EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/16/2011

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  ACPBL   


Bombers ready for post season play - by Justin Moore
45, 45, 45...The # 45 kept coming up in conversations during this ACPBL season with Chaz Dudley , the well known and respected Owner and Head Coach of the Beltway Bombers Pro Basketball Team. When asked why the # 45 was so significant, he said 'that would be our next team championship.' Over 18 years of coaching pro {Chaz Hoop NYC and Beltway Bombers}, Coach Chaz has won 44 championships, and has assisted in helping many of his players go overseas. As a former college star and pro player out of New York City, Coach Chaz understands what it takes to be successful. 'If you have talented players, with ethical values and character, who are un-selfish, have high basketball IQ, and who's only agenda is winning, you will win a lot of games. I've been very fortunate over the years to have had, and currently have, such type players.'

His players certainly have been fortunate to have a coach who brings knowledge, professionalism, experience, passion, class, and care for his guys; as Coach Chaz has. That New York City swagger that he seems to only show on game-days, doesn't hurt either. Along with always being very talented, his players over the years all have a high level of 'swagger' and intensity that coach loves. 'All my players are great guys. When we step in between the lines however, we do come with bad intentions.This year's Bombers team is no different. They are averaging 160 points per game, have two of the top scorers in the ACPBL, are in position to win another championship...and did I mention confident.

'The Bombers are ready for war. We are that team that you do not want to see in the playoffs' states all-star 6-5 guard Hugh 'Baby Shaq' Jones.

6-3 high scoring guard Steven Miles (6'2''-G-81, college: American) adds 'we have our full roster, everyone is healthy, and there is no doubt in my mind that we are ready to get this chip.'

'I think we're an extremely motivated group for the playoffs and we feel that we're the most talented team in the league.' 6-9 gifted forward Chris Darnell adds 'the playoffs means it's time to prove it. Anything but a chip will be a disappointment.'

The Beltway Bombers head into the ACPBL Playoffs, March 26-27th in Norfolk VA, as one of the favorites to win it all, along with their rival, Tru Hope Trailblazers. 'Coach Emory Addison of Tru Hope and his players, are a class organization. They execute extremely well and are very talented.' Coach Chaz adds, 'we always look forward to the challenge of competing against Tru Hope.' Most feel the Bombers and Tru Hope will face off against each other in the ACPBL championship, unless they fall in the same bracket and have to play each other in the semi-finals. Coach, however is not overlooking any team. 'I've been doing this way too long. I hold in high regard every team in the league. Anyone we're scheduled to face in the playoffs will receive all of of our attention and game-plan.'

Marcus Fisher (6'4''-G/F-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management), the ACPBL's leading scorer, feels that when the Bombers are at full strength, there is no team that can match up with their talent, speed, size, explosiveness and attacking defense. 'It's going to be fun and exciting being crowned the first champions of the ACPBL.'

When asked if his players are too over-confident going into the playoffs, Coach said ' quotes don't win chips. Execution, effort and focus will win the ACPBL championship. I would rather my guys have that swagger and mindset, than wondering if they can get it done.'

League assist leader, PG Joe Flegler points out that 'winning the championship is our only priority. Whatever it takes for that goal to be accomplished.'

Knowing the success of Coach Chaz, the talent and confidence level of his team, along with the long history of winning championships, it's easy to see the Bombers getting to # 45 as well.

Friday, March 25th: ACPBL All-Star Game, Dunk Contest and 3 point Shooting Contest
Saturday, March 26th: Quarter-Finals and Semi-Final Games
Sunday, March 27th: Consolation and Championship





Chesapeake, Virginia, announced as site of All-Star Game and Playoffs - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League announced to have chosen Chesapeake, Virginia to host the league All-Star Game and Playoffs.
It pleases me to announce that Chesapeake, Virginia will be the host city of the first ever ACPBL All-Star Game and playoff tournament, stated ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz 'Chesapeake is a beautiful city, the weather will be beautiful and warm and the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League will be sending many players and fans to this 3-day event that will be sure to give a great boost to the Chesapeake local economy.
ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz has appointed Emory Addison and Mary Addison as the directors of this prestigious 3-day event. The Addisons have an extensive background in minor league professional basketball as they serve as co-owners of the ACPBL 1st place Tru Hope Trailblazers.
'Emory has a great basketball mind while Mary and their daughter Tiffani have proven to have an amazing ability for turning ACPBL basketball games into grand events', stated Schutz.
The ACPBL would like to thank the following hotel sponsors for the March 25,26,27 weekend that will be housing over 100 Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League players, coaches and refs.Magnuson Hotel Norfolk Airport, Savannah Suites and the Hampton Inn. All games will be held on the beautiful campus of Atlantic Shores Christian High School with seating for 1000 fans per game. Atlantic Shores Christian High School is located at 1217 North Centerville Turnpike, Chesapeake, VA, 23320. The full 3-day event schedule is listed below.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Zadar split ways with Devan Downey - by Eurobasket News
Zadar have agreed on terms of contract termination with Devan Downey (175-G-87, college: S.Carolina). The 23-year-old guard joined the Croatian team in January. He tallied 14.2 points, 3.4 assists and 2.6 boards per game in Adriatic League. Devan Downey started the season in Turkey. The guard notched 11.1 points, 2.6 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game for Antalya.


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  ARGENTINA   


Quimsa bring in Nicolas Aguirre - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa bolstered their backcourt. They added Nicolas Aguirre (182-G-88) to the roster. The 22-year-old guard started the season in La Union. He averaged 8.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Last season Nicolas Aguirre played for Boca Juniors. His stats read 9.8 points, 3.0 assists, 2.6 boards and 1.6 steals per appearance.
Quimsa also released Cristian Cadillac (194-G-83) and Juan Levrino (188-G-90). Cristian Cadillac signed with Quimsa back in January. He notched 0.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Juan Levrino averaged 1.0 point per appearance. He will continue his career in Monte Hermoso.



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Austrian A Bundesliga round 6 (Second Stage) best performance: Shawn Ray - by Eurobasket News
American forward Shawn Ray (194-F-80, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Furstenfeld, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Kapfenberg (#5, 14-14) 74-73. Furstenfeld maintains the 3rd position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Furstenfeld will need more victories to improve their 18-10 record. In the team's last game Ray had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Furstenfeld, through which he has constantly improved. Shawn Ray averages this season 16.3ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Marcus Heard (201-F-84) of UBC okoStadt Gussing Knights. Heard had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Gussing to another comfortable win 74-59 over the lower-ranked Worthersee (2-26) being unquestionably team leader. Heard is well-known at Gussing and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#8). He also registered 9.3 boards per game. Former De Paul University star Heard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Reinhard Lanegger (196-F-81) of UBSC Raiffeisen Graz. Lanegger scored 20 points. He was a key player of UBSC Graz, leading his team to a 87-82 win against Wels in a game of the week. UBSC Graz needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group B. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 14 lost games. Lanegger has a very solid season. In 27 games in Austria he scored 4.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Samo Grum (194-G/F-79) of UBSC Graz - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77) of Wels - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Joe Dean Shawn (199-F-87) of Oberwart - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Anthony Slack (202-F/C-84) of Gmunden - 13 points and 9 rebounds
8. Louis Graham (205-F-84) of UBSC Graz - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jason Johnson (202-F/C-77) of Oberwart - 9 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) of St.Polten - 20 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)


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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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. Parakhouski, VEF R.15.5 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 8. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.3 
 9. Dimsa, Nevezis14.9 
 10. Krumins, Zemgale14.8 
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. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 6. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 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: 5.3
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.2 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 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
 Gintaras LEONAVICIUS
  Techasas
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai2.2 
 3. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 4. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 5. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 6. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 7. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 9. Anderson, Ventspils1.7 
 10. Leppik, TU/Rock1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.3 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 8. Osby, TT.1.2 
 9. Hanke, Norrkoping1.2 
 10. Cain, VEF Riga1.2 


Baltic-League Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - 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.

Lietuvos Rytas - Siauliai 90-89
Lietuvos Rytan narrowly defeated Siauliai in the first game of the Baltic League quarterfinal series. Simas Jasaitis hit a jumper with three seconds remaining in regulation to bring victory to the Vilnius team. Game 2 is scheduled for March 20 in Siauliai. Lietuvos Rytas confidently opened their Baltic League campaign this season. They dominated the first period posting a 32:21 lead after ten minutes. Siauliai went on a 7:0 run midway through the second term to narrow the gap. The visitors got within two points before Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) gave Lietuvos Rytas a 52:47 halftime lead. But Edvinas Ruzgas (198-G-87, college: TCU) and Zukauskas put Siauliai in front midway through the third term. The teams traded baskets before the hosts earned a 75:73 advantage with one quarter remaining. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the fourth period before Milko Bjelica and Simas Jasaitis scored four points in a row to seal the winning outcome for the home team. Kenan Bajramovic finished with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Lietuvos Rytas. Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) had 16 points and 11 boards in the victory. Edvinas Ruzgas answered with 19 points for Siauliai. Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-C-82) provided 14 points and 9 caroms in defeat.

VEF Riga - Rudupis 91-65
VEF Riga overcame Rudupis in their start of the best of three Quarterfinal series. The Latvian team won 91:65 on Tuesday evening almost due to the confident start. The hosts opened the game with 27-22 and never looked behind after. VEF Riga added 30-12 in the second period to take massive 57:34 at the halftime. Rudupis meanwhile won the third quarter 19-17, but could not come closer. The Latvian side finished the game with 17-12 and won the opener. VEF Riga made 13 steals versus 8 from the opponents. They had a better stats in Rebounds, Assists and three-points percentage as well. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) paced all the winners with 19 points and Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) followed him with 13. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) netted 12, while Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) added 11. Edgaras Zelionis (208-C-89) replied with 18 points in the losing effort and Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) scored 11.

Ventspils - TU/Rock 84-77
Ventspils surged ahead in the BBL quarterfinal series against TU/Rock. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) scored 16 points to propel the Latvian team to the opening win. Game 2 is scheduled for March 17. TU/Rock got to the better start in the game. They stormed to a 14:6 lead midway through the opening term. The Estonian side earned a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. Ventspils scored four points in a row to spur in front at the beginning of the second quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89) and Doronin established a 44:40 halftime advantage for the visitors. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) posted a 48:42 lead early in the third term. The hosts reacted with 7 consecutive points to narrow the deficit. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) and Gulbis helped Ventspils to a 58:57 lead after three quarters. Arturs Berzins allowed Ventspils open a 6-point lead midway through the fourth term. Rain Veideman and Sten-Timmu Sokk kept TU/Rock within striking distance before Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) capped regulation with 5 points in a row and sealed the winning outcome. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence), Rashad Anderson and Janis Strelnieks provided 10 points each for the home team. Rain Veideman answered with 15 points for TU/Rock. Sten-Timmu Sokk had 14 points and 5 assists in defeat.




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D2 Round 24: Bottom-ranked BC Carnieres win against KBBC Oostkamp - 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. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Bottom-ranked BC Carnieres managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they outleveled tenth-ranked KBBC Oostkamp 91-64. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 27-point difference proves that BC Carnieres was well-prepared to that game. BC Carnieres maintains fourteenth position with 6-15 record. KBBC Oostkamp lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 14 games lost. BC Carnieres are looking forward to face higher ranked Dexia Mons Hainaut II (#11) in Quaregnon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KBBC Oostkamp will play at home against the league's leader BBC Kangaroes-Boom where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
D2 top team - BBC Kangaroes-Boom (19-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Belgacom Liege II (7-15) 102-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Belgacom Liege II. BBC Kangaroes-Boom maintains first position with 19-3 record. Newly promoted Belgacom Liege II dropped to the twelfth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Gembo. BBC Kangaroes-Boom will play against KBBC Oostkamp (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Belgacom Liege II will play against Zolder in Zolder and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 24: Gembo was beaten by Pitzemburg on the road 68-57. Excelsior won against Fleurus on its own court 68-56. M.Hainaut II unfortunately lost to Essor Charleroi in a road game 70-87. De Westhoek managed to beat Waregem at home 85-77. Zolder was defeated by Sint-Jan Ant. on the opponent's court 83-72.



Pitzemburg - Gembo 68-57

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Jako Pitzemburg (15-7) beat 12th ranked Gembo BBC (7-15) in Mechelen 68-57. Jako Pitzemburg maintains third position with 15-7 record having four points less than leader Kangar.-Boom. Newly promoted Gembo BBC keeps the twelfth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Liege II. Jako Pitzemburg will play against Waregem (#6) in Waregem in the next round. Gembo BBC will play at home against the league's second-placed Sint-Jans Antwerpen (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 101748


Excelsior - Fleurus 68-56

Very expected game when 9th ranked CEP Fleurus (8-13) lost to fifth ranked Royal Aera Excelsior (14-9) in Brussels 56-68. Royal Aera Excelsior maintains fifth position with 14-9 record. CEP Fleurus at the other side keep the ninth place with 13 games lost. Royal Aera Excelsior will play against Essor Charleroi (#7) on the road in the next round. CEP Fleurus will play against BBC De Westhoek in Zwevezele and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 101749


Essor Charleroi - M.Hainaut II 87-70

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Essor Charleroi (10-12) won against at home 11th ranked Dexia Mons Hainaut II (7-13) 87-70. Essor Charleroi maintains seventh position with 10-12 record. Newly promoted Dexia Mons Hainaut II keeps the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Essor Charleroi will play against higher ranked Royal Aera Excelsior (#5) in Brussels in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dexia Mons Hainaut II will play at home against BC Carnieres (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 101750


Carnieres - Oostkamp 91-64

Bottom-ranked BC Carnieres managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they outleveled tenth-ranked KBBC Oostkamp 91-64. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 27-point difference proves that BC Carnieres was well-prepared to that game. BC Carnieres maintains fourteenth position with 6-15 record. KBBC Oostkamp lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 14 games lost. BC Carnieres are looking forward to face higher ranked Dexia Mons Hainaut II (#11) in Quaregnon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KBBC Oostkamp will play at home against the league's leader BBC Kangaroes-Boom where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 101745


De Westhoek - Waregem 85-77

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Waregem (12-10) lost to fourth ranked BBC De Westhoek (14-8) in Zwevezele 77-85. BBC De Westhoek maintains fourth position with 14-8 record. Waregem at the other side keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. BBC De Westhoek will play against CEP Fleurus (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Waregem will play against Jako Pitzemburg in Mechelen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 101746


Kangar.-Boom - Liege II 102-69

D2 top team - BBC Kangaroes-Boom (19-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Belgacom Liege II (7-15) 102-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Belgacom Liege II. BBC Kangaroes-Boom maintains first position with 19-3 record. Newly promoted Belgacom Liege II dropped to the twelfth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Gembo. BBC Kangaroes-Boom will play against KBBC Oostkamp (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Belgacom Liege II will play against Zolder in Zolder and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 101747


Sint-Jan Ant. - Zolder 83-72

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Sint-Jans Antwerpen (17-6) defeated at home 8th ranked Zolder (9-13) 83-72. Sint-Jans Antwerpen have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-6 record having just one points less than leader Kangar.-Boom. Zolder at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Sint-Jans Antwerpen will play against Gembo BBC (#12) in Borgerhout in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zolder will play at home against Belgacom Liege II (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 101744




Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Kangar.-Boom 19-3 
 2. Sint-Jan Ant. 17-6 
 3. Pitzemburg 15-7 
 4. De Westhoek 14-8 
 5. Excelsior 14-9 
 6. Waregem 12-10 
 7. Essor Charleroi 10-12 
 8. Zolder 9-13 
 9. Fleurus 8-13 
 10. Oostkamp 8-14 
 11. M.Hainaut II 7-13 
 12. Gembo 7-15 
 13. Liege II 7-15 
 14. Carnieres 6-15 


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Vedran Morovic explodes in Bosnian derby, paces Siroki to road win against Igokea - by Eurobasket News
Adriatic league, Round 25: Igokea - Siroki TT 71-73

One of the most interesting games of Adriatic league Round 25 was a derby match between two teams from Bosnia. The game took place in Aleksandrovac where twelfth ranked Siroki TT Kabeli edged host Igokea (11-14) 73-71. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-71. Croatian guard Vedran Morovic (184-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Olney Central CC) nailed 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and guard Dalibor Persic (193-G-85) accounted for 15 points. Morovic made a winning layup at the end. Siroki TT Kabeli's coach Ivan Velic (202-F-72) used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center Donnell Harvey (203-C-80, college: Florida) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Igokea in the defeat. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Igokea. Siroki TT Kabeli will meet at home bottom-ranked Zadar (#14) in the last round. Igokea will play against Cedevita (#7) in Zagreb and hope to secure a win.
Vedran Morovic was the second MVP in Round 25 of the regional championship. He reached valuation 32.

Igokea: D.Harvey 17+11reb+1ast, M.Dozet 14+3reb, C.Vitkovac 14+7reb+1ast, B.Chase 10+10reb+4ast, N.Joksimovic 7+1reb+4ast, M.Pantic 7+4reb
Siroki TT: V.Morovic 29+5reb+4ast, D.Persic 15+4reb+1ast, S.Stemberger 9+1reb+2ast, S.Spralja 6+8reb, B.Barac 5+4reb, I.Grgat 3+8reb


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Levski lost the Cup by single point - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski lost to Lukoil Academic in a very interesting and spectacular final game of the Cup of Bulgaria Universiada Hall. 'Students' beat the trophy winner for the last two years with only point of difference - 81-80. Clash was definitely the best in Bulgaria for quite some time now, and offer many emotions of viewers. Everything was decided in the last two attacks at the game. Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) was the man for Lukoil Academic, who scored seven triples. For Levski Aaron Harper was the best player, who once again showed his best. So after this controversial final match Lukoil remains unbeaten against Bulgarian team this season and won the Cup of Bulgaria for the ninth time in their history after two years of interruption.

Aaron Harper did not stop to be the engine of Levski and the beginning of the decisive fourth quarter and cut the deficit to his team to just 2 points, but Veselinov made a basket and free throws for 67-62. Fight for the ball turned into strife between many of the players on the court, and eventually after a technical violation of Lukoil Academic, Levski cut the lead to 67-66. Then Bozhidar Avramov punished Levski for the seventh time behind the arc and with 6 and a half minutes until the end does everything start over at 70-70. After Tencho Banev fouled out for 5 personals later Bruno Sundov was forced to leave the pitch for the same reason. For more than three minutes both teams have scored a total of only 3 points and the score was 72-71 in favor of the Lukoil with 3 minutes left to the end. Todor Stoykov and Jason Crowe exchanged three pointers for 77-76 in Lukoils favor. Minute before the end Assen Velikov made the score 78-79, but after a foul of in the attack, Harper scored a basket for 80-79 with 30 seconds left on the clock. However, Devin Green put back the miss of Avramov for a scored 81-80 in favor of his team and 8.3 seconds left. Levski had an attack. Assen Velikov missed three pointer from the corner and Pavel Ivanov missed a layup after offensive board with the clock run out. So Lukoil Academic won the Cup of Bulgaria 81-80.

Bozhidar Avramov played a phenomenal game for the winners, recording 21 points with seven three pointers and also added six assists. Captain Todor Stoykov also showed great spirit and was very useful in the most important moments of the match. He finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Veselin Veselinov and Travis Peterson added 9 points apiece.

Aaron Harper was the best scorer with his 32 points (5 threes) and also added 10 rebounds for the efficiency of 40. Jason Crowe played well with 15 points and 9 rebounds while Priest Lauderdale ended with 8 points.


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  CHINA   


Courtney Sims is about to join DongGuan Leopards - by Eurobasket News
Courtney Sims (211-C-83, college: Michigan) is close to signing a deal with DongGuan Leopards. The 27-year-old centre has currently been playing in D-League. Courtney Sims averages 16.7 points, 9.6 boards and 1.2 blocks per game for the Iowa Energy. The centre was named the D-League All-Star Game MVP this year. Last season Courtney Sims started in CSKA Moscow. However he left Russia shortly after joining the Iowa Energy in D-League. In March the centre signed a deal with Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rico. He tallied 9.0 points and 4.4 boards in BSN. In PBL his stats read 22.3 points, 14.7 boards and 2.0 blocks per appearance. Courtney Sims finished the previous season in Belgium. His stats read 8.2 points and 5.8 boards for Spirou Charleroi.


CBA Names Players for All-Star Weekend - by Arthur Volbert
The CBA has selected its all-stars and the all star weekend will be this coming Saturday and Sunday. These selections show who the Chinese believe are their top players.

Southern All Stars

Starters: Wang Zhizhi (Bayi Rockets), Zhang Kai (Dongguan New Century Leopards), Mo Ke (Bayi Rockets), Wang Shipeng (Guangdong Dongguan Bank Hongyuan Tigers), Marbury Stephon (187-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) (Foshan)

Reserves: Zhu Fangyu, Su Wei (Guangdong Dongguan Bank Hongyuan Tigers); Lin Chih-Chieh (Zhejiang Guangsha Lions), Liu Wei (Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks), Marcus Williams, Ding Jinhui (Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank)

Northern All Stars

Starters: Mengke Bateer (Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers), Li Xiaoxu (Liaoning Panpan Hunters), Zhang Nan (Tianjin Ronggang), Zhang Qingpeng (Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers), Qunicy Douby (Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers)

Reserves: Randolph Morris, Chen Lei, Lee Hsueh-lin (Beijing Capital Steel Ducks), Zhong Cheng, Yu Shulong (Jilin Longrun Tea), Zhang Xuewen (Shanxi Fenjiu), Sun Jie (Shandong Kingston)

Veterans dominate the all-star starters. The only young player among starters on either team is LI Xiaoxu, listed as born in 1990, starting for the North. But there are several young players among the reserves -- Su Wei (1989) and Ding Jinhui (1990) for the South and Zhong Cheng (1989) and Yu Shulong (1990) for the North.

There is also a rookie game. I do not know the criteria for rookies but Sun Weibo of the North played 29 games in 2009-10 and often started.

Southern Rookies:

Gu Quan, He Zhongmin (Dongguan New Century Leopards), Ren Junfei, Li Yuanyu (Guangdong Dongguan Bank Hongyuan Tigers), Wang Junjie (Jiangsu Nangang Dragons), Zhang Zhuojun (Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank), Ji Xiang (Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks), Zhang Chengyu (Bayi Rockets), Jin Jiming (Foshan), Zhao Dapeng (Zhejiang Guangsha Lions)

Northern Rookies

Tao Hanlin (Shandong Kingston), Li An (Jilin Longrun Tea), Yu Changdong (Shanxi Fenjiu), Guo Ailun, Lian Ming (Liaoning Panpan Hunters), Zhang Zhihan, Shen Tujun (Tianjin Ronggang), Han Chongkai, Chen Shidong (Beijing Capital Steel Ducks), Sun Weibo (Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers).

One question about the rookies is why Ji Xiang of Shanghai was selected for the team and not 7-3 Zhang Zhaoxu. Both played in the NCAA last year and Zhang had a much better season this year.

The only thing I can think of is that maybe Zhang went back to the United States. Though he is listed as born in 1987 he would be eligible for the NBA draft this year since he played as an NCAA sophomore, at California, last year. Like Han Dejun he has substantial upside. Also like Han he is a late bloomer. When I first heard of him at the Adidas Camp in 2005 he was 213 cm and now he's 220 cm. But he is thin and fragile and that likely argues against an NBA career. Hasheem Thabeet has trouble making it and Zhang has the same sort of problems, only moreso.

Three-point Shooting Contest

Zhang Qingpeng (Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers), Marbury Stephon (Foshan), Quincy Douby (Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers), Sun Jie (Shandong Kingston), Zhang Bo (Bayi Rockets), Lee Hsueh-lin (Beijing Capital Steel Ducks).

These are the players the Chinese believe are their best shooters.

Skills Challenge

Lin Chih-Chieh (Zhejiang Guangsha Lions), Xie Libin (Beijing Capital Steel Ducks), Yu Shulong (Jilin Longrun Tea), Guo Ailun (Liaoning Panpan Hunters).

These are whom the Chinese think are their best all-round players.

Dunking Contest

Wu Nan (Jiangsu Nangang Dragons), Zhang Xuewen (Shanxi Fenjiu), Zhao Tailong (Fujian SBS Xunxin), Zhang Ji (Tianjin Ronggang), Wu Ke (Shandong Kingston), James Singleton (Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers)

These are the players who are their best dunkers.




Orien Greene moves to China - by Eurobasket News
Orien Greene (193-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) will continue his career in China. The 28-year-old guard has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Beijing Ducks. Orien Greene started the season in D-League. He averaged 17.0 points, 5.2 boards and 4.9 assists per game for the Utah Flash. The guard also appeared in three games for the New Jersey Nets this season. His stats read 1.0 point and 0.3 assists in those appearances. Last season Orien Greene also played for the Utah Flash in D-League. He tallied 16.7 points, 5.3 boards, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Orien Green also had spells in Australia, Holland and NBA during his career. Orien Greene is expected to join the Ducks for the upcoming CBA playoffs.


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Zadar split ways with Devan Downey - by Eurobasket News
Zadar have agreed on terms of contract termination with Devan Downey (175-G-87, college: S.Carolina). The 23-year-old guard joined the Croatian team in January. He tallied 14.2 points, 3.4 assists and 2.6 boards per game in Adriatic League. Devan Downey started the season in Turkey. The guard notched 11.1 points, 2.6 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game for Antalya.


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Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Falcon 18-2 
 2. Stevnsgade 17-3 
 3. Lemvig 13-7 
 4. Haderslev 13-7 
 5. Virum 11-9 
 6. Glostrup 10-8 
 7. Solrod 10-12 
 8. ALBA 7-13 
 9. Skt.Klemens 6-14 
 10. Aarhus BF 6-15 
 11. Herlev 5-15 
 12. Hobas 4-15 


1st Division Round 20: Glostrup edges Solrod by two points - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in 1st Division.

The most exciting game of round 20 in the 1st Division took place in Glostrup. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Solrod (10-12) to sixth ranked Glostrup (10-8) 80-78. Glostrup have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Glostrup maintains sixth position with 10-8 record. Solrod lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. Glostrup are looking forward to face higher ranked Lemvig (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Solrod will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Falcon. First ranked Falcon faced 3rd ranked Lemvig. Host Falcon (18-2) defeated guests from Lemvig (13-7) 80-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lemvig. Falcon have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-2 record. Lemvig at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Haderslev. Falcon will play against ALBA (#8) in Alleroed in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lemvig will play at home against Glostrup (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Stevnsgade. Second ranked Stevnsgade faced one of their biggest challengers Haderslev. Host Stevnsgade (17-3) smashed guests from Haderslev (13-7) 88-61. Stevnsgade have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-3 record behind leader Falcon. Newly promoted Haderslev dropped to the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Lemvig. Stevnsgade will meet at home Herlev (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Haderslev will play against Aarhus BF (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Hobas managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the six-game losing streak. This time they won against fifth-ranked Virum Vipers in Horsholm 102-90. Hobas maintains twelfth position with 4-15 record. Virum Vipers lost fifth consecutive game. Virum Vipers at the other side keep the fifth place with nine games lost. Hobas will have a break next round. Virum Vipers will play at home against Skt.Klemens (#9) in Odense.
The game in Odense was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Haderslev (13-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Skt.Klemens (6-14). Haderslev managed to secure a 9-point victory 80-71 on Sunday. Haderslev moved-up to third place, which they share with Lemvig. Loser Skt.Klemens dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Haderslev will face Aarhus BF (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Skt.Klemens will play against Virum Vipers.

Rest of the games of round 20 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Stevnsgade crushed Aarhus BF in a road game 83-64. Glostrup was beaten by ALBA at home 51-66. Solrod lost to Herlev on the opponent's court 79-86.


Aarhus BF - Stevnsgade 64-83

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Aarhus BF (6-15) was crushed at home by second ranked Stevnsgade (17-3) 83-64 on Sunday. Stevnsgade have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-3 record behind leader Falcon. Loser Aarhus BF keeps the tenth place with 15 games lost. Stevnsgade will face Herlev (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aarhus BF will play against Haderslev.
gschID: 110421


Skt.Klemens - Haderslev 71-80

The game in Odense was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Haderslev (13-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Skt.Klemens (6-14). Haderslev managed to secure a 9-point victory 80-71 on Sunday. Haderslev moved-up to third place, which they share with Lemvig. Loser Skt.Klemens dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Haderslev will face Aarhus BF (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Skt.Klemens will play against Virum Vipers.
gschID: 110422


Glostrup - Solrod 80-78

The most exciting game of round 20 in the 1st Division took place in Glostrup. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Solrod (10-12) to sixth ranked Glostrup (10-8) 80-78 in the game for the sixth place. Glostrup have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Glostrup maintains sixth position with 10-8 record. Solrod lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. Glostrup are looking forward to face higher ranked Lemvig (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Solrod will have a break next round.
gschID: 110416


Falcon - Lemvig 80-76

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Falcon. First ranked Falcon faced 3rd ranked Lemvig. Host Falcon (18-2) defeated guests from Lemvig (13-7) 80-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lemvig. Falcon have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-2 record. Lemvig at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Haderslev. Falcon will play against ALBA (#8) in Alleroed in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lemvig will play at home against Glostrup (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 110417


Glostrup - ALBA 51-66

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked ALBA (7-13) defeated on the road 6th ranked Glostrup (10-8) 66-51 on Saturday. ALBA have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. Newly promoted Glostrup keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. ALBA will face league's leader Falcon at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
gschID: 110418


Hobas - Virum 102-90

Bottom-ranked Hobas managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the six-game losing streak. This time they won against fifth-ranked Virum Vipers in Horsholm 102-90. Hobas maintains twelfth position with 4-15 record. Virum Vipers lost fifth consecutive game. Virum Vipers at the other side keep the fifth place with nine games lost. Hobas will have a break next round. Virum Vipers will play at home against Skt.Klemens (#9) in Odense.
gschID: 110419


Herlev - Solrod 86-79

There was an upset when higher ranked Solrod (10-12) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Herlev (5-15) 86-79 on Sunday. Herlev maintains eleventh position with 5-15 record. Solrod lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. Herlev will face league's second-placed Stevnsgade on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
gschID: 110420


Stevnsgade - Haderslev 88-61

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Stevnsgade. Second ranked Stevnsgade faced one of their biggest challengers Haderslev. Host Stevnsgade (17-3) smashed guests from Haderslev (13-7) 88-61. Stevnsgade have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-3 record behind leader Falcon. Newly promoted Haderslev dropped to the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Lemvig. Stevnsgade will meet at home Herlev (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Haderslev will play against Aarhus BF (#10) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 110415




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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. 10-31 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 29-13 
 2. Rio Grande 28-13 
 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. 25-16 
 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.21.1 
 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. Goods, Dakota W.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.10.5 
 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. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.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.7.7 
 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
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.4 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 5. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Reynolds, Spring.1.9 
 9. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
 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. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.2 
 5. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Atchley, Rio Grande2.1 
 7. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 8. Gaffney, Utah F.1.9 
 9. Sykes, Sioux F.1.9 
 10. Gladness, Dakota W.1.8 


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Sani Becirovic heads to CSKA - by Eurobasket News
Sani Becirovic (195-G-81) is expected to join CSKA in the upcoming days. The Slovenian guard has recently parted ways with Turk Telekom. Sani Becirovic joined the Turksih team at the start of the season. He averaged 16.7 points, 3.3 boards and 2.3 assists per EuroChallenge game. In TBL Sani Becirovic tallied 13.9 points, 3.2 boards and 2.7 assists. Sani Becirovic participated at 2010 World Championship. He averaged 8.9 points, 3.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds for Slovenia in Turkey. Last season the guard tipped off with Olimpija Ljubljana. He notched 12.9 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 boards in Euroleague. In Adriatic League his stats read 12.9 points, 3.9 assists and 1.8 boards. Later Sani Becirovic moved to Armani Jeans where he posted 5.5 points, 2.4 assists and 1.7 boards per appearance. Apart from Italy and Turkey Sani Becirovic also had stints in Greece and Slovenia. He was player of the Year in Slovenia back in 2001 as well as Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Bosman Player of the Year in Greece in 2007.


Keith Langford to extend with BC Khimki for four years - by Xisco Carots
According to Worldbasket, Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) agreed to terms with BC Khimky Moscow Region to extend his contract for 4 more years. The American player arrived in the Russian team two summers ago from Virtus Bologna and became one of the main players of the team.
Langford, as Worldbasket reports, will gain around 9M of Dollars in the next four years becoming one of the most paid players in the Old Continent.
The US guard began his career in North Crowley High School. In 2002, he signed up for Kansas University, which he helped reach the NCAA Final Four twice, in 2002 and 2003. His pro debut were in the D-League with Fort Worth Flyers. Then, after having taken part in the pre-season camp with the Houston Rockets, he signed for Vanoli Soresina (in Italys second division). After a brief spell at San Antonio Spurs, he was back in the D-League with Austin Toros in 2007-08. He finished that season in Italy with Biella (Lega A). He took part in the NBA Summer League 2008 in Las Vegas with the Denver Nuggets in summer 2008 before flying back to Italy where he played for Virtus Bologna in 2008-09 (still in Lega A). Two years in Khimky and this crazy four-year contract extension followed.



Courtesy of Worldbasket



Valencia tab Darryl Middleton - by Eurobasket News
Valencia signed a deal with Darryl Middleton (203-F/C-66, college: Baylor). He will replace injured James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) on the roster. The contract is meant for two months. Darryl Middleton started the season in Girona. The 44-year-old centre tallied 8.3 points and 4.5 boards per game in LEB Gold. Darryl Middleton played in Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Russia during his long European career. The centre was named ACB MVP back in 2000.


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Lille inks Roy Booker - by Eurobasket News
Roy Booker (191-G/F-84, college: SE Missouri St.) is a new member of Lille. The American guard replaces Karon Bradley (182-G-84, college: Wichita St.), who will be out at least six weeks due to injury.
Roy Booker arrives to Lille from the Syrian team Al Karameh. He started this season in Slovakia as a member of Prievidza. For 11 games in Slovakian Extraliga he averaged 23.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists. Last season Booker split between Ormanspor Ankara and Hungarian Kormend. With Kormend he had 13.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 2.2 apg for 28 appearances. Booker also played for Etha, Marso, Aris Friesland Leeuwarden and Karsiyaka in the past. He is a product of the SE Missouri State, where he graduated in 2006.
Lille currently has 10-15 record in ProB.


R.T. Guinn leaves Limoges - by Eurobasket News
R.T. Guinn (208-C-81, college: Baylor) and Limoges decided to part ways. Sides reached the mutual agreement on terms of contract termination. R.T. Guinn joined the team at the start of the season. The 29-year-old centre tallied 8.7 points, 5.0 boards and 1.1 assist per game in Pro A. Last season R.T. Guinn played for Budivelnyk in Ukraine. His stats read 10.7 points, 3.9 boards in Superleague.


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


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Blair, Denek23.3 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy18.5 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest18.4 
 4. Petrovic, St Et.17.9 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux16.8 
 6. Blot, Blois16.7 
 7. James, Challans16.7 
 8. Disy, Roche15.9 
 9. Lesieu, St Quentin15.8 
 10. Lalugba, Denain15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Simmons, St Et.8.8 
 2. Pasut, Sorgues8.5 
 3. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 4. Hoard, Lievin8.1 
 5. Kennedy, Orchy7.8 
 6. Lopez, Brest7.7 
 7. Alingue, Souffel7.6 
 8. Cilly, Orchy7.6 
 9. Brocheray, Denain7.5 
 10. Lesieu, St Quentin7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre BROCHARD
  Blois
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Brochard, Blois6.5 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy6.1 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.4.8 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.3 
 5. Sauret, Denain4.1 
 6. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.0 
 7. Rambur, St Quentin4.0 
 8. Dessart, Lievin3.7 
 9. Thomas, St Etienne3.7 
 10. Thinon, Sorgues3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Blair, Denek2.7 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.2 
 3. Neri, Roche2.0 
 4. El Amrani, St Et.2.0 
 5. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 6. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 7. Blot, Blois1.8 
 8. Roberts, Brest1.7 
 9. Barbry, Orchy1.7 
 10. James, Challans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.8 
 2. Ford, Bordeaux1.7 
 3. Traore, Angers B.1.6 
 4. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 5. Pasut, Sorgues1.3 
 6. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 7. Kolb, Blois1.1 
 8. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 9. Kennedy, Orchy1.0 
 10. Gourde, Get Vosges0.9 


NM1 Round 26: Etendard de Brest defeats leader Bordeaux - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Bordeaux (22-4) on the court of third ranked Etendard de Brest on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Etendard de Brest 76-56. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Bordeaux. The game without a history. Etendard de Brest led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Bordeaux 53-34 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Etendard de Brest looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Julien Doreau (200-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) contributed with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) replied with 9 points and 13 rebounds for Bordeaux. Etendard de Brest have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-9 record having five points less than leader Bordeaux. Bordeaux at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. Etendard de Brest are looking forward to face Saint-Quentin (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Bordeaux will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Blois was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Saint-Quentin (14-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Blois (15-11). Blois managed to secure a 6-point victory 74-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Saint-Quentin. Canadian-British forward Kai Williams (198-89, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Olivier Kolb chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Blois moved-up to fifth place, which they share with St Etienne. Saint-Quentin at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Sorgues. Blois will play against Le Puy ASMB (#10) in Le Puy en Velay in the next round where they are favorite. Saint-Quentin will play at home against Etendard de Brest and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sorgues (14-12) and Orchesien BC (12-14), which took place in Orchies. Higher ranked Sorgues lost to twelfth ranked Orchesien BC in a road game 59-73 on Saturday. Orchesien BC moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Sorgues at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with St Quentin. Orchesien BC will meet Lievin Basket (#15) on the road in the next round. Sorgues will play against Denek (#14) in Bidart and hope to secure a win.
Another upset was a game between Le Puy ASMB (12-13) and Denek (12-14), which took place in Bidart. Higher ranked Le Puy ASMB lost to fourteenth ranked Denek in a road game 93-98. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Le Puy ASMB. Denek moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Le Puy ASMB at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Denek's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sorgues (#7) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Another upset was a game between Vendee Challans (12-13) and Roche (7-19), which took place in Challans. Higher ranked Vendee Challans lost at home to seventeenth ranked Roche 68-75 on Saturday. Wayne Morris orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Vendee Challans' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Roche maintains seventeenth position with 7-19 record. Loser Vendee Challans keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Roche will face higher ranked Angers BC 49 (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26: Denain smashed CFBB on the road 90-63. St Chamond won against Get Vosges on its own court 77-63. Lievin unfortunately lost to Angers BC 49 in a road game 69-82. St Etienne rolled over Souffel at home 69-45.
The most impressive performance of 26th round was 25 points and 8 rebounds by Jean-Victor Traore of Angers BC 49.



CFBB - Denain 63-90

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Denain Voltaire (19-7) crushed bottom-ranked CFBB (4-22) in Paris 90-63 on Saturday. The game without a history. Denain Voltaire led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Denain Voltaire forced 27 CFBB turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Denain Voltaire especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Naturalized Senegalese power forward Amadou Gacko (203-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Frederic Minet (187-81) contributed with 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. Five Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. Power forward Jean-Charles Livio (202-93) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Ulysse Adjagba (184-93) added 15 points in the effort for CFBB. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Denain Voltaire maintains second position with 19-7 record having just three points less than leader Bordeaux. Loser CFBB stay dead last with 22 lost games. Denain Voltaire will face Saint Chamond (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CFBB will play against the league's leader Bordeaux (#1).
Top scorers:
Denain: A.Gacko 15+9reb+3ast, B.Lalugba 14+5reb+1ast, J.Sauret 12+2reb+2ast, F.Minet 11+3reb+8ast, A.Belkessa 10+2reb+2ast, R.Brocheray 10+5reb
CFBB: J.Livio 18+6reb+1ast, U.Adjagba 15+2reb, A.Racine 11+2reb, V.Pourchot 6+6reb, H.Invernizzi 6+4reb+4ast, Y.Morin 3+7reb+2ast
gschID: 100855


Orchy - Sorgues 73-59

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sorgues (14-12) and Orchesien BC (12-14), which took place in Orchies. Higher ranked Sorgues lost to twelfth ranked Orchesien BC in a road game 59-73 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Orchesien BC dominated on the defensive end, holding Sorgues to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Orchesien BC moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Sorgues at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with St Quentin. Orchesien BC will meet Lievin Basket (#15) on the road in the next round. Sorgues will play against Denek (#14) in Bidart and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 100856


Denek - Le Puy 98-93

Another upset was a game between Le Puy ASMB (12-13) and Denek (12-14), which took place in Bidart. Higher ranked Le Puy ASMB lost to fourteenth ranked Denek in a road game 93-98. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Le Puy ASMB. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-15 Le Puy ASMB's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 98-93 at the end of the game. Denek moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Le Puy ASMB at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Denek's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sorgues (#7) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 100851


St Chamond - Get Vosges 77-63

Rather expected game when 16th ranked Get Vosges (8-18) lost on the road to thirteenth ranked Saint Chamond (12-14) 77-63 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 47-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Saint Chamond outrebounded Get Vosges 42-30 including 27 on the defensive glass. Forward Regis Aubry (199-82) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Jonathan Beugnot (201-83, college: Clayton St.) contributed with 8 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Four Saint Chamond players scored in double figures. American center Zach Gourde (205-80, college: Gonzaga) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Mali forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) added 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Get Vosges. Get Vosges' coach Laurent Mathis rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saint Chamond have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Get Vosges lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. Saint Chamond will face league's second-placed Denain Voltaire on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Get Vosges will play against Souffelweyersheim (#13) in Souffel..
Top scorers:
St Chamond: A.Laroche 18+2reb+1ast, R.Aubry 16+12reb+2ast, J.Rinna 15+6reb+3ast, R.Tillon 12+1reb+4ast, J.Beugnot 8+16reb+1ast, T.Viglianco 5+2reb+1ast
Get Vosges: Z.Gourde 21+7reb, T.Sani 17+8reb+1ast, S.Popovic 7+4reb+7ast, D.Strong 7+3reb+3ast, M.Nelaton 6+1reb, M.Gotagni 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 100852


Challans - Roche 68-75

Another upset was a game between Vendee Challans (12-13) and Roche (7-19), which took place in Challans. Higher ranked Vendee Challans lost at home to seventeenth ranked Roche 68-75 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-68. Roche outrebounded Vendee Challans 41-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. American forward Wayne Morris (198-77, college: Shippensburg) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Franck Monpounga (200-78) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Robert Yanders (180-79, college: Missouri St., agency: JEMsports) replied with 12 points and 6 assists and power forward Sammy Girma (199-89, college: Cochise CC) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Vendee Challans. Four Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. Vendee Challans' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Roche maintains seventeenth position with 7-19 record. Loser Vendee Challans keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Roche will face higher ranked Angers BC 49 (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Roche: F.Monpounga 19+9reb, H.Disy 15+7reb+3ast, W.Morris 12+15reb+5ast, C.Audouard 8+4reb+3ast, F.Bateko 7+2reb+1ast, G.Lance 6+2ast
Challans: S.Girma 13+5reb, R.Yanders 12+2reb+6ast, M.Boutry 10+6reb, B.Boutry 10+2reb+3ast, J.Geay 9+2reb+2ast, R.Boissie 5+1reb
gschID: 100853


Brest - Bordeaux 76-56

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Bordeaux (22-4) on the court of third ranked Etendard de Brest on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Etendard de Brest 76-56. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Bordeaux. The game without a history. Etendard de Brest led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Bordeaux 53-34 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Etendard de Brest looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Julien Doreau (200-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Etendard de Brest players scored in double figures. American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) replied with 9 points and 13 rebounds and forward Romain Dardaine (200-88) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Bordeaux. Etendard de Brest have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-9 record having five points less than leader Bordeaux. Bordeaux at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. Etendard de Brest are looking forward to face Saint-Quentin (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Bordeaux will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Brest: G.Staelens 19+3reb+3ast, J.Doreau 15+12reb+6ast, R.Lopez 13+10reb+3ast, V.Pridotkas 12+14reb+3ast, R.Roberts 9+9reb+1ast, J.Liorel 6+1reb+3ast
Bordeaux: R.Dardaine 14+6reb+1ast, G.Darrigand 12+3reb+3ast, A.Caille 9, J.Ford 9+13reb, M.Doubal 5+2reb+2ast, A.M'Boup 3+1ast
gschID: 100854


Angers BC 49 - Lievin 82-69

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Angers BC 49 (16-10) won against at home 15th ranked Lievin Basket (10-16) 82-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Angers BC 49. Lievin Basket was better in third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Angers BC 49 made 9 blocks. Lievin Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Senegalese power forward Vincent Mendy (204-83) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. Forward Aude Pierre-Joseph (194-79) replied with 18 points and naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Lievin Basket. Angers BC 49 maintains fourth position with 16-10 record. Loser Lievin Basket keeps the fifteenth place with 16 games lost. Angers BC 49 will face Roche (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lievin Basket will play against Orchesien BC in Orchies.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: J.Traore 25+8reb, V.Mendy 18+9reb, T.Ramphort 12+2reb+6ast, S.Cherasse 12+2reb+2ast, O.Sulpice 6+4reb+5ast, D.Hayes 5+3reb+1ast
Lievin: A.Pierre-Joseph 18+4reb+1ast, A.Hoard 12+9reb+1ast, J.Dessart 9+1reb+8ast, M.Hachi 8+3reb, S.Cretaux 7+2reb+2ast, P.Balocka 7+10reb+1ast
gschID: 100848


St Etienne - Souffel 69-45

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Souffelweyersheim (12-14) was outscored on the road by sixth ranked Saint-Etienne (15-11) 69-45 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Saint-Etienne. Souffelweyersheim was better in second period 8-6. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Souffelweyersheim to just 6 points in first quarter and to 14 points in first half. Saint-Etienne dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Souffelweyersheim's 28. Saint-Etienne forced 21 Souffelweyersheim turnovers. Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Roderick Pegon (199-77) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian forward Jovan Stefanov (205-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Souffelweyersheim. Souffelweyersheim's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Saint-Etienne moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Blois. Newly promoted Souffelweyersheim keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Saint-Etienne will face Vendee Challans (#9) on the road in the next round. Souffelweyersheim will play against Get Vosges in Golbey.
Top scorers:
St Etienne: D.Petrovic 19+5reb+2ast, R.Pegon 11+8reb+2ast, L.Simmons 10+9reb, B.Thomas 8+3reb+6ast, S.Hermenier 8+2reb, X.Gaillou 7+3reb+5ast
Souffel: J.Alingue 14+7reb, S.Kancel 7+4reb+2ast, J.Stefanov 7+9reb, M.M'Bodji 6+3reb+4ast, R.Appel 4, D.Weber 4+5reb
gschID: 100849


Blois - St Quentin 74-68

The game in Blois was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Saint-Quentin (14-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Blois (15-11). Blois managed to secure a 6-point victory 74-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Saint-Quentin. Saint-Quentin was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 35-27 second half run of Blois. Canadian-British forward Kai Williams (198-89, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Olivier Kolb (205-87) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Keonta Howell (193-85, college: Toledo) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Blois moved-up to fifth place, which they share with St Etienne. Saint-Quentin at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Sorgues. Blois will play against Le Puy ASMB (#10) in Le Puy en Velay in the next round where they are favorite. Saint-Quentin will play at home against Etendard de Brest and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Blois: W.Kai 20+9reb, O.Kolb 19+7reb+1ast, Z.Alao 10+9reb+4ast, B.Recoura 8, J.Gardner 8+1reb, K.Williams 6+3reb+1ast
St Quentin: K.Howell 17+6reb+2ast, J.Lesieu 14+12reb, A.Rambur 12+1reb+4ast, M.Diallo 11+1reb+2ast, D.Sencanski 8+2reb+2ast, J.Jones 3
gschID: 100850




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Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Army 13-2 
 2. TSU Tbilisi 13-3 
 3. Kutaisi 11-4 
 4. MIA Tbilisi 10-5 
 5. Sokhumi 8-8 
 6. Energy Rustavi 6-9 
 7. Samedicino 5-10 
 8. Batumi 5-10 
 9. GTU Tbilisi 5-11 
 10. GSAU Tbilisi 4-12 
 11. Dinamo Tbilisi 1-15 


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  GREECE   


Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. OFI 19-4 
 2. Ermis Perama 18-5 
 3. Nea Kifisia 16-4 
 4. MENT 16-6 
 5. Anagennisi 16-6 
 6. Doxa Lefkadas 15-8 
 7. Diagoras 12-10 
 8. Aias Evosmou 11-12 
 9. Stratoni 10-12 
 10. Doukas 10-13 
 11. Aiolos Trik. 9-14 
 12. Egaleo 8-15 
 13. Apollon KL 7-16 
 14. M.Alexandros 5-17 
 15. Filippos Veroias 3-20 


Tzakopoulos joined Iraklis - by Giorgos Diploidis
Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85) was announced today by the team of Iraklis Thessaloniki Tzakopoulos will be another solution in the guards for Chris Chougaz for the rest of the season where the team of Thessaloniki will try to avoid relegation. Tzakopoulos this season played in Cyprus for Achilleas Kaimakliou where he left in the middle of the season. In Greece his last team was Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas.

At this time was having conversations with some teams but he finally decided to wear the shirt of Iraklis Thessaloniki.




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  HOLLAND   


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 18-3 
 2. Dehoppers 18-3 
 3. Groene 15-6 
 4. Leiden 2 14-6 
 5. Red Giants 14-7 
 6. Hoofddorp 14-9 
 7. Cangeroes 12-10 
 8. Goba 12-10 
 9. Almonte 10-12 
 10. Akrides 7-15 
 11. Amsterdam 2 7-16 
 12. Punch 6-15 
 13. Black Eagles 2-19 
 14. Wildcats 2-20 


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  HUNGARY   


Hungarian Cup: Szolnok won! - by Tamas Deri
The team of Szolnoki Olaj KK won the Hungarian Cup last night in a very good game against Albacomp. The home team had a longer bench which allowed coach Por to give some rest of the best players of his team and that was the key of the victory again. American point guard Obie Trotter scored 17 points including 3 three pointers, hungarian guard Akos Horvath added 15 also with 3 threes, forward Ivory Clark helped his team with 16 and some very important rebounds, hungarian big man Marton Bader added 15.
Adam Hanga was shining on the court again and scored 25 points including 4 tripples, Balazs Simon added also 16 points.

Szolnoki Olaj KK - Albacomp 79-71
(21-17, 17-17, 19-21, 22-16)
54. Hungarian Cup Final, Szolnok, Att.: 2700, Referees: Foldhazi T., Cziffra Cs., Palla Z. (Gincsai)
Szolnok: Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) 17/9, Akos Horvath 15/9, Budimir 5, Ivory Clark (198-F-85) 16/6, Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 15, Vesztergom 2, Fodor M. -, Trepak 7/3, Grebenar 2, Coach: Por Peter
Albacomp: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 16/3, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) 25/12, Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Oklahoma) 13/3, Hollis 7, Jones 6, Keller 4, Bodi -, Antal -, Madar -, Hendlein -, Coach: Dzunic Branisla




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  INDIA   


Customs beats SBI, IOB-CDBA league Day4 results - by M. Rajalingam
Chennai Customs played its class in the IOB-CDBA-Level 1 basketball league championship for the Ponappa Nadar Trophy with a stunning 75-36 win over State Bank of India on Sunday.

Vinoth of Customs scored 15, giving the Customs a lead of 38-12 at half-time.

In another match, Arun Chandra Das scored 23 in helping BSNL beat State Police 68-48 after trailing 28-29 at half-time.

The results:

Customs 75 (Vinoth 15, Dinesh 12, Vinoth Kumar 12) bt SBI 36 (Grego 11, Soundarajan 10, Harish 10).

BSNL 68 (Arun Chandra Das 23, Saravana Kumar 17, Mohan Raj 13) bt State Police 48 (Dinesh Kumar 28, Ganesh Prabhu 10).

Sathyabama 51 (Sidheek Razak 13, Honey Shengi 11, Hakkim 10) bt Gopalapuram BC 34 (Vickey 10, Yazar 10, James 10).




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  IRAN   


Jalaa reach WABA League Final - by Eurobasket News
Jalaa - Zob Ahan 91:87

Jalaa entered the WABA League Final. They will take on Riyadi Beirut in the best-of-five title series. The Syrian team will have a home-court advantage in the Final. Jalaa reached the championship series after holding off Zob Ahan in the decisive third game of the semifinal series. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) led the effort with 25 points.
The teams were tied at 24 after ten minutes of action. Jalaa put their noses in front in the second term. They earned a 48:43 lead at the interval. Jalaa stayed in charge in the third term. They erupted for 27 points to pile up a 9-point lead with one quarter remaining. Zob Ahan fought till final buzzer but still came up short of victory at the end. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) provided 23 points for Jalaa. Sari Papazian (194-G/F-82) added 21 points in the victory. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) replied with 21 points and 15 boards for Zob Ahan. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) finished with 20 points in the loss.

Jalaa: Jamaal Miller 25, Samaki Walker 23, Sari Papazian 21
Zob Ahan: Oshin Sahakian 21+15 boards, Hamed Afagh 20, Carlos Powell 18



Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 16-4 
 2. Tarabari Qom 15-5 
 3. Mahram 14-2 
 4. T.E.Kashan 14-6 
 5. Zob Ahan 13-2 
 6. Azad 10-9 
 7. Gorgan 7-12 
 8. Caspian 6-13 
 9. B.A. Shiraz 6-14 
 10. M.H.Ahvaz 6-14 
 11. Shahrekord 5-16 
 12. Pouya 2-19 


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  ISRAEL   


Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 20-1 
 2. Hapoel J-M 13-8 
 3. Bnei Hasharon 13-8 
 4. Galil Gilboa 12-9 
 5. Maccabi Rishon 11-10 
 6. Hapoel Holon 10-11 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 9-12 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 7-14 
 9. Maccabi Haifa 5-15 
 10. Ironi Ashkelon 5-16 


Elitzur Kohav Yair/Kfar Saba signed Omni Smith - by Netanel Dahan
Elitzur Kohav Yair/Kfar Saba managed to sign on the transfer deadline day Omni Smith (191-G-84, agency: N.E.T., college: Kent St.) who started the season in Khimik-Yuzney from Ukraine and left in November of 2010.
Smith is the last player to be signed in the Israeli 2nd league this season.
In Ukraine this season he avaraged: 6.5 ppg, and 3.3 apg in 19 mpg, he also played this evening his first game in Isarel and scored 20 pts in 24 minutes at his new team losing to Yavne 92-84.

The transfer deadline of the Israeli first league will end at 31st of this month.


Hapoel Tel-Aviv won't be able to sign another foreign player - by Carmel Drori
Today (Tuesday),Hapoel Tel-Aviv's appeal was denied.
Hapoel filed an appeal after their first request to sign a foreign player instead of Adrian Uter (201-F/C-84) was denied.
Uter was injured last Tuesday in Hapoel's lose to Maccabi HBK.
The Israeli National League only allows 2 foreigners to be signed. but the regulations say that there are some exceptions.
The court stated that Hapoel Usishkin Tel-Aviv would not be able to sign a new foreign player because the transfer window was already closed.
What made Hapoel Tel-Aviv's management even more upset with the court decision is that Hapoel Kfar Saba did get permission do sign another foreigner even though his work visa came through after the transfer window was closed. The court explained that the reason Hapoel Kfar Saba got a special permission is because international women's day is a holiday in many parts of the world and that is why the player's work visa was delayed beyond the legal transfer window.


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Cimberio Varese keeps Simonas Serapinas, parts ways with Damien Ryan - by Eurobasket News
Cimberio Varese announced signing of Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) for rest of the season. The player successfully passed tryout period securing a deal after just four days. At the same time, Varese parted ways with Damien Ryan (193-G-79).
Simonas Serapinas started the previous season in Azovmash in Ukraine. In February 2010 he moved to Neptunas averaging 10.0 points, 5.9 boards, 1.9 assists per game in LKL. Simonas Serapinas also played in Atletas, Alytus, Nevezis, Zalgiris as well as in Greece and Poland.


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Evangelisti, Trapani18.7 
 2. Ricciardi, Palestrina17.4 
 3. Tassinari, Moncalieri17.3 
 4. Musso, Perugia16.8 
 5. Reati, Treviglio16.7 
 6. Masper, Moncalieri16.3 
 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. Zambon, Rieti8.8 
 6. Basei, Ostuni8.8 
 7. Chiaramello, Recanati8.6 
 8. De Min, Treviglio8.3 
 9. Soloperto, Latina B.8.1 
 10. Facenda, Senigallia8.1 
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. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.7 
 6. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 7. Parente, Moncalieri3.4 
 8. Paparella, Potenza3.3 
 9. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.3 
 10. Basanisi, Massafra3.1 
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. Rossi, Palestrina2.6 
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. Raminelli, Castelle.1.0 
 7. Capitanelli, Pales.1.0 
 8. Candido, Ferentino1.0 
 9. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 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 15-11 
 8. Castelletto 14-12 
 9. Trieste 13-13 
 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 


Italian A dilettanti round 26 best performance: Simone Bonfiglio - by Eurobasket News
Guard Simone Bonfiglio (181-G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ruvo, receiving a Eurobasket.com A dilettanti Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, five rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Latina Basket (#6, 14-12) 86-81. Ruvo maintains the 3rd position in Italian A dilettanti. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ruvo will need more victories to improve their 18-8 record. In the team's last game Bonfiglio had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It's his second year at Ruvo and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Simone Bonfiglio averages this season 13.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Matteo Negri (194-G-91) of Ozzano. Negri had a very good evening with 18 points and 3 rebounds. Bad luck as Ozzano lost that game 65-86 to slightly higher-ranked ASD Pavia (#13, 10-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in group A. Ozzano keeps 15th position. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Ozzano managed to get this year. Negri is a newcomer at Ozzano 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 forward Marco Cardillo (196-F-85) of FMC Ferentino (#5). Cardillo scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Ferentino, leading his team to a 91-76 easy win against the higher-ranked Trapani (#1, 19-7). Ferentino needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group B. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 11 lost games. Cardillo has a very solid season. In 25 games in Italy he scored 10.2ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 60.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Omegna - 14 points and 14 rebounds
5. Alfredo Moruzzi (193-G-80) of Trieste - 26 points and 2 rebounds
6. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) of Perugia - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Gabriele Zanella (204-F/C-81) of Treviglio - 23 points and 3 rebounds
8. Simone Bagnoli (206-F/C-81) of Potenza - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Thomas De Min (203-F-86) of Treviglio - 12 points and 10 rebounds
10. Ibrahim Cisse (188-G/F-84) of ASD Pavia - 19 points and 9 rebounds

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


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Kuwaiti Federation Basketball Cup 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Four teams are set for the Semifinals of the Kuwaiti Federation Basketball Cup 2011. AlKuwait SC overcame AlSahel 80:74, while AlQadsia rolled over AlJahra 90:76. Kazma advanced to the semis after 90:75 win over AlArabi. The last Semifinalist became AlNasar that edged AlTtadamon 69:58.
In the Semifinals AlKuwait SC will face AlNasar, while Kazma will take on AlQadsia.


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Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Jurmala 17-3 
 2. Ogre 15-4 
 3. Ventspils Aug. 14-4 
 4. Saldus 14-7 
 5. Gulbene 11-10 
 6. BAA Riga 10-9 
 7. Liepaja-2 10-11 
 8. Zemgale/Jun. 9-10 
 9. Daugava 8-11 
 10. Livani 4-15 
 11. Ridzene 4-16 
 12. VEF Kadeti 1-17 


VEF Riga overcame Rudupis in BBL Quarterfinal series - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga - Rudupis 91:65

VEF Riga overcame Rudupis in their start of the best of three Quarterfinal series. The Latvian team won 91:65 on Tuesday evening almost due to the confident start.
The hosts opened the game with 27-22 and never looked behind after. VEF Riga added 30-12 in the second period to take massive 57:34 at the halftime. Rudupis meanwhile won the third quarter 19-17, but could not come closer. The Latvian side finished the game with 17-12 and won the opener.
VEF Riga made 13 steals versus 8 from the opponents. They had a better stats in Rebounds, Assists and three-points percentage as well.
Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) paced all the winners with 19 points and Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) followed him with 13. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) netted 12, while Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) added 11. Edgaras Zelionis (208-C-89) replied with 18 points in the losing effort and Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) scored 11.

VEF Riga: Artsiom Parakhouski 19, Bojan Bakic 13, Kristaps Janicenoks 12, Dairis Bertans 11
Rudupis: Edgaras Zelionis 18, Adas Juskevicius 11



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VEF Riga overcame Rudupis in BBL Quarterfinal series - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga - Rudupis 91:65

VEF Riga overcame Rudupis in their start of the best of three Quarterfinal series. The Latvian team won 91:65 on Tuesday evening almost due to the confident start.
The hosts opened the game with 27-22 and never looked behind after. VEF Riga added 30-12 in the second period to take massive 57:34 at the halftime. Rudupis meanwhile won the third quarter 19-17, but could not come closer. The Latvian side finished the game with 17-12 and won the opener.
VEF Riga made 13 steals versus 8 from the opponents. They had a better stats in Rebounds, Assists and three-points percentage as well.
Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) paced all the winners with 19 points and Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) followed him with 13. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) netted 12, while Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) added 11. Edgaras Zelionis (208-C-89) replied with 18 points in the losing effort and Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) scored 11.

VEF Riga: Artsiom Parakhouski 19, Bojan Bakic 13, Kristaps Janicenoks 12, Dairis Bertans 11
Rudupis: Edgaras Zelionis 18, Adas Juskevicius 11



Lietuvos Rytas with narrow escape against Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Siauliai 90:89

Lietuvos Rytan narrowly defeated Siauliai in the first game of the Baltic League quarterfinal series. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) hit a jumper with three seconds remaining in regulation to bring victory to the Vilnius team. Game 2 is scheduled for March 20 in Siauliai.
Lietuvos Rytas confidently opened their Baltic League campaign this season. They dominated the first period posting a 32:21 lead after ten minutes. Siauliai went on a 7:0 run midway through the second term to narrow the gap. The visitors got within two points before Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) gave Lietuvos Rytas a 52:47 halftime lead. But Edvinas Ruzgas (198-G-87, college: TCU) and Zukauskas put Siauliai in front midway through the third term. The teams traded baskets before the hosts earned a 75:73 advantage with one quarter remaining. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the fourth period before Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Simas Jasaitis scored four points in a row to seal the winning outcome for the home team. Kenan Bajramovic finished with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Lietuvos Rytas. Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) had 16 points and 11 boards in the victory. Edvinas Ruzgas answered with 19 points for Siauliai. Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-C-82) provided 14 points and 9 caroms in defeat.

Lietuvos Rytas: Kenan Bajramovic 23, Arturas Jomantas 16+11 boards, Simas Jasaitis 14
Siauliai: Edvinas Ruzgas 19, Vytautas Sarakauskas 14



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  NBA   


Gay in two weeks time - by Giorgos Diploidis
Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) is not ready to return to the courts. The prediction of the doctors was that at this time would be available but he will have to wait for two more weeks to be 100% healthy to help Memphis Grizzlies in NBA championship. Gay had his left shoulder dislocated just why he has to play from 15/2 in the game against Philadelph.76. Memphis Grizzlies so far has a 37-31 record and they are fourth in southeast division.



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 Heat26.1 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.6 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers24.8 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.7 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.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.12.7 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.2 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.6 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.3 
 7. Camby, Portland TB10.8 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.2 
 9. Humphries, New J.10.0 
 10. Horford, Atlanta H.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.7 
 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.8.7 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.5 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.5 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 6. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 7. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.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. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.3 
 4. McGee, Washingt.2.2 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.2 
 6. Stoudemire, New Y.2.0 
 7. Jefferson, Utah J.2.0 
 8. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 
 9. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 10. Duncan, San A.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 47-18 
 2. New York K. 34-31 
 3. Philadelph.76 34-33 
 4. New Jersey N. 22-43 
 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 46-21 
 2. Orlando M. 42-26 
 3. Atlanta H. 38-28 
 4. Charlotte B. 28-38 
 5. Washington W. 16-49 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 43-23 
 2. Denver N. 40-27 
 3. Portland TB 37-29 
 4. Utah Jazz 35-33 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-51 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 48-20 
 2. Phoenix Suns 33-32 
 3. Golde State W. 30-37 
 4. LA Clippers 26-42 
 5. Sacramento K. 16-49 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 54-13 
 2. Dallas M. 47-19 
 3. N.Orleans H. 39-30 
 4. Memphis G. 37-31 
 5. Houston R. 34-34 


Kevin Love's double-double streak ends at 53 games - by Eurobasket News
The Golden State Warriors cruised to a 100-77 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday night but the real story is that they also halted Kevin Love's (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) NBA post-merger double-double streak at 53 games.

Love was pulled late in the fourth quarter with the Timberwolves trailing by more than 20 points. He had the rebounds (12) but only scored six points on 1-6 shooting. It was the first time since Nov. 19 that he failed to reach double-digits in both categories. He broke the Moses Malone's modern record on March 10. Wilt Chamberlain holds the all-time record at 227 consecutive games with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


Monday's games - by Eurobasket News
LA Lakers - Orlando M. 97-84
By the time Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) talked himself into a little confidence in his swollen ankle in the second half, Andrew Bynum and the Los Angeles Lakers' reserves had already taken care of Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) scored 23 points, Bryant added 16 while playing on a sprained left ankle, and the Lakers roared away in the second half for their 10th win in 11 games, 97-84 Monday night. Bynum had 10 points, a career high-tying 18 rebounds and four blocks while hounding Howard into nine turnovers - four more than the entire Lakers squad - in another eye-catching low-post game for the Lakers' young center. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Houston R. - Phoenix Suns 95-93
The Houston Rockets froze as they watched the arc of Jared Dudley's 3-point attempt, hoping that the game's last shot wasn't about to ruin their hard-fought effort. The ball bounced off the rim, and the Rockets survived the Suns' late rally on Monday night to keep pace in the race for a postseason berth. Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 23 points, Chuck Hayes (6'6''-F-83, college: Kentucky) had a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds and the Rockets snapped a seven-game losing streak to Phoenix with a 95-93 win over the Suns on Monday night. The Suns rallied from 14 points down in the second half to tie it in the closing minutes. Phoenix had a chance to win at the end, but Dudley missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would've given his team its first lead. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Utah Jazz - Philadelph.76 112-107 OT
Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins said his team was still figuratively hung over Monday night following a blowout loss a few days earlier. The Utah Jazz were happy to make it worse, letting the Sixers rally from a 21-point deficit only to knock them back down in overtime. Andrei Kirilenko (6'9''-F-81) scored seven of his 16 points in the extra period to lead the short-handed Jazz to a 112-107 victory. The Sixers trailed for the first 47 minutes but had a 103-101 lead with 11.5 seconds left in regulation thanks to a 14-point quarter by Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona). C.J. Miles' driving layup tied it and Iguodala missed what would have been the game-winner. Kirilenko then took over in overtime, hitting a 3-pointer, putback dunk and two free throws to seal the win. The Sixers haven't won in Utah since Jan. 5, 2005, losing 10 of the last 12 overall against the Jazz. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Sacramento K. - Golde State W. 129-119
Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) and Samuel Dalembert (6'11''-C-81, college: Seton Hall) did their best to deny the Golden State Warriors another memorable fourth-quarter comeback in what might have been their last game in Sacramento. Thornton and Dalembert had career scoring nights with 42 and 27 points and the Kings jumped out to a big, early lead and held on to beat the Warriors 129-119 Monday night. 'It's nice to get outscored 35-22 in the fourth and get a win,' coach Paul Westphal said. The Kings had blown big leads in the fourth in their first two meetings with the Warriors, losing both in overtime. They scored 19 straight points early in this game to take control and expanded the lead to 25 points. Golden State's reserves got it down to single digits in the fourth quarter but never really threatened. *Courtesy of www.kansascity.com

Washington W. - Oklah.City T. 89-116
The Oklahoma City Thunder have the NBA's leading scorer in Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) and lead the Northwest Division. They finally got to see another piece Monday for what they hope will be a deep playoff run. Durant scored 32 points in a 116-89 blowout win over the Washington Wizards, but of more interest to Oklahoma City was the Thunder debut of center Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84), who started in his first action since a deadline trade from the Boston Celtics. Perkins had six points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes of play, and said his conditioning was fine after missing nine games with a sprained left knee. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

N.Orleans H. - Denver N. 103-114
Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 23 points and the Denver Nuggets combined for 17 3-pointers in a 114-103 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night. Raymond Felton (6'5''-G-84, college: N.Carolina) added 22 points, hitting six 3s for Denver, while J.R. Smith hit five 3s and finished with 18 points. Denver made 17 of 29 3-pointers to build a 23-point lead Wilson Chandler's 3 made it 91-68 in the third quarter. Chandler hit four 3s and finished with 21 points. The Nuggets were just short of the season high of 18 they set one game earlier in a victory over Detroit. Chris Paul had 27 points and 10 assists for the Hornets. *Courtesy of www.fox8live.com

Miami Heat - San Antonio S. 110-80
Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 29 and the Miami Heat avenged their worst loss of the season by rolling past the NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs 110-80 Monday night. LeBron James finished with 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Heat, who have won three straight and moved within two games of Eastern Conference front-runners Boston and Chicago. Miami lost 125-95 in San Antonio on March 4, the midpoint of a five-game slide that now seems all but forgotten after wins over the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies and now the Spurs. Tony Parker scored 18 points and Tim Duncan added 14 for the Spurs, who had won 15 of their last 18 against Miami. *Courtesy of www.forbes.com

Memphis G. - LA Clippers 105-82
The Los Angeles Clippers looked like a team ready to go home. The Memphis Grizzlies made sure to send them packing. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had 30 points and 12 rebounds to help the Memphis Grizzlies snap a two-game skid with a 105-82 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. 'The whole concept of the night was to exert our energy early,' Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said. 'Having a long East Coast road trip is never easy. We know exactly how they feel. Legs are tired. Minds are ready to get back home. We just wanted to come in and take advantage of it.' Randolph connected on 12 of 18 shots from the field, and Memphis strengthened its hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. 'It wasn't really Zach as much, although he had an excellent game,' Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. 'It was everyone else just out-hustling us. Tony [Allen] was in passing lanes. I thought Conley got loose too much. It was our [19] turnovers and lack of offensive production that kind of fed into them in the open court.' Sam Young finished with 14 points and Mike Conley had 13 for Memphis. Darrell Arthur chipped in 12 points and Greivis Vasquez scored a career-high 11. Eric Bledsoe (6'1''-G-89, college: Kentucky) scored 19 points, Chris Kaman added 14 and Mo Williams 11 for the Clippers. Rookie forward Blake Griffin was limited to eight points and nine rebounds, his fourth straight game without reaching a double-double - the longest such drought for Griffin. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

New Jersey N. - Boston C. 88-79
Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) scored 20 points, Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) added 16 and made the clinching 3-pointer, and the New Jersey Nets extended their longest winning streak in three years to five games with an 88-79 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night. Kris Humphries had 16 points and 15 rebounds, following his strong performance against Blake Griffin by turning in one against Kevin Garnett to help the Nets snap a nine-game home losing streak against the Celtics. New Jersey has won five in a row overall for the first time since late December-early January in the 2007-08 season. Ray Allen scored 19 points and Garnett had 18 for the Celtics, who couldn't overcome horrible shooting nights from All-Stars Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo and fell back into a tie with Chicago for the best record in the Eastern Conference. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com




Trail Blazers sign Chris Johnson - by Eurobasket News
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed center Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU) of the NBA Development Leagues Dakota Wizards for the remainder of the season, it was announced today by General Manager Rich Cho.

Johnson, 25, previously signed a 10-day contract with the Trail Blazers on Jan. 22 and appeared in two games, Feb. 1 vs. San Antonio and Feb. 2 at Denver, totaling four points and four rebounds in 16 minutes.

In his first NBA season, Johnson (6-11, 249) also appeared in four games for Boston from Feb. 24-March 4, where he totaled six points, five rebounds and three blocked shots in 32 minutes.

The 15th call-up of the 2010-11 NBA D-League season, Johnson has played in 35 games (34 starts) this season for Dakota, averaging 16.2 points (51.7% FG), 9.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.77 blocked shots in 31.8 minutes.

The LSU product was named to the 2011 NBA Development League All-Star Game and tallied 10 points (5-9 FG), two rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 20 minutes of action.

The Trail Blazers roster now stands at 15 players. Johnson will wear jersey No. 17.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Non-competitive games worrying Cavaliers' Byron Scott: 'We've regressed' - by Eurobasket News
It was not a good weekend for the Cavaliers.

They held a 30-minute team meeting after Friday's 20-point loss at Milwaukee, and their coach questioned their heart after a 20-point loss to visiting Oklahoma City on Sunday.

Since a 4-4 stretch following their league-record 26-game losing streak, the Cavs have lost four straight by an average of about 16 points. They were barely competitive in the last three.

Coach Byron Scott admits his young team has regressed.

'I think the last two games, yeah, think so,' he said. 'We discussed that this morning as coaches. That's one of the most frustrating things for us is that we've regressed instead of progressed -- especially when you see progression coming and all of a sudden the last two games you take a couple of steps back.

'That's very frustrating for me and for all our coaches -- and, hopefully, for the players as well. We've got to figure out a way to get back to where we're taking small steps forward instead of taking big steps backward. It just can't happen.'

This young team has confounded its coaches and fans all season, and Scott admitted almost anything could be behind this latest swoon. With eight players age 24 or younger -- four are 22 or younger -- the Cavs have a roster full of guys who have never played this many games before. This far out of the playoffs, it's possible the players are just counting down the 17 games to the end of the season.

'I'm hoping they're not thinking that way because we're not thinking that way,' Scott said of his coaches. 'We've got to come in every day and try to figure out a way to keep these guys motivated and keep these guys working. I'm hoping they're not all looking at the schedule and going, 'OK, April 13, the season's over and we can take a deep breath and enjoy our summer.' I don't necessarily put that past a bunch of the guys on the team right now, but I hope that's not the case.'

Scott pointed out one very valid reason why his players should not take the rest of the season off.

'You still have things left to prove as a player, not only to yourself, but to me and the coaching staff and our GM and our owner and people around the league,' Scott said. 'There's a good chance there's going to be a big turnover with this team next year. You want to make a good showing.

'The biggest thing with me is when you're out there playing, it's still competition. I just can't sit pat and watch guys beat me up or beat me every game. It just doesn't sit well with me. You've got to have some fire in your belly. Just being out there going against a guy with a different color jersey on should be the thing that motivates you the most.'

Welcome back: Antawn Jamison, most likely out for the rest of the season after surgery on his fractured left little finger, has returned to Cleveland and will travel with the team to the West Coast this week.

'We need him around,' Scott said. 'I think these young guys need to see him every day. He says things that are on his mind, which is good. Sometimes they need to hear it from a fellow player instead of us harping on it every single day.'

Davis OK: Scott said he texted Baron Davis on Sunday. Davis has returned to Los Angeles in the wake of his grandmother's death. Her funeral will be there Tuesday. The Cavs will be traveling to Sacramento that night and unable to attend.

'In his text he sounds like he's doing OK,' Scott said. 'I'm sure like a lot of guys he'll be glad when it's over and he can move on. That's what we're here for.'

Davis told Scott he'd watched the game against the Thunder and wasn't too happy with what he saw. Scott said he thought it was possible Davis might join the team Thursday at Portland. The Cavs play at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday afternoon.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


MRI exam shows Grizzlies F Gay's shoulder healing, no timetable set for return - by Eurobasket News
While an MRI exam Monday showed that Memphis forward Rudy Gay's (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) left shoulder is healing, no timetable has been set for his return.

Memphis made the announcement during Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Gay underwent the MRI earlier in the day. He had tweeted Monday afternoon: 'I hate bad news.'

The team said the six-foot-eight forward 'underwent a follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) today on his left shoulder, which revealed that while the shoulder is healing from a subluxation, it needs more time to fully recover.'

Gay, the Grizzlies' second-leading scorer at 19.8 points a game, injured the shoulder on Feb. 15 against Philadelphia. He has missed 10 games with the injury.

Memphis entered Monday night's game at 5-5 in Gay's absence as they fight to hold on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Courtesy of www.winnipegfreepress.com


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Iowa State forward Eric McKnight to transfer after just 1 season - by Eurobasket News
Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg says forward Eric McKnight (6'9''-F) will transfer.

McKnight played sparingly as a freshman for the Cyclones this season. McKnight, a native of Raleigh, N.C., averaged just 1.1 points and 0.6 rebounds in 14 games.

Hoiberg said Monday that he and McKnight agreed that McKnights best chance for more playing time will come at another school. He was granted a release from his scholarship.

Iowa State already has a pair of standout young forwards, Melvin Ejim and Calvin Godfrey, who have three years of eligibility left.

Transfer post players Royce White and Anthony Booker will also be eligible next season.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Tubby Smith expects to be back at Minnesota - by Eurobasket News
Minnesota coach Tubby Smith says he expects to be back at Minnesota next season.

Several reports on Monday said Smith was close to replacing John Pelphrey at Arkansas. Smith appeared on his weekly radio show on WCCO-AM Monday night and was asked if he expected to return.

Smith said, 'Yes I do.'

The coach said he is continuing to work on a two-year extension with athletic director Joel Maturi. Smith has wanted a new practice facility ever since he arrived in 2007, but the school has not been able to raise the necessary funds to make that happen yet.

Smith just wrapped up a disappointing fourth season in Minnesota, with a 17-14 record that ended his streak of 17 straight 20-win seasons, the longest active run in major college basketball. The Gophers lost 10 of their last 11 games and did not receive a bid to the NCAA or NIT tournaments. In a story posted Monday night on the athletic department website, Smith said the Gophers declined to participate in the CBI and CIT tournaments.

'I am sure that people are wondering why we didn't accept one of the invitations from the CBI or the CIT,' Smith said. 'We just really felt that it wasn't in the best interest of our program. I don't want it to sound like the tournaments are not quality tournaments, but at this stage in our program we believe that we just needed to start our preparation towards next season.'

Courtesy of The Associated Press


Pelphrey doesn't agree with firing at Arkansas - by Eurobasket News
John Pelphrey made his feelings clear on his way out at Arkansas.

The former Razorbacks coach, speaking for the first time since being fired by athletic director Jeff Long on Sunday, said Monday that he didn't feel he was given enough time to complete a turnaround at the school.

'I do not agree with the decision yesterday to make a change,' Pelphrey said. 'I do not. I absolutely do not. Obviously, I would have liked more time. It takes time to build stability in a program. Every situation is different. This situation was different.

'I know we were really close to reaping some of the rewards of all our hard work.'

Pelphrey inherited a senior-laden team when he arrived at the school and took over for Stan Heath. That team finished 23-12 in Pelphrey's first season of 2007-08, advancing to the NCAA tournament and defeating Indiana in the first round before losing to North Carolina.

Arkansas never returned to the tournament under Pelphrey, finishing with 14 wins in the next two seasons. The Razorbacks finished 18-13 this season and lost in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament to Tennessee, their third straight first-round exit and third straight year of missing the NCAAs.

Pelphrey finished 69-59 in four seasons at Arkansas, but he insisted Monday that the program was nearing a turnaround regardless of who was the coach. The Razorbacks have signed one of the top incoming recruiting classes in the country, and Pelphrey said he has told each of the signees that Arkansas was still the best school for them.

'I absolutely, without question, know where it's going to be tomorrow and that's having repeat success of the past,' Pelphrey said.

Florida coach Billy Donovan, who Pelphrey worked for as an assistant with the Gators, also said Pelphrey wasn't given enough time to fully put his mark on the program.

'He's in his third year with his entire team returning with a top five recruiting class, that doesn't make sense to me,' Donovan said. 'The unfortunate part is they're going to get a good coach, and it's a good program, and it's a good situation. But at some point they're going to have to let whoever is in there be able to do the job.'

Pelphrey said he hasn't thought about future coaching possibilities or opportunities. He said Monday was a time for him to complete his responsibilities as the Razorbacks' coach, even if that meant answering uncomfortable questions about his firing.

'I don't know what I'm going to do,' Pelphrey said. 'I do know that I'm a basketball coach, and after I walk out of here today I'll have to make some of those decisions.'

Courtesy of www.ctpost.com


Oklahoma fires coach Jeff Capel - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma fired coach Jeff Capel on Monday after he followed a trip to the NCAA tournament's regional finals with the program's first back-to-back losing seasons since 1967.

Capel was 96-69 in five seasons with the Sooners, but just 27-36 over the past two after Blake Griffin entered the NBA draft early and became the No. 1 overall pick.

The story was first reported by SI.com's Seth Davis.

'This isn't about our current team or the record of this past season. This is, again, looking at the entire program and our ability to be successful going forward,' athletic director Joe Castiglione said. 'I weighed all the factors, and I reached the conclusion that a change was in the best interest of the University of Oklahoma.

'It was not an easy decision to reach, mind you, but it certainly is the one I made and made with conviction.'

Castiglione said his decision was based not on one factor but on the 'totality' of the program, which landed under NCAA investigation again just as its probation was about to end, encountered a severe attendance drop and frequently lost players to early departures.

Capel had five years left on the contract that was extended after he made it within a win of the 2009 Final Four, with Griffin leading the way. He was making $1.5 million per year, and had annual raises and stay bonuses built into the contract. His buyout will be in excess of $2 million.

A clause in Capel's contract allows the university to avoid a buyout payment if he was fired for cause, but Castiglione said that's 'not something that we anticipate being an issue.'

But the program's fall after Griffin departed has been even quicker than its rise after he first put on a crimson uniform.

Despite having three McDonald's All-Americans on the roster, the Sooners finished the 2009-10 season with nine straight losses - the second-longest losing streak in school history - to plummet out of the Top 25 and end up with a 13-18 record.

Five underclassmen left the program, including McDonald's All-Americans Willie Warren, Tommy Mason-Griffin and Keith 'Tiny' Gallon. Capel restocked with largely unheralded players and Oklahoma went 14-18 this season, with few signs of the quick return to NCAA tournament success of just two seasons ago.

'We had higher hopes for our program to build off that momentum,' Castiglione said. 'We understand how sports can be with the departure of people with great talent and experience and new student-athletes that are coming in to take over and grow, and the time that it's necessary for them to grow, but the program still continues on and still moves momentum forward.

'Unfortunately, that didn't occur.'

Capel inherited a program saddled with restrictions after major NCAA rules violations involving hundreds of impermissible recruiting phone calls by predecessor Kelvin Sampson. Just as that probation was running out last year, the NCAA started investigating the Sooners again because of a loan Gallon has said he took from Florida financial adviser Jeffrey Hausinger to pay for transcrips that allowed him to get into Oklahoma.

Documents obtained from the university showed that Oronde Taliaferro, a Capel assistant who resigned last year, frequently exchanged phone calls and text messages with Hausinger and was even invited to stay at Hausinger's home in Tampa, Fla.

A joint investigation by Oklahoma and the NCAA began a year ago, but has not yet yielded any charges.

'We're responding to any kind of questions we may receive from them,' Castiglione said.

He added that he's 'not aware of any' questions currently pending.

'At this stage, it's their timetable, not ours,' Castiglione said. 'We'd like for it to be completed, of course, but we don't have any way to predict.'

Capel, a former Duke guard who was an up-and-coming coach at Virginia Commonwealth, was hired by Castiglione in 2006 after Sampson left to take over at Indiana. The Sooners missed out on the postseason in his first year at the helm, but then made it back to the NCAA tournament with Griffin the next two seasons.

He got a $300,000 raise after the first postseason run and a $450,000 bump after the second, plus a slew of incentives aimed at keeping him in Norman long term.

'I know people like to look in the rearview mirror and speculate or second-guess. It happens,' Castiglione said of Capel's hiring. 'I had every reason to believe that the choice then was going to be the best for the University of Oklahoma, and the only thing I regret now is it didn't work out.'

Castiglione provided no specifics on what he was looking for in Capel's replacement, leaving the door open for him to hire another young coach, an assistant or even a coach from a women's team.

'We understand some of the things that are at play right now and affecting our ability to reach a coach or have a conversation with a candidate - the NCAA tournament, as an example,' Castiglione said. 'We don't want to compromise our ability to find the best coach for our program by setting up or restricting ourselves through a timetable.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


NetScouts Basketball's All-International Teams - by Carl Berman
All-International Player of the Year: Nikola Vucevic (6'10''-F-90), USC (Montenegro)

All-International First Team

* Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure (Canada)
* Nikola Vucevic (6'10''-F-90), USC (Montenegro)
* Arsalan Kazemi, Rice (Iran)
* Matt Dellavedova, St. Marys (Australia)
* Jorge Gutierrez, California (Mexico)

All-International Second Team

* Tristan Thompson, Texas (Canada)
* Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Washington (England)
* Vlad Moldoveanu, American (Romania)
* Gilberto Clavell, Sam Houston State (Puerto Rico)
* Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt (Sweden)

Honorable Mention

* Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt (Nigeria)
* Adnan Hodzic,Lipscomb (Bosnia)
* Cory Joseph, Texas (Canada)
* Kris Joseph, Syracuse (Canada)
* Olu Ashaolu, La. Tech (Canada)
* Robert Sacre, Gonzaga (Canada)
* Elias Harris, Gonzaga (Germany)

Carl Berman and Chris Denker are Managing Partners of NetScouts Basketball. Information on NetScouts Basketball and their All-Conference Teams can be found at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.


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Taranaki Mountain Airs add Mada Abdelhamid - by Eurobasket News
Taranki added some African flavour to their roster. They signed a deal with Mada Abdelhamid. The centre comes from Egypt. Mada Abdelhamid played for Gezira in Egyptian Superleague this season. It is his first pro season. Mada Abdelhamid graduated from San Diego Christian College in 2010. His stats read 5.5 points and 5.1 boards per game in his senior NAIA season. Mada Abdelhamid has dual citizenship of Egypt and New Zealand. The centre played for New Zealand University National Team at the 2007 World Univeriade in Bangkok. Mada Abdelhamid joins 12-player roster that includes Aaron Bailey-Nowell, Jack Leasure, Mario Flaherty, Link Abrams, Ryan Besley, Kurtis Elliott, Eli Paurini, Xavier Shaw, Cam Stuart, Josh Paurini and Potu Edwards.


Jeremy Kench heads to Manawatu Jets - by Eurobasket News
Jeremy Kench (187-G-84) has agreed on terms of contract with Manawatu Jets. The 26-year-old guard was left without a team after the withdrawal of Christchurch Cougars. Jeremy Kench was approached by several NBL teams before opting on signing with the Jets. Last season Jeremy Kench spent with the Christchurch Cougars. He tallied 16.3 points, 5.2 boards, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game. Previously the guard had stints with Canterbury Rams, Singapore Slingers, Wollongong Hawks and Easy LPG Bay Hawks. Jeremy Kench traveled to the 2010 World Championships with the Tall Blacks.


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DStv PBL: Comets, Pillars lead conference - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the Nigeria Premier Basketball League get through the half way mark of the 2010/ 2011 season Comets basketball club and reigning champion, Kano Pillars basketball league are currently leading the Atlantic and Savannah conferences of the league sponsored by Africa leading pay-television channels MultiChoice.

Comets basketball club is leading other teams in the Atlantic conference with a 6-2 records for 14 points after seeing of Chariots basketball club by 56-48 points at the weekend in Lagos.

Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt maintained it hold of the second spot with a 6-1 record after defeating Dodan Warriors basketball club by 83-51 points at the weekend in Port Harcourt. Union Bank basketball club, the only team to have kept a clean slate in the conference having won all her six games played so far occupies the third position while Dodan Warriors basketball club who had a 1-1 road game record after defeating Delta Force basketball club of Asaba by 74-71 points before going down to the Hoopers in Port Harcourt on Sunday by 51-83 points is fourth on the ladder.

Islanders basketball club moved a step up on the Atlantic conference standing with a 51-43 points win over Police Baton basketball club to occupy the fifth position while the Baton are sixth, Delta Force is seventh with a 1-6 records just as Chariots basketball club who yet to record a single in the league occupying the rear of the eight-team conference.

Defending, Kano Pillars holdsway in the Savannah conference with a 6-0 record of 12 points, though second, third and fourth placed Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi, Bauchi Nets basketball club and Kada Stars basketball club are also on 12 points each, the Pillars have an edge with a superiors points average of 1.47 and with a game in hand.

Pillars defeated city rival Nigeria Immigration Service basketball club of Kano at the weekend by 87-52 points, Yelwa also humbled its city rival Nets by 68-65 points while Kada Stars defeated visiting Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos by 77-69 points to keep its final-8 qualification alive.

Though Immigration lost to a more experience Pillars in the week-7 pairing, it manage to maintain its hold on the fifth position with Niger Potters basketball of Minna who had an great weekend with a 71-54 points victory over Tapgun Rockets basketball Club of Jos in Minna occupying the sixth position, Peaks is seventh while Tapgun Rockets is eighth on the table.

Week-7 Results

ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
DELTA FORCE 71-74 DODAN WARRIORS
ROYAL HOOPERS 83-51 DODAN WARRIORS
CHRAIOTS 48-56 COMETS
ISLANDERS 51-43 POLICE BATON

SAVANNAH CONFERENCE
IMMIRATION 52-87 KANO PILLARS
BAUCHI NETS 65-68YELWA HAWKS
KADA STARS 77-69 PLATEAU PEAKS
NIGER POTTERS 71-54TAPGUN ROCKETS



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1Div. Round 17: OSI is defeated by Persbraaten in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Oslo: Persbraaten (#3) and OSI (#5). OSI was crushed at home by 20 points 61-81 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Persbraaten (12-5) moved-up to second place, which they share with Hop. OSI at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Persbraaten is looking forward to face Varden (#7) in Tromso in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. OSI will play at home against Varden in Tromso and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hop BBK (12-5) against tenth ranked Trondheim (3-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Hop BBK was defeated by Trondheim in Trondheim 73-56. Trondheim moved-up to ninth place, which they share with NTNUI. Newly promoted Hop BBK dropped to the second position with five games lost. They share it with Persbraaten. Trondheim will play against higher ranked Sandefjord (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hop BBK will play against Langhus IL (#8) in Oslo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
1Div. top team - Miners (17-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Sandefjord (6-9) 98-70. Undefeated Miners have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-0 record. Sandefjord lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Miners will meet at home Centrum (#4) in the next round. Sandefjord will play against Trondheim and hope to secure a win.
The game in Tromso supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Centrum (11-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Varden (6-10). Centrum smashed Varden 80-43. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Centrum. They maintain fourth place with 11-6 record. Varden at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Centrum's next round opponent will be league's leader Miners in Kongsberg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Varden will play on the road against OSI (#5) in Oslo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 17 Hop won against NTNUI on the opponent's court 84-74.


Varden - Centrum 43-80

The game in Tromso supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Centrum (11-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Varden (6-10). Centrum smashed Varden 80-43. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Centrum. They maintain fourth place with 11-6 record. Varden at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Centrum's next round opponent will be league's leader Miners in Kongsberg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Varden will play on the road against OSI (#5) in Oslo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Sandefjord - Miners 70-98

1Div. top team - Miners (17-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Sandefjord (6-9) 98-70. Miners have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-0 record. Sandefjord lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Miners will meet at home Centrum (#4) in the next round. Sandefjord will play against Trondheim and hope to secure a win.
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Trondheim - Hop 73-56

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hop BBK (12-5) against tenth ranked Trondheim (3-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Hop BBK was defeated by Trondheim in Trondheim 73-56. Trondheim moved-up to ninth place, which they share with NTNUI. Newly promoted Hop BBK dropped to the second position with five games lost. They share it with Persbraaten. Trondheim will play against higher ranked Sandefjord (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hop BBK will play against Langhus IL (#8) in Oslo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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OSI - Persbraaten 61-81

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Oslo: Persbraaten (#3) and OSI (#5). OSI was crushed at home by 20 points 61-81 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Persbraaten (12-5) moved-up to second place, which they share with Hop. OSI at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Persbraaten is looking forward to face Varden (#7) in Tromso in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. OSI will play at home against Varden in Tromso and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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NTNUI - Hop 74-84

Very expected game in Trondheim where 9th ranked NTNUI (3-14) was defeated by third ranked Hop BBK (12-5) 84-74. Hop BBK moved-up to second place, which they share with Persbraaten. NTNUI at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Hop BBK's next round opponent will be Langhus IL (#8) in Oslo which should be theoretically an easy game. NTNUI will play at home against Sandefjord.
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BLNO Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Ulriken - Gimle 82-69

The game was mostly controlled by Ulriken. Gimle managed to win third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Gimle's 40. Ulriken forced 19 Gimle turnovers and outrebounded them 41-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Gimle helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Magne Fivelstad (196-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and guard Ali Ouakkaha (185-90) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Ulriken players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds and Croatian-Austrian power forward Ivan Djerman (202-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 14 points. Gimle's coach DuRell Sanford rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Ulriken: A.Ouakkaha 22+5reb+7ast, A.Eskeland 18+2reb+3ast, M.Fivelstad 16+16reb+6ast, T.Mullenax 11+11reb+3ast, J.Solbakken 8+3reb+1ast, D.Hammer 4+3reb+1ast
Gimle: P.Bullock 15+16reb+3ast, I.Djerman 14+3reb+1ast, S.Enge 13+2reb+1ast, F.Gnatt 8+1reb, B.Ndiaye 7+3reb+2ast, S.de Lange 6+1reb+3ast
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Baerum - Froya 98-85

The game was mostly controlled by Baerum. Froya managed to win fourth quarter 28-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Froya 44-27 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Baerum shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Baerum made 8 blocks. American power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agency: Prossin Sports Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners and the former international guard Christer Elgmork (180-87) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Baerum's coach Pal Berg used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Latvian guard Reno Silavs (180-91) scored 16 points. Four Baerum and five Froya players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Baerum: D.Oatis 24+17reb+1ast, C.Elgmork 19+3reb+4ast, N.Skara 17+2reb+2ast, V.Hamilton 14+8reb+1ast, T.Mjos 8+3reb+1ast, S.Berg 8+2reb+2ast
Froya: A.Ingebrigtsen 19, R.Silavs 16+3reb+3ast, M.Kombat 15+8reb+3ast, E.Gabrans 13+3reb+2ast, A.Nzeyimana 12+4reb, M.Elsafadi 10+6reb+3ast
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Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Miners 17-0 
 2. Hop 12-5 
 3. Persbraaten 12-5 
 4. Centrum 11-6 
 5. OSI 9-7 
 6. Sandefjord 6-9 
 7. Varden 6-10 
 8. Langhus 4-13 
 9. NTNUI 3-14 
 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, Gimle21.7 
 5. Diomande, Ammerud21.4 
 6. Kombat, Froya21.2 
 7. January, Tromso20.3 
 8. Eskeland, Ulriken19.1 
 9. Oatis, Baerum18.3 
 10. Fivelstad, Ulriken18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Bullock, Gimle13.3 
 2. Oatis, Baerum12.5 
 3. Mullenax, Ulriken11.5 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.2 
 5. Fivelstad, Ulriken10.0 
 6. Christensen, Tro.9.9 
 7. Kombat, Froya8.7 
 8. January, Tromso8.4 
 9. Djerman, Gimle7.6 
 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. Russell, Kristiansand4.2 
 6. Eskeland, Ulriken4.2 
 7. Elgmork, Baerum3.9 
 8. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.6 
 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, Gimle2.5 
 3. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.1 
 4. Russell, Kristiansand2.0 
 5. Eskeland, Ulriken2.0 
 6. Timus, Tromso1.7 
 7. January, 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, Ulriken0.9 
 9. Nevjen, Baerum0.8 
 10. Nyborg, Asker0.8 


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  PALESTINE   


Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. De La Salle 3-0 
 2. Berzeit Club 2-0 
 3. Bethlehem 2-0 
 4. Ibdaa D. 2-0 
 5. Al Ahli 1-0 
 6. Beit Sahour 1-1 
 7. Orthodox R. 1-1 
 8. Ebal 1-2 
 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   


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. Austin, Vermont FH2.0 
 5. Brown, Quebec K.2.0 
 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. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 8. Crookshank, Halif.0.9 
 9. DeMasi, Saint J.0.9 
 10. Harris, Kentucky S.0.8 


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  PUERTO RICO   


Mayaguez signs Hector Romero and John Edwards - by Eric de la Cruz
Following the retirement of Keenan Jourdon, Indios de Mayaguez has signed Venezuelan power forward Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) to anchor their frontcourt alongside center Chris Burgess (209-C-79, college: Utah). Coach Eddie Casiano is betting that the frontcourt combination can provide the same results that brought the championship to Caguas in 2006, where Burgess was the center alongside Bobby Brannen, a player that, according to the scouting reports, is very similar to Romero. The power forward, who averaged 20.2 points and 8.2 rebounds with the Spartans of Margarita in the South American League, failed to reach an agreement to play in the Venezuelan League, opting instead to play in Indios de Mayaguez. He is also a former member of the Venezuelan National Team.

Santurce signs Angelo Reyes - by Eric de la Cruz
Cangrejeros de Santurce have signed power forward Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) to help shore up their frontcourt, which now includes Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown), Ricky Sanchez (212-C/F-87), Luis Villafane (208-C/F-81, college: Niagara), Alexander Falcon (200-F-74) and Christian Soto (203-F-87, college: Cal-Riverside). This aspect of the team was considered their biggest weakness. Reyes, a former National Team member and 2007 MVP with Gigantes de Carolina, played last season with Capitanes de Arecibo, but was declared an unrestricted free agent by the league. Coach Rolando Hourruitiner has declared Reyes to be the frontrunner for Comeback Player of the Year.

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  ROMANIA   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Politehnica Iasi
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Dawson, Polite.21.2 
 2. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.6 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.5 
 4. Vujacic, Pitesti19.5 
 5. Pesic, Timisoara19.0 
 6. Hannah, Miercurea19.0 
 7. Scott, Otopeni19.0 
 8. Darby, Rovinari18.5 
 9. Tomic, CSM B.18.3 
 10. Popovic, Otopeni17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Simms, Craiova11.7 
 2. Nicoara, Gaz Metan10.0 
 3. Coleman, Miercurea9.7 
 4. Forte, Mures9.1 
 5. Bennett, CSM B.9.1 
 6. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.8 
 7. Bigus, Rovinari8.5 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti8.0 
 9. Mladenovic, Mures7.7 
 10. Eichelberger, Pitesti7.6 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cooley, Mures8.3 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 3. Hannah, Miercurea6.1 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.6 
 5. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 6. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.2 
 7. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.0 
 8. Maric, Oradea5.0 
 9. Medvedj, Otopeni4.9 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti4.9 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Cooley, Mures2.6 
 2. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 3. Gennie, Pitesti2.4 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan2.4 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.3 
 6. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.3 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.2 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni2.2 
 9. Dawson, Polite.2.1 
 10. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.9 
 2. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.7 
 3. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 4. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 5. Mladenovic, Mures1.5 
 6. Lazar, Oradea1.4 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Waterstradt, CSM B.0.9 
 9. Dragusin, Gaz M.0.9 
 10. Thomson, U.Mobite.0.9 


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  RUSSIA   


Turk Telekom and Sani Becirovic part ways, next stop CSKA Moscow? - by Eurobasket News
According to Turkish media, Turk Telekom and Sani Becirovic (195-G-81) parted ways. Reportedly, the Slovenian guard already agreed terms with CSKA Moscow for rest of the season.
Sani Becirovic joined Turk Telekom last summer. He appeared 20 times in TBL averaging 13.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Becirovic split last season between Union Olimpija and Armani Jeans Milano. With the Italian squad he had 5.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 2.4 apg for 21 games in SerieA. With Olimpija, Becirovic averaged 12.9 points, 3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in Euroleague. In the past, Becirovic was a member of Lottomatica Roma, Panathinaikos, Climamio Bologna, Varese, Krka, Kinder, Olimpija and Pivovarna Lasko.
Sani Becirovic is active member of the Slovenian National Team. Last summer in Turkey he had 8.9 ppg, 3 rpg and 3.1 apg for 9 games.


Nizhniy Novgorod and Spartak advance to surprising Final Cup - by Eurobasket News
Nizhniy Novgorod and Spartak advance to surprising Final Cup to be played tomorrow in Krasnoyarsk. Today both teams won their Semifinal games.
Nizhniy Novgorod beat the hosts, Enisey 89:78. They started with 29:23 and then grabbed the win due to 24-12 in the last frame. Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 25 points, while Artem Yakovenko (206-F-88) added 20. Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) finished the night with 19 points for the hosts and Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) posted 18.
Spartak St.Petersburg meanwhile overcame Lokomotiv Kuban 92:72. The winners opened the game with 28-19 and never looked behind after. They won the second frame 20-19 and then both periods in the second half as well. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Dragovic netted 15. Lionel Chalmers (184-G-80, college: Xavier) responded with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) scored 13.



Rimas Kurtinaitis will take the reins in Khimky - by Eurobasket News
Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport ) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Khimky. The Lithuanian specialist is expected to sign a deal in the upcoming days. Khimky are now guided by Oleg Meleschenko (agency: Alti Sport ) who temporarily replaced Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ). Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport ) started the season in Latvia working with VEF Riga. Last two seasons Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport ) woked with Lietuvos Rytas. The 50-year-old coach led the Vilnius powerhouse to the LKL success in 2009 and 2010. He also reached Baltic League Final. Kurtinaitis was named Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Coach of the Year in 2010. Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport ) also worked with Gala Baku in Azerbaijan, Ural Great Perm, Sakalai in Lithuania and Slask Wroclaw in Poland. He guided Azerbaijan NT in 2002-06 seasons and worked as assistant coach with Lithuanian NT.


Keith Langford to extend with BC Khimki for four years - by Xisco Carots
According to Worldbasket, Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) agreed to terms with BC Khimky Moscow Region to extend his contract for 4 more years. The American player arrived in the Russian team two summers ago from Virtus Bologna and became one of the main players of the team.
Langford, as Worldbasket reports, will gain around 9M of Dollars in the next four years becoming one of the most paid players in the Old Continent.
The US guard began his career in North Crowley High School. In 2002, he signed up for Kansas University, which he helped reach the NCAA Final Four twice, in 2002 and 2003. His pro debut were in the D-League with Fort Worth Flyers. Then, after having taken part in the pre-season camp with the Houston Rockets, he signed for Vanoli Soresina (in Italys second division). After a brief spell at San Antonio Spurs, he was back in the D-League with Austin Toros in 2007-08. He finished that season in Italy with Biella (Lega A). He took part in the NBA Summer League 2008 in Las Vegas with the Denver Nuggets in summer 2008 before flying back to Italy where he played for Virtus Bologna in 2008-09 (still in Lega A). Two years in Khimky and this crazy four-year contract extension followed.



Courtesy of Worldbasket



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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. Mijovic, Radnicki.4.2 
 7. Tanasijevic, Stude.4.2 
 8. Vukasovic, Radnic.4.2 
 9. Sparovic, Smede.4.1 
 10. Tesanovic, KK Nis4.1 
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. Stojacic, KG 061.8 
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. Petrovic, Viva B.1.0 
 6. Marelja, KG 061.0 
 7. Savic, Student0.9 
 8. Markovic, Sindjeli.0.9 
 9. Mirkovic, KG 060.8 
 10. Kovac, Zeleznicar0.8 


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  SLOVENIA   


Sehovic moves back to Bosna Sarajevo - by Matej Bergant
Union Olimpija Ljubljana agreed with player Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) on mutual termination of the contract. The player didn't appear in a single official game for the club due to knee injury which happened in pre-season preparations. He will return to his former club Bosna Sarajevo where he will continue with his rehabilitation and his comeback to basketball courts. In 2009/2010 season he averaged 13.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in Adriatic League for Bosna Sarajevo.


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  SOUTH AFRICA   


DStv PBL: Comets, Pillars lead conference - by Olusegun Ikuesan
As the Nigeria Premier Basketball League get through the half way mark of the 2010/ 2011 season Comets basketball club and reigning champion, Kano Pillars basketball league are currently leading the Atlantic and Savannah conferences of the league sponsored by Africa leading pay-television channels MultiChoice.

Comets basketball club is leading other teams in the Atlantic conference with a 6-2 records for 14 points after seeing of Chariots basketball club by 56-48 points at the weekend in Lagos.

Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt maintained it hold of the second spot with a 6-1 record after defeating Dodan Warriors basketball club by 83-51 points at the weekend in Port Harcourt. Union Bank basketball club, the only team to have kept a clean slate in the conference having won all her six games played so far occupies the third position while Dodan Warriors basketball club who had a 1-1 road game record after defeating Delta Force basketball club of Asaba by 74-71 points before going down to the Hoopers in Port Harcourt on Sunday by 51-83 points is fourth on the ladder.

Islanders basketball club moved a step up on the Atlantic conference standing with a 51-43 points win over Police Baton basketball club to occupy the fifth position while the Baton are sixth, Delta Force is seventh with a 1-6 records just as Chariots basketball club who yet to record a single in the league occupying the rear of the eight-team conference.

Defending, Kano Pillars holdsway in the Savannah conference with a 6-0 record of 12 points, though second, third and fourth placed Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi, Bauchi Nets basketball club and Kada Stars basketball club are also on 12 points each, the Pillars have an edge with a superiors points average of 1.47 and with a game in hand.

Pillars defeated city rival Nigeria Immigration Service basketball club of Kano at the weekend by 87-52 points, Yelwa also humbled its city rival Nets by 68-65 points while Kada Stars defeated visiting Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos by 77-69 points to keep its final-8 qualification alive.

Though Immigration lost to a more experience Pillars in the week-7 pairing, it manage to maintain its hold on the fifth position with Niger Potters basketball of Minna who had an great weekend with a 71-54 points victory over Tapgun Rockets basketball Club of Jos in Minna occupying the sixth position, Peaks is seventh while Tapgun Rockets is eighth on the table.

Week-7 Results

ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
DELTA FORCE 71-74 DODAN WARRIORS
ROYAL HOOPERS 83-51 DODAN WARRIORS
CHRAIOTS 48-56 COMETS
ISLANDERS 51-43 POLICE BATON

SAVANNAH CONFERENCE
IMMIRATION 52-87 KANO PILLARS
BAUCHI NETS 65-68YELWA HAWKS
KADA STARS 77-69 PLATEAU PEAKS
NIGER POTTERS 71-54TAPGUN ROCKETS



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  SPAIN   


Bayo Arigbon: 'My 1st week in Spain' - by Bayo Arigbon
Whats good yall? Finally got around to writing this blog. It took longer to do, due to a terrible case of #jetlagg I have been here (Guadalajara, Spain) fora little over a week now. I took video of my neighborhood, and my place, to give yall a feel of what things are looking like over here. Spain is a very beautiful place, never have I been in a place where you can walk down the street and see castles! As far as basketball, Spain LEB Silver is a great league with great players. Within the 1st few days we had a game, but I was unable to play due to clearance regulations. However I was able to watch my team play against Avila. Shot out to Charles Ramsdell (208-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Tulsa), he played with heart, and led his team to victory in overtime. The 1st game I played in was against ADT Tarragona. Another talented team, and all I can say is Im still adjusting to the referees and the style of play in Spain. My teammates are great and friendly so I know we will get a long great. Our coach is very passionate, and defensively minded; which complements my style of play. However, I am a player whose last job was about 7 months ago.. so Im still trying to get into game shape, so im doing extra on the off days, and before practice to catch up faster. The good news is each day Im getting better and better. Enjoy the video be #BLESSED, and stay tuned, Im going to try to do this every week. (P.S. I still have lots of food to try!!)

Bayo Arigbon (197-F-86, college: San Diego Chr.) is a pro players, actually in Spain with CB Guadalajara.
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Valencia tab Darryl Middleton - by Eurobasket News
Valencia signed a deal with Darryl Middleton (203-F/C-66, college: Baylor). He will replace injured James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) on the roster. The contract is meant for two months. Darryl Middleton started the season in Girona. The 44-year-old centre tallied 8.3 points and 4.5 boards per game in LEB Gold. Darryl Middleton played in Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Russia during his long European career. The centre was named ACB MVP back in 2000.


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  SWEDEN   


Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 28-6 
 2. LF Basket 24-10 
 3. Norrkoping 22-10 
 4. Sodertalje 20-14 
 5. Uppsala 17-17 
 6. Solna 17-17 
 7. Boras 13-21 
 8. Jamtland 13-21 
 9. 08 8-25 
 10. Eco Orebro 6-27 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland22.3 
 2. Brown, 0820.5 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.4 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall20.0 
 5. Smith, Uppsala19.8 
 6. Wesby, Sundsvall18.8 
 7. Palm, Boras18.7 
 8. McCoy, Boras18.5 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna18.1 
 10. Klaric, Jamtland16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.3 
 2. Palm, Boras10.0 
 3. McKnight, Boras8.9 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Brown, 087.9 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.9 
 7. Constantine, Solna7.8 
 8. Cipriano, Eco O.7.5 
 9. Walker, Solna7.3 
 10. Salaam, Jamtland7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.4 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.7 
 3. Beck, 084.9 
 4. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 5. Smith, Uppsala4.6 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.6 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.4 
 8. Chuk, Sodertalje4.4 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland4.3 
 10. Baeringsson, Sunds.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.4 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.1 
 3. Smith, Uppsala2.0 
 4. Hargrove, Jamtland1.9 
 5. Rush, Sundsvall1.9 
 6. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.8 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 8. McCoy, Boras1.8 
 9. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.7 
 10. Brown, 081.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Salaam, Jamtland1.9 
 2. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.9 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 4. Palm, Boras1.5 
 5. Constantine, Solna1.3 
 6. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.2 
 7. Cipriano, Eco O.1.2 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 9. Walker, Solna1.0 
 10. Galick, Sodertalje0.8 


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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. Draughan, Lugano T.4.6 
 6. Angley, 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. Gugino, Boncourt2.7 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.2.7 
 6. Draughan, Lugano T.2.6 
 7. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.4 
 8. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.3 
 9. Smith, Fribourg2.3 
 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. Vogt, Fribourg0.8 
 9. Efevberha, Lugano T.0.8 
 10. Sanders, Lugano T.0.8 


Mihajlovic number one in Switzerland for round 25 - by Eurobasket News
Croatian-Slovenian center Martin Mihajlovic (208-C-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for SAV Vacallo Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed Zurich Wildcats (#10, 1-24) with 27-point margin 93-66. SAV Vacallo maintains the 4th position in Swiss LNA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. SAV Vacallo will need more victories to improve their 15-10 record. In the team's last game Mihajlovic had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be SAV Vacallo's top player in his first season with the team. Martin Mihajlovic averages this season 15.2ppg and 7.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was another SAV Vacallo Basket's star - 26-year old American Rickey Gibson (191-G-84). Gibson had a very good evening with a double-double of 13 points and 13 assists. Of course together with Mihajlovic he helped SAV Vacallo with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Zurich Wildcats (#10, 1-24) 93-66. SAV Vacallo's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-10 record is not bad at all. Gibson is one of the most experienced players at SAV Vacallo and similarly like Martin Mihajlovic has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Lester Hunte (196-G/F-88) of BBC Nyon (#9). Hunte showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Hunte's great performance BBC Nyon lost 90-92 to slightly higher-ranked SAM Massagno (#8, 9-16). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. BBC Nyon can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-21 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Hunte he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hunte has a very solid season. In 13 games in Switzerland he scored 17.8ppg. He also has 7.6rpg, 3.8apg, 3.2spg and FGP: 55.3%. Hunte attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vernard Hollins (190-G-80) of Starwings - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
5. A.J. Hawkins (198-F-85) of SAM Massagno - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tony Gugino (207-C-86) of Boncourt - 22 points and 13 rebounds
7. Branden Johnson (206-F-86) of SAM Massagno - 22 points and 8 rebounds
8. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85) of Lugano Tigers - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Josh Almanson (205-F-82) of Geneve Lions - 23 points and 8 rebounds
10. Kevyn Popovich (196-F-85) of SAV Vacallo - 29 points, 5 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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  SYRIA   


Roy Booker left or escaped from Karameh to France ??? - by Ahmad Madwar
Yesterday ... during Karameh game against Talee'a studio on Addounia TV .... the sports announcer Anwar Abdullhai said : Karameh team doesnot find Roy Booker (191-G/F-84, college: SE Missouri St.) and he escaped !!!
Thats what Anwar said .... Karameh lost the game in the last second 83/82 ....
It's big different between left or escaped , Roy had Financial problems with Karameh since he came and join in the team , Yesterady he left to France and thats what he wrote on his facebook page .... because the same problems Milan Vucicevic (208-F/C-85, agency: SportsList Inc.) left the team also since 1month ... but he told the club that before he left and they give him his release ....
at the another hand ... Rami Issa the star of the team Threatened that he'll terminate his contract with the team if they dont pay all his money in the next days ...
Karameh is Big club and whats happen with them Is abnormal ....
eurobasket wishes the Best for Karameh and the other teams in Syria


Jalaa reach WABA League Final - by Eurobasket News
Jalaa - Zob Ahan 91:87

Jalaa entered the WABA League Final. They will take on Riyadi Beirut in the best-of-five title series. The Syrian team will have a home-court advantage in the Final. Jalaa reached the championship series after holding off Zob Ahan in the decisive third game of the semifinal series. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) led the effort with 25 points.
The teams were tied at 24 after ten minutes of action. Jalaa put their noses in front in the second term. They earned a 48:43 lead at the interval. Jalaa stayed in charge in the third term. They erupted for 27 points to pile up a 9-point lead with one quarter remaining. Zob Ahan fought till final buzzer but still came up short of victory at the end. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) provided 23 points for Jalaa. Sari Papazian (194-G/F-82) added 21 points in the victory. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) replied with 21 points and 15 boards for Zob Ahan. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) finished with 20 points in the loss.

Jalaa: Jamaal Miller 25, Samaki Walker 23, Sari Papazian 21
Zob Ahan: Oshin Sahakian 21+15 boards, Hamed Afagh 20, Carlos Powell 18



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  TUNISIA   


Rashid Byrd signs with Nabeul - by Kristian Santiago
Center Rashid Byrd (216-C-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) signed to play for Stade Nabeulien in Tunisia. The 28-year old American should provide rebounding power under the boards for a team that is already loaded with talented players such as the Hdidane brothers.

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  TURKEY   


Kan's double-double lands him TB2L Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old guard Admir Kan (185-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Tenis E.Dagcilik Istanbul and receives a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 21.
He got a double-double of 29 points and 15 assists, while his team beat Beykoz (#11, 4-17) 93-86. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings in group B. TED Istanbul maintains the 9th position in Turkish TB2L. TED Istanbul is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-13 record. In the team's last game Kan had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be TED Istanbul's top player in his first season with the team. Kan has impressive league stats. He is league's best passer with 6.3apg. Kan

Second best performed player last round was Okan Bostanci (88) of ITU Istanbul. He is a in his second season at ITU. In the last game Bostanci recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 29 rebounds. Bad luck as ITU lost that game 78-96 to the higher-ranked Istanbulspor (#6, 11-10). ITU managed to keep the same 12th spot in group B. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories ITU managed to get this year. Bostanci is well-known at ITU and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Akhisar Bld (#7). Nelson scored 29 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Nelson's great performance Akhisar Bld lost 74-86 to slightly higher-ranked Selcuk Univ. (#5, 13-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Akhisar Bld ranking at the top of group B, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Nelson could help Akhisar Bld to bring them higher in the standings. Nelson has a great season in Turkey. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.3ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 10.7rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hernold Gardener (205-C-82) of Final Genclik - 24 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Cenk Sekeroglu (200-F-91) of Genc Banvit - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ali Isik (205-F-90) of Pertevniyal - 22 points and 14 rebounds
7. Azizcan Ozdemir (201-F-88) of Selcuk Univ. - 22 points and 6 rebounds
8. Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84) of Basaksehir - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83) of Hacettepe Univ. - 20 points and 16 rebounds
10. Sercan Tulek (88) of TED Istanbul - 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)


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Basaksehir
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Anderson, Basak.21.8 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld20.3 
 3. Johnson, Vestel20.3 
 4. Hall, Kepez Bld20.2 
 5. Gardener, Final G.18.9 
 6. Boddicker, Selcuk U.18.6 
 7. Boswell, Basaksehir18.3 
 8. Tekinalp, ITU17.6 
 9. Boykin, Gaziantep17.5 
 10. Dearman, Hacett.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason KEEP
  Adanaspor
  (208-C-78)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Keep, Adanaspor13.1 
 2. Terell, Adanaspor11.9 
 3. Gardener, Final G.11.5 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.7 
 5. Isik, Pertevniyal10.2 
 6. Johnson, Istanbul.10.1 
 7. Johnson, Vestel9.5 
 8. Wright, Orman Genc9.3 
 9. Boswell, Basaksehir9.2 
 10. Miller, Gelisim9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  TED Istanbul
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Kan, TED Istanbul6.3 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld6.1 
 3. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.8 
 4. Erdogan, Adanaspor5.2 
 5. Gucyetmez, Selcuk U.4.9 
 6. Topcu, Gelisim4.9 
 7. Topcu, Izmir B.B.4.8 
 8. Kavut, Optimum TED4.8 
 9. Bayrak, Usak4.8 
 10. Anderson, Basak.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HALL
  Kepez Bld
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hall, Kepez Bld2.9 
 2. Anderson, Basak.2.8 
 3. Yonder, Genc Banvit2.3 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.0 
 5. Karabulut, Orman G.1.9 
 6. Harris, FMV I.1.8 
 7. Yikilmaz, Pertevniyal1.8 
 8. Demircioglu, Istanb.1.8 
 9. Topcu, Izmir B.B.1.7 
 10. Ademoglu, Kepez B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Blaze
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Majok, FMV I.3.1 
 2. Johnson, Vestel2.2 
 3. Anderson, Basak.2.0 
 4. Kulcebas, Hacett.1.8 
 5. Smith, Usak1.6 
 6. Clarkson, TED I.1.6 
 7. Boswell, Basaksehir1.5 
 8. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.4 
 9. Johnson, Istanbul.1.4 
 10. Toyloy, Istanbul.1.3 


Turk Telekom release Sani Becirovic - by Eurobasket News
Sani Becirovic (195-G-81) and Turk Telekom have reached an agreement to part ways. The 29-year-old Slovenian joined the team at the start of the season. He averaged 16.7 points, 3.3 boards and 2.3 assists per EuroChallenge game. In TBL Sani Becirovic tallied 13.9 points, 3.2 boards and 2.7 assists. Sani Becirovic participated at 2010 World Championship. He averaged 8.9 points, 3.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds for Slovenia in Turkey.


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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 10-1 
 2. Cleveland V. 8-3 
 3. Columbus C. 6-7 
 4. Colonial F. 1-8 
 5. NE Air Soul 1-10 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 27-5 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 22-11 
 3. Atlanta A. 12-9 
 4. Georgia L. 9-13 
 5. St.Mountain H. 3-16 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 15-2 
 2. Tennessee D. 15-9 
 3. DFW Warriors 10-7 
 4. Austin K. 8-5 
 5. Norman E. 5-7 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 9-2 
 2. Dallas Star 6-11 
 3. Houston X. 3-0 
 4. Nashville B. 0-9 
 5. Oklahoma S. 0-13 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-17 


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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.9 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.7 
 3. Washington, BC Od.16.8 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.8 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.7 
 6. Williams, Halychyna15.2 
 7. Millage, Khimik15.1 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna14.8 
 9. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 10. Love, Mykolaiv14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.4 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.5 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.4 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Hunter, Fe.6.9 
 8. Owens, Azovmash6.8 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla6.5 
 10. Greene, Mykolaiv6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 2. Vasiljevic, BC Do.5.0 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.9 
 4. Burtt, Dnipro4.8 
 5. Sparks, BC Odessa4.8 
 6. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 7. Millage, Khimik4.6 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.0 
 10. Curry, Azovmash4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Millage, Khimik2.4 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.9 
 4. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.6 
 5. Swanson, Hoverla1.5 
 6. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.5 
 7. Greene, Mykolaiv1.5 
 8. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.5 
 9. Love, Mykolaiv1.5 
 10. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.3 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Balashov, BC Odessa1.3 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Agafonov, Budiv.1.3 
 9. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 10. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.2 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 29-10 
 2. BC Donetsk 29-10 
 3. Azovmash 24-15 
 4. Hoverla 24-15 
 5. Ferro-ZNTU 21-17 
 6. Mykolaiv 20-18 
 7. Dnipro 19-18 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 19-19 
 9. BC Odessa 16-23 
 10. DniproAzot 15-24 
 11. Halychyna 14-26 
 12. Khimik 12-27 
 13. BC Kyiv 9-29 


Standings - Higher League
Higher Standings
Group A
 1. Avantazh-Pol. 13-7 
 2. Dynamo DN 13-7 
 3. Aviastar 13-7 
 4. Kremen-KNU 10-9 
 5. KTU Krivyi Rih 6-14 
 6. Koksokh-Stal 5-16 
Group B
 1. Cherkasy 23-1 
 2. U-VolinBasket 19-5 
 3. Vinnitsky Zubry 12-10 
 4. Sportlitsey 11-11 
 5. Pulsar 9-13 
 6. Striba 6-16 
 7. Ternopil 0-24 


Higher League Round 28: Vinnitsky Zubry loses to U-VolinBasket in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Lutsk. Second ranked host U-VolinBasket (19-5) defeated one of their biggest challengers Vinnitsky Zubry (12-10) 86-77. U-VolinBasket maintains second position in League with 19-5 record having just -10 point less than leader Avantazh-Pol. Vinnitsky Zubry at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost.
Higher League top team - Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk (13-7) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Koksokh-Stal (5-16) 75-67. Despite that victory Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk went down to second position (League) due to points difference. Koksokh-Stal at the other side keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost.
Higher League top team - Cherkasy (23-1) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked BC-93 Pulsar (9-13) in Rovno 75-68. Cherkasy maintains first position in League with 23-1 record. Loser BC-93 Pulsar keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Ternopil-TNEU (0-24) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 24th consecutive match to sixth ranked Striba (6-16) 95-85. Newly promoted Striba maintains sixth position in League with 6-16 record. Ternopil-TNEU at the other side still closes the standings with 24 games lost.
The game in Alchevsk supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked KTU Krivyi Rih (6-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Koksokh-Stal (5-16). Koksokh-Stal did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 20-0 on Sunday. Koksokh-Stal maintains sixth position in League with 5-16 record. Loser KTU Krivyi Rih keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost.



Group A
Koksokh-Stal - KTU Krivyi Rih 20-0

The game in Alchevsk supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked KTU Krivyi Rih (6-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Koksokh-Stal (5-16). Koksokh-Stal did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 20-0 on Sunday. Koksokh-Stal maintains sixth position in League with 5-16 record. Loser KTU Krivyi Rih keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost.
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Dynamo DN - Koksokh-Stal 75-67

Higher League top team - Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk (13-7) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Koksokh-Stal (5-16) 75-67. Despite that victory Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk went down to second position (League) due to points difference. Koksokh-Stal at the other side keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost.
gschID: 113857


Group B
Pulsar - Cherkasy 68-75

Higher League top team - Cherkasy (23-1) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked BC-93 Pulsar (9-13) in Rovno 75-68. Cherkasy maintains first position in League with 23-1 record. Loser BC-93 Pulsar keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost.
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Ternopil - Striba 85-95

Bottom-ranked Ternopil-TNEU (0-24) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 24th consecutive match to sixth ranked Striba (6-16) 95-85. Newly promoted Striba maintains sixth position in League with 6-16 record. Ternopil-TNEU at the other side still closes the standings with 24 games lost.
gschID: 113859


U-VolinBasket - Vinnitsky Zubry 86-77

The game between Top Four teams took place in Lutsk. Second ranked host U-VolinBasket (19-5) defeated one of their biggest challengers Vinnitsky Zubry (12-10) 86-77. U-VolinBasket maintains second position in League with 19-5 record having just -10 point less than leader Avantazh-Pol. Vinnitsky Zubry at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost.
gschID: 113860




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Lions Still Alive After Downtown Shootout With Riders - by Paul Nilsen

The body of the story was a familiar one for Prestige Homes MK Lions after being involved in yet another nail-biting BBL Championship thriller but this time it was a happy ending for Mike New and his players as they snapped their seven game losing streak with a 102-97 success against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.

It was a scintillating game for everyone inside the MK Lions Arena to enjoy with some remarkable perimeter shooting as the teams poured home a combined 21 three-pointers in a real shoot-out.

Molten BBL Player Of The Month for February Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69, college: W.Georgia) was on song again for Lions with a great double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds while fellow veteran Robert Youngblood returned to his former club to rack up 22 points but couldnt get the win he craved.

This was despite Ryan Zamroz stepping up manfully for Riders who were missing on-court leader JR Blount. Zamroz took over the mantle of playmaker in the absence of his usual backcourt partner and while disappointed at losing, finished with a sublime double-double of 25 points and 12 assists.

The victory keeps Lions slim hopes of a play-off berth alive while Riders drop down to a share of eighth with Guildford Heat.



EBL Round 19 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Seventh-ranked Leicester Warriors (6-13) gave a tough game to second ranked London Leopards (13-4) on Sunday. London Leopards managed to secure only seven-point victory 87-80. However their fans expected much easier game. London Leopards have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-4 record behind leader Bristol. Leicester Warriors lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. London Leopards will have a break next round. Leicester Warriors will play at home against Reading Rockets (#3).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: Manchester destroyed Durham on the opponent's court 80-58. Derby outscored Leicester in a home game 92-57. Durham recorded a loss to Brixton on the road 76-72. Bristol defeated Reading on its own court 78-66. Brixton was smashed by Reading in a road game 85-60. Leopards won against Brixton at home 81-69. Manchester managed to outperform Leeds on the opponent's court 77-73. Leeds managed to beat London Capitals in a home game 80-67.



Durham - Manchester 58-80

There was an upset when higher ranked Durham Wildcats (9-10) were crushed at home by ninth ranked Manchester Magic (7-9) 80-58 on Saturday. Manchester Magic moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Durham Wildcats dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Derby - Leicester 92-57

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Derby Trailblazers (6-11) smashed at home 7th ranked Leicester Warriors (6-13) 92-57 on Saturday. Derby Trailblazers moved-up to eighth place. Leicester Warriors lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Derby Trailblazers will face bottom-ranked Coventry Crusaders (#11) on the road in the next round. Leicester Warriors will play against Reading Rockets.
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Brixton - Durham 76-72

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Durham Wildcats (9-10) were defeated on the road by sixth ranked Brixton Topcats (9-9) 76-72 on Sunday. Brixton Topcats have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Durham Wildcats at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 94973


Leopards - Leicester 87-80 OT

Seventh-ranked Leicester Warriors (6-13) gave a tough game to second ranked London Leopards (13-4) on Sunday. London Leopards managed to secure only seven-point victory 87-80. However their fans expected much easier game. London Leopards have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-4 record behind leader Bristol. Leicester Warriors lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. London Leopards will have a break next round. Leicester Warriors will play at home against Reading Rockets (#3).
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Bristol - Reading 78-66

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Bristol Acadamy Flyers (14-3) beat at home 3rd placed Reading Rockets (11-5) 78-66 on Thursday. Bristol Acadamy Flyers maintains first place with 14-3 record. Reading Rockets at the other side keep the third position with five games lost. Bristol Acadamy Flyers will face Paws London Capitals (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Reading Rockets will play against Leicester Warriors (#10).
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Reading - Brixton 85-60

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Brixton Topcats (9-9) were outplayed on the road by third ranked Reading Rockets (11-5) 85-60 on Saturday. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Reading Rockets. They maintain third place with 11-5 record having four points less than leader Bristol. Newly promoted Brixton Topcats dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Reading Rockets will face Leicester Warriors (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
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Leopards - Brixton 81-69

No shocking result in a game when second ranked London Leopards (13-4) won against at home 6th ranked Brixton Topcats (9-9) 81-69 on Friday. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for London Leopards. They maintain second place with 13-4 record behind leader Bristol. Newly promoted Brixton Topcats dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Leeds - Manchester 73-77

There was an upset when 4th placed Leeds Carnegie (10-8) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Manchester Magic (7-9) 77-73 on Sunday. Manchester Magic moved-up to seventh place. Leeds Carnegie at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Leeds - London Capitals 80-67

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Leeds Carnegie (10-8) defeated at home 8th ranked Paws London Capitals (6-12) 80-67 on Saturday. Leeds Carnegie maintains fourth place with 10-8 record. Paws London Capitals at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Leeds Carnegie will have a break next round. Paws London Capitals will play on the road against the league's leader Bristol Acadamy Flyers (#1) and be promoted back to the BBL just one year after relegation.
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BBL Team Of The Week - Week 25 - by Paul Nilsen
The leading light in our BBL Team Of The Week throughout this season reaches a rather impressive landmark by chalking up an incredible tenth appearance of the campaign. Meanwhile spare a thought for Travis Nelson who is resigned to a place on the bench after the Lions lost in overtime but that shouldnt detract from an astonishing performance valuation of 45 after landing 31 points and pulling down 14 rebounds.

Jeremy Bell (Cheshire Jets)

This is the sixth appearance of the season for the playmaker who looks to be getting back to his influential best heading down the all-important season stretch. He top scored for his team with 30 points in the blowout of Guildford Heat at Northgate last Sunday. In a typically all-action and energetic display, the guard also harvested 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in the win which keeps his team in the thick of the title race.

Trey Moore (192-G-75, college: Mississippi St.) (Newcastle Eagles)

Nobody has dominated our weekly lineup quite like the former league MVP who may be one of the oldest players still treading the boards in British Basketball but still one of the most productive. Moore booked his tenth appearance to further improve his fantastic ratio of making our starting five after producing the best performance of the weekend. He finished with a tally of 29 points against Worcester Wolves including four triples. He also just missed out on a double-double with 9 rebounds while also dishing up 5 assists to finish with a performance valuation of 36.

James Jones (Mersey Tigers)

Jones continues to impress this season as he matures into one of the most potent shooters in the league. His first slot means he becomes the fifth player from Tigers to make the starting five this season after helping his team complete a comfortable win against basement club Essex Pirates. Jones finished with 29 points after burying five of his trademark three-pointers as well as converting a highly efficient four of five inside the arc.

Andrew Thomson (Mersey Tigers)

Thomson has had some real purple patches this season and he joins team-mates Jones in our line-up after continuing another period of impressive form with what is his second appearance in the space of just three week. He returns off the back of another powerful display against Essex Pirates. He claimed 25 points and 7 rebounds after dominating in the paint and converting 8 of his 10 attempts.

Paul Williams (One Health Sharks Sheffield)

You have to go back to Week 13 to find the last time Paul Williams was in our starting five but of course One Heath Sharks Sheffield dont rely on one or two stars to get the job done but a real strength in depth. This week it was the turn of the big man to shine after finishing with a super double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds as well as three blocked shots in last Fridays success against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.

BBL Team Of The Week

Jeremy Bell (Cheshire Jets)
Trey Moore (Newcastle Eagles)
James Jones (Mersey Tigers)
Andrew Thomson (Mersey Tigers)
Paul Williams (One Health Sharks Sheffield)

Off The Bench

Travis Nelson (Prestige Homes MK Lions), Evaldas Zabas (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), LaTaryl Williams (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Kadiri Richard (Newcastle Eagles), Jo Harris (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Shaun Durant (Worthing Thunder)



Standings - EBL Conf.
EBL Standings
 1. Bristol 14-3 
 2. Leopards 13-4 
 3. Reading 11-5 
 4. Leeds 10-8 
 5. Brixton 9-9 
 6. Durham 9-10 
 7. Manchester 7-9 
 8. Derby 6-11 
 9. London Capitals 6-12 
 10. Leicester 6-13 
 11. Coventry 3-10 


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Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 27
 1. Villegas, Olimpia27.0 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Hayes, Cordon23.3 
 7. Aguiar, Hebraica23.2 
 8. Taboada, Bigua20.6 
 9. Coleman, Bohemios20.3 
 10. Puckett, Aguada19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gamble, Cader12.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.6 
 4. Jackson, Anastasia10.2 
 5. Sweetney, Bigua9.9 
 6. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 7. Matthews, Defensor9.5 
 8. Dilligard, Olimpia9.5 
 9. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
 10. Kanis, Trouville9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.1 
 2. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 3. Martinez, Malvin5.3 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.2 
 5. Gonzalez, Defensor5.2 
 6. Muro, Aguada5.1 
 7. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 8. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
 9. Vidal, Bigua4.4 
 10. Osimani, Montevideo4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Tornaria, Trouville2.5 
 3. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 4. Latham, Anastasia2.2 
 5. Aguilera, Trouville2.1 
 6. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 7. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 8. Viera, Anastasia1.9 
 9. Woodward, Defensor1.9 
 10. Giacometti, Cader1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia3.9 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Newsome, Malvin2.3 
 4. Bortz, Malvin2.0 
 5. Wilborn, Bigua2.0 
 6. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 7. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 8. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 9. Freije, Hebraica1.8 
 10. Kanis, Trouville1.7 


Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB Awards 2010-11 - by Emiliano
1st Team
#s#
Reque Newsome
Newsome
Fernando Martinez
Martinez
Johwen Villegas
Villegas
Benjamin Puckett
Puckett
Elgrace Wilborn
Wilborn
#e#5

Player of the Year: Reque Newsome (204-C-81) of Malvin
Guard of the Year: Johwen Villegas (193-G-85) of Olimpia
Forward of the Year: Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83) of Aguada
Center of the Year: Reque Newsome (204-C-81) of Malvin
Import Player of the Year: Benjamin Puckett (205-F-83) of Aguada
Domestic Player of the Year: Reque Newsome (204-C-81) of Malvin
Defensive Player of the Year: Reque Newsome (204-C-81) of Malvin
Coach of the Year: Pablo Lopez of Malvin

1st Team
G: Fernando Martinez (170-79) of Malvin
G: Johwen Villegas (193-85) of Olimpia
F: Benjamin Puckett (205-83) of Aguada
F: Elgrace Wilborn (203-83) of Bigua
C: Reque Newsome (204-81) of Malvin

2nd Team
G: Alejandro Muro (187-74) of Aguada
G: Brian Woodward (191-81) of Defensor
F: Mauricio Aguiar (197-83) of Hebraica
F: Greg Dilligard (203-85) of Olimpia
C: Brad Kanis (218-84) of Trouville

Honorable Mention
Mauro Tornaria (187-G-82) of Trouville
Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C/F-85) of Defensor
Brad Kanis (218-C-84) of Trouville
Kevin Nelson (192-G-84) of Welcome
Joaquin Izuibejeres (184-G-82) of Malvin
Mathias Calfani (202-C-92) of Bigua
Juan Cambon (180-G-88) of Bigua

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Alejandro Muro (187-74) of Aguada
G: Fernando Martinez (170-79) of Malvin
F: Mauricio Aguiar (197-83) of Hebraica
C/F: Sebastian Izaguirre (207-85) of Defensor
C: Reque Newsome (204-81) of Malvin

All-Imports Team
G: Johwen Villegas (193-85) of Olimpia
G: Brian Woodward (191-81) of Defensor
F: Benjamin Puckett (205-83) of Aguada
F: Elgrace Wilborn (203-83) of Bigua
C: Brad Kanis (218-84) of Trouville



Mark Bortz make history in Liga Uruguaya Basketball - by Sergio Palay
Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) became the first foreign player to win Liga Uruguaya Basketball with two different teams. The pivot was champion in 2007 with Atletico Bigua, and now he repeated with Malvin.
Bortz also was the first white-skinned foreingn player in to win LUB, breaking the myth that only black-skinned foreigners were champions.
In this finals series, the player was very imporante especially on the defensive tasks, dominating the boards and winning the face-off against Mike Sweetney.


Malvin won the Uruguayan League beating Bigua 3-1 - by Hector Lopez
Malvin won for the second time the Uruguayan League after beating Bigua 94-80, to take a 3-1 lead for the best of five final serie. Malvin, which won the title for the first time in 2006, took a clear lead during the third quarter with a 20-6 run. The game was tied for the 10th time 51-51 with 6.30 to play during the third quarter, when five points by Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) and anoter five by Bruno Fitipaldo (183-G-91) open the way to take the championship. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) was the main scorer and MVP for the game with 27 points 7 rebounds assists, and one blick, while Fitipaldo netted 23 points with 4/7 for three point shots, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Jeffries scored 19 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists, and the ther import player, Mark Bortz netted 10 points with 3 rebounds. For Bigua Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) scored 27 points, wioth 3/6 three point shotsand 6 assists, Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) netted 22 points with 9 rebounds, and Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) scored 8 points with 2 rebounds.

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Rimas Kurtinaitis will take the reins in Khimky - by Eurobasket News
Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport ) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Khimky. The Lithuanian specialist is expected to sign a deal in the upcoming days. Khimky are now guided by Oleg Meleschenko (agency: Alti Sport ) who temporarily replaced Sergio Scariolo (agency: Alti Sport ). Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport ) started the season in Latvia working with VEF Riga. Last two seasons Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport ) woked with Lietuvos Rytas. The 50-year-old coach led the Vilnius powerhouse to the LKL success in 2009 and 2010. He also reached Baltic League Final. Kurtinaitis was named Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Coach of the Year in 2010. Rimas Kurtinaitis (agency: Alti Sport ) also worked with Gala Baku in Azerbaijan, Ural Great Perm, Sakalai in Lithuania and Slask Wroclaw in Poland. He guided Azerbaijan NT in 2002-06 seasons and worked as assistant coach with Lithuanian NT.


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WCBL season has started - by Gianni Pascucci
The Santa Barbara Breakers repeated as the WCBL Black History Classic champions by defeating the West Los Angeles Advantage 101-98 in dramatic fashion. This roller coaster of a game started with the Breakers trailing by 13 points in the first period. Breakers fought back with the help of Tim Taylor (6'3''-G-82, college: Wayne St., NE), the tournaments leading scorer, who scored a game high 30 points. The Breakers completed the thriller in the final seconds of the final period. With the score tied 95-95, guard James Powell (6'2''-G-87, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: UCSB) received a pass in the corner and swished the three pointer for the lead with seconds remaining. The Advantage made things interesting as they were fouled on a three point attempt with five seconds left in the game. Advantage player Jamar Cramer (6'3''-G-72, college: LA Trade Tech) stepped up to the line and knocked down the first two free throws but fortunately for the Breakers, missed the game tying free throw. Tournament MVP Jerry Dupree (6'7''-F-81, college: USC) snatched the game winning rebound for the Breakers as time expired. The Breakers were crowned champions of the classic for the second year in a row.
The Breakers also were victorious in their first game of the tournament with a 105-77 win over the Los Angeles Loop. The Breakers will begin their regular season on March 31 in Torrance, California. Their home opener is scheduled for Saturday, April 2.


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Byo basketball captain confident - by Thomas Fink
The captain of the mens basketball team which leaves on Friday to represent Bulawayo Metropolitan Province in an Inter-Provincial tournament in Mutare has expressed optimism they will emerge as the best. Muchengeti Hamandishe told NewsDay Sport that they were confident they would perform well in the competition that ends on Sunday. Our preparations have been going on very well. We are confident that we will come back with the championship to Bulawayo, he said.

He said the team had enough depth as players like Mpumelelo Hlabangana, Derick Chiradza, Tawanda Corbi Mudzudza have been playing together for close to a decade. I have played with Hlabangana, Chiradza, Mudzudza and Mundandanda for 10 years. We have enough experience and youth in the team, he said. Hamandishe said another factor which would assist them in the quest to become champions is the competitiveness of the Bulawayo Basketball League.

Other players who are expected to do the province proud are Garikayi Gumbo, Clayton Moyo, Michael Zvoushe, Garth Hussey, Kevin Mayengere, Benjamin Jani and Sebastian Ndlovu.
The womens team comprises Sheila Rouncivell, Tahana Dube, Charmaine Chirinda, Faith Moyo and Geraldine Chibonda who have been picked up from Giants. Yolanda Matayataya, Nobukhosi Ndlovu and Orissa Ndebele have made it into the team from Lakers Seniors.

Two players from Highlanders who are part of the team are Seldom Woods and Ancilla Chivero.




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Brazil defeat Argentina in Maullin - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19 - Argentina U19 64:58

Brazil U19 selection opened their International Tournament campaign with victory. They held off Argentina in Maullin, Chile. Damiris Dantas do Amaral (192-C-92) fired 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Brazil grabbed a 19:11 lead after ten minutes. Argentina stopped the rot and got within 8 points at halftime 24:32. Brazil took over the initiative in the third term and arrived at the final break up by 12 points. Argentina outscored their opponents 17:11 in the final term but came up short of victory at the end. Carina Dos Santos (174-G/F-92) finished with 15 points, while Isabela Ramona had 10 points for the winners. Diana Cabrera (187-F-93) answered with 18 points for Argentina. Natalia Teodori chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Brazil will take on Chile U23, while Argentina will face Chile U19 tonight.

Brazil U19: Damiris Dantas do Amaral 20+11 boards, Carina Dos Santos 15, Isabela Ramona 10
Argentina U19: Diana Cabrera 18, Natalia Teodori 12



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Australiabasket.com All-Australian WNBL Awards 2010-11 - by Emiliano
1st Team
#s#
Elizabeth Cambage
Cambage
Kristen Veal
Veal
Michelle Cosier
Cosier
Jenna O
O'Hea
Amy Denson
Denson
#e#5

Player of the Year: Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) of Bulleen B.
Guard of the Year: Kristen Veal (176-G-81) of Logan T.
Forward of the Year: Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) of Bulleen B.
Center of the Year: Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) of Bulleen B.
Domestic Player of the Year: Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) of Bulleen B.
Defensive Player of the Year: Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) of Bulleen B.
Coach of the Year: Tom Maher of Bulleen B.

1st Team
G: Kristen Veal (176-81) of Logan T.
G/F: Michelle Cosier (176-82) of Canberra C.
G/F: Jenna O'Hea (185-87) of Bulleen B.
F: Amy Denson (186-84) of Sydney UF
C: Elizabeth Cambage (203-91) of Bulleen B.

2nd Team
G: Kristi Harrower (166-75) of Bendigo S.
G: Kathleen Macleod (167-86) of Dandenong R.
G/F: Tess Madgen (180-90) of Bendigo S.
F: Tracy Gahan (188-80) of Dandenong R.
C: Marianna Tolo (196-89) of Canberra C.

Honorable Mention
Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) of Bulleen B.
Gabrielle Richards (191-C-84) of Bendigo S.
DeMya Walker (191-F/C-77) of Adelaide
Joanne Hill (182-F/G-73) of Townsville F.
Katie-Rae Ebzery (177-G-90) of Sydney UF
Abby Bishop (189-C-88) of Dandenong R.



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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Zeljeznicar 17-1 
 2. Mladi Krajisnik 16-2 
 3. Igman 12-6 
 4. Jedinstvo 11-7 
 5. Sloboda 10-8 
 6. Tomislav 9-9 
 7. Banovici 7-11 
 8. Borac ML-IEFK 5-13 
 9. Rudar 3-15 
 10. Trebinje 0-18 
Play in international cups:
 1. Celik


D1: Regular season is over, Zeljeznicar is No.1 - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in D1 is over. Zeljeznicar is No.1 with almost perfect 17-1 record.

D1 Standings
1. Zeljeznicar 17-1
2. Mladi Krajisnik 16-2
3. Igman 12-6
4. Jedinstvo 11-7
5. Sloboda 10-8
6. Tomislav 9-9
7. Banovici 7-11
8. Borac ML-IEFK 5-13
9. Rudar 3-15
10. Trebinje 0-18




Trebinje - Igman 48-66

Bottom-ranked Trebinje (0-18) finished the season winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 18th consecutive match to third ranked Igman (12-6) 66-48 on Saturday evening. Igman finished as No.3 with 12-6 record having five points less than leader Zeljeznicar. Loser Trebinje of course closes the standings.

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Mladi Krajisnik - Jedinstvo 86-66

The game between Top Four teams took place in Banja Luka. Second ranked host Mladi Krajisnik (16-2) smashed 3rd ranked Jedinstvo (11-7) 86-66. The game without a history. Mladi Krajisnik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mladi Krajisnik have a solid four-game winning streak. They ended as No.2 with 16-2 record behind leader Zeljeznicar. Jedinstvo at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost.
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Borac ML-IEFK - Zeljeznicar 59-91

D1 top team - Zeljeznicar (17-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Borac ML-IEFK (5-13) in Banja Luka 91-59. The game without a history. Zeljeznicar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Zeljeznicar is the regular season champion with almost perfect 17-1 record. Borac ML-IEFK lost fifth consecutive game. They kept eighth place with 13 games lost. Bo
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Tomislav - Banovici 75-47

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Banovici's (7-11) road loss to sixth ranked Tomislav (9-9) 47-75 on Saturday. The game without a history. Tomislav led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Banovici to just 6 points in first quarter. Tomislav ended as No.6 with 9-9 record. Loser Banovici kept the seventh place with 11 games lost. Bo
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Rudar - Sloboda 49-66

Rather predictable result in Ugljevik where fifth ranked Sloboda (10-8) defeated 9th ranked Rudar (3-15) 66-49 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sloboda. Rudar managed to win third quarter 15-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rudar to just 6 points in first quarter. Sloboda have a solid three-game winning streak. They ended as No.5 with 10-8 record. Rudar lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team kept the ninth place with 15 games lost.
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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brazil defeat Argentina in Maullin - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19 - Argentina U19 64:58

Brazil U19 selection opened their International Tournament campaign with victory. They held off Argentina in Maullin, Chile. Damiris Dantas do Amaral (192-C-92) fired 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Brazil grabbed a 19:11 lead after ten minutes. Argentina stopped the rot and got within 8 points at halftime 24:32. Brazil took over the initiative in the third term and arrived at the final break up by 12 points. Argentina outscored their opponents 17:11 in the final term but came up short of victory at the end. Carina Dos Santos (174-G/F-92) finished with 15 points, while Isabela Ramona had 10 points for the winners. Diana Cabrera (187-F-93) answered with 18 points for Argentina. Natalia Teodori chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Brazil will take on Chile U23, while Argentina will face Chile U19 tonight.

Brazil U19: Damiris Dantas do Amaral 20+11 boards, Carina Dos Santos 15, Isabela Ramona 10
Argentina U19: Diana Cabrera 18, Natalia Teodori 12



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  CHINA - Women  


Shenyang overcame Guangdong in the Final opener - by Eurobasket News
Shenyang overcame Guangdong in the Final opener 100:83 as the teams started the series tonight. The games was tied at 21-21, while the hosts needed 24-22 to take the minimum lead at the halftime. Moreover 30-17 in the third quarter was decisive in the game. Another 25-23 helped Shenyang to reach three digits.
Miao LiJie (180-G-81) erupted with 27 points for the winners, while Liu Dan (194-C-87) followed her with 19. Cash Swin (187-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut) replied with 25 points in the losing effort.



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  CYPRUS - Women  


A1: Keravnos ends regular season with perfect 16-0 record - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in A1 is over. Keravnos is No.1 with perfect 16-0 record. On the other side, Etha closes the standings with poor 0-16.

A1 Standings
1. Keravnos 16-0
2. AEK Larnaca 13-3
3. Achilleas 12-4
4. AEL Limassol 11-5
5. Olympos 8-8
6. Akademia 5-11
7. APOP Paphou 5-11
8. Anagennises 2-14
9. InterColl. Etha 0-16


Olympos - Keravnos 67-76

Undefeated leader Keravnos delivered the sixteenth consecutive victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Olympos (8-8) 76-67 in Ayios. Keravnos finished regular season with perfect 16-0 record. Newly promoted Olympos kept the fifth place with eight games lost.

gschID: 122770


Anagennises - APOP Paphou 33-62

The game in Limassol supposed to be also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked APOP Paphou (5-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Anagennises (2-14). APOP Paphou smashed Anagennises 62-33. APOP Paphou ended as No.7, while Anagennises finished as No.8.
gschID: 122767


Achilleas - AEK Larnaca 56-48

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nicosia. Third ranked Achilleas faced second-best AEK Larnaca. Host Achilleas (12-4) defeated guests from Larnaca (13-3) 56-48. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of AEK Larnaca. Achilleas maintains third position with 12-4 record having four points less than leader Keravnos. Defending champion AEK Larnaca kept the second place with three games lost.
gschID: 122768


Akademia - InterColl. Etha 20-0
Akademia finished as No.6 with 5-11 recod.


Standings - women
A1 Standings
 1. Keravnos 16-0 
 2. AEK Larnaca 13-3 
 3. Achilleas 12-4 
 4. AEL Limassol 11-5 
 5. Olympos 8-8 
 6. Akademia 5-11 
 7. APOP Paphou 5-11 
 8. Anagennises 2-14 
 9. InterColl. Etha 0-16 


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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Vigor Skopje 13-1 
 2. Klubski Junior 10-4 
 3. Mladinec Skopje 9-4 
 4. Baden Kroatia 7-5 
 5. Trokal 7-6 
 6. Kolibri Ohrid 7-6 
 7. Struga 2009 5-8 
 8. Panteri Skopje 4-9 
 9. V.Lisici Skopje 1-9 
 10. Student Skopje 1-12 


D1 Round 14: Baden Kroatia is defeated by Klubski Junior in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Klubski Junior (#2) and Baden Kroatia (#4). Klubski Junior (10-4) won against visiting Baden Kroatia (7-5) 60-55. Klubski Junior have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Klubski Junior maintains second position with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader Vigor Skopje. Baden Kroatia at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Klubski Junior are looking forward to face Trokal (#5) on the road in the next round. Baden Kroatia's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Student Skopje.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Skopje: Mladinec Skopje (#3) and Panteri Skopje (#8). Panteri Skopje was smashed at home by 32 points 37-69 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Defending champion maintains third position with 9-4 record having five points less than leader Vigor Skopje. Newly promoted Panteri Skopje keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Mladinec Skopje's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Vigor Skopje.
D1 top team - Vigor Skopje (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Trokal (7-6) 89-33. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Trokal. Vigor Skopje have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Newly promoted Trokal keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Kolibri Ohrid. Vigor Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Mladinec Skopje.

In the last game of round 14 bottom-ranked Student Skopje lost to Kolibri Ohrid on the opponent's court 60-74.



Klubski Junior - Baden Kroatia 60-55

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Klubski Junior (#2) and Baden Kroatia (#4). Klubski Junior (10-4) won against visiting Baden Kroatia (7-5) 60-55. Klubski Junior have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Klubski Junior maintains second position with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader Vigor Skopje. Baden Kroatia at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Klubski Junior are looking forward to face Trokal (#5) on the road in the next round. Baden Kroatia's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Student Skopje.
gschID: 114558


Vigor Skopje - Trokal 89-33

D1 top team - Vigor Skopje (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Trokal (7-6) 89-33. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Trokal. Vigor Skopje have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Newly promoted Trokal keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Kolibri Ohrid. Vigor Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Mladinec Skopje.
gschID: 114559


Panteri Skopje - Mladinec Skopje 37-69

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Skopje: Mladinec Skopje (#3) and Panteri Skopje (#8). Panteri Skopje was smashed at home by 32 points 37-69 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Defending champion maintains third position with 9-4 record having five points less than leader Vigor Skopje. Newly promoted Panteri Skopje keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Mladinec Skopje's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Vigor Skopje.
gschID: 114560


Kolibri Ohrid - Student Skopje 74-60

Very expected game when 10th ranked Student Skopje (1-12) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Kolibri Ohrid (7-6) 74-60 on Saturday. Kolibri Ohrid moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Trokal. Student Skopje lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Kolibri Ohrid will meet V.Lisici Skopje (#9) on the road in the next round. Student Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Baden Kroatia.
gschID: 114557




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  GREECE - Women  


End of contract for Zohnova who goes to Cyprus - by George Fragkos
The elimination of Sony Athinaikos from the Eurocup meant a release of a player from their roster. Katerina Zohnova (179-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group), the 26-year-old guard from Czech Republic was signed by the Greek team just for European games and since there are not left any of them, the two sides parted ways. Her contribution at the Eurocup was totally satisfying as at 10 games, the Czech scored an average of 9.1 points per game and also got 3.1 rebounds per game.

Zohnova has already found her next team, having signed a contract with Petrolina AEK Larnaca where she will remain until the end of the playoffs.


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 19
 1. Page, ZTE19.0 
 2. Carson, SEAT L.17.0 
 3. Hollingswort., SEAT L.16.0 
 4. Tamane, MKB Eurol.15.3 
 5. Holt, MKB Eurol.14.8 
 6. Quigley, Pecs 201014.5 
 7. Griffin, Pecs 201014.2 
 8. Cvetanovic, Szolnok14.1 
 9. Kublina, SEAT L.14.0 
 10. Nemeth, Szeged13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quanitra HOLLINGSWORTH
  SEAT Lami
  (196-C-88)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Hollingswort., SEAT L.9.3 
 2. Page, ZTE9.0 
 3. Tamane, MKB Eurol.8.0 
 4. Pal, Vasas-Csata7.4 
 5. Olajuwon, SEAT L.7.3 
 6. Cvetanovic, Szolnok6.8 
 7. Krnjic, Pecs 20106.8 
 8. Kublina, SEAT L.6.5 
 9. Balla, Vasas-Csata6.1 
 10. Griffin, Pecs 20105.9 
Assists Per Game
 Katarina RISTIC
  Szolnok
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ristic, Szolnok5.3 
 2. Medgyessy, Atome.5.0 
 3. Ivanyi, Pecs 20104.9 
 4. Bukovszki, ZTE4.8 
 5. Darida, Nanette FTC4.4 
 6. Nemeth, Szeged4.3 
 7. Honti, MKB Eurol.4.1 
 8. Boskovic, Szolnok3.9 
 9. Laczi, Szeged3.8 
 10. Eordogh, Vasas-Cs.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Monika BUKOVSZKI
  ZTE
  (171-G-79)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Bukovszki, ZTE3.6 
 2. Szepsi, Bajai NKK3.5 
 3. Griffin, Pecs 20103.1 
 4. Laczi, Szeged3.0 
 5. Darida, Nanette FTC3.0 
 6. Nemeth, Szeged2.8 
 7. Medgyessy, Atome.2.7 
 8. Russai, Nanette FTC2.6 
 9. Demeter, Atomeromu2.6 
 10. Ambrus, ZTE2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Page, ZTE2.1 
 2. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.3 
 3. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.3 
 4. Cvetanovic, Szolnok1.3 
 5. Kublina, SEAT L.1.0 
 6. Hollingswort., SEAT L.1.0 
 7. Griffin, Pecs 20100.9 
 8. Pap, Cegledi EKK0.8 
 9. Bagi, BEAC0.8 
 10. Carson, SEAT L.0.7 


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  ICELAND - Women  


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Monique MARTIN
  Snaefell
  (180-G-83)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Martin, Snaefell26.7 
 2. Harris, Fjolnir25.9 
 3. Adamshick, Keflavik25.9 
 4. Fields, Njardvik24.2 
 5. Butler, Hamar23.0 
 6. Snodgrass, Haukar21.3 
 7. Boyd, Grindavik21.0 
 8. Morris, KR19.4 
 9. Sturludottir, KR19.2 
 10. Audere, Snaefell18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacquline ADAMSHICK
  Keflavik
  (183-F-84)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Adamshick, Keflavik15.7 
 2. Butler, Hamar15.2 
 3. Martin, Snaefell14.2 
 4. Buzoka, Fjolnir13.0 
 5. Liepkalne, Njardvik11.5 
 6. Hallgrimsdot., Grinda.10.8 
 7. Muciniece, Snaefell10.3 
 8. Brynjarsdott., Hau.10.0 
 9. Demirer, Njardvik10.0 
 10. Boyd, Grindavik9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Harris, Fjolnir7.3 
 2. Dimovska, Hamar6.0 
 3. Reke, Grindavik5.6 
 4. Siguraardott., KR4.3 
 5. Gunnlaugsdot., Kefla.4.0 
 6. Fields, Njardvik3.9 
 7. Liepkalne, Njardvik3.7 
 8. Butler, Hamar3.6 
 9. Valgarasdott., Kefla.3.6 
 10. Sturludottir, KR3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Harris, Fjolnir5.6 
 2. Martin, Snaefell4.1 
 3. Reke, Grindavik3.9 
 4. Dimovska, Hamar3.8 
 5. Logan, Snaefell3.0 
 6. Boyd, Grindavik2.9 
 7. Butler, Hamar2.9 
 8. Liepkalne, Njardvik2.8 
 9. Valgarasdott., Kefla.2.7 
 10. Adamshick, Keflavik2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jaleesa BUTLER
  Hamar
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Butler, Hamar3.2 
 2. Buzoka, Fjolnir3.2 
 3. Martin, Snaefell2.3 
 4. Muciniece, Snaefell2.1 
 5. Hermannsdott., KR2.1 
 6. Logan, Snaefell1.7 
 7. Valgarasdott., Kefla.1.2 
 8. Adamshick, Keflavik1.1 
 9. Ragnarsdotti., KR1.0 
 10. Sturludottir, KR0.8 


Express League: Njardvik and KR advance to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Njardvik and KR joined Hamar and Keflavik in the Playoff Semifinals. Both teams won the series with perfect 2-0. Semifinals pairs are Njardvik - Hamar and KR - Keflavik. Games schedule will be announced soon.


Njardvik - Haukar 83-55 (2-0)

The game without a history. Njardvik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Haukar to just 6 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Shayla Fields (175-G-87, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. Latvian forward Dita Liepkalne (185-87, college: Hawaii) chipped in 8 points and 15 rebounds. The former international center Ragna Brynjarsdottir (188-90) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Margret Halfdanardotir (173) added 9 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Haukar: R.Brynjarsdottir 11+8reb+1ast, G.Gunnarsdottir 9+4reb+1ast, M.Halfdanardotir 9+4reb+2ast, K.Snodgrass 6+5reb+3ast, A.Sturludottir 5+1reb+2ast, M.Siguraardottir 5+3reb+1ast
Njardvik: S.Fields 24+7reb, J.Demirer 16+8reb, A.Helga Palsdottir 10+4reb+5ast, E.Siguraardottir 9+1ast, D.Liepkalne 8+15reb+3ast, A.Einarsdottir 7+1reb+2ast


gschID: 123428
Snaefell - KR 76-84 (0-2)
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Snaefell won second period 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KR made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Snaefell turnovers. American guard Chazny Morris (178, college: UMKC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international forward Margret Sturludottir (178-89) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Monique Martin (180-83, college: Brewton Parker) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Latvian forward Laura Audere (180-84) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Snaefell. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: M.Martin 20+10reb, L.Audere 19+6reb+3ast, B.Gunnarsdottir 13+4reb+2ast, A.Jonsdottir 10+3reb+6ast, H.Kjartansdottir 6+4reb, B.Einarsdottir 3+1reb+2ast
KR: C.Morris 25+9reb+1ast, M.Sturludottir 23+5reb+2ast, H.Siguraardottir 14+5reb+5ast, G.Aorsteinsdottir 10+6reb+1ast, H.Halfdanardottir 4+5reb+2ast, S.Helga Gunnlaugsdottir 3+3reb+1ast




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  KOSOVO - Women  


A1 Round 10: Trepca loses to Bashkimi in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Very significant was Bashkimi's (#3, 6-3) victory against their biggest opponent Trepca (5-3) 72-47. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Defending champion (6-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with Drita Gjilan. Trepca at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Bashkimi is looking forward to face Sigal Prishtine (#5) on the road in the next round. Trepca will play against the league's leader Penza Peja and is hoping to win this game.
A1 top team - Penza Peja (8-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Gezimi (0-9) 89-40. Undefeated Penza Peja have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-0 record. Newly promoted Gezimi still closes the standings with nine games lost. Penza Peja will play against Trepca (#4) in Mitrovice in the next round. Gezimi will play on the road against Vellaznimi in Gjakove and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Gjakove supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Drita Gjilan (6-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Vellaznimi (1-8). Drita Gjilan smashed Vellaznimi 76-47 on Saturday. Drita Gjilan have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Bashkimi. Vellaznimi lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Drita Gjilan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vellaznimi will play against Gezimi (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Gezimi - Penza Peja 40-89

A1 top team - Penza Peja (8-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Gezimi (0-9) 89-40. Penza Peja have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-0 record. Newly promoted Gezimi still closes the standings with nine games lost. Penza Peja will play against Trepca (#4) in Mitrovice in the next round. Gezimi will play on the road against Vellaznimi in Gjakove and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 114715


Bashkimi - Trepca 72-47

Very significant was Bashkimi's (#3, 6-3) victory against their biggest opponent Trepca (5-3) 72-47. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Defending champion (6-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with Drita Gjilan. Trepca at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Bashkimi is looking forward to face Sigal Prishtine (#5) on the road in the next round. Trepca will play against the league's leader Penza Peja and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 114716


Vellaznimi - Drita Gjilan 47-76

The game in Gjakove supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Drita Gjilan (6-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Vellaznimi (1-8). Drita Gjilan smashed Vellaznimi 76-47 on Saturday. Drita Gjilan have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Bashkimi. Vellaznimi lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Drita Gjilan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vellaznimi will play against Gezimi (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 114718




Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Penza Peja 8-0 
 2. Bashkimi 6-3 
 3. Drita Gjilan 6-3 
 4. Trepca 5-3 
 5. Sigal Prishtine 4-4 
 6. Vellaznimi 1-8 
 7. Gezimi 0-9 


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  LATVIA - Women  


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 26-0 
 2. LU 18-5 
 3. RTU-Merks 17-7 
 4. TTT Juniores 13-10 
 5. TTT Kadetes 10-15 
 6. Daugavpils 7-18 
 7. Cesis 4-20 
 8. Liepajas 2-22 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Krastina, LU22.2 
 2. Krumberga, TTT R.20.0 
 3. Lisnere, Cesis19.9 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.18.4 
 5. Jakobsone, Cesis17.8 
 6. Jakobsone, TTT Riga15.8 
 7. Egle, Daugavpils15.4 
 8. Teilane, RTU-Merks15.4 
 9. Surkusa, TTT J.15.3 
 10. Eibele, TTT Riga15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.12.0 
 2. Teilane, RTU-Merks11.3 
 3. Lisnere, Cesis11.2 
 4. Lagzdina, TTT J.11.0 
 5. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.2 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga9.5 
 7. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.5 
 8. Nimane, TTT Riga8.4 
 9. Veidere, TTT K.8.2 
 10. Zarina, LU8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga6.1 
 2. Jevsejeva, Dauga.4.5 
 3. Krastina, LU4.0 
 4. Karklina, TTT Riga3.8 
 5. Neimane, TTT J.3.4 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga3.0 
 7. Staugaitiene, TTT R.2.8 
 8. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.7 
 9. Sarja, TTT Juniores2.6 
 10. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Krastina, LU4.3 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.4 
 3. Butler, TTT Riga2.9 
 4. Krumberga, TTT R.2.7 
 5. Eibele, TTT Riga2.7 
 6. Nimane, TTT Riga2.5 
 7. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
 8. Zeltina, Cesis2.4 
 9. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.3 
 10. Jevsejeva, Dauga.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.4 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.3.1 
 3. Surkusa, TTT J.2.2 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.7 
 5. Nimane, TTT Riga1.4 
 6. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.1.3 
 7. Lisnere, Cesis1.3 
 8. Egle, Daugavpils1.1 
 9. Egle, Daugavpils1.0 
 10. Teilane, TTT J.1.0 


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  POLAND - Women  


MUKS Poznan Polish U-20 champion - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Between 9 and 13 March in Kornik (next to Poznan) best polish U-20 team were playing their championships. In the final MUKS Poznan defeated MKS Polkowice 71:68 after
overtime. VBW GTK Gdynia celebrated bronze medal after a very close game (73:68) against SKS 12 AZS UW Warszawa. Ramona Casimiro (170-G-92) gets MVP of the tournament.

To get to the tournament, teams had to go through the previous qualifications. Only the 8 best teams in Poland reached the finals in Kornik. First, teams were confronted with each other in two groups. Two top teams from each group reached the semi-finals. Third ranked teams played a 5th place, and fourth ranked teams played for 7th place.

Final game between MUKS Poznan and MKS Polkowice was very exciting. First, MKS Polkowice had played better basket they won first half by 14 points Poznan's players
managed to get back in this game after two 3point shot in the last minute of the game. Thanks to this after four quarters score was tie. During overtime MUKS Poznan were
playing better and won whole game 71:68. MUKS Poznan regained tittle after two years. Last season champion - VBW GTK Gdynia lost their game in the semi-final against MUKS
Poznan. But Gdynia managed to gain bronze medal.


The results of all the tournament matches:

Group A:


SKS 12 AZS UW Warszawa - Basket 25 Bydgoszcz 80:67

VBW GTK Gdynia - TS Wisa Krakow 97:48

VBW GTK Gdynia - SKS 12 AZS UW Warszawa 84:57

TS Wisa Krakow - Basket 25 Bydgoszcz 61:81

SKS 12 AZS UW Warszawa - TS Wisa Krakow 60:64

Basket 25 Bydgoszcz - VBW GTK Gdynia 58:85

Group B:

AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. - MKS Polkowice 60:75

MUKS Poznan - KS Basket Women d 73:47

MKS Polkowice - KS Basket Women d 75:41

MUKS Poznan - AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. 93:48

KS Basket Women d - AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. 59:56

MUKS Poznan - MKS Polkowice 68:69

For 5th place:
Basket 25 Bydgoszcz - KS Basket Women d 75:66

For 7th place:
TS Wisa Krakow - AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. 79:53

Semifinals:

SKS 12 AZS UW Warszawa - MKS Polkowice 47:60
MUKS Poznan - VBW GTK Gdynia 79:63

For Bronze Medal:

SKS 12 AZS UW Warszawa - VBW GTK Gdynia 68:73

Final:
MKS Polkowice - MUKS Poznan 68:71

MVP of Tournament: Ramona Casimiro

All-Star Team:

Monika Bieniek (180-G-92) (SKS 12 AZS UW Warszawa)
Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) (VBW GTK Gdynia)
Agata Dobrowolska (188-F/C-92) (MKS Polkowice)
Aleksandra Dziwinska (172-G-91) (MKS Polkowice)
Marta Mistygacz (180-F-91) (MUKS Poznan)


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Satu Mare will host the 2011 Final Four - by Szilveszter Nagy
On Tuesday the RBF (Romanian Basketball Federation) Board confirmed that the 2011 Final Four of the Romanian Cup will be held in Satu Mare, between March 25th and 26th. It is the first time that Satu Mare will host this event.

The decision was made after the final meeting on Tuesday, when members of the Board agreed Satu Mare will be the hosting city.

The semi-finals will be played on Friday, March 25th, while the Big Final is scheduled for Saturday, March 26th.

Here are the Semi-Finals:

CSM Satu Mare vs. SCM CSS Craiova
BC ICIM Arad
vs. CSS LMK BC Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Dorosheva's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
19-year old forward Veronika Dorosheva (188-F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Spartak M. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
She had a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds, while her team edged out Dynamo-GUVD (#7, 5-12) in overtime 80-78. Spartak M. maintains the 9th position in Russian PBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 13 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Dorosheva had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for her as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Veronika Dorosheva averages this season 9.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Jessica Davenport (196-C-85) of Vologda-Chevakata. She is American center in her first season at Chevakata. In the last game Davenport recorded impressive 25 points and 8 rebounds. It was enough for Chevakata to edge slightly lower-ranked Dynamo M. (#6, 7-10) by 3 points 84-81. Chevakata's 5th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Davenport is a newcomer at Chevakata and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.2ppg (#3). She also registered 8.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Natalya Myasoedova (192-C-87) of Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk (#7). Myasoedova scored 12 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Myasoedova's great performance Dynamo-GUVD lost 78-80in overtime to slightly lower-ranked Spartak M. (#9, 4-13). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Dynamo-GUVD can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Myasoedova she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Myasoedova has individually a great season in Russia. After 14 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.5rpg (3rd best). She also has 2.0bpg and FGP: 53.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) of Dynamo Moscow - 22 points and 9 rebounds
5. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85) of Spartak SP - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) of Nadezhda O. - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Anna Tolikova (190-C-86) of Spartak M. - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tina Charles (193-C-88) of Nadezhda O. - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Loree Moore (176-G-83) of Chevakata - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Anna Petrakova (188-F-84) of Chevakata - 21 points and 5 rebounds

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


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Extraliga, second stage: Round 8 review - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in Extraliga.

An interesting game for Dobri Anjeli (23-1) which hosted in Kosice 4th ranked Nitra (14-10). First ranked Dobri Anjeli had an easy win 85-56. Defending champion maintains first position in Group A with 23-1 record. Nitra at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Dobri Anjeli will play against Presov (#5) on the road in the next round. Nitra will play against Poprad in Poprad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Roznava was also quite interesting. Third ranked Poprad (17-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Roznava (4-20). Poprad managed to secure a 5-point victory 66-61 on Saturday. Poprad moved-up to second place in Group A, which they share with MBK Ruzomb. Roznava lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 20 games lost. Poprad will meet Nitra (#4) on the road in the next round. Roznava will play against the league's second-placed MBK Ruzomberok and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 8
In Group A Presov was beaten by MBK Ruzomb. on the road 91-80.


Group A
MBK Ruzomb. - Presov 91-80

No shocking result in a game when second ranked MBK Ruzomberok (17-7) beat at home 5th ranked Presov (13-11) 91-80 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-80. MBK Ruzomberok have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group A with 17-7 record having six points less than leader Dobri Anjeli, which they share with Poprad. Loser Presov keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. MBK Ruzomberok will meet at home Roznava (#6) in the next round. Presov will play against the league's leader Dobri Anjeli in Kosice and hope to secure a win.
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Roznava - Poprad 61-66

The game in Roznava was also quite interesting. Third ranked Poprad (17-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Roznava (4-20). Poprad managed to secure a 5-point victory 66-61 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 19-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Poprad moved-up to second place in Group A, which they share with MBK Ruzomb. Roznava lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 20 games lost. Poprad will meet Nitra (#4) on the road in the next round. Roznava will play against the league's second-placed MBK Ruzomberok and hope to secure a win.
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Dobri Anjeli - Nitra 85-56

An interesting game for Dobri Anjeli (23-1) which hosted in Kosice 4th ranked Nitra (14-10). First ranked Dobri Anjeli had an easy win 85-56. The game without a history. Dobri Anjeli led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Defending champion maintains first position in Group A with 23-1 record. Nitra at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Dobri Anjeli will play against Presov (#5) on the road in the next round. Nitra will play against Poprad in Poprad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Group B
Samorin - Banska Bystrica 78-77

The most exciting game of round 8 in the Extraliga took place in Samorin. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Banska Bystrica (4-15) to first ranked Samorin (6-14) 78-77 in the game for the first place. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-77. Samorin have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Samorin maintains first position in Group B with 6-14 record. Banska Bystrica lost fourth consecutive game. Banska Bystrica at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Standings - Women
Extraliga Standings
Group A
 1. Dobri Anjeli 23-1 
 2. MBK Ruzomb. 17-7 
 3. Poprad 17-7 
 4. Nitra 14-10 
 5. Presov 13-11 
 6. Roznava 4-20 
Group B
 1. Samorin 6-14 
 2. Banska Bystrica 4-15 
 3. Slovan 3-16 


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Celje and Maribor notch road wins - by Zeljko Zule
Celje and AJM won its League Play-Off opening games while Hit Kranjska Gora will meet Triglav tomorrow.
Jezica-AJM Maribor 72-78: After trailing 58-61 going into the final period, AJM scored 9 straight points. Maja Drozg (179-F/C-81) finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds, Martina Dover scored 19 points and Kristina Baltic added 12. Jezica shot 16-of-21 from the field in the first quarter and just 4-of-12 in the final period. Ziva Macura posted 20 points, Kristina Pavli had 14 and Nina Gabrovsek 13.
Panter Ilirija-Celje 64-78: The visiting team went on an 13-3 run to close out the first half with a 41-34 lead and take command of the game. Nika Baric netted 22 points, Ana Turcinovic 20 and Lea Jagodic 13. Ilirija was led by Barbara Skof and her game-high 23 points, Natasa Vene added 13 and Teja Kropivsek 12.


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Trahan number one in Switzerland for round 20 - by Eurobasket News
American center Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Fribourg, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds, while her team outclassed Pully (#4, 12-8) with 45-point margin 94-49. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Fribourg maintains the 2nd position in Swiss LNA. They are still close to the very top. Fribourg would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 17-3 record. It's Trahan's second year at Fribourg and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Former Elizabeth City State University star has very solid stats this year. Trahan is in league's top in points (2nd best: 28.5ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 15.8rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg,3.2spg and 60.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Hillary Klimowicz (191-F/C-87) of Nyon Basket Feminin. Klimowicz had a very good evening with a double-double of 35 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Nyon lost that game 59-69 to slightly higher-ranked Basel (#5, 8-12). Nyon managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Nyon managed to get this year. Klimowicz is a newcomer at Nyon, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Fribourg's star - American forward Angelina Williams (183-F-83). Williams showcased her all-around game by recording 21 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. She was another key player of Fribourg, helping her team with a 94-49 easy win against #4 ranked Pully in a game of the week. Fribourg is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 17-3 record is not that bad... Williams has a very solid season. In 5 games in Switzerland she scored 17.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mariesa Greene (183-F) of Pully - 23 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Traci Edwards (188-F/C-87) of Riva Basket - 25 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Brittany Wilkins (191-F/C-83) of Riva Basket - 20 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Djenebou Sissoko (190-F/C-82) of Helios - 24 points and 17 rebounds
8. Megan Skouby (193-C-86) of Basel - 25 points and 8 rebounds
9. JoAnn Hamlin (191-F/C-86) of Highflyers - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Judit Jakab (178-F-89) of Riva Basket - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 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)


LNSA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 30.2
 1. Greene, Pully30.2 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg28.5 
 3. Villarroel, Helios26.6 
 4. Edwards, Riva B.26.4 
 5. Diouf, Pully25.9 
 6. Bowman, Riva B.25.1 
 7. Sissoko, Helios23.8 
 8. Wilkins, Riva Basket20.1 
 9. Yanni, Basel19.6 
 10. Klimowicz, Nyon19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Greene, Pully17.4 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg15.8 
 3. Wilkins, Riva Basket13.2 
 4. Sissoko, Helios12.9 
 5. Hamlin, Highflyers11.2 
 6. Klimowicz, Nyon10.9 
 7. Edwards, Riva B.10.6 
 8. Bowman, Riva B.10.6 
 9. Skouby, Basel9.5 
 10. Griffith, Highflyers9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Diouf, Pully6.3 
 2. Villarroel, Helios4.3 
 3. Dorestand, Highf.4.0 
 4. Yanni, Basel3.8 
 5. Heckendorn, Basel3.4 
 6. Greene, Pully3.3 
 7. Gur, Nyon2.9 
 8. Sakica, Highflyers2.7 
 9. Annibale, Riva Basket2.6 
 10. Martin, Pully2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Diouf, Pully4.6 
 2. Villarroel, Helios4.5 
 3. Greene, Pully4.3 
 4. Gur, Nyon4.0 
 5. Sissoko, Helios3.5 
 6. Edwards, Riva B.3.5 
 7. Klimowicz, Nyon3.2 
 8. Trahan, Fribourg3.2 
 9. Dorestand, Highf.3.2 
 10. Kershaw, Helios3.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hillary KLIMOWICZ
  Nyon
  (191-F/C-87)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Klimowicz, Nyon4.6 
 2. Bowman, Riva B.1.7 
 3. Edwards, Riva B.1.5 
 4. Skouby, Basel1.4 
 5. Greene, Pully1.3 
 6. Trahan, Fribourg1.3 
 7. Favre, Nyon1.2 
 8. Hamlin, Highflyers1.2 
 9. Yanni, Basel1.0 
 10. Griffith, Highflyers0.8 


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  TURKEY - Women  


Galatasaray Medikal Park clinch SPOR TOTO Women Turkish Cup title. - by Baha Kurtulus
Last years's Turkish Cup winner Galatasaray beat Tarsus Belediye 68-53 to take SPOR TOTO Turkish Cup in Gaziantep.
Galatasaray had already beaten Botas and Fenerbahce in Turkish Cup. Galatasaray took Turkish Cup for eight times.

Slyvia Fowles had 26 points and 11 rebounds, Tamika Catchings produced 11 points and 6 boards in the victory.
Fowles was named the MVP of the final after the game.
Alexis Hornbuckle delivered 12 points and 9 boards, Michelle Pierson helped 11 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort.

Eight-Finals pairings, 11st March 2011
Beiktas Cola Turka - Samsun Basketbol : 89 -81
Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi - Tarsus Belediye : 78 -86

Eight-Finals pairings, 12th March 2011
Fenerbahce - Pankup Kayseri Seker : 61 -51
Botas - Galatasaray Medikal Park : 57 -84

Semi Finals, 13th March 2010
Beiktas Cola Turka - Tarsus Belediye : 63 -68
Fenerbahce - Galatasaray Medikal Park : 60 -63

Final, 14th March 2011
Tarsus Belediye - Galatasaray Medikal Park : 53 -68