EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/10/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Krka 17-7 
 2. Partizan 16-8 
 3. Union Olimpija 16-8 
 4. KK Zagreb CO 14-10 
 5. Buducnost 13-11 
 6. Cedevita 12-12 
 7. Radnicki 12-12 
 8. Hemofarm 12-12 
 9. Igokea 11-13 
 10. CEZ Nymburk 11-13 
 11. Cibona 10-14 
 12. Siroki TT 10-14 
 13. Crvena Zvezda 7-17 
 14. Zadar 7-17 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lee, Radnicki19.9 
 2. Zoric, KK.19.4 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 4. Bogdanovic, Cibona19.0 
 5. Marsh, Crvena Z.18.6 
 6. Edwards, Cedevita17.5 
 7. Draper, Cedevita17.5 
 8. Car, Zadar16.3 
 9. Chase, Igokea16.1 
 10. Dragicevic, Buduc.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Zoric, KK.8.3 
 2. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.0 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 4. Harvey, Igokea6.8 
 5. Gist, Partizan6.4 
 6. Kasun, KK.6.2 
 7. Necas, CEZ Nymburk6.2 
 8. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.0 
 9. Savovic, Hemofarm6.0 
 10. Lee, Radnicki5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.4 
 2. Pavkovic, Hemofarm5.1 
 3. Markovic, Radnicki5.0 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.1 
 5. Chase, Igokea4.0 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.3.7 
 7. Renfroe, KK.3.6 
 8. Car, Zadar3.5 
 9. Nissim, CEZ N.3.4 
 10. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.3 
 2. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.2 
 3. Lee, Radnicki2.1 
 4. Car, Zadar1.9 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 6. Dragic, Krka1.8 
 7. Renfroe, KK.1.8 
 8. Radosevic, Cibona1.6 
 9. Cakarevic, Radnicki1.6 
 10. Simmons, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zoric, KK.1.3 
 2. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.1 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona0.9 
 5. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 6. Kasun, KK.0.8 
 7. Jawai, Partizan0.8 
 8. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 
 9. Vesely, Partizan0.7 
 10. Gist, Partizan0.7 


Round 24 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Adriatic League. There were many interesting games yesterday and today. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The biggest surprise of round 24 was Croatian KK Zagreb CO's (14-10) road victory over one of their biggest challengers Montenegrin Buducnost (13-11) 80-77 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-77. The best player for the winners was center Mario Kasun (213-80) who scored 28 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all fourteen shots !!!). Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) who recorded 20 points and 9 rebounds. Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Zagreb CO moved-up to fourth place. Buducnost lost third consecutive game. Defending Montenegrin champion dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. KK Zagreb CO are looking forward to face league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Buducnost will play on the road against Cibona in Zagreb and is hoping to win this game.
Slovenian leader Krka delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Croatian Cibona (10-14) 72-67 in Zagreb. It was a good game for guard Zoran Dragic (196-89) who led his team to a victory with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Christopher Booker contributed with 17 points for the winners. Power forward Tomislav Zubcic (214-90, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Cibona. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Krka (17-7) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending Slovenian champion maintains first position. Defending Croatian champion Cibona keeps the eleventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Siroki TT. Krka will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cibona will play at home against Buducnost (#5) in Podgorica and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Thirteenth-ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (7-17) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked Croatian Cedevita (12-12) in Zagreb on Wednesday. Cedevita managed to secure only three-point victory 98-95. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Marino Bazdaric who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Lazar Radosavljevic with 17 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Cedevita moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hemofarm and Radnicki. Crvena Zvezda at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Zadar. Cedevita will meet Radnicki (#7) in the next round. Crvena Zvezda will play against Union Olimpija (#3) in Ljubljana and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Siroki Brijeg, where higher ranked Serbian Radnicki (12-12) lost to twelfth ranked Bosnian Siroki TT Kabeli (10-14) in a road game 94-103. The winners were led by Fran Pilepic who scored that evening 25 points and 6 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cibona. Radnicki at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Siroki TT Kabeli's next round opponent will be higher ranked Igokea (#9) in Aleksandrovac and it may be quite challenging game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Beograd. Local Partizan (16-8) outscored 14th ranked Croatian Zadar (7-17) 85-50 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Jan Vesely who scored 15 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Union Olimpija. Loser Zadar stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Partizan will face KK Zagreb CO (#4) on the road in the next round. Zadar will play against Hemofarm (#8) in Vrsac.

In the last two games of round 24 Igokea was crushed by Hemofarm in Vrsac 82-62. Union Olimpija beat CEZ Nymburk at home 74-63.


Hemofarm - Igokea 82-62

Everything could happen in Vrsac at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Serbian Hemofarm and 7th ranked Bosnian Igokea had identical 11-12 record. This time Hemofarm used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Aleksandrovac 82-62 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Hemofarm. Igokea was better in fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Hemofarm forced 19 Igokea turnovers. Igokea was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Montenegrin power forward Ivan Maras (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 18 points. Five Hemofarm players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Slovenian guard Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-81, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 19 points and American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) added 12 points and 7 assists respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hemofarm (12-12) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cedevita and Radnicki. Loser Igokea dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Hemofarm will face bottom-ranked Zadar (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Igokea will play against Siroki TT Kabeli (#12) in Siroki Brijeg.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: I.Maras 18+4reb+1ast, M.Pavkovic 14+6reb+7ast, B.Savovic 13+7reb, M.Sutalo 13+2reb, B.Krstovic 10+1reb+2ast, M.Abdul-Hamid 5+2reb+1ast
Igokea: N.Joksimovic 19+1reb+3ast, B.Chase 12+2reb+7ast, C.Vitkovac 9+5reb, J.Florence 8+2reb+3ast, D.Harvey 5+1reb, S.Nadjfeji 3+2reb
gschID: 92604


Partizan - Zadar 85-50

The game with biggest result difference took place in Beograd. Local Partizan (16-8) outscored 14th ranked Croatian Zadar (7-17) 85-50 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Partizan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Partizan outrebounded Zadar 33-13 including a 12-0 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Czech forward Jan Vesely (211-90) who scored 15 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Australian center Nathan Jawai (207-86, college: Midland CC) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Marko Car (188-85) who recorded 19 points and 5 assists and guard Pavle Marcinkovic (197-89) added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Union Olimpija. Loser Zadar stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Partizan will face KK Zagreb CO (#4) on the road in the next round. Zadar will play against Hemofarm (#8) in Vrsac.
Top scorers:
Partizan: J.Vesely 15+2reb+4ast, C.Jerrells 12+1reb+1ast, N.Jawai 10+6reb+1ast, D.Milosavljevic 8+3reb+1ast, J.Klobucar 7+3reb+4ast, J.Gist 6+2reb+1ast
Zadar: M.Car 19+2reb+5ast, B.Brown 8+1reb+1ast, P.Marcinkovic 6+6reb+2ast, I.Batur 5+1ast, M.Dundovic 4, M.Bilan 4+3reb
gschID: 92605


Cibona - Krka 67-72

Slovenian leader Krka delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Croatian Cibona (10-14) 72-67 in Zagreb. It looked good early as Cibona took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Krka had a 19-6 second period charge getting the lead and Cibona was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-72. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Cibona to just 6 points in second quarter. Krka forced 20 Cibona turnovers. It was a good game for guard Zoran Dragic (196-89) who led his team to a victory with 11 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue, agency: Lanshire Group) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Power forward Tomislav Zubcic (214-90, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds and Bosnian-Croatian swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Cibona. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Krka (17-7) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending Slovenian champion maintains first position. Defending Croatian champion Cibona keeps the eleventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Siroki TT. Krka will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cibona will play at home against Buducnost (#5) in Podgorica and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Krka: C.Booker 17+3reb, S.Petrov 12+1reb+3ast, Z.Dragic 11+8reb+1ast, D.Djordjevic 10+2reb+4ast, D.Drobnjak 8+7reb+1ast, S.Pavic 8+3reb
Cibona: T.Zubcic 20+6reb+2ast, B.Bogdanovic 13+5reb+3ast, G.Vrbanc 11+2reb, A.Krapic 10+9reb+2ast, G.Giricek 5+2reb, J.Lalic 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 92606


Union Olimpija - CEZ Nymburk 74-63

No shocking result in a game in Ljubljana where third ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (16-8) defeated 10th ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (11-13) 74-63 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-63. The best player for the winners was Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89) who scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Goran Jagodnik (203-74, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Union Olimpija's coach Jurij Zdovc used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Radek Necas (204-80) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) added 18 points respectively. Union Olimpija have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Partizan. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Union Olimpija will face Crvena Zvezda (#13) in Beograd in the next round which should be an easy win for them. CEZ Nymburk will play at home against KK Zagreb CO (#4).
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: G.Shermadini 15+8reb, G.Jagodnik 13+7reb, V.Ilievski 10+3reb+3ast, A.Anagonye 9+2reb, S.Udrih 8+4reb+1ast, S.Salin 6
CEZ Nymburk: L.Sokolovsky 18+4reb, R.Necas 10+13reb+5ast, A.Nissim 10+3reb+1ast, C.Simmons 8+3reb+2ast, V.Stimac 6+1reb, D.Christmas 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 92601


Cedevita - Crvena Zvezda 98-95

Thirteenth-ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (7-17) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked Croatian Cedevita (12-12) in Zagreb on Wednesday. Cedevita managed to secure only three-point victory 98-95. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 31-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cedevita made 35-of-43 free shots (81.4 percent) during the game. Cedevita outrebounded Crvena Zvezda 36-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Marino Bazdaric (197-78) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds and center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) who added 25 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Lazar Radosavljevic (203-91, agency: Beo Basket) with 17 points and guard Nemanja Nedovic (192-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 18 points. Four Cedevita and five Crvena Zvezda players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Cedevita moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hemofarm and Radnicki. Crvena Zvezda at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Zadar. Cedevita will meet Radnicki (#7) in the next round. Crvena Zvezda will play against Union Olimpija (#3) in Ljubljana and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bazdaric 27+8reb+1ast, A.Zizic 25+3reb, B.Wright 14+6reb, D.Rudez 10+4reb+1ast, D.Draper 9+1reb+4ast, F.Kastropil 8+7reb+1ast
Crvena Zvezda: B.Bakic 21+1reb, N.Nedovic 18+1reb+3ast, L.Radosavljevic 17+4reb+1ast, S.Lesic 15+5reb+1ast, U.Nikolic 12+6reb, J.Young 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 92602


Siroki TT - Radnicki 103-94

We should mention about the upset which took place in Siroki Brijeg, where higher ranked Serbian Radnicki (12-12) lost to twelfth ranked Bosnian Siroki TT Kabeli (10-14) in a road game 94-103. It looked good early as Radnicki took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Siroki TT Kabeli had a 32-24 second period charge getting the lead and Radnicki was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 94-103. Siroki TT Kabeli players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Radnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by Croatian guard Fran Pilepic (192-89) who scored that evening 25 points and 6 assists and Croatian guard Vedran Morovic (184-83, college: Olney Central CC, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Even 21 points and 7 assists by Australian-Serbian guard Steven Markovic (190-85) did not help to save the game for Radnicki. Power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points and 9 rebounds. Four Siroki TT Kabeli and five Radnicki players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cibona. Radnicki at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Siroki TT Kabeli's next round opponent will be higher ranked Igokea (#9) in Aleksandrovac and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Siroki TT: F.Pilepic 25+4reb+6ast, V.Morovic 19+5reb+3ast, D.Planinic 15+6reb+1ast, S.Spralja 14+3reb, D.Persic 10+2reb, S.Stemberger 8+6reb+10ast
Radnicki: S.Markovic 21+2reb+7ast, V.Vukosavljevic 17+9reb+3ast, M.Lee 13+6reb+1ast, M.Cakarevic 11+10reb+6ast, A.Gaddefors 10+3reb, P.Miletic 10+1reb+2ast
gschID: 92603


Buducnost - KK Zagreb CO 77-80

The biggest surprise of round 24 was Croatian guest KK Zagreb CO's (14-10) road victory over one of their biggest challengers Montenegrin Buducnost (13-11) 80-77 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-77. The best player for the winners was center Mario Kasun (213-80) who scored 28 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all fourteen shots !!!). Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) who recorded 20 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian forward Marko Scekic (207-81) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Zagreb CO moved-up to fourth place. Buducnost lost third consecutive game. Defending Montenegrin champion dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. KK Zagreb CO are looking forward to face league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Buducnost will play on the road against Cibona in Zagreb and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: M.Kasun 28+7reb+1ast, K.Simon 15+5reb+4ast, D.Mulaomerovic 11+1reb+4ast, P.Babic 10+1ast, A.Renfroe 8+6reb+1ast, J.Heytvelt 4+5reb
Buducnost: M.Scekic 21+5reb+3ast, V.Dragicevic 20+9reb+2ast, M.Simonovic 15+4reb+1ast, N.Otasevic 13+3reb+1ast, A.Popovic 3+4reb+1ast, B.Dubljevic 2
gschID: 92600




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  ANGOLA   


Libolo Beat Interclube and Rise Second Position of Bai-Basket - by Eurobasket News
Luanda Recreativo do Libolo secured on Saturday the second position of the national senior males basketball team, after beating Interclube by 84-51, in the ninth round of the competition in Luanda's Cidadela pavilion.

In the first half, Recreativo do Libolo wer already winning the match by 32-27. 1 de Agosto lead the competition with 40 points.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


1 de Agosto beat Lusada and lead BAI BASKET - by Eurobasket News
Luanda 1 de Agosto beat on Friday Lusada University team by 111-64 in Luandas Rio Seco pavilion, for the 23rd round of the national basketball championship dubbed BAI-Basket.
With this result, 1 de Agosto lead the competition with 40 points.
Courtesy of: http://www.portalangop.co.ao


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  ARGENTINA   


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


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
TNA1
 1. Ciclista 7-3 
 2. Quilmes MP 6-4 
 3. Alvear 6-4 
 4. San Mart.C. 6-4 
 5. Bragado 5-5 
 6. Obera TC 4-6 
 7. A.Italiana 4-6 
 8. Firmat SF 2-8 
TNA2
 1. Union S. 7-3 
 2. San Mart.MJ 7-3 
 3. Tucuman BB 6-4 
 4. Banda Norte 5-5 
 5. Union Progr. 5-5 
 6. Gimnasia VP 4-6 
 7. A.Espanola 3-7 
 8. Adelante 3-7 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Jackson, La Union20.5 
 2. Bunn, Argentino19.1 
 3. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.6 
 4. Johnson, Monte H.17.1 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.8 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.5 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.15.9 
 8. Taylor, Lanus14.6 
 9. White, Monte H.14.4 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.2 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.9.9 
 3. Battle, Libertad S.9.1 
 4. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.0 
 5. Kante, Olimpico LB8.6 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.0 
 8. Alston, Boca Jrs7.9 
 9. Leiva, Penarol7.4 
 10. Mikulas, La Union7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.4 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.8 
 3. Salles, Monte H.5.1 
 4. Labaque, Atenas5.1 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.5 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.2 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.6 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.5 
 9. Sartorelli, Argentino3.2 
 10. Laws, Olimpico LB3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.4 
 2. Sciutto, Monte H.2.6 
 3. Cequeira, Obras2.4 
 4. Martinez, Regat.2.4 
 5. Salles, Monte H.2.4 
 6. Lamonte, Penarol2.3 
 7. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 8. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
 9. Ibarra, Libertad S.2.2 
 10. Selleaze, Libertad S.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 7. Alston, Boca Jrs0.9 
 8. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 9. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 10. Wolkowyski, Libertad.0.7 


TNA Round 10: Ciclista keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Ciclista as it allowed them to keep a leadership position in TNA1. Ciclista defeated 8th ranked Firmat SF in Juninense 77-60. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Firmat SF lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with eight games lost. Firmat SF will play next round against Bragado trying to get back on the winning streak. Ciclista will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Quilmes MP in Mar del Plata.
Leading Quilmes MP (6-4) recorded its fourth loss in Mar del Plata. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Bragado (5-5) 77-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Quilmes MP. Bragado maintains fifth position in TNA1 with 5-5 record. Quilmes MP at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They share the position with San Mart.C. and Alvear. Bragado will play against Firmat SF (#8) in Santa Fe in the next round. Quilmes MP will play at home against the league's leader Ciclista (#1) in Juninense and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Villa Angela between Asociacion Italiana and Alvear. Seventh ranked Asociacion Italiana (4-6) got a very close victory on the road over much higher ranked Alvear (6-4). Asociacion Italiana managed to escape with a 3-point win 89-86 on Sunday evening. Asociacion Italiana moved-up to sixth place in TNA1, which they share with Obera TC. Newly promoted Alvear keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Quilmes MP and San Mart.C.. Asociacion Italiana will meet at home Obera TC (#6) in the next round. Alvear will play against San Martin Corrientes (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Reconquista. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Adelante (3-7) to third ranked Tucuman BB (6-4) 84-82 on Monday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Newly promoted Tucuman BB maintains third position in TNA2 with 6-4 record behind leader Ciclista. Adelante lost fourth consecutive game. Adelante at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Tucuman BB's next round opponent will be Union Progresista (#5) in Villa Angela. Adelante will play at home against Asociacion Espanola in Charata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked San Martin Corrientes (6-4) against sixth ranked Obera TC (4-6) on Sunday night. Host San Martin Corrientes was defeated by Obera TC in a tough game at home 71-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of San Martin Corrientes. Obera TC maintains sixth position in TNA1 with 4-6 record, which they share with A.Italiana. Loser San Martin Corrientes dropped to the second place with four games lost. Obera TC will face Asociacion Italiana (#7) in Charata in the next round. San Martin Corrientes will play on the road against Alvear (#3) in Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 10:
In TNA2 Gimnasia VP lost to San Mart.MJ on the opponent's court 80-85. A.Espanola unfortunately lost to Union Progr. in a home game 71-87. Union S. managed to beat Banda Norte on the road 65-57.


Group TNA1
Quilmes MP - Bragado 69-77

Leading Quilmes MP (6-4) recorded its fourth loss in Mar del Plata. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Bragado (5-5) 77-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Quilmes MP. Bragado maintains fifth position in TNA1 with 5-5 record. Quilmes MP at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They share the position with San Mart.C. and Alvear. Bragado will play against Firmat SF (#8) in Santa Fe in the next round. Quilmes MP will play at home against the league's leader Ciclista (#1) in Juninense and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Alvear - A.Italiana 86-89

A very close game took place in Villa Angela between Asociacion Italiana and Alvear. Seventh ranked Asociacion Italiana (4-6) got a very close victory on the road over much higher ranked Alvear (6-4). Asociacion Italiana managed to escape with a 3-point win 89-86 on Sunday evening. Asociacion Italiana moved-up to sixth place in TNA1, which they share with Obera TC. Newly promoted Alvear keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Quilmes MP and San Mart.C.. Asociacion Italiana will meet at home Obera TC (#6) in the next round. Alvear will play against San Martin Corrientes (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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San Mart.C. - Obera TC 71-76

Very important is a home loss of third ranked San Martin Corrientes (6-4) against sixth ranked Obera TC (4-6) on Sunday night. Host San Martin Corrientes was defeated by Obera TC in a tough game at home 71-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of San Martin Corrientes. Obera TC maintains sixth position in TNA1 with 4-6 record, which they share with A.Italiana. Loser San Martin Corrientes dropped to the second place with four games lost. Obera TC will face Asociacion Italiana (#7) in Charata in the next round. San Martin Corrientes will play on the road against Alvear (#3) in Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Ciclista - Firmat SF 77-60

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Ciclista as it allowed them to take a leadership position in TNA1. Ciclista defeated 8th ranked Firmat SF in Juninense 77-60. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Firmat SF lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with eight games lost. Firmat SF will play next round against Bragado trying to get back on the winning streak. Ciclista will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Quilmes MP in Mar del Plata.
gschID: 121185


Group TNA2
San Mart.MJ - Gimnasia VP 85-80

Very expected game when 6th ranked Gimnasia VP (4-6) was defeated on the road by second ranked San Martin Marcos Juarez (7-3) 85-80 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. San Martin Marcos Juarez keeps a position of TNA2 leader, which they share with Union S. Newly promoted Gimnasia VP keeps the sixth place with six games lost. San Martin Marcos Juarez will face Banda Norte (#4) in Rio Cuarto in the next round. Gimnasia VP will play at home against the league's leader Union de Sunchales.
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Adelante - Tucuman BB 82-84

A very interesting game took place in Reconquista. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 8th ranked Adelante (3-7) to third ranked Tucuman BB (6-4) 84-82 on Monday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Newly promoted Tucuman BB maintains third position in TNA2 with 6-4 record behind leader Ciclista. Adelante lost fourth consecutive game. Adelante at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Tucuman BB's next round opponent will be Union Progresista (#5) in Villa Angela. Adelante will play at home against Asociacion Espanola in Charata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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A.Espanola - Union Progr. 71-87

Rather predictable result in Charata where fifth ranked Union Progresista (5-5) defeated 7th ranked Asociacion Espanola (3-7) 87-71 on Sunday. Union Progresista moved-up to fourth place in TNA2, which they share with Banda Norte. Asociacion Espanola at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Union Progresista will face higher ranked Tucuman BB (#3) in Tandil in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Asociacion Espanola will play on the road against Adelante (#8) in Reconquista and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121188


Banda Norte - Union S. 57-65

Not a big story in a game in Rio Cuarto where 4th ranked Banda Norte (5-5) was defeated by first ranked Union de Sunchales (7-3) 65-57 on Sunday. Union de Sunchales maintains first position in TNA2 with 7-3 record, which they share with San Mart.MJ. Newly promoted Banda Norte keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Union de Sunchales will face Gimnasia VP (#6) in Necochea in the next round where they are favorite. Banda Norte will play on the road against the league's second-placed San Martin Marcos Juarez and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Diego Lo Grippo claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced naturalized Italian forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) had an amazing evening in the last round for Quimsa and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23 (Second Stage).
The 32-year old forward had the game-high 35 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Quimsa in his team's victory, helping them to beat Monte Hermoso (#12, 9-14) in overtime 122-115. Quimsa is placed at 8th position in Italian LigaA. Quimsa is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 11th lost game this season out of 22 games. In the team's last game Lo Grippo had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Quimsa's top player in his first season with the team. Lo Grippo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.6ppg) and averages solid 50.4% FGP and 43.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-F/C-88) of Club 9. Meyinsse impressed basketball fans with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Of course he lead Club 9 to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Lanus (#2, 15-8) 81-52. Club 9's 10th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-12 record. Meyinsse is a newcomer at Club 9 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 16.8ppg (#5). He also registered 6.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Christopher Hayes (206-F-87) of Sionista (#16). Hayes scored 19 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Sionista, leading his team to a 80-59 easy win against Argentino (8-15). The chances of Sionista not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hayes could try to bring Sionista's a little bit higher in the standings. Hayes has a very solid season. In 13 games in Argentina he scored 16.7ppg. He also has 6.2rpg, 2.6spg and FGP: 50.7%. Hayes attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83) of Club 9 - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Djibril Kante (201-C-80) of Olimpico LB - 27 points and 8 rebounds
6. Hernando Salles (188-G-79) of Monte Hermoso - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists
7. David Jackson (196-G-82) of La Union - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Derrick Alston (208-C/F-72) of Boca Jrs - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jonathan Treise (182-G-85) of Quimsa - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 14 assists
10. Albert White (197-G/F-77) of Monte Hermoso - 31 points, 9 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)


LigaA Round 23: Leader Obras lose to La Union - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Obras (16-7) recorded its seventh loss in Formosa on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked La Union (14-9) 83-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Obras. The game was mostly controlled by La Union. Obras managed to win fourth quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) who scored 27 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. La Union's coach Gabriel Picatto used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) produced 18 points for the guests. La Union moved-up to third place, which they share with Penarol. Obras at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. La Union is looking forward to face Gimnasia CR (#5) in Comodoro R. in the next round. Obras will play on the road against Regatas Corrientes (#11) and is hoping to win this game.

In the last two games of round 23 Lanus was crushed by Club 9 in Rio Tercero 81-52. Olimpico LB beat Boca Jrs at home 76-74. Argentino was destroyed by Sionista on the opponent's court 80-59. Penarol managed to outperform Atenas in a home game 83-76. Estudiantes recorded a loss to Libertad S. on the road 83-68.
The best stats of 23th round was 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) of Quimsa.


Club 9 - Lanus 81-52

There was an upset in Rio Tercero where second-ranked Lanus (15-8) was crushed by tenth ranked Club 9 (11-12) 81-52 on Monday. The game without a history. Club 9 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game, while Lanus only scored eight points from the stripe. Lanus was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 10 points and 4 steals and naturalized Italian center Gabriel Fernandez (204-76) added 12 points respectively 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. Newly promoted Club 9 maintains tenth place with 11-12 record. Loser Lanus keeps the second position with eight games lost. Club 9 will face Boca Juniors (#13) in Buenos Aires in the next round. Lanus will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda (#14).
Top scorers:
Club 9: J.Bucknor 24+10reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 20+7reb+1ast, M.Melo 11+5reb+2ast, G.Luchino 8+2reb+2ast, L.Segura 6, E.Martina 5+3reb
Lanus: G.Fernandez 12+1reb, T.Taylor 10+4reb+1ast, N.Laprovittola 6+1reb+2ast, L.Victoriano 6+2reb+2ast, F.Malara 6+3reb, M.Byro 4+3reb+1ast
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Olimpico LB - Boca Jrs 76-74

There was a small surprise when fifteenth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (8-14) edged at home 13th ranked Boca Juniors (9-15) 76-74 on Monday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Boca Juniors won third quarter 26-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Olimpico de La Banda won last quarter 23-22. Boca Juniors was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American center Djibril Kante (201-80, college: Indiana St.) who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Lucas Picarelli (184-81) chipped in 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Derrick Alston (208-72, college: Duquesne, agency: Priority Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and international forward Sebastian Vega (200-88) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to fourteenth place. Loser Boca Juniors keeps the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face league's second-placed Lanus in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: D.Kante 27+8reb, C.Romero 10+1reb+1ast, E.Agostino 10+3reb, A.Laws 10+1reb+4ast, L.Picarelli 6+5reb+4ast, N.De los Santos 4+2ast
Boca Jrs: L.O'Bannon 22+2reb, S.Vega 19+7reb+2ast, D.Alston 15+15reb+2ast, M.Fierro 10+3reb+1ast, J.Brussino 4+3reb+3ast, R.Elliott 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 117591


Monte Hermoso - Quimsa 115-122 OT2
Quimsa outplayed Monte Hermoso in very exciting game. Diego Lo Grippo nailed 35 points for the winners and he grabbed 8 rebounds beside that. Albert White (197-G/F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri) replied with 31 points and 9 boards in defeat.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 35+8reb+2ast, J.Mazzaro 20+1reb, D.Cavaco 16+2reb+1ast, R.Gonzalez 14+7reb+3ast, J.Treise 12+2reb+14ast, D.Gomez Camargo 12+4reb+3ast
Monte Hermoso: A.White 31+9reb+3ast, H.Salles 19+6reb+14ast, C.Robinson 14+5reb+4ast, F.Sahdi 13+5reb+4ast, G.Sciutto 13+4reb, B.Johnson 12+5reb
gschID: 117592


La Union - Obras 83-70

Top ranked Obras (16-7) recorded its seventh loss in Formosa on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked La Union (14-9) 83-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Obras. The game was mostly controlled by La Union. Obras managed to win fourth quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) who scored 27 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. La Union's coach Gabriel Picatto used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) produced 18 points and American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Obras players scored in double figures. La Union moved-up to third place, which they share with Penarol. Obras at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. La Union is looking forward to face Gimnasia CR (#5) in Comodoro R. in the next round. Obras will play on the road against Regatas Corrientes (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
La Union: D.Jackson 27+3reb+3ast, R.Garces 16+7reb+3ast, P.Barrios 11+2reb+1ast, A.Pau 8+1reb, G.Mikulas 6+2reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 5+10reb+4ast
Obras: L.Cequeira 18+2reb+3ast, J.Pittman 11+5reb, J.Gutierrez 10+4reb, W.McFarlan 10+8reb+2ast, A.Alloatti 7+5reb, C.Schattmann 7+3reb
gschID: 117593


Sionista - Argentino 80-59

There was a minor upset in Parana where 14th ranked Argentino (8-15) was rolled over by sixteenth ranked Sionista (8-15) 80-59 on Monday. The game without a history. Sionista led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sionista outrebounded Argentino 37-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. Argentino was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Christopher Hayes (206-87, college: Detroit Mercy) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. Naturalized Italian swingman Matias Fioretti (199-84) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Hayes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-75, college: Phillips (OK)) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Lucas Picarelli (184-81) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sionista moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with defeated Argentino. Sionista will face higher ranked Estudiantes (#9) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Sionista: C.Hayes 19+16reb, M.Fioretti 15+6reb+4ast, A.Zilli 15+6reb+3ast, P.Franco 11+1reb+4ast, D.Osella 8+2reb, R.Iglesias 6+2reb+3ast
Argentino: J.Bunn 20+7reb+1ast, L.Stukes 13+1reb+2ast, N.Norman Lewis 12+5reb+1ast, J.Cangelosi 10+4reb, S.Scala 2+2reb+2ast, L.Martina 2+1reb
gschID: 117594


Penarol - Atenas 83-76

Rather predictable result in Mar del Plata where fourth ranked Penarol (14-9) beat 7th ranked Atenas (12-10) 83-76 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Atenas won third quarter 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Marcos Mata (202-86) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Miguel Gerlero (192-88) produced 28 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with La Union. Loser Atenas keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Penarol will face Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Atenas will play on the road against Monte Hermoso.
Top scorers:
Penarol: M.Leiva 18+9reb, N.Lauria 17, M.Mata 12+6reb, L.Gutierrez 10+5reb+2ast, K.Lamonte 7+2reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 7+2reb+8ast
Atenas: M.Gerlero 28+4reb, M.Lescano 13+3reb, G.Lewis 11+12reb+1ast, M.Garcia 11+4reb, B.Labaque 7+2reb+8ast, P.Orlietti 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 117588


Libertad S. - Estudiantes 83-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Estudiantes' (11-11) road loss to seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (13-10) 68-83 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Libertad Sunchales. Estudiantes was better in fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Puerto Rican forward Alex Galindo (198-85, college: Florida Intern.) chipped in 19 points. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Ariel Eslava (202-79) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to sixth place. Loser Estudiantes keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face Argentino (#15) in Junin in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Estudiantes will play on the road against Sionista (#16) in Parana.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: A.Galindo 19+3reb, S.Ginobili 13+2reb+3ast, R.Wolkowyski 11+6reb+1ast, R.Battle 10+11reb+2ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 9+4reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 7+2reb+4ast
Estudiantes: E.Nelson 18+12reb+1ast, A.Eslava 11+4reb+1ast, P.Gil 10+2reb+2ast, D.Davis 8+2reb+1ast, J.Espil 7+4ast, F.Aguerre 4+1reb
gschID: 117590




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Brunei Barracudas to Borneo Barracudas? - by Ozell Wells
Go west!!! ABL may move Brunei Barracudas to Miri.

THE Brunei Barracudas may soon go west and be known as the Borneo Barracudas.

The Sultanate stands to lose its first professional basketball team to Malaysian neighbours Miri or Kota Kinabalu should no form of support is received by the Barracudas in the next two months.

Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ABL's title sponsor AirAsia Datuk Sri Tony Fernandes told the Press on Friday night that the lack of support from the government and private sector might force the Barracudas to 'migrate' to Malaysia.

Fernandes gave this ultimatum during the Asean Basketball League (ABL) 2010/11 Award Night held at the Empire Hotel in Subang, Malaysia, on Friday.

'The ABL has had a phenomenal two years and one of the saddest things for me is the lack of support from Brunei corporates and the government,' Fernandes told reporters.

'I think they should get involved because it is good for the sport and the country. I think it's tough for Nadzaty (Azma Azeez, the Barracudas owner) to survive without sponsors or support because she can't just depend on ticket revenues,' he added during an interview with the Brunei media.

'So we'll have to look for other alternatives and one suggestion is to move the team from Brunei to Malaysia: either to Miri (in Sarawak), Kota Kinabalu or even Kuching. 'Well that's an idea we've put forward and it is up to Nadzaty and the owners to decide. But, before any decision is taken, I really hope that someone in Brunei can step forward and help (the team),' added Fernandes.

The AirAsia CEO praised Nadzaty's efforts in promoting the Barracudas in the Sultanate saying that despite the 'very limited funds, knowledge and support, she has probably created the most successful sport franchise in Brunei with 2,000-3,000 people turning up every week to watch the team'.

'Of course, I would like the team to stay in Brunei, but I'm not going to let Nadzaty's hard work go to waste. If it is needed, we'll move the team like in America. Teams move sometimes and we'll move the Barracudas to Sabah or Sarawak. At least Brunei will be represented in the form of Borneo,' said Fernandes, who earlier said they were in talks with Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister I Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam regarding the project.

During the interview, the Seattle SuperSonics relocation to Oklahoma City for the 2008/09 National Basketball Association (NBA) was brought up as an example. Currently known as the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team's owners decided to move after failed efforts to persuade Washington government officials to provide funding.

The successful move made the Seattle Supersonics the third NBA franchise to relocate in the past decade.

'We'll give Nadzaty two months to try and put together something to keep the team in Brunei, but I have to say that it's disappointing. I think it will be very sad for the people in Brunei if the Barracudas move out of Bandar Seri Begawan into Miri, Kuching or Kota Kinabalu. We've received a lot of offers to take the team so she's done a good job. It's a shame she can't survive in her own country,' said Fernandes.

Nadzaty was also present during the dinner and spoke of the difficulties that had led to the decision.

'Well, it is very sad that there had been no support and sponsors in the two years. I also have problems getting players, because most of the Bruneian basketball players are working so they can only be with the team part-time,' explained the Barracudas owner.

'I can't even get practice court at night so my team have to practise during the day when my locals are not available. It is not a suprise that we are last in the league when at every practice session there are just five people, the five imports and maybe a couple of locals.

'I literally begged the association (Brunei Darussalam Basketball Association) to let me use the court for practice sessions at night but it said no. There's just no support,' added Nadzaty.

Asked how Brunei fans would react to the news, Nadzaty shrugged and said: 'I don't know. Hopefully someone will come out and back us up. We're trying to create something for Bruneians, another avenue for their career, instead of just academically they can go into sports.'
The Brunei Times


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A Bundesliga Round 5: #1 Gmunden Swans is defeated by Arkadia Lions - by Eurobasket News
A Bundesliga is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 5 rounds left.

Group A - The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Gmunden Swans (21-6) in Traiskirchen on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by second ranked Arkadia Lions (18-9) 77-75. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Bundesliga. Gmunden was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Gmunden Swans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (201-92, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 25 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners and Lithuanian center Pranas Skurdauskas (211-88, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Arkadia Lions maintains second place in Bundesliga with 18-9 record. Defending champion Gmunden Swans still keep top position with six games lost. Arkadia Lions are again looking forward to face league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Group B - Very important is a home loss of third ranked BC Vienna (11-16) against fifth ranked St.Polten (9-18) on Wednesday night. Host BC Vienna was defeated by St.Polten in a tough game in Wien 79-85. International forward Richard Poiger (201-87) nailed 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Thomas Schreiner accounted for 18 points. Naturalized American guard Mike Coffin (194-70, college: Biola (CA)) came up with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for BC Vienna in the defeat. St.Polten maintains fifth place in Bundesliga with 9-18 record. BC Vienna at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. St.Polten will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Vienna will play again on the road against St.Polten and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Group B - The game between Top Four teams took place in Wels. First ranked host Raiffeisen Wels (16-11) defeated second-ranked UBSC Graz (13-14) 70-66. The best player for the winners was Rasheed Brokenborough who scored 23 points. Milan Stegnjaic produced 22 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Raiffeisen Wels maintains first place in Bundesliga with 16-11 record. Loser UBSC Graz keeps the second position with 14 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will again meet league's second-placed UBSC Graz on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UBSC Graz will have a break next round.
Group A - The game in Klosterneuburg was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Oberwart Gunners (16-11) played at the court of 6th ranked Xion Dukes (14-13). Oberwart Gunners defeated Xion Dukes 69-53. Jason Johnson orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. Xion Dukes' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Oberwart Gunners maintains fourth place in Bundesliga with 16-11 record. Xion Dukes at the other side keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. Oberwart Gunners will have a break next round. Xion Dukes will play again at home against Oberwart Gunners (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 5
In Bundesliga Kapfenberg was destroyed by Furstenfeld on the opponent's court 81-55. Gussing managed to outperform Worthersee in a home game 77-70.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Fabricio Vay of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions.


Group A
Klosterneub. - Oberwart 53-69

The game in Klosterneuburg was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Oberwart Gunners (16-11) played at the court of 6th ranked Xion Dukes (14-13). Oberwart Gunners defeated Xion Dukes 69-53. The game was mostly controlled by Oberwart Gunners. Xion Dukes was better in third quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Xion Dukes to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Oberwart Gunners dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Xion Dukes' 20. They outrebounded Xion Dukes 37-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. Naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) contributed with 18 points for the winners. The former international guard Christoph Nagler (194-84) answered with 29 points and American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for Xion Dukes. Xion Dukes' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Oberwart Gunners maintains fourth place in Bundesliga with 16-11 record. Xion Dukes at the other side keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. Oberwart Gunners will have a break next round. Xion Dukes will play again at home against Oberwart Gunners (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: J.Johnson 18+9reb+1ast, J.Dean Shawn 18+4reb+1ast, K.Parker 13+2reb, D.Gonzalvez 9+4reb+1ast, B.Volcic 7+11reb, H.Ochsenhofer 2+4reb+3ast
Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 29+3reb, C.Bobb 10+3reb+5ast, R.Suljanovic 6+7reb, A.Maresch 4+3reb, M.Rachar 2+3reb, D.Zeleznik 2+1reb
gschID: 121967


Furstenfeld - Kapfenberg 81-55

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (14-13) were crushed on the road by third ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (17-10) 81-55. It looked good early as Kapfenberg Bulls took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Furstenfeld Panthers had a 23-14 second period charge getting the lead and Kapfenberg Bulls were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 55-81. Furstenfeld Panthers forced 22 Kapfenberg Bulls turnovers. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. Furstenfeld Panthers' coach Gerald Vogler felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Daniel Horace (200-83, college: Miami (OH)) answered with 15 points and the other American import power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains third place in Bundesliga with 17-10 record. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be again Kapfenberg Bulls (#5) on the road.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: S.Stazic 20+5reb+5ast, A.Shavies 13+4reb+6ast, S.Ray 13+1reb+1ast, R.Hampton 12+8reb, D.Alexander 8+5reb+2ast, D.Carr 7+3reb+1ast
Kapfenberg: D.Horace 15+2reb+3ast, A.Woschank 12+2reb+2ast, D.Nelson 10+6reb+1ast, L.Gordon 8+3reb+2ast, M.Nelson 6+3reb, M.Lanegger 4+7reb+3ast
gschID: 121968


Arkadia - Gmunden 77-75

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Gmunden Swans (21-6) in Traiskirchen on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by second ranked Arkadia Lions (18-9) 77-75. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Bundesliga. Gmunden was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Gmunden Swans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (201-92, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 25 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners and Lithuanian center Pranas Skurdauskas (211-88, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Arkadia Lions maintains second place in Bundesliga with 18-9 record. Defending champion Gmunden Swans still keep top position with six games lost. Arkadia Lions are again looking forward to face league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: D.Drenovac 25+9reb+2ast, P.Skurdauskas 17+7reb, K.Payton 13+3reb+2ast, B.Danek 10+3reb+7ast, F.Vay 6+6reb+3ast, K.Houston 5+3reb+3ast
Gmunden: D.Oppland 26+6reb+1ast, D.Mayes 18+3reb+5ast, A.Slack 14+8reb, E.Murati 12+5reb+3ast, M.Mayer 3+4reb+2ast, P.Hutter 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 121966


Group B
Gussing - Worthersee 77-70

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Gussing Knights (11-16) defeated at home 6th ranked Worthersee Piraten (2-25) 77-70. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Thomas Klepeisz (185-91) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Gussing Knights players scored in double figures. Gussing Knights' coach Robert Langer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Erik Rhinehart (206-82, college: Olivet Nazarene) answered with 27 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Bilal Abdullah (196-84, college: Lafayette) added 18 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Worthersee Piraten. Gussing Knights maintains fourth place in Bundesliga with 11-16 record. Worthersee Piraten at the other side keeps the sixth position with 25 games lost. Gussing Knights' next round opponent will be again Worthersee Piraten (#6) in Klagenfurt.
Top scorers:
Gussing: A.Djuric 21+10reb+1ast, T.Klepeisz 12+4reb+4ast, S.Koch 12+5reb+1ast, M.Heard 12+7reb, M.Jandrasits 8+6ast, M.Klepeisz 5+1reb+1ast
Worthersee: E.Rhinehart 27+6reb+1ast, B.Abdullah 18+10reb+2ast, B.Weber 9+6reb, A.Kuttnig 6+3reb+1ast, M.Breithuber 6+3reb, G.Zajic 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 121970


BC Vienna - St.Polten 79-85

Very important is a home loss of third ranked BC Vienna (11-16) against fifth ranked St.Polten (9-18) on Wednesday night. Host BC Vienna was defeated by St.Polten in a tough game in Wien 79-85. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-16. But BC Vienna won second period 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. St.Polten forced 21 BC Vienna turnovers. Strangely BC Vienna outrebounded St.Polten 43-14 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for St.Polten especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. International forward Richard Poiger (201-87) nailed 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy) accounted for 18 points. Four St.Polten players scored in double figures. Naturalized American guard Mike Coffin (194-70, college: Biola (CA)) came up with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and Serbian center Nemanja Miljkovic (205-90) added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for BC Vienna in the defeat. St.Polten maintains fifth place in Bundesliga with 9-18 record. BC Vienna at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. St.Polten will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Vienna will play again on the road against St.Polten and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: R.Poiger 25+7reb+3ast, T.Schreiner 18+1reb+3ast, A.Worenz 12, M.Speiser 10+2reb+2ast, D.Jandl 9+1reb+1ast, T.Gaspar 7+2reb+1ast
BC Vienna: M.Coffin 20+8reb+5ast, N.Miljkovic 16+8reb+5ast, S.Rhynes 12+4reb, M.Carr 8+4ast, D.Najdanovic 7+1ast, M.Graf 5+2ast
gschID: 121971


Wels - UBSC Graz 70-66

The game between Top Four teams took place in Wels. First ranked host Raiffeisen Wels (16-11) defeated second-ranked UBSC Graz (13-14) 70-66. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-66. Raiffeisen Wels made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Rasheed Brokenborough (191-76, college: Temple, agency: Impact Basketball) who scored 23 points. The former international forward Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 6 points and 8 rebounds. Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-82) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and guard Sebastian Schaal (189-90) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Raiffeisen Wels maintains first place in Bundesliga with 16-11 record. Loser UBSC Graz keeps the second position with 14 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will again meet league's second-placed UBSC Graz on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UBSC Graz will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Wels: R.Brokenborough 23+4reb+3ast, T.Klette 10+5reb, R.Holcomb Faye 8+2reb+3ast, J.Francois 7+1reb, B.Fields 7+7reb, J.Smith 6+4reb+1ast
UBSC Graz: M.Stegnjaic 22+7reb+2ast, S.Grum 13+1reb+3ast, S.Schaal 10+5reb+6ast, C.Knor 9+2reb, L.Graham 6+7reb, R.Lanegger 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 121969




Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 21-6 
 2. Arkadia 18-9 
 3. Furstenfeld 17-10 
 4. Oberwart 16-11 
 5. Kapfenberg 14-13 
 6. Klosterneub. 14-13 
Group B
 1. Wels 16-11 
 2. UBSC Graz 13-14 
 3. BC Vienna 11-16 
 4. Gussing 11-16 
 5. St.Polten 9-18 
 6. Worthersee 2-25 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.4 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 4. Houston, Arkadia18.8 
 5. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.8 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.18.1 
 7. Mayes, Gmunden17.4 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.2 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.0 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.1 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 5. Volcic, Oberwart7.8 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.8 
 7. Graham, UBSC G.7.6 
 8. Mayer, Gmunden7.6 
 9. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.4 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.0 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.3 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.1 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.8 
 6. Miletic, UBSC G.4.7 
 7. Boylan, Gmunden4.4 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 9. Parker, Oberwart4.4 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.3 
 4. Jandl, St.Polten2.1 
 5. Parker, Oberwart2.1 
 6. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 7. Vay, Arkadia1.8 
 8. Artner, Oberwart1.7 
 9. Danek, Arkadia1.7 
 10. Bachlechner, Worth.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.5 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.4 
 4. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 5. Slack, Gmunden1.0 
 6. Vay, Arkadia1.0 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.9 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 10. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Ventspils lands Brandon Hunter for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils came up with the new signing today. The Latvian outfit inked a deal for rest of the season with Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio). The American power forward arrives to Ventspils from Aliaga, where he started this season. Hunter appeared 19 times in Turkish league averaging 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds.
Last season Brandon Hunter spent in Israel. He was a member of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem averaging 8.3 points and 5 rebounds for them in Premier league. In EuroCup, Hunter added 9.2 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 14 games. Eurobasket awarded him with All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -10. Also with Hapoel, Hunter celebrated in Israeli Winner Cup. In the past, he was a member of Montegranaro, Biella, Livorno, Napoli and Puerto Rican Arecibo. He also has NBA experience as a player of Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic (03/04 and 04/05).


Standings - Men
Baltic League Stage Two Standings
Elite Division
 1. VEF Riga 17-5 
 2. Ventspils 17-5 
 3. TU/Rock 14-8 
 4. Rudupis 14-8 
 5. Siauliai 13-9 
 6. Nevezis 13-9 
 7. Kalev/Cramo 12-10 
 8. Norrkoping 9-13 
 9. Perlas 9-13 
 10. Liepaja 7-15 
 11. TTU/Kalev 6-16 
 12. Valmiera 1-21 
Challenge Cup
 1. Juventus 7-3 
 2. Aiscai Kaunas 6-4 
 3. Techasas 6-4 
 4. Neptunas 5-5 
 5. Zemgale 4-6 
 6. Alytus Alita 2-8 
Stage One Standings


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  BERMUDAS   


Elite Basketball League holds All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
Elite Basketball League held Rookie vs. Sophomore All-Star Game. The Sophomore team claimed a 56:51 victory. Allan Simmons came up with 16 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. William Trott added 15 points, while Richard Warner contributed 14 points and 6 boards in the victory. The Rookies were led by Juron Tucker who accounted for 19 points. Lucas Barbey chipped in 14 points in defeat.
Lucas Barbey celebrated the victory in Skills Competition. He overcame Anthony Furbert in the final of the contest. Nate Holland triumphed in the Three-Point Shootout Contest. He prevailed against Jonathon Noseworthy.
Later Bermuda National Team toppled Elite League All-Star Selection 52:30.



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  BOSNIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.9 
 2. Rahimic, Bosna17.6 
 3. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.4 
 4. Zdravkovic, Capljina17.2 
 5. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 6. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 7. Kahrimanovic, Kak.16.9 
 8. Sakic, Zrinjski HT16.7 
 9. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 10. Gajovic, Hercegovac16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.0 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.6 
 3. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 4. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 5. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 6. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.8 
 7. Markovic, Varda HE6.4 
 8. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.4 
 9. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
 10. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Lalic, Hercegovac6.0 
 3. Pasalic, Bosna4.8 
 4. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 5. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.7 
 6. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 7. Markovic, Varda HE3.5 
 8. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 9. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.3 
 10. Kastratovic, Slobod.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Lalic, Hercegovac2.8 
 3. Adamovic, Borac N.2.6 
 4. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 5. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.3 
 6. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 7. Vranjes, Borac N.2.0 
 8. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 9. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.7 
 10. Komatina, Mladost1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 2. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 3. Zimic, Bosna1.6 
 4. Brkic, Capljina0.8 
 5. Duranovic, Mladost0.8 
 6. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 7. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 8. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.7 
 9. Pelkic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 10. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Bosna 17-5 
 2. Borac Nektar 15-6 
 3. Capljina 15-7 
 4. Mladost 14-7 
 5. Zrinjski HT 13-9 
 6. Sloboda Dita 12-9 
 7. Hercegovac 12-10 
 8. SL IAT Leotar 12-10 
 9. Celik 9-14 
 10. Varda HE 8-14 
 11. Kakanj 7-15 
 12. Brotnjo 6-16 
 13. Slavija 2-20 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki TT


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  BRAZIL   


Marlon Louzeiro win SBC tittle and will be on NCAA Tournament - by Paulo Freire
Another Brazilian is making history in his school in the U.S. forward Marlon Louzeiro (200-F) native of Sao Luis, Maranhao helped on Tuesday (08/03) University of Arkansas (UALR) to break a taboo of more than 10 years, thereby entering in the school history.

In a thrilling game against North Texas, the Brazilian was wearing the number fifth shirt and was on court for 24 minutes noting seven rebounds and four points, Senior Solomon Bozeman hit a three pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift the Trojans to a 64-63 win, after overcome a seven-point deficit with just 1:42 left in the game, helping the Trojans claim the school's first-ever Sun Belt Tournament title.

Following the SBC Championship UALR is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1990, It will be the program's fourth NCAA Tournament appearance.

Marlon, played with coach Marcelo Barbosa at Unifeob/S.Joao Basquetbol (2006) in Sao Paulo before heading to the U.S. at Midland College, where he played for two seasons. In the 2009-10 season already in Arkansas he had to keep his mind busy since he was a redshirt been unable to play in games.


Ricardo Zanini named to the All-Conference - by Paulo Freire
The Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) has announced the 2011 RRAC Men's Basketball All-Conference team as voted by the conference's coaches.
Brazilian junior guard
Ricardo Zanini (198-G/F-88) of Our Lady of the Lake University were named to the All-Conference Honorable Mention Team.
Ricardo has average 10.2 ppg while playing in 30 games this season for the team from San Antonio, Texas.
The Brazilian is a former Assis and Ribeirao Preto Coc in Brazil.


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  BRUNEI   


Brunei Barracudas to Borneo Barracudas? - by Ozell Wells
Brunei Barracudas to Borneo Barracudas?


Go west: ABL may move Brunei Barracudas to Miri.

THE Brunei Barracudas may soon go west and be known as the Borneo Barracudas.

The Sultanate stands to lose its first professional basketball team to Malaysian neighbours Miri or Kota Kinabalu should no form of support is received by the Barracudas in the next two months.

Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ABL's title sponsor AirAsia Datuk Sri Tony Fernandes told the Press on Friday night that the lack of support from the government and private sector might force the Barracudas to 'migrate' to Malaysia.

Fernandes gave this ultimatum during the Asean Basketball League (ABL) 2010/11 Award Night held at the Empire Hotel in Subang, Malaysia, on Friday.

'The ABL has had a phenomenal two years and one of the saddest things for me is the lack of support from Brunei corporates and the government,' Fernandes told reporters.

'I think they should get involved because it is good for the sport and the country. I think it's tough for Nadzaty (Azma Azeez, the Barracudas owner) to survive without sponsors or support because she can't just depend on ticket revenues,' he added during an interview with the Brunei media.

'So we'll have to look for other alternatives and one suggestion is to move the team from Brunei to Malaysia: either to Miri (in Sarawak), Kota Kinabalu or even Kuching. 'Well that's an idea we've put forward and it is up to Nadzaty and the owners to decide. But, before any decision is taken, I really hope that someone in Brunei can step forward and help (the team),' added Fernandes.

The AirAsia CEO praised Nadzaty's efforts in promoting the Barracudas in the Sultanate saying that despite the 'very limited funds, knowledge and support, she has probably created the most successful sport franchise in Brunei with 2,000-3,000 people turning up every week to watch the team'.

'Of course, I would like the team to stay in Brunei, but I'm not going to let Nadzaty's hard work go to waste. If it is needed, we'll move the team like in America. Teams move sometimes and we'll move the Barracudas to Sabah or Sarawak. At least Brunei will be represented in the form of Borneo,' said Fernandes, who earlier said they were in talks with Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister I Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam regarding the project.

During the interview, the Seattle SuperSonics relocation to Oklahoma City for the 2008/09 National Basketball Association (NBA) was brought up as an example. Currently known as the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team's owners decided to move after failed efforts to persuade Washington government officials to provide funding.

The successful move made the Seattle Supersonics the third NBA franchise to relocate in the past decade.

'We'll give Nadzaty two months to try and put together something to keep the team in Brunei, but I have to say that it's disappointing. I think it will be very sad for the people in Brunei if the Barracudas move out of Bandar Seri Begawan into Miri, Kuching or Kota Kinabalu. We've received a lot of offers to take the team so she's done a good job. It's a shame she can't survive in her own country,' said Fernandes.

Nadzaty was also present during the dinner and spoke of the difficulties that had led to the decision.

'Well, it is very sad that there had been no support and sponsors in the two years. I also have problems getting players, because most of the Bruneian basketball players are working so they can only be with the team part-time,' explained the Barracudas owner.

'I can't even get practice court at night so my team have to practise during the day when my locals are not available. It is not a suprise that we are last in the league when at every practice session there are just five people, the five imports and maybe a couple of locals.

'I literally begged the association (Brunei Darussalam Basketball Association) to let me use the court for practice sessions at night but it said no. There's just no support,' added Nadzaty.

Asked how Brunei fans would react to the news, Nadzaty shrugged and said: 'I don't know. Hopefully someone will come out and back us up. We're trying to create something for Bruneians, another avenue for their career, instead of just academically they can go into sports.'
The Brunei Times


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CBA Round 33: No surprise as #1 Xinjiang defeats Liaoning Hunters - by Eurobasket News
CBA top team - Xinjiang Flying T (30-1) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Liaoning Hunters (13-18) in Urumqi 117-92. The game without a history. Xinjiang Flying Tige led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) stepped up and scored 36 points (!!!) and 8 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) chipped in 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach XingQuan Jiang felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Myles McKay (191-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 30-1 record. Liaoning Hunters at the other side keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige are looking forward to face Jilin Tigers (#13) in Changchun in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Liaoning Hunters will play on the road against Shandong Bulls in Jinan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Thirteenth ranked Jilin Tigers won an overtime thriller edging higher ranked Beijing Ducks by one point 122-121. American swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winning side and Jameel Watkins accounted for 26 points and 8 rebounds. Jilin Tigers' coach Han Wang allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) came up with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 19 rebounds and 7 assists for Beijing Ducks in the defeat. Jilin Tigers (12-19) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Shanghai. Beijing Ducks at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Bayi. Jilin Tigers will play against league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Beijing Ducks will have a break next round.
An interesting game took place in Taiyuan where 7th ranked Bayi Fubang (16-15) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (14-17) 113-93 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Alexander Johnson who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Lei Wang who recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Shandong. Loser Bayi Fubang keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Beijing. Shanxi Zhongyu will meet Shanghai Sharks (#12) on the road in the next round. Bayi Fubang will play against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 33: Foshan lost to Guandong on the opponent's court 116-123. Zhejiang G.L. managed to outperform Shandong in a home game 96-83. Jiangsu rolled over TianJin R. on the road 113-90. DongGuan defeated Fujian on its own court 109-96. Qingdao DS was beaten by Zhejiang C. in Hangzhou 115-104.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 55 points (!!!) and 4 steals by Stephon Marbury of Foshan.


Guandong - Foshan 123-116

Very expected game in Dongguan where 14th ranked Foshan (10-21) was defeated by third ranked Guandong Tigers (24-7) 123-116 on Wednesday. Foshan trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 36-25 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 116-123 at the end of the game. Guandong Tigers shot 60.3 percent from the field and made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) who scored 23 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). International forward Dong Hanlin (208-91) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) who recorded 55 points (!!!) and 4 steals and forward Yong-gang Zhao (200-82) added 23 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Guandong Tigers. They maintain third place with 24-7 record having six points less than leader Xinjiang. Loser Foshan keeps the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. They share it with Qingdao DS. Guandong Tigers will meet at home league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Foshan will play against Jiangsu Dragons (#4) in Nanjing and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guandong: H.Lester 23+2reb+3ast, Z.Peng 20+2ast, H.Dong 17+8reb+1ast, Z.FangYu 17+4reb+2ast, S.Wei 15+9reb, W.ShiPeng 11+3reb
Foshan: M.Stephon 55+2ast, Z.Yong-gang 23+2reb+3ast, O.Olumide 11+7reb, Z.Zhun 8+4reb, H.Ben 8+2reb+2ast, Z.Nan 4+4reb
gschID: 118585


Zhejiang G.L. - Shandong 96-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' (17-14) home victory over 9th ranked Shandong Bulls (14-17) 96-83 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Shandong Bulls managed to win fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds. American guard Tre Kelley (182-85, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 27 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was center HanLin Tao (206-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and forward JiuLong Liu (197-83) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Zhejiang Guangsha Lions and five Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions moved-up to sixth place. Shandong Bulls lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh.. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will meet at home Qingdao Double Star (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shandong Bulls will play against Liaoning Hunters (#11) in Yingkou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang G.L.: K.Tre 27+2reb+5ast, L.Chih-Chieh 22+5reb+2ast, R.Peter John 14+18reb+3ast, Z.Wei 13+9reb+2ast, W.Bo 7+4reb+4ast, Z.Dapeng 4+3reb+1ast
Shandong: L.JiuLong 17+7reb+3ast, L.Li 15+3reb+1ast, T.HanLin 14+11reb+2ast, W.Gang 12+3reb, L.JingYu 11+3reb, A.Myron 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 118586


Jilin - Beijing 122-121 OT

Thirteenth ranked Jilin Tigers won an overtime thriller edging higher ranked Beijing Ducks by one point 122-121. It looked good early as Beijing Ducks took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Jilin Tigers took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening in overtime by 1 point. Jilin Tigers made 31-of-41 charity shots (75.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Beijing Ducks turnovers. Beijing Ducks were plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) accounted for 26 points and 8 rebounds. Jilin Tigers' coach Han Wang allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) came up with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 19 rebounds and 7 assists and swingman Lei Chen (195-83) added 31 points and 5 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) respectively for Beijing Ducks in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jilin Tigers (12-19) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Shanghai. Beijing Ducks at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Bayi. Jilin Tigers will play against league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Beijing Ducks will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Jilin: P.Tim 37+10reb+5ast, W.Jameel 26+8reb+2ast, Z.Cheng 16+6reb+5ast, L.Tao 13+4reb+1ast, L.Wei 9+3reb+1ast, L.Xudong 9+2reb+3ast
Beijing: M.Randolph 40+19reb+7ast, C.Lei 31+2reb+5ast, A.Zaid 19+12reb+3ast, M.Wei 13, W.Xiaohui 11, L.Hsueh-Lin 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 118584


TianJin R. - Jiangsu 90-113

Not a big story in a game in Tianjin where 17th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (5-26) was rolled over by fourth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (19-11) 113-90 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Jiangsu Dragons. TianJin Rongcheng managed to win third quarter 33-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jiangsu Dragons dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to TianJin Rongcheng's 42. They outrebounded TianJin Rongcheng 58-43 including a 47-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) who scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international center ZhengDong Tang (213-84) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. Four Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Vernon Hamilton (183-84, college: Clemson) who recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and forward Nan Zhang (197-81) added 24 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Jiangsu Dragons. They maintain fourth place with 19-11 record. TianJin Rongcheng lost their seventh game in a row. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Jiangsu Dragons will meet Foshan (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Bayi Fubang in Ningbo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: W.Antoine 25+8reb+4ast, M.Da 18+4reb, T.ZhengDong 17+9reb+2ast, M.Jerome 16+11reb, W.Nan 9, Y.Li 9+2reb
TianJin R.: H.Vernon 33+10reb+1ast, Z.Nan 24+6reb+3ast, X.Lei 16+6reb+2ast, X.GuiJun 5+2reb, Z.Ji 5+7reb+1ast, L.GangFeng 3+3reb
gschID: 118582


DongGuan - Fujian 109-96

Everything went according to plan when second ranked DongGuan Leopards (25-6) beat at home 16th ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (8-23) 109-96 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by DongGuan Leopards. Fujian SBS XunXin managed to win third quarter 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when DongGuan Leopards won last quarter 27-12. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Fujian SBS XunXin's players. The best player for the winners was Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) who scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. Center TongLin Sun (208-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Andre Emmett (196-82, college: Texas Tech) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and forward TaiLong Zhao (193-90) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five DongGuan Leopards and four Fujian SBS XunXin players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for DongGuan Leopards. They maintain second place with 25-6 record having five points less than leader Xinjiang. Loser Fujian SBS XunXin keeps the sixteenth position with 23 games lost. DongGuan Leopards will meet Guandong Tigers (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fujian SBS XunXin will play against Zhejiang Cyclones (#5) in Hangzhou and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
DongGuan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 27+6reb+3ast, P.Duo 20+3reb+3ast, Q.Biao 16+1ast, 14+3reb+6ast, S.TongLin 11+13reb+2ast, Z.Kai 10+6reb+5ast
Fujian: E.Andre 23+12reb+3ast, Z.TaiLong 17+6reb+2ast, J.Dwayne 16+9reb, Y.Qin 15+4reb+2ast, Y.GengLin 8+3reb, L.Hang 8+3reb
gschID: 118583


Zhejiang C. - Qingdao DS 115-104

There was no surprise in Hangzhou where 15th ranked Qingdao Double Star (10-21) was defeated by fifth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (18-13) 115-104 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 62-47 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zhejiang Cyclones looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: ZAG Advocates) who had a triple-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and 16 rebounds and guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively. Five Zhejiang Cyclones and four Qingdao Double Star players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zhejiang Cyclones maintains fifth place with 18-13 record. Qingdao Double Star lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. They share it with Foshan. Zhejiang Cyclones will meet Fujian SBS XunXin (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Qingdao Double Star will play against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in Hangzhou and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: W.Marcus 36+11reb+10ast, B.Josh 20+9reb, C.Fei 17+4reb+4ast, D.Jinhui 17+6reb+5ast, Z.Chunjun 10+5reb+1ast, Z.Dayu 7+5reb
Qingdao DS: G.Charles 31+16reb+3ast, B.Dee 19+3reb+4ast, A.Zaid 14+5reb, L.Mingtao 14+2ast, C.Liang 8+3reb, L.Gen 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 118579


Shanxi Zh. - Bayi 113-93

An interesting game took place in Taiyuan where 7th ranked Bayi Fubang (16-15) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (14-17) 113-93 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 113-93. Shanxi Zhongyu made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Shanxi Zhongyu outrebounded Bayi Fubang 41-27 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward JiangPeng Duan (197-90) chipped in 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Lei Wang (203-86) who recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) added 22 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Five Shanxi Zhongyu and four Bayi Fubang players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Shandong. Loser Bayi Fubang keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Beijing. Shanxi Zhongyu will meet Shanghai Sharks (#12) on the road in the next round. Bayi Fubang will play against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: J.Alexander 24+8reb+1ast, D.JiangPeng 21+5reb+5ast, P.Shang 18+10reb+1ast, R.Leon 16+3reb+11ast, P.Jiang 14+2reb+4ast, Z.XueWen 14+6reb+1ast
Bayi: W.Lei 25+5reb+4ast, M.Ke 24+4reb+1ast, W.ZhiZhi 22+8reb+3ast, Z.Bo 11+1reb+4ast, H.Shuo 4+3reb+2ast, D.Lehei 2+1reb
gschID: 118580


Xinjiang - Liaoning 117-92

CBA top team - Xinjiang Flying Tige (30-1) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Liaoning Hunters (13-18) in Urumqi 117-92. The game without a history. Xinjiang Flying Tige led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) stepped up and scored 36 points (!!!) and 8 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) chipped in 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Five Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach XingQuan Jiang felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Myles McKay (191-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) with 26 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Ailun Guo (193-93) scored 18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 30-1 record. Liaoning Hunters at the other side keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige are looking forward to face Jilin Tigers (#13) in Changchun in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Liaoning Hunters will play on the road against Shandong Bulls in Jinan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 36+2reb+8ast, S.James 24+8reb+1ast, Z.QingPeng 17+2reb+8ast, B.Yang 13+6reb, C.Tal 13+6reb+1ast, M.Lati 6+3reb
Liaoning: M.Myles 26+7reb+3ast, G.Ailun 18+6reb+6ast, L.Shunan 14+1reb, L.Xiaoxu 9+8reb+2ast, M.Anthony 9+3reb+1ast, H.Dejun 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 118581




Xinjiang Clinches First, Dongguan and Guangdong Vie for Second - by Arthur Volbert
Quincy Douby had 36 points and 8 assists as first-place Xinjiang defeated Liaoning 117-92. James Singleton had 24 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng had 17 points and 8 assists. Bu Yang and Xirelijiang each had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Myles McKay had 26 points and 7 rebounds for Liaoning. Guo Ailun had 18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Liu Shunan scored 14. Li Xiaoxu had 9 points and 8 rebounds. Anthony Myles scored 9. Han Dejun had 8 points and 6 rebounds.

Dongguan maintained second place with a 109-96 win over Fujian. Josh Akognon had 27 points and 6 rebounds. Meng Duo scored 20 and Qiu Biao scored 16. Sun Tonglin had 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Zhang Kai had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Gu Quan had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Jackson Vroman remains out with injury. Andre Emmett had 23 points and 12 rebounds for Fujian. Zhao Tailong had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Dwayne Jones had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Yang Qin had 15 points and 4 rebounds. Yang Genglin and Li Hang each scored 8.

Lester Hudson had 23 points and 3 assists as Guangdong defeated Foshan 123-116. Zhou Peng scored 20 and Zhu Fangyu had 17. Dong Hanlin had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Su Wei had 15 points and 9 rebounds. Wang Shipeng scored 11 and Wang Zheng had 8. Marbury Stephon (187-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) scored 55 points for Foshan on 17 for 23 shooting. Zhao Yonggang scored 23. Olumide Oyedeji had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Zheng Zhun had 8 points and 4 rebounds and He Ben also scored 8.

Jiangsu defeated Tianjin 113-90. Antoine Wright had 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Meng Da had 18 points and 4 rebounds. Tang Zhengdong had 17 points and 9 rebounds. Jerome Moiso had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Yi Li and Wu Nan each scored 9. Vernon Hamilton had 33 points, 10 rebounds and 6 steals for Tianjin. Zhang Nan had 24 points and 6 rebounds. Xu Lei had 16 points and 6 rebounds. No one else scored more than 5.

Shanxi Zhongyu defeated Bayi 113-93. Alexander Johnson had 24 points and 8 rebounds. Duan Jiangpeng had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Shang Ping had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Leon Rogers had 16 points and 11 assists. Zhang Xuewen had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Pan Jiang had 14 points and 4 assists. Osama Daghlas did not play. Wang Lei had 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Bayi. Mo Ke had 24 points and 4 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi had 22 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Bo had 11 points, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Jilin edged Beijing in overtime 122-121. Tim Pickett had 37 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Jameel Watkins had 26 points and 8 rebounds. Zhong Cheng had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Li Tao had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Luo Xudong scored 9. Randolph Morris had 40 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists for Beijing. Chen Lei had 31 points and 5 assists. Zaid Abbaas had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Men Wei scored 13 and Wang Xaiohui scored 11.

The Zhejiang Lions defeated Shandong 96-83. Walker Russell had 27 points and 5 assists. Lin Chih-Chieh had 22 points and 5 rebounds. Peter John Ramos had 14 points and 18 rebounds. Zhang Wei had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Liu Jiulong had 17 points and 7 rebounds for Shandong. Li Lin scored 15. Tao Hanlin had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Wang Gang scored 12. Li Jingyu had 11 points and 3 rebounds. Rodney White and Sun Jie did not play. Myron Allen had 5 points and 6 rebounds.



Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang 30-1 
 2. DongGuan 25-6 
 3. Guandong 24-7 
 4. Jiangsu 19-11 
 5. Zhejiang C. 18-13 
 6. Zhejiang G.L. 17-14 
 7. Beijing 16-15 
 8. Bayi 16-15 
 9. Shandong 14-17 
 10. Shanxi Zh. 14-17 
 11. Liaoning 13-18 
 12. Shanghai 12-19 
 13. Jilin 12-19 
 14. Foshan 10-21 
 15. Qingdao DS 10-21 
 16. Fujian 8-23 
 17. TianJin R. 5-26 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.4
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.4 
 2. Morris, Beijing30.8 
 3. Williams, Zhejiang C.30.5 
 4. Douby, Xinjiang30.1 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan28.2 
 6. Emmett, Fujian28.0 
 7. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.2 
 8. Hamilton, TianJ.26.8 
 9. Pickett, Jilin25.8 
 10. Marbury, Foshan25.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Jones, Fujian16.1 
 2. Harris, Shanghai14.7 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.14.1 
 5. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.6 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.5 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.0 
 8. Morris, Beijing12.2 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu11.8 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing11.3 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.2 
 2. Marbury, Foshan5.7 
 3. Lu, Fujian5.6 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.5.4 
 5. LiuWei, Shanghai5.3 
 6. Hu, Jiangsu5.3 
 7. Brown, Qingdao DS5.0 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
 9. Green, Shanghai4.8 
 10. Allen, Shandong4.8 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.1 
 2. Hamilton, TianJ.3.5 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang3.2 
 4. Hudson, Guandong2.8 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.5 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.5 
 8. Pickett, Jilin2.4 
 9. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
 10. Emmett, Fujian2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Haislip, Guandong1.9 
 3. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 4. Zhang, Shanghai1.8 
 5. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 6. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 7. Jones, Fujian1.7 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 9. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 
 10. Wang, Bayi1.5 


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  CROATIA   


Dontaye Draper to play for Croatian National Team - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) will play for Croatian National next summer in Lithuania. The Croatian Basketball Federation gave a green light for this move and Draper is already in procedure of getting the Croatian citizenship. Two days ago, Draper extended his deal with Cedevita for two more years. American arrived to Cedevita at the start of this season and has established himself as one of the key players averaging 17.8 points and 5.4 assists in Adriatic League. In EuroCup, he added 15.3 ppg and 7 apg for 12 appearances.
Dontaye Draper played collegiate basketball at Division I Charleston University. In his final year, he posted averages of 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in 33 games. Draper signed his first professional contract at the start of 2007-2008 when he became member of Sydney Kings. There he played in 30 games and has averaged 14.5 points and 4.4 assists per contest. Following season, Draper moved to France where he joined Hyeres- Toulon. He appeared in 10 league matches and has averaged 11.4 points and 3.6 rebounds. Still in December of 2008, he moved to Belgian outfit Oostende. There, he dished out 4.6 assists and scored 11.8 points in 22 league matches. Last season, Draper played for Italian Lega 2 outfit Prima Veroli.


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  CYPRUS   


Etha is huge! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
With Massamba serving 8 assists, Etha rolled past Ael 79-52 and won the Cyprus Cup Final.

King had 14 pts and grabbed 12 rebounds, Dabkus and Redding added another 14, Tutt had 13 and Johnson finished with 12 pts.
For Ael, Buford had 15 pts and Ewing added another 14.

Eurobasket.com was the 1st to mention two years ago that something was going on with Etha.

The last couple of years Etha has been showing signs of becoming one of the 'big' teams of the Cyprus league. Indeed, Etha had a great last year, finishing 3rd on the board.




This year it has had a successful run in the eurochallenge, it has won the cup and so far is also having a successful run at the local championship.

We wish to congratulate Antonis Constantinides for winning the cup and of course all the players who put all their effort into it.

At the same time we wish to congratulate Linos Gabriel who despite all the problems he led his team at the cup final.

The captain

Among best Cypriot players ever played the game, in the twilight of a brilliant career George Anastasiadis has this year moved to Etha, hoping to add more to his 5-titles. Now, after winning three consecutive champs he is adding a cup to his trophies.


The fact that 'wherever he goes titles follow', is an understatement!!!




Keravnos signs Nikola Micevic - by Eurobasket News
Nikola Micevic (196-G-82) is a new member of Keravnos. The Serbian guard/small forward signed a deal for rest of the season. Micevic started it with Sloboda Uzice averaging 17.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists for 25 games in Serbian league.
Nikola Micevic spent last season with Borac Cacak. He appeared 38 times for the club registering 14.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.6 apg. A year before that, Micevic was a member of Vujic Metalac Valjevo. With them he had 13.3 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 32 games. Beside the above mentioned clubs, Micevic also has experience from Crnokosa and Usce Vizura.
Keravnos finished regular season as No.2 with 11-5 record. They hope to win the championship title this year.


Proteas Danoi AEL and Gavriel part ways - by Michael Aristidou
Proteas Danoi AEL and head coach Linos Gavriel are no longer together. The board of the club has decided to dismiss Linos Gavriel services for the rest of the season. Besides that the board also decided to dismiss all the foreign and EU players for the rest of season. So in the quarter finals against Pizza Express Primetel Apollon the team will fight with only Cypriots players.

Proteas Danoi AEL has manage to reach to the cup final this year although they had a small budjet.


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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. BK Pardubice 2-0 
 2. BK Decin 1-0 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 1-0 
 4. BK Prostejov 1-1 
 5. Novy Jicin 0-2 
 6. NH Ostrava 0-2 
A2
 1. B&W Opava 12-11 
 2. BC Kolin 11-12 
 3. Basketbol Brno 7-16 
 4. USK Praha 6-17 
 5. Svitavy 5-18 
 6. Plzen 3-20 


NBL Round 3: Basketbal Svitavy edges USK Praha by two points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 3 in the NBL took place in Praha. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th placed USK Praha (6-17) to fifth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (5-18) 66-64 on Wednesday evening. The best player for the winners was forward Jan Spacek (195-89) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) chipped in 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Basketbal Svitavy's coach Jindrich Svojanovsky used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Vojtech Hruban (200-89) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds. Basketbal Svitavy have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Basketbal Svitavy maintains fifth place with 5-18 record. USK Praha at the other side keeps the fourth position with 17 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy are looking forward to face Lokomotiva Plzen (#6) at home in the next round. USK Praha will play against the league's second-placed BC Kolin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kolin. Second ranked BC Kolin faced 3rd placed Basketbol Brno. Host BC Kolin (11-12) defeated guests from Brno (7-16) 85-74. It was a good game for forward Richard Field (196-85, college: Mercyhurst) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Brad Jones contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (203-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for Basketbol Brno. BC Kolin maintains second place with 11-12 record behind leader BK Pardubice. Basketbol Brno lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 16 games lost. BC Kolin will play against USK Praha (#4) at home in the next round. Basketbol Brno will play against the league's leader B&W Opava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader B&W Opava delivered the twelfth victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Lokomotiva Plzen (3-20) 72-68. It was a great evening for Jakub Blazek who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. The best for the losing side was Stepan Vrubl with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Lokomotiva Plzen's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. B&W Opava maintains first place with 12-11 record. Newly promoted Lokomotiva Plzen keeps the sixth position with 20 games lost. B&W Opava will meet Basketbol Brno (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lokomotiva Plzen will play against Basketbal Svitavy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The best stats of 3rd round was 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by Terry Smith of BC Kolin.



Group A2
BC Kolin - Basketbol Brno 85-74

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kolin. Second ranked BC Kolin faced 3rd placed Basketbol Brno. Host BC Kolin (11-12) defeated guests from Brno (7-16) 85-74. The game without a history. BC Kolin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for forward Richard Field (196-85, college: Mercyhurst) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Brad Jones (186-85, college: Wyoming, agency: Stanley International) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (203-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and forward Stepan Reinberger (201-81) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Basketbol Brno. BC Kolin maintains second place with 11-12 record behind leader BK Pardubice. Basketbol Brno lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 16 games lost. BC Kolin will play against USK Praha (#4) at home in the next round. Basketbol Brno will play against the league's leader B&W Opava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Basketbol Brno: P.Sedmak 22+11reb, S.Reinberger 14+6reb+2ast, S.Maio 10+4reb+3ast, V.Cvek 8+3reb+1ast, E.Holloway 7+4reb+6ast, M.Norwa 6+8reb
BC Kolin: R.Field 21+10reb+1ast, T.Smith 19+1reb+1ast, B.Jones 17+3reb+4ast, D.Machac 9+5reb+2ast, R.Marko 7+4reb+4ast, J.Jelinek 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 122225


USK Praha - Svitavy 64-66

The most exciting game of round 3 in the NBL took place in Praha. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th placed USK Praha (6-17) to fifth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (5-18) 66-64 on Wednesday evening. The best player for the winners was forward Jan Spacek (195-89) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Basketbal Svitavy's coach Jindrich Svojanovsky used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Vojtech Hruban (200-89) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds and international forward Lukas Kotas (194-84) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Basketbal Svitavy have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Basketbal Svitavy maintains fifth place with 5-18 record. USK Praha at the other side keeps the fourth position with 17 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy are looking forward to face Lokomotiva Plzen (#6) at home in the next round. USK Praha will play against the league's second-placed BC Kolin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: V.Hruban 18+9reb+2ast, L.Kotas 11+8reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 11+6reb+2ast, J.Slavik 10+9reb, T.Vyoral 5, M.Klimes 5+7reb+1ast
Svitavy: J.Spacek 19+6reb+3ast, B.Meno 12+13reb, K.George 10+5reb+2ast, R.Kramny 10+7reb+3ast, L.Sindelar 5, T.Teply 3+1reb
gschID: 122226


Plzen - B&W Opava 68-72

Leader B&W Opava delivered the twelfth victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Lokomotiva Plzen (3-20) 72-68. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. B&W Opava dominated on the defensive end, holding Lokomotiva Plzen to just 7 points in fourth quarter. It was a great evening for forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. Slovakian guard Marek Stec (193-80, college: Jacksonville JC) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four B&W Opava players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Stepan Vrubl (186-76) with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Lokomotiva Plzen's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. B&W Opava maintains first place with 12-11 record. Newly promoted Lokomotiva Plzen keeps the sixth position with 20 games lost. B&W Opava will meet Basketbol Brno (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lokomotiva Plzen will play against Basketbal Svitavy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Plzen: S.Vrubl 26+6reb+4ast, L.Pecka 18+7reb, T.Kubiznak 10+1reb+1ast, P.Novak 6+4reb+1ast, P.Frana 6+9reb+3ast, V.Honomichl 4+3reb+1ast
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 18+4reb, M.Stec 13+7reb, J.Sirina 11+6reb, M.Carnecky 10+2reb+1ast, O.Dygryn 7+2reb+3ast, B.Brlit 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 122227




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 18
 1. Smith, BC Kolin18.0 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.15.7 
 3. Burke, NH Ostrava15.7 
 4. Hatcher, BK Decin14.9 
 5. Horak, Svitavy14.8 
 6. Houska, BK Decin14.8 
 7. Kotas, USK Praha14.5 
 8. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.4 
 9. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.2 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava9.4 
 3. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.7 
 4. Houska, BK Decin8.6 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.8.2 
 6. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.0 
 7. Kramny, Svitavy7.7 
 8. Frana, Plzen7.4 
 9. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.4 
 10. Machac, BC Kolin6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Vrubl, Plzen5.6 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.9 
 3. Kotas, USK Praha3.7 
 4. Hatcher, BK Decin3.6 
 5. Carnecky, B&W O.3.6 
 6. Jones, BC Kolin3.5 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin3.3 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin3.0 
 9. Macela, Svitavy2.9 
 10. Maio, Basketbo.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Smith, BC Kolin2.0 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha2.0 
 3. Wright, BK Pardu.2.0 
 4. Field, BC Kolin1.9 
 5. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.9 
 6. Holloway, Basket.1.8 
 7. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 8. Macela, Svitavy1.5 
 9. Lawrence, BK Prost.1.5 
 10. Hatcher, BK Decin1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.5 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.2 
 3. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 4. Kramny, Svitavy1.1 
 5. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.0 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin0.9 
 7. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 8. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 9. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 10. Spagrud, NH Ostrava0.7 


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  DENMARK   


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Falcon 17-2 
 2. Stevnsgade 16-3 
 3. Lemvig 13-6 
 4. Haderslev 12-7 
 5. Virum 11-8 
 6. Solrod 10-10 
 7. Glostrup 9-7 
 8. Skt.Klemens 6-13 
 9. ALBA 6-13 
 10. Aarhus BF 6-14 
 11. Herlev 4-15 
 12. Hobas 3-15 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.5 
 3. Brasas, Amager BK21.5 
 4. Hall, Aalborg21.4 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 6. Iversen, Svendborg18.9 
 7. Roberts, Naestved18.7 
 8. Dennis, SISU18.5 
 9. McGinn, Aalborg16.7 
 10. Falkner, Aalborg16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.9 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. St.John, Horsens IC10.0 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj9.9 
 5. Johansen, Naestved9.6 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.4 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.5 
 9. Ba, Vaerlose7.0 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.3 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.2 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.7 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.2 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj4.0 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose3.7 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg3.6 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hall, Aalborg3.8 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.1 
 3. Dennis, SISU2.0 
 4. Nielsen, Horsholm1.9 
 5. Jakobsen, Bakken1.9 
 6. Smedley, Naestved1.8 
 7. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 8. Burgess, Bakken1.8 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
 10. Roberts, Naestved1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.1 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.7 
 3. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 8. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 
 9. Logan, Amager BK0.7 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.0.6 


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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 31-11 
 2. Erie Bay H. 26-13 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 17-22 
 4. Dakota W. 15-26 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 7-30 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 28-11 
 2. Rio Grande 28-12 
 3. Texas L. 18-22 
 4. Austin T. 17-22 
 5. New Mexico 15-25 
 6. Maine RC 14-26 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 25-15 
 2. Bakersfield J. 24-15 
 3. Utah F. 23-15 
 4. Idaho S. 17-22 
 5. Springfield A. 11-29 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.1 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.21.2 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.2 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.19.9 
 5. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 6. McNeal, Rio Grande19.5 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.19.4 
 8. Sims, Maine RC19.0 
 9. Byars, Bakersfi.18.6 
 10. Stinson, Iowa E.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.8 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.0 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Alexander, Texas L.9.2 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.0 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.2 
 2. Daniels, Texas L.8.9 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.5 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Johnson, Austin T.6.5 
 8. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.1 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.6.1 
 10. Bailey, Sioux F.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.1.9 
 10. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.8 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 5. Atchley, Rio Grande2.1 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 7. Gladness, Dakota W.1.9 
 8. Sykes, Sioux F.1.8 
 9. Gaffney, Utah F.1.7 
 10. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.7 


Tuesday: BayHawks hold off Armor - by Eurobasket News
Erie Bay H. - Springfield A. 101-92
The Erie BayHawks sure made things interesting for the thousands of children who watched Tuesday morning's 101-92 victory against the Springfield Armor at Tullio Arena. Ahead by as many as 32 points, the BayHawks (26-13) found themselves in a tussle late against the Armor (11-29) before 5,203 fans. 'We should have blown them out earlier,' Erie forward Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) said. Johnson scored a game-high 27 points to lead Erie in its Kids School Jams game, attended by throngs of cheering students from schools throughout the area. Rookie forward Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86, college: LSU) scored 20 points while rookie point guard Jermaine Beal (6'3''-G-87, college: Vanderbilt) added a career-high 19 points. 'It was good,' Mitchell said about the kids' presence. 'They brought their energy. We wanted to win for them.' Erie is one victory away from tying a franchise record for wins in a season. The BayHawks won 27 games and made the D-League playoffs in 2008-09. 'We're happy to get a win and move on to the next one,' Erie coach Jay Larranaga said. With just 11 wins, Springfield is not in playoff contention, but it made things difficult for Erie in the fourth quarter. The Armor scored 48 fourth-quarter points and had cut Erie's big lead to nine, 99-90, with 25.9 seconds left in the game. 'We got relaxed,' Mitchell said. 'We relaxed a little bit.' The BayHawks struggled to handle full-court pressure defense for a third consecutive game. Tulsa's full-court trap gave the BayHawks problems in its two games it split against Erie. On Tuesday, Erie had nine of its 21 turnovers in the fourth quarter. The Armor attempted 13 more shots from the field than Erie in the final quarter, going 20-of-27 from the field. ' (The trap) sped them up and we got extra possessions,' Armor guard JamesOn Curry said. Erie has been without its starting point guard, Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.), who has missed three straight games since hurting his right hip against Iowa. Ahearn is hopeful he'll play in Thursday night's game against Maine at Tullio Arena. 'I want to play,' Ahearn said. 'If I can, I will. Hopefully the workout (today) doesn't spring anything new on me.' Erik Daniels, who had 10 points in his return to Erie, is looking to help the BayHawks if teams continue to press them. Daniels was a first-team all-D-League pick for the franchise in 2009. 'We have to work on that in practice,' the veteran forward said. 'Hopefully I can hurry up and get in shape so I can help the guys in the fourth quarter.' For the first three quarters, Erie dominated Springfield. The BayHawks limited the Armor to 28 first-half points and posted their biggest lead, 66-34, with 4 minutes, 37 seconds left in the third quarter. 'Our offense really struggled and that kind of really dictated our defense a little bit,' said Armor forward Jarvis Gunter, who scored nine points in his return to Erie. Gunter was waived by the BayHawks in December. In the first half, Springfield shot just 23.5 percent and its top scorers, Curry and rookie point guard Scottie Reynolds, combined for just one point. Curry, who leads the team in scoring at 16.9 points a game, had the one point. Reynolds came in averaging 13.2 points, but like Curry was 0-of-3 from the field. 'We were just flat,' Curry said. 'We weren't ready to play at all.' Curry ended the game with just three points while Reynolds scored all 18 of his points in the second half. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com




Raptors send Alabi back to development league - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors assigned rookie centre Solomon Alabi (7'1''-C-88, college: Florida St.) to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League on Wednesday.

This marks Alabis third assignment to Erie this season. He has appeared in 11 contests for the BayHawks, averaging 8.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 22.1 minutes per game.

The seven-foot-one Alabi has appeared in 10 games with Toronto, registering four points and nine rebounds in 40 minutes.

The Dallas Mavericks selected Alabi in the second round, 50th overall, out of Florida State in the 2010 NBA draft before dealing his rights to Toronto.

Courtesy of www.thestar.com


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


DOMINICANS ABROAD: (NCAA) ESTRELLA WINS BACK to BACK CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP! - by Ozell Wells
Darryl Webb scored 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to earn MVP honors, leading IUP to an 82-75 victory over Slippery Rock and its second straight PSAC tournament championship. Ashton Smith added 18 points and three assists, Willi Estrella (200-C-86) tallied 13 points and Kevin Stewart contributed 12 to give the Crimson Hawks four players in double figures.

The Crimson Hawks earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Atlantic Region tournament with their 11th straight win and improved to 24-5 on the season. IUP became the first PSAC mens basketball team to repeat as conference champions since Edinboro in 2005 and 2006 and won its seventh tournament title overall.

Slippery Rock is 21-10 and will have to wait until Sunday night to find out if a trip to the PSAC final was good enough to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Rock lost in the championship game for the sixth time since winning their only PSAC title in 1963.

The 64-team NCAA tournament field and pairings will be announced at 10 p.m., Sunday night. Undefeated West Liberty, the WVIAC champion, will likely be the host school for the Atlantic Regional.

IUP is the defending Atlantic Region champion and won three regional games and two at the Elite 8 last year to advance to the national championship game for the first time in school history.

courtesy of IUP athletics


Standings - LIDOBA
SRT Standings
 1. Plaza 4-0 
 2. CDP 3-1 
 3. CPN 2-2 
 4. Cupes 2-2 
 5. Sameji 1-4 
 6. GUG 0-4 


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Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 33-7 
 2. Kataja 28-12 
 3. KTP 28-12 
 4. Korihait 27-13 
 5. Honka 23-15 
 6. Kouvot 20-20 
 7. Karhu 19-20 
 8. ToPo 18-22 
 9. Namika Lahti 15-24 
 10. Salon Vilpas 13-27 
 11. LrNMKY 9-31 
 12. Tarmo 5-35 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Wilson, Honka22.4 
 2. Heard, Tarmo20.8 
 3. Lewis, LrNM.20.6 
 4. Wood, Karhu20.5 
 5. Blanchard, ToPo19.8 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.6 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.2 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto19.0 
 10. Barrett, KTP18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Wood, Karhu12.9 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.2 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Young, Tarmo9.8 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 7. Vinson, Kouvot9.2 
 8. Blanchard, ToPo9.2 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.7 
 10. Belser, Honka8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Moore, LrNM.4.7 
 2. Johnson, Karhu4.6 
 3. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.3 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.1 
 6. Wood, Karhu4.1 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait3.7 
 8. Fields, KTP3.5 
 9. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 10. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jerald FIELDS
  KTP
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fields, KTP2.1 
 2. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 4. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Richards, ToPo1.7 
 7. Fells, Kataja1.7 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait1.7 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 10. Newson, Kataja1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.7 
 3. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 4. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 6. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo0.6 
 8. Belser, Honka0.6 
 9. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 10. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 


Korisliiga Round 40: KTP-Basket is defeated by Kauhajoen Karhu - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The most important game in the last round took place in Kotka between second ranked KTP-Basket (28-12) and seventh ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (19-20) on Wednesday night. KTP-Basket was defeated by Kauhajoen Karhu in a tough game at home 90-94. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KTP-Basket won third quarter 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kauhajoen Karhu won last quarter 23-20. Kauhajoen Karhu outrebounded KTP-Basket 41-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Vesa Makalainen (200-86) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who added 16 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) responded with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. KTP-Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains seventh position with 19-20 record. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Kataja. Kauhajoen Karhu are looking forward to face higher ranked Espoo Honka (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KTP-Basket will play against the league's second-placed Joensuun Kataja having rather not much hope for a victory.
12th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (5-35) was outscored at home by sixth ranked Kouvot (20-20) with the biggest margin this round 77-61. The winners were led by American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored that evening 29 points and Ville Kaunisto supported him with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds by American swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) did not help to save the game for Porvoon Tarmo. Kouvot maintains sixth position with 20-20 record. Porvoon Tarmo lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted Porvoon Tarmo stay dead last with 35 lost games. Kouvot will play against Salon Vilpas (#10) at home in the next round. Porvoon Tarmo will play against Namika Lahti and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 40 Namika Lahti lost to Korihait on the opponent's court 81-90. LrNMKY unfortunately lost to ToPo in a home game 75-87.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points and 11 rebounds by LaVell Blanchard of ToPo.



KTP - Karhu 90-94

The most important game in the last round took place in Kotka between second ranked KTP-Basket (28-12) and seventh ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (19-20) on Wednesday night. KTP-Basket was defeated by Kauhajoen Karhu in a tough game at home 90-94. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KTP-Basket won third quarter 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kauhajoen Karhu won last quarter 23-20. Kauhajoen Karhu outrebounded KTP-Basket 41-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Vesa Makalainen (200-86) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who added 16 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) responded with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and naturalized American forward Clifton Jones (201-78, college: Oregon St.) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KTP-Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains seventh position with 19-20 record. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Kataja. Kauhajoen Karhu are looking forward to face higher ranked Espoo Honka (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KTP-Basket will play against the league's second-placed Joensuun Kataja having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
KTP: J.Fields 22+6reb+8ast, C.Jones 16+9reb+1ast, J.Ivey 15+2reb+4ast, S.Barrett 10+4reb+3ast, J.Eskola 9, M.Dobras 7+2reb
Karhu: V.Makalainen 23+8reb+2ast, A.Huuskonen 20+6reb, J.Wood 16+14reb, S.Johnson 15+3reb+3ast, S.Niskanen 6+1reb, H.Hirvikoski 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 106625


Tarmo - Kouvot 61-77

12th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (5-35) was outscored at home by sixth ranked Kouvot (20-20) with the biggest margin this round 77-61. The game was mostly controlled by Kouvot. Porvoon Tarmo was better in third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored that evening 29 points and the former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) supported him with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four Kouvot players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds by American swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) did not help to save the game for Porvoon Tarmo. His fellow American import forward Jerrah Young (202-85, college: Toledo) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Kouvot maintains sixth position with 20-20 record. Porvoon Tarmo lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted Porvoon Tarmo stay dead last with 35 lost games. Kouvot will play against Salon Vilpas (#10) at home in the next round. Porvoon Tarmo will play against Namika Lahti and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tarmo: J.Young 16+7reb+2ast, J.Heard 13+11reb+2ast, L.Trice Little 9+3reb, E.Maki-Tulokas 8+2ast, S.Marouf 7+2reb+1ast, J.Kyllonen 4+2reb+3ast
Kouvot: B.Walker 29+1reb+1ast, V.Kaunisto 18+8reb+1ast, D.Vinson 13+9reb, J.Gonner 12+4reb+3ast, A.Nikkarinen 3+4reb+3ast, I.Seppala 2
gschID: 106626


Korihait - Namika Lahti 90-81

Very expected game in Uusikaupunki where 9th ranked Namika Lahti (15-24) was defeated by fourth ranked UU-Korihait (27-13) 90-81. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Namika Lahti won third quarter 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UU-Korihait forced 22 Namika Lahti turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) who scored that evening 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Even 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by guard Ryan Ayers (201-86, college: Notre Dame) did not help to save the game for Namika Lahti. Forward Anthony Vereen (201-86, college: Texas Arlington) added 23 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Five UU-Korihait and four Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. UU-Korihait have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 27-13 record. Namika Lahti at the other side keeps the ninth place with 24 games lost. UU-Korihait will play against Torpan Pojat (#8) in Helsinki in the next round. Namika Lahti will play at home against Porvoon Tarmo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: R.Ayers 29+8reb+4ast, A.Vereen 23+5reb, T.Hendley 13+10reb, C.Latimer 12+4reb+1ast, V.Streng 2+1reb, P.Pekkola 2+4reb+1ast
Korihait: L.Wright 22+5reb+5ast, J.Reaves 14+7reb, B.Sarcevic 13+6reb+2ast, P.Heinonen 13+5reb, N.Moore 10+4reb+4ast, H.Saaristo 10+1ast
gschID: 106627


LrNMKY - ToPo 75-87

Rather predictable result in Lappeenranta where eighth ranked Torpan Pojat (18-22) defeated 11th ranked LrNMKY (9-31) 87-75. The game was mostly controlled by Torpan Pojat. LrNMKY was better in third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded LrNMKY 45-24 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. LrNMKY was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan, agency: Beo Basket) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Frank Richards (188-82, college: Kansas St.) supported him with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by American guard James Lewis (191-86, college: Fresno Pacific) did not help to save the game for LrNMKY. The former international forward Pasi Riihela (199-75) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat maintains eighth position with 18-22 record. LrNMKY at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 31 games lost. Torpan Pojat will play against higher ranked UU-Korihait (#4) in Uusikaupunki in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LrNMKY will play on the road against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: J.Lewis 19+6reb+2ast, H.Coleman 13+2reb+1ast, M.Moore 13+3reb+4ast, P.Riihela 12+8reb, H.Valimaa 8, V.Vanjoki 4+3reb
ToPo: L.Blanchard 30+11reb+1ast, F.Richards 13+8reb+4ast, T.Pearson 13+7reb+2ast, M.Koivisto 12+2reb+3ast, E.Kajander 11+2reb+2ast, M.Pounds 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 106623




VTB United League: Honka was tough at home - by Rauno Hurmalainen
VTB United League, round 9: If we forget Honka's (Espoo) poor start and game first six minutes (1-11), the hosts played probably season best basketball vs world famous CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night at Barona Arena. CSKA Moscow was much bigger, but Honka Head Coach Pekka Salminen succeeded with his team's attitude to tough defense and CSKA Moscow was in troubles. Visitors won however because of experience and wider material 59-66 (24-33). Quarters: 12-19, 12-14, 16-11, 20-22. Attendance: 3500. It was hard to believe Honka record is now 0-9 and CSKA Moscow improving into 8-1 record. CSKA new Head Coach Jonas Kazlauskas got his first victory with this team. Four CSKA players were in double digits: Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) (12pts/8rbs), Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) 10/9, Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) 10/8 and Alexey Shved (196-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) 10. Honka got 43 points from three American players. John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) (17/11) and Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) (16/9) are world class basketball players.

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Vaidotas Pridotkas claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Lithuanian Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Etendard de Brest and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 26-year old forward had the game-high 23 points adding five rebounds and four assists for Brest in his team's victory, helping them to beat Denain (#2, 18-7) 99-93. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brest maintains the 3rd position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Brest will need more victories to improve their 16-9 record. In the team's last game Pridotkas had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Brest's top player in his first season with the team. Pridotkas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.7ppg) and averages solid 56.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young swingman Hugo Invernizzi (196-F/G-93) of CFBB. Invernizzi impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for CFBB to edge slightly higher-ranked Get Vosges (#16, 8-17) in overtime by 2 points 82-80. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. CFBB is still at the dead bottom 18th position. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories CFBB managed to get this year. Invernizzi is well-known by CFBB fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Guillaume Sene (197-G/F-86) of Le Puy (#10). Sene scored 17 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Le Puy, leading his team to a 94-92 win against slightly lower-ranked Orchy (#12, 11-14). Le Puy needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 12 lost games. Sene has a very solid season. In 24 games in France he scored 11.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cyril Guillarme (206-C-84) of Le Puy - 30 points and 6 rebounds
5. Harry Disy (201-F-84) of Roche - 24 points and 8 rebounds
6. Modibo Niakate (185-G-81) of Orchy - 28 points and 3 assists
7. Damien Pistre (190-G-83) of Le Puy - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Antwon Hoard (199-F-72) of Lievin - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Juwann James (198-F-87) of Challans - 19 points and 6 rebounds
10. A'Nsi Lema (197-G/F-84) of Get Vosges - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 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)


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Blair, Denek23.3 
 2. Pridotkas, Brest18.7 
 3. Kennedy, Orchy18.5 
 4. Petrovic, St Et.17.9 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux17.1 
 6. James, Challans16.7 
 7. Blot, Blois16.7 
 8. Disy, Roche16.0 
 9. Lesieu, St Quentin15.8 
 10. Lalugba, Denain15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Simmons, St Et.8.8 
 2. Pasut, Sorgues8.5 
 3. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 4. Hoard, Lievin8.1 
 5. Kennedy, Orchy7.8 
 6. Cilly, Orchy7.6 
 7. Brocheray, Denain7.6 
 8. Alingue, Souffel7.6 
 9. Lopez, Brest7.5 
 10. Cabarkapa, Le Puy7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre BROCHARD
  Blois
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Brochard, Blois6.5 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy6.1 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.4.8 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.3 
 5. Sauret, Denain4.2 
 6. Rambur, St Quentin4.0 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.0 
 8. Thomas, St Etienne3.6 
 9. Tillon, St Chamond3.5 
 10. Thinon, Sorgues3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Blair, Denek2.7 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.2 
 3. Neri, Roche2.0 
 4. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 5. Blot, Blois1.8 
 6. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 7. El Amrani, St Et.1.8 
 8. James, Challans1.7 
 9. Barbry, Orchy1.7 
 10. Ramphort, Angers B.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.8 
 2. Ford, Bordeaux1.7 
 3. Traore, Angers B.1.6 
 4. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 5. Pasut, Sorgues1.3 
 6. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 7. Kolb, Blois1.1 
 8. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 9. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 
 10. Kennedy, Orchy1.0 


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Bordeaux 22-3 
 2. Denain 18-7 
 3. Brest 16-9 
 4. Angers BC 49 15-10 
 5. Sorgues 14-11 
 6. St Etienne 14-11 
 7. St Quentin 14-11 
 8. Blois 14-11 
 9. Challans 12-12 
 10. Le Puy 12-12 
 11. Souffel 12-13 
 12. Orchy 11-14 
 13. St Chamond 11-14 
 14. Denek 11-14 
 15. Lievin 10-15 
 16. Get Vosges 8-17 
 17. Roche 6-19 
 18. CFBB 4-21 


Interview with Pape-Philippe Amagou, MVP of ProA - Round 20 - by Eurobasket News
We are talking to Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) of Chorale Roanne, a player that was just elected MVP of the Round 20 in Pro A with his 30 points, 5 rebounds performance in a road win at Limoges.



Hello Pape Philippe, you are currently enjoying perhaps the best season in your career, putting up big numbers and being ranked in second place of the Pro A with Roanne. You must feel good about it?

Effectively, this season I probably have the best season so far, statistically, but also it goes along with good results of my team, I am very proud and happy about that. I wish to continue to progress and help my team win more games.



You are in the run for the title of French MVP, you lead all French players in scoring actually, is this something that you focus on?

Not really, like I said, my goal is to do well with my team, Roanne. If along that, I am selected as the MVP, I'll be very happy, but as of now, I'm just focused on ways to help my team win games.



After being brought up in Le Mans, along with some other players of your age, such as Alain Koffi and Yanick Bokolo, you also played in Nancy and Kavala (Greece), and now in your second season in Roanne. Tell us about your experience in Greece, and your desires for the rest of your career.

I had an awesome experience in Greece. I discovered a different basketball style than in France. It was also very enriching culturally, and on top of that I created many friendships. I would like to have a very successful end of season with Roanne, and hopefully play Euroleague with them. I would like also to play one day in best leagues in Europe, like Spain or Italy.



Roanne is a team loaded with talent, with Uche Nsonwu, Dylan Page, Ricky Davis, Solo Diabate... Team had a lot of injuries so far (Dylan Page, Alex Gordon). Which road Roanne must take in order to win French title?

It's true, we had a lot of injuries this season. It wasn't easy to bring in new players to our system all year long. We have to fight to maintain our high position in standings, before all of our players get healthy and then attack the playoffs with everybody healthy and available.



Upcoming Friday, you'll play in a big derby at home vs Cholet, currently in first place of Pro A. You beat them in Cholet, in the first part of the season, and an eventual win over Cholet on Friday would put you in first place. The atmosphere in the Halle Vacheresse will be explosive, are you excited about upcoming game?

Of course, I am very excited for this game. I am a big competitor and I love this kind of games, full of intensity and pressure. Despite our injury problems, we have to be solid against a very good team of Cholet, and try to win and obtain first place in front of our crowd. It should be a very hot atmosphere in our gym.



Pape Philippe what are your hobbies? Something to keep your head away from pressure of playing pro basketball?

Besides being a big fan and collector of movies and music, I like spending time in my house with my wife and my newborn baby.



Pape Philippe, thanks for your time, and good luck in the remainder of your season!

Thank you !!




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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
Superleague
 1. Feni Indistrija 19-2 
 2. MZT Skopje 17-4 
 3. Rabotnicki 15-6 
 4. Torus Skopje 13-8 
 5. ABA Strumica 9-12 
 6. Lirija 7-14 
Play OUT
 1. Kumanovo 2009 9-11 
 2. Ovce Pole 6-14 
 3. Ultimate Basket 5-14 
 4. Pelister Bitola 2-17 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.22.7 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus S.17.2 
 4. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 5. Morban, Lirija16.6 
 6. Mirakovski, Rabot.16.6 
 7. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 8. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 9. Blazevski, Rabotnicki15.8 
 10. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultimate Basket
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 3. Pavlovski, Lirija9.3 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.9 
 5. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.0 
 7. Chappell, ABA S.7.9 
 8. Simic, Rabotnicki7.2 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.7.1 
 10. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Morban, Lirija5.4 
 2. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.2 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.5.0 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotnicki4.0 
 5. Petrovski, MZT S.3.9 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Sokolov, Feni I.2.9 
 9. Samardziev, Feni I.2.9 
 10. Stojanovski, Feni I.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Azemi, Lirija1.7 
 3. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.5 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 6. Petrovski, MZT S.1.4 
 7. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 8. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.4 
 9. Mirakovski, Rabot.1.3 
 10. Stimson, ABA S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.2.1 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.6 
 3. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 4. Krstevski, Torus S.1.1 
 5. Avramovski, MZT S.1.1 
 6. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 7. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 8. Simic, Rabotnicki1.0 
 9. Frye, Feni Indistrija0.9 
 10. Talevski, MZT S.0.6 


Superleague Round 3: Torus Skopje defeats leader Feni Indistrija - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Feni Indistrija (19-2) on the court of fourth ranked Torus Skopje on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Torus Skopje 78-77. Feni Indistrija was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 21-18 charge of Torus Skopje, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who saved his team from a defeat with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-79, agency: World Sport Agency) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ognen Stojanovski (189-85) answered with 20 points and 4 assists for Feni Indistrija. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Torus Skopje have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 13-8 record. Defending champion Feni Indistrija still keeps top position with two games lost. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena MZT Skopje.
The game in Lirija was also worth to mention about. Second ranked MZT Skopje (17-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Lirija (7-14). MZT Skopje did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-69. It was a great evening for Serbian power forward Miljan Pupovic (209-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Kiril Nikolovski helped adding 12 points and 11 rebounds. MZT Skopje's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Dominican guard Carlos Morban (187-82, college: Florida Intern., agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. MZT Skopje have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-4 record having just two points less than leader Kumanovo 2009. Lirija lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Torus Skopje.

In the last game of round 3 ABA Strumica was beaten by Rabotnicki on the road 75-60.
The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 14 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists by Pero Blazevski of Rabotnicki.


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Lirija - MZT Skopje 69-88

The game in Lirija was also worth to mention about. Second ranked MZT Skopje (17-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Lirija (7-14). MZT Skopje did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-69. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Lirija was better in second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MZT Skopje forced 20 Lirija turnovers. It was a great evening for Serbian power forward Miljan Pupovic (209-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Center Kiril Nikolovski (210-88, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. MZT Skopje's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Dominican guard Carlos Morban (187-82, college: Florida Intern., agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Gorge Jovanovic scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. MZT Skopje have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-4 record having just two points less than leader Kumanovo 2009. Lirija lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Torus Skopje.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: M.Pupovic 19+10reb+2ast, T.Grncarov 12+4reb+1ast, K.Nikolovski 12+11reb+1ast, J.Petrovski 11+1reb, N.Zivcevic 11+3reb+5ast, S.Avramovski 7+4reb+1ast
Lirija: G.Jovanovic 15+5reb+1ast, C.Morban 14+5reb+8ast, E.Azemi 13+1reb+5ast, S.Mavel Rejnerio 8+2reb+2ast, K.Pavlovski 7+9reb, B.Nikolovski 4+2reb
gschID: 123085

Torus Skopje - Feni Indistrija 78-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Feni Indistrija (19-2) on the court of fourth ranked Torus Skopje on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Torus Skopje 78-77. Feni Indistrija was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 21-18 charge of Torus Skopje, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who saved his team from a defeat with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-79, agency: World Sport Agency) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Torus Skopje players scored in double figures. Guard Ognen Stojanovski (189-85) answered with 20 points and 4 assists and American guard Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) added 22 points in the effort for Feni Indistrija. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Torus Skopje have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 13-8 record. Defending champion Feni Indistrija still keeps top position with two games lost. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena MZT Skopje.
Top scorers:
Torus Skopje: B.Trajkovski 23+8reb+1ast, I.Dimcevski 15+5reb+3ast, N.Jelesijevic 14+9reb+1ast, N.Karakolev 10+2reb, A.Kostovski 7+2ast, B.Krstevski 5+2reb
Feni Indistrija: J.Frye 22+4reb, O.Stojanovski 20+3reb+4ast, S.Mihajloski 11+7reb+1ast, V.Stojanovski 8+2reb, D.Knezevic 5+6reb+2ast, D.Tasovski 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 123083

Rabotnicki - ABA Strumica 75-60

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (15-6) beat 5th ranked ABA Strumica (9-12) in Skopje 75-60. The game without a history. Fersped-Rabotnicki led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) helped adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American center John Chappell (208, college: S.Carolina) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Jeremiah Boswell (194-82) scored 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fersped-Rabotnicki maintains third place with 15-6 record having four points less than leader Kumanovo 2009. Newly promoted ABA Strumica keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play against league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ABA Strumica will play at home against Lirija (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: V.Filipovic 19+6reb, T.Simic 12+7reb+1ast, G.Dendra 12+2reb+1ast, I.Sazdov 9+1ast, P.Blazevski 7+5reb+4ast, D.Mirakovski 4+3reb+6ast
ABA Strumica: J.Boswell 19+3reb+1ast, J.Chappell 14+11reb, D.Buchberger 14+3reb+1ast, Z.Stojanov 4+2reb, M.Neal 3, Z.Delev 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 123084




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Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Postgame Thoughts To 91-75 Loss Against The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 91-75 loss to The Artland Dragons.

The last 5 games have looked like a weird math equation of loss-win-loss-win-loss. Why has the team been a bit up and won as of late?


I am not exactly sure.

The Artland Dragons had a tight 46-43 lead at halftime. What was significant in the first half for the lead?

Both teams played pretty evenly to that point. We both were playing well offensively and had trouble getting stops.

In the third quarter, The Artland Dragons exploded winning the quarter 26-8. What were the biggest problems for Braunschweig on offense and defense?

Offensively I think we started to hesitate on shots we were just taking in the first half, and defensively we didn't do much right.

Braunschweig got stronger in the fourth quarter, but were unable to come back. In what areas did you improve in the last quarter?

I think at that point we were down by so much that we had to play aggressive.

What was your favorite play highlight of the game?


I did not have any favorite highlights for this game.

Mike Bibby went to the Miami Heat. How do you see the guard duo of Bibby/Chalmers?

I think he is a great shooter so he will help.

How will Troy Murphy fit in with Boston? Do you think the Celtics got better or worse with their trades? It seems like Nenad Kristic is fitting in well.


He is going to stretch the defense which will make them tougher to defend. I think the Celtics should have kept Perkins but Jeff Green is a good player as well.


What movie do you really want to see at the moment?

The one with Adam Sandler that is out. I do not remember the name.

Thanks Kev for the chat.



Jevohn Shepherd (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Has A License To Fly To the Hoop And No Cinderella Reality Hanging On His Shoulder - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
In the last 10 months, the basketball career of 24 year old Canadian Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) has been sort of a whirlwind like that of Bayern goalie Thomas Kraft who was always in the shadow of Hans Jorg Butt and then got the call, 19 year old soccer player Andreas Merkel who came to Germany from Kazakhstan and lived in a village in the Westerwald and now is getting press in Germany after being discovered by AC Milian and recently playing Champions League or actress Gabourey Sidibe going from Americas got talent to being nominated for a Golden Globe for Precious. Last summer Shepherd who had graduated from Michigan played in Canada in Halifax, the gateway to the Atlantic for the Rainmen possibly enjoying the breathtaking city street scapes often used for motion pictures to stand in for other cities that are too expensive to work in and then a few months later mixing it up for the Canadian national team at the World championships in Turkey with top basketball players like Marc Gasol, Boris Diaw or Linas Kleiza. He then started off the 2010-2011 basketball season in Germany in the PRO A for the Giroballers Live Osnabrueck and a few weeks ago played against Chemnitz against Americans like Gary Johnson and Ty Law and a few days ago against the Giessen 46ers against Michael Jordan and with ex NBA player Roger Powell. Despite all this excitement, it seems like the friendly Canadian is taking it all in stride despite looking at me a bit lost in the expression in his eyes as I was flooding him with German in the post game radio interview, but he then showing some relief as the English came in the translation. 'I am extremely excited this is a great club to be apart of and to be able to be apart of it is a great opportunity I cant really express much more how excited I am .I felt comfortable in my first game. Frankfurt has a good group of guys that talked to me a lot. Coach prepared us well and there was adjusting to do since this league is a lot more physical and the players are smarter', stressed Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan).

Before coming to Germany, Shepherd took part at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey for Canada. Despite going 0-5 with canada, Shepherd gained valuable experience playing against countries like Spain, France and Lithuania. He also got basketball experts to raise their eyebrows as he played 5 games averaging 9.4ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 30.8%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 69.6%. He also was amazed how certain NBA players didnt come out and have Lebron James type of numbers and he was unable to list one player as being the best that he played against in the tournament. 'Its hard to say who the best player was I played against the World Championships because at that level everybody plays a role and does it well so there are no standouts at the end of the game when you reflect 9 times out of 10 you end up talking about how well that opposing 'team' played together. It was quite interesting to me because even NBA guys played simple roles at that level where as you would expect them to be standouts', said Shepherd.

Shepherd started the season with the Giroballers Live Osnabrueck and showed quickly that possibly he was a tad too good for the PRO A as he averaged 20,2ppg, 6,1rpg and 2,5apg. Gordon Herbert and the Deutsche Bank Skyliners already had had Shepherd on their radar last summer, but were unable to acquire him because he had signed in the PRO A previous to his strong showing in Turkey at the World Championships. So coming to the BEKO BBL and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners was not a miscalculated step. 'Yes I am definitely ready for this step playing in the BBL, not taking anything away from my time in the PRO A because that was a great experience and I learned a lot that has prepared me for the decision to continue my season with the Skyliners in the BBL', added Shepherd. Frankfurt is very grateful to Osnabrueck coach Thorsten Leibenath for letting Shepherd come to the Main. 'It was a decision I struggled with over the year because different opportunities had come up throughout the year but at that point our team in Osnabruck was in suit of finishing top two, Wurzburg and Munich eventually created a bigger gap and then the opportunity to play with the Skyliners came about which many may not get to play for a club of this caliber so I had to really evaluate and make a decision that is best for me as this is my career. Osnabruck was great about the situation, they understood the opportunity I had and here I am today', commented Shepherd. Shepherd didnt even play a full season in the PRO A, but left his mark on the league scoring in double figures in 18 of 20 games, scoring more than 20 points 10 times, 30 points or more points twice and netting 40 points against Science City Jena. It wont be so much his individual stat memories that will be engraved in his memory bank, but more the relationships he formed. 'The sweetest memory of playing PRO A this year was not even on the court but thinking back I barely remember the games but I can give you numerous fun times with my teammates. We had a great unit and thats whats most memorable to me', expressed Shepherd.

Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) has little time to reflect on his great season in the PRO A, but now has to fcous on his current job of playing in the BEKO BBL with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Despite playing in the PRO A the last months, he had had some idea of what stuck behind The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. But after the first few days, he already had positive things to describe his new club. 'Well to be honest I am learning more now about the club, I mean while I was playing in Pro A I read little things when AJ had the stroke when they had some big wins when Roger joined the club following his preseason in the NBA etc.. Its funny how things work one day your reading about all thats going on over here and thinking wow and the next your right in the mix. I can say one thing is for sure the club is very professional and the support staff here are excellent second to none that I can tell you', added Shepherd. Shepherd is a shooting guard/small forward and will come from the bench and give guys like Jimmy Mckinney or Quantez Robertson a breather at times. Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert also has enshrined the winning attitude in the Canadian in a very brief time. 'I see my role being a contributor in anyway possible to continue piling up the wins if that means having a bottle of water ready for guys coming off the floor so that they can go back in the game refreshed and we win so be it', stressed Shepherd. The Canadian also seems to have an easy adjustment period as the players have welcomed him with open arms, but Air Canada has already given the 'Who can fly longer in the air to Quantez Robertson without a real fight. 'As ive gotten to know the players a bit more a lot of us have mutual friends so your able to make connections quick for example Dashaun Wood is from Detroit so a lot of the players ive played with or against while at Michigan are friends of his as well AJ and Roger both played at big ten schools so there is that connection, I also found out today that Chris Moss and I also played for the same college coach as well Carl Lindbom played with one of my national teammates last year in Finland, so making a family here quick but the guys are making it easy I feel like ive been here since the start as for Tez hes going to hold that title im sure of it', joked Shepherd. The Toronto native already got some important chilling down time with Roger Powell. 'Roger he's been great to me so far. On my first night, we sat in the gym for about an hour after everyone had left practice just talking about different experiences and so forth. Great guy and i'm definitely going to pick his brain for the remainder of the season and learn all that I can while we are both here', added Shepherd. One guy that the Canadian missed was Jermaine Bucknor who had played with Frankfurt twice earlier in the season. Shepherd had played together with Bucknor with the Canadian National team last summer. 'The thing that impresses me most about Jermaine is his professionalism and how well he takes care of his body in order to get the most longevity out of it. On the court he can really shoot it. He's a great dude in addition to that', said Shepherd.

In his first game in the BEKO BBL, Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert didnt hesitate inserting Shepherd early as he came on to the floor in the Osthalle. Shepherd missed his first shot, but after that found his rhythm better as he quickly showed his presence on the offensive boards being aggressive and letting his presence be shown. His first hoop was a beautiful penetration from the right side and he capped of a solid debut with a stunning Air Canada style ally op dunk getting fed nicely by teammate Dashaun Wood. 'Wood has good eyes. I pointed up and I didnt think that he saw me, but then all of a sudden there was his pass', added Shepherd. Shepherd finished with five points, three rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes. When it comes to his biggest strength, unnoticed strength and things he still needs to improve on, the 24 year old doesnt need to think long what they are. 'My biggest strength is my team play. A strength in my game that may go unnoticed I believe is my passing but hey thats ok because it will make it easier for me to find open players. I always want to improve on everything of make some adjustment I guess this may be why Im well rounded and dont necessarily specialize in one thing', warned Shepherd. Shepherd also expects more from his game the longer he is with Frankfurt. 'I still have to get adjusted to this league. But my goal is to help the team win and I expect to get better', stressed Shepherd.

Shepherd played at Michigan from 2005-2009 playing 116 games. He didnt get a lot of playing time as he never averaged more than 3,5ppg in a season. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 2.6ppg, 1.1rpg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 60.0%. He did get a lot of experience playing with guys like Ekpe Udoh (Golden State Warriors), Brent Petway (Vichy), Courtney Sims who has played with the Pacers and Knicks, Manny Harris (Cavaliers) and current Michigan stand out Zack Novak. He also had a fine basketball instructor with John Beilein who taught him things that he will continue to transform into his game at the next level. 'The most important thing I learned from John is getting rotation on the ball whether it be shooting or passing in addition to his 1-3-1 zone', commented Shepherd. Shepherd also takes extreme pride in maintaining relationships with former teammates and has great memories of ex teammate Manny Harris. the difference in salaries of Shepherd and Harris is like night and day, but the Canadian is sure that Harris is living differently in Cleveland now and enjoying the new life. 'The best memories with Manny at Michigan again its always off the court I mean we shared great times on the court but the relationships you build with teammates always grow far beyond basketball. I remember we always used to lift in the morning but we would always stop at a little breakfast club and get something small before the lift one day he showed up to my apartment and told me to come out he was so proud of his new car but it was probably already 20 years old within a week he had rims on it, tinted windows a sound system the whole works then a week later it broke down, and that continued the whole year lol every second week something was wrong. He is now playing with the Cavaliers and having a great first year so he wont have to ride in those old schools anymore', laughed Shepherd. Air Canada was a NIT finalist in 2006 and remembers one player in particular that he played against in the NCAA. 'I was really impressed by Eric Gordon I mean I was fortunate to play with or against many players that are now in the NBA but the thing that impressed me most about him was how efficient he was and at such a young age', added Shepherd. Right away in his first BEKO BBL game, Shepherd got a taste of what a real live German Hessen derby can be like between The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and the Giessen 46ers. He was amazed by the atmosphere. 'I have never seen an atmosphere like this before in Germany. There were some tough places to play in the PRO A, but our fans gave us so much support in Giessen. It was amazing', stressed Shepherd. However Hessen Derby or not, there is only one top rivalry that sticks in the head of Shepherd and it isnt The Boston Red Sox -New York Yankees. 'I am yet to see a rivalry as big as Michigan vs Michigan State. I am sure you can ask Travis Walton about them I remember my freshman year the week leading up to the game there was so much buzz on campus and it was all new to me it felt like I was in a movie but they were definitely great battles although Travis and Drew Neitzel have my number on this one', laughed Shepherd. The Canadian hasnt had much time recently to keep tabs on whats going on in the NCAA, but he has ideas who will be doing damage and noise at the end of March Madness. 'I have to be bias and go with teams that have fellow Canadians so Texas and Syracuse, my last two are sleepers are Gonzaga since they have a German and Canadian mix on the team but we need them to make the tourney first and then lastly I am going to go out on a limb and say my Michigan Wolverines are going to win the conference tourney then make a final 4 run in the NCAA tourney', warned Shepherd. Shepherd has come to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in a very exciting time in the stretch run and one thing is for certain. He has more time with the team than having his sneakers disappear at midnight, since his Cinderella story will continue until the end of the season with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, because his contract time will end hopefully first when the club celebrates their second BEKO BBL championship league title in June






DaShaun Wood claims German 1.Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Dt.Bank SKY and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 28 points adding five rebounds and six assists for Dt.Bank SKY in his team's victory, helping them to crush LTi 46ers (#16, 7-19) with 19-point margin 81-62. Dt.Bank SKY maintains the 2nd position in German 1.Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dt.Bank SKY will need more victories to improve their 19-6 record. In the team's last game Wood had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Dt.Bank SKY's top player in his first season with the team. Wright State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wood is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.6ppg. Wood is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 5.7apg) and averages solid 53.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 37-year old American center Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Telekom Baskets Bonn. Ensminger impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Telekom Baskets lost that game 77-85 to the higher-ranked Bremerhaven (#9, 13-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Telekom Baskets dropped in the standings to 12th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ensminger is well-known by Telekom Baskets fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87, agency: Court Side) of EnBW Ludwigsburg (#11). Lischka scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Lischka's great performance EnBW L'burg lost 80-85 to the higher-ranked TBB Trier (#7, 14-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing EnBW L'burg needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 12 lost games. Lischka has a very solid season. In 25 games in Germany he scored 6.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Oliver (198-F-85) of Walter Tigers - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. John Bryant (208-C-87) of ratiopharm - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Predrag Suput (200-F-77) of Brose Baskets - 26 points and 7 rebounds
7. Dane Watts (203-F-86) of Walter Tigers - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Bryan Bailey (185-G-80) of Art.Dragons - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ekene Ibekwe (206-F-85) of Bayreuth - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jared Reiner (211-C-82) of Bayreuth - 16 points and 10 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)


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Wood, Dt.18.6 
 2. Benzing, ratio.16.4 
 3. Allen, ALBA16.4 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons16.3 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.9 
 6. Ross, MBC15.7 
 7. Harris, EnBW L.15.5 
 8. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 9. Dorris, Phoenix .15.2 
 10. Callahan, Bremerha.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.7 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.5 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.2 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.7 
 5. Stevic, EWE B.7.2 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 7. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 8. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.6 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.5 
 10. Burtschi, Phoenix .6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.9 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.7 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.4 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.0 
 5. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.2 
 7. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 8. Campbell, EWE B.4.1 
 9. Copeland, Bremerha.4.0 
 10. McElroy, AL.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.6 
 4. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.6 
 5. Pryor, Phoenix .1.6 
 6. Wood, Dt.1.5 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix .1.5 
 8. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 9. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 10. Oliver, Walter Tigers1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.4 
 5. Seward, Phoenix .1.3 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 
 8. Scott, Goettingen1.1 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 10. Baynes, EWE B.0.9 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Smith, Panellinios17.4 
 2. Marshall, PAOK17.1 
 3. Palacio, Kavala16.7 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.2 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.15.1 
 6. Thompson, Ikaros14.5 
 7. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 8. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.4 
 9. Francis, Panellinios14.4 
 10. Harris, Ikaros13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.3 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.8 
 3. Kalathis, VAP K.8.6 
 4. Smith, Panellinios8.1 
 5. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 6. Bagaric, Marousi7.4 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.4 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.2 
 9. Dawson, Ilysiakos6.8 
 10. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  VAP Kolossos
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Jordan, VAP K.6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.6 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.7 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.4.5 
 6. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.2 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.4.0 
 9. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.8 
 10. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Bremerhaven
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 3. Marshall, PAOK1.8 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.8 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.7 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.7 
 8. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
 9. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.6 
 10. Papamakarios, Panell.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Simmons, Kavala1.9 
 2. Bagaric, Marousi1.9 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.3 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Looby, Peristeri GS0.9 
 7. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.8 
 8. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 9. Vougioukas, Panath.0.7 
 10. Cohadarevic, AEK0.7 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 20-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 19-1 
 3. Marousi 11-9 
 4. PAOK 11-9 
 5. Peristeri GS 10-10 
 6. Kavala 10-10 
 7. Panionios 10-10 
 8. Aris 10-10 
 9. VAP Kolossos 9-11 
 10. Panellinios 7-13 
 11. Ikaros 7-13 
 12. Ilysiakos 6-14 
 13. AEK 5-15 
 14. Iraklis 5-15 


A2: Sad but true!! - by Chris Mammides
Sad but totally true evidence took place in the derby game in the seventeenth week of the A2 league. A unique statistical ingredient took place in the game between KAO Dramas and GS Lavrio, the derby game between the top tier team of the division versus the sweet surprise of the league currently in the third position of the competition.
Seven minutes before the end of the game and while the two teams were playing an amazing game with the home team having the minimum difference of one point 65-64 the Med in gray banged the game and they did something exceptional in the history of the Greek Basketball (probably is a global phenomenon too) they charged the visiting site of GS Lavrio which was fighting against all odds with six consecutive technical fouls!! Could you imagine?? SIX consecutive Technical fouls in a derby game between the first and the third team in the board! It is something unbelievable and is not something which the Greek basketball must be proud of. They all begun when the young Head Coach of GS Lavrio, Christos Serellis furious from the Gray decision, which were obviously pro-home team (lets not forget that GS Lavrio was the only team to beat KAO Dramas in the first round and that there was a kind of a small Vendetta for the Drama people) shout to the referees why the specific cal took place? That was it! The referees in an amazing crescent to show who was the boss of the game, the ruler of the situation in no time killed the only hopes that GS Lavrio had to succeed another small miracle, besides the whole route to the Second divisions paths is a miracle for the 10.000 citizens of GS Lavrio, a team with nearly the one fourth of the budget of KAO Dramas! In any case the next are simple details, KAO Dramas beat GS Lavrio with 101-81 which means that in less than 8 minutes the home team scored nearly 40 points!! While GS Lavrio tried to save their pride by trying to concentrate and play some decent basketball in between the technical fouls that the referees were proudly sharing among the coaches, assistant coaches and team of GS Lavrio.
In any case, eurobasket.com is wishing all the best to all the teams that are running after their dream with decent, fair and ethical ways



A1 Round 20: Peristeri GS beats Panionios in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Peristeri GS (#7) and Panionios (#5). Peristeri GS (10-10) won against visiting Panionios (10-10) 67-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Panionios. Panionios trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 23-15 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 59-67 at the end of the game. Peristeri GS dominated on the defensive end, holding Panionios to just 4 points in first quarter. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Peristeri GS had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Peristeri GS made 8 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Panionios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Ernest Scott (201-82, college: Valdosta St., agency: Impact Basketball) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Slovenian guard Jure Mocnik (185-85) chipped in 9 points and 4 assists. Canadian guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham) produced 11 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Peristeri GS moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Panionios. Peristeri GS is looking forward to face Ikaros (#11) in Kalitheas in the next round where they are favorite. Panionios will play at home against VAP Kolossos (#9) in Rodou and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Marousi (11-9) against eleventh ranked Panellinios (7-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting Marousi was defeated by Panellinios in Athens 85-72. American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Torin Francis contributed with 18 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Croatian center Dalibor Bagaric (217-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for Marousi. Marousi's coach Vangelis Alexandris rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Panellinios moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Ikaros. Marousi lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with nine games lost. They share it with PAOK. Panellinios will play against higher ranked PAOK (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Marousi will play on the road against Iraklis in Thessaloniki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Thessaloniki. Top-ranked Olympiakos faced 4th ranked PAOK. Guests from Athens (20-0) smashed host PAOK (11-9) 77-49. Worth to mention a great performance of Zoran Erceg who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Rawle Marshall responded with 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Olympiakos have an impressive 20-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-0 record. PAOK at the other side dropped to the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Marousi. Olympiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Ilysiakos.
The game in Kavala was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Aris (10-10) played at the court of eighth ranked Kavala (10-10). Kavala managed to secure a 5-point victory 90-85. The winners were led by Cedric Simmons who had that evening a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds. Aris' coach Slobodan Subotic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kavala moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Aris. Kavala's next round opponent will be AEK (#13) in Athens and are hoping to win another game. Aris will play at home against the league's second-placed Panathinaikos (#2) in Athens.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Athens, where 10th ranked Ikaros (7-13) lost to thirteenth ranked Ilysiakos (6-14) in a road game 67-74 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Alexis Kiritsis who scored 16 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ilysiakos moved-up to twelfth place. Ikaros lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Ilysiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Olympiakos.

In the last two games of round 20 AEK was defeated by VAP Kolossos in Rodou 64-57. Panathinaikos smashed Iraklis at home 101-68.
The best stats of 20th round was 24 points and 4 assists by Kosta Charalampidis of Aris.


VAP Kolossos - AEK 64-57

There was no surprise in Rodou where 12th ranked AEK (5-15) was defeated by ninth ranked VAP Kolossos (9-11) 64-57 on Wednesday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But AEK won second period 12-5. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was guard Angelos Tsamis (192-81) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. The former international power forward Dimos Dikoudis (207-77) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Cypriot forward Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-78) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. VAP Kolossos maintains ninth position with 9-11 record. Loser AEK dropped to the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. VAP Kolossos will face higher ranked Panionios (#7) in Athens in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. AEK will play at home against Kavala (#6).
Top scorers:
VAP Kolossos: A.Tsamis 18+7reb+4ast, K.Charissis 13+5reb, P.Kalathis 12+12reb+1ast, J.Golemac 8+2reb+1ast, N.Pappas 6+1reb, J.Jordan 3+7reb+11ast
AEK: P.Nikolaidis 15+2reb+1ast, D.Dikoudis 11+7reb+1ast, D.Cohadarevic 9+4reb+1ast, P.Dorkofikis 8+2reb, V.Mandic 5+2reb+1ast, J.Hart 4+2ast
gschID: 103851


Kavala - Aris 90-85

The game in Kavala was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Aris (10-10) played at the court of eighth ranked Kavala (10-10). Kavala managed to secure a 5-point victory 90-85. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-16 Aris' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 90-85 at the end of the game. Kavala made 28-of-35 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Aris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds and guard Christoforos Stefanidis (185-80) supported him with 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Even 24 points and 4 assists by guard Kosta Charalampidis (189-76) did not help to save the game for Aris. American guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Five Kavala and four Aris players scored in double figures. Aris' coach Slobodan Subotic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kavala moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Aris. Kavala's next round opponent will be AEK (#13) in Athens and are hoping to win another game. Aris will play at home against the league's second-placed Panathinaikos (#2) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Kavala: C.Stefanidis 20+4reb+1ast, B.Jorovic 17+2reb+2ast, S.Karapostolou 15, M.Palacio 15+2reb+1ast, C.Simmons 11+15reb, 10+2reb
Aris: K.Charalampidis 24+4reb+4ast, M.Tsairelis 14+5reb, B.Brown 12+6reb+4ast, K.Sloukas 10+4reb+3ast, D.Borovnjak 9+5reb, 9+1ast
gschID: 103852


Panathinaikos - Iraklis 101-68

No shocking result in a game in Athens where second ranked Panathinaikos (19-1) smashed bottom-ranked Iraklis (5-15) 101-68 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Iraklis' 34. They outrebounded Iraklis 42-24 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Panathinaikos looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Milenko Tepic (198-87, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. International swingman Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) chipped in 14 points. Panathinaikos' coach Zeljko Obradovic felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Smush Parker (193-81, college: Fordham) produced 17 points and 9 assists and naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Panathinaikos have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 19-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. Newly promoted Iraklis stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Panathinaikos will face Aris (#8) in Thessaloniki in the next round where they are favorite. Iraklis will play at home against Marousi (#3).
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: M.Tepic 15+8reb+5ast, S.Perperoglou 14+2reb+3ast, A.Fotsis 13+5reb+1ast, D.Diamantidis 11+5ast, I.Vougioukas 11+4reb+1ast, K.Kaimakoglou 8+7reb+1ast
Iraklis: V.Petrovic-Stergiou 18+5reb+1ast, S.Parker 17+4reb+9ast, V.Angelakopoulos 14+5reb, J.Coleman 10+1reb+4ast, G.Demertzis 5+2ast, P.Drobnjak 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 103853


Panellinios - Marousi 85-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Marousi (11-9) against eleventh ranked Panellinios (7-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting Marousi was defeated by Panellinios in Athens 85-72. The game without a history. Panellinios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Panellinios players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Marousi was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) contributed with 18 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Four Panellinios players scored in double figures. Croatian center Dalibor Bagaric (217-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian-Bosnian guard Feliks Kojadinovic (197-79, agency: BeoExcell) added 12 points in the effort for Marousi. Marousi's coach Vangelis Alexandris rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Panellinios moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Ikaros. Marousi lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with nine games lost. They share it with PAOK. Panellinios will play against higher ranked PAOK (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Marousi will play on the road against Iraklis in Thessaloniki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Panellinios: S.Smith 20+6reb+4ast, T.Francis 18+4reb+3ast, M.Bailey 13+1reb+4ast, E.Papamakarios 13+3reb+4ast, V.Xanthopoulos 9+2reb+2ast, V.Sklavos 7+3reb+2ast
Marousi: D.Bagaric 17+11reb+1ast, F.Kojadinovic 12+3reb+1ast, Y.Gagaloudis 8+3reb+2ast, D.Haritopoulos 8+3reb, D.Clemente 8+1reb+2ast, D.Huertas 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 103854


Ilysiakos - Ikaros 74-67

We should mention about the upset which took place in Athens, where 10th ranked Ikaros (7-13) lost to thirteenth ranked Ilysiakos (6-14) in a road game 67-74 on Wednesday. Ikaros trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 22-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 67-74 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) who scored 16 points. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Ilysiakos players scored in double figures. American guard Lans Harris (195-83, college: Kansas St.) produced 26 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) added 17 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ilysiakos moved-up to twelfth place. Ikaros lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Ilysiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Olympiakos.
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: A.Kiritsis 16+4reb+3ast, L.Kaselakis 12+6reb+2ast, J.Baxter 12+7reb+2ast, N.Chatzis 10+1reb, A.Karydas 9+2reb+5ast, N.Papantoniou 6+2reb
Ikaros: L.Harris 26+5reb+1ast, D.Thompson 17+12reb+2ast, K.McAlarney 12+2reb, V.Karaboulas 5+2reb+2ast, S.Tountziarakis 4+2reb, A.Falekas 2+2ast
gschID: 103855


PAOK - Olympiakos 49-77

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Thessaloniki. Top-ranked Olympiakos faced 4th ranked PAOK. Guests from Athens (20-0) smashed host PAOK (11-9) 77-49. The game without a history. Olympiakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Olympiakos outrebounded PAOK 39-23 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian power forward Zoran Erceg (210-85) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Australian power forward Matt Nielsen (208-78, agency: Beo Basket) who added 12 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) responded with 14 points and American forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) scored 9 points and 6 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. Olympiakos have an impressive 20-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-0 record. PAOK at the other side dropped to the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Marousi. Olympiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Ilysiakos.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: Z.Erceg 15+8reb+2ast, V.Spanoulis 12+2reb+2ast, M.Nielsen 12+11reb, G.Jamon Lukas 8+1reb+2ast, L.Mavrokefalides 6+1reb, R.Nesterovic 6+1reb
PAOK: R.Marshall 14+3reb, R.Dozier 9+6reb, N.Kalles 8+1reb, T.Gechevski 6+4reb+1ast, M.Giannakidis 5+3reb+1ast, G.Dedas 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 103856


Peristeri GS - Panionios 67-59

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Peristeri GS (#7) and Panionios (#5). Peristeri GS (10-10) won against visiting Panionios (10-10) 67-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Panionios. Panionios trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 23-15 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 59-67 at the end of the game. Peristeri GS dominated on the defensive end, holding Panionios to just 4 points in first quarter. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Peristeri GS had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Peristeri GS made 8 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Panionios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Ernest Scott (201-82, college: Valdosta St., agency: Impact Basketball) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Slovenian guard Jure Mocnik (185-85) chipped in 9 points and 4 assists. Canadian guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham) produced 11 points and American center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: ZAG Advocates) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Peristeri GS moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Panionios. Peristeri GS is looking forward to face Ikaros (#11) in Kalitheas in the next round where they are favorite. Panionios will play at home against VAP Kolossos (#9) in Rodou and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Peristeri GS: E.Scott 15+5reb+1ast, D.Papanikolaou 12+2reb+1ast, A.Mantzaris 10+1reb+1ast, J.Mocnik 9+4reb+4ast, K.Looby 9+7reb, A.Petroulas 6+1reb+3ast
Panionios: M.Aleksic 11+1reb+1ast, J.Anderson 11+2reb+2ast, R.Covile 8+5reb, M.Batis 8+4reb, S.Ioannou 6+2reb, G.Tsiaras 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 103850




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  HUNGARY   


Marcus Moore is leaving Kormend - by Tamas Deri
The management of MJUS-Fortress Kormend decided to fine with a pay-cut american guard, Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) because of the decision of the management and coaching staff which was not accepted by the player. For this reason the parties agreed today to break the players contract, who is now free to leave and finish the season with an other team. The 198 cm tall guard is a product of Washington State University. He had an amazing junior season averaging 18.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.7apg in 18 games. In 2003-04 ss a senior he played 19 games and put up 13.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.7apg. He played his first professional season with Florida Flame in the NBDL. The season after he played shorlty in Belgium and than decided to get a break for personal reasons. He got back on the court in 2009 and played for Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves in Australia, The last season he spent with Caballeros de Culiacan in the CIBACOPA of Mexico averaging 19.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.9 spg in 44 games. He signed in August 2010 with MJUS-Fortress Kormend and played 21 games averaging 17.7 points, 5.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds 2.0 steals in in 30.5 minutes.

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  ICELAND   


Best players of Icelandic Express L. round 21 - by Eurobasket News
American James Bartolotta (193-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for IR and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 33 points adding four rebounds and six assists for IR in his team's victory, helping them to outclass KR (#3, 15-6) with 28-point margin 124-96. IR maintains the 6th position in Icelandic Express L.. IR 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 10-11 record. In the team's last game Bartolotta had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at IR, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bartolotta is in league's top in points (4th best: 22.9ppg) and averages solid 52.4% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Marcus Walker (186-G-86, agency: 011 Sports) of KR Reykjavik. Walker impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as KR lost that game 96-124 to the lower-ranked IR (#6, 10-11). This loss caused KR to drop to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 15-6 record is not bad at all. Walker is a newcomer at KR 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 23.1ppg (#2). He also recorded 3.4 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Kelly Biedler (196-F-88) of IR Reykjavik (#6). Biedler scored 22 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of IR, leading his team to a 124-96 easy win against the higher-ranked KR (#3, 15-6). The chances of IR ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Biedler could help IR to bring them higher in the standings. Biedler has a great season in Iceland. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.6ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 12.5rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.7spg, 1.8bpg and FGP: 53.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) of Fjolnir - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists
5. Johann Alafsson (195-G-86) of Njardvik - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Fannar Helgason (202-F/C-84) of Stjarnan - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Mladen Soskic (202-F-84) of Grindavik - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Brandon Brown (201-F-85) of Fjolnir - 29 points and 13 rebounds
9. Ingvaldur Hafsteinsson (200-F-81) of Fjolnir - 17 points and 8 rebounds
10. Gerald Robinson (204-F-84) of Haukar - 19 points and 10 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)


Standings - 1 Division
D1 Standings
 1. Thor Thorl 17-1 
 2. Thor AK 13-5 
 3. Skallagrimur 12-6 
 4. Valur 12-6 
 5. Breidablik 11-7 
 6. FSU 10-8 
 7. Hottur 5-13 
 8. Laugdaelir 4-14 
 9. Armann 3-15 
 10. Leiknir 3-15 


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  INDIA   


Chennai District Basketball League from this week - by M. Rajalingam
Chennai District Basketball League will be starting this Friday, after being abandoned for two and a half decades.

To start with, the league will be re-launched in two divisions, Level I and Level II comprising institutional and college teams. As many as 10 teams will battle it out for the honours in the top tier.

The round-robin format will see 45 matches played over 15 days. The matches will be held at the Corporation Courts in T. Nagar and Nungambakkam, in Chennai

The total budget of the league is Rs 3 lakh.

The participating teams in the level I division are Indian Overseas Bank, BSNL Chennai Telephones, Chennai Customs, Gopalapuram BC, Integral Coach Factory, Indian Bank, Sathyabama, Southern Railway, State Bank of India, Tamil Nadu Police.



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  IRAN   


Riyadi Beirut reach WABA League Final - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Mahram 83:73

Riyadi became the first finalists of WABA League. They saw off two-time defending champions Mahram of Iran in the semifinal series. Riyadi came up with an 83:73 win yesterday to complete the sweep of best-of-three series. Riyadi will now take on the winners of Jalaa vs. Zob Ahan clash.
Mahram got to the better start. They controlled the tempo in the first frame and recorded a 19:13 lead after ten minutes. But Riyadi gradually took over. Three-point artillery helped the hosts turn things around. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) and William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Arkansas) triggered a 9:0 run from Riyadi as they pulled in front. The home team finished the third term up by 9 points 59:50. Mohammed Ibrahim and Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) boosted the margin to 14 points in the final term. Mahram failed to recover in the dying minutes as Riyadi rolled to the victory. Nathanel Johnson came up with 18 points, while Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) added 16 points and 16 boards in the victory. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) answered with game-high 28 points for Mahram. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) accounted for 17 points in the losing effort.

Riyadi: Nathanel Johnson 18, Loren Woods 16+16 boards
Mahram: Cheikh Samb 28, Chris Williams 17



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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Longmire, Belfast .27.6 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune27.0 
 3. Mitchell, UL Ea.23.4 
 4. Foley, Ulster Elks23.4 
 5. Turner, Killester22.8 
 6. Van, UCC Demons22.7 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.21.4 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.21.4 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen21.1 
 10. Crean, DCU Saints16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron MITCHELL
  UL Eagles
  (201-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.2 
 2. Van, UCC Demons14.2 
 3. De La Cruz, Ulster E.13.1 
 4. Ambler, Moycullen12.9 
 5. Crean, DCU Saints11.3 
 6. Bonaparte, Neptune10.7 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.10.6 
 8. Turner, Killester10.5 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.10.3 
 10. Longmire, Belfast .9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles8.5 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.5.8 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian4.9 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.5 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.1 
 6. Westbrooks, Killester3.6 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.3.5 
 8. Turner, Killester3.1 
 9. McVeigh, Belfast .3.1 
 10. Clarke, Killester2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick CREAN
  DCU Saints
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Crean, DCU Saints3.4 
 2. McGinn, Neptune3.3 
 3. Noonan, Neptune2.6 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks2.4 
 5. Turner, Killester2.4 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.2.3 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.2.2 
 8. Nihill, Moycullen2.1 
 9. Dowd, Moycullen2.1 
 10. Darling, DCU Saints2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Neil BAYNES
  UCD Marian
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Baynes, UCD Marian2.3 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune2.2 
 3. Van, UCC Demons2.2 
 4. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 5. Longmire, Belfast .1.9 
 6. Turner, Killester1.9 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.8 
 8. Kamara, Neptune1.1 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.1.0 
 10. Crean, DCU Saints0.9 


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  ISRAEL   


Nate Miller:I'll sign with Maccabi T-A in the summer - by Carmel Drori
24 year old Nate Miller (193-F-87, college: Bowling Green) (6-4)from Megido/Yokneam dropped a bombshell yesterday. the G/F told American media he's going to sign a long-term contract with Yellow Powerhouse Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv.
Miller stated that he would go out on a loan for his first year. possibly to a Eurocup or EuroChallenge team. If a team of this Caliber won't be found,Miller would play for one of the Israeli teams in the Loto League,stating:''I'll be happy to play for an Israeli team. I'm enjoying life in Israel.''
As said,Megido/Yokneam became Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv's feeder club in the summer of 2010 and Nate Miller could be the first player to be promoted in this collaboration between the clubs.



Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 20-2 
 2. Maccabi HBK 16-6 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 14-8 
 4. Megido/Yokneam 12-9 
 5. Beer Yaakov 12-10 
 6. Elitzur Ramla 11-11 
 7. Hapoel Tivon 10-12 
 8. Hapoel Afula 10-12 
 9. Ironi Ramat Gan 10-12 
 10. Lev Hasharon 9-13 
 11. Kohav Yair 9-13 
 12. Hod Hasharon 8-13 
 13. Hapoel Beeri 7-15 
 14. Ironi Nahariya 5-17 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A26.9 
 2. Moragne, Hapoel B.24.3 
 3. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.2 
 4. Miller, Megido/Y.22.9 
 5. Clemente, Megido.22.9 
 6. Delaney, Maccabi .21.8 
 7. Gomez, Beer Yaakov21.6 
 8. Young, Hod Hasharon21.2 
 9. Timberlake, Elitzu.21.1 
 10. Fisher, Ironi R.21.1 
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.10.5 
 4. Clemente, Megido.10.0 
 5. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 6. Moragne, Hapoel B.9.2 
 7. Strong, Hapoel T.9.0 
 8. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
 10. Utter, Hapoel T-A8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ofir FARHI
  Beer Yaakov
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.7 
 2. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.6 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.2 
 4. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.6.1 
 5. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.9 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.6 
 7. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri4.8 
 8. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.7 
 9. Fisher, Ironi R.4.5 
 10. Davidi, Elitzur Ramla4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.2.9 
 2. Bochman, Beer Y.2.8 
 3. Delaney, Maccabi .2.7 
 4. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.7 
 5. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.3 
 6. Markson, Hapoel A.2.2 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur .2.1 
 8. Shtarkman, Megido.2.0 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon2.0 
 10. Stevens, Hapoel T.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.2.4 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.1 
 3. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 4. Colwell, Ironi R.1.9 
 5. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.6 
 6. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.6 
 7. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 9. Wade, Lev Hasharon1.4 
 10. Brandy, Hod H.1.3 


Former NBA Star, Lee Nailon's Amazing Season - by David Pick
As the Israeli media are all in Maccabi Tel-Aviv's players contract business, one phenomenon baller is not getting the attention and respect he deserves. 2nd place ranked Bnei Hasharon's, star forward, Lee Nailon (36, 2.06), is leading his team to an unforgettable season and it is only expected of him to continue his Israeli basketball romance for years to come. However, Nailon, a 7 year NBA veteran, knows his hooping days are closing in on him, is looking for the highest bidder and perfect situation of stability for the remains of his career which is estimated to proceed for at least another three to four years with hopes of clinching a contract with a top Euroleague/Eurocup squad.

Despite his advanced age, Nailon is playing one of the best seasons of his career while leading the Israeli 'BSL' stats in more than one category. In only 19 games Nailon posted 361 (!!) points with averages showing 19 points, 4.5 rebounds and a record of 3.4 assists per game (A professional career high for the talented American forward, who has changed his game the in the past few years and is dishing out the rock like a point guard).

Last season Bnei Hasharon finished the 'BSL' ranked at 8th place and almost beat powerhouse Maccabi in the playoff series, but this season is a completely different story. Nailon is shooting LIGHTS OUT, with scoring performances of - 19 (4 times), 21 (twice), 23, 25 (twice), 27 and 32 points. Nailon also led his teammates to a shocking road victory at Nokia center, over Maccabi 91:88, being the only team except Regal Barcelona in the European nation to beat the yellow and blue on their home floor.

Nailon doesnt only use his left shooting hand for mid-range jumpers, as he leads the league in percentages from the free throw line and is currently standing on an amazing 25/25 run from the charity stripe.

Due to his outstanding performances, it has been reported that Nailon has received numerous offers during the current season from all over Europe and Asia, but Bnei didnt want to take the risk of losing their star player or team momentum and vetoed all offers.

A source in team's management said about the leagues star: 'We all talk with Lee and he knows we want him to continue with us next season. He's like our son, and what parent does not want to be in contact with his son. It's no secret to us that many teams are following him and we can't hide the fact that he is having a great season'.

Source added on the professional attitude their standout is showing: 'He comes to practice day in and day out and plays super hard. All he thinks about is winning. We are very pleased with him and want him to continue with us, we also believe that this is a good fit for him and he would like to extend his contract with us, unfortunately, market prices are too high for us to cope with'.

Both Maccabi T'A forwards, David Blu and Lior Eliyahu commented this week that Bnei is without a doubt 'the number two team in Israel' overthrowing everlasting Hapoel Jerusalem for the prestigious title. 'With Lee are chances of getting a title this year are much higher', a player from Bnei commented.

'We know Maccabi is one the best teams in Europe, but we already beat them once in their building, so if we meet them again in the finals, on any given day anything can happen', added the source.

Sunday's Basketball Super League main encounter will face-off Lee's Bnei Hasharon against non-other than Maccabi T'A, only this game is in Nailon's house.



Adrian Uter-out for the season. - by Carmel Drori
Hapoel Usishkin Tel-Aviv suffered two losses last night.
After their only second league lose of the season,Hapoel Usishkin Tel-Aviv discovered that their most dominant player in the paint,Adrian Uter (201-F/C)would be out for the rest of the season.
Adrian Uter played 37 minutes last night in Hapoel Tel-Aviv's lose 103-105 to Hapoel HBK after OT,scoring 17 points and pulling down 8 rebounds.
It is reported that Adrian Uter had pains in his hand before the game but decided along with the team that he will play.
During the game Adrian Uter got hit on the same hand and was taken to the hospital where the tests showed he's suffering from 3 fractures in the back of the hand.
Hapoel's Head Coach Sharon Avrahami commented on Adrian Uter's injury,saying:''Adrian would probably under go surgery and he is out for the season. it's a massive lose for us and we'll fill a formal request to sign a new foreign player.''
Adrian Uter averaged 18.2 ppg and 8.9 rpg in 22 games for Hapoel Usishkin Tel-Aviv


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  ITALY   


Cimberio Varese invite Simonas Serapinas on tryouts - by Eurobasket News
Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) will join Cimberio Varese for a tryout period. The 28-year-old forward started the previous season in Azovmash in Ukraine. In February 2010 Simonas Serapinas moved to Neptunas. He tallied 10.0 points, 5.9 boards, 1.9 assists per game in LKL. Simonas Serapinas also played in Atletas, Alytus, Nevezis, Zalgiris as well as in Greece and Poland.



Lottomatica Roma and Andrea Iannilli split - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica Roma and Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84) parted ways yesterday. Two sides agreed to terminate the contract. Iannilli joined Lottomatica last summer, but his playing time was very limited. He appeared just 3 times in SerieA averaging less than a point. In Euroleague, Iannilli played only two games.
Andrea Iannilli joined Lottomatica Roma from B dilettanti team Stella Azzura Roma. He had 9.6 ppg and 10.2 rpg for them. Iannilli is a product of Stella Azzura, where he started as a teenager. He left the team in 2005 for Trieste and later played for Teramo, Prima Veroli, Sassati and Scafati. In the past, Iannilli was a member of U18 and U20 Italy.


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  JAPAN   


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 33-4 
 2. Sendai 89ers 24-12 
 3. Niigata Albirex 19-17 
 4. Tokyo Apache 18-15 
 5. Saitama Bron. 14-24 
 6. Toyama Grouses 12-24 
 7. Akita 12-27 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 24-14 
 2. Okinawa GK 24-14 
 3. Shiga Lakestars 22-16 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 21-17 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 20-18 
 6. Shimane 17-21 
 7. Oita H.Devils 16-22 
 8. Miyazaki 12-26 
 9. Takamatsu FA 10-28 


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  JORDAN   


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. ASU 3-0 
 2. Arena 2-0 
 3. Al Riyadi Am. 2-1 
 4. Kofer Yoba 1-1 
 5. Orthodox 1-1 
 6. Al Jalil 0-2 
 7. Al Wehdat 0-2 
 8. College SC 0-2 


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  KENYA   


Basketball League Starts With Five Games - by Eurobasket News
Five matches will be on the card this weekend at the Nyayo Stadium as 2010 national league gets underway. The main show of the day is an epic duel pitting current league champions Co-operative Bank against former title holders Ulinzi Warriors.This eagerly awaited clash tips off at 4pm.

According to the fixtures drawn by the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) competitions secretary Joseph Amoko, the opening game will see Parklands Baptist lock horns with Nairobi Pentecostal Church (NPC) at 9 am. Amoko said due to the withdrawal of newly promoted Safe Spaces from the women's Premier League, the fixtures have been re-done to avoid giving early walk overs. Co-op Bank, who shut out KCB Lions for their fifth crown in last year's ill tempered play-off finals, have won five national titles while Ulinzi hold the record with six wins in the upper tier before withdrawing from the competition. The bankers team manager Emmanuel Agunda remained highly optimistic of another Co-op win saying: 'We are still very much the team to beat. Come November, we would be right at the top again. Former national women champions Eagle Wings who surprisingly surrendered their crown to top rivals Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) will lock horns with Kenya Polytechnic University.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star


Uppper Hill School Stop Lenana to Cruise to Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Upper Hill cruised into the semi-finals of the Nairobi Provincial Secondary Schools Association basketball event with a 68-45 victory over Lenana. Upper Hill, who are considered the frontrunners for the event, dominated the start with Samuel Dede tormenting Lenana in the opening quarter with easy baskets as they took an early 11-6 lead in the first quarter.

Martin Mugambi and skipper George Odhiambo (196-C) continued with the onslaught in the second quarter as they poured forward to catapult Upper Hill to 31-18 at the half break. George Mayienga's' charges then stepped up the tempo in the second half, restricting Lenana to just seven points in the third quarter as they dominated on both ends of the court before closing the final quarter. Upper Hill will now face Starehe in the semis. Starehe knocked out Moi Forces Academy 61-52 in the other semi-final.

Starehe overcame a poor shooting in the first half to run out winners in the second half as they terrorised Moi Forces Academy to romp into the semis for the first time in years.

Former national champions Aquinas overcame Light Academy 71-56 to advance to the semis. Aquinas, who dominated the sport in the 1990s will face Malezi. The semifinals matches are slated for next weekend at Moi Forces Academy with the final planned for March 19 at venue to be decided by the organisers. The winner represents Nairobi at the national championships planned for April in Kakamega.

Meanwhile, Mount Laverna Girls Secondary School will be fighting to make it to the semi-finals when they face St. George's in the Nairobi Secondary Schools hockey league match. Laverna hope to make a repeat performance of their last week's feat against Moi Girls. The Kasarani-side had a bad start in the league, losing to Parklands Arya and Buruburu but recovered in time to qualify. St. George's lead the table with 14 points from eight matches while Mt. Laverna are fifth with 11 points but with a match in hand. Laverna's forward Charity Kirui said the tie is very much alive as they still have a match in hand to catch up with leaders. 'It will not be easy especially against an experienced team like St. George's. We need to be focused from the start and play with more determination if not get an early goal,' said Kirui yesterday. 'At the same time, we have to cut out mistakes. A lot depends on how we handle our penalty corners and this time we hope to get it right.'

Kirui was the heroine when the two teams met in the first leg as she scored the lone goal that handed her school the victory She hopes to get backing from attacking midfield of Christine Wanjeri, Winnie Bahati and Samantha Ariri.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star



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  LATVIA   


Ventspils lands Brandon Hunter for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils came up with the new signing today. The Latvian outfit inked a deal for rest of the season with Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio). The American power forward arrives to Ventspils from Aliaga, where he started this season. Hunter appeared 19 times in Turkish league averaging 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds.
Last season Brandon Hunter spent in Israel. He was a member of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem averaging 8.3 points and 5 rebounds for them in Premier league. In EuroCup, Hunter added 9.2 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 14 games. Eurobasket awarded him with All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -10. Also with Hapoel, Hunter celebrated in Israeli Winner Cup. In the past, he was a member of Montegranaro, Biella, Livorno, Napoli and Puerto Rican Arecibo. He also has NBA experience as a player of Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic (03/04 and 04/05).


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  LEBANON   


Amous: Alpha Bangura's contract with us ends in May and playing today in Philippines is not authorized. - by Rabih Khoury
Following the surprising escape from Alpha Bangura, asia-basket.com had a small interview with Anibal Zahle manager Dany Amous , and here is what he said.

' We were very surprised by the move from Alpha. He was getting paid regularly and never late. His contract with our team ends in May 2011 and we already made a complaint to FIBA about this issue. Bangura damaged our team a lot by quitting the country and without notifying us especially that we have very important games coming. Also we knew today that he played his first game in Philippines with his new team Air 21, and this move will hurt both sides very much because we didn't give the clearance letter for Bangura. FIBA laws should apply on all leagues, and players doing such crazy moves should be banned. Moreover the teams signing such players, should be fined!!!'


Riyadi to the Final of the West Asian League After beating Mahram 2-0 - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In the second game in the Semi Final Round of the West ASIAN League , Manara hosted the long waited Riyadi against Mahram, Riyadi who had a big game in Tehran against the last 2 times Asian Champs had all its efforts to manage to win this important win to qualify to the final. On the other side Mahram welcomed back their star Mohamad Samad Bahrami who is out of competition for the past 8months due to knee injury.Th Asian Champs had all the pressure on them.
In front of a very big crowd, the first quarter was an equal one at the start but soon Mahram gained the momentum and took the lead ,they applied a very organized defense through the big pressure applied from Javad Davari on Ali Mahmoud and Chris Williams on Nate Johnson , this new defensive strategy made Riyadi suffer in the first quarter but they managed to stay in the game. Mahram was dominating inside with the presence of Cheikh Samb who was scoring from everywhere.The first Quarter finished at the score of 16-19.



The second quarter Coach Fouad Abou Chakra made some changes in the team and despite losing Nate for committing 3 fouls in the start of the second quarter the team regrouped and took over and imposed its game to secure the lead at the half on the score of 41-38.
In the second half Riyadi turned to more aggressive and the players started to find each other better and they created lot of opportunities to all the players to score ,Mohamd Ibrahim , William Pharis and Ali Kanaan scored very important points in the second half which gave Riyadi a big lead of 9 points at the end of the 3rd quarter , in the 4th quarter Riyadi led as much as 14 points 66-52 when Mahram made a big comeback and outscored Riyadi 11-0 and then came to a point difference through 2 consecutive 3pointers scored by Mohamad Samad Bahrami , Riyadi regrouped and didnt let the comeback of the guest continue through a big last 3 minutes in which the team secured the win at the score of 83-73.



Nate Johnson and Loren Woods once again had big performances , Johnson finished with 18 points and Woods with 16 points , 16 rebounds,3 Blockshots. On the other side Cheikh Samd had a very big night with 28points,13rebounds,6blockshots




Riyadi Beirut reach WABA League Final - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Mahram 83:73

Riyadi became the first finalists of WABA League. They saw off two-time defending champions Mahram of Iran in the semifinal series. Riyadi came up with an 83:73 win yesterday to complete the sweep of best-of-three series. Riyadi will now take on the winners of Jalaa vs. Zob Ahan clash.
Mahram got to the better start. They controlled the tempo in the first frame and recorded a 19:13 lead after ten minutes. But Riyadi gradually took over. Three-point artillery helped the hosts turn things around. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) and William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Arkansas) triggered a 9:0 run from Riyadi as they pulled in front. The home team finished the third term up by 9 points 59:50. Mohammed Ibrahim and Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) boosted the margin to 14 points in the final term. Mahram failed to recover in the dying minutes as Riyadi rolled to the victory. Nathanel Johnson came up with 18 points, while Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) added 16 points and 16 boards in the victory. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) answered with game-high 28 points for Mahram. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) accounted for 17 points in the losing effort.

Riyadi: Nathanel Johnson 18, Loren Woods 16+16 boards
Mahram: Cheikh Samb 28, Chris Williams 17



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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Kieza, Juventus16.8 
 2. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis15.8 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis15.7 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas15.4 
 6. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas14.4 
 8. Juskevicius, Rudupis14.3 
 9. Mazeika, Neptunas14.3 
 10. Ruikis, Neptunas14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marius JANISIUS
  Alytus Alita
  (203-C-77)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Janisius, Alytus A.11.3 
 2. Kieza, Juventus10.8 
 3. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.4 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.5 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis7.5 
 6. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.1 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas7.0 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai6.9 
 9. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 10. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.1 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.5 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.3 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai5.2 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.5 
 6. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 7. Janavicius, Siauliai4.3 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.2 
 9. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.1 
 10. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.2 
 2. Vasylius, Neptunas2.0 
 3. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.0 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.9 
 5. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.8 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis1.8 
 7. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.7 
 8. Valukonis, Techasas1.7 
 9. Ruikis, Neptunas1.7 
 10. Vene, Aiscai Kaunas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.2 
 3. Silinskis, Techasas2.0 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Volkus, Techasas1.1 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.1 
 7. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 
 8. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 10. Sarakauskas, Siauliai0.8 


Zydrunas Ilgauskas plans on retiring after season - by Eurobasket News
Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75, agency: Interperformances) appears to be entering the final stretch of his NBA career.

'I think I played enough,' said Ilgauskas. 'I don't want to sit on bench and do nothing. I'm tired of long trips and tough schedule. I'm not a 20-year-old and my health is not that good, therefore I think that after this season it will be a good time to retire from the NBA.'

Ilgauskas played for the Cavaliers from 1997 until 2010 before signing with the Heat in the offseason.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 18-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 16-2 
 3. Rudupis 13-5 
 4. Juventus 11-8 
 5. Siauliai 10-7 
 6. Techasas 10-9 
 7. Neptunas 7-11 
 8. Perlas 6-11 
 9. Nevezis 6-11 
 10. Sakalai 6-12 
 11. Naglis-Adakris 6-12 
 12. Aiscai Kaunas 6-13 
 13. Alytus Alita 2-16 


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  MALTA   


Mens competitions to resume next week - by Eurobasket News
Top MBA officials step down
The mens basketball competitions are expected to resume next week after club delegates and top officials of the Malta Basketball Association (MBA) reached an agreement over a number of contentious issues during an Extraordinary General Meeting, held at the Ta Qali pavilion yesterday.

Last month, the MBA decided to suspend the mens competitions indefinitely after Depiro, Loyola and Siġġiewi challenged a decision by the Appeals Board to significantly reduce the bans of two Luxol players, Marco Mercieca and Robert Azzopardi.

Having been originally hit with a five-match ban, Mercieca had his suspension reduced to one and Azzopardi to three on appeal. This decision didnt go down well with the other clubs and Athleta eventually joined the protesting trio in calling for an Extraordinary General Meeting. They also proposed a series of amendments to the statute.

Reports indicate that the ruling by the Appeals Board was accepted by the club delegates following a discussion during yesterdays EGM. It also seems that most of the amendments proposed were agreed to by those present. The participating officials then agreed that the competitions should continue next week.

Meanwhile, during yesterdays meeting, it was announced that deputy president Louis Azzopardi, secretary Frank Camilleri, vice-president Joe Depasquale Schranz and treasurer Steve Muscat had tendered their resignation.

The MBA will reconvene next week to appoint new officials to the Presidents Council.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com


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  MEXICO   


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 0-0 
 2. Culiacan 0-0 
 3. Guasave 0-0 
 4. Guaymas 0-0 
 5. Hermosillo 0-0 
 6. Los Mochis 0-0 
 7. Mexicali 0-0 
 8. Nogales 0-0 
 9. Tepic 0-0 
 10. Tijuana 0-0 


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  NAMIBIA   


Outjo Hosts Basketball Summer Camp - by Eurobasket News
The Namibian Basketball Federation's (NBF) successful summer camp series reached Outjo last week.

The latest mini-basketball camp had 20 selected children from Outjo Primary School and Jack Francis Primary School as well as eight coaches and teachers participating. The goal, as always, was to teach children and coaches the basics of mini-basketball.

After a week of dribbling, passing, shooting and playing the participants were rewarded with certificates as well as T-shirts for their efforts by Kunene Basketball Association (KUBA) president Lukas Shikulo, who organised the event. Shikulo then promised to install a new basketball court in the location's stadium with the help of Outjo municipality.

NBF expert Frank Albin not only conducted the camp, but he also handed over 20 balls, three rims and other equipment to KUBA courtesy of the German Government and the German Olympic Sports Confederation.

The next summer camps will lead NBF to the regions Karas and Omusati.
Courtesy of: http://www.namibian.com.na/


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  NBA   


Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan signs two-year contract extension - by Eurobasket News
Saying he had unfinished business in Portland, Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan signed a two-year contract extension Tuesday that will keep him under contract through the 2012-2013 season.

McMillan, who is in the sixth and final season of his first contract with the Blazers, is 234-239 in Portland, which includes consecutive seasons of at least 50 wins. This season, despite a rash of injuries, the Blazers are 36-27 and in sixth place in the Western Conference.

This is where I want to be, it really is,'' McMillan said Tuesday. 'There is a lot that still needs to be done here for me. But when I came here this is what I wanted - to be here for a long time, build something, and have an opportunity to win.''

McMillan asked for an extension in the summer, but was rebuffed. On Tuesday, he said he understood and didn't take it as a slight against his performance. He said he was intent on finishing the season and letting his performance speak for itself.

'I didn't want it to be a distraction, and I felt they had a right to look at me and the team, especially with a new general manager and a somewhat new direction,'' McMillan said. 'They needed to see if everything fit moving forward.''

The extension materialized quickly, McMillan said. The team contacted his agent, Lonnie Cooper, on Monday evening, and by Tuesday morning, an offer was extended to McMillan while he prepared the team for tonight's game at Miami.

McMillan said he called his wife and kids, his brother, and Cooper, asking all what they thought of the situation in Portland, and whether he should stay.

'I wanted to hear all their thoughts on this team, their thoughts on me, and just what they were thinking,'' McMillan said. 'And all of them just felt like it's a great opportunity. For me, I'm glad to put it behind me and know I won't be on another bench. That's done with.''

McMillan has yet to win a playoff series in Portland, but he is viewed as a stabilizing catalyst in directing the franchise. He took over in the summer of 2005 at a time when the Blazers were struggling on and off the court. With a hard-nosed, no-nonsense approach, the Blazers became a disciplined team on and off the court and the result was yearly improvement by at least 10 games in each of his first four seasons.

The past two seasons, McMillan has been credited with keeping a talented group together even though the roster has been riddled with injuries.

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 46-15 
 2. New York K. 33-29 
 3. Philadelph.76 33-30 
 4. New Jersey N. 19-43 
 5. Toronto R. 17-46 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 44-18 
 2. Indiana P. 27-36 
 3. Milwaukee B. 24-38 
 4. Detroit P. 23-41 
 5. Cleveland C. 12-51 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 43-21 
 2. Orlando M. 40-24 
 3. Atlanta H. 37-27 
 4. Charlotte B. 26-37 
 5. Washington W. 16-47 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 39-23 
 2. Denver N. 37-27 
 3. Portland TB 37-27 
 4. Utah Jazz 33-31 
 5. Minnesota T. 15-50 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 46-19 
 2. Phoenix Suns 33-29 
 3. Golde State W. 28-35 
 4. LA Clippers 24-40 
 5. Sacramento K. 15-46 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 51-12 
 2. Dallas M. 46-17 
 3. N.Orleans H. 37-29 
 4. Memphis G. 36-29 
 5. Houston R. 33-33 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.3 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.26.3 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.6 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.24.9 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.24.6 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers23.7 
 10. Howard, Orlando M.23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.8 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.9 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.9 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.5 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.5 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.0 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 9. Horford, Atlanta H.9.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.2 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.6 
 5. Calderon, Toron.9.3 
 6. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 4. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 6. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 7. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 9. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.8 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.2 
 4. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.2 
 5. Stoudemire, New Y.2.1 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.2.0 
 9. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 


Tuesday's games: Miami's freefall continues - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta H. - LA Lakers 87-101
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 26 points and moved into sixth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, and Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) added 16 points and 16 rebounds to guide the Lakers to a one-sided victory over the Atlanta Hawks. They have won eight in a row since the All-Star break, matching their eight-game streak to start the season. Pau Gasol had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers (46-19). Al Horford scored 17 for Atlanta. *Courtesy of www.insidesocal.com

Cleveland C. - Golde State W. 85-95
When Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) gets hot and the shots start falling fast, his Golden State teammates know exactly what to do. 'Get out of his way,' said Warriors forward David Lee, 'or set him a screen.' Ellis found his shooting stroke in the second half, making a career-high six 3-pointers, to finish with 24 points, and backcourt mate Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88, college: Davidson) added 23 points, sending Golden State to a 95-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Ellis made all 5 of his 3-point attempts and scored 17 in the third quarter as the Warriors won for the second time in eight games. He and Curry combined for 25 of Golden State's 29 points in the third and the duo teamed for 47 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists. 'I'm fortunate to be coaching a team that has two players in the backcourt that can shoot the ball from deep, put it on the floor, get to the mid-area and also get to the rim,' Warriors coach Keith Smart said. 'That doesn't happen that often.' Lee added 14 points and 14 rebounds as Golden State improved to 2-4 on a seven-game road trip. Baron Davis came off the bench and scored 19 in his second home game for the Cavs, who were powerless to stop Ellis once he warmed up from outside. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Phoenix Suns - Houston R. 113-110
Everyone knows Channing Frye can shoot. His replacement can, too. Hakim Warrick did something Frye never has - scored 32 points in place of the injured Frye, and the Suns added to their recent mastery of Houston with a 113-110 victory over the Rockets on Tuesday night. Warrick established a career high in scoring, making 14 of 19 shots - many of them mid- to long-range jumpers and not his usual game of inside baskets and dunks. 'I got a couple of layups that got me going and Steve (Nash) just kept feeding me,' Warrick said. 'I just had to knock it down. This game is mostly confidence so you see the ball go in the basket, you are going to continue to be aggressive and no matter what I'm going to be aggressive but once you some early buckets it really helps you out.' Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina) scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, including two of his five 3-pointers, in the Suns' seventh consecutive victory over Houston. Carter was coming off a 29-point game in Sunday's overtime loss at Oklahoma City, but he missed two of three free throws when Phoenix had a chance to take the lead with 17.4 seconds to play in that game. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Indiana P. - Philadelph.76 100-110
Quietly, the Philadelphia 76ers have gone on a tear. Andre Iguodala, coming off back-to-back triple-doubles, finished with 16 points and 10 assists to help Philadelphia beat the Indiana Pacers 110-100 Tuesday night. Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) scored 18 points, Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90, college: UCLA) scored 16 and Jodie Meeks added 15 for the 76ers, who have won seven of eight. 'We're just starting to find ourselves,' Iguodala said. 'Guys are starting to get comfortable. I know where Elton's going to be, I know where Jodie's going to be, and I know where I'm going to be. We're all just feeling each other out. It's coming together.' Iguodala also shut down Indiana's leading scorer. Danny Granger entered the game averaging 21 points, but he finished with 11 on 4 for 11 shooting. Iguodala has averaged 14.8 points, 8.4 assists and 7.9 rebounds the past eight games. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Washington W. - Milwaukee B. 76-95
Back-to-back games against the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers could be just what the Milwaukee Bucks need to remain in the playoff race. Brandon Jennings (6'0''-G-89) scored 23 points and Andrew Bogut (7'0''-F/C-84, college: Utah) had 14 points, nine rebounds and a season-high seven assists in his first game back after an injury to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Washington Wizards 95-76 on Tuesday night. Coupled with Indiana's 110-100 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday, the Bucks trail the Pacers by 2 1/2 games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. On Wednesday, the Bucks travel to Cleveland, where the Cavaliers are 8-24 this season. John Salmons had 22 points for the Bucks Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Miami Heat - Portland TB 96-105
Erik Spoelstra vowed to keep the Miami Heat fighting. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) acknowledged he needs to do more and lobbied to get more opportunities. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) insisted their confidence remains high. The Heat story hasn't changed much lately. Nor have the results, as Miami's freefall continues. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) scored 26 points, Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) scored 22 - easily his best game since joining Portland last month - and the Trail Blazers survived a 38-point effort by Wade in beating the Heat 105-96 on Tuesday night, sending Miami to its fifth straight loss overall and sixth in eight games since the All-Star break. 'We needed that win,' Blazers guard Andre Miller said. 'I tried to bring some energy down the stretch. It could have easily went the other way. It was back and forth a little bit, but we were able to make some big plays.' Wade didn't have the only big night for Miami. James finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Heat, who are the 12th team in NBA history to have a 12-game winning streak and five-game losing streak in the same season. *Courtesy of Yahoo


Raptors send Alabi back to development league - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors assigned rookie centre Solomon Alabi (7'1''-C-88, college: Florida St.) to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League on Wednesday.

This marks Alabis third assignment to Erie this season. He has appeared in 11 contests for the BayHawks, averaging 8.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 22.1 minutes per game.

The seven-foot-one Alabi has appeared in 10 games with Toronto, registering four points and nine rebounds in 40 minutes.

The Dallas Mavericks selected Alabi in the second round, 50th overall, out of Florida State in the 2010 NBA draft before dealing his rights to Toronto.

Courtesy of www.thestar.com


Zydrunas Ilgauskas plans on retiring after season - by Eurobasket News
Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75, agency: Interperformances) appears to be entering the final stretch of his NBA career.

'I think I played enough,' said Ilgauskas. 'I don't want to sit on bench and do nothing. I'm tired of long trips and tough schedule. I'm not a 20-year-old and my health is not that good, therefore I think that after this season it will be a good time to retire from the NBA.'

Ilgauskas played for the Cavaliers from 1997 until 2010 before signing with the Heat in the offseason.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


Jazz sign Marcus Cousin to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor announced today that the team has signed center Marcus Cousin (6'11''-C-86, college: Houston) of the NBA Development Leagues Austin Toros to a 10-day contract. Cousin becomes the NBAs 14th D-League Call-Up and 12th different player promoted to the NBA this season. Following the transaction, the Jazz roster now stands at 15 players.

Cousin will be available when the Jazz faces the Raptors tonight at 5 p.m. MT in Toronto (TV: FSN Utah, Radio: 1320 KFAN).

A 2011 D-League All-Star selection, Cousin (6-11, 255, Houston) was averaging 14.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.16 blocks while shooting .533 from the field through 38 games (all starts) for the Toros this season. He leads the Toros in both scoring and rebounding, having reached double figures in scoring 30 times while registering 16 double-doubles. The Toros are coached by former Jazz scout and ex-Utah Flash head coach Brad Jones.

Cousin attended training camp with the San Antonio Spurs prior to the 2010-11 season, appearing in five preseason games and averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes before being waived on October 21.

The 24-year-old Baltimore native played two collegiate seasons at Seton Hall (2004-06) before transferring to the University of Houston (2007-09). Cousin was not selected in the 2009 NBA Draft and spent the 2009-10 season playing professionally in Turkey and Israel.

Cousin becomes the sixth D-League Call-Up in Jazz history, joining Rusty LaRue (2000-01), Mikki Moore (2003-04), Louis Amundson (2006-07), Sundiata Gaines (2010-11) and Othyus Jeffers (2010-11).

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Hornets sign guard Jerel McNeal to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The New Orleans Hornets signed Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) to a 10-day contract on Wednesday to provide depth at point guard until injured Chris Paul returns.

McNeal had started all 40 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League, averaging 19.5 points, 4.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds. He was a member on both the Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls' Summer League rosters before joining the Houston Rockets for the preseason.

McNeal played four years at Marquette University and is the school's all-time leader in points (1,985) and steals (287) and games played (130).

Paul missed his first game on Monday night against the Chicago Bulls after suffering a concussion in Sunday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Paul is expected to undergo more tests today before a decision is made regarding his return.

Jarrett Jack is expected to start tonight against the Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Arena.

Courtesy of www.nola.com


Dallas Mavericks express interest in Ricky Rubio - by Eurobasket News
Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California) isn't getting any younger and Rodrigue Beaubois (6'1''-G-88, agency: Court Side) is better at attacking the bucket than facilitating an offense.

With the need for a future franchise point guard, perhaps the Dallas Mavericks could add a 2009 lottery pick that has yet to see the floor in the NBA.

While attending the Mavericks game in Minnesota on Monday, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban talked about Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90).

Following the 2009 draft, Rubio decided to return home and not play with Minnesota despite the franchise owning his NBA rights.

Cuban told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he has seen the young Spaniard point guard play several times and would be more than happy to take him off Minnesota's hands.

'We're very high on him,' Cuban said. 'If they want to give him up, we're very interested. We would do that in a heartbeat.'

Added Cuban: 'We tried to trade up to get Rubio. But we weren't close. We would have loved to draft him.'

But Dallas doesn't appear to be on his list of desired destinations.

'The bottom line is, why would he want to play in Minnesota?' a senior member of Rubio's camp told The New York Times in January. 'He'll continue to say all the diplomatic things, and Minnesota needs to keep his value up for trade purposes, but the family's preference is to be on the East Coast, specifically New York, Miami or Boston. He wouldn't be troubled if he has to stay another year.'

According to the Pioneer Press, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound Rubio is averaging just 5.9 points, 4.3 assists and 23 minutes in 38 games for the DKV Joventut team in Europe this season. The Wolves are hoping to buy out his remaining contract for $1 million this summer.

'The thing about Europe,' Cuban said, 'is it doesn't necessarily translate in terms of points and assists. You've got to look at talent, you've got to look at game IQ and you've got to look at age.

'I don't think if he came in now he would dominate the league or anything like that. But I think he would have a big impact here.'

Courtesy of www.foxsportshouston.com


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Oakland Repeats as Summit League Champion - by Greg
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Keith Benson and Reggie Hamilton combined for 54 points as Oakland won its second straight Summit League post-season basketball tournament championship with a 90-76 victory over Oral Roberts Tuesday night at the Sioux Falls Arena.
Oakland, the regular season champion, takes a 25-9 record to the NCAA tournament as the league's automatic qualifier. The victory is OU's eighth straight, and ended ORU's ten-game streak. The Golden Eagles end the season 19-15.
Oakland led 45-33 at halftime but ORU rallied to take a 55-54 lead on a four-point play by Warren Niles with 13:29 to play.
Then Hamilton scored 15 points during a 22-4 run by the Grizzlies, hitting a three-point shot to put Oakland up 78-61 with 7:40 to play.
When Will Hudson scored with 2:02 to play, the Grizzlies had a 90-66 lead.
Oakland shot 52 percent (35-of-67) and had a 54-28 points-in-the-paint advantage.
Benson, who added the tournament Most Valuable Player award to the same honor from the regular season, finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Hamilton, also on the all-tournament team, had 26 points, six assists and two steals. Will Hudson added 12 poins and 10 rebounds, while Drew Valentine added 10 points.
Oral Roberts had five players in double figures, led by Dominique Morrison, with a 22-point, 11-rebound double-double. Niles added 13 points, Damen Bell-Holter 11, Steven Roundtree 10 and Ken Holdman 10.
ORU shot 46 percent (29-of-63). Oakland finished with a 37-35 rebound advantage and was plus seven in turnovers (14-7).

Coutresy of Summit League


All-Summit Summary 2010-2011

Summit League Regular Season Standings
1
Oakland 17-1
2
ORU 13-5
3
IUPUI 12-6
4
IPFW 11-7
5
S.Dakota St. 10-8
6
UMKC 9-9
7
N.Dakota St. 8-10
8
S.Utah 7-11
9
W.Illinois 2-16
10
Centenary 1-17

Summit League Tournament Final: Oakland - Oral Roberts 90-86
Summit League Tournament Semifinals:
Oakland - South Dakota State 110-90
Oral Roberts - IUPUI 83-77

All-Summit 1st Team
#s#
Keith Benson
Benson
Reggie Hamilton
Hamilton
Leroy Nobles
Nobles
Dominique Morrison
Morrison
Nate Wolters
Wolters
#e#5

Player of the Year: Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88) of Oakland
All-Tournament MVP: Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88) of Oakland
Defensive Player of the Year: Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88) of Oakland
Newcomer of the Year: Steven Roundtree (6'7''-F) of ORU
Sixth Man of the Year: Larry Wright (6'2''-G-87) of Oakland
Coach of the Year: Greg Kampe of Oakland

1st Team
C: Keith Benson (6'11''-88) of Oakland
G: Reggie Hamilton (5'11''-89) of Oakland
G/F: Leroy Nobles (6'5'') of IUPUI
F: Dominique Morrison (6'7'') of ORU
G: Nate Wolters (6'3'') of S.Dakota St.
F: Alex Young (6'6'') of IUPUI

2nd Team
G: Ben Botts (6'0'') of IPFW
F: Jay Couisnard (6'6''-88) of UMKC
F: Will Hudson (6'9''-89) of Oakland
G: Clint Sargent (6'4'') of S.Dakota St.
F: Michael Tveidt (6'7''-87) of N.Dakota St.

Honorable Mention
Damen Bell-Holter (6'10''-F/C) of ORU
Frank Gaines (6'4''-G) of IPFW
Spencer Johnson (6'6''-F-87) of UMKC
Matt Lander (6'4''-G) of W.Illinois
Warren Niles (6'4''-G) of ORU

All-Newcomers Team
Travis Bader (6'3''-G) of Oakland
Reggie Chamberlain (6'0''-G-89) of UMKC
Jordan Dykstra (6'8''-F) of S.Dakota St.
Steven Roundtree (6'7''-F) of ORU
Stephen Thomas (6'1''-G) of IUPUI

All-Tournament Team
Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88) of Oakland
Reggie Hamilton (5'11''-G-89) of Oakland
Dominique Morrison (6'7''-F) of ORU
Leroy Nobles (6'5''-G/F) of IUPUI
Nate Wolters (6'3''-G) of S.Dakota St.


Butler Snares NCAA Tournament Bid With 59-44 Win Over Milwaukee - by Greg
The Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship was chalk. Until the finals. No. 2 Butler burst out of the gates in the Horizon League Championship Game and held off No. 1 Milwaukee for a 59-44 win at U.S. Cellular Arena on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs claimed their fifth straight NCAA Tournament bid in front of over 10,000 fans at The Cell.
Butler (23-9) sprinted to a 17-6 lead before many in the capacity crowd had a chance to get their seats, quieting a partisan crowd and forcing Milwaukee (19-13) into catch-up mode the rest of the way. Tournament MVP Matt Howard set the tone, knocking down back-to-back three-pointers in the first five minutes to put the Bulldogs on their way in the first half.
Howard scored 12 of his game-high 18 in the half, but it was Butler's defensive effort that prevented Milwaukee from closing the gap; the Bulldogs forced nine turnovers in the first 20 minutes and limited the Panthers to 4-of-19 shooting. 10 free throws helped UWM hang around, but it was the second half that saw Milwaukee make its run at a NCAA Tournament berth.
Shawn Vanzant knocked down a triple to build the Butler lead to 15, but Tony Meier got going, hitting back-to-back threes to bring the crowd to its feet with the Panthers down, 38-29. The surge continued on three free throws from Tone Boyle and a Ryan Allen layup, bringing Milwaukee to 38-34 with 15:59 left in the game.
Another Allen layup closed the gap to a single possession, 42-39, with 9:45 showing on the clock, but this time it was Butler who mustered a run, using ball movement in transition to get layups for Howard and Vanzant before Howard capped the 6-0 burst with a dunk, forcing a Milwaukee timeout with 8:13 to go and the Bulldogs ahead, 48-39.
Down eight, Milwaukee went back to Anthony Hill, who tried to work down low against Andrew Smith, who was playing with four fouls. Hill's hook rolled off the rim, and on the opposite end, Chase Stigall curled to the corner off an out-of-bounds set and nailed a three, with the five-point swing building Butler's lead to 11. The Bulldogs never led by less the rest of the way.
Howard became the first player in Horizon League history to earn All-Tournament Team honors in each of his four years, receiving MVP honors for the second straight year. The senior was joined by teammates Shelvin Mack and Vanzant, with Mack earning accolades for the third consecutive season. Hill represented Milwaukee on the team, with Brandon Wood of Valparaiso earning the final spot.

Courtesy of Horizon League

All-Horizon Summary 2010-2011

Horizon League Regular Season Standings
1
Wisc.-Milwaukee 13 5 19 12
2
Butler 13 5 22 9
3
Cleveland St. 13 5 26 8
4
Valparaiso 12 6 23 11
5
Detroit Mercy 10 8 17 16
6
Wright St. 10 8 19 14
7
Wisc.-Green Bay 8 10 14 18
8
Loyola (IL) 7 11 16 15
9
Youngstown St. 2 16 9 21
10
Ill.-Chicago 2 16 7 24

Horizon League Tournament Final: Butler - Milwaukee 59-44
Horizon League Tournament Semifinals:
Butler - CSU 76-68
UWM - Valpo 70-63


All-Horizon 1st Team
#s#
Norris Cole
Cole
Matt Howard
Howard
Vaughn Duggins
Duggins
Anthony Hill
Hill
Brandon Wood
Wood
#e#5

Player of the Year: Norris Cole (6'2''-G-88) of Cleveland St.
All-Tournament MVP: Matt Howard (6'8''-F) of Butler
Defensive Player of the Year: Norris Cole (6'2''-G-88) of Cleveland St.
Newcomer of the Year: Ray McCallum (6'1''-G) of Detroit Mercy
Sixth Man of the Year: Geoff McCammon (6'4''-G) of Loyola (IL)
Coach of the Year: Rob Jeter of Wisc.-Milwaukee

1st Team
G: Norris Cole (6'2''-88) of Cleveland St.
F: Matt Howard (6'8'') of Butler
G: Vaughn Duggins (6'3''-87) of Wright St.
F: Anthony Hill (6'7'') of Wisc.-Milwaukee
G: Brandon Wood (6'2''-89) of Valparaiso

2nd Team
G: Shelvin Mack (6'3''-90) of Butler
G: Rahmon Fletcher (5'10''-88) of Wisc.-Green Bay
G: Ray McCallum (6'1'') of Detroit Mercy
F/C: Eli Holman (6'10''-89) of Detroit Mercy
G: Ngai Evans (6'2''-88) of Wright St.

All-Defensive Team
Norris Cole (6'2''-G-88) of Cleveland St.
Eli Holman (6'10''-F/C-89) of Detroit Mercy
Trevon Harmon (6'1''-G-89) of Cleveland St.
Ronald Nored (6'0''-G) of Butler
Matt Howard (6'8''-F) of Butler

All-Newcomers Team
Ray McCallum (6'1''-G) of Detroit Mercy
Kaylon Williams (6'3''-G-89) of Wisc.-Milwaukee
Paul Carter (6'8''-F) of Ill.-Chicago
Alec Brown (7'0''-C) of Wisc.-Green Bay
Damian Eargle (6'7''-F-89) of Youngstown St.

All-Tournament Team
Matt Howard (6'8''-F) of Butler
Anthony Hill (6'7''-F) of Wisc.-Milwaukee
Shawn Vanzant (6'0''-G) of Butler
Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90) of Butler
Brandon Wood (6'2''-G-89) of Valparaiso


Bozeman's Three Pointer With 1.5 Seconds Left Punches UALR's Dance Ticket - by Greg
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Senior Solomon Bozeman hit a three pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift the Trojans to a 64-63 win over North Texas (22-11) in the Sun Belt Conference Championship game, and give UALR (19-16) the program's first NCAA Tournament berth since 1990. Bozeman's three pointer helped UALR overcome a seven-point deficit with just 1:42 left in the game, helping the Trojans claim the school's first-ever Sun Belt Tournament title.
Bozeman, the Sun Belt's 2011 Player of the Year, scored a game-high 20 points off 6-of-12 shooting to earn the tournament's Most Oustanding Player award. He averaged 22.0 points per game over UALR's four Sun Belt Tournament wins, to lead the Trojans (the No. 5 seed out of the West) to the program's fourth NCAA Tournament appearance. Bozeman is the first SBC men's basketball player to win both the Player of the Year award and the Tournament MOP in the same year since WKU's Chris Marcus in 2001.
The Mean Green appeared to be on its way to repeating as Sun Belt Conference Tournament champions, after breaking a 52-all tie game with seven-unanswered points to go on top 59-52 with 1:42 remaining. Josh White had a hand in all seven points, as he assisted on a basket by Kedrick Hogans, fed Shannon Shorter for a three pointer, and then scored on a layup to put NT on top by seven.
Trailing 59-52, Bozeman sank a pair of free throws to bring UALR within five, and then junior D'Andre Williams picked White's pocket at midcourt and drew a foul on the play. Williams knocked down both of his free throws following the steal, and then sank two more moments later to make it a one-point ballgame, 59-58.
With its lead down to one, White came through for North Texas again, delivering a deep three pointer from the wing on the ensuing possession to put the Mean Green on top 62-58 with 17.6 seconds remaining. The Trojans answered immediately, as senior Matt Mouzy came off a screen and delivered a three pointer off an assist from Bozeman to make it a 62-61 contest with 7 seconds to go.
NT's Tristan Thompson was fouled after NT got the ball back, but the First Team All-SBC selection made just 1-of-2 free throws to set up Bozeman's heroics. Bozeman pushed the ball up the floor and got some space on Hogans before letting the game-winner fly.
'I couldn't be more proud of these guys, the five seniors in particular coming off the kind of year that we had last year,' said UALR head coach Steve Shields. 'I have said numerous times along the way, these guys have handled adversity in a very positive way. We have lost some close games and bounced back in practice with good energy, and that is the thing I am most proud of with this team. Not to get too philosophical, but the thing I think you learn from athletics is how to deal with adversity in a positive light, and I feel certain these guys will move forward and be very successful in life.'
Freshman Gus Leeper was the only other Trojan to score in double figures, totaling 10 points and two blocks by going 4-of-8 from the field and 2-for-2 at the foul line. Bozeman was joined on the SBC All-Tournament team by senior Alex Garica-Mendoza, who finished with seven points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.
The Trojans limited North Texas to a .404 field goal percentage on the night, including a 10-of-30 effort in the second half (33.3 pct.). White led the Mean Green with 17 points off 7-of-12 shooting and five assists, while George Odufuwa added a 10-point, 17-rebound double-double in the losing effort. Thompson finished with 15 points for the Mean Green, 10 of which came in the first half, but made just 4-of-12 field goal attempts.
UALR shot just 40.0 percent from the field on the night and was outrebounded by 14 (40-to-26), but racked up 14 assists against a season-low five turnovers, and converted 15-of-16 free-throw attempts. Williams and freshman Chuck Guy combined for eight assists against zero turnovers in the win.
UALR and North Texas played to a 32-all standstill at the break, despite early foul trouble for Williams and Bozeman. Williams picked up his second foul 6:31 into the game, and Bozeman was whistled for his second personal with 9:31 left to play and went to the bench for the remainder of the first half.
Bozeman, who came into the game averaging 22.7 points per game in the Sun Belt Tournament, was held to four points over 11-first half minutes. UALR got a boost from its bench in the first half, as junior Tramar Sutherland scored six points off 3-for-4 shooting and Guy racked up four points and four assists.

Courtesy of UALR Trojans

All-Sun Belt Summary 2010-2011

Sun Belt Regular Season Standings
East Division
1
Florida Atlantic 13-3
2
Middle Tenn.St. 10-6
3
W.Kentucky 8-8
4
S.Alabama 6-10
4
Troy 6-10
6
Florida Intern. 5-11

West Division
1
Arkansas St. 11-5
1
La-Lafayette 11-5
3
Denver 9-7
4
N.Texas 8-8
5
UALR 7-9
6
La-Monroe 2-14

Sun Belt Tournament Final: UALR - North Texas 64-63
Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals:
WKU - North Texas 62-81
Middle Tennessee - UALR 56-65


All-Sun Belt 1st Team
#s#
Solomon Bozeman
Bozeman
Raymond Taylor
Taylor
Tristan Thompson
Thompson
Sergio Kerusch
Kerusch
Steffphon Pettigrew
Pettigrew
#e#5

Player of the Year: Solomon Bozeman (6'0''-G-87) of UALR
All-Tournament MVP: Solomon Bozeman (6'0''-G-87) of UALR
Defensive Player of the Year: Brett Royster (6'8''-F-89) of Florida Atlantic
Freshman of the Year: Augustine Rubit (6'6''-C-89) of S.Alabama
Coach of the Year: Mike Jarvis of Florida Atlantic

1st Team
G: Solomon Bozeman (6'0''-87) of UALR
G: Raymond Taylor (5'6'') of Florida Atlantic
G: Tristan Thompson (6'5''-88) of N.Texas
F: Sergio Kerusch (6'5'') of W.Kentucky
F: Steffphon Pettigrew (6'5'') of W.Kentucky

2nd Team
F: Martavius Adams (6'8'') of Arkansas St.
F: Chase Hallam (6'5'') of Denver
G: Greg Gantt (6'2'') of Florida Atlantic
F: J.J. Thomas (6'5'') of La-Lafayette
G: James Washington (6'0''-87) of Middle Tenn.St.

3rd Team
G: Donald Boone (6'4'') of Arkansas St.
F: Brett Royster (6'8''-89) of Florida Atlantic
G: Travis Bureau (6'7''-88) of La-Lafayette
C: Augustine Rubit (6'6''-89) of S.Alabama
G: Will Weathers (6'0''-90) of Troy

All-Tournament Team
Sergio Kerusch (6'5''-F) of W.Kentucky
George Odufuwa (6'8''-F-88) of N.Texas
Josh White (5'10''-G-88) of N.Texas
Tristan Thompson (6'5''-G-88) of N.Texas
Alexander Garcia-Mendoza (6'3''-G-87) of UALR



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Smith's free throws clinch second CIAA title for Shaw - by Greg
Raheem Smith scored 28 points including two free throws with 2.3 seconds left to give Shaw a 72-69 win over Livingstone Saturday for its second CIAA men's championship in school history.
Victory wasn't assured until a desperation three-pointer by Livingstone misfired, setting off a celebration inside Time Warner Cable Arena. Smith was named Tournament MVP, and he joined the Bears' Tony Smith and Devon Mclendon on the All-Tournament team. They led the Bears (22-8 overall), the No. 2 Southern Division seed, to victory over a game Livingstone squad making its first CIAA finals appearance.
'I can't say enough about this team,' Shaw Head Coach Cleo Hill, Jr. said. 'I'm proud of them and we fought throughout this tournament.'
Mclendon added 19 points and 14 rebounds and Tony Smith scored 11 points for the Bears, who shot 52 percent from the floor including 54 percent in the second half. Livingstone, who put Darius Cox and Greg Henry on the All-Tournament team, shot 46 percent for the game including 50 percent in the second half, to make the game close.
The win gave Shaw a sweep of the men's and women's tournaments, which is a first for the private Raleigh, N.C., school. Hill, Jr., claimed his first crown in only his third season as head coach after being an assistant coach on the 2001-02 team which won the CIAA Tournament with current NBA player Ronald 'Flip' Murray, who was the NCAA Division II player of the year for the Bears at the time.
Livingstone (17-12 overall) put on a good showing in its first CIAA final. The No. 3 Southern Division seed, the Blue Bears were a worthy opponent, but Shaw made the big baskets when it counted. Shaw held a slim 55-52 lead, but Raheem Smith drained a clutch three-pointer and David Jones made a layup to push the score to 60-52 with 3:38 to go. Livingstone managed to get within 70-69 with three seconds left on a three-pointer by Cox before Smith nailed the game-winning free throws.
Cox lead four Livingstone/double-figure scorers with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Austin added 11 points while Henry and Carl Boswell chipped in 10 points for the Blue Bears, who used their depth to push Shaw to the limit. Led by reserves Austin, Boswell and Trone Jackson (eight points), Livingstone outscored Shaw 36-6 in bench points, but Shaw scored 20 points off 15 Livingstone turnovers.
'It was a tough battle tonight,' Livingstone Head Coach James Stinson, Jr. said. 'We knew that it would be. We knew that we would have to execute to perfection. We rebounded better, they just made the big shots when it counted.'
Entaring the game, the Bears looked sharp in their two tournament wins, but both teams split during the regular season. The Blue Bears won 61-58 at home on Jan. 29 and the Bears took an 89-79 win at home Feb. 7.
In the opening moments, Mclendon of Shaw scored the first basket on a three-pointer but Livingstone surged ahead 12-5 on Austin's jumper. Undeterred by Livingstone's sizzling start, Shaw responded with a 14-4 run to go ahead 19-16.
From that point, the game was nip-and-tuck with no lead bigger than six points. The Bears led 27-21 on Tony Smith's jumper but Livingstone rallied to close the gap to 31-30 on two Omar Ford-Bey free throws. The half ended with Shaw leading 32-30.
Mclendon led Shaw with 14 points and nine rebounds. Raheem Smith added 12 points for Shaw, who scored 13 points off 10 Livingstone turnovers.
Livingstone stayed in the first half because of its depth. Eight players scored for Livingstone, which outscored Shaw 21-0 in bench points. Reserves Boswell and Austin led Livingstone with seven points apiece for the Blue Bears, who shot 42 percent from the floor. The Blue Bears made 4-for-5 three-pointers for 80 percent while Shaw shot 5-for-13 behind the arc for 39 percent.
In the second half, Shaw opened a 49-42 lead at the midway point. Mclendon added two more layups to extend the lead to 53-44. Livingstone then went on a 8-2 run capped by two straight baskets for Henry to cut the margin to 55-52 but Shaw answered with four consecutive points for a 60-52 lead with under four minutes left.
Other players who made the All-Tournament team include Trent Bivens of Elizabeth City State, Eric Vann of Bowie State, CIAA player of the year Trevin Parks of Johnson C. Smith, Sidney Evans of Fayetteville State, and Charles Rhodes of Chowan. Fayetteville State won the John B. McLendon Sportsmanship Trophy at the tournament.

Courtesy of CIAA

All-CIAA Summary 2010-2011

CIAA Regular Season Standings
North
1
Bowie St. 11-1
2
Virginia Union 9-3
3
Elizabeth City 7-5
4
Virginia St. 5-7
5
St.Paul's 4-8
5
Chowan Univ. 4-8
6
Lincoln (PA) 2-10

South
1
Winston Salem 7-3
1
Shaw 7-3
3
Livingstone 5-5
4
Johnson C. Smith 4-6
4
Fayetteville St. 4-6
6
St.Augustine 3-7

CIAA Tournament Final: Shaw - Livingstone 72-69
CIAA Tournament Semifinals:
Shaw - Johnson C. Smith 82-69
Livingstone - Fayetteville State 81-71

All-CIAA 1st Team
#s#
Raheem Smith
Smith
Rondy Tucker
Tucker
Sidney Evans
Evans
Darius Cox
Cox
Paul Davis
Davis
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: Raheem Smith (6'2''-G) of Shaw
Player of the Year: Trevin Parks (5'9''-G-91) of Johnson C. Smith
Defensive Player of the Year: Paul Davis (6'9''-F-88) of Winston Salem

1st Team
F: Rondy Tucker (6'7''-84) of Elizabeth City
F: Sidney Evans (6'7'') of Fayetteville St.
F: Darius Cox (6'7''-89) of Livingstone
F: Maurice Reevy (6'6'') of St.Paul's
G: Ibn-Saed Rasoull (6'4'') of St.Paul's
F: Paul Davis (6'9''-88) of Winston Salem
F: Shelton Carter (6'5''-87) of Winston Salem
G: Eric Vann (6'0'') of Bowie St.
G: Trevin Parks (5'9''-91) of Johnson C. Smith
G: Denzel Mooney (6'3'') of Lincoln (PA)
G: Raheem Smith (6'2'') of Shaw
F/G: Braxton Byerson (6'3'') of Virginia Union

All-Tournament Team
Trent Bivens (6'3''-G-88) of Elizabeth City
Eric Vann (6'0''-G) of Bowie St.
Trevin Parks (5'9''-G-91) of Johnson C. Smith
Sidney Evans (6'7''-F) of Fayetteville St.
Charles Rhodes (6'5''-G) of Chowan Univ.


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Earthquake ends Christchurch Cougars season - by Eurobasket News
The February 22 earthquake has ended the Christchurch Cougars basketball team's season before it started. The Cougars yesterday withdrew from the 2011 national league, due to start in five weeks, because the quake has hit sponsors and the team. Amy Gardiner, chief executive officer of the team and co-owner with her husband Andrew, said there was no option but to reluctantly withdraw the team. 'We had everything organised and our sponsors on board but everything changed in a minute. 'Three of our major sponsors have been displaced and some of our other sponsors have been affected,' said Gardiner. 'We've lost our house and are living in Nelson at the moment,' Gardiner said last night. She said sponsors would not get value for their money if the team carried on. 'We couldn't operate as a business either. We couldn't recover in four weeks from what has happened. It would be a scramble to put together a new budget and campaign.' Gardiner said the NBL had been understanding. 'They have been amazing. They have understood where we are at and were not forcing something that can't happen.' Preparations for the season, which is due to start on April 14, were well under way. The Cougars had announced that they had two Americans for their roster, Kevin Smith (196-F-79, college: Lee) and Javari Williams (196-F, college: Hutchinson CC). They were due to arrive four days after the earthquake but did not board their flights. 'Our team was raring and ready to go, however this is no different than every other sports team and business when everything changed that day two weeks ago,' said Gardiner. The Cougars season was due to start with a double-header on April 15 and 16 with games against Southland and Otago respectively.
Their first home game was scheduled for April 23 against Southland. The team was to play at a newly-opened stadium at Lincoln this year. Craig Hickford, the Cougars coach, said the news was disappointing for playing and coaching staff, and the Canterbury basketball community. 'I am gutted for the local players, their families and our supporters who will not have the pleasure of having quality basketball played in the region.' Sam Rossiter-Stead, chairman of the NBL, said the organisation would be working with the Cougars to try to ensure there was a Canterbury team in the 2012 league. 'Many people have worked tirelessly over the last two-and-a-half years to ensure that Christchurch was represented in the Bartercard NBL, and to see the team withdraw is extremely sad.' The Cougars will not be replaced in the league and a new draw will be circulated.
Courtesy of: stuff.co.nz


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Solomon Alabi back to Erie Bay Hawks - by Eurobasket News
Solomon Alabi (216-C-88, college: Florida St.) is assigned back to D-League. The Toronto Raptors reassigned the Nigerian rookie centre to the Erie Bay Hawks. Solomon Alabi appeared in nine games for the Raptors this season. He tallied 0.4 points and 0.4 boards per appearance. In D-League Solomon Alabi played 11 games this season. He tallied 8.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Bay Hawks. Solomon Alebi played for the Nigerian U19 National Team at the 2007 World Championship. The centre notched 9.2 points, 7.8 boards and 2.8 blocks in Novi Sad. Solomon Alabi graduated from the Florida State University in 2010. He was named into ACC All-Defensive Team last season.


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Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Lawton Ft.SC 12-2 
 2. Halifax R. 9-5 
 3. Quebec K. 9-6 
 4. Saint John M.R. 7-6 
 5. Rochester R. 7-7 
 6. Kentucky S. 5-11 
 7. Dayton A. 3-12 
 8. Vermont FH 2-5 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike WILLIAMS
  Rochester R.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Williams, Vermo.20.9 
 2. Brown, Quebec K.20.4 
 3. Jones, Kentucky S.19.1 
 4. Dollard, Halifax R.19.1 
 5. Anderson, Saint J.18.8 
 6. Egerson, Saint J.18.7 
 7. Parran, Quebec K.17.6 
 8. Miles, Dayton A.17.5 
 9. Monroe, Rocheste.17.0 
 10. Allen, Vermont FH16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Crookshank, Halif.10.8 
 2. Williams, Vermo.10.3 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC9.0 
 4. Dollard, Halifax R.8.8 
 5. Walton, Rocheste.8.4 
 6. DeMasi, Saint J.8.4 
 7. Williams, Rocheste.8.1 
 8. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 9. Jones, Kentucky S.7.9 
 10. Jones, Halifax R.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Rice, Vermont FH7.6 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.6.9 
 3. Rice, Saint J.5.9 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.5.4 
 5. Brown, Halifax R.5.2 
 6. Egerson, Saint J.4.6 
 7. Crouch, Rocheste.3.9 
 8. Bowden, Lawton F.3.8 
 9. Hill, Dayton A.3.7 
 10. Acker, Quebec K.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rice, Vermont FH3.0 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.2.7 
 3. Brown, Quebec K.2.1 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.2.1 
 5. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.1 
 6. Austin, Vermont FH2.0 
 7. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 8. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 9. Monroe, Rocheste.1.6 
 10. Bowden, Lawton F.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared CARTER
  Rochester R.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Carter, Rocheste.1.5 
 2. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.4 
 4. Ocitti, Saint J.1.1 
 5. George, Dayton A.1.1 
 6. Daniels, Lawton F.1.1 
 7. Crookshank, Halif.1.0 
 8. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 9. Harris, Kentucky S.0.9 
 10. Williams, Rocheste.0.8 


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  POLAND   


Punching that Ticket! - by Torey Thomas
March is a very interesting month as teams in Europe start to wind the regular season down College basketball is at an all time high! March Madness is a spectacular event every year in which there are hundreds of teams fighting for 64 spots in the NCAA Tournament. Usually, it is started out in early March called championship week in which the different conferences play their conference tournaments and determine a winner who receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Championship Week is an exciting time because you dont need a committee to select you into the NCAA you can determine that yourself by winning your respective conference. After you punch your ticket into the NCAA you just practice and wait for selection Sunday to see what region of the country you will be heading to and your first round matchup opponent.
I was very fortunate to win a Conference Title in the Patriot League back in 2007. We beat Bucknell University who in the past won 2 years in a row before we finally snapped that streak. Holy Cross College was dancing in the 2007 NCAA Tournament! The atmosphere in the student campus center was amazing as we filled a jam-packed crossroads cafeteria to see our college name get announced on National Television for Selection Sunday! What a feeling that is knowing your going to be on the center stage in just a few days. We had to travel to Columbus, Ohio to play Southern Illinois in the first round. We lost a hard fought close game to the Salukis who later advanced to the Elite 8 before losing in the final seconds to Kansas.
During the month of March many things are possible the most unthinkable scenarios happen in College Basketball! As I finish up strong here in the Regular season in Poland we are fighting for 1st place so every game is important with only 4 left I will be on the net using the various links to watch some great college basketball!




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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Kyndall DYKES
  U.Mobitel.CN
  (191-F-87)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.8 
 2. Dawson, Polite.20.6 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.5 
 4. Vujacic, Pitesti19.8 
 5. Pesic, Timisoara19.2 
 6. Hannah, Miercurea19.2 
 7. Scott, Otopeni18.7 
 8. Tomic, CSM B.18.3 
 9. Popovic, Otopeni18.0 
 10. Darby, Rovinari17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Simms, Craiova12.1 
 2. Nicoara, Gaz Metan10.3 
 3. Coleman, Miercurea9.9 
 4. Forte, Mures9.2 
 5. Bennett, CSM B.9.1 
 6. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.0 
 7. Bigus, Rovinari8.3 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti8.0 
 9. Mladenovic, Mures7.7 
 10. Eichelberger, Pitesti7.5 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cooley, Mures8.3 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 3. Hannah, Miercurea5.8 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.7 
 5. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 6. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.1 
 7. Maric, Oradea5.0 
 8. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.0 
 9. Gennie, Pitesti4.9 
 10. Medvedj, Otopeni4.9 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Cooley, Mures2.6 
 2. Howell, Gaz Metan2.5 
 3. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 4. Gennie, Pitesti2.3 
 5. Medvedj, Otopeni2.3 
 6. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.3 
 7. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.3 
 8. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.2 
 9. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.1 
 10. Markovic, CSU S.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.9 
 2. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.7 
 3. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 4. Mladenovic, Mures1.5 
 5. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 6. Lazar, Oradea1.4 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Thomson, U.Mobite.0.9 
 9. Dragusin, Gaz M.0.9 
 10. Bennett, CSM B.0.9 


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Ploiesti 21-3 
 2. Mures 18-6 
 3. U.Mobitel.CN 18-6 
 4. Gaz Metan 17-6 
 5. Steaua Turabo 16-7 
 6. Oradea 14-10 
 7. Otopeni 14-10 
 8. Pitesti 14-10 
 9. CSU Sibiu 12-11 
 10. Timisoara 11-13 
 11. CSM Bucuresti 11-13 
 12. Rovinari 11-13 
 13. Politehnica Iasi 5-18 
 14. Craiova 5-19 
 15. Miercurea 2-22 
 16. Brasov 1-23 


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Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Univ.Surgut 23-8 
 2. Saransk 22-7 
 3. Spartak-Primorie 21-9 
 4. Severstal 21-9 
 5. Ural Ekaterinb. 19-9 
 6. Revda 14-14 
 7. Metallurg-Univ. 13-18 
 8. Rjazan 12-17 
 9. Irkutsk 8-22 
 10. Lokomotiv 5-23 
 11. Zaretchny 4-26 


Superleague Round 33: Severstal is upset by Spartak-Primorie - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Severstal (21-9) and fourth ranked Spartak-Primorie (21-9) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Severstal was defeated by Spartak-Primorie in Cherepovec 73-60. The game was mostly controlled by Spartak-Primorie. Severstal managed to win second period 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spartak-Primorie have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Severstal. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Leader Universitet-Yugra delivered the twentieth third victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (19-9) 77-70 in Surgut. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Ural Ekaterinburg. Universitet-Yugra have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Universitet-Yugra maintains first place with 23-8 record. Ural Ekaterinburg at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Universitet-Yugra will again play against Ural Ekaterinburg (#5) at home in the next round. Ural Ekaterinburg will have a break next round.
The game in Rjazan supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (22-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Rjazan (12-17). Ruskon-Mordovia smashed Rjazan 93-64 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rjazan. Ruskon-Mordovia maintains second place with 22-7 record having just -17 point less than leader Univ.Surgut. Loser Rjazan dropped to the eighth position with 17 games lost. Ruskon-Mordovia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rjazan will play again against the league's second-placed Ruskon-Mordovia (#2) in Saransk and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 33 Irkutsk was defeated by Revda in a road game 77-67. Lokomotiv was beaten by Metallurg-Univ. at home 65-74.



Revda - Irkutsk 77-67

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Irkut Irkutsk (8-22) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (14-14) 77-67 on Tuesday. TEMP-SUMZ Revda maintains sixth place with 14-14 record. Irkut Irkutsk lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 22 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Severstal - Spartak-Primorie 60-73

The game between third ranked Severstal (21-9) and fourth ranked Spartak-Primorie (21-9) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Severstal was defeated by Spartak-Primorie in Cherepovec 73-60. The game was mostly controlled by Spartak-Primorie. Severstal managed to win second period 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spartak-Primorie have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Severstal. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Lokomotiv - Metallurg-Univ. 65-74

No shocking result in a game in Novosybirsk where eighth ranked Metallurg-University (13-18) defeated 10th ranked Lokomotiv (5-23) 74-65 on Wednesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lokomotiv won fourth quarter 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Metallurg-University moved-up to seventh place. Lokomotiv lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 23 games lost. Metallurg-University will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lokomotiv will play again against Metallurg-University (#7) in Magnitogorsk and hope to secure a win.
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Univ.Surgut - Ural Ekaterinb. 77-70

Leader Universitet-Yugra delivered the twentieth third victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (19-9) 77-70 in Surgut. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Ural Ekaterinburg. Universitet-Yugra have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Universitet-Yugra maintains first place with 23-8 record. Ural Ekaterinburg at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Universitet-Yugra will again play against Ural Ekaterinburg (#5) at home in the next round. Ural Ekaterinburg will have a break next round.
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Rjazan - Saransk 64-93

The game in Rjazan supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (22-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Rjazan (12-17). Ruskon-Mordovia smashed Rjazan 93-64 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rjazan. The game without a history. Ruskon-Mordovia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ruskon-Mordovia maintains second place with 22-7 record having just -17 point less than leader Univ.Surgut. Loser Rjazan dropped to the eighth position with 17 games lost. Ruskon-Mordovia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rjazan will play again against the league's second-placed Ruskon-Mordovia (#2) in Saransk and hope to secure a win.
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  SCOTLAND   


Standings
National League Standings
 1. Edinburgh K. 17-1 
 2. C.Eriksson F. 16-2 
 3. St.Mirren 13-5 
 4. Glasgow Univ. 11-7 
 5. Stirling Knights 11-7 
 6. Troon Tornadoes 8-10 
 7. Glasgow R. II 5-13 
 8. Glasgow Storm 5-13 
 9. E.Lothian P. 3-15 
 10. Dunfermline 1-17 


City of Edinburgh Kings win the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in National League just ended.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Glasgow: Glasgow Rocks II (#7) and Glasgow Storm (#8). Glasgow Storm was defeated at home 85-89 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Glasgow Storm. Newly promoted Glasgow Rocks II maintains seventh place with 5-13 record, which they share with defeated Glasgow Storm.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Edunburgh. First ranked host Edunburgh Kings (17-1) defeated 3rd placed St.Mirren (13-5) 69-54. Edunburgh Kings have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-1 record. St.Mirren lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with five games lost.
National League top team - Edunburgh Kings (17-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked East Lothian Buccaneers (3-15) 81-52. Edunburgh Kings have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-1 record. East Lothian Buccaneers at the other side keep the ninth position with 15 games lost.

In the last game of round 19 Stirling Knights won against Glasgow Univ. on the opponent's court 71-67.


Glasgow Univ. - Stirling Knights 67-71

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Glasgow (11-7) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Stirling Knights (11-7) 71-67 on Saturday.
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Edinburgh K. - E.Lothian P. 81-52

National League top team - Edunburgh Kings (17-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked East Lothian Buccaneers (3-15) 81-52. Edunburgh Kings have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-1 record. East Lothian Buccaneers at the other side keep the ninth position with 15 games lost.
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Glasgow Storm - Glasgow R. II 85-89

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Glasgow: Glasgow Rocks II (#7) and Glasgow Storm (#8). Glasgow Storm was defeated at home 85-89 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Glasgow Storm. Newly promoted Glasgow Rocks II maintains seventh place with 5-13 record, which they share with defeated Glasgow Storm.
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Edinburgh K. - St.Mirren 69-54

The game between Top Four teams took place in Edunburgh. First ranked host Edunburgh Kings (17-1) defeated 3rd placed St.Mirren (13-5) 69-54. Edunburgh Kings have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-1 record. St.Mirren lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with five games lost.
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Bojan Popovic in Meridiano Alicante - by Zoran Popovic
Only one week after terminated contract with Cajasol Bojan Popovic (191-G-83) find new team. This time Popovic sings contract with Meridiano Alicante until the end of season. Popovic had four months contract deal with Cajasol to replace injured Earl Calloway and on 12 games in ACB league average scored 2.9 points, 1.0 rebound, and 1.2 assists and on 10 games in Eurocup 3.5 points, 0.9 rebound and 1.3 assists. During the career Popovic played for FMP Zeleznik, Dynamo Moscow, Unicaja Malaga, Bruesa, Lietuvos Rytas and Efes Pilsen. Bojan Popovic was member of Serbian National team.

Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. FMP 23-2 
 2. Beograd 18-7 
 3. Metalac 18-7 
 4. Mega Vizura 15-10 
 5. Tamis 14-11 
 6. Sloboda Uzice 12-13 
 7. Napredak 11-14 
 8. Sloga 11-14 
 9. Novi Sad 11-14 
 10. Borac 11-14 
 11. Vojvodina 11-14 
 12. Proleter Naftagas 10-15 
 13. Crnokosa 9-16 
 14. Superfund 1-24 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.20.8 
 2. Koprivica, Super.20.7 
 3. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 4. Zekovic, Beograd18.3 
 5. Sinovec, Metalac18.2 
 6. Micevic, Sloboda .17.6 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 8. Bunic, Novi Sad16.8 
 9. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac7.4 
 3. Jelovac, Mega V.7.4 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.7.0 
 5. Misanovic, Beograd6.9 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 7. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 8. Majkic, Prolet.6.4 
 9. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.3 
 10. Borovcanin, Sloga6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac5.9 
 3. Radivojevic, FMP5.3 
 4. Vlahovic, Sloga5.0 
 5. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.8 
 6. Covic, FMP4.7 
 7. Kocergin, Superfund4.3 
 8. Mitrovic, Beograd4.3 
 9. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 10. Kovacevic, Novi Sad3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd2.8 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.2 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.2 
 5. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.1 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 8. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 9. Tresac, Borac1.8 
 10. Jovic, Sloga1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.4 
 3. Bircevic, Metalac1.3 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 7. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 8. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 9. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 
 10. Kalinic, Novi Sad0.7 


Keravnos signs Nikola Micevic - by Eurobasket News
Nikola Micevic (196-G-82) is a new member of Keravnos. The Serbian guard/small forward signed a deal for rest of the season. Micevic started it with Sloboda Uzice averaging 17.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists for 25 games in Serbian league.
Nikola Micevic spent last season with Borac Cacak. He appeared 38 times for the club registering 14.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.6 apg. A year before that, Micevic was a member of Vujic Metalac Valjevo. With them he had 13.3 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 32 games. Beside the above mentioned clubs, Micevic also has experience from Crnokosa and Usce Vizura.
Keravnos finished regular season as No.2 with 11-5 record. They hope to win the championship title this year.


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SHOCKING NEWS: Fears left BC Prievidza - by Tomas Kottra
Slovakian league star guard Jeremy Fears (196-G-85, college: Bradley) left BC Prievidza only three rounds before the end of regular season!
Family matters. Jeremy Fears leaves his club because they cannot meet his expectations. 'New management could not fulfill the terms we had agreed with old one. We tried to negotiate for four times, but we could not resolve the problems to satisfy both sides. So we had to terminate my contract.' As he said, the main reason is his family. 'I am really sorry for the team, but I have to take care of my family.'
'We had not only chace to reach play-offs, but also to succeed there,' he adds. First real test is wating for BC Prievidza right today, playing on hot floor in Zilina. They will surely miss Fears.
Jeremy Fears has come back to BC Prievidza last year in December after not very impressive performance in Polish League (5 games, 13.8 minutes, 7.5 points per game). He played in 15 games averaging 23.3 points and 5.6 assists per game.


Jaraun Kino Burrows Gives His Look - by Tomas Kottra
Basketball season is approaching to its final stage and excitements rises. Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW) is one of the leader, scoring many important points for his team. He also was part of Allstar Game and winning both MVP of the game and Dunk contest, he left a mark of his play in history of Slovak basketball.

When did you fell in love with basketball?

Growing up in Bahamas , I played mostly track & field and basketball ,so those were my first loves, but when I turned 15 I had a growth burst from about 6'2' to 6'5'and being an athlete and everybody felt like the basketball is the right direction for me. So I left the Bahamas at age 15 to move to US and started to play organized basketball, I just fell in love with it.
Was there a person who brought you to the game, or was it your decision? Who is the person that helped you becoming a basketball player?
I definitely have to thank my parents, I mean my mother, my father, they allowed me to leave home at the age of 15 and play basketball in United States, they wanted to do the best for me, because basketball was not so big in Bahamas. They decided to let their only child to go to a foreign country and do something important for future. So I definitely have to thank them.
Not so long ago, your girlfriend and your daughter were here with you, was their presence an extra motivation for you?
I brought them up for the holiday season, it was so perfect because I got 2 days before the all star game, I won a slam dunk competition, got MVP, and it was actually the first time anybody in my family has ever seen me playing overseas, so that was big for me. And then we had two great home games, against Prievidza and Inter in our new gym, and they were here for that also. It was just a blessing that they were able to be here for me, it was just so motivating.
What was the hardest part about playing basketball so far away from your home?
The hardest part was to not being able to go home for thanksgiving and Christmas, new year, than missing my cultural food, but missing my family is really the hardest thing.
After the last season, you decided to stay in Komarno for another one, didnt You wanted to play in a more competitive league?
We got a great run to the playoffs, and we got to the playoffs, but we didn't played so well against Handlova, and I felt like I have unfinished business in here. I talked to a couple of guys like Vlado Klar and Maslo about staying here and I just thought that a full season in Komarno would be a good situation for me to come back to, and hopefully we can win a championship this season.
You are considered as a star in this town, do you feel off the court?
People just want to take some pictures and stuff like that, but I am just an ordinary person, I just try to win, try to do my best for my team to win, so If you want to call me a star, it's fine, but I am just trying to win. Well, I enjoy going out there and playing hard for the fans, I just hope that the will continue to enjoy me as much as I enjoy them.
What is the main difference between playing as professional and playing in NCAA?
The guys were faster, stronger, the game is tougher. In college you are pretty much taken care of, but when you turn professional, you are more like to take care of yourself and it's a part of growing up. I have to say that in college you have people who are doing things for
you, but here, if you have an ankle injury, you have to tape your own ankle, stretch yourself etc. Definitely you are more obligated to yourself.
Do you have a secret pre game ritual or you just get out there and fight till the buzzer sound?
I usually go to the gym a little early trying to get some easy shots, just to get a feel for it, and then I put on some music that gets me hype. After that it is just between me and the game. But I have to say, that I dedicated this season to my grandfather, who past last summer, so yeah, before every game I say a little prayer, I go there and play every game for his honor.
As a basketball player, you surely had some role models, who was it, and why? When did you fell in love with basketball?
Growing up in Bahamas , I played mostly track & field and basketball ,so those were my first loves, but when I turned 15 I had a growth burst from about 6'2' to 6'5'and being an athlete and everybody felt like the basketball is the right direction for me. So I left the Bahamas at age 15 to move to US and started to play organized basketball, I just fell in love with it.
What was the most unbelievable moment in basketball you ever seen?
It was when Michael Jordan shot his game winner against Craig Ehlo and the Cleveland Cavaliers 1989.
What was the most breathtaking moment you've been a part of?
My greatest moment as a basketball player was when I was in senior year in high school, when we got all the way into the state championship game through underdogs and we ended up winning, it is just great to have a state championship.
What is your most beautiful memory in personal life?
I have to say it was the day when my daughter was born, she is now 5 years old and she had her birthday at December 23.
What did you wanted to be when you were a child, if not a basketball player?
My dream was to run track & field at the Olympics, because when I was growing up, I was a big runner, it can be seen on me, while I am on the court, because all I like to do is run and jump. So one of my goals was to win a gold medal at the Olympics.
What does basketball mean for you?
Basketball is life... It is what I do right now and what I am planning to continue doing till I can not do it anymore... It lets me take care of my daughter and of myself. Right now it is everything to me, so I will keep on working hard and see how far it can get me.
Was there a period of time when you used to be bothered with your stats?
I am not a big statistical person, I just want to win, as long as the team is doing fine, the club is happy, the town is happy I am happy.


Steve Jantik,
Source: LOOK magazine, Slovakia


Jaraun Kino Burrows Gives His Look - by Tomas Kottra
When did you fell in love with basketball ?
Growing up in Bahamas , I played mostly track & field and basketball ,so those were my first loves, but when I turned 15 I had a growth burst from about 6'2' to 6'5'and being an athlete and everybody felt like the basketball is the right direction for me. So I left the Bahamas at age 15 to move to US and started to play organized basketball, I just fell in love with it.

Was there a person who brought you to the game, or was it your decision ? Who is the person that helped you becoming a basketball player?
I definitely have to thank my parents , I mean my mother, my father, they allowed me to leave home at the age of 15 and play basketball in United States, they wanted to do the best for me,because basketball was not so big in Bahamas. They decided to let their only child to go to a foreign country and do something important for future.So I definitely have to thank them.

Not so long ago, your girfriend and your daughter were here with you,was their presence an extra motivation for you ?
I brought them up for the holiday season,it was so perfect because I got 2 days before the all star game,I won a slam dunk competition,got MVP,and it was acctually the first time anybody in my family has ever seen me playing overseas,so that was big for me.And then we had two great home games,against Prievidza and Inter in our new gym,and they
were here for that also. It was just a blessing, that they were able to be here for me,it was just so motivating.

What was the hardest part about playing basketball so far away from your home ?
The hardest part was to not being able to go home for thanksgiving and christmas,new year, than missing my cultural food,but missing my family is really the hardest thing.

After the last season,you decided to stay in Komarno for another one,didn't You wanted to play in a more competitive league ?
We got a great run to the playoffs,and we got to the playoffs,but we didn't played so well against handlova,and I felt like I have unfinished business in here.I talked to a couple of guys like Vlado Klar and Maslo about staying here and I just thought that a full season in Komarno would be a good situation for me to come back to,and hopefully we can win a championship this season.

You are considered as a star in this town, do you feel off the court ?
People just want to take some pictures and stuff like that,but I am just an ordinary person, I just try to win, try to do my best for my team to win,so If you want to call me a star, it's fine, but I am just trying to win.Well, I enjoy going out there and playing hard for the fans, I just hope that the will continue to enjoy me as much as I enjoy them.

What is the main difference between playing as professional and playing in NCAA ?
The guys were faster, stronger,the game is tougher. In college you are pretty much taken care of,but when you turn professional, you are more like to take care of yourself and it's a part of growing up. I have to say that in college you have people who are doing things for
you,but here, if you have an ankle injury , you have to tape your own ankle,stretch yourself etc. Definitely you are more obligated to yourself .

Have you a secret pre game ritual , or you just get oughta there and fight till the buzzer sound ?
I usually go to the gym a little early trying to get some easy shots, just
to get a feel for it, then I put on some music that gets me hype. After that it is just between me and the game. But I have to say, that I dedicated this season to my grandfather, who past last summer,so yeah, before every game I say a little prayer, I go there and play every game for his honor.

As a basketball player, you surely had some role models, who was it, and why ?
My rolemodel was definitely my grandfather.He took care of my family, he was always there positive to me while growing up. But there are lots of different people who I look up to for different things,that make me who I am. If I have to think about a role model basketball wise here is always Michael Jordan and now one of my favorite basketball players is Kobe Bryant.

what was the most unbelievable moment in basketball you ever seen ?
It was when Michael Jordan shot his game winner against Craig Ehlo and the Cleveland Cavaliers 1989.

What was the most breathtaking moment you've been a part of ?
My greatest moment as a basketball player was when I was in senior year in high school,when we got all the way into the state championship game trhu underdogs and we ended up winning,it is just great to have a state championship.

What is your most beatutiful memory in personal life ?
I have to say it was the day when my daughter was born,She is now 5 years old and
she had her birthday at December 23.

What did you wanted to be when you were a child, if not an basketball player ?
My dream was to run track & field at the olympics,because when I was growing up, I was a big runner,it can be seen on me, while I am on the court, because all I like to do is run and jump. So one of my goals was to win a gold medal at the olympics.

What does basketball mean for you ?
Basketball is life... It is what I do right now and what I am planning to continue doing till I can not do it anymore... It lets me take care of my daughter and of myself. Right now it is everything to me, so I will keep on working hard and see how far it can get me.

Was there a period of time when you used to be bothered with your stats?
I am not a big statistical person, I just want to win, as long as the team is doing fine,the club is happy,the town is happy I am happy.


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Best players of South Korean KBL round 49 - by Eurobasket News
American Herbert Hill (203-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Inchon ET Land Elephants and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 49.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Dongbu Promy (#4, 30-20) 71-61. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Elephants maintains the 2nd position in South Korean KBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Elephants will need more victories to improve their 35-14 record. 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 (7th best: 17.4ppg), rebounds (4th best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 2.4bpg and 68.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American power forward Rod Benson (208-F/C-84) of Dongbu Promy. Benson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Dongbu Promy to another comfortable win 82-64 over slightly lower-ranked Samsung Th. (#5, 25-24) being unquestionably team leader. Dongbu Promy's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 30-20 record is not bad at all. Benson is a newcomer at Dongbu Promy 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 17.9ppg (#6). He also registered 9.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Laurence Ekperigin (201-F) of Mobis Phoebus (#8). Ekperigin scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Ekperigin's great performance Mobis Phoebus lost 77-85 to the higher-ranked KCC Egis (#3, 33-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Mobis Phoebus not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 33 games, recording just seventeen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ekperigin could try to bring Mobis Phoebus' a little bit higher in the standings. Ekperigin has a very solid season. In 49 games in South Korea he scored 14.5ppg. He also has 8.0rpg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 58.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeff Varem (198-G/F-83) of Anyang KGC - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Chris Daniels (211-C-84) of KCC Egis - 21 points and 5 rebounds
6. Seung-Jin Ha (222-C-85) of KCC Egis - 21 points and 8 rebounds
7. Jin-Won Hwang (189-G-78) of Dongbu Promy - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of Samsung Th. - 22 points and 5 rebounds
9. Jung-Hyun Lee (189-F) of Anyang KGC - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Sung-Chul Kim (195-F-76) of Anyang KGC - 20 points

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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  SPAIN   


Dallas Mavericks express interest in Ricky Rubio - by Eurobasket News
Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California) isn't getting any younger and Rodrigue Beaubois (6'1''-G-88, agency: Court Side) is better at attacking the bucket than facilitating an offense.

With the need for a future franchise point guard, perhaps the Dallas Mavericks could add a 2009 lottery pick that has yet to see the floor in the NBA.

While attending the Mavericks game in Minnesota on Monday, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban talked about Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90).

Following the 2009 draft, Rubio decided to return home and not play with Minnesota despite the franchise owning his NBA rights.

Cuban told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he has seen the young Spaniard point guard play several times and would be more than happy to take him off Minnesota's hands.

'We're very high on him,' Cuban said. 'If they want to give him up, we're very interested. We would do that in a heartbeat.'

Added Cuban: 'We tried to trade up to get Rubio. But we weren't close. We would have loved to draft him.'

But Dallas doesn't appear to be on his list of desired destinations.

'The bottom line is, why would he want to play in Minnesota?' a senior member of Rubio's camp told The New York Times in January. 'He'll continue to say all the diplomatic things, and Minnesota needs to keep his value up for trade purposes, but the family's preference is to be on the East Coast, specifically New York, Miami or Boston. He wouldn't be troubled if he has to stay another year.'

According to the Pioneer Press, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound Rubio is averaging just 5.9 points, 4.3 assists and 23 minutes in 38 games for the DKV Joventut team in Europe this season. The Wolves are hoping to buy out his remaining contract for $1 million this summer.

'The thing about Europe,' Cuban said, 'is it doesn't necessarily translate in terms of points and assists. You've got to look at talent, you've got to look at game IQ and you've got to look at age.

'I don't think if he came in now he would dominate the league or anything like that. But I think he would have a big impact here.'

Courtesy of www.foxsportshouston.com


Meridiano Alicante adds point guard Bojan Popovic - by Eurobasket News
Bojan Popovic (191-G-83) is a new member of Meridiano Alicante. The Serbian point guard signed a deal for rest of the season. Popovic arrives to Alicante from Cajasol, where he had 2.9 ppg and 1.2 apg for 12 games in ACB. In EuroCup, Popovic added 3.5 ppg and 1.3 apg for 10 appearances.
Bojan Popovic split last season between Lietuvos Rytas and Efes Pilsen. With the Lithuanian outfit he had 11.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 5.4 apg and 2.4 spg for 10 Euroleague games. Later with Efes Pilsen he added 3.3 ppg, 2 rpg and 1.3 apg for 6 appearances. In 2008/09, Popovic was a member of Bruesa. He averaged 6.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 steals for 30 games in ACB. A year before that, Popovic spent a season with Unicaja Malaga. He also has experience from Dynamo Moscow and FMP.


Valladolid and Lamont Barnes part ways - by Eurobasket News
Lamont Barnes (208-F/C-78, college: Temple) is no longer a player of Valladolid. The Spanish outfit released Barnes due to disciplinary reasons. He appeared 23 times in ACB this season averaging 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds.
Lamont Barnes joined Valladolid during the summer of 2009. Last season he had 9.2 ppg, 6 rpg and 1.1 spg. Before Valladolid, he spent one year with Murcia. There for 32 games he had 8.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 1.6 bpg. In Spain, Barnes also has experience from Fuenlabrada and Leon Caja Espana. In the past, he played in Bulgaria, Puerto Rico, China, Italy and Poland. He is a product of the Temple University.


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria17.6 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.5 
 3. Baron, Lagun A.15.2 
 4. English, DKV J.15.1 
 5. Martinez, Valencia15.0 
 6. McDonald, DKV J.14.8 
 7. Caner-Medley, Estudi.14.0 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.0 
 9. Kurz, Granada13.9 
 10. Bullock, Cajasol13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Art.Dragons
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kurz, Granada9.1 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 3. Caner-Medley, Estudi.7.2 
 4. Barac, Caja Laboral7.1 
 5. Donaldson, Menorca6.8 
 6. Trias, DKV Joventut6.5 
 7. Miralles, Lagun A.6.4 
 8. Doellman, Meridiano6.3 
 9. Wallace, Gran Canaria6.2 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.9 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.1 
 3. Rubio, Regal Barca4.8 
 4. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.7 
 5. Ciorciari, Menorca4.5 
 6. Colom, Fuenlabrada3.9 
 7. San Miguel, Manre.3.8 
 8. Uriz, Lagun A.3.7 
 9. Green, Gran Canaria3.7 
 10. McIntyre, Unicaja3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tariq KIRKSAY
  Cajasol
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kirksay, Cajasol2.1 
 2. Calloway, Cajasol1.9 
 3. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 4. Hosley, DKV J.1.7 
 5. Cook, Valencia1.7 
 6. San Miguel, Manre.1.7 
 7. Davis, Cajasol1.7 
 8. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.7 
 9. Robinson, DKV J.1.7 
 10. Rubio, Regal Barca1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.1 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid1.7 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.4 
 4. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 5. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 6. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.2 
 7. Andriuskevic., Meridi.1.2 
 8. Majstorovic, Manre.1.2 
 9. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 10. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 19-4 
 2. Real Madrid 18-5 
 3. Caja Laboral 15-9 
 4. Valencia 15-9 
 5. Bizkaia Bilbao 14-9 
 6. Valladolid 14-9 
 7. Fuenlabrada 13-10 
 8. Cajasol 13-10 
 9. Gran Canaria 12-12 
 10. Estudiantes 12-12 
 11. Unicaja 12-12 
 12. DKV Joventut 11-12 
 13. CAI Zaragoza 9-14 
 14. Lagun Aro GBC 9-14 
 15. Manresa 8-16 
 16. Meridiano 7-16 
 17. Granada 5-19 
 18. Menorca 5-19 


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 27-6 
 2. LF Basket 23-10 
 3. Norrkoping 21-9 
 4. Sodertalje 19-14 
 5. Uppsala 16-16 
 6. Solna 16-17 
 7. Boras 13-20 
 8. Jamtland 13-20 
 9. 08 8-24 
 10. Eco Orebro 6-26 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland22.4 
 2. Brown, 0821.1 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.4 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall20.0 
 5. Smith, Uppsala19.6 
 6. Palm, Boras18.8 
 7. McCoy, Boras18.8 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall18.5 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna18.2 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.3 
 2. Palm, Boras9.9 
 3. McKnight, Boras9.1 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Brown, 088.2 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.8 
 7. Constantine, Solna7.5 
 8. Walker, Solna7.3 
 9. Cipriano, Eco O.7.3 
 10. Salaam, Jamtland7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.4 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.7 
 3. Beck, 085.0 
 4. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 5. Smith, Uppsala4.6 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.5 
 7. Chuk, Sodertalje4.4 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.4 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland4.3 
 10. Baeringsson, Sunds.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.4 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.2 
 3. Smith, Uppsala1.9 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall1.9 
 5. Brown, 081.8 
 6. McCoy, Boras1.8 
 7. Hargrove, Jamtland1.8 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 9. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.8 
 10. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John ROSENDAHL
  LF Basket
  (203-F/C-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.9 
 2. Salaam, Jamtland1.9 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 4. Palm, Boras1.5 
 5. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.2 
 6. Cipriano, Eco O.1.2 
 7. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna1.0 
 10. Galick, Sodertalje0.8 


Basketligan Round 33: No surprise as #1 Sundsvall Dragons defeat 08 Stockholm - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end.

Basketligan top team - Sundsvall Dragons (27-6) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat ninth ranked 08 Stockholm (8-24) 97-89. 08 Stockholm trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 30-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 89-97 at the end of the game. Strangely 08 Stockholm outrebounded Sundsvall Dragons 38-26 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Sundsvall Dragons looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Irish-Australian swingman Liam Rush (202-82) stepped up and scored 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Icelandic guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birmingham Souther) chipped in 24 points and 4 assists. Sundsvall Dragons' coach Peter Oqvist used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Joakim Blom (211-76, agency: Court Side) with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Sundsvall Dragons maintains first place with 27-6 record. 08 Stockholm lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 24 games lost. Sundsvall Dragons are looking forward to face Boras Basket (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. 08 Stockholm will play against the league's second-placed LF Basket in Lulea and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
The game in Uppsala was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Solna Vikings (16-17) played at the court of sixth ranked Uppsala Basket (16-16). Uppsala Basket defeated Solna Vikings 83-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Solna Vikings. American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and Martin Kohlmaier accounted for 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international guard Olivier Ilunga (185-84) came up with 19 points for Solna Vikings in the defeat. Solna Vikings' coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Uppsala Basket moved-up to fifth place. Solna Vikings at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 17 games lost. Uppsala Basket will play against bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Solna Vikings will play against KFUM Jamtland (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eighth ranked Boras Basket (13-20) beat at home 10th ranked Eco Orebro (6-26) by 15 points 97-82, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The best player for the winners was Michael Palm who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 23 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Sean Smith who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds. Boras Basket moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Jamtland. Loser Eco Orebro stay dead last with 26 lost games. Boras Basket will meet at home league's leader Sundsvall Dragons in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Eco Orebro will play against Uppsala Basket (#5) and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 33: Solna won against Sodertalje on the opponent's court 68-62. LF Basket managed to outperform Uppsala in a home game 92-80. Jamtland recorded a loss to Norrkoping on the road 95-86.


Sodertalje - Solna 62-68

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Sodertalje Kings (19-14) were defeated at home by fifth ranked Solna Vikings (16-17) 68-62 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 21-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) who scored 24 points and 4 steals. Guard Daniel Persson (198-91) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Solna Vikings' coach Torbjorn Gehrke allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded 17 points and Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (201-85, college: Wichita St.) added 10 points and 14 rebounds respectively. Solna Vikings have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory Solna Vikings went down to sixth position due to points difference. Sodertalje Kings lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 14 games lost. Solna Vikings will meet at home KFUM Jamtland (#8) in the next round. Sodertalje Kings will play against Norrkoping Dolphins (#3) in Norrkoping and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Solna: L.Gunnarsson 24+2reb+1ast, D.Persson 12+6reb+2ast, L.Myrthil 7+3reb, W.Walker 7+4reb+1ast, A.Constantine 6+8reb+2ast, O.Ilunga 4+1reb+4ast
Sodertalje: J.Smith 17+4reb+3ast, M.Griskenas 10+14reb, A.Chuk 9+3reb+7ast, D.Pita 8+3reb, W.Galick 8+5reb, M.Joseph 5+1reb
gschID: 94272


Boras - Eco Orebro 97-82

Eighth ranked Boras Basket (13-20) beat at home 10th ranked Eco Orebro (6-26) by 15 points 97-82, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-82. Boras Basket made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Eco Orebro turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 23 rebounds. American forward Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Sean Smith (198-87, college: NC-Asheville) who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Egal Saleman (199-88) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Boras Basket moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Jamtland. Loser Eco Orebro stay dead last with 26 lost games. Boras Basket will meet at home league's leader Sundsvall Dragons in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Eco Orebro will play against Uppsala Basket (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Boras: C.McKnight 25+6reb+3ast, C.Ryan 23+5reb+3ast, K.McCoy 19+4reb+2ast, M.Palm 13+23reb, H.Carlsson 7+1reb+2ast, S.Andreasen 4+2reb+1ast
Eco Orebro: S.Smith 17+6reb+3ast, E.Saleman 15+8reb+1ast, A.Pleick 11+2reb+6ast, L.Mosley 10+6reb+2ast, P.Hampton 10+4reb, P.Cipriano 8+11reb+1ast
gschID: 94273


Uppsala - Solna 83-69

The game in Uppsala was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Solna Vikings (16-17) played at the court of sixth ranked Uppsala Basket (16-16). Uppsala Basket defeated Solna Vikings 83-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Solna Vikings. The game without a history. Uppsala Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Uppsala Basket outrebounded Solna Vikings 47-32 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and Austrian center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) accounted for 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international guard Olivier Ilunga (185-84) came up with 19 points and American forward William Walker (201-87, college: Bethel (IN), agency: Warren Sports International) added 6 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Solna Vikings in the defeat. Solna Vikings' coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Uppsala Basket moved-up to fifth place. Solna Vikings at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 17 games lost. Uppsala Basket will play against bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Solna Vikings will play against KFUM Jamtland (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Uppsala: M.Kohlmaier 21+7reb+2ast, B.Smith 21+12reb+1ast, J.Andersson 13+11reb+2ast, T.Whitworth 8+1reb+3ast, H.Magnusson 6+4reb, F.Jonzen 4+3reb+2ast
Solna: O.Ilunga 19+3reb, A.Constantine 11+4reb, L.Myrthil 9+5reb+1ast, L.Gunnarsson 8+2reb+4ast, D.Persson 7+3reb+2ast, A.Lindqvist 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 94274


LF Basket - Uppsala 92-80

Rather predictable result in Lulea where second ranked LF Basket (23-10) defeated 6th ranked Uppsala Basket (16-16) 92-80 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Tyrone Levett (195-80, college: Alabama St.) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. The former international power forward John Rosendahl (203-77, college: Wyoming) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Five LF Basket players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) who recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Austrian center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Uppsala Basket's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. LF Basket maintains second place with 23-10 record having four points less than leader Sundsvall. Loser Uppsala Basket dropped to the fifth position with 16 games lost. LF Basket will meet at home 08 Stockholm (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Uppsala Basket will play against Eco Orebro (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: T.Levett 21+12reb+3ast, J.Rosendahl 15+10reb, M.Pahlmblad 14+2reb+2ast, E.Salon 13+7reb, T.Woodbury 10+5reb+1ast, G.Nystrom 8+1reb+1ast
Uppsala: M.Kohlmaier 19+5reb, B.Smith 18+5reb+6ast, T.Whitworth 17+3reb+2ast, R.Eriksson 8+6reb+2ast, J.Andersson 8+7reb, F.Jonzen 4+8reb
gschID: 94269


08 - Sundsvall 89-97

Basketligan top team - Sundsvall Dragons (27-6) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat ninth ranked 08 Stockholm (8-24) 97-89. 08 Stockholm trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 30-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 89-97 at the end of the game. Strangely 08 Stockholm outrebounded Sundsvall Dragons 38-26 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Sundsvall Dragons looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Irish-Australian swingman Liam Rush (202-82) stepped up and scored 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Icelandic guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birmingham Souther) chipped in 24 points and 4 assists. Sundsvall Dragons' coach Peter Oqvist used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Joakim Blom (211-76, agency: Court Side) with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Willy Beck (186-87, college: Santa Barbara CC) scored 15 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sundsvall Dragons maintains first place with 27-6 record. 08 Stockholm lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 24 games lost. Sundsvall Dragons are looking forward to face Boras Basket (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. 08 Stockholm will play against the league's second-placed LF Basket in Lulea and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Sundsvall: J.Sigurdarson 24+1reb+4ast, L.Rush 23+9reb+2ast, H.Baeringsson 14+5reb+3ast, A.Wesby 12+4reb+2ast, J.Pierre 11+2reb+3ast, J.Jeansson 9+2reb+6ast
08: J.Blom 27+9reb+5ast, D.Brown 16+4reb+1ast, W.Beck 15+2reb+7ast, R.Hartmann 10+3reb, K.Nagwere 7+3reb+2ast, J.Westerlund 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 94270


Norrkoping - Jamtland 95-86

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked KFUM Jamtland (13-20) was defeated on the road by third ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (21-9) 95-86 on Tuesday. KFUM Jamtland trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 25-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 86-95 at the end of the game. Norrkoping Dolphins looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard George Gervin (189-76, college: Houston) who scored 19 points and 6 assists. International power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Kelly Grant used entire bench saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agency: Strategic Sports) who recorded 21 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Bilal Salaam (201-81, college: Kutztown) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Five KFUM Jamtland players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains third place with 21-9 record having nine points less than leader Sundsvall. Loser KFUM Jamtland keeps the seventh position with 20 games lost. They share it with Boras. Norrkoping Dolphins will meet Sodertalje Kings (#4) on the road in the next round. KFUM Jamtland will play against Solna Vikings and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: G.Gervin 19+4reb+6ast, J.Kjellbom 15+8reb+3ast, A.Saks 11+5reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 9+4ast, F.Drains 9+3reb+1ast, M.Lindqvist 8+2reb+3ast
Jamtland: D.Hargrove 21+8reb+2ast, A.Stien 13+4reb+2ast, S.Mjos 13+1reb+2ast, B.Salaam 13+10reb+3ast, L.Marolt 11+4reb+2ast, J.Roenstrom 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 94271




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  SWITZERLAND   


Efevberha's 37-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard Michael Efevberha (196-G-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Lugano Tigers and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had the game-high 37 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Lugano Tigers in his team's victory, helping them to crush SAV Vacallo (#5, 14-10) with 20-point margin 98-78. It allowed Lugano Tigers to consolidate first place in the Swiss league. Lugano Tigers has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 22-2. In the team's last game Efevberha had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Lugano Tigers and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Michael Efevberha averages this season 17.7ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Miroslav Petkovic (183-G-88) of Starwings Basket Regio Basel. He is naturalized Serbian guard in his first season at Starwings. In the last game Petkovic recorded impressive 30 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he lead Starwings to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Zurich Wildcats (#10, 1-23) 111-54. This victory allowed Starwings to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Petkovic is a newcomer at Starwings 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.

Third place about best performers goes to another Lugano Tigers' star - forward Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances). Abukar scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of Lugano Tigers, helping his team with a 98-78 easy win against the lower-ranked SAV Vacallo (#5, 14-10). Many experts and fans count Lugano Tigers as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 22 victories and only two lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Abukar has a great season in Switzerland. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.2ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yuanta Holland (202-F/C-78) of Fribourg - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tony Gugino (207-C-86) of Boncourt - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Steve Smith (200-F-81) of Fribourg - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85) of Geneve Lions - 25 points and 9 rebounds
8. Shorown Glover (180-G-87) of Boncourt - 17 points and 12 assists
9. John Ofoegbu (206-C-84) of SAM Massagno - 19 points and 16 rebounds
10. Tony Brown (193-G-79) of Starwings - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 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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  TURKEY   


Aliaga Petkim land Zeljko Zagorac - by Eurobasket News
Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81) will continue his career in Turkey. The 29-year-old forward has agreed on terms of contract with Aliaga Petkim. Zeljko Zagorac comes from Czech Republic. He signed a deal with Prostejov back in January. The forward tallied 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per EuroChallenge game. In Czech Republic his stats read 9.4 points and 7.7 rebounds. Last season the player spent in Slovenia with Domzale. He averaged 6.0 points and 4.0 boards in Adriatic League. In Slovenian League Zeljko Zagorac notched 6.9 points and 3.3 boards per appearance. Zeljko Zagorac played in Germany, Russia and Poland earlier in his career.


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  UKRAINE   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 27-9 
 2. BC Donetsk 27-9 
 3. Azovmash 24-14 
 4. Hoverla 23-13 
 5. Ferro-ZNTU 19-17 
 6. Dnipro 19-17 
 7. Mykolaiv 18-18 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 18-18 
 9. BC Odessa 16-22 
 10. DniproAzot 15-22 
 11. Halychyna 12-26 
 12. Khimik 11-26 
 13. BC Kyiv 9-27 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.1 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.7 
 3. Washington, BC Od.16.8 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.8 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.7 
 6. Williams, Halychyna14.8 
 7. Millage, Khimik14.8 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna14.7 
 9. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 10. Fraser, DniproAzot14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.7 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.4 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.3 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.8 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.4 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Hunter, Fe.6.9 
 8. Owens, Azovmash6.8 
 9. Greene, Mykolaiv6.3 
 10. Chappell, Hoverla6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.1 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.9 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Millage, Khimik4.7 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.1 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.0 
 10. Hinnant, Kryvbasb.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Millage, Khimik2.5 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.6 
 4. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.6 
 5. Love, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.5 
 7. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 8. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 9. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
 10. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.2 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.2 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.7 
 4. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 5. Balashov, BC Odessa1.4 
 6. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 7. Agafonov, Budiv.1.4 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 9. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 10. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.2 


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  URUGUAY   


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 27
 1. Villegas, Olimpia27.0 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Hayes, Cordon23.3 
 7. Aguiar, Hebraica23.2 
 8. Taboada, Bigua20.9 
 9. Coleman, Bohemios20.3 
 10. Puckett, Aguada19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gamble, Cader12.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.6 
 4. Jackson, Anastasia10.2 
 5. Sweetney, Bigua10.1 
 6. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 7. Matthews, Defensor9.5 
 8. Dilligard, Olimpia9.5 
 9. Kanis, Trouville9.4 
 10. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.1 
 2. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 3. Martinez, Malvin5.4 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.3 
 5. Gonzalez, Defensor5.2 
 6. Muro, Aguada5.1 
 7. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 8. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
 9. Vidal, Bigua4.3 
 10. Osimani, Montevideo4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Tornaria, Trouville2.5 
 3. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 4. Latham, Anastasia2.2 
 5. Aguilera, Trouville2.1 
 6. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 7. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 8. Osimani, Montevideo1.9 
 9. Viera, Anastasia1.9 
 10. Giacometti, Cader1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia3.9 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Newsome, Malvin2.3 
 4. Bortz, Malvin2.0 
 5. Wilborn, Bigua2.0 
 6. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 7. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 8. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 9. Freije, Hebraica1.8 
 10. Kanis, Trouville1.7 


Bigua tied 1-1 the LUB final games - by Hector Lopez
Bigua defeated Malvin 74-61 to tie 1-1 the best of five final series for the Uruguayan League. Mathias Calfani (202-C-92), comning from the bench become the MVP for the game with 16 points 8 rebounds and 2 blocks, playing during 32 minutes. Malvn, after winning the first game 84-72, took a 10 points lead (24-14) after two minutes during the second quarter, but Bigua after a 12-1 run took the lead for the first time (26-25) with three minutes to play to increase their lead during the third quarter with Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown), with 7 points, other five by Santiago Vidal (175-G-89) and the three points shots by Calfani. Sweetney completed 11 points and 9 rebounds, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) netted 11 points with 7 rebounds. For Malvin, Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) 17 points, Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 14 points and 7 rebounds, Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) 10 points 8 rebounds and Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 8 points 5 rebounds.

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Stats Leaders - LPB
Points Per Game
 Robert GLENN
  Trotamundos
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Glenn, Trotamundos22.3 
 2. Nembhard, Gaiteros20.3 
 3. Lugo, Bucaneros20.0 
 4. Feeley, Gigantes18.8 
 5. Centeno, Gaiteros18.7 
 6. Millsap, Guaros18.3 
 7. Thomas, Gaiteros17.7 
 8. Cubillan, Trotamundos17.7 
 9. Walker, Gigantes17.5 
 10. Thomas, Cocodrilos17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13
 1. Martinez, Cocodrilos13.0 
 2. Lugo, Bucaneros9.5 
 3. Coleman, Panteras9.2 
 4. Glenn, Trotamundos8.7 
 5. Sucre, Marinos8.5 
 6. Millsap, Guaros8.3 
 7. Bayona, Guaros7.8 
 8. Flores, Toros7.3 
 9. Bethelmy, Cocodrilos6.5 
 10. McGowan, Guaros6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Marinos
  (182-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Vargas, Marinos