up. Game five will be a fight. I think it will resemble the first two loses we had in the regular season and cup game. Game 5 will wrap up a great series. The team that is more focused and has more energy will win, warned Bryan Lucas. Jeff Gibbs is still looking to find his strong game from game two where he scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but in the last two games, he has been quiet, but he will be ready for game five. The last two games have been tough. I have had two guys on me. Basketball is a team game and other guys stepped up. Game 5 will be my biggest game ever in Germany and I am looking forward to it, stressed Jeff Gibbs. Bremerhaven has the momentum and home court advantage, but The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will go into game five with confidence despite the game 4 loss. There are a lot of positives that we can take into game 5. We didnt shoot or rebound well in game 4, but we were still in the game. I doubt that we will shoot that bad two games in a row. Game five will be a battle. Both teams will be fighting for their lives. It is win or go home and all will be left on the floor, warned Grayson Moyer. Ex Skyliner German National player Konrad Wysockis heart still beats for his old team. Game 5 will be a tight game, but I think that Bremerhaven will not have the needed energy to win the game, added Konrad Wysocki. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in game 5 June 3rd at 20:00.



Seth Doliboa (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Thoughts To Game 4 and Game 5 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 4 against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.

A tough game 4 loss 76-69. How dissapointed are you that the team couldnt pull it out at home?


It was a very disappointing loss. We were definitely planning on closing the series out at home and getting some rest before the finals.

Why werent The Deutsche Bank Skyliners able to display that beautiful team basketball from game 3?

It just didn t happen on that night. They played with more energy along with hitting some tough shots to get themselves going.

The 10-0 Bremerhaven run at the end of the second quarter really hurt Frankfurt. Was that the turning point of the game?

This put us fighting from behind for the rest of the game. It was a crucial point in the game.

What did coach Gorden Herbert tell the team at halftime to do better in the second half?


He reminded us to play as a team and we would have the success we were looking for.

It seemed each time Frankfurt cut the Bremerhaven lead to 5-6 points, they had an answer on offense. Why was it so dificult to get more consecutive stops on defense?


They hit big shots on our defense all night. A lot of the shots they hit were contested. This really made it difficult for us to get back on top.

Why was the Bremerhaven zone defense so difficult to crack in game 4?


We just didn t move the ball and find the gaps in the zone like we needed to.

Aubrey Reese had a tough game. How will the team help him get back on track?


Aubrey is still struggling with his knee injury. He will do whatever he can to help the team in any way. I think his health is the only thing to worry about.

What will Frankfurt have to do better in game 5?



Game 5 will just come down to who wants it more. Everything else doesn t matter at this point.

What experience do you have with game 5 games?


I played in a game 5 last year, also in the semi finals of the playoffs, and we won it and went on to win the championship.

What was the last DVD that you saw?


The Green Mile
Thanks Seth for the chat.



Cuxhaven BasCats bring in Schaffrath, let go Kleemichen - by Moritz Korff
2. Bundesliga Pro A runner up Cuxhaven BasCats has made a roster switch of post players, signing Joleik Schaffrath (206-C-88) of Hertener Loewen and parting ways with Frederick Kleemichen (209-F-86) who will continue his basketball career at Regionalliga North newcomer VfL Stade. 21-year-old Schaffrath appeared in 29 games for Herten during the 2009-10 season and averaged 10.9 points as well as 6.9 rebounds per encounter. The Lions finished the campaign ranked second in the Pro B final standings. Kleemichen, who was considered a German top prospect on the 4/5 spot some years ago but never really measured up to expectations, scored 1.6 points in 23 games for the BasCats in this past season. He should boost the Stade team, a club that won the 2. Regionalliga North championship recently and thus earned promotion to RLN.

Giessen 46ers Sign Tim Schwartz - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It is early June, but BEKO BBL teams are already getting active getting ready for the 2010-2011 season as The Giessen 46ers looked to the PRO A and found German Tim Schwartz (199-F-87). He is a 22 year old 199cm small forward. Schwartz who played for Kaiserslautern since 2005 was no unknown player for Giessen coach Vladi Bogojevic who coached him in the 2007-2008 PRO A season. 'Tim is a very talented player and is ready to make the next step in his career after playing at a high level in the PRO A the last three years. He is athletic, can rebound and has a good shot', stressed Giessen 46er coach Vladi Bogojevic. Last season Schwartz played 30 games averaging 8.8ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 75.0%. Schwartz is happy about landing in Giessen. 'I am looking forward to making the next step for such a traditional team like Giessen. The situation is great since I know the coach and can continue to study at University', said Tim Schwartz (199-F-87). Schwartz played for the U-20 German National team in 2007 and since 2008 is part of the A-2 German National team. The Giessen 46ers also announced that German Max Weber (201-G/F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) will not return next season. Weber played 28 games avergaing 2,6ppg and was known for his hard nosed defense.
Source: www.giessen46ers.de



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  GREECE   


Third place: Blakney leads Panellinios to first win against Marousi (1-2) - by Eurobasket News
Third place
Marousi BC - Panellinios 78-97
Panellinios is alive. After two consecutive defeats, Panellinios managed to beat Marousi 78-97 and to extend this series for at least one more game. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 35. Blakney scored 37 points on the night with perfect 6 of 6 for 3-pts. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) also had very important role in this victory with 24 points and 6 rebounds. In Marousi, Konstantinos Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) scored 16 pts. Third game is scheduled for Saturday.


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 David YOUNG
  Trikalla
  (196-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Young, Trikalla20.5 
 2. Childress, Olympiakos16.0 
 3. Green, AEK15.1 
 4. Erceg, Panionios14.7 
 5. Arnold, Perister.14.7 
 6. Massie, Olimpia L.14.4 
 7. Monroe, PAOK14.3 
 8. Harris, VAP K.14.2 
 9. Kleiza, Olympiakos14.1 
 10. Gregory, PAOK14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Igokea
  (206-F/C-77)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Massie, Olimpia L.10.7 
 2. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.9 
 3. Francis, AEK7.6 
 4. Carter, Ilysiakos7.0 
 5. Bryant, Panionios6.9 
 6. Dozier, VAP K.6.4 
 7. Arnold, Perister.6.2 
 8. Vougioukas, Panellin.5.9 
 9. Homan, Marousi BC5.8 
 10. Mavroidis, Marou.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.5.0 
 2. Lukas, Marousi BC4.2 
 3. Karidas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.1 
 5. Dickel, Trikalla4.0 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.4.0 
 7. Hammonds, Perister.3.7 
 8. Green, AEK3.6 
 9. Vasiljevic, VAP K.3.6 
 10. Spanoulis, Panath.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vonteego CUMMINGS
  Ilysiakos
  (192-G-76)
  Avg: 2
 1. Cummings, Ilysiakos2.0 
 2. Collins, Kavala/P.1.8 
 3. Lukas, Marousi BC1.8 
 4. Katsares, Trikalla1.6 
 5. Nikolaidis, AEK1.5 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.1.5 
 7. Hammonds, Perister.1.5 
 8. Karidas, Ilysiakos1.5 
 9. Green, AEK1.4 
 10. Dickel, Trikalla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ian VOUGIOUKAS
  Panellinios
  (212-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Vougioukas, Panellin.1.4 
 2. Harissis, VAP K.1.0 
 3. Mavroidis, Marou.0.9 
 4. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.8 
 5. Homan, Marousi BC0.8 
 6. Carter, Ilysiakos0.8 
 7. Monds, VAP K.0.7 
 8. Bramos, Perister.0.7 
 9. Arnold, Perister.0.7 
 10. Fotsis, Panathinaikos0.7 


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  HAITI   


Everett's Ernu Deshommes an Haitian Rising Star - by Princeloo Alexandre
Ernu Deshommes, who had just arrived from Haiti and would be attending Everett High. Despite of Deshommes' vision limitations he demonstrate great athletic and basketball skills on court.

Born with vision problems, Deshommes never received the necessary care for his eyes in Haiti and, as a result, suffers a severe case of nearsightedness. According to DiBiaso, a local optometrist called it the worst case he had seen in 30 years.

'What we're hoping is that someone can see this (story) and do something for Ernu,' DiBiaso said. 'Because he was never treated, the muscles in his eyes got progressively weaker to the point where he can't wear (contact) lenses and glasses wouldn't work, either.'

Despite the problems with his vision, Deshommes played some basketball in Haiti growing up. He followed the NBA on television and immediately became a fan of the San Antonio Spurs, enjoying their style of basketball.

Like anyone with physical limitations, Deshommes has been forced to adjust his playing style. While he has decent shooting range, his bread-and-butter is getting the ball on the wing and taking it straight to the hole.

'If I am near the basket, I can see OK,' the soft-spoken Deshommes said last week. 'But the further away I get, the smaller everything becomes. It's tough, but I just go out and do the best I can.'

With limited vision and little experience in organized basketball, there have been some ups and downs. DiBiaso remembered a play in a recent game against Cambridge as a perfect example of Deshommes not knowing what to do in a late-game situation.

'We're up one with the ball with less than 30 seconds left,' DiBiaso said. 'And here is Ernu out on the perimeter, dribbling behind his back and between his legs. All of a sudden, he takes this wild drive to the basket and tries to dunk the ball. Fortunately for us, he was fouled on the play.

'Then he gets to the foul line. People are screaming at him and Ernu is out there thinking they're cheering for him. He then hits both free throws to help us win the game.'

Another problem is the language barrier. Deshommes speaks very limited English, but benefits from the fact that teammates Rodman Noel and his younger brother, Nerlens, speak Creole and can serve as translators. Relationships with the Noels as well as Jonathan DiBiaso, the coach's son, have smoothed a potentially difficult transition.

'I really don't miss Haiti that much,' said Deshommes, who came over with his father and sister. 'Everyone here in Everett has been so good to me and my family. I like playing basketball at the school, coach (DiBiaso) is a good man.'

DiBiaso would prefer to bring Deshommes along slowly, but recent events have forced an escalation in playing time and responsibility. Nerlens Noel, a highly-touted 6-foot-8 sophomore center, went down with a cracked growth plate before the start of the Cambridge game.

As a result, Deshommes has shifted to center -- and with surprising results on occasion. In the 59-55 win against Cambridge, Deshommes excelled with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.

'After the game, I spent nearly three minutes telling the team how proud I was of them for being able to overcome such adversity,' DiBiaso said. 'I'm going on and on, then I looked over at Ernu, who is smiling through the whole thing. I told him he played a great game, then said he probably didn't know a thing I was talking about earlier.

'He's an amazing young man.'



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  ICELAND   


Niels Dungal pens deal with IR - by Eurobasket News
Niels Dungal (191-G-83, college: Longwood) will continue his career in IR. The 27-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with Reykjavik team. Niels Dungal played for Fjolnir in the previous season. He tallied 4.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Earlier the guard had stints with KR, Armann/Prottur. Nield Dungal also spent a year at the Longwood University.
IR also extended contract with Nemanja Sovic (198-F-77, college: Pfeiffer). The Serbian forward played a key role for IR in the last season. Nemanja Sovic tallied 19.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per appearance. Earlier Nemanja Sovic played for Fjolnir, Stjarnan, Breidablik and Lusitania in Portugal.



Keflavik tab Arnar Jonsson - by Eurobasket News
Keflavik signed a two-year deal with Arnar Jonsson (184-G-83). The 27-year-old guard played for Grindavik during the last two seasons. In 2009/10 championship Arnar Jonsson tallied 6.1 points, 7.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. Arnar Jonsson is not new to Keflavik. The guard spent six straight seasons with the team since 2001.
In the meantime Jon Hafsteinsson (196-F/C-81) has agreed to spend two more years playing for Keflavik. The 28-year-old power forward notched 3.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 1.2 assists and 1.0 blocks per game in the previous season.



Hreggvidur Magnusson moves from IR to KR - by Eurobasket News
Hreggvidur Magnusson (198-F-82) will join KR in the upcoming season. The 28-year-old forward has spent the previous eight seasons with IR. Last season Hreggvidur Magnusson averaged 15.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. In 2008/09 championship his stats were even more impressive. Magnusson then tallied 18.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists. The forward used to play for the Icelandic NT back in 2000/01 season.


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  ISRAEL   


Andrew Wisniewski will leave Maccabi Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Tel-Aviv will not exercise option to extend contract with Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary). The 28-year-old guard joined Maccabi at the start of the season. He tallied 8.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in Euroleague. In Israeli league Andrew Wisniewski tallied 9.4 points, 3.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance. Previously Andrew Wisniewski spent two seasons in Russia where the guard played for Ural Great and Spartak Saint Petersburg. Wisniewski also had stints with Snaidero Udine, Cibona, Crvena Zvezda and Bonn.


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  ITALY   


SerieA Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Pepsi Caserta - Armani MI 80-90
Armani Jeans confidently opened the semifinal series as they shocked Pepsi Caserta away from home. Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington) stepped off the bench to nail 22 points. Jamie Arnold (203-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Wichita St.) helped with 19 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) finished with 25 points for Caserta in the losing effort.

Montepaschi - NGC Cantu 100-73
NGC Cantu could not challenge the defending champions in the opening game of the semifinal series. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) scored 23 points as Montepaschi cruised to the first win in Siena. David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) added 15 points apiece in the victory. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) and Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine) responded with 14 points each in the loss.



Stefano Pillastrini expected in Air Avellino - by Eurobasket News
Stefano Pillastrini is close to taking the reins in Air Avellino. The Italian team recently parted ways with Cesare Pancotto . Stafano Pillastrini worked with Cimberio Varese during the last two seasons. He led Varese to the LegaDue championship title in 2009. Last season Stefano Pillastrini reached 11-17 record with Varese in Seria A. Pillastrini used to work with La Fortezza, Montegranaro, Snaidero Udine, Pesaro, Montecatini, Forli, Ferrara and Bologna.


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. Ere, Pepsi Caserta15.2 
 8. Jackson, Carife FE15.1 
 9. Bell, Vanoli CR14.8 
 10. Brown, Air AV14.8 
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. Williams, Scavolin.7.9 
 6. Troutman, Air AV7.9 
 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. Bowers, Pepsi C.3.0 
 10. Becirovic, Armani M.2.9 
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.2.5 
 6. Minard, Lottomat.2.4 
 7. Ere, Pepsi Caserta2.3 
 8. Farabello, Carife F.2.3 
 9. Jones, Pepsi C.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, Montepaschi1.3 
 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. Jones, Pepsi C.0.7 
 10. Lavrinovic, Montepas.0.7 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget IM
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Whiting, Aget IM22.3 
 2. Kemp, Banco Sard.21.1 
 3. Forte, Edimes PV20.8 
 4. Goss, Scafati .20.7 
 5. Young, Umana Reyer19.4 
 6. Crispin, Enel B.18.9 
 7. Slay, Carmatic PT18.8 
 8. Adams, Fileni Jesi18.5 
 9. Thomas, Enel Brindisi18.3 
 10. Rowe, Banco Sard.18.3 
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. Ezugwu, Aget IM8.4 
 5. Chiacig, Scafati .8.3 
 6. Hines, Prima Veroli8.2 
 7. Missere, A.B. L.7.5 
 8. Brkic, Snaidero UD7.5 
 9. Thomas, Enel Brindisi7.5 
 10. Smith, Trenkwalder7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  UCC Casalpus.
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Hatten, UCC C.4.8 
 2. Levin, Fastweb CM4.6 
 3. Forte, Edimes PV4.2 
 4. Nissim, Prima Veroli4.2 
 5. Rowe, Banco Sard.4.1 
 6. Young, Edimes PV3.4 
 7. Brown, Snaidero UD3.3 
 8. Bertolazzi, Miro R.3.2 
 9. Whiting, Aget IM3.1 
 10. Garris, Umana R.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joseph FORTE
  Edimes PV
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Forte, Edimes PV3.8 
 2. Hatten, UCC C.3.5 
 3. Hines, Prima Veroli3.5 
 4. Goss, Scafati .3.3 
 5. Ebi, Edilizia3.2 
 6. Young, Umana Reyer3.1 
 7. Young, Edimes PV2.9 
 8. Boyette, Miro R.2.7 
 9. Williams, Miro R.2.6 
 10. Whiting, Aget IM2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Troy OSTLER
  UCC Casalpus.
  (209-F-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ostler, UCC C.2.0 
 2. Di Giuliomar., Umana R.1.7 
 3. Hines, Prima Veroli1.7 
 4. Ebi, Edilizia1.7 
 5. Bryan, Enel Brindisi1.1 
 6. Boykin, Fileni Jesi1.0 
 7. Melli, Trenkwalder1.0 
 8. Ferrero, A.B. L.0.9 
 9. Hubalek, Banco S.0.9 
 10. Hall, Fastweb CM0.9 


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  JAPAN   


Evolution Acquires Tokyo Apache - by Richard
Evolution Capital Management, a Los Angeles-based investment management advisor, today announced that its subsidiary is acquiring the operating company of the Tokyo Apache basketball team in Japans professional basketball league, the 'bj-league.'

'This opportunity to work together with the Apache team and fans is very promising,' said Conor Neu, the newly appointed General Manager of the Tokyo Apache. 'We are excited to take on a successful team in a rapidly growing league and intend to maintain its reputation as a first class franchise.'

Evolution will combine the teams existing operations with Evolutions infrastructure as a base for growth for the Tokyo Apache team. The current Tokyo Apache office manager, Daijiro Kusakabe, will continue to face the league for the team, and the previous owner, Exstar, will support the team going forward as a sponsor.

Evolution is currently preparing for a busy summer with the players, coaches, drafts, and summer leagues and camps. 'We have a lot of work to do, but we are very excited to get started. We are looking forward to continuing the relationship between the team and what we consider some of the best fans in professional sports,'explained Mr. Neu.
Source: EVOLUTION CAPITAL MANAGEMENT


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  JORDAN   


Jordan NT WC2010 Preparation Plan - by Omar Shafaamri

Here is Jordan National Team Preparation Plan For FIBA World Championship :

- FIBA Asia Stankovich Cup in Beirut from 7-15 August 2010

- Philippines Cup : Jordan , Lebanon , Iran And Hosts Philippines

- Croatia Cup (18-22 August): Croatia , Brazil . New Zealand and Jordan

- Portugal Cup (24-28 July): Jordan , Brazil , Angola and Portugal

- 8 Friendly Matches in China

- Kayseri Cup : Serbia , Iran , Tunis and Jordan

Jordan National Team will play about 24 Friendly Games before World Cup in Turkey starting from 28th of august 2010 where Jordan plays in Group A along with Argentina , Australia , Germany , angola , Serbia



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  MOLDOVA   


Gamma Cahul clinch the title - by Eurobasket News
Gamma Cahul became the Moldovan D1 championship title. They overcame ASEM 77:63 in the decisive fifth game of the title series. The game turned into a tough challenge for hosting Gamma. They led 19:15 at the first break but wasted all of their advantage in the second stanza. ASEM surged ahead to take a 33:32 lead into the main break. But Gamma turned things in their favor in the third period. They stepped up to clear off to a 17-point distance. The hosts never looked back from this point and coasted to the victory at the end. The victory marked the third success for Gamma Cahul in the teams history.


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  PALESTINE   


Birzeit sign Sidney Pointer and other D1 transactions - by Eurobasket
Birzeit (D1) signed American swingman Sidney Pointer (196-G/F, college: Chattanooga State JC, agency: Low Country Sports Management). Pointer played most recently at Franklin Knigts (WBA) in the U.S.

AlTaifeh AlSawahirieh (D1) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Kevin Jolley (197-F-82, college: Quinnipiac, agency: Prossin Sports Management). Jolley played most recently at BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen (Luxembourg). Jolley is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Germany, Iceland, Jordan, Portugal, Syria and Lebanon.

Al Fara Nablus (D1) agreed terms with American forward Derek Savage (193-F, college: Goldey-Beacom). Savage played most recently at Manchester Millrats (PBL) in the U.S. While playing 3 games for Manchester M. last season his stats were: 6.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.7apg and 2.0spg.
By Eurobasket Data Center


D1 Standing
D1 Standings
 1. Abna' AlQuds 0-0 
 2. Ahli Qalqilya 0-0 
 3. Al Fara 0-0 
 4. AlBireh 0-0 
 5. AlSileh 0-0 
 6. AlTaifeh 0-0 
 7. Beita SC 0-0 
 8. Birzeit 0-0 
 9. Huwara 0-0 
 10. Jensafot 0-0 
 11. Thaqafi T. 0-0 
 12. Toubas 0-0 


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  PAPUA NEW GUINEA   


20 Teams confirm for National Souths basketball tournament - by Eurobasket News
Twenty Teams of both male and female division has been confirmed to take part in the Third National Souths Basketball League Championship in Goroka next weekend.
The tournament set to kick of on the Queen's birthday weekend on the 11th - 14th of June will see some of the hidden potential basketballers on show at the National Sports Institue and Young Christian Center (YC) hall in Goroka. Tournament director Mirisa Eka confirmed this yesterday in Goroka. Eka said preparations were all going well including tournament rules and judicicary committee all set up to run the tournament smoothly. Both the men's and women's team will be pooled into four categories from A,B,C and D where the final two will be playing off for the finals and then the final two to meet in the grand final.
Courtesy of: PNG Basketball Federation


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  PARAGUAY   


BRUNO MARTINESSI BECOMING A GREAT HELP FOR OLIMPIA - by Santiago Maciel
After almost 2 year of absence Bruno Martinessi (202-F-81, college: Union (TN)) has signed up with OLIMPIA for the present season. Martinessi has arrived to the team just for the second round, played five games and has been of great help to Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) , Anderson Villamayor (190-F-80) and Sergio Marquez (202-C/F-76) in the back court of OLIMPIA`s line up.

The coming back of Martinessi not only has been welcomed by Olimpia`s team but also for the National Team that is preparing for South American Championship of Nations



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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Santa Lucia
  (197-G/F-79)
  Avg: 30.4
 1. Johnson, Santa L.30.4 
 2. Bell, Coca-Cola28.5 
 3. Simpson, Alaska26.9 
 4. Penny, Coca-Cola26.2 
 5. Wade, Derby Ace L.25.2 
 6. Monroe, Barako25.0 
 7. Storey, Ginebra24.0 
 8. Larry, Air2122.6 
 9. David, Coca-Cola21.4 
 10. Brown, Derby A.20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Awvee STOREY
  Ginebra
  (198-G/F-77)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Storey, Ginebra17.6 
 2. Simpson, Alaska16.3 
 3. Ambres, Ginebra15.3 
 4. Freeman, San M.15.2 
 5. Brown, Derby A.14.4 
 6. Young, Air2114.3 
 7. Lewis, Rain or Shine14.2 
 8. Larry, Air2114.1 
 9. Penny, Coca-Cola13.8 
 10. Johnson, Santa L.13.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (178-G-77)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Alapag, Talk N Text7.8 
 2. Cabagnot, San M.6.2 
 3. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.1 
 4. Reyes, Santa Lucia4.6 
 5. Mercado, Rain o.4.5 
 6. Miller, Alaska4.5 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.4.4 
 8. Tenorio, Alaska4.3 
 9. Bell, Coca-Cola4.3 
 10. Monroe, Barako4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cyrus BAGUIO
  Alaska
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Baguio, Alaska2.3 
 2. Daniels, Talk N.2.2 
 3. Simpson, Alaska1.9 
 4. Wade, Derby Ace L.1.8 
 5. Williams, Santa Lucia1.7 
 6. Lanete, Coca-Cola1.5 
 7. Monroe, Barako1.5 
 8. Reyes, Santa Lucia1.4 
 9. Bell, Coca-Cola1.3 
 10. Cortez, Air211.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn DANIELS
  Talk N Text
  (200-C-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Daniels, Talk N.2.5 
 2. Penny, Coca-Cola2.3 
 3. Monroe, Barako1.8 
 4. Simpson, Alaska1.8 
 5. Wade, Derby Ace L.1.6 
 6. Johnson, Santa L.1.5 
 7. Bell, Coca-Cola1.5 
 8. Freeman, San M.1.4 
 9. Williams, Talk N.1.3 
 10. Reyes, Barako1.0 


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  POLAND   


Dutkiewicz will play in Polpharma - by Patryk Kurkowski
SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. just ended season (third place - the best result in history), but already is building a team for the next season. Club stewards will sign contract with the talented 24-year-old wingman Marcin Dutkiewicz (196-G-86, agency: Promotex). Dutkiewicz spent last season in Polonia 2011 Warszawa, where he averaging 8.2 points and 3.7 rebounds. Dutkiewicz previously played in Czarni Slupsk and Polonia Warszawa.

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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. Ramos, Quebradillas19.1 
 5. Maye, Mayaguez19.0 
 6. Priutt, Isabela18.8 
 7. Redhage, Quebradillas18.8 
 8. Sweetney, Santurce18.2 
 9. Ayuso, Capitanes18.2 
 10. Mays, Humacao17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Priutt, Isabela13.4 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas11.6 
 3. Sweetney, Santurce11.1 
 4. Narvaez, Ponce9.8 
 5. Traylor, Bayamon9.7 
 6. Aubry, Capitanes8.9 
 7. Dyer, San German8.7 
 8. Mays, Humacao8.6 
 9. Reyes, Capitanes8.2 
 10. Austin, San German8.0 
Assists Per Game
 C.J. BRUTON
  Quebradillas
  (188-G-75)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Bruton, Quebradillas7.6 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon5.8 
 3. Rodriguez, Capit.5.6 
 4. Rivera, Isabela5.4 
 5. Guzman, Guaynabo4.9 
 6. Copeland, San G.4.7 
 7. Berdiel, Humacao4.5 
 8. Cruz, Ponce4.4 
 9. Redhage, Quebradillas4.3 
 10. Hatton, Ponce4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ali BERDIEL
  Humacao
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Berdiel, Humacao2.0 
 2. Carmona, Mayaguez1.8 
 3. Rivera, Isabela1.7 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon1.6 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 6. Pickett, Capitanes1.4 
 7. Mays, Humacao1.4 
 8. Perez, Isabela1.4 
 9. Austin, San German1.3 
 10. Copeland, San G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Priutt, Isabela1.3 
 2. Sweetney, Santurce1.3 
 3. Mays, Humacao1.2 
 4. Perez, Isabela1.2 
 5. Traylor, Bayamon1.1 
 6. Reyes, Capitanes1.0 
 7. Nieves, Santurce1.0 
 8. Berdiel, Humacao0.9 
 9. Nailon, Ponce0.9 
 10. Guzman, Guaynabo0.8 


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  RUSSIA   


Unics win the first game for the third place - by Eurobasket News
Unics rolled over Dynamo Moscow in the first game for the third place series. The team from Kazan produced 70:62 to take the lead. The hosts started with 21-14 lead but lost the second period 17-19. Unics won the third quarter 18-17 and finished with 14-12 in the last. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) posted 15. Savrasenko ended up with 18 points in the losing case.


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  SAINT LUCIA   


Warlords and Jets open playoffs with wins - by Eurobasket News
The Court Jets eked out a tough 51:49 victory over the Dennery Dolphins at the start of the Basketball Premiere League Playoffs. Ron Du Morville fired 18 points and made 8 steals to lead the effort. Shane Blanchard delivered 11 points, 4 steals and 4 assists for the winners. Desmond Vidal responded with 26 points for the Dolphins. He also added 17 rebounds and 4 steals in defeat.
VBCC Warlords prevailed against Soufriere Sulphur Stars 49:32. Nigel Butcher unleashed 21 points in the winning effort. Linzell Alcee replied with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the Sulphur Stars.



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  SAINT VINCENT   


Basketball in focus - by Eurobasket News
The St Vincent and the Grenadines Basketball Association received a timely visit from an official of Basketball Canada and one of three persons who represent Canada at various international basketball meetings and fora. John Buis, on Tuesday 18th May, 2010, in an interview with The Vincentian, said that his initial contact with St. Vincent was made through Wayne Williams, former President of the local Basketball Federation.
I got to know him (Williams) well because he was interested in one of our Youth Basketball programmes -The Steve Nash (190-G-74, college: Santa Clara) Programme. Steve Nash, he explained, is a Canadian who plays professional Basketball in the United States with the Phoenix Suns wearing number thirteen (13) jerseys and is the sponsor of the programme in Canada. Buis disclosed: I have a present for St Vincent and the Grenadines Basketball that can be used as a fund raiser, and presented to the new SVG Basketball Federation President, Cleophas Glynn, an autographed game vest from Mr. Steve Nash. Glynn and Williams had accompanied Buis on his visit to The VINCENTIAN. Prompted with respect to offering advice to the local Federation, Buis encouraged the development of a Schools Basketball programme. Develop a good youth base programme and get the parents involved, he stated and claimed, in the Steve Nash Programme, a lot of the materials put together are about positive coaching, keeping the youths in school and eventually developing good citizens. Former President of the St Vincent Basketball Association Williams explained that managing basketball in St Vincent and the Grenadines continues to be a challenge. He highlighted: The challenge was to put the interest in (programmes like) the Steve Nash programme and to start a school system that the Basketball Association could have more control over. We have the programmes documented but the difficulty is the resources to pump into the programmes. Williams went on to say, Our programmes have created world class players in Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston), Sophia Young (186-F-83, college: Baylor), Adonal Foyle (207-F-75, college: Colgate), and when the support is not seen to improve the programme or expand the impact it created, it is real disheartening. According to President Glynn , his Executive will be seeking to re- establish the game of basketball back into the community by implementing grassroots programmes, to be carried out on weekends and Holiday times. We will also be re- establishing tournaments in various areas in order to organize proper National Championships.
The male and female senior National Basketball teams are currently in preparation for various regional and international tournaments, including Olympic qualifiers for the females.
Courtesy of: thevincentian.com


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  SERBIA   


Superleague: Round 13 review - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvez. - Radnicki K. 94-82
Crvena Zvezda grabbed valuable win against Radnicki jumping to third place in the league. Stefan Stojacic (195-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) was the leading scorer in victory with 23 points. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) had 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83) added 17 points and 11 assists. Visitors got 21 points from Vladimir Vuksanovic (206-F/C-78).

FMP - Hemofarm 85-103
Hemofarm scored 103 points against FMP, what was enough for comfortable victory. Visitors had seven players with more than 10 last night. Milan Macvan (205-F-89) and Milos Borisov (201-F-85) were the leading ones with 16 points each. Rasko Katic (208-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) (5 rebs) added 15 and 14 points respectively. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: Buck Andre) replied with 23 points and 13 boards in defeat. Hemofarm 11-2, FMP 6-7.

Metalac - Tamis 78-71
Metalac was better than Tamis improving to 3-10 record. Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 21 points and 14 rebounds in this victory. Milan Trtic (200-F-86) added 19 points and 7 boards. In Tamis (2-11), Radovan Markovic (194-G-82) drained 20 pts.

Borac - Partizan 78-84
Partizan registered 12th victory of the season mostly owing to Branislav Djekic (207-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket), who scored 15 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14, while Jan Vesely (211-F-90) and Aleks Maric (211-C-84) (9 rebs) added 10 points each. In the loosing squad (2-11), Branko Jorovic (205-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 26 points and 6 boards.


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Miroslav RADULJICA
  FMP
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Raduljica, FMP20.5 
 2. Bjelica, Crvena Z.18.1 
 3. Mladenovic, Ergon.17.8 
 4. Panic, Metalac17.6 
 5. Markovic, Napredak16.5 
 6. Micic, Napredak16.5 
 7. Vukosavljevi., Prolet.16.4 
 8. Markovic, Tamis16.4 
 9. Jorovic, Borac16.2 
 10. Macvan, Hemofarm15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miroslav RADULJICA
  FMP
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Raduljica, FMP8.5 
 2. Mladenovic, Ergon.7.4 
 3. Bjelica, Crvena Z.7.2 
 4. Ilic, Metalac7.1 
 5. Mikic, KG 066.9 
 6. Macvan, Hemofarm6.6 
 7. Stevic, Crvena Z.6.4 
 8. Bosnjak, Vojvodina6.2 
 9. Ljubojevic, Novi S.6.2 
 10. Jelovac, Mega V.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naft.
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.7.2 
 2. Aleksic, Radnicki K.5.5 
 3. Radivojevic, Crvena Z.5.1 
 4. Teodosic, Metalac4.6 
 5. Stefanovic, Metal.4.3 
 6. Rakic, Novi Sad4.2 
 7. Korac, Beograd4.1 
 8. Covic, FMP4.0 
 9. Djordjevic, Sloga4.0 
 10. Prolovic, Borac3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marko VULIN
  Proleter Naft.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vulin, Proleter Naft.2.2 
 2. McCalebb, Partizan2.2 
 3. Jereminov, Tamis2.0 
 4. Martinic, Vojvodina2.0 
 5. Zarkovic, Prolet.1.9 
 6. Teodosic, Metalac1.8 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.7 
 8. Rakic, Novi Sad1.7 
 9. Borovcanin, Sloga1.7 
 10. Dundjerski, Beograd1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Marjanovic, Hemof.1.3 
 2. Maravic, Mega V.1.2 
 3. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.2 
 4. Ilic, Metalac1.1 
 5. Lukovic, Radnic.1.0 
 6. Buric, Tamis0.9 
 7. Stevic, Crvena Z.0.8 
 8. Ljubojevic, Novi S.0.8 
 9. Arsic, Masinac0.8 
 10. Cakarevic, Radnicki.0.8 


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Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Sandi CEBULAR
  Sentjur
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Cebular, Sentjur20.7 
 2. King, Polzela20.6 
 3. Crenshaw, Sentjur16.5 
 4. Cup, Elektra .16.2 
 5. Mucic, Rudar16.1 
 6. Ilievski, U.Olimpija15.9 
 7. Dragic, Geoplin .15.8 
 8. Drzic, Luka Koper15.6 
 9. Snow, Helios15.4 
 10. Djapa, Parklji15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. King, Polzela11.3 
 2. Thondique, Polzela8.1 
 3. Virijevic, Sencur C.6.9 
 4. Miljkovic, Elektr.6.7 
 5. Pavic, Krka6.5 
 6. Djapa, Parklji6.4 
 7. Cup, Elektra .6.2 
 8. Markic, Luka Koper6.2 
 9. Simovic, Sentjur6.1 
 10. Bavcic, U.Olimpija6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tadej KOSTOMAJ
  Elektra Esotech
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Kostomaj, Elektr.5.4 
 2. Crenshaw, Sentjur5.1 
 3. Anzulovic, Rudar4.1 
 4. Ilievski, U.Olimpija3.8 
 5. Mocnik, Helios3.7 
 6. Cmer, Zlatorog3.6 
 7. Nachbar, Luka Koper3.5 
 8. Cebular, Sentjur3.2 
 9. Jersin, Parklji3.2 
 10. Perko, Luka Koper3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jaka KLOBUCAR
  U.Olimpija
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Klobucar, U.Olimpija2.0 
 2. Snow, Helios1.8 
 3. Dragic, Geoplin .1.8 
 4. Ilievski, U.Olimpija1.7 
 5. Cebular, Sentjur1.7 
 6. Ristic, Sencur CP1.7 
 7. Markic, Luka Koper1.6 
 8. Lapornik, Sentjur1.6 
 9. Mocnik, Helios1.5 
 10. Mezek, TCG M.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Polzela
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. King, Polzela2.4 
 2. Nikolic, Krka1.1 
 3. Cup, Elektra .0.8 
 4. Sebic, Polzela0.7 
 5. Lucic, Krka0.7 
 6. Sjekloca, Elektr.0.7 
 7. Simovic, Sentjur0.7 
 8. Cigoja, Geoplin .0.7 
 9. Mucic, Rudar0.7 
 10. Sviridov, Polzela0.6 


Helios sign Prepelic to four-year deal - by Zeljko Zule
Promised Klemen Prepelic (190-G-92) of MFC.2 Branik Primorac has signed a four-year contract with Helios. During his first season in B-1 league he averaged 10.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 25 games and 11.9 points (2P 48%, 3P 37%, FT 90%), 2.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.8 steals in 8 games of 2009-10 Nike International Junior Tournament (NIJT) as a member of Union Olimpija. .


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Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  CAI Zaragoza
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Phillip, CAI Z.18.1 
 2. Donaldson, La La.17.7 
 3. Riera, Mallorca17.3 
 4. Guillen, La Laguna16.5 
 5. Humphrey, Leon15.5 
 6. Roe, Tenerife15.5 
 7. Morley, Burgos15.1 
 8. Quinteros, CAI Z.14.8 
 9. Hess, CB Tarragona14.8 
 10. Rabaseda, Cornella14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Donaldson, La La.10.9 
 2. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.9.1 
 3. Starosta, Melilla8.8 
 4. Lima, Clin.Rincon8.3 
 5. Arteaga, Palencia8.2 
 6. Adrien, Breogan7.7 
 7. Coleman, Breogan7.7 
 8. Phillip, CAI Z.7.5 
 9. Padgett, La Palma7.4 
 10. Humphrey, Leon7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Diego CIORCIARI
  Vive Menorca
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Ciorciari, Vive M.4.5 
 2. Cherry, Caceres4.4 
 3. Mendiburu, CB Tarra.4.4 
 4. Mena, La Palma4.1 
 5. Jimenez, Melilla3.6 
 6. Bernabe, Leon3.4 
 7. Perez, Cornella3.4 
 8. Sabat, Girona3.3 
 9. Hernandez, Burgos3.2 
 10. Urtasun, Leon3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier RABASEDA
  Regal Barca
  (199-G/F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rabaseda, Cornella2.4 
 2. Lescano, CAI Z.2.3 
 3. Blanch, Mallorca2.2 
 4. Fuentes, Clin.Rincon2.1 
 5. Quinteros, CAI Z.1.9 
 6. Boccia, Tenerife1.9 
 7. Ayon, Tenerife1.9 
 8. Howell, Ourense1.8 
 9. Xavier, Breogan1.7 
 10. Perez, Cornella1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  Caceres
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Naymick, Caceres1.9 
 2. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.1.6 
 3. Donaldson, La La.1.6 
 4. Elonu, CAI Zaragoza1.5 
 5. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.5 
 6. Ayon, Tenerife1.4 
 7. Samb, Cornella1.2 
 8. Joseph, Cornella1.2 
 9. Roe, Tenerife1.0 
 10. Coleman, Breogan0.9 


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.15.6 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.15.1 
 8. Savanovic, Cajasol14.7 
 9. Teletovic, Caja L.14.1 
 10. Batista, Fuenlabr.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. Kirksay, Cajasol7.1 
 4. Augustine, Gran C.7.1 
 5. Hendrix, Granada6.9 
 6. Panko, Lagun A.6.9 
 7. Splitter, Caja L.6.8 
 8. Moss, CB Murcia6.7 
 9. Caner-Medley, Estudi.6.5 
 10. Jackson, Xacobeo BS6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Omar COOK
  Unicaja
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Cook, Unicaja5.7 
 2. Stanic, Xacobeo BS5.2 
 3. Huertas, Caja L.5.1 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca4.4 
 5. Valters, DKV J.4.3 
 6. Calloway, Cajasol4.2 
 7. Dumas, Valladolid4.1 
 8. Oliver, Estudiantes3.9 
 9. Prigioni, MMC R.3.9 
 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.2.2 
 3. Rubio, Regal Barca1.9 
 4. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.8 
 5. Rodriguez, Bizkai.1.6 
 6. Vasiliadis, Xacob.1.5 
 7. Stanic, Xacobeo BS1.4 
 8. San Miguel, Manre.1.4 
 9. Tucker, DKV J.1.4 
 10. Triguero, Cajasol1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Valladolid
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Valladolid1.5 
 2. Hendrix, Granada1.3 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.3 
 4. Aguilar, Granada1.2 
 5. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 6. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.1 
 7. Freeland, Unicaja1.0 
 8. Lishchuk, Valencia.0.9 
 9. Barac, Caja Laboral0.9 
 10. Savane, Gran C.0.9 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Stevie JOHNSON
  Huesca
  (198-F-78)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Johnson, Huesca17.5 
 2. Pigram, Andorra16.3 
 3. Ferrer, Cajasur .15.9 
 4. Vereen, Rosalia15.8 
 5. Zengotitaben., Hue.15.6 
 6. Uriz, Santurtzi15.5 
 7. Thompson, ADT T.15.4 
 8. Barcelo, Plasencia15.3 
 9. Miller, Coruna14.8 
 10. Higgs, L''Hospitalet14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  ADT Tarragona
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Thompson, ADT T.8.8 
 2. Miller, Huelva8.7 
 3. Howard, Guadalaj.8.3 
 4. Williams, Matchmind7.8 
 5. Santana, Caja Rioja7.8 
 6. Ausina, Matchmind7.7 
 7. Johnson, Huesca7.7 
 8. Andrews, Huesca7.5 
 9. Matali, Andorra7.3 
 10. Wachsmann, Alcazar6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Federico CASTELLO
  ADT Tarragona
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Castello, ADT T.4.8 
 2. Rufian, Huelva4.5 
 3. Busciglio, Caja Rioja4.4 
 4. Canals, Alaior3.8 
 5. Gonzalez, Navarra3.8 
 6. Cardenas, Qalat C.3.8 
 7. Rodriguez, Rosalia3.7 
 8. Santamaria, ADT T.3.7 
 9. Comas, Prat J.3.6 
 10. Alonso, Matchmind3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nathan MILLER
  Coruna
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Miller, Coruna2.4 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia2.3 
 3. Gomez, Huelva2.2 
 4. Johnson, Huesca2.1 
 5. Suka-Umu, Cajasur .2.0 
 6. Ott, Caja Rioja1.9 
 7. Martinez, Huelva1.8 
 8. Higgs, L''Hospitalet1.7 
 9. Sastre Morro, Qalat C.1.7 
 10. Bavosi, Promobys1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Illescas
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Byombo, Illescas1.5 
 2. Adams, Navarra1.3 
 3. Thompson, ADT T.1.2 
 4. Andrews, Huesca1.2 
 5. Bain, ADT Tarragona1.1 
 6. Sekulic, Plasencia0.9 
 7. Matali, Andorra0.9 
 8. Howard, Huelva0.9 
 9. Joseph, Rosalia0.9 
 10. Sastre Morro, Qalat C.0.8 


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Vesa Makalainen extends contract with Plannja - by Eurobasket News
Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) has agreed on terms of contract extension with Plannja. The Finnish forward enjoyed a solid season with the Basketligan vice-champions. The 23-year-old player tallied 7.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game for Plannja. Earlier Vesa Makalainen played for Namika Lahti back in Finland. He was the member of the Finnish World University Games selection in Belgrade in 2009.


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Fenerbahce Ulker wins the title - by Baha Kurtulus
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul became the champion of Beko Basketball League. The sixth game of the final Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul beat Efes Pilsen Istanbul with a big difference : 76-51
And Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul lead 4-2 to Efes Pilsen Istanbul. Last year Fenerbahce lost against Efes Pilsen Istanbul with the same score.

Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) notched 15 points and 4 assists, Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) added 16 points, Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) had 11 points and 8 boards in the winning case.
Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) knocked down 15 points and 3 boards for Efes Pilsen Istanbul in the loss.


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Darussafaka
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Douby, Darussafaka23.6 
 2. Shipp, Bornova18.8 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas18.4 
 4. Hosley, Aliaga18.1 
 5. Brown, Bornova18.1 
 6. Newley, Besiktas17.6 
 7. Baxter, Besiktas17.4 
 8. Heytvelt, Oyak R.17.3 
 9. Stanojevic, Kepez B.17.2 
 10. Famutimi, Oyak R.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermareo DAVIDSON
  Humacao
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Davidson, Darussaf.10.7 
 2. Heytvelt, Oyak R.10.0 
 3. Williams, Erdemir9.2 
 4. Hosley, Aliaga8.0 
 5. Aldemir, Karsiyaka7.9 
 6. Bowman, Tofas7.3 
 7. Wesson, Karsiyaka7.3 
 8. Greene, Antalya6.9 
 9. Smith, Karsiyaka6.8 
 10. Elegar, Bornova6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan KOSEOGLU
  Erdemir
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Koseoglu, Erdemir8.7 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas6.1 
 3. Douby, Darussafaka4.9 
 4. Ermis, Banvit4.7 
 5. Atsur, Besiktas4.4 
 6. Acik, T.Telekom4.4 
 7. James, Mersin4.2 
 8. Erdogan, Oyak R.4.2 
 9. Ukic, Fener.Ulker4.1 
 10. Jackson, Antalya4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Aliaga
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hosley, Aliaga2.6 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas2.4 
 3. Davis, T.Telekom2.4 
 4. Douby, Darussafaka2.3 
 5. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.1 
 6. James, Mersin2.0 
 7. Shipp, Bornova1.9 
 8. Famutimi, Oyak R.1.9 
 9. Holston, Karsiyaka1.8 
 10. Adams, Oyak R.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  Karsiyaka
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.4 
 2. Davidson, Darussaf.1.3 
 3. Denison, Tofas1.2 
 4. Elegar, Bornova1.2 
 5. Solak, Galatasaray1.2 
 6. Heytvelt, Oyak R.1.2 
 7. Bowman, Tofas1.1 
 8. Davis, Banvit1.0 
 9. Buckman, Kepez Bld0.9 
 10. Likholitov, Besiktas0.9 


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


Results for the Metro 13th round - by Hector Lopez
Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola (IL)) netted 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds with 4 blocks leading Tabare to beat Larranaga 106-95, its third straigth win, after 13 rounds. For Larranaga Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, agency: Liman Sports, college: W.Kentucky) scored 16 points with 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. The results were as follows:
Capitol 103 - Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 28 points 14 rebounds 5 blocks
Marne 85 - Cedric McGowan (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) 15 points 6 rebounds
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Waston 76 - Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 16 points 10 rebounds 2 blocks
Verdirrojo 61 - Joaquin Osimani (193-F-87) 20 points 2 rebounds
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Yale 66 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 22 points 7 rebounds 3 asssists
Nacional 64 - Jermaine Walker (198-F-77, college: Miami (FL)) 27 points 13 rebounds
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Larre Borges 73 - Roberto Amaro (197-F-69) 12 pooints 8 rebounds 1 block
25 de Agosto 70 - Jermaine Griffin (206-C-86, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Texas Arlington) 20 points 15 rebounds 1 block
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Capurro 73 - Joshua Stanhiser (211-F-80) 10 points 9 rebpounds 5 blocks
Olivol Mundial 71 - Kevin Mickens (206-F-83, college: George Mason) 7 points 4 rebounds 1 block 2 assists


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Arturo Montes excel on AAU tournament - by Wolfgang Lucena
Venezuelan point guard Arturo Montes stand out in the D1 AAU Super Regional Tournament in Atlanta Georgia. Number 10 Arturo Montes leads Jacksonville heat with 16 points and 6.6 assist in three games; 15-6 3PT = 40% and 17-14 82% free throws. In the first game versus Atlanta Select, the venezuelan came out with 18 points and 7 assists. In the second game versus Omni Hawks, Arturo puts 15 points and 8 assists, but he couldnt avoid his teams defeats against the tournaments champions with his 15 points and 5 assists. Arturo is working out really hard to join a college or university and also have the opportunity to play basketball at NCAA level.



Marinos tab Anthony Grundy - by Eurobasket News
Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) will play for Marinos de Anzoategui. The Venezuelan powerhouse signed a short-term contract with the import player prior to the start of the Final series. Anthony Grundy spent the previous season in Carife Ferrara. He tallied 17.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in Seria A. In 2008/09 season Anthony Grundy played for Panellinios in Greece. The guard notched 15.1 points, 3.6 assists, 3.0 boards and 2.1 steals per appearance in A1 League.


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  WBA   


Hannah to Miss Storm's Game at Gwinnett Thursday - by Joe Myers
Marietta Storm point guard Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85, college: Missouri) will be unavailable for the Storm's game against the Gwinnett Majic Thursday night at Dacula High School in Dacula, Ga., but there's a good reason why he won't be in the lineup.

It's because Hannah, who's averaged 27 points and 10 assists during his time with the Storm, will be in Michigan to work out for the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks today and Thursday. Hannah will return to Georgia Friday and be available for the Storm's game against the Florida Flight Saturday in Marietta.

'Stefhon has shown to be a bona fide NBA prospect with great leadership and work ethic,' said Marietta head coach Lionel Garrett . 'The Marietta Storm organization wishes Stefhon the best this week.'

The Thursday and Saturday games are both scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. as the WBA has a full slate of action scheduled for this weekend. Following the Marietta-Gwinnett game Thursday, two games are on tap for Friday, with the Franklin (Tenn.) Knights going to Decatur, Ga. to take on the Court Kings at Agnes Scott College and the Jacksonville BlueWaves are in Kissimmee, Fla. to face their in-state rivals, the Florida Flight.

Two more games are scheduled for Saturday, with Florida going to Marietta to take on the Storm and Gwinnett traveling to Franklin to face the Knights. The weekend closes out with a single Sunday game between Decatur and the Jacksonville BlueWaves in Jacksonville.

The WBA Exposure League serves as a training ground to develop players on and off the court. Emphasis is placed on exposure, development, community involvement, and most importantly providing an exciting brand of basketball and entertainment. Hundreds of former WBA Players have gone on to play professional basketball all over the world including the D-League and NBA.
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Jordan NT WC2010 Preparation Plan - by Omar Shafaamri

Here is Jordan National Team Preparation Plan For FIBA World Championship :
- FIBA Asia Stankovich Cup in Beirut from 7-15 August 2010

- Philippines Cup : Jordan , Lebanon , Iran And Hosts Philippines

- Croatia Cup (18-22 August): Croatia , Brazil . New Zealand and Jordan

- Portugal Cup (24-28 July): Jordan , Brazil , Angola and Portugal

- 8 Friendly Matches in China

- Kayseri Cup : Serbia , Iran , Tunis and Jordan

Jordan National Team will play about 24 Friendly Games before World Cup in Turkey starting from 28th of august 2010 where Jordan plays in Group A along with Argentina , Australia , Germany , angola , Serbia





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Women News

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  ARMENIA - Women  


Armenia prepare for EuroBasket in Division C campaign - by Eurobasket News
Armenia started their preparations for the upcoming EuroBasket in Division C tournament. Armenia will host the competition featuring seven teams. Armenia, Moldova, Andorra, Gibraltar, Malta, Wales and Scotland will fight for the only ticket to Division B.
Armenia will tip off the tournament against Gibraltar on June 28. The team will be guided by Egishe Davtyan. Hatis head coach Gia Ghazanchian will consult the coaching staff during the competition. Most of the players will represent two Armenian powerhouses Hatis and Grand Candy. Christine Kepenekian (170-G, agency: GOTathletes) and Arpine Amirkhanian who are currently staying in the USA will join the team soon. Christine Kepenekian played for CSU Bakersfield in the NCAA 2008/09 season. She tallied 16.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.8 assists per game. But the main news for Armenia is that Amanda Jackson (175-G-85, college: Miami (OH)) will help the team in Yerevan. The 24-year-old guard has been granted Armenian citizenship. Amanda Jackson played for Hatis in the EuroCup last season. She tallied 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per appearance.



Hatis Yerevan will join Russian Superleague - by Eurobasket News
Hatis Yerevan is expected to participate at the Russian Superleague championship in 2010/11 season. The Armenian team received an official invitation from the Russian Basketball Federation and Russian Superleague to take part in the championship. Hatis Yerevan have reportedly confirmed their participation in the tournament.
Its became known that the participation of Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish and Ukrainian teams in the championship is being discussed at the moment.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Kara Trutnov add Katerina Novakova - by Eurobasket News
Kara Trutnov added Katerina Novakova (188-F-85) to the roster. The 25-year-old forward has already started training with the new team. Katerina Novakova spent the previous season in Hradec Kralove. She tallied 14.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in the Czech League. Katerina Novakova was the member of the Czech Reoublic University NT at the 2007 Universiade in Bangkok.


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  FINLAND - Women  


Anette Juvonen joins ToPo - by Eurobasket News
ToPo and Anette Juvonen (169-G-93) have agreed on terms of one-year contract. The 17-year-old guard played for Kerava in the previous season. The young talented guard averaged 9.7 points, 4.3 boards and 1.5 assists per game. Anette Juvonen played for Finnish U16 selection at the European Championship in 2009. The guard tallied 8.0 points, 6.5 boards and 1.4 assists per game in Italy.


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  ICELAND - Women  


Hrafn Kristjansson will guide KR - by Eurobasket News
Hrafn Kristjansson has been appointed the new head coach of the Express league champions KR. The 37-year-old specialist worked with Breidablik mens team in the previous season. The result was not a very successful one as Breidablik finished at 5-17 record. Earlier Hrafn Kristjansson worked in Thor AK and KFI Reykjavik. Hrafn Kristjansson will succeed Benedikt G. Gudmundsson as the head coach of KR.


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  NCAA2 - Women  


WBCBL Columbus Hidden Gems receiving major contributions from NCAA D2 players in route to #1 in the Nation Ranking! - by Lucius Jones
The 6-0 WBCBL Columbus Hidden Gems are getting some quality play from multiple NCAA D2 former players. The team is sitting atop the standings having won several intense, close games to begin the season. Going into the June 5th showdown with the Chicago Eagles in Columbus at Lazelle Woods Park & Rec Ctr at 4pm, the Columbus Hidden Gems look to ride the wave of their 6 game winning streak all the way into the 2nd half of their 14 game schedule. The 2009 Regional Finalists and 2nd place NorthEast Region finishers will attempt to take the very competitive Region away from the previous Champs, Detroit.

Jeannie Saunders (5'8''-G-86, college: Salem Intern.) has started off averaging 12ppg on 64%FG & 86%FT to go along with 7apg, 7rpg, 3spg, 1bpg 20-25mins per game. Jeannie was dominant in Puerto Rico and also Sweden but makes personal sacrifices for the betterment of the squad with her numbers.

Catherine Cain (5'11''-G/F, college: S.Carol.-Aiken) is at 8ppg and 5rpg in 15-20mins per game. The versatile talent is able to produce far better numbers but the overall team depth does not allow for big individual stats with all the talent on this team. Look for her to find an overseas home very soon.

Tapre Young (5'11''-F-86, college: Salem Intern.) is scoring 6ppg and shooting 60%3pt in 15mins per game. Tapre is an amazing outside shooter who's skills could benefit an overseas team as well soon.


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  POLAND - Women  


Wisla add Agnieszka Sniezek - by Eurobasket News
Wisla Can-Pack continued to shape up their roster. Recently Wisla strengthened the squad with addition of Agnieszka Sniezek (176-G-91). The 18-year-old guard played for Lomianki in the previous season. Agnieszka Sniezek notched 9 points, 3 steals and 3 assists per game in 1Liga. But the guard appeared in just nine games in the season because of the injury.


Magdalena Gawronska inks deal with Odra Brzeg - by Eurobasket News
Odra Brzeg reinforced the squad. They brought in Magdalena Gawronska (168-G-83, agency: Promotex). The 26-year-old guard played for Super-Pol Leszno in the previous season. Magdalena Gawronska tallied 6.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in the PLKK. Magdalena Gawronska played for the Polish University NT at the 2007 World Universiade in Bangkok.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


UMMC keep Agnieszka Bibrzycka - by Eurobasket News
UMMC extended the contract with Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian). The 27-year-old guard/forward will spend the next season playing for the Russian champions. Agnieszka Bibrzycka has been playing in Yekaterinburg for the last three seasons. She tallied 13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.9 steals per Euroleague appearance in the previous season. In Russian Superleague the Polish player notched 10.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Bibrzycka also played for Poland at the 2009 EuroBasket. She came up with 10.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists per game in Latvia.


Hatis Yerevan will join Russian Superleague - by Eurobasket News
Hatis Yerevan is expected to participate at the Russian Superleague championship in 2010/11 season. The Armenian team received an official invitation from the Russian Basketball Federation and Russian Superleague to take part in the championship. Hatis Yerevan have reportedly confirmed their participation in the tournament.
Its became known that the participation of Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish and Ukrainian teams in the championship is being discussed at the moment.



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  SENEGAL - Women  


DUC triumph at ARC-En-Ciel Cup - by Eurobasket News
DUC - ASCVD 57:40

DUC clinched the ARC-En-Ciel Cup title. They held off ASCVD in the 17th edition of the tournament final. The teams clashed at the Stadium of Marius Ndiaye. DUC overcame a slow start to tame their opponents.
ASCVD looked better in the opening frame. They earned a 15:12 lead at the first break. But DUC gradually took over. They surged ahead and took a 33:29 advantage at halftime. DUC started to get away in the third stanza. They stretched the margin to 7 points at the final break 40:33. DUC maintained the pressure in the final stanza. They never allowed ASCVD to get too close and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Fatou Mbaye notched 19 points to lead DUC. Nassira Traore (185-F/C-91) accounted for 11 points in the victory. Fatimatou Fam responded with 15 points for ASCVD. Aminata Biteye notched 8 points in the loss.



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  USBA - Women  


Honda and the WUSBA cruise together in 2011 - by USBA Media
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Atlanta, Ga., (May 23, 2010) --- The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) has secures Honda join teams to create a new multi-year automotive purchase supplier agreement. The new purchase supplier agreement finalizes Honda status as the official automotive facilitator of the WUSBA.

'After a turbulent past couple of years in the automotive business, Honda is pleased to offer its fleet of automobiles to the WUSBA,' said Duane Allen Jenkins, WUSBA President. 'Internationally, Honda has been a long-time supporter of sports throughout the world and in the United States. 'This relationship with WUSBA strengthens our connection with our target fans in the WUSBA's market, particularly families, sports fans and multicultural audiences. Additionally, the WUSBAs aggressive marketing plans closely align with Hondas superior customer service.'

As an official automotive supplier to the WUSBA, The local Honda dealerships will receive exposure to the fans all teams in the fifteen WUSBA cities. The agreement will deliver expanded exposure across the WUSBA's southern footprint for grassroots and regional radio audiences, allowing the local Honda dealerships the ability to continue to enhance consumer experiences around their passion for the sport of basketball. The agreement includes utilization of Honda's fleet of vehicles for WUSBA special events and league operations, player appearances, intellectual property, content generation platforms, regional arena exposure, on-site activation at all WUSBA local team basketball games and the culmination of Honda's exposure to the WUSBA awards, including full season, the mid season WUSBA Classic All-Star game, the WUSBA Championship Playoff series and the Cora Lee Hunter Memorial Championship. In addition to developing new, unique regional programs in partnership with the WUSBA, Honda will also be a supplier of automobiles to existing WUSBA Youth Outreach initiatives including the WUSBA 2011 Season Ticket Extravaganza. 'The WUSBA is excited to secure the local Honda dealerships, a a group of companies that are synonymous with excellence and innovation,' said Jenkins, 'Honda has made a long-term commitment to the sports in the Southeast United States and we look forward to working together as we both grow our business.'

The WUSBA has invited the local Honda dealerships to join the WUSBA's corporate family including: Official Sponsors and Vendors such as, Air Tran Airlines, Schwinn Bicycle, Russell Athletic, Outback Steak House, Golden Corral Buffet, Gatorade, Holiday Inn, Visa International and others.

The WUSBA inaugural season begins in early June, 2011. The WUSBA has fifteen teams, in three divisions, spread out over eight southern states.


American Honda was founded in 1948. The company is involved in the manufacturer of automobiles, motorcycles as well as innovations in the aerospace industry. Honda's customer loyalty and customer satiation is legendary. Honda is the sixth largest automotive manufacturer in the world and is the fourth largest in the United States.

Womens United States Basketball Association is a triple (AAA) womens minor division professional basketball league based in the United States and features many players from the U.S. and around the world. The 2011 regular season will commence in early June, 2011 and will conclude early September 2011. The league has expansion plans that will develop 48 teams within its American footprint.

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  WNBA - Women  


Tuesday: Wins for Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta D. - Seattle S. 72-90
Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) scored a season-high 32 points and hit back-to-back 3-pointers during a decisive run to end the third quarter to help the Seattle Storm hand the Atlanta Dream their first loss of the season, 90-72 on Tuesday night. The Dream (6-1), now in its third year, had been the last unbeaten team in the league. The Storm (6-1) won their second straight to continue the best start in franchise history. Jackson had just scored a season-high 27 on Sunday in an 84-56 win at San Antonio. On Tuesday, she hit 10 of 19 from the field, including 5 of 8 from behind the 3-point line. She also had 10 rebounds. Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville), the league's leading scorer at 24.0 points coming into the game, led the Dream with 16. *Courtesy of www.kxnet.com

Phoenix M. - Minnesota L. 82-92
Minnesota rookie Monica Wright (5'11''-F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia), a college standout at Virginia, scored a career-best 32 points and the Lynx finally won a home game, beating the defending WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury 92-82 Tuesday. Minnesota (2-5) had lost its first three home games. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) scored 21 points to lead Phoenix (2-3), but the Mercury standout also lost her cool and was hit with a technical foul in the fourth quarter for protesting when there was contact near the basket. *Courtesy of www.seattletimes.com