EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/4/2011

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  ALGERIA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. GS Petroliers 22-0 
 2. WA Boufarik 20-2 
 3. Staoueli 18-3 
 4. Blida 17-5 
 5. CRB Dar El-B. 15-6 
 6. O Batna 12-8 
 7. CSMC 11-7 
 8. Arreridj 10-11 
 9. Sidi-bel-Abbes 10-12 
 10. NAH Dey 8-13 
 11. CRB Temouch. 7-14 
 12. Annaba 6-16 
 13. Skikda 5-15 
 14. U.S.M. 5-16 
 15. ASPTT 2-19 
 16. USMM Hadjout 1-22 


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  ANGOLA   


Petro trashed by Recreativo - by Eurobasket News
Petro trashed Recreativo in a match counting for the second leg of Angola senior basketball national championship by 82-59.
It was last Saturday 26 February. Also, Milton Barros (184-G-84) of Recreativo was named best scorer, 23 goals against 21 for his mate Reggie Moore (203-F-81, college: ORU).
Courtesy of: Star Africa


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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round 21: Gimnasia CR defeats Libertad Sunchales in overtime - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

5th ranked Libertad Sunchales (12-9) fell to sixth ranked Gimnasia CR (13-8) in overtime by four points 87-91 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Libertad Sunchales. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Libertad Sunchales won third quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Libertad Sunchales used huge pressure winning it 30-24 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 9-13. It was a good game for Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Diego Romero (209-82, college: Florida St.) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Libertad Sunchales. Gimnasia CR moved-up to third place, which they share with Penarol and La Union. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Gimnasia CR is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Sionista (#16) in Parana in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against the league's leader Obras (#1) in Buenos Aires and is hoping to win this game.
Eleventh-ranked Monte Hermoso (9-12) was very close to win a game against second ranked Lanus (14-7) in Buenos Aires. Lanus managed to secure only three-point victory 79-76. However their fans expected much easier game. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) stepped up and scored 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Jamaal Levy chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was naturalized Italian forward German Sciutto (190-78, agency: Interperformances) with 18 points. Lanus maintains second place with 14-7 record behind leader Obras. Monte Hermoso lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Regatas C.. Lanus will play against Penarol (#3) in Mar del Plata in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Monte Hermoso will play on the road against Boca Juniors (#14) in Buenos Aires and hopes to get back on the winning track.
LigaA top team - Obras (15-6) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat sixteenth ranked Sionista (6-15) in Buenos Aires 86-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sionista. Juan Gutierrez nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Pedro Franco came up with 15 points and 4 assists for Sionista in the defeat. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Obras maintains first place with 15-6 record. Loser Sionista stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Obras will meet at home Libertad Sunchales (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sionista will play against Gimnasia CR (#5) in Comodoro R. and hope to secure a win.
The game in Santiado Estero was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked La Union (13-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Quimsa (10-11). La Union defeated Quimsa 100-90. The best player for the winners was David Jackson who scored 32 points and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). La Union's coach Gabriel Picatto allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. La Union have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Penarol and Gimnasia CR. Quimsa lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. La Union's next round opponent will be Atenas (#7) in Cordoba. Quimsa will play at home against Regatas Corrientes.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Club 9 (10-11) and Argentino (8-13), which took place in Junin. Higher ranked Club 9 was outleveled in a road game by fourteenth ranked Argentino 84-64 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Club 9. It was a good game for Levi Stukes who led his team to a victory with 28 points. Argentino moved-up to thirteenth place. Club 9 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Argentino will face Olimpico de La Banda (#15) at home in the next round.

In the last two games of round 21 Olimpico LB was smashed by Estudiantes on the road 102-76. Boca Jrs lost to defending champion Penarol on its own court 59-72.



Argentino - Club 9 84-64

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Club 9 (10-11) and Argentino (8-13), which took place in Junin. Higher ranked Club 9 was outleveled in a road game by fourteenth ranked Argentino 84-64 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Club 9. The game without a history. Argentino led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Club 9's 30. Argentino looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Club 9's players. It was a good game for American guard Levi Stukes (188-84) who led his team to a victory with 28 points. Forward Pablo Espinoza (195-87) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Club 9. Argentino moved-up to thirteenth place. Club 9 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Argentino will face Olimpico de La Banda (#15) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Club 9: J.Bucknor 16+9reb+1ast, J.Meyinsse 16+13reb, E.Martina 11+3reb, M.Melo 8, G.Luchino 6+1reb+3ast, L.Barlasina 5+4reb+3ast
Argentino: L.Stukes 28+4reb+2ast, P.Espinoza 16+8reb+1ast, J.Bunn 10+4reb+5ast, J.Cangelosi 9+6reb+3ast, S.Gonzalez 7+6reb+2ast, S.Scala 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 117575


Obras - Sionista 86-74

LigaA top team - Obras (15-6) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat sixteenth ranked Sionista (6-15) in Buenos Aires 86-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sionista. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 49-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Sionista 39-24 including 30 on the defensive glass. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Uruguayan guard Martin Osimani (194-81, college: Duquesne) accounted for 18 points. Guard Pedro Franco (187-81) came up with 15 points and 4 assists and American forward Christopher Hayes (206-87, college: Detroit Mercy) added 16 points respectively for Sionista in the defeat. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Obras maintains first place with 15-6 record. Loser Sionista stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Obras will meet at home Libertad Sunchales (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sionista will play against Gimnasia CR (#5) in Comodoro R. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sionista: C.Hayes 16+2reb+1ast, P.Franco 15+3reb+4ast, A.Zilli 12+5reb+1ast, D.Osella 7+2reb+1ast, P.Rodriguez 6+1reb+1ast, M.Fioretti 6+1reb+2ast
Obras: J.Gutierrez 23+17reb+1ast, M.Osimani 18+4reb+3ast, L.Gonzalez 15+2ast, A.Alloatti 8+2reb+1ast, L.Cequeira 8+4reb+2ast, J.Pittman 7+4reb
gschID: 117576


Quimsa - La Union 90-100

The game in Santiado Estero was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked La Union (13-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Quimsa (10-11). La Union defeated Quimsa 100-90. Quimsa was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 40-26 charge of La Union, which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Quimsa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) who scored 32 points and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. La Union's coach Gabriel Picatto allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) who recorded 19 points and international center Roman Gonzalez (211-78) added 21 points respectively. Five La Union and four Quimsa players scored in double figures. La Union have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Penarol and Gimnasia CR. Quimsa lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. La Union's next round opponent will be Atenas (#7) in Cordoba. Quimsa will play at home against Regatas Corrientes.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: R.Gonzalez 21+3reb, D.Lo Grippo 19+4reb+3ast, J.Mazzaro 15+3reb+4ast, D.Gomez Camargo 10+2reb+2ast, A.Marin 7+3reb+3ast, J.Treise 6+6reb+7ast
La Union: D.Jackson 32+2reb+7ast, R.Garces 19+14reb+1ast, A.Pau 14+2reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 13+2reb+3ast, G.Mikulas 10+5reb+1ast, A.Zago 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 117577


Lanus - Monte Hermoso 79-76

Eleventh-ranked Monte Hermoso (9-12) was very close to win a game against second ranked Lanus (14-7) in Buenos Aires. Lanus managed to secure only three-point victory 79-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Monte Hermoso won second period 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lanus won last quarter 23-22. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Lanus outrebounded Monte Hermoso 31-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) stepped up and scored 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was naturalized Italian forward German Sciutto (190-78, agency: Interperformances) with 18 points and American swingman Albert White (197-77, college: Missouri, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 20 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Lanus maintains second place with 14-7 record behind leader Obras. Monte Hermoso lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with Regatas C.. Lanus will play against Penarol (#3) in Mar del Plata in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Monte Hermoso will play on the road against Boca Juniors (#14) in Buenos Aires and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Monte Hermoso: A.White 20+3reb, G.Sciutto 18+3reb+2ast, F.Sahdi 14+1ast, M.Robinson 13+4reb, B.Johnson 11+6reb, F.Marchan 0
Lanus: M.Byro 16+1reb, T.Taylor 15+9reb+1ast, N.Laprovittola 12+4ast, J.Levy 12+8reb+2ast, F.Malara 11+4reb+1ast, A.Boccia 10+4reb
gschID: 117578


Estudiantes - Olimpico LB 102-76

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Estudiantes (10-10) crushed 15th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (6-14) in Bahia Blanca 102-76 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Estudiantes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Olimpico de La Banda's 46 and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Olimpico de La Banda 46-21 including a 31-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for naturalized Spanish guard Pepe Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Estudiantes players scored in double figures. Forward Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 14 points and American center Djibril Kante (201-80, college: Indiana St.) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Olimpico de La Banda. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Estudiantes have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. Loser Olimpico de La Banda keeps the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. Estudiantes will face Club 9 (#10) in Rio Tercero in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against Argentino (#13) in Junin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: E.Ruiz 14+3reb+3ast, D.Kante 10+6reb+1ast, C.Romero 9+1reb, N.De los Santos 9+2reb+4ast, C.Amicucci 8+2reb, D.Guaita 8+3reb+1ast
Estudiantes: E.Nelson 23+8reb, P.Sanchez 18+7reb+8ast, D.Davis 13+6reb, P.Gil 13+2reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 10+9reb+1ast, A.Eslava 8+9reb+2ast
gschID: 117571


Gimnasia CR - Libertad S. 91-87 OT

5th ranked Libertad Sunchales (12-9) fell to sixth ranked Gimnasia CR (13-8) in overtime by four points 87-91 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Libertad Sunchales. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Libertad Sunchales won third quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Libertad Sunchales used huge pressure winning it 30-24 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 9-13. It was a good game for Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Diego Romero (209-82, college: Florida St.) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Puerto Rican forward Alex Galindo (198-85, college: Florida Intern.) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Libertad Sunchales. Four Gimnasia CR and five Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. Gimnasia CR moved-up to third place, which they share with Penarol and La Union. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Gimnasia CR is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Sionista (#16) in Parana in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against the league's leader Obras (#1) in Buenos Aires and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: A.Galindo 20+5reb+1ast, R.Selleaze 15+8reb+3ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 13, R.Battle 13+6reb+4ast, R.Wolkowyski 12+10reb, S.Ginobili 10+1reb+5ast
Gimnasia CR: R.Okosa 24+12reb+4ast, D.Romero 17+5reb+3ast, B.Torraye 16+3reb, M.Maciel 13+1reb+1ast, A.Carabajal 9+3reb+1ast, G.Brown 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 117572


Boca Jrs - Penarol 59-72

Very expected game when 13th ranked Boca Juniors (8-14) lost to third ranked Penarol (13-8) in Buenos Aires 59-72 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Penarol. Boca Juniors was better in third quarter 17-6. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Boca Juniors outrebounded Penarol 43-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Penarol made 8 blocks. It was a good game for international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey, agency: KMG Sports Management) contributed with 19 points and 4 steals for the winners. Lamonte is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Rodney Elliott (202-76, college: Maryland) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Fernando Martina (202-81) added 8 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Boca Juniors. Defending champion maintains third place with 13-8 record having just two points less than leader Obras, which they share with Gimnasia CR and La Union. Loser Boca Juniors dropped to the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Penarol will face league's second-placed Lanus in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Boca Juniors will play at home against Monte Hermoso (#11).
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: R.Elliott 17+7reb+2ast, M.Fierro 9+4reb, F.Martina 8+13reb+1ast, F.Titarelli 6+1reb+1ast, S.Vega 5+6reb+1ast, O.Larry 5+4reb
Penarol: K.Lamonte 19+2reb+3ast, L.Gutierrez 16+7reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 9+1reb+2ast, A.Reinick 8+7reb, A.Diez 8+1reb, M.Mata 5+7reb+4ast
gschID: 117574




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


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Jackson, La Union20.2 
 2. Bunn, Argentino18.9 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.17.4 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.1 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.7 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.5 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.15.8 
 8. Taylor, Lanus14.9 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.5 
 10. Pittman, Obras14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.1 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.9.9 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.0 
 4. Kante, Olimpico LB8.7 
 5. Battle, Libertad S.8.7 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.1 
 8. Leiva, Penarol7.6 
 9. Mikulas, La Union7.3 
 10. Alston, Boca Jrs7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.4 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.8 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.1 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.5 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.3 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.6 
 8. Sartorelli, Argentino3.3 
 9. Treise, Quimsa3.2 
 10. Laws, Olimpico LB3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.3 
 2. Cequeira, Obras2.5 
 3. Sciutto, Monte H.2.5 
 4. Martinez, Regat.2.4 
 5. Salles, Monte H.2.4 
 6. Labaque, Atenas2.3 
 7. Lamonte, Penarol2.3 
 8. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 9. Ginobili, Libertad S.2.2 
 10. Ibarra, Libertad S.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs0.9 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 9. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 10. Wolkowyski, Libertad.0.7 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 19-5 
 2. Crocodiles 14-9 
 3. Wildcats 14-10 
 4. Taipans 11-11 
 5. Hawks 11-12 
 6. Blaze 11-12 
 7. Tigers 9-13 
 8. 36ers 8-14 
 9. Sydney K. 6-17 


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  AUSTRIA   


Panthers terminate contract of coach Bob Gonnen - present Gerald Vogler as new head coach - by Stefan Prager
The BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers terminated the contract of coaching legend Bob Gonnen and presented Gerald Vogler as their new head coach. Gonnen and the Panthers took a bad loss in the Austrian cup but the team ranked second in the ABL so far. That was ot enough for Gonnen. Gonnen came to Panthers at the beginning of the last season but could not manage to win a title except the Supercup in 2009. Expectations were high right from the start as Gonnen won 11 titles with the Gmunden Swans from 2003 to 2009. With the Swans he won four championships, three cup titles and five supercups. But his former team Gmunden beat Gonnen and the Panthers in last seasons finals as well as this seasons cup. Gonnen will celebrate his 70th birthday in two weeks.

Meanwhile the Panthers presented Gerald Vogler as their new head coach. Vogler coached the Gussing Knights from 2003 to 2010. He managed to advance to the the Bundesliga with the Knights in 2006 and coached the team to a final four in 2008. As a player he won the Austrian Cup with Mattersburg in 2002. Vogler is the assistant coach of the Austrian national team since 2008.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.9 
 3. Houston, Arkadia19.5 
 4. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.18.9 
 6. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.8 
 7. Heard, Gussing17.5 
 8. Mayes, Gmunden17.2 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.0 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.3 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.7 
 4. Volcic, Oberwart7.9 
 5. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.9 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden7.7 
 8. Graham, UBSC G.7.7 
 9. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.4 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.0 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.7 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.9 
 4. Schreiner, St.Po.6.1 
 5. Danek, Arkadia6.1 
 6. Miletic, UBSC G.4.7 
 7. Parker, Oberwart4.7 
 8. Boylan, Gmunden4.4 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Boylan, Gmunden2.3 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 4. Parker, Oberwart2.2 
 5. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 6. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 7. Danek, Arkadia1.8 
 8. Vay, Arkadia1.8 
 9. Artner, Oberwart1.8 
 10. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 6. Vay, Arkadia1.1 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.1.0 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 
 10. Smith, Wels0.6 


Furstenfeld Panthers sign ABL topscorer Stazic - by Stefan Prager
Austrian runner up BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers completed a long awaited deal and signed ABL topscorer Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency). Rumours were around and streets were talking for weeks. Finally the Panthers completed the deal on the last day before the transfer window in Austria closed. Stazic, who is the captain of the Austrian National Team, started his season with new formed BC Vienna leading the club to a more than average season. Right at the moment the BC Vienna ranks on the ninth spot just two wins behind UBSC Graz to reach the playoffs for the first time in many years. But Stazic decided to ink with the Panthers for the rest of the season. As Vienna and Furstenfeld are cooperating since a few weeks Stazic is set to return to Vienna next season. As one of Austrias most outstanding players Stazic leads the league in points with 26.0 per contest. He also ranks top ten in assists dishing out 4.5 apg and rebounds grabbing 7.8rpg. He is also the ABL most efficient player. Stazic is the only Austrian player to ever win a international contest. In 2000 he won the Korac Cup with Limoges from France as well as winning the French cup and the championship.

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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Mladenovic's 34-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mures and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 34 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Mures as his team lost the game against Mornar Bar (#2, 6-2) 81-102. Mures finished on the 4th position in Balkan League group B. It was their 5th lost game this season out of 8 games. Mladenovic turned to be Mures' top player in his first season with the team. Mladenovic has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.0ppg. Mladenovic is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.3rpg) and averages solid 2.1bpg and 63.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) of Balkan Botevgrad. He is a center in his first season at Balkan. In the last game Doychinov recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Balkan lost that game 76-83 to the higher-ranked Feni Indistrija (#1, 6-2). Balkan ended as No.5 in group B. 7 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Balkan managed to get this year. Doychinov is a newcomer at Balkan and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to center Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73) of league's leader Levski. Lauderdale scored 14 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Levski, leading his team to a 84-76 win against #4 ranked Zrinjski HT in a game of the week. Levski confirmed their top position in group A Lauderdale has a very solid season. In 3 games in Balkan League he scored 15.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Slobodan Mihajloski (202-F/C-82) of Feni Indistrija - 18 points and 2 rebounds
5. Liviu Dumitru (203-C-79) of Mures - 17 points and 5 rebounds
6. Nemanja Radovic (205-F/C-91) of Mornar Bar - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Ivan Jelenic (190-G-85) of Mornar Bar - 20 points and 4 assists
8. Gjorgi Cekovski (202-F/C-79) of Levski - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Milos Djurisic (194-G-88) of Ulcijn - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Marko Mijovic (188-G-87) of Ulcijn - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists

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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Ventspils release Sandis Buskevics - by Eurobasket News
Sandis Buskevics (190-G-77, agency: Alti Sport) and Ventspils split ways. The 33-year-old guard joined the Latvian team in December. Sandis Buskevics tallied 2.3 points, 2.5 assists and 2.3 boards per EuroChallenge game. In LBL his stats read 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.8 assists per appearance. In Baltic League Sandis Buskevics posted 3.3 points, 3.2 assists and 1.2 boards. The guard started the season in Poland. He notched 2.3 points, 1.7 assists and 1.3 boards for Trefl Sopot. Sandis Buskevics started his career in Ventspils. He later played Turkey, Russia, Lithuania and Italy. Sandis Buskevics was the member of the Latvian National Team in 1999-2007 seasons.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Pierce CALDWELL
  Liepaja
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Caldwell, Liepaja20.3 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale19.0 
 4. Osby, TT.18.9 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas16.9 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.16.0 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.6 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 9. Dimsa, Nevezis15.1 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Osby, TT.11.7 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.8 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.9 
 4. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 5. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.1 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 7. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 8. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.7 
 9. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
 10. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.6 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 4. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 5. Kriisa, TT.4.9 
 6. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 7. Alijevas, Nevezis4.5 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.4 
 9. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 10. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Broadus, Siauliai2.4 
 2. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 3. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 4. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 6. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 7. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 8. Sirvydis, Sakalai1.8 
 9. Anderson, Ventspils1.8 
 10. Leppik, TU/Rock1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.4 
 7. Hanke, Norrkoping1.3 
 8. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 9. Osby, TT.1.2 
 10. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Challenge Cup
 1. Sakalai 0-0 
 2. Rakvere 0-0 
 3. Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
 4. Naglis-Adakris 0-0 
Elite Division
 1. VEF Riga 16-5 
 2. Ventspils 16-5 
 3. TU/Rock 14-6 
 4. Rudupis 13-8 
 5. Siauliai 12-8 
 6. Nevezis 12-9 
 7. Kalev/Cramo 11-10 
 8. Perlas 9-12 
 9. Norrkoping 8-12 
 10. Liepaja 7-14 
 11. TTU/Kalev 6-16 
 12. Valmiera 1-20 
Challenge Cup
 1. Juventus 7-3 
 2. Aiscai Kaunas 6-4 
 3. Techasas 6-4 
 4. Neptunas 5-5 
 5. Zemgale 4-6 
 6. Alytus Alita 2-8 


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  BELGIUM   


Oostende extends Matt Lojeski until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Telenet Oostende came up with important news. The Belgian outfit extended contract of Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) until the end of 2013/14 season. The American currently averages 16.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in Belgian league. In EuroChallenge, Lojeski has 14.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.8 assists.
Matt Lojeski joined Oostende in 2009 from Aalstar. In their first season together he was top scorer of Belgian league with 18.3 ppg. Last season, Lojeski had 13.8 ppg for 33 games. He helped Oostende to win the Belgian Cup last year. As mentioned above before Oostende, Lojeski was a member of Aalstar where he played from 2007 to 2009. Matt Lojeski is a product of Hawaii University, where he graduated in 2007. He had 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 4.5 apg as a senior.


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  CAMEROON   


Cameroon: Condor atop D1 championship - by Eurobasket News
The threat of boycott of the 3rd and 4th days of the first division national championship by some teams to demand improvements in the organization of the tournament did not have effect.
Apart from the Far Compet Yaound which president was the spokesman of the protesters, the other seven teams in the league attended during this past weekend in Douala. Far Compet is threatened by a withdrawal because it missed the two matches scheduled.
As promised, the Cameroonian federation of basketball and its partner Orange Cameroon, allocated 300 francs and three balls for each club.
At the end of games, Condor Yaounde, the defending champion, moved into atop with 8 points. Phoenix Douala and Mountain West followed with 7 points each.

Results

3rd Day (Saturday 26 February)
Montagne de lOuest Phoenix dEbolowa 75 52
Phoenix de Douala Volcanic Warriors de Buea 95 71
Condor de Yaound Injs de Yaound 88 57
Far compet de Yaound Beac de Yaound (Far battu par forfait 00 20)

4th Day (Sunday 26 February)
Montagne de lOuest Volcanic Warriors de Buea 95 79
Phoenix de Douala Phoenix dEbolowa 100 79
Beac de Yaound Injs de Yaound 66 65
Far compet de Yaound Condor de Yaound (Far compet beaten by withdrawal 00 -20)
Courtesy of: Star Africa




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  CANADA   


CIS men's basketball Tuesday roundup: Concordia, Laval to faceoff in RSEQ final - by Eurobasket News
UQAM 74 Concordia 89
Demi-finale RSEQ 1

McGill 75 Laval 85 Demi-finale RSEQ 2
QUEBEC CITY - Jerome Turcotte-Routhier (193-G-86) scored a game-high 28 points and Kevin Crevant (206-C-89) registered a 'double-double' with 17 points and 15 rebounds as Laval knocked off McGill 85-75 in a Quebec university men's basketball sudden-death semifinal Tuesday night.
Laval, which had a slight 41-38 advantage in rebounds, advances to the Quebec conference final at Concordia on Friday. The Stingers eliminated UQAM 89-74 in the other semifinal.

The Rouge et Or jumped led 22-6 after the opening quarter and stretched it to 38-11 lead midway through the second quarter, before heading into the intermission with a 42-25 advantage.

Montrealer Michael White, a fifth-year senior who was playing in his 157th and final career game, a McGill record, scored 20 points for the Redmen. He was 7-for-12 shooting, going 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and posted identical numbers from the free-throw line, to go along with four rebounds. He will graduate with 1,163 career points overall, which ranks 13th among McGill's all-time leading scorers. He has also grabbed 737 rebounds, fourth among McGill's all-time rebounding leaders.

Teammates Simon Bibeau of St. Bruno, Que., and Karim Sy-Morissette of Montreal each added a dozen points, along with Tristan Renaud-Tremblay, another Montreal native, who had 10.

The Rouge et Or shot a sparkling 50 per cent from the floor, 61.1 from three-point range and 80 per cent from the foul-line, compared to McGill, which shot 36.2, 38.1 and 63.0, respectively.

Turcotte-Routhier shot 10-for-13 from the field, including a 3-for-3 effort from three-point range and went 5-for-8 from the foul-line.

The Redmen, under new head coach David DeAveiro, finished with a 16-17 record overall, including a 15-13 mark against CIS teams.

Source: McGill Sports Info





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  CHINA   


Marcus Williams' triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
American forward Marcus Williams (201-F-86, agency: ZAG Advocates) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Zhejiang C., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 24-year old player recorded a triple-double of 45 points and added11 rebounds and 12 assists, while his team beat Beijing (#7, 15-13) 101-94. Zhejiang C. maintains the 5th position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Zhejiang C. will need more victories to improve their 16-12 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Zhejiang C., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Arizona star has very solid stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (4th best: 29.5ppg) and averages impressive 2.3spg and 48.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American James Singleton (203-F-81) of league's leader Xinjiang. Singleton had a very good evening with a double-double of 36 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for Xinjiang to edge slightly lower-ranked DongGuan (#2, 22-6) 108-102. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Xinjiang consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 27-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Singleton is a newcomer at Xinjiang, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) of Beijing (#7). Morris got into 30-points club by scoring 41 points in the last round. He went also for twenty rebounds . Despite Morris' great performance Beijing lost 94-101 to slightly higher-ranked Zhejiang C. (#5, 16-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Beijing needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 13 lost games. Morris has a great season in China. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.8ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 11.6rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vernon Hamilton (183-G-84) of TianJin R. - 37 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Qingdao DS - 31 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Leon Rodgers (199-F-80) of Shanxi Zh. - 35 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Quincy Douby (191-G-84) of Xinjiang - 35 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Zhejiang G.L. - 23 points and 21 rebounds
9. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Fujian - 37 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Stephon Marbury (187-G-77) of Foshan - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.0 
 2. Williams, Zhejiang C.30.3 
 3. Morris, Beijing30.2 
 4. Douby, Xinjiang30.0 
 5. Emmett, Fujian29.0 
 6. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.9 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan26.9 
 8. Pickett, Jilin25.3 
 9. Ramos, Zhejiang.25.2 
 10. Harris, Shanghai24.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Jones, Fujian16.2 
 2. Harris, Shanghai15.0 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.14.1 
 5. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.7 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.6 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.3 
 8. Oyedeji, Foshan13.3 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu12.2 
 10. Morris, Beijing11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.3 
 2. Marbury, Foshan5.8 
 3. Marbury, Foshan5.8 
 4. Lu, Fujian5.6 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu5.5 
 6. LiuWei, Shanghai5.3 
 7. Allen, Shandong5.1 
 8. Brown, Qingdao DS5.0 
 9. Hamilton, TianJ.4.9 
 10. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.2 
 2. Hamilton, TianJ.3.4 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang3.2 
 4. Hudson, Guandong2.8 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 6. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.4 
 7. Emmett, Fujian2.4 
 8. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.3 
 9. Akognon, DongGuan2.3 
 10. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 3. Haislip, Guandong1.9 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.9 
 5. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 6. Jones, Fujian1.7 
 7. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 8. Zhang, Shanghai1.5 
 9. Morris, Beijing1.5 
 10. Wang, Bayi1.5 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Standings - NBL
NBL Stage Two Standings
A1
 1. BK Pardubice 1-0 
 2. BK Prostejov 1-0 
 3. BK Decin 0-0 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 5. Novy Jicin 0-1 
 6. NH Ostrava 0-1 
A2
 1. BC Kolin 10-11 
 2. B&W Opava 10-11 
 3. Basketbol Brno 7-14 
 4. USK Praha 6-15 
 5. Svitavy 3-18 
 6. Plzen 2-19 
Stage One Standings


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  DENMARK   


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Falcon 16-2 
 2. Stevnsgade 14-3 
 3. Lemvig 12-6 
 4. Haderslev 11-6 
 5. Virum 11-7 
 6. Solrod 10-9 
 7. Glostrup 9-7 
 8. Skt.Klemens 6-12 
 9. Aarhus BF 5-13 
 10. ALBA 5-13 
 11. Herlev 4-14 
 12. Hobas 3-14 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.5 
 3. Brasas, Amager BK21.6 
 4. Hall, Aalborg21.4 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 6. Roberts, Naestved18.9 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.8 
 8. Dennis, SISU18.4 
 9. McGinn, Aalborg16.7 
 10. Falkner, Aalborg16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.1 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj9.9 
 4. St.John, Horsens IC9.7 
 5. Johansen, Naestved9.6 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.4 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.5 
 9. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.1 
 10. Burgess, Bakken7.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.4 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.2 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.8 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.1 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj4.0 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose3.8 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg3.7 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hall, Aalborg3.8 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.1 
 3. Nielsen, Horsholm2.0 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.0 
 5. Smedley, Naestved1.8 
 6. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.8 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken1.8 
 8. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 9. Burgess, Bakken1.8 
 10. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.1 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.5 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 8. Logan, Amager BK0.7 
 9. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 
 10. Brown, SISU0.6 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 29-10 
 2. Erie Bay H. 24-12 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 17-20 
 4. Dakota W. 12-25 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 7-28 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 27-10 
 2. Rio Grande 27-11 
 3. Texas L. 18-21 
 4. Austin T. 15-22 
 5. New Mexico 15-23 
 6. Maine RC 14-23 
West Division
 1. Bakersfield J. 23-14 
 2. Reno Bighorns 22-14 
 3. Utah F. 21-15 
 4. Idaho S. 15-22 
 5. Springfield A. 10-26 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.2 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.2 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.20.7 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.19.9 
 5. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 6. Dentmon, Texas L.19.0 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande19.0 
 8. Byars, Bakersfi.18.8 
 9. Sims, Maine RC18.5 
 10. Edwards, New M.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.11.3 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.8 
 5. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 6. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 7. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.1 
 8. Brackins, Spring.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.9.1 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.2 
 2. Daniels, Texas L.8.8 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.3 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Johnson, Austin T.6.3 
 8. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.1 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.6.1 
 10. Baker, Dakota W.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
 9. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 10. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 5. Atchley, Rio Grande2.1 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 7. Sykes, Sioux F.1.9 
 8. Gaffney, Utah F.1.7 
 9. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 
 10. Davidson, Idaho S.1.6 


Hawks recall Pape Sy from Utah Flash - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks today recalled Pape Sy (6'6''-G-88) from the teams NBA Development League affiliate Utah Flash according to Hawks Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund. Originally drafted by Atlanta in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, Sy was assigned to the Flash on December 27. He saw action in 23 games (11 starting assignments) with Utah averaging 8.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.3 apg in 22.1 mpg (.424 FG%, .737 FT%).

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Wednesday: Johnson, Byars lead Jam in rout; Legends prevail in double overtime thriller - by Eurobasket News
New Mexico - Bakersfield J. 106-127
Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) scored 33 points and Derrick Byars (6'8''-G/F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) added 32 as the Bakersfield Jam beat the New Mexico Thunderbirds 127-106 Wednesday at the Santa Ana Star Center. The Jam (23-14) shot 71 percent on its way to a 36-16 lead in the first quarter. J.R. Giddens scored 17 in the quarter for the T-Birds (15-23), but the Jam closed the half on a 21-11 run to take a 66-48 halftime lead. Drew Naymick added nine points, nine rebounds, and three blocked shots for the Jam. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com


Austin T. - Texas L. 136-138 OT
Justin Dentmon (5'11''-G-85, college: Washington) hit a driving lay up as time expired in the second overtime to propel the Texas Legends to a 138-136 victory over the Austin Toros on Wednesday night at the Cedar Park Center. With the game tied at 136 and 2.8 seconds remaining the double overtime, Dentmon took the inbound at the top of the key. He drove to the hoop, tossed the ball up and it fell through the cylinder as the buzzer sounded sending the Legends to the win. After a slow start (neither team scored in the first two minutes of the game), the Legends and Toros exchanged the lead nine times and were tied six times in the first quarter. Austin dominated the second quarter, going on a 27-8 run and taking a 15-point lead just over six minutes into the period. However, the Legends outscored the Toros 20-14 to finish the half and go into the break trailing 68-59. Texas' Joe Alexander (6'8''-F-86, college: W.Virginia) and Sean Williams poured in ten points each in the first half, while Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU) dropped in 20 points (six three-pointers) off the bench for the Toros in the opening half. The Legends turned the tables in the third quarter. With Austin leading 78-71 four minutes into the third, Texas outscored the Toros 25-16 to end the quarter with a two-point lead, 96-94, going into the fourth quarter. The two teams fighting for the final playoff spot fought back-and-forth in the final quarter. With the game knotted up at 123, the Legends had the ball on the final possession of regulation. Justin Dentmon missed a jumper from the free throw line, but he got his own rebound and dished it to Antonio Daniels. The veteran guard had an open shot from the left baseline for the win, but his shot fell short sending the game to overtime. After Carldell Johnson nailed a three-pointer with 38.9 seconds to go in the extra session, Alexander answered with a spinning lay up to tie it up at 129. He drew the foul as well, but with a chance to give the Legends the lead his free throw rimmed out. Austin had a chance to win the game in the first OT, but Johnson's driving lay up fell short and for the first time in franchise history Texas went into double overtime. Down by two, Daniels redeemed himself from the late fourth quarter miss, by knocking down a three-pointer with 40.9 seconds left to give the Legends a one-point lead. On the defensive end Williams came up huge by drawing a charge and giving Texas the basketball back. After Alexander hit two free throws to extend the Legends lead to three, Leo Lyons was fouled while shooting from beyond the arc and rattled home all three free throws to tie the game back up at 136. Then came the heroics of Dentmon sending Texas to the victory. Alexander led seven double-digit scorers for Texas with a season-high 34 points, while Williams (22 points, 12 rebounds), Daniels (23 points, 11 assists) and Matt Rogers (10 points, 11 rebounds) completed double-doubles. Ehambe scored a season-high 37 points (9-11 three-pointers), as Lyons added a season-high 34 points. Texas netted a franchise-high 138 points, while dropping in a franchise-best 53 field goals as a team. The Legends improved to 18-21 on the year, as the Toros fell to 15-22. The win pulled Texas even with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the eighth and final playoff spot in the 2011 NBA D-League playoff race. Texas will look to complete the sweep of Austin in the second of back-to-back games against the Austin Toros tomorrow night in Cedar Park. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Standings - LIDOBA
SRT Standings
 1. Plaza 3-0 
 2. CPN 2-0 
 3. CDP 2-2 
 4. Cupes 1-0 
 5. GUG 0-2 
 6. Sameji 0-4 


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 26-3 
 2. TU/Rock 25-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 19-5 
 4. Rakvere 13-13 
 5. Valga/CKE 10-16 
 6. Rapla 10-16 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 10-18 
 8. Parnu 7-21 
 9. Voru KK 1-27 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Erm, Rapla17.5 
 4. Brown, Va.16.7 
 5. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 6. Raadik, Parnu16.5 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.1 
 8. Osby, TT.14.8 
 9. Pilk, TT.14.8 
 10. Kuuba, Voru KK14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.5 
 3. Arnold, TT.10.9 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.8 
 5. Kuuba, Voru KK9.1 
 6. Osby, TT.8.9 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.1 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 9. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.1 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.6 
 2. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.5 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 4. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo3.1 
 5. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.9 
 6. Oja, Va.2.9 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Archibald, TT.2.6 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla2.5 
 10. Karner, Parnu2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Armands SKELE
  Kalev/Cramo
  (192-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.3 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Karner, Parnu2.2 
 5. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 6. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 7. Doronin, TU/Rock2.0 
 8. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 9. Pilk, TT.1.8 
 10. Keedus, TT.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.8 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 3. Osby, TT.1.3 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.1 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.8 
 7. Brown, Va.0.8 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 9. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Jeremiah Massey claims EuroChallenge weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American-FYR Macedonian Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Lokomotiv Kuban and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16).
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 18 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat BK Prostejov (#3, 2-4) 90-76. Lokomotiv maintains the 2nd position in EuroChallenge group L. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Top 16. Lokomotiv will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Massey had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lokomotiv's top player in his first season with the team. Kansas State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Massey is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.7rpg) and averages solid 57.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Andre Smith (203-F-85) of second-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir. Smith impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Karsiyaka cruised to a 87-76 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked M.Hainaut (#3, 2-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group J. Karsiyaka consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Smith is well-known by Karsiyaka fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Boris Rothbart (218-C-86, agency: Avi Zilberman) of Maccabi Haifa (#3). Rothbart scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Maccabi Haifa, leading his team to a 92-86 win against #1 ranked Spartak SP. The chances of Maccabi Haifa not to end season at such low position in group I, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rothbart could try to bring Maccabi Haifa's a little bit higher in the standings. Rothbart has a very solid season. In 14 games in EuroChallenge he scored 9.7ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 69.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Oostende - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79) of Norrkoping - 14 points and 9 rebounds
6. Germaine Jackson (195-G-76) of Maccabi Haifa - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Ron Lewis (193-G-84) of M.Hainaut - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90) of Lukoil Academik - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87) of Spartak SP - 20 points and 7 rebounds
10. Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) of Gravelines - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Oostende extends Matt Lojeski until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Telenet Oostende came up with important news. The Belgian outfit extended contract of Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) until the end of 2013/14 season. The American currently averages 16.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in Belgian league. In EuroChallenge, Lojeski has 14.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.8 assists.
Matt Lojeski joined Oostende in 2009 from Aalstar. In their first season together he was top scorer of Belgian league with 18.3 ppg. Last season, Lojeski had 13.8 ppg for 33 games. He helped Oostende to win the Belgian Cup last year. As mentioned above before Oostende, Lojeski was a member of Aalstar where he played from 2007 to 2009. Matt Lojeski is a product of Hawaii University, where he graduated in 2007. He had 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 4.5 apg as a senior.


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  EUROCUP   


Brian Skinner gets MVP of the Week award for Eurocup (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Brian Skinner (207-F-76) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Benetton TV and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16).
The 34-year old forward had a double-double of 10 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team crushed Cajasol (5-1) with 16-point margin 84-68. It allowed Benetton TV to jump to the first place in the Eurocup group L. Benetton TV have a solid 5-1 record. Skinner just recently signed at Benetton TV, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Brian Skinner averages this season 7.3ppg and 7.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International) of league's best team Estudiantes. Asselin impressed basketball fans with 22 points and 8 rebounds. It was enough for Estudiantes to edge slightly lower-ranked Galatasaray (#3, 2-4) by 2 points 71-69. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group K. Estudiantes consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just one game this Top 16, while they won 5 matches. Asselin is a newcomer at Estudiantes and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket (#3). Dewar scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Le Mans, leading his team to a 78-73 win against #4 ranked Aris. The chances of Le Mans not to end season at such low position in group J, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dewar could try to bring Le Mans' a little bit higher in the standings. Dewar has a very solid season. In 11 games in Eurocup he scored 12.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bracey Wright (191-G-84) of Cedevita - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83) of Estudiantes - 21 points and 5 rebounds
6. Steven Smith (203-F-83) of Panellinios - 24 points and 7 rebounds
7. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75) of Unics - 21 points and 7 rebounds
8. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82) of Cedevita - 19 points and 8 rebounds
9. Jason Boone (198-F/C-85) of Goettingen - 16 points and 9 rebounds
10. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81) of Hemofarm - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists

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


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  EUROLEAGUE   


WIND will once again appear on the Olympiacos shirts! - by Kostas Papadopoulos
WIND Hellas is once again going to be a Great Sponsor of Olympiacos BC, this time till the end of the 2010-2011 season, continuing for a third season in a row its successful collaboration with the Piraeus team, as officially announced yesterday at a Press Conference by the representatives of the two parties.
The decision of the two parties to renew their co-operation till the end of the season was greeted on behalf of the players by Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: FCM) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket).
Olympiacos and WIND are going to be together in the next Greek League games, the Greek Cup Final (when and if it will ever be held, after the well known problems appeared and cancelled the game for the near future, if possible) and the Euroleague, aiming to win the top, offer a show and present the ideals and sporting values of Greek basketball.
The first official appearance of Olympiacos under the WIND sponsorship is going to take place tonight, Thursday, March 3 at the game against Zalgiris Kaunas for the last day of Euroleague Top-16.



Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. Caja Laboral 4-2 
 2. Panathinaikos 4-2 
 3. Lietuvos Rytas 3-3 
 4. Unicaja 1-5 
Group F
 1. Regal Barca 6-0 
 2. Maccabi T-A 3-3 
 3. Lottomatica 2-4 
 4. Union Olimpija 1-5 
Group G
 1. Real Madrid 5-1 
 2. Montepaschi 4-2 
 3. Efes Pilsen 2-4 
 4. Partizan 1-5 
Group H
 1. Olympiakos 5-1 
 2. Valencia 3-3 
 3. Fener.Ulker 3-3 
 4. Zalgiris 1-5 


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  FINLAND   


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.9 
 2. Manning, Huima23.0 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo23.0 
 4. Graham, Kerava ET20.9 
 5. Valentine, Lapua20.0 
 6. Bojang, BC Nokia19.8 
 7. Douglas, Huima19.8 
 8. Robinson, Jyvaskyla19.6 
 9. Hall, SayRi19.6 
 10. Towa, Kerava ET18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Brown, Namika II14.9 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia14.2 
 3. Douglas, Huima13.8 
 4. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET13.1 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.5 
 7. Stamper, LoKoKo11.7 
 8. Hall, SayRi10.7 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Manning, Huima6.1 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.2 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket5.1 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo4.3 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.4 
 6. Valentine, Lapua2.9 
 7. Graham, Kerava ET2.9 
 8. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.9 
 9. Pasanen, SayRi2.5 
 10. Silvonen, Honka2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Horton, LoKoKo2.7 
 2. Valentine, Lapua2.6 
 3. Bojang, BC Nokia2.1 
 4. Stamper, LoKoKo2.0 
 5. Hall, SayRi1.9 
 6. Ramey, Ura Basket1.8 
 7. Pasanen, SayRi1.8 
 8. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.7 
 9. Still, Lapua1.7 
 10. Foreman, FoKoPo1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Brown, Namika II0.8 
 2. Kopio, Honka0.7 
 3. Setala, BC Nokia0.7 
 4. Kopio, Honka0.7 
 5. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 6. Alanko, Ura Basket0.6 
 7. Stamper, LoKoKo0.6 
 8. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla0.6 
 9. Heinonen, Namika I.0.5 
 10. Dolenc, Honka0.5 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Wilson, Honka22.5 
 2. Heard, Tarmo20.8 
 3. Lewis, LrNM.20.8 
 4. Wood, Karhu20.6 
 5. Blanchard, ToPo20.1 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.6 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.3 
 9. Baxley, Karhu19.0 
 10. Barrett, KTP18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Wood, Karhu13.1 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.7 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas9.9 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Young, Tarmo9.9 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.5 
 8. Vinson, Kouvot9.3 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steffan JOHNSON
  Karhu
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Johnson, Karhu4.8 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.6 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 4. Wood, Karhu4.1 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.1 
 6. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.9 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait3.7 
 8. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 9. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.4 
 10. Fields, KTP3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jerald FIELDS
  KTP
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fields, KTP2.1 
 2. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 4. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Korihait1.7 
 7. Newson, Kataja1.7 
 8. Richards, ToPo1.7 
 9. Fells, Kataja1.7 
 10. Lewis, LrNM.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 3. Blanchard, ToPo0.7 
 4. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 6. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 7. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 
 8. Young, Tarmo0.6 
 9. Moore, LrNM.0.6 
 10. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 


Derick Nelson claims Finnish 1st Division weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Derick Nelson (196-F-86, agency: ACMT) had an amazing evening in the last round for Lapuan Korikobrat and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 32 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team outclassed Kerava ET (#11, 7-14) with 30-point margin 109-79. Lapua maintains the 4th position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lapua will need more victories to improve their 13-8 record. In the team's last game Nelson had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lapua's top player in his first season with the team. Oakland University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Nelson is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.9ppg. Nelson is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 12.5rpg) and averages solid 56.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80) of BC Nokia. Bojang impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as BC Nokia lost that game 64-76 to the lower-ranked Ura Basket (#9, 9-12). BC Nokia managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bojang is a newcomer at BC Nokia and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.8ppg (#6). He also registered 14.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Bahamas Jamal Douglas (201-F-85) of Huima (#6). Douglas got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for eighteen rebounds . Despite Douglas' great performance Huima lost 94-96 to the higher-ranked LoKoKo (#3, 14-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Huima needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 10 lost games. Douglas has a great season in Finland. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.8ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 13.8rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Benny Valentine (170-G-87) of Lapua - 35 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. J'son Stamper (200-F/C-85) of LoKoKo - 31 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Maurice Horton (183-G-84) of LoKoKo - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Treylon Manning (178-G) of Huima - 36 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Justice Graham (195-G-79) of Kerava ET - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Eryk Thomas (200-C-85) of SayRi - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Carlton Brown (198-F-79) of Ura Basket - 16 points and 17 rebounds

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


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Hawks recall Pape Sy from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks recalled Pape Sy (197-G-88) from the teams NBA Development League affiliate Utah Flash according to Hawks Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund. Originally drafted by Atlanta in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, Sy was assigned to the Flash on December 27. He saw action in 23 games (11 starting assignments) with Utah averaging 8.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.3 apg in 22.1 mpg (.424 FG%, .737 FT%).

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Jacob Jaacks (Telekom Baskets Bonn)I Feel Like Sometimes I Pass Too Much When I Should Be Shooting More - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jacob Jaacks (208-F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa) is a 33 year old 208cm forward from Cedar Rapids, Iowa playing his first season for The Telekom Baskets Bonn. He played at Iowa (NCAA) from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2000 with Limoges (France-ProB) and then played for St. Quentin (France-ProB): 28 games: 18.4ppg, Reb-1 (11.5rpg), 2.3apg, 0.9spg in 2001-2002. In 2002-2003, he started a long career in Italy as he played for Acqua Lauretana Biella (Italy-SerieA): 12.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 67.4% 2, 48.6% 3 (1.7 made a game), in 29.5 mpg. In 2003-2004, he played for Edimes Pavia (Italy-Lega2): 23 games: 12.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.0apg, in March '04 moved to Calefacciones Farho Gijon Baloncesto (Spain-LEB1): 5 games: 15.4ppg, 5.4rpg. In 2004-2005, he played for Lauretana Biella (Italy-SerieA): 32 games: 11.3ppg, Reb-5 (8.2rpg), 1.6spg, 2FGP: 62.4%, 3FGP: 33.3%,. In 2005-2006, he played for Amatori Snaidero Udine (Italy-SerieA): 33 games: 11.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 65.4%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 52.4%. In 2006-2007, he played for Amatori Snaidero Udine (Italy-SerieA, starting five): ULEB Cup: 10 games: 11.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 62.7%, 3FGP: 55.6%, FT: 75.9%; Italian League: 32 games: 11.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 67.6%. In 2007-2008, he played for Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul (Turkey-TBL), in Oct.'07 signed by BC Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague): Ukrainian Superleague: 18 games: 5.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 70.0%; ULEB Cup: 11 games: 5.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 20%, FT: 64%. In 2008-2009, he played for Banca Tercas Teramo (Italy-SerieA): 31 games: 6.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 83.9%. Last season, he played for Hapoel Afula (Israel-Premier League): 13 games: 7.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 65.2%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 68.6%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn have a solid 9 man rotation but it seems like often the club is carried by Nic Wise, Folarian Campbell and Jeremy Hunt. Is it not dangerous to always rely on them for scoring input?



We seem to depend on them in many games and we need to find a balance in our play. We have a lot of young players and other guys that step up when they might have an off night.

What do The Telekom Baskets Bonn have to work on in the second half?



We are not a perfect team and have to work on a bit of everything. Consistency is very important as is defense. We will start with defense and build from there.

You are playing your first season in Bonn. How do you like it in Germany?


I like Bonn a lot. It is a great club with a nice arena and great fans. I am not playing as well as in Italy two years ago, but I hope to get it going in the second half of the season.

You are averaging 16 minutes per game. Are you content with your role?

The 16 minutes playing time reflects my inconsistency. I am a fighter and will keep working. You have not seen the best of me yet. I have a lot of respect for coach Koch.

What is a strength in your game that isnt always recognized right away?



My passing. I feel like sometimes I pass to much when I should be shooting more.

Which player did you look up to in terms of passing?


A guy like Sabonas. I always tried to mold my game after him. Sabonas could do a little of everything. I always try to do what the coach wants me too do, playing good defense and getting everyone on the same page.

You grew up in Cedar Rapids. How was your childhood?


It was nice. I didnt get recruited out of high school and went to junior college. I performed well there and went on to Iowa. 11 years latter I am still playing. If I would told someone 15 years ago that I would still be playing in 2011, nobody would of believed me. I have been fighting and pushing my whole career.

How far can you walk in Iowa without seeing anybody?


Iowa is very country like. All I can say is that you can walk a long way.


Who were your NBA idols?


I didnt really have any idols. I just liked watching the game of basketball.

If you had to prepare your game to an NBA player who would you compare your game to?


I would compare my game to a poor mans Dirk Nowitzki. I am nothing close to what he isI like to shoot, but do more post up play. I am a pretty mobile big guy that likes to run up and down the floor which is harder to do the older I get.

Was there an NBA player that you didnt like at all?



There wasnt really a guy I never liked except maybe Dennis Rodman, but I liked him when he played for the Chicago Bulls. I never liked players who played dirty and didnt have any skill and just created chaos.

What were your nicest memory at Iowa (NCAA) on and off the court?



I remember beating Kansas at their place stopping their 64 game winning streak at home. I remember reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 and beating UCONN at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Off the court, just being an honour playing at the biggest college in Iowa.

Who was the best NBA player that you played against?


I played against many great players in my 4 years of NBA Summer league. I took part in the Toronto Raptors pre season and played with Vince Carter. I also played pick up basketball with Michael Jordan as I was a counsellor in his summer camp.

You have played in six different countries before coming to Germany this season. What was your nicest stop in Europe?


Italy was the nicest place to play. I established my career there reaching the playoffs and being an Allstar. My second favourite place to play has been Germany. I hope to end my career in Germany. I like Germany because it reminds me the most to the States.

You played together with ex NBA player Ryan Stack at BC Kiev. Who won a one on one in practice?


Stack was more of a center, but we had our battles. Stack was a great player. We got far that year reaching the semi finals of the Eurocup. Stack retired two years ago.

What do you like most in Bonn?


There is so much to do in Bonn. There are great restaurants and nice sights. I like to go down town and walk around the most.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row?


50

What was your most crazy shot that you ever made in a game or practice?


You can see it on Youtube. I made a three pointer with my back to the basket and threw up over my head.

How is it playing with German national player Tim Ohlbrecht?



He is very tough and he has been getting stronger as the season has gone along. He has a very bright future if he keeps working. He is about the most physical young guy that I have ever played with in my career. He has a very good mental and physical approach to the game. He has NBA athletic ability, is smart and has a lot of respect. I try to help him on the court.

What would you like to do after your professional basketball career?



That is the million dollar question. I either want to start a business or get into coaching.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?



I saw the fighter with Mark Wahlberg and give it two thumbs up.

Thanks Jacob for the chat.




The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Want To Prevent The Giessen 46ers and Michael The Fireman Jordan From Putting Out The Next Frankfurt Fire On The Court - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Hessen derby as a whole is the main course this weekend in the 25th BEKO BBL game day as The Giessen 46ers host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as Frankfurt try to win their 8th game in a row against Giessen in the Osthalle on Saturday March 5th. The last win for the home team against Frankfurt in their gym, they were called Avitos Giessen and BJ Mckie was top scorer. The spunky guard duels continue each weekend as last weekend it was the lightening quick DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) against Mr floater Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) and this weekend it will be Dashaun Mr road runner Wood against Michael the fire fighter Jordan going head to head to see who can lead their team to victory. 'Well I guess you have to say that Jordan is trying to put out the flame in all that speed that Wood has', laughed John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Wood is an early MVP candidate in the BEKO BBL and Frankfurt would be as lost and helpless without him as Paris Hilton would be without her lear jet, St Elmos Fire actress Demi Moore without Twitter and 1990 World Cup champion Loather Mathaeus without young girls. Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) is with his 6th team in Germany and saved Phoenix Hagen last season from moving down to the PRO A and returns to his next tour of duty with his fire truck and uniform ready to douse the fire and problems and keep The Giessen 46ers in the BEKO BBL. 'He seems to put out fires when the team is on fire meaning he comes in with that water hose and saves the day. He just brings a lot to the table, his experience and his competitiveness rubs off on his teammates. He always wants to wins and it rubs off on his team', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Jordan has that big smile and carefree demeanour on the outside, but in the inside, he is as focused to keep Giessen in the BEKO BBL like Kevin Garnett (208-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency) is every single game wearing the green, Tom hanks is preparing for a movie like Philadelphia or ex President Bill Clinton is deciding to chose Mcdonalds or Burger King as his next munching stop. The roadrunner Wood and the fire fighter Jordan already met in the Ballsporthalle, but the Osthalle will be a whole different atmosphere for both competitors. 'It will be a competitive match up, Wood brings the heat and MJ doesnt back down from anyone. It will be interesting by all means, because both are great players', stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The question remains is the big smile of Jordan more an advantage or disadvantage for teams? 'Well considering he has all those teeth, it is tough to beat, but at the same time I do have a cute smile but not as much teeth though. I'm not sure if it is an advantage or disadvantage but playing against him you dont want to see that smile cause that usually means they are winning the game', joked John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

A very big special quality about the Hessen derby is that the two cities are only 65 kilometers apart, which gives fans the opportunity to be at both games. This is a charmed quality of service in the BBL that the distances are not as far, but in the NBA for example in a Lon Angeles-Boston series, it is very rare for fans to travel around the NBA, unless your actor Jack Nicholson, who can travel with a private jet, champagne and some models clinging from his arms. The Frankfurt-Giessen series is so close in comparison to NBA standards as if a kid had to only walk down the street to get some candy in the drug store. The two cities are are in size as different as are the skyscraper Messe turm in Frankfurt and a two story University building in Giessen. The town of Giessen is known as a University location and almost half of the population are students. Giessen is one of the few cities in Germany that has a Budhist temple and one of Electronic music most known German DJs Chris Liebing. Giessen is diminutive, but have a huge heart for Basketball.'Giessen loves Basketball! It is tradition there', added Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

The Giessen 46ers havent reached the BEKO BBL playoffs since the 2004-2005 season where they took Bamberg to the semi finals despite getting a 40 point effort from Chuck Eidson (201-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina). Since that playoff run, the club has had a dismal 49-117 record and their poor performances the last years could of brought the famous American tradition of putting shopping bags over their heads, but somehow this tradition hasnt carried over so fans have just looked ahead to the next season and been filled with thoughts and thoughts of what it actually could feel like watching Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86) make a thunderous dunk in the Osthalle in the warm month of May. Last season, the Giessen 46ers were about as far away as playoff land as LeBron James (203-F-84) is from Cleveland. The club finished in 14th place with a dismal 10-24 record and were always in fear of getting deregulated down. There most memorable stint was winning four of five games and beating Artland and Oldenburg back to back. Near the end of the season, they beat Bamberg at home. The team also lost five games with four or less points and it didnt help their cause either top BEKO BBL scorer David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) played the first half hurt and didnt return in the second half of the season. They were also weakened by getting a wild card late and they had to build a new team quick and it took months to find a rhythm. It is no secret that teams that have small budgets always need some basketball god to help with less talent performing at a top level. 'This years team is different. The problem last season was that Giessen only had one main scorer with David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) who they depended on. They have more scorers this season. Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse) keeps the team together with his experience', commented Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.)

Despite losing eight players including key guys like David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue), Kevin Johnson, Lorenzo Williams and Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and only keeping two players with Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse) and Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86), the Giessen 46ers jumped out to a 5-2record and had been one of the biggest surprises in the BEKO BBL this season together with Phoenix Hagen in the first months. The team might not have beat the most glamorous sounding and strong BEKO BBL teams besides the Telekom Baskets Bonn, but they played The EWE Baskets Oldenburg tough and losing a nail bitter to the Brose Baskets Bamberg 81-80, a game where they made a furious comeback and just coming up short. 'We started playing defense after 30 minutes against Bamberg', stressed Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse). Giessen may not have the most talent, but they have achieved one important ingredient early that many teams have problems finding which is that early team chemistry. 'We have a complete squad and many people players compliment each other. We have very athletic wing players and big guys with great hands and that take up a lot of space. We know how to work with each other and we know each time that we step on the court, we are capable of surprising any team in the BEKO BBL', siad Elvir Ovcina. Last season, the team started 0-6 and after six games this season had 4 wins already. 'Management did a good job bringing in new players. Only me and Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86) remained. We might not have good results in preseason, but we always knew that if we continued to work hard, we would have success', stressed Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse). 'I wasnt surprised by the good Giessen start. They have some talent on their team that is coming together early', commented Quentin Pryor. 'Their strength are their guards who are great and you got a great inside presence with Peacock. As far as weaknesses, I think just consistency', expressed John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The question remained how well the Giessen 46ers would play if the team sustained an injury or went into a slump. Misfortune hit the club in Frankfurt as Anthoiny Smith got hurt in the first half in the 82-64 loss. After this loss, it seemed like some nasty plague was stuck in them as the team went on a 13 game losing streak as the team went from the playoffs places to the back places of the standings as quickly as Marv Albert can yelp yessssssssssssss. The team then made changes and some results started to evolve. 'Giessen has been up and down this season but they are a different team now, with a new head coach and the addition of MJ, they can play with anyone on any night just like any other team in the BBL', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Since the arrival of Jordan, the team is 2-3 and slowly crawling away from the bottom. The team seemed very solid at the start of the season, but with the addition of new coach Steven key and Jordan and Jeffers, the team should be so much stronger now. 'Yes any time you throw in a leader like MJ then of course they get better and Jeffers has experience and they made the team better. They have a great new coach in Steven Key and they will improve each week. I dont think they will have any problems at all staying in the league, I think they are on the right track ', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

The key to winning the first Hessen derby game of the season for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners depended on how well they could stop the PSB (Powerful Scoring Boys) of Peacock, Smith and Brooks who were averaging 44 of the team 77 points per game in the first two months, but after months of injuries and loses and two new players, the PSB trio are still potent making 35 of the total team 71 points . They were a big surprise in the first months dominating the game as if they had been playing together for many years like Garnett, Pierce and Allen of the Boston Celtics and were in their best playing age of 28 or 29, but instead, Peacock, Brooks and Smith have only been together about seven months and share one year of professional experience and have an average age of only 23 years of age. The sudden rise by the PSB has been more than surprising. 'They are all good players, but I would have thought that it would take a little time to get adjusted to the league. They are excellent one on one players', warned Phoenix Hagen American Quentin Pryor The dominating play hasnt only surprised the league, but also their own teammates. 'It has been somewhat of a surprise, but all three played at good colleges and had good competition which I think has really helped. I hope that thy continue to play well', warned 1996 NCAA finalist Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse). Getting the PSB was not luck, but a lot of scouting was involved. 'Management did a fine job recruiting. All three are young and are very athletic and just get the job done. Most important is that all three like each other on and off the court and hang out together', stressed ex Phoenix Hagen guard Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine). After the big Skyliner win in Goettingen, Skyliner American Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) got big eyes as if he had found out he can take on Kobe Bryant in a one on one game Live on national television when the PSB boys were mentioned. 'I love Giessen and what they are doing. Those guys know Giessen has been struggling in the past, but they dont care, they are playing to win this season. Peacock competes, Smith competes and Brooks, that guy dont stop competing. I have only seen about 15-20 guys in my life that compete as hard as Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple). You cant stop Brooks', warned Ajene Moye. With the additions of Maurice Jeffers (194-G/F-79, college: St.Louis) and Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania), the club doesnt need to rely so much on the PSB bunch as earlier in the season.

The Giessen 46ers are led by Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) who is a 33 year old 183cm point guard from the city of brotherly love that is playing his first season with The Giessen 46ers and is for his sixth BEKO BBL team. The scouting report on Jordan reads like a encyclopedia that had to go overtime because of the lengthy information. Jordan understands the game and knows how its played. When asked to get teammates involved he will reduce his scoring output and add to his assist total. When asked to score, he can and will, without forcing the issue. And Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) always defends. At 183 cm he is extremely quick on his feet and combined with his fearless attitude he can drive an opponent crazy defending him full court, half court, over and through picks, or away from the ball. Of course his quickness is an asset on the offensive end also. But its combined with his experience and poise that makes him so effective. Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) is a leader on the court who can score in many ways and has all the skills to make the players around him look better. He is a motivator, organizer, and director who gets his teammates ready to play hard. Michael is extremely dangerous in the transition phase almost always making the right decision. He can go coast to coast, pull up for the shot, or find the right guy running the lanes. In the half court set Michael also has many options to choose from. He is an excellent pick and roll player as he is able to turn the corner and take it to the hole. When the defense cheats or switches he can hit the three or take a bigger guy one-on-one. In addition to his skills on both ends of the floor he has the necessary desire and drive to win every game. He plays with an intensity that fuels his teammates and the crowd alike. On the court Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) is the complete package at his position. He started his basketball career at Pennsylvania and started his BEKO BBL career with the Artland Dragons in 2002 helping the small village team reach the BEKO BBL. in the 2004-2005 season he played 34 games: 11.1ppg, 3.4rpg, Ast-1 (6.4apg), 1.3spg, 2.6bpg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 31.3% and lost to the Opel Skyliners in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. His career highlight so far was winning the BEKO BBL title in 2006 with Cologne. He has played in countries like France, Belgium, Israel and Greece. Last season, he came late to Phoenix Hagen and helped the team stay in the league. This season, he started for MBC and now is averaging 9,0ppg, 2,8rpg and 4,4apg and shooting very well with 53% from the field and 61% from the three point line for Giessen.

American 23 year old Zachery Peacock (203-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Tech) who is a 23 year old 203cm power forward from Miami, Florida. He is a strong frontcourt player who already is a tremendous rebounder and can shoot the basketball. He is a BEKO BBL rookie who played at Georgia Tech (NCAA) from 2006-2010. In his rookie season, he played 35 games averaging 8.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 79.1%. This past summer, he played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Miami Heat). He has taken the BEKO BBL by storm in the early going leading the league in scoring averaging 17,0ppg, 6,8rpg and 1,2spg. He has scored in double figures in five of the first six games including one double double. Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) is a 22 year old 193cm guard from Narbeth, Pennsylvania. He also is a BEKO BBL rookie who played at Temple (NCAA) from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 14.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 81.0%. At Temple, he played together with ex BEKO BBL player Dustin Salisbery and current Bonn player Kark Tyndale. He was very successful at Temple being 10 Regular Season Runner-Up -08, 09, Atlantic 10 Tournament Finalist -08, Atlantic 10 Tournament Winner -09, 10, Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team -09, Atlantic 10 Regular Season Co-Champion -10, and All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team -10. This past summer, he played NBA Summer League in Orlando (Philadelphia 76ers). This season, he is averaging 15,0ppg, and 6,7rpg.Recently the team also signed Maurice Jeffers (194-G/F-79, college: St.Louis) who is back in Giessen for a third season. He played at St Louis (NCAA) and was drafted by The Sacremento Kings in 2001. He played five years in Spain before coming to the Giessen 46ers in 2008. Last season, he averaged 14.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 79.4%. This season he played in Cyprus and Argentina before coming to Giessen. Currently he is averaging 7,4ppg, 3,4rpg and 1,8apg.

Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Liberty) is a 24 year old 196cm shooting guard from Plano, Texas. He is a scorer with great quickness and leaping ability, NBA body and athleticism. He is a phenomenal athlete with great range from the shooting guard position. He has the strength and athleticism to take advantage of smaller guards. Also, because of his strength, he can play the 3 spot at times. His quickness and ball handling skills give him the ability to take almost any defender to the rim. His 3 point range is phenomenal. has great ball handling skills and when he is leading the team up the court on a fast break, he has the quick explosion needed to take the ball all the way, or he can stop on a dime and nail the mid-range He is also a good free throw shooter and knows how to get to the free throw line. An excellent run and jump style player. Along with his offensive skills, he is also a great defender who is very long and very good vertically on the floor as well in defensive position. Anthony plays good on the ball defense and has shown that he can force his opponent into committing turnovers. Anthony is a complete player who knows how to win and creates major match-up problems for the opposition. His Strength and athleticism make him a very effective rebounder from the perimeter as he demonstrated in College and in the Orlando Summer League. He showed these qualities at Liberty (NCAA) where he played from 2005-2009. In his senior year, he played games: 17.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3Pts: 37.1%, FT: 65.8%. Last season, he played for CB Cornella (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 33 games: 14.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 59.0%. This season, he is averaging 10,9ppg, 3,2rpg and 1,apg. The Giessen 46ers brought in 27 year old 188cm combo guard Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) from Sammamish, Washington. He played at Pepperdine together with ex Cologne American Robert hollywood Turner from 2002-2007. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging.15.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 80.7%. He played at Phoenix Hagen from 2007-2010 and last season played 33 games: 13.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 83.5%. This is only his fourth professional season and second in the BEKO BBL, but he shown early on that he could grow into the top class of point guards in the BEKO BBL. He is known as a playmaker, but has kept his reputation of being a scorer. Griffin is a very dominant and strong point guard in the open court with strong ball handling, a quick eye for his teammates and also has a very quick shot. He reminds me a bit of Jason Williams with the way he presents himself on the court, commented Ruben Spoden of Ehingen (PRO B). This season, he is averaging 9,0ppg, 1,2rpg and 1,9apg.

The team also signed American Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) who is a 193cm shooting guard. He is a BEKO BBL rookie who played at Temple from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 14.2rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 81.0%. Currently he is averaging 10,2ppg, 2,8rpg and 1,5apg. The team also brought back 34 year old 211cm power forward/center Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse) who came late to the Giessen 46ers last season. He is a movable center, who passes and scores well. He played at Syracuse (NCAA) from 1995-1999 and played a year together with ex NBA player John Wallace (203-F-74, college: Syracuse) reaching the NCAA final in 1996 losing to Kentucky. He played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2001-2004 and won the BEKO BBL cup with Rhein Energy Cologne in 2005. He had his most success as a player with one team with Ostende winning the league title in 2006 and 2007 and cup in 2008. Last season for Giessen, he played 14 games averaging 14.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 69.4%. Currently he is averaging 12,3ppg, 7,2rpg, and 2,4apg. The club also brought in 24 year old 183cm point guard classical floor general Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86, agency: Interperformances) from the country of Georgia. Even though he can put up huge assist numbers, he is also known as an unsavoury defender. He can run without making a sound. When he puts his mind to it, hes capable of being unstoppable on offense and a stopper on defense. He catches his man like a tick and can squash an offender. He has good court vision and knows how to run a team. He played at MBC last season averaging 6.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 72.8% in 33 games, but has already showed his mark in Fiba Eurocup and Eurochallenge games. He played at Energy Invest Rustavi the last two seasons and showed in the Georgian League that he can be a scoring point guard averaging 17.5ppg, and leading the league in assists with 7.6apg, and Steals with 3.0spg. He already has had a lot of success early in his career playing Championships U20 Division B in Lisbon (Portugal) -06 (Champion): 8 games: 8.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.4%, 3FGP: 30.8%, FT: 80%, Georgian League All-Star Game -08, 09, Georgian League Regular Season Champion -08, 09, Georgian League Champion -08, 09 and was Georgian league MVP in 2007. Currently, he is averaging 6,3ppg, 1,9rpg, and 4,1apg.

The team also kept 24 year old 211cm power forward/center German Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86) who is playing his third season for the Giessen 46ers. He played at SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga) from 2005-2008, but only played 6 games in three years for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig never getting a fair chance. In Giessen, he has been able to develop his game and get playing time. Last season, he played 30 games: 4.3ppg, 3.0rpg. Currently he is averaging 3,6ppg and 2,5rpg. The team also signed 27 year old 211cm German center Dirk Madrich (211-C-83, agency: Court Side). He is an extremely athletic and talented big man. He can run and jump with the best of them and creates problems for opponents with that aspect alone. Added to those physical skills are technically well developed post moves, the ability to face up and penetrate, as well as the ability to shoot as far as three point range. Defensively he is strong and quick enough to defend both the center and the power forward position. He is a good rebounder and shot blocker as well. He has a lot of experience having played for German National coach Dirk Bauerman early in his career in Bamberg in 2004-2005 playing ULEB Cup: 5 games: 2,8ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 77.8%; German Bundesliga: 17 games: 1.8ppg and winning the BEKO BBL title. He played four seasons in Braunschweig, two years with the Artland Dragons and a year in France for Starssburg. Last season, he played for Olimpiada Patron (Greece-A2, starting five): 5 games: 8.8ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 75.0%, FT: 87.5%, then moved to Konstantin Elephants Grevenbroich (Regionalliga, starting five): 4 games: 12.5ppg. He has played 31 ULEB cup games and 11 Eurocup games in his career. In Giessen, he comes form the bench and is averaging 2,8ppg and 1,8rpg. The club also brought in 23 year old 199cm forward Tim Schwartz (199-F-87). He played for Saar-Pfalz Braves (ProA) from 2005-2010 playing 124 second Bundesliga games. Last season, he played games: 8.8ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 75.0%. Currently, he is averaging 1,0ppg. Matthias Perl is a 21 year old 188cm quick point guard that is a relentless defender. He has been playing for Giessen teams since 2004 when he started for the MTV Giessen cadet team. He then played for VfB Giessen (Regionalliga) before playing for LTi Lich (ProA) from 2007-2009. Last season, he played for LTi Giessen 46ers (1.Bundesliga): 7 games: 0.7ppg; also played at Licher Basket Baeren (ProB): 28 games: 5.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 39.5%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 73.5%. Currently he is averaging 1,8ppg and 1,0rpg.

In the last years, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have dominated the Hessen derby posting a 8-2 record. Frankfurt has demonstrated a special confidence and calmness that makes the Osthalle in Giessen look more like their own personal lounge area than a hostile Giessen playground with naughty kids throwing sticks and stones. Who could forget the onslaught before Christmas 2005 as Frankfurt routed Giessen 96 to 63 with seven three pointers from Desmond Ferguson. I had a good rhythm going on in that game and my teammates made a good job getting me the ball. I wasnt able to find my rhythm much while I played in Frankfurt for various reasons, but that game was probably my highlight playing there, added ex Skyliner Desmond Ferguson. Three years ago under the guidance of Charles Barton, Frankfurt won a nail bitter 73 to 67 as Frankfurt showed nerves of steal in the dwindling minutes of the fourth quarter. Two years ago, Frankfurt won a tight game, even though it seemed like they were never in any real danger of losing as Derrick Allen led the team with 19 points and an energized Alex King flew into the arena with a specially made superman cape and steered the team off the bench scoring in double figures. Who could forget the buzzer beater by Karlsruhe German Rouven Roessler (200-F-80) in 2007? Well that game winning shot that beat Frankfurt was 34 months ago, and Roessler still has the shot dancing in his dreams. I remember that buzzer beater as if it was yesterday. I got the video clip to the game three weeks ago, said ex Giessen 46er Rouven Roessler (200-F-80). In the 2008-2009 season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won in Giessen 75-57 getting 19 points form Lorenzo Gordon. In Frankfurt, they pounded Giessen 93-72 as Pascal Roller and Last season, Frankfurt won at home 80-69 getting 22 points from Derrick Allen. The last game against Giessen was a nail bitter win by Frankfurt in Giessen which was won 69-68 as Pascal Roller won the game with 13 seconds to play with two free throws. In the first meeting this season Frankfurt won 82-64 as Giessen was outscored 48-21 in the second half. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by DaShaun Wood with 21 points and Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) added 18 points.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have been playing very spirited basketball in the last weeks despite having injuries, but the team has played great with less players as guys are stepping up and despite more minutes still playing consistent. 'We are showing a lot of character and very much mental toughness. We just know how to deal with every situation. All guys are stepping up. If one guys goes down than there is another guy that steps up', warned Skyliner shooting guard Jimmy Mckinney. Some players like Mckinney, Chris Moss and Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) will be extra motivated since they received contracts until the end of the season.24 year old 198cm forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) will give his debut for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. The Canadian national player who played at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey and got great basketball experience at Michigan (NCAA) will make his BEKO BBL after exploding in the PRO A for Osnabruck averaging 20,3ppg, 5,9rpg and 2,4apg. Frankfurt had been observing Sheperd for a longer time and are glad that they could get him. 'W heard about him last summer, but he had already signed at Osnabrueck. I think that he could make an impact for us with two perimeter players out. We dont see Sheperd as another practice player, but a guy that can help us on the court', stressed Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert . It has been a crazy last days, but Air Canada is happy about coming to Frankfurt. 'I am glad to be here. I spoke to Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) and he only said positive things about this organization. I think playing at the World Championships last summer helped me adjust to the style in Europe quicker. I play the position 2/3 and my biggest weapon is being a team player', added Jevohn Shepherd. Sheperd doesnt mind the nickname Air Canada, but wants people to know that he has more to his game than flying to the hoop. I got that nickname in college and it kind of stuck with me. There is more to my game than dunking. I am getting older now at 24, so I cant always think about dunking', joked Jevohn Shepherd.

The key to victory for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners seems to lie in the paint and controlling the PSB trio of Peacock, Smith and Brooks. Frankfurt has the clear 35-31 team rebound edge, but thats a huge understatement. 'Giessen has a lot of size in the paint. They might have one of the biggest teams in the league. On defense, Frankfurt has to limit the shots of the big three (PSB) and make them make plays for others. On offense, Frankfurt has to attack their guards and get them in foul trouble and make them use their bench. Frankfurt has very mobile big men and should attack the Giessen bigs off the dribble', warned Quentin Pryor 'Giessen just has to control the tempo and make Frankfurt play defense for a full 24. On the defensive end they have to find a way to keep Wood out of the lane and not get barraged by the 3 point line. Frankfurt just needs to do what they do which is playing up tempo ball and knocking down threes. On the defensive end they just have to lock down on the perimeter and control the boards like any other team trying to win', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'Giessen is always difficult to play, because it is an intense derby and very hostile environment. We expect this to be the toughest game of all the games that we have recently had. Important for this game will be our mental approach', warned Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert . The Giessen 46ers host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners March 5th at 20:00.




Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To The Artland Dragons Game March 5th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 26 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany and is playing his second season with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. In 2008-2009, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. Last season, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. Brandon took some time to talk to eurobasket before the game against The Artland Dragons March 5th.

What was the most important thing that the team learned from the 102-80 win in Bremerhaven?


Playing hard and together is the best way to beat good teams

The next game is against the Artland Dragons who is one of the teams in the BEKO BBL top 4. Do you await a pre TOP 4 atmosphere in Artland on the weekend? These two teams could meet in the finals if they upset Frankfurt and Bamberg.

It should be a great atmosphere because it is an important game. I expect the best from both teams

What has been your impression of The Artland Dragons this season?



They have a lot of talent and are hard to beat.

What is your memory of the bitter 76-53 loss against Artland earlier in the season?

They controlled every aspect of the game in the second half and once they got going they never looked back.

What do you always have to keep an eye on most when having the ball and Bryan Bailey is in your face?

It depends on the play

Artland can shell shock any team with their offense. What will be key in winning besides a consistent defense for 40 minutes?

Thats it... and rebounding

There were many players waived at the NBA trade deadline. What waving surprised you the most?

Corey Brewer

Were you surprised that The Miami Heat waived Carlos Arroyo? He started 42 games, but in the last months had got less playing time. Does this show how unpredictable the NBA can be when decisons have to be made?

Yes but you can predict that unpredictable decisions will be made every year so in a way its no surprise

Where will the trip of Charlie Sheen end. He seems out of control. he is living with two porn stars and his two kids from a pervious marriage. How bizarre is that?

Rockstars from Mars can do whatever they want lol

Thanks Brandon for the chat.



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David Huertas leaves Marousi - by Eurobasket News
David Huertas has decided to split ways with Marousi. The family matters are cited as the main reasons for the decision. The 23-year-old guard started the Greek team at the start of the season. He tallied 11.7 points, 4.1 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game in A1 League. Last season David Huertas played in Fos Ouest Provence Basket in France and Quebradillas Pirates in Puerto Rico. David Huertas participated at the 2010 World Championship. The guard averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in Turkey.


WIND will once again appear on the Olympiacos shirts! - by Kostas Papadopoulos
WIND Hellas is once again going to be a Great Sponsor of Olympiacos BC, this time till the end of the 2010-2011 season, continuing for a third season in a row its successful collaboration with the Piraeus team, as officially announced yesterday at a Press Conference by the representatives of the two parties.
The decision of the two parties to renew their co-operation till the end of the season was greeted on behalf of the players by Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: FCM) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket).
Olympiacos and WIND are going to be together in the next Greek League games, the Greek Cup Final (when and if it will ever be held, after the well known problems appeared and cancelled the game for the near future, if possible) and the Euroleague, aiming to win the top, offer a show and present the ideals and sporting values of Greek basketball.
The first official appearance of Olympiacos under the WIND sponsorship is going to take place tonight, Thursday, March 3 at the game against Zalgiris Kaunas for the last day of Euroleague Top-16.



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No better time to get better and step up than NOW - by Glenn Stokes
Hello World and welcome to another one of my blogs... In this blog i will update you guys on my injury, my teams status, I willl point out a few guys who have definitely stepped up during a crucial part of the season and then i will give advice on how to prepare for a game.......

Well I went for a second treatment at the Specialist last Monday on February 21st and he did exactly what he did the first time i went to see him. The difference was instead of the pain being a ten it was more so an 8.5, which means that I have made progress in my recovery since last visiting him... If you remember last time I went to see him, he told me to stay away from doing explosive things for 14 days..... I played the very next day and 3 games in 10 days ( HARD headed I know). So this time I went to see him he said the same thing and prescribed me some pain killers. I kinda listened to him as hard as it was, I finally sat out of a game vs Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden. I knew it would be a hard thing to do, so to make things easier for me, I didnt pack a bag..... No shoes... No compression shorts... No socks... No nothing, because I knew that if i did, I would be easily convinced to suit up to help my team. Especially, against those guys because they are arguably the best team in the league and they have a tough competitor in Monta McGhee (198-F-79, college: Lewis) ( who is a friend of mine and a guy who often goes back and forth with me in a lil fun trash talking kinda way, which makes the games vs Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden very fun). Lastly, I have to say that I love playing in Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden because they have great energy in that gym and the fans just come out to watch and applaud to a good game no matter what uniform you are wearing. I remember the last time i played there, I had a hotttttttt 3rd quarter and I even heard their fans clapping and congratulating me after the game... I will never forget that game, especially for the fact that I remember making a tough shot and while running back on defense a ref took the whistle out of his mouth. PAUSE and said nice shot....... So, I was soooooo hyped up for that game I almost thought about putting on my uniform even with my cross trainer shoes that I wore to the game....... I let the energy get to me and I couldnt sit and relax, I was rebounding and passing the ball to my teammates thinking like damn I wanna play sooooo bad. So, finally just before the game started I went to Mitchel Kouwijzer (190-G-87, agency: Court Side) and told him to be aggressive and play a great game. I knew he was ready because the night before we chatted on BBM and I told him to prepare for me not to play and he was excited to be starting and playing alot of minutes. When the jump ball went up I am sitting in as the assistant coach watching my guys play hard, in the first 5 minutes we dominated Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden with the play from Niels Vorenhout (202-F-80, agency: Court Side) playing with great energy, defending well and rebounding well. In that quarter Kenneth van Kempen (208-C-87, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio) was in a groove and made some easy baskets which opened up things on the perimeter. Before you knew it we were up like 6 points or so, the opposite of the time before when we played at Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden and they shot over 90% in the 1st quarter and we found ourself down by double digits...So throughout the game it was a tough battle and my energy as asst coach was at a high, I found myself talking and reaching out to the players better than while on the court with them. I even remember calling some of them to the sideline to give advice and actually seeing them focus on what I was saying rather than giving me the ok look but allowing what I say to go through one ear and out of the other. We played a great game for 3 quarters and I saw some big plays from Junior Hairston (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) and Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson), but the second half belonged to Trey McDowell (188-G-85, college: Louisiana Tech) on both offense and defense. While torching Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden in the 2nd half he also made the play of the game on the defensive end while going up and challenging a guy who went on to dunk the ball.... ( my bad slim, you know i had to put that in there because that was a nice dunk). We were basically in control of the game being up by ten points, but we had a few turnovers and gave up a few offensive rebounds and just like good teams do they step up in the clutch and players make big plays... They went on a run and basically took control of the game and I remember Monta coming to the sidelines telling me I better suit up.... All I could do at that point was laugh and say whatever and hope my team would pull it out..... It didnt happen and we were left with a moral victory rather than a win and possibly a tie for 5th place....

Next, we had a home game vs. DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden, which was possibly the most important game of the season knowing that in order to have a shot at 5th place we had to beat them... So, again we started the game off pretty well taking an early advantage by 7 or 8 points thanks to the hot shooting of Niels Vorenhout ( I was on the bench thinking man they may not need me to play tonight)... Then after about 7 minutes into the game coach called me to go into the game. Again this was a good game and we ended up pulling away late in the 4th quarter to get the much needed win. It was not only good for us as a team, a confidence builder, a good way to get things rolling just before the playoffs but it was more so a great thing for our sponsors and supporters who deserve to see us play at a high level again to keep believing in us and believing that this season is not gonna end like in the past.

Finally, I would like to give advice to players out there who would like to someday play professionally or maybe even for the young guys who would like to know how they can become a better pro... In some countries you can play anywhere from 1 game per week to 4 games per week, so your preparation can vary. Obviously if you play 1 game per week you have alot more time to prepare rather than if you play 2 or more games per week, but the main thing is that you take care of your body.. You must get proper rest, eat good food, stretch and ICE your body... Yes icing is very important and not only when you are in pain but it helps ur muscles, bones and everything recover. Its a long way from college where we all were pampered and had everything we needed to rehab, recover or just keep your body in good standings ( O how i miss the Ice baths). In some countries you even have to tape your own ankles, so rule of thumb is you must be prepared to do whatever is necessary for your body to be able to go through a long season of basketball. Next, you have know your opponent..... This means you must learn your opponents tendacies, knowing their go to move, know how or what he/she does before taking a shot, know if he/she likes to drive to the basket going right and pulling up for a jump shot going left, You must know how he/she defends and more impotantly know their strengths and weaknesses, and then you must also know how the opponent defends as a team and be aware of their offensive plays..... Which means you must WATCH ALOTof FILM on your opponents, which again can vary. I remember in France we watched film atleast 3 times a week being that we mostly played 1 game per week and in France they were as critical and technical as College coaches are ( I remember back in College when the lights went out many of the players went out as well whether they fell asleep or were in another world of daydreaming). I always been a fan of watching film and knowing the guy I would match up against as much as possible or even just watching how some of the best players such as chris Paul and Steve Nash use the pick and roll or play in a game... So for myself i watch film on my own and not just wait til we have team film... Last thing is that you prepare in your mind before the game whether it is the day before or two days before....

I will end this blog now, I know i went on and on but i hope you all enjoyed it and will continue to read my blogs... I promise to blog more often now that I dont have to spend so much time going to so many rehab sessions. Thanks and until next time, PEACE!!


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 26-4 
 2. ZZ Leiden 24-6 
 3. Eiffel Towers 21-9 
 4. Magixx 19-11 
 5. Giants 14-16 
 6. DeFriesland 14-16 
 7. BS Weert 13-17 
 8. ABC 11-19 
 9. Landstede 7-23 
 10. Rotterdam 1-29 


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Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Szolnok 18-3 
 2. Albacomp 18-3 
 3. Atomeromu 15-6 
 4. Kormend 14-7 
 5. Kecskemeti 13-7 
 6. ZTE KK 13-9 
 7. Falco-Szova 12-10 
 8. Soproni 11-10 
 9. PVSK Pannon 9-11 
 10. Szedeak 8-13 
 11. Marso-Vagep 8-13 
 12. Kaposvari 6-15 
 13. FS Debrecen 1-20 
 14. Salgotarjani 1-20 


Lorant and his Burgos have been running 12-0 in LEB Gold! - by Adam Patonay
Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services), hungarian national team player and the captain of his club Burgos has been playing his 4th season in Autocid Ford Burgos. They were so close to reach the ACB last season but lost the final on play-offs. Actually Murcia leads the league with 23-3 record, Obradorio follows them with 22-4 and they are on the 3rd place with 21-5.
Burgos beat Melilla on road on the 22nd of December and they continued with eleven victory in a role without any lost game. Lorant averages 12.0 points and 5.3 rebounds with 38.5% 3PT and the most VAL in the team. They will play against Murcia on sunday...


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  ISRAEL   


Ironi Nahariya land James Peters - by Eurobasket News
Ironi Nahariya strengthened their frontcourt. They signed a deal with James Peters (204-F-81, college: UNLV). The 29-year-old is expected to replace Jason Johnson (203-F-86, college: S.Carolina St.) on the roster. Johnson got into a severe car accident and stays in hospital at the moment. James Peters started the season in Potros ITSON in Mexico. He tallied 12.0 points, 4.5 boards per game before moving to Turkey. There the forward joined Selcuk Universitesi. His stats read 12.1 points, 6.6 boards and 1.5 assists per game in TB2L. In January James Peters agreed on terms of contract with Iraklis. In Greece the player notched 4.0 points and 3.0 boards per appearance.


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A26.2 
 2. Moragne, Hapoel B.24.0 
 3. Hall, Beer Yaakov23.8 
 4. Miller, Megido/Y.22.9 
 5. Clemente, Megido.22.9 
 6. Delaney, Maccabi .22.1 
 7. Gomez, Beer Yaakov21.9 
 8. Timberlake, Elitzu.21.3 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon21.2 
 10. Fisher, Ironi R.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.3 
 3. Brandy, Hod H.10.5 
 4. Clemente, Megido.10.0 
 5. Strong, Hapoel T.9.8 
 6. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 7. Moragne, Hapoel B.9.3 
 8. Utter, Hapoel T-A9.0 
 9. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 10. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Yaron LAHAT
  Hapoel T-A
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.7 
 2. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.5 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.2 
 4. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.6.1 
 5. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.7 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.4 
 7. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri5.0 
 8. Skverer, Maccabi .4.6 
 9. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.6 
 10. Young, Hod Hasharon4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.2.9 
 2. Delaney, Maccabi .2.8 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.8 
 4. Bochman, Beer Y.2.8 
 5. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.5 
 6. Markson, Hapoel A.2.2 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur .2.1 
 8. Young, Hod Hasharon2.0 
 9. Shtarkman, Megido.2.0 
 10. Fisher, Ironi R.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.2.3 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.1 
 3. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 4. Colwell, Ironi R.1.9 
 5. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.7 
 6. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.7 
 7. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 8. Wade, Lev Hasharon1.5 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 10. Clemente, Megido.1.3 


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  ITALY   


Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
 1. Perugia 18-6 
 2. Piacenza 17-7 
 3. Treviglio 16-8 
 4. Trento 16-8 
 5. Brescia 16-8 
 6. Omegna 16-8 
 7. Moncalieri 13-11 
 8. Trieste 12-12 
 9. Castelletto 12-12 
 10. Comsum.it SI 11-13 
 11. Senigallia 10-14 
 12. Recanati 9-15 
 13. ASD Pavia 9-15 
 14. Riva del Garda 8-16 
 15. Ozzano 7-17 
 16. Osimo 2-22 
Group B
 1. Trapani 18-6 
 2. Ruvo 17-7 
 3. Ostuni 16-8 
 4. S.Antimo 15-9 
 5. Ferentino 14-10 
 6. Latina Basket 13-11 
 7. Matera 13-11 
 8. Potenza 12-12 
 9. Anagni 11-13 
 10. Massafra 11-13 
 11. Rieti 10-13 
 12. Molfetta 10-14 
 13. Bisceglie 10-14 
 14. Patti 9-15 
 15. Agrigento 7-17 
 16. Palestrina 5-18 


Libertas Forl adds Bobby Jones - by Antonello Varallo
Former Teramo and Montegranaro forward Bobby Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington) agreed terms with MarcoPoloShop.it Forl.
Jones has started the current season with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro, but he has been released last week after 20 games (only 7.8 ppg with a season high of 18 points.) Last year he played a solid season with Teramo (11.2ppg and 3.8rpg in 29 games). During his career, Jones has played 90 NBA games (with Philadelphia, Houston, San Antonio, Memphis, Miami and Denver) with 3.2 ppg.


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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Barsy Atyrau extend unbeaten run - by Eurobasket News
Barsy Atyrau recorded two victories in the last round of D1 action. The league leaders overcame BK Almaty in the back-to-back encounters. First Barsy Atyrau celebrated an 88:80 success. Pavel Ilin (202-F-92) came up with game-high 26 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Mikhail Evstigneev (202-F/C-84) added 9 points in the victory. Aleksandr Pashkov (191-G-85) answered with 17 points for BK Almaty.
The next game was also dominated by the current league leaders. Barsy led by only 3 points at halftime but used a 23:9 run in the fourth term to celebrated a comfortable 70:49 win at the end. Endropov unloaded 22 points for the winners. Dmitriy Klimov (200-F-88) added 20 points in the sixteenth straight win for Barsy. BK Almaty slipped at 1-15 record despite 14 points from Yuriy Kozhanov (194-G-90).
In the meantime Kaspiy and Tobol exchanged victories. Tobol earned a tough 77:74 win in the first game. Nikolay Krylov (211-C-81) stepped up with 23 points for the winners. Golubev contributed 19 points for Tobol. Konstantin Dvirniy (192-G-88) answered with 16 points for Kaspiy. However the Aktau team avenged the loss next day. They rallied to a confident 90:69 success. Evgeni Isakov (203-F-82) exploded with 21 points to pace the winners. Roman Muravyov (194-G/F-84) had 19 points as Kaspiy gained the sixth win in the season. Tobol replied with 21 points from Nikolay Krylov.



Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. Barsy Atyrau 16-0 
 2. Astana Tigers 11-3 
 3. Tobol 8-8 
 4. Kaspiy Aktau 6-9 
 5. BK Atyrau 3-10 
 6. BK Almaty 1-15 


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Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Jurmala 16-2 
 2. Ventspils Aug. 14-4 
 3. Ogre 14-4 
 4. Saldus 13-5 
 5. Gulbene 10-7 
 6. Zemgale/Jun. 9-9 
 7. BAA Riga 8-8 
 8. Daugava 8-11 
 9. Liepaja-2 7-10 
 10. Ridzene 3-15 
 11. Livani 2-14 
 12. VEF Kadeti 1-16 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 5. Willjam, Barons14.9 
 6. Mednis, Turiba14.7 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja14.6 
 8. Berzins, VEF R.14.5 
 9. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.9 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Caceres
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Valeika, Valmiera8.7 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.5 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.8.1 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 5. Rozitis, Zemgale7.2 
 6. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.9 
 10. Piternieks, LU5.9 
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.4.5 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.1 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja3.5 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.4 
 10. Piternieks, LU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Jahovics, VEF R.2.1 
 3. Mitchell, Liepaja1.9 
 4. Cavars, Barons1.9 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 6. Gabrans, Valmiera1.7 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 8. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 9. Slisans, LU1.6 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.4 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 3. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 5. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja1.0 
 7. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 9. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 10. Brunins, Zemgale0.7 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 14-2 
 2. Liepaja 14-7 
 3. Barons 13-8 
 4. Valmiera 11-8 
 5. VEF Riga jrs 11-8 
 6. Zemgale 7-12 
 7. Turiba 5-16 
 8. LU 3-17 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


Ventspils release Sandis Buskevics - by Eurobasket News
Sandis Buskevics (190-G-77, agency: Alti Sport) and Ventspils split ways. The 33-year-old guard joined the Latvian team in December. Sandis Buskevics tallied 2.3 points, 2.5 assists and 2.3 boards per EuroChallenge game. In LBL his stats read 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.8 assists per appearance. In Baltic League Sandis Buskevics posted 3.3 points, 3.2 assists and 1.2 boards. The guard started the season in Poland. He notched 2.3 points, 1.7 assists and 1.3 boards for Trefl Sopot. Sandis Buskevics started his career in Ventspils. He later played Turkey, Russia, Lithuania and Italy. Sandis Buskevics was the member of the Latvian National Team in 1999-2007 seasons.


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 28
 1. Khatib, Champville28.0 
 2. Warner, Byblos25.9 
 3. Cage, Hoops22.6 
 4. Bangura, Anibal22.4 
 5. Johnson, Moutahed21.9 
 6. Johnson, Al Riyadi21.7 
 7. Shannon, Anibal20.9 
 8. Battles, Antranik20.5 
 9. Youngblood, Champ.20.3 
 10. Byrd, Hoops20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi14.7 
 2. Warner, Byblos13.0 
 3. Cox, Champville12.6 
 4. Dawson, Chabab12.5 
 5. Shannon, Anibal11.7 
 6. Byrd, Hoops11.5 
 7. Watkins, Sagesse11.3 
 8. Thompson, Sagesse11.2 
 9. Payne, Moutahed11.2 
 10. Battles, Antranik11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Willie BANNISTER
  Antranik
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Bannister, Antranik7.1 
 2. Mason, Byblos6.7 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed6.7 
 4. Akl, Anibal5.9 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.8 
 6. Clemons, Chabab4.9 
 7. Fahed, Sagesse4.3 
 8. Barada, Byblos4.3 
 9. Khatib, Champville3.8 
 10. Khoury, Sagesse3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Darussafaka
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Clemons, Chabab3.2 
 2. Bannister, Antranik2.7 
 3. Youngblood, Champ.2.7 
 4. Mason, Byblos2.5 
 5. Johnson, Moutahed2.5 
 6. Bangura, Anibal2.4 
 7. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.4 
 8. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 9. Byrd, Hoops2.3 
 10. Roustom, Moutahed2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell COX
  Champville
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Cox, Champville3.5 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Thompson, Sagesse1.9 
 4. Watkins, Sagesse1.7 
 5. Kanaan, Antranik1.3 
 6. Hamdar, Hoops1.3 
 7. Shannon, Anibal1.2 
 8. Warner, Byblos1.2 
 9. Byrd, Hoops1.2 
 10. Payne, Moutahed1.0 


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  NBA   


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 44-15 
 2. New York K. 31-28 
 3. Philadelph.76 30-30 
 4. New Jersey N. 17-43 
 5. Toronto R. 17-44 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 41-18 
 2. Indiana P. 27-33 
 3. Milwaukee B. 23-36 
 4. Detroit P. 22-41 
 5. Cleveland C. 11-49 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 43-17 
 2. Orlando M. 39-22 
 3. Atlanta H. 37-24 
 4. Charlotte B. 26-34 
 5. Washington W. 15-45 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 37-22 
 2. Denver N. 36-26 
 3. Portland TB 34-27 
 4. Utah Jazz 32-29 
 5. Minnesota T. 15-47 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 43-19 
 2. Phoenix Suns 31-28 
 3. Golde State W. 27-33 
 4. LA Clippers 22-40 
 5. Sacramento K. 15-44 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 50-11 
 2. Dallas M. 44-16 
 3. N.Orleans H. 35-28 
 4. Memphis G. 34-28 
 5. Houston R. 31-32 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.4 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.2 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.25.9 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.24.7 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.24.6 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 10. Howard, Orlando M.23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.5 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.9 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.1 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.5 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.9 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.5 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.1 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.0 
 10. Horford, Atlanta H.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.2 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.3 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.6 
 5. Calderon, Toron.9.2 
 6. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.9 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.8.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 3. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 4. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 6. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..1.7 
 9. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.8 
 2. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.2 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.2 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 5. Stoudemire, New Y.2.1 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.1 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Bynum, LA Lakers1.8 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.8 


Wednesday's games - by Eurobasket News
Sacramento K. - Portland TB 102-107
Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away for a 107-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who had dropped three of four. Andre Miller had 19 points, Nicolas Batum added 17 and Patty Mills finished with 14. Rookie center DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who have lost six of eight games. Marcus Thornton scored 26 points, Beno Udrih added 13 and Jermaine Taylor and Jason Thompson each had 10. Gerald Wallace dunked off an alley-oop pass from Matthews and Aldridge made a long jumper to help Portland build a 102-95 lead with 51 seconds left. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

LA Clippers - Houston R. 106-103
Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) scored nine of his 24 points during the final 4:46 in his return to the Clippers' lineup, Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Los Angeles snapped a five-game losing streak with a 106-103 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Gordon shot 8 for 18 in 35 minutes after missing 18 games because of a sprained right wrist that had a small fracture in it. He was leading the team with a 24.1 scoring average when he was injured in a victory against Golden State on Jan. 22 at Staples Center. Chris Kaman scored 10 of his 21 points off the bench in the fourth quarter and had nine rebounds. Point guard Mo Williams and forward Jamario Moon played their first home game for the Clippers following last week's trade that sent Baron Davis to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Williams finished with 17 points and 11 assists while teaming up with Gordon in the backcourt. Kyle Lowry led Houston with 24 points and 11 assists, and Courtney Lee added 18 points off the bench. But the Rockets failed to get over the .500 mark for the first time this season. *Courtesy of www.tri-cityherald.com

Detroit P. - Minnesota T. 105-116
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) had 20 points and 20 rebounds, and Minnesota's reserves also provided a big boost in the Timberwolves' 116-105 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Anthony Randolph (6'11''-F-89, college: LSU) scored 19 points, one of three backups in double figures for Minnesota. Lazar Hayward scored a career-high 16 points and Anthony Tolliver added 13. Love's double-double was his 48th in a row, the longest streak since Moses Malone's 51 straight games in 1978-79. Love appeared to hurt his right thigh while scoring on a fast break with 5:54 remaining, but he was able to play on. The Timberwolves have won three of their last five road games after a 2-23 start away from home. Austin Daye scored a career-high 22 points for the Pistons. *Courtesy of www.desertnews.com

New York K. - N.Orleans H. 107-88
Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) scored 24 points and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) added 22 in the New York Knicks' 107-88 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night. Toney Douglas, in place of an injured Chauncey Billups, attributed 24 points to outplay Hornets all-star Chris Paul in the point guard matchup. Shawne Williams finished with 16 points off the bench, 11 in the third quarter when the Knicks broke open the game. Anthony was held below 25 points for the first time in his five games with the Knicks as the all-star forward sat out the fourth quarter in New York's sixth straight win over New Orleans, matching its longest current winning streak against any opponent. Jarrett Jack had 21 points and David West pulled off 16 for the Hornets, who have lost three straight, six of last eight. Paul handed off 10 assists but just four points on 2-of-7 shooting, following nights of 2 for 12 and 3 for 10 in the previous two losses. *Courtesy of www.chinadaily.com.cn

Oklah.City T. - Indiana P. 113-89
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 21 points before leaving with a sprained left ankle and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped their first three-game losing streak of the season by beating the Indiana Pacers 113-89 on Tuesday night. Durant, the NBA's scoring leader with a 28.5-point average, was helped to the locker room by two trainers after he stepped on Tyler Hansbrough's foot and got fouled on a drive to the basket with 2:44 left in the third quarter. He did not return. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) added 21 points and nine assists and James Harden scored 17 of his 20 points during the first half, when Oklahoma City built a 22-point lead. The Thunder led by as many as 35 in the fourth quarter before emptying their bench. Hansbrough led Indiana with 13 points and Dahntay Jones scored 12. *Courtesy of Yahoo

Denver N. - Charlotte B. 120-80
Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) had 16 points to lead seven Denver players scoring in double figures and the Nuggets beat the Charlotte Bobcats 120-80 on Wednesday night for their biggest win of the season. Nene, Chris Andersen, Ty Lawson and J.R. Smith had 14 points apiece for the Nuggets, who won for the fourth time in five games since completing the blockbuster trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. The 40-point margin of victory surpassed Denver's previous high this season, a 34-point win against on Phoenix on Jan. 11. Matt Carroll (6'6''-F-80, college: Notre Dame) led Charlotte with 19 points. D.J. Augustin added 13 points and Shaun Livingston had 12. *Courtesy of www.kansascity.com

Cleveland C. - San Antonio S. 99-109
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was so unhappy with his team's lackluster performance in Tuesday night's loss at Memphis, his postgame press conference lasted a mere 38 seconds. After the Spurs became the first NBA team to reach 50 wins with a 109-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, Popovich was in a much better frame of mind. 'I think in general the whole group played to win the game as opposed to last night where they played just expecting something to happen without a focus,' he said. The victory gave the Spurs (50-11) their 12th consecutive 50-win season. It also equaled their victory total from last season. George Hill (6'2''-G-86, college: IUPUI) tied a season high with 22 points to lead the Spurs, who bounced back from a 109-93 defeat against the Grizzlies and were playing their second game since point guard Tony Parker went out with a calf injury. *Courtesy of www.mb.com.ph

Washington W. - Golde State W. 102-106
Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88, college: Davidson) scored 29 points and the Golden State Warriors held on for a 106-102 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. The Warriors snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 1-2 on their season-high seven-game road trip, but it wasn't easy. The Wizards, playing without coach Flip Saunders, trimmed a 20-point deficit to 103-102 with 6.3 seconds left on Nick Young's deep 3-pointer. Curry then hit three free throws in the final 5.9 seconds to seal the win. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored 21 points and David Lee added nine points and 16 rebounds for the Warriors, who outrebounded Washington 54-40. Nick Young had 31 points and Andray Blatche finished with 20 for Washington, which has dropped seven straight and 16 of 18. *Courtesy of Yahoo

Boston C. - Phoenix Suns 115-103
Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency) scored 28 points with 11 rebounds, Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) had 16 and 13 and Rajon Rondo scored 16 with 15 assists to lead the Boston Celtics to a 115-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. The Celtics led by 29 in the second half before Phoenix scored the last nine points in the third quarter and the first nine of the fourth. But the Suns, who had won four straight, never got closer than eight points. Aaron Brooks scored 17 points, former Boston College star Jared Dudley had 15 and fellow reserve Marcin Gortat had 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Suns played the last 17 minutes without Vince Carter and Channing Frye, who banged heads and left the game. The game was the Boston debut of the new-look Celtics, who acquired Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic at the trading deadline and added Troy Murphy earlier Wednesday. Krstic had 13 points, Green scored six in 17 minutes and Murphy scored one point in 14 minutes. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Atlanta H. - Chicago B. 83-80
Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) matched his career high with 31 points, including a jam with 29 seconds remaining to give Atlanta its first lead, and the Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls 83-80 on Wednesday night. The Bulls scored the first 14 points of the game, took a 19-point lead in the second quarter and kept the lead until the final minute. Horford had 16 rebounds and two steals, including one after his go-ahead basket that set up a jam by Joe Johnson for the final margin. Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) had 15 points, Joakim Noah had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Derrick Rose had 12 points and 12 assists for Chicago. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com




Eddy curry headed to Miami Heat - by Eurobasket News
Miami Heat could be interested in Eddy Curry (6'11''-C/F-82). According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, Miami Heat will consider signing Eddy Curry, who was a member of the Minnesota TimberWolves only shortly.

Minnesota acquired him in a trade from New York Knicks last week. However, he was bought out of his contract and is a free agent now.

Look at the end of some of the playoff team benches. I know its a punch line but Curry will get looked at by teams. Including Heat, Windhorst tweeted.

Curry is a 9 year pro who was drafted out of High School in 2001.

Standing at 7 foot 295 lbs, he is a center that Miami could definitely use, since they are still looking for some strong presence in the paint.

Courtesy of http://gamutnews.com


Mehmet Okur still working to return from back injury - by Eurobasket News
The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79), who has missed the last 14 Jazz games after suffering a strained lower back during the Jazzs win over Minnesota on January 28:

Okur was seen by back specialist, Dr. Graham Hill, in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 1. Following his examination, Dr. Hill cleared Okur to increase and progress his on-court activity. This will continue on an as tolerates progression. No timeline for his return can be provided at this time.

Now in his ninth NBA season, Okur (6-11, 265, Yalova, Turkey), who missed the first 26 games of the 2010-11 campaign while recovering from an unrelated Achilles tendon injury, has appeared in 13 games (no starts) this season, averaging 4.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game. The 2007 NBA All-Star holds career averages of 13.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists and had played in over 92 percent of all possible regular season games, including at least 71 games per year, over his first eight seasons (94 percent since joining the Jazz in 2004-05). Okur has appeared in all 82 games for the Jazz twice, including a streak of 233 straight games played spanning from 2004-2007.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Minnesota to offer $70M extension to Love - by Eurobasket News
The Wolves are expected to offer Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) a $70 million contract extension this offseason following a resolution to the NBA's CBA negotiations, according to a report from Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press.

Love will be eligible for an extension of five seasons if there is no change from the current rules applying to players coming off their rookie contract.

Kevin Durant signed a five-year, $85 million contract extension last summer when he became eligible for the first time.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


Rasual Butler addition looming as Bulls trip continues - by Eurobasket News
According to his agent, swingman Rasual Butler (6'7''-F-79, college: La Salle) will sign with the Bulls once he clears waivers, CSNChicago.com has learned.

Andy Miller, Butler's agent, told CSNChicago.com, 'We intend on signing with Chicago when he clears waivers,' via text message Wednesday morning.

Butler, a 6-foot-7 sharpshooter, confirmed to CSNChicago.com that he was bought out of his contract by the Los Angeles Clippers late Sunday evening.

Butler, who averaged five points per game in 41 contests for the Clippers this season, is expected to clear waivers Wednesday. Butler averaged a career-high 11.9 points per game for the Clippers last season.

When asked about the potential acquisition, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau told CSNChicago.com, I have nothing to say until it gets done, prior to the Bulls morning shootaround at Philips Arena.

Thibodeau added: Hes been a good player in the league for a while.

One individual familiar with Chicagos personnel, former Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, thinks Butler could be a solid addition to the team.

Rasual is one of the top shooters in the league, Hinrich, who was recently traded to the Hawks, who host his former team Wednesday night, told CSNChicago.com. Hes had a solid career and I think he would help a lot, if he comes in there. Hes a very confident shooter, so I think that would help them.

(Read Aggrey's 'Starting Five' for more info on what Hinrich has to say about his former team.)

While Butler would be unlikely to immediately supplant any player in Thibodeaus rotation, his outside-shooting prowess would give them an additional weapon for the seasons stretch run and more importantly, the playoffs.

Although his numbers were down for the youth-oriented Clippers this season, Butler would potentially give the Bulls another capable perimeter shooter to battle defensive-minded teams in the postseason who are focused on clogging the lane against the penetration of All-Star point guard and MVP front-runner Derrick Rose, as well as Chicagos size on the interior.

Courtesy of www.csnchicago.com


Durant limps off floor with sprained left ankle - by Eurobasket News
NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) was helped off the court after spraining his left ankle during the third quarter of the Oklahoma City Thunder's game against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

Durant collided with Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough on a drive to the basket with 2:44 left in the period and stayed in to hit his two free throws before leaving the game. Two trainers helped him walk through a tunnel toward the locker room.

The Thunder said Durant was not expected to return to the game.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Derrick Rose reveals off-season pitch to LeBron - by Eurobasket News
Every team in the league wanted to sign LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) this past summer. Chicago Bulls start Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis), being sane, wanted King James to join his squad and reportedly reached out to make his feelings known.

ESPNChicago reports:

Amid all the hoopla surrounding teams recruiting pitches to the most heralded free agent class in NBA history this summer, the Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose took a low-key approach in his wooing of LeBron James.

Rose sent James a text, the contents of which to this point were unknown. In a Sports Illustrated article out this week, Rose remembers the message reading: Im just hitting you up to kill all the rumors that I dont want to play with you. Id like to play with you. I just want to win.

LeBron, of course, wound up joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat. And I highly doubt that D-Rose ever thought to himself that having LeBron on the Bulls would in any way wind up being a bad thing.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Hawks recall Pape Sy from Utah Flash - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks today recalled Pape Sy (6'6''-G-88) from the teams NBA Development League affiliate Utah Flash according to Hawks Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund. Originally drafted by Atlanta in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, Sy was assigned to the Flash on December 27. He saw action in 23 games (11 starting assignments) with Utah averaging 8.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.3 apg in 22.1 mpg (.424 FG%, .737 FT%).

Courtesy of http://georgiasportstalk.podbean.com


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  NCAA1   


Brandon Davies, BYU forward, reportedly dismissed from team for having sex with girlfriend - by Eurobasket News
BYU announced on Tuesday that starting forward Brandon Davies (6'9''-F) was suspended for the rest of the season for violating the school's honor code. According to Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune, a source revealed that Davies was dismissed after he admitted to having sex with his girlfriend.

Davies is said to be 'extremely remorseful' and 'heartbroken' over the situation and he's accepted the punishment.

More from the Salt Lake Tribune:

Among other things, the honor code forbids students from engaging in premarital sex, and admonishes them to 'live a chaste and virtuous life.'

BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins reportedly said that the Honor Code Office is reviewing the situation and will determine Davies' future with the school.

Davis was averaging 11.1 points and a team-high 6-2 rebounds per game. The Cougars are currently the No. 3 ranked team in the country.

Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com


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


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  POLAND   


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Michal JANKOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Jankowski, Polonia .17.7 
 2. Pacocha, AZS S.17.5 
 3. Witos, GKS Tychy17.1 
 4. Mis, SKK Siedlce16.4 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .16.2 
 7. Lichodzijews., ISS S.16.1 
 8. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 9. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.15.0 
 10. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.7 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS S.9.2 
 3. Mis, SKK Siedlce8.8 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.6 
 5. Mielczarek, AZS S.8.1 
 6. Wilczek, Sokol Lancut8.0 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.8 
 8. Lisewski, MMKS D.7.7 
 9. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.7 
 10. Luszczewski, Start L.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.6 
 2. Wilczek, Tempcold.5.3 
 3. Brek, SKK Siedlce5.3 
 4. Stoklosa, Spojnia5.2 
 5. Sikora, Start Lublin5.0 
 6. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 7. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.7 
 8. Basinski, MMKS D.4.5 
 9. Glapinski, Sokol L.4.3 
 10. Trepka, LKS Lodz4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.9 
 3. Michalak, Polonia .2.7 
 4. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.7 
 5. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.7 
 6. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.6 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.6 
 8. Muszynski, Gornik2.5 
 9. Mielczarek, AZS S.2.4 
 10. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.6 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.7 
 3. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.7 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.5 
 5. Szymanski, Polonia .1.5 
 6. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.4 
 7. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.1 
 8. Czyz, SKK Siedlce0.9 
 9. Bzdyra, GKS Tychy0.9 
 10. Pietras, Polonia 20110.9 


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


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica26.5 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud17.1 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.16.6 
 4. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.2 
 5. Hodge, Zastal15.6 
 6. Burgess, Zastal15.4 
 7. Bennerman, Energa C.15.3 
 8. Miller, PBG Basket15.3 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot14.4 
 10. Jovanovic, Anwil14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.0 
 2. Truscott, Siarka10.2 
 3. Burgess, Zastal9.8 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.4 
 5. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.1 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.0 
 7. Miller, Anwil6.6 
 8. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.5 
 9. Kinloch, AZS K.6.4 
 10. Palmer, Polonia Azbud6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa Czarni
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.6.6 
 2. Milicic, AZS K.6.3 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.1 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.4.9 
 5. Hodge, Zastal4.8 
 6. Hawkins, PBG B.4.4 
 7. Ewing, Asseco P.3.5 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.4 
 9. Nowakowski, Poloni.3.3 
 10. Thompson, Anwil3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Polonia Azbud
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.6 
 2. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 3. Ewing, Asseco P.2.4 
 4. Blassingame, Energa C.2.4 
 5. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 6. Skibniewski, Polph.2.3 
 7. Milicic, AZS K.2.2 
 8. Reese, AZS Koszalin2.1 
 9. Hawkins, PBG B.2.0 
 10. Thomas, PGE Turow1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harris, SKK K.2.0 
 2. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 3. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.3 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 6. Mirkovic, Polpharma1.0 
 7. Davis, Energa C.0.9 
 8. Reese, AZS Koszalin0.9 
 9. Frazier, AZS K.0.8 
 10. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 


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David Huertas leaves Marousi - by Eurobasket News
David Huertas has decided to split ways with Marousi. The family matters are cited as the main reasons for the decision. The 23-year-old guard started the Greek team at the start of the season. He tallied 11.7 points, 4.1 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game in A1 League. Last season David Huertas played in Fos Ouest Provence Basket in France and Quebradillas Pirates in Puerto Rico. David Huertas participated at the 2010 World Championship. The guard averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in Turkey.


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  QATAR   


Players Trying to Play Pro Ball - by Marcus Session
Having a little time off to chill back at home is always good. Ive been able to research some other business ideas and converse with other business professionals that Ive been blessed to have met through traveling around the world. I have made many friends with like business minds, which is one of the perks of playing professional basketball overseas as opposed to the States. Still I meet and am contacted by many young men looking to start or advance their very own professional careers. For me at this point, God has blessed me beyond measure for being able to play the places I have played and I am grateful for even the little. I also realize that somewhere along the way there were certain men who have helped me, whether it be giving me an agents contact info (Rod Nealy and others), or referring me to a GM or Coach. Like I said, I am grateful. But I know many other Good players out there that are looking for the very same breaks and through partnering with some other agents (I am not an agent) and team professionals I know, I have designed a small (for now) platform that players wanting to start or advance their playing careers can partake in.

I, along with a few of the contacts that have helped me, and my partner in Spain and my personal agent are holding a combine on June 17th and 18th, 2011 in Houston, Texas. This should be a time where many other professional basketball seasons are over with. Any players wanting to register please email me or fill out an inquiry at http://sessioninternationalbasketball.webs.com and I will reply as soon as possible. The details of the combine are on the website; fees, and other details. (I am no agent, nor am I looking for any commission for players who connect with my contacts), just wanted to be clear. I just want to use this platform to help some GOOD player out there who needs a break. This Combine costs more than half of what other phony combines during the summer cost and you get the same exposure, if not better.

Other than that, I want to shout out to all of my friends around the world having very successful seasons and say the best is yet to come, lets stay focused. Im Praying for all of your families and safe travel to and fro. Oh and a congratulations to Big Marcus Sloan on his engagement.

God Bless

Sesh



Sadd and Jaysh pursue Rayyan - by Eurobasket News
Sadd earned the seventh win in the QBF season. They held off Ahli 70:54 to stay in the second place in the ladder at 7-2 record. Ahli led by as many as 13 points at the interval. But Sadd went on a 13:1 run late in the third frame to spur in front and rallied to the victory at the end. Daoud Musa (193-G-82) provided 25 points to pace the winners. Clint Deas (203-F-83, college: Appalachian St.) added 13 points and 19 rebounds for Sadd. Mohammed Beka answered with 16 points for Ahli. Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, college: Minnesota) and Hashem Zaidan (211-C-80) netted 14 points each in the loss.
Jaysh prevailed against Gharrafah 84:75 to improve at 7-2 record. Baker Ahmad Mohammed (199-F-86) delivered 24 points and 9 rebounds to propel Jaysh to the victory. Ali Turki (201-F-82) added 18 points in the winning case. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) answered with game-high 27 points for Gharrafah as they slipped at 5-4 record.
Qatar Club defeated winless Wakrah 85:68. Wakrah enjoyed a 58:53 lead with one quarter remaining but Qatar Club went on a crucial 14:2 run to surge ahead for good. Gaston Moliva (201-F-85, college: Richmond) tallied 30 points and 16 boards for the winning side. Mike Cook (193-G/F-84, college: Pittsburgh) added 24 points and 12 rebounds. Jayson Obazuaye (188-G-84, college: Colorado) replied with 26 points for Wakrah.
Rayyan prevailed against Al Arabi on technical decision. Arabi failed to turn up to the game with ten players on the roster and the defending champions were announced the winners.



Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Rayyan 8-1 
 2. As Sadd 7-2 
 3. Al Jaysh 7-2 
 4. Al Ahli 5-4 
 5. Al Gharrafah 5-4 
 6. Qatar 3-6 
 7. Al Arabi 1-8 
 8. Al Wakrah 0-9 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Kyndall DYKES
  U.Mobitel.CN
  (191-F-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.9 
 2. Dawson, Polite.20.6 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.3 
 4. Pesic, Timisoara19.8 
 5. Vujacic, Pitesti19.5 
 6. Scott, Otopeni18.6 
 7. Bubanja, Brasov17.9 
 8. Darby, Rovinari17.8 
 9. Wohlleb, Craiova17.7 
 10. Tomic, CSM B.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Simms, Craiova12.1 
 2. Nicoara, Gaz Metan10.5 
 3. Coleman, Miercurea9.7 
 4. Forte, Mures9.4 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.2 
 6. Bigus, Rovinari8.2 
 7. Mladenovic, Mures8.0 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti8.0 
 9. Bennett, CSM B.7.9 
 10. Eichelberger, Pitesti7.6 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Cooley, Mures8.2 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 3. Hannah, Miercurea6.0 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.5 
 5. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.3 
 6. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 7. Maric, Oradea5.0 
 8. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.0 
 9. Gennie, Pitesti4.9 
 10. Medvedj, Otopeni4.9 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Cooley, Mures2.6 
 2. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 3. Gennie, Pitesti2.5 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan2.5 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.3 
 6. Medvedj, Otopeni2.3 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.3 
 8. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.2 
 9. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.1 
 10. Paliciuc, Brasov2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.9 
 2. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.7 
 3. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 4. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 5. Lazar, Oradea1.5 
 6. Mladenovic, Mures1.5 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Anghel, Polite.1.0 
 9. Bennett, CSM B.1.0 
 10. Vajda, Miercurea1.0 


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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Saransk 21-7 
 2. Severstal 20-7 
 3. Univ.Surgut 20-8 
 4. Spartak-Primorie 18-9 
 5. Ural Ekaterinb. 17-8 
 6. Revda 12-13 
 7. Metallurg-Univ. 12-16 
 8. Rjazan 10-16 
 9. Irkutsk 8-19 
 10. Lokomotiv 5-20 
 11. Zaretchny 4-24 


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  RWANDA   


Basketball Courts Set for New Look - by Eurobasket News
RWANDA's basketball body, Ferwaba is set to upgrade all local basketball courts to meet FIBA (the world basketball governing body)'s new court lining.

According to Ferwaba's technical director Shema Maboko, the two lines that run from the baseline to the free throw line have in the past been spread out but according to the new FIBA initiative, they will be straight and parallel to the court's sidelines.

He added that, 'This will help our athletes to adjust easily when they join teams in Europe. With the new rule, the players will fit in easily.'

Meanwhile, APR, CSK, Espoir and reigning league champions Kigali Basketball Club (KBC) are expected to participate in Burundi's annual Rutsindura memorial tournament.

They will play against Burundi's New Stars and Urunani Stars in the three-day tournament which starts this Friday at parquet indoor stadium in Bujumbura.
Courtesy of: The New Times


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  SERBIA   


Dusan Cvetkovic number one in Serbia for round 24 - by Eurobasket News
Center Dusan Cvetkovic (205-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Mega Vizura, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 21-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while his team Mega Vizura maintains the 4th position in Serbian A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mega Vizura will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 14-10 record. Cvetkovic has many years of experience at Mega Vizura, through which he has constantly improved. Dusan Cvetkovic averages this season 6.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Nenad Sulovic (202-F/C-85) of Napredak. Sulovic had a very good evening with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Napredak to edge the higher-ranked Tamis (#5, 13-11) 67-61. Napredak's 12th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-14 record. Sulovic is a newcomer at Napredak, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Zoran Majkic (207-C-78, agency: Court Side) of Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin (#10). Majkic scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Proleter Naftagas, leading his team to a 80-70 win against the higher-ranked Novi Sad (#7, 11-13). The chances of Proleter Naftagas ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Majkic could help Proleter Naftagas to bring them higher in the standings. Majkic has a very solid season. In 23 games in Serbia he scored 15.4ppg. He also has 6.2rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 54.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89) of Mega Vizura - 16 points and 10 rebounds
5. Djordje Tresac (192-G-87) of Borac - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Bogdan Riznic (202-G/F-90) of Vojvodina - 24 points and 3 rebounds
7. Branko Jereminov (187-G-87) of Tamis - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Vuksan Gagovic (202-F-84) of Proleter Naftagas - 12 points and 10 rebounds
9. Milijan Bocka (186-G-82) of Crnokosa - 23 points and 2 rebounds
10. Milos Dimic (195-G-89) of FMP - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Filip Dedijer moves to Greece - by Zoran Popovic
Serbian power forward Filip Dedijer (206-C/F-88) sings contract with Kavala until the end of season. After 19 roounds Greek team is on 8th place with score of 9 won and 10 lost games. Dedijer started this season in Borac Cacak and on 23 games average scored 12,1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.4 steals per game. During the career Dedijer played for Mladost Cacak, Zeleznicar Cacak, OKK Beograd and Borac Cacak. Dedijer will play with another Serbian player, Branko Jorovic and former Partizan player Milton Palazio.

Cajasol terminate contract with Popovic - by Zoran Popovic
Management of Cajasol Sevilla decides to terminate contract with Serbian guard Bojan Popovic. Popovic came in November 2010 to replace injured Earl Calloway and on 12 games in ACB league average scored 2.9 points, 1.0 rebound, and 1.2 assists and on 10 games in Eurocup 3.5 points, 0.9 rebound and 1.3 assists. During the career Popovic played for FMP Zeleznik, Dynamo Moscow, Unicaja Malaga, Bruesa, Lietuvos Rytas and Efes Pilsen. Bojan Popovic was member of Serbian National team.

Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 21
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.21.0 
 2. Koprivica, Super.20.7 
 3. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 4. Zekovic, Beograd18.5 
 5. Micevic, Sloboda .17.8 
 6. Sinovec, Metalac17.7 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 8. Bunic, Novi Sad17.1 
 9. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac7.5 
 3. Jelovac, Mega V.7.5 
 4. Misanovic, Beograd6.9 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.6.5 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 7. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 8. Zekovic, Beograd6.3 
 9. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.3 
 10. Majkic, Prolet.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac5.9 
 3. Radivojevic, FMP5.3 
 4. Vlahovic, Sloga5.3 
 5. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.7 
 6. Covic, FMP4.7 
 7. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 8. Kocergin, Superfund4.1 
 9. Mitrovic, Beograd4.0 
 10. Kovacevic, Novi Sad3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ognjen KUZETA
  Novi Sad
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 2. Dundjerski, Beograd2.6 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.2 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 6. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 8. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 9. Bocka, Crnokosa1.8 
 10. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.5 
 3. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 7. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 8. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 9. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 
 10. Zekovic, Beograd0.7 


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  SLOVAKIA   


Extraliga Round 39: Leader Nitra loses to Levice - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Nitra (23-9) recorded its ninth loss on the court of fourth ranked Levice on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Levice 84-68. The game was mostly controlled by Levice. Nitra managed to win third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard J.J. Montgomery (196-82, college: Arkansas St.) who recorded 22 points and 6 rebounds. Nitra's coach Lubomir Urban rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Levice maintains fourth place with 17-15 record. Nitra at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. Levice are looking forward to face Vahostav-Zilina (#5) on the road in the next round. Nitra will play against Komarno (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Nova Ves (23-10) against eighth ranked Prievidza (13-19) on Saturday night. Visiting Nova Ves were defeated by Prievidza in a tough game in Prievidza 74-78. It was a good game for American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Gabriel Szalay contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Prievidza's coach Darius Dimavicius allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) answered with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for Nova Ves. Prievidza maintains eighth place with 13-19 record. Nova Ves at the other side keep the second position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Svit was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Handlova (15-17) played at the court of seventh ranked Svit (14-18). Svit managed to secure a 8-point victory 93-85 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Vincent Polakovic who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Nenad Delic with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. Svit maintains seventh place with 14-18 record. Handlova lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Vahostav-Zilina. Svit will meet SKP Banska Bystrica (#9) on the road in the next round. Handlova will play against Inter Bratislava (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Tenth-ranked Inter Bratislava (10-22) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Vahostav-Zilina (15-17). The visitors from Zilina managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for Justin Carter who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. Vahostav-Zilina have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Handlova. Inter Bratislava lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 22 games lost. Vahostav-Zilina's next round opponent will be higher ranked Levice (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Inter Bratislava will play against Handlova (#6).



Inter Bratislava - Vahostav-Zilina 82-85

Tenth-ranked Inter Bratislava (10-22) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Vahostav-Zilina (15-17). The visitors from Zilina managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Inter Bratislava was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 20-16 charge of Vahostav-Zilina, which allowed them to win the game. 31 personal fouls committed by Inter Bratislava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Adam McCoy (193-86, college: N.Texas) accounted for 20 points for the winning side. Naturalized Ukrainian power forward Andrej Lukjanec (203-69) came up with 25 points and the former international center Peter Micuda (206-72) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Inter Bratislava in the defeat. Four Inter Bratislava players scored in double figures. Vahostav-Zilina have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Handlova. Inter Bratislava lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 22 games lost. Vahostav-Zilina's next round opponent will be higher ranked Levice (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Inter Bratislava will play against Handlova (#6).
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: A.Lukjanec 25+3reb+1ast, P.Micuda 15+7reb+2ast, M.Zilik 13+6reb+1ast, S.Gavran 12+6reb+1ast, J.Musil 7+2reb+1ast, O.Tot 4+2reb+1ast
Vahostav-Zilina: J.Carter 24+14reb+3ast, A.McCoy 20+4reb+3ast, L.Hoferica 16+4reb+1ast, M.Futo 8+7reb+1ast, M.Podhorsky 7+6reb, J.Zavodny 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 95631


Svit - Handlova 93-85

The game in Svit was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Handlova (15-17) played at the court of seventh ranked Svit (14-18). Svit managed to secure a 8-point victory 93-85 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 31-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Svit made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for forward Vincent Polakovic (203-84, college: USF) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 9 rebounds. Croatian guard Petar Cosic (186-85, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 25 points and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and international center Gabriel Szalay (215-86) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Handlova players scored in double figures. Svit maintains seventh place with 14-18 record. Handlova lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Vahostav-Zilina. Svit will meet SKP Banska Bystrica (#9) on the road in the next round. Handlova will play against Inter Bratislava (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Handlova: N.Delic 24+14reb+2ast, N.Milosevic 19+5reb+7ast, J.Gavlak 15+4reb, I.Barisic 10+4reb+3ast, M.Madaj 8+4reb, O.Haviar 7+1reb+2ast
Svit: V.Polakovic 32+9reb+2ast, P.Cosic 25+4reb+8ast, M.Bilik 15+6reb+3ast, C.Smith 7+4reb, M.Micka 4+1reb+1ast, D.Lenart 4+3reb
gschID: 95632


Prievidza - Nova Ves 78-74

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Nova Ves (23-10) against eighth ranked Prievidza (13-19) on Saturday night. Visiting Nova Ves were defeated by Prievidza in a tough game in Prievidza 74-78. Nova Ves were ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 26-17 charge of Prievidza, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Nova Ves turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. International center Gabriel Szalay (215-86) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Prievidza's coach Darius Dimavicius allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) answered with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and the other American import power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois) added 15 points in the effort for Nova Ves. Four Nova Ves players scored in double figures. Prievidza maintains eighth place with 13-19 record. Nova Ves at the other side keep the second position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Nova Ves: L.Johnson 15+4reb+1ast, P.Mroz 13+6reb, A.Mielczarek 11+5reb+1ast, S.Baldovsky 10+4reb+2ast, C.Jefferson 9+5reb+10ast, M.Bartos 8
Prievidza: J.Fears 20+2reb+7ast, G.Szalay 13+6reb+1ast, L.Storcel 11+1reb+3ast, Lesko 9+2reb, R.Uhlir 9+1reb, V.Ridzon 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 95629


Levice - Nitra 84-68

Top ranked Nitra (23-9) recorded its ninth loss on the court of fourth ranked Levice on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Levice 84-68. The game was mostly controlled by Levice. Nitra managed to win third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Four Levice players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard J.J. Montgomery (196-82, college: Arkansas St.) who recorded 22 points and 6 rebounds and added 18 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Nitra's coach Lubomir Urban rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Levice maintains fourth place with 17-15 record. Nitra at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. Levice are looking forward to face Vahostav-Zilina (#5) on the road in the next round. Nitra will play against Komarno (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nitra: J.Montgomery 22+6reb+3ast, Votroubek 18+13reb, R.Moore 17+2reb+3ast, M.Ziak 4+1reb+1ast, P.Terlanda 3+3reb+2ast, D.Erwin 2+2reb
Levice: M.English 21+6reb+4ast, E.Henderson 17+11reb+2ast, D.Toroman 15+4reb+3ast, M.Bernard 13+6reb, R.Klein 7+5reb, T.Kostomaj 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 95630




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. Booker, Prievidza23.1 
 4. Burrows, Komarno22.1 
 5. Delic, Handlova20.4 
 6. Carter, Vahostav.20.2 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok20.2 
 8. Tomek, Nitra19.4 
 9. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 10. Lukjanec, Inter B.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Tomek, Nitra12.4 
 2. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 3. Szalay, Prievidza10.9 
 4. Delic, Handlova9.1 
 5. Erwin, Nitra8.7 
 6. Carter, Vahostav.8.4 
 7. Johnson, Nova Ves8.2 
 8. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 9. Velcic, B.Bystrica7.6 
 10. Burrows, Komarno7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Moore, Nitra6.7 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.6 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.8 
 4. Fears, Prievidza5.6 
 5. Booker, Prievidza5.5 
 6. Sapp, Pezinok4.4 
 7. Kostomaj, Levice4.4 
 8. Gavlak, Handlova4.3 
 9. Wheeler, Inter B.4.1 
 10. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Fears, Prievidza3.1 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.2.7 
 3. Nuber, Handlova2.5 
 4. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.3 
 5. Moore, Nitra2.1 
 6. Sapp, Pezinok2.0 
 7. Jones, Komarno1.9 
 8. Zavodny, Vahost.1.8 
 9. Velcic, B.Bystrica1.8 
 10. Erwin, Nitra1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gabriel SZALAY
  Prievidza
  (215-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Szalay, Prievidza2.6 
 2. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 3. Votroubek, Svit1.5 
 4. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 5. Mroz, Nova Ves1.4 
 6. Batka, Nova Ves1.2 
 7. Burrows, Komarno0.9 
 8. McCoy, Svit0.8 
 9. Lukjanec, Pezinok0.8 
 10. Tomek, Nitra0.8 


Brandis Raley-Ross and Christopher Smith are added to Svit - by Eurobasket News
Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87) and Christopher Smith (198-F-82, college: St.Edward's) are added to Svit as two American Players will be great addition to the updated roster.
Brandis Raley-Ross started his career in 2003-2004 for HS Gastonia, N.C. (Gaston Day School) and in 2006-2007 moved to S.Carolina (NCAA). In his first year there he averaged 5.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 33.5%, 3Pts: 31.3%, FT: 75.6%. Last season the player showed 10.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.1%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 71.7%. He became HS Gaston County Player of the Year -05, 06, HS all-state team -05, 06, HS All-Conference Team -04, 05, 06 and SEC East Division Regular Season Co-Champion -09.
Christopher Smith is an American Forward coming from UMFN Njardvik (Iceland-Express League, starting five). He averaged 20.9 points per game for his team this season and erupted with 30 points once when Njardvik (4-10) gave a tough game to first ranked Snaefell (12-2) in Stykkisholmur on Friday. Snaefell managed to secure only one-point victory 92-91. However their fans expected much easier game. Njardvik was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 30-28 charge of Snaefell, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward Christopher Smith responded with 30 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Friarik Stefansson scored 14 points and 7 rebounds.




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Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Uros IVANOVIC
  Radovljica
  (204-F/C-74)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Ivanovic, Radovljica20.6 
 2. Lobe, Grosuplje17.9 
 3. Petrovic, Nova G.17.7 
 4. Gavric, Primorac.17.5 
 5. Husic, Kraski Zidar17.5 
 6. Pusic, Litija17.3 
 7. Moro, Splosna .17.0 
 8. Primc, Radovljica16.9 
 9. Blazevic, Litija16.7 
 10. Kosec, Sencur CP15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Jakhel, KD Postojna9.8 
 2. Husic, Kraski Zidar9.6 
 3. Ivanovic, Radovljica8.5 
 4. Barovic, Primor.8.3 
 5. Spesic, Rogaska8.3 
 6. Klepo, Radovljica7.6 
 7. Hocevar, Triglav .7.5 
 8. Sivka, Konjice7.1 
 9. Buda, Kraski Zidar7.1 
 10. Lobe, Grosuplje6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Tomic, Rogaska6.2 
 2. Perko, Splosna .5.8 
 3. Tratnik, Primor.5.6 
 4. Ucman, Radovljica4.3 
 5. Glavas, KD Postojna4.2 
 6. Milasinovic, Sencur C.3.9 
 7. Jereb, Konjice3.8 
 8. Zalar, Kraski Zidar3.8 
 9. Blazevic, Litija3.7 
 10. Milovic, Splosna .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tomic, Rogaska2.5 
 2. Lobe, Grosuplje2.5 
 3. Jereb, Konjice2.1 
 4. Milovic, Splosna .2.0 
 5. Bratina, Primor.1.9 
 6. Gavric, Primorac.1.8 
 7. Glavas, KD Postojna1.7 
 8. Jotic, Rogaska1.7 
 9. Erculj, Grosuplje1.7 
 10. Podobnik, Medvode1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jakhel, KD Postojna2.1 
 2. Hren, Litija1.1 
 3. Husic, Kraski Zidar1.1 
 4. Trampus, Grosuplje1.1 
 5. Lobe, Grosuplje1.0 
 6. Barovic, Primor.1.0 
 7. Kosec, Sencur CP0.9 
 8. Ilic, KD Postojna0.8 
 9. Vajdic, Hrastnik0.7 
 10. Klepo, Radovljica0.7 


Triglav's coach Damjanovic steps down, replaces by Podlipnik - by Zeljko Zule
Dalibor Damjanovic has stepped down as head coach of B-1 League team Triglav, replaced by former national team assistant coach Franci Podlipnik. Damjanovic joined Triglav over the last summer and had a poor 3-16 record. Podlipnik marked hist first match as coach of Triglav with a 68-57 away win over Tinex Medvode in the postponed game of Round 20. Podlipnik already worked in Trigav from 1997 to 2008. After Triglav, he worked with Parklji.



Standings - D2
D2 Standings
East
 1. Radenska 16-1 
 2. Bistrica 14-3 
 3. Dravograd 13-4 
 4. Terme Olimia 13-4 
 5. Jezica 9-8 
 6. Mavrica 8-9 
 7. Posavlje Krsko 8-9 
 8. Lastovka 6-11 
 9. Vrani 6-11 
 10. Fenomeni 5-12 
 11. Nazarje 4-13 
 12. Union Olim. II 0-17 
West
 1. Ajdovscina 14-3 
 2. Jance 14-3 
 3. Strazisce 11-6 
 4. Kos Koper 10-7 
 5. Plama Pur 10-7 
 6. Tolmin 10-7 
 7. Jesenice 8-9 
 8. Krka II 7-10 
 9. Crnomelj 6-11 
 10. Pingvini S. 6-11 
 11. Ilirija 4-13 
 12. Globus 2-15 


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  SOMALIA   


Somalia Teams Enter Inter Cities Bonanza - by Eurobasket News
SOMALIA and Somaliland are the latest countries to confirm participation in the Zone Five East and Central Africa Inter Cities Championships planned for April in Nairobi, officials disclosed.

Inter Cities executive officer Agina Wesonga confirmed Mogadishu and Hargeisha City, the capital of Somaliland, will send their men's teams to the regional tournament that throws off April 19-23 at Nyayo Stadium. 'Yes we have already got their invitations and they are so much excited. We have already communicated and given them the go ahead to join the show. They are even ready to pay now. Their inclusion in this expanding championships will be a boost to the region,' said Agina. Mogadishu men's team took part in the Arusha event held in 2009 and will be making their second appearance.

Led by their chairman Hassan Abdalla, Hargeisha will be making their debut and have promised to be regulars there after. Agina said that the foreign teams will arrive on April 18. There will be a two-day clinic for all the referees who will be assigned to officiate in the championships. The whistlers are expected from all the participating countries. Nairobi will have four teams. Two from the Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) League while the other two will come from the Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) league. The KUSA league at Kenyatta University this weekend will be used to name the provisional squad that will represent varsities and colleges. Other cities are last year's hosts Mombasa, Kampala, Jinja, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanga, Arusha and Mwanza.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star


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  SOUTH KOREA   


KBL Round 47: Dongbu Promy loses to LG Sakers - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Dongbu Promy (30-18) and sixth ranked LG Sakers (22-27) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Dongbu Promy was defeated by LG Sakers in a tough game in Changwon 59-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dongbu Promy. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Guard Hyun-Soo Byun (185-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 assists. Naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for Dongbu Promy. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. LG Sakers maintains sixth place with 22-27 record. Dongbu Promy at the other side keeps the third position with 18 games lost. LG Sakers are looking forward to face Mobis Phoebus (#8) in Ulsan in the next round. Dongbu Promy will play at home against KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for Mobis Phoebus (17-31) which played in Seoul against 5th ranked Samsung Thunders (26-22). Eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus had an easy win 77-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Samsung Thunders. It was a great evening for the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (182-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 assists. Kyoung-Suk No helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Mobis Phoebus' coach JaeHak Yoo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Defending champion maintains eighth place with 17-31 record. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the fifth position with 22 games lost. Mobis Phoebus will play against higher ranked LG Sakers (#6) in Changwon in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Samsung Thunders will play at home against the league's leader Sonic Boom KT and will have a slim chance for a victory.
KBL top team - Sonic Boom KT (35-14) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Daegu Orions (12-37) in Busan 83-71. It was a quality performance for Sung-Min Cho who led the winners and scored 23 points and 4 assists. Amal McCaskill came up with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for Daegu Orions in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sonic Boom KT have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 35-14 record. Daegu Orions lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 37 lost games. Sonic Boom KT will meet Samsung Thunders (#5) in the next round. Daegu Orions will play against SK Knights (#7) in Seoul and hope to secure a win.
KBL top team - Sonic Boom KT (35-14) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked LG Sakers (22-27) in Busan 86-82. The best player for the winners was Charles Rhodes who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. LG Sakers' coach Eul-Jun Kang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Sonic Boom KT. They maintain first place with 35-14 record. LG Sakers at the other side keep the sixth position with 27 games lost. Sonic Boom KT's next round opponent will be Samsung Thunders (#5) in Seoul. LG Sakers will play on the road against Mobis Phoebus in Ulsan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between second ranked ET Land Elephants (34-14) and 7th ranked SK Knights (21-27) in Inchon on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. ET Land Elephants beat guests from Seoul 80-62. Herbert Hill orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. ET Land Elephants maintains second place with 34-14 record behind leader Sonic Boom KT. SK Knights lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 27 games lost. ET Land Elephants will face Anyang KGC (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SK Knights will play against Daegu Orions.

In the last game of round 47 Anyang KGC were beaten by KCC Egis on the road 83-76.


KCC Egis - Anyang KGC 83-76

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked KCC Egis (30-19) beat 9th ranked Anyang KGC (15-33) in Jeonju 83-76 on Tuesday. Anyang KGC trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 31-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-83 at the end of the game. American center Chris Daniels (211-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Jae-Hyun Lim (183-77) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. International guard Chan-Hee Park (191-87) answered with 23 points and Nigerian-American swingman Jeff Varem (198-83, college: Washington St.) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Anyang KGC. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for KCC Egis. They maintain fourth place with 30-19 record. Anyang KGC lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 33 games lost. KCC Egis will face higher ranked Dongbu Promy (#3) in Wonju in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Anyang KGC will play at home against the league's second-placed ET Land Elephants (#2) in Inchon.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: B.Kang 18+2reb, J.Lim 14+3reb+5ast, C.Daniels 13+9reb+3ast, T.Chon 11+1reb+2ast, S.Ha 8+5reb+1ast, E.Dawson 8+7reb+1ast
Anyang KGC: C.Park 23+3reb+2ast, B.Kim 18+1reb, J.Varem 14+10reb+2ast, S.Park 9+1ast, S.Park 5+3reb+5ast, H.Yang 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 114274


Sonic Boom KT - Daegu Orions 83-71

KBL top team - Sonic Boom KT (35-14) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Daegu Orions (12-37) in Busan 83-71. The game was mostly controlled by Sonic Boom KT. Daegu Orions managed to win third quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a quality performance for the former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 4 assists. Guard Dong-Hyun Cho (188-76) accounted for 20 points for the winning side. Four Sonic Boom KT players scored in double figures. American power forward Amal McCaskill (211-73, college: Marquette) came up with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international forward Dong Jun Lee (200-80) added 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for Daegu Orions in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sonic Boom KT have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 35-14 record. Daegu Orions lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 37 lost games. Sonic Boom KT will meet Samsung Thunders (#5) in the next round. Daegu Orions will play against SK Knights (#7) in Seoul and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: S.Cho 23+2reb+4ast, D.Cho 20+3reb+1ast, Y.Song 12+4reb+2ast, S.Park 10+1ast, C.Rhodes 8+14reb, S.Park 5+3reb
Daegu Orions: D.Jun Lee 16+3reb, A.McCaskill 13+9reb+8ast, I.Heo 11+1reb, J.Chun 9+1reb+1ast, Y.Oh 8+2reb+4ast, T.Kim 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 114275


Elephants - SK Knights 80-62

The game between second ranked ET Land Elephants (34-14) and 7th ranked SK Knights (21-27) in Inchon on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. ET Land Elephants beat guests from Seoul 80-62. The game without a history. ET Land Elephants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. ET Land Elephants outrebounded SK Knights 41-28 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. SK Knights were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks. His fellow American import forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds and the former international center Min-Soo Kim (200-82) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for SK Knights. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. ET Land Elephants maintains second place with 34-14 record behind leader Sonic Boom KT. SK Knights lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 27 games lost. ET Land Elephants will face Anyang KGC (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SK Knights will play against Daegu Orions.
Top scorers:
Elephants: J.Seo 22+7reb, J.Stevenson 22+6reb+4ast, H.Hill 16+11reb+6ast, K.Shin 6+3reb+1ast, O.George 4+8reb, B.Chung 4+1reb
SK Knights: T.Leather 31+12reb, H.Kim 9+1reb+2ast, M.Kim 6+7reb, E.Kim 5+1ast, S.Shin 5, S.Hwang 3+1ast
gschID: 114276


Samsung Th. - Mobis Phoebus 63-77

Another interesting game for Mobis Phoebus (17-31) which played in Seoul against 5th ranked Samsung Thunders (26-22). Eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus had an easy win 77-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Samsung Thunders. It was a great shooting night for Mobis Phoebus especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. It was a great evening for the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (182-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 assists. Swingman Kyoung-Suk No (189-83) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Mobis Phoebus' coach JaeHak Yoo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) scored 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Defending champion maintains eighth place with 17-31 record. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the fifth position with 22 games lost. Mobis Phoebus will play against higher ranked LG Sakers (#6) in Changwon in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Samsung Thunders will play at home against the league's leader Sonic Boom KT and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: D.Yang 22+2reb+5ast, K.No 16+5reb+1ast, C.Song 11+1reb+1ast, J.Park 7+2reb, K.Gransberry 6+10reb+1ast, L.Ekperigin 5+4reb+1ast
Samsung Th.: A.Haynes 12+9reb+3ast, J.Lee 12+3reb+1ast, N.Dixon 10+3reb, D.Kim 9+3reb+3ast, E.Sandrin 9+10reb+4ast, K.Lee 7+1ast
gschID: 114277


Sonic Boom KT - LG Sakers 86-82

KBL top team - Sonic Boom KT (35-14) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked LG Sakers (22-27) in Busan 86-82. LG Sakers were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Dong-Hyun Cho (188-76) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. Four Sonic Boom KT players scored in double figures. Naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds and American forward T.J. Cummings (204-81, college: UCLA) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. LG Sakers' coach Eul-Jun Kang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Sonic Boom KT. They maintain first place with 35-14 record. LG Sakers at the other side keep the sixth position with 27 games lost. Sonic Boom KT's next round opponent will be Samsung Thunders (#5) in Seoul. LG Sakers will play on the road against Mobis Phoebus in Ulsan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 30+10reb+4ast, S.Park 17+5reb+2ast, D.Cho 15+3reb+7ast, Y.Song 12+5reb+1ast, S.Park 5+1reb, Y.Kwon Yoon 5+3reb
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 25+16reb+3ast, T.Cummings 16+7reb+1ast, D.Kang 14+5ast, S.Cho 8+1ast, J.Han 7+2reb, H.Lee 4+2reb
gschID: 114278


LG Sakers - Dongbu Promy 68-59

The game between third ranked Dongbu Promy (30-18) and sixth ranked LG Sakers (22-27) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Dongbu Promy was defeated by LG Sakers in a tough game in Changwon 59-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dongbu Promy. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Guard Hyun-Soo Byun (185-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 assists. Naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five LG Sakers players scored in double figures. American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and guard Jin-Won Hwang (189-78) added 13 points in the effort for Dongbu Promy. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. LG Sakers maintains sixth place with 22-27 record. Dongbu Promy at the other side keeps the third position with 18 games lost. LG Sakers are looking forward to face Mobis Phoebus (#8) in Ulsan in the next round. Dongbu Promy will play at home against KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: H.Byun 16+4reb+5ast, S.Ki 13+5reb, G.Stevenson 13+7reb+3ast, J.Han 12+4reb, T.Cummings 11+4reb+1ast, H.Lee 3+2reb+1ast
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 16+12reb+1ast, J.Hwang 13+2reb+2ast, V.Thomas 6+4reb+1ast, J.Park 6+1reb+5ast, H.Yoon 6+3reb+1ast, B.Kim 4+5reb
gschID: 114273




Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Sonic Boom KT 35-14 
 2. Elephants 34-14 
 3. Dongbu Promy 30-18 
 4. KCC Egis 30-19 
 5. Samsung Th. 26-22 
 6. LG Sakers 22-27 
 7. SK Knights 21-27 
 8. Mobis Phoebus 17-31 
 9. Anyang KGC 15-33 
 10. Daegu Orions 12-37 


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  SPAIN   


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  La Laguna
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Guillen, La Laguna19.3 
 2. Palacios, La Palma17.7 
 3. Mohammed, Lleida16.6 
 4. Detrick, Melilla16.3 
 5. Seawright, Leon15.9 
 6. Feldeine, Breogan14.9 
 7. Franklin, CB Tarra.14.9 
 8. Navarro, Girona14.9 
 9. Faverani, CB Mu.14.6 
 10. Humphrey, Caceres14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kiril WACHSMANN
  Alcazar
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Wachsmann, Alcazar9.4 
 2. Curtis, Lleida9.1 
 3. Sinanovic, Clinic.8.0 
 4. Seawright, Leon7.7 
 5. Humphrey, Caceres7.5 
 6. Lima, Clinicas Rincon7.5 
 7. Frost, Palencia7.3 
 8. Kale, Ourense7.3 
 9. Arteaga, Breogan7.3 
 10. Guillen, La Laguna7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.7 
 2. Sabat, La Laguna4.2 
 3. Rodriguez, Obrad.3.9 
 4. Bernabe, Leon3.7 
 5. Jimenez, Melilla3.6 
 6. Cherry, Caceres3.3 
 7. Quezada, Leon3.2 
 8. Garrido, Palencia3.2 
 9. Rivero, CB Murcia3.2 
 10. Frutos, Alcazar3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obradoiro
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.5 
 2. Bernabe, Leon1.8 
 3. Xavier, Caceres1.5 
 4. Castro, Burgos1.5 
 5. Palacios, La Palma1.5 
 6. Rost, Girona1.4 
 7. Franklin, CB Tarra.1.4 
 8. Quezada, Leon1.4 
 9. Seawright, Leon1.4 
 10. Toledo, Burgos1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff FOOTE
  Melilla
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Foote, Melilla2.2 
 2. Humphrey, Caceres1.8 
 3. Fontet, Leon1.5 
 4. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.3 
 5. Joseph, Navarra1.3 
 6. Faverani, CB Mu.1.2 
 7. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.2 
 8. Arteaga, Breogan1.0 
 9. McCoy, Caceres0.9 
 10. Antelo, Caceres0.8 


Spanish LEB Silver round 23 best performance: Jonathan Barcelo - by Eurobasket News
Swingman Jonathan Barcelo (192-F/G-79) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Plasencia Extremadura, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Silver Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, four rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Avila (#10, 8-13) with 16-point margin in overtime 106-90. Plasencia is placed at 4th position in Spanish LEB Silver. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Plasencia will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. In the team's last game Barcelo had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's his second year at Plasencia and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Jonathan Barcelo has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 16.4ppg) and averages impressive 2.1spg and 60.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Israeli Alexey Chubrevich (212-C-86, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) of Illescas. Chubrevich had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Illescas lost that game 67-77 to the higher-ranked ADT Tarragona (#7, 11-10). This loss caused Illescas to drop to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Chubrevich is a newcomer at Illescas and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Joan Carles Bivia (185-PG-85) of league's second-best Mallorca. Bivia scored 25 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Mallorca, leading his team to a 95-85 win against the lower-ranked Lan Mobel ISB (#15, 6-16). Mallorca is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 17-4 record is not that bad... Bivia has a great season in Spain. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.8ppg (5th best) and assists with 4.0apg (6th best). He also has FGP: 54.7% and 3PT: 41.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Deforrest Smith (198-G/F-84) of Guadalajara - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Roberto Rueda (182-PG-86) of Plasencia - 14 points and 7 assists
6. David Mesa (200-C-80) of Clavijo - 15 points and 13 rebounds
7. Charles Ramsdell (208-F/C-85) of Avila - 24 points and 4 rebounds
8. Shaun Green (203-F-87) of Mallorca - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Pablo Sanchez (197-G/F-81) of Andorra - 13 points and 12 rebounds
10. Eduardo Jimenez (188-G-84) of Regal FC II - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Kahiem Seawright claims Spanish LEB Gold weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Kahiem Seawright (203-C/F-86, agency: Impact Basketball) had an amazing evening in the last round for Leon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 24-year old had a double-double of 16 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team beat La Palma (#11, 11-15) 77-65. Leon maintains the 5th 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 16-10 record. Seawright turned to be Leon's top player in his first season with the team. Rhode Island University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Seawright is in league's top in points (5th best: 15.9ppg) and averages solid 60.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old Trinidad and Tobago power forward Duane Virgil (205-F/C-74) of Fundacion Adepal Alcazar. Virgil impressed basketball fans with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Alcazar lost that game 67-72 to the higher-ranked Navarra (#8, 13-13). Alcazar is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-18 record. Virgil is well-known by Alcazar fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Leon's star - Julio Alberto Gonzalez (196-G/F-81). Gonzalez scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Leon, helping his team with a 77-65 win against the lower-ranked La Palma (#11, 11-15). Leon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 10 lost games. Gonzalez has a very solid season. In 25 games in Spain he scored 8.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stevie Johnson (198-F/C-78) of Huesca - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ricardo Guillen (205-F/C-76) of La Laguna - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83) of Alcazar - 13 points and 14 rebounds
7. Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-F-88) of Huesca - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79) of Caceres - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Alejandro Alba (193-F/G-77) of CB Tarragona - 16 points and 10 rebounds
10. Adrian Moss (204-C/F-81) of Palencia - 11 points and 13 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Jonathan BARCELO
  Plasencia
  (192-F/G-79)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Barcelo, Plasencia17.1 
 2. Witt, Clavijo16.4 
 3. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.15.6 
 4. Bivia, Mallorca15.2 
 5. Ramsdell, Avila15.0 
 6. Bratton, Lan M.14.7 
 7. O''Leary, Oviedo F.14.7 
 8. Mortellaro, Lan M.14.6 
 9. Justo, Avila14.2 
 10. Garcia, Illescas13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara10.8 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.3 
 3. Chubrevich, Illescas8.7 
 4. Adams, Coruna8.3 
 5. De Santana, Clavijo8.0 
 6. Mesa, Clavijo7.9 
 7. Mortellaro, Lan M.7.7 
 8. Larry, Regal F.7.6 
 9. Ramsdell, Avila7.2 
 10. Howard, Andorra7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Witt, Clavijo5.6 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi5.0 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.7 
 4. Lopez, Coruna4.7 
 5. Marco, ADT T.4.2 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca4.0 
 7. Rufian, Promobys3.6 
 8. Suarez, Oviedo Feve3.3 
 9. Pampin, Mallorca3.2 
 10. Bavosi, Promobys3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kim ADAMS
  Coruna
  (203-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Adams, Coruna2.1 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia2.1 
 3. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 4. Martinez, Plasencia1.8 
 5. Guirao, ADT T.1.8 
 6. Pampin, Mallorca1.7 
 7. Rueda, Plasencia1.7 
 8. Ramsey, Promobys1.7 
 9. Witt, Clavijo1.6 
 10. Bratton, Lan M.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Biyombo, Illescas1.9 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.1.8 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.4 
 4. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 5. Conde, Avila1.2 
 6. Cage, ADT Tarragona1.1 
 7. De Santana, Clavijo1.0 
 8. Chubrevich, Illescas0.9 
 9. Adams, Coruna0.9 
 10. Hampl, Santurtzi0.8 


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Basketligan Round 32: Solna Vikings win overtime game against LF Basket - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds. Coincidentally all hosts won their games, including even overtime victory of Solna at home.

Solna Vikings (15-16) outlasted LF Basket (22-10) in overtime by four points 112-108 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of LF Basket. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 28-23 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Solna Vikings made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 LF Basket turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by LF Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Olivier Ilunga (185-84) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 5 assists and 5 steals and Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) who added 20 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Solna Vikings' coach Torbjorn Gehrke used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) responded with 32 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Solna Vikings maintains sixth position with 15-16 record. LF Basket at the other side keeps the second place with ten games lost. Solna Vikings are looking forward to face higher ranked Uppsala Basket (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LF Basket will play against Uppsala Basket and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Sundsvall. First ranked host Sundsvall Dragons (26-6) defeated 3rd ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (20-9) 105-98. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Norrkoping Dolphins. The winners were led by Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) who had that evening a triple-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and Alex Wesby supported him with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Even 20 points and 8 rebounds by international power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) did not help to save the game for Norrkoping Dolphins. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sundsvall Dragons maintains first position with 26-6 record. Defending champion Norrkoping Dolphins keep the third place with nine games lost. Sundsvall Dragons will play against 08 Stockholm (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Norrkoping Dolphins will play against KFUM Jamtland (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they edged fourth-ranked Sodertalje Kings 86-84. The best player for the winners was Andrew Pleick who scored 20 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Johnell Smith produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Eco Orebro maintains tenth position with 6-25 record. Sodertalje Kings lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 13 games lost. Eco Orebro will meet higher ranked Boras Basket (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sodertalje Kings will play against Solna Vikings (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventh ranked KFUM Jamtland (13-19) crushed at home 9th ranked 08 Stockholm (8-23) by 29 points 98-69, which is the biggest margin this round. Drazen Klaric orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KFUM Jamtland have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 13-19 record. 08 Stockholm lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 23 games lost. KFUM Jamtland's next round opponent will be higher ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (#3) in Norrkoping and it may be quite challenging game. 08 Stockholm will play at home against the league's leader Sundsvall Dragons (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

In the last game of round 32 Boras was destroyed by Uppsala on the opponent's court 104-79.



Eco Orebro - Sodertalje 86-84

Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they edged fourth-ranked Sodertalje Kings 86-84. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sodertalje Kings won third quarter 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Eco Orebro shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Andrew Pleick (196-80, college: Lafayette) who scored 20 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. International guard Sean Smith (198-87, college: NC-Asheville) chipped in 23 points. American guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (201-85, college: Wichita St.) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Sodertalje Kings players scored in double figures. Eco Orebro maintains tenth position with 6-25 record. Sodertalje Kings lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 13 games lost. Eco Orebro will meet higher ranked Boras Basket (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sodertalje Kings will play against Solna Vikings (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Eco Orebro: S.Smith 23+1reb+1ast, A.Pleick 20+1reb+7ast, S.Ibrahim 9+1reb+1ast, P.Hampton 9+2reb+2ast, L.Mosley 9+2reb+1ast, E.Saleman 8+2reb+2ast
Sodertalje: D.Pita 24+1reb+1ast, J.Smith 23+11reb+4ast, M.Griskenas 20+6reb, A.Wikner-Nordberg 10+5reb, A.Chuk 4+3reb+9ast, M.Joseph 2
gschID: 94267


Jamtland - 08 98-69

Seventh ranked KFUM Jamtland (13-19) crushed at home 9th ranked 08 Stockholm (8-23) by 29 points 98-69, which is the biggest margin this round. It looked good early as 08 Stockholm took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then KFUM Jamtland had a 24-16 second period charge getting the lead and 08 Stockholm was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-98. KFUM Jamtland dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to 08 Stockholm's 32. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. KFUM Jamtland players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by 08 Stockholm's players. Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five KFUM Jamtland players scored in double figures. American forward Demetrius Brown (201-83, college: San Jose St.) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Joakim Blom (211-76, agency: Court Side) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for 08 Stockholm. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KFUM Jamtland have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 13-19 record. 08 Stockholm lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 23 games lost. KFUM Jamtland's next round opponent will be higher ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (#3) in Norrkoping and it may be quite challenging game. 08 Stockholm will play at home against the league's leader Sundsvall Dragons (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Jamtland: D.Klaric 20+5reb+4ast, D.Hargrove 20+3reb+5ast, B.Salaam 14+7reb+2ast, S.Mjos 11+1reb+7ast, L.Marolt 10+3reb+1ast, J.Roenstrom 7+2reb
08: D.Brown 23+6reb+1ast, J.Blom 19+7reb+3ast, O.Zaghdene 8+3reb, K.Nagwere 7+4reb+3ast, J.Westerlund 6+6reb+4ast, R.Hartmann 4+5reb
gschID: 94268


Sundsvall - Norrkoping 105-98

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sundsvall. First ranked host Sundsvall Dragons (26-6) defeated 3rd ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (20-9) 105-98. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Norrkoping Dolphins. The hosts were already 16 points ahead at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 33-22 last quarter charge of Norrkoping Dolphins cut the lead to 105-98 at the end of the game. Sundsvall Dragons players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. The winners were led by Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) who had that evening a triple-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) supported him with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Even 20 points and 8 rebounds by international power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) did not help to save the game for Norrkoping Dolphins. American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) added 18 points and 5 assists for the guests. Five Sundsvall Dragons and four Norrkoping Dolphins players scored in double figures. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sundsvall Dragons maintains first position with 26-6 record. Defending champion Norrkoping Dolphins keep the third place with nine games lost. Sundsvall Dragons will play against 08 Stockholm (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Norrkoping Dolphins will play against KFUM Jamtland (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sundsvall: J.Sigurdarson 28+3reb+2ast, A.Wesby 22+9reb+3ast, L.Rush 22+3reb+2ast, H.Baeringsson 14+10reb+11ast, J.Jeansson 10+5reb+5ast, N.Mottram 6+3reb+1ast
Norrkoping: P.Sakinis 20+1reb, J.Kjellbom 20+8reb+2ast, A.Mitchell 18+2reb+5ast, F.Drains 11+2reb+1ast, R.Hanke 8+3reb, M.Lindqvist 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 94290


Uppsala - Boras 104-79

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Boras Basket (12-20) was crushed on the road by fifth ranked Uppsala Basket (15-15) 104-79. The game without a history. Uppsala Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Boras Basket's 42. They outrebounded Boras Basket 44-33 including 35 on the defensive glass. Uppsala Basket players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Austrian center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) contributed with 19 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Uppsala Basket players scored in double figures. The former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and guard Christopher Ryan (196-90) added 23 points in the effort for Boras Basket. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Uppsala Basket maintains fifth position with 15-15 record. Boras Basket at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 20 games lost. Uppsala Basket's next round opponent will be Solna Vikings (#6) at home. Boras Basket will play against Eco Orebro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Uppsala: M.Kohlmaier 21+10reb, B.Smith 19+4reb+6ast, T.Whitworth 15+3reb+1ast, A.Nordstrom 13+2reb+1ast, J.Jonsson 10+3reb, P.Holmstrom 10+8reb+3ast
Boras: M.Palm 25+10reb, C.Ryan 23+2reb+1ast, K.McCoy 13+4reb+6ast, C.McKnight 6+12reb+2ast, A.Andersson 5, H.Carlsson 4+3reb
gschID: 94265


Solna - LF Basket 112-108 OT

Solna Vikings (15-16) outlasted LF Basket (22-10) in overtime by four points 112-108 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of LF Basket. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 28-23 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Solna Vikings made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 LF Basket turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by LF Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Olivier Ilunga (185-84) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 5 assists and 5 steals and Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) who added 20 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Solna Vikings' coach Torbjorn Gehrke used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) responded with 32 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and American swingman Tyrone Levett (195-80, college: Alabama St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Solna Vikings maintains sixth position with 15-16 record. LF Basket at the other side keeps the second place with ten games lost. Solna Vikings are looking forward to face higher ranked Uppsala Basket (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LF Basket will play against Uppsala Basket and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Solna: O.Ilunga 25+4reb+5ast, L.Gunnarsson 20+8reb+3ast, A.Constantine 14+4reb+3ast, L.Myrthil 14+2reb+1ast, W.Walker 12+8reb+2ast, D.Persson 11+2reb+1ast
LF Basket: R.Mbemba 32+2reb+7ast, T.Levett 18+13reb+1ast, T.Woodbury 12+13reb+1ast, G.Nystrom 11+1reb+2ast, E.Salon 11+3reb, M.Pahlmblad 11+3ast
gschID: 94266




Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland22.5 
 2. Brown, 0821.5 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.5 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall19.9 
 5. Smith, Uppsala19.6 
 6. Palm, Boras19.0 
 7. McCoy, Boras18.8 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall18.6 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna18.3 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.5 
 2. Palm, Boras9.5 
 3. McKnight, Boras9.2 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Brown, 088.5 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.8 
 7. Constantine, Solna7.7 
 8. Walker, Solna7.4 
 9. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.2 
 10. Cipriano, Eco O.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.5 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.6 
 3. Beck, 084.9 
 4. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 5. Smith, Uppsala4.7 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.6 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.4 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland4.4 
 9. Chuk, Sodertalje4.3 
 10. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.5 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.3 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall2.0 
 4. Smith, Uppsala1.9 
 5. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.8 
 6. Brown, 081.8 
 7. McCoy, Boras1.8 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 9. Woodbury, LF Ba.1.7 
 10. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Salaam, Jamtland1.9 
 2. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.8 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 4. Palm, Boras1.5 
 5. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 6. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 8. Walker, Solna1.0 
 9. Cipriano, Eco O.1.0 
 10. Brown, 080.8 


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Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 20-2 
 2. Fribourg 16-7 
 3. Geneve Lions 16-7 
 4. SAV Vacallo 14-9 
 5. Monthey 13-10 
 6. Boncourt 11-12 
 7. Starwings 11-12 
 8. SAM Massagno 8-15 
 9. BBC Nyon 4-19 
 10. Zurich Wildcats 1-21 


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  TPBL   


Standings
TPBL Standings


TPBL to suspend 2011 season / INVITE TO TPBL OPEN - by Chris Cardenas
The TPBL for 10 great years had some of the best most exciting basketball Texas had to offer. With teams coming from every corner of the state , EL PASO, CORPUS CHRISTI, DALLAS, LUBBOCK...etc. Now it seems that many teams/owners arrougantly feel that leagues cant continue without 'their' team. As the TPBL league owner, im here to say that this is not true in the least! The TPBL will suspend the rest of the 2011 season due to OWNERS/TEAMS not fulfilling their league obligation to PAY LEAGUE FEES. This is unacceptable on any level. Teams who didnt pay their league fees will no longer step foot in a TPBL game without league fees being paid up front. For this reason many TPBL teams that did pay their fees didnt feel they had to travel to go play these unpaid teams so that they can make money off of their hard work. To me this makes sense, if you pay your dues then you should be allowed to play and make your team funds. As we have all seen any many instances guys have scammed players into paying tryout fees, camp fees...etc and these players get nothing in return. The TPBL is committed to having a great place to play, great competition, and also committed to finding a spot on rosters in many other leagues around the US, SOUTH AMERICAN, AND OVER SEAS.
The TPBL will start back up on its usual date of the 1st WEEKEND IN JAN 2012 , so this extra time will give real teams wanting to join, plenty of time to get their team ready and funds saved for league fee, uniforms, gym fees...etc.
Thank you Texas basketball players for your continued support of the TPBL , AND ANY NEW TEAMS wanting to join the TPBL, just email league owner chris cardenas at: cardenas_chris@yahoo.com or call : 325-374-2910

TPBL OPEN
MAY 14-15, 2011
SAN ANGELO , TX
$250 PER TEAM
1ST PLACE - $1500
2nd - 3rd place team awards.
deadline to enter- MAY 1st



TPBL OPEN mens pro league basketball tournament - by Chris Cardenas
ALL OF TEXAS......YOUR INVITED!!! come on out to West Tx for this pro league event. You'll enjoy the competition, you'll enjoy our beautiful city and its night life as well.
TPBL OPEN MENS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
MAY 14-15, 2011
SAN ANGELO , TX
$250 PER TEAM
1ST PLACE - $1500
2nd - 3rd place team awards.
deadline to enter- MAY 1st
HOSPITALITY PARTY on saturday march 14th for all players and their guest. Food, beverages, and music all night to help keep the tournament festive.
for more info call: 325-374-2910



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  TURKEY   


Fenerbahe Ulker vs Valencia - by Pervin Elgin
Fenerbahe Ulker vs Valencia

The final game of the last week of the Euroleague Top 16, Group H matches, will Fenerbahce Ulker meet this evening their opponent Power Electronics Valencia to look for the Spanish visa for the quarter-finals. The fight for the difficult start will be at 20:45 in the Spanish stadium Fuente de San Luis and will be broadcasting live at NTVSpor.

Fenerbahce Ulker rise from the group matches to the Top 16, group H, and played respectively the Greek team Olympiakos, Valencia Power Electronics and the representative of Lithuania Zalgiris Kaunas away in Istanbul.
In their competition in Lithuania with Kaunas there has been defeated and by their Greek opponent Olympiacos in Istanbul. Valencia will now face the competition that they had played in Istanbul against Fenerbahce Ulker which won the first game with 75-73.
In the Top 16 group matches won Fenerbahce Ulker 4 games and lost 2 to be able to rise to the quarter finals. Even if they lose from Valencia with 1 or 2 points, they can still rise through to the quarter-finals and their pre-rival before the final-Four will be Real Madrid.


Valencia KNOCKED OUT Fenerbahce - by Ege Ozcan
There was a huge importance of this match because they both need a victory to qualify first 8. Fenerbace Ulker get used to play with missings and in Power Electronics Valencia Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) won't play in this big match. Valencia have to win at least 3 points. On the other hand, Fenerbahce have to play attentive and dont make any mistake. Everybody knows the though defense of Valencia thats why we dont excpect a high score match. The atmospere of Fuente de San Luis was amazing and the Valencia fans didnt give up to support their team.
The big match started with careful deffenses and the score of first period is 15-15. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket)'s 8 points was very essential.In the second period Fenerbahce didnt show a resistance of Valencia points and Valencia took a lead of 7 points in the first half.Fenerbahce missed a lot in foul line.The mistakes showed us Fenerbahce didnt ready to qualify first 8.The half finished 39-32.But the narrow squad of Fenerbahce,Sean May (203-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina) made 4 fouls and the other centers Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) and Oguz Savas (208-C-87) made 3 fouls.
In the second half Pesic took advantage of Fenerbahces foul problem and they played in the baseline. The two three points of Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) didnt be enough and the score of third period was 59-52.
Despite everything Fenerbahce didnt give up.In the last period Valencia started careful under Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's)'s leadership and they continued to play in baseline.Nando de Colo scored 5 points in two offenses and the biggest difference appeared.Valencia took alead by 12.They broke up Fenerbahces resistance by their though defense and they scored easily in 1 to 1. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) scored in baseline and Fenerbahce didnt make anything.
Neven Spaija changed his tactics and Fenerbahce started zone defense.By the point of Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) Fenerbahce became hopeful and Pesic took a timeout.After the timeout Valencias inactive but the most important player Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) made two three point shoot in zone defense and the adventure of Euroleague finished for Fenerbahce.

(82)Valencia: Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) 6 points 11 assists,Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) 8 points,Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) 14 points,Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) 15 points
(68)Fenerbahce:Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) 20 points





TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Vestel
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Johnson, Vestel20.6 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld19.9 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld19.5 
 4. Boddicker, Selcuk U.19.4 
 5. Terry, ITU19.3 
 6. Gardener, Final G.18.9 
 7. Boswell, Basaksehir18.3 
 8. Tekinalp, ITU17.8 
 9. Boykin, Gaziantep17.5 
 10. Dearman, Hacett.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamil TERELL
  Adanaspor
  (200-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Terell, Adanaspor11.9 
 2. Keep, Adanaspor11.7 
 3. Gardener, Final G.11.5 
 4. Lewis, Beykoz11.0 
 5. Johnson, Istanbul.10.3 
 6. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.1 
 7. Isik, Pertevniyal10.1 
 8. Johnson, Vestel10.0 
 9. Wright, Orman Genc9.4 
 10. Boswell, Basaksehir9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus HALL
  Kepez Bld
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Hall, Kepez Bld6.2 
 2. Kan, TED Istanbul6.0 
 3. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.8 
 4. Erdogan, Adanaspor5.2 
 5. Gucyetmez, Selcuk U.5.1 
 6. Eris, Vestel5.1 
 7. Topcu, Gelisim5.1 
 8. Ay, Final Genclik4.7 
 9. Kavut, Optimum TED4.7 
 10. Bayrak, Usak4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Basaksehir
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Anderson, Basak.3.0 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld2.9 
 3. Yonder, Genc Banvit2.3 
 4. Ozdemir, Kepez Bld2.0 
 5. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.9 
 6. Karabulut, Orman G.1.8 
 7. Ademoglu, Kepez B.1.8 
 8. Topcu, Izmir B.B.1.8 
 9. Yikilmaz, Pertevniyal1.8 
 10. Demircioglu, Istanb.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Blaze
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Majok, FMV I.3.1 
 2. Anderson, Basak.2.7 
 3. Johnson, Vestel2.0 
 4. McGowan, Akhisar .1.8 
 5. Kulcebas, Hacett.1.8 
 6. Smith, Usak1.8 
 7. Clarkson, TED I.1.6 
 8. Boswell, Basaksehir1.5 
 9. Johnson, Istanbul.1.4 
 10. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.4 


Nelson number one in Turkish TB2L for round 19 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Akhisar Bld, receiving a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Istanbulspor (#6, 10-9) with 20-point margin 82-62. Akhisar Bld maintains the 8th position in Turkish TB2L. Akhisar Bld is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-10 record. Nelson turned to be Akhisar Bld's top player in his first season with the team. Former New Mexico State University star has very solid stats this year. Nelson is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.5ppg), rebounds (7th best: 10.1rpg) and averages impressive 55.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84) of Basaksehir. Anderson had a very good evening with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Basaksehir to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Beykoz (#11, 4-15) 121-71. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in group B. But Basaksehir managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-13 record. Anderson is one of the most experienced players at Basaksehir and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Basaksehir's star - forward Adnan Sevda (206-F-86, agency: EM-PA). Sevda scored 22 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Basaksehir, helping his team with a 121-71 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Beykoz (#11, 4-15). The chances of Basaksehir not to end season at such low position in group B, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sevda could try to bring Basaksehir's a little bit higher in the standings. Sevda has a very solid season. In 8 games in Turkey he scored 12.6ppg. He also has 6.9rpg and FGP: 64.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jayme Miller (203-F-85) of Gelisim - 23 points and 12 rebounds
5. Arthur Johnson (206-F/C-81) of Vestel - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Erman Demirer (88) of Izmir B.B. - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Volkan Ertetik (190-G-80) of Gaziantep - 20 points and 4 assists
8. Mete Dogan (86) of Gaziantep - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Larry Smith (193-F-83) of Usak - 23 points and 6 rebounds
10. Ryan Wright (206-F-87) of Orman Genc - 18 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)


Mehmet Okur still working to return from back injury - by Eurobasket News
The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur (6'11''-C/F-79), who has missed the last 14 Jazz games after suffering a strained lower back during the Jazzs win over Minnesota on January 28:

Okur was seen by back specialist, Dr. Graham Hill, in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 1. Following his examination, Dr. Hill cleared Okur to increase and progress his on-court activity. This will continue on an as tolerates progression. No timeline for his return can be provided at this time.

Now in his ninth NBA season, Okur (6-11, 265, Yalova, Turkey), who missed the first 26 games of the 2010-11 campaign while recovering from an unrelated Achilles tendon injury, has appeared in 13 games (no starts) this season, averaging 4.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game. The 2007 NBA All-Star holds career averages of 13.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists and had played in over 92 percent of all possible regular season games, including at least 71 games per year, over his first eight seasons (94 percent since joining the Jazz in 2004-05). Okur has appeared in all 82 games for the Jazz twice, including a streak of 233 straight games played spanning from 2004-2007.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 27-8 
 2. BC Donetsk 26-9 
 3. Azovmash 23-13 
 4. Hoverla 22-13 
 5. Dnipro 19-17 
 6. Ferro-ZNTU 18-17 
 7. Kryvbasbasket 18-17 
 8. Mykolaiv 16-18 
 9. BC Odessa 15-21 
 10. DniproAzot 14-22 
 11. Halychyna 12-25 
 12. Khimik 11-24 
 13. BC Kyiv 9-26 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.1 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.5 
 3. Washington, BC Od.16.9 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.8 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.7 
 6. Williams, Halychyna14.8 
 7. Wiggins, Halychyna14.6 
 8. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 9. Fraser, DniproAzot14.1 
 10. Millage, Khimik14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.7 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.3 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.7 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.4 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Hunter, Fe.6.9 
 8. Owens, Azovmash6.8 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla6.3 
 10. Greene, Mykolaiv6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.1 
 3. Vasiljevic, BC Do.5.0 
 4. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 5. Millage, Khimik4.7 
 6. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.1 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.1 
 10. Hinnant, Kryvbasb.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Millage, Khimik2.5 
 2. House, Azovmash1.8 
 3. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.6 
 4. Love, Mykolaiv1.5 
 5. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 6. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.5 
 7. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 8. Gliebov, BC Donetsk1.5 
 9. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.3 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.2 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 7. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 8. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 9. Owens, Azovmash1.2 
 10. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.2 


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Hat Trick Hopes For Tap The Tiger - by Paul Nilsen
Mersey Tigers star Tafari Toney (203-F/C-86) will go in search of silverware with a third club in three seasons when he steps out at the Franklin & Marshall BBL Trophy Final at the 02 Arena on Saturday.

Having found success with Newcastle Eagles during his rookie season in British Basketball followed by a BBL Cup Final win with One Health Sharks Sheffield last season, Toney was left as disappointed as anyone when he missed out on the hat-trick with Tigers earlier this year.

The BBL Cup Final disappointment at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham during January was a big disappointment for the centre in particular as he watched his former team retain the Cup.

That loss in the BBL Cup Final really hurt, it almost felt like we had lost the entire BBL Championship as well as the Cup. explained Toney.

It hurt me even more since I was with the Sharks last season winning the Cup with them. For them to get it again handed me a little bit of extra heartache.

As well as focusing on adding to his impressive list of honours by way of finishing on top of the podium this weekend, Toney is also aware of the importance of the Franklin & Marshall BBL Trophy Final in terms of promoting British Basketball to a wider audience.

Im pretty sure its going to be a packed house and it would be great to eventually see the same kind of turn outs for future BBL games.

With Tigers playing against the Heat before the NBA guys, we can hopefully get even more people excited about British Basketball and broaden our basketball horizons throughout the country.

Overall, it should be a fantastic day. added Toney,

Toney played a major hand in helping his team reach the Final after he produced a superb double-double in the second leg of the semi-final against former employers Newcastle Eagles.



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LPB fines Carl Herrera and Ivan Deniz - by Jonathan Leon
After the first week of professional basketball season in Venezuela It seemed like the Gigantes de Guayana were tenants living in a basement going through a storm. Gigantes hasnt gone through any victory yet and now their Head coach Carl Herrera has to pay a fine of Bf2400 due to his disrespectful behavior against the referees.
Ivan Deniz from Trotamundos de Carabobo is another Basketball Coach with behaviors problems. Deniz has to pay Bf3900 a penalty for having disrespectful manners against referees. Please coaches do not forget that there is zero tolerance from referees in the Professional Basketball League of Venezuela, you guys are in the bench to coach not to be grouse.



Stats Leaders - LPB
Points Per Game
 Jamaal THOMAS
  Gaiteros
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Thomas, Gaiteros22.5 
 2. Glenn, Trotamundos22.3 
 3. Nembhard, Gaiteros22.0 
 4. Lugo, Bucaneros20.0 
 5. Feeley, Gigantes20.0 
 6. McGowan, Guaros18.7 
 7. Flores, Toros18.5 
 8. Martinez, Cocodrilos18.0 
 9. Cubillan, Trotamundos17.7 
 10. Aguiar, Marinos17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 16
 1. Martinez, Cocodrilos16.0 
 2. Sucre, Marinos10.0 
 3. Lugo, Bucaneros9.5 
 4. Flores, Toros9.0 
 5. Glenn, Trotamundos8.7 
 6. Coleman, Panteras8.7 
 7. Bayona, Guaros8.7 
 8. Millsap, Guaros8.0 
 9. Bravo, Gigantes6.0 
 10. McGowan, Guaros6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Marinos
  (182-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Vargas, Marinos7.0 
 2. Nembhard, Gaiteros5.0 
 3. Cedeno, Guaiqueries5.0 
 4. Jennings, Gigantes3.0 
 5. Aguiar, Marinos3.0 
 6. Smith, Marinos2.5 
 7. Millsap, Guaros2.3 
 8. Mensah, Panteras2.3 
 9. Vargas, Trotamun.2.3 
 10. Warren, Toros2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Blake WALKER
  Gigantes
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Walker, Gigantes6.0 
 2. Mensah, Panteras5.3 
 3. Vargas, Marinos4.0 
 4. Mejias, Gaiteros4.0 
 5. Sucre, Marinos3.5 
 6. Baez, Gigantes3.5 
 7. McGowan, Guaros3.3 
 8. Bayona, Guaros3.0 
 9. Elliott, Cocodrilos3.0 
 10. Vargas, Trotamun.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew FEELEY
  Gigantes
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Feeley, Gigantes2.5 
 2. Bethelmy, Cocodrilos2.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Guaiquer.2.0 
 4. Brock, Guaiqueries2.0 
 5. Glenn, Trotamundos1.7 
 6. Centeno, Gaiteros1.5 
 7. Washington, Guaiquer.1.5 
 8. Coleman, Panteras1.3 
 9. Lopez, Gaiteros1.0 
 10. Marriaga, Trotamun.1.0 


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




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Women News

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  BELGIUM - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Sint Kateline 15-3 
 2. Waregem 15-3 
 3. BBC Boom 14-4 
 4. Dexia Namur 12-7 
 5. Ieper 10-9 
 6. R.Spirou M. 8-10 
 7. Houthalen 7-12 
 8. Jeugd Gentson 6-13 
 9. Point Chaud 5-13 
 10. Willebroek 5-13 
 11. Deerlijk 4-14 


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Transfer market - by Senad Sadikovic
Transferdeadlines for League 6 for BiH man basketbal lchampions and League 4 for women basketball champions start on monday the 21-st and end on friday the 25-th of march at 11.00 o'clock.
In women's compatition for the entrance in League 4, the teams Zeljeznicar and Mladi Krajisnik ensured their placeses in the League just like Celik, which was in the regional IWBL Laegue. Igman and Jedinstvo BHT are fighting for the fourth place.

Two games before the end of the championship, Igman has one point more than Jedinstvo.


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Gechkova and her Ryerson College lost to Toronto - by Eurobasket News
Dayana Gechkova (173-G) and her Ryerson College in Canadian CIS lost to Toronto at the OUA quarterfinals. At first a strong fourth quarter got the No. 5 Varsity Blues women's basketball team past the Ryerson Rams in the second semfinal of the OUA East Final Four on Saturday night (Feb. 26) at the Athletic Centre Sports Gym. U of T opened the third quarter with an 11-5 run, but Ryerson came back in the dying minutes, capped off by a Ashley Clarke (Montreal) three at the buzzer to bring the game within three heading into the fourth.
After that Hannah Sunley Paisley and Jenna Gilbert each recorded double-doubles as the Ottawa Gee-Gees defeated the Ryerson Rams 67-56 in the third-place matchup of the OUA East Final Four Sunday afternoon (Feb. 27) at the University of Toronto's Athletic Centre Sports Gym. The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with neither team building a substantial advantage. Sunley Paisley solidified her double-double performance with 10 points and 11 boards in the first half alone, while fourth-year guard Ashley Macdonald of Port Colborne, Ont., held a hot hand for Ryerson with nine points.Dayana Gechkova ended up with 5 points.



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  CANADA - Women  


CIS women's basketball Sunday roundup: Ravens hold on to upset Blues in OUA East final - by Eurobasket News
Memorial 75 Acadia 70
Lakehead 59 Western 71




OUA playoff 5

Ryerson 56 Ottawa 67 OUA 3rd place
Hannah Sunley Paisley and Jenna Gilbert (183-F, college: La Salle) each recorded double-doubles as the Ottawa Gee-Gees defeated the Ryerson Rams 67-56 in the third-place matchup of the OUA East Final Four Sunday afternoon (Feb. 27) at the University of Toronto's Athletic Centre Sports Gym.
With the win, the Gee-Gees will now travel to London, Ont., to face the Western Mustangs in the OUA fifth-place game. The Mustangs were upset by the Laurier Golden Hawks in OUA West semi-final action, before defeating Lakehead 71-59 in the third-place game today.

A Toronto native, Sunley-Paisley recorded a game-high 19 points and 15 boards, while Gilbert (Ottawa) had 18 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and two steals to earn player of the game honours.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with neither team building a substantial advantage. Sunley Paisley solidified her double-double performance with 10 points and 11 boards in the first half alone, while fourth-year guard Ashley Macdonald (160-G) of Port Colborne, Ont., held a hot hand for Ryerson with nine points.

Ryerson built a narrow 25-24 lead at halftime.

Ottawa broke the game wide open in the third, outscoring Ryerson 22-12. The Gee-Gees started the second half on an 8-3 run, with Gilbert recording nine points and seven boards to give Ottawa a nine-point lead (46-37) at the end of third quarter.

The Gee-Gees continued to widen the gap, starting the fourth with a 7-0 run over the first 4:30 of action. MacDonald broke the scoring lapse with a three midway through the fourth, but it wasn't enough as Ottawa came away with the 11-point victory.

MacDonald led the Rams with 15 points and eight rebounds, while both Angela Tilk and Ashley Clarke had nine points in the loss.


Laurier 59 Windsor 65


OUA semifinal 1
The Windsor Lancers Women's Basketball team won their third straight OUA West playoff championship with a hard fought 65-59 victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks on Sunday at the St. Denis Centre.
With the victory, the Lancers will now host the OUA Women's Basketball Championship next Saturday at 7pm here in Windsor.

The Lancers got a strong performance from second year guard Miah Langlois who finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists en route to being named the Wilson OUA Player of the Game.

On Sunday, Windsor built an 18-13 lead after one quarter of play and extended their lead to 15 points in the second quarter. Coach Vallee's squad used a balanced scoring attack and some stingy defense to add to their lead as they held Laurier to only 21 points in the half and led 36-21.

The Golden Hawks fought back in the third quarter as they began to get the ball inside for some hard fought baskets. The visitors outscored Windsor 23-16 in the third to cut the lead to single digits at 52-44 heading into the final ten minutes.

The fourth quarter was an intense battle as both teams had to word extremely hard for points. Laurier was able to tie the score at 56-56 late in the game before a Lancer run sealed the 65-59 victory.

In addition to Langlois' outstanding performance, the Lancers got 11 points from Bojana Kovacevic and 9 points and 8 rebounds from Jessica Clemencon (188-F-89). Emily Abbott chipped in with 9 points including a timely bucket in the closing minute that helped secure the win.

Windsor will prepare this week for the OUA Women's Basketball Championship which will take place next Saturday at 7pm at the St. Denis Centre.


Carleton 50 Toronto 47


OUA semifinal 2
The No. 6 Carleton Ravens came away with a narrow 50-47 win over the No. 5 Varsity Blues in the OUA East final on Sunday, February 27 at the Athletic Centre Sports Gym.
With the win, the Ravens advance to the OUA final versus the Windsor Lancers next Saturday, March 5 in Windsor, Ont. The Lancers handily defeated the Lakehead Thunderwolves in OUA West semifinal action before coming away with a 65-59 victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks in the West final this afternoon.

The Blues will host the Golden Hawks in the OUA bronze-medal match, also next Saturday.

Fourth-year forward Ashleigh Cleary of Kemptville, Ont., led the Ravens with 12 points, while Kendall Macleod (175-G) of Brockville, Ont., had 10 points and a team-high seven boards on the night. Third-year guard Alyson Bush (170-G) of Ottawa totalled 10 points and eight assists and was named the player of the game for her efforts.

The game started as a back-and-forth battle, however the Blues surged ahead to take a 13-8 lead after the first 10 minutes of action.

Carleton went on a 12-4 run to take a three-point lead midway through the second quarter, but a Joanna Medri three with 2:34 remaining would cap off first-half scoring as the game was deadlocked at 20-20 at halftime.

The Ravens scored on their first two possessions of the second half to take a four-point lead, only to be countered by a Nicki Schutz three. Carleton continued to press with U of T never more than six points behind. Schutz added eight more points in the third and the Ravens held a narrow 35-34 advantage heading into the fourth.

Carlton's Jessica Resch opened the fourth with a three-pointer but some hard work by Schutz under Toronto's basket kept the game within reach. MacLeod nailed another three to give the Ravens a five-point advantage (43-38) midway through the frame.

Each time the Blues brought the game within two, the Ravens would respond to maintain a two-possession cushion. A Sherri Pierce three with 4.3 seconds remaining would bring the game within one, but a pair of MacLeod free throws would put the game out of reach as the Ravens came away with the three-point victory.

Schutz led all players with 20 points and eight rebounds, while veteran guard Erin McNeely of Kingston, Ont., had 10 points, eight boards and four assists. Pierce ended the night with nine points and four assists in the loss.
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca






Road to the Bronze Baby (Part 5): Regionals less than two weeks away - by Eurobasket News
OTTAWA (CIS) Only two weeks away from the start of the CIS womens basketball championship things have become much more clear with each conference now finished with its regular season and into the playoffs.

The biggest news of the past week comes from Canada West as the University of the Fraser Valley (12-12) continued their winning streak and upset the second highest-ranked team in the conference, Winnipeg, in two straight games to move onto the semifinals. Winnipeg will now compete as CWUAA 5 in the East Regional.

The Cascades streak faces a tough challenge this week going up against the CIS top-ranked Saskatchewan Huskies (22-2), who dispatched Calgary (10-14) two games to none over the weekend. Regina (19-5) and Alberta (17-7) will face each other after wins over Victoria (15-9) and UBC (17-7) respectively.

OUA playoff action also began last week and is now down to six teams competing for a spot in the CIS Final 8.

Windsor (20-2) and Carleton (18-4) won their respective divisions and will play for the OUA championship this Saturday in Windsor. The teams they beat to get to the OUA final, Laurier (15-7) and Toronto (18-4), are also in action on Saturday for the OUA bronze medal and to determine which Round 1 Regional the teams will attend. Playing for fifth place in the OUA, and the final dedicated OUA spot in the Round 1 Regionals, will be Western (19-3) and Ottawa (14-8).

In the AUS, Cape Breton (16-4) took advantage of a pair of four-point victories over UPEI (0-20) and UNB (14-6) to claim first place heading into the AUS championship. UNB finished in second place to claim the other bye directly to an AUS semifinal game. Rounding out the AUS championship will be Saint Marys (8-12) against StFX (14-6) in one quarter-final while the other sees Acadia (11-9) take on host Memorial (12-8).

In Quebec, RSEQs final regular season weekend was a big one for UQAM (10-6) handing McGill (13-3) only their third loss of the season and defeating Laval (5-11), both in overtime, to clinch second place. The Citadins now host Concordia (9-7) in the semifinals while McGill plays host to the Rouge et Or.

Whats it all mean?

If the season ended today and each team kept their current ranking through their respective conference playoffs, heres what the CIS womens basketball championship would look like:

NOTE: Seeding did not factor in any conference tiebreakers. If Windsor wins the OUA Championship they take the OUA Champion slot at the Final 8 and the Host slot will be awarded to an At-Large Berth, selected from teams that participated in the Round 1 Regionals. Should Windsor finish second, the OUA third place team becomes the host of the Central Regional and the sixth place team competes as OUA 5. Positions for Canada West were determined using the remaining playoff teams and their place in regular season standings.

AUS Champion: Cape Breton
RSEQ Champion: McGill
OUA Champion: Windsor or Carleton
CWUAA Champion: Saskatchewan
CIS Final 8 Host/At-Large Berth: TBD

The Round 1 Regional events would then shape up as follows:

East Regional
Host/AUS 2: UNB
OUA 3: Toronto or Laurier
CWUAA 4: UFV
OUA 5: Western or Ottawa

Central Regional
Host/OUA 2: Carleton or winner of Toronto vs. Laurier
CWUAA 3: Alberta
AUS 3: StFX
CWUAA 5: Winnipeg

West Regional
Host/CWUAA 2: Regina
RSEQ 2: UQAM
OUA 4: Toronto or Laurier
At Large Berth: Selected by committee (must have competed in their conference playoffs)

Courtesy-CIS-




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Home team wins - by Zeljko Zule
Guided by two players with a double-double, Lupa promotion outscored city rival Medvescak 81-55 in Round 2. Ivona Matic had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Britany Miller (193-C-87, college: Florida St.) scored 14 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, picking up 8 offensive boards. Studenac Omis used a 14-6 run in final minutes to defeated Pula 70-59.
Lupa promotion-Medvescak 81-55 (Juric 9, Cacic 10, Cuncic 14, Matic 23, Mada 5, Prgomet 2, Miller 14, Vukoje 4 Meznaric 4, Begic 4, Majstorovic 7, Borovic 18, Salopek 2, Bedalov 13, Brkljaca 4, Tikvic 3). Ahead by 6 points at the break, 35-29, Lupa outscored Medvescak 30-10 in the third period. Ivona Matic had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Britany Miller scored 14 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, picking up 8 offensive boards, Irena Cuncic netted 14 points and Ana Cacic added 10. Lupa outrebounded city rival 51-28, picking up 21 offensive.boards, and forced Medvescak into 23 turnovers. The visting team was led by Iva Borovic and her 18 points and Gordana Bedalov added 13.
Studenac Omis-Pula 70-59 (Puljic 2, Vrvilo 12, Buzov 8, Javorcic 8, Seric 15, Dilber 2, Sesnic 23 Dukic 4, Premasunac 12, Flaherty 13, Cvjetkovic 4, Valentic 5, Jovanovic 6, Ramljak 15): Omis scored 8 straight points to take a lead 29-21 and never looked back from there. Pula cut the deficit to 53-56 early in the final quarter, but missed next three shots. Dina Sesnic scored 23 points, Ivana Seric 15 and Ivana Vrvilo 12 for Omis. Pula outrebounded the home team 40-33, but commited 21 turnovers. Maja Ramljak finished with 15 points, Tara Flaherty scored 13 and Nina Premasunac 12.
Sibenik Jolly JBS-Gospic CO 09/03


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


ZBL Round 3: Valosun Brno is defeated by Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game between third ranked Valosun Brno (7-13) and fourth ranked Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (8-13) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Valosun Brno was defeated by Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary in Karlovy Vary 57-47. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary dominated on the defensive end, holding Valosun Brno to just 6 points in fourth quarter. It was a great evening for Slovakian forward Katarina Hrabakova (177-86) who led her team to a victory scoring 19 points. Center Lenka Vetrovcova (187-84) helped adding 10 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international center Ivana Vecerova (194-79) with 8 points and 13 rebounds. Valosun Brno's coach Tomas Vesely rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary moved-up to third place. Valosun Brno lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary are looking forward to face VS Praha (#5) on the road in the next round. Valosun Brno will play against BK Pliska Studanka in Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ZBL top team - Aldast Strakonice (11-10) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked BK Pliska Studanka (2-19) 74-54. It was a quality performance for center Petra Reisingerova (196-73) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Michaela Uhrova accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Hana Kramperova (176-85) came up with 15 points and 6 rebounds for BK Pliska Studanka in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aldast Strakonice have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-10 record. Newly promoted BK Pliska Studanka keeps the sixth position with 19 games lost. Aldast Strakonice will play against league's second-placed Sokol Hradec Kralove at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Pliska Studanka will play against Valosun Brno (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 3 VS Praha lost to Hradec Kralove on the opponent's court 63-79.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks by Michaela Hartigova of Hradec Kralove.



Group A2
Strakonice - Pardubice 74-54

ZBL top team - Aldast Strakonice (11-10) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked BK Pliska Studanka (2-19) 74-54. The game was mostly controlled by Aldast Strakonice. BK Pliska Studanka was better in fourth quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aldast Strakonice dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to BK Pliska Studanka's 22. It was a quality performance for center Petra Reisingerova (196-73) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Michaela Uhrova (166-82, agency: Promotex) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Five Aldast Strakonice players scored in double figures. Forward Hana Kramperova (176-85) came up with 15 points and 6 rebounds and guard Michaela Pavlasova (175-91) added 10 points respectively for BK Pliska Studanka in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aldast Strakonice have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-10 record. Newly promoted BK Pliska Studanka keeps the sixth position with 19 games lost. Aldast Strakonice will play against league's second-placed Sokol Hradec Kralove at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Pliska Studanka will play against Valosun Brno (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Strakonice: P.Reisingerova 20+13reb+1ast, M.Uhrova 16+5reb+1ast, Z.Skrabalova 11+4reb, J.Musilova 11+4reb, D.Johnova 10+3reb+3ast, L.Balakova 4+2reb
Pardubice: H.Kramperova 15+6reb+2ast, M.Pavlasova 10+3reb, E.Chocholousova 5+1reb+1ast, P.Chocholousova 4+2reb, P.Jirkova 3+6reb, M.Labutova 3
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Hradec Kralove - VS Praha 79-63

Rather expected game when 5th ranked VS Praha (6-16) was defeated on the road by second ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (8-11) 79-63. The game was mostly controlled by Sokol Hradec Kralove. VS Praha was better in fourth quarter 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sokol Hradec Kralove made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for the former international center Michaela Hartigova (192-83) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard Lenka Bartakova (175-91) accounted for 16 points and 4 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Guard Tereza Brantlova (172-82) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and center Kamila Stepanova (191-88) added 8 points respectively for VS Praha in the defeat. VS Praha's coach Zdenek Sykora tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sokol Hradec Kralove have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 8-11 record having ten points less than leader Strakonice. VS Praha lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 16 games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against league's leader Aldast Strakonice on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. VS Praha will play against Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hradec Kralove: M.Hartigova 24+20reb+1ast, L.Bartakova 16+1reb+3ast, A.Ovsikova 15+3reb+1ast, K.Zavazalova 8+5reb, M.Stara 7+4reb, J.Hausknechtova 6+2reb+4ast
VS Praha: T.Brantlova 19+7reb+2ast, T.Vorlova 8+3reb, K.Stepanova 8+3reb+2ast, A.Necaskova 8+2reb, K.Elhotova 6+6reb, R.Pudlakova 4+2reb+1ast
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Karlovy Vary - Valosun Brno 57-47

The game between third ranked Valosun Brno (7-13) and fourth ranked Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary (8-13) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Valosun Brno was defeated by Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary in Karlovy Vary 57-47. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary dominated on the defensive end, holding Valosun Brno to just 6 points in fourth quarter. It was a great evening for Slovakian forward Katarina Hrabakova (177-86) who led her team to a victory scoring 19 points. Center Lenka Vetrovcova (187-84) helped adding 10 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international center Ivana Vecerova (194-79) with 8 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Veronika Vlkova (175-84) scored 11 points. Valosun Brno's coach Tomas Vesely rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary moved-up to third place. Valosun Brno lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary are looking forward to face VS Praha (#5) on the road in the next round. Valosun Brno will play against BK Pliska Studanka in Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karlovy Vary: K.Hrabakova 19+3reb, M.Magerciakova 11+6reb, L.Vetrovcova 10+9reb, B.Sedlackova 5+3reb+1ast, J.Eisnerova 4+5reb+1ast, M.Muchova 3+3reb
Valosun Brno: V.Vlkova 11+4reb, Z.Mracnova 8+3reb+1ast, I.Vecerova 8+13reb, M.Zatloukalova 6+5reb+1ast, M.Zrustova 4+3reb+1ast, K.Sedlakova 3+5reb+3ast
gschID: 122138




Stankova moves to Hradec Kralove - by Eurobasket News
Tereza Stankova (165-G-88) moves to Hradec Kralove at the start of Second Stage. The Czech Republic Guard started her career in 2008-2009 for Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove (ZBL) and in 11 games averaged 2.1ppg. In 2009-2010 for Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove (ZBL) she improved to 3.1ppg. This season the player started for Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove (ZBL), but in Jan.'11 moved to Basket Slovanka MB Tabor (ZBL). In her top game Frisco Sika overcame Slovanka MB 96:55. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Basket Slovanka MB. Frisco Sika led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Basket Slovanka MB's 38. Tereza Stankova played 19 minutes and finished the game with 4 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist.

Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  Frisco Sika
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Eldebrink, Frisco S.20.6 
 2. Milton-Jones, USK P.19.1 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.19.0 
 4. Vlkova, Valosun .16.8 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice16.4 
 6. Halvarsson, Frisco S.15.9 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.15.8 
 8. Misurova, Trutnov15.2 
 9. Viteckova, USK P.15.2 
 10. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika11.9 
 2. Reisingerova, Strako.11.0 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .9.4 
 4. Skerovic, Frisco Sika7.9 
 5. Kulichova, USK P.7.8 
 6. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.7.8 
 7. Horakova, Hradec K.7.6 
 8. Milton-Jones, USK P.7.2 
 9. Sipova, Slovanka.7.1 
 10. Stepanova, VS Praha6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.6.2 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika5.2 
 3. Uhrova, Strakonice4.9 
 4. Johnova, Strakonice3.3 
 5. Kysilkova, Hradec K.3.1 
 6. Whalen, USK Praha3.0 
 7. Viteckova, USK P.2.9 
 8. Eldebrink, Frisco S.2.7 
 9. Misurova, Trutnov2.4 
 10. Paige, Karlovy Vary2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.6 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika2.7 
 3. Brantlova, VS Praha2.6 
 4. Uhrova, Strakonice2.6 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice2.5 
 6. Novotna, Slovanka.2.3 
 7. Milton-Jones, USK P.2.2 
 8. Whalen, USK Praha2.0 
 9. Quintana, Pardubice1.9 
 10. Kulichova, USK P.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michaela HARTIGOVA
  Hradec Kralove
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hartigova, Hradec K.1.9 
 2. Kulichova, USK P.1.6 
 3. Horakova, Hradec K.1.0 
 4. Milton-Jones, USK P.0.9 
 5. Vecerova, Valosun .0.9 
 6. Ferancikova, USK P.0.8 
 7. Stepanova, VS Praha0.7 
 8. Novakova, Trutnov0.7 
 9. Halvarsson, Frisco S.0.7 
 10. Sipova, Slovanka.0.7 


Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
A1
 1. Frisco Sika 18-1 
 2. USK Praha 18-1 
 3. Slovanka MB 12-7 
 4. Trutnov 10-9 
A2
 1. Strakonice 11-10 
 2. Hradec Kralove 8-11 
 3. Karlovy Vary 8-13 
 4. Valosun Brno 7-13 
 5. VS Praha 6-16 
 6. Pardubice 2-19 


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Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. Eclex Tallinn 11-0 
 2. Tartu Ulikooli 7-5 
 3. TLU/Volta 5-4 
 4. NikeWomen 4-7 
 5. Audentes 0-11 


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Arras and Elitzur Ramla to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Chevakata - Arras 67-67
Arras survived in Vologda and advanced to EuroCup Finals. The French outfit grabbed 67-66 victory in the first meeting and tonight managed to stay undefeated on the road winning the series by a single point, 134-133. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) and Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) were the leading scorers for Arras tonight with 18 points each. Akonga Nsimbo registered double-double as she pulled down 12 rebounds beside that. Marielle Amant (191-F/C-89) helped visitors with 10 points and 5 boards. For the home side, Jessica Davenport (196-C-85, college: Ohio St.) shined with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) had 14 points, 10 boards and 5 assists, while Loree Moore (176-G-83, college: Tennessee) added 12 pts and 9 rebs. Arras won the first quarter tonight 18-19 and continued with 11-17 for the next ten minutes. Chevakata improved after the breather, but they closed the gap for just one point in Q3, 43-49. Arras shined at the beginning of the last period and jumped to 47-57 with 6:38 to go. However, the hosts didn't give up and managed to make impressive 19-6 run for 66-63 with 36 seconds remaining. Gomis missed from the arc and Chevakata rebounded but after Krissy Bade (182-F-80) fouled Elena Volkova (176-G-83), the Russian missed both free-throws. Jessica Davenport grabbed the offensive rebound but Johanne Gomis reached in and came up with one of her steals before scoring on a fast break to reduce the arrears to 66-65. Loree Moore made one of two free-throws for Chevakata, but Johanne Gomis hit the game-tying bucket at the end as Arras tied the game and won the Semi-Final by a single point on aggregate. Arras will meet Elitzura Ramla in the Finals. First game is scheduled for March 17 in Israel.

Athinaikos - Elitzur Ramla 88-81
Defending champion is eliminated. Elitzur Ramla advanced to EuroCup Finals after winning the two-game series 155-147. The Israeli squad celebrated 74-59 victory in the first meeting and it seems that was too much for Athinaikos at this moment. The Greek powerhouse won 88-81 tonight, but that was not enough. Katerina Zohnova (179-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) scored 18 points for Athinaikos and Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) added two less than her. Ruth Riley (196-C-79, college: Notre Dame) had 11 points and 5 boards. In Elitzur Ramla, Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) and Rivi Grinboym (178-G-78, agency: Data Plus Group) delivered 20 points each. Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) and Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) helped with 19 and 18 pts respectively. Athinaikos started the game with 18-15, but Elitzur Ramla made 28-33 turn at the halfway of the second period. Katerina Zohnova and her teammates immediately replied making 13-4 run for 41-37 at the halftime. Visitors were fighting after the breather and managed to win third period 18-19. Athinaikos was in trouble, especially after triple by Rivi Grinboym which lifted Elitzur Ramla to 63-64 turn with 8:07 to go. Visitors had 71-73 four minutes later and it was already clear that the reigning EuroCup champion will face with elimination. Elitzur Ramla will meet Arras in the Finals. They will host Arras in the first game, which is scheduled for March 17.


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  FINLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Moss, ToPo24.4 
 2. Vaughn, PeKa24.4 
 3. Pounds, HoNsU24.1 
 4. Tuukkanen, ToPo20.2 
 5. Karcic, Kerava18.8 
 6. Robinson, Huima18.6 
 7. Laaksonen, Espoo T.17.5 
 8. Lassiter, PeKa17.3 
 9. Wright, FoA16.9 
 10. Roundtree, HoNsU15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Robinson, Huima14.8 
 2. Moss, ToPo12.9 
 3. Karcic, Kerava11.5 
 4. Vaughn, PeKa11.5 
 5. Lassiter, PeKa11.2 
 6. Laaksonen, Espoo T.10.8 
 7. Jones, Huima10.6 
 8. Tuukkanen, ToPo9.7 
 9. Martin, PeKa9.0 
 10. Kityzina, Catz9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dionne POUNDS
  HoNsU
  (174-F-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Pounds, HoNsU3.7 
 2. Wright, FoA3.5 
 3. Karcic, Kerava3.2 
 4. Moss, ToPo3.1 
 5. Lassiter, PeKa2.8 
 6. Robinson, Huima2.8 
 7. Piipari, Catz2.8 
 8. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.3 
 9. Morris, Huima2.1 
 10. Lee, Catz2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa KARCIC
  Kerava
  (185-F/C-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Karcic, Kerava5.2 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU4.0 
 3. Lassiter, PeKa3.1 
 4. Wright, FoA2.9 
 5. Lee, Catz2.8 
 6. Robinson, Huima2.7 
 7. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.6 
 8. Morris, Huima2.4 
 9. Roundtree, HoNsU1.9 
 10. Moss, ToPo1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 1
 1. Moss, ToPo1.0 
 2. Laaksonen, Espoo T.0.7 
 3. Holopainen, Espoo T.0.6 
 4. Karcic, Kerava0.6 
 5. Jahilo, FoA0.6 
 6. Pounds, HoNsU0.6 
 7. Kilponen, Kerava0.6 
 8. Wright, FoA0.5 
 9. Pavlovskaya, ToPo0.5 
 10. Kosunen, Kerava0.5 


Catz took a win over PeKa - by Elina Koskinen
Catz took an important victory over the league leader PeKa in Lappeenranta on Wednesday night. Final numbers were 71-68 for home team. However the visitors started the game strong as usual and after first quarter PeKa had 9-20 lead. Home team started to narrow visitors lead in second period and they had 12-0 run. Half-time score was 32-36 for PeKa. In second half PeKa came in strong again, but couldn't leave Catz enough behind. In the fourth quarter Catz really started to fight under the command of Reetta Piipari (170-G-80, college: Xavier). Piipari netted there three-point-shots and Catz took the lead. Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston) along with Piipari was the leading star of Catz finishing 26 points and 8 rebounds. Elizaveta Kityzina (195-C-80) and Vilma Kesanen (173-G-88) along with Piipari scored 11 points. Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) and Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83, college: Jacksonville St.) from PeKa ruled under the basket as they took 17 and 15 rebounds respectively. Lassiter scored also the highest 26 points for PeKa and she was assisted by Jill Martin (185-F/C-85, college: Drake) 16 points and Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) 14 points.

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Arras advances to EuroCup Finals - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup Semifinals, Game 2: Chevakata - Arras 67-67

Arras survived in Vologda and advanced to EuroCup Finals. The French outfit grabbed 67-66 victory in the first meeting and tonight managed to stay undefeated on the road winning the series by a single point, 134-133. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) and Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) were the leading scorers for Arras tonight with 18 points each. Akonga Nsimbo registered double-double as she pulled down 12 rebounds beside that. Marielle Amant (191-F/C-89) helped visitors with 10 points and 5 boards. For the home side, Jessica Davenport (196-C-85, college: Ohio St.) shined with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) had 14 points, 10 boards and 5 assists, while Loree Moore (176-G-83, college: Tennessee) added 12 pts and 9 rebs.
Arras won the first quarter tonight 18-19 and continued with 11-17 for the next ten minutes. Chevakata improved after the breather, but they closed the gap for just one point in Q3, 43-49. Arras shined at the beginning of the last period and jumped to 47-57 with 6:38 to go. However, the hosts didnt give up and managed to make impressive 19-6 run for 66-63 with 36 seconds remaining. Gomis missed from the arc and Chevakata rebounded but after Krissy Bade fouled Volkova, the Russian missed both free-throws. Jessica Davenport grabbed the offensive rebound but Johanne Gomis reached in and came up with one of her steals before scoring on a fast break to reduce the arrears to 66-65. Loree Moore made one of two free-throws for Chevakata, but Johanne Gomis hit the game-tying bucket at the end as Arras tied the game and won the Semi-Final by a single point on aggregate.
Arras will meet Elitzura Ramla in the Finals. First game is scheduled for March 17 in Israel.

Chevakata: Jessica Davenport 18+14 boards, Maria Cherepanova 14+10 boards+5 as, Loree Moore 12+9 boards
Arras: Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 18+12 boards, Johanne Gomis 18, Marielle Amant 10+5 boards


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  GREECE - Women  


Elitzur Ramla eliminates defending EuroCup champion - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup Semifinals, Game 2: Athinaikos - Elitzur Ramla 88-81

Defending champion is eliminated. Elitzur Ramla advanced to EuroCup Finals after winning the two-game series 155-147. The Israeli squad celebrated 74-59 victory in the first meeting and it seems that was too much for Athinaikos at this moment. The Greek powerhouse won 88-81 tonight, but that was not enough. Katerina Zohnova (179-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) scored 18 points for Athinaikos and Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) added two less than her. Ruth Riley (196-C-79, college: Notre Dame) had 11 points and 5 boards. In Elitzur Ramla, Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) and Rivi Grinboym (178-G-78, agency: Data Plus Group) delivered 20 points each. Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) and Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) helped with 19 and 18 pts respectively.
Athinaikos started the game with 18-15, but Elitzur Ramla made 28-33 turn at the halfway of the second period. Katerina Zohnova and her teammates immediately replied making 13-4 run for 41-37 at the halftime. Visitors were fighting after the breather and managed to win third period 18-19. Athinaikos was in trouble, especially after triple by Rivi Grinboym which lifted Elitzur Ramla to 63-64 turn with 8:07 to go. Visitors had 71-73 four minutes later and it was already clear that the reigning EuroCup champion will face with elimination.
Elitzur Ramla will meet Arras in the Finals. They will host Arras in the first game, which is scheduled for March 17.

Athinaikos: Katerina Zohnova 18, Dimitra Kalentzou 16, Ruth Riley 11+5 boards
Elitzur Ramla: Shay Doron 20, Rivi Grinboym 20, Tanisha Wright 19+5 boards, Le'Coe Willingham 18


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. MKB Eurol. 21-1 
 2. Pecs 2010 21-1 
 3. SEAT Lami 18-4 
 4. Nanette FTC 16-6 
 5. ZTE 16-7 
 6. Szeged 14-9 
 7. Szolnok 10-12 
 8. Bajai NKK 9-13 
 9. Atomeromu 8-15 
 10. Vasas-Csata 4-18 
 11. BSE 4-18 
 12. Cegledi EKK 3-20 
 13. BEAC 1-21 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Page, ZTE19.2 
 2. Hollingswort., SEAT L.18.9 
 3. Carson, SEAT L.16.0 
 4. Tamane, MKB Eurol.16.0 
 5. Holt, MKB Eurol.14.9 
 6. Cvetanovic, Szolnok14.2 
 7. Kublina, SEAT L.14.1 
 8. Quigley, Pecs 201014.0 
 9. Griffin, Pecs 201013.9 
 10. Rasheed, Szeged13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quanitra HOLLINGSWORTH
  SEAT Lami
  (196-C-88)
  Avg: 11
 1. Hollingswort., SEAT L.11.0 
 2. Page, ZTE8.9 
 3. Tamane, MKB Eurol.8.2 
 4. Olajuwon, SEAT L.7.3 
 5. Pal, Vasas-Csata7.2 
 6. Krnjic, Pecs 20106.8 
 7. Kublina, SEAT L.6.5 
 8. Cvetanovic, Szolnok6.5 
 9. Balla, Vasas-Csata6.1 
 10. Griffin, Pecs 20105.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dora MEDGYESSY
  Atomeromu
  (174-G-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Medgyessy, Atome.4.8 
 2. Ivanyi, Pecs 20104.8 
 3. Ristic, Szolnok4.7 
 4. Bukovszki, ZTE4.7 
 5. Darida, Nanette FTC4.3 
 6. Nemeth, Szeged4.3 
 7. Honti, MKB Eurol.4.0 
 8. Boskovic, Szolnok3.9 
 9. Laczi, Szeged3.8 
 10. Eordogh, Vasas-Cs.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Monika BUKOVSZKI
  ZTE
  (171-G-79)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Bukovszki, ZTE3.6 
 2. Szepsi, Bajai NKK3.5 
 3. Griffin, Pecs 20103.3 
 4. Laczi, Szeged3.0 
 5. Darida, Nanette FTC3.0 
 6. Nemeth, Szeged2.8 
 7. Medgyessy, Atome.2.7 
 8. Demeter, Atomeromu2.7 
 9. Russai, Nanette FTC2.6 
 10. Szelesy, ZTE2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Page, ZTE2.0 
 2. McCoughtry, MKB E.1.4 
 3. Cvetanovic, Szolnok1.4 
 4. Hollingswort., SEAT L.1.3 
 5. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.3 
 6. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.2 
 7. Kublina, SEAT L.1.0 
 8. Griffin, Pecs 20100.9 
 9. Pap, Cegledi EKK0.9 
 10. Bagi, BEAC0.8 


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Elitzur Ramla eliminates defending EuroCup champion - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup Semifinals, Game 2: Athinaikos - Elitzur Ramla 88-81

Defending champion is eliminated. Elitzur Ramla advanced to EuroCup Finals after winning the two-game series 155-147. The Israeli squad celebrated 74-59 victory in the first meeting and it seems that was too much for Athinaikos at this moment. The Greek powerhouse won 88-81 tonight, but that was not enough. Katerina Zohnova (179-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) scored 18 points for Athinaikos and Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) added two less than her. Ruth Riley (196-C-79, college: Notre Dame) had 11 points and 5 boards. In Elitzur Ramla, Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) and Rivi Grinboym (178-G-78, agency: Data Plus Group) delivered 20 points each. Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) and Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) helped with 19 and 18 pts respectively.
Athinaikos started the game with 18-15, but Elitzur Ramla made 28-33 turn at the halfway of the second period. Katerina Zohnova and her teammates immediately replied making 13-4 run for 41-37 at the halftime. Visitors were fighting after the breather and managed to win third period 18-19. Athinaikos was in trouble, especially after triple by Rivi Grinboym which lifted Elitzur Ramla to 63-64 turn with 8:07 to go. Visitors had 71-73 four minutes later and it was already clear that the reigning EuroCup champion will face with elimination.
Elitzur Ramla will meet Arras in the Finals. They will host Arras in the first game, which is scheduled for March 17.

Athinaikos: Katerina Zohnova 18, Dimitra Kalentzou 16, Ruth Riley 11+5 boards
Elitzur Ramla: Shay Doron 20, Rivi Grinboym 20, Tanisha Wright 19+5 boards, Le'Coe Willingham 18


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  KENYA - Women  


Strathmore Teams Top Varsity League - by Eurobasket News
DEFENDING Kenya University Sports Association (Kusa) men and women's basketball champions Strathmore University teams moved to the top of the table following wins over the weekend.

In matches played at United States International University (Usiu) courts, Strathmore Blades rocked rivals University of Nairobi 'Terrorists' 50-46 in a tough encounter.

Josephine Owino (192-C-83, college: Union (TN)) managed to hit 20 points for the winners who have now amassed 27 points to shoot to the top. UoN were pepped-up by George Omenda who collected 18 points.

Strathmore Swords also moved up by slicing Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Cuea) 23-11 in a low scoring women's encounter that saw speedy Mellisa Akinyi top score with eight points.

Evans Leting notched a game high 26 points to guide unbeaten Usiu to an easy 50-27 thrashing of 'Terrorists' who had Omenda scoring 11.

The 'Tigers' are now second on the table with 23 points.

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Strathmore Blades posted another hard earned 53-47 win over Cuea Derrick. Coach Tony Ochieng said his boys have their eyes on the crown once again. The play offs startin mid March.

Africa Nazarene Univesity (Anu) nipped hapless Kenya Methodist University (Kemu) 67-65 in a high scoring show that saw Collins Ouko power the losers with a season high 36 points. Yusuf Ramadhan nailed Anu's 28.

The light finally shone on Kemu as they pipped Daystar University 28-21 in a duel between the last two teams. UoN blanked Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat) 28-21.

Results of other matches: Usiu 65 Daystar 31; Strathmore 40 Anu 24; KU 79 Anu 43; Usiu 48 Kemu 16; KU 36 Daystar 21 and in the ladies section Strathmore 41 KU 25.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star


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  LATVIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Krastina, LU22.6 
 2. Krumberga, TTT R.19.5 
 3. Lisnere, Cesis19.4 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.18.4 
 5. Jakobsone, Cesis17.8 
 6. Teilane, RTU-Merks15.4 
 7. Surkusa, TTT J.15.3 
 8. Eibele, TTT Riga15.2 
 9. Butler, TTT Riga14.5 
 10. Egle, Daugavpils14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.12.0 
 2. Lisnere, Cesis11.3 
 3. Teilane, RTU-Merks11.3 
 4. Lagzdina, TTT J.10.6 
 5. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.2 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga9.5 
 7. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.5 
 8. Veidere, TTT K.8.2 
 9. Zarina, LU8.1 
 10. Nimane, TTT Riga7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga6.1 
 2. Jevsejeva, Dauga.4.6 
 3. Krastina, LU4.0 
 4. Karklina, TTT Riga3.8 
 5. Neimane, TTT J.3.2 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga3.0 
 7. Staugaitiene, TTT R.2.8 
 8. Sarja, TTT Juniores2.7 
 9. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.7 
 10. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Krastina, LU4.2 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.4 
 3. Eibele, TTT Riga3.1 
 4. Butler, TTT Riga2.9 
 5. Krumberga, TTT R.2.8 
 6. Nimane, TTT Riga2.8 
 7. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.5 
 8. Zeltina, Cesis2.4 
 9. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
 10. Purina, LU2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.4 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.3.1 
 3. Surkusa, TTT J.2.2 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.7 
 5. Nimane, TTT Riga1.5 
 6. Lisnere, Cesis1.2 
 7. Egle, Daugavpils1.1 
 8. Egle, Daugavpils0.9 
 9. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.0.8 
 10. Vitola, RTU-Merks0.8 


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Santa OKOCKYTE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-G-92)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Okockyte, LK.18.2 
 2. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.17.3 
 3. Kinkeviciene, Laisve17.0 
 4. Aglinskaite, Laisve15.9 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmin.15.5 
 6. Aglinskaite, MRU13.8 
 7. Daujadiene, Utena13.8 
 8. Briedyte, Utena13.4 
 9. Solopova, VICI K.13.3 
 10. Kirstukaite, Utena13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sandra BALIUTAVICIUTE
  Ruta Siauliai
  (182-F-81)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.10.5 
 2. Palaimaite, Utena10.2 
 3. Balciunaite, LKKA-.9.3 
 4. Aleksaite, MRU9.1 
 5. Taraseviciut., Laisve8.9 
 6. Galdikaite, MRU8.6 
 7. Grigalauskyt., Lemmin.8.4 
 8. Budryte, Laisve8.1 
 9. Kirstukaite, Utena7.9 
 10. Margeviciute, Lemmin.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milda SAULIUTE
  VICI Kaunas
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Sauliute, VICI K.5.9 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve5.7 
 3. Zygelyte, Lemminka.4.9 
 4. Daujadiene, Utena4.4 
 5. Pilypaitis, VICI K.3.9 
 6. Solopova, VICI K.3.7 
 7. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.6 
 8. Valentiene, VICI K.3.0 
 9. Ziegyte, Utena2.9 
 10. Okockyte, LK.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ligita KINKEVICIENE
  Laisve
  (173-G-76)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Kinkeviciene, Laisve3.5 
 2. Balciunaite, LKKA-.3.1 
 3. Bimbaite, VICI K.2.9 
 4. Sauliute, VICI K.2.6 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmin.2.4 
 6. Solopova, VICI K.2.3 
 7. Briedyte, Ruta S.2.3 
 8. Daujadiene, Utena2.3 
 9. Pilypaitis, VICI K.2.1 
 10. Briedyte, Utena2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  VICI Kaunas
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Alminaite, VICI K.1.8 
 2. Palaimaite, Utena1.4 
 3. Juceviciute, Utena1.3 
 4. Paugaite, VICI K.1.2 
 5. Kirstukaite, Utena1.2 
 6. Aleksaite, MRU1.1 
 7. Kvederaviciu., Laisve1.0 
 8. Budryte, Laisve1.0 
 9. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.0.8 
 10. Pikciute, VICI K.0.8 


Lithuanian LMKL round 24 best performance: Rita Milieskiene - by Eurobasket News
Guard Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Lemminkainen Klaipeda, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, nine rebounds and five assists) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass LKKA-Aistes (#4, 8-12) with 33-point margin 83-50. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Lemminkainen maintains the 2nd position in Lithuanian LMKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lemminkainen will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. In the team's last game Milieskiene had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Lemminkainen, through which he has constantly improved. Rita Milieskiene has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (5th best: 15.5ppg) and averages impressive 2.4spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old former international forward Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) of league's leader VICI Kaunas. Kuktiene had a very good evening with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course she lead VICI Kaunas to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Ruta Siauliai (#7, 4-17) 121-55. Of course VICI Kaunas still keep the league's top spot. She plays for the best team in the league and VICI Kaunas managed to win all 21 games keeping perfect record. Kuktiene is well-known at VICI Kaunas and is a proven leader in her second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another VICI Kaunas' star - former international guard Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82). Bimbaite showcased her all-around game by recording 16 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. She was another key player of VICI Kaunas, helping her team with a 121-55 easy win against the lower-ranked Ruta Siauliai (#7, 4-17). VICI Kaunas have amazing season winning all 21 games without a single defeat. Bimbaite turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Bimbaite has a great season in Lithuania. After 10 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.6apg (7th best). She also has 2.9spg and FGP: 58.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Amanda Kemezys (192-C-87) of VICI Kaunas - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) of VICI Kaunas - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Kornelija Balciunaite (176-F-81) of LKKA-Aistes - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Irma Raugaite (176-G-84) of Lemminkainen - 21 points and 4 rebounds
8. Indre Dudenaite (184-F-88) of VICI Kaunas - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) of VICI Kaunas - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Lina Pikciute (192-F-90) of VICI Kaunas - 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  MALTA - Women  


Depiro lift cup - by Eurobasket News
Hibs Medsea 41
Depiro McDonalds 43
(12-9, 6-10, 12-15, 11-9)


Depiro claimed their first honour of the season when they edged Hibs in the Detur Super Cup final yesterday.

With Joselle Cardona in the thick of the action, Hibs settled down quickly and opened a slight lead which they administered till the end of the quarter.

Depiro had a tough game against Luxol on Friday. However, they still looked fresh and when Hibs were expected to profit from the substitution of Kalia Agius, who was on her third foul, it was Brian Mifsuds team that showed the best ideas and led 19-18 at half-time.

This was going to be a tight affair but Depiro looked more motivated as the last session got underway to increase their lead to 40-32.

Hibs gradually narrowed theh gap but Depiro pounced on a crucial rebound with 17 seconds left and Sarah Pace (165-G-88) was fouled.

To Hibs dismay, the ref deemed that it was an unsportsmanlike infringement which meant that after the two free-throws, Depiro would get possession as well. Sarah Pace only managed one point but that was still good enough for her team to finish winners.

On Friday, Depiro reached the final of the Louis Borg Cup when they had the better of Luxol 62-57. As expected, Hibs were too strong for Athleta in the other semi-final which they won 46-32.

Hibs: E. Micallef, E. Cassar 4, M. Zammit, L. Bezzina 2, F. Tabone, M. Desira 4, D. Micallef 6, N. Arrigo 2, K. Baldacchino 9, J. Cardona 14, C. Schiavone.

Depiro: Sarah Pace 6, J. Xuereb, A. Mifsud, M. Bonett, F. Bianco 6, A. Borg 8, C. Sammut, E Vella 4, S. Micallef 4, K. Agius 15.

Referees: J.P. Sammut, C. Terribile.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com



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  POLAND - Women  


Zalesiak advances to Final Four of Canada West - by Eurobasket News
Joanna Zalesiak (174-G-88, college: UTEP) advances to Final Four of Canada West with her Regina in Canadian CIS. In Canada West quarterfinal 4 Game 1 the University of Regina's women's basketball team took a 66:55 win over Victoria on Friday night in the first game of a best-of-three Canada West quarterfinal series. Victoria led 33-31 at halftime, but the Cougars took the lead after a Gabrielle Gheyssen three-pointer early in the third quarter and never trailed after that. Regina reeled off nine consecutive points to start the second half and led by double digits for most of the game's final 20 minutes. Four Cougars scored in double figures, led by Danielle Schmidt's 15 points. Joanna Zalesiak had 14 points, while Megan Chamberlin and Lindsay Ledingham both scored 12. Chamberlin added 11 rebounds to register a double-double for Regina, while Schmidt also added a game-high seven steals.
The University of Regina's women's basketball team advanced to the Canada West Final Four with a 70:67 victory over the Victoria Vikes. The victory gives the Cougars a two-game sweep over Victoria in their best-of-three conference quarterfinal series. The two teams traded leads down the stretch in the fourth quarter, as nine of the game's lead changes happened in the final frame. Two free throws by Victoria's Carmen Lapthorne tied the game at 67 with 1:13 left. On the ensuing possession, Regina third-year guard Joanna Zalesiak was fouled by Jane Anholt, who suffered an injury on the play and missed the rest of the contest. Joanna Zalesiak ended up with a game-high 24 points for the Cougars, while Lindsay Ledingham scored 15. Chamberlin scored eight and added a team-high eight rebounds.




Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Laurie KOEHN
  Utex Row
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Koehn, Utex Row18.4 
 2. Champion, Inea AZS16.9 
 3. Kobryn, Wisla C.15.1 
 4. Harris, Utex Row15.0 
 5. Leuchanka, Gorzow14.4 
 6. Ross, Lider P.14.3 
 7. Fox-Griffin, Super.14.2 
 8. Swanier, Lotos G.14.1 
 9. Wright, Lotos G.14.1 
 10. Jankowska, LKS S.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ugochukwu OHA
  LKS Siemens
  (193-C-82)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Oha, LKS Siemens9.8 
 2. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.7 
 3. Carter, CCC P.8.9 
 4. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia8.1 
 5. Cheek, Super-Pol8.1 
 6. Crisman, Artego7.8 
 7. Alexander, Odra B.7.6 
 8. Denson, Lider P.7.6 
 9. Jankowska, LKS S.7.4 
 10. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC Polkowice
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Zoll, CCC P.5.8 
 2. Richards, Gorzow4.3 
 3. Phillips, Wisla C.4.1 
 4. Swanier, Lotos G.4.1 
 5. Raymond, Artego3.9 
 6. Bortelova, Energa T.3.8 
 7. Idczak, Inea AZS3.8 
 8. Kulaga, Super-Pol3.6 
 9. Gawronska, Odra B.3.5 
 10. Babkina, Lotos G.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Naketia SWANIER
  Lotos Gdynia
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Swanier, Lotos G.2.9 
 2. Bednarek, Lider P.2.5 
 3. Ross, Lider P.2.5 
 4. Phillips, Wisla C.2.4 
 5. Carter, CCC P.2.3 
 6. Wright, Lotos G.2.3 
 7. Leedham, Gorzow2.2 
 8. Gajda, Energa Torun2.1 
 9. Skobel, Gorzow2.1 
 10. Jelavic, Wisla C.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brittany DENSON
  Lider Pruszkow
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Denson, Lider P.2.0 
 2. Majewska, CCC P.1.9 
 3. Perostiyska, Energa T.1.6 
 4. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia1.4 
 5. Burse, Wisla C.1.3 
 6. Jankowska, LKS S.1.1 
 7. Goff, Super-Pol1.0 
 8. Kobryn, Wisla C.0.9 
 9. Oha, LKS Siemens0.9 
 10. McLean, Utex Row0.8 


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Final Four of the Cup is set - by Eurobasket News
Four teams advanced to Final Four of the Romanian Cup. BC ICIM Universitatea Vasile Goldis Arad, BC LMK Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe, CS Municipal Satu Mare and SCM CSS Craiova will find out the winner later as they beat their opponents in the Quarterfinals.
SCM CSS Craiova overcame CSU LPS Alba Iulia 77:74 in Game 1 and then needed 69:69 in Game 2 to advance. In the last game
SCM CSS Craiova got 24 points from Ramona Eniko Tarta. Tena Matthews (173-G-85, college: Northwestern St.) scored 20 and