EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/18/2011

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  ACPBL   


ACPBL All-League teams full listing - by Gianni Pascucci
Here down there is the full listing of the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League All-Star Teams for the 2010-11 season, as released by the league fron office yesterday. As Justin Moore has yet posted, Hugh Jones (6'3''-F-80), aka 'Baby Shaq' has been named the ACPBL Player of the Year, while Emory Addison of the Tru Hope Trailblazers is the 2010-11 ACPBL Coach of the Year.

HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR
Emory Addison

ACPBL PLAYER OF THE YEAR (LEAGUE MVP)
Hugh Jones

ACPBL 1ST TEAM ALL LEAGUE
Hugh Jones Beltway Bombers
Justin Carter (6'3''-G, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Rutgers-Newark) Garden State Rebels
Donnie Stith (6'7''-F-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Tulane) Tru Hope Trailblazers
Marcus Fisher (6'4''-G/F-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management) Beltway Bombers
Antoinne Morgano (6'5''-G/F-86) Garden State Rebels

ACPBL 2ND TEAM ALL LEAGUE
Prince Jackson (6'6''-F-84, college: Dominican, NY) Hudson Valley Kingz
Telron Spell (6'4''-G/F-82, college: Bridgeport) Westchester WildKatz
Doug Herring (6'1''-G, college: Utica) Hudson Valley Kingz
Anthony Cox (6'9''-C-83, college: Farmingdale St.) New York Lions
Brian Graves (6'2''-G-85, college: Catawba) Tru Hope Trailblazers

ACPBL 3RD TEAM ALL LEAGUE
Vinnie Darpino (5'9''-G, college: Kean) Westchester WildKatz
Michael Dodd (6'4''-G/F-86, college: Hunter) Westchester WildKatz
Marcus Hall (6'5''-G-87, college: Robert Morris) Buffalo Stampede
J.J. Walsh (6'5''-F-85, college: St.Joseph's (NY)) New York Lions
Derryck Alexander (6'5''-F-85, college: Rutgers-Newark) Garden State Rebels

ACPBL 4TH TEAM ALL LEAGUE
Myron Howe (5'11''-G) Tri-City Suns
David Acree (6'0''-G, college: St.Joseph's (NY)) New York Lions
Greg Gamble (6'4''-G-87, college: Buffalo) Buffalo Stampede
Camontae Griffin (5'9''-G-86, college: St.Mary's (MD)) Beltway Bombers
Angelo Hernandez (6'3''-G, college: N.Carolina A&T) Beltway Bombers

ACPBL 5TH TEAM ALL LEAGUE
Ed Jones Beltway Bombers
Derick Payne (6'6''-F-83, college: Bowie St.) Beltway Bombers
Jason Clark (6'8''-F-82, college: Virginia) Tru Hope Trailblazers
David Bailey (6'8''-F-83, college: Prince George CC) Tri-City Suns
Jamal Robinson (6'5''-F/G-73, college: Virginia) Tru Hope Trailblazers

ACPBL 6TH TEAM ALL LEAGUE
Steven Miles (6'2''-G-81, college: American) Beltway Bombers
Eric Joe (6'2''-G) Tru Hope Trailblazers
Afalobi Ajumobi Garden State Rebels
Charles Walker (6'4''-G/F, college: D'Youville) Buffalo Stampede
Jamaal Wise (6'5''-F-83, college: Rhode Island) Beltway Bombers
Joseph Flegler (6'0''-G-85, college: Savannah St.) Beltway Bombers
Vincent Brooks (6'1''-G-85, college: Brookdale CC) Garden State Rebels



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Regular season is over, Partizan is No.1 - by Eurobasket News
Regular season in Adriatic league is over. Partizan is No.1 with 18-8 record. Three other teams which advanced to Final Four are Union Olimpija, Krka and Buducnost. The Tournament will be held at the Stozice Arena in Ljubljana from 19th to 21st of April. Partizan is the defending champion.
On the other side, Zadar is relegated from the competition and Croatia will have 3 instead of 4 teams in the regional championship next season. Zadar will not be one of them.


Adriatic League Standings
1. Partizan 18-8
2. Union Olimpija 17-9
3. Krka 17-9
4. Buducnost 15-11
5. KK Zagreb CO 15-11
6. Hemofarm 14-12
7. Cedevita 14-12
8. CEZ Nymburk 12-14
9. Siroki TT 12-14
10. Radnicki 12-14
11. Igokea 11-15
12. Cibona 10-16
13. Crvena Zvezda 8-18
14. Zadar 7-19



Hemofarm - Krka 73-68

The exciting game took place in Vrsac between second ranked Slovenian Krka (17-9) and seventh ranked Serbian Hemofarm (14-12) on Wednesday night. Krka was defeated by Hemofarm in a tough game on the road 68-73. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hemofarm made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Krka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Bojan Krstovic (194-80) scored 15 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Milivoje Bozovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Bosnian guard Goran Ikonic (196-80) scored 15 points. Four Krka players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: B.Krstovic 15+1reb+4ast, M.Pavkovic 11+3ast, M.Bozovic 10+9reb, J.Jordan 9+7reb, N.Knezevic 7+1reb, M.Borisov 6+3reb
Krka: G.Ikonic 15+3reb+1ast, D.Djordjevic 14+5reb+5ast, E.Muric 10+4reb, C.Booker 10+5reb, S.Pavic 6+6reb+1ast, J.Balazic 4+4reb+2ast



gschID: 92619


Partizan - Cibona 89-74

Adriatic League top team - Serbian Partizan (18-8) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Croatian Cibona (10-16) in Beograd 89-74. The game was mostly controlled by Partizan. Cibona was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game. Partizan outrebounded Cibona 34-18 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Cibona was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Czech forward Jan Vesely (211-F-90) notched 21 points to lead the effort and forward Dusan Kecman (197-77, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Partizan players scored in double figures. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 23 points by Bosnian-Croatian swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) did not help to save the game for Cibona. Forward Ante Krapic (202-85) added 8 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Partizan have a solid three-game winning streak.
Top scorers:
Partizan: J.Vesely 21+1reb+1ast, R.Katic 14+5reb+1ast, C.Jerrells 13+2reb+7ast, D.Kecman 11+6reb+6ast, N.Jawai 10+3reb, J.Gist 7+5reb
Cibona: B.Bogdanovic 23+1reb, L.Radosevic 12+1reb+2ast, K.Vragovic 10+1reb+4ast, A.Krapic 8+7reb+1ast, M.Rozic 6+2reb+3ast, G.Giricek 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 92620


Union Olimpija - Radnicki 92-65

Third ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (17-9) crushed at home 8th ranked Serbian Radnicki (12-14) by 27 points 92-65, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Union Olimpija led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Union Olimpija looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Radnicki's players. The best player for the winners was forward Goran Jagodnik (203-74, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Georgian-Slovenian power forward Vladimir Boisa (209-81, agency: World Sport Agency) chipped in 11 points. American forward Michael Lee (207-86) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: G.Jagodnik 15+5reb+1ast, S.Ozbolt 12+4ast, V.Boisa 11+3reb+2ast, D.Bertans 9+4reb+1ast, A.Anagonye 9+2reb, S.Salin 8+2reb+2ast
Radnicki: M.Lee 15+7reb, M.Cakarevic 13+5reb+2ast, A.Gaddefors 10+3reb, S.Markovic 9+2ast, D.Mijatovic 6+2reb+1ast, P.Miletic 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 92616


Cedevita - Igokea 79-72

Very expected game in Zagreb where 11th ranked Bosnian Igokea (11-15) was defeated by seventh ranked Croatian Cedevita (14-12) 79-72 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 47-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Cedevita made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game, while Igokea only scored three points from the stripe. Cedevita forced 24 Igokea turnovers. Strangely Igokea outrebounded Cedevita 29-17 including 23 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was swingman Marino Bazdaric (197-78) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. Forward Damjan Rudez (206-86) chipped in 21 points and 4 steals. American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) produced 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import center Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: D.Rudez 21+4reb+1ast, M.Bazdaric 20+1reb+5ast, A.Zizic 20+5reb, H.Kovacevic 9+1reb+1ast, V.Princ 5+3reb+2ast, D.Draper 2
Igokea: B.Chase 24+6reb+3ast, D.Harvey 12+6reb+1ast, N.Joksimovic 10+1reb+3ast, Z.Rakocevic 8+2reb+2ast, S.Nadjfeji 5+2reb, J.Florence 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 92617


Siroki TT - Zadar 80-74

Rather predictable result in Siroki Brijeg where tenth ranked Bosnian Siroki TT Kabeli (12-14) defeated bottom-ranked Croatian Zadar (7-19) 80-74 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Siroki TT Kabeli made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Croatian guard Vedran Morovic (184-83, college: Olney Central CC, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Siroki TT Kabeli's coach Ivan Velic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Marko Car (188-85) added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Siroki TT: V.Morovic 19+7reb+9ast, D.Persic 13+2reb+1ast, S.Stemberger 13+5reb+6ast, S.Spralja 9+6reb, D.Planinic 9+5reb, I.Grgat 7+3reb
Zadar: B.Brown 21+5reb+1ast, M.Car 14+5reb+8ast, S.Olivari 10+7reb+2ast, I.Ivanov 9+3reb+3ast, P.Marcinkovic 8+5reb+1ast, M.Bilan 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 92618


Buducnost - CEZ Nymburk 102-91

Not a big story in a game in Podgorica where 8th ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (12-14) was defeated by fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (15-11) 102-91 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Buducnost. CEZ Nymburk managed to win fourth quarter 31-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Buducnost especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian forward Marko Simonovic (202-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. American guard Dionte Christmas (196, college: Temple) produced 28 points and his fellow American import guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington, agency: ZAG Advocates) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: M.Simonovic 23+6reb+1ast, V.Dragicevic 22+6reb+2ast, B.Dubljevic 18+2reb+1ast, V.Mihailovic 11+1reb+1ast, G.Kadziulis 7+2reb+3ast, A.Popovic 6+3reb+3ast
CEZ Nymburk: D.Christmas 28+3reb+2ast, C.Simmons 14+3reb+3ast, P.Slezak 9+1reb+1ast, V.Stimac 9+5reb, A.Chan 8+3reb, R.Necas 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 92614


KK Zagreb CO - Crvena Zvezda 107-85

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (15-11) outscored at home 13th ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (8-18) 107-85 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by KK Zagreb CO. Crvena Zvezda managed to win fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Zagreb CO shot 60.6 percent from the field. KK Zagreb CO outrebounded Crvena Zvezda 45-26 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Center Mario Kasun (213-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Four KK Zagreb CO players scored in double figures. American forward Ricardo Marsh (202-81, college: ODU) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and guard Nemanja Nedovic (192-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: L.Zoric 24+9reb+1ast, M.Kasun 21+10reb+2ast, J.Heytvelt 17+4reb+2ast, M.Halilovic 11+13reb+2ast, A.Masic 8+2reb, A.Renfroe 7+1reb+7ast
Crvena Zvezda: R.Marsh 19+5reb, N.Nedovic 14+1reb, I.Marinkovic 8+7reb, J.Young 8+2reb, S.Ivan 7+1reb, A.Cvetkovic 7+1reb


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Partizan 18-8 
 2. Union Olimpija 17-9 
 3. Krka 17-9 
 4. Buducnost 15-11 
 5. KK Zagreb CO 15-11 
 6. Hemofarm 14-12 
 7. Cedevita 14-12 
 8. CEZ Nymburk 12-14 
 9. Siroki TT 12-14 
 10. Radnicki 12-14 
 11. Igokea 11-15 
 12. Cibona 10-16 
 13. Crvena Zvezda 8-18 
 14. Zadar 7-19 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Lee, Radnicki19.6 
 2. Zoric, KK.19.4 
 3. Marsh, Crvena Z.19.2 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 5. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.9 
 6. Edwards, Cedevita17.5 
 7. Draper, Cedevita16.9 
 8. Car, Zadar16.3 
 9. Dragicevic, Buduc.16.3 
 10. Chase, Igokea16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Zoric, KK.8.2 
 2. Harvey, Igokea7.1 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.0 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 5. Necas, CEZ Nymburk6.4 
 6. Kasun, KK.6.4 
 7. Gist, Partizan6.2 
 8. Lee, Radnicki5.9 
 9. Savovic, Hemofarm5.8 
 10. Benda, CEZ Nymburk5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Pavkovic, Hemofarm5.2 
 2. Draper, Cedevita5.1 
 3. Markovic, Radnicki4.9 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.3 
 5. Chase, Igokea4.0 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.3.9 
 7. Renfroe, KK.3.8 
 8. Car, Zadar3.6 
 9. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.5 
 10. Nissim, CEZ N.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.2 
 2. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.1 
 3. Lee, Radnicki2.0 
 4. Car, Zadar2.0 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 6. Renfroe, KK.1.8 
 7. Cakarevic, Radnicki1.8 
 8. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 9. Ozbolt, Union O.1.6 
 10. Simonovic, Buduc.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zoric, KK.1.3 
 2. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 3. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 4. Kasun, KK.0.9 
 5. Dragicevic, Buduc.0.9 
 6. Radosevic, Cibona0.9 
 7. Gist, Partizan0.8 
 8. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 10. Vesely, Partizan0.7 


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 17-8 
 2. Lanus 15-9 
 3. La Union 15-9 
 4. Penarol 15-10 
 5. Atenas 14-10 
 6. Libertad S. 14-10 
 7. Gimnasia CR 13-10 
 8. Estudiantes 13-11 
 9. Quimsa 11-13 
 10. Club 9 11-13 
 11. Regatas C. 10-13 
 12. Boca Jrs 10-15 
 13. Olimpico LB 9-14 
 14. Monte Hermoso 9-15 
 15. Argentino 8-16 
 16. Sionista 8-16 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Jackson, La Union20.3 
 2. Bunn, Argentino18.9 
 3. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.6 
 4. Meyinsse, Club 916.9 
 5. Johnson, Monte H.16.8 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.5 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.15.9 
 8. White, Monte H.14.8 
 9. Taylor, Lanus14.6 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.3 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.10.1 
 3. Battle, Libertad S.9.2 
 4. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.0 
 5. Kante, Olimpico LB8.6 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Alston, Boca Jrs8.2 
 8. Johnson, Monte H.8.0 
 9. Leiva, Penarol7.4 
 10. Mikulas, La Union7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.7 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.8 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.3 
 4. Salles, Monte H.5.0 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.6 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.2 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.7 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.5 
 9. Sartorelli, Argentino3.1 
 10. Laws, Olimpico LB3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.3 
 2. Sciutto, Monte H.2.7 
 3. Cequeira, Obras2.5 
 4. Salles, Monte H.2.4 
 5. Martinez, Regat.2.4 
 6. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 7. Lamonte, Penarol2.3 
 8. Labaque, Atenas2.3 
 9. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
 10. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Battle, Libertad S.2.0 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.3 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 9. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 10. Wolkowyski, Libertad.0.7 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 20-6 
 2. Wildcats 16-10 
 3. Crocodiles 15-10 
 4. Hawks 14-12 
 5. Taipans 13-12 
 6. Blaze 11-14 
 7. Tigers 9-15 
 8. 36ers 8-17 
 9. Sydney K. 8-18 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Penney, Breakers20.6 
 2. Ervin, Hawks20.3 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.6 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.5 
 6. Clark, Blaze16.8 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers16.1 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.8 
 10. Devendorf, Tigers14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.2 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.2 
 3. Vukona, Breakers7.7 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 6. Brown, Wildcats6.9 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.9 
 8. Williams, Tigers6.8 
 9. Burston, Tigers6.8 
 10. Clark, Blaze6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, Tigers6.0 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.4 
 3. Ervin, Hawks4.5 
 4. Saville, Hawks4.2 
 5. Carter, 36ers4.2 
 6. Braswell, Breakers4.2 
 7. Shannon, 36ers4.1 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.9 
 9. Blalock, Crocodiles3.4 
 10. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.3 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.5 
 3. Ervin, Hawks1.4 
 4. Crawford, Croco.1.4 
 5. Carter, 36ers1.4 
 6. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 7. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 8. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 9. Ellis, Crocodiles1.3 
 10. Braswell, Breakers1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Blaze
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Majok, Wildcats2.0 
 2. Ballinger, 36ers2.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.9 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.2 
 5. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 6. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 7. Schenscher, Croco.1.0 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 9. Freeman, Croco.0.9 
 10. Johnson, 36ers0.8 


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  AUSTRIA   


2 changes in Austria - by Stefan Heinrich
WBC Raiffeisen Wels reacted on the season ending metatarsal fracture of Robert Holcomb Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford) and they signed Jermaine Thomas (186-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle) for the rest of the season. Thomas started this season in Bremerhaven and he was released in January. During his first game against Graz he was on the court for 22 minutes and he scored 4 Points and dished out 2 Assists.

The second change was made in Kapfenberg. Ante Dugum (211-C-88, agency: Court Side) came back to the Bulls after starting the season in Bosnia with HKK Brotnjo Citluk. Last season Dugum also was a member of the Bulls squad and in 20 games he averaged 3.7ppg and 1.9rpg.


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 22-6 
 2. Arkadia 18-10 
 3. Furstenfeld 18-10 
 4. Oberwart 17-11 
 5. Kapfenberg 14-14 
 6. Klosterneub. 14-14 
Group B
 1. Wels 16-12 
 2. UBSC Graz 14-15 
 3. Gussing 12-16 
 4. BC Vienna 11-17 
 5. St.Polten 11-18 
 6. Worthersee 2-26 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.0 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 4. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.9 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.2 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.17.8 
 7. Mayes, Gmunden17.4 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.3 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.16.3 
 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. Mayer, Gmunden7.4 
 8. Graham, UBSC G.7.4 
 9. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.4 
 10. Djuric, Gussing7.4 
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.5.6 
 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. Artner, Oberwart1.7 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
 10. Danek, Arkadia1.7 
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. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.14.8 
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/Rock8.9 
 4. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 5. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 7. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 8. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.7.4 
 10. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.2 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 4. Kriisa, TT.4.9 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis4.7 
 6. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.2 
 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. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 4. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 6. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 7. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 8. Anderson, Ventspils1.7 
 9. Leppik, TU/Rock1.7 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. 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 


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  BELIZE   


Foreshore Spartans close regular season undefeated, while Backatown Warriors end 3-game losing streak!!! - by David Magana
The Foreshore Spartans end their regular season undefeated with a sixth straight win. They closed capped their impressive season, so far, with a win over the Hopkins U17 team that was fighting to gain a fourth seed and a playoff berth. It would not be a walk-over for the mighty Spartans, but they powered their way through with power forward Trevon Mitchell and his 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Spartans center Jordan Walters continued to be a defensive presence in the middle with 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots, but more imposing was his season high offensive output of 14 points. Hopkins kept the game close behind the efforts of Deshawn Nunez and Hyden Casimiro who both had 10 points a piece. That wasnt enough. Foreshore squeezed out the 41-36 victory and clinched the number one seed going into the playoffs.

In the second game, the Backatown Warriors, like Hopkins , were trying to secure the fourth seed and a chance at redemption with a playoff berth. Their opponents, the Cadet Trailblazers were simply trying to secure their first non-forfeit win of the season. The Cadets played like the team with more to gain and they led almost the entire game, but their hopes were dashed when Johnathan Cal missed the first of two free throws with 0.1 seconds on the clock and his team down by two. Cal made the second, but it was not enough to force overtime. Cal finished with 12 points to lead the Trailblazers, while Francis Noralez added 4 points and 13 rebounds. The Warriors guard Aaron Castillo led his team with 14 points and 5 rebounds, while forward Marton Alvarez had his best game of the season by contributing 12 points and 9 rebounds.

The final games of the season will be played in Hopkins this Saturday, March 19, 2011.

Cadet Trailblazers vs Hopkins
Blazin Stars vs Harlem

Courtesy of
http://bbfbelize.org/


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  BOSNIA   


Edin Bavcic signs with Aris Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News
Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) has swapped Ukraine for Greece. The Bosnian International has agreed deal with Greek outfit Aris Thessaloniki. He will replace recently departed Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) who moved to Gran Canaria. Bavcic is seen as great reinforcement for the club and is expected to make his debut next weekend.
Edin Bavcic is a product of BC Bosna youth system, and has made his senior debut during 2003-2004 season. After one year loan with BC Ilidza, Bavcic return to Bosna where he established himself as regular member of starting five. In 2006 he was drafted by Toronto Raports as 56th pick. He continued to improve his game with Bosna and his best season came in 2006-2007 when he averaged 12.5 points and 4.5 boards. In 2008 Bavcic moved to Turkey where he signed with Kepez Bid Antalya but he has finished the season as member of Keln 99ers. In 2009 he moved to Olimpija Ljubljana where he averaged 11.4 points and 6.3 rebounds, helping the team win both National Title and Cup. Last summer, Bavic moved to Italy where he signed with Enel Brindisi. In November, he joined Ukrainian Khimik.


Mladost snaps up Milijan Bocka - by Eurobasket News
Ahead of League 6, Mladost has reinforced its roster with an experienced guard. The team has agreed a deal with Milijan Bocka (186-G-82). The player signed a contract for rest of the season and is seen as great upgrade at the guard position. He is expected to bring his experience to the club, and help Mladost be a serious contender along with the likes of Bosna, Siroki and Igokea. Milijan Bocka started his career as member of Universitatea Timisoara during 2003-2004 season. Following season he moved to BC Spartak, where in 23 games he averaged 10 points and 1.7 assists per game. In 2005 he started the season as member of Hercegovac. In January, he was snapped by BC Zdravlje Leskovac where he averaged 12.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. Following year he played as member of BC Novi Sad and in 2007 he returned for his second stint with Zdravlje . In January of 2008 he signed a deal with BC Igokea. Last season, he averaged 11.6 points and 3.3 assists per game, helping Igokea secure Adriatic League spot. This season, Bocka moved to Crnokosa Kosjeric.

Suad Sehovic returns to Bosna ASA BHT - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Bosnian media, BC Bosna has returned familiar face ahead of beginning of League 6. Reportedly, the club has agreed deal with former captain Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87). Sehovic left Bosna at the start of this season after agreeing a deal with Olimpija but is now set for return. He is seen as great reinforcement for Bosna who will try to secure Adriatic League participation after a one year absence.
Suad Sehovic made his professional debut with Bosna Senior Team during 2005-2006 season. He appeared in 12 Adriatic League games, posting averages of 3.1 points and 1.4 rebounds. Each season, Sehovic continued to develop and mature as a player. In 2007, he made his European debut, after playing in 10 EuroCup games. He scored 3.4 points in those games, to go along 2.1 rebound and 1.1 steals per game. With Bosna, Sehovic has so far won 2 National Titles in 2006 and 2008 as well as the National Cup in 2009. Last season, Sehovic struggled with injuries but has still managed to average 15.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in Bosnian league. At the start of this season he moved to Olimpija Ljubljana but he suffered injury which kept them off the court for 6 months.


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  BRAZIL   


Hilario Nene: 'I want to be a Nugget forever' - by Eurobasket News
The Nuggets have surpassed expectations compiling an 8-2 record following the trade deadline deal which sent four-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) to the New York Knicks.

The thought of most was that the move would effectively usher in a prolonged rebuilding period filled with an abundance of losses in the short-term. However, the club has been bolstered by its new additions and their incumbent starting center Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) has also stepped up to the challenge by embracing a bigger role.

Nene has played his entire career with the Nuggets organization since entering the league in 2003, but his name became entangled in trade rumors since the start of the season when it became obvious Denver was unlikely to secure Anthony's signature on an extension.

The ninth year center attracted plenty of interest around the league at the deadline but Denver has remained adamant that Nene is part of its long term plans in the post Anthony era and according to reports have even started pitching a contract extension to the big man.

Nuggets nation may be able to breathe a sigh of relief, because the Brazilian born star says he has no intention of leaving Denver.

'I want to be a Nugget for now and forever,' Nene told HOOPSWORLD.' But I know there is a lot of business [to handle], so I can say that today. '

Even though he can exercise an early termination option which would make him one of the most coveted talents in the free agent class of 2012, Nene is extremely happy with the direction the franchise is headed as it gears up for another postseason trip.

'Oh yeah for sure,' said Nene reiterating his desire to remain in Denver. 'It's totally different right now. Everybody is excited, everybody is happy and everybody is enjoying playing [together]. And after games [now] you feel good. You feel like your mission is done. '

The mission may not be complete in a literal sense but the point is clear. The Nuggets acquired three proven starters from New York in the deal, so the on court successes since the new look Nuggets hit the floor together hasn't come as a shock to the veteran.

'It is no surprise in basketball when you're playing the right way,' said Nene. 'When you ball and play together, when you help each other there's no secret [to success]. That's what we're doing right now.'

A big reason for the recent success attained by the Nuggets has been the play of Nene who has fully thrived in the larger role presented by the vacancy created by Anthony heading east.

He's averaged an impressive 18.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals on 67 percent shooting from the floor over the team's last five contests. He credits incorporating a more patient approach to the game and his teammates for getting him the ball in high efficiency areas to work.

'I just let the game come to me and try to make the right decisions,' Nene told HOOPSWORLD. 'My teammates are making it easier for me and they're finding me in the right spots. If we continue to play like that we're going to have a lot of success.'

Up until this point the Nuggets have amazingly defied the normal downward trajectory suffered by teams which lose franchise players.

The added touch of good news which has to make Denver ecstatic to hear is that one of their primary building blocks for the future doesn't want to skip town, but instead wants to be part of the next era of Nuggets basketball.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com


Brazilians at the 64th NJCAA DI Men's Basketball Championship - by Paulo Freire
The 16-team field for the 2011 NJCAA Division I Mens Basketball Championship Tournament has been finalized and the action will take place at the Sports Arena March 15-19 in Hutchinson, Kan. The 2011 tournament is the 64th overall and marks the 63rd consecutive year the event has been held in Hutchinson.

One especial school is making their first ever trip to Hutchinson, Western Wyoming CC that has a Brazilian flavor on the team with
Rodrigo de Souza (188-G), Andre Marone (193-F), Matheus Ribeiro (185-G), Joao Vianna (193-G) and Ian Assis (200-G-90) are all part in their basketball program.

The Mustangs of Western Wyoming are making their first appearance at the DI Mens Basketball Championship after winning the Region 9 / District 9 title with a 78-64 victory against Sheridan (Wyo.). WWCC enters the tournament on a six-game winning streak and looks to be just the second Region 9 team to advance to the second round since 1997. The Mustangs face Shelton State (Ala.) in Game 3 of the first round.


Marcel Campos advance to the NJCAA DI Championship - by Paulo Freire
For the sixth time since 2000 and 10th time overall the Midland College Chaparrals of the Brazilian point guard Marcel Campos (178-G-88) will be traveling to Hutchinson to participate in the DI Mens Basketball Championship.

Midland won the tournament in 2007 and finished runner-up in 2009. Midland has to be considered one of the favorites to win the tournament as the District 5 / Region 5 representative has advanced to the championship game each of the last four years, winning three national titles (Midland 2007, South Plains 2008, Howard 2010).
Midland, ranked No. 3 in the final NJCAA poll of the regular season, ran through this years Region 5 / District 5 tournament, winning by an average of 33.7 points per game in the postseason. They fought off No. 13 McLennan (Texas) 71-57 to qualify for this years tournament.

Midland has a loaded roster of talented players that all contribute. The 5'11 point guard has avarege 6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg , 4.0 apg and 1.0 spg so far. He add depth and stability to the point guard position and will be a tremendous asset to the Chaps this season. Marcel has played for the Brazilian National Team in the 2005-2006 Tournament of Americas, averaging 33 minutes per game, 5 assists, and 4.5 steals per game, against the best under 18 competition in the world. Against the United States in the finals, Campos posted 5 points, 5 assists, 5 steals, and six rebounds.

The Chaps win a lot of their games via a strong defense. The team allows a mere 59.6 points from their opponents, which ranks fifth in the NJCAA.


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Injuries ravage Rainmen - by Eurobasket News
When it rains, it pours.

The reeling Halifax Rainmen, already clinging tenuously to the last of four Premier Basketball League playoff berths, got more bad news on Tuesday.

One day after learning they'd be without top scorer Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86, college: USC Aiken) for the rest of the campaign due to a torn calf muscle, the team said a knee injury to shooting guard Julian Allen (6'4''-G-87, college: Georgia Southern) has put his season in jeopardy as well.

'The timing couldnt be better,' owner/GM Andre Levingston remarked sarcastically, referring to the latest blow to jolt the squad since it began February with a 6-2 record, seemingly in full stride and hot on the heels of the league-leading Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry.

'We have some really big challenges ahead of us.'

Both Dollard and Allen were injured in Friday nights 110-84 loss to the Cavalry, though Allen topped the team with 19 points and didnt know hed hurt his knee until it ballooned sometime after the game.

Dollard, fifth in the PBL with 17.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, had shredded opponents for 106 points in his previous three outings and taken on a more prominent leadership role after the unexpected departure of three other players.

'Thats a big loss you cant replace him,' Levingston said.

'But everybody else on the team gets paid just like Josh does on the 15th and 30th of every month so theyre gonna have to step their game up and play. Its an opportunity for other guys to get a little bit more time and prove that they can do the things we brought them in to do.'

Since wrapping up January on a high note, the Rainmen (8-7) have lost five of seven games and five significant players from a roster that was rebuilt in the off-season and just seemed to be peaking as the team set out on a month-long road trip to clear the Metro Centre deck for the Canada Winter Games.

But the team took a hit on Feb. 15 when starting shooting guard Mike Mercer, second on the club in scoring at the time, returned home for personal reasons. Before the end of the month, backup point guard Tajuan Porter and starting centre James (Boo) Jackson were gone as well, lured overseas by more lucrative contract offers.

With Dollard finished and Allen likely sidelined for the final two weeks of the regular season, Levingston said he doesnt know what the starting lineup will look like when the Rainmen step onto their home court Thursday night against the Saint John Mill Rats.

'I have no idea,' said the 45-year-old, who played collegiately at Chico State, an NCAA Division II university in California. 'I may be starting, the way things look.'

The Rainmen have a half-game lead on the Mill Rats (7-7) going into Thursday nights key matchup. They travel to Quebec City on Friday night to meet the second-place Kebs (11-5).

The Cavalry (14-2) have all but locked up first place, with four games remaining, while the Kebs have three left to secure second spot. Quebec will finish with only 19 games, a scheduling bump created by the demise of the Vermont Frost Heaves in January.

The surging Rochester RazorSharks, third with a 9-7 slate, play three of their final four against the expansion Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions and Dayton Air Strikers, who are a combined 8-26, meaning the Rainmen and Mill Rats will probably be battling it out for the fourth and final playoff spot.

Halifax has five games remaining and the Mill Rats six. Thursday nights contest is the first of three head-to-head encounters over the final two weeks.

'We control our own destiny at this point,' said Levingston. 'Weve still got an opportunity to come in second if the ball bounces the right way.'

The Rainmen are taking a look at a couple of players, the GM said, and reinforcements are likely to be added before Thursdays game. But theyll also look within to try to compensate for the latest losses.

'Injuries unfortunately are part of the game,' he said. 'You build a team so that hopefully if a guy goes down, someone can step up and play some significant minutes and thats what were hoping.'

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


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Barva destroys Grecia - by Gianni Pascucci
In the last round of 'Copa del Baloncesto Masculino', Ferretera Brenes Barva routed ISESA Grecia, 119-69, scoring more than 100 points for the first time in 2011. Barva is yet undefeated in Cup competition, and there are few doubts about who will win the Cup. Young player Rohel Wilson (197-F/C-89) was one of the best performers, well assisted by David Carnegie (193-F-84), and this shows that Jimmy Garcia gave some playing time to reserve players too.

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Play Offs: Da Noi AEL Limassol knock down Pizza Express Apollon!! - by Chris Mammides
The problematic and nearly dismantled team of AEL beat and knocked down Pizza Express Apollon in a game that took place yesterday, the 15th of March, 2011 in Melford Arena, Limassol. A game that both teams will remember for the years to come as the battle between David and Goliath was once more proved to be correct as David - in this case AEL beat Goliath - Apollon against all the odds and all the bets all over the island. AEL was much better in both the games and even though the team played this series of games without its top performer in the regular season, Buford and without its coaching team and the injured Liatsos, the team found the passion and the power to overcome all these problems and is taking part in the semi finals against the team of Keravnos Strovolou.

AEL who had nothing to lose after the successful road win over Apollon wanted to finish the series without visiting once more Apollons court, so they did. Having in another wonderful night the American Brandon Ewing (187-G-86, college: Wyoming) who ended the game with 24 points, averaging in this part of the games with the amazing average of 37.5 points per game, the team of newly arrived Christos Christos Spirou took a small leading role at the end of the first quarter with 18-16 mainly due to Shammond Williams (187-G-75, college: N.Carolina) performance as for another one game he was the oasis in the desert of the Limassol roster.

The second quarter was a role for one as Brandon Ewing and Dejan Delic (199-G-83) took the initiative and increase the deficit for Apollon to ten points while at the same time Williams was feeling so lonely as Sims was in a bad night and Stiggers too so it was only him and Camacho to try for the best as the newcomer Waleskovski was not the player to bring the sunshine for Coach Frangias team. The half time found the home team to lead with 46-36.

The third and most crucial quarter found AEL to keep a bit smaller difference over the best quarter for the visiting site of Apollon. AEL defend the difference and kept it in a quarter which only 18 points were scored mostly from Milosevic and Brandon Ewing.

The fourth and final quarter everything were as planned for Coach Christos Spirou as the over 35 years of age player of Apollon (Williams, Sims, Carr) got tired and couldnt follow the rhythm of Brandon Ewing, Kounounis and Milosevic. The final score on the board was 81-75 and the qualification in the semis was a fact for AEL.

The points for the two teams were as follows:

AEL: Kounounis 12, Palalas 2, Dejan Delic 17, Brandon Ewing 24, Wyatt 7, Zahariou 6 Milosevic 13
Apollon: Sims 13, Stalings 2, Williams 23, Engliski 4, Stiggers 9, Carr 5, Kamacho 12, Dials 4, Waleskovski 3


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1Liga Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
J.Hradec - Proton Zlin 85-58

J.Hradec pulled in front in the series against Proton Zlin. They took 2-1 lead after a home win. The game without a history. BK Lions Hradec led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Jan Cech (200-C-84) provided 22 points to lead the effort. Michal Pospisil (88) answered with 13 points for Proton Zlin.
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Sokol Prazsky - Sokol H.Kralove 88-75

Sokol Praszsky avoided elimination celebrating a home win in Game 3 of the series. Jakub Tomas (200-F/C) knocked down 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the hosts. Vladimir Vyoral (194-F-61) was helpful with 21 points in the victory. Jan Spacek (195-F-89) replied with game-high 26 points for Sokol H.Kralove in defeat.
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Opava B - Usti n/Labem 61-83

Usti n/Labem stepped closer to the semifinals with a comfortable road win over Opava B. Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87, agency: Stanley International, college: Fairmont St.) stepped up for the visitors with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Alexandr Novak (190-G-87) contributed 14 points for Usti n/Labem as they grabbed 2-1 lead in the series. Radim Klecka (188-G-90) was the only Opava B player to score in double figures as he chipped in 12 points.
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Chomutov - Trutnov 90-66

Chomutov earned 2-1 lead in the quarterfinal series as they held off Trutnov at home court. Pavel Stanek (203-F/C-76, agency: Court Side) accounted for 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for the home side. Veroslav Sucharda (204-C/F-76) produced 18 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Jan Jiricek (203-F-90) delivered 24 points and 11 boards for Trutnov.
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  DENMARK   


Ligaen: Horsens grabs the last Semifinals ticket - by Eurobasket News
Horsholm - Horsens IC 67-74

Horsens joined Svendborg, Bakken and SISU in the Playoff Semifinals. The team managed to beat Horsholm in third crucial game winning the series with 2-1. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime. They exploded with 11-23 in third period and later won the game 74-67. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. International forward Morten Sahlertz (198-89) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Jens Hakanowitz (204-80) who recorded 21 points and 8 rebounds and forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91) added 17 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Horsens will meet regular season champion Svendborg Rabbits in the Semifinals. Horsens entered to Playoffs as No.5 and Horsholm had a home court advantage against them, but that did not help. Horsens players shined last night and deservedly booked a spot for the Semis.

Top scorers:
Horsholm: J.Hakanowitz 21+8reb, J.Gilling 17+4reb, A.Bak 10+2reb, B.Blackmon 10+7reb, F.Nielsen 4+5reb+4ast, D.Balaton 3+2reb+4ast
Horsens IC: A.Voskuil 26+5reb+3ast, M.Sahlertz 14+6reb+3ast, M.St.John 11+6reb+1ast, H.Schur 10+3reb, R.Claitt 9+6reb+7ast, C.Lindberg 4+2reb+1ast


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg22.1 
 4. Brasas, Amager BK21.3 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 6. Dennis, SISU18.8 
 7. Roberts, Naestved18.8 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg18.7 
 9. Falkner, Aalborg16.8 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Stirling S.
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.2 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj9.9 
 4. St.John, Horsens IC9.8 
 5. Falkner, Aalborg9.6 
 6. Johansen, Naestved9.4 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.6 
 9. Rutherford, SISU7.1 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.6 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.3 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.6 
 5. Martin, Aabyhoj4.1 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm4.1 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.9 
 9. Jensen, Vaerlose3.7 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hall, Aalborg4.0 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 3. Burgess, Bakken1.9 
 4. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm1.9 
 6. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken1.8 
 8. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.8 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.7 
 10. Smedley, Naestved1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.1 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.8 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Brown, SISU0.8 
 8. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 9. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.0.6 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 32-11 
 2. Erie Bay H. 27-15 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 19-23 
 4. Dakota W. 16-27 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 10-32 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 29-13 
 2. Tulsa 66ers 29-14 
 3. Texas L. 19-24 
 4. Austin T. 18-23 
 5. New Mexico 16-26 
 6. Maine RC 15-27 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 27-16 
 2. Bakersfield J. 26-15 
 3. Utah F. 25-16 
 4. Idaho S. 18-24 
 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.21.4 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. Ewing, Sioux F.20.2 
 5. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 6. Alexander, Texas L.19.8 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande19.5 
 8. Dentmon, Texas L.19.4 
 9. Sims, Maine RC19.3 
 10. Byars, Bakersfi.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.3 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 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.7.1 
 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. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 7. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 8. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.8 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 5. Atchley, Rio Grande2.2 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 7. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.1 
 8. Gaffney, Utah F.1.9 
 9. Sykes, Sioux F.1.8 
 10. Gladness, Dakota W.1.8 


Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Reno Bighorns - Erie Bay H. 100-89
The Reno Bighorns punched their ticket to the postseason Wednesday night with a 100-89 victory over the Erie BayHawks in the Reno Events Center. Reno (27-16) is headed to the playoffs for the second-straight season and the second time overall in the three-year history of the franchise. An evening-long battle came to a head in the fourth quarter Wednesday night when Erie's Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) drilled a three-pointer to give Erie (27-15) a 76-75 lead with 8:57 remaining in the ballgame. But the Bighorns answered with a 14-0 run on 6-for-6 shooting from the field over the next three-plus minutes to take a lead they would not relinquish. Marcus Landry led five Bighorns in double figures with a game-high 27 points on the night, finishing with 10 boards and five assists. Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86, college: Bradley) notched a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Donald Sloan chipped-in 13 points and seven assists. Reno shot 50 percent from the floor and outrebounded the BayHawks, 47-39. Johnson paced Erie with 24 points on a 10-of-18 night from the field, including three three-pointers. Erik Daniels scored 15 points off the bench, and Blake Ahearn added 17 points, six boards and five assists. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Idaho S. - Tulsa 66ers 94-85
Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) had 30 points and 14 rebounds, Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84, college: Alabama) had 17 points and 13 rebounds and the Idaho Stampede (18-24) overcame a dismal first quarter (15 points, 5-of-18 shooting) and first half (34 points, 8-18 FT) to beat the Tulsa 66ers 94-85 (29-14) at Qwest Arena on Wednesday night. Babbitt's 30 points were the second most by a Stampeder this year. The Portland assignee scored 22 in the second half and grabbed 10 of his rebounds in the final two quarters. Davidson also grabbed 10 rebounds in the third and fourth quarters. Carlos Wheeler finished as a third Stampeder with 10+ rebounds, grabbing 12, as the Stampede grabbed 56 rebounds as a team. Trailing for most of the game, the Stampede took the lead for good with a Cedric Jackson layup with 1:35 left off of an Antoine Walker feed. Jackson finished with 16 points and Walker had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. Idaho finished the game on a 10-1 run. Tulsa was led by Latvious Williams (15 points, nine rebounds) Byron Mullens (13 points, three blocks) and Elijah Millsap (12 points). Tulsa was 0-for-7 from behind the three-point line in the first half, finishing 4-of-16 (25.0 percent). Idaho plays the Dakota Wizards on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Qwest Arena. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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  ESTONIA   


Ventspils reach Baltic League Final Four - by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock - Ventspils 61:62

Ventspils swept their BBL quarterfinal series against TU/Rock. The Latvian team completed the sweep in Tartu tonight. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) hit a jumper with four seconds remaining in regulation to seal the winning outcome for the visitors. Ventspils became the first Baltic League Elite Division Final Four.
The lead changed hands throughout intense first frame before Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) gave the hosts a 16:13 lead. A seesaw action continued in the second term. Ventspils managed to pull in front posting a 30:29 lead after ten minutes. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) scored quick eight points midway through the third term as TU/Rock grabbed a 41:34 lead. But Ventspils managed to narrow the gap at just four points in one quarter remaining 43:47. The hosts were up by 6 points in just over three minutes remaining when Vairogs and Gulbis knocked down treys to trim the deficit. Gulbis then followed with another triple as the visitors got even closer. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) hit another long bomb as the visitors pulled ahead 60:59 with 31 seconds remaining. Tsintsadze got fouled and converted both free throws to put TU/Rock in front but Rashad Anderson had the last laugh in this one bringing victory for Ventspils.
Rashad Anderson and Tweety Carter (180-G-86, college: Baylor) knocked down 10 points each for Ventspils. Janis Strelnieks provided 9 points in the win. Timo Eichfuss responded with 12 points for TU/Rock. Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) and Rain Veideman accounted for 10 points each in the loss.

TU/Rock: Timo Eichfuss 12, Marek Doronin 10, Rain Veideman 10
Ventspils: Rashad Anderson 10, Tweety Carter 10, Janis Strelnieks 9



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  FINLAND   


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.9 
 2. Manning, Huima21.8 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo21.7 
 4. Graham, Kerava ET21.2 
 5. Bojang, BC Nokia19.9 
 6. Robinson, Jyvaskyla19.4 
 7. Hall, SayRi19.4 
 8. Valentine, Lapua19.1 
 9. Douglas, Huima18.7 
 10. Towa, Kerava ET18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Brown, Namika II14.9 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia14.2 
 3. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 4. Douglas, Huima13.5 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET13.1 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.5 
 7. Stamper, LoKoKo11.7 
 8. Hall, SayRi10.8 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Manning, Huima6.0 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.2 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket5.2 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo3.7 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.3 
 6. Valentine, Lapua3.0 
 7. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.9 
 8. Graham, Kerava ET2.7 
 9. Pasanen, SayRi2.4 
 10. Viertola, FoKoPo2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Horton, LoKoKo2.3 
 2. Valentine, Lapua2.3 
 3. Bojang, BC Nokia2.1 
 4. Stamper, LoKoKo2.1 
 5. Roberson, Huima2.0 
 6. Hall, SayRi1.8 
 7. Pasanen, SayRi1.8 
 8. Ramey, Ura Basket1.8 
 9. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.7 
 10. Foreman, FoKoPo1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Brown, Namika II0.8 
 2. Stamper, LoKoKo0.7 
 3. Kopio, Honka0.7 
 4. Setala, BC Nokia0.7 
 5. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 6. Siven, Lapua0.6 
 7. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla0.6 
 8. Alanko, Ura Basket0.6 
 9. Mantymaa, Huima0.5 
 10. Nelson, Lapua0.5 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Wilson, Honka22.4 
 2. Heard, Tarmo20.9 
 3. Wood, Karhu20.6 
 4. Lewis, LrNM.20.5 
 5. Blanchard, ToPo19.7 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.6 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.3 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto18.9 
 10. Barrett, KTP18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Wood, Karhu12.8 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.0 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Young, Tarmo9.7 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 7. Vinson, Kouvot9.2 
 8. Blanchard, ToPo9.1 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.7 
 10. Belser, Honka8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Moore, LrNM.4.7 
 2. Johnson, Karhu4.6 
 3. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.2 
 6. Wood, Karhu4.0 
 7. Ivey, KTP3.6 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.6 
 9. Fields, KTP3.5 
 10. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Wood, Karhu2.2 
 2. Fields, KTP2.1 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 4. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Sarcevic, Korihait1.8 
 6. Fells, Kataja1.8 
 7. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 8. Newson, Kataja1.7 
 9. Richards, ToPo1.7 
 10. Lewis, LrNM.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 3. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.7 
 4. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 6. Belser, Honka0.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo0.6 
 8. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 9. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 
 10. Moore, LrNM.0.6 


Korisliiga Round 41 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Korisliiga is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

The biggest surprise of round 41 was guest KTP-Basket's (29-12) road victory over second-ranked Joensuun Kataja (28-13) 102-91 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Joensuun Kataja. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 57-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Joensuun Kataja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) who scored 31 points and 7 rebounds. Canadian forward Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 27 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the hosts. KTP-Basket moved-up to second place. Joensuun Kataja at the other side dropped to the third position with 13 games lost. KTP-Basket are looking forward to face Salon Vilpas (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Joensuun Kataja will play against Espoo Honka (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was played in Helsinki between eighth ranked Torpan Pojat and 4th placed UU-Korihait where host Torpan Pojat (19-22) won against UU-Korihait (27-14) 110-103. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of UU-Korihait. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Timo Heinonen contributed with 26 points for the winners. American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for UU-Korihait. Torpan Pojat maintains eighth place with 19-22 record. UU-Korihait at the other side keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. Torpan Pojat will play against bottom-ranked Porvoon Tarmo (#12) on the road in the next round. UU-Korihait will play against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Leader Tampereen Pyrinto delivered the 34th victory on Friday night. This time they beat 11th ranked LrNMKY (9-32) 88-76. The game was dominated by American players. Kenneth Lowe stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. James Lewis responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Tampereen Pyrinto (34-7) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. LrNMKY lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 32 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will meet UU-Korihait (#4) in the next round. LrNMKY will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#7) in Kauhajoki and hope to secure a win.
The game in Kauhajoki was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Espoo Honka (23-16) played at the court of seventh ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (20-20). Kauhajoen Karhu did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 100-83. The game was also dominated by American players. Jeremiah Wood nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Kauhajoen Karhu's coach Ari Tammivaara allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kauhajoen Karhu. They maintain seventh place with 20-20 record. Espoo Honka at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu's next round opponent will be LrNMKY (#11) in Lappeenranta. Espoo Honka will play at home against Joensuun Kataja (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kouvola. Local Kouvot (21-20) outscored 10th ranked Salon Vilpas (13-28) 107-74 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Durell Vinson who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Kouvot maintains sixth place with 21-20 record. Salon Vilpas lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 28 games lost. Kouvot will face Namika Lahti (#9) on the road in the next round. Salon Vilpas will play against the league's second-placed KTP-Basket in Kotka.

In the last game of round 41 bottom-ranked Tarmo was crushed by Namika Lahti in a road game 108-87.
The best stats of 41th round was 32 points and 9 rebounds by Jerrah Young of Tarmo.



ToPo - Korihait 110-103

Another exciting game was played in Helsinki between eighth ranked Torpan Pojat and 4th placed UU-Korihait where host Torpan Pojat (19-22) won against UU-Korihait (27-14) 110-103. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of UU-Korihait. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But UU-Korihait won fourth quarter 31-28. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UU-Korihait was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) contributed with 26 points for the winners. American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) added 19 points in the effort for UU-Korihait. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat maintains eighth place with 19-22 record. UU-Korihait at the other side keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. Torpan Pojat will play against bottom-ranked Porvoon Tarmo (#12) on the road in the next round. UU-Korihait will play against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
ToPo: T.Heinonen 26+4reb+1ast, T.Pearson 20+12reb+6ast, L.Blanchard 17+7reb+2ast, F.Richards 16+6reb+3ast, M.Koivisto 14+1ast, E.Kajander 11+3reb+1ast
Korihait: P.Heinonen 19+3reb, L.Wright 19+4reb, M.Jalonen 17+1reb+2ast, N.Moore 16+5reb+1ast, J.Reaves 15+11reb+2ast, J.Kumpulainen 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 106628


Pyrinto - LrNMKY 88-76

Leader Tampereen Pyrinto delivered the 34th victory on Friday night. This time they beat 11th ranked LrNMKY (9-32) 88-76. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Tampereen Pyrinto dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to LrNMKY's 30. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue, agency: Warren Sports International) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard James Lewis (191-86, college: Fresno Pacific) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four LrNMKY players scored in double figures. Tampereen Pyrinto (34-7) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. LrNMKY lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 32 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will meet UU-Korihait (#4) in the next round. LrNMKY will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#7) in Kauhajoki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 26+12reb+3ast, A.Williams 23+7reb+4ast, D.Williams 16+7reb+4ast, A.Lehto 9+1reb+1ast, A.Nikkila 5+9reb+1ast, O.Ahvenniemi 5+5reb
LrNMKY: J.Lewis 18+10reb+1ast, H.Coleman 16+10reb+3ast, M.Moore 14+2reb+4ast, V.Vanjoki 11+5reb+1ast, T.Kulha 6+2reb, V.Pekkola 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 106629


Karhu - Honka 100-83

The game in Kauhajoki was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Espoo Honka (23-16) played at the court of seventh ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (20-20). Kauhajoen Karhu did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 100-83. Espoo Honka was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 61-41 second half run of Kauhajoen Karhu. They shot 65.6 percent from the field. They also forced 20 Espoo Honka turnovers. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Steffan Johnson (185-87, college: Idaho) accounted for 21 points and 6 assists. Four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu's coach Ari Tammivaara allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds and center John Williamson (198-86, college: Cincinnati) added 24 points respectively for Espoo Honka in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kauhajoen Karhu. They maintain seventh place with 20-20 record. Espoo Honka at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu's next round opponent will be LrNMKY (#11) in Lappeenranta. Espoo Honka will play at home against Joensuun Kataja (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karhu: J.Wood 23+5reb+3ast, S.Johnson 21+3reb+6ast, W.Baxley 20+3reb, V.Makalainen 12+3reb, A.Huuskonen 11+1reb+1ast, H.Hirvikoski 7+2reb+1ast
Honka: J.Williamson 24+4reb+2ast, C.Belser 23+7reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 17+5reb+3ast, J.Suotamo 8+6reb, S.Vanttaja 5, V.Kopio 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 106630


Kouvot - Salon Vilpas 107-74

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kouvola. Local Kouvot (21-20) outscored 10th ranked Salon Vilpas (13-28) 107-74 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Kouvot led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Durell Vinson (201-85, college: Wagner) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Five Kouvot players scored in double figures. Forward Matti Nuutinen (200-90) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Roope Ahonen (187-90) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Kouvot maintains sixth place with 21-20 record. Salon Vilpas lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 28 games lost. Kouvot will face Namika Lahti (#9) on the road in the next round. Salon Vilpas will play against the league's second-placed KTP-Basket in Kotka.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: B.Walker 21+3reb+4ast, D.Vinson 21+10reb+2ast, J.Gonner 17+3reb+3ast, L.Toivonen 14+3reb, V.Kaunisto 13+10reb+5ast, A.Nikkarinen 9+2reb+3ast
Salon Vilpas: M.Nuutinen 18+7reb+2ast, R.Ahonen 15+4reb+3ast, J.Kataja 12+9reb, S.Kaaresvirta 9+2reb, N.Okorie 8+6reb+3ast, T.Tenkanen 5+1ast
gschID: 106631


Namika Lahti - Tarmo 108-87

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (5-36) was crushed on the road by ninth ranked Namika Lahti (16-24) 108-87 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Namika Lahti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was guard Roope Suonio (176-82) who scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Todd Hendley (206-84, college: NC-Wilmington) chipped in a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Five Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. American forward Jerrah Young (202-85, college: Toledo) produced 32 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) and the other American import swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) added 25 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Namika Lahti maintains ninth place with 16-24 record. Porvoon Tarmo lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted Porvoon Tarmo stay dead last with 36 lost games. Namika Lahti will face higher ranked Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Porvoon Tarmo will play at home against Torpan Pojat (#8) in Helsinki.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: T.Hendley 27+11reb+3ast, R.Suonio 26+7reb+8ast, A.Vereen 19+7reb+2ast, P.Pekkola 12+3reb, R.Ayers 11+5reb, V.Heinonen 9+4reb+1ast
Tarmo: J.Young 32+9reb+2ast, J.Heard 25+10reb+2ast, E.Maki-Tulokas 13+4reb+1ast, J.Petteri Mantyla 6, J.Kyllonen 4+3ast, L.Trice Little 3+7reb
gschID: 106632


Kataja - KTP 91-102

The biggest surprise of round 41 was guest KTP-Basket's (29-12) road victory over second-ranked Joensuun Kataja (28-13) 102-91 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Joensuun Kataja. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 57-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Joensuun Kataja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) who scored 31 points and 7 rebounds. Canadian forward Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 27 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Darren Fells (201-86, agency: Court Side) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four KTP-Basket and five Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. KTP-Basket moved-up to second place. Joensuun Kataja at the other side dropped to the third position with 13 games lost. KTP-Basket are looking forward to face Salon Vilpas (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Joensuun Kataja will play against Espoo Honka (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KTP: J.Fields 31+7reb+3ast, S.Barrett 27+9reb+2ast, J.Ivey 17+1reb+6ast, V.Lind 11+7reb+1ast, M.Dobras 9+3reb, C.Jones 4+1reb
Kataja: J.Newson 21+7reb, D.Fells 16+6reb+1ast, A.Kanervo 14+3ast, P.Virtanen 11+1reb+9ast, J.Nenonen 10+3reb, J.Conley 10+7reb+2ast
gschID: 106633




1st Division Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Jyvaskyla - LoKoKo 75-70

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Loimaan Korikonkarit won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when BC Jyvaskyla won last quarter 18-14. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Loimaan Korikonkarit was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Reijo Ojanen (192-86) accounted for 14 points. Four BC Jyvaskyla players scored in double figures. BC Jyvaskyla's coach Jari Laine allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Maurice Horton (183-84, college: Mount Olive) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Loimaan Korikonkarit in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla: T.Robinson 16+10reb+1ast, R.Ojanen 14+3reb+1ast, N.Malinen 12+5reb, T.Kuukkanen 11+2reb, J.Nissinen 6+4reb+1ast, T.Naukkarinen 6+1reb
LoKoKo: M.Horton 23+7reb, J.Stamper 14+8reb, J.Kivinen 14+4reb+1ast, C.Toney 7+3reb+1ast, E.Aaltonen 5+5reb, J.Kinnunen 4+1reb
gschID: 123842


FoKoPo - Lapua 66-69

The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-66. Lapuan Korikobrat dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Forssan Koripojat's 28. 26 personal fouls committed by Forssan Koripojat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agency: ACMT) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Benny Valentine (170-87, college: E.Washington) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side guard Sami Ikavalko (187-89) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian center Jeremy McCulloch (212-82, college: E.Washington) scored 6 points and 14 rebounds. Forssan Koripojat's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Lapua: B.Valentine 19+7reb+3ast, D.Nelson 19+12reb+2ast, T.Still 19+9reb+1ast, K.Siven 6+11reb, J.Turja 4+4reb, V.Turja 2+5reb
FoKoPo: S.Ikavalko 26+6reb+1ast, O.Kaunomaki 10+3reb, M.Molenius 9+5reb, K.Brace 8+8reb, J.McCulloch 6+14reb, H.Rannula 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 123841




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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
Superleague
 1. Feni Indistrija 21-2 
 2. MZT Skopje 18-5 
 3. Rabotnicki 15-8 
 4. Torus Skopje 14-9 
 5. ABA Strumica 10-13 
 6. Lirija 8-15 
Play OUT
 1. Kumanovo 2009 10-11 
 2. Ovce Pole 6-14 
 3. Ultimate Basket 5-15 
 4. Pelister Bitola 2-17 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.21.9 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus S.17.3 
 4. Morban, Lirija16.9 
 5. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 6. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 7. Mirakovski, Rabot.16.2 
 8. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 9. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.8 
 10. Jelesijevic, Torus S.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultimate Basket
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Jovanovic, Lirija9.9 
 3. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 4. Pavlovski, Lirija9.1 
 5. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.9 
 6. Jelesijevic, Torus S.8.1 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.1 
 8. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 9. Chappell, ABA S.7.3 
 10. Rejnerio, Lirija7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Morban, Lirija5.2 
 2. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.0 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.5.0 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotnicki4.0 
 5. Petrovski, MZT S.3.9 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.0 
 9. Vukotic, Kumanovo.2.9 
 10. Stojanovski, Feni I.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Petrovski, MZT S.1.6 
 3. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.5 
 4. Azemi, Lirija1.4 
 5. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 6. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.4 
 7. Morban, Lirija1.3 
 8. Stimson, ABA S.1.3 
 9. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.3 
 10. Grncarov, MZT S.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.1.9 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.6 
 3. Jelesijevic, Torus S.1.4 
 4. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 5. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 6. Avramovski, MZT S.1.1 
 7. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 8. Krstevski, Torus S.1.0 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Frye, Feni Indistrija0.9 


Superleague Round 5: Feni Indistrija edges MZT Skopje by two points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 5 in the Superleague took place in Skopje. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked MZT Skopje (18-5) to first ranked Feni Indistrija (21-2) 84-82 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of MZT Skopje. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Feni Indistrija looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was international guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87) who scored 20 points and 4 steals. Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 6 points and 8 rebounds. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international center Zlatko Gocevski (206-82, agency: Interperformances) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Defending champion maintains first place with 21-2 record. MZT Skopje at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Feni Indistrija are looking forward to face Lirija (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. MZT Skopje will play against ABA Strumica (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (15-8) against sixth ranked Lirija (8-15) on Wednesday night. Visiting Fersped-Rabotnicki was defeated by Lirija in a tough game in Lirija 64-70. Soler Mavel Rejnerio orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Carlos Morban contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Fersped-Rabotnicki. Newly promoted Lirija maintains sixth place with 8-15 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Lirija will play against league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Torus Skopje.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Skopje. Local Torus Skopje (14-9) outscored 5th ranked ABA Strumica (10-13) 89-63 on Wednesday night. Nemanja Jelesijevic stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Torus Skopje's coach Marjan Lazovski felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jeremiah Boswell responded with 15 points. Torus Skopje maintains fourth place with 14-9 record. Newly promoted ABA Strumica keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Fersped-Rabotnicki.



Group Superleague
Torus Skopje - ABA Strumica 89-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Skopje. Local Torus Skopje (14-9) outscored 5th ranked ABA Strumica (10-13) 89-63 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Torus Skopje led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Torus Skopje outrebounded ABA Strumica 37-23 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by ABA Strumica's players. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-79, agency: World Sport Agency) stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds. Four Torus Skopje players scored in double figures. Torus Skopje's coach Marjan Lazovski felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jeremiah Boswell (194-82) responded with 15 points and the other American import center John Chappell (208, college: S.Carolina) scored 16 points. Torus Skopje maintains fourth place with 14-9 record. Newly promoted ABA Strumica keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Fersped-Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
Torus Skopje: N.Jelesijevic 20+8reb+1ast, B.Trajkovski 17+10reb, L.Gilhreserik 12+1reb+3ast, N.Karakolev 11+3reb+1ast, J.Markovski 9+2reb+3ast, M.Miljkovic 8+4reb+7ast
ABA Strumica: J.Chappell 16+2reb, J.Boswell 15+3reb+3ast, M.Neal 7+1reb+1ast, P.Cvetkov 7+3reb+1ast, S.Hadzivasilev 6+3reb, D.Buchberger 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 123092


Group Superleague
MZT Skopje - Feni Indistrija 82-84

The most exciting game of round 5 in the Superleague took place in Skopje. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked MZT Skopje (18-5) to first ranked Feni Indistrija (21-2) 84-82 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of MZT Skopje. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Feni Indistrija looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was international guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87) who scored 20 points and 4 steals. Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 6 points and 8 rebounds. Four Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international center Zlatko Gocevski (206-82, agency: Interperformances) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) added 20 points and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. Defending champion maintains first place with 21-2 record. MZT Skopje at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Feni Indistrija are looking forward to face Lirija (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. MZT Skopje will play against ABA Strumica (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: V.Stojanovski 20+4reb+3ast, S.Mihajloski 13+2reb+1ast, B.Jovovic 12+2reb+3ast, G.Samardziev 11+1reb+4ast, D.Knezevic 6+8reb+3ast, O.Stojanovski 6+1reb+3ast
MZT Skopje: Z.Gocevski 23+6reb, J.Petrovski 20+4reb+3ast, K.Nikolovski 10+9reb+3ast, N.Zivcevic 8+4reb+3ast, I.Penov 5+3reb, M.Pupovic 5+3reb
gschID: 123090


Group Superleague
Lirija - Rabotnicki 70-64

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (15-8) against sixth ranked Lirija (8-15) on Wednesday night. Visiting Fersped-Rabotnicki was defeated by Lirija in a tough game in Lirija 64-70. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-18 Fersped-Rabotnicki's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 70-64 at the end of the game. Lirija dominated on the defensive end, holding Fersped-Rabotnicki to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Fersped-Rabotnicki 45-33 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Soler Mavel Rejnerio orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Dominican guard Carlos Morban (187-82, college: FIU, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Dimitar Mirakovski (180-81, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points in the effort for Fersped-Rabotnicki. Four Fersped-Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Lirija maintains sixth place with 8-15 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Lirija will play against league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Torus Skopje.
Top scorers:
Lirija: C.Morban 19+3reb+5ast, S.Mavel Rejnerio 16+15reb+4ast, M.Despotovic 13+2reb, G.Jovanovic 8+15reb+1ast, K.Pavlovski 7+7reb+2ast, E.Azemi 7+2reb+2ast
Rabotnicki: D.Mirakovski 19+1reb+3ast, T.Simic 13+9reb+1ast, E.Bogoev 12+5reb+2ast, V.Filipovic 10+7reb+2ast, P.Blazevski 3+6reb+5ast, M.Simonovski 3
gschID: 123091




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  GERMANY   


Travis Walton (Ratiopharm Ulm) Tommy Mason-Griffin Is A Good Player With Dual Attack, Can Score And Has Great Court Vision - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) is a 23 year old 187cm point guard from Lima, Ohio. He is playing his first season with Ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Michigan State from 2005-2009 where he served as team captain for three consecutive years, being the 3rd in history of Michigan State school to do that. Led the Big 10 in assist to turnover ratio 2.4 to 1 and broke Magic Johnson's career assist record at Michigan State. Walton possesses great toughness, strength and leadership skills and is an exceptional defender. Last season he played shortly for Lugano Tigers (Switzerland-LNA, starting five), left in Dec.'09: 13 games: 8.9ppg, 1.2rpg, Assists-5 (4.9apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7% before returning back to Michigan State to help the coaching staff. Some achievements that he has received were Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -06, 08, 09, Big Ten All-Defensive Team -07, 09, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, Big Ten Regular Season Champion -09, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year -09. He spoke to eurobasket following the 99-79 win against MBC

Congrats on the 99-79 win against MBC! Are the playoff hopes still as high as at the start of the season for the players?

yea I hope so. There is alot left to the season just have to take it a game at a time.

Ratiopharm Ulm had a 52-44 lead at halftime. What was key in the first 20 minutes for having the comfortable lead?

We moved the ball really good on the offensive end.

Ratiopharm Ulm continued to control the gam ein the second half. What was the biggest strength of the team tonight?

I think ball movement. Players step up and made shots.

What was the play of the game for you?

I think it was when Tommy crossed a guy over. It was a nice move.

What has been your impression of Tommy Mason-Griffin who had 10 points and 9 assists in 17 minutes? He seems to be a lot more basketball mature than his age is?


He is a good player. Dual attack,can score and has great court vision

The Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers the other night. Was this just another win for Miami or do you think they will be able to make a late season run with the taste of this win increasing their self confidence?


I dont know the east is very tough this year. Hopefully they dont all beat each other up to bad for the finals

Which player will be the star of the NCAA March Madness?

I like Kemba Walker and I still think Michigan state has a run in them.

Michale Jordan said that Chicago Bull Derrick Rose is the early MVP favorite. Do you agree with him?

Yes I agree


Thanks Travis for the chat.


Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) Postgame Thoughts To The 102-91 Loss To The EWE Baskets Oldenburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is a rookie this season for Phoenix Hagen. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. He spoke to Eurobasket after the tough 102-91 loss to Oldenburg.

A tough 102-91 loss against Oldenburg. Phoenix Hagen seems unable to go on a run at the end of the season. How discouraging is this all for a player?

It is tough as a player. We are in a position where we have to be undefeated the rest of the way and probably still not get in, but we are in a position we dont have to worry about dropping out of the league. So now our goal is to spoil some other teams chances of either one.

Phoenix Hagen has let up 100 or more points five times. Phoenix Hagen did their job on offense with 91 points, but why cant the team get their defense on the same page with thier offense?

Turnovers that lead to layups, bad communication on defense, there are just a number of things we have to work on.

Oldenburg had the 55-48 lead at halftime. What was giving Phoenix Hagen the most problems on defense with the Oldenburg offense?

They did a great job picking us apart in our zone. They knocked down 3's and slipped to the basket and got easy dunks.

Oldenburg kept the pressure on in the second half winning the game. Oldenburg had 7 guys in double figures and 26 points from Luka Bogdanovic. What was the hardest part about keeping Bogdanovic in check?

Bogdanovic got a hand full of easy lay ups/dunks and knocked down his 3's. just one of those nights for him.

Little used German Dominik Spohr was a bright spot with 7 points in 7 minutes. How well has he been developing this season?

He has been developing real well. He hasnt always had the opportunity to play, but he has done well while he has played.

The Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers the other night. Was this just another win for Miami or do you think they will be able to make a late season run with the taste of this win increasing their self confidence?

With the guys they have on their team they can make any run possible. but they are another year away from winning the championship in my opinion. And they may never get one with all the teams making moves.

Which player will be the star of the NCAA March Madness?

One word.... JIMMER. or Kemba. they are both the real deal.

Michael Jordan said that Chicago Bull Derrick Rose is the early MVP favorite. Do you agree with him?

Tough to argue that statement. He has done a heck of job.

Thanks Jacob for the chat




Mr Road Runner Dashaun Wood Looks To Outbolt The Gracefulness Of Mr Ballerina Derrick Allen As The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Clash With Alba Berlin March 20th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
When studying players before an upcoming season, there is usually no reason not to expect spectacular stuff from fabulous athletes like Sydney Crosby from the Pittsburg Penguins, a Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona, a Kobe Bryant from the Los Angeles Lakers or a Tom Brady from The New England Patriots because these guys have been having incredible years with their clubs winning titles and landing at the top of the league leaders in stats. Before the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season, one might not have doubted a Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) not having a superb season with Alba Berlin after dominating the league the last 6 years in Germany or a DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) who had been the top scorer in Italy for Cantu, however there was a possible cloudy forecast on the horizon for both players as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) was going to Alba Berlin where the team is filled with so many players that could be top scorer and a Wood who was hurt with Benetton Treviso in 2008-2009 and didnt even play last year. However both players seemed to have totally exceeded expectations as Allen has fit into both systems of Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) and Muli Katzurin and is leading the team in scoring and shooting 64% from the field the best in his career and still displaying his ballerina moves despite having a team filled with superstars and Wood has shown no ill effects of a knee injury and is possibly the most unstoppable player in the BEKO BBL in a long time as he has dominated like crazy. It really is no wonder that both players have adjusted so well. 'Both players are professionals. Both have always had successful years and they play with the right attitude. One also should not forget that both have played for good teams and good coaches', stressed Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak . It hasnt surprised John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) either how well both players have developed with their new teams. 'Both are great players and are showing why they are premier players in the BBL. I expected D.A. to have a good season because he has been consistent every where he has been at in Germany. I didnt know much about Wood but he is showing why he is one of if not the best point guard in the league', added TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The duel Allen/Wood will be the highlight in the game as Mr Ballerina Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) will try to tip toe more gracefully than Mr Road Runner DaShaun Wood can bolt to the hoop. Is this a game where both guys could battle and eclipse the 30 point mark? 'Both guys are the key players for both teams. The role of Allen is to score and Wood can score and is the second best assist maker. They are two different type of players that could score 30, but I think it will eb difficult for both to make it in this game', expressed Kamil Novak . 'Well they play two different positions but it should be quite fun to watch. Both players need to play well for their team to have a good chance to win. Well it is quite possible if both their teams need them to score that they could hit 30, but at the same time I dont think neither one of them have to score like that for there teams to be successful', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

With Alba Berlin, there is always pressure to perform in each game, because everyone expects them to bring back a sack of titles each season. From 2003-2008, Alba Berlin was only able to win one single league title in 2008, but were unable to repeat in 2009. The pressure for Alba Berlin is so huge and similar to ex Baywatch star David Hasselhoff not falling off a stage drunk, The New England Patriots not making any costly mistakes in crunch time or Paris Hilton not being caught off guard in a limousine. I can imagine that Alba Berlin has much pressure. It reminds me off our last season in the second Bundesliga. You learn to deal with it and shift it in a positive direction. You learn to make a healthy arrogance which helps strengthen the self confidence. Our five game playoff series against Alba Berlin was a great experience. There were very tight games even though that we were the clear underdog. I think they underestimated us and and as we got hot, we knew that we could beat them, commented ex Paderborn center Marius Nolte. For Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76), the pressure that Alba Berlin has is something he has also felt in Frankfurt. The pressure with Alba Berlin is very high. They have a big budget, great players and need to always win, but we have had this in Frankfurt also. We have had very good team sin the past and have felt it also. It is only normal to always want to get better, which also gets up the motivation which helps to battle the pressure, warned Skyliner guard Pascal Roller (180-G-76). Last season, Alba Berlin were unable to full fill the expectations of winning the title losing to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in four games in the quarterfinals. There only big accomplishment was reaching the Eurocup final, but losing against BC Valencia. They had some good stretches during the season including a 8 game winning streak and another time winning eight of nine games, but towards the end of the regular season were starting to run out of gas finishing the season with a record of 6-5. Alba Berlin had a very talented roster, but didnt come to together in the most important time of the season in the playoffs against Frankfurt.

Alba Berlin did a house cleaning last summer keeping only BEKO BBL stars Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) and future star in the making Lucca Staiger (196-G-88, college: Iowa St.). The team has got very strong replacements at every position and could form a more than potent second starting five coming from the bench. Which BEKO BBL team wouldnt like to start a Heiko Schaffarzik, Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports), Patrick Femerling (216-C-75, college: Washington), Yassin Idbhi, or a Sven Schultze (208-C-78)? Alba Berlin is one of the strongest teams in the BEKO BBL now despite going through some changes this season. The team started the season well going 8-1 in the first months losing only on the road to Ratiopharm Ulm. However towards the end of 2010, Alba Berlin went through a small drought period losing three games in a row including a 103-52 trouncing in Bamberg, in which the bus ride home might have felt like an eternity for the team. The air seemed thin along the Spree in Alba world as the team failed to reach the Eurocup final 16 and first got rid of point guard Hollis Price who unfairly was made an escape goat. The club that said farewell to Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) who had been at the helm since 2007 winning two titles with Alba Berlin. The team brought in Muli Katzurin from Israel who had won the Czech league titles and cups from 2007-2010. Since the arrival of Katzurin the team is 5-2 and have won the last four games in a row. The team also have brought in guards Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) who still hasnt found his rhythm, 2010 Eurochallenge winner Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.) with BG Goettingen and 23 year old 213 cm Serb talent Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) to help under the hoop. The team recently also released guard Marko Marnovic as well. Despite the many changes and whirlwind happenings, the team should be playing for the title. 'Alba is a solid team and have had ups and downs this season but they are still a team that will be around at the end of the season in my opinion. They have had to go through a coaching change but they have the talent to beat any of the top teams. I think that they have the talent and the players for sure to win the title', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). With the coaching change, how much has the style changed from Pavicevic to Katzurin? 'I think they are more up tempo and not as predictable as they once were. They were running a lot more sets with the old coach but now I think they have more freedom and they have players that can excel more in that style of play', stressed John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'Alba Berlin has a different kind of rotation now. One cant really change so much in such a short time, but I think that they will play quicker and run more. They will be more aggressive and try to get at you before you reach the middle line on offense', added Kamil Novak .

Sometimes when a strong team like Alba Berlin has so much strength in their game, opponents might not right away be aware that their could be some weakness, but no matter who the team is there is always some achilles heel in a team and if not that then there are always the chance of injuries occurring. If Alba Berlin has a weak spot then under the hoop on defense. Good BEKO BBL centers have to take their opportunity and try to do as much damage inside as possible. Allen has never been known as being the best defender inside and Femerling lacks physical toughness and Idbhi the necessary quickness. 'I dont really see any weakness besides a shot blocker down low', said Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). 'Jenkins, Allen the defense of Mcelroy is the strength of the team. They are a deep team and can score rebound and play with anyone in the league. They defend very well and will be in most games. On offense, they have so many guys that can put the ball in the basket. You cant focus on stopping only one guy', I am not to sure about there weaknesses but I would try to attack them inside some kind of way', warned TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'Berlin has a very balanced team. they have shooters and penetrators to go along with solid low post players', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.).

Alba Berlin is led by 24 year old 205cm Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) who comes from Serbia. He is a power forward with great talent, who can score, pass and rebound. Some say he is undersized for the four position, and that he will make a successful transition to the three position, thanks to his great court vision and athletic skills. He started his basketball career for Crvena Zvezda Beograd in 2003 and played there until 2010. In this time, he played 42 international games getting useful experience. Last season, he played League: 15 games: 12.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 64.1%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 72.7%; EuroCup: 6 games: 13.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 43.2%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 68.2%, left in Jan.'10, later that month moved to Lottomatica Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA): 17 games: 8.6ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 64.3%. He was drafted by the Utah Jazz (NBA,2rd (53) in 2008 and played NBA Summer league last season for the Utah Jazz. Currently for Alba Berlin, he is averaging 9,4ppg, 4,7rpg and 2,3apg he is shooting 46% from the field and 40% from the parking lot. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) is a 30 year 203cm power forward from Gadsen, Alabama that is playing his first season in Berlin. He is a rugged inside player who attacks the glass, will provide help on the boards, is a solid defender in the post, a competitor and hard worker, can score facing the basket and has shooting range to the foul line. He is playing his seventh season in Germany after playing two years in Karlsruhe, one season in Leverkusen and three years in Frankfurt. With the Deutsche Bank Skyliners, Allen reached the playoffs each season and lost a heart breaker fifth game in the 2010 BEKO BBL finals by two points. He played 148 games in his three years and never played a game where he dogged a play. Allen is searching for his first BEKO BBL title in Berlin and is currently their top scorer and is averaging 16,5ppg, 4,7rpg and 1,0apg. He is shooting 64% from the field. His rebounding average may be considerably down from other years, but that is because Alba Berlin has much support inside something which he mostly had to do himself in Frankfurt.

29 year old 187 cm guard American Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) has developed into one of the top players in the BBL after first being recognized in the 2004-2005 season as he averaged 27,1ppg in the second Bundesliga for Nurnberg. He played a season in Bree, Belgium getting ULEB Cup experience before coming to Berlin in 2006 where he since has become a household name. His best scoring season was 2007-2008 where he played 45 games: Score-3 (18.2ppg), 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 57.8%, 3FGP: 42.0%, FT: 81.4%. Last season, he played EuroCup: 14 games: 14.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 74.3%; German League: 35 games: Score-5 (14.8ppg), 1.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 44.3%, FT: 80.2%. He is an explosive scorer from the point guard or the shooting guard position; possesses the ability to score and create his own shot at anytime; Has very long arms and great leaping ability; unlimited range on the jump shot, which allows him to stretch the defense. You have to pray that he misses. You have to be physical with him and make sure the bigs hedge hard on ball screens, warned Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.). With Berlin, Jenkins has won a number of awards such as Bundesliga All-Star Game -08 (MVP), Bundesliga Champion -08 (Finals MVP), and German Bundesliga Cup Winner -09 (FinalFour MVP). Currently he is averaging 13,4ppg, 2,3rpg and 2,9apg. He is shooting 46% from the field and 45% from outside.

30 year old 193cm guard Immanuel McElroy is playing his fourth season in Berlin and is averaging 10,6ppg, 4,0rpg and 3,9apg this season. He played at Cincinnati (NCAA) and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2001. He already made a name for himself winning titles with Rhein Energy Cologne His overall quickness, combined with his mental toughness, makes him well-suited as a defender in the attacking defense. He is very athletic, a 40-inch vertical jump and a bench press approaching 300 pounds, ability to break defenders down with his dribble and his explosiveness to the basket makes him an effective scorer. He also possesses good court vision and excellent ball-handling skills, giving him the ability to distribute the ball, particularly in the transition game. He is a natural leader who makes others around him better players. He also has very much experience having won three BBL cups and two BBL league titles. If you want to slow down Mcelroy, you have to deny him the ball and give him the jump shot until he starts to make some, warned Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.). Mcelroy who has never been known as a good shooter has really improved his shooting the last few and is shooting 51,9% from the field, but has started off slow shooting form the Berlin tower at 22,2%. Mcelroy may not score 20 points every night, but he belongs to the top players in the BEKO BBL, because he can really do it all on the court and is also one of the top defenders in the league.

The team also brought back a familiar face with very experienced Sven Schultze (208-C-78) who played many years for The German national team. He is a 32 year old 206cm power forward that was born in Bamberg. He is a very strong player with a deadly shot. With his size, he will post up the opponents small forwards and outrun the opponents power forwards. He is able to defend bigger players, but also agile enough to defend smaller ones. He can drop the three pointer in a variety of ways which gave Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) so many more ways of using him. He also is very dangerous on the fast break as he can with the speed of a point guard and then dunk. He started his career with Bamberg and then played for Alba Berlin from 1998-2002 winning four BEKO BBL titles. He then played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen until 2005 before going south to Play in Italy in Milian, Udine and Biella. he also played shortly in Greece for Larissa. He finished last season playing for Ferrara (Italy-SerieA): 13 games: 8.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 75.0%. He won a silver in Belgrad in 2005 at the European Championships and played at the Olympic games 2008 in Bejing. This season, he is averaging 4,1ppg and 2,0pg and can light up a game in an instance off the bench.

The club also brought back a real German legend with Patrick Femerling (216-C-75, college: Washington) who is a 35 year old 216cm center who has just about won everything there is to win in European basketball. This is the third tour of duty for the German national player after having played in Berlin from 1998-2000 and from 2007-2009. Between this time, he played for top European clubs like Olympiakos Pireus, VC Barcelona and Panathinaikos Athens and Caja Sevilla. He has won 13 titles in his basketball career including the Euroleague in 2003 with FC Barcelona and winning a Bronze at the World Championships in 2002 and a Silver at teh 2005 European championships. He has won 3 BEKO BBL titles and two cups. Femerling may be 35, but can still give productivity in limited minutes and has the most experience on the team. This season, he is averaging 4,8ppg and 2,7rpg. The team also added 27 year old 208cm forward/center Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) from Cologne is playing his first season in Berlin. He can score, but is not so fast, but has potent moves. He played at The University of Buffalo from 2003-2007 and finished as the schools fourth all time leading scorer with 1,514 points and the third all time leading rebounder with 844. He became the first player in school history to score 1,500 points and 800 rebounds. He played with the Cologne 99ers and had some experience playing in France for Limoges. Last season, he help lead The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig into the BEKO BBL semi finals losing against The Brose Baskets Bamberg. Last season, he played games 39 games averaging 10.7ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%. This season, he is averaging 4,7ppg and 2,4rpg. He has had problems getting playing time, because of the strong and deep Alba Berlin roster. Lucca Staiger who is a 22 year old 196 cm shooting guard returns back for a second season after coming late in the season last year coming from the NCAA from Iowa. He started his basketball career for TSG Ehingen and played there from 2003-2007. He then departed over the big pond to the NCAA to Iowa where he played until 2010. He played 49 NCAA games for Iowa, but was unhappy about how he was being used on the court and decided to return to Germany. Last season, he played 7 BEKO BBL games averaging 3,3ppg. He got his start in the German national team in 2009 in Poland at the European championships and got more of a role this past summer at the World Championships in Turkey -10: 4 games: 7.3ppg, 1.0rpg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 37.5%. He once scored 106 points as a 16 year old. This season, he is averaging 3,1ppg and 1,0rpg.

The team also got some insurance by bringing in 24 year old 196cm shooting guard Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) who hails from San Diego, California. He is the son of former NBA player Brian Taylor. He is a great sharpshooter with an aggressive dribble drive and has a keen understanding of the game. He played at Oregon from 2004-2008. In his senior year at Oregon, he averaged 12.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3Pts: 38.2%, FT: 82.3% in 30 games. two seasons ago, he turned professional and played in Italy for Premiata Montegranaro playing 30 games: and averaging 13.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 82.6%. Last season in Bonn, he played 6 Eurocup games: 18.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 36.4%; German League: 34 games: 12.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 81.4%. This past summer, he played NBA Summer league for the Indiana Pacers. he first got a short term contract form Alba Berlin, but recently got a contract extension until the end of the season. This season, Taylor is averaging 5,0ppg and 2,6rpg and 1,8apg. The team also has young German Andreas Seiferth (206-F/C-89, college: ALBA Berlin II) who is a 21 year old 206cm center from Berlin. He has been a member of the German U-16, U-18 and U-20 national teams and also has a license to play for Alba Berlin 2 (Regionaliga). His brother Martin is playing his first season for the University of Oregon.

The team brought back Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) recently who played with Alba Berlin as he was a teenager, is a 26 year old 182cm point guard who is a German National player who has been a BBL traveler who has played for many different BEKO BBL teams like Giessen, Oldenburg, Nurnberg, EnBW Ludwigsburg and Braunschweig. He had his big international breakthrough at the Euro Championships in 2009 averaging 12,7ppg, 2,0rpg, 3,8apg and shot 54% from the three point line. He shoots first and penetrates second. He is a great one on one player. His biggest weapon is his shooting as he loves the catch and pop and off the dribble shooting. He started the season with Turk telekom in Turkey, but enever found his rhythm as he played 10 games averaging 3,8ppg, 1,6rpg and 2,3apg in 15 minutes per game. Since he has been with Alba Berlin it has been sort of a riddle why he hasnt played more as he is averaging only 6,24 minutes per game averaging 0,2ppg, 06rpg and 0,6apg which is very very hard to fathom. The team recently also signed another player who was playing in Turkey with Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.) who is a 25 year old 185cm guard from Santa Barbara, who is playing his second season in Germany. He played at Washington State and in his senior season played 33 games: averaging 13.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.5apg, FGP: 39.2%, 3Pts: 37.9%, FT: 89.1%. Last season with BG Goettingen, he averaged 15,1ppg 2.8rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 84.1% and in the Eurochallenge he averaged 14,7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 79.6%. This season he played for Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul (Turkey-TBL) averaging 7,9ppg, 3,5rpg and 3,1apg. He has worked his self very nicely into the Alba Berlin rotation and is currently averaging 11,0ppg, 1,5rpg and 3,4apg. He is shooting 50% from the field and 41,7% from the parking lot. The team recently also brought in Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) who is a 23 year old 213cm center from Serbia. He played for FMP Zeleznik Beograd from 2005-2010 playing 10 ULEB Cup games, 10 Eurocup games and 10 Eurochallenge games. Last season, he played Eurochallenge 14 games: 13.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 75.0%; Adriatic League: 23 games: 13.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 57.6%, FT: 78.2%; Serbian League: 14 games: Score-1 (21.1ppg), Reb-1 (8.6rpg), 2.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 82.1%. The Serb started the season with Efes Pilsen playing only 4 games averaging 3,5 minutes per game and 1,3ppg. In his first two games with Alba Berlin he is averaging 11.0ppg and 1,5rpg.

Since the climatic semi final win over Alba Berlin in 2005, where guys like Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) and Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) led the then Opel Skyliners into the BBL final, Frankfurt has only a 7-10 record against the Albatros, but have built installed a special albatross cage in the Ballsporthalle which has rewarded them with a 5-2 record. One of the biggest and most emotional wins in the last years was the 81-67 trouncing in January 2006 as it was the debut of ex Skyliner coach Charles Barton. It was only a shame that the team was unable to take this big win and grow off it as they won little more that season and had to win on the last day at home against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg to stay in the BBL. Some nice wins in the last years was the 74-58 win in 2008 as American Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) added 19 points and six rebounds and in 2009, they won 73-66 as ex Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) chipped in with 15 points and six rebounds. Last season, the two teams split the season series 1-1 as Alba Berlin held Frankfurt to 53 points in the Ballsporthalle and winning. Frankfurt returned to Berlin to win 76-70 as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) led the team with 18 points. Frankfurt then surprisingly kicked out Alba Berlin in the playoffs 3-1 winning game four at home 69-58 as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) had 26 points. In the first meeting this season, Alba Berlin escaped the O-2 World arena with a 81-77 win. Frankfurt led for 36 minutes before Alba Berlin put on the turbo and went on a 8-2 run which sparked the win. DaShaun Wood led all players with 32 points and Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) chipped in with 17 points for Alba Berlin. Alba Berlin shot 57% from the field and 44% from the parking lot, but Frankfurt had control of the boards 31-21.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will be looking for their 8th win in a row and have shown that they can excel with almost perfect team basketball or when they arent having their best game, they can win just with heart and all out effort. This is a game where Frankfurt wants to keep their good lead over Alba Berlin at second place and they want to get closer to position two with a win. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have one focus each week on how they will have best chances to win and every team knows it, but nobody can stop it. 'Frankfurt just has to let Wood be Wood like I say every week and on defensive they just have to make other players do what they are not comfortable doing. Alba Berlin has to make other players make plays especially if the game is close. Wood has taken over many times this season and you just have to find a way to make someone else beat you. On offense they just have to execute their sets and make Frankfurt play defense and try and get some easy buckets as well. Frankfurt did a great job last season stopping the pick and roll with Sekulic and Chubb and now must do it again with different players even if the pick and roll is not as central as once with Pavicevic. 'Frankfurt has to find a way to control their pick and role', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). Frankfurt also cant forget that Alba Berlin wont be doing everything inside. 'Frankfurt must attack and be more aggressive. They have to keep Alba Berlin to one shot per possession and guard the three point line because they are dangerous from there', warned Mark Dorris. 'We have to play our game and not let Alba Berlin dictate the game for us. We have to get out to a quick start and be aggressive on defense', stated Kamil Novak . The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host Alba Berlin March 20th at 17:00.







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

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

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

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

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

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



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Flevarakis it will be a miracle if we will succeed (Part A) - by Giorgos Diploidis
The coach of Ilysiakos Kostas Flevarakis spoke about a lot of things regarding his team Ilysiakos Athens the Greek basketball and his career.

From the time you took charge of the team you lost a lot of games in details however it didn't let you down

The time we took charge of Ilysiakos it was looking as a big favorite for relegation, we tried by hard working to improve the situation. The team became more stable, we took big wins, we lost games with big opponents in details and that made us to have better psychology. We are a team with low budget but we try hard with the help of Mr Giaberakis to promote young players in the club while we want also to stay in the first division,.

Even though you had the chance to have higher budget you chose to go on a lower in order the players to be paid on time...

Our main target was our team to be persistent, to stay away from those problems (financial). We tried to work with players which were not out of our budget, not to take others which they will not improve dramatically the level of the team. If we will finally succeed it will look like a miracle because with not a lot of money we found 2-3 experienced players, (Xatzis, Kyritsis), the Americans along with the young ones to fulfill our targets. It is more easy to put young guys when is not a lot of stress not when the club has no win and your competitors three or four.

You have been in Thessaloniki in the past a few words about the three teams here...

Aris was expected to be much more stable due to the fact that he has many experienced Greek players but it doesn't. They had changed their coach and Aris along with PAOK in a championship with low lever they should be under Olympiakos and Panathinaikos. PAOK has a very good team but the financial problems had as a result a lot of players to leave. They should avoid these problems in order to have more chances to go well. Iraklis had changed a lot of players and coaches but is still in their targets. These three teams are historical and have a lot of supporters behind them and that give them more chances to succeed comparing to others.

Which teams you think will fight to stay in the first category?

By sure will be Iraklis, AEK and Ilysiakos. It may be one more, Ikaros that we have been now one win below them. Panellinios that is close I don't think they will have problems because they have a very good team whereas the rest of the clubs are far away from the relegation places.



Greek B' Round 18 - Results and details - by Chris Mammides
During the 18th week of the astonishing second divisions league the results were more or less expected but with a small detail being the fact that most of them were derbies and some of them were even decided to a couple of baskets only.

The results with some details were as follows:

Aias Evosmou - Diagoras Rodou 64-60
An astonishing derby took place in Evosmos where two balanced teams fought until the end where the home team of Head Coach Kiriakou was more mature to keep the deficit build in the previous quarters and simply keeping it even if at the end the things were very dangerous for him. On the other hand, Coach Vassilis Tsakiris (200-F-76) islanders from Rhodes island showed in another game that they are now a solid team which will play a crucial role in the remaining of the competition as especially the teams that they will pass by the island unharmed will not be so many. Diagoras is a team which is aiming in every game higher and it is believed that by the end of the league the team will be among the top six teams of the competition.
Quarters: 24-16, 38-27, 52-44, 64-60.
AIAS: Eleftheriadis 14, Giorgos Asimakis (195-F-83) 19
Diagoras: Stavros Pardakas (201-F-84) 16, Panagiotarakos 12

Aiolos Trikallon - Stratoni 69-67
The game which cut the breath of the home team basketball fans as they saw at the end a difference of as many as 13 points to be vanishing and not only that they nearly go home with tears in their eyes. The game was a derby from the very first minute as the visiting site of Coach Mythou took by surprise the Trikalla team and with great passing game, kept the lead for as many as19 minutes being the leader of the game, after the 19th minute the usual suspect of the team of Coach Giassaris, Giorgos Lepeniotis (187-G-79) took the initiative and with 4 unanswered points gave to his team the minimum deficit at the end of the half time. The third quarter was a role for one as Giannaletsos, Perotis and Giorgos Lepeniotis were unstoppable and Coach Mythou couldnt stop them. The fourth quarter though the overall situation changed and Bithlis with Giannis Daskalopoulos (195-G/F-80) tried to change the situation but at the end remain out of gas.
Quarters: 14-20, 35-34, 55-45, 69-67.
Aiolos: Giorgos Lepeniotis 14, Chrysopoulos 12, Perrotis 14, Giannaletsos 10
Stratoni: Bithlis 12, Kismetoglou 13, Giannis Daskalopoulos 12

Doukas - MENT 55-78
There are not many details to be added in the specific game as the home team was in another quart while the relentless players of Coach Hatzoulis were very focused and too strong for the veteran Prokos and Kakkavas who were too few to defend their team against the duet of Ioakeimidis and Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) who scored as many as all the team of Doukas!
Quarters: 12-22, 28-36, 44-57, 55-78.
Doukas: Prokos 13, Panteleimon Kakkavas (186-G-88) 16.
MENT: Simeon Ioakimidis (197-G-89) 26, Giorgos Filiousis 23, Maslarinos 11

Ermis Perama - Anagennisi Floga 91-71
In another game the top scorer of the division, Nikos Liakopoulos (191-G-83) was on fire! The charismatic player added another 35 points in his resume inn one of the most productive seasons of his career. Against a good Nikos Liakopoulos not many teams can do a lot and Anagennisi was not an exception in this rule as Nikos Liakopoulos scored as many as the 55% of the total points scored by the visiting site of Coach Konstantinidis. Not to mention the other two scorers who game by game their performance is getting more solid, Skoutaris and Kipritzoglou are together with Emmanouilidis a great trio who are backing up very well the top performer of the league, Nikos Liakopoulos
Quarters: 31-21, 46-36, 70-56, 91-71.
Perama: Tsarouchas 11, Kipritzoglou 17, Skoutaris 16 and Nikos Liakopoulos 35
Anagennisi: Onasoglou 12, Savvas Manousos (208-F/C-85) 16, Spiropoulos 12

Apollon Kalamarias - Egaleo 86-75
It seems that Coach Baxevanis decided that is never too late to Save another team in his career so Kalamaria added another one of the few victories for this season, the second in three games and the fifth in totat which is bringing the Pontus people with a record of 5-13 only 2 wins far from Egaleo and at the same time is giving hopes to the team. Michalis Tanakidis (192-G-85) and Dalis were great and helped their team to add this crucial victory in their resume. On the other hand, Egaleo is in danger, and the players of Head Coach Kalogirou need to change the situation very fast otherwise they might say goodbye to the division
Quarters: 21-22, 41-41, 61-53, 86-75.
Apollon: Dallis 16, Michalis Tanakidis 17, Valavanidis 11.
Egalo: Papadakis 12, Vangelis Gkeros (206-C-81) 18, Siristatidis 17, Koukouras 12.

OFI - Doxa - Lefkadas 72-63
The expected derby of the islanders took place in Irakleio found a final winner the home team of Coach Vlachos, easier than they expected as the key figures of the previous games for Doxa Lefkadas were on break so they never got into the game as they supposed to do and demand for something more than a defeat. Giorgos Giannoukakis (193-G-86) and Godopoulos were in double digits while the rest were in a low flight. On the other hand, the home team had four players in double digits with Alexis Bardas (189-F-81) leading the way in another game
Quarters: 19-13, 29-27, 52-45, 72-63.
OFI: Alexis Bardas 17, Tsakiridis 15, Panagakis 13, Souflias 12.
Doxa : Godopoulos and Giorgos Giannoukakis 10 per head.

Nea Kifisia - Filippos Veroias 85-65
There are not many details that can be added for this game as the home team with a record of 15-3 played against the team from Veroia which currently has a record of 3-15 even though the one out of three wins was over the second in the series Ermis Perama! Filippos Veroias will be the one out of three teams that will waive the division at the end of the season as they cant prove constantly that are heading on the right trucks and Coach Gimas probably realized that. From the visiting site the seasons high from the veteran Philip Hopson is a fact as his 30 points with 5 threes gave him the seasons high and even today at his 37 prove to be a perfect match for this division.
Quarters: 26-14, 55-27, 68-43, 85-65.
Kifisia: Nikitakis 13, Phillip Hobson (195-G/F-74, college: Barton County CC) 30, Menoudakos 10, Sioutis 11.
Filippos: Vassilis Tsakiris 15, A. Mavridis 11.




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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Keflavik
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Sanders, Keflavik24.5 
 2. Walker, KR23.7 
 3. Trifunovic, Keflavik23.0 
 4. Springer, Fjolnir22.7 
 5. Bartolotta, IR22.5 
 6. Inge, Haukar22.2 
 7. Biedler, IR21.7 
 8. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 9. Sovic, IR21.0 
 10. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.6 
 2. Biedler, IR12.7 
 3. Pettinella, Grindavik11.1 
 4. Trifunovic, Keflavik10.3 
 5. Ermolinskij, KR10.3 
 6. Fain, Tindastoll10.1 
 7. Springer, Fjolnir10.0 
 8. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 9. Jonsson, Snaefell9.4 
 10. Amoroso, Snaefell9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR7.8 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.4 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.9 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan5.9 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Arnarson, Hamar5.3 
 8. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 9. Inge, Haukar5.1 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 2. Schoen, KFI3.0 
 3. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll2.9 
 5. Biedler, IR2.6 
 6. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.5 
 7. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.5 
 8. Steinarsson, Fjolnir2.3 
 9. Arnarson, Hamar2.2 
 10. Walker, KR2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Svit
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Biedler, IR1.8 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.6 
 5. Inge, Haukar1.5 
 6. Savarsson, Grind.1.4 
 7. Pettinella, Grindavik1.4 
 8. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.3 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.3 
 10. Magnusson, KR1.2 


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Indian bank and ICF scores easy wins, IOB-CDBA league, day 5 results - by M. Rajalingam
Indian Bank won their match comfortably against State Police in the IOB-CDBA city basketball Level 1 championship at the Corporation Playground (TNagar) at the day % of the IOB-CDBA league championships. Lokesh Yadav of Indian Bank scored 14, to help Indian Bank win their match against their rival team from State Police.
In the second match of the day, Integral Coach Factory defeated Gopalapuram BBC, 69-58 .
The scores:
Indian Bank 59 (Carmel Joseph 13, Lokesh Yadav 14) bt State Police 47 (Ramesh 11, Harish 13, Dinesh Kumar 10).
ICF 69 (Akilan 15, Babukumar 15, Thangavelu 12) bt Gopalapuram 58 (James 14, Seenivasan 13, Yazar 22).



Indian bank stuns State Bank, IOB-CDBA league, day 6 results - by M. Rajalingam
In the day 6 of the IOB-CDBA level I league championships being held at Chennai, Indian Bank had a stunning victory against State Bank. Carmel and Mohan both score 12 points each to help Indian bank's win over State Bank with a score 62-34.

In the other matches Southern Railway defeated Tamil Nadu State Police, and Chennai Customs defetaed Gopalapuram BBc respectively.

The results: Indian Bank 62 (Carmel 12, Senthil 12, Moses 11, Thangadurai 10) bt State Bank 34 (Mohan 14).

Chennai Customs 61 (Rajendran 10, Yathan Sharma 11, Dinesh 14) bt Gopalapuram BBC 38 (Yazar 13, Vignesh Muralidharan 13); Southern Railway 56 (Venkatesh 12, Benard Philips 17, Karthik 14) bt TN State Police 55 (Ramesh 19, Harish 13).





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Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 21-2 
 2. Maccabi HBK 17-6 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 15-8 
 4. Beer Yaakov 13-10 
 5. Megido/Yokneam 13-10 
 6. Elitzur Ramla 12-11 
 7. Ironi Ramat Gan 11-12 
 8. Hapoel Afula 10-13 
 9. Hapoel Tivon 10-13 
 10. Lev Hasharon 10-13 
 11. Kohav Yair 9-14 
 12. Hod Hasharon 8-15 
 13. Hapoel Beeri 7-16 
 14. Ironi Nahariya 5-18 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A27.6 
 2. Moragne, Hapoel B.23.9 
 3. Hall, Beer Yaakov23.7 
 4. Clemente, Megido.22.9 
 5. Miller, Megido/Y.22.9 
 6. Delaney, Maccabi .21.4 
 7. Young, Hod Hasharon21.3 
 8. Gomez, Beer Yaakov21.1 
 9. Timberlake, Elitzu.20.7 
 10. Brown, Maccabi HBK20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.5 
 3. Clemente, Megido.10.5 
 4. Brandy, Hod H.10.4 
 5. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 6. Moragne, Hapoel B.9.3 
 7. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 8. Strong, Hapoel T.8.9 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
 10. Utter, Hapoel T-A8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ofir FARHI
  Beer Yaakov
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.9 
 2. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.5 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.0 
 4. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.9 
 5. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.8 
 6. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.5.6 
 7. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.7 
 8. Fisher, Ironi R.4.7 
 9. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri4.5 
 10. Davidi, Elitzur Ramla4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.1 
 2. Bochman, Beer Y.2.7 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.7 
 4. Delaney, Maccabi .2.6 
 5. Markson, Hapoel A.2.4 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.2 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur .2.1 
 8. Young, Hod Hasharon2.0 
 9. Shtarkman, Megido.1.9 
 10. Harush, Kohav Yair1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.2.2 
 2. Colwell, Ironi R.2.2 
 3. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 4. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.0 
 5. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.7 
 6. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 7. Wade, Lev Hasharon1.5 
 8. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.5 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 10. Brandy, Hod H.1.3 


Premier League Round 21 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Second-ranked Bnei Hasharon (13-8) made lots of trouble for first ranked Maccabi T-A (20-1) in Hod Hasharon on Sunday. The visitors from Tel-Aviv managed to secure only two-point victory 90-88. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bnei Hasharon. The best player for the winners was Doron Perkins who scored 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-1 record. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Maccabi T-A will face Maccabi Rishon (#5) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round. Bnei Hasharon will play on the road against the league's second-placed Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The best stats of 21th round was 17 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks by Shawn James of Bnei Hasharon.



Galil Gilboa - Elitzur Netanya 85-76

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Elitzur Netanya (7-14) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Galil Gilboa (12-9) 85-76 on Sunday. The game without a history. Galil Gilboa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Galil Gilboa looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Elitzur Netanya was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 13 points and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was center Elton Brown (206-83, college: Virginia, agency: Impact Basketball) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) added 18 points respectively. Five Galil Gilboa and four Elitzur Netanya players scored in double figures. Elitzur Netanya's coach Arik Alfasi rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Elitzur Netanya at the other side keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. Galil Gilboa will face bottom-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Elitzur Netanya will play against Maccabi Haifa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 18+2reb+1ast, E.Brown 17+10reb+1ast, R.Travis 10+6reb+1ast, S.Brener 10+4reb+5ast, J.Smith 7+2reb, E.Gueta 6+4reb+1ast
Galil Gilboa: M.Killingsworth 17+9reb, J.McClinton 13+3reb+3ast, C.Fells 13+4reb+2ast, W.Carter 12+2reb+5ast, G.Israeli 10+1reb+4ast, G.Mekel 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 122600


Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Ashdod 73-66

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Maccabi Haifa (5-15) defeated at home 7th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (9-12) 73-66 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-66. Maccabi Ashdod was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyler Wilkerson (202-88, college: Marshall) who scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). International forward Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Meir Tapiro (192-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) who recorded 16 points and 6 assists and American swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Haifa maintains ninth place with 5-15 record. Newly promoted Maccabi Ashdod keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Maccabi Haifa will face higher ranked Elitzur Netanya (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: M.Tapiro 16+2reb+6ast, N.Berkowitz 14+4reb+1ast, J.Carter 14+5reb+1ast, J.Duncan 14+5reb+1ast, J.Martin 8+8reb, O.Lafayette 0
Maccabi Haifa: T.Wilkerson 20+8reb+4ast, S.Landesberg 16+5reb, E.Kadir 13+7reb+4ast, G.Jackson 10+4reb+7ast, D.Low 9+1ast, A.Ben-Chimol 5+2ast
gschID: 122601


Hapoel J-M - Hapoel Holon 102-68

Rather expected game in Jerusalem where 6th ranked Hapoel Holon (10-11) was rolled over by third ranked Hapoel J-M (13-8) 102-68 on Sunday. Hapoel J-M moved-up to second place, which they share with Bnei Hasharon. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Hapoel J-M will face Bnei Hasharon (#3) in Hod Hasharon in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hapoel Holon will play at home against Maccabi Ashdod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 122602


Maccabi Rishon - Ironi Ashkelon 67-76

There was a surprise result in Rishon Le-Zion where tenth ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-16) beat 4th placed Maccabi Rishon (11-10) 76-67 on Sunday. Ironi Ashkelon dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Rishon's 32. The best player for the winners was American power forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fairleigh Dickinson, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Desmon Farmer (196-81, college: USC) chipped in 16 points. Ironi Ashkelon's coach Eli Rabi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Raymar Morgan (202-88, college: Michigan St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Nizan Hanochi (194-86) added 12 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) respectively. Ironi Ashkelon maintains tenth place with 5-16 record. Maccabi Rishon at the other side dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Ironi Ashkelon will face higher ranked Galil Gilboa (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Rishon will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: R.Morgan 18+10reb+3ast, N.Hanochi 12+7reb+1ast, A.McGhee 11+5reb, I.Swann 7+2ast, D.Mitchell 6+7reb+5ast, I.Nesterenko 5+5reb
Ironi Ashkelon: D.Farmer 16+2reb+3ast, R.Turner 15+16reb+2ast, T.Terrell 11+6reb+2ast, R.Green 10+2reb, G.Porat 6+5reb+4ast, J.Gibson 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 122598


Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi T-A 88-90 OT

Second-ranked Bnei Hasharon (13-8) made lots of trouble for first ranked Maccabi T-A (20-1) in Hod Hasharon on Sunday. The visitors from Tel-Aviv managed to secure only two-point victory 90-88. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bnei Hasharon. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bnei Hasharon won fourth quarter 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Bnei Hasharon used huge pressure winning it 24-16 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 9-11. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Bnei Hasharon was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) who scored 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. International power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern, agency: ZAG Advocates) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks and the other American import power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Maccabi T-A and five Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-1 record. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Maccabi T-A will face Maccabi Rishon (#5) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round. Bnei Hasharon will play on the road against the league's second-placed Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: S.James 17+17reb, R.Steele 15+5ast, B.Dunston 14+5reb+1ast, D.Grunfeld 11+1reb+3ast, L.Nailon 10+5reb+3ast, F.Rivera 8+2reb+2ast
Maccabi T-A: D.Perkins 16+6reb+6ast, G.Pnini 14+7reb+1ast, L.Eliyahu 12+7reb+4ast, C.Eidson 11+1reb+2ast, D.Blu 11+5reb+2ast, S.Schortsanitis 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 122599




National League Round 23: No surprise as #1 Hapoel T-A defeats Hapoel Afula - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

National League top team - Hapoel T-A (21-2) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Hapoel Afula (10-13) in Tel-Aviv 107-77. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel T-A. Hapoel Afula managed to win third quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel T-A had a 35-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Afula helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Guard Gal Eytan (182-87, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) helped adding 14 points and 4 assists. American forward Bryant Markson (198-83, college: Utah) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first place with 21-2 record. Hapoel Afula at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Lev Hasharon and Hapoel Tivon. Hapoel T-A are looking forward to face Elitzur Ramla (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Hapoel Afula will play against the league's second-placed Maccabi HBK in Habikaa and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Kiryat Tivon was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Elitzur Ramla (12-11) played at the court of 7th ranked Hapoel Tivon (10-13). Elitzur Ramla managed to secure a 8-point victory 100-92. It was an exceptional evening for guard Dror Davidi (190-84) who led the winners and scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Ilan Berkowitz accounted for 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American power forward Jeff Horovitz (206-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for Hapoel Tivon in the defeat. Elitzur Ramla have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 12-11 record. Hapoel Tivon lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Lev Hasharon and Hapoel Afula. Elitzur Ramla will play against league's leader Hapoel T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Tivon will play on the road against Hod Hasharon (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Twelfth-ranked Hod Hasharon (8-15) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Beer Yaakov (13-10) on Tuesday. Beer Yaakov managed to secure only one-point victory 89-88. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Ofir Farhi who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Or Ron produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests. Hod Hasharon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Beer Yaakov moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Megido/Yokneam. Hod Hasharon lost their third game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Beer Yaakov will meet Lev Hasharon (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hod Hasharon will play against Hapoel Tivon in Kiryat Tivon and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Yokneam where 4th placed Megido/Yokneam (13-10) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Lev Hasharon (10-13) 102-95. Guy Lavie orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Megido/Yokneam's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Lev Hasharon. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hapoel Tivon and Hapoel Afula. Megido/Yokneam at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Lev Hasharon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Beer Yaakov (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Megido/Yokneam will play against Ironi Nahariya.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya lost to Ironi Ramat Gan on the opponent's court 67-78. Kohav Yair unfortunately lost to Elitzur Yavne in a home game 84-92. Hapoel Beeri was rolled over Maccabi HBK on the road 78-99.



Beer Yaakov - Hod Hasharon 89-88

Twelfth-ranked Hod Hasharon (8-15) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Beer Yaakov (13-10) on Tuesday. Beer Yaakov managed to secure only one-point victory 89-88. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-88. The best player for the winners was guard Ofir Farhi (187-86) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Swingman Iftach Bochman (196-86) chipped in 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Farhi is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Guard Or Ron (181-88) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Jitim Young (188-81, college: Northwestern, agency: Edge Sports) added 21 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Hod Hasharon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Beer Yaakov moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Megido/Yokneam. Hod Hasharon lost their third game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Beer Yaakov will meet Lev Hasharon (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hod Hasharon will play against Hapoel Tivon in Kiryat Tivon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beer Yaakov: O.Farhi 23+5reb+11ast, G.Karni 15+5reb+3ast, J.Gomes 13+2reb, J.Hall 13+4reb+1ast, Y.Liutrin 11+2reb, I.Bochman 9+10reb+5ast
Hod Hasharon: G.Gendel 23+7reb, O.Ron 22+10reb+6ast, J.Young 21+8reb+2ast, S.Brandy 7+8reb+1ast, I.Karabayov 6+1reb, B.Sharoni 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 105665


Megido/Yokneam - Lev Hasharon 95-102

An interesting game took place in Yokneam where 4th placed Megido/Yokneam (13-10) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Lev Hasharon (10-13) 102-95. It looked good early as Megido/Yokneam took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lev Hasharon had a 32-20 second period charge getting the lead and Megido/Yokneam was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 95-102. Lev Hasharon forced 20 Megido/Yokneam turnovers. Guard Guy Lavie (188-92) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Lev Hasharon players scored in double figures. American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Megido/Yokneam. Megido/Yokneam's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Lev Hasharon. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hapoel Tivon and Hapoel Afula. Megido/Yokneam at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Lev Hasharon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Beer Yaakov (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Megido/Yokneam will play against Ironi Nahariya.
Top scorers:
Lev Hasharon: L.Wade 24+9reb+2ast, A.Henry Dobie 22+5reb+4ast, G.Lavie 20+10reb+5ast, O.Hover 14+1reb+1ast, M.Y 12+6reb+1ast, R.Pitshon 8+2reb
Megido/Yokneam: R.Clemente 29+14reb+3ast, N.Miller 20+7reb+3ast, J.Shtarkman 18+1ast, C.Buchman 9+7reb+4ast, T.Bar Even 8+4reb+4ast, L.Shvarzvald 4
gschID: 105666


Ironi Ramat Gan - Ironi Nahariya 78-67

Very expected game when 14th ranked Ironi Nahariya (5-18) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (11-12) 78-67. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Ramat Gan. Ironi Nahariya was better in third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Ramat Gan dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Nahariya's 38. They outrebounded Ironi Nahariya 45-28 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ironi Ramat Gan brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds. American power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. The former international swingman Jeron Roberts (194-76, college: Wyoming, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and American forward E.J. Drayton (204-82, college: Charlotte, agency: Strategic Sports) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to seventh place. Ironi Nahariya lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Nahariya will play against Megido/Yokneam (#5) and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: S.Colwell 24+10reb+1ast, I.Rosefelt 22+17reb+1ast, A.Fisher 10+4reb+6ast, E.Kohansky 8+2ast, Y.Yatzkan 8+5reb+3ast, O.Brener 3+1reb+1ast
Ironi Nahariya: J.Roberts 19+8reb+1ast, O.Ben Hemo 14+2reb, E.Drayton 13+7reb+1ast, R.Sabag 10+1reb+1ast, A.Pereg 5+4reb+2ast, J.Peters 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 105667


Kohav Yair - Elitzur Yavne 84-92

Very predictable result when third ranked Elitzur Yavne (15-8) defeated on the road 11th ranked Kohav Yair (9-14) 92-84. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 22-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Kohav Yair helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Omni Smith (191-84, college: Kent St., agency: N.E.T.) added 20 points in the effort for Kohav Yair. Five Elitzur Yavne and four Kohav Yair players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Elitzur Yavne. They maintain third place with 15-8 record having six points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Kohav Yair at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Elitzur Yavne's next round opponent will be Ironi Ramat Gan (#7) at home. Kohav Yair will play against Hapoel Beeri (#13) in Beer-Shev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: K.Wilson 16+6reb, O.Brandwein 16+2reb+5ast, E.Hofman 16+9reb+3ast, N.Golan 14+3reb+3ast, C.Timberlake 13+11reb+3ast, Z.Volfer 10+1reb+2ast
Kohav Yair: O.Smith 20+3reb+3ast, S.Harush 19+4reb+2ast, E.Traimel 14+12reb+2ast, A.Zelkovits 12+3reb+3ast, S.Kleimintz 7+2reb, G.Amitai 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 105668


Maccabi HBK - Hapoel Beeri 99-78

Not a big story in a game in Habikaa where 13th ranked Hapoel Beeri (7-16) was rolled over by second ranked Maccabi HBK (17-6) 99-78. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi HBK. Hapoel Beeri was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Itay Grinboim orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points. American guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB, agency: Lanshire Group) contributed with 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Maccabi HBK players scored in double figures. American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and guard Haran Shifman (183-84) added 17 points in the effort for Hapoel Beeri. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Maccabi HBK. They maintain second place with 17-6 record having four points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Hapoel Beeri lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Maccabi HBK's next round opponent will be Hapoel Afula (#8) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Hapoel Beeri will play against Kohav Yair (#11) in Kohav Yair and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi HBK: I.Grinboim 24+2reb+1ast, P.Delaney 15+4reb+7ast, M.Moscovitz 15+6reb+1ast, S.Bradford 15+7reb, E.Skverer 7+3reb+1ast, L.Shem-Tov 6
Hapoel Beeri: S.Moragne 20+10reb+2ast, H.Shifman 17+2reb+2ast, R.Canady Jr. 12+6reb+1ast, A.Borsuk 9+2reb+1ast, D.Aidan 8+3reb+1ast, T.Havkin 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 105662


Hapoel T-A - Hapoel Afula 107-77

National League top team - Hapoel T-A (21-2) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Hapoel Afula (10-13) in Tel-Aviv 107-77. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel T-A. Hapoel Afula managed to win third quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel T-A had a 35-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Afula helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Guard Gal Eytan (182-87, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) helped adding 14 points and 4 assists. American forward Bryant Markson (198-83, college: Utah) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Darnell Hugee (201-85, college: Prairie View A&M) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first place with 21-2 record. Hapoel Afula at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Lev Hasharon and Hapoel Tivon. Hapoel T-A are looking forward to face Elitzur Ramla (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Hapoel Afula will play against the league's second-placed Maccabi HBK in Habikaa and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: B.Asbury 43+13reb+1ast, G.Eytan 14+1reb+4ast, Y.Shvartzman 9+3reb+3ast, E.Eliyah 9+3reb, Y.Rokni 8+11reb, Y.Lahat 8+3reb+4ast
Hapoel Afula: B.Markson 26+6reb+2ast, D.Hugee 16+6reb, T.Michael Dunne 15+4reb+1ast, O.Shmidt 6+4reb+4ast, D.Wollis 5+4reb, A.Eliyahu 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 105663


Hapoel Tivon - Elitzur Ramla 92-100

The game in Kiryat Tivon was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Elitzur Ramla (12-11) played at the court of 7th ranked Hapoel Tivon (10-13). Elitzur Ramla managed to secure a 8-point victory 100-92. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-20. But Hapoel Tivon won second period 27-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Ramla made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. It was an exceptional evening for guard Dror Davidi (190-84) who led the winners and scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Ilan Berkowitz (186-75) accounted for 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Naturalized American power forward Jeff Horovitz (206-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and guard Bar Timor (192-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 22 points and 5 assists respectively for Hapoel Tivon in the defeat. Five Elitzur Ramla and four Hapoel Tivon players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 12-11 record. Hapoel Tivon lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Lev Hasharon and Hapoel Afula. Elitzur Ramla will play against league's leader Hapoel T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Tivon will play on the road against Hod Hasharon (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: D.Davidi 21+7reb+4ast, D.Paris 21+5reb+3ast, K.Young 18+5reb+2ast, I.Berkowitz 17+8reb+4ast, A.Sukar 12+4reb+9ast, M.Badalov 6+1reb+2ast
Hapoel Tivon: B.Timor 22+2reb+5ast, J.Horovitz 21+10reb+2ast, Y.Shiran 18+3reb+2ast, L.Arieli 12+3ast, O.Shaashoua 9+6reb+11ast, Z.Evans 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 105664




Galil Gilboa sign Tyrell Biggs - by Carmel Drori
Galil Gilboa signed today (Thursday) Achilleas' PF Tyrell Biggs (203-F-86).
Biggs will arrive in Israel next Monday and will miss Galil's game against Ironi Ashkelon which will be held on sunday.
Biggs played for Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus)this season and averaged 12.4ppg and 5.8rpg in 13 games.
this is the second Forward Galil signed in one week. Marco Killingsworth was part of a trade with Maccabi Haifa,sending him to Galil Gilboa and Tyler Wilkerson to Haifa.


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Mike Taylor agrees on terms with Tezenis Verona - by Eurobasket News
Tezenis Verona have agreed on terms of contract with Mike Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.). The 24-year-old guard is expected to arrive to Italy in the upcoming days to pass medical examination. Mike Taylor played for the Iowa Energy in D-League lately. He tallied 10.2 points, 3.7 boards and 2.5 assists per game in D-League. Last season the guard started in Crvena Zvezda. He notched 9.8 points, 2.7 boards, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steal per Adriatic League game. In EuroCup Mike Taylor delivered 11.3 points, 2.3 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals per appearance.


Brandon Dagans, Kevin Thomas and Asim McQueen land in the Venezuelan LPB - by Interperformances
Interperformances signs three foreigners in the Venezuelan Club Bucaneros de Guaira:
Brandon Dagans (185-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Lewis), Who debuted in the last game against Gaiteros where Bucaneros won 77-82. Brandon comes from an amazing 2009/10 season as a rookie in the Portuguese LPB with Casino Figueira Ginasio led the league in scoring averaging 22.2ppg and also finished in the top five in steals per game with 2.8spg. Made it to the All star game, and was also named Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Guard of the Year, 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
Kevin Thomas (193-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Georgia St.), His professional basketball career started back in 2005 with Czech the Club, BK Usti nad Labem. Since then, has played in the Czech Championship. Spent the previous season with Karma Basket Podebrady where was selected for the Czech all star game and was also named Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Honorable Mention. The current season played in the Hungarian A Division for ZTE KK where averaged 18.5, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg.
Asim McQueen (203-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Tulane); an athletic Power Forward who graduated from Tulane in 2010. Asim is strong, muscular and dynamic. He comes from a very interesting college program where he averaged in his Senior Year 7.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in 30 games. Started the Current season In the Argentinean Liga A with Atenas Cordoba.
Kevin and Asim are already with the Club waiting for their debut next Friday against Cocodrilos.


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JBL Canceled the rest of all match in 2010-2012 season - by Hiroyuki Anno
On March 15, JBL officially announced that they league would cancel all the rest of all match because of damage of powerful earthquake in north-east part of Japan.

About returning ticket cost it is to be decided and announced later.


Official Release: http://www.jbl.or.jp/topics/?p=5530


Situation in north-east part of Japan is very bad as many media report that. People in Japan and from the world is already supporting people in the damaged area.
Nuclear electric power plant in the area is seriously damaged

About life in Tokyo, we are spending life safe but we feel small earthquake.
Because of damage of electric power plant, supply of electric power is limited and stop as announced by electric power company.
All light of gym stops in that case even if they are having official match.





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Tarver & Kurtz to ASU , Stevens to Riyadi - by Omar Shafaamri

in their preparations for the West Asia League Play-off Game in 27th of March , ASU about to sign Guard Derrick Tarver (192-G-80, college: Akron) and Center Brandon Kurtz while Riyadi-Aramex signed Guard Antoine Stevens .

Derrick Tarver is Scoring Machine Guard who is well known in the region , Derrick Tarver is Scoring Machine Guard who is well known in the region , he already finshied his season in Kuwaiti League with Jahra Club averaging 25 points-3 assists-5 rebounds in 26 Minutes only as the kuwaiti league allows only 1 import on the court . Tarver played before in Lebanon , Syria and Iran . Brandon Kurz played last season in Argentina TNA League with San Martin Marcos Juarez club .


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Round 20: Peja ends Sigal Prishtina's 18 match-winning streak - by Onur Deqani
In the round 20 of BKT Superleague, which was played in midweek, KB Peja came over the last champions and actual leaders Sigal Prishtine.
KB Peja - Sigal Prishtine , was the derby match of the week, as Prishtina was going to Peja to get their 19th straight win, but it didn't happen that way because the hosts were too much addicted to win the match as they got what they wanted at the end : KB Peja 73-61 Sigal Prishtina.
The key advantage of Peja was the great defense they did, holding the top scorers of the league at just 61 points. To add some more, they hold them at just 9 points in the first quarter.
Top players of the hosts in this victory were play-maker Samir Shaptahovic (174-G-81) and the veteran pivot Valdet Grapci (204-C-74).

Here are the results of the other matches also played this midweek :
Mitrovica 66-103 K.Eurosport
Trepca 91-64 Kosova
Bashkimi - Bambi (18th March)


Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 18-2 
 2. Bambi 16-3 
 3. Peja 15-5 
 4. Trepca 11-9 
 5. K.EuroSporti 7-13 
 6. Kosova 6-14 
 7. Bashkimi 5-13 
 8. Mitrovica 0-19 


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Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Jurmala 17-4 
 2. Ventspils Aug. 15-4 
 3. Ogre 15-5 
 4. Saldus 14-7 
 5. Gulbene 11-10 
 6. BAA Riga 10-9 
 7. Zemgale/Jun. 10-10 
 8. Liepaja-2 10-11 
 9. Daugava 9-11 
 10. Livani 4-15 
 11. Ridzene 4-16 
 12. VEF Kadeti 1-18 


Ventspils reach Baltic League Final Four - by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock - Ventspils 61:62

Ventspils swept their BBL quarterfinal series against TU/Rock. The Latvian team completed the sweep in Tartu tonight. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) hit a jumper with four seconds remaining in regulation to seal the winning outcome for the visitors. Ventspils became the first Baltic League Elite Division Final Four.
The lead changed hands throughout intense first frame before Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) gave the hosts a 16:13 lead. A seesaw action continued in the second term. Ventspils managed to pull in front posting a 30:29 lead after ten minutes. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) scored quick eight points midway through the third term as TU/Rock grabbed a 41:34 lead. But Ventspils managed to narrow the gap at just four points in one quarter remaining 43:47. The hosts were up by 6 points in just over three minutes remaining when Vairogs and Gulbis knocked down treys to trim the deficit. Gulbis then followed with another triple as the visitors got even closer. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) hit another long bomb as the visitors pulled ahead 60:59 with 31 seconds remaining. Tsintsadze got fouled and converted both free throws to put TU/Rock in front but Rashad Anderson had the last laugh in this one bringing victory for Ventspils.
Rashad Anderson and Tweety Carter (180-G-86, college: Baylor) knocked down 10 points each for Ventspils. Janis Strelnieks provided 9 points in the win. Timo Eichfuss responded with 12 points for TU/Rock. Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) and Rain Veideman accounted for 10 points each in the loss.

TU/Rock: Timo Eichfuss 12, Marek Doronin 10, Rain Veideman 10
Ventspils: Rashad Anderson 10, Tweety Carter 10, Janis Strelnieks 9



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Contern fire Darko Ristic - by Eurobasket News
Darko Ristic and Contern have decided to split ways. The team announced about the decision yesterday. Darko Ristic took over Contern at the start of the season. The Swiss specialist was not able to help Contern reach the playoffs. Contern also started the relegation round with two defeats. Mark Reed will replace Darko Ristic at the bridge.


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CIBACOPA: Round 3 review - by Eurobasket News
It is still too early stage of the Regular Season in CIBACOPA and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Frayles de Guasave (2-1) on the court of sixth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by Fuerza Guinda Nogales 98-96. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 32-23 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74, college: UALR) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. American swingman Bryant Matthews (201-82, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach Chris Terrell used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) answered with 31 points and 5 rebounds for Frayles de Guasave. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Frayles de Guasave. Fuerza Guinda Nogales is again looking forward to face Frayles de Guasave (#5) at home in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
Another interesting game for Ostioneros de Guaymas (1-2) which played on the court of Pioneros Los Mochis (0-3). Seventh ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas had an easy win 106-87. It was a great evening for guard Raul Navarro (192-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. Omar Lopez helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The best for the losing side was American guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains seventh place with 1-2 record. It was Pioneros Los Mochis' third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Tepic and Mexicali. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#7) and hope to get finally their first victory.
CIBACOPA top team - Caballeros de Culiacan (3-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Coras de Tepic (0-3) 104-73. It was a quality performance for Joe Webb (201-G/F-82, agency: 011 Sports, college: Bellevue) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Ira Brown came up with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Coras de Tepic in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Caballeros de Culiacan have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Hermosillo. Coras de Tepic at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Los Mochis and Mexicali. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Coras de Tepic will play again against the league's leader Caballeros de Culiacan (#1) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 3 Cananea beat Tijuana on the road 87-71. Hermosillo won against Mexicali on its own court 77-73.
The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 38 points (!!!) by Davin White of Cananea.


Nogales - Guasave 98-96

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Frayles de Guasave (2-1) on the court of sixth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by Fuerza Guinda Nogales 98-96. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 32-23 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. American swingman Bryant Matthews (201-82, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach Chris Terrell used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) answered with 31 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) added 23 points in the effort for Frayles de Guasave. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Frayles de Guasave. Fuerza Guinda Nogales is again looking forward to face Frayles de Guasave (#5) at home in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Nogales: R.Moss 28+12reb+1ast, O.Quintero 20+1reb+4ast, J.Salcedo 14+7reb, B.Matthews 13+11reb+1ast, B.Damone 12+6reb+3ast, D.Brown 9+3reb+3ast
Guasave: R.Barrett 31+5reb+2ast, W.Funn 23+3reb+2ast, A.Izaguirre 14+6reb, G.Giron 12+6reb, J.Barnes 10+10reb, M.Strobbe 6+6reb
gschID: 122807


Tijuana - Cananea 71-87

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Mineros de Cananea (2-1) beat on the road 4th placed Tijuana Zonkeys (2-1) 87-71 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Mineros de Cananea. Tijuana Zonkeys managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mineros de Cananea made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who led the winners and scored 38 points (!!!). His fellow American import forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) accounted for 19 points and 4 assists for the winning side. American forward Christopher Moore (205-82, college: Virginia Union, agency: Pro Management Agency) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and guard Luis Ramirez (180-82) added 17 points respectively for Tijuana Zonkeys in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mineros de Cananea moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Tijuana Zonkeys. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play again against Mineros de Cananea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cananea: D.White 38+2reb+3ast, D.Thomas 19+3reb+4ast, O.Zuniga 8+2reb, P.DARDEN 6+6reb, A.Aguirre 6+10reb+2ast, F.Harris 5+2reb+3ast
Tijuana: C.Moore 19+12reb+1ast, L.Ramirez 17+3ast, J.Watson 10+5reb+3ast, M.Gavaldon 10+1reb+3ast, G.Lira 8+6reb+1ast, G.Shipley 7+8reb+3ast
gschID: 122804


Tepic - Culiacan 73-104

CIBACOPA top team - Caballeros de Culiacan (3-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Coras de Tepic (0-3) 104-73. Caballeros de Culiacan made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a quality performance for Joe Webb who led the winners and scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). The former international center Victor Avila (210-77, college: Oklahoma) accounted for 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) came up with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import center Donald Little (211-78, college: Cincinnati) added 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for Coras de Tepic in the defeat. Five Caballeros de Culiacan and four Coras de Tepic players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Caballeros de Culiacan have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Hermosillo. Coras de Tepic at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Los Mochis and Mexicali. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Coras de Tepic will play again against the league's leader Caballeros de Culiacan (#1) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: J.LEROY WEBB 23+7reb+4ast, K.Sowell 21+4reb+1ast, V.Avila 21+7reb+1ast, P.DAVID MEZA ROGEL 12+3reb+6ast, S.Morgan 11+6reb, J.Carlos Amador 6+1ast
Tepic: D.Little 18+5reb, J.Pablo Bravo 16+3reb+3ast, A.'Tony' Jones 12+7reb+2ast, I.Brown 11+8reb+4ast, A.Cortez 8+1reb+4ast, L.Rodriguez 4
gschID: 122805


Hermosillo - Mexicali 77-73

Very expected game when bottom-ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (0-3) lost on the road to leader Rayos de Hermosillo (3-0) 77-73 on Tuesday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Bomberos de Mexicali 43-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St., agency: ZAG Advocates) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jordanian-American swingman Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-87, college: Minnesota) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Abu-Shamala is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) came up with 28 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Bomberos de Mexicali in the defeat. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Culiacan. Loser Bomberos de Mexicali still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Los Mochis and Tepic. Rayos de Hermosillo will again meet at home Bomberos de Mexicali (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bomberos de Mexicali will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: M.Gray 19+10reb+1ast, J.Abu-Shamala 13+6reb+3ast, J.Lopez 13+8reb, S.Monreal 9+3reb+2ast, C.Holmes 8+5reb, J.Manuel Esteva 8+5reb
Mexicali: M.Gale 28+6reb+1ast, J.Penny 16+9reb, H.CARRILLO 12+2reb, A.Gonzalez 5+1reb, A.Vazquez 5+2reb, R.Lopez 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 122806


Los Mochis - Guaymas 87-106

Another interesting game for Ostioneros de Guaymas (1-2) which played on the court of Pioneros Los Mochis (0-3). Seventh ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas had an easy win 106-87. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Ostioneros de Guaymas's pressure prevailed and they won that period 31-16 extending their advantage to 19 points. They made 28-of-34 charity shots (82.4 percent) during the game. Pioneros Los Mochis were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Raul Navarro (192-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. The former international center Omar Lopez (203-80, college: Cal.Baptist) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Five Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import swingman Nathan Sims (191-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains seventh place with 1-2 record. It was Pioneros Los Mochis' third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Tepic and Mexicali. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#7) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: O.Lopez 22+6reb, R.Navarro 22+9reb, J.Habel 18+4reb, J.Luis Bucio 12+1reb+3ast, F.Benitez 12+3reb+1ast, H.Nungaray 7+2reb+2ast
Los Mochis: D.White 29+8reb+5ast, N.Sims 19+5reb, I.Fox 14+8reb+1ast, R.Urias 7+6reb+1ast, A.Verdugo 7+1reb+1ast, J.Estrada 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 122803




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


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rasheem BARRETT
  Guasave
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 30
 1. Barrett, Guasave30.0 
 2. Moss, Nogales29.0 
 3. White, Cananea29.0 
 4. Gale, Mexicali28.3 
 5. White, Los Mochis25.0 
 6. Sowell, Culiacan24.5 
 7. Habel, Guaymas23.5 
 8. Quintero, Nogales23.0 
 9. Moore, Tijuana23.0 
 10. Watson, Tijuana21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Moss, Nogales15.5 
 2. Moore, Tijuana11.7 
 3. Strobbe, Guasave10.0 
 4. Fox, Los Mochis9.5 
 5. Shipley, Tijuana9.3 
 6. Morgan, Culiacan8.5 
 7. Lawal, Tepic8.0 
 8. Matthews, Nogales8.0 
 9. Aguirre, Cananea7.5 
 10. Abu-Shamala, Hermo.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ira BROWN
  Tepic
  (193-F-82)
  Avg: 7
 1. Brown, Tepic7.0 
 2. Watson, Tijuana5.7 
 3. Thomas, Cananea4.5 
 4. Bravo, Tepic4.5 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo4.0 
 6. White, Cananea4.0 
 7. Brown, Nogales3.8 
 8. White, Los Mochis3.5 
 9. Abu-Shamala, Hermo.3.5 
 10. Quintero, Nogales3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant MATTHEWS
  Nogales
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Matthews, Nogales4.0 
 2. Funn, Guasave2.0 
 3. Abu-Shamala, Hermo.2.0 
 4. Sims, Los Mochis2.0 
 5. Gale, Mexicali1.7 
 6. Bucio, Guaymas1.5 
 7. Favela, Los Mochis1.5 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo1.5 
 9. Habel, Guaymas1.5 
 10. Toussaint, Los M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Funn, Guasave4.0 
 2. Strobbe, Guasave3.5 
 3. Watson, Tijuana2.7 
 4. Izaguirre, Guasave2.5 
 5. Matthews, Nogales2.5 
 6. Barrett, Guasave2.5 
 7. Brown, Tepic2.0 
 8. Angulo, Los Mochis2.0 
 9. Fox, Los Mochis2.0 
 10. Sowell, Culiacan1.5 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.4 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.0 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.24.8 
 7. Bryant, LA Lakers24.8 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.24.7 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers23.7 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.7 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.2 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.7 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.2 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.6 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.4 
 7. Camby, Portland TB10.8 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.2 
 9. Humphries, New J.10.0 
 10. Horford, Atlanta H.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.7 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.3 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.7 
 5. Calderon, Toron.9.1 
 6. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.7 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.8.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
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. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 7. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 9. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.3 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.2 
 6. Stoudemire, New Y.2.0 
 7. Jefferson, Utah J.2.0 
 8. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 
 10. Duncan, San A.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 48-18 
 2. Philadelph.76 35-33 
 3. New York K. 34-32 
 4. New Jersey N. 22-43 
 5. Toronto R. 18-49 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 48-18 
 2. Indiana P. 29-39 
 3. Milwaukee B. 26-41 
 4. Detroit P. 24-44 
 5. Cleveland C. 13-53 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 46-22 
 2. Orlando M. 43-26 
 3. Atlanta H. 39-29 
 4. Charlotte B. 28-39 
 5. Washington W. 16-50 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 44-23 
 2. Denver N. 41-27 
 3. Portland TB 38-29 
 4. Utah Jazz 36-33 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-52 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 48-20 
 2. Phoenix Suns 33-33 
 3. Golde State W. 30-38 
 4. LA Clippers 26-43 
 5. Sacramento K. 16-50 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 54-13 
 2. Dallas M. 48-20 
 3. N.Orleans H. 40-30 
 4. Memphis G. 37-31 
 5. Houston R. 35-34 


Kings stake claim to names which pave way for move - by Eurobasket News
The Sacramento Kings have taken yet another step toward a potential move to Southern California.

With the Kings exploring relocation to Anaheim, a Sacramento attorney representing the team's owners filed for at least four federal trademark registrations this month.

Among the names filed for according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office's website were: Anaheim Royals, Anaheim Royals of Southern California, Orange County Royals and Los Angeles Royals. The filing was made March 3 by attorney Scott Hervey on behalf of the Crickets Corp., a Nevada-based company.

Hervey has worked for Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof in previous sports business dealings, including the Maloof Money Cup skateboarding competition in Orange County.

The name change would be a throwback to the franchise's earlier days.

The well-traveled franchise was known as the Rochester Royals during the NBA's first season in 1949, winning the 1951 title before moving to Cincinnati in 1957. When the Cincinnati Royals moved again to Kansas City in 1972, they agreed to change their nickname to avoid conflict with baseball's Kansas City Royals, who joined the AL in 1969.

Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com


Johnson has 'no doubt' Deron Williams will sign with Nets long-term - by Eurobasket News
Avery Johnson spoke confidently of Deron Williams' (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) future with the Nets during a radio interview on Tuesday.

'This was going to be a total reconstruction project,' said Johnson about his expectations at the beginning of the season. 'I accepted that challenge.'

Johnson was then asked about the future of Williams with the Nets.

'We have been on the same page from day one,' said Johnson. 'We have gotten off to a good start. His wife gets along really well with my wife. We're not going to assume anything, but there is no doubt in my mind that we're not going to be able to re-sign Deron.'

'No doubt?' replied Michael Kay.

'No doubt,' said Johnson.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court - by Eurobasket News
In a video interview posted on Blazers.com that was conducted on Monday, Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.), who has been rehabilitating since undergoing microfracture knee surgery in November, was asked whether he has been able to resume work on the basketball court.

'I'm nowhere near there,' Oden admitted. 'I mean I just started doing two-leg squats like two weeks ago. I've got like a month and a half of just doing that. Putting weight on one leg, that's all I can really do right now.'

Oden's statement is the most recent and complete update on his progress since a Blazers scout said in January that Oden was still walking with a cane. The news comes roughly four months after he underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee on Nov. 19, 2010.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Oden didn't appear in a game for the Blazers during the 2010-2011 NBA season. His daily rehabilitation routine is keeping him busy, however. 'I can do cardio here, on the bike, on the elliptical, stuff that's not a lot of weight bearing,' Oden explained. 'And then I lift. That's basically what my day consists of: rehab, cardio, lift, and pool at the end of the day.'

Asked if the routine was growing tiresome, Oden said that it was. 'It definitely is a bummer, but I know that's what I need to do to get back out there. So I go out there every day and I do it.'

In case you're interested, Oden listed Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard as the best big man in the NBA and said he's most looking forward to facing Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

Oden, who is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, said that his goal for the next two seasons is simple: 'To be healthy.'

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Sacramento K. - Cleveland C. 93-97
Ramon Sessions (6'3''-G-86, college: Nevada) scored 20 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a rare road victory, 97-93 over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Cleveland opened the season by winning three of its first four road games, but had only a March 4 victory in New York since then. Cleveland, which snapped a four-game losing streak overall, had dropped 28 of 29 road games since Nov. 10. Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) had 23 points for the Kings, who have lost seven of eight. Samuel Dalembert contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds, Francisco Garcia and Beno Udrih both scored 14 points, while rookie DeMarcus Cousins had 11 points and 16 rebounds. J.J. Hickson scored 17 points for Cleveland, Luke Harangody had 15 and Samardo Samuels added 13. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Golde State W. - Dallas M. 106-112
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) had 34 points and 13 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks rallied from 18 points down to beat the Golden State Warriors 112-106 on Wednesday night. Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) scored 19 points and Rodrigue Beaubois had 18 to help the Mavericks score 15 consecutive points in the fourth quarter and pull away for the victory. Dallas (48-20) moved into a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for second place in the Western Conference. Monta Ellis had 26 points and 11 assists, and David Lee scored 22 in another disappointing defeat for a Warriors team seemingly headed for the draft lottery. They built a big lead with an incredible shooting start but couldn't keep pace late. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

LA Clippers - Philadelph.76 94-104
Jodie Meeks (6'4''-G-87, college: Kentucky) scored 22 points and Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90, college: UCLA) added nine of his 20 in the final 6 1/2 minutes, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 104-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Elton Brand had 19 points and 12 rebounds, helping the Sixers tie the idle New York Knicks for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Brand played for the Clippers for six seasons and left for free agency as their career rebounding leader and third-leading scorer. Randy Foye led Los Angeles with 18 points and DeAndre Jordan added 16 points and 15 rebounds. The 76ers didn't treat Clippers All-Star rookie Blake Griffin too kindly on his 22nd birthday, forcing him to miss his first six shots and holding him to 14 points on 3 for 12 shooting. He scored a career-low eight points in a 105-82 loss Monday to Memphis that snapped his streak of 67 double-digit games - the longest at the start of an NBA career since David Robinson's 77 in a row. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

N.Orleans H. - Phoenix Suns 100-95
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) has decided to take a shoot-first, pass-later approach lately, and it's producing wins for a Hornets team that needs them to solidify its playoff hopes. Paul had 26 points and nine assists, and New Orleans extended the Phoenix Suns' losing streak to four games, 100-95 on Wednesday. 'I just try to be aggressive,' Paul said. 'I've learned, watching all the games, that if I'm aggressive early, it makes the defense collapse on me and it makes my teammates open even more.' In three games since his return from a mild concussion, Paul has averaged 28.7 points and 11.3 assists. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Houston R. - Charlotte B. 94-78
Though the Houston Rockets are one of the NBA's highest-scoring teams, they relied on defense and rebounding to beat the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 21 points, Chuck Hayes (6'6''-F-83, college: Kentucky) matched his season high with 17 rebounds and the Rockets never trailed in a 94-78 victory. Chase Budinger scored 19 and rookie Patrick Patterson added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who are 2 1/2 games behind Memphis for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. *Courtesy of Yahoo

Utah Jazz - Minnesota T. 119-104
Utah Jazz coach Ty Corbin wanted to shake things up a bit. Even he couldn't have imagined the fireworks that resulted from inserting C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) into the starting lineup and demoting veteran Raja Bell. ''He was on fire,'' Jazz teammate Jeremy Evans (6'9''-F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: W.Kentucky) said of Miles, who scored a career-high 40 points Wednesday night in Utah's 119-104 rout of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Even Bell acknowledged the heady move, making sure Corbin subbed out Miles separately late in the game so Miles could take in the standing ovation. ''Everybody deserves that,'' Bell said of a round of applause following a stellar effort. ''That's cool. I would have wanted it if I had (gone) off like that. I thought he deserved it.'' Miles, who also started Monday night's overtime win against Philadelphia, hit his first seven shots Wednesday, including his first four from 3-point range. He had 18 points in the opening quarter, his only miss at the buzzer with a defender in his face. Miles had 25 by halftime, when the Jazz had a 71-50 lead. His previous career high was 29. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Detroit P. - Toronto R. 107-93
Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) scored 24 points, Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons ended a three-game losing streak with a 107-93 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. Toronto scored the game's first basket, but never led again. Tayshaun Prince added 22 points for the Pistons and Rodney Stuckey, Detroit's leading scorer, had a career-high 14 assists while taking just one shot. Andrea Bargnani led Toronto with 20 points, while Leandro Barbosa added 18 off the bench. *Courtesy of www.startribune.com

Milwaukee B. - Orlando M. 89-93 OT
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) had 31 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 93-89 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night that wrapped up a winning five-game road trip. Hedo Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) scored eight of his 19 points in overtime in a game that turned out to be far from easy for Orlando, even though the Bucks were missing center Andrew Bogut due to a migraine headache. The Magic went 20 of 35 from the free throw line, with Howard tying a career high with 24 attempts. He made only 13 of them. The misses, as well as two bad plays by Jameer Nelson down the stretch, nearly cost Orlando. Brandon Jennings scored 23 points and John Salmons scored 20 of his 22 in the second half and overtime. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Miami Heat - Oklah.City T. 85-96
Oklahoma City had one of its worst shooting nights of the season. The way the Thunder played defense, hardly anyone noticed. Except the Miami Heat, that is. Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 29 points, and the Thunder gave Miami's offense fits on the way to a 96-85 victory over the Heat on Wednesday night. The Thunder has now won five straight. The Heat had won three in a row coming in, but the Thunder's defense put an end to that. 'Our defense was as good as it could possibly play,' Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. Oklahoma City shot just 40 percent. It didn't matter. The Thunder held the Heat to 38 percent shooting and a season-low 29 percent after halftime. 'One thing we've gotten better at is closing games out,' Durant said. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) had 21 points, Dwyane Wade scored 21 points and LeBron James finished with 19 for the Heat. Miami averaged 114 points over its previous two games. *Courtesy of www.kansascity.net

Atlanta H. - Denver N. 87-102
Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) scored 20 points, J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) added all of his 15 in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets ran away to another win, beating the Atlanta Hawks 102-87 Wednesday night. It looked as if the game would go down to the wire when Zaza Pachulia flipped in a putback, pulling the Hawks to 72-69 with just over 10 minutes remaining. But Denver dominated the rest of the way, outscoring the home team 30-18. The Nuggets hardly missed in the fourth quarter, making 12 of 18 from the field -- including four 3-pointers. Smith knocked down three of those, part of a 6-of-7 fourth quarter after he took only three shots -- and missed them all -- over the first three quarters. *Courtesy of www.kktv.com

Boston C. - Indiana P. 92-80
The Boston Celtics are finally getting a bench together. Reserve Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) scored 13 of his 19 points in the second quarter as the Celtics took the lead for good on Wednesday, and Boston moved back into a first-place tie in the Eastern Conference by beating the Indiana Pacers 92-80. The victory left the Celtics and Chicago Bulls (48-18) with the same record in the race for home-court advantage through the conference finals. Boston had lost three of four to fall out of the top spot, including a defeat to the non-contending New Jersey Nets on Monday. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 20 for Boston, and Rajon Rondo had eight assists but struggled from the floor for the second straight game. The Celtics point guard was 1 for 10 in the Nets loss, and he was 0 for 2 and scoreless against Indiana. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com




McGrady wants to remain with the Pistons next season - by Eurobasket News
Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) has been a part-time starter for the Pistons, averaging 23.7 minutes. But McGrady vows hes content, and said Detroit will be first on his list when he becomes a free agent after the season. 'I've had talks with Joe (Dumars) and he definitely wants to bring me back', McGrady said of the Detroit executive. 'And I'm excited about him having that willingness to bring me back. But that is something that I will evaluate. Maybe I'll be here again.'

Dumars confirmed he has interest in retaining McGrady. 'I've had conversations with Tracy about going forward beyond this season', Dumars wrote in an e-mail. 'We both agreed that we would sit down after the season and discuss his future in more detail.'

'I see myself playing five more years', McGrady said. HoopsHype.com

Courtesy of www.hoopshype.com


Hilario Nene: 'I want to be a Nugget forever' - by Eurobasket News
The Nuggets have surpassed expectations compiling an 8-2 record following the trade deadline deal which sent four-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) to the New York Knicks.

The thought of most was that the move would effectively usher in a prolonged rebuilding period filled with an abundance of losses in the short-term. However, the club has been bolstered by its new additions and their incumbent starting center Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) has also stepped up to the challenge by embracing a bigger role.

Nene has played his entire career with the Nuggets organization since entering the league in 2003, but his name became entangled in trade rumors since the start of the season when it became obvious Denver was unlikely to secure Anthony's signature on an extension.

The ninth year center attracted plenty of interest around the league at the deadline but Denver has remained adamant that Nene is part of its long term plans in the post Anthony era and according to reports have even started pitching a contract extension to the big man.

Nuggets nation may be able to breathe a sigh of relief, because the Brazilian born star says he has no intention of leaving Denver.

'I want to be a Nugget for now and forever,' Nene told HOOPSWORLD.' But I know there is a lot of business [to handle], so I can say that today. '

Even though he can exercise an early termination option which would make him one of the most coveted talents in the free agent class of 2012, Nene is extremely happy with the direction the franchise is headed as it gears up for another postseason trip.

'Oh yeah for sure,' said Nene reiterating his desire to remain in Denver. 'It's totally different right now. Everybody is excited, everybody is happy and everybody is enjoying playing [together]. And after games [now] you feel good. You feel like your mission is done. '

The mission may not be complete in a literal sense but the point is clear. The Nuggets acquired three proven starters from New York in the deal, so the on court successes since the new look Nuggets hit the floor together hasn't come as a shock to the veteran.

'It is no surprise in basketball when you're playing the right way,' said Nene. 'When you ball and play together, when you help each other there's no secret [to success]. That's what we're doing right now.'

A big reason for the recent success attained by the Nuggets has been the play of Nene who has fully thrived in the larger role presented by the vacancy created by Anthony heading east.

He's averaged an impressive 18.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals on 67 percent shooting from the floor over the team's last five contests. He credits incorporating a more patient approach to the game and his teammates for getting him the ball in high efficiency areas to work.

'I just let the game come to me and try to make the right decisions,' Nene told HOOPSWORLD. 'My teammates are making it easier for me and they're finding me in the right spots. If we continue to play like that we're going to have a lot of success.'

Up until this point the Nuggets have amazingly defied the normal downward trajectory suffered by teams which lose franchise players.

The added touch of good news which has to make Denver ecstatic to hear is that one of their primary building blocks for the future doesn't want to skip town, but instead wants to be part of the next era of Nuggets basketball.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com


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Coach Davis out at Colgate - by Eurobasket News
Colgate basketball coach Emmett Davis has been released from his contract by athletic director David Roach.

The 51-year-old Davis, who succeeded the late Jack Bruen in 1998, leaves with an overall record in 13 seasons of 165-212 in his only stint as a head coach. His victory total is a school record.

Davis led the Raiders to the Patriot League Championship game in 2008, tying a school record for wins in a season with 18 in 2007-08.

The Raiders finished the 2010-11 season 7-23 overall and 4-10 in the Patriot. They will return all but one player next season.

Colgate also announced the resignation of head women's coach Pamela Bass. In four seasons under Bass, the Raiders were 23-95 overall and 8-48 in the Patriot.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


After season, UT will evaluate Pearl - by Eurobasket News
Tennessee athletics director Mike Hamilton says he does not know if Bruce Pearl will be the Volunteers' coach after this season ends.

In an interview with WNML-AM in Knoxville that aired Wednesday, Hamilton said that he, the UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek and school trustees will evaluate Pearl after the season ends. The ninth-seeded Vols play eighth-seeded Michigan on Friday in the NCAA tournament.

We dont know the answer today, Hamilton said when asked if Pearl would be coach next season. Weve done a lot of soul searching about the direction of our program, and well continue to do that, and well decide after were out of the NCAA Tournament what direction it is that were going to go next.

The jury is out with whats going to happen on that. He knows that, by the way, Hamilton said. He knows that this is a tough situation that were in and that were going to weigh all the things hes done so positively for our community and for our basketball program, and that will be considered greatly as we do the evaluation process.

Hamilton did not return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking additional comment. Pearl was en route to Charlotte for the Vols NCAA tournament game.

Pearl has been working without a contract since revealing in September that he mislead NCAA investigators during a probe into recruiting. The NCAA charged him with unethical conduct and other violations, though the NCAA has not released a final ruling on the matter.

We ran into a couple of snags on the deal, and we really have just set it aside to finish up the season at this stage and will deal with it when postseason plays complete, Hamilton said. He had a chance to have had a contract back in November and December and we just never got to the finish line. Now weve got the point where we dont feel like we can do that.

Tennessee reduced Pearls his salary by $1.5 million over four seasons in September as punishment for lying to the NCAA and banned him from off-campus recruiting for a year. The Southeastern Conference also weighed in, suspending him for eight conference games.

Tennessee has until May 21 to respond to the dozen allegations made by the NCAA and is expected to appear at a June 10-11 meeting of the Committee on Infractions. A final decision by the NCAA and any sanctions likely would come several months after that.

Hamilton declined to speak any more specifically about what will go into Pearls evaluation. He and other school officials have pledged their support of Pearl since the investigation was made public in September.

I love Bruce Pearl , he said. I think hes done tremendous things for our basketball program, tremendous things for the Knoxville community, tremendous things for our University, but were also in a very unique situation right now with what weve gone through over the last nine months, our notice of allegations, other things were looking at with the program. Well make those kinds of decisions when we finish the NCAA tournament as to how were going to move forward.

Courtesy of www.decaturdaily.com


Coach K: Irving may play in opener - by Eurobasket News
Injured Duke point guard Kyrie Irving (6'2''-G-92) could return for the Blue Devils' NCAA tournament opener, coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday night.

Krzyzewski said Irving practiced 'a little bit' with the team Tuesday, but he won't know for a few days whether the freshman will be available for the top-seeded Blue Devils' West Regional opener against 16th-seeded Hampton on Friday in Charlotte.

'There is a chance that he would play,' Krzyzewski said.

The coach added that if Irving does come back, he won't start, would see only limited minutes and wouldn't be on the court for extended periods of time.

'You don't want to get where he gets hurt and hurts something else because you extend him past' his limits, Krzyzewski said.

The Blue Devils will hold their pre-NCAA tournament open practice Thursday at the arena in Charlotte and 'we'll know a heck of a lot more by then,' Krzyzewski said.

Irving, a playmaking point guard with a quick first step, was the leader of Duke's uptempo attack - and the team's leading scorer with an average of 17.4 points - when he injured the big toe on his right foot in a win against Butler on Dec. 4.

Not long after that, Krzyzewski said the Blue Devils were prepared to play the rest of the season without him. Irving spent nearly two months in a hard cast to keep the toe immobilized, and his right foot was in a boot after that.

Speculation about his status intensified during the past week. Irving performed on-court drills in shorts and sneakers with the Blue Devils' training staff before their ACC quarterfinal against Maryland, switching to street clothes for the game.

Then after Duke's title-game victory, Irving said there was a chance he could return sometime during the tournament. Krzyzewski later said that was a long way off and downplayed the comments as a young player getting caught up in the emotion of missing out on a championship.

'I'm going day by day, because I never expected him to be where he's at today,' Krzyzewski said. 'This is like uncharted waters.'

Both Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils insist Irving's possible return wouldn't threaten the chemistry developed over the past three months without him. Duke (30-4) went 22-4 in his absence, rolling to a third straight ACC tournament title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

'All the guys, if he's able to play, would welcome him back,' Krzyzewski said. 'He's been the best guy ever on a sideline with his teammates. It'd be different if he wasn't that way. I think that would be a smooth transition, and if we're fortunate enough to win, and he's able to play, then you get more accustomed to it.'

Said forward Kyle Singler: 'Personally, I don't think he's missed a beat. ... He just fits in.'

Irving's injury forced senior Nolan Smith to shift to the point and help make up for his absence at both ends of the court.

After a rough first game in that role, Smith responded. He not only became Duke's leading scorer, he led the ACC in scoring. Smith finished the season with at least 15 points in 22 straight games and 24 of 25 overall. Along the way, he flirted with the conference lead in assists and claimed two of the ACC's top awards: Player of the year and MVP of the tournament.

Irving's possible return would take some pressure off Smith, who might not have to guard the opposing team's primary ball-handler quite as often.

'If (Irving) does happen to come back and play, I think it would be very easy for him to fit right in and help us win games,' Smith said. 'He's obviously that talented. He wants to be part of winning, more than anything. If he gets back on the court with us, we'll just keep on rolling.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Texas Tech confirms Billy Gillispie interview - by Eurobasket News
Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt interviewed former Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie in Florida on Wednesday.

Red Raiders spokesman Blayne Beal said Hocutt, who took over the program this month, met with Gillispie in Palm Beach.

No announcement on who will succeed Pat Knight will be made until next week, Beal said. Gillispie, who also coached at Texas El-Paso and Texas A&M, was fired at Kentucky in 2009 after two tumultuous seasons.

Texas Tech announced before the Big 12 tournament that Knight would not return next season and Knight publicly endorsed Gillispie for the job.

Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance said he didn't know whether Hocutt made Gillispie an offer.

'I think they're going through the details and we'll see what Kirby does,' Hance said.

Hance met with Gillispie last Saturday in Dallas and Hance said he got a 'very good' impression.

A 'good recruiter and a good salesman' is how Hance described the native of Abilene, a few hours east of Lubbock,

'He's very personable and I think has an idea what needs to be done in the basketball program and would be a good person for Texas Tech,' Hance said.

The decision is Hocutt's, though.

Gillispie was an assistant at Tulsa, Baylor, South Plains College in nearby Levelland, Texas State and Illinois before going to UTEP in 2002.

In 2009, Kentucky fired Gillispie after the Wildcats went 40-27 in two season under him and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in 17 years.

John Calipari, the former Memphis coach, replaced him.

Five months later in August 2009, Gillispie was arrested on a drunken driving charge. In November 2009, he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


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


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Injuries ravage Rainmen - by Eurobasket News
When it rains, it pours.

The reeling Halifax Rainmen, already clinging tenuously to the last of four Premier Basketball League playoff berths, got more bad news on Tuesday.

One day after learning they'd be without top scorer Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86, college: USC Aiken) for the rest of the campaign due to a torn calf muscle, the team said a knee injury to shooting guard Julian Allen (6'4''-G-87, college: Georgia Southern) has put his season in jeopardy as well.

'The timing couldnt be better,' owner/GM Andre Levingston remarked sarcastically, referring to the latest blow to jolt the squad since it began February with a 6-2 record, seemingly in full stride and hot on the heels of the league-leading Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry.

'We have some really big challenges ahead of us.'

Both Dollard and Allen were injured in Friday nights 110-84 loss to the Cavalry, though Allen topped the team with 19 points and didnt know hed hurt his knee until it ballooned sometime after the game.

Dollard, fifth in the PBL with 17.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, had shredded opponents for 106 points in his previous three outings and taken on a more prominent leadership role after the unexpected departure of three other players.

'Thats a big loss you cant replace him,' Levingston said.

'But everybody else on the team gets paid just like Josh does on the 15th and 30th of every month so theyre gonna have to step their game up and play. Its an opportunity for other guys to get a little bit more time and prove that they can do the things we brought them in to do.'

Since wrapping up January on a high note, the Rainmen (8-7) have lost five of seven games and five significant players from a roster that was rebuilt in the off-season and just seemed to be peaking as the team set out on a month-long road trip to clear the Metro Centre deck for the Canada Winter Games.

But the team took a hit on Feb. 15 when starting shooting guard Mike Mercer, second on the club in scoring at the time, returned home for personal reasons. Before the end of the month, backup point guard Tajuan Porter and starting centre James (Boo) Jackson were gone as well, lured overseas by more lucrative contract offers.

With Dollard finished and Allen likely sidelined for the final two weeks of the regular season, Levingston said he doesnt know what the starting lineup will look like when the Rainmen step onto their home court Thursday night against the Saint John Mill Rats.

'I have no idea,' said the 45-year-old, who played collegiately at Chico State, an NCAA Division II university in California. 'I may be starting, the way things look.'

The Rainmen have a half-game lead on the Mill Rats (7-7) going into Thursday nights key matchup. They travel to Quebec City on Friday night to meet the second-place Kebs (11-5).

The Cavalry (14-2) have all but locked up first place, with four games remaining, while the Kebs have three left to secure second spot. Quebec will finish with only 19 games, a scheduling bump created by the demise of the Vermont Frost Heaves in January.

The surging Rochester RazorSharks, third with a 9-7 slate, play three of their final four against the expansion Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions and Dayton Air Strikers, who are a combined 8-26, meaning the Rainmen and Mill Rats will probably be battling it out for the fourth and final playoff spot.

Halifax has five games remaining and the Mill Rats six. Thursday nights contest is the first of three head-to-head encounters over the final two weeks.

'We control our own destiny at this point,' said Levingston. 'Weve still got an opportunity to come in second if the ball bounces the right way.'

The Rainmen are taking a look at a couple of players, the GM said, and reinforcements are likely to be added before Thursdays game. But theyll also look within to try to compensate for the latest losses.

'Injuries unfortunately are part of the game,' he said. 'You build a team so that hopefully if a guy goes down, someone can step up and play some significant minutes and thats what were hoping.'

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


Quinnel Brown gets MVP of the Week award for PBL PBL - by Eurobasket News
American Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Quebec K. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 27-year old swingman had the game-high 34 points adding seven rebounds for Quebec K. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kentucky S. (#6, 5-13) 116-103. Quebec K. is placed at 2nd position in PBL PBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Quebec K. will need more victories to improve their 10-6 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Quebec K., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Auburn University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.7ppg), assists (5th best: 2.7apg) and averages solid 57.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old forward Kenny Jones (198-F-84) of Kentucky S.. Jones impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Kentucky S. lost that game 113-118 to slightly higher-ranked Rochester R. (#4, 9-7). Kentucky S. is still second from the bottom in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Kentucky S. managed to get this year. Jones is one of the most experienced players at Kentucky S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.1ppg (#3). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Kentucky S.'s star - Kenny Jones (198-F-84). Jones got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Jones' great performance Kentucky S. lost 95-109 to slightly higher-ranked Rochester R. (#4, 9-7). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Kentucky S. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jones he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jones has individually a great season in PBL. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.1ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 8.3rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elvin Mims (196-G/F-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Elvin Mims (196-G/F-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Royce Parran (175-G-85) of Quebec K. - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists
7. Royce Parran (175-G-85) of Quebec K. - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83) of Quebec K. - 25 points and 8 rebounds
9. Quade Milum (201-F-86) of Dayton A. - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Anthony Anderson (180-G-81) of Saint John M.R. - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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


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


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


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.4 
 2. Reese, AZS Koszalin17.4 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.16.9 
 4. Hinson, Polonia Azbud16.6 
 5. Hodge, Zastal16.4 
 6. Miller, PBG Basket15.1 
 7. Bennerman, Energa C.15.0 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot14.4 
 9. Burgess, Zastal14.3 
 10. NaNa, Polonia Azbud14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.4 
 2. Truscott, Siarka9.7 
 3. Burgess, Zastal9.6 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.1 
 5. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.0 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow6.9 
 7. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.5 
 8. Miller, Anwil6.5 
 9. Archibeque, Polph.6.4 
 10. Palmer, Polonia Azbud6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MILICIC
  AZS Koszalin
  (194-G-76)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Milicic, AZS K.6.9 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.6.7 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.7 
 4. Szubarga, Asseco P.5.3 
 5. Hodge, Zastal5.2 
 6. Skibniewski, Polph.5.0 
 7. Hawkins, PBG B.4.3 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.6 
 9. Ewing, Asseco P.3.2 
 10. Nowakowski, Poloni.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 James MAYE
  Zastal
  (201-G/F-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Maye, Zastal2.9 
 2. Sapp, SKK Kotwica2.8 
 3. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.7 
 4. Blassingame, Energa C.2.6 
 5. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 6. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 7. Szubarga, Asseco P.2.3 
 8. Milicic, AZS K.2.3 
 9. Ewing, Asseco P.2.3 
 10. Skibniewski, Polph.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harris, SKK K.1.9 
 2. Burgess, Zastal1.5 
 3. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.5 
 4. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 5. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 6. Davis, Energa C.1.0 
 7. Miller, Anwil0.9 
 8. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.9 
 9. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 
 10. Reese, AZS Koszalin0.8 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Michal JANKOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Jankowski, Polonia .17.9 
 2. Pacocha, AZS S.17.2 
 3. Witos, GKS Tychy17.0 
 4. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 5. Lichodzijews., ISS S.16.3 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .16.2 
 7. Mis, SKK Siedlce15.8 
 8. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 9. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.15.0 
 10. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.7 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS S.9.2 
 3. Mis, SKK Siedlce8.6 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.6 
 5. Mielczarek, AZS S.8.2 
 6. Wilczek, Sokol Lancut7.9 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.9 
 8. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.7 
 9. Lisewski, MMKS D.7.6 
 10. Luszczewski, Start L.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.5 
 2. Wilczek, Tempcold.5.6 
 3. Brek, SKK Siedlce5.4 
 4. Stoklosa, Spojnia5.3 
 5. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.9 
 6. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 7. Sikora, Start Lublin4.7 
 8. Basinski, MMKS D.4.6 
 9. Kowalski, Gornik4.5 
 10. Glapinski, Sokol L.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.8 
 3. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.8 
 4. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.7 
 5. Michalak, Polonia .2.7 
 6. Muszynski, Gornik2.6 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.5 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.5 
 9. Mielczarek, AZS S.2.5 
 10. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.7 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.6 
 3. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.5 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.5 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.3 
 6. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.1 
 7. Pietras, Tempcold.0.9 
 8. Pytys, AZS Szczecin0.9 
 9. Markowicz, GKS T.0.9 
 10. Bzdyra, GKS Tychy0.9 


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  PUERTO RICO   


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Bayamon 0-0 
 2. Capitanes 0-0 
 3. Coamo 0-0 
 4. Guaynabo 0-0 
 5. Humacao 0-0 
 6. Isabela 0-0 
 7. Mayaguez 0-0 
 8. Quebradillas 0-0 
 9. San German 0-0 
 10. Santurce 0-0 


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  QATAR   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Rayyan 12-1 
 2. As Sadd 11-2 
 3. Al Jaysh 8-5 
 4. Al Ahli 8-5 
 5. Al Gharrafah 7-6 
 6. Al Arabi 3-10 
 7. Qatar 3-10 
 8. Al Wakrah 0-13 


Rayyan with narrow win over Jaysh - by Eurobasket News
Rayyan recorded the 12th win in the season. The defending champions held off late surge by Jaysh to eke out an 88:86 victory at the end. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) tallied 24 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks to lead Rayyan. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, college: Iowa) contributed 21 points in the win. Baker Ahmad Mohammed (199-F-86) answered with 28 points, 11 boards and 8 assists for Jaysh.
Sadd were announced winners by technical decision after Gharrafah failed to come up with necessary minimum of players for the game.
Ahli held off Wakrah 69:39 to climb to the third place in the ladder. Manyacka Eyoum provided 23 points and 12 boards for Ahli. Mohammed Saeed netted 15 points in the win. Soleymane Ndour answered with 11 points for winless Wakrah.
Arabi prevailed against Qatar Club 88:79 behind 30 points from Mansour El Hadary (178-G-90). Michael Cuffee (193-F-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 24 points, 8 assists and 7 boards in the victory. Mike Cook (193-G/F-84, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 31 points for Qatar Club.



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  ROMANIA   


Div.A Round 26: Mures is defeated by Oradea - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The most important game in the last round took place in Oradea between second ranked Mures (19-7) and seventh ranked Oradea (15-11) on Wednesday night. Mures were defeated by Oradea on the road 86-73. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Mures. The game was mostly controlled by Oradea. Mures managed to win third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Mures 36-23 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Serbian guard Nemanja Maric (196-83) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Tyrone Mitchell (186-81, college: Northwestern St.) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The former international forward Flavius Lapuste (201-78) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Oradea moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Pitesti and Otopeni. Mures at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Oradea is looking forward to face higher ranked Gaz Metan (#3) in Medias in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mures will play at home against Rovinari and are hoping to win this game.
Div.A top team - Ploiesti (23-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Rovinari (12-14) 89-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rovinari. The former international guard Adrian Blidaru (182-85) notched 25 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and Qarraan Calhoun supported him with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Ploiesti's coach Vladimir Arnautovic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 15 points and 9 rebounds by Polish center Rafal Bigus (215-76, college: Villanova) did not help to save the game for Rovinari. Ploiesti have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-3 record. Rovinari at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Timisoara. Ploiesti will play against Steaua Turabo (#5) in Bucuresti in the next round. Rovinari will play on the road against Mures (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Sibiu where 6th ranked Otopeni (15-11) was upset on the court of ninth ranked CSU Sibiu (13-13) 75-66 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Otopeni. The best player for the winners was LeVar Seals who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Cortney Scott produced 12 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. CSU Sibiu maintains ninth position with 13-13 record. Loser Otopeni keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Oradea and Pitesti. CSU Sibiu will meet CSM Bucuresti (#12) on the road in the next round. Otopeni will play against the league's second-placed U-Mobitelco (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Fifth ranked Steaua Turabo (18-7) crushed at home 13th ranked Politehnica Iasi (5-21) by 45 points 105-60, which is the biggest margin this round. Theron Smith orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Coach Niksa Bavcevic's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Steaua Turabo maintains fifth position with 18-7 record. Newly promoted Politehnica Iasi keeps the thirteenth place with 21 games lost. Steaua Turabo's next round opponent will be league's leader Ploiesti at home and it may be quite challenging game. Politehnica Iasi will play against Pitesti (#8).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Timisoara was destroyed by U.Mobitel.CN on the opponent's court 97-52. Pitesti managed to outperform CSM Bucuresti in a home game 78-68. Gaz Metan rolled over Craiova on the road 92-69. Miercurea crushed Brasov on its own court 102-58.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists by Branko Cuic of U.Mobitel.CN.


Steaua Turabo - Politehnica Iasi 105-60

Fifth ranked Steaua Turabo (18-7) crushed at home 13th ranked Politehnica Iasi (5-21) by 45 points 105-60, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Steaua Turabo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Politehnica Iasi's 28. Steaua Turabo forced 27 Politehnica Iasi turnovers and outrebounded them 39-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Politehnica Iasi's players. American forward Theron Smith (203-80, college: Ball St., agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Bogdan Popescu (201-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Steaua Turabo players scored in double figures. Coach Niksa Bavcevic's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international guard Brice Kabengele-Kalala (196-81) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) and forward Florin Moscalu (197-82) added 13 points in the effort for Politehnica Iasi. Steaua Turabo maintains fifth position with 18-7 record. Newly promoted Politehnica Iasi keeps the thirteenth place with 21 games lost. Steaua Turabo's next round opponent will be league's leader Ploiesti at home and it may be quite challenging game. Politehnica Iasi will play against Pitesti (#8).
Top scorers:
Steaua Turabo: B.Popescu 21+5reb, V.Stanescu 17+4reb+1ast, T.Smith 16+11reb+3ast, J.Jackson 13+5reb+4ast, J.Orbeanu 11+4reb, H.Nikolov 9+5reb+4ast
Politehnica Iasi: B.Kabengele-Kalala 18+5reb+3ast, F.Moscalu 13+1reb+1ast, I.Huludet 10+3reb, M.Nicolae 6+4reb+1ast, D.Anghel 5+4reb+1ast, I.Hurjui 4+6reb
gschID: 119124


U.Mobitel.CN - Timisoara 97-52

Very expected game in Cluj Napoca where 10th ranked Timisoara (12-14) was crushed by third ranked U-Mobitelco (20-6) 97-52. The game without a history. U-Mobitelco led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Timisoara to just 6 points in second quarter. U-Mobitelco dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Timisoara's 24. They outrebounded Timisoara 40-26 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. U-Mobitelco players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Timisoara's players. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (196-78) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (205-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four U-Mobitelco players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Rade Dzambic (188-80, college: NYIT) replied with 10 points and 5 assists and Serbian guard Darko Habus (186-82, agency: 011 Sports) added 14 points in the effort for Timisoara. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. U-Mobitelco have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Gaz Metan. Timisoara at the other side keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. U-Mobitelco's next round opponent will be Otopeni (#6) on the road. Timisoara will play against Miercurea (#15).
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: K.Dykes 24+4reb+3ast, Z.Krstanovic 22+11reb, B.Cuic 17+11reb+13ast, S.Thomson 11+4reb+2ast, P.Chetreanu 8+2reb+1ast, T.Morris 6+2reb+5ast
Timisoara: D.Habus 14+1reb+1ast, R.Dzambic 10+3reb+5ast, N.Markovic 8+6reb+1ast, I.Miskovic 6+5reb, M.Pesic 5+3reb+1ast, D.Paltinisanu 4+3reb
gschID: 119121


CSU Sibiu - Otopeni 75-66

An interesting game took place in Sibiu where 6th ranked Otopeni (15-11) was upset on the court of ninth ranked CSU Sibiu (13-13) 75-66 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Otopeni. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-16. But Otopeni won third quarter 16-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSU Sibiu dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Otopeni's 24. The best player for the winners was American guard LeVar Seals (194-82, college: De Paul) who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Octavian Calota (185-84) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. American forward Cortney Scott (196-82, college: Oakland) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Brian Burell (191-84, college: UTPA) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Four CSU Sibiu and five Otopeni players scored in double figures. CSU Sibiu maintains ninth position with 13-13 record. Loser Otopeni keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Oradea and Pitesti. CSU Sibiu will meet CSM Bucuresti (#12) on the road in the next round. Otopeni will play against the league's second-placed U-Mobitelco (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: J.Herndon 16+4reb, O.Calota 15+1reb+5ast, L.Seals 14+7reb+4ast, M.Markovic 13+6reb+1ast, S.Atanackovic 9+1reb+2ast, M.Harrison 8+9reb+1ast
Otopeni: B.Burell 16+4reb+1ast, M.Medvedj 15+1reb+2ast, C.Scott 12+7reb+2ast, S.Popovic 11+4reb, A.Belanovic 10+8reb+2ast, M.Minea 2+3reb
gschID: 119122


Pitesti - CSM Bucuresti 78-68

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Pitesti (15-11) defeated at home 12th ranked CSM Bucuresti (11-14) 78-68. CSM Bucuresti was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 22-8 third quarter run of Pitesti. Strangely CSM Bucuresti outrebounded Pitesti 41-21 including 27 on the defensive glass. American guard Donte Gennie (185-83, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!), 6 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Serbian swingman Ivan Stefanovic (201-80, agency: World Sport Agency) contributed with 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. Serbian power forward Branislav Tomic (205-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Mario Bennett (207-73, college: Arizona St.) added 10 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for CSM Bucuresti. Pitesti moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Oradea and Otopeni. CSM Bucuresti lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Pitesti's next round opponent will be Politehnica Iasi (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. CSM Bucuresti will play against CSU Sibiu.
Top scorers:
Pitesti: D.Gennie 33+1reb+6ast, D.Vujacic 17+2reb, I.Stefanovic 11+2reb+6ast, C.Eichelberger 5+10reb, S.Isleam 5+2reb, A.Voinescu 4+1reb+1ast
CSM Bucuresti: B.Tomic 16+11reb, M.Paul 13+3reb+3ast, M.Bennett 10+14reb, R.Kraemer 8+3reb, M.Mladenovic 7+2reb+2ast, A.Santana 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 119123


Oradea - Mures 86-73

The most important game in the last round took place in Oradea between second ranked Mures (19-7) and seventh ranked Oradea (15-11) on Wednesday night. Mures were defeated by Oradea on the road 86-73. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Mures. The game was mostly controlled by Oradea. Mures managed to win third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Mures 36-23 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Serbian guard Nemanja Maric (196-83) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Tyrone Mitchell (186-81, college: Northwestern St.) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Oradea players scored in double figures. The former international forward Flavius Lapuste (201-78) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Oradea moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Pitesti and Otopeni. Mures at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Oradea is looking forward to face higher ranked Gaz Metan (#3) in Medias in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mures will play at home against Rovinari and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Oradea: N.Maric 21+9reb+3ast, T.Mitchell 18+5reb+4ast, M.Schachtner 14+2reb+1ast, A.Mandic 10+2reb+7ast, L.Lazar 8+3reb, S.Topcov 8+10reb+1ast
Mures: F.Lapuste 18+8reb, A.Mladenovic 17+7reb, D.Lewis 13+1reb+2ast, J.Forte 9+3reb, A.Capusan 6, L.Dumitru 5+2reb
gschID: 119118


Craiova - Gaz Metan 69-92

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Craiova (5-21) was rolled over at home by fourth ranked Gaz Metan (20-6) 92-69. The game was mostly controlled by Gaz Metan. Craiova was better in second period 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Craiova to just 6 points in first quarter. Gaz Metan dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Craiova's 34. Gaz Metan forced 21 Craiova turnovers. The former international forward Titus Nicoara (200-88, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Jarrett Howell (188-84, college: Texas Arlington, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 18 points and 4 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Gaz Metan players scored in double figures. Gaz Metan had such big advantage that coach Bruno Soce felt comfortable to give the chance to play for 11 players saving starting five for next games. American guard Jermont Horton (198-83, college: Rutgers-Newark) replied with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Casey Wohlleb (201-86, college: Florida Gulf Coast) added 23 points and 4 assists in the effort for Craiova. Gaz Metan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with U.Mobitel.CN. Craiova lost fourteenth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 21 games lost. Gaz Metan's next round opponent will be Oradea (#7) at home where they are favorite. Craiova will play against Brasov (#16).
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: J.Howell 18+2ast, T.Nicoara 16+9reb+2ast, D.Kinloch 14+3reb+2ast, I.Ivanovic 10+5reb+3ast, U.Velickovic 10+2reb+4ast, T.Dumitrescu 9+1ast
Craiova: J.Horton 31+14reb+2ast, C.Wohlleb 23+4reb+4ast, I.Dodoc 7+3reb, I.Corneanu 4+3reb, M.Bulancea 2+1reb, M.Gavrila 2+3reb
gschID: 119119


Miercurea - Brasov 102-58

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifteenth ranked Miercurea's (3-23) home victory over bottom-ranked Brasov (1-25) 102-58. The game without a history. Miercurea led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Brasov's 34 and made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Miercurea forced 27 Brasov turnovers and had a 27-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. American center Yamene Coleman (206-86, college: Troy, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. American-Mexican guard Enrico Tucker (180, college: San Diego) contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Miercurea players scored in double figures. Swingman Radu Paliciuc (198-88) replied with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin center Zeljko Bubanja (210-73) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Brasov. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Miercurea maintains fifteenth position with 3-23 record. Brasov lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Miercurea's next round opponent will be higher ranked Timisoara (#10) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Brasov will play against Craiova (#13).
Top scorers:
Miercurea: Y.Coleman 21+13reb, C.Hannah 18+7ast, E.Tucker 18+6reb+4ast, J.Huffman 13+4reb+1ast, L.Levine 13+5reb+3ast, Z.Samuila 6+2reb+2ast
Brasov: R.Paliciuc 16+6reb+4ast, Z.Bubanja 10+5reb+3ast, B.Dragus 9+6reb, M.Popa 8+1ast, O.Boian 4+1reb, A.Andries 4+1reb
gschID: 119120


Ploiesti - Rovinari 89-68

Div.A top team - Ploiesti (23-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Rovinari (12-14) 89-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rovinari. Rovinari was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 45-23 second half run of Ploiesti. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Rovinari's 28. Ploiesti forced 21 Rovinari turnovers and outrebounded them 41-22 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international guard Adrian Blidaru (182-85) notched 25 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and American forward Qarraan Calhoun (203-86, college: Houston, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) supported him with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Ploiesti's coach Vladimir Arnautovic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 15 points and 9 rebounds by Polish center Rafal Bigus (215-76, college: Villanova) did not help to save the game for Rovinari. The former international center Viorel Mocanu (205-77) added 15 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ploiesti have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-3 record. Rovinari at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Timisoara. Ploiesti will play against Steaua Turabo (#5) in Bucuresti in the next round. Rovinari will play on the road against Mures (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: A.Blidaru 25+1reb+6ast, Q.Calhoun 12+11reb+1ast, J.Westrol 11+7reb+2ast, K.Ford 11+7reb, A.Gutoaia 8+2reb, C.Burlacu 7+5reb+2ast
Rovinari: V.Mocanu 15+4reb+1ast, R.Bigus 15+9reb+1ast, A.Gliga 11+2reb+2ast, P.Troupe 10+2reb+5ast, L.Darby 6+3reb+3ast, S.Nikolic 5+1ast
gschID: 119117




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.20.7 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.6 
 4. Vujacic, Pitesti19.4 
 5. Hannah, Miercurea18.9 
 6. Scott, Otopeni18.7 
 7. Tomic, CSM B.18.2 
 8. Pesic, Timisoara18.1 
 9. Horton, Craiova18.1 
 10. Darby, Rovinari18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Simms, Craiova11.7 
 2. Nicoara, Gaz Metan10.0 
 3. Coleman, Miercurea9.8 
 4. Bennett, CSM B.9.5 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.8 
 6. Forte, Mures8.8 
 7. Bigus, Rovinari8.5 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti7.9 
 9. Eichelberger, Pitesti7.7 
 10. Mladenovic, Mures7.7 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Cooley, Mures8.2 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 3. Hannah, Miercurea6.2 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.4 
 5. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.3 
 6. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.2 
 7. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 8. Gennie, Pitesti5.0 
 9. Maric, Oradea4.9 
 10. Medvedj, Otopeni4.8 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cooley, Mures2.5 
 2. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 3. Howell, Gaz Metan2.5 
 4. Gennie, Pitesti2.4 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.3 
 6. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.2 
 7. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.2 
 8. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.2 
 9. Medvedj, Otopeni2.1 
 10. Dawson, Polite.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 3. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.6 
 4. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 5. Mladenovic, Mures1.5 
 6. Lazar, Oradea1.4 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.0 
 9. Waterstradt, CSM B.0.9 
 10. Thomson, U.Mobite.0.9 


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  SERBIA   


Mega Vizura extend contract with Nikola Maravic - by Zoran Popovic
Mega Vizura decides to extend contract with young center Nikola Maravic (212-C-89, agency: Beo Basket). Maravic had knee injury on official match in Serbian league against Napredak Krusevac. On 19 games for Mega Vizura this season Maravic average scored 4.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists. Maravic started his professional career in Belgrade team five years ago. Nikola Maravic was member of Serbia and Montenegro U16 National team and Serbian U20 National team.

Standings - A Liga
A League Stage Two Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Beograd 0-0 
 2. Crvena Zvezda 0-0 
 3. FMP 0-0 
 4. Hemofarm 0-0 
 5. Mega Vizura 0-0 
 6. Metalac 0-0 
 7. Partizan 0-0 
 8. Radnicki 0-0 
Places 9-16
 1. Tamis 15-11 
 2. Napredak 12-14 
 3. Sloga 12-14 
 4. Novi Sad 12-14 
 5. Sloboda Uzice 12-14 
 6. Vojvodina 12-14 
 7. Borac 11-15 
 8. Proleter Naftagas 10-16 
 9. Crnokosa 9-17 
 10. Superfund 1-25 
Stage One Standings


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  SLOVAKIA   


Maija Jirgensone & Martins Berkis - The Perfect Couple - by Tomas Kottra
It is common, that professional sportsman will spend its life on tour. Its nothing special in basketball and some of them are not going home for whole season. One of them is MBK Rieker Komrno player Martins Berkis (199-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International), who has brought a piece of his home to Slovakia his lovely girlfriend Maija Jirgensone.
Maija, can you please introduce yourself a bit?
Maija: Actually now Im just girlfriend of Martins, mother of my kid. I was a manager of basketball team for one season and I loved it! We are now like a basketball team and Im part of the teamwork. You know there is always someone more noticeable on the court and at the moment for us, we are concentrating on him and I know hell support me and I will support him.
So the basketball is connecting you.
Maija: Yes, if I would not have loved basketball, I think it would not work. Its just possible, because we love sports so much.
Did you do also sport as profesional?
Maija: No, the only sport I did was dancing for like twelve years. Nothing more. But with basketball its like I love it, I go watch it, I love working for it. And maybe one day I will go back to work for it.
Do you go to see every match?
Maija: Im happy now, that I can go to home matches, because it was really upsetting on the beginning with no home games. But now sure, if I have time and can go. I cant go there with my kid. Hes little, he wants to run, to catch the ball and cannot just sit down and watch the game. So sure I try to get to all games.
Martins: It was disappointing that we didnt have the gym for half of the season and now its perfect. That time was tough for players, for families.
Are you always with Martins on his travels?
Maija: Yes, at some point we decided to do it this way and from that moment we are always together. We are so much together wherever we go.
A little piece of home wherever you go.
Maija: Yes, If somebody asks me, if Im homesick here you know, of course sometimes its not so easy because of language and so, but I can not get homesick because everything I need is here with me.
What do you do during the whole days?
Maija: Im very active. I will always find something to do wherever we go. I go to gym every day, I was learning Slovak and Im still working on it, because its my hobby to learn languages, so Im doing it here too.
I can imagine you as a couple during the summer practicing together Martins shoots three-pointers and Maija is rebounding, is it so?
Maija: We were doing it here, right? (laugh)
Martins: During the season when the gym is free you can go and make some shots, but during the summer, honestly, Im not touching the ball at all, because at that moment I work on different things. You have to be outside a lot, run and get all the dust out of your lungs.
So youre not planning to leave Europe after the season and try maybe Asian league.
Martins: Honestly I would love to go to China for example. Second league or something, you know. I would love to, but I think theres no opportunity to go there.
Our Point Guard went to China after last season.
Maija: Its a different thing. I have never heard about Europeans going to China
Martins: Maybe some Serbians. Because theyre elite players and it doesnt matter if you are in Africa or Asia or Australia everybody knows Americans. Ok, hes American, we could sign him. Hes a Latvian what? (laugh) Is that a country?
Latvia and Slovakia are quite small countries, can you compare the basketball leagues?
Martins: Tricky question.
Why?
Martins: Its really hard to compare. And the main reason is that in Latvia are two teams playing in some European tournament and Slovak teams dont. But my opinion is that Slovak league is stronger then Latvian. And the main reason is like we said before the first tem can lose to last and there are no outsiders. How I feel it, it is perfect like this. It is unpredictable whos gonna win. I dont know, how its for Slovak basketball overall, but for the league its good. Lot of foreigners, you know.
Yeah, but the time then is cutting down for Slovak players.
Martins: But its normal because hockey and soccer are two main sports, right? Basketball has always been a top sport in Latvia, maybe with hockey.
Maija: You know, we have common borders with Lithuania and they are one of the strongest nations in the world. So I guess we just got benefits of it. If Latvia was somewhere else
Martins: In the middle of Russia (laugh)
Maija: we would not have basketball at all, so we got very good neighbors.
Martins: Basketball for them is like religion. It was like the 4th of July for Americans, when their team came back from World Championship, they were celebrating for like two months (laugh).
You did not play there, but you have changed a lot of clubs and countries. Why?
Martins: Its a long story and I exactly know why it happened like this. Its very simple to explain. Sometimes, you are without a club and you have two options wait for the chance and it can be one month, two months, six months. Just sit, practice and wait. But then you look at your rsum and see that you have played for maybe two teams. My opinion about that, if youre not playing, you have to find the best choice for you to play somewhere. And thats why I went to Estonia for example. You can see lot of players just sitting and waiting for a big contract. But in this situation you have to find the best opportunity and use it.
Was Slovakia also your first opportunity?
Martins: No. I had offers and we have decided. We always decide together. I went through the league and saw lot of games that I will play. For me it is first whole season playing somewhere else and this was the best choice.
Your job now is like a Dream Job, isnt it?
Martins: Yes, I love it!
Maija: Its like enjoying your life every day!
Martins: Sometimes you forget how your life perfect is. You can travel wherever you want; you can take your family wherever you want; if youre a good player, the fans love you; youre also keeping yourself in shape. Maybe its not as easy as it looks, especially pre-season; and its like mental fighting with yourself during the whole season. And when you know the end of season is approaching, you have to fight that much stronger! Lot of players does not realize what they are doing and how lucky they are.
Maybe they should just try two months of work in McDonalds.
Maija: Yes, they would understand (laugh)!
Martins: It is a dream job, but its not so easy. To get to this point, it took a lot from me, my family and everybody.
When did you start to play?
Martins: I started when I was like 8 years in Riga. I remember just going with my grandma going to the country-house and I found a football. I just tried to throw the ball somewhere using my hands, not legs. Then I made myself something like a basket. I was spending my free-time like that and ma grandma saw that; she had a friend and arranged me basketball practices. And thats it. It came so easy. Everything she (the coach) said to me. Steps, shooting technique
What position do you play? We saw you carrying the ball, but also youre too tall for a guard.
Martins: Now I also play sometimes as a Power Forward. So I play on first to fourth position. As youngster, I was playing as a Point Guard and a Wing-man, because I wasnt so tall. It just came in one summer. I was dreaming to do the Point Guard again. uri (previous coach of MBK Rieker Komarno) gave me this opportunity, but it wasnt really for me.
Source: LOOK magazine, Slovakia


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  SLOVENIA   


Martic steps down as coach of Khimik - by Zeljko Zule
Zoran Martic has made the decision to step down as head coach of Ukraine side Khimik OPZ Yuzny. He was named the third head coach of Khimki this season and took over the team in November 2010. Martic won European championship under 20 with Slovenian NT and as assistant coach two Slovenian Cup titles and one Supercup.
Khimik OPZ Yuzny has appointed Vitaliy Usenko as caretaker coach. .


Standings - 1A
Telemach League Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. Elektra 0-0 
 2. Geoplin Slovan 0-0 
 3. Helios 0-0 
 4. Krka 0-0 
 5. Maribor Messer 0-0 
 6. Polzela 0-0 
 7. Union Olimpija 0-0 
 8. Zlatorog 0-0 
Group B
 1. Sentjur 6-10 
 2. LTHcast Mercator 3-13 
 3. Parklji 0-16 
Stage One Standings


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  SPAIN   


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria18.1 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.7 
 3. Martinez, Valencia15.2 
 4. English, DKV J.15.1 
 5. McDonald, DKV J.15.1 
 6. Baron, Lagun A.14.9 
 7. Caner-Medley, Estudi.14.5 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.2 
 9. Kurz, Granada13.9 
 10. Davis, Cajasol12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Art.Dragons
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kurz, Granada9.1 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 3. Caner-Medley, Estudi.7.6 
 4. Barac, Caja Laboral7.0 
 5. Donaldson, Menorca6.8 
 6. Doellman, Meridiano6.4 
 7. Wallace, Gran Canaria6.4 
 8. Trias, DKV Joventut6.3 
 9. Miralles, Lagun A.6.2 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Huertas, Caja L.6.0 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.2 
 3. Rubio, Regal Barca4.6 
 4. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.5 
 5. Ciorciari, Menorca4.4 
 6. Uriz, Lagun A.4.0 
 7. Dumas, Valladolid3.8 
 8. Prigioni, Real Madrid3.8 
 9. Colom, Fuenlabrada3.8 
 10. Green, Gran Canaria3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tariq KIRKSAY
  Cajasol
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kirksay, Cajasol2.2 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 3. Cook, Valencia1.8 
 4. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 5. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 6. Davis, Cajasol1.7 
 7. San Miguel, Manre.1.7 
 8. Rubio, Regal Barca1.6 
 9. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.6 
 10. Victor, Menorca1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.0 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid1.6 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.5 
 4. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.3 
 5. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 6. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 7. Majstorovic, Manre.1.2 
 8. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 9. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 10. Andriuskevic., Meridi.1.1 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 21-4 
 2. Real Madrid 20-5 
 3. Valencia 16-9 
 4. Bizkaia Bilbao 15-10 
 5. Valladolid 15-10 
 6. Caja Laboral 15-10 
 7. Fuenlabrada 14-11 
 8. Cajasol 13-12 
 9. Gran Canaria 13-12 
 10. Estudiantes 13-12 
 11. Unicaja 13-12 
 12. DKV Joventut 12-13 
 13. CAI Zaragoza 11-14 
 14. Lagun Aro GBC 9-16 
 15. Manresa 8-17 
 16. Meridiano 7-18 
 17. Granada 5-20 
 18. Menorca 5-20 


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 28-7 
 2. LF Basket 25-10 
 3. Norrkoping 24-10 
 4. Sodertalje 20-15 
 5. Uppsala 18-17 
 6. Solna 18-17 
 7. Jamtland 14-21 
 8. Boras 13-22 
 9. 08 8-27 
 10. Eco Orebro 6-28 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland22.1 
 2. Brown, 0820.5 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.4 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall20.0 
 5. Smith, Uppsala19.3 
 6. Wesby, Sundsvall19.0 
 7. Palm, Boras18.8 
 8. McCoy, Boras18.3 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna18.0 
 10. Klaric, Jamtland16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.5 
 2. Palm, Boras10.1 
 3. McKnight, Boras8.9 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Brown, 087.9 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.7 
 7. Constantine, Solna7.6 
 8. Walker, Solna7.5 
 9. Cipriano, Eco O.7.5 
 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 Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 084.9 
 4. Smith, Uppsala4.6 
 5. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.5 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.5 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.4 
 8. Chuk, Sodertalje4.4 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland4.2 
 10. Baeringsson, Sunds.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.4 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.1 
 3. Smith, Uppsala2.0 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall1.9 
 5. Hargrove, Jamtland1.8 
 6. McCoy, Boras1.8 
 7. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.8 
 8. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 9. Brown, 081.7 
 10. Woodbury, LF Ba.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Salaam, Jamtland1.9 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 3. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.8 
 4. Palm, Boras1.5 
 5. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.2 
 6. Cipriano, Eco O.1.2 
 7. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 9. Walker, Solna0.9 
 10. Galick, Sodertalje0.8 


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  SYRIA   


Roy Booker left 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 left !!!
Thats what Anwar said .... Karameh lost the game in the last second 83/82 ....
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


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Shawn HAWKINS
  KKL
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Hawkins, KKL27.1 
 2. Foyle, Dacin Tigers22.1 
 3. Chen, KKL18.3 
 4. Dove, Taiwan Mobile18.1 
 5. Jones, Taiwan Beer18.1 
 6. Chen, Bank o.17.9 
 7. Tien, Dacin Tigers17.7 
 8. Vaudreuil, Bank o.17.2 
 9. Jennings, Pure Y.16.8 
 10. Gayden, Dacin T.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashad JENNINGS
  Pure Youth
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Jennings, Pure Y.21.4 
 2. Dailey, Yulon Luxgen16.6 
 3. Gayden, Dacin T.12.7 
 4. Hawkins, KKL12.5 
 5. Jones, Taiwan Beer11.4 
 6. Foyle, Dacin Tigers11.0 
 7. Dove, Taiwan Mobile11.0 
 8. Vaudreuil, Bank o.10.7 
 9. Tseng, Yulon Luxgen9.8 
 10. Tien, Dacin Tigers7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chih-Chung CHEN
  Yulon Luxgen
  (185-G-77)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.1 
 2. Chang, Dacin Tigers3.7 
 3. Wu, Taiwan Mobile3.6 
 4. Su, Taiwan Mobile3.4 
 5. Tseng, Yulon Luxgen3.3 
 6. Chen, Taiwan Beer3.3 
 7. Hsu, Dacin Tigers3.3 
 8. Chen, KKL2.9 
 9. Yang, Taiwan Beer2.8 
 10. Hawkins, KKL2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus DOVE
  Taiwan Mobile
  (206-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dove, Taiwan Mobile2.3 
 2. Jones, Taiwan Beer1.8 
 3. Chang, Dacin Tigers1.7 
 4. Lin, Bank o.1.6 
 5. Chou, Yulon Luxgen1.4 
 6. Vaudreuil, Bank o.1.4 
 7. Su, Taiwan Mobile1.4 
 8. Chen, KKL1.3 
 9. Mao, Pure Youth1.3 
 10. Foyle, Dacin Tigers1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Wen-Ting TSENG
  Osaka Evessa
  (202-C/F-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Tseng, Yulon Luxgen3.5 
 2. Dove, Taiwan Mobile1.9 
 3. Jones, Taiwan Beer1.7 
 4. Tien, Dacin Tigers1.6 
 5. Wu, Taiwan Beer1.4 
 6. Dailey, Yulon Luxgen1.3 
 7. Jennings, Pure Y.1.3 
 8. Cheng, Taiwan Beer1.0 
 9. Lee, KKL0.9 
 10. Vaudreuil, Bank o.0.8 


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Taiwan Beer 22-7 
 2. Pure Youth 18-10 
 3. Dacin Tigers 16-12 
 4. Yulon Luxgen 14-14 
 5. Bank of Taiwan 11-16 
 6. Taiwan Mobile 9-18 
 7. KKL 7-20 


Alexus Foyle gets MVP of the Week award for Taiwanese SBL - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Vincentian-American Alexus Foyle (198-F-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for Dacin Tigers and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 32-year old forward had the game-high 43 points adding nine rebounds for Dacin Tigers in his team's victory, helping them to outclass KKL (#7, 7-20) with 30-point margin 115-85. Dacin Tigers maintains the 3rd position in Taiwanese SBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dacin Tigers will need more victories to improve their 16-12 record. In the team's last game Foyle had a remarkable 59.1% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Dacin Tigers, being already a very valuable addition to the team. BYU-Hawaii graduate has very impressive stats this year. Foyle is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.1ppg), rebounds (6th best: 11.0rpg) and averages solid 56.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American swingman Shawn Hawkins (198-G/F-82) of KKL. Hawkins impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 21 rebounds. It was enough for KKL to edge the higher-ranked Pure Youth (#2, 18-10) in overtime by 2 points 112-110. Despite this victory they still are the league outsider. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories KKL managed to get this year. Hawkins is a newcomer at KKL and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.1ppg (#1). He also registered 12.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Emmanuel Jones (200-F-85) of top-ranked Taiwan Beer. Jones scored 29 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Taiwan Beer, leading his team to a 89-82 win against the lower-ranked KKL (#7, 7-20). Taiwan Beer confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 7 lost games. Jones has a great season in Taiwan. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 11.4rpg (5th best). He also has 1.7bpg and FGP: 53.1%. Jones attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shawn Hawkins (198-G/F-82) of KKL - 27 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Tai-Hao Wu (203-C-85) of Taiwan Beer - 27 points and 10 rebounds
6. Ching-Hwan Chen (190-F-86) of KKL - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Ching-Pang Lin (190-G/F-85) of Pure Youth - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ching-Hwan Chen (190-F-86) of KKL - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. John Vaudreuil (203-F/C-85) of Bank of Taiwan - 23 points and 14 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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Lioness and Savio opt out of RBA - by Carlos Pereira
By Brown Msyani
The Citizen Correspondent

Dar es Salaam. The stand-off between Dar es Salaam Basketball (DB) and Don Bosco Youth Centre over the suspension of key Savio players took a new twist yesterday when the Centre opted out of the ongoing RBA League.

Don Bosco said in a letter submitted to DB yesterday that their teams would not honour their remaining league matches in protest of the RBA organisers decision to turn down the their appeal again the suspensions of their two players.

The reigning RBA League champions, Savio and DB Lioness, are the teams owned by the Dar es Salaam centre.
In a letter signed by Don Bosco director Frederick Swai, they said they were not happy with the way they handled the matter, and described the punishment as unfair.

This comes days after DB slapped a one month ban and Sh 300,000 fine on Savios Henry Mwinuka allegedly for assaulting Ashraf Haroun of Vijana when their sides met recently. The Dar es Salaam basketball governing body also imposed a six-month suspension on Mwinukas teammate Jije Makani allegedly for harassing Vijanas Doto Zephania.

Don Bosco had also appealed against a ruling by organisers on the March 12 game between arch-rivals Savio and Vijana, which was halted with only 29 seconds to time.BD had ruled that the match be replayed the following day, but they later awarded Vijana a walkover after Savio failed to show up at the National Indoor Stadium.

However, Don Bosco fell short of elaborating on their decision to withdraw their womens team, DB Lioness, which was not involved in the fracas. Following their withdrawal, both teams risk being relegated to a lower division next season.Savio hold three basketball titles. They are also the National Basketball League (NBL) champions as well as Union League title holders.



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Paradise Shoot Out International Basketball Tournament 2011 - by David Edole
http://www.ihigh.com/prlittlelads/article_57862.html

Paradise Shoot Out International Basketball Tournament 2011
Puerto Rico Little Lads & Lassies Basketball Inc.
D1Spects, International Basketball League, Atlanta, Ga
31, de marzo, 1, 2 y 3 de abril de 2011
Ponce, Puerto Rico

15 Years Boys
Republica Dominicana
Atlanta,Ga
Aguada CIBA, P. R.
Islas Virgenes (Charlotte Amalie)
Camuy, Puerto Rico
Fraigcomar

15 anos Femenino
Islas Virgenes (Charlotte Amalie)

Ponce Leonas A,
Mayaguez Indias, P.R.
Isabela, P.R.
Ponce Girls Basketball
Ponce Leonas B

17 anos Femenino
Islas Virgenes (Charlotte Amalie)

Ponce Leonas, P.R.
Mayaguez Indias, P.R.
Isabela, P.R.
Carolina Eagles


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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.16.9 
 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. Sparks, BC Odessa4.8 
 5. Burtt, Dnipro4.8 
 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. Love, Mykolaiv1.5 
 9. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.5 
 10. Burns, Fe.1.4 
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. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 5. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 6. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 7. Balashov, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Agafonov, Budiv.1.3 
 9. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 10. Coleman, Hoverla1.2 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 30-10 
 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 16-24 
 10. DniproAzot 15-24 
 11. Halychyna 14-26 
 12. Khimik 12-27 
 13. BC Kyiv 9-29 


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Brame Looks For Strong Finish - by Paul Nilsen
Worthing Thunder guard James Brame (191-G-80) is looking for his team to finish the season strongly after they picked up their second victory of the season, on Sunday.

Thunder defeated Prestige Home MK Lions for the second time in three weeks as they outlasted the home side 102-100 in overtime, leaving Brame a happy man:

We played really well, and match up well against them. It works in our favour, and its a pity we cant play them every week! Having said that we were down by nine with 90 seconds to go, and Im not sure quite how we got back into it. Adam [Williams] hit two big free-throws to win, so they must be sick of seeing him, and we had four guys in double figures.

Thunder now go into a tough week where they travel to play-off hopefuls Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders on Friday before hosting Glasgow Rocks on Saturday, and Brame is looking forward to the challenge:

Were looking to finish in good form and emerge with a bit of pride. I dont think were as bad as our record shows.



Praise For Harrison - by Paul Nilsen
As his side look forward to a tough weekend on the road, Glasgow Rocks EJ Harrison (186-G-76, college: Connecticut) has received praise from the coaches of both the sides the Scottish side will face.

The Rocks visit Worthing Thunder on Saturday evening, and Thunder coach Gary Smith is full of admiration for the 34-year-old.

EJ is one of my all time favourite players. I admired him when I was playing against him and I still admire him now. He's a class act he said.

Thunder guard James Brame also rates Harrison: EJ is always decent for them. Ive known him for a long time since we were both in the EBL.

Sunday sees Harrison and the Rocks move on to Guildford Heat where he will face his old club, and coach Creon Raftopoulos sees his as key to the Glasgow team: EJ runs their offence and is one of the leagues top, if not best, natural point guards, its important we keep the balls out of his hands and make other players make their decisions.

The Connecticut-born player joined the Heat in September 2007, and won the BBL play-offs and Trophy with them in the 2007/8 season before joining Milton Keynes Lions last season and then moving on to Rocks this summer.

After a stellar college career which saw him win the NCAA Division One title with the UCONN Huskies, Harrison won all the available honours in EBL Division One with Tees Valley Mohawks and Reading Rockets before moving into the BBL.



Raftopoulos Disappointed With Heat - by Paul Nilsen
Guildford Heat coach Creon Raftopoulos couldnt hide his disappointment after his side slipped out of the play-off zone with a pair of defeats last weekend.

A 93-92 home loss in overtime against One Health Sharks Sheffield followed by a 105-75 defeat at Cheshire Jets last week saw Heat drop down to ninth spot having split their first 26 games.

Against Sharks, Carlos Medlock, Julius Joseph and Martelle McLemore all had good games offensively and Tayo,Ralph and Mike were big for us on defence and Rebounding. We played a good game and lose in overtime was a crushing defeat as we got ourselves in position to ice the game in regulation and overtime from the free throw line.

We then travelled to Cheshire, and double headers of this nature are always going to be tough especially going up against teams challenging for the Championship. The overtime defeat from the night before, minus captain Mike Martin and red hot Jets teams made our trip to the North West a game we need to get over quickly.

We started well with Julius and Martelle shooting well and carrying the scoring but just had no answer for Jets when they made there big runs in the third and four periods.

We turned over the ball too much and gave up too many offensive rebounds. Credit to coach [Paul] Smith who kept his guys fresh and got Bell and Greer the ball at the right times.

Heat will look to bounce back on Sunday when they host a Glasgow Rocks side that they have already beaten twice this season.



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  VENEZUELA   


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


Brandon Dagans, Kevin Thomas and Asim McQueen land in the Venezuelan LPB - by Interperformances
Interperformances signs three foreigners in the Venezuelan Club Bucaneros de Guaira:
Brandon Dagans (185-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Lewis), Who debuted in the last game against Gaiteros where Bucaneros won 77-82. Brandon comes from an amazing 2009/10 season as a rookie in the Portuguese LPB with Casino Figueira Ginasio led the league in scoring averaging 22.2ppg and also finished in the top five in steals per game with 2.8spg. Made it to the All star game, and was also named Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese League Guard of the Year, 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
Kevin Thomas (193-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Georgia St.), His professional basketball career started back in 2005 with Czech the Club, BK Usti nad Labem. Since then, has played in the Czech Championship. Spent the previous season with Karma Basket Podebrady where was selected for the Czech all star game and was also named Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Honorable Mention. The current season played in the Hungarian A Division for ZTE KK where averaged 18.5, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg.
Asim McQueen (203-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Tulane); an athletic Power Forward who graduated from Tulane in 2010. Asim is strong, muscular and dynamic. He comes from a very interesting college program where he averaged in his Senior Year 7.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in 30 games. Started the Current season In the Argentinean Liga A with Atenas Cordoba.
Kevin and Asim are already with the Club waiting for their debut next Friday against Cocodrilos.


Guaros add Brian Latham - by Eurobasket News
Guaros are trying to improve on their 5-5 start of the LPB season. They brought in new import player. Guaros signed a deal with Brian Latham (184-G-83, college: Houston). The 27-year-old guard arrives from Uruguay. Brian Latham tipped off the season in Anastasia de Fray Bentos in LUB. He tallied 16.0 points, 5.3 boards, 4.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game. Last season Brian Latham played in Mexico. He averaged 19.1 points, 6.3 assists, 4.4 boards per game for Pioneros Los Mochis in CIBACOPA. Brian Latham played in Venezuela in 2009. He was named All-Venezuelan LPB Defensive Player of the Year while playing Panteras de Miranda.


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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Day 10: CSKA, Azovmash, Khimky and Unics reach Final Four - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in VTB United League just ended.

Sixth-ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (1-9) made lots of trouble for first ranked Russian Khimky (9-1) in Tallinn on Wednesday. The visitors from Khimki managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Kalev/Cramo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Russian swingman Travis Hansen (198-78, college: BYU) fired 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Khimky's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) produced 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Khimky finished in the first position in Group B with 9-1 record. Kalev/Cramo at the other side stayed at the bottom place with nine games lost.
An exciting game was played in Moscow. First ranked Russian CSKA Moscow faced 4th ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006. Host CSKA Moscow (9-1) defeated guests from Minsk (4-6) 82-72. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Viktor Khryapa (204-82) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 8 rebounds. Sasha Kaun contributed with 16 points for the winners. American guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) replied with 22 points for Minsk-2006. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Russian champion clinched the first position in Group A with 9-1 record. Belarusian champion Minsk-2006 kept the fourth place with six games lost.
An exciting game was played in Kaunas. Third ranked Ukrainian Azovmash faced their biggest opponent Lithuanian Zalgiris. Guests from Mariupol (7-3) defeated host Zalgiris (7-3) 86-75. It was a key game for the second position in Group B. Fred House scored 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Travis Watson responded with 12 points. Zalgiris' coach Ilias Zouros rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ukrainian champion moved-up to second place in Group B.
Bottom-ranked Finnish Espoo Honka (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 95-62 loss to second ranked Russian Unics Kazan (9-1) in Kazan. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Maciej Lampe notched a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds to lead the effort. Unics Kazan's coach Evgeny Pashutin felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Unics Kazan occupied the second position in Group A with 9-1 record. Espoo Honka at the other side closes the standings with ten games lost.

In the last game of round 10 In Group A Dnipro was crushed by Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius 116-78.


Group A
Lietuvos Rytas - Dnipro 116-78

There was no surprise in Vilnius where 5th ranked Ukrainian Dnipro (2-8) was crushed by third ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas (6-4) 116-78. Lithuanian champion finished in the third position in Group A with 6-4 record. Dnipro at the other side kept the fifth place with eight games lost.
gschID: 101962


Unics - Honka 95-62

Bottom-ranked Finnish Espoo Honka (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 95-62 loss to second ranked Russian Unics Kazan (9-1) in Kazan. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Unics Kazan dominated on the defensive end, holding Espoo Honka to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Espoo Honka's 42 and made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Espoo Honka 39-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Unics Kazan players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Espoo Honka's players. Polish-Swedish center Maciej Lampe (210-85) notched a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and Belarusian-Russian forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84) supported him with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Unics Kazan's coach Evgeny Pashutin felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 12 points and 9 rebounds by American center John Williamson (198-86, college: Cincinnati) did not help to save the game for Espoo Honka. His fellow American import guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) added 19 points for lost side. Unics Kazan occupied the second position in Group A with 9-1 record. Espoo Honka at the other side closes the standings with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Unics: M.Lampe 36+15reb+2ast, V.Veremeenko 19+8reb+2ast, K.McCarty 10+3reb+6ast, M.Popovic 8+3ast, P.Samoylenko 6+1reb+1ast, H.Rizvic 6+2reb+2ast
Honka: J.Wilson 19+2reb+1ast, J.Matinen 18+2reb, J.Williamson 12+9reb+2ast, C.Belser 8+2reb, S.Vanttaja 3+4reb, V.Makalainen 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 101960


CSKA - Minsk-2006 82-72

An exciting game was played in Moscow. First ranked Russian CSKA Moscow faced 4th ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006. Host CSKA Moscow (9-1) defeated guests from Minsk (4-6) 82-72. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Minsk-2006 was better in third quarter 33-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Viktor Khryapa (204-82) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 8 rebounds. Center Sasha Kaun (211-85) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four CSKA Moscow players scored in double figures. American guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) replied with 22 points and Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Minsk-2006. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Russian champion clinched the first position in Group A with 9-1 record. Belarusian champion Minsk-2006 kept the fourth place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
CSKA: S.Kaun 16+4reb, V.Khryapa 11+8reb+1ast, J.Gordon 11+2reb+2ast, A.Vorontsevich 10+3reb+1ast, S.Bykov 9+1reb+3ast, T.Langdon 9+2reb+3ast
Minsk-2006: T.McKee 22+4reb+2ast, S.King 14+10reb, A.Kudrautsau 12+2reb+2ast, D.Korshuk 8+3reb+1ast, U.Charko 7+2reb+1ast, D.Kuzmin 7+2reb
gschID: 101961


Group B
Kalev/Cramo - Khimky 65-68

Sixth-ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (1-9) made lots of trouble for first ranked Russian Khimky (9-1) in Tallinn on Wednesday. The visitors from Khimki managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Kalev/Cramo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Russian swingman Travis Hansen (198-78, college: BYU) fired 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four Khimky players scored in double figures. Khimky's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) produced 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Rait Keerles (201-80) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Khimky finished in the first position in Group B with 9-1 record. Kalev/Cramo at the other side stayed at the bottom place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Khimky: T.Hansen 18+2reb, K.Langford 11+5reb+2ast, K.Loncar 10+4reb, A.Savrasenko 10+6reb, R.Lopez 6+1reb+2ast, Z.Planinic 4+1reb+7ast
Kalev/Cramo: R.Keerles 15+1reb+1ast, J.Toome 11+6reb, T.Sokk 11+4reb+1ast, A.Skele 9+6reb+4ast, R.Tamm 6+1reb+5ast, M.Dunigan 5+9reb
gschID: 101964


Zalgiris - Azovmash 75-86

An exciting game was played in Kaunas. Third ranked Ukrainian Azovmash faced their biggest opponent Lithuanian Zalgiris. Guests from Mariupol (7-3) defeated host Zalgiris (7-3) 86-75. It was a key game for the second position in Group B. Zalgiris were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 19-6 charge of Azovmash, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Zalgiris to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Azovmash forced 21 Zalgiris turnovers. American forward Fred House (195-78, college: S.Utah, agency: Lanshire Group) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Chris Owens (204-79, college: Texas, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Azovmash players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Travis Watson (203-81, college: Virginia) responded with 12 points and Lithuanian guard Mantas Kalnietis (196-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Zalgiris' coach Ilias Zouros rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ukrainian champion moved-up to second place in Group B.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: F.House 21+7reb+2ast, D.Alexander 17+3reb, C.Owens 12+8reb+3ast, M.Pustozvonov 11+2reb+2ast, R.Curry 9+4reb+3ast, P.Pierce 8+5reb+2ast
Zalgiris: T.Watson 12+4reb+2ast, A.Milaknis 10+2reb, M.Brown 10+1reb+1ast, M.Kalnietis 9+5reb+2ast, D.Collins 7+1reb+5ast, P.Jankunas 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 101965




Standings
VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. CSKA 9-1 
 2. Unics 9-1 
 3. Lietuvos Rytas 6-4 
 4. Minsk-2006 4-6 
 5. Dnipro 2-8 
 6. Honka 0-10 
Group B
 1. Khimky 9-1 
 2. Azovmash 7-3 
 3. Zalgiris 7-3 
 4. Asseco Prokom 3-7 
 5. VEF Riga 3-7 
 6. Kalev/Cramo 1-9 


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  WABA   


Tarver & Kurtz to ASU , Stevens to Riyadi - by Omar Shafaamri

in their preparations for the West Asia League Play-off Game in 27th of March , ASU about to sign Guard Derrick Tarver (192-G-80, college: Akron) and Center Brandon Kurtz while Riyadi-Aramex signed Guard Antoine Stevens .

Derrick Tarver is Scoring Machine Guard who is well known in the region , he already finshied his season in Kuwaiti League with Kazma Club and played before in Lebanon , Syria and Iran . Brandon Kurz played last season in Argentina TNA League with San Martin Marcos Juarez club .


Tarver & Kurtz to ASU , Stevens to Riyadi - by Omar Shafaamri

in their preparations for the West Asia League Play-off Game in 27th of March , ASU about to sign Guard Derrick Tarver (192-G-80, college: Akron) and Center Brandon Kurtz while Riyadi-Aramex signed Guard Antoine Stevens .

Derrick Tarver is Scoring Machine Guard who is well known in the region , Derrick Tarver is Scoring Machine Guard who is well known in the region , he already finshied his season in Kuwaiti League with Jahra Club averaging 25 points-3 assists-5 rebounds in 26 Minutes only as the kuwaiti league allows only 1 import on the court . Tarver played before in Lebanon , Syria and Iran . Brandon Kurz played last season in Argentina TNA League with San Martin Marcos Juarez club .




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Women News

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  ARGENTINA - Women  


Argentina clinch second place in Maullin - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U19 - Chile U23 71:44

Argentina finished their international tournament in Maullin campaign with victory. They held off Chilean U23 selection to occupy the second position. Brazil triumphed at the tournament with three wins in as many games.
Natasha Spiatta (92) scored 16 points to pace Argentina on the final day of the tournament. Argentina outscored their opponents 22:12 in the opening term. The gap kept on growing in the second period as Argentina ensured a 37:23 lead at halftime. Chile got within 9 points at the final intermission 39:48. But the visitors stiffened their defense in the fourth term and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Florencia Llorente (94) provided 10 points, while Julieta Armesto (176-G-94) had 12 in the victory. Yuney Ortiz answered with 23 points for Chile. Paula Moya (174-G-90) netted 10 points in defeat.

Argentina U19: Natasha Spiatta 16, Julieta Armesto 12, Florencia Llorente 10
Chile U19: Yuney Ortiz 23, Paula Moya 10



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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brazil win tournament in Chile - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19 - Chile U19 80:43

Brazilian U19 selection celebrated victory at the international friendly tournament in Maullin. They overcame Chilean counterparts on the final day of action. Damiris Dantas do Amaral (192-C-92) stepped up with 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort.
Brazil stormed into the game. They outscored the hosts 27:7 in the first ten minutes. Chile stopped the rot in the second frame but still were unable to match the tempo. The visitors piled up a massive 25-point lead at halftime. Brazil limited their opponents to 7 points in the third term and did not look back en route to the victory. Tassia de Souza (178-G-92) provided 16 points, while Isabela Lyra (178-F-94) finished with 8 points and 6 boards in the victory. Fernanda Serrano (173-G-92) and Javiera Morales (176-F-92) answered with 13 points each for Chile.

Brazil U19: Damiris Dantas do Amaral 27, Tassia de Souza 16, Isabela Lyra 8
Chile U19: Fernanda Serrano 13, Javiera Morales 13



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  CHILE - Women  


Brazil win tournament in Chile - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U19 - Chile U19 80:43

Brazilian U19 selection celebrated victory at the international friendly tournament in Maullin. They overcame Chilean counterparts on the final day of action. Damiris Dantas do Amaral (192-C-92) stepped up with 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort.
Brazil stormed into the game. They outscored the hosts 27:7 in the first ten minutes. Chile stopped the rot in the second frame but still were unable to match the tempo. The visitors piled up a massive 25-point lead at halftime. Brazil limited their opponents to 7 points in the third term and did not look back en route to the victory. Tassia de Souza (178-G-92) provided 16 points, while Isabela Lyra (178-F-94) finished with 8 points and 6 boards in the victory. Fernanda Serrano (173-G-92) and Javiera Morales (176-F-92) answered with 13 points each for Chile.

Brazil U19: Damiris Dantas do Amaral 27, Tassia de Souza 16, Isabela Lyra 8
Chile U19: Fernanda Serrano 13, Javiera Morales 13



Argentina clinch second place in Maullin - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U19 - Chile U23 71:44

Argentina finished their international tournament in Maullin campaign with victory. They held off Chilean U23 selection to occupy the second position. Brazil triumphed at the tournament with three wins in as many games.
Natasha Spiatta (92) scored 16 points to pace Argentina on the final day of the tournament. Argentina outscored their opponents 22:12 in the opening term. The gap kept on growing in the second period as Argentina ensured a 37:23 lead at halftime. Chile got within 9 points at the final intermission 39:48. But the visitors stiffened their defense in the fourth term and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Florencia Llorente (94) provided 10 points, while Julieta Armesto (176-G-94) had 12 in the victory. Yuney Ortiz answered with 23 points for Chile. Paula Moya (174-G-90) netted 10 points in defeat.

Argentina U19: Natasha Spiatta 16, Julieta Armesto 12, Florencia Llorente 10
Chile U19: Yuney Ortiz 23, Paula Moya 10



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  CROATIA - Women  


Sibenik hands Lupa first loss - by Zeljko Zule
Sibenik handed Lupa promotion its first loss of the League Play-Off with a 82-73 road win. Gospic outscored Pula by 30 points and placed six scorers in double figures.
Lupa promotion-Sibenik Jolly JBS 73-82 (Juric 4, Cacic 7. Cuncic 5, Benic 10, Matic 18, Mada 10, Miller 15, Vukicevic 4 Cakic 10, Lokas 8, Stampalija 10, Misura 8, Semren 7, Wilson 29, Vasovic 5, Ivankovic 5): Sibenik never trailed and outscored Lupa 25-10 in fastbreak points. Lindsey Wilson (176-G-81, college: Iowa St.) posted 29 points on shooting 10-of-13 from the field, Petra Stampalija came off the bench and racked up a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Marta Cakic scored 10 points. Lupa hit only two 3-pointers to Sibenik's eight. Ivona Matic posted 18 points, Britany Miller 15 and Kristina Benic and Jasenka Mada 10 each.
Pula-Gospic CO 63-93 (Premasunac 10, Flaherty 6, Cvjetkovic 10, Valentic 2, Jovanovic 14, Ramljak 21 - Ivezic 14, Mandir 7, Reid 2, Gambiraza 10, Jurcevic 11, Aleksic 3, Vrsaljko 10, Badanjak 12, Pavetic 4, Maslowski 22): Gospic, after tying the game at 22-22 late in the first quarter, went into the break wit a comfortable lead 49-28. Gospic had six scorers in double figures. Michelle Maslowski posted 22 points, Jelena Ivezic 14, Iva Badanjak 12, Ivana Jurcevic 11 and Martina Gambiraza and Marija Vrsaljko10 apiece. Pula was led by Maja Ramljak with 21 points, Tijana Jovanovic added 14, Nina Premasunac and Zana Cvjetkovic had 10 points each.



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ZBL Round 7: Kara Trutnov loses to Frisco Sika in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Trutnov. 4th placed host Kara Trutnov (10-12) lost to first ranked Frisco Sika (21-1) 88-72. The game was mostly controlled by Frisco Sika. Kara Trutnov managed to win fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kara Trutnov 48-25 including a 34-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Swedish center Louice Halvarsson (189-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). American power forward Cheryl Ford (191-81, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Josep and Nicolas) helped adding 20 points and 18 rebounds. At the losing side the former international forward Hana Snajdrova-Ziklova (182-80) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Kara Trutnov's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Frisco Sika have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place in A1 with 21-1 record. Kara Trutnov lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. Frisco Sika are looking forward to face Basket Slovanka MB (#3) in Vodochody in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kara Trutnov will play on the road against the league's second-placed USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Praha. Second ranked host USK Praha (20-2) smashed 3rd placed Basket Slovanka MB (13-9). It was an exceptional evening for American forward Delisha Milton-Jones (186-74, college: Florida, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Lindsay Whalen accounted for 17 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Center Lenka Sipova (185-88) came up with 9 points and 8 rebounds for Basket Slovanka MB in the defeat. Basket Slovanka MB's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. USK Praha maintains second place in A1 with 20-2 record behind leader Frisco Sika. Basket Slovanka MB at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. USK Praha will play against Kara Trutnov (#4) at home in the next round. Basket Slovanka MB will play against the league's leader Frisco Sika in Brno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Hradec Kralove. 3rd placed host Sokol Hradec Kralove (9-14) was smashed by second ranked Valosun Brno (11-13) 77-40. Ivana Vecerova fired 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Valosun Brno's coach Tomas Vesely felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Klara Rosenbaumova produced 8 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Valosun Brno. They maintain second place in A2 with 11-13 record having eight points less than leader Frisco Sika. Loser Sokol Hradec Kralove dropped to the fourth position with 14 games lost. Valosun Brno will meet at home Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against VS Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ZBL top team - Aldast Strakonice (14-11) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked VS Praha (8-18) 80-64. Worth to mention a great performance of Petra Reisingerova who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aldast Strakonice maintains first place in A2 with 14-11 record. VS Praha at the other side keeps the fifth position with 18 games lost. Aldast Strakonice's next round opponent will be BK Pliska Studanka (#6) in Pardubice which should be theoretically an easy game. VS Praha will play at home against Sokol Hradec Kralove and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 7
In A2 Pardubice was destroyed by Karlovy Vary on the opponent's court 94-59.



Group A1
Trutnov - Frisco Sika 72-88

The game between Top Four teams took place in Trutnov. 4th placed host Kara Trutnov (10-12) lost to first ranked Frisco Sika (21-1) 88-72. The game was mostly controlled by Frisco Sika. Kara Trutnov managed to win fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kara Trutnov 48-25 including a 34-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Swedish center Louice Halvarsson (189-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). American power forward Cheryl Ford (191-81, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Josep and Nicolas) helped adding 20 points and 18 rebounds. At the losing side the former international forward Hana Snajdrova-Ziklova (182-80) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds and forward Petra Zaplatova (175-91) scored 9 points. Kara Trutnov's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Frisco Sika have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place in A1 with 21-1 record. Kara Trutnov lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. Frisco Sika are looking forward to face Basket Slovanka MB (#3) in Vodochody in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kara Trutnov will play on the road against the league's second-placed USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Frisco Sika: L.Halvarsson 26+15reb+3ast, F.Eldebrink 21+4reb+3ast, C.Ford 20+18reb, R.Stehlikova 8+1reb, J.Skerovic 6+5reb+3ast, R.Hejdova 5+2reb
Trutnov: H.Snajdrova-Ziklova 24+8reb+1ast, P.Zaplatova 9+1reb+1ast, N.Tothova 6, K.Novakova 6+2reb, D.Misurova 6+3reb+1ast, I.Komzikova 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 122152


USK Praha - Slovanka MB 94-51

The game between Top Four teams took place in Praha. Second ranked host USK Praha (20-2) smashed 3rd placed Basket Slovanka MB (13-9). The game without a history. USK Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Basket Slovanka MB's 34. They outrebounded Basket Slovanka MB 40-26 including 27 on the offensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Delisha Milton-Jones (186-74, college: Florida, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Her fellow American import guard Lindsay Whalen (173-82, college: Minnesota) accounted for 17 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winning side. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. Center Lenka Sipova (185-88) came up with 9 points and 8 rebounds and center Monika Satoranska (185-93) added 8 points respectively for Basket Slovanka MB in the defeat. Basket Slovanka MB's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. USK Praha maintains second place in A1 with 20-2 record behind leader Frisco Sika. Basket Slovanka MB at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. USK Praha will play against Kara Trutnov (#4) at home in the next round. Basket Slovanka MB will play against the league's leader Frisco Sika in Brno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: D.Milton-Jones 20+9reb, K.Elhotova 18+1reb+4ast, L.Whalen 17+3reb+4ast, M.Bednarova 12+6reb+5ast, T.Peckova 9+5reb+1ast, E.Sujanova 8+1reb+2ast
Slovanka MB: E.Kotlanova 9+2reb+1ast, L.Sipova 9+8reb+2ast, M.Satoranska 8+3reb+2ast, P.Pospisilova 5+1reb+2ast, K.Novotna 5+2reb, S.T. 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 122153


Group A2
Karlovy Vary - Pardubice 94-59

Rather expected game when 6th ranked BK Pliska Studanka (2-23) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (10-15) 94-59. The game was mostly controlled by Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary. BK Pliska Studanka was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary dominated on the defensive end, holding BK Pliska Studanka to just 5 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to BK Pliska Studanka's 26. They outrebounded BK Pliska Studanka 38-24 including a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovakian center Michaela Magerciakova (188-77) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Lenka Vetrovcova (187-84) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary players scored in double figures. Coach Josef Primus's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Barbora Habetinkova (168-89) answered with 10 points and forward Monika Ondrejova (179-88) added 9 points in the effort for BK Pliska Studanka. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary moved-up to third place in A2. BK Pliska Studanka lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 23 games lost. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Valosun Brno on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Pliska Studanka will play against the league's leader Aldast Strakonice (#1).
Top scorers:
Karlovy Vary: M.Magerciakova 20+6reb+5ast, L.Vetrovcova 19+4reb, B.Sedlackova 11+1reb+2ast, K.Hrabakova 10+4reb+4ast, J.Eisnerova 8+9reb, S.Kucerova 8+1reb
Pardubice: B.Habetinkova 10+4reb+1ast, M.Ondrejova 9+3reb, E.Chocholousova 7+1reb, P.Chocholousova 6, M.Jedlickova 5+3reb+1ast, H.Kramperova 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 122154


Hradec Kralove - Valosun Brno 40-77

The game between Top Four teams took place in Hradec Kralove. 3rd placed host Sokol Hradec Kralove (9-14) was smashed by second ranked Valosun Brno (11-13) 77-40. The game without a history. Valosun Brno led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Sokol Hradec Kralove to an opponent 21.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 52.7 percent accuracy of the winners and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Valosun Brno outrebounded Sokol Hradec Kralove 43-27 including a 38-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. International center Ivana Vecerova (194-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) fired 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Katerina Krizova (184-80) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Valosun Brno players scored in double figures. Valosun Brno's coach Tomas Vesely felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Klara Rosenbaumova (182-90) produced 8 points and 6 rebounds and forward Andrea Ovsikova (178-89) added 11 points respectively for lost side. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Valosun Brno. They maintain second place in A2 with 11-13 record having eight points less than leader Frisco Sika. Loser Sokol Hradec Kralove dropped to the fourth position with 14 games lost. Valosun Brno will meet at home Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against VS Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valosun Brno: K.Krizova 15+5reb+3ast, I.Vecerova 14+9reb+1ast, V.Vlkova 13+6reb+1ast, M.Zrustova 11+6reb+4ast, M.Svobodova 6+7reb+2ast, Z.Mracnova 5+1reb
Hradec Kralove: A.Ovsikova 11+2reb+1ast, K.Rosenbaumova 8+6reb+1ast, M.Cepelkova 6+3reb, M.Stara 5+2reb, L.Bartakova 4+2reb+1ast, J.Hausknechtova 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 122155


Strakonice - VS Praha 80-64

ZBL top team - Aldast Strakonice (14-11) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked VS Praha (8-18) 80-64. The game was mostly controlled by Aldast Strakonice. VS Praha was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding VS Praha to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded VS Praha 34-19 including 22 on the offensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by VS Praha helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of center Petra Reisingerova (196-73) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Darina Johnova (178-85) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Guard Tereza Vyoralova (178-94) answered with 10 points and forward Adela Necaskova (188-86) added 8 points in the effort for VS Praha. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aldast Strakonice maintains first place in A2 with 14-11 record. VS Praha at the other side keeps the fifth position with 18 games lost. Aldast Strakonice's next round opponent will be BK Pliska Studanka (#6) in Pardubice which should be theoretically an easy game. VS Praha will play at home against Sokol Hradec Kralove and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Strakonice: D.Johnova 21+2reb+1ast, P.Reisingerova 20+11reb, J.Musilova 10+4reb+1ast, Z.Skrabalova 8+5reb, Z.Paroubkova 7+1reb, M.Uhrova 7+2reb+5ast
VS Praha: T.Vyoralova 10+3reb+1ast, K.Elhotova 9+1reb, R.Pudlakova 8, A.Necaskova 8+4reb+1ast, K.Stepanova 6+2reb+2ast, N.Salacova 6+1reb
gschID: 122156




Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
A1
 1. Frisco Sika 21-1 
 2. USK Praha 20-2 
 3. Slovanka MB 13-9 
 4. Trutnov 10-12 
A2
 1. Strakonice 14-11 
 2. Valosun Brno 11-13 
 3. Karlovy Vary 10-15 
 4. Hradec Kralove 9-14 
 5. VS Praha 8-18 
 6. Pardubice 2-23 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  Frisco Sika
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Eldebrink, Frisco S.20.8 
 2. Milton-Jones, USK P.20.0 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.18.5 
 4. Vlkova, Valosun .17.1 
 5. Halvarsson, Frisco S.16.5 
 6. Johnova, Strakonice16.5 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.15.8 
 8. Viteckova, USK P.15.2 
 9. Ford, Frisco Sika14.8 
 10. Elhotova, USK Praha14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika12.6 
 2. Reisingerova, Strako.11.0 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .9.6 
 4. Kulichova, USK P.8.0 
 5. Skerovic, Frisco Sika7.8 
 6. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.7.7 
 7. Milton-Jones, USK P.7.4 
 8. Sipova, Slovanka.7.0 
 9. Stepanova, VS Praha6.8 
 10. Halvarsson, Frisco S.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.5.9 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika5.1 
 3. Uhrova, Strakonice4.7 
 4. Whalen, USK Praha3.2 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice3.0 
 6. Kysilkova, Hradec K.3.0 
 7. Viteckova, USK P.2.9 
 8. Eldebrink, Frisco S.2.8 
 9. Brantlova, VS Praha2.6 
 10. Bednarova, USK P.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.7 
 2. Brantlova, VS Praha2.6 
 3. Uhrova, Strakonice2.6 
 4. Skerovic, Frisco Sika2.6 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK P.2.4 
 6. Johnova, Strakonice2.3 
 7. Novotna, Slovanka.2.2 
 8. Whalen, USK Praha1.9 
 9. Kulichova, USK P.1.8 
 10. Quintana, Pardubice1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michaela HARTIGOVA
  Hradec Kralove
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hartigova, Hradec K.1.8 
 2. Kulichova, USK P.1.8 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .1.0 
 4. Milton-Jones, USK P.0.9 
 5. Vajda, USK Praha0.9 
 6. Stepanova, VS Praha0.8 
 7. Ferancikova, USK P.0.8 
 8. Novakova, Trutnov0.7 
 9. Halvarsson, Frisco S.0.7 
 10. Sipova, Slovanka.0.7 


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. Eclex Tallinn 12-1 
 2. Tartu Ulikooli 8-6 
 3. TLU/Volta 6-5 
 4. NikeWomen 5-7 
 5. Audentes 1-13 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ana DABOVIC
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (183-G/F-89)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Dabovic, Dy.20.3 
 2. Willingham, Elitzu.19.5 
 3. Carson, SEAT L.19.1 
 4. Sanni, Villeneuve19.0 
 5. Podesvova, MBK R.18.0 
 6. Mosch, Dy.17.7 
 7. Gaither, Dexia N.17.5 
 8. Williams, Olivais17.4 
 9. Givens, Minsk-200617.2 
 10. Nemeth, Szeged17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simona PODESVOVA
  MBK Ruzomb.
  (186-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Podesvova, MBK R.11.9 
 2. Stone, Partizan11.0 
 3. Thomas, Villeneuve10.8 
 4. Whitehead, Craiova10.0 
 5. Willingham, Elitzu.9.8 
 6. Zarytska, Hatis Y.9.8 
 7. Sanni, Villeneuve9.4 
 8. Dennett, Sint K.9.3 
 9. Myasoedova, Dynam.8.8 
 10. Gaither, Dexia N.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Michelle BRANDAO
  Olivais
  (171-G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Brandao, Olivais6.0 
 2. Comtesse, Saarl.5.3 
 3. Bajic, Zeljeznicar5.2 
 4. Aubert, Nantes4.9 
 5. Marchanka, Dynamo M.4.8 
 6. Dabovic, Dy.4.6 
 7. Milanovich, Spart.4.5 
 8. Cherepanova, Cheva.4.4 
 9. Tarta, Craiova4.2 
 10. LeNoir, Aris4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Johanne GOMIS
  Arras
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Gomis, Arras3.8 
 2. Chaney, Hatis Y.3.6 
 3. Wright, Elitzur Ramla3.2 
 4. Gaither, Dexia N.3.2 
 5. Moore, Chevakata2.9 
 6. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.2.8 
 7. Carpreaux, Villeneuve2.7 
 8. Meesseman, Young C.2.6 
 9. Tanqueray, Villeneuve2.6 
 10. Dabovic, Dy.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalya MYASOEDOVA
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Myasoedova, Dynam.2.3 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly2.0 
 3. Kuzina, Dynamo M.2.0 
 4. Meesseman, Young C.1.9 
 5. Riley, Athinaikos1.7 
 6. Dennett, Sint K.1.5 
 7. Mills, Alges1.3 
 8. Hasper, Gorizont1.3 
 9. Snow, Dynamo K.1.2 
 10. Skrba, Aris1.2 


Finals, Game One: Elitzur Ramla - Arras 61-61 - by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Ramla - Arras 61-61
Arras made a good result in Game One of the EuroCup Finals. The French outfit managed to stay undefeated tonight in Ramla as each of two teams scored 61 points in this game. Arras was close to victory, but the hosts shined in the last quarter ending it with 24-16. Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) stepped up for the guests scoring 18 points. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) followed her with 11 points and 5 boards, but her valuation was poor -2 due to many missed shots. Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) netted 9 points in this win. On the other side, Elitzur Ramla got 23 points and 7 rebounds from Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn). Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) helped with double-double of 17 points and 12 boards. Arras created 8-13 in the first quarter and jumped to 26-33 until the halftime. They made 11-12 after the breather entering to the last ten minutes with plus 8, but the home squad exploded in Q4 and tied the score to 61-61 at the end. Second game is scheduled for March 24 in France.


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D1 Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
ToPo - Huima 80-71

ToPo surged ahead in the quarterfinal series against Huima. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 27-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Dandra Moss (183-88, college: VCU) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Taru Tuukkanen (190-77, college: Xavier) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. Torpan Pojat's coach Mikko Kurki used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American center Kenya Robinson (182-70, college: New Orleans) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Judie Lomax (180-88, college: Columbia) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Top scorers:
ToPo: D.Moss 33+8reb, T.Tuukkanen 23+8reb+2ast, J.Sundstrom 10, A.Juvonen 9+4reb+2ast, S.Karinen 3+1ast, E.Nurmi 2+1ast
Huima: M.Jones 22+7reb, K.Robinson 22+12reb+3ast, J.Lomax 16+12reb+1ast, M.Pekkarinen Bland 5+3reb+2ast, K.Jaatinen 3, S.Uecker 3
gschID: 123804


Espoo Team - FoA 68-51

Espoo Team easily prevailed against visiting FoA in Game 1 of the quarterfinals. Espoo Team forced 20 Forssan Alku turnovers. International power forward Niina Laaksonen (185-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and international forward Evita Iiskola (181-93) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Espoo Team players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Ashley Pellom (170-86) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Minna Sten (188-87) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Espoo Team: E.Iiskola 12+5reb+1ast, N.Laaksonen 11+12reb+2ast, V.Holtta 11+1reb+3ast, M.Lahde 10+5reb+1ast, M.Dettmann 9+3reb+2ast, L.Wilson 7+3reb+3ast
FoA: A.Pellom 15+7reb+1ast, L.Aaltonen 9+5reb, M.Sten 9+10reb+1ast, H.Rosenfeldt 7+4reb+3ast, M.Moua 6+4reb, J.Jahilo 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 123805




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Moss, ToPo24.8 
 2. Vaughn, PeKa24.5 
 3. Pounds, HoNsU24.1 
 4. Tuukkanen, ToPo19.6 
 5. Robinson, Huima18.7 
 6. Karcic, Kerava18.6 
 7. Wright, FoA16.9 
 8. Laaksonen, Espoo T.16.9 
 9. Lassiter, PeKa16.7 
 10. Lomax, Huima15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Robinson, Huima14.5 
 2. Lomax, Huima13.4 
 3. Moss, ToPo12.8 
 4. Karcic, Kerava12.1 
 5. Lassiter, PeKa11.4 
 6. Vaughn, PeKa11.3 
 7. Laaksonen, Espoo T.10.9 
 8. Jones, Huima10.1 
 9. Tuukkanen, ToPo9.7 
 10. Kityzina, Catz9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dionne POUNDS
  HoNsU
  (174-F-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Pounds, HoNsU3.6 
 2. Wright, FoA3.5 
 3. Karcic, Kerava3.3 
 4. Moss, ToPo3.0 
 5. Piipari, Catz2.7 
 6. Lassiter, PeKa2.7 
 7. Robinson, Huima2.6 
 8. Rosenfeldt, FoA2.4 
 9. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.3 
 10. Lomax, Huima2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa KARCIC
  Kerava
  (185-F/C-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Karcic, Kerava5.5 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU3.9 
 3. Lassiter, PeKa3.1 
 4. Lee, Catz2.9 
 5. Wright, FoA2.9 
 6. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.8 
 7. Morris, Huima2.4 
 8. Robinson, Huima2.4 
 9. Lomax, Huima2.1 
 10. Roundtree, HoNsU1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Moss, ToPo0.9 
 2. Lomax, Huima0.9 
 3. Laaksonen, Espoo T.0.8 
 4. Holopainen, Espoo T.0.6 
 5. Robinson, Huima0.6 
 6. Pounds, HoNsU0.6 
 7. Makitalo, Espoo T.0.5 
 8. Wright, FoA0.5 
 9. Jahilo, FoA0.5 
 10. Kosunen, Kerava0.5 


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EuroCup Finals, Game One: Elitzur Ramla - Arras 61-61 - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup Finals, Game One: Elitzur Ramla - Arras 61-61

Arras made a good result in Game One of the EuroCup Finals. The French outfit managed to stay undefeated tonight in Ramla as each of two teams scored 61 points in this game. Arras was close to victory, but the hosts shined in the last quarter ending it with 24-16. Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) stepped up for the guests scoring 18 points. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) followed her with 11 points and 5 boards, but her valuation was poor -2 due to many missed shots. Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) netted 9 points in this win. On the other side, Elitzur Ramla got 23 points and 7 rebounds from Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn).. Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) helped with double-double of 17 points and 12 boards.
Arras created 8-13 in the first quarter and jumped to 26-33 until the halftime. They made 11-12 after the breather entering to the last ten minutes with plus 8, but the home squad exploded in Q4 and tied the score to 61-61 at the end.
Second game is scheduled for March 24 in France.

Elitzur Ramla: Olesia Malashenko 18, Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 11+5 boards, Johanne Gomis 9
Arras: Le'Coe Willingham 23+7 boards, Tanisha Wright 17+12 boards


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Standings -A2 Women - by Chris Mammides
A2 Standings
Group North
 1. Apollon Kal. 14-0 
 2. Anagenisi 12-2 
 3. Titanes Dramas 12-2 
 4. Panathlitikos 11-3 
 5. MENT 8-6 
 6. Pylaia 8-6 
 7. AO Serron 6-8 
 8. Aspis 3-11 
 9. Lassanis 3-11 
 10. Olympia L. 3-11 
 11. Olympiada L. 3-11 
 12. Arion Ptolem. 0-22 
Group South
 1. Asteras 14-0 
 2. Kronos AD 13-1 
 3. Niki Lefkadas 11-3 
 4. Aris Holargos 10-4 
 5. Terpsithea 9-5 
 6. Nea Kifisia 8-6 
 7. Voureios AOL 6-8 
 8. Ktisifon P. 5-9 
 9. Pagrati 4-10 
 10. Sporting 3-11 
 11. E.A. Paralias 1-13 
 12. Rethymnou 0-14 


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Eredivisie: Wereldtickets.nl wins the championship title - by Eurobasket News
Wereldtickets.nl - Binnenland 73-65 (3-0)

Wereldtickets.nl is the new Eredivisie champion. They outplayed Binnenland in Game Three 73-65 winning the title with perfect 3-0. In the first meeting, Wereldtickets.nl celebrated 85-60 home win, while in the second game they outplayed Binnenland on the road 49-58. Game stats from Game Three will be available soon.
Wereldtickets.nl finished regular season as No.5 with 11-7 record. They eliminated Grasshoppers and HLB Accountants in the Quarterfinals and Semis.


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EuroCup Finals, Game One: Elitzur Ramla - Arras 61-61 - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup Finals, Game One: Elitzur Ramla - Arras 61-61

Arras made a good result in Game One of the EuroCup Finals. The French outfit managed to stay undefeated tonight in Ramla as each of two teams scored 61 points in this game. Arras was close to victory, but the hosts shined in the last quarter ending it with 24-16. Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) stepped up for the guests scoring 18 points. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) followed her with 11 points and 5 boards, but her valuation was poor -2 due to many missed shots. Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) netted 9 points in this win. On the other side, Elitzur Ramla got 23 points and 7 rebounds from Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn).. Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) helped with double-double of 17 points and 12 boards.
Arras created 8-13 in the first quarter and jumped to 26-33 until the halftime. They made 11-12 after the breather entering to the last ten minutes with plus 8, but the home squad exploded in Q4 and tied the score to 61-61 at the end.
Second game is scheduled for March 24 in France.

Elitzur Ramla: Olesia Malashenko 18, Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 11+5 boards, Johanne Gomis 9
Arras: Le'Coe Willingham 23+7 boards, Tanisha Wright 17+12 boards


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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Krastina, LU22.1 
 2. Lisnere, Cesis20.2 
 3. Krumberga, TTT R.20.0 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.18.4 
 5. Jakobsone, Cesis17.8 
 6. Jakobsone, TTT Riga15.8 
 7. Egle, Daugavpils15.8 
 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, Cesis10.9 
 4. Lagzdina, TTT J.10.8 
 5. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.2 
 6. Geistarde-Z., Cesis10.0 
 7. Butler, TTT Riga9.5 
 8. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.5 
 9. Nimane, TTT Riga8.4 
 10. Veidere, TTT K.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga6.1 
 2. Jevsejeva, Dauga.4.4 
 3. Krastina, LU4.0 
 4. Karklina, TTT Riga3.8 
 5. Neimane, TTT J.3.5 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga3.0 
 7. Staugaitiene, TTT R.2.8 
 8. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.8 
 9. Sarja, TTT Juniores2.6 
 10. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Krastina, LU4.2 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.4 
 3. Butler, TTT Riga2.9 
 4. Eibele, TTT Riga2.7 
 5. Krumberga, TTT R.2.7 
 6. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.5 
 7. Nimane, TTT Riga2.5 
 8. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
 9. Zeltina, Cesis2.3 
 10. Purina, LU2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.4 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.3.1 
 3. Surkusa, TTT J.2.2 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.7 
 5. Nimane, TTT Riga1.4 
 6. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.1.3 
 7. Geistarde-Z., Cesis1.3 
 8. Lisnere, Cesis1.2 
 9. Egle, Daugavpils1.1 
 10. Egle, Daugavpils1.1 


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 26-0 
 2. LU 19-5 
 3. RTU-Merks 18-7 
 4. TTT Juniores 14-11 
 5. TTT Kadetes 10-16 
 6. Daugavpils 8-18 
 7. Cesis 4-21 
 8. Liepajas 2-23 


LSBL Round 21: Daugavpils Universitate edges TTT Kadetes by three points - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LSBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 21 in the LSBL took place in Daugavpils. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked TTT Kadetes (10-16) to sixth ranked Daugavpils Universitate (8-18) 50-47 on Wednesday evening. TTT Kadetes were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 15-7 charge of Daugavpils Universitate, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TTT Kadetes to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Daugavpils Universitate held TTT Kadetes to an opponent 20.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 26.4 percent accuracy of the winners. The best player for the winners was forward Kristina Egle (177-86) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds. Power forward Santa Baltace (178-92) chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Paula Langina (179-94) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Daugavpils Universitate maintains sixth place with 8-18 record. TTT Kadetes lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifth position with 16 games lost. Daugavpils Universitate will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. TTT Kadetes will play on the road against Liepajas (#8) and are hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: TTT Riga (#1) and TTT Kadetes (#5). TTT Kadetes were crushed at home by 53 points 47-100 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It was a good game for international forward Dita Krumberga (183-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. Karline Nimane contributed with 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Paula Langina (179-94) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for TTT Kadetes. Undefeated TTT Riga (26-0) have an impressive series of twenty six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 26 victories in a row. TTT Kadetes lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifth position with 16 games lost. TTT Riga will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. TTT Kadetes will play on the road against Liepajas (#8) and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game where host Cesis (#7) won against 4th placed TTT Juniores 81-71 on Sunday evening. Lina Lisnere stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Guna Lagzdina with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds. TTT Juniores' coach Ainars Cukste rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cesis maintains seventh place with 4-21 record. TTT Juniores at the other side keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Cesis will meet at home bottom-ranked Liepajas (#8) in the next round. TTT Juniores' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Latvijas Universitate.
The game in Liepaja was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Latvijas Universitate (19-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Liepajas (2-23). Latvijas Universitate defeated Liepajas 74-62. Ieva Krastina nailed 20 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Liepajas' coach Livija Alpe-Luka tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Latvijas Universitate maintains second place with 19-5 record having nine points less than leader TTT Riga. Liepajas lost their twentieth first game in a row. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Latvijas Universitate's next round opponent will be TTT Juniores (#4) in Riga. Liepajas will play at home against TTT Kadetes (#5) in Riga.

In the last two games of round 21 Cesis were defeated by TTT Juniores in Riga 77-71. LU beat TTT Kadetes at home 68-60.



Liepajas - LU 62-74

The game in Liepaja was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Latvijas Universitate (19-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Liepajas (2-23). Latvijas Universitate defeated Liepajas 74-62. It looked good early as Liepajas took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Latvijas Universitate had a 20-11 second period charge getting the lead and Liepajas were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-74. Latvijas Universitate made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agency: LBM Management) nailed 20 points and 4 assists for the winning side and guard Laura Purina (171-90, college: Northwestern (WY)) accounted for 11 points and 5 steals. Four Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. Forward Kristine Bauze (171-89) came up with 20 points and center Liga Zdanovska (186-87) added 4 points and 15 rebounds respectively for Liepajas in the defeat. Liepajas' coach Livija Alpe-Luka tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Latvijas Universitate maintains second place with 19-5 record having nine points less than leader TTT Riga. Liepajas lost their twentieth first game in a row. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Latvijas Universitate's next round opponent will be TTT Juniores (#4) in Riga. Liepajas will play at home against TTT Kadetes (#5) in Riga.
Top scorers:
LU: I.Krastina 20+3reb+4ast, A.Vorma 14+1ast, L.Purina 11+3reb+2ast, M.Knekse 11+5reb, Z.Lapsina 6+4reb+2ast, Z.Neilande 6+6reb
Liepajas: K.Bauze 20+2reb+2ast, K.Simanovica 10+5reb, A.Pinstere 8+4reb+1ast, M.Line 7+4reb+1ast, D.Line 7+2reb+4ast, L.Zdanovska 4+15reb+1ast
gschID: 119712


Daugavpils - TTT Kadetes 50-47

The most exciting game of round 21 in the LSBL took place in Daugavpils. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked TTT Kadetes (10-16) to sixth ranked Daugavpils Universitate (8-18) 50-47 on Wednesday evening. TTT Kadetes were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 15-7 charge of Daugavpils Universitate, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TTT Kadetes to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Daugavpils Universitate held TTT Kadetes to an opponent 20.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 26.4 percent accuracy of the winners. The best player for the winners was forward Kristina Egle (177-86) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds. Power forward Santa Baltace (178-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Paula Langina (179-94) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and guard Renate Reine (176-94) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Daugavpils Universitate maintains sixth place with 8-18 record. TTT Kadetes lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifth position with 16 games lost. Daugavpils Universitate will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. TTT Kadetes will play on the road against Liepajas (#8) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Daugavpils: K.Egle 24+15reb+2ast, S.Baltace 12+12reb, O.Lakomko 6+2reb+1ast, O.Jevsejeva 6+10reb+2ast, O.Kazakevica 2+6reb+6ast, I.Simanska 0+1reb
TTT Kadetes: R.Reine 13+8reb+1ast, P.Langina 11+12reb, A.Fomina 10+3reb+1ast, A.Aizsila 9+11reb+1ast, E.Zondaka 2+3reb, K.Aizsila 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 119713


Cesis - TTT Juniores 81-71

An interesting game where host Cesis (#7) won against 4th placed TTT Juniores 81-71 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 27-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cesis made 8 blocks. Power forward Lina Lisnere (192-86, college: Syracuse) stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Ilze Dukate (183-73) chipped in 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was center Guna Lagzdina (182-93) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds and guard Liene Neimane (172-88) scored 13 points. Four TTT Juniores players scored in double figures. TTT Juniores' coach Ainars Cukste rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cesis maintains seventh place with 4-21 record. TTT Juniores at the other side keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Cesis will meet at home bottom-ranked Liepajas (#8) in the next round. TTT Juniores' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Latvijas Universitate.
Top scorers:
Cesis: L.Lisnere 22+7reb+2ast, I.Dukate 20+9reb, Z.Zeltina 10+4reb+3ast, K.Maca 7+2reb+2ast, I.Geistarde-Zaporozeca 7+9reb+3ast, S.Bebre 7+4reb+3ast
TTT Juniores: L.Neimane 13+4reb+3ast, L.Sarja 11+1reb+2ast, G.Lagzdina 11+15reb+2ast, A.Geka 10+2reb, I.Eida 9+2reb+1ast, A.Priedniece 9+3reb
gschID: 119709


TTT Kadetes - TTT Riga 47-100

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: TTT Riga (#1) and TTT Kadetes (#5). TTT Kadetes were crushed at home by 53 points 47-100 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. TTT Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to TTT Kadetes' 24 and made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. TTT Riga forced 24 TTT Kadetes turnovers and outrebounded them 53-34 including 21 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by TTT Kadetes' players. It was a good game for international forward Dita Krumberga (183-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Karline Nimane (188-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five TTT Riga players scored in double figures. Forward Paula Langina (179-94) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Ance Aizsila (176-94) added 11 points in the effort for TTT Kadetes. TTT Riga (26-0) have an impressive series of twenty six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 26 victories in a row. TTT Kadetes lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifth position with 16 games lost. TTT Riga will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. TTT Kadetes will play on the road against Liepajas (#8) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
TTT Riga: D.Krumberga 27+15reb+3ast, K.Nimane 23+11reb, A.Eibele 15+2reb+5ast, L.Surkusa 11+12reb, Z.Jakobsone 10+1reb+3ast, I.Veinberga 7+5reb+1ast
TTT Kadetes: P.Langina 15+10reb, A.Aizsila 11+2reb+2ast, R.Reine 8+3reb, K.Aizsila 7+2reb+1ast, G.Melnace 3+3reb, I.Spigule 2+4reb+1ast
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TTT Juniores - Cesis 77-71

There was no surprise in Riga where 7th ranked Cesis (4-21) were defeated by fourth ranked TTT Juniores (14-10) 77-71. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-14. But Cesis won second period 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when TTT Juniores won last quarter 21-17. They made 17-of-17 charity shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Strangely Cesis outrebounded TTT Juniores 45-24 including a 23-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. Center Guna Lagzdina (182-93) nailed 22 points and 7 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and guard Linda Sarja (180-91) accounted for 16 points. Power forward Lina Lisnere (192-86, college: Syracuse) came up with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Inga Geistarde-Zaporozeca (178-78) added 13 points and 14 rebounds respectively for Cesis in the defeat. Cesis' coach Ainars Zvirgzdins let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TTT Juniores maintains fourth place with 14-10 record. Cesis at the other side keep the seventh position with 21 games lost. TTT Juniores' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Latvijas Universitate.
Top scorers:
TTT Juniores: G.Lagzdina 22+7reb+1ast, L.Sarja 16+3reb+2ast, I.Eida 9+2reb, L.Neimane 9+3reb+5ast, A.Geka 8+1reb, D.Kuzmane 6
Cesis: L.Lisnere 25+7reb+4ast, Z.Zeltina 13+3reb+1ast, I.Geistarde-Zaporozeca 13+14reb+2ast, I.Dukate 6+10reb, K.Maca 5+4reb+3ast, I.Ievina 5+1reb+5ast
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LU - TTT Kadetes 68-60

No shocking result in a game in Riga where second ranked Latvijas Universitate (19-5) defeated 5th ranked TTT Kadetes (10-16) 68-60. The hosts were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-10 TTT Kadetes' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 68-60 at the end of the game. Latvijas Universitate forced 21 TTT Kadetes turnovers. Swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agency: LBM Management) nailed 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for the winning side and guard Zane Lapsina (