EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/15/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Dragicevic's 25 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Buducnost and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had the game-high 25 points adding six rebounds for Buducnost in his team's victory, helping them to beat Cibona (#12, 10-15) 80-70. Buducnost is placed at 4th position in Adriatic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Buducnost will need more victories to improve their 14-11 record. Dragicevic turned to be Buducnost's top player in his first season with the team. Dragicevic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 7.0rpg) and averages solid 62.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Vedran Morovic (184-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) of Siroki TT. He is Croatian guard in his first season at Siroki TT. In the last game Morovic recorded impressive 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Siroki TT to edge Igokea (11-14) by 2 points 73-71. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Siroki TT managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-14 record. Morovic is a newcomer at Siroki TT and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ricardo Marsh (202-F-81) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (#13). Marsh got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He was a key player of Crvena Zvezda, leading his team to a 92-70 easy win against the higher-ranked Union Olimpija (#3, 16-9). The chances of Crvena Zvezda not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Marsh could try to bring Crvena Zvezda's a little bit higher in the standings. Marsh has individually a great season in Adriatic League. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.2ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88) of Radnicki - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Marko Car (188-G/F-85) of Zadar - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Donnell Harvey (203-C-80) of Igokea - 17 points and 11 rebounds
7. Michael Lee (207-F-86) of Radnicki - 18 points and 6 rebounds
8. Boris Bakic (194-G-86) of Crvena Zvezda - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80) of Cedevita - 13 points and 14 rebounds
10. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) of Cedevita - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  ALBANIA   


Studenti improved to 13-0 record - by Eurobasket News
Studenti improved to 13-0 record on top of group A standings. The league-leaders overcame UAT 80:63. Tirana meanwhile grabbed 11-2 record beating Skenderbeu 106:76. In another game Vllaznia rolled over Basket Kamza 72:60.
In Group B Teuta improved to 9-0 record beating Pogradeci 72:51. Elbasani rout Apollonia 76:62, while Partizani lost to Flamurtari 66:73.


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  ANGOLA   


1 de Agosto beat ASA, qualify for Angola Cup semis - by Eurobasket News
Luanda The men's basketball team of 1 de Agosto club on Friday qualified
for the semi-finals of the Angola Cup, following a 87-58 victory over Athletic Sport
Aviation (ASA), in an encounter played at 'Rio Seco' pavilion.

The national and continental champions (1 de Agosto) had little difficulties in beating
their opponents which recently strengthened its team with two American players.

By halftime, 1 de Agosto were already ahead by an 18-point difference.

The best shooters were of the encounter Wilson Carvalho of ASA, with 15 points, and
Adolfo Quimbamba of 1 de Agosto, with less three (12).

In another encounter, Interclube travelled to Cabinda province and qualified to the
semi-finals after beating the local Sporting club by 72-68.

Below are the quarterfinals results:

1 de Agosto ASA (87-58)
Sporting de Cabinda Interclube (68-72)
Recreativo do Libolo- Lusadas (98-70)
Petro de Luanda Santos FC (97-70)

Courtesy of: http://www.portalangop.co.ao


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  ARGENTINA   


Regatas inks Louis Roe - by Eurobasket News
Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) is a new player of Regatas. The American forward signed a deal for rest of the season. He arrives from Mexican team Halcones Xalapa, where he had 18.3 ppg and 9.3 rpg for 7 Liga Americas games. Latinbasket awarded Roe with All-Liga Americas Forward of the Year -11. He also played 10 games in LNBP for Halcones Xalapa averaging 14.7 points and 9.4 rebounds.
Louis Roe spent last season in Spain as a member of Tenerife. He appeared 27 times in LEB Gold averaging 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. Roe ended the season as LEB Gold fifth scorer. In 2008/09, Roe played for Bruesa. He appeared 31 times in ACB registering 11.4 ppg and 5.4 rpg. He also has experience from Murcia, Tau Ceramica, Caja San Fernando and Alicante.


La Laguna extends Nico Richotti until 2013 - by Eurobasket News
La Laguna announced signing of contract extension with Nicolas Richotti (181-PG-86). The Argentinean/Italian point guard will stay in La Laguna until the end of 2012/13 season. Richotti appeared 28 times in LEB Gold this season averaging 10.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. He joined La Laguna last summer.
Nicolas Richotti spent 2009/10 season with Real Madrid II. They competed in LEB Silver, where Richotti had 12.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2 apg. A year before that he was a member of Ferreteria San Isidro. The team played in EBA, where Richotti shined with 21.8 ppg, 4 rpg and 4.3 apg. In the past, he also was a member of Italian Agropoli and CUS Bari.
La Laguna currently has 15-13 record in LEB Gold.


Liga A all star game 2011 - by Facundo Iatzky
It was an exciting all star weekend. The all star game finally was won by the foreign team easily 68-51. They took adavantage since the first quarter and then could mantained it during the rest of the game. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) of Penarol Mar del Plata was named the MVP of the game. He scored 14 points. David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) and Byron Johnson scored 12 each and Josh Pittmann added 11. Matias Lescano (196-G/F-79) led domestic team with 12 points, followed by Ruben Wolkowyski and Facundo campazzo.

legends game: It was played a game between legend players of Cordoba and legend players of the rest of the country. The victory was for Cordoba team. The Mvp of this game was Leandro Palladino (194-G-76).
Star shooting game: winning team: Mario Milanesio (188-G-63), Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80), Rocio Rojas (168-G-91)
3 point shooting contest: Juan Espil (194-G-68) once again was the winner showing that he is one of the best shooters of the argentinian basketball history. He beat Eduardo Villares in the final.
Skill challenge: Young point guard of Atenas Cordoba, Felipe Pais (185-G-90) was incredibly fast and won the challenge overcoming Nicolas de los Santos in the final.
dunk contest: Decorey Young (201-F-84, college: Cumberland), player of Instituto Cordoba in Regional league, was invited and he did not dissapoint the ones who choosed him. He defeated Erbel De Pietro in the final with a fantastic dunk showing that he is good at football too.


Monte Hermoso add Axel Weigand - by Eurobasket News
Axel Weigand (200-C-85) is coming back to Argentina. The 25-year-old centre has agreed on terms of contract with Monte Hermoso. Axel Weigand started the season in Spain. The centre played for Meridiano Alicante. His stats read 0.5 points and 0.6 boards per appearance. Last season Axel Weigand also tipped off in Spain with Alicante. He averaged 12.9 points, 5.1 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.5 blocks with Santa Pola Lucentum Alicante in EBA. Later Axel Weigand moved to Union de Sunchales in Argentina. There his stats read 1.2 points and 1.3 boards per game. Axel Weigand was the member of Argentinean NT in 2009. He also played for U16, U18 and U21 Argentinean selections.


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Jackson, La Union20.3 
 2. Bunn, Argentino18.9 
 3. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.5 
 4. Meyinsse, Club 916.9 
 5. Johnson, Monte H.16.8 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.3 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.15.9 
 8. White, Monte H.14.8 
 9. Taylor, Lanus14.6 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.1 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.10.0 
 3. Battle, Libertad S.9.2 
 4. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.0 
 5. Kante, Olimpico LB8.6 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Alston, Boca Jrs8.2 
 8. Johnson, Monte H.8.0 
 9. Leiva, Penarol7.5 
 10. Mikulas, La Union7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.6 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.8 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.2 
 4. Salles, Monte H.5.0 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.6 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.2 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.7 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.5 
 9. Sartorelli, Argentino3.1 
 10. Laws, Olimpico LB3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.3 
 2. Sciutto, Monte H.2.7 
 3. Salles, Monte H.2.4 
 4. Cequeira, Obras2.4 
 5. Martinez, Regat.2.4 
 6. Labaque, Atenas2.3 
 7. Lamonte, Penarol2.3 
 8. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 9. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
 10. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Battle, Libertad S.2.0 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.3 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 9. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 10. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.8 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Ervin, Hawks20.3 
 2. Penney, Breakers20.3 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.6 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.5 
 6. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 7. Clark, Blaze16.8 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers15.8 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers15.6 
 10. Devendorf, Tigers14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.2 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.2 
 3. Vukona, Breakers7.6 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 6. Brown, Wildcats6.9 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.9 
 8. Williams, Tigers6.8 
 9. Burston, Tigers6.8 
 10. Holmes, 36ers6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, Tigers6.0 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.4 
 3. Ervin, Hawks4.5 
 4. Braswell, Breakers4.3 
 5. Saville, Hawks4.2 
 6. Carter, 36ers4.2 
 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: 2.3
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.3 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.5 
 3. Carter, 36ers1.4 
 4. Ervin, Hawks1.4 
 5. Crawford, Croco.1.4 
 6. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 7. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 8. Ellis, Crocodiles1.3 
 9. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 10. Braswell, Breakers1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Blaze
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Majok, Wildcats2.0 
 2. Ballinger, 36ers2.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.9 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.2 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 8. Schenscher, Croco.1.0 
 9. Freeman, Croco.0.9 
 10. Gilder, Sydney K.0.9 


Australian NBL round 22 best performance: Julian Khazzouh - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sydney Kings, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out 36ers (8-17) 76-72. Sydney Kings maintains the 9th position in Australian NBL. Sydney Kings is bottom ranked team in the standings. They need more victories to leave last spot and improve bad 8-17 record. Khazzouh turned to be Sydney Kings' top player in his first season with the team. Julian Khazzouh has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.6ppg) and averages impressive 1.9bpg and 55.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Jamaican Corey Williams (191-G-77) of Tigers. Williams had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Tigers lost that game 63-79 to slightly higher-ranked Taipans (#5, 13-12). Tigers is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-15 record. Williams is a newcomer at Tigers, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 6.8rpg and 6.0apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Tigers' star - former international forward Matthew Burston (210-F/C-82). Burston scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Burston's great performance Tigers lost 63-79 to slightly higher-ranked Taipans (#5, 13-12). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Tigers not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Burston could try to bring Tigers' a little bit higher in the standings. Burston has individually a great season in Australia. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.8rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damian Martin (188-G-84) of Wildcats - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists
5. James Harvey (196-G/F-79) of Blaze - 25 points and 4 rebounds
6. Gary Ervin (186-G-83) of Hawks - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Nathan Crosswell (190-G-79) of Crocodiles - 15 points and 3 rebounds
8. Adam Ballinger (205-F-79) of 36ers - 16 points and 8 rebounds
9. Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85) of Wildcats - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82) of Breakers - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round 6: #1 Raiffeisen Wels is defeated by UBSC Graz - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

Group A - The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Raiffeisen Wels (16-12) on the court of second ranked UBSC Graz on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by UBSC Graz 87-82. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Bundesliga. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. UBSC Graz looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Louis Graham (205-F-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Reinhard Lanegger (196-81) chipped in 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Raiffeisen Wels' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. UBSC Graz maintains second position in Bundesliga with 14-14 record having just two points less than leader Wels. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side still keep top place with 12 games lost. UBSC Graz are again looking forward to face league's leader Raiffeisen Wels at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Raiffeisen Wels will have a break next round.
Group A - Important game to mention about took place in Kapfenberg. Third ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (18-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (14-14) 74-73 on Saturday evening. American forward Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central, agency: Court Side) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and Stjepan Stazic supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Even 19 points and 4 steals by the former international guard Armin Woschank (184-82) did not help to save the game for Kapfenberg Bulls. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains third position in Bundesliga with 18-10 record having just -2 point less than leader Wels. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Oberwart Gunners (#4) at home in the next round. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against the league's second-placed Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and hope to get back on the winning track.
Group A - The game between Top Four teams took place in Gmunden. First ranked host Gmunden Swans (22-6) smashed second-best Arkadia Lions (18-10) 75-43. The best player for the winners was Dan Oppland who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Gmunden Swans' coach Matthias Fischer felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Fabricio Vay who recorded 11 points. Defending champion maintains first position in Bundesliga with 22-6 record. Loser Arkadia Lions keep the second place with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans will meet at home Xion Dukes (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Arkadia Lions will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Group B - The game in St.Polten supposed to be also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers BC Vienna (11-17) played at the court of fifth ranked St.Polten (10-18). St.Polten did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 83-64. It was a good game for Thomas Schreiner who led his team to a victory with 20 points. St.Polten maintains fifth position in Bundesliga with 10-18 record. BC Vienna at the other side keeps the fourth place with 17 games lost. St.Polten's next round opponent will be again higher ranked BC Vienna (#4) in Wien and it may be quite challenging game.
Group B - The game in Klagenfurt was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Gussing Knights (12-16) played at the court of 6th ranked Worthersee Piraten (2-26). Gussing Knights defeated Worthersee Piraten 74-59 on Saturday. Marcus Heard had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gussing Knights moved-up to third place in Bundesliga. Loser Worthersee Piraten keeps the sixth position with 26 games lost. Gussing Knights will have a break next round. Worthersee Piraten will play again at home against Gussing Knights (#3).

In the last game of round 6
In Bundesliga Klosterneub. lost to Oberwart on the opponent's court 74-89.


Group A
Oberwart - Klosterneub. 89-74

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Xion Dukes (14-14) were defeated on the road by fourth ranked Oberwart Gunners (17-11) 89-74 on Saturday. The game without a history. Oberwart Gunners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Oberwart Gunners outrebounded Xion Dukes 34-22 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Oberwart Gunners players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Christoph Nagler (194-84) with 21 points and Bosnian-Slovenian guard Damir Zeleznik (191-80) scored 13 points. Xion Dukes' coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Oberwart Gunners maintains fourth position in Bundesliga with 17-11 record. Loser Xion Dukes keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Oberwart Gunners will face higher ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Xion Dukes will play against the league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 21+3reb+1ast, D.Zeleznik 13+2reb+3ast, M.Rachar 8+4reb, A.Maresch 8+3ast, R.Suljanovic 7+2reb+1ast, C.Bobb 6+4reb+4ast
Oberwart: J.Dean Shawn 21+6reb+2ast, K.Parker 16+1reb+5ast, D.Gonzalvez 11+2reb+3ast, B.Volcic 10+8reb+4ast, J.Johnson 9+12reb+3ast, H.Ochsenhofer 8+1reb
gschID: 121973


Gmunden - Arkadia 75-43

The game between Top Four teams took place in Gmunden. First ranked host Gmunden Swans (22-6) smashed second-best Arkadia Lions (18-10) 75-43. The game without a history. Gmunden Swans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Gmunden Swans outrebounded Arkadia Lions 40-23 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import power forward Anthony Slack (202-84, college: Illinois St.) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans' coach Matthias Fischer felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 11 points and Lithuanian center Pranas Skurdauskas (211-88, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Defending champion maintains first position in Bundesliga with 22-6 record. Loser Arkadia Lions keep the second place with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans will meet at home Xion Dukes (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Arkadia Lions will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 11+4reb+1ast, P.Skurdauskas 10+5reb, K.Payton 7+3reb, K.Houston 6+2reb, R.Spasojevic 4+2reb, D.Drenovac 4+3reb+2ast
Gmunden: D.Oppland 18+6reb+1ast, D.Mayes 17+3reb, A.Slack 13+9reb, E.Murati 11+6reb+2ast, M.Mayer 7+4reb, I.Boylan 3+1reb+4ast
gschID: 121974


Kapfenberg - Furstenfeld 73-74

Important game to mention about took place in Kapfenberg. Third ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (18-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (14-14) 74-73 on Saturday evening. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Furstenfeld Panthers outrebounded Kapfenberg Bulls 45-26 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central, agency: Court Side) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Even 19 points and 4 steals by the former international guard Armin Woschank (184-82) did not help to save the game for Kapfenberg Bulls. American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 16 points. Four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains third position in Bundesliga with 18-10 record having just -2 point less than leader Wels. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Oberwart Gunners (#4) at home in the next round. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against the league's second-placed Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: A.Woschank 19+2reb+3ast, L.Gordon 16+4reb, J.Fears 14+1reb+4ast, D.Horace 13+3reb+2ast, D.Nelson 8+8reb+1ast, M.Lanegger 3+7reb+5ast
Furstenfeld: S.Ray 18+13reb+1ast, S.Stazic 17+6reb+1ast, R.Hampton 9+8reb+1ast, A.Shavies 9+3reb+6ast, D.Alexander 8+6reb+1ast, R.Hicks 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 121972


Group B
St.Polten - BC Vienna 83-64

The game in St.Polten supposed to be also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers BC Vienna (11-17) played at the court of fifth ranked St.Polten (10-18). St.Polten did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 83-64. The game without a history. St.Polten led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. St.Polten forced 30 BC Vienna turnovers. It was a good game for the former international guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. International forward Richard Poiger (201-87) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four St.Polten players scored in double figures. American swingman Spencer Rhynes (196-74, college: Huston-Tillotson) replied with 20 points and 9 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Sveto Pekovic (202-82) added 13 points in the effort for BC Vienna. St.Polten maintains fifth position in Bundesliga with 10-18 record. BC Vienna at the other side keeps the fourth place with 17 games lost. St.Polten's next round opponent will be again higher ranked BC Vienna (#4) in Wien and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Rhynes 20+9reb+1ast, S.Pekovic 13+2reb+2ast, A.Trepalovac 9+4reb+2ast, N.Miljkovic 7+1reb+2ast, M.Coffin 6+2reb+2ast, S.N'Diaye 4+7reb
St.Polten: T.Schreiner 20+2reb+3ast, T.Gaspar 17+5reb, R.Poiger 14+4reb+5ast, A.Worenz 10+2reb+2ast, N.Kapic 8+1ast, D.Jandl 8+3reb+5ast
gschID: 121977


Worthersee - Gussing 59-74

The game in Klagenfurt was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Gussing Knights (12-16) played at the court of 6th ranked Worthersee Piraten (2-26). Gussing Knights defeated Worthersee Piraten 74-59 on Saturday. American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Thomas Klepeisz (185-91) chipped in 20 points during the contest. Heard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Gussing Knights players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Bilal Abdullah (196-84, college: Lafayette) with 17 points and 5 rebounds and guard Marco Breithuber (183-85) scored 8 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gussing Knights moved-up to third place in Bundesliga. Loser Worthersee Piraten keeps the sixth position with 26 games lost. Gussing Knights will have a break next round. Worthersee Piraten will play again at home against Gussing Knights (#3).
Top scorers:
Worthersee: B.Abdullah 17+5reb+2ast, B.Weber 10+4reb+1ast, M.Breithuber 8+3reb+4ast, S.Husanovic 7+4reb, E.Rhinehart 7+4reb+4ast, M.Breithuber 6+2reb+2ast
Gussing: T.Klepeisz 20+3reb+2ast, M.Heard 18+15reb+1ast, A.Nunner 12+4reb+1ast, S.Koch 10+6reb+3ast, A.Djuric 9+8reb+1ast, M.Klepeisz 5
gschID: 121976


UBSC Graz - Wels 87-82

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Raiffeisen Wels (16-12) on the court of second ranked UBSC Graz on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by UBSC Graz 87-82. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Bundesliga. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. UBSC Graz looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Reinhard Lanegger (196-81) chipped in 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) with 20 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Rasheed Brokenborough (191-76, college: Temple, agency: Impact Basketball) scored 22 points and 4 assists. Five UBSC Graz and four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. UBSC Graz maintains second position in Bundesliga with 14-14 record having just two points less than leader Wels. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side still keep top place with 12 games lost. UBSC Graz are again looking forward to face league's leader Raiffeisen Wels at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Raiffeisen Wels will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Wels: R.Brokenborough 22+2reb+4ast, D.Lamesic 20+6reb+2ast, T.Klette 14+6reb+2ast, J.Smith 12+6reb, B.Fields 6+3reb+3ast, J.Francois 4+2reb
UBSC Graz: L.Graham 22+5reb+2ast, R.Lanegger 20+4reb+2ast, S.Grum 15+3reb+8ast, C.Knor 11+5reb, M.Stegnjaic 11+5reb+1ast, S.Schaal 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 121975




Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 22-6 
 2. Arkadia 18-10 
 3. Furstenfeld 18-10 
 4. Oberwart 17-11 
 5. Kapfenberg 14-14 
 6. Klosterneub. 14-14 
Group B
 1. Wels 16-12 
 2. UBSC Graz 14-14 
 3. Gussing 12-16 
 4. BC Vienna 11-17 
 5. St.Polten 10-18 
 6. Worthersee 2-26 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.0 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 4. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.9 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.2 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.17.8 
 7. Mayes, Gmunden17.4 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.3 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.16.4 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.3 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.6 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 5. Volcic, Oberwart7.8 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.7 
 7. Graham, UBSC G.7.5 
 8. Djuric, Gussing7.4 
 9. Mayer, Gmunden7.4 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.7.9 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.3 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.0 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.7 
 6. Miletic, UBSC G.4.6 
 7. Parker, Oberwart4.5 
 8. Boylan, Gmunden4.4 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Boylan, Gmunden2.3 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 4. Jandl, St.Polten2.2 
 5. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 6. Parker, Oberwart2.1 
 7. Vay, Arkadia1.8 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
 9. Danek, Arkadia1.7 
 10. Artner, Oberwart1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.5 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Hicks, Furstenfeld1.2 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 6. Slack, Gmunden1.0 
 7. Vay, Arkadia1.0 
 8. Sally, Oberwart1.0 
 9. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.9 
 10. Heard, Gussing0.8 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Pierce CALDWELL
  Liepaja
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Caldwell, Liepaja19.1 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale19.0 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 4. Osby, TT.18.9 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas16.9 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.5 
 8. Parakhouski, VEF R.15.3 
 9. Dimsa, Nevezis14.9 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Osby, TT.11.7 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.8 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.7 
 4. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 5. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 7. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 8. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.7.4 
 10. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.4 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 4. Kriisa, TT.4.9 
 5. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis4.7 
 7. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 9. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 10. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Broadus, Siauliai2.3 
 2. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 3. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 4. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 5. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 6. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 8. Anderson, Ventspils1.7 
 9. Leppik, TU/Rock1.7 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.4 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 8. Osby, TT.1.2 
 9. Hanke, Norrkoping1.2 
 10. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 


Zalgiris cruise past Nevezis - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Nevezis 104:70

Zalgiris opened their Baltic League season with a comfortable home win over Nevezis. The Kaunas team thus surged ahead in the quarterfinal series. Game 2 is scheduled for March 19. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Zalgiris opened the game with eight points in a row. But Nevezis quickly bounced back leveling things up at 12. But eventually Zalgiris managed to outscore their opponents 24:19 in the first term. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) and Samhan opened a double-digit lead for Zalgiris midway through the second term. The home team arrived at halftime up by 11 points 48:37. Zalgiris used a 10:1 run in the third term to clear off to a 17-point distance. Zalgiris recorded a 20-point lead at the final intermission. Nevezis could not recover in the final stanza as the home team rallied to the victory. Paulius Jankunas notched 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) added 14 points in the win. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Nevezis. Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-F-85, agency: FCM, college: Virginia) had 12 points in defeat.

Zalgiris: Tadas Klimavicius 21, Paulius Jankunas 19, Martynas Pocius 14
Nevezis: Egidijus Dimsa 16, Laurynas Mikalauskas 12



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  BELARUS   


Standings - Premier League
Premier Standings
Group A
 1. Minsk-2006 36-0 
 2. Grodno-93 23-13 
 3. OZAA Osipov. 22-14 
 4. Sozh Gomel 18-18 
Group B
 1. Lokomotiv 19-15 
 2. Borifsen 14-22 
 3. BGUIR-RCOR 6-28 
 4. Vitalyur 4-32 


Premier League Round 8: Grodno-93 beats OZAA Osipovichi in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The Second Stage in Premier League just ended. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Grodno. Third ranked Grodno-93 faced second-ranked OZAA Osipovichi. Host Grodno-93 (23-13) defeated guests from Osipovichi (22-14) 85-71. It was a key game for the second position in League. The game without a history. Grodno-93 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Grodno-93 moved-up to second place in League. OZAA Osipovichi at the other side dropped to the third position with 14 games lost.



An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Minsk. Top-ranked Minsk-2006 faced 4th ranked Sozh Gomel. Host Minsk-2006 (36-0) smashed guests from Gomel (18-18) 111-81. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 36-0 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side keeps the fourth place with 18 games lost.


An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Vitebsk. First ranked Lokomotiv faced 4th ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR. Host Lokomotiv (19-15) defeated guests from Minsk (4-32) 73-67. Lokomotiv maintains first position in League with 19-15 record. Loser Vitalyur-RGUOR keeps the fourth place with 32 games lost.


An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Mogilev. Second ranked Borifsen faced one of their biggest challengers BGUIR-RCOR. Host Borifsen (14-22) smashed guests from Minsk (6-28) 93-63. Borifsen maintains second position in League with 14-22 record having three points less than leader Lokomotiv. Newly promoted BGUIR-RCOR keeps the third place with 28 games lost.






Group A
Grodno-93 - OZAA Osipov. 85-71

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Grodno. Third ranked Grodno-93 faced second-ranked OZAA Osipovichi. Host Grodno-93 (23-13) defeated guests from Osipovichi (22-14) 85-71. It was a key game for the second position in League. The game without a history. Grodno-93 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Grodno-93 moved-up to second place in League. OZAA Osipovichi at the other side dropped to the third position with 14 games lost.



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Minsk-2006 - Sozh Gomel 111-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Minsk. Top-ranked Minsk-2006 faced 4th ranked Sozh Gomel. Host Minsk-2006 (36-0) smashed guests from Gomel (18-18) 111-81. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 36-0 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side keeps the fourth place with 18 games lost.



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Group B
Lokomotiv - Vitalyur 73-67

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Vitebsk. First ranked Lokomotiv faced 4th ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR. Host Lokomotiv (19-15) defeated guests from Minsk (4-32) 73-67. Lokomotiv maintains first position in League with 19-15 record. Loser Vitalyur-RGUOR keeps the fourth place with 32 games lost.

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Borifsen - BGUIR-RCOR 93-63

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Mogilev. Second ranked Borifsen faced one of their biggest challengers BGUIR-RCOR. Host Borifsen (14-22) smashed guests from Minsk (6-28) 93-63. The game was mostly controlled by Borifsen. BGUIR-RCOR was better in second period 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Borifsen maintains second position in League with 14-22 record having three points less than leader Lokomotiv. Newly promoted BGUIR-RCOR keeps the third place with 28 games lost.
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  BELGIUM   


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. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.1 
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. Copeland, Aalstar0.4 
 9. Gay, Verviers-Pep.0.4 
 10. De Zeeuw, Gent0.4 


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  BOSNIA   


Brotnjo, Kakanj, Slavija back to D2 - by Sead Buljina
One round before the end of regular season it is known what teams will play in D2 next season. While Slavija (Lukavica) withdrew from D1 competition at the half-season, Brotnjo was at the bottom from the beginning, Kakanj lost its chances on Saturday losing 72:74 vs. Zrinjski at home.
Kakanj had a team for the upper end of the standings. However, club management tried to cut players' salaries at the midseason. Kakanj also had some chemistry issues in the locker-room. They replaced 3 coaches in as many months. Now, they can beat Brotnjo in the last round but in vain since Varda has 2 wins more and will play D1 again next season. That's a good news for Bosnian basketball because Varda is a team with long tradition.


Ivan Opacak signs with Prigorje Financije Krizevci - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Croatian media, Prigorje Financije Krizevci has secured great reinforcement in their battle for promotion to A1 league. Reportedly the club has agreed a deal with experienced Ivan Opacak (202-F-80). Opacak started this season as member of Celik. Recently he has been linked with the move to Bosna ASA BHT, but it seems that Croatian team was quicker to secure his signature. Opacak is expected to make his debut soon.
Ivan Opacak made his professional debut during 1997-1998 season as member of Celik Zenica. He played 4 seasons for Celik before making a move to SIroki at the start of 2002-2003 season. In his debut season for the club, Opacak averaged 11.4 points in 23 Bosnian league matches, helping the team win the National title. Following year he moved to Virtus Ragusa in Italy but he returned to Celik midway through the season, appearing in 15 games and averaging 20 points per contest. Next three seasons, Oapcak moved between Vojvodina, Celik and Siroki where he returned in 2006. He won another National title with Siroki. In 2007, he moved to Spain where he played for Murcia for two years. At the start of last season, Opacak was signed by Cedevita. He played in 17 league matches and has posted averages of 8.1 points and 2.5 rebounds. Opacak was a member of Bosnian National Team until 2009.
This season Ivan Opacak averaged 17 points and 3.7 rebounds for 19 games with Celik.


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  BRAZIL   


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 17-6 
 2. BRB/Brasilia 16-6 
 3. Flamengo 16-6 
 4. Unitri/Universo 16-8 
 5. Vivo/Franca 15-6 
 6. Itabom/Bauru 15-8 
 7. Araldite/Univille 15-9 
 8. S.Jose/Vinac 13-10 
 9. Pitagoras/Minas 12-11 
 10. Winner/Limeira 10-13 
 11. Araraquara 6-16 
 12. Paulistano 6-17 
 13. Assis Basket 5-18 
 14. Vila Velha CETAF 5-19 
 15. Vitoria 5-19 


NBB Round 25: Pinheiros/Sky beats Unitri/Universo by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most exciting game of round 25 in the NBB took place in Uberlandia. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd placed Unitri/Universo (16-8) to first ranked Pinheiros/Sky (17-6) 83-80 on Sunday evening. Unitri/Universo trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 25-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-83 at the end of the game. Pinheiros/Sky maintains first place with 17-6 record. Unitri/Universo at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Pinheiros/Sky's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sao Paolo to the arena Paulistano.
The game between fifth ranked Vivo/Franca (15-6) and 14th ranked Vila Velha CETAF (5-19) in Sao Paulo ended with biggest points difference. Vivo/Franca outscored guests from Vila Velha 102-66. Vivo/Franca have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 15-6 record. Vila Velha CETAF lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Vitoria. Vivo/Franca will play against Araraquara (#11) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Vila Velha CETAF will play against Vitoria in Vitória and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Paulistano was smashed by BRB/Brasilia on the road 91-68. S.Jose/Vinac destroyed Assis Basket on its own court 85-65. Itabom/Bauru managed to outperform Winner/Limeira in Sao Paulo 75-69. Araraquara rolled over Vitoria at home 112-88. Pitagoras/Minas was crushed by Araldite/Univille on the opponent's court 80-52.



BRB/Brasilia - Paulistano 91-68

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked BRB/Brasilia (16-6) crushed at home 11th ranked Paulistano (6-17) 91-68. Paulistano was ahead by 10 points at the halftime before a 49-26 second half run of BRB/Brasilia. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Flamengo. Paulistano lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with 17 games lost. BRB/Brasilia will play against Unitri/Universo (#4) in Uberlandia in the next round. Paulistano's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sao Paolo Pinheiros/Sky.
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S.Jose/Vinac - Assis Basket 85-65

Very expected game when 13th ranked Assis Basket (5-18) was smashed on the road by eighth ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (13-10) 85-65. Assis Basket was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 52-28 second half run of Sao Jose/Vinac. Sao Jose/Vinac maintains eighth place with 13-10 record. Assis Basket at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Sao Jose/Vinac will play against Winner/Limeira (#10) on the road in the next round. Assis Basket will play against Itabom/Bauru in Sao Paulo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 102806


Winner/Limeira - Itabom/Bauru 69-75

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Itabom/Bauru (15-8) won against on the road 10th ranked Winner/Limeira (10-13) 75-69. Winner/Limeira was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 23-12 third quarter run of Itabom/Bauru. Itabom/Bauru have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 15-8 record. Winner/Limeira at the other side keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Itabom/Bauru will play against Assis Basket (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Winner/Limeira will play against Sao Jose/Vinac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 102807


Vivo/Franca - Vila Velha CETAF 102-66

The game between fifth ranked Vivo/Franca (15-6) and 14th ranked Vila Velha CETAF (5-19) in Sao Paulo ended with biggest points difference. Vivo/Franca outscored guests from Vila Velha 102-66. The game was mostly controlled by Vivo/Franca. Vila Velha CETAF was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vivo/Franca have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 15-6 record. Vila Velha CETAF lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Vitoria. Vivo/Franca will play against Araraquara (#11) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Vila Velha CETAF will play against Vitoria in Vitória and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 102808


Araraquara - Vitoria 112-88

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Vitoria (5-19) was outscored on the road by twelfth ranked Araraquara (6-16) 112-88. The game without a history. Araraquara led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Araraquara moved-up to eleventh place. Newly promoted Vitoria stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. They share it with Vila Velha CETAF. Araraquara will play against higher ranked Vivo/Franca (#5) in Sao Paulo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vitoria will play at home against Vila Velha CETAF (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 102809


Araldite/Univille - Pitagoras/Minas 80-52

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Araldite/Univille (15-9) outplayed 9th ranked Pitagoras/Minas (12-11) in Joinville 80-52. Pitagoras/Minas was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 58-29 second half run of Araldite/Univille. Araldite/Univille maintains seventh place with 15-9 record. Pitagoras/Minas lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Araldite/Univille will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pitagoras/Minas will play on the road against Flamengo (#3) in Rio de Janeiro and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 102803


Unitri/Universo - Pinheiros/Sky 80-83

The most exciting game of round 25 in the NBB took place in Uberlandia. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd placed Unitri/Universo (16-8) to first ranked Pinheiros/Sky (17-6) 83-80 on Sunday evening. Unitri/Universo trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 25-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-83 at the end of the game. Pinheiros/Sky maintains first place with 17-6 record. Unitri/Universo at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Pinheiros/Sky's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sao Paolo to the arena Paulistano.
gschID: 102804




Caxias do Sul team start their 2011 season - by Paulo Freire
The Caxias do Sul Basquete/Triches team is already looking forward to their 2011 season. The team from the south of Brazil is coach by Rodrigo Barbosa, who is in the command of the team for the sixth consecutive year.

The first challenge for the team iis the contention of the Brazil Cup, a competition that gives a chance to the be in the NBB 2011-2012 season.

The road is quite long, but the directors of the team have begun to announce the players for 2011 season.

Here is the players already sign:


Dida Bellato (198-F-85)
Antonio Bego (189-G-80)
Douglas dos Reis (197-F-85)
Maozao Pereira (205-C-71)
Leandro Buboltz (198-F-83)

In the next days is expect to more players been annouced by the team.


Campo Mourao sign Bruno Garcia - by Paulo Freire
The small forward Bruno Garcia is the latest addition of Campo Mourao basketball team for the second phase of Brazil Cup. Bruno is 22 years old, 1m95 heigh and he had played in Franca, Rio Claro-SP, Paradiso- MG and Tijuca-RJ in his career.

Bruno Garcia (183-F-89) is knowing as a good 3 point shooter. A curious fact about the athlete is his relationship with his former coach Helio Rubens from Franca, who is a family member.


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Bulgarian Cup: Rilski sportist gets the bronze - by Maria Mitzova
Rilski Sportist Samokov managed to get a medal for a second year straight, after nailing down short-handed Tundja Yambol 83-75 in the third-place game of the Bulgarian Cup Finals.
Last year Rilski Sportist Samokov achieved their greatest success so far, reaching the final, but it is a good showing to get to the bronze medals again. Tundja Yambol played in a semifinal for the first time in five years, and being without their two Slovenians, and suffering from the referees' decisions all night, that was the logic outcome of the third-place game.
Rilski Sportist Samokov pushed from the beginning and Tundja Yambol misfired lots of shots, for the Samokov team to lead comfortably with 15 at the break. Tundja Yambol had a chance for comeback in the third, when the refs threw out of the game Martin Durchev, which led to very nervous couple of minutes with no team managing to score a basket. Next to happen a player of each team being disqualified Stoyan Petkov from Tundja Yambol and Vladimir Mijovic for Rilski Sportist Samokov, though it was a quite strange decision again from the refs.
It was all done by the last minutes, and it was clear that Rilski Sportist Samokov will get to the podium again.
Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) scored 24 pts for the winning team, and Dimitar Karadzovski (189-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 23. For Tundja Yambol, Pavel Marinov (197-G-88, agency: Interperformances) poured 21, and Julian Radionov (188-G-79) got it going in the second half for 16, but early foul troubles and many missed three-point shots cost the game for their team.



Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Dunav 2007 16-0 
 2. Academik PL 11-3 
 3. Beroe 11-4 
 4. Vidabasket 9-6 
 5. NSA 9-7 
 6. Balkan 2 8-7 
 7. Rilski 2 8-7 
 8. Cherno More U18 6-10 
 9. Chavdar 4-12 
 10. Sportist Svoge 3-14 
 11. Academik BL 1-16 


Balkan with new Head Coach for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Bulgarian media, Balkan continues with new Head Coach. Reportedly, Petar Klechkov has left his post as Head Coach of the club. Reasons for this decision were not disclosed, and the team is entrusted to Nikolai Peev who will lead them until the end of the season. Klechov is expected to keep working with Balkan 2 and will also work with youth players at the club.
Petar Klechkov was hired by Balkan as Assistant coach during 2006-2007 season. After two seasons with he club he moved to Rilski Sportist in 2008 also as Assistant Coach. He helped Rilski win the BIBL title in 2009 and also to reach the NBL Semifinals that same year. Following season, Klechkov returned to Balkan where he was appointed as Head Coach. He was voted Coach of the Year in 2010 leading Balkan to NBL Semis. Klechkov also worked as Assistant Coach at Cadet Bulgarian National Team. He also led U16 and U18 Bulgaria to various European Championships.


Division A Round 18: Leader Dunav 2007 gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Division A is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

Undefeated leader Dunav 2007 delivered the sixteenth consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Chavdar (4-12) 110-62 in Ruse. The game without a history. Dunav 2007 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Chavdar's 30. Dunav 2007 forced 22 Chavdar turnovers and outrebounded them 47-31 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Chavdar's players. The best player for the winners was power forward Vladimir Nikolov (205-F/C-88, college: Garrett JC) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Forward Lyuben Paskov (198-90) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Dunav 2007's coach Nikolay Gospodinov felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Petar Hristov (194-90) who recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Undefeated Dunav 2007 (16-0) have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 16 victories in a row. Chavdar at the other side keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. Dunav 2007 are looking forward to face NSA (#5) in Sofia in the next round. Chavdar will play at home against Balkan 2 (#6) in Botevgrad and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Varna was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Vidabasket (9-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Cherno More U18 (6-10). Vidabasket defeated Cherno More U18 79-68. It was a good game for guard Teodor Kirov (191-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Boyko Pangarov contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Vidabasket's coach Nikolay Kolev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds for Cherno More U18. Vidabasket maintains fourth position with 9-6 record. Cherno More U18 lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Vidabasket will play against Rilski 2 (#7) in Samokov in the next round. Cherno More U18 will play on the road against Beroe in Stara Zagora and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 18 Academik PL crushed Academik BL in Plovdiv 107-82. Sportist Svoge was smashed by NSA at home 65-89.
The best stats of 18th round was 25 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists by Martin Horozov of Academik PL.


Academik BL - Academik PL 82-107

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (1-16) was crushed at home by third ranked Academik Plovdiv (11-3) 107-82. It looked good early as Academic Blagoevgrad took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Academik Plovdiv had a 28-21 second period charge getting the lead and Academic Blagoevgrad was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-107. Academik Plovdiv players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. It was a good game for forward Martin Horozov (200-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Forward Dimitar Horozov (198-82) contributed with 32 points for the winners. Four Academik Plovdiv players scored in double figures. Forward Boyan Tenev (205-88, college: Lincoln Memorial) replied with 27 points and 5 assists and the former international forward Yavor Ivanov (195-84) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Academic Blagoevgrad. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Academik Plovdiv have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Academic Blagoevgrad at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Academik Plovdiv will play against Sportist Svoge (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Academic Blagoevgrad will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Academik BL: B.Tenev 27+4reb+5ast, I.Kraykov 21+5reb+1ast, Y.Ivanov 17+8reb+2ast, A.Anguelov 8+5reb+2ast, K.Atanasov 4+1reb+2ast, K.Kostov 3+1ast
Academik PL: D.Horozov 32+3reb+3ast, M.Horozov 25+11reb+9ast, I.Stavrev 18+3reb+8ast, M.Penev 17+9reb+2ast, J.Novachev 5+3reb+4ast, S.Grancharski 4
gschID: 113130


Cherno More U18 - Vidabasket 68-79

The game in Varna was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Vidabasket (9-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Cherno More U18 (6-10). Vidabasket defeated Cherno More U18 79-68. The game was mostly controlled by Vidabasket. Cherno More U18 was better in second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vidabasket forced 30 Cherno More U18 turnovers. It was a good game for guard Teodor Kirov (191-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Boyko Pangarov (183-88) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Vidabasket's coach Nikolay Kolev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and guard Anton Dikov (191-94) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Cherno More U18. Vidabasket maintains fourth position with 9-6 record. Cherno More U18 lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Vidabasket will play against Rilski 2 (#7) in Samokov in the next round. Cherno More U18 will play on the road against Beroe in Stara Zagora and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cherno More U18: N.Stoyanov 25+13reb+2ast, A.Dikov 16+10reb, D.Vutev 10+6reb+1ast, G.Yankov 9+3reb+5ast, N.Ivanov 7+11reb+2ast, A.Natskin 1+1reb+1ast
Vidabasket: B.Pangarov 19+3reb+5ast, Y.Yankov 18+5reb+1ast, T.Kirov 13+12reb+3ast, J.Kolev 9+7reb+1ast, A.Mihaylov 8+2reb, T.Kolev 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 113126


Dunav 2007 - Chavdar 110-62

Undefeated leader Dunav 2007 delivered the sixteenth consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Chavdar (4-12) 110-62 in Ruse. The game without a history. Dunav 2007 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Chavdar's 30. Dunav 2007 forced 22 Chavdar turnovers and outrebounded them 47-31 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Chavdar's players. The best player for the winners was power forward Vladimir Nikolov (205-88, college: Garrett JC) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Forward Lyuben Paskov (198-90) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Dunav 2007 players scored in double figures. Dunav 2007's coach Nikolay Gospodinov felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Petar Hristov (194-90) who recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Krasimir Koev (202-81) added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Dunav 2007 (16-0) have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 16 victories in a row. Chavdar at the other side keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. Dunav 2007 are looking forward to face NSA (#5) in Sofia in the next round. Chavdar will play at home against Balkan 2 (#6) in Botevgrad and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Chavdar: J.Tsarov 16, P.Hristov 16+5reb+4ast, P.Lalev 10+2reb+1ast, D.Denchev 7+5reb, K.Koev 7+9reb+1ast, V.Kukenski 4+4reb+2ast
Dunav 2007: V.Nikolov 30+10reb+1ast, L.Paskov 14+8reb+6ast, M.Tanev 13+7reb+3ast, H.Gospodinov 12+3reb+6ast, V.Petkov 12+5reb+9ast, K.Kostov 10+5reb+2ast
gschID: 113128


Sportist Svoge - NSA 65-89

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked NSA (9-7) smashed on the road 10th ranked Sportist Svoge (3-14) 89-65. The game without a history. NSA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. NSA outrebounded Sportist Svoge 60-46 including a 22-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for forward Galimir Tomov (196-88) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Danail Hristov (195-90) contributed with 7 points and 21 rebounds for the winners. Coach Rumen Trendafilov's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Georgi Kunov (205-92) replied with 21 points and 9 rebounds and guard Antonio Antov (178-91) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sportist Svoge. NSA moved-up to fifth place. Sportist Svoge lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. NSA will play against league's leader Dunav 2007 in Ruse in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sportist Svoge will play on the road against the league's second-placed Academik Plovdiv (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sportist Svoge: G.Kunov 21+9reb+2ast, A.Antov 15+7reb+3ast, E.Goranov 11+8reb+2ast, K.Petrov 8+14reb, M.Nikolov 6+1reb, R.Bogdanov 4+6reb+4ast
NSA: G.Tomov 28+7reb+2ast, H.Anguelov 11+5reb+1ast, K.Hristov 11+4reb+4ast, D.Tarpanov 9+5reb+3ast, D.Hristov 7+21reb, V.Manuilov 7+3reb
gschID: 113129




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FINAL CIS championship: Carleton returns to the top, claims 7th title in 9 years - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) The Carleton University Ravens returned to the top of the CIS mens basketball world on Sunday evening with a convincing 82-59 gold medal win over the Trinity Western Spartans, at the Halifax Metro Centre.

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

It marked the seventh W.P. McGee Trophy triumph in nine years and the seventh in history for the Ravens, who had won the last five editions of the tournament in Halifax from 2003 to 2007, before adding another banner in 2009 in Ottawa. They extended their winning streak at the Metro Centre to 20 straight games dating back to a 78-77 quarter-final loss to McMaster in 2001.

The Ravens had settled for the No. 2 seed heading into the Final 8 tourney following a surprise loss to Lakehead in the OUA final, which turned out to be their only setback of the season in 35 overall contests against CIS opposition.

Tyson Hinz (198-F) received the Jack Donohue Trophy as tournament MVP, three days after being named CIS player of the year. The latest player to earn both honours in the same season was former Carleton great Osvaldo Jeanty in 2005-06.

Hinz, a 6-foot-6 sophomore forward from Ottawa, who was named game MVP in Carletons 73-66 quarter-final win over No. 7 Concordia on Friday and in a 95-83 semifinal victory over No. 3 Saskatchewan on Saturday, completed his dream weekend with 13 points, six rebounds and four assists in the national final.

Theyre a very good team in the post, theyre very strong physically. So I thought Id try my luck outside, said Hinz, was 4-for-8 from the field and made two of Carletons 16 three-point shots on the night. Its an amazing feeling, especially after last years loss at home in the semis.

For Dave Smart, who was named CIS coach of the year for a record-tying fourth time on Thursday, winning championships doesnt get old.

It might be a clich but every title is special, because every team is different. With this group of guys, its special because we have such a young team. We return pretty much every guy next year.

Elliot Thompson (191-G-89), a fourth-year guard from Fredericton, earned player-of-the-game honours in the title match after scoring a game-high 19 points. He joined Hinz on the tournament all-star team.

Reigning CIS rookie of the year Philip Scrubb (191-G-93) of Richmond, B.C., added 16 points for the winners, while Willy Manigat of Montreal had 14.

The Spartans, who earned the wildcard and entered the tourney as the No. 5 seed after finishing third at the Canada West Final Four, were making their first appearance at the championship since joining CIS back in 1999-2000.

We learned something today about the intensity level required to win a championship, said Scott Allen, in his third season at the helm at TWU. We had a good game plan but we underestimated how physical they would be on defence. Theyre so good in the post, we had to pick our poison and mix it up. Full credit to them, theyre a machine.

First-team all-Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87, agency: SportsList Inc.) of Abbotsford, B.C., paced Trinity Western with a 16-point, 12 rebound double-double. The former CIS MVP and rookie of the year was the lone Spartan with previous Final 8 experience. In his first season in 2007, when he was suiting up for Victoria, the Vikes dropped a 73-67 decision to Carleton in the final.

Kyle Coston (203-F-87, college: Portland St.), a fourth-year forward from Blaine, Wash., added 13 points and nine boards in the losing cause.

Both Doerksen and Coston were chosen tournament all-stars. Coston was the player of the game in Trinity Westerns wins against Lakehead in the first round (82-74) and over top-seeded UBC in the semifinals (74-72).

Carleton led 26-17 after the first quarter, 49-31 at halftime and 60-44 after 30 minutes.

The Ravens broke a 13-13 deadlock six minutes into the contest thanks to back-to-back three-pointers by Hinz and Manigat, who scored eight points in the opening period including another three with one second remaining as the shot clock expired.

Carleton resumed its domination from beyond the arc in the second stanza.

Mike Kenny, the lone remaining member from the Ravens last triumph in Halifax in 2007, opened the quarter with a three to make it 29-17, and then hit again from long distance midway through the period to open up a 13-point gap, at 36-23.

Thompson stole the show in the final three minutes before the break with seven points, including yet another three with 12 seconds left on the clock.

Carleton was 10-of-20 from downtown in the first 20 minutes, while Trinity Western was 2-for-9.

Thompson had 11 points at the intermission, while Hinz and Doerksen both had 10.

Back from the break, a stingy TWU defence held the Ravens to only three points on a Manigat three in the first 6:30 of the quarter, but the Spartans scored only eight points themselves during the sequence and were still trailing by 13, at 52-39, with 3:30 to go in the frame.

Three-pointers by Manigat and Thompson in the final 50 seconds made it a 16-point affair (60-44) after 30 minutes.

Trinity Western was never able to cut the deficit to less than a dozen in the fourth quarter. Carleton led by as much as 24 on two occasions (80-56, 82-58) in the final two minutes.

Carleton finished with percentages of 42.6 from the floor, 42.1 from beyond the arc (16 of 38) and 82.4 at the free throw line, compared to 35.4, 23.1 (3 of 13) and 68.8 for TWU.

The Spartans out-rebounded their opponents 46-34.

GAME NOTES: Saskatchewans Jamelle Barrett (180-G), who scored 27, 28 and 28 points in the Huskies three games, rounded out the tournament all-star team... Dalhousies Simon Farine (188-G-87) received the R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award... Carleton had won its first six W.P. McGee Trophies with wins over Guelph in 2003 (57-54), StFX in 2004 (63-59), Concordia in 2005 (68-48), Victoria in 2006 (73-67), Brandon in 2007 (52-49) and UBC in 2009 (87-77)... The Ravens first five triumphs came at the Metro Centre while their sixth banner was won at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa... The Final 8 tournament returns to Halifax in 2012 before heading back to Ottawa in 2013 and 2014...

STAT LEADERS

Carleton

Points: Elliot Thompson (19), Philip Scrubb (16), Willy Manigat (14), Tyson Hinz (13)
Rebounds: Cole Hobin (198-G-89) (6), Tyson Hinz (6)
Assists: Cole Hobin (4), Tyson Hinz (4), Willy Manigat (4)

Player of the game: Elliot Thompson

Trinity Western
Points: Jacob Doerksen (16), Kyle Coston (13), Calvin Westbrook (9)
Rebounds: Jacob Doerksen (12), Kyle Coston (9)
Assists: Tristan Smith (183-G-86) (5)

CHAMPIONSHIP HONOURS

Tournament MVP (Jack Donohue Trophy): Tyson Hinz, Carleton

R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award: Simon Farine, Dalhousie

Tournament All-Stars:

Tyson Hinz, Carleton
Elliot Thompson, Carleton
Kyle Coston, Trinity Western
Jacob Doerksen, Trinity Western
Jamelle Barrett, Saskatchewan

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

Consolation #1: Lakehead 75, Acadia 67
Consolation #2: Dalhousie 76, Concordia 65
Semifinal #1: Trinity Western 74, UBC 72
Semifinal #2: Carleton 95, Saskatchewan 83

Sunday, March 13

Consolation final (5th place): Lakehead 84, Dalhousie 80
Bronze medal game: UBC 111, Saskatchewan 95
Championship final: Carleton 82, Trinity Western 59
Courtesy of: english.cis-sic.ca


CONSOLATION FINAL CIS championship: Lakehead edges Dalhousie for fifth place - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) The Lakehead University Thunderwolves overcame a late eight-point deficit to edge the hometown Dalhousie Tigers 84-80 in the consolation final for fifth place at the CIS mens basketball championship, Sunday morning, at the Halifax Metro Centre.

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

The T-Wolves, who came into the tournament as the fourth seed after capturing the first OUA title in program history, improve from a seventh-place finish at last years championship in Ottawa.

Playing in his final university game, 6-foot-1 guard Jamie Searle (186-G-87) of Belleville, Ont., paced the winners with 19 points, including a huge three-point shot in the final moments of the contests.

Its nice to end my career on a winning note, said Searle, who also tallied a team-high five assists and grabbed seven rebounds. Fifth place is not what we had in mind when we got here, but we wanted to go out as winners.

Ryan Thomson (201-C-90), a 6-foot-7 forward from Oakville, Ont., was named player of the game for Lakehead following a 13-point effort.

Three other T-Wolves scored in double figures including Detroit native Venzal Russell, with 15 points, Yoosrie Salhia (198-F-87) of Toronto, with 12, and Ben Johnson of Pictou, N.S., with 10.

In the losing cause, sixth-ranked Dalhousie received a spectacular performance from guard Simon Farine (188-G-87), another fifth-year senior in his final CIS outing. The Toronto native exploded for 31 points including 22 on 11-of-17 shooting from the floor.

Lakehead trailed 18-16 after the first quarter and 41-38 at halftime but outscored the AUS champions 21-15 in the third to go into the final period with a slim 59-56 advantage.

Down 76-68 with 4:25 remaining after Dalhousie mounted a comeback, the T-Wolves responded with a 11-0 run capped of by a long distance shot by Searle that made it 79-76 Lakehead with 1:20 on the clock.

The Tigers retook the lead at 80-79 and had possession with 10 seconds left but their inbound pass was intercepted Joseph Jones, who quickly relayed the ball to Greg Carter (178-G-90).

An intentional foul was called on Farine against Carter, who drained both free throws to make it 81-80 Lakehead.

With the T-Wolves getting the ball back, Dalhousie was forced to foul and the OUA champs added three free throws in the dying seconds.

STAT LEADERS

Lakehead

Points: Jamie Searle (19), Venzal Russell (15), Ryan Thomson (13), Yoosrie Salhia (12)
Rebounds: Yoosrie Salhia (8), Jamie Searle (7)
Assists: Greg Carter (5), Jamie Searle (5)

Player of the game: Ryan Thomson

Dalhousie
Points: Simon Farine (31), Joseph Schow (206-F/C-83) (13)
Rebounds: Joseph Schow (11), Robert Nortman (7)
Assists: Simon Farine (6), Stephan Lopez (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

Consolation #1: Lakehead 75, Acadia 67
Consolation #2: Dalhousie 76, Concordia 65
Semifinal #1: Trinity Western 74, UBC 72
Semifinal #2: Carleton 95, Saskatchewan 83

Sunday, March 13

Consolation final (5th place): Lakehead 84, Dalhousie 80
13:15 Bronze medal game: UBC vs. Saskatchewan (SSN Canada webcast)
17:00 Championship final: Trinity Western vs. Carleton (TSN2 tape delayed to 19:00 AT)
Courtesy of: english.cis-sic.ca


BRONZE CIS championship: No. 1 UBC rebounds, finishes third - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) Playing in his final university game, Alex Murphy (185-G) scored a career-high 36 points as the top-seeded University of British Columbia Thunderbirds rebounded from a heartbreaking semifinal loss with a 111-95 bronze medal win over the No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies at the CIS mens basketball championship, Sunday afternoon, at the Halifax Metro Centre.

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

The T-Birds, who had reached the national final each of the past two years, let a 16-point evaporate Saturday night against archrival Trinity Western en route to a 74-72 loss.

The third-place match, which was returning to the CIS tournament for the first time since 1986, was a rematch of last weeks Canada West final won 107-100 by UBC and last years CIS title game, where the Huskies prevailed 91-81 to capture the first W.P. McGee Trophy in program history.

With 206 combined points, the conference rivals set an all-time championship record. The T-Birds also tied the second highest single-team tally in history.

Murphy, a guard from Richmond, B.C., was one of three seniors wearing the UBC uniform for the last time this weekend, along with guard Josh Whyte of Calgary and forward Brent Malish of Langley, B.C. Whyte, a first-team all-Canadian this season and the CIS MVP in 2009-10, had to sit out the bronze medal duel due to an injury.

Murphy, who earned player-of-the-game honours, broke his previous personal best of 34 points, which he set in last weekends conference final. His 36 points are also a tournament high going into the championship match. He was nine of 16 from the field, including a remarkable 7-of-10 from beyond the arc, and went 11-of-12 from the free throw line.

Alex was sensational. Im very happy to see him finish this way, said UBC head coach Kevin Hanson. Its not an easy game to play, but at least it was entertaining for the fans.

Three other Thunderbirds scored in double figures including Nathan Yu (188-G) of Prince George, B.C., with 17 points, Malish, with 16, and Kamar Burke (196-G-86) of Mississauga, Ont., who ended the campaign with a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double.

Jamelle Barrett (180-G), a third-year guard from California in his first season with the Huskies, was once again sensational for Saskatchewan. The 5-foot-10 junior scored 28 points to follow up on a 28-point performance on Saturday in a 95-83 semifinal loss to Carleton and a 27-point tally on Friday in a quarter-final win over Dalhousie.

Michael Lieffers (203-F), a 6-foot-8 forward from Saskatoon, had 23 points and nine rebounds in the losing cause.

UBC was only up 29-28 at the end of an entertaining first quarter but outscored its opponents 35-18 in the second frame to head to the locker room with a comfortable 64-46 halftime lead.

It was 89-75 after 30 minutes.

The T-Birds shot 49.4 per cent from the floor, 39.3 per cent from beyond the arc (11 for 28) and 76.2 per cent from the charity stripe.

The Huskies kept success rates of 51.4, 33.3 and 76.2 in the same three categories.

GAME NOTES: The previous tournament record of 201 combined points dated back to the 1972 gold medal final when UBC defeated Windsor 117-84... UBCs 117 points in the 1972 title match still stand as the single-game mark for one team... The Thunderbirds hold the three best single-game performances of all-time as they also scored 111 points in a consolation match against Brandon in 1991 (111-81 win)...

STAT LEADERS

UBC

Points: Alex Murphy (36), Nathan Yu (17), Brent Malish (16), Kamar Burke (15)
Rebounds: Kamar Burke (11), Alex Murphy (6)
Assists: Kamar Burke (8), Alex Murphy (6)

Player of the game: Alex Murphy

Saskatchewan
Points: Jamelle Barrett (28), Michael Lieffers (23), Trevor Nerdhal (12)
Rebounds: Michael Lieffers (9), Nolan Brudehl (7)
Assists: Jamelle Barrett (10)

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

Consolation #1: Lakehead 75, Acadia 67
Consolation #2: Dalhousie 76, Concordia 65
Semifinal #1: Trinity Western 74, UBC 72
Semifinal #2: Carleton 95, Saskatchewan 83

Sunday, March 13

Consolation final (5th place): Lakehead 84, Dalhousie 80
Bronze medal game: UBC 111, Saskatchewan 95
17:00 Championship final: Trinity Western vs. Carleton (TSN2 tape delayed to 19:00 AT)
Courtesy of: english.cis-sic.ca


CIS All-Canadian Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
CIS All-Canadian 1st Team 2010-11
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Tyson Hinz
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Jamelle Barrett
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Jacob Doerksen
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Joel Haywood
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Joshua Whyte
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Player of the Year: Tyson Hinz (198-F) of Carleton
Defensive Player of the Year: Greg Stewart (218-C) of TRU
Rookie of the Year: Philip Scrubb (191-G-93) of Carleton
Coach of the Year: Dave Smart of Carleton
Outstanding Student-Athlete: Jerome Turcotte-Routhier (193-G-86) of Laval
All-Tournament MVP: Tyson Hinz (198-F) of Carleton
All-Tournament Fair Play Award: Simon Farine (188-G-87) of Dalhousie

1st Team
F: Tyson Hinz (198) of Carleton
PG: Jamelle Barrett (180) of Saskatchewan
F: Jacob Doerksen (200-87) of TWU
G: Joel Haywood (186-84) of St.Mary's
G: Joshua Whyte (191-87) of UBC

2nd Team
F/G: Isaac Kuon (193-87) of Windsor
G: Simon Farine (188-87) of Dalhousie
G: Kyle Desmarais (188) of Concordia
F: Kale Harrison (196) of Laurier
G/F: Daniel Ferguson (191) of Alberta

All-Tournament Team
Tyson Hinz (198-F) of Carleton
Elliot Thompson (191-G-89) of Carleton
Kyle Coston (203-F-87) of TWU
Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87) of TWU
Jamelle Barrett (180-PG) of Saskatchewan

All-Rookie Team
Philip Scrubb (191-G-93) of Carleton
Matt Letkeman (201-F-92) of Calgary
William McFee (191-G) of New Brunsw.
Alexandre Bernard (F) of UQAM
Jahmal Jones (183-PG) of Ryerson



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FEDERATION CUP - 2011, GENERAL MEETING - by Victor Garcia
The Colombian Basketball Federation had his general meeting of Leagues on last Feb 25, the meeting had several topics, but the members of the Federation had its main focus on the details of the 2011 Federation Cup scheduled to start in the month of August.
After a disagreement about the way the Leagues and Federation handles past years offers of sponsorship, this year looks that an agreement will be easier to reach, since many teams including Arrieros de Antioquia, Cucuta Norte, Cangrejeros, Patriotas de Tunja, Los Pastos and Fastbreak, still have big debts from last years Cup.
Another topic in the meeting was the regulation of the number of players with dual citizenship Colombian Venezuelan, per team, some leagues asked for a regulation that limited the number of dual citizenship players, but other was opposite to the limitation, Bucaros was one of the teams opposite to the limitations.
Sadly for the Colombian Basketball the result of the meeting did not include a development program, a Leagues approval policy, or penalties to the teams that keep delaying players payments like Cucuta Norte, Cangrejeros, Arrieros, Los Pastos, Patriotas or Fastbreak, or heavier penalties to the teams that withdraws the cup prior to its end, like Los Pastos, Fastbreak or Cundinamarca in former editions of the Cup.



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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Svjetlost
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Petkovic, Svjetlost22.1 
 2. Puljko, Kvarner .21.8 
 3. Zitko, Trogir18.9 
 4. Mimica, KK Split17.9 
 5. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 6. Sobin, KK Split16.4 
 7. Saric, Dubrava16.4 
 8. Krolo, Darda16.2 
 9. Ridl, Darda16.0 
 10. Bakovic, Darda15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante KRAPIC
  Cibona
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 2. Krolo, Darda8.8 
 3. Saric, Dubrava8.7 
 4. Radic, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 5. Sobin, KK Split8.1 
 6. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
 7. Ridl, Darda6.2 
 8. Ruzic, Borik6.1 
 9. Zupic, Alkar Sinj5.5 
 10. Kamaldin, Darda5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Karakas, Trogir5.1 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost4.6 
 3. Blajic, Alkar Sinj4.4 
 4. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.5 
 7. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.3 
 8. Katic, KK Split3.1 
 9. Sarac, Svjetlost3.0 
 10. Primorac, Dubrava2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Teo PETANI
  Borik
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Petani, Borik2.3 
 2. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.1 
 3. Saric, Dubrava2.1 
 4. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 5. Puljko, Kvarner .1.9 
 6. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 7. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 8. Swift, Darda1.8 
 9. Zitko, Trogir1.7 
 10. Karakas, Trogir1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikola VLADOVIC
  Trogir
  (214-F/C-87)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Vladovic, Trogir1.4 
 2. Vitali, Trogir1.3 
 3. Krolo, Darda1.2 
 4. Kraljevic, Zabok1.2 
 5. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 6. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.0 
 7. Sarlija, Borik0.9 
 8. Saric, Dubrava0.9 
 9. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 10. Vukicevic, Svjetlost0.8 


Matej Karlovic claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented Matej Karlovic (200-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Svjetlost Slavonski Brod and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 21-year old forward had the game-high 31 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Svjetlost in his team's victory, helping them to beat Dubrava (5-13) 91-78. Svjetlost finished as No.8 in the league with 7-11 record. In the team's last game Karlovic had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He has many years of experience at Svjetlost, through which he has constantly improved. Matej Karlovic averages this season 12.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old forward Robert Lez (200-F-79) of Zabok. Lez impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead Zabok to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Alkar Sinj (11-7) 86-58. Zabok ended as the fourth ranked team with 10-8 record and they booked a spot for the next stage. Lez is one of the most experienced players at Zabok and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) of KK Dubrava Zagreb. Saric showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Saric's great performance Dubrava lost 78-91 to slightly higher-ranked Svjetlost (7-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Dubrava finished as No.9 with just 5 wins. Saric has individually a great season in Croatia. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (3rd best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 54.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luka Zitko (201-F-81) of Trogir - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Zoran Pehar (209-C-81) of Kvarner 2010 - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Igor Peklaric (200-F-79) of Zabok - 17 points and 5 rebounds
7. Mislav Brzoja (195-F/G-94) of Dubrava - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) of Kvarner 2010 - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Ivan Bakovic (197-G-81) of Darda - 19 points and 4 rebounds
10. Toni Vitali (201-F-91) of Trogir - 18 points and 4 rebounds

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


Ivan Opacak signs with Prigorje Financije Krizevci - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Croatian media, Prigorje Financije Krizevci has secured great reinforcement in their battle for promotion to A1 league. Reportedly the club has agreed a deal with experienced Ivan Opacak (202-F-80). Opacak started this season as member of Celik. Recently he has been linked with the move to Bosna ASA BHT, but it seems that Croatian team was quicker to secure his signature. Opacak is expected to make his debut soon.
Ivan Opacak made his professional debut during 1997-1998 season as member of Celik Zenica. He played 4 seasons for Celik before making a move to SIroki at the start of 2002-2003 season. In his debut season for the club, Opacak averaged 11.4 points in 23 Bosnian league matches, helping the team win the National title. Following year he moved to Virtus Ragusa in Italy but he returned to Celik midway through the season, appearing in 15 games and averaging 20 points per contest. Next three seasons, Oapcak moved between Vojvodina, Celik and Siroki where he returned in 2006. He won another National title with Siroki. In 2007, he moved to Spain where he played for Murcia for two years. At the start of last season, Opacak was signed by Cedevita. He played in 17 league matches and has posted averages of 8.1 points and 2.5 rebounds. Opacak was a member of Bosnian National Team until 2009.
This season Ivan Opacak averaged 17 points and 3.7 rebounds for 19 games with Celik.


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  CYPRUS   


Frangias keeps loosing - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Where amazing happens.



Ael beat Apollon, 83-85 in the 1st quarter final of the Cyprus league playoffs.

With only 6 players in the roster and with Ewing scoring 51 points (had ten 3-pointers) Ael now threatens to finish Apollon's dreams quite early.



Apollon will need to beat Ael away to hope to advance in the semi-final.

Quarters: 18-17. 32-38, 63-55, 83-85



Apollon (Vasilis Fragias ): Sims 20, Stallings 11, Williams 26, Englicki, Stiggers 4, Carr, Jones 5, Pittakas, Dials, Valeskofski 17.

Ael (Spyrou): Kounounis 2, Delic 14, Ewing 51 (10), Wyatt 11, Zachariou, Milosevic 7



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.7 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava15.7 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.15.7 
 4. Horak, Svitavy15.2 
 5. Kotas, USK Praha14.7 
 6. Hatcher, BK Decin14.5 
 7. Houska, BK Decin14.2 
 8. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.1 
 9. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.1 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava9.4 
 3. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.7 
 4. Houska, BK Decin8.6 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.8.2 
 6. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.1 
 7. Kramny, Svitavy7.5 
 8. Frana, Plzen7.3 
 9. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.6 
 10. Machac, BC Kolin6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Vrubl, Plzen5.6 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.1 
 3. Carnecky, B&W O.3.9 
 4. Kotas, USK Praha3.7 
 5. Jones, BC Kolin3.6 
 6. Hatcher, BK Decin3.5 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin3.2 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin3.0 
 9. Macela, Svitavy2.9 
 10. Maio, Basketbo.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kotas, USK Praha2.1 
 2. Wright, BK Pardu.2.0 
 3. Smith, BC Kolin1.9 
 4. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.8 
 5. Holloway, Basket.1.8 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava1.7 
 7. Field, BC Kolin1.7 
 8. Hatcher, BK Decin1.5 
 9. Hruban, USK Praha1.5 
 10. Channels, Novy Jicin1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.5 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.2 
 3. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 4. Kramny, Svitavy1.1 
 5. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.0 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin0.9 
 7. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 8. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 9. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 10. Miles, BC Kolin0.7 


Marcus Arnold claims Czech Republic NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Marcus Arnold (207-F/C-84, agency: Stanley International) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader BK Pardubice and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old power forward had a double-double of 14 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed BK Decin (#4, 1-1) with 20-point margin 70-50. It allowed BK Pardubice to consolidate first place in the Czech Republic NBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but BK Pardubice already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. It's Arnold's second year at BK Pardubice and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Illinois graduate has very impressive stats this year. Arnold is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.1rpg) and averages solid 52.0% FGP. Worth to mention Arnold played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old former international guard Stepan Vrubl (186-G-76) of Plzen. Vrubl impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Plzen lost that game 65-82 to slightly higher-ranked Svitavy (#-1, 6-18). Despite lost game Plzen moved up to 0th position in A2. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Plzen managed to get this Second Stage. Vrubl is a newcomer at Plzen and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Ladislav Horak (205-F/C-86) of Svitavy (#-1). Horak showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Svitavy, leading his team to a 82-65 easy win against #0 ranked Plzen in a game of the week. Svitavy can only dream about fighting for top spots in A2. They have rather bad season and 6-18 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Horak he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Horak has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.2ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lukas Kotas (194-F-84) of USK Praha - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson (208-C-83) of BK Prostejov - 13 points and 10 rebounds
6. Rostislav Pelikan (207-F/C-78) of Novy Jicin - 12 points and 7 rebounds
7. Petr Bohacik (202-F-85) of BK Pardubice - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Stepan Reinberger (201-F-81) of Basketbol Brno - 22 points and 4 rebounds
9. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82) of B&W Opava - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Kyle Landry (206-F-86) of BK Prostejov - 15 points and 8 rebounds

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


1Liga Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Proton Zlin - J.Hradec 104-93

The game was mostly controlled by Proton Zlin. BK Lions Hradec was better in third quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Petr Dokoupil (191-G-88) produced 20 points to lead the winners. Michal Pospisil (88) added 18 points for Proton Zlin in the victory. Vladimir Sismilich (195-F-85) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds for J.Hradec. Jiri Holanda (183-G-86) had 17 points in the loss.
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Sokol H.Kralove - Sokol Prazsky 84-78

Sokol H.Kralove surged ahead 2-0 in the series. They overcame an early deficit to claim the second straight win in the series. Jan Spacek (195-F-89) unloaded 27 points to pace the hosts. Tomas Macela (179-G-88) added 20 points in the winning case. Vladimir Vyoral (194-F-61) responded with 16 points for Sokol Prazsky who have their backs against the wall before the third home game in the series.
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Usti n/Labem - Opava B 75-68

Usti n/Labem leveled things up against Opava B. They prevailed at home court behind 18 points from Jaromir Fohler (211-C-85). Usti n/Labem led from start to finish. Tomas Pomikalek (200-F-89) contributed 16 points in the victory. Michal Hutnan (200-F-85) answered with 19 points and 6 caroms for Opava B.
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Trutnov - Chomutov 74-67

Trutnov surprised the regular season champions Chomutov at home court. Michal Slezak (185-G-79) knocked down 20 points and collected 8 rebounds to pace the hosts. Jan Jiricek (203-F-90) finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Ales Jiran (184-G-82) top-scored with 14 points for Chomutov.
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Rabbits, Bears and Naestved advance to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Second games of Ligaen Quarterfinals were played yesterday and today. Svendborg Rabbits, Bakken Bears and Naestved booked a spot for the Semifinals with perfect 2-0. Horsens tied the score against Horsholm to 1-1 and they will meet in third decisive game. One Semifinal pair is already known and it is Svendborg - Bakken.

Vaerlose - Svendborg 58-91 (0-2)

The game without a history. Svendborg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Claus Magaard (194-86) who scored 22 points. Guard Martin Mariegaard (183-81) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. Forward Mads Rasmussen (191-86) produced 13 points and 6 assists and Icelandic forward Axel Karason (193-83) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: C.Magaard 22+3reb, M.Mariegaard 18+1reb+5ast, N.Iversen 15+7reb+1ast, M.Williams 13+7reb+1ast, A.Darboe 9+4reb+10ast, C.Cavanaugh 6+2reb
Vaerlose: M.Rasmussen 13+3reb+6ast, A.Karason 12+8reb, R.Larsen 12+5reb+1ast, P.Moller 11+4reb, N.Bjerregaard 4+3reb, C.Dissing 4+2reb
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Aabyhoj - Bakken 67-83 (0-2)
The game was mostly controlled by Bakken. Aabyhoj was better in third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Aabyhoj 36-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. International swingman Chris Nielsen (192-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Edward Morris (203-84, college: Pittsburg St.) replied with 26 points and 9 rebounds and guard Darko Jukic (199-90) added 15 points in the effort for Aabyhoj.
Top scorers:
Bakken: C.Nielsen 20+4reb+3ast, C.Burgess 15+7reb+4ast, C.Christoffersen 14+9reb, A.Jakobsen 8+3reb+5ast, J.Thorpe 8+6reb+2ast, J.Jensen 6+3reb+1ast
Aabyhoj: E.Morris 26+9reb+1ast, D.Jukic 15+3reb+1ast, R.Laier 13+3reb+1ast, R.Dalboge 6+2reb+2ast, F.Rungby 4+3reb+1ast, A.Martin 3+4reb+7ast
gschID: 123420


SISU - Naestved 99-112 (0-2)
The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 59-44 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Naestved looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay (OH)) chipped in 26 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) scored 27 points. Five Naestved and four SISU players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Naestved: P.Johansen 27+10reb+4ast, L.Roberts 26+10reb+3ast, M.Kasiulevicius 19+6reb+3ast, L.Hoirup 15+1reb, D.Smedley 10+5reb+9ast, N.Christensen 9+1reb
SISU: D.Rutherford 28+12reb+2ast, M.Dennis 27+2reb+3ast, M.Nielsen 15+4reb+4ast, M.Brown 13+8reb+4ast, D.Harder 8+2reb+3ast, M.Christensen 8+5reb
gschID: 123421

Horsens IC - Horsholm 78-70 (1-1)
The game was mostly controlled by Aalborg. Amager BK was better in fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Amager BK 42-28 including a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) notched 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Barkley Falkner (203-86, college: Sam Houston St.) supported him with 23 points and 16 rebounds. Even 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists by Lithuanian forward Nerijus Brasas (200-85) did not help to save the game for Amager BK. Forward Morten Lisby (198-88) added 17 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Amager BK's coach Ole Vincents gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: M.Hall 30+7reb+6ast, B.Falkner 23+16reb+1ast, C.Thomsen 13+3reb+1ast, L.Kristiansen 11+5reb+3ast, R.Lauridsen 7+3reb+1ast, S.Hansen 6+1ast
Amager BK: P.Simonsen 19+5reb+3ast, M.Lisby 17+9reb+2ast, N.Brasas 15+7reb+7ast, R.Larsen 11, S.Larsen 7+2reb, M.Pedersen 2+1ast
gschID: 123418

Play-Out

Aalborg - Amager BK
96-75 (1-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Aalborg. Amager BK was better in fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Amager BK 42-28 including a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) notched 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Barkley Falkner (203-86, college: Sam Houston St.) supported him with 23 points and 16 rebounds. Even 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists by Lithuanian forward Nerijus Brasas (200-85) did not help to save the game for Amager BK. Forward Morten Lisby (198-88) added 17 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Amager BK's coach Ole Vincents gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: M.Hall 30+7reb+6ast, B.Falkner 23+16reb+1ast, C.Thomsen 13+3reb+1ast, L.Kristiansen 11+5reb+3ast, R.Lauridsen 7+3reb+1ast, S.Hansen 6+1ast
Amager BK: P.Simonsen 19+5reb+3ast, M.Lisby 17+9reb+2ast, N.Brasas 15+7reb+7ast, R.Larsen 11, S.Larsen 7+2reb, M.Pedersen 2+1ast



Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg22.1 
 4. Brasas, Amager BK21.3 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 6. Roberts, Naestved18.8 
 7. Dennis, SISU18.8 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg18.7 
 9. Falkner, Aalborg16.8 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Stirling S.
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.2 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. St.John, Horsens IC10.0 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj9.9 
 5. Falkner, Aalborg9.6 
 6. Johansen, Naestved9.4 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.6 
 9. Rutherford, SISU7.1 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.6 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.3 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.6 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.2 
 6. Martin, Aabyhoj4.1 
 7. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.9 
 9. Jensen, Vaerlose3.7 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hall, Aalborg4.0 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 3. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 4. Burgess, Bakken1.9 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm1.9 
 6. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken1.8 
 8. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.8 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.7 
 10. Smedley, Naestved1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.1 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.7 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Brown, SISU0.8 
 8. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 9. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 
 10. Cavanaugh, Svend.0.6 


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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 32-11 
 2. Erie Bay H. 27-14 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 19-23 
 4. Dakota W. 16-27 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 9-31 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 29-12 
 2. Rio Grande 28-12 
 3. Texas L. 19-24 
 4. Austin T. 18-23 
 5. New Mexico 16-26 
 6. Maine RC 15-27 
West Division
 1. Bakersfield J. 26-15 
 2. Reno Bighorns 26-16 
 3. Utah F. 24-16 
 4. Idaho S. 17-24 
 5. Springfield A. 11-31 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.3 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.21.3 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.2 
 4. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.19.8 
 6. McNeal, Rio Grande19.5 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.19.4 
 8. Sims, Maine RC19.3 
 9. Byars, Bakersfi.18.5 
 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.10.0 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.4 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Alexander, Texas L.9.0 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.0 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.4 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.6 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Crittenton, Dakota W.7.8 
 6. Jackson, Idaho S.7.2 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.4 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.6.0 
 10. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.5 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 5. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 7. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 8. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
 10. Jackson, Idaho S.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. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.2 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 7. Atchley, Rio Grande2.1 
 8. Sykes, Sioux F.1.8 
 9. Gaffney, Utah F.1.8 
 10. Gladness, Dakota W.1.7 


Sunday: Energy and Red Claws win - by Eurobasket News
Iowa E. - Erie Bay H. 133-126
The Erie BayHawks lost Sunday, but it wasn't all bad news. Erie clinched a playoff berth despite a 133-126 loss to the Iowa Energy -- the third time the BayHawks have lost to the Energy in a little more than two weeks. However, Erie also qualified for the postseason thanks to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants' 117-94 loss to the Maine Red Claws. The Energy (32-11), owners of D-League's top record, pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Erie. The BayHawks (27-14) led 100-99 heading into the fourth, but lost all momentum when Ivan Johnson was ejected after picking up his second technical foul of the game. Iowa then went on a 7-2 run to take the lead for good. Each team had five players in double figures. Erie's Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86, college: LSU) led all scorers with a career-high 39 points, while Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.) scored 26 and Johnson chipped in 20. Nate Linhart added 17 and Jermaine Beal scored 12. Michael Haynes (6'8''-G/F-81, college: Fordham) led the Energy with 36 points, while Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU) scored 19. Marqus Blakely and Curtis Stinson helped pace the offense with 18 points apiece and Othyus Jeffers finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Maine RC - Ft.Wayne MA 117-94
Veteran guard Mario West (6'5''-G-84, college: Georgia Tech) picked up the first triple-double (27 pts., 10 assists, 10 rebounds) in Red Claws history and the first of his career to lead Maine to a 117-94 win over the visiting Fort Wayne Mad Ants (19-23). Despite getting the overtime win last night in Springfield to move into the eighth and final playoff spot, the Mad Ants could not carry the momentum up to Maine. Despite the loss, Fort Wayne maintained their slim game hold on their postseason bid. With the win, Maine continues to cling to hope of making the postseason for the first time in the team's two-year history, trailing the 8th place Ants by 4 games. The Red Claws had a phenomenal night shooting the ball, shooting 55% from 3-point land and 64% from the floor but still struggling from the line at 58.8%. Fort Wayne kept it close until half time with a score of 57-52 only to see Maine end the third quarter on an 11-5 run to up the score to 84-75. The Red Claws never looked back, outscoring Fort Wayne 60-42 in the second half. Red Claws rookie forward DeShawn Sims, who entered the night as the league's 6th leading scorer, continues to make a strong bid for Rookie of the Year honors, leading all scorers tonight with 29 points. Center Bamba Fall picked up his first Red Claws double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while rookie guard Jamar Smith just missed with 10 points and 9 assists on the night. In all, seven Red Claws players ended in double figures. Adidas player of the game honors went to Mario West for the third straight game. Six Fort Wayne players finished with double digits, with Roderick Wilmont (6'4''-G-83, college: Indiana) leading the Mad Ants with 19 points and Marvin Phillips adding 16 off the bench. Derek Raivio, still trying to get his feet wet playing in a new offense since being traded on February 27, added 10 points, shooting 50% from the floor. Fort Wayne will host the Springfield Armor for a pair next Thursday and Saturday to close out their season series with the Armor while Maine returns to action next Friday with the first game of a two-game home set with the Texas Legends, the first-ever visit to Maine by the expansion franchise led by Head Coach Nancy Lieberman. The game will be 'Larry Bird Bobblehead Night' with the first 1,000 fans through the turnstiles receiving the collectible. It was also be '80's Night' with fans receiving $5 entry to see the popular 80's cover band Orange Crush at Asylum following the game when they show their ticket stub. *Courtesy of www.wane.com


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Carolina Gladiators beat Portsmouth Cavaliers - by EBA Media
By Brandon Plotnick

Time and time again, the Carolina Gladiators faced frustration Sunday night.
Facing a pesky Portsmouth Cavaliers team that had given them fits in their last two outings, the Gladiators shook off a big early deficit to pull off a 109-98 win. The game was just the second for the Gladiators at home this season, but they've made the most of both of them.

The win puts Carolina back at .500 for the season, with a 4-4 record, and in the middle of a large pack fighting for playoff spots as the season draws closer to the end.
Charles Gamble led the way for Carolina, with 27 points. But it was a balanced outing, as seven players had nine or more points.
Billy McDade had 18 points, while Phillip Brown had 15. Steven Randolph and Travis Taylor each had 13. Elijah Corrica dropped in 10 off the bench, and newcomer Desi Crisp had nine - all in the second half.

But defense was the story of the night. Facing tough Cavs newcomer William Griffith, the Gladiators struggled early. Griffith had 27 points to lead Portsmouth, including 16 in the first half. He helped spark a big second quarter for Portsmouth, which erased a 26-22 first quarter deficit and led 56-48 at the half.
Carolina stormed back in the third quarter though, playing much more aggressive and holding Griffith to just four points in the frame. That put the Gladiators back in it, as the game was tied at 76-76 after three.

In the final quarter, McDade helped key a big Carolina run, as he scored 11 of his 18 in the quarter. Rounding out the scoring for Carolina were Shannon Davis and Kevin Locklear with two points each.

The Gladiators are back in action next Saturday afternoon, as they take on the Southern Division-leading Metropolitan All-Stars in Capital Heights, Md.


Metro All-Stars Clinch First Place - by EBA Media
Metro All-Stars nailed down first place in the EBAs Southern Conference with two road wins this past weekend. The All-Stars improved their record to 10-1 with a 114-95 victory over Portsmouth, followed by a 119-102 win Sunday at Winchester. The All-Stars finish their season at home Saturday against The Carolina Gladiators.

The race wages on for the remaining three play-off spots in The Southern Conference. Washington Madness currently leads the way holding on to their second spot with a 7-3 record. They are followed closely by Maryland Marvels 6-4, Winchester Storm 6-5 and Old Dominion Mustangs 5-5.

One race remains active in the Northern Division. First and second places are still in play. The NY Wizards, current conference leaders, needs to win out to be certain of first place. If they stumble in one of their remaining two games, second place Destroyers could move into a first place tie with a win Saturday over The Harrisburg Horizon.

South Jersey has held on to third place with their 106-99 over-time win on Sunday over The Horizon. Harrisburg will enter the play-offs from the fourth position.

Two weeks remain on the EBA regular season schedule. Play-offs begin April 2nd on the home courts of the highest seeds in the round of 8. Semi-finals and finals will be played April 9-10 at Howard University in Washington D.C.



Carolina Gladiators beat Portsmouth Cavaliers - by EBA Media
By Brandon Plotnick

Time and time again, the Carolina Gladiators faced frustration Sunday night.
Facing a pesky Portsmouth Cavaliers team that had given them fits in their last two outings, the Gladiators shook off a big early deficit to pull off a 109-98 win. The game was just the second for the Gladiators at home this season, but they've made the most of both of them.

The win puts Carolina back at .500 for the season, with a 4-4 record, and in the middle of a large pack fighting for playoff spots as the season draws closer to the end.
Charles Gamble led the way for Carolina, with 27 points. But it was a balanced outing, as seven players had nine or more points.
Billy McDade had 18 points, while Phillip Brown had 15. Steven Randolph and Travis Taylor each had 13. Elijah Corrica dropped in 10 off the bench, and newcomer Desi Crisp had nine - all in the second half.

But defense was the story of the night. Facing tough Cavs newcomer William Griffith, the Gladiators struggled early. Griffith had 27 points to lead Portsmouth, including 16 in the first half. He helped spark a big second quarter for Portsmouth, which erased a 26-22 first quarter deficit and led 56-48 at the half.
Carolina stormed back in the third quarter though, playing much more aggressive and holding Griffith to just four points in the frame. That put the Gladiators back in it, as the game was tied at 76-76 after three.

In the final quarter, McDade helped key a big Carolina run, as he scored 11 of his 18 in the quarter. Rounding out the scoring for Carolina were Shannon Davis and Kevin Locklear with two points each.

The Gladiators are back in action next Saturday afternoon, as they take on the Southern Division-leading Metropolitan All-Stars in Capital Heights, Md.



Standings
EBA Standings
Div.
 1. New York W. 8-2 
 2. Destroyers 8-3 
 3. South Jersey E. 7-5 
 4. Harrisburg H. 5-5 
 5. North Jersey P. 4-8 
 6. Hudson V.H. 1-11 
 7. M. All-Stars 10-1 
 8. Washington M. 7-3 
 9. Winchester S. 6-5 
 10. Old Domin. M. 5-5 
 11. Carolina G. 4-4 
 12. NoVa H. 2-8 
 13. Portsmouth C. 2-11 


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Toome's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old forward Joosep Toome (202-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Kalev/Cramo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Rakvere (#4, 15-14) 90-87. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Kalev/Cramo to consolidate first place in the Estonian league. Kalev/Cramo has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 28-3. Toome turned to be Kalev/Cramo's top player in his first season with the team. Joosep Toome averages this season 13.0ppg and 6.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Dunigan (208-C-89, agency: N.E.T.). He is American center in his first season at Kalev/Cramo. In the last game Dunigan recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Kalev/Cramo to edge the lower-ranked Rakvere (#4, 15-14) by 3 points 90-87. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kalev/Cramo consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 28-3 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Dunigan is a newcomer at Kalev/Cramo and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82, agency: Alti Sport) of Rakvere (#4). Timermanis got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . He was a key player of Rakvere, leading his team to a 94-77 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Rapla (#6, 11-17). Rakvere needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 14 lost games. Timermanis has a very solid season. In 3 games in Estonia he scored 29.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bambale Osby (203-F-86) of TTU/Kalev - 23 points and 13 rebounds
5. Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) of TU/Rock - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) of TU/Rock - 17 points and 10 rebounds
7. Silver Kuuba (198-F-74) of Voru KK - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Matthew Hall (191-G-86) of Rakvere - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) of Valga/CKE - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Raimonds Vaikulis (191-G-80) of Rakvere - 17 points, 7 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)


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Unicaja land Jorge Garbajosa - by Eurobasket News
Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) is coming back to Malaga. The 33-year-old forward has signed a deal with Unicaja. Jorge Garbajosa played for the Malaga powerhouse back in 2004/06 seasons. The forward started the season with Real Madrid. He tallied 5.4 points, 2.7 rebounds in Euroleague. In ACB his stats read 3.9 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. Jorge Garbajosa played at the 2010 World Championship. The forward tallied 8.3 points, 2.1 boards and 1.0 assist in Turkey. Previously Jorge Garbajosa played in Italy, Spain and Russia. Jorge Garbajosa also played in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors in 2006/08 seasons. The forward was named Seria A Bosman Player of the Year in Italy as well as ACB Player of the Year in Spain.


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Nikolovski number one in FYR Macedonian Superleague for round 4 - by Eurobasket News
Center Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked MZT Skopje, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Torus Skopje (#4, 13-9) with 27-point margin 94-67. MZT Skopje maintains the 2nd position in FYR Macedonian Superleague. They are still close to the very top. MZT Skopje would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 18-4 record. In the team's last game Nikolovski had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be MZT Skopje's top player in his first season with the team. Kiril Nikolovski has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.0ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.9rpg) and averages impressive 61.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Miroslav Petrovski (208-C-88) of Ultimate Basket. Petrovski had a very good evening with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Ultimate Basket lost that game 74-118 to slightly higher-ranked Kumanovo 2009 (#-5, 10-11). Despite lost game Ultimate Basket moved up to -3th position in Play OUT. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Ultimate Basket managed to get this Second Stage. Petrovski is one of the most experienced players at Ultimate Basket and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Ultimate Basket's star - guard Slavisa Janeski (183-G-90). Janeski showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Janeski's great performance Ultimate Basket lost 74-118 to #-5 ranked Kumanovo 2009. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Ultimate Basket can only dream about fighting for top spots in Play OUT. They have rather bad season and 5-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Janeski he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Janeski has a very solid season. In 10 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 5.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82) of MZT Skopje - 17 points and 13 rebounds
5. Daniel Kalov (204-F/C-89) of Kumanovo 2009 - 15 points and 10 rebounds
6. Ivica Vukotic (183-G-77) of Kumanovo 2009 - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Geri Dendra) of Rabotnicki - 12 points and 11 rebounds
8. Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88) of Torus Skopje - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jane Petrovski (181-G-87) of MZT Skopje - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Pero Blazevski (200-C-72) of Rabotnicki - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.21.9 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus S.17.4 
 4. Morban, Lirija16.8 
 5. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 6. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 7. Mirakovski, Rabot.16.1 
 8. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 9. Nikolovski, MZT S.16.0 
 10. Blazevski, Rabotnicki15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultimate Basket
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 3. Pavlovski, Lirija9.2 
 4. Jovanovic, Lirija9.1 
 5. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.9 
 6. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.0 
 8. Chappell, ABA S.7.6 
 9. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.1 
 10. Simic, Rabotnicki7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Morban, Lirija5.2 
 2. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.1 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.5.0 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.0 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki4.0 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.0 
 9. Vukotic, Kumanovo.2.9 
 10. Sokolov, Feni I.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.5 
 3. Petrovski, MZT S.1.5 
 4. Azemi, Lirija1.5 
 5. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 6. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.4 
 7. Stimson, ABA S.1.3 
 8. Morban, Lirija1.3 
 9. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.3 
 10. Mirakovski, Rabot.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.2.0 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.7 
 3. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 4. Avramovski, MZT S.1.1 
 5. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 6. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 7. Krstevski, Torus S.1.0 
 8. Dendra, Rabotnicki0.9 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Frye, Feni Indistrija0.9 


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  GERMANY   


Ty Shaw claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Ty Shaw (202-F/C-79, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) had an amazing evening in the last round for Chemnitz and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 31-year old power forward had a double-double of 25 points and eleven rebounds, while his team was edged out by Freiburg (#12, 8-16) 83-79. Chemnitz maintains the 3rd position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chemnitz will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 16-8 record. In the team's last game Shaw had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Albertson College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Shaw is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.9rpg) and averages solid 73.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-F-87) of Cuxhaven BasCats. Yearby impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 33 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Cuxhaven was edged by ETB Wohnbau (7-17) 89-85. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in . Cuxhaven keeps 13th position. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Cuxhaven managed to get this year. Yearby is a newcomer at Cuxhaven and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#9). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Sanijay Watts (193-F-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) of SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf (#14). Watts showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Dragons, leading his team to a 86-75 win against the higher-ranked Heidelberg (#11, 9-15). Dragons can only dream about fighting for top spots in . They have rather bad season and 7-17 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Watts he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Watts has individually a great season in Germany. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 8.6rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Alexander (186-G-83) of ETB Wohnbau - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77) of Kirchheim - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Martin Samarco (191-G-85) of Webmoebel - 27 points and 5 rebounds
7. Jason Bohannon (190-G-87) of Heidelberg - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Draelon Burns (194-G-85) of Webmoebel - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Oliver Komarek (210-C/F-86) of Heidelberg - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Janis Heindel (199-G/F-83) of Freiburg - 19 points and 10 rebounds

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


Rice's 33-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old guard Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 33 points adding three rebounds and nine assists for Art.Dragons in his team's victory, helping them to crush Bremerhaven (#10, 13-13) with 21-point margin 103-82. Art.Dragons maintains the 4th position in German league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Art.Dragons will need more victories to improve their 17-9 record. In the team's last game Rice had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Art.Dragons' top player in his first season with the team. Boston College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rice is in league's top in points (2nd best: 16.9ppg), assists (4th best: 5.2apg) and averages solid 56.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) of league's second-best Dt.Bank SKY. He is American guard in his first season at Dt.Bank SKY. In the last game Wood recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 12 assists. It was enough for Dt.Bank SKY to edge the lower-ranked Goettingen (#9, 13-12) by 6 points 88-82. Dt.Bank SKY's second position in has not changed. His team's 20-6 record is not bad at all. Wood is a newcomer at Dt.Bank SKY and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.7rpg and 5.9apg.

Third place about best performers goes to center Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Telekom Baskets Bonn (#12). Ensminger scored 29 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Ensminger's great performance Telekom Baskets lost 71-78 to the higher-ranked EnBW L'burg (#8, 14-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Telekom Baskets ranking at the top of , however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ensminger could help Telekom Baskets to bring them higher in the standings. Ensminger has a great season in Germany. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.6rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81) of Brose Baskets - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85) of EWE Baskets - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) of Brose Baskets - 18 points and 2 rebounds
7. Derrick Allen (203-F-80) of ALBA - 18 points and 5 rebounds
8. Eddie Gill (183-G-78) of EWE Baskets - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84) of Dt.Bank SKY - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ekene Ibekwe (206-F-85) of Bayreuth - 15 points and 7 rebounds

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


Science City Jena Appoint Georg Eichler New Head Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With only 6 PRO A game days left in the regular season and a tight dog fight at the end of the standings with four teams with 7-17 records including Science City Jena, the club decided to make a move by replacing head coach Tino Stumpf with Georg Eichler . Eichler had been assistant coach with BBC Bayreuth this season. Eichler started his coaching career with FC Bayern Muenchen (2.Regionalliga) where he was head coach from 2001-2006. He then coached for Heimerer Schulen Basket Landsberg (Regionalliga) and TG Renesas Landshut (1.Regionalliga) from 2006-2008. In the 2008-2009 season, he was assistant coach for the Nordlingen Giants. He returns as head coach to Jena for a second tour of duty.

Source: Science City Jena




Q&A with "Mr. Double-Double" Devin Uskoski - by Moritz Korff
Devin Uskoski (198-C-85, college: Rocky Mountain) must certainly be considered a legitimate candidate to win this season's award for the 2. Bundesliga Pro B Player of the Year. The 25-year-old Brush Prairie, WA native leads his team BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen with an impressive stats line of 21.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. Uskoski is shooting 60.8% from the field and up to this point knocked down 31 of his 89 attempts from beyond the arc. He is ranked second in the entire Pro B as far as Effieciency Rating per game is concerned.
In January Uskoski hauled in Pro B Player of the Month honors (by diejungeliga.de). He has recorded 15 double doubles so far this season and guided the Red Kangaroos to a playoff berth in their first Pro B season. In 2009 he won the NAIA National Championship with Rocky Mountain College and received NAIA All-America Third Team honors. As a rookie in professional basketball (2009-10 season) he helped Leitershofen/Stadtbergen to get promoted to the Pro B and joined IBL's Vancouver Volcanoes after the German basketball season had come to a close. Throughout the 2010 IBL campaign Uskoski averaged 17.9 points as well as 11.8 boards a game and was named IBL Center of the Year by USBasket.com.
Check out his youtube highlight clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaiW0d3mPag

Devin, did you expect you and your team to do that well in your first Pro B season?
I felt going into this season that we could play with anyone in the league. I didn't know much about the other teams, but I knew that we would play together and play hard for 40 minutes and I thought we could have a great year. I knew going in we weren't getting any respect (we were a new team that just moved up from the Regionalliga) and I feel that motivated our team even more. We know the group of guys and atmosphere we have here is special and we knew if we stuck together as a team we could go out and surprise some people.

What's your personal goal in the Pro B playoffs?
My personal goal for the Pro B playoffs is to go as far as we can as a team. One of my team goals at the beginning of the season was to play for the championship. I believe that if we can stay focused and take it a game at a time that we can accomplish that goal. We made a good first step in winning the first round against Spot Up Media Baskets Braunschweig and now we just need to keep working hard and preparing for our next game and be as ready as we can for whoever we face.

Do you think your experience winning the NAIA championship with Rocky Mountain College in 2009 will help you to be successful in the upcoming knock out-round?
I do think winning the NAIA championship with Rocky Mountain College in 2009 will help us in the playoffs. Playing the schedule that we did to win the championship (5 single elimination games in 6 days) made you be focused and ready every game no matter what was happening around you. We had to overcome adversity (nagging injuries, people doubting us, and the fatigue of playing 5 hard games in 6 days) and still stay focused and give everything we had every game to be able and win. Now, we (my team and I) have to take the same approach. Not looking past one game and making sure that we leave everything we have on the court after every game. This way we have no regrets when the game is done. Also, winning the NAIA championship gave me another level of confidence as a player and just proved to me, once again, how important it is to play hard and play as a team.

Do the Red Kangaroos fans have to worry about that you and Michael Mathey, the major contributors on the Leitershofen team, will move on to a higher league following this superb season that you are playing?
The Red Kangaroo fans and organization is great and it has been a great year so far. Right now we are focusing on this season and finishing up the playoffs strong. When this season is over we will have to start planning for next year but until then we still have some business to take care of.

What would you answer those critics you might say that you are too small to play in a higher league?
I've learned that pretty much anywhere you go there are going to be critics or people doubting your ability to play. As a 6'6 (200cm) forward I've had to develop several aspects of my game. I have the ability to post up when I need to or be able to go to the midrange or 3 point line and be able to knock down shots consistently. On the defensive end I can defend the post when necessary and I can defend the other smaller forwards on the perimeter. I feel through the talents God has blessed me with and the hard work I put in daily that I will be able to play at a higher league.



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  GREECE   


Greek A2 round 18 best performance: Yiannis Kakiouzis - by Eurobasket News
Forward Yiannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Lavrio, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, five rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out AGOR (#3, 13-6) in overtime 93-91. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Lavrio maintains the 4th position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lavrio will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. In the team's last game Kakiouzis had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lavrio's top player in his first season with the team. Yiannis Kakiouzis has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.3ppg. Kakiouzis is in league's top in and averages impressive 64.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Lavrio's star - 30-year old Nikos Psileas (200-F-80). Psileas had a very good evening with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. It was enough for Lavrio to edge slightly higher-ranked AGOR (#3, 13-6) in overtime 93-91. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Lavrio consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team's 12-6 record is not bad at all. Psileas is one of the most experienced players at Lavrio and similarly like Yiannis Kakiouzis has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Panag Koukounias (199-F-88) of Amyntas Dafnis Athens (#8). Koukounias scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Koukounias' great performance Amyntas Dafnis lost 67-75 to the lower-ranked Pagrati (#13, 7-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Amyntas Dafnis ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Koukounias could help Amyntas Dafnis to bring them higher in the standings. Koukounias has a very solid season. In 18 games in Greece he scored 4.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) of Lavrio - 13 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Nikos Katsares (190-G-83) of KAOD - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Giorgos Koumoulos (185-G-78) of AGOR - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83) of AEK/Argous - 16 points and 17 rebounds
8. Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76) of Koroivos - 25 points and 7 rebounds
9. Dimitris Katiakos (205-F-87) of Arkadikos - 21 points and 2 assists
10. Ljubo Jovanovic (206-C-87) of KAOD - 19 points and 7 rebounds

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


Nice display at the Greek All Star Game - by George Fragkos
The Greek All Star Game took place the past weekend at Pyrgos and proved to be quite a success. Even though, the level of Greek basketball is not so high, except Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, the players who participated in the event gave a very nice show. Individual efforts, exciting dunks and other non-basketball components like the three mascots, the cheerleaders and the flying acrobats justified the crowd which decided to fill the stands and gave a really nice show.

At the game between the Greek All Stars and the Rest of the World All Stars ended with a win for the first ones with 141:122, who obviously were more interested in scoring. On the other hand, the Rest of the World team tried to make the spectators enjoyed themselves and they tried to be more impressive. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) won the award of the MVP, having scored 18 points, from which most of them were dunks.

Lans Harris (195-G-83, college: Kansas St.) of Ikaros won the dunk competition earning a standing ovation for his amazing abilities and Panathinaikos's Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) beat his rival from Olympiakos, Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) at the 3-point competition. On Saturday the Under 22 team topped the Under 20s by one point (69:68) and Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92) was voted MVP. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) won the 3-point competition of the youngsters.


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PromotieDivisie Scores Week 19, 20, 21: Close to the end - by Terry Cooper

The season is winding down fast for teams in the Promotie as there are only a few games left before post season play begins. The race is still close to determine who will be the top 4 teams battling for the title however some teams are bridging the gap to secure their place.
Groene Uilen edged BV Hoofddorp 79-77 while the Red Giants won over Amsterdam2 78-67. Z&Z2 was too much for VBC Akrides cruising to a 84-67 victory while GOBA won over Cangeroes 70-62. Binnenland won at home over De Hoppers 86-80. Despite guard Cooper (191-G-73, college: N.Carolina A&T) putting on a great all-around performace for the Wildcats, it was not enough as Almonte held on to a 22 point first half lead to win over Wildcats 78-73. The Black Eagles had the week off. Who knows what will happen in the final weeks of regular season because positions 3-8 only have a 6 point difference to secure the final two places as some teams still have six or seven games remaining. A six team playoff is possible to be in effect for sure next season. Stay Tuned...

Week 19 Scores:

Punch - Groene Uilen 65-61
Red Giants - Wildcats 81-66
VBC Akrides - Black Eagles 103-67
Cangeroes - Amsterdam2 82-62
Almonte - De Hoppers 89-96
ZZ Leiden2 - Goba 66-61

Week 20 Scores:

Punch - Wildcats 67-59
Black Eagles - Red Giants 57-86
Groene Uilen - Almonte 76-60
Goba - Binnenland 79-86
ZZ Leiden2 - Cangeroes 72-63
Amsterdam2 - VBC Akrides 87-72
De Hoppers - BV Hoofddorp 91-86

Week 21 Scores:

BV Hoofddorp - Groene Uilen 77-79
Red Giants - Amsterdam2 78-67
VBC Akrides - ZZ Leiden2 62-84
Cangeroes - Goba 62-70
Binnenland - De Hoppers 86-80
Almonte - Wildcats 78-73
Black Eagles - Bye


Frank Turner Extends Contract With EiffelTowers - by Fred Roggen
Pointguard Frank Turner (178-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) has extended his contract with Eiffel Towers Den Bosch with one season and is now under contract until mid-2012. Coach Korner, whose contract was renewed for two more years, Welcomes the persistence of his playmaker. This gives us the stability and continuity for the future.
Besides Turner are also Akerboom, Jansen, Steenvoorde, Wessels and Van der List already committed for next season.



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Hungarian Cup: Final Four in Szolnok - by Tamas Deri

Marton Bader had an excellent game scoring 30 points against ADE and lead his team into the Final of the Hungarian Cup. American point guard, Obie Trotter added 15 points while backup big man Zoltan Trepak scored 11 points.
Brooks Sales was the best scorer of the guests with 20 points, Ian Johnson helped his team with 17.

Szolnoki Olaj KK - Atomeromu SE 84-71
(30-14, 18-19, 12-23, 24-15)
Szolnok, Att.: 2700, Referes: Hartyani Zs., Benczur T., Torok R. (Faidt)
Szolnok: Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) 15/3, Horvath 7/3, Budimir 5/3, Clark 4, Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 30/3, Fodor 8/3, Vesztergom 2, Zoltan Trepak (210-C-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11/3, Grebenar 2, Szabo P. -, Coach: Por Peter
ASE: Kovacs 4, Vojvoda 7/3, Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.) 14/3, Ian Johnson (205-F-84, college: Davidson) 17/6, Brooks Sales (208-C/F-80, college: Villanova) 20, Pavlik 3/3, Toth P. -, Kortelyesi 6, Coach: Horvath Imre

It was a very interesting game between Albacomp and Sopron last night, which was decided in the second half by the better offensive performance of Albacomp. Domestic playmaker, Balazs Simon scored 26 points, import players Tony Crocker and Damian Hollis added 33 points together.
Hungarian guard, Andras Molnar was the best player of Sopron scoring 20 points including 4 three pointers.

Albacomp - Kis-Raba menti Takarek-Soproni KC 89-78
(21-24, 24-19, 22-13, 22-22)
Szolnok, Att.: 2400, Referess: dr. Vigh P., Kapitany G., Kiraly L. (Benczur)
Albacomp: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 26/12, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) 14/9, Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Oklahoma) 18, Damian Hollis (203-F-88, college: George Washington) 15/3, Jones 8, Keller 8, Bodi -, Antal -, Madar -, Hendlein -, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
Sopron: Thomas Kelley (188-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 21/3, Jarvis 8/6, Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83) 20/12, Szabo Zs. 7/3, Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) 20, Helmeczi -, Keresztes -, Pojbics 2, Gombas -, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert

In todays first game the team of Sopron was more motivated and got the bronze medal of the Hungarian Cup. Import guards Kelley and Jarvis added 29 points, while domestic players Szabo and Pojbics scored 30 together.
The youngest player on the court, Akos Kovacs (184-G-88) had a great game also scoring 16 points.

Atomeromu SE - Kis-Raba menti Takarek-Soproni KC 83-99
(17-28, 23-25, 14-18, 29-28)
Szolnok, Att.: 1800, Referees: Gyorffy P. A., Gal J., Szabo G. (Farkas)
ASE: Akos Kovacs 16/6, Hodges 7/3, Vojvoda 8/6, Morgen 5/3, Sales 7, Johnson 8, Horti 4, Pavlik 4, Kortelyesi 2, Toth P. 14/6, Farkas A. -, Farago 8/6, Coach: Horvath Imre
Sopron: Thomas Kelley 15/9, Robert Jarvis (180-G-87, college: ORU) 14/6, Molnar 14, Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 16/9, Townes 10, Keresztes 5, Helmeczi 2, Szabolcs Pojbics (183-G-76) 14/12, Gombs 4, Ugaros 5/3, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert




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  IBL   


IBL's Oregon Waves start putting together solid roster for championship run - by Trask Frost
The Oregon Waves will head into their 3rd season of basketball in the International Basketball League.

This is actually the 7th straight year of a Portland IBL team.

Head Coach and returning owner Terrance Dickens (Dickens is taking the Oregon Waves back from last year's owner)- has been with the IBL since it started and has previously coached the Oregon Waves in 2008 and 2009. Dickens in fact, took a Portland IBL team- the Portland Chinooks- to the Championship Game in 2007 and he did it again as the Oregon Waves head coach- in 2009 only to come up just short each time (falling to Elkhart Express in 2007 and falling to the Los Angeles Lightning in 2009).

Dickens believes that with a lot of returning players and some key acquisitions, the Oregon Waves look to have a 'rebound season'-

So far, seven players have indicated that they will play for Terrance Dickens and the Oregon Waves:

1. Isaiah Fox (6' 9'')- Arizona

2. JS Nash (6' 2'')- Oregon State

3. Lamar Hurd (6' 4'')- Oregon State

4. Robert Day (6' 4'')- Western Oregon

5. David Jackson (6' 5'')- Oregon


6. Well known Oregon native, 6' 8'' forward David Lucas will be in his fourth season with the IBL, Lucas led the IBL in scoring with 37 ppg in both 2007 & 2008.

7. Also joining the team is 5' 10'' Terrance Whiters, who last played with the New York Knicks Summer League team and is currently playing overseas at the Division 1 level. Some IBL fans might remember Whiters leading the Central Oregon Hotshots with 37 ppg in 5 games played in the 2008 season.


The Oregon Waves will tip off its home schedule for 2011, on Thursday May 5th versus the Los Angeles Lightning. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm.

For more information, contact Terrance Dickens at 503-805-3311 or visit the IBL web site at www.IBLhoopsonline.com




IBL's Bellingham Slam adds Michael Duty to 2011 roster - by Trask Frost
BELLINGHAM, Wash. Michael Duty will join the Bellingham Slam for the teams 2011 International Basketball League season, the team announced today.

A versatile 6' 6'' forward, Duty recently completed his senior season at Western Washington University where he was the teams leading scorer, averaging 16.4 points per game. He also ranked second on the team in rebounding, with 5.9 per game, and third in steals, with 29.

Duty has spent the previous three seasons at WWU, missing nearly the entire 2009-10 campaign with a broken finger. As a junior, he averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game on a squad that advanced to the NCAA West Regional Tournament.

A prep standout at ODea High School in Seattle, Duty helped lead the Irish to a 3A state title in 2007. He played one year each at Division-I Wagner College in New York and Bellevue College before ultimately transferring to WWU.

Duty will make his professional debut for the Slam in their 2011 season opener on Friday, April 15 against the West Coast Hotshots. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Whatcom Pavilion.

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


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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Keflavik
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Sanders, Keflavik24.5 
 2. Walker, KR23.3 
 3. Trifunovic, Keflavik23.0 
 4. Springer, Fjolnir22.7 
 5. Bartolotta, IR22.5 
 6. Inge, Haukar22.2 
 7. Biedler, IR21.7 
 8. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 9. Sovic, IR21.0 
 10. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.6 
 2. Biedler, IR12.7 
 3. Pettinella, Grindavik11.2 
 4. Ermolinskij, KR10.4 
 5. Trifunovic, Keflavik10.3 
 6. Fain, Tindastoll10.1 
 7. Springer, Fjolnir10.0 
 8. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 9. Jonsson, Snaefell9.4 
 10. Amoroso, Snaefell9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR7.6 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.4 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.9 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan5.7 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Arnarson, Hamar5.3 
 8. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 9. Inge, Haukar5.1 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 2. Schoen, KFI3.0 
 3. Fain, Tindastoll2.9 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Biedler, IR2.6 
 6. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.5 
 7. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.5 
 8. Steinarsson, Fjolnir2.3 
 9. Moore, Njardvik2.3 
 10. Arnarson, Hamar2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Svit
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Biedler, IR1.8 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.6 
 5. Inge, Haukar1.5 
 6. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.4 
 7. Pettinella, Grindavik1.4 
 8. Savarsson, Grind.1.4 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.3 
 10. Magnusson, KR1.2 


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Easy win for ICF in IOB-CDBA league - by M. Rajalingam
Integral Coach Factory scored a 70-48 victory over TN State Police in the IOB-CDBA-City league basketball championship for the Ponnappa Nadar Trophy on Sunday. Ashwin scored 20 to help ICF defeat TNSP in their league match.

In another match Satish Kumar scored 24 for IOB to beat SBI at 61-28.

The results: IOB 61 (Arvaind 14, Satish Kumar 24, Pratham Singh 11) bt SBI 28 (Visvesh 10, Soundarajan 10); ICF 70 (Thangavelu 16, Ashwin 20, Bhupalan 11, Sikandar 10, Oli Raja 10) bt TNSP 48 (Dinesh Kumar 24, Ramesh 10); Gopalapuram 63 (Srinivasan 19, Yazar 13) bt S. Rly. 52 (Bernard Philips 12, Navneethan James 10) .




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Satria Muda defend their NBL title - by Eurobasket News
Satria Muda clinched the fifth straight NBL title. They overcame CLS Knights to triumph in the country once again. Satria Muda celebrated a 67:50 success in the decider. Amin Prihantono (188-F-82) provided 16 points to pace the winners.
CLS Knights led by 3 points after ten minutes of action. But Satria Muda changed the complexion of the encounter in the second term. They pulled in front for a 35:29 halftime advantage. Satria Muda took over completely in the second half. They did not allow CLS Knights to get any closer and rolled to the decisive victory at the end.
Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (198-F/C-86) delivered 13 points for the winners. Youbel Sondakh (190-F-84) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Rachmad Utomo (171-G-84) answered with 18 points for CSL Knights.
Pelita Jaya Esia clinched the third position. They overcame Dell Aspac 62:61 to step onto pedestal. Dimas Aryo Dewanto (F) accounted for 11 points for Pelita Jaya Esia.



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Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A26.9 
 2. Moragne, Hapoel B.24.3 
 3. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.2 
 4. Miller, Megido/Y.23.0 
 5. Clemente, Megido.22.6 
 6. Delaney, Maccabi .21.8 
 7. Gomez, Beer Yaakov21.6 
 8. Young, Hod Hasharon21.3 
 9. Timberlake, Elitzu.21.1 
 10. Fisher, Ironi R.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.3 
 3. Brandy, Hod H.10.5 
 4. Clemente, Megido.10.4 
 5. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 6. Moragne, Hapoel B.9.2 
 7. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 8. Strong, Hapoel T.9.0 
 9. Utter, Hapoel T-A8.9 
 10. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ofir FARHI
  Beer Yaakov
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.7 
 2. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.6 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.2 
 4. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.6.1 
 5. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.9 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.6 
 7. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri4.8 
 8. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.7 
 9. Fisher, Ironi R.4.5 
 10. Davidi, Elitzur Ramla4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Maccabi T-A
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.1 
 2. Bochman, Beer Y.2.8 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.7 
 4. Delaney, Maccabi .2.7 
 5. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.3 
 6. Markson, Hapoel A.2.2 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur .2.1 
 8. Young, Hod Hasharon2.0 
 9. Stevens, Hapoel T.1.9 
 10. Fisher, Ironi R.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.2.4 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.1 
 3. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 4. Colwell, Ironi R.1.9 
 5. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.6 
 6. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.6 
 7. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 9. Wade, Lev Hasharon1.4 
 10. Brandy, Hod H.1.3 


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stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Evangelisti, Trapani18.7 
 2. Ricciardi, Palestrina17.4 
 3. Tassinari, Moncalieri17.0 
 4. Musso, Perugia16.8 
 5. Reati, Treviglio16.7 
 6. Masper, Moncalieri16.4 
 7. Vico, Matera16.0 
 8. Rugolo, Molfetta15.8 
 9. Marino, Treviglio15.7 
 10. Conte, Trento15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza10.9 
 2. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.3 
 3. Corral, Molfetta9.2 
 4. Capitanelli, Pales.8.9 
 5. Basei, Ostuni8.8 
 6. Zambon, Rieti8.8 
 7. Chiaramello, Recanati8.6 
 8. De Min, Treviglio8.3 
 9. Facenda, Senigallia8.1 
 10. Soloperto, Latina B.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tommaso MARINO
  Treviglio
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Marino, Treviglio5.0 
 2. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.2 
 4. Scarone, Piacenza4.0 
 5. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 6. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.7 
 7. Parente, Moncalieri3.3 
 8. Paparella, Potenza3.3 
 9. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.3 
 10. Cantone, S.Antimo3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.7 
 2. Marcante, ASD P.3.2 
 3. De Nicolao, Castelle.3.0 
 4. Gullo, Patti3.0 
 5. Bushati, Brescia3.0 
 6. Bonamente, Perugia3.0 
 7. Bonfiglio, Ruvo2.8 
 8. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 9. Casadei, Comsum.i.2.7 
 10. Casagrande, Comsum.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.9 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.7 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 4. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 5. Spippoli, Palestrina1.0 
 6. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 7. Candido, Ferentino1.0 
 8. Capitanelli, Pales.1.0 
 9. Raminelli, Castelle.1.0 
 10. Pozzi, Molfetta0.8 


Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
 1. Perugia 19-7 
 2. Piacenza 19-7 
 3. Brescia 18-8 
 4. Omegna 17-9 
 5. Trento 17-9 
 6. Treviglio 16-10 
 7. Moncalieri 14-11 
 8. Castelletto 14-12 
 9. Trieste 13-12 
 10. Comsum.it SI 12-14 
 11. Senigallia 11-15 
 12. Recanati 10-16 
 13. ASD Pavia 10-16 
 14. Riva del Garda 8-18 
 15. Ozzano 7-19 
 16. Osimo 2-24 
Group B
 1. Trapani 19-7 
 2. Ostuni 18-8 
 3. Ruvo 18-8 
 4. S.Antimo 16-10 
 5. Ferentino 15-11 
 6. Latina Basket 14-12 
 7. Matera 13-13 
 8. Anagni 13-13 
 9. Potenza 13-13 
 10. Massafra 12-14 
 11. Rieti 11-14 
 12. Molfetta 11-15 
 13. Bisceglie 10-16 
 14. Patti 10-16 
 15. Agrigento 8-18 
 16. Palestrina 6-19 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.7 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona22.0 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.6 
 4. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 5. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 6. Clark, Umana Reyer19.2 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco18.3 
 8. Forte, Tuscany PT18.1 
 9. Hickman, Fastw.17.2 
 10. Slay, Umana Reyer17.1 
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 PT8.7 
 4. Boykin, Assigeco8.4 
 5. Lollis, Immobili.8.2 
 6. Dickens, San Severo8.2 
 7. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
 8. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 9. Waleskowski, Tezeni.7.8 
 10. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Leemire GOLDWIRE
  Forli
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Goldwire, Forli5.4 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona5.1 
 3. Porta, Tezenis .4.7 
 4. Mathis, Snaidero.3.9 
 5. Hickman, Fastw.3.7 
 6. Whiting, Aget Imola3.7 
 7. Clark, Umana Reyer3.7 
 8. Farabello, N.Fer.3.6 
 9. Marigney, Assigeco3.5 
 10. Levin, Sunrise .3.4 
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 .2.7 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.6 
 5. Williams, Snaidero.2.4 
 6. Filloy, Immobili.2.4 
 7. Cerella, Assigeco2.4 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola2.3 
 9. Davis, Sunrise .2.3 
 10. Ndoja, N.Ferrara2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.7 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.2 
 4. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 5. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 6. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 7. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 8. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 9. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 10. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.7 


A Dilettanti, Round 26 - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

In this round of the regular season Perugia wins and confirms the first place, 83-60 against Senigallia, transported by Musso Bernardo that scores 19 points (8/13 at shoot) adding 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assist. For the others 16 points of Bonamente Simone with 4 steals, 15 points + 9 rebounds for Pazzi Marco, 9 points of Baldi Rossi Filippo, 8 points for Caroldi Mattia and 7 points for Derraa Yassin and Chiatti Giacomo that adds 5 steals. For the visitors (defeat number 15) there are 11 points of Facenda Fabrizio with 6 rebounds, 10 points of Perini Davide and 9 points for Gnaccarini Marco and Maddaloni Sergio. Piacenza wins on the court of Riva for 88-71 and remains on top with Perugia (19-7). For the winners the top scorer is Scarone German with 20 points and 4 steals, 19 points of Loschi Federico with a perfect 8/8 in the free throws, 17 points and 3 assist for Passera Marco and 13 points with 7 rebounds of Rizzitiello Nelson. For the hosts, always at the fourteenth place with only 8 wins, good game of Garofalo Alessandro with 17 points and 7 rebounds, 16 points and 4 assist of Filattiera Marcello, 13 points for Scanzi Andrea, 11 points of Bastoni Matteo and 8 points with 10 rebounds for Pastori Giovanni. Omegna exceeds Trento (88-81) and reaches the Bitumcalor at the fourth place with 17 wins and 9 defeats. The Paffoni, thanks a good second quarter won for 24-17, controls the game in the second half, Rossi Emanuele is the MVP with its double-double (14 points and 14 rebounds) helped by the 16 points of Carra Marco that adds 6 assist and of Picazio Pierpaolo that closes with 4 steals. For the others 15 points of Ammannato Marco with 6 rebounds and 14 points in 20 minutes of Saccaggi Andrea. For the visitors 21 points of Conte Luca with 9/11 in the free throws, 16 points for Forray Andres with 6 rebounds and 5 assist, 12 points of Zivic Diego and 10 points for Gandini Luca. In the other matches:

Consum.it Siena - SBS Castelletto 65-78 (M.Portannese 20 pts & 5 ass, A.DeNicolao 19 pts, A.Marusic 7 reb & 5 stl, D.Sandri 5 ass)
P.Mitchell Pavia - PentaG. Ozzano 86-65 (L.Marmugi 19 pts, I.Cisse' 19 pts & 5 stl, P.Biligha 10 reb, L.Furlanetto 5 ass, M.Negri 18 pts & 6 stl)
La Fortezza Recanati - Edilcost Osimo 68-51 (D.Parente 23 pts & 3 stl, D.Verri 10 reb, G.Ghedini 4 ass, R.Fossati 3 stl & 3 ass)
Centrale Brescia - Co.Mark Treviglio 81-74 (G.Zanella 23 pts & 4 stl, F.Bushati 18 pts, T.DeMin 10 reb, T.Marino 6 ass, M.Planezio 5 stl)
Zerouno Moncalieri - Acegas Aps Trieste (Today, 19.30)

Group B

Ferentino stops the race of the Shinelco (91-76 the final) and reaches the fifth place (30 points) thanks the performances of two players: Cardillo Marco that closes with 23 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals and a good 9/12 at shoot and Carrizo Manuel that scores 21 points with 9 rebounds and 9/10 in the free throws. For the other players very good job of Iannuzzi Antonio with 17 points in only 19 minutes and of Alessandri Filippo with only 7 points but 4 assist. For the visitors, that nonetheless confirm the first place, 22 points for Evangelisti Marco with 10/12 at free throws and 15 points for Guarino Francesco (with 5 steals) and Cantagalli Gianni. Ostuni wins at Bisceglie (74-63) and shortens the gap to the top. Very good start in the first half for the second force of the group, Morena Domenico is the top scorer with 15 points and 10 rebounds, 14 points for Gigena Mario, 13 points of Tommasini Claudio, 10 points of Bona Marco in 18 minutes and 8 points for Gigena Silvio and Basei Francesco that catches 8 rebounds. For the Ambrosia defeat number 16 and just 3 players in double digit: 13 points for Barsanti Andrea and 12 points for Gori Francesco and Rosignoli Davide with 10 rebounds and 3 steals. Only 6 points for Mainoldi Carlos Federico (2/9 at shoot) but good work at rebound with 9 board captured. Also Ruvo win (86-81 against Latina) and now, with Ostuni, has only two points to be recovered from the leaders. Decisive for the winner the partial in the first quarter (32-18) and the game of Bonfiglio Simone that sings 25 points with 9/16 at shoot and 7 assist (36 of ranking). For the others 12 points of Pilotti Andrea, 11 points for Bonacini Davide and Zerini Andrea (with 6 rebounds and 3 blocks), 8 points for Provenzano Stefano and 7 points for Modica Francesco (with 6 assist) and Ihedioha Francesco (with 4 steals) all with more of 10 of ranking! For the Benacquista Assicurazioni 22 points from the bench for Villani Christian with 7/10 at shoot in only 22 minutes, 13 points of Ruini Fabio, 11 points and 7 rebounds for Fattori Giovanni, 10 points for Amoroso Francesco and 9 points for Rotondo Paolo and Ferrarese Simone that adds 7 rebounds and 4 assist. The other results:

Moncada Agrigento - Ford Molfetta 74-60
Bawer Matera - Ircop Rieti 58-59 (F.Gilardi 21 pts, G.Antrops 11 reb, D.Virgilio 5 ass & 4 stl, C.Vico 4 stl & 4 ass)
Ascom Patti - Cisa Massafra 69-65 (I.Riva 14 pts & 4 ass, A.Ancellotti 8 reb & 3 blk, S.Lenardon 3 stl, I.Scarponi 14 pts, F.Quaglia 8 reb)
Itop Palestrina - Chimici Anagni 63-73 (J.Caceres 18 pts, N.Benedusi 13 reb, M.Spippoli 11 reb & 3 blk, D.Ricciardi 18 pts & 3 stl)
Publisys Potenza - AD S.Antimo 75-61 (A.Iardella 22 pts & 3 stl, S.Bagnoli 14 reb, S.Paparella 5 ass, M.Giuri 17 pts & 4 ass)


Italian Lega2 round 23 best performance: Leemire Goldwire - by Eurobasket News
American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-G-84, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Forli, receiving a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, five rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Barcellona (#6, 15-8) 98-89. Forli maintains the 15th position in Italian Lega2. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 17 games and recorded just six victories. In the team's last game Goldwire had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Forli, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of North Carolina - Charlotte star has very solid stats this year. Goldwire is league's best passer with 5.4apg. Goldwire is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.3spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Dawan Robinson (189-G-82) of Trenkwalder. Robinson had a very good evening with 28 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Trenkwalder was edged in overtime by the higher-ranked N.Ferrara (#10, 10-13) 88-87. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Trenkwalder keeps 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-16 record. Robinson is one of the most experienced players at Trenkwalder and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Quadre Lollis (200-F/C-73) of Immobiliare SR (#4). Lollis scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Immobiliare SR, leading his team to a 69-64 win against the lower-ranked Prima Veroli (#7, 13-10). Immobiliare SR needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 8 lost games. Lollis has a great season in Italy. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA - 19 points and 10 rebounds
5. Klaudio Ndoja (198-G/F-85) of N.Ferrara - 29 points and 5 rebounds
6. Clint Cotis Harrison (194-G-76) of Snaidero UD - 33 points and 2 rebounds
7. Tommaso Rinaldi (204-F/C-85) of Snaidero UD - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Trent Whiting (185-G-76) of Aget Imola - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Andrea Pecile (187-G-80) of Fileni BPA - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Demian Filloy (198-F-82) of Immobiliare SR - 12 points, 18 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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  KENYA   


Early preparations crucial - by Eurobasket News
Barely five months before the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique, poor preparation is threatening the performance of the Kenya contingent.

Only a month ago, basketball players had to go on strike before the government agreed to pay their allowances while away in Kigali, Rwanda.

The same thing is threatening to happen. The volleyball players travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday but they are uncertain whether their host will allow them to play in the Zone Five qualifiers for the quadrennial games.

This is because the tournament fees were not paid in time and the players allowances are yet to be remitted.

The Kenya National Sports Council also failed to secure an indoor facility for the training of the volleyball team.

While the officials concerned are keen to shift blame, the confusion and lethargy are of its own making.

It is time KNSC learnt the need to prepare early so that nobody is locked out of the team to Mozambique.

All training venues must be secured in time for all disciplines, and there should be more exposure through competitions.

Only in this way will Kenya be assured of good show in the games.
Courtesy of: Daily Nation


Kenya forward Ancette Wafula back at Ulinzi - by Eurobasket News
Kenya international forward Ancette Wafula (198-F/C-70) has quit Posta to rejoin his old side Ulinzi Warriors for the new season which started at Nyayo National Stadium last weekend.

Wafula, who was in Kenyas squad which failed to qualify for the Nations Cup and All Africa Games after crashing 74-47 to hosts Rwanda in Kigali, turned out for Ulinzi Warriors in their season opener against champions Co-operative Bank.

The soldiers lost 68-62. Wafula had signed for Posta after Ulinzi Warriors pulled out of the top league and he was instrumental to the mailmen.
Third overall

He led Posta to finish third in last years league regular season to qualify for the play-offs. Posta lost 2-1 to Co-op Bank in the play-offs semi-final but later managed to beat Kenya Ports Authority 89-76 to finish third overall.

Posta, who are unlikely to take part in the 2011 championship have also lost the services other top players like Titus Musembi who has signed for champions Co-operative Bank and Franklin Delano and Desmond Owilly featured for the newly formed Thunders during the pre-season tournament.

Posta and International Christian Centre (ICC) added flavour in last years Premier League and their withdrawal will dilute the 2011 event.

ICC withdrew their sponsorship from the league and all their players have teamed up to form Thunders under coach Faustin Mgendi who confirmed that Thunders will take up the slot of ICC in the Premier League.

Thunders lost 55-51 to Co-op Bank in the final of the eight-team championship.

Ancette Wafula had joined Posta in 2007 after Ulinzi Warriors pulled of the Premier League following the Armed Forces decision to withdraw their sponsorship.

It was then that Wafula opted to sign for Posta who were by then taking part in the Nairobi Basketball League.
Forced out

He had started his competitive basketball career with Kenya Railways, who participated in the national league in the early 1990s but later forced out of the competition after the Railways management stopped supporting its sports teams.

Both Kenya Railways men and womens teams under the leadership of Joseph Masyuko were affected.

Wafula eamed up with Ben Oluoch and Ken Ondiek to battle out with the youthfull players leading Posta to win the inter-provincial championship in 2007.

It paved way for the mailmens promotion to the KBF mens Division One league in 2008. Maintaining consistency to score in double figures, Wafula remained an asset for Posta who beat Lomboritz in the 2008 play-offs final to bounce back in the top league the following season.

First season back

The mailmen performed well on their first season back into the top flight finishing in top five positions. Last year, Posta, who had won the league three times in a row between 1992-4, finished the regular season in third position to qualify for the play-offs.

Under coach Ronnie Owino, who is also a FIBA-Africa instructor, Posta qualified for the semi-finals only to be elimninated 2-1 by Co-op Bank.

Wafula, continued to shine throughout the season remaining a big threat in three-point shooting as the mailmen shocked the giants.
Teaming up with Wafula for Posta were; Oluoch, Franklin Delano, Desmond Owilly, William Ochieng and Titus Musembi.
Courtesy of: Daily Nation
By CAXTON APOLLO aayienga@yahoo.co.uk


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  LATVIA   


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. Willjam, Barons15.5 
 4. Valters, VEF R.15.1 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 6. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 7. Mednis, Turiba14.6 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja14.4 
 9. Peiners, LU14.3 
 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. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 6. Rozitis, Zemgale7.2 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja6.9 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 9. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Willjam, Barons4.8 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.7 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja3.9 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.8 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 10. Feldmanis, Barons3.1 
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, Barons1.9 
 4. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja1.9 
 6. Gabrans, Valmiera1.8 
 7. Slisans, LU1.8 
 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. Mejeris, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja0.9 
 7. Pishchalniko., Barons0.9 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.9 
 9. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 10. Piternieks, LU0.8 


Best players of Latvian LBL round 21 - by Eurobasket News
Talented Lauris Blaus (204-C-90, agency: FCM) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Ventspils and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 20-year old center had the game-high 19 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Ventspils in his team's victory, helping them to outclass LU (#8, 3-20) with 34-point margin 91-57. It allowed Ventspils to jump to the first place in the Latvian LBL. Ventspils have a solid 16-3 record. It's Blaus' second year at Ventspils and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Lauris Blaus averages this season 8.3ppg and 5.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young center Martins Meiers (203-C-91) of second-ranked Liepaja. Meiers impressed basketball fans with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Of course he lead Liepaja to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked LU (#8, 3-20) 102-72. Liepaja's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 16-7 record is not bad at all. Meiers is one of the most experienced players at Liepaja and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Zanis Peiners (203-G-90) of LU (#8). Peiners scored 26 points. Despite Peiners' great performance LU lost 72-102 to the higher-ranked Liepaja (#2, 16-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. LU can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-20 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Peiners he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Peiners has individually a great season in Latvia. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.3ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) of Ventspils - 18 points and 4 rebounds
5. Lauris Mizis (196-F-89) of Turiba - 25 points and 5 rebounds
6. Mareks Mejeris (199-F-91) of Liepaja - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ashton Mitchell (180-G-88) of Liepaja - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Derek Willjam (185-G-85) of Barons - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ilmars Bergmanis (184-G-81) of Barons - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  LEBANON   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 27
 1. Khatib, Champville27.0 
 2. Warner, Byblos25.8 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed22.5 
 4. Johnson, Al Riyadi22.3 
 5. Cage, Hoops21.9 
 6. Shannon, Anibal20.9 
 7. Youngblood, Champ.20.7 
 8. Bangura, Anibal20.7 
 9. Battles, Antranik20.2 
 10. Dawson, Chabab20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi15.1 
 2. Warner, Byblos13.1 
 3. Cox, Champville12.5 
 4. Dawson, Chabab12.5 
 5. Shannon, Anibal11.7 
 6. Byrd, Hoops11.3 
 7. Payne, Moutahed11.2 
 8. Watkins, Sagesse11.1 
 9. Thompson, Sagesse11.1 
 10. Battles, Antranik10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Willie BANNISTER
  Antranik
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Bannister, Antranik7.0 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed6.6 
 3. Mason, Byblos6.6 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.8 
 5. Akl, Anibal5.8 
 6. Clemons, Chabab4.9 
 7. Barada, Byblos4.6 
 8. Fahed, Sagesse4.1 
 9. Khatib, Champville3.9 
 10. Warner, Byblos3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Darussafaka
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Clemons, Chabab3.2 
 2. Mason, Byblos2.5 
 3. Youngblood, Champ.2.5 
 4. Johnson, Moutahed2.5 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 6. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.4 
 7. Bannister, Antranik2.3 
 8. Bangura, Anibal2.2 
 9. Moucharef, Byblos2.0 
 10. Byrd, Hoops2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell COX
  Champville
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Cox, Champville3.2 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.6 
 3. Thompson, Sagesse1.8 
 4. Watkins, Sagesse1.5 
 5. Hamdar, Hoops1.4 
 6. Kanaan, Antranik1.3 
 7. Byrd, Hoops1.3 
 8. Shannon, Anibal1.2 
 9. Warner, Byblos1.2 
 10. Payne, Moutahed1.0 


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  LITHUANIA   


Some market news - by Evaldas Ceilytkas
Alytus Alita has decided not to sign contract with Vadym Norenko (204-F-88). He played for Alytus Alita 3 games in LKL and scored 2.7ppg and grabed 1.3rpg in 7 minutes. In the begining of the season Norenko played for MBC Mykolaiv in Ukraine.
Cimberio Varese has decided to sign contract till the end of the season with Lithuanian guard/forward Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82). In this season he didnt palyed for any team. Last seson he began in Azovmash, and finished season Klaipeda.


Zalgiris cruise past Nevezis - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Nevezis 104:70

Zalgiris opened their Baltic League season with a comfortable home win over Nevezis. The Kaunas team thus surged ahead in the quarterfinal series. Game 2 is scheduled for March 19. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Zalgiris opened the game with eight points in a row. But Nevezis quickly bounced back leveling things up at 12. But eventually Zalgiris managed to outscore their opponents 24:19 in the first term. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) and Samhan opened a double-digit lead for Zalgiris midway through the second term. The home team arrived at halftime up by 11 points 48:37. Zalgiris used a 10:1 run in the third term to clear off to a 17-point distance. Zalgiris recorded a 20-point lead at the final intermission. Nevezis could not recover in the final stanza as the home team rallied to the victory. Paulius Jankunas notched 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) added 14 points in the win. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Nevezis. Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-F-85, agency: FCM, college: Virginia) had 12 points in defeat.

Zalgiris: Tadas Klimavicius 21, Paulius Jankunas 19, Martynas Pocius 14
Nevezis: Egidijus Dimsa 16, Laurynas Mikalauskas 12



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Diekirch League Round 4 (Second Stage): Amicale loses to T71 in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Diekirch League is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 4 rounds left.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Dudelange. First ranked host T71 (18-4) defeated 3rd ranked Amicale (13-9) 77-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Amicale. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-62. T71 outrebounded Amicale 46-26 including a 37-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and American swingman Denell Stephens (193-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who added 18 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Eric Jeitz (191-86) responded with 22 points. Amicale's coach Kresimir Basic rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. T71 have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-4 record. Amicale at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Basket Esch. T71 are looking forward to face league's second-placed Etzella in Ettelbruck in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Amicale will play at home against Residence in Bereldange and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ettelbruck. Second ranked host Etzella (16-6) defeated one of their biggest challengers Basket Esch (13-9) 69-60. The winners were led by the former international swingman Nelson Delgado (186-80) who scored that evening 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and Karim Shabazz supported him with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Even 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by American forward John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) did not help to save the game for Basket Esch. Etzella maintains second position with 16-6 record having just two points less than leader Musel Pikes. Newly promoted Basket Esch dropped to the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Amicale. Etzella will play against league's leader T71 in Dudelange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basket Esch will play at home against Sparta in Bertrange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Bereldange was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Sparta (12-10) played at the court of 6th ranked Residence (9-13). Sparta managed to secure a 7-point victory 71-64 on Sunday. Larrie Smith fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Marcus Kennedy produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Sparta maintains fifth position with 12-10 record. Residence lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Sparta will meet higher ranked Basket Esch (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Residence will play against Amicale in Steinsel and hope to secure a win.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists by Dustin Scott of Etzella Ettelbruck.


Group 1-6 places
T71 - Amicale 77-62

The game between Top Four teams took place in Dudelange. First ranked host T71 (18-4) defeated 3rd ranked Amicale (13-9) 77-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Amicale. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-62. T71 outrebounded Amicale 46-26 including a 37-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and American swingman Denell Stephens (193-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who added 18 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. Four T71 players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Eric Jeitz (191-86) responded with 22 points and American forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Amicale's coach Kresimir Basic rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. T71 have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-4 record. Amicale at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Basket Esch. T71 are looking forward to face league's second-placed Etzella in Ettelbruck in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Amicale will play at home against Residence in Bereldange and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Amicale: E.Jeitz 22+2reb+1ast, L.Birdsong 15+8reb, C.Jones 9+6reb, C.Schartz 8+1reb+1ast, O.Haan 3+1reb, S.Ney 2
T71: F.Muller 22+10reb+2ast, D.Stephens 18+15reb, G.Ruffato 17+1reb+2ast, T.Schumacher 11+15reb+5ast, C.Bemtgen 6+2reb+3ast, G.Schmit 3+1ast
gschID: 121828


Etzella - Basket Esch 69-60

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ettelbruck. Second ranked host Etzella (16-6) defeated one of their biggest challengers Basket Esch (13-9) 69-60. Basket Esch was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-11 third quarter run of Etzella. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The winners were led by the former international swingman Nelson Delgado (186-80) who scored that evening 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and American center Karim Shabazz (218-78, college: Providence) supported him with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Even 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by American forward John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) did not help to save the game for Basket Esch. International forward Martin Rajniak (204-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 20 points for lost side. Etzella maintains second position with 16-6 record having just two points less than leader Musel Pikes. Newly promoted Basket Esch dropped to the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Amicale. Etzella will play against league's leader T71 in Dudelange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basket Esch will play at home against Sparta in Bertrange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Basket Esch: M.Rajniak 20+4reb+3ast, J.Reimold 15+8reb+5ast, S.Svitek 13+11reb+2ast, C.Donnersbach 5+4reb+2ast, J.Biever 5+3reb+3ast, P.Biever 2+3reb
Etzella: N.Delgado 34+5reb+1ast, K.Shabazz 18+13reb+1ast, G.Polfer 9+3reb, T.Giver 4+2reb+8ast, C.Wulff 3, R.Albaladejo 1+7reb+1ast
gschID: 121826


Residence - Sparta 64-71

The game in Bereldange was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Sparta (12-10) played at the court of 6th ranked Residence (9-13). Sparta managed to secure a 7-point victory 71-64 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Residence won third quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sparta made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. The former international forward Larrie Smith (197-75, college: Tennessee Tech) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Lucas Hargrove (198-88, college: Auburn, agency: 540 Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and international swingman Pitt Koster (178-89) added 21 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Sparta maintains fifth position with 12-10 record. Residence lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Sparta will meet higher ranked Basket Esch (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Residence will play against Amicale in Steinsel and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Residence: M.Kennedy 22+12reb+2ast, P.Koster 21+10reb+3ast, T.Abdiu 13+2reb+1ast, F.Mangen 4+4reb+1ast, M.Leschek 2+3reb, M.Schmit 2
Sparta: L.Smith 20+10reb+2ast, L.Hargrove 17+10reb+3ast, D.Gindt 13+4reb+1ast, P.Arbaut 9+2reb+2ast, R.Wolzfeld 7+3reb, J.Hublart 5+7reb
gschID: 121827




Standings
Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 18-4 
 2. Etzella 16-6 
 3. Amicale 13-9 
 4. Basket Esch 13-9 
 5. Sparta 12-10 
 6. Residence 9-13 
7-10 places
 1. Musel Pikes 10-10 
 2. Soleuvre 7-13 
 3. Contern 7-13 
 4. Black Star 1-19 


Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Kennedy, Residence24.9 
 2. Ulmer, Soleuvre24.9 
 3. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 4. Schumacher, T7122.9 
 5. McDaniel, Black S.22.3 
 6. Reimold, Basket E.21.5 
 7. Muller, T7121.1 
 8. Gary, Contern19.8 
 9. Delgado, Etzella19.8 
 10. Smith, Sparta19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre17.1 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.14.7 
 3. Gary, Contern13.2 
 4. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 5. Kennedy, Residence12.4 
 6. Stephens, T7112.2 
 7. Wurtz, Musel Pikes11.9 
 8. Scott, Etzella10.9 
 9. Wojnowski, Musel P.10.3 
 10. Abercrombie, Spa.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Schartz, Amicale5.0 
 2. Schumacher, T714.7 
 3. Rausch, Black Star3.5 
 4. Reimold, Basket E.3.4 
 5. Delgado, Etzella3.3 
 6. Arbaut, Sparta2.9 
 7. Schwartz, Musel P.2.9 
 8. Koster, Residence2.8 
 9. Giver, Etzella2.6 
 10. Birenbaum, Amicale2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jones, Amicale2.2 
 2. Kalmes, Contern1.9 
 3. Birdsong, Amicale1.6 
 4. Schartz, Amicale1.6 
 5. Delgado, Etzella1.6 
 6. Gary, Contern1.5 
 7. Smith, Sparta1.5 
 8. Abdiu, Residence1.5 
 9. Kennedy, Residence1.5 
 10. McDaniel, Black S.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black Star
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. McDaniel, Black S.1.9 
 2. Gary, Contern1.9 
 3. Birdsong, Amicale1.7 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.3 
 5. Stephens, T710.9 
 6. Abercrombie, Spa.0.9 
 7. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.8 
 8. Ulmer, Soleuvre0.7 
 9. Kennedy, Residence0.6 
 10. Wojnowski, Musel P.0.6 


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  MEXICO   


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


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D1 round 14 - by Marek Krala
The SSA keeps all his critics at bay. Despite his victory over the FUS Rabat, WAC remain three points behind the leader but ensures second place finish at the league table after the defeat of ARC in Berkane.

CAN back, not surprisingly, the three points in the victory of Essaouira. Sport Plazza with Omar, Lichtaf, Moutalibi, Boustou and Khalfi was unable to surpass the SSA pass came with the intention to take the two points of victory. Drive by their former player Belcaid, friends Abdelhakim Zouita not have been surprised at any moment by the players Hassan Hachad yet very enterprising. Returned to their three points vis--vis the Casablanca could not pass. And finish the game with less than fifteen points on the score of 76 points to 61.

WAC a hit very hard right now. He just hung his picture in the FUS fighter he beat a score of 64 points to 71. Allowing it to sit comfortably in second place two points behind third. The ESA says goodbye to the first division after this last loss at home against CAR.

It is impossible in the current make up five points in four games after that home defeat with a score of 47 points to 66. Essaouira will play next season in second division while the RCA has ensured its participation in the next phase of play off. The ARC has lost in Berkane score of 82 points to 72 and leave alone the WAC to second place in the league table.

Tonight at 7 pm, MAS will play IRT for the hottest game of this stage.Iin the case of IRT lost the game they will be like Essaouira in second division next year.For the MAS who will play without Masrouri and El Ghali due to injuries it will be a tough game.A game that the delayed this saturday for security reason.It will be also the first game for the new coach and Gm, Fayssal Rhennam and Marek Krala away on this competition.


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Sunday's games review - by Eurobasket News
New York K. - Indiana P. 93-106
Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) scored a career-high 29 points, Dahntay Jones (6'5''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke) added 18 in place of leading scorer Danny Granger, and the Indiana Pacers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 106-93 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday night. Darren Collison added 16 points for the Pacers in the opener of a home-and-home series. Indiana was in control all night and moved back into a tie with Charlotte for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Roy Hibbert had 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Hansbrough scored 20 for the fourth straight game, while Hibbert bottled up Amare Stoudemire a number of times on drives to the basket and Jones did solid job defending and frustrating Carmelo Anthony. Stoudemire scored 28 points for the Knicks, who lost their second straight. Anthony added 25 but shot just 9 for 22. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Cleveland C. - Oklah.City T. 75-95
Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) scored 12 straight points - all on hard drives to the rim - during a five-minute stretch of the third quarter to awaken his listless teammates and lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 95-75 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Westbrook scored 14 of his 20 points in the third quarter, helping the Thunder open a 20-point cushion. He began his one-man sideshow by delivering a vicious two-handed dunk. He followed with five consecutive layups, spinning around or blowing past any Cleveland defender daring to cover him. Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas), the NBA's leading scorer, had 19 points - nine below his average as the Thunder improved to 19-6 against Eastern Conference teams. Daniel Gibson had 13 points and J.J. Hickson 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka finished with 14 rebounds and seven blocks. Westbrook and Durant combined for 23 of Oklahoma City's 25 points in the third. With the Thunder up by 19 entering the fourth, coach Scott Brooks rested his two All-Stars for the last 12 minutes. They spent the rest of the game relaxing and laughing at the end of the bench. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Golde State W. - Minnesota T. 100-77
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) 's remarkable streak of consecutive double-doubles came to an end with a thud, and no one was happier about it than the Minnesota star himself. Slowed by a thigh injury and worn out from all the attention he's been receiving lately, Love sounded relieved and eager to move on now that it's over. ''Now I can start focusing on playing my game,'' said Love after being held to six points and 12 rebounds in the Timberwolves' 100-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. ''I thought I was doing it for myself but a lot of it was for the fans and everybody watching. I feel a big weight off my shoulders.'' It's the first time since Nov. 19 that Love has failed to register a double-double. His 53-game streak was a franchise record and the longest in the NBA since Elvin Hayes did it in 55 consecutive games in 1973-74. Love's streak has been the only thing keeping the Timberwolves (17-51) in the headlines these days. Not anymore. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Toronto R. - Charlotte B. 90-95
D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87, college: Texas) scored 23 points, Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G/F-87, college: Duke) had 18 and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Toronto Raptors 95-90 Sunday, snapping a five-game road losing streak. Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw added 15 points apiece for the Bobcats, who have won two straight after a season-high six-game slide. Andrea Bargnani had 17 points for the Raptors, bouncing back after scoring a season-low eight points in Friday's win over Indiana. Leandro Barbosa added 15 points for Toronto, which is winless in four meetings with Charlotte this season and has lost 11 of 15 and 24 of 29. Jose Calderon had 13 points and DeMar DeRozan 11. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Phoenix Suns - Orlando M. 88-111
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) was 15 years old the last time the Orlando Magic won in Phoenix. It was the only NBA city where he had not walked away a winner. Until Sunday - and it wasn't even close. Howard had 26 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots, then watched the fourth quarter from the bench as the Orlando Magic completed a 111-88 rout of the Suns for their first victory in Phoenix in nine seasons. ''We hadn't won here since I have been in the NBA, so that was our whole focus,'' Howard said, ''to get a good win.'' With a hook shot over Robin Lopez in the third quarter, Howard topped 10,000 career points. Big deal, he said afterward ''I never look at the points,'' Howard said. ''Rebounds and blocks are what win games for me.'' Aaron Brooks, starting in place of injured Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara), had 19 points and 10 assists, but the Suns were blown out at home for the second game in a row. Six other Magic players reached double figures, led by Brandon Bass with 17 and Gilbert Arenas with 16, and Orlando's regulars got plenty of rest heading into Monday night's game against the Lakers in Los Angeles. Nash missed the game with ''pelvic instability.'' Coach *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Boston C. - Milwaukee B. 87-56
Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) scored 17 points in just three quarters and the Boston Celtics set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in the shot clock era, routing the Milwaukee Bucks 87-56 on Sunday. It was the lowest score against the Celtics since they beat the Milwaukee Hawks 62-57 at Providence, R.I., on Feb. 27, 1955. The Celtics held the Bucks to just 38 points through three quarters and clinched the new low when Milwaukee's Keyon Dooling missed a pair of free throws with 22 seconds remaining. Nenad Krstic (7'0''-C-83) had 11 points and 14 rebounds and Paul Pierce scored 14 for the Celtics, who rested their starters throughout the fourth quarter. Earl Barron was the only player to score in double figures for the Bucks, finishing with 10 points. Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings led Milwaukee's starters with eight points apiece. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com


Kobe Bryant tweaks ankle vs. Mavs - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers three-peat hopes were nearly dashed with the twist of an ankle Saturday night.

Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) left the Lakers 96-91 win in Dallas with 1 minute, 52 seconds remaining in the third quarter after falling awkwardly on his left ankle. The 15-year veteran went immediately to the locker room, limping heavily, to have it evaluated.

'I thought I was done, like done,' Bryant said after the game, fearing he would be out for the rest of the season after suffering what he described as the scariest sprain he's ever had. 'I was just praying that when I stood up my foot was lined up straight ... That scared the s--- out of me. I thought I dislocated it.

'We were all pretty scared s---less, to be honest with you because it looked horrible and it felt worse.'

Bryant fell to the floor after having the ball slapped away from him by Shawn Marion. While Jason Kidd converted the turnover into a layup, Bryant remained on the floor in obvious pain.

After getting up, Bryant was limping when he took a few steps and called timeout.

'As soon as I stood up I was excited that my foot was still straight,' Bryant said. 'I was happy to see that it was lined up and then I walked in [the locker room] and said, 'OK, maybe it's just a sprained ankle and I can deal with it.' '

It turns out Bryant aggravated the same ankle he sprained two games ago in a win against the Atlanta Hawks. He remained in the Atlanta game however, playing through the injury.

'The ankle was already weak,' Bryant said. 'And it just went.'

Once in the locker room, Bryant jogged in place and tested the ankle before determining he could re-enter the game.

'The strength felt good, I could push off on it,' Bryant said. 'It was still sore, so I had to stop being a chump and just suck it up and go out there and play.'

The Lakers' reserves actually took a two-point lead when Bryant exited and boosted it up to nine when he returned with 6:30 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Bryant had four points and one rebound in the fourth quarter while playing on the sprain, making a jumper on the baseline to put L.A. up 89-81 with 2:44 remaining and then icing the win with two free throws with four seconds remaining.

He finished the game with 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals but shot just 6-for-20 from the field.

Bryant's ankle was taped after the game and he walked without the aid of any sort of crutch.

'It's pretty swollen, it's like a baseball outside of my ankle, but the strength is still good,' Bryant said. 'So even though it looks horrible, I can still push off of it and things like that.'

The win against Dallas gave Los Angeles a 3-1 record on their four-game road trip. They return home Saturday night and host the Orlando Magic on Monday.

'It's going to be a situation that we'll have to watch for a couple days,' Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said of Bryant's health. 'We hope he's able to play on Monday.

'That was severe sprain. That was a severe accident that he had out there. We'll see his recovery. He's pretty good at recovering at things like that.'

Bryant has played in all 67 games for the Lakers this season and did not sound like he planned on breaking that streak against Orlando.

'I'll just do what I always do: don't sleep, get treatment around the clock and I should be fine,' Bryant said.

Courtesy of ESPN


Atlanta Hawk Josh Powell arrested - by Eurobasket News
An Atlanta Hawk missed last night's win over Portland because he was in jail.

Atlanta Police say reserve forward Josh Powell (6'9''-F-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) was arrested before the game after refusing to move his car for an oncoming ambulance near Philips Arena.

The 28-year-old faces three charges, including failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and felony obstruction of an officer.

The Hawks said they were aware of the situation, but would have no comment until more information was gathered.

Courtesy of www.11alive.com


Adelman's COY vote goes to Popovich - by Eurobasket News
Rockets coach Rick Adelman does not get to cast a ballot, but he has seen enough to know he would vote for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich for Coach of the Year if he could.

'I think Pop's just done a great job this year,' Adelman said. 'To me, the record they have, he's the Coach of the Year, the way he's put these guys together and the type of season they've had.

'Right now, they're still the best team in the league. They're so efficient. They played together so long, especially (Tony) Parker and (Manu) Ginobili.

'They've got two playmakers. That's really hard to guard. That's like (Steve) Nash the other night. He had nine points, but he set the whole thing in motion for them. That's what those two guys do.

'Pop has those guys playing well. He has his role players playing well off the bench. They shoot the 3s well. They just take advantage of what you give them.'

Courtesy of www.chron.com


New CBA may force Heat to move Bosh - by Eurobasket News
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the upcoming CBA could lead to drastic changes to superteams, most notably the Miami Heat. Berger reports that some executives believe that should the NBPA cave to the owners' demands of a hard cap (which for them is approximate to worrying about gardening after a nuclear winter - if things reach that point everything's ruined anyway), the Heat would be in a position where their current structure built around the Triad would be untenable. Which would force them into a tough decision. Which of the three to keep?

Okay, so it's not a hard decision, as Berger points out:

The most obvious candidate to be subtracted from the Big Three is Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech), who hasnt been able to produce the kind of impact Miami could have gotten from 2-3 cheaper role players. Bosh also has complained recently about not getting the ball in the post enough. Whether or not he has a point, this sort of griping at a time when the Heat were in crisis mode won't make Riley any more eager to pay him $16 million next season -- especially if Miami falls far short of its championship goal in Year One.

Bosh is easily the most expendable of the three, not only from the perspective of Wade and James being superior players, but due to Bosh being a gangly stretch-four who struggles with rebounding and post-play, despite his impressive performance Thursday night against the Lakers. Bosh isn't necessarily expendable to the Heat considering his abilities, but should a team put together a sizable package of talented role players featuring rebounding and potentially a decent point guard (I know what you're thinking, sounds like Cleveland, let's just move on), would Pat Riley really ignore a phone call once the season is over, even before a new CBA?

But then, there's the big issue. Who would want Bosh after this season? It's hard to place a team that would look at Bosh who has been revealed as a B-level superstar among his A-level teammates, who would be looking for a stretch four with a rail-like frame and a nice mid-range jumper, and who has shown to be mentally frail with a streak of egotism that may be the only area he rivals LeBron. That doesn't exactly paint a picture of the star you toss assets onto the outgoing wagon for, which means that should the Heat be forced to jettison Bosh under a new CBA, they may be in worse shape than they're in now. You know, worse than third-seed in the East with three of the ten best players in the National Basketball Association. Difficult life that they suffer with.

Still, Bosh is a top-flight player and there will always be teams looking to add stars to their roster, especially those with cap room, and a desperate need for players to attract ticket holders. But should this doomsday scenario come to fruition, the Heat would be just one of several teams facing an inability to maintain the stacked rosters they've worked so hard to procure. Consider it the revenge of the abandoned, and yet another dramatic reformation of the roster landscape of the league.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Bling alert issued for NBA players - by Eurobasket News
The NBA union has a message for its members: Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.

Thats the motto on the cover of the 56-page National Basketball Players Associations Lockout Handbook, distributed at team meetings in recent months, according to union spokesman Dan Wasserman.

The NBA contract is set to expire on June 30, and this is the first time such a handbook - a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News - has been created to prepare NBA players for financial burdens that may arise from a work stoppage.

The NBA guide includes tips on how to handle household expenses such as mortgage payments and advises against major purchases and trips to gambling destinations.

Clothing and jewelry often have little or no resale value, so if times get tough, you will not be able to liquidate it quickly, the handbook reads. Instead of making large purchases in the next year, save the money you were going to spend on clothes and jewelry in a lockout fund to protect yourself and your loved ones.

The NFL union recently issued a similar handbook.

Juwan Howard and Shaquille ONeal, both of whom were in the NBA during the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, also are quoted.

Remember the last lockout, says Howard, now with the Miami Heat. Save your money. Invest right, budget yourself the right way.

The handbook contains a section on interacting with the media, pointing out how one player garnered a lot of undesirable attention in 1998. That player was Kenny Anderson, who in October 1998 told the New York Times that he was thinking of selling one of my cars. I dont need all of them. You know, just get rid of the Mercedes.

Courtesy of The Bloomberg News


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.0 
 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 Lakers25.0 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.24.9 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.24.7 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers23.7 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.7 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.0 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.8 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.3 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.6 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.3 
 7. Camby, Portland TB10.8 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 9. Humphries, New J.9.9 
 10. Horford, Atlanta H.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.8 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.7 
 5. Calderon, Toron.9.2 
 6. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.0 
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. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 8. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
 9. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.7 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.2 
 4. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 5. McGee, Washingt.2.2 
 6. Jefferson, Utah J.2.0 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 8. Stoudemire, New Y.2.0 
 9. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 47-17 
 2. New York K. 34-31 
 3. Philadelph.76 34-32 
 4. New Jersey N. 21-43 
 5. Toronto R. 18-48 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 47-18 
 2. Indiana P. 28-38 
 3. Milwaukee B. 26-39 
 4. Detroit P. 23-44 
 5. Cleveland C. 12-53 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 45-21 
 2. Orlando M. 42-25 
 3. Atlanta H. 38-28 
 4. Charlotte B. 28-38 
 5. Washington W. 16-48 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 42-23 
 2. Denver N. 39-27 
 3. Portland TB 37-29 
 4. Utah Jazz 34-33 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-51 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 47-20 
 2. Phoenix Suns 33-31 
 3. Golde State W. 30-36 
 4. LA Clippers 26-41 
 5. Sacramento K. 15-49 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 54-12 
 2. Dallas M. 47-19 
 3. N.Orleans H. 39-29 
 4. Memphis G. 36-31 
 5. Houston R. 33-34 


Trail Blazers intend to sign Chris Johnson for stretch run - by Eurobasket News
The Trail Blazers are on the verge of signing 6-foot-11 forward Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU), a move that would add to their front court depth for the stretch run.

Johnson, who has been playing for the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League, will be called up by the Blazers and signed for the rest of the season, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Oregonian.

The Blazers signed Johnson to a 10-day contract in January, when they were granted a hardship exception by the NBA, and he later signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics. But, with 17 games left in the regular season for the Blazers, this would be his longest chance in the NBA.

Johnson, who played in six games during his brief NBA stints earlier this season, averaged 16.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 35 games this season in the D-League.

His signing would bring the Blazers roster to 15 players which includes Jarron Collins, whom the Blazers signed to a second 10-day contract last week.

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


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The Wildcats downed the Gators, 70-54. - by Greg
ATLANTA (AP)--Brandon Knight (6'3''-G) scored 17 points, Darius Miller (6'7''-G-90) hit two crucial 3-pointers and No. 15 Kentucky cruised to another Southeastern Conference tournament title, routing regular-season champion Florida 70-54 on Sunday.
The 12th-ranked Gators (26-7) had a miserable day shooting, especially guards Kenny Boynton (6'2''-G-89) and Erving Walker (5'8''-G). They combined to go 7 of 26 from the field, their woes epitomized in the closing minutes when they put up back-to-back airballs trying desperately to bring Florida back.
Kentucky (25-8) streaked into the NCAAs with its sixth straight win, second straight SEC tournament crown and 27th title overall--more than every other school combined.
Florida trailed at halftime for the third straight game. The Gators came back against Tennessee and Vanderbilt, but they were doomed when Kentucky pushed it out to a 14-point lead with just over 9 minutes remaining on consecutive 3s by Miller, who was named tournament MVP.
Boynton scored 10 points, the only Florida player in double figures. But he was just 4 of 16 from the field, which pretty much summed up what kind of day it was for the Gators.
They shot just 39 percent (22 of 57), matched their second-lowest scoring game of the season and almost took their worst loss, just getting in under a 93-75 defeat to Ohio State back in November. This is a team that lives by the jump shot. When those shots didn't fall, they were dead.
But hand it to Kentucky, a team that totally rebuilt around three freshmen and a very thin roster after most of the big names bolted to the NBA a year ago.
Even with one of those newcomers, Doron Lamb (6'4''-G), plagued by a sprained ankle, the Wildcats appear to be a team that is all grown up at the most important time of year. They have won eight of nine--the only loss in that stretch an overtime setback at Arkansas--and surely improved their seeding for the tournament that really matters.
Miller hit 6 of 8 shots, grabbed six rebounds and finished with 15 points. Freshman Terrence Jones (6'9''-F) chipped in with 16 points. And Knight, the third youngster, ran the show with four assists and capped the big win with a thunderous dunk in the final minute.
Hardly looking like a team with so much youth, Kentucky turned it over just six times. Florida had 14 turnovers, and no one stepped up as the game got away. The ultra-quick Walker tried putting up jumpers and penetrating the lane, not having much success at either. He shot just 3 of 10 and had eight points.
Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F) added to the woes with a 4-of-12 performance to finish with nine points.
The shooting problems carried over the foul line, where the Gators made just 3 of 8.
Lamb sprained his left ankle in the closing minutes of a semifinal victory over Alabama. He went through pregame warmups, then started out on the bench, with Deandre Liggins (6'6''-G-88) taking his place in the lineup.
The freshman checked in just ahead of the second TV timeout and seemed to move around without much problem, though he wasn't a major factor in the game. He played 23 minutes and scored six points.
Still, Lamb just playing was a big relief to Kentucky fans who made up the bulk of the crowd in 'Catlanta,' giving the Wildcats a home-court advantage a long way from Lexington. A loud cheer went up when Lamb checked into the game, meaning he should at least be in decent shape for the NCAAs.
That's important for Kentucky, which basically uses a six-man rotation. Perhaps looking to stretch his bench, coach John Calipari gave early playing time to little-used junior Eloy Vargas (6'10''-F), who had four rebounds, two points and a steal in 10 solid minutes.
When it was done, Lamb was the first one up the ladder to cut down the nets. During a raucous celebration in front of press row, he and the other freshmen hopped around like this was something new to them-which, of course, it was.
For Kentucky, though, this was just business as usual at the SEC tournament.

Courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats

All-SEC Summary 2010-2011

SEC Regular Season Standings
Eastern
1
Florida 13-3
2
Kentucky 10-6
3
Vanderbilt 9-7
3
Georgia 9-7
5
Tennessee 8-8
6
S.Carolina 5-11

Western
1
Alabama 12-4
2
Mississippi St. 9-7
3
Ole Miss 7-9
3
Arkansas 7-9
5
Auburn 4-12
6
LSU 3-13

SEC Tournament Final: Kentucky - Florida 70-54
SEC Tournament Semifinals:
Kentucky - Alabama 72-58
Florida - Vanderbilt 77-66

All-SEC 1st Team 2010-2011
#s#
Chandler Parsons
Parsons
Jamychal Green
Green
Trey Thompkins
Thompkins
Terrence Jones
Jones
Brandon Knight
Knight
#e#5

Player of the Year: Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F) of Florida
All-Tournament MVP: Darius Miller (6'7''-G-90) of Kentucky
Defensive Player of the Year: Sam Muldrow (6'9''-F) of S.Carolina
Freshman of the Year: Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-85) of Kentucky
Sixth Man of the Year: Brian Williams (6'10''-C-87) of Tennessee
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Riley Benock (6'4''-G) of Mississippi St.
Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan of Florida

1st Team
F: Jamychal Green (6'9''-90) of Alabama
F: Chandler Parsons (6'9'') of Florida
F: Trey Thompkins (6'9''-90) of Georgia
F: Terrence Jones (6'9''-85) of Kentucky
G: Brandon Knight (6'3'') of Kentucky
G: Chris Warren (5'10''-88) of Mississippi
G: Scotty Hopson (6'7''-89) of Tennessee
G: John Jenkins (6'4''-91) of Vanderbilt

2nd Team
F: Tony Mitchell (6'6'') of Alabama
G: Rotnei Clarke (6'0''-89) of Arkansas
G: Kenny Boynton (6'2''-89) of Florida
G: Erving Walker (5'8'') of Florida
G: Travis Leslie (6'4''-90) of Georgia
G: Dee Bost (6'2''-89) of Mississippi St.
F: Tobias Harris (6'8''-92) of Tennessee
C: Festus Ezeli (6'11''-89) of Vanderbilt
F: Jeffery Taylor (6'7''-89) of Vanderbilt

All-Defensive Team
Delvon Johnson (6'9''-F-89) of Arkansas
Deandre Liggins (6'6''-G-88) of Kentucky
Reginald Buckner (6'8''-F) of Mississippi
Sam Muldrow (6'9''-F) of S.Carolina
Jeffery Taylor (6'7''-F-89) of Vanderbilt

All-Tournament Team
Darius Miller (6'7''-G-90) of Kentucky
Kenny Boynton (6'2''-G-89) of Florida
Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F) of Florida
Brandon Knight (6'3''-G) of Kentucky
Josh Harrellson (6'10''-F-89) of Kentucky

All-Freshman Team
Trevor Releford (6'1''-G) of Alabama
Patric Young (6'9''-F/C) of Florida
Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-85) of Kentucky
Brandon Knight (6'3''-G) of Kentucky
Doron Lamb (6'4''-G) of Kentucky
Ralston Turner (6'6''-G) of LSU
Bruce Ellington (5'9''-G) of S.Carolina
Tobias Harris (6'8''-F-92) of Tennessee


Don't underestimate the potential dominance of tourney's top seeds - by Eurobasket News
In 2010-11, college basketball suffered from a recession. The talent level was down across the board. (NBA execs are already lamenting the worst draft pool in years.) Injuries sidelined potential All-Americas (Duke's Kyrie Irving, Purdue's Robbie Hummel) before they could even get going. Young, but talented teams struggled to get their acts together. Coaches and referees made stupefying late-game decisions. Michigan State went 19-14 -- and still made the Dance.

Fortunately, March Madness is recession-proof. Put together a bracket, roll out the ball and you're going to get drama, as we saw throughout conference tourney week. From Kemba Walker's ridiculous five-game run to Jimmer Fredette's 52-point explosion, from Tyler Zeller's game-winning layup to Derwin Kitchen's waved-off game-winner, right up through Isaiah Thomas and Doug Davis' title-clinching buzzer-beaters, this March feels no less satisfying than any other.

If anything, the spell of mediocrity that befell much of college basketball this season could work in favor of the NCAA tournament. Take a look at your freshly printed bracket. Pore over the teams seeded roughly between third and 10th. The fact is, there's very little separating any of the teams. Which could make for a messy early few rounds.

There will be upsets mainly because, in many cases, they'll hardly qualify as upsets. Will anyone really be stunned if No. 13 seed Belmont beats No. 4 seed Wisconsin after the Badgers scored 33 points in their last game? Give UConn all the credit for its historic Big East tournament title, which helped boost the Huskies to a No. 3 seed, but they were still a 9-9 team in conference play that could easily lose to yet another Big East foe, Cincinnati, in the second round.

But lest we get carried away, this also seems like a year when order will be restored by the time we get to Houston. For most of the season, talking heads, bloggers and columnists alike have repeated the mantra that 'there are no great teams in college basketball this season.' Not true.

Ohio State finished the regular season 32-2, its only losses coming on the road to two teams (Wisconsin and Purdue) that went undefeated at home. The Buckeyes have all the elements you could hope for in a national-title contender: a veteran nucleus, an elite post player (Jared Sullinger), lethal perimeter shooters (Jon Diebler, William Buford and David Lighty). What's not to like?

Kansas enters the tournament 32-2 as well, having avenged its sole home loss by annihilating Texas in Saturday's Big 12 tourney final. The Jayhawks are the rare team to field two dominant big men (Marcus and Markieff Morris), and all but three of their 14 regular-season conference wins were by 12 points or more. That's pretty dominant.

Pittsburgh went 15-3 in a conference that produced 11 tournament teams, winning the regular season title. The Panthers start three seniors (Brad Wanamaker, Gilbert Brown, Gary McGhee) and two juniors (Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson) that have played in a combined 36 career tourney games. A whole bunch of teams would kill for that level of experience.

And Duke, lest we forget, is the defending national champion, led by a sure-fire first team All-America (Nolan Smith). The Blue Devils' every misstep is inevitably magnified due to their national spotlight, but they just finished 30-4, clobbering rival North Carolina in their ACC championship rubber match. And heaven help the rest of the West region if Irving makes a much-rumored return.

These teams might not to be 'great' in a historical context -- i.e. they're not dripping with lottery picks like the Joakim Noah/Al Horford-led Florida teams of 2006-'07 or the Jay Williams-Shane Battier-Carlos Boozer Duke teams from a decade ago. But the 2011 Blue Devils don't have to beat the 2001 Blue Devils to win this year's title. Nor does Ohio State, Kansas or Pitt. The tourney's top seeds just have to beat this year's field, which drops off quickly after the No. 1 and 2 seeds, and which most agree is the weakest of the modern era. Illinois, 19-13 and 9-9 in the Big Ten, didn't just make the field, it garnered a No. 9 seed. Enough said.

The good news for those trying to make sense of all the clutter is there are more people compiling smart, advanced college basketball metrics than ever before. When filling out your bracket, one no longer need rely on vague, outdated March platitudes like picking 'the teams with the best guard play' or the ones Digger Phelps says are 'tough on the glass.'.

Definitely peruse Ken Pomeroy's efficiency ratings and tempo stats when assessing certain matchups. You'll find, for example, that No. 2 seed North Carolina and No. 7 seed Washington -- potential Round of 32 opponents -- are almost equally efficient and play nearly an identical pace.

If it hasn't already, Basketball Prospectus will soon publish Pomeroy's log5 probabilities for all 68 teams. They proved more prophetic than actual seeds during this week's conference tournaments.

And noted political statistician Nate Silver of The New York Times has recently focused on the NCAA tournament with two pristinely researched pieces from last week about the tourney fates of teams that greatly exceed preseason expectations (summation: Notre Dame's probably not going to the Final Four) and the advantages for teams playing closer to home.

Or, you can just turn to my more rudimentary, off-the-cuff reaction to Sunday night's bracket.

Now for the important stuff ...



Bracket Breakdown

Committee thumbs-up

Contrary to certain apoplectic television analysts, no bubble team was 'snubbed' this year, because the committee was basically sifting through a bunch of equally undeserving teams. In fact, they should be commended for continuing to reward those that schedule tough out-of-conference games, like USC (victories over Texas and Tennessee) and VCU (UCLA and Wichita State), at the expense of those that don't. Colorado, one of the purportedly 'shocking' exclusions, went 8-8 in the Big 12 and played the nation's 325th toughest non-conference schedule. Alabama's was 284th -- and still the Tide only went 8-6 in those games. There will be no tears shed here.

Committee thumbs-down

Despite their continued insistence otherwise, the committee's over-reliance on the simplistic RPI ratings (as opposed to a more advanced system like Pomeroy's) reared its head yet again. It's the only explanation why a team like Kansas State (23rd) would garner a No. 5 seed, and Clemson (57th), which finished without an RPI Top 50 win, would be a No. 12 seed, when it would probably be a Vegas pick 'em if the two teams met. The committee also undervalued late bloomers Kentucky and Louisville as No. 4 seeds, which shouldn't tick the Wildcats and Cardinals off as much as the No. 1 seeds (Ohio State and Kansas, respectively) that might now draw them in the Sweet 16.

Obligatory condolences to ... Virginia Tech

Not that we didn't see this coming, and not that the Hokies (21-11, 9-7 ACC) were overly deserving, but that's just cruel to Malcolm Delaney, Seth Greenberg and Co. Especially if you're going to put RPI-darling UAB in their place.

Best draw: Pittsburgh

If Jamie Dixon can't make the Final Four this year, he can't blame the committee. No. 2 seed Florida, No. 3 BYU (which hasn't been the same without suspended starter Brandon Davies) and No. 5 Kansas State are all at least a spot higher than should probably merit. The trickiest obstacle might be the second round: Butler or Old Dominion.

Worst draw: Duke

There should be no accusations of protecting the Blue Devils this time. Tennessee, should it beat Michigan, is a sneaky second-round foe. Texas, one of the best defensive teams in the country, or overlooked Pac-10 champ Arizona could await in the Sweet 16, and, if the seeds hold, Duke could be facing San Diego State -- that of the rabid student section -- in Anaheim.

Jet lag alert: USC

Congrats on your First Four selection, USC. You get to fly 2,200 miles to Dayton on Monday, play VCU on Wednesday night, then, if you win, go to Chicago and play again two days later. That's three time zones in five days.

Best Round of 64 matchup: St. John's-Gonzaga

Steve Lavin makes his return to the Dance with a veteran team that will be down one key player, injured forward D.J. Kennedy, when it meets Robert Sacre and the Zags, winners of their last nine.

Runner-up: Xavier-Marquette

Best potential Round of 32 matchup: North Carolina-Washington

It's not even close. Two run-and-gun teams (though UNC is more deliberate than in past years) with two dynamic point guards -- UW's Isaiah Thomas and Heels freshman Kendall Marshall.

Runner-up: Arizona-Texas

Best potential Sweet 16 matchup: Ohio State-Kentucky

Wow. John Calipari's young Wildcats are scary right now, and they're probably more talented across the board than the Buckeyes -- but the experience gap is substantial.

Runner-up: North Carolina-Syracuse

Best potential Elite 8 matchup: Duke-Connecticut

Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Calhoun staged epic Final Four matchups in 1999 and 2004, and we'd welcome a Nolan Smith vs. Kemba Walker edition.

Runner-up: Ohio State-North Carolina



The Picks

East: Kentucky

In nearly any other draw, Ohio State would be the pick. But Calipari's team is loaded, peaking at just the right time and actually seems more poised than last year's John Wall/DeMarcus Cousins edition.

West: Duke

Smith is the kind of player that wins championships, and he's getting nice support from Kyle Singler and Seth Curry. While the Blue Devils' road isn't easy, they're more tested than the Aztecs and more complete than anyone else.

Southwest: Kansas

The Jayhawks are the most under-the-radar 32-2 team in human history. No one in their region has the size to match up with the Morris brothers, though Purdue's JaJuan Johnson could certainly make it interesting.

Southeast: Florida

Sorry -- just don't have faith in Pitt. Billy Donovan knows a thing or two about Final Fours, and his team has been exceptional away from home.

Final Four

Kentucky's run ends in the semis, sending preseason favorite Duke to the title game after all. But this Kansas team looks an awful lot like Bill Self's 2008 title team -- deep, fast, explosive and confident. The Jayhawks get another One Shining Moment.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com




Ohio State Wins Big Ten Tournament - by Greg
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F) had 15 points and 11 rebounds and No. 1 Ohio State defeated Penn State 71-60 in the Big Ten tournament final on Sunday to strengthen its case for the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
Sullinger, the tournament's most outstanding player, averaged 16.3 points and 14 rebounds in the tournament to help the top-seeded Buckeyes (32-2) repeat as champions.
William Buford (6'5''-G) scored 18 points and Jon Diebler (6'6''-G) added 15 for the Buckeyes, who also won the league's regular-season title.
Talor Battle (6'0''-G-88) scored 24 points and Jeff Brooks (6'8''-F-89) added 19 for Penn State (19-14), which reached the final for the first time.
The Nittany Lions haven't reached the NCAA tournament since 2001. Penn State was trying to become the first team since Iowa in 2001 to win four consecutive games to claim the title.
Penn State's Tim Frazier (6'1''-G-90), who scored 22 points in the semifinal win over Michigan State, didn't score against Ohio State until 6:50 remained and finished with five points.
The Nittany Lions had allowed 45.3 points per game in their three tournament wins, but Ohio State surpassed that total with 13 minutes remaining. The Buckeyes shot 64 percent in the second half.
The Buckeyes won their seventh straight game and became the second team in conference history to play in the final for three straight years. They became the first repeat tournament champion since Michigan State in 1999 and 2000, and both of those teams reached the Final Four.
Battle drained two early 3-pointers, but Ohio State still led 10-8 before going on a 6-0 run that caused Penn State to call a timeout.
It took more than 9 minutes for a Penn State player other than Battle to score, but once his teammates began producing, the gap closed. Two free throws by Jermaine Marshall cut Ohio State's lead to 22-21.
Ohio State closed the half strong, and Diebler's 3-pointer over Battle at the buzzer gave the Buckeyes a 29-23 lead.
Ohio State continued its hot shooting early in the second half. Consecutive 3-pointers by William Buford and Aaron Craft (6'2''-G) gave the Buckeyes a 46-29 lead with 13 minutes remaining.
Battle drained a 3-pointer with 5 minutes remaining to cut Ohio State's lead to 57-47, but Sullinger responded with a three-point play that halted Penn State's rally.

Courtesy of Big10

All-Big Ten Summary 2010-2011

Big Ten Regular Season Standings
1
Ohio St. 16-2
2
Purdue 14-4
3
Wisconsin 13-5
4
Illinois 9-9
4
Michigan 9-9
4
Michigan St. 9-9
4
Penn St. 9-9
8
Northwestern 7-11
9
Minnesota 6-12
10
Iowa 4-14
11
Indiana 3-15

Big Ten Tournament Final: Ohio State - Penn State 71-60
Big Ten Tournament Semifinals:
Ohio State - Michigan 68-61
Penn State - Michigan State 61-48

All-Big Ten 1st Team 2010-2011
#s#
Jajuan Johnson
Johnson
Jared Sullinger
Sullinger
E
Moore
Jon Leuer
Leuer
Jordan Taylor
Taylor
#e#5

Player of the Year: Jajuan Johnson (6'10''-F/C-89) of Purdue
All-Tournament MVP: Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F) of Ohio St.
Defensive Player of the Year: Jajuan Johnson (6'10''-F/C-89) of Purdue
Freshman of the Year: Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F) of Ohio St.
Sixth Man of the Year: Aaron Craft (6'2''-G) of Ohio St.
Coach of the Year: Matt Painter of Purdue

1st Team
F: Jared Sullinger (6'9'') of Ohio St.
F/C: Jajuan Johnson (6'10''-89) of Purdue
G: E'Twaun Moore (6'4''-89) of Purdue
F: Jon Leuer (6'10''-89) of Wisconsin
G: Jordan Taylor (6'1'') of Wisconsin

2nd Team
G: Kalin Lucas (6'1''-89) of Michigan St.
F: Trevor Mbakwe (6'8''-89) of Minnesota
G: William Buford (6'5'') of Ohio St.
G/F: David Lighty (6'5''-88) of Ohio St.
G: Talor Battle (6'0''-88) of Penn St.

3rd Team
G: Demetri McCamey (6'3''-89) of Illinois
G: Darius Morris (6'4''-91) of Michigan
F: Draymond Green (6'6''-90) of Michigan St.
F: John Shurna (6'8''-90) of Northwestern
G: Michael Thompson (5'10''-89) of Northwestern
G: Jon Diebler (6'6'') of Ohio St.

Honorable Mention
Mike Davis (6'9''-F-88) of Illinois
Melsahn Basabe (6'9''-F) of Iowa
Tim Hardaway (6'5''-G) of Michigan
Jeff Brooks (6'8''-F-89) of Penn St.
Lewis Jackson (5'9''-G-89) of Purdue
Keaton Nankivil (6'8''-F) of Wisconsin

All-Defensive Team
Delvon Roe (6'8''-F-89) of Michigan St.
Aaron Craft (6'2''-G) of Ohio St.
David Lighty (6'5''-G/F-88) of Ohio St.
Jajuan Johnson (6'10''-F/C-89) of Purdue
Jordan Taylor (6'1''-G) of Wisconsin

All-Tournament Team
Kalin Lucas (6'1''-G-89) of Michigan St.
William Buford (6'5''-G) of Ohio St.
Jon Diebler (6'6''-G) of Ohio St.
Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F) of Ohio St.
Michael Thompson (5'10''-G-89) of Northwestern
Talor Battle (6'0''-G-88) of Penn St.

All-Freshman Team
Jereme Richmond (6'8''-F) of Illinois
Melsahn Basabe (6'9''-F) of Iowa
Tim Hardaway (6'5''-G) of Michigan
Aaron Craft (6'2''-G) of Ohio St.
Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F) of Ohio St.


Duke Wins Third Straight ACC Championship With 75-58 Win Over North Carolina in #ACCTRNY - by Greg
Nolan Smith (6'2''-G-88) had 20 points and the Blue Devils ended No. 6 North Carolina's run of big comebacks at the ACC Tournament with their 75-58 win over the Tar Heels in Sunday's ACC Championship game.
Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) added 11 points for the Blue Devils (30-4), who led the entire way for a record 19th tournament title. In the first meeting between the fierce rivals in the finals in a decade, second-seeded Duke led by 18 points in the first half and never let the top-seeded Tar Heels (26-7) build any momentum for a third straight tournament escape.
North Carolina had rallied from 19 down in the final 10 minutes to beat Miami on a last-play layup in the quarterfinals, then rallied from 14 down to force overtime and beat Clemson in the semifinals. This time, however, the Tar Heels got no closer than nine after halftime as the veteran Blue Devils maintained firm control from the tip.
The Blue Devils won their third straight tournament and their 10th in 13 years, putting them two ahead of the Tar Heels in the all-time standings.
Smith was named tournament MVP after overcoming a jammed toe in the quarterfinals against Maryland and finishing with 10 assists, while Singler had a better showing after struggling mightily against the Tar Heels in the two regular-season meetings. But on Sunday, the supporting cast backed up Duke's senior stars in a way it had failed to do in last week's loss to the Tar Heels that gave North Carolina the ACC regular-season title outright.
Seth Curry (6'1''-G-90) had 11 points, including a crucial 3-pointer after the Tar Heels had pulled to within nine. Ryan Kelly (6'10''-F-91) added another 3 a few minutes later that helped silence North Carolina's last-gasp push to get back in it and finished with nine points.
Duke shot 62 percent in the first half and 50 percent for the game. The Blue Devils shut down North Carolina's offense and held the Tar Heels to 34 percent shooting in a dominant performance that could put the reigning national champions in line for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F) struggled to get things going a day after scoring a tournament freshman record 40 points against Clemson, finishing with 16 points to lead the Tar Heels.
Tyler Zeller (7'0''-F-90) had 14 points while John Henson (6'10''-F) added 10 points and 18 rebounds, but North Carolina never looked anything like the team that had won 19 of 21 games.
Then again, the Tar Heels never looked like themselves in Greensboro at all.
Henson acknowledged after the Clemson win that the Tar Heels couldn't keep this up much longer considering how those slow starts could cost them not only an ACC title, but could also mean an early exit from the NCAAs. Yet North Carolina started with the same indifferent performance from the previous two games, while Duke looked more active, more aggressive and just more determined from the opening tip.
The Blue Devils scored on their first four possessions for an 8-0 lead while North Carolina bumbled its way through the opening 2 minutes. That lead would grow to 18 points when Andre Dawkins (6'4''-G-91) took a kickout feed from Smith and buried a 3-pointer to make it 40-22 with 1:42 left before halftime.
The Tar Heels didn't make much of a push until the final 7 minutes when Barnes hit a 3-pointer then followed with a jumper that bounced high off the back of the rim before dropping through the net. That brought the Tar Heels to within 63-54 with 5:54 left and had a largely light-blue tinged Greensboro Coliseum crowd into a roar that another improbable rally could be in the works.
But Smith evaded a trap out near halfcourt then found Curry on the left side for a crushing 3-pointer that pushed the margin back to 66-54. Then, after Barnes missed a good look on a transition 3, Smith found Ryan Kelly in the far right corner for another 3 that made it 69-56 with 4:44 left.
Smith added two more free throws then Mason Plumlee threw down a victory-punctuating dunk for a 73-56 lead.
Finally, with the game in hand, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski could substitute Smith and Singler out of the game with 52.4 seconds left to a standing ovation from Duke fans. The Hall of Famer greeted both with a hug - Smith practically jumped in his arms - while North Carolina coach Roy Williams joined the applause for Duke's four-year stars as they left the ACC Tournament with three titles.

Courtesy of ACC


All-ACC Summary 2010-2011

ACC Regular Season Standings
1 N.Carolina 14-2 24-6
2 Duke 13-3 27-4
3 Florida St. 11-5 21-9
4 Clemson 9-7 20-10
4 Boston Coll. 9-7 19-11
4 Virginia Tech 9-7 19-10
7 Maryland 7-9 18-13
7 Virginia 7-9 16-14
9 Miami, FL 6-10 18-13
10 N.Carolina St. 5-11 15-15
10 Georgia Tech 5-11 13-17
12 Wake Forest 1-15 8-23

ACC Tournament Final: Duke - North Carolina 75-58
ACC Tournament Semifinals:
Duke - Virginia Tech 77-63
North Carolina - Clemson 92-87 (OT)

All-ACC 1st Team 2010-2011t>
#s#
Nolan Smith
Smith
Jordan Williams
Williams
Malcolm Delaney
Delaney
Kyle Singler
Singler
Reggie Jackson
Jackson
#e#5

Player of the Year: Nolan Smith (6'2''-G-88) of Duke
All-Tournament MVP: Nolan Smith (6'2''-G-88) of Duke
Defensive Player of the Year: John Henson (6'10''-F) of N.Carolina
Rookie of the Year: Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F) of N.Carolina
Freshman of the Year: Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F) of N.Carolina
Coach of the Year: Roy Williams of N.Carolina

1st Team
G: Nolan Smith (6'2''-88) of Duke
F: Jordan Williams (6'10'') of Maryland
G: Malcolm Delaney (6'3''-89) of Virginia Tech
F: Kyle Singler (6'8''-88) of Duke
G: Reggie Jackson (6'3''-84) of Boston Coll.

2nd Team
F: Tyler Zeller (7'0''-90) of N.Carolina
F: John Henson (6'10'') of N.Carolina
F: Harrison Barnes (6'8'') of N.Carolina
G: Iman Shumpert (6'5''-90) of Georgia Tech
F: Jeff Allen (6'7''-87) of Virginia Tech

3rd Team
F: Chris Singleton (6'9''-89) of Florida St.
G: Demontez Stitt (6'2''-89) of Clemson
F: Joe Trapani (6'8''-88) of Boston Coll.
G: Malcolm Grant (6'1''-88) of Miami, FL
G: Kendall Marshall (6'3'') of N.Carolina

Honorable Mention
Reggie Johnson (6'10''-C) of Miami, FL
Tracy Smith (6'8''-F) of N.Carolina St.
Jerai Grant (6'8''-F/C-89) of Clemson
Mustapha Farrakhan (6'4''-G-88) of Virginia
Mason Plumlee (6'10''-F-90) of Duke

All-Defensive Team
John Henson (6'10''-F) of N.Carolina
Chris Singleton (6'9''-F-89) of Florida St.
Iman Shumpert (6'5''-G-90) of Georgia Tech
Nolan Smith (6'2''-G-88) of Duke
Jerai Grant (6'8''-F/C-89) of Clemson

All-Tournament Team
Nolan Smith (6'2''-G-88) of Duke
Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) of Duke
Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F) of N.Carolina
Tyler Zeller (7'0''-F-90) of N.Carolina
Demontez Stitt (6'2''-G-89) of Clemson

All-Freshman Team
Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F) of N.Carolina
Travis McKie (6'7''-F) of Wake Forest
Kendall Marshall (6'3''-G) of N.Carolina
Terrell Stoglin (6'1''-G) of Maryland
C.J. Leslie (6'8''-F) of N.Carolina St.

All-Academic Team
John Cahill (6'1''-G) of Boston Coll.
Luke Loucks (6'5''-G-90) of Florida St.
Ryan Kelly (6'10''-F-91) of Duke
Mason Plumlee (6'10''-F-90) of Duke
Tyrone Garland (6'1''-G) of Virginia Tech
Will Regan (6'9''-F) of Virginia
Will Sherrill (6'9''-F) of Virginia
Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) of Duke
Tanner Smith (6'5''-G-90) of Clemson
Erik Swoope (6'4''-F) of Miami, FL
Adrian Thomas (6'7''-F) of Miami, FL
Mfon Udofia (6'2''-G-90) of Georgia Tech
Tyler Zeller (7'0''-F-90) of N.Carolina


Richmond Wins 2011 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship - by Greg
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Kevin Anderson (6'0''-G-88) capped a tournament MVP performance with 23 points and Richmond finished the job this season, winning its first Atlantic 10 title with a 67-54 victory over Dayton on Sunday.
Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89) added 18 points as the third-seeded Spiders (27-7) won their seventh straight game and earned consecutive NCAA tournament berths for the first time in school history.
It also gave them a feeling much different than a year ago when they lost the title game to Temple in a heartbreaker, giving the Owls their third straight championship in this casino resort.
The Spiders brought down the boardwalk empire on Saturday with a 58-54 win over Temple. They all but ended ninth-seeded Dayton's hopes for an NCAA bid. Despite upsetting top-seeded Xavier in the quarterfinals, the defending NIT champion Flyers (22-13) probably needed to win the tournament to get in the NCAA field.

Courtesy of Atl10

All-Atlantic 10 Summary 2010-2011

Atlantic 10 Regular Season Standings
1 Xavier 15 1
2 Temple 14 2
3 Richmond 13 3
4 Duquesne 10 6
4 George Washington 10 6
6 Rhode Island 9 7
7 St.Bonaventure 8 8
8 Dayton 7 9
8 Massachusetts 7 9
10 La Salle 6 10
10 St.Louis 6 10
12 St.Joseph's 4 12
13 Charlotte 2 14
14 Fordham 1 15

Atlantic 10 Tournament Final: Richmond - Dayton 67-54
Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals:
Richmond - Temple 55-45
Dayton - Saint Joseph's 64-61

All-Atlantic 10 1st Team 2010-2011
#s#
Terrell Holloway
Holloway
Lavoy Allen
Allen
Kevin Anderson
Anderson
Justin Harper
Harper
Andrew Nicholson
Nicholson
#e#5

Player of the Year: Terrell Holloway (6'0''-G-89) of Xavier
All-Tournament MVP: Kevin Anderson (6'0''-G-88) of Richmond
Defensive Player of the Year: Damian Saunders (6'7''-F-88) of Duquesne
Rookie of the Year: T.J. McConnell (6'0''-G) of Duquesne
Most Improved Player of the Year: Scootie Randall (6'6''-F) of Temple
Sixth Man of the Year: Khalif Wyatt (6'4''-G) of Temple
Student-Athlete of the Year: Steve Weingarten (6'8''-F-88) of La Salle
Coach of the Year: Chris Mack of Xavier

1st Team
F: Lavoy Allen (6'9'') of Temple
G: Kevin Anderson (6'0''-88) of Richmond
F: Justin Harper (6'10''-89) of Richmond
G: Terrell Holloway (6'0''-89) of Xavier
F: Andrew Nicholson (6'9''-89) of St.Bonaventure

2nd Team
G/F: Bill Clark (6'5''-88) of Duquesne
F: Delroy James (6'8''-87) of Rhode Island
G: Ramone Moore (6'4'') of Temple
F: Damian Saunders (6'7''-88) of Duquesne
G: Tony Taylor (6'1''-90) of George Washington

3rd Team
G: Juan Fernandez (6'4''-90) of Temple
G: Anthony Gurley (6'3''-88) of Massachusetts
G: Mark Lyons (6'1''-89) of Xavier
F: Jamel McLean (6'8''-88) of Xavier
F: Chris Wright (6'8''-88) of Dayton

Honorable Mention
Kenny Frease (7'0''-C-89) of Xavier
Chris Gaston (6'7''-F) of Fordham
Chris Johnson (6'6''-F-90) of Dayton
Scootie Randall (6'6''-F) of Temple

All-Defensive Team
Lavoy Allen (6'9''-F) of Temple
Terrell Holloway (6'0''-G-89) of Xavier
Marquis Jones (6'1''-G-87) of Rhode Island
Damian Saunders (6'7''-F-88) of Duquesne
Kevin Smith (6'5''-F-89) of Richmond

All-Tournament Team
Kevin Anderson (6'0''-G-88) of Richmond
Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89) of Richmond
Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88) of Dayton
Chris Johnson (6'6''-F-90) of Dayton
Lavoy Allen (6'9''-F) of Temple

All-Rookie Team
Tyreek Duren (6'0''-G) of La Salle
Dwayne Evans (6'5''-F) of St.Louis
Langston Galloway (6'3''-G-91) of St.Joseph's
T.J. McConnell (6'0''-G) of Duquesne
Juwan Staten (6'0''-G) of Dayton

All-Academic Team
Brian Conklin (6'6''-F) of St.Louis
Paul Eckerle (6'1''-G) of St.Louis
Juan Fernandez (6'4''-G-90) of Temple
Will Martell (7'0''-C-87) of Rhode Island
Steve Weingarten (6'8''-F-88) of La Salle


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  NIGERIA   


Standings - DStv Premier L.
DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conf.
1. Comets 6-2
2. Royal Hoopers 6-1
3. Union Bank 6-0
4. D.Warriors 4-4
5. Islanders 3-3
6. Police Baton 2-5
7. Delta Force 1-6
8. Chariots 0-7
Savannah Conf.
1. Kano Pillars 6-0
2. Yelwa Hawks 5-2
3. Bauch iNets 5-2
4. Kada Stars 5-2
5. Immigration 2-5
6. Niger Potters 2-5
7. Plateau Peaks 2-4
8. Rockets 0-7


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  NORWAY   


Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Miners 17-0 
 2. Persbraaten 12-5 
 3. Hop 11-5 
 4. Centrum 11-6 
 5. OSI 9-7 
 6. Sandefjord 6-9 
 7. Varden 6-10 
 8. Langhus 4-13 
 9. NTNUI 3-13 
 10. Trondheim 3-14 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27
 1. Russell, Kristiansand27.0 
 2. Timus, Tromso25.1 
 3. Karlsen, Asker22.3 
 4. Bullock, Gimle22.1 
 5. Diomande, Ammerud21.4 
 6. Kombat, Froya21.2 
 7. January, Tromso20.3 
 8. Eskeland, Ulriken19.2 
 9. Oatis, Baerum18.3 
 10. Fivelstad, Ulriken18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Bullock, Gimle13.1 
 2. Oatis, Baerum12.5 
 3. Mullenax, Ulriken11.6 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.2 
 5. Christensen, Tro.9.9 
 6. Fivelstad, Ulriken9.7 
 7. Kombat, Froya8.7 
 8. January, Tromso8.4 
 9. Djerman, Gimle7.9 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Gabrans, Froya5.3 
 2. Mahnin, Asker4.6 
 3. Bullock, Gimle4.3 
 4. Issalhi, Tromso4.3 
 5. Eskeland, Ulriken4.3 
 6. Russell, Kristiansand4.2 
 7. Elgmork, Baerum3.9 
 8. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.5 
 9. Mihaylov, Tromso3.4 
 10. Timus, Tromso3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.7 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.6 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken2.1 
 4. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.1 
 5. Russell, Kristiansand2.0 
 6. January, Tromso1.7 
 7. Timus, Tromso1.7 
 8. Gabrans, Froya1.7 
 9. Mahnin, Asker1.6 
 10. Hinsch, Asker1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.5 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.7 
 3. January, Tromso1.5 
 4. Christensen, Tro.1.2 
 5. Bullock, Gimle1.1 
 6. Karlsen, Asker1.0 
 7. Hamilton, Baerum1.0 
 8. Mullenax, Ulriken1.0 
 9. Nevjen, Baerum0.8 
 10. Nyborg, Asker0.8 


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  PALESTINE   


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


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  PBL   


Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Lawton Ft.SC 14-2 
 2. Quebec K. 10-6 
 3. Halifax R. 9-6 
 4. Rochester R. 9-7 
 5. Saint John M.R. 7-7 
 6. Kentucky S. 5-13 
 7. Dayton A. 3-13 
 8. Vermont FH 2-5 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike WILLIAMS
  Rochester R.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Williams, Vermo.20.9 
 2. Brown, Quebec K.20.7 
 3. Jones, Kentucky S.20.1 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.19.3 
 5. Egerson, Saint J.19.0 
 6. Dollard, Halifax R.17.8 
 7. Miles, Dayton A.17.5 
 8. Parran, Quebec K.17.1 
 9. Allen, Vermont FH16.7 
 10. Monroe, Rocheste.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Crookshank, Halif.10.5 
 2. Williams, Vermo.10.3 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC9.1 
 4. Jones, Kentucky S.8.3 
 5. Dollard, Halifax R.8.3 
 6. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 7. Walton, Rocheste.8.0 
 8. Williams, Rocheste.7.9 
 9. DeMasi, Saint J.7.8 
 10. Jones, Halifax R.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Rice, Vermont FH7.6 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.7.2 
 3. Rice, Saint J.6.1 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.5.2 
 5. Brown, Halifax R.4.9 
 6. Egerson, Saint J.4.2 
 7. Bowden, Lawton F.4.1 
 8. Crouch, Rocheste.3.8 
 9. Hill, Dayton A.3.7 
 10. Acker, Quebec K.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rice, Vermont FH3.0 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.2.7 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.3 
 4. Brown, Quebec K.2.0 
 5. Austin, Vermont FH2.0 
 6. Anderson, Saint J.1.9 
 7. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 8. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 9. Monroe, Rocheste.1.6 
 10. Bowden, Lawton F.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Elvin MIMS
  Lawton Ft.SC
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.8 
 2. Carter, Rocheste.1.7 
 3. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 4. George, Dayton A.1.1 
 5. Ocitti, Saint J.1.1 
 6. Daniels, Lawton F.1.0 
 7. DeMasi, Saint J.0.9 
 8. Crookshank, Halif.0.9 
 9. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 10. Pierre, Quebec K.0.8 


Round 16: Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry beats Halifax Rainmen in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in PBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Lawton. First ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry faced their biggest opponent Halifax Rainmen. Host Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (14-2) smashed guests from Halifax (9-6) 110-84. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry made 10 blocks. Swingman Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Guard DeAnthony Bowden (186-80, college: Creighton) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kavon Jones (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first position with 14-2 record. Halifax Rainmen at the other side dropped to the third place with six games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry is looking forward to face Rochester RazorSharks (#4) at home in the next round. Halifax Rainmen will play against Vermont Frost Heaves in South Burlington and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Quebec City. Third ranked Quebec Kebs faced 4th ranked Saint John Mill Rats. Host Quebec Kebs (10-6) smashed guests from Manchester (7-7) 110-90. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds. Royce Parran contributed with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Quebec Kebs' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Anthony Anderson (180-81, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) replied with 25 points and 5 rebounds for Saint John Mill Rats. Quebec Kebs moved-up to second place. Saint John Mill Rats at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Quebec Kebs will play against bottom-ranked Vermont Frost Heaves (#8) in South Burlington in the next round where they are favorite. Saint John Mill Rats will play on the road against Halifax Rainmen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry delivered the fourteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-13) 130-111. Worth to mention a quality performance of Elvin Mims who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the losing side C. English responded with 23 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first position with 14-2 record. Dayton Air Strikers lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 13 games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will meet at home Rochester RazorSharks (#4) in the next round. Dayton Air Strikers will play against Rochester RazorSharks and hope to secure a win.
The game in Lexington was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Rochester RazorSharks (9-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Kentucky Stallions (5-13). Rochester RazorSharks defeated Kentucky Stallions 109-95. The winners were led by Eric Walton who scored that evening 18 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Rochester RazorSharks have an impressive five-game winning streak. Rochester RazorSharks maintains fourth position with 9-7 record. Kentucky Stallions lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Rochester RazorSharks' next round opponent will be Dayton Air Strikers (#7) in Kettering.

In the last two games of round 16 Kentucky S. were defeated by Quebec K. in Quebec City 116-103. Rochester R. beat Kentucky S. at home 118-113.
The best stats of 16th round was 26 points and 14 rebounds by Kenny Jones of Kentucky S..



Quebec K. - Kentucky S. 116-103

There was no surprise in Quebec City where 6th ranked Kentucky Stallions (5-13) were defeated by third ranked Quebec Kebs (10-6) 116-103. The game was mostly controlled by Quebec Kebs. Kentucky Stallions was better in third quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quebec Kebs forced 20 Kentucky Stallions turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. 30 personal fouls committed by Kentucky Stallions helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who scored that evening 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and the other American import guard Royce Parran (175-85, college: Chicago St.) supported him with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals. Even a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds by forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) did not help to save the game for Kentucky Stallions. Forward Bo Harris (201, college: Mountain St.) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Quebec Kebs moved-up to second place. Kentucky Stallions lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. Quebec Kebs' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Vermont Frost Heaves (#8) in South Burlington where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Kentucky S.: B.Harris 18+8reb+1ast, K.Jones 18+12reb+1ast, R.Delk 15+1reb+1ast, G.Baker 15+3reb+2ast, D.Guions 11+6reb+1ast, A.White 8+2reb+1ast
Quebec K.: Q.Brown 34+7reb+1ast, M.Acker 19+4reb+3ast, R.Parran 14+7reb+11ast, C.Jeanty 13+4reb+1ast, A.Spears 11+3reb+1ast, T.Mitchell 10+2reb+5ast
gschID: 116076


Rochester R. - Kentucky S. 118-113

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Rochester RazorSharks (9-7) defeated at home 6th ranked Kentucky Stallions (5-13) 118-113. The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 36-25 Kentucky Stallions' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 118-113 at the end of the game. 32 personal fouls committed by Kentucky Stallions helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by forward Fred Durr (201-85, college: Oklah. Panhandle St., agency: Team Quest Inc.) who scored that evening 26 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and center Jared Carter (216-87, college: Kentucky) supported him with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks. Carter is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) did not help to save the game for Kentucky Stallions. Forward Bo Harris (201, college: Mountain St.) added 22 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kentucky Stallions' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rochester RazorSharks have an impressive five-game winning streak. Rochester RazorSharks maintains fourth position with 9-7 record. Kentucky Stallions lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Rochester RazorSharks' next round opponent will be Dayton Air Strikers (#7) in Kettering.
Top scorers:
Kentucky S.: K.Jones 26+14reb+2ast, B.Harris 22+8reb, R.Delk 16+3reb, A.White 15+3reb+1ast, J.Taylor 13+4reb+3ast, J.McLeish 8+2reb+3ast
Rochester R.: F.Durr 26+7reb+1ast, J.Crouch 18+3reb+2ast, J.Carter 18+8reb+2ast, K.Friel 18+2reb+1ast, S.Monroe 12+5reb+3ast, E.Walton 10+5reb+1ast
gschID: 116077


Lawton Ft.SC - Halifax R. 110-84

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Lawton. First ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry faced their biggest opponent Halifax Rainmen. Host Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (14-2) smashed guests from Halifax (9-6) 110-84. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry made 10 blocks. Swingman Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Guard DeAnthony Bowden (186-80, college: Creighton) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kavon Jones (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Julian Allen (193-87, college: Georgia Southern) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Five Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry and four Halifax Rainmen players scored in double figures. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first position with 14-2 record. Halifax Rainmen at the other side dropped to the third place with six games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry is looking forward to face Rochester RazorSharks (#4) at home in the next round. Halifax Rainmen will play against Vermont Frost Heaves in South Burlington and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Halifax R.: J.Allen 19+4reb, K.Jones 18+8reb+2ast, J.White 13+4reb+1ast, M.Brown 10+10reb, T.Lathan 9+9reb+1ast, K.Cuffee 7+3reb
Lawton Ft.SC: E.Mims 18+10reb, D.Bowden 15+2reb+6ast, E.Smith 14+3ast, R.Dyer 11+7reb+1ast, B.Dean 10+2reb+5ast, J.Davis 10+7reb+1ast
gschID: 116078


Quebec K. - Saint John M.R. 110-90

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Quebec City. Third ranked Quebec Kebs faced 4th ranked Saint John Mill Rats. Host Quebec Kebs (10-6) smashed guests from Manchester (7-7) 110-90. The game without a history. Quebec Kebs led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Saint John Mill Rats' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import guard Royce Parran (175-85, college: Chicago St.) contributed with a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Four Quebec Kebs players scored in double figures. Quebec Kebs' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Anthony Anderson (180-81, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) replied with 25 points and 5 rebounds and guard Dwuan Rice (180, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Saint John Mill Rats. Quebec Kebs moved-up to second place. Saint John Mill Rats at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Quebec Kebs will play against bottom-ranked Vermont Frost Heaves (#8) in South Burlington in the next round where they are favorite. Saint John Mill Rats will play on the road against Halifax Rainmen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saint John M.R.: A.Anderson 25+5reb+3ast, M.Egerson 23+3reb, D.Rice 15+8reb+8ast, J.Ferguson 8+6reb, P.Young 6+3reb, R.DeMasi 4+3reb
Quebec K.: Q.Brown 25+8reb+1ast, T.Mitchell 23+2ast, A.Spears 12+7reb+1ast, B.Callier 11+5reb+1ast, R.Parran 10+10reb+12ast, S.Audet-Sow 9+7reb+1ast
gschID: 116079


Kentucky S. - Rochester R. 95-109

The game in Lexington was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Rochester RazorSharks (9-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Kentucky Stallions (5-13). Rochester RazorSharks defeated Kentucky Stallions 109-95. The game was mostly controlled by Rochester RazorSharks. Kentucky Stallions was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rochester RazorSharks made 30-of-36 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Rochester RazorSharks forced 20 Kentucky Stallions turnovers. 33 personal fouls committed by Kentucky Stallions helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by power forward Eric Walton (204-79, college: San Jose St.) who scored that evening 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Keith Friel (192-77, college: Virginia) supported him with 21 points. Even 31 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) by forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) did not help to save the game for Kentucky Stallions. Forward Bo Harris (201, college: Mountain St.) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Rochester RazorSharks have an impressive five-game winning streak. Rochester RazorSharks maintains fourth position with 9-7 record. Kentucky Stallions lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Rochester RazorSharks' next round opponent will be Dayton Air Strikers (#7) in Kettering.
Top scorers:
Kentucky S.: K.Jones 31+9reb+1ast, B.Harris 14+6reb+2ast, R.Delk 14+1reb+2ast, J.McLeish 13+2reb+5ast, A.White 7+2ast, J.Taylor 6+4reb+1ast
Rochester R.: K.Friel 21+3reb, E.Walton 18+6reb+3ast, S.Monroe 16+2reb+2ast, T.McCoy 10+1reb, M.Council 10+4reb+3ast, J.Crouch 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 116080


Lawton Ft.SC - Dayton A. 130-111

Leader Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry delivered the fourteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Dayton Air Strikers (3-13) 130-111. The game was mostly controlled by Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Dayton Air Strikers managed to win third quarter 38-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry dominated down low during the game scoring 104 of its points in the paint compared to Dayton Air Strikers' 68. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry forced 22 Dayton Air Strikers turnovers and outrebounded them 52-33 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of swingman Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Ramon Dyer (201-84, college: Houston) who added 14 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) responded with 23 points and swingman Kenny Langhorne (196-81, college: S.Arkansas, agency: ProSportsCareers) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first position with 14-2 record. Dayton Air Strikers lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 13 games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will meet at home Rochester RazorSharks (#4) in the next round. Dayton Air Strikers will play against Rochester RazorSharks and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dayton A.: C.English 23+4reb+3ast, K.Langhorne 20+6reb+1ast, Q.Milum 17+7reb, P.Mickey Perry 17+3reb+1ast, T.Taylor 15+7reb+3ast, E.Spencer 14+1ast
Lawton Ft.SC: D.Bowden 16+1reb+6ast, G.Freeman 15+5reb+1ast, E.Smith 15+2reb+3ast, S.Fountain 15+2reb+2ast, R.Dyer 14+13reb, E.Mims 14+10reb+3ast
gschID: 116081




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  POLAND   


Lukasz Zytko gets MVP of the Week award for Polish 1Liga - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Lukasz Zytko (181-G-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best ISS Sportino Inowroclaw and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 29-year old guard got a double-double of 17 points and ten assists, while his team beat Astoria (#15, 6-21) 78-72. ISS Sportino is placed at 2nd position in Polish 1Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ISS Sportino will need more victories to improve their 19-7 record. It's Zytko's second year at ISS Sportino and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Zytko has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (6th best: 4.8apg) and averages solid 2.7spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old guard Marcin Malczyk (193-G-82) of Asecco Prokom 2 Gdynia. Malczyk impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Asec.Prokom-2 to edge the lower-ranked Polonia 2011 (#16, 5-22) by 5 points 88-83. Asec.Prokom-2's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Malczyk is a newcomer at Asec.Prokom-2 and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Adam Parzych (190-G/F-86, agency: Promotex) of Spojnia (#9). Parzych scored 29 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Parzych's great performance Spojnia lost 68-74 to the higher-ranked Sokol Lancut (#4, 19-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Spojnia ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Parzych could help Spojnia to bring them higher in the standings. Parzych has a very solid season. In 23 games in Poland he scored 10.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jacek Sulowski (192-G-79) of ISS Sportino - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Dawid Brek (185-G-89) of SKK Siedlce - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Tomasz Andrzejewski (204-F/C-79) of Asec.Prokom-2 - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Patryk Pelka (202-F-89) of Tempcold AZS - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Sebastian Kowalczyk (188-G-93) of Polonia 2011 - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Marcin Kowalski (182-G-82) of Gornik - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Dominik Czubek (178-G-75) of Znicz Basket - 30 points and 3 rebounds

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


Hodge number one in Poland for round 20 - by Eurobasket News
Ivorian-Puerto Rican guard Walter Hodge (183-G-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Zastal, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 24-year old player got a double-double of 33 points and 12 assists, while his team outclassed AZS Koszalin (#10, 8-10) with 27-point margin 113-86. Zastal is placed at 8th position in Polish PLK. Zastal 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 9-11 record. In the team's last game Hodge had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Zastal's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Florida star has very solid stats this year. Hodge is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.4ppg), assists (4th best: 5.2apg) and averages impressive 2.5spg and 56.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Michael Deloach (183-G-86) of Siarka. Deloach had a very good evening with 25 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Siarka lost that game 70-83 to the higher-ranked PGE Turow (#1, 14-5). Siarka are still at the very bottom. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Siarka managed to get this year. Deloach is a newcomer at Siarka and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-F-81) of Polonia Azbud Warszawa (#9). NaNa scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite NaNa's great performance Polonia Azbud lost 65-87 to PBG Basket (9-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Polonia Azbud ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, NaNa could help Polonia Azbud to bring them higher in the standings. NaNa has a great season in Poland. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.1rpg (4th best). Harding NaNa has also Polish passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darrell Harris (208-C-84) of SKK Kotwica - 14 points and 15 rebounds
5. Marko Brkic (206-F/C-82) of PGE Turow - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cameron Bennerman (193-G-84) of Energa Czarni - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ted Scott (188-G-85) of SKK Kotwica - 24 points and 6 rebounds
8. Deonta Vaughn (185-G-86) of Polpharma - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Paul Miller (208-C/F-82) of Anwil - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Chris Burgess (209-C-79) of Zastal - 7 points and 10 rebounds

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


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. MMKS SIDEn 22-2 
 2. AZS Kutno 20-4 
 3. SMS PZKosz 17-7 
 4. Norgips 16-7 
 5. Zuraw 14-10 
 6. Tur 14-10 
 7. KK Swiecie 11-13 
 8. Korsarz 10-13 
 9. AZS Olsztyn 9-15 
 10. Zyrardowianka 9-15 
 11. OSSM PZKosz 8-15 
 12. Trefl II 7-17 
 13. Basket Pila 6-17 
 14. MON-POL 3-21 
Group B
 1. Open Florentyna 24-3 
 2. Nysa Klodzko 20-7 
 3. Stal Ostrow 20-7 
 4. Sudety 19-8 
 5. MKS Osemka 18-9 
 6. Obiekty 16-11 
 7. GTK Gliwice 15-12 
 8. Alba 13-14 
 9. Ksiezak 12-15 
 10. Slask Wroclaw 10-17 
 11. AZS PP Poznan 10-17 
 12. AZS PO Opole 10-17 
 13. Pogon Prudnik 8-19 
 14. A-Bild Bytom 8-19 
 15. Pogon RS 7-20 
 16. AZS Pol.Cz-wa 6-21 
Group C
 1. MOSiR Krosno 26-1 
 2. Znicz Jaroslaw 21-6 
 3. Polonia 18-9 
 4. Unia Tarnow 17-10 
 5. AZS AWF K-ce 16-11 
 6. MKS Limanowa 14-13 
 7. Staco 14-13 
 8. Wisla Krakow 14-13 
 9. Novum Lublin 12-15 
 10. HK Zory 12-15 
 11. AZS PR Radom 11-16 
 12. UMKS 10-17 
 13. AZS Rzeszow 10-17 
 14. MCKiS 10-17 
 15. Mickiewicz 9-18 
 16. Cracovia 2-25 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.9 
 2. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.8 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.16.7 
 4. Hinson, Polonia Azbud16.6 
 5. Hodge, Zastal16.4 
 6. Miller, PBG Basket15.1 
 7. Bennerman, Energa C.15.0 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot14.4 
 9. Burgess, Zastal14.3 
 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. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.0 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.0 
 7. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.5 
 8. Miller, Anwil6.5 
 9. Archibeque, Polph.6.4 
 10. Palmer, Polonia Azbud6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MILICIC
  AZS Koszalin
  (194-G-76)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Milicic, AZS K.6.8 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.6.7 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.6 
 4. Hodge, Zastal5.2 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.5.0 
 6. Hawkins, PBG B.4.3 
 7. Vaughn, Polpharma3.6 
 8. Ewing, Asseco P.3.3 
 9. Nowakowski, Poloni.3.2 
 10. Thompson, Anwil3.1 
Steals Per Game
 James MAYE
  Zastal
  (201-G/F-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Maye, Zastal2.9 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.7 
 3. Blassingame, Energa C.2.6 
 4. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 5. Ewing, Asseco P.2.4 
 6. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 7. Skibniewski, Polph.2.3 
 8. Milicic, AZS K.2.2 
 9. Hawkins, PBG B.1.9 
 10. Varda, Asseco P.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harris, SKK K.1.9 
 2. Burgess, Zastal1.5 
 3. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.5 
 4. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 5. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 6. Davis, Energa C.1.0 
 7. Miller, Anwil0.9 
 8. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.9 
 9. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 
 10. Reese, AZS Koszalin0.8 


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Rayyan too good for Gharrafah - by Eurobasket News
Rayyan maintained their comfortable run in QBF league. The defending champions cruised past Gharrafah 104:56 to improve at 11-1 record on top of the ladder. Rayyan went on a 25:6 run late in the first half to build a 64:36 advantage. Gharrafah never recovered in the second half as Rayyan rolled to the victory. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) provided 21 points and 6 assists to lead the effort. Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) added 19 points, 10 boards and 4 assists, while Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, college: Iowa) added 16 points and 8 assists in his debut for Rayyan. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, college: St.John's) responded with 24 points for Gharrafah.
Ahli held off Jaysh 83:73 for the seventh win. Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, college: Minnesota) produced 23 points, 9 assists and 4 boards for the winners. Mohammed Beka tallied 26 points in the victory. Sheikh Ibrahima and Alioni Se netted 16 points each for Jaysh.
Sadd climbed at 10-2 record in the standings after a 94:60 win over Qatar Club. Daoud Musa (193-G-82) came up with 22 points for Sadd. Khalid Suliman Abdi (198-F/G-87) netted 21 points, while Clint Deas (203-F-83, college: Appalachian St.) accounted for 16 points for Sadd. Gaston Moliva (201-F-85, college: Richmond) and Mike Cook (193-G/F-84, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 20 points apiece for Qatar Club.
Arabi relied on a 43-point game from Michael Cuffee (193-F-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) to tame Wakrah 97:60. Elhagi Doudou notched 23 points in the win. Souleymane Ndour (205-C-87) answered with 21 points for winless Wakrah.



Chauncey Leslie joins Rayyan - by Eurobasket News
Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, college: Iowa) moved to Qatar. The 29-year-old guard signed a deal with QBF defending champions Rayyan. Chauncey Leslie will replace Tierre Brown (188-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: McNeese St.) on the roster. Brown suffered a serious injury and would miss the rest of the season. Chauncey Leslie spent the previous season in UAE. He played for An Nasr and An Nahl Sharjah. Previously the guard had stints in Austria, Germany, France, Hungary, Syria and Egypt. Chauncey Lelsie was named All-Hungarian League Guard of the Year in 2007. Chauncey Leslie is the winner of FIBA Europe Cup in 2004 together with German MBC. Chaunce Leslie will debut against Gharrafah in the upcoming round.


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  RUSSIA   


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. Beverley, Spart.6.0 
 6. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv6.0 
 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. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.6 
 5. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.6 
 6. Lyday, Unics1.4 
 7. Domercant, Spart.1.4 
 8. Labovic, Enisey1.4 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.4 
 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. Antonov, N.Novgorod0.9 
 8. Sokolov, CSKA0.9 
 9. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 
 10. Vranes, Unics0.8 


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Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Radnicki BG 19-2 
 2. Radnicki Basket 17-4 
 3. Spartak 14-7 
 4. Zeleznicar 14-7 
 5. Smederevo 11-10 
 6. Student 11-10 
 7. Viva Basket 11-10 
 8. Sindjelic Nis 10-11 
 9. Vojvodina 10-11 
 10. Radnicki OB 9-12 
 11. Mladost Cacak 9-12 
 12. Jagodina 7-14 
 13. KK Nis 5-16 
 14. KG 06 0-21 


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 27
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket27.0 
 2. Svilar, Smederevo20.9 
 3. Dukanac, Mladost .19.2 
 4. Radic, Spartak18.8 
 5. Blagojevic, KG 0617.9 
 6. Tesanovic, KK Nis17.5 
 7. Trailovic, Sindje.16.7 
 8. Lalic, Radnicki BG16.5 
 9. Subotic, Radnic.15.3 
 10. Ivosev, Vojvodina15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nemanja KNEZEVIC
  Vojvodina
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Knezevic, Vojvodina10.0 
 2. Vuletic, Viva Basket8.9 
 3. Gugleta, Zeleznicar7.5 
 4. Ivosev, Vojvodina7.5 
 5. Petrovic, Viva B.7.0 
 6. Koprivica, Radnicki.7.0 
 7. Zivanovic, Smede.6.9 
 8. Dukanac, Mladost .6.8 
 9. Boricic, Radnicki.6.5 
 10. Trailovic, Sindje.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket6.4 
 2. Karic, Radnicki BG6.4 
 3. Kasabasic, Zeleznicar5.4 
 4. Boltic, Radnicki BG4.9 
 5. Dinic, Spartak4.2 
 6. Vukasovic, Radnic.4.2 
 7. Mijovic, Radnicki.4.2 
 8. Tanasijevic, Stude.4.2 
 9. Tesanovic, KK Nis4.1 
 10. Sparovic, Smede.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  Radnicki BG
  (--)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gacic, Radnicki BG2.9 
 2. Karic, Radnicki BG2.8 
 3. Zivanovic, Smede.2.3 
 4. Kuntic, Spartak2.1 
 5. Ivosev, Vojvodina2.0 
 6. Sparovic, Smede.1.9 
 7. Boltic, Radnicki BG1.9 
 8. Radic, Spartak1.9 
 9. Kasabasic, Zeleznicar1.8 
 10. Tomasevic, Vojvo.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (--83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.4 
 2. Karahodzic, Spartak1.6 
 3. Knezevic, Vojvodina1.4 
 4. Vasilic, Radnic.1.2 
 5. Marelja, KG 061.0 
 6. Petrovic, Viva B.1.0 
 7. Markovic, Sindjeli.0.9 
 8. Savic, Student0.9 
 9. Mirkovic, KG 060.8 
 10. Petronic, Radnicki.0.8 


B League Round 21: Viva Basket is defeated by Radnicki Basket in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: Radnicki Basket (#2) and Viva Basket (#7). Radnicki Basket (17-4) crushed visiting Viva Basket (11-10) by 39 points 93-54. The game without a history. Radnicki Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Viva Basket's 18. They outrebounded Viva Basket 50-23 including a 34-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Radnicki Basket made 8 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Viva Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Montenegrin power forward Bojan Subotic (206-90) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and center Milojko Vasilic (207-89) chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks. The best for the losing side was center Aleksandar Petrovic (206-72) with 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Radnicki Basket have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-4 record having just two points less than leader Radnicki BG. Newly promoted Viva Basket dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with Smederevo and Student. Radnicki Basket are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 (#14) in Kragujevac in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Viva Basket will play at home against Zeleznicar (#4) in Indija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
B League top team - BKK Radnicki (19-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Mladost Cacak (9-12) in Beograd 93-52. Guard Slobodan Lalic (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Marko Boltic accounted for 11 points, 10 assists and 6 steals. Forward Ivan Dukanac (199-80) came up with 14 points for Mladost Cacak in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for BKK Radnicki. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki maintains first place with 19-2 record. Mladost Cacak at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Radnicki OB. BKK Radnicki will play against Student UK (#6) in Kragujevac in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Mladost Cacak will play at home against Vojvodina (#9) in Novi Sad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 (0-21) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 21th consecutive match to thirteenth ranked KK Nis (5-16) 101-98 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Milan Tesanovic who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was Milic Blagojevic who recorded 31 points and 7 rebounds. Newly promoted KK Nis maintains thirteenth place with 5-16 record. Radnicki KG 06 lost their seventeenth game in a row. They still closes the standings. KK Nis will meet higher ranked Radnicki OB (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnicki KG 06 will play against the league's second-placed Radnicki Basket (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
An interesting game took place in Jagodina where higher ranked Smederevo Vizura (11-10) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked KK Jagodina (7-14) 94-84. It was a good game for Nikola Radmanovac who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. KK Jagodina maintains twelfth place with 7-14 record. Smederevo Vizura at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. KK Jagodina's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sindjelic Nis (#8) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Smederevo Vizura will play against Spartak where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21: Sindjelic Nis lost to Vojvodina on the opponent's court 76-83. Zeleznicar managed to outperform Student in a home game 86-76. Radnicki OB recorded a loss to Spartak on the road 88-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points and 19 rebounds by Nemanja Knezevic of Vojvodina.


Jagodina - Smederevo 94-84

An interesting game took place in Jagodina where higher ranked Smederevo Vizura (11-10) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked KK Jagodina (7-14) 94-84. The game was mostly controlled by KK Jagodina. Smederevo Vizura was better in second period 24-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Smederevo Vizura 36-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. KK Jagodina players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for guard Nikola Radmanovac (192-77) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Montenegrin guard Nikola Vujicic (185-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five KK Jagodina players scored in double figures. Power forward Uros Zivanovic (204-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Vojin Svilar (188-86, college: W.Georgia) added 25 points and 5 steals in the effort for Smederevo Vizura. KK Jagodina maintains twelfth place with 7-14 record. Smederevo Vizura at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. KK Jagodina's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sindjelic Nis (#8) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Smederevo Vizura will play against Spartak where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Jagodina: M.Gambiroza 19+1reb+3ast, N.Radmanovac 18+5reb+5ast, N.Vujicic 13+13reb+1ast, S.Radojkovic 12+2reb+2ast, D.Stojkanovic 10+4reb+3ast, V.Stanisavljevic 10+6reb+3ast
Smederevo: V.Svilar 25+2reb, A.Nastic 18+2reb+1ast, U.Zivanovic 17+10reb+1ast, A.Perovic 8+5reb+2ast, P.Sparovic 8+3reb+5ast, V.Vranic 6+2reb+1ast
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Vojvodina - Sindjelic Nis 83-76

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Novi Sad where 8th ranked Sindjelic Nis (10-11) were defeated by ninth ranked Vojvodina (10-11) 83-76. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-11. But Sindjelic Nis won third quarter 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sindjelic Nis 47-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for forward Nemanja Knezevic (203-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 19 rebounds. Power forward Aleksandar Drakulic (198-85) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Nenad Djurdjevic answered with 21 points and swingman Marko Cvetkovic (197-77, agency: BeoExcell) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sindjelic Nis. Vojvodina moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Sindjelic Nis. Vojvodina's next round opponent will be Mladost Cacak (#11) on the road.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: A.Drakulic 20+8reb+1ast, N.Knezevic 15+19reb+2ast, B.Tomasevic 14+3reb+4ast, I.Pap 8+4reb+1ast, M.Grubor 7+6reb+2ast, T.Ivosev 6+1reb
Sindjelic Nis: N.Djurdjevic 21+3reb+1ast, M.Cvetkovic 16+7reb+1ast, M.Trailovic 9+3reb+3ast, M.Vitkovic 8+3reb, D.Markovic 7+4reb+4ast, V.Virijevic 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 104593


Radnicki BG - Mladost Cacak 93-52

B League top team - BKK Radnicki (19-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Mladost Cacak (9-12) in Beograd 93-52. The game was mostly controlled by BKK Radnicki. Mladost Cacak was better in fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BKK Radnicki dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Mladost Cacak's 40. They outrebounded Mladost Cacak 34-22 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Slobodan Lalic (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Marko Boltic (193-87) accounted for 11 points, 10 assists and 6 steals. Five BKK Radnicki players scored in double figures. Forward Ivan Dukanac (199-80) came up with 14 points and guard Sasa Avramovic (194-93, agency: Beo Basket) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Mladost Cacak in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for BKK Radnicki. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki maintains first place with 19-2 record. Mladost Cacak at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Radnicki OB. BKK Radnicki will play against Student UK (#6) in Kragujevac in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Mladost Cacak will play at home against Vojvodina (#9) in Novi Sad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radnicki BG: S.Lalic 20+3reb+3ast, D.Petronic 16+6reb, N.Gacic 13+3reb+3ast, M.Boltic 11+4reb+10ast, M.Tomic 10+5reb, M.Vladimir 9+3reb
Mladost Cacak: I.Dukanac 14+2reb+1ast, S.Avramovic 8+7reb+2ast, V.Sataric 7+1reb, M.Maric 7+1reb, V.Gajovic 6+1reb, M.Gujanicic 6+6reb
gschID: 104594


Zeleznicar - Student 86-76

Rather predictable result in Indija where fourth ranked Zeleznicar (14-7) defeated 6th ranked Student UK (11-10) 86-76. Student UK was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 30-13 charge of Zeleznicar, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Student UK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Slobodan Gugleta (-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard Mladen Djuric (193-87) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Guard Luka Igrutinovic (196-92) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and guard Srboljub Samailovic (194-82) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Student UK. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Student UK's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Zeleznicar moved-up to third place, which they share with Spartak. Newly promoted Student UK dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Zeleznicar's next round opponent will be Viva Basket (#7) in Beograd. Student UK will play at home against the league's leader BKK Radnicki in Beograd.
Top scorers:
Zeleznicar: M.Djuric 17+2reb+2ast, S.Gugleta 15+17reb, D.Jerkovic 12+2reb+1ast, V.Jojic 10+3reb+7ast, B.Mihajlovic 9+1reb, N.Kovac 8+3reb
Student: L.Igrutinovic 18+9reb+1ast, S.Samailovic 15+6reb+1ast, N.Glisovic 11+4reb+1ast, S.Vucenov 10+7reb, N.Tanasijevic 8+1reb+4ast, F.Lalovic 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 104595


Radnicki Basket - Viva Basket 93-54

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: Radnicki Basket (#2) and Viva Basket (#7). Radnicki Basket (17-4) crushed visiting Viva Basket (11-10) by 39 points 93-54. The game without a history. Radnicki Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Viva Basket's 18. They outrebounded Viva Basket 50-23 including a 34-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Radnicki Basket made 8 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Viva Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Montenegrin power forward Bojan Subotic (206-90) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and center Milojko Vasilic (207-89) chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks. Four Radnicki Basket players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Aleksandar Petrovic (206-72) with 11 points and center Stefan Lukovic (210-91) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Radnicki Basket have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-4 record having just two points less than leader Radnicki BG. Newly promoted Viva Basket dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with Smederevo and Student. Radnicki Basket are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 (#14) in Kragujevac in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Viva Basket will play at home against Zeleznicar (#4) in Indija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: B.Subotic 19+8reb+1ast, M.Vasilic 13+9reb+1ast, S.Stamenkovic 13+4reb+3ast, A.Zaric 11+5reb+1ast, A.Dzakovic 11+5reb+2ast, D.Ognjenovic 8+6reb
Viva Basket: J.Kantar 12+2reb, A.Petrovic 11+4reb+1ast, S.Lukovic 9+6reb+1ast, D.Bjelica 8+2reb+3ast, M.Drekalovic 8+1reb, D.Jevtic 4+4reb
gschID: 104596


KK Nis - KG 06 101-98

Bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 (0-21) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 21th consecutive match to thirteenth ranked KK Nis (5-16) 101-98 on Saturday evening. Radnicki KG 06 trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 33-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 98-101 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was guard Milan Tesanovic (192-89) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Vladimir Djordjevic (-84) chipped in 23 points. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Milic Blagojevic (200-91) who recorded 31 points and 7 rebounds and center Aleksandar Marelja (207-92) added 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted KK Nis maintains thirteenth place with 5-16 record. Radnicki KG 06 lost their seventeenth game in a row. They still closes the standings. KK Nis will meet higher ranked Radnicki OB (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnicki KG 06 will play against the league's second-placed Radnicki Basket (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
KK Nis: M.Tesanovic 26+4reb+11ast, V.Djordjevic 23+3reb+3ast, I.Pendic 17+5reb+1ast, N.Stanojevic 13+3reb, M.Tokalic 7+3reb+2ast, D.Trickovic 6+2reb+1ast
KG 06: M.Blagojevic 31+7reb, S.Gavrilovic 21+5reb+1ast, A.Marelja 19+9reb+1ast, I.Nedeljkovic 10+1reb, A.Mirkovic 7+3reb+1ast, S.Zecevic 4+1reb
gschID: 104597


Spartak - Radnicki OB 88-72

Not a big story in a game in Subotica where 10th ranked Radnicki OB (9-12) was defeated by third ranked Spartak (14-7) 88-72. The victory was the third consecutive win for Spartak. Newly promoted Spartak maintains third place with 14-7 record having five points less than leader Radnicki BG, which they share with Zeleznicar. Radnicki OB at the other side keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Spartak's next round opponent will be Smederevo Vizura (#5) on the road. Radnicki OB will play against KK Nis (#13).
gschID: 104598




Dundjerski's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old guard Slobodan Dundjerski (190-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked OKK Beograd and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He got a double-double of 20 points and 11 assists, while his team beat Mega Vizura (#4, 15-11) 98-90. Beograd finished this stage as No.2 with 19-7 record and booked a spot for the Superleague. In the team's last game Dundjerski had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Beograd and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Slobodan Dundjerski averages this season 15.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Stefan Jovic (190-G-90) of Sloga. He is a guard in his first season at Sloga. In the last game Jovic recorded impressive 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Sloga cruised to a 94-83 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Crnokosa (9-17). This victory allowed Sloga to move up to 6th position (12-14 record). Jovic is a newcomer at Sloga.

Third place about best performers goes to center Zoran Majkic (207-C-78, agency: Court Side) of Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin. Majkic scored 24 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Majkic's great performance Proleter Naftagas lost 65-70 to the higher-ranked Tamis (#5, 15-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Proleter finished as No.12 with 16 lost games. Majkic made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.6rpg (7th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 55.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) of FMP - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dragan Mitrovic (200-F-85) of Beograd - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) of Mega Vizura - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Marko Ljubicic (197-F-87) of Metalac - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vedran Borovcanin (201-F-85) of Sloga - 20 points and 9 rebounds
9. Nenad Sulovic (202-F/C-85) of Napredak - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Goran Pobric (201-F/C-82) of Vojvodina - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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1B Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
5th ranked Grosuplje (13-9) fell to seventh ranked Litija (12-10) in overtime by two points 85-87 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Grosuplje. Worth to mention a great performance of Anel Blazevic (182-G-86) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Litija's coach Dzemo Ibisi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Litija maintains seventh position with 12-10 record. Grosuplje at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Litija will face higher ranked Hrastnik (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Grosuplje will play against Radovljica.

In the last game of round 22 Nova Gorica was beaten by Radovljica on the road 83-76. Splosna plovba won against Hrastnik on its own court 86-78. Rogaska outscored Kraski Zidar in Rogaska Slatina 87-64. Bottom-ranked Konjice managed to beat Primorac Branik at home 69-64.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 37 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 4 assists by Ales Kunc (208-C-73, college: Missouri St.) of KD Postojna.


schID: 89626


Radovljica - Nova Gorica 83-76

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Radovljica (11-11) beat at home 10th ranked Nova Gorica (7-15) 83-76 on Saturday. Nova Gorica trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-83 at the end of the game. Nova Gorica was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of center Milan Klepo (211-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Luka Zavrsnik (202-90) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Radovljica players scored in double figures. Guard Marko Marcetic (186-79) replied with 22 points and 4 assists and the former international forward Rajko Rituper (202-75) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Nova Gorica. Nova Gorica's coach Jure Pusnar rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Radovljica maintains eighth position with 11-11 record. Nova Gorica at the other side keeps the tenth place with 15 games lost. Radovljica will face higher ranked Grosuplje (#5) in Grosuplje in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Nova Gorica will play on the road against Konjice (#14).
Top scorers:
Radovljica: M.Klepo 26+11reb+4ast, L.Zavrsnik 19+6reb, A.Primc 13+2reb+2ast, E.Omanovic 11+1reb+4ast, M.Pirija 7+2reb+2ast, S.Zupan 3+1reb
Nova Gorica: M.Marcetic 22+4reb+4ast, D.Petrovic 19+8reb, R.Rituper 18+7reb+2ast, T.Horvat 9+2reb, G.Kuburic 4+1reb, M.Kozuh 3+1ast
gschID: 89623


Litija - Grosuplje 87-85 OT

5th ranked Grosuplje (13-9) fell to seventh ranked Litija (12-10) in overtime by two points 85-87 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Grosuplje. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game in overtime by 2 points. Litija made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Anel Blazevic (182-86) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Guard Luka Hren (198-90) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Litija's coach Dzemo Ibisi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Naturalized Bosnian power forward Edin Alispahic (208-88) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Blaz Lobe (202-84) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Grosuplje. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Litija maintains seventh position with 12-10 record. Grosuplje at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Litija will face higher ranked Hrastnik (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Grosuplje will play against Radovljica.
Top scorers:
Litija: A.Blazevic 27+9reb+4ast, D.Pusic 16+2reb+5ast, L.Hren 16+7reb+1ast, L.Golez 11+1reb, C.Lipovsek 10+5reb+2ast, A.Bejtic 5+5reb
Grosuplje: E.Alispahic 19+5reb+1ast, J.Misic 17+1reb+3ast, B.Lobe 13+8reb+1ast, L.Hren 11+6reb, J.Virk 10+6reb, M.Trampus 7+1reb
gschID: 89624


Splosna plovba - Hrastnik 86-78

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Hrastnik (13-9) lost to fourth ranked Splosna plovba (15-7) in Portoroz 78-86 on Saturday. Hrastnik was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of Splosna plovba, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Hrastnik's players. It was a very good performance for power forward Adin Kavgic (193-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Guard David Moro (199-86) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Splosna plovba players scored in double figures. Guard Sanel Dzombic (198-78) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Tadej Tusek (194-80, agency: World Sport Agency) added 7 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Hrastnik. Hrastnik's coach Igor Pucko rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Splosna plovba maintains fourth position with 15-7 record. Loser Hrastnik dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Splosna plovba will face Triglav Kranj (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hrastnik will play against Litija (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Splosna plovba: D.Moro 16+4reb+3ast, A.Kavgic 13+15reb+3ast, S.Milovic 13+1reb+6ast, A.Prole 10+4reb, T.Podboj 10+8reb+1ast, R.Perko 9+2reb+10ast
Hrastnik: S.Dzombic 18+5reb+1ast, Z.Percel 13+2reb+2ast, D.Godicelj 13+2reb+2ast, M.Babic 7+2reb+2ast, T.Tusek 7+12reb+2ast, Z.Koritnik 6+3reb
gschID: 89625


Kraski Zidar - Rogaska 64-87

Rather predictable result when first ranked Rogaska (20-2) rolled over 3rd ranked Kraski Zidar (16-6) in Sezana 87-64 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 20-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-64. Rogaska made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Kraski Zidar was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for guard Boban Tomic (190-88) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Igor Spesic (204-83) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Center Nejc Buda (210-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and guard Tilen Zalar (193-87) added 13 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Kraski Zidar. Five Rogaska and four Kraski Zidar players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rogaska have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-2 record. Loser Kraski Zidar keeps the third place with six games lost. Rogaska will face Primorac Branik (#10) in Maribor in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kraski Zidar will play at home against the league's second-placed Sencur CP (#2) in Kranj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rogaska: B.Tomic 18+4reb+5ast, S.Smajlovic 14+5reb+1ast, B.Pungartnik 13+4reb+1ast, J.Pesic 11+2reb+1ast, I.Spesic 11+9reb+2ast, D.Ambroz 8+2reb+1ast
Kraski Zidar: N.Buda 14+14reb, T.Zalar 13+7reb+2ast, A.Medved 12+2reb, Z.Lazarevski 10+1reb+3ast, M.Meden 9+1reb+1ast, V.Furlan 4+1reb
gschID: 89621


Konjice - Primorac Branik 69-64

There was an upset when higher ranked Primorac Branik (7-15) lost on the road to bottom-ranked Konjice (3-19) 69-64 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Konjice made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for guard Dean Sipura (194-87) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Bostjan Sivka (200-76) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Naturalized Italian center Davor Barovic (211-90) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and guard Jan Tratnik (190-89) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Primorac Branik. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Primorac Branik's coach Matjaz Cujes rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Konjice maintains fourteenth position with 3-19 record. Loser Primorac Branik dropped to the tenth place with 15 games lost. Konjice will face higher ranked Nova Gorica (#11) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Konjice: D.Sipura 18+7reb+3ast, B.Sivka 16+11reb, T.Jereb 12+7reb+7ast, T.Rap 11+3reb, A.Gacnik 6+5reb+2ast, J.Teras 2+1ast
Primorac Branik: D.Barovic 14+13reb, M.Bratina 13+5reb+3ast, J.Tratnik 12+4reb+5ast, R.Smaka 11+3reb+3ast, G.Garmut 5+3reb+1ast, M.Gavric 4+3reb
gschID: 89622


KD Postojna - Triglav Kranj 90-86 OT
Overtime win for KD Postojna, who had Ales Kunc in a game mood. Kunc nailed 37 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in this victory. Uros Ninic (190-G-86) replied with 32 pts and 7 boards in defeat.
Top scorers:
KD Postojna: A.Kunc 37+16reb+4ast, M.Zupanc 19+6reb+1ast, K.Panic 15+3ast, D.Dramicanin 8+3reb+1ast, L.Santelj 6+1reb, M.Radmanovic 2+4reb
Triglav Kranj: U.Ninic 32+7reb+5ast, L.Grum 12+2reb, Z.Markus 12+3reb+1ast, M.Varagic 11+6reb+3ast, R.Jakobcic 10+6reb+2ast, S.Ovcina 6+7reb



Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Uros IVANOVIC
  Radovljica
  (204-F/C-74)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Ivanovic, Radovljica20.6 
 2. Petrovic, Nova G.18.6 
 3. Moro, Splosna .17.8 
 4. Lobe, Grosuplje17.8 
 5. Gavric, Primorac.17.5 
 6. Primc, Radovljica17.2 
 7. Blazevic, Litija17.0 
 8. Husic, Kraski Zidar16.8 
 9. Pusic, Litija16.3 
 10. Marcetic, Nova G.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Jakhel, KD Postojna9.8 
 2. Husic, Kraski Zidar9.0 
 3. Barovic, Primor.8.6 
 4. Ivanovic, Radovljica8.5 
 5. Spesic, Rogaska8.4 
 6. Buda, Kraski Zidar7.8 
 7. Klepo, Radovljica7.6 
 8. Hocevar, Triglav .7.5 
 9. Lobe, Grosuplje7.5 
 10. Sivka, Konjice7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Tomic, Rogaska6.5 
 2. Perko, Splosna .6.1 
 3. Tratnik, Primor.5.4 
 4. Ucman, Radovljica4.7 
 5. Jereb, Konjice4.1 
 6. Glavas, KD Postojna3.8 
 7. Milasinovic, Sencur C.3.7 
 8. Blazevic, Litija3.6 
 9. Zalar, Kraski Zidar3.5 
 10. Milovic, Splosna .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Tomic, Rogaska2.6 
 2. Jereb, Konjice2.3 
 3. Lobe, Grosuplje2.2 
 4. Milovic, Splosna .1.9 
 5. Gavric, Primorac.1.8 
 6. Jotic, Rogaska1.8 
 7. Bratina, Primor.1.8 
 8. Podobnik, Medvode1.7 
 9. Erculj, Grosuplje1.7 
 10. Tratnik, Primor.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jakhel, KD Postojna2.0 
 2. Barovic, Primor.1.1 
 3. Husic, Kraski Zidar1.1 
 4. Lobe, Grosuplje1.0 
 5. Hren, Litija0.9 
 6. Buda, Kraski Zidar0.9 
 7. Trampus, Grosuplje0.9 
 8. Kosec, Sencur CP0.9 
 9. Alispahic, Grosuplje0.7 
 10. Vajdic, Hrastnik0.6 


1B Stats Leaders
1B Standings
 1. Rogaska 20-2 
 2. Sencur CP 18-3 
 3. Kraski Zidar 16-6 
 4. Splosna plovba 15-7 
 5. Grosuplje 13-9 
 6. Hrastnik 13-9 
 7. Litija 12-10 
 8. Radovljica 11-11 
 9. KD Postojna 8-14 
 10. Primorac Branik 7-15 
 11. Nova Gorica 7-15 
 12. Medvode 6-15 
 13. Triglav Kranj 4-18 
 14. Konjice 3-19 


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South Korean KBL round 51 best performance: Charles Rhodes - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Sonic Boom KT, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 51.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed SK Knights (#7, 20-32) with 16-point margin 83-67. It allowed Sonic Boom KT to take over top position in the South Korean KBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sonic Boom KT has a very solid 39-13 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Rhodes turned to be Sonic Boom KT's top player in his first season with the team. Charles Rhodes averages this season 14.9ppg and 5.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent) of LG Sakers. Stevenson had a very good evening with 40 points and 5 rebounds. Of course LG Sakers cruised to a 88-81 relatively comfortable win over Samsung Th. (25-26). This victory allowed LG Sakers to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 25-26 record. Stevenson is a newcomer at LG Sakers, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.1ppg (#2). He also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport) of league's second-best Inchon ET Land Elephants. Stevenson showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, seven rebounds and eleven assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Elephants, leading his team to a 83-76 win against #3 ranked KCC Egis in a game of the week. Elephants needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 37 victories and 15 lost games. Stevenson has a great season in South Korea. After 52 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.6ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 5.3rpg (8th best). He also has FGP: 57.7% and 3PT: 42.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrence Leather (204-C-81) of SK Knights - 25 points and 12 rebounds
5. Chris Daniels (211-C-84) of KCC Egis - 16 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Herbert Hill (203-F-84) of Elephants - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Dong Jun Lee (200-F-80) of Daegu Orions - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Sung-Min Cho (197-F-83) of Sonic Boom KT - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Dong-Geun Yang (182-G-81) of Mobis Phoebus - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Amal McCaskill (211-F/C-73) of Daegu Orions - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 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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Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria18.1 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.7 
 3. Martinez, Valencia15.2 
 4. McDonald, DKV J.15.1 
 5. English, DKV J.15.1 
 6. Baron, Lagun A.14.9 
 7. Caner-Medley, Estudi.14.5 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.2 
 9. Kurz, Granada13.9 
 10. Davis, Cajasol12.9 
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.7.6 
 4. Barac, Caja Laboral7.0 
 5. Donaldson, Menorca6.8 
 6. Doellman, Meridiano6.4 
 7. Wallace, Gran Canaria6.4 
 8. Trias, DKV Joventut6.3 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja6.2 
 10. Miralles, Lagun A.6.2 
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 Barca4.6 
 4. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.5 
 5. Ciorciari, Menorca4.4 
 6. Uriz, Lagun A.4.0 
 7. Colom, Fuenlabrada4.0 
 8. Prigioni, Real Madrid3.8 
 9. Dumas, Valladolid3.8 
 10. San Miguel, Manre.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tariq KIRKSAY
  Cajasol
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kirksay, Cajasol2.2 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 3. Cook, Valencia1.8 
 4. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 5. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 6. Davis, Cajasol1.7 
 7. San Miguel, Manre.1.7 
 8. Victor, Menorca1.6 
 9. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.6 
 10. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.1 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid1.6 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.5 
 4. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 5. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 6. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.2 
 7. Majstorovic, Manre.1.2 
 8. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 9. Andriuskevic., Meridi.1.1 
 10. Savane, Gran C.1.1 


Ramsdell's double-double lands him LEB Silver Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old power forward Charles Ramsdell (208-F/C-85, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for Fontedoso Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Silver Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds, while his team edged out Regal FC II (10-13) 86-84. Avila is placed at 8th position in Spanish LEB Silver. Avila is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-13 record. Ramsdell turned to be Avila's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Tulsa graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ramsdell is in league's top in points (2nd best: 16.1ppg), rebounds (7th best: 7.7rpg) and averages solid 54.7% FGP and 43.1% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was David Garcia (190-G-80). He is a guard in his first season at Avila. In the last game Garcia recorded impressive 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Avila to edge Regal FC II (10-13) by 2 points 86-84. This victory allowed Avila to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-13 record. Garcia is a newcomer at Avila and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Jonathan Barcelo (192-F/G-79) of Plasencia Extremadura (#5). Barcelo scored 24 points. Despite Barcelo's great performance Plasencia lost 52-64 to slightly higher-ranked Promobys (#4, 15-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Plasencia needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 10 lost games. Barcelo has a great season in Spain. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ian O'Leary (201-F-86) of Oviedo Feve - 18 points and 10 rebounds
5. Adrian Casas (195-F-89) of Illescas - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. David Mesa (200-C-80) of Clavijo - 19 points and 5 rebounds
7. Enrique Suarez (185-G-83) of Clavijo - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Reginald Larry (201-F-86) of Regal FC II - 20 points and 9 rebounds
9. Joan Carles Bivia (185-PG-85) of Mallorca - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Andorra - 17 points and 11 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Jonathan BARCELO
  Plasencia
  (192-F/G-79)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Barcelo, Plasencia17.5 
 2. Ramsdell, Avila16.1 
 3. Witt, Clavijo16.0 
 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. Larry, Regal F.13.9 
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. Ramsdell, Avila7.7 
 8. Mesa, Clavijo7.7 
 9. Larry, Regal F.7.6 
 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, Avila3.2 
 10. Bavosi, Promobys3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kim ADAMS
  Coruna
  (203-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Adams, Coruna2.1 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 3. Barcelo, Plasencia2.0 
 4. Martinez, Plasencia1.8 
 5. Ramsey, Promobys1.7 
 6. Smith, Guadalajara1.7 
 7. Guirao, ADT T.1.7 
 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. Chubrevich, Illescas1.0 
 9. Cage, ADT Tarragona1.0 
 10. O''Leary, Oviedo F.0.8 


Spanish ACB round 25 best performance: Gerald Fitch - by Eurobasket News
American guard Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: SportsTalent) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Unicaja, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, four rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Bizkaia Bilbao (#4, 15-10) with 20-point margin 92-72. Unicaja is placed at 11th position in Spanish ACB. Unicaja is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-12 record. In the team's last game Fitch had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Unicaja, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Gerald Fitch averages this season 13.6ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Pablo Aguilar (203-F/C-89) of CAI Zaragoza. Aguilar had a very good evening with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead CAI Zaragoza to another comfortable win 86-72 over the higher-ranked Cajasol (#8, 13-12) being unquestionably team leader. CAI Zaragoza's 13th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-14 record. Aguilar is a newcomer at CAI Zaragoza and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) of Valladolid (#5). Slaughter scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Valladolid, leading his team to a 90-73 easy win against the lower-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (#14, 9-16). Valladolid needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 10 lost games. Slaughter has a very solid season. In 25 games in Spain he scored 9.1ppg. He also has 5.8rpg and FGP: 66.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) of Valencia - 20 points and 2 assists
5. Eulis Baez (201-F-82) of Valladolid - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jakim Donaldson (204-C/F-83) of Menorca - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85) of Fuenlabrada - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Raviv Limonad (192-G-84) of Menorca - 23 points and 6 rebounds
9. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83) of Gran Canaria - 25 points and 3 rebounds
10. Rafael Hettsheimeir (206-C-86) of CAI Zaragoza - 14 points and 8 rebounds

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


Unicaja land Jorge Garbajosa - by Eurobasket News
Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) is coming back to Malaga. The 33-year-old forward has signed a deal with Unicaja. Jorge Garbajosa played for the Malaga powerhouse back in 2004/06 seasons. The forward started the season with Real Madrid. He tallied 5.4 points, 2.7 rebounds in Euroleague. In ACB his stats read 3.9 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. Jorge Garbajosa played at the 2010 World Championship. The forward tallied 8.3 points, 2.1 boards and 1.0 assist in Turkey. Previously Jorge Garbajosa played in Italy, Spain and Russia. Jorge Garbajosa also played in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors in 2006/08 seasons. The forward was named Seria A Bosman Player of the Year in Italy as well as ACB Player of the Year in Spain.


La Laguna extends Nico Richotti until 2013 - by Eurobasket News
La Laguna announced signing of contract extension with Nicolas Richotti (181-PG-86). The Argentinean/Italian point guard will stay in La Laguna until the end of 2012/13 season. Richotti appeared 28 times in LEB Gold this season averaging 10.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. He joined La Laguna last summer.
Nicolas Richotti spent 2009/10 season with Real Madrid II. They competed in LEB Silver, where Richotti had 12.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2 apg. A year before that he was a member of Ferreteria San Isidro. The team played in EBA, where Richotti shined with 21.8 ppg, 4 rpg and 4.3 apg. In the past, he also was a member of Italian Agropoli and CUS Bari.
La Laguna currently has 15-13 record in LEB Gold.


Spanish LEB Gold round 28 best performance: Oriol Junyent - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Oriol Junyent (207-C-76) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Obradoiro CAB, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 34-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Clinicas Rincon (#14, 10-18) 66-54. Obradoiro maintains the 2nd position in Spanish LEB Gold. They are still close to the very top. Obradoiro would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 24-4 record. Junyent turned to be Obradoiro's top player in his first season with the team. Oriol Junyent has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.2rpg) and averages impressive 55.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old American Alexander Franklin (196-F-88) of CB Tarragona. Franklin had a very good evening with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for CB Tarragona to edge slightly higher-ranked Lleida (#12, 12-16) 90-84. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. CB Tarragona keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-17 record. Franklin is a newcomer at CB Tarragona, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.7ppg (#5). He also registered 6.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jason Blair (201-F/C-79) of Navarra (#7). Blair scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Blair's great performance Navarra lost 68-73 to the lower-ranked Breogan (#11, 12-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Navarra needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 14 lost games. Blair has a very solid season. In 28 games in Spain he scored 11.7ppg. He also has 6.7rpg and FGP: 53.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ondrej Starosta (215-C-79) of Ourense - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Nicolas Richotti (181-PG-86) of La Laguna - 24 points and 3 rebounds
6. Micah Downs (203-G-86) of Burgos - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Pedro Rivero (186-PG-79) of CB Murcia - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Roland Clark (196-F/G-81) of Palencia - 22 points and 9 rebounds
9. Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85) of Lleida - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Juan Palacios (204-F/C-85) of La Palma - 17 points and 6 rebounds

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


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Wesby number one in Sweden for round 34 - by Eurobasket News
American guard Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Sundsvall Dragons, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, nine rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Boras (#7, 13-21) with 21-point margin 95-74. It allowed Sundsvall to consolidate first place in the Swedish Basketligan. Sundsvall have a solid 28-6 record. In the team's last game Wesby had a remarkable 91.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sundsvall's top player in his first season with the team. Former Temple University star has very solid stats this year. Wesby is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.8ppg) and averages impressive 63.4% FGP and 40.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old American Adam Constantine (206-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports) of Solna. Constantine had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Solna to edge slightly lower-ranked Jamtland (#8, 13-21) 80-76. Solna's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-17 record is not bad and everything may still change. Constantine is one of the most experienced players at Solna and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-86) of league's second-best LF Basket. Woodbury scored 24 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of LF Basket, leading his team to a 105-80 easy win against the lower-ranked 08 (#9, 8-25). LF Basket needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 24 victories and 10 lost games. Woodbury has a very solid season. In 12 games in Sweden he scored 14.4ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 56.7%. Woodbury attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pedro Cipriano (206-F-83) of Eco Orebro - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Johan Jeansson (197-G-85) of Sundsvall - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Mantas Griskenas (201-F-85) of Sodertalje - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Johan Westerlund (191-G/F-84) of 08 - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79) of Norrkoping - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Michael Palm (208-C-79) of Boras - 15 points and 13 rebounds
10. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) of Sundsvall - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists

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


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LNB Round 26: Martigny loses to Vevey in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LNB just ended.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Vevey. Third ranked host Vevey (20-4) defeated 4th ranked Martigny (11-12) 75-69. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 22-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Vevey have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to the third place. Martigny lost third consecutive game. They finished in the fourth position with 12 games lost.
LNB top team - Neuchatel (21-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Momo Basket (9-15) in Chiasso 76-66. Neuchatel have an impressive six-game winning streak. They won the regular season with 21-3 record. Momo Basket lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with 15 games lost.
Thirteenth-ranked Academie Fribourg (5-19) gave a tough game to Swiss Central (12-12) on Saturday. The visitors from Luzern managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected much easier game. Swiss Central reached the fourth position with 12-12 record. Academie Fribourg lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost.
12th ranked Vernier (6-17) was outscored at home by eighth ranked Bern (11-13) with the biggest margin this round 85-50. Bern finished the regular season in the eighth position. Vernier lost third consecutive game. They kept the twelfth position with 17 games lost.

In the last two games of round 26 Villars won against Pully on the opponent's court 84-73. Chene managed to outperform DDV Lugano in a home game 78-72.



Vernier - Bern 50-85

12th ranked Vernier (6-17) was outscored at home by eighth ranked Bern (11-13) with the biggest margin this round 85-50. The game was mostly controlled by Bern. Vernier was better in third quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Vernier to just 6 points in fourth quarter.  Bern finished the regular season in the eighth position. Vernier lost third consecutive game. They kept the twelfth position with 17 games lost.
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Pully - Villars 73-84

Very expected game when 11th ranked Pully (9-15) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Villars (11-13) 84-73. Pully was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 35-17 charge of Villars, which allowed them to win the game. Villars have a solid three-game winning streak. They ended the regular season in the seventh place. Pully lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the 11th position with 15 games lost.
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Momo Basket - Neuchatel 66-76

LNB top team - Neuchatel (21-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Momo Basket (9-15) in Chiasso 76-66. The game without a history. Neuchatel led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Neuchatel have an impressive six-game winning streak. They won the regular season with 21-3 record. Momo Basket lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with 15 games lost.
gschID: 107613


Acad.Fribourg - Swiss Central 77-79

Thirteenth-ranked Academie Fribourg (5-19) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Swiss Central (12-12) on Saturday. The visitors from Luzern managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 26-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game.Swiss Central reached the fourth position with 12-12 record. Academie Fribourg lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost.
gschID: 107608


Chene - DDV Lugano 78-72

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when Chene (12-12) defeated at home 9th ranked DDV Lugano (9-15) 78-72. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But DDV Lugano won third quarter 27-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chene have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. DDV Lugano at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost.
gschID: 107609


Vevey - Martigny 75-69

The game between Top Four teams took place in Vevey. Third ranked host Vevey (20-4) defeated 4th ranked Martigny (11-12) 75-69. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 22-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Vevey have a solid four-game winning streak.  They moved-up to the third place. Martigny lost third consecutive game. They finished in the fourth position with 12 games lost.
gschID: 107610




LNA Round 25: Monthey loses to Fribourg in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in LNA.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Fribourg. Second ranked host Fribourg (18-7) defeated 4th placed Monthey (14-11) 95-87. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Monthey won third quarter 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fribourg shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Steve Smith (200-F-81, college: Iona) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Vladimir Buscaglia (197-80, college: his fellow American import) chipped in 20 points (made all of his eight free throws). At the losing side American guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) responded with 25 points. Fribourg have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 18-7 record having five points less than leader Lugano Tigers. Monthey at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Fribourg are looking forward to face league's leader Lugano Tigers on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Monthey will play against Zurich Wildcats (#10) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Lugano. First ranked host Lugano Tigers (23-2) smashed 3rd placed Geneve Lions (17-8) 89-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Geneve Lions. American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) nailed 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Michael Efevberha accounted for 14 points. Lugano Tigers' coach Joe Whelton felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Geneve Lions in the defeat. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Lugano Tigers. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-2 record. Geneve Lions at the other side keep the third position with eight games lost. Lugano Tigers will play against league's second-placed Fribourg at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Geneve Lions will play against Starwings in Basel and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Boncourt was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Starwings (13-12) played at the court of 7th ranked Boncourt (11-14). Starwings managed to secure a 7-point victory 78-71 on Saturday. Vernard Hollins fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Tony Gugino produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Starwings maintains sixth place with 13-12 record. Boncourt lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Starwings will meet higher ranked Geneve Lions (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Boncourt will play against BBC Nyon (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth-ranked BBC Nyon (4-21) gave a tough game to eighth ranked SAM Massagno (9-16). SAM Massagno managed to secure only two-point victory 92-90. However their fans expected easier game. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of A.J. Hawkins who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). SAM Massagno maintains eighth place with 9-16 record. BBC Nyon at the other side keeps the ninth position with 21 games lost. SAM Massagno's next round opponent will be higher ranked SAV Vacallo (#4) in Chiasso and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Nyon will play on the road against Boncourt (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 25 SAV Vacallo destroyed Zurich Wildcats on the opponent's court 93-66.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals by Martin Mihajlovic of SAV Vacallo.


Zurich Wildcats - SAV Vacallo 66-93

Very expected game when 10th ranked Zurich Wildcats (1-24) were crushed at home by fourth ranked SAV Vacallo (15-10) 93-66. The game without a history. SAV Vacallo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Zurich Wildcats' 28 and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. SAV Vacallo forced 19 Zurich Wildcats turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Zurich Wildcats' players. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian-Slovenian center Martin Mihajlovic (208-81) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American forward Kevyn Popovich (196-85, college: SE Louisiana) contributed with 29 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four SAV Vacallo players scored in double figures. Central African-French guard Lionel Bomayako (196-78, college: Fairleigh Dickinson, agency: Court Side) answered with 27 points and forward Lucas Waldesbuehl (195-89) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Zurich Wildcats. Zurich Wildcats' coach Riet Lareida gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. SAV Vacallo maintains fourth place with 15-10 record. Zurich Wildcats lost their fourteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 24 lost games. SAV Vacallo's next round opponent will be SAM Massagno (#8) at home. Zurich Wildcats will play against Monthey.
Top scorers:
SAV Vacallo: K.Popovich 29+5reb+3ast, M.Mihajlovic 23+12reb+4ast, J.Rahier 14+1ast, R.Gibson 13+6reb+13ast, N.Dacevic 8+2reb+2ast, S.Smiljanic 6+2ast
Zurich Wildcats: L.Bomayako 27+3reb+3ast, L.Waldesbuehl 13+8reb+1ast, I.Castro 8+1reb, L.Marchand 6+1reb+1ast, M.Jacobsen 4+1reb+1ast, V.Luethi 3+2reb
gschID: 121367


SAM Massagno - BBC Nyon 92-90

Ninth-ranked BBC Nyon (4-21) gave a tough game to eighth ranked SAM Massagno (9-16). SAM Massagno managed to secure only two-point victory 92-90. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts were already 18 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 32-16 BBC Nyon's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 92-90 at the end of the game. SAM Massagno made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of forward A.J. Hawkins (198-85, college: Oklahoma Baptist) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Guard Ali Farokhmanesh (183-88, college: N.Iowa, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed with 26 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four SAM Massagno players scored in double figures. Swingman Lester Hunte (196-88, college: Northwood Fl.) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Chad Byron (188-87, college: Cumberlands) added 33 points (!!!) (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!) in the effort for BBC Nyon. SAM Massagno maintains eighth place with 9-16 record. BBC Nyon at the other side keeps the ninth position with 21 games lost. SAM Massagno's next round opponent will be higher ranked SAV Vacallo (#4) in Chiasso and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Nyon will play on the road against Boncourt (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SAM Massagno: A.Hawkins 29+5reb+2ast, A.Farokhmanesh 26+2reb+6ast, B.Johnson 22+8reb+1ast, J.Ofoegbu 13+13reb+2ast, D.Balletta 2+1ast, M.Kraljevic 0
BBC Nyon: C.Byron 33+2reb, L.Hunte 26+10reb+5ast, C.Daniels 10+9reb+2ast, J.Meylan 9+1reb, J.Senderos 9+3reb+2ast, L.Vallotton 2+1reb
gschID: 121368


Boncourt - Starwings 71-78

The game in Boncourt was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Starwings (13-12) played at the court of 7th ranked Boncourt (11-14). Starwings managed to secure a 7-point victory 78-71 on Saturday. Boncourt trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 16-10 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-78 at the end of the game. Starwings forced 21 Boncourt turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St., agency: Warren Sports International) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Canadian-Irish swingman Tony McCrory (199-77, college: Simon Fraser) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. American center Tony Gugino (207-86, college: Hillsdale) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and international center Nicolas Dos Santos (200-87) added 12 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Boncourt players scored in double figures. Starwings maintains sixth place with 13-12 record. Boncourt lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Starwings will meet higher ranked Geneve Lions (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Boncourt will play against BBC Nyon (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Starwings: V.Hollins 23+6reb+11ast, T.McCrory 23+8reb, A.Thompson 12+11reb+1ast, M.Petkovic 9+7reb+6ast, T.Brown 8+4reb+3ast, M.Hett 3
Boncourt: T.Gugino 22+13reb, N.Dos Santos 12+14reb+1ast, S.Glover 11+3reb+10ast, D.Tshomba 10+2reb, R.Schwaiger 10+3reb+1ast, A.Herrmann 4+1reb
gschID: 121364


Fribourg - Monthey 95-87

The game between Top Four teams took place in Fribourg. Second ranked host Fribourg (18-7) defeated 4th placed Monthey (14-11) 95-87. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Monthey won third quarter 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fribourg shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Vladimir Buscaglia (197-80, college: his fellow American import) chipped in 20 points (made all of his eight free throws). At the losing side American guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) responded with 25 points and the other American import forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Monthey players scored in double figures. Fribourg have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 18-7 record having five points less than leader Lugano Tigers. Monthey at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Fribourg are looking forward to face league's leader Lugano Tigers on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Monthey will play against Zurich Wildcats (#10) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: V.Buscaglia 20+3reb+1ast, S.Smith 17+6reb+2ast, J.Kazadi 14+2reb+3ast, T.Quidome 12+2reb, O.Vogt 9+2reb+1ast, Y.Holland 9+2reb+3ast
Monthey: J.Sharper 25+4reb+2ast, A.Reid 16+8reb, W.Molteni 13+5reb+1ast, R.Yates 12+4reb+1ast, C.Mafuta 10+4reb+2ast, S.Moris 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 121365


Lugano Tigers - Geneve Lions 89-60

The game between Top Four teams took place in Lugano. First ranked host Lugano Tigers (23-2) smashed 3rd placed Geneve Lions (17-8) 89-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Geneve Lions. The game without a history. Lugano Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Geneve Lions to just 4 points in second quarter. Lugano Tigers shot 64.0 percent from the field. Lugano Tigers had a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Lugano Tigers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) nailed 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and American-Nigerian guard Michael Efevberha (196-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) accounted for 14 points. Lugano Tigers' coach Joe Whelton felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Marcus Sloan (205-82, college: TCU) added 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Geneve Lions in the defeat. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Lugano Tigers. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-2 record. Geneve Lions at the other side keep the third position with eight games lost. Lugano Tigers will play against league's second-placed Fribourg at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Geneve Lions will play against Starwings in Basel and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: M.Abukar 20+5reb+5ast, M.Efevberha 14+3reb+3ast, S.Finn 14+4reb, D.Mladjan 11+2reb+3ast, D.Stockalper 9+6reb+3ast, B.Sanders 8+7reb+2ast
Geneve Lions: J.Almanson 23+8reb+1ast, M.Sloan 13+11reb+4ast, M.Kouguere 12+1reb, J.Jaunin 5+1reb+3ast, O.Edeki-Agbavwe 3+2reb+1ast, F.Ramseier 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 121366




Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.22.1 
 2. Glover, Boncourt21.2 
 3. Smith, Fribourg20.5 
 4. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.20.4 
 5. Reid, Monthey20.2 
 6. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 7. Byron, BBC Nyon20.0 
 8. Brown, Starwings19.8 
 9. Popovich, SAV V.19.5 
 10. Martin, BBC Nyon18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.1 
 2. Ofoegbu, SAM M.10.3 
 3. Thompson, Starw.10.0 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt9.6 
 5. Reid, Monthey9.3 
 6. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.4 
 7. Sloan, Geneve Lions8.1 
 8. Yates, Monthey7.8 
 9. Smith, Fribourg7.7 
 10. Hunte, BBC Nyon7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.2 
 2. Williams, Fribourg7.0 
 3. Glover, Boncourt6.7 
 4. Brown, Starwings4.8 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.4.6 
 6. Draughan, Lugano T.4.6 
 7. Hollins, Starwings4.4 
 8. Sharper, Monthey4.2 
 9. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
 10. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.8 
 2. Glover, Boncourt3.8 
 3. Hunte, BBC Nyon3.2 
 4. Angley, Lugano T.2.7 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt2.7 
 6. Draughan, Lugano T.2.6 
 7. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.4 
 8. Smith, Fribourg2.3 
 9. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.3 
 10. Sharper, Monthey2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.4 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.1 
 3. Thompson, Starw.1.8 
 4. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt1.4 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.3 
 7. Moris, Monthey1.0 
 8. Sanders, Lugano T.0.8 
 9. Efevberha, Lugano T.0.8 
 10. Vogt, Fribourg0.8 


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Neuchatel 21-3 
 2. Bernex 20-4 
 3. Vevey 20-4 
 4. Swiss Central 12-12 
 5. Chene 12-12 
 6. Martigny 11-12 
 7. Villars 11-13 
 8. Bern 11-13 
 9. DDV Lugano 9-15 
 10. Momo Basket 9-15 
 11. Pully 9-15 
 12. Vernier 6-17 
 13. Acad.Fribourg 5-19 


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Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Group A
 1. Genc Banvit 18-3 
 2. Vestel 15-6 
 3. Genc Telekom 15-6 
 4. Usak 14-7 
 5. Orman Genc 12-9 
 6. Final Genclik 11-10 
 7. Pertevniyal 10-11 
 8. Darussafaka 9-12 
 9. Istanbul B.B. 9-12 
 10. Adanaspor 7-14 
 11. FMV Isikspor 4-17 
 12. Izmir B.B. 2-19 
Group B
 1. Optimum TED 19-2 
 2. Hacettepe Univ. 15-6 
 3. Kepez Bld 14-7 
 4. Gaziantep 13-8 
 5. Selcuk Univ. 13-8 
 6. Istanbulspor 11-10 
 7.