EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/2/2011

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  ABA   


Mavericks at the top of Power Rankings, again - by Gianni Pascucci
'A showdown looms as the top two ABA teams get set for the ABA Championship Final Four that begins in Winnie, Texas later this month. Both the Southeast Texas Mavericks, again the #1 team and the Jacksonville Giants, a close #2 have byes into the Final Four,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'But there are quite a few other very strong teams that will have a say as to who wins the Championship.' The tournament starts this weekend and we'll see how the Power Rankings hold as two additional teams vie for the coveted positions in the Final Four.
The Power Rankings are now as follows:

1. SETX Mavericks (26-1)
2. Jacksonvillee Giants (23-0)
3. Colorado Kings (17-0)
4. East Kentucky Energy (16-1)
5. 7 City Knights (16-2)
6. Seattle Mountaineers (14-1)
7. San Diego Sol (15-3)
8. Chicago Steam (13-3)
9. Texas Fuel (15-4)
10. East Bay Pitbulls (14-5)
11. Columbus Riverballers (11-3)
12. Lake Michigan Admirals (10-4)
13. Savannah Storm (11-6)
14. North Dallas Vandals (12-6)
15. Bay Area Matrix (13-7)
16. Gulf Coast Flash (8-4)
17. St. Louis Pioneers (8-3)
18. Oklahoma Stallions (8-6)
19. Heartland Prowl (8-3)
20. California Seakings (8-7)
21. Jersey Express (8-6)
22. Los Angeles Slam (8-6)
23. Modesto Hawks (9-9)
24. West Virginia Blazers (8-8)


ABA Playoff scheduled - by Gianni Pascucci
The upcoming weekend of March 5 and 6 will start the 2010-11 ABA playoff. As you know, both the SETX Mavericks (west) and Jacksonville Giants (east) have byes into the Final Four which will be played at the home of the SETX Mavericks in Winnie, Texas. In the first round, the league officials decided to hold mini-tournaments involving many teams in the following cities, as listed down:

NORTH CENTRAL - at Lake Michigan Chris Glisson, Coordinator
Lake Michigan Admirals
St. Louis Pioneers
Jersey Express*
West Virginia Blazers
Indiana Diesel
*Note. Jersey Express will be in China - and will play the following week the winner before the game in Chicago.

Winner will play Chicago Steam in Chicago

SOUTHEAST - at Savannah Storm Anthony Dooley/Dick Packer, Coordinators
Savannah Storm
Heartland Prowl
Georgia Gwizzlies
Fayetteville Flight
Columbus Riverballers
Gulf Coast Flash

Winner will play 7-City Knights at 7-City (Williamsburg, VA)

Winner of the game in either Chicago/Williamsburg will play EAST KENTUCKY for the 2nd east slot in the Final Four.

SOUTWEST - at North Dallas Cleveland Phelps, Coordinator
North Dallas Vandals
Dallas Impact
Houston Red Storm
West Texas Whirlwinds*
North Texas Fresh
Texas Fuel
Oklahoma Stallions
*Note: West Texas Whirlwinds will not compete in this as they are going to China.

Winner will play Colorado Kings at Denver Colorado

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - at San Diego Don Sanchez, Coordinator
San Diego Surf
San Diego Sol
Los Angeles Slam
Las Vegas Aces
Mid Valley Titans

Winner will play winner of NoCal Division at higher seed.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - at Bay Area (to be determined) Damone Hale, Coordinator
California Seakings
San Francisco Rumble
Sacramento Heatwave
East Bay Pitbulls
Modesto Hawks
Bay Area Matrix
*Seattle Mountaineers will not compete in this as they are going to China.

Winner will play winner of No Cal playoffs.

The winner of the SoCal/NoCal game will play the winner of the game in Denver for the 2nd west slot in the Final Four. The game will be at the home of the higher seed.


Standings
ABA Standings
1. Colorado Kings 17-0
2. Arlington B. 2-3
3. NY Prime Time 1-4
4. Santa Barbara 0-0
5. Texas RR 0-1
6. Shizuoka Gym. 0-4
Gulf Coast
1. SE Texas M. 26-1
2. Gulf Coast F. 8-4
3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2
4. Louisiana U. 1-5
5. Cypress 0-0
6. Houston R.S. 0-9
Mid-Atlantic
1. Seven Cities 16-2
2. Atlanta V. 0-0
3. Charlotte 0-0
4. College Park 0-0
5. Fayetteville F. 0-0
6. Georgia G. 0-0
7. Georgia K. 0-0
NoCal
1. E.Bay Pitbulls 14-5
2. Bay Area M. 13-7
3. Modesto H. 9-9
4. Sacramento H. 8-6
5. California SK 8-7
6. S.Francisco R. 5-3
7. Clayton 0-0
North Central
1. Chicago Steam 13-3
2. Lake Michigan 10-4
3. NWI M.Stars 4-6
4. Detroit Hoops 0-0
5. Elkhart E. 0-0
6. Indianapolis 0-0
7. Kansas City S. 0-0
8. Pittsburgh P. 0-0
Northeast
1. Jersey Expr. 8-6
2. NY Red Riders 0-0
3. NY Thunder 0-0
4. S.Jersey 0-0
5. Tri-City Suns 0-0
Northwest
1. Seattle M. 14-1
SoCal
1. San Diego Sol 15-3
2. Las Vegas A. 9-1
3. LA Slam 8-6
4. San Diego S. 7-6
5. Compton C. 0-0
6. S.Valley Fever 0-0
7. Mid-Valley 0-1
8. Riverside R. 0-1
9. SoCal Swish 0-4
South Central
1. E.Kentucky En. 16-1
2. St. Louis 8-3
3. Columbus Diesel 8-4
4. W.Virginia B. 8-8
5. Kentucky B. 0-0
6. Kentucky C. 0-0
Southeast
1. Jacksonville 19-0
2. Columbus R.ballers 11-3
3. Savannah Storm 11-6
4. Heartland P. 8-3
5. Bahama PS 0-0
6. Florida M. 0-0
7. Florida Th. 0-0
8. Orlando Kings 0-0
9. Team Haiti 0-0
Southwest
1. Texas Fuel 15-4
2. North Dallas 12-6
3. Oklahoma 8-6
4. West Texas W. 8-6
5. N.Texas F. 1-5
6. Dallas Impact 0-0


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Cibona inks Pankracije Barac - by Eurobasket News
BC Cibona has continued to reinforce its roster with domestic players. According to the reports from Croatian media, Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) has agreed a deal with Cibona until the end of the season. Barac played for BC Zagreb so far, and he also has worked with Cibonas Head Coach Drazen Anzulovic few years back in Belgium. He is expected to make his debut soon.
Pankracije Barac started his career with Zrinjevac junior team, before making his professional debut in 2000 with Hiron Botinec. In four seasons with Hiron, Barac established himself as prolific scorer averaging 17.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in his last season with the club. In 2004 he moved to Zadar and continued with his development. While at Zadar, Barac won two national Titles in 2005 and 2008 as well as National Cup in 2005 and 2006. In his last season with Zadar, Barac posted averages of 8.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in 21 League games. In 2008, he concluded his first abroad contract when he was signed by Belgium outfit Charleroi. In his debut season, he averaged 5.0 points and 1.1 rebound in 23 league games. Last season, Barac was snapped up by BC Zagreb and he has averaged 8.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 15 league games.


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  ARGENTINA   


Federico Kammerichs claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced naturalized German power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Regatas C. and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20 (Second Stage).
The 30-year old power forward had a double-double of 18 points and twenty rebounds, while his team edged out Monte Hermoso (#11, 9-11) 82-81. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Regatas C. maintains the 12th position in German LigaA. Regatas C. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 12th lost game this season out of 21 games. Kammerichs has many years of experience at Regatas C., through which he has constantly improved. Kammerichs has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 9.9rpg. Kammerichs is in league's top in and averages solid 1.2bpg and 56.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 37-year old Polish center Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) of Libertad S.. Wolkowyski impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Libertad S. to another comfortable win 85-72 over the lower-ranked Quimsa (#8, 10-10) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Libertad S. to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wolkowyski is well-known by Libertad S. fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Alejandro Zilli (200-F-82) of Sionista (#16). Zilli scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Sionista, leading his team to a 95-92 win against the higher-ranked Atenas (#7, 11-9). The chances of Sionista not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Zilli could try to bring Sionista's a little bit higher in the standings. Zilli has a very solid season. In 34 games in Argentina he scored 13.6ppg. He also has 6.0rpg and FGP: 67.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. German Sciutto (190-F-78) of Monte Hermoso - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. David Jackson (196-G-82) of La Union - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. William McFarlan (201-F-76) of Obras - 19 points and 12 rebounds
7. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras - 24 points and 9 rebounds
8. Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) of Regatas C. - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) of Quimsa - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Christopher Hayes (206-F-87) of Sionista - 22 points and 5 rebounds

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


TNA Round 8: #1 Alvear is defeated by Bragado - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Alvear (5-2) on the court of third ranked Bragado on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Bragado 67-57. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Alvear. Bragado maintains third position in TNA1 with 4-3 record behind leader Union S., which they share with Quilmes MP and San Mart.C. Newly promoted Alvear still keeps top place with two games lost. They share the position with Ciclista. Bragado is looking forward to face Quilmes MP (#5) in Mar del Plata in the next round. Alvear will play on the road against Asociacion Italiana (#8) in Charata and is hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Banda Norte's (#5) just 2-point road victory against one of their biggest challengers Union Progresista in TNA2 76-74. Banda Norte have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in TNA2, which they share with Tucuman BB. Union Progresista lost fourth consecutive game. Union Progresista at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Adelante. Banda Norte will play against league's leader Union de Sunchales on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Union Progresista will play against Asociacion Espanola (#7) in Charata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Charata between Union de Sunchales and Asociacion Espanola. First ranked Union de Sunchales (5-2) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Asociacion Espanola (2-5). Union de Sunchales managed to escape with a 1-point win 75-74 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Union de Sunchales have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in TNA2 with 5-2 record, which they share with San Mart.MJ. Asociacion Espanola lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with five games lost. They share the position with Gimnasia VP. Union de Sunchales will meet at home Banda Norte (#4) in the next round. Asociacion Espanola will play against Union Progresista in Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Corrientes. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Firmat SF (2-5) to fourth ranked San Martin Corrientes (4-3) 79-78 on Sunday evening. San Martin Corrientes moved-up to third place in TNA1, which they share with Quilmes MP and Bragado. Firmat SF at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. San Martin Corrientes' next round opponent will be Obera TC (#7) on the road. Firmat SF will play against the league's second-placed Ciclista in Juninense.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Marcos Juarez. Third ranked host San Martin Marcos Juarez (5-2) defeated second-ranked Tucuman BB (4-3) 83-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tucuman BB. It was a key game for the top position in TNA2. San Martin Marcos Juarez used an opportunity after Union S. lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position in TNA2. Newly promoted Tucuman BB dropped to the third place with three games lost. San Martin Marcos Juarez will face Gimnasia VP (#8) in Necochea in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tucuman BB will play at home against Adelante (#6) in Reconquista.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 8:
In TNA1 Ciclista won against Obera TC on the opponent's court 81-73. Quilmes MP managed to outperform A.Italiana in a home game 72-64.
In TNA2 Adelante was rolled over Gimnasia VP on the road 76-53.



Group TNA1
Obera TC - Ciclista 73-81

Very expected game when 7th ranked Obera TC (2-5) was defeated at home by second ranked Ciclista (5-2) 81-73 on Sunday. Ciclista have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of TNA1 leader, which they share with Alvear. Obera TC lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. Ciclista will face Firmat SF (#6) in Santa Fe in the next round where they are favorite. Obera TC will play at home against San Martin Corrientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121169


Bragado - Alvear 67-57

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Alvear (5-2) on the court of third ranked Bragado on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Bragado 67-57. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Alvear. Bragado maintains third position in TNA1 with 4-3 record behind leader Union S., which they share with Quilmes MP and San Mart.C. Newly promoted Alvear still keeps top place with two games lost. They share the position with Ciclista. Bragado is looking forward to face Quilmes MP (#5) in Mar del Plata in the next round. Alvear will play on the road against Asociacion Italiana (#8) in Charata and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 121170


San Mart.C. - Firmat SF 79-78

A very interesting game took place in Corrientes. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Firmat SF (2-5) to fourth ranked San Martin Corrientes (4-3) 79-78 on Sunday evening. San Martin Corrientes moved-up to third place in TNA1, which they share with Quilmes MP and Bragado. Firmat SF at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. San Martin Corrientes' next round opponent will be Obera TC (#7) on the road. Firmat SF will play against the league's second-placed Ciclista in Juninense.
gschID: 121167


Quilmes MP - A.Italiana 72-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Quilmes MP's (4-3) home victory over 6th ranked Asociacion Italiana (2-5) 72-64 on Monday. Quilmes MP moved-up to third place in TNA1, which they share with Bragado and San Mart.C. Asociacion Italiana lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with five games lost. Quilmes MP will face Bragado (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Asociacion Italiana will play against the league's leader Alvear in Villa Angela.
gschID: 121168


Group TNA2
San Mart.MJ - Tucuman BB 83-76

The game between Top Four teams took place in Marcos Juarez. Third ranked host San Martin Marcos Juarez (5-2) defeated second-ranked Tucuman BB (4-3) 83-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tucuman BB. It was a key game for the top position in TNA2. San Martin Marcos Juarez used an opportunity after Union S. lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position in TNA2. Newly promoted Tucuman BB dropped to the third place with three games lost. San Martin Marcos Juarez will face Gimnasia VP (#8) in Necochea in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tucuman BB will play at home against Adelante (#6) in Reconquista.
gschID: 121172


Union Progr. - Banda Norte 74-76

Very significant was Banda Norte's (#5) just 2-point road victory against one of their biggest challengers Union Progresista in TNA2 76-74. Banda Norte have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in TNA2, which they share with Tucuman BB. Union Progresista lost fourth consecutive game. Union Progresista at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Adelante. Banda Norte will play against league's leader Union de Sunchales on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Union Progresista will play against Asociacion Espanola (#7) in Charata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121173


Gimnasia VP - Adelante 76-53

There was a minor upset in Necochea where 6th ranked Adelante (3-4) was rolled over by eighth ranked Gimnasia VP (2-5) 76-53 on Sunday. Gimnasia VP moved-up to seventh place in TNA2, which they share with A.Espanola. Adelante at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Gimnasia VP will face league's second-placed San Martin Marcos Juarez at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Adelante will play against Tucuman BB in Tandil and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121174


A.Espanola - Union S. 74-75

A very close game took place in Charata between Union de Sunchales and Asociacion Espanola. First ranked Union de Sunchales (5-2) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Asociacion Espanola (2-5). Union de Sunchales managed to escape with a 1-point win 75-74 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Union de Sunchales have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in TNA2 with 5-2 record, which they share with San Mart.MJ. Asociacion Espanola lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with five games lost. They share the position with Gimnasia VP. Union de Sunchales will meet at home Banda Norte (#4) in the next round. Asociacion Espanola will play against Union Progresista in Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121171




Boca Juniors cut Cedric Moodie - by Eurobasket News
Boca Juniors have decided to part ways with Cedric Moodie (187-G-78, college: Indianapolis). The 32-year-old guard joined the team at the beginning of the season. He tallied 13.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in Liga A. In Liga Sudamericana the guard notched 18.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per appearance. It was the second season with Boca Juniors for Cedric Moodie.


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


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  AUSTRIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.9 
 3. Houston, Arkadia19.5 
 4. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.18.9 
 6. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.8 
 7. Heard, Gussing17.6 
 8. Mayes, Gmunden17.2 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.0 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.0 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.7 
 4. Volcic, Oberwart7.9 
 5. Vay, Arkadia7.9 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden7.7 
 8. Graham, UBSC G.7.7 
 9. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.4 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.0 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.7 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels7.1 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.1 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.6.1 
 6. Parker, Oberwart4.7 
 7. Miletic, UBSC G.4.7 
 8. Boylan, Gmunden4.4 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.2 
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. Parker, Oberwart2.2 
 5. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 6. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 7. Danek, Arkadia1.8 
 8. Vay, Arkadia1.8 
 9. Artner, Oberwart1.8 
 10. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 6. Vay, Arkadia1.1 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.1.0 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 
 10. Koch, Gussing0.6 


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Levski 7-1 
 2. Beograd 5-3 
 3. Ulcijn 4-4 
 4. Zrinjski HT 4-4 
 5. Svjetlost 0-8 
Group B
 1. Mornar Bar 6-2 
 2. Feni Indistrija 5-2 
 3. Rilski Sportist 4-4 
 4. Mures 3-5 
 5. Balkan 1-6 


Svjetlost changes head coach again, hires Brajkovic - by Eurobasket News
Svjetlost Slavonski Brod has decided to appoint new Head Coach. The club has reached an agreement with Drazen Brajkovic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) who will try to help the team avoid relegation. Brajkovic worked with U16 Croatian National Team which he led to gold medal at the 2010 U16 European Championships in Montenegro. He is expected to make his debut on the Svjetlosts bench in the next round of A1 league. As a reminder, Svjetlost started the season with Igor Kovacevic. Their second coach this season was Zoran Kalpic and he was replaced later with Drazen Stojs. Drazen Brajkovic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) started his coaching career in 1992 when he was appointed Assistant Coach at BC Elemes. After a year as Assistant Coach at BC Sibenka he was appointed as Head Coach in 1993. He led them to National Cup in 1994, while in 1997 he has won National Title. He also worked with Karlovac, Sava Osiguranje Rijeka, Sanac and Dinamo Tbilisi before returning to Sibenka at the start of 2005-2006 season. In December of 2006, Brajkovic was appointed as Head Coach of Kvarner where he worked for one year. Brajkovic also served as Assistant Coach for U18 Croatia as well as the Senior NT. He also worked as Head Coach of Georgian National Team and U16 Croatia National Team.

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  BELGIUM   


First place in Group L for BC Oostende - by Eurobasket News
BC Oostende-BC Zadar 76:53

First place in Group L for BC Oostende that won over BC Zadar 76:53. The Belgian team won the last game of EuroChallenge Group Round and advanced to the Quarterfinals.
Marko Car (188-G/F-85) surprised the hosts from the perimeter early in the game, but BC Oostende replied with 6 consecutive points. Katnic and Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) made it 21:19 in the end of the quarter and the latter brought later 25:21. Trailing 25:28 midway through the second frame, the hosts erupted with 14-0 run to keep the guests scoreless until the end of the frame. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) closed the half at 39:28 and he later made it 45:37. Pelle kept the hosts in front at 53:42 after three quarters. With 23-11 BC Oostende finished the last frame and won the game as well as the group itself.
Matt Lojeski top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) collected 12 points and 10 caroms. Marcus Faison and Mitchell followed them with 9 points apiece in a win. Marko Car netted 17 in defeat and Ivan Batur (203-F-91) poured in 9.

BC Oostende: Matt Lojeski 18, Will Thomas 12+10 rebs, Marcus Faison 9, Mitchell 9
BC Zadar: Marko Car 17, Ivan Batur 9



Krka wins Group J of EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp Giants-Krka 45:64

Krka wins Group J of EuroChallenge as Slovenian underdogs continue their debut year. The team overcame Antwerp Giants in the last game of the group to finish on top with 5-1 record. Antwerp Giants as well as another Belgian team, Dexia could not make it to the Quarterfinals.
Krka scored the first five points in the game and proved the superiority of the teams. They won the first period 20-9 and never looked behind in the game. Graham Brown (205-C-84, college: Michigan) however reduced to 22:23, while Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) closed the half at 28:22. Krka won the third period 17:11 and increased to 45:33 after 30 minutes. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue), Edo Muric (202-F-91) and Dragisa Drobnjak ensured the big start in the last frame as the latter gave his side 50:33. Dragic made it 54:37 and Pavic brought the final score on the board.
Christopher Booker led hos team to the Quarterfinals with 13 points. Edo Muric followed him with 11 and Dragisa Drobnjak scored 10. Roel Moors (190-G-78, agency: Agency No 10) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort and Graham Brown netted 10.

Antwerp Giants: Roel Moors 11, Graham Brown 10
Krka: Christopher Booker 13, Edo Muric 11, Dragisa Drobnjak 10




Andre Smith pulls Karsiyaka to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Dexia Mons-Hainaut-Pinar Karsiyaka 76:87

Pinar Karsiyaka registered their place in the QuarterFinals of EuroChallenge by winning at Dexia Mons-Hainaut on Tuesday. In one of the most important and interesting games tonight the Turkish side celebrated 87:76 win.
More than 2000 came to support the local Dexia and hoped to see them in the 1/4 Finals. The home side started with 20-17 as Ronald Lewis (183-G-81, college: Mars Hill) closed the period from perimeter. In the second quarter again the score was tied several times, while Pinar Karsiyaka looked better at the end of it. After 38:36 lead the guests increased to 46:36 after 8-0 run. David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) brought 51:41 early in the third and Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) made it 60:56. Pinar Karsiyaka even reached 20-point deficit, but the hosts reduced to 11 at the end of the game.
Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) erupted with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Osiris Eldridge netted 20. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 and David Holston netted 13. Ronald Lewis answered with 18 points and Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) poured in 15. Shan Foster (198-G/F-86, college: Vanderbilt) and Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: St.Joseph's) produced 11 points each as Belgian side finished with 1-5 record.

Dexia Mons-Hainaut: Ronald Lewis 18, Justin Cage 15, Shan Foster 11, Ahmad Nivins 11
Pinar Karsiyaka: Andre Smith 23+12 rebs, Osiris Eldridge 20, Jovo Stanojevic 15, David Holston 13




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Hopkins survives versus Benguche in U15 debut!!! - by David Magana
In the this weeks Saturday installment of the Dangriga U15 and U17 tour, the Ghans Avenue Basketball Court witnessed the first threat of overtime this season when the opening game between Benguche Celtics and Hopkins went down to the wire. With less than 10 seconds to go and Hopkins up 24-23, Dylan Flores was fouled on his way to the hoop thus creating an opportunity to win the game, or at least send it to overtime. Flores was unable to convert any of the free throws and Hopkins secured the rebound to end the game. The high point man for Hopkins was Kenroy Nunez who had10 points 12 rebounds.
Next for Hopkins is New Site Young-gunners (Mar-02-2011)
Next for Benguche is Junior Spartans (Mar-05-2011)

Harlem U17 Continues to Roll
Harlem continues assert their dominance in the U17 tournament. This week the Backatown Warriors that fell victim to the most balanced U17 team in Harlem . Last week it was the guards, this week it was the frontline. Center Shai Peters had a big day with 20 points and 16 rebounds while center/forward Dominque Nicholas had 15 points and 15 rebounds. The Warrior did have the services of Brandon Flowers who was missing from last weeks game. He had 10 points and 17 rebounds, but his frontline counterpart Frank Williams was in foul trouble most of the game which limited his minutes and effectiveness. Harlem coasts to 3-0 and to the top of the standings, setting the stage for their first real challenge being a week four match-up against the Foreshore Spartans, the only other undefeated team at 3-0. the Backatown Warriors will get a much needed bye next week.
Next for Harlem is Foreshore Spartans (Mar-05-2011)
Next for Backatown Warriors is a bye week

Independence Scorpions stung by Foreshore Spartans 62-35
The Independence Scorpions finally made their tournament entrance this Saturday vs. the Foreshore Spartans. It quickly turned into a start they would rather forget. The Spartans, behind leading scorer Hubert Usher, immediately jumped all over the Scorpions to the tune of a 14-4 first quarter lead. That lead was extended to a 13 point advantage at the half, in what might have seemed like a blur to the Scorpions. Albert Rivas of the Scorpions had the best line on his squad with 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Justice Cabral showed some promise tallying 7 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. The Scorpions have week to re-group before facing the 0-2 Cadet Trailblazers next Saturday. Everyone who played for the Spartans scored at least one point in this game. Hubert Usher led the way with 18, Trevon Mitchell had 16 and Roni Montejo netted 10 points.
Next for Foreshore Spartans is Harlem (Mar-05-2011)
Next for Independence Scorpions is the Cadet Trailblazers (Mar-05-2011)




Delay in the commencement of the BECOL tournament!!! - by David Magana
Due to problems with the light at the basketball court, there was a delay in the commencement of the BECOL tournament. The San Ignacio and Santa Elena Basketball Association, SSBA, will now be kicking off its 5 annual BECOL tournament this Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Falcon Field in San Ignacio Town. 23 teams are participating in this years tournament. Players must turn 19 and 22 after June 1 in order to be eligible to play in the U18 and U21 divisions, respectively. The deadline to pay the $50 deposit is Friday, March 4, 2011. Each team is allowed to have 3 players who reside outside of the Cayo District. Uniform shirts must have numbers in the front and back.

The schedule for the opening weekend is below:
Friday Night:
7:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
7:30 p.m. Game 1 (Over 35) : Belmopan vs. Mega Foods
9:00 p.m. Game 2 (Under 21) : Flames vs. Hodes Rookies

Saturday Night:
6:30 p.m. Game 1 (Under 21) : Belmopan Trojans vs. Belize Bank Bombers
7:30 p.m. Game 2 (Seniors) : Gully Creepers vs. V-Power
9:00 p.m. Game 3 (Seniors) : BNE Oilers vs. Western Warriors




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Mirza Ahmetbasic joins KK Zadar - by Nedzad Kladusak
Mirza Ahmetbasic (193-G-87, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Abil.Christian) is a talented young basketball player who has got a reputation to be an aggressive PG who is said to be
wild and little bit selfish. After a Season with KK Bosna, Pinaryaka, KK Brcko he played this season with Kakanj where he was one of the best players.
After Kakanj has buried its hopes to reach the Liga 6 Mirza Ahmetbasic has signed a a contract with KK Zadar the famous croatian team.
Ahmetbasic has saigned a two-year contract.


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Uberlandia fire head coach - by Paulo Freire
Ratto is no longer the head coach of Uberlandia Unitri/Universo. The former player, who was in his first season as a coach after retiring as a player from Brasilia last year, was fired by team owner, Wellington Salgado on the loockroom after defeats to Bauru (102-86 ) and Assis (94-90).

With coach Ratto on the helm of the team, Unitri played 33 times, including 11 games for the Mineiro State Championship, a competition which they won the champion this year, losing only one game. On the NBB he was on 22 games with 15 wins and seven defeats. At the moment the team ranked fifth place in the NBB, with 68.18% yield.

Uberlandia made a fast move signing the new head coach, who is coach Marco Aurelio dos Santos, more knowing as Chui, who will be the new commander of Uberlandia for the rest of NBB 2010/2011 season. The deal occurred late on Monday (February 28), after a conversation between the coach and management of the team.

'It will be great because I will work in a team that has structure and high level players. The expectation is to work hard to reach at least the top 4 teams on the NBB Championship,' says Chui.

Throughout his coaching career, Chui, 47 year old, commanded the Araraquara and Franca. The former NT player, has also directed the Brazilian National University Men team, been the Pan American champion in 2010 in competition held in Salvador (BA). In the recent months he was working as manager of the XV de Piracicaba basketball team, in Sao Paulo State.




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Lukoil Academic tasted another win in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Barak Netanya- Lukoil Academic 67:77

Lukoil Academic tasted another win in Israel to finish EuroChallenge Group I with 4-2 record. The Bulgarian team advanced to the Quarterfinals with 77:67 road win over Barak Netanya.
The Israeli team took control in the first period and finished the quarter with 24:17. They could not however keep the score for good later in the game. With 19-11 the guests grabbed 36:35 halftime advantage as Lamont Mack (201-F-87, college: Charlotte) closed the half. Both teams threatened to put daylight between each other at various times and in the third it was the visitors who looked most likely to break the game open. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) and Heath made it 54:48, while Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) followed them for another lead. A 21-17 was another proof for the win in the last quarter as Lukoil Academic overcame Haifa team.
Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) led the way with 18 points, while Todor Stoykov and Damjan Stojanovski had 11 apiece. Lamont Mack followed them with 10 points in a winning effort. Romeo Travis (201-F-84, college: Akron) ended up with 16 points for the hosts as Israeli team finished the campaign with 1-5 record. Errick McCollum (185-G, college: Goshen) scored 11 and Lior Segev (190-G-83, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 10.

Barak Netanya: Romeo Travis 16, Errick McCollum 11, Lior Segev 10
Lukoil Academic: Bozhidar Avramov 18, Todor Stoykov 11, Damjan Stojanovski 11, Lamont Mack 10



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Morris' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old power forward Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Beijing and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had a double-double of 40 points and 17 rebounds, while his team crushed DongGuan (#2, 22-5) with 21-point margin 110-89. Beijing is placed at 7th position in Chinese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Beijing will need more victories to improve their 15-12 record. Morris turned to be Beijing's top player in his first season with the team. University of Kentucky graduate has very impressive stats this year. Morris is in league's top in points (3rd best: 29.8ppg), rebounds (9th best: 11.6rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai. He is American forward in his first season at Shanghai. In the last game Harris recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 26 rebounds. Bad luck as Shanghai lost that overtime game 108-124 to the lower-ranked Fujian (#16, 6-21). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Shanghai dropped in the standings to 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-16 record. Harris is a newcomer at Shanghai and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.9ppg (#9). He also registered 15.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Charles Gaines (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) of Qingdao DS (#15). Gaines got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds and five assists. Despite Gaines' great performance Qingdao DS lost 116-132 to the higher-ranked Shanxi Zh. (#10, 12-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Qingdao DS not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gaines could try to bring Qingdao DS's a little bit higher in the standings. Gaines has individually a great season in China. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 33.1ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 13.6rpg (6th best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 61.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Fujian - 42 points and 10 rebounds
5. Dwayne Jones (211-C-83) of Fujian - 28 points and 17 rebounds
6. Alexander Johnson (208-F-83) of Shanxi Zh. - 33 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. James Singleton (203-F-81) of Xinjiang - 25 points and 13 rebounds
8. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Zhejiang G.L. - 28 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Chih-Chieh Lin (192-F/G-82) of Zhejiang G.L. - 43 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Marcus Williams (201-F-86) of Zhejiang C. - 35 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Tianjin Rongcheng split ways with Herve Lamizana - by Eurobasket News
Tainjin Rongcheng decided to part ways with Lamizana Herve (207-F/C-81, college: Rutgers). The 29-year-old centre joined the team in the previous season. This season the Ivorian centre tallied 24.4 points, 10.4 boards and 3.2 assists per game in CBA. Lamizana Herve participated at the 2010 World Championships with Ivory Coast. Lamizana Herve notched 9.8 points, 4.8 boards and 3.2 blocks per game in Turkey.


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Cibona inks Pankracije Barac - by Eurobasket News
BC Cibona has continued to reinforce its roster with domestic players. According to the reports from Croatian media, Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) has agreed a deal with Cibona until the end of the season. Barac played for BC Zagreb so far, and he also has worked with Cibonas Head Coach Drazen Anzulovic few years back in Belgium. He is expected to make his debut soon.
Pankracije Barac started his career with Zrinjevac junior team, before making his professional debut in 2000 with Hiron Botinec. In four seasons with Hiron, Barac established himself as prolific scorer averaging 17.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in his last season with the club. In 2004 he moved to Zadar and continued with his development. While at Zadar, Barac won two national Titles in 2005 and 2008 as well as National Cup in 2005 and 2006. In his last season with Zadar, Barac posted averages of 8.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in 21 League games. In 2008, he concluded his first abroad contract when he was signed by Belgium outfit Charleroi. In his debut season, he averaged 5.0 points and 1.1 rebound in 23 league games. Last season, Barac was snapped up by BC Zagreb and he has averaged 8.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 15 league games.


Svjetlost changes head coach again, hires Brajkovic - by Eurobasket News
Svjetlost Slavonski Brod has decided to appoint new Head Coach. The club has reached an agreement with Drazen Brajkovic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) who will try to help the team avoid relegation. Brajkovic worked with U16 Croatian National Team which he led to gold medal at the 2010 U16 European Championships in Montenegro. He is expected to make his debut on the Svjetlosts bench in the next round of A1 league. As a reminder, Svjetlost started the season with Igor Kovacevic. Their second coach this season was Zoran Kalpic and he was replaced later with Drazen Stojs. Drazen Brajkovic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) started his coaching career in 1992 when he was appointed Assistant Coach at BC Elemes. After a year as Assistant Coach at BC Sibenka he was appointed as Head Coach in 1993. He led them to National Cup in 1994, while in 1997 he has won National Title. He also worked with Karlovac, Sava Osiguranje Rijeka, Sanac and Dinamo Tbilisi before returning to Sibenka at the start of 2005-2006 season. In December of 2006, Brajkovic was appointed as Head Coach of Kvarner where he worked for one year. Brajkovic also served as Assistant Coach for U18 Croatia as well as the Senior NT. He also worked as Head Coach of Georgian National Team and U16 Croatia National Team.

Darda appoints Zvonimir Ridl as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Darda has appointed new Head Coach. After Dejan Srzic has recently left the post, club management has turned to one of its veteran players. Zvonimir Ridl (204-F-73) will work in a function of player/Head Coach until the end of the season. Ridl is facing a tough task of trying to help Darda avoid relegation, as slow start has left them in 7th place with 7 wins and 9 losses.
In his long career, Zvonimir Ridl has played for the numerous Croatian clubs including Slavonka, Zadar, Split and Osijek. In September of 2000 he has started his international career by signing with Mlekarna Kunin Novi Jicin in Czech Republic. There he has averaged 13.6 points and 6.2rebounds per game. Ridl has also played for the likes of Atomeromu SE Paks in Hungary, where he spent two seasons. In 2005 he has helped the club win Hungarian league Title. At the start of 2007-2008 season he has returned to Croatia and signed with Darda. For the several seasons he was their leader and last season he has appeared in 30 games, posting averages of 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.


Bracey Wright carries Cedevita past Unics - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Cedevita 84:88

Cedevita send a strong message to the future opponents in EuroCup Final Eight. The Croatian team surprised Unics in Kazan to finish the tournaments Last 16 stage on a high note. The victory however turned out insufficient for Cedevita to finish in the first place in Group I. Unics won a tie-break advantage and clinched the top position in the standings. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) dominated in the court scoring 27 points, collecting 6 boards and making three steals and three assists for Cedevita.
Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) scored 9 points in the first term but it was not enough for Unics to outscore Cedevita in the opening term. The Croatian team stayed close and entered the second term tied at 22. The visitors tipped off the second term with six consecutive points to pull in front. Unics immediately reacted with 11 straight points to regain the advantage. The roller-coaster action continued as Unics led by just two points at halftime 40:38. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) and Lampe gave the hosts a 53:45 advantage midway through the third frame. Kelly McCarty ensured a 62:52 advantage late in the period. The Russian powerhouse headed into the fourth term up by eight points 64:56. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) and Bracey Wright set the tone early in the fourth term. Cedevita started to work their way back into the game. Vedran Vukusic nailed 7 points in a row late in regulation when Cedevita accumulated a 78:76 lead. Marko Popovic leveled things up but Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) hit from beyond the arc and Bracey Wright added a free throw to keep Cedevita in charge. Vedran Princ and Marino Bazdaric went deadly from the stripe in the dying minutes to seal the winning outcome for the visitors.
Marino Bazdaric dropped 20 points, while Vedran Vukusic had 19 points and 8 caroms in the win. Kelly McCarty and Ricky Minard finished with 21 points each for Unics.

Unics: Kelly McCarty 21, Ricky Minard 21
Cedevita: Bracey Wright 27, Marino Bazdaric 20, Vedran Vukusic 19



First place in Group L for BC Oostende - by Eurobasket News
BC Oostende-BC Zadar 76:53

First place in Group L for BC Oostende that won over BC Zadar 76:53. The Belgian team won the last game of EuroChallenge Group Round and advanced to the Quarterfinals.
Marko Car (188-G/F-85) surprised the hosts from the perimeter early in the game, but BC Oostende replied with 6 consecutive points. Katnic and Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) made it 21:19 in the end of the quarter and the latter brought later 25:21. Trailing 25:28 midway through the second frame, the hosts erupted with 14-0 run to keep the guests scoreless until the end of the frame. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) closed the half at 39:28 and he later made it 45:37. Pelle kept the hosts in front at 53:42 after three quarters. With 23-11 BC Oostende finished the last frame and won the game as well as the group itself.
Matt Lojeski top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) collected 12 points and 10 caroms. Marcus Faison and Mitchell followed them with 9 points apiece in a win. Marko Car netted 17 in defeat and Ivan Batur (203-F-91) poured in 9.

BC Oostende: Matt Lojeski 18, Will Thomas 12+10 rebs, Marcus Faison 9, Mitchell 9
BC Zadar: Marko Car 17, Ivan Batur 9



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Pepsi Caserta better Nymburk - by Eurobasket News
Pepsi Caserta - Nymburk 88:80

Pepsi Caserta finished EuroCup Last 16 stage with victory. They held off Nymburk at home court to improve at 4-2 record in Group K. The victory however was not enough to propel Pepsi Caserta on top of the ladder. They finished in the second place just behind Estudiantes. Pepsi Caserta will take on Unics in EuroCup Final Eight. Nymburk ended Last 16 stage winless.
The hosts got to a slightly better start as they gained an 18:13 lead midway through the opening term. But Nymburk capped the term with a 9:2 run to level things up at 24. Pepsi Caserta grabbed the lead midway through the second term when they went on a 13:0 run. The hosts rallied to a comfortable 51:38 halftime advantage. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Dionte Christmas (196-G, college: Temple) teamed up early in the third frame and dragged Nymburk back within two 56:58. They continued to deliver as Nymburk secured a 67:64 lead at the final break. Afik Nissim stretched the margin to 6 points in the final term but Pepsi Caserta responded with a 14:0 spurt to edge in front for good. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) provided 15 points for the winners. Martin Colussi (193-G-81) added 13 points for the home side. Afik Nissim responded with 22 points for Nymburk. Dionte Christmas netted 14 points in the loss.

Pepsi Caserta: Ebi Ere 15, Martin Colussi 13, Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) 12
Nymburk: Afik Nissim 22, Dionte Christmas 14



Lokomotiv Kuban secure the Quarterfinal birth - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban-BK Prostejov 90:76

Lokomotiv Kuban secure the Quarterfinal birth of EuroChallenge as they beat BK Prostejov in the last Round of Last 16. The Russian team needed 90:76 win to finish with 4-2 record. The squad from Czech Republic finished with 2-4 record in Group L.
BK Prostejov struggled to eat into the hosts lead during the first quarter. Only at the end of the first period Tucker and Hyzy exchanged for 21:20 advantage. Lokomotiv Kuban finally got their reward in the second quarter. They produced a 29-14 run as Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87) closed the half at 50:34. BK Prostejov however was too far to give up. They bounced back with 27-16 in the third quarter and reduced to 66:61 after 3 quarters. Moreover Lawrence cut it to 68:66 early in the last period. Lokomotiv Kuban meanwhile pulled away in the fourth quarter to win the EuroChallenge Last 16 game in Krasnodar.
Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) top-scored for the winners with 25 points, whilst Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Tucker nailed 11 and Maksim Sheleketo scored 10. Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) replied with 17 points in the losing effort, Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) had 15 and Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) notched 10.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Michael Wilkinson 25, Jeremiah Massey 18+11 rebs, Tucker 11, Maksim Sheleketo 10
BK Prostejov: Andrius Slezas 17, Benas Veikalas 15, Kyle Landry 10



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BayHawks acquire guard in three team deal - by Eurobasket News
The Erie BayHawks today acquired guard Jermaine Beal (6'3''-G-87, college: Vanderbilt) from the Austin Toros as part of a three-team deal. Erie sent guard Derek Raivio (6'3''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, and Fort Wayne dealt Austin their third round pick in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft.

'Derek is a great kid and I thoroughly enjoyed having him on our team,' said BayHawks head coach Jay Larranaga. 'I believe the trade provides a good situation for Derek and wish him all the best.'

Beal (6-3, 205) is a 23-year-old rookie from Vanderbilt University who was acquired by the Toros via the available player pool on December 1. He appeared in 29 games this season with Austin and averaged 6.9 points and 2.2 assists in 18.7 minutes per game.

As a senior at Vanderbilt, Beal lead the Commodores in scoring (14.6 points), assists (3.1) three-point field goals (72), and minutes played (32.5 per game), and was voted the school's 2009-2010 Male Athlete of the Year by school officials. Beal finished his college career with 91 victories in his four seasons, making him the winningest player in the history of Vanderbilt men's basketball.

Beal is expected to be in uniform for the BayHawks when they face conference rival Iowa on Tuesday at 7:00pm ET at Tullio Arena.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral..com


Stampede acquire Bobbitt - by Eurobasket News
The Idaho Stampede announced today they have acquired guard Tony Bobbitt (6'4''-G-79, college: Cincinnati) from the Springfield Armor in a trade for Lance Hurdle (6'2''-G-87, college: Miami (FL)).

In nine games (8 starts) Bobbitt averaged 13.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the Armor. Bobbitt scored a season-high 28 points (8-16 3FG) against the Bakersfield Jam on Feb. 4.

Bobbitt has played two games in the NBA as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers - he scored five points, grabbed three rebounds and played 12 minutes in the 2004-05 season.

The Daytona Beach, Fla. native spent two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho from 2000-02, where he averaged 14.1 points (.441 FG%, .404 3FG%, .802 FT%) before transferring to the University of Cincinnati. While at Cincinnati, Bobbitt, born Oct. 22, 1979, averaged 10.9 points in two seasons. As a senior, Bobbitt was named the Conference USA Sixth Man of the Year (2003-04) and earned Third Team All-Conference USA honors.

Bobbitt will wear jersey No. 15.

Idaho plays the Sioux Falls Skyforce tomorrow at 6 p.m. (MST) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


All-Star Walker Russell leaves Mad Ants - by Eurobasket News
Fighting to get into the NBA Development League playoffs for the first time in their four-year history, the Mad Ants just took a body shot that could have an effect on that goal.

Point guard Walker Russell (6'0''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.)., the teams only representative in last weeks D-League All-Star game in Los Angeles, has left the Mad Ants to play in China.

To fill the roster vacancy, the Ants completed a three-way deal with Austin and Erie.

The Ants picked up 6-foot-2 guard Derek Raivio (6'3''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) from the Erie BayHawks and traded next seasons third-round draft pick to Austin, which sent 6-3 guard Jermaine Beal to Erie.

Raivio, who played at Gonzaga, averaged 4.9 points and 2.8 assists in 25 games with Erie.

The loss of Russell is the latest case of misfortune to hit the Ants this season.

The team lost 6-foot-11 center Chris Hunter for the season to a torn Achilles tendon on Christmas night.

Guard Oliver Lafayette, whose exceptional play last season with the Ants warranted a late-season call-up to the NBA Boston Celtics, left the Mad Ants a month ago to play in Turkey.

And even Larry Sanders, a 6-11 center sent to the Ants from the Milwaukee Bucks as recently as a week ago, was recalled by Milwaukee.

Now comes the news that the teams best player is gone.

Russell, a 6-foot guard, led the Ants in nearly every offensive category this season.

In 37 starts, he averaged 17.7 points, 7.9 assists and 34.7 minutes all team highs.

Obviously, Walks an All-Star point guard; one of the best point guards in the league, and I think is ready for a call-up (by the NBA), Ants coach Joey Meyer said. Theres no doubt well miss him. He was an integral part of our team.

The Ants (17-20) have won three of their last four games and own the eighth-best record in the league, which is the final possible playoff berth.

The team plays two home games against Reno (22-14) Thursday (7 p.m.) and Friday (7:30 p.m.).

Now Derek and Carlos (English) are going to have to step up, Meyer said. Thats what the D-Leagues about. You lose a guy, you step up.

English has been the teams backup point guard this season. He averages 13.6 minutes, 3.7 points and 2.3 assists per game.

Courtesy of www.journalgazette.net


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.9 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.4 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.21.0 
 4. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.19.5 
 6. McNeal, Rio Grande19.0 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.18.9 
 8. Sims, Maine RC18.5 
 9. Edwards, New M.18.2 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.11.3 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.2 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.8 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 6. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 7. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.1 
 8. Brackins, Spring.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.9.1 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.2 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.4 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.3 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.2 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.6.1 
 10. Baker, Dakota W.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 5. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.0 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.1.9 
 10. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 5. Atchley, Rio Grande2.1 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 7. Sykes, Sioux F.1.9 
 8. Gaffney, Utah F.1.7 
 9. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 
 10. Goodridge, Spring.1.6 


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BBL: TU/Rock pushes Kalev/Cramo to a brink of disaster - by Janar Filippov
Tartu University/Rock had no sympathy against home archrivals BC Kalev/Cramo, beating them 64:55 ahead of a full crowd in a Kalev Sports Hall. The loss pushed Kalev/Cramo to the edge of missing Baltic League play-offs as they now have only theoretical chances of rising from 7th place.
The hosts started well, though, as three-pointers by Gert Dorbek (194-G-85) and Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) (2) took them ahead 15:11 with 12 minutes played. Then a disaster stroke - hosts made only one field shot from 10 attempts and only one free throw 6 attempts in next seven minutes, allowing the guests to make a 15:3 run. Back-to-back three-pointers by Rain Veideman (192-G-91) took TU/Rock ahead 28:20 and the first half ended 32:24. A good play by Dorbek (10 pts in 3rd quarter) took the hosts within 3 points in 3rd quarter (40:43) and at the beginning of last quarter, Rait Keerles (201-F-80) and Tanel Sokk made it 47:47. Then, three turnovers in a row by hosts helped Rock ahead 49:54 and in closing minutes, easy baskets by Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) and Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85, college: Grand Valley St.) put the end to hosts' hopes.

Eziukwu scored 15 pts + 18 rbs for the winners. Veideman added 13 pts, Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89) 8 pts + 7 assists. Dorbek scored 18 for Kalev/Cramo, Michael Dunigan (208-C-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Oregon) added 11 pts and 6 blocks. Kalev/Cramo made only 28% FG and lost rebounds 36:51.

TU/Rock holds 3rd place in BBL standings ahead of two difficult games in Lithuania. Kalev/Cramo will make the play-offs if they beat Valmiera on Saturday and Nevezis loses to both Liepaja and Rock.
Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85, college: Grand Valley St.)


KML: Timermanis to Tarvas, Raap to Rapla - by Janar Filippov
Some Estonian teams have added new players in last week. BC Rakvere Tarvas signed former Latvian NT player Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82, agency: Alti Sport) and waived Richard Anderson. Timermanis started the season in Barons Riga and might give Tarvas a huge help in a fight for medals. BC Kalev/Cramo signed youngster Mihkel Schleicher (201-C-93), TTU/Kalev signed two players - Mooses Kaja (195-F-88) and Mihkel Kurg (191-G-87)- from their junior team. Piimameister/Rapla signed very promising young player Rannar Raap (187-G/F-92), one of the best scorers in KML this season, from Prnu.

Moving Forward - by Matthew Hall
We won two out of our four games in February, and fifty percent is our number for every month in the season at this point, but yet we remain strongly in fourth place even though our record is a weak 13-13 overall. Our last loss was devastating, it was our second major upset in three weeks, and it was on our home court. Though we are discouraged for letting each other down as well as our fans we are not letting self-pity or weakness consume and corrupt our team chemistry, we are moving forward with focus and determination. The absolute and only positive that comes from a loss (it is hard for me to admit that there is anything positive) is the lessons that can be learned, what went wrong, and further what needs to be corrected. With six games left in the regular season we plan to finish very strong, and our goal is to let our late season success propel us into the playoffs without looking back.

Now that I've got that out of the way I want to share a recent experience I had playing in a game of open run basketball here in Estonia. I have played in thousands and thousands of pick-up games back home and not one of them was anything like the game I played here. First off, before we started to play some of the guys, these were locals from Vinni and Rakvere, played a game of 'America' to warm up, they asked me to play but I said I'd just watch assuming that it would take to long for them to explain the rules. In a few seconds I realized that the game they coined America was a simple game of Knock Out. Once they were done playing we began to play a full court game. It was a much friendlier style, and I say this not strictly referring to the personalities on the court, but more so to the subtle gestures that they performed; like the unified clapping after each made basket, raising a hand when a foul was committed, congratulating an opponent when they made a nice play. Foul calls are not debatable in open run here, and the player on offense always has the upper hand. The player on defense raises his hand if he makes even the slightest contact with the player he is guarding, this was my only objection to their rules, it is almost too nice, but it is the greatest recipe to avoid conflict. There was one gym in Springfield that I played a ton of games at, and every night I played at some point or another there would be a long an loud argument over a missed or made foul call, and all I could think about watching the Estonians play was just how useful their methods would have been for those guys back home. The other interesting thing about the open run here, and maybe the most notable thing, is that they dont keep score. I kept asking what the score was, and finally some kid yelled to me 'We go until one team says Mercy!' So after about an hour enough was enough and we all just stopped playing, I didn't hear anyone say 'Mercy' so I guess we don't know who the winner was, but either way it was a cool experience.

To shift the focus on something maybe a bit more serious, some might even say threatening, there was an observation I made about a month ago at an away game against Aisciai Kaunas, in Lithuania. This game was at the official gym and basketball school designed by Arvydas Sabonis , and he was actually in attendance during our game, which I found wildly ironic because I watched him play against the Boston Celtics when he was with the Portland Trailblazers back in the early nineties. Sabonis is not only the architect of a wonderful basketball facility, but he is also adequately developing the youth of Lithuania in his school, and I witnessed before our game a session of one training program. I peeked inside the gym and I could see the young ballers shooting jump shots and lay-ups against giant cardboard cut outs of what looked like Yao Ming, there was six different baskets, and at each basket stood these enormous obstacles, and the players ran from each basket demonstrating a different drill at each one. It was like a basketball army, very disciplined and organized. I also know from my teammate Joonas Vaino that the kids in Lithuania are eating these special protein bars for post workout recovery. These arent power bars either, Joonas described it as a massive block of muscle fuel, he's about 6'6 at least two hundred pounds and he said could not finish a whole one. This summer when I see my nephews, Jack and Liam, they will be given a fair warning about the player development here. If youre a young player and your simply just shooting around in the backyard to better your game an eating candy just remember that there are monsters being developed overseas, so step your game up!



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Chris Lofton moves to Russia - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban strengthened their backcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Chris Lofton (188-G-86, college: Tennessee). The deal is meant till the end of the season. Chris Lofton started the season in D-League. The guard notched 15.6 points, 3.5 boards, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game for the Iowa Energy. Last season Chris Lofton started in Caja Laboral. He appeared in just two ACB and Euroleague game. In December 2009 Lofton moved to Estudiantes Madrid. The guard averaged 12.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists per appearance. Chris Lofton also played in Turkey after graduating from the University of Tennessee back in 2008.


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group I
 1. Spartak SP 5-1 
 2. Lukoil Academik 4-2 
 3. Maccabi Haifa 2-4 
 4. Elitzur Netanya 1-5 
Group J
 1. Krka 5-1 
 2. Karsiyaka 4-2 
 3. M.Hainaut 2-4 
 4. Antwerp 1-5 
Group K
 1. Gravelines 5-1 
 2. Ventspils 4-2 
 3. Norrkoping 2-4 
 4. Benfica 1-5 
Group L
 1. Oostende 5-1 
 2. Lokomotiv 4-2 
 3. BK Prostejov 2-4 
 4. Zadar 1-5 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.20.8 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok19.4 
 3. Woodside, Gravelines18.5 
 4. Banks, Elitzur .17.8 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp17.4 
 6. King, Etha17.0 
 7. Anderson, Ventspils16.9 
 8. Stanescu, Steaua T.16.8 
 9. Darden, Nancy16.6 
 10. Smith, Karsiyaka16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock10.5 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.9.6 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping9.1 
 4. Smith, Karsiyaka9.1 
 5. Clark, Szolnok9.1 
 6. Aldemir, Karsiyaka8.8 
 7. Zoric, KK.8.8 
 8. Massey, Lokomotiv8.7 
 9. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 10. King, Etha8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Millage, Khimik5.9 
 2. Linehan, Nancy5.9 
 3. Jackson, Maccabi .5.8 
 4. Brener, Elitzur .5.5 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok5.3 
 6. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.3 
 7. Wood, Dt.5.2 
 8. Woodside, Gravelines5.0 
 9. Draughan, Lugano T.4.9 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.0 
 2. Millage, Khimik2.9 
 3. Vladovic, Zadar2.4 
 4. Renfroe, KK.2.3 
 5. Holston, Karsiyaka2.3 
 6. Dabkus, Etha2.3 
 7. Eldridge, Karsiyaka2.2 
 8. Trotter, Szolnok2.1 
 9. Wilson, Antwerp2.1 
 10. Domercant, Spart.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.0 
 2. King, Etha2.0 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 5. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 6. Sene, Gravelines1.8 
 7. Clark, Szolnok1.6 
 8. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.5 
 9. Bader, Szolnok1.4 
 10. Zavadsky, Khimik1.4 


EuroChallenge Round: 6 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
Maccabi Haifa - Spartak SP 92-86
Maccabi Haifa edged Spartak Saint-Petersburg to finish EuroChallenge with 2-4 record in Group I. In the last game the team from Israel celebrated 92:86 win with only pride to play for. The Russian team however suffered the first loss but finished on top of the group with 5-1 record. Maccabi Haifa made their move in the first quarter. With nothing to lose they started with 24-15 in the first period, while the board showed 44:38 at the halftime. Sylven Landesberg (198-G-90, college: Virginia) and Killingsworth increased the lead to 10 points and later made it 59:43. Jackson closed the period at 65:55 after 30 minutes. In the last frame Spartak Saint-Petersburg looked better and won the quarter 31:27, but lost the game. The hosts scored the last 8 free throws for the final success. Boris Rothbart (218-C-86, agency: Avi Zilberman) again paced all the winners with 23 points and Jackson posted 17. Sylven Landesberg and Low ended up with 12 points each. Dragovic answered with 20 points in the losing case, whilst Ponkrashov delivered 18. Beverley netted 15 and Antic produced 9 points.

Elitzur Netanya - Lukoil Academik 67-77
Lukoil Academic tasted another win in Israel to finish EuroChallenge Group I with 4-2 record. The Bulgarian team advanced to the Quarterfinals with 77:67 road win over Barak Netanya. The Israeli team took control in the first period and finished the quarter with 24:17. They could not however keep the score for good later in the game. With 19-11 the guests grabbed 36:35 halftime advantage as Mack closed the half. Both teams threatened to put daylight between each other at various times and in the third it was the visitors who looked most likely to break the game open. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) and Heath made it 54:48, while Stojanovski followed them for another lead. A 21-17 was another proof for the win in the last quarter as Lukoil Academic overcame Haifa team. Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) led the way with 18 points, while Todor Stoykov and Stojanovski had 11 apiece. Mack followed them with 10 points in a winning effort. Travis ended up with 16 points for the hosts as Israeli team finished the campaign with 1-5 record. McCollum scored 11 and Segev added 10.

Group J
Antwerp - Krka 45-64
Krka wins Group J of EuroChallenge as Slovenian underdogs continue their debut year. The team overcame Antwerp Giants in the last game of the group to finish on top with 5-1 record. Antwerp Giants as well as another Belgian team, Dexia could not make it to the Quarterfinals. Krka scored the first five points in the game and proved the superiority of the teams. They won the first period 20-9 and never looked behind in the game. Brown however reduced to 22:23, while Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) closed the half at 28:22. Krka won the third period 17:11 and increased to 45:33 after 30 minutes. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue), Muric and Dragisa Drobnjak ensured the big start in the last frame as the latter gave his side 50:33. Dragic made it 54:37 and Pavic brought the final score on the board. Christopher Booker led hos team to the Quarterfinals with 13 points. Muric followed him with 11 and Dragisa Drobnjak scored 10. Moors ended up with 11 points in the losing effort and Brown netted 10.

M.Hainaut - Karsiyaka 76-87
Pinar Karsiyaka registered their place in the QuarterFinals of EuroChallenge by winning at Dexia Mons-Hainaut on Tuesday. In one of the most important and interesting games tonight the Turkish side celebrated 87:76 win. More than 2000 came to support the local Dexia and hoped to see them in the 1/4 Finals. The home side started with 20-17 as Ronald Lewis closed the period from perimeter. In the second quarter again the score was tied several times, while Pinar Karsiyaka looked better at the end of it. After 38:36 lead the guests increased to 46:36 after 8-0 run. Holston brought 51:41 early in the third and Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) made it 60:56. Pinar Karsiyaka even reached 20-point deficit, but the hosts reduced to 11 at the end of the game. Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) erupted with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Osiris Eldridge netted 20. Stanojevic scored 15 and Holston netted 13. Ronald Lewis answered with 18 points and Cage poured in 15. Foster and Nivins produced 11 points each as Belgian side finished with 1-5 record.

Group K
Ventspils - Gravelines 80-62
BK Ventspils rout BCM Gravelines Dunkerque as both teams advanced to 1/4 Finals of EuroChallenge. The Latvian team needed 80:62 win to finish behind the favorites with 4-2 record. The French side meanwhile suffered the first loss at that stage but finished on top of Group K with 5-1 record. More than 700 fans saw their team shrug off a sluggish start to put in a powerful 18-13 after the first period and then adding 23-10 in the second frame. Anderson sent the teams to the lockers as the board showed 41:23 for Latvian team. The Baltic side continue their search for the right chemistry this season and they competed well during the game in particular to get their noses in front. Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) nailed three to give 61:42 advantage after three quarters. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque won the last stanza 20-19 but reduced just to 18 points difference. Anderson stepped up with 14 points for the hosts and Maris Gulbis added 12. Strelnieks and Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) followed them with 10 points each in a win. Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Bigote and Zerbo scored 13 each.

Norrkoping - Benfica 80-74
Six players in double figures led Dolphins over Benfica in the last game for both teams in EuroChallenge this season. Norrkoping Dolphins won over Lisboa e Benfica 80:74 to finish third in Group K with 2-4 record. The team from Portugal suffered the fifth loss and finished last with 1-5 record. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) opened the game for the hosts and Evans brought the lead for the guests at 11:7. Carreira kept the team from Portugal in front closing the period at 14:9. The second quarter was decisive in the game as the Dolphins erupted with 27-13 in it. Joakim Kjellbom made it 36:24, while Minhava closed the half at 36:27. Lisboa e Benfica tried hard to recover and did not give up in the game. A 26-21 helped them to stay alive at 57:53 after 30 minutes. Minhava reduced to 76:74 with 2 minutes in the game, while Ayuba and Mitchell delivered the last points for the winners. Joakim Kjellbom led the way with 14 points and Gervin added 13. Mitchell netted 11, while three other players scored 10 each. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) ended up with 18 points in defeat, Jenkins had 16 and Evans delivered 14.

Group L
Lokomotiv - BK Prostejov 90-76
Lokomotiv Kuban secure the Quarterfinal birth of EuroChallenge as they beat BK Prostejov in the last Round of Last 16. The Russian team needed 90:76 win to finish with 4-2 record. The squad from Czech Republic finished with 2-4 record in Group L. BK Prostejov struggled to eat into the hosts lead during the first quarter. Only at the end of the first period Tucker and Hyzy exchanged for 21:20 advantage. Lokomotiv Kuban finally got their reward in the second quarter. They produced a 29-14 run as Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87) closed the half at 50:34. BK Prostejov however was too far to give up. They bounced back with 27-16 in the third quarter and reduced to 66:61 after 3 quarters. Moreover Lawrence cut it to 68:66 early in the last period. Lokomotiv Kuban meanwhile pulled away in the fourth quarter to win the EuroChallenge Last 16 game in Krasnodar. Wilkinson top-scored for the winners with 25 points, whilst Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Tucker nailed 11 and Maksim Sheleketo scored 10. Slezas replied with 17 points in the losing effort, Veikalas had 15 and Landry notched 10.

Oostende - Zadar 76-53
First place in Group L for BC Oostende that won over BC Zadar 76:53. The Belgian team won the last game of EuroChallenge Group Round and advanced to the Quarterfinals. Car surprised the hosts from the perimeter early in the game, but BC Oostende replied with 6 consecutive points. Katnic and Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) made it 21:19 in the end of the quarter and the latter brought later 25:21. Trailing 25:28 midway through the second frame, the hosts erupted with 14-0 run to keep the guests scoreless until the end of the frame. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) closed the half at 39:28 and he later made it 45:37. Pelle kept the hosts in front at 53:42 after three quarters. With 23-11 BC Oostende finished the last frame and won the game as well as the group itself. Matt Lojeski top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Thomas collected 12 points and 10 caroms. Marcus Faison and Mitchell followed them with 9 points apiece in a win. Car netted 17 in defeat and Ivan Batur (203-F-91) poured in 9.




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Eurocup Round: 6 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
Hemofarm - Gran Canaria 75-74
Hemofarm recorded the second win in EuroCup Last 16 round. They eked out a narrow home win against Gran Canaria. The victory however did not help Hemofarm leave the last place in Group I. Gran Canaria finished third on a tie-break advantage. Miljan Pavkovic stepped up with 16 points, 6 assists and 3 boards in this one. Gran Canaria looked slightly better in the opening frame. They grabbed a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) ensured a 6:0 start to the second period for Gran Canaria. But Hemofarm stopped the rot and gradually came back into the contest. Miljan Pavkovic orchestrated their game well enough as Hemofarm narrowed the gap to a single point 33:34. Hemofarm used a 7:0 run in the second term to surge ahead. The hosts entered the final period up by four points and extended the gap to 6 points in the fourth term. Gran Canaria narrowed the margin to one point and Green had a chance to win the game for the visitors. But the guard missed a three-pointer allowing the hosts to escape with a narrow victory at the end. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) delivered 12 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Hemofarm. Milivoje Bozovic (210-F/C-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Milos Borisov (201-F-85) had 10 points each in the win. Jaycee Carroll answered with 17 points for Gran Canaria. Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) provided 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat.

Unics - Cedevita 84-88
Cedevita send a strong message to the future opponents in EuroCup quarterfinals. The Croatian team surprised Unics in Kazan to finish the tournaments Last 16 stage on a high note. The victory however turned out insufficient for Cedevita to finish in the first place in Group I. Unics won a tie-break advantage and clinched the top position in the standings. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) dominated in the court scoring 27 points, collecting 6 boards and making three steals and three assists for Cedevita. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) scored 9 points in the first term but it was not enough for Unics to outscore Cedevita in the opening term. The Croatian team stayed close and entered the second term tied at 22. The visitors tipped off the second term with six consecutive points to pull in front. Unics immediately reacted with 11 straight points to regain the advantage. The roller-coaster action continued as Unics led by just two points at halftime 40:38. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) and Lampe gave the hosts a 53:45 advantage midway through the third frame. Kelly McCarty ensured a 62:52 advantage late in the period. The Russian powerhouse headed into the fourth term up by eight points 64:56. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) and Bracey Wright set the tone early in the fourth term. Cedevita started to work their way back into the game. Vedran Vukusic nailed 7 points in a row late in regulation when Cedevita accumulated a 78:76 lead. Marko Popovic leveled things up but Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) hit from beyond the arc and Bracey Wright added a free throw to keep Cedevita in charge. Vedran Princ and Marino Bazdaric went deadly from the stripe in the dying minutes to seal the winning outcome for the visitors. Marino Bazdaric dropped 20 points, while Vedran Vukusic had 19 points and 8 caroms in the win. Kelly McCarty and Ricky Minard finished with 21 points each for Unics.

Group J
Goettingen - Budivelnyk 61-63
Budivelnyk clinched the top spot in EuroCup Last 16 Group J. They defeated Goettingen in the decisive game to occupy the position. Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-G-84) knocked down 14 points to pace well-balanced effort from the visitors. Budivelnyk set up an exciting quarterfinal clash with Cajasol Sevilla. Goettingen will take on Benetton in the next round. The intense battle saw the teams stay neck and neck throughout the first half. The teams were knotted up at 18 after ten minutes. Things hardly changed in the second term. Each side scored 11 points apiece to remain tied at halftime. Dmytro Zabirchenko singlehandedly put Budivelnyk in charge early in the third term. He unleashed three straight triples as the visitors cleared off. Defense was also the key for the Ukrainian team as they limited Goettingen to 5 points in the third term and built a 45:34 lead with one quarter remaining. Goettingen woke up in the fourth term. Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) opened the term with a bunch of points as the hosts started to claw their way back into this one. But the effort fell short as Budivelnyk stayed solid and sneaked to a narrow success at the end. William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) produced 10 points, while Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) and Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) had 9 each in the victory. Jason Boone answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Goettingen. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) netted 13 points in defeat.

Aris - Le Mans 73-78
Le Mans finished their EuroCup campaign with a bang. They upset Aris in Thesalloniki tonight to end the Greek team hopes of reaching the next round. Le Mans had no chances to reach the Final Eight stage before the clash but went from behind in the fourth quarter to silence Aris. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) fired 25 points to lead the visitors. Le Mans showed their ambitions in the starting period. They did not allow Aris to pull away. Moreover Le Mans led by one after ten minutes 18:17. Aris managed to level things up in the second term. The teams were tied at 34 heading into the locker rooms. Aris finally pulled in charge in the third quarter. Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) helped Aris pile up a 52:48 lead at the final intermission. But Le Mans were ready for the challenge. Unstoppable Benjamin Dewar allowed Le Mans to erase the deficit. The French team put their noses in front and eventually stunned the hosts. Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, college: Georgetown) provided 14 points for Le Mans. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) added 11 points in the win. Bobby Brown accounted for 22 points for Aris. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) finished with 17 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in the loss.

Group K
Pepsi Caserta - CEZ Nymburk 88-80
Pepsi Caserta finished EuroCup Last 16 stage with victory. They held off Nymburk at home court to improve at 4-2 record in Group K. The victory however was not enough to propel Pepsi Caserta on top of the ladder. They finished in the second place just behind Estudiantes. Pepsi Caserta will take on Unics in EuroCup quarterfinals. Nymburk ended Last 16 stage winless. The hosts got to a slightly better start as they gained an 18:13 lead midway through the opening term. But Nymburk capped the term with a 9:2 run to level things up at 24. Pepsi Caserta grabbed the lead midway through the second term when they went on a 13:0 run. The hosts rallied to a comfortable 51:38 halftime advantage. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Dionte Christmas (196-G, college: Temple) teamed up early in the third frame and dragged Nymburk back within two 56:58. They continued to deliver as Nymburk secured a 67:64 lead at the final break. Afik Nissim stretched the margin to 6 points in the final term but Pepsi Caserta responded with a 14:0 spurt to edge in front for good. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) provided 15 points for the winners. Martin Colussi (193-G-81) added 13 points for the home side. Afik Nissim responded with 22 points for Nymburk. Dionte Christmas netted 14 points in the loss.

Estudiantes - Galatasaray 71-69
Estudiantes claimed the top position in EuroCup Last 16 Group K. They held off Galatasaray in an exciting clash in the final round of action in the group. Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds to pace the hosts as they improved at 5-1 record. Galatasaray slipped at 2-4 record in the third position in the ladder. Galatasaray surged ahead in the opening minutes. The lead then changed for several times throughout a close first period before Estudiantes ensured a 23:20 lead at the first break. Daniel Clark and Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) gave the home team a 28:22 lead early in the second term. Soon Nik Caner-Medley opened a double-digit lead for the hosts. Galatasaray managed to cut the deficit at 8-point mark at the interval 34:42. Estudiantes began the second half strongly restoring a double-digit advantage. The Spaniards stayed in charge as they arrived at the final break up by 8 points 57:49. Sertac Sanli scored quick five points early in the fourth period as Galatasaray got closer. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) unloaded 7 points in a row midway through the fourth quarter as the visitors pulled in front 61:60. The Turkish team were still up by one 69:68 within the final minute of regulation. But Josh Asselin and Albert Oliver followed with three points and Estudiantes snatched a tough win at the end. Nik Caner-Medley delivered 21 points for Estudiantes. Preston Shumpert nailed 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and distributed 4 assists for Galatasaray. Sertac Sanli, Tutku Acik and Jerry Johnson had 8 points each in the loss.

Group L
Benetton TV - Cajasol 84-68
Benetton Treviso completed their EuroCup Last 16 campaign with victory. They toppled visiting Cajasol to earn the top position in Group L. Both Benetton and Cajasol advanced into EuroCup quarterfinal stage. Benetton will take on Goettingen, while Cajasol will face Budivelnyk in the next round series. The teams traded baskets throughout the first frame. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) and Brian Skinner (207-F-76, college: Baylor) stepped up for the home team late in the period as Benetton eked out a 24:20 lead. Benetton opened the second term with 14 consecutive points to accumulate a comfortable 38:20 lead. Cajasol finally stopped the rot and Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) dragged the visitors within 10 points at halftime 31:41. Louis Bullock continued to score right after the big break but Gentile and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) quickly boosted the gap to 16 points as Benetton took over again. The hosts entered the final term up by as many as 16 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) provided 20 points for Benetton. Massimo Bulleri and Donatas Motiejunas added 12 points each, while Brian Skinner finished with 10 points and 17 rebounds. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) responded with 20 points for Cajasol. Louis Bullock netted 17 points in defeat.

Panellinios - ALBA 86-73
Panellinios ensured the winning finish to their EuroCup campaign. They held off ALBA in the sixth round of Last 16 stage. Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) unloaded 24 points to lead the hosts. Panellinios caught up with ALBA in the ladder but leapfrogged those on a tie-break advantage. Panellinios shocked ALBA with a 12:0 run in the opening quarter as they built a 16:9 lead. ALBA quickly bounced as Schaffarzik gave the visitors a 24:23 lead after ten minutes. Joseph Krabbenhoft (201-G/F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin) ignited a 10:0 run from the home team as they recorded a 40:31 lead in the second frame. Panellinios stayed in charge and posted a 50:41 halftime advantage. Steven Smith set the tone early in the third term as the Greek team surged ahead. ALBA refused to give as their 9:0 run narrowed the gap. But Steven Smith and Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) got the hosts going once again and Panellinios entered the fourth quarter up by 13 points 70:57. The Greek side kept their opponents at distance in the fourth quarter rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Torin Francis knocked down 21 points, while Joseph Krabbenhoft had 14 points in the victory. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) answered with 18 points for ALBA. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) netted 14 points in defeat.




Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group I
 1. Unics 4-2 
 2. Cedevita 4-2 
 3. Gran Canaria 2-4 
 4. Hemofarm 2-4 
Group J
 1. Budivelnyk 4-2 
 2. Goettingen 4-2 
 3. Le Mans 2-4 
 4. Aris 2-4 
Group K
 1. Estudiantes 5-1 
 2. Pepsi Caserta 5-1 
 3. Galatasaray 2-4 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 0-6 
Group L
 1. Benetton TV 5-1 
 2. Cajasol 5-1 
 3. ALBA 1-5 
 4. Panellinios 1-5 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Primoz BREZEC
  Krasnie Krilya
  (216-F/C-79)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Brezec, Krasnie .20.8 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.20.3 
 3. Carroll, Gran Canaria18.8 
 4. Wright, Cedevita18.5 
 5. Solomon, Hapoel J.18.0 
 6. Walsh, AS.17.7 
 7. Smith, Panellinios17.3 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas16.8 
 9. Smith, Benetton TV16.1 
 10. Simmons, CEZ N.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lazaros PAPADOPOULOS
  Khimky
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Papadopoulos, PAOK12.2 
 2. Brezec, Krasnie .9.7 
 3. Walsh, AS.8.3 
 4. Francis, Panellinios8.2 
 5. Tucker, Aris8.0 
 6. Macvan, Hemofarm8.0 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra7.7 
 8. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.5 
 9. Owens, Azovmash7.5 
 10. Jones, Pepsi C.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Draper, Cedevita7.0 
 2. Mekel, Galil Gilboa6.3 
 3. Walsh, AS.6.0 
 4. Thomas, Anwil5.3 
 5. Popovic, Unics5.3 
 6. Meacham, Goett.5.1 
 7. Markovic, Benetton.4.8 
 8. Lukauskis, EWE B.4.7 
 9. Bauscher, GasTerra4.5 
 10. Granger, Estudian.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas LUKAUSKIS
  EWE Baskets
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lukauskis, EWE B.2.5 
 2. House, Azovmash2.5 
 3. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.5 
 4. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 5. Kirksay, Cajasol2.3 
 6. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.2 
 8. Draper, Cedevita2.2 
 9. Jasen, Estudiantes2.1 
 10. Curry, Azovmash2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian RANDLE
  Hapoel J-M
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Randle, Hapoel J-M2.1 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.8 
 3. Dunston, Aris1.6 
 4. Skinner, Benetton.1.3 
 5. Francis, Panellinios1.2 
 6. Chan, CEZ Nymburk1.1 
 7. Owens, Azovmash1.0 
 8. Ortner, Bennet C.1.0 
 9. Carter, Galil Gilboa1.0 
 10. Green, Krasnie Krilya1.0 


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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 32-7 
 2. KTP 27-10 
 3. Kataja 26-12 
 4. Korihait 25-13 
 5. Honka 22-14 
 6. Kouvot 19-19 
 7. Karhu 17-20 
 8. ToPo 17-21 
 9. Namika Lahti 14-23 
 10. Salon Vilpas 13-25 
 11. LrNMKY 9-29 
 12. Tarmo 5-33 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23
 1. Wilson, Honka23.0 
 2. Lewis, LrNM.20.8 
 3. Heard, Tarmo20.8 
 4. Wood, Karhu20.6 
 5. Blanchard, ToPo20.1 
 6. Walker, Kouvot19.6 
 7. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.3 
 9. Baxley, Karhu19.0 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Wood, Karhu13.1 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.7 
 3. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 4. Young, Tarmo9.9 
 5. Doaks, Salon Vilpas9.8 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.5 
 8. Vinson, Kouvot9.3 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Williamson, Honka8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Steffan JOHNSON
  Karhu
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Johnson, Karhu4.8 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.6 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 4. Wood, Karhu4.1 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.0 
 6. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.9 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait3.7 
 8. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 9. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.5 
 10. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 2. Fields, KTP2.1 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 4. Newson, Kataja1.8 
 5. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 7. Richards, ToPo1.7 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait1.7 
 9. Wilson, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 3. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 4. Blanchard, ToPo0.7 
 5. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 
 8. Okorie, Salon Vilpas0.6 
 9. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 
 10. Moore, LrNM.0.6 


Korisliiga Round 38: Leader Tampereen Pyrinto gets another victory - 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 6 rounds.

Leader Tampereen Pyrinto delivered the 32th win on Sunday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Salon Vilpas (13-25) 76-57. The game without a history. Tampereen Pyrinto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Tampereen Pyrinto forced 19 Salon Vilpas turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Tampereen Pyrinto especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue, agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 17 points and 4 steals. The former international forward Jukka Kataja (197-82) produced 8 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts. Tampereen Pyrinto (32-7) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Salon Vilpas at the other side keeps the tenth place with 25 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto are looking forward to face league's second-placed KTP-Basket in Kotka in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Salon Vilpas will play on the road against Kauhajoen Karhu (#7) in Kauhajoki and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Espoo, where higher ranked Espoo Honka (22-14) lost at home to ninth ranked Namika Lahti (14-23) 82-94. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Ryan Ayers (201-86, college: Notre Dame) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all thirteen shots !!!). Anthony Vereen contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Center John Williamson (198-86, college: Cincinnati) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for Espoo Honka. Espoo Honka's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Namika Lahti maintains ninth position with 14-23 record. Espoo Honka at the other side keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. Namika Lahti will play against LrNMKY (#11) in Lappeenranta in the next round. Espoo Honka will play on the road against Torpan Pojat (#8) in Helsinki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Joensuu. Local Joensuun Kataja (26-12) outscored 7th ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (17-20) 99-77 on Monday night. Sami Lehtoranta scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Joensuun Kataja's coach Jukka Toijala felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jeremiah Wood responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Joensuun Kataja maintains third position with 26-12 record having seven points less than leader Pyrinto. Loser Kauhajoen Karhu keeps the seventh place with 20 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will meet Kouvot (#6) in the next round. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against Salon Vilpas and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 38 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Tarmo was crushed by LrNMKY in Lappeenranta 95-76. KTP beat ToPo at home 84-66. Kouvot lost to Korihait on the opponent's court 88-92.



Honka - Namika Lahti 82-94

We should mention about the upset which took place in Espoo, where higher ranked Espoo Honka (22-14) lost at home to ninth ranked Namika Lahti (14-23) 82-94. Espoo Honka was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 52-39 second half run of Namika Lahti. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Ryan Ayers (201-86, college: Notre Dame) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all thirteen shots !!!). Forward Anthony Vereen (201-86, college: Texas Arlington) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. Center John Williamson (198-86, college: Cincinnati) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) added 24 points in the effort for Espoo Honka. Espoo Honka's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Namika Lahti maintains ninth position with 14-23 record. Espoo Honka at the other side keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. Namika Lahti will play against LrNMKY (#11) in Lappeenranta in the next round. Espoo Honka will play on the road against Torpan Pojat (#8) in Helsinki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: R.Ayers 33+6reb+2ast, A.Vereen 21+7reb, R.Suonio 19+4reb+5ast, P.Pekkola 10+1reb+1ast, V.Heinonen 7+1reb+3ast, T.Hendley 4+4reb+2ast
Honka: J.Wilson 24+2reb+3ast, J.Williamson 22+12reb+1ast, S.Vanttaja 9+1reb, V.Kopio 7+3reb+3ast, T.Iisalo 6+2reb+1ast, C.Belser 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 106613


Kataja - Karhu 99-77

The game with biggest result difference took place in Joensuu. Local Joensuun Kataja (26-12) outscored 7th ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (17-20) 99-77 on Monday night. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) chipped in 24 points during the contest. Five Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja's coach Jukka Toijala felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and international forward Vesa Makalainen (200-86) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Joensuun Kataja maintains third position with 26-12 record having seven points less than leader Pyrinto. Loser Kauhajoen Karhu keeps the seventh place with 20 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will meet Kouvot (#6) in the next round. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against Salon Vilpas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kataja: J.Newson 24+3reb+1ast, S.Lehtoranta 18+6reb+4ast, A.Kanervo 18+3reb+3ast, J.Conley 15+4reb+1ast, D.Fells 14+9reb+1ast, J.Nenonen 8+5reb
Karhu: J.Wood 28+14reb+6ast, V.Makalainen 22+6reb+1ast, E.Skamo 7+1reb+1ast, W.Baxley 4+2reb, S.Johnson 4+1reb+5ast, H.Hirvikoski 4+1reb
gschID: 106614


LrNMKY - Tarmo 95-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 12th ranked Porvoon Tarmo's (5-33) road loss to eleventh ranked LrNMKY (9-29) 76-95 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by LrNMKY. Porvoon Tarmo managed to win fourth quarter 34-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LrNMKY dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Porvoon Tarmo's 42. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four LrNMKY players scored in double figures. LrNMKY's coach Jarmo Laitinen used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Jerrah Young (202-85, college: Toledo) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. LrNMKY maintains eleventh position with 9-29 record. Porvoon Tarmo lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted Porvoon Tarmo stay dead last with 33 lost games. LrNMKY will meet higher ranked Namika Lahti (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Porvoon Tarmo will play against UU-Korihait and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: H.Coleman 19+10reb, V.Vanjoki 15+3reb+1ast, M.Moore 15+5reb+5ast, J.Lewis 14+7reb+3ast, T.Kulha 9+3reb+2ast, H.Valimaa 9+1reb+1ast
Tarmo: J.Young 22+10reb+1ast, S.Marouf 14, J.Heard 13+15reb+2ast, E.Maki-Tulokas 8+4reb, J.Petteri Mantyla 6+4reb, R.Fields 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 106615


KTP - ToPo 84-66

No shocking result in a game in Kotka where second ranked KTP-Basket (27-10) defeated 8th ranked Torpan Pojat (17-21) 84-66 on Sunday. The game without a history. KTP-Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KTP-Basket forced 23 Torpan Pojat turnovers. Canadian forward Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. KTP-Basket's coach Ray Ailus used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan, agency: Beo Basket) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Frank Richards (188-82, college: Kansas St.) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. KTP-Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 27-10 record having seven points less than leader Pyrinto. Loser Torpan Pojat keeps the eighth place with 21 games lost. KTP-Basket will meet league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torpan Pojat will play against Espoo Honka (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
KTP: S.Barrett 27+10reb+2ast, J.Fields 16+7reb, J.Ivey 12+4reb+3ast, J.Eskola 9+2reb, C.Jones 8+12reb+1ast, M.Holme 8+2reb+2ast
ToPo: L.Blanchard 20+11reb+3ast, F.Richards 14+6reb, T.Pearson 11+6reb, E.Kajander 7+4reb, T.Heinonen 5+7reb+2ast, M.Koivisto 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 106610


Salon Vilpas - Pyrinto 57-76

Leader Tampereen Pyrinto delivered the 32th win on Sunday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Salon Vilpas (13-25) 76-57. The game without a history. Tampereen Pyrinto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Tampereen Pyrinto forced 19 Salon Vilpas turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Tampereen Pyrinto especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue, agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 17 points and 4 steals. Five Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. The former international forward Jukka Kataja (197-82) produced 8 points and 15 rebounds and Nigerian guard Nick Okorie (185-88, college: Texas Tech) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Tampereen Pyrinto (32-7) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Salon Vilpas at the other side keeps the tenth place with 25 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto are looking forward to face league's second-placed KTP-Basket in Kotka in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Salon Vilpas will play on the road against Kauhajoen Karhu (#7) in Kauhajoki and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: A.Lehto 17+2reb+2ast, K.Lowe 17+4reb+3ast, A.Williams 15+5reb+1ast, J.Niemi 12+6reb+1ast, D.Williams 11+15reb+5ast, J.Ratia 4+1reb+1ast
Salon Vilpas: N.Okorie 17+3reb+1ast, N.Doaks 9+6reb, J.Kataja 8+15reb+3ast, S.Kaaresvirta 6, J.Savolainen 5+5reb, R.Douglas 5+8reb
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Korihait - Kouvot 92-88

Rather expected game in Uusikaupunki where 6th ranked Kouvot (19-19) was defeated by fourth ranked UU-Korihait (25-13) 92-88 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 28-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five UU-Korihait players scored in double figures. American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: Va Commonwealth, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 31 points and 7 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and his fellow American import guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. UU-Korihait have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 25-13 record. Loser Kouvot keeps the sixth place with 19 games lost. UU-Korihait will meet bottom-ranked Porvoon Tarmo (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kouvot will play against Joensuun Kataja (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Korihait: B.Sarcevic 20+6reb+2ast, N.Moore 19+5reb+8ast, P.Heinonen 19+5reb+1ast, J.Reaves 16+4reb, L.Wright 11+7reb+2ast, M.Jalonen 5+2reb+1ast
Kouvot: B.Walker 31+3reb+7ast, J.Gonner 23+6reb+2ast, D.Vinson 10+8reb+2ast, V.Kaunisto 7+8reb, I.Seppala 7+1reb, A.Nikkarinen 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 106612




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Tony Parker out 2-4 weeks with calf injury - by Eurobasket News
Spurs point guard Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) will likely miss two to four weeks with a sore calf muscle, handing the NBA's top team its first significant injury after coasting all season with unusually perfect health.

Parker strained his left calf in Sunday's win over Memphis. He had started every game during a blazing start for the NBA-best Spurs (49-10), who can already match their win total from last season Tuesday when they play the Grizzlies again.

Parker is averaging 17.1 points and 6.6 assists, piloting a refreshened offense that is quicker, higher-scoring and no longer revolving around Tim Duncan.

'When Tony's on the court the whole dynamic of the team changes,' Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said after Sunday's victory. 'He's so good at breaking the first line and finding open teammates or finishing. He gives us another great weapon offensively.'

George Hill will likely take Parker's place. He'll get only a couple warm-up games in the starting lineup before the Spurs face LeBron James and Miami for the first time Friday.

The Heat are the first of two big back-to-back games for the Spurs, who also play the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday in their third meeting this season.

Parker was injured when he collided with Grizzlies guard Mike Conley in the second quarter. The 28-year-old Parker did not return to the game.

The Spurs didn't practice Monday. Parker will stay in San Antonio for rehab while the Spurs travel to Memphis and then Cleveland this week, before coming home to play Miami.
Health has been a major factor behind San Antonio's surprise return to championship form. Like Parker, Duncan has started every game, and Ginobili has started all but one.

San Antonio was hardly as lucky the previous two years. Injuries to their Big Three crippled the Spurs in the two seasons after reaching the Western Conference finals in 2008, leading many to write off the four-time champions as too old and fragile.

Indeed, even Ginobili wasn't rewarded with a three-year contract extension last April until the All-Star proved he was still among the league's best guards, and not permanently troubled by a pair of shaky ankles.

Parker's last major injury was a broken hand late last season. Hill took his place in the starting lineup, and when Parker returned for the playoffs, he came off the bench for eight games before reclaiming his starting job.

Courtesy of www.pasadenastarnews.com


BK Ventspils rout BCM Gravelines Dunkerque, both advance to EuroChallenge 1/4 Finals - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-BCM Gravelines Dunkerque 80:62

BK Ventspils rout BCM Gravelines Dunkerque as both teams advanced to 1/4 Finals of EuroChallenge. The Latvian team needed 80:62 win to finish behind the favorites with 4-2 record. The French side meanwhile suffered the first loss at that stage but finished on top of Group K with 5-1 record.
More than 700 fans saw their team shrug off a sluggish start to put in a powerful 18-13 after the first period and then adding 23-10 in the second frame. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) sent the teams to the lockers as the board showed 41:23 for Latvian team. The Baltic side continue their search for the right chemistry this season and they competed well during the game in particular to get their noses in front. Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) nailed three to give 61:42 advantage after three quarters. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque won the last stanza 20-19 but reduced just to 18 points difference.
Rashad Anderson stepped up with 14 points for the hosts and Maris Gulbis added 12. Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) and Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) followed them with 10 points each in a win. Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Valentin Bigote (197-F-92) and Frejus Zerbo (206-C-89) scored 13 each.

BK Ventspils: Rashad Anderson 14, Maris Gulbis 12, Arturs Strelnieks 10, Arturs Berzins 10
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Rudy Jomby 16+10 rebs, Valentin Bigote 13, Frejus Zerbo 13



Le Mans spoil Aris EuroCup Last 16 finale - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Le Mans 73:78

Le Mans finished their EuroCup campaign with a bang. They upset Aris in Thesalloniki tonight to end the Greek team hopes of reaching the next round. Le Mans had no chances to reach the Final Eight stage before the clash but went from behind in the fourth quarter to silence Aris. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) fired 25 points to lead the visitors.
Le Mans showed their ambitions in the starting period. They did not allow Aris to pull away. Moreover Le Mans led by one after ten minutes 18:17. Aris managed to level things up in the second term. The teams were tied at 34 heading into the locker rooms. Aris finally pulled in charge in the third quarter. Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) helped Aris pile up a 52:48 lead at the final intermission. But Le Mans were ready for the challenge. Unstoppable Benjamin Dewar allowed Le Mans to erase the deficit. The French team put their noses in front and eventually stunned the hosts. Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, college: Georgetown) provided 14 points for Le Mans. Antione Diot added 11 points in the win. Bobby Brown accounted for 22 points for Aris. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) finished with 17 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in the loss.

Aris: Bobby Brown 22, Christos Tapoutos 17
Le Mans: Benjamin Dewar 25, Brandon Bowman 14, Antoine Diot (191-G-89) 11



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D1 Standings
Superleague Stage Two Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 18-1 
 2. MZT Skopje 15-4 
 3. Rabotnicki 14-5 
 4. Torus Skopje 11-8 
 5. ABA Strumica 9-10 
 6. Lirija 7-12 
Play OUT
 1. Kumanovo 2009 8-11 
 2. Ovce Pole 6-13 
 3. Ultimate Basket 5-14 
 4. Pelister Bitola 2-17 
Stage One Standings


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.22.9 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.1 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotnicki16.9 
 5. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.16.6 
 7. Morban, Lirija16.5 
 8. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 9. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 10. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultimate Basket
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 3. Pavlovski, Lirija9.5 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.6 
 5. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.7.8 
 7. Simic, Rabotnicki7.3 
 8. Chappell, ABA S.7.3 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.7.2 
 10. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.4 
 2. Morban, Lirija5.0 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.4.9 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.1 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki3.9 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.2 
 9. Neal, ABA Strumica3.0 
 10. Stojanovski, Feni I.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.5 
 3. Petrovski, MZT S.1.5 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.5 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 7. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.3 
 8. Cvetkov, ABA S.1.3 
 9. Stimson, ABA S.1.3 
 10. Buchberger, ABA S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.2.2 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.7 
 3. Krstevski, Torus S.1.2 
 4. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 5. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 6. Avramovski, MZT S.1.1 
 7. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 8. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 9. Frye, Feni Indistrija0.9 
 10. Kurciev, Ultima.0.6 


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Tim Burnette Goes To The s Oliver Baskets Wurzburg And Tristan Blackwood Goes To The Girolive Ballers Osnabrueck - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The s Oliver Baskets Wurzburg have recieved Timothy Burnette (188-G-82, college: Tarleton St.) for the strectch run while Tristan Blackwood will go to the GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrck. Burnette is a 28 year old 188cm guard from Converse, Texas. With Osnabrueck, Burnette was averaging 16,3ppg, 3,1rpg and 4,4apg. 'We want to defend our standing place and still have some tough games in front of us. We decided to make a deal with Osnabrueck. Burnette will play for us right away and replace Tristan Blackwood', stated s Oliver Baskets CEO Jochen Baehr. Burnette played at North Carolina-Wilmington from 2001-2003 and then at Tarleton St. (NCAA2) from 2003-2004. In 2004-2005, he came to Germany and played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga): 1 game: 29pts, next month moved to BSG Ludwigsburg (Germany-Regionalliga). In 2005-2006, he played for Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 13 games: 2.8ppg. In 2006-2007, he played for TS Goeppingen (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five), in Nov.'06 moved to Kirchheim Knights (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 21 games: 19.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 49%, 3FGP: 30.7%, FT: 68.7%. In 2007-2008, he played for Kirchheim Knights (Germany-ProB, starting five): 28 games: 21.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.4apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 74.1%. In 2008-2009, he played for kelag Worthersee Piraten (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 29 games: 20.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.4apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 75.2%. Last season, he played for : BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 21 games: 8.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 78.9%.

Source: s Oliver Baskets Wurzburg






Budivelnyk edge Goettingen to win EuroCup Group J - by Eurobasket News
Goettingen - Budivelnyk 61:63

Budivelnyk clinched the top spot in EuroCup Last 16 Group J. They defeated Goettingen in the decisive game to occupy the position. Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-G-84) knocked down 14 points to pace well-balanced effort from the visitors. Budivelnyk set up an exciting quarterfinal clash with Cajasol Sevilla. Goettingen will take on Benetton in the next round.
The intense battle saw the teams stay neck and neck throughout the first half. The teams were knotted up at 18 after ten minutes. Things hardly changed in the second term. Each side scored 11 points apiece to remain tied at halftime. Dmytro Zabirchenko singlehandedly put Budivelnyk in charge early in the third term. He unleashed three straight triples as the visitors cleared off. Defense was also the key for the Ukrainian team as they limited Goettingen to 5 points in the third term and built a 45:34 lead with one quarter remaining. Goettingen woke up in the fourth term. Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) opened the term with a bunch of points as the hosts started to claw their way back into this one. But the effort fell short as Budivelnyk stayed solid and sneaked to a narrow success at the end. William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) produced 10 points, while Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) and Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) had 9 each in the victory. Jason Boone answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Goettingen. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) netted 13 points in defeat.

Goettingen: Jason Boone 16, Dwayne Anderson 13
Budivelnyk: Dmytro Zabirchenko 14, William Keys 10, Dewarick Spencer 9, Zach Morley 9



Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Postgame Thoughts To 102-80 Win In Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 102-80 in Bremerhaven.



Congrats on the 102-80 win on the road in Bremerhaven. Braunschweig won the game, but let up 80 points. How satisfyed was the club with the overall defensive play against a very strong offensive team?

I thought we did alright. We had a couple lapses but fortunately we had a great offensive game.

Bremerhaven had the tight 44-43 lead at halftime. How would you have described the first half of play that the fans were watching?

All offense.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig had a solid 28-16 third quarter. What adjustments did Braunschweig make in the third quarter and overall improve from the first half?

I think we just came out with better energy on defense, and played pretty unselfish on the offensive end.

Braunschweig scored 31 points in the fourth quarter. What things did the team take advantage of in the fourth quarter against Bremerhaven to dominate on offense?

I think we just were able to get out on the break more and cause some turnovers.

How was it playing against Tyrone Brazelton? How is he adjusting to the BEKO BBL style?

Tyrone is a very good player. I remember him from playing with Prokom in Poland. I think anytime you come in to a team in the middle of the season it is tough at first but he is adjusting well and will make them real dangerous as the season goes on.

You had a very strong game with 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. What was your favorite personal highlight of your game?

I'm not really sure, im just glad I could get going a little bit and that we won the game.

How much will Gerald Wallace help the Portland Trailblaziers in strectch run?

Yeah I don't know what the Bobcats are doing but Wallace is going to help the Blazers a lot.

What NBA trade surprised you the most at the trading deadline?


Deron Williams to the Nets.

What is your favorite Oscar moment in your life?

Denzel getting an Oscar for Training Day.

Thanks Kev for the chat.



Dane Watts (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Nicolai Simon Hit Some Big Shots All Throughout The Game Against Ratiopharm Ulm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. Lasts eason, he played for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. He returns to Tuebingen for the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. Watts sat down with eurobasket after the 84-81 win in Ulm.

Congrats on the 84-81 win against Ratiopharm Ulm. Describe the atmosphere as the buzzer sounded after 40 minutes. Despite playing on the road there were many Tuebingen fans at the derby.

After the buzzer sounded, it was a celebration for the 200 or so fans that made the trip. It was a very important game and they as well as the team were excited. We did all our after game celebrations with the fans just like we were at home.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen had the stable 42-34 lead at halftime. What were the reasons for having the 8 point lead at halftime?

We were not playing our best but Ulm got off to a really slow start and were playing catch up the whole game.

Ratiopharm Ulm never gave up cutting the lead to 76-74 after 30 minutes. What was giving Tuebingen the biggest problems in the third quarter?

I think it was an emotional game and both teams were playing to win.

In the fourth quarter like so often recently Tuebingen buckeled down despite a red hot Robin Benzing to get the 3 point lead. What was key for pulling out another win?

Knocking down our free throws. They started to foul us and Chris Oliver, Bane and Radi Markovic stepped up down the stretch to keep our lead.

Explain the importance of Nicolai Simon. He hit some big shots in the fourth quarter and showed that each guy is doing their part in these wins.

He hit some big shots all throughout the game, he started off against Oldenburg aggressive and it carried over to the derby. That is great for us to have guys ready to contribute whenever they get the opportunity.

Have you ever seen a better Robin Benzing than on this night? What hurt Tuebingen the most from his game on this night?

He was able to shoot a lot of free throws early in the game to get himself going, then after that he just continued to hit big shots. His outside shooting definitely kept them in the game.

Is the hard work of coach Igor Perovic finally paying off now? What has been his most importnat coaching quality in this run?

Keeping everyone positive.

How much does the trade of Gerald Wallice to Portland help their chances for the rest of the season?

He is a very hard worker and aggressive on the court, as long as Aldridge stays healthy they will be in good shape.

What recent trade surprised you the most?

Deron Williams to New Jersey

What is your favorite Oscars moment?

Didn't get to watch but heard someone dropped the F-bomb, crazy.

TRhanks Dane for the chat.


The SOBA Dragons Rhondorf Add Deundrae Spraggins For The Strech Run - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO A team SOBA Dragons Rhondorf met the trading deadline by announcing the signing of DeUndrae Spraggins (191-G-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) who returns to familar territority. Spraggins is a 27 year old 191cm guard from Caseyville, Illinois. Last season in the PRO B, Spraggins helped Rhondorf move up to the PROA by averaging29 games: Score-3 (20.7ppg), 5.6rpg, 3.9apg, Steals-5 (2.0spg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 48.1%, FT: 81.0%. This season the American played for PRO B team BG Illertal/Weissenhorn where he averaged 19,5ppg, 5,7rpg, 4,0apg and 2,5spg. Bringing in Spraggins will help the club with their chances of staying in the PRO A. 'We wanted a player that has the complete package', stressed coach Eric Detlef. Spraggins played at Utah St. (NCAA) in 2007-2008 playing 27 games: 2.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 35.6%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 72.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for Tex.A&M-Comm. (NCAA2): 28 games: 17.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 84.2%. Some Awards/Achievements have been WAC Tournament Semifinals -08, WAC Regular Season Runner-Up -08, LSC North Division Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -09, All-LSC North Division 1st Team -09,LSC North Division Newcomer of the Year -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -10, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -10, Eurobasket.com German, 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Defensive Team -10, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -10.


Source: Rhondorf Dragons


Panellinios tame ALBA - by Eurobasket News
Panellinios - ALBA 86:73

Panellinios ensured the winning finish to their EuroCup campaign. They held off ALBA in the sixth round of Last 16 stage. Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) unloaded 24 points to lead the hosts. Panellinios caught up with ALBA in the ladder but leapfrogged those on a tie-break advantage.
Panellinios shocked ALBA with a 12:0 run in the opening quarter as they built a 16:9 lead. ALBA quickly bounced as Schaffarzik gave the visitors a 24:23 lead after ten minutes. Joseph Krabbenhoft (201-G/F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin) ignited a 10:0 run from the home team as they recorded a 40:31 lead in the second frame. Panellinios stayed in charge and posted a 50:41 halftime advantage. Steven Smith set the tone early in the third term as the Greek team surged ahead. ALBA refused to give as their 9:0 run narrowed the gap. But Steven Smith and Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) got the hosts going once again and Panellinios entered the fourth quarter up by 13 points 70:57. The Greek side kept their opponents at distance in the fourth quarter rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Torin Francis knocked down 21 points, while Joseph Krabbenhoft had 14 points in the victory. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) answered with 18 points for ALBA. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) netted 14 points in defeat.

Panellinios: Steven Smith 24, Torin Francis 21, Joseph Krabbenhoft 14
ALBA: Julius Jenkins 18, Immanuel McElroy 14



The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Bring In Terrell Everett And Jamison Brewer. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Rumours were speculating in the last days that Bremerhaven manager Jan Rathjen would react and bring in two players before the trading deadline and he didnt disappoint signing Americans Terrell Everett (193-G-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Oklahoma) and Jamison Brewer (193-G-80, college: Auburn).'With the injury to Tyrone Brazelton, we only hadAnthony Canty as guard and nobody else. It is important that we have signed two European experienced guards who have the needed game form. That was the main reason for getting them', stressed Jan Rathjen. Everett is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Charleston, South Carolina. He is a A heady left-handed wing with solid ball skills, can play the point if the need arises and is regarded as a slasher. He excels at penetration and getting the ball to the rim. A savvy player who boasts tremendous court awareness and is an excellent passer. He possesses a soft touch on his jump shot. He played at Oklahoma (NCAA) from 2004-2006. In his senior year, he averaged 12.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 6.9apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 79.2%. In 2006-2007, he played for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA): 34 games: 11.6ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-5 (5.2apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 20.9%, FT: 68.0%. In 2007-2008, heplayed for CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL, starting five): 2 games: 8.5ppg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, released in Oct.'07, next month moved to JDA Dijon Bourgogne (France-ProA, starting five): 22 games: 11.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 20.4%, FT: 73.9%. In 2008-2009, he played for Tulsa 66ers (D-League): 2 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg; left in Dec.'08, at the end of Jan.'09 signed at Bakersfield Jam (D-League): 26 games: 7.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played for Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA), French League: 6 games: 5.7ppg, 3.3apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 54.5%; in Dec.'09 moved to ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA): French League: 17 games: 10.5ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-3 (6.4apg), Steals-2 (2.0spg), FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 20.6%, FT: 75.0%; EuroChallenge: 8 games: 8.3ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-1 (7.4apg), Steals-5 (1.9spg), FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 64.7%. This season, he split time between Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five), left in Dec.'10, next month moved to KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (Croatia-A1).ForIraklis Thessaloniki he averaged 13,9ppg, 4,4rpg and 4,4apg anf for Cibona 2,7ppg, 1,7rpgand 1,7apg.

Jaimson Brewer is a 30 year old 193 cm guard from East point Georgia. He played at Auburn from 1999-2001. He was drafted by the Indiana Pacers (NBA,2rd (41) in 2001 and played there until 2004, but having injury problems throughout his stay. In 2004-2005, he played for New York Knicks (NBA): 18 games: 1.7ppg, 1.2rpg: at the beginning of Nov.'04 was placed on the injured list, activated later that month, in Dec.'04 was again placed on the injured list with a right big toe tendinitis, but activated later that month, at the beginning of Jan.'05 was again placed on the injured list, but activated shortly, next month was again placed on the injured list with a sprained right big toe, in Feb.'05 was traded to San Antonio Spurs (NBA), waived the same month. In 2005-2006, he played for KK Cibona VIP Zagreb. In 2006-2007, he played for the Hollywood Fame (ABA), left in Jan.'07, in Feb.'07 moved to Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium-D1, starting five): 6 games: 4.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.5apg, 1.0spg. In 2007-2008, he played for Bakersfield Jam (D-League): 4 games: 3.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.5spg, 2.3spg, FGP: 23.5%, FT: 62.5%, released on December 2007. Last season he played for E.C. Pinheiros/Sky Sao Paolo (Brazil-NBB, starting five): 18 games: 14.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.9apg. This season he played for BC Odessa (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five), left in Jan.'1. he played 24 games averaging 4,7ppg, 3,8rpg and 4,5apg.

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven




The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Keep Jimmy Mckinney, Roger Powell And Chris Moss And Welcome Jevohn Shepherd - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners didnt disappoint any of the fans or short term contract players as they decided to keep all the players with Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri), Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) and Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) until the end of the season and also added some stability with PRO A scoring machine Jevohn Shepherd. Mckinney is averaging 10,5ppg, 2,6rpg and 1,7apg and is shooting 38% from the field and 35% from outside. Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) is averaging 11,1ppg and 5,3rpg and Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) is averaging 4,5ppg and 5,5rpg and was giving the team the needed stability under the hoops. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners also signed Jevohn Shepherd who is a 24 year old forward that was born in Toronto, Canada. This season, Shepherd was playing for the GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck (Germany-ProA) and was averaging 20,3ppg, 5,9rpg and 2,4apg. He played at Michigan from 2005-2009 and in his senior year was averaging 2.6ppg, 1.1rpg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 60.0%. Last season, he played for the Halifax Rainmen (PBL): 11 games: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP-1 (71.4%), 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 63.2%. Some Awards/Achievements for him have been Canadian University National Team -05, 07, World University Games -05, NIT Finalist -06, Canadian National Team -06, 09-10, World University Championships in Bangkok -07, and World Championships in Turkey -10: 5 games: 9.4ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 30.8%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 69.6%. He played together with ex Skyliner Jermaine Bucknor at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey.'I am very happy that the group can stay together. Now we can continue to move along as team. I think its great that the club made this step. We have gotten better as a team in the last 4 games. We also got a lot of experience against Bamberg. It wasn't easy for some players this situation, but Jimmy did a good job dealing with the situation and this helps Roger coming back from injury', stressed Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert . 'I am happy that we could hold the players. The guys have deserved to stay until the end of the season and play the season until the end. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) is a young player with a lot of potential. We hope to get more support at the firward position and be deeper in the end phase of the season with his athletic ability', added Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak . PRO B player
Benedikt Nicolay also has been added to the roster.

Source: Deutsche Bank Skyliners






Efes Pilsen send Miroslav Raduljica to ALBA - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen made some roster changes lately. The Turkish team decided to send Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) on loan to ALBA Berlin. The 22-year-old Serbian centre appeared in four Euroleague games with Efes Pilsen. He tallied 1.3 points and 0.5 assists per game. Last season Miroslav Raduljica played for FMP Beograd in Serbia. He tallied 13.7 points, 6.9 boards and 2.3 assists per EuroChallenge game. In Adriatic League his stats read 13.7 points, 6.4 boards and 1.1 assist. The centre also posted 21.1 points, 8.6 boards and 2.6 assists in the Serbian League. Miroslav Raduljica was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Most Improved Player of the Year.
Efes Pilsen also released Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary). The 29-year-old guard averaged 4.5 points, 1.9 assists and 1.2 boards per Euroleague game. In TBL his stats read 4.1 points, 2.3 boards and 2.3 assists.



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Greek Cup final postponed - by George Fragkos
The Greek Cup final between Panathinaikos Athens and Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus which was supposed to be played on 6th of May at Elliniko Arena is officially postponed. The rivalry between the fans of the two teams and the fear of possible riots made the state request the game to be played without crowd or in front of pupils from primary schools of Athens.

HEBA which is responsible for the organization of the Greek Cup refused to accept this request and the two parts decided that they should talk about it more intensively in order to agree on the conditions the games could be played. Though, they had no time as the final had been scheduled for Sunday and for this reason the responsible committee for sports of the state announced that the game is postponed. The date that it will be played is unknown and this is something really unpleasant for the two finalists, while both of them have a very 'heavy' program in the coming weeks.


Panellinios tame ALBA - by Eurobasket News
Panellinios - ALBA 86:73

Panellinios ensured the winning finish to their EuroCup campaign. They held off ALBA in the sixth round of Last 16 stage. Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) unloaded 24 points to lead the hosts. Panellinios caught up with ALBA in the ladder but leapfrogged those on a tie-break advantage.
Panellinios shocked ALBA with a 12:0 run in the opening quarter as they built a 16:9 lead. ALBA quickly bounced as Schaffarzik gave the visitors a 24:23 lead after ten minutes. Joseph Krabbenhoft (201-G/F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin) ignited a 10:0 run from the home team as they recorded a 40:31 lead in the second frame. Panellinios stayed in charge and posted a 50:41 halftime advantage. Steven Smith set the tone early in the third term as the Greek team surged ahead. ALBA refused to give as their 9:0 run narrowed the gap. But Steven Smith and Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) got the hosts going once again and Panellinios entered the fourth quarter up by 13 points 70:57. The Greek side kept their opponents at distance in the fourth quarter rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Torin Francis knocked down 21 points, while Joseph Krabbenhoft had 14 points in the victory. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) answered with 18 points for ALBA. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) netted 14 points in defeat.

Panellinios: Steven Smith 24, Torin Francis 21, Joseph Krabbenhoft 14
ALBA: Julius Jenkins 18, Immanuel McElroy 14



Le Mans spoil Aris EuroCup Last 16 finale - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Le Mans 73:78

Le Mans finished their EuroCup campaign with a bang. They upset Aris in Thesalloniki tonight to end the Greek team hopes of reaching the next round. Le Mans had no chances to reach the Final Eight stage before the clash but went from behind in the fourth quarter to silence Aris. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) fired 25 points to lead the visitors.
Le Mans showed their ambitions in the starting period. They did not allow Aris to pull away. Moreover Le Mans led by one after ten minutes 18:17. Aris managed to level things up in the second term. The teams were tied at 34 heading into the locker rooms. Aris finally pulled in charge in the third quarter. Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) helped Aris pile up a 52:48 lead at the final intermission. But Le Mans were ready for the challenge. Unstoppable Benjamin Dewar allowed Le Mans to erase the deficit. The French team put their noses in front and eventually stunned the hosts. Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, college: Georgetown) provided 14 points for Le Mans. Antione Diot added 11 points in the win. Bobby Brown accounted for 22 points for Aris. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) finished with 17 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in the loss.

Aris: Bobby Brown 22, Christos Tapoutos 17
Le Mans: Benjamin Dewar 25, Brandon Bowman 14, Antoine Diot (191-G-89) 11



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Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.7 
 2. Blue, Giants15.9 
 3. Kimbrough, Giants15.9 
 4. Mills, Eiffel Towers15.5 
 5. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.4 
 6. Laing, Magixx15.0 
 7. Borha, Landstede15.0 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.8 
 9. Brown, DeFriesland14.5 
 10. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.1 
 2. McDermott, Magixx9.9 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.3 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.8 
 6. de Randamie, ABC8.5 
 7. Griffin, Giants8.4 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra8.0 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert8.0 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.2 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra5.1 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.2 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants4.0 
 5. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 6. Bostain, GasTerra3.6 
 7. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.4 
 8. Williams, DeFriesland3.4 
 9. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.4 
 2. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 3. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 4. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 5. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 6. McDermott, Magixx2.1 
 7. Stokes, BS Weert2.1 
 8. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 9. Kimbrough, Giants2.0 
 10. Bostain, GasTerra2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.0 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 6. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 7. Hamm, BS Weert0.8 
 8. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 
 9. Minter, BS Weert0.8 
 10. Boxley, ZZ Leiden0.8 


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 26-3 
 2. ZZ Leiden 23-6 
 3. Eiffel Towers 21-8 
 4. Magixx 18-11 
 5. DeFriesland 14-16 
 6. Giants 13-16 
 7. BS Weert 13-17 
 8. ABC 10-19 
 9. Landstede 7-22 
 10. Rotterdam 1-28 


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Doyne, Falco-Szova23.5 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.5 
 4. El-Amin, PVSK P.21.0 
 5. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 6. Townes, Soproni20.1 
 7. Wilson, Kaposvari19.7 
 8. Sales, Atomeromu19.0 
 9. Rubin, Szedeak18.9 
 10. Brooks, Soproni18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Townes, Soproni11.7 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu11.5 
 3. Egemonye, PVSK P.9.4 
 4. Jones, Albacomp9.4 
 5. Werner, Kaposvari9.1 
 6. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.9 
 7. Bader, Szolnok8.8 
 8. Bell, Kormend8.7 
 9. Szabo, Soproni8.5 
 10. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Khimik
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Kelley, Soproni6.4 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok6.2 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 6. Simon, Albacomp6.0 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.0 
 9. LaGrange, Kecsk.4.3 
 10. Singletary, FS Debre.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.7 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.0 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 5. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 6. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.5 
 7. Singletary, FS Debre.2.4 
 8. Kaman, ZTE K.2.3 
 9. Townes, Soproni2.3 
 10. Werner, Kaposvari2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.5 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.1 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.4 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.2 
 5. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.1 
 6. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 7. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.1.0 
 8. Langford, FS Debre.0.9 
 9. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.9 
 10. Davis, Kormend0.8 


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  INDIA   


Riba League to be launched in Delhi - by M. Rajalingam
For the first time IGMA sports management is coming with a novel dynamic and all exiting basketball league affiliated with Basketball Federation of India, named as the Reebok IGMA Basketball League (RIBA). The grand tournament based on a league cum knock out basis,is being organized by IGMA and sponsored by ONGC and Reebok. There will be 15 matches played during the league, by eight teams, divided into two pools of four each, followed up by semifinals and finals. The prize money of Rs 75,000 for the winners and Rs. 45,000 for the runners up, is a significant highlight of the event.

Reebok IGMA basketball league will be a very prestigious as the players will be witnessed by some of the finest Indian sports personalities like Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Vishnu Bhagat,Gary Saxena,Divya Singh,Harish Sharma etc which will tremendously motivate the players as well as entertain the audience present at the arena.
The participating teams are

Pool A
Chennai Customs
Air Force
Signals
Prithvi Nath Club, New Delhi

Pool B
Western Railways
Army
RCF
DDA Sports Club, Delhi



My film will focus on basketball: Arivazhagan - by Anil Kumar
It took just two scenes for director Arivazhagan, a gold medallist from the film institute, to prove his mettle to ace director Shankar, who then went on to produce his sleek, classy thriller Eeram. Arivazhagan's skills and Shankar's faith in him were both amply rewarded as Eeram turned out to be a hit.

Now, Arivazhagan is set to repeat that feat for another producer, Ravichandran. This time, with another gripping story in a genre that not many choose to opt for in India sports.

Discloses Arivazhagan, 'My next film, which is yet to be titled, will focus on basketball. At a time when several producers were scared to back a sports-based story, it was producer Ravichandran who came forward and agreed to produce this film, placing immense trust in me. I am extremely grateful to him and will not let him down.'

Courtesy : TNN




Suggestions on making basketball, a profession for Indians - by M. Rajalingam
India may not be a sport marketing market in a purist sense compared to America. We may be five to ten years behind. India is however a country where promotions are in huge demand.
It is an area that requires expertise and there is no professionalism in the industry due to which there have been several administrative problems. However, with newer players coming in, the situation is expected to change. Competition will become intense and healthy.
Thanks to the launch of IPL, which brought in the unexpected change in the way a game has to be promoted and popularized in our country.

Since the success of IPL in India, all the sports federations are coming up with an idea of launching a professional league in the respective sport.

With organizations like NBA and IMG venturing into basketball, we can hope to see a professional league to be launched very soon in India.

Here are some suggestions on making basketball, a profession for Indians. Lets learn it from our own godly game cricket. Heres the list of ideas that can be implemented to achieve the vision.

Start a league:
Start regular professional basketball leagues around the country at all levels, including school, college, corporate and club teams.

Pay the players:
Pay the players who play for the professional teams. Any work can be considered as a profession only if the person doing the work is paid for it. This will also motivate more players to take up the game.

Media management:
Rather than cursing the media, package the game according to the medias requirements. Because people are not going to follow your league in their favorite media, if it doesnt interests them.

On-ground activation:
Get into on-ground activation. You have to reach more people through various activities like games, contests etc, so that the people will get used to the game, and consider the game as a part of their life.

Promote the players:
Try to promote the players both in the media and in the community level. Build an iconic status for the basketball players. They should be the face of the game. How else, you can communicate to people to take up the game as a profession.




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  IRAN   


Jalaa outscore Zob Ahan in Syria - by Eurobasket News
Jalaa - Zob Ahan 89:76

Jalaa clinched the opening win in their WABA League semifinal series against Zob Ahan. The Syrian team celebrated the victory at home court yesterday. It was the seventh straight win for Jalaa in this years edition of the tournament. Ramy Merjani (181-G-83) came up with 19 points to lead the effort.
Jalaa led from start to finish in this one. The hosts accumulated a 26:14 lead after ten minutes of action. They controlled the tempo in the second half and posted a well-deserved win at the end. Marcelle Yaqqub (206-C-77) delivered 18 points for Jalaa. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) and Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) added 16 points each in the victory. Michel Maadanli (195-G-81) provided 12 points for the home team.
The teams are scheduled to meet in Iran on March 7.



The Only Registered Professional Analysis Coach in the Middle East is Iranian ... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
There are many Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches in the Middle East that are working in different Clubs but The Only Professional Analysis Coach that is Registered in Middle East is Mohammad Ahmadi , Analysis Coach of Towzin Electric Kashan in Iran Superleague Basketball that has combined the Basketball Vision and Computer Knowledge to show his abilities in analysing teams and help Towzin Electric to be the Best Offensive Team in the league and be Good Enough in Offence and WIn Big Clubs like Petrochimi and ZobAhan this season.
He has got his Coaching Certificate from Coach Dusko Ivanovic and has been Assistant Coach and Analysis Coach in Shiraz Clubs for years and this season is helping Coach Vlado Djurovic and Saeid TabeshNia in Towzin Electric Kashan Club.


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  IRELAND   


SuperLeague Round 18: #1 Dart Killester is defeated by Belfast Star - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Dart Killester (15-3) in Dublin on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by fourth ranked Belfast Star (8-10) 101-82. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Dart Killester. Belfast Star made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Dart Killester turnovers. American forward Clayton Longmire (201-F-84, college: St.Rose (NY)) scored 30 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized British guard Stephen Dawson (190-80) chipped in 27 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Belfast Star moved-up to third place. Defending champion Dart Killester still keeps top position with three games lost. Belfast Star are looking forward to face Ulster Elks (#5) on the road in the next round. Dart Killester will play against UCD Marian (#4) in Dublin and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Cork. Third ranked host Neptune (10-7) defeated one of their biggest challengers Moycullen (1-17) 85-77. Neptune have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-7 record having six points less than leader UL Eagles. Moycullen lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Neptune will play against league's second-placed DCU Saints in Dublin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Moycullen will play at home against the league's second-placed UCC Demons in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Belfast. One of their biggest challengers host Belfast Star (8-10) lost to second ranked DCU Saints (11-7) 74-70. The best player for the winners was Patrick Crean who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). At the other side the best for losing team was Clayton Longmire who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Belfast Star's coach Danny Fulton tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. DCU Saints have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-7 record having four points less than leader UL Eagles. Belfast Star at the other side dropped to the third place with ten games lost. DCU Saints will meet at home Neptune (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belfast Star will play against Ulster Elks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Dublin. First ranked host Dart Killester (15-3) smashed second-best UCC Demons (11-6). It was a good game for Jermaine Turner who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. UCC Demons' coach Paul Kelleher gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Dart Killester have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-3 record. UCC Demons at the other side keep the second place with six games lost. Dart Killester's next round opponent will be UCD Marian (#4) in Dublin. UCC Demons will play at home against the league's leader UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
SuperLeague top team - UL Eagles (13-4) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Ulster Elks (3-15) in Limerick 96-60. Cameron Mitchell had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. UL Eagles' coach Mark Bernsen felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. UL Eagles have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-4 record. Loser Ulster Elks keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. UL Eagles will face league's second-placed UCC Demons in Cork in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ulster Elks will play at home against Belfast Star and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Neptune - Moycullen 85-77

The game between Top Four teams took place in Cork. Third ranked host Neptune (10-7) defeated one of their biggest challengers Moycullen (1-17) 85-77. Neptune have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-7 record having six points less than leader UL Eagles. Moycullen lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Neptune will play against league's second-placed DCU Saints in Dublin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Moycullen will play at home against the league's second-placed UCC Demons in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 107990


Belfast Star - DCU Saints 70-74

The game between Top Four teams took place in Belfast. One of their biggest challengers host Belfast Star (8-10) lost to second ranked DCU Saints (11-7) 74-70. DCU Saints outrebounded Belfast Star 59-33 including a 26-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Patrick Crean (193, college: Springfield) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). The former international guard Emmett Donnelly (186-78) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four DCU Saints players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Clayton Longmire (201-84, college: St.Rose (NY)) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and guard Ciaran McVeigh (192-88) added 12 points respectively. Belfast Star's coach Danny Fulton tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. DCU Saints have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-7 record having four points less than leader UL Eagles. Belfast Star at the other side dropped to the third place with ten games lost. DCU Saints will meet at home Neptune (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belfast Star will play against Ulster Elks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DCU Saints: P.Crean 15+13reb+3ast, P.Glover 14+4reb, E.Donnelly 13+8reb+7ast, M.Provizors 12+8reb, E.Darling 10+8reb+1ast, J.Donnelly 5+10reb+5ast
Belfast Star: C.Longmire 28+11reb+3ast, C.McVeigh 12+2reb+3ast, S.Summersgill 7+1reb, M.Jackson 6+3reb, C.Johnston 6+6reb, F.Toner 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 107991


UL Eagles - Ulster Elks 96-60

SuperLeague top team - UL Eagles (13-4) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Ulster Elks (3-15) in Limerick 96-60. UL Eagles forced 20 Ulster Elks turnovers and outrebounded them 45-30 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Cameron Mitchell (201-88, college: Willamette, agency: N.E.T.) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Scott Kinevane (175-87) chipped in 17 points and 10 assists during the contest. Four UL Eagles players scored in double figures. UL Eagles' coach Mark Bernsen felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Benjamin De La Cruz with 9 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Barry Drumm (186-87) scored 17 points. UL Eagles have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-4 record. Loser Ulster Elks keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. UL Eagles will face league's second-placed UCC Demons in Cork in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ulster Elks will play at home against Belfast Star and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UL Eagles: C.Mitchell 23+19reb+1ast, M.Hall 19+1reb+3ast, S.Kinevane 17+3reb+10ast, R.Lynch 11+3reb+1ast, N.Campbell 10+3reb, C.White 7+8reb+1ast
Ulster Elks: B.Drumm 17+3reb+3ast, K.Foley 12+6reb+2ast, P.McGaharan 10+3reb+2ast, B.De La Cruz 9+12reb+5ast, C.O'Dornan 4+1ast, C.McEvilly 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 107992


Killester - UCC Demons 103-75

The game between Top Four teams took place in Dublin. First ranked host Dart Killester (15-3) smashed second-best UCC Demons (11-6). It was a good game for naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. The former international guard Issac Westbrooks (190-85) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Dart Killester players scored in double figures. American power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and forward Shane Duggan (-88) added 18 points in the effort for UCC Demons. UCC Demons' coach Paul Kelleher gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Dart Killester have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-3 record. UCC Demons at the other side keep the second place with six games lost. Dart Killester's next round opponent will be UCD Marian (#4) in Dublin. UCC Demons will play at home against the league's leader UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Killester: J.Turner 28+6reb+5ast, P.Madsen 15+2reb+2ast, I.Westbrooks 13+5reb+7ast, R.Clarke 13+1reb, K.O'Brien 13+2reb+2ast, D.Sealy 9+2reb+1ast
UCC Demons: M.Van 28+12reb, S.Duggan 18+3reb+3ast, K.Hosford 11+4reb+3ast, C.O'Sullivan 7+4reb+2ast, S.Coughlan 6+3reb+1ast, N.O'Reilly 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 107993


Killester - Belfast Star 82-101

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Dart Killester (15-3) in Dublin on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by fourth ranked Belfast Star (8-10) 101-82. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Dart Killester. Belfast Star made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Dart Killester turnovers. American forward Clayton Longmire (201-84, college: St.Rose (NY)) scored 30 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized British guard Stephen Dawson (190-80) chipped in 27 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) with 16 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Kieran O'Brien (203-82) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Five Dart Killester players scored in double figures. Belfast Star moved-up to third place. Defending champion Dart Killester still keeps top position with three games lost. Belfast Star are looking forward to face Ulster Elks (#5) on the road in the next round. Dart Killester will play against UCD Marian (#4) in Dublin and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Belfast Star: C.Longmire 30+6reb+3ast, S.Dawson 27+2reb+3ast, M.McKillop 12+3reb+2ast, C.Johnston 9+4reb+1ast, M.Jackson 8+5reb+1ast, S.Summersgill 2+4reb+5ast
Killester: J.Turner 16+9reb+2ast, K.O'Brien 14+10reb+2ast, P.Madsen 13+2reb+3ast, M.Westbrooks 13+9reb, I.Westbrooks 13+3reb+3ast, R.Clarke 10+2reb+3ast
gschID: 107994




Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Longmire, Belfast .28.3 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune27.4 
 3. Van, UCC Demons23.8 
 4. Foley, Ulster Elks23.5 
 5. Turner, Killester23.3 
 6. Mitchell, UL Ea.22.9 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.22.1 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.21.8 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen20.8 
 10. Crean, DCU Saints16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Van, UCC Demons14.6 
 2. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.3 
 3. Ambler, Moycullen13.1 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.4 
 5. Crean, DCU Saints11.0 
 6. Turner, Killester10.5 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.10.4 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.10.1 
 9. Bonaparte, Neptune9.8 
 10. Longmire, Belfast .9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.7 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.6.1 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian4.9 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.7 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.2 
 6. Westbrooks, Killester3.6 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.3.3 
 8. Turner, Killester3.3 
 9. Clarke, Killester3.1 
 10. Foley, Ulster Elks3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick CREAN
  DCU Saints
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Crean, DCU Saints3.5 
 2. McGinn, Neptune3.3 
 3. Noonan, Neptune2.8 
 4. Donnelly, DCU S.2.4 
 5. Turner, Killester2.4 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.2.2 
 7. Kelly, Killester2.1 
 8. Drumm, Ulster Elks2.1 
 9. Westbrooks, Killester2.1 
 10. Lacey, DCU Saints2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Van, UCC Demons2.4 
 2. Baynes, UCD Marian2.3 
 3. Bonaparte, Neptune2.3 
 4. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 5. Turner, Killester1.9 
 6. Longmire, Belfast .1.8 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.8 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.0.9 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen0.9 
 10. Kamara, Neptune0.9 


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  ISRAEL   


Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 18-1 
 2. Hapoel J-M 12-7 
 3. Bnei Hasharon 12-7 
 4. Maccabi Rishon 11-8 
 5. Galil Gilboa 11-8 
 6. Hapoel Holon 9-10 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 8-11 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 6-13 
 9. Maccabi Haifa 4-14 
 10. Ironi Ashkelon 4-15 


Lukoil Academic tasted another win in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Barak Netanya- Lukoil Academic 67:77

Lukoil Academic tasted another win in Israel to finish EuroChallenge Group I with 4-2 record. The Bulgarian team advanced to the Quarterfinals with 77:67 road win over Barak Netanya.
The Israeli team took control in the first period and finished the quarter with 24:17. They could not however keep the score for good later in the game. With 19-11 the guests grabbed 36:35 halftime advantage as Lamont Mack (201-F-87, college: Charlotte) closed the half. Both teams threatened to put daylight between each other at various times and in the third it was the visitors who looked most likely to break the game open. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) and Heath made it 54:48, while Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) followed them for another lead. A 21-17 was another proof for the win in the last quarter as Lukoil Academic overcame Haifa team.
Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) led the way with 18 points, while Todor Stoykov and Damjan Stojanovski had 11 apiece. Lamont Mack followed them with 10 points in a winning effort. Romeo Travis (201-F-84, college: Akron) ended up with 16 points for the hosts as Israeli team finished the campaign with 1-5 record. Errick McCollum (185-G, college: Goshen) scored 11 and Lior Segev (190-G-83, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 10.

Barak Netanya: Romeo Travis 16, Errick McCollum 11, Lior Segev 10
Lukoil Academic: Bozhidar Avramov 18, Todor Stoykov 11, Damjan Stojanovski 11, Lamont Mack 10



Maccabi Haifa edged Spartak Saint-Petersburg to finish EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa-Spartak Saint-Petersburg 92:86

Maccabi Haifa edged Spartak Saint-Petersburg to finish EuroChallenge with 2-4 record in Group I. In the last game the team from Israel celebrated 92:86 win with only pride to play for. The Russian team however suffered the first loss but finished on top of the group with 5-1 record.
Maccabi Haifa made their move in the first quarter. With nothing to lose they started with 24-15 in the first period, while the board showed 44:38 at the halftime. Sylven Landesberg (198-G-90, college: Virginia) and Killingsworth increased the lead to 10 points and later made it 59:43. Jackson closed the period at 65:55 after 30 minutes. In the last frame Spartak Saint-Petersburg looked better and won the quarter 31:27, but lost the game. The hosts scored the last 8 free throws for the final success.
Boris Rothbart (218-C-86, agency: Avi Zilberman) again paced all the winners with 23 points and Jackson posted 17. Sylven Landesberg and Derrick Low (188-G-86, college: Washington St.) ended up with 12 points each. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA) answered with 20 points in the losing case, whilst Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) delivered 18. Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) netted 15 and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) produced 9 points.

Maccabi Haifa: Boris Rothbart 23, Jackson 17, Sylven Landesberg 12, Derrick Low 12
Spartak Saint-Petersburg: Nikola Dragovic 20, Anton Ponkrashov 18, Patrick Beverley 15, Pero Antic 9



Premier League Round 19: Maccabi T-A defeats Hapoel Holon - by Eurobasket News
Host teams show no mercy winning all games. The round 19 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (18-1) added another victory to their record on Monday. This time they beat sixth ranked Hapoel Holon (9-10) in Tel-Aviv 85-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hapoel Holon. The hosts trailed by 13 points at the halftime before their 53-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Hapoel Holon's players. It was a great evening for international forward Lior Eliyahu (207-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) helped adding 11 points and 6 assists. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Rich Melzer (203-79, college: Wisc.-RiverFal., agency: Court Side) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-1 record. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Maccabi T-A are looking forward to face league's second-placed Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Holon will play at home against Maccabi Haifa (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Third ranked Bnei Hasharon (12-7) crushed at home 8th ranked Elitzur Netanya (6-13) by 22 points 88-66, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a quality performance for American power forward Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern, agency: ZAG Advocates) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Ben Rice accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) came up with 22 points for Elitzur Netanya 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for Bnei Hasharon. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Elitzur Netanya at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Bnei Hasharon will play against bottom-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Netanya will play against Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: Maccabi Haifa lost to Galil Gilboa on the opponent's court 70-82. Maccabi Rishon managed to outperform Maccabi Ashdod in a home game 80-76. Ironi Ashkelon recorded a loss to Hapoel J-M on the road 107-89.


Maccabi T-A - Hapoel Holon 85-79

Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (18-1) added another victory to their record on Monday. This time they beat sixth ranked Hapoel Holon (9-10) in Tel-Aviv 85-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hapoel Holon. The hosts trailed by 13 points at the halftime before their 53-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Hapoel Holon's players. It was a great evening for international forward Lior Eliyahu (207-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) helped adding 11 points and 6 assists. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Rich Melzer (203-79, college: Wisc.-RiverFal., agency: Court Side) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Kasib Powell (201-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Court Side) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-1 record. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Maccabi T-A are looking forward to face league's second-placed Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Holon will play at home against Maccabi Haifa (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: L.Eliyahu 22+4reb+6ast, G.Pnini 14+1reb+2ast, D.Perkins 11+2reb+6ast, D.Blu 9+4reb+2ast, S.Schortsanitis 7+2reb+2ast, J.Pargo 6+1reb+4ast
Hapoel Holon: R.Melzer 21+9reb+1ast, M.Roth 18+3reb+1ast, K.Powell 18+7reb, A.Ben David 16+5reb+4ast, N.Cohen 6+8reb+1ast, R.Salters 0
gschID: 122532


Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Haifa 82-70

Very expected game when 9th ranked Maccabi Haifa (4-14) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Galil Gilboa (11-8) 82-70. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) who led the winners and scored 23 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). International guard Gal Mekel (195-88, college: Wichita St.) accounted for 16 points and 8 assists for the winning side. International forward Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) came up with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) added 14 points respectively for Maccabi Haifa in the defeat. Five Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi Haifa lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Ashdod (#7) on the road in the next round. Maccabi Haifa will play against Hapoel Holon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: C.Fells 23+4reb+2ast, W.Carter 17+5reb+1ast, G.Mekel 16+3reb+8ast, I.Kozikaro 7+8reb, J.McClinton 7+1reb+2ast, A.Gordon 6+2reb+2ast
Maccabi Haifa: M.Killingsworth 15+1reb+2ast, F.Robinson 14+3reb+3ast, A.Ben-Chimol 14+3reb+3ast, G.Jackson 12+2reb+5ast, E.Kadir 11+9reb+4ast, B.Rothbart 4+1reb
gschID: 122528


Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi Ashdod 80-76

Rather predictable result in Rishon Le-Zion where fourth ranked Maccabi Rishon (11-8) defeated 7th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (8-11) 80-76. It looked good early as Maccabi Ashdod took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maccabi Rishon had a 24-21 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi Ashdod was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-80. It was a great shooting night for Maccabi Rishon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Maccabi Ashdod was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Aaron McGhee (202-79, college: Oklahoma) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Nizan Hanochi (194-86) accounted for 19 points for the winning side. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. The former international guard Meir Tapiro (194-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) came up with 24 points and American power forward Josh Duncan (204-86) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Maccabi Ashdod in the defeat. Maccabi Rishon maintains fourth place with 11-8 record, which they share with Galil Gilboa. Maccabi Ashdod lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Maccabi Rishon will play against Elitzur Netanya (#8) on the road in the next round. Maccabi Ashdod will play against Galil Gilboa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: N.Hanochi 19+4reb+3ast, A.McGhee 18+7reb+2ast, I.Swann 12+2reb+4ast, Y.Orland 11+4reb, D.Mitchell 10+2reb+2ast, R.Morgan 7+8reb+2ast
Maccabi Ashdod: M.Tapiro 24+3reb+3ast, J.Duncan 18+8reb+1ast, J.Carter 15+8reb+1ast, N.Berkowitz 7+6reb+8ast, W.Wallace 6+8reb+1ast, D.Johnson 4+3reb
gschID: 122529


Bnei Hasharon - Elitzur Netanya 88-66

Third ranked Bnei Hasharon (12-7) crushed at home 8th ranked Elitzur Netanya (6-13) by 22 points 88-66, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Bnei Hasharon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a quality performance for American power forward Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern, agency: ZAG Advocates) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. International forward Ben Rice (195-90) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Five Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. American guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) came up with 22 points and the other American import forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Elitzur Netanya 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for Bnei Hasharon. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Elitzur Netanya at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Bnei Hasharon will play against bottom-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Netanya will play against Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: S.James 17+12reb+4ast, B.Rice 14+5reb, B.Dunston 11+5reb, L.Nailon 10+4reb+2ast, D.Grunfeld 10+2reb+4ast, R.Steele 9+1reb+3ast
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 22+4reb+1ast, R.Travis 14+5reb, T.Washam 10+3reb+1ast, E.Brown 9+3reb+4ast, S.Brener 4+4reb+4ast, D.Asenti 3+2reb
gschID: 122530


Hapoel J-M - Ironi Ashkelon 107-89

Not a big story in a game in Jerusalem where 9th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (4-15) was defeated by third ranked Hapoel J-M (12-7) 107-89. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel J-M. Ironi Ashkelon was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel J-M made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Hapoel J-M especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Ironi Ashkelon was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Sam Clancy (201-80, college: USC) accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Desmon Farmer (195-81, college: USC) came up with 26 points and 4 assists and the former international guard Dror Hagag (178-78, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Ironi Ashkelon in the defeat. Five Hapoel J-M and four Ironi Ashkelon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hapoel J-M moved-up to second place, which they share with Bnei Hasharon. Ironi Ashkelon lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. Hapoel J-M will play against league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ironi Ashkelon will play at home against Bnei Hasharon (#3) in Hod Hasharon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: J.Williams 23+5reb+1ast, J.Rich 18+5reb+2ast, Y.Naimy 16+2reb+4ast, S.Clancy 14+10reb+2ast, L.Hakmon 11+1ast, W.Solomon 10+2reb+7ast
Ironi Ashkelon: D.Farmer 26+2reb+4ast, R.Green 18+2reb, E.Marckovich 11+6reb+1ast, D.Hagag 10+7reb+5ast, G.Porat 9+4reb+1ast, J.Gibson 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 122531




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Gallinari out up to 10 days with fractured big toe - by Eurobasket News
The Nuggets will be without forward Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) for a week to 10 days after X-rays revealed that he had fractured his left big toe.

Gallinari stubbed his toe late in a loss to Portland on Friday night and was held out of Monday night's 100-90 victory over the Atlanta Hawks because of continuing soreness. Soon after beating Atlanta 100-90, the Nuggets announced that the toe was broken.

Gallinari scored 30 points against the Blazers, one shy of tying his career high.

The 22-year-old forward was acquired by the Nuggets in the blockbuster deal that sent Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. He had two points in his debut with Denver last Thursday in a win over Boston.

Asked after morning practice if he could replace Anthony, Gallinari simply responded: 'Melo is a superstar. I'm not a superstar. I'm a normal player that can help the team win. That's it.'

The Hawks played Monday night without Kirk Hinrich (right calf strain) and lost Josh Smith midway through the game to a sore right knee following a second-quarter collision with J.R. Smith.

Josh Smith will be re-examined after the Hawks return to Atlanta.

'It was just real stiff. I couldn't move the way I wanted to,' Josh Smith said after the game.

Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong were acquired by the Hawks last week in a deal that sent Mike Bibby, Maurice Evans, Jordan Crawford and a draft pick to the Washington Wizards.

Hinrich has played in two games for Atlanta since the trade. He had eight points in more than 29 minutes during a win at Portland on Sunday night.

Before the game, Hawks coach Larry Drew said Hinrich was 'a little sore.'

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia inks Troy Bell - by Eurobasket News
Troy Bell (186-G-80, college: Boston Coll.) is a new member of Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. The American guard signed a deal for rest of the season. Bell started 2010/11 with French Entente Orleans averaging 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 15 ProA games. He also had 11.6 ppg and 3.6 for five EuroChallenge games.
Troy Bell is a familiar face in Italy as he played there from 2007 until the last summer. Last season Bell spent with Vanoli Cremona registering 14.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.8 apg for 30 games. In 2009, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Guard of the Year and won the LegaDue Playoffs with Vanoli Soresina. In 2007/08, Bell was a member of Angelico Biella and Fastweb Casale Monferrato. Before that, Bell played in NBA D-League and Germany. He also appeared few times in NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies.


Benetton cap EuroCup Last 16 with victory - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Cajasol 84:68

Benetton Treviso completed their EuroCup Last 16 campaign with victory. They toppled visiting Cajasol to earn the top position in Group L. Both Benetton and Cajasol advanced into EuroCup quarterfinal stage. Benetton will take on Goettingen, while Cajasol will face Budivelnyk in the next round series.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first frame. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) and Brian Skinner (207-F-76, college: Baylor) stepped up for the home team late in the period as Benetton eked out a 24:20 lead. Benetton opened the second term with 14 consecutive points to accumulate a comfortable 38:20 lead. Cajasol finally stopped the rot and Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) dragged the visitors within 10 points at halftime 31:41. Louis Bullock continued to score right after the big break but Gentile and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) quickly boosted the gap to 16 points as Benetton took over again. The hosts entered the final term up by as many as 16 points and never looked back en route to the victory.
Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) provided 20 points for Benetton. Massimo Bulleri and Donatas Motiejunas added 12 points each, while Brian Skinner finished with 10 points and 17 rebounds. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) responded with 20 points for Cajasol. Louis Bullock netted 17 points in defeat.

Benetton: Devin Smith 20, Massimo Bulleri 12, Donatas Motiejunas 12
Cajasol: Paul Davis 20, Louis Bullock 17



Pepsi Caserta better Nymburk - by Eurobasket News
Pepsi Caserta - Nymburk 88:80

Pepsi Caserta finished EuroCup Last 16 stage with victory. They held off Nymburk at home court to improve at 4-2 record in Group K. The victory however was not enough to propel Pepsi Caserta on top of the ladder. They finished in the second place just behind Estudiantes. Pepsi Caserta will take on Unics in EuroCup Final Eight. Nymburk ended Last 16 stage winless.
The hosts got to a slightly better start as they gained an 18:13 lead midway through the opening term. But Nymburk capped the term with a 9:2 run to level things up at 24. Pepsi Caserta grabbed the lead midway through the second term when they went on a 13:0 run. The hosts rallied to a comfortable 51:38 halftime advantage. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Dionte Christmas (196-G, college: Temple) teamed up early in the third frame and dragged Nymburk back within two 56:58. They continued to deliver as Nymburk secured a 67:64 lead at the final break. Afik Nissim stretched the margin to 6 points in the final term but Pepsi Caserta responded with a 14:0 spurt to edge in front for good. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) provided 15 points for the winners. Martin Colussi (193-G-81) added 13 points for the home side. Afik Nissim responded with 22 points for Nymburk. Dionte Christmas netted 14 points in the loss.

Pepsi Caserta: Ebi Ere 15, Martin Colussi 13, Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) 12
Nymburk: Afik Nissim 22, Dionte Christmas 14



stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Evangelisti, Trapani18.7 
 2. Reati, Treviglio17.4 
 3. Ricciardi, Palestrina17.4 
 4. Tassinari, Moncalieri16.5 
 5. Vico, Matera16.5 
 6. Musso, Perugia16.2 
 7. Masper, Moncalieri16.2 
 8. Marino, Treviglio15.8 
 9. Rugolo, Molfetta15.8 
 10. Benevelli, Trento15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza10.8 
 2. Corral, Molfetta9.5 
 3. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.4 
 4. Basei, Ostuni9.0 
 5. Zambon, Rieti8.9 
 6. Capitanelli, Pales.8.7 
 7. Chiaramello, Recanati8.6 
 8. Zerini, Ruvo8.3 
 9. De Min, Treviglio8.3 
 10. Facenda, Senigallia8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Latina Basket
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.8 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.0 
 4. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 5. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.5 
 6. Parente, Moncalieri3.3 
 7. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.3 
 8. Paparella, Potenza3.3 
 9. Lenardon, Massafra3.2 
 10. Basanisi, Massafra3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.6 
 2. Marcante, ASD P.3.2 
 3. Gullo, Patti3.2 
 4. Bushati, Brescia3.1 
 5. De Nicolao, Castelle.3.0 
 6. Bonamente, Perugia3.0 
 7. Bonfiglio, Ruvo2.9 
 8. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 9. Casadei, Comsum.i.2.7 
 10. Casagrande, Comsum.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.9 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.5 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 4. Candido, Ferentino1.1 
 5. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 6. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 7. Raminelli, Castelle.1.0 
 8. Capitanelli, Pales.1.0 
 9. Spippoli, Palestrina0.9 
 10. Marusic, Castelletto0.8 


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Parker's double-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old swingman Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Fukuoka Rizing and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 37.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Takamatsu FA (#9, 9-27) with 28-point margin 105-77. Fukuoka Rizing maintains the 3rd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fukuoka Rizing will need more victories to improve their 21-15 record. In the team's last game Parker had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Fukuoka Rizing, through which he has constantly improved. Evergreen State College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Parker is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.1ppg. Parker is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 10.3rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg,2.2spg and 62.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Robert Swift (213-F/C-85) of Tokyo Apache. He is American forward in his first season at Tokyo Apache. In the last game Swift recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Tokyo Apache lost that game 85-92 to slightly higher-ranked Okinawa GK (#2, 22-14). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Tokyo Apache still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 18-12 record is not bad at all. Swift is a newcomer at Tokyo Apache and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gary Hamilton (208-F/C-84) of Shiga Lakestars (#4). Hamilton scored 23 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Shiga Lakestars, leading his team to a 74-72 win against slightly lower-ranked Toyama Grouses (#6, 11-23). Shiga Lakestars needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 20 victories and 16 lost games. Hamilton has a great season in Japan. After 36 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 15.3rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 4.4apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenny Satterfield (188-G-81) of Saitama Broncos - 38 points and 13 rebounds
5. Kazutoshi Ohta (191-F-82) of Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85) of Hamamatsu P. - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Nile Murry (193-G-83) of Fukuoka Rizing - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Sendai 89ers - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Oita H.Devils - 25 points and 14 rebounds
10. William Knight (196-F/G-79) of Osaka Evessa - 21 points and 12 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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Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. Barsy Atyrau 14-0 
 2. Astana Tigers 11-3 
 3. Tobol 7-7 
 4. Kaspiy Aktau 5-8 
 5. BK Atyrau 3-10 
 6. BK Almaty 1-13 


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BK Ventspils rout BCM Gravelines Dunkerque, both advance to EuroChallenge 1/4 Finals - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-BCM Gravelines Dunkerque 80:62

BK Ventspils rout BCM Gravelines Dunkerque as both teams advanced to 1/4 Finals of EuroChallenge. The Latvian team needed 80:62 win to finish behind the favorites with 4-2 record. The French side meanwhile suffered the first loss at that stage but finished on top of Group K with 5-1 record.
More than 700 fans saw their team shrug off a sluggish start to put in a powerful 18-13 after the first period and then adding 23-10 in the second frame. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) sent the teams to the lockers as the board showed 41:23 for Latvian team. The Baltic side continue their search for the right chemistry this season and they competed well during the game in particular to get their noses in front. Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) nailed three to give 61:42 advantage after three quarters. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque won the last stanza 20-19 but reduced just to 18 points difference.
Rashad Anderson stepped up with 14 points for the hosts and Maris Gulbis added 12. Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) and Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) followed them with 10 points each in a win. Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Valentin Bigote (197-F-92) and Frejus Zerbo (206-C-89) scored 13 each.

BK Ventspils: Rashad Anderson 14, Maris Gulbis 12, Arturs Strelnieks 10, Arturs Berzins 10
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Rudy Jomby 16+10 rebs, Valentin Bigote 13, Frejus Zerbo 13



Barons Riga land Ingus Bankevics - by Eurobasket News
Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: Alti Sport) has found a new team. Shortly after being cut by Ventspils the 25-year-old guard have inked a deal with Barons Riga. Ingus Bankevics averaged 9.3 points, 2.3 boards and 1.1 assists per LBL team for Ventspils this season. He also tallied 9.1 points, 1.8 rebounds per EuroChallenge game. In Baltic League Ingus Bankevics posted 6.8 points and 1.4 boards. Ingus Bankevics played for Latvian National Team in 2010. He averaged 7.8 points, 2.3 boards and 1.1 assists per game in European Championship Qualifications. Ingus Bankevics was named Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Most Improved Player in 2007. Next year the guard was trumped All-Baltic League Most Improved Player of the Year. Ingus Bankevics played for SK Riga, Bumerangs/Gulbene/ASK, Valmiera and VEF Riga before joining Ventspils.


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A very Important win for Riyadi in Tehran - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In the first game of the Semi Final Round of the West Asian League Riyad came back from Tehran with a very prestigious win against the long time rival Mahram the Asian Champion for the past 2 years.

Riyadi qualified to the this round by beating the previous round Army from Syria on the score of 2-0, and Mahram won against Riyadi Jordan 2-0.

The first quarter of the game saw a big domination for the home team who imposed their game and led as much as 12 points through the great shooting of Marlon Guarnett, Mahram Led 28-17, the second quarter saw the turning point in the game Riyadi turned to zone defense and crippled the Iraninan Team, Riyadi regrouped and outscored Mahram through the excellent Basketball from Nate Johnson , Loren Woods and Omar Turk who helped their team to come back in the game and to lead t the half at the score of 45-48.

The third quarter saw the small dominance of Riyadi who continued its great basketball with a big teamwork which made all the players true heroes , William Pharis showed a big maturity and he dished many decisive assists to Loren Woods.

Riyadi had 18 points lead in the 4th quarter but the Iranians came back in the game and reduced the difference to 3 point, but the big experience of Riyadi prevailed in the end and secured a very important win in Tehran at the score of 90-94.

Nathanel Johnson led all scorers with 24 points followed by Loren Woods with 23 points and Omar Turk 16 points (Four 3 pointers) , on the other side Chris Williams led Mahram with 22 points.

Riyadi will meet Mahram in game 2 in Beirut on March 08th , the game will be a decisive one , in case of victory Riyadi will move to the Final to meet the winner of the series between Jalaa and Zob Ahan ( Jalaa Leads1-0).



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Standings - NKL
NKL Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 35-1 
 2. Radviliskis 26-10 
 3. Mazeikiai 22-14 
 4. Meresta 22-14 
 5. Nafta Universitetas 20-16 
 6. Zalgiris-Sabonio 20-16 
 7. LKKA-Atletas 19-17 
 8. Perlas-MRU 16-20 
Group B
 1. Triobet Malsta 16-19 
 2. Silute 15-20 
 3. Erelita 13-22 
 4. Delikatesas 12-23 
 5. ABRO-Univ. 11-24 
 6. Akademija 10-24 
 7. Puntukas 9-26 
Stage One Standings


Nevezis hires Cresnar - by Deividas Valiunas
Nevezis Kedainiai have decided to part ways with Blaz Cresnar (214-C-86). The 24-year-old forward joined the team at the beginning of the season. He tallied 7.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game in BBL. In LKL the forward notched 7.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists per appearance.
Last season Cresnar played in Latvia. He tipped off the season in the BK Valmiera. His stats read 12.2 points, 7.7 boards and 1.2 blocks per game in BBL.


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  NAIA   


Gold Rush win 2 games but stay the same in NAIA poll - by Emiliano
Xavier (LA) added to its resume but wound up in the same spot Monday in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25.
The Gold Rush (26-4) a wire-to-wire 56-51 winner over St. Thomas (Texas) on Tuesday and a come-from-behind 72-59 winner against Dillard in the Crosstown Classic on Saturday are 17th for the second straight week. XU's 145 points also are the same as last week.
But the sameness was a welcome change of pace for the XU men, who dropped seven spots over the previous two polls.
Next for the Gold Rush will be a trip to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. Xavier will be the No. 2 seed, which means a bye in Thursday's opening round and a spot in Friday's semifinals. Xavier's tip-off time will be announced Wednesday. Tournament venue will be the Adams-Jenkins Sports and Music Complex at Edward Waters College.
Tougaloo, the tournament's No. 1 seed, remained 13th in the poll.
Xavier's 26 victories are its most since the 1983-84 season, when the Gold Rush finished 27-5. Xavier is the winningest New Orleans men's college basketball team since SUNO was 26-6 in 2001-02.



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  NBA   


Monday's games - by Eurobasket News
Utah Jazz - Boston C. 102-107
Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) scored 25 points and Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) added 21, including a late 3-pointer and pair of free throws, to help the Boston Celtics hold on for a 107-102 victory Monday night over the Utah Jazz. The loss spoiled the home debut of new Jazz players Devin Harris and Derrick Favors, who were acquired last week in the trade that sent for All-Star Deron Williams to New Jersey. Al Jefferson had 28 points and a season-high 19 rebounds for Utah, which has dropped six straight at home - the team's worst home skid since 1982. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Sacramento K. - LA Clippers 105-99
One of the NBA's worst teams this season, the Sacramento Kings seemingly turned back the clock Monday night to a time when the team played before sellout crowds and rewarded their loyal fans with victories. Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) scored 16 of his season-high 29 points in the fourth quarter to help rally the struggling Kings to a 105-99 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. It was an emotional night at Arco Arena. Amid reports the team is considering a move to Anaheim, Kings fans organized a 'Here We Stay' campaign to help keep the team in Sacramento, where they have been since the 1985-86 season. A sellout crowd, only the second of the season, began to chant 'Here we stay' during player introductions, but did not repeat it as often as expected throughout the rest of a tightly contested game. Still, the Kings felt the energy for one of the few times this season. For Kings guard Beno Udrih, the energetic crowd was reminiscent of an era when Chris Webber, Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic were regularly leading the Kings to 50-and-60 win seasons. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

New Jersey N. - Phoenix Suns 103-104 OT
Channing Frye (6'11''-C/F-83, college: Arizona) hit a 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds to play in overtime and the Phoenix Suns spoiled Deron Williams' home debut for the Nets with a 104-103 victory over New Jersey on Monday night. The Nets narrowly missed pulling this one out, but Kris Humphries' tip-in of Williams' floater came a split second after the final buzzer. A review showed the ball on his right hand with the clock showing zeros. Still, the Nets' faithful had to love Williams' first game in New Jersey. He had 13 points and a season-high 18 assists, including five in rallying New Jersey from a seven-point deficit late in the fourth quarter. Reserve Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84) led the Suns with 17 points, one more the Hakim Warrick. Robin Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) added 14 points and Steve Nash had 10 points and 15 assists. Frye, who hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer against Indiana on Sunday, finished with seven points on 3-of-8 shooting. Brook Lopez had 28 points for New Jersey and Anthony Morrow added 22, including nine in the final 22 seconds of regulation to force overtime. Humphries had 16 points and 15 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Washington W. - Chicago B. 77-105
Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 21 points apiece, Joakim Noah had 19, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Washington Wizards 105-77 Monday night to move within a game of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls never trailed as they won their third straight and seventh in eight games. Rose brought out some oohs and aahs with a backward between-the-legs pass to Noah for a fast-break dunk, and Deng was already walking to the locker room before his 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer from the corner swished through the net to give Chicago a 13-point lead at the break. By the fourth quarter, they were having loads of fun. Rose fed Deng and Noah for back-to-back dunks that pushed the lead to 24 with 2 1/2 minutes to play, and then the reserves came in and finished off the game, with the Chicago fans saving the biggest roar for Brian Scalabrine's garbage-time jumper. Rose also had nine assists, Noah pulled down 11 rebounds, and Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who are even with the Heat in the loss column as part of a three-way battle with the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 seed in the East. *Courtesy of www.mb.com.ph

Denver N. - Atlanta H. 100-90
Nuggets coach George Karl trotted out different lineups until something finally clicked. That will be his plan from here on. With a new cast of characters and the postseason drawing near, Karl doesn't have time to do anything but adjust on the fly. The reserve tandem of J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) and Raymond Felton (6'5''-G-84, college: N.Carolina) worked on Monday night, helping Denver rally for a 100-90 victory over the Atlanta Hawks and the Nuggets' third win in four games since the deal that sent Carmelo Anthony to New York. Smith had 19 points and Felton added 15 as the Nuggets used a 8-0 surge early in the fourth quarter to pull away from the road-weary Hawks. The new identity of the Nuggets has become their ability to interchange parts at any time. Danilo Gallinari missed the game with a broken left big toe - which could sideline him up to 10 days - and Smith stepped up. Ty Lawson was fatigued by the flu midway through the game and Felton filled in. *Courtesy of www.desertnews.com




Knicks waive guard Kelenna Azubuike, free roster spot in search for size - by Eurobasket News
The New York Knicks have waived guard Kelenna Azubuike (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Kentucky), who never played for the team while recovering from major knee surgery.

Azubuike was acquired from Golden State on July 9 in the sign-and-trade deal that sent David Lee to the Warriors. He was expected to be ready early in the season after missing the last 73 games in 2009-10, but never got into a game despite saying recently he believed he was close.

The move Monday opens a roster spot for a Knicks team that is looking to add size. New York couldn't get any through a trade at the deadline, but team president Donnie Walsh said the Knicks would try to do so through free agency. Former Knicks forward Jared Jeffries, bought out last week by Houston, is a likely option.

Courtesy of The Canadian Press


Clippers waive seldom-used Rasual Butler - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Clippers have waived guard-forward Rasual Butler (6'7''-F-79, college: La Salle).

Butler's exit was paved by the departure of Baron Davis and the acquisition of point guard Mo Williams and small forward Jamario Moon in a deal with Cleveland.

Butler had played a total of 5 minutes in the eight games before the All-Star break. He was making $2.4 million this season, having signed a one-year deal with the Clippers last summer.

Butler averaged 5.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 18.1 minutes in 41 games this season.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.2 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.25.9 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.0 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.9 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.9 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 10. Howard, Orlando M.23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.5 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.8 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.1 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.5 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.5 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.2 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
 10. Horford, Atlanta H.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.1 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.6 
 5. Calderon, Toron.9.1 
 6. Wall, Washington W.9.0 
 7. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 3. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 4. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Curry, Golde S.1.7 
 6. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.8 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.3 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.2 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 5. Stoudemire, New Y.2.2 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.1 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Bynum, LA Lakers1.8 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 43-15 
 2. New York K. 30-27 
 3. Philadelph.76 30-29 
 4. New Jersey N. 17-43 
 5. Toronto R. 16-44 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 41-17 
 2. Indiana P. 26-32 
 3. Milwaukee B. 22-36 
 4. Detroit P. 22-39 
 5. Cleveland C. 11-48 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 43-17 
 2. Orlando M. 38-22 
 3. Atlanta H. 36-24 
 4. Charlotte B. 26-33 
 5. Washington W. 15-44 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 36-22 
 2. Denver N. 35-26 
 3. Portland TB 33-26 
 4. Utah Jazz 32-29 
 5. Minnesota T. 14-46 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 42-19 
 2. Phoenix Suns 31-27 
 3. Golde State W. 26-32 
 4. LA Clippers 21-40 
 5. Sacramento K. 15-43 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 49-10 
 2. Dallas M. 43-16 
 3. N.Orleans H. 35-26 
 4. Memphis G. 33-28 
 5. Houston R. 30-31 


Warriors buy out Murphy five days after trade - by Eurobasket News
The Golden State Warriors and forward Troy Murphy (6'10''-F-80, college: Notre Dame) reached a buy-out agreement on Monday, just five days after acquiring him from New Jersey.

Murphy was acquired by the Warriors on Wednesday in a deal that sent forwards Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright to the Nets. The Warriors also received New Jersey's 2012 second-round draft pick in the trade.

Terms of the buy-out agreement were not available, and after the move Murphy was placed on waivers.

This marks the second stint in Golden State for Murphy, who was selected in the first round, 14th overall, in the 2001 draft by the Warriors. Murphy, 30, played five seasons with Golden State before being traded to the Indiana Pacers during the 2006-07 season.

He was acquired by the Nets in the offseason in a four-player deal.

During his 10-year NBA career, Murphy has averaged 11.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists with Golden State, Indiana and New Jersey.

Courtesy of www.torontosun.com


Cavaliers to lose Antawn Jamison 5-7 weeks after surgery on fractured finger - by Eurobasket News
Cavaliers leading scorer Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina) will be out five to seven weeks after having surgery on his fractured left little finger.

Jamison, who has been scoring 18 points per game, broke the finger late in the third quarter of Sunday's 95-91 loss to Philadelphia at The Q. Dr. Thomas Graham will perform surgery on Tuesday at the Marymount Surgery Center, which is located in the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center.

The injury is a setback for the Cavs, who were 3-3 in their last six games after suffering through an NBA-record 26-game losing streak. The season ends in a little more than six weeks, on April 13.

The Cavs had the day off on Monday. Jamison was not available for comment, and he was gone by the time reporters entered the locker room after Sunday's game.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


Wizards sign Mustafa Shakur - by Eurobasket News
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guard Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84, college: Arizona). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

Shakur will be signed for the remainder of the season after being signed to two separate 10-day contracts earlier in the season (first on January 22 and then on February 12). He averaged 3.3 points and 2.2 assists in six games during that stretch.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Wizards waive Bibby - by Eurobasket News
The Washington Wizards announced Monday that the team has waived guard Michael Bibby (6'2''-G-78, college: Arizona) after coming to a mutual agreement on a contract buyout.

Bibby was unhappy that he landed with the Wizards in a February 23 trade that sent guard Kirk Hinrich to Hawks. The 12th year pro out of Arizona went from a playoff contending team to a 15-43 Washington club.

In just two games for the Wizards, Bibby had two points and eight assists.

'We agreed to terms with Mike on a buyout of his contract, which gives us increased financial flexibility and opens up more opportunities for us to continue to develop and evaluate our younger players,' Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said.

Bibby is eligible for the playoffs since he was waived before March 1. The 6- foot-2, 195-pound guard has played in 80 career playoff games.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Gallinari out up to 10 days with fractured big toe - by Eurobasket News
The Nuggets will be without forward Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) for a week to 10 days after X-rays revealed that he had fractured his left big toe.

Gallinari stubbed his toe late in a loss to Portland on Friday night and was held out of Monday night's 100-90 victory over the Atlanta Hawks because of continuing soreness. Soon after beating Atlanta 100-90, the Nuggets announced that the toe was broken.

Gallinari scored 30 points against the Blazers, one shy of tying his career high.

The 22-year-old forward was acquired by the Nuggets in the blockbuster deal that sent Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. He had two points in his debut with Denver last Thursday in a win over Boston.

Asked after morning practice if he could replace Anthony, Gallinari simply responded: 'Melo is a superstar. I'm not a superstar. I'm a normal player that can help the team win. That's it.'

The Hawks played Monday night without Kirk Hinrich (right calf strain) and lost Josh Smith midway through the game to a sore right knee following a second-quarter collision with J.R. Smith.

Josh Smith will be re-examined after the Hawks return to Atlanta.

'It was just real stiff. I couldn't move the way I wanted to,' Josh Smith said after the game.

Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong were acquired by the Hawks last week in a deal that sent Mike Bibby, Maurice Evans, Jordan Crawford and a draft pick to the Washington Wizards.

Hinrich has played in two games for Atlanta since the trade. He had eight points in more than 29 minutes during a win at Portland on Sunday night.

Before the game, Hawks coach Larry Drew said Hinrich was 'a little sore.'

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Tony Parker out 2-4 weeks with calf injury - by Eurobasket News
Spurs point guard Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) will likely miss two to four weeks with a sore calf muscle, handing the NBA's top team its first significant injury after coasting all season with unusually perfect health.

Parker strained his left calf in Sunday's win over Memphis. He had started every game during a blazing start for the NBA-best Spurs (49-10), who can already match their win total from last season Tuesday when they play the Grizzlies again.

Parker is averaging 17.1 points and 6.6 assists, piloting a refreshened offense that is quicker, higher-scoring and no longer revolving around Tim Duncan.

'When Tony's on the court the whole dynamic of the team changes,' Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said after Sunday's victory. 'He's so good at breaking the first line and finding open teammates or finishing. He gives us another great weapon offensively.'

George Hill will likely take Parker's place. He'll get only a couple warm-up games in the starting lineup before the Spurs face LeBron James and Miami for the first time Friday.

The Heat are the first of two big back-to-back games for the Spurs, who also play the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday in their third meeting this season.

Parker was injured when he collided with Grizzlies guard Mike Conley in the second quarter. The 28-year-old Parker did not return to the game.

The Spurs didn't practice Monday. Parker will stay in San Antonio for rehab while the Spurs travel to Memphis and then Cleveland this week, before coming home to play Miami.
Health has been a major factor behind San Antonio's surprise return to championship form. Like Parker, Duncan has started every game, and Ginobili has started all but one.

San Antonio was hardly as lucky the previous two years. Injuries to their Big Three crippled the Spurs in the two seasons after reaching the Western Conference finals in 2008, leading many to write off the four-time champions as too old and fragile.

Indeed, even Ginobili wasn't rewarded with a three-year contract extension last April until the All-Star proved he was still among the league's best guards, and not permanently troubled by a pair of shaky ankles.

Parker's last major injury was a broken hand late last season. Hill took his place in the starting lineup, and when Parker returned for the playoffs, he came off the bench for eight games before reclaiming his starting job.

Courtesy of www.pasadenastarnews.com


Barron to sign 10-day contract with Bucks, Bibby to sign with Heat - by Eurobasket News
The Bucks are expected to sign Earl Barron (7'0''-C-81, college: Memphis) to a 10-day contract on Tuesday. Barron was also receiving interest from the Knicks, but the team instead decided to sign Jared Jeffries.

According to ESPN, Michael Bibby (6'2''-G-78, college: Arizona) has agreed to a buyout of his entire 11-12 salary worth $6.2 million and will likely sign with the Heat after clearing waivers. 'He sacrificed some money in order to win a championship,' said David Falk, Bibby's agent. 'Once you're past 10, 11 years in the league, you want to be in a situation where you can win. He's got some attractive options open to him.' The Lakers, Celtics and Blazers are also interested in Bibby.


Pistons pledge support for embattled coach Kuester - by Eurobasket News
The Detroit Pistons are standing behind head coach John Kuester despite a season of conflict and turmoil, the team said in an official statement on Monday.

With the Pistons (22-39) five-and-a-half games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and some of the team's disgruntled players having seemingly turned on their second-year coach, there was speculation Kuester could soon be fired.

However, president of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars seemed to diffuse that notion with Monday's statement.

'First of all, John Kuester has my full support as we try to make a push toward the postseason over these last 21 games,' Dumars said in a release on the Pistons' website (nba.com/pistons).

'We've had a long and proud history of being a first class organization that handles its business the right way. We expect everyone that represents the Detroit Pistons to do so in a first class manner.'

That was hardly the case last Friday, when several Detroit players missed the team shoot around prior to a game against Philadelphia in what was believed to be a protest against the coach.

Kuester, who has had public differences with Detroit's Richard Hamilton and benched the 12th-year guard for much of the season, responded to the incident by playing only the six players who attended the morning session.

Courtesy of http://ca.reuters.com


Bobcats waive Morris Peterson - by Eurobasket News
Charlotte Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins announced today that the team has waived guard Morris Peterson (6'7''-G/F-77, college: Michigan St.). The Bobcats roster now stands at 14 players.

Peterson was acquired by the Bobcats along with forward DJ White from Oklahoma City in exchange for center Nazr Mohammed on Feb. 24.

The 6-7 Peterson is in his 11th season in the NBA, having played in 711 games for Toronto, New Orleans and Oklahoma City, and has career averages of 10.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 27.2 minutes. Originally selected by the Raptors with the 21st pick in the 2000 NBA Draft, he was named to the All-Rookie First Team following the 2000-01 season. Peterson has scored in double figures 362 times in his 711 career games and has averaged double-figure scoring in four of his full 10 NBA seasons, including a career-best 16.8 points for Toronto in 2005-06.

Courtesy of www.sportspagemagazine.com


Nets sign Sundiata Gaines to 10-day deal - by Eurobasket News
The New Jersey Nets have agreed to sign Sundiata Gaines (6'1''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) to a 10-day deal. Gaines is a former D-League player best known for one shot on January 14th, 2010, when he hit a buzzer-beating three to seal an incredible comeback win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gaines played 32 games for the Jazz that season, and averaged 3.3 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field.

This season, Gaines has appeared in a combined 14 games with the Timberwolves and Raptors. Gaines has shown that he can be effective in spot minutes, and will be a familiar face for Deron Williams in New Jersey, but its unlikely hell ever have another NBA moment as memorable as his dramatic buzzer-beater.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


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Mario Flaherty Headed to Taranaki - by Emiliano
Former Houston Baptist big man Mario Flaherty (206-C-88) has agreed to terms with the Taranaki Mountain Airs of the New Zealand Basketball League.

This is Flaherty's first professional contract. He graduated from Houston Baptist in December, 2010. Flaherty averaged 13 points and 9 rebounds during his senior season. He will report to New Zealand at the end of March.

The deal was ironed out by Flaherty's agent Kenge Stevenson of 329 Services and Taranaki Chairman John Kensington. Stevenson said that Flaherty has received interest from several teams for the 2011-12 season, and will look to sign a free agent deal in a high market.


Wellington Saints ink contract with Zane Meehl - by Eurobasket News
Zane Meehl (191-G-86, college: Mid-Continent) will strengthen the Wellington Saints in the upcoming NBL season. The 24-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with the defending champions. Zane Meehl was last seen in Australia. He played for the Maroochydore Clippers in the ABA. The guard notched 21.8 points, 6.3 boards, 5.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Zane Meehl has just graduated from Azuza Pacific University in 2010. His stats read 0.9 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game for the Cougars in the senior season. Zane Meehl played for the U20 New Zealand National Team. He was also on the roster of the World University Games selection and traveled to Bangkok in 2007. Wellington open the new season against Waikato at home court on April 15.


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


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Six players in double figures led Dolphins over Benfica - by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping Dolphins-Lisboa e Benfica 80:74

Six players in double figures led Dolphins over Benfica in the last game for both teams in EuroChallenge this season. Norrkoping Dolphins won over Lisboa e Benfica 80:74 to finish third in Group K with 2-4 record. The team from Portugal suffered the fifth loss and finished last with 1-5 record.
Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) opened the game for the hosts and Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) brought the lead for the guests at 11:7. Carreira kept the team from Portugal in front closing the period at 14:9. The second quarter was decisive in the game as the Dolphins erupted with 27-13 in it. Joakim Kjellbom made it 36:24, while Minhava closed the half at 36:27. Lisboa e Benfica tried hard to recover and did not give up in the game. A 26-21 helped them to stay alive at 57:53 after 30 minutes. Minhava reduced to 76:74 with 2 minutes in the game, while Ayuba and Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) delivered the last points for the winners.
Joakim Kjellbom led the way with 14 points and George Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston) added 13. Andrew Mitchell netted 11, while three other players scored 10 each. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) ended up with 18 points in defeat, Gregory Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) had 16 and Heshimu Evans delivered 14.

Norrkoping Dolphins: Joakim Kjellbom 14, George Gervin 13, Andrew Mitchell 11
Lisboa e Benfica: Antonio Tavares 18, Gregory Jenkins 16, Heshimu Evans 14




Spicer's double-double lands him Proliga Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Silvester Spicer (198-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Alges and receives a Eurobasket.com Proliga Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Galitos FC (#3, 11-5) in overtime 91-86. Alges maintains the 10th position in Portuguese Proliga. Alges is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-11 record. In the team's last game Spicer had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Alges, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Rogers State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Spicer is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.6ppg), rebounds (6th best: 10.4rpg) and averages solid 53.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Durrell Nevels (198-F/C-86) of Terceira Basket. He is American forward in his first season at Terceira Basket. In the last game Nevels recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 19 rebounds. It was enough for Terceira Basket to edge the lower-ranked Maia Basket (#11, 4-12) by 3 points 74-71. This victory allowed Terceira Basket to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Nevels is a newcomer at Terceira Basket and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#6). He also registered 13.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Antonio Pires (185-G-86) of Galitos FC (#3). Pires scored 26 points and passed eleven assists (!!!). Despite Pires' great performance Galitos FC lost 86-91in overtime to the lower-ranked Alges (#10, 5-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Galitos FC needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 5 lost games. Pires has a great season in Portugal. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.1ppg (9th best) and assists with 5.7apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joao Gaspar (196-F-89) of Guifoes - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Sergio Correia (197-F-85) of Alges - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Terceira Basket - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Anthony jr. Oha (198-F-83) of Povoa - 14 points and 14 rebounds
8. Fidel Mendonca (191-F-84) of Alges - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nuno Oliveira (186-G-89) of Povoa - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jorge Afonso (192-G/F-79) of Electrico FC - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Carlos Arroyo released by Heat - by Luis Ramirez
The Miami heat have announced that they have released point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) It seems that the Heat are making room for a possible signing of guard Mike Bibby who reached a buyout agreement with the Wizards just this week. Bibby has been traded by Atlanta to the Washington Wizards last week.

Arroyo is now hopeful that some other NBA team gives him a shot, Arroyo is eligible to play in the postseason since he was released after the NBA trade deadline. In recent weeks Arroyo's playing time had dwindled greatly and this spurred rumors that his days with Heat were numbered. Still, Arroyo showed great team spirit and was always providing his teammates with great support thru out these hard times sitting in the bench.



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Mures tab Jason Straight - by Eurobasket News
Mures have bolstered their squad. They have agreed on terms of contract with Jason Straight (188-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Wyoming). The 27-year-old guard started the season in German Heidelberg. Jason Straight appeared in just two games averaging 8.0 points, 2.0 boards and 1.5 assists. The guard left the team in February. Last season Jason Straight played in D-League. He tipped off the season in the Dakota Wizards. His stats read 11.1 points, 2.5 boards and 2.4 assists per game. Later Jason Straight moved to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He notched 7.5 points, 2.2 assists and 1.1 boards per appearance. Jason Straight had stints in Israel, Dominican Republic, Ukraine, France, Croatia, Poland and Cyprus.


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Chris Lofton moves to Russia - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban strengthened their backcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Chris Lofton (188-G-86, college: Tennessee). The deal is meant till the end of the season. Chris Lofton started the season in D-League. The guard notched 15.6 points, 3.5 boards, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game for the Iowa Energy. Last season Chris Lofton started in Caja Laboral. He appeared in just two ACB and Euroleague game. In December 2009 Lofton moved to Estudiantes Madrid. The guard averaged 12.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists per appearance. Chris Lofton also played in Turkey after graduating from the University of Tennessee back in 2008.


Lokomotiv Kuban secure the Quarterfinal birth - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban-BK Prostejov 90:76

Lokomotiv Kuban secure the Quarterfinal birth of EuroChallenge as they beat BK Prostejov in the last Round of Last 16. The Russian team needed 90:76 win to finish with 4-2 record. The squad from Czech Republic finished with 2-4 record in Group L.
BK Prostejov struggled to eat into the hosts lead during the first quarter. Only at the end of the first period Tucker and Hyzy exchanged for 21:20 advantage. Lokomotiv Kuban finally got their reward in the second quarter. They produced a 29-14 run as Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87) closed the half at 50:34. BK Prostejov however was too far to give up. They bounced back with 27-16 in the third quarter and reduced to 66:61 after 3 quarters. Moreover Lawrence cut it to 68:66 early in the last period. Lokomotiv Kuban meanwhile pulled away in the fourth quarter to win the EuroChallenge Last 16 game in Krasnodar.
Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) top-scored for the winners with 25 points, whilst Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Tucker nailed 11 and Maksim Sheleketo scored 10. Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) replied with 17 points in the losing effort, Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) had 15 and Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) notched 10.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Michael Wilkinson 25, Jeremiah Massey 18+11 rebs, Tucker 11, Maksim Sheleketo 10
BK Prostejov: Andrius Slezas 17, Benas Veikalas 15, Kyle Landry 10



Maccabi Haifa edged Spartak Saint-Petersburg to finish EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa-Spartak Saint-Petersburg 92:86

Maccabi Haifa edged Spartak Saint-Petersburg to finish EuroChallenge with 2-4 record in Group I. In the last game the team from Israel celebrated 92:86 win with only pride to play for. The Russian team however suffered the first loss but finished on top of the group with 5-1 record.
Maccabi Haifa made their move in the first quarter. With nothing to lose they started with 24-15 in the first period, while the board showed 44:38 at the halftime. Sylven Landesberg (198-G-90, college: Virginia) and Killingsworth increased the lead to 10 points and later made it 59:43. Jackson closed the period at 65:55 after 30 minutes. In the last frame Spartak Saint-Petersburg looked better and won the quarter 31:27, but lost the game. The hosts scored the last 8 free throws for the final success.
Boris Rothbart (218-C-86, agency: Avi Zilberman) again paced all the winners with 23 points and Jackson posted 17. Sylven Landesberg and Derrick Low (188-G-86, college: Washington St.) ended up with 12 points each. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA) answered with 20 points in the losing case, whilst Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) delivered 18. Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) netted 15 and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) produced 9 points.

Maccabi Haifa: Boris Rothbart 23, Jackson 17, Sylven Landesberg 12, Derrick Low 12
Spartak Saint-Petersburg: Nikola Dragovic 20, Anton Ponkrashov 18, Patrick Beverley 15, Pero Antic 9



Bracey Wright carries Cedevita past Unics - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Cedevita 84:88

Cedevita send a strong message to the future opponents in EuroCup Final Eight. The Croatian team surprised Unics in Kazan to finish the tournaments Last 16 stage on a high note. The victory however turned out insufficient for Cedevita to finish in the first place in Group I. Unics won a tie-break advantage and clinched the top position in the standings. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) dominated in the court scoring 27 points, collecting 6 boards and making three steals and three assists for Cedevita.
Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) scored 9 points in the first term but it was not enough for Unics to outscore Cedevita in the opening term. The Croatian team stayed close and entered the second term tied at 22. The visitors tipped off the second term with six consecutive points to pull in front. Unics immediately reacted with 11 straight points to regain the advantage. The roller-coaster action continued as Unics led by just two points at halftime 40:38. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) and Lampe gave the hosts a 53:45 advantage midway through the third frame. Kelly McCarty ensured a 62:52 advantage late in the period. The Russian powerhouse headed into the fourth term up by eight points 64:56. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) and Bracey Wright set the tone early in the fourth term. Cedevita started to work their way back into the game. Vedran Vukusic nailed 7 points in a row late in regulation when Cedevita accumulated a 78:76 lead. Marko Popovic leveled things up but Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) hit from beyond the arc and Bracey Wright added a free throw to keep Cedevita in charge. Vedran Princ and Marino Bazdaric went deadly from the stripe in the dying minutes to seal the winning outcome for the visitors.
Marino Bazdaric dropped 20 points, while Vedran Vukusic had 19 points and 8 caroms in the win. Kelly McCarty and Ricky Minard finished with 21 points each for Unics.

Unics: Kelly McCarty 21, Ricky Minard 21
Cedevita: Bracey Wright 27, Marino Bazdaric 20, Vedran Vukusic 19



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B League Round 19: No surprise as #1 BKK Radnicki defeats Sindjelic Nis - by Eurobasket News
The round 19 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

B League top team - BKK Radnicki (17-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Sindjelic Nis (9-10) in Beograd 99-63. The game without a history. BKK Radnicki 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 Sindjelic Nis' 32. BKK Radnicki forced 20 Sindjelic Nis turnovers and outrebounded them 30-17. It was a great shooting night for BKK Radnicki especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. It was a great evening for guard Slobodan Lalic (197-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 38 points (!!!) (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field). Guard Zarko Karic (191-84) helped adding 7 points and 10 assists. At the losing side guard Milos Trailovic (198-81) responded with 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki maintains first place with 17-2 record. Sindjelic Nis lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Vojvodina. BKK Radnicki are looking forward to face Vojvodina (#9) in Novi Sad in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sindjelic Nis will play at home against Smederevo Vizura and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 (0-19) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 19th consecutive match to twelfth ranked KK Jagodina (6-13) 83-69. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Damjan Stojkanovic (203-91) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Bojan Gladanac accounted for 14 points. Swingman Milic Blagojevic (200-91) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds for Radnicki KG 06 in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KK Jagodina maintains twelfth place with 6-13 record. Radnicki KG 06 at the other side still closes the standings. KK Jagodina will play against higher ranked Radnicki OB (#10) in Obrenovac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnicki KG 06 will play at home against Spartak (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: Viva Basket were destroyed by Spartak on the opponent's court 113-80. Smederevo managed to outperform Radnicki OB in a home game 81-71. Vojvodina was rolled over Zeleznicar on the road 94-73. Radnicki Basket crushed Mladost Cacak on its own court 88-66. Student beat KK Nis in Kragujevac 88-80.


Spartak - Viva Basket 113-80

Rather expected game in Subotica where 7th ranked Viva Basket (10-9) was crushed by fourth ranked Spartak (12-7) 113-80. Newly promoted Spartak maintains fourth place with 12-7 record. Viva Basket at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Spartak will play against bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 (#14) in Kragujevac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Viva Basket will play at home against KK Nis (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 104583


Jagodina - KG 06 83-69

Bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 (0-19) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 19th consecutive match to twelfth ranked KK Jagodina (6-13) 83-69. The game was mostly controlled by KK Jagodina. Radnicki KG 06 was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Jagodina shot 27 for 37 from the free-throw line, while Radnicki KG 06 only scored ten points from the stripe. Radnicki KG 06 was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Damjan Stojkanovic (203-91) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Bojan Gladanac (-88) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. Swingman Milic Blagojevic (200-91) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Turkish guard Nikola Despotovic (194-88) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Radnicki KG 06 in the defeat. Four Radnicki KG 06 players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KK Jagodina maintains twelfth place with 6-13 record. Radnicki KG 06 at the other side still closes the standings. KK Jagodina will play against higher ranked Radnicki OB (#10) in Obrenovac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnicki KG 06 will play at home against Spartak (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
KG 06: M.Blagojevic 20+5reb+3ast, S.Gavrilovic 13+4reb+1ast, S.Mijovic 12+1reb+2ast, N.Despotovic 10+7reb+2ast, N.Miskovic 6+2reb, S.Zecevic 3+5reb
Jagodina: D.Stojkanovic 18+5reb+1ast, B.Gladanac 14+4reb+3ast, M.Gambiroza 14+5reb+1ast, N.Vujicic 10+4reb, N.Acimovic 9+3reb+2ast, V.Stanisavljevic 8+4reb+6ast
gschID: 104584


Smederevo - Radnicki OB 81-71

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Smederevo Vizura (11-8) defeated at home 10th ranked Radnicki OB (8-11) 81-71. Smederevo Vizura have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 11-8 record, which they share with Student. Radnicki OB at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Mladost Cacak. Smederevo Vizura will play against Sindjelic Nis (#8) on the road in the next round. Radnicki OB will play against KK Jagodina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 104585


Radnicki BG - Sindjelic Nis 99-63

B League top team - BKK Radnicki (17-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Sindjelic Nis (9-10) in Beograd 99-63. The game without a history. BKK Radnicki 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 Sindjelic Nis' 32. BKK Radnicki forced 20 Sindjelic Nis turnovers and outrebounded them 30-17. It was a great shooting night for BKK Radnicki especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. It was a great evening for guard Slobodan Lalic (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 38 points (!!!) (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field). Guard Zarko Karic (191-84) helped adding 7 points and 10 assists. At the losing side guard Milos Trailovic (198-81) responded with 14 points and swingman Nemanja Gudzic (195-90) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki maintains first place with 17-2 record. Sindjelic Nis lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Vojvodina. BKK Radnicki are looking forward to face Vojvodina (#9) in Novi Sad in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sindjelic Nis will play at home against Smederevo Vizura and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Sindjelic Nis: M.Trailovic 14+2reb+2ast, N.Gudzic 12+3reb+2ast, V.Virijevic 8+1reb, D.Markovic 7+2reb, N.Djurdjevic 6+1reb+4ast, S.Ivetic 6+1reb+2ast
Radnicki BG: S.Lalic 38+3reb, N.Gacic 16+3reb, N.Rakonjac 16+3reb+1ast, D.Petronic 7+2reb+1ast, Z.Karic 7+3reb+10ast, M.Tomic 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 104579


Zeleznicar - Vojvodina 94-73

Not a big story in a game in Indija where 9th ranked Vojvodina (9-10) was rolled over by third ranked Zeleznicar (13-6) 94-73. It looked good early as Vojvodina took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zeleznicar took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 21 points. It was an exceptional evening for Slobodan Gugleta (-83) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Bogdan Mihajlovic (-87) accounted for 21 points for the winning side. Five Zeleznicar players scored in double figures. Forward Milos Grubor (201-91) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Nemanja Knezevic (203-87) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Vojvodina in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zeleznicar maintains third place with 13-6 record having four points less than leader Radnicki BG. Vojvodina at the other side dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Sindjelic Nis. Zeleznicar will play against Mladost Cacak (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vojvodina will play against the league's leader BKK Radnicki in Beograd and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: M.Grubor 19+7reb, N.Knezevic 17+6reb+1ast, B.Tomasevic 10+2reb+4ast, S.Pastornjicki 9+3ast, M.Glisic 8+4reb+1ast, T.Ivosev 4+3reb+1ast
Zeleznicar: B.Mihajlovic 21+2reb+2ast, S.Gugleta 15+12reb, N.Kasabasic 13+6reb+5ast, D.Jerkovic 11+2reb+1ast, V.Jojic 10+6reb+2ast, N.Kovac 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 104580


Radnicki Basket - Mladost Cacak 88-66

Everything went according to plan in Beograd where second ranked Radnicki Basket (15-4) outscored 11th ranked Mladost Cacak (8-11) 88-66. It looked good early as Mladost Cacak took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Radnicki Basket had a 32-19 second period charge getting the lead and Mladost Cacak was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-88. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin power forward Bojan Subotic (206-90) who led the winners and scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Aleksandar Ponjavic (198-91) accounted for 10 points for the winning side. Five Radnicki Basket players scored in double figures. Forward Ivan Dukanac (199-80) came up with 23 points and 5 rebounds and forward Marko Gujanicic (200-92) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Mladost Cacak in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Radnicki Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-4 record having just two points less than leader Radnicki BG. Mladost Cacak at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Radnicki OB. Radnicki Basket will play against Student UK (#6) in Kragujevac in the next round. Mladost Cacak will play at home against Zeleznicar (#3) in Indija and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Mladost Cacak: I.Dukanac 23+5reb+2ast, M.Azanjac 13+1reb, M.Gujanicic 8+5reb+2ast, V.Gajovic 8+4ast, G.Vucicevic 7+6reb+1ast, M.Pejanovic 3+1reb+3ast
Radnicki Basket: B.Subotic 12+9reb+3ast, D.Djokic 11+1reb+3ast, A.Zaric 10+3reb, A.Ponjavic 10+4reb+2ast, M.Vasilic 10+5reb+1ast, N.Siladji 10+2ast
gschID: 104581


KK Nis - Student 80-88

There was no surprise when 13th ranked KK Nis (4-15) were defeated at home by sixth ranked Student UK (11-8) 88-80. KK Nis were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 25-12 third quarter run of Student UK. They made 26-of-32 charity shots (81.3 percent) during the game. KK Nis were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for center Nikola Glisovic (209-73) who led the winners and scored 19 points. Guard Luka Igrutinovic (196-92) accounted for 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Four Student UK players scored in double figures. Student UK's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Milan Tesanovic (192-89) came up with 26 points and 7 assists and Vladimir Djordjevic (-84) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for KK Nis in the defeat. Student UK moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Smederevo. KK Nis lost eighth consecutive game. KK Nis at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Student UK will play against league's second-placed Radnicki Basket in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Nis will play on the road against Viva Basket (#7) in Beograd and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KK Nis: M.Tesanovic 26+3reb+7ast, I.Pendic 13+2reb, M.Andrejevic 9+1reb, V.Djordjevic 9+5reb+2ast, M.Markovic 8+6reb, N.Stanojevic 7+3reb
Student: N.Glisovic 19+4reb, L.Igrutinovic 17+3reb+1ast, F.Lalovic 13+2reb+1ast, N.Tanasijevic 11+1reb+1ast, S.Samailovic 8, D.Savic 8+3reb
gschID: 104582




Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket27.2 
 2. Svilar, Smederevo20.3 
 3. Dukanac, Mladost .19.9 
 4. Radic, Spartak18.1 
 5. Blagojevic, KG 0617.6 
 6. Trailovic, Sindje.16.8 
 7. Lalic, Radnicki BG16.7 
 8. Tesanovic, KK Nis16.5 
 9. Samailovic, Student16.0 
 10. Glisovic, Student15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nemanja KNEZEVIC
  Vojvodina
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Knezevic, Vojvodina9.6 
 2. Vuletic, Viva Basket9.4 
 3. Ivosev, Vojvodina7.6 
 4. Petrovic, Viva B.7.5 
 5. Gugleta, Zeleznicar7.1 
 6. Koprivica, Radnicki.7.0 
 7. Dukanac, Mladost .6.9 
 8. Glisovic, Student6.8 
 9. Zivanovic, Smede.6.6 
 10. Despotovic, KG 066.6 
Assists Per Game
 Zarko KARIC
  Radnicki BG
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Karic, Radnicki BG6.6 
 2. Bjelica, Viva Basket6.5 
 3. Kasabasic, Zeleznicar5.2 
 4. Boltic, Radnicki BG4.8 
 5. Tanasijevic, Stude.4.3 
 6. Stanisavljev., Jagod.4.2 
 7. Dinic, Spartak4.2 
 8. Mijovic, Radnicki.4.2 
 9. Vukasovic, Radnic.4.1 
 10. Sparovic, Smede.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  Radnicki BG
  (--)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Gacic, Radnicki BG2.8 
 2. Karic, Radnicki BG2.6 
 3. Zivanovic, Smede.2.2 
 4. Kuntic, Spartak2.2 
 5. Radic, Spartak2.0 
 6. Tomasevic, Vojvo.1.9 
 7. Sparovic, Smede.1.9 
 8. Ivosev, Vojvodina1.9 
 9. Tanasijevic, Stude.1.9 
 10. Kasabasic, Zeleznicar1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (--83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.4 
 2. Karahodzic, Spartak1.6 
 3. Knezevic, Vojvodina1.4 
 4. Marelja, KG 061.1 
 5. Vasilic, Radnic.1.0 
 6. Mirkovic, KG 060.9 
 7. Markovic, Sindjeli.0.9 
 8. Petrovic, Viva B.0.9 
 9. Kovac, Zeleznicar0.8 
 10. Blagojevic, KG 060.8 


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Radnicki BG 17-2 
 2. Radnicki Basket 15-4 
 3. Zeleznicar 13-6 
 4. Spartak 12-7 
 5. Smederevo 11-8 
 6. Student 11-8 
 7. Viva Basket 10-9 
 8. Sindjelic Nis 9-10 
 9. Vojvodina 9-10 
 10. Radnicki OB 8-11 
 11. Mladost Cacak 8-11 
 12. Jagodina 6-13 
 13. KK Nis 4-15 
 14. KG 06 0-19 


Hemofarm narrowly defeat Gran Canaria in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Gran Canaria 75:74

Hemofarm recorded the second win in EuroCup Last 16 round. They eked out a narrow home win against Gran Canaria. The victory however did not help Hemofarm leave the last place in Group I. Gran Canaria finished third on a tie-break advantage. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 16 points, 6 assists and 3 boards in this one.
Gran Canaria looked slightly better in the opening frame. They grabbed a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) ensured a 6:0 start to the second period for Gran Canaria. But Hemofarm stopped the rot and gradually came back into the contest. Miljan Pavkovic orchestrated their game well enough as Hemofarm narrowed the gap to a single point 33:34. Hemofarm used a 7:0 run in the second term to surge ahead. The hosts entered the final period up by four points and extended the gap to 6 points in the fourth term. Gran Canaria narrowed the margin to one point and Green had a chance to win the game for the visitors. But the guard missed a three-pointer allowing the hosts to escape with a narrow victory at the end. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) delivered 12 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Hemofarm. Milivoje Bozovic (210-F/C-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Milos Borisov (201-F-85) had 10 points each in the win. Jaycee Carroll answered with 17 points for Gran Canaria. Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) provided 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat.

Hemofarm: Miljan Pavkovic 16, Bojan Krstovic 12, Milivoje Bozovic 10, Milos Borisov 10
Gran Canaria: Jaycee Carroll 17, Spencer Nelson 15



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Krka wins Group J of EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp Giants-Krka 45:64

Krka wins Group J of EuroChallenge as Slovenian underdogs continue their debut year. The team overcame Antwerp Giants in the last game of the group to finish on top with 5-1 record. Antwerp Giants as well as another Belgian team, Dexia could not make it to the Quarterfinals.
Krka scored the first five points in the game and proved the superiority of the teams. They won the first period 20-9 and never looked behind in the game. Graham Brown (205-C-84, college: Michigan) however reduced to 22:23, while Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) closed the half at 28:22. Krka won the third period 17:11 and increased to 45:33 after 30 minutes. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue), Edo Muric (202-F-91) and Dragisa Drobnjak ensured the big start in the last frame as the latter gave his side 50:33. Dragic made it 54:37 and Pavic brought the final score on the board.
Christopher Booker led hos team to the Quarterfinals with 13 points. Edo Muric followed him with 11 and Dragisa Drobnjak scored 10. Roel Moors (190-G-78, agency: Agency No 10) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort and Graham Brown netted 10.

Antwerp Giants: Roel Moors 11, Graham Brown 10
Krka: Christopher Booker 13, Edo Muric 11, Dragisa Drobnjak 10




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Benetton cap EuroCup Last 16 with victory - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Cajasol 84:68

Benetton Treviso completed their EuroCup Last 16 campaign with victory. They toppled visiting Cajasol to earn the top position in Group L. Both Benetton and Cajasol advanced into EuroCup quarterfinal stage. Benetton will take on Goettingen, while Cajasol will face Budivelnyk in the next round series.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first frame. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) and Brian Skinner (207-F-76, college: Baylor) stepped up for the home team late in the period as Benetton eked out a 24:20 lead. Benetton opened the second term with 14 consecutive points to accumulate a comfortable 38:20 lead. Cajasol finally stopped the rot and Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) dragged the visitors within 10 points at halftime 31:41. Louis Bullock continued to score right after the big break but Gentile and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) quickly boosted the gap to 16 points as Benetton took over again. The hosts entered the final term up by as many as 16 points and never looked back en route to the victory.
Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) provided 20 points for Benetton. Massimo Bulleri and Donatas Motiejunas added 12 points each, while Brian Skinner finished with 10 points and 17 rebounds. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) responded with 20 points for Cajasol. Louis Bullock netted 17 points in defeat.

Benetton: Devin Smith 20, Massimo Bulleri 12, Donatas Motiejunas 12
Cajasol: Paul Davis 20, Louis Bullock 17



Estudiantes edge Galatasaray to clinch top spot in EuroCup Group K - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes - Galatasaray 71:69

Estudiantes claimed the top position in EuroCup Last 16 Group K. They held off Galatasaray in an exciting clash in the final round of action in the group. Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds to pace the hosts as they improved at 5-1 record. Galatasaray slipped at 2-4 record in the third position in the ladder.
Galatasaray surged ahead in the opening minutes. The lead then changed for several times throughout a close first period before Estudiantes ensured a 23:20 lead at the first break. Daniel Clark and Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) gave the home team a 28:22 lead early in the second term. Soon Nik Caner-Medley opened a double-digit lead for the hosts. Galatasaray managed to cut the deficit at 8-point mark at the interval 34:42. Estudiantes began the second half strongly restoring a double-digit advantage. The Spaniards stayed in charge as they arrived at the final break up by 8 points 57:49. Sertac Sanli (209-F-91) scored quick five points early in the fourth period as Galatasaray got closer. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) unloaded 7 points in a row midway through the fourth quarter as the visitors pulled in front 61:60. The Turkish team were still up by one 69:68 within the final minute of regulation. But Josh Asselin and Albert Oliver followed with three points and Estudiantes snatched a tough win at the end.
Nik Caner-Medley delivered 21 points for Estudiantes. Preston Shumpert nailed 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and distributed 4 assists for Galatasaray. Sertac Sanli, Tutku Acik (194-G-80) and Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) had 8 points each in the loss.

Estudiantes: Josh Asselin 22, Nik Caner-Medley 21
Galatasaray: Preston Shumpert 18, Sertac Sanli 8, Tutku Acik 8, Jerry Johnson 8



Hemofarm narrowly defeat Gran Canaria in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Gran Canaria 75:74

Hemofarm recorded the second win in EuroCup Last 16 round. They eked out a narrow home win against Gran Canaria. The victory however did not help Hemofarm leave the last place in Group I. Gran Canaria finished third on a tie-break advantage. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 16 points, 6 assists and 3 boards in this one.
Gran Canaria looked slightly better in the opening frame. They grabbed a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) ensured a 6:0 start to the second period for Gran Canaria. But Hemofarm stopped the rot and gradually came back into the contest. Miljan Pavkovic orchestrated their game well enough as Hemofarm narrowed the gap to a single point 33:34. Hemofarm used a 7:0 run in the second term to surge ahead. The hosts entered the final period up by four points and extended the gap to 6 points in the fourth term. Gran Canaria narrowed the margin to one point and Green had a chance to win the game for the visitors. But the guard missed a three-pointer allowing the hosts to escape with a narrow victory at the end. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) delivered 12 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Hemofarm. Milivoje Bozovic (210-F/C-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Milos Borisov (201-F-85) had 10 points each in the win. Jaycee Carroll answered with 17 points for Gran Canaria. Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) provided 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat.

Hemofarm: Miljan Pavkovic 16, Bojan Krstovic 12, Milivoje Bozovic 10, Milos Borisov 10
Gran Canaria: Jaycee Carroll 17, Spencer Nelson 15



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Six players in double figures led Dolphins over Benfica - by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping Dolphins-Lisboa e Benfica 80:74

Six players in double figures led Dolphins over Benfica in the last game for both teams in EuroChallenge this season. Norrkoping Dolphins won over Lisboa e Benfica 80:74 to finish third in Group K with 2-4 record. The team from Portugal suffered the fifth loss and finished last with 1-5 record.
Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) opened the game for the hosts and Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) brought the lead for the guests at 11:7. Carreira kept the team from Portugal in front closing the period at 14:9. The second quarter was decisive in the game as the Dolphins erupted with 27-13 in it. Joakim Kjellbom made it 36:24, while Minhava closed the half at 36:27. Lisboa e Benfica tried hard to recover and did not give up in the game. A 26-21 helped them to stay alive at 57:53 after 30 minutes. Minhava reduced to 76:74 with 2 minutes in the game, while Ayuba and Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) delivered the last points for the winners.
Joakim Kjellbom led the way with 14 points and George Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston) added 13. Andrew Mitchell netted 11, while three other players scored 10 each. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) ended up with 18 points in defeat, Gregory Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) had 16 and Heshimu Evans delivered 14.

Norrkoping Dolphins: Joakim Kjellbom 14, George Gervin 13, Andrew Mitchell 11
Lisboa e Benfica: Antonio Tavares 18, Gregory Jenkins 16, Heshimu Evans 14




Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 25-6 
 2. LF Basket 22-10 
 3. Norrkoping 20-8 
 4. Sodertalje 19-13 
 5. Uppsala 15-15 
 6. Solna 15-16 
 7. Jamtland 12-19 
 8. Boras 12-20 
 9. 08 8-22 
 10. Eco Orebro 6-25 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland22.6 
 2. Brown, 0821.4 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.5 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall19.9 
 5. Smith, Uppsala19.6 
 6. Palm, Boras19.0 
 7. McCoy, Boras18.8 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall18.6 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna18.3 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.5 
 2. Palm, Boras9.5 
 3. McKnight, Boras9.2 
 4. Brown, 088.7 
 5. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.8 
 7. Constantine, Solna7.7 
 8. Walker, Solna7.4 
 9. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.2 
 10. Cipriano, Eco O.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.5 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.6 
 3. Beck, 084.9 
 4. Smith, Uppsala4.7 
 5. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.6 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.4 
 8. Chuk, Sodertalje4.3 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland4.3 
 10. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.5 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.3 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall2.0 
 4. Smith, Uppsala1.9 
 5. Hellgren, Jamtland1.9 
 6. McCoy, Boras1.8 
 7. Brown, 081.8 
 8. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.8 
 9. Woodbury, LF Ba.1.7 
 10. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.0 
 2. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.8 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 4. Palm, Boras1.5 
 5. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 6. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 8. Cipriano, Eco O.1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna1.0 
 10. Galick, Sodertalje0.8 


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LNA Round 22: Geneve Lions lose to Fribourg in the game between Top 4 teams - 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 5 rounds.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Fribourg. Third ranked host Fribourg (15-7) defeated their biggest opponent Geneve Lions (15-7) 68-58. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Geneve Lions. The game was mostly controlled by Fribourg. Geneve Lions managed to win second period 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American forward Steve Smith (200-F-81, college: Iona) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international center Oliver Vogt (209-80) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Fribourg moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Geneve Lions. Fribourg is looking forward to face SAM Massagno (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Geneve Lions will play against Monthey (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LNA top team - Lugano Tigers (20-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked BBC Nyon (3-19) 87-73. American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) notched 29 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Dusan Mladjan supported him with 20 points. Lugano Tigers' coach Joe Whelton allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists by American swingman Lester Hunte (196-88, college: Northwood Fl.) did not help to save the game for BBC Nyon. Lugano Tigers have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-2 record. BBC Nyon at the other side keeps the ninth place with 19 games lost. Lugano Tigers will play against bottom-ranked Zurich Wildcats (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BBC Nyon will play against Starwings in Basel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Massagno was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Starwings (11-11) played at the court of 8th ranked SAM Massagno (8-14). Starwings defeated SAM Massagno 76-60 on Sunday. Americans were the main players on the court. Vernard Hollins fired 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. John Ofoegbu produced 19 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. SAM Massagno's coach Franco Facchinetti rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Starwings have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Boncourt. SAM Massagno lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Starwings will meet at home BBC Nyon (#9) in the next round. SAM Massagno will play against the league's second-placed Fribourg and hope to secure a win.
Sixth ranked Boncourt (11-11) crushed at home 10th ranked Zurich Wildcats (1-21) by 45 points 92-47, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Shorown Glover who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Boncourt maintains sixth position with 11-11 record, which they share with Starwings. Zurich Wildcats lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 21 lost games. Boncourt's next round opponent will be higher ranked SAV Vacallo (#5) in Chiasso and it may be quite challenging game. Zurich Wildcats will play at home against the league's leader Lugano Tigers (#1).

In the last game of round 22 Monthey won against SAV Vacallo on the opponent's court 84-66.


Fribourg - Geneve Lions 68-58

The game between Top Four teams took place in Fribourg. Third ranked host Fribourg (15-7) defeated their biggest opponent Geneve Lions (15-7) 68-58. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Geneve Lions. The game was mostly controlled by Fribourg. Geneve Lions managed to win second period 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American forward Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international center Oliver Vogt (209-80) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Fribourg players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Fribourg moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Geneve Lions. Fribourg is looking forward to face SAM Massagno (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Geneve Lions will play against Monthey (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: S.Smith 21+10reb+1ast, O.Vogt 13+7reb+3ast, T.Williams 12+4reb+1ast, D.Esterkamp 11+5reb+5ast, I.Savoy 7+3reb+1ast, Y.Holland 4+4reb+1ast
Geneve Lions: J.Almanson 13+6reb+1ast, B.Toure 11+6reb, J.Aw 10+7reb, J.Jaunin 7+2reb+3ast, O.Edeki-Agbavwe 6+2reb+1ast, M.Sloan 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 121352


SAM Massagno - Starwings 60-76

The game in Massagno was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Starwings (11-11) played at the court of 8th ranked SAM Massagno (8-14). Starwings defeated SAM Massagno 76-60 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Starwings. SAM Massagno managed to win second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded SAM Massagno 46-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St., agency: Warren Sports International) fired 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Alex Thompson (208-85, college: Iowa St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 20 rebounds. Four Starwings players scored in double figures. Center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward A.J. Hawkins (198-85, college: Oklahoma Baptist) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. SAM Massagno's coach Franco Facchinetti rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Starwings have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Boncourt. SAM Massagno lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Starwings will meet at home BBC Nyon (#9) in the next round. SAM Massagno will play against the league's second-placed Fribourg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Starwings: V.Hollins 24+9reb+4ast, A.Thompson 14+20reb, T.Brown 13+1reb+7ast, R.Albrecht 10+5reb, J.Fuchs 8+2reb+1ast, M.Petkovic 3+1ast
SAM Massagno: J.Ofoegbu 19+7reb, A.Hawkins 14+7reb+3ast, D.Balletta 12+1ast, B.Johnson 7+9reb, V.Faessler 4+2reb, A.Farokhmanesh 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 121353


BBC Nyon - Lugano Tigers 73-87

LNA top team - Lugano Tigers (20-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked BBC Nyon (3-19) 87-73. The game was mostly controlled by Lugano Tigers. BBC Nyon was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lugano Tigers forced 19 BBC Nyon turnovers and outrebounded them 47-35 including 21 on the offensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) notched 29 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 20 points. Lugano Tigers' coach Joe Whelton allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists by American swingman Lester Hunte (196-88, college: Northwood Fl.) did not help to save the game for BBC Nyon. His fellow American import guard Chad Byron (188-87, college: Cumberlands) added 19 points for lost side. Four BBC Nyon players scored in double figures. Lugano Tigers have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-2 record. BBC Nyon at the other side keeps the ninth place with 19 games lost. Lugano Tigers will play against bottom-ranked Zurich Wildcats (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BBC Nyon will play against Starwings in Basel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: M.Abukar 29+8reb+2ast, D.Mladjan 20+3reb+2ast, B.Sanders 8+7reb, D.Stockalper 7+8reb+2ast, M.Efevberha 6+6reb+4ast, S.Finn 6+6reb
BBC Nyon: L.Hunte 24+7reb+6ast, C.Byron 19+3reb+2ast, C.Daniels 10+11reb+2ast, J.Meylan 10+5reb+2ast, J.Senderos 8+3reb, L.Vallotton 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 121349


SAV Vacallo - Monthey 66-84

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Chiasso where one of their biggest challengers SAV Vacallo (13-9) was defeated by fifth ranked Monthey (13-9) 84-66. The game without a history. Monthey led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Monthey outrebounded SAV Vacallo 53-19 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. American-Jamaican forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Monthey players scored in double figures. American forward Kevyn Popovich (196-85, college: SE Louisiana) replied with 25 points and naturalized Serbian swingman Nikola Dacevic (205-79) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for SAV Vacallo. Monthey moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated SAV Vacallo. Monthey's next round opponent will be higher ranked Geneve Lions (#3) on the road and it may be the game of the week. SAV Vacallo will play against Boncourt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Monthey: A.Reid 16+14reb+3ast, J.Sharper 14+2reb+6ast, R.Yates 14+10reb+4ast, S.Louissaint 11+6reb+3ast, S.Moris 11+8reb+1ast, W.Molteni 11+10reb+2ast
SAV Vacallo: K.Popovich 25+2reb+2ast, M.Mihajlovic 13+4reb+2ast, N.Dacevic 13+6reb+1ast, R.Gibson 8+4reb+7ast, J.Rahier 4+2ast, S.Smiljanic 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 121350


Boncourt - Zurich Wildcats 92-47

Sixth ranked Boncourt (11-11) crushed at home 10th ranked Zurich Wildcats (1-21) by 45 points 92-47, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Boncourt led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Zurich Wildcats to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Boncourt dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Zurich Wildcats' 32. Boncourt forced 24 Zurich Wildcats turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Zurich Wildcats' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Shorown Glover (180-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Belgian forward Douglas Tshomba (201-83, college: Tusculum) contributed with 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Boncourt players scored in double figures. Serbian center Mladen Lukic (207-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and Central African-French guard Lionel Bomayako (196-78, college: Fairleigh Dickinson, agency: Court Side) added 10 points in the effort for Zurich Wildcats. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Boncourt maintains sixth position with 11-11 record, which they share with Starwings. Zurich Wildcats lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 21 lost games. Boncourt's next round opponent will be higher ranked SAV Vacallo (#5) in Chiasso and it may be quite challenging game. Zurich Wildcats will play at home against the league's leader Lugano Tigers (#1).
Top scorers:
Boncourt: D.Tshomba 19+3reb+5ast, S.Glover 18+3reb+12ast, N.Dos Santos 13+7reb+1ast, R.Schwaiger 12+1reb+1ast, T.Gugino 12+11reb+4ast, J.Stucheli 8+3reb+1ast
Zurich Wildcats: M.Lukic 17+12reb, L.Bomayako 10+4reb+1ast, E.Fongue 7+4reb, Z.Zivanovic 5+1reb, L.Waldesbuehl 3+2reb+1ast, J.Mark Gyoergy 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 121351




Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Glover, Boncourt22.6 
 2. Reid, Monthey21.6 
 3. Abukar, Lugano T.21.4 
 4. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.20.4 
 5. Brown, Starwings20.2 
 6. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 7. Smith, Fribourg19.7 
 8. Byron, BBC Nyon19.1 
 9. Popovich, SAV V.18.9 
 10. Martin, BBC Nyon18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.5 
 2. Yates, Starwings10.0 
 3. Thompson, Starw.9.9 
 4. Ofoegbu, SAM M.9.8 
 5. Reid, Monthey9.5 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt9.2 
 7. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.2 
 8. Yates, Monthey8.2 
 9. Sloan, Geneve Lions8.0 
 10. Smith, Fribourg7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.0 
 2. Glover, Boncourt6.3 
 3. Brown, Starwings4.9 
 4. Draughan, Lugano T.4.7 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.4.6 
 6. Sharper, Monthey4.5 
 7. Hollins, Starwings4.2 
 8. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
 9. Petkovic, Fribourg4.1 
 10. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Glover, Boncourt4.0 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.6 
 3. Hunte, BBC Nyon3.3 
 4. Draughan, Lugano T.2.8 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.2.7 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt2.7 
 7. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.3 
 8. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.3 
 9. Sharper, Monthey2.2 
 10. Smith, Fribourg2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.5 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.2 
 3. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 4. Thompson, Starw.1.6 
 5. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.4 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt1.4 
 7. Moris, Monthey1.1 
 8. Sanders, Lugano T.1.0 
 9. Ferguson, Zurich W.0.9 
 10. Vogt, Fribourg0.9 


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Jalaa outscore Zob Ahan in Syria - by Eurobasket News
Jalaa - Zob Ahan 89:76

Jalaa clinched the opening win in their WABA League semifinal series against Zob Ahan. The Syrian team celebrated the victory at home court yesterday. It was the seventh straight win for Jalaa in this years edition of the tournament. Ramy Merjani (181-G-83) came up with 19 points to lead the effort.
Jalaa led from start to finish in this one. The hosts accumulated a 26:14 lead after ten minutes of action. They controlled the tempo in the second half and posted a well-deserved win at the end. Marcelle Yaqqub (206-C-77) delivered 18 points for Jalaa. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) and Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) added 16 points each in the victory. Michel Maadanli (195-G-81) provided 12 points for the home team.
The teams are scheduled to meet in Iran on March 7.



Tyler Amaya signs contract to play in Syria - by Eurobasket News
Forward Tyler Amaya (6'7''-F-82, college: W.Washington), who has played with the Bellingham Slam for parts of the previous three seasons, has signed a contract to play professionally in Syria, the team announced today.

Amaya will be departing Tuesday to head to Syriaand join the Meharda basketball club, which plays in the top division of the Syrian Basketball Federation. Amaya will be relied upon to improve the fortunes of a team that has stumbled to a 1-17 record through the first part of the season. The second half of the season will be vitally important to Amaya and his new Meharda teammates, as the bottom four teams in the league play in a relegation tournament at the end of the season, with the losing team facing removal from the league.

Amaya, 28, joined the Slam late in the 2010 season after playing for the Otago Nuggets in New Zealandlast spring. His last full season in Bellinghamwas in 2009, when he was the team's leading scorer and rebounder, with averages of 23.6 points and 11.1 boards per game.

Amaya originally joined the Slam in 2008 and helped guide the team to the International Basketball League championship that season. He was named co-MVP of the title game after posting 20 points and 13 rebounds against the Elkhart Express. Amaya has also played overseas in Germany, the Netherlandsand China. In college, he played two years at Western Washington, helping the Vikings to NCAA West Regional Tournament appearances both seasons, after spending one year each at DixieStateand Gonzaga.

Amaya is set to return to Bellinghamin mid-April, making it likely that he would be available to join the Slam for their 2011 International Basketball League season.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Efes Pilsen send Miroslav Raduljica to ALBA - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen made some roster changes lately. The Turkish team decided to send Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) on loan to ALBA Berlin. The 22-year-old Serbian centre appeared in four Euroleague games with Efes Pilsen. He tallied 1.3 points and 0.5 assists per game. Last season Miroslav Raduljica played for FMP Beograd in Serbia. He tallied 13.7 points, 6.9 boards and 2.3 assists per EuroChallenge game. In Adriatic League his stats read 13.7 points, 6.4 boards and 1.1 assist. The centre also posted 21.1 points, 8.6 boards and 2.6 assists in the Serbian League. Miroslav Raduljica was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Most Improved Player of the Year.
Efes Pilsen also released Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary). The 29-year-old guard averaged 4.5 points, 1.9 assists and 1.2 boards per Euroleague game. In TBL his stats read 4.1 points, 2.3 boards and 2.3 assists.



Estudiantes edge Galatasaray to clinch top spot in EuroCup Group K - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes - Galatasaray 71:69

Estudiantes claimed the top position in EuroCup Last 16 Group K. They held off Galatasaray in an exciting clash in the final round of action in the group. Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds to pace the hosts as they improved at 5-1 record. Galatasaray slipped at 2-4 record in the third position in the ladder.
Galatasaray surged ahead in the opening minutes. The lead then changed for several times throughout a close first period before Estudiantes ensured a 23:20 lead at the first break. Daniel Clark and Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) gave the home team a 28:22 lead early in the second term. Soon Nik Caner-Medley opened a double-digit lead for the hosts. Galatasaray managed to cut the deficit at 8-point mark at the interval 34:42. Estudiantes began the second half strongly restoring a double-digit advantage. The Spaniards stayed in charge as they arrived at the final break up by 8 points 57:49. Sertac Sanli (209-F-91) scored quick five points early in the fourth period as Galatasaray got closer. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) unloaded 7 points in a row midway through the fourth quarter as the visitors pulled in front 61:60. The Turkish team were still up by one 69:68 within the final minute of regulation. But Josh Asselin and Albert Oliver followed with three points and Estudiantes snatched a tough win at the end.
Nik Caner-Medley delivered 21 points for Estudiantes. Preston Shumpert nailed 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and distributed 4 assists for Galatasaray. Sertac Sanli, Tutku Acik (194-G-80) and Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) had 8 points each in the loss.

Estudiantes: Josh Asselin 22, Nik Caner-Medley 21
Galatasaray: Preston Shumpert 18, Sertac Sanli 8, Tutku Acik 8, Jerry Johnson 8



Andre Smith pulls Karsiyaka to the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Dexia Mons-Hainaut-Pinar Karsiyaka 76:87

Pinar Karsiyaka registered their place in the QuarterFinals of EuroChallenge by winning at Dexia Mons-Hainaut on Tuesday. In one of the most important and interesting games tonight the Turkish side celebrated 87:76 win.
More than 2000 came to support the local Dexia and hoped to see them in the 1/4 Finals. The home side started with 20-17 as Ronald Lewis (183-G-81, college: Mars Hill) closed the period from perimeter. In the second quarter again the score was tied several times, while Pinar Karsiyaka looked better at the end of it. After 38:36 lead the guests increased to 46:36 after 8-0 run. David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) brought 51:41 early in the third and Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) made it 60:56. Pinar Karsiyaka even reached 20-point deficit, but the hosts reduced to 11 at the end of the game.
Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) erupted with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Osiris Eldridge netted 20. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 and David Holston netted 13. Ronald Lewis answered with 18 points and Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) poured in 15. Shan Foster (198-G/F-86, college: Vanderbilt) and Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: St.Joseph's) produced 11 points each as Belgian side finished with 1-5 record.

Dexia Mons-Hainaut: Ronald Lewis 18, Justin Cage 15, Shan Foster 11, Ahmad Nivins 11
Pinar Karsiyaka: Andre Smith 23+12 rebs, Osiris Eldridge 20, Jovo Stanojevic 15, David Holston 13




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URBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rasheem BARRETT
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Barrett, S.Generals26.6 
 2. Barnes, GIE M.26.5 
 3. Sloan, S.Generals25.6 
 4. Perkins, Austin K.23.8 
 5. Kearse, Dallas S.22.9 
 6. Holmes, Atlanta A.22.8 
 7. Allison, Norman E.22.3 
 8. Tat, Tennessee D.21.2 
 9. Clark, St.Mount.20.8 
 10. James, DFW W.20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sylvester MORGAN
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Morgan, GIE M.13.1 
 2. Dailey, GIE M.12.2 
 3. Williams, Norman E.11.7 
 4. Hall, St.Mount.10.9 
 5. Hill, DFW Warriors10.2 
 6. Akpele, S.Generals10.0 
 7. Holmes, Atlanta A.9.9 
 8. Shewmake, Tennesse.9.8 
 9. Davis, Dallas Stars9.6 
 10. Stroud, GIE M.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Bray, S.Generals10.5 
 2. De La Cruz, S.Gen.8.9 
 3. Haskins, C.Texas C.8.2 
 4. Williams, GIE M.8.1 
 5. Belton, Atlanta A.8.0 
 6. Belton, GIE M.7.9 
 7. Douglas, DFW W.7.0 
 8. Beaulah, GIE M.6.6 
 9. Taylor, Tennesse.5.9 
 10. Brown, Norman E.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Freddie WILLIAMS
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Williams, S.Generals3.4 
 2. Kearse, Dallas S.3.3 
 3. Bray, S.Generals3.1 
 4. Williams, GIE M.3.1 
 5. Brown, Norman E.2.9 
 6. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.9 
 7. Taylor, Tennesse.2.7 
 8. Barnes, GIE M.2.4 
 9. Snell, Atlanta A.2.4 
 10. Sloan, S.Generals2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Williams, GIE M.6.2 
 2. Williams, Norman E.5.7 
 3. Moore, S.Generals5.5 
 4. Morgan, GIE M.5.0 
 5. Davis, Dallas Stars3.2 
 6. Hall, St.Mount.3.0 
 7. Wilson, Tennesse.2.7 
 8. Dailey, GIE M.2.5 
 9. Hill, DFW Warriors2.5 
 10. Stokes, Dallas S.2.4 


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 7-1 
 2. Cleveland V. 7-2 
 3. Columbus C. 5-6 
 4. Colonial F. 1-7 
 5. NE Air Soul 1-8 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 24-4 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 21-8 
 3. Atlanta A. 10-9 
 4. Georgia L. 9-9 
 5. St.Mountain H. 1-15 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 15-1 
 2. Tennessee D. 12-9 
 3. DFW Warriors 8-6 
 4. Austin K. 7-5 
 5. Norman E. 5-6 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 9-2 
 2. Dallas Star 6-11 
 3. Houston X. 2-0 
 4. Nashville B. 0-7 
 5. Oklahoma S. 0-12 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-17 


Rasheem Barrett named UBA Player of the Month - by UBA media
By David Walls
Posted Mar 1 2010 9:40AM

ATLANTA, Mar. 1, 2010 -- The Southern Generals' Rasheem Barrett (6'5''-G-87, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Auburn) today was named the UBA Player of the Month presented by Eastbay, respectively, for games played during February.

Barrett paced the league in scoring (28.9 ppg), was fourth in rebounds (10.5 rpg) and added 3.8 assists and 2.1 steals in 37.4 minutes. Barrett scored at least 20 points in all 7 contests, leading the Generals to an Southern Conference-best 6-1 record. Barrett set the Generals single season scoring record Feb. 22, with 42 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high tying 8 assists.

Barrett is now the UBA's top scorer with an average of 26.6ppg.



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Austin's 28 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old power forward Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 37.
He had the game-high 28 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Dnipro in his team's victory, helping them to beat Khimik (#12, 11-24) 77-69. Dnipro maintains the 5th position in Ukrainian league. Dnipro is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 19-17 record. In the team's last game Austin had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Dnipro's top player in his first season with the team. Mississippi State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Austin is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.4rpg) and averages solid 50.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Oleg Saltovets (202-F-77) of BC Kyiv. He is former international forward in his 11th season at BC Kyiv. In the last game Saltovets recorded impressive 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as BC Kyiv lost that game 65-81 to the higher-ranked Azovmash (#3, 23-13). BC Kyiv are still at the very bottom. 26 lost games are too many comparing to just eight victories BC Kyiv managed to get this year. Saltovets is one of the most experienced players at BC Kyiv and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (#4). Chappell scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Hoverla, leading his team to a 80-72 win against the lower-ranked BC Kyiv (#13, 8-26). Hoverla needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 13 lost games. Chappell has a very solid season. In 35 games in Ukraine he scored 12.7ppg. He also has 6.3rpg and FGP: 52.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ramel Curry (191-G-80) of Azovmash - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Eric Coleman (200-C-85) of Hoverla - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Dmitry Korablev (198-F-77) of Kryvbasbasket - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Denham Brown (198-F-83) of Dnipro - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80) of Budivelnyk - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) of Budivelnyk - 21 points and 4 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.1 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.5 
 3. Washington, BC Od.16.9 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.9 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.7 
 6. Williams, Halychyna14.8 
 7. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna14.3 
 9. Millage, Khimik14.1 
 10. Karim, DniproAzot13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.6 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.3 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.7 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.4 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Hunter, Fe.6.9 
 8. Owens, Azovmash6.8 
 9. Greene, Mykolaiv6.3 
 10. Chappell, Hoverla6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.3 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.1 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.9 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Millage, Khimik4.7 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.1 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.1 
 10. Hinnant, Kryvbasb.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Millage, Khimik2.5 
 2. House, Azovmash1.8 
 3. Love, Mykolaiv1.5 
 4. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 5. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 6. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.5 
 7. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.5 
 8. Gliebov, BC Donetsk1.5 
 9. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
 10. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.3 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.2 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.7 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 9. Owens, Azovmash1.2 
 10. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.2 


Budivelnyk edge Goettingen to win EuroCup Group J - by Eurobasket News
Goettingen - Budivelnyk 61:63

Budivelnyk clinched the top spot in EuroCup Last 16 Group J. They defeated Goettingen in the decisive game to occupy the position. Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-G-84) knocked down 14 points to pace well-balanced effort from the visitors. Budivelnyk set up an exciting quarterfinal clash with Cajasol Sevilla. Goettingen will take on Benetton in the next round.
The intense battle saw the teams stay neck and neck throughout the first half. The teams were knotted up at 18 after ten minutes. Things hardly changed in the second term. Each side scored 11 points apiece to remain tied at halftime. Dmytro Zabirchenko singlehandedly put Budivelnyk in charge early in the third term. He unleashed three straight triples as the visitors cleared off. Defense was also the key for the Ukrainian team as they limited Goettingen to 5 points in the third term and built a 45:34 lead with one quarter remaining. Goettingen woke up in the fourth term. Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) opened the term with a bunch of points as the hosts started to claw their way back into this one. But the effort fell short as Budivelnyk stayed solid and sneaked to a narrow success at the end. William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) produced 10 points, while Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) and Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) had 9 each in the victory. Jason Boone answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Goettingen. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) netted 13 points in defeat.

Goettingen: Jason Boone 16, Dwayne Anderson 13
Budivelnyk: Dmytro Zabirchenko 14, William Keys 10, Dewarick Spencer 9, Zach Morley 9



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Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Moore, Newcastle22.8 
 2. Bell, Cheshire Jets22.6 
 3. Dagostino, Sheffi.21.2 
 4. Smith, Newcastle21.1 
 5. Gilbert, Worcester20.2 
 6. Blount, Leices.20.1 
 7. Greer, Cheshire.20.0 
 8. Zabas, Plymouth20.0 
 9. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
 10. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn MYERS
  MK Lions
  (198-G/F-69)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Myers, MK Lions10.3 
 2. Durant, Worthing9.3 
 3. Nottley, Worthing9.3 
 4. Rowe, Plymouth9.1 
 5. Missere, Leices.9.0 
 6. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.8 
 7. Greer, Cheshire.8.6 
 8. Williams, Sheffi.8.5 
 9. Polk, Plymouth8.4 
 10. Toney, Liverpoo.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.2 
 2. Clark, MK Lions5.6 
 3. Zabas, Plymouth5.0 
 4. Bolds, MK Lions4.8 
 5. Middleton, Worce.4.4 
 6. Blount, Leices.4.1 
 7. Patton, Sheffi.4.0 
 8. Creppy, Worcester4.0 
 9. Missere, Leices.3.9 
 10. Bell, Cheshire Jets3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Bolds, MK Lions3.3 
 2. Middleton, Worce.2.3 
 3. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.2 
 4. Moore, Newcastle2.1 
 5. Gumbs, Plymouth2.0 
 6. Murray, Cheshire.1.9 
 7. Harrison, Glasgow .1.9 
 8. McLemore, Guildf.1.9 
 9. Dagostino, Sheffi.1.8 
 10. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Plymouth
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Polk, Plymouth1.9 
 2. Missere, Leices.1.8 
 3. Richard, Newcastle1.6 
 4. Potter, Leices.1.1 
 5. Sturt, Essex P.1.0 
 6. Williams, Sheffi.0.9 
 7. Dobbins, Worcester0.9 
 8. Toney, Liverpoo.0.8 
 9. Rowe, Plymouth0.8 
 10. Woodfork, Worthing0.8 


BBL Team Of The Week - Week 23 - by Paul Nilsen

In stark contrast to the super-sized Week 22 team, its a three-guard line-up this week as a certain Worthing Thunder player makes his debut appearance. Meanwhile another guard in the form of Carlos Medlock misses out by a whisker after not one but two fantastic performances during the weekend for Guildford Heat which just werent enough to squeeze into our final five but worthy of an honourable mention as he takes his place on the bench.

Steve Dagostino (180-G-85, agency: SportsTalent, college: St.Rose (NY)) (One Health Sharks Sheffield)
After a gap of six weeks, the One Health Sharks Sheffield point guard is back in our line-up after starring for his team in the home success against Glasgow Rocks last Friday. Dagostino landed six of his trademark triples on his way to a game high 33 points He was also a perfect 7 of 7 from the line while also grabbing 3 steals to finish with an impressive performance valuation of 31.

Daniel Gilbert (Worcester Wolves)

We last saw Danny Gilbert in our team during Week 18 and he returns having put in the performance of the week to propel his team to victory over Essex Pirates. The guard conjured up a highly efficient display on his way to a performance valuation of 33. He was 5 of 6 from inside and a similarly impressive 4 of 6 from the perimeter which helped him harvest 29 points. To complete an all-action line, Gilbert also handed out 4 assists while claiming three rebounds and three steals.

Adam Williams (Worthing Thunder)

There hasnt been much to cheer for the players, staff or fans of Worthing Thunder this season but the win over Prestige Homes MK Lions was well worth the wait as a terrific performance by Williams helped them both snap their losing streak and bounce back from their shattering loss to Essex Pirates. Williams was on fire with 36 points coming from his superb 12 of 15 shooting inside the arc while he also claimed three triples. This is the first time Williams has made the BBL Team Of The Week this season.

Lehmon Colbert (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)

Even taking into account Mersey Tigers missing the services of the influential Andrew Sullivan, it was something of a surprise when UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders turned them over to put a serious dent in their title ambitions. Much of that was down to the contribution of Colbert who just missed out on a double-double by one rebound. The forward recorded an efficient and powerful 19 points and 9 rebounds in the 88-81 win.

Andrew Thomson (Mersey Tigers)

It wasnt all bad news for Mersey Tigers after they bounced back from their loss to Raiders with a comfortable win over Essex Pirates. Andrew Thomson came up big with a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds. To his credit, this is the fifth time the big man has made the BBL Team Of The Week during the 2010-11 campaign,

BBL Team Of The Week

Steve Dagostino (180-G-85, agency: SportsTalent, college: St.Rose (NY)) (One Health Sharks Sheffield)
Daniel Gilbert (Worcester Wolves)
Adam Williams (Worthing Thunder)
Lehmon Colbert (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)
Andrew Thomson (Mersey Tigers)

Off The Bench

Carlos Medlock (Guildford Heat), Rod Middleton (Worcester Wolves), Justin Dobbins (Worcester Wolves), Lataryl Williams (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Demarius Bolds (Prestige Homes MK Lions)



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Kings, Giants continue basketball dominance - by Thomas Fink
Kings and Giants basketball clubs continued with their dominance in the Bulawayo Basketball League as they won their matches while some matches had to be postponed due to rains at the weekend. The matches, played at the Bulawayo Club for the Disabled saw Sentinels being handed a 67-13 defeat by Kings. Garth Hussey was the highest scorer with 16 points while Craig Matenga got 12 points. Pride Ndlovu and Garikayi Gumbo grabbed eight and seven points respectively while there was no outstanding player from Sentinels.

In another match, Giants beat ZB Titans 39-21 in a match where Mandla Moyo scored 12 points while his team-mate Tawanda Mundandanda got seven points. Takunda Chandemana scored six points for Giants. Michael Siso and Sindiso Nleya scored eight and four points each for losers ZB Titans. Giants were the better team of the day as they recorded high scores in each quarter. In the first quarter they got 14 points while ZB Titans got six points.

The second quarter saw Giants and ZB Titans getting seven and four points each. The third quarter was a close contest as Giants scored eight points while ZB Titans followed by a point behind. In the last quarter Giants wrapped up the game by getting ten points while ZB Titans could only manage four points. The match between Lords and Oilers was among the matches that were cancelled.

Lords looked set to walk away with a victory as they were leading by 51-43 in the fourth quarter as veterans Shadel Noble and Emmanuel Mukandi were having a good day for Lords before the game was called off. Noble had grabbed 12 points while Mukandi had nine points. Jordan Davies and Tawanda Mudzudzu had collected nine and seven points each. Giants womens team beat Stars by a massive 67-8 points.




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Top scorer Kure underwent knee surgery - by Zeljko Zule
Ljubica Kure (178-G-81) od AJM Maribor will miss rest of the season after undergoing left knee surgery. She tore her ACL during a Adriatic League game against Vozdovac on February, 20. Kure finished Adriatic League as leading scorer, averaging 20.4 points and also averaging 5.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.3 blocks over 20 games. This season Kure appeared 13 times for club in Slovenian League averaging 18.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.1 steals and 0.2 blocks.

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D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alisha TATHAM
  Point Chaud
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Tatham, Point C.21.3 
 2. Leemans, Sint K.20.6 
 3. Meesseman, Ieper19.4 
 4. Gaither, Dexia N.16.0 
 5. Dennett, Sint K.15.9 
 6. Decroos, BBC Boom15.3 
 7. VanMalderen, Dexia N.15.2 
 8. Wilkins, Point Chaud15.1 
 9. Blommaers, Houth.14.8 
 10. Mayombo, Point C.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rhona MCKENZIE
  Houthalen
  (183-F-76)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. McKenzie, Houth.13.4 
 2. Meesseman, Ieper11.3 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.9.6 
 4. Wilkins, Point Chaud9.0 
 5. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.8.6 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.8.6 
 7. Hoehne, R.Spirou.8.4 
 8. Van Respaill., Wareg.8.4 
 9. Ibekwe, Point C.8.0 
 10. Tatham, Point C.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Leemans, Sint K.2.9 
 2. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.4 
 3. Devliegher, Ieper2.2 
 4. Van Dessel, Sint K.2.0 
 5. Mayombo, Point C.1.9 
 6. Van Driel, BBC B.1.9 
 7. Boonen, BBC Boom1.9 
 8. Vanloo, Waregem1.8 
 9. Degels, Jeugd G.1.8 
 10. Norman, Ieper1.7 
Steals Per Game
 Katryna GAITHER
  Dexia Namur
  (191-C-75)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gaither, Dexia N.2.4 
 2. Meesseman, Ieper2.3 
 3. Van De Bruae., Deerl.2.2 
 4. Van den Vond., BBC B.2.1 
 5. Van Driel, BBC B.2.1 
 6. Medvedeva, Waregem2.0 
 7. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.0 
 8. Versavel, Ieper1.9 
 9. Deneil, Dexia Namur1.9 
 10. Mayombo, Point C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Meesseman, Ieper3.1 
 2. Dennett, Sint K.1.8 
 3. Boonen, BBC Boom1.6 
 4. Theunissen, Point C.1.2 
 5. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.1.1 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.1.1 
 7. Lentacker, Jeugd G.1.0 
 8. Malfait, Jeugd G.0.9 
 9. Dochez, Dexia N.0.8 
 10. Hoehne, R.Spirou.0.7 


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Latinbasket.com All-LBF League Awards 2011 - by Emiliano
1st Team
#s#
Ariadna Felipe
Felipe
Karla Martins
Martins
Chuca De Oliveira
De Oliveira
Micaela Jacintho
Jacintho
Clarissa Santos
Santos
#e#5

Player of the Year: Ariadna Felipe (179-G/F-83) of Santo Andre
Best Guard: Ariadna Felipe (179-G/F-83) of Santo Andre
Best Forward: Micaela Jacintho (180-F-79) of Santo Andre
Best Center: Clarissa Santos (182-C-88) of Acucar
Best Defensive Player: Simone Lima (182-C-79) of Santo Andre

1st Team
G: Karla Martins (173-78) of Americana
G/F: Ariadna Felipe (179-83) of Santo Andre
F/G: Chuca De Oliveira (180-79) of Ourinhos
F: Micaela Jacintho (180-79) of Santo Andre
C: Clarissa Santos (182-88) of Acucar

2nd Team
G: Natalia Mares Burian (168-84) of Acucar
G: Helen Santos Luz (176-72) of Americana
F: Silvia Gustavo (182-82) of Acucar
F: Yakelyn Plutin (186-79) of Ourinhos
C: Mama Dantas (193-78) of Americana

Honorable Mention
Palmira Marcal (178-G-84) of Acucar
Fernanda Da Costa (193-C-85) of Basquete Clube
Ega Garvao (186-C-77) of Santo Andre
Simone Lima (182-C-79) of Santo Andre
Carina de Souza (185-C-79) of Americana
Bethania Vasconcelos (178-G/F-81) of Ourinhos




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Antonia Zagorova moves to Beroe 07 - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Bulgarian media Beroe 07 has reinforced its roster with a new player. Reportedly the club has reached agreement with Antonia Zagorova (190-F/C-90). She started the year as member of A2 outfit Levski Sofia where she averaged 5.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in 8 games played. She is expected to make her debut in the next round of NBL.
Antonia Zagorova played 2005-2006 season as member of Academic 2003 Sofia. Following year she moved to NSA Delta where she averaged 2.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 4 games played. In 2007 she was snapped up by Cherno More. In 5 games she played she posted averages of 5.6 points and 6.0 rebounds. Last season she made her return to Academic 2003 Sofia. At the start of this year, Zagorova agreed a deal with Levski Sofia.


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Standings - Women
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. Gospic 1-0 
 2. Lupa Promot. 1-0 
 3. Biska Pula 0-0 
 4. Jolly 0-0 
 5. Medvescak 0-1 
 6. Studenec O. 0-1 
Group B
 1. Croatia 2006 1-0 
 2. Zadar 1-0 
 3. Pozega 1-1 
 4. Agram 0-1 
 5. Split 0-1 


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Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
 1. Lyon 21-1 
 2. Roche 17-5 
 3. Reims 16-6 
 4. Nice 15-7 
 5. Limoges 12-10 
 6. Voiron 12-10 
 7. Armentieres 11-10 
 8. Perpignan 11-11 
 9. Pleyber Christ 11-11 
 10. Dunkerque 9-12 
 11. Le Havre 9-12 
 12. SI Graffenstaden 8-13 
 13. Angers 8-14 
 14. Rennes 7-14 
 15. Pau Orthez 4-17 
 16. CFBB 2-20 


LF2 Round 22: Lyon defeats Pleyber Christ in overtime - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Seventh-ranked Pleyber Christ (11-11) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Lyon (21-1) in Pleyber-Christ on Saturday. The visitors from Lyon managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 19-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period -. Lyon have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-1 record. Pleyber Christ at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Perpignan. Lyon are looking forward to face Armentieres (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Pleyber Christ will play against Angers and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Fifteenth-ranked Pau Lacq Orthez (4-17) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Roche (17-5). The visitors from La Roche managed to secure only one-point victory 59-58. However their fans expected much easier game. Roche maintains second position with 17-5 record having four points less than leader Lyon. Pau Lacq Orthez lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth place with 17 games lost. Roche will play against Perpignan (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Pau Lacq Orthez will play against Limoges (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Reims (16-6) against ninth ranked Armentieres (11-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Reims was defeated by Armentieres in Armentieres 72-55. Armentieres have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Loser Reims keeps the third position with six games lost. Armentieres will meet league's leader Lyon on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Reims will play against Etoile de Voiron and hope to secure a win.
Twelfth-ranked SI Graffenstaden (8-13) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Nice (15-7) in llkirch-Graff.. The visitors from Nice managed to secure only one-point victory 64-63. However their fans expected much easier game. Nice maintains fourth position with 15-7 record. SI Graffenstaden lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 13 games lost. Nice's next round opponent will be Le Havre (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. SI Graffenstaden will play against CFBB in Paris.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Limoges (12-10) and Dunkerque (9-12), which took place in Dunkerque. Higher ranked Limoges lost to tenth ranked Dunkerque in a road game 60-68 on Saturday. Dunkerque maintains tenth position with 9-12 record, which they share with Le Havre. Loser Limoges keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Dunkerque will face Rennes (#14) on the road in the next round. Limoges will play against Pau Lacq Orthez (#15) in Pau and be promoted back to the LFB just one year after relegation.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Bottom-ranked CFBB was beaten by Voiron on the road 61-43. Perpignan lost to Angers on its own court 52-62. Rennes was outscored by Le Havre in a road game 41-62.



Pleyber Christ - Lyon 75-78 OT

Seventh-ranked Pleyber Christ (11-11) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Lyon (21-1) in Pleyber-Christ on Saturday. The visitors from Lyon managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 19-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period -. Lyon have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-1 record. Pleyber Christ at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Perpignan. Lyon are looking forward to face Armentieres (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Pleyber Christ will play against Angers and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
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Armentieres - Reims 72-55

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Reims (16-6) against ninth ranked Armentieres (11-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Reims was defeated by Armentieres in Armentieres 72-55. The game was mostly controlled by Armentieres. Reims managed to win second period 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armentieres have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Loser Reims keeps the third position with six games lost. Armentieres will meet league's leader Lyon on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Reims will play against Etoile de Voiron and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 111005


Voiron - CFBB 61-43

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Etoile de Voiron (12-10) beat at home bottom-ranked CFBB (2-20) 61-43 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Etoile de Voiron moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Limoges. CFBB lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Etoile de Voiron will face higher ranked Reims (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. CFBB will play against SI Graffenstaden (#12) in llkirch-Graff..
gschID: 111006


SI Graffenstaden - Nice 63-64

Twelfth-ranked SI Graffenstaden (8-13) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Nice (15-7) in llkirch-Graff.. The visitors from Nice managed to secure only one-point victory 64-63. However their fans expected much easier game. SI Graffenstaden was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Nice, which allowed them to win the game. Nice maintains fourth position with 15-7 record. SI Graffenstaden lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 13 games lost. Nice's next round opponent will be Le Havre (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. SI Graffenstaden will play against CFBB in Paris.
gschID: 111007


Dunkerque - Limoges 68-60

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Limoges (12-10) and Dunkerque (9-12), which took place in Dunkerque. Higher ranked Limoges lost to tenth ranked Dunkerque in a road game 60-68 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Limoges won third quarter 12-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dunkerque maintains tenth position with 9-12 record, which they share with Le Havre. Loser Limoges keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Dunkerque will face Rennes (#14) on the road in the next round. Limoges will play against Pau Lacq Orthez (#15) in Pau and be promoted back to the LFB just one year after relegation.
gschID: 111001


Pau Orthez - Roche 58-59

Fifteenth-ranked Pau Lacq Orthez (4-17) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Roche (17-5). The visitors from La Roche managed to secure only one-point victory 59-58. However their fans expected much easier game. Pau Lacq Orthez was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 23-10 third quarter run of Roche. Roche maintains second position with 17-5 record having four points less than leader Lyon. Pau Lacq Orthez lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth place with 17 games lost. Roche will play against Perpignan (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Pau Lacq Orthez will play against Limoges (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 111002


Perpignan - Angers 52-62

There was an upset when higher ranked Perpignan (11-11) lost at home to fourteenth ranked Angers (8-14) 62-52 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 34-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Angers dominated on the defensive end, holding Perpignan to just 7 points in third quarter. Angers moved-up to thirteenth place. Newly promoted Perpignan dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Angers will face higher ranked Pleyber Christ (#9) in Pleyber-Christ in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 111003


Le Havre - Rennes 62-41

Rather predictable result when eleventh ranked Le Havre (9-12) rolled over at home 13th ranked Rennes (7-14) 62-41 on Saturday. The game without a history. Le Havre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Le Havre have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Dunkerque. Rennes lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Le Havre will face higher ranked Nice (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Rennes will play against Dunkerque (#10).
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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Irtysh 17-3 
 2. Astana Tigers 17-4 
 3. Okzhetpes 10-10 
 4. BK Almaty 5-13 
 5. Taraz 0-19 


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Penicheiro shines, as Algs grabbs Final Four Cup place - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Ticha Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU) was the MVP, getting a triple-double in the Mcell-ALGES win against GDESSA/Barreiro (70-63). 20 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists helped her team to beat an hard rival, who wasnt ready to quit until the end. Mcell-ALGES started better, but in the second quarter, GDESSA/Barreiro cameback and reach half-time winning by one point. In the third quarter, Mcell-ALGES girls had a magnificent partial (22-9) and took the lead, even if GDESSA/Barreiro continued to put difficulties in the last period.

Angelica Robinson (17 points, 18 rebounds) was in her days too, while in the Barreiro team, Kendell Ross (18 points, 14 rebounds) was the top scorer.

In the Portuguese Cup Final Four, Mcell-ALGES will face Quinta dos Lombos (beat Vagos 66-60), Boa Viagem-Angra-Acore (beat Montijo 69-31) and the surprise Instituto Politecnico do Porto (beat Barcelos 46-44). IP Porto plays in Division 2 (third level) and grabbed their Final Four spot beating a Liga Feminina team. It is a magnificent result for this young team, wholl have the time of her life playing with the top Portuguese teams.



Source: www.thebasketballboard.blogspot.com




Portuguese Cup Final Four - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
The draw for the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup dictated that the big surprise of the competition, the IPP (from Division 2) will play against Quinta dos Lombos.

In the other semi-final, Mcell-ALGES and Boa Viagem-Angra-Acore will measure forces .

The Final-Four will be played at the Quinta dos Lombos Sports Pavilion, in Carcavelos (Cascais), in the coming days March 5th and 6th, with the final being broadcast live on Portuguese Sport TV.

Source: www.fpb.pt



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Kure out for season, underwent knee surgery - by Zeljko Zule
Ljubica Kure (178-G-81) od AJM Maribor will miss rest of the season after undergoing left knee surgery. She tore her ACL during a Adriatic League game against Vozdovac on February, 20. Kure finished Adriatic League as leading scorer, averaging 20.4 points and also averaging 5.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.3 blocks over 20 games. This season Kure appeared 13 times for club in Slovenian League averaging 18.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.1 steals and 0.2 blocks.

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  SWEDEN - Women  


Standings - Damligan
Damligan Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. Norrkoping 2-0 
 2. Lulea BBK 1-1 
 3. Telge 1-1 
 4. Solna Vikings 0-2 
Group B
 1. Visby 2-0 
 2. Marbo Basket 1-1 
 3. 08 1-1 
 4. Kvarnby 0-2 
Stage One Standings


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LNSA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 31.1
 1. Greene, Pully31.1 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg28.6 
 3. Villarroel, Helios27.3 
 4. Edwards, Riva B.26.2 
 5. Diouf, Pully26.2 
 6. Bowman, Riva B.25.1 
 7. Sissoko, Helios23.8 
 8. Wilkins, Riva Basket19.9 
 9. Yanni, Basel19.6 
 10. Griffith, Highflyers18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Greene, Pully17.4 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg15.7 
 3. Sissoko, Helios12.7 
 4. Wilkins, Riva Basket12.4 
 5. Hamlin, Highflyers11.3 
 6. Klimowicz, Nyon11.2 
 7. Bowman, Riva B.10.6 
 8. Edwards, Riva B.9.9 
 9. Skouby, Basel9.7 
 10. Griffith, Highflyers9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Diouf, Pully6.5 
 2. Villarroel, Helios4.2 
 3. Yanni, Basel3.8 
 4. Dorestand, Highf.3.6 
 5. Heckendorn, Basel3.6 
 6. Greene, Pully3.4 
 7. Gur, Nyon2.8 
 8. Annibale, Riva Basket2.8 
 9. Sakica, Highflyers2.7 
 10. Berrut-M., Nyon2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Diouf, Pully4.6 
 2. Villarroel, Helios4.4 
 3. Greene, Pully4.4 
 4. Gur, Nyon3.9 
 5. Dorestand, Highf.3.3 
 6. Trahan, Fribourg3.2 
 7. Edwards, Riva B.3.2 
 8. Sissoko, Helios3.2 
 9. Klimowicz, Nyon3.2 
 10. Kershaw, Helios3.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hillary KLIMOWICZ
  Nyon
  (191-F/C-87)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Klimowicz, Nyon4.2 
 2. Bowman, Riva B.1.7 
 3. Skouby, Basel1.5 
 4. Edwards, Riva B.1.4 
 5. Hamlin, Highflyers1.3 
 6. Trahan, Fribourg1.2 
 7. Favre, Nyon1.2 
 8. Greene, Pully1.1 
 9. Yanni, Basel1.0 
 10. Lavanchy, Highf.0.7 


LNA Round 18: Helios beat Riva Basket in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Vetroz. Top-ranked Helios faced 3rd ranked Riva Basket. Host Helios (18-0) smashed guests from Riva San Vitale (11-7) 96-60. The game was mostly controlled by Helios. Riva Basket managed to win fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Helios dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Riva Basket's 40. Helios forced 45 Riva Basket turnovers. The best player for the winners was Venezuelan guard Maria Villarroel (174-78, college: Oklahoma, agency: LBM Management) who scored 39 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Mali power forward Djenebou Sissoko (190-82, college: Union (TN)) chipped in 19 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Traci Edwards (188-87, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: LBM Management) who recorded 23 points and 9 rebounds. Riva Basket's coach Fabrizio Rezzonico gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated Helios have an impressive 18-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-0 record. Riva Basket at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Pully. Helios are looking forward to face Nyon (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Riva Basket will play against Highflyers (#5) in Luzern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Bernex supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Fribourg (15-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Hope-GBA (1-17). Fribourg smashed Hope-GBA 85-43. It was a good game for American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 21 rebounds and 4 assists. Angelina Williams contributed with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Forward Rosalie Grobet (185-92) replied with 9 points and 8 rebounds for Hope-GBA. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fribourg have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-3 record having just three points less than leader Helios. Hope-GBA lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 17 lost games. Fribourg will play against Basel (#6) at home in the next round. Hope-GBA will play against Pully to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last two games of round 18 Nyon was defeated by Highflyers in Luzern 66-60. Pully smashed Basel at home 96-74.



Highflyers - Nyon 66-60

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Nyon's (2-16) road loss to sixth ranked Highflyers (7-11) 60-66. Nyon was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 19-6 charge of Highflyers, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nyon to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Highflyers forced 22 Nyon turnovers and outrebounded them 39-18 including a 18-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American power forward JoAnn Hamlin (191-86, college: Iowa) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Barbados swingman Jamila Griffith (183-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Hillary Klimowicz (191-87, college: TCNJ) replied with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks and swingman Melissa Favre (184-92) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Nyon. Highflyers have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Basel. Nyon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. Highflyers will play against higher ranked Riva Basket (#3) in Riva San Vitale in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Nyon will play at home against the league's leader Helios (#1) in Vetroz and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Highflyers: J.Hamlin 25+11reb+1ast, J.Griffith 21+8reb+2ast, V.Dorestand 16+8reb+3ast, G.Pedrazzini 2+5reb+1ast, B.Subasic 2+6reb+4ast, W.Van Gelderen 0
Nyon: H.Klimowicz 21+8reb+1ast, M.Favre 15+1reb+4ast, G.Gur 9+2ast, J.Mullauer 6, A.Girardet 5, R.Durand 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 120997


Helios - Riva Basket 96-60

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Vetroz. Top-ranked Helios faced 3rd ranked Riva Basket. Host Helios (18-0) smashed guests from Riva San Vitale (11-7) 96-60. The game was mostly controlled by Helios. Riva Basket managed to win fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Helios dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Riva Basket's 40. Helios forced 45 Riva Basket turnovers. The best player for the winners was Venezuelan guard Maria Villarroel (174-78, college: Oklahoma, agency: LBM Management) who scored 39 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Mali power forward Djenebou Sissoko (190-82, college: Union (TN)) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Four Helios players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Traci Edwards (188-87, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: LBM Management) who recorded 23 points and 9 rebounds and international forward Judit Jakab (178-89) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Riva Basket's coach Fabrizio Rezzonico gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Helios have an impressive 18-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-0 record. Riva Basket at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Pully. Helios are looking forward to face Nyon (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Riva Basket will play against Highflyers (#5) in Luzern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Helios: M.Villarroel 39+5reb+3ast, D.Sissoko 19+12reb+1ast, J.Michaux 16+2reb+1ast, C.Turin 12+4ast, N.Clement 4+1reb, K.Clement 4+2reb+3ast
Riva Basket: T.Edwards 23+9reb+1ast, J.Jakab 12+8reb+2ast, B.Wilkins 12+9reb+1ast, L.Travaini 4+1reb, L.Bordoli 3+1reb+3ast, M.Broggini 2+2reb
gschID: 120998


Hope-GBA - Fribourg 43-85

The game in Bernex supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Fribourg (15-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Hope-GBA (1-17). Fribourg smashed Hope-GBA 85-43. The game was mostly controlled by Fribourg. Hope-GBA was better in fourth quarter 16-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hope-GBA to just 3 points in second quarter. Fribourg dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Hope-GBA's 24. Fribourg forced 19 Hope-GBA turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Fribourg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Hope-GBA's players. It was a good game for American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 21 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Angelina Williams (183-83, college: Illinois) contributed with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Forward Rosalie Grobet (185-92) replied with 9 points and 8 rebounds and international swingman Fanny Delacretaz (181-91) added 13 points in the effort for Hope-GBA. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fribourg have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-3 record having just three points less than leader Helios. Hope-GBA lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 17 lost games. Fribourg will play against Basel (#6) at home in the next round. Hope-GBA will play against Pully to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: C.Trahan 30+21reb+4ast, A.Williams 17+8reb+7ast, B.Muller 9+3ast, L.Mazzocchi 8+2reb+3ast, M.Sabo 6+1reb, M.Milenkovic 5+1ast
Hope-GBA: F.Delacretaz 13+4reb, R.Grobet 9+8reb+2ast, S.Cavin 5+2reb+2ast, D.Studer 5+3reb+1ast, A.Rieder 4+2reb, L.Cutunic 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 120995


Pully - Basel 96-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Pully's (11-7) home victory over 5th ranked Basel (7-11) 96-74. The game was mostly controlled by Pully. Basel was better in fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pully forced 20 Basel turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Pully brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Mariesa Greene (183, college: Barry) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 17 rebounds and 6 blocks. Senegalese guard Diodio Diouf (170-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 9 assists and 10 steals for the winners. Pully's coach Jean Fernandez felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Shanice Cole (178-88, college: Winthrop) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Marisa Heckendorn (170-84) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Basel. Four Basel players scored in double figures. Pully moved-up to third place, which they share with Riva Basket. Basel lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Highflyers. Pully will play against bottom-ranked Hope-GBA (#8) in Bernex in the next round where they are favorite. Basel will play on the road against the league's second-placed Fribourg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pully: D.Diouf 31+1reb+9ast, M.Greene 25+17reb+1ast, L.Martin 14+1reb+4ast, K.Bongongo 9+1reb, M.Schmied 9+5reb+3ast, A.Gavin 4+2reb+1ast
Basel: M.Skouby 20+3reb, E.Moldovanyi 16+8reb+1ast, S.Cole 16+12reb+4ast, M.Heckendorn 15+5reb+5ast, J.Campo 5+2reb+2ast, N.Girod 2
gschID: 120996




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  WBCBL - Women  


New Regional Director for East Coast - by Willie McCray
The WBCBL is proud to announce NyKesha Thompson as the new East Coast Regional Director.

The Philadelphia (PA) native was a scholar-athlete in womens basketball and a graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (MD) with a degree in Business Administration.

Ms. Thompson is currently attending Eastern University (PA) for her masters degree in Multi-Cultural Education while working as a Health and Physical Education teacher in the Philadelphia school district.

Ms. Thompsons avocation is officiating Womens College Basketball. To date, she has worked for 7 different Division I conferences, 3 Division II conferences, and 6 Division III conferences.

My goal as the East Regional Director is to provide the owners, players, officials, and fans a fair and safe environment filled with exciting basketball. I would like to help the WBCBL in any way I possibly can. I see this league growing in a positive direction and I believe there are many areas of which I have a clear understanding and can hopefully provide some assistance. Im looking forward to working with everyone during this upcoming season. - Kesha Thompson



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  WNBA - Women  


Los Angeles Sparks to play pair of 2011 preseason games - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Sparks will prepare for their 15^th WNBA campaign with a pair of neutral-site preseason games, first hitting the hardwood Wednesday, May 25 vs. defending champion Seattle at Cal State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif., before traveling to Albuquerque, N.M., to face the Diana Taurasi-led Phoenix Mercury three days later.
The 12 p.m. game at CSUDH's Torodome marks the return of Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) from her injury-shortened 2010 season as well as the Sparks debut of forward Ebony Hoffman and guard Loree Moore, former teammates at nearby Narbonne High School in Harbor City. Also making a South Bay homecoming on May 25 is guard Noelle Quinn, who prepped at Torrance's Bishop Montgomery High School.

On Saturday, May 28 at 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT, the Sparks head to the recently-renovated University Arena ('The Pit') in Albuquerque to take on Western Conference rival Phoenix. The game will feature five Olympic medalists (Parker, DeLisha Milton-Jones and Tina Thompson from the Sparks, plus Taurasi and Penny Taylor of the Mercury) and marks the first WNBA preseason contest in Albuquerque since 2006.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com