EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/25/2011

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  ALGERIA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. GS Petroliers 21-0 
 2. WA Boufarik 19-2 
 3. Staoueli 17-3 
 4. Blida 16-5 
 5. CRB Dar El-B. 15-5 
 6. CSMC 11-6 
 7. O Batna 11-8 
 8. Arreridj 10-10 
 9. Sidi-bel-Abbes 10-11 
 10. NAH Dey 7-13 
 11. CRB Temouch. 6-14 
 12. Annaba 6-15 
 13. U.S.M. 5-15 
 14. Skikda 4-15 
 15. ASPTT 2-18 
 16. USMM Hadjout 1-21 


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  ANGOLA   


Standings - D1 Men
D1 Standings
 1. Libolo 2-0 
 2. 1 De Agosto 1-1 
 3. Petroleos Luanda 1-2 
 4. ASA 0-0 
 5. CDUAN 0-0 
 6. Estoril 0-0 
 7. Lusiada 0-0 
 8. PROMADE 0-0 
 9. Santos 0-0 
 10. Sporting L. 0-0 
 11. Vila Clotilde 0-0 
 12. Interclube 0-1 


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 13-5 
 2. Penarol 12-6 
 3. Lanus 12-6 
 4. Gimnasia CR 12-6 
 5. Atenas 11-7 
 6. La Union 10-8 
 7. Libertad S. 10-8 
 8. Quimsa 10-8 
 9. Monte Hermoso 9-9 
 10. Club 9 8-10 
 11. Estudiantes 7-10 
 12. Argentino 7-11 
 13. Regatas C. 7-12 
 14. Boca Jrs 7-12 
 15. Olimpico LB 5-12 
 16. Sionista 4-14 


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Jackson, La Union19.5 
 2. Bunn, Argentino19.3 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.17.7 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.2 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.4 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.3 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.15.5 
 8. Taylor, Lanus15.2 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.5 
 10. Pittman, Obras14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.0 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.9.6 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.0 
 4. Kante, Olimpico LB8.9 
 5. Battle, Libertad S.8.6 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.2 
 8. Leiva, Penarol7.9 
 9. Mikulas, La Union7.5 
 10. Alston, Boca Jrs7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.2 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.4 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.1 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.6 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.4 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.5 
 8. Sartorelli, Argentino3.4 
 9. Laws, Olimpico LB3.1 
 10. Victoriano, Lanus3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.3 
 2. Cequeira, Obras2.6 
 3. Salles, Monte H.2.4 
 4. Ibarra, Libertad S.2.4 
 5. Sciutto, Monte H.2.4 
 6. Martinez, Regat.2.3 
 7. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 8. Lamonte, Penarol2.3 
 9. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 10. Labaque, Atenas2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Battle, Libertad S.2.0 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.4 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs0.9 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 9. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.8 
 10. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 


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  AZERBAIJAN   


Tahir Bakhshiyev scores incredible 115 points in victory - by Eurobasket News
Tahir Bakhshiyev (200-F-82) set up a new milestone in Azerbaijan basketball. The player erupted for incredible 115 points to lead his Araz to yet another victory in D1 championship. Araz cruised to a 147:53 victory over BGU. Amil Hamzayev (200-C-90) contributed 11 points and 23 assists for the league leaders. Araz kept their spotless record. They enjoy 10-0 record on top of the ladder.
The second ranked Gala gained a 109:47 victory over Azerbaijan U18 selection. Gala remain in the second position with eight games won. Abik stay in the third spot with six victories. U18 selection have four victories, while Sheki and BGU stay at the bottom of the ladder with one victory each.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


JuJuan Cooley claims Balkan League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82, agency: Agency No 10) had an amazing evening in the last round for Mures and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 28-year old guard got a double-double of 14 points and thirteen assists, while his team crushed Balkan (#5, 1-6) with 16-point margin 95-79. Mures maintains the 4th position in Balkan League group B. Mures is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-4 record. Cooley has many years of experience at Mures, through which he has constantly improved. Indiana Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Cooley is league's best passer with 8.5apg. Cooley is in league's top in and averages solid 3.0spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old center Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) of Balkan Botevgrad. Doychinov impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Balkan lost that game 79-95 to slightly higher-ranked Mures (#4, 3-4). Balkan managed to keep the same 5th spot in group B. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Balkan managed to get this year. Doychinov is a newcomer at Balkan and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was another Mures' star - American Nicholas Covington (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International). Covington got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. Despite Covington's great performance Mures lost 83-85 to #3 ranked Rilski Sportist. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Mures ranking at the top of Round 6, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Covington could help Mures to bring them higher in the standings. Covington has a great season in Balkan League. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (5th best). Covington attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84) of Mures - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Aleksandar2 Radulovic (190-G-88) of Ulcijn - 14 points and 13 rebounds
6. Dwight Lewis (196-G-87) of Mures - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Nemanja Radovic (205-F/C-91) of Mornar Bar - 18 points and 7 rebounds
8. Georgi Davidov (205-F/C-76) of Balkan - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84) of Mures - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88) of Zrinjski HT - 23 points and 9 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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  BRAZIL   


NBB Round 21: Flamengo is upset by BRB/Brasilia - by Eurobasket News
The game between second ranked Flamengo (14-5) and fourth ranked BRB/Brasilia (14-4) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Flamengo was defeated by BRB/Brasilia in Brasilia 85-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Flamengo. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 48-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BRB/Brasilia have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Flamengo at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Pinheiros/Sky. BRB/Brasilia are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Assis Basket (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Flamengo will play against Pinheiros/Sky (#3) in Sao Paolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sao Paolo. Third ranked Pinheiros/Sky faced 4th placed Araldite/Univille. Host Pinheiros/Sky (14-5) defeated guests from Joinville (13-7) 93-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Araldite/Univille. Pinheiros/Sky maintains third place with 14-5 record behind leader Unitri/Universo, which they share with Flamengo. Araldite/Univille at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Pinheiros/Sky will play against Flamengo (#4) in Rio de Janeiro in the next round. Araldite/Univille will play on the road against Araraquara and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Unitri/Universo delivered the fifteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 13th ranked Vila Velha CETAF (4-16) 77-55 in Uberlandia. Unitri/Universo (15-5) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Vila Velha CETAF lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Vitoria. Unitri/Universo will meet Itabom/Bauru (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vila Velha CETAF will play against Winner/Limeira (#10) and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Brasilia. Local BRB/Brasilia (14-4) outscored 14th ranked Vitoria (4-16) 105-62. The victory was the third consecutive win for BRB/Brasilia. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Vitoria lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. BRB/Brasilia's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Assis Basket (#15) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Vitoria will play against Sao Jose/Vinac.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Vivo/Franca defeated S.Jose/Vinac in Sao Paulo 82-78. Winner/Limeira smashed Araraquara at home 89-55. Bottom-ranked Assis Basket lost to Pitagoras/Minas on the opponent's court 56-62. Flamengo outscored Itabom/Bauru in a home game 84-64. Winner/Limeira recorded a loss to S.Jose/Vinac on the road 79-69.



BRB/Brasilia - Vitoria 105-62

The game with biggest result difference took place in Brasilia. Local BRB/Brasilia (14-4) outscored 14th ranked Vitoria (4-16) 105-62. The game without a history. BRB/Brasilia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The victory was the third consecutive win for BRB/Brasilia. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Vitoria lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. BRB/Brasilia's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Assis Basket (#15) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Vitoria will play against Sao Jose/Vinac.
gschID: 102779


S.Jose/Vinac - Vivo/Franca 78-82

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (10-9) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Vivo/Franca (12-6) 82-78. The guests were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 26-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. Vivo/Franca maintains sixth place with 12-6 record. Sao Jose/Vinac at the other side keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Vivo/Franca will have a break next round. Sao Jose/Vinac will play on the road against Vitoria (#14) in Vitória.
gschID: 102780


Winner/Limeira - Araraquara 89-55

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Winner/Limeira (9-10) smashed at home 12th ranked Araraquara (4-15) 89-55. The game without a history. Winner/Limeira led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Winner/Limeira maintains tenth place with 9-10 record. Araraquara lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Winner/Limeira's next round opponent will be Vila Velha CETAF (#13) on the road. Araraquara will play against Araldite/Univille in Joinville.
gschID: 102781


Pinheiros/Sky - Araldite/Univille 93-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sao Paolo. Third ranked Pinheiros/Sky faced 4th placed Araldite/Univille. Host Pinheiros/Sky (14-5) defeated guests from Joinville (13-7) 93-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Araldite/Univille. Araldite/Univille was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 49-35 second half run of Pinheiros/Sky. Pinheiros/Sky maintains third place with 14-5 record behind leader Unitri/Universo, which they share with Flamengo. Araldite/Univille at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Pinheiros/Sky will play against Flamengo (#4) in Rio de Janeiro in the next round. Araldite/Univille will play on the road against Araraquara and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 102775


Pitagoras/Minas - Assis Basket 62-56

Very expected game in Belo Horizonte where 15th ranked Assis Basket (3-16) was defeated by eighth ranked Pitagoras/Minas (12-8) 62-56. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The game without a history. Pitagoras/Minas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Pitagoras/Minas moved-up to seventh place. Assis Basket lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Pitagoras/Minas' next round opponent will be Paulistano (#11) in Sao Paolo. Assis Basket will play at home against the league's second-placed BRB/Brasilia (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 102776


Flamengo - Itabom/Bauru 84-64

Very predictable result in Rio de Janeiro where second ranked Flamengo (14-5) outscored 7th ranked Itabom/Bauru (11-8) 84-64. The game was mostly controlled by Flamengo. Itabom/Bauru was better in fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Flamengo. Despite that victory Flamengo went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with Pinheiros/Sky. Itabom/Bauru at the other side dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. Flamengo's next round opponent will be Pinheiros/Sky (#3) in Sao Paolo, which may be the game of the day. Itabom/Bauru will play at home against the league's leader Unitri/Universo (#1) in Uberlandia.
gschID: 102777


Unitri/Universo - Vila Velha CETAF 77-55

Leader Unitri/Universo delivered the fifteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 13th ranked Vila Velha CETAF (4-16) 77-55 in Uberlandia. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-55. Unitri/Universo dominated on the defensive end, holding Vila Velha CETAF to just 6 points in second quarter. Unitri/Universo (15-5) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Vila Velha CETAF lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Vitoria. Unitri/Universo will meet Itabom/Bauru (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vila Velha CETAF will play against Winner/Limeira (#10) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 102778


Round 11
S.Jose/Vinac - Winner/Limeira 79-69

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Sao Jose/Vinac and 10th ranked Winner/Limeira had identical 9-9 record. This time Sao Jose/Vinac used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Limeira 79-69. The game without a history. Sao Jose/Vinac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sao Jose/Vinac maintains ninth place with 10-9 record. Winner/Limeira at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Sao Jose/Vinac's next round opponent will be Vitoria (#14) in Vitória which should be theoretically an easy game. Winner/Limeira will play on the road against Vila Velha CETAF (#13).
gschID: 120357


Round 13
BRB/Brasilia - Flamengo 85-71

The game between second ranked Flamengo (14-5) and fourth ranked BRB/Brasilia (14-4) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Flamengo was defeated by BRB/Brasilia in Brasilia 85-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Flamengo. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 48-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BRB/Brasilia have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Flamengo at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Pinheiros/Sky. BRB/Brasilia are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Assis Basket (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Flamengo will play against Pinheiros/Sky (#3) in Sao Paolo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 120851




Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Unitri/Universo 15-5 
 2. BRB/Brasilia 14-4 
 3. Pinheiros/Sky 14-5 
 4. Flamengo 14-5 
 5. Araldite/Univille 13-7 
 6. Vivo/Franca 12-6 
 7. Pitagoras/Minas 12-8 
 8. Itabom/Bauru 11-8 
 9. S.Jose/Vinac 10-9 
 10. Winner/Limeira 9-10 
 11. Paulistano 5-14 
 12. Araraquara 4-15 
 13. Vila Velha CETAF 4-16 
 14. Vitoria 4-16 
 15. Assis Basket 3-16 


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  CANADA   


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 17-1 
 2. St.Francis X. 13-5 
 3. Dalhousie 13-6 
 4. New Brunsw. 8-10 
 5. UPEI 7-11 
 6. St.Mary's 7-12 
 7. Acadia 5-13 
 8. Memorial 3-15 
CanWest
 1. UBC 22-2 
 2. Trinity West. 21-3 
 3. Saskatchewan 20-4 
 4. Alberta 16-8 
 5. Victoria 15-9 
 6. Regina 14-10 
 7. UCFV 10-14 
 8. Manitoba 9-15 
 9. Calgary 8-16 
 10. Lethbridge 7-17 
 11. Winnipeg 6-18 
 12. Brandon 4-20 
 13. Thompson R. 4-20 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 21-0 
 2. Toronto Univ. 14-7 
 3. Ottawa 11-10 
 4. Ryerson 10-11 
 5. York 10-12 
 6. Laurentian 6-15 
 7. Queen's 6-16 
 8. RMC 0-21 
OUA West
 1. Lakehead 17-4 
 2. Windsor 15-6 
 3. Laurier 13-8 
 4. Western 10-10 
 5. McMaster 10-11 
 6. Waterloo 9-12 
 7. Brock 9-13 
 8. Guelph 8-13 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 11-4 
 2. Laval 10-5 
 3. McGill 9-6 
 4. UQAM 5-9 
 5. Bishop's 2-13 


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  CHINA   


Chinese CBA round 27 best performance: Marcus Williams - by Eurobasket News
American forward Marcus Williams (201-F-86, agency: ZAG Advocates) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Zhejiang C., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (53 points, eight rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Zhejiang G.L. (#7, 14-12) 102-97. Zhejiang C. maintains the 8th position in Chinese CBA. Zhejiang C. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-12 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 57.9% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He just recently signed at Zhejiang C., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Arizona star has very solid stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (4th best: 29.1ppg) and averages impressive 2.2spg and 46.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Zhejiang G.L.. Ramos had a very good evening with a double-double of 40 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Zhejiang G.L. lost that game 97-102 to slightly lower-ranked Zhejiang C. (#8, 13-12). This loss caused Zhejiang G.L. to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ramos is a newcomer at Zhejiang G.L., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.2ppg (#8). He also registered 13.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Charles Gaines (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) of Qingdao DS (#14). Gaines got into 30-points club by scoring 45 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds and four assists. Despite Gaines' great performance Qingdao DS lost 99-118 to the higher-ranked Bayi (#6, 14-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Qingdao DS not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gaines could try to bring Qingdao DS's a little bit higher in the standings. Gaines has individually a great season in China. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 33.7ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 13.7rpg (6th best). He also has 2.2spg and FGP: 62.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai - 26 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Quincy Douby (191-G-84) of Xinjiang - 34 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Herve Lamizana (207-F/C-81) of TianJin R. - 31 points and 11 rebounds
7. ZhiZhi Wang (214-C-79) of Bayi - 32 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. James Singleton (203-F-81) of Xinjiang - 30 points and 6 rebounds
9. Rodney White (206-F-80) of Shandong - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Wei LiuWei (190-G-80) of Shanghai - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.7 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang29.6 
 3. Morris, Beijing29.4 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.29.1 
 5. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.28.1 
 6. Emmett, Fujian28.0 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan26.4 
 8. Ramos, Zhejiang.25.2 
 9. Lamizana, TianJ.25.0 
 10. Harris, Shanghai24.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Jones, Fujian16.2 
 2. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 3. Harris, Shanghai14.5 
 4. Watkins, Jilin13.8 
 5. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.8 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.7 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan12.9 
 8. Moiso, Jiangsu12.5 
 9. Abbaas, Beijing11.8 
 10. Morris, Beijing11.6 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.5 
 2. Marbury, Foshan6.2 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu5.5 
 4. LiuWei, Shanghai5.1 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan5.1 
 6. Brown, Qingdao DS5.0 
 7. Lu, Fujian4.8 
 8. Green, Shanghai4.8 
 9. Allen, Shandong4.8 
 10. Jones, Guandong4.6 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.2 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang3.4 
 3. Hudson, Guandong3.0 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan2.5 
 6. Emmett, Fujian2.3 
 7. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
 8. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.2 
 9. Pickett, Jilin2.2 
 10. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.7 
 2. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 3. Jones, Fujian1.8 
 4. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 5. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 6. Haislip, Guandong1.7 
 7. Wang, Bayi1.6 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 9. Zhang, Shanghai1.6 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 22-2 
 2. Bakken 22-2 
 3. Naestved 18-7 
 4. Horsholm 15-10 
 5. Horsens IC 13-12 
 6. SISU 9-16 
 7. Aabyhoj 9-16 
 8. Vaerlose 8-17 
 9. Aalborg 4-21 
 10. Amager BK 4-21 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.4 
 3. Brasas, Amager BK22.0 
 4. Hall, Aalborg21.9 
 5. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 6. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 7. Roberts, Naestved19.0 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg18.8 
 9. Dennis, SISU18.3 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.9 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj10.1 
 4. St.John, Horsens IC9.6 
 5. Johansen, Naestved9.6 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.2 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.7 
 9. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.2 
 10. Burgess, Bakken7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.5 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.2 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.8 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.2 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj3.9 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.8 
 9. Jensen, Vaerlose3.8 
 10. Simonsen, Amager B.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hall, Aalborg4.0 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 3. Nielsen, Horsholm2.0 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.0 
 5. Jakobsen, Bakken1.9 
 6. Smedley, Naestved1.8 
 7. Burgess, Bakken1.8 
 8. Roberts, Naestved1.8 
 9. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.2 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 3. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 8. Johansen, Naestved0.8 
 9. Logan, Amager BK0.7 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 


Lee Roberts claims Danish Ligaen weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Team FOG Naestved and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 23-year old power forward had a double-double of 23 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Horsens IC (#5, 13-12) 94-89. Naestved maintains the 3rd position in Danish Ligaen. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Naestved will need more victories to improve their 18-7 record. Roberts turned to be Naestved's top player in his first season with the team. Findlay (OH) graduate has very impressive stats this year. Roberts. Roberts is in league's top in points (7th best: 19.0ppg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 55.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American power forward Mike St.John (203-F/C-84) of Horsens IC. St.John impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Horsens IC to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Amager BK (#10, 4-21) 89-61. Horsens IC's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. St.John is a newcomer at Horsens IC and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. La Salle University alumni St.John played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Marquis Hall (183-G-87) of Aalborg (#9). Hall scored 28 points and passed eight assists. He was a key player of Aalborg, leading his team to a 98-93 win against the higher-ranked SISU (#6, 9-16). Aalborg can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-21 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Hall he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hall has individually a great season in Denmark. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.9ppg (4th best) and assists with 5.2apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Henrik Falsvig (192-G/F-89) of Aalborg - 33 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78) of SISU - 32 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jens Hakanowitz (204-F/C-80) of Horsholm - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. Donald Rutherford (198-F-87) of SISU - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jens Hakanowitz (204-F/C-80) of Horsholm - 18 points and 10 rebounds
9. Bonell Colas (205-F-82) of Vaerlose - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Darko Jukic (199-G-90) of Aabyhoj - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 25-10 
 2. Erie Bay H. 23-9 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 15-19 
 4. Dakota W. 11-24 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 6-25 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 24-10 
 2. Rio Grande 24-11 
 3. Texas L. 17-19 
 4. Austin T. 14-20 
 5. Maine RC 14-21 
 6. New Mexico 14-21 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 22-12 
 2. Bakersfield J. 21-13 
 3. Utah F. 19-15 
 4. Idaho S. 14-20 
 5. Springfield A. 10-24 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Toronto R.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.0 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.4 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.20.8 
 4. Adrien, Rio Grande19.6 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.19.5 
 6. McNeal, Rio Grande18.9 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.18.9 
 8. Sims, Maine RC18.0 
 9. Tucker, New Mexico17.9 
 10. Stinson, Iowa E.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.3 
 2. Davidson, Idaho S.10.2 
 3. Sims, Iowa E.9.8 
 4. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.4 
 7. Alexander, Texas L.9.2 
 8. Brackins, Spring.9.1 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.8.9 
 10. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.2 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.4 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.4 
 8. Reynolds, Spring.6.2 
 9. Johnson, Austin T.5.9 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Lofton, Iowa E.2.3 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 5. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 7. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 8. Linhart, Erie B.2.0 
 9. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.0 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 5. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Sykes, Sioux F.1.9 
 7. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 
 8. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.7 
 9. Goodridge, Spring.1.6 
 10. Adrien, Rio Grande1.6 


Former D-League All-Star's Season Over in Australia - by Surujh Roopnarine
Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso), a 2010 NBA D-League All-Star with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, was released by the Adelaide 36ers of Australia's NBL (National Basketball League). Howard, 28, sprained his ankle in a game on Friday night and the team could not wait for his expected three-week recovery time as he would miss four of the remaining six games of the season. In 11 games for Adelaide, the former Valparaiso guard/forward averaged 8.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 38.5% from two (30-78) and 33.3% (10-30) from behind the arc. The 36ers are currently 8-13, good for eighth-place in the nine team National Basketball League. Howard moved to Australia in December after beginning the season in Israel with Elitzur Netanya. There he appeared in three games averaging 8.7 points. Howard participated this past summer in the NBA Summer League with the New York Knicks before heading overseas.
Australia's NBL is home to many former D-League stars, as Gary Ervin (6'1''-G-83, college: Arkansas), Kirk Penney (6'5''-G-80, college: Wisconsin) and Corey Williams (6'3''-G-77, college: Alabama St.) are the first, second and fifth leading scorers in the league.



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  ESTONIA   


Roller-coaster - by Casey Archibald
I am living the dream. I get paid to do what I love to do. I do what most people do as entertainment or to stay in shape. I get all my meals cooked and served to me. My home gets cleaned daily and my bed made with fresh sheets. I experience championship parades and fans that love me. I get to see new part of the world, travel, learn new languages, and meet great people that I would normally never get to meet. My schedule enables me to nap daily, and enjoy much needed times at the spa. I meet and hang out with sexy foreign girls with accents on a regular basis. I am living the dream.

I need to retire. When I go to work my body takes a beating. Newspapers and forums criticize how I go about my job, on and off the court. Fans boo, whistle and throw things at me. I put my stomach through weird nutritional experiments on a daily basis. I am forced to pack my life into 2 suitcases and relocate every spring and fall, leaving behind loved ones on a regular basis. I miss weddings, I miss holidays, I miss my friends children being born... I miss funerals. I need to retire.

What triggered this blog for me was just this past week I lost my grandma. With such short notice and us in the middle of 4 games in 6 days I wasnt able to get back in time for the funeral. That was really tough on me. The hardest part was not being there with my mom who is obviously going through one of the hardest things that we go through in our lives. Thankfully my sister was able to fly across the country to be with her and that helped a lot. My mom is the strongest person that I know and I know shell be ok with time. Never the less its hard being away during times like this.

No doubt some of the guys playing away from home can relate to some of these feelings. This lifestyle is a roller coaster with its ups and downs. There are the peaks. Usually when were winning, when were playing well and you just love what you do. But like everything else there are also the valleys. Times when youre battling being away and things just arent running smoothly. All we can do is try to keep our head right while enjoying the ride and be thankful for having these amazing opportunities.

RIP Grandma.



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  EUROCHALLENGE   


EuroChallenge round 5 (Top 16) best performance: Arturs Berzins - by Eurobasket News
Center Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Ventspils, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Top 16).
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, nine rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Norrkoping (#4, 1-4) with 35-point margin 104-69. Ventspils maintains the 2nd position in EuroChallenge group K. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this stage. Ventspils will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Berzins had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Ventspils, through which he has constantly improved. Arturs Berzins averages this season 9.4ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old American Patrick Beverley (185-G-88) of league's leader Spartak SP. Beverley had a very good evening with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Spartak SP to edge slightly lower-ranked Lukoil Academik (#2, 3-2) 86-80. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group I. Spartak SP consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. A very good start of the Top 16 for his team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Beverley is one of the most experienced players at Spartak SP and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Miro Bilan (212-F-89) of Zadar (#4). Bilan showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Bilan's great performance Zadar lost 82-99 to #3 ranked BK Prostejov. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Zadar can only dream about fighting for top spots in group L. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bilan he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bilan has a very solid season. In 11 games in EuroChallenge he scored 9.3ppg. He also has 4.6rpg and FGP: 60.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) of Ventspils - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Adrian Banks (191-G-86) of Elitzur Netanya - 24 points and 5 assists
6. Ben Woodside (180-G-85) of Gravelines - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86) of BK Prostejov - 16 points and 12 assists
8. Caleb Green (203-F-85) of Oostende - 21 points and 10 rebounds
9. Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81) of BK Prostejov - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) of Lokomotiv - 17 points and 8 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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  EUROCUP   


Smith number one in Eurocup for round 5 - by Eurobasket News
American swingman Devin Smith (196-G/F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Benetton TV, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Top 16).
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, nine rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat ALBA (#3, 1-4) 82-74. Benetton TV maintains the 2nd position in Eurocup group L. They are still close to the very top. Benetton TV would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Benetton TV's top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Virginia star has very solid stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.8ppg) and averages impressive 62.7% FGP and 42.1% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports) of Aris. Brown had a very good evening with 24 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Aris to edge slightly higher-ranked Budivelnyk (#2, 3-2) 78-73. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group J. Aris consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Brown is a newcomer at Aris, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) of CEZ Nymburk (#4). Stimac scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Stimac's great performance CEZ Nymburk lost 86-88 to #1 ranked Estudiantes. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. CEZ Nymburk can only dream about fighting for top spots in group K. They have awful Top 16 losing so far all 5 games. Too bad for Stimac he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Stimac has a very solid season. In 9 games in Eurocup he scored 7.6ppg. He also has 5.2rpg and FGP: 58.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. P.J. Tucker (198-F-85) of Aris - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Javier Beiran (200-F-87) of Gran Canaria - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79) of Galatasaray - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Zach Morley (203-F-83) of Budivelnyk - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Alex Acker (196-G-83) of Le Mans - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Mike Scott (203-F-86) of Goettingen - 20 points and 5 rebounds
10. Milivoje Bozovic (210-F/C-85) of Hemofarm - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.0 
 2. Langford, Khimky17.8 
 3. Rakocevic, Efes P.17.1 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.15.9 
 5. McCalebb, Montepas.15.5 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympiakos15.3 
 7. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
 8. Navarro, Regal B.14.8 
 9. San Emeterio, Caja L.14.1 
 10. Gregory, Union O.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirsad TURKCAN
  Fener.Ulker
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.7.3 
 2. Gist, Partizan7.1 
 3. Fischer, Real Madrid6.9 
 4. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 5. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.5 
 6. Freeland, Unicaja6.5 
 7. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 9. Gregory, Union O.6.0 
 10. Falker, Cholet5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.6.1 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.5 
 3. Cook, Valencia4.9 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.4 
 5. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 6. Eidson, Maccabi .4.3 
 7. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
 8. Ilievski, Union O.4.1 
 9. Stipcevic, Cibona4.1 
 10. McElroy, AL.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .2.9 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.2.4 
 3. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 4. Perkins, Maccabi .2.0 
 5. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 6. Smith, Lottomatica1.9 
 7. Stonerook, Montepas.1.8 
 8. Ozbolt, Union O.1.7 
 9. Ilievski, Union O.1.7 
 10. Diamantidis, Panath.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 3. Fischer, Real Madrid1.7 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 5. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 6. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 7. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.3 
 8. Barac, Caja Laboral1.2 
 9. Gist, Partizan1.1 
 10. Shermadini, Union O.1.1 


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. Panathinaikos 3-2 
 2. Caja Laboral 3-2 
 3. Lietuvos Rytas 3-2 
 4. Unicaja 1-4 
Group F
 1. Regal Barca 5-0 
 2. Maccabi T-A 3-2 
 3. Lottomatica 1-4 
 4. Union Olimpija 1-4 
Group G
 1. Real Madrid 5-0 
 2. Montepaschi 3-2 
 3. Efes Pilsen 2-3 
 4. Partizan 0-5 
Group H
 1. Olympiakos 4-1 
 2. Fener.Ulker 3-2 
 3. Valencia 2-3 
 4. Zalgiris 1-4 


Union Olimpija and Marque Perry part ways - by Eurobasket News
Marque Perry (185-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) is no longer a member of Union Olimpija. The American guard and Olimpija agreed to terminate the contract yesterday.
Marque Perry joined Union Olimpija last summer. He appeared 12 times in Euroleague averaging 1.3 points and 1.1 assists. In Adriatic league Perry had 4.8 ppg and 1.9 apg for 17 games. Last season Marque Perry split between Ukrainian Donetsk and Besiktas Istanbul. With Donetsk he had 18.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.3 apg for 6 EuroChallenge games. In Ukrainian league Perry added 15.7 ppg, 4 rpg and 3.9 apg. He appeared 9 times with Besiktas in TBL registering 6.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2 apg. In the past, Perry played for Samara, Triumph Lyubertsy, Capo D'Orlando, Banvit and Olympiakos.


Top 16: Exciting Round Five - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Caja Laboral - Unicaja 78-63
Caja Laboral blasted Unicaja improving to 3-2 record in Group E. There is a three-way tie now in this group with Caja Laboral, Panathinaikos and Lietuvos Rytas all having the same numbers. Unicaja on the other side dropped to 1-4 and already faced with elimination. Caja Laboral had five players with double-digits in scoring. Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports) was the leading one with 18 points and he also had 6 rebounds and 5 assists in this game reaching valuation 30. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) scored 16, while Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) (7 rebs) and Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points each. Unicaja got 18 points and 5 rebounds from Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83). Joel Freeland (208-F-87) had 15 pts and 8 rebs in this defeat.
Caja Laboral took control on Unicaja from the very beginning. The hosts made 24-14 lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to 32-19 during the second period. Unicaja finally responded and cut the margin to 40-31 until the halftime. They came to 46-40 during the Q3, but still the hosts managed to reach plus 9 at the end of it. Things got even worse for Unicaja after Mirza Teletovic hit from downtown, followed by a layup off a steal by Marcelinho Huertas early in the fourth. Unicaja, 14 points down, looked ready to give up and settle with its elimination from the playoffs as Fernando San Emeterio extended the lead to 16. The hosts had no troubles to keep their lead for rest of the game.
In the last round of Top 16, Caja Laboral will meet Lietuvos Rytas on the road and it will be a do-or-die game for both teams. Unicaja will host PAO.

Panathinaikos - Lietuvos Rytas 67-68
A shocking defeat for Panathinaikos tonight at OAKA Arena at its game against Lietuvos Ritas (67-68). The Greens never persuaded their fans with their appearance, having a lot of problems both in defense (Lietuvos took 16 offensive rebounds) and in offense (having 2/16 at three-point shots). Lietuvos managed to enforce its rthythym and although its bad total percentages (18/42 at 2p, 5/15 at 3p), it came out of the game with aprecious win that gives the team a lot of chances to reach the Quarterfinals.
The game did not start as the Greens could initially imagine since their defense was not strong enough and let the Lithuanians score 16 points in the first five minutes (11-16). This bad beginning seemed to press the Greek team, however, though the defense got much tougher, the difference in the score was increased (14-20, 2:32 before the end of the first period), to be shaped by the end at 3 points (20-23).
From the second periods start the pressing of the Green team was even bigger. That fact let the Greens pass ahead 2:35 after this beginning (26-25) and then even with three (28-25), completing a 8-2 serie, mainly due to Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) defense and the consecutive offensive rebounds (3). However, Panathinaikos percentages on shooting (12/25) were not good and that gave Lietuvos the chance to draw (30-30). The final score was 39-34, in a game that Lietuvos enforced its tempo, without allowing the Greek team to run at an open court. Certainly, the 16 fouls of the Lithuanian team at this time led to this tempo (especially since Panathinaikos shot only 13 free throws). Perperoglou (8 points 4 rebs) and Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) (7p-3reb) were the leaders from the Panathinaikos at this half, while Kaimakoglou offered a lot as well and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) with his 4 assists. From Lietuvos, Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) scored 7 points and Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) 6.
The second half began more intensively for the Greek team after its leading with 8 points (42-34) with a successful three point shot from Diamantidis. However, its next offensive choices were not good and gave Lietuvos the chance to decrease the difference up to the point (47-46). Kostas Kaimakoglou's entrance at that time (three minutes before the end of the period) gave the Green team the rhythm needed to end the period at 53-48.
However, the rhythm of the game was such as to give Lietuvos many hopes that it could win. And this feeling was even more strengthened at the draw of 55-55, 6:30 minutes before the end. The draw was kept (61-61) even at 3:21, after a three-pointer from Nweley, and mainly due to Lietuvos' offensive rebounds (13 until then - 9 in the second half). Another draw (63-63) after another offensive rebound from Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket), and especially a successful free throw from D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) that brought Lietuvos ahead (63-64), made Green fans very anxious. An anxiety which got even bigger after consecutive missed three-point shots and another basket from Brad Newley (63-66) with 80 seconds remaining. A 2p shot from Batiste diminished the difference to a point (65-66), but another offensive rebound after a missed shot from Khalid El-Amin, gave Lietuvos another chance with 40 seconds remaining. Lietuvos though made the mistake, Diamantidis took the foul with 7.7 seconds remaining and his two successful free throws brought Panathinaikos ahead (67-66). Khalid El-Amin took the foul from Tepic, to suceed at his free throws as well (67-68) with 3.1 seconds remaining. Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) though missed the last three-point attempt and Lietuvos took the precious win. (by Kostas Papadopoulos)

Group F
Maccabi T-A - Regal Barca 85-92 OT
Regal Barca handed 85-92 home loss to Maccabi Electra winning the first place in Group F. The reigning Euroleague champion has perfect 5-0 record, while Maccabi dropped to 3-2 and will go to the Quarterfinals as No.2. Last round of Top 16 will be just the formality for both teams. Barca needed an OT to beat Maccabi tonight and they did it mostly owing to Terence Morris (207-F-79, college: Maryland), who scored 19 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) helped with 17 and 14 points respectively. The hosts got 19 points and 5 rebounds from Jeremy Pargo (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga). Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) had 16 points and 6 rebounds, and Chuck Eidson (201-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) scored 13 pts in this loss.
The battle between two giants started with Maccabis 24-16 lead after ten minutes of play. Barca was unable to respond in the second period and Maccabi took plus 9 to the halftime break. Thanks to Perovic, Navarro and Morris, Regal Barca closed the gap to 46-42 at the beginning of Q3 and later it was 54-53. Rubio completed the comeback by tying the score from the line. Pargo pulled up for a big three that woke the fans up. And then hit another to put the hosts back in the drivers seat at 60-54 at the end of the quarter. Barca started the last period with 1-9 run and they jumped to 63-68 soon after that. With minute and a half to go in regular time Maccabi came to 69-70. It was plus one for Barca also with 3.6 remaining, when Lorbek was sent to the line and he made just one of his two attempts. Maccabi had the last possession and Anderson inexplicably fouled Perkins in the backcourt with 1.4 seconds left and the latter made both free throws to send the game to overtime at 73-73. Barca jumped to 73-77 at the beginning of extra time and for the next three minutes they moved up to 79-88. It was clear that Maccabi wont be able to mount a comeback this time and Barca deservedly won the first place in Group F.
Regal Barca will host Union Olimpija in the last round of Top 16. Maccabi will go to Rome.

Union Olimpija - Lottomatica 76-87
Lottomatica grabbed the first victory in Euroleague Top 16, Group F. They celebrated against Union Olimpija in Ljubljana joining them with 1-4 record. Both teams already lost all chances to reach the Quarterfinals. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up for the Italians with 20 points, including 8 of 10 from the field. He reached valuation 29 and was the MVP of this game. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) secured a nice help adding 15, while Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) followed with 13 points. Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points and 6 rebounds in this win. On the other side, Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) scored 18 points for the home side. Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) and Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) (5 as) had 15 and 14 points respectively.
Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Lottomatica ended the first period 14-20 and Olimpija replied with 27-17 for the next ten minutes. However, Nihad Dedovic and his teammates took control on the hosts after the breather. They nailed 28 points in Q3, while limiting Olimpija to just 14. It means that Lottomatica was 55-65 ahead after 30 minutes and they had no troubles to keep their lead for rest of the game.
In the last round of Top 16, what will also be the last appearance for both teams in Euroleague this season, Lottomatica will host Maccabi Electra, while Union Olimpija goes to Barcelona.

Group G
Montepaschi - Efes Pilsen 88-76
Montepaschi booked a spot for the Euroleague Quarterfinals, where they will take on Olympiakos. The Italian powerhouse was too strong for Efes Pilsen improving to 3-2 record in Group G. It will be enough for the second place, as the top spot is reserved for Real Madrid. Efes Pilsen dropped to third place with 2-3 record. Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) had one less than him. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) added 11 points apiece. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) shined in defeat with 24 pts, while Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) and Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) had 10 pts each.
First quarter was pretty leveled and Montepaschi managed to win it at the end 25-23. Nothing has changed in Q2 as teams were tied to 24 points each in this period. Than after the breather, the hosts intensified defense and it was a crucial thing in this game. Montepaschi stopped Efes Pilsen to 11 points in third period, while they made 21 on the other side. Last ten minutes ended with 18-18 tie meaning that Montepaschi won this game with plus 12 and booked a spot for the Euroleague Quarterfinals.
Montepaschi will go to Madrid next week. Efes Pilsen will host Partizan.

Partizan - Real Madrid 56-61
Another win by Real Madrid and another loss for Partizan in Euroleague Top 16. The Spanish giant jumped to 5-0 and secured the first place in Group G. Their rival in the Quarterfinals will be Fenerbahce Ulker or Valencia. Serbian powerhouse dropped to 0-5 and it was their last home game in Euroleague this season. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) was the leading scorer in victory with 21 points and he also pulled down 7 rebounds beside that. Nikola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) had 13 points and 9 boards, while Sergio Llull (190-G-87) also scored 13 pts but to go with 5 rebs. The hosts got 15 points and 5 rebounds from Jan Vesely (211-F-90). Rasko Katic (208-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) collected 14 pts and 8 boards.
Real Madrid was 12-15 up after ten minutes thanks to 0-8 run in the finish of Q1. Visitors took control on Partizan in the second period stopping them to just 6 points, while on the other side they drained 18. It means that Real was 18-33 up at the halftime and was looking comfortable. Partizan answered with 18-11 in third period closing the gap to 36-44 with 10:00 to go. That was not all from the Serbian champion, who managed to take 49-48 lead at the halfway of the last quarter. Real grabbed it back with 2 minutes left and it was 52-54. The last chance Partizan had with 56-57 on the board, but Tomic responded on the other side. Partizan had two chances to shoot from beyond the arc, but both shots were not successful and Nikola Mirotic grabbed a board and suffered a foul that sent him to the line. He made both attempts and sealed a victory for his team.
Next week, Real Madrid will host Montepaschi. Partizan goes to Istanbul to meet Efes Pilsen.

Group H
Zalgiris - Valencia 74-80
Excellent win for Valencia (2-3) in Kaunas tonight. With this victory the last season's EuroCup winner kept their Playoffs hopes alive and they will meet Fenerbahce Ulker in a do-or-die game next week. On the other side, this defeat means elimination for Zalgiris who dropped to 1-4. Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.) and Nando De Colo (202-G-87) stepped up for the guests with 17 points each. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) scored 14 and Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) added 13 pts, plus 5 boards. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) scored 15 points in Zalgiris and Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points and 5 rebounds.
Valencia made 17-18 in the first quarter and Zalgiris replied with 20-17 for the next ten minutes. Thanks to 0-12 run, Valencia was in the drivers seat again but Zalgiris quickly replied coming to 48-49. A couple of strong moves by an inspired Jeremy Richardson got Valencia to own a 5-point lead again, but Delininkaitis dropped a corner three and Nando De Colo closed the period with two FTs for 54-58. Visitors jumped to 55-62 at the beginning of Q4 and later it was 60-71. The hosts didnt give up and they closed the gap to 74-75 with 15 seconds left. Kalinetis drained his second three-pointer in a row to set this score. But Cook came up big in the final moments, swishing both his free throws and then stealing the ball on the ensuing inbounds play to feed De Colo, who iced the game from the line. Omar Cook tied the Euroleague Basketball Top 16 assists record with 12 as in a single game.
As mentioned above, next week Valencia will host Fenerbahce Ulker in the crucial game for both teams. Zalgiris will take on Olympiakos on the road.

Fener.Ulker - Olympiakos 65-80
Olympiacos did a great job in Istanbul tonight. The Reds celebrated 74-80 win to secure the first place in Group H and of course a spot in the Euroleague Playoffs. Olympiacos improved to 4-1 and overcame its 14-point loss against Fener in Top 16 Game 1 to win Group H, getting the home court advantage in the upcoming Quarterfinals. Their rival will be Montepaschi. Fenerbahce dropped to 3-2 and they will meet Valencia in the crucial game next week. Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) top-scored for the Reds with 19 points and he grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) scored 18, while Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) shined with 16 points and 9 boards. For the home squad, Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) delivered 14 points, while Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) had 12 pts and 6 boards.
Olympiakos celebrated in this game thanks to wonderful last quarter. Before that, the Reds made 18-20 after 10 minutes and Fener responded with 18-14 in the second period. Roko-Leni Ukic and his teammates created 11-0 run during the Q3 and they jumped to 49-37 at the halfway of it. Visitors answered immediately and for rest of the quarter they cut the margin to just one point, 55-54. They continued in the same rhythm after that, what resulted with 55-62 at the beginning of the last frame. Soon after that it was 62-72 and later 65-77 with 31 seconds to go. Fener still had plus 14 from the first game and both teams gave their maximum until the very end. Erceg missed for the Reds, but a key offensive rebound by Kostas Papanikolaou allowed Papaloukas to beat the buzzer with a circus three-pointer off the glass, enough for Olympiacos to become the Top 16 Group H champion.
Olympiakos will host Zalgiris in the last round of Top 16. As mentioned above, Fener will go to Valencia what will be the crucial game for both teams.




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EJ Rowland (Vanoli) Darius Hall Has Been My Favorite Teammate In My Career - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) is a 27 year old 188cm guard from Palma, California that was born in Houston, Texas. This season he is playing his second season in Italy for Vanoli Cremona. He is a good point guard who always finds the open man. He is a very intelligent ball player and good athlete. A tireless defender that steals lots of balls from the opponents. Rebounds well because of his size. Can guard both guard positions on defense, at the offensive side is better penetrator than shooter but can knock down the open shot. He played at St Marys from 2003-2005. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 11.0ppg, 3.8rpg, AssistsWCC-3 (3.9apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 69.2%: Finished two-year career at St. Mary's ranked tenth all-time in total assists (263) and fourth in assist per game average (4.2). In 2005-2006, he started his professional basketball career for the Florida Flame (D-League, starting five): 44 games: 5.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 25%, FT: 61.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for Sydney Kings (Australia-NBL), in Nov.'06 moved to Townsville Crocodiles (Australia-NBL, starting five): Australian League: 21 games: 12.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.8apg, Steals-1 (2.0spg), FGP: 48%, 3Pt: 35%, FT: 71%; in March '07 signed at Barons/LMT Riga (Latvia-LBL, starting five): Baltic League: 6 games: 10.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 70.0%; LBL: 17 games 15.2ppg 4.9rpg 4.2apg 1.9spg. In 2007-2008, he came to Germany and played for the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga): ULEB Cup: 14 games: 7.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 14.3%, FT: 58.1%; German League: 37 games: 7.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 60.9%. In 2008-2009, he played for The Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): German League: 45 games: 13.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 65.4%; Eurocup Qualifications: 2 games: 11.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg; EuroChallenge: 14 games: 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-5 (4.1apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 61.0%. Last season, he played his first season for Vanoli Cremona (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 30 games: 13.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-3 (2.9spg), FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 73.8%. He won the 2008 BEKO BBL cup in 2008 with The Artland Dragons. He is a member of the Bulgarian national team and played at the European Championships in Poland 2009 playing 3 games: 17.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

What was it like playing against big Serb point guard Stefan Markovic?



He is a young good player. He sees the floor well and it is hard to crowd him, but as a smaller guard, I have an advantage since bigger guards have more problems with small defenders. I pressured him a lot.

You are playing your second season in Italy in the Serie A. How have you been able to be so successful on the court so quick?


I simply have had good people around me. I got a lot of experience on the fly which quickly gave me confidence. It also has helped since I have been aggressive and learning from mistakes quickly.

The Italian Serie A is very tight like the BEKO BBL. Do other Italian teams have the chance to move by Montepaschi?


I think many teams are capable of doing this. Every team is talented and you always have to come to play. If you dont you will lose. Montepaschi have had tough close games against many opponents, so I think that many team should get by them.

I guess you arent home sick from the BEKO BBL since you there are ex players like Blagota Sekulic, Jasmine Perkovic and Je kel Foster playing with you.



It is cool having them as teammates. I think the transition has been easier for them because they have had a history with each other in Germany.

Is Vanoli Cremona a playoff team?



I think we have good chances of making the playoffs. The top places are all tight and if we win a few more than we will be right near the top.

What was your nicest memory winning the BEKO BBL cup with The Artland Dragons in 2008? Maybe seeing Darius Hall interact with the fans?



Yes Darius celebrating with the fans was great. He has been my favourite teammate in my career. I loved how he interacted with the fans and loved his antics during the season.

For The Artland Dragons, you averaged 7,5ppg, 3,1rpg and 2,5 apg, but in Bonn your game rose as you averaged 13,6ppg, 3,4rpg and 3,4apg. How were you able to increase your game so well?




With Artland, I came from the bench as a type of defensive stopper that pushed the ball. In Bonn, it was a total new situation for me. It was my team and I ran the show.

What do you miss the most from Germany?


I miss the people. The fans were great in Artland and Bonn. I miss very many things including the athletic league. Germany has been one of my favourite places to play.

Who was the toughest player that you had to defend in the BEKO BBL?


Julius Jenkins was always tough to guard. He seemed to never get tired and had so much energy coming off the block and making his shots.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed?


People tend to see my speed and athletic play as my strength, but I also am very good at reading situations and controlling the game.

Who were your NBA idols?



Michael Jordan, Penny Hardaway, Magic Johnson and Allen Iverson.

Was there a NBA player that you didnt like?


No there wasnt a player that I didnt like. I always enjoyed going to the games and enjoying to see how the players did.

You played in the NCAA 2 and NJCAA before going to St Marys in the NCAA. Were you a late bloomer as a player?


I was short and skinny as a kid and didnt grow until I was 19. I always knew that I would grow since my dad was 6.7. As I grew my game started to develop.


You played for the Bulgarian national team at the Eurochampionships in 2009. You averaged 17,7ppg in the tournament. Will you continue to play for Bulgaria and isnt it difficult playing for another country besides USA?

Bulgaria still has to qualify for the 2011 European championships. It is strange hearing the Bulgarian national anthem, but all in all it is not so strange playing for Bulgaria because wherever you play in Europe the excitement is big. I am used to playing in Europe and playing for Bulgaria is no different than playing somewhere else.


Before you came to Germany, you played in Australia for the Townsville Crocodiles. What will you never forget from playing in Australia?


I will never forget the weather. We were playing when it was 40c which was never the case in Germany.

Do the Artland Dragons and The Telekom Baskets Bonn have a chance to win a title this season?


I think that they are capable of winning a title. In the playoffs anything can happen. That is when the season really starts and teams start to really scout. It looks like Bamberg is really dominating and no one has an answer for them.

Who wins a one on one game you or John Goldsberry?

Me! Well John is very tough and is very passionate. We had many battles in practice. I would like to say that I went out on top in the majority of our games.

What were the most number of free throws that you made in a row?


70 or 80

What was your most crazy shot that you made in a practice?


I was falling out of bounds behind the basket and made the shot.

How tough is it playing against Je Kel Foster?


Foster is very tough. He is very competitive and has a lot of speed. There arent many guards that are to bump me and keep me away, but je Kel is so strong for his size and is able to do this.

What goal do you still have as a player?



I hope that I can play for a Euroleague team. I have to keep playing well and lead my team to wins.

What would you like to do after your basketball career?


I am not really sure yet. I hope I have a long career. Maybe coaching or get into some type of business.

How do you see the NBA this season? Will the Lakers repeat? Can the Boston Celtics win again and what will the Miami heat do?


The Celtics were looking very tough until they sustained some injuries. How well the Celtics do will depend if Kevin Garnett comes back. The Lakers have been struggling, but they are the Lakers and will be there in the playoffs. Miami is starting to figure out their season, but they will have to get by the Boston defense. I see Boston/Miami in the final against the Lakers.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Takers with Paul Walker.

Thanks EJ for the chat.




Dashaun Wood And Tyrese Rice Duel And Might Rekindle Small Traces Of Larry And Magic On The Court As The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Look To Sprinkle Dirt Over The Artland Dragons Flame February 27th. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It seems like everybody in the BEKO BBL knows that The Brose Baskets Bamberg will win the championship and then kilometers later teams like Berlin and Frankfurt might be teams that could challenge them in a five games series, but no one really has the Artland Dragons on the radar as a title team that could win it all, but they could possibly be a team to sneak into the final the same way Rajon Rondo (186-G-86, college: Kentucky) does into the zone and be that team that laughs hardest last getting an upset like a Jack Black or Seth Rogen would after finding out that they beat out the Chippendales for a date with Paris Hilton. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners could meet The Artland Dragons again in the 2011 BEKO BBL cup final in Bamberg and their February 27th meeting against them will be an interesting and educational preparation that they have to take serious just like their last win in Braunschweig because their next meeting will be in the Cup semi finals April 3rd. The Artland Dragons dont have to hide from any team in the BEKO BBL as their roster is as strong in appearance like the current Chicago Bulls who could be a sleeper, as actor George Clooney is in a Starbucks getting any woman with his non resisting appearance and raised eyebrows and actor Frankie Muniz being as credible to the press proclaiming that he isnt suicidal and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will have to be ready for this potential title team that nobody really has any eyes for at the moment. 'The Artland Dragons are my dark horse as well as they are a talented team and they are deep in a lot of positions. They have experience and they are tough to beat on their home court. I really like them in the playoffs and they can compete with anyone in my opinion. Rice is getting better and Peavy is healthy and they are just clicking right now, and they are a team that most teams dont want to play in the playoffs or just at the end of the week', warned TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Frankfurt will have to find a way to douse the Dragons fire possibly with dirt? 'Well its cold and winter, but Frankfurt just has to let it rain on the Dragons fire', joked John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'They are one of the best teams and I am looking forward to the challenge. They are playing well and it will be a good challenge. We will have to bring our A game against The Artland Dragons', warned current BEKO BBL leading scorer Dashaun Wood.

A duel that could add some extra spark to the game will be between the current BEKO BBL leading scorer Dashaun Wood (17,7ppg, 4,6rpg, 5.5apg) and Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) (15,8ppg, 2,7rpg, 4,9rpg). Wood and Rice are 1 and 4 in scoring and 2 and 4 in assists. Wood is an early MVP candidate as it would be very scary to think where The Deutsche Bank Skyliners would be without the services of the American. Wood has been top scorer in 13 of the 23 Frankfurt games while Rice has been top scorer in 9 of the 23 games and there was even a stretch where he was top scorer in five straight games as he was the go to guy. Wood knows what awaits him in Rice and even has some interesting comparisons. 'Rice is a great guy and we both will try to lead our teams to victory. We also respect each other. I think that it will be a great match up of two players accepting the challenge and defending each other which we saw in the day with Larry Bird-Magic Johnson or Kobe Bryant-Tracy McGrady (203-G/F-79)', warned Dashaun Wood. If both players will put on the turbo and score is unknown, but one will see offense from both as both are playing very well at the moment. 'I think Rice is becoming to feel comfortable and is more confident and because of that, the team is becoming better. Wood is a great player as well and makes everyone better as well. Both are solid players and it will be a great match up between the two', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Sometimes one likes to speculate what were if a Wood wasnt in the BEKO BBL this year, would Rice be the best scoring point guard? 'I think he is up there for sure, Both guys can score fairly well, but they have a great team behind them, but Rice can for sure put up points if he needs to', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). If Wood or Rice will decide the game is something one might expect, but Wood isnt so sure about that. 'I think that it will come down to just more than me or him. I didnt have my best game in Braunschweig, but we still won. The club that plays more team basketball will win', warned Dashaun Wood.

After winning their first BEKO BBL title with the cup in 2008 against EnBW Luwdigsburg in Hamburg in 2008, it seemed like the Artland Dragons were on a positive way with possible future hardware, but instead the club might secretly have been dreaming of the glory day in Hamburg where Darius Hall was in the middle of a swarm of Artland fans celebrating the win, because ever since that big title, the team has been looking for another success and missed the playoffs two seasons in a row. The Artland Dragons have been about as unlucky not reaching the playoffs the two seasons as a Formula one driver is racing the race of their life and then dropping out because the engine dies in the last lap as German Sebastian Vettel recently had to accept or poor cute lovable polar bear Knut who is being shunned by three female bears including his mother who cant remember he is her kid. In 2009, they had to win the last game and did crushing Frankfurt 90-69, but not reaching the playoffs because Paderborn won on the last day against BG Goettingen and last season they made a last comeback winning the last four games, but losing their last game 82-80 to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven a game they had to win missing the playoffs again. 'I think that last season, Artland was lacking a guard who could control the team until the end. Ross was more of a scoring guard and Price could of done job, but he came to late in season to turn it around. The chemistry was lacking too and it seemed like players had their own agenda', stressed Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.).

The Artland Dragons cant afford to miss the playoffs for a third consecutive season and wont. The club dismissed young German coach Thorsten Leibenath and brought in experienced German coach Stefan Koch. Koch led the Opel Skyliners to the BEKO BBL cup in 2000 and led the Giessen 46ers to the semi finals in 2005 losing to Bamberg. Koch hasnt coached for some years, but has strong ties to basketball and seems like he is very hungry to bring some success back to the Artland. I dont think that Koch is necessarily a better coach than Leibenath. I think that this years team has just as good players as last year. It just depends how quickly the team finds each other. However Koch will definitely help the team. He has a lot of experience and knows the league very well. I am sure the team will be better. With Koch on board, I think that they will reach the playoffs. They missed the playoffs the last two years and they have high expectations this season and a lot of ambition to be successful', added Achmadschah Zazai (177-G-86).

In order for The Artland Dragons to be on a good route to the promised land, the club decided to keep a core of four players with Alexander Seggelke, Darren Fenn, Nathan Peavy and Florian Hartenstein (206-C-77, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Oregon). The club said farewell to point guards Ronald Ross, Hollis Price, former NBA player Toby Bailey (198-G/F-75, college: UCLA), fan favorite Darius Hall, Charles Lee, Chad Prewitt, Hendrik Feist and Flavio Stuckemann. The team added nine new players with six having BEKO BBL experience. The club has a very solid guard rotation with Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.), Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell), and Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side). The team has very strong forwards with Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary), Nathan Peavy and Alexander Seggelke. The team might have the best front court in the BEKO BBL this season with ex NBA player Ruben Boumtje Boumtje, Darren Fenn, Robert Kurz (206-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) and Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami (OH)). 'The Dragons have some real big guys down low', warned Skyliner AJ Moye. 'I am not too familiar with Kurz, but they have a great inside game and he will make them better from what I hear from around the league', stated John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Currently 'I think that Artland will continue to play a big role this year. They are strong at all positions. If a guy is injured, then they have guys who can step up. they are very experienced as well. They have very good individual players. Fenn/Boumtje have a lot of experience having won titles, good guards with Rice who is fast, and Bailey is a great defender. Hess can score from all over and make that deciding shot. I am not sure if they have a weakness', warned Achmadschah Zazai (177-G-86). 'Their strength is their speed and ability to score at a high pace. If you allow them to play this then they can score 80 points plus. A hidden strength is that they are a very confident team and feel and play as if they were the best team in the league', warned Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86). It seems like Artland has a better defensive team than last season and Dashaun Wood will have his hands full inside. 'Artland is a pretty good defensive team. They have very good shot blockers with Boumtje Boumtje which makes it tough to score in the lane. On defense the Artland guards can gamble more for steals when you have shot blockers protecting you', stressed Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). 'I think the strength of the team is their depth, they are deep at each position and continue to get better. The weakness if there had to be one is just being consistent but they are doing that of late', said John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

Currently the Artland Dragons are in third place behind The Deutsche Bank Skyliners with a record of 15-8. So far the team of Stefan Koch is holding their own near the top. They have had two winning streaks of three games and there only rap could be that they have problems winning against top teams. They lost both times to the Brose Baskets Bamberg, but only with a total combined score of 8 points. Their biggest win of the season was a 78-74 win in Berlin. Despite not being able to beat top teams, the club is one that cant be underestimated. 'Artland has been a great team this season and continue to get better each week. They are a team that will go deep into the playoffs', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). One thing that The Artland Dragons have improved is not getting lost on defense. 'Now we don't lose our defensive focus when we aren't scoring on the offensive end. Earlier in the year, when we would miss shots, our defensive intensity would go down. Now we are able to move on to the next play, without thinking about our past mistakes', stressed Artland Dragon guard Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell).

The Artland Dragons are led by 30 year old center Darren Fenn who is a 208 cm center from Tonawanda New York who is averaging 13,1ppg, 6,7rpg and 1,7apg and is playing his sixth season in Germany after having also played in Bremerhaven and Bamberg. He is also very versatile. He can score from outside, but also can post up and he is very strong, stressed Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86). Fenn was one of the most dominating players in the German BEKO BBL over the last five seasons. He was the 7th most efficient player in German BBL for the 2009/10 season. He finished the 2008/09 EUROCUP season as the 6th best scorer with 15,8 ppg. He is an unstoppable inside player with a lot of skills and post up moves and is a high percentage 3-pt. shooter with range. His two seasons playing in Bamberg under Coach Bauermann, he improved his defensive and rebounding skills. He is a all-rounder who can post up, hit the jump hook, take the midrange jump shot, fill the lane on the fast break, score on a put back after the offensive rebound, or hit the 3-point shot. He can defend both inside positions, plays always with great intensity and has great quickness for his size and a strong lower body. The team brought back 30 year old 185 combo guard Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) who comes from new York and played in Quackenbruck from 2004-2007. Currently he is averaging 10,6ppg, 2,4rpg and 3,3apg. He is a team leader both on and off the court. He Possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball and is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. He is a fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. Bailey played at Bucknell and has gained experience having played in Holland and Poland. he reached the playoffs three times with Artland form 2004-2007 and the cup final in 2007.

Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) is a 23 year old 185cm point guard that is playing his season in the BEKO BBL. He hails from Chesterfield, Virginia and played at Boston College from 2005-2009. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 16.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 41.3%, 3Pts: 34.7%, FT: 85.6%. As a rookie last season, he played for Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): 27 games: 11.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 81.4%. This past summer, he played Summer League in Orlando (Utah Jazz) and in Las Vegas (Sacramento Kings). Currently he is averaging 15,8ppg, 2,7rpg and 4,9apg. He still needs to find his stroke from the parking lot as he is shooting only 31%. The team got a huge pick up for the boards with Ruben Boumtje Boumtje. The 32 year old 212 cm center who ranks fourth all-time in Georgetown history in blocks with 255 behind Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo grew more into a scoring threat in Oldenburg and perhaps can give some added scoring stability for coach Stefan Koch. Even though he played 35 NBA games, his playing qualities often determined if he had the right coach. Last season for Oldenburg he played Euroleague: 10 games: 4.6ppg, 3.7rpg; German League: 37 games: 6.9ppg, 5.8rpg, Blocks-3 (1.2bpg), FGP: 58.9%, FT: 76.6%. he will bolster the Dragons with his rebounding and shot blocking, but most important with his experience. Currently he is averaging 7,5ppg and 5,7rpg.

The team also got back Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) as he starts his third tour of duty for the Artland Dragons. The trend the last years has always shown that Hess cant stay away for more than two years as He played the first time with the Dragons in 2006 and the second time in 2008. Hess is a 29 year old 201cm forward from Michigan. He is a quick forward with not so great athletic skills, but very effective at the scoring department. He's a tough player, however, and knows how to battle inside for a rebound and he defends well and has a great attitude. He played at William & Mary and also has gained experience playing in Italy, Czech Republic, France and Spain. Last season, he played for C.B. Tarragona 2016 (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 34 games: 14.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 88.1%. He had much success in the Czech Republic winning the league title in 2005 and 2006 and showing his shooting ability winning the 2005 Allstar game three point shooting contest. Currently Hess is averaging 9,8ppg and 4,1rpg. He is shooting 45% from the field and 43%from the parking lot.

30 year old 198 cm forward Alexander Seggelke is a 198cm forward who is playing his 13th season in Germany. Currently he is averaging 6,2ppg, and 2,7rpg. He played previously with The Bayer Giants Leverkusen and Science City Jena and is an all rounder with great scoring-skills, shows no fear, can point in the paint and from outside as well, and is a very good FT-shooter. He is playing his second season with the Artland Dragons and last season played EuroChallenge: 11 games: 4.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg; German League: 33 games: 7.5ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT-1 (56.9%), FT: 83.1%. 28 year old 190cm combo guard Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) is playing his first season with The Artland Dragons. He is a very strong point guard that can hit the open three pointer at any time, penetrate and finish or find the open guy and is a pest on defense. He started his basketball career at Rhondorf in 1999. He had a very successful time with Rhein Energy Colone from 2001-2007 winning the 2006 BBL league title and three cup titles in 2004,2005 and 2007. He played with the Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2007-2010 reaching the BEKO BBL title twice. His job is to come from the bench and help out at the point or hurt opponents with his deadly three pointer. Currently, he is averaging 5,6ppg, 1,7rpg and 1,6apg.

Florian Hartenstein (206-C-77, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Oregon) is a 33 year old 206cm center that was born in Mainz, Germany and played at the University of Oregon before turning professional and playing at Giessen from 2001-2009 playing 227 games. He is starting his 10th professional season in Germany and second with the Artland Dragons. He is a competitor and tough defender and an important player for the team not only on the court but also off the court keeping the team together. He runs the floor very well and likes contact underneath the basket and has a unique shooting technique. Last season he played EuroChallenge: 10 games: 0.7ppg; German League: 15 games: 1.1ppg. 'My man Flo is a good defender, is tough and is an important part of the team, stressed ex teammate Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86). The team also have Germans Leo Niehbur and Andrej Mangold who see very little action. American Nathan Peavy is a 24 year old 201 cm forward who played 34 games: 11.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.3%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 66.9%; EuroChallenge: 12 games: 10.6ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT-2 (66.7%), FT: 72.5%. He is still injured and a player that the club misses very much. He can move very well and is very athletic. He is very versatile and can hurt a team inside and out, stated Giessen center Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86). He played at the University of Miami at Ohio and is also a very technical player that will always . The team recently signed Robert Kurz (206-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) who is a 25 year old American 206cm forward. He played st Notre dame from 2004-2008. In his senior year he played 33 games averaging 12,5ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 45.0%, 3Pts: 39.4%, FT: 85.3%. In the summer of 2008, he got the chance to play NBA Summer League for the Golden State Warriors and left a great reaction that the team signed him. In 2008-2009, he played 40 games averaging 3,9rpg and 2,0rpg. Last season was like a long journey as he started off with the Cavaliers (NBA): only pre-season, in Nov.'09 moved to Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League, starting five): 38 games: 17.4ppg, 10.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 81.7%, in Jan.'10 signed at Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1), but never went on the court with that team, in Apr.'10 agreed terms with Chicago Bulls (NBA). This season he played in Spain in the ACB for Granada playing 17 games and averaging 13,9ppg, 9,1rpg, 1,3bs and 1,2spg.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had unfond memories to playing The Artland Dragons having a 5-7 record since 2005 and during 2005-2007 losing all four games including being outscored in the Artland arena 172-129. However, the tide turned for the better from 2007-2009 as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had a 3-1 record. Three years ago, they celebrated a very big emotional win 87-75 winning in overtime as captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) sparked Frankfurt to the win with 26 points. two seasons ago on the last day, Frankfurt lacked spirit and were beaten in every phase of the game losing 90-69. Last season, the team lost a thriller 77-76 in Artland as Frankfurt staged one of their famous comebacks despite a late Pascal Roller (180-G-76) three pointer, it was enough as they lost. Frankfurt was able to win at home 77-65 as Pascal Roller (180-G-76) scored 20 points. However Frankfurt is 2-4 in Quackenbruck since 2005. Frankfurt won their first show down this season on the road winning 82-56 coming out of half time with a 24-8 run to easily win. Frankfurt was led by AJ Moye with 18 points and six rebounds.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners enter the game battered with injuries and boo boos, but might be able to present a Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) who is nearing his return. German guards Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) might be back in the lineup.'Frankfurt really doesnt need to worry so much about offense. If they can defend hard and force Artland to bad decisions then the offense will come from its self. Frankfurt has to keep the intensity high for 40 minutes', warned Achmadschah Zazai (177-G-86). The play under the boards will be one of key factors to winning the game. 'Frankfurt has to make the bigs make a decision on the pick and roll. I am sure that Wood will hurt Artland with his quickness. Roller will make the difference with his shooting again. Artland will have to know at all times where he is on the floor. Frankfurt cant allow any open looks on defense and take them out of their comfort zone. Hess is dangerous. he can shoot, rebound and post up and is their x factor. Frankfurt does lack size under the basket, but they can space Artland at the other end', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). Artland has an up tempo offense. Their weakness is their half court game. If you make them play that then they will have problems. Frankfurt should also keep them from continuously moving the ball and containing their transition opportunities, stressed Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86). 'Artland will have to control Wood and make other people make plays, it seems like I say that every week, but nobody can do it', joked John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). If there is one guy who loves to talk basketball, then it is Giessen 46er Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) who does see the point guards as the key factor to who will win the game. 'Rice is a scorer and Wood will have to play defense. I think that the team that defends the other point guard best will win the game', warned Giessen 46er Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Artland Dragons Sunday February 27th at 15:00.




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Reds celebrate in Istanbul 65-80, clinch first place in Group H - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker - Olympiakos 65-80

Olympiacos did a great job in Istanbul tonight. The Reds celebrated 74-80 win to secure the first place in Group H and of course a spot in the Euroleague Playoffs. Olympiacos improved to 4-1 and overcame its 14-point loss against Fener in Top 16 Game 1 to win Group H, getting the home court advantage in the upcoming Quarterfinals. Their rival will be Montepaschi. Fenerbahce dropped to 3-2 and they will meet Valencia in the crucial game next week. Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) top-scored for the Reds with 19 points and he grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) scored 18, while Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) shined with 16 points and 9 boards. For the home squad, Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) delivered 14 points, while Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) had 12 pts and 6 boards.
Olympiakos celebrated in this game thanks to wonderful last quarter. Before that, the Reds made 18-20 after 10 minutes and Fener responded with 18-14 in the second period. Roko-Leni Ukic and his teammates created 11-0 run during the Q3 and they jumped to 49-37 at the halfway of it. Visitors answered immediately and for rest of the quarter they cut the margin to just one point, 55-54. They continued in the same rhythm after that, what resulted with 55-62 at the beginning of the last frame. Soon after that it was 62-72 and later 65-77 with 31 seconds to go. Fener still had plus 14 from the first game and both teams gave their maximum until the very end. Erceg missed for the Reds, but a key offensive rebound by Kostas Papanikolaou allowed Papaloukas to beat the buzzer with a circus three-pointer off the glass, enough for Olympiacos to become the Top 16 Group H champion.
Olympiakos will host Zalgiris in the last round of Top 16. As mentioned above, Fener will go to Valencia what will be the crucial game for both teams.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Roko-Leni Ukic 14, Tarence Kinsey 12+6 boards
Olympiakos: Zoran Erceg 19+5 boards, Loukas Mavrokefalides 18, Radoslav Nesterovic 16+9 boards


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Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.4 
 2. Blue, Giants15.7 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.5 
 4. Mills, Eiffel Towers15.4 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants15.4 
 6. Borha, Landstede15.3 
 7. Laing, Magixx15.2 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.8 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
 10. Brown, DeFriesland14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.1 
 2. McDermott, Magixx9.9 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.4 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.8 
 6. de Randamie, ABC8.5 
 7. Griffin, Giants8.3 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra8.2 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert8.0 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.2 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra5.0 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.2 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants4.0 
 5. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 6. Bostain, GasTerra3.5 
 7. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.5 
 8. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.4 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland3.4 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.4 
 2. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.4 
 3. McDermott, Magixx2.3 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 5. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 6. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 8. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 9. Stokes, BS Weert2.0 
 10. Kimbrough, Giants2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.4 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. McDermott, Magixx1.0 
 6. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.0 
 7. Hulzebos, Landstede0.9 
 8. Mullery, Landstede0.8 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert0.8 
 10. Strong, Landstede0.8 


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 26-2 
 2. ZZ Leiden 22-6 
 3. Eiffel Towers 20-8 
 4. Magixx 18-10 
 5. DeFriesland 13-15 
 6. Giants 12-16 
 7. BS Weert 12-16 
 8. ABC 10-19 
 9. Landstede 7-21 
 10. Rotterdam 1-28 


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Energy Back with Enough Cash For Full Season - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Edmonton Energy is back ready to quell the sour taste left in the mouths of basketball fans after the abrupt end of the 2010 season. The Energy ownership group announced during the week of the IBL playoffs that it could not afford to send the team to the post season leaving the future of the organization up in the air. David Dorwad,a local accountant, part owner of the Energy and a 2010 Edmonton mayoralty candidate,spoke on behalf of the teams ownership promising not too net what happened happen again.

IBL's Bellingham Slam returns 4 players from 2010 squad- Coach Ridnour also back- four wins shy of 100 - by Trask Frost
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 24, 2011 CONTACT: Kip Leonetti (360) 734-7526 or kip.leonetti@bellinghamslam.com

Slam return four players from 2010 squad... Coach Ridnour also back, four wins shy of 100

BELLINGHAM, Wash. Four players from the squad that advanced to the International Basketball League championship game last July have re-joined the Slam for the 2011 season, the team announced today.

Morris Anderson, Paul Hafford, Jacob Stevenson and Derrick Webb, all guards, will suit up for the Slam once again when the team tips off its sixth season in April.

Also re-joining the Slam is guard Ira Graham, who last played for Bellingham during his rookie professional season in 2009. Since then, Graham has played for teams in Germany and the Dominican Republic . In 2009, Graham ranked third in scoring for the Slam with 18.5 points per game and was named an IBL All-Star.

Anderson and Webb will return to Bellingham for their sophomore seasons and continue a trend that has seen the duo compete as teammates since 2006 at Highline Community College , Western Washington University , and now the Slam. Anderson showed to be one of the IBLs top rookies in 2010, averaging 12.9 points and a team-leading 6.8 assists for Bellingham . His 136 total assists ranked him first among IBL rookies. Webb averaged 6.2 points per game in 2010 and was the Slams top three-point shooter, connecting on 36.6 percent of his outside shots. Late in the season he proved to a valuable asset, coming off the bench to average 16.4 points in his final five games. Webb most recently played professionally in Germany this past winter, before a leg injury ended his season early.

Hafford returns to the Slam for his fourth season of a professional career that has seen him play overseas in Romania and Norway . In the second round of the 2010 playoffs, he helped the Slam knock off the then-defending champion Los Angeles Lightning by scoring a season-high 26 points, and finished with season averages of 16.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Stevenson, the longest serving member of the Slam, ranked first on the team and fourth in the league in scoring in 2010, averaging 25.4 points per game. He also finished as the team's best field goal shooter, at 53.1 percent, and was second in rebounding and assists.

Directing the Slam from the sidelines as head coach will once again be Rob Ridnour, who will enter the 2011 season with 96 career coaching victories for Bellingham . His 51 wins in the IBL ranks him first among active coaches in the league. Ridnour has been the only head coach in the franchises history, and has led the team to winning records and playoff appearances in each of the teams five seasons.

With the teams guard positions all but filled, the Slam will look to add players at the forward and center positions in the coming weeks. The team will tip off the 2011 season on Friday, April 15 against the West Coast Hotshots. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Whatcom Pavilion.

For more information, contact the Slam at (360) 734-SLAM or visit their website at www.bellinghamslam.com




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Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A26.4 
 2. Moragne, Hapoel B.25.4 
 3. Hall, Beer Yaakov23.7 
 4. Miller, Megido/Y.23.7 
 5. Clemente, Megido.22.7 
 6. Gomez, Beer Yaakov22.4 
 7. Delaney, Maccabi .22.1 
 8. Timberlake, Elitzu.21.3 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon21.1 
 10. Dobie, Lev Hasharon20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.3 
 3. Brandy, Hod H.10.6 
 4. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.10.0 
 5. Clemente, Megido.10.0 
 6. Strong, Hapoel T.9.8 
 7. Moragne, Hapoel B.9.7 
 8. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 9. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 10. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Yaron LAHAT
  Hapoel T-A
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.8 
 2. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.4 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.2 
 4. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.6.0 
 5. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.6 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.4 
 7. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri5.3 
 8. Housman, Hapoel T.5.2 
 9. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.6 
 10. Fisher, Ironi R.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.2.9 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.8 
 3. Delaney, Maccabi .2.8 
 4. Bochman, Beer Y.2.7 
 5. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.5 
 6. Markson, Hapoel A.2.4 
 7. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 8. Hofman, Elitzur .2.1 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon2.1 
 10. Harush, Kohav Yair2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.2.3 
 2. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.1 
 4. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 5. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.7 
 6. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.7 
 7. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 8. Wade, Lev Hasharon1.4 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 10. Clemente, Megido.1.3 


MACCABI HOPE to OVERCOME THE 10 COMMANDMENTS - by David Pick
With an overall outstanding and impressive record of 29-3 this season, Israeli sensation and all around Euroleague best, Maccabi Tel-Aviv will host in a few hours the undefeated top 16 Euroleague defending champs, Regal Barcelona for a prestigious battle that will give the victorious squad a huge boost and moral inspiration as they enter the Elite 8 playoff series.

Nokia arena's most hated swingman Allen Anderson will not only battle the 5 men on the parquet floor but also the 11,000 roaring fans in the stands as he attempts to prove the mistake his former club made by not resigning him, as he makes his comeback in Israel, this time wearing red and blue. For the first time this season, David Blatt and his troops will take the floor with their backs against the wall reminiscence to the 81:71 lose they suffered in Barcelona in their Top 16 opener.

Leading Maccabi in the 2007-08 season in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, Terence Morris will go up against former teammates Lior Eliyahu, David Blu, Tal Burstein and Derrick Sharp, but those memories will be forgotten once the superstars put their kicks on and tie their laces.

This morning, when I made my Euroleague weekly phone call to one of Maccabi's players, their mental state of mind and winning attitude were crystal clear, 'At this point nothing needs to be said. We know what's at stake'.

In the back court encounter, NBA caliber guards Juan Navarro (Top 16s leading scorer) and Ricky Rubio will challenge Europe's fastest and most athletic PG's, Jeremy Pargo (leads all players in rating) & Doron Perkins, as the guests will try to hold on to their 10 point advantage. The American duo are in fantastic shape as each of them posted 16 points, 7 assists and 2 steals in Maccabi's last week road W over Union Olimpija and seek to horrify the lives of Spanish stars.

After scoring only 4 points in Catalonia, forward Chuck Eidson will look to bounce back into rhythm and lead his team to a much needed victory. Big men, Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Lior Eliyahu, will try to stop Barcelona's front court (Terence Morris, Boni Ndong , Kosta Perovic, Erazem Lorbek and Fran Vazquez) and will get much needed assistance from a surprising Euroleague Defensive Player of The Year, Israeli top forward and sharpshooter David Blu, and the high-flying Richard Hendrix along with promising Serbian big man Milan Macvan.

My gut feeling tells me that Barcelona and especially Allen Anderson will try to prove themselves way too hard, and with a season average of 20+ points differential in their favor at Tel-Aviv, Maccabi are favorites, but tonight, as the nation's eyes will lock down on what goes on in Nokia arena, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.




Ironi Ashkelon signs Rodney Green - by Netanel Dahan
Eli Rabi the new head coach of Ashkelon made his first and last transfer of this season, and Ashkelon signed Rodney Green (196-G-88, college: La Salle) from Galil/Gilboa.
The 23-year-old guard. Rodney Green just graduated from La Salle University. He tallied 18.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game in the senior college season.
At firs he signed this season in Galil-Gilboa but after Courtney Fells joined them he was upset by the lack of minutes and moved to Ashkelon.
In Gilboa he averaged 12.2 ppg, 2.1 apg, and 3.2 rpg in the Israeli league.



Best players of Israeli National League round 20 - by Eurobasket News
American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had an amazing evening in the last round for Megido/Yokneam and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 28 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team crushed Hapoel Afula (#8, 9-11) with 17-point margin 90-73. Thanks to this victory Megido/Yokneam moved-up to the 4th position in the Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Megido/Yokneam will need more victories to improve their 12-8 record. Clemente turned to be Megido/Yokneam's top player in his first season with the team. Wichita State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clemente is in league's top in points (5th best: 22.7ppg), rebounds (5th best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 65.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-F-87) of Hapoel Afula. Dunne impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Hapoel Afula lost that game 73-90 to the higher-ranked Megido/Yokneam (#4, 12-8). Hapoel Afula managed to keep the same 8th spot in . His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Dunne is a newcomer at Hapoel Afula and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Jamaican Adrian Uter (201-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) of top-ranked Hapoel Usishkin Tel-Aviv. Uter got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds . He was a key player of Hapoel T-A, leading his team to a 86-84 win against #4 ranked Megido/Yokneam in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Hapoel T-A as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 19 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings in Round 18. Uter has a very solid season. In 20 games in Israel he scored 18.4ppg. He also has 8.6rpg, 2.0bpg and FGP: 63.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Asbury (200-F-86) of Hapoel T-A - 37 points and 8 rebounds
5. Paul Delaney (188-G-86) of Maccabi HBK - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Isaac Rosefelt (205-C/F-85) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jitim Young (188-G-81) of Hod Hasharon - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
8. David Paris (205-F-84) of Elitzur Ramla - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Chad Timberlake (194-G-84) of Elitzur Yavne - 21 points
10. Jason Johnson (203-F-86) of Ironi Nahariya - 12 points and 19 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


BARCELONA TOPS MACCABI. EUROBASKET POST GAME QOUTES - by David Pick
Defending Euroleague champion Regal FC Barcelona outplayed Maccabi T'A 85-92 in OT at Nokia arena on Thursday to clinch first place in Top 16 and also gain home court advantage in the Quarterfinal Playoffs of the Elite 8. The Euroleague defending champs rallied back after being down double digits with a 9:1 blitz to start the fourth quarter that eventually handed Maccabi its first loss European lose of the season at Nokia Arena. Former Maccabi player Terence Morris scored 19 on 5-of-9 three-point shooting to pace Barcelona and Juan Carlos Navarro made 4 of 8 from downtown en route to 17. Alan Anderson added 14, but was nearly the goat after fouling Doron Perkins in the back court with 1.4 seconds left and his team up 2. Perkins made the free throws to force overtime, but Barcelona was up to the challenge in the extra period and behind Navarro and Fran Vazquez, secured the victory to improve to 5-0. Joe Ingles added 10 for Barca. Jeremy Pargo paced Maccabi with 19 points, Sofoklis Schortsanitis added 16, Chuck Eidson 13 and Lior Eliyahu and Perkins netted 12 each.

Boniface Ndong: 'its a great feeling but we had to fight very hard to win this game. Everyone knows that it is very difficult to play in Nokia arena where the crowd is really involved in the game and I think you saw it in the beginning when we felt the pressure. Overall this is my third time playing in Tel-Aviv but I truly think that after Partizan maccabi has the best fans and it is the hardest gym to play in. Guarding Sofo is very hard and I got called with some fouls I didnt commit but thats is what you're going to get when you play a dominant force like Sofo who is a great player and it is just impossible to guard him'.

'Just because we beat Maccabi in Nokia doesnt mean we got the advantage if we meet them again at home in the final four. Doesn't mean that at all. People may think it is that way but it's never easy because every game is for itself. We have to play every game with respect to our opponents and I have a lot of respect for Maccabi who are a great team but tonight we just played a better game'.

Ricky Rubio: 'Pargo and Perkins make a great back court together. There unbelievable and very physical when they play which helped their team play very well in the top 16 but I'm very happy that we came away with the win and that we rank in first place. No one can take that from our team'.

'I'm not really thinking about playing Maccabi again this season. Now we are thinking about out last game in the top 16 and then we look ahead to see who we will play in elite 8 series. Our goal like always is to make it to the final four and that is all we are thinking about. This is probably one of the three toughest gyms to play in but the toughest one of them all is Partizan. They have an unbelievable crowd, but no doubt, Nokia is a very hard gym as well. I dont know yet what my plans are for next season in terms of playing in the NBA'.

Allen Anderson: 'I loved it when the crowd booed me. It felt great. Of course personally I wanted to win this game, without a doubt I wanted this one very bad. After the first couple of minutes in the first quarter when the adrenalin went away I finally got in my groove and into the game and I was only thinking about winning this game against my former team from last season'.

'I did think in the end that I should take over the game and try to win it. On the contrary, I was only taking what the defense was giving me. Every time I got a pick the defense went under and I took like in the sense of disrespect so I wanted to shoot over them, because they know I could get to the rim if I wanted to so they just let me shoot. Actions speak louder than words. We dont have to respond to anyone or anything, just let out game Speak for itself and right now we are in first place not Maccabi'.

Doron Perking: 'We gave up. They were exactly where we wanted them, but we didn't come out good to the second half and they were able to turn the game. In the last few minutes our shots didn't go down and they made the important shots. We'll have to learn from these mistakes. I'm sure we'll be back in business and everything will be fine. That's what happens when you play against teams in such levels. I believe we'll make the Final Four.'

Lior Eliyahu: 'It's not the end of the world; we knew it was going to be a tough game. They are aggressive and play till the last second. I'm very disappointed by the loss, especially after we forced it to overtime. We had such a great push from our fans but they scored from every spot on the floor and we just fell apart. I hope we'll meet them again in the Final Four in Barcelona'.



Regal Barca beats Maccabi Electra in Tel-Aviv for the first place in Group F - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Regal Barca 85-92 OT

Regal Barca handed 85-92 home loss to Maccabi Electra winning the first place in Group F. The reigning Euroleague champion has perfect 5-0 record, while Maccabi dropped to 3-2 and will go to the Quarterfinals as No.2. Last round of Top 16 will be just the formality for both teams. Barca needed an OT to beat Maccabi tonight and they did it mostly owing to Terence Morris (207-F-79, college: Maryland), who scored 19 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) helped with 17 and 14 points respectively. The hosts got 19 points and 5 rebounds from Jeremy Pargo (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga). Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) had 16 points and 6 rebounds, and Chuck Eidson (201-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) scored 13 pts in this loss.
The battle between two giants started with Maccabis 24-16 lead after ten minutes of play. Barca was unable to respond in the second period and Maccabi took plus 9 to the halftime break. Thanks to Perovic, Navarro and Morris, Regal Barca closed the gap to 46-42 at the beginning of Q3 and later it was 54-53. Rubio completed the comeback by tying the score from the line. Pargo pulled up for a big three that woke the fans up. And then hit another to put the hosts back in the drivers seat at 60-54 at the end of the quarter. Barca started the last period with 1-9 run and they jumped to 63-68 soon after that. With minute and a half to go in regular time Maccabi came to 69-70. It was plus one for Barca also with 3.6 remaining, when Lorbek was sent to the line and he made just one of his two attempts. Maccabi had the last possession and Anderson inexplicably fouled Perkins in the backcourt with 1.4 seconds left and the latter made both free throws to send the game to overtime at 73-73. Barca jumped to 73-77 at the beginning of extra time and for the next three minutes they moved up to 79-88. It was clear that Maccabi wont be able to mount a comeback this time and Barca deservedly won the first place in Group F.
Regal Barca will host Union Olimpija in the last round of Top 16. Maccabi will go to Rome.

Maccabi Electra: Jeremy Pargo 19+5 boards, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 16+6 boards, Chuck Eidson 13
Regal Barca: Terence Morris 19+6 boards, Juan Carlos Navarro 17, Alan Anderson 14


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Montepaschi beats Efes Pilsen in crucial game - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Efes Pilsen 88-76

Montepaschi booked a spot for the Euroleague Quarterfinals, where they will take on Olympiakos. The Italian powerhouse was too strong for Efes Pilsen improving to 3-2 record in Group G. It will be enough for the second place, as the top spot is reserved for Real Madrid. Efes Pilsen dropped to third place with 2-3 record. Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) had one less than him. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) added 11 points apiece. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) shined in defeat with 24 pts, while Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) and Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) had 10 pts each.
First quarter was pretty leveled and Montepaschi managed to win it at the end 25-23. Nothing has changed in Q2 as teams were tied to 24 points each in this period. Than after the breather, the hosts intensified defense and it was a crucial thing in this game. Montepaschi stopped Efes Pilsen to 11 points in third period, while they made 21 on the other side. Last ten minutes ended with 18-18 tie meaning that Montepaschi won this game with plus 12 and booked a spot for the Euroleague Quarterfinals.
Montepaschi will go to Madrid next week. Efes Pilsen will host Partizan.

Montepaschi: Milovan Rakovic 15, Rimantas Kaukenas 14, Ksistof Lavrinovic 11+5 boards, David Moss 11
Efes Pilsen: Igor Rakocevic 24, Kerem Gonlum 10+5 boards, Nikola Vujcic 10


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BJ League Round 35: #1 Osaka Evessa is defeated by Tokyo Apache - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Osaka Evessa (21-13) on the court of fourth ranked Tokyo Apache on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by Tokyo Apache 85-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 9-point lead after three quarters before a 32-22 charge of Tokyo Apache, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Osaka Evessa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard Byron Eaton (180-86, college: Oklahoma St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Swingman Michael Chappell (205-78, college: Michigan St.) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) responded with 9 points and 14 rebounds. Tokyo Apache (17-11) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top position with 13 games lost. They share it with Okinawa GK. Tokyo Apache are looking forward to face league's second-placed Okinawa GK on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Osaka Evessa will play against Akita Happinets and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (16-16) against fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (17-17) on Sunday night. Visiting Niigata Albirex was crushed by Kyoto Hannaryz in Kyoto 85-65. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was an exceptional evening for guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf accounted for 23 points. Forward Nick DeWitz (203-82, college: Oregon St.) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds for Niigata Albirex in the defeat. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth place with 17-17 record. Niigata Albirex at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 16 games lost. Kyoto Hannaryz will play against league's second-placed Sendai 89ers on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Niigata Albirex will play against Saitama Broncos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked Osaka Evessa (21-13) against fourth ranked Tokyo Apache (17-11) on Wednesday night. Visiting Osaka Evessa was defeated by Tokyo Apache in a tough game in Tokyo 77-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Byron Eaton who scored 32 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Lynn Washington produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Tokyo Apache. They moved-up to third place. Loser Osaka Evessa still keeps top position with 13 games lost. They share it with Okinawa GK. Tokyo Apache will meet league's second-placed Okinawa GK on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Osaka Evessa will play against Akita Happinets and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Shiga. 3rd placed host Shiga Lakestars (19-15) lost to second ranked Okinawa GK (21-13) 81-72. Tsubasa Yonamine orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. The victory was the third consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They used an opportunity after Osaka Evessa lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Shiga Lakestars lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the third place with 15 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be Tokyo Apache (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Shiga Lakestars will play against Toyama Grouses.
Miyazaki Shining Suns' road win over 5th ranked Saitama Broncos 101-91 was very exciting. It was a great evening for Elijah Palmer who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains eighth place with 12-22 record. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the fifth position with 20 games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns will face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saitama Broncos will play on the road against Niigata Albirex (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 35: Takamatsu FA lost to Shimane on the opponent's court 74-81. Akita unfortunately lost to Hamamatsu P. in a home game 83-96. Toyama Grouses recorded a loss to Sendai 89ers on the road 62-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists by Jeffrey Parmer of Hamamatsu P..



Shiga Lakestars - Okinawa GK 72-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Shiga. 3rd placed host Shiga Lakestars (19-15) lost to second ranked Okinawa GK (21-13) 81-72. The game without a history. Okinawa GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 26 personal fouls committed by Shiga Lakestars helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Tsubasa Yonamine (173-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Yu Okada (184-83) added 21 points in the effort for Shiga Lakestars. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They used an opportunity after Osaka Evessa lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Shiga Lakestars lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the third place with 15 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be Tokyo Apache (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Shiga Lakestars will play against Toyama Grouses.
Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: Y.Okada 21+1reb, L.Rice 14+10reb+1ast, J.Peppers 11+6reb+1ast, R.Schafer 10+5reb+1ast, M.Joho 4, S.Ogawa 4+1reb
Okinawa GK: N.Kosuge 20+1reb, A.McHenry 19+4reb+2ast, J.Newton 13+11reb+2ast, T.Yonamine 12+8reb+7ast, C.Dixon 9+8reb+4ast, D.Sneed 6+5reb+1ast
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Kyoto Hannaryz - Niigata Albirex 85-65

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (16-16) against fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (17-17) on Sunday night. Visiting Niigata Albirex was crushed by Kyoto Hannaryz in Kyoto 85-65. The game was mostly controlled by Kyoto Hannaryz. Niigata Albirex was better in second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kyoto Hannaryz dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Niigata Albirex's 28. They outrebounded Niigata Albirex 53-27 including a 37-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was an exceptional evening for guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-69, college: LSU) accounted for 23 points for the winning side. Forward Nick DeWitz (203-82, college: Oregon St.) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) added 13 points respectively for Niigata Albirex in the defeat. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth place with 17-17 record. Niigata Albirex at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 16 games lost. Kyoto Hannaryz will play against league's second-placed Sendai 89ers on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Niigata Albirex will play against Saitama Broncos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: Z.Andrews 13+4reb, N.DeWitz 13+6reb+1ast, J.Ashby 10+4reb, S.Komatsu 9+2reb, N.Takushi 8+1reb+1ast, H.Kondo 5+3reb+3ast
Kyoto Hannaryz: M.Abdul-Rauf 23+4reb, W.White 20+16reb+6ast, K.Setoyama 9+5reb+5ast, M.Fey 9+7reb, R.Warren 8+4reb+4ast, N.Nakamura 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 105988


Shimane - Takamatsu FA 81-74

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (9-25) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Shimane Magic (15-19) 81-74 on Sunday. Takamatsu FA trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 30-26 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-81 at the end of the game. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Takamatsu FA's 36. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Shimane Magic's coach Zeljko Pavlicevic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Rasheed Sparks (190-77, college: Morgan St.) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import power forward Kirby Lemons (200-80, college: La-Monroe) scored 15 points. Five Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Oita H.Devils. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the ninth position with 25 games lost. Shimane Magic will face Oita Heat Devils (#7) on the road in the next round. Takamatsu FA will play against Fukuoka Rizing.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: K.Lemons 15+4reb+2ast, H.Kikuchi 12+3reb+1ast, R.Sparks 12+9reb+2ast, S.Takada 11+4reb+1ast, J.Price 11+6reb+1ast, M.Kita 8+1reb
Shimane: R.Golson 19+6reb, T.Ishizaki 15+6reb+3ast, J.Davis 14+8reb, F.Fisher 9+2reb+3ast, T.Yokoo 8+1reb, T.Evans 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 105989


Tokyo Apache - Osaka Evessa 85-84

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Osaka Evessa (21-13) on the court of fourth ranked Tokyo Apache on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by Tokyo Apache 85-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 9-point lead after three quarters before a 32-22 charge of Tokyo Apache, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Osaka Evessa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard Byron Eaton (180-86, college: Oklahoma St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Swingman Michael Chappell (205-78, college: Michigan St.) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) responded with 9 points and 14 rebounds and forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) scored 17 points. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Tokyo Apache (17-11) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top position with 13 games lost. They share it with Okinawa GK. Tokyo Apache are looking forward to face league's second-placed Okinawa GK on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Osaka Evessa will play against Akita Happinets and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 17+2reb+2ast, H.Takada 13+2reb+4ast, W.Marshall 12+5reb+3ast, D.Tamura 12+1ast, W.Knight 10+6reb+4ast, L.Blackledge 9+14reb+2ast
Tokyo Apache: B.Eaton 25+4reb+5ast, M.Chappell 15+8reb+3ast, C.Aoki 14+4reb, R.Swift 9+11reb+2ast, J.Nakama 8+2ast, J.Tyler 8+4reb
gschID: 105990


Tokyo Apache - Osaka Evessa 84-77

Very important is a road loss of first ranked Osaka Evessa (21-13) against fourth ranked Tokyo Apache (17-11) on Wednesday night. Visiting Osaka Evessa was defeated by Tokyo Apache in a tough game in Tokyo 77-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 29-18 charge of Tokyo Apache, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Byron Eaton (180-86, college: Oklahoma St.) who scored 32 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Power forward Robert Swift (213-85, college: High School) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) added 20 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Tokyo Apache. They moved-up to third place. Loser Osaka Evessa still keeps top position with 13 games lost. They share it with Okinawa GK. Tokyo Apache will meet league's second-placed Okinawa GK on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Osaka Evessa will play against Akita Happinets and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 21+10reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 20+10reb+1ast, W.Marshall 13+2reb+2ast, W.Knight 12+5reb, H.Takada 7+4reb+3ast, K.Tyner 2
Tokyo Apache: B.Eaton 32+4reb+1ast, C.Aoki 19+2ast, R.Swift 14+8reb+1ast, J.Tyler 10+6reb, M.Chappell 5+6reb+4ast, J.Nakama 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 105991


Akita - Hamamatsu P. 83-96

Very predictable result when first ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (29-4) defeated on the road 7th ranked Akita Happinets (10-24) 96-83 on Sunday. The game without a history. Hamamatsu Phoenix led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Akita Happinets were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) helped adding 21 points. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Hamamatsu Phoenix. They maintain first place with 29-4 record. Akita Happinets lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 24 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Akita Happinets will play against the league's leader Osaka Evessa.
Top scorers:
Akita: W.Graves 23+7reb, S.Henry 20+7reb+6ast, K.Shoji 13+3reb+4ast, A.Burks 9+2reb+2ast, A.Akingbade 7+13reb, M.Sawaguchi 5+1reb
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 25+15reb+5ast, W.Arnold 21+1reb+3ast, R.Nixon 13+5reb+3ast, A.Ohta 10+5reb+1ast, K.Ohta 7+1reb+1ast, D.Larkai 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 105984


Sendai 89ers - Toyama Grouses 67-62

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (10-22) were defeated on the road by second ranked Sendai 89ers (21-11) 67-62 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-11. But Toyama Grouses won third quarter 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Toyama Grouses 47-36 including 18 on the offensive glass. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. Forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) helped adding 16 points and 13 rebounds. Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and forward Jerrell Smith (206-85, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Sendai 89ers maintains second place with 21-11 record having nine points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Toyama Grouses lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 22 games lost. Sendai 89ers will face Kyoto Hannaryz (#5) at home in the next round. Toyama Grouses will play against Shiga Lakestars.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 17+11reb+3ast, J.Smith 12+14reb+2ast, H.Johnson 10+1reb+1ast, T.Mito 8+3reb+2ast, T.Yamashiro 6+1reb+2ast, J.Davis 5+3reb+2ast
Sendai 89ers: M.Bell 16+13reb+3ast, C.Holm 15+18reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 10+3reb+2ast, L.Hechon 10+1reb+2ast, T.Komoda 8+1reb, M.Hopson 6+6reb+8ast
gschID: 105985


Saitama Bron. - Miyazaki 91-101

Miyazaki Shining Suns' road win over 5th ranked Saitama Broncos 101-91 was very exciting. The game was mostly controlled by Miyazaki Shining Suns. Saitama Broncos was better in fourth quarter 36-31. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Miyazaki Shining Suns looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Miyazaki Shining Suns made 7 blocks. Saitama Broncos were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Elijah Palmer (201-81, college: Duquesne, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) helped adding 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) responded with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 9 assists and guard Yuki Kitamuki (184-85) scored 21 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains eighth place with 12-22 record. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the fifth position with 20 games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns will face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saitama Broncos will play on the road against Niigata Albirex (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 33+11reb+9ast, Y.Kitamuki 21+4reb+1ast, G.Klaiber 12+5reb+3ast, B.Brown 10+9reb+1ast, D.Terashita 8+2ast, B.Nash 5+8reb
Miyazaki: E.Palmer 25+14reb+2ast, B.Cole 24+10reb+4ast, J.Manuel 22+7reb+8ast, O.Shinnosuke 11+5ast, T.Ito 8+1ast, T.Shimizu 5+5reb+5ast
gschID: 105986




Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 29-4 
 2. Sendai 89ers 21-11 
 3. Tokyo Apache 17-11 
 4. Niigata Albirex 16-16 
 5. Saitama Bron. 14-20 
 6. Toyama Grouses 10-22 
 7. Akita 10-24 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 21-13 
 2. Okinawa GK 21-13 
 3. Shiga Lakestars 19-15 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 19-15 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 17-17 
 6. Shimane 15-19 
 7. Oita H.Devils 15-19 
 8. Miyazaki 12-22 
 9. Takamatsu FA 9-25 


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  KENYA   


St. George's High And Changamwe Scoop Malindi Open Titles - by Eurobasket News
VISITING St. George's and Changamwe High School won the boys and girls titles respectively during the Malindi Open basketball tournament.
St. Georges from Kaloleni district beat hosts Barani 40-29 to win the boys' title while Changamwe Secondary from Mombasa County put up a spirited fight in the girls' category to beat Kaloleni's St. John's 20-14 to for the girls' crown. Kaloleni boys beat Changamwe Boys 39-16 in semis before facing hosts Barani in the final. In the girls category, Changamwe lost narrowly to hosts Barani 11-12 but were energised later- beating St. John's 21-02 to reach final. St. John's, however, beat hosts Barani 10-6 to book a final date with Changamwe. The event attracted eight teams. In the clubs category, Lakers floored Coastal Kings 62-49 to be crowned champions. Lakers had thrashed hosts Malindi Nets and University of Nairobi (UoN) 23-15 and 54-33 respectively on their way to the finals. Coastal Kings on their part beat UoN 20-12 and Malindi Nets 25-22 respectively to sail to the final.
Courtes of :http://allafrica.com


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KB Peja acquires the 211cm bosnian Adnan Bajramovic - by Onur Deqani
KB Peja finally have got in their side the pivot they needed. They acquired the rights of 30-year old bosnian center Adnan Bajramovic (211-C-80).
Bajramovic is a well-talented player who knows to play well with his back to the basket and has a good jump shot from 4-5 meters. He started his career in his hometown Zenica, then briefly went to Slovenia and after three years there he got the chance to play in Austrian Bundesliga where he spend most of his career. During his career Bajramovic played also for two teams in Kosovo: KB Drita and KB Vllaznimi during the years 2003-2004. Lately he was playing for Wamsler SE Salgotarjan in Hungarian First Division.
KB Peja was in need of a pivot after they singed just one player this season, the playmaker Saptahovic. If Bajramovic comes out as a good choice, then KB Peja with another good transfer before the play-offs, maybe will be able to compete for the title.


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D1 Round 14: Al Kuwait beats Kazma in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in D1.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Al Kuwait (#2) and Kazma (#3). Kazma was defeated at home 68-76 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Al Kuwait maintains second position with 11-3 record having just two points less than leader Al Qadsia. Kazma at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Al Kuwait's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kuwait City Al Qadsia.
Leader Al Qadsia delivered the thirteenth win. This time they beat 5th ranked Al Sahel (5-9) 89-82 in Abu Halifa. Al Qadsia (13-1) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Al Sahel at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Al Qadsia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kuwait City to the arena Al Kuwait.
Bottom-ranked Al Arabi (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 103-85 loss to fourth ranked Al Jahraa (7-7) in Kuwait City on Monday evening. Al Jahraa moved-up to third place. Loser Al Arabi still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Al Jahraa will meet Al Sahel (#5) in the next round. Al Arabi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kuwait City to the arena Kazma.



Al Arabi - Al Jahraa 85-103

Bottom-ranked Al Arabi (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 103-85 loss to fourth ranked Al Jahraa (7-7) in Kuwait City on Monday evening. Al Jahraa moved-up to third place. Loser Al Arabi still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Al Jahraa will meet Al Sahel (#5) in the next round. Al Arabi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kuwait City to the arena Kazma.
gschID: 122377


Kazma - Al Kuwait 68-76

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kuwait City: Al Kuwait (#2) and Kazma (#3). Kazma was defeated at home 68-76 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Al Kuwait maintains second position with 11-3 record having just two points less than leader Al Qadsia. Kazma at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Al Kuwait's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kuwait City Al Qadsia.
gschID: 122378


Al Sahel - Al Qadsia 82-89

Leader Al Qadsia delivered the thirteenth win. This time they beat 5th ranked Al Sahel (5-9) 89-82 in Abu Halifa. Al Qadsia (13-1) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Al Sahel at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Al Qadsia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kuwait City to the arena Al Kuwait.
gschID: 122376




Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Qadsia 13-1 
 2. Al Kuwait 11-3 
 3. Al Jahraa 7-7 
 4. Kazma 6-8 
 5. Al Sahel 5-9 
 6. Al Arabi 0-14 


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Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Jurmala 16-2 
 2. Ventspils Aug. 14-3 
 3. Ogre 13-4 
 4. Saldus 12-5 
 5. Gulbene 9-7 
 6. Zemgale/Jun. 9-9 
 7. BAA Riga 8-8 
 8. Daugava 8-10 
 9. Liepaja-2 7-10 
 10. Ridzene 3-15 
 11. Livani 2-13 
 12. VEF Kadeti 1-16 


LBL D2 Round 18: BS Ogre loses to Saldus - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most important game in the last round took place in Saldus between third ranked BS Ogre (13-4) and fourth ranked Saldus (12-5) on Wednesday night. BS Ogre was defeated by Saldus on the road 55-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BS Ogre. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Saldus maintains fourth position with 12-5 record. BS Ogre at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Saldus are looking forward to face league's second-placed Ventspils Augstskola at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BS Ogre will play against Livani and is hoping to win this game.
LBL D2 top team - Jurmala (16-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Livani (2-13) 97-70. Jurmala have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains first position with 16-2 record. Livani at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Jurmala will play against BAA Riga (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Livani will play against BS Ogre (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Gulbene was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Zemgale/Juniors (9-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Gulbene (9-7). Gulbene managed to secure a 9-point victory 93-84 on Tuesday. Gulbene moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Zemgale/Juniors dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Gulbene will meet Daugava (#8) in the next round. Zemgale/Juniors will play against Liepaja-2 and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Ventspils Aug. smashed Ridzene on the road 78-52. Daugava lost to BAA Riga on its own court 70-85. Bottom-ranked VEF Kadeti unfortunately lost to Liepaja-2 in a road game 74-86.



Saldus - Ogre 66-55

The most important game in the last round took place in Saldus between third ranked BS Ogre (13-4) and fourth ranked Saldus (12-5) on Wednesday night. BS Ogre was defeated by Saldus on the road 55-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BS Ogre. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Saldus maintains fourth position with 12-5 record. BS Ogre at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Saldus are looking forward to face league's second-placed Ventspils Augstskola at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BS Ogre will play against Livani and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 120506


Ridzene - Ventspils Aug. 52-78

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Ventspils Augstskola (14-3) crushed 10th ranked Ridzene (3-15) in Riga 78-52 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils Augstskola. Ridzene managed to win third quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils Augstskola have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-3 record having just three points less than leader Jurmala. Ridzene lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 15 games lost. Ventspils Augstskola will meet Saldus (#4) on the road in the next round. Ridzene's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga VEF Kadeti.
gschID: 120507


Jurmala - Livani 97-70

LBL D2 top team - Jurmala (16-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Livani (2-13) 97-70. The game without a history. Jurmala led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Jurmala have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains first position with 16-2 record. Livani at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Jurmala will play against BAA Riga (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Livani will play against BS Ogre (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 120508


Daugava - BAA Riga 70-85

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 7th ranked Daugava (8-10) lost to eighth ranked BAA Riga (8-8) in Daugavapils 70-85 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by BAA Riga. Daugava managed to win second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BAA Riga moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Daugava dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. BAA Riga will meet league's leader Jurmala on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Daugava will play against Gulbene (#5) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 122296


Gulbene - Zemgale/Jun. 93-84

The game in Gulbene was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Zemgale/Juniors (9-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Gulbene (9-7). Gulbene managed to secure a 9-point victory 93-84 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 27-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Gulbene moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Zemgale/Juniors dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Gulbene will meet Daugava (#8) in the next round. Zemgale/Juniors will play against Liepaja-2 and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 122297


Liepaja-2 - VEF Kadeti 86-74

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked Liepaja-2 (7-10) won against at home bottom-ranked VEF Kadeti (1-16) 86-74 on Wednesday. Newly promoted Liepaja-2 maintains ninth position with 7-10 record. VEF Kadeti lost sixth consecutive game. VEF Kadeti at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. Liepaja-2 will meet at home higher ranked Zemgale/Juniors (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. VEF Kadeti's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Ridzene.
gschID: 120505




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 5. Willjam, Barons14.9 
 6. Mitchell, Liepaja14.6 
 7. Berzins, VEF R.14.5 
 8. Veselovs, Valmiera14.5 
 9. Mednis, Turiba14.3 
 10. Peiners, LU14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Valmiera
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Valeika, Valmiera8.7 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.4 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.8.1 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 5. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 6. Rozitis, Zemgale7.1 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.9 
 10. Piternieks, LU5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Willjam, Barons4.7 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.5 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.2 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja3.5 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.4 
 10. Piternieks, LU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Jahovics, VEF R.2.1 
 3. Cavars, Barons1.9 
 4. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja1.9 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 7. Gabrans, Valmiera1.7 
 8. Slisans, LU1.6 
 9. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.4 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 5. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja1.0 
 7. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 9. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 10. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.7 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 14-2 
 2. Liepaja 14-7 
 3. Barons 13-8 
 4. Valmiera 11-7 
 5. VEF Riga jrs 11-8 
 6. Zemgale 6-12 
 7. Turiba 4-16 
 8. LU 3-16 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


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Bank Med League : Final 8 ; Round 5 ; Very exciting Round - by Rabih Khoury
The round 5 of the Final 8 from Bank Med League turned down to be a very exciting one. In Manara, Riyadi whos playing a good basketball for a while had continued its performance and this time against Hoops , Riyadi had a big win at the score of 81-59. Amir Saoud had a big game he led all scorers with 23 points , Calvin Cage and William Byrd from Hoops finished with 17 points each,

In other games, Anibal Zahle welcomed Moutahed , the battle is continuing between these two teams for the final 4 spot. The venue was the court of the school of Freres Zahle , the home team had always the small lead at the end of each quarter. Alpha Bangoura continued his leadership with 21 points , Rodrigue Akl had a season high with 20 points (including 6 3pts) which helped his team to secure a very important win after the loss in the previous round.Also Roy Smaha added 16pts and 11 boards, while Charles Tabet contributed for 11pts and 10 boards. Austin Johnson led Moutahed with 22 points. The game finished at the score of 79-73.

In Ghazir , Sagesse welcomed Champville , the two teams meetings were full of excitement throughout the season , Sagesse had a rocket start d they led the end of the first quarter 24 12, the 2nd quarter saw the dominance of Sagesse again despite the comeback made by Champville which reduced the score to 40 32 at the half. The 2nd half saw the dominance of Champville especially through Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) carried his team and managed the score another very important win in the end at the score of 72-67. He finished the game with 29 points.

In the last game of the round, Center Demirdjian welcomed the game between Antranik and Byblos , The me had one title Heroic performance of Calvin Warner. The two teams met for the 3rd time this season , Antranik won the previous two games but in this game Byblos had different thoughts especially with the presence of Calvin Warner who had a terrific start with 17 points in the first quarter which gave his team bigger ambitions to try to win the game, Antranik was answering in the game through Willie BANNISTER and Nadim Souaid but Calvin Warner was too strong in this night , he finished the game with a the season best performance with 43 points and 21 rebounds. Byblos imposed its game in the 2nd half despite small comebacks from the home team but Byblos knew how to dominate the game and to secure very important moral win at the score of 91-80.

Source: www.flbb.com (modified)




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Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 21 - by Eurobasket News
Vilmantas Dilys (208-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Perlas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 32 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Perlas in his team's victory, helping them to crush Siauliai (#5, 9-6) with 23-point margin 86-63. Perlas is placed at 8th position in Lithuanian LKL. Perlas is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-10 record. In the team's last game Dilys had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Perlas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Dilys has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.3ppg) and averages solid 68.0% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89) of Aisciai Kaunas. Vasiliauskas impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Aiscai Kaunas was edged by the higher-ranked Techasas (#6, 9-8) 75-74. This loss caused Aiscai Kaunas to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-12 record. Vasiliauskas is a newcomer at Aiscai Kaunas and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) of top-ranked Zalgiris. Klimavicius showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Zalgiris, leading his team to a 107-85 easy win against the lower-ranked Neptunas (#11, 5-10). Zalgiris have amazing season winning all 16 games without a single defeat. Klimavicius turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Klimavicius has a great season in Lithuania. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.9rpg (6th best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 62.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82) of Juventus - 17 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mantas Ruikis (198-G/F-85) of Neptunas - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88) of Zalgiris - 21 points and 6 rebounds
7. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) of Neptunas - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Gediminas Orelikas (197-G/F-90) of Rudupis - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rashaun Broadus (182-G-84) of Siauliai - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Tomas Rinkevicius (178-G-78) of Techasas - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Valencia comes up with big win in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Valencia 74-80

Excellent win for Valencia (2-3) in Kaunas tonight. With this victory the last season's EuroCup winner kept their Playoffs hopes alive and they will meet Fenerbahce Ulker in a do-or-die game next week. On the other side, this defeat means elimination for Zalgiris who dropped to 1-4. Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.) and Nando De Colo (202-G-87) stepped up for the guests with 17 points each. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) scored 14 and Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) added 13 pts, plus 5 boards. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) scored 15 points in Zalgiris and Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points and 5 rebounds.
Valencia made 17-18 in the first quarter and Zalgiris replied with 20-17 for the next ten minutes. Thanks to 0-12 run, Valencia was in the drivers seat again but Zalgiris quickly replied coming to 48-49. A couple of strong moves by an inspired Jeremy Richardson got Valencia to own a 5-point lead again, but Delininkaitis dropped a corner three and Nando De Colo closed the period with two FTs for 54-58. Visitors jumped to 55-62 at the beginning of Q4 and later it was 60-71. The hosts didnt give up and they closed the gap to 74-75 with 15 seconds left. Kalinetis drained his second three-pointer in a row to set this score. But Cook came up big in the final moments, swishing both his free throws and then stealing the ball on the ensuing inbounds play to feed De Colo, who iced the game from the line. Omar Cook tied the Euroleague Basketball Top 16 assists record with 12 as in a single game.
As mentioned above, next week Valencia will host Fenerbahce Ulker in the crucial game for both teams. Zalgiris will take on Olympiakos on the road.

Zalgiris: DeJuan Collins 15, Paulius Jankunas 14+5 boards
Valencia: Jeremy Richardson 17, Nando De Colo 17, Rafael Martinez 14, Robertas Javtokas 13+5 boards


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BC Mess ink deal with Dominique Lacy - by Eurobasket News
BC Mess have strengthened their roster before the start of N2 playoffs. They have agreed on terms of contract with Dominique Lacy (201-F-89). The American forward will replace Eric Breland (196-F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) on the roster. Dominique Lacy signed his first pro contract. The 21-year-old forward graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2010. Dominique Lacy tallied 5.5 points, 2.9 rebounds per game in his senior season. Dominique Lacy made into CAA Tournament Semis with Wilmington in 2008. Dominique Lacy has already arrived in Luxembourg to join his new team. BC Mess starts playoff action on March 5. They host BBC Nitia.


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Sozobal triumph in All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
Sozobal (Southern Zone Basketball League) selection celebrated a 77:68 win over Cezobal (Central Zone Basketball League) in All-Star Game. Hope Chisamanga led the winners and was trumped MVP after the clash.
Three teams participated at the festivities. Sozobal and Cezobal were accompanied by Nozobal (Northern Zone Basketball League) selection. Nozobal surrendered in both of their outings. They lost to 63:91 to Cezobal and 58:77 to Sozobal.
The game between Cezobal and Sozobal turned into an intriguing battle. Eventually Hope Chisamanga and Richard Chavula (183-G-84) helped Sozobal to the victory.
The All-Star Game was preceded by traditional contests. Diego Rangemi celebrated victory in Three-Point Shootout Contest. Vince Mbeule was crowned the Slam Dunk Contest champion.



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Guasave signs Big man Thomas Shewmake - by Chris Terrell
Guasave, Sinaloa, MX - The team Frayles de Guasave has announced the acquisition of Thomas Shewmake (208-C-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge). Shewmake is a multi-talented big man that can play with his back to the basket in the paint and use his 6'10 270lb frame to the team's benefit. He also is strong on the glass and is a good passer as well as owning a nice face-up game for a big guy; capable of knocking down the 3. Guasave now has their roster finalized and Coach Marcelo Elusich has begun the training as the team prepares for the 2011 CIBACOPA season. The opener is set for March 11th against Los Mochis. You can get more information at www.cibacopa.org

Culiacan signs imports Webb and Sowell - by Chris Terrell
Culiacan, Sinaloa, MX - Reigning 2010 League Champions Caballeros de Culiacan have announced the signings of Joe Webb (201-G/F-82, agency: 011 Sports, college: Bellevue) and Kevin Sowell (190-G-81) for this season. Webb is an explosive forward with the ability to help the team on many levels. A scorer who can rebound, defend, and is very active and athletic. Webb was the 3rd leading scorer in Chile a couple seasons ago and is coming off a strong season in the Dominican. He has played in Mexico twice before for Panteras de Aguacalientes. Sowell is super quick combo guard that can create his own shot at any time. A top scorer everywhere he has been including Argentina Liga A and Venezuela LPB. The team has chosen a format of 2 Foreigners, 3 National players, and 1 US-MX player continuing with what was effective for the club last season. Several of the players on the roster have National Team experience and it is a deep and talented team. Culiacan opens on the road March 11th with Tepic and then returns home the following night March 12th for Innauguration ceremonies in the Away/Home 2 game set.

Bomberos in the News - by Chris Terrell
Mexicali, BC, MX - Bomberos de Mexicali have come to an agreement with Luis Nicoletti as their new Head Coach. Nicoletti coached in Mexicali before as an Assistant in 2009 for Soles in the LNPB. The argentinian also was in Guaymas as Head Coach last season in the CIBACOPA. Joining the coach for Bomberos this season will be Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF). Harris plays as a US-MEX player with dual nationality and is widely considered one of the best guards in the league the last few seasons. Due to the fact that Harris plays for the Mexican National Team, Bomberos will be utilizing a format with 2 Foreigners, 3 National players, and 1 Dual Nationality Player. Harris was selected in the this seasons player draft and has point guard handle and 2 guard stroke. More announcements on the signings for Mexicali will be available shortly.

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Clippers trade Baron Davis to Cavaliers for Mo Williams, Jamario Moon - by Eurobasket News
The good times appear to be over for Baron Davis (6'2''-G-79, college: UCLA) in Los Angeles.

As we approach Thursday's trade deadline, the hits just keep on coming. The latest deal has the Clippers sending Davis to the Cavaliers, along with an unprotected 2011 first round draft pick in exchange for Maurice Williams (6'1''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) and Jamario Moon (6'8''-F-80, college: Meridian CC).

Marc Spears first reported the deal, which was confirmed by FanHouse's Sam Amick.

From the Clippers' standpoint, anything they could do to get out from under the hefty contract of Davis would be a welcome form of relief, despite Davis' recently improved play alongside rookie sensation Blake Griffin. Davis is averaging almost 13 points and seven assists per game, but if you watch the Clips on a regular basis, you'll notice that his shot selection is largely still terrible, despite feeding Griffin for the occasionally ridiculous highlight that makes everything seem like it's working out in Los Angeles.

But it's not, because Davis is -- and now, was -- a liability for this young and developing Clippers team, plain and simple.

Rookie point guard Eric Bledsoe is raw, but he's better-equipped to try to run this team than Davis is; if not from a physical standpoint, then certainly from a mental one. Bledsoe will break from the offense on the rarest of occasions, and certainly won't be launching contested three-pointers early in the shot clock just because once upon a time, he could.

I've harped on Davis for this specific flaw in the past, but again: for someone who ranks 123 out of 127 players in three-point field goal percentage, he probably shouldn't be taking 4-5 of these shots on a nightly basis.

Whatever Davis' reasoning for taking these shots, it's Cleveland's problem now. The draft pick is something the Cavs were looking for, and the contract hit that the team will take is somewhat cushioned from a salary cap standpoint by the trade exception the team was given when LeBron James headed for South Beach.

It's unclear how Davis will take the news that he's moving from L.A. to Cleveland, and how he'll adapt to going from playing with the league's most exciting rookie to playing with the league's worst overall collection of talent. Additionally, he'll be reunited with head coach Byron Scott -- someone he played for in New Orleans, and reportedly had some issues with.

Any way you try to spin it, the Clippers are the ones who unquestionably come out on top in this one.

Courtesy of http://nba.fanhouse.com


Hawks add Kirk Hinrich, deal Mike Bibby - by Eurobasket News
The struggling Atlanta Hawks acquired guard Kirk Hinrich (6'3''-G-81, college: Kansas) from Washington in a five-player trade Wednesday, upgrading their backcourt for the playoff run.

The Hawks also received forward Hilton Armstrong in exchange for guard Michael Bibby (6'2''-G-78, college: Arizona), rookie guard Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier), swingman Maurice Evans (6'5''-G-78, college: Texas) and a first-round pick in this year's draft.

After the trade was announced, the short-handed Hawks lost 105-97 at Phoenix for their fifth defeat in six games. They are fifth in the top-heavy Eastern Conference and trying to hold off the New York Knicks, who closed within four games of Atlanta with a win over Milwaukee in their first game since acquiring Carmelo Anthony.

'Those guys are like brothers to me,' Hawks forward Josh Smith said of his now-former teammates. 'At the same time, we know this is a business. These things happen. The guys at the top felt like a change needed to be made.'

The 32-year-old Bibby had lost a step defensively and was no longer the creative force he was in his younger days. Hawks coach Larry Drew had hoped second-year player Jeff Teague would take on a larger role at the point, but he was averaging less than 12 minutes a game.

Hinrich should be an improvement over Bibby at both ends of the court. He was averaging 11.1 points and 4.4 assists as on off-and-on starter for the Wizards, frequently playing alongside rookie star John Wall.

'We felt we had a good opportunity to improve our ballclub by adding Kirk and Hilton,' Hawks general manager Rick Sund said. 'Kirk is a well-rounded player that gives us options at both guard positions. In addition to being a solid and hard-nosed defender, he is a good shooter who can also distribute the ball. His resume includes significant playoff experience as well. Hilton can play both center and power forward, and will add frontcourt depth.'

Bibby was averaging 9.4 points and 3.6 assists. The Hawks gave up some depth on their bench by dealing Evans (4.5 points a game) and Crawford (4.2), but felt it was worth the expected improvement at the crucial point position.

It was clear a deal was imminent when Hinrich was scratched from the Washington lineup just before a game in Philadelphia against the 76ers. He and Armstrong watched the first half from the bench, but neither came out for the second half of a 117-94 loss.

The Hawks played later at Phoenix.

'It was a pretty tough thing to hear,' Wall said. 'Kirk's a veteran guy who taught me an awful lot about NBA basketball. I'll really miss him. And Hilton was a good friend, too. I wish them both well.'

The Wizards, going through another dreadful season, are focused on building for the future around Wall. While Bibby and Evans add experience, the team should reap more long-term benefits from landing a prospect such as Crawford and adding another first-round pick to its haul.

'We were able to acquire a proven, clutch leader in Mike, a hard-nosed veteran in Maurice, and an intriguing prospect in Jordan, as well as a first-round draft choice to add to our own first-round pick this summer,' team president Ernie Grunfeld said. 'This trade continues our plan to build with draft picks and prospects, develop our young players and stay financially flexible.'

The Wizards had a woeful second half against the 76ers, losing their third in a row.

'When word got around, guys kind of lost their concentration,' Washington coach Flip Saunders said. 'I think when the deadline is over, guys will have a sense of relief.'

Wall said he looks forward to working with Bibby.

'He's a veteran, so I'm hoping he'll be able to teach me, too,' the rookie said.

Courtesy of ESPN


Celtics trade Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, draft pick - by Eurobasket News
In perhaps the most shocking development of the NBA trade deadline, the Celtics have agreed to trade Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84) to the Oklahoma City Thunder, dismantling the starting five that won a championship in Boston in 2008.

Nate Robinson (5'9''-G-84, college: Washington) is also headed to Oklahoma City. He spent exactly a year with the Celtics, after arriving in Boston last February at the trade deadline.

The Celtics will get back a pair of big men, Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) and Nenad Krstic (7'0''-C-83), in exchange for their two key pieces. Both Green and Krstic are regular starters for a Thunder team that made the playoffs last season and currently sits fourth in the Western Conference. The Celtics will also got the Clippers' first-round pick in 2012, which Oklahoma City owned, according to The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnaroski first reported the trade via Twitter.

The C's had two reasons to unload Perkins -- the first being his contract, which expires at the end of this season, and the second being his injury history. The big man had recently encountered trouble with both knees, tearing his right ACL during the NBA Finals last June and straining his left MCL this week. Perkins was nearing the end of his eighth season in Celtic green.

As for Robinson, his role on the Celtics' bench had started to become obsolete with the return of Delonte West and the strong play of Von Wafer.

Courtesy of www.nesn.com


Goran Dragic traded to Houston for Aaron Brooks - by Eurobasket News
The Phoenix Suns, by all accounts, were going to stand pat at the NBA Trade Deadline, but, in a last-minute deal, appear to have traded back-up point guard Goran Dragic (6'5''-G-86) and the Suns' lottery-protected first round draft pick to the Houston Rockets for point guard Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, college: Oregon). Brooks is a restricted free agent after this season, while Dragic has a team option left on his contract for next year.

The Suns' draft pick will reportedly switch to Orlando's pick acquired in the December trade if the Suns miss the playoffs.

Brooks, 26, is a dynamic scoring point guard who can put points on the board quickly. Brooks is averaging 11.6 points and 3.8 assists per game in about 24 minutes off the bench this season. As a starter last year, he averaged 19.6 points and 5.3 assists in 36 minutes. Brooks was drafted 26th overall in 2007. The Suns reportedly loved him in that draft and would have taken him with the 29th pick had he been available.

Goran Dragic was drafted in the second round by the Suns as a relatively unknown guard out of Slovenia. After showing flashes of brilliance late last season, including his now-famous playoff performance against the Spurs, he has dropped off this year. Dragic is averaging 7.4 points and 3.1 assists in 17.8 minutes off the bench. Dragic has seen his shooting numbers drop considerably this season, as well.

Brooks is a smaller, faster and better shooting guard, while Dragic is bigger and a better defender.

Dragic has struggled this season with a variety of lineups, but there were some rumblings from the coaching staff that they expected more from him and needed him to show more leadership on the floor.

The trade has not yet been officially announced, but has been reported by multiple media sources.

Courtesy of http://arizona.sbnation.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.8 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.2 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.26.0 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.3 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.2 
 7. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.25.0 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 10. Howard, Orlando M.23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.4 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.9 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.1 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.6 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.9 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.4 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
 10. Boozer, Chicago B.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.3 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.3 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.6 
 5. Calderon, Toron.9.2 
 6. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 7. Wall, Washington W.9.0 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.5 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.8.2 
 10. Kidd, Dallas M.8.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.5 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 6. Curry, Golde S.1.7 
 7. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 8. Wall, Washington W.1.7 
 9. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.9 
 2. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.3 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.3 
 4. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 6. Stoudemire, New Y.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 8. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 41-14 
 2. New York K. 29-26 
 3. Philadelph.76 28-29 
 4. New Jersey N. 17-40 
 5. Toronto R. 16-42 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 38-17 
 2. Indiana P. 26-30 
 3. Milwaukee B. 22-35 
 4. Detroit P. 21-38 
 5. Cleveland C. 10-47 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 42-15 
 2. Orlando M. 36-22 
 3. Atlanta H. 34-23 
 4. Charlotte B. 25-32 
 5. Washington W. 15-41 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 36-20 
 2. Denver N. 33-25 
 3. Portland TB 32-25 
 4. Utah Jazz 31-27 
 5. Minnesota T. 13-45 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 40-19 
 2. Phoenix Suns 28-27 
 3. Golde State W. 26-30 
 4. LA Clippers 21-37 
 5. Sacramento K. 14-41 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 47-10 
 2. Dallas M. 41-16 
 3. N.Orleans H. 34-25 
 4. Memphis G. 32-27 
 5. Houston R. 28-31 


Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Portland TB - LA Lakers 101-106 OT
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) had 37 points and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 10-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to beat Portland 106-101 in overtime Wednesday night, snapping the Trail Blazers' season-best, six-game winning streak. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, but didn't hit a shot in the fourth quarter and missed two key free throws in the extra period. Lamar Odom and Ron Artest each hit a 3-pointer to help Los Angeles to a 95-92 lead in overtime. Rudy Fernandez responded with a tying 3 and Andre Miller's jumper gave the Blazers the lead, but Pau Gasol hit a turnaround hook shot and added a free throw before Bryant's jumper with 27.9 seconds left gave Los Angeles a 100-97 advantage. Gasol fouled Aldridge, who missed both free throws to all but seal it for the Lakers. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

San Antonio S. - Oklah.City T. 109-105
Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) scored the last of his 20 points on a 16-footer with 26.1 seconds left to help the San Antonio Spurs hold off the Oklahoma City Thunder, 109-105 on Wednesday night. Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) scored nine of his 19 points after needing five stitches above his right cheek, as the NBA-best Spurs (47-10) moved within three wins of matching their total from last season. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 30 points, and Russell Westbrook had 25 for Oklahoma City. Jeff Green airballed a 3-pointer with 5.4 seconds remaining that would've tied the game. *Courtesy of www.koco.com

Dallas M. - Utah Jazz 118-99
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) scored 23 points as the Dallas Mavericks coasted to a 118-99 victory over the slumping Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, just mere hours after Utah traded away franchise point guard Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois). It marked the fifth straight loss for the Jazz, fourth since Jerry Sloan left the team. The game was tied at 63 and the Mavs used a 40-22 run from the 8:12 mark of the third quarter until the 7:37 mark of the fourth quarter to take a 103-85 lead and secure the win over the Jazz. There was another Peja-Sighting as Peja Stojakovic hit four three-pointers and scored 18 points. Shawn Marion contributed 16 points off the bench for the Mavericks. It was the fourth straight win for the Mavericks. The 19-point victory over Utah marked the largest margin of victory this season. The previous high was 16 points on three other occasions. *Courtesy of www.mavsmoneyball.com

Phoenix Suns - Atlanta H. 105-97
The Atlanta Hawks were severely short-handed for their second road game in two nights. And it didn't matter one bit to the Phoenix Suns, who picked up a big win heading into a difficult road trip. Channing Frye (6'11''-C/F-83, college: Arizona) scored six of his 20 points in the final four minutes and the Suns pulled away for a 105-97 victory on Wednesday. Playing for the first time since they were without a representative at the All-Star game, Phoenix won for the fifth time in seven games. Jared Dudley (6'7''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) went 4 for 5 from 3-point range and finished with 17 points for the Suns. Steve Nash scored all 13 of his points in the second half and had 10 assists, but also finished with seven turnovers. Josh Smith scored 26 for the Hawks, who trailed by as many as 18 in the first half but rallied to tie it at 92 with five minutes left. Jamal Crawford had 19 points and Al Horford added 17. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com

Toronto R. - Chicago B. 118-113
Something about playing at full strength just doesn't sit well with the Bulls. When Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) played his first game after recovering from a broken right hand, the Bulls lost by 29 points to Orlando. Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) came back Wednesday night after 30 games off with a thumb injury, and the Bulls responded with a miserable defensive performance, losing 118-113 to Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors have some young, athletic players, including ex-Bulls forward James Johnson, but had lost 18 of their previous 20 games. *Courtesy of www.dailyherald.com

New York K. - Milwaukee B. 114-108
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) had never experienced anything like his welcome to New York. The screaming fans and video tributes seemed more fitting for a rock concert than an NBA game. But when it got close at the end, that was all too familiar to Anthony. 'It came down to basketball at that point,' he said. Anthony had 27 points and 10 rebounds, hitting a pair of clutch buckets down the stretch in front of a crowd that cheered his every move as New York beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-108 on Wednesday night in his Knicks debut. 'This was ordinary for him, and that's the highest compliment of what he does. You drop him in any place, any playground, any place in the world and he'll put up 27 points and 10 rebounds,' Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. 'That's what he does for a living.' Anthony made only 10 of 25 shots but was at his best in the closing minutes, helping New York hold on after fellow superstar Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) fouled out. He matched the third-highest scoring game in a Knicks debut since 1964, just two points shy of Keith Van Horn's 29 on Oct. 29, 2003. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

N.Orleans H. - LA Clippers 98-87
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) had 19 points and 10 assists, and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 98-87 on Wednesday night. David West scored 22 for the Hornets, who were able to overcome Blake Griffin and control the inside, even with center Emeka Okafor missing his 10th straight game with a strained left hip. Willie Green scored 17 points and his backup, Marco Belinelli, added 12 for New Orleans, which shot 51.3 percent (40 of 78) in winning for only the third time in 12 games. Griffin had 21 points and 13 rebounds, but the Clippers were sloppy in dropping their second straight. Los Angeles turned the ball over 23 times, leading to 25 Hornets points. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Minnesota T. - Memphis G. 95-104
The always energetic Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had little trouble getting his motor running Wednesday night. Memphis was only a night removed from a loss at Denver that coach Lionel Hollins described as 'lousy.' Rudy Gay's shoulder injury means everyone must do a little more. And then there was another matchup with Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA), Minnesota's All-Star and double-double machine. Randolph might have spent last weekend on the beach in Miami, but he played like an All-Star -- and outplayed Love for the second time this month -- in a 104-95 win over the Timberwolves. Randolph scored eight points in the first quarter Wednesday night to get the Grizzlies (32-27) going before finishing with 24 points and 10 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Indiana P. - Detroit P. 102-101
It looked like the Pistons would get their second victory over the Pacers in a week when Austin Daye (6'11''-F-88, college: Gonzaga) came off the bench cold and knocked down a baseline 17-footer to give the Pistons a 101-100 lead with 11.1 seconds left. But the Pacers cleared out for Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico), who was completely stymied by Tracy McGrady. Granger found Brandon Rush streaking down the lane for a two-handed flush with 5.4 seconds left for the winning basket. The Pistons still had a chance, but Rodney Stuckey's turnover dropped the Pistons to 21-38 on the season and a whopping eight games behind the Pacers (26-30) in the loss column for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Greg Monroe was a monster for the Pistons with a career-high 27 points and 12 rebounds. Stuckey finished with 21 points, and McGrady had 16. *Courtesy of www.freep.com

Orlando M. - Sacramento K. 105-111
Jermaine Taylor (6'4''-G-86, college: Cent.Florida) had 21 points, Beno Udrih (6'5''-G-82) added 18 and the Sacramento Kings beat Orlando 111-105 on Wednesday night to snap a five-game losing streak against the Magic. Samuel Dalembert and Jason Thompson had 17 points apiece for Sacramento, which won for just the third time in its last 11 games. Dwight Howard had 31 points and 17 rebounds for Orlando. Hedo Turkoglu added 19 and Jameer Nelson 15. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Philadelph.76 - Washington W. 117-94
Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90, college: UCLA) scored 20 points, Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) had 18 points and 10 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Washington Wizards 117-94 on Wednesday night. Elton Brand and Evan Turner added 15 points apiece for the Sixers (28-29), who eclipsed last season's win total of 27. Marreese Speights had 14, Jodie Meeks finished with 12 and Andre Iguodala 10. Philadelphia, which has won 11 of 15, improved to 18-9 at home. John Wall had 21 points and 12 assists for the Wizards, while Trevor Booker tied his career high with 21 points. During the game, the Wizards traded guard Kirk Hinrich and forward Hilton Armstrong to Atlanta for guards Mike Bibby and Jordan Crawford, forward Maurice Evans and a 2011 first-round draft choice. *Courtesy of www.wusa9.com

Cleveland C. - Houston R. 119-124
Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) hasn't been able to ignore the constant trade rumors. They've consumed Houston's forward, playing with his mind and game. Soon, the talk will end. The deadline is near. Battier can't wait for it to pass. 'Whether I get moved or not, at least I will have peace of mind,' he said. Reserve Chase Budinger scored a career-high 30 points, including 11 straight in the fourth quarter, and Kevin Martin added 30 more as the Rockets opened the NBA season's unofficial second half with a 124-119 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Budinger scored 14 in the fourth, combining with Martin for Houston's final 24 points as the Rockets avoided losing to the NBA's worst team. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com




Cavs acquire Semih Erden and Luke Harangody for 2nd round pick - by Eurobasket News
The Cavaliers completed one more deal before the 3 p.m. trade deadline, acquiring center Semih Erden (6'11''-C-87) and forward Luke Harangody (6'8''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) from Boston in exchange for a 2013 second-round draft pick, according to a league source.

Erden, a 6-11 center from Turkey, will serve as a back-up center for a Cavaliers team lacking in size. Erden is averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in this, his rookie season.

Harangody, also a rookie, is averaging 2.3 points in 8.6 minutes per game for Boston. The 6-7 forward played for Notre Dame and was Big East Player of the Year in 2009.

The Cavaliers give up Minnesota's 2013 second-round pick, acquired last year in the deal that sent Delonte West to the Timberwolves.

The Cavaliers explored talks throughout the day to trade veterans Antawn Jamison and Anthony Parker, but ultimately didn't make any deals and will keep both.

The trades leave the Cavaliers with 16 players on their roster, one over the 15-player limit. The team has been in talks with forward Leon Powe about a buyout, which is one possibility for bringing the roster within league limits.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


Pistons rejected a Mavs' offer for Prince - by Eurobasket News
The Detroit Pistons have spurned the Dallas Mavericks efforts to acquire small forward Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) - at least for now.

The Mavs offered the Pistons swingman Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) and a 2011 first-round pick for Prince before today's 3 p.m. deadline, according to a person close to the situation.

Butler is out for the season with an injury, but he has an expiring deal, so the trade, basically, would be Prince for the pick. Prince also has an expiring contract.

Courtesy of www.hoopsnotes.com


Battier returning to Memphis for Thabeet - by Eurobasket News
The Houston Rockets have traded Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) to the Memphis Grizzlies for former No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet (7'3''-C-87, college: Connecticut) and a first-round draft choice, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Battier was drafted by the Grizzlies with the No. 6 pick in 2001 and spent his first five seasons there. Memphis traded him to the Rockets for Stromile Swift and the draft rights to Rudy Gay before the 2006-07 season.

Battier, 32, gives Memphis a quality defender and 3-point threat to help compensate for the loss of Rudy Gay. Gay is expected to miss the next five weeks after he injured his left shoulder, and the Grizzlies are thick in the Western Conference playoff hunt.

Thabeet, 23, had a limited role in his two seasons in Memphis and has spent time in the Development League. He is averaging 1.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and a little more than eight minutes in 45 games this season.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com


Trail Blazers acquire Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace - by Eurobasket News
The Trail Blazers have traded for Charlotte small forward Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama), giving up center Joel Przybilla (7'1''-C-79, college: Minnesota), forward Dante Cunningham (6'8''-F-87, college: Villanova) and two future first-round picks.

The move, finalized right before Thursdays noon deadline, was first reported by Yahoo! Sports and CBS Sports.

The Blazers have called a 4 p.m. press conference at the Rose Garden.

Wallace, 27, is a former All-Star and former All-Defensive team member who played three seasons under Bernie Bickerstaff, who is now a Blazers assistant.

First of all, he is a great young man, Bickerstaff said. He laces them up, every night.

Bickerstaff said Wallace will be a great fit for the Blazers because he can play both power forward and small forward.

Fours couldnt guard him, and threes were too small for him, Bickerstaff said. And you know he is going to rebound for you, block shots, and he is going to compete. He has that assassin mentality.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Wallace, in his 10th NBA season, is averaged 15.6 points and 8.2 rebounds this season for Charlotte. Wallace has two years and $21 million remaining on his contract.

Przybilla, 31, is in the final year of his contract and recently returned from two surgeries to repair a ruptured patella tendon.

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


Oklahoma City Thunder acquire Nazr Mohammed - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma City Thunder weren't expected to be very active before this year's NBA trade deadline, but now that the trade deadline has come and gone and the dust has settled, the Thunder look much bigger, and much better as they get ready for the NBA Playoffs.

In addition to adding Kendrick Perkins, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder also picked up Nazr Mohammed (6'10''-C-77, college: Kentucky) from Charlotte, sending Morris Peterson (6'7''-G/F-77, college: Michigan St.) and D.J. White (6'9''-F-86, college: Indiana) to the Bobcats in exchange. It's a small move compared to the blockbuster that landed Perkins, but it's another body for the Thunder, a team that desperately needed size, and it also clears Morris Peterson's contract off the books.

All in all, it's been a pretty productive day for the Thunder and their GM Sam Presti. And just when everyone was ready to close the book on the trade deadline, the Thunder's renovated front line just became the story of the week.

Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


O.J. Mayo trade to Pacers may have missed deadline - by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies reached an agreement to trade O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) to the Indiana Pacers for Josh McRoberts (6'10''-F-87, college: Duke) and a first-round pick, but Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star reports that the deal may have missed the NBA's 3 PM Eastern trade deadline.

The Grizzlies had reportedly fielded offers on Mayo for weeks, as the No. 3 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft had suffered some real indignities this season. Mayo fell out of the starting lineup around midseason as coach Lionel Hollins turned to Xavier Henry, Sam Young and Tony Allen. Then he was involved in a fight with Allen on a team flight around New Year's. Finally, he was suspended 10 games for testing positive for a banned substance. His trade value couldn't possibly get lower.

The Pacers could use a wing shooter with the raw talent of Mayo, and it'd be unfortunate if the deal fell through. McRoberts also figured to help the Grizzlies' depth up front as the team pushes for a playoff post in the West.

Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


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The Curious Case of Norris Cole - by Gregory Primus
Norris Cole (6'2''-G-88) is on the verge of a story so backwards, that it is hard to believe it's not a fictional movie.


After having led his Dunbar high school team to two straight state championships, not one NCAA D1 school came knocking.
Teammate Daequan Cook certainly got noticed and headed to Ohio State and eventually to the NBA.
But Cole, a member of the National Honor Society, was left stranded and committed to Walsh, an NAIA school.
Kudos to Jerrod Calhoun, the Walsh assistanst who found Cole. But shame on everyone else!
After intervention from Cole's uncles, Cole squeeked out one lone scholarship offer, from Cleveland State.

This parallels the story of Michael Finley (6'7''-G-73, college: Wisconsin), a National Honor Society member, who had a 15 year NBA career after receiving very few offers, one from Northwestern (local school) and the other from Wisconsin (the assistant coach was from the same city as Finley's sister).
Finley's high school team, Proviso East, won the 1991 Illinois State Championship.
Finley was always considered 'the third best player' on his team behind Sherrell Ford and Donnie Boyce. Both had good college careers and both were drafted in the NBA. But it was Finley who emerged as the NBA All Star.

Time will tell Cole will have the success that Michael Finley enjoyed. But soon, every college coach in the country will be scouring high school state champions for their National Honor Society players!





Basketball coach John O'Connor caught on tape kicking, pushing player - by Eurobasket News
A college basketball coach caught on tape roughing up a player during practice said that his behavior was an 'accident.'

John O'Connor , 51, was suspended by Holy Family University officials after 19-year-old Matt Kravchuk (6'5''-F) filed a police report, claiming that the coach elbowed and backhanded him, leaving him with a bloody nose and scrapes to his head and lip.

The two confronted each other live on 'Good Morning America' today.

'Matt, this was an accident. I was just trying to make this a better team, make us more competitive and in doing so an accident happened and it was unintentional by me. I'm really sorry that it happened,' O'Connor told Kravchuk.

Kravchuk, a college sophomore, wasn't buying the apology.

'To be honest, it's kind of hard to accept your apology, just because you claim it's justified, you claim you weren't crossing the line. ... As your player I'm supposed to be able to respect you and I don't feel I can do that anymore,' Kravchuk said.

Video of the Jan. 25 practice shows O'Connor pushing Kravchuk to the ground during a practice drill. O'Connor can be seen forcefully grabbing a basketball from Kravchuk's hands as he pushes the student to the ground. Then, he walks towards Kravchuk, 19, and kicks him.

'I didn't really see it coming. It just caught me by surprise,' Kravchuk said.

O'Connor can be heard cursing at the player, saying, 'Get the [expletive] out of here.'

'I just feel that I was a coach and I was trying to get my team more competitive and in doing so I made a mistake,' O'Connor said.

ABC News sports contributor Christine Brennan said that coaches can't blur the line between pushing their players hard and harming them.

'There's a line between tough, hard competition and doing things that are completely out of bounds and this is a line that one person in particular needs to know and that's the head coach,' Brennan said.

O'Connor, the former assistant coach at Georgia Tech, said that the team had just suffered a tough loss and that his actions were part of a combat rebounding drill that the players were doing at the time of the incident.

'The drill itself is, you're supposed to continue to try to keep the drill going, so as he goes down, I'm trying to get them to stay competitive and keep the drill going so I just nudged him with my foot to try to keep him kind of moving in the drill,' O'Connor said.

Kravchuk felt like it was much more than a nudge. He e-mailed the school's athletic director the day of the practice and met with her the next day.

'She reassured me that action would be taken, at least some sort of action. So I continued to go to practice at least for the next few weeks and then when I realized that nothing had been done, me and my parents met with her again,' Kravchuk said.

The college student and his family felt that the punishment against O'Connor was not severe enough, so Kravchuk filed a police report.

Courtesy of http://abcnews.go.com


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Christchurch Cougars bring in Kevin Smith - by Eurobasket News
NBL teams are getting prepared for the upcoming season. The Christchurch Cougars have bolstered their frontcourt. They signed a deal with Kevin Smith (196-F-79, college: Lee). The 31-year-old forward used to play in Finland. He tallied 9.8 points, 5.5 boards and 1.5 assists per game for Pyrinto in 2008/09 season. Kevin Smith is not new to New Zealand. He played for the Waikato Pistons in 2007. His stats read 18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists. In 2008 Kevin Smith signed a deal with the Bay Hawks. The forward tallied 15.3 points and 6.8 rebounds then. After graduating from Lee University back in 2006 Kevin Smith also had stints in Iceland, CBL and lately in Australian lower leagues. Kevin Smith will arrive to Christchurch next month together with another import signing Javari Williams (196-F).


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike WILLIAMS
  Rochester R.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Williams, Vermo.20.9 
 2. Brown, Quebec K.19.8 
 3. Jones, Kentucky S.18.9 
 4. Monroe, Rocheste.18.5 
 5. Miles, Dayton A.17.5 
 6. Anderson, Saint J.17.3 
 7. Parran, Quebec K.17.2 
 8. Martin, Saint J.17.2 
 9. Allen, Vermont FH16.7 
 10. Crouch, Rocheste.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Crookshank, Halif.11.2 
 2. Williams, Vermo.10.3 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC9.2 
 4. Walton, Rocheste.8.4 
 5. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 6. Dollard, Halifax R.8.0 
 7. Jones, Kentucky S.7.9 
 8. Harris, Kentucky S.7.8 
 9. Jones, Halifax R.7.7 
 10. Ocitti, Saint J.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Rice, Vermont FH7.6 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.6.1 
 3. Anderson, Saint J.5.7 
 4. Brown, Halifax R.5.5 
 5. Egerson, Saint J.5.1 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.4.0 
 7. Acker, Quebec K.3.8 
 8. Brown, Quebec K.3.7 
 9. Hill, Dayton A.3.7 
 10. Spencer, Dayton A.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rice, Vermont FH3.0 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.2.9 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.3 
 4. Brown, Quebec K.2.3 
 5. Anderson, Saint J.2.2 
 6. Monroe, Rocheste.2.0 
 7. Austin, Vermont FH2.0 
 8. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 9. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 10. Martin, Saint J.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Perry STEVENSON
  Rochester R.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 2. Carter, Rocheste.1.5 
 3. Ocitti, Saint J.1.3 
 4. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 5. George, Dayton A.1.3 
 6. Daniels, Lawton F.1.1 
 7. Dollard, Halifax R.0.9 
 8. Harris, Kentucky S.0.9 
 9. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 10. DeMasi, Vermont FH0.8 


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Jakub Dluski gets MVP of the Week award for Polish 1Liga - by Eurobasket News
Jakub Dluski (200-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for LKS Sphinx Petrolinvest Lodz and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 18 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Astoria (#14, 6-18) with 36-point margin 91-55. LKS Lodz is placed at 6th position in Polish 1Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. LKS Lodz will need more victories to improve their 15-9 record. Dluski has many years of experience at LKS Lodz, through which he has constantly improved. Jakub Dluski averages this season 9.0ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old former international guard Dawid Witos (190-G-83, agency: Promotex) of GKS Tychy. Witos impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as GKS Tychy lost that game 75-80 to the higher-ranked Asec.Prokom-2 (#7, 15-9). GKS Tychy is still in a red zone at 13th spot in Round 17. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories GKS Tychy managed to get this year. Witos is a newcomer at GKS Tychy and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.9ppg (#3).

The third best performed player last round was Wojciech Zurawski (199-F/C-76) of ISS Sportino Inowroclaw (#3). Zurawski scored 14 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Zurawski's great performance ISS Sportino lost 60-65 to #1 ranked Tempcold AZS. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing ISS Sportino needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in . Their record is 17 victories and 6 lost games. Zurawski has a great season in Poland. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.5rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcel Wilczek (200-G-86) of Sokol Lancut - 17 points and 8 rebounds
5. Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-G/F-81) of AZS Szczecin - 8 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) of ISS Sportino - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Mateusz Nitsche (190-G-86) of Gornik - 17 points and 7 rebounds
8. Michal Sokolowski (195-G-92) of Znicz Basket - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Marcin Malczyk (193-G-82) of Asec.Prokom-2 - 17 points and 5 rebounds
10. Dorian Szyttenholm (194-F-83) of Astoria - 15 points and 3 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Standings - D2
Div.B Standings
Seria 1
 1. Timba Timis. 5-1 
 2. U.Mobitel II 5-1 
 3. Gaz Metan II 4-2 
 4. MP Timisoara 2-4 
 5. Ph. Brasov 1-5 
 6. T.Mures II 1-5 
Seria 2
 1. Dinamo B. 4-1 
 2. CSS Giurgiu 4-1 
 3. Steaua Turabo II 3-2 
 4. Ph. Galati 2-3 
 5. Municipal 2 B. 2-3 
 6. CSS Targoviste 0-5 
Seria 3
 1. CSU Galati 5-0 
 2. Granitur 4-1 
 3. Rapid B. 3-2 
 4. Ploiesti II 2-3 
 5. BT Bucuresti 1-3 
 6. A.Vlaicu Buc. 0-5 


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Celtics get Nenad Krstic in trade with Thunder - by Eurobasket News
Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) will continue his career in Boston. The NBA runner-up Boston Celtics acquired Serbian big guy today. In perhaps the most shocking development of the NBA trade deadline, the Celtics have agreed to trade Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder, dismantling the starting five that won a championship in Boston in 2008. Nate Robinson is also headed to Oklahoma City. He spent exactly a year with the Celtics, after arriving in Boston last February at the trade deadline. The Celtics will get back a pair of big men, Jeff Green and Serbian center Nenad Krstic, in exchange for their two key pieces. Both Green and Krstic are regular starters for a Thunder team that made the playoffs last season and currently sits fourth in the Western Conference. The Celtics will also got the Clippers' first-round pick in 2012, which Oklahoma City owned, according to The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.
Nenad Krstic joined the Thunder during the 2008/09 season from Russian Triumph Lyubertsy. He had 9.6 ppg and 5.4 rpg in 47 games. Last season Krstic helped Thunder to reach the Payoffs averaging 8.3 ppg and 5.1 rpg. This season, the Serbian NT member appeared 47 times in the league collecting 7.6 ppg and 4.4 rpg.


Real Madrid keeps the perfect score in Euroleague Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Real Madrid 56-61

Another win by Real Madrid and another loss for Partizan in Euroleague Top 16. The Spanish giant jumped to 5-0 and secured the first place in Group G. Their rival in the Quarterfinals will be Fenerbahce Ulker or Valencia. Serbian powerhouse dropped to 0-5 and it was their last home game in Euroleague this season. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) was the leading scorer in victory with 21 points and he also pulled down 7 rebounds beside that. Nikola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) had 13 points and 9 boards, while Sergio Llull (190-G-87) also scored 13 pts but to go with 5 rebs. The hosts got 15 points and 5 rebounds from Jan Vesely (211-F-90). Rasko Katic (208-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) collected 14 pts and 8 boards.
Real Madrid was 12-15 up after ten minutes thanks to 0-8 run in the finish of Q1. Visitors took control on Partizan in the second period stopping them to just 6 points, while on the other side they drained 18. It means that Real was 18-33 up at the halftime and was looking comfortable. Partizan answered with 18-11 in third period closing the gap to 36-44 with 10:00 to go. That was not all from the Serbian champion, who managed to take 49-48 lead at the halfway of the last quarter. Real grabbed it back with 2 minutes left and it was 52-54. The last chance Partizan had with 56-57 on the board, but Tomic responded on the other side. Partizan had two chances to shoot from beyond the arc, but both shots were not successful and Nikola Mirotic grabbed a board and suffered a foul that sent him to the line. He made both attempts and sealed a victory for his team.
Next week, Real Madrid will host Montepaschi. Partizan goes to Istanbul to meet Efes Pilsen.

Partizan: Jan Vesely 15+5 boards, Rasko Katic 14+8 boards
Real Madrid: Ante Tomic 21+7 boards, Nikola Mirotic 13+9 boards, Sergio Llull 13+5 boards


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Goran Dragic traded to Houston for Aaron Brooks - by Eurobasket News
The Phoenix Suns, by all accounts, were going to stand pat at the NBA Trade Deadline, but, in a last-minute deal, appear to have traded back-up point guard Goran Dragic (6'5''-G-86) and the Suns' lottery-protected first round draft pick to the Houston Rockets for point guard Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, college: Oregon). Brooks is a restricted free agent after this season, while Dragic has a team option left on his contract for next year.

The Suns' draft pick will reportedly switch to Orlando's pick acquired in the December trade if the Suns miss the playoffs.

Brooks, 26, is a dynamic scoring point guard who can put points on the board quickly. Brooks is averaging 11.6 points and 3.8 assists per game in about 24 minutes off the bench this season. As a starter last year, he averaged 19.6 points and 5.3 assists in 36 minutes. Brooks was drafted 26th overall in 2007. The Suns reportedly loved him in that draft and would have taken him with the 29th pick had he been available.

Goran Dragic was drafted in the second round by the Suns as a relatively unknown guard out of Slovenia. After showing flashes of brilliance late last season, including his now-famous playoff performance against the Spurs, he has dropped off this year. Dragic is averaging 7.4 points and 3.1 assists in 17.8 minutes off the bench. Dragic has seen his shooting numbers drop considerably this season, as well.

Brooks is a smaller, faster and better shooting guard, while Dragic is bigger and a better defender.

Dragic has struggled this season with a variety of lineups, but there were some rumblings from the coaching staff that they expected more from him and needed him to show more leadership on the floor.

The trade has not yet been officially announced, but has been reported by multiple media sources.

Courtesy of http://arizona.sbnation.com


Union Olimpija and Marque Perry part ways - by Eurobasket News
Marque Perry (185-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) is no longer a member of Union Olimpija. The American guard and Olimpija agreed to terminate the contract yesterday.
Marque Perry joined Union Olimpija last summer. He appeared 12 times in Euroleague averaging 1.3 points and 1.1 assists. In Adriatic league Perry had 4.8 ppg and 1.9 apg for 17 games. Last season Marque Perry split between Ukrainian Donetsk and Besiktas Istanbul. With Donetsk he had 18.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.3 apg for 6 EuroChallenge games. In Ukrainian league Perry added 15.7 ppg, 4 rpg and 3.9 apg. He appeared 9 times with Besiktas in TBL registering 6.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2 apg. In the past, Perry played for Samara, Triumph Lyubertsy, Capo D'Orlando, Banvit and Olympiakos.


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Hill's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old forward Herbert Hill (203-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Inchon ET Land Elephants and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 44.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat SK Knights (#6, 21-24) 92-79. It allowed Elephants to consolidate first place in the South Korean league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Elephants has a very solid 32-13 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Hill turned to be Elephants' top player in his first season with the team. Providence College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hill is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.3ppg), rebounds (4th best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 2.5bpg and 68.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent) of LG Sakers. He is naturalized American forward in his first season at LG Sakers. In the last game Stevenson recorded impressive 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course LG Sakers cruised to a 92-81 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Samsung Th. (#5, 24-21). LG Sakers' 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 20-25 record. Stevenson is a newcomer at LG Sakers and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.5ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 8.5rpg and 3.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Jeff Varem (198-G/F-83) of Anyang KGC (#9). Varem scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Varem's great performance Anyang KGC lost 71-76 to the higher-ranked KCC Egis (#4, 28-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Anyang KGC not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 30 games, recording just fifteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Varem could try to bring Anyang KGC's a little bit higher in the standings. Varem has a very solid season. In 15 games in South Korea he scored 6.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Amal McCaskill (211-F/C-73) of Daegu Orions - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of Seoul Samsung Thunders - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75) of Elephants - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) of Sonic Boom KT - 18 points and 12 rebounds
8. Chan-Hee Park (191-G-87) of Anyang KGC - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Eric Dawson (208-F-84) of KCC Egis - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Terrence Leather (204-C-81) of SK Knights - 20 points and 7 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Coach Salvador Maldonado - 350 games in ACB - by Eurobasket News
It will be a big Saturday for the coach Salvador Maldonado . The experienced Spanish specialist will reach his 350th game in his eleventh ACB season. His current team Fuenlabrada will meet Granada.
Salvador Maldonado started his coaching career as an assistant in TDK Manresa. He worked there from 1991 to 1994, when he became a Head Coach of the team. Maldonado stayed three years with Manresa. In 1997 he moved to Sevilla and next season took over Tau Vitoria. From 2000 Maldonado worked four years in LEB1 and after that he returned to ACB as a Head coach of Gran Canaria, where he stayed until 2009. Fuenlabrada hired Maldonado in January of 2010. The team currently has 12-9 record in ACB.


Real Madrid keeps the perfect score in Euroleague Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Real Madrid 56-61

Another win by Real Madrid and another loss for Partizan in Euroleague Top 16. The Spanish giant jumped to 5-0 and secured the first place in Group G. Their rival in the Quarterfinals will be Fenerbahce Ulker or Valencia. Serbian powerhouse dropped to 0-5 and it was their last home game in Euroleague this season. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) was the leading scorer in victory with 21 points and he also pulled down 7 rebounds beside that. Nikola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) had 13 points and 9 boards, while Sergio Llull (190-G-87) also scored 13 pts but to go with 5 rebs. The hosts got 15 points and 5 rebounds from Jan Vesely (211-F-90). Rasko Katic (208-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) collected 14 pts and 8 boards.
Real Madrid was 12-15 up after ten minutes thanks to 0-8 run in the finish of Q1. Visitors took control on Partizan in the second period stopping them to just 6 points, while on the other side they drained 18. It means that Real was 18-33 up at the halftime and was looking comfortable. Partizan answered with 18-11 in third period closing the gap to 36-44 with 10:00 to go. That was not all from the Serbian champion, who managed to take 49-48 lead at the halfway of the last quarter. Real grabbed it back with 2 minutes left and it was 52-54. The last chance Partizan had with 56-57 on the board, but Tomic responded on the other side. Partizan had two chances to shoot from beyond the arc, but both shots were not successful and Nikola Mirotic grabbed a board and suffered a foul that sent him to the line. He made both attempts and sealed a victory for his team.
Next week, Real Madrid will host Montepaschi. Partizan goes to Istanbul to meet Efes Pilsen.

Partizan: Jan Vesely 15+5 boards, Rasko Katic 14+8 boards
Real Madrid: Ante Tomic 21+7 boards, Nikola Mirotic 13+9 boards, Sergio Llull 13+5 boards


Caja Laboral blasts Unicaja 78-63 - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Unicaja 78-63

Caja Laboral blasted Unicaja improving to 3-2 record in Group E. There is a three-way tie now in this group with Caja Laboral, Panathinaikos and Lietuvos Rytas all having the same numbers. Unicaja on the other side dropped to 1-4 and already faced with elimination. Caja Laboral had five players with double-digits in scoring. Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports) was the leading one with 18 points and he also had 6 rebounds and 5 assists in this game reaching valuation 30. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) scored 16, while Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) (7 rebs) and Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points each. Unicaja got 18 points and 5 rebounds from Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83). Joel Freeland (208-F-87) had 15 pts and 8 rebs in this defeat.
Caja Laboral took control on Unicaja from the very beginning. The hosts made 24-14 lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to 32-19 during the second period. Unicaja finally responded and cut the margin to 40-31 until the halftime. They came to 46-40 during the Q3, but still the hosts managed to reach plus 9 at the end of it. Things got even worse for Unicaja after Mirza Teletovic hit from downtown, followed by a layup off a steal by Marcelinho Huertas early in the fourth. Unicaja, 14 points down, looked ready to give up and settle with its elimination from the playoffs as Fernando San Emeterio extended the lead to 16. The hosts had no troubles to keep their lead for rest of the game.
In the last round of Top 16, Caja Laboral will meet Lietuvos Rytas on the road and it will be a do-or-die game for both teams. Unicaja will host PAO.

Caja Laboral: Marcelinho Huertas 18+6 boards+5 as, Brad Oleson 16, Fernando San Emeterio 12+7 boards, Mirza Teletovic 12
Unicaja: Nedzad Sinanovic 18+5 boards, Joel Freeland 15+8 boards


Valencia comes up with big win in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Valencia 74-80

Excellent win for Valencia (2-3) in Kaunas tonight. With this victory the last season's EuroCup winner kept their Playoffs hopes alive and they will meet Fenerbahce Ulker in a do-or-die game next week. On the other side, this defeat means elimination for Zalgiris who dropped to 1-4. Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.) and Nando De Colo (202-G-87) stepped up for the guests with 17 points each. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) scored 14 and Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) added 13 pts, plus 5 boards. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) scored 15 points in Zalgiris and Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points and 5 rebounds.
Valencia made 17-18 in the first quarter and Zalgiris replied with 20-17 for the next ten minutes. Thanks to 0-12 run, Valencia was in the drivers seat again but Zalgiris quickly replied coming to 48-49. A couple of strong moves by an inspired Jeremy Richardson got Valencia to own a 5-point lead again, but Delininkaitis dropped a corner three and Nando De Colo closed the period with two FTs for 54-58. Visitors jumped to 55-62 at the beginning of Q4 and later it was 60-71. The hosts didnt give up and they closed the gap to 74-75 with 15 seconds left. Kalinetis drained his second three-pointer in a row to set this score. But Cook came up big in the final moments, swishing both his free throws and then stealing the ball on the ensuing inbounds play to feed De Colo, who iced the game from the line. Omar Cook tied the Euroleague Basketball Top 16 assists record with 12 as in a single game.
As mentioned above, next week Valencia will host Fenerbahce Ulker in the crucial game for both teams. Zalgiris will take on Olympiakos on the road.

Zalgiris: DeJuan Collins 15, Paulius Jankunas 14+5 boards
Valencia: Jeremy Richardson 17, Nando De Colo 17, Rafael Martinez 14, Robertas Javtokas 13+5 boards


Regal Barca beats Maccabi Electra in Tel-Aviv for the first place in Group F - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Regal Barca 85-92 OT

Regal Barca handed 85-92 home loss to Maccabi Electra winning the first place in Group F. The reigning Euroleague champion has perfect 5-0 record, while Maccabi dropped to 3-2 and will go to the Quarterfinals as No.2. Last round of Top 16 will be just the formality for both teams. Barca needed an OT to beat Maccabi tonight and they did it mostly owing to Terence Morris (207-F-79, college: Maryland), who scored 19 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) helped with 17 and 14 points respectively. The hosts got 19 points and 5 rebounds from Jeremy Pargo (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga). Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) had 16 points and 6 rebounds, and Chuck Eidson (201-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) scored 13 pts in this loss.
The battle between two giants started with Maccabis 24-16 lead after ten minutes of play. Barca was unable to respond in the second period and Maccabi took plus 9 to the halftime break. Thanks to Perovic, Navarro and Morris, Regal Barca closed the gap to 46-42 at the beginning of Q3 and later it was 54-53. Rubio completed the comeback by tying the score from the line. Pargo pulled up for a big three that woke the fans up. And then hit another to put the hosts back in the drivers seat at 60-54 at the end of the quarter. Barca started the last period with 1-9 run and they jumped to 63-68 soon after that. With minute and a half to go in regular time Maccabi came to 69-70. It was plus one for Barca also with 3.6 remaining, when Lorbek was sent to the line and he made just one of his two attempts. Maccabi had the last possession and Anderson inexplicably fouled Perkins in the backcourt with 1.4 seconds left and the latter made both free throws to send the game to overtime at 73-73. Barca jumped to 73-77 at the beginning of extra time and for the next three minutes they moved up to 79-88. It was clear that Maccabi wont be able to mount a comeback this time and Barca deservedly won the first place in Group F.
Regal Barca will host Union Olimpija in the last round of Top 16. Maccabi will go to Rome.

Maccabi Electra: Jeremy Pargo 19+5 boards, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 16+6 boards, Chuck Eidson 13
Regal Barca: Terence Morris 19+6 boards, Juan Carlos Navarro 17, Alan Anderson 14


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 25-5 
 2. LF Basket 21-9 
 3. Sodertalje 19-11 
 4. Norrkoping 18-8 
 5. Uppsala 14-14 
 6. Solna 14-16 
 7. Boras 11-19 
 8. Jamtland 11-19 
 9. 08 8-21 
 10. Eco Orebro 5-24 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Brown, 0821.7 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.0 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall20.0 
 5. Smith, Uppsala19.8 
 6. McCoy, Boras19.1 
 7. Palm, Boras18.7 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall18.7 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna18.3 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.5 
 2. Palm, Boras9.4 
 3. McKnight, Boras9.1 
 4. Brown, 088.8 
 5. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 6. Constantine, Solna8.0 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.9 
 8. Walker, Solna7.4 
 9. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.2 
 10. Cipriano, Eco O.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.5 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.6 
 3. Beck, 085.0 
 4. Smith, Uppsala4.7 
 5. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.5 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland4.4 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 9. Chuk, Sodertalje4.1 
 10. Smith, Sodertalje4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.6 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.3 
 3. Smith, Uppsala2.0 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall2.0 
 5. Hellgren, Jamtland1.9 
 6. McCoy, Boras1.9 
 7. Wesby, Sundsvall1.7 
 8. Eriksson, Uppsala1.7 
 9. Brown, 081.7 
 10. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.0 
 2. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.8 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 4. Palm, Boras1.6 
 5. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.2 
 6. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.2 
 7. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 8. Cipriano, Eco O.1.1 
 9. Walker, Solna1.0 
 10. Mosley, Eco Orebro0.9 


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LNB market news - by Luca Maffioli
STB Bern-Giants sign the Swiss forward Hamid Lewis (192-F-77). Yassine Khoumssi (191-G-86) come back to Swiss and he will play with Fiat Chene BC. Khoumssi played in Meyrin Grand-Saconnex Basket and Geneve Devils but he started this season in Morocco in As de Sale. Jeremy May (182-G/F-91) rejoins Ovronnaz-Martigny Basket. He played 7 games in this season in 1LN with BBC Collombey-Muraz. Etoile Sportive Vernier Meyrin sign Mehdi Zeqiri (186-G-91). The Swiss guard start his season in Geneve Basket Paquis-Seujet.


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Dar es Salaam RBA league picks momentum - by Eurobasket News
By PAUL JOHN,

EXPECTATIONS reign higher as the clock ticks towards the Dar es Salaam Regional Basketball Association (RBA) quarterfinals-- just a fortnight away.

Pazi can strengthen their hold at the top of the Western Conference pool when they host bottom placed UDSM Outsiders next weekend in the ongoing regional championship at the Indoor Stadium, Dar es Salaam.

But the game of the weekend must be ABC versus Chui, who tie on seven points on the other pool, the Eastern Conference.

Considered more competitive, the 14 team mens category mounting fortunes has seen Pazi and Chui climb up to dislodge heavy weights.

However, the return to action of the ever formidable Savio brings much anticipation as the battle for regional supremacy hots up.

Savio have already registered their influence in the league after outclassing bottom placed UDSM Outsiders 73 58 in a competitive tie staged over the weekend and are expected to strengthen their position when they face Oilers on Sunday.

On top of the table is the ABC in the Eastern Conference Pool with seven points after three victories out of a possible four where they have scored 398 times, conceding 211.

Chui who tie on seven points with the leaders beat third placed Hooplife by score difference where the former have accumulated 291 scores, with the latter scoring 245 but conceded the highest number of baskets with 486 against Chuis 272.

In the Western Conference pool, Pazi top the table after accumulating nine points in five games scoring 346 but conceding 312, with Savio coming a near second with six points after three matches, beating Tanzania Prisons and Vijana on point difference, both of whom have played four matches.

In the ladies category, Jeshi Stars won a walkover and cruised to the top of the league standings when Polisi Dar es Salaam failed to turn up for last weekends preliminary encounter.

Jeshi are now two points clear after accumulating a total 10 points from five games, scoring 377 baskets and conceding 130 in the process.

JKT Stars come a near second with a game in hand after accumulating eight points in four unbeaten run where they have scored 387 times, conceding 197.

Tanzania Prisons are in third position with seven points after three victories where the have scored 323 but conceded the highest number of baskets 227.

Other teams fighting for a pace in quarter finals include DB Lioness, Cargo Stars, Vijana Queens, and CMTU who bring the rear with three points after five matches.

Other matches played last weekend included Oilers who beat UDSM 75 59 and the bottom of the table, while JKT won 77 54 against Changombe United on Saturday, with Changombe making amends to outpace Claws 73 64 on Sunday.
Courtesy of: http://dailynews.co.tz


Dar es Salaam teams maintain poor run in Zone Five - by Eurobasket News
By DAILY NEWS Reporter

THE national men and womens basketball teams crashed to defeats at the ongoing FIBA Zone Five championship in Rwanda to effectively end the countrys hopes of qualifying for the All Africa Games and Africa basketball Nations Cup finals.

The mens team continued with their poor run in the championship that climaxes on Saturday, crashing to 48-87 defeat at the hands of their fellow East Africans, Uganda at the Amahoro Indoor Stadium in Rwanda on Thursday.

This was their third consecutive defeat. They crashed to a 103-65 defeat to the host Rwanda in their opening match before losing 54-51 to Kenya on Wednesday. Their female counterparts were also on the losing end on Thursday.

They were comprehensively trounced by Kenyan ladies, going down to 72-37. It was a massive setback for the Tanzanian queens who had shown glimpses of hope, after they managed to bounce back from 94-30 loss to Rwanda last Tuesday to thrash Ethiopia 55-53 the following day.

Rwandas teams are in good position to qualify for the All Africa Games after winning all their opening three games in both categories. In another development, Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) withdrew their teams from the tournament and slapped indefinite ban on two senior players on allegations of incitement.

KBF took the tough action after both mens and womens teams boycotted training on several occasions over allowances in Kigali, according to media report. KBF chairman Paul Otula said by deciding to stage the sit-ins, the players had blackmailed the Kenyan government that financed their participation in the qualifiers and the federation on the other hand.

Otula strongly feels enough is enough and the chicken should come home to roost and he had advised KBF Secretary General Vitalis Gode to write a withdrawal note to organisers of the qualifiers with immediate effect.

He said: 'Incitement directly lowers performance; it will not be easy for the team to pick up. Weve immediately banned Anjeline (Luchivya) and Ben Oluoch from national teams and all basketball activities for inciting players to reject government allowance.

'While still in Kenya the players and coaches knew what had been approved by the Government and I wonder why they didnt reject then, this sabotage is totally unacceptable, added Otula.

Each member of the team was entitled to 5,000 Kenyan shillings, about 100,000/- as daily allowance but it is not yet clear what amount the players were demanding for. According to Otula, Kenyan players refused to attend training yesterday morning to further press for their agenda.

Without naming names, he reckoned that some people in the federation were using the national teams to settle personal scores. 'Nobody should use Kenya to settle personal scores and this should never happen,' reiterated Otula.

The chairman pointed that most of the senior players in the teams had used basketball to better their lives and should not therefore deny youngsters opportunity to similarly achieve their goals.

The countrys Sports Commissioner Gordon Oluoch felt that loyalty to the country should come before everything else. He said: 'Money is good and important but Im still a subscriber to the old feeling that loyalist to the country is paramount.'
Courtesy of: http://dailynews.co.tz


Battier returning to Memphis for Thabeet - by Eurobasket News
The Houston Rockets have traded Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) to the Memphis Grizzlies for former No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet (7'3''-C-87, college: Connecticut) and a first-round draft choice, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Battier was drafted by the Grizzlies with the No. 6 pick in 2001 and spent his first five seasons there. Memphis traded him to the Rockets for Stromile Swift and the draft rights to Rudy Gay before the 2006-07 season.

Battier, 32, gives Memphis a quality defender and 3-point threat to help compensate for the loss of Rudy Gay. Gay is expected to miss the next five weeks after he injured his left shoulder, and the Grizzlies are thick in the Western Conference playoff hunt.

Thabeet, 23, had a limited role in his two seasons in Memphis and has spent time in the Development League. He is averaging 1.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and a little more than eight minutes in 45 games this season.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com


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League Restart - by Matthew Kyle
After a month and a few weeks the league has restarted with the match between Ezzahra and Rades. The league should be back in full swing and the playoff will begin. Interestingly enough last year around this time U.S. Monastir was sitting in the 3 spot and this year they are battling to make the playoff. What is the difference between this year and last?

Maybe the influx of different Americans and foreign players has something to do with it. U.S. Monastir may not have invested as much money as they did last year for whatever reason and they are certainly suffering for it.


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Reds celebrate in Istanbul 65-80, clinch first place in Group H - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker - Olympiakos 65-80

Olympiacos did a great job in Istanbul tonight. The Reds celebrated 74-80 win to secure the first place in Group H and of course a spot in the Euroleague Playoffs. Olympiacos improved to 4-1 and overcame its 14-point loss against Fener in Top 16 Game 1 to win Group H, getting the home court advantage in the upcoming Quarterfinals. Their rival will be Montepaschi. Fenerbahce dropped to 3-2 and they will meet Valencia in the crucial game next week. Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) top-scored for the Reds with 19 points and he grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) scored 18, while Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) shined with 16 points and 9 boards. For the home squad, Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) delivered 14 points, while Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) had 12 pts and 6 boards.
Olympiakos celebrated in this game thanks to wonderful last quarter. Before that, the Reds made 18-20 after 10 minutes and Fener responded with 18-14 in the second period. Roko-Leni Ukic and his teammates created 11-0 run during the Q3 and they jumped to 49-37 at the halfway of it. Visitors answered immediately and for rest of the quarter they cut the margin to just one point, 55-54. They continued in the same rhythm after that, what resulted with 55-62 at the beginning of the last frame. Soon after that it was 62-72 and later 65-77 with 31 seconds to go. Fener still had plus 14 from the first game and both teams gave their maximum until the very end. Erceg missed for the Reds, but a key offensive rebound by Kostas Papanikolaou allowed Papaloukas to beat the buzzer with a circus three-pointer off the glass, enough for Olympiacos to become the Top 16 Group H champion.
Olympiakos will host Zalgiris in the last round of Top 16. As mentioned above, Fener will go to Valencia what will be the crucial game for both teams.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Roko-Leni Ukic 14, Tarence Kinsey 12+6 boards
Olympiakos: Zoran Erceg 19+5 boards, Loukas Mavrokefalides 18, Radoslav Nesterovic 16+9 boards


Montepaschi beats Efes Pilsen in crucial game - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Efes Pilsen 88-76

Montepaschi booked a spot for the Euroleague Quarterfinals, where they will take on Olympiakos. The Italian powerhouse was too strong for Efes Pilsen improving to 3-2 record in Group G. It will be enough for the second place, as the top spot is reserved for Real Madrid. Efes Pilsen dropped to third place with 2-3 record. Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) had one less than him. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) added 11 points apiece. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) shined in defeat with 24 pts, while Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) and Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) had 10 pts each.
First quarter was pretty leveled and Montepaschi managed to win it at the end 25-23. Nothing has changed in Q2 as teams were tied to 24 points each in this period. Than after the breather, the hosts intensified defense and it was a crucial thing in this game. Montepaschi stopped Efes Pilsen to 11 points in third period, while they made 21 on the other side. Last ten minutes ended with 18-18 tie meaning that Montepaschi won this game with plus 12 and booked a spot for the Euroleague Quarterfinals.
Montepaschi will go to Madrid next week. Efes Pilsen will host Partizan.

Montepaschi: Milovan Rakovic 15, Rimantas Kaukenas 14, Ksistof Lavrinovic 11+5 boards, David Moss 11
Efes Pilsen: Igor Rakocevic 24, Kerem Gonlum 10+5 boards, Nikola Vujcic 10


Cavs acquire Semih Erden and Luke Harangody for 2nd round pick - by Eurobasket News
The Cavaliers completed one more deal before the 3 p.m. trade deadline, acquiring center Semih Erden (6'11''-C-87) and forward Luke Harangody (6'8''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) from Boston in exchange for a 2013 second-round draft pick, according to a league source.

Erden, a 6-11 center from Turkey, will serve as a back-up center for a Cavaliers team lacking in size. Erden is averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in this, his rookie season.

Harangody, also a rookie, is averaging 2.3 points in 8.6 minutes per game for Boston. The 6-7 forward played for Notre Dame and was Big East Player of the Year in 2009.

The Cavaliers give up Minnesota's 2013 second-round pick, acquired last year in the deal that sent Delonte West to the Timberwolves.

The Cavaliers explored talks throughout the day to trade veterans Antawn Jamison and Anthony Parker, but ultimately didn't make any deals and will keep both.

The trades leave the Cavaliers with 16 players on their roster, one over the 15-player limit. The team has been in talks with forward Leon Powe about a buyout, which is one possibility for bringing the roster within league limits.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


FRUSTRATION... - by Brandon Gordon
Whats up yall its ya boi BG checkin in again. Todays topic is FRUSTRATION!! Man need I say more. When winning games and getting better each and everyday matters to you and is imperative to you growth and success as a professional basketball player things can really get frustrating sometimes. Especially when things are not going good on the court and there seems to be no more you can do to better the situation. Frustration really starts to set in and it makes you wanna pull your hair out sometimes. But everytime I started to get mad or angry wit my situation I remember that God has blessed me to play the game of basketball and get paid for it. Even though the pay might not be much I still have a job doing something I love.

Playing on a young and inexperienced team is a CHALLENGE! After this year I can really say that I have become a more patient person after this season. (and when i say ineperienced i mean guys who never played more than 5 minutes in an actual game). Coming into a situation where you have to be the Leader, help coach, and sometimes babysitter can be tough especially when you are the only foreign player on the team. Needless to say my hands are full! But with all that being said this is what they give me but all they say is we need to win. I play hard and give it all I got but this is like expecting me to bake a cake and you only give me half the ingredients.

Fortunately we just added another American to the team which is beneficial to me just t have somewhere here I can talk to that can relate. It sucked going thru this by myself the whole year. Even though he may never play in a game because we can only play 1 american at a time (just the rule in turkish 2nd division). He is a point guard so if he dresses i dont and am the only presence that we really have scoring in the paint. So if I sit out that will make it even tougher for us to get a win. But we are both about to pull our hair out now and he has only been here about a month and already realizes what is going on around here. We are working everyday to help these young players so we can win but we dont have much time and we are not good at perfroming miracles so we will see what happens. Im out. PEACE.


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  UBA   


Jermaine Barnes vs. Rasheem Barrett: Superstars go head-to-head - by UBA media

David Walls Reports:
February 25, 2011

The battle of superstars takes place Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.

The last time these two teams squared off, Barrett and Barnes put on a hell of show, combining for 50 points. The Disciples came away victorious 89-85.

What Disciples team will show up Saturday? Hopefully its not the one who was tortured in their 16 point loss against the Tennessee Dragons in January.

Typically the Disciples comes to play against the UBAs best and look for Barnes to explode Saturday. He has been an afterthought in regards to the leagues best player this month and he wants to prove hes right on Rasheem's level. 'I respect Rasheem and the Generals but I'm the MVP and we are the champs', said Barnes. I look forward to it. I love playing Rasheem, De La Cruz and John White. They all take pride in winning and I respect that.

Sure, there's not much at stake when Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian) (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian) takes the floor opposite his friend and rival Rasheem Barrett (6'5''-G-87, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Auburn) at Saturday's showdown between two UBA powers, but it is a perfect opportunity to compare the two most dominant players in the game.

Barnes has long been regarded the best player in the UBA and is certainly its most decorated. But it's hard not to stir up controversy about the two players.

Here's what's crystal clear. The winner of this game and the best player in the game are one in the same. The Disciples and Generals are by far the top teams in the UBA; not to mention Barrett and Barnes both are averaging 26.6ppg. One thing is for sure, the best will be crowned Saturday afternoon.

Key Matchups: Barnes vs. Shawn Morgan (6'6''-F, college: Arkansas St.), Warren Beaulah (6'5''-G-84, college: Brewton Parker) vs. Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian). If Morgan forces Barnes to shoot mostly from the perimeter the Disciples will be in trouble. Beaulah has to contain De La Cruz. Last game he dismantle the Disciples with 14 assist to go along with 24 points. Rasheem Barrett will be the difference.

Records: Disciples 20-6, Cavs 22-4

Prediction: Disciples 99 Generals 97.



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  UKRAINE   


Fred House gets MVP of the Week award for Ukrainian Superleague - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Fred House (195-F-78, agency: Lanshire Group) had an amazing evening in the last round for Azovmash Mariupol and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 32-year old forward had the game-high 30 points adding six rebounds for Azovmash in his team's victory, helping them to beat DniproAzot (#10, 13-21) 101-96. Azovmash maintains the 3rd position in Ukrainian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Azovmash will need more victories to improve their 22-12 record. In the team's last game House had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Azovmash and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Fred House averages this season 13.6ppg and 5.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Steve Burtt (185-G-84) of Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk. Burtt impressed basketball fans with 38 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Dnipro lost that game 85-92 to the lower-ranked DniproAzot (#10, 13-21). Dnipro managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-17 record is not bad and everything may still change. Burtt is a newcomer at Dnipro and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.5ppg (#1). He also recorded 4.9 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Christian Burns (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (#6). Burns scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Burns' great performance Ferro-ZNTU lost 84-88 to slightly higher-ranked Hoverla (#4, 21-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Ferro-ZNTU ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Burns could help Ferro-ZNTU to bring them higher in the standings. Burns has a great season in Ukraine. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 8.4rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84) of BC Donetsk - 26 points and 6 rebounds
5. Eric Coleman (200-C-85) of Hoverla - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87) of Hoverla - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Brian Greene (196-G/F-83) of Mykolaiv - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75) of Azovmash - 21 points and 4 assists
9. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75) of Azovmash - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84) of DniproAzot - 13 points and 11 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


BC Odessa land Vadym Norenko - by Eurobasket News
BC Odessa signed a deal with a young forward. They have agreed on terms of contract with Vadym Norenko (204-F-88). The 22-year-old forward started the season in MBC Mykolaiv. He tallied 0.7 points and 0.3 boards per game in Superleague. Vadym Norenko also played for MBC Mykolaiv reserve team. He notched 19.8 points, 9.2 boards and 3.0 blocks per game in the reserve squads championship. Vadym Norenko played for Ukraine U20 selection at 2007 and 2008 European Championships. The forward averaged 13.5 points, 5.4 boards and 1.8 blocks per game in Latvia in 2008. Vadym Norenko cited not enough playing time as the main reason to leave MBC Mykolaiv. He was on tryouts with BC Kryvbasbasket before moving to BC Odessa.


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.5 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.8 
 3. Washington, BC Od.17.0 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.9 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.7 
 6. Williams, Halychyna15.0 
 7. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna14.4 
 9. Fraser, DniproAzot14.4 
 10. Millage, Khimik14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.2 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.4 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.7 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.2 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Owens, Azovmash7.0 
 8. Hunter, Fe.6.9 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla6.4 
 10. Greene, Mykolaiv6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.3 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.1 
 3. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.9 
 4. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 5. Millage, Khimik4.8 
 6. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.4 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.3 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. House, Azovmash1.7 
 3. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 4. Love, Mykolaiv1.5 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 7. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.4 
 8. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
 9. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.4 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.3 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.2 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 5. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Balashov, BC Odessa1.2 
 9. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.2 
 10. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 


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  URUGUAY   


Andrew Feeley talks about Herb Brown's Clinic - by Sergio Palay
Last Saturday was held at Trouville, the Herb Brown's Clinic. More than 150 basketball coaches were at the event.
Showy was the presence of Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, agency: Promotex, college: UMBC) doing the demostration on the court.
The player ended his contract with Trouville but decided to stay a few days in Montevideo to exploit the clinic
We collected his view of the event:
'I think the clinic was very good, many coaches got to hear his thoughts and see some great exercises to help improve the skills of there players. The coaches were able to ask specific questions and get an NBA answer. It was a great experience for everyone who attended.

I have never had the opportunity to work 1 on 1 with an NBA Level coach and it was a great opportunity for me. In the short time I worked with Herb, I learned many things that that will help improve my game. I know that every player from Trouville was able to learn something new.
It was a great experience and I am happy that I was able to be a part of the event.'


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  ZIMBABWE   


Prince Edward School Dismiss Gateway in Basketball Tourney - by Eurobasket News
PRINCE EDWARD School were in top form when they dismissed Gateway 16-12 in the Under20 Petra Invitational Schools Basketball tournament at the weekend.

The tournament took place at Petra High School in Bulawayo and attracted 12 different schools from all over the country.

In their first match, Prince Edward beat Christian Brothers College 1511 before dismissing Masiyephambili 2724.

They went on to play Founders High School and won 1513.

In the semifinals, Gateway thrashed Lomagundi 258 to set up a thrilling final against Prince Edward.

Gandi eventually lost to the Tigers 1612 in an exciting match.

Prince Edward player Patrick Nambulo was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament while Josiah Sachiti was the highest scorer, contributing 67 points in all the matches.

'We played very well especially against Gateway.

'Our boys were short in stature compared to the Gateway players but they were very fast and managed to come out tops.

'We are proud of the boys and we keep on encouraging them to continue working hard,' said Sledge Chinyoka, the Prince Edward School's teacherincharge.

Prince Edward have also managed to keep their heads high in the league after collecting maximum points in five matches.

They beat St George's College, Churchill, Heritage, Mufakose 2 High and Eaglesvale.

'We won all our matches except the one against St John's College,' said Chinyoka.

Prince Edward are expected to play their last league game at home today against Gateway.
Courtesy of: http://www.herald.co.zw/




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Sibenik inks Wilson - by Zeljko Zule
To gear up for the Croatian League Play-Off, which starts on Saturday, runner-up Sibenik Jolly JBS announced the signing American Lindsey Wilson (176-G-81, college: Iowa St.) until the end of the season to replace Karina Figueroa (173-G-86, college: Long Beach St.) who retired. Wilson arrives from Israeli side A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra, where she averaged 9.5, points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.5 steals in 0.5 blocks in 4 games of Israeli League. Wilson played college basketball for Iowa State. She has since played professionally in Turkey, Slovakia, Lithuania and Greece.

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  ANGOLA - Women  


Angola wants to host ladies Afrobasket in 2013 - by Eurobasket News
Luanda - Angola may host the African senior females basketball cup of nations in 2013.
This was said to Angop on Sunday in Luanda by the secretary general of the Angolan Basketball Federation (FAB), Tony Sofrimento.
The official said that the candidature of Angola is aimed at encouraging the female basketball and thus enable the use of infrastructures in the country.
Cameroon, DR Congo (DRC) and South Africa are also willing to host the competition.
The ladies Afrobasket2011 will take place in Mali.
Courtesy of: http://www.portalangop.co.ao


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  BELGIUM - Women  


D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alisha TATHAM
  Point Chaud
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Tatham, Point C.21.4 
 2. Leemans, Sint K.21.1 
 3. Meesseman, Ieper19.4 
 4. Gaither, Dexia N.16.6 
 5. Decroos, BBC Boom15.6 
 6. Dennett, Sint K.15.5 
 7. Wilkins, Point Chaud15.1 
 8. Mayombo, Point C.14.8 
 9. VanMalderen, Dexia N.14.6 
 10. Boonen, BBC Boom14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rhona MCKENZIE
  Houthalen
  (183-F-76)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. McKenzie, Houth.13.4 
 2. Meesseman, Ieper11.3 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.10.1 
 4. Wilkins, Point Chaud9.0 
 5. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.8.8 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.8.7 
 7. Hoehne, R.Spirou.8.4 
 8. Van Respaill., Wareg.8.3 
 9. Malfait, Jeugd G.8.0 
 10. Tatham, Point C.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Leemans, Sint K.2.7 
 2. Devliegher, Ieper2.2 
 3. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.1 
 4. Van Dessel, Sint K.2.0 
 5. Mayombo, Point C.2.0 
 6. Boonen, BBC Boom2.0 
 7. Van Driel, BBC B.1.9 
 8. Vanloo, Waregem1.9 
 9. Dubuc, Dexia Namur1.9 
 10. Degels, Jeugd G.1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Katryna GAITHER
  Dexia Namur
  (191-C-75)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gaither, Dexia N.2.4 
 2. Meesseman, Ieper2.3 
 3. Van De Bruae., Deerl.2.2 
 4. Medvedeva, Waregem2.1 
 5. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.1 
 6. Van den Vond., BBC B.2.1 
 7. Van Driel, BBC B.2.1 
 8. Versavel, Ieper1.9 
 9. Deneil, Dexia Namur1.9 
 10. Mayombo, Point C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Meesseman, Ieper3.1 
 2. Boonen, BBC Boom1.7 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.1.7 
 4. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.1.4 
 5. Theunissen, Point C.1.2 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.1.1 
 7. Malfait, Jeugd G.1.0 
 8. Lentacker, Jeugd G.0.9 
 9. VanMalderen, Dexia N.0.8 
 10. Hoehne, R.Spirou.0.7 


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Zeljeznicar 14-1 
 2. Mladi Krajisnik 13-2 
 3. Igman 11-4 
 4. Jedinstvo 9-6 
 5. Sloboda 8-7 
 6. Tomislav 7-8 
 7. Banovici 5-10 
 8. Borac ML-IEFK 5-10 
 9. Rudar 3-12 
 10. Trebinje 0-15 
Play in international cups:
 1. Celik


Stats Leaders - Women
A1 division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Milica Deura 20.9
2 Anic Antonela 18,6
3 Zdenka Kovacevic 16,9
4 Dajana Bugarin 16,6
5 Ivona Bogoje 16,3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Marica Gajic 10.4
2 Emina Demirovic 9.9
3 Dajana Bugarin 8.4
4 Ivona Bogoje 8.2
5 Antonela Anic 7.9
Assists Per Game
1 Tamara Bajic 4,9
2 Dragoslava Zakula 4.7
3 Andrea Pinter 4.1
4 Ljiljana Latinovic 4.1
5 Natasa Kajtaz 3.4
Ranking
1. Dajana Bugarin 23.4
2. Ivona Bogoje 23.1
3. Antonela Anic 21.5
4. Emina Demirvic 20.4
5. Marica Gajic 19.6


News - by Senad Sadikovic
In the 'thirth' period of game in Banovici, after Mladi Krajisnik didn't coming, Mladi Krajisnik team is threatning with leaving the national league, because ot the missunderstandig with Bosnian Basketball Alliance and is threatning with all the teams from Republic of Srpska Basketball Alliance leaving KSBiH (national basketball alliance).

KK Jedinstvo BH Telecom, is geting big reinforce, Azra Becirovic is back from Cipar

Derby game in the suterday will arbitrate Nermin Kasumovic and Seid Nozinovic, the most popular arbitres on women league KSBiH.


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  CANADA - Women  


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
AUS
 1. Cape Breton 11-3 
 2. New Brunsw. 8-3 
 3. St.Francis X. 7-4 
 4. Memorial 7-5 
 5. St.Mary's 7-7 
 6. Acadia 5-6 
 7. Dalhousie 3-8 
 8. UPEI 0-12 
Canada West
 1. Saskatchewan 14-2 
 2. Alberta 14-4 
 3. Regina 13-3 
 4. Winnipeg 13-3 
 5. UBC 13-5 
 6. Victoria 13-5 
 7. UFV 8-8 
 8. Thompson R. 7-11 
 9. Calgary 6-10 
 10. Manitoba 4-12 
 11. Lethbridge 4-14 
 12. Trinity West. 1-17 
 13. Brandon 0-16 
QSSF
 1. McGill 8-1 
 2. UQAM 5-4 
 3. Concordia 5-5 
 4. Laval 3-6 
 5. Bishop's 2-7 
UOA East
 1. Carleton 12-2 
 2. Toronto Univ. 11-4 
 3. Ottawa 9-5 
 4. Ryerson 6-9 
 5. York 5-10 
 6. Laurentian 4-11 
 7. Queen's 3-12 
 8. RMC 1-14 
UOA West
 1. Western 12-2 
 2. Windsor 11-2 
 3. Lakehead 10-4 
 4. Laurier 10-4 
 5. Brock 9-5 
 6. Guelph 8-6 
 7. McMaster 3-10 
 8. Waterloo 0-14 


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  CROATIA - Women  


All four Adriatic League's teams reach Cup F4 - by Zeljko Zule
Gospic CO, Sibenik Jolly JBS, Lupa promotion and Medvescak advanced to the Final-Four of 2011 Croatian Cup Ruzica Meglaj-Rimac.
Sibebnik Jolly JBS-Plamen Pozega 104-60 (Ivankovic 25, Semren 20
Pula-Gospic CO 65-88 (Premasunac 12, Flaherty 10, Cvjetkovic 14, Valentic 4, Ramljak 25 - Mandir 14, Reid 9, Gambiraza 10, Jurcevic 13, Aleksic 4, Vrsaljko 11, Pavetic 12, Maslowski 15).
Split-Lupa promotion 94-104
Studenac Omis-Medvescak


Second stage Schedule - by Zeljko Zule
Below is the schedule for the League Play-Off (February 26 April 13) and for the League Play-Out (Februar 19 May 9).
League Play-Off:
Round 1 (26/02)/Round 6 (30/03): Studenac Omis-Lupa Promotion NZ, Pula-Jolly JBS Sibenik, Gospic CO Medvescak,
Round 2 (02/03)/Round 7 (02/04): Lupa Promotion NZ-Medvescak, Jolly JBS SIbenik-Gospic CO, Studenac Omis-Pula.
Round 3 (12/03)/Round 8 (06/04): Pula-Lupa Promotion NZ, Gospic CO-Studenac Omis, Medvescak-Jolly JBS Sibenik.
Round 4 (16/03)/Round 9 (09/04): Lupa Promotion NZ-Jolly JBS Sibenik, Studenac Omis-Medvescak, Pula-Gospic CO.
Round 5 (19/03/Round 10 (13/04): Gospic CO-Lupa Promotion NZ, Medvescak-Pula, Jolly JBS Sibenik-Studenac Omis.
League Play-Out:
Round 1 (19/02)/Round 6 (02/04): Plamen Pozega-Croatia 2006, Split-Zadar, Agram bye.
Round 2 (26/02/Round 7 (09/04): Croatia 2006-Split, Agram-Plamen Pozega, Zadar bye.
Round 3 (05/03)/Round 8 (16/04): Split-Agram, Zadar-Croatia 2006, Plamen Pozega bye.
Round 4 (12/03)/Round 9 (30/04): Agram-Zadar, Plamen Pozega-Split, Croatia 2006 bye.
Round 5 (19/03)/Round 10 (09/05): Zadar-Plamen Pozega, Croatia 2006-Agram, Split bye.



Zadar beats relegation rival - by Zeljko Zule
Croatia 2006 limited Plamen Pozega to just five points in the opening quarter for a comfortable win, 80-54, in the Round 1 of League Play-Out stage, Ruzica Dzankic scored 21 points and Inja Butina and Nikolina Ilijanic added 17 apiece while Kristina Soldo led the visiting team with 15 points. Zadar beat direct rival in the struggle to avoid relegation Split, 77-63. Ivana Blazevic (182-G-93) finished with 18 points, Lucija Perica had 16, Glorija Sikiric 14 and Ema Mestrovic 13. Split was led by Ana Bionic and her 12 points, Tina Cizmic added 11).
League Play-Out Round 1:
Croatia 2006-Plamen Pozega 80-54 (Butina 17, Fumic 5, Divcic 2, Ilijanic 17, Kraljev 2, Dzankic 21, Stilinobca 5, Borenovic 7, Topic 4 - M.Lovric 9, P.Lovric 2, Bozic 4, A.Budim 2, Tosic 14, Soldo 15, E.Budim 8, Drmic 2)
Split -Zadar 63-77 (Goles 1, Laura 6, Biocic 12, Parunov 9, Zovko 1, Cizmic 11, Skara 7 - Sesar 4, Jacan 2, Kovacevic 5, Perica 16, Sikiric 14, Blazevic 18, Majstorovic 5, Mestrovic 13).
Agram bye
Standings: Croatia 2006 7-2, Zadar 5-4, Agram 4-4, Pozega 3-10, Split 3-10.



Sibenik inks Wilson - by Zeljko Zule
To gear up for the Croatian League Play-Off, which starts on Saturday, runner-up Sibenik Jolly JBS announced the signing American Lindsey Wilson (176-G-81, college: Iowa St.) until the end of the season to replace Karina Figueroa (173-G-86, college: Long Beach St.) who retired. Wilson arrives from Israeli side A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra, where she averaged 9.5, points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.5 steals in 0.5 blocks in 4 games of Israeli League. Wilson played college basketball for Iowa State. She has since played professionally in Turkey, Slovakia, Lithuania and Greece.

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Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
A1
 1. USK Praha 17-1 
 2. Frisco Sika 16-1 
 3. Slovanka MB 12-6 
 4. Trutnov 10-8 
A2
 1. Strakonice 9-10 
 2. Valosun Brno 7-11 
 3. Hradec Kralove 7-11 
 4. Karlovy Vary 6-13 
 5. VS Praha 6-14 
 6. Pardubice 2-17 


The Second Stage openers - by Eurobasket News
The Second Stage in ZBL just started.

The most exciting game of round 1 in the ZBL took place in Hradec Kralove. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (6-13) to third ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (7-11) 57-54 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 26-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sokol Hradec Kralove dominated on the defensive end, holding Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary to just 6 points in third quarter. Center Klara Pochobradska (187-89) stepped up and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Michaela Hartigova (192-83) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Sokol Hradec Kralove's coach Miroslav Volejnik used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side forward Jitka Eisnerova (182-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Sokol Hradec Kralove have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Valosun Brno. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove is looking forward to face league's second-placed Valosun Brno on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary will play against BK Pliska Studanka in Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Strakonice. First ranked host Aldast Strakonice (9-10) smashed their biggest opponent Valosun Brno (7-11) 74-54. Center Petra Reisingerova (196-73) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of her seven free throws) for the winning side and Michaela Uhrova accounted for 17 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Veronika Vlkova (175-84) came up with 18 points for Valosun Brno in the defeat. Valosun Brno's coach Tomas Vesely rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Aldast Strakonice maintains first place with 9-10 record. Valosun Brno lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hradec Kralove. Aldast Strakonice will play against VS Praha (#5) on the road in the next round. Valosun Brno will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 1 Pardubice won against VS Praha on the opponent's court 68-54.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 17 rebounds by Louice Halvarsson of Frisco Sika Brno.


Group A2
VS Praha - Pardubice 54-68

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked VS Praha (6-14) was defeated at home by sixth ranked BK Pliska Studanka (2-17) 68-54. It looked good early as VS Praha took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BK Pliska Studanka had a 20-11 second period charge getting the lead and VS Praha was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-68. They outrebounded VS Praha 48-32 including 29 on the offensive glass. Center Renata Brezinova (189-90) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and forward Hana Kramperova (176-85) accounted for 20 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Tereza Kuthanova (180-87) came up with 9 points and 5 rebounds and center Kamila Stepanova (191-88) added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively for VS Praha in the defeat. VS Praha's coach Zdenek Sykora rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted BK Pliska Studanka maintains sixth place with 2-17 record. VS Praha at the other side keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. BK Pliska Studanka will play against higher ranked Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VS Praha will play against the league's leader Aldast Strakonice and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pardubice: H.Kramperova 20+11reb, R.Brezinova 19+14reb+4ast, C.Quintana 13+2reb+4ast, M.Ondrejova 7+7reb+3ast, M.Pavlasova 4+5reb, B.Habetinkova 3+1reb
VS Praha: T.Vyoralova 9+2reb+1ast, T.Kuthanova 9+5reb+1ast, K.Stepanova 6+6reb+3ast, T.Vorlova 5+7reb+1ast, E.Skutilova 5+3reb, K.Elhotova 5+4reb+1ast
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Strakonice - Valosun Brno 74-54

The game between Top Four teams took place in Strakonice. First ranked host Aldast Strakonice (9-10) smashed their biggest opponent Valosun Brno (7-11) 74-54. The game was mostly controlled by Aldast Strakonice. Valosun Brno was better in third quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Valosun Brno 38-24 including a 30-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Petra Reisingerova (196-73) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of her seven free throws) for the winning side and the former international guard Michaela Uhrova (166-82, agency: Promotex) accounted for 17 points and 10 rebounds. Four Aldast Strakonice players scored in double figures. Swingman Veronika Vlkova (175-84) came up with 18 points and the former international center Ivana Vecerova (194-79) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Valosun Brno in the defeat. Valosun Brno's coach Tomas Vesely rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Aldast Strakonice maintains first place with 9-10 record. Valosun Brno lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hradec Kralove. Aldast Strakonice will play against VS Praha (#5) on the road in the next round. Valosun Brno will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Strakonice: P.Reisingerova 19+12reb+4ast, M.Uhrova 17+10reb+3ast, J.Musilova 12+2reb, D.Johnova 11+5reb+4ast, Z.Skrabalova 6+5reb, A.Podskalska 5+1reb+1ast
Valosun Brno: V.Vlkova 18+4reb+3ast, M.Zatloukalova 8+2reb+2ast, M.Zrustova 6+2reb+1ast, I.Vecerova 6+8reb+3ast, K.Krizova 4, Z.Mracnova 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 122075


Hradec Kralove - Karlovy Vary 57-54

The most exciting game of round 1 in the ZBL took place in Hradec Kralove. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (6-13) to third ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (7-11) 57-54 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 26-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sokol Hradec Kralove dominated on the defensive end, holding Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary to just 6 points in third quarter. Center Klara Pochobradska (187-89) stepped up and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Michaela Hartigova (192-83) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Sokol Hradec Kralove's coach Miroslav Volejnik used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side forward Jitka Eisnerova (182-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Slovakian center Michaela Magerciakova (188-77) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Sokol Hradec Kralove have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Valosun Brno. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove is looking forward to face league's second-placed Valosun Brno on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary will play against BK Pliska Studanka in Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hradec Kralove: M.Stara 16+2reb+2ast, K.Pochobradska 14+7reb, M.Hartigova 11+8reb+1ast, K.Zavazalova 9+3reb, L.Bartakova 5+4reb+3ast, I.Sindelarova 2+1reb
Karlovy Vary: J.Eisnerova 15+10reb+2ast, M.Magerciakova 11+9reb+1ast, Y.Paige 9+1reb+1ast, B.Sedlackova 7+2reb, L.Vetrovcova 6+2reb+3ast, K.Hrabakova 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 122076




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  Frisco Sika
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Eldebrink, Frisco S.20.6 
 2. Milton-Jones, USK P.19.4 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.19.2 
 4. Vlkova, Valosun .17.7 
 5. Halvarsson, Frisco S.16.5 
 6. Johnova, Strakonice16.3 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.15.7 
 8. Misurova, Trutnov15.3 
 9. Viteckova, USK P.15.2 
 10. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika11.7 
 2. Reisingerova, Strako.10.9 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .9.3 
 4. Kulichova, USK P.8.0 
 5. Skerovic, Frisco Sika7.9 
 6. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.7.9 
 7. Horakova, Hradec K.7.6 
 8. Milton-Jones, USK P.7.4 
 9. Sipova, Slovanka.7.3 
 10. Stepanova, VS Praha7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.6.0 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika5.3 
 3. Uhrova, Strakonice5.1 
 4. Johnova, Strakonice3.3 
 5. Whalen, USK Praha3.2 
 6. Kysilkova, Hradec K.3.1 
 7. Viteckova, USK P.2.9 
 8. Eldebrink, Frisco S.2.7 
 9. Paige, Karlovy Vary2.6 
 10. Misurova, Trutnov2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.7 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika2.9 
 3. Brantlova, VS Praha2.7 
 4. Uhrova, Strakonice2.6 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice2.6 
 6. Milton-Jones, USK P.2.3 
 7. Novotna, Slovanka.2.2 
 8. Whalen, USK Praha2.1 
 9. Quintana, Pardubice1.9 
 10. Kulichova, USK P.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michaela HARTIGOVA
  Hradec Kralove
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hartigova, Hradec K.1.8 
 2. Kulichova, USK P.1.6 
 3. Horakova, Hradec K.1.0 
 4. Milton-Jones, USK P.1.0 
 5. Vecerova, Valosun .0.8 
 6. Novakova, Trutnov0.8 
 7. Ferancikova, USK P.0.8 
 8. Sipova, Slovanka.0.7 
 9. Stepanova, VS Praha0.7 
 10. Halvarsson, Frisco S.0.7 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ana DABOVIC
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (183-G/F-89)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Dabovic, Dy.20.3 
 2. Willingham, Elitzu.19.4 
 3. Carson, SEAT L.19.1 
 4. Sanni, Villeneuve19.0 
 5. Podesvova, MBK R.18.0 
 6. Mosch, Dy.17.7 
 7. Gaither, Dexia N.17.5 
 8. Williams, Olivais17.4 
 9. Givens, Minsk-200617.2 
 10. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simona PODESVOVA
  MBK Ruzomb.
  (186-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Podesvova, MBK R.11.9 
 2. Stone, Partizan11.0 
 3. Thomas, Villeneuve10.8 
 4. Willingham, Elitzu.10.5 
 5. Whitehead, Craiova10.0 
 6. Zarytska, Hatis Y.9.8 
 7. Sanni, Villeneuve9.4 
 8. Dennett, Sint K.9.3 
 9. Myasoedova, Dynam.8.8 
 10. Gaither, Dexia N.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Michelle BRANDAO
  Olivais
  (171-G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Brandao, Olivais6.0 
 2. Comtesse, Saarl.5.3 
 3. Bajic, Zeljeznicar5.2 
 4. Aubert, Nantes4.9 
 5. Marchanka, Dynamo M.4.8 
 6. Dabovic, Dy.4.6 
 7. Milanovich, Spart.4.5 
 8. Cherepanova, Cheva.4.4 
 9. Tarta, Craiova4.2 
 10. Tanqueray, Villeneuve4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Quianna CHANEY
  Hatis Yerevan
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Chaney, Hatis Y.3.6 
 2. Gomis, Arras3.5 
 3. Wright, Elitzur Ramla3.4 
 4. Gaither, Dexia N.3.2 
 5. Carpreaux, Villeneuve2.7 
 6. Moore, Chevakata2.7 
 7. Meesseman, Young C.2.6 
 8. Dabovic, Dy.2.6 
 9. Tanqueray, Villeneuve2.6 
 10. Mitchell, Arras2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalya MYASOEDOVA
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Myasoedova, Dynam.2.3 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly2.0 
 3. Kuzina, Dynamo M.2.0 
 4. Meesseman, Young C.1.9 
 5. Riley, Athinaikos1.7 
 6. Dennett, Sint K.1.5 
 7. Mills, Alges1.3 
 8. Hasper, Gorizont1.3 
 9. Davenport, Cheva.1.2 
 10. Snow, Dynamo K.1.2 


Semifinals: First games - by Eurobasket News
Arras - Chevakata 67-66
Very exciting game was played in Arras tonight. The home squad escaped with tiny 67-66 victory, but Chevakata will be the host in the second meeting next week. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) stepped up for Arras with 21 points, but she had only 4 of 13 from the field with valuation 5 for 31 minutes. Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) had 14 points and 6 boards, while Leilani Mitchell (165-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) added 12 pts to this victory. On the other side, Chevakata got 16 points and 8 rebounds from Jessica Davenport (196-C-85, college: Ohio St.). Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) helped with 13 points and 5 boards. Chevakata took control on Arras from the very beginning and they made excellent 10-23 lead in the first period. Visitors slowed down in Q2 and Arras was also struggling at the both sides of the court. That resulted with 11-12 for the guests in this period for comfortable 21-35 at the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather as Chevakata won third period also with minimum lead, 22-23. Finally the hosts woke up after that. There was ten minutes left and it was enough for Pauline Akonga Nsimbo and her teammates to make a turn. They drained 24 points in Q4, while limiting Chevakata to 8 on the other side. At the end Arras celebrated 67-66 win, which they will try to defend in the second meeting in Russia. It will be a very difficult job as Chevakata demonstrated their power at home many times this season in EuroCup, as well as in Russian league.

Elitzur Ramla - Athinaikos 74-59
Elitzur Ramla did a good job in the first game of the EuroCup Semifinals. The Israeli squad blasted defending champion Athinaikos 74-59 and will it be enough for the Finals we will find out next week. Athinaikos will be the host in that game. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) was a key player for the winners with 22 points and 5 rebounds. She reached valuation 27 and was the MVP of this meeting. Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) and Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Pittsburgh) helped the hosts with 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84) delivered 14 points. Ruth Riley (196-C-79, college: Notre Dame) (5 rebs) and LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) netted 12 and 11 pts respectively. Elitzur Ramla opened the game in style making 21-9 after ten minutes of play. Visitors woke up after that and they intensified defense stopping the hosts to 10 pts in the second period. However, Athinaikos also struggled offensively and they closed the gap for just four points until the halftime, 31-23. Third period was tied to 23 points each, so the home squad entered to last ten minutes with decent plus. Elitzur Ramla went on a 16-3 run over the last 5:46 of the game to claim this 15-point win before the second meeting in Greece.


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PeKa defeated ToPo - by Elina Koskinen
PeKa took sixth victory in a row as they won ToPo 65-84 in Helsinki on Wednesday night. The match was even until the last period and lead was changed for few times during the game. In the half-time PeKa was only 6 points ahead and the score was 35-41. Visitors nailed the game during the last five minutes as they made 16-0 run in few minutes. PeKas three-point-shots were one key to the victory. They netted 7 shots of 21 whereas ToPo netted only 1 of 22. Krystal Vaughn (185-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Va Commonwealth) led the game finishing 24 points and 13 rebounds for PeKa. Also Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) had again a good day as she netted 19 points and in addition Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) scored 18 points for PeKa. Contrary ToPo had only two scorers. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) and Dandra Moss (183-F-88, college: Va Commonwealth) both finished 27 points and 15 rebounds.

Huima beat HoNsU - by Elina Koskinen
Huima took a victory at home court as HoNsU visited in Aanekoski on Wednesday night. Final result 92-58 tells a lot of the game. First ten minutes were even but then in the second quarter Huima started to make difference. In half-time score was already 49-30. Judie Lomax (180-F-88, college: Columbia) and Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans) led the game of Huima and they ruled the match under the basket. Lomax took 13 rebounds while Robinson gathered 12. This power pair scored also the highest points for Huima. Lomax finished 27 and Robinson 21 points. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, college: Lamar) scored the highest 18 points for HoNsU.

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Arras takes minimum lead against Chevakata - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup Semifinals, Game One: Arras - Chevakata 67-66

Very exciting game was played in Arras tonight. The home squad escaped with tiny 67-66 victory, but Chevakata will be the host in the second meeting next week. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) stepped up for Arras with 21 points, but she had only 4 of 13 from the field with valuation 5 for 31 minutes. Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) had 14 points and 6 boards, while Leilani Mitchell (165-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) added 12 pts to this victory. On the other side, Chevakata got 16 points and 8 rebounds from Jessica Davenport (196-C-85, college: Ohio St.). Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) helped with 13 points and 5 boards.
Chevakata took control on Arras from the very beginning and they made excellent 10-23 lead in the first period. Visitors slowed down in Q2 and Arras was also struggling at the both sides of the court. That resulted with 11-12 for the guests in this period for comfortable 21-35 at the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather as Chevakata won third period also with minimum lead, 22-23. Finally the hosts woke up after that. There was ten minutes left and it was enough for Pauline Akonga Nsimbo and her teammates to make a turn. They drained 24 points in Q4, while limiting Chevakata to 8 on the other side. At the end Arras celebrated 67-66 win, which they will try to defend in the second meeting in Russia. It will be a very difficult job as Chevakata demonstrated their power at home many times this season in EuroCup, as well as in Russian league.

Arras: Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 21, Johanne Gomis 14+6 boards, Leilani Mitchell 12
Chevakata: Jessica Davenport 16+8 boards, Maria Cherepanova 13+5 boards


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Elitzur Ramla hands 74-59 loss to Athinaikos thanks to 16-3 run in the finish - by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Ramla - Athinaikos 74-59

Elitzur Ramla did a good job in the first game of the EuroCup Semifinals. The Israeli squad blasted defending champion Athinaikos 74-59 and will it be enough for the Finals we will find out next week. Athinaikos will be the host in that game. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) was a key player for the winners with 22 points and 5 rebounds. She reached valuation 27 and was the MVP of this meeting. Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) and Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Pittsburgh) helped the hosts with 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84) delivered 14 points. Ruth Riley (196-C-79, college: Notre Dame) (5 rebs) and LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) netted 12 and 11 pts respectively.
Elitzur Ramla opened the game in style making 21-9 after ten minutes of play. Visitors woke up after that and they intensified defense stopping the hosts to 10 pts in the second period. However, Athinaikos also struggled offensively and they closed the gap for just four points until the halftime, 31-23. Third period was tied to 23 points each, so the home squad entered to last ten minutes with decent plus. Elitzur Ramla went on a 16-3 run over the last 5:46 of the game to claim this 15-point win before the second meeting in Greece.

Elitzur Ramla: Le'Coe Willingham 22+5 boards, Shay Doron 11, Laine Selwyn 11
Athinaikos: Katerina Sotiriou 14, Ruth Riley 12+5 boards, LaToya Davis 11


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Elitzur Ramla hands 74-59 loss to Athinaikos thanks to 16-3 run in the finish - by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Ramla - Athinaikos 74-59

Elitzur Ramla did a good job in the first game of the EuroCup Semifinals. The Israeli squad blasted defending champion Athinaikos 74-59 and will it be enough for the Finals we will find out next week. Athinaikos will be the host in that game. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) was a key player for the winners with 22 points and 5 rebounds. She reached valuation 27 and was the MVP of this meeting. Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) and Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Pittsburgh) helped the hosts with 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84) delivered 14 points. Ruth Riley (196-C-79, college: Notre Dame) (5 rebs) and LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) netted 12 and 11 pts respectively.
Elitzur Ramla opened the game in style making 21-9 after ten minutes of play. Visitors woke up after that and they intensified defense stopping the hosts to 10 pts in the second period. However, Athinaikos also struggled offensively and they closed the gap for just four points until the halftime, 31-23. Third period was tied to 23 points each, so the home squad entered to last ten minutes with decent plus. Elitzur Ramla went on a 16-3 run over the last 5:46 of the game to claim this 15-point win before the second meeting in Greece.

Elitzur Ramla: Le'Coe Willingham 22+5 boards, Shay Doron 11, Laine Selwyn 11
Athinaikos: Katerina Sotiriou 14, Ruth Riley 12+5 boards, LaToya Davis 11


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  LATVIA - Women  


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 22-0 
 2. LU 16-4 
 3. RTU-Merks 15-6 
 4. TTT Juniores 11-8 
 5. TTT Kadetes 9-12 
 6. Daugavpils 6-16 
 7. Cesis 3-18 
 8. Liepajas 2-20 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Krastina, LU22.6 
 2. Krumberga, TTT R.19.5 
 3. Lisnere, Cesis18.5 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.18.4 
 5. Jakobsone, Cesis17.8 
 6. Teilane, RTU-Merks15.4 
 7. Eibele, TTT Riga15.4 
 8. Surkusa, TTT J.15.3 
 9. Butler, TTT Riga14.5 
 10. Egle, Daugavpils14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.12.0 
 2. Teilane, RTU-Merks11.3 
 3. Lisnere, Cesis10.9 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.2 
 5. Lagzdina, TTT J.10.2 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga9.5 
 7. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.5 
 8. Veidere, TTT K.8.2 
 9. Zarina, LU8.1 
 10. Zdanovska, Liepajas7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga6.1 
 2. Jevsejeva, Dauga.4.7 
 3. Krastina, LU4.0 
 4. Karklina, TTT Riga3.8 
 5. Neimane, TTT J.3.1 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga3.0 
 7. Staugaitiene, TTT R.2.8 
 8. Sarja, TTT Juniores2.7 
 9. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.7 
 10. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Krastina, LU4.2 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.4 
 3. Eibele, TTT Riga3.2 
 4. Butler, TTT Riga2.9 
 5. Nimane, TTT Riga2.8 
 6. Krumberga, TTT R.2.8 
 7. Zeltina, Cesis2.5 
 8. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.5 
 9. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
 10. Purina, LU2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.4 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.3.1 
 3. Surkusa, TTT J.2.2 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.7 
 5. Nimane, TTT Riga1.5 
 6. Lisnere, Cesis1.2 
 7. Egle, Daugavpils1.1 
 8. Vitola, RTU-Merks0.8 
 9. Egle, Daugavpils0.8 
 10. Tomsone, TTT K.0.8 


LSBL Round 18: Latvijas Universitate edges Liepajas by one point - by Eurobasket News
Eighth-ranked Liepajas (2-20) made lots of trouble for second ranked Latvijas Universitate (16-4) in Riga on Saturday. Latvijas Universitate managed to secure only one-point victory 77-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Liepajas won fourth quarter 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agency: LBM Management) who scored 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Zane Lapsina (174-83) chipped in 5 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was British center Zane Alilujeva (185-87) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds. Liepajas' coach Livija Alpe-Luka tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Latvijas Universitate maintains second position with 16-4 record having eight points less than leader TTT Riga. Liepajas lost eighteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Latvijas Universitate are looking forward to face league's leader TTT Riga on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Liepajas will play against TTT Juniores (#4) in Riga and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Riga. Fifth ranked TTT Kadetes (9-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Daugavpils Universitate (6-16) 51-49 in the game for the fifth place. It was a good game for guard Renate Reine (176-94) who led her team to a victory with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Ance Aizsila contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Olesja Jevsejeva (174-86) replied with 4 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals for Daugavpils Universitate. Newly promoted TTT Kadetes maintains fifth position with 9-12 record. Daugavpils Universitate at the other side keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. TTT Kadetes will play against Cesis (#7) at home in the next round. Daugavpils Universitate will have a break next round.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: TTT Riga (#1) and TTT Juniores (#4). TTT Juniores were smashed at home by 65 points 47-112 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of TTT Juniores. Karline Nimane had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Daiga Kuzmane with 8 points and 8 rebounds. TTT Juniores' coach Ainars Cukste gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated TTT Riga (22-0) have an impressive 22-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 22 victories in a row. Loser TTT Juniores keep the fourth place with eight games lost. TTT Riga's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Latvijas Universitate.
Undefeated leader TTT Riga delivered the twentieth second consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Cesis (3-18) 93-50. Dita Krumberga notched 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Undefeated TTT Riga (22-0) have an impressive 22-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 22 victories in a row. Cesis at the other side keep the seventh place with 18 games lost. TTT Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Latvijas Universitate.

In the last two games of round 18 bottom-ranked Liepajas were crushed by RTU-Merks in Riga 87-49. Daugavpils beat Liepajas at home 71-61.



TTT Juniores - TTT Riga 47-112

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: TTT Riga (#1) and TTT Juniores (#4). TTT Juniores were smashed at home by 65 points 47-112 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of TTT Juniores. The game without a history. TTT Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TTT Juniores to just 6 points in second quarter. TTT Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to TTT Juniores' 30 and had 24 for 32 from the free-throw line, while TTT Juniores only scored five points from the stripe. TTT Riga forced 29 TTT Juniores turnovers and outrebounded them 49-29 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. TTT Riga looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by TTT Juniores' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when TTT Riga made 9 blocks. Forward Karline Nimane (188-90) had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Dita Krumberga (183-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) chipped in 27 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Four TTT Riga players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Daiga Kuzmane (180-93) with 8 points and 8 rebounds and guard Linda Sarja (180-91) scored 13 points. TTT Juniores' coach Ainars Cukste gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. TTT Riga (22-0) have an impressive 22-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 22 victories in a row. Loser TTT Juniores keep the fourth place with eight games lost. TTT Riga's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Latvijas Universitate.
Top scorers:
TTT Juniores: L.Sarja 13+1reb+1ast, D.Kuzmane 8+8reb, G.Lagzdina 6+5reb, A.Samite 5+3reb+1ast, A.Aramina 4+4reb, A.Geka 3
TTT Riga: K.Nimane 27+13reb+5ast, D.Krumberga 27+7reb+4ast, Z.Jakobsone 25+3reb+2ast, A.Eibele 10+8reb+6ast, S.Dukate 9+3reb+2ast, L.Surkusa 8+7reb
gschID: 119697


RTU-Merks - Liepajas 87-49

There was no surprise in Riga where 8th ranked Liepajas (2-20) were crushed by third ranked RTU-Merks (15-6) 87-49. The game without a history. RTU-Merks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. RTU-Merks forced 20 Liepajas turnovers and outrebounded them 45-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Center Daina Lazdeniece (187-89) notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and power forward Ieva Vitola (187-85) supported her with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Five RTU-Merks players scored in double figures. Even 7 points and 9 rebounds by power forward Sabine Egle (179-91) did not help to save the game for Liepajas. Guard Maija Line (170-89) added 9 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. RTU-Merks have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-6 record having eight points less than leader TTT Riga. Liepajas lost eighteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. RTU-Merks' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga .
Top scorers:
Liepajas: M.Line 9+5reb+1ast, D.Line 9+2reb+2ast, A.Pinstere 7+1ast, S.Egle 7+9reb+1ast, K.Bauze 6+1reb, L.Zdanovska 5+8reb
RTU-Merks: D.Lazdeniece 19+9reb+1ast, D.Ozolina 13+2ast, I.Vitola 12+9reb, A.Kirsteine 11+3reb+3ast, S.Langenfelde 11+6reb+3ast, K.Cirsa 10+3reb+2ast
gschID: 119698


TTT Kadetes - Daugavpils 51-49

Important game to mention about took place in Riga. Fifth ranked TTT Kadetes (9-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Daugavpils Universitate (6-16) 51-49 in the game for the fifth place. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-11. But Daugavpils Universitate won second period 18-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when TTT Kadetes won last quarter 9-8. They also forced 19 Daugavpils Universitate turnovers and outrebounded them 49-30 including 35 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for guard Renate Reine (176-94) who led her team to a victory with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Ance Aizsila (176-94) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Olesja Jevsejeva (174-86) replied with 4 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals and forward Kristina Egle (177-86) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Daugavpils Universitate. Newly promoted TTT Kadetes maintains fifth position with 9-12 record. Daugavpils Universitate at the other side keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. TTT Kadetes will play against Cesis (#7) at home in the next round. Daugavpils Universitate will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Daugavpils: O.Lakomko 15+1reb, K.Egle 13+7reb, S.Baltace 11+6reb, O.Jevsejeva 4+9reb+9ast, O.Kazakevica 4+4reb+4ast, I.Simanska 2+3reb
TTT Kadetes: R.Reine 13+8reb+2ast, A.Aizsila 11+5reb+2ast, K.Bridina 6+10reb+1ast, P.Langina 4+2reb, A.Fomina 4+4reb+1ast, P.Tomsone 4+10reb
gschID: 122275


LU - Liepajas 77-76

Eighth-ranked Liepajas (2-20) made lots of trouble for second ranked Latvijas Universitate (16-4) in Riga on Saturday. Latvijas Universitate managed to secure only one-point victory 77-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Liepajas won fourth quarter 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agency: LBM Management) who scored 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Zane Lapsina (174-83) chipped in 5 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was British center Zane Alilujeva (185-87) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and center Liga Zdanovska (186-87) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Liepajas' coach Livija Alpe-Luka tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Latvijas Universitate maintains second position with 16-4 record having eight points less than leader TTT Riga. Liepajas lost eighteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Latvijas Universitate are looking forward to face league's leader TTT Riga on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Liepajas will play against TTT Juniores (#4) in Riga and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Liepajas: Z.Alilujeva 20+7reb+1ast, L.Zdanovska 13+6reb, D.Line 11+3reb+2ast, K.Simanovica 8+6reb+1ast, M.Line 8+3reb+2ast, K.Bauze 7+1reb+2ast
LU: I.Krastina 34+9reb+4ast, L.Pagrode 13+2reb, A.Strupovica 8+1reb+4ast, Z.Lapsina 5+6reb+4ast, A.Vorma 5+3reb+1ast, M.Knekse 4+6reb
gschID: 119694


Daugavpils - Liepajas 71-61

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Daugavpils Universitate (6-16) defeated at home bottom-ranked Liepajas (2-20) 71-61. The game was mostly controlled by Daugavpils Universitate. Liepajas was better in third quarter 11-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Daugavpils Universitate players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Liepajas' players. Forward Olesja Jevsejeva (174-86) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists to lead the effort and forward Kristina Egle (177-86) supported her with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Four Daugavpils Universitate players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds by center Liga Zdanovska (186-87) did not help to save the game for Liepajas. Guard Maija Line (170-89) added 15 points. Daugavpils Universitate maintains sixth position with 6-16 record. Liepajas lost eighteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Daugavpils Universitate will have a break next round. Liepajas will play on the road against TTT Juniores (#4) in Riga.
Top scorers:
Liepajas: L.Zdanovska 17+13reb+1ast, M.Line 15+3reb+1ast, A.Pinstere 9+2reb+1ast, D.Line 7+4reb+1ast, K.Simanovica 7+5reb+1ast, S.Egle 4+6reb+1ast
Daugavpils: O.Lakomko 17+2reb+4ast, K.Egle 17+10reb+2ast, O.Kazakevica 16+6reb+1ast, O.Jevsejeva 13+6reb+13ast, S.Baltace 6+5reb, M.Sirokova 2
gschID: 119695


Cesis - TTT Riga 50-93

Undefeated leader TTT Riga delivered the twentieth second consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Cesis (3-18) 93-50. The game without a history. TTT Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Cesis to an opponent 22.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 46.2 percent accuracy of the winners and had 31 for 44 from the free-throw line, while Cesis only scored fifteen points from the stripe. TTT Riga forced 24 Cesis turnovers and outrebounded them 47-34 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Cesis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Dita Krumberga (183-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) notched 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Anda Eibele (170-84) supported her with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Four TTT Riga players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds by power forward Lina Lisnere (192-86, college: Syracuse) did not help to save the game for Cesis. Forward Inga Geistarde-Zaporozeca (178-78) added 4 points and 8 rebounds. TTT Riga (22-0) have an impressive 22-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 22 victories in a row. Cesis at the other side keep the seventh place with 18 games lost. TTT Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Latvijas Universitate.
Top scorers:
Cesis: L.Lisnere 21+14reb, Z.Zeltina 9+2reb, A.Piterniece 5+2reb, S.Bebre 4+2reb+2ast, I.Geistarde-Zaporozeca 4+8reb+1ast, L.Bebre 4+3reb+3ast
TTT Riga: D.Krumberga 23+8reb+1ast, K.Nimane 13+7reb+1ast, L.Surkusa 12+9reb, Z.Jakobsone 12+3reb+2ast, A.Eibele 10+5reb+12ast, I.Veinberga 10+5reb
gschID: 119696




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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Santa OKOCKYTE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-G-92)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Okockyte, LK.18.3 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve17.4 
 3. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.16.8 
 4. Aglinskaite, Laisve16.6 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmin.15.1 
 6. Briedyte, Utena14.2 
 7. Daujadiene, Utena13.9 
 8. Aglinskaite, MRU13.8 
 9. Kirstukaite, Utena13.5 
 10. Bimbaite, VICI K.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sandra BALIUTAVICIUTE
  Ruta Siauliai
  (182-F-81)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.10.6 
 2. Palaimaite, Utena10.1 
 3. Balciunaite, LKKA-.9.9 
 4. Aleksaite, MRU9.1 
 5. Taraseviciut., Laisve8.7 
 6. Galdikaite, MRU8.6 
 7. Grigalauskyt., Lemmin.8.6 
 8. Budryte, Laisve8.2 
 9. Kirstukaite, Utena8.0 
 10. Margeviciute, Lemmin.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milda SAULIUTE
  VICI Kaunas
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Sauliute, VICI K.5.9 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve5.8 
 3. Zygelyte, Lemminka.5.1 
 4. Daujadiene, Utena4.3 
 5. Pilypaitis, VICI K.4.1 
 6. Solopova, VICI K.3.6 
 7. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.6 
 8. Okockyte, LK.3.1 
 9. Valentiene, VICI K.3.1 
 10. Ziegyte, Utena2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ligita KINKEVICIENE
  Laisve
  (173-G-76)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Kinkeviciene, Laisve3.4 
 2. Balciunaite, LKKA-.3.1 
 3. Bimbaite, VICI K.2.6 
 4. Sauliute, VICI K.2.4 
 5. Solopova, VICI K.2.4 
 6. Milieskiene, Lemmin.2.4 
 7. Briedyte, Ruta S.2.3 
 8. Daujadiene, Utena2.3 
 9. Vengryte, VICI K.2.2 
 10. Briedyte, Utena2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  VICI Kaunas
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Alminaite, VICI K.1.8 
 2. Palaimaite, Utena1.5 
 3. Paugaite, VICI K.1.3 
 4. Kirstukaite, Utena1.3 
 5. Juceviciute, Utena1.2 
 6. Aleksaite, MRU1.1 
 7. Kvederaviciu., Laisve1.0 
 8. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.0.9 
 9. Budryte, Laisve0.9 
 10. Margeviciute, Lemmin.0.8 


Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. VICI Kaunas 19-0 
 2. Lemminkainen 12-6 
 3. Laisve 11-9 
 4. LKKA-Aistes 7-10 
 5. MRU 7-11 
 6. Utena 5-14 
 7. Ruta Siauliai 4-15 


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Florina DIACONA
  Rapid
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Diacona, Rapid23.3 
 2. Stoenescu, Timis.17.8 
 3. Saponjic, Alexandria17.5 
 4. Walker, Iasi15.9 
 5. Vass, Sf.Gheorghe15.6 
 6. Rus, Alexandria15.5 
 7. Cursaru, Olimpia14.9 
 8. Klein, Satu Mare14.8 
 9. Tarta, Craiova14.6 
 10. Bigica, Olimpia14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fatou KANE
  Craiova
  (198-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Kane, Craiova14.5 
 2. Walker, Sf.Gheor.12.6 
 3. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.11.1 
 4. Saponjic, Alexandria10.5 
 5. Rus, Alexandria10.2 
 6. Teilane, Satu Mare9.9 
 7. Ducker, Satu Mare9.0 
 8. Ivan, Brasov8.9 
 9. Vescan, Sf.Gheorghe8.8 
 10. Tkachenko, Iasi8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Annemarie PARAU
  Sf.Gheorghe
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Parau, Sf.Gheorghe5.3 
 2. Ciocan, ICIM A.4.2 
 3. Tarta, Craiova4.0 
 4. Diacona, Rapid3.9 
 5. Mehmedic, Satu M.3.7 
 6. Budean, Timisoara3.0 
 7. Vass, Sf.Gheorghe2.9 
 8. Boriga, ICIM A.2.8 
 9. Ardeleanu, Sf.Gheor.2.7 
 10. Otrocol, Brasov2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Anca SIPOS
  Craiova
  (185-F/C-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Sipos, Craiova4.3 
 2. Diacona, Rapid3.8 
 3. Chivu, Alexandria3.3 
 4. Stoenescu, Timis.3.1 
 5. Ardeleanu, Sf.Gheor.2.9 
 6. Budean, Timisoara2.8 
 7. Dinca, Alba Iulia2.4 
 8. Boriga, ICIM A.2.4 
 9. Ducker, Satu Mare2.3 
 10. Ciobanu, Brasov2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Teilane, Satu Mare4.3 
 2. Walker, Sf.Gheor.3.3 
 3. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.1.9 
 4. Kane, Craiova1.8 
 5. Craciun, Olimpia1.3 
 6. Rus, Alexandria1.0 
 7. Toma, ICIM A.0.9 
 8. Chelariu, Olimpia0.8 
 9. Ionescu, Olimpia0.8 
 10. Chivu, Alexandria0.7 


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
A1 Group
 1. Satu Mare 9-0 
 2. ICIM Arad 7-1 
 3. Sf.Gheorghe 4-4 
 4. Craiova 4-4 
 5. Timisoara 4-4 
 6. Alexandria 3-5 
 7. Rapid 1-7 
 8. Olimpia 1-8 
A2 Group
 1. Alba Iulia 4-0 
 2. Cluj Napoca 4-0 
 3. Brasov 3-2 
 4. Oradea 2-3 
 5. Iasi 1-4 
 6. Sp.Studentesc 0-5 


D1 Round 8: Brasov edges Iasi by two points - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game of round 8 in the D1 took place in Brasov. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Iasi (1-4) to third ranked Brasov (3-2) 55-53 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 15-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was center Monica Ivan (184-81) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Raluca Ungureanu (180-80) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Center Doinita Panait (182-90) produced 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the guests. Brasov maintains third position in A2 Group with 3-2 record having ten points less than leader Satu Mare. Iasi at the other side keeps the fifth place with four games lost. Brasov are looking forward to face league's leader Alba Iulia at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Iasi will play against the league's second-placed Cluj Napoca (#2) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Bucuresti: Olimpia (#8) and Rapid (#7). Olimpia (1-8) won against visiting Rapid (1-7) 87-82. Guard Gabriela Cursaru (169-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 assists. Sonia Ursu contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Olimpia's coach Cristea Romela allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international guard Florina Diacona (176-82) replied with 28 points and 6 rebounds for Rapid. Olimpia maintains eighth position in A1 Group with 1-8 record. It was Rapid's seventh loss in a row. They keep the seventh place with seven games lost. Olimpia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rapid will play at home against the league's second-placed ICIM Arad (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Craiova (4-4) against fifth ranked Sf.Gheorghe (4-4) on Wednesday night. Visiting Craiova was crushed by Sf.Gheorghe in Sfantu Gheorghe 78-39. Worth to mention a great performance of Andrea Walker who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 18 rebounds and 7 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Ramona Tarta responded with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Sf.Gheorghe moved-up to third place in A1 Group, which they share with Craiova and Timisoara. Sf.Gheorghe will meet Alexandria (#6) on the road in the next round. Craiova will play against Timisoara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Arad. Second ranked ICIM Arad faced one of their biggest challengers Timisoara. Host ICIM Arad (7-1) smashed guests from Timisoara (4-4) 87-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Timisoara. The winners were led by Anita Meszaros who scored that evening 16 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. ICIM Arad have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position in A1 Group with 7-1 record having just three points less than leader Satu Mare. Timisoara at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. ICIM Arad's next round opponent will be Rapid (#7) in Bucuresti where they are favorite. Timisoara will play at home against Craiova (#4) in Craiova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Oradea. Top-ranked Alba Iulia faced 4th ranked Oradea. Guests from Alba Iulia (4-0) defeated host Oradea (2-3) 66-59. The best player for the winners was Volha Tamargeanu who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Alba Iulia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in A2 Group with 4-0 record, which they share with Cluj Napoca. Loser Oradea keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Alba Iulia will face Brasov (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Oradea will play against Sp.Studentesc in Bucuresti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 8 In A1 Group Satu Mare defeated Alexandria in a road game 62-54.
In A2 Group Cluj Napoca beat Sp.Studentesc at home 66-57.



Group A1
Alexandria - Satu Mare 54-62

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Alexandria (3-5) was defeated at home by top-ranked Satu Mare (9-0) 62-54 on Wednesday. Alexandria trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 14-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 54-62 at the end of the game. Satu Mare dominated on the defensive end, holding Alexandria to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Alexandria 40-22 including a 33-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Latoya Drake (188-86, college: Miami (FL)) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Latvian center Anita Teilane (196-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Four Satu Mare players scored in double figures. The former international forward Alexandra Cutas (179-82) produced 17 points and Serbian center Nevena Saponjic (186-85) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Satu Mare have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position in A1 Group with 9-0 record. Loser Alexandria keeps the sixth place with five games lost. Satu Mare will have a break next round. Alexandria will play at home against Sf.Gheorghe (#3) in Sfantu Gheorghe.
Top scorers:
Satu Mare: A.Mehmedic 14+8reb+1ast, C.Pop 13+3reb+3ast, A.Teilane 11+12reb+2ast, L.Drake 10+13reb+3ast, L.Bjork 8+3reb+2ast, A.Orosz 6+1reb+4ast
Alexandria: A.Cutas 17+3reb+3ast, N.Saponjic 10+8reb+2ast, D.Bucica 7+4reb+3ast, G.Rus 6+3ast, C.Cutas 5+3reb+2ast, B.Barbu 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 119355


ICIM Arad - Timisoara 87-52

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Arad. Second ranked ICIM Arad faced one of their biggest challengers Timisoara. Host ICIM Arad (7-1) smashed guests from Timisoara (4-4) 87-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Timisoara. The game without a history. ICIM Arad led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Timisoara 49-27 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by international center Anita Meszaros (190-88) who scored that evening 16 points and 9 rebounds and guard Laura Dragoescu (178-85) supported her with 16 points. Even 14 points and 5 rebounds by the former international center Corina Morosan (190-83) did not help to save the game for Timisoara. Forward Andra Haas (175-87) added 10 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. ICIM Arad have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position in A1 Group with 7-1 record having just three points less than leader Satu Mare. Timisoara at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. ICIM Arad's next round opponent will be Rapid (#7) in Bucuresti where they are favorite. Timisoara will play at home against Craiova (#4) in Craiova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ICIM Arad: A.Meszaros 16+9reb+1ast, L.Dragoescu 16+4reb+2ast, B.Savic 12+4reb+3ast, M.Boriga 11+2reb+1ast, P.Cristina Ciocan 8+8reb+4ast, C.Graham 7+5reb+4ast
Timisoara: C.Morosan 14+5reb, A.Haas 10+1reb+2ast, A.Stoenescu 7+2reb+3ast, L.Budean 7+2reb+1ast, A.Vuksic 4+5reb+1ast, A.Maria Meszaros 3+5reb
gschID: 119356


Olimpia - Rapid 87-82

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Bucuresti: Olimpia (#8) and Rapid (#7). Olimpia (1-8) won against visiting Rapid (1-7) 87-82. Rapid was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 25-19 charge of Olimpia, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Gabriela Cursaru (169-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 assists. Forward Sonia Ursu (175-93) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Olimpia's coach Cristea Romela allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international guard Florina Diacona (176-82) replied with 28 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Claudia Ene (178-88) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Rapid. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Olimpia maintains eighth position in A1 Group with 1-8 record. It was Rapid's seventh loss in a row. They keep the seventh place with seven games lost. Olimpia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rapid will play at home against the league's second-placed ICIM Arad (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Olimpia: G.Cursaru 25+3reb+5ast, S.Ursu 18+8reb+1ast, C.Bigica 16+5reb+5ast, A.Florea 16+7reb+1ast, S.Rotarescu 4+3reb, G.Munteanu 4+5reb+1ast
Rapid: F.Diacona 28+6reb+3ast, A.Pavel 20+1reb+4ast, C.Perta 15+10reb, C.Ene 14+6reb+5ast, N.Burlakova 4+3reb+1ast, M.Nicolaescu 1+2reb+5ast
gschID: 119357


Sf.Gheorghe - Craiova 78-39

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Craiova (4-4) against fifth ranked Sf.Gheorghe (4-4) on Wednesday night. Visiting Craiova was crushed by Sf.Gheorghe in Sfantu Gheorghe 78-39. The game without a history. Sf.Gheorghe led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Craiova to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Sf.Gheorghe held Craiova to an opponent 24.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 43.3 percent accuracy of the winners and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Sf.Gheorghe forced 25 Craiova turnovers and outrebounded them 56-31 including a 38-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Craiova's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sf.Gheorghe made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Andrea Walker (196-88, college: Ohio St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 18 rebounds and 7 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Ildiko Vass (178-78) who added 24 points and 5 assists during the contest. International guard Ramona Tarta (173-89) responded with 10 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Tena Matthews (173-85, college: Northwestern St.) scored 6 points and 10 rebounds. Sf.Gheorghe moved-up to third place in A1 Group, which they share with Craiova and Timisoara. Sf.Gheorghe will meet Alexandria (#6) on the road in the next round. Craiova will play against Timisoara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sf.Gheorghe: I.Vass 24+4reb+5ast, A.Walker 22+18reb+2ast, A.Parau 14+5reb+9ast, A.Hutanu 9+17reb+2ast, C.Nwafor 5+2reb+2ast, F.Ardeleanu 4+4reb+2ast
Craiova: R.Tarta 10+7reb+2ast, T.Matthews 6+10reb+1ast, A.Sipos 6+3reb+1ast, A.Gliga 6+1ast, J.Simionca 6+1reb+2ast, A.Stefan 3
gschID: 119354


Group A2
Brasov - Iasi 55-53

The most exciting game of round 8 in the D1 took place in Brasov. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Iasi (1-4) to third ranked Brasov (3-2) 55-53 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 15-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was center Monica Ivan (184-81) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Raluca Ungureanu (180-80) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Center Doinita Panait (182-90) produced 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Claudia Panzaru (180) added 8 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Brasov maintains third position in A2 Group with 3-2 record having ten points less than leader Satu Mare. Iasi at the other side keeps the fifth place with four games lost. Brasov are looking forward to face league's leader Alba Iulia at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Iasi will play against the league's second-placed Cluj Napoca (#2) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Brasov: R.Ungureanu 14+6reb+2ast, M.Ivan 10+10reb+5ast, A.Sinka 10+3reb+3ast, C.Ciobanu 7+2reb+1ast, S.Avram 6+3reb, A.Maria Chirila 6+3reb+2ast
Iasi: D.Panait 21+3reb, E.Tatarinova 11+4reb+3ast, C.Panzaru 8+13reb+2ast, D.Walker 6+2reb, G.Necula 5+7reb+2ast, B.Alaiba 2+4reb
gschID: 119358


Oradea - Alba Iulia 59-66

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Oradea. Top-ranked Alba Iulia faced 4th ranked Oradea. Guests from Alba Iulia (4-0) defeated host Oradea (2-3) 66-59. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But Oradea won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alba Iulia made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Oradea turnovers. The best player for the winners was naturalized Belarusian forward Volha Tamargeanu (182-81) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Virgina-Elena Dinca (177-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Alba Iulia players scored in double figures. Center Loredana Ulica (186-92) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and forward Ioana Gavra (179-90) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Alba Iulia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in A2 Group with 4-0 record, which they share with Cluj Napoca. Loser Oradea keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Alba Iulia will face Brasov (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Oradea will play against Sp.Studentesc in Bucuresti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Alba Iulia: V.Tamargeanu 18+6reb+3ast, V.Dinca 15+10reb+1ast, S.Gradinaru 13+6reb+1ast, A.Pop 11+4reb+1ast, A.Uiuiu 9+5reb, B.Voica 0
Oradea: I.Gavra 15+4reb+3ast, L.Ulica 12+15reb+1ast, A.Vlaicu 11+1reb, E.Sabau 9+1reb+3ast, M.Adi 8+3reb, R.Chis 4+2reb
gschID: 119360


Cluj Napoca - Sp.Studentesc 66-57

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked Cluj Napoca (4-0) defeated at home bottom-ranked Sp.Studentesc (0-5) 66-57 on Thursday. The game without a history. Cluj Napoca led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Cluj Napoca outrebounded Sp.Studentesc 41-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Flavia Ferenczi (175-91) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Marta Fodor (183-91) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Ana Cuatu (175) produced 16 points and forward Adina Lovasz (184-91) added 12 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Cluj Napoca have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of A2 Group leader, which they share with Alba Iulia. Loser Sp.Studentesc still closes the standings with five games lost. Cluj Napoca will face Iasi (#5) in Iasi in the next round. Sp.Studentesc will play on the road against Oradea in Oradea and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cluj Napoca: F.Ferenczi 21+8reb+5ast, M.Fodor 19+5reb+4ast, A.Pricop 9+5reb+4ast, A.Pop 8+13reb, R.Patrut 6+7reb+2ast, T.Kilin 6+3reb+5ast
Sp.Studentesc: A.Cuatu 16+3reb+2ast, T.Lungu 12+1reb, A.Lovasz 12+4reb+2ast, C.Usurelu 6+7reb+3ast, R.Mitroi 6+2reb+1ast, G.Vlad 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 122346




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  RUSSIA - Women  


Arras takes minimum lead against Chevakata - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup Semifinals, Game One: Arras - Chevakata 67-66

Very exciting game was played in Arras tonight. The home squad escaped with tiny 67-66 victory, but Chevakata will be the host in the second meeting next week. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) stepped up for Arras with 21 points, but she had only 4 of 13 from the field with valuation 5 for 31 minutes. Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) had 14 points and 6 boards, while Leilani Mitchell (165-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) added 12 pts to this victory. On the other side, Chevakata got 16 points and 8 rebounds from Jessica Davenport (196-C-85, college: Ohio St.). Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) helped with 13 points and 5 boards.
Chevakata took control on Arras from the very beginning and they made excellent 10-23 lead in the first period. Visitors slowed down in Q2 and Arras was also struggling at the both sides of the court. That resulted with 11-12 for the guests in this period for comfortable 21-35 at the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather as Chevakata won third period also with minimum lead, 22-23. Finally the hosts woke up after that. There was ten minutes left and it was enough for Pauline Akonga Nsimbo and her teammates to make a turn. They drained 24 points in Q4, while limiting Chevakata to 8 on the other side. At the end Arras celebrated 67-66 win, which they will try to defend in the second meeting in Russia. It will be a very difficult job as Chevakata demonstrated their power at home many times this season in EuroCup, as well as in Russian league.

Arras: Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 21, Johanne Gomis 14+6 boards, Leilani Mitchell 12
Chevakata: Jessica Davenport 16+8 boards, Maria Cherepanova 13+5 boards


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Kvaternik returns to basketball - by Zeljko Zule
Tina Kvaternik (172-G-78) is returning to basketball. Rogaska announced that it has signed former national team memberl, who did not played any game last three and half aears. Kvaternik played for Celje during the 2006-07 season and helped them to reach Play-Off finals by averaging 5.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game. She has also played for Jezica, Sezana, Domzale and in Spain.

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  SPAIN - Women  


Problems turned up for Extrugasa Vilagarcia this week - by Ivan Villar
Galician team is making a great season but actually Extrugasa lost 4 games in a row and problems started.Firstly Begona Garcia fell injured last week and probably she will not be able to play next game against Mann Filter Zaragoza at home.By other side Marta Blanes (184-F-77) isn't in very good shape and club was thinking to replace her.But economic problems round Extrugasa Vilagarcia as a lot of teams,and finally it seems that they won't change their roster.

Jorge Mendez extends his contract with Ollis Soller - by Ivan Villar
Coach Jorge Mendez arrived 6 years ago to Mallorca island.After taking the team to top league from LF2 team, Mendez had kept the team in good positions season after season.Managers showed their happiness with him and they extended his contract for other year (2011-2012).Ollis Soller has demonstrated during all the season that is a hard team which grows up quickly.Eshaya Murphy is his great star but rest of players is so important as the MVP of last league.

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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Changes at the head of Riva Basket - by Melanie Nussbaumer
Despite the win over the weekend against Pully and the good result this season (3rd ranking team in LNA, 3rd ranking in Swiss Cup), team staff of Canti Riva Basket Ceresio decided to make changes at the head of their team. Piergiorgio Manfre was released, his expectations were probably to high for a roster composed mainly by non-professional players. His replacement is Fabrizio Rezzonico, not unknown to the team, as he coached there from 2001 to 2006, helping the team to qualify in LNA. He also coached men's team SAM Basket Massagno.

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  TURKEY - Women  


TBB2L Standings - by Emiliano
TKB2L Standings
Group A
 1. TED Ankara 14-0 
 2. Cankaya 12-2 
 3. Izmir BSB 12-3 
 4. Gure Belediye 10-5 
 5. Kocaeli 8-7 
 6. Bursa BSB 8-7 
 7. Baglar Bld 5-10 
 8. Dortyol 4-11 
 9. Nigde T.T. 1-14 
 10. Konak Gures 0-15 
Group B
 1. Antakya 12-3 
 2. Canik Bld 12-3 
 3. Nesibe 11-3 
 4. Edremit 11-4 
 5. AGIAD 11-4 
 6. Nallihan 6-9 
 7. Antalya Koleji 5-9 
 8. Bandirma 4-11 
 9. Bakospor 1-13 
 10. Izmir Basket 0-14 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


3 in a row? - by David Edole
By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
Laurel Leader-Call The Laurel Leader-Call

WESSON--- The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats are one victory away from a 3-peat.

JCJC used a 14-0 run early in the second half to overcome a six-point halftime deficit and went on to a 72-59 decision over the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Lady Bulldogs here Wednesday afternoon at Mullen Gymnasium in the semifinals of the MACJC State Tournament.

The Lady Bobcats, who will be seeking their third consecutive state crown, will face 13th-ranked and tournament host Co-Lin at 6 p.m. Thursday in the championship game. The Lady Wolves defeated Itawamba 85-76 in the other semifinal game.

Alondra Rivers led the Lady Bobcats, 19-6, with a 29-point effort, keyed by seven steals. She also had six rebounds and four assists. Tanecka Carey (175-G-91), this weeks NJCAA Womens Division I Player of the Week, had 21 points, with 15 of those coming in the second half. Alecia Autman had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Regardless of the outcome of Thursdays game, the Lady Bobcats will compete in the Region 23 Tournament in Clinton on the campus of Mississippi College next week. The tournament bracket will be announced Friday afternoon.

Lady Bobcats 72, Gulf Coast 59

The game was close throughout the first half.

The Lady Bobcats went up 8-4 with 16:11 showing when Kianna Harris scored off an offensive rebound. But Gulf Coast scored eight straight points and went ahead 12-8 when Deonica McCormick hit a 10-footer.

A Rivers layup would knot the game at 12-12 with 12:59 left, but Gulf Coast would then take a 22-16 lead with 9:06 showing when McCormick scored. The Lady Bulldogs would remain in control and took a 30-22 lead with 5:04 left when Tatyana Haywood scored. They matched their longest lead of the game at 32-24 when Delaina Lyons made two free throws with 3:59 to play.

JCJC would trail 36-30 at the break, but it would not take long for the Lady Bobcats to take the lead for good in the second half.

Keyed by a defense that forced 28 Lady Bulldog turnovers, JCJC would rally and take the lead for good at 46-44 on a Carey 3-pointer with 14:10 left. That started the decisive run and Autman ended it when she scored on a layup off an assist by Carey to make it 57-44 with 9:52 left in the game.

The Lady Bulldogs would get back to within 59-50 at the 7:20 mark on a 15-footer by Haywood, but that would be as close as they would come.

JCJCs longest lead of the game came with 1:44 left at 70-56 when fittingly Rivers stole the ball and converted a layup.

Carey would have six assists, while Kianna Harris had six rebounds to go with six points.

JCJC was 29-of-70 (2-of-8 from 3-point range) from the field for 41.4 percent. They were 12-of-19 from the free throw line.

The Lady Bulldogs, 16-9, got 19 points from McCormick, 12 from Lyons and 10 from Haywood. Nicole Edwards pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

Gulf Coast was 27-of-67 (0-of-5 from 3-point range) for 40.3 percent. They were 5-of-11 from the foul line.

The Lady Bobcats outrebounded Gulf Coast, 36-33.




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  USBA - Women  


WUSBA seek basketball players for 2011 season; Try out dates set for May - by USBA Media
Atlanta, Ga., (February 24, 2011) ---The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) today announce tryout schedule for professional basketball players. The positions are for all WUSBA team. The WUSBA has twenty teams divided into four divisions, spread over nine southern states. The WUSBA owns and operates all teams. Each team operates independently of each other. Each team has a Regional Event Manager assigned as team representative.

Collegiate, minor league and international players are invited to submit resumes and biographies for consideration. 'We are also extending an invitation to basketball players who are based in our team cities as well as collegiate and former WNBA.'

The WUSBA 2011 basketball season runs from June 8, 2010 to September 4, 2011. Each team plays a twenty eight game schedule, fourteen home and fourteen away. The league has a mid season All Star Classic Gala basketball game scheduled for the 3rd week of July. The WUSBA Championship Playoff series begins August 29, 2011, with the Championship game on September 4, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Individual team tryouts will be held in each team city for May 14, 2011 and May 21, 2011.

The divisions and teams are as follows:

The Southern Division will field the Atlanta (GA) Platinum, the Birmingham (AL) Starz, the Montgomery (AL) Spirit, the Macon (GA) Storm and the Tallahassee (FL) Cypress.

The Appalachian Division houses the Nashville (TN) Thunder, the Chattanooga (TN) Royal, the West Virginia Capitals (Charleston, WV), the Knoxville (TN) Reign and the Kentucky Plateau (Lexington, KY).

The Atlantic Division will consist of the Jacksonville (FL) Surf, the Savannah (GA) Seahawks, the Charleston (SC) Cadets, the Richmond Colonials (VA) and the Norfolk (VA) Blaze.

The Piedmont Division will take the court as the Charlotte Blue Wave, the Columbia (SC) Breeze, the Winston Salem Cardinals (NC), the Augusta Raging River (GA) and the Raleigh Roadrunners (NC).

The WUSBA will not charge a fee for players to try out for a team. 'We have never had these fees as a part of our revenue stream we want qualified candidate to come take a chance and tryout. We do require all basketball players to have a minimum of two years collegiate playing experience.'

WUSBA president Duane Jenkins says, 'Announcing local tryouts gives us a prime opportunity for us to look closely at local talent and make the selection of players easy for our teams. We want our fans to be able to become familiar with the players and coaches and quite simply, the players and coaches will have ample time for players to select a team of his choice.'

The league has developed a comprehensive package for the basketball players. Players are paid $300.00 per week. Players also receive free housing accommodations and a daily meal at Golden Corral Buffet Restaurant. As a bonus, players will receive compensation for sponsor speaking engagements and sponsorship sales.

According to the league, each player candidate should submit his resume or film. All candidates will receive a response. 'We expect a huge response and I suggest any candidate wishing to be considered should submit their resume no later than May 7, 2011 said Jenkins. 'We're very excited about the upcoming season. None of our teams have players in place and this is a great opportunity for an aspiring individual who has the propensity to lead and succeed.' The league will post the contact information on March 5, 2011.




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  WBCBL - Women  


Cleveland Am Pro'ers First Two Signings - by Willie McCray
The Cleveland Am Pro'ers has signed there first two Players for the 2011 season, Melanie Sweeney 5'9' 160lb (F) from Lorain, Ohio and Simone Jelks 6'0' 165lb (G/F) from South Euclid, Ohio.

Melanie Sweeney former Bowling Green State University track star competed for the Columbus Hidden Gems last season averaging 2.3 ppg, 3.5 rebs, and 0.5 asts.

Simone Jelks former USC Trojan star competed for the Cleveland Crush last season averaging 17 ppg, 4.7 rebs, 44% fg and a 83% free-throw shooter. Jelks also has a rare but good 3-point shot, accounting for 5 of 7 beyond the arc.

Both of these young ladies are outstanding team players and we are very excited to have them on our team

- Coach Marbury