EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/13/2011

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  ABA   


The Milwaukee Blast look to make immediate impact - by Eurobasket
The Milwaukee Blast are proud to announce their bringing the ABA to Milwaukee, Wisconsin Former high school standout and basketball enthusiast, Owner Elzie Flenard, looks to take his sparkling reputation in the engineering and business world to the hardwood The Southern Illinois graduate already made history by teaming up with the Diamond Midwest Invitational to help place his roster of players with overseas teams more effectively than any other franchise! In turn, Diamond Midwest will help to assemble this years roster and meet Flenard's high expectations.

Together these two organizations look to create a 'championship caliber' franchise with deep community roots by giving back to Milwaukee and surrounding neighborhoods on and off the floor! The Milwaukee Blast are looking to finalize their 2011 roster by May 1st and have 2 tryouts coming up this Saturday and April 29th! Diamond Midwest will also be running private workouts to evaluate talent and their summer camps this year in Milwaukee and Chicago will also be utilized to sign talent to the Blast! Visit www.blastbasketball.com for tryout details or www.diamondbasketball.com and fill out an application for Blast consideration or to attend this year's exposure camp! You can also email rmueller@basketballexposurecamp.com with any additional questions!



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  ACPBL   


Bombers Ed Jones signs in Spain! - by Justin Moore
Beltway Bombers Ed Jones (6'7''-F, college: N.Carolina A&T) signs with El Ferrol in Spain

Ed Jones, 6-7 star forward of the Beltway Bombers Pro Basketball Team {ACPBL}, signs with Pro Team in El Ferrol Galicia, Spain. The former North Carolina A&T standout left in early March to join one of the top teams in Spain as they pursue a championship. 'Great and well deserving opportunity for Ed. Everyone in the Bombers organization is very happy for him.' states Chaz Dudley , owner and head coach of the Beltway Bombers. They are getting a very talented, high character professional who will bring a lot to their team.' As a member of the Bombers, Ed was one of the top scorers and rebounders on a talent-loaded roster. The Bombers, minus Ed, are going after their 45th team championship as they gear up for the ACPBL Playoffs on March 25-27th in Norfolk VA. Ed is expected back in the States in June to join the Bombers on their summer pro tour. 'Hopefully we'll have his championship ring waiting for him.'








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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Partizan 17-8 
 2. Krka 17-8 
 3. Union Olimpija 16-8 
 4. Buducnost 14-11 
 5. KK Zagreb CO 14-11 
 6. Cedevita 13-12 
 7. Hemofarm 12-12 
 8. CEZ Nymburk 12-13 
 9. Radnicki 12-13 
 10. Siroki TT 11-14 
 11. Igokea 11-14 
 12. Cibona 10-15 
 13. Crvena Zvezda 7-17 
 14. Zadar 7-17 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Lee, Radnicki19.8 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 3. Zoric, KK.19.2 
 4. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.7 
 5. Marsh, Crvena Z.18.6 
 6. Draper, Cedevita17.5 
 7. Edwards, Cedevita17.5 
 8. Car, Zadar16.3 
 9. Dragicevic, Buduc.16.0 
 10. Chase, Igokea15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Zoric, KK.8.2 
 2. Harvey, Igokea7.2 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.0 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 5. Necas, CEZ Nymburk6.5 
 6. Kasun, KK.6.3 
 7. Gist, Partizan6.3 
 8. Savovic, Hemofarm6.0 
 9. Benda, CEZ Nymburk5.8 
 10. Lee, Radnicki5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.3 
 2. Pavkovic, Hemofarm5.1 
 3. Markovic, Radnicki5.0 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.1 
 5. Chase, Igokea4.0 
 6. Renfroe, KK.3.7 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.3.7 
 8. Car, Zadar3.5 
 9. Nissim, CEZ N.3.5 
 10. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.4 
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. Cakarevic, Radnicki1.8 
 7. Renfroe, KK.1.8 
 8. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 9. Simmons, CEZ N.1.6 
 10. Radosevic, Cibona1.5 
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. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona0.9 
 5. Dragicevic, Buduc.0.9 
 6. Kasun, KK.0.9 
 7. Gist, Partizan0.8 
 8. Jawai, Partizan0.8 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 10. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 


Petrov sidelined with broken fibula - by Zeljko Zule
Former national team member Simon Petrov (189-G-76) of Krka suffered a fractured right fibula during the final quarter of tonight's 62-72 loss to Partizan (VIDEO). A timetable for his return to play had not been determined and the average recovery for a fractured fibula is four to six weeks, accordin to a medical Web site. Petrov averaged 7.2 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.8 steals in 22 Adriatic League games and 4.0 points, 0.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.3 steals over 10 games of EuroChallenge this season.



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  ALBANIA   


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Studenti 13-0 
 2. SK Tirana 11-2 
 3. Valbona 6-7 
 4. U.A.T. 6-7 
 5. Vllaznia Shk. 3-10 
 6. Skenderbeu 0-13 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 19-6 
 2. Wildcats 15-10 
 3. Crocodiles 15-10 
 4. Hawks 14-12 
 5. Taipans 13-12 
 6. Blaze 11-13 
 7. Tigers 9-15 
 8. 36ers 8-16 
 9. Sydney K. 7-17 


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Penney, Breakers20.3 
 2. Ervin, Hawks20.3 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Williams, Tigers17.5 
 5. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.5 
 6. Clark, Blaze17.2 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers16.0 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers15.6 
 10. Devendorf, Tigers14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.9.9 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.2 
 3. Vukona, Breakers7.6 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Brown, Wildcats7.1 
 6. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 7. Holmes, 36ers6.9 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.9 
 9. Williams, Tigers6.8 
 10. Burston, Tigers6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, Tigers6.0 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.4 
 3. Ervin, Hawks4.5 
 4. Carter, 36ers4.3 
 5. Braswell, Breakers4.3 
 6. Saville, Hawks4.2 
 7. Shannon, 36ers4.1 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.9 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Blalock, Crocodiles3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.5 
 3. Ervin, Hawks1.4 
 4. Crawford, Croco.1.4 
 5. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 6. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 7. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 8. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 9. Braswell, Breakers1.3 
 10. Ellis, Crocodiles1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam BALLINGER
  36ers
  (205-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ballinger, 36ers2.1 
 2. Majok, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.8 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.3 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 7. Schenscher, Croco.1.0 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 9. Gilder, Sydney K.0.9 
 10. Freeman, Croco.0.9 


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  BELARUS   


"Minsk-2006" lost to Lietuvos Rytas in the match VTB League - by Timur Tolokh
The last home match in the United League VTB added optimism to fans of the Minsk-2006 '. Only in the first quarter of the Belarusian champion felt like a master at the site. By the final siren as the class of Lietuvos Rytas did not cause problems even the most ardent fans of Minsk residents.

The main intrigue of the match, which no one team could not secure a place in the final four were lost personnel in the team. To be more precise - the ability to quickly patch these same flaws.
The losses were actually tangible. Went to Spain Melvin Sanders in the 'Minsk' was one of the key 'locomotive', which gave the attacking game of the Belarusian champion sharpness and regularly added to the totals on the scoreboard a couple of dozen points. Lietuvos Rytas, however, also appeared in Minsk is not in optimal form. On the eve of the game injured basic 'first room' - Khalid El-Amin, a charismatic Sarunas Yasikyavichus left to conquer Turkey. In favor of the hosts played a busy schedule and Lietuvos Rytas, battling for three - (VTB, Lithuanian championship and Euroleague) Front. As it turned out, even all these whist and a home of walls was not enough for successful opposition, in general, though strong, but serednyachki European basketball.

Unlike all the other guests 'Minsk-Arena ', Lithuanians completely ignored the opportunity to try out the flooring before the match and, perhaps, so in the first quarter spent seven minutes to adapt to new conditions. Taking advantage of the confusion and mistakes of the guests, citizens of Minsk came, it came forward, and even lodged in the hearts of the fans hope that the homes they manage to overcome that same 'little', which has not allowed them to create a stir in Vilnius. Visibility was deceptive. By the end of the first quarter of Lithuanians began to act more intelligently in the same Belarusians really actively looked only Tivayn Sean King and Mackey. Their efforts, plus 8 points of Alexander Kudryavtsev, allowed intrigue to hold out until the break. Which, however, the owners have gone as a catch-up: 40 seconds before the buzzer Getsyavichus Martin and Darryl Srauberri done by 38:42. By the middle of the third quarter, the only one that failed the citizens of Minsk, frankly, the gap between the guests rose to '9', and five minutes before the break, the third shot from under the ring Simas Yasaytisa brought up to a maximum handicap of '11'! To its credit, 'Minsk', he was not going to surrender. Final desyatiminutku hosts started with an impressive leap, and efforts finally scattered over Denis Korshuk and all of the same indefatigable Sean King once again reduced the gap to a quite respectable '+5' (65:70), come on, it seemed, the chance to once again clean up the initiative to their hands.

Alas, build on the success realized in time where the wind blew Aleksandar Trifunovic not allowed. And let the last quarter again left for Minsk, to compensate for missed opportunities in the third quarter of wards Andrew Kryvonosa did not succeed. 78:86 and third place in class 'A' is for Lietuvos Rytas. Minskers also be present in the final draw of the League of VTB's trip to Moscow, where on March 16 they will try as soon as loudly slam the door in a match with the leader of the subgroup - CSKA.


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 17-1 
 2. Aalstar 15-6 
 3. M.Hainaut 12-7 
 4. Antwerp 11-9 
 5. Oostende 10-11 
 6. Leuven 7-11 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 7-13 
 8. Liege 6-13 
 9. Gent 3-17 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Copeland, Aalstar16.9 
 2. Mallet, Charleroi16.4 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende16.1 
 4. Jackson, Verviers.15.6 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.2 
 6. Waters, Verviers.15.1 
 7. Miller, Leuven14.9 
 8. Black, Antwerp14.8 
 9. Hilliard, Aalstar14.7 
 10. Freeman, Verviers.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Freeman, Verviers.8.0 
 2. Hilliard, Aalstar7.7 
 3. Young, Aalstar7.6 
 4. Randle, Gent7.5 
 5. Tofi, Leuven7.3 
 6. Jackson, Verviers.6.7 
 7. Stipanovic, Liege6.6 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar6.3 
 9. Brown, Antwerp6.3 
 10. Riddick, Charleroi6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.6 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.9 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven3.4 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.3 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Lewis, M.Hainaut2.9 
 7. Mallet, Charleroi2.8 
 8. Miller, Leuven2.8 
 9. Black, Antwerp2.6 
 10. Moors, Antwerp2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.7 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.1 
 5. Mitchell, Oostende2.0 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 7. Dagunduro, Leuven1.9 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende1.6 
 9. Black, Antwerp1.6 
 10. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Mejri, Antwerp1.7 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.6 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.3 
 4. Randle, Gent0.8 
 5. Tofi, Leuven0.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 7. Stipanovic, Liege0.5 
 8. Pelle, Oostende0.4 
 9. Gay, Verviers-Pep.0.4 
 10. De Zeeuw, Gent0.4 


D1 Round 23: Dexia Mons-Hainaut is defeated by VOO Verviers-Pepinster - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (12-7) and eighth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (7-13) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Dexia Mons-Hainaut was defeated by VOO Verviers-Pepinster in Verviers 88-76. The game was mostly controlled by VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Dexia Mons-Hainaut managed to win fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VOO Verviers-Pepinster forced 20 Dexia Mons-Hainaut turnovers and outrebounded them 34-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. VOO Verviers-Pepinster moved-up to seventh place. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. VOO Verviers-Pepinster are looking forward to face higher ranked Base Oostende (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Optima Gent and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Charleroi. First ranked host Spirou Charleroi (17-1) defeated second-ranked Okapi Aalstar (15-6) 75-64. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Dwayne Broyles accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds. American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Okapi Aalstar in the defeat. Spirou Charleroi have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-1 record. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against Belgacom Liege (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Leuven Bears (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Optima Gent managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of thirteen consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked Belgacom Liege 65-59. The best player for the winners was Lionel Bosco who scored 15 points and 6 assists. Optima Gent's coach Yves Defraigne used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Wen Boss Mukubu produced 23 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Optima Gent maintains ninth place with 3-17 record. Belgacom Liege lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Optima Gent will meet higher ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Belgacom Liege will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Oostende was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (11-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Base Oostende (10-11). Antwerp Giants defeated Base Oostende 83-73. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Darnell Wilson orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Base Oostende's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Antwerp Giants. They maintain fourth place with 11-9 record. Base Oostende at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Antwerp Giants will have a break next round. Base Oostende will play at home against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points and 10 rebounds by Will Thomas of Oostende.



Oostende - Antwerp 73-83

The game in Oostende was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (11-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Base Oostende (10-11). Antwerp Giants defeated Base Oostende 83-73. It looked good early as Base Oostende took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Antwerp Giants had a 26-18 second period charge getting the lead and Base Oostende was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-83. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Forward Will Thomas (200-86, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) added 16 points in the effort for Base Oostende. Five Antwerp Giants and four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Base Oostende's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Antwerp Giants. They maintain fourth place with 11-9 record. Base Oostende at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Antwerp Giants will have a break next round. Base Oostende will play at home against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oostende: W.Thomas 17+10reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 16+2reb+3ast, D.Mitchell 12+3reb+5ast, S.Pelle 10+2reb, M.Faison 8+1reb+3ast, C.Green 4+3reb
Antwerp: D.Wilson 20+9reb+2ast, T.Black 17+7ast, M.Roll 14, G.Brown 13+15reb+2ast, R.Biggs 11+2reb, R.Moors 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 98652


Verviers-Pep. - M.Hainaut 88-76

The game between third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (12-7) and eighth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (7-13) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Dexia Mons-Hainaut was defeated by VOO Verviers-Pepinster in Verviers 88-76. The game was mostly controlled by VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Dexia Mons-Hainaut managed to win fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VOO Verviers-Pepinster forced 20 Dexia Mons-Hainaut turnovers and outrebounded them 34-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Shan Foster (198-86, college: Vanderbilt) scored 17 points. Five VOO Verviers-Pepinster and four Dexia Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. VOO Verviers-Pepinster moved-up to seventh place. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. VOO Verviers-Pepinster are looking forward to face higher ranked Base Oostende (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Optima Gent and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: R.Taylor 18+5reb+2ast, S.Foster 17+3reb, R.Lewis 11+2reb+3ast, J.Cage 11+5reb+2ast, M.Hatten 8+2reb, A.Libert 7+2reb
Verviers-Pep.: S.Jackson 16+6reb+1ast, R.Freeman 14+7reb+2ast, D.Waters 13+2reb+4ast, D.Jones 12+1reb+1ast, T.Shengelia 11+4reb+1ast, B.Gay 10+8reb+3ast
gschID: 98653


Gent - Liege 65-59

Bottom-ranked Optima Gent managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of thirteen consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked Belgacom Liege 65-59. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 24-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Optima Gent outrebounded Belgacom Liege 39-22 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international guard Lionel Bosco (176-81, agency: Court Side) who scored 15 points and 6 assists. American swingman Adam Hall (196-80, college: Virginia) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Optima Gent's coach Yves Defraigne used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Optima Gent maintains ninth place with 3-17 record. Belgacom Liege lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Optima Gent will meet higher ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Belgacom Liege will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Liege: W.Boss Mukubu 23+6reb, A.Stipanovic 15+4reb+1ast, G.Muya 7+4reb+2ast, X.Collette 7+2ast, T.Griffin 4+4reb+1ast, C.Bozeman 3+3reb
Gent: L.Bosco 15+4reb+6ast, A.Hall 14+5reb+1ast, L.Louves 10+9reb, M.Randle 9+6reb+2ast, S.Geukens 7+7reb, M.De Zeeuw 4+2reb
gschID: 98650


Charleroi - Aalstar 75-64

The game between Top Four teams took place in Charleroi. First ranked host Spirou Charleroi (17-1) defeated second-ranked Okapi Aalstar (15-6) 75-64. Okapi Aalstar was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 22-8 charge of Spirou Charleroi, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Okapi Aalstar 44-31 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado, agency: 540 Sports) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Okapi Aalstar in the defeat. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-1 record. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against Belgacom Liege (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Leuven Bears (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Young 18+9reb, C.Copeland 17+7reb+2ast, A.Hilliard 12+7reb+2ast, J.Steinbach 11+2reb+2ast, T.Johnson 6+3reb, T.Fassaert 0
Charleroi: D.Mallet 20+6reb+1ast, D.Broyles 12+7reb+2ast, C.Beghin 12+5reb+2ast, J.Gomis 9+1ast, B.Wright 8+6reb+3ast, A.Riddick 8+7reb+1ast
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NBB Round 24: #1 Pinheiros/Sky is defeated by BRB/Brasilia - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Pinheiros/Sky (16-6) on the court of fourth ranked BRB/Brasilia on Friday night. Visitors were edged by BRB/Brasilia 78-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pinheiros/Sky. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-18. But Pinheiros/Sky won second period 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 15-6 record. Pinheiros/Sky at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. They share the position with Flamengo. BRB/Brasilia are looking forward to face Paulistano (#11) in Sao Paolo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pinheiros/Sky will play on the road against Unitri/Universo (#3) in Uberlandia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Sao Jose. Seventh ranked Itabom/Bauru (14-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (12-10) 81-78 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sao Jose/Vinac. Itabom/Bauru have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Sao Jose/Vinac at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Pitagoras/Minas. Itabom/Bauru will play against Winner/Limeira (#10) on the road in the next round. Sao Jose/Vinac will play against Assis Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Araraquara managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the nine-game losing streak on Friday night. This time they won against thirteenth-ranked Vila Velha CETAF 80-66. Araraquara (5-16) moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Vila Velha CETAF dropped to the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Vitoria. Araraquara will meet at home bottom-ranked Vitoria (#15) in the next round. Vila Velha CETAF will play against Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo and hope to secure a win.
The game in Joinville was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Flamengo (16-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Araldite/Univille (14-9). Flamengo defeated Araldite/Univille 90-80. Flamengo used an opportunity after Pinheiros/Sky lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Araldite/Univille at the other side dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Flamengo will have a break next round. Araldite/Univille will play at home against Pitagoras/Minas (#9) in Belo Horizonte and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth ranked Vivo/Franca (14-6) crushed at home 14th ranked Vitoria (5-18) by 38 points 109-71, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Vivo/Franca have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Vitoria dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost. Vivo/Franca will face Vila Velha CETAF (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vitoria will play against Araraquara.

In the last two games of round 24 Paulistano lost to Unitri/Universo on the opponent's court 67-75. Winner/Limeira managed to outperform Assis Basket in a home game 72-68.



Vivo/Franca - Vitoria 109-71

Sixth ranked Vivo/Franca (14-6) crushed at home 14th ranked Vitoria (5-18) by 38 points 109-71, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Vivo/Franca. Vitoria was better in fourth quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vivo/Franca have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Vitoria dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost. Vivo/Franca will face Vila Velha CETAF (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vitoria will play against Araraquara.
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Araldite/Univille - Flamengo 80-90

The game in Joinville was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Flamengo (16-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Araldite/Univille (14-9). Flamengo defeated Araldite/Univille 90-80. It looked good early as Araldite/Univille took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Flamengo had a 24-7 second period charge getting the lead and Araldite/Univille was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-90. Flamengo dominated on the defensive end, holding Araldite/Univille to just 7 points in second quarter. Flamengo used an opportunity after Pinheiros/Sky lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Araldite/Univille at the other side dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Flamengo will have a break next round. Araldite/Univille will play at home against Pitagoras/Minas (#9) in Belo Horizonte and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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BRB/Brasilia - Pinheiros/Sky 78-76

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Pinheiros/Sky (16-6) on the court of fourth ranked BRB/Brasilia on Friday night. Visitors were edged by BRB/Brasilia 78-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pinheiros/Sky. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-18. But Pinheiros/Sky won second period 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 15-6 record. Pinheiros/Sky at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. They share the position with Flamengo. BRB/Brasilia are looking forward to face Paulistano (#11) in Sao Paolo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pinheiros/Sky will play on the road against Unitri/Universo (#3) in Uberlandia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 102797


Unitri/Universo - Paulistano 75-67

Very expected game in Uberlandia where 11th ranked Paulistano (6-16) was defeated by third ranked Unitri/Universo (16-7) 75-67 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Unitri/Universo maintains third position with 16-7 record having just -1 point less than leader Pinheiros/Sky. Loser Paulistano keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Unitri/Universo will face league's leader Pinheiros/Sky in Sao Paolo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Paulistano will play on the road against BRB/Brasilia (#4).
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Winner/Limeira - Assis Basket 72-68

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Winner/Limeira (10-12) defeated at home 12th ranked Assis Basket (5-17) 72-68 on Friday. The game without a history. Winner/Limeira led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Winner/Limeira maintains tenth position with 10-12 record. Loser Assis Basket dropped to the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Winner/Limeira will face higher ranked Itabom/Bauru (#6) in Sao Paulo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Assis Basket will play on the road against Sao Jose/Vinac (#8).
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S.Jose/Vinac - Itabom/Bauru 78-81

Important game to mention about took place in Sao Jose. Seventh ranked Itabom/Bauru (14-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (12-10) 81-78 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sao Jose/Vinac. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-16. But Sao Jose/Vinac won second period 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Itabom/Bauru have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Sao Jose/Vinac at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Pitagoras/Minas. Itabom/Bauru will play against Winner/Limeira (#10) on the road in the next round. Sao Jose/Vinac will play against Assis Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 102800


Araraquara - Vila Velha CETAF 80-66

Bottom-ranked Araraquara managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the nine-game losing streak on Friday night. This time they won against thirteenth-ranked Vila Velha CETAF 80-66. Vila Velha CETAF was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Araraquara (5-16) moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Vila Velha CETAF dropped to the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Vitoria. Araraquara will meet at home bottom-ranked Vitoria (#15) in the next round. Vila Velha CETAF will play against Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo and hope to secure a win.
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Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 16-6 
 2. Flamengo 16-6 
 3. Unitri/Universo 16-7 
 4. BRB/Brasilia 15-6 
 5. Vivo/Franca 14-6 
 6. Itabom/Bauru 14-8 
 7. Araldite/Univille 14-9 
 8. S.Jose/Vinac 12-10 
 9. Pitagoras/Minas 12-10 
 10. Winner/Limeira 10-12 
 11. Paulistano 6-16 
 12. Araraquara 5-16 
 13. Assis Basket 5-17 
 14. Vila Velha CETAF 5-18 
 15. Vitoria 5-18 


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Donetsk inks Andre Owens - by Eurobasket News
Donetsk announced signing of Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston) for rest of the season. The American/Bulgarian guard arrives from Granada, where he had 4.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.5 apg for 13 games in ACB. Owens started this season with Manresa, also in Spain. He appeared four times with them registering 9.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Andre Owens split last season between Turk Telekom Ankara and Lokotiv Kuban. With the Turkish squad he had 7.1 ppg, 2 rpg and 2.1 apg for 9 games in TBL. Later with Lokomotiv, Owens added 9.1 ppg, 3 rpg and 2 apg for 15 Russian league games. In 2008/09, Owens was a member of Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. In 2007/08, he appeared 31 times with the Indiana Pacers averaging 4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Two years before that Owens had 3 ppg for 23 games with the Utah Jazz. He is a product of Houston University, where he graduated in 2005.


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QUARTER-FINAL #1 CIS championship: Top-seeded UBC advances to third straight semifinal - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) Logic was respected in the first quarter-final matchup of the CIS mens basketball championship as the top-seeded University of British Columbia Thunderbirds defeated the No. 8 Acadia Axemen 96-77 at the Halifax Metro Centre, Friday afternoon.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb

With the win, the Canada West champion T-Birds advance to the national semifinals for the third year in a row. Looking for a first W.P. McGee Trophy since 1972, UBC has reached the CIS title match each of the past two seasons when the tournament was held in Ottawa, only to lose to Carleton in the 2009 final and to Saskatchewan a year ago.

The final score doesnt indicate how close the game was for the first 30 minutes.

The Thunderbirds got all they could handle early on from the Atlantic finalist Axemen, who kept a subpar 7-13 record in the regular season but upset Cape Breton in overtime in the AUS semifinals to reach the Final 8 tourney.

UBC was only up 26-23 after the first quarter, 47-42 at halftime and 69-62 after 30 minutes, before outscoring its rivals 27-15 in the final frame.

With our history here in Halifax, its kind of a relief to get that first game out of the way, said Canada West coach of the year Kevin Hanson, whose troops had lost in the first round in each of their last four trips at the Metro Centre between 2003 and 2007. You always expect your first game at Nationals to be close, at least in the first half. Its your first time playing outside of your conference since Christmas, so youre playing an opponent youre not familiar with.

Doug Plumb (193-G, college: Minnesota St.), a fourth-year guard from Pitt Meadows, B.C., in his first season with UBC, paced the winners with 20 points, including 14 in the second half.

First-team all-Canadian Josh Whyte (191-G-87) of Calgary, who was the CIS MVP a year ago, was named player of the game following a 19-point, seven-rebound, six-assist effort.

Fifth-year forward Brent Malish (198-F-89) of Langley, B.C., and guard Kamar Burke (196-G-86) of Mississauga, Ont., also reached double figures in scoring with 17 and 13 points, respectively.

A trio of sophomores led the way for Acadia with Owen Klassen, a 6-foot-10 forward from Kingston, Ont., tallying a game-high 22 points, while Anthony Sears of Riverview, N.B., contributed 19 and Alexander McLaughlin (190-G) of Dartmouth, N.S., 16.

We did a much better job defensively in the second half, said Hanson. Klassen is a very good player and can score in so many different ways. We gave more help to our post players after the break and it slowed him down a bit.

We just didnt play UBC basketball in the first half, added Plumb, a transfer from Fraser Valley. We settled down in the second half. We were much more composed.

UBC shot 61.5 per cent from the floor on the afternoon, while Acadia clicked at a 43.9 per cent pace.

We just couldnt find a way to stop them. They had too many easy baskets, commented Acadia head coach Stephen Baur, in his third season at the helm.

UBC led 47-42 at the end of a back-and-forth first half that included nine lead changes and seven ties.

Down 23-22 with just over a minute left in the opening quarter, the T-Birds went up 26-23 after 10 minutes thanks to a hook shot by Graham Bath and a pair of free throws by Malish.

Balraj Bains and Malish opened the second frame with back-to-back layups to complete an 8-0 UBC run and push the lead to 28-23.

Acadia hung in there however and was back on top with two minutes remaining in the half, at 40-38, following a Sears three-pointer.

Whyte responded with a three-point shot of his own and was fouled on the play. His ensuing free throw made it 42-40 UBC. He then dropped a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer to send the Canada West champions to the locker room with a five-point advantage.

In the third stanza, Burke made it 65-57 with a tough turnaround jumper but Klassen answered right back with a long three to cut the lead to 65-60.

UBC finally took its first double-digit lead of the contest one minute into the final quarter when a Whyte layup upped the T-Birds advantage to 73-62.

Plumb then scored four straight points to increase the cushion to 13, at 80-67, and the result was never in doubt after that point.

UBC led by as many as 22 when Malish drained a three-pointer with 90 seconds left to make it 94-72.

In Saturdays early semifinal at 5 p.m. AST, the Thunderbirds will face either No. 4 Lakehead or No. 5 Trinity Western.

Acadia will battle the loser of Lakehead-TWU on the consolation side at noon AST.

STAT LEADERS

UBC
Points: Doug Plumb (20), Josh Whyte (19), Brent Malish (17)
Rebounds: Kamar Burke (8), Josh Whyte (7), Doug Plumb (7), Brent Malish (7)
Assists: Alex Murphy (6), Josh Whyte (6)

Player of the game: Josh Whyte

Acadia
Points: Owen Klassen (22), Anthony Sears (19), Alexander McLaughlin (16)
Rebounds: Thomas Filgiano (5)
Assists: Owen Klassen (3), Thomas Filgiano (3)
Courtesy of: english.cis-sic.ca


QUARTER-FINAL #3 CIS championship: MVP Barrett leads champs past hometown favourites - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) Canada West MVP Jamelle Barrett (180-G) scored 27 points and added 11 assists as the third-seeded University of Saskatchewan Huskies opened the defence of their national title with a 91-79 win over the No. 6 Dalhousie Tigers in the third quarter-final of the CIS mens basketball championship, Friday evening, at the Halifax Metro Centre.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb

The Canada West finalist Huskies, who captured the first W.P. McGee Trophy in program history a year ago in Ottawa thanks to a 91-81 gold medal victory over of UBC, advance to Saturdays late semifinal at 8 p.m. AST where they will face either No. 2 Carleton or No. 7 Concordia.

Atlantic conference champion Dalhousie, which was playing in front of a large partisan crowd, moves on to the consolation side and will take the court at 2:15 p.m. against the losers of the Carleton-Concordia first-round matchup.

With Saskatchewan trailing 37-36 at halftime, Barrett took the game over in the last 20 minutes scoring 18 points after the break and feeding his teammates with a number of brilliant passes. The California native, who finished with 11 assists to complete his double-double, was named player of the match for his effort.

It was a solid team performance, said the third-year guard, in his first season with the Huskies after starting his college career in the US. We didnt panic at all after the first half. We knew Dalhousie had a good team and theyd be playing in front of their fans. We were well prepared.

Jamelle showed why, in my opinion, hes the best player in the country, said interim head coach Barry Rawlyk. He controlled the game in the second half, especially after Rejean Chabot (183-G-87) fouled out.

Michael Lieffers (203-F), a 6-foot-8 forward from Saskatoon, was equally dominant for the winners, winning numerous battles under the glass on his way to a 19-point, 17-rebound performance.

Chabot, a fifth-year guard from Saskatoon, also scored 19 points before fouling out after 31 minutes on the court.

Dalhousie was paced by 6-foot-9 forward Joseph Schow (206-F/C-83) of Medicine Hat, Alta., who had 24 points and 13 boards, as well as fellow fifth-year senior Simon Farine (188-G-87) of Toronto, who played all 40 minutes and ended with 22 points.

We broke down defensively in the second half, said Farine. Giving up 91 points is way too much. Its very unlike us.

Dalhousie was up 17-15 at the end of the first quarter thanks to a late jumper by Peter Leighton of Halifax, another fifth-year veteran.

The Tigers quickly increased their lead to seven points early in the second frame but Saskatchewan came back to tie it at 29 all on a three-pointer by Chabot, and then went ahead by five, at 36-31, on back-to-back baskets by Lieffers, who benefited from a pair of great feeds by Barrett.

The hometown favourites closed the half on a 6-0 run however, including a long three by Farine, to go into the locker room with a slim 37-36 advantage.

The first 20 minutes featured eight ties and five lead changes.

The Huskies opened the second half on a 4-0 run to go up 40-37 and never trailed again.

They had their biggest lead of the third quarter at 62-54 before ending the period with a 62-57 advantage.

And then the Jamelle Barrett show began.

The spectacular 5-foot-10 guard, who this season became the first player in Canada West history to lead the conference in points, assists and steals on his way to first-team all-Canadian status, turned a turnover into an easy layup to make it 70-61 Saskatchewan.

After the Tigers came back to within four, at 70-66, Barrett scored on another layup to make it 72-66, added a bucket and a foul shot to up the lead to 75-66, and then fed the ball under the basket to Lieffers, who made it 77-67 with a thunderous dunk.

With Saskatchewan holding on to a seven-point cushion with just over two minutes to go, Barrett sealed the victory with a jumper and a sensational behind-the-back pass to Nolan Brudhel, who was fouled on the play and completed the three-point play with a free throw.

STAT LEADERS

Saskatchewan
Points: Jamelle Barrett (27), Michael Lieffers (19), Rejean Chabot (19)
Rebounds: Michael Lieffers (17), Chris Unsworth (6)
Assists: Jamelle Barrett (11), Rejean Chabot (4)

Player of the game: Jamelle Barrett

Dalhousie
Points: Joseph Schow (24), Simon Farine (22), Juleous Grant (10)
Rebounds: Joseph Schow (13), Robert Nortman (9)
Assists: Simon Farine (8)
Courtesy of: english.cis-sic.ca


QUARTER-FINAL #2 CIS championship: No. 5 Spartans victorious in Final 8 debut - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) Playing in their first-ever CIS mens basketball championship game, the fifth-seeded Trinity Western University Spartans used a dominating opening quarter to upset the No. 4 Lakehead Thunderwolves 82-74 in the second quarter-final matchup of the 2011 Final 8 tournament, Friday afternoon, at the Halifax Metro Centre.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb

The Spartans, who joined CIS in 1999-2000, received the wildcard entry for the tourney after a third-place finish at the Canada West Final Four. They will meet a familiar foe in Saturdays early national semifinal at 5 p.m. AST.

Trinity Western will battle the top-seeded and Canada West champion UBC Thunderbirds, who downed Acadia 96-77 earlier Friday. UBC swept the head-to-head series early in the regular season with 91-69 and 90-77 road wins on Oct. 29-30.

Its a big win for our program for sure, said TWU head coach Scott Allen. We were well prepared, I dont think we were overly anxious or anything. Playing in Canada West, you get to face the likes of UBC and Saskatchewan on a regular basis. We were ready.

UBC is going to be a challenge, no question. Theyre a very good team. They keep coming at you. Theyre relentless.

The Thunderwolves, who upset perennial powerhouse Carleton to claim the first OUA title in team history a week ago, struggled out of the gate and never recovered.

Trinity Western was up 20-6 after the opening 10-minute-period, 39-28 at the half, and 56-39 after three quarters.

We lost a couple of big leads this year so it was important for us to play hard until the end, said Allen. We kept our composure in the second half.

Kyle Coston (203-F-87, college: Portland St.), a fourth-year forward from Blaine, Wash., was named player of the game following a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double.

First-team all-Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87, agency: SportsList Inc.) also scored 20 for the winners. The native of Abbotsford, B.C., a former CIS MVP and rookie of the year, is the only Spartan who had previous CIS championship experience before the contest, reaching the national final with Victoria as a freshman.

We played pretty well, said Doerksen. It was a new environment for all the guys and in the circumstances it was a great effort.

Calvin Westbrook of Courtnenay, B.C., and Tyrell Mara of White Rock, B.C., were also in double figures for TWU with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Mara added 10 boards to complete a double-double.

Sophomore Ryan Thomson (201-C-90) of Oakville, Ont., paced Lakehead with 18 points, while Jamie Searle of Belleville, Ont., had 15.

Down by 17 heading into the fourth quarter, the T-Wolves attempted a comeback launching three-pointers after three-pointers.

Searle cut the deficit to 12 points (60-48) two minutes into the final frame. He added another long-distance shot with 2:25 remaining to make it a nine-point affair at 75-66, and another three by Thomson made it 75-69 with two minutes to go.

But thats as close as Lakekead would get as the Thunderwolves were forced to foul the rest of the way, and the Spartans hit timely free throws to seal the victory.

Lakehead finished with 11 three-pointers in 38 attempts (28.9%) compared to 3-of-16 (18.8%) for TWU, but the Canada West bronze medallists shot 47.7% overall from the floor compared to 39.1% for their opponents.

STAT LEADERS

Trinity Western
Points: Kyle Coston (20), Jacob Doerksen (20), Calvin Westbrook (16)
Rebounds: Kyle Coston (11), Tyrell Mara (10)
Assists: Tristian Smith (5), Kyle Coston (5)

Player of the game: Kyle Coston

Lakehead
Points: Ryan Thomson (18), Jamie Searle (15), Russell Venzal (188-G-87, college: Vermilion CC) (13)
Rebounds: Jamie Searle (6), Russell Venzal (5), Greg Carter (5)
Assists: Russell Venzal (5)
Courtesy of: english.cis-sic.ca


QUARTER-FINAL #4 CIS championship: Ravens survive scare, advance to 9th straight semifinal - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) The second-seeded Carleton University Ravens got all they could handle from the No. 7 Concordia Stingers in the last quarter-final matchup of the CIS mens basketball championship but still managed to advance to a ninth straight national semifinal thanks to a 73-66 win, Friday night, at the Halifax Metro Centre.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb

Saturday at 8 p.m. AST, the OUA finalists will face the reigning CIS champion Saskatchewan Huskies, the team that upset the Ravens 86-82 in the semifinal round a year ago when the tournament was played in front of their home fans in Ottawa. Carleton has won six of the last eight W.P. McGee Trophies, including the last five contested in Halifax from 2003 to 2007.

The Stingers, who operating a stunning turnaround this year in Quebec going from last to first place en route to the RSEQ title, move to the consolation side of the draw and will take on Dalhousie at 2:15 p.m.

Carleton led 19-15 after the opening quarter, 34-33 at the half and 54-52 after 30 minutes.

Concordia was down by only one point on three occasions in the last four minutes of play, including 67-66 with 1:39 remaining in the contest when Stingers forward Evens Laroche of Montreal had a chance to tie the affair, but missed his first of two free throws.

The kids played hard. On both sides. We didnt shoot well but we worked hard. It was just one of those scrappy games, said Carletons Dave Smart, who was named CIS coach of the year for a record-tying fourth time on Thursday.

We have some concerns to address in a very short time before we face Saskatchewan. Theyre a great team. And well have to find a way to slow down (Canada West MVP) Jamelle Barrett.

Carleton finished with a slight edge in field goal percentage (41.8 to 39.0) and free throw shooting (68.8 to 68.2), while Concordia shot 25.0 per cent from three-point range compared to 21.4 for the winners. The Ravens out-rebounded their opponents 49-39.

I think we did everything we could do to win, said Concordia head coach John Dore. We had a chance to win down the stretch against a very good team. I couldnt ask our guys for a better effort.

Tyson Hinz (198-F), a sophomore forward from Ottawa who was named the CIS player of the year earlier this week, earned game MVP honours after he paced Carleton with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.

Elliot Thompson (191-G-89) of Fredericton, with 15 points, and Willy Manigat (180-G) of Montreal, with 14, also reached double figure in scoring in the victory.

Decee Krah (180-G), a fourth-year guard from Hamilton, led the Stingers with 21 points including 15 on 5-for-12 shooting from beyond the arc.

Second-team all-Canadian Kyle Desmarais (188-G, college: Cent.Conn.St.) of Montreal added 17 points in the losing cause, while Laroche had a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Moments after CIS rookie of the year Philip Scrubb of Richmond, B.C., put the Ravens up by six, at 58-52, three minutes into the final quarter, Krah made it a one-point affair (60-59) with a three-pointer with four minutes remaining.

Every time it seemed the Ravens would pull away, Concordia came right back, first with a Desmarais layup that made it 67-65 with two minutes on the clock, and then with Laroches free throw, which again cut Carletons lead to a single point (67-66).

It was a close as the Stingers would get however. Hinz took a great feed from Thompson to restore a three-point advantage and, after a Concordia turnover, the Stingers were forced to foul the rest of the way, and Carleton made four of six free throws down the stretch.

STAT LEADERS

Carleton
Points: Tyson Hinz (19), Elliot Thompson (15), Willy Manigat (14)
Rebounds: Willy Manigat (6), 5 players with 5
Assists: Philip Scrubb (5)

Player of the game: Tyson Hinz

Concordia
Points: Decee Krah (21), Kyle Desmarais (17), Evens Laroche (10)
Rebounds: Evens Laroche (10), Decee Krah (7)
Assists: Kyle Desmarais (7), Decee Krah (4)

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (All times ATLANTIC TIME)

Friday, March 11


Quarter-final #1: UBC 96, Acadia 77
Quarter-final #2: Trinity Western 82, Lakehead 74
Quarter-final #3: Saskatchewan 91, Dalhousie 79
Quarter-final #4: Carleton 73, Concordia 66

Saturday, March 12

12:00 Consolation #1: Acadia vs.Lakehead
14:15 Consolation #2: Dalhousie vs. Concordia
17:00 Semifinal #1: UBC vs. Trinity Western (TSN2 tape delayed to 20:00 AST)
20:00 Semifinal #2: Saskatchewan vs. Carleton (TSN2 tape delayed to 22:00 AST)

Sunday, March 13

10:30 Consolation final (5th place)
13:15 Bronze medal game (SSN Canada webcast)
17:00 Championship final (TSN2 tape delayed to 19:00 AST)
Courtesy of: english.cis-sic.ca


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Quincy Douby claims Chinese CBA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Quincy Douby (191-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Xinjiang and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 26-year old guard got a double-double of 51 points and ten assists, while his team beat Jilin (#13, 12-20) 112-102. It allowed Xinjiang to consolidate first place in the Chinese CBA. Xinjiang has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 31-1. In the team's last game Douby had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Xinjiang's top player in his first season with the team. Rutgers, The State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Douby is in league's top in points (2nd best: 30.8ppg) and averages solid 3.2spg and 63.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American swingman Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81) of Jilin. Pickett impressed basketball fans with 48 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Jilin lost that game 102-112 to the higher-ranked Xinjiang (#1, 31-1). Jilin is still in a red zone at 13th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-20 record. Pickett is one of the most experienced players at Jilin and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.1ppg (#8). He also registered 8.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Charles Gaines (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) of Qingdao DS (#15). Gaines got into 30-points club by scoring 42 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Gaines' great performance Qingdao DS lost 102-123 to the higher-ranked Zhejiang G.L. (#6, 18-14). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Qingdao DS not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 22 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gaines could try to bring Qingdao DS's a little bit higher in the standings. Gaines has individually a great season in China. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 33.7ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 13.5rpg (5th best). He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 61.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dejun Han (215-C-89) of Liaoning - 31 points and 13 rebounds
5. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Zhejiang G.L. - 29 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) of Foshan - 27 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Lester Hudson (191-G-84) of Guandong - 28 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists
8. ZhiZhi Wang (214-C-79) of Bayi - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Marcus Williams (201-F-86) of Zhejiang C. - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists
10. John Lucas (180-G-82) of Shanghai - 39 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Amazing Proteas Danoi AEL overcome Pizza Express Primetel Apollon - by Michael Aristidou
In a memorable game Proteas Danoi AEL won Pizza Express Primetel Apollon 85-83 for the first game in the quarter finals! The amazing part is that Proteas Danoi AEL played with six just players.
In the game was one man show. American Brandon Ewing (187-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Wyoming) scores 51 points!!!!!for the winners. He had 9/12 FT, 6/12 2p and 10/15 3p shots.
Proteas Danoi AEL decided last minute not to play with Cypriots only.

Quarters: 18-17, 32-38, 63-55, 83-85
Pizza Express Primetel Apollon: Sims 20 (1), Stallings 11 (1), Williams 26 (7), Stigger 4, Camacho 5 (1), Car, Waleskoski 17 (1), Englisky, Pittakas, Dials
Proteas Danoi AEL: Kounounis 2, Delic 14 (3), Ewing 51 (10), Wyatt 11 (1), Zachariou, Milocevic 7



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Friday's games - by Eurobasket News
Reno Bighorns - Utah F. 109-101
After trailing most of the second half, the Reno Bighorns used a 22-8 run over the game's final six minutes Friday night to clip the Utah Flash, 109-101, in the Reno Events Center. Reno (26-15) trailed by six points with 6:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Bighorns would go on a 10-0 run over the next three-and-a-half minutes to take a lead they would not relinquish. The Bighorns have now won four of their last five and 11 of their last 14 as the postseason approaches. 'Our ballclub over the last two weeks has been a very good fourth-quarter team,' said Bighorns Head Coach Eric Musselman. 'We got down, but the guys didn't hang their heads.' Danny Green buried five three pointers on his way to a game-high 36 points, setting a new Bighorns team-season high. Green hit 10-of-15 tries from the field and converted 11-of-14 attempts from the charity stripe. Bobby Simmons, playing his first game with Reno, notched eight points, seven boards and two assists in 34 minutes off the bench. 'We rode the hot hand of Danny Green,' Musselman said. 'And it was good to get Bobby Simmons in the flow for us.' Anthony Richardson (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida St.) collected a double-double for the Horns with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Salim Stoudamire (6'1''-G-82, college: Arizona) scored 15. Utah (23-16) featured a balanced scoring attack Friday, with six Flash players finishing in double figures. Brandon Costner and Tony Gaffney scored 16 points apiece, and Ronald Dupree added 15. Reno won the rebounding battle 45-38 and held the Flash to 20 percent shooting from beyond the arc. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

Texas L. - Austin T. 97-93
In a game with huge playoff implications, Booker Woodfox (6'1''-G-86, college: Creighton) drained a baseline jumper to break a tied game with 6.4 seconds left to help defeat the Austin Toros 97-93 on Friday night at HP Court inside Dr Pepper Arena. The win evened the Legends up with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the eighth and final playoff spot, while giving them a one-game lead over the Toros heading into the second of the back-to-back games tomorrow night in Frisco. Justin Dentmon (5'11''-G-85, college: Washington) started the game on fire scoring 13 points in the opening quarter. The Legends led by as many as nine points in the first and took a six-point lead into the second quarter. With Texas on top 41-33 early in the second, Austin scored nine unanswered points to take a one-point lead of their own. The Legends though finished the half on a 6-0 run over the final 1:47 to take a 57-48 lead into the break. Dentmon finished the half with 18 points, while Matt Rogers added 11 for Texas. In his first game since being acquired by Austin, Tre Kelley led the way for the Toros in the opening half with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. After Texas scored the first three points of the second half to take a 12-point lead, Austin went on a 14-3 sprint to cut the deficit to one and went into the final period down 73-71. The Toros scored the first six points in the fourth quarter to take a 77-73 lead, their first lead since the middle of the second quarter. However, Texas came right back to tie the game at 82 with under seven minutes to go. With the game tied at 93, Kelly drove strong to the hoop, but had his lay up attempt swatted away by Legends newcomer Chris Roberts with 13.6 seconds left in the fourth. On the offensive end, Woodfox came up huge, nailing a baseline jumper with 6.4 seconds left to give Texas the 95-93 lead. With a chance for Austin to tie or win the game, Roberts came up with another huge defensive play. As Leo Lyons (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri) drove to the hoop, Roberts stepped in front, set his feet and drew the offensive foul on Lyons preserving the Legends victory. Dentmon led the way for Texas with 25 points, as Rogers finished with 16 on the night. Kelly was the leading scorer for Austin in a losing cause with 16 points. The win improved the Legends to 19-23 on the season, while the Toros fell to 17-23. *Courtesy of D-League

Idaho S. - Bakersfield J. 92-105
The Bakersfield Jam held the Idaho Stampede to 36-percent from the floor, 17.4 percent shooting from the 3-point line and forced 21 turnovers to earn a 105-92 victory Friday night at Qwest Arena. The Jam made 38-of-42 free throws, while Idaho made just 26-of-39. Idaho outrebounded Bakersfield 56-45 but the Jam outscored the Stampede 38-29 in the final quarter to come out victorious. Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) scored 21 points and Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) added 12. Fellow guards Jeremy Wise and Stephen Dennis had 16 points and 11 points, respectively. Derrick Byars finished with 15 points. Portland Trail Blazers' assignee Luke Babbitt had a game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds and Carlos Wheeler finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. Jermareo Davidson had 12 points and eight rebounds and Antoine Walker added nine points and nine rebounds. Bakersfield plays Idaho today at 7 p.m. to finish up the season series. The Jam leads the season series 5-2. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

Tulsa 66ers - Sioux Falls S. 76-91
Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU) of the Tulsa 66ers (28-12) scored a team-high 12 points, Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) pitched in 11 points and four rebounds and Latavious Williams added eight boards to become Tulsa's all-time leading rebounder but the 66ers fell to the Sioux Falls Skyforce (9-30) by a 91-76 final Friday evening inside the Tulsa Convention Center. Williams, who also added eight points, now owns 631 career rebounds with the 66ers (in 80 total games), surpassing Mike Hall's total of 627. 'Latavious has a gift for rebounding,' 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. 'I thought he did a really good job of crashing the boards again tonight and credit to him for how hard he works on the glass.' Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Jerome Dyson with 11 and Elijah Millsap and Marcus Lewis with 10 each. Leading the way for Sioux Falls was Patrick Ewing, Jr., with 31 points and eight rebounds. Raymond Sykes recorded the only double-double of the contest with 17 points and 12 boards. Additionally, Sioux Falls' David Bailey became the franchise's all-time leading scorer with five points on the evening, giving him a career total of 2,561. He surpassed former Skyforce player Henry James (2,559). Defensively, the 66ers forced 20 Skyforce turnovers and racked up 12 steals. Dyson and Ryan Reid also pitched in two blocked shots each. The 66ers and Skyforce return to the court tomorrow evening to complete the back-to-back set at 7 p.m. inside the Tulsa Convention Center. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

New Mexico Thunderbirds - Dakota Wizards 133-111
Box-score will be available soon.


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 31-11 
 2. Erie Bay H. 27-13 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 18-22 
 4. Dakota W. 15-27 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 9-30 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 28-12 
 2. Tulsa 66ers 28-12 
 3. Texas L. 19-23 
 4. Austin T. 17-23 
 5. New Mexico 16-25 
 6. Maine RC 14-27 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 26-15 
 2. Bakersfield J. 25-15 
 3. Utah F. 23-16 
 4. Idaho S. 17-23 
 5. Springfield A. 11-30 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.6 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.21.4 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.2 
 4. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 5. McNeal, Rio Grande19.5 
 6. Alexander, Texas L.19.5 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.19.5 
 8. Sims, Maine RC19.0 
 9. Byars, Bakersfi.18.4 
 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.10.4 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.9.9 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.4 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Alexander, Texas L.9.1 
 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. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.2 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Johnson, Austin T.6.3 
 8. Reynolds, Spring.6.0 
 9. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.5.8 
 10. Bailey, Sioux F.5.6 
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. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
 9. Jackson, Idaho S.1.9 
 10. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
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. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 6. Atchley, Rio Grande2.1 
 7. Gladness, Dakota W.1.9 
 8. Gaffney, Utah F.1.8 
 9. Sykes, Sioux F.1.8 
 10. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.7 


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Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 27-3 
 2. TU/Rock 26-3 
 3. TTU/Kalev 20-6 
 4. Rakvere 15-14 
 5. Valga/CKE 11-17 
 6. Rapla 11-17 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 10-18 
 8. Parnu 8-22 
 9. Voru KK 1-29 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Erm, Rapla17.7 
 4. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 5. Brown, Va.16.6 
 6. Raadik, Parnu16.1 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.6 
 8. Pilk, TT.14.5 
 9. Osby, TT.14.4 
 10. Hall, Rakvere14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.2 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.0 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.7 
 5. Kuuba, Voru KK9.2 
 6. Osby, TT.8.7 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock7.9 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 9. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.4 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.8 
 2. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.5 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 4. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 5. Oja, Va.2.8 
 6. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.8 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere2.7 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla2.5 
 10. Archibald, TT.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Armands SKELE
  Kalev/Cramo
  (192-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.6 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 5. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 6. Karner, Parnu2.1 
 7. Doronin, TU/Rock2.0 
 8. Keedus, TT.1.8 
 9. Pilk, TT.1.8 
 10. Veideman, TU/Rock1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.7 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 3. Osby, TT.1.3 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.2 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.9 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 7. Raadik, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Brown, Va.0.8 
 9. Kuuba, Voru KK0.7 
 10. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 


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Caja Laboral center Sow hospitalized - by Eurobasket News
Another team headed to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs could be without a backup big man after Caja Laboral announced Friday that center Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) has been hospitalized with a type of pulmonary embolism. The club did not say how long Sow would be sidelined, but a similar condition ended the season of Regal FC Barcelona forward Pete Mickeal when it was discovered in January. Sow arrived in Vitoria for the last regular season game and helped Caja Laboral reached second place in its group with 13 points in a home win against Partizan mt:s Belgrade. In the Top 16, where he averaged 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds, helping the team finish the Top 16 as group champ. Caja Laboral is scheduled to play the best-of-five Playoffs against Maccabi Electra starting Tuesday, March 22 at home in Vitoria, Spain. In its announcement, Caja Laboral said that Sow's status will be updated when more information is available.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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KORISLIIGA: Difference 33 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 41: Two contests today. Team # 6 Kouvot, Kouvola (21-20) defeated Team # 10 Vilpas, Salo (13-28) by 33 points 107-74. Kouvot won all four quarters shooting 3-pointers with 50% accuracy (16/32). Durell Vinson (201-F-85, college: Wagner) had a double-double 21pts/10rbs. B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: VCU) added 21 pts. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) (ex-kouvot) led Vilpas with 18 pts. Team # 7 Karhu, Kauhajoki (20-21) won over # 5 Honka, Espoo (24-17) by 17 points 100-83. Honka had lost on Wednesday vs CSKA Moscow by seven holding Russian visitor in 66 pts, but today Honka outlook was something quite different. Kauhajoki three American players combined 64 pts. Honka starters Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) and Tuomas Iisalo (195-G-82, agency: Court Side) instead combined zero (0) pts and Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) DNP.
Kouvot - Vilpas 107-74 (58-38). (Durell Vinson 21/10, BA Walker 21, Josh Gonner 17 - Matti Nuutinen 18, Roope Ahonen 15, Jukka Kataja 12).
Kauhajoki - Honka 100-83 (39-42). (Jeremiah Wood 23, Steffan Johnson 21, Walt Baxley 20 - John Williamson 24, Corey Belser 23, Ville Makalainen 17).




1st Division Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Huima - Lapua 106-88

The game was mostly controlled by Aanekosken Huima. Lapuan Korikobrat managed to win third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Lapuan Korikobrat 46-28 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Aanekosken Huima looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Lapuan Korikobrat's players. American forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette) scored 31 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Bahamas forward Jamal Douglas (201-85, college: E.Kentucky) chipped in 18 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. American forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agency: ACMT) responded with 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Tyrwone Still (198-77, college: W.Virginia St.) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Aanekosken Huima and four Lapuan Korikobrat players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lapua: D.Nelson 36+8reb+2ast, T.Still 16+7reb, B.Valentine 15+2reb+4ast, J.Turja 13+4reb+1ast, K.Siven 8+5reb+2ast, J.Salo 0
Huima: L.Roberson 31+9reb+2ast, J.Douglas 18+13reb+5ast, T.Manning 15+6reb+14ast, S.Mantymaa 14+5reb+2ast, L.Paanala 13+6reb, J.Kaihlamaki 8+6reb
gschID: 123782


Honka - LoKoKo 53-73

The game without a history. Loimaan Korikonkarit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tapiolan Honka to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Loimaan Korikonkarit dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Tapiolan Honka's 26. They outrebounded Tapiolan Honka 46-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. American power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Channing Toney (196-86, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 8 points and 13 rebounds. Toney is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds by forward Ilkka Sirola (196-86) did not help to save the game for Tapiolan Honka. Guard Jesse Viita (183-93) added 17 points for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Honka: J.Viita 17+1reb+2ast, I.Sirola 13+10reb, P.Vertio 10+5reb, N.Hoglund 3+3reb, V.Tarjanne 3+2reb, H.Hohteri 3+3reb+1ast
LoKoKo: J.Stamper 21+17reb, E.Aaltonen 14+6reb, J.Kivinen 11+1reb, S.Latvala 11+5reb+1ast, C.Toney 8+13reb+3ast, J.Kinnunen 4+2reb
gschID: 123783




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 34-7 
 2. Kataja 28-12 
 3. KTP 28-12 
 4. Korihait 27-14 
 5. Honka 23-16 
 6. Kouvot 21-20 
 7. Karhu 20-20 
 8. ToPo 19-22 
 9. Namika Lahti 15-24 
 10. Salon Vilpas 13-28 
 11. LrNMKY 9-32 
 12. Tarmo 5-35 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 25
 1. Nelson, Lapua25.0 
 2. Manning, Huima22.0 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo22.0 
 4. Graham, Kerava ET21.2 
 5. Bojang, BC Nokia19.9 
 6. Robinson, Jyvaskyla19.6 
 7. Hall, SayRi19.4 
 8. Valentine, Lapua19.3 
 9. Douglas, Huima19.0 
 10. Towa, Kerava ET18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Brown, Namika II14.9 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia14.2 
 3. Douglas, Huima13.8 
 4. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET13.1 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.3 
 7. Stamper, LoKoKo11.8 
 8. Hall, SayRi10.8 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Manning, Huima6.2 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.2 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket5.2 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo3.9 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.5 
 6. Valentine, Lapua2.9 
 7. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.9 
 8. Graham, Kerava ET2.7 
 9. Pasanen, SayRi2.4 
 10. Viertola, FoKoPo2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Benny VALENTINE
  Lapua
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Valentine, Lapua2.5 
 2. Horton, LoKoKo2.4 
 3. Roberson, Huima2.2 
 4. Bojang, BC Nokia2.1 
 5. Stamper, LoKoKo2.1 
 6. Hall, SayRi1.8 
 7. Pasanen, SayRi1.8 
 8. Ramey, Ura Basket1.8 
 9. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.7 
 10. Foreman, FoKoPo1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Brown, Namika II0.8 
 2. Kopio, Honka0.7 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo0.7 
 4. Setala, BC Nokia0.7 
 5. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 6. Siven, Lapua0.6 
 7. Alanko, Ura Basket0.6 
 8. Heinonen, Namika I.0.5 
 9. Koskinen, Namika I.0.5 
 10. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla0.5 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Wilson, Honka22.4 
 2. Heard, Tarmo20.8 
 3. Wood, Karhu20.6 
 4. Lewis, LrNM.20.5 
 5. Blanchard, ToPo19.7 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.6 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.3 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto18.9 
 10. Barrett, KTP18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Wood, Karhu12.8 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.0 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Young, Tarmo9.8 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 7. Vinson, Kouvot9.2 
 8. Blanchard, ToPo9.1 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.7 
 10. Belser, Honka8.5 
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, Karhu4.0 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait3.6 
 8. Fields, KTP3.5 
 9. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 10. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Wood, Karhu2.2 
 2. Fields, KTP2.1 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Sarcevic, Korihait1.8 
 6. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 7. Newson, Kataja1.7 
 8. Lewis, LrNM.1.7 
 9. Fells, Kataja1.7 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.7 
 3. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 4. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo0.6 
 7. Belser, Honka0.6 
 8. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 9. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 
 10. Moore, LrNM.0.6 


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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Cholet 16-5 
 2. Nancy 15-6 
 3. Chalon 15-6 
 4. Roanne 14-7 
 5. Gravelines 14-7 
 6. Hyeres-Toulon 12-9 
 7. ASVEL 11-10 
 8. Le Mans 10-11 
 9. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 10-11 
 10. Orleans 9-12 
 11. Strasbourg 9-12 
 12. Le Havre 8-13 
 13. Paris-Levallois 8-13 
 14. Poitierarleys 7-14 
 15. Limoges 5-16 
 16. Vichy 5-16 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Rouen 18-7 
 2. Nanterre 18-7 
 3. Evreux 16-9 
 4. Dijon 15-10 
 5. Le Portel 15-10 
 6. Maurienne 15-10 
 7. Fos Ouest 15-10 
 8. Chalons-Reims 14-11 
 9. Boulazac 13-12 
 10. Bourg 13-12 
 11. Boulogne 13-12 
 12. Nantes 11-14 
 13. Antibes 10-15 
 14. St Vallier 10-15 
 15. Lille 10-15 
 16. Quimper 9-16 
 17. Clermont 6-19 
 18. Charleville 4-21 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Tremmell DARDEN
  Nancy
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 18
 1. Darden, Nancy18.0 
 2. Mejia, Cholet18.0 
 3. Nichols, Vichy17.9 
 4. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.5 
 5. Massie, Limoges16.9 
 6. Jefferson, AS.16.8 
 7. Woodside, Gravelines15.8 
 8. Haynes, Chalon15.8 
 9. King, Le Havre15.8 
 10. Hamilton, Paris-.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-F/C-77)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Massie, Limoges8.9 
 2. Issa, Gravelines8.8 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.8 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy8.6 
 5. Jones, Le Havre8.4 
 6. Elegar, Vichy7.9 
 7. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 8. Jefferson, AS.7.5 
 9. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.5 
 10. Falker, Cholet7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Rouen
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. King, Le Havre6.2 
 3. Linehan, Nancy6.2 
 4. Wright, Limoges6.0 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines5.9 
 6. Walsh, AS.5.3 
 7. Diabate, Roanne5.2 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.9 
 9. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
 10. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.7 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.4 
 3. Walsh, AS.2.4 
 4. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.3 
 5. Darden, Nancy2.1 
 6. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 7. Greer, Strasbourg1.8 
 8. Schilb, Chalon1.7 
 9. Elegar, Vichy1.7 
 10. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 2. Issa, Gravelines1.7 
 3. Sene, Gravelines1.4 
 4. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy1.4 
 6. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 7. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 9. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.1 
 10. Fofana, AS.1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 19
 1. Sonko, Maurienne19.0 
 2. Siggers, Rouen18.7 
 3. Harris, Lille18.2 
 4. Carter, Nanterre18.1 
 5. Gay, Fos Ouest17.1 
 6. Watson, Evreux16.0 
 7. Rouse, Charleville15.9 
 8. Barnette, Lille15.8 
 9. Milbourne, Boulogne15.7 
 10. Davis, Le Portel15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Barber, Nantes10.2 
 2. Mathis, Maurienne10.0 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.10.0 
 4. Bing, Dijon8.8 
 5. Monds, Bourg8.5 
 6. Monroe, Boulogne8.4 
 7. Rouse, Charleville8.4 
 8. Giles, Rouen8.2 
 9. Badiane, Boulazac7.7 
 10. Massot, Antibes7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.2 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.3 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.8 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.5 
 5. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 6. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 7. Craven, Dijon4.8 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.8 
 9. Mullins, Chalons-.4.6 
 10. Oliver, Bourg4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jara DOYNE
  Falco-Szova
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.2.6 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.6 
 4. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 5. Craven, Dijon2.3 
 6. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.3 
 7. Riley, Nanterre2.3 
 8. Melody, Dijon2.2 
 9. Siggers, Rouen2.0 
 10. Mathis, Maurienne2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.0 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.4 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.0 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 6. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 7. Daniels, Nanterre0.8 
 8. Diakite, Chalons-.0.8 
 9. Taccoen, Lille0.8 
 10. Bouldin, Clermont0.7 


ProB Round 25 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Round 25 most important game was a victory of ALM Evreux over 3rd placed Le Portel 85-79 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Le Portel. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Le Portel won fourth quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Calvin Watson (196-85, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists. Naturalized Portuguese guard Philippe Da Silva (192-79) contributed with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for Le Portel. ALM Evreux (16-9) moved-up to third place. Le Portel at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. ALM Evreux are looking forward to face Fos Ouest (#7) at home in the next round. Le Portel will play against JL Bourg and is hoping to win this game.
ProB top team - SPO Rouen (18-7) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked Lille Metropole (10-15) 70-66. American players dominated the game. Guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Devonne Giles chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with 27 points and 8 rebounds. SPO Rouen maintains first place with 18-7 record, which they share with Nanterre. Lille Metropole lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Antibes and St Vallier. SPO Rouen will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lille Metropole will play against Olympique Antibes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Higher ranked Fos Ouest (15-10) fell to fifteenth ranked Saint Vallier (10-15) in overtime by three points 71-74 on Friday night. The game took place in Fos. But the guests from Saint Vallier were better at the end. Brice Vounang nailed 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Lee Cummard came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for Fos Ouest in the defeat. Saint Vallier moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Antibes and Lille. Loser Fos Ouest dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Saint Vallier will meet at home higher ranked Boulazac Basket (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fos Ouest will play against ALM Evreux (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game in Reims supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked JSF Nanterre (18-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Chalons-Reims (14-11). JSF Nanterre smashed Chalons-Reims 102-75. Nate Carter fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JSF Nanterre keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Rouen. Newly promoted Chalons-Reims keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. JSF Nanterre's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) at home which should be another easy win for them. Chalons-Reims will play against Aix-Maurienne (#6) in Aix-les-Bains and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Bourg beat Charleville on the road 81-75. Dijon won against Boulazac on its own court 74-64. Maurienne managed to outperform Antibes in Aix-les-Bains 82-69. Clermont recorded a loss to Boulogne at home 71-77. Nantes defeated Quimper on the opponent's court 78-70.



Le Portel - Evreux 79-85

Round 25 most important game was a victory of ALM Evreux over 3rd placed Le Portel 85-79 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Le Portel. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Le Portel won fourth quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Calvin Watson (196-85, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists. Naturalized Portuguese guard Philippe Da Silva (192-79) contributed with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and forward Jean-Philippe Ludon (200-83) added 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Le Portel. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ALM Evreux (16-9) moved-up to third place. Le Portel at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. ALM Evreux are looking forward to face Fos Ouest (#7) at home in the next round. Le Portel will play against JL Bourg and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: J.Ludon 17+7reb+1ast, N.Wyatte 13+13reb+3ast, C.Davis 12+3reb+1ast, A.Rowland 12+1reb+5ast, E.Choquet 9+4reb+3ast, M.Labeyrie 7+1reb
Evreux: C.Watson 25+2reb+4ast, L.Chelle 17+4reb+4ast, P.Da Silva 13+7reb+8ast, B.Toffin 10+10reb+1ast, T.Maizeroi 8+2reb+2ast, L.Prowell 7+3reb
gschID: 100549


Charleville - Bourg 75-81

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked JL Bourg (13-12) beat on the road bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (4-21) 81-75. Charleville-Mezieres was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 27-14 charge of JL Bourg, which allowed them to win the game. Naturalized Greek guard Angelo Tsagarakis (190-84) fired 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Dean Oliver (180-78, college: Iowa) chipped in 11 points and 8 assists. Five JL Bourg players scored in double figures. American forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) produced 25 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and the other American import forward Todd Peterson (203-84, college: N.Illinois) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. JL Bourg moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Boulazac and Boulogne. Charleville-Mezieres lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. JL Bourg's next round opponent will be higher ranked Le Portel (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Charleville-Mezieres will play against the league's second-placed JSF Nanterre (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Charleville: C.Rouse 25+9reb+3ast, T.Peterson 13+7reb+1ast, Y.Zachee 13+2reb+1ast, G.Florimont 9+3reb, J.McClark 8+6reb+1ast, K.Morlende 5+2ast
Bourg: D.Monds 17+5reb+1ast, A.Tsagarakis 16+5reb+3ast, C.Ferchaud 11+3reb+3ast, D.Oliver 11+4reb+8ast, I.Koma 11+6reb, K.Corre 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 100550


Chalons-Reims - Nanterre 75-102

The game in Reims supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked JSF Nanterre (18-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Chalons-Reims (14-11). JSF Nanterre smashed Chalons-Reims 102-75. The game without a history. JSF Nanterre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 26-of-31 charity shots (83.9 percent) during the game. JSF Nanterre outrebounded Chalons-Reims 36-25 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. His fellow American import forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Five JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and center Herve Jalce (201-80) added 12 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JSF Nanterre keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Rouen. Newly promoted Chalons-Reims keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. JSF Nanterre's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) at home which should be another easy win for them. Chalons-Reims will play against Aix-Maurienne (#6) in Aix-les-Bains and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: C.Daniels 20+6reb+2ast, H.Jalce 12+1reb, G.Radonjic 10+2reb, K.Joss-Rauze 7+1reb+2ast, N.Diakite 7+4reb, B.Mullins 6+2reb+3ast
Nanterre: N.Carter 26+10reb+2ast, W.Daniels 17+7reb, M.Riley 17+4reb+2ast, X.Corosine 11+1reb+1ast, M.Judith 11+3reb+4ast, A.Gomis 7+5reb
gschID: 100546


Dijon - Boulazac 74-64

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Boulazac Basket (13-12) lost on the road to seventh ranked JDA Dijon (15-10) 74-64. The game without a history. JDA Dijon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. JDA Dijon forced 24 Boulazac Basket turnovers. Forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) fired 18 points and 4 steals for the winners. American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) chipped in 18 points. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Amadi McKenzie (201-86) produced 18 points and 4 steals and Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) added 9 points and 13 rebounds respectively for lost side. JDA Dijon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Boulazac Basket lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. JDA Dijon's next round opponent will be Quimper UJAP (#16) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Boulazac Basket will play against Saint Vallier (#14).
Top scorers:
Boulazac: A.McKenzie 18+4reb+3ast, Y.Gaillou 14+4reb, B.Jacobson 10+3reb+2ast, D.Diarra 9+3reb, M.Badiane 9+13reb, C.Melicie 4+2reb+1ast
Dijon: J.Leloup 18+4reb+3ast, E.Craven 18+4reb+2ast, D.Melody 16+2reb+3ast, S.Dia 6+1reb, E.Mendy 6+4reb+1ast, E.Bing 5+13reb+4ast
gschID: 100547


Antibes - Maurienne 69-82

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Aix-Maurienne (15-10) won against on the road 13th ranked Olympique Antibes (10-15) 82-69. The game was mostly controlled by Aix-Maurienne. Olympique Antibes was better in fourth quarter 22-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina) fired 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Cameroonian guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-77) chipped in 13 points. Aix-Maurienne's coach Guillaume Quintard allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-83, agency: LBM Management) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Olympique Antibes at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Aix-Maurienne's next round opponent will be Chalons-Reims (#8) at home. Olympique Antibes will play against Lille Metropole (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antibes: S.Massot 16+6reb+2ast, M.Bojovic 11+4reb+3ast, D.Ramseyer 10+2reb+1ast, J.Ingram 10+5reb+2ast, M.Courby 8+1reb+1ast, S.Ho You Fat 7+3reb
Maurienne: M.Sonko 20+8reb+1ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 13+3reb+2ast, C.Dunn 12+2reb+4ast, S.Darnauzan 11+1reb+5ast, J.Mathis 9+4reb, E.Joldersma 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 100548


Rouen - Lille 70-66

ProB top team - SPO Rouen (18-7) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked Lille Metropole (10-15) 70-66. Lille Metropole was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 22-11 third quarter run of SPO Rouen. They also forced 20 Lille Metropole turnovers. Lille Metropole was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with 27 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. SPO Rouen maintains first place with 18-7 record, which they share with Nanterre. Lille Metropole lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Antibes and St Vallier. SPO Rouen will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lille Metropole will play against Olympique Antibes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lille: S.Barnette 27+8reb, A.Harris 11+9reb+2ast, B.Gillet 9+4reb+1ast, N.Taccoen 7+4reb, O.Gouez 4+3reb, R.Malet 4+1reb+4ast
Rouen: J.Siggers 23+5reb, K.Reid 12+3reb+2ast, D.Giles 11+7reb, P.Poupet 7+3reb+4ast, D.Williams 6+2reb+2ast, C.Thioune 5+9reb+1ast
gschID: 100542


Clermont - Boulogne 71-77

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked Stade Clermont (6-19) lost at home to eleventh ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (13-12) 77-71. It looked good early as Stade Clermont took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then SO Maritime Boulogne took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. 25 personal fouls committed by Stade Clermont helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated also this game. Forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) fired 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. SO Maritime Boulogne's coach Germain Castano allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard O'Darien Bassett (188-86, college: Troy) produced 13 points and 8 assists and swingman Dreke Bouldin (202-80, college: Fresno St.) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Stade Clermont players scored in double figures. SO Maritime Boulogne have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Bourg and Boulazac. Stade Clermont at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with 19 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne's next round opponent will be league's leader SPO Rouen at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stade Clermont will play against Nantes (#12).
Top scorers:
Clermont: D.Bouldin 16+5reb+1ast, O.Bassett 13+2reb+8ast, P.Beye 12+3reb+1ast, T.Ford 10+2reb, X.Delarue 7+3reb+2ast, S.Cisse 4+4reb+3ast
Boulogne: L.Milbourne 20+6reb, L.Kante 14+3reb+1ast, D.Monroe 11+10reb+4ast, M.N'Diaye 9+1reb, K.Patiejunas 6+4reb+5ast, T.Stanley 5+4reb
gschID: 100543


Fos Ouest - St Vallier 71-74 OT

Higher ranked Fos Ouest (15-10) fell to fifteenth ranked Saint Vallier (10-15) in overtime by three points 71-74 on Friday night. The game took place in Fos. But the guests from Saint Vallier were better at the end. Fos Ouest was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 16-14 charge of Saint Vallier, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-8. Cameroonian power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) nailed 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) accounted for 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. American guard Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Senegalese forward Mamadou Dia (202-78) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Fos Ouest in the defeat. Saint Vallier moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Antibes and Lille. Loser Fos Ouest dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Saint Vallier will meet at home higher ranked Boulazac Basket (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fos Ouest will play against ALM Evreux (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: P.Haquet 16+4reb+1ast, M.Dia 13+10reb, L.Cummard 12+10reb+1ast, Z.Bah 9+1reb+5ast, M.Hachad 9+5reb+3ast, B.Cisse 7+1reb+1ast
St Vallier: B.Vounang 19+8reb+1ast, K.Shiloh 14+5reb+4ast, C.Bronchard 14+9reb, D.Lyons 10+5reb+4ast, M.Tensorer 8+6reb+1ast, F.Tortosa 7+9reb
gschID: 100544


Quimper - Nantes 70-78

Everything went according to plan when thirteenth ranked Nantes (11-14) defeated on the road 16th ranked Quimper UJAP (9-16) 78-70. Quimper UJAP was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 20-8 third quarter run of Nantes. Forward Aaron Cel (203-87) fired 26 points for the winners. American guard Taron Downey (186-83, college: Wake Forest) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and American center Marvin Jefferson (206-86, college: Idaho) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nantes moved-up to twelfth place. Quimper UJAP at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 16 games lost. Nantes' next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#17) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Quimper UJAP will play against JDA Dijon having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Quimper: M.Jefferson 16+6reb, J.Volcy 15+11reb+2ast, A.Toto N'Kote 15+3reb+3ast, M.Runkaukas 11+3reb+2ast, G.Lessort 7+4reb, F.Thibedore 6+2reb
Nantes: A.Cel 26+4reb, T.Downey 18+5reb+5ast, K.Barber 12+5reb, N.Gayon 10+2reb+1ast, A.Charles 7+2reb, J.James 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 100545




ProA Round 21: Cholet defeats Chorale de Roanne in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Cholet (16-5) which played road game in Roanne against second-best Chorale de Roanne (14-7). First ranked Cholet managed to get a 7-point victory 71-64. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-13. But Chorale de Roanne won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cholet won last quarter 22-17. Cholet outrebounded Chorale de Roanne 36-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Randal Falker (201-F-85, college: S.Illinois) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds for Chorale de Roanne. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-5 record. Chorale de Roanne at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Gravelines. Cholet are looking forward to face STB Le Havre (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chorale de Roanne will play against JA Vichy (#16) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Poitiers. Tenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (9-12) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 14th ranked Poitiers (7-14) 70-68 on Saturday evening. Guard Tajuan Porter (168-88, college: Oregon) stepped up and scored 25 points for the winners and J.R. Reynolds chipped in 12 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Kenny Younger (203-77, college: Houston, agency: Warren Sports International) with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Poitiers' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Entente Orleans 45 have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain tenth place with 9-12 record, which they share with Strasbourg. Poitiers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will play against higher ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Poitiers will play against ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hyeres-Toulon (12-9) and Strasbourg IG (9-12), which took place in Strasbourg. Higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon lost to twelfth ranked Strasbourg IG in a road game 66-83 on Saturday. John McCord nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Kevin Houston came up with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for Hyeres-Toulon in the defeat. Strasbourg IG moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Orleans. Loser Hyeres-Toulon keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Strasbourg IG will meet higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Paris-Levallois and hope to secure a win.
Another upset was a game between Gravelines-Dunkerque (14-7) and Pau-Lacq-Orthez (10-11), which took place in Pau. 4th placed Gravelines-Dunkerque lost to ninth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez in a road game 69-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. The best player for the winners was Teddy Gipson who scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Le Mans. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's next round opponent will be Entente Orleans 45 (#10) on the road. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Strasbourg IG (#11).

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: Paris-Levallois was beaten by Chalon on the road 83-79. ASVEL won against Vichy on its own court 101-88. Limoges unfortunately lost to Le Mans in a road game 78-88. Le Havre recorded a loss to Nancy at home 70-77.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 12 points, 6 rebounds, 20 assists and 7 steals by Matt Walsh of ASVEL.


Chalon - Paris-Levallois 83-79

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Chalon/Saor (15-6) beat at home 13th ranked Paris-Levallois (8-13) 83-79. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Paris-Levallois was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 29-12 third quarter run of Chalon/Saor. They outrebounded Paris-Levallois 40-26 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) who scored 24 points and 8 assists. His fellow American import guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: ZAG Advocates) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Vassil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 14 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Andrew Albicy (178-90) added 11 points and 8 assists respectively. Five Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor moved-up to second place, which they share with Nancy. Paris-Levallois at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Chalon/Saor's next round opponent will be Limoges CSP Elite (#15) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Paris-Levallois will play against Hyeres-Toulon.
Top scorers:
Chalon: M.Haynes 24+8ast, B.Schilb 20+6reb+5ast, A.Aminu 8+6reb, I.Evtimov 8+4reb+3ast, S.Tchicamboud 7+5reb+5ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 6+12reb+2ast
Paris-Levallois: L.Hamilton 18+4reb, M.Sommerville 16+4reb+3ast, V.Evtimov 14+9reb+3ast, A.Albicy 11+4reb+8ast, J.Ball 10+2reb+1ast, M.Morandais 5+2reb
gschID: 100256


ASVEL - Vichy 101-88

Very expected game when 16th ranked JA Vichy (5-16) lost to seventh ranked ASVEL (11-10) in Villeurbanne 88-101. JA Vichy was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 38-20 charge of ASVEL, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to JA Vichy's 48 and made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded JA Vichy 28-16. ASVEL players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds, 20 assists and 7 steals. The former international forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) who recorded 18 points and 8 assists and swingman Thomas Larrouquis (197-85) added 19 points respectively. Five ASVEL and four JA Vichy players scored in double figures. ASVEL maintains seventh place with 11-10 record. JA Vichy at the other side stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. ASVEL's next round opponent will be Poitiers (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. JA Vichy will play against Chorale de Roanne.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: M.Gelabale 21+4reb+5ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 19+4reb+2ast, D.Jefferson 16+4reb+2ast, K.Tillie 13+5reb, M.Walsh 12+6reb+20ast, C.Hammonds 11+2reb+2ast
Vichy: T.Larrouquis 19+2reb+3ast, J.Shuler 18+1reb+8ast, D.Nichols 17+3reb, F.Elegar 14+4reb+2ast, A.Eito 8+1reb+8ast, N.de Jong 7+3reb
gschID: 100257


Strasbourg - Hyeres-Toulon 83-66

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hyeres-Toulon (12-9) and Strasbourg IG (9-12), which took place in Strasbourg. Higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon lost to twelfth ranked Strasbourg IG in a road game 66-83 on Saturday. The game without a history. Strasbourg IG led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strasbourg IG outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 48-37 including 18 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Strasbourg IG made 8 blocks. American-British forward John McCord (201-73, college: Cornell) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and American power forward Nick Lewis (207-83, college: San Diego, agency: Impact Basketball) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds. Five Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. American guard Kevin Houston (179-85, college: Long Beach St.) came up with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and the other American import power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Hyeres-Toulon in the defeat. Strasbourg IG moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Orleans. Loser Hyeres-Toulon keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Strasbourg IG will meet higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Paris-Levallois and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: N.Lewis 15+7reb, J.McCord 13+16reb+4ast, R.Greer 12+4reb+5ast, J.Hawkins 12+6reb+2ast, S.Essart 11+5reb+1ast, A.MBaye 9+1reb+3ast
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 16+10reb+2ast, K.Houston 16+6reb+8ast, A.Dobbins 11+12reb+1ast, S.Fein 9+3reb, N.Boungou Colo 7+4reb+1ast, J.Flowers 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100252


Le Mans - Limoges 88-78

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Le Mans (10-11) won against at home 15th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (5-16) 88-78. It was a great shooting night for Le Mans especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The best player for the winners was Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) chipped in 19 points and 5 steals. Le Mans' coach J.D. Jackson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) who recorded 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Robert Hite (188-84, college: Miami (FL)) added 20 points respectively. Five Le Mans and four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. Le Mans maintains eighth place with 10-11 record, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Limoges CSP Elite lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. Le Mans' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sluc Nancy on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Chalon/Saor (#3).
Top scorers:
Le Mans: J.Paulo Batista 20+7reb+1ast, A.Acker 19+3reb+3ast, B.Dewar 16+2reb+1ast, M.Kakiouzis 11+5reb+4ast, A.Diot 10+3reb+7ast, C.Lombahe-Kahudi 4+2reb+1ast
Limoges: R.Hite 20+2ast, C.Massie 20+9reb+2ast, N.Ebi 14+8reb, R.Taylor 10+3reb+3ast, Z.Wright 9+3reb+4ast, R.Desroses 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100253


Le Havre - Nancy 70-77

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked STB Le Havre (8-13) lost at home to second ranked Sluc Nancy (15-6) 77-70. The game without a history. Sluc Nancy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to STB Le Havre's 30. Strangely STB Le Havre outrebounded Sluc Nancy 47-32 including a 22-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian guard Willie Deane (186-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 13 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American swingman Nicholas Pope (196-84, college: Oklahoma Baptist) who recorded 21 points and 5 rebounds and American power forward Nate Fox (206-77, college: Maine, agency: Pro One Sports) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Sluc Nancy have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-6 record behind leader Cholet, which they share with Chalon. STB Le Havre at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Sluc Nancy's next round opponent will be Le Mans (#8) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. STB Le Havre will play against the league's leader Cholet (#1).
Top scorers:
Nancy: T.Darden 14+4reb+1ast, V.Samnick 14+5reb+1ast, W.Deane 13+5reb+8ast, K.Grant 10+3reb+4ast, S.Brun 9+5reb, T.Johnson 8+1ast
Le Havre: N.Pope 21+5reb+1ast, N.Fox 11+9reb+3ast, M.King 11+5reb+4ast, Y.Sangare 8+4reb+4ast, J.Jones 7+7reb+4ast, J.Cox 6+6reb
gschID: 100254


Poitierarleys - Orleans 68-70

Important game to mention about took place in Poitiers. Tenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (9-12) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 14th ranked Poitiers (7-14) 70-68 on Saturday evening. Poitiers was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 22-16 charge of Entente Orleans 45, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Guard Tajuan Porter (168-88, college: Oregon) stepped up and scored 25 points for the winners and American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 12 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Kenny Younger (203-77, college: Houston, agency: Warren Sports International) with 11 points and 5 rebounds and guard Carl Ona-Embo (186-89) scored 9 points and 4 assists. Poitiers' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Entente Orleans 45 have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain tenth place with 9-12 record, which they share with Strasbourg. Poitiers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will play against higher ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Poitiers will play against ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Orleans: T.Porter 25+1reb, J.Reynolds 12+3reb+2ast, A.Sy 11+3reb, L.Vaty 7+7reb+1ast, M.NDoye 4+1reb, J.Smith 4+6reb+1ast
Poitierarleys: K.Younger 11+5reb+2ast, E.Fournier 10, T.Gunn 10+2reb, C.Ona-Embo 9+3reb+4ast, R.Wright 8+4reb+1ast, P.Badiane 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 100255


Roanne - Cholet 64-71

An interesting game for Cholet (16-5) which played road game in Roanne against second-best Chorale de Roanne (14-7). First ranked Cholet managed to get a 7-point victory 71-64. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-13. But Chorale de Roanne won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cholet won last quarter 22-17. Cholet outrebounded Chorale de Roanne 36-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Randal Falker (201-85, college: S.Illinois) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Cholet players scored in double figures. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Ricky Davis (199-79, college: Iowa) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Chorale de Roanne. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-5 record. Chorale de Roanne at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Gravelines. Cholet are looking forward to face STB Le Havre (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chorale de Roanne will play against JA Vichy (#16) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Cholet: R.Falker 18+7reb+3ast, S.Mejia 15+6reb+4ast, D.Nelson 13+6reb+2ast, A.Robinson 13+4reb+5ast, V.Avdalovic 6+2reb+4ast, W.Gradit 3+2reb
Roanne: U.Nsonwu-Amadi 13+6reb, R.Davis 12+2reb+4ast, P.Braud 11+1reb, A.Dunn 8+4reb, B.McCauley 7+6reb+2ast, S.Diabate 6+5ast
gschID: 100250


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Gravelines 82-69

Another upset was a game between Gravelines-Dunkerque (14-7) and Pau-Lacq-Orthez (10-11), which took place in Pau. 4th placed Gravelines-Dunkerque lost to ninth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez in a road game 69-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. The game was mostly controlled by Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Gravelines-Dunkerque was better in third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Gravelines-Dunkerque 38-22 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas) who scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Senegalese forward Antoine Mendy (198-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Five Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) who recorded 16 points and 5 assists and swingman Rudy Jomby (197-88) added 14 points respectively. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Le Mans. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's next round opponent will be Entente Orleans 45 (#10) on the road. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Strasbourg IG (#11).
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Gipson 14+6reb+5ast, D.Bennett 13+4reb+1ast, J.Morency 12+2reb, C.Elonu 11+11reb+1ast, M.Maravic 11+2reb+2ast, A.Mendy 10+12reb+3ast
Gravelines: B.Woodside 16+1reb+5ast, R.Jomby 14+3reb, Y.Bokolo 11+1ast, J.Greer 9+1reb+1ast, M.Sene 7+8reb, C.Akpomedah 7+1reb
gschID: 100251




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Superleague Round 17: Leader Army Sport Klub loses to TSU - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Army Sport Klub (14-2) recorded its second loss in Tbilisi on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked TSU (13-4) 92-74. It ended at the same time the 14-game winning streak of Army Sport Klub. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 55-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. TSU forced 21 Army Sport Klub turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international guard Kote Tugushi (192-84) produced 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. TSU have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-4 record behind leader Army. Newly promoted Army Sport Klub still keeps top position with two games lost. TSU are looking forward to face Batumi (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Army Sport Klub's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
The game in Batumi was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Sokhumi (11-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Batumi (5-11). Sokhumi defeated Batumi 82-71. American guard Eugene Harris (188-86, college: High Point) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Lasha Parghalava contributed with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Batumi. Batumi's coach Mikhail Kobeshavidze rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sokhumi maintains fifth place with 11-6 record. Batumi at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Sokhumi will play against higher ranked Kutaisi (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Batumi will play against the league's second-placed TSU (#2) in Tbilisi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tbilisi. Local Dinamo Tbilisi (1-16) was outscored by seventh ranked Samedicino-Academia (6-10) 72-45 on Saturday night. Akaki Dvalishvili stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Irakli Alkhanaidze responded with 9 points and 13 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. Samedicino-Academia maintains seventh place with 6-10 record. Dinamo Tbilisi lost their sixteenth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Army Sport Klub.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#4) and GTU (#9). MIA (12-4) won against visiting GTU (5-12) 90-83. Beka Tsivtsivadze nailed 18 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. GTU's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. MIA moved-up to third place, which they share with Kutaisi. GTU at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena GSAU.

In the last game of round 17 Kutaisi defeated GSAU Tbilisi in a road game 73-67.



TSU Tbilisi - Army 92-74

Top ranked Army Sport Klub (14-2) recorded its second loss in Tbilisi on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked TSU (13-4) 92-74. It ended at the same time the 14-game winning streak of Army Sport Klub. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 55-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. TSU forced 21 Army Sport Klub turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Five TSU players scored in double figures. The former international guard Kote Tugushi (192-84) produced 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Giorgi Pirvelashvili (201-88) added 15 points respectively for the guests. TSU have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-4 record behind leader Army. Newly promoted Army Sport Klub still keeps top position with two games lost. TSU are looking forward to face Batumi (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Army Sport Klub's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: I.Londaridze 23+19reb+4ast, G.Gaprindashvili 17+3reb+4ast, M.Berishvili 16+5reb+6ast, M.Chitashvili 15+3reb+4ast, M.Panchulidze 10+6reb+3ast, S.Kokhreidze 6+4reb+2ast
Army: G.Pirvelashvili 15+3reb+3ast, K.Tugushi 14+9reb+4ast, Z.Babiashvili 14+3reb, S.Atuashvili 9+9reb+1ast, A.Boisa 9+8reb+2ast, G.Bakradze 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 114903


GSAU Tbilisi - Kutaisi 67-73

There was no surprise in Tbilisi where 10th ranked GSAU (4-13) was defeated by third ranked Kutaisi (12-4) 73-67. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But GSAU won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kutaisi forced 20 GSAU turnovers. Forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) nailed 16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winning side and guard Levan Tsekvava (190-89) accounted for 20 points and 4 steals. Guard Revaz Chachanidze (183-90) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Kakhaber Mumladze (201-92) added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for GSAU in the defeat. GSAU's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kutaisi. They maintain third place with 12-4 record having just two points less than leader Army, which they share with MIA Tbilisi. GSAU lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Kutaisi's next round opponent will be Sokhumi (#5) in Tbilisi. GSAU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: L.Tsekvava 20+2reb+2ast, G.Barbakadze 16+9reb+5ast, R.Tukvadze 9+4reb+1ast, R.Didia 9+1reb+3ast, B.Kvimsadze 8+6reb+3ast, M.Bolkvadze 7+2reb+4ast
GSAU Tbilisi: R.Chachanidze 19+7reb+2ast, G.Khaniashvili 12+3reb+1ast, G.Gemazashvili 8+4reb, D.Artsividze 8+4reb+3ast, K.Mumladze 7+9reb, R.Baakashvili 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 114904


Dinamo Tbilisi - Samedicino 45-72

The game with biggest result difference took place in Tbilisi. Local Dinamo Tbilisi (1-16) was outscored by seventh ranked Samedicino-Academia (6-10) 72-45 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Samedicino-Academia. Dinamo Tbilisi managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Samedicino-Academia dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Dinamo Tbilisi's 28. They outrebounded Dinamo Tbilisi 52-36 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and American guard Jeff Rogers (185-73, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Impact Basketball) chipped in 5 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Irakli Alkhanaidze (202-92) responded with 9 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Giga Tvauri (204-90) scored 6 points and 8 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. Samedicino-Academia maintains seventh place with 6-10 record. Dinamo Tbilisi lost their sixteenth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Army Sport Klub.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: A.Dvalishvili 22+12reb+2ast, G.Gulisabedashvili 14+3reb+2ast, M.Chochua 12+3reb+1ast, B.Bekauri 9+3reb+2ast, T.Niniashvili 8+7reb, J.Rogers 5+7reb+8ast
Dinamo Tbilisi: G.Pataraia 12+1reb, I.Alkhanaidze 9+13reb, G.Tvauri 6+8reb+3ast, I.Ivaneishvili 6+2reb, N.Chavelashvili 4+5reb, L.Edzgveradze 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 114905


Batumi - Sokhumi 71-82

The game in Batumi was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Sokhumi (11-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Batumi (5-11). Sokhumi defeated Batumi 82-71. The game was mostly controlled by Sokhumi. Batumi was better in third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 29-of-38 charity shots (76.3 percent) during the game. Batumi was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Eugene Harris (188-86, college: High Point) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) contributed with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Duda Sanadze (196-92) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Batumi. Batumi's coach Mikhail Kobeshavidze rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sokhumi maintains fifth place with 11-6 record. Batumi at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Sokhumi will play against higher ranked Kutaisi (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Batumi will play against the league's second-placed TSU (#2) in Tbilisi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: E.Harris 28+1reb+5ast, L.Parghalava 22+5reb+6ast, T.Kankia 10+7reb+1ast, I.Shanidze 9+3reb, Z.Antadze 5+5reb, R.Damus 5+7reb+1ast
Batumi: L.Keshelava 21+6reb+2ast, D.Sanadze 20+7reb+2ast, G.Kvelashvili 7+4reb, A.Eliashvili 6+7reb, I.Maisuradze 5+1ast, M.Ninua 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 114901


MIA Tbilisi - GTU Tbilisi 90-83

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#4) and GTU (#9). MIA (12-4) won against visiting GTU (5-12) 90-83. It looked good early as GTU took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then MIA had a 27-20 second period charge getting the lead and GTU was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 83-90. MIA forced 22 GTU turnovers. Guard Beka Tsivtsivadze (190-89) nailed 18 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and Cameroonian forward Talba Toudjani (201-80) accounted for 10 points and 12 rebounds. Five MIA players scored in double figures. Guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) came up with 42 points (!!!) and 5 assists and forward Vasili Beruashvili (198-90) added 23 points and 10 rebounds respectively for GTU in the defeat. GTU's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. MIA moved-up to third place, which they share with Kutaisi. GTU at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena GSAU.
Top scorers:
MIA Tbilisi: B.Tsivtsivadze 18+5reb+7ast, T.Cotton 16+5reb+2ast, B.Lezhava 15+3reb+1ast, S.Shermadini 13+6reb, T.Toudjani 10+12reb+2ast, D.Barbakadze 8+1reb+1ast
GTU Tbilisi: B.Chikviladze 42+4reb+5ast, V.Beruashvili 23+10reb+2ast, A.Lomouri 6+4reb+2ast, I.Kobidze 4+3reb, Z.Machaladze 2+5reb+1ast, A.Dzidziguri 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 114902




Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Duda SANADZE
  Batumi
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Sanadze, Batumi24.8 
 2. Chikviladze, GTU T.22.9 
 3. Berishvili, TSU T.21.8 
 4. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.1 
 5. Dvalishvili, Samed.19.2 
 6. Panchulidze, TSU T.18.9 
 7. Harris, Sokhumi18.0 
 8. Matiashvili, TSU T.17.7 
 9. Keshelava, Batumi17.0 
 10. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Akaki DVALISHVILI
  Samedicino
  (206-C-90)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Dvalishvili, Samed.11.6 
 2. Damus, Sokhumi11.3 
 3. Berishvili, TSU T.10.7 
 4. Matiashvili, TSU T.10.4 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi10.3 
 6. Londaridze, TSU T.9.9 
 7. Imnadze, MIA T.9.6 
 8. Tugushi, Army8.9 
 9. Damus, Sokhumi8.7 
 10. Ugrekhelidze, Army8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Beka TSIVTSIVADZE
  MIA Tbilisi
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Tsivtsivadze, MIA T.6.4 
 2. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.6.4 
 3. Harris, Sokhumi6.0 
 4. Tugushi, Army5.9 
 5. Artsividze, GSAU T.5.5 
 6. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi5.0 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.5 
 8. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.4 
 9. Mikeladze, Batumi4.4 
 10. Didia, Kutaisi4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Vasili BERUASHVILI
  GTU Tbilisi
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Beruashvili, GTU T.3.1 
 2. Tsekvava, Energy R.2.8 
 3. Gulisabedash., Samedi.2.8 
 4. Antadze, GTU T.2.7 
 5. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 6. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.6 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.5 
 8. Berishvili, Army2.4 
 9. Berishvili, TSU T.2.3 
 10. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Samuel LAMU
  Energy Rustavi
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lamu, Energy R.2.0 
 2. Bekauri, Samedicino1.5 
 3. Imnadze, MIA T.1.4 
 4. Damus, Sokhumi1.3 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.3 
 6. Damus, Sokhumi1.2 
 7. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 8. Atuashvili, Army1.1 
 9. Toudjani, MIA T.1.0 
 10. Berishvili, TSU T.1.0 


Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Army 14-2 
 2. TSU Tbilisi 13-4 
 3. Kutaisi 12-4 
 4. MIA Tbilisi 12-4 
 5. Sokhumi 11-6 
 6. Energy Rustavi 7-8 
 7. Samedicino 6-10 
 8. Batumi 5-11 
 9. GTU Tbilisi 5-12 
 10. GSAU Tbilisi 4-13 
 11. Dinamo Tbilisi 1-16 


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  GERMANY   


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 25-2 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 20-6 
 3. ALBA 17-8 
 4. Art.Dragons 16-9 
 5. NY Phantoms 15-11 
 6. EWE Baskets 15-11 
 7. TBB Trier 14-11 
 8. Bremerhaven 13-12 
 9. EnBW L'burg 13-12 
 10. Goettingen 13-12 
 11. Walter Tigers 13-13 
 12. Telekom Baskets 12-12 
 13. ratiopharm 11-15 
 14. Phoenix Hagen 11-16 
 15. MBC 7-19 
 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: 18.8
 1. Wood, Dt.18.8 
 2. Allen, ALBA16.4 
 3. Rice, Art.Dragons16.3 
 4. Benzing, ratio.16.2 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.1 
 6. Harris, EnBW L.15.5 
 7. Ross, MBC15.4 
 8. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.15.0 
 10. Peacock, LTi 46ers14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.6 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.5 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.2 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.8 
 5. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 7. Stevic, EWE B.7.0 
 8. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.6 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.5 
 10. Burtschi, Phoenix .6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.8 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.9 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.4 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.0 
 5. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.2 
 7. Campbell, EWE B.4.1 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.1 
 9. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 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. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Pryor, Phoenix .1.6 
 5. Dorris, Phoenix .1.5 
 6. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.5 
 7. Wood, Dt.1.4 
 8. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 9. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 10. Bernard, MBC1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.2.0 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.5 
 5. Seward, Phoenix .1.3 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 
 8. Scott, Goettingen1.0 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 10. Trice, ratiopharm0.9 


Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons) Pregame Thoughts To Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Game March 13th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) is a 30 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 9th professional basketball season playing his fourth with The Artland Dragons. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17games averaging 18.1ppg,5.3rpg,2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. Last season, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. He sat down and spoke with Eurobasket before the game against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven March 13th.

Congrats on the 88-68 win agaisnt BBC Bayreuth. The game was deadlocked at 35 at halftime. Why was Artland unable to pull away more in the first half?

I think we struggled shooting the ball in the first half. We were getting open looks, but were unable to convert. Bayreuth played with more energy and got to more loose balls in the first half.

The Artland Dragons must have done some adjustments since the club exploded for 35 points in the third quarter. What did the team do better?

We just picked up our intensity on the defensive end and held them to 10 points in the third quarter. This lead to easy baskets for us.

What was the play of the game that stuck out most?

No play really stuck out for me in this game.

The next game is against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. What is your memory of the 78-76 loss at home?

It was a tough loss at home for us, where Bremerhaven won on a last second shot.

Bremerhaven have a few more players and have had injury woes. Is this an advantage for Artland since they still have to get integrated and what will be key in getting the win?

I don't know. It's always difficult when you get new players in, because it takes a little time to get them adjusted to the system and the other players. The key will be to control the rebounds and get defensive stops.

The Celtics signed Carlos Arroyo. What do you expect from the guard combo Rondo/Arroyo?

Rondo is still going to play the bulk of the minutes at pg. But I think Arroyo will help them out as a solid back-up.

Should one have compassion for a player like Sherron Collins who misses two flights and then doesnt get the contract from the Charlotte Bobcats?

It all depends on his reason for missing the flights.


Thanks Bryan for the chat.




Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) Pregame Thoughts ToEWE Baskets Oldenburg Game March 12th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg March 12th

Phoenix Hagen is coming off a big win against BBC Bayreuth. The next game is against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. What has been the focus in practice this week?


We are trying to keep the momentum going by winning and not get into this win-lose thing.

Phoenix Hagen beat Oldenburg 89-62 at home earlier in the year. What do you remember from this big win?

We played a very solid game. Oldenburg missed a lot of open shots that game.

What has been your impression of Oldenburg this year? They are a team that should make the playoffs but nothing is for granted in the BEKO BBL.


They are still a very good team. They have great one on one players and physical bigs down low.

Are you looking forward to playing against former NBA player Eddie Gill? What made him standout in the NBA?

I don't think I will be guarding him but I like the challenge of guarding every who the coaches feel will give us problems on defense. He done exactly what his coaches wanted him to do and found his niche.

Will controlling Lou Campbell and the boards be half the rent for the win?


I think it will be. Lou is very tough to guard at the point guard position because he has the size of a 2-guard. They will be bigger than us so we all have to crash the boards to offset the size difference.

The Celtics signed Carlos Arroyo. What do you expect from the guard combo Rondo/Arroyo?


I don't think Arroyo fits what they need but it will be interesting to see.

Should one have compassion for a player like Sherron Collins who misses two flights and then doesnt get the contract from the Charlotte Bobcats?


I don't know the situations with him missing the flights but in the league they don't have people in your ear telling you everything thats planned out for the day like college.

Ratiopharm Ulm has made an interesting pickup for the stretch run getting Tommy Mason Griffin who turned pro after a great season with Oklahoma. What is your overall opinion of players turning pro early?

If you feel that you have what it takes then you should be able to do what you want.

Thanks for the chat Quentin.


John Bynum (TBB Trier) We Cant Have Let Ups And Get Down On Ourselves If Bayreuth Make A Run - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket before the game against BBC Bayreuth March 13th.

The successful basketball play by TBB Trier probably has you in a good mood, but has the nonstop sun in the last week felt like you were in a cooler version of California?


Yea it is exciting the way we are playing right now but we still have a long ways to go where we want to be. As far as the weather goes, it is nice seeing the sun shine anytime no matter where your at... spring is right around the corner and it is reminding me a little bit like California weather but about 20 degrees cooler.

The season is winding down and TBB Trier is on playoff course. Does the team feel pressure despite taking one game at a time?

Naw we hear the whispers now a little bit more than we used to, but at the same time we understand that it is a one game season for us each week. Without winning the game that we have this week, then the playoff dream can go right down the drain with the way the standings are.

The next game is against BBC Bayreuth. On paper they could be a playoff team. Why do you think has this team struggled so much this season?

I think they are a good team and have just had some bad luck. They are a great team and should not be taken lightly. I just think this season it is there first year in the league but at the same time, one win can turn a whole season around especially if you build some confidence up after getting that one win you need to get.

What is your memory of the dissappointing 71-61 loss at home against BBC Bayreuth?

We played really flat that game and they came in and played hard and took a game on our home court. They are a solid team and we have to be ready to play a full 40 minutes especially with the game being on the road.

What makes Danny Gibson most dangerous when he is running the plays for BBC Bayreuth?


Well Danny is a good player and can do a lot of things to help out their team. he can score and he can run the show, but we just have to keep him in front of us and make him feel uncomfortable any way we can.

What will be key in getting vthe win besides the typical consistent TBB Trier defense for 40 minutes?

We cant have let ups and get down on ourselves if they make a run. They will be on there home court and basketball is a game of runs and we should expect them to make one or two, but we have to keep playing hard and just do what we know how to do.

The Celtics signed Carlos Arroyo. What do you expect from the guard combo Rondo/Arroyo?

I expect Rondo to see even more minutes now... Arroyo doesnt bring anything to the table... lol

Should one have compassion for a player like Sherron Collins who misses two flights and then doesnt get the contract from the Charlotte Bobcats?


Well I dont know what to say about that, but I dont understand how you can miss two flights but thats his problem. I know my butt would have been on the plane.

Ratiopharm Ulm has made an interesting pickup for the stretch run getting Tommy Mason Griffin who turned pro after a great season with Oklahoma. What is your overall opinion of players turning pro early?

Well if you are good enough then why not. I dont see anything wrong with it, in my opinion they should be able to leave after high school. In America you can do it in baseball so why not basketball. If you are good enough all you really are doing is wasting a universities time and your own especailly if you dont want to be at school. So I'm all for it... if you can play then why not.

Thanks John for the chat.



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Robinson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old forward Gerald Robinson (204-F-84, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for Haukar and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed KFI (#12, 4-17) with 20-point margin 88-68. Haukar maintains the 8th position in Icelandic league. Haukar 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 9-13 record. Robinson turned to be Haukar's top player in his first season with the team. University of Tennessee at Martin graduate has very impressive stats this year. Robinson leads league in rebounds with 13.6rpg. Robinson

Second best performed player last round was Hayward Fain (196-F, agency: Strategic Sports) of U.M.F. Tindastoll. He is American forward in his first season at Tindastoll. In the last game Fain recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Tindastoll lost that game 84-96 to the higher-ranked Njardvik (#7, 10-12). This loss caused Tindastoll to drop to 11th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Fain is a newcomer at Tindastoll and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kelly Biedler (196-F-88) of IR Reykjavik (#6). Biedler showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seventeen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Biedler's great performance IR lost 92-96 to the lower-ranked Fjolnir (#9, 8-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of IR ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 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 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.7ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 12.7rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.6spg, 1.8bpg and FGP: 54.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gunnar Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) of Keflavik - 25 points and 8 rebounds
5. Marcus Walker (186-G-86) of KR - 27 points and 3 assists
6. Orn Siguraarson (202-C-90) of Haukar - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Semaj Inge (193-G-87) of Haukar - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Brandon Brown (201-F-85) of Fjolnir - 32 points and 9 rebounds
9. Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) of Fjolnir - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Finnur Magnusson (206-C) of KR - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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IOB-CDBA Level 1 basketball league: IOB stuns State Police in inaugural match - by M. Rajalingam
Indian Overseas Bank started the championship with a comfortable 72-53 victory over TN State Police on the opening day of the IOB-CDBA Level 1 city league basketball championship for the Ponnappa Nadar Trophy, which is being held at Chennai.
Satish Kumar of IOB was the star performer of the match with 19 points.
In the other match, ICF beat State Bank 54-25.
Mr. R. Ilangovan, Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Basketball Association, inaugurated the championship.
The results : IOB 72 (Sathish Kumar 19, Abileak Paul 16, Ravi Kumar 13, Pratham Singh 13) bt Tamil Nadu Police 53 (Ganesh Prabhu 10, Gunasekaran 10, Ramesh 10, Dinesh Kumar 21); ICF 54 (Ashwin 15, Tony Ylessley 11) bt State Bank 25 (Soundararajan 14) .


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 16-3 
 2. Tarabari Qom 14-5 
 3. Zob Ahan 13-2 
 4. Mahram 13-2 
 5. T.E.Kashan 13-6 
 6. Azad 9-9 
 7. Gorgan 6-12 
 8. Caspian 6-13 
 9. B.A. Shiraz 6-13 
 10. M.H.Ahvaz 6-13 
 11. Shahrekord 5-15 
 12. Pouya 2-18 


Superleague Round 20: No surprise as Zob Ahan defeats T.E.Kashan - by Eurobasket News
Superleague top team - Zob Ahan (13-2) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked T.E.Kashan (13-6) 64-58. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of T.E.Kashan. Despite that victory Zob Ahan went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with Mahram. T.E.Kashan at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Zob Ahan is looking forward to face Caspian (#9) in Qazvin in the next round where they are favorite. T.E.Kashan will play on the road against Pouya (#12) in Tehran and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Tehran was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Petrochimi (16-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Azad (9-9). Petrochimi did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 81-63. Petrochimi have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Azad at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Petrochimi will play against Mahram (#4) in Tehran in the next round. Azad will play on the road against M.H.Ahvaz in Ahvaz and hopes to get back on the winning track.
10th ranked Shahrekord (5-15) was outscored at home by fourth ranked Rah Tarabari (14-5) with the biggest margin this round 95-67 on Saturday night. Rah Tarabari have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Shahrekord lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Rah Tarabari will meet at home B.A. Shiraz (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Shahrekord will play against Shahrdari Gorgan and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 20 M.H.Ahvaz lost to B.A. Shiraz on the opponent's court 81-89. Gorgan managed to outperform Pouya in a home game 69-61.


Shahrekord - Tarabari Qom 67-95

10th ranked Shahrekord (5-15) was outscored at home by fourth ranked Rah Tarabari (14-5) with the biggest margin this round 95-67 on Saturday night. Rah Tarabari have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Shahrekord lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Rah Tarabari will meet at home B.A. Shiraz (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Shahrekord will play against Shahrdari Gorgan and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 123797


Azad - Petrochimi 63-81

The game in Tehran was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Petrochimi (16-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Azad (9-9). Petrochimi did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 81-63. Petrochimi have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Azad at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Petrochimi will play against Mahram (#4) in Tehran in the next round. Azad will play on the road against M.H.Ahvaz in Ahvaz and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 123794


T.E.Kashan - Zob Ahan 58-64

Superleague top team - Zob Ahan (13-2) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked T.E.Kashan (13-6) 64-58. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of T.E.Kashan. Despite that victory Zob Ahan went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with Mahram. T.E.Kashan at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Zob Ahan is looking forward to face Caspian (#9) in Qazvin in the next round where they are favorite. T.E.Kashan will play on the road against Pouya (#12) in Tehran and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 123795


B.A. Shiraz - M.H.Ahvaz 89-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked M.H.Ahvaz's (6-13) road loss to eighth ranked B.A. Shiraz (6-13) 81-89 on Saturday. B.A. Shiraz maintains eighth position with 6-13 record, which they share with Caspian and M.H.Ahvaz. B.A. Shiraz will meet league's second-placed Rah Tarabari in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. M.H.Ahvaz will play against Azad (#6) in Tehran and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 123796


Gorgan - Pouya 69-61

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (6-12) defeated at home bottom-ranked Pouya (2-18) 69-61 on Saturday. Shahrdari Gorgan moved-up to seventh place. Loser Pouya stay dead last with 18 lost games. Shahrdari Gorgan will meet Shahrekord (#11) on the road in the next round. Pouya will play against T.E.Kashan and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 123793




Superleague Round 19 - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Petrochimi as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Petrochimi defeated 8th ranked B.A. Shiraz in Bandar Imam 89-75. Petrochimi have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. B.A. Shiraz lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost.
The game in Qazvin was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked T.E.Kashan (13-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Caspian (6-13). T.E.Kashan defeated Caspian 73-62. T.E.Kashan have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Tarabari Qom. Caspian lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost.


12th ranked Pouya (2-17) was outscored at home by fourth ranked Rah Tarabari (13-5) with the biggest margin this round 75-59 on Thursday night. Rah Tarabari moved-up to third place, which they share with T.E.Kashan. Pouya at the other side stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost.
In the last game of round 19 Shahrekord lost to M.H.Ahvaz on the opponent's court 70-78.


Caspian - T.E.Kashan 62-73

The game in Qazvin was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked T.E.Kashan (13-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Caspian (6-13). T.E.Kashan defeated Caspian 73-62. T.E.Kashan have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Tarabari Qom. Caspian lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost.

gschID: 123790


Petrochimi - B.A. Shiraz 89-75

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Petrochimi as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Petrochimi defeated 8th ranked B.A. Shiraz in Bandar Imam 89-75. Petrochimi have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. B.A. Shiraz lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost.
gschID: 123791


M.H.Ahvaz - Shahrekord 78-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Shahrekord's (5-14) road loss to ninth ranked M.H.Ahvaz (6-12) 70-78 on Thursday. M.H.Ahvaz moved-up to seventh place. Shahrekord at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost.
gschID: 123792


Pouya - Tarabari Qom 59-75

12th ranked Pouya (2-17) was outscored at home by fourth ranked Rah Tarabari (13-5) with the biggest margin this round 75-59 on Thursday night. Rah Tarabari moved-up to third place, which they share with T.E.Kashan. Pouya at the other side stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost.
gschID: 123789




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Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.9 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona22.0 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.6 
 4. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 5. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 6. Clark, Umana Reyer18.9 
 7. Forte, Tuscany PT18.2 
 8. Marigney, Assigeco18.1 
 9. Hickman, Fastw.17.2 
 10. Slay, Umana Reyer17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Limoges
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 2. Filloy, Immobili.9.0 
 3. Varnado, Tuscany PT8.8 
 4. Dickens, San Severo8.7 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.5 
 6. Lollis, Immobili.8.2 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezeni.7.8 
 8. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 9. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
 10. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Leemire GOLDWIRE
  Forli
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Goldwire, Forli5.5 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona5.2 
 3. Porta, Tezenis .4.7 
 4. Mathis, Snaidero.3.9 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer3.7 
 6. Farabello, N.Fer.3.7 
 7. Hickman, Fastw.3.6 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola3.6 
 9. Marigney, Assigeco3.6 
 10. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.1 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Hunter, Sunrise .2.8 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.6 
 5. Cerella, Assigeco2.5 
 6. Williams, Snaidero.2.4 
 7. Filloy, Immobili.2.4 
 8. Scarone, Immobili.2.4 
 9. Davis, Sunrise .2.4 
 10. Farabello, N.Fer.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.8 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 6. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 7. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.7 
 8. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 9. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 10. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Umana Reyer 16-6 
 2. Snaidero UD 16-7 
 3. Fastweb CM 15-7 
 4. Barcellona 15-7 
 5. Immobiliare SR 15-8 
 6. Sunrise Scafati 14-8 
 7. Prima Veroli 13-10 
 8. Aget Imola 11-11 
 9. Fileni BPA 10-12 
 10. Tuscany PT 10-12 
 11. N.Ferrara 9-13 
 12. Assigeco 8-14 
 13. Tezenis Verona 8-15 
 14. Trenkwalder 7-15 
 15. San Severo 6-16 
 16. Forli 5-17 


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


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 3. Valters, VEF R.15.1 
 4. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 5. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 6. Willjam, Barons14.9 
 7. Mednis, Turiba14.6 
 8. Peiners, LU14.5 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja14.4 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Caceres
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Valeika, Valmiera8.7 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.2 
 3. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 4. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 5. Rozitis, Zemgale7.2 
 6. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja6.9 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 9. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Willjam, Barons4.9 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.6 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja3.9 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.8 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.2 
 10. Piternieks, LU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 3. Cavars, Barons2.0 
 4. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja1.9 
 6. Gabrans, Valmiera1.8 
 7. Slisans, LU1.7 
 8. Valters, VEF R.1.7 
 9. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 10. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 3. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 6. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.9 
 7. Meiers, Liepaja0.9 
 8. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 9. Pishchalniko., Barons0.8 
 10. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 


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


LBL D2 Round 20 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The game in Riga supposed to be quite interesting. 5th ranked Gulbene (11-9) played at the court of sixth ranked BAA Riga (10-9). BAA Riga smashed Gulbene 97-75 on Friday. The game without a history. BAA Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BAA Riga maintains sixth position with 10-9 record. Gulbene at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. BAA Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Ridzene.
The game in Gulbene was also worth to mention about. Third ranked BS Ogre (15-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Gulbene (11-9). BS Ogre managed to secure a 5-point victory 86-81. BS Ogre moved-up to second place. Gulbene at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. BS Ogre will play against Zemgale/Juniors (#8) in Jelgava in the next round where they are favorite. Gulbene will have a break next round.
The game in Gulbene was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Saldus (14-6) played at the court of fifth ranked Gulbene (11-9). Gulbene managed to secure a 5-point victory 85-80 on Friday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Saldus. Gulbene maintains fifth position with 11-9 record. Loser Saldus keep the fourth place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 20 Ridzene were beaten by Livani on the road 81-73. BAA Riga lost to Liepaja-2 on its own court 74-89.



BAA Riga - Gulbene 97-75

The game in Riga supposed to be quite interesting. 5th ranked Gulbene (11-9) played at the court of sixth ranked BAA Riga (10-9). BAA Riga smashed Gulbene 97-75 on Friday. The game without a history. BAA Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BAA Riga maintains sixth position with 10-9 record. Gulbene at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. BAA Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Ridzene.
gschID: 120519


Livani - Ridzene 81-73

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked Livani (3-15) beat at home 10th ranked Ridzene (3-16) 81-73 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Livani moved-up to tenth place. Ridzene lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Livani will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ridzene's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena BAA Riga.
gschID: 120520


BAA Riga - Liepaja-2 74-89

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked BAA Riga (10-9) lost at home to eighth ranked Liepaja-2 (9-10) 89-74 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Liepaja-2. BAA Riga managed to win third quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liepaja-2 have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Zemgale/Jun. Loser BAA Riga keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Liepaja-2 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BAA Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Ridzene.
gschID: 120517


Gulbene - Ogre 81-86

The game in Gulbene was also worth to mention about. Third ranked BS Ogre (15-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Gulbene (11-9). BS Ogre managed to secure a 5-point victory 86-81. Gulbene was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 28-18 third quarter run of BS Ogre. BS Ogre moved-up to second place. Gulbene at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. BS Ogre will play against Zemgale/Juniors (#8) in Jelgava in the next round where they are favorite. Gulbene will have a break next round.
gschID: 120518


Gulbene - Saldus 85-80

The game in Gulbene was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Saldus (14-6) played at the court of fifth ranked Gulbene (11-9). Gulbene managed to secure a 5-point victory 85-80 on Friday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Saldus. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 31-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gulbene maintains fifth position with 11-9 record. Loser Saldus keep the fourth place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 120516




LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Liepaja 16-7 
 2. Ventspils 15-3 
 3. Barons 14-8 
 4. Valmiera 12-8 
 5. VEF Riga jrs 12-9 
 6. Zemgale 7-12 
 7. Turiba 5-18 
 8. LU 3-19 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


Sandis Buskevics will finish season in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
Liepajas Lauvas bolstered their roster with addition of Sandis Buskevics (190-G-77, agency: Alti Sport). The 33-year-old guard has already debuted for Liepaja. He helped the team reach victory against VEF Riga juniors. Sandis Buskevics parted ways with Ventspils at the start of the month. The 33-year-old guard joined Ventspils in December. Sandis Buskevics tallied 2.3 points, 2.5 assists and 2.3 boards per EuroChallenge game. In LBL his stats read 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.8 assists per appearance. In Baltic League Sandis Buskevics posted 3.3 points, 3.2 assists and 1.2 boards. The guard started the season in Poland. He notched 2.3 points, 1.7 assists and 1.3 boards for Trefl Sopot. Sandis Buskevics started his career in Ventspils. He later played Turkey, Russia, Lithuania and Italy. Sandis Buskevics was the member of the Latvian National Team in 1999-2007 seasons.



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NKL Round 42: Silute loses to Puntukas - by Eurobasket News
Silute (16-22) recorded its twentieth second loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Puntukas (11-28) 83-77 in Group B. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Puntukas forced 19 Silute turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Andrius Urbonas (202-91) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Bobby Maze (188-G-86, college: Tennessee) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Puntukas' coach Gintautas Regina used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center Arvydas Vaitiekus (210-83, college: Marshalltown CC) who recorded 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Newly promoted Puntukas maintains seventh position with 11-28 record. Silute at the other side dropped to the second place with 22 games lost in the group. Puntukas are looking forward to face higher ranked Akademija (#4) in Vilnius in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Silute will play on the road against Delikatesas in Joniskis and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Radviliskis. Second ranked Radviliskis faced 4th ranked Meresta. Host Radviliskis (27-13) defeated guests from Pakruojis (24-16) 64-53. It was a good game for Nigerian forward Azeez Oladimeji (204-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Zilvinas Kuklierius contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Liudas Radavicius (188-88) replied with 16 points for Meresta. Radviliskis maintains second position with 27-13 record having just -12 point less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Meresta at the other side keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. Radviliskis will play against league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Meresta will play at home against Mazeikiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Pieno Zvaigzdes delivered the 39th victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (21-19) 83-59 in Pasvalys. Mantas Virbalas had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Rimantas Endrijaitis felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Mindaugas Kupsas with 19 points. Pieno Zvaigzdes have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 39-1 record. Zalgiris-Sabonio lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with Nafta Universitetas. Pieno Zvaigzdes will meet league's second-placed Radviliskis on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against Nafta Universitetas (#6) in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Joniskis was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Triobet Malsta (17-21) played at the court of 5th ranked Delikatesas (13-25). Triobet Malsta managed to secure a 8-point victory 73-65. Tadas Sebeziovas notched 18 points and 4 assists to lead the effort. Triobet Malsta's coach Kestutis Narusevicius used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Triobet Malsta keeps a position of league leader. Delikatesas at the other side keeps the fifth place with 25 games lost. Triobet Malsta's next round opponent will be Erelita-KTU (#3) in Kaunas, which may be the game of the day. Delikatesas will play at home against the league's second-placed Silute.
The game in Siauliai supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Akademija (14-24) played at the court of 6th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (13-26). Akademija did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 78-58 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ABRO-Universitetas. The best player for the winners was Egidijus Mockevicius who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Akademija's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Akademija have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Erelita. Loser ABRO-Universitetas keeps the sixth position with 26 games lost. Akademija will face Puntukas (#7) in Anyksciai in the next round.

In the last two games of round 42 Perlas-MRU was defeated by Mazeikiai in a road game 86-69. LKKA-Atletas beat Nafta Universitetas at home 88-74.
The best stats of 42th round was 24 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists by Bryan Harrison of Mazeikiai.


Delikatesas - Triobet Malsta 65-73

The game in Joniskis was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Triobet Malsta (17-21) played at the court of 5th ranked Delikatesas (13-25). Triobet Malsta managed to secure a 8-point victory 73-65. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 13-9 Delikatesas' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 73-65 at the end of the game. Guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) notched 18 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Audrius Vasiliauskas (189-82) supported him with 12 points. Triobet Malsta's coach Kestutis Narusevicius used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds by swingman Vytautas-Edvardas Pikalavicius (196-90) did not help to save the game for Delikatesas. Center Julius Jucikas (205-89) added 14 points. Triobet Malsta keeps a position of league leader. Delikatesas at the other side keeps the fifth place with 25 games lost. Triobet Malsta's next round opponent will be Erelita-KTU (#3) in Kaunas, which may be the game of the day. Delikatesas will play at home against the league's second-placed Silute.
Top scorers:
Triobet Malsta: T.Sebeziovas 18+3reb+4ast, A.Vasiliauskas 12+1reb+2ast, R.Juknevicius 10+1reb+1ast, P.Vaitiekunas 6+5reb+3ast, H.Vorotnikovas 6+4reb+1ast, V.Kruzikas 5+2reb
Delikatesas: V.Pikalavicius 20+13reb+1ast, Z.Petraitis 17, J.Jucikas 14+4reb, T.Mikalauskas 4+1reb, K.Artamonov 4+4reb+2ast, M.Keras 2+2reb
gschID: 122498


Mazeikiai - Perlas-MRU 86-69

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Perlas-MRU (17-23) was defeated on the road by third ranked Mazeikiai (25-15) 86-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Mazeikiai. Perlas-MRU was better in third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mazeikiai dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Perlas-MRU's 32 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll.) who scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Forward Dainius Vaitelis (201-86) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Paulius Semaska (179-93) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Mazeikiai have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 25-15 record having just -10 point less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Loser Perlas-MRU keeps the eighth place with 23 games lost. Mazeikiai will face Meresta (#4) in Pakruojis in the next round. Perlas-MRU will play at home against LKKA-Atletas (#5) in Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: B.Harrison 24+5reb+9ast, D.Vaitelis 18+4reb+1ast, M.Norkus 8+3reb, J.Warren 8+6reb+2ast, M.Sidlauskas 7+4reb+3ast, V.Kazlauskas 7+1reb
Perlas-MRU: M.Kazonas 15+2reb, E.Lengvinas 15+8reb+2ast, P.Semaska 11+4reb+5ast, T.Padegimas 9+3reb+1ast, K.Brusokas 8+4reb+1ast, D.Pipiras 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 122494


Radviliskis - Meresta 64-53

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Radviliskis. Second ranked Radviliskis faced 4th ranked Meresta. Host Radviliskis (27-13) defeated guests from Pakruojis (24-16) 64-53. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 17-3 run, which allowed them to win the game. Radviliskis dominated on the defensive end, holding Meresta to just 3 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 22 Meresta turnovers. It was a good game for Nigerian forward Azeez Oladimeji (204-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Four Radviliskis players scored in double figures. Guard Liudas Radavicius (188-88) replied with 16 points and forward Audrius Danusevicius (204-74) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Meresta. Radviliskis maintains second position with 27-13 record having just -12 point less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Meresta at the other side keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. Radviliskis will play against league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Meresta will play at home against Mazeikiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: A.Oladimeji 14+14reb+1ast, M.Binza 14+5reb, L.Pipiras 12+6reb+1ast, Z.Kuklierius 10+5reb+8ast, D.Rekasius 8+3reb+1ast, L.Valantinas 3+3reb+2ast
Meresta: L.Radavicius 16+1reb+1ast, A.Danusevicius 10+7reb, M.Jankaitis 8+1ast, S.Raziulis 7+3reb+3ast, V.Padgureckas 4+5reb+3ast, M.Kumpis 4+3reb
gschID: 122495


Silute - Puntukas 77-83

Top ranked Silute (16-22) recorded its twentieth second loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Puntukas (11-28) 83-77. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Puntukas forced 19 Silute turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Andrius Urbonas (202-91) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Bobby Maze (188-86, college: Tennessee) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Puntukas' coach Gintautas Regina used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center Arvydas Vaitiekus (210-83, college: Marshalltown CC) who recorded 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks and swingman Andrius Cizikas (197-88) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists respectively. Four Puntukas and five Silute players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Puntukas maintains seventh position with 11-28 record. Silute at the other side dropped to the second place with 22 games lost. Puntukas are looking forward to face higher ranked Akademija (#4) in Vilnius in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Silute will play on the road against Delikatesas in Joniskis and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Puntukas: A.Urbonas 16+9reb, T.Rinkunas 14+3reb+3ast, P.Joneliunas 13+6reb, B.Maze 12+4reb+4ast, G.Butkus 9+4reb+2ast, L.Kazlauskas 6+3reb+1ast
Silute: A.Vaitiekus 19+8reb, J.Cesnavicius 16+8reb, V.Nedzinskas 14+8reb+3ast, A.Cizikas 11+5reb+10ast, E.Jurkus 11+3reb+2ast, R.Dimiciukas 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 122496


ABRO-Univ. - Akademija 58-78

The game in Siauliai supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Akademija (14-24) played at the court of 6th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (13-26). Akademija did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 78-58 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ABRO-Universitetas. The game was mostly controlled by Akademija. ABRO-Universitetas was better in fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Akademija dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to ABRO-Universitetas' 22 and made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Akademija forced 30 ABRO-Universitetas turnovers and outrebounded them 35-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-92) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Martynas Paliukenas (190-93) chipped in 14 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Five Akademija players scored in double figures. Akademija's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and Belarusian swingman Vitali Liutych (198-92) added 20 points respectively. Akademija have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Erelita. Loser ABRO-Universitetas keeps the sixth position with 26 games lost. Akademija will face Puntukas (#7) in Anyksciai in the next round.
Top scorers:
Akademija: M.Paliukenas 14+1reb+5ast, E.Mockevicius 13+8reb, O.Olisevicius 12+8reb, T.Lekunas 12+6reb+1ast, S.Lekys 10+3reb, K.Alekna 7+1reb+1ast
ABRO-Univ.: V.Liutych 20+1reb+1ast, A.Kvedaravicius 10+10reb+3ast, P.Rasamavicius 8+3reb+1ast, I.Ramasauskas 6, E.Vaupsas 5+1reb+1ast, P.Knyza 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 122497


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Zalgiris-Sabonio 83-59

Leader Pieno Zvaigzdes delivered the 39th victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (21-19) 83-59 in Pasvalys. Pieno Zvaigzdes dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Zalgiris-Sabonio's 38. Pieno Zvaigzdes forced 19 Zalgiris-Sabonio turnovers. Power forward Mantas Virbalas (204-88) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Arturas Masiulis (210-80) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Rimantas Endrijaitis felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) with 19 points and forward Edgaras Ulanovas (198-92) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Pieno Zvaigzdes have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 39-1 record. Zalgiris-Sabonio lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with Nafta Universitetas. Pieno Zvaigzdes will meet league's second-placed Radviliskis on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against Nafta Universitetas (#6) in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: Z.Fredrick 14+1reb+1ast, M.Virbalas 13+10reb+1ast, A.Kazlauskas 11+3reb+1ast, A.Masiulis 10+11reb, R.Trakimas 8+10reb+1ast, D.Leonard 7+4reb+5ast
Zalgiris-Sabonio: M.Kupsas 19+4reb, E.Ulanovas 15+7reb, M.Grigonis 7+1reb, P.Sorokas 6+7reb+2ast, K.Vecvagars 4+4reb+1ast, M.Rutkauskas 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 122492


LKKA-Atletas - Nafta Universitetas 88-74

Everything could happen in Kaunas at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked LKKA-Atletas and 7th ranked Nafta Universitetas had identical 21-18 record. This time LKKA-Atletas used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Klaipeda 88-74 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by LKKA-Atletas. Nafta Universitetas was better in third quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LKKA-Atletas made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when LKKA-Atletas made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) who scored 19 points and 6 assists. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four LKKA-Atletas players scored in double figures. LKKA-Atletas' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) added 24 points respectively. LKKA-Atletas maintains fifth position with 22-18 record. Loser Nafta Universitetas dropped to the sixth place with 19 games lost. LKKA-Atletas will face Perlas-MRU (#8) in Vilnius in the next round. Nafta Universitetas will play on the road against Zalgiris-Sabonio in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LKKA-Atletas: S.Vingelis 19+2reb+6ast, V.Sragauskis 17+7reb+2ast, D.Gricius 14+4reb, T.Urbonas 12+11reb+2ast, J.Andriuska 9+1reb+2ast, A.Sakalauskas 9+5reb+3ast
Nafta Universitetas: M.Girdziunas 24+2reb+2ast, J.Kazakauskas 21+10reb+2ast, D.Anuzis 11+5reb+3ast, T.Mazelis 7+1reb+1ast, D.Norkus 6+6reb+2ast, D.Zvinklys 4+5reb
gschID: 122493




Lithuanian NKL round 41 best performance: Bryan Harrison - by Eurobasket News
American guard Bryan Harrison (188-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Mazeikiai, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 41.
The 26-year old player got a double-double of 20 points and 12 assists, while his team crushed Nafta Universitetas (#7, 21-18) with 19-point margin 86-67. Mazeikiai is placed at 3rd position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mazeikiai will need more victories to improve their 24-15 record. In the team's last game Harrison had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Mazeikiai's top player in his first season with the team. Former Georgia College & State University star has very solid stats this year. Harrison is league's best passer with 7.1apg. Harrison is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.8spg and 57.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Evaldas Jurkus (190-G-84) of league's leader Silute. Jurkus had a very good evening with 36 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Silute to edge Triobet Malsta (16-21) 82-78. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Triobet Malsta managed to tie with Silute at the very top position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 16-21 record. Jurkus is a newcomer at Silute, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#4). He also registered 5.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Janas Jurgo (200-F-83) of Akademija (#4). Jurgo scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Akademija, leading his team to a 80-62 easy win against #3 ranked Erelita. The chances of Akademija not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 24 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jurgo could try to bring Akademija's a little bit higher in the standings. Jurgo has a very solid season. In 5 games in Lithuania he scored 23.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Azeez Oladimeji (204-F-89) of Radviliskis - 13 points and 10 rebounds
5. Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) of ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai - 22 points and 6 rebounds
6. Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Paulius Joneliunas (211-C-84) of Puntukas - 15 points and 12 rebounds
8. Dainius Vaitelis (201-F-86) of Mazeikiai - 16 points and 5 rebounds
9. Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) of Akademija - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) of Perlas-MRU - 10 points and 15 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 - NKL
NKL Standings
Group A
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 39-1 
 2. Radviliskis 27-13 
 3. Mazeikiai 25-15 
 4. Meresta 24-16 
 5. LKKA-Atletas 22-18 
 6. Nafta Universitetas 21-19 
 7. Zalgiris-Sabonio 21-19 
 8. Perlas-MRU 17-23 
Group B
 1. Triobet Malsta 17-21 
 2. Silute 16-22 
 3. Erelita 14-24 
 4. Akademija 14-24 
 5. Delikatesas 13-25 
 6. ABRO-Univ. 13-26 
 7. Puntukas 11-28 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.22.0 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.6 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.3 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.2 
 5. Jurkus, Silute18.1 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.16.7 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.3 
 9. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 10. Girdziunas, Nafta U.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.10.6 
 2. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.2 
 3. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.5 
 4. Warren, Mazeikiai8.6 
 5. Nedzinskas, Silute8.6 
 6. Brusokas, Perla.8.5 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.7 
 8. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.2 
 9. Kaupaitis, Silute7.2 
 10. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai7.1 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.2 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.9 
 4. Sapiega, Erelita4.9 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.5 
 7. Kutra, Delikatesas4.4 
 8. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.4.1 
 9. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 10. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.8 
 2. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.5 
 3. Petraitis, Delikate.2.5 
 4. Metelica, Erelita2.4 
 5. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.4 
 6. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.2.3 
 7. Sapiega, Erelita2.2 
 8. Kutra, Delikatesas2.2 
 9. Jurkus, Silute2.1 
 10. Radavicius, Meres.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.6 
 2. Urbonas, LK.2.3 
 3. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.9 
 4. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.7 
 5. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.5 
 6. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 7. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.2 
 8. Ramasauskas, ABRO-.1.0 
 9. Bernataviciu., Triobe.0.9 
 10. Milinskas, Triobe.0.9 


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Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Kennedy, Residence25.1 
 2. Ulmer, Soleuvre24.5 
 3. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 4. Schumacher, T7123.5 
 5. McDaniel, Black S.22.6 
 6. Reimold, Basket E.21.8 
 7. Muller, T7121.1 
 8. Gary, Contern19.9 
 9. Smith, Sparta19.1 
 10. Delgado, Etzella18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre16.8 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.14.7 
 3. Gary, Contern12.9 
 4. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 5. Kennedy, Residence12.5 
 6. Wurtz, Musel Pikes12.0 
 7. Stephens, T7112.0 
 8. Scott, Etzella10.9 
 9. Wojnowski, Musel P.10.7 
 10. Abercrombie, Spa.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Schartz, Amicale5.1 
 2. Schumacher, T714.7 
 3. Rausch, Black Star3.6 
 4. Delgado, Etzella3.5 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.3.3 
 6. Arbaut, Sparta3.0 
 7. Koster, Residence2.8 
 8. Schwartz, Musel P.2.8 
 9. McDaniel, Black S.2.5 
 10. Ferreira, Etzella2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jones, Amicale2.2 
 2. Kalmes, Contern1.9 
 3. Smith, Sparta1.6 
 4. Schartz, Amicale1.6 
 5. Gary, Contern1.5 
 6. McDaniel, Black S.1.5 
 7. Birdsong, Amicale1.5 
 8. Kennedy, Residence1.5 
 9. Abdiu, Residence1.5 
 10. Delgado, Etzella1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gary, Contern2.1 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.1.8 
 3. Birdsong, Amicale1.8 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.3 
 5. Stephens, T711.0 
 6. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.9 
 7. Abercrombie, Spa.0.9 
 8. Ulmer, Soleuvre0.8 
 9. Kennedy, Residence0.7 
 10. Wojnowski, Musel P.0.6 


Standings
Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 17-4 
 2. Etzella 15-5 
 3. Basket Esch 13-8 
 4. Amicale 12-8 
 5. Sparta 11-10 
 6. Residence 9-12 
7-10 places
 1. Musel Pikes 9-10 
 2. Contern 7-12 
 3. Soleuvre 6-13 
 4. Black Star 1-18 


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  MEXICO   


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


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  NBA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.4 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.2 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.25.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.24.7 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers23.7 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.8 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.0 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.8 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.4 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.5 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.0 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 9. Humphries, New J.9.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.0 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.6 
 5. Calderon, Toron.9.2 
 6. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.5 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.0 
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. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 6. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 7. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..1.7 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.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. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 6. Stoudemire, New Y.2.0 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.2.0 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 
 10. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 46-17 
 2. New York K. 34-30 
 3. Philadelph.76 34-31 
 4. New Jersey N. 21-43 
 5. Toronto R. 18-47 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 46-18 
 2. Indiana P. 27-38 
 3. Milwaukee B. 25-38 
 4. Detroit P. 23-43 
 5. Cleveland C. 12-52 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 44-21 
 2. Orlando M. 41-25 
 3. Atlanta H. 37-28 
 4. Charlotte B. 27-38 
 5. Washington W. 16-47 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 41-23 
 2. Denver N. 38-27 
 3. Portland TB 37-28 
 4. Utah Jazz 34-32 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-50 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 46-20 
 2. Phoenix Suns 33-30 
 3. Golde State W. 29-36 
 4. LA Clippers 25-41 
 5. Sacramento K. 15-48 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 53-12 
 2. Dallas M. 47-18 
 3. N.Orleans H. 38-29 
 4. Memphis G. 36-30 
 5. Houston R. 33-33 


Friday's games - by Eurobasket News
Golde State W. - Orlando M. 123-120 OT
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) had 39 points and 11 assists, Dorell Wright (6'8''-G/F-85) scored 32 points and the Golden State Warriors came back from 21 points down to stun the Orlando Magic 123-120 in overtime Friday night. Stephen Curry added 22 points and 12 assists, and the Warriors made a franchise-record 21 three-pointers to highlight a furious second-half push that toppled the Magic in thrilling fashion. Jason Richardson scored 30 points and Jameer Nelson had 24 points in another underwhelming performance for the Magic against an inferior opponent. They wasted a big lead with a poor defensive effort after the break. *Courtesy of www.news919.com

Toronto R. - Indiana P. 108-98
Leandrinho Barbosa (6'3''-G-82) scored a season-high 29 points, Ed Davis (6'10''-F-89, college: N.Carolina) had 12 points and 13 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Pacers 108-98 on Friday night, Indiana's fifth straight loss in Toronto. The Pacers lost their sixth straight overall and dropped into a tie with Charlotte for the final playoff spot in the East after the Bobcats beat Portland. DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points and James Johnson had 13 for the Raptors, who had lost three straight and 23 of 27. Danny Granger scored 25 points, Tyler Hansbrough had 20 and Darren Collison 13 for the slumping Pacers. Rookie Paul George added 10 points. Toronto's Jose Calderon had 13 points and eight assists and Reggie Evans had 16 rebounds. Andrea Bargnani returned after sitting out Wednesday's loss to Utah with flulike symptoms but missed his first eight shots and finished 1 for 13 with eight points. Since winning seven of its first eight games under coach Frank Vogel, Indiana has lost 10 of 13. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Charlotte B. - Portland TB 97-92
Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) scored 18 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead three-point play, and the Bobcats beat the Portland Trail Blazers 97-92 on Friday night to spoil Gerald Wallace's return to Charlotte. In his first game back from a hamstring injury, Jackson finished one point shy of the team record for points in a quarter held by Wallace as Charlotte snapped a six-game losing streak. The last original member of the 7-year-old franchise and its only All-Star, Wallace was traded last month for role players and draft picks, a move owner Michael Jordan said would give them 'flexibility' to rebuild the roster in the next few years. Wallace had 13 points and nine rebounds, but fouled Jackson on his twisting layup to put Charlotte ahead to stay with 48 seconds left and later fouled out. Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) scored 20 points for the Blazers, but missed one of two free throws with 5.6 seconds left with Portland trailing by two. Patty Mills then missed two more free throws and Andre Miller also had a key turnover in the final minute as Portland's four-game winning streak was snapped. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Chicago B. - Atlanta H. 94-76
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) came on strong after a slow start to finish with 34 points, and the Chicago Bulls ran away with their 12th win in 14 games, beating the struggling Atlanta Hawks 94-76 on Friday. The Bulls prevailed on a night when Carlos Boozer sat out with a sprained left ankle thanks to a strong third quarter. Leading the way was Rose with 18 points in the period as the Bulls outscored Atlanta 24-10 to turn a two-point halftime deficit into a 72-60 lead, and Chicago pulled within a half game of Eastern Conference leader Boston. Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) added 18 points even though he was questionable after bruising his left thigh in a collision with Charlotte's Gerald Henderson on Wednesday. The Bulls won that game to clinch the Central division, but it was a costly victory. *Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com

New Jersey N. - LA Clippers 102-98 OT
Once the Nets grounded Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) and the Clippers' high-flying act, they pulled off their biggest comeback in two years. Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) and Jordan Farmar each scored 24 points, combining for all eight of New Jersey's in overtime, and the Nets rallied to beat Los Angeles 102-98 Friday night for their fourth straight victory. Kris Humphries had 19 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and made all eight shots while playing All-Star Blake Griffin to at least a draw as the Nets erased a 20-point deficit for their longest winning streak since also taking four in a row from Jan. 31-Feb. 7, 2009. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Philadelph.76 - Boston C. 89-86
Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke) played a big part in the 76ers win over the best team in the East. He loved the crowd going wild from start to finish. The scene looked and sounded like a playoff game for the Philadelphia 76ers - a spectacle they expect to repeat. 'We definitely feel like we're growing into one of the better teams in the East,' Brand said. Brand scored 14 points, Spencer Hawes (7'0''-C-88, college: Washington) had 14 points and 10 rebounds to help the Sixers beat the Boston Celtics 89-86 on Friday night. The Sixers led by 10 points and controlled the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics for most of the fourth quarter. The Sixers held on a game after they blew a five-point lead with a minute left in regulation in Wednesday's overtime loss to Oklahoma City. They haven't lost consecutive games since Jan. 19-20. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Minnesota T. - Utah Jazz 122-101
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) added 23 points to lead Minnesota past Utah on Friday night at Target Center. Coming off a Wednesday night win over Indiana, the Wolves won back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 7-8 victories at New Orleans and Houston. Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 18 points off the bench. Only one Utah starter scored in double figures (rookie forward Jeremy Evans, 14 points). *Courtesy of www.twincities.com

Oklah.City T. - Detroit P. 104-94
When the Thunder traded away Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown), it meant saying goodbye to the player who had been Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) 's right-hand man since before the franchise even called Oklahoma City home. James Harden is quickly taking over that role alongside Durant and fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook. Durant scored 24 points, Harden kept his late-season surge going with 22 points and the Thunder beat the Detroit Pistons 104-94 on Friday night. Harden, the No. 3 pick in the 2009 draft, was scoring 10.3 points per game before the All-Star break but is averaging 17.7 in 10 games since. *Courtesy of www.desertnews.com

San Antonio S. - Sacramento K. 108-103
Bat scares and losses. That's all the Sacramento Kings get when they visit San Antonio. Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 24 points, but this time took no bold swipes at a bat once again interrupting a Kings game in San Antonio, and the Spurs survived both the bat brush and Sacramento in a 108-103 win Friday night. Last season against the Kings - on Halloween, no less - Ginobili swatted down a bat circling the court. But what at first was commended as fearless reflexes wound up getting Ginobili a rabies vaccination and the scorn of animal rights activists. He wasn't making that mistake twice. ''I said 'Not again,''' Ginobili said. ''PETA insulted me. So I said this time someone else is going to take care of it.'' Tony Parker scored 27 points and Tim Duncan had 15 for the Spurs. The brief bat commotion in the second quarter ended when it flew smack into a fan seated in the third row, and after that, the NBA-best Spurs had their work cut out for them against the lowly Kings. Jermaine Taylor (6'4''-G-86, college: Cent.Florida) and Omri Casspi had 16 points apiece for Sacramento, which took a 91-88 lead midway through the fourth quarter on Taylor's alley-oop dunk. The Kings already count the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando among their scant 15 wins this season, and at that moment, it looked like they might add the Spurs to the list during an otherwise miserable season. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Breakers look to get back in winning circle - by Mike Lacey
The New Zealand Breakers last home game produced a nerve jangling 66-65 victory over the Townsville Crocodiles. The win, built on solid defence, enabled the club to place one hand on the iiNet NBL Championship regular season title. 48 hours later, following the Crocs loss to Wollongong, the title was secured an outstanding performance by the Burger King New Zealand Breakers with four regular season games remaining.
Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) in his 100th game for the club led all scorers with 20 points. CJ Bruton and Gary Wilkinson also contributed double digit scores but it was the all round performance of Mika Vukona that really caught the eye. Mika, despite being troubled by an injured ankle, was at the heart of the action, 10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals illustrating his great value to the team.

Last weekend the return fixture in Townsville resulted in a 100-92 win for the Crocs.
NBL Player of the month for February, Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) was not at his productive best and it was left to Gary Wilkinson with 22 points (10 from 14 shooting) and Tom Abercrombie, 18 points (6 from 11) and 7 rebounds to lead the Breakers challenge. Coughing up 20 turnovers for the second successive game will not be a statistic that will have gone unnoticed by the coaching staff so look for better ball security in the three games leading into the playoffs.

The Breakers visitors on Thursday are the Sydney Kings who have had a disappointing campaign but are still desperate for a win to avoid the wooden spoon and also to continue the good progress they have made in the second half of the seaso. Hopefully former Tall Blacks point guard Mark Dickel will be fit to play and link up with Patrick Saunders in the back court, Centre Julian Khazzouh is a league MVP candidate (averaging 17.5 points and 10 rebounds per game) and also look out for energetic forward Graeme Dann who has been putting up good numbers recently.
Sydney has an amazing record against the Breakers having won 6 out of 7 of their visits to New Zealand although the Breakers did win both encounters in Sydney in the first half of this season. The Breakers have cemented top spot but still have plenty to play for.



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Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. De La Salle 2-0 
 2. Ibdaa D. 2-0 
 3. Orthodox R. 2-0 
 4. Bethlehem 1-0 
 5. Beit Sahour 1-1 
 6. Berzeit Club 1-1 
 7. Ebal 1-1 
 8. Al Ahli 0-0 
 9. Hiteen 0-1 
 10. Islami 0-1 
 11. Qalandia 0-1 
 12. Al Fara 0-2 
 13. Sarriyet 0-2 


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Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Michal JANKOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Jankowski, Polonia .17.9 
 2. Pacocha, AZS S.17.5 
 3. Witos, GKS Tychy17.0 
 4. Mis, SKK Siedlce16.4 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 6. Lichodzijews., ISS S.16.1 
 7. Michalak, Polonia .15.8 
 8. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 9. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.15.0 
 10. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.6 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS S.9.2 
 3. Mis, SKK Siedlce8.8 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.7 
 5. Wilczek, Sokol Lancut8.1 
 6. Mielczarek, AZS S.7.9 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.8 
 8. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.7 
 9. Lisewski, MMKS D.7.6 
 10. Luszczewski, Start L.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.6 
 2. Wilczek, Tempcold.5.6 
 3. Brek, SKK Siedlce5.4 
 4. Stoklosa, Spojnia5.2 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 6. Sikora, Start Lublin4.9 
 7. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.8 
 8. Basinski, MMKS D.4.6 
 9. Kowalski, Gornik4.5 
 10. Glapinski, Sokol L.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Michalak, Polonia .2.8 
 3. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.8 
 4. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.7 
 5. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.7 
 6. Muszynski, Gornik2.6 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.6 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.5 
 9. Mielczarek, AZS S.2.5 
 10. Sikora, Start Lublin2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.6 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.6 
 3. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.6 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.5 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.4 
 6. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.1 
 7. Salamonik, LKS L.1.0 
 8. Markowicz, GKS T.0.9 
 9. Pietras, Tempcold.0.9 
 10. Pytys, AZS Szczecin0.9 


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. PGE Turow 14-5 
 2. Asseco Prokom 13-4 
 3. Energa Czarni 12-7 
 4. Trefl Sopot 12-8 
 5. Polpharma 10-10 
 6. Anwil 10-10 
 7. PBG Basket 9-11 
 8. Polonia Azbud 9-11 
 9. AZS Koszalin 8-9 
 10. Zastal 8-11 
 11. SKK Kotwica 7-12 
 12. Siarka 3-17 


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Tempcold AZS 22-5 
 2. ISS Sportino 19-7 
 3. MMKS DG 19-7 
 4. Rosasport 19-8 
 5. Sokol Lancut 18-8 
 6. LKS Lodz 17-9 
 7. Asec.Prokom-2 16-10 
 8. Znicz Basket 14-13 
 9. Spojnia 13-13 
 10. AZS Szczecin 10-16 
 11. SKK Siedlce 10-16 
 12. Start Lublin 9-17 
 13. GKS Tychy 7-20 
 14. Gornik 7-20 
 15. Astoria 6-21 
 16. Polonia 2011 5-21 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.9 
 2. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.9 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.16.6 
 4. Hinson, Polonia Azbud16.6 
 5. Hodge, Zastal15.5 
 6. Miller, PBG Basket15.1 
 7. Bennerman, Energa C.14.7 
 8. Burgess, Zastal14.7 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot14.4 
 10. NaNa, Polonia Azbud14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.1 
 2. Truscott, Siarka9.7 
 3. Burgess, Zastal9.6 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.1 
 5. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.0 
 6. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.0 
 7. Miller, Anwil6.5 
 8. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.5 
 9. Kinloch, AZS K.6.4 
 10. Archibeque, Polph.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MILICIC
  AZS Koszalin
  (194-G-76)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Milicic, AZS K.6.9 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.6.7 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.6 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.5.0 
 5. Hodge, Zastal4.8 
 6. Hawkins, PBG B.4.3 
 7. Vaughn, Polpharma3.6 
 8. Ewing, Asseco P.3.4 
 9. Nowakowski, Poloni.3.2 
 10. Thompson, Anwil3.1 
Steals Per Game
 James MAYE
  Zastal
  (201-G/F-81)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Maye, Zastal3.3 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.7 
 3. Blassingame, Energa C.2.5 
 4. Ewing, Asseco P.2.4 
 5. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 6. Hodge, Zastal2.4 
 7. Skibniewski, Polph.2.3 
 8. Milicic, AZS K.2.2 
 9. Reese, AZS Koszalin2.0 
 10. Vaughn, Polpharma1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harris, SKK K.1.9 
 2. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.5 
 3. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 4. Burgess, Zastal1.4 
 5. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszalin0.9 
 7. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.9 
 8. Kesicki, Zastal0.9 
 9. Miller, Anwil0.9 
 10. Davis, Energa C.0.9 


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  PORTUGAL   


Porto out in Portuguese Cup - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Big surprise in Fafe, where Porto Ferpinta lost to Academica a ticket to Portuguese Cup semi-finals.

Academica played a better basketball during almost all the game, leading the scoreboard during the first half. Coming back to the game, Porto wasn't able to solve their problems, while Diogo Simoes and Tommie Eddie were dominating the game. But Academica shown some signs of tiredness and, in the last quarter, lost a 14 point advantage. With 5 minutes to play, Porto appeared to be easily going to lead, but the Students had a last effort and took their advantage to 5 points. In the last minute, Porto still tried to win, with Sean Ogirri getting a triple, but Carlos Andrade failed his last shot on the buzzer, making the Coimbra side have a big party in their bench.

The best scorers in Academica were Diogo Simoes and Will Holland (17 points each), while in the Dragons team, Sean Ogirri (21 pointas) was, along with Nuno Marcal (19 points) the ones who tried harder to stop the Students.

Another big surprise in the second game of the night, with Ovarense Dolce Vita making, probably, one of their worst games in the season. CB Penafiel profited, then, to have an easy win against one of the favorites to win the Cup. Penafiel started by scoring a 14-2 partial, and didnt let the vareiros recover anymore.

Even losing, Nuno Cortez (22 points, 6 rebounds) was the MVP, while in Penafiel, Jeremy Goode (18 points, 4 assists) and Londrick Nolen (16 points, 4 rebounds) where the best players.

CAB Madeira and Vitoria da Guimares also heading to semi-finals

In the first day of competition in Portuguese Cup Final8, CAB Madeira and Vitoria de Guimaraes grabbed their tickets to semi-finals.

In the first game of the night, Casino Ginasio started better, getting the lead against CAB Madeira. But Joao Freitas men were capable of changing things, confirming that they are in a better moment than the figueirenses team. Fred Gentry (28 points, 9 rebounds) was the game MVP, having in Shawn Jackson (11 points, 8 rebounds) and Nathan Menefee (15 points) a strong help to get the win. In Casino Ginasio, Joao Reveles (16 points, 6 assists) was the more consistent.

In the other game, Guimaraes left no doubt about who was stronger, keeping Electrico far away in the scoreboard. Paulo Diamantino (22 points, 9 rebounds) was the MVP, while Kyle Austin (14 points, 5 rebounds) kept his usual contribution. In Electrico, Jorge Afonso (14 points) was the best scorer, but Aylton Medeiros (9 points, 5 rebounds) was the best ranked in his team.

Results

CAB Madeira, 76 -Casino Ginasio, 73
Electrico, 62 -Vitoria de Guimaraes, 92
Porto Ferpinta, 71 -Academica, 73
Ovarense Dolce Vita, 53 -CB Penafiel, 72



Source: www.thebasketballboard.blogspot.com




Surprise in Portuguese Cup semi-finals - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
An unseen Portuguese Cup final will take place tomorrow, in Fafe, with CAB Madeira reaching this level by the second time in their history (lost to Oliveirense in 2002/03) and CB Penafiel, making their first season in LPB and getting for the first time in a Cup final.

CAB Madeira, 83 Vitoria de Guimaraes, 71

The semi-finals started with CAB Madeira showing how much they wanted to be in the Portuguese Cup final. Vitoria de Guimaraes surely have the odds with them, and showed some dominance in the first minutes. But what CAB did next, was really surprising, even more in playing in Fafe, Guimaraes had more fans watching the game.

The Madeirense team had a great trio leading their way until the final. Fred Gentry (20 points, 7 rebounds) was MVP again, while Shawn Jackson (13 points, 9 rebounds) and Nathan Menefee (30 points, 3 assists) had an excellent day too. In the Guimaraes side, tiredness had a big role in the teams blackout, being Paulo Cunha (12 points, 8 rebounds) their best player, curiously, the one who hadnt played in the quarter-finals.

Academica, 83 CB Penafiel, 84 (OT)

What a great game, with Academica and CB Penafiel struggling in overtime to get a presence in the Cup final. Manolo Povea must be considered a wizard, as hes taking the Penafiel team to a fantastic level. The Students appeared to be passing easily by this game, making a good first half and, mostly, a great third quarter, when they reached a 11 points advantage. But it all changed in the last quarter, when Penafiel was able to came back to the game and get it to overtime, after Will Holland failed his last shot.

In OT, with both teams losing some of their best players with foul problems, we saw a very physical game, showing that who resisted better to tiredness could be the lucky winner. CB Penafiel entered the last minute with a 6 points lead, but Academica was able to turn it back, with triples by Holland and Bruno Costa. But it wasnt over. And with the Students leading, CB Penafiel had the last possession. Jeremy Goode tried a lay up in the middle of Academicas defense, and Londrick Nolen got it in the rebound. Academica still had two seconds but, with no time out, they let it end doing nothing.

Fantastic win to CB Penafiel, with Londrick Nolen (16 points, 9 rebounds) as MVP, and Rui Mota (15 points, 4 assists) and Jeremy Goode (13 points, 5 assists) making excellent contributions. In Academica, Will Holland (18 points, 5 assists) was the best player.




Source: www.thebasketballboard.blogspot.com









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  ROMANIA   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Politehnica Iasi
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Dawson, Polite.21.2 
 2. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.8 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.5 
 4. Vujacic, Pitesti19.5 
 5. Pesic, Timisoara19.2 
 6. Scott, Otopeni19.0 
 7. Hannah, Miercurea19.0 
 8. Darby, Rovinari18.5 
 9. Tomic, CSM B.18.3 
 10. Popovic, Otopeni17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Simms, Craiova11.7 
 2. Nicoara, Gaz Metan10.0 
 3. Coleman, Miercurea9.7 
 4. Forte, Mures9.1 
 5. Bennett, CSM B.9.1 
 6. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.0 
 7. Bigus, Rovinari8.5 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti8.0 
 9. Mladenovic, Mures7.7 
 10. Eichelberger, Pitesti7.6 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cooley, Mures8.3 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 3. Hannah, Miercurea6.1 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.6 
 5. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 6. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.2 
 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. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 3. Gennie, Pitesti2.4 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan2.4 
 5. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.3 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.3 
 7. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.2 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni2.2 
 9. Dawson, Polite.2.1 
 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. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 5. Mladenovic, Mures1.5 
 6. Lazar, Oradea1.4 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Anghel, Polite.0.9 
 9. Dragusin, Gaz M.0.9 
 10. Thomson, U.Mobite.0.9 


CS Otopeni - BCM Pitesti match preview - by Sebastian Umbrich
The most important match of round 25 of the Romanian basketball championship will be the meeting between CS Otopeni and BCM Pitesti. Both teams are fighting for gaining a place in the play-offs: after 24 matches played, both teams have the same record, 14 matches won and 10 matches lost, Otopeni being ranked 7th and Pitesti being ranked 8th.
In their first meeting earlier this season, Pitesti managed to win a much equilibrated match, 81-79, so Otopeni will need a two points or better victory, in order to be above Pitesti in case of equality between these teams at the end of the regular season.
If, for Pitesti, playing in the play-offs is something usual, Otopeni has played only one time in the playoffs in the 4 season since they have promoted to the first division. All the basketball fans from Romania claim that Otopeni is the most beautiful surprise of this season. Most of this merit belongs to Coach Eugen Ilie, one of the most promising Romanian coaches, together with Cristian Achim. The merit of Coach Tudor Costescu of Pitesti cannot be forgotten: he put together a team which finished last season with big troubles, and both coaches managed to gain victories against more powerful teams: Pitesti won against Gaz Metan Medias and Otopeni won, vert surprisingly last round against CSA Steaua Turabo Bucharest.
The spectators which will be present in the small arena from Otopeni can watch an interesting in the paint: Cortney Scott of CS Otopeni and Chad Eichelberger from Pitesti. Cortney Scott, one of the best centers in the league, will have a pretty difficult mission in scoring points, he being defended by the powerful center of Pitesti, who has a high average in blocks per game. The reverse of the situation is also available.
Cortney Scott also leads the field for Otopeni in points per game: 18.7 points per game, but Pitestis leader in this statistic, Darko Vujacic, has a better average, having scored 19.2 points per match. Regarding the rebounds, Cortney Scott leads the field with distance, having managed to rebound 7.4 times per match. Chad Eichelberger, the homologue of Scott, has an average of only 3.9 boards per match. Another important fact in the offense is represented by the assists. Here, both leaders from the teams are even: Milan Medvedj of Otopeni and Adonte Gennie from Pitesti have both 2.3 assist per game. As a result, the fight in the frontcourt will be pretty drawn to a tie, so lets see how the things are going in the defense.
In the steals statistic, the same Gennie and Medvedj are even: 2.5 steals per game for each one of them. Chad Eichelberger has 1.7 blocks per game, while Cortney Scott, the player with the best block average from Otopeni, has only 0.5 blocks per game.
As presented above, the match will be a very exciting match to watch, given the fact that both teams are fighting for a place in the playoffs, and a win against a contracandidate can pe very important.
The referees for this match will be Marius Ciulin, Laurentiu Grigoras and Marius Epure, while commissioner on behalf of the Romanian basketball federation will be Mircea Martis.


CS Otopeni - BCM Pitesti match preview - by Sebastian Umbrich
The most important match of round 25 of the Romanian basketball championship will be the meeting between CS Otopeni and BC Arges Pitesti. Both teams are fighting for gaining a place in the play-offs: after 24 matches played, both teams have the same record, 14 matches won and 10 matches lost, Otopeni being ranked 7th and Pitesti being ranked 8th.
In their first meeting earlier this season, Pitesti managed to win a much equilibrated match, 81-79, so Otopeni will need a two points or better victory, in order to be above Pitesti in case of equality between these teams at the end of the regular season.
If, for Pitesti, playing in the play-offs is something usual, Otopeni has played only one time in the playoffs in the 4 season since they have promoted to the first division. All the basketball fans from Romania claim that Otopeni is the most beautiful surprise of this season. Most of this merit belongs to Coach Eugen Ilie , one of the most promising Romanian coaches, together with Christian Achim . The merit of Coach Tudor Costescu of Pitesti cannot be forgotten: he put together a team which finished last season with big troubles, and both coaches managed to gain victories against more powerful teams: Pitesti won against CS Gaz Metan Medias and Otopeni won, vert surprisingly last round against BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti.
The spectators which will be present in the small arena from Otopeni can watch an interesting in the paint: Cortney Scott (196-F-82, college: Oakland) of CS Otopeni and Chad Eichelberger (206-F-82, college: St.Andrews) from Pitesti. Cortney Scott, one of the best centers in the league, will have a pretty difficult mission in scoring points, he being defended by the powerful center of Pitesti, who has a high average in blocks per game. The reverse of the situation is also available.
Cortney Scott also leads the field for Otopeni in points per game: 18.7 points per game, but Pitestis leader in this statistic, Darko Vujacic (201-G-79), has a better average, having scored 19.2 points per match. Regarding the rebounds, Cortney Scott leads the field with distance, having managed to rebound 7.4 times per match. Chad Eichelberger, the homologue of Scott, has an average of only 3.9 boards per match. Another important fact in the offense is represented by the assists. Here, both leaders from the teams are even: Milan Medvedj (183-G-79) of Otopeni and Donte Gennie (185-G-83, college: Georgia Southern) from Pitesti have both 2.3 assist per game. As a result, the fight in the frontcourt will be pretty drawn to a tie, so lets see how the things are going in the defense.
In the steals statistic, the same Gennie and Medvedj are even: 2.5 steals per game for each one of them. Chad Eichelberger has 1.7 blocks per game, while Cortney Scott, the player with the best block average from Otopeni, has only 0.5 blocks per game.
As presented above, the match will be a very exciting match to watch, given the fact that both teams are fighting for a place in the playoffs, and a win against a contracandidate can pe very important.
The referees for this match will be Marius Ciulin, Laurentiu Grigoras and Marius Epure, while commissioner on behalf of the Romanian basketball federation will be Mircea Martis.



Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Ploiesti 22-3 
 2. Mures 19-6 
 3. U.Mobitel.CN 19-6 
 4. Gaz Metan 19-6 
 5. Steaua Turabo 17-7 
 6. Otopeni 15-10 
 7. Oradea 14-11 
 8. Pitesti 14-11 
 9. CSU Sibiu 12-12 
 10. Rovinari 12-13 
 11. CSM Bucuresti 11-13 
 12. Timisoara 11-13 
 13. Craiova 5-20 
 14. Politehnica Iasi 5-20 
 15. Miercurea 2-23 
 16. Brasov 1-24 


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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 12-4 
 2. Lokomotiv 12-5 
 3. Spartak SP 11-6 
 4. CSKA 11-6 
 5. Khimky 10-6 
 6. Krasnie Krilya 7-10 
 7. Enisey 6-10 
 8. N.Novgorod 5-12 
 9. Dynamo 5-12 
 10. Triumph 4-12 


Krasnya Krylia signs Marko Marinovic - by Eurobasket News
Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) is a new member of Krasnya Krylia Samara. The Serbian point guard signed a deal for rest of the season. Marinovic moves to Krasnya Krylia from ALBA Berlin. He appeared 23 times in German league with ALBA averaging 8 points and 2.9 assists. Marinovic also had 7.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 3.2 apg for 10 EuroCup games, plus 8.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2.3 apg for six Euroleague qualification games.
Marko Marinovic played for Valencia last season. He helped them win the EuroCup title with 6.9 ppg and 1.5 apg in 15 games. In Spain, Marinovic added 7.2 ppg and 1.4 apg for 28 appearances. Before Valencia, he spent one year with Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. In the past, Marinovic also was a member of Menorca, Girona, FMP and Borac Cacak.


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Langford, Khimky19.4 
 2. Domercant, Spart.16.4 
 3. Popovic, Unics15.5 
 4. Williams, Enisey15.3 
 5. Labovic, Enisey14.5 
 6. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv14.5 
 7. Vyaltsev, Triumph14.4 
 8. Baxter, Enisey14.3 
 9. Lampe, Unics14.0 
 10. Lyday, Unics13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alexey ZHUKANENKO
  Dynamo
  (210-F-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.6 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv7.1 
 3. Monya, Khimky6.3 
 4. Baxter, Enisey6.1 
 5. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv6.0 
 6. Beverley, Spart.6.0 
 7. Brezec, Krasnie .5.9 
 8. Paunic, N.Novgorod5.9 
 9. Lampe, Unics5.8 
 10. Plisnic, N.Novgorod5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Enisey6.4 
 2. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.8 
 3. Bremer, Krasnie .5.6 
 4. Vyaltsev, Triumph4.8 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.5 
 6. Khvostov, Dynamo4.4 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.7 
 8. Rush, Krasnie Krilya3.4 
 9. Samoylenko, Unics3.2 
 10. Aleksic, N.Novgorod3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spartak SP
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.4 
 2. Thompson, Spart.2.3 
 3. Voronov, Dynamo1.7 
 4. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.6 
 5. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.6 
 6. Labovic, Enisey1.4 
 7. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.4 
 8. Domercant, Spart.1.4 
 9. Lyday, Unics1.4 
 10. Massey, Lokomotiv1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey VARLAMOV
  Triumph
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Varlamov, Triumph1.3 
 2. Monya, Khimky1.2 
 3. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 4. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 5. Likhodey, Triumph1.1 
 6. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 7. Sokolov, CSKA0.9 
 8. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 
 9. Antonov, N.Novgorod0.9 
 10. Vranes, Unics0.8 


Fedor Dmitriev joins Krasnye Krilya - by Eurobasket News
Krasnye Krilya continue to strengthen their roster. Shortly after signing Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) they announced the acquisition of Fedor Dmitriev (205-F-84, agency: Alti Sport). The 26-year-old forward will arrive on loan from Khimky. The forward tallied 4.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per VTB League game this season. In Euroleague his stats read 3.3 points per game. In Russian PBL Fedor Dmitriev averaged 2.2 points and 0.8 rebounds per appearance. Fedor Dmitriev started his second season with Khimky. Earlier he played for Pulkovo Saint Petersburg, Ural Great Perm, Spartak Saint Petersburg and Triumph. The forward was the member of Russian National Team in 2006-09 seasons. He participated at the 2009 EuroBasket in Poland.



PBL Round 17: Khimky is upset by CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Khimky (10-6) and fifth ranked CSKA Moscow (11-6) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Khimky was defeated by CSKA Moscow in Moscow 81-70. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Khimky managed to win fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard J.R. Holden (185-76, college: Bucknell) who scored 19 points. American swingman Jamont Gordon (193-87, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Greek center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) produced 9 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Spartak SP. Khimky at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. CSKA Moscow is looking forward to face Krasnie Krilya (#6) in Samara in the next round. Khimky will play on the road against Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Unics Kazan delivered the twelfth victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (4-12) 95-84 in Lubertsy. The former international forward Kelly McCarty (201-75, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Zakhar Pashutin contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international guard Egor Vyaltsev (192-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 assists for Triumph Lyubertsy. Triumph Lyubertsy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Unics Kazan maintains first place with 12-4 record. Triumph Lyubertsy lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Unics Kazan will play against league's second-placed Lokomotiv in Kuban in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Triumph Lyubertsy will play at home against Khimky (#5) in Khimki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Krasnoyarsk was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (11-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (6-10). Spartak St.Petersburg defeated Enisey Krasnoyarsk 91-76 on Saturday. Anton Ponkrashov stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners. Lonny Baxter responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spartak St.Petersburg have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with CSKA. Enisey Krasnoyarsk lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Spartak St.Petersburg will meet BC Nizhny Novgorod (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against Dynamo Moscow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kuban. Local Lokomotiv (12-5) outscored 9th ranked Dynamo Moscow (5-12) 88-50. Michael Wilkinson nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lokomotiv have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-5 record having just -1 point less than leader Unics. Dynamo Moscow at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Lokomotiv's next round opponent will be league's leader Unics Kazan on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dynamo Moscow will play against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 17 N.Novgorod was defeated by Krasnie Krilya in Samara 75-66.


Triumph - Unics 84-95

Leader Unics Kazan delivered the twelfth victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (4-12) 95-84 in Lubertsy. Triumph Lyubertsy was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 54-36 second half run of Unics Kazan. They also forced 20 Triumph Lyubertsy turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Unics Kazan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. Triumph Lyubertsy was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Kelly McCarty (201-75, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists. The former international guard Zakhar Pashutin (196-74) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international guard Egor Vyaltsev (192-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 assists and guard Andrey Mateyunas (180-88) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Triumph Lyubertsy. Four Unics Kazan and five Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures. Triumph Lyubertsy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Unics Kazan maintains first place with 12-4 record. Triumph Lyubertsy lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Unics Kazan will play against league's second-placed Lokomotiv in Kuban in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Triumph Lyubertsy will play at home against Khimky (#5) in Khimki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Unics: K.McCarty 33+4reb+4ast, Z.Pashutin 19+3reb+5ast, M.Lampe 16+9reb+1ast, M.Popovic 14+2reb+7ast, V.Veremeenko 7+4reb+2ast, H.Rizvic 4+1reb
Triumph: E.Vyaltsev 22+1reb+11ast, A.Mateyunas 15+5reb+5ast, V.Likhodey 13+4reb+1ast, L.Nevill 12+3reb+2ast, I.Syrovatko 12+1reb+3ast, E.Valiev 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 104026


Lokomotiv - Dynamo 88-50

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kuban. Local Lokomotiv (12-5) outscored 9th ranked Dynamo Moscow (5-12) 88-50. The game without a history. Lokomotiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Lokomotiv especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. American-FYR Macedonian forward Michael Wilkinson (204-81, college: Wisconsin, agency: Interperformances) nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and center Grigori Shukhovtsov (210-83) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. International forward Alexey Zhukanenko (210-86, agency: Alti Sport) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and the former international guard Dmitry Khvostov (191-89) added 5 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Dynamo Moscow in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lokomotiv have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-5 record having just -1 point less than leader Unics. Dynamo Moscow at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Lokomotiv's next round opponent will be league's leader Unics Kazan on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dynamo Moscow will play against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: G.Shukhovtsov 13+6reb, M.Grigoryev 12+1reb+1ast, M.Wilkinson 11+11reb+2ast, S.Makshantsev 11+1reb+1ast, C.Lofton 10, L.Chalmers 9+1reb+2ast
Dynamo: A.Zhukanenko 13+14reb, N.Shabalkin 7+5reb, V.Zavoruev 7+2reb+3ast, V.Keyru 5+2reb+3ast, D.Khvostov 5+5reb+3ast, E.Voronov 4+1ast
gschID: 104027


Enisey - Spartak SP 76-91

The game in Krasnoyarsk was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (11-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (6-10). Spartak St.Petersburg defeated Enisey Krasnoyarsk 91-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 15 points. Spartak St.Petersburg made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. The former international guard Anton Ponkrashov (200-86) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and American-Bosnian guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois) chipped in 18 points. Five Spartak St.Petersburg players scored in double figures. American center Lonny Baxter (204-79, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and guard Pavel Sergeev (187-87) scored 14 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spartak St.Petersburg have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with CSKA. Enisey Krasnoyarsk lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Spartak St.Petersburg will meet BC Nizhny Novgorod (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against Dynamo Moscow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: A.Ponkrashov 22+2reb, H.Domercant 18+2reb+2ast, P.Beverley 13+4reb+2ast, V.Dyachok 11+2reb+1ast, P.Antic 11+8reb+2ast, N.Dragovic 9
Enisey: L.Baxter 17+5reb+2ast, P.Sergeev 14+2reb+3ast, D.Labovic 12+5reb+2ast, P.Gromyko 7, A.Savkov 7+1reb, A.Komarovskiy 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 104028


Krasnie Krilya - N.Novgorod 75-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod's (5-12) road loss to seventh ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-10) 66-75. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But BC Nizhny Novgorod won third quarter 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Krasnie Krilya made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by BC Nizhny Novgorod helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Aleksandr Dedushkin (208-81) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and American swingman Gerald Green (202-86, college: High School, agency: Lanshire Group) accounted for 18 points. Forward Artem Yakovenko (206-88) came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Belarusian forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (201-85) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for BC Nizhny Novgorod in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Krasnie Krilya moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted BC Nizhny Novgorod keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Krasnie Krilya's next round opponent will be higher ranked CSKA Moscow (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against Spartak St.Petersburg (#3).
Top scorers:
Krasnie Krilya: G.Green 18+1reb+2ast, A.Dedushkin 15+13reb+2ast, E.Bremer 11+4reb+5ast, B.Rush 9+6reb+3ast, V.Zvarykin 7+5reb, K.Nesterov 5
N.Novgorod: A.Yakovenko 17+6reb, S.Antonov 9+5reb, A.Pustahvar 8+7reb, I.Savelyev 8+1reb, A.Ivanov 7+5reb+1ast, O.Baranov 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 104029


CSKA - Khimky 81-70

The game between third ranked Khimky (10-6) and fifth ranked CSKA Moscow (11-6) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Khimky was defeated by CSKA Moscow in Moscow 81-70. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Khimky managed to win fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard J.R. Holden (185-76, college: Bucknell) who scored 19 points. American swingman Jamont Gordon (193-87, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Four CSKA Moscow players scored in double figures. Naturalized Greek center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) produced 9 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Spartak SP. Khimky at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. CSKA Moscow is looking forward to face Krasnie Krilya (#6) in Samara in the next round. Khimky will play on the road against Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
CSKA: J.Holden 19+3reb+3ast, R.Siskauskas 12+1reb, T.Langdon 11+4reb+1ast, J.Gordon 10+5reb+2ast, D.Sokolov 7+2reb+1ast, M.Smodis 6+4reb+1ast
Khimky: K.Langford 21+1ast, S.Monya 12+7reb, Z.Planinic 9+4reb+3ast, L.Papadopoulos 9+10reb+6ast, T.Kelati 6+1reb, V.Fridzon 5+1reb
gschID: 104030




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Krasnya Krylia signs Marko Marinovic - by Eurobasket News
Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) is a new member of Krasnya Krylia Samara. The Serbian point guard signed a deal for rest of the season. Marinovic moves to Krasnya Krylia from ALBA Berlin. He appeared 23 times in German league with ALBA averaging 8 points and 2.9 assists. Marinovic also had 7.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 3.2 apg for 10 EuroCup games, plus 8.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2.3 apg for six Euroleague qualification games.
Marko Marinovic played for Valencia last season. He helped them win the EuroCup title with 6.9 ppg and 1.5 apg in 15 games. In Spain, Marinovic added 7.2 ppg and 1.4 apg for 28 appearances. Before Valencia, he spent one year with Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. In the past, Marinovic also was a member of Menorca, Girona, FMP and Borac Cacak.


Standings - A Liga
A League Standings
 1. FMP 24-2 
 2. Beograd 19-7 
 3. Metalac 18-8 
 4. Mega Vizura 15-11 
 5. Tamis 15-11 
 6. Sloga 12-14 
 7. Napredak 12-14 
 8. Novi Sad 12-14 
 9. Sloboda Uzice 12-14 
 10. Vojvodina 12-14 
 11. Borac 11-15 
 12. Proleter Naftagas 10-16 
 13. Crnokosa 9-17 
 14. Superfund 1-25 
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: 21.2
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.21.2 
 2. Koprivica, Super.20.7 
 3. Zekovic, Beograd18.8 
 4. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 5. Sinovec, Metalac18.0 
 6. Micevic, Sloboda .17.6 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 8. Bunic, Novi Sad16.6 
 9. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 10. Majkic, Prolet.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sasa MIJAJLOVIC
  Sloga
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Mijajlovic, Sloga9.6 
 2. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac7.6 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.7.5 
 5. Jelovac, Mega V.7.1 
 6. Misanovic, Beograd6.9 
 7. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 10. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac5.7 
 3. Radivojevic, FMP5.3 
 4. Vlahovic, Sloga5.1 
 5. Popovic, Vojvodina4.9 
 6. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.8 
 7. Covic, FMP4.6 
 8. Mitrovic, Beograd4.3 
 9. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 10. Kocergin, Superfund4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd3.0 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.1 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 6. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 8. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Tresac, Borac1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.4 
 3. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 7. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 8. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 9. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 
 10. Kalinic, Novi Sad0.7 


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Petrov sidelined with broken fibula - by Zeljko Zule
Former national team member Simon Petrov (189-G-76) of Krka suffered a fractured right fibula during the final quarter of tonight's 62-72 loss to Partizan (VIDEO). A timetable for his return to play had not been determined and the average recovery for a fractured fibula is four to six weeks, accordin to a medical Web site. Petrov averaged 7.2 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.8 steals in 22 Adriatic League games and 4.0 points, 0.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.3 steals over 10 games of EuroChallenge this season.



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Carlos Gil left Bucaneros - by Wolfgang Lucena
Legendary basketball coach Carlos Gil has left Bucaneros de la Guaira after the central-port's team collapse down 98-95 versus Gigantes de Guayana. ' I gave up my position due the team's bad record, Carlos Gil ' The players has to review themselves, no none commitIm, I am a professional, that is why I have to leave'
Coach Daniel Centeno whom was Carlos Gil's assistant coach is taking over Bucanero's head coach position. ' I like challenger and I will be humble, Coach Daniel Centeno, ' I ' m going to try to change the team's offense ...I haven't been told that I'm a interim coach, I have been told to take care of the team'.


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Stevenson's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old forward Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent) put on an amazing game in the last round for LG Sakers and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 50.
He had the game-high 31 points adding four rebounds and two assists for LG Sakers in his team's victory, helping them to beat Anyang KGC (#9, 16-35) 84-77. LG Sakers maintains the 6th position in South Korean league. LG Sakers 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 24-26 record. Stevenson turned to be LG Sakers' top player in his first season with the team. University of Richmond graduate has very impressive stats this year. Stevenson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.7ppg), rebounds (8th best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 56.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Amal McCaskill (211-F/C-73) of Daegu Orions. He is American forward in his first season at Daegu Orions. In the last game McCaskill recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 13 assists. It was enough for Daegu Orions to edge the higher-ranked KCC Egis (#2, 33-18) by 4 points 87-83. Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. 37 lost games are too many comparing to just fourteen victories Daegu Orions managed to get this year. McCaskill is one of the most experienced players at Daegu Orions and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of Seoul Samsung Thunders (#5). Haynes scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Haynes' great performance Seoul Samsung Thunders lost 77-87 to slightly lower-ranked SK Knights (#7, 20-31). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Seoul Samsung Thunders needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 25 victories and 25 lost games. Haynes has a great season in South Korea. After 49 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.3ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 8.3rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85) of Mobis Phoebus - 15 points and 15 rebounds
5. Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) of Sonic Boom KT - 24 points and 6 rebounds
6. Jeff Varem (198-G/F-83) of Anyang KGC - 14 points and 16 rebounds
7. Tae-Woo Kim (183-G-86) of Daegu Orions - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Chris Alexander (216-C-80) of LG Sakers - 6 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sung-Min Cho (197-F-83) of Sonic Boom KT - 32 points
10. Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75) of Elephants - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 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)


The oldest player in the KBL decided to retire - by JungHwan Seo
Lee Chang-Soo (196-C/F-69) who was born in July 20th 1969 decided to finish his career on Friday.

41 years old Lee is the oldest player in the KBL history. Even there is no other player who is older than Lee including all kinds of professional sports in Korea. He will close his career against Inchon ET Land Elephants on March 20th.

'I can't be here without lots of supporting from my fans and coaches. I'll try to my best before the retirement like I usually did.' Lee said.

During his career, Lee didn't get an enough spotlight. He was not a good scorer like Seo Jang-Hoon (207-C-74) or Kim Joo-Sung (205-C-79). But, he was one of the best post defender in the league. His consistent performances and steady efforts could affect many young players' future. Lee was the best mentor of Ham Ji-Hoon (198-C/F-84) who got a final MVP at last season.

Lee has a strong willpower like Lance Armstrong. When he contracted acute hepatitis in 1996, his doctor said to him that he couldn't play anymore. However, he overcame it and came back to the gamenext year.

He always did his best at the game. He made his first 3pt shot during his whole career against Daegu Orions at last December. He averaged 3.1 points 1.9 rebounds during his 14 seasons in the KBL.



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Caja Laboral center Sow hospitalized - by Eurobasket News
Another team headed to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs could be without a backup big man after Caja Laboral announced Friday that center Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) has been hospitalized with a type of pulmonary embolism. The club did not say how long Sow would be sidelined, but a similar condition ended the season of Regal FC Barcelona forward Pete Mickeal when it was discovered in January. Sow arrived in Vitoria for the last regular season game and helped Caja Laboral reached second place in its group with 13 points in a home win against Partizan mt:s Belgrade. In the Top 16, where he averaged 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds, helping the team finish the Top 16 as group champ. Caja Laboral is scheduled to play the best-of-five Playoffs against Maccabi Electra starting Tuesday, March 22 at home in Vitoria, Spain. In its announcement, Caja Laboral said that Sow's status will be updated when more information is available.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  La Laguna
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Guillen, La Laguna19.3 
 2. Palacios, La Palma17.1 
 3. Mohammed, Lleida16.9 
 4. Detrick, Melilla16.0 
 5. Franklin, CB Tarra.15.7 
 6. Seawright, Leon15.4 
 7. Feldeine, Breogan15.3 
 8. Navarro, Girona14.9 
 9. Faverani, CB Mu.14.3 
 10. Downs, Burgos14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kiril WACHSMANN
  Alcazar
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Wachsmann, Alcazar9.3 
 2. Curtis, Lleida9.2 
 3. Sinanovic, Clinic.8.0 
 4. Seawright, Leon7.7 
 5. Humphrey, Caceres7.4 
 6. Guillen, La Laguna7.4 
 7. Kale, Ourense7.3 
 8. Arteaga, Breogan7.3 
 9. Junyent, Obradoiro7.2 
 10. Frost, Palencia7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.6 
 2. Sabat, La Laguna4.1 
 3. Rodriguez, Obrad.4.0 
 4. Bernabe, Leon3.6 
 5. Jimenez, Melilla3.5 
 6. Rivero, CB Murcia3.3 
 7. Garrido, Palencia3.2 
 8. Cherry, Caceres3.2 
 9. Frutos, Alcazar3.0 
 10. Quezada, Leon3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obradoiro
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.4 
 2. Bernabe, Leon1.7 
 3. Castro, Burgos1.7 
 4. Rost, Girona1.6 
 5. Franklin, CB Tarra.1.5 
 6. Xavier, Caceres1.5 
 7. Palacios, La Palma1.5 
 8. Seawright, Leon1.4 
 9. Quezada, Leon1.4 
 10. Toledo, Burgos1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff FOOTE
  Melilla
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Foote, Melilla2.1 
 2. Humphrey, Caceres1.8 
 3. Fontet, Leon1.4 
 4. Joseph, Navarra1.3 
 5. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.3 
 6. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.2 
 7. Faverani, CB Mu.1.1 
 8. McCoy, Caceres1.1 
 9. Gray, CB Murcia0.9 
 10. Starosta, Ourense0.9 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Jonathan BARCELO
  Plasencia
  (192-F/G-79)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Barcelo, Plasencia17.5 
 2. Witt, Clavijo16.0 
 3. Ramsdell, Avila15.7 
 4. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.15.6 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca15.1 
 6. O''Leary, Oviedo F.14.9 
 7. Bratton, Lan M.14.7 
 8. Mortellaro, Lan M.14.6 
 9. Paez, Lan M.14.1 
 10. Mesa, Clavijo13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara10.8 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.3 
 3. De Santana, Clavijo8.6 
 4. Adams, Coruna8.5 
 5. Chubrevich, Illescas8.5 
 6. Mortellaro, Lan M.7.9 
 7. Mesa, Clavijo7.7 
 8. Larry, Regal F.7.5 
 9. Ramsdell, Avila7.4 
 10. Howard, Andorra7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Witt, Clavijo5.7 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi5.0 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.7 
 4. Lopez, Coruna4.7 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca4.2 
 6. Marco, ADT T.4.1 
 7. Rufian, Promobys3.6 
 8. Pampin, Mallorca3.3 
 9. Lopez, Avila3.3 
 10. Bavosi, Promobys3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kim ADAMS
  Coruna
  (203-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Adams, Coruna2.1 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia2.0 
 3. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 4. Martinez, Plasencia1.8 
 5. Guirao, ADT T.1.7 
 6. Smith, Guadalajara1.7 
 7. Ramsey, Promobys1.7 
 8. Bratton, Lan M.1.6 
 9. Rueda, Plasencia1.6 
 10. Pampin, Mallorca1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Biyombo, Illescas1.9 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.1.8 
 3. Green, Mallorca1.6 
 4. Todorovic, Prat J.1.5 
 5. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 6. Conde, Avila1.2 
 7. De Santana, Clavijo1.1 
 8. Cage, ADT Tarragona1.0 
 9. Chubrevich, Illescas1.0 
 10. Hampl, Santurtzi0.8 


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. CB Murcia 25-3 
 2. Obradoiro 24-4 
 3. Burgos 22-6 
 4. Leon 17-11 
 5. Caceres 16-12 
 6. La Laguna 15-13 
 7. Navarra 14-14 
 8. Girona 14-14 
 9. Melilla 14-14 
 10. La Palma 12-16 
 11. Breogan 12-16 
 12. Lleida 12-16 
 13. CB Tarragona 11-17 
 14. Clinicas Rincon 10-18 
 15. Huesca 9-18 
 16. Palencia 9-18 
 17. Alcazar 9-19 
 18. Ourense 6-22 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Clavijo 20-3 
 2. Mallorca 18-5 
 3. Andorra 16-7 
 4. Promobys 15-8 
 5. Plasencia 14-10 
 6. ADT Tarragona 13-10 
 7. Prat Juventud 13-11 
 8. Regal FC II 10-12 
 9. Oviedo Feve 10-13 
 10. Avila 9-13 
 11. Coruna 8-16 
 12. Guadalajara 7-16 
 13. Lan Mobel ISB 7-16 
 14. Illescas 7-17 
 15. Santurtzi 7-17 


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria17.8 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.5 
 3. Martinez, Valencia15.2 
 4. Baron, Lagun A.15.2 
 5. McDonald, DKV J.15.1 
 6. English, DKV J.15.1 
 7. Caner-Medley, Estudi.14.4 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.2 
 9. Kurz, Granada13.9 
 10. Bullock, Cajasol13.1 
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.7.3 
 4. Barac, Caja Laboral7.0 
 5. Donaldson, Menorca6.8 
 6. Miralles, Lagun A.6.4 
 7. Wallace, Gran Canaria6.4 
 8. Doellman, Meridiano6.4 
 9. Trias, DKV Joventut6.3 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Huertas, Caja L.6.0 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.2 
 3. Rubio, Regal Barca4.7 
 4. Ciorciari, Menorca4.5 
 5. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.5 
 6. Colom, Fuenlabrada4.0 
 7. Uriz, Lagun A.3.9 
 8. Prigioni, Real Madrid3.8 
 9. San Miguel, Manre.3.8 
 10. Dumas, Valladolid3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tariq KIRKSAY
  Cajasol
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kirksay, Cajasol2.1 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 3. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 4. Cook, Valencia1.8 
 5. Victor, Menorca1.7 
 6. Davis, Cajasol1.7 
 7. Calloway, Cajasol1.7 
 8. San Miguel, Manre.1.7 
 9. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.7 
 10. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.6 
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.1.5 
 4. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 5. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 6. Majstorovic, Manre.1.2 
 7. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.2 
 8. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 9. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 10. Andriuskevic., Meridi.1.1 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 20-4 
 2. Real Madrid 19-5 
 3. Valencia 16-9 
 4. Bizkaia Bilbao 15-10 
 5. Caja Laboral 15-10 
 6. Valladolid 14-10 
 7. Fuenlabrada 14-10 
 8. Cajasol 13-11 
 9. Unicaja 13-12 
 10. Gran Canaria 12-12 
 11. Estudiantes 12-12 
 12. DKV Joventut 12-13 
 13. CAI Zaragoza 9-14 
 14. Lagun Aro GBC 9-15 
 15. Manresa 8-16 
 16. Meridiano 7-17 
 17. Granada 5-19 
 18. Menorca 5-19 


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Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 23-2 
 2. Fribourg 18-7 
 3. Geneve Lions 17-8 
 4. SAV Vacallo 14-10 
 5. Monthey 14-11 
 6. Starwings 13-12 
 7. Boncourt 11-14 
 8. SAM Massagno 8-16 
 9. BBC Nyon 4-20 
 10. Zurich Wildcats 1-23 


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Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Fener.Ulker 18-3 
 2. Galatasaray 16-4 
 3. Banvit 16-4 
 4. Efes Pilsen 15-6 
 5. Besiktas 14-7 
 6. Karsiyaka 13-7 
 7. Olin Edirne 12-8 
 8. Antalya 10-10 
 9. Turk Telekom 8-12 
 10. Trabzonspor 8-13 
 11. Erdemir 7-13 
 12. Tofas 7-13 
 13. Bornova 6-14 
 14. Aliaga 5-15 
 15. Mersin 4-16 
 16. Oyak Renault 3-17 


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Aaron Brown scored 14 in Temple's win - by David Edole
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Junior guard Ramone Moore scored a game-high 23 points and senior forward Lavoy Allen posted his fifth straight double-double to lead #24/25 Temple (25-6) to a resounding 96-76 win over La Salle (15-18) in the Atlantic 10 Conference Quarterfinals Friday evening at Boardwalk Hall. The three-time defending A-10 champions looked poised in posting their 10th straight win in A-10 Championship play.

Sophomore guard Khalif Wyatt came off the bench to add 20 points while junior guard Juan Fernandez added 19 and freshman guard Aaron Brown (195-G-92) contributed 14 points in the balanced Temple attack.

Allen, who has elevated his play since the injuries to Micheal Eric and Scootie Randall, scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. It was his seventh double-figure rebound game in A-10 Championship play. He also tied his career-high with six assists and his three steals set a new season best.

A member of the A-10 all-defensive team for the third straight year, Allen was also stellar on the defensive end, rejecting three shots and keeping the Explorers out of the paint.

The game started as expected between the city rivals with four ties and 10 lead changes over the opening 10 minutes. The Owls then flexed their muscles used a 17-6 run to take a 33-22 lead with 5:11 to play in the half. Wyatt showed why he is the A-10's Sixth Man of the Year, scoring seven in that stretch.

Temple would extend the lead to 14, 38-24, on a Fernandez lay-up, but La Salle would trim the margin to 42-32 at the break on a Jerrell Williams (11 points) trey.

After the Owls scored the first four points of the second half, the Explorers answered with 10 straight, six from Williams, to cut it to 46-42.

Then Temple took command. The Owls went on a 27-10 run with Moore tallying eight of his points to take its largest lead of the game, 75-52, with 9:52 remaining. The Explorers never got closer than 13 the remainder of the game.

Temple shot a blistering 62.5 percent (20-32) from the field in the second half, and 52.2 percent for the game. The Owls also forced 22 turnovers while only committing six miscues

Aaric Murray led La Salle with 22 points while Ruben Guillandeaux added 17 in his final collegiate game.

#2-seed Temple, who improved to 26-2 in A-10 quarterfinal games, next plays #3-seed Richmond, who posted a 55-45 win over the #6-seed Rhode Island in their quarterfinal, in the semifinals Saturday (3:30 p.m./CBS College Sports/1210 AM WPHT).



Kemba does it again! - by David Edole
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kemba Walker (185-G-90) immediately flashed back two full years the moment the buzzer sounded, just like everyone inside Madison Square Garden who remembered that night.

Connecticut and Syracuse were headed to overtime in the Big East tournament. Again.

This time, there'd be only one.

Walker had 33 points and 12 rebounds in another phenomenal performance Friday night, and the No. 21 Huskies held on after blowing a late lead to beat No. 11 Syracuse 76-71 in the semifinals - two years after their six-overtime marathon in Manhattan.

'I didn't want to go into another six overtimes, I know that,' Walker said. 'I was mad we went to the first overtime. As soon as the first overtime came, I thought about six. I wanted the win and didn't want to go to another one and another one.'

Especially with another game to play Saturday night.

The ninth-seeded Huskies (25-9) improved to 10-3 in Big East semifinals with their fourth win in four days. They'll face No. 14 Louisville, which also needed overtime to get by No. 4 Notre Dame 83-77, for their first championship since 2004.

'It's tough, but we're ready for the challenge,' said Walker, who also had six steals and five assists. 'We're mentally tough and we're just going to stay together.'

Scoop Jardine had 20 points to lead the fourth-seeded Orange (26-7), including a pair of 3-pointers at the end of regulation that sent the game to overtime.

The first shot came with 21 seconds remaining and drew Syracuse within 68-65. After freshman Shabazz Napier missed a free throw with 15 seconds left for Connecticut, Jardine came down and hit another 3 with 4.6 seconds remaining to extend the game.

'I was just worrying about getting it to overtime,' Jardin said. 'I gave my team a chance.'

UConn led 72-71 when Alex Oriakhi, with 15 points and 11 rebounds, fouled out with 51 seconds left. Jeremy Lamb picked up the slack by calmly hitting a floater from 15 feet that pushed the lead back to three, and this time Jardine couldn't hit the deep shot.

Walker grabbed the rebound with 13 seconds to go and made both free throws, finally putting the game away about five overtimes shy of what many fans - including former President Bill Clinton - had probably come to expect.

'Tell me any other guard who is getting 12 rebounds, six steals, five assists,' UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. 'I've never seen a guard dominate a game inside and out.'

Kris Joseph scored 20 points and Rick Jackson had 12 for Syracuse, which had won 21 of its last 24 overtime games. The Orange had also won the last four meetings against Connecticut in the Big East tournament, several of them classics.

This one looked anything but that in the first half.

Connecticut missed all eight of its 3-point attempts and was 8 for 30 from the field, only getting to the foul line twice and struggling mightily against Syracuse's 2-3 zone defense.

The Orange, meanwhile, shot just 27 percent from the floor (10 of 37).

'We had some really good opportunities and we just didn't convert them, and you have to do that,' Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. 'We'll learn from them.'

Walker didn't make his first field goal until about 12 minutes were gone, but he ended the first half with 10 points, allowing him to eclipse former Syracuse star Eric Devendorf's Big East single-tournament scoring record of 84 points set in 2009.

Walker has 111 points and counting - without a six-overtime game to help him along.

'We let Kemba get too much penetration. We tried to double him every chance we could, but he's very difficult,' Boeheim said. 'He's as good as any player there is in college basketball right now. He just made incredible plays.'

Walker was among several players who were also on the court at Madison Square Garden two years ago, when these two programs played a quarterfinal game for the ages.

It was his basket with 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation that kept going what turned out being the second-longest Division I game. The teams went back and forth until the wee hours of the morning, four players from each side fouling out, in a 127-117 victory for Syracuse that has been immortalized on T-shirts that many fans were wearing Friday night.

Maybe the UConn fans will make some shirts commemorating this one.

They could start with a picture of Walker.

Passed over for Big East player of the year in favor of Notre Dame's Ben Hansbrough, Walker opened with 26 points in a first-round game Tuesday against DePaul. He followed that up with 28 points in a win over No. 22 Georgetown and had 24 in an upset of third-ranked Pittsburgh.

He saved his best - so far - for Friday night against Syracuse.

'Someone must have questioned if he is the best player,' Calhoun said. 'I think he is the most valuable player on any college team in America.'


Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/ncaa/men/gameflash/2011/03/11/70498_recap.html?eref=sihp#ixzz1GQriA9ER


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Donetsk inks Andre Owens - by Eurobasket News
Donetsk announced signing of Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston) for rest of the season. The American/Bulgarian guard arrives from Granada, where he had 4.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.5 apg for 13 games in ACB. Owens started this season with Manresa, also in Spain. He appeared four times with them registering 9.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Andre Owens split last season between Turk Telekom Ankara and Lokotiv Kuban. With the Turkish squad he had 7.1 ppg, 2 rpg and 2.1 apg for 9 games in TBL. Later with Lokomotiv, Owens added 9.1 ppg, 3 rpg and 2 apg for 15 Russian league games. In 2008/09, Owens was a member of Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. In 2007/08, he appeared 31 times with the Indiana Pacers averaging 4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Two years before that Owens had 3 ppg for 23 games with the Utah Jazz. He is a product of Houston University, where he graduated in 2005.


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. Flores, BC Donetsk16.8 
 4. Washington, BC Od.16.8 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.7 
 6. Williams, Halychyna15.2 
 7. Millage, Khimik14.8 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna14.8 
 9. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 10. Love, Mykolaiv14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.4 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.5 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.5 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.4 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Hunter, Fe.6.9 
 8. Owens, Azovmash6.8 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla6.2 
 10. Greene, Mykolaiv6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 2. Vasiljevic, BC Do.5.0 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.9 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Millage, Khimik4.7 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Curry, Azovmash4.0 
 9. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.0 
 10. Slipenchuk, Kryvba.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Millage, Khimik2.4 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.6 
 4. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 5. Greene, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Love, Mykolaiv1.5 
 7. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 8. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.5 
 9. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
 10. Gliebov, BC Donetsk1.4 
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.1.6 
 4. Balashov, BC Odessa1.4 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 7. Agafonov, Budiv.1.4 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 9. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 10. Coleman, Hoverla1.2 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Donetsk 28-9 
 2. Budivelnyk 28-10 
 3. Azovmash 24-14 
 4. Hoverla 24-14 
 5. Ferro-ZNTU 20-17 
 6. Dnipro 19-17 
 7. Mykolaiv 19-18 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 18-19 
 9. BC Odessa 16-22 
 10. DniproAzot 15-23 
 11. Halychyna 14-26 
 12. Khimik 11-27 
 13. BC Kyiv 9-29 


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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, Bigua20.7 
 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, Bigua9.9 
 6. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 7. Dilligard, Olimpia9.5 
 8. Matthews, Defensor9.5 
 9. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
 10. Kanis, Trouville9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.1 
 2. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 3. Cambon, Bigua5.3 
 4. Martinez, Malvin5.3 
 5. Gonzalez, Defensor5.2 
 6. Muro, Aguada5.1 
 7. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 8. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
 9. Vidal, Bigua4.4 
 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. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 7. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 8. Osimani, Montevideo1.9 
 9. Viera, Anastasia1.9 
 10. Woodward, Defensor1.9 
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. Wilborn, Bigua2.1 
 5. Bortz, Malvin2.0 
 6. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 7. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 8. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 9. Freije, Hebraica1.8 
 10. Kanis, Trouville1.7 


Malvin took a 2-1 lead over Bigua - by Hector Lopez
Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) netted all the six points scored by Malvin during the overtime beating Bigua 77-75, to take a 2-1 lead for the Uruguayan Leagu best of five final games. Jeffries send the game into an overtime with a two point shot to tie the game 71-71. With 4.6 seconds to play with the game tied 75-75, Jeffries netted last two point shot. The main scorers for Malvin were Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) and Bruno Fitipaldo (183-G-91), both with 20 points, while Jeffries netted 19. Newsome grabbed 13 rebounds, Jeffries 10 and Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) scored 7 points and took 11 rebounds. For Bigua Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) scored 14 points and took 5 rebounds, and Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) added 12 points and 7 rebounds. During the second quarter Malvin took a 12 points lead 33-21, but Bigua tied the game with a 12-1 run. During the last two quarter no team took more than a three points lead. The fpurth game will be played March 14 and if neccesary a fifth game will be played March 18.

FIBA sanction Gaiteros for a case introduced by an Uruguayan agent and a US player - by Hector Lopez
FIBA has banned the Venezuelan team Gaiteros de Zulia to register new players because they failed to honor the final resolution of international Arbitral Tribunal (FAT), announced Claudio Pereira, the Uruguayan agent. Pereira and Chris Jeffries, who is playing in Uruguay the LUB final games, introduced the case for debts by the Venezuelan team, the agent said to Latinbasket sending a copy of the FIBA resolution. 'Gaiteros del Zulia cotinues to be in breach of all its obligations to honour the final award of the FAT', said a letter signed by Patrick Baumann, FIBA Secretary Genera, dated 9 March 2011. 'Consecuently imposes the following sancions: Gaiteros del Zulia is banned from registrering new players', added the letter. FIBA sent also copies of the letter to the Basketball Federation of Venezuela and FIBA Americas 'so that the foregoing sanction can be enforced'. The letter said 'FIBA reserves the rigth to improve further sanctions on Gaiteros del Zulia if the latter continues to ignore teh FAT Award'. Jeffries and Pereira introduced the case on Septemer 2010.

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LPB 2011 - Week 2 (Mar. 6th): Cocodrilos climbs to first, Guaros sweeps, Trotamundos won - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Cocodrilos de Caracas climbed to first place in the LPB 2011 standings with a sweep over Toros de Aragua that allowed them to tie Marinos de Anzoategui at the top, while Guaros de Lara completed a home sweep over Gaiteros del Zulia and Trotamundos de Carabobo played flawless basketball as visitors in a win against Bucaneros de La Guaira.

TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 82 - BUCANEROS DE LA GUAIRA 60
Jose Maria Vargas Dome - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
BUC: 19-10-16-15= 60
TRO: 19-29-18-16= 82


TRO: Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) 22 points, Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89) 16 points and 8 rebounds, David Cubillan (183-PG-87) 16 points, Michael Sloan (196-G/F-84) 8 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 7 points, Miguel Marriaga (208-C-84) 6 points and 8 rebounds, Troy DeVries (193-G-82) 5 points, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 2 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 0 points, Pedro Brito (204-F/C-82) 0 points, Alexander Morillo (180-G-92) 0 points, Yorbis Umbria (203-F-85) 0 points
BUC: Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 17 points and 8 rebounds, Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 16 points, 5 assists and 5 steals, Hiram Fuller (206-C-81) 11 points and 14 rebounds, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 5 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 4 points, Bryant McAllister (191-G-84) 3 points, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 2 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez (203-F/C-79) 2 points, Jawan Bailey (203-F) 0 points, Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 0 points, Samuel Marseille (193-G-91) 0 points, Yonaiker Ecker (179-PG-90) 0 points

COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 103 - TOROS DE ARAGUA 89
Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
COC: 25-20-33-25= 103
TOR: 24-16-21-28= 89

COC: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 20 points and 13 rebounds, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) 15 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 13 points, Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) 11 points, Henry Paez (184-PG-70) 10 points, Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) 9 points, Windi Graterol (204-C-86) 7 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 4 points, Carl Elliott (193-G-83) 4 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 4 points, Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) 4 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 2 points
TOR: Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) 17 points, Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 16 points, David Cedeno (190-G-83) 16 points, Cheyenne Moore (198-G-84) 13 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 8 points, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 6 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 4 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-PG-76) 4 points, Jose Silvera (183-PG-92) 3 points, Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 2 points, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) 0 points, Peter Kvietek 0 points

GUAROS DE LARA 87 - GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 85
Domo Bolivariano - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
GUA: 26-17-15-29= 87
GAI: 21-25-20-19= 85

GUA: Cordell Henry (178-PG-80) 28 points, John Millsap (198-F-82) 17 points, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) 8 points, Cedric McGowan (198-F-85) 7 points and 7 rebounds, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 6 points, Rene Farias (188-G-86) 6 points, Heberth Bayona (210-C-78) 5 points and 8 rebounds, Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) 4 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 2 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 2 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 2 points, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 0 points,
GAI: Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 27 points, Jamaal Thomas (202-F-80) 14 points and 8 rebounds, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 13 points, Omar Mejias (175-PG-80) 10 points, Kervis Ramirez (190-PG-78) 8 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78) 7 points, LaShawn Malloy (209-C/F-84) 2 points, Morris Sierralta (190-G/F-87) 2 points, Jhoyfer Diaz (196-F-87) 2 points, Diandry Bracho (178-PG-87) 0 points, Abraham Ramos 0 points, Jaime Finol (195-F-87) 0 points

Carlos Gil left Bucaneros - by Wolfgang Lucena
Legendary basketball coach Carlos Gil has left Bucaneros de la Guaira after the central-port's team collapse down 98-95 versus Gigantes de Guayana. ' I gave up my position due the team's bad record, Carlos Gil ' The players has to review themselves, no none commitIm, I am a professional, that is why I have to leave'
Coach Daniel Centeno whom was Carlos Gil's assistant coach is taking over Bucanero's head coach position. ' I like challenger and I will be humble, Coach Daniel Centeno, ' I ' m going to try to change the team's offense ...I haven't been told that I'm a interim coach, I have been told to take care of the team'.


LPB 2011 News - Richard Lugo becomes all-time leader in rebounds - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan center Richard Lugo (209-C-73) became the all-time leader in the rebounds statistic, as he grabbed 8 rebounds to increase his career total to 4.346 in a defeat of his team, Bucaneros de La Guaira, against his former team, Trotamundos de Carabobo, 82-60 at Jose Maria Vargas Dome of La Guaira, Vargas.

The previous owner of the record was the recently retired Omar Walcott (202-C-66), who grabbed 4.343 rebounds in his career. Lugo has grabbed 2.419 rebounds for Panteras de Miranda, 1.889 rebounds for Trotamundos de Carabobo and 38 for Bucaneros.

The former member of Venezuela's Senior NT has played 16 seasons in the LPB and has also played in countries such as Colombia, China, Poland, Puerto Rico and Mexico.


LPB 2011 - Week 2 (Mar 7th): Trotamundos relentless against Bucaneros - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Marinos de Anzoategui completed a sweep over Gigantes de Guayana and Cocodrilos de Caracas defeated Toros de Aragua to extend their undefeated pace in the beginning of LPB 2011, while Panteras de Miranda played well enough to save a home series split against Guaiqueries de Margarita and Guaros de Lara beat Gaiteros del Zulia as hosts.

TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 87 - BUCANEROS DE LA GUAIRA 61
Jose Maria Vargas Dome - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
BUC: 8-11-28-14= 61
TRO: 21-18-19-29= 87


TRO: Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89) 19 points and 10 rebounds, David Cubillan (183-PG-87) 18 points, 6 assists and 4 steals, Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) 15 points and 8 rebounds, Troy DeVries (193-G-82) 13 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 9 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 7 points, Yorbis Umbria (203-F-85) 3 points, Michael Sloan (196-G/F-84) 2 points, Miguel Marriaga (208-C-84) 1 point, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 0 points, Pedro Brito (204-F/C-82) 0 points, Alexander Morillo (180-G-92) 0 points
BUC: Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 16 points and 11 rebounds, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 12 points, Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 11 points, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 10 points and 10 rebounds, Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 6 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 4 points, Bryant McAllister (191-G-84) 2 points, Hiram Fuller (206-C-81) 0 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez (203-F/C-79) 0 points, Elder Gimenez (186-G-91) 0 points, Samuel Marseille (193-G-91) 0 points, Yonaiker Ecker (179-PG-90) 0 points


LPB 2011 News - David Cubillan (Trotamundos), MVP in Week 2 - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG-SG David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette), of Trotamundos de Carabobo, was named Most Valuable Player in Week 2 of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB) 2011, after averaging 19.6 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game in 3 matches, all victories for his team.

Cubillan, who's playing his first pro career in Venezuela after a succesful college career in the NCAA with the Marquette Golden Eagles, shot for 43 per cent from the long distance range. He had been named Rookie of the Week in Week 1.

Other players considered for the award were John Millsap (198-F-82) of Guaros de Lara, Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) of Gaiteros del Zulia and Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83) of Gigantes de Guayana, joined by Venezuelans Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) of Trotamundos de Carabobo and Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) of Marinos de Anzoategui.


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 6-0 
 2. Marinos 5-1 
 3. Panteras 4-2 
 4. Toros 4-2 
 5. Trotamundos 4-2 
 6. Guaiqueries 3-3 
 7. Guaros 3-3 
 8. Bucaneros 1-6 
 9. Gigantes 1-6 
 10. Gaiteros 0-6 




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Women News

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  ALBANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Flamutari 12-1 
 2. Apolonia 11-2 
 3. Tirana 10-3 
 4. Vllaznia 6-7 
 5. Studenti 5-8 
 6. Elbasani 4-9 
 7. Skenderbeu 3-9 
 8. Mati 0-12 


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  CANADA - Women  


CIS Eastern Regional Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
FREDERICTON (CIS) Toronto defeats UFV 78-69 in the second CIS womens basketball Eastern Regional. Advances to final tomorrow at 4:00 pm

CIS championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wbkb

University of Toronto Varsity Blues (OUA East) defeat University of the Fraser Valley Cascades (Canada West), 78-69, in the CIS East Regional Championship semi-final.

The University of Toronto will now face the University of Western Ontario Mustangs for the CIS East Regional Championships and a berth in next weekend's CIS 'Final 8' tournament, in Windsor, Ontario. Western Ontario Mustangs (OUA West) defeated UNB Varsity Reds (AUS) 82-66. The Cascades season is over at 12-12 in regular season, 2-2 in Canada West post season and 0-1 at CIS Regional Championships.

The game started out even with both teams trying to establish themselves in this inagrual championship tournament. The Varsity Blyues (18-4 in OUA East action this year) came out and took the early lead by six points and carried that into the second quarter, where UFV came alive and ran off the first eight points of the second quarter to take their first lead ever at a CIS Championship level game, 24-23. The Varsity Blues would rebound from the Cascades run and go on an eight run of their own to re-establish their six point advantage. UFV hung around and two late Tessa Klassen, Winnipeg, Manitoba baskets right befiore the half brough UFV to within three points at the intermission.

Sarah Wierks (188-F), Chilliwack, BC led the Cascades at the half with eight points and Klassen and Courtney Bartel, Chilliwack, BC each added five points at the break,. Klassen pulled down a team high 5 rebounds in the first half.

In the third quarter, the Varsity Blues outscored UFV by nine points and held the Cascasdes to 12 points. This opened up a 12 point lead for Toronto going into the final quarter. In the final quarter, UFV kept pressuring Toronto but the OUA East regular season champs did not budge holding their double digit lead midway through the quarter. The Cascades made one last run late in the quarter but could not knock the lead under ten points until two minutes remaining when they trailed by nine points.

The Cascades were led by Alyssa Gaukel, Chilliwack, BC with 14 points and Sarah Wierks, Chilliwack, BC with 12 points. Other Cascades in double figures were Klassen with 11 points and Aieisha Luyken, MIssion, BC with 10 points. Sarah Wierks led all Cascades with 10 total rebounds as UFV pulled down 29 total boards for the game.

STATS LEADERS

Toronto
Points: Nicki Schutz (183-F) (24) Jill Stratton (178-G) (12)
Rebounds: Nicki Schutz (9) Erin McNeely (7)
Assists: Jill Stratton (4) Erin McNeely (4)

Player of the game: Nicki Schutz

UFV
Points: Alyssa Gaukel (14) Sarah Wierks (12)
Rebounds: Sarah Wierks (10) Tessa Klassen (5)
Assists: Aieisha Luyken (8) Tessa Klassen (2)

Player of the game: Sarah Wierks
Game recap courtesy of David Kent, UFV Sports Information

FREDERICTON (CIS) Western defeats UNB 82-66 in the first CIS womens basketball Eastern Regional. Advances to final tomorrow at 4:00 pm

CIS championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wbkb

In the first semi-final of the CIS womens basketball Eastern Regional tournament, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds hosted the Mustangs from the University of Western Ontario. This game would see the winner move on for an opportunity to play either the University of Toronto or the University of the Fraser Valley for a chance to go to the CIS womens basketball National Championship in Windsor, Ontario from March 18th-20th.

In front of a wild crowd at the Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium in Fredericton, the V-Reds got off to a hot start but cooled off and in spite of early foul trouble for Western, the V-Reds trailed 20-15 after the first. Leading the first quarter charge for the Mustangs was sophomore guard Jenny Vaughan (175-G-90, college: Denver) with 10 points while fifth year senior Matteke Hutzler chipped in with six. UNB was led by fifth year senior point guard Leah Corby who had five points.

The second quarter started with Western racing out of the gate with five quick points but the V-Reds were able to answer with an athletic tip-in by second year guard Laura Fowler and back-to-back baskets by fifth year post Amanda Sharpe (183-F) forcing Western into the games first time-out. Despite shooting only 29% from the floor and 20% from behind the arc, the V-Reds were able to keep it close, trailing 36-33 at the half. Jenny Vaughan led the Mustangs with 13 first-half points and she was complimented by Huttzler who threw in 12. UNB had a balanced attack with six players with three points or more led by Amanda Sharpe and Leah Corby who had nine and eight points respectively.

The poor shooting for UNB continued into the third quarter but they were able to rebound and defend well enough to tie the score with seven minutes to go in the frame. The Mustangs responded with a 7-0 run to stretch their lead to 45-38 which would be the catalyst for their 55-46 lead going into the fourth and final. UNB was led in the quarter by Sharpe with seven points but Huttzler responded with seven of her own.

The pace of the fourth quarter was no different from the rest of the game. With the crowd behind them, the V-Reds were able to trim the lead to five with just over seven minutes left but Western responded again with defensive stands and offensive execution to stretch their lead to 68-54 with 4:09 left in the game. UNB made a valiant effort but it was too little, too late as Western came out on top with a final score of 82-66. The leading scorers for the Mustangs were Matteke Huttzler with 29 points and Jenny Vaughan with 20. The V-Reds were led by Amanda Sharpe with 23 and Leah Corby with 19.

Westerns head coach Stephan Barrie was extremely pleased with the effort that his team put forward. Our girls played really well. We battled through a lot of adversity, as we have for the second half of the season said Barrie after the game. Our best player was [Jacklyn Selfe] out so players had to redefine their roles and they did a great job of that tonight. Barrie has a great deal of respect for the UNB team who had beaten his Mustangs earlier in the season. We knew UNB was going to be tough They are a very dangerous team in terms of their transition offense and some of their key kids are big time CIS players.

The Mustangs now await the winner of the second semi-final between the University of Toronto and the University of the Fraser Valley. We have to make sure we get rest tonight And we have to prepare like we have for every single other game this year said coach Barrie. The final is slated for tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 pm.

STAT LEADERS

Western
Points: Matteke Huttzler (29), Jenny Vaughan (20)
Rebounds: Matteke Huttzler (11), Jenny Vaughan (7)
Assists: Jenny Vaughan (5), Laura Dally (2), Lacey Knox (2)

Player of the game: Matteke Huttzler

UNB
Points: Amanda Sharpe (23), Leah Corby (19)
Rebounds: Amanda Sharpe (13), Emma Russell (186-F) (8)
Assists: Emma Russell (9), Amanda Sharpe (4)

Player of the game: Amanda Sharpe
Courtesy of: english.cis-sic.ca




CIS Central Regional Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
OTTAWA (CIS) AUS defensive player of the year, Ashley Stephen (178-G-87, college: St.Francis X.) (Scarborough, Ont.), recorded a game-high 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the StFX X-Women to an 82-73 victory over the Alberta Pandas in the first game of central regional semifinal action at the Ravens Nest Friday night.

CIS championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wbkb

Despite the Pandas second-half comeback, the AUS bronze medalist X-Women would reclaim their lead late in the fourth quarter, sending them to the regional final tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

The X-Women came out strong from the opening whistle, going on a 6-0 run in the first few minutes of play and only allowing two points from the Pandas. The Atlantic team created a 10-point cushion at the end of the first, up 22-12.

The second saw the Pandas bring a heightened momentum, shrinking the deficit to five two minutes into the quarter. But thats as close as Alberta would get to their opponent, who finished the half up 37-32.

The Pandas continued to narrow the gap in the third, breaking down the StFX offense and outscoring their opponent 25-19. With 30 seconds to go before the end of the quarter, Alberta forward Kendra Asleson (Richmond, B.C.) completed a three-point play to overtake the X-Women, 57-56, going into the fourth.

Alberta saw its biggest lead of the match in the final quarter when Marisa Haylet (Vancouver), shooting 75 per cent from the free-throw line, went two-for-two, giving the Pandas a seven-point lead. The X-Women were determined for a comeback though, and it would come in the final minutes of play. Victoria Anderson (Antigonish, N.S.) would sink the basket that would reclaim the StFX lead and send the team to the regional final.

StFX will now take on the winner of the Carleton and Winnipeg match-up in tonights other semifinal game.

STAT LEADERS

StFX
Points: Ashley Stephen (20), Sheryl Chisholm (173-G-87) (16)
Rebounds: Ashley Stephen (13), Donisha Young (12)
Assists: Camesha McKenzie, Victoria Anderson, Kirsten Jones, Jocelyn Moore (2)

Alberta
Points: Marisa Haylett (178-G-88) (20), Georgia Popovici (12), Anneka Bakker (10)
Rebounds: Georgia Popovici (11), Marisa Haylett (9)
Assists: Sally Hillier (3)

Player of the game: Marisa Haylett
Courtesy: Carleton University sports information

OTTAWA (CIS) The Carleton Ravens are one win away from their first berth in the national championship after edging the Winnipeg Wesmen 62-59 in the second semifinal of the Central Regional matchup Friday night at the Ravens Nest.

CIS championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wbkb

OUA East second team all-star, Alyson Bush (170-G) (Ottawa), scored 20 points and recorded five steals to lead the Ravens to victory.

Carleton will host the StFX X-Women tomorrow night in the final at 7 p.m. The winner will head to the CIS Final 8 national championship in Windsor, Ont. next weekend.

The opening quarter saw a lot of back and forth, with three ties in the first ten minutes of play and both teams switching ownership of the lead. A basket by Bush at the buzzer brought the Ravens within two at the end of the first, down 15-13.

The second got off to a slow start, with Raven Ashleigh Cleary (Kemptville,Ont.) claiming the only two points in the first four minutes of play. The Wesmen took the biggest lead of the half when Alexandria MacIver (Winnipeg), who went on to record a double-double, completed a three-point play to put the Canada West team up 22-17.

The Ravens would come back in the final minutes of play and after a basket from Cleary, the host team took a one-point lead into the halftime break, up 27-26.

After seeing a 30-30 tie in the first few minutes of the third, Carleton began to pull away in the second half. Jennifer Stoqua (Ottawa) dropped a three from the perimeter and gave the Ravens their biggest lead of the game with 13.

The Wesmen made an admirable attempt for a comeback in the final minutes of play, pulling within three of their opponent. But with Cleary sinking the Ravens final point of the night at the line and a missed Wesmen basket in the dying seconds, it wouldnt be enough to send them to the finals.

Winnipegs Amy Ogidan (183-G) (Winnipeg) finished with a game-high 23 points.

The Wesmen out-rebounded the Ravens 38-34.

STAT LEADERS

Carleton
Points: Alyson Bush (20), Krista Van Slingerland (11)
Rebounds: Alyson Bush (6), Genavieve Melatti (185-F) (6), Kendall MacLeod (5)
Assists: Alyson Bush (7)

Player of the game: Alyson Bush

Winnipeg
Points: Amy Ogidan (23), Alexandria MacIver (16)
Rebounds: Alexandria MacIver (10), Amy Ogidan (7)
Assists: Caitlin Gooch (2)

Player of the game: Amy Ogidan

SCHEDULE & RESULTS (Eastern Standard Time)

Friday, March 11
18:00 Semifinal #1: StFX 82 vs. Alberta 73
20:00 Semifinal #2: Carleton 62 vs. Winnipeg 59

Saturday, March 12
19:00 Final: Carleton vs. StFX (SSN Canada webcast)

Carleton University sports information
Courtesy of: english.cis-sic.ca



CIS Western Regional Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
REGINA (CIS) The University of Reginas womens basketball team scored 11 consecutive points over a three-minute span midway through the fourth quarter and went on to an 83-73 win over Victoria in a CIS West Regional semifinal on Friday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

CIS championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wbkb

Victoria came out strong again, opening up a lead that reached as many as 13 points in the second quarter. Debbie Yeboah (170-G) was lights-out to start the game for the Vikes, scoring 10 points in the first quarter alone.

The Cougars got the CKHS faithful back into it with a run of their own, scoring 12 of the last 15 points of the second quarter to cut the deficit to four at the half.

Carmen Lapthorne opened up the third quarter with a three-pointer for Victoria, but the Cougars responded with a 10-1 run to give the home side its first lead since the first quarter. The Cougars led by three going into the fourth quarter, and back-to-back three-pointers by Danielle Schmidt (173-F-89) pushed the lead up to nine.

Victoria fought back with six consecutive points to make it 65-62, but the Cougars put together an 11-0 run to go up 14 with three minutes left.

We struggled again in the first half, but got it going much better in the second, Cougars head coach Dave Taylor said following the win. Dani Schmidt going 5-for-5 from the three-point line gave us a huge spark when we needed it the most.

Schmidt ended up with a career-high 23 points and joins Gabrielle Gheyssen as the only two Cougars to have hit at least five three-pointers in a game without missing since the team joined Canada West prior to the 2001-02 season. Schmidt also had a team-high four steals.

Joanna Zalesiak (174-G-88, college: UTEP) fell just one assist shy of a rare triple-double, ending up with 20 points, a career-high 17 rebounds, and nine dimes. Lindsay Ledingham also had a double-double for the Cougars, scoring 14 points and adding 10 rebounds. Megan Chamberlin was 5-for-8 from the field and scored 11.

Yeboah was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, played all 40 minutes, and led all players with 24 points and five steals. Sarah Semeniuk had 18 points and 15 rebounds to record a big double-double for Victoria, while Lapthorne scored 11 and added nine rebounds.

Jane Anholt and Vanessa Forstbauer both fouled out in the fourth quarter for Victoria.

The Cougars will square off with Wilfrid Laurier on Saturday night at the CKHS. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

STAT LEADERS

Regina
Points: Danielle Schmidt (23), Joanna Zalesiak (20), Lindsay Ledingham (14)
Rebounds: Joanna Zalesiak (17), Lindsay Ledingham (10)
Assists: Joanna Zalesiak (9)

Player of the game: Danielle Schmidt

Victoria
Points: Debbie Yeboah (24), Sarah Semeniuk (18), Carmen Lapthorne (11)
Rebounds: Sarah Semeniuk (15)
Assists: Debbie Yeboah (3)

Player of the game: Debbie Yeboah
Courtesy of Regina Sports Info


REGINA (CIS) Wilfrid Laurier defeated the UQAM Citadins by a 61-51 score on Friday night in a CIS West Regional semifinal at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport on the campus of the University of Regina.

CIS championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wbkb

The victory propels Wilfrid Laurier to Saturdays regional final, where the Golden Hawks will square off with host Regina for an automatic berth to next weekends CIS Final Eight in Windsor, Ont.

Wilfrid Laurier led by five points by after the first quarter, then outscored UQAM by a 17-4 margin in the second to take a 17-point lead into the half. The two teams then exploded in the third for a combined 44 points, with UQAM ending the quarter on an 11-2 run and scoring a total of 26 in the quarter to cut the deficit to 10.

The offence then dried up for both teams, as UQAM and Wilfrid Laurier scored just five points in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter. A pair of Jessica Bibeau-Ct free throws brought the Citadins to within seven points with just over a minute left, but that was as close as UQAM would come. The Golden Hawks had some key defensive stops in the final minute and hit a pair of free throws to keep UQAM at bay.

Rookie guard Felicia Mazerolle (160-G) and fourth-year post Christa Mancino tied for the game high with 17 points apiece for Wilfrid Laurier. Renata Adamczyk scored 12 and added 10 rebounds to secure the games lone double-double, while Megan Grant (183-F) added a game-high 14 rebounds for the Golden Hawks.

Michelle Auger-Bellemare (G), UQAMs leading scorer and a first-team all-conference selection, got into early foul trouble and only ended up playing 22 minutes. The third-year guard still scored a team-leading 12 points for the Citadins, while Marjolaine Gauthier-Thort scored eight and had a team-high five steals. Bibeau-Ct ended up with seven points for UQAM.

Wilfrid Laurier shot 36.1% from the field during the win, while UQAM was 17-for-62 (27.4%). Both teams hit 15 free throws and were 2-for-14 from the three-point line.

NOTES: Saturday will mark the second time that Regina and Wilfrid Laurier have met in a postseason contest the Cougars defeated the Golden Hawks by a 68-52 score in the quarterfinals of the 2004 CIS Championship in Winnipeg.

STAT LEADERS

Wilfrid Laurier
Points: Felicia Mazerolle (17), Christa Mancino (17), Renata Adamczyk (12)
Rebounds: Megan Grant (14), Renata Adamczyk (10)
Steals: Renata Adamczyk (6)

Player of the game: Felicia Mazerolle

UQAM
Points: Michelle Auger-Bellemare (12), Marjolaine Gauthier-Thort (8)
Rebounds: Selwa Maatoug (7)
Steals: Marjolaine Gauthier-Thort (5)

Player of the game: Michelle Auger-Bellemare
Courtesy of Regina Sports Info





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  DENMARK - Women  


Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Points Per Game
 Lauren BECKLEY
  Lemvig
  (181-F/C-)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Beckley, Lemvig22.1 
 2. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj16.7 
 3. Furgeson, Horsens16.6 
 4. Tryggedsson, Aabyh.15.5 
 5. Holmes, Aabyhoj15.4 
 6. Smith, Horsens15.1 
 7. Fuller, Falcon14.5 
 8. Girdwood, Vaerlose14.4 
 9. Jensen, Amager14.4 
 10. Aitch, SISU13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jessica FULLER
  Falcon
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Fuller, Falcon12.9 
 2. Holmes, Aabyhoj10.0 
 3. Beckley, Lemvig10.0 
 4. Kruuse, Amager9.9 
 5. Furgeson, Horsens9.6 
 6. Smith, Horsens9.0 
 7. Kielpinski, Lemvig8.7 
 8. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj7.5 
 9. Girdwood, Vaerlose7.2 
 10. Robertson, Horsh.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mie BURLIN
  Lemvig
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Burlin, Lemvig4.2 
 2. Lund, SISU4.0 
 3. Krogh, Aabyhoj4.0 
 4. Jensen, Amager3.5 
 5. Haven, Vaerlose3.1 
 6. Blands, SISU3.1 
 7. Jorgensen, SISU3.1 
 8. Furgeson, Horsens3.1 
 9. Laursen, Horsens2.9 
 10. Ryder, Horsholm2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Emilie HESSELDAL
  Aabyhoj
  (185-F/C-90)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj3.4 
 2. Furgeson, Horsens2.7 
 3. Blands, SISU2.5 
 4. Lund, SISU2.4 
 5. Ryder, Horsholm2.1 
 6. Beckley, Lemvig1.9 
 7. Deemand, Horsholm1.9 
 8. Jorgensen, SISU1.8 
 9. Udovalieva, Lemvig1.6 
 10. Jensen, Amager1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jessica FULLER
  Falcon
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fuller, Falcon3.0 
 2. Kielpinski, Lemvig1.6 
 3. Dokkedal, Vaerlose0.9 
 4. Kruuse, Amager0.8 
 5. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj0.7 
 6. Aitch, SISU0.6 
 7. Girdwood, Vaerlose0.6 
 8. Johansen, Vaerlose0.5 
 9. Gilling, Horsholm0.4 
 10. Holmes, Aabyhoj0.4 


Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
 1. SISU 20-1 
 2. Horsholm 13-8 
 3. Lemvig 13-8 
 4. Amager 12-9 
 5. Horsens 8-13 
 6. Falcon 8-13 
 7. Aabyhoj 8-13 
 8. Vaerlose 2-19 


Dameligaen Round 21: Lemvig is upset by Vaerlose - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Dameligaen just ended.

The game between second ranked Lemvig (13-8) and eighth ranked Vaerlose (2-19) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Lemvig was crushed by Vaerlose in Vaerlose 77-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lemvig. The game was mostly controlled by Vaerlose. Lemvig managed to win third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vaerlose dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Lemvig's 30. They outrebounded Lemvig 44-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. Vaerlose looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Lemvig's players. The best player for the winners was naturalized Saudi Arabian guard Hanna Sheikh (180-G-92) (180-92) who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Anette Johansen (180-81) chipped in 10 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Vaerlose's coach Anja Andersen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Lauren Beckley (181, college: Shippensburg) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Vaerlose finished at the eighth place with 2-19 record. Lemvig at the other side slipped to the third position with eight games lost.
Very important is a home loss of Horsholm (13-8) against seventh ranked Aabyhoj (8-13) on Saturday night. Host Horsholm was defeated by Aabyhoj in a tough game in Horsholm 61-66. It was a good game for American forward Shay Holmes (185, college: Arkansas-Pine Bluff) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Emilie Hesseldal contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Morgan Robertson (183-88, college: La Salle) answered with 18 points for Horsholm. Aabyhoj finished the regular season in the seventh position. Horsholm lost third consecutive game. They occupied the second position with eight games lost.
Leader SISU delivered the twentiethth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Horsens (8-13) 64-57. Lauren Aitch stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Charmaine Furgeson with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. SISU have a solid series of four victories in a row. They won the regular season with 20-1 record. Horsens occupied the fifth spot with 13 games lost.
The game in Falcon was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Amager (12-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Falcon (8-13). Amager managed to secure a 6-point victory 67-61. Catharina Jensen nailed 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Amager's coach Turi Hogh allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Amager clinched the fourth position with 12-9 record. Falcon fell at the sixth place as they suffered the 13th loss in the season.



Vaerlose - Lemvig 77-58

The game between second ranked Lemvig (13-8) and eighth ranked Vaerlose (2-19) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Lemvig was crushed by Vaerlose in Vaerlose 77-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lemvig. The game was mostly controlled by Vaerlose. Lemvig managed to win third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vaerlose dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Lemvig's 30. They outrebounded Lemvig 44-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. Vaerlose looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Lemvig's players. The best player for the winners was naturalized Saudi Arabian guard Hanna Sheikh (180-92) who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Anette Johansen (180-81) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Vaerlose's coach Anja Andersen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Lauren Beckley (181, college: Shippensburg) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and guard Mie Burlin (178) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Vaerlose finished at the eighth place with 2-19 record. Lemvig at the other side slipped to the third position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Lemvig: I.Udovalieva 15, L.Beckley 13+11reb+1ast, M.Burlin 10+5reb+7ast, B.Schelde 9+12reb, M.Dyer 4, K.Pedersen 3
Vaerlose: H.Sheikh 24+8reb, T.Knudsen 15+2reb+1ast, A.Johansen 10+15reb+4ast, A.Rosbjerg 8+6reb+3ast, M.Haven 7+7reb+11ast, D.Graae Jakobsen 5+2reb+6ast
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Falcon - Amager 61-67

The game in Falcon was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Amager (12-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Falcon (8-13). Amager managed to secure a 6-point victory 67-61. Falcon was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Swingman Catharina Jensen (184-89) nailed 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and center Sussie Kruuse (192-83) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds. Amager's coach Turi Hogh allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Jessica Fuller (193-87, college: Hofstra) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and guard Elisabeth Hansen (175-93) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Falcon in the defeat. Amager clinched the fourth position with 12-9 record. Falcon fell at the sixth place as they suffered the 13th loss in the season.
Top scorers:
Falcon: J.Fuller 15+11reb+1ast, E.Hansen 14+5reb+3ast, K.Katsarelia 13+2reb, A.Blyme 8+4reb+1ast, S.Vincents 4+3reb+3ast, T.Heiberg 4+2reb
Amager: A.Nedovic 19+2reb, S.Kruuse 14+6reb+1ast, C.Jensen 13+6reb+5ast, E.Fogelstrom 6+1reb+1ast, I.Klussmann 6+2reb, L.Erlangsen 5+1reb+1ast
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Horsholm - Aabyhoj 61-66

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Horsholm (13-8) against seventh ranked Aabyhoj (8-13) on Saturday night. Host Horsholm was defeated by Aabyhoj in a tough game in Horsholm 61-66. It looked good early as Horsholm took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Aabyhoj had a 24-19 second period charge getting the lead and Horsholm was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-66. It was a good game for American forward Shay Holmes (185, college: Arkansas-Pine Bluff) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Power forward Emilie Hesseldal (185-90) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Morgan Robertson (183-88, college: La Salle) answered with 18 points and guard Gritt Ryder (177-92) added 5 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Horsholm. Aabyhoj finished the regular season in the seventh position. Horsholm lost third consecutive game. They occupied the second position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: M.Robertson 18+4reb+1ast, K.Hounsgaard 11+1reb+2ast, A.Kristensen 8+1reb+2ast, M.Gilling 8+4reb, L.Piechnik 7+2reb, G.Ryder 5+7reb+3ast
Aabyhoj: E.Hesseldal 22+8reb+2ast, S.Holmes 16+15reb+3ast, I.Tryggedsson 16+1reb+2ast, L.Ravn 6+1reb+2ast, F.Husted 4+4reb+1ast, B.Morsoe 2+1reb+3ast
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Horsens - SISU 57-64

Leader SISU delivered the twentiethth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Horsens (8-13) 64-57. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 64-57. SISU dominated on the defensive end, holding Horsens to just 6 points in second quarter. American center Lauren Aitch (185-87, college: Michigan St., agency: Merit Sports) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Kiki Lund (178-83, college: Dayton) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Australian guard Charmaine Furgeson (176-86) with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Astrid Gadeberg (168-78) scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. SISU have a solid series of four victories in a row. They won the regular season with 20-1 record. Horsens occupied the fifth spot with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Horsens: A.Gadeberg 18+2ast, C.Furgeson 12+9reb+4ast, K.Siig Laursen 6+8reb+3ast, R.Christiansen 6, J.Ravn 6+3reb+1ast, J.Smith 5+6reb
SISU: L.Aitch 19+8reb+1ast, K.Lund 12+5reb+4ast, T.Jorgensen 11+5reb+3ast, K.Dalgaard 7+3reb, I.Soltau 6+2reb, C.Blands 3+8reb+2ast
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  FINLAND - Women  


D1 Round 28 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
7th ranked HoNsU (7-21) fell to eighth ranked Kerava Energia Team (3-25) in overtime by seven points 72-79 on Saturday night. The game took place in Jyvaskyla. But the guests from Kerava were better at the end. Worth to mention a great performance of Lisa Karcic (185-F/C-86, college: Villanova) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 26 points, 23 rebounds, 9 assists and 10 steals. Kerava Energia Team remained in the eighth position with 3-25 record. HoNsU lost seventh consecutive game. They finished the regular season in the seventh place with 21 games lost.
PeKa won the regular season edging Espoo Team at home court. ToPo upset Catz at home court and clinched the fourth position in the ladder. They will face Huima in the quarterfinal series starting on March 17. FoA wrapped up the regular season with a narrow home win over Huima. They ended in the sixth spot and would face Espoo Team in the playoffs.
The most impressive performance of 28th round was 33 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 4 assists by Dandra Moss of ToPo.


FoA - Huima 69-65

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Forssan Alku (15-13) beat at home 5th ranked Aanekosken (15-13) 69-65 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 29-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Forssan Alku made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Aanekosken outrebounded Forssan Alku 47-35 including 33 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of internationa