EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/31/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Josip Vrankovic returns to the helm of Cibona - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Croatian media, Cibona has found a replacement for Drazen Anzulovic (agency: Beo Basket ). Reportedly, Josip Vrankovic (agency: Agency No 10 ) is set to return for his second stint as Cibona Head Coach, having previously worked at the club in 2007. Vrankovic is expected to take over the club immediately and will make his 'debut' when Cibona takes on Cedevita.
After long and successful playing career, Josip Vrankovic took helm of Siroki at the start of 2006-2007 season. However he was let go by the club in February of 2007. Following season he was appointed as Head Coach of BC Cibona Zagreb. Vrankovic left Cibona that same season in December of 2007. He than returned for second stint with BC Siroki in 2008 and was more successful this time as he led Siroki to National Title. In 2008, Vrankovic took over Croatia B National Team and has taken them to Mediterranean Games in 2009. Last year he was promoted to HC of Croatia Senior National Team and has participated at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey.


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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 20
 1. Jackson, La Union20.0 
 2. Bunn, Argentino19.7 
 3. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.2 
 4. Meyinsse, Club 916.7 
 5. Johnson, Monte H.16.6 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.4 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.16.2 
 8. Taylor, Lanus15.3 
 9. Salles, Monte H.15.1 
 10. White, Monte H.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.1 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.10.1 
 3. Battle, Libertad S.9.1 
 4. Rollins, Gimnasia.8.8 
 5. Williams, Atenas8.4 
 6. Kante, Olimpico LB8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.1 
 8. Alston, Boca Jrs7.6 
 9. Leiva, Penarol7.5 
 10. Okosa, Gimnasia CR7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.7.1 
 2. Martinez, Regat.6.2 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.3 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.5 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.2 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.6 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.4 
 9. Victoriano, Lanus3.1 
 10. Sartorelli, Argentino3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.4 
 2. Sciutto, Monte H.2.6 
 3. Martinez, Regat.2.6 
 4. Salles, Monte H.2.5 
 5. Labaque, Atenas2.4 
 6. Cequeira, Obras2.4 
 7. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 8. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 9. Selleaze, Libertad S.2.3 
 10. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Battle, Libertad S.2.1 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.9 
 9. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 10. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.7 


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  BAHRAIN   


GCC Games dates approved - by Yousef Ahmed


BAHRAIN will host the First GCC Games between October 11 and 22, it was announced yesterday.

The decision was announced after the 68th GCC Olympic Committees' Executive Committee meeting in Abu Dhabi, which was part of the 25th congress of the GCC Olympic Committees.

Executive Committee representatives from all over the Gulf region reviewed Bahrain's preparations to host the first edition of the GCC Games, which was due to take place next month but has been postponed.

Bahrain Olympic Committee's (BOC) general secretary Shaikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa chaired the Bahrain's delegation at yesterday's meeting, during which other several key issues were highlighted.

The committee agreed to take their efforts a step further in boosting programmes being organised by the Regional Anti-Doping Organisation.

Meanwhile, the UAE capital is also hosting GCC Youth and Sports Ministers meeting and the GCC Youth and Sports Ministers' Undersecretaries meeting.

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports' general secretary Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa will head the Bahrain delegation at the GCC Youth and Sports Ministers' meeting, scheduled for today.

That will be followed by the GCC Youth and Sports Ministers' Undersecretaries meeting tomorrow, to be attended by General Organisation for Youth and Sports' president Hisham Al Jowdar.

Source GDN Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011



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  BELGIUM   


BC Oostende advanced to EuroChallenge Final Four - by Eurobasket News
BC Oostende-BK Ventspils 70:63

BC Oostende advanced to EuroChallenge Final Four as the team became the least to join Lokomotiv, Krka and Spartak Sp. The Belgian team needed 70:63 win over BK Ventspils to win the Quarterfinal series 2-1.
It was a tough start and both teams knew each other well. The guests took the early lead, but BC Oostende won the first period 18:9. Pelle increased to 20:10, while Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) nailed three for 26:23. Moreover Anderson brought the lead back to the Baltic state at 28:27. Ebong and Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) meanwhile ensured 31:28 at the halftime. The third quarter became decisive in the game as the hosts looked great in the court. They needed 17-11 to take 48:39 advantage after 30 minutes. When Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) scored few points in a row for 60:44 it became clear about the winner. Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) later scored 6 points in a row for his side to give them 68:61 with 40 seconds to go. Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) and Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) reduced to 68:63, but Caleb Green made a dunk at the every end for the final success.
Caleb Green stepped up with 20 points for the winners to take the semifinal spot. Darrel Mitchell and Matt Lojeski followed him with 15 points apiece. Brandon Hunter respodned with 16 points in the losing case, while Oritseweyinmi Efejuku and Arturs Berzins added 12 each.

BC Oostende: Caleb Green 20, Darrel Mitchell 15, Matt Lojeski 15
BK Ventspils: Brandon Hunter 16, Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 12, Arturs Berzins 12



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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Stage Two Standings
League 6
 1. Igokea 2-0 
 2. Borac Nektar 1-0 
 3. Mladost 1-1 
 4. Siroki TT 1-1 
 5. Bosna 0-1 
 6. Capljina 0-2 
Places 7-15
 1. Zrinjski HT 15-9 
 2. Sloboda Dita 14-10 
 3. Hercegovac 13-11 
 4. SL IAT Leotar 12-12 
 5. Celik 10-14 
 6. Varda HE 9-15 
 7. Brotnjo 7-17 
 8. Kakanj 7-17 
 9. Slavija 2-22 
Stage One Standings


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  APOEL
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.9 
 2. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.4 
 3. Rahimic, Bosna17.2 
 4. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 5. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 6. Kahrimanovic, Kak.16.9 
 7. Sakic, Zrinjski HT16.7 
 8. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 9. Gajovic, Hercegovac16.3 
 10. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Jedinstvo
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.0 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.6 
 3. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 4. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 5. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 6. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.7 
 7. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.4 
 8. Markovic, Varda HE6.4 
 9. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.2 
 10. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Lalic, Hercegovac6.0 
 3. Pasalic, Bosna4.7 
 4. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 5. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 6. Markovic, Varda HE3.5 
 7. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.5 
 8. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 9. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.3 
 10. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Lalic, Hercegovac2.8 
 3. Adamovic, Borac N.2.6 
 4. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 5. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.3 
 6. Vranjes, Borac N.2.1 
 7. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 8. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 9. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.7 
 10. Komatina, Mladost1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 2. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 3. Zimic, Bosna1.6 
 4. Brkic, Capljina0.8 
 5. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 6. Pelkic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 7. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 8. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 
 9. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.7 
 10. Duranovic, Mladost0.7 


Filip Vukosavljevic signs with Capljina - by Eurobasket News
Capljina came up with the new signing. After bringing in Stefan Fekete (188-G-86, agency: Beo Basket), the team has inked a deal with Filip Vukosavljevic (206-C-83) for rest of the season. Vukosavljevic so far played at Cyprus but has jumped at the opportunity to help Capljina contend in Bosnian League 6. Capljina has already enjoyed successful season as they made it to the National Cup Finals and have managed to qualify for League 6 which was not expected at the beginning of the season. Vukosavljevic is expected to join his new teammates in the coming days.
Filip Vukosavljevic signed with Proleter Naftagas at the start of 2007-2008 season. He helped the team gain promotion from Serbian B League to Serbian A league in two seasons. In 2009, he led Proleter with 16.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in 26 league games. In March of 2010, Vukosavljevic was signed by Borac Cacak where in 13 games he posted averages of 14.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. At the start of this season, Vukosavljevic moved to Cyprus where he signed for AEK Larnacas.


Siroki inks Zeljko Sakic - by Eurobasket News
Siroki brought in a new player. The reigning Bosnian champion reached an agreement for rest of the season with Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88). The 22-year-old Sakic played so far for Zrinjski where he averaged 16.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game (Bosnian league). He is expected to be great reinforcement for Siroki who will be defending the National Title they won last year.
Zeljko Sakic started his career with Cibona junior Team. He made his professional debut during 2006-2007 season when he was loaned to A2 outfit Kapitol Zagreb. Following season he signed with Dubrava Zagreb. In their first season together, Sakic averaged 11.1 points and 2.9 rebounds. He continued his improvement next season when he upped his averages to 15.2 points and 5.7 rebounds. In 2009/10, Sakic led Dubrava with 14.6 points per game and 7.2 rebounds. This season he moved to Zrinjski in Bosnian D1 league.


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  BULGARIA   


Al Ahly adds Naydenov to their roster - by Eurobasket
Al Ahly added to their roster 30-year old Bulgarian former international swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Naydenov played most recently at Chernomorets Burgas (Bulgaria). While playing 17 games for Chernomorets this season he averaged 16.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg. Naydenov is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bulgaria, France, Italy and Sweden.


Lukoil Academic out of FIBA EuroChallenge tournament - by Christomir Rackov
Lukoil Academic is out of FIBA EuroChallenge. The team lost the third and deciding 1/4 final game away to Krka Novo mesto 69-71 and lost in this round. Thanks to this win Krka advanced to Final 4 while the Bulgarian champs are out of the competition.
Lukoil had the lead for most of the game, but at times Krka was in front as well. The hosts took a 64-63 lead with 3.30 minutes to play. The last possessions of the game were very dramatic but unfortunately Lukoil couldn't hold on at the end and lost.
Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) had 20 points and 7 rebounds for the Bulgarian team while Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) added 16 points.


Krka edged Lukoil Academic in the decisive third game of the EurioChallenge Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Krka-Lukoil Academic 71:69

Krka edged Lukoil Academic in the decisive third game of the EurioChallenge Quarterfinals to clinched the semifinal spot in the tournament. The last period brought the necessary 71:69 win, while Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) missed a potential game-winning three-pointer in the last seconds for the visitors.
The guests easily grabbed 8-0 run from the start to shock the Slovenian team. More than 2400 fans saw a great comeback as the hosts tied the game at 15:15 at the end of 10 minutes. Krivec nailed three for the first lead and then however Lukoil took the lead again. Brandon Heath and Djordjevic exchanged the free throws for 31:29 at the halftime. Lukoil also looked better in the third period and after 20-20 in it saved 2-point advantage. Peterson made it 61:55 with less than 6 minutes to go. Booker and Jure Balazic (204-F-80) brought the hosts 66:63 and Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) scored for 70:67 with 16 seconds to play. Brandon Heath first scored a jump shot but then missed a potential game-winning three-pointer in the last seconds for the visitors.
Goran Ikonic paced all the winners with 17 points for the tremendous success. Jure Balazic netted 12, while Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) added 10. Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort. Brandon Heath notched 16, whilst Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) scored 11.

Krka: Goran Ikonic 17, Jure Balazic 12, Zoran Dragic 10
Lukoil Academic: Devin Green 20, Brandon Heath 16, Bruno Sundov 11



Bulgarian Basketball is mourning - by Maria Mitzova
Bulgarian basketball community is in mourning, after the Chairman of the Bulgarian Basketball Federation (BFB) Mihail Mihov died at the age of 47. The reason of his sudden death is a massive heart attack.

Mihov has been on the job since 2008, and under his ruling the Men National Team already qualified for two consecutive Eurobasket campaigns.

All the basketball people in Bulgaria have been shocked with the news, which broke out midday on Tuesday.

Mihov has spent long years working for basketball, loving the game.

On the same day, the earth path ended for one on Bulgarias brightest basketball persons - former international player and Olympic Games medalist Krassimira Gjurova. She fought hard with an illness for the last years, but passed away at the age of 57.

May their souls rest in peace!


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  CHILE   


Copa Chile Basketball finally organized - by Rodrigo Hunrichse
Copa Chile Basketball finally organized

Starting April 16 until July 10, 30+ teams were accepted. The schedules are to be informed soon.

The Groupings are:
A Group (South):
Club Osorno Basquetbol (Osorno), Espanol Osorno (Osorno), Club Deportivo Valdivia (Valdivia), Las Club Deportes Las Animas (Valdivia) and Universidad Central (Valdivia).

B Group (Centre South):
UDECONCE (Concepcion), Aleman de Concepcion (Concepcion), Deportivo Chillan (Chillan) and Espanol de Deportivo Espanol de Talca (Deportivo Espanol de Talca).

Centre Zone:
Group C
Boston College Santiago (Maipu), Club Stadio Italiano de Santiago, Pedro Aguirre Cerda (PAC), Sergio Ceppi and Vocacional de Conchali.

Group D
Universidad Catolica Santiago, Universidad de Chile, Apacemb de Curacavi, INBA, Palestino and Estadio Manquehue.

Group E
Municipal Deportivo Puente Alto Santiago, Estadio Espanol[Las Condes], Sabuesos, Brisas and The Shadows.

Group F
Providencia, Usach, Estrella Molina de Quinta Normal, Cefiro Puente Alto and Arabe de Rancagua.


North Zone
Group G
Liceo Mixto Los Andes, Arturo Prat San Felipe, Arabe San Felipe and Salamanca.

The games will be televised (two live a week) through Pay-TV Movistar in Canal del Deporte Olimpico.

Other informed teams are not sorted in the Official statement:
Universidad Central (Santiago)
Los Leones (Quilpue).
Rodrigo Hunrichse, 20110330.




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  CHINA   


Dongguan Beats Zhejiang Lions to Win Playoff Series 3-1 - by Arthur Volbert
Akognon Josh-Emmanuel (180-G-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) scored 43 points as Dongguan rallied 32-19 in the fourth quarter and defeated the Zhejiang Lions 97-89. The victory gave Dongguan a 3-1 victory in its first round CBA playoff series. Dongguan will play Guangdong on Sunday, April 3, while Jiangsu faces Xinjiang in the playoff semi-finals.

Dongguan won despite missing 211 cm star Zhang Kai, who is out with an ankle injury. His role was taken by 19-year-old Sun Tonglin, another candidate for the U-19 team, who had only 5 points but grabbed 14 rebounds and had 2 blocks. Recently added 211 cm import Courtney Simms had 20 points and 15 rebounds along with 3 blocks. Meng Duo and Qiu Biao each added 8 points.

Peter John Ramos had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks for Zhejiang. Wang Bo had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Lin Chih-Chieh had 15 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Zhang Wei had 11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks. Xue Yuyang had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Walker Russell had another underwhelming performance with 8 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists in 29 minutes.



CBA Semi-Finals - by Robert Wang
4 teams qualified CBA semi-finals till tonight. Guang sha team played against Dong guan team tonight and make the result at 89:97. So, dong guan goes to the semi-finals against guang dong team at the same city and Xin Jiang will meet Jiang su. Peter Ramos got 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 block shots. Lin zhi Jie received 15 points and 4 rebounds. Wang bo got 16 points and 10 rebounds. Xue Yu Yang got 10 points and 4 rebounds. Courtney Sims form Dong Guan team received 20 points and 15 rebounds. Josh AK got 43 points and 3 rebounds. Josh made 7-17 s-points.

CBA Round 4 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
DongGuan - Zhejiang G.L. 97-89

The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 32-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game and advanced to the Semifinals. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when DongGuan Leopards made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording 43 points (!!!). American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. DongGuan Leopards' coach Brian Goorjian used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Bo Wang (202-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) added 23 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Four Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
DongGuan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 43+3reb+2ast, S.Courtney 20+15reb, Q.Biao 8+2reb+1ast, P.Duo 8+5reb+2ast, G.QuAn 5+2reb, S.TongLin 5+14reb+2ast
Zhejiang G.L.: R.Peter John 23+6reb+1ast, W.Bo 16+10reb+4ast, L.Chih-Chieh 15+4reb+4ast, Z.Wei 11+6reb+3ast, X.YuYang 10+4reb, R.Walker 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 125228




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, DongGuan28.9 
 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.13.9 
 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. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
 8. Hamilton, TianJ.4.9 
 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. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 5. Hudson, Guandong2.8 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.5 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.4 
 8. Pickett, Jilin2.3 
 9. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
 10. Emmett, Fujian2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 3. Zhang, Shanghai1.8 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 5. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 6. Jones, Fujian1.6 
 7. Morris, Beijing1.6 
 8. Haislip, Guandong1.6 
 9. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 


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  CROATIA   


Petar Cosic signs with Prigorje Financije Krizevci - by Eurobasket News
Prigorje Financije Krizevci has continued with reinforcement of its roster in their attempt to gain promotion to Croatian A1 league. After recently bringing in Ivan Opacak (202-F-80) and Rudolf Jugo as Head Coach, Prigorje has added another experienced player. According to the reports from Croatian media, Petar Cosic (186-G-85, agency: Interperformances) has agreed a deal with the club. Cosic started this season as member of Svjetlost but in January of 2011 he moved to Slovakian outfit Istra Svit. Now it seems that he is ready to help Prigorje achieve their goal of promotion and is expected to join his new teammates soon.
Petar Cosic is a product of Svjetlost youth system and has made his professional debut in 2001. Five years later Cosic moved to France where he signed for Etendard de Brest. In 17 games, Cosic posted averages of 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds. Cosic also played for the likes of BC Split, Zabok and Dubrava prior to returning to Svjetlost at the start of last season. In his second stint with the club he averaged 13.7 points and 3.7 assists in 29 games.


Josip Vrankovic returns to the helm of Cibona - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Croatian media, Cibona has found a replacement for Drazen Anzulovic (agency: Beo Basket ). Reportedly, Josip Vrankovic (agency: Agency No 10 ) is set to return for his second stint as Cibona Head Coach, having previously worked at the club in 2007. Vrankovic is expected to take over the club immediately and will make his 'debut' when Cibona takes on Cedevita.
After long and successful playing career, Josip Vrankovic took helm of Siroki at the start of 2006-2007 season. However he was let go by the club in February of 2007. Following season he was appointed as Head Coach of BC Cibona Zagreb. Vrankovic left Cibona that same season in December of 2007. He than returned for second stint with BC Siroki in 2008 and was more successful this time as he led Siroki to National Title. In 2008, Vrankovic took over Croatia B National Team and has taken them to Mediterranean Games in 2009. Last year he was promoted to HC of Croatia Senior National Team and has participated at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey.


Cedevita shock Estudiantes in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes - Cedevita 72:81

Cedevita stunned almost 14,000 spectators at the Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid tonight. The Croatian team came up with a big road win over Estudinates to seal their EuroCup Final Four birth. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) came up with 24 points, 11 boards and 3 assists to carry Cedevita to the victory.
Cedevita entered the game having a 9-point cushion from the home clash. But Estudiantes showed their ambitions in the opening minutes. The hosts grabbed a 10:3 lead early on. Estudiantes kept the fans on their feet gaining a 14:6 advantage but Cedevita gradually came back to life and eventually erased the deficit. Bracey Wright gave the visitors 26:25 lead after ten minutes. Estudiantes pulled back in front in the second term but not for too long. Bracey Wright organized a 7:0 rally that gave Cedevita a 37:36 lead. Estudiantes put their noses in front once again and took a 42:41 lead at halftime. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) and Princ silenced the Spanish crowd midway through the third stanza as Cedevita piled up a 57:51 lead. Estudiantes got closer but faced a bitter 57:60 deficit with just ten minutes to go. The visitors quickly boosted the lead to 6 points and though Estudiantes managed to get as close as two points Cedevita rolled comfortably to the victory at the end. Vedran Vukusic produced 15 points, while Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) had 13 in the win. Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) and German Gabriel (207-C-80) replied with 12 points apiece. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) finished with 11 points in defeat.

Estudiantes: Pancho Jasen 12, German Gabriel 12, Tyrone Ellis 11
Cedevita: Bracey Wright 24+11 boards, Vedran Vukusic 15, Dontaye Draper 13




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  CYPRUS   


The 2 year-champions will not have the chance to defend their title - Etha advances at the final - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

The two year champions will not have the chance to defend their title as the dudiciary committee gives the victory of the 3rd game of the semi-final to Etha.

Etha advances for the 1st time of the club's history at the league's final.

We need to say that Etha was a great contender all year long and fought Apoel equally at the semi-final. For this we need to congratulate the current cup-winners.

Apoel

We believe that the 2-year champions deserve a fair mention.

Apoel will not have the chance to defend its title but a deeper look in this year's league notes that the season was not so bad for Apoel.

Lets take things from the beginning.

Originally, everybody believed Apoel would not make it through this year because of its financial problems.

In the opening game of the season Apoel appeared and won the super cup. This was considered a great achievement at the time because it had only 8 players in its roster and only 3 weeks of practice and won it against a competitive team as it is Keravnos. Everybody remembers Charron Fisher giving an excellent game finishing with 41 pts.

Out of a sudden the season started look promising for Apoel. When it seemed that Apoel had found a great scorer, Fisher was injured and the news said he was going to lose the rest of the season. Apoel appeared to battle against Enad with practically 7 players and against Achilleas in Kaimakli with 8, and won, something not easy to succeed.

Fisher was replaced by the promising Kevin Tiggs and then Buljan Zvonko was also added in the team. Suddenly everybody started referring to Apoel as the favorite for the title.
After that Apoel spend the rest of the season in courts trying to get permission for Arthur Lee to play. Lee was forbidden to play just before game 6 of the 1st round. The team deprived his services for a whole round (9 games).

In all that, Apoel managed to finish 1st in the regular season securing a home court advantage at the playoffs.

And while it was preparing for the semi-final, the center of the team, Vitas Augustinas, was injured and replaced by Lalovic Boris just before Apoel's 1st game at the semi-final.

Considering all the above circumstances and the budget constraints the season was not so bad for Apoel.

Eurobasket.com needs to congratulate team's technical team, head coach Giannis Christopoulos and assistants Nicos Lambrias and Michalis Matsendides who despite all the difficulties have methodically set up a competitive team that gave its best all year long. And all this within a tight budget.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 4-0 
 2. BK Prostejov 4-1 
 3. BK Pardubice 3-2 
 4. NH Ostrava 1-3 
 5. BK Decin 1-4 
 6. Novy Jicin 1-4 
A2
 1. B&W Opava 16-11 
 2. BC Kolin 13-14 
 3. USK Praha 9-18 
 4. Basketbol Brno 8-19 
 5. Svitavy 7-20 
 6. Plzen 3-24 


NBL Round 7: CEZ Nymburk edges Novy Jicin by three points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 7 in the NBL took place in Nymburk. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Novy Jicin (1-4) to leader CEZ Nymburk (4-0) 86-83 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Novy Jicin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) fired 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Israeli-French guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points and 8 assists. Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic (205-78) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. CEZ Nymburk have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place in A1 with 4-0 record. Novy Jicin at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with BK Decin. CEZ Nymburk are looking forward to face BK Decin (#5) at home in the next round. Novy Jicin will play against BK Pardubice and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Ostrava. Sixth ranked NH Ostrava (1-3) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 4th placed BK Decin (1-4) 66-65 in the fight for the fourth place. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dwight Burke (203-86, college: Marquette) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 5 rebounds. Adam Ciz contributed with 15 points for the winners. International forward Pavel Houska (201-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for BK Decin. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. NH Ostrava left bottom position moving up to fourth place in A1. It was BK Decin's fourth loss in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Novy Jicin. NH Ostrava will play against league's second-placed BK Prostejov at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Decin will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk to get more than just one victory in their record.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Prostejov. Third ranked BK Prostejov faced their biggest opponent BK Pardubice. Host BK Prostejov (4-1) defeated guests from Pardubice (3-2) 84-74. It was a key game for the second position in A1. It was a great evening for Andrius Slezas who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points. At the losing side Maurice Hampton responded with 23 points. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BK Prostejov have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in A1. Loser BK Pardubice dropped to the third position with two games lost. BK Prostejov will meet NH Ostrava (#4) on the road in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against Novy Jicin in Novy Jicin and hope to secure a win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Praha. First ranked B&W Opava faced 3rd placed USK Praha. Guests from Opava (16-11) defeated host USK Praha (9-18) 73-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of USK Praha. It was an exceptional evening for Marek Stec who led the winners and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. B&W Opava have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place in A2 with 16-11 record. USK Praha at the other side keeps the third position with 18 games lost. B&W Opava's next round opponent will be Lokomotiva Plzen (#6) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. USK Praha will play against Basketbal Svitavy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Plzen supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Basketbol Brno (8-19) played at the court of 6th ranked Lokomotiva Plzen (3-24). Basketbol Brno smashed Lokomotiva Plzen 93-70 on Wednesday. Sebastien Maio fired 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Basketbol Brno maintains fourth place in A2 with 8-19 record. Lokomotiva Plzen lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 24 games lost. Basketbol Brno will face league's second-placed BC Kolin at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lokomotiva Plzen will play against the league's leader B&W Opava (#1).

In the last game of round 7 In A2 Svitavy was defeated by BC Kolin in a road game 89-81.



Group A1
BK Prostejov - BK Pardubice 84-74

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Prostejov. Third ranked BK Prostejov faced their biggest opponent BK Pardubice. Host BK Prostejov (4-1) defeated guests from Pardubice (3-2) 84-74. It was a key game for the second position in A1. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BK Prostejov made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Lithuanian forward Andrius Slezas (200-75) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points. Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-86, college: N.Arizona) helped adding 8 points and 13 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St.) responded with 23 points and the other American import power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BK Prostejov have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in A1. Loser BK Pardubice dropped to the third position with two games lost. BK Prostejov will meet NH Ostrava (#4) on the road in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against Novy Jicin in Novy Jicin and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: M.Hampton 23+3reb+1ast, M.Arnold 15+9reb+1ast, M.Marek 7+2reb+1ast, M.Sykora 7+2reb, P.Milos 6+1reb+1ast, Z.Pospisil 6+3reb
BK Prostejov: A.Slezas 21+4reb+2ast, J.Prasil 15, D.Marek 11+1ast, B.Veikalas 10+1reb, B.Cadri-Nicholson 8+8reb, K.Landry 8+13reb+1ast
gschID: 122254


NH Ostrava - BK Decin 66-65

Important game to mention about took place in Ostrava. Sixth ranked NH Ostrava (1-3) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 4th placed BK Decin (1-4) 66-65 in the fight for the fourth place. BK Decin was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 21-8 third quarter run of NH Ostrava. They made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. BK Decin was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dwight Burke (203-86, college: Marquette) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Adam Ciz (190-91) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Burke is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. International forward Pavel Houska (201-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BK Decin. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. NH Ostrava left bottom position moving up to fourth place in A1. It was BK Decin's fourth loss in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Novy Jicin. NH Ostrava will play against league's second-placed BK Prostejov at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Decin will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Houska 21+10reb+2ast, L.Sanders 13+5reb+1ast, W.Hatcher 10+3reb+3ast, J.Houska 6+7reb+1ast, A.Alic 6+2reb, M.Soukup 3+3reb+2ast
NH Ostrava: A.Ciz 15+1ast, D.Burke 11+5reb+1ast, M.Stuchly 8+4reb, A.Mason 7+4reb+1ast, J.Stehlik 7, M.Gniadek 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 122255


CEZ Nymburk - Novy Jicin 86-83

The most exciting game of round 7 in the NBL took place in Nymburk. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Novy Jicin (1-4) to leader CEZ Nymburk (4-0) 86-83 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Novy Jicin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) fired 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Israeli-French guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points and 8 assists. Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic (205-78) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Five CEZ Nymburk and four Novy Jicin players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. CEZ Nymburk have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place in A1 with 4-0 record. Novy Jicin at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with BK Decin. CEZ Nymburk are looking forward to face BK Decin (#5) at home in the next round. Novy Jicin will play against BK Pardubice and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: R.Sarovic 17+6reb+1ast, C.Muirhead 15+3reb+1ast, W.Channels 15+3reb+3ast, V.Peciukas 13+2reb+1ast, E.Ubilla 7+3reb+1ast, D.Steffel 4+3reb
CEZ Nymburk: P.Benda 20+7reb+1ast, C.Simmons 17+7reb+2ast, A.Nissim 15+4reb+8ast, P.Slezak 13+2reb+1ast, M.Kremen 12+3reb+1ast, L.Sokolovsky 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 122256


Group A2
USK Praha - B&W Opava 65-73

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Praha. First ranked B&W Opava faced 3rd placed USK Praha. Guests from Opava (16-11) defeated host USK Praha (9-18) 73-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of USK Praha. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 17-12 USK Praha's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 73-65 at the end of the game. It was an exceptional evening for Slovakian guard Marek Stec (193-80, college: Jacksonville JC) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. Bosnian-Slovenian center Milan Bjegovic (211-81) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds and international forward Lukas Kotas (194-84) added 17 points respectively for USK Praha in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. B&W Opava have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place in A2 with 16-11 record. USK Praha at the other side keeps the third position with 18 games lost. B&W Opava's next round opponent will be Lokomotiva Plzen (#6) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. USK Praha will play against Basketbal Svitavy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: L.Kotas 17+4reb+2ast, M.Bjegovic 16+8reb+1ast, T.Vyoral 11+3reb+2ast, V.Hruban 7+5reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 5+1reb+1ast, M.Mares 5
B&W Opava: M.Stec 18+5reb+3ast, J.Blazek 16+3reb+1ast, O.Dygryn 8+1reb+1ast, J.Kratochvil 6+9reb+1ast, M.Vanak 6+1reb+1ast, R.Klecka 5
gschID: 122238


BC Kolin - Svitavy 89-81

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (7-20) was defeated on the road by second ranked BC Kolin (13-14) 89-81 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Basketbal Svitavy won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Kolin made 32-of-39 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game, while Basketbal Svitavy only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded Basketbal Svitavy 43-31 including 28 on the offensive glass. Basketbal Svitavy was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward David Machac (204-80) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in 22 points. Power forward Ladislav Horak (205-86) produced 21 points and American guard Ravone George (193-83, college: Alabama) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Basketbal Svitavy's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BC Kolin maintains second place in A2 with 13-14 record having just three points less than leader B&W Opava. Newly promoted Basketbal Svitavy keeps the fifth position with 20 games lost. BC Kolin will face Basketbol Brno (#4) on the road in the next round. Basketbal Svitavy will play against USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: L.Horak 21+4reb+3ast, R.George 18+2reb+3ast, J.Spacek 10+4reb+1ast, B.Meno 10+11reb, P.Harcar 9+4reb, R.Kramny 6+2reb
BC Kolin: T.Smith 22+3reb+3ast, R.Field 21+5reb, D.Machac 20+12reb, R.Marko 11+6reb+5ast, B.Jones 6+8reb+3ast, P.Hemmy 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 122239


Plzen - Basketbol Brno 70-93

The game in Plzen supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Basketbol Brno (8-19) played at the court of 6th ranked Lokomotiva Plzen (3-24). Basketbol Brno smashed Lokomotiva Plzen 93-70 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 23 points. Basketbol Brno made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Basketbol Brno outrebounded Lokomotiva Plzen 39-22 including 21 on the offensive glass. Belgian guard Sebastien Maio (190-78) fired 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Michal Norwa (201-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Four Basketbol Brno players scored in double figures. The former international guard Stepan Vrubl (186-76) produced 13 points and 8 assists and forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Basketbol Brno maintains fourth place in A2 with 8-19 record. Lokomotiva Plzen lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 24 games lost. Basketbol Brno will face league's second-placed BC Kolin at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lokomotiva Plzen will play against the league's leader B&W Opava (#1).
Top scorers:
Plzen: L.Pecka 14+5reb+1ast, S.Vrubl 13+2reb+8ast, M.Soukup 12+1ast, P.Novak 9+2reb, T.Kubiznak 8+3reb+1ast, J.Suchy 6+3reb+1ast
Basketbol Brno: S.Reinberger 22+3reb+1ast, S.Maio 20+7reb+4ast, M.Norwa 12+13reb+1ast, S.Castleberry 12+6reb, E.Holloway 11+1ast, D.Gajdosik 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 122237




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.5 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.15.4 
 3. Burke, NH Ostrava15.2 
 4. Horak, Svitavy15.0 
 5. Kotas, USK Praha14.7 
 6. Hatcher, BK Decin14.5 
 7. Houska, BK Decin14.4 
 8. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.4 
 9. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.2 
 10. Slezas, BK Prost.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava8.9 
 3. Houska, BK Decin8.9 
 4. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.3 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.8.3 
 6. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.0 
 7. Frana, Plzen7.2 
 8. Kramny, Svitavy7.0 
 9. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.8 
 10. Machac, BC Kolin6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vrubl, Plzen6.0 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.3 
 3. Carnecky, B&W O.4.0 
 4. Kotas, USK Praha3.6 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.6 
 6. Jones, BC Kolin3.4 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin3.2 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin2.9 
 9. Ubilla, Novy Jicin2.8 
 10. Maio, Basketbo.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kotas, USK Praha2.0 
 2. Wright, BK Pardu.1.9 
 3. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.9 
 4. Smith, BC Kolin1.8 
 5. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava1.7 
 7. Hruban, USK Praha1.5 
 8. Channels, Novy Jicin1.5 
 9. Muirhead, Novy Jicin1.4 
 10. Gibson-B., NH Os.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.5 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 3. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 4. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.0 
 5. Kramny, Svitavy1.0 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin0.9 
 7. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 8. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 9. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 10. Bjegovic, USK Praha0.8 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.6 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.22.5 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. Sims, Maine RC19.9 
 5. Ewing, Sioux F.19.9 
 6. McNeal, Rio Grande19.5 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.19.5 
 8. Alexander, Texas L.19.4 
 9. Dentmon, Texas L.19.2 
 10. Goods, Dakota W.18.4 
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. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.4 
 6. Williams, Texas L.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.8.9 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.6 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.4 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.4 
 6. Crittenton, Dakota W.7.2 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.5.9 
 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. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 5. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 6. Jackson, Idaho S.2.0 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.1.9 
 10. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
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.2.4 
 5. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 7. Goodridge, Maine R.2.2 
 8. Gladness, Dakota W.2.0 
 9. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.9 
 10. Fall, Maine RC1.9 


Lakers assign rookie forward Derrick Caracter to NBA Development League - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers are arguably the hottest team in the NBA right now as they have the best record since the All-Star break with a 15-1 record and have won seven straight games, but that hasn't stopped the two-time defending NBA champions from making some changes before the playoffs gets underway.

Reportedly, the Lakers have assigned rookie forward Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88, college: UTEP) to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League (NBDL). Even though the Lakeshow will almost certainly need every big man they have from here on out with all the injury problems they have had in the past at this time of the year with Andrew Bynum, this was a move that isn't all that surprising as Caracter really hasn't made much of an impression in his rookie season in Los Angeles.

Despite the fact that some Los Angeles Lakers fans probably don't even know who Derrick Caracter is as he barely gets any playing time, the rookie forward out of UTEP has played in 40 games this season, but has put up just 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in just 5.3 minutes on the floor.

Obviously, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak didn't think he was drafting a potential superstar in Derrick Caracter in last year's draft, but they might have expected more out of him at this point and that could be the main reason for him being sent to the Bakersfield Jam.

This isn't the first time the Lakers designated a player for assign with the Bakersfield Jam this season as they also sent rookie Devin Ebanks down for six games at the end of last year (December 27).

Courtesy of www.examiner.com


Tuesday: Bighorns win 6th in a row - by Eurobasket News
Reno Bighorns - Austin T. 102-98
Seven Bighorns registered double figures, and Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas A&M) set a franchise record with 15 assists Tuesday night as Reno topped the Austin Toros, 102-98, in the Reno Events Center. The Bighorns (32-16) now have won six-straight games and improved to 9-2 in the month of March. With the win, Reno keeps its stranglehold on the Western Conference lead with just two games remaining in the regular season. On a night where the lead changed hands 10 times, the Bighorns used an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to flip a five-point deficit into a lead they would not relinquish. Sloan's 15-assist effort topped the previous single-game franchise mark of 14, which was reached on three occasions by three different players. Sloan finished with 16 points on the night, while Bobby Simmons (6'7''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida St.) registered 19 and Anthony Richardson (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida St.) collected 18. Patrick O'Bryant recorded 13 points and blocked five shots. Leo Lyons (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri) paced the Toros (21-27) with 19 points, and Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, college: Washington St.) finished with 18 before fouling out. Kevin Palmer (6'6''-G/F-87, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) knocked-down 7-of-8 tries from the free-throw line on his way to 13 points. Austin out-rebounded Reno 42-to-39 on the night, but the Bighorns held the Toros to just 38.4 percent shooting from the floor. The Bighorns return home Friday night to take on the Bakersfield Jam in the final regular season home game of the season. Tip-time is set for 7 p.m. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com




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SRT Round 10: Plaza defeats GUG in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Two games were played yesterday as a part of SRT Round 10 (second stage).

Plaza - GUG 110-95
An interesting game for Plaza (8-3) which played against 4th ranked GUG (5-6). Second ranked Plaza had an easy win 110-95. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of GUG. Plaza have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with CDP. GUG at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Plaza will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. GUG's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Santiago CDP.
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CPN - Sameji 108-96
No shocking result in a game when third ranked CPN (7-5) beat bottom-ranked Sameji (3-9) 108-96 on Tuesday. CPN maintains third position with 7-5 record behind leader CDP. Loser Sameji stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. CPN's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Santiago to the arena Cupes.


Standings - LIDOBA
SRT Standings
 1. CDP 8-3 
 2. Plaza 8-3 
 3. CPN 7-5 
 4. GUG 5-6 
 5. Cupes 3-8 
 6. Sameji 3-9 


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Standings
EBA Standings
Northern Div.
 1. New York W. 16-6 
 2. Destroyers 16-7 
 3. South Jersey E. 13-10 
 4. Harrisburg H. 12-12 
 5. North Jersey P. 8-14 
 6. Hudson V.H. 3-18 
Southern Div.
 1. M. All-Stars 22-2 
 2. Washington M. 17-7 
 3. Winchester S. 12-12 
 4. Old Domin. M. 10-11 
 5. Carolina G. 8-12 
 6. NoVa H. 6-18 
 7. Portsmouth C. 4-20 


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Al Ahly adds Naydenov to their roster - by Eurobasket
Al Ahly added to their roster 30-year old Bulgarian former international swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Naydenov played most recently at Chernomorets Burgas (Bulgaria). While playing 17 games for Chernomorets this season he averaged 16.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg. Naydenov is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bulgaria, France, Italy and Sweden.


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.20.8 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok19.4 
 3. Woodside, Gravelines18.5 
 4. Banks, Elitzur .17.8 
 5. Smith, Karsiyaka17.7 
 6. Anderson, Ventspils17.5 
 7. Hopkins, Antwerp17.4 
 8. King, Etha17.0 
 9. Stanescu, Steaua T.16.8 
 10. Darden, Nancy16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock10.5 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.9.6 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping9.1 
 4. Clark, Szolnok9.1 
 5. Smith, Karsiyaka9.0 
 6. Zoric, KK.8.8 
 7. Massey, Lokomotiv8.6 
 8. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 9. King, Etha8.4 
 10. Brown, Elitzur .8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Millage, Khimik5.9 
 2. Linehan, Nancy5.9 
 3. Jackson, Maccabi .5.8 
 4. Brener, Elitzur .5.5 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines5.5 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok5.3 
 7. Wood, Dt.5.2 
 8. Draughan, Lugano T.4.9 
 9. Ponkrashov, Spart.4.9 
 10. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.0 
 2. Millage, Khimik2.9 
 3. Vladovic, Zadar2.4 
 4. Renfroe, KK.2.3 
 5. Dabkus, Etha2.3 
 6. Domercant, Spart.2.1 
 7. Holston, Karsiyaka2.1 
 8. Trotter, Szolnok2.1 
 9. Dragic, Krka2.1 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. King, Etha2.0 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp2.0 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 5. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 6. Sene, Gravelines1.8 
 7. Clark, Szolnok1.6 
 8. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.5 
 9. Zavadsky, Khimik1.4 
 10. Bader, Szolnok1.4 


Krka and Oostende join Lokomotiv and Spartak in the Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Krka - Lukoil Academik 71-69
Krka edged Lukoil Academic in the decisive third game of the EurioChallenge Quarterfinals to clinched the semifinal spot in the tournament. The last period brought the necessary 71:69 win, while Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) missed a potential game-winning three-pointer in the last seconds for the visitors. The guests easily grabbed 8-0 run from the start to shock the Slovenian team. More than 2400 fans saw a great comeback as the hosts tied the game at 15:15 at the end of 10 minutes. Krivec nailed three for the first lead and then however Lukoil took the lead again. Brandon Heath and Djordjevic exchanged the free throws for 31:29 at the halftime. Lukoil also looked better in the third period and after 20-20 in it saved 2-point advantage. Peterson made it 61:55 with less than 6 minutes to go. Booker and Jure Balazic (204-F-80) brought the hosts 66:63 and Ikonic scored for 70:67 with 16 seconds to play. Brandon Heath first scored a jump shot but then missed a potential game-winning three-pointer in the last seconds for the visitors. Ikonic paced all the winners with 17 points for the tremendous success. Jure Balazic netted 12, while Dragic added 10. Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort. Brandon Heath notched 16, whilst Sundov scored 11.

Oostende - Ventspils 70-63
BC Oostende advanced to EuroChallenge Final Four as the team became the least to join Lokomotiv, Krka and Spartak Sp. The Belgian team needed 70:63 win over BK Ventspils to win the Quarterfinal series 2-1. It was a tough start and both teams knew each other well. The guests took the early lead, but BC Oostende won the first period 18:9. Pelle increased to 20:10, while Berzins nailed three for 26:23. Moreover Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) brought the lead back to the Baltic state at 28:27. Ebong and Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) meanwhile ensured 31:28 at the halftime. The third quarter became decisive in the game as the hosts looked great in the court. They needed 17-11 to take 48:39 advantage after 30 minutes. When Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) scored few points in a row for 60:44 it became clear about the winner. Mitchell later scored 6 points in a row for his side to give them 68:61 with 40 seconds to go. Hunter and Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) reduced to 68:63, but Caleb Green made a dunk at the every end for the final success. Caleb Green stepped up with 20 points for the winners to take the semifinal spot. Mitchell and Matt Lojeski followed him with 15 points apiece. Hunter respodned with 16 points in the losing case, while Oritseweyinmi Efejuku and Berzins added 12 each.




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Eurocup Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes - Cedevita 72-81
Cedevita stunned almost 14,000 spectators at the Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid tonight. The Croatian team came up with a big road win over Estudinates to seal their EuroCup Final Four birth. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) came up with 24 points, 11 boards and 3 assists to carry Cedevita to the victory. Cedevita entered the game having a 9-point cushion from the home clash. But Estudiantes showed their ambitions in the opening minutes. The hosts grabbed a 10:3 lead early on. Estudiantes kept the fans on their feet gaining a 14:6 advantage but Cedevita gradually came back to life and eventually erased the deficit. Bracey Wright gave the visitors 26:25 lead after ten minutes. Estudiantes pulled back in front in the second term but not for too long. Bracey Wright organized a 7:0 rally that gave Cedevita a 37:36 lead. Estudiantes put their noses in front once again and took a 42:41 lead at halftime. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) and Princ silenced the Spanish crowd midway through the third stanza as Cedevita piled up a 57:51 lead. Estudiantes got closer but faced a bitter 57:60 deficit with just ten minutes to go. The visitors quickly boosted the lead to 6 points and though Estudiantes managed to get as close as two points Cedevita rolled comfortably to the victory at the end. Vedran Vukusic produced 15 points, while Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) had 13 in the win. Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) and German Gabriel (207-C-80) replied with 12 points apiece. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) finished with 11 points in defeat.

Benetton TV - Goettingen 84-62
Benetton made it look easy as they trounced Goettingen to win EuroCup quarterfinals clash. Benetton will now have a chance to play in front of supportive home crown during EuroCup Final Four in Treviso. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) knocked down 22 points to lead Benetton to a comfortable win over Goettingen today. The first game ended in a draw so it was a win-or-die situation for both sides. Benetton did not waste too much time scoring 25 points in the opening term and surging ahead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. They recorded a 45:37 advantage at the interval. The hosts limited Goettingen to only 13 points in the third term and cleared off to a 15-point distance with one quarter to go. Benetton looked calm and confident as they raced to the win in the final period. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) had 15 points, 6 steals and 5 assists for the winners. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) accounted for 13 points. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) replied with 25 points and 7 boards for Goettingen. John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) delivered 16 points in defeat.

Unics - Pepsi Caserta 79-77
Unics advanced into EuroCup Final Four. They snatched a narrow home win over Pepsi Caserta and sealed an 8-point victory on aggregate. Pepsi Caserta gave late scares to Unics surging ahead but the Kazan outfit stayed calm and executed wisely at the end. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) was unstoppable for Unics with 31 points, 16 boards and 2 assists. It all looked just all right for Unics early in the game. The hosts outscored Pepsi Caserta 26:17 in the opening stanza. Unics maintained the lead throughout the second period. They recorded a 46:35 lead at the interval. But Pepsi Caserta turned things around in the third quarter. Desperately fighting for every ball the visitors outgunned Unics to trim the deficit at just four points. Caserta continued to stay aggressive in the fourth term and eventually grabbed a narrow one-point lead. But Maciej Lampe and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) stepped up for Unics late in the game and sealed the win for the home team. Marko Popovic had 17 points and 6 assists for Unics. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) provided 11 points, 8 boards and 4 assists in the win. Jumaine Jones (202-F-79, college: Georgia) answered with 23 points and 10 boards for Pepsi Caserta. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) had 15 points in defeat.

Budivelnyk - Cajasol 80-77
Budivelnyk overcame Cajasol in EuroCup quarterfinal second game but to no avail. Cajasol celebrated a comfortable victory on aggregate and sealed their ticket to Treviso. Ambitious Budivelnyk tried hard and led by as many as 10 points in the second period but Cajasol proved calm in decisive moments of the encounter to pull away with the needed result. Budivelnyk used a 9:0 run midway through the opening term to take a 19:13 lead. But Cajasol stopped the rot quickly and narrowed the deficit to just a single point 22:23 after ten minutes. Cajasol pulled in front early in the second term 30:26. Wilson and Zach Morley triggered a 14:0 run as the hosts grabbed their biggest lead of the game 40:30. But Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) gave some breathing room for the visitors as Cajasol trimmed the gap back to one point 39:40 at halftime. The teams stayed very close throughout the third term. Budivelnyk failed to clear off, moreover Cajasol earned a 2-point lead after 30 minutes 56:54. As the game progressed Budivelnyk were losing the last hopes as Cajasol stayed in charge. Lukashov, Denis Ikovlev (201-F-86, college: Nevada) and Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) put the Ukrainian team ahead late in regulation but it just sweetened the pill for them as it was Cajasol who celebrated at the end. Dewarick Spencer and Denis Ikovlev led the hosts with 12 points each. William Keys, Zach Morley and Andrew Betts provided 10 points apiece for Budivelnyk. Txemi Urtasun replied with 15 points for Cajasol. Louis Bullock and Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) added 14 points each in the loss.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Primoz BREZEC
  Krasnie Krilya
  (216-F/C-79)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Brezec, Krasnie .20.8 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.20.3 
 3. Carroll, Gran Canaria18.8 
 4. Wright, Cedevita18.0 
 5. Solomon, Hapoel J.18.0 
 6. Chatman, Besiktas16.8 
 7. Tucker, Aris15.9 
 8. Smith, Benetton TV15.9 
 9. Simmons, CEZ N.15.9 
 10. Anderson, Goett.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lazaros PAPADOPOULOS
  Khimky
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Papadopoulos, PAOK12.2 
 2. Brezec, Krasnie .9.7 
 3. Walsh, AS.8.3 
 4. Francis, Panellinios8.2 
 5. Tucker, Aris8.0 
 6. Lampe, Unics7.9 
 7. Jones, Pepsi C.7.7 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra7.7 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.5 
 10. Owens, Azovmash7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Draper, Cedevita6.7 
 2. Mekel, Galil Gilboa6.3 
 3. Walsh, AS.6.0 
 4. Popovic, Unics5.4 
 5. Thomas, Anwil5.3 
 6. Markovic, Benetton.5.2 
 7. Lukauskis, EWE B.4.7 
 8. Meacham, Goett.4.6 
 9. Bauscher, GasTerra4.5 
 10. Granger, Estudian.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kristaps JANICENOKS
  VEF Riga
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.5 
 2. House, Azovmash2.5 
 3. Lukauskis, EWE B.2.5 
 4. Kirksay, Cajasol2.4 
 5. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 6. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.2 
 8. Draper, Cedevita2.1 
 9. Curry, Azovmash2.1 
 10. Chatman, Besiktas2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian RANDLE
  Hapoel J-M
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Randle, Hapoel J-M2.1 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.8 
 3. Dunston, Aris1.6 
 4. Skinner, Benetton.1.4 
 5. Francis, Panellinios1.2 
 6. Chan, CEZ Nymburk1.1 
 7. Boone, Goettingen1.1 
 8. Haryasz, GasTerra1.0 
 9. Pacun, Banvit1.0 
 10. Stevic, EWE B.1.0 


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Maccabi guard Perkins out for season with knee injury - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv guard Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) will miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury in his teams Quarterfinal Playoffs Game 3 victory over Caja Laboral on Tuesday. Perkins suffered the injury at the start of the second quarter when he knee seemed to buckle as he drove to the basket. He was taken to a nearby hospital for an MRI, which revealed several torn ligaments and damage to the meniscus. He will likely undergo surgery soon after which a rehabilitation schedule will be set. Perkins is in his second season with Maccabi. He had started all 19 Euroleague games this season and averaged 9.5 points, a team-best 5.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.0 
 2. Langford, Khimky17.8 
 3. Rakocevic, Efes P.17.2 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.15.4 
 5. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympiakos14.6 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.14.6 
 8. San Emeterio, Caja L.14.0 
 9. Gregory, Union O.14.0 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirsad TURKCAN
  Fener.Ulker
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.7.3 
 2. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 3. Gist, Partizan6.9 
 4. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.6 
 5. Fischer, Real Madrid6.4 
 6. Batista, Caja L.6.3 
 7. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 8. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja6.3 
 10. Gregory, Union O.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.5.7 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.6 
 3. Huertas, Caja L.5.5 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.3 
 5. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.4.1 
 7. Stipcevic, Cibona4.1 
 8. Papaloukas, Olymp.4.1 
 9. Jerrells, Partizan3.8 
 10. Gordon, CSKA3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (202-F/G-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .2.7 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 3. McCalebb, Montepas.2.1 
 4. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 5. Smith, Lottomatica1.8 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.1.7 
 7. Dedovic, Lottomat.1.7 
 8. Rubio, Regal Barca1.7 
 9. Ozbolt, Union O.1.7 
 10. Stonerook, Montepas.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 3. Fischer, Real Madrid1.6 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 5. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 6. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.3 
 7. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 8. Shermadini, Union O.1.1 
 9. Nesterovic, Olymp.1.1 
 10. Hines, Brose B.1.1 


Quarterfinals: Third games - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Regal Barca 76-74 (2-1)
Another thriller between two Euroleague giants. Panathinaikos celebrated 76-74 home win for 2-1 lead in the series and now they need one more victory for the Final Four. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) was a key player for the hosts as he collected 18 points and 7 assists. '3D' forced Barcelona players to make 12 fouls on him in this game. Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) scored 13 points, while Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) added 12 points and 6 boards. In Regal Barca, Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) had 16 points including 4 of 5 from behind the arc. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) netted 13 and 12 points respectively.
PAO opened the game with quick 11-4 lead and later jumped to 16-10. Jaka Lakovic sank a three-pointer to get Barcelona within 16-13 after 10 intense minutes. Barca completed 0-9 run at the beginning of Q2 for 16-19, but Nicholas stopped them with a basket plus foul. PAO made plus seven in the finish of the first half, but it was Lakovic again who came up with a triple, this time fixing the score to 33-29 after 20 minutes. Visitors shined after the breather making 4-9 run, but Tsartsaris stepped up with a put-back basket and Mike Batiste added a five-meter jumper to put the Greens back ahead, 41-38. PAO was constantly in charge for rest of the period and later entered to last ten minutes with 55-49. The reigning Eurloleague champion didnt panic and they replied with 6-14 run in the first five minutes of Q4. The Greens called a timeout and it was a right decision, which helped them to consolidate. They quickly jumped to 70-65, but Juan Carlos Navarro scored and added free throws after that to 70-69. Dimitris Diamantidis was unmistakable in the finish, but Barca had the last possession with 2 seconds left. Jaka Lakovic was sent to the line. He missed his second shot on purpose but Barcelona could not get a shot up in time, allowing all Panathinaikos fans to celebrate a valuable win.
Game Four is scheduled for Thursday and PAO will be the host once again.

Valencia - Real Madrid 66-75 (1-2)
Real Madrid celebrated in Valencia last night. It was a 66-75 road win for 2-1 lead in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) exploded with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the guests with no miss for 22 minutes. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) scored 15 and Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added two points less. On the other side, Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) had 11 points and Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) added 10 pts, plus 8 assists.
Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Valencia made 19-17 in the first ten minutes and they were 34-31 up at the break. Real Madrid made 34-36 turn after the breather, but Valencia replied with 15-7 run. However, they kept just 51-48 before the last period. D'or Fischer and his teammates completed 0-13 run at the beginning of Q4. With 2:35 to go Real Madrid was 59-69 up and Valencia was in deep trouble. Dusko Savanovic had his second straight three, but Llull fed Dor Fischer for a new alley-oop as Valencia's defense simply could not stop him with 13 points in the quarter up to that point. Valencia desperately needed a comeback, but they were not able to do it and Real Madrid made a giant step forward to the Euroleague Final Four.
Game Four in Valencia tomorrow.

Montepaschi - Olympiakos 81-72 (2-1)
Second win for the Italian powerhouse, who is 2-1 up now in the series. They were destroyed in the first meeting against the Reds, but after that Montepaschi registered two wins and now they are very close to reach the Final Four. Marko Jaric (198-G-78) shined for the hosts with 24 points in this game, including just one missed shot for 23 minutes on the court. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) (7 rebs) and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) helped with 15 points each. In Olympiakos, Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) delivered 16 points and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) stopped to 15 pts.
Everything started good for the Reds, who made 2-5 and 9-10 at the very beginning, but the hosts woke up after that and closed the first period with 12-4 run. Olympiakos tied the score to 33-33 in the finish of Q2, but Rimantas Kaukenas hit a buzzer beater and reach the break with Montepaschi on top 39-37. Third period was the crucial one in this game. Montepaschi jumped to 51-44 and later finished third period with 60-50 lead. Olympiakos closed the gap to six and it seemed they will be able to mount a comeback, but that didnt happen. Montepaschi immediately replied with 8-1 run (70-57) solving question about the winner. They reached plus 16 in the finish.
Game Four will be played tomorrow in Siena.

Maccabi T-A - Caja Laboral 81-60 (2-1)
Maccabi Electra handed 81-60 loss to Caja Laboral for 2-1 lead in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The Israeli powerhouse will be the host in Game Four as well and it will be their first chance to book a spot for the Final Four. Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) was unstoppable last night with 23 points. David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) followed him with 16 points and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) helped with 9 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. Visitors got 14 points and 6 boards from Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). Stanko Barac (217-C-86) and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) had 11 and 10 pts respectively.
Teams were pretty leveled in the first period, which ended with 24-23 home squad lead. Maccabi players exploded after that. They made 10-0 run during the second quarter and later finished it with 17-7 for 41-30 lead at the halftime. Jeremy Pargo led his team in the first half scoring 15 points. David Blu joined him after the breather to extend the home lead to 15 pts. Caja Laboral struggled at both sides of the court and faced with huge 69-45 minus with 10:00 to go. That was too much for the Spanish champion and Maccabi had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead for rest of the game.
Game Four tomorrow in Tel-Aviv.


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KORISLIIGA: Two new coaches - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Two Top League (Korisliiga) Teams have changed their Head Coaches. Vilpas Vikings (Salo) didn't re-sign with Head Coach Kimmo Vyyrylainen, but instead signed
with Coach Mikko Tupamaki , 33, a one-year-contract. Tupamaki has coached earlier in women's top level and in men's 1. Division, but not in Korisliiga. By the same Vilpas informed, that SG Samu Kaaresvirta will play on Team roster the next three seasons (2011-14) and Jukka Kataja at least coming 2011-12 season.
Another coaching change will take place in Lahti, where local YMCA didn't continue the contract with Sami Toiviainen, but signed with Head Coach Kimmo Kujansivu , 34. Kujansivu has been earlier assistant coach on Pyrinto (Tampere), YMCA Lahti and Honka (Espoo) rosters.


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Wilson, Honka22.3 
 2. Heard, Tarmo21.9 
 3. Wood, Karhu20.6 
 4. Lewis, LrNM.20.5 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 6. Walker, Kouvot19.6 
 7. Williamson, Honka19.6 
 8. Barrett, KTP19.4 
 9. Blanchard, ToPo19.3 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Wood, Karhu12.9 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Young, Tarmo9.6 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.2 
 8. Vinson, Kouvot9.0 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Moore, LrNM.4.8 
 2. Johnson, Karhu4.7 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.4 
 4. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.3 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.3 
 6. Wood, Karhu4.0 
 7. Ivey, KTP3.6 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
 9. Fields, KTP3.5 
 10. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Wood, Karhu2.2 
 2. Fields, KTP2.1 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Sarcevic, Korihait1.8 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 7. Fells, Kataja1.7 
 8. Heard, Tarmo1.7 
 9. Lewis, LrNM.1.6 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.7 
 3. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 4. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Belser, Honka0.6 
 6. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 7. Wright, Korihait0.6 
 8. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 
 9. Baxley, Karhu0.6 
 10. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Kataja - Kouvot 68-66 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, play-off-games, quarter-finals, Game # 1: Kataja (Joensuu) and Kouvot (Kouvola) started the play-off-games with a close contest. There were 12 lead changes and nine ties, before Kataja succeeded to keep the home court advantage by defeating Kouvot 68-66 (39-40). Quarters: 19-18, 20-22, 10-13, 19-13. Kataja's problem was weak shooting accuracy, Kouvot didn't get a point from the bench. Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, agency: Court Side) (Kataja) had a double-double 14pts/12rbs. Kouvot was led by Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) (19pts).
Kataja - Kouvot 68-66 (39-40). (Darren Fells 14/12, Sami Lehtoranta 14, Jared Newson 12 - Josh Gonner 19, BA Walker 15, Ville Kaunisto 13). Kataja - Kouvot 1-0.



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Lille signs Mustafa Abdul-Hamid - by Eurobasket News
Mustafa Abdul-Hamid (188-G-88, college: UCLA) is a new member of Lille Metropole Basket. The American guard signed a deal for rest of the season. Abdul-Hamid arrives to Lille from the Serbian outfit Hemofarm. He appeared 24 times for them in Adriatic league averaging 4.9 points and 2 assists. In EuroCup, Abdul-Hamid added 8.6 ppg and 2.7 apg for 10 games.
This is first professional season for Mustafa Abdul-Hamid. He graduated at the UCLA last year averaging 2.1 points as a senior. He struggled to get minutes at UCLA in all four years, but the team was strong and they reached NCAA Final Four in 2007 and 2008. They also were Pac-10 Tournament winners in 2008.
Lille Metropole Basket currently has 11-16 record in ProB.


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Benetton ease past Goettingen in Treviso - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Goettingen 84:62

Benetton made it look easy as they trounced Goettingen to win EuroCup quarterfinals clash. Benetton will now have a chance to play in front of supportive home crown during EuroCup Final Four in Treviso. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) knocked down 22 points to lead Benetton to a comfortable win over Goettingen today.
The first game ended in a draw so it was a win-or-die situation for both sides. Benetton did not waste too much time scoring 25 points in the opening term and surging ahead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. They recorded a 45:37 advantage at the interval. The hosts limited Goettingen to only 13 points in the third term and cleared off to a 15-point distance with one quarter to go. Benetton looked calm and confident as they raced to the win in the final period. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) had 15 points, 6 steals and 5 assists for the winners. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) accounted for 13 points. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) replied with 25 points and 7 boards for Goettingen. John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) delivered 16 points in defeat.

Benetton: Devin Smith 22, Massimo Bulleri 15, Alessandro Gentile 13
Goettingen: Dwayne Anderson 25, John Little 16



Dane Watts (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) 2011 beko BBL TOP 4 Pregame Thoughts - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. Lasts eason, he played for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. He returns to Tuebingen for the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. Watts sat down with eurobasket to talk about the 2011 BEKO BBL Cup weekend in Bamberg.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen have a 15 day break between games. How difficult is it having such a long break in the middle of a long losing streak?

I hope that we take our time off and come back rested and refreshed. Sometimes its good to step away and clear your mind.

What is your impression of the 2011 BEKO BBL Cup? Do you think that one might see a winner besides Bamberg?

There are 4 good teams in it, it is possible but its gonna be tough to win at Bamberg.

Braunschweig has lost the last 11 games against Frankfurt. Will the 12th game finally be their charm (3.4=12 lol)?

It could be, whenever games are decided in the last minutes every time you play, anything can happen.

What will Braunschweig have to do besides stopping Dashaun Wood to win?

That is the main thing and they should also take advantage of their size with the forward positions.

How much does the loss of Tony Skinn hurt them?

Its tough but they have people that can step up for them.

What will be the key mach up in this game?

Guard play is always key but I think Powell/Goree is key.

The Artland Dragons lost both games against Bamberg this season, but they were close. Could they use about 1000 Toby the dragon mascots in the Bamberg arena to cause havoc? lol?

They are both solid teams and Artland should be confident knowing they played them close in Bamberg, gonna have to be a special game though.

Where is Bamberg vulnerable the most and how will Artland win?

If I knew that we would not have lost so bad to them.

Who is the most dangerous crunch time player for Bamberg and how do you stop him best?

I think that they give the ball to Roberts to create shots for them in crunch time, but Suput also had a big last game that showed he is still a big threat.

What is your pick for Kentucky-UCONN and why?

UCONN, I think they came in with the most confidence and have kept their momentum through this tourney.

What is your pick for the underdog game VCU-Butler?

I like that one of them will for sure be in the final 4 (8 or 11 seed), gotta lean towards Butler though.

Thanks Dane for the chat.


Drew Neitzel (BBC Bayreuth) I Think Guard Play Will Determine Who Wins Frankfurt-Braunschweig Cup Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Drew Neitzel (183-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) is a 25 year old 183cm combo guard from Grand Rapids that is playing for BBC Bayreuth. He played at Michigan State from 2004-2008. In his senior year he played 36 games: 13.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3Pts: 39.8%, FT: 86.0%. He recahed the NCAA Final 4 in 2005 and NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008. In 2008, he turned professional playing for the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga): Eurocup: 12 games: 8.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 82.4%; German League: 34 games: 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 86.0%. Last season, he played for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA, starting five): French League: 12 games: 12.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.3apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 72.7%; EuroChallenge: 4 games: 13.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 81.8%, left in Dec.'09, next month moved to TBB Trier (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 14 games: 7.4ppg, 1.5apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 85.7%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against ratiopharm Ulm.

Every game now for BBC Bayreuth is a do or die game. You play Ratiopharm Ulm Thursday. What has been your impression of this team this season?


Ulm is a very talented team who can score a lot of points and is a very good rebounding team.


Ratiopharm Ulm is a power house offense, but dont always defend. What will be key in getting this win?

We will have to try to slow them down early in the game, so they do not get into a rhythm offensively. We will also have to rebound the ball well, especially on the defensive end as they have the top rebounder in the league and they are one of the top rebounding teams as well.


Will The Brose Baskets Bamberg march through the Top 4 play or do you see an upset coming?

Bamberg has played well this season and having the Top 4 on their home court is a big advantage. But there should be some good games.


How do you see the Frankfurt-Braunschweig match up? What will be key for both teams in getting to the final?

Both teams are very talented and deep, with good guard play and bigs inside. I think guard play will determine who wins this game.


Both games this season between Bamberg and Artland has been close. How will Artland break the intelligent and routine Bambrgr defense?

Artland is having a good year but it will be tough challenge playing Bamberg on their home court. But it should be a good game like the previous two have been this year.


What is your pick for UCONN-Kentucky and why?


UConn. They are hot right now. They won 5 games in 5 days in the Big East Tournament, and have played well throughout the NCAA tournament.

What is your pick for VCU-BUTLER and why?

Butler. I like their experience after playing in the Final 4 last season I think that will be a huge advantage.

Thanks Drew for the chat.


Brose Baskets Bamberg-Artland Dragons 2011 beko BBL Cup Preview: Can The Artland Dragons Find Some Of That Darius Hall Past Cup Magic? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
36 months ago, the world according to the tiny frog footprint town Quackenbruck which is also referred to as Entenhausen was on top of the world as it had just won their first title the BEKO BBL cup in Hamburg against EnBW Ludwigsburg as the image of fan favorite Darius Hall (201-C/F-73, agency: Stanley International, college: W.Kentucky) 'the wall' partying with fans in the stands as if all had been invited to his daughters birthday party will probably never be forgotten. With all the excitement and success, The small 13,000 town Quackenbruck which has been known to carry 1600 fans to away games (12%of town population) seemed to feel more like a 300,000 city as they were basking in the glory of finally winning that first title and the only thing missing was having Darius Hall (201-C/F-73, agency: Stanley International, college: W.Kentucky) do a special winners dance with Donald Duck who supposedly vacations in the Artland. However in the last two seasons, the euphoric rise of the club built by Marko Beens that entered the BEKO BBL in 2003 has rapidly declined like the endorsements of golf legend Tiger Woods has since his scandal with all his mistresses surfaced. The club has missed the playoffs two years in a row despite strong rosters and not reached the TOP 4 again. However this year, The Artland Dragons are back to the stomping ground that they experienced from 2006-2008, will reach the playoffs and need two wins this weekend against Bamberg and Frankfurt/Braunschweig to bring that second big title back to Quackenbruck. Maybe Bayern Munich coach Dirk Bauermann (agency: Pro One Sports ) could give his player Darius Hall (201-C/F-73, agency: Stanley International, college: W.Kentucky) a few hours off to possibly transform some of his magic flair from the 2008 cup games in Hamburg to the Artland Dragons in Bamberg this weekend?

Currently the Artland Dragons are in third place behind The Deutsche Bank Skyliners with a record of 20-9. So far the team of Stefan Koch is holding their own near the top. They have had two winning streaks of three games and there only rap could be that they have problems winning against top teams. They lost both times to the Brose Baskets Bamberg, but only with a total combined score of 8 points. Their biggest win of the season was a 78-74 win in Berlin. Despite not being able to beat top teams, the club is one that cant be underestimated. 'Artland has been a great team this season and continue to get better each week. They are a team that will go deep into the playoffs', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). One thing that The Artland Dragons have improved is not getting lost on defense. 'Now we don't lose our defensive focus when we aren't scoring on the offensive end. Earlier in the year, when we would miss shots, our defensive intensity would go down. Now we are able to move on to the next play, without thinking about our past mistakes', stressed Artland Dragon guard Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell). Since the 83-72 away loss against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on February 28th, the team must of learned something as they go into the game against Bamberg with a 5 game winning streak and seemed ready to go for that second title. 'I like their depth and their guard play, Bailey defends Rice is becoming one of the elite pg's of the league and they have great players underneath as well as on the wings. Artland can beat anyone in the league and they are playing good basketball, they have the personal to play and win at the same time, but it will be difficult beating Bamberg on their home floor', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The Artland Dragons are one of the best offensive teams in the BEKO BBL and can defend with the best of them when they want. They have allowed 70 points or fewer 13 times this season, but at times lose focus and consistency giving up 80 more points in consecutive games. However, they seem ready on the defensive end as well as they limited Giessen to 53 points and Tuebingen to 57 points in the last two games, but the three teams in the cup tournament are another offensive calibur that they will have to be ready for.

The Artland Dragons are led by ex Boston College stand out Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) who played in Greece in his rookie year and has exploded in the BEKO BBL this season the same way DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) has with Frankfurt. Rice is averaging 16,8ppg, 2,8rpg and 5,0apg. He has scored in double figures 24 times and has carried the club most of the season. Darren Fenn is playing his third season with The Artland Dragons and is averaging 13,0ppg, 6,5rpg and 1,6apg. He has produced 6 double doubles and is a force inside that is almost unstoppable and will hurt you just the same with his three pointer. Combo guard Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) is playing his fourth season with the Dragons and is still as aggressive on the offensive and defensive end with 30 years as he was in 2006. He is averaging 10,6ppg, 2,4rpg and 3,5apg and has scored in double figures 17 times. His experience and poise in crunch time will be very valuable for the team. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami, OH) is playing his second season with The Artland Dragons and has had injury woes, but since his return as played very solid making the inside game even more unpredictable for opponents. He is averaging 10,3ppg, 4,4rpg and 1,1apg and has scored in double figures 11 times. His quick feet and lateral bonus gives the Dragon an added bonus on defense. With his 26 years of age, he has the needed experience and always is able to find the right solutions on the court. Adam Hess is back for the third team and perhaps three will be a charm for the friendly American from Michigan who might have the best tongue for the German language in the BEKO BBL. Currently Hess is averaging 9,7ppg, and 4,3rpg. He has scored in double figures 15 times this season and rebounds with unending hustle and can hurt you any night with his shooting and his work ethic helps carry the team.

The Artland Dragons recently added ex NBA player Robert Kurz (206-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) to the roster to help under the boards. Kurz played at Notre Dame and 40 games for the Golden State Warriors. Since coming from the CB Granada in the ACB, the American is averaging 8,8ppg and 6,6rpg and is a solid big man coming from the bench that has no ego problems. 32 year old Ruben Boumtje Boumtje who played 35 games for the Portland Trailblazers and is the fourth leading shot blocker in Georgetown history behind NBA greats like Patrick Ewing Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo is averaging 17 minutes a game and is still able to shine on any given night with his rebounding, shot blocking and at times offense. German Alexander Seggelke (198-F-79, agency: Limelight Hoops) is playing his second season for The Artland Dragons and is averaging 6,1ppg, and 2,7rpg. He is one of those players that always gives 110%, shows no fear and is simply an all rounder. he doesnt complain about his role, but just goes on the floor and performs. Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) is playing his first season with the Dragons and has a lot of experience having won three cups and one BEKO BBL league title with Rhein Energie Cologne. His very best asset may be his well rounded defensive skills with which he can guard both the opposing point- and shooting-guard. Relentlessly he can hound an opposing point guards full court not giving him air to breath or room to pass. He also is known for hitting clutch three pointers. Currently he is averaging 5,5ppg, 1,4rpg and 1,7apg.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg have a huge advantage over most of the other 17 BEKO BBL teams in that they have kept a core of their team. This season Bamberg has kept many teams off guard with not just one style of play. We can play a multitude of different styles. We have players on our roster that can do everything. The style we play depends on our opponent and style of game they play. We will always be able to tailor our game to match the opponent, added Bamberg forward Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86). It seems like Bamberg have no weak spot at any position. We are a strong team and have depth at every position with a number of players being able to play multiple positions, said Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86). But the biggest strength of the Brose Baskets Bamberg is something that every team in basketball any where on earth strive to have. We simply play team basketball. We have developed a chemistry in a short time. There is no player on this team that is looking for individual stats. Each guy is interested in trying to do what is best for the team to have success, warned Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86). Bamberg simply dont think much, but know how to win with great character, basketball intelligence equivalent to Albert Einstein in modern physics and an automatic valve that is turned on in each game with defensive intensity. The biggest part of their success is their defense. It starts with their guard play of Goldsberry, Suput and Tadda that continue to disrupt the opponents point guard each play and never letting up. Guys like Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine), Louis Campbell (190-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Buffalo) or Branislav Rakovica were shut down because of this this season. On offense, the club plays dictionary team basketball and has by far the best ball movement in the BEKO BBL. It really doesnt matter who has the ball, an open man will always be found. Bamberg has so many prolific shooters and each guy has a knack for moving without the ball. Besides good shooters, the club has robust inside play with Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86), Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) and Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) that all have different games, but just wear down teams time in and time out.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg started off the season so hot winning their first 17 games in a row that it seemed like talk of an undefeated season was not a far fetched idea. However the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf proved that anything is possible in the BEKO BBL as they upset Bamberg 72-69. 'A season is long and tough and it is really tough to go undefeated at anything. One should not forget that Bamberg played very many games already', stated John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). They have blown away most of the competition with ease holding teams to under 70 points 21 times. They average 81 points per game and have only built on the strong team chemistry that was already present early in the season. 'Bamberg seem to get better with each game that they have played. The Euroleague games also have helped them get better', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Despite the strong play of Bamberg and that the second half of the season is always tougher than the first half, this could still be an advantage for some more upsets. 'In the second half of the season, teams are able to see more of a pattern of play of their opponents and know more about each individual player by film and other things that they didnt have in the first half. After playing a team once, you are better at evaluating things better and you can also see them play against teams before you as well', said John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). However this saying hasnt really held its own, since Bamberg lost only once in the second half of the season to BG Goettingen on the road, and still remain unbeaten at home and the question is just how much of a favorite will Bamberg be? 'Well anytime you play in front of your home crowd you have a significant advantage and with that being said, yes it is a significant advantage', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

The Brose Baskets Bamberg are led by ex NBA player Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford). The 29 year old 198cm shooting guard/small forward is playing his third season with Bamberg after winning the BEKO BBL title with the team in 2007 and 2010 and Cup in 2010. The American from Glendora California is an outstanding player, a great competitor, both a scorer and a shooter. He can defend, take the charge, and he'll get a rebound in a crowd because he's tough. A complete player who plays hard, and plays smart. He played 287 NBA games for The Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies. He played at Stanford from 1998-2002 and in his senior year averaged 21.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 77.6%; Finished career ranked 3rd in all time points (1723), 6th in points per game (18.1), 2nd in three point field goals (22) and 4th in three point percentage (.427). Left Stanford as the sole or co-owner of 49 school records. He was drafted by the Phoenix Suns (from Boston) (NBA,1rd (22). He played In France for in 2005-2006 for Ceramica Vitoria (Spain-ACB): Euroleague: 25 games: 9.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 44.5%, FT: 76.7%; Spanish League: 44 games: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 57.0%, FT: 77.0%. In 2008-2009 he played for Alba Berlin winning the BEKO BBL playing Euroleague: 16 games: 6.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 68.4%; German League: 43 games: 9.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 44.6%, FT: 76.8%. Last season for Bamberg, he EuroCup: 14 games: 10.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 79.6%; German League: 40 games: 11.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 77.0%. Currently, he is averaging 12,2ppg, 3,4rpg and 3,2apg. he is shooting very well at 44% from the field and 45% from the parking lot.

Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) is a 32 year old 200cm power forward from Serbia. He is playing for The Brose baskets Bamberg since 2007. He is a strong player (could play 3-2-4 position) good defender, excellent shot from outside. Strong penetration under the basket. Before coming to Bamberg, he played for top European teams like Partizan Belgrad and Hemofarm Vrsac. Last season, he played Eurocup playing 13 games: 13.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 88.5%; German League: 45 games: Score-4 (14.9ppg), 4.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 84.6%. Suput belongs to the top power forwards in the BEKO BBL and can score in so many ways that even when he kills a team with a seemingly impossible shot in traffic, you just have to smile and sigh in astonishment. Currently he is averaging 12,2ppg, 4,3rpg and 1,7apg. Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 26 year old 189cm combo guard from Slovakia that has experience and can score quickly and in bunches when needed. He started his basketball career for BG Karlsruhe and then played for Giessen from 2004-2006. In 2004-2005, he was a big factor in almost kicking out Bamberg out of the playoffs. That season he played 39 games: 12.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-3 (1.5bpg), 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 35.7%. The next season, he was even better as he played 30 games: 16.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 52.4%. he then got valuable experience playing in Spain in the ACB for PolarWorld Murcia from 2006-2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1). Last season he played for Svit (Extraliga, starting five), Slovakian League: 2 games: 22.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg; in Nov.'09 moved to Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): German League: 36 games: 10.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 71.7%; EuroCup: 12 games: 6.8ppg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 84.0%. Currently, Gavel is averaging 10,1ppg, 2,65pg and 1,9apg. He is shooting well at 43% from the field and 40% from downtown.

Brian Roberts (188-G-85) is a 25 year old 188cm combo guard from Toldeo, Ohio who is playing his second season in Bamberg. He played at Dayton from 2004-2008 and reached the NIT Elite 8 in 2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 28 games: 15.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 88.5%. Last season for Bamberg he played 14 games: 10.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 43 games: 11.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT-2 (88.4%). Currently Roberts is averaging 10,7ppg, 2,1rpg and 3,2apg. He is shooting 47% from the field and 41% from outside. The club also signed Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) who is a 24 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sicklerville, New Jersey. He is a powerful player who loves to attack the basket. Has a good 1-vs-1 game and likes to go inside. He is undersized to play the power forward, but his great wingspan (7-1) allows him to guard taller players and to intimidate. He's also a great leaper and reads the opponent's game well. 'My game is similar to Chuck Hayes or Paul Millsap', added Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86). He played at NC-Greensboro (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 31 games: 19.2ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8spg, 3.1bpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3Pts: 12.5%, FT: 62.8%. Lasts eason, he played for Prima Veroli (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 40 games: 18.5ppg, 8.1rpg, Steals-2 (3.5spg), Blocks-4 (1.6bpg), FGP-3 (64.0%), 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 57.8%. Currently Hines is averaging 10,2ppg and 4,5rpg. The team added Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) who is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is a solid small forward who can hit a long jumper and has the size to be a good defender. He's very versatile and athletic, gives his best in transition. Has the ideal frame for a three, but can easily adapt to play at the PF if needed. He played at the well known North Carolina university from 2003-2007 reaching the NCAA Elite Eight in 2007. Last season, he played for Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro (Spain-ACB, starting five): 34 games: 12.1ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 84.6%. This past summer, he played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Portland Trail Blazers). Currently Terry is averaging 9,9ppg, and 5,2rpg.

German national player Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) is playing his second season for The Brose Baskets Bamberg. He is a 21 year old 214cm center that was born in Bergisch Gladbach. He started his basketball career for Rhein Energie Cologne in 2006-2007. In Cologne he played 39 BEKO BBL games and two ULEB cup games. He won the BEKO BBL cup in 2007 with Cologne. He started his German national team career at the European championships in 2009 in Poland. Last summer, he played at the World Championships in Turkey playing 5 games: 8.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 44.1%, FT: 91.7%. Last season for Bamberg he played 14 games: 8.1ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 54.4%, FT: 77.1%; German League: 45 games: 8.0ppg, 5.9rpg, Blocks-2 (1.3bpg), FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 70.8%. Last summer he was drafted at #31 in the second round of the 2010 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets and then traded to the Oklahoma Thunder. Currently the long German is averaging 9,3ppg and 6,6rpg. John Goldsberry (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) is a 28y ear old 191cm point guard from Vandalia, Ohio that is playing his third season in Bamberg. He played at North Carolina-Wilmington from 2002-2006. He played his rookie season for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen in 2006-2007. In 2007-2008, he played for the Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): ULEB Cup: 14 games: 8.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.1apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 75%, 3FGP: 48.8%, FT: 70.4%; German League: 38 games: 7.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 85.2%. He won the BEKO BBL Cup in 2008 for the Dragons. Last season for Bamberg he played 11 games: 5.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 76.5%; German League: 39 games: 6.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.3%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 71.1%. Currently he is averaging 4,3ppg, 1,9rpg and 4,1apg and is shooting at 41% from the field and 39% from the three point line.

The team is also filled with talented young Germans led by Karsten Tadda (189-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports) who is a 22 year old 189cm guard. He has been with Bamberg since 2007. He started his basketball career at Troester Breitenguessbach in 2005. Last season for Bamberg he played Eurocup 14 games: 4.1ppg, 1.4rpg; German League: 45 games: 3.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.0apg. This season he is averaging 3,2ppg and 1,2rpg. He played 10 Euroleague games this season. he is known as an aggressive and relentless defender. Maurice Stuckey is a 20 year old 187cm guard that was born in Augsburg. He started his basketball career in 2005 for BG Leitershofen. He then moved to Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProB), where he played from 2007-2009. Last season he played for Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 20 games: 17.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 62.4%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 85.3%, played also at Brose Baskets Bamberg (1.Bundesliga): 4 games: 1.3ppg. At the last European Championships U20 in Croatia he played 9 games: 8.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 34.6%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 75.0%. Currently he is averaging 2,4ppg. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) is a 18 year old 210cm center that was born in Cologne Germany. He started his basketball career for SSKC Aschaffenburg / TV Langen U16 team in 2007. In 2008 he played for Franken Hexer (ProB): 21 games: 4.5ppg, 4.1rpg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg). Last season, he played for Baskets Bamberg junior team: 21.0ppg, 12.8rpg, had also license to play at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 20 games: 8.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 61.0%. Recently he played at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) -10: 9 games: 12.1ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 62.9%. Currently he is averaging 1,6ppg in limited time. The team also have 20 year old 203cmcenter Erik Land (203-C-90) who grew up in the Bamberg youth system and started for Troester II Breitengussbach (Regionalliga) in 2005. He came to the Baskets Bamberg (1.Bundesliga) last seaosn playing 4 games: 0.3ppg, in Dec.'09 moved to TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB, starting five): 26 games: 15.8ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 69.4%. Currently he is averaging 1,3ppg. The team also brought in German/American Michael Crowell (201-F-85, college: Idaho) who is a 25 year old 203cm forward that was born in Pensacola, Florida. he played at Idaho (NCAA) from 2006-2008 and in his senior year played 28 games: 10.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 44.1%, 3Pts: 45.9%, FT: 79.1%. In 2008-2009, he played for Cantabria Lobos (Spain-LEB Bronze, starting five), Spanish League: 11 games: 2.1ppg; in Jan.'09 moved to BC Scholz Recycling Weissenhorn (Germany-Regionalliga): 11 games: 12.0ppg. Last season, he played for the Verve Scottish Rocks (United Kingdom-BBL): 32 games: 8.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 42.8%, FT: 65.2%.

When breaking down the teams with the individual positions, the guard position edge goes to The Brose Baskets Bamberg despite the strong guard duo of Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) and Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell). Rice is the second bests coring point guard in the BEKO BBL after DaShaun Wood, but not as explosive or consistent as Wood. If rice has a off night, the Artland offense will be greatly effected. Bailey is a strong player that can do so many things, but scoring will be a plus, but his defense will have to be excellent against Bamberg. Strasser gives experience and his three pointer from the bench. However The Brose Baskets Bamberg are stronger and more valuable with the guard trio of Goldsberry, Gavel and Roberts. Goldsberry probaly the most unselfish player at the moment in the league can change a game with his defesne as he once had 10 steals with Leverkusen, Gavel will hurt you with his threes and extra pass ability and just when you thought that you could have a breather on defense, in comes Roberts who can score in bunches quicker than Ray Allen can releases his bombs from the corner. 'I think it is pretty even. I think Goldsberry and Rice are two different guards, but Roberts gives them a great option off the bench and when you throw in Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) then you have some great guard play, but Artland has some great guard play as well', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

The forward edge also goes to The Brose Baskets Bamberg. With Suput, Bamberg has one of the top power forwards that is always guaranteed to score even if it doesnt look pretty, the Serb has been doing it for his whole career and his experience is huge.. Hines is a big body that frees up space and he scores and rebounds on a consistent level this season and Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) brings the athletic quality to the forwards. The Artland Dragons have a solid trio with Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami, OH), Adam Hess and Robert Kurz (206-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame). Peavy gives you solid inside out game, Hess can damage you from outside and will go where it hurts, and Kurz is a relentless worker under the boards that gobbles up rebounds, can score and has NBA experience. 'I like Bambergs frontline, they are very deep and versatile', stated John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). At the center position, it is pretty even. Bamberg has a strong duo with German national player Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89)/Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86). Pleiss has improved very much this season and his defense adds a new dimension to the Bamberg play. Hines brings routine and consistency. One cant get a better center offense/defense duo with Darren Fenn and Ruben Boumtje Boumtje. Fenn is a scorer who will need to have a good game for Artland to be successful and Boumtje Boumtje is the ideal guy coming from the bench especially to help stop opponents runs. The Brose Baskets bamberg also have the experience factor. The club has 7 players that have almost played two complete seasons together and have played Euroleague together. The Artland Dragons boast experienced players with Fenn, Hess, Boumtje Boumtje and Strasser, but their experience in the BEKO BBL doesnt match that of Bamberg. 'I think Bamberg has played in some big games this season and I think they have the experience advantage as well', commented John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The coaching match up is an interesting one with Chris Fleming (agency: Pro One Sports ) vs Stefan Koch and also even. Koch is back coaching after being away from the sidelines for almost 4 years, but in his career, he has shown his ability to bring success winning the 2000 BEKO BBL cup with the Opel Skyliners, winning the 2003 Austrian title with the Montan Bears Kapfenberg and led the Giessen 46ers to the 2005 BEKO BBl semi finals losing to Bamberg in 5 games. Chris Fleming (agency: Pro One Sports ) has just as an impressive resume making the Artland Dragons into a BEKO BBL team in 2003, winning the Cup in 2008, before coming to Bamberg last season and winning the double.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg won the season series against The Artland Dragons 60-58 at home and 75-69 on the road. Bamberg was pretty lucky in the first game as Artland played them very tough forcing them to shoot 35% from the field and 18% from outside and winning the rebound duel 43-34. The 8 turnovers by Bamberg saved them on this day. The second game was another very close affair as Artland shot only 36% from the field, but won the rebounding duel again. Bamberg was the better team in crunch time keeping their nerves in check. The Artland Dragons will have to play with very high intensity for 40 minutes and Hope that Rice has a DaShaun Wood type of game. 'Rice needs to play well in order for them to win for sure. He has stepped up his game in the 2nd half of the season and a lot of their success depends on him', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The Artland Dragons will have to defend well and bang under the boards to be successful. Bamberg has the best defense in the BEKO BBL and Artland should concentrate on attacking Suput who isnt the strongest defender, get at Roberts on the pick role and force Pleiss out to get more room inside for their big men. 'Artland just has to use their strengths and I think there guards have to play well to win this game', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The Brose Baskets Bamberg have scored 70 points or more in 24 of the 27 games and just need to find their rhythm quickly and bring intensity and with the crowd behind them should be okay. Artland has an up tempo offense. Their weakness is their half court game. If you make them play that then they will have problems. Bamberg should also keep them from continuously moving the ball and containing their transition opportunities. Bamberg have lost only twice this season and been near perfect. There isnt much which they should change, but just go on the court and do their magic. 'Bamberg just has to play there game and do what they have been doing all season', stressed John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The Brose Baskets Bamberg host The Artland Dragons April 2nd at 20:00


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Jeremiah Davis arrived for Ilysiakos - by Giorgos Diploidis
Jeremiah Davis (183-G-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Pacific) is the new player who came in Greece for the team of IIlysiakos Athens The club of Athens lost their best scorer, jimmy Baxter (who went in Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour), in the most important part of the season and they were looking for someone to replace him. Davis is not a small forward as Baxter but a very good 'point machine' also.

Davis so far was in Cyprus were in 15 games had 15.1 ppg, 2.7 apg 1.3 spg.




Montepaschi hands 81-72 loss to Olympiakos in Game 3 - by Eurobasket News
Game 3: Montepaschi - Olympiakos 81-72 (2-1)

Second win for the Italian powerhouse, who is 2-1 up now in the series. They were destroyed in the first meeting against the Reds, but after that Montepaschi registered two wins and now they are very close to reach the Final Four. Marko Jaric (198-G-78) shined for the hosts with 24 points in this game, including just one missed shot for 23 minutes on the court. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) (7 rebs) and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) helped with 15 points each. In Olympiakos, Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) delivered 16 points and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) stopped to 15 pts.
Everything started good for the Reds, who made 2-5 and 9-10 at the very beginning, but the hosts woke up after that and closed the first period with 12-4 run. Olympiakos tied the score to 33-33 in the finish of Q2, but Rimantas Kaukenas hit a buzzer beater and reach the break with Montepaschi on top 39-37. Third period was the crucial one in this game. Montepaschi jumped to 51-44 and later finished third period with 60-50 lead. Olympiakos closed the gap to six and it seemed they will be able to mount a comeback, but that didnt happen. Montepaschi immediately replied with 8-1 run (70-57) solving question about the winner. They reached plus 16 in the finish.
Game Four will be played tomorrow in Siena.

Montepaschi: Marko Jaric 24, Ksistof Lavrinovic 15+7 boards, Rimantas Kaukenas 15
Olympiakos: Radoslav Nesterovic 16, Vassilis Spanoulis 15


Panathinaikos grabs 2-1 lead against Regal Barca - by Eurobasket News
Game Three: Panathinaikos - Regal Barca 76-74 (2-1)

Another thriller between two Euroleague giants. Panathinaikos celebrated 76-74 home win for 2-1 lead in the series and now they need one more victory for the Final Four. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) was a key player for the hosts as he collected 18 points and 7 assists. '3D' forced Barcelona players to make 12 fouls on him in this game. Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) scored 13 points, while Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) added 12 points and 6 boards. In Regal Barca, Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) had 16 points including 4 of 5 from behind the arc. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) netted 13 and 12 points respectively.
PAO opened the game with quick 11-4 lead and later jumped to 16-10. Jaka Lakovic sank a three-pointer to get Barcelona within 16-13 after 10 intense minutes. Barca completed 0-9 run at the beginning of Q2 for 16-19, but Nicholas stopped them with a basket plus foul. PAO made plus seven in the finish of the first half, but it was Lakovic again who came up with a triple, this time fixing the score to 33-29 after 20 minutes. Visitors shined after the breather making 4-9 run, but Tsartsaris stepped up with a put-back basket and Mike Batiste added a five-meter jumper to put the Greens back ahead, 41-38. PAO was constantly in charge for rest of the period and later entered to last ten minutes with 55-49. The reigning Eurloleague champion didnt panic and they replied with 6-14 run in the first five minutes of Q4. The Greens called a timeout and it was a right decision, which helped them to consolidate. They quickly jumped to 70-65, but Juan Carlos Navarro scored and added free throws after that to 70-69. Dimitris Diamantidis was unmistakable in the finish, but Barca had the last possession with 2 seconds left. Jaka Lakovic was sent to the line. He missed his second shot on purpose but Barcelona could not get a shot up in time, allowing all Panathinaikos fans to celebrate a valuable win.
Game Four is scheduled for Thursday and PAO will be the host once again.

Panathinaikos: Dimitris Diamantidis 18+7 as, Drew Nicholas 13, Mike Batiste 12+6 boards
Regal Barca: Ricky Rubio 16, Jaka Lakovic 13, Alan Anderson 12


Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. OFI 21-4 
 2. Ermis Perama 20-5 
 3. Nea Kifisia 17-5 
 4. MENT 17-7 
 5. Anagennisi 17-7 
 6. Doxa Lefkadas 16-9 
 7. Diagoras 12-12 
 8. Aias Evosmou 12-12 
 9. Doukas 12-13 
 10. Stratoni 11-13 
 11. Aiolos Trik. 10-15 
 12. Egaleo 8-17 
 13. Apollon KL 7-18 
 14. M.Alexandros 5-19 
 15. Filippos Veroias 4-20 


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IBL WEST COAST HOTSHOTS ARE FIRED UP - by John Gary
COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM lEGENDARY sEATTLE AREA COACH rANDY rEDWINE,WHO HAS COACHED IN THE ibl FOR YEARS WILL COACH FOR THE wEST cOAST hOTshots IN THE 2011 ibl SEASON. Redwine is recognized as an outstanding coach who has tremendous recruiting ties. The Hotshots will head into a seventh season of basketball and have been renamed theWest Coast Hotshots. The team was formely called the Oregon Hotshots but it was changed because the team will no longer play in Central Oregon. The team will play all twenty of its games on the road this season.

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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Marcus WALKER
  KR
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 24
 1. Walker, KR24.0 
 2. Sanders, Keflavik22.8 
 3. Inge, Haukar21.8 
 4. Biedler, IR21.7 
 5. Bartolotta, IR21.6 
 6. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 7. Sovic, IR21.0 
 8. Robinson, Haukar21.0 
 9. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
 10. Fain, Tindastoll20.0 
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, KR10.9 
 5. Fain, Tindastoll10.1 
 6. Amoroso, Snaefell9.8 
 7. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 8. Jonsson, Snaefell9.0 
 9. Nathanaelsso., Ham.8.3 
 10. Smith, Njardvik8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR7.8 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.3 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.5 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan6.3 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Arnarson, Hamar5.3 
 8. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 9. Inge, Haukar5.2 
 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. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.5 
 7. Biedler, IR2.5 
 8. Steinarsson, Fjolnir2.3 
 9. Viggosson, Tindastoll2.2 
 10. Moore, Njardvik2.2 
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. Savarsson, Grind.1.4 
 6. Inge, Haukar1.4 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.3 
 8. Pettinella, Grindavik1.3 
 9. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.3 
 10. Magnusson, KR1.2 


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Playoff tree getting clear, contenders looking for their opponents - by Aydin Dianat
As the regular season is getting to it's final days, teams have a better picture of their opponents in the playoff stage. Some teams are addign their 3rd foreign player and some like to keep the chemistry for the playoffs. The defending champion Mahram Tehran totally changed after Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) came back from injurry, it seems they got back on their flow. Number one seeded Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour is about to add more foreign players to its roster. The Wonder boys of Rah Tarabari Qom will have a tough game against Zob Ahan Esfahan in isfahan after the break and they are looking for a spot between 3,4 or 5. Towzin Electric Kashan, another strong team of this season especially at home will probably face Qom in playoffs which will be very good series to watch. Azad University, B.A. Shiraz and Shahrdari Gorgan Municipality will have difficult matches against the top seeded teams. It's a matter of time to wait and see what will happen in this season playoffs games of one of the best basketball seasons so far in Iran.

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Maccabi guard Perkins out for season with knee injury - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv guard Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) will miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury in his teams Quarterfinal Playoffs Game 3 victory over Caja Laboral on Tuesday. Perkins suffered the injury at the start of the second quarter when he knee seemed to buckle as he drove to the basket. He was taken to a nearby hospital for an MRI, which revealed several torn ligaments and damage to the meniscus. He will likely undergo surgery soon after which a rehabilitation schedule will be set. Perkins is in his second season with Maccabi. He had started all 19 Euroleague games this season and averaged 9.5 points, a team-best 5.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 22-3 
 2. Maccabi HBK 17-7 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 16-9 
 4. Megido/Yokneam 15-10 
 5. Beer Yaakov 13-12 
 6. Elitzur Ramla 12-12 
 7. Lev Hasharon 12-13 
 8. Hapoel Tivon 11-14 
 9. Hapoel Afula 11-14 
 10. Kohav Yair 11-14 
 11. Ironi Ramat Gan 11-14 
 12. Hod Hasharon 9-16 
 13. Hapoel Beeri 8-17 
 14. Ironi Nahariya 6-19 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A27.4 
 2. Hall, Beer Yaakov23.4 
 3. Moragne, Hapoel B.23.3 
 4. Clemente, Megido.23.1 
 5. Miller, Megido/Y.23.0 
 6. Gomez, Beer Yaakov21.3 
 7. Timberlake, Elitzu.21.1 
 8. Young, Hod Hasharon21.1 
 9. Delaney, Maccabi .20.8 
 10. Brown, Maccabi HBK20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.6 
 3. Clemente, Megido.10.8 
 4. Brandy, Hod H.10.3 
 5. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 6. Wade, Lev Hasharon9.3 
 7. Strong, Hapoel T.9.1 
 8. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 9. Utter, Hapoel T-A8.9 
 10. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ofir FARHI
  Beer Yaakov
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.6 
 2. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.4 
 3. Dobie, Lev Hasharon6.3 
 4. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula5.9 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.5.8 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.7 
 7. Fisher, Ironi R.4.7 
 8. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.7 
 9. Davidi, Elitzur Ramla4.5 
 10. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.3 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.7 
 3. Bochman, Beer Y.2.6 
 4. Delaney, Maccabi .2.5 
 5. Markson, Hapoel A.2.1 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.1 
 7. Fisher, Ironi R.2.0 
 8. Young, Hod Hasharon2.0 
 9. Hofman, Elitzur .2.0 
 10. Shtarkman, Megido.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.2.2 
 2. Colwell, Ironi R.2.1 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.0 
 4. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 5. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.6 
 6. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 7. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.5 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 9. Brandy, Hod H.1.3 
 10. Markson, Hapoel A.1.3 


Maccabi Electra beats Caja Laboral with ease, 81-60 - by Eurobasket News
Game 3: Maccabi Electra- Caja Laboral 81-60 (2-1)

Maccabi Electra handed 81-60 loss to Caja Laboral for 2-1 lead in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The Israeli powerhouse will be the host in Game Four as well and it will be their first chance to book a spot for the Final Four. Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) was unstoppable last night with 23 points. David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) followed him with 16 points and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) helped with 9 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. Visitors got 14 points and 6 boards from Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). Stanko Barac (217-C-86) and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) had 11 and 10 pts respectively.
Teams were pretty leveled in the first period, which ended with 24-23 home squad lead. Maccabi players exploded after that. They made 10-0 run during the second quarter and later finished it with 17-7 for 41-30 lead at the halftime. Jeremy Pargo led his team in the first half scoring 15 points. David Blu joined him after the breather to extend the home lead to 15 pts. Caja Laboral struggled at both sides of the court and faced with huge 69-45 minus with 10:00 to go. That was too much for the Spanish champion and Maccabi had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead for rest of the game.
Game Four tomorrow in Tel-Aviv.

Maccabi Electra: Jeremy Pargo 23, David Blu 16, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 9+8 boards+5 as
Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 14+6 boards, Stanko Barac 11, David Logan 10


Doron Perkins Out For 9 Months - by David Pick
Maccabi Tel-Aviv's starting point guard Doron Perkins, successfully passed his knee surgery today at 'Assaf Harofeh' hospital. Perkins has sustained a tear in several ligaments in his right knee and in his meniscus, as MRI results revealed last night.

Surgeon, Gabriel Aagger said today minutes after treating the superstar: 'At the moment Doron has just come out of surgery and he feels fine. His injury is very serious for a professional basketball player. I believe he will have to undergo a long rehabilitation process estimated at least nine months. However, I hope he will begin running sooner, as I wish him only the best in the future'.

At first, the player's immediate surroundings thought the guard would be out for at least six months but today's result became much harsher. His father, Melvin, who is now in Israel, is by his son's side. If estimations are correct, Perkins will miss the rest of the current season and is not expected to return to the parquet floors before the end of December, early January 2012.

Perkins, who was a key factor in Maccabi's success this season and one of the most exciting players on the court, posted Euroleague averages of 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.7 steals.

In the Lotto (Israeli) League, the American guard posted 14.2 points, 5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.3 steals. Perkins also recorded this season his first Israeli triple-double against arch-rival Hapoel Jerusalem. In his two years with Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Perkins scored a total of 366 points in the Euroleague and 590 points in the Israeli League.






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Janar Talts lands in Varese - by Eurobasket News
Varese strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Janar Talts (205-C-83). The Estonian player was recently released by Krasnye Krylia Samara. The 27-year-old Estonian centre signed with Krasnye Krylia back in December. He tallied 0.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in Russian PBL. Janar Talts started the season in TU/Rock. His stats read 13.7 points and 6.0 boards per game in EuroChallenge. In EMKL the centre posted 12.7 points, 5.6 boards per appearance. In Baltic League he tallied 15.5 points, 6.9 boards and 1.7 assists. Janar Talts is the member of Estonian NT.



Maciej Lampe leads Unics into EuroCup Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Pepsi Caserta 79:77

Unics advanced into EuroCup Final Four. They snatched a narrow home win over Pepsi Caserta and sealed an 8-point victory on aggregate. Pepsi Caserta gave late scares to Unics surging ahead but the Kazan outfit stayed calm and executed wisely at the end. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) was unstoppable for Unics with 31 points, 16 boards and 2 assists.
It all looked just all right for Unics early in the game. The hosts outscored Pepsi Caserta 26:17 in the opening stanza. Unics maintained the lead throughout the second period. They recorded a 46:35 lead at the interval. But Pepsi Caserta turned things around in the third quarter. Desperately fighting for every ball the visitors outgunned Unics to trim the deficit at just four points. Caserta continued to stay aggressive in the fourth term and eventually grabbed a narrow one-point lead. But Maciej Lampe and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) stepped up for Unics late in the game and sealed the win for the home team. Marko Popovic had 17 points and 6 assists for Unics. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) provided 11 points, 8 boards and 4 assists in the win. Jumaine Jones (202-F-79, college: Georgia) answered with 23 points and 10 boards for Pepsi Caserta. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) had 15 points in defeat.

Unics: Maciej Lampe 31+16 boards, Marko Popovic 17, Vladimir Veremeenko 11
Pepsi Caserta: Jumaine Jones 23+10 boards, Timothy Bowers 15



Benetton ease past Goettingen in Treviso - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Goettingen 84:62

Benetton made it look easy as they trounced Goettingen to win EuroCup quarterfinals clash. Benetton will now have a chance to play in front of supportive home crown during EuroCup Final Four in Treviso. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) knocked down 22 points to lead Benetton to a comfortable win over Goettingen today.
The first game ended in a draw so it was a win-or-die situation for both sides. Benetton did not waste too much time scoring 25 points in the opening term and surging ahead. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. They recorded a 45:37 advantage at the interval. The hosts limited Goettingen to only 13 points in the third term and cleared off to a 15-point distance with one quarter to go. Benetton looked calm and confident as they raced to the win in the final period. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) had 15 points, 6 steals and 5 assists for the winners. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) accounted for 13 points. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) replied with 25 points and 7 boards for Goettingen. John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) delivered 16 points in defeat.

Benetton: Devin Smith 22, Massimo Bulleri 15, Alessandro Gentile 13
Goettingen: Dwayne Anderson 25, John Little 16



Montepaschi hands 81-72 loss to Olympiakos in Game 3 - by Eurobasket News
Game 3: Montepaschi - Olympiakos 81-72 (2-1)

Second win for the Italian powerhouse, who is 2-1 up now in the series. They were destroyed in the first meeting against the Reds, but after that Montepaschi registered two wins and now they are very close to reach the Final Four. Marko Jaric (198-G-78) shined for the hosts with 24 points in this game, including just one missed shot for 23 minutes on the court. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) (7 rebs) and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) helped with 15 points each. In Olympiakos, Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) delivered 16 points and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) stopped to 15 pts.
Everything started good for the Reds, who made 2-5 and 9-10 at the very beginning, but the hosts woke up after that and closed the first period with 12-4 run. Olympiakos tied the score to 33-33 in the finish of Q2, but Rimantas Kaukenas hit a buzzer beater and reach the break with Montepaschi on top 39-37. Third period was the crucial one in this game. Montepaschi jumped to 51-44 and later finished third period with 60-50 lead. Olympiakos closed the gap to six and it seemed they will be able to mount a comeback, but that didnt happen. Montepaschi immediately replied with 8-1 run (70-57) solving question about the winner. They reached plus 16 in the finish.
Game Four will be played tomorrow in Siena.

Montepaschi: Marko Jaric 24, Ksistof Lavrinovic 15+7 boards, Rimantas Kaukenas 15
Olympiakos: Radoslav Nesterovic 16, Vassilis Spanoulis 15


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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. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 5. Peiners, LU15.1 
 6. Veselovs, Valmiera14.7 
 7. Duselis, LU14.5 
 8. Mednis, Turiba14.0 
 9. Caldwell, Liepaja13.8 
 10. Vaikulis, Liepaja13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale7.6 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 7. Veselovs, Valmiera6.1 
 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. Willjam, Barons4.7 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.5 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja3.8 
 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. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja1.8 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.8 
 7. Gabrans, Valmiera1.8 
 8. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 9. Slisans, LU1.6 
 10. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
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. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 8. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 9. Meiers, Liepaja0.8 
 10. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 17-4 
 2. Liepaja 17-9 
 3. Valmiera 16-9 
 4. Barons 16-9 
 5. VEF Riga 15-9 
 6. Zemgale 8-15 
 7. Turiba 5-20 
 8. LU 4-23 


Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Jurmala 17-5 
 2. Ventspils Aug. 17-5 
 3. Ogre 16-6 
 4. Saldus 15-7 
 5. BAA Riga 13-9 
 6. Gulbene 12-10 
 7. Liepaja-2 11-11 
 8. Zemgale/Jun. 11-11 
 9. Daugava 10-12 
 10. Livani 5-17 
 11. Ridzene 4-18 
 12. VEF Kadeti 1-21 


BC Oostende advanced to EuroChallenge Final Four - by Eurobasket News
BC Oostende-BK Ventspils 70:63

BC Oostende advanced to EuroChallenge Final Four as the team became the least to join Lokomotiv, Krka and Spartak Sp. The Belgian team needed 70:63 win over BK Ventspils to win the Quarterfinal series 2-1.
It was a tough start and both teams knew each other well. The guests took the early lead, but BC Oostende won the first period 18:9. Pelle increased to 20:10, while Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) nailed three for 26:23. Moreover Anderson brought the lead back to the Baltic state at 28:27. Ebong and Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) meanwhile ensured 31:28 at the halftime. The third quarter became decisive in the game as the hosts looked great in the court. They needed 17-11 to take 48:39 advantage after 30 minutes. When Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) scored few points in a row for 60:44 it became clear about the winner. Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) later scored 6 points in a row for his side to give them 68:61 with 40 seconds to go. Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) and Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) reduced to 68:63, but Caleb Green made a dunk at the every end for the final success.
Caleb Green stepped up with 20 points for the winners to take the semifinal spot. Darrel Mitchell and Matt Lojeski followed him with 15 points apiece. Brandon Hunter respodned with 16 points in the losing case, while Oritseweyinmi Efejuku and Arturs Berzins added 12 each.

BC Oostende: Caleb Green 20, Darrel Mitchell 15, Matt Lojeski 15
BK Ventspils: Brandon Hunter 16, Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 12, Arturs Berzins 12



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Riyadi level WABA League championship series - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Jalaa 85:77

Riyadi forced the decisive fifth game in the WABA League title series. They overcame Jalaa in Beirut yesterday to knot things up at 2-2. The teams will now move back to Aleppo to decide on the winner. Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) erupted for 34 points and 11 rebounds to ensure the winning outcome for Riaydi.
The Lebanese team quickly set in front in the opening term. They posted a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew to double digits in the second quarter. Riyadi accumulated a 45:34 lead at the interval. Jalaa tried to recover the intrigue in the third term. The Syrian side got within 8 points with ten minutes to go. They opened the fourth stanza on a 13:9 rally to cut the deficit at 4-point mark. But Riaydi responded right on time to escape with a vital win at the end. Ali Mahmoud (185-G-83) provided 20 points for the winners. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) had 13 points, 13 boards and 4 assists for Riyadi. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) answered with 26 points for Jalaa. Wissam Yakoub (212-C-82) had 15 points and 11 boards in the loss.
The fifth game in the series is scheduled for Monday.

Riyadi: Nathanel Johnson 34+11 boards, Ali Mahmoud 20, Loren Woods 13+13 boards
Jalaa: Jamaal Miller 26, Wissam Yakoub 15+11 boards



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Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Egidijus DIMSA
  Nevezis
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Dimsa, Nevezis16.6 
 2. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 3. Kieza, Juventus16.2 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas15.4 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis14.8 
 6. Ruikis, Neptunas14.7 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 8. Juskevicius, Rudupis14.6 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai14.3 
 10. Leonavicius, Techa.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.0 
 2. Janisius, Alytus A.9.9 
 3. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.3 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.1 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis7.5 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.8 
 7. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.7 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas6.6 
 10. Matulis, Sakalai6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.1 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.6 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.2 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.0 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.4 
 6. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.1 
 8. Janavicius, Siauliai4.1 
 9. Dainys, Rudupis3.9 
 10. Kalnietis, Zalgiris3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Valdas VASYLIUS
  Neptunas
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Vasylius, Neptunas2.1 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.1 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis2.0 
 4. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.9 
 5. Razutis, Naglis-A.1.8 
 6. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.8 
 7. Leonavicius, Techa.1.8 
 8. Valukonis, Techasas1.7 
 9. Alijevas, Nevezis1.7 
 10. Ruikis, Neptunas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.0 
 3. Silinskis, Techasas1.9 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Volkus, Techasas1.1 
 6. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.0 
 7. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.0 
 8. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Petrukonis, Perlas0.8 
 10. Zelionis, Rudupis0.8 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.22.1 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.6 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.19.7 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.3 
 5. Jurkus, Silute17.9 
 6. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.7 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 8. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 9. Sebeziovas, Triobe.15.9 
 10. Girdziunas, Nafta U.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.10.4 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.10.4 
 3. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.2 
 4. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.5 
 5. Warren, Mazeikiai8.5 
 6. Brusokas, Perla.8.5 
 7. Nedzinskas, Silute8.5 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.8 
 9. Kaupaitis, Silute7.4 
 10. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai7.2 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.1 
 3. Sapiega, Erelita5.0 
 4. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.9 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.5 
 7. Kutra, Delikatesas4.2 
 8. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 9. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.0 
 10. Semaska, Perla.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.7 
 2. Metelica, Erelita2.6 
 3. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.5 
 4. Petraitis, Delikate.2.5 
 5. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.4 
 6. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.2 
 7. Kutra, Delikatesas2.2 
 8. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.2 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.2.2 
 10. Pelss, Erelita2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.5 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.2.5 
 3. Urbonas, LK.2.3 
 4. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.8 
 5. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.8 
 6. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.5 
 7. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 8. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.1 
 9. Ramasauskas, ABRO-.1.0 
 10. Bernataviciu., Triobe.0.9 


LKL Round 27 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Neptunas - Sakalai 86-76

There was no surprise in Klaipeda where 10th ranked Sakalai (6-15) was defeated by eighth ranked Neptunas (9-11) 86-76 on Tuesday. Sakalai was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Neptunas made 32-of-40 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Sakalai turnovers. Sakalai was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was swingman Mantas Ruikis (198-85) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Five Neptunas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Edvinas Jezukevicius (207-90) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and swingman Virginijus Sirvydis (196-73) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Sakalai's coach Rutenis Paulauskas rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Neptunas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. Sakalai lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Neptunas will face higher ranked Rudupis (#3) in Prienai in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: M.Ruikis 18+8reb, J.Zurna 14+1reb+4ast, V.Vasylius 13+7reb, A.Brunins 12+2reb+4ast, M.Mazeika 12+2reb+1ast, L.Bonner 7+1reb+1ast
Sakalai: E.Jezukevicius 13+8reb+1ast, V.Sirvydis 11+6reb+3ast, A.Gydra 11+6reb+2ast, P.Augustas 9+3reb+3ast, E.Baniulis 9+3reb+1ast, R.Matulis 7+2reb
gschID: 120441


Rudupis - Lietuvos Rytas 96-82

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Prienai where third ranked Rudupis (14-6) defeated second-best Lietuvos Rytas (17-4) 96-82 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Lietuvos Rytas was better in third quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rudupis looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Lietuvos Rytas was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (198-F-89) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (197-90) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian-Montenegrin center Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds and international swingman Simas Jasaitis (202-82) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rudupis maintains third place with 14-6 record having eight points less than leader Zalgiris. Defending champion Lietuvos Rytas keeps the second position with four games lost. Rudupis will face Neptunas (#7) in Klaipeda in the next round. Lietuvos Rytas will play at home against Siauliai (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: V.Lipkevicius 20+7reb+2ast, A.Juskevicius 16+2reb+2ast, G.Orelikas 16+3reb+7ast, G.Jankauskas 11+4reb, J.Sinica 10+1reb+2ast, P.Butkevicius 9+6reb
Lietuvos Rytas: M.Bjelica 17+5reb, S.Jasaitis 15+6reb+1ast, M.Gecevicius 14+1ast, D.Strawberry 13+1ast, K.Bajramovic 9+5reb+3ast, S.Babrauskas 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 120442


Zalgiris - Nevezis 104-69

Very expected game in Kaunas where 9th ranked Nevezis (7-13) was rolled over by leader Zalgiris (21-0) 104-69 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Nevezis was better in second period 29-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Nevezis' 44. They outrebounded Nevezis 41-20 including a 25-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Interperformances) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. International forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. Zalgiris' coach Ilias Zouros felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) who recorded 13 points and 5 rebounds and guard Vytenis Cizauskas (190-92) added 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. Zalgiris have an impressive series of twenty one victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-0 record. Nevezis at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Zalgiris will face Juventus (#5) in Utena in the next round. Nevezis will play at home against Alytus Alita (#13).
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: P.Jankunas 20+7reb+1ast, M.Brown 13+2reb+1ast, M.Kalnietis 12+3ast, A.Milaknis 12+1reb, D.Collins 11+4reb+5ast, T.Klimavicius 10+13reb
Nevezis: V.Cizauskas 14+1reb+1ast, E.Dimsa 13+5reb, P.Belevicius 11+2reb+1ast, E.Kalve 8+5reb+2ast, M.Simonavicius 6+1reb+2ast, L.Brazdauskis 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 120443


Siauliai - Techasas 77-72 OT

Techasas (#6) forced the game against Siauliai (#4) into an overtime, but lost by five points 72-77 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Techasas. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 20-12 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. Siauliai dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Techasas' 20. The best player for the winners was American center David Weaver (209-87, college: Wake Forest) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Tomas Rinkevicius (178-78) who recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) added 19 points and 4 steals respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Siauliai have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 13-7 record. Techasas at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Siauliai will face league's second-placed Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Techasas will play at home against Perlas (#8) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: D.Weaver 17+8reb, M.Zukauskas 15+3reb+1ast, D.Gvezdauskas 15+3reb+1ast, Z.Janavicius 11+5reb+3ast, V.Sarakauskas 8+10reb+1ast, R.Broadus 4+6reb+5ast
Techasas: G.Leonavicius 19+1reb+2ast, T.Rinkevicius 14+5reb+7ast, T.Cerneckis 11+3reb+2ast, M.Valukonis 10+9reb, D.Silinskis 8+6reb+1ast, R.Streikus 5+2reb
gschID: 120440





NKL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Mazeikiai - Zalgiris-Sabonio 85-66

Mazeikiai surged ahead in the quarterfinal series against Zalgiris-Sabonio. They celebrated at home in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Mazeikiai. Zalgiris-Sabonio was better in fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jason Warren (201-F/G-84, college: Missouri Western) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll.) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Warren is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Forward Edgaras Ulanovas (198-92) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) added 16 points in the effort for Zalgiris-Sabonio. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: M.Kupsas 16+4reb, E.Ulanovas 13+6reb+2ast, T.Jogela 10+3reb, Z.Skucas 8+6reb, V.Kariniauskas 5, P.Sorokas 5+1reb+2ast
Mazeikiai: J.Warren 16+7reb+7ast, D.Vaitelis 16+3reb, M.Guzauskis 13+6reb, B.Harrison 12+5reb+7ast, M.Sidlauskas 11+5reb+1ast, M.Norkus 10+4reb
gschID: 125279


Meresta - LKKA-Atletas 89-80

Meresta prevailed against LKKA-Aistes at home court in Game 1 of the series. LKKA-Atletas was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 35-17 third quarter run of Meresta. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to LKKA-Atletas' 32 and made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Meresta forced 25 LKKA-Atletas turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Simonas Slivka (194-86) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Vytautas Padgureckas (186-85) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Meresta players scored in double figures. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) answered with 31 points and guard Arunas Sakalauskas (188-91) added 17 points in the effort for LKKA-Atletas. LKKA-Atletas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
LKKA-Atletas: V.Sragauskis 31+4reb+1ast, A.Sakalauskas 17+4reb+1ast, D.Gricius 12+3reb+2ast, S.Vingelis 8+1reb+3ast, P.Malasauskas 6+1reb+2ast, E.Tviraga 4+3reb+2ast
Meresta: T.Balciunas 17, S.Slivka 17+7reb+4ast, S.Raziulis 13+1reb+2ast, L.Radavicius 12+2reb, V.Padgureckas 12+3reb+4ast, M.Kumpis 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 125280


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Triobet Malsta 92-71

Pieno Zvaigzdes overcame Triobet Malsta to take 1-0 lead. The game was mostly controlled by Pieno Zvaigzdes. Triobet Malsta managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pieno Zvaigzdes made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Triobet Malsta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) fired 26 points for the winners. Guard Gintautas Vileita (194-75, college: Monmouth) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Forward Tomas Milinskas (202-90) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and forward Henrikas Vorotnikovas (202-90) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Triobet Malsta's coach Kestutis Narusevicius gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Triobet Malsta: T.Sebeziovas 17+2reb+1ast, H.Vorotnikovas 12+9reb+2ast, T.Milinskas 12+11reb, G.Maciulevicius 9+4reb+1ast, V.Kruzikas 9+2reb, A.Vasiliauskas 6+4reb+3ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: D.Griskenas 26+4reb+1ast, D.Leonard 18+3reb+5ast, G.Vileita 17+5reb+5ast, A.Kazlauskas 15+7reb, A.Masiulis 6+8reb+1ast, R.Sugintas 6+1reb
gschID: 125277


Radviliskis - Nafta Universitetas 57-68

Nafta Universitetas toppled Radviliskis on the road in the opener. Radviliskis was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 38-20 second half run of Nafta Universitetas. They also forced 20 Radviliskis turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Deivydas Anuzis (182-92) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Forward Audrius Mineikis (202-77) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and guard Rytis Rauktys (187-84) added 7 points in the effort for Radviliskis.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: A.Mineikis 29+10reb+1ast, L.Valantinas 8+1reb+1ast, R.Rauktys 7+4reb+1ast, Z.Kuklierius 6+2reb+3ast, D.Rekasius 3+1reb, A.Oladimeji 2+7reb
Nafta Universitetas: D.Anuzis 15+2reb+2ast, V.Chodosovskis 14+5reb+1ast, D.Norkus 10+6reb, M.Girdziunas 9+5reb+5ast, J.Kazakauskas 8+2reb+3ast, T.Klimas 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 125278




Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 21-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 17-4 
 3. Rudupis 14-6 
 4. Siauliai 13-7 
 5. Juventus 12-9 
 6. Techasas 12-10 
 7. Neptunas 9-11 
 8. Perlas 9-12 
 9. Nevezis 7-13 
 10. Naglis-Adakris 6-14 
 11. Sakalai 6-15 
 12. Aiscai Kaunas 6-15 
 13. Alytus Alita 2-18 


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  MALAYSIA   


Malaysia NT Player Injury - by Abdallah Omari
To solve the troubles, the Malaysian national team basketball player Tan Kian Hoong (192-G/F-83) undergoing knee surgery this season, nearly reimbursement. Tan Kian Hoong (192-G/F-83) from Kelantan, Malaysia is currently in the total basket of rich peasants, where he has been suffering from knee problems for years old, in order to directly address the troubles, he was on Thursday morning in Kuala Lumpur Sports Medicine Center, surgery, treatment old wounds left knee cartilage, at least more than six months to recuperate. 'This is my national team in 2005 went to Australia at the time by the Arab Games, the old wounds Fraser, although the current treatment has been surgery, but then did not properly maintained, wear knee seriously, especially in the finish fierce competition, is intolerable pain. He said that before the injection of lubricating fluid in the knee, but not long-term approach has deteriorated in recent phenomenon, walking or stairs will feel the pain, the bitter experience, decided to undergo surgery. 'The doctor said the muscles in the knee after surgical repair, but also injected stem cells to make cartilage to fully recover, so after discharge, it must be at least 6 weeks on crutches, not to want to immediately return to the court. Asked how long it takes to recover, Tan Kian Hoong (192-G/F-83) said that this year all the game should not have the opportunity to participate in, and hope to return at the end of the heads of state cup. 17 years old to enter the national team's Tan Kian Hoong (192-G/F-83) , in September last year set off on behalf of Hong Kong, Malaysia Star team, won the 2010 Olympic success of the Asian Professional Basketball Tournament championship, and then in front of their own International Tournament held in Malaysia and then put on the national Team Jersey, but only achieved third place with his teammates. Held at the end of the head of Segamat Cup, Tan Kian Hoong (192-G/F-83) switched from Johor to Perak arms, but the failure of contention were washed 3 crown, this year's Heads of State Cup was held in Ipoh, I believe Tan Kian Hoong (192-G/F-83) recovery is expected to serve once again as the Perak team.


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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael GALE
  Mexicali
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Gale, Mexicali29.7 
 2. White, Cananea28.5 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan26.9 
 4. Gabbidon, Tijuana25.2 
 5. Thomas, Cananea24.1 
 6. Moore, Tijuana23.5 
 7. Sims, Los Mochis23.4 
 8. Barrett, Guasave23.1 
 9. Moss, Nogales23.0 
 10. White, Los Mochis22.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Serge ANGOUNOU
  Guasave
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Angounou, Guasave11.7 
 2. Moss, Nogales10.6 
 3. Malloy, Los Mochis10.5 
 4. Moore, Tijuana10.0 
 5. Brown, Tepic8.7 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana8.5 
 7. Brown, Nogales8.0 
 8. Avila, Culiacan7.8 
 9. Ruffus, Mexicali7.3 
 10. Morgan, Culiacan7.3 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Funn, Guasave6.0 
 2. Ford, Tepic5.4 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.3 
 4. Watson, Tijuana5.1 
 5. White, Los Mochis5.1 
 6. White, Cananea4.3 
 7. Meza, Culiacan4.2 
 8. Brown, Nogales3.8 
 9. Ibanez, Tepic3.7 
 10. Brown, Tepic3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Derek THOMAS
  Cananea
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Thomas, Cananea2.5 
 2. Brown, Nogales1.8 
 3. Brown, Tepic1.7 
 4. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 5. White, Cananea1.7 
 6. Gale, Mexicali1.6 
 7. Monreal, Hermosillo1.5 
 8. Funn, Guasave1.5 
 9. Webb, Culiacan1.4 
 10. Holmes, Hermosillo1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Joel Leroy WEBB
  Culiacan
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Webb, Culiacan2.7 
 2. Shipley, Tijuana2.6 
 3. Malloy, Los Mochis2.5 
 4. Sowell, Culiacan2.5 
 5. Jones, Tepic2.4 
 6. Nungaray, Guaymas2.2 
 7. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 8. Brown, Tepic2.2 
 9. Watson, Tijuana2.1 
 10. Habel, Guaymas2.1 


CIBACOPA Round 11: Ostioneros de Guaymas beat Fuerza Guinda Nogales by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 11 in the CIBACOPA took place in Nogales. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (6-5) to seventh ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (5-6) 81-79 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Fuerza Guinda Nogales were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-22 charge of Ostioneros de Guaymas, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ostioneros de Guaymas made 24 blocks. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks. Guard Jose Luis Bucio (179-86) contributed with 14 points and 4 blocks (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach Eduardo Opezzo used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Antoine Broxsie (209-F-79, college: Oklahoma St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains seventh place with 5-6 record, which they share with Mexicali. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Tijuana. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play again at home against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Frayles de Guasave (7-4) against fourth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (7-4) on Tuesday night. Host Frayles de Guasave was defeated by Caballeros de Culiacan in a tough game in Guasave 89-98. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. It was a great evening for American guard Kevin Sowell (190-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 41 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Joel Leroy Webb helped adding 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Cameroonian forward Serge Angounou (202-83, college: Arizona St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Guasave. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Frayles de Guasave will play again at home against Caballeros de Culiacan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
CIBACOPA top team - Mineros de Cananea (9-2) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat ninth ranked Coras de Tepic (1-10) 85-75. American players dominated the game. It was a quality performance for Davin White who led the winners and scored 37 points (!!!) (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Devon Ford came up with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 blocks for Coras de Tepic in the defeat. Mineros de Cananea have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-2 record, which they share with Hermosillo. Coras de Tepic lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Coras de Tepic will play again against the league's leader Mineros de Cananea (#1).
Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (9-2) 107-96. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Steve Monreal who scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Rayos de Hermosillo. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cananea. Pioneros Los Mochis lost their eleventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo's next round opponent will be again bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game.
The game in Mexicali was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (6-5) played at the court of eighth ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (5-6). Bomberos de Mexicali did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 90-72 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. Hugo Carrillo orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. Bomberos de Mexicali's coach Luis Nicoletti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Bomberos de Mexicali moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Guaymas. Loser Tijuana Zonkeys dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Bomberos de Mexicali will face again higher ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.



Mexicali - Tijuana 90-72

The game in Mexicali was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (6-5) played at the court of eighth ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (5-6). Bomberos de Mexicali did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 90-72 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. The game was mostly controlled by Bomberos de Mexicali. Tijuana Zonkeys was better in second period 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bomberos de Mexicali made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bomberos de Mexicali made 9 blocks. The former international power forward Hugo Carrillo (205-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) contributed with 22 points and 4 blocks for the winners. Five Bomberos de Mexicali players scored in double figures. Bomberos de Mexicali's coach Luis Nicoletti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) answered with 26 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import center Gene Shipley (206-79, college: Brandon, agency: Elleby Sports) added 17 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Tijuana Zonkeys. Bomberos de Mexicali moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Guaymas. Loser Tijuana Zonkeys dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Bomberos de Mexicali will face again higher ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Mexicali: M.Gale 22+2reb+3ast, H.Carrillo 21+9reb+2ast, R.Lopez 15+4reb+1ast, J.Penny 14+3reb+1ast, J.Ruffus 12+6reb, E.Medina 4+2reb
Tijuana: T.Gabbidon 26+7reb+1ast, J.Watson 18+5reb+3ast, G.Shipley 17+10reb, K.Rodriguez 7+2reb, G.Lira 2+3reb+2ast, J.Alvarez 2+2reb+2ast
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Guasave - Culiacan 89-98

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Frayles de Guasave (7-4) against fourth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (7-4) on Tuesday night. Host Frayles de Guasave was defeated by Caballeros de Culiacan in a tough game in Guasave 89-98. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-24 Frayles de Guasave's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 98-89 at the end of the game. Caballeros de Culiacan players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. It was a great evening for American guard Kevin Sowell (190-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 41 points (!!!) and 5 assists. His fellow American import swingman Joel Leroy Webb (201-82, college: Bellevue, agency: 011 Sports) helped adding 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Sowell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Cameroonian forward Serge Angounou (202-83, college: Arizona St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Five Caballeros de Culiacan and four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Guasave. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Frayles de Guasave will play again at home against Caballeros de Culiacan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: K.Sowell 41+4reb+5ast, J.Leroy Webb 19+9reb+7ast, V.Avila 15+7reb+5ast, J.Gonzalez 11+2reb+1ast, S.Morgan 10+8reb+3ast, F.Verdugo 2+2reb+1ast
Guasave: S.Angounou 22+12reb+4ast, R.Barrett 21+3reb+7ast, W.Funn 20+5reb+11ast, G.Giron 11+2reb+3ast, M.Strobbe 8+8reb, J.Acosta 5+1reb+2ast
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Tepic - Cananea 75-85

CIBACOPA top team - Mineros de Cananea (9-2) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat ninth ranked Coras de Tepic (1-10) 85-75. Strangely Coras de Tepic outrebounded Mineros de Cananea 30-18 including 21 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mineros de Cananea made 8 blocks. American players dominated the game. It was a quality performance for guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who led the winners and scored 37 points (!!!) (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) accounted for 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Devon Ford (193-77, college: Idaho) came up with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 blocks and forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Coras de Tepic in the defeat. Five Coras de Tepic players scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-2 record, which they share with Hermosillo. Coras de Tepic lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Coras de Tepic will play again against the league's leader Mineros de Cananea (#1).
Top scorers:
Cananea: D.White 37+1reb, D.Thomas 18+5reb+2ast, D.Williams 12+2reb+2ast, M.Valenzuela 7+1reb+4ast, O.Zuniga 4+3reb, A.Aguirre 3+5reb+2ast
Tepic: I.Brown 20+6reb+1ast, D.Ford 19+5reb+9ast, P.Lawal 12+6reb+1ast, H.Ibanez 12+4reb+8ast, J.Pablo Bravo 10+2reb+1ast, C.Estrada 2+1reb
gschID: 122846


Hermosillo - Los Mochis 107-96

Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (9-2) 107-96. The game was mostly controlled by Rayos de Hermosillo. Pioneros Los Mochis was better in fourth quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rayos de Hermosillo made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was guard Steve Monreal (180, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) who scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Guard Chavis Holmes (193, college: VMI) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Nathan Sims (191-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) produced 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans, agency: Pro Management Agency) added 16 points and 17 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Rayos de Hermosillo. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cananea. Pioneros Los Mochis lost their eleventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo's next round opponent will be again bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: S.Monreal 28+5reb+8ast, C.Holmes 24+7reb, M.Gray 20+9reb, J.Durazo 12+5reb+2ast, J.Abu-Shamala 11+6reb+2ast, J.Manuel Esteva 8+2reb
Los Mochis: N.Sims 35+6reb, D.White 21+4reb+8ast, L.Malloy 16+17reb+2ast, C.M. Toussaint 15+2reb+1ast, A.Verdugo 5+2reb, A.Araujo 2+3reb
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Nogales - Guaymas 79-81

The most exciting game of round 11 in the CIBACOPA took place in Nogales. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (6-5) to seventh ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (5-6) 81-79 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Fuerza Guinda Nogales were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-22 charge of Ostioneros de Guaymas, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ostioneros de Guaymas made 24 blocks. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks. Guard Jose Luis Bucio (179-86) contributed with 14 points and 4 blocks (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach Eduardo Opezzo used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. A.Broxsie answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and American swingman Bryant Matthews (201-82, college: Virginia Tech) added 20 points and 4 blocks in the effort for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Five Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains seventh place with 5-6 record, which they share with Mexicali. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Tijuana. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play again at home against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: J.Habel 16+5reb+2ast, J.Luis Bucio 14+2reb+3ast, F.Benitez 14+3reb+1ast, H.Nungaray 9+5reb+3ast, R.Benitez 7+5reb+1ast, D.Green 7+3reb
Nogales: B.Matthews 20+1reb+2ast, A.Broxsie 18+12reb+1ast, O.Quintero 16+5reb+1ast, N.Brown 11+1reb+6ast, R.Moss 10+11reb+1ast, J.Salcedo 3+5reb
gschID: 122843




Sowell's 41-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old guard Kevin Sowell (190-G-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Culiacan and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had the game-high 41 points adding four rebounds and five assists for Culiacan in his team's victory, helping them to beat Guasave (7-4) 98-89. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Culiacan is placed at 3rd position in Mexican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Culiacan will need more victories to improve their 7-4 record. Sowell just recently signed at Culiacan, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Sowell has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 26.9ppg) and averages solid 2.5bpg and 52.7% FGP. Worth to mention Sowell played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Steve Monreal (180-G) of league's second-best Hermosillo. He is American guard in his first season at Hermosillo. In the last game Monreal recorded impressive 28 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course Hermosillo cruised to a 107-96 relatively comfortable win over Los Mochis (#10, 0-11). Hermosillo's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 9 matches. Monreal is one of the most experienced players at Hermosillo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Nathan Sims (191-G/F-86) of Los Mochis (#10). Sims got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . Despite Sims' great performance Los Mochis lost 96-107 to the higher-ranked Hermosillo (#2, 9-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Los Mochis can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 11 games. Too bad for Sims he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sims has individually a great season in Mexico. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.4ppg (7th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 55.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Davin White (186-G-81) of Cananea - 37 points
5. Serge Angounou (202-F-83) of Guasave - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
6. William Funn (188-G-82) of Guasave - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
7. Joel Leroy Webb (201-G/F-82) of Culiacan - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Hugo Carrillo (205-C/F-83) of Mexicali - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gene Shipley (206-C-79) of Tijuana - 17 points and 10 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)


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 9-2 
 2. Hermosillo 9-2 
 3. Culiacan 7-4 
 4. Guasave 7-4 
 5. Nogales 6-5 
 6. Tijuana 6-5 
 7. Guaymas 5-6 
 8. Mexicali 5-6 
 9. Tepic 1-10 
 10. Los Mochis 0-11 


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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. UASM 14-1 
 2. ASEM 13-2 
 3. Fire Ball 11-4 
 4. Gamma 10-5 
 5. Ribnita 7-9 
 6. UTM 4-11 
 7. Donduseni 4-11 
 8. Patriot 3-12 
 9. Soroca 2-13 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Petar POPOVIC
  ABS Primorje
  (201-F-79)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Popovic, ABS P.23.8 
 2. Mugosa, Gorstak23.5 
 3. Bulajic, Teodo Tivat22.7 
 4. Zejak, ABS P.22.0 
 5. Pejic, Gorstak21.5 
 6. Perovic, Gorstak18.7 
 7. Radovic, Mornar B.18.5 
 8. Kandic, Lovcen16.3 
 9. Kunjic, Mogren15.5 
 10. Jelenic, Mornar B.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola BULAJIC
  Teodo Tivat
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Bulajic, Teodo Tivat10.3 
 2. Kadic, Mogren10.3 
 3. Zejak, ABS P.9.8 
 4. Bijelic, Danilovgrad8.8 
 5. Popovic, ABS P.8.5 
 6. Mandic, Teodo T.7.8 
 7. Nikolic, Gorstak7.5 
 8. Milosev, Jedinstvo7.4 
 9. Radulovic, Ulcijn7.3 
 10. Radovic, Mornar B.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Milutin BULATOVIC
  ABS Primorje
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Bulatovic, ABS P.6.8 
 2. Pejic, Gorstak6.5 
 3. Ivanovic, Mornar B.4.5 
 4. Lazovic, Teodo T.3.5 
 5. Sarajlija, Mornar B.3.3 
 6. Mijovic, Ulcijn3.3 
 7. Jelenic, Mornar B.3.0 
 8. Arapovic, ABS P.3.0 
 9. Radulovic, Mogren3.0 
 10. Latkovic, Ulcijn2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola IVANOVIC
  Mornar Bar
  (187-G-94)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Ivanovic, Mornar B.3.8 
 2. Radulovic, Mogren3.0 
 3. Djuknic, Gorstak2.5 
 4. Djokovic, ABS P.2.3 
 5. Subotic, Teodo T.2.3 
 6. Radovic, Mornar B.2.3 
 7. Bulatovic, ABS P.2.3 
 8. Jovovic, Danilovgrad2.2 
 9. Sarajlija, Mornar B.2.0 
 10. Korac, Jedinstvo2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandar RADULOVIC
  Ulcijn
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Radulovic, Ulcijn2.0 
 2. Todorovic, Lovcen2.0 
 3. Radovic, Mornar B.1.5 
 4. Nikolic, Gorstak1.0 
 5. Sekulic, Danilovgrad0.8 
 6. Kadic, Mogren0.8 
 7. Jeftic, Ulcijn0.8 
 8. Bulajic, Teodo Tivat0.7 
 9. Boskovic, Teodo T.0.7 
 10. Milosev, Jedinstvo0.6 


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Brandon Rydberg to play basketball for the Montana Tech Orediggers - by Greg
Brandon Rydberg (6'3''-G/F) has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Montana Tech Orediggers. Brandon is a 63 190 pound guard/forward from Bozeman High School in Bozeman, MT. Bozeman won the Class AA State Boys Basketball Championship this year.

Brandon Rydberg Stats:
As a senior for Bozeman High School this past season Brandon averaged 10 pts, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals per game while shooting 61% from the field, 55% from 3pt and 77% from the Free Throw line.

Brandon Rydberg on choosing Montana Tech:
'Montana Tech's outstanding academic program and reputation coupled with the promising future of the basketball program under coach Woliczko fit the criteria I was looking for in a school where I would continue my education.'

Head Coach Aaron Woliczko about Brandon Rydberg:
Brandon is an exceptional young man with a great family. His leadership, toughness and most importantly winning mentality helped Bozeman High School win the state championship this year. He will do what it takes to help Montana Tech be successful. I look forward to coaching Brandon; I know he will work extremely hard in the classroom, in the weight room, the community, and on the court!

Honors received:
2nd Team All-Conference 2011
National Honors Society holding a 4.0 GPA
Academic All-State
Montana Tech Presidential Scholarship Recipient majoring in General Engineering


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Lakers assign rookie forward Derrick Caracter to NBA Development League - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers are arguably the hottest team in the NBA right now as they have the best record since the All-Star break with a 15-1 record and have won seven straight games, but that hasn't stopped the two-time defending NBA champions from making some changes before the playoffs gets underway.

Reportedly, the Lakers have assigned rookie forward Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88, college: UTEP) to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League (NBDL). Even though the Lakeshow will almost certainly need every big man they have from here on out with all the injury problems they have had in the past at this time of the year with Andrew Bynum, this was a move that isn't all that surprising as Caracter really hasn't made much of an impression in his rookie season in Los Angeles.

Despite the fact that some Los Angeles Lakers fans probably don't even know who Derrick Caracter is as he barely gets any playing time, the rookie forward out of UTEP has played in 40 games this season, but has put up just 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in just 5.3 minutes on the floor.

Obviously, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak didn't think he was drafting a potential superstar in Derrick Caracter in last year's draft, but they might have expected more out of him at this point and that could be the main reason for him being sent to the Bakersfield Jam.

This isn't the first time the Lakers designated a player for assign with the Bakersfield Jam this season as they also sent rookie Devin Ebanks down for six games at the end of last year (December 27).

Courtesy of www.examiner.com


Tuesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Oklah.City T. - Golde State W. 115-114 OT
As the NBA's leading scorer, Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) is the kind of decoy that's hard to ignore. The Oklahoma City Thunder used him to perfection to beat the Golden State Warriors 115-114 in overtime Tuesday night. Durant took his place on the right side of the lane and headed toward the free-throw line as though he was getting ready to receive a pass, just as fellow all-star Russell Westbrook took off on a drive to the basket. The result: a foul against Stephen Curry with 11.4 seconds left, leading to Westbrook's game-winning free throw. 'Russell's a big-time scorer and we wanted to get him something driving to the basket, which is his strength. We knew they were going to call a foul if he drives so hard and tried to score,' Durant said. 'It was good for either person. I could have posted up at the free-throw line and tried to get a shot or Russell could have took it to the rim.' Durant finished with 39 points after scoring Oklahoma City's first eight points in overtime. It was his highest total since scoring 43 against New Orleans on Feb. 2. 'We did everything we could to guard two hot players - two very, very good players in Westbrook and Durant, of course,' Warriors coach Keith Smart said. 'I thought our guys did a great job and almost, almost had a chance to pull this thing off.' Westbrook missed his first free throw, but made the second to put the Thunder on top. Monta Ellis' (6'4''-G-85) jumper from the top of the key was wide right at the final buzzer. He finished with 20 points and 11 assists but shot just 9 for 30, missing 12 in a row at one point. *Courtesy of www.brandonsun.com

Sacramento K. - Phoenix Suns 116-113
Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: LSU) scored 24 points and had 11 rebounds for the Sacramento Kings, who won their season-high fourth straight game by defeating the Phoenix Suns 116-113 on Tuesday night. Despite the strong possibility of the team moving to Anaheim next season, the Kings played like a team that was focused only on the present. They are enjoying their best stretch of the season, winning five of six games. The loss was the third straight and eighth in 11 games for the Suns, who have watched any hopes of the playoffs practically disappear over this stretch. The Suns (36-37) are 10th in the conference and trail the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies by 4 1/2 games with nine games remaining in the regular season. If the Suns miss the playoffs, it will only be the third time since the 1988-89 season. The last time they failed to make the playoffs was the 2008-09 season. Beno Udrih (6'5''-G-82) had 19 points for the Kings, who were coming off a 4-1 road trip. Donte Greene scored 18 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points and a season-best eight assists, while Jason Thompson had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tyreke Evans added 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Both Jared Dudley and Channing Frye scored 21 points for the Suns, who lost to the Kings for the third straight time. Marcin Gortat had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Steve Nash added 13 points and 14 assists. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

Cleveland C. - Miami Heat 102-90
In an unbearable season of losses, Cleveland got the win it wanted most. The Cavaliers took down LeBron James (6'8''-F-84). Despite blowing a 23-point lead, the Cavs battled back and beat the Miami Heat 102-90 on Tuesday night, getting a dose of revenge against James, who was making his second homecoming visit to Cleveland since leaving last summer. J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 21 and Anthony Parker scored 20 for the Cavs, who were embarrassed by James and the Heat 118-90 on Dec. 2 - a night when Cleveland fans unleashed their hatred on the superstar. This time, James left the floor hanging his head. He finished with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com

New Jersey N. - Houston R. 87-112
Kyle Lowry (6'0''-G-86, college: Villanova) had 16 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds and the Houston Rockets moved within two games of the final playoff berth in the Western Conference with a 112-87 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night. Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) added 20 points as the Rockets (39-35) posted their sixth win in seven games and inched closer to idle eighth-place Memphis (41-33) with eight games left in the regular season. Patrick Patterson and Goran Draqgic added 13 points apiece, and Chuck Hayes had a game-high 14 rebounds for Houston. Brook Lopez had 22 points for the Nets, who lost their third in a row and seventh in eight games. Deron Williams missed his sixth straight game for New Jersey (23-50), which has lost 50 games for the second straight season. Jordan Farmar added 12 points and seven assists for New Jersey, while Kris Humphries had 13 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Anaheim approves bond deal for Kings - by Eurobasket News
The Anaheim city council unanimously approved a $75 million bond deal Tuesday night to entice the Sacramento Kings to relocate to Orange County.

The city council twice voted 5-0 for the lease-revenue bond measures, resulting in a round of applause from the audience at its packed City Hall meeting room.

''Anaheim took a giant step closer to bringing an NBA team to Anaheim and the Honda Center,'' Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said. ''I am thrilled. A better word is stoked.''

Tait repeatedly emphasized the city is borrowing no money and has no financial risk in the deal. According to every Anaheim official at the meeting, the city is merely acting as a conduit for a private investment by Henry Samueli, the billionaire owner of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks.

''I'd like to recognize this is a historic moment for us,'' Council Member Harry Sidhu said. ''This is going to be a great economic engine for us. A lot of jobs are going to be created, and I'm fully confident in that.''

Samueli, who also manages the city-owned arena, is financing the deal, which includes $25 million in upgrades to Honda Center, including a practice court and new locker rooms. Another $50 million will be working capital for moving costs that could include relocation fees paid to the NBA's other owners.

The Kings must file for relocation by April 18 for the deal to move forward. The bond issue was publicly opposed by just one person in the meeting crowd, which also included a fan wearing the No. 4 Sacramento jersey of retired star Chris Webber.

Although most city officials were careful to emphasize the bonds could be used to move any team, not just the Kings, Council Member Kris Murray acknowledged the obviously messy emotions behind the deal.

''My heart does go out to the Sacramento fans and residents,'' Murray said. ''They're a great team, and I know we would be proud to have them in our city. ... I hope we come up with some creative way to replace the cowbell.''

Tait expressed similar emotions after the meeting.

''Most teams come from another city,'' Tait said, noting the Kings have moved three previous times, while both the Lakers and Clippers didn't start out in Los Angeles. ''That's just the nature of professional sports.''

The bonds will be purchased by Samueli and repaid over 10 years with Honda Center revenue.

''It is the investors that are taking on the risk in this financing structure,'' said Bob Wingenroth, Anaheim's Director of Finance.

Those investors are three companies bearing the initials of Samueli, the co-founder of Broadcom Corp. and a UCLA graduate who bought the Ducks from the Walt Disney Company in 2005. The Ducks won the Stanley Cup two years later, but Samueli is a longtime basketball fan whose sports ownership dreams have always included an NBA team for Orange County.

Samueli didn't attend the meeting, but his Anaheim Arena Management company issued its first public comment on the deal.

''We trust that the overwhelming support of Anaheim's city management and elected officials will be looked at favorably by the NBA and its member clubs,'' company chairman Michael Schulman said in a statement. ''This vote is an important first step as we continue working toward hosting an NBA franchise at Honda Center.''

The well-traveled Kings' move out of California's capital city still is far from a done deal, although this lucrative financing plan removes a major obstacle for Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof. Their active interest in Anaheim became public in recent months after several years of failed arena deals to replace the former Arco Arena, the Kings' aging home.

If the Kings file for relocation, the NBA's other 29 owners must approve the move by majority vote. The Maloofs then might need to pay a relocation fee to the owners, including possibly hefty payments to the Lakers and Clippers, who share Staples Center 35 miles away.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson recently sounded resigned to the Kings' departure, but the former NBA player's city government has taken a more combative tone recently. On Monday, Sacramento's assistant city manager sent a letter asking Anaheim to cease all negotiations over worries the Kings might default on $77 million owed to the city from a 1997 loan.

Joe Maloof responded to the letter with his first public comments on the deal, telling the Orange County Register that the Kings will repay everything they owe, and warning Sacramento to stay out of his business dealings.

Tait suggested Sacramento's anger might be misdirected at Anaheim, saying he hasn't even spoken with the Maloof brothers during the process, which began before he took office late last year.

When asked about Sacramento's demands, which could be the first step in establishing grounds for a lawsuit, Tait responded: ''Well, I'm Mayor of Anaheim, and I look out for the best interests of the city of Anaheim.''

Tait said the city had two main criteria in approving the deal: No city money would be involved, and any new NBA team would use Anaheim as its only geographic identifier.

The Kings are likely to be renamed the Anaheim Royals if they relocate. The city is determined to avoid the embarrassment of the local baseball team's decision to rename itself the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2005, sparking a failed four-year legal battle.

''We're not there yet,'' Tait said. ''We set the table for the Kings or, in theory, another NBA team to come to Anaheim, and now we're waiting for the vote of the NBA owners.''

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


Dwight Howard's tech upheld, 1 away from 2nd suspension - by Eurobasket News
Dwight Howard's (6'10''-C/F-85) latest technical foul has been upheld by the NBA after a review, leaving Orlando's All-Star center one away from another suspension.

Howard was called for his league-leading 17th technical Monday with 1:17 left in the Magic's 113-106 loss at New York. After fouling out while going for an offensive rebound, Howard tossed the ball into the backcourt.

Orlando players said that would usually warrant a delay of game warning and Howard said he would try to get it rescinded, but an NBA spokesman said Tuesday the appeal was denied.

Howard already served a one-game suspension once he accumulated his 16th tech. Players are then suspended another game for every other technical received after that.

Courtesy of www.statfox.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.7 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.25.5 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.2 
 6. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.25.0 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.2 
 9. Howard, Orlando M.23.2 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.4 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.3 
 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.10.4 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.2 
 10. Jefferson, Utah J.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.3 
 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. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 3. Rondo, Boston C.2.2 
 4. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 7. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
 10. Wall, Washington W.1.6 
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. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 7. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 8. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 
 9. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 10. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 


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Wichita State rolls into NIT final with 75-44 win over Washington State - by Eurobasket News
Perhaps more people should have cried foul when Wichita State was left out of the NCAA tournament a few weeks ago.

Garrett Stutz (7'0''-C-90) came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points, and one of the top programs in the Missouri Valley Conference romped past Washington State 75-44 on Tuesday night in another impressive performance that put the Shockers in the NIT championship game.

Stutz also had 11 rebounds for Wichita State (28-8), which surpassed the 1954 team for the most wins in school history, even though just a few people back home even raised an eyebrow when it was left out on Selection Sunday.

The Valley often gets more than one team into the NCAA tournament, but a down year for the conference meant only Indiana State the team that beat Wichita State in the league tournament got in as an automatic qualifier. Wichita State was relegated to the NIT, where it has proven that it certainly belongs among the top 68 teams in the country.

The Shockers romped over Nebraska in the opening round, then went on the road to Virginia Tech another team that hoped to get into the NCAA tournament and won again. They returned home to beat College of Charleston to earn a trip to Madison Square Garden.

The Shockers will play for the title Thursday night.

Junior guard Joe Ragland (6'0''-G-89), of West Springfield, scored four points and added three assists and a steal for Wichita State.

Reggie Moore (6'1''-PG-89) and Deangelo Casto (6'8''-F-90) scored nine points each to lead Washington State (22-13), which went 0 for 10 from beyond the 3-point line. Leading scorer Klay Thompson matched a season low with six points, exactly 16 below his season average.

Thompson was 1 for 10 from the field and 0 for 5 from beyond the arc.

Washington State coach Ken Bone must have known his team was in trouble 10 minutes into the game, when the Cougars had made just two field goals and already trailed 14-4. Thompson headed to the bench after picking up his third foul, and the Shockers began to extend their lead.

Toure Murry (6'4''-G-89) scored back-to-back baskets with about 8 minutes left in the half, and Gabe Blair scored a couple more baskets a few minutes later for Wichita State.

Otherwise, the Shockers simply rode Stutzs broad shoulders.

The junior center was 7-of-9 shooting in the first half for 18 points, just four shy of his season high, set against Tulsa in December. He also had five rebounds, half of the total of the entire Washington State team, and even handed out a couple of assists.

Late in the half, Stutz scored seven straight points for the Shockers, then hit Graham Hatch with a nice kick-out pass for a 3-pointer, before scoring again just before the halftime buzzer to give Wichita State a 36-19 lead.

The stingy defensive effort wasnt entirely new for the Shockers, who held Alabama A&M to 14 points in a half earlier this season, and limited Nebraska to 20 first-half points in a 76-49 victory in the opening round of the NIT.

Turns out it wasnt new for the Cougars, either.

Their wildly inconsistent offense scored only 16 points in the second half of an overtime loss to UCLA, and was held to a season-low 43 points total by Oregon in February.

If not for a late basket, they wouldnt have even scored that against Wichita State.

Courtesy of www.masslive.com


Calhoun won't decide on future at UConn until after Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun says he won't make a decision on his future until well after the Final Four.

The 68-year-old Hall of Famer, with two national championships, is taking his fourth UConn team to the national semifinals.

He said Tuesday if UConn wins another title, 'standing on the podium would be a bad time to make a decision, and quite frankly if things don't go well it would be a lousy time to make a decision.'

There were calls for Calhoun's job after the Huskies failed to make the tournament in 2010 and the NCAA issued a report that found several major recruiting violations in the UConn program.

UConn finished this regular season with losses in four of its last five games, but has gone 9-0 since.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Memphis coach Josh Pastner signs 5-year contract extension after leading Tigers to tourney - by Eurobasket News
Memphis coach Josh Pastner has signed a five-year contract extension after leading the Tigers to the NCAA tournament in his second year on the job.

The university said Tuesday that Pastner's extension is worth $1.7 million annually and runs through the 2015-2016 season.

Pastner was hired in April 2009 to replace John Calipari when he took the Kentucky job. The Tigers went 24-10 in Pastner's first season, securing a spot in the NIT.

This season Pastner led Memphis to a 25-10 record, a Conference USA Tournament championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament. Memphis lost to Arizona in the second round.

Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson says the 33-year-old Pastner is an outstanding coach and recruiter whose leadership qualities are 'exemplary.'

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


NIT Final Four: Alabama beats Colorado to earn berth in NIT championship against Wichita State - by Eurobasket News
Alabama and Colorado had their reasons to be chafed on Selection Sunday.

The Crimson Tide had closed out its regular season with 11 victories in its final 15 games, including wins over NCAA Tournament teams Kentucky and Tennessee, while Colorado had built itself a pretty decent resume with three victories over Kansas State, including one in the Big 12 Tournament, and one over Texas in late February.

Yet Alabama still could not catch the eye of the NCAA Selection Committee, and the two jilted teams settled instead for the NIT.

Tuesday night provided a chance for one of them to move on to the title game and that team is Alabama - but just barely.

Alabama rallied from a five-point deficit with 6:07 to play and then had to sweat out a potential game-winning shot by Colorado's Alec Burks as time expired before claiming a 62-61 victory in the NIT semifinals Tuesday night at the Garden.

The Tide (25-11) advances to play Wichita State (28-8) in the NIT Championship Thursday night.

'This is a big win,' Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. 'This is the final four of the NIT. Burks took that last shot and he's made so many of those.'

The Tide took the lead for the final time when Trevor Releford (6'1''-G) tossed in a baseline layup for what proved to be the game-winning basket with 12.6 seconds to play.
'It's great for me and great for the team,' Releford said of his game-winner. 'I'm just glad we were able to advance and play for a championship.'

Jamychal Green (6'9''-F-90) led the Tide with 22 points. Releford added 13.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


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Raheim Brown joins Auckland Pirates - by Eurobasket News
The newly created Auckland Pirates are building their roster. They landed Raheim Brown (208-F-79, college: Florida Atlantic) as their first import player. The 31-year-old forward last season spent in Egypt. Raheim Brown played for Gasco in Egyptian Superleague. In 2008/09 season the forward played for Benfica in Portugal. His stats read 8.9 points, 3.7 boards and 1.0 block per appearance. Previously Raheim Brown had stints in USBL, Argentina, Italy, Philippines, France, Spain, China and Kazakhstan. Raheim Brown participated at the Argentinean Liga A All-Star Game back in 2005.
Raheim Brown will join Dillon Boucher (196-F-75) and Brook Ruscoe (188-G-90) on the roster. The Pirates tip off their inaugural season against Otago on April 13.




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  PBL   


Mill Rats Keep Playoff Hopes Alive - by Eurobasket News
(March 29, 2011 Saint John, N.B.): The Saint John Mill Rats kept their playoff hopes alive by defeating the Halifax Rainmen 98-95 in a hotly contested match in front of 3,962 at Harbour Station. No team led by more than six points throughout the contest and Saint John held a 62-56 lead at the half. With a playoff feel hanging heavy in the air, this one was going to go down to the wire. Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Massachusetts)'s driving layup, followed by a slick reverse pass out to Steve Deluca for a timely three pointer, allowed the Mill Rats some breathing room in the final minute. With the score 97-92 Marshall Brown for Halifax drilled a desperation three pointer with seconds left to cut the deficit, but Dwuan Rice made one of two free throws for the final margin with 2.7 seconds left. Anthony Anderson led Saint John with 21, Dwuan Rice had 20, Marc Egerson 13, PJ Young 12, Steve Deluca 11, and Terry Martin 10. Deandre Thomas led Halifax with 23. The Mill Rats record improves to a tie with Halifax with both teams at 9-10. The winner of Thursday's game at the Metro Centre in Halifax will earn the right to face the #1 ranked Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry in the first round of the PBL playoffs. Should the Mill Rats win Thursday, Game 1 of the playoffs will be held on Sunday at 4:00pm at Harbour Station.

Playoff Tickets
Season Ticket Holders may purchase their seats for Sunday's playoff game beginning on Wednesday morning via the Harbour Station box office, in person or by calling 657-1234. Playoff tickets for the general public will go on sale Friday morning. For more information please feel free to contact Mill Rats GM Ian McCarthy at hoops@millratsbasketball.ca or visit www.millratsbasketball.ca or www.thepbl.com.


Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Lawton Ft.SC 18-2 
 2. Quebec K. 13-7 
 3. Rochester R. 12-8 
 4. Halifax R. 10-9 
 5. Saint John M.R. 9-10 
 6. Kentucky S. 6-14 
 7. Dayton A. 3-18 
 8. Vermont FH 2-5 


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.19.8 
 3. Jones, Kentucky S.19.6 
 4. Egerson, Saint J.18.6 
 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: 10.8
 1. Crookshank, Halif.10.8 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC8.6 
 3. Williams, Rocheste.8.5 
 4. Dollard, Halifax R.8.3 
 5. Sowell, Dayton A.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.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Parran, Quebec K.7.2 
 2. Rice, Saint J.6.3 
 3. Brown, Halifax R.6.2 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.4.9 
 5. Bowden, Lawton F.4.4 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.3.9 
 7. Taylor, Dayton A.3.7 
 8. Acker, Quebec K.3.7 
 9. Egerson, Saint J.3.4 
 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.1.7 
 5. Taylor, Dayton A.1.6 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.1.5 
 7. Monroe, Rocheste.1.4 
 8. Rice, Saint J.1.3 
 9. Jones, Halifax R.1.3 
 10. Dean, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
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.1.3 
 4. Ocitti, Saint J.1.1 
 5. Pierre, Quebec K.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. Logan, Kentucky S.0.6 


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  PORTUGAL   


Mario Palma is the new Portuguese NT Head Coach - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
As announced today, Mario Leonel Palma is the new Portuguese Basketball NT Head Coach. Palma will be assisted by Mario Gomes (assistant coach) and Ivan Kostourkov (scout).

Mario Leonel Palma is the most important Portuguese basketball coach ever, coaching national teams as Angola and Jordan, and teams like Porto, Benfica, Estrelas da Avenida and 1 de Agosto. He has more than 70 titles in his career and, with 60 years old, plans to take Portugal to the next Eurobasket, in Lithuania.

In his contract, Palma is free to coach a team, during the season. If not, he will be working with the Federation and the National Coaching School.

Mario Gomes has been assistant coach of Palma in most of the teams and National teams he has coached. He has also been head coach in Estrelas da Avenida, Benfica and Barreirense. Ivan Kostourkov is Head Coach at Fisica de Torres (Proliga). Last season, this ancient Bulgarian international player, has been Portugal U18 Head Coach.



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Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 30
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo30.0 
 2. Ayuso, Capitanes27.0 
 3. Life, Humacao26.0 
 4. Jones, Quebradillas25.0 
 5. Carmona, Mayaguez23.0 
 6. Villegas, Coamo21.5 
 7. Hatton, Bayamon21.0 
 8. Alvarado, Capitanes20.0 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce20.0 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel Antonio NARVAEZ
  Coamo
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Narvaez, Coamo12.5 
 2. Dyer, San German11.0 
 3. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.0 
 4. Aubry, Capitanes11.0 
 5. Figueroa, Guaynabo8.5 
 6. Lee, Bayamon8.0 
 7. Jones, Quebradillas8.0 
 8. Edwards, Mayaguez7.5 
 9. Lockhart, Quebradi.7.3 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lewis CLINCH
  Isabela
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Clinch, Isabela9.0 
 2. Copeland, San G.8.0 
 3. Pagan, Santurce7.0 
 4. Apodaca, Quebradillas5.7 
 5. Garcia, Humacao5.0 
 6. Dalmau, Bayamon5.0 
 7. Huertas, Quebradillas5.0 
 8. Hatton, Bayamon5.0 
 9. Alvarado, Capitanes4.0 
 10. Jimenez, Mayaguez4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lewis CLINCH
  Isabela
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Clinch, Isabela4.0 
 2. Mojica, Bayamon3.0 
 3. Pellot-Rosa, San G.3.0 
 4. Apodaca, Quebradillas2.7 
 5. Vega, Coamo2.5 
 6. Carmona, Mayaguez2.5 
 7. Freije, Coamo2.0 
 8. Benison, Santurce2.0 
 9. Life, Humacao2.0 
 10. Ayuso, Capitanes2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Carmelo Antrone LEE
  Bayamon
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lee, Bayamon3.0 
 2. Traylor, Bayamon3.0 
 3. Penn, Humacao2.0 
 4. Narvaez, Coamo2.0 
 5. Freije, Coamo2.0 
 6. Edwards, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Chaney, Santurce1.0 
 8. Santiago, Humacao1.0 
 9. Johnson, Isabela1.0 
 10. Sanchez, Santurce1.0 


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  ROMANIA   


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Ploiesti 24-5 
 2. U.Mobitel.CN 23-6 
 3. Gaz Metan 22-7 
 4. Steaua Turabo 21-8 
 5. Mures 20-9 
 6. Pitesti 17-12 
 7. CSU Sibiu 16-13 
 8. Oradea 16-13 
 9. Otopeni 16-13 
 10. Timisoara 14-15 
 11. Rovinari 14-15 
 12. CSM Bucuresti 12-17 
 13. Craiova 6-23 
 14. Politehnica Iasi 5-24 
 15. Miercurea 5-24 
 16. Brasov 1-28 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Politehnica Iasi
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Dawson, Polite.21.6 
 2. Hannah, Miercurea21.1 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.21.1 
 4. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.6 
 5. Horton, Craiova19.6 
 6. Vujacic, Pitesti19.5 
 7. Tomic, CSM B.19.3 
 8. Darby, Rovinari18.9 
 9. Scott, Otopeni18.6 
 10. Pesic, Timisoara18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Simms, Craiova11.3 
 2. Coleman, Miercurea9.7 
 3. Bennett, CSM B.9.6 
 4. Nicoara, Gaz Metan9.6 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.1 
 6. Forte, Mures8.8 
 7. Bigus, Rovinari8.6 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti8.0 
 9. Eichelberger, Pitesti7.7 
 10. Harrison, CSU Sibiu7.7 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Cooley, Mures8.1 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 3. Hannah, Miercurea6.1 
 4. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.2 
 5. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 6. Howell, Gaz Metan5.2 
 7. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.0 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni4.9 
 9. Maric, Oradea4.8 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.5 
 2. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 3. Howell, Gaz Metan2.5 
 4. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.4 
 6. Gennie, Pitesti2.4 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.2 
 8. Dawson, Polite.2.0 
 9. Medvedj, Otopeni2.0 
 10. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.9 
 2. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.6 
 3. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 4. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 5. Mladenovic, Mures1.5 
 6. Simms, Craiova1.4 
 7. Lazar, Oradea1.4 
 8. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.2 
 9. Bennett, CSM B.1.1 
 10. Dragusin, Gaz M.0.9 


Div.A Round 29: #1 Ploiesti is defeated by Pitesti - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Div.A. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Ploiesti (24-5) on the court of seventh ranked Pitesti on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Pitesti 88-78. Ploiesti was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 28-16 charge of Pitesti, which allowed them to win the game. They made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game, while Ploiesti only scored seven points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by Ploiesti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Donte Gennie (185-83, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) stepped up and scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Montenegrin guard Darko Vujacic (201-79) chipped in 23 points. The former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Pitesti (17-12) moved-up to sixth place. Defending champion Ploiesti still keeps top position with five games lost. Pitesti are looking forward to face CSU Sibiu (#7) on the road in the next round. Ploiesti will play against Gaz Metan (#3) in Medias and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Bucuresti. Eighth ranked CSU Sibiu (16-13) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Steaua Turabo (21-8) 81-79 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Steaua Turabo. Guard Octavian Calota (185-84) nailed 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and LeVar Seals accounted for 19 points. The former international forward Bogdan Popescu (201-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) came up with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Steaua Turabo in the defeat. CSU Sibiu have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Oradea and Otopeni. Steaua Turabo at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. CSU Sibiu will play against higher ranked Pitesti (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Steaua Turabo will play against the league's second-placed U-Mobitelco and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Fifteenth-ranked Miercurea (5-24) gave a tough game to twelfth ranked CSM Bucuresti (12-17) on Wednesday. CSM Bucuresti managed to secure only four-point victory 134-130. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Miercurea. The best player for the winners was Branislav Tomic who scored 43 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). Clevin Hannah produced 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists for the guests. CSM Bucuresti maintains twelfth place with 12-17 record. Newly promoted Miercurea dropped to the fourteenth position with 24 games lost. They share it with Politehnica Iasi. CSM Bucuresti will meet Craiova (#13) on the road in the next round. Miercurea will play against Politehnica Iasi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Timisoara where higher ranked Oradea (16-13) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Timisoara (14-15) 73-63. Milos Pesic orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Timisoara maintains tenth place with 14-15 record, which they share with Rovinari. Oradea at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Timisoara's next round opponent will be Rovinari (#11) on the road.
16th ranked Brasov (1-28) was outscored at home by eleventh ranked Rovinari (14-15) with the biggest margin this round 90-62 on Wednesday night. Louis Darby stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rovinari moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Timisoara. Brasov lost eighteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Rovinari will face Timisoara (#10) at home in the next round. Brasov will play against Mures (#5).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: Mures was destroyed by Gaz Metan on the opponent's court 86-61. Politehnica Iasi unfortunately lost to U.Mobitel.CN in a home game 80-95. Craiova recorded a loss to Otopeni on the road 77-85.


Timisoara - Oradea 73-63

An interesting game took place in Timisoara where higher ranked Oradea (16-13) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Timisoara (14-15) 73-63. Oradea was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 47-30 second half run of Timisoara. They outrebounded Oradea 43-32 including 30 on the defensive glass. Serbian forward Milos Pesic (202-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian power forward Ivan Miskovic (203-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Timisoara players scored in double figures. American guard Tyrone Mitchell (186-81, college: Northwestern St.) answered with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Bosnian center Sasa Topcov (206-80, agency: 011 Sports) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Oradea. Timisoara maintains tenth place with 14-15 record, which they share with Rovinari. Oradea at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Timisoara's next round opponent will be Rovinari (#11) on the road.
Top scorers:
Timisoara: M.Pesic 20+9reb+5ast, I.Miskovic 16+7reb+1ast, R.Dzambic 12+4reb+3ast, N.Markovic 10+5reb+2ast, D.Paltinisanu 8+9reb+1ast, D.Habus 5+5reb+2ast
Oradea: T.Mitchell 16+9reb+5ast, S.Topcov 16+5reb, A.Mandic 10+2reb+1ast, N.Maric 8+6reb+3ast, M.Schachtner 6+3reb, R.Pasca 5+4reb
gschID: 119146


Brasov - Rovinari 62-90

16th ranked Brasov (1-28) was outscored at home by eleventh ranked Rovinari (14-15) with the biggest margin this round 90-62 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Rovinari 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 Brasov's 22. American guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and Polish center Rafal Bigus (215-76, college: Villanova) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Montenegrin center Zeljko Bubanja (210-73) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Alin Andries scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. 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. Rovinari moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Timisoara. Brasov lost eighteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Rovinari will face Timisoara (#10) at home in the next round. Brasov will play against Mures (#5).
Top scorers:
Rovinari: L.Darby 22+7reb+1ast, R.Bigus 16+9reb+2ast, S.Nikolic 13+4reb+7ast, P.Troupe 10+1reb+2ast, S.Lupusavei 8+1reb, A.Kalanj 8+5reb
Brasov: Z.Bubanja 15+7reb+2ast, A.Andries 13+6reb, O.Boian 12+5reb+1ast, A.Tatu 10+4reb, B.Dragus 7+1reb, A.Dohi 3+4reb
gschID: 119147


Gaz Metan - Mures 86-61

Rather expected game in Medias where 5th ranked Mures (20-9) were crushed by third ranked Gaz Metan (22-7) 86-61 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Gaz Metan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Mures' 34. American forward Deven Mitchell (196-84, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Titus Nicoara (200-88, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Gaz Metan's coach Bruno Soce felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard JuJuan Cooley (175-82, college: Indiana Tech, agency: Agency No 10) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Gaz Metan maintains third place with 22-7 record having just two points less than leader Ploiesti. Loser Mures keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Gaz Metan will face league's leader Ploiesti on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mures will play against Brasov (#16).
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: D.Mitchell 21+6reb+1ast, T.Nicoara 14+9reb, U.Velickovic 10+1reb+3ast, J.Howell 9+2reb+4ast, I.Dragusin 8+8reb, I.Ivanovic 8+5reb+2ast
Mures: J.Forte 15+9reb+1ast, A.Mladenovic 15+3reb, J.Cooley 11+3reb+5ast, L.Dumitru 8+4reb, J.Straight 8+1reb+2ast, A.Capusan 2+1ast
gschID: 119148


Politehnica Iasi - U.Mobitel.CN 80-95

Very predictable result when second ranked U-Mobitelco (23-6) defeated on the road 14th ranked Politehnica Iasi (5-24) 95-80 on Tuesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when U-Mobitelco's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-20 extending their advantage to 15 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Politehnica Iasi's 38. They outrebounded Politehnica Iasi 39-23 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (205-82) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and American forward Kyndall Dykes (191-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 16 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five U-Mobitelco players scored in double figures. American guard LeRoy Dawson (188-81, college: S.Nazarene, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 26 points and 6 assists and the other American import swingman Bryan McCullough (198-83, college: NC-Asheville, agency: 011 Sports) scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. U-Mobitelco have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 23-6 record behind leader Ploiesti. Politehnica Iasi lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth position with 24 games lost. U-Mobitelco will face Steaua Turabo (#4) in Bucuresti in the next round. Politehnica Iasi will play on the road against Miercurea (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: Z.Krstanovic 23+12reb+1ast, K.Dykes 16+10reb+8ast, S.Thomson 14+3reb+1ast, T.Morris 13+4reb+3ast, M.Silvasan 13+4reb+1ast, P.Chetreanu 7+1reb
Politehnica Iasi: L.Dawson 26+3reb+6ast, B.Kabengele-Kalala 17+1reb+1ast, B.McCullough 16+6reb+4ast, M.Nicolae 7+5reb+1ast, F.Moscalu 4+1reb, D.Anghel 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 119143


CSM Bucuresti - Miercurea 134-130 OT

Fifteenth-ranked Miercurea (5-24) gave a tough game to twelfth ranked CSM Bucuresti (12-17) on Wednesday. CSM Bucuresti managed to secure only four-point victory 134-130. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Miercurea. Miercurea trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 44-31 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 20-24. CSM Bucuresti shot 60.8 percent from the field and made 32-of-39 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Branislav Tomic (205-80) who scored 43 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). The former international guard Mihail-Octavian Paul (192-82) chipped in 23 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. American guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) produced 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists and American-Mexican guard Enrico Tucker (180, college: San Diego) added 30 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. CSM Bucuresti maintains twelfth place with 12-17 record. Newly promoted Miercurea dropped to the fourteenth position with 24 games lost. They share it with Politehnica Iasi. CSM Bucuresti will meet Craiova (#13) on the road in the next round. Miercurea will play against Politehnica Iasi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CSM Bucuresti: B.Tomic 43+5reb+5ast, M.Paul 23+5reb+8ast, R.Kraemer 20+6reb, J.Smith 14+3reb+4ast, M.Bennett 11+6reb+3ast, A.Santana 10+6reb+2ast
Miercurea: C.Hannah 33+3reb+4ast, E.Tucker 30+4reb+4ast, J.Huffman 21+6reb+2ast, Y.Coleman 19+10reb, L.Levine 16+7reb+8ast, F.Biro 6+1reb
gschID: 119144


Otopeni - Craiova 85-77

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Craiova (6-23) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Otopeni (16-13) 85-77 on Wednesday. Craiova trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 27-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-85 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Craiova 40-28 including 25 on the defensive glass. American guard Brian Burell (191-84, college: UTPA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Serbian guard Slobodan Popovic (198-80, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 21 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Ionel Dodoc (193-85) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and American center Kenneth Simms (203, college: Cumberland) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four Craiova players scored in double figures. Otopeni moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Oradea and CSU Sibiu. Loser Craiova keeps the thirteenth position with 23 games lost. Otopeni will face Oradea (#8) on the road in the next round. Craiova will play against CSM Bucuresti (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Otopeni: S.Popovic 21+5reb+5ast, B.Burell 20+12reb+2ast, C.Scott 18+8reb+1ast, A.Belanovic 9+4reb+1ast, M.Medvedj 7+3reb+5ast, C.Vlaicu 4
Craiova: I.Dodoc 22+7reb+1ast, J.Horton 21+4reb, K.Simms 18+10reb+1ast, C.Wohlleb 12+4reb+3ast, B.Gillespie 4+1reb+2ast, I.Albu 0+1reb+5ast
gschID: 119145


Pitesti - Ploiesti 88-78

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Ploiesti (24-5) on the court of seventh ranked Pitesti on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Pitesti 88-78. Ploiesti was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 28-16 charge of Pitesti, which allowed them to win the game. They made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game, while Ploiesti only scored seven points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by Ploiesti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Donte Gennie (185-83, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) stepped up and scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Montenegrin guard Darko Vujacic (201-79) chipped in 23 points. Four Pitesti players scored in double figures. The former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Kevin Ford (206, college: ORU, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Pitesti (17-12) moved-up to sixth place. Defending champion Ploiesti still keeps top position with five games lost. Pitesti are looking forward to face CSU Sibiu (#7) on the road in the next round. Ploiesti will play against Gaz Metan (#3) in Medias and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pitesti: D.Gennie 28+5reb+5ast, D.Vujacic 23+3reb+2ast, S.Isleam 13+6reb+1ast, C.Eichelberger 11+7reb+3ast, I.Stefanovic 9+5reb+3ast, A.Voinescu 4+2reb
Ploiesti: C.Burlacu 20+9reb+2ast, J.Westrol 14+3reb+1ast, K.Ford 12+7reb+1ast, Q.Calhoun 7+1reb+1ast, A.Gutoaia 7+3reb+1ast, A.Blidaru 6+2reb+6ast
gschID: 119141


Steaua Turabo - CSU Sibiu 79-81

Important game to mention about took place in Bucuresti. Eighth ranked CSU Sibiu (16-13) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Steaua Turabo (21-8) 81-79 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Steaua Turabo. Steaua Turabo was ahead by 12 points after three quarters before a 23-9 charge of CSU Sibiu, which allowed them to win the game. Steaua Turabo was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Octavian Calota (185-84) nailed 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and American guard LeVar Seals (194-82, college: De Paul) accounted for 19 points. The former international forward Bogdan Popescu (201-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) came up with 21 points and 9 rebounds and Maltese-American guard Joshua Jackson (188-85, college: Warner Pacific, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 23 points respectively for Steaua Turabo in the defeat. CSU Sibiu have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Oradea and Otopeni. Steaua Turabo at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. CSU Sibiu will play against higher ranked Pitesti (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Steaua Turabo will play against the league's second-placed U-Mobitelco and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: O.Calota 22+5reb+3ast, L.Seals 19+2reb+2ast, M.Harrison 14+8reb+1ast, M.Markovic 9+2reb+1ast, S.Atanackovic 8+4reb+2ast, J.Herndon 7+5reb+1ast
Steaua Turabo: J.Jackson 23+1reb+2ast, B.Popescu 21+9reb+3ast, V.Stanescu 11+4reb+4ast, H.Nikolov 8+5reb+2ast, I.Tomeljak 7+2reb+3ast, V.Carutasu 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 119142




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Maciej Lampe leads Unics into EuroCup Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Pepsi Caserta 79:77

Unics advanced into EuroCup Final Four. They snatched a narrow home win over Pepsi Caserta and sealed an 8-point victory on aggregate. Pepsi Caserta gave late scares to Unics surging ahead but the Kazan outfit stayed calm and executed wisely at the end. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) was unstoppable for Unics with 31 points, 16 boards and 2 assists.
It all looked just all right for Unics early in the game. The hosts outscored Pepsi Caserta 26:17 in the opening stanza. Unics maintained the lead throughout the second period. They recorded a 46:35 lead at the interval. But Pepsi Caserta turned things around in the third quarter. Desperately fighting for every ball the visitors outgunned Unics to trim the deficit at just four points. Caserta continued to stay aggressive in the fourth term and eventually grabbed a narrow one-point lead. But Maciej Lampe and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) stepped up for Unics late in the game and sealed the win for the home team. Marko Popovic had 17 points and 6 assists for Unics. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) provided 11 points, 8 boards and 4 assists in the win. Jumaine Jones (202-F-79, college: Georgia) answered with 23 points and 10 boards for Pepsi Caserta. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) had 15 points in defeat.

Unics: Maciej Lampe 31+16 boards, Marko Popovic 17, Vladimir Veremeenko 11
Pepsi Caserta: Jumaine Jones 23+10 boards, Timothy Bowers 15



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Extraliga Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Zilina is the first to advance to the semis - by Eurobasket News
Zilina is the first to advance to the semis as they swept the series over Komarno 3-0. In three other series the result is 2-1.



Nova Ves - Prievidza 70-74

The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 24-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American guard Christopher Jones (183-88, college: Prairie View A&M) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Canadian power forward Corey Hallett (208-84, college: Monmouth) helped adding 8 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) with 23 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Prievidza: C.Jones 21+3reb+8ast, I.Majoros 12+1reb, V.Ridzon 9+3reb, C.Hallett 8+10reb+2ast, L.Storcel 7+3reb+2ast, R.Lesko 6+2reb
Nova Ves: P.Mroz 23+8reb+2ast, L.Johnson 17+15reb+1ast, A.Mielczarek 11+5reb+5ast, C.Jefferson 8+2reb+5ast, S.Baldovsky 5+7reb+1ast, S.Becarik 4


gschID: 124298


Levice - Handlova 74-66

Handlova trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 15-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 66-74 at the end of the game. Levice dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Handlova's 16. Levice forced 26 Handlova turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Levice made 8 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for British center Michael Bernard (205-78, college: S.Florida) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. American swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) accounted for 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Four Levice players scored in double figures. International guard Robert Nuber (187-83) came up with 19 points and Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Handlova in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Levice: M.Bernard 19+8reb, M.English 12+8reb+6ast, E.Henderson 12+8reb, T.Kostomaj 10+3ast, R.Klein 5+5reb, D.Toroman 5+2reb
Handlova: R.Nuber 19+3reb, J.Gavlak 10+5reb+1ast, I.Barisic 8+2reb+1ast, N.Delic 8+11reb+1ast, M.Madaj 8+7reb, N.Milosevic 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 124299


Komarno - Vahostav-Zilina 78-80

The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 20-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Vahostav-Zilina forced 19 Komarno turnovers. Strangely Komarno outrebounded Vahostav-Zilina 34-18 including 24 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Komarno helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton) who led his team to a victory with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian center Dejan Stojanovic (206-78) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, agency: Warren Sports International) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Johnathon Jones (183-88, college: Oakland, agency: Warren Sports International) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Komarno. Five Komarno players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Vahostav-Zilina: J.Carter 25+5reb+4ast, D.Stojanovic 23+2reb, A.McCoy 11+2reb+2ast, J.Zavodny 9+2reb+2ast, L.Hoferica 5+5reb, V.Kosa 4+2reb
Komarno: J.Burrows 19+11reb+6ast, M.Berkis 16+3reb+2ast, J.Jones 13+5reb+3ast, V.Klar 11+2reb+1ast, K.Johnson 10+7reb+1ast, B.Laco 6+3reb
gschID: 124300


Nitra - B.Bystrica 88-57

The game without a history. Nitra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to SKP Banska Bystrica's 34. They outrebounded SKP Banska Bystrica 46-31 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import guard J.J. Montgomery (196-82, college: Arkansas St.) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four Nitra players scored in double figures. Croatian center Ivica Cvitanovic (206-82) came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds and international power forward Peter Dorazil (199-89, college: High School) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for SKP Banska Bystrica 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.
Top scorers:
Nitra: R.Moore 19+8reb+7ast, J.Montgomery 16+8reb+2ast, P.Bosak 15+3reb, M.Ziak 12+1ast, R.Grafs 8+3reb+1ast, S.Votroubek 6+6reb+1ast
B.Bystrica: I.Cvitanovic 12+6reb+2ast, M.Rendla 11+3reb+2ast, P.Dorazil 10+10reb, R.Grznar 7+4reb+2ast, R.Korner 7+4reb, D.Velcic 6+3reb
gschID: 124297




Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. McCoy, Svit26.6 
 2. Fears, Prievidza23.3 
 3. Burrows, Komarno21.7 
 4. Delic, Handlova20.6 
 5. Carter, Vahostav.20.6 
 6. Sapp, Pezinok20.2 
 7. Tomek, Nitra19.4 
 8. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 9. Lukjanec, Pezinok17.6 
 10. Cosic, Svit17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Tomek, Nitra12.4 
 2. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 3. Delic, Handlova9.4 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza9.2 
 5. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 6. Johnson, Nova Ves8.1 
 7. Erwin, Nitra8.0 
 8. Carter, Vahostav.8.0 
 9. Johnson, Komarno7.9 
 10. Burrows, Komarno7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Moore, Nitra6.9 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.4 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.8 
 4. Fears, Prievidza5.6 
 5. Cosic, Svit5.2 
 6. Sapp, Pezinok4.4 
 7. Kostomaj, Levice4.2 
 8. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
 9. Gavlak, Handlova3.9 
 10. Micka, Svit3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Fears, Prievidza3.1 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.2.5 
 3. Moore, Nitra2.5 
 4. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.2 
 5. Nuber, Handlova2.1 
 6. Jones, Komarno2.0 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok2.0 
 8. Zavodny, Vahost.1.8 
 9. Velcic, B.Bystrica1.7 
 10. Zilik, Inter B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Peter MICUDA
  Inter Bratislava
  (206-C-72)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 2. Szalay, Prievidza1.9 
 3. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 4. Mroz, Nova Ves1.2 
 5. Batka, Nova Ves1.1 
 6. Carter, Vahostav.1.0 
 7. Burrows, Komarno0.9 
 8. McCoy, Svit0.8 
 9. Lukjanec, Pezinok0.8 
 10. Golian, Handlova0.8 


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Krka edged Lukoil Academic in the decisive third game of the EurioChallenge Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Krka-Lukoil Academic 71:69

Krka edged Lukoil Academic in the decisive third game of the EurioChallenge Quarterfinals to clinched the semifinal spot in the tournament. The last period brought the necessary 71:69 win, while Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) missed a potential game-winning three-pointer in the last seconds for the visitors.
The guests easily grabbed 8-0 run from the start to shock the Slovenian team. More than 2400 fans saw a great comeback as the hosts tied the game at 15:15 at the end of 10 minutes. Krivec nailed three for the first lead and then however Lukoil took the lead again. Brandon Heath and Djordjevic exchanged the free throws for 31:29 at the halftime. Lukoil also looked better in the third period and after 20-20 in it saved 2-point advantage. Peterson made it 61:55 with less than 6 minutes to go. Booker and Jure Balazic (204-F-80) brought the hosts 66:63 and Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) scored for 70:67 with 16 seconds to play. Brandon Heath first scored a jump shot but then missed a potential game-winning three-pointer in the last seconds for the visitors.
Goran Ikonic paced all the winners with 17 points for the tremendous success. Jure Balazic netted 12, while Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) added 10. Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort. Brandon Heath notched 16, whilst Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) scored 11.

Krka: Goran Ikonic 17, Jure Balazic 12, Zoran Dragic 10
Lukoil Academic: Devin Green 20, Brandon Heath 16, Bruno Sundov 11



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Round 3 of the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
LG Sakers - Dongbu Promy 68-76

The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-16. But LG Sakers won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Guard Ji-Hyon Park (183-79) helped adding 13 points and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with 19 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) scored 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. LG Sakers' coach Eul-Jun Kang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: S.Ki 20+1reb, J.Lewis 19+8reb+2ast, G.Stevenson 11+7reb+4ast, C.Alexander 9+9reb, H.Byun 4+3reb+2ast, D.Kang 2+1ast
Dongbu Promy: J.Kim 28+12reb+4ast, J.Park 13+2reb+6ast, H.Yoon 12+1ast, R.Benson 9+6reb, J.Hwang 8+4reb+3ast, B.Kim 4+3reb
gschID: 125321


Samsung Th. - KCC Egis 81-97

The game was mostly controlled by KCC Egis. Samsung Thunders was better in third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Samsung Thunders 42-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for international center Seung-Jin Ha (222-85) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Tae-Poong Chon (180-80) accounted for 23 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Five KCC Egis players scored in double figures. Naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) came up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) added 19 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Samsung Thunders in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: E.Sandrin 33+10reb+3ast, A.Haynes 19+10reb+3ast, J.Lee 13+8ast, D.Kim 4+2ast, K.Lee 3+3reb+1ast, W.Lee 3
KCC Egis: T.Chon 23+4reb+6ast, S.Ha 22+16reb, S.Choo 19+2reb+3ast, E.Dawson 12+7reb+2ast, C.Daniels 10+8reb, B.Kang 10+2reb+1ast
gschID: 125322




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Cedevita shock Estudiantes in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes - Cedevita 72:81

Cedevita stunned almost 14,000 spectators at the Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid tonight. The Croatian team came up with a big road win over Estudinates to seal their EuroCup Final Four birth. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) came up with 24 points, 11 boards and 3 assists to carry Cedevita to the victory.
Cedevita entered the game having a 9-point cushion from the home clash. But Estudiantes showed their ambitions in the opening minutes. The hosts grabbed a 10:3 lead early on. Estudiantes kept the fans on their feet gaining a 14:6 advantage but Cedevita gradually came back to life and eventually erased the deficit. Bracey Wright gave the visitors 26:25 lead after ten minutes. Estudiantes pulled back in front in the second term but not for too long. Bracey Wright organized a 7:0 rally that gave Cedevita a 37:36 lead. Estudiantes put their noses in front once again and took a 42:41 lead at halftime. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) and Princ silenced the Spanish crowd midway through the third stanza as Cedevita piled up a 57:51 lead. Estudiantes got closer but faced a bitter 57:60 deficit with just ten minutes to go. The visitors quickly boosted the lead to 6 points and though Estudiantes managed to get as close as two points Cedevita rolled comfortably to the victory at the end. Vedran Vukusic produced 15 points, while Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) had 13 in the win. Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) and German Gabriel (207-C-80) replied with 12 points apiece. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) finished with 11 points in defeat.

Estudiantes: Pancho Jasen 12, German Gabriel 12, Tyrone Ellis 11
Cedevita: Bracey Wright 24+11 boards, Vedran Vukusic 15, Dontaye Draper 13




Maccabi Electra beats Caja Laboral with ease, 81-60 - by Eurobasket News
Game 3: Maccabi Electra- Caja Laboral 81-60 (2-1)

Maccabi Electra handed 81-60 loss to Caja Laboral for 2-1 lead in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The Israeli powerhouse will be the host in Game Four as well and it will be their first chance to book a spot for the Final Four. Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) was unstoppable last night with 23 points. David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) followed him with 16 points and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) helped with 9 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. Visitors got 14 points and 6 boards from Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). Stanko Barac (217-C-86) and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) had 11 and 10 pts respectively.
Teams were pretty leveled in the first period, which ended with 24-23 home squad lead. Maccabi players exploded after that. They made 10-0 run during the second quarter and later finished it with 17-7 for 41-30 lead at the halftime. Jeremy Pargo led his team in the first half scoring 15 points. David Blu joined him after the breather to extend the home lead to 15 pts. Caja Laboral struggled at both sides of the court and faced with huge 69-45 minus with 10:00 to go. That was too much for the Spanish champion and Maccabi had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead for rest of the game.
Game Four tomorrow in Tel-Aviv.

Maccabi Electra: Jeremy Pargo 23, David Blu 16, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 9+8 boards+5 as
Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 14+6 boards, Stanko Barac 11, David Logan 10


Food Choice of the Day: Gijn, Spain - by Ross Schraeder
So every so often on this blog, I will post some pics and/or descriptions of some quality food that I've encountered throughout my time in Spain. Anyone who knows the Spanish knows that they take enormous pride in good food and good drink, so I have tried to partake in as much of it as I can. Food can be the centerpiece to many different forums amongst the Spaniards ranging from a beer and a tapa with a friend to a full-on dinner with 10 people at 11pm that could easily last until 1:30am or later. So today I will start with the restuarant/bar El Globo in Gijn, Spain. Gijn is a beautiful city that sits on the Cantabrian Sea on the northern coast of Spain. It is part of the Asturias region of Spain which has some of the greatest natural beauty that I have seen in the country. I was lucky enough to visit Gijn for the first time last year with my good friend Antxon Iturbe and his wife and son. He lived there for 6 years, and he showed me the best the city had to offer. So El Globo was the first spot I visited. They, among many other restaurants in Gijn, are well known for their seafood offerings. So the first two food choices will the Oricios - Sea Urchins - and the shrimp offered at El Globo.

At first the oricios can be a little threatening. It is definitely a strong seafood taste. You eat them by scooping out the orange meat, which is the similar to the consistency of a pate, with a small spoon. The best way to describe the first taste would be similar to if you went to the sea to a rocky area and just dunked your head in tasting anything that comes your way. It is that salty. But after a couple times eating them, they really begin to grow on you. Their meat can be mixed into many different recipes, but going at them in their truest state brings out the best they have to offer.

Also at El Globo are the most delicious shrimp that I have ever tasted. Most of all us have tasted shrimp, so no need to go into much of a description, but these ones were so fresh, made with just a perfect amount of salt, simply wonderful.

And finally, it wouldn't be Asturias without a little Asturian cider. It is a tasty drink to polish off the great tasting seafood. But its consumption must be done with a little flair to it. In order to pour the cider you have to hold the glass down below your waist. Then you hold the bottle at eye level and aim for the glass. Pouring it this way mixes the air with the carbon dioxide in the cider releasing a pleasing perfume and bringing about the taste. And it is only poured in what would amount to a shot or two of alcohol, at which point you are supposed to drink all of it. I don't have a picture of a true professional pouring it, but when you find yourself at a restaurant in Gijn, just get our friend, Isidrin, to help out!

And, just to let everyone know, I have started a personal blog website with some photos posted and links to game results. Check it out if you're so inclined: http://ballinineurope.blogspot.com/

Thanks!


Real Madrid blasts Valencia in the last quarter, takes 2-1 lead - by Eurobasket News
Game 3: Valencia - Real Madrid 66-75 (1-2)

Real Madrid celebrated in Valencia last night. It was a 66-75 road win for 2-1 lead in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) exploded with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the guests with no miss for 22 minutes. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) scored 15 and Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added two points less. On the other side, Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) had 11 points and Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) added 10 pts, plus 8 assists.
Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Valencia made 19-17 in the first ten minutes and they were 34-31 up at the break. Real Madrid made 34-36 turn after the breather, but Valencia replied with 15-7 run. However, they kept just 51-48 before the last period. D'or Fischer and his teammates completed 0-13 run at the beginning of Q4. With 2:35 to go Real Madrid was 59-69 up and Valencia was in deep trouble. Dusko Savanovic had his second straight three, but Llull fed Dor Fischer for a new alley-oop as Valencia's defense simply could not stop him with 13 points in the quarter up to that point. Valencia desperately needed a comeback, but they were not able to do it and Real Madrid made a giant step forward to the Euroleague Final Four.
Game Four in Valencia tomorrow.

Valencia: Dusko Savanovic 21+5 boards, Rafael Martinez 11, Omar-Sharif Cook 10+8 as
Real Madrid: D'or Fischer 19+8 boards, Ante Tomic 15, Clay Tucker 13


Spanish LEB Gold round 31 best performance: Kahiem Seawright - by Eurobasket News
American Kahiem Seawright (203-C/F-86, agency: Impact Basketball) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Leon, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Huesca (#15, 11-20) 94-86. Leon maintains the 4th position in Spanish LEB Gold. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Leon will need more victories to improve their 18-13 record. Seawright turned to be Leon's top player in his first season with the team. Former Rhode Island University star has very solid stats this year. Seawright is in league's top in points (5th best: 15.6ppg), rebounds (4th best: 7.6rpg) and averages impressive 60.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-F-83) of La Laguna. Lampropoulos had a very good evening with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead La Laguna to another comfortable win 80-61 over the lower-ranked Ourense (#18, 8-23) being unquestionably team leader. La Laguna's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lampropoulos is one of the most experienced players at La Laguna and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Miguel Montanana (206-F/C-80) of Melilla Baloncesto (#11). Montanana scored 16 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Montanana's great performance Melilla lost 67-69 to slightly higher-ranked Breogan (#9, 15-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Melilla ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Montanana could help Melilla to bring them higher in the standings. Montanana has a very solid season. In 29 games in Spain he scored 8.1ppg. He also has 5.5rpg and FGP: 57.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eric Hicks (198-F-83) of Breogan - 19 points and 8 rebounds
5. Levi Rost (201-F-83) of Girona - 18 points and 13 rebounds
6. Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-F/C-85) of La Palma - 19 points and 12 rebounds
7. Oriol Junyent (207-C-76) of Obradoiro - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Julio Alberto Gonzalez (196-G/F-81) of Leon - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Inaki Narros (194-G-81) of Navarra - 24 points and 4 rebounds
10. Duane Virgil (205-F/C-74) of Alcazar - 18 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)


Cajasol reach EuroCup Final Four despite loss - by Eurobasket News
Budivelnyk - Cajasol 80:77

Budivelnyk overcame Cajasol in EuroCup quarterfinal second game but to no avail. Cajasol celebrated a comfortable victory on aggregate and sealed their ticket to Treviso. Ambitious Budivelnyk tried hard and led by as many as 10 points in the second period but Cajasol proved calm in decisive moments of the encounter to pull away with the needed result.
Budivelnyk used a 9:0 run midway through the opening term to take a 19:13 lead. But Cajasol stopped the rot quickly and narrowed the deficit to just a single point 22:23 after ten minutes. Cajasol pulled in front early in the second term 30:26. Wilson and Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) triggered a 14:0 run as the hosts grabbed their biggest lead of the game 40:30. But Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) gave some breathing room for the visitors as Cajasol trimmed the gap back to one point 39:40 at halftime. The teams stayed very close throughout the third term. Budivelnyk failed to clear off, moreover Cajasol earned a 2-point lead after 30 minutes 56:54. As the game progressed Budivelnyk were losing the last hopes as Cajasol stayed in charge. Lukashov, Denis Ikovlev (201-F-86, college: Nevada) and Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) put the Ukrainian team ahead late in regulation but it just sweetened the pill for them as it was Cajasol who celebrated at the end.
Dewarick Spencer and Denis Ikovlev led the hosts with 12 points each. William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.), Zach Morley and Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) provided 10 points apiece for Budivelnyk. Txemi Urtasun replied with 15 points for Cajasol. Louis Bullock and Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) added 14 points each in the loss.

Budivelnyk: Dewarick Spencer 12, Denis Ikovlev 12
Cajasol: Txemi Urtasun 15, Louis Bullock 14, Kaloyan Ivanov 14



Panathinaikos grabs 2-1 lead against Regal Barca - by Eurobasket News
Game Three: Panathinaikos - Regal Barca 76-74 (2-1)

Another thriller between two Euroleague giants. Panathinaikos celebrated 76-74 home win for 2-1 lead in the series and now they need one more victory for the Final Four. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) was a key player for the hosts as he collected 18 points and 7 assists. '3D' forced Barcelona players to make 12 fouls on him in this game. Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) scored 13 points, while Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) added 12 points and 6 boards. In Regal Barca, Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) had 16 points including 4 of 5 from behind the arc. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) netted 13 and 12 points respectively.
PAO opened the game with quick 11-4 lead and later jumped to 16-10. Jaka Lakovic sank a three-pointer to get Barcelona within 16-13 after 10 intense minutes. Barca completed 0-9 run at the beginning of Q2 for 16-19, but Nicholas stopped them with a basket plus foul. PAO made plus seven in the finish of the first half, but it was Lakovic again who came up with a triple, this time fixing the score to 33-29 after 20 minutes. Visitors shined after the breather making 4-9 run, but Tsartsaris stepped up with a put-back basket and Mike Batiste added a five-meter jumper to put the Greens back ahead, 41-38. PAO was constantly in charge for rest of the period and later entered to last ten minutes with 55-49. The reigning Eurloleague champion didnt panic and they replied with 6-14 run in the first five minutes of Q4. The Greens called a timeout and it was a right decision, which helped them to consolidate. They quickly jumped to 70-65, but Juan Carlos Navarro scored and added free throws after that to 70-69. Dimitris Diamantidis was unmistakable in the finish, but Barca had the last possession with 2 seconds left. Jaka Lakovic was sent to the line. He missed his second shot on purpose but Barcelona could not get a shot up in time, allowing all Panathinaikos fans to celebrate a valuable win.
Game Four is scheduled for Thursday and PAO will be the host once again.

Panathinaikos: Dimitris Diamantidis 18+7 as, Drew Nicholas 13, Mike Batiste 12+6 boards
Regal Barca: Ricky Rubio 16, Jaka Lakovic 13, Alan Anderson 12


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Quarterfinals: Kings win Game Two against Uppsala - by Eurobasket News
Quarterfinals, Game 2: Uppsala - Sodertalje 79-97 (1-1)

Sodertalje recovered from the home loss in Game One and managed to beat Uppsala on the road last night. It was a 79-97 win for the Kings, who tied the score to 1-1 now. They also regained a home court advantage in this series. Third meeting is scheduled for April 3.
The game was mostly controlled by Sodertalje Kings. Uppsala Basket was better in fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sodertalje Kings dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Uppsala Basket's 38. Sodertalje Kings players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American guard Johnell Smith (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: New Orleans) notched 17 points and 8 assists to lead the effort and Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (201-F-85, college: Wichita St.) supported him with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Even 15 points and 6 assists by American guard Benjamin Smith (178-G-87, college: Jacksonville) did not help to save the game for Uppsala Basket. Austrian center Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84) added 14 points for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.

Sodertalje: M.Griskenas 20+8reb+1ast, W.Galick 17+7reb+2ast, J.Smith 17+4reb+8ast, D.Pita 15+1reb+1ast, A.Chuk 8+5reb+9ast, A.Wikner-Nordberg 8+4reb+1ast
Uppsala: B.Smith 15+2reb+6ast, M.Kohlmaier 14+4reb+2ast, J.Andersson 13+3reb+2ast, T.Whitworth 12+1reb+2ast, H.Magnusson 7+4reb+1ast, R.Eriksson 7+3reb+1ast


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland22.3 
 2. Brown, 0820.5 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.5 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall19.7 
 5. Smith, Uppsala19.5 
 6. Palm, Boras19.4 
 7. Wesby, Sundsvall18.6 
 8. McCoy, Boras18.3 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna17.4 
 10. Ryan, Boras16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.4 
 2. Palm, Boras10.2 
 3. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 4. McKnight, Boras8.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping8.0 
 6. Brown, 087.9 
 7. Cipriano, Eco O.7.5 
 8. Walker, Solna7.4 
 9. Constantine, Solna7.3 
 10. Salaam, Jamtland7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.4 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 085.1 
 4. Smith, Uppsala4.6 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje4.5 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.3 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.2 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland4.1 
 9. Smith, Sodertalje4.1 
 10. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.3 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket2.9 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall1.9 
 4. Smith, Uppsala1.9 
 5. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 6. Hargrove, Jamtland1.8 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 8. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.8 
 9. McCoy, Boras1.7 
 10. Brown, 081.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John ROSENDAHL
  LF Basket
  (203-F/C-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.9 
 2. Salaam, Jamtland1.8 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 4. Palm, Boras1.4 
 5. Cipriano, Eco O.1.3 
 6. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 9. Walker, Solna0.9 
 10. Mosley, Eco Orebro0.8 


Review of Playoffs - by Andreas Eriksson
Swedish playoffs have kicked of with most series having played 3 games so far;

Norrkping Dolphins - Solna Vikings
After three games, the home teams have emerged victorius in all three games, as Dolphins defended homecourt twice and Solna winning on the last shot of the game in game 2 in Solna. The series so far has been very tight, except for game 3 that Dolphins had the grip on during the 2nd half. Game 4 in Solna.

Sundsvall Dragons - Jmtland Basket
Another series where the hometeams have won their games, so the score is 2-1 to Sundsvall. Jmtland led 6 points in the first half in game 1, but dropped the 2nd half completeley, they revenged themselves by winning game 2 in stersund last friday, but last night Sundsvall really took it to Jmtland and won easily after beeing up by 28 at most.

LF Basket - Bors Basket
Same here - home teams have won, 2-1 to LF so far. Mike Palm have been great for Bors, but with 0 points from their bench in game 3, they couldnt pull out the upset in Lule last night.

Sdertlje - Uppsala
Have only played 2 games so far - and compared to the other series- here it is only the away teams that have won. Uppsala won game 1 in Sdertlje by 2 points, before loosing by 18 at home to Sdertlje last night in game 2.


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Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.22.1 
 2. Smith, Fribourg20.9 
 3. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.20.7 
 4. Glover, Boncourt20.7 
 5. Byron, BBC Nyon20.2 
 6. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 7. Brown, Starwings20.1 
 8. Popovich, SAV V.20.0 
 9. Reid, Monthey19.7 
 10. Martin, BBC Nyon18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.2 
 2. Thompson, Starw.10.6 
 3. Ofoegbu, SAM M.10.5 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt9.8 
 5. Reid, Monthey9.2 
 6. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.2 
 7. Sloan, Geneve Lions8.1 
 8. Smith, Fribourg7.7 
 9. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.5 
 10. Hunte, BBC Nyon7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.4 
 2. Glover, Boncourt6.4 
 3. Williams, Fribourg6.1 
 4. Brown, Starwings4.9 
 5. Draughan, Lugano T.4.7 
 6. Angley, Lugano T.4.5 
 7. Hollins, Starwings4.4 
 8. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
 9. Petkovic, Fribourg4.1 
 10. Sharper, Monthey4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.9 
 2. Glover, Boncourt3.7 
 3. Hunte, BBC Nyon3.0 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt2.6 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.2.5 
 6. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.5 
 7. Draughan, Lugano T.2.5 
 8. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.4 
 9. Smith, Fribourg2.3 
 10. Louissaint, Month.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.3 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.2 
 3. Thompson, Starw.1.9 
 4. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt1.5 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.3 
 7. Sanders, Lugano T.0.9 
 8. Moris, Monthey0.9 
 9. Aw, Geneve Lions0.9 
 10. Vogt, Fribourg0.9 


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  SYRIA   


Jalaa surrender against Riyadi for second straight time - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Jalaa 85:77

Riyadi forced the decisive fifth game in the WABA League title series. They overcame Jalaa in Beirut yesterday to knot things up at 2-2. The teams will now move back to Aleppo to decide on the winner. Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) erupted for 34 points and 11 rebounds to ensure the winning outcome for Riaydi.
The Lebanese team quickly set in front in the opening term. They posted a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew to double digits in the second quarter. Riyadi accumulated a 45:34 lead at the interval. Jalaa tried to recover the intrigue in the third term. The Syrian side got within 8 points with ten minutes to go. They opened the fourth stanza on a 13:9 rally to cut the deficit at 4-point mark. But Riaydi responded right on time to escape with a vital win at the end. Ali Mahmoud (185-G-83) provided 20 points for the winners. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) had 13 points, 13 boards and 4 assists for Riyadi. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) answered with 26 points for Jalaa. Wissam Yakoub (212-C-82) had 15 points and 11 boards in the loss.
The fifth game in the series is scheduled for Monday.

Riyadi: Nathanel Johnson 34+11 boards, Ali Mahmoud 20, Loren Woods 13+13 boards
Jalaa: Jamaal Miller 26, Wissam Yakoub 15+11 boards



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  TUNISIA   


Finally, basketball returns. - by Sergei Krasavtsev
After more than two months off, basketball returns. This time it's not just propaganda, but the info. All clubs have expressed the wish, insisting to play and race again. The 20th round will be of particular interest, since it can give us the name of the fifth club to go play-off. This concerns mainly the CA (5th), who is playing a decisive game tonight against the SAC. In case of victory, the club members to spend Outael Aouij officially play-off regardless of their future results. Otherwise, the CSC will reshuffle the cards and wait for the next day.This duel, CA-CSC, followed closely by JSK and USM, both candidates for the play-off.

JSK will travel in Rades to meet an ESR already qualified to play-off, his goal is to win option. She feels in any case behind the breath of the USM. Especially if they win on EZS. The situation is very complex with all four teams involved in the race for the play-off. Their fates are intertwined. The ESR and EZS be the arbiters of this standoff. Hopefully they will play the game thoroughly.

With what motivation?

The two remaining spots remain the sole issue of the 20th round. Otherwise, it's calm. Solid at the first place, the SSE and the SN should not fear anything. Faced respectively CAB and JSM, they do not run any risk. Recall in this connection that the stars are best through direct confrontation.

Permissions for Coaches

The matches of the 20th round will be played behind closed doors. In this regard, the coaches FTBB inform teachers of physical education they have special permission for their clubs manager. According to our information, it is the first step against the law which prohibits the accumulation of functions.



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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 12-2 
 2. Cleveland V. 11-3 
 3. Columbus C. 7-8 
 4. Colonial F. 3-10 
 5. NE Air Soul 1-14 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 30-5 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 25-12 
 3. Atlanta A. 13-10 
 4. Georgia L. 10-15 
 5. St.Mountain H. 3-18 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 17-2 
 2. Tennessee D. 17-10 
 3. Norman E. 10-9 
 4. DFW Warriors 10-9 
 5. Austin K. 8-8 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 9-2 
 2. Dallas Star 7-14 
 3. Houston X. 6-0 
 4. Nashville B. 0-10 
 5. Oklahoma S. 0-16 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-17 


URBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Barnes, GIE M.27.8 
 2. Barrett, S.Generals26.6 
 3. Sonier, Houston X.25.6 
 4. Sloan, S.Generals24.9 
 5. Perkins, Austin K.24.1 
 6. Kearse, Dallas S.23.4 
 7. Allison, Norman E.23.2 
 8. Holmes, Atlanta A.22.8 
 9. Grismore, C.Tex.21.4 
 10. James, DFW W.21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sylvester MORGAN
  USA
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Morgan, GIE M.13.1 
 2. Dailey, GIE M.12.2 
 3. Hall, St.Mount.10.8 
 4. Hill, DFW Warriors10.2 
 5. Akpele, S.Generals10.1 
 6. Holmes, Atlanta A.9.9 
 7. Shewmake, Tennesse.9.6 
 8. Wilson, Tennesse.9.6 
 9. Davis, Dallas Stars9.6 
 10. Stroud, GIE M.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ryan MCCOY
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. McCoy, Houston X.10.2 
 2. Bray, S.Generals10.1 
 3. De La Cruz, S.Gen.9.1 
 4. Haskins, C.Texas C.8.4 
 5. Williams, GIE M.8.3 
 6. Belton, Atlanta A.7.9 
 7. Belton, GIE M.7.9 
 8. Beaulah, GIE M.6.8 
 9. Douglas, DFW W.6.8 
 10. Taylor, Tennesse.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Freddie WILLIAMS
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Williams, S.Generals3.6 
 2. Kearse, Dallas S.3.3 
 3. Williams, GIE M.3.3 
 4. Bray, S.Generals2.9 
 5. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.9 
 6. Brown, Norman E.2.8 
 7. Taylor, Tennesse.2.7 
 8. Barnes, GIE M.2.5 
 9. Snell, Atlanta A.2.4 
 10. Sloan, S.Generals2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Williams, GIE M.6.2 
 2. Moore, S.Generals5.5 
 3. Morgan, GIE M.5.0 
 4. Williams, Norman E.4.3 
 5. Davis, Dallas Stars3.2 
 6. Hall, St.Mount.2.9 
 7. Wilson, Tennesse.2.8 
 8. Hill, DFW Warriors2.5 
 9. Dailey, GIE M.2.5 
 10. Stokes, Dallas S.2.4 


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  UKRAINE   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 32-10 
 2. BC Donetsk 32-11 
 3. Azovmash 27-16 
 4. Hoverla 26-17 
 5. Mykolaiv 23-19 
 6. Ferro-ZNTU 23-20 
 7. Dnipro 20-21 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 20-22 
 9. DniproAzot 18-25 
 10. BC Odessa 17-26 
 11. Halychyna 15-29 
 12. Khimik 14-29 
 13. BC Kyiv 10-32 


Cajasol reach EuroCup Final Four despite loss - by Eurobasket News
Budivelnyk - Cajasol 80:77

Budivelnyk overcame Cajasol in EuroCup quarterfinal second game but to no avail. Cajasol celebrated a comfortable victory on aggregate and sealed their ticket to Treviso. Ambitious Budivelnyk tried hard and led by as many as 10 points in the second period but Cajasol proved calm in decisive moments of the encounter to pull away with the needed result.
Budivelnyk used a 9:0 run midway through the opening term to take a 19:13 lead. But Cajasol stopped the rot quickly and narrowed the deficit to just a single point 22:23 after ten minutes. Cajasol pulled in front early in the second term 30:26. Wilson and Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) triggered a 14:0 run as the hosts grabbed their biggest lead of the game 40:30. But Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) gave some breathing room for the visitors as Cajasol trimmed the gap back to one point 39:40 at halftime. The teams stayed very close throughout the third term. Budivelnyk failed to clear off, moreover Cajasol earned a 2-point lead after 30 minutes 56:54. As the game progressed Budivelnyk were losing the last hopes as Cajasol stayed in charge. Lukashov, Denis Ikovlev (201-F-86, college: Nevada) and Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) put the Ukrainian team ahead late in regulation but it just sweetened the pill for them as it was Cajasol who celebrated at the end.
Dewarick Spencer and Denis Ikovlev led the hosts with 12 points each. William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.), Zach Morley and Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) provided 10 points apiece for Budivelnyk. Txemi Urtasun replied with 15 points for Cajasol. Louis Bullock and Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) added 14 points each in the loss.

Budivelnyk: Dewarick Spencer 12, Denis Ikovlev 12
Cajasol: Txemi Urtasun 15, Louis Bullock 14, Kaloyan Ivanov 14



Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.3 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.1 
 3. Washington, BC Od.17.0 
 4. Curry, Azovmash16.8 
 5. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna14.7 
 7. Williams, Halychyna14.7 
 8. Fraser, DniproAzot14.6 
 9. Millage, Khimik14.5 
 10. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.0 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.3 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Hunter, Fe.6.8 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla6.7 
 9. Owens, Azovmash6.5 
 10. Sandul, BC Kyiv6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.1 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.9 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.9 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Millage, Khimik4.6 
 7. Sparks, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Harris, Fe.4.4 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Millage, Khimik2.3 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.7 
 4. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.6 
 5. Love, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 7. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.5 
 8. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
 9. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.2 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 5. Balashov, BC Odessa1.4 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 7. Agafonov, Budiv.1.3 
 8. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 9. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.2 
 10. Coleman, Hoverla1.2 


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  URUGUAY   


The Metro League will be played by 10 teams - by Hector Lopez
The Metropolitan League, with 10 teams, all of them base in Montevideo, will begin on April 8th the 2011 tournament to promoto two teams to the Uruguayan League.
Only two teams will not contract an import player, Goes and Verdirrojo. The import players for the rest of the teams are:
Capitol - Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport)
Larraaga - Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central)
Nacional - Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL)
Urunday Universitario - Steven Toyloy (203-C-87, college: Cincinnati)
25 de Agosto - Bernard Rimmer (203-F-85, college: Mississippi St.)
Yale - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis)
Atenas - Not announced yet
The complet roster and the games for the first two round will be known next week


Gustavo Barrera has signed with Hebraica y Macabi - by Sergio Palay
Gustavo Barrera has signed for two seasons with Hebraica Macabi.
The point guard already played with the team in 2007 reaching the final of the Liga Uruguaya de Basketball.
After a stint in Spain (Unicaja Malaga y CB Granada) 'Panchi' will return to our basketball to earn minutes, try to win titles and get in shape to play for the national team.
Hebraica Macabi also has ensured continuity for another two seasons of Mauritius 'Pica' Aguiar, forward of the Uruguay National Team
With these contracts Hebraica becomes one of the major candidates to win the next Uruguayan League.


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  VENEZUELA   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 14-2 
 2. Marinos 14-2 
 3. Trotamundos 9-7 
 4. Gigantes 9-8 
 5. Panteras 7-9 
 6. Toros 7-9 
 7. Guaiqueries 6-9 
 8. Bucaneros 6-10 
 9. Guaros 5-12 
 10. Gaiteros 3-12 


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  WABA   


Riyadi level WABA League championship series - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Jalaa 85:77

Riyadi forced the decisive fifth game in the WABA League title series. They overcame Jalaa in Beirut yesterday to knot things up at 2-2. The teams will now move back to Aleppo to decide on the winner. Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) erupted for 34 points and 11 rebounds to ensure the winning outcome for Riaydi.
The Lebanese team quickly set in front in the opening term. They posted a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew to double digits in the second quarter. Riyadi accumulated a 45:34 lead at the interval. Jalaa tried to recover the intrigue in the third term. The Syrian side got within 8 points with ten minutes to go. They opened the fourth stanza on a 13:9 rally to cut the deficit at 4-point mark. But Riaydi responded right on time to escape with a vital win at the end. Ali Mahmoud (185-G-83) provided 20 points for the winners. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) had 13 points, 13 boards and 4 assists for Riyadi. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) answered with 26 points for Jalaa. Wissam Yakoub (212-C-82) had 15 points and 11 boards in the loss.
The fifth game in the series is scheduled for Monday.

Riyadi: Nathanel Johnson 34+11 boards, Ali Mahmoud 20, Loren Woods 13+13 boards
Jalaa: Jamaal Miller 26, Wissam Yakoub 15+11 boards





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Albury Sports Stadium renamed in honour of Lauren Jackson - by Eurobasket News
Australian Jayco Opals star Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) will see her name honoured in her home town of Albury, after the Albury local council unanimously endorsed the move to rename the The Albury Sports Stadium The Lauren Jackson Sports Centre.

Jackson will join other home-grown sporting icons in tennis player Margaret Court and footballer Haydn Bunton in having facilities named in their honour in Albury.

Cr Amanda Duncan-Strelec, who instigated the move, was delighted the change would go ahead.

It pleased me greatly to see it go through smooth passage tonight.

The council agreed unanimously and it shouldnt have degenerated to some of the comments made by opponents.

It is extremely appropriate it be called the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre, particularly given her love of Albury and her parochialism towards Albury and the fact she is hoping one day to come back here and raise a family.

She is a wonderful role model for the young in our community.
Courtesy of: basketball.net.au


Australian Jayco Opals name star-studded squad for 2011 - by Eurobasket News
The Basketball Australia High Performance commission has announced the group of 25 players who will make up the 2011 Australian Jayco Opals basketball squad as they look ahead to a busy schedule in the build up to this years FIBA Oceania Qualifiers in September against New Zealand.

Headlining the star-studded list are two of Australias most accomplished basketball exports, Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Penelope Taylor (185-F-81), along with rising star Liz Cambage.

Head coach for the Jayco Opals Carrie Graf is excited to start working with the group as they look to qualify for next years Olympic Games in London.

To make an Opals squad is a terrific start to your international career, but making an Opals team in an Olympic year is no easy feat, said Graf. Its a great team with great history, she added.

Theres 12 spots on that London Olympic team. The team that made the Worlds is not necessarily going to be the team that goes to the Olympics. People rise up and people drift off a little bit and were looking to put a team together to win a Gold Medal, she said.

The Opals kick-start their preparations on 6 June, 2011 when the team will meet for their first camp, which will run over four days.

The squad then travels to China for the Four Nations Tournament between 17-24 June. Following that tournament, the girls will hold a five-day camp in China, which will also include another three-match series with the Chinese national team.

Another major international tournament on the Australian basketball calendar this year is the World University Games, also held in China between12-23 August, with many young Opals squad members taking to the floor for Australia.

The World University Games is an important tournament for us. Its an opportunity for a lot of the emerging Opals to show their wares in tournament play, she said.

The 2011 Opals squad is made up of a strong mix of current local Womens National Basketball League (WNBL) players and Aussies plying their trade internationally.

Of the Australian players based overseas, Erin Phillips (173-G-85) (Seattle Storm WNBA/Wisla Can Pac, Poland), Belinda Snell (181-F-81) (Seattle Storm WNBA/Halcon Avenida, Salamanca-Spain), Jennifer Screen (180-G-82) (Umana Reyer Venezia, Italy) and Hollie Grima (190-C/F-83) (Aix-en-Provence, France) have all been named.

Also selected in the squad are WNBL rising stars Abby Bishop, Kath MacLeod and Tess Madgen, along with WNBL Championship-winning players Jenna OHea, Rachel Jarry and Elyse Penaluna from the Bulleen Boomers.

Canberra Capitals centre Suzy Batkovic is also named in the squad, along with WNBL teammates Marianna Tolo and Carly Wilson.

The WNBL has been the breeding ground for our greatest Opals, said Graf.

It speaks volumes for the WNBL and that it continues to be a great League for the development of international basketballers. The WNBL has been around for over 25 years and all of our great Opals, going back even to the 80s, have all been a part of that League, she said.

The FIBA Oceania Qualifier, which will see the Opals battle arch-rivals New Zealand in a three-game series between the 7-11 September, 2011 will result in the winning team advancing directly to the London Olympic Games tournament in 2012.

The location for the series is yet to be decided, with FIBA Oceania expected to make a decision in the next few days.

Courtesy of: basketball.net.au


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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
Group A
 1. Fl.Foxes 26-0 
 2. BK Duchess 21-5 
 3. UBBC 14-12 
 4. BC Vienna 13-13 
 5. UBI Graz 13-13 
 6. Innsbruck 7-19 
Group B
 1. Gratkorn 4-1 
 2. Salzburg 3-1 
 3. Kammer 3-2 
 4. DBBC Graz 0-6 


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  BELGIUM - Women  


D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Leemans, Sint K.20.3 
 2. Tatham, Point C.18.4 
 3. Meesseman, Ieper18.0 
 4. VanMalderen, Dexia N.16.7 
 5. Dennett, Sint K.16.3 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.15.7 
 7. Wilkins, Point Chaud15.1 
 8. Decroos, BBC Boom14.8 
 9. Mayombo, Point C.14.8 
 10. Blommaers, Houth.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rhona MCKENZIE
  Houthalen
  (183-F-76)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. McKenzie, Houth.13.4 
 2. Meesseman, Ieper11.1 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.9.7 
 4. Wilkins, Point Chaud9.0 
 5. Tatham, Point C.8.9 
 6. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.8.8 
 7. Gaither, Dexia N.8.8 
 8. Ibekwe, Point C.8.5 
 9. Van Respaill., Wareg.8.5 
 10. Hoehne, R.Spirou.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Leemans, Sint K.3.2 
 2. Van Dessel, Sint K.2.3 
 3. Mayombo, Point C.2.2 
 4. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.2 
 5. Deyaert, Waregem2.0 
 6. Van Driel, BBC B.1.9 
 7. Vanloo, Waregem1.9 
 8. Dubuc, Dexia Namur1.8 
 9. Devliegher, Ieper1.8 
 10. Blommaers, Houth.1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Meesseman, Ieper2.4 
 2. Gaither, Dexia N.2.3 
 3. Mayombo, Point C.2.2 
 4. Van Driel, BBC B.2.1 
 5. Van De Bruae., Deerl.2.1 
 6. Leemans, Sint K.2.1 
 7. Van den Vond., BBC B.2.0 
 8. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.0 
 9. Deyaert, Waregem2.0 
 10. Deneil, Dexia Namur1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Meesseman, Ieper2.8 
 2. Boonen, BBC Boom1.7 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.1.6 
 4. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.1.1 
 5. Lentacker, Jeugd G.0.9 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.0.9 
 7. VanMalderen, Dexia N.0.8 
 8. Malfait, Jeugd G.0.8 
 9. De Meyer, Willebroek0.7 
 10. Hoehne, R.Spirou.0.7 


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Beginning of League 3 (second stage) - by Eurobasket News
Bosnian league 3 (second stage) started last weekend. Of course, only one game was played.

Mladi Krajisnik - Zeljeznicar 78-64
Mladi Krajisnik defeated 3rd placed Zeljeznicar in Banja Luka 78-64. The game without a history. Mladi Krajisnik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ivona Bogoje (193-C-76) was a key player for the hosts with 22 points and 6 rebounds. She reached valuation 27 and was the MVP of this meeting. Antonela Anic (177-F-85) helped the hosts with double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Emina Demirovic (186-C-85) replied with 20 points and 6 boards. Zeljeznicar will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Mladi Krajisnik will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Celik in Zenica.


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


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Bulgarian Basketball is mourning - by Maria Mitzova
Bulgarian basketball community is in mourning, after the Chairman of the Bulgarian Basketball Federation (BFB) Mihail Mihov died at the age of 47. The reason of his sudden death is a massive heart attack.
Mihov has been on the job since 2008, and under his ruling the Men National Team already qualified for two consecutive Eurobasket campaigns.
All the basketball people in Bulgaria have been shocked with the news, which broke out midday on Tuesday.
Mihov has spent long years working for basketball, loving the game.
On the same day, the earth path ended for one on Bulgarias brightest basketball persons - former international player and Olympic Games medalist Krassimira Gjurova. She fought hard with an illness for the last years, but passed away at the age of 57.
May their souls rest in peace!



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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  Frisco Sika
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Eldebrink, Frisco S.21.1 
 2. Milton-Jones, USK P.19.7 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.17.8 
 4. Halvarsson, Frisco S.16.7 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice16.5 
 6. Vlkova, Valosun .16.5 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.15.8 
 8. Viteckova, USK P.15.2 
 9. Ford, Frisco Sika14.8 
 10. Elhotova, USK Praha14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika12.9 
 2. Reisingerova, Strako.10.6 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .9.7 
 4. Kulichova, USK P.7.7 
 5. Skerovic, Frisco Sika7.5 
 6. Milton-Jones, USK P.7.4 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.7.3 
 8. Sipova, Slovanka.6.8 
 9. Halvarsson, Frisco S.6.8 
 10. Stepanova, VS Praha6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.5.8 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika5.4 
 3. Uhrova, Strakonice4.3 
 4. Whalen, USK Praha3.3 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice3.0 
 6. Viteckova, USK P.2.9 
 7. Eldebrink, Frisco S.2.7 
 8. Brantlova, VS Praha2.6 
 9. Kysilkova, Hradec K.2.6 
 10. Hrabakova, Karlovy .2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.3 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika2.8 
 3. Brantlova, VS Praha2.4 
 4. Uhrova, Strakonice2.4 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK P.2.2 
 6. Whalen, USK Praha2.1 
 7. Novotna, Slovanka.2.1 
 8. Johnova, Strakonice2.1 
 9. Stara, Hradec K.1.8 
 10. Kysilkova, Hradec K.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michaela HARTIGOVA
  Hradec Kralove
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hartigova, Hradec K.1.8 
 2. Kulichova, USK P.1.5 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .1.0 
 4. Milton-Jones, USK P.0.8 
 5. Novakova, Trutnov0.8 
 6. Halvarsson, Frisco S.0.7 
 7. Sipova, Slovanka.0.7 
 8. Reisingerova, Strako.0.7 
 9. Stepanova, VS Praha0.7 
 10. Vodrazkova, Slovanka.0.6 


ZBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals. The hosts won all the games - by Eurobasket News
Trutnov - Valosun Brno 70-64

The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-12 Valosun Brno's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 70-64 at the end of the game. Kara Trutnov made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Valosun Brno outrebounded Kara Trutnov 47-31 including a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Katerina Novakova (188-85) stepped up and scored 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Hana Snajdrova-Ziklova (182-80) chipped in 17 points. At the losing side international center Ivana Vecerova (194-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 19 rebounds and international forward Michaela Zrustova (183-87) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Trutnov: H.Snajdrova-Ziklova 17+3reb+1ast, D.Misurova 17+2reb, K.Novakova 14+9reb, K.Hindrakova 10+4reb, P.Zaplatova 6+2reb, A.Vechtova 2+4reb
Valosun Brno: M.Zrustova 13+7reb+2ast, Z.Mracnova 12+1ast, I.Vecerova 12+19reb, E.Mrhalkova 11+2reb, K.Krizova 8+5reb, V.Vlkova 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 125235


Frisco Sika - Hradec Kralove 113-56

The game without a history. Frisco Sika led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sokol Hradec Kralove to just 3 points in fourth quarter. Frisco Sika dominated down low during the game scoring 90 of its points in the paint compared to Sokol Hradec Kralove's 26. They outrebounded Sokol Hradec Kralove 47-20 including a 31-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Frisco Sika looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Sokol Hradec Kralove's players. Swedish center Louice Halvarsson (189-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all twelve shots !!!) for the winning side and Swedish guard Frida Eldebrink (174-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) accounted for 22 points. Four Frisco Sika players scored in double figures. The former international center Michaela Hartigova (192-83) came up with 13 points and 5 rebounds and forward Andrea Ovsikova (178-89) added 8 points respectively for Sokol Hradec Kralove 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.
Top scorers:
Frisco Sika: L.Halvarsson 28+11reb+1ast, F.Eldebrink 22+3reb+3ast, R.Hejdova 14+2ast, C.Ford 12+12reb+3ast, I.Borecka 10+1reb, A.Hanusova 10+8reb+1ast
Hradec Kralove: M.Hartigova 13+5reb+1ast, K.Pochobradska 11+2reb, M.Stara 10+3reb+1ast, A.Ovsikova 8+3reb+3ast, I.Sindelarova 6, K.Rosenbaumova 3+2reb
gschID: 125232


USK Praha - Karlovy Vary 100-44

The game without a history. USK Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary's 38 and made 25-of-29 charity shots (86.2 percent) during the game, while Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary 45-21 including a 34-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Delisha Milton-Jones (186-74, college: Florida, agency: Josep and Nicolas) fired 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. International forward Tereza Peckova (191-87) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. USK Praha's coach Lubor Blazek felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Lenka Vetrovcova (187-84) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and Slovakian center Michaela Magerciakova (188-77) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: D.Milton-Jones 16+6reb+2ast, E.Sujanova 12+3reb+2ast, L.Whalen 12+3reb+1ast, K.Elhotova 11+3reb+1ast, T.Peckova 11+5reb+3ast, E.Maltsi 10+3reb
Karlovy Vary: L.Vetrovcova 14+5reb, M.Magerciakova 12+5reb+1ast, J.Eisnerova 8+2reb, Y.Paige 4+1reb+1ast, S.Pospisilova 2+1ast, M.Muchova 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 125233


Slovanka MB - Strakonice 78-70

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-12. But Aldast Strakonice won second period 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Basket Slovanka MB made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Basket Slovanka MB outrebounded Aldast Strakonice 38-27 including 28 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of center Lenka Sipova (185-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Petra Pospisilova (180-84) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Michaela Uhrova (166-82) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds and guard Darina Johnova (178-85) added 22 points in the effort for Aldast Strakonice. Five Basket Slovanka MB and four Aldast Strakonice players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Slovanka MB: L.Sipova 18+11reb+1ast, P.Pospisilova 18+6reb, K.Novotna 11+3reb+1ast, H.Nezdarilova-Stankova 11+5reb+6ast, M.Vodrazkova 10+5reb+1ast, E.Sipova 8+6reb
Strakonice: M.Uhrova 23+8reb+3ast, D.Johnova 22+2reb+2ast, Z.Skrabalova 12+1reb, P.Reisingerova 10+8reb+1ast, L.Balakova 3+5reb+1ast, M.Kusova 0
gschID: 125234




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  DENMARK - Women  


Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Points Per Game
 Lauren BECKLEY
  Lemvig
  (181-F/C-)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Beckley, Lemvig21.6 
 2. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj16.6 
 3. Fuller, Falcon16.5 
 4. Furgeson, Horsens16.5 
 5. Holmes, Aabyhoj15.7 
 6. Tryggedsson, Aabyh.15.4 
 7. Smith, Horsens14.6 
 8. Girdwood, Vaerlose14.4 
 9. Hansen, Falcon13.8 
 10. Deemand, Horsholm13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jessica FULLER
  Falcon
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Fuller, Falcon13.3 
 2. Holmes, Aabyhoj10.2 
 3. Beckley, Lemvig9.8 
 4. Furgeson, Horsens9.4 
 5. Kruuse, Amager9.4 
 6. Smith, Horsens8.8 
 7. Kielpinski, Lemvig8.7 
 8. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj7.5 
 9. Girdwood, Vaerlose7.2 
 10. Aitch, SISU7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mie BURLIN
  Lemvig
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Burlin, Lemvig4.2 
 2. Lund, SISU4.1 
 3. Krogh, Aabyhoj3.7 
 4. Haven, Vaerlose3.4 
 5. Jensen, Amager3.4 
 6. Blands, SISU3.3 
 7. Furgeson, Horsens3.1 
 8. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj3.0 
 9. Jorgensen, SISU3.0 
 10. Kongeskov, Amager2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Emilie HESSELDAL
  Aabyhoj
  (185-F/C-90)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj3.2 
 2. Furgeson, Horsens2.6 
 3. Blands, SISU2.6 
 4. Lund, SISU2.4 
 5. Ryder, Horsholm2.3 
 6. Jorgensen, SISU2.2 
 7. Udovalieva, Lemvig1.9 
 8. Beckley, Lemvig1.8 
 9. Deemand, Horsholm1.8 
 10. Kongeskov, Amager1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jessica FULLER
  Falcon
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Fuller, Falcon3.2 
 2. Kielpinski, Lemvig1.6 
 3. Dokkedal, Vaerlose0.9 
 4. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj0.8 
 5. Kruuse, Amager0.7 
 6. Girdwood, Vaerlose0.6 
 7. Aitch, SISU0.5 
 8. Gilling, Horsholm0.5 
 9. Holmes, Aabyhoj0.5 
 10. Laursen, Horsens0.4 


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. Eclex Tallinn 14-1 
 2. Tartu Ulikooli 9-7 
 3. TLU/Volta 7-5 
 4. NikeWomen 5-10 
 5. Audentes 1-13 


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  FRANCE - Women  


LF2 Round 25: Roche defeats leader Lyon - 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 fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Lyon (23-2) in La Roche on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by second ranked Roche (19-6) 52-51. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Lyon. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 18-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Roche maintains second place with 19-6 record having four points less than leader Lyon. Lyon at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Roche are looking forward to face Nice (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lyon will play against Limoges and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Reims (18-7) against fifth ranked Limoges (15-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Reims was defeated by Limoges in a tough game in Limoges 48-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Reims. Limoges have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 15-10 record. Reims at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Nice. Limoges will play against league's leader Lyon on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Reims will play against Rennes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Higher ranked Perpignan (12-13) fell to eleventh ranked SI Graffenstaden (11-14) in overtime by four points 75-79 on Saturday night. The game took place in Perpignan. But the guests from llkirch-Graff. were better at the end. SI Graffenstaden have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to tenth place. Newly promoted Perpignan dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. SI Graffenstaden will meet at home Pau Lacq Orthez (#15) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Perpignan will play against Etoile de Voiron (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Pleyber-Christ was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Etoile de Voiron (13-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Pleyber Christ (13-12). Pleyber Christ defeated Etoile de Voiron 82-68. Pleyber Christ moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Voiron. Pleyber Christ's next round opponent will be Dunkerque (#11) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game.
The game between 15th ranked Pau Lacq Orthez (4-20) and twelfth ranked Le Havre (10-14) in Pau on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Le Havre outscored Pau Lacq Orthez 76-44. Le Havre moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Dunkerque. Pau Lacq Orthez lost seventh consecutive game. Pau Lacq Orthez at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Le Havre will face higher ranked Armentieres (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pau Lacq Orthez will play against SI Graffenstaden (#10) in llkirch-Graff..

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Dunkerque was beaten by Armentieres on the road 70-59. Angers lost to Nice on its own court 74-82. Bottom-ranked CFBB unfortunately lost to Rennes in a road game 57-65.



Pleyber Christ - Voiron 82-68

The game in Pleyber-Christ was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Etoile de Voiron (13-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Pleyber Christ (13-12). Pleyber Christ defeated Etoile de Voiron 82-68. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Pleyber Christ moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Voiron. Pleyber Christ's next round opponent will be Dunkerque (#11) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game.
gschID: 111030


Armentieres - Dunkerque 70-59

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Armentieres' (12-12) home victory over 10th ranked Dunkerque (10-14) 70-59 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Armentieres moved-up to eighth place. Loser Dunkerque dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Armentieres will face Le Havre (#12) on the road in the next round. Dunkerque will play against Pleyber Christ in Pleyber-Christ.
gschID: 111031


Limoges - Reims 56-48

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Reims (18-7) against fifth ranked Limoges (15-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Reims was defeated by Limoges in a tough game in Limoges 48-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Reims. Reims was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 25-15 second half run of Limoges. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Reims to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Limoges have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 15-10 record. Reims at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Nice. Limoges will play against league's leader Lyon on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Reims will play against Rennes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 111025


Roche - Lyon 52-51

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Lyon (23-2) in La Roche on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by second ranked Roche (19-6) 52-51. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Lyon. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 18-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Roche maintains second place with 19-6 record having four points less than leader Lyon. Lyon at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Roche are looking forward to face Nice (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lyon will play against Limoges and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 111026


Angers - Nice 74-82

Very expected game when 14th ranked Angers (8-17) lost at home to fourth ranked Nice (18-7) 82-74 on Saturday. Angers was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Nice have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Reims. Angers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Nice will face league's second-placed Roche in La Roche in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Angers will play on the road against CFBB (#16) in Paris and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 111027


Pau Orthez - Le Havre 44-76

The game between 15th ranked Pau Lacq Orthez (4-20) and twelfth ranked Le Havre (10-14) in Pau on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Le Havre outscored Pau Lacq Orthez 76-44. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-44. Le Havre dominated on the defensive end, holding Pau Lacq Orthez to just 6 points in second quarter. Le Havre moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Dunkerque. Pau Lacq Orthez lost seventh consecutive game. Pau Lacq Orthez at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Le Havre will face higher ranked Armentieres (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pau Lacq Orthez will play against SI Graffenstaden (#10) in llkirch-Graff..
gschID: 111028


Perpignan - SI Graffenstaden 75-79 OT

Higher ranked Perpignan (12-13) fell to eleventh ranked SI Graffenstaden (11-14) in overtime by four points 75-79 on Saturday night. The game took place in Perpignan. But the guests from llkirch-Graff. were better at the end. SI Graffenstaden have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to tenth place. Newly promoted Perpignan dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. SI Graffenstaden will meet at home Pau Lacq Orthez (#15) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Perpignan will play against Etoile de Voiron (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 111029


Rennes - CFBB 65-57

Rather predictable result when thirteenth ranked Rennes (10-15) won against at home bottom-ranked CFBB (2-23) 65-57 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But CFBB won second period 16-6. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Rennes won last quarter 21-14. Rennes maintains thirteenth place with 10-15 record. CFBB lost eighteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Rennes will face higher ranked Reims (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play against Angers (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 111024




Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
 1. Lyon 23-2 
 2. Roche 19-6 
 3. Nice 18-7 
 4. Reims 18-7 
 5. Limoges 15-10 
 6. Pleyber Christ 13-12 
 7. Voiron 13-12 
 8. Armentieres 12-12 
 9. Perpignan 12-13 
 10. SI Graffenstaden 11-14 
 11. Dunkerque 10-14 
 12. Le Havre 10-14 
 13. Rennes 10-15 
 14. Angers 8-17 
 15. Pau Orthez 4-20 
 16. CFBB 2-23 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Szeged grabs the last Semifinals ticket - by Eurobasket News
Quarterfinals, Game 3: SEAT Lami - Szeged 72-76 (1-2)

Szeged became the last semifinalist of the Hungarian A League. They managed to beat SEAT Lami 72-76 on the road last night winning the series with 2-1. Szeged failed in the first meeting, but after that managed to win two and to book a spot for the Semis. Their rival will be regular season No.2 MKB Euroleasing.
The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 22-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Szeged made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by SEAT Lami helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Iva Roglic (189-F-88) who led her team to a victory scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. Ukrainian forward Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) helped adding 17 points and 5 steals. Four Szeged players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Essence Carson (183-G-86, college: Rutgers) scored 14 points and 5 assists. SEAT Lami's coach Peter Tapodi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.

Szeged: O.Zherzherunova 17+4reb+2ast, I.Roglic 17+6reb+2ast, M.Sazonenko 15+3reb+1ast, A.Lakloth 12+3reb+2ast, R.Rasheed 9+6reb+2ast, O.Farkasinszki 2+1reb
SEAT Lami: E.Carson 14+3reb+5ast, I.Kublina 11+4reb, Q.Hollingsworth 10+12reb, A.Vida 9+2reb, K.Kovacs 8+2ast, Z.Simon 6+1reb+1ast


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Page, ZTE18.8 
 2. Zherzherunov., Sze.18.7 
 3. Carson, SEAT L.17.4 
 4. Hollingswort., SEAT L.15.6 
 5. Tamane, MKB Eurol.15.0 
 6. Griffin, Pecs 201014.6 
 7. Holt, MKB Eurol.14.2 
 8. Quigley, Pecs 201013.7 
 9. Cvetanovic, Szolnok13.6 
 10. Nemeth, Szeged13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olena ZHERZHERUNOVA
  Szeged
  (191-F-78)
  Avg: 11
 1. Zherzherunov., Sze.11.0 
 2. Hollingswort., SEAT L.10.2 
 3. Page, ZTE9.5 
 4. Tamane, MKB Eurol.7.9 
 5. Pal, Vasas-Csata7.4 
 6. Olajuwon, SEAT L.7.3 
 7. Krnjic, Pecs 20106.8 
 8. Cvetanovic, Szolnok6.6 
 9. Kublina, SEAT L.6.2 
 10. Balla, Vasas-Csata6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Katarina RISTIC
  Szolnok
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ristic, Szolnok5.3 
 2. Medgyessy, Atome.5.0 
 3. Bukovszki, ZTE4.8 
 4. Ivanyi, Pecs 20104.7 
 5. Darida, Nanette FTC4.3 
 6. Nemeth, Szeged4.3 
 7. Honti, MKB Eurol.4.0 
 8. Laczi, Szeged3.8 
 9. Boskovic, Szolnok3.7 
 10. Eordogh, Vasas-Cs.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gina SZEPSI
  Bajai NKK
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Szepsi, Bajai NKK3.6 
 2. Bukovszki, ZTE3.5 
 3. Griffin, Pecs 20103.1 
 4. Laczi, Szeged3.0 
 5. Zherzherunov., Sze.2.9 
 6. Darida, Nanette FTC2.8 
 7. Nemeth, Szeged2.8 
 8. Medgyessy, Atome.2.7 
 9. Demeter, Atomeromu2.6 
 10. Ambrus, ZTE2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Page, ZTE2.0 
 2. Zherzherunov., Sze.1.8 
 3. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.3 
 4. Cvetanovic, Szolnok1.3 
 5. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.2 
 6. Kublina, SEAT L.1.0 
 7. Griffin, Pecs 20100.9 
 8. Pap, Cegledi EKK0.8 
 9. Bagi, BEAC0.8 
 10. Hollingswort., SEAT L.0.8 


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  ICELAND - Women  


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Monique MARTIN
  Snaefell
  (180-G-83)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Martin, Snaefell26.7 
 2. Harris, Fjolnir25.9 
 3. Adamshick, Keflavik24.7 
 4. Fields, Njardvik24.0 
 5. Butler, Hamar23.8 
 6. Snodgrass, Haukar21.3 
 7. Sturludottir, KR19.0 
 8. Morris, KR18.5 
 9. Liepkalne, Njardvik16.3 
 10. Demirer, Njardvik15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacquline ADAMSHICK
  Keflavik
  (183-F-84)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Adamshick, Keflavik15.8 
 2. Butler, Hamar14.4 
 3. Martin, Snaefell14.2 
 4. Buzoka, Fjolnir13.0 
 5. Demirer, Njardvik11.9 
 6. Liepkalne, Njardvik11.2 
 7. Hallgrimsdot., Grinda.10.8 
 8. Muciniece, Snaefell10.3 
 9. Brynjarsdott., Hau.10.0 
 10. Harris, Fjolnir8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Harris, Fjolnir7.3 
 2. Dimovska, Hamar6.4 
 3. Reke, Grindavik5.6 
 4. Siguraardott., KR3.9 
 5. Fields, Njardvik3.8 
 6. Liepkalne, Njardvik3.8 
 7. Gunnlaugsdot., Kefla.3.8 
 8. Valgarasdott., Kefla.3.5 
 9. Butler, Hamar3.4 
 10. Sturludottir, KR3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Harris, Fjolnir5.6 
 2. Martin, Snaefell4.1 
 3. Reke, Grindavik3.9 
 4. Dimovska, Hamar3.3 
 5. Logan, Snaefell3.0 
 6. Butler, Hamar2.8 
 7. Adamshick, Keflavik2.6 
 8. Valgarasdott., Kefla.2.4 
 9. Sturludottir, KR2.3 
 10. Liepkalne, Njardvik2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Inga BUZOKA
  Fjolnir
  (191-C-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Buzoka, Fjolnir3.2 
 2. Butler, Hamar2.9 
 3. Martin, Snaefell2.3 
 4. Muciniece, Snaefell2.1 
 5. Hermannsdott., KR1.8 
 6. Logan, Snaefell1.7 
 7. Adamshick, Keflavik1.1 
 8. Valgarasdott., Kefla.1.1 
 9. Ragnarsdotti., KR1.0 
 10. Demirer, Njardvik0.9 


Express league: Njardvik eliminates Hamar, joins Keflavik in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals, Game 5: Hamar - Njardvik 67-74 (2-3)

Njardvik did a great job last night. They managed to beat regular season champion Hamar in fifth decisive game and it was a 67-74 road victory. Njardvik won the series with 3-2 and will meet Keflavik in the Finals. Games schedule will be announced soon.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-19. But Hamar won second period 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Njardvik made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Shayla Fields (175-G-87, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) who scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Polish forward Julia Demirer (184-F-81, college: Emmanuel (MA)) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. Four Njardvik players scored in double figures. American forward Jaleesa Butler (183-F-87, college: Georgetown) produced a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and FYR Macedonian guard Slavica Dimovska (177-G-85) added 10 points and 11 assists respectively for the hosts.

Hamar: J.Butler 34+11reb+1ast, S.Dimovska 10+4reb+11ast, A.Asgeirsdottir 9+4reb, F.Guamundsdottir 8+8reb, T.Bjarnadottir 4+2reb+1ast, K.Sigurjonsdottir 2+1reb
Njardvik: S.Fields 25+7reb+4ast, J.Demirer 14+15reb+2ast, D.Liepkalne 13+10reb+3ast, A.Helga Palsdottir 10+3reb+1ast, E.Siguraardottir 5+3reb+3ast, K.Jonsdottir 5+1reb+2ast


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  LATVIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Krastina, LU21.4 
 2. Lisnere, Cesis20.8 
 3. Krumberga, TTT R.20.4 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.18.4 
 5. Jakobsone, Cesis17.8 
 6. Jakobsone, TTT Riga16.1 
 7. Egle, Daugavpils15.6 
 8. Teilane, RTU-Merks15.4 
 9. Surkusa, TTT J.15.3 
 10. Butler, TTT Riga14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.12.0 
 2. Teilane, RTU-Merks11.3 
 3. Lisnere, Cesis11.1 
 4. Lagzdina, TTT J.11.0 
 5. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.2 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga9.5 
 7. Geistarde-Z., Cesis9.2 
 8. Zdanovska, Liepajas8.5 
 9. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.5 
 10. Nimane, TTT Riga8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga6.2 
 2. Jevsejeva, Dauga.4.4 
 3. Krastina, LU4.1 
 4. Karklina, TTT Riga3.8 
 5. Neimane, TTT J.3.2 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga3.0 
 7. Pavlovska, TTT Riga2.9 
 8. Staugaitiene, TTT R.2.8 
 9. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.8 
 10. Krumberga, TTT R.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Krastina, LU4.4 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.4 
 3. Butler, TTT Riga2.9 
 4. Pavlovska, TTT Riga2.8 
 5. Krumberga, TTT R.2.8 
 6. Eibele, TTT Riga2.7 
 7. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.5 
 8. Nimane, TTT Riga2.4 
 9. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
 10. Zeltina, Cesis2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.4 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.3.1 
 3. Surkusa, TTT J.2.2 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.7 
 5. Geistarde-Z., Cesis1.3 
 6. Nimane, TTT Riga1.3 
 7. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.1.2 
 8. Teilane, TTT J.1.2 
 9. Lisnere, Cesis1.2 
 10. Egle, Daugavpils1.1 


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 28-0 
 2. LU 21-7 
 3. RTU-Merks 20-8 
 4. TTT Juniores 14-13 
 5. TTT Kadetes 12-16 
 6. Daugavpils 8-20 
 7. Cesis 6-22 
 8. Liepajas 2-25 


LSBL Round 26: RTU-Merks defeat Daugavpils Universitate in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LSBL just ended.

Sixth-ranked Daugavpils Universitate (8-20) gave a tough game to third ranked RTU-Merks (20-8) on Tuesday. The visitors from Riga managed to secure only one-point victory 55-54. However their fans expected easier game. Daugavpils Universitate was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 14-12 charge of RTU-Merks, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) (181-92) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Signe Langenfelde (177-88) chipped in 11 points during the contest. Forward Olesja Jevsejeva (174-86) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. RTU-Merks maintains third position with 20-8 record having eight points less than leader TTT Riga. Daugavpils Universitate at the other side keeps the sixth place with 20 games lost.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: TTT Riga (#1) and TTT Juniores (#4). TTT Riga (28-0) smashed visiting TTT Juniores (14-13) by 72 points 110-38. International forward Dita Krumberga (183-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) notched 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Liga Surkusa supported her with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds by center Guna Lagzdina (182-93) did not help to save the game for TTT Juniores. Undefeated TTT Riga have an impressive 28-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 28-0 record. TTT Juniores lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 13 games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Riga. 4th ranked host TTT Juniores (14-13) lost to second ranked Latvijas Universitate (21-7) 65-54. The best player for the winners was Ieva Krastina who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Latvijas Universitate's coach Rudolfs Rozitis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guna Lagzdina produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Latvijas Universitate maintains second position with 21-7 record having seven points less than leader TTT Riga. TTT Juniores lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 13 games lost.
The game in Cesis was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Latvijas Universitate (21-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Cesis (6-22). Latvijas Universitate managed to secure a 6-point victory 75-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cesis. Ieva Krastina orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals. Latvijas Universitate's coach Rudolfs Rozitis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Latvijas Universitate maintains second position with 21-7 record having seven points less than leader TTT Riga. Cesis at the other side keep the seventh place with 22 games lost.

In the last two games of round 26 bottom-ranked Liepajas lost to TTT Kadetes on the opponent's court 61-72. Daugavpils unfortunately lost to Cesis in a home game 52-69.


TTT Kadetes - Liepajas 72-61

Rather expected game in Riga where 8th ranked Liepajas (2-25) were defeated by fifth ranked TTT Kadetes (12-16) 72-61. It looked good early as Liepajas took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then TTT Kadetes had a 21-17 second period charge getting the lead and Liepajas were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-72. TTT Kadetes dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Liepajas' 32. Guard Asnate-Marianna Fomina (168-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Ance Aizsila (176-94) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four TTT Kadetes players scored in double figures. Power forward Sabine Egle (179-91) replied with 10 points and 8 rebounds and guard Daiga Line (173-90) added 12 points in the effort for Liepajas. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted TTT Kadetes maintains fifth position with 12-16 record. Liepajas lost twentieth third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games.
Top scorers:
Liepajas: K.Bauze 12+2reb, D.Line 12+3reb+1ast, S.Egle 10+8reb, Z.Alilujeva 6+5reb, K.Simanovica 6+3reb+2ast, M.Line 5+4reb+3ast
TTT Kadetes: A.Aizsila 15+4reb+3ast, P.Langina 14+6reb+1ast, K.Aizsila 13+5reb+2ast, A.Fomina 12+5reb+6ast, S.Dzarcane 6+4reb, P.Tomsone 6+2reb
gschID: 119723


TTT Riga - TTT Juniores 110-38

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: TTT Riga (#1) and TTT Juniores (#4). TTT Riga (28-0) smashed visiting TTT Juniores (14-13) by 72 points 110-38. The game without a history. TTT Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TTT Juniores to just 5 points in fourth quarter. TTT Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 86 of its points in the paint compared to TTT Juniores' 26. TTT Riga forced 30 TTT Juniores turnovers and outrebounded them 45-28 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. TTT Riga players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by TTT Juniores' players. International forward Dita Krumberga (183-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) notched 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and center Liga Surkusa (192-91) supported her with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five TTT Riga players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds by center Guna Lagzdina (182-93) did not help to save the game for TTT Juniores. Guard Agate Geka (169-93) added 14 points for the guests. TTT Riga have an impressive 28-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 28-0 record. TTT Juniores lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
TTT Juniores: A.Geka 14+2reb, L.Sarja 10+1ast, G.Lagzdina 10+10reb+3ast, M.Laure 2+1reb+1ast, A.Ozolina 2+3reb, A.Aramina 0+2reb
TTT Riga: D.Krumberga 28+9reb+5ast, Z.Jakobsone 18+4reb+1ast, L.Surkusa 16+8reb+1ast, I.Veinberga 13+4reb+2ast, K.Nimane 12+10reb+2ast, A.Eibele 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 119724


Daugavpils - RTU-Merks 54-55

Sixth-ranked Daugavpils Universitate (8-20) gave a tough game to third ranked RTU-Merks (20-8) on Tuesday. The visitors from Riga managed to secure only one-point victory 55-54. However their fans expected easier game. Daugavpils Universitate was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 14-12 charge of RTU-Merks, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Dita Rozenberga (181-92) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Signe Langenfelde (177-88) chipped in 11 points during the contest. Forward Olesja Jevsejeva (174-86) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Olga Kazakevica (165-90) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. RTU-Merks maintains third position with 20-8 record having eight points less than leader TTT Riga. Daugavpils Universitate at the other side keeps the sixth place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Daugavpils: O.Jevsejeva 20+6reb+5ast, O.Kazakevica 12+8reb+2ast, S.Baltace 10+6reb, K.Egle 8+10reb+2ast, S.Jevsejeva 4+5reb, B.Baranovska 0
RTU-Merks: D.Rozenberga 12+6reb+4ast, S.Langenfelde 11+4reb, D.Lazdeniece 9+4reb+2ast, A.Kirsteine 7+3reb+2ast, I.Vitola 6+7reb+1ast, I.Malkevica 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 119725


Cesis - LU 69-75

The game in Cesis was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Latvijas Universitate (21-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Cesis (6-22). Latvijas Universitate managed to secure a 6-point victory 75-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cesis. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cesis won third quarter 22-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agency: LBM Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals. Guard Laura Purina (171-90, college: Northwestern (WY)) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Latvijas Universitate's coach Rudolfs Rozitis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Lina Lisnere (192-86, college: Syracuse) replied with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds and forward Inga Geistarde-Zaporozeca (178-78) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Cesis. Latvijas Universitate maintains second position with 21-7 record having seven points less than leader TTT Riga. Cesis at the other side keep the seventh place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cesis: L.Lisnere 39+13reb+2ast, I.Geistarde-Zaporozeca 15+7reb+4ast, I.Ievina 5+2reb+3ast, I.Bundule 3+10reb+6ast, S.Bebre 3+3reb, A.Piterniece 2
LU: I.Krastina 23+6reb+5ast, L.Purina 22+6reb+1ast, A.Vorma 10+3reb+1ast, A.Strupovica 8+1reb+3ast, L.Pagrode 8+2reb, M.Knekse 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 125425


Daugavpils - Cesis 52-69

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when seventh ranked Cesis (6-22) defeated on the road 6th ranked Daugavpils Universitate (8-20) 69-52. The game was mostly controlled by Cesis. Daugavpils Universitate was better in third quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Daugavpils Universitate 40-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Cesis players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Daugavpils Universitate's players. Power forward Lina Lisnere (192-86, college: Syracuse) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Forward Inga Geistarde-Zaporozeca (178-78) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Cesis players scored in double figures. Cesis' coach Ainars Zvirgzdins allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Kristina Egle (177-86) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Olesja Jevsejeva (174-86) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Daugavpils Universitate. Cesis maintains seventh position with 6-22 record. Daugavpils Universitate at the other side keeps the sixth place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Daugavpils: K.Egle 18+8reb+2ast, O.Jevsejeva 14+5reb+3ast, S.Baltace 10+6reb, O.Kazakevica 4+4reb+3ast, S.Jevsejeva 2+2reb, I.Simanska 2+2ast
Cesis: I.Geistarde-Zaporozeca 17+5reb+1ast, L.Lisnere 16+13reb+11ast, Z.Zeltina 11+2reb, I.Dukate 10+6reb+4ast, S.Bebre 9+2reb+3ast, A.Piterniece 3+6reb
gschID: 119721


TTT Juniores - LU 54-65

The game between Top Four teams took place in Riga. 4th ranked host TTT Juniores (14-13) lost to second ranked Latvijas Universitate (21-7) 65-54. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 31-16 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Latvijas Universitate dominated on the defensive end, holding TTT Juniores to just 3 points in third quarter. Latvijas Universitate forced 24 TTT Juniores turnovers. Strangely TTT Juniores outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 43-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agency: LBM Management) who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Guard Anete Vorma (165-89) chipped in 7 points. Latvijas Universitate's coach Rudolfs Rozitis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Guna Lagzdina (182-93) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Liene Neimane (172-88) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Latvijas Universitate maintains second position with 21-7 record having seven points less than leader TTT Riga. TTT Juniores lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
TTT Juniores: G.Lagzdina 18+13reb+4ast, L.Neimane 12+8reb+1ast, I.Eida 10+6reb+1ast, L.Sarja 5+2reb+4ast, I.Teilane 4+7reb, M.Laure 2
LU: I.Krastina 17+6reb+8ast, K.Pumpure 10, L.Pagrode 9+2reb, A.Vorma 7+3reb+2ast, L.Purina 5+1reb, A.Strupovica 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 119722




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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Santa OKOCKYTE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-G-92)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Okockyte, LK.19.7 
 2. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.16.9 
 3. Kinkeviciene, Laisve16.9 
 4. Briedyte, Utena15.6 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmin.14.5 
 6. Aglinskaite, MRU13.8 
 7. Bimbaite, VICI K.13.7 
 8. Aglinskaite, Laisve13.7 
 9. Solopova, VICI K.13.4 
 10. Daujadiene, Utena13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sandra BALIUTAVICIUTE
  Laisve
  (182-F-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.10.9 
 2. Palaimaite, Utena10.0 
 3. Balciunaite, LKKA-.9.4 
 4. Grigalauskyt., Lemmin.9.3 
 5. Aleksaite, MRU8.8 
 6. Galdikaite, MRU8.6 
 7. Taraseviciut., Laisve8.2 
 8. Budryte, Laisve8.2 
 9. Margeviciute, Lemmin.7.3 
 10. Kirstukaite, Utena7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milda SAULIUTE
  VICI Kaunas
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Sauliute, VICI K.5.7 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve5.5 
 3. Zygelyte, Lemminka.4.6 
 4. Daujadiene, Utena4.2 
 5. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.9 
 6. Pilypaitis, VICI K.3.8 
 7. Okockyte, LK.3.7 
 8. Solopova, VICI K.3.6 
 9. Valentiene, VICI K.3.3 
 10. Ziegyte, Utena2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kornelija BALCIUNAITE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-F-81)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Balciunaite, LKKA-.3.4 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve3.3 
 3. Bimbaite, VICI K.2.9 
 4. Solopova, VICI K.2.6 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmin.2.6 
 6. Briedyte, Ruta S.2.3 
 7. Sauliute, VICI K.2.3 
 8. Pilypaitis, VICI K.2.2 
 9. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.2.1 
 10. Daujadiene, Utena2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  VICI Kaunas
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Alminaite, VICI K.1.8 
 2. Palaimaite, Utena1.4 
 3. Paugaite, VICI K.1.4 
 4. Juceviciute, Utena1.3 
 5. Aleksaite, MRU1.3 
 6. Kirstukaite, Utena1.2 
 7. Margeviciute, Lemmin.1.0 
 8. Budryte, Laisve0.9 
 9. Kvederaviciu., Laisve0.8 
 10. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.0.8 


LMKL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
MRU - LKKA-Aistes 30-71

LKKA-Aistes advanced into LMKL semifinals. They cruised past MRU on the road. The game without a history. LKKA-Aistes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding MRU to just 0 points in fourth quarter and to 11 points in second half. LKKA-Aistes held MRU to an opponent 19.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 37.1 percent accuracy of the winners. LKKA-Aistes forced 19 MRU turnovers. Guard Santa Okockyte (176-92) scored 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jolanta Marmiene (181-79) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. LKKA-Aistes' coach Aurimas Jasilionis felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Simona Martinkute (178-86) responded with 11 points and 5 rebounds and forward Sarune Povilionyte (182-88) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
MRU: S.Povilionyte 11+6reb, S.Martinkute 11+5reb+2ast, I.Aleksaite 3+7reb+1ast, N.Bytautaite 2+6reb+1ast, E.Sniokaite 2+3reb, B.Linkeviciute 1+4reb+1ast
LKKA-Aistes: S.Okockyte 28+7reb+4ast, J.Marmiene 10+6reb, K.Druskyte 9+2reb+1ast, L.Svaryte 6+4reb+1ast, G.Jasiunskaite 5+2reb, E.Vitkute 3+1reb
gschID: 125120


Utena - Laisve 91-82

Utena swept the quarterfinal series against Laisve. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-13. But Laisve won second period 27-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Utena made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Strangely Laisve outrebounded Utena 39-25 including a 16-0 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Agne Ziegyte (175-G-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Ela Briedyte (176-79) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Mante Kvederaviciute (180-90) replied with 24 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-76) added 21 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Laisve. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Laisve: M.Kvederaviciute 24+8reb+1ast, L.Kinkeviciene 21+6reb, J.Budryte 15+7reb+3ast, S.Baliutaviciute 10+8reb+1ast, E.Sarapaite 6+3reb+2ast, E.Taraseviciute 4+4reb+1ast
Utena: A.Ziegyte 30+5reb+3ast, E.Briedyte 20+5reb+2ast, K.Palaimaite 15+9reb+1ast, V.Tamuleviciute 10+2reb+3ast, A.Daujadiene 9+1reb+2ast, G.Kirstukaite 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 125121




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  NCAA1 - Women  


The Associated Press announced All-Americans 2011 - by George Fragkos
The Associated Press announced the All-America teams for the year 2011. There were no surprises at the selections as all of those athletes excelled the whole year and they have been indispensable members of their teams.

The most impressing thing is that almost all of them are athletes from many different colleges. Stanford and Xavier are the only universities with two athletes included in the three best teams. From the teams that have reached the Final Four in Indianapolis, except from Stanford, which has one more player with honorable mention, there are five players who have been named All-Americans. Two from Co