EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/28/2011

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  ABA   


How the ABA finals are working - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association decided a little complicated format for its 2011 Final Four.
It all started on Wednesday, March 23, when #1 Southeast Texas Mavericks met the #2 Seed East (East Kentucky Energy) and the Jacksonville Giants met the #2 Seed West (Gulf Coast Flash). With all the two top seeded winners, SETX received a bye, with the #2 Jacksonville waited for the winner of the East Kentucky - Gulf Coast match.
The Gulf Coast Flash defeated East Kentucky Energy 118-107, eliminating the Energy, and then defeated also Jacksonville on Saturday night in the only upset of the Final Four, this is why they are now playing in the ABA Championship Series vs. the SETX Mavericks.
The Series are best of two games, GAme 2 will be played on Tuesday, March 29, if necessary



Mavericks win Game 1 - by Gianni Pascucci
The Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated Gulf Coast Flash, 114-97 in Game 1 of ABA Championship Series at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.) led the way with 27 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assist, 5 steals. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) and Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) added 17 points each at the wining side.
Game 2 will be tonight, Monday 28, again at NJEC Arena. Tip-off will be at 8;00 PM.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Hear ye hear ye new zealand are you ready for Morrison - by Sheryl Reyes
Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) of Satria Muda Britama signed 3 months contract with a team with the New Zealand Basketball League he is expected to arrive on April 5, 2010 he is expected to bring electrifying style of play. He is known to be a beast and a scoring machine when he played in the ABL season 2 as a matter of fact he was top leading scorer. It will be very interesting seeing this young talented athlete make a difference in this NBL season.

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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round 24 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Perth Wildcats (16-12) fell to fourth ranked Cairns Taipans (15-12) in overtime by three points 87-90. The best player for the winners was Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California) who had 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cairns Taipans have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-12 record. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the third place with 12 games lost. Cairns Taipans' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru and it may be the game of the week.
Eighth ranked Adelaide 36ers won an overtime thriller edging 6th ranked Gold Coast Blaze by one point 102-101 on Friday night. The game took place in Broadbeach. But the guests from Findon were better at the end. It was a good game for Jacob Holmes who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Adelaide 36ers maintains eighth position with 9-18 record. Gold Coast Blaze at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Adelaide 36ers will face league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

The most impressive performance of 24th round was 17 points and 13 rebounds by Oscar Forman of Hawks.


Blaze - 36ers 101-102 OT

Eighth ranked Adelaide 36ers won an overtime thriller edging 6th ranked Gold Coast Blaze by one point 102-101 on Friday night. The game took place in Broadbeach. But the guests from Findon were better at the end. Gold Coast Blaze was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 4-5. It was a good game for the former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Rhys Carter (190-84) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman James Harvey (196-79, agency: Interperformances) added 20 points in the effort for Gold Coast Blaze. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Adelaide 36ers maintains eighth position with 9-18 record. Gold Coast Blaze at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Adelaide 36ers will face league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
36ers: R.Carter 20+2reb+3ast, B.Hill 17+1reb+3ast, D.Johnson 15+9reb, J.Holmes 14+12reb+2ast, E.Shannon 13+3reb+8ast, J.Dowdell 11+3reb+1ast
Blaze: J.Harvey 20+4reb+3ast, I.Clark 19+8reb+1ast, A.Gibson 18+1reb+7ast, T.Garlepp 13+3reb+1ast, C.Goulding 13+4reb, S.Hoare 11+11reb+1ast
gschID: 94648


Tigers - Crocodiles 72-82

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Townsville Crocodiles (17-10) beat on the road 7th ranked Melbourne Tigers (10-17) 82-72 on Saturday. Melbourne Tigers were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 29-12 charge of Townsville Crocodiles, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 65.0 percentage. It was a good game for American guard Will Blalock (183-83, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 5 assists. Guard Michael Cedar (195-86) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four Townsville Crocodiles players scored in double figures. Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Lucas Walker (203, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Melbourne Tigers. Townsville Crocodiles have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-10 record having just two points less than leader Breakers. Loser Melbourne Tigers keep the seventh place with 17 games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will face Cairns Taipans (#4) on the road in the next round. Melbourne Tigers will play against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: M.Cedar 14+3reb+1ast, N.Crosswell 12+2reb+2ast, B.Allen 12+3reb+2ast, W.Blalock 12+1reb+5ast, P.Crawford 11, T.Blanchfield 9+2reb
Tigers: C.Williams 17+7reb+6ast, C.Tragardh 14+7reb+2ast, L.Walker 14+10reb+4ast, M.Burston 9+5reb+3ast, D.Corletto 7+1reb, B.Lewis 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 94649


Hawks - Sydney K. 86-70

Very expected game when 9th ranked Kings (8-19) lost to fifth ranked Wollongong Hawks (15-13) in Gwynneville 70-86 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-70. It was a good game for American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 assists. The former international forward Oscar Forman (205-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Wollongong Hawks' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kings. Wollongong Hawks maintains fifth position with 15-13 record. Loser Kings stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Wollongong Hawks will have a break next round. Kings will play at home against Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in Broadbeach.
Top scorers:
Hawks: G.Ervin 20+4reb+8ast, O.Forman 17+13reb+2ast, T.Behrendorff 14+2reb, D.Gruber 9+6reb, G.Saville 9+3reb+2ast, T.Demos 6+1reb
Sydney K.: T.Gilder 18+7reb+3ast, B.Madgen 17+2reb+3ast, J.Khazzouh 15+8reb+1ast, P.Sanders 8+3reb, L.Martin 5+4ast, B.Knight 4+5reb
gschID: 94650


Taipans - Wildcats 90-87 OT

One of their biggest challengers Perth Wildcats (16-12) fell to fourth ranked Cairns Taipans (15-12) in overtime by three points 87-90. Perth Wildcats were ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 20-14 charge of Cairns Taipans, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-10. Cairns Taipans dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Perth Wildcats' 32. 27 personal fouls committed by Perth Wildcats helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) who scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import swingman Ronald Dorsey (197-83, college: McNeese St.) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Kevin Lisch (188, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) who recorded 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and international guard Damian Martin (188-84, college: Loyola Marymount) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five Cairns Taipans and four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cairns Taipans have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-12 record. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the third place with 12 games lost. Cairns Taipans' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru and it may be the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Taipans: R.Dorsey 20+8reb+2ast, A.Ubaka 20+6reb+6ast, P.Jones 13+4reb+4ast, D.Rychart 11+9reb+1ast, I.Crosswhite 11+7reb+2ast, L.Tait 4+1reb
Wildcats: K.Lisch 19+8reb+5ast, J.Trueman 12+3reb, J.Wagstaff 12+3reb, S.Weigh 11+7reb+1ast, D.Martin 10+7reb+3ast, C.Tovey 10+8reb+2ast
gschID: 125172




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Penney, Breakers20.6 
 2. Ervin, Hawks20.1 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Williams, Tigers17.9 
 5. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.5 
 6. Clark, Blaze17.2 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers16.1 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.3 
 10. Devendorf, Tigers14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.1 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.0 
 3. Vukona, Breakers7.7 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 6. Williams, Tigers7.0 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.9 
 8. Clark, Blaze6.8 
 9. Burston, Tigers6.8 
 10. Holmes, 36ers6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, Tigers6.0 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Ervin, Hawks4.5 
 4. Shannon, 36ers4.4 
 5. Braswell, Breakers4.2 
 6. Carter, 36ers4.1 
 7. Saville, Hawks4.1 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.9 
 9. Blalock, Crocodiles3.6 
 10. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.3 
 2. Williams, Tigers1.4 
 3. Crawford, Croco.1.4 
 4. Saville, Hawks1.4 
 5. Carter, 36ers1.4 
 6. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 7. Braswell, Breakers1.3 
 8. Ellis, Crocodiles1.3 
 9. Ervin, Hawks1.3 
 10. Shannon, 36ers1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam BALLINGER
  36ers
  (205-F-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 2. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.8 
 3. Clark, Blaze1.2 
 4. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.0.9 
 8. Freeman, Croco.0.9 
 9. Gilder, Sydney K.0.9 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats0.8 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 20-6 
 2. Crocodiles 17-10 
 3. Wildcats 16-12 
 4. Taipans 15-12 
 5. Hawks 15-13 
 6. Blaze 12-15 
 7. Tigers 10-17 
 8. 36ers 9-18 
 9. Sydney K. 8-19 


Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 2-0 
 2. Sherbrooke S. 2-0 
 3. Waverley F. 2-0 
 4. Eltham W. 1-1 
 5. Diamond V.E. 1-1 
 6. Melbourne 1-2 
 7. Ringwood H. 0-2 
 8. Hume City 0-3 
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. Hills H. 2-0 
 2. Hornsby S. 2-0 
 3. Sydney C. 2-0 
 4. Newcastle H. 2-1 
 5. Canberra N. 1-0 
 6. Parramatta W. 1-0 
 7. Bankstown B. 1-1 
 8. Illawarra H. 0-0 
 9. Manly Warr. 0-1 
 10. Sutherland S. 0-1 
 11. Maitland M. 0-2 
 12. Norths Bears 0-2 
 13. C. Coast C. 0-3 


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Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 23-8 
 2. Arkadia 20-11 
 3. Oberwart 20-11 
 4. Furstenfeld 18-13 
 5. Klosterneub. 17-14 
 6. Kapfenberg 14-17 
Group B
 1. Wels 18-13 
 2. UBSC Graz 16-15 
 3. BC Vienna 13-18 
 4. Gussing 13-18 
 5. St.Polten 12-19 
 6. Worthersee 2-29 


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.19.3 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.5 
 6. Mayes, Gmunden17.7 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.17.2 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.1 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.16.2 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.2 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 5. Graham, UBSC G.7.8 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.6 
 7. Trepalovac, BC Vi.7.5 
 8. Volcic, Oberwart7.5 
 9. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.4 
 10. Djuric, Gussing7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.7.6 
 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. Parker, Oberwart4.3 
 9. Boylan, Gmunden4.2 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.2 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.2 
 4. Jandl, St.Polten2.1 
 5. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 6. Parker, Oberwart2.0 
 7. Vay, Arkadia1.8 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
 9. Artner, Oberwart1.7 
 10. Danek, Arkadia1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.4 
 4. Hicks, Furstenfeld1.2 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 6. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 7. Sally, Oberwart1.0 
 8. Vay, Arkadia0.9 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.8 
 10. Trepalovac, BC Vi.0.7 


A Bundesliga Round 9 (second stage): Oberwart Gunners defeat Gmunden Swans - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one more round of the Second Stage in A Bundesliga. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. It ended with defeat of the leader.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Gmunden Swans (23-8) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Oberwart Gunners (20-11) 62-57. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-9. But Gmunden Swans won second period 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Oberwart Gunners won last quarter 16-13. It was a good game for American guard David Gonzalvez (193-87, college: Richmond) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 4 assists. Naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) contributed with 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for Gmunden Swans. Oberwart Gunners maintains third place in Bundesliga with 20-11 record having just -2 point less than leader Wels. Defending champion Gmunden Swans still keep top position with eight games lost. Oberwart Gunners are looking forward to face Kapfenberg Bulls (#6) at home in the next round. Gmunden Swans will play against Furstenfeld Panthers (#4) and are hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Arkadia Lions (20-11) which hosted in Traiskirchen 4th placed Furstenfeld Panthers (18-13). Second ranked Arkadia Lions managed to get a 11-point victory 87-76. American swingman Kevin Houston (194-76, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Fabricio Vay chipped in 18 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Arkadia Lions maintains second place in Bundesliga with 20-11 record having just -2 point less than leader Wels. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. Arkadia Lions will play against Xion Dukes (#5) in Klosterneuburg in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play at home against the league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and hope to get back on the winning track.



Group A
Arkadia - Furstenfeld 87-76

An interesting game for Arkadia Lions (20-11) which hosted in Traiskirchen 4th placed Furstenfeld Panthers (18-13). Second ranked Arkadia Lions managed to get a 11-point victory 87-76. Furstenfeld Panthers were ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 52-36 second half run of Arkadia Lions. Furstenfeld Panthers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Kevin Houston (194-76, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Romke Hampton (206-88, college: Biola, CA, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Arkadia Lions and five Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. Arkadia Lions maintains second place in Bundesliga with 20-11 record having just -2 point less than leader Wels. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. Arkadia Lions will play against Xion Dukes (#5) in Klosterneuburg in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play at home against the league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: R.Hampton 16+5reb, S.Ray 13+4reb+2ast, S.Stazic 12+6reb+3ast, R.Hicks 12+7reb, D.Carr 11+9reb, A.Shavies 8+3reb+6ast
Arkadia: K.Houston 24+11reb+5ast, F.Vay 18+9reb+5ast, D.Drenovac 15, K.Payton 15+3reb, B.Danek 9+3reb+6ast, R.Spasojevic 4+3reb
gschID: 121992


Gmunden - Oberwart 57-62

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Gmunden Swans (23-8) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Oberwart Gunners (20-11) 62-57. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-9. But Gmunden Swans won second period 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Oberwart Gunners won last quarter 16-13. It was a good game for American guard David Gonzalvez (193-87, college: Richmond) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 4 assists. Naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) contributed with 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Gmunden Swans. Oberwart Gunners maintains third place in Bundesliga with 20-11 record having just -2 point less than leader Wels. Defending champion Gmunden Swans still keep top position with eight games lost. Oberwart Gunners are looking forward to face Kapfenberg Bulls (#6) at home in the next round. Gmunden Swans will play against Furstenfeld Panthers (#4) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: D.Mayes 17+5reb+1ast, D.Oppland 13+11reb, M.Mayer 9+4reb, A.Slack 6+5reb+1ast, F.Schoeninger 6+1reb, E.Murati 4+2reb+2ast
Oberwart: D.Gonzalvez 15+3reb+4ast, H.Ochsenhofer 9+2reb+1ast, J.Johnson 9+10reb, B.Volcic 9+6reb, J.Dean Shawn 7+5reb, K.Parker 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 121993


Klosterneub. - Kapfenberg 58-48

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Xion Dukes' (17-14) home victory over 6th ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (14-17) in Klosterneuburg 58-48 on Sunday. Xion Dukes forced 20 Kapfenberg Bulls turnovers. It was a good game for American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Bosnian power forward Damir Hamidovic (205-71) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) answered with 10 points and 6 assists and the other American import forward Daniel Horace (200-83, college: Miami, OH) added 13 points in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls. Xion Dukes maintains fifth place in Bundesliga with 17-14 record. Loser Kapfenberg Bulls keep the sixth position with 17 games lost. Xion Dukes will face league's second-placed Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kapfenberg Bulls will play on the road against Oberwart Gunners (#3).
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: D.Horace 13+4reb, J.Fears 10+4reb+6ast, A.Woschank 10+6reb+1ast, L.Gordon 5+5reb+1ast, D.Nelson 4+4reb, S.Knabl 2+1reb
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 11+10reb+3ast, D.Hamidovic 10+5reb+1ast, C.Nagler 8+1reb+3ast, A.Maresch 7+2reb, M.Rachar 6+7reb+1ast, D.Zeleznik 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 121994


Group B
Wels - BC Vienna 78-72

An interesting game for Raiffeisen Wels (18-13) which hosted in Wels 3rd placed BC Vienna (13-18). First ranked Raiffeisen Wels managed to get a 6-point victory 78-72. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 29-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Raiffeisen Wels made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 BC Vienna turnovers. American guard Rasheed Brokenborough (191-76, college: Temple, agency: Impact Basketball) nailed 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 18 points. Four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. Montenegrin power forward Sveto Pekovic (202-82) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Bosnian-Croatian center Alen Trepalovac (214-85, agency: World Sport Agency) added 15 points respectively for BC Vienna in the defeat. Raiffeisen Wels maintains first place in Bundesliga with 18-13 record. Loser BC Vienna keeps the third position with 18 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will meet at home Worthersee Piraten (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BC Vienna will play against the league's second-placed UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Rhynes 17+3reb, S.Pekovic 16+11reb+2ast, A.Trepalovac 15+4reb+3ast, S.N'Diaye 9+2reb, N.Miljkovic 8+4reb+1ast, M.Graf 4+5reb+4ast
Wels: R.Brokenborough 22+5reb+4ast, D.Lamesic 18+3reb+3ast, T.Klette 13+5reb+2ast, J.Smith 12+7reb, T.Csebits 7+1ast, P.Radakovics 3+1ast
gschID: 121995


UBSC Graz - Gussing 76-68

An interesting game for UBSC Graz (16-15) which hosted in Graz 4th placed Gussing Knights (13-18). Second ranked UBSC Graz managed to get a 8-point victory 76-68. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Gussing Knights won second period 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American power forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) who scored 8 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Christoph Knor (194-85) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Gussing Knights' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. UBSC Graz maintains second place in Bundesliga with 16-15 record having just two points less than leader Wels. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the fourth position with 18 games lost. UBSC Graz's next round opponent will be BC Vienna (#3) in Wien, which may be the game of the day. Gussing Knights will play at home against St.Polten and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gussing: A.Djuric 19+10reb, M.Heard 16+11reb, A.Nunner 9+6ast, S.Koch 8+4reb+1ast, T.Klepeisz 8+4reb+6ast, M.Jandrasits 5+1reb+2ast
UBSC Graz: S.Grum 18+1reb+1ast, C.Knor 14+9reb+1ast, M.Stegnjaic 12+6reb+2ast, D.Miletic 10+6reb+7ast, L.Graham 8+16reb+3ast, S.Schaal 8+1reb
gschID: 121996


Worthersee - St.Polten 66-96

The game in Klagenfurt supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked St.Polten (12-19) played at the court of 6th ranked Worthersee Piraten (2-29). St.Polten smashed Worthersee Piraten 96-66 on Sunday. The game without a history. St.Polten led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. It was a good game for the former international guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Forward Tomislav Gaspar (198-83) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four St.Polten players scored in double figures. American forward Erik Rhinehart (206-82, college: Olivet Nazarene) answered with 15 points and the other American import guard Bilal Abdullah (196-84, college: Lafayette) added 12 points in the effort for Worthersee Piraten. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. St.Polten maintains fifth place in Bundesliga with 12-19 record. Loser Worthersee Piraten keeps the sixth position with 29 games lost. St.Polten will face higher ranked Gussing Knights (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Worthersee Piraten will play against the league's leader Raiffeisen Wels.
Top scorers:
Worthersee: E.Rhinehart 15+4reb+1ast, B.Abdullah 12+4reb+2ast, S.Husanovic 10+3reb+1ast, B.Weber 8+8reb+1ast, G.Zajic 6+1reb, A.Kuttnig 6+2reb+3ast
St.Polten: T.Gaspar 21+4reb+1ast, R.Poiger 15+7reb+1ast, T.Schreiner 14+8reb+6ast, N.Kapic 12+1ast, T.Blazan 10+4reb+1ast, A.Worenz 10+2ast
gschID: 121997




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Standings - Premier League
Premier Standings
Group A
 1. Minsk-2006 40-0 
 2. Grodno-93 25-15 
 3. OZAA Osipov. 24-16 
 4. Sozh Gomel 18-22 
Group B
 1. Lokomotiv 24-16 
 2. Borifsen 16-24 
 3. BGUIR-RCOR 6-32 
 4. Vitalyur 5-33 


Premier League Round 12: Minsk-2006 beat Grodno-93 once again - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv (24-16) recorded its sixteenth loss in Vitebsk on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Borifsen (16-24) 82-75. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in League. Borifsen maintains second position in League with 16-24 record having eight points less than leader Lokomotiv. Lokomotiv at the other side still keeps top place with 16 games lost.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osipovichi. Third ranked OZAA Osipovichi faced one of their biggest challengers Sozh Gomel. Host OZAA Osipovichi (24-16) defeated guests from Gomel (18-22) 111-97. OZAA Osipovichi maintains third position in League with 24-16 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side keeps the fourth place with 22 games lost.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Minsk. Top-ranked Minsk-2006 faced second-best Grodno-93. Host Minsk-2006 (40-0) smashed guests from Grodno (25-15) 105-86. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 40-0 record. Loser Grodno-93 keeps the second place with 15 games lost.

Group A
OZAA Osipov. - Sozh Gomel 111-97

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osipovichi. Third ranked OZAA Osipovichi faced one of their biggest challengers Sozh Gomel. Host OZAA Osipovichi (24-16) defeated guests from Gomel (18-22) 111-97. OZAA Osipovichi maintains third position in League with 24-16 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side keeps the fourth place with 22 games lost.
gschID: 125148


Minsk-2006 - Grodno-93 105-86

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Minsk. Top-ranked Minsk-2006 faced second-best Grodno-93. Host Minsk-2006 (40-0) smashed guests from Grodno (25-15) 105-86. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 40-0 record. Loser Grodno-93 keeps the second place with 15 games lost.
gschID: 125149


Group B
Lokomotiv - Borifsen 75-82

Lokomotiv (24-16) recorded its sixteenth loss in Vitebsk on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Borifsen (16-24) 82-75. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in League. Borifsen maintains second position in League with 16-24 record having eight points less than leader Lokomotiv. Lokomotiv at the other side still keeps top place with 16 games lost.


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D1 Round 25: Okapi Aalstar beats VOO Verviers-Pepinster by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Seventh-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (7-15) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Okapi Aalstar (17-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Aalst managed to secure only two-point victory 92-90. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great shooting night for Okapi Aalstar especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Tyren Johnson (202-88, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Impact Basketball) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) answered with 32 points and 8 rebounds for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Okapi Aalstar maintains second place with 17-6 record having just -1 points less than leader Charleroi. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. Okapi Aalstar are looking forward to face Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon in the next round, which may be the game of the day. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will have a break next round.
D1 top team - Spirou Charleroi (19-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Leuven Bears (7-14) 86-68. American power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Joseph Gomis chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) responded with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Spirou Charleroi have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-1 record. Leuven Bears lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against bottom-ranked Optima Gent (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leuven Bears will play against Base Oostende and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Leuven supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (13-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Leuven Bears (7-14). Dexia Mons-Hainaut smashed Leuven Bears 80-44 on Saturday. Ronell Taylor nailed 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach Arik Shivek felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Adeola Dagunduro came up with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Leuven Bears in the defeat. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains third place with 13-8 record having five points less than leader Charleroi. Leuven Bears lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will meet league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leuven Bears will play against Base Oostende (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 25 Antwerp beat Gent on the road 87-77.



Verviers-Pep. - Aalstar 90-92

Seventh-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (7-15) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Okapi Aalstar (17-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Aalst managed to secure only two-point victory 92-90. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great shooting night for Okapi Aalstar especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Tyren Johnson (202-88, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Impact Basketball) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) answered with 32 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) added 22 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Okapi Aalstar maintains second place with 17-6 record having just -1 points less than leader Charleroi. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. Okapi Aalstar are looking forward to face Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon in the next round, which may be the game of the day. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: S.Jackson 32+8reb+3ast, R.Freeman 22+7reb, B.Gay 14+5reb, D.Jones 8+3reb+7ast, T.Shengelia 8+3reb, G.Major 4+2reb+2ast
Aalstar: A.Hilliard 24+2ast, T.Johnson 19+8reb, S.Burrell 15+1reb+4ast, D.Huffman 11+2reb+2ast, J.Steinbach 9+2reb+4ast, C.Copeland 9+3reb
gschID: 98661


Leuven - M.Hainaut 44-80

The game in Leuven supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (13-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Leuven Bears (7-14). Dexia Mons-Hainaut smashed Leuven Bears 80-44 on Saturday. Dexia Mons-Hainaut dominated on the defensive end, holding Leuven Bears to just 5 points in fourth quarter and to 11 points in second half. Dexia Mons-Hainaut dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Leuven Bears' 32 and made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Dexia Mons-Hainaut forced 26 Leuven Bears turnovers. American guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) nailed 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) accounted for 16 points. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach Arik Shivek felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) came up with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Leuven Bears in the defeat. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains third place with 13-8 record having five points less than leader Charleroi. Leuven Bears lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will meet league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leuven Bears will play against Base Oostende (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leuven: A.Dagunduro 11+5reb+4ast, B.Freeman 10+4reb, J.Tofi 8+11reb+1ast, J.J.J. Miller 6+2reb+1ast, D.Lowhorn 4+4reb, K.Melson 3+8reb+2ast
M.Hainaut: R.Taylor 22+6reb+3ast, R.Lewis 16+4reb+2ast, J.Cage 12+7reb, S.Foster 8+4reb+2ast, M.Hatten 8+3reb+2ast, P.Van Paassen 7+1reb
gschID: 98660


Gent - Antwerp 77-87

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (12-9) beat on the road bottom-ranked Optima Gent (4-18) 87-77 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American players dominated also this game. Guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) nailed 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Power forward Monwell Randle (203-83, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) came up with 9 points and 14 rebounds and forward Daniel Emerson (206-86, college: Mercer) added 6 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Optima Gent in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Antwerp Giants. They maintain fourth place with 12-9 record. Loser Optima Gent stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Antwerp Giants will meet Belgacom Liege (#8) on the road in the next round. Optima Gent will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gent: M.Rose 15+3reb, D.Loubry 13+2reb+3ast, L.Bosco 12+3reb+3ast, S.Geukens 11+4reb+3ast, M.Randle 9+14reb, A.Hall 9+3reb+1ast
Antwerp: T.Black 19+5reb+4ast, G.Brown 15+5reb+2ast, D.Wilson 14+5reb+1ast, R.Moors 11+2reb+8ast, R.Biggs 10+2reb+1ast, M.Roll 8+8reb+1ast
gschID: 98658


Round 21
Charleroi - Leuven 86-68

D1 top team - Spirou Charleroi (19-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Leuven Bears (7-14) 86-68. The game was mostly controlled by Spirou Charleroi. Leuven Bears was better in fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and French guard Joseph Gomis (180-78) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) responded with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-1 record. Leuven Bears lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against bottom-ranked Optima Gent (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leuven Bears will play against Base Oostende and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leuven: D.Lowhorn 15+3reb, A.Dagunduro 15+7reb+6ast, J.J.J. Miller 12+6reb+2ast, J.Tofi 12+8reb+1ast, B.Freeman 9+2reb+3ast, W.Vuchelen 5+2reb
Charleroi: J.Gomis 19+6reb+1ast, C.Beghin 15+7reb+2ast, B.Wright 14+10reb+3ast, A.Riddick 8+3reb+1ast, B.Greene 8+7reb, D.Mallet 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 122457




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NBL Round 22: Visiting Cherno more upsets Rilski sportist - by Maria Mitzova
Rilski Sportist Samokov - Euroins Cherno More 63:76
Euroins Cherno More caused the major surprise in this Round of NBL, after getting a win visiting Rilski Sportist Samokov 76:63. The result from that is that both teams, together with Tundja Yambol, are tied at the fourth place in the standings. Despite leading by double digits before the last quarter, shortly after its beginning it was 54:54, leaving the door open for any kind of result. Euroins Cherno More hold it together though, and left with a win.
Vasil Kyosev (195-G-90) nailed 26 points with 7 rebounds for the visitors, while Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: 011 Sports) managed best for Rilski Sportist Samokov with his 14.

Chernomorets Burgas - Levski Sofia 76:101
Chernomorets Burgas started with a great opening quarter, but that was it, until Levski Sofia's best Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) was introduced to the game. Harper took over and blasted 35 points for the win 101:76 his fourth 30+ game this season. Thats how Levski Sofia rebounded from the two consecutive losses in the Cup Final and afterwards in Pleven. Chernomorets Burgas stays in the bottom of the standings.

BC Spartak Pleven - Lukoil Academik Sofia 71:73
Most surprisingly, after beating Levski Sofia last week, BC Spartak Pleven had a chance to get Lukoil Academik Sofias head, but lost 71:73. Lukoil Academik Sofia had only five point lead at the break, then visibly secured a win with strong third quarter. The champions only scored two baskets, four points, in the first minute of the last period! They missed the next 10 shots, made a bunch of turnovers, and served the chance for BC Spartak Pleven on a platter. Aleksander Dyakovski poured a three-pointer with a minute to go, to make it a two-point game, but no one managed to score until the end, and that ended it 22nd victory for Lukoil Academik Sofia.
Lamont Mack (201-F-87, college: Charlotte) had his best game for Lukoil Academik Sofia so far with 17 points, while Ilia Stankov (198-F-76) scored 24 for BC Spartak Pleven.

Balkan Botevgrad - Tundja Yambol 75:57
In what was considered to be the most contested game of the round, nothing like that happened. Balkan Botevgrad shut down Tundja Yambol, leading by 14 at the half time, and the visiting team never really stood a chance. Balkan Botevgrad cemented the third spot in the standings with the win. Georgi Davidov (205-F/C-76) and Dimitar Filipov (185-G-89) scored 17 points apiece, and for Tundja Yambol Pavel Marinov (197-G-88, agency: Interperformances) had 18.



Harper's 35-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old swingman Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Levski Sofia and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 35 points adding five rebounds and six assists for Levski in his team's victory, helping them to crush Chernomorets (#8, 4-19) with 25-point margin 101-76. Levski maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Levski will need more victories to improve their 18-5 record. In the team's last game Harper had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's his second year at Levski and it's hard to imagine this team without him. The University of Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harper is in league's top in points (3rd best: 22.9ppg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Georgi Davidov (205-F/C-76) of Balkan Botevgrad. He is former international forward in his first season at Balkan. In the last game Davidov recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Balkan to another comfortable win 75-57 over slightly lower-ranked Tundja (#5, 9-14) being unquestionably team leader. Balkan's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 13-10 record is not bad at all. Davidov is a newcomer at Balkan and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#8). He also registered 6.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Vasil Kyosev (195-G-90) of Euroins Cherno More (#6). Kyosev scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Cherno More, leading his team to a 76-63 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Rilski Sportist (#4, 10-13). The chances of Cherno More not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kyosev could try to bring Cherno More's a little bit higher in the standings. Kyosev has a very solid season. In 22 games in Bulgaria he scored 12.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Donald Cole (204-C-81) of Levski - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kiril Raykov (196-F-87) of Chernomorets - 19 points and 4 rebounds
6. Lamont Mack (201-F-87) of Lukoil Academik - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Vladimir Mijovic (207-F-84) of Rilski Sportist - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ilia Stankov (198-F-76) of Spartak - 24 points and 3 rebounds
9. Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of Tundja - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Stanislav Slaveykov (198-F-86) of Levski - 20 points and 4 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Rilski Sportist
  (196-F/G-88)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Lilov, Rilski S.23.2 
 2. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 3. Harper, Levski22.9 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak19.3 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.5 
 6. Naydenov, Chernomo.16.8 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja15.2 
 8. Davidov, Balkan15.1 
 9. Varbanov, Tundja14.4 
 10. Kambala, Lukoil A.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja11.0 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.3 
 4. Todorov, Spartak7.6 
 5. Georgiev, Levski7.5 
 6. Kolev, Cherno More7.3 
 7. Mijovic, Rilski S.6.9 
 8. Radojevic, Rilski S.6.8 
 9. Kambala, Lukoil A.6.7 
 10. Peterson, Lukoil A.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crowe, Levski5.9 
 2. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 3. Govedarov, Tundja4.1 
 4. Dyakovski, Spartak4.0 
 5. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.0 
 6. James, Lukoil A.4.0 
 7. Heath, Lukoil A.3.9 
 8. Zahariev, Chernomo.3.7 
 9. Gruev, Rilski S.3.7 
 10. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Crowe, Levski2.3 
 2. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.1.9 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak1.8 
 5. Lilov, Rilski S.1.7 
 6. James, Lukoil A.1.7 
 7. Radionov, Tundja1.7 
 8. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.7 
 9. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.6 
 10. Stojanovski, Lukoil A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Doychinov, Balkan1.3 
 3. Varbanov, Tundja1.0 
 4. Mijovic, Rilski S.0.8 
 5. Radojevic, Rilski S.0.8 
 6. Cole, Levski0.8 
 7. Neuhaus, Chernomo.0.7 
 8. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.7 
 9. Banev, Lukoil A.0.7 
 10. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 23-0 
 2. Levski 18-5 
 3. Balkan 13-10 
 4. Rilski Sportist 10-13 
 5. Tundja 9-14 
 6. Cherno More 9-14 
 7. Spartak 6-17 
 8. Chernomorets 4-19 


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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, Beijing29.9 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.29.7 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan28.5 
 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.14.2 
 5. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.5 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.3 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.2 
 8. Morris, Beijing12.1 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu11.7 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing11.5 
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.5.4 
 5. LiuWei, Shanghai5.3 
 6. Hu, Jiangsu5.3 
 7. Hamilton, TianJ.4.9 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
 9. Douby, Xinjiang4.9 
 10. Allen, Shandong4.9 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.1 
 2. Hamilton, TianJ.3.8 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang3.4 
 4. Hudson, Guandong2.8 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.5 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.4 
 8. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
 9. Emmett, Fujian2.3 
 10. Pickett, Jilin2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 3. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 4. Zhang, Shanghai1.8 
 5. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 6. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 7. Jones, Fujian1.6 
 8. Haislip, Guandong1.6 
 9. Morris, Beijing1.6 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 


Xinjiang, Guangdong, Jiangsu Win First-Round Series, Guangdong Leads 2-1 - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang, Guangdong and Jiangsu won their opening playoff series 3-0 while Dongguan took a 2-1 lead in its series.

Xinjiang dismantled Beijing 102-87. Quincy Douby had 33 points, 11 assists and 5 steals. James Singleton had 18 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng scored 18 and Xu Guozhong had 14. Mengke Bateer had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Chen Lei had 26 points and 3 assists for Beijing. Randolph Morris had 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Xie Libin scored 18. Zaid Abbaas had 10 points and 15 rebounds.

Guangdong crushed Bayi 105-83. Zhou Peng had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Su Wei had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Lester Hudson had 13 points in 11 minutes. Chen Jianghua had 12 points and 9 rebounds while Dong Hanlin had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Marcus Haislip had 9 points in 15 minutes. Liu Xiaoyu had 7 points and 6 assists. Guangdong won this game with its young stars, de-emphasizing its imports and its veterans. Wang Lei had 16 points and 5 rebounds for Bayi. Wang Zhizhi had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Chengyu scored 14. Xu Zhonghao had 12 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Bo scored 8. Once projected superstars Han Shuo, Hu Ke and Delehei had 11 points altogether playing a total of 39 minutes.

Jiangsu edged Zhejiang 96-94. Wright Antoine (201-F/G-84, college: Texas A&M) had 31 points, 8 rebounds and 3 asssists. Jerome Moiso had 21 points and 14 rebounds. Yi Li had 15 points and 5 steals. Liu Yahui had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Tang Zhengdong played only 12 minutes, with 4 points and 6 rebounds, backing up Moiso at center. Marcus Williams had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists for Zhejiang. Cao Fei, a very promising point guard who may or may not be born in 1991, had 16 points and 6 assists. Josh Boone had 15 points and 9 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 13 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Zhang Dayu had 8 points and 3 rebounds.

Dongguan rallied 27-17 in the fourth quarter to nip the Zhejiang Lions 94-92. Gu QuAn (203-F-92), listed as born in 1992 and a strong candidate for the U-19 national team, had 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Josh Akognon had 22 points. Courtney Simms, feeling more comfortable in his third game, had 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Meng Duo scored 21. Zhang Kai played only 2 minutes and was scoreless. Peter John Ramos had 24 points and 16 rebounds for Zhejiang. Lin Chieh-Cheh had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists, but also had 11 turnovers. Zhang Wei had 22 points and 5 rebounds. Wang Bo had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Walker Russell had 6 points and 6 assists, hitting only 3 of 12 shots in 32 minutes.



CBA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Jiangsu - Zhejiang C. 96-94

Zhejiang Cyclones were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 56-50 second half run of Jiangsu Dragons. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Zhejiang Cyclones' 44 and made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Jiangsu Dragons forced 19 Zhejiang Cyclones turnovers. It was a great evening for American swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 8 rebounds. French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) helped adding 21 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and international center Jinhui Ding (204-90) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: W.Antoine 31+8reb+3ast, M.Jerome 21+14reb+1ast, Y.Li 15+2reb, L.Yahui 14+8reb, M.Da 7+1reb+1ast, T.ZhengDong 4+6reb+1ast
Zhejiang C.: W.Marcus 36+11reb+3ast, C.Fei 16+1reb+6ast, B.Josh 15+9reb+1ast, D.Jinhui 13+12reb+4ast, Z.Dayu 8+3reb, W.DaYong 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 125105


Guandong - Bayi 105-82

The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Bayi Fubang was better in second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guandong Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Bayi Fubang's 46. They outrebounded Bayi Fubang 50-30 including a 19-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international forward Peng Zhou (207-89) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Jianghua Chen (188-89) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Lei Wang (203-86) who recorded 16 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Guandong: Z.Peng 17+8reb, H.Lester 13+2reb+1ast, S.Wei 13+8reb, C.Jianghua 12+9reb+2ast, H.Dong 12+8reb+1ast, H.Marcus 9+1reb
Bayi: W.Lei 16+5reb+2ast, Z.Chengyu 14+1ast, W.ZhiZhi 14+8reb+1ast, X.ZhongHao 12+5reb, Z.Bo 8+2reb+1ast, M.Ke 7+4reb
gschID: 125106


DongGuan - Zhejiang G.L. 94-92

The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 27-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. DongGuan Leopards forced 21 Zhejiang Guangsha Lions turnovers. Strangely Zhejiang Guangsha Lions outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 47-33 including 33 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward QuAn Gu (203-92) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. DongGuan Leopards' coach Brian Goorjian used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and Taiwanese swingman Chih-Chieh Lin (192-82) added 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
DongGuan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 22+3reb+1ast, G.QuAn 22+6reb+1ast, S.Courtney 21+9reb+2ast, P.Duo 21+2reb+1ast, S.TongLin 4+5reb+1ast, H.ZhongMian 2
Zhejiang G.L.: R.Peter John 24+16reb, Z.Wei 22+5reb, L.Chih-Chieh 22+11reb+6ast, W.Bo 16+9reb+4ast, R.Walker 6+2reb+6ast, Z.Yongpeng 2+3reb
gschID: 125107


Xinjiang - Beijing 102-87

The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 65-45 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Beijing Ducks' 40. It was a quality performance for American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 11 assists and 5 steals. The former international center Bateer Mengke (210-75) accounted for 12 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Lei Chen (195-83) added 26 points respectively for Beijing Ducks in the defeat. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige and four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 33+3reb+11ast, S.James 18+7reb, Z.QingPeng 18+3reb, X.GuoChong 14+2reb, M.Bateer 12+10reb+7ast, M.WuLan 4+4reb
Beijing: C.Lei 26+3ast, M.Randolph 22+12reb+5ast, X.LiBin 18, A.Zaid 10+15reb+1ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 7+4reb+2ast, C.Shidong 2+1ast
gschID: 125104




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A1 Standings
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. Cedevita 2-0 
 2. KK Zagreb CO 2-0 
 3. Borik 1-1 
 4. KK Split 1-1 
 5. Alkar Sinj 1-1 
 6. Zadar 1-2 
 7. Zabok 0-1 
 8. Cibona 0-2 
Group B
 1. Kvarner 2010 2-0 
 2. Svjetlost 2-0 
 3. Trogir 2-0 
 4. Darda 0-2 
 5. Dubrava 0-2 
 6. Dubrovnik 0-2 


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner 2010
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Puljko, Kvarner .22.1 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost20.4 
 3. Zitko, Trogir19.3 
 4. Mimica, KK Split17.7 
 5. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 6. Saric, Dubrava16.8 
 7. Krolo, Darda16.6 
 8. Ridl, Darda16.1 
 9. Sobin, KK Split16.1 
 10. Bakovic, Darda15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante KRAPIC
  Cibona
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 2. Saric, Dubrava9.0 
 3. Krolo, Darda8.9 
 4. Sobin, KK Split8.0 
 5. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.9 
 6. Ridl, Darda6.5 
 7. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
 8. Vukicevic, Svjetlost5.7 
 9. Zupic, Alkar Sinj5.7 
 10. Ruzic, Borik5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Karakas, Trogir5.7 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost5.6 
 3. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 4. Blajic, Alkar Sinj4.1 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.6 
 7. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.4 
 8. Peric, Dubrovnik3.2 
 9. Saric, Dubrava3.1 
 10. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Teo PETANI
  Borik
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Petani, Borik2.2 
 2. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.0 
 3. Saric, Dubrava2.0 
 4. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 6. Swift, Darda1.8 
 7. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 8. Puljko, Kvarner .1.8 
 9. Skific, Borik1.7 
 10. Jugo, Kvarner 20101.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 2. Vladovic, Trogir1.2 
 3. Vitali, Trogir1.2 
 4. Saric, Dubrava1.1 
 5. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 6. Krolo, Darda1.1 
 7. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.0 
 8. Sarlija, Borik0.8 
 9. Vukicevic, Svjetlost0.8 
 10. Ridl, Darda0.8 


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Keravnos still alive - by Michael Aristidou
Keravnos Strovolou won Proteas Danoi AEL by 95-68 and now the row is 2-1 for Proteas Danoi AEL. Keravnos Strovolou was better from the begging and manage a quick 16-3 in the first five minutes. On the other hand Proteas Danoi AEL tried to get back to the game but Keravnos Strovolou had excellent percentage from the triple line (14/28) and 50%.
Moreover Andreas Pilavas (194-G-83) make one solid game for the winners along with Kammron Taylor (188-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin). For the defeat side Dejan Delic (199-G-83, agency: Interperformances) tried more.


Quarters: 25-14, 41-30, 70-51, 95-68

Keravnos Strovolou (Gianaras): Cummings 2, Kammron Taylor 20 (2), Johnson 4, Andreas Pilavas 17 (1), Kounas 3 (1), Trisokkas 3, Pekovic 15 (5), Micevic 2, Djordjevic 15 (2), Garcia 2, Stefanovic 12 (2)

Proteas Danoi AEL (Spirou): Liatsos 9, Papic 9, Georgiou 1, Stylianou, Zaxariou, Kampanellis, Kounounis 5 (1), Palalas 8, Dejan Delic 20 (1), Ewing 5, Wyatt 2, Milosevic



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Czech Republic NBL round 6 (Second Stage) best performance: Petr Benda - by Eurobasket News
International power forward Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked CEZ Nymburk, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat BK Pardubice (#2, 3-1) 69-59. It allowed CEZ Nymburk to take over top position in the Czech Republic NBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but CEZ Nymburk already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Benda has many years of experience at CEZ Nymburk, through which he has constantly improved. Petr Benda averages just after three games 13.0ppg and 7.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82) of BK Breda & Weinstein Opava. Kratochvil had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead B&W Opava to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked BC Kolin (#-4, 12-14) 92-53. This victory allowed B&W Opava to move up to -5th position in A2. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kratochvil is one of the most experienced players at B&W Opava and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Ravone George (193-G-83) of Svitavy (#-1). George scored 19 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Svitavy, leading his team to a 65-63 win against #-2 ranked Basketbol Brno in a game of the week. Svitavy can only dream about fighting for top spots in A2. They have rather bad season and 7-19 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for George he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. George has a very solid season. In 5 games in Czech Republic he scored 13.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Boris Meno (203-F-83) of Svitavy - 20 points and 9 rebounds
5. Daniel Gajdosik (189-G-80) of Basketbol Brno - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) of B&W Opava - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson (208-C-83) of BK Prostejov - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Michal Norwa (201-F/C-83) of Basketbol Brno - 10 points and 13 rebounds
9. Pavel Novak (199-F-83) of Plzen - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Dusan Pandula (196-F-84) of Novy Jicin - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Saturday's games - by Eurobasket News
Springfield A. - New Mexico 101-121
Jamine Peterson (6'6''-F-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Providence) didn't stay in college long enough to become a household name, but everyone at Saturday's NBA Development League game at the MassMutual Center knows him now. The former Providence College swingman scored 23 of his game-high 40 points in the first half to lead the visiting New Mexico Thunderbirds to a 121-101 victory over the Springfield Armor before 4,489 fans at the Armor's final home game of the season. Peterson - nicknamed 'Greedy' - turned pro last year after his sophomore season, in which he led the Friars in scoring at 19.6 points per game. He came out too late to be considered for the 2010 NBA Draft, so he is playing in the D-League with the hope of being selected this June. 'He could pretty much do what he wanted to,' Armor coach Dee Brown said. 'Once guys get rolling like that, someone's gotta step up and defend him.' Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.), whom the Philadelphia 76ers sent to Springfield for the third time this season Thursday, scored 23 for the Armor, whose home record finished at 7-17. Jerry Smith added 22 and Lance Hurdle 20. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Bakersfield J. - Maine RC 117-111
Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) scored 37 points as the Bakersfield Jam held off the Maine Red Claws 117-111 on Saturday night at the Jam Events Center. Bakersfield (28-18) moved a half-game ahead of idle Utah for the fourth playoff spot in the West Conference. Johnson finished 16-for-26 from the field, but did not make a 3-pointer (0-for-2). He led the team with six assists. Jeremy Wise (6'3''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi) added 16 points and Drew Naymick finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Jam. DeShawn Sims led the Red Claws with 24 points. Magnum Rolle added 22 points. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

Tulsa 66ers - Rio Grande 94-100
The Tulsa 66ers rallied to within two points in the fourth quarter but could not quite get over the hump as they lost to defending league champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers 100-94 on Saturday night at the Tulsa Convention Center. Tulsa finished the game with a plus-nine turnover margin, but the Vipers were hot from the field, hitting 11-of-27 from beyond the 3-point arc. 'We didn't turn the ball over a ton, but Rio Grande Valley does a great job spacing the floor and they made a lot of shots,' said Tulsa head coach Nate Tibbetts. With their second loss in as many nights, Tulsa (31-17) trails Rio Grande Valley and Reno by a half-game in the Western Conference standings with two games left in the regular season. 'We would love to win the conference, but we have bigger goals down the road,' Tibbetts said. After Ryan Reid scored consecutive baskets for the 66ers to tie the game 29-29 at the end of the first quarter, the Vipers opened up the second with three straight 3-pointers, including two by Mouhammad Faye (6'9''-F-85, college: SMU) who scored 13 of his 20 points in the quarter. Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Vipers. *Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com

Sioux Falls S. - Reno Bighorns 82-97
The Reno Bighorns boosted their playoff position with another victory Saturday. The Bighorns (31-16) beat the Sioux Falls Skyforce, 97-82, in Sioux Falls, S.D., to win their fifth straight. It also moved Reno to the top of the D-League Western Conference standings in a tie with Rio Grande Valley. The Western Conference winner gets the second seed in the playoffs and will pick its opponent in the first round. Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) neared a double-double, scoring 27 points and grabbing eight rebounds. It was the sixth time Landry has scored at least 25 points in a game this season. Bobby Simmons (6'7''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida St.) had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Patrick O'Bryant added 12 points and 13 rebounds. O'Bryant has recorded a double-double in three straight games. Sioux Falls (10-37) was led by Sean Marshall, who had 15 points and 12 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.rgj.com

Austin T. - Idaho S. 85-89
The Austin Toros fell to the Idaho Stampede 89-85 Saturday, at Cedar Park Center. The Stampede's Cedric Jackson (6'3''-G-86, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cleveland St.) led all scorers with 25 points and helped Idaho snap the Toros four game home winning streak. The game had a slow start as both teams struggled to find their shooting rhythm. The Stampede took the lead early in the first, shooting 53 percent from the field compared to the Toros 30 percent. The Stampede stretched their lead to seven with the help of nine points contributed by Cedric Jackson and led 22-15 at the end of the first. Tre Kelley (6'0''-G-85, college: S.Carolina) scored 11 points in the first half and helped the Toros stay close, but the Stampede held their lead and ended the half with a 49-39 advantage. The Toros caught fire in the second half and opened the third quarter with a 9-3 run. The Toros outscored the Stampede 26-17 and only trailed the Stampede by one point at the end of the third. With 11:33 left to play in the fourth the Toros took the lead after two Kevin Palmer free throws. The Stampede countered with an Antoine Walker three pointer, which returned the lead back to the Stampede. The Toros and Stampede battled down the stretch causing six ties in the fourth quarter alone. With under a minute to play the Toros Leo Lyons tied the game with a lay-up. Seconds later, the Stampede regained the lead on a Jackson lay-up. The Toros had the last possession, but were unable to convert. The Toros had six players in double digit scoring, Leo Lyons and Kevin Palmer led the Toros in scoring with 15 points each. Antoine Walker followed Jackson to round out the Stampede leader board with 18 points and 15 rebounds. The Austin Toros (20-26) and the Idaho Stampede (22-25) will face off again Sunday, March 27 at 5 p.m. in the second game of a weekend series at Cedar Park Center. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Oklahoma City Thunder recall Mullens from Tulsa - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma City Thunder have recalled center Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced Sunday that Mullens will join the Thunder in time for Sunday night's game in Oklahoma City against Portland.

During three separate stints at Tulsa Mullens started 14 games and averaged 14.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

NBA rules allow a player to be sent to the D-League a maximum of three times during the season.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 35-12 
 2. Erie Bay H. 29-18 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 22-25 
 4. Dakota W. 17-28 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 10-37 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 31-16 
 2. Tulsa 66ers 31-17 
 3. Texas L. 21-25 
 4. Austin T. 20-26 
 5. New Mexico 20-27 
 6. Maine RC 16-31 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 31-16 
 2. Bakersfield J. 28-18 
 3. Utah F. 27-18 
 4. Idaho S. 22-25 
 5. Springfield A. 13-34 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.1 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.22.3 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. Ewing, Sioux F.19.9 
 5. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 6. McNeal, Rio Grande19.7 
 7. Sims, Maine RC19.7 
 8. Alexander, Texas L.19.3 
 9. Dentmon, Texas L.19.2 
 10. Stinson, Iowa E.19.1 
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.8.8 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.6 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.4 
 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.6.1 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.5.8 
 10. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.5.6 
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. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 5. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 7. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 8. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 9. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris JOHNSON
  Portland TB
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 2. Williams, Texas L.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. Alabi, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 10. Atchley, Rio Grande1.9 


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  ESTONIA   


Callistus Eziukwu claims Estonian EMKL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best TU/Rock and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 25-year old power forward had a double-double of 24 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team crushed Rakvere (#4, 15-16) with 16-point margin 88-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. TU/Rock maintains the 2nd position in Estonian EMKL. TU/Rock has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 27-3. In the team's last game Eziukwu had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Grand Valley State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Eziukwu is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.3rpg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 64.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American center Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU/Kalev II Tallinn. Arnold impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as TTU/Kalev II lost that game 77-91 to slightly higher-ranked Rapla (#6, 13-18). TTU/Kalev II is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-21 record. Arnold is a newcomer at TTU/Kalev II and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#8). He also registered 10.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Bambale Osby (203-F-86) of TTU/Kalev Tallinn (#3). Osby scored 16 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of TTU/Kalev, leading his team to a 89-66 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Valga/CKE (#5, 13-18). TTU/Kalev needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 24 victories and 7 lost games. Osby has a great season in Estonia. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.7ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 9.4rpg (6th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 54.5%. Osby attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rannar Raap (187-G/F-92) of Rapla - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Anthony Brown (203-F-86) of Valga/CKE - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Margus Klementsov (169-G-89) of TTU/Kalev - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kristjan Makke (205-F/C-81) of TTU/Kalev - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) of Valga/CKE - 15 points and 10 rebounds
9. Derek Winston (185-G-87) of Valga/CKE - 26 points and 3 rebounds
10. Raido Ringmets (204-C/F-83) of Rapla - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  FINLAND   


1.DIVISION: Lapua beat Loimaa - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division Finals, Game 1: Korikobrat (Lapua) visiting today at Loimaa and beating, almost crushing the hosting Korikonkarit 70-89 (35-51). Quarters: 20-21, 15-30, 18-21, 17-17.
The second quarter (15-30) was the krey factor for this kind of result. Also Lapua's defense succeeded to keep J'son Stamper (200-F/C-85, agency: JEMsports, college: Minnesota) in eight points and five boards. Stamper is averaging this season 21,7 ppg and 11,4 rpg. Lapua's Derick Nelson (196-F-86, agency: ACMT, college: Oakland) was the game MVP with 32 pts and 12 rbs. Game # 2 on Tuesday, March 29 at Lapua. Three wins will mean the way up to Top League.

Lapua - Loimaa 70-89 (35-51). (Maurice Horton 21/9, Santeri Latvala 9, J'son Stamper 8 - Derick Nelson 32/12, Jussi Turja 20, Tyrwone Still 9).




Jonathan Heard claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Tarmo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 44.
The 24-year old swingman had a double-double of 44 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Karhu (#7, 22-22) 92-86. Tarmo maintains the 12th position in Finnish Korisliiga. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Tarmo have already lost 38 games and recorded just six victories. In the team's last game Heard had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Tarmo's top player in his first season with the team. Heard has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.9ppg) and averages solid 53.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Lawrence Wright (195-F-84) of UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki. Wright impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Korihait cruised to a 110-102 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Kataja (#3, 30-14). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Korihait consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team's 28-16 record is not bad at all. Wright is a newcomer at Korihait and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Malik Moore (192-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management) of LrNMKY (#11). Moore showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of LrNMKY, leading his team to a 100-71 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Salon Vilpas (#10, 13-31). LrNMKY can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 10-34 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Moore he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Moore has individually a great season in Finland. After 42 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.8apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerald Fields (201-F-82) of KTP - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81) of Korihait - 28 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84) of Kataja - 28 points and 5 rebounds
8. Jamar Wilson (185-G-84) of Honka - 25 points and 5 rebounds
9. James Lewis (191-G-86) of LrNMKY - 32 points and 6 rebounds
10. John Williamson (198-C-86) of Honka - 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)


1st Division Round 1 of Finals: Lapua won the opener - by Eurobasket News
LoKoKo - Lapua 70-89

The game without a history. Lapuan Korikobrat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agency: ACMT) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and guard Jussi Turja (193-90) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. At the losing side American guard Maurice Horton (183-84, college: Mount Olive) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and guard Santeri Latvala (187-91) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
LoKoKo: M.Horton 21+9reb, S.Latvala 9+7reb+1ast, J.Kivinen 8+3reb+2ast, J.Stamper 8+5reb+1ast, C.Toney 8+1reb+2ast, E.Aaltonen 6+3reb+2ast
Lapua: D.Nelson 32+12reb, J.Turja 20+4reb+4ast, K.Siven 9+3reb+1ast, T.Still 9+4reb+1ast, B.Valentine 8+5reb+8ast, V.Turja 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 124557




Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.3 
 2. Manning, Huima21.8 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo21.5 
 4. Graham, Kerava ET21.2 
 5. Robinson, Jyvaskyla20.2 
 6. Bojang, BC Nokia19.9 
 7. Hall, SayRi19.4 
 8. Valentine, Lapua18.8 
 9. Douglas, Huima18.7 
 10. Towa, Kerava ET18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Brown, Namika II14.9 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia14.2 
 3. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 4. Douglas, Huima13.5 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET13.1 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.3 
 7. Stamper, LoKoKo11.3 
 8. Hall, SayRi10.8 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Manning, Huima6.0 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.2 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket5.2 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo3.6 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.1 
 6. Valentine, Lapua3.0 
 7. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.7 
 8. Graham, Kerava ET2.7 
 9. Viertola, FoKoPo2.4 
 10. Pasanen, SayRi2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Benny VALENTINE
  Lapua
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Valentine, Lapua2.3 
 2. Horton, LoKoKo2.3 
 3. Bojang, BC Nokia2.1 
 4. Roberson, Huima2.0 
 5. Stamper, LoKoKo2.0 
 6. Hall, SayRi1.8 
 7. Pasanen, SayRi1.8 
 8. Ramey, Ura Basket1.8 
 9. Foreman, FoKoPo1.7 
 10. Still, Lapua1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Brown, Namika II0.8 
 2. Kopio, Honka0.7 
 3. Setala, BC Nokia0.7 
 4. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 5. Stamper, LoKoKo0.6 
 6. Alanko, Ura Basket0.6 
 7. Mantymaa, Huima0.5 
 8. Siven, Lapua0.5 
 9. Nelson, Lapua0.5 
 10. Koskinen, Namika I.0.5 


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  FRANCE   


ProA Round 23: Cholet edges Paris-Levallois by three points - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Thirteenth-ranked Paris-Levallois (8-15) made lots of trouble for first ranked Cholet (18-5) on Friday. The visitors from Cholet managed to secure only three-point victory 90-87. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 28-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cholet made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Cholet especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) who scored 19 points and 8 assists. Serbian guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. American forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) produced 30 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Cholet have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-5 record. Paris-Levallois lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Poitierarleys. Cholet are looking forward to face Hyeres-Toulon (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Paris-Levallois will play against Le Mans (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Chalon. Third ranked Chalon/Saor faced second-ranked Sluc Nancy. Host Chalon/Saor (16-7) smashed guests from Nancy (16-7) 92-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sluc Nancy. American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: ZAG Advocates) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Ilian Evtimov contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American-Bulgarian guard Willie Deane (186-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 14 points for Sluc Nancy. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chalon/Saor moved-up to second place, which they share with Nancy. Chalon/Saor will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#4) on the road in the next round. Sluc Nancy will play against Strasbourg IG and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Tenth-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (9-14) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Chorale de Roanne (15-8) on Saturday. Chorale de Roanne managed to secure only two-point victory 70-68. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for Uche Nsonwu-Amadi who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Chorale de Roanne's coach Jean-Denys Choulet used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Tajuan Porter responded with 20 points. Chorale de Roanne maintains fifth place with 15-8 record. Entente Orleans 45 at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Le Havre. Chorale de Roanne will meet Poitiers (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Entente Orleans 45 will play against STB Le Havre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Le Mans. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 9th ranked Le Mans (10-13) to sixth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (14-9) 76-73 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Rick Hughes who led the winners and scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Hyeres-Toulon maintains sixth place with 14-9 record. Le Mans at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon's next round opponent will be league's leader Cholet on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Le Mans will play against Paris-Levallois (#13).
Important game to mention about took place in Pau. Fourteenth ranked Poitiers (8-15) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (11-12) 76-73 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The best player for the winners was Antonio Grant who scored 13 points. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Poitiers moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Newly promoted Pau-Lacq-Orthez keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Poitiers will face higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 23 bottom-ranked Vichy was crushed by Le Havre in a road game 93-73. Strasbourg beat Limoges at home 95-80.


Le Havre - Vichy 93-73

There was no surprise when 16th ranked JA Vichy (6-17) was crushed on the road by twelfth ranked STB Le Havre (9-14) 93-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by STB Le Havre. JA Vichy was better in third quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. STB Le Havre dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to JA Vichy's 38. They outrebounded JA Vichy 44-20 including a 33-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. STB Le Havre looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) who scored 29 points and 6 assists. American power forward Joseph Jones (206-86, college: Texas A&M) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Four STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) produced 21 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. STB Le Havre moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Orleans. Loser JA Vichy stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. STB Le Havre will face Entente Orleans 45 (#12) on the road in the next round. JA Vichy will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#8).
Top scorers:
Vichy: J.Shuler 21+3reb+5ast, F.Elegar 19+4reb, D.Nichols 18+3reb+4ast, T.Larrouquis 6+6reb+2ast, A.Eito 5+2reb+2ast, N.de Jong 2+2reb
Le Havre: J.Cox 29+4reb+6ast, J.Jones 16+11reb+1ast, N.Pope 13+5reb+2ast, M.King 10+3reb+4ast, N.Fox 9+8reb+2ast, W.Wilkinson 6+4reb
gschID: 100273


Strasbourg - Limoges 95-80

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked Strasbourg IG (10-13) defeated at home 15th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (6-17) 95-80 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Strasbourg IG shot 63.2 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Strasbourg IG especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was international guard Abdoulaye MBaye (186-88) who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Five Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Strasbourg IG's coach Frederic Sarre allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Strasbourg IG moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Le Mans. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite keeps the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Strasbourg IG will face higher ranked Sluc Nancy (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Limoges: C.Massie 24+11reb, N.Ebi 15+6reb+1ast, R.Taylor 12+6reb+5ast, R.Hite 9+1reb+2ast, K.Souchu 6+3reb, R.Desroses 5+4reb
Strasbourg: A.MBaye 20+5reb+6ast, J.Hawkins 15+3reb+2ast, R.Greer 13+7reb+9ast, S.Essart 12+2reb+2ast, J.McCord 11+4reb+2ast, P.Pasco 9+5reb
gschID: 100269


Chalon - Nancy 92-65

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Chalon. Third ranked Chalon/Saor faced second-ranked Sluc Nancy. Host Chalon/Saor (16-7) smashed guests from Nancy (16-7) 92-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sluc Nancy. The game without a history. Chalon/Saor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Sluc Nancy 47-30 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Chalon/Saor players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: ZAG Advocates) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Bulgarian forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. American-Bulgarian guard Willie Deane (186-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 14 points and naturalized Senegalese center Moussa Badiane (205-81, college: E.Carolina) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sluc Nancy. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chalon/Saor moved-up to second place, which they share with Nancy. Chalon/Saor will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#4) on the road in the next round. Sluc Nancy will play against Strasbourg IG and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nancy: W.Deane 14+3reb+2ast, M.Badiane 11+6reb, T.Darden 8+5reb, V.Samnick 7+5reb+1ast, S.Brun 6+3reb+1ast, T.Johnson 6+1reb+2ast
Chalon: B.Schilb 21+11reb+3ast, A.Aminu 17+4reb+1ast, I.Evtimov 16+7reb+4ast, M.Haynes 12+2reb+4ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 11+10reb+2ast, S.Tchicamboud 7+6reb+4ast
gschID: 100270


Roanne - Orleans 70-68

Tenth-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (9-14) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Chorale de Roanne (15-8) on Saturday. Chorale de Roanne managed to secure only two-point victory 70-68. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 27-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Guard Philippe Braud (194-85) helped adding 16 points. Chorale de Roanne's coach Jean-Denys Choulet used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Tajuan Porter (168-88, college: Oregon) responded with 20 points and international power forward Adrien Moerman (204-88) scored 13 points. Chorale de Roanne maintains fifth place with 15-8 record. Entente Orleans 45 at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Le Havre. Chorale de Roanne will meet Poitiers (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Entente Orleans 45 will play against STB Le Havre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orleans: T.Porter 20+2reb+2ast, A.Moerman 13+3reb+2ast, A.Sy 10+1reb+1ast, L.Vaty 8+7reb+1ast, J.Smith 6+3reb+2ast, M.NDoye 5+5reb+2ast
Roanne: P.Braud 16+3reb+1ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 15+6reb+2ast, P.Amagou 9+1reb+5ast, B.McCauley 7+4reb+2ast, S.Diabate 7+4reb+3ast, D.Downey 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 100271


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Poitierarleys 73-76

Important game to mention about took place in Pau. Fourteenth ranked Poitiers (8-15) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (11-12) 76-73 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-73. The best player for the winners was American forward Antonio Grant (198-76, college: S.Carolina) who scored 13 points. His fellow American import guard Tommy Gunn (191-81, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 8 points and 5 assists. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (208-87, college: Texas A&M, agency: Impact Basketball) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas) added 16 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. Poitiers moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Newly promoted Pau-Lacq-Orthez keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Poitiers will face higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Gipson 16+3reb+6ast, J.Morency 13+3reb+1ast, C.Elonu 12+14reb, D.Bennett 11+6reb+1ast, M.Var 9+3reb, T.Bryant 6+4reb+2ast
Poitierarleys: E.Fournier 13+2reb+1ast, R.Wright 13+2reb, A.Grant 13+2reb+3ast, K.Younger 8+9reb, T.Gunn 8+4reb+5ast, P.Guillard 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 100272


Paris-Levallois - Cholet 87-90

Thirteenth-ranked Paris-Levallois (8-15) made lots of trouble for first ranked Cholet (18-5) on Friday. The visitors from Cholet managed to secure only three-point victory 90-87. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 28-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cholet made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Cholet especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) who scored 19 points and 8 assists. Serbian guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. American forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) produced 30 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley, agency: Lanshire Group) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cholet have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-5 record. Paris-Levallois lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Poitierarleys. Cholet are looking forward to face Hyeres-Toulon (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Paris-Levallois will play against Le Mans (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: L.Hamilton 30+9reb+3ast, M.Sommerville 15+7reb+2ast, A.Albicy 15+2reb+2ast, E.Chatfield 14+1reb+2ast, D.Noel 4+3reb+1ast, J.Ball 4+1reb+4ast
Cholet: V.Avdalovic 21+4reb+5ast, S.Mejia 19+4reb+8ast, M.Diarra 14+2reb+1ast, A.Robinson 14+7reb+2ast, W.Gradit 7+1reb, D.Nelson 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100266


Le Mans - Hyeres-Toulon 73-76

A very interesting game took place in Le Mans. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 9th ranked Le Mans (10-13) to sixth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (14-9) 76-73 on Saturday evening. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 27-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. Hyeres-Toulon outrebounded Le Mans 37-23 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Paccelis Morlende (189-81) accounted for 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) came up with 20 points and 4 assists and Greek center Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Le Mans in the defeat. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon maintains sixth place with 14-9 record. Le Mans at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon's next round opponent will be league's leader Cholet on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Le Mans will play against Paris-Levallois (#13).
Top scorers:
Le Mans: A.Acker 20+4ast, M.Kakiouzis 15+6reb+2ast, J.Paulo Batista 12+8reb+2ast, B.Dewar 11+2reb, M.Pellin 9+2reb+9ast, R.Lewin 4+3reb
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 21+9reb+4ast, P.Morlende 19+3reb+2ast, S.Fein 11+1reb+1ast, D.Krupalija 9+6reb+2ast, A.Dobbins 7+3reb, V.Masingue 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 100268




ProB Round 27: Nantes edge SPO Rouen by three points - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 27 in the ProB took place in Rouen. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-best SPO Rouen (18-9) to thirteenth ranked Nantes (12-15) 82-79 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The game without a history. Nantes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Taron Downey (186-83, college: Wake Forest) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 assists. Forward Nicolas Gayon (190-82) chipped in 22 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) who recorded 28 points and 6 rebounds. Nantes moved-up to twelfth place. SPO Rouen at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Nantes are looking forward to face Olympique Antibes (#13) at home in the next round. SPO Rouen will play against Quimper UJAP (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked ALM Evreux (17-10) against eleventh ranked Boulazac Basket (14-13) on Tuesday night. Visiting ALM Evreux was defeated by Boulazac Basket in a tough game in Boulazac 77-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ALM Evreux. It was a good game for American guard Ben Jacobson (188-83, college: N.Iowa) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Amadi McKenzie contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agency: ZAG Advocates) answered with 17 points for ALM Evreux. Boulazac Basket moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Bourg. ALM Evreux at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Boulazac Basket will play against JL Bourg (#10) on the road in the next round. ALM Evreux will play against Saint Vallier (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres managed to get the second consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Aix-Maurienne 90-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Aix-Maurienne. It was a great evening for Corey Rouse who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Jonathan Hoyaux with 25 points. Charleville-Mezieres maintains eighteenth place with 6-21 record. Loser Aix-Maurienne keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Dijon and Fos Ouest. Charleville-Mezieres will meet higher ranked Lille Metropole (#15) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aix-Maurienne will play against Le Portel (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Lille Metropole (11-16) survived in overtime against Chalons-Reims (14-13) by two points 78-76. The game took place in Reims. But the guests from Lille were better at the end. It was an exceptional evening for Andre Harris who led the winners and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lille Metropole moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Antibes and St Vallier. Chalons-Reims lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Lille Metropole's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) at home which should be theoretically an easy game.
Olympique Antibes (#12) forced the game against SO Maritime Boulogne (#10) into an overtime, but lost by four points 90-94 on Friday night. The game took place in Antibes. But the guests from Boulogne were better at the end. The best player for the winners was Darryl Monroe who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. SO Maritime Boulogne (15-12) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Le Portel. Loser Olympique Antibes dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face Chalons-Reims (#11) at home in the next round. Olympique Antibes will play against Nantes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 27 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Nanterre defeated Le Portel in a road game 90-79. Fos Ouest beat Bourg at home 77-75. Quimper lost to Clermont on the opponent's court 75-82. Dijon outscored St Vallier in a home game 82-60.



Le Portel - Nanterre 79-90

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Le Portel (15-12) was defeated at home by second ranked JSF Nanterre (19-8) 90-79 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by JSF Nanterre. Le Portel was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JSF Nanterre forced 19 Le Portel turnovers. Strangely Le Portel outrebounded JSF Nanterre 37-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was center Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-85) who scored 22 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 24 points. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre's coach Pascal Donadieu used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import swingman Chris Davis (196-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) added 21 points and 8 rebounds respectively. JSF Nanterre keeps a position of league leader. Le Portel lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 12 games lost. JSF Nanterre will face Fos Ouest (#5) at home in the next round. Le Portel will play against Aix-Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: C.Davis 21+8reb+1ast, N.Wyatte 17+11reb+3ast, M.Labeyrie 14+7reb+1ast, J.Ludon 10+1reb, F.N'Kembe 8+5reb+1ast, A.Rowland 5+2reb+6ast
Nanterre: W.Daniels 24+4reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 22+4reb+4ast, N.Carter 11+4reb+2ast, M.Riley 10+3reb+7ast, M.Judith 8+2reb+6ast, G.Pons 8+1reb
gschID: 100567


Charleville - Maurienne 90-76

Bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres managed to get the second consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Aix-Maurienne 90-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Aix-Maurienne. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-76. Charleville-Mezieres dominated on the defensive end, holding Aix-Maurienne to just 7 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Aix-Maurienne's 30. Charleville-Mezieres forced 20 Aix-Maurienne turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Center Garry Florimont (202-87) helped adding 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Jonathan Hoyaux (192-88) with 25 points and American power forward James Mathis (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Charleville-Mezieres maintains eighteenth place with 6-21 record. Loser Aix-Maurienne keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Dijon and Fos Ouest. Charleville-Mezieres will meet higher ranked Lille Metropole (#15) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aix-Maurienne will play against Le Portel (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: J.Hoyaux 25+2ast, J.Mathis 14+11reb, E.Andre 9+3reb+2ast, T.Yvrande 7+2reb+1ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 7+2reb+6ast, S.Darnauzan 6+4ast
Charleville: C.Rouse 21+11reb+2ast, G.Florimont 19+8reb+2ast, T.Peterson 14+5reb+4ast, D.Kaba 11+1ast, J.McClark 8+3reb+3ast, K.Morlende 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 100568


Fos Ouest - Bourg 77-75

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Fos Ouest (16-11) edged at home 9th ranked JL Bourg (14-13) 77-75 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 25-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Philippe Haquet (199-86) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Dean Oliver (180-78, college: Iowa) added 14 points respectively. Four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. JL Bourg's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fos Ouest moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Dijon and Maurienne. Loser JL Bourg keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Fos Ouest will face league's leader JSF Nanterre on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JL Bourg will play against Boulazac Basket (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bourg: D.Monds 18+7reb+2ast, D.Oliver 14+2reb+2ast, A.Tsagarakis 12+1ast, I.Koma 11+2reb+1ast, C.Ferchaud 9+2reb+2ast, K.Corre 5+4reb+3ast
Fos Ouest: P.Haquet 17+5reb+2ast, M.Hachad 17+3reb+2ast, K.Atamna 12+4reb+2ast, S.Gay 9+6reb, L.Cummard 8+4reb+1ast, Z.Bah 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 100563


Clermont - Quimper 82-75

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 16th ranked Quimper UJAP (10-17) was defeated on the road by seventeenth ranked Stade Clermont (8-19) 82-75 on Friday. Quimper UJAP trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 24-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-82 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Dreke Bouldin (202-80, college: Fresno St.) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Mali swingman Souarata Cisse (197-86) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian guard Marius Runkaukas (189-86) who recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Marvin Jefferson (206-86, college: Idaho) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Four Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. Stade Clermont maintains seventeenth place with 8-19 record. Loser Quimper UJAP keeps the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. Stade Clermont will face higher ranked JDA Dijon (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Quimper: F.Thibedore 20+1reb, M.Runkaukas 18+5reb+4ast, A.Toto N'Kote 13+6reb+1ast, M.Jefferson 12+11reb, G.Lessort 7+2reb, W.Molas 3+1reb
Clermont: M.Guichard 19+2ast, S.Cisse 16+4reb+2ast, D.Bouldin 16+10reb+3ast, O.Bassett 9+3reb+4ast, X.Delarue 8+1ast, T.Ford 6+7reb
gschID: 100564


Dijon - St Vallier 82-60

Very predictable result when sixth ranked JDA Dijon (16-11) outscored at home 12th ranked Saint Vallier (11-16) 82-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. JDA Dijon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. JDA Dijon forced 19 Saint Vallier turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. Guard David Melody (184-77) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard David Denave (195-85) who recorded 14 points and 4 assists and power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JDA Dijon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Maurienne and Fos Ouest. Loser Saint Vallier dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. JDA Dijon will face Stade Clermont (#17) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Saint Vallier will play against ALM Evreux (#3).
Top scorers:
St Vallier: D.Denave 14+2reb+4ast, M.Tensorer 12+1reb, C.Bronchard 7+6reb+1ast, K.Shiloh 6+6reb+2ast, F.Tortosa 6+6reb, B.Vounang 6+8reb
Dijon: J.Leloup 20+4reb+5ast, D.Melody 19+5reb+1ast, E.Mendy 11+1reb+1ast, E.Craven 11+2reb+4ast, B.Monclar 5+3reb+2ast, E.Bing 4+16reb+2ast
gschID: 100565


Rouen - Nantes 79-82

The most exciting game of round 27 in the ProB took place in Rouen. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-best SPO Rouen (18-9) to thirteenth ranked Nantes (12-15) 82-79 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The game without a history. Nantes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Taron Downey (186-83, college: Wake Forest) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 assists. Forward Nicolas Gayon (190-82) chipped in 22 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) who recorded 28 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Senegalese swingman Cheikhou Thioune (194-83) added 19 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nantes moved-up to twelfth place. SPO Rouen at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Nantes are looking forward to face Olympique Antibes (#13) at home in the next round. SPO Rouen will play against Quimper UJAP (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Siggers 28+6reb+2ast, C.Thioune 19+2reb, D.Williams 12+7reb+2ast, D.Giles 11+6reb, W.Soliman 5+8reb, K.Reid 4+3reb+10ast
Nantes: N.Gayon 22+2reb+1ast, O.Bardet 17+4reb+1ast, J.James 15+5reb, T.Downey 11+4reb+11ast, K.Barber 9+7reb+1ast, A.Cel 4+8reb+4ast
gschID: 100566


Chalons-Reims - Lille 76-78 OT

Lille Metropole (11-16) survived in overtime against Chalons-Reims (14-13) by two points 78-76. The game took place in Reims. But the guests from Lille were better at the end. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Chalons-Reims won fourth quarter 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Chalons-Reims used huge pressure winning it 17-12 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 9-11. They outrebounded Chalons-Reims 36-23 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Chalons-Reims helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Romain Malet (192-84) accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American-Irish guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) added 13 points, 5 assists and 5 steals respectively for Chalons-Reims in the defeat. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lille Metropole moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Antibes and St Vallier. Chalons-Reims lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Lille Metropole's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) at home which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: B.Mullins 13+1reb+5ast, C.Daniels 12+6reb+2ast, G.Radonjic 12+2reb+1ast, J.Bestron 12+5reb+1ast, D.Wilson 7+1reb, B.Mangin 6+1reb+1ast
Lille: A.Harris 21+8reb+1ast, R.Malet 16+5reb+4ast, B.Gillet 13+2reb+2ast, O.Gouez 8+4reb, R.Chery 7+5reb+1ast, M.Sy 6+3reb
gschID: 100560


Boulazac - Evreux 82-77

Very important is a road loss of third ranked ALM Evreux (17-10) against eleventh ranked Boulazac Basket (14-13) on Tuesday night. Visiting ALM Evreux was defeated by Boulazac Basket in a tough game in Boulazac 77-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ALM Evreux. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 30-23. But ALM Evreux won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Boulazac Basket won last quarter 17-13. They also forced 20 ALM Evreux turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Ben Jacobson (188-83, college: N.Iowa) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import forward Amadi McKenzie (201-86) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agency: ZAG Advocates) answered with 17 points and forward Benoit Toffin (205-77) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for ALM Evreux. Five Boulazac Basket and four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. Boulazac Basket moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Bourg. ALM Evreux at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Boulazac Basket will play against JL Bourg (#10) on the road in the next round. ALM Evreux will play against Saint Vallier (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Evreux: L.Prowell 17+4reb+3ast, B.Toffin 16+5reb, D.Davis 13+5reb+2ast, C.Watson 12+2reb+1ast, T.Maizeroi 10+6reb+2ast, M.Correa 6+9reb
Boulazac: T.Dubiez 18+3reb, A.McKenzie 15+5reb+2ast, B.Jacobson 14+3reb+8ast, C.Melicie 11+3reb+1ast, Y.Gaillou 10+4reb+1ast, I.Soumahoro 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100561


Antibes - Boulogne 90-94 OT

Olympique Antibes (#12) forced the game against SO Maritime Boulogne (#10) into an overtime, but lost by four points 90-94 on Friday night. The game took place in Antibes. But the guests from Boulogne were better at the end. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olympique Antibes won third quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Olympique Antibes used huge pressure winning it 15-13 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 14-18. SO Maritime Boulogne shot 26 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Olympique Antibes only scored nine points from the stripe. SO Maritime Boulogne forced 25 Olympique Antibes turnovers. Olympique Antibes was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 assists and 4 steals and Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-83, agency: LBM Management) added 20 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SO Maritime Boulogne (15-12) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Le Portel. Loser Olympique Antibes dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face Chalons-Reims (#11) at home in the next round. Olympique Antibes will play against Nantes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antibes: S.Massot 20+9reb+2ast, J.Ingram 18+4reb+10ast, M.Bojovic 17+2reb+3ast, D.Ramseyer 14+1reb+1ast, M.Courby 10+7reb, L.Bengaber 9+6reb+4ast
Boulogne: D.Monroe 25+9reb+1ast, L.Milbourne 21+9reb+2ast, T.Stanley 16+5reb+2ast, E.Plateau 12+1reb+4ast, L.Kante 8+1ast, K.Patiejunas 5+6reb+6ast
gschID: 100562




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  GEORGIA   


Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Army 15-2 
 2. TSU Tbilisi 15-3 
 3. Kutaisi 12-5 
 4. MIA Tbilisi 12-5 
 5. Sokhumi 11-7 
 6. Energy Rustavi 7-10 
 7. Samedicino 6-11 
 8. Batumi 6-11 
 9. GTU Tbilisi 5-12 
 10. GSAU Tbilisi 4-13 
 11. Dinamo Tbilisi 2-16 


Superleague Round 19 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
MIA (#4) forced the game against TSU (#2) into an overtime, but lost by two points 96-98 on Saturday night. The game took place in Tbilisi. But the guests were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of MIA. It was a great evening for Mikheil Panchulidze who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 4 assists. TSU (15-3) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place having just -1 point less than leader Army. MIA at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi GSAU.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points and 14 rebounds by Akaki Dvalishvili of Samedicino.



MIA Tbilisi - TSU Tbilisi 96-98 OT

MIA (#4) forced the game against TSU (#2) into an overtime, but lost by two points 96-98 on Saturday night. The game took place in Tbilisi. But the guests were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of MIA. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 18-13 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. TSU shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. MIA was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Mikheil Panchulidze (192-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 4 assists. Guard Giorgi Gaprindashvili (190-88, college: Midland CC) helped adding 21 points and 11 assists. At the losing side Cameroonian forward Talba Toudjani (201-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Besik Lezhava (193-86) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four TSU and five MIA players scored in double figures. TSU (15-3) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place having just -1 point less than leader Army. MIA at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi GSAU.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: M.Panchulidze 32+4reb+4ast, G.Gaprindashvili 21+4reb+11ast, M.Berishvili 13+13reb+2ast, I.Londaridze 10+9reb+2ast, M.Chitashvili 9+3reb+4ast, R.Matiashvili 8+3reb+1ast
MIA Tbilisi: T.Toudjani 21+11reb+4ast, B.Lezhava 21+5reb+5ast, D.Barbakadze 16+9reb+3ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 16+3reb+5ast, T.Cotton 13+6reb, S.Shermadini 5+3reb
gschID: 114913


Samedicino - Kutaisi 93-70

There was an upset in Tbilisi where 3rd placed Kutaisi (12-5) was crushed by eighth ranked Samedicino-Academia (6-11) 93-70 on Saturday. The game without a history. Samedicino-Academia 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 Kutaisi's 40. They outrebounded Kutaisi 52-26 including a 35-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for center Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. American guard Jeff Rogers (185-73, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Impact Basketball) helped adding 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Samedicino-Academia players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Buba Kvimsadze (195-82) responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Russian guard Teymuraz Babunashvili (185-90) scored 22 points and 5 steals. Samedicino-Academia moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Batumi. Loser Kutaisi keeps the third position with five games lost. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena GTU.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: J.Rogers 23+7reb+4ast, A.Dvalishvili 22+14reb+3ast, G.Gulisabedashvili 15+7reb+5ast, M.Chochua 10+3reb+2ast, T.Chachibaia 9+3reb+3ast, P.Rodumta 8+8reb+1ast
Kutaisi: T.Babunashvili 22, B.Kvimsadze 20+5reb+6ast, R.Didia 10+4reb+6ast, M.Bolkvadze 8+5reb, A.Lominashvili 6+3reb+1ast, V.Koguashvili 4+1reb
gschID: 114914


Dinamo Tbilisi - Army 60-102

Very predictable result when first ranked Army Sport Klub (15-2) smashed on the road bottom-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (2-16) 102-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Army Sport Klub led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Dinamo Tbilisi to just 6 points in first quarter. Army Sport Klub forced 22 Dinamo Tbilisi turnovers and outrebounded them 40-21 including a 29-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Army Sport Klub especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a great evening for the former international forward Irakli Sakvarelidze (201-86, college: Dominican, NY) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90) helped adding 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). At the losing side guard Lasha Edzgveradze (185-87) responded with 22 points and guard Irakli Ivaneishvili (194-89) scored 10 points. Dinamo Tbilisi's coach Davit Tortladze gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Army Sport Klub maintains first place with 15-2 record. Loser Dinamo Tbilisi stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Army Sport Klub will face Batumi (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dinamo Tbilisi will play against Kutaisi.
Top scorers:
Army: I.Sakvarelidze 29+6reb+5ast, G.Sharabidze 28+5reb+3ast, V.Minashvili 17+7reb+2ast, L.Moseshvili 7+5reb+5ast, G.Bakradze 7+5reb+11ast, G.Pirvelashvili 6+3reb
Dinamo Tbilisi: L.Edzgveradze 22+2reb+2ast, I.Ivaneishvili 10+3reb+3ast, G.Tvauri 8+2reb+1ast, N.Guldedava 6+1reb, I.Alkhanaidze 6+5reb, T.Tavamaishvili 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 114915


Batumi - Energy Rustavi 79-56

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Energy Invest (7-10) was rolled over on the road by ninth ranked Batumi (6-11) 79-56 on Friday. The game without a history. Batumi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 19 Energy Invest turnovers and outrebounded them 51-32 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for swingman Niko Chkhatarashvili (204-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Duda Sanadze (196-92) helped adding 25 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side forward Zurabi Machavariani (192-90) responded with 18 points and center David Gugava (203-90) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Batumi moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Samedicino. Defending champion Energy Invest keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Batumi will face league's leader Army Sport Klub in Tbilisi in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Batumi: D.Sanadze 25+8reb+1ast, N.Chkhatarashvili 15+16reb+4ast, G.Kvelashvili 14+5reb+1ast, M.Ninua 8+3reb+2ast, L.Keshelava 7+4reb+1ast, A.Eliashvili 6+8reb+1ast
Energy Rustavi: Z.Machavariani 18+3reb+3ast, M.Abaishvili 17+2reb+2ast, D.Gugava 13+10reb+1ast, L.Meburishvili 4+1reb, N.Abuladze 2+1reb, J.Arabic 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 114911


Sokhumi - GTU Tbilisi 98-55

Everything went according to plan in Tbilisi where fifth ranked Sokhumi (11-7) outscored 7th ranked GTU (5-12) 98-55 on Saturday. The game without a history. Sokhumi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sokhumi forced 20 GTU turnovers and outrebounded them 45-34 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. GTU was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points. American guard Eugene Harris (188-86, college: High Point) helped adding 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side forward Akaki Lomouri (198-91) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Vasili Beruashvili (198-90) scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. GTU's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sokhumi maintains fifth place with 11-7 record. Loser GTU dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena .
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: L.Parghalava 28+4reb+3ast, E.Harris 18+5reb+6ast, G.Kvetenadze 17+7reb+3ast, C.Damus 10+9reb+1ast, I.Chlaidze 9+2reb+2ast, I.Shanidze 8+1reb
GTU Tbilisi: A.Lomouri 17+8reb, G.Jangveladze 10+3reb+1ast, I.Kobidze 10+9reb, V.Beruashvili 10+8reb+5ast, L.Chokhonelidze 4+3reb+1ast, A.Dzidziguri 4+2reb+6ast
gschID: 114912




Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Duda SANADZE
  Batumi
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Sanadze, Batumi23.1 
 2. Chikviladze, GTU T.22.9 
 3. Berishvili, TSU T.21.4 
 4. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.3 
 5. Panchulidze, TSU T.20.0 
 6. Dvalishvili, Samed.19.6 
 7. Harris, Sokhumi17.2 
 8. Matiashvili, TSU T.16.9 
 9. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi16.8 
 10. Keshelava, Batumi16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Akaki DVALISHVILI
  Samedicino
  (206-C-90)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Dvalishvili, Samed.11.4 
 2. Damus, Sokhumi10.8 
 3. Berishvili, TSU T.10.8 
 4. Matiashvili, TSU T.9.8 
 5. Imnadze, MIA T.9.6 
 6. Londaridze, TSU T.9.6 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi9.5 
 8. Toudjani, MIA T.9.4 
 9. Tugushi, Army9.0 
 10. Ugrekhelidze, Army8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAPRINDASHVILI
  TSU Tbilisi
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.6.8 
 2. Tsivtsivadze, MIA T.6.4 
 3. Tugushi, Army5.7 
 4. Harris, Sokhumi5.6 
 5. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi5.4 
 6. Artsividze, GSAU T.5.3 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.5 
 8. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.4 
 9. Didia, Kutaisi4.4 
 10. Mikeladze, Batumi4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vasili BERUASHVILI
  GTU Tbilisi
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Beruashvili, GTU T.3.1 
 2. Tsekvava, Energy R.2.8 
 3. Antadze, GTU T.2.7 
 4. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 5. Gulisabedash., Samedi.2.6 
 6. Berishvili, TSU T.2.4 
 7. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.3 
 8. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.3 
 9. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.2 
 10. Markhvashvil., TSU T.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Samuel LAMU
  Energy Rustavi
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lamu, Energy R.2.1 
 2. Imnadze, MIA T.1.4 
 3. Bekauri, Samedicino1.4 
 4. Damus, Sokhumi1.4 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.3 
 6. Berishvili, TSU T.1.3 
 7. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 8. Damus, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Tenieshvili, Batumi1.0 
 10. Atuashvili, Army1.0 


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  GERMANY   


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.2 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.2 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim18.1 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 5. Watts, Dragons18.0 
 6. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.9 
 7. Samarco, Webmoebel17.3 
 8. Yearby, Cuxhaven17.2 
 9. Harbut, Chemnitz16.7 
 10. Gause, Freiburg16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchheim9.9 
 3. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.8 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.8 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 6. Watts, Dragons8.5 
 7. Schoo, Heidelberg8.3 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim8.0 
 9. Shaw, Chemnitz7.8 
 10. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron COOK
  Cuxhaven
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Cook, Cuxhaven6.1 
 2. Zazai, Chemnitz6.1 
 3. Gray, Crailsheim5.7 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim5.3 
 5. Johnson, Webmoebel4.8 
 6. Jeka, Wuerzburg4.7 
 7. Larsen, Dragons4.5 
 8. Burnette, Osnab.4.5 
 9. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.4 
 10. Lowery, Braves4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Paul GAUSE
  Freiburg
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gause, Freiburg3.0 
 2. Johnson, Webmoebel2.8 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 4. Zazai, Chemnitz2.1 
 5. Johnson, Chemnitz2.0 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim1.8 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz1.7 
 8. Burns, Webmoebel1.7 
 9. Gray, Crailsheim1.7 
 10. Cook, Cuxhaven1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN
  Telekom Baskets
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.1.9 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchheim1.8 
 3. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 4. Schoo, Heidelberg1.7 
 5. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.4 
 6. Hill, Jena1.3 
 7. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 8. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.2 
 9. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.1 
 10. De Michael, Kirchheim1.1 


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 27-2 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 22-7 
 3. Art.Dragons 20-9 
 4. ALBA 20-9 
 5. NY Phantoms 17-12 
 6. EWE Baskets 17-12 
 7. TBB Trier 16-13 
 8. Bremerhaven 15-14 
 9. EnBW L'burg 15-14 
 10. Telekom Baskets 14-14 
 11. Goettingen 13-14 
 12. Walter Tigers 13-17 
 13. Phoenix Hagen 12-16 
 14. ratiopharm 12-17 
 15. LTi 46ers 8-21 
 16. MBC 7-22 
 17. Bayreuth 7-22 
 18. Duesseldorf 4-24 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 25-1 
 2. Wuerzburg 19-7 
 3. Chemnitz 17-9 
 4. Osnabrueck 16-9 
 5. Braves 15-10 
 6. Crailsheim 14-12 
 7. Webmoebel 13-13 
 8. Kirchheim 13-13 
 9. Karlsruhe 12-14 
 10. Hannover 11-15 
 11. Heidelberg 10-16 
 12. ETB Wohnbau 9-17 
 13. Cuxhaven 9-17 
 14. Freiburg 9-17 
 15. Jena 8-18 
 16. Dragons 7-19 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Wood, Dt.19.2 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.8 
 3. Allen, ALBA16.2 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.0 
 5. Harris, EnBW L.15.5 
 6. Benzing, ratio.15.5 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 8. Callahan, Bremerha.15.1 
 9. Ross, MBC15.0 
 10. Dorris, Phoenix .15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm11.0 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.3 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth7.9 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.8 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.9 
 7. Burtschi, Phoenix .6.7 
 8. Stevic, EWE B.6.7 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.6 
 10. Fenn, Art.Dragons6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.3 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.7 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.6 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.0 
 5. Green, EnBW L.4.3 
 6. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 7. Neitzel, Bayreuth4.2 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.1 
 9. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 10. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Pryor, Phoenix .1.5 
 5. Dorris, Phoenix .1.5 
 6. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 7. Wood, Dt.1.4 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.4 
 9. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.3 
 10. Bernard, MBC1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Bryant, ratiopharm1.6 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.6 
 5. Seward, Phoenix .1.3 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 9. Scott, Goettingen1.0 
 10. Powell, Dt.0.9 


ProA Round 26: GiroLive-Ballers are defeated by BG Karlsruhe - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The most important game in the last round took place in Karlsruhe between third ranked GiroLive-Ballers (16-9) and ninth ranked BG Karlsruhe (12-14) on Saturday night. GiroLive-Ballers were crushed by BG Karlsruhe on the road 80-57. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of GiroLive-Ballers. The game without a history. BG Karlsruhe led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding GiroLive-Ballers to just 5 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded GiroLive-Ballers 41-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Rasmussen Services) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds. BG Karlsruhe maintains ninth position with 12-14 record. GiroLive-Ballers at the other side dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. BG Karlsruhe are looking forward to face Cuxhaven BasCats (#13) on the road in the next round. GiroLive-Ballers will play against the league's leader Bayern Muenchen (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (25-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (15-10) 75-57. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Saar-Pfalz Braves. American power forward Darius Hall (201-73, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Stanley International) notched 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Aleksandar Nadjfeji supported him with 13 points. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 11 points and 6 rebounds by American power forward Theodis Tarver (206-84, college: Georgia Tech) did not help to save the game for Saar-Pfalz Braves. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive 20-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-1 record. Saar-Pfalz Braves at the other side keep the fifth place with ten games lost. Bayern Muenchen will play against GiroLive-Ballers (#4) in Osnabrueck in the next round. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play at home against Dragons Rhoendorf and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Essen between ETB Wohnbau and USC Freiburg. Fourteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (9-17) got a very close home victory over 12th ranked USC Freiburg (9-17). ETB Wohnbau managed to escape with a 3-point win 66-63 in the game for the twelfth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of USC Freiburg. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Chris Alexander who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Jamar Nutter produced 21 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. ETB Wohnbau have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Freiburg and Cuxhaven. ETB Wohnbau will meet higher ranked USC Heidelberg (#11) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. USC Freiburg will play against Kirchheim Knights and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Crailsheim where higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (14-12) were upseton its own court by fifteenth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (9-17) 85-74. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Deilvez Yearby orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Crailsheim Merlins' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Cuxhaven BasCats moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Freiburg. Crailsheim Merlins lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats' next round opponent will be higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (#9) at home and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Jena lost to Chemnitz on the opponent's court 67-84. Kirchheim unfortunately lost to Webmoebel in a home game 94-99. Hannover managed to beat Dragons on the road 90-77. Wuerzburg defeated Heidelberg on its own court 84-73.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists by Kejuan Johnson of Webmoebel.



Crailsheim - Cuxhaven 74-85

An interesting game took place in Crailsheim where higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (14-12) were upseton its own court by fifteenth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (9-17) 85-74. The game was mostly controlled by Cuxhaven BasCats. Crailsheim Merlins was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Jackson Capel (191-87, college: Evangel) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Cuxhaven BasCats players scored in double figures. point guard Kameron Gray (186-82, college: Oklahoma City) replied with 14 points and power forward Robert Ferguson (203-85, college: St.Joseph's) added 13 points in the effort for Crailsheim Merlins. Crailsheim Merlins' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Cuxhaven BasCats moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Freiburg. Crailsheim Merlins lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats' next round opponent will be higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (#9) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: J.Capel 24+5reb+3ast, A.Cook 20+4reb+6ast, D.Yearby 20+13reb+2ast, J.Schaffrath 11+11reb, A.Hasenkamm 6+1reb+2ast, E.Shaw 2+1reb
Crailsheim: K.Gray 14+2reb+3ast, R.Ferguson 13+4reb+1ast, D.Dorr 10+3reb, F.Oladipo 9+3reb, F.Young 8+3reb+1ast, B.Obiango 7+8reb
gschID: 93570


Chemnitz - Jena 84-67

Very expected game when 13th ranked Science City Jena (8-18) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (17-9) 84-67. The game was mostly controlled by BV Chemnitz 99. Science City Jena was better in third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Science City Jena helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points. Naturalized Afghani point guard Achmadschah Zazai (177-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four BV Chemnitz 99 players scored in double figures. American guard Larry Cunningham (190-85, college: Cal-Riverside, agency: Limelight Hoops) replied with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized American forward Eric Vierneisel (201-85, college: California) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Science City Jena. Science City Jena's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. BV Chemnitz 99 moved-up to third place. Science City Jena at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. BV Chemnitz 99's next round opponent will be Hannover Tigers (#10) in Hannover and are hoping to win another game. Science City Jena will play at home against the league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets (#2) in Wuerzburg.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: G.Johnson 30+1reb+1ast, A.Zazai 15+4reb+13ast, J.Schmidt 14+1reb, T.Harbut 13+7reb+1ast, T.Shaw 8+7reb+2ast, D.Lawson 4+4reb+1ast
Jena: E.Vierneisel 13+5reb+1ast, A.Hill 10+2reb, L.Cunningham 9+8reb+5ast, T.Kepkay 8+2reb+3ast, C.Roquette 8+5reb, C.Hoffmann 6+2reb
gschID: 93567


ETB Wohnbau - Freiburg 66-63

A very close game took place in Essen between ETB Wohnbau and USC Freiburg. Fourteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (9-17) got a very close home victory over 12th ranked USC Freiburg (9-17). ETB Wohnbau managed to escape with a 3-point win 66-63 in the game for the twelfth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of USC Freiburg. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-63. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Kendall Chones (201-84, college: Colgate) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Jamar Nutter (188-84, college: Seton Hall) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Brian McKenzie (193-88, college: Providence) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. ETB Wohnbau have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Freiburg and Cuxhaven. ETB Wohnbau will meet higher ranked USC Heidelberg (#11) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. USC Freiburg will play against Kirchheim Knights and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 23+7reb+2ast, K.Chones 12+8reb+1ast, T.Schoeps 10+4reb, S.Schroter 8+10reb, S.Esterkamp 6+3reb+2ast, M.Buljevic 5+1reb+6ast
Freiburg: J.Nutter 21+8reb+1ast, P.Gause 9+3reb+5ast, N.Khartchenkov 9+7reb, B.McKenzie 8+10reb+2ast, X.Hansbro 5+2reb, M.Jost 5+5reb
gschID: 93568


Kirchheim - Webmoebel 94-99

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eighth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (13-13) defeated on the road 7th ranked Kirchheim Knights (13-13) 99-94. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Kejuan Johnson (193-85, college: Long Beach St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Webmoebel Baskets' coach Thomas Glasauer used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Cedric Brooks (185-80, college: Pittsburg St.) replied with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Kirchheim Knights. Four Webmoebel Baskets and five Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. Webmoebel Baskets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Kirchheim. Kirchheim Knights lost fourth consecutive game. Webmoebel Baskets' next round opponent will be higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#6) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Webmoebel: K.Johnson 24+8reb+9ast, D.Burns 23+3reb, M.Samarco 15+3reb+3ast, T.Hampton 11+4reb, D.Lieneke 11+1reb, D.Malinowski 8+5reb
Kirchheim: C.Brooks 25+5reb+4ast, M.Smallwood 14+11reb+2ast, G.Scott 14+2reb+6ast, R.Tomasevic 13+1ast, R.De Michael 12+5reb+3ast, N.Menck 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 93569


Dragons - Hannover 77-90

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (7-19) was defeated at home by tenth ranked Hannover Tigers (11-15) 90-77. It looked good early as Dragons Rhoendorf took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hannover Tigers took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 13 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Dragons Rhoendorf's 38. They outrebounded Dragons Rhoendorf 41-25 including 18 on the offensive glass. American forward Brad Byerson (201-85, college: Virginia Union) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import forward Calvin Henry (198-86, college: Mercer) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Cent.Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and center Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-90) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Dragons Rhoendorf. Four Hannover Tigers and five Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. Hannover Tigers maintains tenth position with 11-15 record. Newly promoted Dragons Rhoendorf stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Hannover Tigers' next round opponent will be higher ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (#3) at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#5) in Homburg.
Top scorers:
Hannover: C.Henry 16+8reb+1ast, B.Byerson 16+13reb, T.Evans 15+4reb+4ast, S.Janzen 15+1reb, S.Turnbull 12+3reb+2ast, D.Arigbabu 9+5reb+4ast
Dragons: S.Watts 14+12reb+4ast, D.Spraggins 14+2reb+4ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 13+6reb+1ast, R.Howard 12+2reb, D.Watson 11+2reb, K.Moore 8+1ast
gschID: 93564


Wuerzburg - Heidelberg 84-73

Everything went according to plan in Wuerzburg where second ranked s Oliver Baskets (19-7) beat 11th ranked USC Heidelberg (10-16) 84-73. Liberian-American guard Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Forward Kevin Wysocki (198-87) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Paelay is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five s Oliver Baskets players scored in double figures. American guard James Wright (187-81, college: Colorado, agency: Impact Basketball) replied with 27 points and his fellow American import guard Jason Bohannon (190-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for USC Heidelberg. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains second position with 19-7 record having six points less than leader B.Muenchen. USC Heidelberg at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. s Oliver Baskets' next round opponent will be Science City Jena (#15) on the road which should be an easy win for them. USC Heidelberg will play against ETB Wohnbau (#12) in Essen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: P.Paelay 19+3reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 14+6reb+2ast, I.Elliott 12+8reb, L.Jeka 11+2reb+5ast, J.Levy 10+5reb+1ast, S.Kesselring 5+5reb+1ast
Heidelberg: J.Wright 27+1reb+1ast, J.Bohannon 15+5reb+1ast, O.Komarek 11+6reb+2ast, G.Baker 7+5reb+2ast, B.Schoo 6+5reb+1ast, N.Montgomery 3+3reb
gschID: 93565


B.Muenchen - Braves 75-57

ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (25-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (15-10) 75-57. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Saar-Pfalz Braves. The game without a history. Bayern Muenchen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American power forward Darius Hall (201-73, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Stanley International) notched 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Serbian forward Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-76) supported him with 13 points. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 11 points and 6 rebounds by American power forward Theodis Tarver (206-84, college: Georgia Tech) did not help to save the game for Saar-Pfalz Braves. Naturalized Serbian center Mirko Damjanovic (204-80) added 8 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive 20-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-1 record. Saar-Pfalz Braves at the other side keep the fifth place with ten games lost. Bayern Muenchen will play against GiroLive-Ballers (#4) in Osnabrueck in the next round. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play at home against Dragons Rhoendorf and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: D.Hall 16+5reb, A.Nadjfeji 13+3reb+3ast, J.Wallace 13+2reb+1ast, S.Hamann 6+2reb+4ast, R.Maras 6+2reb, B.Doreth 5+5reb+6ast
Braves: T.Tarver 11+6reb, M.Weber 10+1reb+2ast, R.Cardenas 9+4reb, M.Damjanovic 8+7reb, J.Jamerson 6+4reb+1ast, T.Carr 5+3reb
gschID: 93566


Karlsruhe - Osnabrueck 80-57

The most important game in the last round took place in Karlsruhe between third ranked GiroLive-Ballers (16-9) and ninth ranked BG Karlsruhe (12-14) on Saturday night. GiroLive-Ballers were crushed by BG Karlsruhe on the road 80-57. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of GiroLive-Ballers. The game without a history. BG Karlsruhe led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding GiroLive-Ballers to just 5 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded GiroLive-Ballers 41-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Rasmussen Services) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and Canadian guard Tristan Blackwood (183-85) scored 13 points and 5 assists. BG Karlsruhe maintains ninth position with 12-14 record. GiroLive-Ballers at the other side dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. BG Karlsruhe are looking forward to face Cuxhaven BasCats (#13) on the road in the next round. GiroLive-Ballers will play against the league's leader Bayern Muenchen (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: J.Black 21+14reb+1ast, R.Roessler 20+9reb+2ast, J.Jones 12+3reb+3ast, F.Stuckemann 7+6reb+1ast, M.Hurst 5+3reb, D.Thorne 4+1reb+1ast
Osnabrueck: T.Blackwood 13+1reb+5ast, S.Greene 13+3reb+1ast, A.Fleetwood 11+8reb+2ast, A.Hird 7+1reb+1ast, J.Lange 7+6reb, P.Johnson 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 93563




Niels Giffey and Enosch Wolf will play in the NCAA Final Four - by Daniel Poerschke
The two german student-athletes Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) and Enosch Wolf (212-C-90) will play in this years NCAA Final Four in Hoston, Texas next weekend.
Their University of Connecticut basketball team beat the Arizona squad last night 65:63 to clinch the West regional title.
Giffey played 1 minute and Wolf did not see any action. Over the course of the season Giffey is averaging 2.3ppg and 1.3rpg in 9.8mpg and Wolf saw action in 7 games with an average of 1.0ppg and 0.9rpg.
Eurobasket Germany wishes Good Luck for our german guys in Houston!



1.Bundesliga Round 29: Brose Baskets defeat ALBA Berlin in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

An interesting game for Brose Baskets (27-2) which played road game in Berlin against 3rd placed ALBA Berlin (20-9). First ranked Brose Baskets managed to get a 4-point victory 97-93. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. Brose Baskets shot 60.4 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. 27 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!). American guard Brian Roberts (188-85) contributed with 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 24 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for ALBA Berlin. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Brose Baskets have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 27-2 record. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Art.Dragons. Brose Baskets are looking forward to face TBB Trier (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. ALBA Berlin will play against Artland Dragons (#3) in Quakenbrueck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Ludwigsburg was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked EWE Baskets (17-12) played at the court of 8th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (15-14). EWE Baskets managed to secure a 7-point victory 96-89. Serbian forward Luka Bogdanovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and Mindaugas Lukauskis chipped in 18 points and 4 steals. American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) responded with 20 points. EWE Baskets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with NY Phantoms. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Bremerhaven. EWE Baskets will play against BBC Bayreuth (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Bonn between Telekom Baskets and ratiopharm Ulm. Tenth ranked Telekom Baskets (14-14) got a very close home victory over 13th ranked ratiopharm Ulm (12-17). Telekom Baskets managed to escape with a 3-point win 71-68 on Sunday evening. Chris Ensminger nailed 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Roderick Trice came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds for ratiopharm Ulm in the defeat. ratiopharm Ulm's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Telekom Baskets maintains tenth place with 14-14 record. Loser ratiopharm Ulm dropped to the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Telekom Baskets will meet bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (#18) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ratiopharm Ulm will play against BBC Bayreuth (#17) and hope to secure a win.
The game between seventh ranked TBB Trier (16-13) and 18th ranked Gloria Giants (4-24) in Trier ended with biggest points difference. TBB Trier outscored guests from Duesseldorf 84-55. The best player for the winners was Dru Joyce who scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Gloria Giants' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. TBB Trier maintains seventh place with 16-13 record. Gloria Giants at the other side stay dead last with 24 lost games. TBB Trier's next round opponent will be league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gloria Giants will play at home against Telekom Baskets (#10) in Bonn.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 29: Bremerhaven beat Bayreuth on the road 90-83. Walter Tigers lost to Art.Dragons on its own court 57-75. Dt.Bank SKY managed to outperform MBC in Frankfurt 70-58.



Bayreuth - Bremerhaven 83-90

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (15-14) beat on the road 16th ranked BBC Bayreuth (7-22) 90-83. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to BBC Bayreuth's 46. The best player for the winners was American guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: ZAG Advocates) who scored 28 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Canadian power forward Sean Denison (210-85, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American forward Ekene Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. BBC Bayreuth's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to eighth place, which they share with EnBW L'burg. Newly promoted BBC Bayreuth keeps the sixteenth position with 22 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be BG Goettingen (#11) at home. BBC Bayreuth will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: E.Ibekwe 22+7reb+1ast, D.Gibson 17+2reb+3ast, J.Harris 9+2reb+1ast, J.Reiner 7+8reb+4ast, M.Ginyard 6+2ast, S.Schmidt 6+2reb
Bremerhaven: T.Everett 28+8reb+6ast, S.Denison 21+5reb+2ast, C.Callahan 14+3reb+3ast, T.Brazelton 11+1reb+2ast, P.Schwethelm 8+6reb, A.Drevo 4+3reb
gschID: 93134


TBB Trier - Duesseldorf 84-55

The game between seventh ranked TBB Trier (16-13) and 18th ranked Gloria Giants (4-24) in Trier ended with biggest points difference. TBB Trier outscored guests from Duesseldorf 84-55. The game without a history. TBB Trier led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Gloria Giants' players. The best player for the winners was American guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) who scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Serbian forward Dragan Dojcin (205-76, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points. Five TBB Trier players scored in double figures. Bosnian center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech) produced 9 points and 11 rebounds and American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St.) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Gloria Giants' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. TBB Trier maintains seventh place with 16-13 record. Gloria Giants at the other side stay dead last with 24 lost games. TBB Trier's next round opponent will be league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gloria Giants will play at home against Telekom Baskets (#10) in Bonn.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: D.Haynes 18+2reb+2ast, L.Kisielius 11+7reb+2ast, E.Rizvic 9+11reb+2ast, D.McDaniel 5+2reb, P.Pope 5+4reb+1ast, S.Wright 4+1reb+2ast
TBB Trier: D.Dojcin 17+4reb+3ast, S.Picard 11+3reb, D.Joyce 11+5reb+9ast, G.Evans 10+4reb+3ast, J.Bynum 10+8reb+3ast, B.Stewart 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 93135


Walter Tigers - Art.Dragons 57-75

Very expected game when 12th ranked Walter Tigers (13-17) lost to fourth ranked Artland Dragons (20-9) in Tuebingen 57-75. It looked good early as Walter Tigers took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Artland Dragons had a 20-9 second period charge getting the lead and Walter Tigers were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 57-75. They outrebounded Walter Tigers 36-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) who scored 19 points and 4 assists. American-Jamaican guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell, agency: Lanshire Group) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. Russian center Anatoly Kashirov (215-87) produced 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Walter Tigers' coach Igor Perovic let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Artland Dragons have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with ALBA. Walter Tigers lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Artland Dragons' next round opponent will be ALBA Berlin (#4) at home.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: A.Kashirov 17+2reb, J.Herber 9+3reb+2ast, D.Watts 9+7reb+1ast, N.Simon 8+4reb, B.Ratkovica 6+2reb+7ast, R.Markovic 4+1reb
Art.Dragons: T.Rice 19+3reb+4ast, R.Kurz 14+3reb+1ast, B.Bailey 13+3reb+5ast, J.Strasser 11+1ast, N.Peavy 9+11reb, R.Boumtje 6+5reb
gschID: 93133


EnBW L'burg - EWE Baskets 89-96

The game in Ludwigsburg was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked EWE Baskets (17-12) played at the court of 8th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (15-14). EWE Baskets managed to secure a 7-point victory 96-89. EnBW Ludwigsburg was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 28-17 charge of EWE Baskets, which allowed them to win the game. Serbian forward Luka Bogdanovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals. American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) responded with 20 points and the other American import swingman Toby Bailey (198-75, college: UCLA) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. EWE Baskets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with NY Phantoms. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Bremerhaven. EWE Baskets will play against BBC Bayreuth (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
EnBW L'burg: A.Harris 20+4reb+3ast, T.Bailey 17+7reb+2ast, D.Zavackas 16+4reb+1ast, D.McCray 11+2ast, J.Bowler 11+3reb+1ast, R.Rickert 10+2reb
EWE Baskets: L.Bogdanovic 23+4reb+2ast, R.Paulding 20+4reb, M.Lukauskis 18+4reb+3ast, A.Baynes 8+4reb, E.Gill 6+1reb+4ast, O.Stevic 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 93128


Telekom Baskets - ratiopharm 71-68

A very close game took place in Bonn between Telekom Baskets and ratiopharm Ulm. Tenth ranked Telekom Baskets (14-14) got a very close home victory over 13th ranked ratiopharm Ulm (12-17). Telekom Baskets managed to escape with a 3-point win 71-68 on Sunday evening. ratiopharm Ulm trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 24-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-71 at the end of the game. Telekom Baskets made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 ratiopharm Ulm turnovers. American center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) nailed 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and international power forward Tim Ohlbrecht (211-88) accounted for 11 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Roderick Trice (191-84, college: S.Carolina, agency: Lanshire Group) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for ratiopharm Ulm in the defeat. Four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Telekom Baskets maintains tenth place with 14-14 record. Loser ratiopharm Ulm dropped to the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Telekom Baskets will meet bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (#18) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ratiopharm Ulm will play against BBC Bayreuth (#17) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ratiopharm: R.Trice 17+5reb+3ast, J.Bryant 15+9reb, R.Benzing 12+5reb, P.Guenther 10+2reb+5ast, D.Fitzgerald 6+1reb, T.Mason-Griffin 6+2reb+2ast
Telekom Baskets: C.Ensminger 19+5reb, N.Wise 14+2reb+3ast, T.Ohlbrecht 11+9reb, J.Hunt 9+2reb+4ast, M.Tyndale 5+6reb+5ast, J.Jaacks 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 93129


MBC - Dt.Bank SKY 58-70

Very predictable result when second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (22-7) won against 16th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (7-22) in Weissenfels 70-58. It looked good early as Mitteldeutscher BC took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Deutsche Bank Skyliners had a 15-11 second period charge getting the lead and Mitteldeutscher BC was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 58-70. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who scored 27 points. Forward Roger Powell (198-83, college: Illinois, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' coach Gordon Herbert allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: World Sport Agency) produced 19 points and 4 steals and guard Wayne Bernard (190-81, college: Davidson) added 11 points respectively for the hosts. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains second place with 22-7 record having five points less than leader Brose Baskets. Mitteldeutscher BC lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 22 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' next round opponent will be Phoenix Hagen (#13) at home which should be an easy win for them. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against New Yorker Phantoms in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
MBC: R.Ross 19+3reb+2ast, W.Bernard 11+3reb, R.Pilcevic 10+2reb+2ast, J.Gilbert 7+3reb, V.Radinovic 6+7reb, G.Grunheid 4+3reb
Dt.Bank SKY: D.Wood 27+3reb+2ast, R.Powell 12+6reb+1ast, Q.Robertson 11+3reb+1ast, J.Shepherd 7+3reb, M.Nolte 4+2reb, C.Moss 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 93130


Round 27
ALBA - Brose Baskets 93-97

An interesting game for Brose Baskets (27-2) which played road game in Berlin against 3rd placed ALBA Berlin (20-9). First ranked Brose Baskets managed to get a 4-point victory 97-93. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. Brose Baskets shot 60.4 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. 27 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!). American guard Brian Roberts (188-85) contributed with 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 24 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for ALBA Berlin. Five ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Brose Baskets have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 27-2 record. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Art.Dragons. Brose Baskets are looking forward to face TBB Trier (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. ALBA Berlin will play against Artland Dragons (#3) in Quakenbrueck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ALBA: J.Jenkins 24+2reb+3ast, B.Taylor 17+3reb+1ast, T.Rochestie 13+3reb+3ast, M.Raduljica 13+5reb+4ast, D.Allen 11+3reb+6ast, I.McElroy 9+5reb+1ast
Brose Baskets: P.Suput 34+9reb+1ast, B.Roberts 20+3reb+3ast, C.Jacobsen 16+2reb+4ast, K.Hines 9+5reb+1ast, T.Pleiss 8+3reb, A.Gavel 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 124267




John Bynum (TBB Trier) At This Time Of The Season Bodies Are A Little Worn Out, But At The Same Time You Have To Find A Way To Push Through It - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket before the game against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf March 27th.

The playoff race is really heating up in the BEKO BBL. What is more difficult for a player in crunchtime of the season especially when a playoff place is in sight, the mental or physical part?

I think for the most part the difficult part has to be the physical side. At this time of the season bodies are a little bit worn out but at the same time you have to find a way to push through. The mental side is pretty easy because you just have to go out and play.

How well has TBB Trier digested the loss against Ratiopharm Ulm?

Well we had to digest it really quick cause we have another game today against Dusseldorf, it was a tough loss one we needed but it is what it is.

The next game is against The Duesseldorf Giants. What has been your impression of the team? They were able to beat Bamberg, lost to Frankfurt on a buzzer beater? How dangerous can this team be?

They play hard and should not be overlooked, they got a big win last week and the whole season they have struggled to find chemistry but they have good players and cant be overlooked. No one in the BBL can be overlooked and they are still fighting to stay in the league.

What was your memory of the big 70-49 win on the road. TBB Trier held Bonn to 48 points, but was Duesseldorf the best defensive effort of the season?

It was a good defensive game for us, but like I said, they have a different team than before and we have some key injuries so obviously we are different as well. But either way we have to go out and play hard and try and protect our home court.

The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf picked up Ezmir Rizvic recently helped the weak play under the boards. Will this put more pressure on the boards for TBB Trier?

Yea he has given them a different look and we do have to be on our toes because he has given them size and a different type of player than they had before. We have to be ready underneath and I am sure our guys will be.

UCONN reached the Elite 8 with a 74-67 win against San Diego State. How far will Kemba Walker take his team?

Well I think they will go to the final four. I predict that they will beat Arizona by 2.

Does Richmond have any chance of upsetting Kansas?

No chance. I think Kansas has too much for Richmond


What is your pick for Ohio State- Kansas?

Kansas because I predict that Ohio State will lose to Kentucky... lol.. Miles this is too easy.

Can Marquette upset UNC?

No chance, North Carolina will win by double figures. lol

VCU-Florida State seems like a good match up. Who has the upperhand in this game?

I like Florida state but I dont think they can score and VCU is on a great one.

Thanks John for the chat.



Dashaun Wood Is The Sun As He Drives The MBC Wolves Back Into Their Den As The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Prevail On The Road 70-58 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
When checking out the Looney Tunes, there is absolutely no surprise that the roadrunner never gets captured and eaten by the motivated Wile E Coyote, because the bird is too quick and too smart. In Weissenfels, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were looking to start a new winning streak and were up against a torn and tattered Mitteldeutscher BC squad. The scenario on the floor was similar to Looney Tunes as Dashaun 'mr roadrunner' had to put up with pesky wolves all night long, but the current leading scorer in the BEKO BBL had the hoop in front of him at most instances and the MBC wolves behind him as he led Frankfurt to the 70-58 win and had no problems getting the wolf pack to retreat back to their dens. 'I was the sun. When the sun rises, wolves go away. I was slowly rising in the second half and when I made the last of the floaters, I had reached the top. There was no more howling from the wolves and they went back to their caves', laughed DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) was glad that Wood was on his side. 'The wolves were unable to catch up to him. Wood howled like crazy which the wolves didnt like', smiled Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). 'Wood was a very hot sun that was burning', added Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) Wood was as unstoppable as a tiger tearing apart an antelope on a barren field in Africa, and the way Kemba Walker has been leading UCONN to the 2011 NCAA Final 4. 'Wood is the heart and soul of team. He is most comfortable when he can do what he wants. The difference between him and othe rplayers is that he is consistent and gets the job done', added Ronald Ross (188-G-83, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Texas Tech).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had had a tough time digesting the 79-70 loss to 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin last weekend and one might of expected that Frankfurt would jump out on MBC early, but instead they were trailing as the home team was desperate to win and get out of the BEKO BBL cellar. Frankfurt surprisingly had a tougher time with the 16th ranked MBC squad, but in the end a win is a win no matter if it was pretty or butt ugly. 'I have said all year long that any win on the road is big. Drums were playing and it was harsh environment, but as soon as we got control, they had a tough time coming back. No team is easy in this league as each team can win against anyone. It is important that we continue to bounce back after losses', stressed DaShaun Wood MBC lost their fifth game in a row and continue to drown at the bottom of the standings. 'This was a very disappointing loss. We practiced well this week, but let the game get away in the third quarter. We couldnt get flow going the way we needed too', added MBC guard Ronald Ross (188-G-83, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Texas Tech). 'This wasnt a pretty win. We found a way to pick up our intensity in the second half, played more aggressive defense and limited them to one shot', added Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn).

Despite the precarious situation that the Mitteldeutscher BC is in this season with the possibility of being sent back to the PRO A, the maker and thinker of the organization Martin Geissler seemed calm before the start of the game and never would have thought at the start of the season that his team would be so near going back down. 'I knew that we would play to stay in the BEKO BBL this season, but didnt think that we would encounter so many negative things. These things all came together and the sudden sickness to coach Bjoern Harmsen also was unexpected. Things can only get better', added Martin Geissler . Despite the loss to Frankfurt the club remains upbeat. 'The mood is optimistic. In the last games, we have had chances to leave Giessen and BBC Bayreuth behind us. We have had many unlucky close loses. The games against Giessen and Tuebingen will be huge. I think that if we can win 3 more games to reach 10 wins, that should be enough', warned Martiun Geissler. It isnt only Germans Guido Grunheid (209-F/C-82) and Sascha Leutloff holding the team together, but also 2 Americans. 'Johnnie Gilbert (203-F-82, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Oklahoma) has been holding the team together. He has a great personality and attitude. He is always giving 100% in practice. Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) has been our most improved player. This is his third season with us and is always consistent', said Giessler.

Before the jump ball, Skyliner Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Sascha Leutloff took a very long time discussing things at center court. A tall dark haired ex German national player was also among the crowd checking out the game as New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig coach Sebastian Machowski was scouting the game as his team will face The Deutsche Bank Skyliners next weekend in the BEKO BBL Cup Top 4 in Bamberg. Frankfurt came from 19c Frankfurt weather to the uncomfortable 2c weather in Weissenfelsand were flat in the first minute as MBC broke out on a 6-0 run. MBC scored their first three baskets inside from Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson), Ronald Ross (188-G-83, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Texas Tech) and Velimir Radinovic (212-C-81, college: Ohio St.) as Frankfurt was too hesitant on the glass. Wood and Bernard then traded baskets, but it was Bernard getting a offensive rebound further displaying the early Frankfurt flaw on the boards. Frankfurt continued to come back as Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) made two free throws. Super Tez than made a two handed dunk cutting the MBC lead to 8-6.One thing that Dashaun Wood has done very well in the last 3-4 games is continuing to find teammates cutting from the wing and feeding them back door for easy buckets. 'Defenses continue to watch me and when that happens, guys like Tez, Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) and Maurius Nolte will get easy baskets as seen tonight. If the defense continues to stare at me while penetrating, then we will continue to get easy shots inside', warned DaShaun Wood 'The defense watches Wood and they send help over which allows me sneak in and he finds me', added Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). 'Wood is good at penetrating and draws a lot of attention to guards getting off the screens. You have to play very smart defense to defend this', commented MBC guard Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson). The game continued to be very tight as Ross scored his second hoop on the penetration with his left hand. Frankfurt had had a lot of misfortune up to this juncture with four in and out shots. Wood continued to keep Frankfurt in the game with a pull up jumper and mid distance jumper as the score was knotted at 14-14. After a quick scoot by Serb 188cm guard Radenko Pilcevic (188-G-86) to give MBC the 16-14 lead, it was Wood who finally gave Frankfurt its first lead 17-16 with a bomb from the parking lot. MBC ended the first quarter with 1 4-2 run as Ross buried a three pointer and Gilbert scored inside. Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) made a tip in as MBC led only 21-19. 'There was a lot of offense in the first quarter. MBC was very aggressive and had less problems containing Wood on the penetration. MBC also hit their open shots', added New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig skipper Sebastian Machowski (agency: Limelight Hoops ) 'We had trouble getting into our flow. They were aggressive and got us out of our play', said Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen

In the second quarter, the basketball game remained very tight as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were unable to retake the lead as MBC stayed fierce and Frankfurt made too many costly mistakes especially offensive fouls. 'We were aggressive on defense more in the second half, but we wanted to give them bumps giving a statement that we are playing hard', stressed DaShaun Wood Bernard started the second quarter with a smooth three pointer getting fed nicely by a Ross kick out dish as MBC led 24-19. However Frankfurt reacted with a 4-0 run to cut the MBC lead to 24-23 as Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) made a pull up jumper and Moss a reverse lay up. Gilbert and Shepherd then traded hoops as MBC continued to out hustle Frankfurt on the offensive boards as MBC led 27-25. MBC then caught Frankfurt napping as Radenko Pilcevic (188-G-86) fed Bernard with a touchdown pass for an easy fast break basket and the 29-25 MBC lead. Wood continued to keep Frankfurt in the game with a three pointer and lay in dancing past Ross in the lane. Muurinen then got ahead of the Wolf pack on the fast break and made a two handed dunk to give Frankfurt their second lead of the game 32-31. Wood closed out the first half with a lay up as Frankfurt led 34-32. The second quarter was more defensive from both teams. MBC had big problems finding a way to stop Wood', stressed Braunschwieg coach Sebastian Machowski (agency: Limelight Hoops )'We gave up too many offensive rebounds in the first half and they outhustled us', expressed Kimmo Muurinen The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 52% from the field and 43% from outside while MBC was shooting 41% from the field and 20% from outside. MBC had the 15-12 rebound edge and only six turnovers as Frankfurt had 8 turnovers.

The turning point of the game came in the third quarter as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to break away for the first time and lead by 10 points going into the fourth quarter. Quantez Air Cincinnati Robertson started the third quarter with a lay in getting anotehr dangerous pass from Wood on the penetration as he was making a flight from the wing as Frankfurt led 36-32. Not only Dashaun Wood is able to score in bunches, but also dangerous scorer Ronald Ross (188-G-83, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Texas Tech) who blasetd MBC back with his own 4-0 run with a lay in and pull up jumper to tie the game. However Frankfurt then closed out the third quarter with a more aggressive defense with a 16-6 run to lead 52-42. Frankfurt started the run with excellent ball movement finding Super tez open and he dropped a high rainbow from the corner. Jimmy Mckinney nailed a three pointer, Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) scored inside, Wood with a reverse lay up and Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) with a lay up as Wood found him coming in to the basket from the baseline. Frankfurt led 48-40 as the Weissenfels arena had gotten very quiet. Pilcevic and Gilbert then made a perfect pick and role as Gilbert dunked and Powell and Nolte closed out the third quarter with free throws as Frankfurt led 52-42. 'I dont think that we really made any technical adjustments on defense. Things just started working better for us being more aggressive. Coach Herbert woke us up to work harder', stressed Kimmo Muurinen The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 42% from the three point line while MBC was shooting 38% from the field and 17% from the three point line. MBC still had the 19-18 rebound edge and 13 turnovers while Frankfurt had 15 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to control the game being able to extend their lead while MBC was struggling to break the aggressive Frankfurt defense. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners started off the fourth quarter with a 7-2 run as MBC had problems getting out of the starting block as Frankfurt had their biggest lead of the game at 59-46. Powell tested his 28% three point percentage by nailing a shot from downtown and them made free throws as did Wood. Grunheid made a reverse layup as Ross took a chapter out of the book of Wood finding the German streaking to the hoop from the baseline. A big problem of MBC in this game was their inability to be consistent often making 1-2 nice offensive plays, but then returning unconcentrated missing shots in a hurry up type offense or coughing up the ball. 'In the past few games, we have struggled in the second half. Frankfurt did a good job adjusting to our plays. They read certain things well and took certain things away from us. We have to learn in the remaining games that when an opponent adjusts on defense, we need to adjust on offense and find another option to score', added Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson). From this point on, MBC outscored Frankfurt 14-11 to end the game, but they just had too little consistent fire power. Gruinheid and Ross scored inside cutting the Frankfurt lead to 59-48, but whenever MBC was mildly threatening to come back, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to execute on offense or make big plays on defense like a Powell block on Bernard. After a wood off balance shot, it was Pilcevic who finally hit a three pointer as Frankfurt still led 62-52. With crunch time approaching, MBC had no gas left as Powell scored on a hook shot, Wood made 2/4 free throws as Robertson made a fast break hoop as Frankfurt led 68-54 with under two minutes to play. Radinovic and Pilcevic scored in the last minute and Wood made a runner in the lane as Frankfurt won 70-58. 'Frankfurt started the fourth quarter well and got the free throw line. You have to play Frankfurt close to have any kind of chance against them', warned Ronald Ross (188-G-83, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Texas Tech). 'We played great aggressive defense in the second half. We held them to 26 points. Our defense kept us in the game',added DaShaun Wood

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 26 points. Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) added 12 points and six rebounds. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) chipped in with 11 points. The Mitteldeutscher BC was led by Ronald Ross (188-G-83, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Texas Tech) with 17 points. Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) produced 11 points and Radenko Pilcevic (188-G-86) 10 points. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners now will refocus for the 2011 BEKO BBL Top 4 in Bamberg next weekend. Frankfurt still can improve some things including their offense and getting rid of that nasty reference that the club is to dependent on DaShaun Wood 'Our offensive execution wasnt well against MBC. They did a good job denying passing lanes, but still we should be able to handle this type of pressure. We will have to learn from this and improve in the next game. Wood takes what the defense gives him and we have no problems with him taking open shots, but we still could get more contribution from more players', warned Kimmo Muurinen Next weekend, Frankfurt has the chance again to win their first title since the 2004 final, but to get to the final, the team will have to dispose of Braunschweig. 'We will have a few days rest now. The team will have to be mentally and physically ready for the TOP 54. We might have a good record against them in the last years, but we have always had hard games against them. They are fully aware that they have the chance to win a title, but so are we. We will be focused, because we know that they wont give us any presents', warned Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak The Deutsche Bank Skyliners face off against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in the BEKO BBL Top 4 April 2nd.




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A2 Round 20: KAOD defeats Ikaroi Serron in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

An interesting game for KAOD (19-1) which played road game in Serres against 3rd ranked Ikaroi Serron (13-7). First ranked KAOD managed to get a 10-point victory 72-62. The game was mostly controlled by KAOD. Ikaroi Serron managed to win third quarter 15-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-G-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Montenegrin center Ljubo Jovanovic (206-87) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) replied with 25 points and 5 steals for Ikaroi Serron. KAOD have an impressive 18-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-1 record. Ikaroi Serron at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. KAOD are looking forward to face Pagrati (#13) in Athens in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ikaroi Serron will play on the road against the league's second-placed AGOR (#2) in Rethymno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Higher ranked AEK/Argous (9-11) fell to fourteenth ranked Olimpiada (8-12) in overtime by nine points 78-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AEK/Argous. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Kostas Tsotsos (205-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and Sakis Veskoukis who added 20 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Guard Dimitris Papantoniou (190-83) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Olimpiada moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Pagrati. Newly promoted AEK/Argous dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Ermis Lagkada and Amyntas Dafnis. Olimpiada will play against higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (#6) in Eleusina in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. AEK/Argous will play at home against Lavrio and will have a slim chance for a victory.
A very close game took place in Athens between Amyntas Dafnis and Periko/Arhelaos. Eleventh ranked Amyntas Dafnis (9-11) got a very close home victory over 10th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (9-12). Amyntas Dafnis managed to escape with a 1-point win 76-75 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Kostas Vardavas who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Even 15 points by Giannis Rodostoglou did not help to save the game for Periko/Arhelaos. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ermis Lagkada and AEK/Argous. Newly promoted Periko/Arhelaos dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will meet higher ranked Apollon Patras (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Periko/Arhelaos will play against Ermis Lagkada (#8) in Lagadas and hope to secure a win.
Sixteenth-ranked Near East (4-16) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked Arkadikos (11-9) in Kesariani. The visitors from Arkadia managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Miron Papadakis who scored 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Arkadikos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. Near East lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Arkadikos' next round opponent will be Koroivos (#15) at home and are hoping to win another game. Near East will play against Panerythraikos in New Eritrea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Apollon Patras (10-10) and Pagrati (8-12), which took place in Athens. Higher ranked Apollon Patras lost to thirteenth ranked Pagrati in a road game 58-64 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Apollon Patras. Kostas Macheras orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Pagrati moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Olimpiada. Newly promoted Apollon Patras dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Pagrati will face league's leader KAOD in Dramas in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: Ermis Lagkada was beaten by Panelefsiniakos on the road 76-62. Koroivos lost to AGOR on its own court 62-67. Panerythraikos was outscored by Lavrio in a road game 66-90.


Amyntas Dafnis - Periko/Arhelaos 76-75

A very close game took place in Athens between Amyntas Dafnis and Periko/Arhelaos. Eleventh ranked Amyntas Dafnis (9-11) got a very close home victory over 10th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (9-12). Amyntas Dafnis managed to escape with a 1-point win 76-75 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 26-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and forward Pigas Papargiropoulos (202-86) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Five Amyntas Dafnis players scored in double figures. Even 15 points by guard Giannis Rodostoglou (197-83) did not help to save the game for Periko/Arhelaos. Swingman Panagiotis Nanis (195-80) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ermis Lagkada and AEK/Argous. Newly promoted Periko/Arhelaos dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will meet higher ranked Apollon Patras (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Periko/Arhelaos will play against Ermis Lagkada (#8) in Lagadas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: F.Pagonis 19+1reb+1ast, P.Papargiropoulos 15+7reb+1ast, K.Vardavas 14+10reb+1ast, L.Zoupas 11+2reb+4ast, B.Samothrakis 10+5reb+4ast, T.Tzemis 4+1reb
Periko/Arhelaos: G.Rodostoglou 15+2reb+1ast, P.Nanis 11+6reb, U.Igbavboa 9+4reb, E.Jeromanovs 9+2reb+3ast, K.Behlivanis 9+2reb+2ast, G.Maltesios 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 98868


Panelefsiniakos - Ermis Lagkada 76-62

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Panelefsiniakos' (11-9) home victory over 8th ranked Ermis Lagkada (9-11) in Eleusina 76-62 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Panelefsiniakos. Ermis Lagkada was better in second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panelefsiniakos made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Ermis Lagkada turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. Forward Alexandros Sigounas (200-88, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Christos Deligiannis (204-84, agency: FCM) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-80, agency: FCM) replied with 15 points and 8 rebounds and forward Stratos Nisiotis (203-78) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ermis Lagkada. Panelefsiniakos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arkadikos. Loser Ermis Lagkada keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Panelefsiniakos will face Olimpiada (#12) in Patras in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ermis Lagkada will play at home against Periko/Arhelaos (#11) in Perikos.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: A.Sigounas 17+10reb, C.Deligiannis 12+9reb+3ast, T.Nikou 12+1reb+3ast, N.Kaklamanos 7+3reb, D.Avramidis 6+1reb+1ast, G.Trihopoulos 6+4reb+2ast
Ermis Lagkada: A.Panagiotopoulos 15+8reb+1ast, S.Nisiotis 10+7reb+1ast, D.Rallis 9+1reb+3ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 8+3reb+3ast, N.Gamouras 8+7reb+1ast, H.Plioukas 5+1reb
gschID: 98869


Olimpiada - AEK/Argous 87-78 OT

Higher ranked AEK/Argous (9-11) fell to fourteenth ranked Olimpiada (8-12) in overtime by nine points 78-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AEK/Argous. AEK/Argous was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 22-13 third quarter run of Olimpiada. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period -. They made 28-of-33 charity shots (84.8 percent) during the game, while AEK/Argous only scored eleven points from the stripe. They outrebounded AEK/Argous 51-38 including 22 on the offensive glass. AEK/Argous was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Kostas Tsotsos (205-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and guard Sakis Veskoukis (195-80) who added 20 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Guard Dimitris Papantoniou (190-83) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Icelandic guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Olimpiada and five AEK/Argous players scored in double figures. Olimpiada moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Pagrati. Newly promoted AEK/Argous dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Ermis Lagkada and Amyntas Dafnis. Olimpiada will play against higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (#6) in Eleusina in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. AEK/Argous will play at home against Lavrio and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Olimpiada: K.Tsotsos 28+10reb+1ast, S.Veskoukis 20+10reb+3ast, A.Koutroulias 15+15reb, N.Makris 13+6reb+6ast, M.Sakota 8+4reb, D.Makris 3+1reb
AEK/Argous: D.Papantoniou 18+5reb+5ast, G.Kopsaftis 14+1reb+1ast, D.Lewis 14+9reb+1ast, I.Kartelo 12+8reb+3ast, T.Kasabalis 10+9reb, A.Raptis 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 98870


Koroivos - AGOR 62-67

Very expected game when 15th ranked Koroivos (5-15) lost at home to second ranked AGOR (15-6) 67-62 on Saturday. Koroivos trailed by 19 points at halftime and as many as 23 after three quarters before a 27-9 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 62-67 at the end of the game. Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-83) contributed with 10 points and 5 assists for the winners. AGOR's coach Stergios Koufos used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds and guard Vassilis Xiouras (188-88) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Koroivos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. AGOR maintains second position with 15-6 record having three points less than leader KAOD. Koroivos lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth place with 15 games lost. AGOR will face Ikaroi Serron (#4) in Serres in the next round. Koroivos will play on the road against Arkadikos (#5) in Arkadia.
Top scorers:
AGOR: S.Magounis 16+1reb, A.Tsochlas 12+3reb+1ast, D.Latovic 10+12reb+2ast, G.Kiriakopoulos 10+3reb+5ast, T.Charismidis 7+6reb+1ast, S.Grundberg 5+2reb+1ast
Koroivos: N.Pettas 16+7reb+1ast, M.Matalon 13+3reb+2ast, V.Xiouras 11+7reb+3ast, T.Dimitriadis 11+4reb+2ast, P.Kosanovic 6+7reb, S.Tsabis 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 98865


Ikaroi Serron - KAOD 62-72

An interesting game for KAOD (19-1) which played road game in Serres against 3rd ranked Ikaroi Serron (13-7). First ranked KAOD managed to get a 10-point victory 72-62. The game was mostly controlled by KAOD. Ikaroi Serron managed to win third quarter 15-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Montenegrin center Ljubo Jovanovic (206-87) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four KAOD players scored in double figures. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) replied with 25 points and 5 steals and power forward Thanasis Topouzis (205-77, college: S.Illinois) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Ikaroi Serron. KAOD have an impressive 18-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-1 record. Ikaroi Serron at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. KAOD are looking forward to face Pagrati (#13) in Athens in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ikaroi Serron will play on the road against the league's second-placed AGOR (#2) in Rethymno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KAOD: I.Vukantinov 18+3reb+2ast, L.Jovanovic 15+7reb+1ast, V.Kitsoulis 13+5reb+2ast, N.Katsares 13+3reb+5ast, G.Stamboulis 5, A.Tsamatos 4+7reb
Ikaroi Serron: K.Totsios 25+1reb+1ast, T.Topouzis 13+9reb+1ast, K.Pehlivanis 10+4reb+1ast, K.Kakaroudis 9+6reb, M.Pavlisevic 2+2reb, G.Koukas 2+4reb+5ast
gschID: 98866


Pagrati - Apollon Patras 64-58

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Apollon Patras (10-10) and Pagrati (8-12), which took place in Athens. Higher ranked Apollon Patras lost to thirteenth ranked Pagrati in a road game 58-64 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Apollon Patras. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Apollon Patras won third quarter 17-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Center Kostas Macheras (205-85, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) replied with 19 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) added 4 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Apollon Patras. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Pagrati moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Olimpiada. Newly promoted Apollon Patras dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Pagrati will face league's leader KAOD in Dramas in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: F.Vasilopoulos 16+1reb+2ast, K.Macheras 14+12reb, N.Voulgaris 7+2reb, T.Vardianos 7+2reb+1ast, D.Lolas 6+8reb+4ast, S.Tzougarakis 6+3reb
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 19+3reb+3ast, A.Koronidis 9+2reb, Z.Milovic 7+5reb, G.Petropoulos 7+2reb, G.Lianos 5+5reb+1ast, D.Pantelic 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 98867


Lavrio - Panerythraikos 90-66

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Lavrio (14-6) rolled over at home 12th ranked Panerythraikos (7-13) 90-66 on Saturday. The game without a history. Lavrio led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Panerythraikos to just 7 points in second quarter. Lavrio made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Lavrio had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Panerythraikos' players. Forward Yiannis Kakiouzis (205-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Tasos Kallianotis (193-83) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and forward Nikos Kourtis (195-77) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Panerythraikos. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Lavrio have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Panerythraikos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Lavrio will face AEK/Argous (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panerythraikos will play against Near East (#16) in Kesariani and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: Y.Kakiouzis 27+9reb+2ast, N.Psileas 19+6reb+5ast, K.Paschalis 12+3reb+4ast, M.Kousoulas 9+3reb+2ast, C.Likogiannis 8+5reb, K.Sinnis 6+5reb+4ast
Panerythraikos: T.Kallianotis 15+5reb+3ast, N.Pritsos 9+3reb+1ast, N.Kourtis 8+5reb+1ast, A.Sizopoulos 8+2reb+2ast, G.Stamatis 7+2reb, M.Laksa 7+5reb
gschID: 98863


Near East - Arkadikos 71-73

Sixteenth-ranked Near East (4-16) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked Arkadikos (11-9) in Kesariani. The visitors from Arkadia managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Near East was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 41-37 second half run of Arkadikos. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Arkadikos outrebounded Near East 38-25 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Near East helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Miron Papadakis (183-88) who scored 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Power forward Sokrates Gizogiannis (202-82) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian guard Milan Stanojevic (188-86, college: E.Washington) produced 13 points and guard Elias Tomaras (181-81) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. Four Near East players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Arkadikos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. Near East lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Arkadikos' next round opponent will be Koroivos (#15) at home and are hoping to win another game. Near East will play against Panerythraikos in New Eritrea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: M.Papadakis 25+4reb+1ast, G.Prodromou 13+1reb, S.Gizogiannis 9+5reb, N.Kokkalis 8+5reb, D.Katiakos 8+2reb+2ast, G.Antoniadis 3+8reb
Near East: M.Stanojevic 13+3reb+2ast, N.Tsoutsos 13, E.Tomaras 12+2reb, F.Moschovitis 10+2ast, A.Gribaviotis 7+6reb, F.Amato 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98864




A1 Round 22: PAOK defeats Marousi in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 22 in the A1 took place in Thessaloniki. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Marousi (12-10) to fourth ranked PAOK (13-9) 75-72 in the game for the third place. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 21-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. PAOK's coach Soulis Markopoulos used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Croatian center Dalibor Bagaric (217-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. PAOK moved-up to third place. Marousi at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. PAOK are looking forward to face Ilysiakos (#13) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Marousi will play at home against Aris (#6) in Thessaloniki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ilysiakos (#13) forced the game against Panellinios (#11) into an overtime, but lost by three points 85-88. The game took place in Athens. But the guests were better at the end. American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Maurice Bailey supported him with 21 points. Even 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) by Bosnian-Serbian forward Miroslav Todic (206-85) did not help to save the game for Ilysiakos. Ilysiakos' coach Kostas Flevarakis tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Panellinios (8-14) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Ikaros. Ilysiakos at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Panellinios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Peristeri GS.
14th ranked Iraklis (5-17) was outscored at home by eighth ranked Aris (11-11) with the biggest margin this round 86-70 on Saturday night. Edin Bavcic fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Smush Parker produced 25 points for lost side. Iraklis' coach Chris Chougaz let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Aris moved-up to fifth place, which they share with VAP Kolossos and Kavala. Iraklis lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Aris will meet higher ranked Marousi (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Iraklis will play against AEK (#12) in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 22 Ikaros lost to VAP Kolossos on the opponent's court 66-74. Kavala managed to outperform Panionios in a home game 84-75.


Iraklis - Aris 70-86

14th ranked Iraklis (5-17) was outscored at home by eighth ranked Aris (11-11) with the biggest margin this round 86-70 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-70. Bosnian power forward Edin Bavcic (210-84, agency: Beo Basket) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Guard Kosta Charalampidis (189-76) chipped in 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Four Aris players scored in double figures. American guard Smush Parker (193-81, college: Fordham) produced 25 points and naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) added 19 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Iraklis' coach Chris Chougaz let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Aris moved-up to fifth place, which they share with VAP Kolossos and Kavala. Iraklis lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Aris will meet higher ranked Marousi (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Iraklis will play against AEK (#12) in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aris: K.Charalampidis 21+5reb+5ast, E.Bavcic 20+14reb+2ast, B.Brown 16+3reb+2ast, K.Sloukas 13+1reb+4ast, 7+7reb, M.Tsairelis 6+4reb
Iraklis: S.Parker 25+4reb+3ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 19+9reb+2ast, A.Eitutavicius 11+1reb+1ast, S.Iliadis 4+1reb+2ast, J.Coleman 3+3reb+1ast, D.Despos 3+3reb
gschID: 103866


PAOK - Marousi 75-72

The most exciting game of round 22 in the A1 took place in Thessaloniki. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Marousi (12-10) to fourth ranked PAOK (13-9) 75-72 in the game for the third place. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 21-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. PAOK's coach Soulis Markopoulos used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Croatian center Dalibor Bagaric (217-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and Puerto Rican point guard Denis Clemente (185-86, college: Kansas St., agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 16 points. Five Marousi players scored in double figures. PAOK moved-up to third place. Marousi at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. PAOK are looking forward to face Ilysiakos (#13) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Marousi will play at home against Aris (#6) in Thessaloniki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PAOK: R.Dozier 20+9reb+1ast, R.Marshall 20+8reb+2ast, T.Gechevski 19+7reb+2ast, 7+3reb+4ast, G.Dedas 3+1reb, G.Apostolidis 3+4reb+6ast
Marousi: D.Clemente 16+2reb+1ast, D.Bagaric 16+15reb+2ast, D.Haritopoulos 11+6reb, Y.Gagaloudis 10+2reb+1ast, D.Huertas 10+2reb+3ast, P.Noeas 4
gschID: 103867


VAP Kolossos - Ikaros 74-66

Very expected game in Rodou where 10th ranked Ikaros (8-14) was defeated by sixth ranked VAP Kolossos (11-11) 74-66 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ikaros won third quarter 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Angelos Tsamis (192-81) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four VAP Kolossos players scored in double figures. American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) produced 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks and his fellow American import guard Lans Harris (195-83, college: Kansas St.) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. VAP Kolossos have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Aris and Kavala. Newly promoted Ikaros keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Panellinios. VAP Kolossos will meet league's leader Olympiakos in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ikaros will play against Kavala (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
VAP Kolossos: P.Kalathis 16+6reb+2ast, S.Panos 14+4reb+1ast, A.Tsamis 11+11reb+5ast, J.Golemac 11+5reb+4ast, P.Kafkis 10+2reb+1ast, J.Jordan 7+2reb+4ast
Ikaros: D.Thompson 14+7reb+1ast, L.Harris 13+4reb+1ast, G.Kalambokis 9+1reb+4ast, L.Agadakos 9+4reb, V.Karaboulas 8+2reb, K.McAlarney 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 103868


Ilysiakos - Panellinios 85-88 OT

Ilysiakos (#13) forced the game against Panellinios (#11) into an overtime, but lost by three points 85-88. The game took place in Athens. But the guests were better at the end. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-16 Ilysiakos' run in the last quarter tied the game, leading to overtime which they eventually won 14-11. American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and American-Jamaican guard Maurice Bailey (183-81, college: Sacred Heart) supported him with 21 points. Four Panellinios players scored in double figures. Even 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) by Bosnian-Serbian forward Miroslav Todic (206-85) did not help to save the game for Ilysiakos. Guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) added 18 points and 6 assists for lost side. Ilysiakos' coach Kostas Flevarakis tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Panellinios (8-14) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Ikaros. Ilysiakos at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Panellinios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Peristeri GS.
Top scorers:
Panellinios: S.Smith 27+12reb+4ast, M.Bailey 21+2reb+2ast, T.Francis 17+4reb, D.Kompodietas 12+1reb, G.Kalaitzis 6+2reb+4ast, E.Papamakarios 2+1reb+4ast
Ilysiakos: M.Todic 22+3reb+3ast, A.Kiritsis 18+6ast, M.Dawson 10+2reb, 8+4reb+4ast, J.Baxter 8+6reb+2ast, L.Kaselakis 5+2reb
gschID: 103870


Kavala - Panionios 84-75

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Kavala and 9th ranked Panionios had identical 10-11 record. This time Kavala used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Athens 84-75 on Sunday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Panionios won third quarter 14-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kavala made 39-of-47 free shots (83.0 percent) during the game, while Panionios only scored eighteen points from the stripe. Guard Sotiris Karapostolou (194-80, college: S.New Hampshire) fired 19 points for the winners. Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!). Canadian guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and the former international forward Nikos Barlos (202-79) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Five Panionios players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kavala (11-11) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Aris and VAP Kolossos. Panionios lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. Kavala will meet Ikaros (#11) in the next round where they are favorite. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panathinaikos.
Top scorers:
Kavala: S.Karapostolou 19+3reb+3ast, B.Jorovic 16+6reb+1ast, C.Simmons 11+8reb+2ast, 9+2reb+1ast, M.Palacio 9+3reb+6ast, C.Stefanidis 8+6reb+2ast
Panionios: J.Anderson 18+5reb+3ast, N.Barlos 17+4reb, G.Athanasoulas 12, R.Covile 12+7reb+1ast, V.Jankovic 10+5reb+1ast, G.Tsiaras 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 103864

Panathinaikos - AEK PPD

Peristeri - Olympiakos PPD




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Smith, Panellinios17.9 
 2. Marshall, PAOK17.3 
 3. Palacio, Kavala16.3 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.9 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.15.0 
 6. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.6 
 7. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 8. Thompson, Ikaros14.4 
 9. Harris, Ikaros13.8 
 10. Francis, Panellinios13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.1 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.9 
 3. Smith, Panellinios8.6 
 4. Bagaric, Marousi8.6 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.8.5 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.4 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.3 
 9. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.6 
 10. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  VAP Kolossos
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Jordan, VAP K.6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.6 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.7 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.4.6 
 6. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 8. Palacio, Kavala3.9 
 9. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.9 
 10. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Bremerhaven
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Parker, Iraklis2.0 
 3. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 4. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 5. Anderson, Panionios1.8 
 6. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 7. Marshall, PAOK1.7 
 8. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.7 
 9. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.7 
 10. Papamakarios, Panell.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Simmons, Kavala1.9 
 2. Bagaric, Marousi1.8 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.4 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS1.0 
 6. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 7. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.8 
 8. Vougioukas, Panath.0.7 
 9. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 10. Bourousis, Olympiakos0.6 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Yiannis KAKIOUZIS
  Lavrio
  (205-F-78)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Kakiouzis, Lavrio19.2 
 2. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.16.7 
 3. Koutroulias, Olimp.16.5 
 4. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.4 
 5. Argyropoylos, Apollo.16.3 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lavrio15.9 
 7. Koupidis, Near East15.8 
 8. Kaklamanos, Panele.15.7 
 9. Vasilopoulos, Pagrati15.5 
 10. Michalos, Pagrati15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Apostolos KOUTROULIAS
  Olimpiada
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Koutroulias, Olimp.8.9 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.8.4 
 3. Latovic, AGOR8.1 
 4. Macheras, Pagrati7.8 
 5. Kartelo, AE.7.8 
 6. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.7.8 
 7. Amato, Near East7.3 
 8. Jovanovic, KAOD7.3 
 9. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.2 
 10. Kakiouzis, Lavrio6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.0 
 2. Katsares, KAOD4.9 
 3. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.8 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.8 
 5. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR4.4 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lavrio4.2 
 7. Makris, Olimpiada3.8 
 8. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada3.8 
 9. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.7 
 10. Apostolopoul., Koroi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  KAOD
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Katsares, KAOD2.2 
 2. Makris, Olimpiada2.1 
 3. Michalos, Pagrati1.9 
 4. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.8 
 5. Pettas, Koroivos1.8 
 6. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.5 
 7. Koumoulos, AGOR1.5 
 8. Pappas, Near East1.4 
 9. Papantoniou, AEK/A.1.4 
 10. Nikou, Panelefs.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Djordje PANTELIC
  Apollon Patras
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pantelic, Apollo.2.0 
 2. Kartelo, AE.1.9 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.5 
 4. Kasabalis, AE.1.4 
 5. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 6. Psathas, Apollon .0.9 
 7. Margaritis, KAOD0.8 
 8. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 
 9. Papachristos, Periko.0.7 
 10. Raptis, AE.0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. KAOD 19-1 
 2. AGOR 15-6 
 3. Lavrio 14-6 
 4. Ikaroi Serron 13-7 
 5. Arkadikos 11-9 
 6. Panelefsiniakos 11-9 
 7. Apollon Patras 10-10 
 8. Ermis Lagkada 9-11 
 9. Amyntas Dafnis 9-11 
 10. AEK/Argous 9-11 
 11. Periko/Arhelaos 9-12 
 12. Olimpiada 8-12 
 13. Pagrati 8-12 
 14. Panerythraikos 7-13 
 15. Koroivos 5-15 
 16. Near East 4-16 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 21-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 20-1 
 3. PAOK 13-9 
 4. Marousi 12-10 
 5. Kavala 11-11 
 6. Aris 11-11 
 7. VAP Kolossos 11-11 
 8. Peristeri GS 10-11 
 9. Panionios 10-12 
 10. Panellinios 8-14 
 11. Ikaros 8-14 
 12. AEK 6-15 
 13. Ilysiakos 6-16 
 14. Iraklis 5-17 


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Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Szolnok 21-4 
 2. Albacomp 21-4 
 3. Atomeromu 18-7 
 4. Kormend 17-8 
 5. Kecskemeti 16-9 
 6. Falco-Szova 14-11 
 7. ZTE KK 14-11 
 8. PVSK Pannon 13-12 
 9. Soproni 11-14 
 10. Szedeak 10-15 
 11. Marso-Vagep 10-15 
 12. Kaposvari 9-16 
 13. FS Debrecen 1-24 
 14. Salgotarjani 1-24 


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jara DOYNE
  Falco-Szova
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Doyne, Falco-Szova23.4 
 2. El-Amin, PVSK P.21.7 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.5 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 5. Townes, Soproni19.8 
 6. Mekongo, FS Debre.19.3 
 7. Wilson, Kaposvari19.3 
 8. Cunningham, Kapos.19.0 
 9. Rubin, Szedeak19.0 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Townes, Soproni11.4 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu11.0 
 3. Jones, Albacomp9.5 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari9.0 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.9.0 
 6. Bader, Szolnok8.8 
 7. Cunningham, Kapos.8.8 
 8. Bell, Kormend8.5 
 9. Szabo, Soproni8.5 
 10. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Khimik
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok6.3 
 3. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.3 
 4. Kelley, Soproni6.1 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.0 
 6. Rodgers, Salgotar.5.9 
 7. Simon, Albacomp5.7 
 8. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 9. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.0 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 3. Hanga, Albacomp2.9 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.7 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 6. Werner, Kaposvari2.5 
 7. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 8. Rodgers, Salgotar.2.4 
 9. Singletary, FS Debre.2.3 
 10. Kaman, ZTE K.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.3 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.0 
 3. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.3 
 4. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.1 
 6. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.1.0 
 7. Keller, Albacomp0.9 
 8. Langford, FS Debre.0.8 
 9. Davis, Kormend0.8 
 10. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.8 


A Division Round 25: Szolnok defeats Atomeromu in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in A Division.

An interesting game for Szolnok (21-4) which hosted 3rd placed Atomeromu (18-7). First ranked Szolnok managed to get a 9-point victory 91-82. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Atomeromu. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-82. Szolnok looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Akos Horvath (194-81) contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Atomeromu. Szolnok maintains first place with 21-4 record, which they share with Albacomp. Atomeromu at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Szolnok is looking forward to face Szedeak (#10) in Szeged in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Atomeromu will play at home against ZTE KK (#7) in Zalaegerszeg and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another interesting game for ZTE KK (14-11) which hosted in Zalaegerszeg against 4th placed Kormend (17-8). Seventh ranked ZTE KK won 82-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kormend. The former international swingman Tamas Kaman (200-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners and David Gaspar chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) responded with 27 points. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Falco-Szova. Kormend at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. ZTE KK will play against higher ranked Atomeromu (#3) in Paks in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kormend will play on the road against FS Debrecen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between twelfth ranked Kaposvari (9-16) and 11th ranked Marso-Vagep (10-15) in Kaposvar on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Kaposvari outscored guests from Nyiregyhaza 117-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Marso-Vagep. Daniel Werner nailed 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 7 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Brane Savic came up with 22 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for Marso-Vagep in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kaposvari have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain twelfth place with 9-16 record. Loser Marso-Vagep dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Szedeak. Kaposvari will meet at home higher ranked Soproni (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Marso-Vagep will play against Kecskemeti and hope to secure a win.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. PVSK Pannon beat Soproni on the road 90-78. Albacomp destroyed FS Debrecen on its own court 95-75. Szedeak unfortunately lost to Falco-Szova in Szombathely 102-115. Kecskemeti rolled over Salgotarjani at home 104-72.


Soproni - PVSK Pannon 78-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked PVSK Pannon's (13-12) road victory over 9th ranked Soproni (11-14) 90-78 on Saturday. Soproni was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 29-16 charge of PVSK Pannon, which allowed them to win the game. PVSK Pannon maintains eighth place with 13-12 record. Soproni lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. PVSK Pannon will meet at home higher ranked Falco-Szova (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Soproni will play against Kaposvari and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 109656


Kaposvari - Marso-Vagep 117-78

The game between twelfth ranked Kaposvari (9-16) and 11th ranked Marso-Vagep (10-15) in Kaposvar on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Kaposvari outscored guests from Nyiregyhaza 117-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Marso-Vagep. The game was mostly controlled by Kaposvari. Marso-Vagep managed to win third quarter 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kaposvari well out of reach of Marso-Vagep shooting 71.6 percent from the field. They outrebounded Marso-Vagep 44-21 including a 37-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kaposvari shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Marso-Vagep's players. American forward Daniel Werner (203-87, college: Florida) nailed 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 7 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import center Kurt Cunningham (206-87, college: Boise St.) accounted for 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Slovenian guard Brane Savic (181-79) came up with 22 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and Bosnian power forward Djordje Djogo (206-76, agency: BeoExcell) added 16 points respectively for Marso-Vagep in the defeat. Five Kaposvari and four Marso-Vagep players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kaposvari have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain twelfth place with 9-16 record. Loser Marso-Vagep dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Szedeak. Kaposvari will meet at home higher ranked Soproni (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Marso-Vagep will play against Kecskemeti and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: D.Werner 34+9reb+7ast, G.Soos 21+4reb+4ast, K.Cunningham 17+10reb+2ast, T.Markus 16+3ast, J.Wilson 15+3reb+7ast, G.Fulop 6+4reb
Marso-Vagep: B.Savic 22+2reb+7ast, J.Siska 17+2reb+1ast, D.Djogo 16+4reb+1ast, M.Mohacsi 11+3reb+2ast, K.Nagy 6+6reb+1ast, M.Varga 4+1reb
gschID: 109657


ZTE KK - Kormend 82-73

Another interesting game for ZTE KK (14-11) which hosted in Zalaegerszeg against 4th placed Kormend (17-8). Seventh ranked ZTE KK won 82-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kormend. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-23 Kormend's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-73 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Kormend 36-17 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international swingman Tamas Kaman (200-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners and swingman David Gaspar (193-82) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) responded with 27 points and the other American import power forward Emmanuel Dies (204-77, college: Kansas St., agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Falco-Szova. Kormend at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. ZTE KK will play against higher ranked Atomeromu (#3) in Paks in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kormend will play on the road against FS Debrecen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: T.Kaman 29+12reb+3ast, D.Gaspar 17+2reb+5ast, G.Baki 9+5reb+4ast, G.Kinter 7+6reb, A.Toth 7+4reb, A.Vertetics 6+4reb+6ast
Kormend: R.Bell 27+2reb+2ast, E.Dies 16+3reb, I.Nemeth 14+1reb+2ast, C.Ferencz 8+2reb, G.Hegedus 4+2reb, G.David 2+4reb
gschID: 109651


Szolnok - Atomeromu 91-82

An interesting game for Szolnok (21-4) which hosted in Szolnok 3rd placed Atomeromu (18-7). First ranked Szolnok managed to get a 9-point victory 91-82. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Atomeromu. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-82. Szolnok looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Akos Horvath (194-81) contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) added 16 points and 11 assists in the effort for Atomeromu. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Szolnok maintains first place with 21-4 record, which they share with Albacomp. Atomeromu at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Szolnok is looking forward to face Szedeak (#10) in Szeged in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Atomeromu will play at home against ZTE KK (#7) in Zalaegerszeg and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Bader 21+6reb, O.Trotter 15+1reb+8ast, A.Horvath 14+8reb+4ast, V.Budimir 12+3reb+2ast, Z.Trepak 10+2reb+1ast, I.Clark 9+5reb+6ast
Atomeromu: B.Sales 21+7reb+3ast, G.Koertelyesi 18+7reb+1ast, J.Hodges 16+3reb+11ast, I.Johnson 14+4reb+1ast, A.Kovacs 5+1reb+6ast, J.Pavlik 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 109652


Albacomp - FS Debrecen 95-75

Very expected game when 13th ranked FS Debrecen (1-24) was smashed by second ranked Albacomp (21-4) in Szekesfehervar 95-75 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-75. Albacomp keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Szolnok. FS Debrecen lost twentieth first consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 24 games lost. They share the position with Salgotarjani. Albacomp will meet bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (#14) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. FS Debrecen will play against Kormend.
gschID: 109653


Falco-Szova - Szedeak 115-102

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Falco-Szova (14-11) won against 10th ranked Szedeak (10-15) in Szombathely 115-102 on Saturday. Szedeak was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Falco-Szova dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Szedeak's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) nailed 32 points and 5 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Charles Gosa (202-77, college: N.Mexico St.) accounted for 28 points and 4 steals. Falco-Szova's coach Nikola Lazic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) came up with 23 points and 5 rebounds and forward Istvan Nyilas (202-76) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Szedeak in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Falco-Szova maintains sixth place with 14-11 record, which they share with ZTE KK. Newly promoted Szedeak keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Marso-Vagep. Falco-Szova will meet PVSK Pannon (#8) in the next round. Szedeak will play against the league's leader Szolnok in Szolnok and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: J.Doyne 32+3reb+5ast, C.Gosa 28+2reb+2ast, M.Aliakseyeu 18+8reb+1ast, L.Kalman 11+11ast, L.Simon 11+3reb+2ast, T.Pankar 9+1reb+3ast
Szedeak: N.Dukic 23+5reb+1ast, I.Nyilas 22+6reb+1ast, J.Rubin 19+1reb+4ast, G.Drahos 18+2reb+4ast, M.Molnar 12+3reb+3ast, B.McKenzie 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 109654


Kecskemeti - Salgotarjani 104-72

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Salgotarjani (1-24) was outscored on the road by fifth ranked Kecskemeti (16-9) 104-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Kecskemeti. Salgotarjani managed to win third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kecskemeti shot 60.3 percent from the field. They also forced 19 Salgotarjani turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Croatian swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) nailed 25 points for the winning side and the former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) accounted for 12 points, 11 assists and 6 steals. Kecskemeti's coach Stojan Ivkovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Chris Rodgers (193-84, college: Arizona) came up with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and forward Daniel Koma (202-79) added 18 points respectively for Salgotarjani in the defeat. Five Kecskemeti and four Salgotarjani players scored in double figures. Kecskemeti have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 16-9 record. Salgotarjani lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. They share the position with FS Debrecen. Kecskemeti will meet Marso-Vagep (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Salgotarjani will play against the league's second-placed Albacomp in Szekesfehervar.
Top scorers:
Kecskemeti: I.Siriscevic 25+3reb, G.Cseh 16+6reb, G.Denes 13+1reb, K.Wittmann 12+3reb+11ast, P.Lakatos 11+3reb, J.LaGrange 10+3reb+8ast
Salgotarjani: C.Rodgers 19+7reb+5ast, D.Koma 18+3reb+2ast, T.Hartvich 10+5reb, E.Ukeagu 10+9reb, T.Kocsis 7+1reb+2ast, K.Kiss 6+1ast
gschID: 109655




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  ICELAND   


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Marcus WALKER
  KR
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Walker, KR23.6 
 2. Trifunovic, Keflavik23.0 
 3. Sanders, Keflavik22.4 
 4. Inge, Haukar21.8 
 5. Biedler, IR21.7 
 6. Bartolotta, IR21.6 
 7. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 8. Robinson, Haukar21.0 
 9. Sovic, IR21.0 
 10. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.7 
 2. Biedler, IR12.4 
 3. Pettinella, Grindavik11.3 
 4. Ermolinskij, KR10.6 
 5. Trifunovic, Keflavik10.3 
 6. Fain, Tindastoll10.1 
 7. Amoroso, Snaefell9.9 
 8. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 9. Jonsson, Snaefell9.1 
 10. Nathanaelsso., Ham.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR7.8 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.4 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.4 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan5.9 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Arnarson, Hamar5.3 
 8. Inge, Haukar5.2 
 9. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 2. Schoen, KFI3.0 
 3. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll2.9 
 5. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.5 
 6. Biedler, IR2.5 
 7. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.5 
 8. Steinarsson, Fjolnir2.3 
 9. Viggosson, Tindastoll2.2 
 10. Walker, KR2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Svit
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Biedler, IR2.0 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.6 
 5. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.4 
 6. Inge, Haukar1.4 
 7. Savarsson, Grind.1.4 
 8. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.3 
 9. Pettinella, Grindavik1.3 
 10. Magnusson, KR1.2 


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Any ideas for the Dunk Contest? - by Chad Timberlake
We won our last game against Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan. We started hot and built an early 15 point lead. Throughout the game Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan made a couple good runs fueled by my boy from Jersey Albert Fisher (184-G-86, college: Kent St.) and his 24 points but Kyle's 25, my 22 and 7 rebounds and Elad Hofman (192-G/F-85)s 16, 5 and 5 proved to much. We kept control of the game and won by 20.

Getting ready to close out the season strong. Two tough tests left before the playoffs start. next on the schedule is Megido. This is an interesting match up because our new big man Kyle Wilson (206-F-83, college: Wichita St.) and Megido's foreigner Ramon Clemente (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Wichita St.) both went to Witchita State and its the battle versus young and old. Hahaa I'm not calling Kyle old but he finished his Witchita career before Clemente got there. So Tuesday has some interesting underlying battles to look for.

I just got a call about doing the dunk contest for the all-star game. It's funny because I thought at first um, nah I'm tired I don't feel like doing all that but then said yeah, sure I'll do it. I guess I should call myself old now. hahaha So that just added a little more excitement to the all-star day. After the next game that leaves me a couple days to plan out some dunks. Anyone have any ideas for me? Leave a comment.

I hope everyone else's bracket is doing better than mine. My college bracket is screwed. I have one team left in my bracket, Kansas. The bad thing is I have them losing to Ohio State in the final. My second chance bracket is pretty much over too. Mainly because I can never be convinced on Butler. Now that Butler knocked out Florida I'm going to finally give in to the Butler magic and not be shocked if they win. They better not disappoint me now.

Talk to you next week, Your favorite blogger,

Chad Timberlake (194-G-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson)


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SerieA Round 23: Bennet Cantu edges Dinamo Sassari by two points - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Eighth-ranked Dinamo Sassari (10-13) made lots of trouble for second ranked Bennet Cantu (17-6) on Sunday. The visitors from Cantu managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Dinamo Sassari was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) who scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Uruguayan guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) chipped in 17 points. American guard Travis Diener (183-82, college: Marquette) produced 21 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Dinamo Sassari's coach Romeo Sacchetti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bennet Cantu have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-6 record having just two points less than leader Montepaschi. Newly promoted Dinamo Sassari dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Bennet Cantu are looking forward to face Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Dinamo Sassari will play against CS Bologna (#4) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Banca Tercas managed to get a seventh victory. This time they edged fourth-ranked Air Avellino in Teramo 99-97. American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Josh Davis contributed with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) answered with 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for Air Avellino. Banca Tercas (7-16) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Enel Brindisi. Air Avellino at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with CS Bologna. Banca Tercas will play against higher ranked Lottomatica Roma (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Air Avellino will play against Armani Milano (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Caserta was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Vanoli-Braga (10-13) played at the court of eighth ranked Pepsi Caserta (11-12). Pepsi Caserta defeated Vanoli-Braga 95-79 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Timothy Bowers who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Jasmin Perkovic responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Pepsi Caserta moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cimberio VA and Benetton TV. Loser Vanoli-Braga dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Pepsi Caserta will meet Cimberio Varese (#7) on the road in the next round. Vanoli-Braga will play against Scavolini Pesaro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Biella, where higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (10-13) was outleveled in a road game by fourteenth ranked Angelico Biella (9-14) 88-64. It was an exceptional evening for Matteo Soragna who led the winners and scored 15 points. Angelico Biella's coach Massimo Cancellieri felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Angelico Biella maintains fourteenth place with 9-14 record. Scavolini Pesaro lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be higher ranked Benetton Treviso (#8) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
An interesting game took place in Treviso, where 4th placed CS Bologna (12-11) lost to tenth ranked Benetton Treviso (11-12) in a road game 71-79 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Devin Smith who scored 22 points. Benetton Treviso moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cimberio VA and Pepsi Caserta. Loser CS Bologna keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Benetton Treviso will face Angelico Biella (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CS Bologna will play against Dinamo Sassari (#12).

In the last two games of round 23 Enel Brindisi was crushed by Fabi Shoes in Montegranaro 96-54. Cimberio VA beat Lottomatica at home 84-78.



Fabi Shoes - Enel Brindisi 96-54

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Enel Brindisi (7-16) was crushed on the road by thirteenth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (10-13) 96-54 on Sunday. The game without a history. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro forced 19 Enel Brindisi turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Michele Antonutti (203-86) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley St.) chipped in 21 points. Four Fabi Shoes Montegranaro players scored in double figures. Coach Stefano Pillastrini's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. French forward Yakhouba Diawara (200-82, college: Pepperdine) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Anthony Roberson (188-83, college: Florida) added 9 points respectively for the guests. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will face league's second-placed Bennet Cantu on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Enel Brindisi will play against the league's leader Montepaschi Siena (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: R.Toolson 21+2reb, M.Antonutti 20+8reb, W.Shammond 10+3reb+1ast, S.Ford 10+7reb, D.Ivanov 10+5reb, A.Ray 9+4reb+2ast
Enel Brindisi: G.Maresca 11+1reb, Y.Diawara 11+8reb, A.Roberson 9+4reb+1ast, H.Toure 8+6reb, B.Dixon 6+4reb, M.Taylor 5+4reb
gschID: 96209


Banca Tercas - Air AV 99-97 OT

Bottom-ranked Banca Tercas managed to get a seventh victory. This time they edged fourth-ranked Air Avellino in Teramo 99-97. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Air Avellino won third quarter 26-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Air Avellino used huge pressure winning it 20-17 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 10-12. Banca Tercas made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Air Avellino was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. His fellow American import power forward Josh Davis (203-80, college: Wyoming) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) answered with 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and American forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) added 21 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Air Avellino. Five Banca Tercas and four Air Avellino players scored in double figures. Banca Tercas (7-16) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Enel Brindisi. Air Avellino at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with CS Bologna. Banca Tercas will play against higher ranked Lottomatica Roma (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Air Avellino will play against Armani Milano (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: D.Diener 29+5reb+11ast, J.Davis 18+10reb, I.Zoroski 15+3reb+3ast, R.De La Fuente 13+3reb+1ast, K.Fletcher 11+3reb+1ast, J.Young 4+4reb+1ast
Air AV: S.Szewczyk 34+7reb+1ast, L.Johnson 21+7reb+1ast, O.Thomas 19+6reb, M.Green 14+4reb+9ast, V.Spinelli 8+2reb+4ast, D.Lauwers 1+1reb
gschID: 96206


Angelico BI - Scavolini PS 88-64

We should mention about the upset which took place in Biella, where higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (10-13) was outleveled in a road game by fourteenth ranked Angelico Biella (9-14) 88-64. The game without a history. Angelico Biella led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Angelico Biella forced 23 Scavolini Pesaro turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for the former international swingman Matteo Soragna (198-75) who led the winners and scored 15 points. Croatian-Bosnian center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) accounted for 8 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Angelico Biella's coach Massimo Cancellieri felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Morris Almond (198-85, college: Rice) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Marco Cusin (211-85, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Scavolini Pesaro in the defeat. Angelico Biella maintains fourteenth place with 9-14 record. Scavolini Pesaro lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be higher ranked Benetton Treviso (#8) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: M.Soragna 15+2reb+2ast, J.Viggiano 11+2reb+3ast, M.Chessa 11+3reb+4ast, A.Slaughter 10+2reb+2ast, R.Moraschini 9+2ast, E.Sosa 8+3reb+6ast
Scavolini PS: M.Almond 16+8reb, M.Cusin 11+6reb, G.Diaz 10+2reb+2ast, A.Collins 7+1reb+3ast, S.Flamini 7+1reb+3ast, D.Hackett 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 96207


Pepsi Caserta - Vanoli CR 95-79

The game in Caserta was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Vanoli-Braga (10-13) played at the court of eighth ranked Pepsi Caserta (11-12). Pepsi Caserta defeated Vanoli-Braga 95-79 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Pepsi Caserta. Vanoli-Braga managed to win second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pepsi Caserta shot 62.3 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Pepsi Caserta especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. It was a great evening for American guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) helped adding 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Croatian forward Jasmin Perkovic (203-80) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 19 points and 5 steals. Five Pepsi Caserta and four Vanoli-Braga players scored in double figures. Pepsi Caserta moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cimberio VA and Benetton TV. Loser Vanoli-Braga dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Pepsi Caserta will meet Cimberio Varese (#7) on the road in the next round. Vanoli-Braga will play against Scavolini Pesaro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pepsi Caserta: E.Williams 18+8reb, T.Bowers 17+8reb+4ast, L.Garri 15+3reb, E.Ere 14+3reb+3ast, J.Jones 12+6reb+1ast, F.Di Bella 11+1reb+1ast
Vanoli CR: E.Rowland 19+1reb+2ast, J.Perkovic 17+6reb+2ast, J.Foster 14+1ast, M.Milic 12+5reb, B.Sekulic 8+6reb, A.Drozdov 7+4reb
gschID: 96208


Dinamo Sassari - Bennet Cantu 74-76

Eighth-ranked Dinamo Sassari (10-13) made lots of trouble for second ranked Bennet Cantu (17-6) on Sunday. The visitors from Cantu managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Dinamo Sassari was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) who scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Uruguayan guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) chipped in 17 points. American guard Travis Diener (183-82, college: Marquette) produced 21 points and 4 assists and Bosnian-Serbian power forward Vanja Plisnic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dinamo Sassari's coach Romeo Sacchetti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bennet Cantu have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-6 record having just two points less than leader Montepaschi. Newly promoted Dinamo Sassari dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Bennet Cantu are looking forward to face Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Dinamo Sassari will play against CS Bologna (#4) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: N.Mazzarino 17+1ast, B.Ortner 12+3reb+2ast, M.Leunen 11+8reb+1ast, M.Markoishvili 10+1reb+2ast, D.Marconato 10+5reb, M.Green 9+3reb+4ast
Dinamo Sassari: T.Diener 21+2reb+4ast, J.White 14+4reb+3ast, V.Plisnic 13+10reb, O.Hunter 12+3reb+2ast, G.DeVecchi 7+2reb, B.Sacchetti 3+2reb
gschID: 96203


Benetton TV - CS Bologna 79-71

An interesting game took place in Treviso, where 4th placed CS Bologna (12-11) lost to tenth ranked Benetton Treviso (11-12) in a road game 71-79 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-19. But CS Bologna won second period 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American swingman Devin Smith (196-81, college: Virginia) who scored 22 points. Lithuanian center Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 22 points. American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson, agency: Lanshire Group) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama, agency: Priority Sports) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Benetton Treviso moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cimberio VA and Pepsi Caserta. Loser CS Bologna keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Benetton Treviso will face Angelico Biella (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CS Bologna will play against Dinamo Sassari (#12).
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: D.Smith 22+4reb+3ast, D.Motiejunas 22+3reb, S.Markovic 11+2reb+2ast, A.Gentile 8+5reb+1ast, G.Brunner 7+9reb+1ast, M.Bulleri 4+1reb+2ast
CS Bologna: K.Rivers 19+8reb+2ast, K.Winston 16+5reb+5ast, P.Koponen 13+2reb+4ast, V.Sanikidze 8+6reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 8+5reb+1ast, N.Martinoni 5+2reb
gschID: 96204


Cimberio VA - Lottomatica 84-78

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Cimberio Varese and 9th ranked Lottomatica Roma had identical 10-12 record. This time Cimberio Varese used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Roma 84-78 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-78. Cimberio Varese made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Lottomatica Roma turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) chipped in 18 points. Cimberio Varese's coach Carlo Recalcati used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (207-88, agency: Beo Basket) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Charles Smith (193-75, college: N.Mexico) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Cimberio Varese and five Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Benetton TV and Pepsi Caserta. Loser Lottomatica Roma keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Cimberio Varese will face Pepsi Caserta (#6) at home in the next round. Lottomatica Roma will play against Banca Tercas in Teramo.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: P.Goss 18+2reb+3ast, R.Slay 17+6reb+2ast, R.Stipcevic 14+1reb+6ast, A.Righetti 12+1reb, T.Rannikko 10+2ast, K.Kangur 7+9reb+1ast
Lottomatica: V.Dasic 20+6reb+4ast, A.Traore 12+3reb+1ast, C.Smith 12+6reb+2ast, D.Washington 12+3reb+4ast, L.Datome 11+7reb+1ast, N.Gordic 11+1reb+3ast
gschID: 96205




Lega2 Round 25: Snaidero Udine loses to MarcoPoloShop.it - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The game between third ranked Snaidero Udine (16-9) and fifteenth ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (7-18) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Snaidero Udine was edged by MarcoPoloShop.it in a tough game in Forli 84-87. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. MarcoPoloShop.it made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-G-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Charlotte) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) contributed with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Snaidero Udine. Newly promoted MarcoPoloShop.it maintains fifteenth place with 7-18 record. Snaidero Udine at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. MarcoPoloShop.it are looking forward to face higher ranked Fileni BPA (#8) in Jesi in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Snaidero Udine will play at home against Aget Imola (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Fastweb CM (18-7) which hosted in Casale 4th placed Sigma Barcellona (16-9). First ranked Fastweb CM managed to get a 11-point victory 90-79. American guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 20 points and 4 assists for the winners and Tommaso Fantoni chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Fastweb CM's coach Marco Crespi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Panamanian guard Michael Hicks (193-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds. Fastweb CM have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-7 record, which they share with Umana Reyer. Newly promoted Sigma Barcellona dropped to the third position with nine games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Fastweb CM will play against Trenkwalder RE (#14) in Reggio Emilia in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sigma Barcellona will play on the road against Tezenis Verona (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Jesi between Fileni BPA and Naturhouse Ferrara. Ninth ranked Fileni BPA (13-12) got a very close home victory over 11th ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (10-15). Fileni BPA managed to escape with a 2-point win 74-72 on Friday evening. Michele Maggioli nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Jermaine Boyette came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Naturhouse Ferrara in the defeat. Fileni BPA have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. Loser Naturhouse Ferrara keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Fileni BPA will meet at home MarcoPoloShop.it (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Naturhouse Ferrara will play against Tuscany Pistoia (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between sixth ranked Sunrise Scafati (16-9) and 14th ranked Trenkwalder RE (8-17) in Scafati ended with biggest points difference. Sunrise Scafati outscored guests from Reggio Emilia 78-58. Patrick Baldassarre fired 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Sunrise Scafati moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Trenkwalder RE at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Sunrise Scafati's next round opponent will be Immobiliare SR (#5) in Rimini. Trenkwalder RE will play at home against the league's leader Fastweb CM (#1) in Casale.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Bottom-ranked San Severo was beaten by Umana Reyer on the road 86-79. Tuscany PT won against Tezenis Verona on its own court 75-70. Assigeco unfortunately lost to Prima Veroli in a road game 65-83. Aget Imola recorded a loss to Immobiliare SR at home 70-80.


Umana Reyer - San Severo 86-79

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Umana Venezia (18-7) beat at home bottom-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (6-19) 86-79. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Umana Venezia forced 24 Mazzeo San Severo turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Mazzeo San Severo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) fired 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Alvin Young (189-75, college: Niagara) chipped in 19 points and 4 steals. Five Umana Venezia players scored in double figures. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kaniel Dickens (203-78, college: Idaho) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Randolph Childress (190-72, college: Wake Forest) added 19 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Umana Venezia keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Fastweb CM. Mazzeo San Severo lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Umana Venezia's next round opponent will be Assigeco BPL (#12) in Lodi which should be an easy win for them. Mazzeo San Severo will play at home against Prima Veroli (#7).
Top scorers:
San Severo: K.Dickens 23+10reb, R.Childress 19+4reb+5ast, F.Zanelli 16+3reb+5ast, M.Ferri 9+3reb+4ast, L.Ianes 6+5reb+1ast, R.Stefanov 6+3reb
Umana Reyer: K.Clark 20+1reb+5ast, A.Young 19+3reb+2ast, M.Allegretti 14+3reb+2ast, S.Bryan 10+14reb, T.Slay 10+6reb+3ast, G.Meini 5+1ast
gschID: 95978


Tuscany PT - Tezenis Verona 75-70

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Tezenis Verona (9-16) lost on the road to tenth ranked Tuscany Pistoia (12-13) 75-70. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was a great shooting night for Tuscany Pistoia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. American guard Joseph Forte (193-81, college: N.Carolina, agency: JEMsports) fired 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized Argentinian guard Ariel Filloy (190-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) produced 23 points, 5 assists and 4 steals (made all of his eight free throws) and international power forward Andrea Renzi (208-89, agency: Players Group) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Tuscany Pistoia moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Aget Imola. Newly promoted Tezenis Verona dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Tuscany Pistoia's next round opponent will be Naturhouse Ferrara (#11) on the road. Tezenis Verona will play against Sigma Barcellona.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: A.Porta 23+4reb+5ast, A.Renzi 13+9reb+1ast, K.Waleskowski 12+8reb, T.Michael 9+9reb+2ast, O.Gueye 8+2reb+1ast, M.Jurevicus 3+3reb+1ast
Tuscany PT: A.Filloy 14+6reb+2ast, J.Forte 14+7reb+4ast, S.Berti 14+1reb+2ast, J.Porzingis 13+1reb+1ast, J.Varnado 8+8reb+1ast, F.Toppo 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 95975


Prima Veroli - Assigeco 83-65

Very predictable result when seventh ranked Prima Veroli (14-11) won against at home 12th ranked Assigeco BPL (9-16) 83-65. It looked good early as Assigeco BPL took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Prima Veroli had a 23-14 second period charge getting the lead and Assigeco BPL was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-83. Prima Veroli dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Assigeco BPL's 32 and made 22-of-24 charity shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Prima Veroli had a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Assigeco BPL helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) fired 22 points (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Prima Veroli players scored in double figures. American-British center Peter Ezugwu (203-76, college: E.Michigan, agency: Interperformances) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Assigeco BPL's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Prima Veroli maintains seventh place with 14-11 record. Assigeco BPL at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Prima Veroli's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (#16) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Assigeco BPL will play against the league's second-placed Umana Venezia (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Assigeco: P.Ezugwu 15+6reb, B.Cerella 12+2reb+1ast, A.Simoncelli 12+2ast, M.Bertolazzi 8+1reb+1ast, P.Marigney 7+6reb+4ast, R.Boykin 7+3reb
Prima Veroli: J.Jackson 22+3reb+2ast, A.Kavaliauskas 17+6reb+2ast, D.Brkic 14+4reb+3ast, G.Rosselli 11+6reb+7ast, A.Binetti 7+1reb, I.Gatto 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 95976


Fastweb CM - Barcellona 90-79

An interesting game for Fastweb CM (18-7) which hosted in Casale 4th placed Sigma Barcellona (16-9). First ranked Fastweb CM managed to get a 11-point victory 90-79. The game was mostly controlled by Fastweb CM. Sigma Barcellona was better in fourth quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fastweb CM shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. American guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 20 points and 4 assists for the winners and the former international forward Tommaso Fantoni (203-85, agency: Players Group) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Fastweb CM players scored in double figures. Fastweb CM's coach Marco Crespi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Panamanian guard Michael Hicks (193-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Joseph Crispin (186-79, college: Penn St.) scored 18 points. Fastweb CM have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-7 record, which they share with Umana Reyer. Newly promoted Sigma Barcellona dropped to the third position with nine games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Fastweb CM will play against Trenkwalder RE (#14) in Reggio Emilia in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sigma Barcellona will play on the road against Tezenis Verona (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: M.Hicks 29+5reb+3ast, J.Crispin 18+3reb+1ast, R.Bucci 9+2reb+1ast, D.Bonessio 6+5reb+1ast, A.Ghiacci 6+4reb, K.Achara 6+2reb
Fastweb CM: R.Hickman 20+3reb+4ast, T.Fantoni 13+6reb+1ast, S.Pierich 13+2reb+3ast, D.Chiotti 11+4reb, O.Nnamaka 10+5reb+3ast, D.Taylor 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 95977


Fileni BPA - N.Ferrara 74-72

A very close game took place in Jesi between Fileni BPA and Naturhouse Ferrara. Ninth ranked Fileni BPA (13-12) got a very close home victory over 11th ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (10-15). Fileni BPA managed to escape with a 2-point win 74-72 on Friday evening. Naturhouse Ferrara cut a 16-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Barry Elder (193-82, college: Georgia Tech) accounted for 19 points. American guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (190-90) added 13 points respectively for Naturhouse Ferrara in the defeat. Four Naturhouse Ferrara players scored in double figures. Fileni BPA have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. Loser Naturhouse Ferrara keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Fileni BPA will meet at home MarcoPoloShop.it (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Naturhouse Ferrara will play against Tuscany Pistoia (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
N.Ferrara: J.Boyette 23+7reb+1ast, D.Cournooh 13+3reb, R.Hoover 11+3reb, K.Ndoja 10+4reb, D.Farabello 6+4reb, V.Mazzola 5+3reb
Fileni BPA: M.Maggioli 25+12reb+1ast, B.Elder 19+4reb+3ast, M.Tusek 12+5reb+1ast, A.Pecile 7+7reb+3ast, F.Migliori 7+4reb+3ast, M.Rossi 3+5reb
gschID: 95971


Sunrise Scafati - Trenkwalder 78-58

The game between sixth ranked Sunrise Scafati (16-9) and 14th ranked Trenkwalder RE (8-17) in Scafati ended with biggest points difference. Sunrise Scafati outscored guests from Reggio Emilia 78-58. The game was mostly controlled by Sunrise Scafati. Trenkwalder RE was better in third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) fired 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Nikola Radulovic (207-73) chipped in 6 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) added 15 points and 6 steals respectively for lost side. Sunrise Scafati moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Trenkwalder RE at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Sunrise Scafati's next round opponent will be Immobiliare SR (#5) in Rimini. Trenkwalder RE will play at home against the league's leader Fastweb CM (#1) in Casale.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: D.Robinson 15+4reb, R.Chiacig 14+9reb+1ast, D.Slanina 8+3reb+2ast, A.Frosini 7+2reb, M.Frassineti 6+4ast, R.Valenti 4+4reb
Sunrise Scafati: P.Baldassarre 19+9reb, J.Hunter 13+3ast, F.Amoni 11+4reb+3ast, M.Levin 11+1reb+3ast, M.Casini 8+2reb+3ast, R.Davis 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 95972


Forli - Snaidero UD 87-84

The game between third ranked Snaidero Udine (16-9) and fifteenth ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (7-18) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Snaidero Udine was edged by MarcoPoloShop.it in a tough game in Forli 84-87. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. MarcoPoloShop.it made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-84, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) added 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Snaidero Udine. Five Snaidero Udine players scored in double figures. Newly promoted MarcoPoloShop.it maintains fifteenth place with 7-18 record. Snaidero Udine at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. MarcoPoloShop.it are looking forward to face higher ranked Fileni BPA (#8) in Jesi in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Snaidero Udine will play at home against Aget Imola (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Snaidero UD: C.Cotis Harrison 21+9reb+3ast, G.Lee 15+6reb+1ast, D.Mathis 14+3reb+4ast, R.Prandin 12+2reb+1ast, J.Williams 11+2reb+1ast, R.Truccolo 5
Forli: L.Goldwire 24+9reb+5ast, B.Jones 19+11reb+1ast, M.Nardi 17+1reb+2ast, A.Ranuzzi 9+3reb, S.Huff 7+4reb+2ast, L.Campani 6+3reb
gschID: 95973


Aget Imola - Immobiliare SR 70-80

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Aget Imola (12-13) lost at home to fifth ranked Immobiliare SR (16-9) 80-70. The game was mostly controlled by Immobiliare SR. Aget Imola was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian-Greek forward Dusan Vukcevic (201-75, agency: Interperformances) fired 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) produced 17 points and 5 assists and naturalized Argentinian guard Patricio Prato (193-79, college: St.Bonaventure) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Immobiliare SR moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Aget Imola at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Immobiliare SR's next round opponent will be Sunrise Scafati (#4) on the road. Aget Imola will play against Snaidero Udine (#3).
Top scorers:
Aget Imola: T.Whiting 17+4reb+5ast, P.Prato 13+5reb+2ast, F.Masoni 12+2reb+1ast, D.Bruttini 11+7reb, M.Ringstrom 8+4reb, Y.Moreno 5+1reb
Immobiliare SR: D.Vukcevic 23+3reb+4ast, D.Filloy 15+7reb+2ast, Q.Lollis 12+6reb, G.Gurini 11+1reb, A.Piazza 11+1reb+4ast, T.Roderick 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 95974




Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 20-2 
 2. Bennet Cantu 17-6 
 3. Armani MI 16-6 
 4. CS Bologna 12-11 
 5. Air AV 12-11 
 6. Pepsi Caserta 11-12 
 7. Cimberio VA 11-12 
 8. Benetton TV 11-12 
 9. Vanoli CR 10-13 
 10. Lottomatica 10-13 
 11. Scavolini PS 10-13 
 12. Dinamo Sassari 10-13 
 13. Fabi Shoes 10-13 
 14. Angelico BI 9-14 
 15. Banca Tercas 7-16 
 16. Enel Brindisi 7-16 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.7 
 2. Thomas, Air AV17.7 
 3. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.4 
 4. Roberson, Enel B.15.8 
 5. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 6. Zoroski, Banca T.15.7 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR14.9 
 8. Kaukenas, Montepas.14.9 
 9. Diawara, Enel B.14.8 
 10. Goss, Cimberio VA14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.5 
 2. Davis, Banca Tercas8.6 
 3. Homan, CS Bologna8.4 
 4. Jones, Pepsi C.8.4 
 5. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 6. Lang, Enel Brindisi8.1 
 7. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes7.9 
 8. Suton, Angelico BI7.3 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.0 
 10. Sekulic, Vanoli CR6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Green, Air AV6.9 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.6 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.3 
 4. Collins, Scavolin.4.0 
 5. Rowland, Vanoli CR4.0 
 6. Goss, Cimberio VA3.8 
 7. Zoroski, Banca T.3.8 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu3.7 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.3 
 10. Diener, Banca T.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.1 
 2. Green, Air AV2.8 
 3. Thomas, Air AV2.8 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. White, Dinamo Sassari2.6 
 6. Stonerook, Montepas.2.5 
 7. Hawkins, Armani MI2.5 
 8. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
 9. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 10. Collins, Scavolin.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.3 
 2. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.4 
 3. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.2 
 4. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.2 
 5. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.1 
 6. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.0 
 7. Szewczyk, Air AV0.9 
 8. Polonara, Banca T.0.9 
 9. Homan, CS Bologna0.9 
 10. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.2 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona21.7 
 3. Robinson, Trenkwal.20.4 
 4. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.3 
 5. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 6. Clark, Umana Reyer19.4 
 7. Goldwire, Forli19.3 
 8. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 9. Forte, Tuscany PT18.0 
 10. Marigney, Assigeco18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Limoges
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 2. Filloy, Immobili.9.2 
 3. Dickens, San Severo8.7 
 4. Varnado, Tuscany PT8.7 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.2 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.0 
 7. Lollis, Immobili.8.0 
 8. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 9. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
 10. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Crispin, Barcellona5.0 
 2. Goldwire, Forli4.9 
 3. Porta, Tezenis .4.9 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer3.9 
 5. Mathis, Snaidero.3.8 
 6. Hickman, Fastw.3.7 
 7. Whiting, Aget Imola3.7 
 8. Marigney, Assigeco3.6 
 9. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
 10. Forte, Tuscany PT3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dawan ROBINSON
  Trenkwalder
  (189-G-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Robinson, Trenkwal.3.1 
 2. Roderick, Immobi.3.0 
 3. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 4. Hunter, Sunrise .2.6 
 5. Filloy, Immobili.2.4 
 6. Davis, Sunrise .2.4 
 7. Achara, Barcellona2.4 
 8. Cerella, Assigeco2.4 
 9. Piazza, Forli2.3 
 10. Whiting, Aget Imola2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.7 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 6. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 7. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 8. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 9. Ezugwu, Assigeco0.7 
 10. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Fastweb CM 18-7 
 2. Umana Reyer 18-7 
 3. Snaidero UD 16-9 
 4. Sunrise Scafati 16-9 
 5. Immobiliare SR 16-9 
 6. Barcellona 16-9 
 7. Prima Veroli 14-11 
 8. Fileni BPA 13-12 
 9. Aget Imola 12-13 
 10. Tuscany PT 12-13 
 11. N.Ferrara 10-15 
 12. Assigeco 9-16 
 13. Tezenis Verona 9-16 
 14. Trenkwalder 8-17 
 15. Forli 7-18 
 16. San Severo 6-19 


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Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 34-5 
 2. Sendai 89ers 24-12 
 3. Tokyo Apache 20-14 
 4. Niigata Albirex 19-17 
 5. Saitama Bron. 14-24 
 6. Akita 13-28 
 7. Toyama Grouses 12-25 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 26-15 
 2. Okinawa GK 26-15 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 24-17 
 4. Kyoto Hannaryz 23-18 
 5. Shiga Lakestars 23-18 
 6. Shimane 19-22 
 7. Oita H.Devils 16-25 
 8. Miyazaki 12-29 
 9. Takamatsu FA 9-30 


BJ League Round 43: Akita Happinets defeat leader Hamamatsu Phoenix - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (34-5) in Mikawa on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by seventh ranked Akita Happinets (13-28) 70-69. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Hamamatsu Phoenix. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 20-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Nigerian forward Ayodokun Akingbade (207-84, college: George Washington) contributed with 10 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Court Side) answered with 24 points and 6 rebounds for Hamamatsu Phoenix. Akita Happinets moved-up to sixth place. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play again at home against Akita Happinets and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Shiga. Fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (23-18) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Shiga Lakestars (23-18) 89-86 in the fight for the fourth place. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-69, college: LSU) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 4 assists. Michael Fey helped adding 11 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kyoto Hannaryz have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Shiga Lakestars. Shiga Lakestars will play again at home against Kyoto Hannaryz (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BJ League top team - Osaka Evessa (26-15) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Oita Heat Devils (16-25) 78-69. It was a quality performance for Lynn Washington who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 22 rebounds and 7 assists. Osaka Evessa's coach Ryan Blackwell used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kimitake Sato came up with 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists for Oita Heat Devils in the defeat. Osaka Evessa maintains first place with 26-15 record, which they share with Okinawa GK. Oita Heat Devils lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 25 games lost. Osaka Evessa will again meet at home Oita Heat Devils (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.


The game between second ranked Okinawa GK (26-15) and 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (12-25) in Okinawa ended with biggest points difference. Okinawa GK outscored guests from Toyama 105-71. Anthony McHenry fired a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Okinawa GK used an opportunity after Osaka Evessa lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 25 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be again Toyama Grouses (#7) at home which should be theoretically another easy game.

In the last two games of round 43 Shimane beat Takamatsu FA on the road 69-60. Fukuoka Rizing won against Miyazaki on its own court 94-80.
The most impressive performance of 43th round was 34 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 4 assists by Michael Parker of Fukuoka Rizing.


Takamatsu FA - Shimane 60-69

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Shimane Magic (19-22) beat on the road 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (9-30) 69-60. The guests were already 14 points ahead at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 21-10 last quarter charge of Takamatsu FA cut the lead to 69-60 at the end of the game. Shimane Magic brought some defensive toughness making 14 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Takamatsu FA helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated also this game. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Center Jeral Davis (216-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 20 rebounds and 8 blocks. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Jefferey Price (203-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) produced 11 points and 9 rebounds and center Terrance Farley (208-85, college: Louisville) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic maintains sixth place with 19-22 record. Takamatsu FA at the other side keeps the ninth position with 30 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round. Takamatsu FA will play again at home against Shimane Magic (#6).
Top scorers:
Shimane: R.Golson 21+11reb+1ast, T.Ishizaki 16+1reb+3ast, J.Davis 10+20reb+1ast, S.Nakanishi 4+2reb, W.Caudle 4+3reb, E.Yamamoto 4+3reb+2ast
Takamatsu FA: M.Kita 16+3reb, J.Price 11+9reb+2ast, H.Kikuchi 10+5reb, S.Takeda 10+7reb+1ast, T.Farley 8+11reb, M.Suzuki 5+3reb+2ast


gschID: 125192


Fukuoka Rizing - Miyazaki 94-80

Very expected game when 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-29) lost on the road to fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (24-17) 94-80. The game was mostly controlled by Fukuoka Rizing. Miyazaki Shining Suns was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 46-24 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Fukuoka Rizing players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) fired a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Fukuoka Rizing's coach Tadaharu Ogawa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 20 points respectively for lost side. The victory was the third consecutive win for Fukuoka Rizing. They moved-up to third place. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 29 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing's next round opponent will be again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) at home which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 34+12reb+4ast, N.Murry 17+10reb+3ast, T.Cordeiro 15+11reb, M.Kano 9+3reb+2ast, A.Kuso 9+3reb, J.Nakanishi 5+1reb+5ast
Miyazaki: B.Cole 26+13reb+2ast, T.Shimizu 20+1reb+3ast, T.Ito 14+2reb+4ast, O.Shinnosuke 8+1reb+5ast, M.Takahashi 8, Y.Kojima 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 125193


Okinawa GK - Toyama Grouses 105-71

The game between second ranked Okinawa GK (26-15) and 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (12-25) in Okinawa ended with biggest points difference. Okinawa GK outscored guests from Toyama 105-71. The game without a history. Okinawa GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Toyama Grouses' 28. Okinawa GK had a 34-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Okinawa GK especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Toyama Grouses' players. American swingman Anthony McHenry (201-83, college: Georgia Tech) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Guard Naoto Kosuge (187-82) chipped in 24 points. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. American forward John Davis (198-84, college: Tarleton St., agency: Basket Law/NM Services) produced 29 points and 8 rebounds and guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Okinawa GK used an opportunity after Osaka Evessa lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 25 games lost. Okinawa GK's next round opponent will be again Toyama Grouses (#7) at home which should be theoretically another easy game.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: N.Kosuge 24+3reb+2ast, D.Palmer 19+4reb+2ast, S.Kinjo 16+2reb, D.Sneed 12+8reb, A.McHenry 11+9reb+11ast, J.Newton 10+8reb+4ast
Toyama Grouses: J.Davis 29+8reb+2ast, T.Mito 17+4reb+4ast, M.Kato 14+7reb+2ast, K.Takano 6+6reb+3ast, M.Azuma 3+2reb, T.Yamashiro 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 125194


Hamamatsu P. - Akita 69-70

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (34-5) in Mikawa on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by seventh ranked Akita Happinets (13-28) 70-69. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Hamamatsu Phoenix. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 20-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Nigerian forward Ayodokun Akingbade (207-84, college: George Washington) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Court Side) answered with 24 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Hamamatsu Phoenix. Akita Happinets moved-up to sixth place. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play again at home against Akita Happinets and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Akita: W.Graves 18+9reb+6ast, A.Burks 17+5reb+2ast, K.Shoji 17+4reb, A.Akingbade 10+15reb+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 5+2reb+1ast, R.Mizumachi 3+2reb+6ast
Hamamatsu P.: R.Nixon 24+6reb+1ast, J.Parmer 18+11reb+2ast, S.Okada 8+4reb+7ast, D.Larkai 8+11reb+2ast, K.Ohta 6+2reb+3ast, M.Ohguchi 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 125189


Shiga Lakestars - Kyoto Hannaryz 86-89

Important game to mention about took place in Shiga. Fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (23-18) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Shiga Lakestars (23-18) 89-86 in the fight for the fourth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shiga Lakestars won third quarter 28-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kyoto Hannaryz dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Shiga Lakestars' 44. Kyoto Hannaryz players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-69, college: LSU) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 4 assists. Power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) helped adding 11 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) scored 22 points. Five Kyoto Hannaryz and four Shiga Lakestars players scored in double figures. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kyoto Hannaryz have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Shiga Lakestars. Kyoto Hannaryz will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga Lakestars will play again at home against Kyoto Hannaryz (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannaryz: M.Abdul-Rauf 24+1reb+4ast, K.Trim 15+4reb+1ast, Y.Inoue 12+3reb+3ast, R.Warren 11+7reb+1ast, M.Fey 11+12reb+1ast, T.Kawabe 8+2reb+5ast
Shiga Lakestars: J.Peppers 22+3reb+3ast, M.Joho 20+2reb+4ast, M.Marshall 14+5reb+1ast, G.Hamilton 10+16reb+6ast, T.Fujiwara 7+4reb+1ast, S.Ogawa 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 125190


Osaka Evessa - Oita H.Devils 78-69

BJ League top team - Osaka Evessa (26-15) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Oita Heat Devils (16-25) 78-69. Oita Heat Devils trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 26-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-78 at the end of the game. Osaka Evessa dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Oita Heat Devils' 28. They outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 55-32 including a 41-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 22 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Hirohisa Takada (186-86) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Osaka Evessa's coach Ryan Blackwell used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Kimitake Sato (186-84) came up with 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists and American guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) added 16 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for Oita Heat Devils in the defeat. Osaka Evessa maintains first place with 26-15 record, which they share with Okinawa GK. Oita Heat Devils lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 25 games lost. Osaka Evessa will again meet at home Oita Heat Devils (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 20+22reb+7ast, H.Takada 15+5reb+3ast, W.Marshall 14+2reb, S.Konno 8+1reb, D.Tamura 7+1reb+3ast, M.Katsuhisa 7+2reb
Oita H.Devils: K.Sato 34+1reb+4ast, M.Lottich 16+11reb+6ast, H.Sato 8+2reb, D.Johnson 6+12reb+4ast, M.Ohara 3+1ast, S.Umemiya 2+1reb
gschID: 125191




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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 17-4 
 2. Valmiera 16-8 
 3. Liepaja 16-9 
 4. Barons 16-9 
 5. VEF Riga 14-9 
 6. Zemgale 8-14 
 7. Turiba 5-20 
 8. LU 4-23 


Strelnieks' 12 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
21-year old guard Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Ventspils and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 12 points adding seven rebounds and five assists for Ventspils in his team's victory, helping them to beat Liepaja (#2, 16-9) 69-62. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Ventspils to consolidate first place in the Latvian league. Ventspils have a solid 17-3 record. Strelnieks has many years of experience at Ventspils, through which he has constantly improved. Strelnieks has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 3.8rpg), assists (6th best: 3.8apg) and averages solid 58.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Matiss Rudmiezis (193-F-91) of Turiba. He is a forward in his first season at Turiba. In the last game Rudmiezis recorded impressive 22 points and 3 rebounds. Bad luck as Turiba was edged by slightly lower-ranked LU (#8, 4-22) 81-79. Turiba managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Turiba managed to get this year. Rudmiezis is a newcomer at Turiba and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Arturs Duselis (200-F-89) of LU (#8). Duselis scored 24 points. Despite Duselis' great performance LU lost 84-94 to the higher-ranked Barons (#3, 16-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. LU can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-22 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Duselis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Duselis has individually a great season in Latvia. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.6ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jekabs Rozitis (206-F/C-86) of Zemgale - 9 points and 13 rebounds
5. Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83) of Valmiera - 17 points and 9 rebounds
6. Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) of Zemgale - 26 points and 7 rebounds
7. Lauris Mizis (196-F-89) of Turiba - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of VEF Riga - 9 points and 10 rebounds
9. Jekabs Rozitis (206-F/C-86) of Zemgale - 16 points and 8 rebounds
10. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82) of Ventspils - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Willjam, Barons16.8 
 3. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 4. Peiners, LU15.1 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 6. Veselovs, Valmiera15.0 
 7. Duselis, LU14.5 
 8. Mednis, Turiba14.0 
 9. Caldwell, Liepaja13.6 
 10. Vaikulis, Liepaja13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale7.7 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 7. Veselovs, Valmiera6.0 
 8. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 9. Cavars, Barons5.8 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.8 
 3. Willjam, Barons4.7 
 4. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja3.9 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.7 
 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. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.8 
 6. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 7. Gabrans, Valmiera1.7 
 8. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 9. Slisans, LU1.6 
 10. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 3. Skirmants, Barons1.3 
 4. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 6. Pishchalniko., Barons0.9 
 7. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Meiers, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 10. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 


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  LEBANON   


Another big win for Hoops - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In the first game of the Week End Tripoli hosted Anibal Zahle , the games that joined the two teams this season were full of intensity , the first half saw the same scenario of the previous games , the two teams battled in the first half but didnt had a securing lead , the score at the break was 39-34 in favor of Moutahed Tripoli .
In the second half Moutahed imposed its rhythm and started to increase the lead through the big performance of Mica Brand and Elie Rustom, they led in the end of the third quarter by 20 points 64-44,this lead secured the game for Moutahed at the end on the score of 79-63. Micah Brand finished the game as the best scorer with 22points.


In the second game of the day Byblos hosted Antranik in the battle for the 7th place in the standings , the two teams had a big first quarter in which Byblos managed to take the lead 27-25,in the 2nd quarter Byblos continued on the same tempo and imposed its game and had a big dominance which gave the lead on the score of 60-39.
The 3rd quarter Antranik made a big comeback which outscored Byblos 32 to 19 and made them come back in the game at the end of the 3rd quarter 79-71. In the 4th quarter Byblos regrouped and didnt allow the guest team to continue its run , Byblos qon in the end on the score of 108-101. Calvin Warner had a big game with 36pts , on the other side Willie Irick had 36 and Avery Smith 31 for Antranik.

In the 3rd game of the day Hoops who in a previous round managed to beat the leader Champville at that time , did it again this time and against another Leader Riyadi on the score of 74-72,the first quarter saw the dominance Hoops on the score of 22-12 , Quarter 2 saw the comeback of the champion team and outscored Hoops 29-18 which gave the lead to Riyadi at the break 41-40. The 3rd quarter saw the same scenario and Riyadi continued to impose its game and finished the quarter leading 54-63; in the last quarter Hoops made a big run and outscored the champions 20-9,this big run gave the home team a very precious win in the end of the game at the score of 74-72.Calvin Cage led all scorers with 33 points.

In the last game of the round Dik El Mehdi welcomed Sagesse in the a battle which is turning to kind of derby , the teams had exciting games during the season , this game like in the first game in the final 8 saw the absence of Fadi Khatib due to injury , the first half was a very equal one ; the two teams battled to impose their game but couldnt due the intensity of the game. The score at the break was 27-30; The 3rd quarter saw the dominance of Sagesse minute after minute due to the big performance of Darryl Watkins ( finished the game with 21points) and Rony Fahed who came back after an injury ( finished the game with 15points);this tempo continued in the 4th quarter and Sagesse managed in the end to secure an important win at the score of 74-60; Larry Darnell Cox (211-C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Miss.Valley St.) led all scorers with 28 points and 19 rebounds.




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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuanian LKL round 26 best performance: Egidijus Dimsa - by Eurobasket News
Center Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Nevezis Kedainiai, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Sakalai (#10, 6-14) 79-66. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Nevezis maintains the 9th position in Lithuanian LKL. Nevezis is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-12 record. It's Dimsa's second year at Nevezis and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Egidijus Dimsa has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 16.7ppg. Dimsa is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.6rpg) and averages impressive 60.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 37-year old Lithuanian Virginijus Sirvydis (196-G/F-73) of Sakalai Vilnius. Sirvydis had a very good evening with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Sakalai lost that game 66-79 to slightly higher-ranked Nevezis (#9, 7-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Sakalai keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-14 record. Sirvydis is well-known at Sakalai and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Tomas Cerneckis (191-G-88) of Techasas (#6). Cerneckis scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Techasas, leading his team to a 75-64 win against the lower-ranked Naglis-Adakris (#11, 6-14). Techasas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 9 lost games. Cerneckis has a very solid season. In 20 games in Lithuania he scored 8.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mindaugas Zukauskas (201-F-75) of Siauliai - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Mantas Ruikis (198-G/F-85) of Neptunas - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Lukas Brazdauskis (203-F-88) of Nevezis - 15 points and 10 rebounds
7. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) of Neptunas - 19 points
8. Vilmantas Dilys (208-F-87) of Perlas - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tautvydas Slezas (207-C-90) of Perlas - 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Luke Bonner (213-C-85) of Neptunas - 14 points and 7 rebounds

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


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Diekirch League Round 6: Etzella defeats Residence in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in Diekirch League.

Sixth-ranked Residence (9-15) gave a tough game to second ranked Etzella (18-6) in Ettelbruck on Sunday. Etzella managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Etzella maintains second position in League with 18-6 record behind leader T71. Residence at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Etzella are looking forward to face Sparta (#4) in Bertrange in the next round. Residence will play at home against the league's leader T71 in Dudelange and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Steinsel. Fourth ranked Sparta (14-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Amicale (14-10) 76-75 on Sunday evening. The former international forward Larrie Smith (197-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and Lucas Hargrove supported him with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) did not help to save the game for Amicale. Sparta maintains fourth position in League with 14-10 record. Sparta will play against league's second-placed Etzella in Ettelbruck in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Amicale will play on the road against Basket Esch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of Soleuvre (7-15) against Black Star (3-19) on Sunday night. Host Soleuvre was defeated by Black Star in a tough game in Belvaux 78-86. The best player for the winners was Billy McDaniel who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Lamonte Ulmer who recorded a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Newly promoted Black Star maintains fourth position in the group with 3-19 record. Loser Soleuvre keeps the second place in Group B with 15 games lost. Black Star will meet at home Musel Pikes in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Soleuvre will play against Contern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Host Musel Pikes (12-10) defeated Contern (7-15) 77-67. It was a good game for Trenton Wurtz who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Musel Pikes' coach Frank Baum allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Musel Pikes maintains first position in the group with 12-10 record. Contern at the other side keeps the third place with 15 games lost. Musel Pikes' next round opponent will be Black Star in Mersch. Contern will play at home against Soleuvre in Belvaux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Diekirch League top team - T71 (19-5) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Basket Esch (13-11) in Dudelange 89-83. Tom Schumacher scored 29 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 19-5 record. Newly promoted Basket Esch keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. T71 will face Residence (#6) in Bereldange in the next round where they are favorite. Basket Esch will play at home against Amicale in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Group 1-6 places
Amicale - Sparta 75-76

Important game to mention about took place in Steinsel. Fourth ranked Sparta (14-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Amicale (14-10) 76-75 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The former international forward Larrie Smith (197-75, college: Tennessee Tech) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward Lucas Hargrove (198-88, college: Auburn, agency: 540 Sports) supported him with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Four Sparta players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) did not help to save the game for Amicale. The former international guard Eric Jeitz (191-86) added 28 points. Sparta maintains fourth position in League with 14-10 record. Sparta will play against league's second-placed Etzella in Ettelbruck in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Amicale will play on the road against Basket Esch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sparta: L.Hargrove 19+9reb+2ast, L.Smith 18+14reb+2ast, J.Hublart 16+6reb+3ast, P.Arbaut 16+3reb+2ast, R.Wolzfeld 7+1reb+1ast, X.Engel 0+1ast
Amicale: E.Jeitz 28+2reb+1ast, L.Birdsong 19+11reb+3ast, C.Schartz 9+3reb+10ast, R.Birenbaum 8+2reb+1ast, M.Zianveni 7+9reb+1ast, C.Jones 4+5reb+6ast
gschID: 121835


Etzella - Residence 72-70

Sixth-ranked Residence (9-15) gave a tough game to second ranked Etzella (18-6) in Ettelbruck on Sunday. Etzella managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Etzella maintains second position in League with 18-6 record behind leader T71. Residence at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Etzella are looking forward to face Sparta (#4) in Bertrange in the next round. Residence will play at home against the league's leader T71 in Dudelange and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
gschID: 121836


T71 - Basket Esch 89-83

Diekirch League top team - T71 (19-5) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Basket Esch (13-11) in Dudelange 89-83. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 48-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. T71 made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. International guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) scored 29 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Denell Stephens (193-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 19-5 record. Newly promoted Basket Esch keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. T71 will face Residence (#6) in Bereldange in the next round where they are favorite. Basket Esch will play at home against Amicale in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
T71: T.Schumacher 29+4reb+3ast, F.Muller 19+6reb+1ast, D.Stephens 17+8reb+2ast, G.Ruffato 16+1reb+6ast, C.Laures 6+3reb, C.Bemtgen 2
Basket Esch: J.Reimold 24+10reb+3ast, C.Donnersbach 22+3reb+3ast, S.Svitek 18+10reb, M.Rajniak 15+3reb+3ast, K.Diederich 2+1reb+1ast, E.Kesseler 2+1reb+6ast
gschID: 121834


Group 7-10 places
Musel Pikes - Contern 77-67

Host Musel Pikes (12-10) defeated Contern (7-15) 77-67. The game was mostly controlled by Musel Pikes. Contern was better in third quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Musel Pikes had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Trenton Wurtz (203-83, college: Indiana St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Polish center Tomasz Wojnowski (205-81) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Four Musel Pikes players scored in double figures. Musel Pikes' coach Frank Baum allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Portuguese swingman David Torres (188-83) replied with 25 points and American forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Contern. Musel Pikes maintains first position in the group with 12-10 record. Contern at the other side keeps the third place with 15 games lost. Musel Pikes' next round opponent will be Black Star in Mersch. Contern will play at home against the league's second-placed Soleuvre in Belvaux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Musel Pikes: T.Wurtz 18+16reb+3ast, L.Schwartz 18+2reb+2ast, T.Wojnowski 14+9reb+1ast, G.Schmit 12+3reb+3ast, T.Steffen 5+1ast, E.steffen 3+1reb
Contern: D.Torres 25+1reb+1ast, B.Gary 11+9reb+1ast, A.Milongo 8+1reb, T.Schleimer 7+1reb, S.Kuhlmann 4+3reb, L.Majerus 4+5reb
gschID: 121838


Soleuvre - Black Star 78-86

Very important is a home loss of Soleuvre (7-15) against Black Star (3-19) on Sunday night. Host Soleuvre was defeated by Black Star in a tough game in Belvaux 78-86. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Black Star shot 61.8 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Black Star especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Billy McDaniel (201-84, college: Ark.-Monticello, agency: JEMsports) who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Tom Rausch (183-90) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Impact Basketball) who recorded a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and forward David Controguerra (194-86) added 17 points respectively. Newly promoted Black Star maintains fourth position in Group B with 3-19 record. Loser Soleuvre keeps the second place with 15 games lost. Black Star will meet at home Musel Pikes in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Soleuvre will play against Contern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Black Star: B.McDaniel 35+14reb+4ast, T.Rausch 18+2reb+5ast, T.Becker 11+1reb, R.Nunes 9+3reb+8ast, M.Schumacher 7+1ast, M.Cortese 3+1reb+1ast
Soleuvre: L.Ulmer 37+10reb+2ast, D.Controguerra 17+3reb+3ast, C.Weisen 7+2reb, M.Weyland 6+1reb+6ast, D.Berthle 5+3reb+1ast, C.Mertz 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 121837




Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre25.6 
 2. Kennedy, Residence24.9 
 3. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.23.1 
 5. Schumacher, T7122.8 
 6. Reimold, Basket E.21.2 
 7. Muller, T7120.4 
 8. Delgado, Etzella19.6 
 9. Gary, Contern19.6 
 10. Smith, Sparta19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre15.1 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.15.0 
 3. Gary, Contern13.4 
 4. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 5. Kennedy, Residence12.5 
 6. Wurtz, Musel Pikes12.0 
 7. Stephens, T7112.0 
 8. Scott, Etzella10.9 
 9. Wojnowski, Musel P.10.1 
 10. Birdsong, Amicale9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Schartz, Amicale5.6 
 2. Schumacher, T714.5 
 3. Rausch, Black Star3.6 
 4. Reimold, Basket E.3.3 
 5. Delgado, Etzella3.2 
 6. Arbaut, Sparta3.1 
 7. Schwartz, Musel P.3.0 
 8. McDaniel, Black S.2.8 
 9. Koster, Residence2.8 
 10. Ulmer, Soleuvre2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jones, Amicale2.1 
 2. Kalmes, Contern1.9 
 3. Gary, Contern1.7 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.1.6 
 5. Abdiu, Residence1.5 
 6. Smith, Sparta1.5 
 7. Birdsong, Amicale1.5 
 8. Kennedy, Residence1.5 
 9. Schartz, Amicale1.5 
 10. Delgado, Etzella1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gary, Contern1.9 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.1.8 
 3. Birdsong, Amicale1.8 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.3 
 5. Stephens, T711.0 
 6. Abercrombie, Spa.0.9 
 7. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.8 
 8. Kennedy, Residence0.7 
 9. Reimold, Basket E.0.7 
 10. Wojnowski, Musel P.0.6 


Standings
Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 19-5 
 2. Etzella 18-6 
 3. Amicale 14-10 
 4. Sparta 14-10 
 5. Basket Esch 13-11 
 6. Residence 9-15 
7-10 places
 1. Musel Pikes 12-10 
 2. Soleuvre 7-15 
 3. Contern 7-15 
 4. Black Star 3-19 


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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael GALE
  Mexicali
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 30.6
 1. Gale, Mexicali30.6 
 2. White, Cananea27.6 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan25.5 
 4. Gabbidon, Tijuana25.0 
 5. Thomas, Cananea24.7 
 6. Moss, Nogales24.3 
 7. Moore, Tijuana23.5 
 8. Barrett, Guasave23.3 
 9. White, Los Mochis22.4 
 10. Watson, Tijuana22.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Moss, Nogales10.6 
 2. Moore, Tijuana10.0 
 3. Malloy, Los Mochis9.2 
 4. Brown, Tepic9.0 
 5. Shipley, Tijuana8.4 
 6. Brown, Nogales8.0 
 7. Avila, Culiacan7.9 
 8. Lawal, Tepic7.4 
 9. Morgan, Culiacan7.2 
 10. Sims, Los Mochis7.2 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Funn, Guasave5.5 
 2. Watson, Tijuana5.3 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.0 
 4. White, Los Mochis4.8 
 5. White, Cananea4.7 
 6. Ford, Tepic4.5 
 7. Meza, Culiacan4.2 
 8. Brown, Tepic3.9 
 9. Brown, Nogales3.8 
 10. Nungaray, Guaymas3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Derek THOMAS
  Cananea
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thomas, Cananea2.3 
 2. Brown, Tepic1.8 
 3. Gale, Mexicali1.7 
 4. White, Cananea1.7 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo1.6 
 6. Funn, Guasave1.5 
 7. Webb, Culiacan1.5 
 8. Brown, Nogales1.5 
 9. Matthews, Nogales1.4 
 10. Holmes, Hermosillo1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 LaShawn MALLOY
  Los Mochis
  (209-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Malloy, Los Mochis2.8 
 2. Webb, Culiacan2.7 
 3. Shipley, Tijuana2.6 
 4. Jones, Tepic2.4 
 5. Watson, Tijuana2.2 
 6. Sowell, Culiacan2.2 
 7. Funn, Guasave2.1 
 8. Brown, Tepic2.1 
 9. Nungaray, Guaymas2.0 
 10. Matthews, Nogales2.0 


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


CIBACOPA Round 10: Mineros de Cananea defeats Caballeros de Culiacan in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Mineros de Cananea (8-2) which played road game in Culiacan against 3rd ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (6-4). First ranked Mineros de Cananea managed to get a 6-point victory 89-83. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-21. But Caballeros de Culiacan won third quarter 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Caballeros de Culiacan outrebounded Mineros de Cananea 45-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mineros de Cananea made 10 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Davin White (186-G-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. The other American import forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) contributed with 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Kevin Sowell (190-81) replied with 28 points for Caballeros de Culiacan. Mineros de Cananea have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record, which they share with Hermosillo. Caballeros de Culiacan lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Tijuana and Nogales. Mineros de Cananea is looking forward to face Coras de Tepic (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Frayles de Guasave (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to fifth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (6-4) 110-109. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Bryant Matthews chipped in 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Nathan Sims (191-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) responded with a double-double by scoring 47 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tijuana and Culiacan. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#7) at home in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against the league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo and hope to get finally their first victory.
The game in Guaymas was also quite interesting. Second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (8-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (4-6). Rayos de Hermosillo defeated Ostioneros de Guaymas 82-70 on Saturday. Chavis Holmes notched 25 points to lead the effort. Even 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks by Jerome Habel did not help to save the game for Ostioneros de Guaymas. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Mexicali. Rayos de Hermosillo will meet at home bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 10 Tijuana beat Tepic on the road 95-91. Guasave won against Mexicali on its own court 101-94.


Los Mochis - Nogales 109-110 OT

Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to fifth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (6-4) 110-109. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Pioneros Los Mochis won second period 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Pioneros Los Mochis used huge pressure winning it 28-25 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 11-12. Fuerza Guinda Nogales shot 35 for 49 from the free-throw line, while Pioneros Los Mochis only scored sixteen points from the stripe. Fuerza Guinda Nogales brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. Pioneros Los Mochis were plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Bryant Matthews (201-82, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Five Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Nathan Sims (191-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) responded with a double-double by scoring 47 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and his fellow American import guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) scored 29 points and 4 assists. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tijuana and Culiacan. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#7) at home in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against the league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: N.Sims 47+13reb+2ast, D.White 29+3reb+4ast, C.M. Toussaint 16+1reb+2ast, L.Malloy 7+9reb, A.Verdugo 6+1reb+1ast, L.Felipe Diaz 2+4reb+1ast
Nogales: B.Matthews 31+8reb+1ast, R.Moss 30+12reb+1ast, B.Heredia 17+5reb+1ast, R.Hornsby 15+5reb+3ast, N.Brown 12+4reb, H.Rivera 3+1reb
gschID: 122842


Tepic - Tijuana 91-95

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (6-4) beat on the road 9th ranked Coras de Tepic (1-9) 95-91 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-91. Strangely Coras de Tepic outrebounded Tijuana Zonkeys 36-18 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) notched 34 points (!!!) (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!) to lead the effort and Canadian guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll., agency: KMG Sports Management) supported him with 20 points and 7 assists. Watson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 19 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists by American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) did not help to save the game for Coras de Tepic. Swingman Juan Pablo Bravo (191) added 29 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Four Tijuana Zonkeys and five Coras de Tepic players scored in double figures. Coras de Tepic's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tijuana Zonkeys have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nogales and Culiacan. Loser Coras de Tepic keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will meet Bomberos de Mexicali (#8) on the road in the next round. Coras de Tepic will play against the league's leader Mineros de Cananea.
Top scorers:
Tepic: J.Pablo Bravo 29+5reb, I.Brown 19+11reb+9ast, D.Ford 16+1reb+3ast, H.Ibanez 12+4reb+2ast, P.Lawal 11+9reb+2ast, R.Ruiz Estrada 4+2reb+2ast
Tijuana: T.Gabbidon 34+3reb, J.Watson 20+7ast, L.Ramirez 18+1reb+4ast, G.Shipley 14+7reb, K.Rodriguez 5+2reb+2ast, G.Lira 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 122839


Culiacan - Cananea 83-89

An interesting game for Mineros de Cananea (8-2) which played road game in Culiacan against 3rd ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (6-4). First ranked Mineros de Cananea managed to get a 6-point victory 89-83. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-21. But Caballeros de Culiacan won third quarter 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Caballeros de Culiacan outrebounded Mineros de Cananea 45-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mineros de Cananea made 10 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. The other American import forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) contributed with 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Kevin Sowell (190-81) replied with 28 points and the former international center Victor Avila (210-77, college: Oklahoma) added 11 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Caballeros de Culiacan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record, which they share with Hermosillo. Caballeros de Culiacan lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Tijuana and Nogales. Mineros de Cananea is looking forward to face Coras de Tepic (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Frayles de Guasave (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: K.Sowell 28+3reb, J.Leroy Webb 12+4reb+2ast, S.Morgan 12+14reb+1ast, V.Avila 11+14reb+3ast, W.Thompson 7+2reb+2ast, M.Antonio Luna Armenta 4+4reb
Cananea: D.Thomas 26+8reb, D.White 23+3reb+8ast, P.Darden 16+3reb+1ast, M.Valenzuela 15+3reb+1ast, A.Aguirre 3+5reb+1ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 122840


Guasave - Mexicali 101-94

Very expected game when 8th ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (4-6) lost on the road to fourth ranked Frayles de Guasave (7-3) 101-94 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-20. But Bomberos de Mexicali won second period 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Frayles de Guasave looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) notched 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and the other American import guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) supported him with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Funn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 35 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!) by American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) did not help to save the game for Bomberos de Mexicali. The former international guard Richard Lopez (192-78, college: Cal.Baptist) added 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Bomberos de Mexicali's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to third place. Loser Bomberos de Mexicali dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Guaymas. Frayles de Guasave will meet at home Caballeros de Culiacan (#4) in the next round. Bomberos de Mexicali will play against Tijuana Zonkeys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mexicali: J.Ruffus 35+12reb+2ast, R.Lopez 23+7reb+7ast, H.Carrillo 9+4reb+1ast, J.Penny 9+4reb+3ast, E.Cuen 8+4reb+3ast, E.Medina 5+2reb
Guasave: R.Barrett 28+6reb+6ast, W.Funn 23+5reb+9ast, S.Angounou 14+10reb+3ast, A.Izaguirre 12+4reb+4ast, J.Acosta 11+2reb+1ast, M.Strobbe 11+6reb+2ast
gschID: 122841


Guaymas - Hermosillo 70-82

The game in Guaymas was also quite interesting. Second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (8-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (4-6). Rayos de Hermosillo defeated Ostioneros de Guaymas 82-70 on Saturday. Ostioneros de Guaymas were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Rayos de Hermosillo made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rayos de Hermosillo made 19 blocks. American guard Chavis Holmes (193, college: VMI) notched 25 points to lead the effort and the other American import guard Steve Monreal (180, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) supported him with 12 points and 7 assists. Even 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks by American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) did not help to save the game for Ostioneros de Guaymas. Guard Hector Nungaray (178-78) added 15 points and 4 assists for lost side. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Mexicali. Rayos de Hermosillo will meet at home bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: J.Habel 19+8reb+1ast, H.Nungaray 15+2reb+4ast, O.Lopez 11+5reb, J.Luis Bucio 7+4reb, R.Navarro 7+7reb+2ast, R.Marentes 6+2reb+3ast
Hermosillo: C.Holmes 25+4reb+1ast, M.Gray 13+6reb+1ast, S.Monreal 12+3reb+7ast, J.Manuel Esteva 8+7reb+2ast, J.Abu-Shamala 7+3reb+1ast, J.Lopez 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 122838




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Oklahoma City Thunder recall Mullens from Tulsa - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma City Thunder have recalled center Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced Sunday that Mullens will join the Thunder in time for Sunday night's game in Oklahoma City against Portland.

During three separate stints at Tulsa Mullens started 14 games and averaged 14.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

NBA rules allow a player to be sent to the D-League a maximum of three times during the season.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Saturday's games - by Eurobasket News
LA Clippers - Toronto R. 94-90
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) added 17 points and 12 boards, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Toronto 94-90 on Saturday night to hand the Raptors their fourth straight loss. The Clippers had lost their previous five meetings with the Raptors by an average of 17.4 points. Eric Gordon, who missed his first 11 shots in Friday's 112-104 loss to the Lakers, had 17 points after getting into early foul trouble, and Mo Williams finished with just nine points after scoring a season-high 30 against the two-time defending champions. Ed Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who ended a 1-4 road trip in which they fell behind by more than 40 points to both Denver and Golden State. *Courtesy of www.kansascity.com

Detroit P. - Indiana P. 100-88
Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) scored 23 points, and the Detroit Pistons held off the Indiana Pacers 100-88 on Saturday night. The Pistons went on a 21-3 run during the third quarter to take an 18-point lead. The Pacers, who are fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, cut the lead to six in the fourth quarter, but Hamilton drove for an easy layup, then made a nice pass to Rodney Stuckey for a layup to make it 90-80. Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kansas) scored 19 points for the Pacers. Detroit's Charlie Villanueva, benched for the Pistons' loss to Cleveland on Friday, didn't play until the fourth quarter Saturday, but he played that entire period and made all five of his shots to finish with 13 points. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Milwaukee B. - Chicago B. 87-95
At this point, those ''M-V-P!'' chants even follow Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) when he and the Chicago Bulls go on the road. The way Rose stole a game from the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday certainly made him seem worthy. Rose orchestrated a stunning 12-0 run by Chicago in the final three minutes, rallying the Bulls for a 95-87 victory. ''The worst thing you can do is give me confidence no matter what I'm doing,'' Rose said. ''If I get any type of confidence, it's going to be hard to stop me.'' A large, loud contingent of traveling Bulls fans made Rose feel at home, chanting ''M-V-P!'' as the final seconds ran out - just as they did throughout the game. Rose finished with 30 points and a career-high 17 assists. *Courtesy of www9.comcast.net

Utah Jazz - Dallas M. 77-94
Reserve Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) scored five of his 22 points in a 13-0 fourth-quarter run to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 94-77 victory Saturday night over Utah and hand the slumping Jazz their fifth straight loss. The win gave the Mavs their first series sweep of the Jazz since the 2004-2005 season. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) added 19 points and ran his consecutive free throw mark to 72. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Atlanta H. - New Jersey N. 98-87
The Atlanta Hawks took control with 19 straight points early in the game and clinched a playoff spot by beating the New Jersey Nets 98-87 on Saturday night. Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) had 23 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta, including six straight points late in the game to fend off a comeback attempt by New Jersey. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) added 22 points for the Hawks, who are in the playoffs for the fourth straight season. Atlanta lost five-time All-Star guard Joe Johnson with a strained right thumb in the third quarter. He will miss at least one game as he remained in Atlanta on Saturday night as the team left for Sunday's game at Cleveland. Anthony Morrow had 25 points for the Nets, who have lost six of seven. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Charlotte B. - New York K. 114-106
Boris Diaw (6'8''-F/C-82) scored 20 points, Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) added 19 despite a sore hamstring, and the Charlotte Bobcats provided more misery for the slumping New York Knicks with a 114-106 victory Saturday night to complete an impressive two-day stretch. A night after a stunning comeback win in Boston, the Bobcats sent the Knicks to their sixth straight loss despite 36 points from Carmelo Anthony to remain in contention for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bobcats built a 20-point third-quarter lead and withstood an Anthony-fueled rally that got New York within 110-106 with 1:34 left. The Knicks didn't score again to fall to 7-12 since acquiring Anthony and Chauncey Billups last month. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.8 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.4 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.6 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.25.6 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.9 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.3 
 10. Gordon, LA Clippers23.2 
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.12.4 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.0 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.3 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.0 
 7. Camby, Portland TB10.5 
 8. Humphries, New J.10.3 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.2 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.4 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.6 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.8.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
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. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 5. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.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: 2.7
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.7 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.3 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.1 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 8. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 
 9. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 10. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 50-21 
 2. Philadelph.76 37-35 
 3. New York K. 35-38 
 4. New Jersey N. 23-49 
 5. Toronto R. 20-53 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 53-19 
 2. Indiana P. 32-42 
 3. Milwaukee B. 29-43 
 4. Detroit P. 26-47 
 5. Cleveland C. 14-57 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 50-22 
 2. Orlando M. 47-26 
 3. Atlanta H. 41-32 
 4. Charlotte B. 30-42 
 5. Washington W. 17-54 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 47-24 
 2. Denver N. 44-29 
 3. Portland TB 42-30 
 4. Utah Jazz 36-38 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-56 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 52-20 
 2. Phoenix Suns 36-35 
 3. Golde State W. 31-42 
 4. LA Clippers 29-45 
 5. Sacramento K. 19-52 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 57-15 
 2. Dallas M. 51-21 
 3. N.Orleans H. 42-31 
 4. Memphis G. 40-33 
 5. Houston R. 38-34 


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  NCAA1   


UConn topples Arizona to reach Final Four - by Eurobasket News
A team doesn't come this far, find ways to suspend disbelief and prolong a most astonishing season without doing remarkable things along the way.

UConns journey has been built on incredible moments, and Saturday at the Honda Center the most rewarding and pulse-racing moments were added.

The third-seeded Huskies emerged from a back-and-forth game against fifth-seeded Arizona with a 65-63 victory in the West Regional final.

UConn (30-9) is in the Final Four for the fourth time.

Some will call it one of the most improbable runs to the Final Four in recent history.

Others will simply call it delightful.

'These brothers, this unique group of young guys have just given me a thrill beyond compare,' UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. 'Our march in the past nine games, I havent experienced anything like it. Our resiliency ... these kids have done this, it seems, day after day, found answers to win.'

Kemba Walker (6'1''-G-90) scored 20 points and Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F) 19 for UConn, which built lead after lead and erased a couple of deficits, too. When attempts at a winning three-pointer by Derrick Williams (6'8''-F) and Jamelle Horne (6'7''-F) skipped off the rim, UConn could celebrate.

The Huskies danced. Ladders were brought out. They snipped the nets.

'It was scary,' Walker said about the final seconds. 'Honestly, I was nervous. Derrick, he was great the whole second half. His shot went long, somebody tapped it out and then Jamelle found himself open and when it went up, I said, Game time. I thought it was going in.'

Williams had 20 for Arizona (30-8).

For UConn, the ride has been a roller coaster from Storrs to Maui, through the rigors of the Big East, through history in New York, through Washington and then Anaheim.

And now it continues on in Houston, where the Huskies will play North Carolina or Kentucky next Saturday.

Already its been a journey that saw a 68-year-old Hall of Fame coach become a kid again, even in the midst of a somewhat tumultuous period of his professional and personal life. Calhoun hasnt smiled this much in a while.

It was also a journey that saw a handful of freshmen show moxie and maturity beyond their years. Who knew the talents and personalities of Shabazz Napier, Lamb and Roscoe Smith would fit so well into the puzzle?

There was always Walker, too. The most outstanding player of the regional and arguably one of the greatest players in UConn history.

UConn led by seven at halftime and by nine with under 10 minutes left. But Arizona, as it did so many times, charged back, taking a three-point lead.

UConn had answers. Lamb hit a floater and a jumper and Walker made a pullup for a 58-55 lead. It became 62-55 when Lamb make a steal for a dunk. Later, Walker hit a step-back jumper to make it 65-60, but Horne hit the second of two Arizona threes that pushed the Huskies to the brink.

Napier missed a three on the ensuing possession and Arizona called a timeout with 18.2 seconds remaining. It came to Williams, who missed from the top, then Horne, who missed from the right. UConn dashed across the court in celebration.

'One of the things I learned today coaching against UConn for the first time is that you cant underestimate their poise,' Arizona coach Sean Miller said. 'But the poise isnt just Kemba Walker. The poise is the entire UConn team.'

This was the 39th game in a four-month voyage, the second in a row in this Southern California building that was all energy and mostly enemies. While UConn had pockets of fans, probably a couple thousand in total, Arizona was backed by a partisan crowd that made for a vibrant, intimidating atmosphere. The Wildcats fans were easily as loud as the San Diego State fans had been Thursday, and they had plenty to cheer about in the opening minutes.

The Huskies? Flat. Sloppy. Maybe nervous. You name it, they looked it. Arizona seemed to ride the energy of its support, and that translated into energy toward the basket that UConn could not match.

Arizona owned the offensive glass in the early portion of the game, and that was the major reason why the Huskies trailed 9-1 and 14-6 after a three-pointer by Williams.

Lamb cut the deficit to four with one of his signature bank shots, but the Wildcats quickly pushed the lead back to eight, MoMo Jones making it 18-10 on a driving layup. The crowd was delighted. The building vibrated.

But with 10:36 left, Williams picked up his second foul. Smith made two free throws and Walker followed with a pull-up jumper. The deficit was again just four.

Then, Napier provided a couple snapshots of his value. He drained a wide-open three-pointer. Seconds later, he stole the ball in the open court from Jones and went in for a layup that gave UConn its first lead, 19-18, with 7:49 remaining in the half.

Kyle Fogg (6'3''-G) hit a runner in the midst of a sloppy sequence to put Arizona back on top, but Lamb made a three-pointer.

Next, there was a significant whistle. Re-inserted just seconds before, Williams committed his third foul, grabbing Charles Okwandu near the basket with 5:52 left. He would sit the rest of the half.

Lamb hit another bank shot and the Huskies were rolling. That made it a 15-2 run. The teams traded a few baskets before Walker, with UConn coming out of a timeout with six seconds remaining on the shot clock, swished a fallaway three-pointer to make it 32-25 at halftime.

Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com


Niels Giffey and Enosch Wolf will play in the NCAA Final Four - by Daniel Poerschke
The two german student-athletes Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) and Enosch Wolf (212-C-90) will play in this years NCAA Final Four in Hoston, Texas next weekend.
Their University of Connecticut basketball team beat the Arizona squad last night 65:63 to clinch the West regional title.
Giffey played 1 minute and Wolf did not see any action. Over the course of the season Giffey is averaging 2.3ppg and 1.3rpg in 9.8mpg and Wolf saw action in 7 games with an average of 1.0ppg and 0.9rpg.
Eurobasket Germany wishes Good Luck for our german guys in Houston!



Butler back in Final Four, beats Florida in OT - by Eurobasket News
Of course Butler erased a late deficit. Of course the Bulldogs hit a clutch 3-pointer late in overtime. Of course they're going back to the Final Four.

This is the Butler Way.

Shelvin Mack scored 27 points, including five in overtime, and Butler reached the Final Four for the second year in a row with a 74-71 victory over Florida on Saturday.

'This is a huge deal,' said Zach Hahn (6'1''-G), whose two 3-pointers helped Butler stay close in the first half. 'I don't know that any other mid-major has ever done this. It's hardly happened once, let alone twice. It's an unbelievable feeling.'

Butler, the Horizon League champ, has vanquished three higher seeds from major conferences -- top-seeded Pittsburgh, fourth-seeded Wisconsin and now second-seeded Florida -- in succession.

Those big wins came after Howard tipped in a winner in the final seconds against Old Dominion.

This game had another frantic finish.

'We just kind of stayed together, stayed the course, figured it out, and just played resiliently,' Butler coach Brad Stevens . 'I'm incredibly proud of these guys. They carried their coach in a big way. ... Our players did a great job, and (they are) just a special group. We're really lucky that they're Butler Bulldogs.'

Matt Howard (6'8''-F) scored 14 and Khyle Marshall (6'7''-F) added 10 for the Bulldogs (27-9), who showed again they simply won't give in, climbing out of an 11-point hole in the last 9:25 of the second half.

Mack was playing through pain after rolling his left ankle in the first half and needed a small bandage on his forehead in the second half. He could not recall what happened to his head, only that it was bleeding when he came to the sideline.

That didn't stop him from draining a crucial 3-pointer with 1:21 left in overtime to give Butler the lead for good at 72-70. He also had enough vigor left during the net-cutting ritual to do a mocking Gator chomp with his arms from atop a ladder.

'It's a physical game. That's what the NCAA tournament is all about,' Mack said. 'You wouldn't want it any other way.'

Kenny Boynton (6'2''-G-89) missed a long 3 that could have given Florida (29-8) the lead with a little under 20 seconds left. Alex Tyus (6'8''-F) appeared to have the offensive rebound, but Howard tied him up and the possession arrow favored Butler.

Florida had to foul Mack with 10.6 seconds to go, and he hit both shots for the final margin before Erving Walker missed a 3 to tie in the final seconds.

'Congratulations to Butler,' Florida coach Billy Donovan said. 'They had great, great heart tonight. ... I knew they had that, you know, all year long.'

Before reaching the round of eight this year, Florida hadn't won an NCAA tournament game since winning its second straight national title in 2007.

The Gators missed the tournament entirely in 2008 and 2009, before returning last year and being knocked out by BYU in the first round.

Florida ended Butler's season twice before in the NCAA tournament, once in 2000 in the first round and again in 2007 in the round of 16.

The Bulldogs hadn't forgotten.

Butler players got motivational text messages from Bulldogs past concerning their latest matchup with the resurgent Gators.

In the locker room after the game, players said they hoped they made the Butler community proud. Judging by video of celebrating fans back in Indianapolis being passed around the locker room on a cell phone, they had.

Last year, Butler was able to play in front of those fans at the Final Four in Indianapolis, where about 30,000 fans attended their open practice.

Now it seems as though the Bulldogs win the crowd wherever they play, although Stevens suspects the support they had at last season's Final Four in their hometown will be hard to top.

'Nothing will be like Indy. Indy was crazy,' Stevens said. 'If there's 30,000 people (at open practice) they're going to try to be getting whoever else's autographs are there in Houston. It's not going to be for our guys. ... But trust me, we will play anywhere they send us and we are thrilled to go to Houston.'

Stevens knows it won't be the same this time.

Vernon Macklin (6'10''-F/C) scored a career-high 25 points for Florida, while Boynton finished with 17 points and Tyus had his second-straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Butler had to overcome Florida's size advantage and a number of its own mistakes.

In regulation, the Bulldogs made 10 of 20 free throws and shot 39.6 percent (21 of 53), including 8 of 30 from 3-point range. Yet they somehow found a way to survive to overtime, when they hit all seven foul shots and three of their eight field goals.

Remarkably, Butler also outrebounded the Gators, 41-34.

Now the Bulldogs are one win away from a second straight appearance in the national championship game.

'They're tough,' said Florida forward Chandler Parsons, who had a disappointing five points on 2 of 9 shooting. 'They're physical. They have all the characteristics of a good team. You know, it's not their first time here. They were in this situation last year, so I think their experience helped them and I think they just came up with big plays when the team needed it.'

Florida appeared to be taking control when Tyus, the leading scorer and rebounder in Florida's overtime win over BYU, got loose for a pair of soaring dunks, then added two free throws and a driving floater during a 12-1 run that gave the Gators a 51-40 lead with 9:26 left.

Howard's basket inside as he was fouled snapped the run, then seldom-used reserve Chrishawn Hopkins, who'd just set up Howard's score, added a 3 as Butler slowly clawed its way back again, finally tying it at 57 with 3:03 to go on the second of consecutive driving layups by Mack.

Macklin, who'd been limited by foul trouble in the second half -- he committed his fourth with 9:02 left -- returned to hit a free throw and a layup on a strong move inside to make it 60-57. Mack's free throws cut it to one point and Howard had a chance to give Butler the lead after drawing a foul with 30.7 seconds left.

He missed his second free throw, then Walker missed a long pull-up jumper -- his eighth straight miss to that point -- forcing overtime.

'Walker was 1 of 10, and he's been such a clutch shooter for us,' Donovan said. 'When you get into those situations where the game is coming down to the wire like that and it's one-possession games, anything can happen.'

Butler initially took a 67-64 lead in the overtime on Ronald Nored's free throws, but Florida came back with a couple of clutch 3s. Boynton's tied it 67, then Walker finally hit his first field goal from 3 to put the Gators up 70-69.

That's when Mack responded with his big 3 that propelled Butler to its latest upset. It helped make up nicely for the Pittsburgh game, when his late foul nearly cost Butler a chance to move on.

'I feel incredibly good for Shelvin,' Howard said. 'If we would have lost on that play, he still scored 30 points and carried us. You can't fault him and say you lost us the game because he essentially won us the game. The kid's incredible. He really carries us at times. This is the type of player Shelvin is.'

Courtesy of www.boston.com


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Bellarmine 71, BYU-Hawaii 68: Bellarmine wins Division 2 title - by Eurobasket News
The celebration was on. Time to pose for pictures.

The Bellarmine University basketball players giddily gathered under a national championship banner for snapshots they'll talk about for generations. The Knights had just captured the NCAA Division II crown with a 71-68 victory over BYU-Hawaii on Saturday afternoon in the MassMutual Center.

'It's a surreal experience', senior swingman Justin Benedetti (6'7''-G) said. 'I don't know if it's settled in yet. I know down the road we're going to be talking about it in 20, 30 years amongst ourselves. It's an amazing feeling. It really is.'

The final hurdle might have been the most arduous for the Knights (33-2), who withstood a 35-point assault from BYU-Hawaii guard Nick Holmes (6'7''-F). It took senior forward Nick Holmes (6'7''-F) making the second of two free throws with 2.1 seconds left to all but secure the victory before a crowd of 2,906. The Seasiders (22-9) could not get a shot off before time expired.

Perhaps it was poetic justice. Two years ago Holmes was in a similar situation in a regional final at Findlay, Ohio. He missed the front end of a one-and-one with the Knights leading 75-73 and 27 seconds left in regulation. They lost to Findley in overtime and were denied a trip to the Elite Eight.

Now the final point of his college career had helped win a national championship.

'I went to the line, and Justin and Braydon Hobbs (6'5''-G) just gave me confidence, said Holmes, who suffered a punctured lung as a junior. Do your best. Whatever happens happens.' I missed the first one. I turned around and they gave me a couple of fist-pumps. They said, Knock it down.'

Every point was precious because Bellarmine had four turnovers in the final 2:37 and missed 3 of 6 free throws in the last minute (the Knights were an uncharacteristic 15 of 23 for the game). But BYU-Hawaii also struggled, with five turnovers in the final two minutes three by Chang, who was named Most Outstanding Player of the Elite Eight.

Still, the Seasiders had a chance to tie or take the lead after Jeremy Kendle (6'1''-G) made 1 of 2 free throws to give Bellarmine a 70-68 edge with nine seconds left. But Holmes blocked Chang's running jumper, grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 2.1 seconds left, leading to his final free throw.

'I told him it was just like another practice, Benedetti said. You're practicing your free throws. We have confidence in him like we have all year. It's all about trust. That's our motto for the year: trust.'

Bellarmine appeared to be on its way to its usual second-half surge when it moved ahead 66-60 on Benedetti's three-pointer with 4:37 left. But the Seasiders, coming off an upset of top-ranked and unbeaten West Liberty on Thursday, got within 66-65 on Junior Ale's three-pointer at the 2:37 mark. Another three from Heath Gameren cut it to 69-68 with 11 seconds left, setting up the frantic finish.

Chang, a 6-foot-4 junior, had 21 points in the first half. He hit 10 of his first 11 shots and finished 12 of 20.

With Chang's threat, the late turnovers and the missed free throws, Bellarmine couldn't breathe a sigh of relief until the final horn.

That last 30 seconds seemed like it took 30 minutes, Benedetti said.

Watching the drama unfold was coach Scott Davenport. Six years ago he left the University of Louisville, where he had been on staff for nine years under Denny Crum and Rick Pitino. Now he has a college national championship to add to the high school state title he won with Ballard in 1988.

This one didn't come easy.

Bellarmine raced out to an 18-9 lead, prompting a BYU-Hawaii timeout. The Seasiders gathered themselves behind Chang's hot shooting to take a 35-29 lead, but when he went to the bench with two fouls with less than five minutes left, the Knights bounced back.

They turned a one-point deficit into a four-point halftime lead by scoring five points in the final six seconds. Kendle drilled a three-pointer, then Hobbs stole the inbounds pass and fired the ball underneath to Benedetti, who scored and was fouled with nine-tenths of a second left. He missed the free throw, but the Knights led 47-43 at the break.

Bellarmine had five double-figure scorers, led by Kendle and sophomore Chris Dowe (6'2''-G) with 16 apiece. Benedetti added 15, and Hobbs and Luke Sprague (6'8''-F) had 10 each.

The Knights survived despite shooting 27.3 percent (6 of 22) in the second half after making 18 of 32 shots in the first. BYU-Hawaii was 17 of 35 in the first half but only 7 of 28 in the second.

I'm just proud because the championship was earned together, Davenport said. That's what we preached not just this year but in the six years we've been together. When I say together, everybody thinks it's because we pass the ball, but we won this game because we defended well together in the second half.

The season before Davenport arrived, the Knights finished 9-18 overall and 4-16 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Now they are champs.

This has come faster than I expected, Dowe said. Everyone has grown together.

This is probably the best moment of my whole basketball career, Hobbs said.

Courtesy of www.courier-journal.com


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DStv PBL All-Star Game: Savannah conference rally to 86-73 points win over Atlantic - by Olusegun Ikuesan
.......Usman crown MVP, Terry, Ikonshul also win

It was pay back time for the Atlantic conference at the 2010/2011 DStv Premier Basketball League All-Star Game as Savannah conference ran away with an 86-73 (24-19, 16-19, 23-17, 23-18) points victory at the Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday.

The Savannah conference coached by the duo of Coaches Sani Ahmed of Kano Pillars and Sani Turi of Kada Stars won three out of the four quarters to reclaim the All-Star Game title having lost by 82-93 points in the 2009/2010 season in kaduna.

Savannah conference and reigning DStv PBL most valuable player, Abubakar Usman led the floor with 32 points, 4 rebounds and two assists to retain the MVP tittle he won last year while his teammate Ibrahim Yusuf contributed 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists for the Savannah conference win of the night.

Mohammed Bukar led the Atlantic conference in scoring with 17 points with Azuoma Dike and Musa Usman contributing 14 and 11 points respectively.

The Three-Point shooting contest was won by Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi Combo-guard, Timothy Terry who scored 17 of the 25 balls within 60 seconds time allocated each of the contestants while Godwin Ikonshul of the Dodan Warriors basketball club displayed a rare skill with a superb dunk to win the Slam-Dunk contest with 48-point.

Managing Director of MultiChoice Nigeria, Joseph Hundah, praised the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) for making the ALL-STAR Weekend a permanent feature of the federation annual programme.

He reiterated the sponsor commitment to the continuous sponsorship and development of basketball in Nigeria.

The event was graced by top sports personalities with Dorector of Sport Development of the National Sports Commission, Al-Hassan Yakmut representing the NSC and the Sports Minister, Engineer Sani Ndanusa stood in for the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) family among other dignitaries.



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


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Standings - CBS
Apertura Standings
 1. P.Lefevre 2-1 
 2. Chepo 2-1 
 3. Rio Abajo 1-1 
 4. San Miguelito 1-1 
 5. Calidonia 1-2 
 6. Oeste 1-2 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Quinnel BROWN
  Quebec K.
  (198-G/F-83)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Brown, Quebec K.21.1 
 2. Anderson, Saint J.19.7 
 3. Jones, Kentucky S.19.6 
 4. Egerson, Saint J.18.9 
 5. Dollard, Halifax R.17.8 
 6. Parran, Quebec K.17.5 
 7. Friel, Rochester R.15.3 
 8. Perry, Dayton A.15.1 
 9. Monroe, Rocheste.14.7 
 10. Mercer, Halifax R.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11
 1. Crookshank, Halif.11.0 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC8.6 
 3. Williams, Rocheste.8.5 
 4. Sowell, Dayton A.8.3 
 5. Dollard, Halifax R.8.3 
 6. Jones, Kentucky S.8.2 
 7. Walton, Rocheste.8.1 
 8. Brown, Quebec K.7.8 
 9. Harris, Kentucky S.7.5 
 10. Jones, Halifax R.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Parran, Quebec K.7.2 
 2. Rice, Saint J.6.2 
 3. Brown, Halifax R.6.2 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.5.0 
 5. Bowden, Lawton F.4.4 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.3.9 
 7. Acker, Quebec K.3.7 
 8. Taylor, Dayton A.3.7 
 9. Egerson, Saint J.3.6 
 10. McLeish, Kentucky.3.1 
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. Brown, Quebec K.1.9 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.1.8 
 5. Taylor, Dayton A.1.6 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.1.5 
 7. Monroe, Rocheste.1.4 
 8. Council, Rocheste.1.3 
 9. Dean, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 10. Martin, Saint J.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared CARTER
  Rochester R.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Carter, Rocheste.1.8 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.5 
 3. Crookshank, Halif.1.2 
 4. Pierre, Quebec K.1.1 
 5. Ocitti, Saint J.1.1 
 6. Daniels, Lawton F.0.9 
 7. DeMasi, Saint J.0.8 
 8. Harris, Kentucky S.0.8 
 9. Dollard, Halifax R.0.7 
 10. Jones, Halifax R.0.6 


Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Lawton Ft.SC 18-2 
 2. Quebec K. 13-7 
 3. Rochester R. 12-8 
 4. Halifax R. 10-8 
 5. Saint John M.R. 8-10 
 6. Kentucky S. 6-14 
 7. Dayton A. 3-18 
 8. Vermont FH 2-5 


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Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Michal JANKOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Jankowski, Polonia .17.7 
 2. Pacocha, AZS S.17.5 
 3. Witos, GKS Tychy17.4 
 4. Jarecki, GKS Tychy16.3 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .16.0 
 7. Lichodzijews., ISS S.15.8 
 8. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 9. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.15.0 
 10. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.8 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS S.9.0 
 3. Mielczarek, AZS S.8.6 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.4 
 5. Wilczek, Sokol Lancut7.9 
 6. Mis, SKK Siedlce7.9 
 7. Luszczewski, Start L.7.7 
 8. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.7 
 9. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.7 
 10. Lisewski, MMKS D.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.3 
 2. Brek, SKK Siedlce5.9 
 3. Wilczek, Tempcold.5.8 
 4. Stoklosa, Spojnia5.0 
 5. Sikora, Start Lublin5.0 
 6. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 7. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.8 
 8. Basinski, MMKS D.4.6 
 9. Kowalski, Gornik4.5 
 10. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.8 
 3. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.7 
 4. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.7 
 5. Muszynski, Gornik2.6 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .2.5 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.5 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.4 
 9. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.2 
 10. Sikora, Start Lublin2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.5 
 2. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.5 
 3. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.5 
 4. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.4 
 5. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.1 
 6. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.1 
 7. Bzdyra, GKS Tychy1.0 
 8. Pytys, AZS Szczecin0.9 
 9. Salamonik, LKS L.0.9 
 10. Czyz, SKK Siedlce0.9 


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Asseco Prokom 17-5 
 2. PGE Turow 15-7 
 3. Trefl Sopot 14-8 
 4. Energa Czarni 14-8 
 5. Polpharma 11-11 
 6. Anwil 11-11 
 7. PBG Basket 10-12 
 8. AZS Koszalin 10-12 
 9. Zastal 9-13 
 10. Polonia Azbud 9-13 
 11. SKK Kotwica 8-14 
 12. Siarka 4-18 


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Tempcold AZS 24-6 
 2. MMKS DG 23-7 
 3. Rosasport 22-8 
 4. Sokol Lancut 21-9 
 5. ISS Sportino 21-9 
 6. LKS Lodz 20-10 
 7. Asec.Prokom-2 19-11 
 8. Spojnia 15-15 
 9. Znicz Basket 14-16 
 10. SKK Siedlce 12-18 
 11. AZS Szczecin 11-19 
 12. Start Lublin 10-20 
 13. GKS Tychy 8-22 
 14. Astoria 7-23 
 15. Gornik 7-23 
 16. Polonia 2011 6-24 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.4 
 2. Frazier, AZS K.17.2 
 3. Reese, AZS Koszalin17.0 
 4. Hodge, Zastal17.0 
 5. Hinson, Polonia Azbud16.3 
 6. Bennerman, Energa C.14.5 
 7. NaNa, Polonia Azbud14.4 
 8. Miller, PBG Basket14.3 
 9. Goffney, Siarka14.1 
 10. Harris, SKK K.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.4 
 2. Truscott, Siarka9.9 
 3. Burgess, Zastal9.4 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.3 
 5. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.0 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.0 
 7. Reynolds, AZS K.6.9 
 8. Archibeque, Polph.6.6 
 9. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.5 
 10. Miller, Anwil6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MILICIC
  AZS Koszalin
  (194-G-76)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Milicic, AZS K.6.8 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.6.6 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.9 
 4. Hodge, Zastal5.1 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.5.1 
 6. Szubarga, Asseco P.