EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/26/2011

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  ABA   


Playoff results - by Eurobasket News
Wednesday March 23, 2011

Jacksonville Giants 123 - Gulf Coast Flash 119
Game Notes: Jacksonville fought back from an 11 point deficit with 1:53 to play to win a close game. Jermaine Bell (6'11''-F/C-84, college: Indian Hills CC) scored 17 points to lead the Giants in scoring Anthony Lumpkin (6'1''-G-78, college: SW Oklahoma St.) hit 3 crucial fts with 7.3 seconds to play to put the game out of reach.

SETX Mavericks 122 - East Kentucky Energy 91
Game Notes: The Mavericks had 6 players score double figures led by PJ Cousinards 19 points. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) and Jon Rogers each scored 16 points apiece. Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) had another double/double with 14 points and a game high 12 rebounds. Daniel Price (6'3''-G-82, college: Pikeville) led East Kentucky with a game high 37 points.



Monday March 21, 2011
The East Kentucky Energy beat the Lake Michigan Admirals 106-97. The Energy earn the #2 spot in the East


Saturday March 19, 2011

East Kentucky Energy over Savannah Storm 119-97
EKE Roderick Smith (6'8''-C-83, college: Jackson St.) 29 pts, JR VanHoose 26 pts 18 reb

Lake Michigan Admirals over Seven Cities Knights 110-94
Lake Michigan and East Kentucky play for East Championship Sunday, Mar 20, 2011

Gulf Coast Flash beats Colorado Kings 148-135 to advance to the ABA Championship Series in Texas.

Courtesy of www.abalive.com




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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 1-0 
 2. Eltham W. 1-0 
 3. Sherbrooke S. 1-0 
 4. Waverley F. 1-0 
 5. Diamond V.E. 0-1 
 6. Hume City 0-1 
 7. Melbourne 0-1 
 8. Ringwood H. 0-1 
Central ABL
 1. C.District L. 0-0 
 2. Eastern M. 0-0 
 3. Forestville E. 0-0 
 4. N.Adelaide R. 0-0 
 5. Norwood F. 0-0 
 6. S.Adelaide P. 0-0 
 7. South.Tigers 0-0 
 8. Sturt S. 0-0 
 9. W.Adelaide B. 0-0 
 10. Woodville W. 0-0 
QBL
 1. Brisbane C. 0-0 
 2. Bundaberg B. 0-0 
 3. Caboolture S. 0-0 
 4. Cairns M. 0-0 
 5. Gladstone P. 0-0 
 6. Gold Coast R. 0-0 
 7. Ipswich F. 0-0 
 8. Mackay M. 0-0 
 9. Maroochydore 0-0 
 10. Northside W. 0-0 
 11. Rockhampton 0-0 
 12. SW Metro P. 0-0 
 13. Toowoomba 0-0 
 14. Townsville H. 0-0 
SEABL-East
 1. Ballarat M. 0-0 
 2. Bendigo B. 0-0 
 3. Brisbane S. 0-0 
 4. Canberra G. 0-0 
 5. Dandenong 0-0 
 6. Kilsyth C. 0-0 
 7. Knox R. 0-0 
SEABL-South
 1. Albury W.B. 0-0 
 2. Frankston B. 0-0 
 3. Geelong S. 0-0 
 4. Hobart C. 0-0 
 5. Mt Gambier 0-0 
 6. Nunawading S. 0-0 
 7. NW Tasmania 0-0 
 8. Sandringham S. 0-0 
WARATAH
 1. Bankstown B. 1-0 
 2. Hills H. 1-0 
 3. Hornsby S. 1-0 
 4. Newcastle H. 1-0 
 5. Sydney C. 1-0 
 6. Canberra N. 0-0 
 7. Illawarra H. 0-0 
 8. Parramatta W. 0-0 
 9. C. Coast C. 0-1 
 10. Maitland M. 0-1 
 11. Manly Warr. 0-1 
 12. Norths Bears 0-1 
 13. Sutherland S. 0-1 


Lightning too hot for Wolves - by Eurobasket News
Lakeside Lightning have continued their perfect start to the mens State Basketball League season with a 106-86 win over the previously undefeated Wanneroo Wolves.

Last years runner-up led from midway through the first quarter onwards and their second victory of the season was never in doubt, with the Wolves unable to maintain the form that saw them win both their round one games.

The Lightning led by as many as 27 early in the last quarter before Wanneroo cut the lead to 14 with over four minutes left, but the home side was able to see off the comeback in the final minutes.

Import Benjamin Beran had 34 points from just 28 minutes for Lakeside, while centre Jarrad Prue finished with 15 points and 25 rebounds.

Wanneroo were without Wildcats development player Greg Hire (201-F-87, college: Augusta St.), who was away with the NBL side, and import big man John Vaudreil, who was at the game but hadnt been cleared to play.

And their importance showed, with Lakeside able to use their size advantage to win the rebound count 55-35 and outscore the Wolves 42-30 in the paint.

In their absence, Sebastian Salinas (190-G-85) top-scored for the Wolves with (23 points) while Matthew Schmechtig (21 points and seven rebounds) also impressed.

Despite his sides comfortable victory, Lakeside coach Andy Stewart said he had again been frustrated by aspects of his sides performance.

Im happy with the win, but theres still so much for us to work on, he said.

We were out by a fair margin and I wanted to use that as an opportunity to get a bit of bench experience, but the bench really struggled tonight, which is a major point of concern.

In the womens match, Glasscraft Wanneroo Wolves made it two wins from two games with a comfortable 86-58 win over the Lightning.

Lakeside, who are yet to win this season, led early in the fourth quarter but were outscored 47-18 from that point, including 20-7 in the last quarter.

Whitney Perret had 19 points to lead the way for Wanneroo, who dominated the rebound tally 47-27 and shot 14 per cent better from the field.

Heidi McNeill top-scored for Lakeside with 24 points while Courtney Bayliss had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Lakesides next fixture is against Perth on Saturday, while Wanneroo travel to Cockburn one week later.

Article by Jacob Kagi at Lakeside Recreation Centre




Round 2 Previews - by Eurobasket News
Ringwood vs. Sherbrooke Sat 26/03 8.15 PM @ Maroondah Indoor
The Suns look like they mean business in their second season in State Champ Men after they topped a
depleted but still tough Melbourne Tigers squad by 7 points. Jonathan Lee (187-G, college: Northeastern) will be looking for some
consistency in 2K11 and he took the first step towards achieving that with a dominant performance
against the Tiges to start the season.
As for the Hawks, they werent able to exact revenge and take away a bit of the pain from last years
Grand Final after losing to the Falcons 79-70 in round 1. Theyll be disappointed with their first output of
2K11 with Coach Harrington apparently not too happy at all. On the bright side, theyll have Corletto to
add in the coming weeks and new import Aaron Hill (185-G) looks like he could drill threes as soon as he steps
between the lines.
Sherbrooke will be hoping for a 2-0 start will the Hawks wont want to fall to 2 losses this early after such
a great start last season.

Hume City vs. Melbourne Sat 26/03 8.00pm @ Broadmeadows
The Broncos really didnt have the ideal start to the season after they fell to the revamped
Bulleen Boomers. Brown impressed on debut but Maybank couldnt get it going at all and
struggled to make an impact offensively. Now theyll face Melbourne who struggled to get a
team on the court and it showed after they were defeated by the Suns last week. Both will be
looking to hit back this week.

Eltham vs. Bulleen Sat 26/03 8.00pm @ Eltham High School
Both squads had first up wins in round 1 with the Wildcats holding off Diamond Valley by the
barest of margins. Bulleen defeated Hume City last week and have Eltham as their next target in
round 2.

Waverley vs. Melbourne Sun 27/03 2.30pm @ Waverley Basketball Centre
The Falcons are soaring early and with Daniel Dillon still to come, the prospects for the rest of
the competition are scary. The burning question is, will Melbourne field a team of more than 8
players including 2 of the coaching staff?

Diamond Valley vs. Hume City Sun 27/03 3.00pm @ Diamond Valley S & F
The Eagles had a chance to upset the Wildcats while they were vulnerable but Gerard Leonard
had other ideas. The Eagles new import Brad Bridgewater had a huge game and will be looking
to continue that form against his former club.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga: Round 8 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in A Bundesliga.

Sixth-ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (14-16) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Gmunden Swans (23-7). The visitors from Gmunden managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Anthony Slack (202-84, college: Illinois St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds and Deteri Mayes who added 23 points during the contest. American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) responded with 19 points and 4 assists. Defending champion maintains first position in Bundesliga with 23-7 record. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. Gmunden Swans will play against Oberwart Gunners (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Oberwart Gunners (19-11) which hosted in Oberwart second-ranked Arkadia Lions (19-11). Third ranked Oberwart Gunners managed to get a 4-point victory 69-65. The winners were led by Joe Dean Shawn who scored that evening 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 22 points and 7 rebounds by Kevin Houston did not help to save the game for Arkadia Lions. Oberwart Gunners maintains third position in Bundesliga with 19-11 record having just -2 point less than leader Wels. Oberwart Gunners will meet league's leader Gmunden Swans in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arkadia Lions will play against Furstenfeld Panthers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Klosterneuburg was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Furstenfeld Panthers (18-12) played at the court of fifth ranked Xion Dukes (16-14). Xion Dukes managed to secure a 6-point victory 83-77. The best player for the winners was Jason Chappell who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Xion Dukes maintains fifth position in Bundesliga with 16-14 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. Xion Dukes' next round opponent will be Kapfenberg Bulls (#6) at home. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against the league's second-placed Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Group A
Klosterneub. - Furstenfeld 83-77

The game in Klosterneuburg was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Furstenfeld Panthers (18-12) played at the court of fifth ranked Xion Dukes (16-14). Xion Dukes managed to secure a 6-point victory 83-77. Furstenfeld Panthers were ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 23-8 third quarter run of Xion Dukes. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Furstenfeld Panthers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jason Chappell (206-83, college: Wisconsin) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central, agency: Court Side) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) added 23 points respectively for the guests. Xion Dukes maintains fifth position in Bundesliga with 16-14 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. Xion Dukes' next round opponent will be Kapfenberg Bulls (#6) at home. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against the league's second-placed Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: J.Chappell 19+10reb+4ast, R.Suljanovic 18+5reb, A.Maresch 12+3reb, C.Bobb 9+5reb+5ast, D.Zeleznik 9+3reb+5ast, H.Obermann 9
Furstenfeld: S.Stazic 23+2reb+2ast, S.Ray 19+6reb+2ast, A.Shavies 11+3reb+3ast, D.Carr 6+2reb+3ast, R.Hicks 6+5reb, L.O'Neal 6+4reb
gschID: 121988


Kapfenberg - Gmunden 70-71

Sixth-ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (14-16) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Gmunden Swans (23-7). The visitors from Gmunden managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Kapfenberg Bulls were ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Gmunden Swans, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Anthony Slack (202-84, college: Illinois St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) who added 23 points during the contest. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Daniel Horace (200-83, college: Miami, OH) scored 15 points. Defending champion maintains first position in Bundesliga with 23-7 record. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. Gmunden Swans will play against Oberwart Gunners (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: D.Mayes 23+3reb, A.Slack 18+8reb, D.Oppland 12+9reb+2ast, E.Murati 11+2reb+3ast, P.Hutter 5+1reb+1ast, J.Rados 2+2reb
Kapfenberg: J.Fears 19+1reb+4ast, D.Horace 15+4reb+2ast, D.Nelson 10+3reb, L.Gordon 6+4reb+1ast, M.Nelson 5, M.Lanegger 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 121986


Oberwart - Arkadia 69-65

An interesting game for Oberwart Gunners (19-11) which hosted in Oberwart second-ranked Arkadia Lions (19-11). Third ranked Oberwart Gunners managed to get a 4-point victory 69-65. Arkadia Lions trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 65-69 at the end of the game. Oberwart Gunners made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) who scored that evening 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard David Gonzalvez (193-87, college: Richmond) supported him with 16 points and 4 assists. Even 22 points and 7 rebounds by American swingman Kevin Houston (194-76, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Arkadia Lions. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Oberwart Gunners maintains third position in Bundesliga with 19-11 record having just -2 point less than leader Wels. Oberwart Gunners will meet league's leader Gmunden Swans in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arkadia Lions will play against Furstenfeld Panthers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: J.Dean Shawn 23+8reb+4ast, D.Gonzalvez 16+4reb+4ast, H.Ochsenhofer 8+5reb+1ast, K.Parker 8+2reb+2ast, T.Sally 7+5reb+1ast, J.Johnson 5+7reb+2ast
Arkadia: K.Houston 22+7reb+1ast, F.Vay 16+5reb+3ast, P.Skurdauskas 9+7reb, D.Drenovac 8+6reb+2ast, B.Danek 7+2reb+5ast, K.Payton 3+2reb
gschID: 121987


Group B
BC Vienna - Worthersee 74-60

No shocking result in a game when third ranked BC Vienna (13-17) beat 6th ranked Worthersee Piraten (2-28) in Wien 74-60. The game without a history. BC Vienna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BC Vienna outrebounded Worthersee Piraten 39-24 including a 32-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Worthersee Piraten helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American swingman Spencer Rhynes (196-74, college: Huston-Tillotson) who scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. Bosnian-Croatian center Alen Trepalovac (214-85, agency: World Sport Agency) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Four BC Vienna players scored in double figures. Power forward Bernhard Weber (201-87) produced 15 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American guard Bilal Abdullah (196-84, college: Lafayette) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Worthersee Piraten's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Vienna maintains third position in Bundesliga with 13-17 record having four points less than leader Wels. Worthersee Piraten at the other side keeps the sixth place with 28 games lost. BC Vienna's next round opponent will be league's leader Raiffeisen Wels on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Worthersee Piraten will play against St.Polten (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Rhynes 27+6reb, A.Trepalovac 13+15reb, S.Pekovic 12+3reb+2ast, M.Graf 11+5reb+2ast, N.Miljkovic 7+1reb+2ast, M.Coffin 3+4reb+13ast
Worthersee: B.Weber 15+4reb+1ast, B.Abdullah 11+7reb+1ast, E.Rhinehart 10+3reb+1ast, A.Kuttnig 9+3reb+1ast, J.Buggelsheim 6+1reb+2ast, G.Zajic 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 121991


Gussing - Wels 84-78

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Raiffeisen Wels (17-13) on the court of fourth ranked Gussing Knights on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Gussing Knights 84-78. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-18. But Raiffeisen Wels won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Gussing Knights won last quarter 21-17. Naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Heard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international forward Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) replied with 24 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Rasheed Brokenborough (191-76, college: Temple, agency: Impact Basketball) added 24 points in the effort for Raiffeisen Wels. Gussing Knights maintains fourth position in Bundesliga with 13-17 record. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side still keep top place with 13 games lost. Gussing Knights are looking forward to face league's second-placed UBSC Graz on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Raiffeisen Wels will play against BC Vienna in Wien and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gussing: A.Djuric 27+8reb+1ast, M.Heard 18+7reb+1ast, M.Klepeisz 17+4reb+2ast, S.Koch 8+8reb+1ast, M.Jandrasits 7, T.Klepeisz 6+1reb+9ast
Wels: R.Brokenborough 24+2reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 24+5reb+1ast, J.Smith 8+10reb, T.Klette 8+5reb, B.Fields 6+10reb+3ast, R.Vieider 5
gschID: 121990




Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 23-7 
 2. Arkadia 19-11 
 3. Oberwart 19-11 
 4. Furstenfeld 18-12 
 5. Klosterneub. 16-14 
 6. Kapfenberg 14-16 
Group B
 1. Wels 17-13 
 2. UBSC Graz 15-15 
 3. BC Vienna 13-17 
 4. Gussing 13-17 
 5. St.Polten 11-19 
 6. Worthersee 2-28 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.8 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 4. Brokenboroug., Wel.19.2 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.3 
 6. Mayes, Gmunden17.7 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.17.6 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.2 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.16.6 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.2 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.4 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 5. Trepalovac, BC Vi.7.8 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.6 
 7. Volcic, Oberwart7.6 
 8. Graham, UBSC G.7.5 
 9. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.4 
 10. Djuric, Gussing7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.7.7 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.3 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.0 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.5 
 6. Miletic, UBSC G.4.7 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 8. Boylan, Gmunden4.3 
 9. Parker, Oberwart4.3 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Boylan, Gmunden2.3 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.2.2 
 4. Jandl, St.Polten2.1 
 5. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 6. Parker, Oberwart2.1 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
 8. Artner, Oberwart1.7 
 9. Danek, Arkadia1.7 
 10. Vay, Arkadia1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.5 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.4 
 4. Hicks, Furstenfeld1.1 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 6. Slack, Gmunden1.0 
 7. Vay, Arkadia1.0 
 8. Sally, Oberwart1.0 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.8 
 10. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 


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  AZERBAIJAN   


Azerbaijan win Nooruz-2011 tournament - by Eurobasket News
Azerbaijan National Team celebrated victory in the annual Nooruz international basketball tournament. The event took place in Bishkek. Azerbaijan went through the competition undefeated to clinch the trophy.
Azerbaijan opened the tourney against the Kyrgyz clubs selection. The hosts celebrated a 108:72 win. Next Azerbaijan took on Kazakh Okzhetpes. The home side dominated from start to finish to record a comfortable 138:72 victory.
Azerbaijan faced Athletes in Action selection in the third round. Once again the hosts turned the better side claiming an 89:51 success. The next day Azeri National Team held off Kaspiy of Kazakhstan 92:83. Finally Azerbaijan took on Kyrgyztan and celebrated an 87:69 win.
Tahir Bakhshiyev (200-F-82) was named the MVP of the tournament. Amil Hamzayev (200-C-90) was the best scorer at the tourney.



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) 1st Team
#s#
Aurimas Kieza
Kieza
Sarunas Vasiliauskas
Vasiliauskas
Ilmars Bergmanis
Bergmanis
Valdas Vasylius
Vasylius
Vaidas Cepukaitis
Cepukaitis
#e#5

Player of the Year: Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82) of Juventus Lithuania
Guard of the Year: Ilmars Bergmanis (184-G-81) of Barons Latvia
Forward of the Year: Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82) of Juventus Lithuania
Center of the Year: Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89) of Juventus Lithuania
Defensive Player of the Year: Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) of Neptunas Lithuania
Coach of the Year: Robertas Giedraitis of Juventus Lithuania

1st Team
G: Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89) of Aiscai Kaunas Lithuania
G: Ilmars Bergmanis (184-81) of Barons Latvia
F: Aurimas Kieza (202-82) of Juventus Lithuania
F: Valdas Vasylius (203-83) of Neptunas Lithuania
C: Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89) of Juventus Lithuania

2nd Team
G: Tomas Rinkevicius (178-78) of Techasas Lithuania
G: Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) of Alytus Alita Lithuania
F: Zydrunas Urbonas (198-76) of Juventus Lithuania
F: Paulius Kleiza (195-88) of Alytus Alita Lithuania
C: Saulius Dumbliauskas (203-81) of Alytus Alita Lithuania

Honorable Mention
Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-G-85) of Aiscai Kaunas Lithuania
Gediminas Maceina (188-G-84) of Juventus Lithuania
Mantas Ruikis (198-G/F-85) of Neptunas Lithuania
Rokas Uzas (202-F-88) of Aiscai Kaunas Lithuania
Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) of Techasas Lithuania
Simas Galdikas (203-F-87) of Neptunas Lithuania
Jekabs Rozitis (206-F/C-86) of Zemgale Latvia
Darius Silinskis (216-C-84) of Techasas Lithuania
Povilas Cukinas (210-C-83) of Aiscai Kaunas Lithuania



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  BELARUS   


Premier League Round 10: Minsk-2006 defeats OZAA Osipovichi in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in Premier League. Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

Third-ranked OZAA Osipovichi (22-16) gave a tough game to top-ranked Minsk-2006 (38-0) on Wednesday. The visitors from Minsk managed to secure only one-point victory 91-90. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of OZAA Osipovichi. OZAA Osipovichi trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 21-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 90-91 at the end of the game. Undefeated Minsk-2006 have an impressive 34-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 38-0 record. OZAA Osipovichi at the other side keeps the third place with 16 games lost. Minsk-2006 are looking forward to face league's second-placed Grodno-93 at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. OZAA Osipovichi will play against Sozh Gomel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Osipovichi. 3rd ranked host OZAA Osipovichi (22-16) lost to top-ranked Minsk-2006 (38-0) 85-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of OZAA Osipovichi. Undefeated Minsk-2006 have an impressive 34-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 38-0 record. OZAA Osipovichi at the other side keeps the third place with 16 games lost. Minsk-2006 will play against league's second-placed Grodno-93 at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. OZAA Osipovichi will play against Sozh Gomel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Minsk. 3rd ranked host BGUIR-RCOR (6-32) lost to first ranked Lokomotiv (23-15) 81-64. Lokomotiv have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-15 record. BGUIR-RCOR lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the third place with 32 games lost. Lokomotiv will meet at home league's second-placed Borifsen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BGUIR-RCOR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Vitalyur-RGUOR.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Minsk. 4th ranked host Vitalyur-RGUOR (5-33) lost to second ranked Borifsen (15-23) 78-74. Borifsen maintains second position with 15-23 record having eight points less than leader Minsk-2006. Vitalyur-RGUOR at the other side keeps the fourth place with 33 games lost. Borifsen's next round opponent will be league's leader Lokomotiv in Vitebsk and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vitalyur-RGUOR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena BGUIR-RCOR.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Gomel. 4th ranked host Sozh Gomel (18-20) was smashed by second ranked Grodno-93 (25-13) 76-53. Grodno-93 have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 25-13 record having just -2 point less than leader Minsk-2006. Sozh Gomel lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 20 games lost. Grodno-93 will face league's leader Minsk-2006 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will play against OZAA Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



OZAA Osipov. - Minsk-2006 71-85

The game between Top Four teams took place in Osipovichi. 3rd ranked host OZAA Osipovichi (22-16) lost to top-ranked Minsk-2006 (38-0) 85-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of OZAA Osipovichi. The game was mostly controlled by Minsk-2006. OZAA Osipovichi was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Minsk-2006 have an impressive 34-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 38-0 record. OZAA Osipovichi at the other side keeps the third place with 16 games lost. Minsk-2006 will play against league's second-placed Grodno-93 at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. OZAA Osipovichi will play against Sozh Gomel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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BGUIR-RCOR - Lokomotiv 64-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Minsk. 3rd ranked host BGUIR-RCOR (6-32) lost to first ranked Lokomotiv (23-15) 81-64. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lokomotiv have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-15 record. BGUIR-RCOR lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the third place with 32 games lost. Lokomotiv will meet at home league's second-placed Borifsen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BGUIR-RCOR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Vitalyur-RGUOR.
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Vitalyur - Borifsen 74-78

The game between Top Four teams took place in Minsk. 4th ranked host Vitalyur-RGUOR (5-33) lost to second ranked Borifsen (15-23) 78-74. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vitalyur-RGUOR won third quarter 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Borifsen maintains second position with 15-23 record having eight points less than leader Minsk-2006. Vitalyur-RGUOR at the other side keeps the fourth place with 33 games lost. Borifsen's next round opponent will be league's leader Lokomotiv in Vitebsk and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vitalyur-RGUOR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena BGUIR-RCOR.
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Sozh Gomel - Grodno-93 53-76

The game between Top Four teams took place in Gomel. 4th ranked host Sozh Gomel (18-20) was smashed by second ranked Grodno-93 (25-13) 76-53. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Grodno-93 have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 25-13 record having just -2 point less than leader Minsk-2006. Sozh Gomel lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 20 games lost. Grodno-93 will face league's leader Minsk-2006 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will play against OZAA Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Round 9
OZAA Osipov. - Minsk-2006 90-91

Third-ranked OZAA Osipovichi (22-16) gave a tough game to top-ranked Minsk-2006 (38-0) on Wednesday. The visitors from Minsk managed to secure only one-point victory 91-90. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of OZAA Osipovichi. OZAA Osipovichi trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 21-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 90-91 at the end of the game. Minsk-2006 have an impressive 34-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 38-0 record. OZAA Osipovichi at the other side keeps the third place with 16 games lost. Minsk-2006 are looking forward to face league's second-placed Grodno-93 at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. OZAA Osipovichi will play against Sozh Gomel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Standings - Premier League
Premier Standings
Group A
 1. Minsk-2006 38-0 
 2. Grodno-93 25-13 
 3. OZAA Osipov. 22-16 
 4. Sozh Gomel 18-20 
Group B
 1. Lokomotiv 23-15 
 2. Borifsen 15-23 
 3. BGUIR-RCOR 6-32 
 4. Vitalyur 5-33 


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Ethias League News - by Peter Buyse
More bad news for Belgian NT captain Jeff Jeff Van Der Jonckheyd (203-F-82,) who already underwent hip surgery in early Feb. He now needs to undergo surgery on his other hip and could be out for another 4 months.
Better news for Antwerp Giants who renewed the contract of Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius) for the 2011-2012 season.

The Leuven Bears will have to do without Niels Marnegrave (191-G-87) and Cass Matheus for some time. Marnegrave suffered a torn hamstring and could be out 6 weeks, while Matheus is scheduled to miss around 3 weeks due to a calf injury. The team has also announced they are not looking to replace either player.

Optima Gent guard Olivier Foucart (195-G-84) is moving to D2 team Waregem for next season.

Contract extension at Oostende for Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) who has been extended till the end of the 2013-2014 season.

Spirou Charleroi also has a couple of injured players. One of them Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) is scheduled to undergo surgery for a herniated disc on April 5th.
The team will also have to do without Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) who could be out for 4 to 6 weeks. They hope to have Broyles back for the playoffs.
According to their website a player could be signed as replacement by the end of the month.



BK Ventspils needed 2 overtimes to beat BC Oostende - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-BC Oostende 97:92 2OT

BK Ventspils edged BC Oostende 97:92 in two overtimes to tie the series at 1-1 in EuroChallenge Quarterfinals.
The Baltic State won the opening quarter 26:20, but could not keep the lead for good. BC Oostende responded with 19-15 in the second frame to reduce the gap to 41:39 at the halftime. In the third quarter the hosts again started to play better taking control of the game. They needed 21-15 in the period to increase to 8 points after 30 minutes. The guests however did not panic and won the fourth period. Serron nailed three for 74:72 and Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) increased to 4 points with 2.30 in the fourth period. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) made two free throws to cut the margin, while his another appearance on the free throw line tied the game. Moreover Matt Lojeski brought the lead at 78:76 making another two free throws with 1.20, but Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) tied it again at 78:78 that became the end of the fourth frame. Green opened overtime from the free throw line bringing 80:78 advantage but then the score was tied again at 80:80 and 82:82. It was Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) from the arc for 85:82 lead with less than two minutes but Faison scored two and added a free throw for 85:85. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku shot another three but missed that time, while Rashad Anderson missed another one with the buzzer. In the second overtime Oritseweyinmi Efejuku nailed three and then added a jump shot for 90:88 but then again Matt Lojeski tied it at 90:90 from the free throw line. Green and Oritseweyinmi Efejuku exchanged the baskets for 92:92 and the latter added another free throw for 93:92 with 2 minutes in the second overtime. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku also scored for 95:92, whilst Rashad Anderson helped him and his team to reach 97:92.
Rashad Anderson erupted with 31 points and Oritseweyinmi Efejuku followed him with 23. Janis Strelnieks netted 13 to tie the series at 1-1. Matt Lojeski ended up with 24 points in the losing effort, while Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) notched 15.

BK Ventspils: Rashad Anderson 31, Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 23, Janis Strelnieks 13
BC Oostende: Matt Lojeski 24, Will Thomas 15





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  BRAZIL   


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Flamengo 18-6 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 18-7 
 3. BRB/Brasilia 18-7 
 4. Itabom/Bauru 16-8 
 5. Vivo/Franca 16-8 
 6. Unitri/Universo 16-9 
 7. Araldite/Univille 15-9 
 8. S.Jose/Vinac 14-10 
 9. Pitagoras/Minas 12-12 
 10. Winner/Limeira 11-14 
 11. Araraquara 7-17 
 12. Paulistano 6-18 
 13. Vitoria 6-19 
 14. Assis Basket 5-19 
 15. Vila Velha CETAF 5-20 


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  CHINA   


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.7 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang31.3 
 3. Morris, Beijing30.2 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.29.4 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan28.6 
 6. Emmett, Fujian28.0 
 7. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.4 
 8. Pickett, Jilin27.1 
 9. Hamilton, TianJ.26.8 
 10. Marbury, Foshan25.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Jones, Fujian15.8 
 2. Harris, Shanghai14.7 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.14.1 
 5. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.5 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.3 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.2 
 8. Morris, Beijing12.2 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu11.7 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing11.4 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.1 
 2. Marbury, Foshan5.7 
 3. Lu, Fujian5.6 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.5.5 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu5.3 
 6. LiuWei, Shanghai5.3 
 7. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
 8. Allen, Shandong4.9 
 9. Hamilton, TianJ.4.9 
 10. Brown, Qingdao DS4.8 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.1 
 2. Hamilton, TianJ.3.8 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang3.3 
 4. Hudson, Guandong2.8 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.5 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.4 
 8. Emmett, Fujian2.3 
 9. Pickett, Jilin2.3 
 10. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Moiso, Jiangsu1.9 
 3. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 4. Zhang, Shanghai1.8 
 5. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 6. Haislip, Guandong1.8 
 7. Jones, Fujian1.6 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 9. Morris, Beijing1.6 
 10. Wang, Bayi1.5 


Xinjiang, Guangdong, Jiangsu Grab 2-0 Leads, Dongguan Evens Series 1-1 - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang rallied 35-19 in the fourth quarter to defeat Beijing 103-98. It now leads Beijing 2-0 in its playoff series. Quincy Douby led Xinjiang with 40 points. Xu Guozhong and James Singleton each scored 22. Singleton added 9 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Zaid Abbaas had 26 points and 16 rebounds for Beijing before fouling out in 43 minutes. Randolph Morris had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists before fouling out in 38 minutes. Chen Lei scored 17. Lee Hsueh-Lin had 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Xie Libin had 8 points and 4 assists.

Guangdong crushed Bayi 121-97 to gain a 2-0 advantage in its series. Lester Hudson had 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Wang Shipeng scored 17. Marcus Haislip had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Zhu Fangyu scored 11. Su Wei and Du Feng each had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Wang Zheng scored 9. Han Shuo had 23 points and 6 rebounds for Bayi. Wang Zhizhi had 19 points and 6 rebounds. Wang Lei also scored 19. Zhang Bo scored 14 and Delehei had 12.

Jiangsu, despite the continued absence of Hu Xuefeng, moved to 2-0 with a 75-65 win over Zhejiang. Antoine Wright had 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Jerome Moiso had 17 points and 15 rebounds. Yi Li had 16 points and 8 rebounds in 48 minutes. Liu Yahui had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Cao Fei had 20 points and 6 steals for Zhejiang. Marcus Williams had 18 points and 7 rebounds. Josh Boone had 9 points and 12 rebounds. Jin Lipeng scored 8. Ding Jinhui had an awful game, He hit only 2 of 14 shots, missing all 8 of his three-point attempts. He did grab 8 rebounds.

Dongguan evened its series at 1-1, edging the Zhejiang Lions 100-99. Akognon Josh-Emmanuel (180-G-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) had 28 points and 9 rebounds. Courtney Simms had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Zhang Kai had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 16 and Meng Duo had 10. Young Sun Tonglin had 6 points and 5 rebounds. Peter John Ramos had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Lions. Lin Chieh-Cheh had 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Walker Russell had 17 points and 4 rebounds. Wang Bo scored 9 and Zhang Wei had 8.




Guo Ailun Declines Invite to Nike Hoop Summit - by Arthur Volbert
Chinese basketball authorities caused Guo Ailun (193-G-93), Liaoning's outstanding young point guard, to turn down an invitation to the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon on April 9. They said it would clash with the U19 national team closed-door training session, held at the end of March in Beijing. The team is preparing for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in June. It is disappointing that we will not be able to see Guo perform against his peers in the Nike all-star game. But China has hopes of gaining its first world basketball medal in a FIBA championship.

Guo, as a guard, would be at a disadvantage in an all-star meet with teammates from Europe and South America because of communication problems. The Chinese style of play is not geared for all-star games which require much more selfish individualism than the Chinese wish to encourage. Chinese authorities do not wish to risk that Guo would be injured in this game. Given his performance in the World U-17 competition last year, Guo has nothing to prove about his capabilities. So we must wait until June to see how Guo fares against international competitors, in a setting more suited to his skill-set, training and ability to communicate with his teammates.



Guo Ailun Declines Invite to Nike Hoop Summit - by Arthur Volbert
Chinese basketball authorities caused Guo Ailun (193-G-93), Liaoning's outstanding young point guard, to turn down an invitation to the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon on April 9. They said it would clash with the U19 national team closed-door training session, held at the end of March in Beijing. The team is preparing for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in June. It is disappointing that we will not be able to see Guo perform against his peers in the Nike all-star game. But China has hopes of gaining its first world basketball medal in a FIBA championship.

Guo, as a guard, would be at a disadvantage in an all-star meet with teammates from Europe and South America because of communication problems. The Chinese style of play is not geared for all-star games which require much more selfish individualism than the Chinese wish to encourage. Chinese authorities do not wish to risk that Guo would be injured in this game. Given his performance in the World U-17 competition last year, Guo has nothing to prove about his capabilities. So we must wait until June to see how Guo fares against international competitors, in a setting more suited to his skill-set, training and ability to communicate with his teammates.



CBA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
DongGuan - Zhejiang G.L. 100-99

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-17. But Zhejiang Guangsha Lions won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) saved the victory by scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds. The former international center Kai Zhang (211-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five DongGuan Leopards players scored in double figures. DongGuan Leopards' coach Brian Goorjian used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and Taiwanese swingman Chih-Chieh Lin (192-82) added 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions.
Top scorers:
DongGuan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 25+9reb+1ast, S.Courtney 21+5reb+1ast, Z.Kai 18+11reb+2ast, Q.Biao 16+4reb+1ast, P.Duo 10+2reb, S.TongLin 6+5reb+1ast
Zhejiang G.L.: L.Chih-Chieh 27+6reb+4ast, R.Peter John 27+10reb+2ast, R.Walker 17+4reb+2ast, W.Bo 9+3reb+2ast, Z.Wei 8+4reb+3ast, D.Li 6+1reb+1ast
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Xinjiang - Beijing 104-98

Beijing Ducks were ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 36-19 charge of Xinjiang Flying Tige, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige forced 21 Beijing Ducks turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Beijing Ducks were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) scored 40 points (!!!) and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) chipped in 23 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbaas (203-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds and American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Beijing Ducks' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 40+4reb+2ast, S.James 23+9reb+2ast, X.GuoChong 22+4reb+2ast, Z.QingPeng 11+3reb+3ast, M.Bateer 4+2reb+2ast, M.WuLan 2+4reb+3ast
Beijing: A.Zaid 26+16reb, M.Randolph 22+10reb+5ast, C.Lei 17+2reb+3ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 14+4reb+5ast, X.LiBin 8+1reb+4ast, H.Chongkai 6+1reb
gschID: 125029


Jiangsu - Zhejiang C. 75-65

Jiangsu Dragons dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Zhejiang Cyclones' 38. They outrebounded Zhejiang Cyclones 58-40 including a 40-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Jiangsu Dragons brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. Jiangsu Dragons' coach Qiang Xu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and forward Fei Cao (194-91) scored 20 points and 6 steals.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: W.Antoine 20+5reb+4ast, M.Jerome 17+15reb+3ast, Y.Li 16+8reb+2ast, L.Yahui 12+11reb, T.ZhengDong 6+4reb, Y.Li 4+6reb+3ast
Zhejiang C.: C.Fei 20+3reb+1ast, W.Marcus 18+7reb+3ast, B.Josh 9+12reb+1ast, J.Lipeng 8+3reb+2ast, D.Jinhui 4+8reb+2ast, Z.Chunjun 4+3reb
gschID: 125030


Guandong - Bayi 121-97

It looked good early as Bayi Fubang took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Guandong Tigers had a 29-21 second period charge getting the lead and Bayi Fubang was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 97-121. Guandong Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to Bayi Fubang's 60. They outrebounded Bayi Fubang 39-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) scored 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international power forward Feng Du (207-81) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Guandong Tigers' coach ChunJiang Li felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Shuo Han (196-86) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guandong: H.Lester 28+9reb+5ast, W.ShiPeng 17, H.Marcus 14+5reb, Z.FangYu 11+3reb+1ast, S.Wei 10+7reb, D.Feng 10+7reb+2ast
Bayi: H.Shuo 23+6reb+2ast, W.ZhiZhi 19+6reb+3ast, W.Lei 19, Z.Bo 14+2reb, D.Lehei 12+3reb, X.ZhongHao 6+4reb+3ast
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Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.9 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava15.7 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.15.7 
 4. Horak, Svitavy15.0 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin14.9 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha14.7 
 7. Houska, BK Decin14.2 
 8. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.1 
 9. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.1 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava9.4 
 3. Houska, BK Decin8.8 
 4. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.7 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.8.2 
 6. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.1 
 7. Kramny, Svitavy7.5 
 8. Frana, Plzen7.3 
 9. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.6 
 10. Machac, BC Kolin6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Vrubl, Plzen5.9 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.1 
 3. Carnecky, B&W O.3.9 
 4. Kotas, USK Praha3.6 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.5 
 6. Jones, BC Kolin3.5 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin3.2 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin3.0 
 9. Macela, Svitavy2.8 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  BK Pardubice
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wright, BK Pardu.2.0 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha2.0 
 3. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.8 
 4. Smith, BC Kolin1.8 
 5. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 6. Field, BC Kolin1.6 
 7. Sirina, B&W Opava1.6 
 8. Channels, Novy Jicin1.5 
 9. Hruban, USK Praha1.5 
 10. Hatcher, BK Decin1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.5 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 3. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 4. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.0 
 5. Kramny, Svitavy1.0 
 6. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 7. Pelikan, Novy Jicin0.9 
 8. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 9. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 10. Miles, BC Kolin0.7 


Houska's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old forward Pavel Houska (201-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for BK Decin and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, while his team was edged out by the league's best team CEZ Nymburk (#2, 2-0) 70-68. BK Decin maintains the 4th position in Czech Republic league. BK Decin is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 3 games. Houska has many years of experience at BK Decin, through which he has constantly improved. Houska has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.2ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 8.8rpg) and averages solid 56.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Roman Marko (195-G-86) of BC Kolin. He is Slovakian guard in his second season at BC Kolin. In the last game Marko recorded impressive 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead BC Kolin to another comfortable win 96-83 over the lower-ranked Plzen (#0, 3-22) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed BC Kolin to move up to -4th position in A2. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-13 record. Marko is well-known at BC Kolin and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another BC Kolin's star - forward David Machac (204-F-80). Machac scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of BC Kolin, helping his team with a 96-83 easy win against #0 ranked Plzen in a game of the week. The chances of BC Kolin ranking at the top of A2, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Machac could help BC Kolin to bring them higher in the standings. Machac has a very solid season. In 25 games in Czech Republic he scored 11.6ppg. He also has 6.3rpg and FGP: 55.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) of Plzen - 23 points and 8 rebounds
5. Pavel Novak (199-F-83) of Plzen - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Chester Simmons (198-G-82) of CEZ Nymburk - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82) of B&W Opava - 16 points and 9 rebounds
8. Radek Necas (204-F-80) of CEZ Nymburk - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Wiliam Hatcher (188-G-84) of BK Decin - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Boris Meno (203-F-83) of Svitavy - 15 points and 9 rebounds

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


BC Kolin add Uros Benacek - by Eurobasket News
BC Kolin add Uros Benacek (205-C-92) as the latter debuted already in the game versus Lokomotiva. Slovenian player had a good start with his new team and will do his best for the rest of the season. Second ranked BC Kolin (12-13) played at the court of 6th ranked Lokomotiva Plzen (3-22). BC Kolin defeated Lokomotiva Plzen 96-83. The game was mostly controlled by BC Kolin. Lokomotiva Plzen was better in third quarter 31-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Uros Benacek scored 2 points in just 5 minutes in the court. BC Kolin's next round opponent will be league's leader B&W Opava on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week.
In 2008-2009 Uros Benacek played for Union Olimpija Ljubljana junior team. In Mar.'11 signed at BC Kolin (Czech Rep.-NBL)






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Ligaen Semifinals: Horsens IC beats Rabbits, Bakken 2-0 up against Naestved - by Eurobasket News
Horsens IC did a great job last night. They managed to beat regular season champion Svendborg Rabbits 97-84 tying the score to 1-1 in the series. In the other Semifinals, Bakken outplayed Naestved on the road so the Bears are 2-0 up now. They need just one more victory for the Finals. Third games are scheduled for March 28. Bakken and Svendborg will be the hosts.

Naestved - Bakken 61-84

Naestved was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 56-26 second half run of Bakken. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. International swingman Chris Nielsen (192-85) contributed with 26 points for the winners. The former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and Lithuanian swingman Marius Kasiulevicius (198-82, college: Trinity Valley JC) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Naestved.
Top scorers:
Naestved: M.Kasiulevicius 14+6reb+2ast, P.Johansen 10+12reb+5ast, M.Hoirup 10+4reb, D.Smedley 8+8reb+5ast, P.Christensen 6+2reb, R.Norgaard 4+2reb
Bakken: C.Nielsen 26+2reb+1ast, C.Burgess 13+11reb+5ast, J.Jensen 10+5reb+1ast, C.Christoffersen 9+7reb+3ast, M.Kristensen 6+1ast, A.Jorgensen 6+1reb
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Horsens IC - Svendborg 97-84
The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 13 points. Horsens IC made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, agency: Lanshire Group) who scored 39 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). American power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) chipped in 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. St.John is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC, agency: Rasmussen Services) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: N.Iversen 20+7reb+1ast, A.Darboe 16+5reb+1ast, M.Williams 12+7reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 10+2reb+6ast, C.Cavanaugh 8+1reb+1ast, M.Mariegaard 7+2ast
Horsens IC: A.Voskuil 39+7reb+4ast, M.St.John 22+9reb+4ast, H.Schur 12+5reb+1ast, R.Claitt 10+1reb+2ast, C.Lindberg 6+2reb+3ast, T.Katholm 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 124461




Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg21.7 
 4. Brasas, Amager BK21.1 
 5. Voskuil, Horsens IC19.9 
 6. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.8 
 8. Dennis, SISU18.8 
 9. Roberts, Naestved18.4 
 10. Falkner, Aalborg16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.3 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj9.9 
 4. St.John, Horsens IC9.6 
 5. Falkner, Aalborg9.6 
 6. Johansen, Naestved9.4 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.6 
 9. Iversen, Svendborg7.1 
 10. Rutherford, SISU7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.4 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.4 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.2 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.6 
 5. Burgess, Bakken4.2 
 6. Martin, Aabyhoj4.1 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm4.1 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.8 
 9. Jensen, Vaerlose3.7 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hall, Aalborg3.8 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.1 
 3. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 4. Burgess, Bakken1.9 
 5. Smedley, Naestved1.8 
 6. Jakobsen, Bakken1.8 
 7. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 8. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.8 
 9. Nielsen, Horsholm1.8 
 10. Voskuil, Horsens IC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.1 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.7 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.5 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.2 
 6. Brown, SISU0.8 
 7. St.John, Horsens IC0.8 
 8. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 
 9. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 10. Marinkovic, Horsholm0.6 


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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 34-12 
 2. Erie Bay H. 29-17 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 22-25 
 4. Dakota W. 17-28 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 10-35 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 31-15 
 2. Rio Grande 30-16 
 3. Texas L. 20-25 
 4. Austin T. 20-25 
 5. New Mexico 19-27 
 6. Maine RC 16-30 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 29-16 
 2. Bakersfield J. 27-18 
 3. Utah F. 27-18 
 4. Idaho S. 21-25 
 5. Springfield A. 13-33 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.8 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.22.0 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. Ewing, Sioux F.19.9 
 5. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 6. McNeal, Rio Grande19.7 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.19.6 
 8. Sims, Maine RC19.6 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.19.5 
 10. Stinson, Iowa E.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.6 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.4 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.8.9 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.5 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Crittenton, Dakota W.7.6 
 6. Jackson, Idaho S.7.4 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.2 
 9. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.5.7 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Javaris CRITTENTON
  Dakota W.
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.6 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 5. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 6. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 7. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 8. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.1.9 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.8 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Gaffney, Utah F.2.3 
 5. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 7. Fall, Maine RC2.1 
 8. Gladness, Dakota W.2.0 
 9. Atchley, Rio Grande2.0 
 10. Alabi, Erie Bay H.1.9 


Sixers reassign Craig Brackins to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Philadelphia 76ers forward Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) was reassigned to the Springfield Armor, the 76ers NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 49th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the third and final assignment this season for Brackins, a rookie out of Iowa State.

Brackins (6-10, 230) was assigned on Nov. 30 and Jan. 15. He appeared in 14 games (nine starts) with the Armor, averaging 19.9 points and 9.1 rebounds in 37.2 minutes. Brackins has appeared in three games this season for Philadelphia, averaging 2.7 points in 11.0 minutes.

An early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft, Brackins was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round (21st overall) as part of a draft-day swap with the New Orleans Hornets, who then traded Brackins to Philadelphia in September. In three seasons at Iowa State, Brackins averaged 16.0 points and 7.7 rebounds in 95 games, and was an AP All-America Honorable Mention selection in 2009.

Brackins is expected to join Springfield for its home game against New Mexico on Saturday.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Thursday: Claws fight but fall short to the Flash; Fired-up Ants roll to big win in Erie - by Eurobasket News
Utah F. - Maine RC 105-99 OT
Try telling the Red Claws that Thursday's game didn't mean anything. Two nights after being eliminated from the playoffs with a 35-point loss to Utah, the Red Claws hung tough with the Flash down the stretch, but fell short in overtime, 105-99. DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88, college: Michigan) scored a game-high 30 points and Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85, college: Memphis) and Magnum Rolle (6'11''-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech) each added 17 for the Red Claws, two nights removed from scoring just 77 points in the blowout loss. Craig Winder (6'2''-G-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Texas) (12 points) and Jamar Smith (10) also scored in double figures for Maine. *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA 80-96
Still fuming from a last-second dunk in a Tuesday loss to Erie, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants came out fighting mad and pulled away from the host BayHawks 96-80 Thursday in front of 2,046 fans. With the win, Fort Wayne (21-25) remains in the eighth and final NBA Development League playoff spot. Erie (29-16) finished off a 113-104 win at Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday with a dunk as time was dwindling, causing some irritation from Mad Ants players and coaches. In the rematch, Chris Kramer (6'3''-G-88, college: Purdue) had 25 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) 21, Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) 17 and Ryan Wittman (6'6''-F-88, college: Cornell) 11. Marvin Phillips added 11 rebounds and seven points. Kramer made 11 of 11 from the free-throw line as the Mad Ants made 27 of 33. Lazare was 5 of 6 and Howard 5 of 7. The Mad Ants outscored the BayHawks 27-17 in the second to open up a 46-34 halftime lead. Erie outscored Fort Wayne 28-18 in the third to cut the lead to two. Fort Wayne pulled away with a 32-18 fourth-quarter advantage. Fort Wayne led from the onset, with the score being tied only twice. *Courtesy of www.journalgazette.net




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Standings - LIDOBA
SRT Standings
 1. CDP 7-2 
 2. Plaza 6-3 
 3. CPN 6-4 
 4. GUG 4-5 
 5. Sameji 3-7 
 6. Cupes 2-7 


SRT Round 7, second stage: Sameji edges CPN by three points - by Eurobasket News
CPN - Sameji 102-105

Just one game was played in Round 7 of SRT second stage. It ended with only three-point defeat of 3rd placed CPN (6-4) to sixth ranked Sameji (3-7) 105-102 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CPN. Sameji maintains sixth place with 3-7 record. CPN at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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  EBA   


Stats Leaders
EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 , Johnson, Hudson Valley Hype, 34.8
2 , Parker, Harrisburg Horizon, 34.5
3 , Scott, New York Wizards, 28.5
4 , Hankins, Old Dominion Mustangs, 28.2
5 , Weaver, Washington Madness, 27.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 , Frazier, The Destroyers, 13.2
2 , Cheatham, The Destroyers, 13
3 , Witcher, Old Dominion Mustangs, 11.6
4 , Onunaku, Winchester Storm, 10
5 , Brown, Metropolitan All-Stars, 9.9
Assists Per Game
1 , Howard, Washington Madness, 8.8
2 , Flegler, Nova Hawks, 7.3
3 , Gill, Washington Madness, 6.6
4 , Scott, New York Wizards, 6.6
5 , Reynolds, Old Dominion Mustangs, 5.3
Steals Per Game
1 , Hankins, Old Dominion Mustangs, 4.3
2 , Hankins, Old Dominion Mustangs, 4.2
3 , Jeffries, Washington Madness, 4.2
4 , Hawkins, Metropolitan All-Stars, 3.2
5 , Randolph, Carolina Gladiators, 3.2
Blocks Per Game
1 , Alleyne, New York Wizards, 4
2 , Wrice, South Jersey Enterprise, 3.9
3 , Onunaku, Winchester Storm, 2.6
4 , Reynolds, Old Dominion Mustangs, 2.3
5 , Bush, Metropolitan All-Stars, 2
6 , Onuaku, Washington Madness, 2


Madness All-Star Guard Chris Matthews Erupts for 48 Points - by EBA Media
Washington Madness Defeats Winchester Storm 140-129 in an Epic Battle.

Chris Matthews 64- Guard- Saint Bonaventure 48pts, nine 3 pointers, started the game knowing his scoring was needed. Playing with back-court partner Chris Howard 63 - Guard- University of South Florida 10pts. - 12 rebs. - 14 Assts. Collecting a triple double made scoring easy for everyone.

The Madness and Storm went after each other in a game that was worth the price of admission. Both teams started the game very tentative Chris Matthews scored eleven of his teams twenty-five first quarter points, Onyie Onunaku scored 10 of the storms first 27 points to give his team a two point after the opening period.

Jamal Wise - 66 Forward- Rhode Island University 33pts- 12 rebs. began to assert himself in the second quarter with this smooth jump shot and powerful low-post game, scoring 12 pts. to answer the four 3 pointers of Winchesters harp shooting Tyler Crawford 64- Guard- Georgetown University. 27pts. 10 rebs. Madness held a slim 64 to 61 half time lead.

The third quarter was a chess match with each team trying to figure out how to slow the other teams top scorers down. Darrian Lee 63 - Guard- Gouchester College 14 pts. 6 rebs. played exceptional defense during the critical stretch of the game. David Bailey was a beast on the boards with the other Madness Big men who outsize the smaller but very talented storm players. Onyie Onunaku 31 pts. - 12 rebs. The storms leading scorer and rebounder acquired his fourth foul and had to set out a large part of the quarter, the game was tied at 93 going into the final period. Both teams knew playoff implications were involved the storm 6-5 were fighting to move up in the standings maybe overtake the Maryland Marvels for 3rd place, or remain a head of the Old Dominion Mustangs 5-5 playoff seeding was at stake Madness 7-3 held a firm grip an second place behind the league leading Metropolitan All-Starts 11-1. The teams in the southern division are very competitive with each other so every game you have to bring youre A+ game.

The 4th quarter started right where the game began both teams feeling the other out except Onunaku was sidelines with 4 fouls. Chris Howard and Randy Gill who arrived at halftime controlled the tempo pushing the ball up court and funding Jamal Wise in the post and a scorching hot Chris Matthews 23 pts. - 5 three pointers in this the decisive Final quarter had Washington fighting off a game Winchester Storm team. Onyie, Tyler, Daniel Harper Mouktar and Roach- scored 36 pts. for the quarter but Chris Matthews made 4 straight 3s 27 consecutive points to give Madness a 47 pt. quarter. This game showed just how deep the talent pool is in the Eastern Basketball Alliance - Professional players that can play at any level.



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Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 28-3 
 2. TU/Rock 26-3 
 3. TTU/Kalev 23-7 
 4. Rakvere 15-15 
 5. Valga/CKE 13-17 
 6. Rapla 12-18 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 10-20 
 8. Parnu 8-23 
 9. Voru KK 1-30 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Curtis ALLEN
  Voru KK
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Allen, Voru KK18.8 
 2. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 3. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 4. Erm, Rapla17.4 
 5. Brown, Va.16.7 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 7. Raadik, Parnu16.2 
 8. Arnold, TT.15.6 
 9. Osby, TT.14.7 
 10. Hall, Rakvere14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.4 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.0 
 4. Allen, Voru KK10.4 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla9.7 
 6. Osby, TT.9.3 
 7. Kuuba, Voru KK8.9 
 8. Eziukwu, TU/Rock7.9 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.7 
 2. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 3. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.5 
 4. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.9 
 5. Allen, Voru KK2.8 
 6. Oja, Va.2.8 
 7. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.8 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 9. Archibald, TT.2.6 
 10. Laane, Rapla2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Armands SKELE
  Kalev/Cramo
  (192-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 6. Karner, Parnu2.1 
 7. Doronin, TU/Rock2.0 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere2.0 
 9. Allen, Voru KK1.9 
 10. Oja, Va.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.7 
 2. Osby, TT.1.3 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.2 
 5. Allen, Voru KK1.0 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.9 
 7. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 8. Brown, Va.0.8 
 9. Raadik, TU/Rock0.8 
 10. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 


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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. Anderson, Ventspils18.0 
 5. Banks, Elitzur .17.8 
 6. Smith, Karsiyaka17.7 
 7. Hopkins, Antwerp17.4 
 8. King, Etha17.0 
 9. Stanescu, Steaua T.16.8 
 10. Darden, Nancy16.6 
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. Clark, Szolnok9.1 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping9.1 
 5. Smith, Karsiyaka9.0 
 6. Zoric, KK.8.8 
 7. Massey, Lokomotiv8.6 
 8. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 9. King, Etha8.4 
 10. Brown, Elitzur .8.3 
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. Woodside, Gravelines5.5 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok5.3 
 7. Wood, Dt.5.2 
 8. Ponkrashov, Spart.4.9 
 9. Draughan, Lugano T.4.9 
 10. Reynolds, Orleans4.5 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.0 
 2. Millage, Khimik2.9 
 3. Vladovic, Zadar2.4 
 4. Dabkus, Etha2.3 
 5. Renfroe, KK.2.3 
 6. Domercant, Spart.2.1 
 7. Holston, Karsiyaka2.1 
 8. Dragic, Krka2.1 
 9. Trotter, Szolnok2.1 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. King, Etha2.0 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp2.0 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 5. Sene, Gravelines1.8 
 6. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 7. Clark, Szolnok1.6 
 8. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.5 
 9. Zavadsky, Khimik1.4 
 10. Bader, Szolnok1.4 


EuroChallenge Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv - Gravelines 86-68
Lokomotiv advanced to EuroChallenge Semifinals sweeping the series over BCM Gravelines Dunkerque. The Russian side won at home 86:68 to win the series 2-0. Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) and Lionel Chalmers (184-G-80, college: Xavier) exchanged the early baskets, while Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) gave the hosts 12:9. After an overtime thriller in France the Russian team just needed to win the game in order to taste the Final Four appearance. Lionel Chalmers gave them 26:14 to close the first period. The hosts did not even think of slowing down and played also better in the second frame. After 20-18 in it the board showed 46:32 when the teams disappeared in the lockers. Shukhovtsov scored for 48:32 and Michael Wilkinson as well as Alando Tucker (198-F-84, college: Wisconsin) added four for 69:41. Already after the thirty minutes it became clear about the winner.Surovtsev made it 71:48 and the last quarter became just a warm-up. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque however managed to win the last frame 20-15 to reduce the gap to 18 points. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Michael Wilkinson nailed 17. Alando Tucker netted 16 and Lionel Chalmers delivered 11. Ben Woodside answered with 20 points in the losing case, Johnson added 13 and Jonathan Rousselle (188-G-90) had 11.

Ventspils - Oostende 97-92 2OT
BK Ventspils edged BC Oostende 97:92 in two overtimes to tie the series at 1-1 in EuroChallenge Quarterfinals. The Baltic State won the opening quarter 26:20, but could not keep the lead for good. BC Oostende responded with 19-15 in the second frame to reduce the gap to 41:39 at the halftime. In the third quarter the hosts again started to play better taking control of the game. They needed 21-15 in the period to increase to 8 points after 30 minutes. The guests however did not panic and won the fourth period. Serron nailed three for 74:72 and Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) increased to 4 points with 2.30 in the fourth period. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) made two free throws to cut the margin, while his another appearance on the free throw line tied the game. Moreover Matt Lojeski brought the lead at 78:76 making another two free throws with 1.20, but Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) tied it again at 78:78 that became the end of the fourth frame. Green opened overtime from the free throw line bringing 80:78 advantage but then the score was tied again at 80:80 and 82:82. It was Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) from the arc for 85:82 lead with less than two minutes but Faison scored two and added a free throw for 85:85. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku shot another three but missed that time, while Rashad Anderson missed another one with the buzzer. In the second overtime Oritseweyinmi Efejuku nailed three and then added a jump shot for 90:88 but then again Matt Lojeski tied it at 90:90 from the free throw line. Green and Oritseweyinmi Efejuku exchanged the baskets for 92:92 and the latter added another free throw for 93:92 with 2 minutes in the second overtime. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku also scored for 95:92, whilst Rashad Anderson helped him and his team to reach 97:92. Rashad Anderson erupted with 31 points and Oritseweyinmi Efejuku followed him with 23. Janis Strelnieks netted 13 to tie the series at 1-1. Matt Lojeski ended up with 24 points in the losing effort, while Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) notched 15.

Karsiyaka - Spartak SP 71-89
Spartak Saint Petersburg sealed the EuroChallenge birth. They upset Karsiyaka in Turkey tonight to sweep the quarterfinal series. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) scored 23 points to lead the Russian team. The lead changed hands several times throughout the opening term. Spartak led by 6 points late in the quarter before Aldemir and Eldridge narrowed the gap to just two points 19:21. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) and Henry Domercant enlarged the gap to 7 points early in the second term. The visitors opened a double-digit lead midway through the second frame. But Karsiyaka exploded with an 18:8 rally to level things up at 43 heading into the locker rooms. David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) pulled Karsiyaka in front early in the third term but Henry Domercant quickly regained the lead for Spartak. The Russian side established a 65:57 lead with one quarter remaining. Pero Antic and Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) gave the visitors a 71:59 lead after three minutes of action in the final period. Soon the gap grew at 17 points and Spartak never looked back en route to the victory. Pero Antic provided 16 points and 9 boards, while Patrick Beverley added 15 points, 8 boards and 7 assists for the winners. Karsiyaka answered with 26 points from Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.). Jovo Stanojevic and David Holston had 11 points apiece in the loss.

Lukoil Academik - Krka 61-75
Krka stays alive for EuroChallenge Final Four as they tied the Quarterfinal series over Lukoil Academic. The Slovenian squad needed 75:61 for 1-1 in the series as the decisive game to be played on March 30th in Novo Mesto. Lukoil Academic could not finish the series at home and will have to win in Slovenia again in order to advance. Sundov gave the hosts their first lead, while Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) brought 12:5 for the visiting side. Balazic closed the period at 16:11 and Booker scored for massive 32:15 advantage. Moreover Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) sent the squads to the lockers for 37:23. The third quarter was the best for the Bulgarian side that reduce to 51:44 after winning the period 21-14. The game however belonged to the Slovenian team that looked better at the end. Goran Ikonic and Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) brought 61:49, whilst Muric nailed the last three for the win. Goran Ikonic paced all the winners with 16 points, while Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) added 14. Smiljan Pavic collected 13 points and 14 rebounds and Dusan Djordjevic followed them with 10. Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort, whilst Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) netted 9.




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Quarterfinals: Road teams explode, all series at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Montepaschi 65-82
Olympiakos destroyed Montepaschi in the first meeting and it was a record-setting victory, but this time totally different picture was seen on the court. Montepaschi drastically improved and blasted Olympiakos 65-82 for 1-1 tie in the series. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) came up with double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds for the guests (valuation 32). Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) scored 14 and Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) added two points less. For the Reds, Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) replied with 16 points and 7 boards. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) netted 12 and 10 points respectively.
Teams were tied at the beginning and later Montepashi closed the first quarter with 10 unanswered points and the score settled at 12-20 by the end of the period. Visitors jumped to 15-27 and later it was 17-32 at the halfway of Q2. Olympiakos struggled at the both sides of the court, but thanks to Nesterovic, Papaloukas and Papanikolau, they somehow managed to close the gap to 31-39 until the break. The home squad came to 43-48 in the finish of Q3 and the crowd exploded. However, Montepaschi did not back down, with Stonerook setting the defensive tone and Zisis heating up on offense. Malik Hairston dropped a long-range bomb to keep Olympiacos on its heels at 51-61, the score at the end of three. The Reds were unable to mount a comeback as Montepaschi grabbed 13-point lead with five minutes remaining. It was 60-77 few moments later and the game was over for Olympiakos.
Montepaschi will host Olympiakos on Tuesday.

Caja Laboral - Maccabi T-A 81-83
Maccabi Electra grabbed 81-83 thriller win against Caja Laboral in Game Two of the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The series is tied to 1-1 now and Maccabi will be the host in the next two meetings. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) scored 22 points for Maccabi, David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) had 18 and Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) added 13 points, plus 8 rebounds. For the hosts, Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) (8 rebs) and Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) (6 rebs) scored 17 points each, while Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points ad 8 rebs.
With one minute remaining Caja Laboral Vitoria was up 80:77 over visiting Maccabi. In their most important possession the Spanish squad moved the ball around perfectly and got it to one of their best shooters, three point shooters that is, not free throw shooters, Mirza Teletovic. The Bosnian power forward had a great 7 inch miss match over visiting guard Jeremy Pargo who fouled Teletovic and sent him to the line with a chance of ending Maccabi's season unexpectedly by extending the gap to 5. However, Teletovic who could have made it a three possession game made only one of two and then saw his former teammate Lior Eliyahu party all over him with 3 consecutive points that brought the game down to the wire.
Maccabi's forward David Blu, shot lights out in the third quarter with three threes, kept his team in the game when no one else could, and did it with 18 points (4/8 from deep) and sent a huge statement regarding his hopes in winning the Euroleague Defensive Player of the year award, when making a crucial steal (his only steal of the night) with seconds remaining.
With Sofo on the bench with five fouls, the season on line, and their backs against the wall, head coach David Blatt was desperately in search of a winner, someone who is not afraid of making big decisions. He found that player in the likes of the young starting point guard Jeremy Pargo (13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists). The former Zag took the ball, drove through the lane, got the whistle and made one of two from the free throws to tie up the game.
Following a David Logan missed layup; Pargo grabbed his 8th rebound and with 18 seconds left, he ran the game clock down. Picturing his final symphony of the night, Pargo dribbled to the right side of the court, crossed over his man, and with a beautiful step back jump shot let the ball fly, finding nothing but the bottom of the net - Money Ball.
Big time players make big time plays.
Pargo told 'Eurobasket.com' after the game: 'I wanted to take the last shot so bad because I did it in the past and fortunately for me it went down. it was a game we really needed and I'm happy we were able to get it. Now we have to continue playing the way I know we are capable'.
'Were going to live this win only for an hour and then get it out of our heads because we play them again next week'. (*by David Pick - Israel)
Third game will be played on March 29 in Tel-Aviv.

Regal Barca - Panathinaikos 71-75
Panathinaikos did a great job in Game Two of the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The Greens rallied from a 16-point deficit to edge defending champion Regal FC Barcelona 71-75 in front of a sellout crowd at Palau Blaugrana. The score is tied to 1-1 now and PAO will be the host in the next two meetings. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) was a key player for the Greens scoring 18 points. He made 4 of 5 attempts from behind the arc last night. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) also was great adding 17 points and 5 assists, but he committed 6 turnovers in this meeting. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) and Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) helped their team with 14 and 10 points respectively. Batiste was perfect from the field making all of his 7 attempts. In Regal Barca, Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) delivered 19 points, Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) had 11 points and 6 boards, while Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) also nailed 11 pts.
Regal Barca had strong beginning and they made 11-3 lead in the first five minutes. Later, the hosts finished Q1 with 17-10 and continued in the same rhythm after that. PAO was struggling offensively making too many mistakes, what resulted with 28-12 for the home squad after 14 minutes of play. Mike Batiste, Maric and Tsartsaris finally replied for the guests helping them to cut the margin to 38-28 until the halftime. The Greens exploded after the breather and finally showed their qualities. Dimitris Diamantidis started to make shots and Drew Nicholas also was on fire. Fotsis and Calathes secured a nice help and PAO closed the gap to just one point at the end of Q3, 57-56. That includes 2-12 run in the finish of this period and a buzzer-beating triple by Romain Sato. A layup by an unstoppable Sato completed the guests' comeback, 57-58, early in the fourth quarter. Barcelona could not match the Greens' physicality, which preventing the hosts from circulating the ball. With five minutes left in the game PAO was 67-72 up, but Barca came to 71-72 in the finish. Dimitris Diamantidis was sent to the line with 17.5 seconds remaining, but he made only one. Barca had a possession and Jaka Lakovic pull-up a triple, but missed and Diamantidis managed to get the ball to Batiste for a victory slam as time expired.
PAO will be the host in Game Three (March 29).

Real Madrid - Valencia 75-81
Power Electronics Valencia is the winner of Game Two. They managed to beat Real in Madrid 75-81 tying the score to 1-1 in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) exploded for the guests with 20 points and 6 assists for 33 minutes. He made of all his five attempts for 3-pts reaching valuation 25 (MVP). Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.) scored 15, while Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) helped with double-double of 14 points and 10 boards. For the home squad, Sergio Llull (190-G-87) had 18 points and 5 assists. He was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) stopped to 9 pts.
Teams were pretty leveled at the beginning, before 6-0 run by the home squad which gave them 17-10 lead. Valencia immediately responded and cut the margin to 19-17 until the end of the first period. Novica Velickovic and Sergio Llull shined at the beginning of the second quarter and mostly thanks to them Real Madrid jumped to 31-22. Valencia once again replied, this time with 2-8 run, and they later tied the score to 35-35. It was Vidal, in the very last seconds of the period, who pulled up for a three that found the bottom of the net to leave Real Madrid in charge after two periods, 38-35. The hosts opened Q3 with quick 5-0 run, but visitors didnt panic. Omar-Sharif Cook and Dusko Savanovic stepped up for them and together with Jeremy Richardson they made 2-14 run for 45-49. Pablo Prigioni stopped the curse with his own three, but still Valencia managed to take 54-59 lead until the end of Q3. Sergio Llull was the central figure in Real Madrid and together with Tucker he helped them to tie the score to 64-64 at the beginning of the last period. Real grabbed 72-71 later and Valencia created 0-4 run. With 30 seconds remaining Omar-Sharif Cook drained his fifth triple for 74-78 Valencia lead. Prigioni missed Real Madrid's attack and Cook went to the line. He missed the first one, but the second one went in for 74-79. Mirotic scored only for the hosts after that and Martinez sealed the victory for the guests making his both attempts from the line.
Valencia will be the host in Game Three (March 29).


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.0 
 2. Langford, Khimky17.8 
 3. Rakocevic, Efes P.17.2 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.15.4 
 5. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
 6. Navarro, Regal B.15.0 
 7. Spanoulis, Olympiakos14.6 
 8. San Emeterio, Caja L.14.5 
 9. Gregory, Union O.14.0 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirsad TURKCAN
  Fener.Ulker
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.7.3 
 2. Gist, Partizan6.9 
 3. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 4. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.7 
 5. Freeland, Unicaja6.3 
 6. Fischer, Real Madrid6.3 
 7. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 9. Gregory, Union O.6.1 
 10. Wright, Charleroi5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.5.6 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.6 
 3. Cook, Valencia5.5 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.3 
 5. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 6. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.4.1 
 8. Stipcevic, Cibona4.1 
 9. Teodosic, Olympiakos3.9 
 10. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (202-F/G-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .2.6 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 3. McCalebb, Montepas.2.1 
 4. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 5. Perkins, Maccabi .1.8 
 6. Smith, Lottomatica1.8 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.1.7 
 8. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.7 
 9. Diamantidis, Panath.1.7 
 10. Bogdanovic, Cibona1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 3. Fischer, Real Madrid1.6 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 5. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.4 
 6. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 7. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 8. Shermadini, Union O.1.1 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 10. Nesterovic, Olymp.1.1 


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Ronald Ross (MBC Wolves) This Season Has Been Pretty Crazy, But Nobody Is Holding Their Heads Down From Management To The Team - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Ronald Ross (188-G-83, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Texas Tech) is a 27 year old 188cm guard playing his first season for MBC. He is originally from Hobbs New Mexico and played at Texas Tech from 2001-2005. In his senior year, he averaged 17.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.0apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3Pts: 43% and reached the NCA Sweet 16. He started his professional career with Univer Castelletto Ticino (Italy-Lega2) and then moved on to the CBA in 2006-2007 for Butte Daredevils playing 48 games averaging 15.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 49%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 74.2% and in 2007 for the Albany Patroons (USBL, starting five) playing 21 games: Score-3 (17.4ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (4.0apg), Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 41.4%, FT: 84.2%. In 2007-2008, he played for ENBW Ludwigsburg playing 34 games and averaging 14.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-2 (1.7spg), 2FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 77.9% reaching the cup final in 2008. In 2008-2009 he started in Israel before moving on to the Artland Dragons playing 12 games and averaging 15.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 70.0%. Last season for the Artland Dragons, he played 12 games: 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 83.0%; German League: 32 games: 11.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 75.7%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners March 26th.

It has been a very tough season for MBC this season. Currently the team is in 16th place with a record of 7-21. Why has the team been unable to have more success this season?


It's been one of the most unfortunate situations I've ever been a part of. You could have never seen it coming though, but it happens in this business of basketball. From the injuries, to the change of players, to even losing the head coach, its all been pretty crazy, but nobody is holding their heads down from the management to the team.

You experienced the loss of Jerome Tillmann, Michael Jordan and Richard Schields. How much has these personal changes effected the play of the team mentaly an
d physically?


I never had a chance to play with Jerome, but as far as Mike and Rich I think it had somewhat of an impact because they were both key players for the team, but we have players that are capable of stepping up fulfilling their roles.

Who has been the most improved MBC player this season?


Well, I got here in December, but if I had to pick one I would probably say Christian Von Fintel. He's a younger German player on the team that just continues to work hard everyday and ask questions to make sure he's headed in the right direction.


What has been your impression of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners this season? Is Dashaun Wood the BEKO BBL MVP this season?

Frankfurt is really playing well this season. They have some great tools and use them well. I wouldn't be surprised if Wood got the MVP award. He's playing well this season.

How focused are you about having the chance as one of the few to stop Wood on Saturday?

Lol. Oh Miles...I'm definitely focused on playing the game Saturday, but I don't look at guarding Wood as some prestigious opportunity. No shot at him, but as a 'basketball player' you respect any player you play against and play hard regardless.

What is your memory of the 83-52 loss in Frankfurt last December?


I just got off the plane for that game and I was tired and jet lagged and didn't really know any of the plays. I wasn't negative about it though and It was not a good game collectively as a team, but I saw the potential the team had as a newcomer or what not.

Is the biggest strength of MBC in this game against Frankfurt the home court advantage? What will be key in getting a big win at home?


If we play good defense and play for 40 minutes we will definitely have an advantage.


Were you surprised that both Michigan and Michigan State are out?

Michigan State yeah, but Michigan I wasn't sure about.

Can Arizona upset Duke this week?


Man, Arizona handled Duke and I had Duke winning it all. They messed up my brackets..lol..

Can Butler pull another upset against Wisconsin?

And Butler, don't sleep on Butler man. I don't know what's going happen in this Elite 8. It's exciting though.

Thanks Ron for the chat.



Dane Watts (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) We Need To Stop This Losing Streak And Finish The Season Strong - 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 before the game against the Artland Dragons March 26th.

The 2011 BEKO BBL playoffs were a big goal in the last weeks, but has the loss to Braunschweig erased the last playoff hopes this season?

We are focused on trying to win the next game against Artland, that is our only focus at the moment. We need to stop this losing streak and finish the year strong.

The next game is against The Artland Dragons. How do you like their chances against Bamberg next weekend in the BEKO BBL Top 4?

Bamberg is tough, especially at home, but I believe that Artland played them very close earlier in the year. They will need to hit shots and contain them on defense.

What is your memory of the 93-66 loss on the road earlier in the season?

I remember us giving up easy points to end the first half and them running away with it in the 2nd half.

Ibekwe is gone, but the team picked up ex NBA player Robert Kurz. What does he bring to the table that Ebekwe didnt have?

Another big to stretch the defense.

What is your pick for Kentucky-Ohio State?

Ohio St.

Can Marquette upset UNC?

Havent seen them play but I would pick UNC.

Can Richmond pull the major upset against Kansas?

Yes, Richmond is good and Mid Majors are Kansas' Kryptonite in the tourney.

Florida State-VCU seems like a pretty even matchup. Who will win this and why?

That is a toss up, I watched FSU play and they are good, did not see VCU but they had a big unexpected win so they could cause trouble.

Thanks Dane for the chat.


Wayne Bernard (MBC) Pregame Thoughts To Deutsche Bank Skyliners Game March 26th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) is a 29 year old 180 cm guard from San Diego that is playing his third season with MBC. He played at Davidson in North Carolina from 1999-2003. His best season was his senior year where he played 27 games averaging 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.4apg. In 2003, he became a professional coming to Europe to play for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan (Israel-Premier L.) playing 10 games and averaging 14.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.5apg, 2.4spg, but got waived and finished the season in Greece for Ilysiakos Athens playing 8 games and averaging 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg. In 2004-2005, he played for Norrkoping Dolphins in Sweden playing 30 games and averaging 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), FGP: 40.7%, 3-Pts: 30.5%. In 2005-2006, he played for Etoile Charleville-Mezires (France-ProB) playing 34 games averaging 14.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 75.7%, and during the season moved to ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB). In 2006-2007, he played for ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB), French League playing 18 games and averaging 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.6%; , but left in January 2007 and then joined Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 11 games and averaging 14.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 84.4%. In 2007-2008, he stayed with Kouvot Kouvola playing 47 games and averaging 16.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2.2spg, FGP-3 (62.0%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 78.8%. In 2008-2009, he came to Germany to MBC playing 30 games and averaging 14.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 80.4%. He earned 2009 PRO A player of the year honours. Last season, he played 34 games averaging 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 80.8% Wayne spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners March 26th.

It has been a very tough season for MBC this season. Currently the team is in 16th place with a record of 7-21. Why has the team been unable to have more success this season?

This season has been very difficult for MBC, a lot different form last year. Early in the seaosn last year, I think a few teams underestimated us and we were able to take a lot of teams by surprise. Another reason I think we may have struggled is because of injuries, as well as departures of teammates. Even so, quite a few of our games have been single-digit losses that were very close.

You experienced the loss of Jerome Tillmann, Michael Jordan and Richard Schields. How much has these personal changes effected the play of the team mentaly and physically?

The losses of Tillman, Jordan, and Shields have definitely affected our team. But changes happen in any organization, and we can't focus on the changes, but focus on accomplishing our goals for the season.

What has been your impression of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners this season? Is Dashaun Wood the BEKO BBL MVP this season?

The Skyliners have been very good this season, as with most. They are a team that has many weapons and they use them effectively. Dashaun Wood has been great for FrankfurtFrobviously, and he will definitely be in the running for MVP this season.

Is the biggest strength of MBC in this game against Frankfurt the home court advantage? What will be key in getting a big win at home?

Yes, playing at home definitely is a big advantage for us, especially with our loyal and loud fans. They give us a lot of energy which is always nice when you're playing a difficult game.

What a crazy game between Butler and Pittsburgh. Have you ever seen a more crazy ending like this?

The Butler/Pittsburgh game was very surprising. I don't think I have ever seen something like that before. But thats what March Madness is all about: wild emotions and unbelievable endings.

Can Butler pull another upset against Wisconsin?

It is pretty rare to see both Michigan and Michigan St. be out so soon, but again, that is the atmosphere of March Madness. You just never know.


Thnaks Wayne for chat



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Sato, Diamantidis pace PAO to big win at the Palau Blaugrana - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca - Panathinaikos 71-75 (1-1)

Panathinaikos did a great job in Game Two of the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The Greens rallied from a 16-point deficit to edge defending champion Regal FC Barcelona 71-75 in front of a sellout crowd at Palau Blaugrana. The score is tied to 1-1 now and PAO will be the host in the next two meetings. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) was a key player for the Greens scoring 18 points. He made 4 of 5 attempts from behind the arc last night. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) also was great adding 17 points and 5 assists, but he committed 6 turnovers in this meeting. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) and Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) helped their team with 14 and 10 points respectively. Batiste was perfect from the field making all of his 7 attempts. In Regal Barca, Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) delivered 19 points, Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) had 11 points and 6 boards, while Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) also nailed 11 pts.
Regal Barca had strong beginning and they made 11-3 lead in the first five minutes. Later, the hosts finished Q1 with 17-10 and continued in the same rhythm after that. PAO was struggling offensively making too many mistakes, what resulted with 28-12 for the home squad after 14 minutes of play. Mike Batiste, Maric and Tsartsaris finally replied for the guests helping them to cut the margin to 38-28 until the halftime. The Greens exploded after the breather and finally showed their qualities. Dimitris Diamantidis started to make shots and Drew Nicholas also was on fire. Fotsis and Calathes secured a nice help and PAO closed the gap to just one point at the end of Q3, 57-56. That includes 2-12 run in the finish of this period and a buzzer-beating triple by Romain Sato. A layup by an unstoppable Sato completed the guests' comeback, 57-58, early in the fourth quarter. Barcelona could not match the Greens' physicality, which preventing the hosts from circulating the ball. With five minutes left in the game PAO was 67-72 up, but Barca came to 71-72 in the finish. Dimitris Diamantidis was sent to the line with 17.5 seconds remaining, but he made only one. Barca had a possession and Jaka Lakovic pull-up a triple, but missed and Diamantidis managed to get the ball to Batiste for a victory slam as time expired.
PAO will be the host in Game Three (March 29).

Regal Barca: Juan Carlos Navarro 19, Alan Anderson 11+6 boards, Fran Vazquez 11
Panathinaikos: Romain Sato 18, Dimitris Diamantidis 17+5 as, Mike Batiste 14, Drew Nicholas 10


Montepaschi cruises past Olympiakos in Game Two (1-1) - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Montepaschi 65-82
Olympiakos destroyed Montepaschi in the first meeting and it was a record-setting victory, but this time totally different picture was seen on the court. Montepaschi drastically improved and blasted Olympiakos 65-82 for 1-1 tie in the series. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) came up with double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds for the guests (valuation 32). Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) scored 14 and Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) added two points less. For the Reds, Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) replied with 16 points and 7 boards. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) netted 12 and 10 points respectively.
Teams were tied at the beginning and later Montepashi closed the first quarter with 10 unanswered points and the score settled at 12-20 by the end of the period. Visitors jumped to 15-27 and later it was 17-32 at the halfway of Q2. Olympiakos struggled at the both sides of the court, but thanks to Nesterovic, Papaloukas and Papanikolau, they somehow managed to close the gap to 31-39 until the break. The home squad came to 43-48 in the finish of Q3 and the crowd exploded. However, Montepaschi did not back down, with Stonerook setting the defensive tone and Zisis heating up on offense. Malik Hairston dropped a long-range bomb to keep Olympiacos on its heels at 51-61, the score at the end of three. The Reds were unable to mount a comeback as Montepaschi grabbed 13-point lead with five minutes remaining. It was 60-77 few moments later and the game was over for Olympiakos.
Montepaschi will host Olympiakos on Tuesday.


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Best players of Hungarian A Division round 24 - by Eurobasket News
American Rashad Bell (201-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for MJUS-Fortress Kormend and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Albacomp (#2, 20-4) 80-68. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kormend maintains the 4th position in Hungarian A Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kormend will need more victories to improve their 17-7 record. In the team's last game Bell had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kormend's top player in his first season with the team. Boston University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bell is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.3ppg), rebounds (7th best: 8.8rpg) and averages solid 72.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old forward Tamas Hartvich (200-F-74) of Wamsler SE Salgotarjan. Hartvich impressed basketball fans with 35 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Salgotarjani lost that game 89-99 to slightly higher-ranked Kaposvari (#12, 8-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Salgotarjani is still at the dead bottom 14th position. 23 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Salgotarjani managed to get this year. Hartvich is one of the most experienced players at Salgotarjani and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Chris Rodgers (193-G-84) of Salgotarjani (#14). Rodgers showcased his all-around game by recording 9 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and fifteen assists (!!!) in the last round. Despite Rodgers' great performance Salgotarjani lost 89-99 to slightly higher-ranked Kaposvari (#12, 8-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Salgotarjani can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-23 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Rodgers he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Rodgers has individually a great season in Hungary. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.0apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gabor Drahos (185-G-79) of Szedeak - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Daniel Werner (203-F-87) of Kaposvari - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Krisztian Wittmann (185-G-85) of Kecskemeti - 22 points and 8 assists
7. Kurt Cunningham (206-C-87) of Kaposvari - 21 points and 13 rebounds
8. Kevin Langford (204-F/C-85) of FS Debrecen - 24 points and 7 rebounds
9. Gergely Koertelyesi (203-C-83) of Atomeromu - 23 points and 9 rebounds
10. Obie Trotter (186-G-84) of Szolnok - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 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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Oregon Waves ready for 2011 season - by Eurobasket News
Well known Oregon native, 6'8' forward David Lucas (6'8''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon St.) will be in his third season with IBL; Lucas led the IBL in scoring with 37 ppg in both the 2007 and 2008 IBL season.

Also joining the team is 5'10' Terrance Whiters (6'0''-G, college: Arkansas Tech), who last played with the New York Knicks Summer League team and has been invited back this upcoming Summer. Whiters played 5 games in 2008 in the IBL (for the Central Oregon Hotshots)- Whiters recorded 37 ppg and 11 apg.

The Oregon Waves will tip off the 2011 season on Thursday May 5th against the Los Angeles Lightning. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Beaverton Hoop. Oregon Waves Head Coach and owner Terrance Dickens heads up this third year Oregon Waves team; Dickens believes that with a lot of returning players and some key acquisitions, the Oregon Waves will be a contender.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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NBA's "Train the Trainers" program concluded in Chennai - by M. Rajalingam
Jr. NBA WNBA Train the Trainers program concluded in Chennai on 24th march 2011.

NBA hosted this basketball clinic. In partnership with BFI, the 'Train the Trainers' program was a free opportunity for coaches and fitness trainers from Chennai to learn the coaching techniques from Martin Conlon.

Martin Conlon (born January 19, 1968 in the Bronx, New York) is a former professional basketball player whose career in the National Basketball Association lasted from 1992 through 2000.

The two day program concentrated on basic fundamental skills, including ball handling and dribbling, passing, shooting, one-on-one offensive moves, footwork and rebounding.

On the first day of the program, Marty taught the basic drills and demonstrated the skills challenge. He worked on the 'strength and conditioning for basketball' on the day2.

The clinic concluded with a question-and-answer period with Marty, where he answered all the questions raised by the participants.

I was really excited about Chennai, Joel said on Friday. The weather is great, the hospitality was excellent and the participants response was good.

Marty provided words of encouragement to the participants, reminding them of the hard work and constant practice it takes to develop into a better coach.


IOB-CDBA league concluded, IOB emerged winners - by M. Rajalingam
It was a wonderful evening for the audience as the IOB played against Chennai Customs on the final day of the league.

IOB started the match scoring two points, withing the first minute of the match. But the mighty IOB team displayed a less performance against Customs, as it wen down 12-23 in the first quarter. Even though IOB took a lead of 28-27 during the second quarter, Customs displayed a wonderful act and again took a lead of 36-34. There after, there was no turning back for the Customs team, as it was leading in the third quarter and finished the second half of the match with an overall score of 74-72.

Even though the IOB was confirmed of the title, the loss did an enormous damage to its reputation as a mighty team in India. IOB won all its previous 8 matches in the league, and in the final day, one could see the local crowd cheering for the Chennai Customs, as they were on their way to become the first team to defeat IOB in the league.

S. Chandrasekaran, GM and Secretary, IOB Sports Board, gave away the prizes in the presence of R. Perisami, Commissioner of Customs (Air-Cargo).
The scores: Chennai Customs 74 (Vinod 18, Saravana Rajan 25, Dinesh 11) beat IOB 72 (Vineeth 18, Abilek Paul 18, Hareesh 11).
BSNL Chennai Telephones 85 (Mohanraj 13, Saravana Kumar 26, Arun Chandra Dass 21, Dilliraj 15) beat ICF 76 (Akilan 24, Ashwin 16, Sikandar Oli Raja 23).

Positions (Played, Won, Lost, Points):
Indian Overseas Bank, 9-8-1-16; Chennai Customs 9-7-3-14; ICF 9-6-3-12; Indian Bank 9-6-3-12; BSNL 9-6-3-12; Satyabama 9-6-3-12; Southern Railway 9-2-7-4; State Police 9-2-7-4; Gopalapuram BC 9-1-8-2; State Bank 9-0-9-0



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Best players of Israeli National League round 24 - by Eurobasket News
American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had an amazing evening in the last round for Megido/Yokneam and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 33 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed Ironi Nahariya (#14, 5-19) with 16-point margin 86-70. Megido/Yokneam maintains the 4th position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Megido/Yokneam will need more victories to improve their 14-10 record. Clemente turned to be Megido/Yokneam's top player in his first season with the team. Wichita State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clemente is in league's top in points (4th best: 22.9ppg), rebounds (4th best: 10.5rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 63.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-F-85) of Lev Hasharon. Wade impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 18 rebounds. Of course Lev Hasharon cruised to a 91-79 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Beer Yaakov (#5, 13-11). This victory allowed Lev Hasharon to move up to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-13 record. Wade is one of the most experienced players at Lev Hasharon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Eric Traimel (201-F-88) of Kohav Yair (#11). Traimel scored 26 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Kohav Yair, leading his team to a 99-84 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Hapoel Beeri (#13, 7-17). The chances of Kohav Yair ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Traimel could help Kohav Yair to bring them higher in the standings. Traimel has a very solid season. In 23 games in Israel he scored 20.0ppg. He also has 8.7rpg and FGP: 58.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bryant Markson (198-F-83) of Hapoel Afula - 27 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Keena Young (198-F-85) of Elitzur Ramla - 28 points and 6 rebounds
6. Brian Asbury (200-F-86) of Hapoel T-A - 29 points and 9 rebounds
7. Chad Timberlake (194-G-84) of Elitzur Yavne - 22 points and 7 rebounds
8. Oded Shaashoua (186-PG-82) of Hapoel Tivon - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Albert Fisher (184-G-86) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 24 points and 9 assists
10. Steffon Bradford (200-F-78) of Maccabi HBK - 20 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)


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A27.6 
 2. Moragne, Hapoel B.23.4 
 3. Hall, Beer Yaakov23.4 
 4. Clemente, Megido.23.3 
 5. Miller, Megido/Y.23.0 
 6. Gomez, Beer Yaakov21.3 
 7. Young, Hod Hasharon20.9 
 8. Timberlake, Elitzu.20.8 
 9. Delaney, Maccabi .20.8 
 10. Fisher, Ironi R.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.4 
 3. Clemente, Megido.10.5 
 4. Brandy, Hod H.10.5 
 5. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 6. Wade, Lev Hasharon9.5 
 7. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 8. Strong, Hapoel T.9.0 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
 10. Utter, Hapoel T-A8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ofir FARHI
  Beer Yaakov
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.6 
 2. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.4 
 3. Dobie, Lev Hasharon6.2 
 4. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.9 
 5. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula5.9 
 6. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.5.8 
 7. Fisher, Ironi R.5.1 
 8. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.6 
 9. Davidi, Elitzur Ramla4.5 
 10. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.2 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.8 
 3. Bochman, Beer Y.2.6 
 4. Delaney, Maccabi .2.5 
 5. Markson, Hapoel A.2.3 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.1 
 7. Fisher, Ironi R.2.1 
 8. Hofman, Elitzur .2.0 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon2.0 
 10. Lev, Maccabi HBK1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.2.2 
 2. Colwell, Ironi R.2.1 
 3. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 4. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.0 
 5. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.7 
 6. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.5 
 7. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 8. Wade, Lev Hasharon1.4 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 10. Brandy, Hod H.1.3 


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Montepaschi cruises past Olympiakos in Game Two (1-1) - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Montepaschi 65-82
Olympiakos destroyed Montepaschi in the first meeting and it was a record-setting victory, but this time totally different picture was seen on the court. Montepaschi drastically improved and blasted Olympiakos 65-82 for 1-1 tie in the series. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) came up with double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds for the guests (valuation 32). Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) scored 14 and Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) added two points less. For the Reds, Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) replied with 16 points and 7 boards. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) netted 12 and 10 points respectively.
Teams were tied at the beginning and later Montepashi closed the first quarter with 10 unanswered points and the score settled at 12-20 by the end of the period. Visitors jumped to 15-27 and later it was 17-32 at the halfway of Q2. Olympiakos struggled at the both sides of the court, but thanks to Nesterovic, Papaloukas and Papanikolau, they somehow managed to close the gap to 31-39 until the break. The home squad came to 43-48 in the finish of Q3 and the crowd exploded. However, Montepaschi did not back down, with Stonerook setting the defensive tone and Zisis heating up on offense. Malik Hairston dropped a long-range bomb to keep Olympiacos on its heels at 51-61, the score at the end of three. The Reds were unable to mount a comeback as Montepaschi grabbed 13-point lead with five minutes remaining. It was 60-77 few moments later and the game was over for Olympiakos.
Montepaschi will host Olympiakos on Tuesday.


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Standings - BJ League
BJ League Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 34-4 
 2. Sendai 89ers 24-12 
 3. Tokyo Apache 20-14 
 4. Niigata Albirex 19-17 
 5. Saitama Bron. 14-24 
 6. Toyama Grouses 12-24 
 7. Akita 12-28 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 25-15 
 2. Okinawa GK 25-15 
 3. Shiga Lakestars 23-17 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 23-17 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 22-18 
 6. Shimane 18-22 
 7. Oita H.Devils 16-24 
 8. Miyazaki 12-28 
 9. Takamatsu FA 9-29 


JBL Canceled the rest of all match in 2010-2011 season - by Hiroyuki Anno
On March 15, JBL officially announced that they league would cancel all the rest of all match because of damage of powerful earthquake in north-east part of Japan.

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

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

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

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




BJ League Round 42: Shiga Lakestars defeat leader Osaka Evessa - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Osaka Evessa (25-15) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Shiga Lakestars (23-17) 103-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 103-86. Shiga Lakestars dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Osaka Evessa's 34. They outrebounded Osaka Evessa 42-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. 31 personal fouls committed by Osaka Evessa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Guard Kevin Tyner (183-83, college: W.Oregon) replied with 10 points and 8 assists for Osaka Evessa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shiga Lakestars maintains third position with 23-17 record having seven points less than leader Osaka Evessa, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Okinawa GK.

Sixth-ranked Shimane Magic (18-22) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Okinawa GK (25-15). The visitors from Okinawa managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected much easier game. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Dillion Sneed chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Okinawa GK's coach Dai Oketani allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) with 20 points and 6 assists. Okinawa GK used an opportunity after Osaka Evessa lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the sixth place with 22 games lost.

The game in Oita was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (23-17) played at the court of 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (16-24). Fukuoka Rizing defeated Oita Heat Devils 96-85 on Sunday. American players dominated also this game. Michael Parker notched 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Fukuoka Rizing's coach Tadaharu Ogawa used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 22 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists by Matt Lottich did not help to save the game for Oita Heat Devils. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to third place, which they share with Shiga Lakestars. Oita Heat Devils lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 24 games lost.


In the last game of round 42 Miyazaki were beaten by Kyoto Hannaryz on the road 86-73.


Osaka Evessa - Shiga Lakestars 86-103

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Osaka Evessa (25-15) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Shiga Lakestars (23-17) 103-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 103-86. Shiga Lakestars dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Osaka Evessa's 34. They outrebounded Osaka Evessa 42-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. 31 personal fouls committed by Osaka Evessa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Guard Kevin Tyner (183-83, college: W.Oregon) replied with 10 points and 8 assists and forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) added 18 points in the effort for Osaka Evessa. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shiga Lakestars maintains third position with 23-17 record having seven points less than leader Osaka Evessa, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Okinawa GK.

Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: J.Peppers 21+3reb+2ast, M.Marshall 19+2reb+1ast, M.Joho 19+4reb, G.Hamilton 17+20reb+5ast, L.Rice 8+5reb, R.Horikawa 8
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 18+3reb, H.Takada 13+3reb+3ast, L.Blackledge 12+4reb+3ast, W.Knight 10+6reb, K.Tyner 10+4reb+8ast, J.Klotz 9+3reb+4ast


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Shimane - Okinawa GK 69-70

Sixth-ranked Shimane Magic (18-22) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Okinawa GK (25-15). The visitors from Okinawa managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected much easier game. Shimane Magic cut a 14-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. Okinawa GK dominated on the defensive end, holding Shimane Magic to just 7 points in first quarter. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Okinawa GK's coach Dai Oketani allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) with 20 points and 6 assists and American forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) scored 9 points and 12 rebounds. Okinawa GK used an opportunity after Osaka Evessa lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the sixth place with 22 games lost.

Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: J.Newton 13+12reb+3ast, N.Kosuge 12+3reb, D.Sneed 12+10reb, D.Palmer 9+2reb, S.Kinjo 6+1reb+2ast, A.McHenry 6+4reb+2ast
Shimane: T.Ishizaki 20+4reb+6ast, W.Caudle 12+5reb+1ast, R.Golson 9+12reb+3ast, J.Davis 9+6reb+1ast, T.Evans 6+6reb+2ast, T.Yokoo 6


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Oita H.Devils - Fukuoka Rizing 85-96

The game in Oita was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (23-17) played at the court of 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (16-24). Fukuoka Rizing defeated Oita Heat Devils 96-85 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Fukuoka Rizing made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Fukuoka Rizing outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 55-34 including a 37-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated also this game. Swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) notched 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) supported him with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Fukuoka Rizing's coach Tadaharu Ogawa used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 22 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists by guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) did not help to save the game for Oita Heat Devils. Forward Damian Johnson (201-87, college: Minnesota, agency: Edge Sports) added 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to third place, which they share with Shiga Lakestars. Oita Heat Devils lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 24 games lost.

Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 25+7reb, N.Murry 16+6reb+5ast, A.Takeno 14+5reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 12+4reb+6ast, I.Hoger 10+4reb, A.Kuso 6+15reb+2ast
Oita H.Devils: M.Lottich 22+8reb+9ast, D.Johnson 19+12reb+6ast, K.Sato 17+3reb+2ast, S.Umemiya 11+1reb+1ast, H.Sato 9+9reb+1ast, M.Ohara 7+1reb+1ast


gschID: 125114


Kyoto Hannaryz - Miyazaki 86-73

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (22-18) beat at home 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-28) 86-73 on Sunday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Kyoto Hannaryz's pressure prevailed and they won that period 25-17 extending their advantage to 13 points. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Kyoto Hannaryz outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 49-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-69, college: LSU) supported him with 24 points. Four Kyoto Hannaryz players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannaryz's coach Ano Kazuhito used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) did not help to save the game for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 9 points and 8 rebounds. Kyoto Hannaryz have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 22-18 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 28 games lost. They share the position with Akita.

Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannaryz: M.Abdul-Rauf 24+2reb+1ast, W.White 16+6reb+2ast, R.Warren 14+13reb+1ast, N.Nakamura 10+8reb+2ast, Y.Inoue 6+1reb, T.Murakami 6+1reb+2ast
Miyazaki: B.Cole 17+13reb+3ast, O.Shinnosuke 14+2reb+1ast, Y.Kojima 11+4reb+1ast, H.Fujita 9, M.Takahashi 9+2reb, T.Shimizu 9+8reb+2ast


gschID: 125115




BJ League Round 41: Few teams decided to finish the season - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 41 in the BJ League took place in Shimane. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Okinawa GK (24-15) to sixth ranked Shimane Magic (18-21) 85-82 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 24-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 8 blocks. American players dominated the game. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Center Jeral Davis (216-84) contributed with 14 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. Swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for Okinawa GK. Okinawa GK's coach Dai Oketani rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shimane Magic maintains sixth place with 18-21 record. Okinawa GK at the other side keeps the second position with 15 games lost.

An interesting game for Osaka Evessa (25-14) which hosted in Osaka 3rd placed Shiga Lakestars (22-17). First ranked Osaka Evessa managed to get a 8-point victory 88-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shiga Lakestars. American players dominated also this game. Forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Kevin Tyner chipped in 14 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Osaka Evessa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 25-14 record. Shiga Lakestars at the other side keep the third position with 17 games lost. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing.

The game in Oita was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (22-17) played at the court of 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (16-23). Fukuoka Rizing did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 112-94 on Saturday. Americans were the main players on the court. Michael Parker nailed a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (on 17-of-22 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Damian Johnson came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for Oita Heat Devils in the defeat. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to third place, which they share with Shiga Lakestars. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the seventh position with 23 games lost.


In the last game of round 41 Miyazaki were beaten by Kyoto Hannaryz on the road 102-84.


Shimane - Okinawa GK 85-82

The most exciting game of round 41 in the BJ League took place in Shimane. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Okinawa GK (24-15) to sixth ranked Shimane Magic (18-21) 85-82 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 24-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 8 blocks. American players dominated the game. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Center Jeral Davis (216-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Anthony McHenry (201-83, college: Georgia Tech) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Okinawa GK. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Okinawa GK's coach Dai Oketani rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shimane Magic maintains sixth place with 18-21 record. Okinawa GK at the other side keeps the second position with 15 games lost.

Top scorers:
Shimane: R.Golson 19+7reb+3ast, J.Davis 14+15reb, W.Caudle 14+8reb, T.Ishizaki 12+6reb+4ast, E.Yamamoto 11+1reb+2ast, F.Fisher 9+1reb
Okinawa GK: C.Dixon 25+10reb+1ast, N.Kosuge 13+5reb+1ast, D.Palmer 11+5reb+1ast, A.McHenry 11+8reb+3ast, J.Newton 10+8reb+2ast, T.Yonamine 5+5reb+6ast


gschID: 125112


Oita H.Devils - Fukuoka Rizing 94-112

The game in Oita was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (22-17) played at the court of 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (16-23). Fukuoka Rizing did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 112-94 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Fukuoka Rizing's pressure prevailed and they won that period 35-23 extending their advantage to 18 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Oita Heat Devils' 38. They outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 46-28 including a 36-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Fukuoka Rizing especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (on 17-of-22 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) accounted for 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Damian Johnson (201-87, college: Minnesota, agency: Edge Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) added 27 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists respectively for Oita Heat Devils in the defeat. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to third place, which they share with Shiga Lakestars. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the seventh position with 23 games lost.

Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 38+14reb+1ast, N.Murry 24+7reb+4ast, J.Nakanishi 17+3reb+12ast, A.Takeno 9+1ast, M.Kano 9+3reb+2ast, A.Kuso 8+14reb+2ast
Oita H.Devils: D.Johnson 27+14reb+4ast, M.Lottich 27+7reb+10ast, K.Sato 26+2ast, H.Sato 9+3reb+3ast, S.Umemiya 3+1ast, T.Aoki 2+1reb


gschID: 125113


Kyoto Hannaryz - Miyazaki 102-84

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (21-18) beat at home 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-27) 102-84 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Kyoto Hannaryz. Miyazaki Shining Suns managed to win third quarter 29-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kyoto Hannaryz dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 34 and made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 47-23 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kyoto Hannaryz looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Kibwe Trim (208-84, college: Sacred Heart) nailed 8 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) accounted for 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Kyoto Hannaryz players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannaryz's coach Ano Kazuhito used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with 24 points and 6 rebounds and forward Masashi Takahashi (194-85) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Miyazaki Shining Suns in the defeat. Kyoto Hannaryz have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 21-18 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 27 games lost.

Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannaryz: T.Kawabe 16+2reb+1ast, T.Murakami 15+1reb+3ast, M.Fey 14+8reb+2ast, M.Abdul-Rauf 14+2reb+2ast, Y.Inoue 13+2reb+5ast, R.Warren 10+11reb+4ast
Miyazaki: B.Cole 24+6reb+2ast, O.Shinnosuke 15+1ast, M.Takahashi 15+5reb, Y.Kojima 7+7reb+5ast, T.Ito 6+1reb+3ast, H.Fujita 6


gschID: 125110


Osaka Evessa - Shiga Lakestars 88-80

An interesting game for Osaka Evessa (25-14) which hosted in Osaka 3rd placed Shiga Lakestars (22-17). First ranked Osaka Evessa managed to get a 8-point victory 88-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shiga Lakestars. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-23 Shiga Lakestars' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 88-80 at the end of the game. American players dominated also this game. Forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Kevin Tyner (183-83, college: W.Oregon) chipped in 14 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Four Shiga Lakestars players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Osaka Evessa have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 25-14 record. Shiga Lakestars at the other side keep the third position with 17 games lost. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing.

Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Blackledge 19+10reb+3ast, K.Tyner 14+4reb+5ast, W.Marshall 13+4reb, W.Knight 10+2reb+1ast, J.Klotz 9+4reb+3ast, L.Washington 9+5reb+3ast
Shiga Lakestars: M.Marshall 15+8reb+4ast, J.Peppers 14+2reb+4ast, L.Rice 13+5reb, M.Joho 10+2reb+1ast, R.Schafer 10+4reb, T.Fujiwara 7+1reb+2ast


gschID: 125111




Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese JBL Superleague Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
All-Japanese JBL Superleague 1st Team 2010-2011
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Kosuke Takeuchi
Takeuchi
Hiroyuki Kinoshita
Kinoshita
Ryan Forehan-Kelly
Forehan-Kelly
Jai Lewis
Lewis
Charles O
O'Bannon
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Player of the Year: Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) of Aishin
Guard of the Year: Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-F/G-80) of Aishin
Forward of the Year: Jai Lewis (201-F-83) of Hokkaido
Center of the Year: Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) of Aishin
Import Player of the Year: Jai Lewis (201-F-83) of Hokkaido
Domestic Player of the Year: Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) of Aishin
Defensive Player of the Year: Joji Takeuchi (206-C-85) of Hitachi S.
Coach of the Year: Kimikazu Suzuki of Aishin

1st Team
G: Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) of Panasonic
F/G: Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-80) of Aishin
F: Jai Lewis (201-83) of Hokkaido
F: Charles O'Bannon (198-75) of Toshiba
C/F: Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) of Aishin

2nd Team
G: Takuya Kawamura (193-86) of Tochigi Brex
G: Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) of Aishin
F: Philip Ricci (202-80) of Toyota
F/C: J.R. Sakuragi (206-76) of Aishin
C: Joji Takeuchi (206-85) of Hitachi S.

Honorable Mention
Yuta Tabuse (173-G-80) of Tochigi Brex
Kei Igarashi (180-G-80) of Mitsubishi
Takehiko Orimo (190-G-70) of Hokkaido
Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of Toyota
Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi
Ace Custis (202-F-74) of Panasonic
Cory Violette (203-C/F-82) of Toshiba
Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80) of Hitachi S.
Fumihiko Aono (210-C-78) of Panasonic
Scott Merritt (208-C-82) of Tochigi Brex

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) of Panasonic
G: Takuya Kawamura (193-86) of Tochigi Brex
C/F: Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) of Aishin
F/C: J.R. Sakuragi (206-76) of Aishin
C: Joji Takeuchi (206-85) of Hitachi S.

All-Imports Team
G: Richard Frahm (196-77) of Aishin
F/G: Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-80) of Aishin
F: Jai Lewis (201-83) of Hokkaido
F: Charles O'Bannon (198-75) of Toshiba
F: Philip Ricci (202-80) of Toyota



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BK Ventspils needed 2 overtimes to beat BC Oostende - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-BC Oostende 97:92 2OT

BK Ventspils edged BC Oostende 97:92 in two overtimes to tie the series at 1-1 in EuroChallenge Quarterfinals.
The Baltic State won the opening quarter 26:20, but could not keep the lead for good. BC Oostende responded with 19-15 in the second frame to reduce the gap to 41:39 at the halftime. In the third quarter the hosts again started to play better taking control of the game. They needed 21-15 in the period to increase to 8 points after 30 minutes. The guests however did not panic and won the fourth period. Serron nailed three for 74:72 and Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) increased to 4 points with 2.30 in the fourth period. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) made two free throws to cut the margin, while his another appearance on the free throw line tied the game. Moreover Matt Lojeski brought the lead at 78:76 making another two free throws with 1.20, but Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) tied it again at 78:78 that became the end of the fourth frame. Green opened overtime from the free throw line bringing 80:78 advantage but then the score was tied again at 80:80 and 82:82. It was Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) from the arc for 85:82 lead with less than two minutes but Faison scored two and added a free throw for 85:85. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku shot another three but missed that time, while Rashad Anderson missed another one with the buzzer. In the second overtime Oritseweyinmi Efejuku nailed three and then added a jump shot for 90:88 but then again Matt Lojeski tied it at 90:90 from the free throw line. Green and Oritseweyinmi Efejuku exchanged the baskets for 92:92 and the latter added another free throw for 93:92 with 2 minutes in the second overtime. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku also scored for 95:92, whilst Rashad Anderson helped him and his team to reach 97:92.
Rashad Anderson erupted with 31 points and Oritseweyinmi Efejuku followed him with 23. Janis Strelnieks netted 13 to tie the series at 1-1. Matt Lojeski ended up with 24 points in the losing effort, while Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) notched 15.

BK Ventspils: Rashad Anderson 31, Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 23, Janis Strelnieks 13
BC Oostende: Matt Lojeski 24, Will Thomas 15





Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Willjam, Barons14.9 
 5. Duselis, LU14.8 
 6. Peiners, LU14.7 
 7. Veselovs, Valmiera14.3 
 8. Mednis, Turiba14.0 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja13.9 
 10. Caldwell, Liepaja13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 2. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja6.9 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 7. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 8. Cavars, Barons5.8 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.8 
 10. Butjankovs, Barons5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Willjam, Barons4.8 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera4.7 
 4. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja4.0 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.8 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 10. Feldmanis, Barons3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 3. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 4. Mitchell, Liepaja1.8 
 5. Gabrans, Valmiera1.8 
 6. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 7. Slisans, LU1.7 
 8. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 9. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 10. Rozitis, LU1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 5. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 6. Pishchalniko., Barons0.9 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.9 
 8. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 9. Meiers, Liepaja0.8 
 10. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 16-3 
 2. Liepaja 16-8 
 3. Barons 15-9 
 4. Valmiera 14-8 
 5. VEF Riga jrs 12-9 
 6. Zemgale 8-13 
 7. Turiba 5-20 
 8. LU 4-21 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Egidijus DIMSA
  Nevezis
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Dimsa, Nevezis16.7 
 2. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 3. Kieza, Juventus16.2 
 4. Dilys, Perlas16.1 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas15.6 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis15.6 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 8. Sirvydis, Sakalai14.5 
 9. Juskevicius, Rudupis14.5 
 10. Ruikis, Neptunas14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.0 
 2. Janisius, Alytus A.9.9 
 3. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.3 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.4 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis7.6 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai6.8 
 7. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.8 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 9. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.6 
 10. Vasylius, Neptunas6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.3 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.5 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.2 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.2 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.5 
 6. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 7. Janavicius, Siauliai4.2 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.1 
 9. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.1 
 10. Dainys, Rudupis3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Valdas VASYLIUS
  Neptunas
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Vasylius, Neptunas2.1 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.1 
 3. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.9 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.9 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis1.8 
 6. Razutis, Naglis-A.1.8 
 7. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.8 
 8. Valukonis, Techasas1.7 
 9. Ruikis, Neptunas1.7 
 10. Vene, Aiscai Kaunas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.1 
 3. Silinskis, Techasas1.9 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Volkus, Techasas1.1 
 6. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.0 
 7. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.0 
 8. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Bajramovic, Lietuv.0.8 
 10. Petrukonis, Perlas0.8 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.21.8 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.6 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.19.8 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.3 
 5. Jurkus, Silute17.9 
 6. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.3 
 8. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 9. Girdziunas, Nafta U.15.9 
 10. Sebeziovas, Triobe.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.10.5 
 2. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.2 
 3. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.5 
 4. Warren, Mazeikiai8.6 
 5. Nedzinskas, Silute8.5 
 6. Brusokas, Perla.8.5 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.7 
 8. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.5 
 9. Kaupaitis, Silute7.4 
 10. Pupinis, Erelita7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai7.2 
 2. Sapiega, Erelita5.0 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.0 
 4. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.9 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.5 
 7. Kutra, Delikatesas4.2 
 8. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 9. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.0 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.7 
 2. Metelica, Erelita2.7 
 3. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.5 
 4. Petraitis, Delikate.2.5 
 5. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.4 
 6. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.2.3 
 7. Kutra, Delikatesas2.2 
 8. Pelss, Erelita2.1 
 9. Sapiega, Erelita2.1 
 10. Radavicius, Meres.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.5 
 2. Urbonas, LK.2.3 
 3. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.8 
 4. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.8 
 5. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.5 
 6. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 7. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.1 
 8. Ramasauskas, ABRO-.1.0 
 9. Milinskas, Triobe.0.9 
 10. Bernataviciu., Triobe.0.9 


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 19-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 17-2 
 3. Rudupis 13-6 
 4. Siauliai 12-7 
 5. Juventus 12-9 
 6. Techasas 12-9 
 7. Perlas 9-12 
 8. Neptunas 8-11 
 9. Nevezis 7-12 
 10. Sakalai 6-14 
 11. Naglis-Adakris 6-14 
 12. Aiscai Kaunas 6-15 
 13. Alytus Alita 2-18 


NKL Round 2 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News
Silute - Zalgiris-Sabonio 69-82

Zalgiris-Sabonio earned the spot in the NKL quarterfinals. They cruised past Silute on the road to comlete the sweep. It looked good early as Silute took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zalgiris-Sabonio had a 20-12 second period charge getting the lead and Silute was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-82. Zalgiris-Sabonio dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Silute's 20 and made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Silute 45-32 including 30 on the defensive glass. Forward Edgaras Ulanovas (198-F-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 6 rebounds. Center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) contributed with 6 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Andrius Cizikas (197-88) replied with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Evaldas Jurkus (190-84) added 17 points in the effort for Silute.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: E.Ulanovas 30+6reb+2ast, G.Zyle 16+3reb+1ast, P.Sorokas 12+6reb+3ast, T.Jogela 9+7reb+2ast, Z.Skucas 7+4reb+1ast, M.Kupsas 6+14reb+1ast
Silute: E.Jurkus 17+3reb+1ast, R.Dimiciukas 12+1reb+3ast, A.Cizikas 12+7reb+4ast, J.Cesnavicius 11+4reb+1ast, E.Kaupaitis 9+8reb+4ast, V.Nedzinskas 6+9reb+4ast
gschID: 124324


Akademija - Nafta Universitetas 90-65

Akademija leveled the series against Nafta Universitetas. The game without a history. Akademija led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Akademija forced 26 Nafta Universitetas turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Akademija especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Forward Janas Jurgo (200-83) scored 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Karolis Alekna (183-91) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Akademija's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Deivydas Anuzis (182-92) scored 10 points and 4 assists. Four Nafta Universitetas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Akademija: J.Jurgo 25+7reb+1ast, K.Alekna 17+5reb, T.Lekunas 16+1reb+4ast, S.Lekys 10+3reb+1ast, P.Lescinskas 7, E.Mockevicius 6+6reb+2ast
Nafta Universitetas: V.Chodosovskis 14+6reb+1ast, M.Girdziunas 13+4reb+1ast, J.Kazakauskas 10+5reb+2ast, D.Anuzis 10+4reb+4ast, D.Norkus 6+5reb, H.Venskus 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 124325


Triobet Malsta - Perlas-MRU 96-79

Triobet Malsta overcame Perlas-MRU to advance into the next round of action. The game was mostly controlled by Triobet Malsta. Perlas-MRU managed to win third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Triobet Malsta dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Perlas-MRU's 36. They outrebounded Perlas-MRU 35-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. Forward Vytautas Kruzikas (199-89) scored 29 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Henrikas Vorotnikovas (202-90) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Forward Tadas Padegimas (201-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) scored 17 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Triobet Malsta: V.Kruzikas 29+3reb, H.Vorotnikovas 16+7reb+4ast, M.Bernatavicius 11+5reb, T.Sebeziovas 8+4reb+9ast, Z.Danielius 7+2reb+1ast, R.Juknevicius 7+3reb+2ast
Perlas-MRU: T.Padegimas 29+10reb+2ast, E.Lengvinas 17+1reb+6ast, A.Gorskovas 8+1reb+1ast, M.Kazonas 8+5reb+1ast, P.Semaska 5+2reb+2ast, D.Pipiras 4+2reb
gschID: 124326


Erelita - LKKA-Atletas 63-64

LKKA-Atletas nipped Erelita on the road to draw the series. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 64-63. The best player for the winners was forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Darius Gricius (195-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Vygantas Metelica (190-88) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and guard Matas Sapiega (180-90) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Erelita-KTU's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
LKKA-Atletas: V.Sragauskis 20+10reb+1ast, D.Gricius 18+10reb+3ast, T.Urbonas 8+10reb, A.Sakalauskas 6+1ast, P.Malasauskas 5+5reb+3ast, P.Ceicys 3+2reb+2ast
Erelita: V.Metelica 19+10reb+3ast, M.Sapiega 11+2reb+4ast, M.Lisajevicius 10+3reb, K.Pupinis 7+5reb+2ast, A.Pelss 6+3reb+1ast, R.Cepanonis 4+9reb
gschID: 124323




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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael GALE
  Mexicali
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Gale, Mexicali29.5 
 2. White, Cananea28.8 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan25.3 
 4. Moss, Nogales24.9 
 5. Webb, Culiacan24.4 
 6. Thomas, Cananea23.6 
 7. Moore, Tijuana23.5 
 8. Watson, Tijuana23.4 
 9. Barrett, Guasave23.1 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana22.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Moss, Nogales10.6 
 2. Moore, Tijuana10.0 
 3. Malloy, Los Mochis9.7 
 4. Shipley, Tijuana8.8 
 5. Strobbe, Guasave8.0 
 6. Brown, Nogales8.0 
 7. Lawal, Tepic7.9 
 8. Brown, Tepic7.5 
 9. Angulo, Los Mochis7.5 
 10. White, Los Mochis7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Devon FORD
  Tepic
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Ford, Tepic5.5 
 2. Watson, Tijuana5.3 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo4.8 
 4. Funn, Guasave4.8 
 5. White, Los Mochis4.5 
 6. White, Cananea4.3 
 7. Meza, Culiacan4.2 
 8. Ibanez, Tepic3.8 
 9. Brown, Nogales3.8 
 10. Brown, Tepic3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Derek THOMAS
  Cananea
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Thomas, Cananea2.1 
 2. Brown, Tepic2.0 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo2.0 
 4. Gale, Mexicali1.9 
 5. Matthews, Nogales1.8 
 6. Webb, Culiacan1.6 
 7. Brown, Nogales1.6 
 8. Gonner, Guaymas1.5 
 9. Funn, Guasave1.4 
 10. White, Cananea1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 LaShawn MALLOY
  Los Mochis
  (209-C/F-84)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Malloy, Los Mochis4.3 
 2. Gonner, Guaymas3.5 
 3. Shipley, Tijuana3.1 
 4. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 5. Funn, Guasave2.6 
 6. Watson, Tijuana2.4 
 7. Jones, Tepic2.4 
 8. Brown, Tepic2.2 
 9. Nungaray, Guaymas2.2 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana2.0 


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  MONTENEGRO   


Standings - 1A
1A Stage Two Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Lovcen 1-0 
 2. Teodo Tivat 1-0 
 3. Buducnost 0-0 
 4. Mornar Bar 0-0 
 5. Jedinstvo 0-1 
 6. Ulcijn 0-1 
Play-Out
 1. Danilovgrad 1-0 
 2. ABS Primorje 1-0 
 3. Gorstak 0-0 
 4. Ljubovic 0-1 
 5. Mogren 0-1 
Stage One Standings


Standings - 1B
1B Stage Two Standings
 1. Sutjeska 12-2 
 2. KK Podgorica 11-3 
 3. Un.Mediteran 9-5 
 4. Ibar Rozaje 6-8 
 5. Centar BP 5-9 
 6. Rudar 5-9 
 7. Buducnost II 4-10 
 8. S.Centar 4-10 
regular season Standings


Danilovgrad and ABS Primorje winning start in league play out - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Clubs Danilovgrad ABS Primorje achieved victory in the first round matches play-out league.Danilovgrad is the premier match play-out league in Budva against Mogren was better than 73:70 (16:8, 14:25, 19:24, 24:15). In the second match of the first round, ABS Primorje on his floor overcome Podgorica 79:71 (28:26, 16:15, 18:16, 17:14).
In this round is free team Gorstak.

ABS PRIMORJE - PODGORICA 79:71 (28:26, 16:15, 18:16, 17:14)
H.Novi. SC Igalo.Spect : 100. Reff: Koljensic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovic (Niksic) and Kicovic (Bar).
ABS PRIMORJE: Stefan Arapovic (191-G/F-90) 3 (2-1), Djokovic 15 (4-3), Ivan Misinezovic (188-G-93), Denis Arapovic (188-G-92), Popovic 22 (3-3), Bulatovic (3-0), Kovacevic 2, Radulovic 7 (4-3), Ivan Zejak (203-F/C-87) 30 (4-3), Brajovic.
PODGORICA: Nisic 6, Femic 2, Drobnjak, Bogojevic 21 (5-5), Vusovic 4, Zizic 8 (2-2), Pejovic, Perovic 22 (8-4), Ljeskovic 2 (3-0), Nicaj 6, Milickovic, Ljubenkovic.

MOGREN- DANILOVGRAD 70- 73 (8:16, 23:14, 24:19, 15:24)
Budva.MSC.Spect: 200. Reff: Sundic, Savovic and Popovic (Podgorica).
MOGREN: Fatic 3, Igor Kunjic (199-F-87) 13,Andric, Rajko Krivokapic (199-F-85), Aldin Kadic (208-C-86) 14,Amir Dovadzija (193-G-84) 5, Dejan Radulovic (186-G-85) 14, Sekulovic 2, Zeljko Maricic (188-G-90) 4, Mazalica, Sestovic 6.
DANILOVGRAD: Jovovic 6, V. Jovanovic, Djerkovic, Nikola Lalic (188-G-89) 15, Skendzic, Marko Milatovic (194-G-88) 12, Vukovic, Z. Jovanovic 13, Sekulic, Mrdak 2, Igor Bijelic (208-C/F-88) 19, Igor Lutersek (203-F/C-89) 6.


BBL - QUARTERFINAL : Mornar win in first match - by Dragan Scepanovic
The first quarter-final showdown between the Basketball Clubs Mornar and Ulcinj brought heavy fighting and competing with a lot of uncertainties, which are still delighted to win local team.
Mornar - Ulcinj 69:60 (18:17, 11:19, 15:19, 25:13)
Bar. SC Topolica'.Spect : oko 1.000. Reff : Tanacis, Fufis, Ibitis (Greece).
MORNAR: Pesic 3, Damjanovic, Sarajlija 10 (3-3), Radovic 19 (4-1), Mikovic, Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) 2, Jelenic 13, Ljubojevic 7 (4-3), Gagic 2 (2-2), Vujosevic, Ivanovic 9 (2-1), Kuveljic.
ULCINj: Latkovic, Djurisic 14 (2-1), Tepavcevic 10 (2-2), Miloaevic 3, A. S. Radulovic 15 (8-3), A. Z. Radulovic 8 (4-3), Durkovic 2, Jeftic 3 (2-1), Klikovac, Mihajlovic, Krstovic, Mijailovic 5 (1-1).



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  NAIA   


All-NAIA D2 Awards 2011 - by Eurobasket
All-NAIA D2 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Dejovaun Sawyer-Davis
Sawyer-Davis
Jeremy Snardo
Snardo
Brady Wiebe
Wiebe
Luke Enos
Enos
Jazzmarr Ferguson
Ferguson
#e#5

1st Team
F: Dejovaun Sawyer-Davis (6'5'') of St.Francis, IN
G/F: Sadiel Rojas (6'4'') of Okla.Wesleyan
G: Jeremy Snardo (6'0''-89) of Walsh, OH
F: Brady Wiebe (6'6''-88) of Dakota Wesleyan
G: Jonathan Dunn (6'4'') of Northwood Fl.
F: Luke Enos (6'7'') of Black Hills St.
F: Nathan Cox (6'6'') of Davenport
G: Jazzmarr Ferguson (6'1'') of Indiana SE
G: Joseph Foster (5'11'') of Oregon Tech
F: Mike Kennedy (6'6'') of St.Ambrose

2nd Team
G: Nate Lebsock of Dickinson St.
G: Zach Goodrich of Sterling
F: Eric Dummermuth (6'6'') of Notre Dame, OH
G: Webster Moreland of Warner Pacific
F: Patrick Hopkins (6'7'') of Ind.Wesleyan
F/G: Mike Wiebe (6'6'') of Coll.of the Ozarks
F: David Butler (6'8''-82) of Embry Riddle
F: Kelvin Devries (6'6'') of Cornerstone
G: Avery Tyler (6'1''-88) of Bellevue
G: Qadr Owens (6'1'') of St.Francis, IN

3rd Team
G: Lamar Skeeter (6'0''-89) of Walsh, OH
F: Greg Peters (6'7'') of Northwest
F: Will John Johnson (6'8'') of Black Hills St.
F: Cody Brazelton () of Sterling
F: Eugene Bain (6'5''-88) of Bellevue
F: Jared Howerton (6'6'') of Coll.of the Ozarks
G/F: Nate Fuqua (6'2'') of Iowa Wesleyan
G/F: Patrick Horstmann (6'7''-87) of Northwood Fl.
G: Turrell Morris () of Union, KY
G: Trevor Wolterstorff () of Dordt

Honorable Mention
Matt Harner (6'3''-G-87) of Cedarville
Kris Douse (6'6''-F-86) of Point Park
Matt Ballenger of Idaho Coll.
Wilfredo Escobar of Calumet
Brandon D'Amico (6'5''-F) of Cardinal Stritch
C.J. Peters of Jamestown
Kellen Zawadzki (6'3''-G) of Huntington
Willie Pickvet (6'6''-F) of Spring Arbor
Kevin Smith of Grand View
Blake Touchard (6'0''-G-89) of Embry Riddle
Ridney Bartholomew of Indiana Tech
Matt Geelan (6'4''-F) of Briar Cliff
Daniel VanKalsbeek of Northwestern, IA
Julian Harris (6'4''-G-90) of Menlo
Scott Newton of Bryan
Bruce Grimm (6'1'') of Grace
George Gray of Florida Memorial
David Scott of Holy Names
Matt Lee of Dickinson St.
Damon Dechant (6'6''-F) of Tabor
Corey Standerfer of York, NB
Don Gavin of Cent.Christian
Louis Williams of Fisher
Marius Williams (5'10''-G) of Concordia, MI
Caleb Simons (6'5''-F) of Cornerstone
Kelly Hubbard of Sioux Falls
Jake Campbell of J.and Wales, CO
David Nesbitt (6'6''-F-91) of St.Thomas, FL
Alif Bland (6'8''-C) of Roberts Wesleyan
Chad Underwood of Mt.Mercy
Travis Burley of Jamestown
Malcolm Campbell of Warner
Jordan Highland of S.Oregon
Tyler Byrd of Concordia, NE


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  NBA   


Sixers reassign Craig Brackins to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Philadelphia 76ers forward Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) was reassigned to the Springfield Armor, the 76ers NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 49th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the third and final assignment this season for Brackins, a rookie out of Iowa State.

Brackins (6-10, 230) was assigned on Nov. 30 and Jan. 15. He appeared in 14 games (nine starts) with the Armor, averaging 19.9 points and 9.1 rebounds in 37.2 minutes. Brackins has appeared in three games this season for Philadelphia, averaging 2.7 points in 11.0 minutes.

An early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft, Brackins was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round (21st overall) as part of a draft-day swap with the New Orleans Hornets, who then traded Brackins to Philadelphia in September. In three seasons at Iowa State, Brackins averaged 16.0 points and 7.7 rebounds in 95 games, and was an AP All-America Honorable Mention selection in 2009.

Brackins is expected to join Springfield for its home game against New Mexico on Saturday.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Randolph hopes to sign extension with Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News
Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) hopes to sign a four year contract extension with the Memphis Grizzlies and avoid free agency this summer.

'Thats something I have said all along that I wanted,' Randolph said, 'and I feel better about it now than I did at the beginning of the year. But I am concentrating on coming out and winning games, and focusing on controlling what I can control.

If the Grizzlies and Randolph cant get a deal done, the team will be facing some difficult choices this summer, with both Randolph and center Marc Gasol hitting free agency.

Randolph is averaging 20.1 points and 12.6 rebounds, which would make him the only player to post averages of 20-and-10 for the last three years.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


New plan could be gamechanger for Sacramento Kings - by Eurobasket News
A game-changing alternative plan to keep the Kings in Sacramento may soon be unveiled. A move to Anaheim is no longer inevitable.

FOX40 has learned exclusively about an innovative new plan to solve the Kings' arena problems. A group of government and business leaders is discussing it and hopes to talk with Kings owners Joe Maloof and Gavin Maloof to go over it as early as Friday.

FOX40 Sports Director Jim Crandell told FOX40.com, 'I know the specifics, but I cannot share the details yet, because it could jeopardize a very sensitive discussion that is about to take place.'

Crandell did confirm that the alternative plan does include a funding source, and that, '...the money is in place.'

The Maloofs have confirmed they are interested in continuing to discuss it, and by all counts, moving the team to Anaheim is not a done deal.

Courtesy of www.sactownroyalty.com


Thursday: Mavs and Hornets celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Dallas M. - Minnesota T. 104-96
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) had 30 points and 11 rebounds, Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) added 18 points and the Dallas Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter for a 104-96 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night, giving Dallas 50 wins for the 11th straight season. Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) added 17 points and Peja Stojakovic had 16 to help the host Mavericks win for the third time in four games. Anthony Randolph had a career-high 31 points with 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who've lost their last five games and are without injured All-Star forward Kevin Love. Randolph made his first start of the season in place of Love. Randolph, acquired from the New York Knicks in a three-team trade on Feb. 22, had a 23-point first half, 17 in the second quarter. *Courtesy of www.latimes.com

Utah Jazz - N.Orleans H. 117-121 OT
Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) banked in a 20-footer at the regulation buzzer to force overtime, and reserve Aaron Gray (7'0''-C-84, college: Pittsburgh) scored six points in the extra period to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 121-117 victory over the short-handed Utah Jazz on Thursday night. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) scored 29 points for the Hornets before being taken off in a wheelchair holding his head and grimacing in pain after going down hard after a dunk that tied the game at 103. The team said West sustained a left knee injury and that X-rays were negative. An MRI is planned. Paul Millsap hit two free throws to put the Jazz ahead 105-103 with 1.3 seconds to go, but Okafor, who had subbed back in when West was injured, managed to get off the game-tying shot. Millsap had 33 points to lead the Jazz, who have dropped four straight. Chris Paul scored five of his 24 points in overtime for the Hornets, and Trevor Ariza added 14, including a 3-pointer in the extra period. While the Jazz were coming off an 0-3 road trip, the Hornets hadn't played since Saturday, and coach Monty Williams used the time to hold some closed-door practices. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com


David West out with left knee injury - by Eurobasket News
New Orleans Hornets' David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) injured himself at the end of the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz on Thursday.

West went down with 22.5 seconds left in the fourth, ahead of the Hornets' win in overtime.

He did not return to the game

West is listed with left knee trauma and an MRI is pending, according to Director of Basketball Communications Dennis Rogers.

Courtesy of www.wdsu.com


Timberwolves coach says Kevin Love could be out for season - by Eurobasket News
Minnesota Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis says there's a chance that All-Star forward Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) could miss the rest of the season because of a strained left groin.

Love sat out Thursday night's game against Dallas after he was hurt in a 127-95 home loss to Sacramento on Sunday.

The Timberwolves have 10 games left after playing the Mavericks.

''There is an outside chance, I don't know how great that chance is,'' Rambis said. ''Obviously, with hamstring or groin injuries, you want to be cautious with them because they can linger for a long period of time, and we don't want that to happen with Kevin.''

Anthony Randolph started in Love's place against the Mavericks.

Love, averaging 20.3 points and an NBA-high 15.4 rebounds per game, did not travel with the team while he receives treatment.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.3 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.25.8 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.4 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.24.9 
 7. Bryant, LA Lakers24.9 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers23.7 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.4 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.2 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.5 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.0 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.3 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.2 
 7. Camby, Portland TB10.6 
 8. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.2 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.5 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Calderon, Toron.9.1 
 6. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.7 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.8.5 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.7.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Wall, Washington W.1.7 
 9. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.3 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.2 
 6. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 
 7. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 8. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Duncan, San A.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 50-20 
 2. Philadelph.76 37-34 
 3. New York K. 35-36 
 4. New Jersey N. 23-47 
 5. Toronto R. 20-51 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 51-19 
 2. Indiana P. 32-40 
 3. Milwaukee B. 28-42 
 4. Detroit P. 25-46 
 5. Cleveland C. 13-57 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 49-22 
 2. Orlando M. 46-26 
 3. Atlanta H. 40-32 
 4. Charlotte B. 28-42 
 5. Washington W. 17-53 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 46-24 
 2. Denver N. 43-29 
 3. Portland TB 41-30 
 4. Utah Jazz 36-37 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-55 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 51-20 
 2. Phoenix Suns 36-34 
 3. Golde State W. 30-42 
 4. LA Clippers 28-44 
 5. Sacramento K. 18-52 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 57-14 
 2. Dallas M. 50-21 
 3. N.Orleans H. 41-31 
 4. Memphis G. 40-32 
 5. Houston R. 38-34 


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  NCAA1   


BYU, Florida break NCAA tourney record with 71 3-point tries - by Eurobasket News
BYU and Florida have set an NCAA tournament single-game record with 71 3-point attempts, breaking the mark of 70 set by Drake and Western Kentucky in 2008.

Neither the Cougars nor the Gators shot particularly well from 3-point range, but Florida was slightly better in its 83-74 overtime victory in the round of 16 on Thursday night.

BYU was 10 of 37 (27 percent), with top scorer Jimmer Fredette hitting 3 of 15 attempts from long range.

Florida made 11 of its 34 3-point shots (32.4 percent). Kenny Boynton (6'2''-G-89), the Gators' second-leading scorer with 17 points, attempted 13 3s, hitting four. Chandler Parsons, who had 16 points, was 3 of 10 from deep.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Kemba Walker leads UConn past San Diego State - by Eurobasket News
When Kemba Walker (6'1''-G-90) led Connecticut back into a very hostile gym for the second half of its eighth game in 17 days, Jim Calhoun wondered whether this frenetic March run finally had drained the fight out of his team.

With resilience and brilliance to spare, these Huskies just keep thrilling their veteran coach and their lead dog is turning into the biggest star of the NCAA tournament.

Walker scored 22 of his 36 points in the second half of yet another dynamic postseason performance, driving UConn through a tight second half Thursday night for a 74-67 victory over second-seeded San Diego State in the West regional semifinal.

Freshman Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F) tied a season high with 24 points as the third-seeded Huskies (29-9) advanced to face fifth-seeded Arizona on Saturday.

After making a regional final for the 10th time by ending the best season in San Diego State history, UConn will go after its fourth trip to the Final Four much to the pleasant surprise of a coach who thought he had seen everything.

'This run has been sensational, and I haven't yet been able to put it in perspective,' Calhoun said. 'I couldn't have asked for a better gift than this team, and then we get this. I don't remember anything quite like this. This is different. This team genuinely believes in themselves and each other. I hate to say this, but this is an old-fashioned team.'

With a newfangled scoring star who doesn't allow his 6-foot-1 stature or his opponents' defense to stop him.

Walker scored 12 consecutive points down the stretch in his duel with Aztecs point guard D.J. Gay (6'0''-G-89). He hit four 3-pointers, led the Huskies in assists and even drew a momentum-killing technical foul out of Jamaal Franklin (6'5''-G) by falling to the court when the two bumped shoulders on the way to their benches with 9:19 to play.

Walker wasn't hurt, and he certainly wasn't tired.

'I'm just trying to do the best I can do,' Walker said. 'Whether it's scoring, talking, getting their confidence up or giving an assist, I'm just trying to do whatever is possible to enhance this team.'

UConn has been streaking ever since its regular season ended with four losses in five games. Walker, their fearless playmaker from the Bronx, drove them to the Big East tournament title with five wins in five days.

The Huskies then knocked off Bucknell and Cincinnati in the first two NCAA rounds to earn a trip into the backyard of the Aztecs (34-3), who hadn't lost to anybody but BYU all year long.

'We won five games in five days in the Big East tournament, and everybody said we were going to be tired,' Walker said. 'After that, everybody said it was going to affect us in the second and third round of the tournament, and it hasn't yet. We're playing great basketball as a team. We have something huge in front of us, and we're not going to let fatigue beat us. We're going to overcome it.'

Lamb hit a clutch 3-pointer with 1:43 left for the Huskies, who beat the Aztecs and a building full of hostile fans just 90 minutes from San Diego.

'I've never been in an environment like this,' said Lamb, perfect on three 3-pointers. 'Kemba hit some big shots, I hit some big shots, and we were able to pull it out. They had a lot of fans. I've never played in a game like it.'

Gay scored 16 points for the Aztecs, whose balanced veteran lineup couldn't corral Walker long enough to take a late lead. Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91) had 12 points and nine rebounds, but got an early technical foul and never dominated inside, while Billy White added 14 points.

'When your season comes to a screeching halt, like it will for every team with one exception, it hurts,' Aztecs coach Steve Fisher said. 'It should hurt, regardless of when, where and how. For our team this year, for what they've accomplished, it hurts exponentially more. I could not be more proud of how we competed, how hard we played, and unfortunately we came up a bit short.'

Thousands of San Diego State fans who sold out every home game on campus this season turned Honda Center into Montezuma Mesa North, singing along to their favorite pep band songs and thoroughly drowning out UConn's cross-country travelers.

But the West Coast vibe suits the Huskies, who also came out of this region during their runs to the 1999 and 2004 national titles, along with their trip to the 2009 Final Four.

Walker scored 14 points in the first half to stake UConn to a 36-27 lead during a 19-5 run. Walker's layup put UConn up 40-32 early in the second half, but the Aztecs finally remembered they're bigger and taller than the Huskies, repeatedly using their advantages to set up open shots while keeping Walker's teammates from getting comfortable.

'Both teams fed off each other,' Gay said. 'When one team threw a punch, the other team threw a punch, back and forth. ... Starting the second half, we were down, and there was a need for me to get more aggressive offensively. We tried to speed the tempo up, get more guys open shots, but it didn't work out.'

Back-to-back buckets put San Diego State up 53-49 midway through the second half, but Walker's savvy stopped the rally cold.

After Franklin made a steal and fed White for a layup, Franklin and Walker exchanged a little trash talk. On the way back to their benches moments later, Franklin and Walker bumped shoulders and Walker went crashing to the floor, drawing a technical foul and hitting both free throws.

'The contact was definitely enough to go down,' Walker said with a grin.

Courtesy of www.nj.com


Arizona upsets defending champion Duke 93-77 - by Eurobasket News
Derrick Williams (6'8''-F) carried Arizona in the first half, keeping the Wildcats in the game against Duke. His teammates returned the favor in the final 20 minutes with an offensive barrage that stunned the defending national champions.

Williams scored 25 of his career-high 32 points in the first half of Arizona's 93-77 victory Thursday night, helping the Wildcats reach the final eight for the first time since 2005.

'As a team, we came together and willed ourselves to win,' said Lamont Jones (6'0''-G-72, college: Bridgeport), who added 16 points. 'Derrick is a great player, but we all contribute.'

The top-seeded Blue Devils (32-5) were sent packing from a regional semifinal for the second time in three years. Coach Mike Krzyzewski , with 900 wins, will have to wait until next season to resume his pursuit of Bob Knight's record as the winningest men's coach in Division I history.

'The tournament is cruel,' Krzyzewski said. 'It's an abrupt end for everybody when you don't win.'

Solomon Hill added 13 points for the Wildcats, who shot 54 percent and made 9 of 15 3-pointers, including five by Williams.

Williams had 13 rebounds to help his team dominate the boards, 40-27, while playing 15 minutes from his hometown of La Mirada.

'It makes me feel great,' he said. 'If we win this game on Saturday, we'll be known as one of the greatest Arizona teams to play.'

Fifth-seeded Arizona (30-7) will play Connecticut (29-9) on Saturday in the West Regional final. The third-seeded Huskies defeated No. 2 San Diego State 74-67 in the other semifinal.

'A lot of people counted us out,' Jones said. 'We kept on beating on the door, beating on the door until we were in.'

Duke's Kyrie Irving (6'2''-G-92) scored 28 points in his most minutes since returning at the start of the NCAA tournament after missing 26 games with a toe injury.

'After we lost the lead, I think everyone got a little rattled,' he said. 'We tried to settle down, but by then it was too late.'

Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) added 18 as one of three Blue Devils in second-half foul trouble. Nolan Smith (6'2''-G-88) was held to eight points well under the senior's 21-point average.

'The way they played in the second half, they should win it all,' Smith said. 'Williams is a monster. They hit us full force, and kept hitting. They did everything right, and we did a ton of things wrong.'

Down by six points early in the second half, the Wildcats unleashed a scoring rampage that left the Blue Devils wondering what happened.

Williams scored just two points during the 19-2 run that seemingly came out of nowhere, while five of his teammates did the rest, hitting from long range, driving to the basket and scoring off a fast break.

'They just got on a real roll. When you get on a roll, you have more energy than the other guy,' Krzyzewski said. 'We had no stop for them, and you kind of get overwhelmed there for a little bit. They knocked us back and got that double-digit lead.'

Jones' basket tied the game at 53 and the spurt ended with Arizona leading 66-55, its first double-digit lead of the game. Jones and Jamelle Horne had five points each, while Williams focused on rebounding.

'The second half was just complete nastiness, as coach would say,' Kevin Parrom said. 'We came out swinging. We didn't let up. We knew they were just going to focus on Derrick and that's when other guys came in and stepped up. It shows that it's not just Derrick Williams who is on this team.'

Horne's dunk extended Arizona's lead to 77-63 as the Wildcats' fans roared, thrilled to see their team making a deep run in the tournament a season after the school's 25-year streak of consecutive appearances ended.

The Wildcats closed the first half on an 18-13 run, capped by Williams' 3-pointer just before the buzzer, that left them trailing 44-38. He hit back-to-back shots from the same spot at the top of the 3-point line during the spurt in which his teammates contributed just five points.

The Wildcats closed within one point earlier in the half, and Duke responded by outscoring them 14-7, including eight in a row, to take its largest lead, 31-20.

Irving didn't start the game, but he quickly had an impact once he got in. He scored seven points in the run that built Duke's biggest lead.

Irving came in as one of the nation's most touted freshmen, and he scored double figures in all 11 games he played in his abbreviated season. He has yet to decide if he'll return or enter the NBA draft.

'I could definitely see myself wearing a Duke uniform again,' he said. 'I don't want to take it off right now.'

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com


Florida finishes BYU, Jimmer Fredette 83-74 - by Eurobasket News
The team Jimmer Fredette (6'2''-G) carried through the past month dropped him in the Sweet 16.

Fredette, the Sporting News college basketball player of the year, encountered extraordinary defensive attention, a busted chin and cramps that left him half-limping, but what knocked him out of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, 83-74 in overtime, was a balanced Florida attack and a group of teammates who couldnt provide support on a challenging Thursday night at the New Orleans Arena.

Guard Jackson Emery (6'3''-G-87) hit three times from 3-point range in the first half, then was shut down the rest of the night. Charles Abouo (6'5''-G/F-89), a hero in the teams big win at San Diego State last month, shot 2-of-9 from the field here.

Center Noah Hartsock (6'8''-F) was 3-of-9 from the field, and his biggest error was failing to pursue a rebound with 20 seconds left after UF guard Kenny Boynton (6'2''-G-89) missed a 3-pointer from the left corner. That gave the Gators a chance to set up a final shot, but Chandler Parsons drive was covered by three defenders and fell weakly off the rim.

UF power forward Alex Tyus (6'8''-F) tied for the Gators scoring lead with 19 points. Though guard Kenny Boynton struggled with accuracy on a night when he expended extraordinary energy defending Fredette, he hit four big 3-pointers and also scored 17.

Fredette took forever to get into the scorebookuntil 6:17 remained in the first half but eventually he energized the Cougars with 32 points (11-of-29 from field, 3-of-15 on 3-pointers) in what was left of the game. The rest of his teammates scored only 40 and shot 32 percent from the field.

Fredette tied the score three times in the final six minutes of regulation, first with an audacious 30-foot 3-pointer in transition and then with two free throws and a layup.

BYU had a chance to assume the lead with 2:30 left, but Abouo tried to take on three Florida defenders in transition and couldnt convert a layup. They had another at 1:40 but Fredette missed a deep 3-pointer.

When Tyus went to the line seconds later, he had a chance to put the Gators in front and made one attempt, and it was 68-67.

Fredette tried again from deep at that juncture, off the dribble from 25, but that one rolled off the rim and the Gators had an opportunity to put some distance between themselves and BYU.

Guard Erving Walker (5'8''-G) missed a Jimmer-style 3-pointer, though, and BYUs Kyle Collinsworth answered after the rebound by making one of his two free throws to tie it at 68-all.

In overtime, BYU appeared to be at a disadvantage because of its short rotation. The Cougars got only 39 minutes from their reserves in regulation, compared to 53 from the Gators bench. Florida dominated the extra period following Tyus follow basket to open, then a pull-up jumper by Boynton in the lane.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Howard leads Butler over Wisconsin 61-54 - by Eurobasket News
Matt Howard (6'8''-F) started squirming.

After looking so composed while making the clutch plays Butler needed to pull off another NCAA tournament upset, Howard seemed uncomfortable talking about his leading role in the game.

'I don't know if that's best for me to say,' Howard said after his 20-point, 12 rebound performance lifted the Bulldogs to a 61-54 triumph over Wisconsin on Thursday night. 'I really don't go back and evaluate that personally. I'm just really glad our team got the job done.'

Indeed, Butler has been getting the job done - with Howard playing a crucial role in each tournament win. He tipped in a winning basket as time expired in Butler's opening-round win over Old Dominion, then hit the game-winning free throw in the final seconds of a one-point upset of top-seeded Pittsburgh.

No late-game heroics were required against the Badgers, largely because Howard's hustle, his rebounding and his scoring from inside and out helped the Bulldogs build a 20-point lead in the second half the proved too much for the Badgers to overcome.

'He's been outstanding the whole tournament,' Butler coach Brad Stevens said. 'You know, when it's a one-and-done situation he is a fighter anyway but he is a winner. ... His play has been special.'

The eighth-seeded Bulldogs (26-9) have taken down a Big East power and Big Ten bruisers, proving again they can play with anyone, especially in March. Another sure thing about these Horizon League champs: They won't have to duke it out with Duke in this year's tournament.

The top-seeded Blue Devils, who beat Butler 61-59 in last season's thrilling title game, were upset by Arizona 93-77 earlier in the evening.

'A lot of people just ignored us and said, 'Aw, they'll probably lose in the first or second round,' Butler center Andrew Smith said after the Bulldogs won their 12th straight game since Feb. 5. 'Here we are again, trying to prove everybody wrong. We'll try to win three more.'

The 6-foot-11 Smith briefly left the game after twisting his left ankle early in the second half, but returned and finished with eight points and six rebounds in 24 minutes.

Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90) scored 13 points and Shawn Vanzant (6'0''-G) 10 for Butler, which next meets second-seeded Florida (29-7) on Saturday for a trip to what would be the Bulldogs' second straight Final Four.

'Obviously, we're thrilled to still be playing,' Stevens said. 'I don't think that this group goes into games not believing, and I don't think that this group came here not believing. And so we're going to see if we can't try to get one on Saturday and move on.'

Jordan Taylor (6'1''-G) scored 22 points for Wisconsin (25-9), which shot 30.4 percent (17 of 56). Jon Leuer, normally one of the Badgers' top offensive forces with 18.7 points per game, was 1 of 12 shooting and finished with three points.

'We made plays that were uncharacteristic of us,' Leuer said. 'We tried to force some things and Butler did some good things defensively. They're just tough kids who are all around good players and they play to their strengths.'

Butler was the aggressor from the outset, using quickness and heady play to counter Wisconsin's size advantage. The Bulldogs took a 6-5 lead on Vanzant's 3 from the corner and never trailed again.

While the Bulldogs shot 50 percent (12 of 24) in the opening 20 minutes, their defense was equally impressive. Wisconsin came in averaging only 7.5 turnovers per game, but had eight in the first half. Taylor, who entered the game with the nation's best assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.18, had one assist and two turnovers to that point.

The Badgers' shooting woes only made matters worse. They missed 15 of their first 23 shots. They also uncharacteristically missed four of their first eight free throws after coming in with a nation's best .823 free throw percentage.

Wisconsin wound up with 11 turnovers for the game and went 13 of 19 (68.4 percent) from the foul line.

Butler led 33-24 at halftime, then scored the first nine points of the second half, with Mack scoring five during the spurt, to open up a 42-24 lead.

Soon after, Howard hit one of his three 3s and Smith added a layup to make it 47-27 with 11:32 to go.

Wisconsin made one last push when Mike Bruesewitz hit a driving layup with 3:21 to go. That sparked a 9-0 run that was capped by Taylor's 3, pulling Wisconsin to 53-49 with 1:38 left.

No stranger to late-game pressure, Butler maintained its composure. Mack came off a screen and made a jumper from near the foul line, then Vanzant added a free throw to make it 56-49.

Taylor hit one last 3 with 34 seconds left to make it 56-52, but Butler made the free throws to put the game away.

'It was just kinda one of those nights. The ball just wasn't going through the hoop. It's frustrating,' Taylor said. 'They're scrappy and relentless. I don't know they're just tough kids. They never quit and that's what makes them winners.'

Courtesy of http://www2.timesdispatch.com


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NABC Division II All-Region Teams 2010-11 - by Eurobasket

All-Atlantic Region 1st Team 2011
#s#
Sharif Bray
Bray
Yuseff Carr
Carr
Trevin Parks
Parks
Corey Pelle
Pelle
Heiden Ratner
Ratner
#e#5

Coach of the Year: Jim Crutchfield of W.Liberty St.

1st Team
G: Sharif Bray (6'3'') of Cheyney
F: Yuseff Carr (6'6'') of Mansfield, PA
G: Trevin Parks (5'9''-91) of Johnson C. Smith
G: Corey Pelle (5'11'') of W.Liberty St.
G: Heiden Ratner (6'0''-88) of Mercyhurst
F: Darryl Webb (6'6''-88) of Indiana, PA

2nd Team
F: Maron Brown (6'5''-85) of Slippery Rock
F/G: Braxton Byerson (6'3'') of Virginia Union
F: Paul Davis (6'9''-88) of Winston Salem
G: Barry Shetzer (6'5'') of W.Liberty St.
G: Eric Vann (6'0'') of Bowie St.

All-Midwest Region 1st Team 2011
#s#
Darius Adams
Adams
Braydon Hobbs
Hobbs
Nathan Hyde
Hyde
Justin Keenan
Keenan
Jeremy Kendle
Kendle
#e#5

Coach of the Year: Scott Davenport of Bellarmine

1st Team
G: Darius Adams (6'0''-89) of Indianapolis
G: Braydon Hobbs (6'5'') of Bellarmine
G: Nathan Hyde (6'3''-88) of Findlay, OH
F/C: Justin Keenan (6'7''-88) of Ferris St.
G: Jeremy Kendle (6'1'') of Bellarmine
C: Mohamed Ntumba (6'7''-85) of S.Indiana

2nd Team
G: Brent Eaton (6'5''-89) of Hillsdale
G: Gerald Fulton (6'2''-88) of Mo.-St.Louis
G: Alex Hall (6'2'') of Drury
G: Bryan Smothers (5'10''-88) of Wayne St., MI
G: Dennis Thomas Jr. (6'2'') of Lewis

All-Central Region 1st Team 2011
#s#
Eric Erdmann
Erdmann
Marcus Hill
Hill
Jefferson Mason
Mason
Anthony Moody
Moody
Cody Schilling
Schilling
#e#5

Coach of the Year: Matt Margenthaler of Minnesota St.

1st Team
F: Eric Erdmann (6'5'') of Mary
G: Marcus Hill (5'9''-89) of Minnesota St.
G: Jefferson Mason (6'6''-88) of Minnesota St.
G: Anthony Moody (6'0'') of Mary
G: Cody Schilling (6'5''-89) of Augustana, SD
G: Taylor Witt (6'3''-88) of St.Cloud St.

2nd Team
G: Sean Armstrong (6'1'') of Colorado Mines
G: Ben Fischer (6'1'') of Winona St.
G: Thomas Manzano (6'4''-87) of N.Mexico Highlands
G: Cameron McCaffrey (6'1''-90) of Augustana, SD
F: Collin Pryor (6'6'') of Northern St.

All-East Region 1st Team 2011
#s#
Thomas Baudinet
Baudinet
Gage Daye
Daye
Rob Gutierrez
Gutierrez
Darin Mency
Mency
Brian Tracey
Tracey
#e#5

Coach of the Year: Art Luptowski of Amer.Internat.

1st Team
G: Thomas Baudinet (6'3'') of St.Anselm
F: Gage Daye (6'2'') of Bloomfield
G: Rob Gutierrez (6'0'') of St.Rose, NY
G: Darin Mency (6'2'') of Merrimack
F: Brian Tracey (6'5''-88) of Bentley
G: Isiah Wallace (6'4'') of Amer.Internat.

2nd Team
G: Stefan Bonneau (5'10'') of C.W. Post
G: Richard Byrd (6'3'') of Adelphi
F: Mike Kernan (6'7''-88) of Stonehill
F: Terrence Parkes (6'6''-87) of Goldey-Beacom
G/F: Devon Young (6'3''-89) of Felician

All-South Region 1st Team 2011
#s#
Stephen Blake
Blake
Rashad Callaway
Callaway
Zane Campbell
Campbell
Josh Magette
Magette
Rion Rayfield
Rayfield
#e#5

Coach of the Year: Lennie Acuff of Al.-Huntsville

1st Team
G: Stephen Blake (5'8''-89) of Harding
G: Rashad Callaway (5'10''-89) of Tampa
F: Zane Campbell (6'8'') of Al.-Huntsville
G: Josh Magette (6'1'') of Al.-Huntsville
G: Rion Rayfield (6'1''-87) of Florida Southern
G: Nick Wolf (6'6''-88) of Rollins

2nd Team
F: Kevin Brown (6'4''-87) of Harding
G: Kevin Harris (5'11'') of Valdosta St.
G: Laithe Massey (6'4'') of Arkansas Tech
F: Justin Sedlak (6'9''-87) of Florida Tech
F: Da'Ron Sims (6'6''-90) of W.Georgia
G: Phil Turner (6'3''-87) of Delta St.

All-Southeast Region 1st Team 2011
#s#
Phillip Brown
Brown
Reggie Hopkins
Hopkins
George Johnson
Johnson
Brandon Robinson
Robinson
Chris Woods
Woods
#e#5

Coach of the Year: Dip Metress of Augusta St.

1st Team
C: Phillip Brown (6'7'') of Georgia SW
F: Jarrell Douglass (6'5'') of Limestone
G: Reggie Hopkins (5'11''-88) of Queens, NC
G: George Johnson (6'4'') of Augusta St.
F: Brandon Robinson (6'6''-89) of Clayton St.
F: Chris Woods (6'5'') of Pfeiffer

2nd Team
G: Richard Barbee (6'3'') of Belm.Abbey
G: Timothy Downs (5'7''-89) of Clayton St.
F: L.J. Dunn (6'3'') of Barton, NC
F: Franck Ndongo (6'6''-88) of Augusta St.
G: Josh Roper (6'0'') of Brevard

All-South Central Region 1st Team 2011
#s#
Skyler Bowlin
Bowlin
Tyler Bullock
Bullock
Chris Hagan
Hagan
Dominique Jones
Jones
Logan Stutz
Stutz
#e#5

Coach of the Year: Terry Evans of Cent.Oklahoma

1st Team
G: Skyler Bowlin (6'3''-89) of Missouri So.
G: Tyler Bullock (6'2''-88) of Nebraska-Omaha
G: Chris Hagan (5'9''-89) of Midwestern St.
G: Dominique Jones (5'9'') of Ft.Hays State
F: Logan Stutz (6'9''-88) of Washburn
G: Dauntae Williams (6'4''-88) of Cent.Oklahoma

2nd Team
G/F: Jason Adams (6'5''-89) of Missouri So.
G: Ladarius Hall (6'2'') of W.Texas A&M
G: Corin Henry (5'11''-88) of Tarleton St.
F: Desmond King (6'7''-88) of Tex.A&M-Comm.
F: DeAndre Washington (6'5''-89) of Washburn

All-West Region 1st Team 2011
#s#
Steven Bennett
Bennett
Jamar Berry
Berry
Brian Morris
Morris
Blake Poole
Poole
Parrish West
West
#e#5

Coach of the Year: Steve Kinder of Humboldt St.

1st Team
G: Steven Bennett (5'6'') of Chaminade
G: Jamar Berry (6'5''-85) of Cent.Washington
F: Brian Morris (6'9''-87) of Humboldt St.
C: Blake Poole (6'5'') of St.Martin's
F: Parrish West (6'5'') of Alaska-Fairb.
G: Marques Whippy (6'5''-86) of BYU-Hawaii

2nd Team
G: Davion Berry (6'4'') of Cal.St.-Monterey
G: Tsung-Hsien Chang (6'4''-88) of BYU-Hawaii
G: Marcquintice Davis (5'10''-85) of Cal.St.-Dominguez H.
F: Randy Hunter (6'6'') of Humboldt St.
C/F: Chris Sprinker (6'9'') of Cent.Washington




GNAC Players with All-America Honors - by Sanjey Noriega
From: gnacsports.com

Parrish West of Alaska Fairbanks and Blake Poole of Saint Martin's have each been named to two NCAA Division II All-American teams.
West was voted the Daktronics Division II Men's Basketball National Player-of-the-Year and was joined on the Daktronics All-American team by Poole, who was a second team selection. The Daktronics team is selected by the nation's sports information directors.

Both players were also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II All-American team. The coaches select a 16-man team and do not break it down between first, second and third teams as do the SIDs.

West led all Division II players in scoring this season averaging a GNAC-record 27.2 points per game. He also ranked 10th in the conference in rebounding (6.2) and second in steals (1.8).

West, who set a GNAC record with 13 30-point games including seven in a row at one point, made 241 of 483 field goal attempts.

His field goal total tied the GNAC record set by UAF's Brad Oleson during the 2004-05 season and his attempt total fell just two shy of the conference record of 485.

Poole, who earlier was voted the GNAC Player-of-the-Year, averaged 19.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game to rank fourth and first in the GNAC for the Saints. He currently ranks third among all Division II players in rebounding. He finished his career with 1,764 points and 1,104 rebounds, including a conference record 24 in a FSN Northwest televised game against Western Oregon.

The only other West Region player named to either All-American team was guard Davion Berry of Cal State Monterey Bay who was a second team Daktronics selection.


West Liberty rides three-ball to win - by Eurobasket News
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Everyone wants to talk about the unreal scoring average and the 3-pointers that seem to come in bunches for the No. 1 West Liberty State mens basketball team.

Granted, its darn near impossible to ignore those numbers, numbers such as the 111.6 points per outing and the 473 made treys on more than 1,000 attempts.

But there is no question that the Hilltoppers (33-0) can get after it defensively as well, and their effort on that end of the floor helped set the stage for a 113-95 win against unranked Anderson (S.C.) in a national quarterfinal here at the MassMutual Center Wednesday night.

West Liberty overcame an 11-0 deficit in the first five minutes of play by forcing turnovers and converting them into easy baskets on the other end, be it a layup or a 3-pointer,

By halftime, the Hilltoppers were ahead 52-47 and they ended up kicking it into cruise control the rest of the way as they scored 37 points off of 29 miscues.

Senior guard Corey Pelle (5'11''-G) is one of the better defenders on the team. He had 97 steals coming into the game and said nerves got the best of the team early before it finally settled down and turned the momentum in its favor.

We were real nervous. I was actually worried because we havent been down that often, Pelle said. We got back to playing basketball the way we know how, not only with our scoring but by getting turnovers and taking advantage of those mistakes.

Pelle and Alex Falk each tallied four steals, accounting for nearly half of the 17 the Hilltoppers tallied in the win. Sure, they still gave up 95 points, which is good enough to win most games, but they frustrated the Trojans (21-12) with their pressure when it mattered most.

We play our best defense on the run, West Liberty head coach Jim Crutchfield said. We defended well in transition and we were able to make plays to turn things around in our favor. I thought we had trouble with our half court defense tonight and that is something we will need to improve on if we are going to win a championship.

West Liberty is accustomed to running teams right out of the gym, which tends to happen when you win games by an average of 31.3 points per outing.

The thing is, Anderson wasnt going to go down without a fight. It had to beat national power Augusta State 75-73 in overtime to get to the Elite Eight and it wasnt going to back down from playing a team that features the highest scoring offense in the country.

Anderson led 24-10 with 12 minutes to play after a layup by Kevis Cornwell, but it was only a matter of time before the Hilltoppers got itself back on track.

When Pelle hit a jumper with 3:48 to go in the half, the score was tied at 37-37. Jordan Fortney buried a trey moments later and the Hilltoppers never trailed again.

Pelle finished the game with 21 points while Chris Morrow (6'6''-F) set the tone with his 25-point performance.

Falk and John Wolosinczuk dropped in 20 points apiece for the Hilltoppers, shot 56.5 percent from the field and made 16 treys, the second most in Elite Eight history.

Coach told us that we would find a way to come back, Pelle said. We all looked at each other and believed it. Our first half wasnt that great but we did a much better job of playing our way in the second half.

Anderson, though, has no reason to hang its head. The 95 points it scored would have won the first two games played here today and there was no doubt that they came to town ready to play.

Denzail Jones, who is only a freshman, pumped in 20 points. Trey Britton (6'7''-F/C) scored 13 while Cornwell and Oskars Ernsteins dropped in 12 points apiece. Nick Trull added 10 points and the Trojans shot 46.6 percent from the field.

Anderson came into this tournament as a seventh seed and stunned everyone by winning its regional tournament. But its March magic ran out against the Hilltoppers, who are one step closer to becoming only the fifth unbeaten national champion in D-II history.

If we had lost by one point, in triple overtime or by 50, it still would hurt the same way, Anderson head coach Jason Taylor said. I am extremely proud of my team. They take a lot of pride in what they do and they played hard. This was a great experience and I wish we could have kept on playing.

West Liberty will keep playing, however, and if you had told Pelle that he would be in the Final Four in his senior season, he would laughed.

When I came to West Liberty, I didnt think something like this was possible, Pelle said. Im a senior and I do not want to go home. I want to keep going and win the last game of my career.

Courtesy of: Brian Lester, NCAA.com



Mavericks survive OT against UAH - by Eurobasket News
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Marcus Hill put on a show in Minnesota State-Mankatos opening game of the NCAA Division II Elite Eight Wednesday afternoon.

Of course, you expect that from a senior who knows there are no guaranteed days left in his basketball career. Hill certainly played as if there was no tomorrow, dazzling the crowd here at the MassMutual Center with a 26-point performance as the Mavericks survived an overtime thriller against Alabama-Huntsville, winning 95-91 in a national quarterfinal.

Hill will tell you he didnt expect to come out and light up the scoreboard for Mankato (28-4), but what the veteran guard did know is that he had to take his game to another level if the Mavericks were going to earn a win against the No. 7 Chargers (29-5).

I knew I had to bring something extra today. Its the Elite Eight. This is what you play basketball for, Hill said. I just had to play my game, take shots, get my teammates in a good position to make plays and play with a lot of energy. I knew it would lead to other guys stepping up, and it did.

Hill could have ended this game in regulation. He had the ball in his hands with 25 seconds to play but was forced to take a tough shot as the Chargers defended him tightly during the play. His 3-point attempt bounced off the rim and the Mavericks and Chargers ended regulation tied at 84-84.

I should have called a timeout on the play, Mankato head coach Matt Margenthaler said. We seemed a little disoriented and had to take a tough shot. But I give our guys credit for continuing to fight. We were able to make some plays in overtime and get a win.

Despite not hitting a potential game-winning 3-pointer, Hill finished the game off, hitting two free throws in the final seconds of OT to secure the four-point win. His shots came just moments after Tyler Hanback (6'4''-G) had his 3-point shot partially blocked by Jefferson Mason.

He finished his day going 10-of-20 from the field and he connected on four of the nine treys he attempted as he catapulted the Mavericks into the Final Four for the first time in school history.

His teammates played a pivotal role in the success as well. Mason poured in 19 points and Cameron Hodges (6'5''-G-87) scored 18. Stephen Kirschbaum scored 13 points. His biggest shot of the night was a 3-pointer from up top that gave the Mavericks the lead for good at 92-89.

The Mavericks shot 50.8 percent from the field and nailed 12 treys as they continued their march toward a championship.

We had a lot of guys step up, and that is the way it has been all season, Margenthaler said. We have different guys that step up on a given night, and tonight Steve gave us a great effort.

As for Hill, well, he had no problem being the guy to lead the way. In fact, he noted that his leadership is what has really improved throughout the year.

Just being a leader. That is what Ive really worked on the most, Hill said. Guys are listening to me more and trusting in me. It comes with time.

Huntsville looked like it was going to run away with this game. The Chargers hit their first eight shots of the game, including five from beyond the arc, and owned a 20-10 lead five minutes into the game.

The Chargers ended up trailing 51-49 at halftime but still shot 55.8 percent in the game. Jamie Smith, who is only a sophomore, turned heads with a 30-point effort. Hanback scored 14 points, Xavier Baldwin (6'3''-G) clicked for 13 and Zane Campbell added 12.

We played hard today and I am proud of my team for the effort they gave, Huntsville head coach Lennie Acuff said. It hurts to come up short because we have been working so hard since October, but I am happy with what we accomplished this season.

For the Mavericks, the dream lives on.

It feels good to be moving on, Hill said. Weve been telling ourselves all week that if we can play our game and stick around until Saturday, well have a chance to win a title.
Courtesy of: Brian Lester, NCAA.com



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  NIGERIA   


Usman, Ikayaator lead DStv PBL All-Star Weekend - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria and Kano Pillars basketball club legendary guard, Abubakar Usman is leading the Savannah conference challenge of this weekend All-Star Game holding tomorrow
(Saturday) at the Sport Hall of the National Stadium, Package-B, Abuja.


Usman who was selected alongside three of his Pillars teammates is set to power the Savannah conference over the Atlantic this time out.

Usman and his Savannah conference teammates must be at their best in order to hold off the Atlantic conference who rallied to a 93-82 points win in the 2010 All-Star Game
held in Kaduna.

Leading the challenge from the Atlantic conference is Comets point guard and 2006 Nigeria U18 National team captain, Orseer Ikyaator as the regular season of the DStv
Premier Basketball League take a one week break.

The Savannah conference will be led from the torchline by Nigeria senior national team coach and Kano Pillars Sani Ahmed while the Atlantic conference will be tinker by
Nigeria U18 Men national team Assistant Coach and Royal Hoopers basketball club Head Coach, Ogoh Odaudu.

Other players who made the All-Star list includes Ibrahim Yusuf, Mathew Onmonya, Dele Ademola and Onyeka Okeke from Kano Pillars; Adeolu Olaiya Ojo, Abdulwahab

Yahaya and Abubakar Yusuf from Kada Stars; Abdulwahab Yakubu of Bauchi Nets; Peter Echoi made the list from Yelwa Hawks while former Nigeria Junior international Abel Baraya of Plateau Peaks and Shehu Mohammed of Niger Potters basketball club complete the list.

Making the Atlantic conference list alongside Ikyaator are, Mohammed Bukar, Godwin Ikonshul, Jacob Ogenyi and Romaric Ludivic from Dodan Warriors; Michael Ohiero,
Musa Usman, Azuoma Dike and Abayomi Oyeniyi from Royal Hoopers basketball club; Kayode Balogun and Tosin Mehinti from Islanders with Godspower Igben of Union Bank basketball club making the list.

A 3-point shooting and Slam Dunk contest will preceed the All-Star Game. The 3-point shooting and dunking contest will not be defended by the 2010 winners, Shola
Alayande and Mathew Eseigbe as both did not enter for the contest this year.

The 3-point contest draw six contestants and these includes Timothy Terry of Yelwa Hawks, Abdulwahab Yakubu of Bauchi Nets, Sabo Gabriel of Niger Potters, Azuoma Dike of Royal Hoopers, Oladipupo Osunnubi Dodan Warriors and Obum Darlington Onyia Comets basketball club.

Six dunkers are also on the line-up to thrill the fans and they include; Mathew Agbo-Agbah of Tapgun Rockets, Bright Akhuete of Bauchi Nets, Innocent Dinshal of Kano Pillars, Williams Ndoumbe and Adeola Alade from Union bank and Musa Usman of Royal Hoopers basketball club.

Events of the day according to the Organising Committee will start at 14H00 with the shooting contest followed by the slam dunk contest while the All-Star Game is expected
to jump-start at 16H00 with FIBA Graded referee Babatunde Popoola leading two other FIBA Africa Graded referee, Ado Ahmadu and Ibrahim Hassan taking charge of the
game.





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


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  NORWAY   


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27
 1. Russell, Kristiansand27.0 
 2. Timus, Tromso24.7 
 3. Karlsen, Asker22.1 
 4. Bullock, Gimle21.7 
 5. Diomande, Ammerud21.4 
 6. Kombat, Froya21.2 
 7. January, Tromso20.1 
 8. Eskeland, Ulriken19.1 
 9. Oatis, Baerum18.4 
 10. Fivelstad, Ulriken17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Bullock, Gimle13.3 
 2. Oatis, Baerum12.6 
 3. Mullenax, Ulriken11.1 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.4 
 5. Fivelstad, Ulriken10.1 
 6. Christensen, Tro.9.6 
 7. Kombat, Froya8.7 
 8. January, Tromso8.6 
 9. Hamilton, Baerum8.1 
 10. Djerman, Gimle7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Gabrans, Froya5.3 
 2. Mahnin, Asker4.7 
 3. Bullock, Gimle4.3 
 4. Issalhi, Tromso4.3 
 5. Eskeland, Ulriken4.3 
 6. Russell, Kristiansand4.2 
 7. Elgmork, Baerum3.8 
 8. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.6 
 9. Mihaylov, Tromso3.4 
 10. Timus, Tromso3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.7 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.5 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken2.0 
 4. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.0 
 5. Russell, Kristiansand2.0 
 6. Gabrans, Froya1.7 
 7. January, Tromso1.7 
 8. Timus, Tromso1.6 
 9. Mahnin, Asker1.6 
 10. Hinsch, Asker1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.4 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.7 
 3. January, Tromso1.5 
 4. Bullock, Gimle1.1 
 5. Christensen, Tro.1.1 
 6. Hamilton, Baerum1.0 
 7. Mullenax, Ulriken0.9 
 8. Karlsen, Asker0.9 
 9. Nyborg, Asker0.8 
 10. Nevjen, Baerum0.8 


BLNO Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Baerum - Asker 76-86

Baerum was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-13 charge of Asker, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Baerum turnovers. Strangely Baerum outrebounded Asker 39-26 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Baerum helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) scored 33 points (!!!) and 7 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Christian Hinsch (187-88, agency: Court Side) chipped in 21 points during the contest. American forward Vincent Hamilton (196-80, college: Wilberforce) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agency: Prossin Sports Management) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Four Baerum players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Asker: M.Mahnin 33+3reb+7ast, C.Hinsch 21+4reb, L.Jaeger Torkildsen 11+11reb, F.Nyborg 9+5reb+4ast, M.Sterenga 5+1reb+1ast, F.Bohn 3
Baerum: D.Berg 15+4reb, D.Oatis 14+12reb+1ast, V.Hamilton 14+15reb+1ast, S.Berg 11+2reb+3ast, T.Mjos 8+1reb+1ast, C.Elgmork 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 123890


Tromso - Ulriken 84-51

The game without a history. Tromso led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ulriken to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Ulriken 48-32 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Tromso players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Ulriken's players. American forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by swingman Magne Fivelstad (196-89) did not help to save the game for Ulriken. American forward Taylor Mullenax (201-86, college: St.Edward's) added 10 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Tromso: G.January 17+12reb+3ast, R.Timus 13+7reb+2ast, I.Adahada 9+5reb+3ast, B.Myhrer 8+5reb+6ast, G.Mihaylov 8+3reb+5ast, D.Christensen 7+9reb
Ulriken: M.Fivelstad 13+10reb+4ast, T.Mullenax 10+5reb, A.Eskeland 9+1reb+3ast, D.Hammer 8+4reb, A.Ouakkaha 5+5reb+1ast, J.Solbakken 3+2reb
gschID: 123891




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  PALESTINE   


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


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  PBL   


Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Lawton Ft.SC 17-2 
 2. Quebec K. 12-7 
 3. Rochester R. 11-8 
 4. Halifax R. 9-8 
 5. Saint John M.R. 8-9 
 6. Kentucky S. 6-13 
 7. Dayton A. 3-16 
 8. Vermont FH 2-5 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Quinnel BROWN
  Quebec K.
  (198-G/F-83)
  Avg: 20
 1. Brown, Quebec K.20.0 
 2. Anderson, Saint J.19.9 
 3. Jones, Kentucky S.19.5 
 4. Egerson, Saint J.18.6 
 5. Dollard, Halifax R.17.8 
 6. Parran, Quebec K.17.7 
 7. Miles, Dayton A.17.5 
 8. Friel, Rochester R.15.1 
 9. Monroe, Rocheste.15.0 
 10. Martin, Saint J.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Crookshank, Halif.11.2 
 2. Dollard, Halifax R.8.3 
 3. Williams, Rocheste.8.2 
 4. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC8.2 
 5. Jones, Kentucky S.8.2 
 6. Walton, Rocheste.8.1 
 7. Harris, Kentucky S.7.6 
 8. Brown, Quebec K.7.5 
 9. Sowell, Dayton A.7.4 
 10. Ocitti, Saint J.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Parran, Quebec K.6.8 
 2. Rice, Saint J.6.5 
 3. Brown, Halifax R.5.2 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.5.1 
 5. Bowden, Lawton F.4.4 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.3.8 
 7. Egerson, Saint J.3.7 
 8. Acker, Quebec K.3.7 
 9. Taylor, Dayton A.3.0 
 10. Fountain, Lawton F.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Parran, Quebec K.2.7 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.1 
 3. Anderson, Saint J.1.9 
 4. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 5. Brown, Quebec K.1.8 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.1.6 
 7. Taylor, Dayton A.1.4 
 8. Dean, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 9. Martin, Saint J.1.3 
 10. Monroe, Rocheste.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared CARTER
  Rochester R.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Carter, Rocheste.1.7 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.6 
 3. Ocitti, Saint J.1.1 
 4. Pierre, Quebec K.1.1 
 5. Crookshank, Halif.1.1 
 6. DeMasi, Saint J.0.8 
 7. Daniels, Lawton F.0.8 
 8. Harris, Kentucky S.0.8 
 9. Dollard, Halifax R.0.7 
 10. Sowell, Dayton A.0.6 


Rainmen and Mill Rats to Battle for Playoff Spot - by Eurobasket News
During the next seven days, the Maritime's only two professional basketball teams will go head-to-head as they vie for the Premier Basketball League's final playoff spot.

The Halifax Rainmen (8-9) and the Saint John Mill Rats (8-8) will face each other in two critical match-ups next week. The first game will take place at Harbour Station on Tuesday, March 29, and the final game will take place in Halifax on Thursday, March 31.

'Two wins against Saint John and we're in,' said Halifax Rainmen President & CEO, Andre Levingston. 'Although we would have preferred a smoother entry into playoffs, we are excited to face the Mill Rats in these final games. The maritime rivalry is exciting for everyone involved.'

To advance to the playoffs, the Rainmen will need to win two of their next three games. In the event of the Maritime teams coming to a tie, the Mill Rats will need to beat the Rainmen by more than eight points to advance.

In addition to the Mill Rats upcoming games against the Rainmen, they will also face the second-place Quebec Kebs and the first-place Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry.

The Rainmen will face the seventh-place Dayton Air Strikers in the first of their last three games on Friday, March 25 at 7 pm.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  POLAND   


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Michal JANKOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Jankowski, Polonia .17.6 
 2. Witos, GKS Tychy17.3 
 3. Pacocha, AZS S.17.1 
 4. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 5. Michalak, Polonia .16.1 
 6. Lichodzijews., ISS S.15.9 
 7. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 8. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.15.0 
 9. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.15.0 
 10. Mis, SKK Siedlce14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.9 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS S.9.0 
 3. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.5 
 4. Mielczarek, AZS S.8.3 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce8.2 
 6. Wilczek, Sokol Lancut7.9 
 7. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.8 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.7 
 9. Luszczewski, Start L.7.6 
 10. Lisewski, MMKS D.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.2 
 2. Brek, SKK Siedlce5.9 
 3. Wilczek, Tempcold.5.7 
 4. Stoklosa, Spojnia5.1 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 6. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.9 
 7. Sikora, Start Lublin4.8 
 8. Basinski, MMKS D.4.6 
 9. Kowalski, Gornik4.5 
 10. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.8 
 3. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.8 
 4. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.7 
 5. Muszynski, Gornik2.6 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .2.6 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.5 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.4 
 9. Mielczarek, AZS S.2.2 
 10. Koszuta, Spojnia2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.6 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.6 
 3. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.5 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.5 
 5. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.2 
 6. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.2 
 7. Bzdyra, GKS Tychy1.0 
 8. Pytys, AZS Szczecin0.9 
 9. Markowicz, GKS T.0.9 
 10. Pietras, Polonia 20110.9 


1Liga Round 29 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Twelfth-ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (9-20) gave a tough game to second ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (22-7) on Wednesday. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza managed to secure only seven-point victory 88-81. However their fans expected much easier game. Marek Piechowicz (203-G/F-88) stepped up and scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place with 22-7 record having just two points less than leader Tempcold AZS. Olimp MKS Start Lublin lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 20 games lost. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will face SKK Siedlce (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will play against GKS Tychy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: Spojnia destroyed Polonia 2011 on the opponent's court 79-55. ISS Sportino managed to outperform SKK Siedlce in a home game 75-62. Asec.Prokom-2 rolled over AZS Szczecin on the road 105-82. LKS Lodz crushed Sokol Lancut on its own court 75-54. Znicz Basket was beaten by Tempcold AZS in Warszawa 80-69. Astoria was outscored by GKS Tychy on the opponent's court 90-68.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Jacek Jarecki of GKS Tychy.


Polonia 2011 - Spojnia 55-79

Very expected game in Warszawa where 16th ranked Polonia 2011 (5-24) was crushed by eighth ranked Spojnia (15-14) 79-55 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Spojnia. Polonia 2011 was better in fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Polonia 2011 43-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. The former international center Wiktor Grudzinski (208-78) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and swingman Adam Parzych (190-86, college: Bryant) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Spojnia's coach Tadeusz Aleksandrowicz felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Michal Michalak (194-93) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Wojciech Glabas (207-90) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Spojnia maintains eighth place with 15-14 record. Polonia 2011 lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Spojnia will face higher ranked LKS Sphinx (#6) in Lodz in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Polonia 2011 will play on the road against MKS Znicz Basket (#9) in Pruszkow and be promoted back to the PLK just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Spojnia: W.Grudzinski 13+10reb+1ast, S.Buczyniak 12+2ast, A.Parzych 11+6reb+3ast, L.Bodych 9+4reb+2ast, A.Soczewski 7+6reb, M.Stoklosa 7+1reb+4ast
Polonia 2011: M.Michalak 19+5reb+2ast, M.Jankowski 12+4reb, W.Glabas 10+9reb, M.Kucharek 7+3reb+1ast, K.Lancucki 4+1reb, S.Kowalczyk 3+6reb+4ast
gschID: 99269


MMKS DG - Start Lublin 88-81 OT

Twelfth-ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (9-20) gave a tough game to second ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (22-7) on Wednesday. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza managed to secure only seven-point victory 88-81. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 17-9 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. Olimp MKS Start Lublin was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) stepped up and scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and forward Mariusz Piotrkowski (197-84) chipped in 19 points. Guard Michal Sikora (182-80) responded with 13 points and 9 assists and guard Michal Aleksandrowicz (188-89) scored 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Five MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza and four Olimp MKS Start Lublin players scored in double figures. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place with 22-7 record having just two points less than leader Tempcold AZS. Olimp MKS Start Lublin lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 20 games lost. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will face SKK Siedlce (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will play against GKS Tychy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MMKS DG: M.Piotrkowski 19+4reb+1ast, M.Piechowicz 16+7reb+5ast, P.Zielinski 13+7reb+1ast, P.Zmarlak 12+6reb+5ast, L.Szczypka 11+3reb+4ast, R.Basinski 10+6reb
Start Lublin: S.Szymanski 13+3reb+1ast, M.Sikora 13+2reb+9ast, T.Prostak 13+2reb+2ast, P.Kowalski 12+3reb, P.Luszczewski 12+3reb, M.Aleksandrowicz 8+11reb+4ast
gschID: 99265


ISS Sportino - SKK Siedlce 75-62

Very predictable result in Inowroclaw where fourth ranked ISS Sportino (21-8) defeated 10th ranked SKK Siedlce (12-17) 75-62 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 43-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84) stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) chipped in 13 points and 15 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four ISS Sportino players scored in double figures. Guard Dawid Brek (185-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 assists and guard Mateusz Bal (181-89) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ISS Sportino moved-up to third place, which they share with Rosasport. Newly promoted SKK Siedlce keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. ISS Sportino will face Asecco Prokom 2 (#7) in Gdynia in the next round. SKK Siedlce will play at home against the league's second-placed MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza.
Top scorers:
ISS Sportino: A.Lichodzijewski 22+8reb, L.Zytko 19+2reb+6ast, W.Zurawski 13+15reb+1ast, J.Sulowski 12+4reb+2ast, W.Kus 4+1reb+1ast, H.Wierzbicki 3+5reb
SKK Siedlce: K.Chomka 14+1reb, M.Bal 11+5reb+1ast, D.Brek 11+3reb+10ast, J.Czyz 6+10reb, M.Nedzi 5+7reb, P.Mis 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 99266


AZS Szczecin - Asec.Prokom-2 82-105

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked AZS Szczecin (11-18) was rolled over at home by seventh ranked Asecco Prokom 2 (18-11) 105-82 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Asecco Prokom 2. AZS Szczecin was better in second period 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Asecco Prokom 2 shot 60.6 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Grzegorz Mordzak (183-77) chipped in 20 points and 8 assists. Five Asecco Prokom 2 players scored in double figures. Swingman Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and center Karol Pytys (202-85) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. AZS Szczecin's coach Zbigniew Majcherek gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Asecco Prokom 2 maintains seventh place with 18-11 record. Newly promoted AZS Szczecin keeps the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Asecco Prokom 2 will face higher ranked ISS Sportino (#3) in Inowroclaw in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AZS Szczecin will play on the road against Sokol Lancut (#5).
Top scorers:
Asec.Prokom-2: T.Wojdyla 21+10reb+1ast, G.Mordzak 20+2reb+8ast, P.Smigielski 15+2reb, T.Andrzejewski 14+3reb+2ast, K.Krajniewski 11+1ast, M.Malczyk 10+2reb+4ast
AZS Szczecin: K.Mielczarek 18+10reb+4ast, K.Pytys 17+14reb, L.Pacocha 12+1reb+3ast, M.Majcherek 9+1reb+2ast, M.Dudek 9+1reb+2ast, T.Balcerek 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 99267


LKS Lodz - Sokol Lancut 75-54

There was a small surprise in Lodz where sixth ranked LKS Sphinx (19-10) outscored 3rd placed Sokol Lancut (20-9) 75-54 on Wednesday. The game without a history. LKS Sphinx led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sokol Lancut was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Marcin Salamonik (202-83) stepped up and scored 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Krzysztof Morawiec (192-74) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Guard Rafal Glapinski (183-82) responded with 9 points and 5 rebounds and forward Piotr Ucinek (196-80) scored 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. LKS Sphinx maintains sixth place with 19-10 record. Sokol Lancut at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. LKS Sphinx will face Spojnia (#8) in Stargard in the next round. Sokol Lancut will play at home against AZS Szczecin.
Top scorers:
LKS Lodz: K.Morawiec 11+4reb+4ast, J.Dluski 10+3reb+1ast, B.Szczepaniak 10+3reb+2ast, M.Salamonik 10+8reb+2ast, M.Krajewski 9+3reb+2ast, D.Kalinowski 9+4reb+2ast
Sokol Lancut: P.Ucinek 11+1reb+1ast, R.Glapinski 9+5reb+1ast, M.Klima 7+2reb, T.Fortuna 6+2reb+1ast, J.Szurlej 6, M.Wilczek 6+6reb
gschID: 99268


Tempcold AZS - Znicz Basket 80-69

There was no surprise in Warszawa where 9th ranked MKS Znicz Basket (14-15) was defeated by first ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (24-5) 80-69 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by AZS Politechnika Warszawska. MKS Znicz Basket was better in fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS Politechnika Warszawska forced 21 MKS Znicz Basket turnovers. MKS Znicz Basket was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Jaroslaw Mokros (201-90) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Kamil Pietras (209-88) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four AZS Politechnika Warszawska players scored in double figures. Forward Andrzej Misiewicz (201-84, college: Daytona Beach CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and guard Dominik Czubek (178-75) scored 14 points. The victory was the third consecutive win for AZS Politechnika Warszawska. They maintain first place with 24-5 record. MKS Znicz Basket at the other side keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will face Rosasport (#4) in Radom in the next round. MKS Znicz Basket will play at home against Polonia 2011 (#16) in Warszawa.
Top scorers:
Tempcold AZS: J.Mokros 21+7reb+2ast, M.Ponitka 15+6reb+1ast, L.Karwowski 14+1reb+1ast, K.Pietras 13+9reb+1ast, L.Wilczek 9+3reb+9ast, M.Popiolek 5+4ast
Znicz Basket: A.Misiewicz 17+13reb+3ast, D.Czubek 14+2reb+2ast, G.Malewski 8+2reb+1ast, M.Sokolowski 7+5reb+2ast, J.Weatherspoon 7+5reb+1ast, A.Sulinski 6+1reb+8ast
gschID: 99262


Gornik - Rosasport 0-20

gschID: 99263


GKS Tychy - Astoria 90-68

Rather expected game when 15th ranked Astoria (6-23) was crushed on the road by thirteenth ranked GKS Tychy (8-21) 90-68 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-68. GKS Tychy dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Astoria's 36. GKS Tychy forced 20 Astoria turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Guard Jacek Jarecki (197-88) stepped up and scored 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international guard Dawid Witos (190-83) chipped in 18 points. Four GKS Tychy players scored in double figures. Forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Radoslaw Plebanek (190-85) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Astoria's coach Jaroslaw Zawadka gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. GKS Tychy maintains thirteenth place with 8-21 record. Astoria lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 23 games lost. GKS Tychy will face higher ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (#12) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Astoria will play against Gornik in Walbrzych and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GKS Tychy: J.Jarecki 27+7reb+4ast, D.Witos 18+4reb+3ast, L.Kwiatkowski 17+5reb+2ast, T.Bzdyra 11+6reb+4ast, P.Halas 9+2reb+10ast, M.Markowicz 8+2reb+1ast
Astoria: S.Laydych 16+5reb+2ast, D.Szyttenholm 14+10reb+1ast, R.Plebanek 11+11reb+1ast, S.Grzesinski 9+1reb+4ast, I.Trela 8+3reb, A.Szopinski 5+6ast
gschID: 99264




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  QATAR   


Perrin Johnson joins Qatar Sports Club - by Eurobasket
Qatar Sports Club agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Perrin Johnson (196-G-84, college: Louisville). Johnson played most recently at Springfield Armor (D-League) in the U.S. He also played in Argentina two years ago. His best year in pro basketball was 4 years ago when he was voted to USBasket.com All-KBDL 2nd Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  SERBIA   


Vladimir Micov extends contract with Cantu - by Zoran Popovic
After excellent season Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) extends contract with Cantu. Management of Italian team is satisfied with team results and Micov games and offer him two years contract deal. In this season Micov on 22 games in Italian league average scored 11.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals, on 6 games in Eurocup average scored 10.3 points, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals. During the career Micov played for Beopetrol, Crvena Zvezda, OKK Beograd, Lavovi 063, Buducnost Podgorica, Partizan, Caja Laboral, Panionios and Cantu. Vladimir Micov was member of Yugoslavian U16 and Serbia and Montenegro U20 National team.

Vukosavljevic number one in Serbian Superleague for round 1 - by Eurobasket News
Power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Radnicki, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Crvena Zvezda (0-1) 90-82. Radnicki started with victory, but it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and it's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Vukosavljevic turned to be Radnicki's top player in his first season with the team.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Boris Savovic (206-F-87) of Hemofarm. Savovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. He led Hemofarm to comfortable win 81-62 over Mega Vizura (0-1) being unquestionably team leader. His team has good start of the Second Stage. They won their first game. However the Second Stage is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Savovic is a newcomer at Hemofarm, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Hemofarm's star - forward Milivoje Bozovic (210-F/C-85, agency: Beo Basket). Bozovic scored 15 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Hemofarm, helping his team with a 81-62 easy win against Mega Vizura (0-1).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89) of Mega Vizura - 16 points and 10 rebounds
5. Nemanja Nedovic (192-G-91) of Crvena Zvezda - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) of Crvena Zvezda - 14 points and 12 rebounds
7. Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89) of Partizan - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) of Crvena Zvezda - 10 points and 12 rebounds
9. Dragan Mitrovic (200-F-85) of Beograd - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Mile Ilic (215-C-84) of FMP - 12 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)


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  SLOVAKIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. McCoy, Svit26.6 
 2. Fears, Prievidza23.3 
 3. Burrows, Komarno22.1 
 4. Delic, Handlova20.4 
 5. Carter, Vahostav.20.2 
 6. Sapp, Pezinok20.2 
 7. Tomek, Nitra19.4 
 8. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 9. Lukjanec, Inter B.17.6 
 10. Lukjanec, Pezinok17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Tomek, Nitra12.4 
 2. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 3. Szalay, Prievidza10.5 
 4. Delic, Handlova9.0 
 5. Erwin, Nitra8.7 
 6. Carter, Vahostav.8.4 
 7. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 8. Johnson, Nova Ves8.0 
 9. Johnson, Nova Ves8.0 
 10. Burrows, Komarno7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Moore, Nitra6.7 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.6 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.8 
 4. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.8 
 5. Fears, Prievidza5.6 
 6. Sapp, Pezinok4.4 
 7. Kostomaj, Levice4.3 
 8. Gavlak, Handlova4.3 
 9. Wheeler, Inter B.4.1 
 10. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Fears, Prievidza3.1 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.2.7 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.3 
 4. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.3 
 5. Moore, Nitra2.1 
 6. Sapp, Pezinok2.0 
 7. Jones, Komarno1.9 
 8. Zavodny, Vahost.1.8 
 9. Velcic, B.Bystrica1.8 
 10. Boyd, Prievidza1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gabriel SZALAY
  Prievidza
  (215-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Szalay, Prievidza2.6 
 2. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 3. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 4. Mroz, Nova Ves1.3 
 5. Mroz, Nova Ves1.3 
 6. Batka, Nova Ves1.2 
 7. Batka, Nova Ves1.2 
 8. Burrows, Komarno0.9 
 9. McCoy, Svit0.8 
 10. Tomek, Nitra0.8 


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Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Uros IVANOVIC
  Radovljica
  (204-F/C-74)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Ivanovic, Radovljica20.6 
 2. Petrovic, Nova G.19.0 
 3. Moro, Splosna .18.5 
 4. Lobe, Grosuplje17.8 
 5. Pusic, Litija17.7 
 6. Gavric, Primorac.17.5 
 7. Primc, Radovljica17.1 
 8. Blazevic, Litija16.9 
 9. Husic, Kraski Zidar16.8 
 10. Kosec, Sencur CP15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Jakhel, KD Postojna9.8 
 2. Husic, Kraski Zidar9.0 
 3. Barovic, Primor.8.6 
 4. Ivanovic, Radovljica8.5 
 5. Spesic, Rogaska8.5 
 6. Buda, Kraski Zidar7.8 
 7. Klepo, Radovljica7.5 
 8. Hocevar, Triglav .7.5 
 9. Lobe, Grosuplje7.2 
 10. Tusek, Hrastnik7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Tomic, Rogaska6.3 
 2. Perko, Splosna .6.1 
 3. Tratnik, Primor.5.1 
 4. Ucman, Radovljica4.5 
 5. Glavas, KD Postojna3.8 
 6. Jereb, Konjice3.8 
 7. Milovic, Splosna .3.7 
 8. Milasinovic, Sencur C.3.7 
 9. Blazevic, Litija3.5 
 10. Zalar, Kraski Zidar3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tomic, Rogaska2.8 
 2. Lobe, Grosuplje2.1 
 3. Jereb, Konjice2.1 
 4. Bratina, Primor.1.8 
 5. Milovic, Splosna .1.8 
 6. Gavric, Primorac.1.8 
 7. Cvek, Sencur CP1.7 
 8. Jotic, Rogaska1.7 
 9. Erculj, Grosuplje1.7 
 10. Misic, Grosuplje1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jakhel, KD Postojna2.0 
 2. Barovic, Primor.1.2 
 3. Husic, Kraski Zidar1.1 
 4. Lobe, Grosuplje1.0 
 5. Hren, Litija0.9 
 6. Kosec, Sencur CP0.9 
 7. Trampus, Grosuplje0.9 
 8. Buda, Kraski Zidar0.8 
 9. Ilic, KD Postojna0.6 
 10. Alispahic, Grosuplje0.6 


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Usman, Ikayaator lead DStv PBL All-Star Weekend - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria and Kano Pillars basketball club legendary guard, Abubakar Usman is leading the Savannah conference challenge of this weekend All-Star Game holding tomorrow
(Saturday) at the Sport Hall of the National Stadium, Package-B, Abuja.


Usman who was selected alongside three of his Pillars teammates is set to power the Savannah conference over the Atlantic this time out.

Usman and his Savannah conference teammates must be at their best in order to hold off the Atlantic conference who rallied to a 93-82 points win in the 2010 All-Star Game
held in Kaduna.

Leading the challenge from the Atlantic conference is Comets point guard and 2006 Nigeria U18 National team captain, Orseer Ikyaator as the regular season of the DStv
Premier Basketball League take a one week break.

The Savannah conference will be led from the torchline by Nigeria senior national team coach and Kano Pillars Sani Ahmed while the Atlantic conference will be tinker by
Nigeria U18 Men national team Assistant Coach and Royal Hoopers basketball club Head Coach, Ogoh Odaudu.

Other players who made the All-Star list includes Ibrahim Yusuf, Mathew Onmonya, Dele Ademola and Onyeka Okeke from Kano Pillars; Adeolu Olaiya Ojo, Abdulwahab

Yahaya and Abubakar Yusuf from Kada Stars; Abdulwahab Yakubu of Bauchi Nets; Peter Echoi made the list from Yelwa Hawks while former Nigeria Junior international Abel Baraya of Plateau Peaks and Shehu Mohammed of Niger Potters basketball club complete the list.

Making the Atlantic conference list alongside Ikyaator are, Mohammed Bukar, Godwin Ikonshul, Jacob Ogenyi and Romaric Ludivic from Dodan Warriors; Michael Ohiero,
Musa Usman, Azuoma Dike and Abayomi Oyeniyi from Royal Hoopers basketball club; Kayode Balogun and Tosin Mehinti from Islanders with Godspower Igben of Union Bank basketball club making the list.

A 3-point shooting and Slam Dunk contest will preceed the All-Star Game. The 3-point shooting and dunking contest will not be defended by the 2010 winners, Shola
Alayande and Mathew Eseigbe as both did not enter for the contest this year.

The 3-point contest draw six contestants and these includes Timothy Terry of Yelwa Hawks, Abdulwahab Yakubu of Bauchi Nets, Sabo Gabriel of Niger Potters, Azuoma Dike of Royal Hoopers, Oladipupo Osunnubi Dodan Warriors and Obum Darlington Onyia Comets basketball club.

Six dunkers are also on the line-up to thrill the fans and they include; Mathew Agbo-Agbah of Tapgun Rockets, Bright Akhuete of Bauchi Nets, Innocent Dinshal of Kano Pillars, Williams Ndoumbe and Adeola Alade from Union bank and Musa Usman of Royal Hoopers basketball club.

Events of the day according to the Organising Committee will start at 14H00 with the shooting contest followed by the slam dunk contest while the All-Star Game is expected
to jump-start at 16H00 with FIBA Graded referee Babatunde Popoola leading two other FIBA Africa Graded referee, Ado Ahmadu and Ibrahim Hassan taking charge of the
game.





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Omar Cook leads Valencia to 75-81 victory in Madrid, series tied to 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Valencia 75-81 (1-1)

Power Electronics Valencia is the winner of Game Two. They managed to beat Real in Madrid 75-81 tying the score to 1-1 in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) exploded for the guests with 20 points and 6 assists for 33 minutes. He made of all his five attempts for 3-pts reaching valuation 25 (MVP). Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.) scored 15, while Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) helped with double-double of 14 points and 10 boards. For the home squad, Sergio Llull (190-G-87) had 18 points and 5 assists. He was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) stopped to 9 pts.
Teams were pretty leveled at the beginning, before 6-0 run by the home squad which gave them 17-10 lead. Valencia immediately responded and cut the margin to 19-17 until the end of the first period. Novica Velickovic and Sergio Llull shined at the beginning of the second quarter and mostly thanks to them Real Madrid jumped to 31-22. Valencia once again replied, this time with 2-8 run, and they later tied the score to 35-35. It was Vidal, in the very last seconds of the period, who pulled up for a three that found the bottom of the net to leave Real Madrid in charge after two periods, 38-35. The hosts opened Q3 with quick 5-0 run, but visitors didnt panic. Omar-Sharif Cook and Dusko Savanovic stepped up for them and together with Jeremy Richardson they made 2-14 run for 45-49. Pablo Prigioni stopped the curse with his own three, but still Valencia managed to take 54-59 lead until the end of Q3. Sergio Llull was the central figure in Real Madrid and together with Tucker he helped them to tie the score to 64-64 at the beginning of the last period. Real grabbed 72-71 later and Valencia created 0-4 run. With 30 seconds remaining Omar-Sharif Cook drained his fifth triple for 74-78 Valencia lead. Prigioni missed Real Madrid's attack and Cook went to the line. He missed the first one, but the second one went in for 74-79. Mirotic scored only for the hosts after that and Martinez sealed the victory for the guests making his both attempts from the line.
Valencia will be the host in Game Three (March 29).

Real Madrid: Sergio Llull 18+5 as, Clay Tucker 9
Valencia: Omar-Sharif Cook 20+6 as, Jeremy Richardson 15, Dusko Savanovic 14+10 boards


Sato, Diamantidis pace PAO to big win at the Palau Blaugrana - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca - Panathinaikos 71-75 (1-1)

Panathinaikos did a great job in Game Two of the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The Greens rallied from a 16-point deficit to edge defending champion Regal FC Barcelona 71-75 in front of a sellout crowd at Palau Blaugrana. The score is tied to 1-1 now and PAO will be the host in the next two meetings. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) was a key player for the Greens scoring 18 points. He made 4 of 5 attempts from behind the arc last night. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) also was great adding 17 points and 5 assists, but he committed 6 turnovers in this meeting. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) and Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) helped their team with 14 and 10 points respectively. Batiste was perfect from the field making all of his 7 attempts. In Regal Barca, Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) delivered 19 points, Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) had 11 points and 6 boards, while Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) also nailed 11 pts.
Regal Barca had strong beginning and they made 11-3 lead in the first five minutes. Later, the hosts finished Q1 with 17-10 and continued in the same rhythm after that. PAO was struggling offensively making too many mistakes, what resulted with 28-12 for the home squad after 14 minutes of play. Mike Batiste, Maric and Tsartsaris finally replied for the guests helping them to cut the margin to 38-28 until the halftime. The Greens exploded after the breather and finally showed their qualities. Dimitris Diamantidis started to make shots and Drew Nicholas also was on fire. Fotsis and Calathes secured a nice help and PAO closed the gap to just one point at the end of Q3, 57-56. That includes 2-12 run in the finish of this period and a buzzer-beating triple by Romain Sato. A layup by an unstoppable Sato completed the guests' comeback, 57-58, early in the fourth quarter. Barcelona could not match the Greens' physicality, which preventing the hosts from circulating the ball. With five minutes left in the game PAO was 67-72 up, but Barca came to 71-72 in the finish. Dimitris Diamantidis was sent to the line with 17.5 seconds remaining, but he made only one. Barca had a possession and Jaka Lakovic pull-up a triple, but missed and Diamantidis managed to get the ball to Batiste for a victory slam as time expired.
PAO will be the host in Game Three (March 29).

Regal Barca: Juan Carlos Navarro 19, Alan Anderson 11+6 boards, Fran Vazquez 11
Panathinaikos: Romain Sato 18, Dimitris Diamantidis 17+5 as, Mike Batiste 14, Drew Nicholas 10


Maccabi Electra celebrates in heartbreaking thriller against Caja Laboral - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Maccabi Electra 81-83 (1-1)

Maccabi Electra grabbed 81-83 thriller win against Caja Laboral in Game Two of the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The series is tied to 1-1 now and Maccabi will be the host in the next two meetings. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) scored 22 points for Maccabi, David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) had 18 and Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) added 13 points, plus 8 rebounds. For the hosts, Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) (8 rebs) and Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) (6 rebs) scored 17 points each, while Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points ad 8 rebs.
With one minute remaining Caja Laboral Vitoria was up 80:77 over visiting Maccabi. In their most important possession the Spanish squad moved the ball around perfectly and got it to one of their best shooters, three point shooters that is, not free throw shooters, Mirza Teletovic. The Bosnian power forward had a great 7 inch miss match over visiting guard Jeremy Pargo who fouled Teletovic and sent him to the line with a chance of ending Maccabi's season unexpectedly by extending the gap to 5. However, Teletovic who could have made it a three possession game made only one of two and then saw his former teammate Lior Eliyahu party all over him with 3 consecutive points that brought the game down to the wire.
Maccabi's forward David Blu, shot lights out in the third quarter with three threes, kept his team in the game when no one else could, and did it with 18 points (4/8 from deep) and sent a huge statement regarding his hopes in winning the Euroleague Defensive Player of the year award, when making a crucial steal (his only steal of the night) with seconds remaining.
With Sofo on the bench with five fouls, the season on line, and their backs against the wall, head coach David Blatt was desperately in search of a winner, someone who is not afraid of making big decisions. He found that player in the likes of the young starting point guard Jeremy Pargo (13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists). The former Zag took the ball, drove through the lane, got the whistle and made one of two from the free throws to tie up the game.
Following a David Logan missed layup; Pargo grabbed his 8th rebound and with 18 seconds left, he ran the game clock down. Picturing his final symphony of the night, Pargo dribbled to the right side of the court, crossed over his man, and with a beautiful step back jump shot let the ball fly, finding nothing but the bottom of the net - Money Ball.
Big time players make big time plays.
Pargo told 'Eurobasket.com' after the game: 'I wanted to take the last shot so bad because I did it in the past and fortunately for me it went down. it was a game we really needed and I'm happy we were able to get it. Now we have to continue playing the way I know we are capable'.
'Were going to live this win only for an hour and then get it out of our heads because we play them again next week'. (*by David Pick - Israel)
Third game will be played on March 29 in Tel-Aviv.

Caja Laboral: Fernando San Emeterio 17+8 boards, Esteban Batista 17+6 boards, Mirza Teletovic 16+8 boards
Maccabi Electra: Sofoklis Schortsanitis 22, David Blu 18, Jeremy Pargo 13+8 boards


Faverani's 31-point game gives him LEB Gold Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old center Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked CB Murcia and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 30.
He had the game-high 31 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for CB Murcia in his team's victory, helping them to beat Huesca (#15, 11-19) 101-86. CB Murcia maintains the 2nd position in Spanish LEB Gold. They are still close to the very top. CB Murcia would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 26-4 record. It's Faverani's second year at CB Murcia and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Faverani has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.9ppg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 70.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ignacio Ordin (183-PG-78) of Sant Josep Girona. He is a guard in his first season at Girona. In the last game Ordin recorded impressive 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Girona to edge the lower-ranked CB Tarragona (#13, 11-19) in overtime by 2 points 76-74. Girona's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ordin is a newcomer at Girona and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Albert Moncasi (209-C-86) of Lleida (#12). Moncasi scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Lleida, leading his team to a 82-78 win against slightly higher-ranked Melilla (#11, 14-16). The chances of Lleida ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Moncasi could help Lleida to bring them higher in the standings. Moncasi has a very solid season. In 6 games in Spain he scored 11.5ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 57.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stevie Johnson (198-F/C-78) of Huesca - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Taylor Coppenrath (205-F-81) of CB Murcia - 24 points and 4 rebounds
6. Nicolas Richotti (181-PG-86) of La Laguna - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jesus Chagoyen (202-F/C-78) of La Laguna - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Angel Garcia (210-C/F-88) of Clinicas Rincon - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. James Feldeine (193-G-88) of Breogan - 20 points and 2 assists
10. Alexander Franklin (196-F-88) of CB Tarragona - 17 points and 7 rebounds

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


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Basketligan Quarterfinals: First games - by Eurobasket News
First games of the Basketligan Quarterfinals were completed last night. Home teams registered 3 wins. Second games are scheduled for March 25. The format is best-of-three.

Sodertalje - Uppsala 59-61 (0-1)

The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and guard Rickard Eriksson (190-82) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (201-85, college: Wichita St.) scored 15 points. Sodertalje Kings' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Uppsala: B.Smith 22+4reb+3ast, M.Kohlmaier 12+5reb, R.Eriksson 9+9reb+1ast, J.Andersson 8+8reb+2ast, T.Whitworth 6+4reb+2ast, H.Magnusson 4+5reb
Sodertalje: J.Smith 24+8reb+2ast, M.Griskenas 15+3reb, A.Chuk 5+7reb+3ast, W.Galick 4+3reb, A.Wikner-Nordberg 3+4reb+3ast, M.Joseph 2+1ast
gschID: 124517


Sundsvall - Jamtland 74-62 (1-0)
KFUM Jamtland was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 45-27 second half run of Sundsvall Dragons. They dominated on the defensive end, holding KFUM Jamtland to just 6 points in third quarter. American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) nailed 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agency: Strategic Sports) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Slovenian forward Luka Marolt (201-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for KFUM Jamtland in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Sundsvall: A.Wesby 22+9reb+1ast, L.Rush 17+8reb+3ast, H.Baeringsson 17+9reb+3ast, J.Jeansson 9+10reb+1ast, J.Sigurdarson 8+2reb+7ast, N.Mottram 1+2reb
Jamtland: D.Hargrove 19+7reb+2ast, L.Marolt 16+5reb+1ast, A.Stien 8+4reb, B.Salaam 7+4reb, S.Mjos 7+1reb+2ast, S.Hellgren 5+2ast
gschID: 124514


LF Basket - Boras 93-85 (1-0)
The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-14. But Boras Basket won third quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LF Basket brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American swingman Tyrone Levett (195-80, college: Alabama St.) nailed 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) accounted for 8 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Four LF Basket players scored in double figures. LF Basket's coach Matthias Kentta allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) came up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Henrik Carlsson (193-80) added 14 points respectively for Boras Basket in the defeat.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: T.Levett 16+5reb+3ast, J.Rosendahl 15+7reb+1ast, T.Woodbury 15+4reb+1ast, E.Salon 13+2reb+1ast, G.Nystrom 11+8reb+2ast, R.Mbemba 8+9reb+6ast
Boras: M.Palm 32+13reb+3ast, H.Carlsson 14+3reb+2ast, C.Ryan 12+4reb+3ast, K.McCoy 10+1reb, C.McKnight 9+6reb+1ast, R.Ryan 5+5reb+5ast
gschID: 124515


Norrkoping - Solna 91-86 (1-0)
The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. American guard George Gervin (189-76, college: Houston) nailed 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and international power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) accounted for 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Kelly Grant allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) came up with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward William Walker (201-87, college: Bethel (IN), agency: Warren Sports International) added 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) respectively for Solna Vikings in the defeat. Four Norrkoping Dolphins and five Solna Vikings players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: J.Kjellbom 22+11reb, G.Gervin 20+6reb+7ast, T.Gaidamavicius 14+2reb+3ast, O.Ayuba 12+6reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 7+3reb+2ast, A.Saks 6+5reb+1ast
Solna: W.Walker 24+5reb+1ast, L.Gunnarsson 17+9reb+4ast, D.Persson 13+4reb, L.Myrthil 12+8reb+3ast, A.Constantine 10+9reb+3ast, A.Lindqvist 6
gschID: 124516




Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Smith, Sodertalje20.6 
 3. Brown, 0820.5 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall19.9 
 5. Smith, Uppsala19.6 
 6. Wesby, Sundsvall19.0 
 7. Palm, Boras19.0 
 8. McCoy, Boras18.4 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna18.1 
 10. Levett, LF Basket16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.4 
 2. Palm, Boras10.3 
 3. McKnight, Boras8.9 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Brown, 087.9 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.7 
 7. Cipriano, Eco O.7.5 
 8. Constantine, Solna7.4 
 9. Walker, Solna7.3 
 10. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.4 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 085.1 
 4. Smith, Uppsala4.6 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje4.4 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.3 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.2 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland4.1 
 9. Baeringsson, Sunds.4.1 
 10. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.3 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.1 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall1.9 
 4. Smith, Uppsala1.9 
 5. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 6. Hargrove, Jamtland1.8 
 7. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.8 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 9. Brown, 081.7 
 10. McCoy, Boras1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John ROSENDAHL
  LF Basket
  (203-F/C-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.9 
 2. Salaam, Jamtland1.9 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 4. Palm, Boras1.4 
 5. Cipriano, Eco O.1.3 
 6. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 9. Walker, Solna0.9 
 10. Mosley, Eco Orebro0.8 


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LNA Round 26: Leader Lugano Tigers lose to Fribourg - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Lugano Tigers (23-3) recorded its third loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Fribourg (19-7) in overtime 85-80. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Lugano Tigers. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 20-10 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. The best player for the winners was international guard Jonathan Kazadi (195-G-91) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. International center Oliver Vogt (209-80) chipped in 18 points and 16 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American power forward Matt Schneiderman (205-81, college: N.Iowa) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Fribourg have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-7 record having four points less than leader Lugano Tigers. Defending champion Lugano Tigers still keep top place with three games lost. Fribourg are looking forward to face SAV Vacallo (#4) in Chiasso in the next round. Lugano Tigers will play on the road against Starwings in Basel and are hoping to win this game.

The best stats of 26th round was 36 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds by Kevyn Popovich of SAV Vacallo.


Geneve Lions - Starwings 83-71

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Starwings (13-13) were defeated on the road by third ranked Geneve Lions (18-8) 83-71 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Geneve Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Marcus Sloan (205-82, college: TCU) who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 22 points. Five Geneve Lions players scored in double figures. Guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) produced 29 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and forward Alex Thompson (208-85, college: Iowa St.) added 12 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Geneve Lions maintains third position with 18-8 record having five points less than leader Lugano Tigers. Starwings at the other side keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Geneve Lions will face BBC Nyon (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Starwings will play against the league's leader Lugano Tigers.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: J.Almanson 22+3reb+1ast, M.Kouguere 17+4reb+4ast, J.Aw 13+5reb, M.Sloan 13+7reb+8ast, B.Toure 12+8reb, J.Jaunin 5+3reb+4ast
Starwings: T.Brown 29+5reb+8ast, V.Hollins 17+5reb+2ast, A.Thompson 12+12reb+1ast, N.Matter 6+7reb+1ast, M.Petkovic 3+2reb+1ast, R.Albrecht 2+3reb
gschID: 121371


Monthey - Zurich Wildcats 107-71

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Monthey (15-11) smashed at home bottom-ranked Zurich Wildcats (1-25) 107-71 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Monthey led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Zurich Wildcats' 42. The best player for the winners was American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Five Monthey players scored in double figures. Monthey's coach Thibaut Petit felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Serbian power forward Zoran Zivanovic (203-92) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Michael Jacobsen (197-88) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Monthey maintains fifth position with 15-11 record. Zurich Wildcats lost fifteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 25 lost games. Monthey will face Boncourt (#7) at home in the next round. Zurich Wildcats will play against SAM Massagno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Monthey: R.Yates 16+3reb, J.Sharper 15+1reb+4ast, A.Reid 14+9reb+3ast, C.Mafuta 12+1reb+2ast, S.Moris 12+3reb, W.Molteni 12+3reb
Zurich Wildcats: Z.Zivanovic 18+5reb+1ast, M.Jacobsen 16+5reb+1ast, L.Waldesbuehl 13+5reb+2ast, I.Castro 8+5reb+3ast, S.Bernet 7+6reb+1ast, L.Marchand 3+2reb+6ast
gschID: 121372


Boncourt - BBC Nyon 89-77

Rather expected game when 9th ranked BBC Nyon (4-22) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Boncourt (12-14) 89-77 on Wednesday. BBC Nyon was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 29-13 charge of Boncourt, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 28 BBC Nyon turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was point guard Shorown Glover (180-87) who scored 27 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Center Tony Gugino (207-86, college: Hillsdale) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Center Cruz Daniels (211-85, college: High Point) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and swingman Lester Hunte (196-88, college: Northwood Fl.) added 16 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Boncourt maintains seventh position with 12-14 record. BBC Nyon lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 22 games lost. Boncourt will face higher ranked Monthey (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BBC Nyon will play against Geneve Lions (#3).
Top scorers:
Boncourt: S.Glover 27+3reb+5ast, R.Schwaiger 17+3reb, T.Gugino 12+13reb+3ast, N.Ismael 11+1ast, N.Dos Santos 10+3reb+4ast, D.Tshomba 5+4reb+4ast
BBC Nyon: C.Daniels 18+15reb+1ast, L.Hunte 16+3reb+7ast, C.Byron 16+3ast, J.Senderos 15+5reb+1ast, J.Meylan 6+1reb+1ast, X.Paredes 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 121373


SAV Vacallo - SAM Massagno 107-83

Rather predictable result in Chiasso where fourth ranked SAV Vacallo (16-10) outscored 8th ranked SAM Massagno (9-17) 107-83 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by SAV Vacallo. SAM Massagno was better in second period 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SAV Vacallo looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by SAM Massagno's players. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Kevyn Popovich (196-85, college: SE Louisiana) who scored 36 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 14 assists. Guard Ali Farokhmanesh (183-88, college: N.Iowa, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced 26 points, 6 assists and 6 steals and forward A.J. Hawkins (198-85, college: Oklahoma Baptist) added 20 points respectively for the guests. Five SAV Vacallo and four SAM Massagno players scored in double figures. SAM Massagno's coach Franco Facchinetti gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. SAV Vacallo maintains fourth position with 16-10 record. SAM Massagno at the other side keeps the eighth place with 17 games lost. SAV Vacallo will face league's second-placed Fribourg on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. SAM Massagno will play against Zurich Wildcats (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SAV Vacallo: K.Popovich 36+5reb+2ast, S.Smiljanic 18+1reb+1ast, M.Mihajlovic 16+4reb+3ast, R.Gibson 16+9reb+14ast, J.Rahier 12+2reb+4ast, M.Drca 4
SAM Massagno: A.Farokhmanesh 26+4reb+6ast, A.Hawkins 20+4reb+1ast, J.Ofoegbu 12+6reb+1ast, B.Johnson 12+5reb, D.Balletta 5+1ast, P.Ishiodu 4
gschID: 121369


Lugano Tigers - Fribourg 80-85 OT

Top ranked Lugano Tigers (23-3) recorded its third loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Fribourg (19-7) in overtime 85-80. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Lugano Tigers. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 20-10 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. The best player for the winners was international guard Jonathan Kazadi (195-91) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. International center Oliver Vogt (209-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American power forward Matt Schneiderman (205-81, college: N.Iowa) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fribourg have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-7 record having four points less than leader Lugano Tigers. Defending champion Lugano Tigers still keep top place with three games lost. Fribourg are looking forward to face SAV Vacallo (#4) in Chiasso in the next round. Lugano Tigers will play on the road against Starwings in Basel and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: S.Smith 22+7reb+2ast, J.Kazadi 22+6reb+10ast, O.Vogt 18+16reb, T.Williams 10+2reb+2ast, Y.Holland 7+3reb+1ast, V.Buscaglia 4+2reb+1ast
Lugano Tigers: M.Schneiderman 21+5reb+2ast, D.Mladjan 15+4reb+3ast, D.Stockalper 11+3reb+1ast, S.Finn 11+6reb, M.Efevberha 10+6reb+3ast, B.Angley 9+3reb+4ast
gschID: 121370




Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.22.1 
 2. Glover, Boncourt21.4 
 3. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.20.7 
 4. Smith, Fribourg20.6 
 5. Popovich, SAV V.20.2 
 6. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 7. Brown, Starwings20.1 
 8. Byron, BBC Nyon19.8 
 9. Reid, Monthey19.7 
 10. Martin, BBC Nyon18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.2 
 2. Thompson, Starw.10.1 
 3. Ofoegbu, SAM M.10.1 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt9.7 
 5. Reid, Monthey9.2 
 6. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.2 
 7. Sloan, Geneve Lions8.1 
 8. Smith, Fribourg7.7 
 9. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.5 
 10. Yates, Monthey7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.5 
 2. Glover, Boncourt6.6 
 3. Williams, Fribourg6.5 
 4. Brown, Starwings4.9 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.4.6 
 6. Draughan, Lugano T.4.6 
 7. Hollins, Starwings4.3 
 8. Sharper, Monthey4.2 
 9. Petkovic, Fribourg4.1 
 10. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.8 
 2. Glover, Boncourt3.8 
 3. Hunte, BBC Nyon3.0 
 4. Angley, Lugano T.2.7 
 5. Draughan, Lugano T.2.6 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt2.6 
 7. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.6 
 8. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.4 
 9. Smith, Fribourg2.3 
 10. Sharper, Monthey2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.4 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.1 
 3. Thompson, Starw.1.9 
 4. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt1.5 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.4 
 7. Aw, Geneve Lions1.0 
 8. Moris, Monthey0.9 
 9. Vogt, Fribourg0.8 
 10. Efevberha, Lugano T.0.8 


Ismael N'Diaye joins Boncourt - by Eurobasket News
Boncourt strengthened their roster. They added Ismael N'Diaye (198-F-82, college: FIU) to the squad. The 28-year-old Ivorian spent the previous season in Lausanne. The forward tallied 13.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game in LNA. It was the first pro season for the African player. Ismael N'Diaye graduated from the Florida International University in 2010. He averaged 7.7 points, 3.8 boards and 1.1 assists in his senior season with the Golden Panthers. Ismael N'Diaye played for Cote dIvoire at the 2010 World Championship. His stats read 1.5 points and 1.3 boards per game in Turkey. He also participated at the All-Africa Games in Algeria as well as African Championship in Libya in 2009.


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SBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan Beer - Yulon Luxgen 85-74

Taiwan Beer grabbed 2-0 lead against Yulon Luxgen. They defeated their opponents at home court on Friday. The game without a history. Taiwan Beer led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Taiwan Beer outrebounded Yulon Luxgen 48-34 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Taiwan Beer made 7 blocks. American forward Emmanuel Jones (200-85, college: UTPA) had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Tai-Hao Wu (203-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Jones is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Taiwan Beer players scored in double figures. American forward Jermaine Dailey (203-86, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: SportsList Inc.) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and the former international forward Cheng-Ju Lu (194-86) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Yulon Luxgen: J.Dailey 18+12reb+1ast, C.Lu 17+5reb+2ast, C.Lee 11+4reb+2ast, C.Yang 9+3reb+2ast, S.Chou 9+2reb+2ast, L.Canopy 4+3ast
Taiwan Beer: E.Jones 27+11reb+3ast, Y.Yang 15+3reb+4ast, C.Yang 14+9reb+1ast, T.Wu 11+12reb+2ast, J.Cheng 8+8reb+3ast, S.Ho 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 124329


Pure Youth - Dacin Tigers 53-66

Dacin Tigers held off Pure Youth for the second straight victory in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Dacin Tigers. Pure Youth was better in third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pure Youth to just 7 points in first quarter. The former international forward Tien Lei (203-F-83) notched 25 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and the former international guard Hao-Cheng Hsu (178-82) supported him with 5 points and 6 rebounds. Even 6 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Rashad Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) did not help to save the game for Pure Youth. International forward Chia-Hong Chien (197-87) added 14 points for Dacin Tigers. Pure Youth's coach Chin-Tse Hsu rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Pure Youth: C.Chien 14+4reb+1ast, C.En Mao 11+5reb+2ast, Y.Chang 6+3reb+1ast, R.Jennings 6+13reb, C.Ke 5+5reb+1ast, T.Lin 4+3reb+1ast
Dacin Tigers: L.Tien 25+9reb+4ast, C.Wang 10+2reb, Y.Lin 8+4reb, Y.Yueh 7+4reb+2ast, T.Chen 5+3reb+2ast, H.Hsu 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 124330




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Shawn HAWKINS
  KKL
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27
 1. Hawkins, KKL27.0 
 2. Foyle, Dacin Tigers20.6 
 3. Chen, Bank o.18.4 
 4. Chen, KKL18.3 
 5. Tien, Dacin Tigers18.2 
 6. Dove, Taiwan Mobile18.1 
 7. Jones, Taiwan Beer18.1 
 8. Vaudreuil, Bank o.16.9 
 9. Jennings, Pure Y.16.1 
 10. Lu, Yulon Luxgen15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashad JENNINGS
  Pure Youth
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Jennings, Pure Y.20.7 
 2. Dailey, Yulon Luxgen15.9 
 3. Hawkins, KKL12.9 
 4. Jones, Taiwan Beer11.3 
 5. Vaudreuil, Bank o.11.0 
 6. Dove, Taiwan Mobile11.0 
 7. Foyle, Dacin Tigers10.7 
 8. Tseng, Yulon Luxgen9.8 
 9. Tien, Dacin Tigers7.8 
 10. Hsu, Bank o.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Chih-Chung CHEN
  Yulon Luxgen
  (185-G-77)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.2 
 2. Wu, Taiwan Mobile3.7 
 3. Chang, Dacin Tigers3.5 
 4. Su, Taiwan Mobile3.5 
 5. Tseng, Yulon Luxgen3.3 
 6. Chen, Taiwan Beer3.3 
 7. Hsu, Dacin Tigers3.3 
 8. Chen, KKL2.8 
 9. Lin, Bank o.2.7 
 10. Yang, Taiwan Beer2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus DOVE
  Taiwan Mobile
  (206-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dove, Taiwan Mobile2.3 
 2. Lin, Bank o.1.7 
 3. Jones, Taiwan Beer1.7 
 4. Su, Taiwan Mobile1.6 
 5. Chang, Dacin Tigers1.6 
 6. Chou, Yulon Luxgen1.4 
 7. Jennings, Pure Y.1.3 
 8. Chen, KKL1.3 
 9. Mao, Pure Youth1.3 
 10. Hsu, Dacin Tigers1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Wen-Ting TSENG
  Osaka Evessa
  (202-C/F-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Tseng, Yulon Luxgen3.5 
 2. Dove, Taiwan Mobile1.9 
 3. Jones, Taiwan Beer1.8 
 4. Dailey, Yulon Luxgen1.6 
 5. Tien, Dacin Tigers1.6 
 6. Wu, Taiwan Beer1.4 
 7. Jennings, Pure Y.1.3 
 8. Cheng, Taiwan Beer1.0 
 9. Lee, KKL0.9 
 10. Vaudreuil, Bank o.0.8 


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Connecticut's Kemba Walker is the star of this NCAA tournament - by David Edole
The effervescent guard carries the Huskies to the West Regional finals, scoring 36 points in a 74-67 victory over San Diego State.

He jumped on a teammate's shoulder, faked a shot, danced through a pretend dribble, squealed and pointed to the sky.

And this was in a hallway after the game.

On an NCAA tournament stage ransacked by the usual March mayhem, nobody could stop the goofy, gifted Kemba Walker (185-G-90).

Not San Diego State, not the shot clock, not the rule book, not a Honda Center filled with haters, and not even time itself, the University of Connecticut's junior guard still playing an imaginary game long after his team had defeated the Aztecs, 74-67, Thursday in the West Regional semifinals.

'I've got a chip inside me,' Walker said, fighting a losing battle with a laugh. 'I'm like a machine.'

UConn ends San Diego State's most successful season

By the time the plug was finally pulled, sparks and smoke everywhere, the machine had scored 36 points, including 14 of his team's 16 points during a game-deciding run midway through the second half.

'I was just feeling it,' Walker said.

On Saturday his Huskies will be trying to get their arms around Arizona and steamrolling Derrick Williams after the Wildcats upset top-seeded Duke, 93-77, Thursday in the other semifinal .

I will marvel at Williams. But I won't be able to take my eyes off Walker. And I will not be alone.

Feeling it, Kemba? On Thursday afternoon the entire gym was feeling you, Walker scoring on distant three-pointers, soaring layups, short jumpers and free throw after free throw, causing the Aztecs to fume and their thousands of fans to groan and, finally, somebody stated the obvious.

That somebody was, of course, Walker, who turned to the press table after one of his bombs and tugged his jersey and shook his head.

'They can't guard me!' he shouted, and who could argue?

Just like that, the tiny guy with the wide-eyed smile and scraggly chin hair that he refuses to shave has become the best thing about this billion-dollar tournament. After a weekend filled with average basketball and questionable officiating, college basketball needs Kemba Walker, a star who is not too big to act like a child, a 20-year-old who laughs his way through giant games with playground guts.

Said teammate Alex Oriakhi: 'Sometimes I just stop and look at him and go, like, 'How did he do that?''

Said the Aztecs' Billy White: 'He's almost impossible to stop.'

He is listed at 6 feet 1, looks about three inches shorter, plays about 10 feet taller. He would score on soaring drives after holding the ball for the entire 35 seconds of the shot clock. He would score on quick, shrugging, distant three-pointers when the Aztecs didn't believe him enough to challenge him.

'I can do so many things, I don't think people understand it,' he said.

One moment he was flying into a ball boy, climbing to his feet, checking on the boy's health, then giving the kid a high five. The next moment he was completing a three-pointer by wagging three fingers at the official.

'He always reaches the second gear,' said UConn Coach Jim Calhoun.

Walker has indeed been doing something like this all year, averaging 24 points a game while leading the nation in wows with six game-winning or go-ahead baskets in the final three minutes.

But this being UConn's eighth consecutive playoff-type game the Huskies had to win five consecutive games to win the Big East tourney many folks figured the kid would finally tire out.

When he missed his first four shots Thursday and didn't score a basket until midway through the first half, that weariness seemed evident. Or not.

'Nah, I was going to keep shooting regardless,' said Walker, shameless, blameless and charming.

His best shot? 'I don't even remember any of them,' he said, grinning.

His best play? It might have been one that didn't even involve the ball.

Walking off the court for a timeout midway through the second half, with the Aztecs leading by four, Walker was nudged by the Aztecs' Jamaal Franklin. Walker took a dive, landing on the floor in front of the Aztecs' bench, drawing a technical foul on Franklin, converting two free throws that closed the gap and began the game-clinching run.

'No, I didn't flop,' said Walker, adding, 'I just didn't want to fight with them.'

As officials made the decision while looking at a replay, many others who saw the same replay disagreed. Whatever, Walker had won again.

He was so good during the ensuing five minutes, he left the Aztecs too dazed to even guard him properly. Yeah, they didn't double-team him. Yeah, he was thrilled.

Said Walker: 'I was really surprised. I mean, usually I get triple-teamed. I guess they take a lot of pride in playing man-to-man.'

Said Aztecs Coach Steve Fisher: 'It didn't matter who was guarding him.'

No, it didn't, but come Saturday, with a trip to the Final Four at stake, Arizona probably has a different idea, the Wildcats sharp and swaggering and also feeling it.

Williams will be barreling. Walker will be baffling. College basketball will once again be beating its chest.

'I am so happy,' said Walker, and, again, who could argue?

BILL PLASCHKE


Utah Jazz: Raja Bell, Earl Watson to start - by David Edole
SALT LAKE CITY --Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) is returning to the starting lineup, and Earl Watson will remain a starter for now.

Bell, who was recently replaced as the starting shooting guard by C.J. Miles, will fill in for the injured Andrei Kirilenko (bruised knee) as the Jazz take on the New Orleans Hornets at EnergySolutions Arena.

Watson, meanwhile, will start again for Devin Harris (strained hamstring).

Miles will slide to the small forward position, with Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson rounding out the starting five.

The Jazz are hoping to snap a three-game losing streak, which has dropped their record to .500 at 36-36 for the first time since early November.

Kirilenko and Harris both underwent MRI tests earlier today.

Team orthopedist Dr. Lyle Mason confirmed that Kirilenko has a bruised left peroneal nerve. He is considered day-to-day.

Harris' test confirmed that his injury is a strained right hamstring. He is also day-to-day. Rookie Derrick Favors was cleared to play by the team's medical staff after missing Wednesday's game with a sprained left ankle.

By Jody Genessy, Deseret News


Spurs missing Duncan's leadership - by David Edole
PORTLAND, Ore. --He is the oldest player on the Spurs' roster, a 36-year-old in his 15th NBA season. But at times Wednesday in Denver, without Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) around to provide direction, Antonio McDyess felt more like a callow rookie than seasoned vet.

I'm so used to him being there, McDyess said. When he's not, it seems like I'm lost.

That was the ironic thing about the opening of what could be the Spurs' most rigorous stretch of the season. After the Spurs used their 13-time All-Star mostly as a luxury item for 70 games, it took only one without him to illustrate that, yes, Duncan is still a base necessity for a team with championship aspirations.

With the 34-year-old Duncan back home in San Antonio, his sprained left ankle encased in a walking boot, the Spurs collapsed down the stretch in Denver before falling 115-112.

Tim Duncan's a Hall of Famer, one of the best defensive big men who has played the game, guard Gary Neal said. And, of course, you can always throw it into him and get a big bucket. So, yeah, we missed him.

The Spurs will miss their captain again tonight as they head to the Rose Garden, where they have not won since April 2008, to face a Portland team they've beaten just once in the past seven meetings.

As far as stats go, Duncan's 13.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game career lows crafted in 28.3 minutes per game, also a career low should not be difficult for others to replicate. McDyess had 12 points and 13 rebounds against Denver.

Duncan's experience, his aura, his leadership what Nuggets coach George Karl called the Spurs' personality are things not so readily replaceable.

For much of the season, Duncan was the quiet compass to the Spurs' run to the top of the NBA standings. Now, and for at least the rest of this month, they are left to find their way without him.

Just his presence makes a difference on the floor, McDyess said. If he's not out there, it seems like you lose confidence a little.

To their credit, the Spurs have been nothing if not resilient this season.

They are 12-1 in games following a loss, the third-best mark in NBA history, and not all of that is due to fortuitous post-defeat scheduling. Contained in that record are victories over the Lakers, Oklahoma City, Dallas and New Orleans.

Without Duncan, tonight could be the Spurs' toughest bounce-back game yet. Exhibit A: Last time the Spurs entered the Rose Garden, even with their best post defender healthy, LaMarcus Aldridge went for 40 points.

For the Spurs, tonight's game is the second of five straight games against teams currently in the playoff bracket.

(Duncan) obviously is an important player, but we can't afford to moan and groan about it, Popovich said. We've probably been more fortunate than any good team this season as far as injuries go. Nobody is going to cry for us.

Least of all the Trail Blazers, who have seen more hurt than an ER trauma unit. Portland starters Brandon Roy, Nicolas Batum and Marcus Camby as well as perennially snakebit former No. 1 pick Greg Oden all have endured lengthy stints on the injured list.

Whereas the Blazers are getting bodies back in time for the stretch run, the Spurs will be without their biggest body until perhaps early April.

Until Duncan returns, the Spurs forge on, clinging to the top seed in the West. After Wednesday's loss in Denver, Manu Ginobili made it clear Duncan's absence would not be considered a viable excuse for losing games.

Great teams are supposed to overcome that, Ginobili said. We should be able to forget about T.D. and just play a better game.

If Wednesday in Denver proved anything, it's that forgetting Duncan isn't always so easy.

By Jeff McDonald


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BC Donetsk release Yuri Zozulia and Aleksandr Shaposhnikov - by Eurobasket News
BC Donetsk parted ways with two guards. They released Yuri Zozulia (189-G-81) and Aleksandr Shaposhnikov (196-G/F-82).
Yuri Zozulia joined the team in the summer. His stats read 1.4 points and 1.1 boards per game in Superleague season. Previously Yuri Zozulia played for Cherkasy, DniproAzot, Sumihimprom, Dnipro and Dynamo Dnipropetrovsk.
Aleksandr Shaposhnikov joined BC Donetsk in November. The 28-year-old guard started the season with Ferro-ZNTU. His stats read 8.0 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 boards per game in EuroChallenge. In Superleague the guard notched 5.4 points and 1.1 assists for Ferro-ZNTU in Superleague. For BC Donetsk Aleksandr Shaposhnikov delivered 3.3 points, 2.0 boards and 1.5 assists per appearance. He had stints with Sumihimprom, Kryvbasbasket-Lux before.



Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 31-10 
 2. BC Donetsk 30-11 
 3. Azovmash 26-15 
 4. Hoverla 26-17 
 5. Ferro-ZNTU 23-18 
 6. Mykolaiv 21-19 
 7. Kryvbasbasket 20-21 
 8. Dnipro 19-20 
 9. DniproAzot 17-24 
 10. BC Odessa 17-25 
 11. Halychyna 14-28 
 12. Khimik 13-28 
 13. BC Kyiv 10-31 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.3 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.5 
 3. Flores, BC Donetsk17.3 
 4. Washington, BC Od.17.1 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.4 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna14.9 
 7. Williams, Halychyna14.9 
 8. Millage, Khimik14.8 
 9. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 10. Love, Mykolaiv14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.8 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.5 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Hunter, Fe.6.9 
 8. Owens, Azovmash6.7 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla6.7 
 10. Greene, Mykolaiv6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sasa VASILJEVIC
  BC Donetsk
  (183-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Vasiljevic, BC Do.5.0 
 2. Abernethy, Halyc.5.0 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.9 
 4. Burtt, Dnipro4.8 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Millage, Khimik4.6 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Sparks, BC Odessa4.4 
 9. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.1 
 10. Slipenchuk, Kryvba.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Millage, Khimik2.3 
 2. House, Azovmash2.0 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.7 
 4. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.6 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.6 
 6. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 7. Greene, Mykolaiv1.5 
 8. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 9. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.4 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.2 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Balashov, BC Odessa1.4 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 9. Agafonov, Budiv.1.3 
 10. Coleman, Hoverla1.2 


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GB to host USA Basketball teams in 2012 friendly games - by Eurobasket News
GREAT BRITAIN TO HOST USA BASKETBALL MEN'S AND WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAMS IN 2012 FRIENDLY GAMES

- Fans That Purchase Tickets to WNBA Live - Manchester 2011 Have Limited Priority Access to Team GB-USA Basketball Games in July 2012 at Manchester Evening News Arena -

LONDON and MANCHESTER, March 22, 2011 - The Standard Life Great Britain men's and women's basketball teams will play the reigning Olympic champion USA Basketball men's and women's national teams in Manchester it was announced today by USA Basketball, the National Basketball Association (NBA), Manchester City Council and British Basketball.

With the Great Britain national teams recently securing a place in the London 2012 Olympic Games, the men's and women's teams will play their USA Basketball counterparts in two friendly games at the 18,100 seat Manchester Evening News Arena (MEN) in July 2012 prior to the Olympic tournament. The game featuring the men's national teams will be part of the Global Community Cup, which includes all USA Basketball men's national team exhibition games played outside of formal international competitions.

'I cannot think of a more exciting prospect for fans in the UK than to see Great Britain play the USA Basketball men's national team in Manchester in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics,' said Standard Life GB star and Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng.

'The USA-Great Britain games in Manchester will be a terrific prelude to the 2012 London Olympic Games,' said USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo. 'The games are key components in the 2012 training plans for the USA Basketball men's and women's national teams. I'm sure that both USA teams will feature some of basketball's best players and coaches, and I'm confident the games will be memorable events for all basketball fans.'

The Great Britain national teams have made significant strides in recent years with GB men qualifying for two consecutive Eurobasket tournaments (2009 and 2011) and GB women qualifying for Eurobasket 2011 for the first time in team history. Deng and former NBA player Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) highlight the men's roster with Jo Leedham leading GB Women.

The USA Basketball men's and women's national squads - from which the current Olympic and World championship teams were selected - include NBA All-Stars Kobe Bryant (198-G-78), Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) and LeBron James (203-F-84), and WNBA standouts Sue Bird, Angel McCoughtry and Diana Taurasi.

The city of Manchester will host a series of premier basketball events in the coming years as part of a recently announced multiyear partnership between Manchester City Council, the NBA and USA Basketball.

The first game of this new partnership will see GB women play host to the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) at the MEN on May 29 as part of WNBA Live - Manchester 2011. Fans that purchase tickets and attend WNBA Live - Manchester 2011 will be given limited priority access to buy tickets for the games featuring the GB and USA Basketball men's and women's national teams.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


BBL Weekend Preview - by Paul Nilsen
Guildford Coach Creon Raftopoulos believes everyone writing off their chances ahead of a weekend double against title favourites Mersey Tigers and Newcastle Eagles is all the motivation needed for Heat to cause an upset.



While the play-caller and his team could have a significant say on what is the most exciting and dramatic title race in memory, they have concerns of their own to think about namely trying to emerge unscathed in a similarly brutal an intense fight for a play-off spot.



Raftopoulos has conceded his team do have a difficult schedule between now and the end of the season. Firstly they travel to Merseyside tonight before hosting the Eagles on Sunday where they will be looking to make home form count again to build on their super success last weekend against Glasgow Rocks.



If you look at the table or our Championship run in we have a tough line of games ahead of us to make the playoffs. explained Raftopoulos.



This is why we play the games and as much as we will focus on our job at hand we know we also will play a big part in who wins the Championship.



All I can ask of my players is to play hard for the full forty minutes of each game and if we give our all we will get our just rewards.



Our home fans have been a huge 6th man for us so that will help against the Eagles but on the road we have to feed off or own energy to get a win in the Echo Arena.



I dont think many people give us a chance to pick up a win or two this weekend so thats all the motivation we need to prove them wrong.



The BBL Championship race really did take some huge twists and turns in the space of just 24 hours earlier this week when Newcastle Eagles looked to have handed the initiative to Tigers by losing against their rivals on Tuesday.



However in quite stunning fashion, Tigers lost that edge only a day later when they blew a big lead at Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders who were absolutely terrific as a Robert Youngblood buzzer-beater handed them one of the most memorable wins for many seasons.



Before Guildford, Newcastle Eagles have to safely manoeuvre their way past a dangerous Prestige Homes MK Lions team at Sports Central this evening, a side which contains former forward Shawn Myers and no doubt eager to impress against his ex-employers. Mersey Tigers meanwhile have a potential banana skin in front of them tomorrow when they host Worthing Thunder.



Its been a great few days for One Health Sharks Sheffield after their midweek win and those defeats for their title rivals. They are still looking to pounce and add to their BBL Cup success should the top two both falter. However, Atiba Lyons and his team face a tough task this weekend to stay in contention with a difficult game at Glasgow Rocks who will be hurting after being routed at Guildford.



Looking to squeeze out Guildford in the race for a top eight finish are Worcester Wolves who return to action after an extended break, UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders and of course the Riders who will still be on a high after their pulsating success on Wednesday night.



Rob Paternostro and his team travel to Milton Keynes to face the Lions while both Wolves and Raiders have a difficult opponent in the form of Cheshire Jets.



Meanwhile Essex Pirates also face the Raiders but there is an even bigger game for Tim Lewis and his players to focus on when the host second from bottom Worthing Thunder in a battle of pride between the bottom two teams in the BBL Championship.



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Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 12-2 
 2. Marinos 11-2 
 3. Guaiqueries 7-6 
 4. Toros 7-6 
 5. Trotamundos 7-7 
 6. Panteras 6-8 
 7. Gigantes 6-8 
 8. Guaros 5-9 
 9. Bucaneros 4-10 
 10. Gaiteros 3-10 




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Round 2 Preview - by Eurobasket News
Eltham vs. Bulleen Sat 26/03 6.00 pm @ Eltham High School
Undeniable league favourites the Eltham Wildcats take on the pre-season tournament Champions Bulleen
Boomers in what looks to be a quality Game of the Round.
Both teams had double figure wins in Round 1 with the Wildcats beating Diamond Valley by 11 and the
Boomers comfortable 13 point winners over Hume City. A motivated Zoe Carr (184-F-85) was in sensational form last
weekend with 20 points and 6 boards and she is just one of a number of star players the Boomers will have
to contain if they are to come away with an upset win. For the Boomers Jade Tyrrell had 20 points herself,
with the guard looking to push the ball at every opportunity over the Broncos. Bulleen showed in the preseason
tournament they like to play an up-tempo style game and will go into this game full of confidence in
their ability to knock off a high quality Eltham line up if they are able to play the game at their pace.


Hume City vs. Melbourne Sat 26/03 6.00pm @ Broadmeadows Stadium
Hume City will be looking to overcome a disappointing Round 1 result when they return to their home floor
to take on a talented Melbourne Tigers team on Saturday night. Losing to the Boomers by 13 was not the
start Hume City were after however the impressive form of Hannah Pickford would have impressed coach
Vaughns with her 22 point game at 64% from the field leading her team in the scoring department.
Meanwhile Melbourne had a solid first up win over league newcomers Sherbrooke defeating them 62-50
and will be hoping to improve further when they travel to Broady on Saturday night. Tegan Fowler had 10
points and 9 boards in her return to the Big V competition and along with Nicole Zammit on 12, led the
scoring for the Tigers in Round 1. Melbourne would go into this game as favourites and it will be interesting
to see how Hume City respond to their Round 1 defeat.

Waverley vs. Melbourne Sun 27/03 12:30pm @ Waverley Basketball Centre
Melbourne has to back it up on Sunday afternoon with a trip to perennial finalists Waverley in what should
be another quality matchup. Waverley was surprise losers last week at the hands of Ringwood, and will be
hoping New Zealand import Georgina Richards is cleared to play in time for this big clash. Melbournes
fitness will be put under the spotlight with a second game in two days but no doubt Coach Goodman will
have his team prepared and ready to go.

Diamond Valley vs. Hume City Sun 27/03 1pm @ Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness
Diamond Valley was more than competitive in their loss to powerhouse Eltham last weekend and will be
confident that they can record their first win of 2K11 in this one. Catching Hume City on the second game
of a weekend double will help and the Eagles will be hoping the home court advantage is just what they
need to take out the Broncos. Having played Melbourne the night before, Hume will need to ensure they
have rested bodies ready to take the court at DV if they were to come away with an upset win.

Ringwood vs. Sherbrooke Sun 27/03 2:15pm @ Maroondah Indoor Sports Centre
Ringwood surprised everyone but themselves when they had an outstanding first round victory over
Waverley last weekend. Katie Shanahan and Andrea Verdegan were sensational for the Hawks with 22 and
19 points respectively and will both need to score strongly again if they are to keep their great start to the
season alive. Sherbrooke were competitive in three of four quarters against Melbourne last weekend and if
the Suns can put 4 good quarters of basketball together are a big chance in picking up their first win in State
Championship. The Waterhouse sisters were solid in their debut for the Suns with Rachael leading the way
with 16 points and 8 boards, and younger sister Sam almost coming away with a double double, scoring 8
and pulling down 9 boards.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au




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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Day 2 in Minsk and Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News
Olimpia - Gorizont 60-82

The game without a history. Gorizont led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Olimpia GrGAU's 36. Gorizont forced 19 Olimpia GrGAU turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Olimpia GrGAU's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gorizont made 7 blocks. Forward Tatyana Troina (188-81, college: S.Carolina) scored 19 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Ukrainian-Russian center Aleksandra Khomenchuk (203-89) chipped in 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks during the contest. Ukrainian center Alina Iordan (192-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and forward Natallia Kozun (188-88) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Olimpia: A.Iordan 18+10reb, N.Kozun 11+9reb+1ast, V.Shmatova 9+2reb+1ast, D.Payne 7+7reb+1ast, M.Filonchyk 6+3reb, M.Dubas 4+1reb+2ast
Gorizont: T.Troina 19+3reb+7ast, A.Khomenchuk 15+12reb+2ast, N.Anufryienka 11+4reb+3ast, V.Hasper 9+5reb, T.Likhtarovich 7+3reb+4ast, Y.Dureika 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 123899


Spartak SP - TTT Riga 70-67

TTT Riga trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 25-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 67-70 at the end of the game. Spartak St.Petersburg made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Spartak St.Petersburg outrebounded TTT Riga 46-21 including a 20-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Eugeniya Belyakova (182-86) who scored 24 points. Center Liubov Paskalenko (205-90) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Dita Krumberga (183-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) produced 19 points and guard Anda Eibele (170-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. TTT Riga's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
TTT Riga: D.Krumberga 19+3reb, A.Eibele 14+2reb+4ast, I.Veinberga 9+4reb+1ast, L.Surkusa 7+4reb, Z.Jakobsone 6+2reb+3ast, K.Bridina 5
Spartak SP: E.Belyakova 24+1reb+1ast, J.Lacy 13+3reb, O.Vorobjova 9+5reb+1ast, L.Paskalenko 9+12reb+1ast, T.Yuzhakova 5+1ast, I.Ciglar 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 123900


Berezina - Lemminkainen 58-81

The game without a history. Lemminkainen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Berezina-RCOR to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Lemminkainen dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Berezina-RCOR's 28 and made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Lemminkainen forced 22 Berezina-RCOR turnovers and outrebounded them 42-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. Berezina-RCOR was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Irma Raugaite (176-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Rita Milieskiene (175-78) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Ala Murauskaya (185-85) replied with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Nadzeya Jakovits (182-90) added 10 points and 6 assists in the effort for Berezina-RCOR. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Berezina: A.Murauskaya 29+6reb+5ast, N.Jakovits 10+3reb+6ast, G.Shylovich 8+4reb, H.Kalenta 7+6reb+1ast, H.Kalikh 4+4reb+2ast, K.Kalvinkoskaya 0
Lemminkainen: I.Raugaite 16+2reb+5ast, R.Margeviciute 14+6reb, R.Milieskiene 12+9reb+2ast, I.Visgaudaite 12+1reb+1ast, L.Povilonyte 9+6reb, G.Gutkauskaite 8+3reb
gschID: 123901


Minsk-2006 - VICI Kaunas 61-85

The game without a history. VICI Kaunas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for VICI Kaunas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Center Giedre Paugaite (192-90) notched 26 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Ausra Bimbaite (179-82) supported her with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Even 28 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: LBM Management) did not help to save the game for Minsk-2006. Forward Alesia Lalovich (188-79) added 8 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. 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.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006: C.Givens 28+9reb+2ast, A.Lalovich 8+5reb, V.Pantsiukh 8+1ast, V.Istseliatsova 7+6reb, B.Queenan 6+2reb+3ast, V.Harelchyk 2+2reb+1ast
VICI Kaunas: G.Paugaite 26+8reb, A.Bimbaite 25+8reb+1ast, A.Kemezys 10+6reb, R.Valentiene 8+2reb+3ast, V.Kuktiene 7+1reb+2ast, M.Sauliute 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 123898




Standings
Baltic League Standings
Semifinals
Group A
 1. Spartak SP 2-0 
 2. Lemminkainen 1-1 
 3. TTT Riga 1-1 
 4. Berezina 0-2 
Group B
 1. Gorizont 2-0 
 2. VICI Kaunas 2-0 
 3. Minsk-2006 0-2 
 4. Olimpia 0-2 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Merike ANDERSON
  Spartak SP
  (181-F-81)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Anderson, Spart.18.3 
 2. Nikolai, TL.18.0 
 3. Murauskaya, Berez.17.3 
 4. Belyakova, Spart.16.8 
 5. Lacy, Spartak SP15.9 
 6. Givens, Minsk-200615.9 
 7. Kozun, Olimpia15.6 
 8. Dyeva, Serene14.9 
 9. Junaid, Spartak SP14.6 
 10. Filonchyk, Olimpia13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sigita GALDIKAITE
  MRU
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Galdikaite, MRU10.0 
 2. Kozun, Olimpia8.7 
 3. Iordan, Olimpia8.6 
 4. Murauskaya, Berez.8.6 
 5. Dyeva, Serene8.5 
 6. Junaid, Spartak SP8.5 
 7. Paskalenko, Spart.8.1 
 8. Aleksaite, MRU8.1 
 9. Kalinichenko, Serene7.8 
 10. Gricaeva, Spart.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Iva CIGLAR
  Spartak SP
  (170-G-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ciglar, Spartak SP5.3 
 2. Murauskaya, Berez.4.2 
 3. Kashlei, Olimpia3.7 
 4. Padabed, Minsk.3.7 
 5. Zintikaite, MRU3.6 
 6. Keyru, Spartak SP3.2 
 7. Jakovits, Berezina3.2 
 8. Padshyvalava, Victo.3.2 
 9. Yuzhakova, Spart.3.1 
 10. Givens, Minsk-20062.9 
Steals Per Game
 Katerina KEYRU
  Spartak SP
  (182-F-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Keyru, Spartak SP3.6 
 2. Murauskaya, Berez.3.5 
 3. Padshyvalava, Victo.3.1 
 4. Gricaeva, Spart.2.9 
 5. Belyakova, Spart.2.8 
 6. Miil, TL.2.5 
 7. Ciglar, Spartak SP2.4 
 8. Martinkute, MRU2.3 
 9. Okuneva, TL.2.2 
 10. Givens, Minsk-20062.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Valeria KAST
  Mariana
  (201-C-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kast, Minsk-20061.9 
 2. Galdikaite, MRU1.5 
 3. Murauskaya, Berez.1.5 
 4. Paskalenko, Spart.1.4 
 5. Rashcenia, Victoria1.3 
 6. Filonchyk, Olimpia1.2 
 7. Istseliatsov., Minsk-.1.1 
 8. Kalenta, Berezina1.0 
 9. Junaid, Spartak SP1.0 
 10. Kozun, Olimpia0.9 


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D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Leemans, Sint K.20.7 
 2. Tatham, Point C.18.4 
 3. Meesseman, Ieper17.9 
 4. VanMalderen, Dexia N.16.3 
 5. Gaither, Dexia N.16.2 
 6. Dennett, Sint K.16.1 
 7. Wilkins, Point Chaud15.1 
 8. Mayombo, Point C.14.8 
 9. Decroos, BBC Boom14.5 
 10. Blommaers, Houth.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rhona MCKENZIE
  Houthalen
  (183-F-76)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. McKenzie, Houth.13.4 
 2. Meesseman, Ieper10.9 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.9.5 
 4. Wilkins, Point Chaud9.0 
 5. Tatham, Point C.8.9 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.8.9 
 7. Van Respaill., Wareg.8.5 
 8. Ibekwe, Point C.8.5 
 9. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.8.4 
 10. Hoehne, R.Spirou.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Leemans, Sint K.3.2 
 2. Van Dessel, Sint K.2.3 
 3. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.3 
 4. Mayombo, Point C.2.2 
 5. Deneil, Dexia Namur1.9 
 6. Devliegher, Ieper1.9 
 7. Blommaers, Houth.1.8 
 8. Degels, Jeugd G.1.8 
 9. VanMalderen, Dexia N.1.8 
 10. Van Driel, BBC B.1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Meesseman, Ieper2.5 
 2. Gaither, Dexia N.2.4 
 3. Mayombo, Point C.2.2 
 4. Van De Bruae., Deerl.2.1 
 5. Leemans, Sint K.2.0 
 6. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.0 
 7. Deneil, Dexia Namur2.0 
 8. Van den Vond., BBC B.2.0 
 9. Deyaert, Waregem2.0 
 10. Van Driel, BBC B.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Meesseman, Ieper2.9 
 2. Dennett, Sint K.1.7 
 3. Boonen, BBC Boom1.6 
 4. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.1.2 
 5. Theunissen, Point C.1.2 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.1.0 
 7. Lentacker, Jeugd G.0.9 
 8. VanMalderen, Dexia N.0.9 
 9. Malfait, Jeugd G.0.8 
 10. Van Respaill., Wareg.0.7 


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  BOTSWANA - Women  


Six clubs join basketball league - by Thomas Fink
MOGOMOTSI BUZWANI
Correspondent

FRANCISTOWN: Six clubs have joined the national basketball league, an official has said. Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) chairperson, Kabo Khama said four clubs will join the men competition while two will be in the women's league at the start of the 2011 season. This will bring the number to 14 in the men's league and six in women's category. Former league sides, Dolphins and Drillers, newly-registered Titans and Jwaneng Bullets, will join the men's league.

Khama said Dolphins will be rejoining the league for the second time after their brief suspension in 2009 when they failed to raise a team and honour fixtures. Drillers quit the league in 2007 when the competition was suspended due to financial constraints. 'The two (Dolphins and Drillers) used to be in the league before. We encountered serious problems in 2007 that forced Drillers to quit the league while Dolphins failed to raise a team to honour fixtures,' Khama explained.

In the women's league, Gaborone-based Nugget Queens and Panpheres will join Police, Relic, BDF V and NIIT to bring the number to six. Most of Nugget Queens' players are from the Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) games.Khama said they expect to register one more club from Francistown before the season kicks-off. 'We are looking to register Splinters women's team before the season starts,' he said. The season has been tentatively set to start in the second weekend of April.

Meanwhile, BBA will host the first edition of 'The Max' tournament in Gaborone this weekend to support former national team and BDF V player, Malebogo 'Max' Molefe who is disabled. The event starts at the University of Botswana (UB) courts tomorrow and features players and celebrities.Molefe miraculously survived a shooting incident in 2009, when her ex-boyfriend opened fire.

'She is a former basketball player who survived the shooting. Her mates in conjunction with BBA organised this tournament as a way of support as she is no longer working,' Khama said. The theme of the tournament is 'The Max Against Violence'. Tickets will be sold at P20 at the gate. Donation forms will be available during the games. Multichoice Botswana is among the companies that promised to sponsor the tournament and has donated a Dstv decoder to Molefe.

One of the organisers of the tournament, Boineelo Magaga, appealed to different companies to assist the former national team player who needs money for physiotherapy. 'Max's life has changed as she is not working and she is the only child in her family. The incident also forced her parent to quit her job, as she was self-employed as a farmer. She is home taking care of Molefe,' Magaga said. Vee, Robbie Rob, Scar and DJ O'Neal of RB 2 will be playing for the celebrities against journalists.


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Standings - Women
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil 13-7 
 2. Levski 13-7 
 3. Montana 2003 13-7 
 4. Dunav 13-7 
 5. Beroe 07 7-13 
 6. Slavia 0-20 


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Meistriliiga Round 17: Derby game ends with TLU/Volta's defeat of NikeWomen - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Meistriliiga.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: TLU/Volta (#3) and NikeWomen (#4). TLU/Volta (7-5) won against visiting NikeWomen (5-9) 78-70. NikeWomen trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-78 at the end of the game. TLU/Volta maintains third place with 7-5 record having ten points less than leader Eclex Tallinn. Newly promoted NikeWomen keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. TLU/Volta's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena Eclex Tallinn.
An interesting game for Eclex Tallinn (14-1) which played road game in Tartu against second-ranked Tartu Ulikooli (8-7). First ranked Eclex Tallinn had an easy win 74-53. Eclex Tallinn have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Tartu Ulikooli at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Eclex Tallinn's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn TLU/Volta.



TLU/Volta - NikeWomen 78-70

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: TLU/Volta (#3) and NikeWomen (#4). TLU/Volta (7-5) won against visiting NikeWomen (5-9) 78-70. NikeWomen trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-78 at the end of the game. TLU/Volta maintains third place with 7-5 record having ten points less than leader Eclex Tallinn. Newly promoted NikeWomen keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. TLU/Volta's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena Eclex Tallinn.
gschID: 120777


Tartu Ulikooli - Eclex Tallinn 53-74

An interesting game for Eclex Tallinn (14-1) which played road game in Tartu against second-ranked Tartu Ulikooli (8-7). First ranked Eclex Tallinn had an easy win 74-53. The game without a history. Eclex Tallinn led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Eclex Tallinn have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Tartu Ulikooli at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Eclex Tallinn's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn TLU/Volta.
gschID: 120776




Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. Eclex Tallinn 14-1 
 2. Tartu Ulikooli 8-7 
 3. TLU/Volta 7-5 
 4. NikeWomen 5-9 
 5. Audentes 1-13 


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  EUROCUP - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
All-EuroCup 1st Team 2010-2011
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Tanisha Wright
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Ana Dabovic
Dabovic
Simona Podesvova
Podesvova
Carla Thomas
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Player of the Year: Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81) of Elitzur Ramla Israel
Guard of the Year: Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) of Dynamo-GUVD Russia
Forward of the Year: Carla Thomas (191-F/C-85) of Villeneuve France
Center of the Year: Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81) of Elitzur Ramla Israel
European Player of the Year: Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) of Dynamo-GUVD Russia
Import of the Year: Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81) of Elitzur Ramla Israel
Defensive Player of the Year: Natalya Myasoedova (192-C-87) of Dynamo-GUVD Russia
Coach of the Year: Adan Inbar of Elitzur Ramla Israel

1st Team
G: Tanisha Wright (180-83) of Elitzur Ramla Israel
G/F: Ana Dabovic (183-89) of Dynamo-GUVD Russia
F: Simona Podesvova (186-83) of MBK Ruzomb. Slovakia
F/C: Carla Thomas (191-85) of Villeneuve France
C: Le'Coe Willingham (183-81) of Elitzur Ramla Israel

2nd Team
G: Essence Carson (183-86) of SEAT Lami Hungary
G/F: Sheana Mosch (177-81) of Dynamo-GUVD Russia
F: Shay Doron (175-85) of Elitzur Ramla Israel
F/G: Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-88) of Gorizont Belarus
C: Olayinka Sanni (188-86) of Villeneuve France

3rd Team
G: Marjorie Carpreaux (165-87) of Villeneuve France
G: Nicole Michael (188-87) of Gran Canaria Spain
F: Anna Petrakova (188-84) of Chevakata Russia
F: Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-85) of Nantes France
C: Jessica Davenport (196-85) of Chevakata Russia

Honorable Mention
Caroline Aubert (168-G-80) of Nantes France
Rosaura Sanchez (176-G-74) of Gran Canaria Spain
Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) of Partizan Serbia
Monika Krawiec (172-G-84) of Energa Torun Poland
Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) of Athinaikos Greece
Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) of Arras France
Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) of Mann Filter Spain
Shanara Hollinquest (183-F-88) of Saarlouis Germany
LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84) of Athinaikos Greece
Jenna Smith (191-C-88) of Nantes France
Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) of Dynamo M. Russia
Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) of Chevakata Russia
Emilija Podrug (190-C-79) of Nantes France

All-Europeans Team
G: Marjorie Carpreaux (165-87) of Villeneuve France
F/G: Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-88) of Gorizont Belarus
G/F: Ana Dabovic (183-89) of Dynamo-GUVD Russia
F: Simona Podesvova (186-83) of MBK Ruzomb. Slovakia
C: Kathrin Ress (196-85) of Gran Canaria Spain

All-Imports Team
G: Tanisha Wright (180-83) of Elitzur Ramla Israel
G: Essence Carson (183-86) of SEAT Lami Hungary
G/F: Sheana Mosch (177-81) of Dynamo-GUVD Russia
F/C: Carla Thomas (191-85) of Villeneuve France
C: Le'Coe Willingham (183-81) of Elitzur Ramla Israel



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  FINLAND - Women  


Catz take 2-0 Semifinal lead. ToPo ties the series - by Eurobasket News
ToPo - PeKa 69-65

The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-65. Torpan Pojat made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. The former international center Taru Tuukkanen (190-77, college: Xavier) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Dandra Moss (183-88, college: VCU) chipped in 17 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Torpan Pojat's coach Mikko Kurki used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Amanda Lassiter (186-79, college: Missouri) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and her fellow American import power forward Shanika Freeman (183-83, college: Jacksonville St.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four Peli-Karhut players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
PeKa: A.Lassiter 19+13reb+2ast, L.Lehtoranta 14+1reb, K.Vaughn 13+7reb, S.Freeman 12+11reb, L.Richter 5+4reb, A.Pounds 2+5reb+2ast
ToPo: T.Tuukkanen 21+10reb+2ast, D.Moss 17+13reb+3ast, A.Juvonen 13+9reb+3ast, E.Nurmi 7+4reb+1ast, J.Sundstrom 6+1reb+1ast, H.Valkeinen 3+3reb
gschID: 124558


Espoo Team - Catz 60-78

The game without a history. Catz Lappeenranta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Catz Lappeenranta forced 22 Espoo Team turnovers. American forward Lisa Lee (183-84, college: Charleston) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Russian power forward Elena Reshetko (184-86) supported her with 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Even 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks by international forward Evita Iiskola (181-93) did not help to save the game for Espoo Team. Guard Venlakaisa Holtta (178-84) added 10 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Four Espoo Team players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Espoo Team: L.Wilson 12+2reb+1ast, E.Iiskola 10+5reb, V.Holtta 10+5reb, N.Laaksonen 10+5reb, M.Lahde 7+3reb+1ast, M.Dettmann 5+2reb+1ast
Catz: E.Reshetko 23+5reb, L.Lee 22+11reb+1ast, R.Piipari 13+2reb+3ast, E.Kityzina 9+4reb+1ast, V.Kesanen 3+2reb, H.Vapamaa 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 124559




ToPo won PeKa, Catz took another victory over Espoo Team - by Elina Koskinen
ToPo beat PeKa by numbers 96-65 in Helsinki on Friday evening. Home team took the lead in the beginning and made 5-0 in two minutes. Then after five minutes game the visitors took control and they led 23-18 after the first period. The second period was good for ToPo and meanwhile PeKa had troubles to score. ToPo won the second quarter 25-12 and led 43-35 in half-time. The second half of the game was more even and points were scored by turns. However ToPo kept the lead despite PeKa won the third period 11-15. In addition the numbers in the last quarter were even 15-15. The leading characters of ToPo were again Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) and Dandra Moss (183-F-88, college: VCU). Tuukkanen finished 21/10 and Moss 17/13. In addition Anette Juvonen (170-G-93) scored 13/9 for ToPo. Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) was the most efficient of PeKa finishing 19/13. Lassiter was assisted by Laura Lehtoranta (172-G-84) who had a good shooting day netting 14 points and Krystal Vaughn (185-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) who scored 13 points.

Catz took another victory over Espoo Team by numbers 60-78. The game stayed even for first ten minutes. After the first period score was 17-18. Then Catz started to run and they won the second quarter 14-22. Thus Catz was 9 points ahead in the half-time as score was 31-40. In the third period visitors added the lead 16-25 and sealed the victory. Espoo Team couldnt fight for the victory anymore in the last period though it ended in even 13-13 numbers. Key players for Catz victory were Elena Reshetko (184-C/F-86) who scored the game highest 23 points and Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston) who finished 22 points and 11 rebounds. Reetta Piipari (170-G-80, college: Xavier) assisted them by 13 points. On the contrary Espoo Team lacked the scorer who could win the match for home team. Laura Wilson (185-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Binghamton) netted the highest 12 points for Espoo Team. In addition Venlakaisa Holtta (178-G-84), Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) and Evita Iiskola (181-F-93) scored 10 points.

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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Moss, ToPo24.4 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU24.1 
 3. Vaughn, PeKa24.0 
 4. Tuukkanen, ToPo19.2 
 5. Robinson, Huima18.6 
 6. Karcic, Kerava18.6 
 7. Wright, FoA16.9 
 8. Lassiter, PeKa16.8 
 9. Laaksonen, Espoo T.16.5 
 10. Lomax, Huima15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Robinson, Huima14.8 
 2. Freeman, PeKa13.7 
 3. Lomax, Huima13.2 
 4. Moss, ToPo12.6 
 5. Karcic, Kerava12.1 
 6. Lassiter, PeKa11.2 
 7. Vaughn, PeKa11.1 
 8. Laaksonen, Espoo T.10.6 
 9. Jones, Huima10.0 
 10. Tuukkanen, ToPo9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dionne POUNDS
  HoNsU
  (174-F-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Pounds, HoNsU3.6 
 2. Wright, FoA3.5 
 3. Karcic, Kerava3.3 
 4. Moss, ToPo2.9 
 5. Piipari, Catz2.8 
 6. Robinson, Huima2.7 
 7. Lassiter, PeKa2.7 
 8. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.3 
 9. Lomax, Huima2.2 
 10. Freeman, PeKa2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa KARCIC
  Kerava
  (185-F/C-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Karcic, Kerava5.5 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU3.9 
 3. Lassiter, PeKa3.2 
 4. Lee, Catz2.9 
 5. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.9 
 6. Wright, FoA2.9 
 7. Freeman, PeKa2.5 
 8. Robinson, Huima2.4 
 9. Morris, Huima2.4 
 10. Lomax, Huima2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Moss, ToPo0.9 
 2. Laaksonen, Espoo T.0.8 
 3. Lomax, Huima0.8 
 4. Iiskola, Espoo T.0.7 
 5. Holopainen, Espoo T.0.7 
 6. Robinson, Huima0.6 
 7. Wilson, Espoo Team0.6 
 8. Pounds, HoNsU0.6 
 9. Kosunen, Kerava0.5 
 10. Jahilo, FoA0.5 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Candace WILLIAMS
  Leipzig
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Williams, Leipzig18.1 
 2. Hayes, Freiburg17.2 
 3. Tulikihihifo, Wolfen.16.8 
 4. Tatham, Halle16.5 
 5. Turner, Freiburg16.4 
 6. Terzic, Herner15.5 
 7. Holmes, Wasserburg15.4 
 8. Austmann, Oberh.15.0 
 9. Bender, Oberhausen14.8 
 10. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tamara TATHAM
  Halle
  (187-F-85)
  Avg: 9
 1. Tatham, Halle9.0 
 2. Holmes, Wasserburg8.2 
 3. Rajecka, Donau-Ries7.9 
 4. Haughian, Leipzig7.5 
 5. Williamson, Halle7.2 
 6. Tracey, Freiburg7.1 
 7. Hollinquest, Saarl.7.0 
 8. Almind, Oberhausen7.0 
 9. Porter-T., Wasse.6.9 
 10. Williams, Leipzig6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries5.1 
 2. Comtesse, Saarl.4.3 
 3. Paige, Halle3.9 
 4. Pace, Leipzig3.7 
 5. O''Rourke, Chemnitz3.5 
 6. Austmann, Oberh.3.5 
 7. Mersch, Oberhausen3.2 
 8. Davidson, Marburg2.9 
 9. Barnert, Saarlouis2.9 
 10. Pop, Wasserburg2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries3.3 
 2. Hayes, Freiburg2.9 
 3. Baker, Herner2.6 
 4. Pace, Leipzig2.6 
 5. Hightower, Wasse.2.4 
 6. Austmann, Oberh.2.4 
 7. Tatham, Halle2.3 
 8. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.2.3 
 9. Holmes, Wasserburg2.2 
 10. Turner, Freiburg2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Sequoia HOLMES
  Wasserburg
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Holmes, Wasserburg1.1 
 2. Landry, Marburg1.0 
 3. Zberch, Oberhausen0.8 
 4. Muurinen, Rhein MB0.8 
 5. Bondarenko, Freib.0.7 
 6. Smith, Saarlouis0.7 
 7. Greunke, Rhein MB0.7 
 8. Tracey, Freiburg0.7 
 9. Koop, Marburg0.7 
 10. Wohlberg, Leipzig0.7 


DBBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Wasserburg - Oberhausen 80-69

Wasserburg surged ahead in the quarterfinal series versus Oberhausen. The game was mostly controlled by TSV 1880 Wasserburg. Oberhausen managed to win fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TSV 1880 Wasserburg made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Oberhausen turnovers. American guard Tiffany Porter-Talbert (175-84, college: W.Kentucky) stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Australian-Maltese swingman Rebecca Thoresen (178-78) chipped in 18 points. TSV 1880 Wasserburg's coach Hans Brei used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Jennifer Bender (185-87, college: Monmouth) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Desire Almind (182-82, college: Bucknell, agency: LBM Management) scored 12 points.
Top scorers:
Wasserburg: T.Porter-Talbert 20+8reb+3ast, R.Thoresen 18+4reb+2ast, J.Hootmann 10+4reb, S.Brunckhorst 9+1reb+1ast, S.Holmes 6+10reb+1ast, J.Furkova 5+1ast
Oberhausen: J.Bender 24+7reb, D.Almind 12+4reb+3ast, M.Lechlitner 9, L.Mersch 8+7reb+2ast, S.Austmann 6+2reb+4ast, B.Thimm 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 123918


Donau-Ries - Freiburg 73-69

Donau-Ries held off Freiburg in the opener. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Heli Donau-Ries outrebounded Eisvogel Freiburg 37-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Slovakian center Dasa Rajecka (189-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and American forward Morgan Henderson (185-88, college: San Diego) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). At the losing side American guard Sarah Hayes (173-84, college: Brown) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import swingman Jahzinga Tracey (185, college: Indiana, PA) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Donau-Ries: M.Henderson 23+7reb+1ast, S.Loewe 17+3reb, D.Rajecka 15+15reb+1ast, A.Rego 10+6reb+7ast, F.Szittya 4, S.Eder 2
Freiburg: S.Hayes 19+6reb, Y.Turner 15+1reb, M.Paunovic 10+2reb, J.Tracey 10+9reb, F.Hoere 7+2reb+1ast, N.Bondarenko 6+1reb
gschID: 123915


Saarlouis - Wolfenbuettel 71-60

Saarlouis overwhelmed Wolfenbuettel at home court taking 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. The game was mostly controlled by TV Saarlouis Royals. Wildcats Wolfenbuettel managed to win third quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Czech power forward Petra Manakova (190-82, college: Oakland) stepped up and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and international guard Stina Barnert (174-89) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. At the losing side power forward Charmaine Callahan (183-83) responded with 13 points and power forward Juliane Hoehne (189-83, college: IPFW) scored 7 points and 7 rebounds. Wildcats Wolfenbuettel's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Saarlouis: P.Manakova 18+9reb+1ast, S.Barnert 12+3reb+4ast, K.Brugman 9+1reb+5ast, T.Smith 8+6reb+1ast, I.Comtesse 6+4reb+1ast, J.Wellers 6+3reb+1ast
Wolfenbuettel: C.Callahan 13+2reb+3ast, S.Berger 10+6reb, C.Bartee 10+4reb+1ast, J.Hoehne 7+7reb+2ast, I.Kulite 6+4reb+1ast, S.Zaidi 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 123916


Marburg - Halle 75-59

Marburg delivered the first win in the quarterfinal series against Halle. BC Pharmaserv Marburg made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BC Pharmaserv Marburg made 7 blocks. The former international forward Margret Skuballa (186-87) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 assists for the winners and the former international center Lisa Koop (197-85, college: Winthrop) chipped in 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four BC Pharmaserv Marburg players scored in double figures. BC Pharmaserv Marburg's coach Aleksandra Kojic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Carrie Biemer (183-87, college: Pennsylvania) responded with 13 points and forward Laura Hebecker (181-93) scored 10 points.
Top scorers:
Marburg: L.Koop 21+4reb+1ast, M.Skuballa 17+4reb+6ast, C.Hightower 10+4reb+1ast, S.Weber 10+2reb+3ast, A.Davidson 9+3reb+3ast, S.Landry 7+5reb+1ast
Halle: C.Biemer 13+4reb, T.Tatham 10+3reb, L.Hebecker 10+3reb+3ast, C.Sterner 8+1reb+2ast, M.Abelova 5+4reb+3ast, J.Kohlmann 5+1reb
gschID: 123917




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  HUNGARY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Page, ZTE18.9 
 2. Zherzherunov., Sze.18.5 
 3. Carson, SEAT L.17.3 
 4. Hollingswort., SEAT L.15.1 
 5. Tamane, MKB Eurol.15.0 
 6. Griffin, Pecs 201014.6 
 7. Holt, MKB Eurol.14.2 
 8. Kublina, SEAT L.14.0 
 9. Quigley, Pecs 201013.9 
 10. Cvetanovic, Szolnok13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olena ZHERZHERUNOVA
  Szeged
  (191-F-78)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Zherzherunov., Sze.11.9 
 2. Hollingswort., SEAT L.9.7 
 3. Page, ZTE9.3 
 4. Tamane, MKB Eurol.7.9 
 5. Pal, Vasas-Csata7.4 
 6. Olajuwon, SEAT L.7.3 
 7. Krnjic, Pecs 20107.0 
 8. Cvetanovic, Szolnok6.6 
 9. Kublina, SEAT L.6.5 
 10. Balla, Vasas-Csata6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Katarina RISTIC
  Szolnok
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ristic, Szolnok5.3 
 2. Medgyessy, Atome.