EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/5/2011

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  ACPBL   


ACPBL week 12 recap: Brian Graves named Player of the Week - by Gianni Pascucci
At the end of the twelfth week in the leagues inaugural season, the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League front office announced that Brian Graves (6'2''-G-85, college: Catawba) of the Tru Hope (Norfolk) Trailblazers has been named ACPBL player of the week. Graves performed for 27 pts and 11 assists Sunday in a 125-102 home win against the Tri-City Suns. Brian Graves in now a true contender for ACPBL player of the year as he 1st in the league in assists per game at 7.8 and 3rd in the league in scoring at 24.5 per game.
Below is the full recap of week #12 complete with scores and top performers, fans may visit www.acpbl.com and click on stats to view the box scores for each game.

BUFFALO STAMPEDE (6-5) 108 - NEW YORK LIONS (7-4) 124
Top performers: Buffalo Stampede: Vinnie Darpino (5'9''-G, college: Kean) 30 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal. New York Lions: J.J. Walsh (6'5''-F-85, college: St.Joseph's (NY)) 34 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals.

WESTCHESTER WILDKATZ (2-9) 93 - GARDEN STATE REBELS (9-2) 97
Top performers: Westchester WildKatz: Brian Jackson (6'1''-G-84, college: Mountain St.) 35 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal. Garden State Rebels: Justin Carter (6'3''-G, college: Rutgers-Newark) 28 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal.

GARDEN STATE REBELS (9-2) 109 - NEW YORK LIONS (7-4) 103
Top performers: Garden State Rebels: Derryck Alexander (6'5''-F-85, college: Rutgers-Newark) 32 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists. New York Lions: J.J. Walsh 26 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists.

TRI-CITY SUNS (2-7) 102 - TRU HOPE TRAILBLAZERS (8-2) 125
Top performers: Tri-City Suns: Jenard Fleming (6'4''-G-87) 31 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks. Tru Hope Trailblazers: Brian Graves 27 points, 11 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Tihomir Bujan resigns as Head Coach of Zadar - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Croatian media, BC Zadar is on the lookout for a new Head Coach. Reportedly, Tihomir Bujan has resigned as Head Coach of BC Zadar after they final game in EuroChallenege which marked the end of their European competition for this season. Zadar has been hampered by financial plight this season and have found themselves fighting to avoid relation in Adriatic league where they are currently tied with Crvena Zvezda at the bottom of the table. It remains to be seen who will Zadar bring in as replacement in the coming days.
In his coaching career, Tihomir Bujan took over Borik during the 2005-2006 season. He has managed to help the team gain promotion to A1 league in his debut year. In 2007, he was approached by Bosnian outfit Siroki but has left the post in December of 2007. He returned to BC Borik with whom he has finished that season. At the start of this season, Bujan was appointed Head Coach of A2 outfit Pet Bunara. In January, he took over BC Zadar and has helped them reach National Cup Finals.


Cibona brings in Damir Miljkovic - by Eurobasket News
Cibona Zagreb has announced its third signing in just few days. After agreeing deal with Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) and Josko Garma (206-F-81, agency: Agency No 10), the club has brought in Damir Miljkovic (194-G-80). Miljkovic played for Zagreb last season and now has jumped at the opportunity to join Cibona. He is expected to make his debut in the coming days.
Ddamir Miljkovic is a product of Zagreb youth system and has made his senior debut back in 1996. In 9 seasons with the club he has become one of the teams best scorers. During 2004-2005 season, Miljkovic averaged 17.4 points and 2.6 assists per game in 29 Adriatic League matches. In Croatian league, he played in 14 games and has posted averages of 19.4 points and 3.4 assists. Good games did not go unnoticed and following season, Miljkovic was signed by Dynamo St. Petersburg. In his debut season, MIljkovic appeared in 42 league games and has averaged 8.6 points and 1.5 assists per match. Next year, after the club went bankrupt, Miljkovic moved to Greece where he played for Panionios. In 2008, MIljkoivc moved to Spartak Primorie Vladivostok while year later he played in Poland as member of Turow. At the start of the last season, Miljkoivc returned to Croatia where he joined Zagreb. In 12 Croatian league games, he has averaged 4.0 points and 1.7 rebounds and has also helped Zagreb win the National Cup.


Josko Garma joins Cibona - by Eurobasket News
BC Cibona has continued to reinforce its roster after recently releasing their foreign players. According to the reports from Croatian media, Josko Garma (206-F-81, agency: Agency No 10) is the latest signing for Cibona. Garma joins Cibona after playing for Zrinjevac last season, and is expected to bring his experience to the club. Cibona is expected to keep reinforcing its roster after the latest additions in Garma and Barac.
Josko Garma started his career with BC Split during 1995-1996 season. Following year he joined Zagreb where he played for the next 10 seasons, establishing himself as the regular member of starting five. His best season was in 2005 when he averaged 14.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in 13 Adriatic League matches. At the start of 2006-2007 season, Garma joined BC Bosna where he appeared in 17 Adriatic league games and has averaged 5.3 points and 2.0 rebounds. In February of 2007, he moved to Greece where he signed with AEK. In his career, Garma has also played for the likes of Zalakeramia-ZTE and Borac Nektar Banja Luka prior to joining BC Zrinjevac at the start of the last season. Garma has represented Croatia at the U21 level but has never made the Senior Team.


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Partizan 15-7 
 2. Krka 15-7 
 3. Union Olimpija 14-8 
 4. Buducnost 13-9 
 5. KK Zagreb CO 13-9 
 6. Radnicki 11-11 
 7. Hemofarm 11-11 
 8. CEZ Nymburk 11-12 
 9. Cedevita 11-12 
 10. Igokea 10-12 
 11. Cibona 10-12 
 12. Siroki TT 9-14 
 13. Crvena Zvezda 7-16 
 14. Zadar 6-16 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Lee, Radnicki20.1 
 2. Zoric, KK.19.7 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 4. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.9 
 5. Marsh, Crvena Z.18.4 
 6. Draper, Cedevita17.8 
 7. Edwards, Cedevita17.5 
 8. Chase, Igokea16.5 
 9. Car, Zadar16.0 
 10. Dragicevic, Buduc.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Zoric, KK.8.6 
 2. Harvey, Igokea7.6 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.0 
 4. Gist, Partizan6.9 
 5. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 6. Kasun, KK.6.2 
 7. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.0 
 8. Necas, CEZ Nymburk5.9 
 9. Nikolic, Crvena Z.5.8 
 10. Markota, Union O.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.4 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki4.9 
 3. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.9 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.2 
 5. Renfroe, KK.3.8 
 6. Chase, Igokea3.8 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.3.8 
 8. Car, Zadar3.5 
 9. Nissim, CEZ N.3.5 
 10. Vladovic, Zadar3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.3 
 2. Lee, Radnicki2.1 
 3. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.0 
 4. Car, Zadar2.0 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 6. Dragic, Krka1.8 
 7. Renfroe, KK.1.8 
 8. Radosevic, Cibona1.6 
 9. Simmons, CEZ N.1.6 
 10. Ozbolt, Union O.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zoric, KK.1.3 
 2. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona0.9 
 5. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 6. Jawai, Partizan0.8 
 7. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 8. Vesely, Partizan0.7 
 9. Gist, Partizan0.7 
 10. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 


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  ALBANIA   


Studenti and Teuta remain undefated in their groups - by Eurobasket News
Studenti and Teuta remain undefated in their groups with perfect records. In Group A Studenti are on top with 12-0 record. In the latest round the favorites overcame Vllaznia 78:53. The latter fell at the fifth position with 2-10 record. Tirana meanwhile improved to 10-2 record on the second place defeating Valbona 104:59. In another game of the round Skenderbeu lost to UAT 51:69. Skenderbeu remain winless, while UAT grabbed 6-6 record in the middle of the standings.
In Group B Teuta enjoys the top with 8-0 record. In the latest round the team overcame Elbasani 60:49. The latter dropped at the third place with 5-3 record. Flamurtari moved to the second place with 6-2 record beating Pogradeci also 60:49. In another game Apollonia rolled over Partizani 61:48 for 3-5 record. The latter as well as Pogradeci are on the bottom with 1-7 record each.


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Studenti 10-0 
 2. SK Tirana 8-2 
 3. Valbona 6-4 
 4. U.A.T. 4-6 
 5. Vllaznia Shk. 2-8 
 6. Skenderbeu 0-10 


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  ARGENTINA   


Gutierrez's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Obras and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Sionista (#16, 6-15) 86-74. It allowed Obras to consolidate first place in the Argentinian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Obras has a very solid 15-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Gutierrez had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Obras' top player in his first season with the team. Gutierrez has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.5ppg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 58.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports) of La Union. He is Panamanian-Spanish in his first season at La Union. In the last game Garces recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Of course La Union cruised to a 100-90 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Quimsa (#9, 10-11). La Union's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 13-8 record is not bad at all. Garces is one of the most experienced players at La Union and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another La Union's star - guard David Jackson (196-G-82). Jackson got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for seven assists. He was another key player of La Union, helping his team with a 100-90 win against the lower-ranked Quimsa (#9, 10-11). La Union needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Jackson has a great season in Argentina. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.2ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reggie Okosa (206-F/C-80) of Gimnasia CR - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Levi Stukes (188-G-84) of Argentino - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jerome Meyinsse (206-F/C-88) of Club 9 - 16 points and 13 rebounds
7. Pepe Sanchez (193-G-77) of Estudiantes - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Edward Nelson (203-F-82) of Estudiantes - 23 points and 8 rebounds
9. Terrell Taylor (203-C-81) of Lanus - 15 points and 9 rebounds
10. Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81) of Boca Jrs - 8 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 - 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. Sciutto, Monte H.2.5 
 3. Cequeira, Obras2.5 
 4. Martinez, Regat.2.4 
 5. Salles, Monte H.2.4 
 6. Lamonte, Penarol2.3 
 7. Labaque, Atenas2.3 
 8. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 9. Ginobili, Libertad S.2.2 
 10. Selleaze, 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. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 7. Alston, Boca Jrs0.9 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 9. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 10. Wolkowyski, Libertad.0.7 


Libertad Sunchales bring in Roberto Gabini - by Eurobasket News
Roberto Gabini (198-F-75, agency: Interperformances) has agreed on terms of contract with Libertad Sunchales. The 35-year-old forward started the season in Atenas Cordoba. He tallied 10.4 points, 2.6 boards and 1.1 assists per game. Last season Roberto Gabini spent in Italy. He started the season in Angelico Biella averaging 8.6 points and 3.6 boards per game. Later the forward moved to Fileni Jesi in LegaDue. His stats read 14.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals there.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Shane Heal steps down from Boomers assistant coaching role - by Eurobasket News
Four time Olympian and former Australian Boomers captain Shane Heal has stepped down from his role as an assistant coach of the Australian Men's Basketball team, the Boomers, citing unavoidable time constraints following the recent expansion of his personal business ventures.

Heal has assisted Boomers head coach Brett Brown since being appointed by Basketball Australia in 2009, which included the Boomers 2010 FIBA Mens World Championship campaign in Turkey.

Heal, whose retail and property development business has doubled in size since accepting the position, has informed Brett Brown and Basketball Australia that he can no longer commit to the time requirements of the role in the lead up to London 2012.

'This was an extremely difficult decision for me but with the growth of my business, and in particular the recent acquisition of the Urban Burger restaurant chain, it is no longer possible for me to continue with the 100 per cent commitment that Brett and the players deserve,' Heal said.

Heal paid tribute to the coaching staff and players and believes the Boomers are on the cusp of an exciting new era.

'Brett is doing an outstanding job and the Boomers program is fortunate to have such a respected NBA coach at the helm. I will miss working with Brett and his staff and also with such a committed group of players who are so well led by Boomers captain Matty Nielsen.'

Australian Boomers head coach Brett Brown expressed disappointment at Heals decision to step down from the program, but understands and respects the decision considering the circumstances.

I have known Shane for some 25 years, some as his coach, and I know he did not make this decision lightly, said Brown. It would have been made after a lot of thought. Clearly he felt that he could not do the job he knows is required.

Coach Brown described Shanes rare ability to connect with the playing group, while remaining a respected leader and authority within the program, adding experience and expertise to the coaching staff.

His skill package was very unique for us. His significant international career, coupled with his passion for the Boomers made him a big asset to our program. I respect his difficult decision. I will personally miss having him around.'

The Basketball Australia High Performance Management department, along with head coach Brett Brown are expected to appoint Heals replacement later this week.

Heal has pledged his continued commitment to supporting the development of Australian Basketball and believes there is a lot to look forward to under basketball's new management team.

'I think Australian Basketball is in good hands, and I look forward to supporting our senior and junior programs however I can in the future.'

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Ervin, Hawks20.7 
 2. Penney, Breakers20.7 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Clark, Blaze17.3 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.1 
 6. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.0 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers16.0 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers15.4 
 10. Devendorf, Tigers14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.1 
 2. Vukona, Breakers7.8 
 3. Davidson, Hawks7.7 
 4. Brown, Wildcats7.6 
 5. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 6. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.0 
 8. Holmes, 36ers7.0 
 9. Williams, Tigers6.8 
 10. Burston, Tigers6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Williams, Tigers5.9 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Carter, 36ers4.5 
 4. Ervin, Hawks4.5 
 5. Braswell, Breakers4.4 
 6. Shannon, 36ers4.3 
 7. Saville, Hawks4.3 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans4.0 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Blalock, Crocodiles3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.6 
 3. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 4. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 5. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 6. Ervin, Hawks1.3 
 7. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 8. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 9. Braswell, Breakers1.3 
 10. Ellis, Crocodiles1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam BALLINGER
  36ers
  (205-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ballinger, 36ers2.1 
 2. Majok, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.8 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.3 
 5. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 6. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 7. Schenscher, Croco.1.0 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 9. Gilder, Sydney K.0.9 
 10. Freeman, Croco.0.9 


Keilor Thunder trio in Victorian squad - by Eurobasket News
BY TARA MURRAY
KEILOR Thunder fans will notice a familiar look to the under-18 Vic Metro men's basketball team when it plays in the national championships.
Three Keilor Thunder basketballers have made the final team which will head to Tasmania next month.

Justin Soleimani and Dante Exum will be playing for Vic Metro for the second time after having been part of under-16 squads, while Dusan Skenderovic will make his debut this year.

Soleimani, from Hillside, started playing basketball in 2000, and hasn't looked back, with selection in the Victorian side just the latest honour for the 17-year-old.

He was awarded the Pierre de Coubertin by the Australian Olympic Committee for demonstrating values which are consistent with the Olympic movement through participation in sporting activities.

Soleimani believes the previous experience will hold him in good stead for the national championships.

'It feels really good to be back in the program and everything so far has been positive.

'In 2009, I didn't know what to expect, but this time I know what I'll be in for.'

Like Soleimani, Skenderovic has been at the Thunder since juniors, starting in the under-12 program.

While representing his state at the national titles for the first time, Skenderovic from Caroline Springs, was part of the Victorian Metro side at the East Coast Challenge this year.

Skenderovic is excited to be a part of a state team at nationals after missing out in the past.


'I'm pretty excited and looking forward to going to Tasmania for the event.

'I tried out in under 16s and made it to the third stage, so it'll be the first time with the state team.

'I don't really know what to expect, but I know it'll be a lot more physical.'

Both boys will be part of the Thunder's division two men's side in the Big V this season.

Exum, who is based at the Australian Institute of Sports on a basketball scholarship, will be travelling between Canberra and Melbourne in the lead-up to the tournament.

Exum is following in the footsteps of his father, Cecil Exum, a former National Basketball League star.

Both Soleimani and Skenderovic say they have an advantage as they have been playing with each other regularly.

'To be playing with the other two boys is surreal and will make it easier as we know how each other plays,' Skenderovic said.

Soleimani added: 'We're good mates and it's good they made the side, as we know each other's games which will make it easier on the court.'


The boys are joined in the squad by Werribee's Joshua Oswald.
Courtesy of: http://www.brimbankweekly.com.au




Eltham wins Horsham RSL Charity Shield - by Eurobasket News
In a closely fought game the Eltham Wildcats SCY1M team come out victors 65 53 over a much improved Horsham Hornets Div2 Mens side on Saturday night. The Wildcats were able to gain a solid 10 point lead at quarter time and were able to increase the lead to 13 points at half time, until Horsham came back in the third quarter and again in the fourth to have the game in the balance with 3 mins left before the Wildcats were able to close it out.

For Horsham Pickett Tim (193-G/F-81, college: Florida St.) was again outstanding with 26 points including 3 three pointers in a row that closed the gap to 3 points late in the game. Cam Bruce was also hard to stop and chimed in with 15 points of his own. For the Wildcats the debut of Eltham junior Indrek Adamson with 12 points 11 boards and 7 blocks was outstanding as well as Shane Muir with 19 points, who hit some big shots down the stretch to secure the win.

After the game Pickett Tim commented We were pleased with our effort and with the added personnel this season we should be stronger. It was great to see a Metro team take the time to travel up here, we look forward to taking back the shield next year. Eltham Head Coach, Chris Owen said It is important that we support country basketball and it gave our kids a chance to bond. This is the first time in 5 games that I have won at Horsham, they have always been tough. I look forward to coming up again and I encourage all Metro teams to make the trip.
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 19-5 
 2. Crocodiles 14-9 
 3. Wildcats 14-10 
 4. Taipans 12-11 
 5. Hawks 11-12 
 6. Blaze 11-12 
 7. Tigers 9-13 
 8. 36ers 8-15 
 9. Sydney K. 6-17 


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  AUSTRIA   


Nelson's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-F/C-86, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kapfenberg Bulls and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Oberwart (#4, 15-11) 77-70. Kapfenberg is placed at 5th position in Austrian league. Kapfenberg is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 12th lost game this season out of 26 games. It was one of impressive evenings for Nelson as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Demetrius Nelson averages this season 9.7ppg and 5.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of UBC St. Polten. He is former international guard in his 4th season at St.Polten. In the last game Schreiner recorded impressive 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for St.Polten to edge slightly higher-ranked Gussing (#-2, 10-16) by 6 points 82-76. This victory allowed St.Polten to move up to -1th position in group B. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-18 record. Schreiner is one of the most experienced players at St.Polten and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-F/C-82) of UBC okoStadt Gussing Knights (#-2). Djuric scored 25 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Djuric's great performance Gussing lost 76-82 to #-1 ranked St.Polten. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Gussing not to end season at such low position in group B, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Djuric could try to bring Gussing's a little bit higher in the standings. Djuric has a very solid season. In 26 games in Austria he scored 14.6ppg. He also has 7.2rpg and FGP: 60.3%. Aleksandar Djuric has also Austrian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kevin Houston (194-F/G-76) of Arkadia - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Markus Carr (185-G-79) of BC Vienna - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77) of Wels - 18 points and 3 rebounds
7. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) of Furstenfeld - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Russell Hicks (213-C-85) of Furstenfeld - 21 points and 4 rebounds
9. Djordje Drenovac (201-F-92) of Arkadia - 19 points and 4 rebounds
10. Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) of Kapfenberg - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 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)


A Bundesliga Round 4: Gmunden Swans defeat Furstenfeld Panthers in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Group A - An interesting game for Gmunden Swans (21-5) which hosted in Gmunden 3rd ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (16-10). First ranked Gmunden Swans managed to get a 6-point victory 77-71. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-21. But Furstenfeld Panthers won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 28 personal fouls committed by Furstenfeld Panthers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. The former international guard Florian Schoeninger (186-83) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) replied with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Furstenfeld Panthers. Defending champion maintains first position in Bundesliga with 21-5 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the third place with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans are looking forward to face league's second-placed Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Furstenfeld Panthers will play at home against Kapfenberg Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Group B - An interesting game for BC Vienna (11-15) which played road game in Graz against their biggest opponent UBSC Graz (13-13). Third ranked BC Vienna managed to get a 9-point victory 82-73. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Markus Carr (185-79, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds and Sveto Pekovic who added 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-82) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). BC Vienna maintains third position in Bundesliga with 11-15 record having four points less than leader Wels. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the second place with 13 games lost. BC Vienna will play against St.Polten (#5) at home in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against the league's leader Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Group B top team - Raiffeisen Wels (15-11) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Worthersee Piraten (2-24) in Klagenfurt 79-52. The winners were led by Robert Holcomb Faye who scored that evening 15 points and 5 assists. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by Erik Rhinehart did not help to save the game for Worthersee Piraten. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Raiffeisen Wels maintains first position in Bundesliga with 15-11 record. Loser Worthersee Piraten keeps the sixth place with 24 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will meet at home league's second-placed UBSC Graz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Worthersee Piraten will play against Gussing Knights (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Group A - The game in Klosterneuburg was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Arkadia Lions (17-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Xion Dukes (14-12). Arkadia Lions managed to secure a 6-point victory 82-76. Fabricio Vay fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Xion Dukes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Arkadia Lions maintains second position in Bundesliga with 17-9 record having just -2 point less than leader Wels. Xion Dukes at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. Arkadia Lions' next round opponent will be league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and it will be for sure the game of the week. Xion Dukes will play on the road against Oberwart Gunners (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Group A - The game in Kapfenberg was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Oberwart Gunners (15-11) played at the court of sixth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (14-12). Kapfenberg Bulls managed to secure a 7-point victory 77-70 on Thursday. It was a very good performance for Demetrius Nelson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to fifth place in Bundesliga. Loser Oberwart Gunners keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will face higher ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Oberwart Gunners will play against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 4
In Bundesliga Gussing were beaten by St.Polten on the road 82-76.
The most impressive performance of 4th round was 25 points and 14 rebounds by Aleksandar Djuric of Gussing.


Group A
Klosterneub. - Arkadia 76-82

The game in Klosterneuburg was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Arkadia Lions (17-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Xion Dukes (14-12). Arkadia Lions managed to secure a 6-point victory 82-76. Xion Dukes were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 46-38 second half run of Arkadia Lions. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Kevin Houston (194-76, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) added 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Xion Dukes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Arkadia Lions maintains second position in Bundesliga with 17-9 record having just -2 point less than leader Wels. Xion Dukes at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. Arkadia Lions' next round opponent will be league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and it will be for sure the game of the week. Xion Dukes will play on the road against Oberwart Gunners (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 21+7reb+3ast, B.Danek 19+1reb+4ast, D.Drenovac 19+4reb+1ast, K.Houston 16+10reb+3ast, K.Payton 5+1ast, P.Skurdauskas 2+2reb
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 22+6reb, R.Suljanovic 17+4reb+1ast, C.Nagler 11+7reb+2ast, J.Chappell 9+5reb+2ast, D.Zeleznik 6+2reb+2ast, A.Maresch 5+3reb+3ast
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Gmunden - Furstenfeld 77-71

An interesting game for Gmunden Swans (21-5) which hosted in Gmunden 3rd ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (16-10). First ranked Gmunden Swans managed to get a 6-point victory 77-71. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-21. But Furstenfeld Panthers won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 28 personal fouls committed by Furstenfeld Panthers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. The former international guard Florian Schoeninger (186-83) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) replied with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Canadian center Russell Hicks (213-85, college: Florida Intern.) added 21 points in the effort for Furstenfeld Panthers. Defending champion maintains first position in Bundesliga with 21-5 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the third place with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans are looking forward to face league's second-placed Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Furstenfeld Panthers will play at home against Kapfenberg Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: D.Mayes 22+1ast, F.Schoeninger 16+5reb+2ast, E.Murati 12+2reb+2ast, D.Oppland 7+5reb+3ast, I.Boylan 7+2reb+4ast, M.Mayer 6+9reb+1ast
Furstenfeld: R.Hicks 21+4reb, S.Stazic 17+5reb+6ast, S.Ray 10+5reb+3ast, D.Carr 9+7reb, R.Hampton 7, A.Shavies 5+2reb+8ast
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Kapfenberg - Oberwart 77-70

The game in Kapfenberg was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Oberwart Gunners (15-11) played at the court of sixth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (14-12). Kapfenberg Bulls managed to secure a 7-point victory 77-70 on Thursday. Oberwart Gunners trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 28-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-77 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Oberwart Gunners 36-19 including 26 on the defensive glass. Oberwart Gunners were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. International guard Moritz Lanegger (188-90, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Bernd Volcic (205-76, college: New Orleans, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points in the effort for Oberwart Gunners. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to fifth place in Bundesliga. Loser Oberwart Gunners keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will face higher ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Oberwart Gunners will play against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: D.Nelson 20+11reb+3ast, M.Lanegger 18+9reb+3ast, A.Woschank 13+5reb+6ast, M.Nelson 8+2reb+3ast, D.Horace 8+2reb+1ast, L.Gordon 7+5reb+3ast
Oberwart: B.Volcic 18+2reb+2ast, J.Dean Shawn 17+6reb+2ast, H.Ochsenhofer 10+3ast, D.Gonzalvez 8+5reb+1ast, K.Parker 7+1reb+2ast, T.Sally 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 121961


Group B
Worthersee - Wels 52-79

A Bundesliga top team - Raiffeisen Wels (15-11) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Worthersee Piraten (2-24) in Klagenfurt 79-52. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-52. Raiffeisen Wels dominated on the defensive end, holding Worthersee Piraten to just 5 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Worthersee Piraten's 20. Raiffeisen Wels forced 22 Worthersee Piraten turnovers. The winners were led by American guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) who scored that evening 15 points and 5 assists and German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) supported him with 18 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Holcomb Faye is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Erik Rhinehart (206-82, college: Olivet Nazarene) did not help to save the game for Worthersee Piraten. Bosnian forward Selmir Husanovic (200-78) added 10 points for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Raiffeisen Wels maintains first position in Bundesliga with 15-11 record. Loser Worthersee Piraten keeps the sixth place with 24 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will meet at home league's second-placed UBSC Graz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Worthersee Piraten will play against Gussing Knights (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wels: T.Klette 18+3reb, R.Holcomb Faye 15+2reb+5ast, R.Brokenborough 15+3reb+2ast, J.Smith 10+5reb, B.Fields 6+2reb+2ast, D.Lamesic 6+4reb+3ast
Worthersee: E.Rhinehart 14+6reb+1ast, S.Husanovic 10+3reb+1ast, M.Breithuber 7+2reb+2ast, B.Abdullah 5+3reb, A.Kuttnig 4+4reb+1ast, B.Weber 4+5reb
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UBSC Graz - BC Vienna 73-82

An interesting game for BC Vienna (11-15) which played road game in Graz against their biggest opponent UBSC Graz (13-13). Third ranked BC Vienna managed to get a 9-point victory 82-73. It looked good early as UBSC Graz took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Vienna had a 21-13 second period charge getting the lead and UBSC Graz was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-82. BC Vienna dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 26. BC Vienna forced 22 UBSC Graz turnovers. UBSC Graz was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Markus Carr (185-79, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Sveto Pekovic (202-82) who added 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-82) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Slovenian guard Dragan Miletic (195-82) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. BC Vienna maintains third position in Bundesliga with 11-15 record having four points less than leader Wels. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the second place with 13 games lost. BC Vienna will play against St.Polten (#5) at home in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against the league's leader Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: M.Carr 20+7reb+3ast, S.Pekovic 16+7reb+3ast, A.Trepalovac 16+7reb+1ast, M.Graf 8+2reb+1ast, S.Rhynes 8+6reb, N.Miljkovic 5+1ast
UBSC Graz: D.Miletic 18+1reb+4ast, M.Stegnjaic 16+7reb+1ast, S.Grum 15+2reb+5ast, L.Graham 12+5reb+2ast, R.Lanegger 5+6reb, S.Schaal 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 121963


St.Polten - Gussing 82-76

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked St.Polten (8-18) beat at home one of their biggest challengers Gussing Knights (10-16) 82-76 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. St.Polten forced 27 Gussing Knights turnovers. Gussing Knights were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for the former international guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 4 assists. The former international guard David Jandl (180-84, agency: Court Side) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Gussing Knights. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. St.Polten maintains fifth position in Bundesliga with 8-18 record. Loser Gussing Knights keep the fourth place with 16 games lost. St.Polten will face higher ranked BC Vienna (#3) in Wien in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gussing Knights will play at home against Worthersee Piraten in Klagenfurt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: T.Schreiner 27+4reb+4ast, D.Jandl 18+2reb+4ast, R.Poiger 14+8reb, M.Speiser 11+8reb+2ast, T.Gaspar 8+3reb+2ast, N.Kapic 4+2reb+1ast
Gussing: A.Djuric 25+14reb, M.Heard 16+7reb+2ast, S.Koch 13+3reb+1ast, T.Klepeisz 10+7reb+4ast, M.Jandrasits 7+1ast, M.Klepeisz 3+1reb
gschID: 121964




Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 21-5 
 2. Arkadia 17-9 
 3. Furstenfeld 16-10 
 4. Oberwart 15-11 
 5. Kapfenberg 14-12 
 6. Klosterneub. 14-12 
Group B
 1. Wels 15-11 
 2. UBSC Graz 13-13 
 3. BC Vienna 11-15 
 4. Gussing 10-16 
 5. St.Polten 8-18 
 6. Worthersee 2-24 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.9 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 4. Houston, Arkadia19.3 
 5. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.6 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.18.3 
 7. Mayes, Gmunden17.4 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.4 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.0 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.2 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 5. Vay, Arkadia7.9 
 6. Volcic, Oberwart7.7 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden7.7 
 8. Graham, UBSC G.7.6 
 9. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.4 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.0 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.5 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.8 
 4. Schreiner, St.Po.6.0 
 5. Danek, Arkadia6.0 
 6. Miletic, UBSC G.4.7 
 7. Parker, Oberwart4.6 
 8. Boylan, Gmunden4.4 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.5 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.3 
 4. Parker, Oberwart2.2 
 5. Jandl, St.Polten2.1 
 6. Ray, Furstenfeld2.0 
 7. Vay, Arkadia1.8 
 8. Danek, Arkadia1.8 
 9. Bachlechner, Worth.1.7 
 10. Artner, Oberwart1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.5 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.0 
 6. Vay, Arkadia1.0 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.9 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 
 10. Koch, Gussing0.6 


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Aleksandar Mladenovic of Mures - MVP of the regular season - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) of BC Mures is the Most Valuable Player for the 2010/2011 regular season of the EUROHOLD Balkan League. The 26-year old Serbian played in all 8 games of his team in Group B in the BIBL. For 32.3 minutes per game he averaged 21.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 2.6 blocks for efficiency of 24.5.

He is followed by Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88) (HKK Zrinjski) - 21.3, Levskis Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State) who has played in only 3 games - 31.0, and Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: 011 Sports) and Vladimir Mijovic (207-F-84, agency: Alti Sport) of Rilski Sportist - 18.9 and 18.8.

Mladenovic also finished as the top scorer of the regular season - 21.0 points per game. He is followed by Ivan Lilov - 20.0, Zeljko Sakic - 19.1, Aaron Harper (Levski ) - 17.5 and Ivan Jelenic (Mornar) - 16.7.

Zeljko Sakic is the best rebounder - 9.1 rebounds per game, followed by Vladimir Mijovic - 8.3 and Aleksandar Mladenovic with also 8.3. Jason Forte of Mures has 7.9 and Filip Vukicevic from KK Brod-Svjetlost averages 7.7.

JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82, agency: Agency No 10, college: Indiana Tech) of Mures is the best passer - 9.0 assists per game (63 for 7 games). Goran Samardziev averages 5.4 over 8 games and Ivan Lilov has 4.5 over 8 games as well.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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Round 22: Ventspils lose the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
There was a change at the Baltic League leadership position after last games. Round 22 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Latvian Ventspils (16-5). They were defeated by second ranked VEF Riga (16-5) 84-68 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Ventspils. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Ventspils managed to win fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Ventspils' 30. They outrebounded Ventspils 37-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. Swingman Sandis Valters (193-78) scored 13 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Puerto Rican guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. VEF Riga's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Maris Gulbis (202-85) responded with 12 points. VEF Riga keeps a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Ventspils. Ventspils will play next round against Norrkoping Dolphins trying to make it back to the top of the standings. VEF Riga will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Siauliai at home.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Estonian TU/Rock (14-7) against fifth ranked Lithuanian Siauliai (13-8) on Friday night. Visiting TU/Rock was defeated by Siauliai in Siauliai 99-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TU/Rock. Guard Darius Gvezdauskas (192-88) notched 24 points to lead the effort and Vytautas Sarakauskas supported him with 22 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds by American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) did not help to save the game for TU/Rock. Siauliai have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Rudupis. Defending Estonian champion TU/Rock keeps the third position with seven games lost. Siauliai will play against league's leader VEF Riga on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. TU/Rock will play against Nevezis in Kedainiai and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Norrkoping between Swedish Norrkoping Dolphins and Lithuanian Perlas. Ninth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (9-12) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked Perlas (9-13). Norrkoping Dolphins managed to escape with a 1-point win 72-71 in the game for the eighth place. Randall Hanke fired 16 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Kelly Grant allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Tautvydas Slezas produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for lost side. Defending Swedish champion moved-up to eighth place. Perlas at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins will meet at home league's second-placed Ventspils in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Perlas will have a break next round.
An interesting game took place in Liepaja where higher ranked Lithuanian Nevezis (12-9) were upseton the court of tenth ranked Latvian Liepaja (7-14) 75-62. Worth to mention a great performance of Jurijs Aleksejevs who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. Liepaja maintains tenth position with 7-14 record. Nevezis lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost. Liepaja's next round opponent will be higher ranked Rudupis (#4) in Prienai and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Eighth ranked Lithuanian Perlas (9-13) crushed at home 11th ranked Estonian TTU/Kalev (6-16) by 16 points 78-62, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. Saulius Kulvietis scored 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory Perlas went down to ninth position due to points difference. Loser TTU/Kalev keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 22 TTU/Kalev won against Valmiera on the opponent's court 87-75.


Elite
Siauliai - TU/Rock 99-84

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Estonian TU/Rock (14-7) against fifth ranked Lithuanian Siauliai (13-8) on Friday night. Visiting TU/Rock was defeated by Siauliai in Siauliai 99-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TU/Rock. It looked good early as TU/Rock took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Siauliai had a 23-20 second period charge getting the lead and TU/Rock was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 84-99. Siauliai shot 61.0 percent from the field and made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by TU/Rock's players. Guard Darius Gvezdauskas (192-88) notched 24 points to lead the effort and center Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-82) supported him with 22 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds by American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) did not help to save the game for TU/Rock. Swingman Marek Doronin (200-83) added 7 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Four TU/Rock players scored in double figures. Siauliai have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Rudupis. Defending Estonian champion TU/Rock keeps the third position with seven games lost. Siauliai will play against league's leader VEF Riga on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. TU/Rock will play against Nevezis in Kedainiai and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: C.Eziukwu 22+11reb, R.Veideman 12+4ast, S.Leppik 11+1reb+2ast, A.Paade 10+3reb, V.Allingu 8+2reb+1ast, M.Doronin 7+7reb+2ast
Siauliai: D.Gvezdauskas 24+4reb+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 22+3reb+1ast, R.Edvinas 15+2reb+2ast, E.Stanionis 8+3ast, R.Broadus 8+6reb+8ast, Z.Janavicius 7+2reb+6ast
gschID: 117296


Norrkoping - Perlas 72-71

A very close game took place in Norrkoping between Swedish Norrkoping Dolphins and Lithuanian Perlas. Ninth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (9-12) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked Perlas (9-13). Norrkoping Dolphins managed to escape with a 1-point win 72-71 in the game for the eighth place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Perlas won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Norrkoping Dolphins made 7 blocks. American-British power forward Randall Hanke (211-84, college: Providence) fired 16 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners. American guard George Gervin (189-76, college: Houston) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Kelly Grant allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Tautvydas Slezas (207-90, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Defending Swedish champion moved-up to eighth place. Perlas at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins will meet at home league's second-placed Ventspils in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Perlas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Perlas: G.Staniulis 14+3reb+2ast, T.Slezas 14+14reb+3ast, A.Viskontas 12+3ast, Z.Kelys 9+2reb+2ast, E.Bendzius 8+1reb, S.Kulvietis 8+4reb+4ast
Norrkoping: R.Hanke 16+9reb, G.Gervin 13+5reb+1ast, J.McNaull 10+4reb, A.Saks 8+3reb+2ast, P.Sakinis 7+2reb+1ast, T.Gaidamavicius 6+5ast
gschID: 117297


Perlas - TTU/Kalev 78-62

Eighth ranked Lithuanian Perlas (9-13) crushed at home 11th ranked Estonian TTU/Kalev (6-16) by 16 points 78-62, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Perlas. TTU/Kalev was better in third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Perlas forced 20 TTU/Kalev turnovers. Forward Saulius Kulvietis (203-91) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and center Tautvydas Slezas (207-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Canadian guard Casey Archibald (195-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) responded with 9 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) scored 12 points. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory Perlas went down to ninth position due to points difference. Loser TTU/Kalev keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: I.Pilk 12+3reb+1ast, R.Roos 9+1ast, C.Archibald 9+3reb+5ast, K.Makke 8+6reb+1ast, M.Kurg 7+1reb, M.Klementsov 6+1reb+4ast
Perlas: S.Kulvietis 20+5reb+3ast, L.Samenas 12+1reb, T.Slezas 10+9reb+5ast, Z.Kelys 9+2reb+2ast, E.Bendzius 7+1ast, A.Siksnius 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 117292


Liepaja - Nevezis 75-62

An interesting game took place in Liepaja where higher ranked Lithuanian Nevezis (12-9) were upseton the court of tenth ranked Latvian Liepaja (7-14) 75-62. The game was mostly controlled by Liepaja. Nevezis was better in fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Nevezis 43-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of center Jurijs Aleksejevs (203-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) contributed with 25 points for the winners. Caldwell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-85, college: Virginia, agency: FCM) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Nevezis. Liepaja maintains tenth position with 7-14 record. Nevezis lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost. Liepaja's next round opponent will be higher ranked Rudupis (#4) in Prienai and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: E.Dimsa 19+10reb+1ast, L.Mikalauskas 13+9reb+1ast, P.Belevicius 9+5reb+2ast, E.Kalve 5+1reb, R.Alijevas 4+3ast, V.Cizauskas 4+3reb+1ast
Liepaja: P.Caldwell 25+3reb, J.Aleksejevs 22+16reb+2ast, M.Kravcenko 9+4reb+3ast, M.Mejeris 7+4reb+1ast, M.Meiers 6+4reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 4+6reb+4ast
gschID: 117293


Valmiera - TTU/Kalev 75-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 12th ranked Latvian Valmiera's (1-20) home loss to eleventh ranked Estonian TTU/Kalev (6-16) 75-87 on Thursday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. TTU/Kalev forced 19 Valmiera turnovers. Forward Andre Parn (200-77) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) chipped in 21 points during the contest (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Five TTU/Kalev players scored in double figures. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side guard Janis Kaufmanis (185-89) responded with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and center Janis Graudins (201-78) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. TTU/Kalev maintains eleventh position with 6-16 record. Valmiera lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 20 games lost. TTU/Kalev will have a break next round. Valmiera will play at home against Kalev/Cramo (#7) in Tallinn.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 25+7reb+7ast, J.Graudins 12+6reb+1ast, O.Virsis 10+2ast, P.Veselovs 9+3reb+1ast, J.Berzins 7+2reb+2ast, M.Ziedins 6+5reb
TTU/Kalev: K.Makke 21+2reb, A.Parn 18+5reb, I.Pilk 12+6reb+4ast, V.Kriisa 11+4reb+7ast, M.Kurg 10+1reb+2ast, C.Archibald 6+3ast
gschID: 117294


VEF Riga - Ventspils 84-68

There was a change at the Baltic League leadership position after last games. Round 22 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Latvian Ventspils (16-5). They were defeated by second ranked VEF Riga (16-5) 84-68 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Ventspils. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Ventspils managed to win fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Ventspils' 30. They outrebounded Ventspils 37-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. Swingman Sandis Valters (193-78) scored 13 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Puerto Rican guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. VEF Riga's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Maris Gulbis (202-85) responded with 12 points and Lithuanian power forward Saulius Kuzminskas (210-82, college: California) scored 10 points. Four VEF Riga and five Ventspils players scored in double figures. VEF Riga keeps a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Ventspils. Ventspils will play next round against Norrkoping Dolphins trying to make it back to the top of the standings. VEF Riga will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Siauliai at home.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: M.Gulbis 12+4reb+1ast, S.Kuzminskas 10+4reb+2ast, O.Efejuku 10+3reb, R.Anderson 10+1reb, T.Carter 10+3ast, J.Strelnieks 6+2reb+1ast
VEF Riga: T.Hughes 16+3reb+4ast, S.Valters 13+4reb+6ast, B.Bakic 11+2ast, K.Berzins 10+5reb, I.Nelyubov 8+2reb+1ast, D.Bertans 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 117295




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Pierce CALDWELL
  Liepaja
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Caldwell, Liepaja20.3 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale19.0 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 4. Osby, TT.18.9 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas16.9 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.6 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 8. Parakhouski, VEF R.15.3 
 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/Rock9.0 
 4. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 5. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.1 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 7. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 8. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
 9. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 10. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.6 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.3 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 4. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 5. Kriisa, TT.4.9 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis4.5 
 7. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 9. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 10. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gintaras LEONAVICIUS
  Techasas
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai2.3 
 3. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 4. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 5. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 6. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 8. Leppik, TU/Rock1.9 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai1.8 
 10. Mitchell, Liepaja1.7 
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. Hanke, Norrkoping1.4 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.4 
 7. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 8. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 9. Osby, TT.1.2 
 10. Cain, VEF Riga1.1 


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 14-7 
 4. Rudupis 13-8 
 5. Siauliai 13-8 
 6. Nevezis 12-9 
 7. Kalev/Cramo 11-10 
 8. Norrkoping 9-12 
 9. Perlas 9-13 
 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   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 16-1 
 2. Aalstar 14-5 
 3. M.Hainaut 11-6 
 4. Oostende 10-9 
 5. Antwerp 9-9 
 6. Leuven 7-11 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 6-12 
 8. Liege 6-12 
 9. Gent 2-16 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Copeland, Aalstar17.3 
 2. Lojeski, Oostende16.2 
 3. Mallet, Charleroi16.1 
 4. Waters, Verviers.15.5 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.5 
 6. Jackson, Verviers.15.3 
 7. Miller, Leuven14.9 
 8. Lewis, M.Hainaut14.7 
 9. Hilliard, Aalstar14.7 
 10. Freeman, Verviers.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Freeman, Verviers.8.2 
 2. Randle, Gent7.7 
 3. Young, Aalstar7.6 
 4. Hilliard, Aalstar7.5 
 5. Tofi, Leuven7.3 
 6. Stipanovic, Liege6.8 
 7. Jackson, Verviers.6.7 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar6.4 
 9. Thomas, Oostende6.1 
 10. Mejri, Antwerp6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut4.0 
 3. Waters, Verviers.3.4 
 4. Dagunduro, Leuven3.4 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Mallet, Charleroi2.9 
 7. Lewis, M.Hainaut2.9 
 8. Miller, Leuven2.8 
 9. Muya, Liege2.6 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.6 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.1 
 5. Mitchell, Oostende2.1 
 6. Dagunduro, Leuven1.9 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp1.8 
 8. Bosco, Gent1.7 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
 10. Faison, Oostende1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.7 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.3 
 4. Randle, Gent0.9 
 5. Tofi, Leuven0.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 7. Stipanovic, Liege0.4 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar0.4 
 9. Freeman, Verviers.0.4 
 10. Faison, Oostende0.4 


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Bosna 16-4 
 2. Borac Nektar 14-6 
 3. Mladost 14-6 
 4. Capljina 14-7 
 5. Sloboda Dita 12-9 
 6. SL IAT Leotar 12-9 
 7. Zrinjski HT 11-9 
 8. Hercegovac 11-9 
 9. Celik 9-13 
 10. Kakanj 6-14 
 11. Varda HE 6-14 
 12. Brotnjo 6-15 
 13. Slavija 2-18 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki TT


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac20.2 
 2. Kahrimanovic, Kak.17.6 
 3. Rahimic, Bosna17.4 
 4. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.4 
 5. Zdravkovic, Capljina17.2 
 6. Zdravkovic, Capljina17.2 
 7. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 8. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 9. Gajovic, Hercegovac16.6 
 10. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.2 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.6 
 3. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 4. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 5. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 6. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.8 
 7. Markovic, Varda HE6.4 
 8. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.4 
 9. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.4 
 10. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Pasalic, Bosna4.8 
 3. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 4. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.7 
 5. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.7 
 6. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 7. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 8. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.3 
 9. Markovic, Varda HE3.3 
 10. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Adamovic, Borac N.2.6 
 3. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 4. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.4 
 5. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 6. Vranjes, Borac N.1.9 
 7. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 8. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.8 
 9. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 10. Komatina, Mladost1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 2. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 3. Zimic, Bosna1.8 
 4. Duranovic, Mladost0.8 
 5. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 6. Brkic, Capljina0.8 
 7. Brkic, Capljina0.8 
 8. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.7 
 9. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 10. Pelkic, SL IAT L.0.7 


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CBA Round 31: Leader Xinjiang gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Leader Xinjiang Flying Tige delivered the twentieth eighth win on Friday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (16-13) 100-92 in Hangzhou. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Zhejiang Cyclones. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Zhejiang Cyclones won fourth quarter 27-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xinjiang Flying Tige forced 22 Zhejiang Cyclones turnovers. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. His fellow American import guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) chipped in 23 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach XingQuan Jiang used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points, 22 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Xinjiang Flying Tige (28-1) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Zhejiang Cyclones at the other side keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Zhejiang G.L. and Beijing. Xinjiang Flying Tige are looking forward to face Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#7) in Hangzhou in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Zhejiang Cyclones will play on the road against Shandong Bulls in Jinan and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Beijing was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (16-13) played at the court of seventh ranked Beijing Ducks (16-13). Beijing Ducks did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 97-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Lei Chen contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 16 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Beijing Ducks moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Zhejiang G.L. and Zhejiang C. Beijing Ducks will play against Liaoning Hunters (#11) in Yingkou in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play on the road against the league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige (#1) in Urumqi and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Qingdao between Foshan and Qingdao Double Star. Fifteenth ranked Foshan (10-19) got a very close victory on the road over 13th ranked Qingdao Double Star (10-19). Foshan managed to escape with a 2-point win 98-96 in the fight for the fourteenth place. It was a great evening for Stephon Marbury who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 5 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Foshan's coach Jay Humphries allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side Charles Gaines responded with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Foshan moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Qingdao DS. Foshan will meet at home Fujian SBS XunXin (#16) in the next round. Qingdao Double Star will play against the league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards having rather not much hope for a victory.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Yingkou, where 11th ranked Liaoning Hunters (12-17) lost at home to fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (11-19) 80-88. It was an exceptional evening for Jameel Watkins who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks. Jilin Tigers moved-up to thirteenth place. Liaoning Hunters lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Jilin Tigers will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Taiyuan. Local Shanxi Zhongyu (13-16) was outscored by third ranked Guandong Tigers (22-7) 134-94 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shanxi Zhongyu. Wei Su fired 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Guandong Tigers. They maintain third place with 22-7 record having six points less than leader Xinjiang. Loser Shanxi Zhongyu keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. Guandong Tigers will face bottom-ranked TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Shanxi Zhongyu will play on the road against Jiangsu Dragons (#4) in Nanjing.

Other games of round 31 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Fujian crushed TianJin R. in Jinjiang 124-100. Shandong was beaten by DongGuan at home 109-117. Shanghai lost to Jiangsu on the opponent's court 80-95.


TianJin R. - Fujian 100-124

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 17th ranked TianJin Rongcheng's (5-24) home loss to sixteenth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (7-22) 100-124 on Friday. Fujian SBS XunXin had a 34-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by TianJin Rongcheng's players. TianJin Rongcheng was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Andre Emmett (196-82, college: Texas Tech) fired 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Hang Li (204-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Five Fujian SBS XunXin players scored in double figures. American guard Vernon Hamilton (183-84, college: Clemson) produced a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 4 assists and forward GuiJun Xu (202-80) added 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fujian SBS XunXin maintains sixteenth place with 7-22 record. TianJin Rongcheng lost their fifth game in a row. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Fujian SBS XunXin will face higher ranked Foshan (#14) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Guandong Tigers having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Fujian: E.Andre 31+7reb+5ast, L.Hang 28+11reb, J.Dwayne 17+14reb+2ast, Y.GengLin 13+5reb+3ast, Z.TaiLong 11+1reb+1ast, Y.Qin 10+3reb+2ast
TianJin R.: H.Vernon 40+12reb+4ast, X.GuiJun 34+5reb, Q.Peng 9+1reb+1ast, Z.Ji 6+4reb, Z.Nan 6+3reb+1ast, M.XiangLong 5+2reb
gschID: 118570


Qingdao DS - Foshan 96-98

A very close game took place in Qingdao between Foshan and Qingdao Double Star. Fifteenth ranked Foshan (10-19) got a very close victory on the road over 13th ranked Qingdao Double Star (10-19). Foshan managed to escape with a 2-point win 98-96 in the fight for the fourteenth place. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 30-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 5 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Forward Yong-gang Zhao (200-82) helped adding 25 points. Foshan's coach Jay Humphries allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) responded with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Foshan and four Qingdao Double Star players scored in double figures. Foshan moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Qingdao DS. Foshan will meet at home Fujian SBS XunXin (#16) in the next round. Qingdao Double Star will play against the league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Foshan: M.Stephon 30+4reb+5ast, Z.Yong-gang 25+4reb+1ast, O.Olumide 18+11reb, H.Ben 15+6reb+2ast, Z.Zhun 10+7reb, Z.Xiaowei 0+2reb
Qingdao DS: G.Charles 37+10reb+1ast, B.Dee 25+5reb+5ast, A.Zaid 11+4reb, C.Liang 11+7reb+1ast, L.Gen 5+2reb+2ast, S.Shengyue 5+2reb+6ast
gschID: 118566


Liaoning - Jilin 80-88

We should mention about the upset which took place in Yingkou, where 11th ranked Liaoning Hunters (12-17) lost at home to fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (11-19) 80-88. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Liaoning Hunters won third quarter 27-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jilin Tigers brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks. His fellow American import swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) accounted for 22 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. American guard Myles McKay (191-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) came up with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international center Xiaoxu Li (207-90) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Liaoning Hunters in the defeat. Five Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures. Jilin Tigers moved-up to thirteenth place. Liaoning Hunters lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Jilin Tigers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Jilin: W.Jameel 25+17reb+2ast, P.Tim 22+11reb+6ast, Y.Shulong 13+3reb+1ast, Z.Cheng 9+4reb+3ast, L.Wei 8+6reb+1ast, L.Yao 6+3reb+4ast
Liaoning: M.Myles 23+9reb+5ast, L.Shunan 15+1reb+1ast, W.Yingliang 13+4reb+1ast, H.Dejun 11+10reb, L.Xiaoxu 10+9reb+3ast, G.Ailun 5+1reb
gschID: 118567


Shandong - DongGuan 109-117

No shocking result in a game in Jinan where second ranked DongGuan Leopards (23-6) defeated 9th ranked Shandong Bulls (14-15) 117-109 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 36-24 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) fired 54 points (!!!) for the winners. Center TongLin Sun (208-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) produced 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. DongGuan Leopards maintains second place with 23-6 record having five points less than leader Xinjiang. Loser Shandong Bulls keep the ninth position with 15 games lost. DongGuan Leopards will face Qingdao Double Star (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shandong Bulls will play against Zhejiang Cyclones (#5) in Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
DongGuan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 54+2reb+3ast, S.TongLin 19+10reb+4ast, P.Duo 17+4reb+5ast, C.HsinAn 8+4reb+3ast, G.QuAn 7+10reb, Z.Kai 4+8reb
Shandong: A.Myron 25+5reb+4ast, W.Rodney 20+8reb+1ast, Z.Jinshuai 17+5reb, W.Ke 14+5reb+2ast, W.Gang 11+1reb+2ast, L.JiuLong 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 118568


Shanxi Zh. - Guandong 94-134

The game with biggest result difference took place in Taiyuan. Local Shanxi Zhongyu (13-16) was outscored by third ranked Guandong Tigers (22-7) 134-94 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shanxi Zhongyu. The game without a history. Guandong Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Shanxi Zhongyu's 52. Guandong Tigers forced 25 Shanxi Zhongyu turnovers and outrebounded them 54-32 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guandong Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. International center Wei Su (212-89) fired 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) produced 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and guard Jiang Pan (193-85) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Guandong Tigers. They maintain third place with 22-7 record having six points less than leader Xinjiang. Loser Shanxi Zhongyu keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. Guandong Tigers will face bottom-ranked TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Shanxi Zhongyu will play on the road against Jiangsu Dragons (#4) in Nanjing.
Top scorers:
Guandong: S.Wei 25+6reb+1ast, W.Zheng 18+7reb, Z.Peng 15+2reb+3ast, H.Lester 14+11reb+6ast, H.Dong 13+8reb+2ast, Z.FangYu 12+5reb
Shanxi Zh.: J.Alexander 17+4reb+1ast, P.Shang 13+3reb+1ast, R.Leon 12+6reb+1ast, Z.XueWen 11+4reb, Z.Biao 10+4reb+1ast, P.Jiang 10+5reb+6ast
gschID: 118569


Beijing - Zhejiang G.L. 97-78

The game in Beijing was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (16-13) played at the court of seventh ranked Beijing Ducks (16-13). Beijing Ducks did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 97-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. The game was mostly controlled by Beijing Ducks. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions was better in third quarter 29-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beijing Ducks forced 19 Zhejiang Guangsha Lions turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Swingman Lei Chen (195-83) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 16 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and Taiwanese swingman Chih-Chieh Lin (192-82) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Beijing Ducks moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Zhejiang G.L. and Zhejiang C. Beijing Ducks will play against Liaoning Hunters (#11) in Yingkou in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play on the road against the league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige (#1) in Urumqi and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Beijing: M.Randolph 34+11reb+3ast, C.Lei 16+7reb+2ast, A.Zaid 14+9reb+1ast, C.Joe 13+3reb, L.Hsueh-Lin 7+7reb+4ast, J.Zhe 4+2reb
Zhejiang G.L.: R.Peter John 29+16reb, L.Chih-Chieh 14+8reb+1ast, K.Tre 11+1reb+5ast, W.Bo 8+8reb+2ast, Z.Wei 7+2reb, D.Li 5+3reb
gschID: 118563


Zhejiang C. - Xinjiang 92-100

Leader Xinjiang Flying Tige delivered the twentieth eighth win on Friday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (16-13) 100-92 in Hangzhou. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Zhejiang Cyclones. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Zhejiang Cyclones won fourth quarter 27-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xinjiang Flying Tige forced 22 Zhejiang Cyclones turnovers. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. His fellow American import guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) chipped in 23 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach XingQuan Jiang used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points, 22 rebounds and 5 assists and center Zhuojun Zhang (204-91) added 21 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Xinjiang Flying Tige (28-1) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Zhejiang Cyclones at the other side keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Zhejiang G.L. and Beijing. Xinjiang Flying Tige are looking forward to face Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#7) in Hangzhou in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Zhejiang Cyclones will play on the road against Shandong Bulls in Jinan and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: S.James 30+11reb+1ast, D.Quincy 23+5reb+6ast, Z.QingPeng 12+2reb+1ast, B.Yang 10+3reb+1ast, M.Bateer 8+2reb, C.Tal 7+6reb+1ast
Zhejiang C.: B.Josh 30+22reb+5ast, Z.Zhuojun 21+7reb, X.Yo Bo 12+2ast, W.DaYong 8+1reb+3ast, S.Xiaolong 7+2reb+2ast, C.Fei 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 118564


Jiangsu - Shanghai 95-80

Very expected game in Nanjing where 12th ranked Shanghai Sharks (12-18) were defeated by fourth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (17-11) 95-80 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Jiangsu Dragons. Shanghai Sharks was better in third quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jiangsu Dragons dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Shanghai Sharks' 38. They outrebounded Shanghai Sharks 51-38 including 20 on the offensive glass. American swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. The former international center ZhengDong Tang (213-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and forward Ziqui Liu (195-82) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Jiangsu Dragons maintains fourth place with 17-11 record. Shanghai Sharks lost their third game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Jiangsu Dragons will face Shanxi Zhongyu (#10) in Taiyuan in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Shanghai Sharks will play on the road against Bayi Fubang in Ningbo.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: W.Antoine 24+16reb+3ast, Y.Li 24+4reb, T.ZhengDong 19+11reb, M.Jerome 8+7reb, H.XueFeng 6+2reb, L.Cai 5+1reb
Shanghai: H.Mike 20+6reb+1ast, L.Ziqui 15+7reb+4ast, L.John 11+3reb+2ast, P.Fei 11+7reb, M.Lingyuan 8+1reb+4ast, Z.ZhaoXu 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 118565




Xinjiang Keeps Winning, Dongguan Maintains Lead for Second Place - by Arthur Volbert
First place Xinjiang is now 28-1 after a 100-92 win over Zhejiang. Its two imports once again led the way. James Singleton had 30 points and 11 rebounds while Quincy Douby had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Zhang Qingpeng scored 12 and Bu Yang had 10. Xirelijiang had 7 points and 6 rebounds. Zhejiang was playing without star import Marcus Williams. Ding Jinhui was also absent. Josh Boone had 30 points and 22 rebounds. Zhang Zhuojun, a promising young forward, had his only good game this year with 21 points and 7 rebounds. #15, a young forward, scored 12. Wang Dayong had 8 points and 3 assists.

Second place Dongguan maintained its one-game lead over third place Guangdong with a 117-109 win over Shandong. In the absence of injured Jackson Vroman, Akognon Josh-Emmanuel (180-G-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) scored 54 points. Sun Tonglin, a star on the under-19 national team, had his best game of the season with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in 44 minutes. Meng Duo had 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Chen Hsin-An had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Gu Quan, who played for the U-18 team at last year's Albert Schweitzer tounament in Germany, had 7 points and 10 rebounds. Myron Allen had 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Shandong. Rodney White had 20 points and 8 rebounds. Zhai Jinshuai had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Wu Ke had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Wang Gang scored 11. Sun Jie did not play.

Guangdong trampled Shanxi Zhongyu 134-90. Su Wei had 25 points and 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. Wang Zheng had 18 points and 7 rebounds in 19 minutes. Together the two young 7 foot centers combined for 43 points and 13 rebounds, though they also combined for 11 fouls. Zhou Peng had 15 points and 3 assists. Dong Hanlin had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Zhu Fangyu had 12 points and 5 rebounds. Chen Dawei had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Marcus Haislip did not play. Alexander Johnson scored 17 points for Shanxi in 12 minutes. Shang Ping scored 13, Leon Rogers had 12 and Zhang Xuewen had 11. Pan Jiang and Zhang Biao each scored 10. Osama Daghlas and Duan Jiangpeng did not play.

Jilin defeated Liaoning 88-80. Jameel Watkins had 25 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks. Tim Pickett had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Yu Shulong had 13 points and 3 rebounds. Zhong Cheng had 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Liaoning was without He Tianju and Yang Ming. Myles McKay had 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Liu Shunan scored 15 and Wang Yingliang had 13. Han Dejun had 11 points and 10 rebounds while Li Xiaoxu had 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.

Beijing defeated the Zhejiang Lions 97-78. Randolph Morris had 34 points and 11 rebounds. Chen Lei had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Zaid Abbaas had 14 points and 9 rebounds. Joe Crawford scored 13 in 18 minutes. Lee Hsueh-Lin had 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Peter John Ramos had 29 points and 16 rebounds for the Lions. Lin Chih-Chieh had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals. Walker Russell scored 11. Wang Bo had 8 points and 8 rebounds.

Jiangsu defeated Shanghai 95-80. Antoine Wright had 24 points and 16 rebounds. Yi Li had 24 points and 4 rebounds. Tang Zhengdong had 24 points and 11 rebounds. Jerome Moiso had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Mike Harris had 20 points and 6 rebounds for Shanghai. Liu Ziqui had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Peng Fei had 11 points and 7 rebounds. John Lucas scored 11. Zhang Zhaoxu had 7 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks in 34 minutes. Liu Wei did not play.

Stephon Marbury had 30 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists as Foshan edged Qingdao 98-96. Zhao Yonggang scored 25. Olumide Oyedeji had 18 points and 11 rebounds. He Ben had 15 points and 6 rebounds while Zheng Zhun had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Charles Gaines had 37 points and 10 rebounds for Qingdao. Dee Brown had 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Cai Liang had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Zaid Al-Kas scored 11.

Fujian defeated Tianjin 124-110. Andre Emmett had 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Li Hang had 28 points and 11 rebounds. Dwayne Jones had 17 points and 14 rebounds. Yang Genglin had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Zhao Tailong scored 11 and Yang Qin had 10. Vernon Hamilton had 40 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for Tianjin. Xu Guijun had 34 points and 5 rebounds. Qin Peng had 9 points in 7 minutes.




Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang 28-1 
 2. DongGuan 23-6 
 3. Guandong 22-7 
 4. Jiangsu 17-11 
 5. Zhejiang C. 16-13 
 6. Beijing 16-13 
 7. Zhejiang G.L. 16-13 
 8. Bayi 15-14 
 9. Shandong 14-15 
 10. Shanxi Zh. 13-16 
 11. Liaoning 12-17 
 12. Shanghai 12-18 
 13. Jilin 11-19 
 14. Foshan 10-19 
 15. Qingdao DS 10-19 
 16. Fujian 7-22 
 17. TianJin R. 5-24 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.2
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.2 
 2. Williams, Zhejiang C.30.3 
 3. Morris, Beijing30.3 
 4. Douby, Xinjiang29.8 
 5. Emmett, Fujian29.0 
 6. Akognon, DongGuan27.8 
 7. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.4 
 8. Ramos, Zhejiang.25.4 
 9. Pickett, Jilin25.1 
 10. Marbury, Foshan24.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Jones, Fujian16.1 
 2. Harris, Shanghai14.7 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.14.2 
 5. Watkins, Jilin13.7 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.6 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.2 
 8. Moiso, Jiangsu12.0 
 9. Morris, Beijing11.9 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing11.5 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.3 
 2. Marbury, Foshan5.8 
 3. Lu, Fujian5.7 
 4. LiuWei, Shanghai5.3 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu5.3 
 6. Brown, Qingdao DS5.0 
 7. Allen, Shandong5.0 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
 9. Williams, Zhejiang C.4.9 
 10. Green, Shanghai4.8 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.1 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang3.2 
 3. Hamilton, TianJ.3.1 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 5. Hudson, Guandong2.7 
 6. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.4 
 7. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.4 
 8. Emmett, Fujian2.4 
 9. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
 10. Pickett, Jilin2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Watkins, Jilin2.0 
 3. Haislip, Guandong1.9 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.9 
 5. Zhang, Shanghai1.8 
 6. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 7. Jones, Fujian1.7 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 9. Morris, Beijing1.5 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 


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Tihomir Bujan resigns as Head Coach of Zadar - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Croatian media, BC Zadar is on the lookout for a new Head Coach. Reportedly, Tihomir Bujan has resigned as Head Coach of BC Zadar after they final game in EuroChallenege which marked the end of their European competition for this season. Zadar has been hampered by financial plight this season and have found themselves fighting to avoid relation in Adriatic league where they are currently tied with Crvena Zvezda at the bottom of the table. It remains to be seen who will Zadar bring in as replacement in the coming days.
In his coaching career, Tihomir Bujan took over Borik during the 2005-2006 season. He has managed to help the team gain promotion to A1 league in his debut year. In 2007, he was approached by Bosnian outfit Siroki but has left the post in December of 2007. He returned to BC Borik with whom he has finished that season. At the start of this season, Bujan was appointed Head Coach of A2 outfit Pet Bunara. In January, he took over BC Zadar and has helped them reach National Cup Finals.


Cibona brings in Damir Miljkovic - by Eurobasket News
Cibona Zagreb has announced its third signing in just few days. After agreeing deal with Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) and Josko Garma (206-F-81, agency: Agency No 10), the club has brought in Damir Miljkovic (194-G-80). Miljkovic played for Zagreb last season and now has jumped at the opportunity to join Cibona. He is expected to make his debut in the coming days.
Ddamir Miljkovic is a product of Zagreb youth system and has made his senior debut back in 1996. In 9 seasons with the club he has become one of the teams best scorers. During 2004-2005 season, Miljkovic averaged 17.4 points and 2.6 assists per game in 29 Adriatic League matches. In Croatian league, he played in 14 games and has posted averages of 19.4 points and 3.4 assists. Good games did not go unnoticed and following season, Miljkovic was signed by Dynamo St. Petersburg. In his debut season, MIljkovic appeared in 42 league games and has averaged 8.6 points and 1.5 assists per match. Next year, after the club went bankrupt, Miljkovic moved to Greece where he played for Panionios. In 2008, MIljkoivc moved to Spartak Primorie Vladivostok while year later he played in Poland as member of Turow. At the start of the last season, Miljkoivc returned to Croatia where he joined Zagreb. In 12 Croatian league games, he has averaged 4.0 points and 1.7 rebounds and has also helped Zagreb win the National Cup.


Josko Garma joins Cibona - by Eurobasket News
BC Cibona has continued to reinforce its roster after recently releasing their foreign players. According to the reports from Croatian media, Josko Garma (206-F-81, agency: Agency No 10) is the latest signing for Cibona. Garma joins Cibona after playing for Zrinjevac last season, and is expected to bring his experience to the club. Cibona is expected to keep reinforcing its roster after the latest additions in Garma and Barac.
Josko Garma started his career with BC Split during 1995-1996 season. Following year he joined Zagreb where he played for the next 10 seasons, establishing himself as the regular member of starting five. His best season was in 2005 when he averaged 14.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in 13 Adriatic League matches. At the start of 2006-2007 season, Garma joined BC Bosna where he appeared in 17 Adriatic league games and has averaged 5.3 points and 2.0 rebounds. In February of 2007, he moved to Greece where he signed with AEK. In his career, Garma has also played for the likes of Zalakeramia-ZTE and Borac Nektar Banja Luka prior to joining BC Zrinjevac at the start of the last season. Garma has represented Croatia at the U21 level but has never made the Senior Team.


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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 24-2 
 2. Svendborg 23-3 
 3. Naestved 20-7 
 4. Horsholm 16-11 
 5. Horsens IC 13-14 
 6. SISU 11-16 
 7. Aabyhoj 10-17 
 8. Vaerlose 8-19 
 9. Aalborg 5-22 
 10. Amager BK 4-23 


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 BK21.5 
 4. Hall, Aalborg21.4 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 6. Iversen, Svendborg18.8 
 7. Roberts, Naestved18.7 
 8. Dennis, SISU18.5 
 9. McGinn, Aalborg16.7 
 10. Falkner, Aalborg16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.9 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. St.John, Horsens IC9.9 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj9.9 
 5. Johansen, Naestved9.6 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.4 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.5 
 9. Burgess, Bakken7.0 
 10. Ba, Vaerlose7.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.3 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.2 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.7 
 5. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj4.0 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose3.7 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg3.7 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hall, Aalborg3.8 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.1 
 3. Nielsen, Horsholm2.0 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.0 
 5. Smedley, Naestved1.8 
 6. Burgess, Bakken1.8 
 7. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 8. Jakobsen, Bakken1.8 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
 10. Roberts, Naestved1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.1 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.4 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 8. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 
 9. Logan, Amager BK0.7 
 10. Brown, SISU0.6 


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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 30-10 
 2. Erie Bay H. 24-12 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 17-21 
 4. Dakota W. 13-25 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 7-29 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 27-10 
 2. Rio Grande 27-11 
 3. Texas L. 18-22 
 4. Austin T. 16-22 
 5. New Mexico 15-23 
 6. Maine RC 14-24 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 23-14 
 2. Bakersfield J. 23-14 
 3. Utah F. 21-15 
 4. Idaho S. 16-22 
 5. Springfield A. 10-27 


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. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.19.9 
 6. Dentmon, Texas L.19.4 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande19.0 
 8. Sims, Maine RC18.9 
 9. Sims, Maine RC18.9 
 10. Byars, Bakersfi.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.11.2 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.0 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.7 
 5. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 6. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 7. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 8. Alexander, Texas L.9.2 
 9. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.1 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.3 
 2. Daniels, Texas L.8.9 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.4 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Johnson, Austin T.6.4 
 8. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.1 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.6.1 
 10. Baker, Dakota W.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 5. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 6. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 7. Reynolds, Spring.1.9 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
 9. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 10. Curry, Springfield A.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.8 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 4. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 5. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Atchley, Rio Grande2.1 
 7. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 8. Sykes, Sioux F.1.8 
 9. Gaffney, Utah F.1.7 
 10. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 


Jazz send Jeremy Evans to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans (6'9''-F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: W.Kentucky) was assigned to the Utah Flash, Utahs NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 43rd time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Evans, a rookie out of Western Kentucky University.

Evans has appeared in 32 games for the Jazz this season, averaging 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in just under 7 minutes. Evans is also noted for his athleticism and his highlight dunks, even in limited minutes of play as a rookie.

Utah drafted Evans in the second around out of Western Kentucky University. The Jazz forwarded averaged 10 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his senior season at WKU. Evans was also the MVP of the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Tournament and received the Danny Rumph Outstanding Teammate Award. Evans is WKUs all-time field goal percentage leader.

Evans joins the Flash, who are on a seven game win streak, and in anticipation of the teams game weekend series at home with the New Mexico Thunderbirds.

Courtesy of www.abc4.com


Spurs keep Novak, add Jeffers on 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Spurs have signed forward Steve Novak (6'10''-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Marquette) for the rest of the season and added guard/forward Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris) on a 10-day contract.

The deal announced Friday came after Neal signed a pair of 10-day contracts, the most allowed before a player must be added to the roster permanently if the team wants to keep him.

Novak is averaging 2.5 points and 6.1 minutes in eight games for the Spurs since signing out of Reno of the NBA Development League on Feb. 8. He started the season with the Dallas Mavericks.

Jeffers averaged 21.2 points and 9.0 rebounds in 37 games with Iowa in the NBDL.

Courtesy of www.todayonline.com


Austin Toros make roster changes - by Eurobasket News
The Austin Toros today announced that they acquired and then subsequently waived Kelley Tre (6'0''-G-85, college: S.Carolina) due to personal reasons. As a result, the Toros have acquired 6-0, 180-pound guard Stephen McDowell (5'11''-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Chattanooga) from the available player pool.

McDowell recently played with the New Mexico Thunderbirds averaging eight points, one rebound and two assists this season. McDowell will make his Toros debut tonight as the Austin Toros take on the Texas Legends at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Center.

McDowell played with the Geneva Devils in Switzerland where he averaged 12 points in 17 games. He also spent time with the Bakersfield Jam in 2009 after his senior year at Tennessee Chattanooga where he averaged 18 points and three rebounds.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Thursday's games - by Eurobasket News
Austin T. - Texas L. 132-122
Leo Lyons (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri) had 32 points and six rebounds as the Austin Toros defeated the Texas Legends 132-122 Thursday night, splitting this week's series between the two. Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU) added 21 points and Kevin Palmer recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Legends' Justin Dentmon led all scorers with 35 points and five assists. The Toros' next game is against Sioux Falls at noon Saturday at the Cedar Park Center. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Reno Bighorns 91-96
The Reno Bighorns climbed out of an 18-point first-half deficit and used a clutch fourth-quarter effort to defeat the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, 96-91, Thursday night in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Fort Wayne (17-21) led by nine through the first period of play, and the Mad Ants augmented their lead to 18 with just fewer than nine minutes remaining in the second quarter. The Bighorns (23-14) cut the lead to 10 at intermission, before taking the lead in the fourth quarter and pulling away in the closing seconds. The win snaps a brief two-game losing skid for Reno, and the Bighorns have now won eight of their last 10 games. All five Bighorns starters finished in double figures Thursday, with Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) leading the way with a game-high 23 points. Anthony Richardson (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida St.) (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Donald Sloan (16 points, 11 rebounds) each chipped-in a double-double for Reno. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

Maine RC - Dakota W. 103-104
The Maine Red Claws (14-24) let one slip away as the Dakota Wizards (13-25) stormed back late to take the one-point victory, 104-103. The loss overshadowed a team-high 35-point effort by Red Claws rookie DeShawn Sims and the successful return of Magnum Rolle (6'11''-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech) who picked up 20 points in his first 24 minutes of action since November 20. *Courtesy of D-League

Springfield A. - Iowa E. 99-111
The Springfield Armor battled the league-best Iowa Energy down to the wire tonight, but came up just shy in a 111-99 defeat. The Energy (30-10) and Armor (10-27) were tied 31-31 after one quarter and Iowa held a narrow 58-53 lead at halftime in the teams' only meeting of the season. Although the Armor managed to trim the lead on numerous occasions, the Energy forced 21 turnovers and shot nearly 52% from the field to hold the Armor at bay. University of Vermont product, Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont), led the Energy with a game-high 23 points (10-11 shooting) and 10 rebounds. Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.), the NBA D-League's Co-Performer of the Month in February, played all 48 minutes and contributed 22 points, 12 assists, and 7 rebounds. Six of the Energy's eight players scored in double figures on the evening. The Armor were led by Gavin Edwards, who scored 20 points (17 in the first half) and pulled down 6 rebounds. JamesOn Curry added 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, and Scottie Reynolds finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Sioux Falls S. - Idaho S. 93-123
The Idaho Stampede defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 123-93 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Thursday night. Idaho shot a sizzling 60.9 percent (14-of-23) in the second quarter to break open a close game and hand Sioux Falls their largest margin of defeat this season. Idaho (16-22) held a slim 34-33 lead after the first quarter but outscored the home team 38-17 in the second quarter to take a convincing 72-50 halftime lead. Sioux Falls (7-29) continued to struggle from the field in the second half and trailed by as many as 35 points (108-73) in the fourth quarter before settling for a 30-point loss. Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) posted a team-high 18 points on 7-of-11 field goals (4-of-6 3-pointers). Portland Trail Blazers assignee Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) and Seth Tarver both posted 17 points while Cedric Jackson just missed a double-double with 14 points and nine assists. Patrick Ewing, Jr. posted game-highs in points (20) and rebounds (10) to lead the Skyforce. David Bailey scored 14 points and Sean Marshall added 13 off the bench. *Courtesy of D-League


Energy make pair of trade-deadline deals - by Eurobasket News
The Iowa Energy announced the acquisition of two players today via trades made just hours before the NBA D-League trade deadline.

The league-leading Energy acquired Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU) from the Austin Toros in exchange for guard Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, college: Washington St.). A 6'6' guard out of Oral Roberts University, Ehambe is averaging 10.2 points per game with Austin since his return from Spain early this year. Ehambe is a career 44.1% shooter from 3-point range during his three seasons in the D-League, which included two seasons with the Tulsa 66ers. The sharp-shooter made a D-League high nine 3-pointers in a game vs. Texas on March 2nd, and has made 14 of his last 16 3-point attempts.

In a separate trade, the Energy sent a 3rd round pick in the 2011 NBA D-League Draft to the Bakersfield Jam for guard Kenny Taylor (6'4''-G-82, college: Texas). Taylor, a University of Texas alumni, is averaging 8.3 points per game on the season, and is shooting 37.2% from 3-point range.

The 3rd round pick sent to Bakersfield for Taylor was originally obtained by Iowa from the Jam in a pre-season trade.

Both players are expected to be in uniform for the Energy during Sunday's Faith & Family Night in Des Moines. That game features a 4pm start vs. Idaho and includes a post-game concert with Aaron Shust.

The Energy have the league's best record at 30-10 and have been in 1st place in their division for 140 consecutive games heading into tonight's game at Maine.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Clippers assign Willie Warren to Jam - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Clippers announced that they have re-assigned rookie guard Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

Warren, 21, has appeared in 19 games with the Clippers this season and is averaging 1.9 points and 1.4 assists in 7.1 minutes per game.

The former Oklahoma University standout was originally assigned to Bakersfield on Feb. 2 and appeared in six games with the Jam, averaging 21.0 points, 7.0 assists 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point land. The Jam went 5-1 with Warren in the lineup from Feb. 4 16.

Warren was selected by the Clippers in the second round (54th overall pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Luke Babbitt send down to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Portland Trail Blazers forward Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) was reassigned to the Idaho Stampede, Portlands NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 41st time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the second assignment for Babbitt, a rookie out of Nevada-Reno.

Babbitt (6-9, 225) was first assigned on Dec. 8. He averaged 18.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 27.3 minutes over four games with Idaho before being recalled. Babbitt has appeared in 21 games for the Trail Blazers this season, averaging 1.1 points in 4.8 minutes.

Portland acquired Babbitt in a draft-night deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected him as an early-entry candidate in the first round (16th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft. In two seasons at Nevada, Babbitt averaged 19.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in 68 games. As a sophomore, Babbitt averaged 21.9 points and 8.9 rebounds, was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year and earned AP All-America Honorable Mention honors.

Courtesy of www.kolotv.com


Skyforce acquire Ogunoye - by Eurobasket News
The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that the team has acquired forward Yemi Ogunoye (6'9''-G/F-85, college: ORU) from the available player pool. To make room for him on the roster the team waived guard Maureece Rice. He is expected to join the team in Austin for their matchup with the Toros on Saturday at 12 p.m. CT. The active roster now stands at 10 players.

Ogunoye averaged 5.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 39 games (three starts) with the Idaho Stampede last season after beginning the season with the Tulsa 66ers. He averaged 5.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in one-plus season with Tulsa. The 6-9, 210-pound forward was named The Summit League Defensive Player following his senior season at Oral Roberts University.

Courtesy of www.keloland.com


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Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 26-3 
 2. TU/Rock 25-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 19-5 
 4. Rakvere 14-13 
 5. Rapla 10-16 
 6. Valga/CKE 10-17 
 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. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 5. Brown, Va.16.6 
 6. Raadik, Parnu16.5 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.6 
 8. Pilk, TT.14.8 
 9. Osby, TT.14.8 
 10. Kuuba, Voru KK14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.4 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.0 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.8 
 5. Kuuba, Voru KK9.0 
 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, TU/Rock3.5 
 3. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.5 
 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. Dorbek, Rakvere2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Armands SKELE
  Kalev/Cramo
  (192-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.3 
 3. Karner, Parnu2.2 
 4. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 5. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 6. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 7. Doronin, TU/Rock2.0 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 9. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 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. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Brown, Va.0.8 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 10. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 


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Top 16, Round 6: Quarterfinals are set - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Lietuvos Rytas - Caja Laboral 68-77
It was a do-or-die game for both teams. Caja Laboral managed to stop Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) and to celebrate crucial 68-77 win. With this victory the Spanish champion jumped to first place in Group E (4-2) and they will meet Maccabi Electra in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Lietuvos Rytas ended as No.3 in this group with 3-3 record. Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) was a key player for the guests with double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. He reached valuation 37. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) helped with 15 points. For the hosts, Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 14 points and 5 boards.

Unicaja - Panathinaikos 61-77
Panathinaikos cruised past Unicaja in Malaga to finish the Top 16 with 4 wins and 2 defeats. Caja Laboral won in Vilnius tonight, so the Greens ended as No.2 in Group E and will meet defending champion Regal Barca in the Quarterfinals. Unicaja finished with just one win in six games. Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) top-scored for PAO with 18 points, while Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) added 15 pts and 8 boards. Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) collected 12 points and 8 boards in loss.

Group F
Lottomatica - Maccabi T-A 82-69
Lottomatica said goodbye to Euroleague 2010/11 edition with nice 82-69 home win against Maccabi Electra. The hosts finished Top 16 as No.3 of Group F with 2-4 record and failed to reach the next stage. Maccabi advanced to the Quarterfinals as No.2 (3-3) and they will meet Caja Laboral. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) scored 16 points for the hosts tonight, while their most valuable played was Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) who had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) helped with 14 pts and 5 assists. In Maccabi, Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) and Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) had 14 points each. They grabbed 8 and 6 rebounds respectively, and Perkins also added 5 assists to his record.

Regal Barca - Union Olimpija 76-58
Regal Barca is the winner of Group F with perfect 6-0 record. They outplayed Union Olimpija tonight by 18 points, 76-58. Regal Barca will meet Panathinaikos in the Quarterfinals and the first game is scheduled for March 22. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) scored 12 pts for the reigning Euroleague champion tonight, while Fran Vazquez and Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) added 10 pts each. In the loosing squad, Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) collected 13 points and 7 boards. His Union Olimpija finished Top 16 as the last ranked team in Group F with 1-5 record.

Group G
Efes Pilsen - Partizan 65-67
Both teams already faced with elimination before this game. Partizan celebrated 65-67 victory on the road and it is the first joy for the Serbian powerhouse in Top 16. They ended it as the last ranked team in Group G with 1-5 record. On the other side, Efes Pilsen is No.3 with two wins. Vladimir Lucic scored a spectacular game-winner in the closing seconds to give Partizan fans some renewed hope for the future. Jan Vesely (211-F-90) stepped up for the guests with 23 points and 6 rebounds. He was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) netted 19 pts for the hosts.

Real Madrid - Montepaschi 77-95
Montepaschi exploded in Madrid tonight scoring impressive 95 points. It was too much for the hosts, who faced with the first loss in Top 16. Despite this defeat, Real Madrid won the Group G with 5-1 record, while Montepaschi is No.2 with 4-2. The Italian powerhouse will meet Olympiakos in the Quarterfinals, while Real Madrid will take on Valencia. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) paced the visiting squad to victory with 17 points. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) helped with 16 points and 15 pts respectively. Nikola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) scored 13 points in loss.

Group H
Olympiakos - Zalgiris 78-64
Olympiakos is the winner of Group H with almost perfect 5-1 record. It was clear even before this meeting. The Reds will take on Montepaschi in the Euroleague Quarterfinals and of course will have the home court advantage. Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) led the hosts with 20 points tonight. Gordon Jamon Lukas (191-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Virginia Tech) (6 rebs) and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) (5 rebs, 5 as) added 12 points each. In Zalgiris, who closes the standings in this group with 1-5, Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) netted 16 points.

Valencia - Fener.Ulker 82-68
Valencia goes to Quarterfinals. The last season's EuroCup winner finished Top 16 phase in style beating Fenerbahce Ulker in crucial game 82-68. Thanks to this victory, Valencia finished as No.2 in Group H with 3-3 record. Fener has the same numbers, but they dropped to third place after this loss. In the Quarterfinals, Valencia will meet Real Madrid. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) (5 rebs) and Nando De Colo (202-G-87) scored 15 points each for the hosts, and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) secured a great help adding 14 points. In Fener, Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 20 points.


Round 6 (Top 16) best performance: Fernando San Emeterio - by Eurobasket News
Swingman Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Caja Laboral Vitoria, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16).
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Lietuvos Rytas (#3, 3-3) 77-68. It allowed Caja Laboral to win the first place in Euroleague group E. San Emeterio has many years of experience at Caja Laboral, through which he has constantly improved. Fernando San Emeterio has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.4ppg) and averages impressive 62.9% FGP and 53.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul. Preldzic had a very good evening with 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Fener.Ulker lost that game 68-82 to Valencia (3-3). It was a do-or-die game for both teams and Fener failed to reach the Quarterfinals. Preldzic is one of the most experienced players at Fener.Ulker and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Czech Republic forward Jan Vesely (211-F-90) of Partizan. Vesely scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Partizan, leading his team to a 67-65 road win against ranked Efes Pilsen. Partizan ended Top 16 as the last ranked team of Group G with 1-5 score. Vesely has a very solid season. In 15 games in Euroleague he scored 10.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Gordon Jamon Lukas (191-G-84) of Olympiakos - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82) of Valencia - 6 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
7. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87) of Partizan - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) of Olympiakos - 20 points and 4 rebounds
9. Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85) of Maccabi T-A - 14 points and 8 rebounds
10. Doron Perkins (188-G-83) of Maccabi T-A - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 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)


Ettore Messina quits Real Madrid job - by Eurobasket News
Ettore Messina resigned from Real Madrid head coach position. The decision came after three recent losses of the Madrid outfit. The 51-year-old specialist took over Real Madrid in the previous season. He led the team to ACB Semifinals in 2010 as well as Spanish Cup Finals in 2009 and 2010. Previously Ettore Messina worked in Bologna, Benetton Treviso, CSKA Moscow and the Italian NT. Emanuele Molin will replace Ettore Messina at the bridge.


Quarterfinals schedule - by Eurobasket News
Best-of-five series, 2-2-1 format.

Olympiacos vs. Montepaschi
Tuesday,March 22
Thursday,March 24
Tuesday,March 29
*Thursday, March 31
*Wednesday, April 6

Caja Laboral vs. Maccabi Electra
Tuesday,March 22
Thursday,March 24
Tuesday,March 29
*Thursday, March 31
*Wednesday, April 6

Regal FCB vs. Panathinaikos
Tuesday,March 22
Thursday,March 24
Tuesday,March 29
*Thursday, March 31
*Wednesday, April 6

Real Madrid vs. Power Electronics Valencia
Tuesday,March 22
Thursday,March 24
Tuesday,March 29
*Thursday, March 31
*Wednesday, April 6


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.0 
 2. Langford, Khimky17.8 
 3. Rakocevic, Efes P.17.2 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.15.6 
 5. McCalebb, Montepas.15.5 
 6. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
 7. Spanoulis, Olympiakos14.9 
 8. Navarro, Regal B.14.8 
 9. San Emeterio, Caja L.14.4 
 10. Gregory, Union O.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirsad TURKCAN
  Fener.Ulker
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.7.3 
 2. Gist, Partizan6.9 
 3. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 4. Fischer, Real Madrid6.6 
 5. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.5 
 6. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 7. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 8. Freeland, Unicaja6.3 
 9. Gregory, Union O.6.1 
 10. Wright, Charleroi5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.5.9 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.5 
 3. Cook, Valencia5.3 
 4. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 5. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.3 
 6. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
 7. Rubio, Regal Barca4.1 
 8. Stipcevic, Cibona4.1 
 9. Eidson, Maccabi .4.1 
 10. Ilievski, Union O.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .2.8 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.2.4 
 3. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 4. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 5. Perkins, Maccabi .1.9 
 6. Smith, Lottomatica1.8 
 7. Rubio, Regal Barca1.8 
 8. Diamantidis, Panath.1.7 
 9. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.7 
 10. Ozbolt, Union O.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 3. Fischer, Real Madrid1.6 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 5. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 6. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 7. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.3 
 8. Sinanovic, Unicaja1.2 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 10. Shermadini, Union O.1.1 


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  FINLAND   


Jerome Osmanu moves to Kerava ET - by Eurobasket News
Jerome Osmanu (187-G-91) moves to Kerava ET and continue with the team in 1st Division. Born in 1991 the Finnish Player started for Karhu Kauhajoki (Korisliiga). He debuted for the team with 3 points in the start of the season when Kouvot overcame Karhu 92:50 to tie them at 2-2 record.
For his new team Jerome Osmanu debuted with 5 points making one three and one two-pointer. There was no surprise when 11th ranked Kerava Energia Team (7-14) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (13-8) 109-79 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 109-79. Lapuan Korikobrat dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Kerava Energia Team's 52. Kerava Energia Team keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat will face BC Nokia (#5) on the road in the next round. Kerava Energia Team will play against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat (#1).



KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto winning the regular season - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 39-40: Last season Finnish Champion Pyrinto (Tampere) will win this year regular season. Pyrinto (33-7) defeated KTP (Kotka) tonight 93-85 and is now four wins ahead of KTP (28-11) as there are only 4-5 rounds left. Last season Pyrinto's record was 34-10 after regular season 44 rounds. Pyrinto was shooting well vs KTP. Even from charity stripe Pyrinto missed only four FTs out of 31 shots (27/31 = 87%). Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) led the hosts with a double-double 23pts/11rbs. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) (KTP) knocked down 24 pts. In Helsinki Torpan Pojat lost vs Honka (Espoo) 74-84 as visitor Honka won the last quarter 16-29. Frank Richards (188-G-82, college: Kansas St.) led ToPo with 19pts. Tyray Pearson (201-F-80, college: Iowa St.) had also 19 pts plus 11 rbs. Honka's three American players combined 56 points. Corey Belser (200-F-82, college: San Diego) had a double-double 21pts/10rbs.
Pyrinto - KTP 93-85 (39-37). (Damon Williams 23/11, Antero Lehto 18, Kenny Lowe 13 - Jeb Ivey 24, Clifton Jones 22, Ville-Pertti Lind 10).
Torpan Pojat - Honka 74-84 (40-39). (Frank Richards 19, Tyray Pearson 19/11, Mikko Koivisto 9 - Corey Belser 21/10, Jamar Wilson 19, John Williamson 16).




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 33-7 
 2. KTP 28-11 
 3. Kataja 27-12 
 4. Korihait 25-13 
 5. Honka 23-15 
 6. Kouvot 19-19 
 7. Karhu 17-20 
 8. ToPo 17-22 
 9. Namika Lahti 14-23 
 10. Salon Vilpas 13-26 
 11. LrNMKY 9-29 
 12. Tarmo 5-33 


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. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.9 
 7. Valentine, Lapua2.9 
 8. Graham, Kerava ET2.9 
 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. Still, Lapua1.7 
 9. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.7 
 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. Stamper, LoKoKo0.6 
 6. Alanko, Ura Basket0.6 
 7. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla0.6 
 8. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 9. Toney, LoKoKo0.5 
 10. Koskinen, Namika I.0.5 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Wilson, Honka22.4 
 2. Lewis, LrNM.20.8 
 3. Heard, Tarmo20.8 
 4. Wood, Karhu20.6 
 5. Walker, Kouvot19.6 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo19.3 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.2 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto19.0 
 10. Baxley, Karhu19.0 
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. Young, Tarmo9.9 
 5. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 7. Vinson, Kouvot9.3 
 8. Blanchard, ToPo9.1 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.6 
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, KTP3.4 
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. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 7. Richards, ToPo1.7 
 8. Newson, Kataja1.7 
 9. Sarcevic, Korihait1.7 
 10. Fells, Kataja1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 3. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 4. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 6. Baxley, Karhu0.6 
 7. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 8. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 
 9. Moore, LrNM.0.6 
 10. Wright, Korihait0.6 


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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Chalon 14-5 
 2. Cholet 14-5 
 3. Roanne 13-6 
 4. Nancy 13-6 
 5. Gravelines 13-6 
 6. Hyeres-Toulon 11-8 
 7. ASVEL 10-10 
 8. Le Mans 9-10 
 9. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 9-10 
 10. Strasbourg 8-11 
 11. Le Havre 8-11 
 12. Orleans 8-12 
 13. Paris-Levallois 7-12 
 14. Poitierarleys 7-12 
 15. Limoges 5-14 
 16. Vichy 4-15 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Rouen 17-7 
 2. Nanterre 16-7 
 3. Evreux 15-9 
 4. Le Portel 14-9 
 5. Chalons-Reims 14-9 
 6. Fos Ouest 14-9 
 7. Dijon 14-10 
 8. Maurienne 14-10 
 9. Boulazac 13-10 
 10. Bourg 11-12 
 11. Boulogne 11-12 
 12. Antibes 10-13 
 13. Lille 10-14 
 14. Nantes 10-14 
 15. St Vallier 9-14 
 16. Quimper 9-14 
 17. Clermont 6-18 
 18. Charleville 4-20 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Tremmell DARDEN
  Nancy
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Darden, Nancy18.2 
 2. Nichols, Vichy18.0 
 3. Mejia, Cholet17.8 
 4. Massie, Limoges17.2 
 5. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.1 
 6. Jefferson, AS.16.8 
 7. King, Le Havre15.8 
 8. Woodside, Gravelines15.6 
 9. Bennett, Pau-La.15.6 
 10. Hamilton, Paris-.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Gravelines
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Issa, Gravelines9.0 
 2. Massie, Limoges8.9 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 4. Jones, Le Havre8.6 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy8.5 
 6. Elegar, Vichy8.0 
 7. Jefferson, AS.7.6 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.3 
 10. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Rouen
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. King, Le Havre6.2 
 3. Linehan, Nancy6.2 
 4. Wright, Limoges6.1 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines5.7 
 6. Diabate, Roanne4.8 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 8. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
 9. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.3 
 10. Walsh, AS.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.7 
 2. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.5 
 3. Diot, Le Mans2.4 
 4. Darden, Nancy2.3 
 5. Walsh, AS.2.1 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 7. Bennett, Pau-La.1.7 
 8. Sangare, Le Havre1.7 
 9. Greer, Strasbourg1.7 
 10. Dewar, Le Mans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Gravelines
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Issa, Gravelines1.8 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 3. Sene, Gravelines1.4 
 4. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 5. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 6. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.2 
 7. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 8. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 9. Akingbala, Nancy1.1 
 10. Badiane, Poitiera.1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Sonko, Maurienne18.9 
 2. Harris, Lille18.5 
 3. Siggers, Rouen18.5 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.7 
 5. Gay, Fos Ouest17.1 
 6. Watson, Evreux15.6 
 7. Rouse, Charleville15.5 
 8. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.4 
 9. Daniels, Nanterre15.4 
 10. Runkaukas, Quimper15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Barber, Nantes10.4 
 2. Mathis, Maurienne10.4 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.10.2 
 4. Monds, Bourg8.8 
 5. Bing, Dijon8.6 
 6. Monroe, Boulogne8.3 
 7. Rouse, Charleville8.3 
 8. Giles, Rouen8.3 
 9. Massot, Antibes7.6 
 10. Badiane, Boulazac7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.2 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.3 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.8 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.3 
 5. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 6. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 7. Denave, St Vallier5.0 
 8. Craven, Dijon4.9 
 9. Mullins, Chalons-.4.7 
 10. Akono, Nanterre4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.7 
 2. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.2.5 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.4 
 5. Craven, Dijon2.3 
 6. Sonko, Maurienne2.3 
 7. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 8. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.2 
 9. Melody, Dijon2.1 
 10. Mathis, Maurienne2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.0 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.4 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.0 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 6. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 7. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 8. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 9. Diakite, Chalons-.0.8 
 10. Daniels, Chalons-.0.7 


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Dane Watts (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) We Are Excited To Be In The Playoff Race Right Now - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. Lasts eason, he played for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. He returns to Tuebingen for the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. Watts sat down with eurobasket before the game against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf March 5th.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen have won 5 games in a row and now really have a great chance to reach the playoffs like never before. You probably also know that the next two out of 3 n games are games the club should win. How well is the club taking the current situation and will it not underestimate Duesseldorf?

We are excited to be in the playoff race right now. We are definitely not going to underestimate anyone, especially Dusseldorf.

What has been your take on the season of The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. They have talented players, but lose lose lose?

They have had a lot of players in and out of there this year, seems like that could effect chemistry with the guys. Sometimes when you start down the losing path it is difficult to shake it.

What is your memory of the 88-74 win in Duesseldorf earlier this season?

I remember us getting out to a big lead before halftime and then Dusseldorf getting hot in the 3rd to make it closer.

How well has new player Mladen Lukic been integrated into the team. How will he help the team best?

He is a hard worker and has been learning our plays and what our team wants to do everyday in practice. He is big and physical and will give us another presence at the center position.

How much of a challenge is it playing against Laimonas Kisielius? He is a 203cm forward that can shoot and do damage in inside.

Anytime you play against someone who can score inside or out you have to be ready at all times on defense.

Duesseldorf is a very unpredictable team, but once down have showed a lot recently that they wont give up and come back. What will be key in getting this win at home?

We all know that they beat Bamberg and were in control of the game vs Frankfurt, the two top teams in the league. We need to come out focused and play our team basketball to control the game and get the home win.

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

I thought Troy Murphy going to the Celtics off waivers was a big pick up.

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 decsions have to be made?

The NBA is getting more and more unpredictable it seems, teams are cutting down and getting rid of contracts to make space for the final run or for the future. Tough for some of the guys who have decent contracts but are not cornerstones on the team, they become dispensable.

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?

His addictions seem to be leading him to a path of destruction. That is not an environment to raise kids in. He needs to meet Jesus.

Thanks Dane for the chat.


Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) The BEKO BBL Is Too talented This Year To Get In At A 500 Record, But Stranger Things Have Happened - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is a rookie this season for Phoenix Hagen. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. Jacob spoke to eurobasket before the game against BBC Bayreuth March 5th.

How well has Phoenix Hagen digested the 100-92 loss against EnBW Ludwigsburg? What was the most important thing the club learned from the loss?

Its a tough loss, especially when we had the lead with 4 mins to play. Is the same lesson we havent learned yet, we gotta finish teams.

Its natural that you want to win every game but there are 9 games left. How many games do you still think you need to win to get into the playoffs? I see Phoenix Hagen being able to win at least 5 games.

To be honest we have to go 8-1 to get in I believe. The beko BBL is too talented this year to get in at a 500 record but stranger things have happened.

The next game is against BBC Bayreuth. They have had a lot of misfortune this season. Are they possibily the most talented 17th place team ever in the BEKO BBL?

Yeah you could definitely say that. They have a handful of talented guys and a lot of tough losses that could have gone either way.

What is your memory of the 99-96 loss earlier in the season?

Missed opportunities late in the game. Whether it was an unforced turnover, a bad shot, or a mised open shot. a game we let slip away.

You will be playing your first game against Ekene Ibekwe. How challenging will it be playing against him and I am sure you will have to be aware of his every move under the hoop since he is an adept shoot blocker.

The guy is a heck of an athlete from what I know. You have to find his weakness and attack it.

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

To be honest nothing surprises me anymore with the NBA.

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 decsions have to be made?

That wasnt a big shocker. If the team feels they can better themselves with someone else they will move on. Its a business. Make plays or get moved.

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?

I want to be in his entourage. 'Im tired of pretending like im not special'

Thanks Jacob for the chat.


John Bynum (TBB Trier) It Is Exciting Making A Run At The Playoffs But We Still Have A Long Way To Go - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket before the game against EnBW Ludwigsburg March 5th.

TBB Trier is in 6th place now, but everything is very tight with the last playoff places. How exciting is everything for you with TBB Trier and the run to the playoffs?


It feels good to be in 6th place but at the same time, we do understand that one loss, can put us outside the playoffs and we just got to take it one game at a time. It is exciting making a run at the playoffs but we still have a long ways to go but it is exciting for the city of Trier.

How is coach Henrik Rodl handling the current situation? Is he talking about the playoffs much or trying to hold the pressure off a bit?

No not at all, our focus is to take each game one at a time, of course we understand that we are making a run at the playoffs but we just have to focus on the next opponent like we always do.

The next game is against EnBW Ludwigsburg. They are on of the hottest teams at the moment with Tuebingen. What has made them so strong recently allowing them to win 5 of the last 6 games?

They are playing some good basketball at the right time and improving each game like everyone else is in the BBL. They are a dangerous team and like us, I am sure they are making a run at the playoffs and each game is just as important for them too.

What is your memory of the 82-69 win in Ludwigsburg earlier this season?

I really dont remember that much from that game, I know it was early in the season and it was an important road victory for us, but like you said, they are playing very well right now and that last game means nothing it will be about Saturday night.

What are your memories of playing against Jerry Green earlier in your career?

I remember when I was in Bremerhaven how he carried that Ludwigsburg team on his shoulder and still has the capability of doing that as well. Jerry is a great player and does so much on the offensive end as well as defense for them.

What will be key in beating EnBW Ludwigsburg this weekend? Who is their X factor?

I think Alex Harris is there x factor. He does a lot for them at the offensive end and I think if he plays well, and hits shots then they are a dangerous team.

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


Not too many of them suprised me because many of the players who got waived didnt deserve the contract that they had anymore, but Mike Bibby didnt want to play in Washington and gave up all that money, man I would be sitting behind John Wall collecting a check if I was him... lol.

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 decsions have to be made?

Yea it does, you never know what to expect and the NBA is a business and if a team can improve its chances by getting a better player then thats what it is.

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?

I have no comment about Charlie Sheen but man he is on one.... lol. Never would have expected that from Major Leauge's Wild thing.. never... smh

Thanks John for the chat.



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Dozier the next one - by Giorgos Diploidis
Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis) is the new problem for the team of PAOK Thessaloniki. The American power forward has not appeared in the training today and he was the second one after the departure of Justin Gray who is very possible to have left Greece for his country. Dozier had a proposal from Hapoel Jerusalem not a long ago but he was convinced to stay. So the only one American who appeared today was Rowle Marshall.

In the training that took place today returned
the Greek players who were on strike for two days due to the owes of PAOK Thessaloniki towards him.The financial part comes to a time when the team reached the third place of the championship along with Marousi.


Olympiakos end Top 16 with almost perfect 5-1 record - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Zalgiris 78-64 (19-20, 22-14, 17-15, 20-15)

Olympiakos is the winner of Group H with almost perfect 5-1 record. It was clear even before this meeting. The Reds will take on Montepaschi in the Euroleague Quarterfinals and of course will have the home court advantage. Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) led the hosts with 20 points. Gordon Jamon Lukas (191-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Virginia Tech) (6 rebs) and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) (5 rebs, 5 as) added 12 points each. In Zalgiris, who closes the standings in this group with 1-5, Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) netted 16 points. Trent Plaisted (211-F/C-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: BYU) had double-double of 11 points and 10 boards.
As mentioned above, the Reds will meet Montepaschi in the Quarterfinals. It will be best-of-five series with 2-2-1 format. First game is scheduled for March 22.

Olympiakos: Radoslav Nesterovic 20, Gordon Jamon Lukas 12+6 boards, Yotam Halperin 12+5 boards+5 as
Zalgiris: Mantas Kalnietis 16, Trent Plaisted 11+10 boards


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


PAO too much for Unicaja - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Panathinaikos 61-77 (18-23, 15-15, 8-15, 20-24)

Panathinaikos cruised past Unicaja in Malaga to finish the Top 16 with 4 wins and 2 defeats. Caja Laboral won in Vilnius last night, so the Greens ended as No.2 in Group E and will meet defending champion Regal Barca in the Quarterfinals. Unicaja finished with just one win in six games. Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) top-scored for PAO with 18 points, while Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) added 15 pts and 8 boards. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) nailed 10 pts. Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) collected 12 points and 8 boards in loss. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) and Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) also had 12 pts apiece.
As mentioned above, PAO will take on Regal Barca in the Quarterfinals. It will be best-of-five series and Barca will have a home court advantage. First meeting is scheduled for March 22.

Unicaja: Nedzad Sinanovic 12+8 boards, Joel Freeland 12, Gerald Fitch 12
PAO: Drew Nicholas 18, Dimitris Diamantidis 15+8 boards, Mike Batiste 10


Elias Zouros named Greek National Team head coach - by Eurobasket News
Elias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ) will be the 30th coach in the history of Greek National Team. The 44-year-old specialist has agreed on terms of contact with the Greek basketball federation. The deal is meant through 2012. Eliaz Zouros will change Jonas Kazlauskas at the bridge. Elias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ) is currently working with Zalgiris Kaunas. Previously the specialist worked with Olympiakos, Sagesse, Peristeri, Aris, Paris Racing and Panellinios. Elias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ) worked as coach assistant in Greek NT back in 1999.


PAOK release Donnie McGrath - by Eurobasket News
PAOK and Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Providence) have agreed on terms of contract termination. The guard got injured in December and can not help the Thessaloniki team. Donnie McGrath averaged 8.8 points, 2.2 assists and 1.6 boards per EuroCup game. In Greek A1 his stats read 9.3 points, 2.4 assists and 1.2 boards per appearance. The Irish-US player played in Italy and Greece after graduating from the Providence College in 2006.



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DBL Round 30: Magixx defeats leader GasTerra - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked GasTerra (26-4) in Nijmegen on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Magixx (19-11) 80-75. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 26-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Magixx forced 20 GasTerra turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by GasTerra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Geoff McDermott (203-F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Providence) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Zaire Taylor (193-86, college: Missouri, agency: 540 Sports) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American swingman Robby Bostain (194-84, college: Furman) replied with 18 points and 6 assists for GasTerra. Magixx maintains fourth position with 19-11 record. Defending champion GasTerra still keeps top place with four games lost. Magixx are looking forward to face Giants (#5) in Bergen op Zoom in the next round. GasTerra will play on the road against BS Weert (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Den Bosch. Second ranked ZZ Leiden (24-6) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Eiffel Towers (21-9) 72-71 in the fight for the second place. American players dominated the game. Forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis) had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Seamus Boxley chipped in 18 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward C.J. Jackson (206-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Warren Sports International) with 15 points and 9 rebounds. ZZ Leiden have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 24-6 record having just two points less than leader GasTerra. Eiffel Towers at the other side keep the third place with nine games lost. ZZ Leiden will play against ABC (#8) in Amsterdam in the next round where they are favorite. Eiffel Towers will play on the road against DeFriesland (#6) in Leeuwarden and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Weert was also quite interesting. 5th ranked DeFriesland (14-16) played at the court of seventh ranked BS Weert (13-17). BS Weert defeated DeFriesland 90-78 on Tuesday. American players dominated also this game. Glenn Stokes notched 25 points and 5 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the effort. BS Weert's coach Terence Stansbury used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by Todd Brown did not help to save the game for DeFriesland. BS Weert maintains seventh position with 13-17 record. Loser DeFriesland keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Giants. BS Weert will meet at home league's leader GasTerra in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. DeFriesland will play against Eiffel Towers (#3) in Den Bosch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth-ranked Landstede (7-23) was very close to win a game against eighth ranked ABC (11-19) in Amsterdam. ABC managed to secure only three-point victory 65-62. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Ralf de Pagter who scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. ABC maintains eighth position with 11-19 record. Landstede at the other side keeps the ninth place with 23 games lost. ABC's next round opponent will be league's second-placed ZZ Leiden on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Landstede will play against Rotterdam (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 10th ranked Rotterdam (1-29) and sixth ranked Giants (14-16) in Rotterdam on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Bergen op Zoom outscored Rotterdam 85-47. It was a good game for Tim Blue who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Giants' coach Weird Goedee felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Giants have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with DeFriesland. Rotterdam lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 29 lost games. Giants will face higher ranked Magixx (#4) in Nijmegen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rotterdam will play on the road against Landstede (#9) in Zwolle and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



ABC - Landstede 65-62

Ninth-ranked Landstede (7-23) was very close to win a game against eighth ranked ABC (11-19) in Amsterdam. ABC managed to secure only three-point victory 65-62. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Landstede won fourth quarter 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was forward Ralf de Pagter (200-89) who scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Surinamese forward Sergio de Randamie (201-84, college: Houston, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Nate Rohnert (196-87, college: Denver) who recorded 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and international forward Nikki Hulzebos (206-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively. ABC maintains eighth position with 11-19 record. Landstede at the other side keeps the ninth place with 23 games lost. ABC's next round opponent will be league's second-placed ZZ Leiden on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Landstede will play against Rotterdam (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Landstede: N.Hulzebos 19+5reb, N.Rohnert 16+9reb+6ast, L.Borha 13+2ast, M.Mullery 7+5reb+2ast, M.Ridderhof 5+1reb, R.Van der Kamp 2+5reb
ABC: J.Voorn 16+1reb, R.de Pagter 15+7reb, S.de Randamie 12+4reb+5ast, M.Kherrazi 9+1reb, D.Van Der Horst 8+5reb+2ast, R.Siljade 3+2reb
gschID: 107187


Eiffel Towers - ZZ Leiden 71-72

Important game to mention about took place in Den Bosch. Second ranked ZZ Leiden (24-6) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Eiffel Towers (21-9) 72-71 in the fight for the second place. Eiffel Towers were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 25-20 third quarter run of ZZ Leiden. They made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis) had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) chipped in 18 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward C.J. Jackson (206-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Warren Sports International) with 15 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St., agency: Warren Sports International) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four ZZ Leiden and five Eiffel Towers players scored in double figures. ZZ Leiden have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 24-6 record having just two points less than leader GasTerra. Eiffel Towers at the other side keep the third place with nine games lost. ZZ Leiden will play against ABC (#8) in Amsterdam in the next round where they are favorite. Eiffel Towers will play on the road against DeFriesland (#6) in Leeuwarden and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Eiffel Towers: C.Jackson 15+9reb+2ast, R.Jansen 13+3reb+3ast, J.Mills 13+9reb+1ast, F.Turner 10+1reb+2ast, M.Aarts 10+5reb+2ast, S.Wessels 6+2reb
ZZ Leiden: S.Boxley 18+4reb+2ast, M.McGhee 12+10reb+4ast, T.Jackson 12+3reb+3ast, W.de Jong 11+1reb+1ast, A.Slagter 7+2reb+2ast, R.Bekkering 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 107188


Magixx - GasTerra 80-75

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked GasTerra (26-4) in Nijmegen on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Magixx (19-11) 80-75. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 26-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Magixx forced 20 GasTerra turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by GasTerra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Geoff McDermott (203-87, college: Providence, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Zaire Taylor (193-86, college: Missouri, agency: 540 Sports) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American swingman Robby Bostain (194-84, college: Furman) replied with 18 points and 6 assists and Canadian swingman Steve Ross (201-80, college: Santa Clara, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for GasTerra. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Magixx maintains fourth position with 19-11 record. Defending champion GasTerra still keeps top place with four games lost. Magixx are looking forward to face Giants (#5) in Bergen op Zoom in the next round. GasTerra will play on the road against BS Weert (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
GasTerra: R.Bostain 18+2reb+6ast, J.Turek 15+4reb+1ast, S.Ross 12+7reb+2ast, J.Dourisseau 11+7reb, M.Otten 7+4reb+2ast, M.Bauscher 7+1reb+7ast
Magixx: T.Vermeulen 18, Z.Taylor 14+3reb+3ast, B.Laing 13+5reb+1ast, G.McDermott 13+5reb+3ast, M.Humphrey 7+5reb+3ast, N.Oudendag 7+6reb
gschID: 107189


Rotterdam - Giants 47-85

The game between 10th ranked Rotterdam (1-29) and sixth ranked Giants (14-16) in Rotterdam on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Bergen op Zoom outscored Rotterdam 85-47. The game without a history. Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Rotterdam to an opponent 23.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 51.4 percent accuracy of the winners. Giants forced 20 Rotterdam turnovers and outrebounded them 52-28 including a 35-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Rotterdam's players. It was a good game for American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Giants players scored in double figures. Giants' coach Weird Goedee felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) replied with 6 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Jeremy Ormskerk (190-82) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Rotterdam. Giants have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with DeFriesland. Rotterdam lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 29 lost games. Giants will face higher ranked Magixx (#4) in Nijmegen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rotterdam will play on the road against Landstede (#9) in Zwolle and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: J.Ormskerk 11+4reb+4ast, O.Ivanovic 8, S.Mladenovic 7+3reb, R.Sihota 6+12reb+2ast, S.Mladenovic 6+1reb+1ast, D.Sirbegovic 4+2reb
Giants: T.Tiedeman 24+6reb+3ast, T.Blue 21+11reb+3ast, B.Griffin 13+14reb+6ast, T.Theeuwkens 12+1reb+2ast, Z.Tiedeman 5+3reb+2ast, A.Morgan 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 107190


BS Weert - DeFriesland 90-78

The game in Weert was also quite interesting. 5th ranked DeFriesland (14-16) played at the court of seventh ranked BS Weert (13-17). BS Weert defeated DeFriesland 90-78 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by BS Weert. DeFriesland managed to win fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. BS Weert forced 20 DeFriesland turnovers. American players dominated also this game. Guard Glenn Stokes (170-76, college: American, agency: R.H.Consultancy) notched 25 points and 5 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the effort and guard Trey McDowell (188-85, college: Louisiana Tech) supported him with 15 points and 5 steals. BS Weert's coach Terence Stansbury used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by guard Todd Brown (196-87, college: Wright St.) did not help to save the game for DeFriesland. Guard John Williams (183-84, college: Bryant, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four DeFriesland players scored in double figures. BS Weert maintains seventh position with 13-17 record. Loser DeFriesland keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Giants. BS Weert will meet at home league's leader GasTerra in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. DeFriesland will play against Eiffel Towers (#3) in Den Bosch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DeFriesland: T.Brown 20+5reb+2ast, C.Chitwood 17+5reb, G.Punch 15+5reb+1ast, J.Williams 11+7reb+6ast, M.Adako 7+4reb+1ast, M.Sanchez 6+7reb+3ast
BS Weert: G.Stokes 25+3reb+3ast, T.McDowell 15+3reb+2ast, D.Minter 10+3reb+1ast, N.Vorenhout 9+5reb+2ast, L.Hamm 8+6reb+2ast, J.Hairston 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 107186




Blue's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old forward Tim Blue (205-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Rotterdam (#10, 1-29) with 38-point margin 85-47. Giants is placed at 5th position in Dutch league. Giants 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 14-16 record. Blue turned to be Giants' top player in his first season with the team. Middle Tennessee State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Blue is in league's top in points (2nd best: 16.0ppg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 57.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Upstairs Weert. He is American guard in his first season at BS Weert. In the last game Stokes recorded impressive 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course BS Weert cruised to a 90-78 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked DeFriesland (#6, 14-16). BS Weert's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-17 record. Stokes is a newcomer at BS Weert and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.7ppg (#1). He also recorded 4.2 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom's star - forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances). Tiedeman scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Giants, helping his team with a 85-47 easy win against the lower-ranked Rotterdam (#10, 1-29). The chances of Giants ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tiedeman could help Giants to bring them higher in the standings. Tiedeman has a very solid season. In 28 games in Holland he scored 14.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Griffin (202-F-82) of Giants - 13 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Todd Brown (196-G-87) of DeFriesland - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Robby Bostain (194-G/F-84) of GasTerra - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Calvin Chitwood (203-F-86) of DeFriesland - 17 points and 5 rebounds
8. Nate Rohnert (196-G-87) of Landstede - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Nikki Hulzebos (206-F-86) of Landstede - 19 points and 5 rebounds
10. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of ZZ Leiden - 18 points, 4 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)


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.7 
 2. Blue, Giants16.0 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.5 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants15.5 
 5. Mills, Eiffel Towers15.4 
 6. Laing, Magixx14.9 
 7. Borha, Landstede14.9 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.7 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
 10. Brown, DeFriesland14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.2 
 2. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 3. McDermott, Magixx9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.3 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.8 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.6 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.3 
 8. Hamm, BS Weert8.0 
 9. Ellis, GasTerra8.0 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.1 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra5.1 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.2 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 5. Bostain, GasTerra3.7 
 6. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 7. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.4 
 8. Williams, DeFriesland3.4 
 9. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.3 
 10. Jackson, ZZ Leiden3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.4 
 2. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 3. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.2 
 5. McDermott, Magixx2.2 
 6. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 7. Stokes, BS Weert2.1 
 8. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 9. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 10. Kimbrough, Giants2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.0 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 6. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 7. Hulzebos, Landstede0.9 
 8. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 
 9. Mullery, Landstede0.8 
 10. Minter, BS Weert0.8 


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


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  ICELAND   


Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Snaefell 16-3 
 2. KR 15-5 
 3. Grindavik 14-6 
 4. Keflavik 13-6 
 5. Stjarnan 10-9 
 6. IR 9-11 
 7. Njardvik 8-11 
 8. Haukar 8-11 
 9. Tindastoll 7-13 
 10. Fjolnir 7-13 
 11. Hamar 6-13 
 12. KFI 3-15 


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Keflavik
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Sanders, Keflavik24.8 
 2. Inge, Haukar23.2 
 3. Trifunovic, Keflavik23.0 
 4. Springer, Fjolnir22.7 
 5. Walker, KR22.7 
 6. Bartolotta, IR21.8 
 7. Biedler, IR21.6 
 8. Sovic, IR21.2 
 9. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 10. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.7 
 2. Biedler, IR12.5 
 3. Pettinella, Grindavik11.2 
 4. Ermolinskij, KR10.9 
 5. Trifunovic, Keflavik10.3 
 6. Springer, Fjolnir10.0 
 7. Fain, Tindastoll9.9 
 8. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 9. Amoroso, Snaefell9.7 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.6 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.2 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.4 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.8 
 5. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan5.4 
 7. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 8. Inge, Haukar5.2 
 9. Arnarson, Hamar5.1 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 2. Schoen, KFI3.1 
 3. Fain, Tindastoll3.1 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Biedler, IR2.7 
 6. Milicevic, KFI2.6 
 7. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.6 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.6 
 9. Ermolinskij, KR2.3 
 10. Steinarsson, Fjolnir2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Svit
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.6 
 3. Biedler, IR1.8 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.7 
 5. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.5 
 6. Inge, Haukar1.5 
 7. Savarsson, Grind.1.5 
 8. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.4 
 9. Pettinella, Grindavik1.4 
 10. Sanders, Keflavik1.3 


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  IRAN   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Mahram 13-2 
 2. Petrochimi 13-3 
 3. Zob Ahan 12-2 
 4. Tarabari Qom 12-5 
 5. T.E.Kashan 12-5 
 6. Azad 8-8 
 7. Caspian 6-11 
 8. B.A. Shiraz 5-11 
 9. M.H.Ahvaz 5-11 
 10. Shahrekord 5-12 
 11. Gorgan 4-12 
 12. Pouya 1-16 


Superleague Round 17: Mahram keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Mahram as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Mahram smashed 10th ranked B.A. Shiraz in Tehran 90-65. Mahram have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. B.A. Shiraz at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with M.H.Ahvaz. B.A. Shiraz will play next round against Azad trying to get back on the winning streak. Mahram will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked T.E.Kashan at home.
Leading Zob Ahan (12-2) recorded its second loss in Esfahan. Hosts were edged by eleventh ranked M.H.Ahvaz (5-11) 74-72. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Zob Ahan. M.H.Ahvaz moved-up to eighth place, which they share with B.A. Shiraz. Zob Ahan at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. M.H.Ahvaz will play against bottom-ranked Pouya (#12) in Tehran in the next round. Zob Ahan will play on the road against Rah Tarabari (#4) in Qom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Qazvin supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Rah Tarabari (12-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Caspian (6-11). Rah Tarabari smashed Caspian 88-58 on Friday. Rah Tarabari maintains fourth place with 12-5 record, which they share with T.E.Kashan. Loser Caspian keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Rah Tarabari will meet at home higher ranked Zob Ahan (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caspian will play against Shahrdari Gorgan (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Azad (8-8) and Shahrekord (5-12), which took place in Tehran. 6th ranked Azad lost at home to ninth ranked Shahrekord 64-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Azad. Despite that victory Shahrekord went down to tenth position due to points difference. Azad at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Shahrekord's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Petrochimi in Bandar Imam and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 17 Gorgan was beaten by T.E.Kashan on the road 49-42. Petrochimi destroyed Pouya on its own court 97-69.


Zob Ahan - M.H.Ahvaz 72-74

Leading Zob Ahan (12-2) recorded its second loss in Esfahan. Hosts were edged by eleventh ranked M.H.Ahvaz (5-11) 74-72. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Zob Ahan. M.H.Ahvaz moved-up to eighth place, which they share with B.A. Shiraz. Zob Ahan at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. M.H.Ahvaz will play against bottom-ranked Pouya (#12) in Tehran in the next round. Zob Ahan will play on the road against Rah Tarabari (#4) in Qom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 123163


T.E.Kashan - Gorgan 49-42

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked T.E.Kashan (12-5) beat at home 8th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (4-12) 49-42. T.E.Kashan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tarabari Qom. Shahrdari Gorgan lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. T.E.Kashan's next round opponent will be league's leader Mahram in Tehran and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shahrdari Gorgan will play at home against Caspian (#7) in Qazvin.
gschID: 123160


Caspian - Tarabari Qom 58-88

The game in Qazvin supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Rah Tarabari (12-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Caspian (6-11). Rah Tarabari smashed Caspian 88-58 on Friday. Rah Tarabari maintains fourth place with 12-5 record, which they share with T.E.Kashan. Loser Caspian keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Rah Tarabari will meet at home higher ranked Zob Ahan (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caspian will play against Shahrdari Gorgan (#11) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 123161


Mahram - B.A. Shiraz 90-65

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Mahram as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Mahram smashed 10th ranked B.A. Shiraz in Tehran 90-65. Mahram have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. B.A. Shiraz at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with M.H.Ahvaz. B.A. Shiraz will play next round against Azad trying to get back on the winning streak. Mahram will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked T.E.Kashan at home.
gschID: 123162


Petrochimi - Pouya 97-69

Very expected game when 12th ranked Pouya (1-16) was smashed by second ranked Petrochimi (13-3) in Bandar Imam 97-69. Petrochimi maintains second place with 13-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Mahram. Pouya lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Petrochimi's next round opponent will be Shahrekord (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Pouya will play against M.H.Ahvaz in Ahvaz.
gschID: 123158


Azad - Shahrekord 64-72

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Azad (8-8) and Shahrekord (5-12), which took place in Tehran. 6th ranked Azad lost at home to ninth ranked Shahrekord 64-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Azad. Despite that victory Shahrekord went down to tenth position due to points difference. Azad at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Shahrekord's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Petrochimi in Bandar Imam and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 123159




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  ISRAEL   


National League Round 21: Top-ranked Hapoel T-A wins another game - by Eurobasket News
National League top team - Hapoel T-A (20-1) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Hapoel Beeri (7-14) in Tel-Aviv 103-77. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel T-A. Hapoel Beeri managed to win fourth quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Hapoel Beeri's players. It was a good game for Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. Swingman Elad Eliyah (193-85) contributed with 28 points for the winners. Hapoel T-A's coach Sharon Avrhami felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Daniel Aidan (204-89) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Hapoel Beeri. Hapoel T-A have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first place with 20-1 record. Hapoel Beeri at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Hapoel T-A are looking forward to face league's second-placed Maccabi HBK in Habikaa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Beeri will play at home against Elitzur Yavne (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game in Kiryat Tivon supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Maccabi HBK (15-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Hapoel Tivon (10-11). Maccabi HBK smashed Hapoel Tivon 99-69. Maccabi HBK maintains second place with 15-6 record having five points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Hapoel Tivon lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Ironi Ramat Gan and Elitzur Ramla. Maccabi HBK will play against league's leader Hapoel T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Tivon will play on the road against Hapoel Afula (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Kohav Yair between Lev Hasharon and Kohav Yair. Twelfth ranked Lev Hasharon (8-13) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Kohav Yair (8-13). Lev Hasharon managed to escape with a 2-point win 74-72 in the game for the tenth place. Lorrenzo Wade nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Gil Amitai came up with 14 points for Kohav Yair in the defeat. Lev Hasharon moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Kohav Yair. Kohav Yair lost fifth consecutive game. Lev Hasharon will meet at home higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kohav Yair will play against Ironi Nahariya and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Megido/Yokneam (12-9) and Elitzur Ramla (10-11), which took place in Yokneam. 4th placed Megido/Yokneam lost at home to ninth ranked Elitzur Ramla 85-90. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Megido/Yokneam. The best player for the winners was David Paris who scored 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Elitzur Ramla have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan and Hapoel Tivon. Megido/Yokneam at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Elitzur Ramla's next round opponent will be higher ranked Beer Yaakov (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Megido/Yokneam will play against Hod Hasharon.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: Hod Hasharon was beaten by Ironi Ramat Gan on the road 92-78. Elitzur Yavne won against Ironi Nahariya on its own court 82-66. Hapoel Afula was outscored by Beer Yaakov in a road game 99-78.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 26 points and 12 rebounds by Ramon Clemente of Megido/Yokneam.


Ironi Ramat Gan - Hod Hasharon 92-78

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (10-11) beat at home 11th ranked Hod Hasharon (8-13) 92-78. Hod Hasharon was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 54-38 second half run of Ironi Ramat Gan. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 30 personal fouls committed by Hod Hasharon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Albert Fisher (184-86, college: Kent St.) who scored 29 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. Four Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. Ironi Ramat Gan's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Latvian swingman Gerry Gendel (203-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who recorded 23 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Jitim Young (188-81, college: Northwestern, agency: Edge Sports) added 24 points and 5 assists respectively. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla and Hapoel Tivon. Hod Hasharon at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan's next round opponent will be Lev Hasharon (#12) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Hod Hasharon will play against Megido/Yokneam.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: J.Young 24+2reb+5ast, G.Gendel 23+6reb+2ast, S.Brandy 12+8reb+1ast, O.Ron 9+5reb+2ast, B.Sharoni 5+3reb+1ast, A.Bier-Katz 3+1reb
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Fisher 29+1reb+4ast, S.Colwell 22+11reb+1ast, I.Ohanon 15+8reb+1ast, J.Thomas 11+11reb+1ast, Y.Yatzkan 5+2reb+2ast, C.Zigdon 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 105652


Kohav Yair - Lev Hasharon 72-74

A very close game took place in Kohav Yair between Lev Hasharon and Kohav Yair. Twelfth ranked Lev Hasharon (8-13) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Kohav Yair (8-13). Lev Hasharon managed to escape with a 2-point win 74-72 in the game for the tenth place. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and guard Guy Lavie (188-92) accounted for 24 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Forward Gil Amitai (197-89) came up with 14 points and guard Omer Rub (173-90) added 14 points respectively for Kohav Yair in the defeat. Lev Hasharon moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Kohav Yair. Kohav Yair lost fifth consecutive game. Lev Hasharon will meet at home higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kohav Yair will play against Ironi Nahariya and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kohav Yair: O.Rub 14+3reb+2ast, G.Amitai 14+4reb+2ast, S.Harush 11+4reb+2ast, S.Molnar 10+3reb, S.Ibrahim 8+7reb+1ast, A.Zelkovits 8+6reb+2ast
Lev Hasharon: G.Lavie 24+5reb+5ast, L.Wade 20+14reb+3ast, A.Henry Dobie 12+6reb+7ast, I.Eiram 8+1reb, O.Hover 4+3reb+1ast, M.Y 2+8reb
gschID: 105653


Elitzur Yavne - Ironi Nahariya 82-66

Very expected game when 14th ranked Ironi Nahariya (5-16) lost on the road to third ranked Elitzur Yavne (13-8) 82-66. Elitzur Yavne maintains third place with 13-8 record having seven points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Ironi Nahariya at the other side stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Elitzur Yavne's next round opponent will be Hapoel Beeri (#13) in Beer-Shev and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Nahariya will play at home against Kohav Yair in Kohav Yair and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
gschID: 105654


Hapoel T-A - Hapoel Beeri 103-77

National League top team - Hapoel T-A (20-1) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Hapoel Beeri (7-14) in Tel-Aviv 103-77. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel T-A. Hapoel Beeri managed to win fourth quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Hapoel Beeri's players. It was a good game for Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. Swingman Elad Eliyah (193-85) contributed with 28 points for the winners. Hapoel T-A's coach Sharon Avrhami felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Daniel Aidan (204-89) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and forward Haiim Barbi (197-89) added 24 points and 5 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Hapoel Beeri. Hapoel T-A have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first place with 20-1 record. Hapoel Beeri at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Hapoel T-A are looking forward to face league's second-placed Maccabi HBK in Habikaa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Beeri will play at home against Elitzur Yavne (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Beeri: H.Barbi 24+5reb, D.Aidan 18+9reb+3ast, S.Moragne 14+6reb+1ast, R.Canady Jr. 8+5reb, H.Shifman 7+1reb+3ast, T.Havkin 4+3reb+1ast
Hapoel T-A: E.Eliyah 28+2reb, B.Asbury 23+3reb+2ast, A.Uter 16+16reb+2ast, Y.Shvartzman 6+8reb+1ast, Y.Lahat 6+2reb+4ast, G.Eytan 5+2reb+8ast
gschID: 105648


Hapoel Tivon - Maccabi HBK 69-99

The game in Kiryat Tivon supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Maccabi HBK (15-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Hapoel Tivon (10-11). Maccabi HBK smashed Hapoel Tivon 99-69. Maccabi HBK maintains second place with 15-6 record having five points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Hapoel Tivon lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Ironi Ramat Gan and Elitzur Ramla. Maccabi HBK will play against league's leader Hapoel T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Tivon will play on the road against Hapoel Afula (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 105649


Beer Yaakov - Hapoel Afula 99-78

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Beer Yaakov (12-9) rolled over at home 8th ranked Hapoel Afula (9-12) 99-78. The game was mostly controlled by Beer Yaakov. Hapoel Afula was better in fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Beer Yaakov especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Gilad Karni (195-87) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) chipped in 26 points. Four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Darnell Hugee (201-85, college: Prairie View A&M) who recorded 19 points and guard Avi Eliyahu (175-87, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 13 points and 6 assists respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beer Yaakov moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Megido/Yokneam. Hapoel Afula lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Beer Yaakov's next round opponent will be Elitzur Ramla (#7) on the road. Hapoel Afula will play against Hapoel Tivon in Kiryat Tivon and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: D.Hugee 19+3reb+1ast, A.Eliyahu 13+3reb+6ast, T.Michael Dunne 11+2reb+1ast, O.Shmidt 10+1reb+1ast, Y.Dvir 8+6reb+5ast, B.Markson 7+6reb+1ast
Beer Yaakov: J.Hall 26+1reb, G.Karni 21+6reb+2ast, J.Gomes 16+4reb+1ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 14+7ast, Y.Liutrin 10+4reb, I.Bochman 9+7reb+4ast
gschID: 105650


Megido/Yokneam - Elitzur Ramla 85-90

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Megido/Yokneam (12-9) and Elitzur Ramla (10-11), which took place in Yokneam. 4th placed Megido/Yokneam lost at home to ninth ranked Elitzur Ramla 85-90. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Megido/Yokneam. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. They outrebounded Megido/Yokneam 37-25 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Elitzur Ramla players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward David Paris (205-84, college: Bowie St.) who scored 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Dror Davidi (190-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and guard Johnathan Shtarkman (187-91) added 22 points respectively. Elitzur Ramla have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan and Hapoel Tivon. Megido/Yokneam at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Elitzur Ramla's next round opponent will be higher ranked Beer Yaakov (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Megido/Yokneam will play against Hod Hasharon.
Top scorers:
Megido/Yokneam: R.Clemente 26+12reb+3ast, J.Shtarkman 22+2reb+1ast, L.Shvarzvald 11+2ast, T.Bar Even 8+2reb, N.Tishman 8+3reb+10ast, N.Miller 6+6reb+3ast
Elitzur Ramla: D.Paris 27+7reb+5ast, D.Davidi 20+10reb+5ast, I.Berkowitz 14+3reb+4ast, K.Young 12+8reb+1ast, A.Sukar 6+5reb+5ast, M.Badalov 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 105651




Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 20-1 
 2. Maccabi HBK 15-6 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 13-8 
 4. Beer Yaakov 12-9 
 5. Megido/Yokneam 12-9 
 6. Hapoel Tivon 10-11 
 7. Elitzur Ramla 10-11 
 8. Ironi Ramat Gan 10-11 
 9. Hapoel Afula 9-12 
 10. Kohav Yair 8-13 
 11. Hod Hasharon 8-13 
 12. Lev Hasharon 8-13 
 13. Hapoel Beeri 7-14 
 14. Ironi Nahariya 5-16 


Lottomatica says goodbye with 82-69 win against Maccabi Electra - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica - Maccabi Electra 82-69 (21-17, 21-25, 18-6, 22-21)

Lottomatica said goodbye to Euroleague 2010/11 edition with nice 82-69 home win against Maccabi Electra. The hosts finished Top 16 as No.3 of Group F with 2-4 record and failed to reach the next stage. Maccabi advanced to the Quarterfinals as No.2 (3-3) and they will meet Caja Laboral. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) scored 16 points for the hosts, while their most valuable player was Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) who had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) helped with 14 pts and 5 assists. In Maccabi, Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) and Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) had 14 points each. They grabbed 8 and 6 rebounds respectively, and Perkins also added 5 assists to his name.
As mentioned above, Maccabi Electra will meet Caja Laboral in the Quarterfinals. It will be best-of-five series. First two games will be played in Vitoria (March 22 and March 24).

Lottomatica: Darius Washington 16, Luigi Datome 14+10 boards, Nemanja Gordic 14+5 as
Maccabi Electra: Lior Eliyahu 14+8 boards, Doron Perkins 14+6 boards+5 as


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  ITALY   


Montepaschi blasts Real in Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Montepaschi 77-95 (19-26, 13-29, 19-23, 26-17)

Montepaschi exploded in Madrid last night scoring impressive 95 points. It was too much for the hosts, who faced with the first loss in Top 16. Despite this defeat, Real Madrid won the Group G with 5-1 record, while Montepaschi is No.2 with 4-2. The Italian powerhouse will meet Olympiakos in the Quarterfinals, while Real Madrid will take on Valencia. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) paced the visiting squad to victory with 17 points. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) helped with 16 points and 15 pts respectively. Nikola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) scored 13 points in loss. Mirza Begic (216-C-85) added 12 pts for 10 minutes with no miss.
As mentioned above, Montepaschi will meet Olympiakos in the Quarterfinals, while Real Madrid will take on Valencia. The format is best-of-five (2-2-1) and Olympiakos and Real Madrid will have a home court advantage in these two series.

Real Madrid: Nikola Mirotic 13, Mirza Begic 12
Montepaschi: Malik Hairston 17, Pietro Aradori 16, Ksistof Lavrinovic 15


Lottomatica says goodbye with 82-69 win against Maccabi Electra - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica - Maccabi Electra 82-69 (21-17, 21-25, 18-6, 22-21)

Lottomatica said goodbye to Euroleague 2010/11 edition with nice 82-69 home win against Maccabi Electra. The hosts finished Top 16 as No.3 of Group F with 2-4 record and failed to reach the next stage. Maccabi advanced to the Quarterfinals as No.2 (3-3) and they will meet Caja Laboral. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) scored 16 points for the hosts, while their most valuable player was Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) who had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) helped with 14 pts and 5 assists. In Maccabi, Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) and Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) had 14 points each. They grabbed 8 and 6 rebounds respectively, and Perkins also added 5 assists to his name.
As mentioned above, Maccabi Electra will meet Caja Laboral in the Quarterfinals. It will be best-of-five series. First two games will be played in Vitoria (March 22 and March 24).

Lottomatica: Darius Washington 16, Luigi Datome 14+10 boards, Nemanja Gordic 14+5 as
Maccabi Electra: Lior Eliyahu 14+8 boards, Doron Perkins 14+6 boards+5 as


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Evangelisti, Trapani18.7 
 2. Ricciardi, Palestrina17.4 
 3. Reati, Treviglio17.4 
 4. Vico, Matera16.5 
 5. Tassinari, Moncalieri16.5 
 6. Masper, Moncalieri16.2 
 7. Musso, Perugia16.2 
 8. Rugolo, Molfetta15.8 
 9. Marino, Treviglio15.8 
 10. Benevelli, Trento15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza10.8 
 2. Corral, Molfetta9.5 
 3. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.4 
 4. Basei, Ostuni9.0 
 5. Zambon, Rieti8.9 
 6. Capitanelli, Pales.8.7 
 7. Chiaramello, Recanati8.6 
 8. De Min, Treviglio8.3 
 9. Zerini, Ruvo8.3 
 10. Facenda, Senigallia8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Latina Basket
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.8 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.0 
 4. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 5. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.6 
 6. Paparella, Potenza3.3 
 7. Parente, Moncalieri3.3 
 8. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.3 
 9. Lenardon, Massafra3.2 
 10. Basanisi, Massafra3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.6 
 2. Marcante, ASD P.3.2 
 3. Gullo, Patti3.2 
 4. Bushati, Brescia3.1 
 5. De Nicolao, Castelle.3.0 
 6. Bonamente, Perugia3.0 
 7. Bonfiglio, Ruvo2.9 
 8. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 9. Casadei, Comsum.i.2.7 
 10. Ghersetti, Brescia2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.9 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.5 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 4. Candido, Ferentino1.1 
 5. Raminelli, Castelle.1.0 
 6. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 7. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 8. Capitanelli, Pales.1.0 
 9. Spippoli, Palestrina0.9 
 10. Marusic, Castelletto0.8 


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Jordan Basketball League 2010/2011 is open - by Eurobasket News
Jordan Basketball League 2010/2011 is open as we already know first three results of the League. Arena overcame Al Wihdat 73:49 as they started with 22-17 in the first period. Applied Science smashed Kfrioba 98:45, while Al Riyadi Aramex edged AL-Jalil 86:40. The next games are scheduled for today, March 4th.


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SuperLeague Round 17: No surprise as #1 Sigal Prishtina defeats Kosova - by Eurobasket News
SuperLeague top team - Sigal Prishtina (16-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Kosova (4-13) in Prishtine 119-63. Sigal Prishtina have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-1 record. Kosova lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Sigal Prishtina's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Prishtine to the arena College EuroSporti.
The game in Prizren was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Trepca (9-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Bashkimi (5-12). Trepca defeated Bashkimi 110-98. Trepca maintains fourth place with 9-8 record. Bashkimi at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Trepca's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Mitrovice Bambi.

In the last game of round 17 K.EuroSporti lost to Bambi on the opponent's court 73-82.


Bambi - K.EuroSporti 82-73

Rather expected game in Mitrovice where 5th ranked College EuroSporti (6-11) was defeated by second ranked Bambi (15-2) 82-73. Bambi maintains second place with 15-2 record behind leader Sigal Prishtina. College EuroSporti at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Bambi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Mitrovice to the arena Trepca.
gschID: 114632


Sigal Prishtina - Kosova 119-63

SuperLeague top team - Sigal Prishtina (16-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Kosova (4-13) in Prishtine 119-63. Sigal Prishtina have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-1 record. Kosova lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Sigal Prishtina's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Prishtine to the arena College EuroSporti.
gschID: 114633


Bashkimi - Trepca 98-110

The game in Prizren was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Trepca (9-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Bashkimi (5-12). Trepca defeated Bashkimi 110-98. Trepca maintains fourth place with 9-8 record. Bashkimi at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Trepca's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Mitrovice Bambi.

Peja - Mitrovica PPD
gschID: 114631




Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 16-1 
 2. Bambi 15-2 
 3. Peja 12-4 
 4. Trepca 9-8 
 5. K.EuroSporti 6-11 
 6. Bashkimi 5-12 
 7. Kosova 4-13 
 8. Mitrovica 0-16 


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Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Jurmala 16-3 
 2. Ventspils Aug. 14-4 
 3. Ogre 14-4 
 4. Saldus 14-5 
 5. Gulbene 10-7 
 6. BAA Riga 9-8 
 7. Zemgale/Jun. 9-10 
 8. Liepaja-2 8-10 
 9. Daugava 8-11 
 10. Ridzene 3-15 
 11. Livani 2-15 
 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, Turiba14.6 
 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, Turiba8.2 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.8.1 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 5. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 6. Rozitis, Zemgale7.2 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.9 
 10. Piternieks, LU5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WILLJAM
  Barons
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Willjam, Barons4.9 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.5 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.1 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja3.5 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.2 
 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. Cavars, Barons2.0 
 4. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja1.9 
 6. Gabrans, Valmiera1.7 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 8. Slisans, LU1.6 
 9. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 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. Pishchalniko., Barons0.8 
 8. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 9. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 10. Piternieks, LU0.8 


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


LBL D2 Round 19: Leader Jurmala loses to BAA Riga - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Jurmala (16-3) recorded its third loss at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by seventh ranked BAA Riga (9-8) 78-75. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Jurmala. Jurmala was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. BAA Riga moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted Jurmala still keeps top position with three games lost. BAA Riga are looking forward to face Liepaja-2 (#8) at home in the next round. Jurmala will play against Saldus (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Saldus (14-5) survived in overtime against Ventspils Augstskola (14-4) by three points 95-92. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Ventspils Augstskola. Saldus have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 14-5 record. Ventspils Augstskola at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Ogre. Saldus will play against league's leader Jurmala at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ventspils Augstskola will play against Daugava in Daugavapils and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Daugavapils was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Gulbene (10-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Daugava (8-11). Gulbene managed to secure a 5-point victory 94-89 on Tuesday. Gulbene maintains fifth place with 10-7 record. Newly promoted Daugava dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Gulbene will meet at home higher ranked BS Ogre (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Daugava will play against the league's second-placed Ventspils Augstskola (#2) and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Liepaja, where 6th ranked Zemgale/Juniors (9-10) were outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Liepaja-2 (8-10) 92-73. Liepaja-2 moved-up to eighth place. Zemgale/Juniors lost third consecutive game. Zemgale/Juniors at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Liepaja-2's next round opponent will be higher ranked BAA Riga (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Livani. Local Livani (2-15) was outscored by fourth ranked Saldus (14-5) 103-73 on Thursday night. Saldus have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 14-5 record. Livani lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Saldus will face league's leader Jurmala at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Livani will play against Ridzene (#10) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 19 Livani was crushed by Ogre in a road game 88-61.



Liepaja-2 - Zemgale/Jun. 92-73

We should mention about the upset which took place in Liepaja, where 6th ranked Zemgale/Juniors (9-10) were outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Liepaja-2 (8-10) 92-73. The game without a history. Liepaja-2 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Liepaja-2 moved-up to eighth place. Zemgale/Juniors lost third consecutive game. Zemgale/Juniors at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Liepaja-2's next round opponent will be higher ranked BAA Riga (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 120513


Jurmala - BAA Riga 75-78

Top ranked Jurmala (16-3) recorded its third loss at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by seventh ranked BAA Riga (9-8) 78-75. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Jurmala. Jurmala was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. BAA Riga moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted Jurmala still keeps top position with three games lost. BAA Riga are looking forward to face Liepaja-2 (#8) at home in the next round. Jurmala will play against Saldus (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 120514


Livani - Saldus 73-103

The game with biggest result difference took place in Livani. Local Livani (2-15) was outscored by fourth ranked Saldus (14-5) 103-73 on Thursday night. The game without a history. Saldus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Saldus have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 14-5 record. Livani lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Saldus will face league's leader Jurmala at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Livani will play against Ridzene (#10) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 123221


Daugava - Gulbene 89-94

The game in Daugavapils was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Gulbene (10-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Daugava (8-11). Gulbene managed to secure a 5-point victory 94-89 on Tuesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Gulbene maintains fifth place with 10-7 record. Newly promoted Daugava dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Gulbene will meet at home higher ranked BS Ogre (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Daugava will play against the league's second-placed Ventspils Augstskola (#2) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 120509


Saldus - Ventspils Aug. 95-92 OT

Saldus (14-5) survived in overtime against Ventspils Augstskola (14-4) by three points 95-92. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Ventspils Augstskola. The hosts were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won an overtime period 14-11. Saldus have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 14-5 record. Ventspils Augstskola at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. They share it with Ogre. Saldus will play against league's leader Jurmala at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ventspils Augstskola will play against Daugava in Daugavapils and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 120510


Ogre - Livani 88-61

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Livani (2-15) was crushed on the road by third ranked BS Ogre (14-4) 88-61 on Wednesday. The game without a history. BS Ogre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BS Ogre moved-up to second place, which they share with Ventspils Aug. Livani lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. BS Ogre will face Gulbene (#5) on the road in the next round. Livani will play against Ridzene (#10) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 120511




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  LITHUANIA   


NKL Round 39: Zalgiris-Sabonio edges Radviliskis by one point - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 39 in the NKL took place in Kaunas. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Radviliskis (26-11) to first ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (21-16) 61-60 on Friday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Radviliskis. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 61-60. Zalgiris-Sabonio dominated on the defensive end, holding Radviliskis to just 7 points in second quarter. Zalgiris-Sabonio had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was swingman Paulius Sorokas (198-G/F-92) who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Priit Vene used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) who recorded 17 points. Despite that victory Zalgiris-Sabonio went down to fifth position due to points difference. Radviliskis at the other side dropped to the second place with 11 games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio are looking forward to face higher ranked Mazeikiai (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radviliskis will play against Nafta Universitetas in Klaipeda and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Anyksciai. Second ranked Delikatesas (13-23) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Puntukas (9-27) 75-72 on Friday evening. It was a good game for center Julius Jucikas (205-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Vytautas-Edvardas Pikalavicius contributed with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) answered with 18 points for Puntukas. Despite that victory Delikatesas went down to fourth position due to points difference. Puntukas lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh place with 27 games lost. Delikatesas will play against Akademija (#5) in Vilnius in the next round. Puntukas will play on the road against Erelita-KTU in Kaunas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked ABRO-Universitetas (11-25) against sixth ranked Erelita-KTU (14-22) on Friday night. Host ABRO-Universitetas was defeated by Erelita-KTU in a tough game in Siauliai 72-77. It was a great evening for Matas Lisajevicius who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points. The best for the losing side was Vitali Liutych with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Erelita-KTU moved-up to third place. Loser ABRO-Universitetas dropped to the sixth position with 25 games lost. Erelita-KTU will meet at home Puntukas (#7) in the next round. ABRO-Universitetas will play against the league's second-placed Silute and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Mazeikiai (22-15) against eighth ranked LKKA-Atletas (20-17) on Friday night. Visiting Mazeikiai was defeated by LKKA-Atletas in Kaunas 90-72. It was an exceptional evening for Sarunas Vingelis who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Mazeikiai's coach Aloyzas Rudys rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. LKKA-Atletas moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Nafta Universitetas. Mazeikiai lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 15 games lost. LKKA-Atletas' next round opponent will be league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mazeikiai will play at home against Zalgiris-Sabonio in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Nafta Universitetas (20-17) against fourth ranked Meresta (23-14) on Friday night. Host Nafta Universitetas was defeated by Meresta in Klaipeda 80-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nafta Universitetas. The best player for the winners was Simonas Slivka who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Meresta moved-up to third place. Loser Nafta Universitetas dropped to the sixth position with 17 games lost. Meresta will face Perlas-MRU (#8) in Vilnius in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Nafta Universitetas will play on the road against the league's second-placed Radviliskis.

In the last two games of round 39 Triobet Malsta was defeated by Akademija in Vilnius 91-86. Perlas-MRU was smashed by Pieno Zvaigzdes at home 76-95.


Puntukas - Delikatesas 72-75

Important game to mention about took place in Anyksciai. Second ranked Delikatesas (13-23) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Puntukas (9-27) 75-72 on Friday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Puntukas won fourth quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Delikatesas players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for center Julius Jucikas (205-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Vytautas-Edvardas Pikalavicius (196-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) answered with 18 points and center Paulius Joneliunas (211-84, college: American) added 7 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Puntukas. Five Delikatesas and four Puntukas players scored in double figures. Despite that victory Delikatesas went down to fourth position due to points difference. Puntukas lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh place with 27 games lost. Delikatesas will play against Akademija (#5) in Vilnius in the next round. Puntukas will play on the road against Erelita-KTU in Kaunas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Puntukas: D.Tarvydas 18+4reb+1ast, G.Butkus 14+3reb+3ast, T.Rinkunas 13+3reb+5ast, M.Norkus 11+8reb+3ast, P.Joneliunas 7+12reb+4ast, L.Kazlauskas 5+5reb+3ast
Delikatesas: J.Jucikas 18+14reb+4ast, J.Blazys 14+3reb+1ast, K.Artamonov 11+2reb+7ast, T.Mikalauskas 10+2reb, V.Pikalavicius 10+10reb+2ast, Z.Petraitis 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 122476


ABRO-Univ. - Erelita 72-77

Very important is a home loss of third ranked ABRO-Universitetas (11-25) against sixth ranked Erelita-KTU (14-22) on Friday night. Host ABRO-Universitetas was defeated by Erelita-KTU in a tough game in Siauliai 72-77. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-72. It was a great evening for guard Matas Lisajevicius (190-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points. Guard Matas Sapiega (180-90) helped adding 12 points and 7 assists. Four Erelita-KTU players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Belarusian swingman Vitali Liutych (198-92) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) scored 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Erelita-KTU moved-up to third place. Loser ABRO-Universitetas dropped to the sixth position with 25 games lost. Erelita-KTU will meet at home Puntukas (#7) in the next round. ABRO-Universitetas will play against the league's second-placed Silute and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ABRO-Univ.: V.Liutych 23+10reb+3ast, P.Rasamavicius 19+1reb, A.Kvedaravicius 9+5reb+7ast, E.Vaupsas 5+3reb, T.Miezis 4, I.Ramasauskas 4+1reb+1ast
Erelita: M.Lisajevicius 28+4reb+1ast, A.Pelss 15+6reb+1ast, R.Cepanonis 13+4reb+2ast, M.Sapiega 12+3reb+7ast, D.Baika 4+2reb, M.Jakstas 2
gschID: 122477


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Radviliskis 61-60

The most exciting game of round 39 in the NKL took place in Kaunas. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Radviliskis (26-11) to first ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (21-16) 61-60 on Friday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Radviliskis. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 61-60. Zalgiris-Sabonio dominated on the defensive end, holding Radviliskis to just 7 points in second quarter. Zalgiris-Sabonio had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was swingman Paulius Sorokas (198-92) who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Priit Vene used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) who recorded 17 points and guard Rytis Rauktys (187-84) added 13 points respectively. Despite that victory Zalgiris-Sabonio went down to fifth position due to points difference. Radviliskis at the other side dropped to the second place with 11 games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio are looking forward to face higher ranked Mazeikiai (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radviliskis will play against Nafta Universitetas in Klaipeda and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: Z.Kuklierius 17+4reb+3ast, R.Rauktys 13+3reb+1ast, L.Pipiras 9+3reb, M.Pukinskas 8+5reb+1ast, L.Valantinas 5+3reb+2ast, M.Binza 4+4reb+2ast
Zalgiris-Sabonio: G.Zyle 15+4reb+1ast, P.Sorokas 13+7reb+5ast, E.Ulanovas 10+7reb+3ast, M.Kupsas 9+11reb+3ast, Z.Skucas 7+5reb+1ast, M.Grigonis 3+3reb
gschID: 122473


LKKA-Atletas - Mazeikiai 90-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Mazeikiai (22-15) against eighth ranked LKKA-Atletas (20-17) on Friday night. Visiting Mazeikiai was defeated by LKKA-Atletas in Kaunas 90-72. Mazeikiai was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 55-28 second half run of LKKA-Atletas. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. LKKA-Atletas outrebounded Mazeikiai 36-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. LKKA-Atletas brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) accounted for 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Modestas Sidlauskas (193-85) came up with 16 points and 6 assists and American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll.) added 10 points, 11 assists and 5 steals respectively for Mazeikiai in the defeat. Four Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Mazeikiai's coach Aloyzas Rudys rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. LKKA-Atletas moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Nafta Universitetas. Mazeikiai lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 15 games lost. LKKA-Atletas' next round opponent will be league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mazeikiai will play at home against Zalgiris-Sabonio in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: M.Sidlauskas 16+4reb+6ast, M.Norkus 13+3reb+2ast, D.Vaitelis 11+6reb, B.Harrison 10+1reb+11ast, V.Luksa 9+3reb+1ast, M.Kumpys 8+4reb+1ast
LKKA-Atletas: S.Vingelis 27+6reb+10ast, V.Sragauskis 24+7reb+1ast, D.Gricius 18+3reb+2ast, T.Urbonas 6+8reb+1ast, A.Sakalauskas 6+1reb+1ast, E.Tviraga 5+7reb
gschID: 122474


Akademija - Triobet Malsta 91-86

There was no surprise in Vilnius where 7th ranked Triobet Malsta (16-20) was defeated by fourth ranked Akademija (11-24) 91-86 on Friday. Triobet Malsta was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 29-17 charge of Akademija, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Triobet Malsta's 34. Akademija forced 19 Triobet Malsta turnovers. Triobet Malsta was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Janas Jurgo (200-83) who scored 27 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Tomas Lekunas (195-93) chipped in 19 points. Akademija's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Gytis Maciulevicius (194-87) who recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds. Ignas Dauksys and forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) added 14 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Akademija went down to fifth position due to points difference. Loser Triobet Malsta still keeps top place with 20 games lost. Akademija will face higher ranked Delikatesas (#4) in Joniskis in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Triobet Malsta: G.Maciulevicius 19+8reb+1ast, I.Dauksys 14+4reb, T.Sebeziovas 14+1reb+2ast, H.Vorotnikovas 14+2reb, A.Vasiliauskas 12+2reb+3ast, R.Juknevicius 9+5reb+1ast
Akademija: J.Jurgo 27+5reb, T.Lekunas 19+3reb+3ast, K.Alekna 14+5reb, O.Olisevicius 11+1reb+1ast, E.Mockevicius 8+15reb, M.Paliukenas 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 122475


Perlas-MRU - Pieno Zvaigzdes 76-95

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Vilnius where sixth ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (36-1) smashed 5th ranked Perlas-MRU (16-21) 95-76 on Friday. The game without a history. Pieno Zvaigzdes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Pieno Zvaigzdes had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Arturas Masiulis (210-80) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Gintautas Vileita (194-75, college: Monmouth) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists. Four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds and forward Mantas Kazonas (202-89) added 15 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pieno Zvaigzdes keeps a position of league leader. Perlas-MRU lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 21 games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes will face LKKA-Atletas (#6) in Kaunas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Perlas-MRU will play on the road against Meresta in Pakruojis.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: K.Brusokas 17+9reb+1ast, M.Kazonas 15+3reb, D.Nazarovas 10+3reb+1ast, P.Semaska 9+1reb+4ast, T.Padegimas 8+6reb+3ast, G.Ramonas 6+1reb+1ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: A.Masiulis 16+5reb+2ast, D.Leonard 11+3reb+3ast, G.Vileita 11+3reb+7ast, A.Kazlauskas 10+5reb+3ast, Z.Fredrick 10+1reb+1ast, D.Griskenas 9+1reb
gschID: 122471


Nafta Universitetas - Meresta 63-80

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Nafta Universitetas (20-17) against fourth ranked Meresta (23-14) on Friday night. Host Nafta Universitetas was defeated by Meresta in Klaipeda 80-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nafta Universitetas. Nafta Universitetas trailed 38-35 at halftime, rallying from a 23-9 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Meresta dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Nafta Universitetas' 28. Meresta forced 23 Nafta Universitetas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Nafta Universitetas' players. The best player for the winners was guard Simonas Slivka (194-86) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Vytautas Padgureckas (186-85) chipped in 7 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Tadas Klimas (197-88) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) added 18 points respectively. Meresta moved-up to third place. Loser Nafta Universitetas dropped to the sixth position with 17 games lost. Meresta will face Perlas-MRU (#8) in Vilnius in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Nafta Universitetas will play on the road against the league's second-placed Radviliskis.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: M.Girdziunas 18+3reb+1ast, T.Klimas 15+9reb, V.Chodosovskis 9+7reb+1ast, J.Kazakauskas 7+4reb, M.Sumskis 5+4reb+1ast, H.Venskus 4+1reb+2ast
Meresta: S.Slivka 22+8reb+2ast, M.Kumpis 11+5reb+2ast, M.Jankaitis 10+1reb+1ast, T.Druktenis 9+3ast, L.Radavicius 8+4reb+3ast, V.Padgureckas 7+6reb+7ast
gschID: 122472




Klym Artamonov moves to Delikatesas - by Eurobasket News
Klym Artamonov (176-G-93) joined Delikatesas in NKL. The 17-year-old guard in February moved to Lithuania to join Siauliai. The Ukrainian averaged 2.5 points per Baltic League game. In LKL Klym Artamonov tallied 1.0 assist per appearance. The guard played for the Ukrainian U16 and U18 selections. Klym Artamonov has already debuted for Delikatesas. He notched 11 points, 7 assists and 2 boards to help Delikatesas hold off Puntukas 75:72.


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
Group A
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 36-1 
 2. Radviliskis 26-11 
 3. Meresta 23-14 
 4. Mazeikiai 22-15 
 5. Zalgiris-Sabonio 21-16 
 6. LKKA-Atletas 20-17 
 7. Nafta Universitetas 20-17 
 8. Perlas-MRU 16-21 
Group B
 1. Triobet Malsta 16-20 
 2. Silute 15-20 
 3. Erelita 14-22 
 4. Delikatesas 13-23 
 5. Akademija 11-24 
 6. ABRO-Univ. 11-25 
 7. Puntukas 9-27 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Kieza, Juventus17.8 
 2. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis15.8 
 4. Ruikis, Neptunas15.4 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis15.4 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas14.9 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis14.8 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 9. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.6 
 10. Viskontas, Perlas14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.5 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.5 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.2 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.4 
 5. Matulis, Sakalai7.1 
 6. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.0 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas6.8 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 9. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.6 
 10. Adomavicius, Alytus A.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.4 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.9 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.4 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai5.3 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.6 
 6. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.2 
 8. Janavicius, Siauliai4.1 
 9. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.1 
 10. Dainys, Rudupis3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.3 
 2. Razutis, Naglis-A.1.9 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis1.9 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.9 
 5. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.8 
 6. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas1.8 
 8. Ruikis, Neptunas1.8 
 9. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.7 
 10. Vene, Aiscai Kaunas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Techasas2.1 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.1 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Volkus, Techasas1.2 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.1 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.0 
 8. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 
 10. Bajramovic, Lietuv.0.9 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.22.1 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.9 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.4 
 4. Jurkus, Silute18.1 
 5. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.0 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.16.8 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.3 
 9. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 10. Girdziunas, Nafta U.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.10.8 
 2. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.0 
 3. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.5 
 4. Warren, Mazeikiai8.6 
 5. Brusokas, Perla.8.5 
 6. Nedzinskas, Silute8.2 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.7 
 8. Jucikas, Delikatesas7.3 
 9. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.3 
 10. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.8 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.2 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.5.0 
 4. Sapiega, Erelita4.8 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Kutra, Delikatesas4.5 
 7. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.4 
 8. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.4.1 
 9. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 10. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.8 
 2. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.5 
 3. Petraitis, Delikate.2.5 
 4. Metelica, Erelita2.4 
 5. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.4 
 6. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.2.3 
 7. Radavicius, Meres.2.2 
 8. Sapiega, Erelita2.2 
 9. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.2 
 10. Kutra, Delikatesas2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.6 
 2. Urbonas, LK.2.2 
 3. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.9 
 4. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.7 
 5. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.4 
 6. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 7. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.2 
 8. Ramasauskas, ABRO-.1.0 
 9. Bernataviciu., Triobe.0.9 
 10. Milinskas, Triobe.0.9 


Olympiakos end Top 16 with almost perfect 5-1 record - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Zalgiris 78-64 (19-20, 22-14, 17-15, 20-15)

Olympiakos is the winner of Group H with almost perfect 5-1 record. It was clear even before this meeting. The Reds will take on Montepaschi in the Euroleague Quarterfinals and of course will have the home court advantage. Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) led the hosts with 20 points. Gordon Jamon Lukas (191-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Virginia Tech) (6 rebs) and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) (5 rebs, 5 as) added 12 points each. In Zalgiris, who closes the standings in this group with 1-5, Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) netted 16 points. Trent Plaisted (211-F/C-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: BYU) had double-double of 11 points and 10 boards.
As mentioned above, the Reds will meet Montepaschi in the Quarterfinals. It will be best-of-five series with 2-2-1 format. First game is scheduled for March 22.

Olympiakos: Radoslav Nesterovic 20, Gordon Jamon Lukas 12+6 boards, Yotam Halperin 12+5 boards+5 as
Zalgiris: Mantas Kalnietis 16, Trent Plaisted 11+10 boards


Caja Laboral victorious in Vilnius, wins Group E - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Caja Laboral 68-77

It was a do-or-die game for both teams. Caja Laboral managed to stop Khalid El-Amin and to celebrate crucial 68-77 win. With this victory the Spanish champion jumped to first place in Group E (4-2) and they will meet Maccabi Electra in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Lietuvos Rytas ended as No.3 in this group with 3-3 record. Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) was a key player for the guests with double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. He reached valuation 37. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) helped with 15 points, and Stanko Barac (217-C-86) had 13 points and 6 boards. For the hosts, Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 14 points and 5 boards. Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 pts and 5 assists. Quarters 16-27, 23-13, 16-18, 13-19. Euroleague Quarterfinals will be best-of-five series. Caja Laboral will have a home court advantage against Maccabi and first game is scheduled for March 22.

Lietuvos Rytas: Kenan Bajramovic 14+5 boards, Milko Bjelica 11+5 as
Caja Laboral: Fernando San Emeterio 19+12 boards, David Logan 15, Stanko Barac 13+6 boards


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


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Nogales Signings - PreSeason games - by Chris Terrell
Nogales, Sonora, MX - Fuerza Guinda Nogales put on a show for the home crowd in a couple preseason games Wednesday and Thursday night. Both games against CA-AZ All-stars were tightly contested thru 2 quarters but had the home team pulling away in the second half. Newly acquired Noah Brown (186-G-81, college: Appalachian St.) Brandon Heredia (180-G-85, college: Lon Morris JC) Jorge Salcedo (194-F-85) Jorge Mercado (200-F-80) and Heriberto Rivera (188-F-90) teamed well with imports Ryan Moss, Damone Brown, and Bryant Matthews for Coach Chris Terrell . Omar Quintero will join Brown and Heredia to form a talented backcourt for Fuerza Guinda. Nogales was able to pull away, winning the games 126-80 and 123-90. Next up for Nogales is their home opener March 11th against perenial league powerhouse Mineros de Cananea.


Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Awards 2011 - by Emiliano
1st Team
#s#
Anthony Rougeau
Rougeau
Michael Smith
Smith
Jeremis Smith
Smith
Ikechukwu Ofoegbu
Ofoegbu
Rammel Allen
Allen
#e#5

Player of the Year: Anthony Rougeau (198-G-86) of Toros
Guard of the Year: Anthony Rougeau (198-G-86) of Toros
Forward of the Year: Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) of Fuerza Regia
Center of the Year: Rammel Allen (210-C-79) of Pioneros
Domestic Player of the Year: Quentin Joseph (200-F-84) of Toros
Import Player of the Year: Anthony Rougeau (198-G-86) of Toros
Coach of the Year: Jose Martinez of Toros

1st Team
G: Anthony Rougeau (198-86) of Toros
G/F: Michael Smith (201-76) of Halc.Xalapa
F: Jeremis Smith (203-86) of Fuerza Regia
F: Ikechukwu Ofoegbu (205-85) of Toros
C: Rammel Allen (210-79) of Pioneros

2nd Team
PG: Gregory Vargas (182-86) of Angeles
G: Gregory Grays (185-79) of Pioneros
F: Quentin Joseph (200-84) of Toros
F: Jerome Habel (208-85) of Fuerza Regia
C: Jeffrion Aubry (205-76) of Halc.Rojos

3rd Team
G: Carlos Rivera (187-83) of Halc.Rojos
G: Wilfredo Pagan (184-76) of Toros
G/F: Alonso Izaguirre (200-76) of Guasave
F: Stephen Soriano (201-84) of Pioneros
F/C: Jaime Lloreda (201-80) of Halc.Rojos

Honorable Mention
Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86) of Halc.Xalapa
Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) of Angeles
Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82) of Huracanes
Terrance Thomas (198-F-80) of Soles
Larry Morinia (180-G-80) of Volcanes

All-Imports Team
G: Anthony Rougeau (198-86) of Toros
G/F: Michael Smith (201-76) of Halc.Xalapa
F: Jeremis Smith (203-86) of Fuerza Regia
F: Ikechukwu Ofoegbu (205-85) of Toros
C: Rammel Allen (210-79) of Pioneros




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Boston Celtics sign Sasha Pavlovic - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics signed swingman Sasha Pavlovic (6'7''-F-83) on Thursday.

Pavlovic joins the Celtics after playing a combined 14 games with Dallas and New Orleans earlier this season.

Originally drafted in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz, Pavlovic has averaged 5.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 466 games with Utah, Cleveland, Minnesota, Dallas and New Orleans.

Courtesy of www.myvalleysports.com


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D1 Round 13: MAF Fez defeats PCS Plazza C. in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 13 in the D1 took place in Fes. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked PCS Plazza C. (5-6) to eighth ranked MAF Fez (6-7) 88-87 in the game for the seventh place. MAF Fez moved-up to seventh place. PCS Plazza C. at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. MAF Fez are looking forward to face IRT Tanger (#9) on the road in the next round. PCS Plazza C. will play against the league's leader ASS Sale having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Casablanca. Third ranked host RCA Casabl. (7-5) defeated 4th placed FUS Rabat (6-6) 74-64. RCA Casabl. maintains third place with 7-5 record having just one points less than leader ASS Sale, which they share with CRA Hoceima. FUS Rabat at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with RSB Berkane. RCA Casabl. will play against bottom-ranked ASE Essaou. (#10) in Essaouira in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FUS Rabat will play at home against the league's second-placed WAC Casabl. (#2) in Casablanca and hopes to get back on the winning track.
D1 top team - ASS Sale (10-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed tenth ranked ASE Essaou. (1-11) 96-32. Undefeated ASS Sale have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. ASE Essaou. lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. ASS Sale will meet PCS Plazza C. (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ASE Essaou. will play against RCA Casabl. in Casablanca.

In the last two games of round 13 IRT Tanger lost to CRA Hoceima on the opponent's court 62-69. WAC Casabl. managed to outperform RSB Berkane in a home game 65-59.


RCA Casabl. - FUS Rabat 74-64

The game between Top Four teams took place in Casablanca. Third ranked host RCA Casabl. (7-5) defeated 4th placed FUS Rabat (6-6) 74-64. RCA Casabl. maintains third place with 7-5 record having just one points less than leader ASS Sale, which they share with CRA Hoceima. FUS Rabat at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with RSB Berkane. RCA Casabl. will play against bottom-ranked ASE Essaou. (#10) in Essaouira in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FUS Rabat will play at home against the league's second-placed WAC Casabl. (#2) in Casablanca and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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CRA Hoceima - IRT Tanger 69-62

Very expected game in Al Hoceima where 9th ranked IRT Tanger (4-10) was defeated by fifth ranked CRA Hoceima (7-5) 69-62 on Saturday. CRA Hoceima moved-up to third place, which they share with RCA Casabl. Loser IRT Tanger keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. CRA Hoceima will meet RSB Berkane (#6) on the road in the next round. IRT Tanger will play against MAF Fez in Fes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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WAC Casabl. - RSB Berkane 65-59

Rather predictable result in Casablanca where second ranked WAC Casabl. (8-4) defeated 6th ranked RSB Berkane (6-6) 65-59 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. WAC Casabl. maintains second place with 8-4 record having just 0 points less than leader ASS Sale. Loser RSB Berkane dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with FUS Rabat. WAC Casabl. will meet FUS Rabat (#5) on the road in the next round. RSB Berkane will play against CRA Hoceima in Al Hoceima and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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MAF Fez - PCS Plazza C. 88-87

The most exciting game of round 13 in the D1 took place in Fes. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked PCS Plazza C. (5-6) to eighth ranked MAF Fez (6-7) 88-87 in the game for the seventh place. MAF Fez moved-up to seventh place. PCS Plazza C. at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. MAF Fez are looking forward to face IRT Tanger (#9) on the road in the next round. PCS Plazza C. will play against the league's leader ASS Sale having rather not much hope for a victory.
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ASS Sale - ASE Essaou. 96-32

D1 top team - ASS Sale (10-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed tenth ranked ASE Essaou. (1-11) 96-32. ASS Sale have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. ASE Essaou. lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. ASS Sale will meet PCS Plazza C. (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ASE Essaou. will play against RCA Casabl. in Casablanca.
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Round 4 of cup of Throne. - by Marek Krala
The Sports Association Sal begin defense of his title as winner of the Cup basketball throne, moving to Tangier to take on the local Ittihad in the second round scheduled this weekend.
The Slaoui, authors of a journey in dazzling national championship as they dominated proceedings with a total of 25 points garnered in 12 victories against one defeat, are favorites to pocket their ticket for the next round.
This is, indeed, by the crisis through administrative and technical representatives of the city of Detroit before last in the league with a total of 16 units, which have not yet arrived to find their stride, they who were, two seasons ago, big arm national orange ball.
For its part, the Maghreb Fes (Vice Champion), will travel with his neighbor CODM Meknes in a local derby that promises a beautiful plateau, where the experience undoubtedly determine the identity of the winner of this duel.
Moreover, even if they are cornered to evolve away from their bases, the other first division teams seem an advantage, but surprise, to get their ticket to the quarterfinals.

Here also the program of the fourth round:

Tihad Sports (D2) - Shabab Al Hoceima (D1).
Olympique Khouribga (D2) - FUS Rabat (D1).
Renaissance Tangier (D2) - Raja Casablanca (D1).
CODM Meknes (D2) - Maghreb Fes (D1).
Hassania Agadir (D2) - Berkane Renaissance (D1).
Ithry Nador (D2) - Wydad Casablanca (D1).
Sports Plaza (D1) - Amal Essaouira (D1).
Ittihad Tangier (D1) - AS Sal (D1).




Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. ASS Sale 10-0 
 2. WAC Casabl. 8-4 
 3. CRA Hoceima 7-5 
 4. RCA Casabl. 7-5 
 5. FUS Rabat 6-6 
 6. RSB Berkane 6-6 
 7. MAF Fez 6-7 
 8. PCS Plazza C. 5-6 
 9. IRT Tanger 4-10 
 10. ASE Essaou. 1-11 


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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 Heat26.3 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.25.9 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.6 
 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.23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.5 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.9 
 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. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.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. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 6. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
 7. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 8. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..1.7 
 10. Curry, Golde S.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.8 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.2 
 4. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.2 
 5. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 6. Stoudemire, New Y.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.1 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.2.0 
 9. Camby, Portland TB1.8 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.8 


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 43-18 
 2. Orlando M. 40-22 
 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. 37-26 
 3. Portland TB 34-27 
 4. Utah Jazz 32-30 
 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 


Jazz send Jeremy Evans to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans (6'9''-F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: W.Kentucky) was assigned to the Utah Flash, Utahs NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 43rd time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Evans, a rookie out of Western Kentucky University.

Evans has appeared in 32 games for the Jazz this season, averaging 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in just under 7 minutes. Evans is also noted for his athleticism and his highlight dunks, even in limited minutes of play as a rookie.

Utah drafted Evans in the second around out of Western Kentucky University. The Jazz forwarded averaged 10 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his senior season at WKU. Evans was also the MVP of the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Tournament and received the Danny Rumph Outstanding Teammate Award. Evans is WKUs all-time field goal percentage leader.

Evans joins the Flash, who are on a seven game win streak, and in anticipation of the teams game weekend series at home with the New Mexico Thunderbirds.

Courtesy of www.abc4.com


Spurs keep Novak, add Jeffers on 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Spurs have signed forward Steve Novak (6'10''-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Marquette) for the rest of the season and added guard/forward Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris) on a 10-day contract.

The deal announced Friday came after Neal signed a pair of 10-day contracts, the most allowed before a player must be added to the roster permanently if the team wants to keep him.

Novak is averaging 2.5 points and 6.1 minutes in eight games for the Spurs since signing out of Reno of the NBA Development League on Feb. 8. He started the season with the Dallas Mavericks.

Jeffers averaged 21.2 points and 9.0 rebounds in 37 games with Iowa in the NBDL.

Courtesy of www.todayonline.com


Bobcats re-sign forward Dominic McGuire, waive Sean Marks - by Eurobasket News
Charlotte Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins announced today that the team has re-signed forward Dominic McGuire (6'9''-F/G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Fresno St.). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In addition, the team has waived forward Sean Marks (6'10''-F-75, college: California).

The 6-9 McGuire appeared in 34 games this season (four starts) for the Bobcats, averaging 3.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 13.2 minutes. He was waived on Feb. 24 in order to create the requisite number of roster spots for the trade in which the Bobcats acquired Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks and two first-round draft picks from Portland in exchange for Gerald Wallace.

Initially selected by the Wizards with the 47th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, McGuire is in his fourth NBA season, with career averages of 2.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.1 minutes in 234 games played for Washington, Sacramento and Charlotte.

Marks was acquired by the Bobcats on Feb. 24. He did not appear in a game for Charlotte.

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Chicago Bulls sign Rasual Butler - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Bulls signed veteran swingman Rasual Butler (6'7''-F-79, college: La Salle) on Thursday.

Details of the contract were not released, per club policy.

Butler, 31, played in 41 games for the Los Angeles Clippers this season and posted per-game averages of 5.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per contest.

He was taken No. 53 overall in the 2002 NBA Draft by Miami and has averaged 8.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 598 games with the Heat, New Orleans/Oklahoma City and Clippers.
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Warriors sign forward Al Thornton - by Eurobasket News
The Golden State Warriors have signed free-agent forward Al Thornton (6'8''-F-83, college: Florida St.) after he was released by the Washington Wizards earlier this week.

Golden State said Thursday that Thornton was expected to join the Warriors before Friday night's game with the Celtics in Boston.

The 27-year-old Thornton averaged 8.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 21.8 minutes in 49 games this season for Washington.

He was selected 14th overall in the first round in 2007 draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Thursday: Magic rally from 24 down to stun Heat 99-96; Afflalo's late 3 helps Nuggets hold off Jazz - by Eurobasket News
Miami Heat - Orlando M. 96-99
This time, the Orlando Magic started their comeback in plenty of time to beat the Miami Heat. Down by 24 in the third quarter, the Magic went on an unbelievable 40-9 run over the next 15 minutes and shocked the Heat 99-96 on Thursday night - Orlando's biggest comeback win of the season, by far. Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) scored 24 points for Orlando, 11 of them to kickstart the epic burst. Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's) scored 12 of his 16 in the second half and Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) finished with 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Magic, who trailed 73-49 after a dunk by LeBron James with 8:57 remaining in the third quarter. They outscored Miami 50-23 the rest of the way. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com


Utah Jazz - Denver N. 101-103
Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) shook off a sore ankle to score 19 points, including a 3-pointer with 11.4 seconds to play, and the Denver Nuggets held off the Utah Jazz 103-101 Thursday night. Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 22 points, and Nene and Chris Andersen each added 13 to give the Nuggets their fifth win in six games the deal that sent Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to New York. The Jazz had an unlikely chance to send the game into overtime, but Andrei Kirilenko fumbled the ball away as the buzzer sounded. Devin Harris (6'3''-G-83, college: Wisconsin), who had 21 points and nine assists, hit a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds to play. Kirilenko stole the inbound pass under the basket but lost control as he went up for the potential game-tying layup. C.J. Miles had 22 points for Utah, which lost its seventh straight at home - the team's worst home skid since 1982. The Jazz fell to 1-6 under new coach Ty Corbin. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Troy Murphy signs with the Boston Celtics - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics are sitting atop of the Eastern Conference yet again as they have played extremely well this season, but they did make an interesting move before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 24 by trading away arguably their best big man in center Kendrick Perkins.

Along with Perkins, the Celtics also sent backup point guard and two-time Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder. With these drastic moves at a crucial time in the NBA regular season, a lot of people were scratching their heads with Celtics GM Danny Ainge making these decisions, but they were able to get a little size back into their lineup recently by signing the recently bought out forward Troy Murphy (6'10''-F-80, college: Notre Dame).

Without Kendrick Perkins in the paint, the Boston Celtics will almost certainly struggle against the bigger teams in the league like the San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic and the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, but with Murphy this team will have a lot of perimeter shooters on the floor at all times.

Even though the Celtics are in desperate need of a big to help compete with the best of the best around the league, Boston is confident enough that Troy Murphy will give them enough off the bench in order to help them get past the likes of the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and the Chicago Bulls in the East.

Whether or not the Boston Celtics will be able to compete with the Los Angeles Lakers if the two arch rivals meet in the NBA Finals for the third time in four years remains to be seen, but as of right now they seem confident and content moving forward. There has been some rumors flying around Boston that forward Rasheed Wallace might come back which would help address that size problem.

Courtesy of www.onlinesportsbookpro.com


Luke Babbitt send down to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Portland Trail Blazers forward Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) was reassigned to the Idaho Stampede, Portlands NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 41st time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the second assignment for Babbitt, a rookie out of Nevada-Reno.

Babbitt (6-9, 225) was first assigned on Dec. 8. He averaged 18.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 27.3 minutes over four games with Idaho before being recalled. Babbitt has appeared in 21 games for the Trail Blazers this season, averaging 1.1 points in 4.8 minutes.

Portland acquired Babbitt in a draft-night deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected him as an early-entry candidate in the first round (16th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft. In two seasons at Nevada, Babbitt averaged 19.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in 68 games. As a sophomore, Babbitt averaged 21.9 points and 8.9 rebounds, was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year and earned AP All-America Honorable Mention honors.

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Miami Heat sign PG Mike Bibby - by Eurobasket News
In what was probably the worst kept secret of this year's buyout season, the Miami Heat officially announced on Wednesday that they have signed point guard Michael Bibby (6'2''-G-78, college: Arizona), who was bought out by the Washington Wizards earlier this week. To make the move, the Heat, who had a full roster, had to release point guard Carlos Arroyo (6'2''-G-79, college: Florida Intern.).

'We want to welcome Mike Bibby as we continue to move into the direction of our championship dreams, said HEAT President Pat Riley. We feel Mike, with his vast postseason experience, long range game and point guard abilities, will give us a boost in the backcourt.

Bibby, a 13-year NBA veteran, has appeared in 940 regular season games (934 starts) and averaged 15.4 points, 5.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.21 steals and 34.9 minutes while shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from three-point range and 80.3 percent from the foul line. He has appeared in 58 games this season, 56 games (all starts) for the Atlanta Hawks and two games for the Washington Wizards, averaging 9.1 points, 3.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 29.3 minutes while shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from three-point range.

Bibby will wear number 0.
Bibby had been traded to the Wizards by the Atlanta Hawks for Kirk Hinrich prior to last week's trade deadline, a move which he has admitted caught him by surprise.

While this signing is not a game-changer in the race for Eastern Conference supremacy, any time a title contender can upgrade a key position - even if only marginally - it might as well do it.

The best part of these moves remains the fact that Bibby agreed to forego roughly $6 million in future salary in his buyout agreement with the Wizards. The Heat's defenders like to defend them from the 'evil super team' attacks by noting that they sacrificed money to team up for a chance at a title. Bibby now becomes the clear leader in the 'sacrifice' clubhouse, well ahead of LeBron James and Chris Bosh. He put his money where his mouth is and deserves our collective applause.

At the time of the signing, the 43-17 Heat trailed the 43-15 and conference-leading Boston Celtics by just two games in the loss column.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Dallas Mavericks sign Corey Brewer - by Eurobasket News
Corey Brewer (6'9''-F-86, college: Florida) has signed a multi-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, joining his third different roster this season.

Brewer, a 6-foot-9 swingman, never played for the New York Knicks after he was acquired as part of the three-team, 13-payer Carmelo Anthony trade last week.

The Knicks released him on Tuesday and the Mavericks picked him up.

Before he was traded to New York, Brewer averaged 8.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 56 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The fourth-year pro has played all 232 of his NBA games with Minnesota.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Clippers assign Willie Warren to Jam - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Clippers announced that they have re-assigned rookie guard Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

Warren, 21, has appeared in 19 games with the Clippers this season and is averaging 1.9 points and 1.4 assists in 7.1 minutes per game.

The former Oklahoma University standout was originally assigned to Bakersfield on Feb. 2 and appeared in six games with the Jam, averaging 21.0 points, 7.0 assists 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point land. The Jam went 5-1 with Warren in the lineup from Feb. 4 16.

Warren was selected by the Clippers in the second round (54th overall pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Jazz sign coach coach Ty Corbin to multiyear deal - by Eurobasket News
The Utah Jazz signed head coach Tyrone Corbin to a multiyear contract on Wednesday, less than a month after he succeeded Jerry Sloan.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

Jazz officials made it clear upon Sloan's Feb. 10 resignation that Corbin would be their coach of the future.

'We actually not only talked the talk, we walked the walk and we put our money where our mouth is,' Jazz CEO Randy Rigby said Wednesday.

Rigby said it would have been easy to tell Corbin to wait, and see how the team finished and if it made the playoffs.

'We don't believe in putting a coach in that position,' Rigby said. 'This is how we've always said we would treat (such situations).'

Corbin, who had served as an assistant under Sloan since the 2004-05 season, is the seventh head coach in Jazz history.

Sloan abruptly resigned a day after clashing with All-Star point guard Deron Williams (FSY) at halftime of a Feb. 9 loss to the Chicago Bulls, saying he simply was out of energy.

Rigby said team owners literally had 30 minutes after Sloan slept on his decision to offer Corbin the job, and they chose to make him head coach rather than interim coach.

'When we had (Karl) Malone, (John) Stockton and Sloan in place, it was easy (to talk about) stability,' Rigby said.

In a span of 13 days, the franchise had its Hall of Fame coach retire then traded away Williams in a blockbuster deal that brought Devin Harris and rookie Derrick Favors (FSY) plus two draft picks and cash to Utah.

'We want the marketplace to realize this team is here in Utah to stay,' Rigby said. 'We're committed to this community and committed to its coaching staff and to winning and staying in control and protecting this great and valuable asset. It was demonstrated again today with this new contract.'

Rigby said ownership was impressed with the energy displayed by the players during the turbulent month. Though they lost to Boston on Monday, the Jazz nearly pulled off the upset, and management was impressed with Corbin's leadership.

'He really is the right man,' Rigby said.

Corbin and the Jazz face their next test Wednesday night against Denver, another team that made a blockbuster trade.

The Jazz have dropped six in a row at home - the team's worst home skid since 1982 - and 16 of the past 21.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Boston Celtics sign Sasha Pavlovic - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics signed swingman Sasha Pavlovic (6'7''-F-83) on Thursday.

Pavlovic joins the Celtics after playing a combined 14 games with Dallas and New Orleans earlier this season.

Originally drafted in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz, Pavlovic has averaged 5.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 466 games with Utah, Cleveland, Minnesota, Dallas and New Orleans.

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Washington State star Thompson suspended - by Eurobasket News
Washington State's Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90), the leading scorer in the Pacific-10, will not play in Saturday's game against UCLA after he was cited for suspicion of marijuana possession following the team's victory over Southern Cal.

Coach Ken Bone suspended Thompson on Friday morning. The loss of Thompson, who is averaging more than 21 points per game, is a major blow as WSU seeks to keep alive its hopes for an NCAA berth.

'We are aware of the situation involving Klay and will continue to gather information,' Bone said in a press release Friday. 'Klay will be suspended for Saturday's game against UCLA and the situation will continue to be evaluated throughout the weekend.'

'Until that time neither myself nor the team will have further comment,' Bone said.

Thompson's telephone number is not listed in the Pullman area, where WSU is located, and he could not immediately be reached for comment.

Thompson scored 22 points in WSU's victory over Southern Cal on Thursday night. He leads the Pac-10 in scoring and ranks 11th in the nation.

Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant said Friday that an officer pulled over Thompson's vehicle about 11 p.m. PST Thursday for having a headlight out and then smelled marijuana. Thompson was alone in the vehicle, and denied that he had been smoking marijuana, Tennant said.

A search of the vehicle turned up 1.95 grams of suspected marijuana, an amount that could lead to a misdemeanor charge of possession, Tennant said.

Thompson was given a citation at the scene for possession and released. His vehicle was impounded but was returned to him early Friday, Tennant said.

'He was fairly cooperative,' Tennant said.

A court date has not been set.

Washington State (19-10, 9-8 Pac-10) remains in contention for an NCAA berth. UCLA (21-9, 12-5) is one game behind Arizona in the race for the league title.

Thompson, a junior, is the son of former NBA star Mychal Thompson, and has been said to be considering skipping his senior year to take a shot at playing in the NBA.

He is the second WSU player to be cited for marijuana possession this season. In December, point guard Reggie Moore was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was suspended for one game on Jan. 15.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Williams leads Wildcats to 70-59 win over Beavers - by Eurobasket News
Arizona wasted its first shot at winning a conference championship, collapsing under pressure during a pair of ugly losses in Southern California.

Comfortable at home back in the desert, the young Wildcats found a way to get that win a week later and, boy, are they relieved.

Derrick Williams (6'8''-F) had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Lamont Jones (6'0''-G-72, college: Bridgeport) added 17 points and No. 18 Arizona bounced back from a lost LA weekend to beat Oregon State 70-59 on Thursday night to earn a share of its first Pac-10 title in six years.

'It wasn't for lack of effort, but you want it so bad sometimes you almost work against yourself, especially for us because there's something to be said about being in these moments before when you've been there a second time, a third time, it's so much easier to deal with,' Arizona coach Sean Miller said. 'I was so proud of our guys breaking through.

The Wildcats (24-6, 13-4) couldn't do it last weekend, struggling against USC and UCLA, not to mention the pressure, while losing consecutive games for the first time this season.

Back at the McKale Center, another chance to move closer to the program's 12th conference title on deck, Arizona shot like a team feeling the heat, at least early.

The Wildcats steadied themselves with defense to keep it close, then wore Oregon State down. Arizona was efficient on offense 17 assists and eight turnovers and clogged the passing lanes defensively, then ended the night by celebrating in the locker room when Washington beat UCLA to hand the Wildcats a share of the Pac-10 title.

Next up is a chance to win it outright, by beating Oregon at home on Saturday.

'I think for anyone, that's a dream come true,' Arizona senior Jamelle Horne said of cutting down the nets Saturday. 'A lot of people would love to trade spots with us. I love where I'm at right now.'

Oregon State (10-18, 5-12) might want to be someplace else.

The Beavers shot well and held Williams without a shot attempt in the second half, yet really never had a chance to win. Oregon State had 22 turnovers, was worn down by Arizona's depth down the stretch and had two players Angus Brandt and Devon Collier (6'8''-F) get hit with technicals in the closing minutes in its ninth straight loss.

Devon Collier led the Beavers with 12 points.

'We thought we could win this game,' Oregon State forward Omari Johnson said. 'We just got a little frustrated out there and that's where all the jostling you saw came from.'

Arizona needed a pick-me-up after its trip to SoCal went awry.

Hoping to lock up the Pac-10 title, the Wildcats instead floundered against USC and UCLA, making the final two home games a lot more important than they had hoped.

The conference's second-best scoring team, Arizona averaged a meager 53 points in the two losses 23 points below its season average and wasn't particularly good defensively, at least inside the arc.

Williams all but disappeared in the loss to the Trojans, scoring eight points on 3-of-11 shooting, and the Bruins reeled off a 26-4 run spanning halftime to send the Wildcats to their worst loss of the season.

Williams was back to looking like a national player of the year candidate in the first half against Oregon State, skying for rebounds, alternately slicing and powering his way through the lane.

Wearing a pink bandage on his injured right pinky instead of the usual white, the sophomore forward had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 11 rebounds at the half, helping Arizona to a 34-23 lead.

'You know what I like about him? He's so talented and he's so unselfish,' Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said. 'It doesn't matter how many points he gets, he just plays.'

Oregon State has been near the bottom of the Pac-10 most of the season, but sure has given Arizona problems the past two years.

The Beavers swept the Wildcats last year, including their first win in Tucson in 27 years, and held off Arizona by one at Corvallis in early January after forcing 19 turnovers and grabbing 12 offensive rebounds.

Oregon State's secret: Its 1-3-1 zone.

Well, that's at least part of it.

Arizona had no answer for the defense last season and even though the Beavers don't use it as much this year, the Wildcats figured it'd be a big part of their repertoire in the desert.

Oregon State did indeed break out the 1-3-1 at times and Arizona had more trouble with it, missing its first nine 3-point shots. The Wildcats made up for it with defense, forcing eight turnovers in the first eight minutes and 14 total in a mostly ugly first half by both teams.

Oregon State made a brief run early in the second to cut Arizona's lead to six and was able to hang around by limiting Williams' touches. The rest of the Wildcats made up for it, though, with Kyle Fogg and Jones hitting 3-pointers on consecutive trips to make it 56-43, sending them on their way to a big win with the chance at another just two days away.

'We want to win the title outright,' Miller said. 'We don't want to share it with anyone else.'

Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com


Hazell scores 31, Seton Hall upends No. 15 St. John's - by Eurobasket News
The list of surprising things that happened in the Prudential Center on Thursday night was long and interesting.

It starts with Seton Hall, the worst 3-point shooting team in the Big East, having its best game of the season from long range.

Then there was the Pirates taking a second-half hit and not only retaking the lead against No. 15 St. John's but pulling away over the final four minutes.

Don't forget that St. John's coach Steve Lavin and senior forward Justin Burrell (7'9''-F-88) were ejected in two separate incidents over the last two minutes.

And there was something else, too. Oh yeah, Seton Hall ended a three-game slide with an 84-70 victory that snapped the Red Storm's six-game winning streak.

'Coming in, we knew we were playing the Johnnies and we knew it was going to be a metropolitan-area rivalry so we just wanted to come out with the win so we could be the big-time guys in the metropolitan area,' said Jeremy Hazell (6'5''-G-86), who had a season-high 31 points. 'And our guys came out and played great and we stuck it to them and came out victorious.'

Lavin, who apologized to his team for getting two technical fouls with 1:55 to play, said Seton Hall simply 'took us to the wood shed and really waxed us.'

Freshman Fuquan Edwin (6'6''-G/F) had a career-best 19 points for the Pirates, who improved to 2-8 this season against ranked teams, the other victory coming at Syracuse.

Seton Hall (12-17, 6-11) had lost five of six and came into the game shooting 28.4 percent from 3-point range. But the Pirates made 7 of 11 from long range in taking a 34-30 halftime lead.

The Pirates, who have won eight of their past 11 games against St. John's, finished 12 of 18 from 3-point range (66.7 percent) with Edwin going 5 of 6 and Hazell, the Big East's career leader in 3s made in conference games, 4 of 6.

'They did a nice job of spacing and they moved the ball very well and were able to find shooters,' Lavin said. 'That's as remarkable a shooting performance from any team I've faced in my career.'

Dwight Hardy (6'2''-G) scored 23 points for St. John's (19-10, 11-6), which was one of the hottest teams in the country, having won eight of nine. But the Red Storm fell apart late in the game, getting outscored 14-2 over the last four minutes.

Lavin was ejected by official Joe Lindsey for arguing during a timeout with Seton Hall leading 77-68.

'He came out onto the court in an unsportsmanlike manner, which got him the first technical foul, and then he continued to carry on in a manner that was unsportsmanlike and was assessed the second technical foul,' official John Cahill told a pool reporter.

Lavin said he 'was probably too animated in my on-court demeanor and discourse. Big East rules prohibit us from talking about officials and I'll follow those rules.'

Burrell was called for a flagrant foul and was ejected by Cahill after he ran down Seton Hall reserve Anali Okoloji in the open court with 7.6 seconds left and the outcome definitely decided.

First-year Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard put a local spin on the closing minutes.

'New York and New Jersey. ... I cross that bridge every day,' he said. 'Try crossing that bridge and you'll get a little chippy, too.'

St. John's, which had beaten six teams this season ranked 13th or higher, took its only lead of the second half at 53-49 on a four-point play by Justin Brownlee with 12:19 to play.

The crowd of 9,470 seemed ready to sit back and watch the Red Storm pull away to another late-season victory but Hazell made three free throws after being fouled taking a 3 and Edwin hit his fourth 3 of the game to make it 55-53 with 11:26 left.

St. John's tied it two more times. Hardy converted a layup with 8:06 left, then missed a free throw for a possible three-point play, leaving it tied at 59.

Jeff Robinson's 3-pointer with 7:46 left gave the Pirates the lead for good.

Edwin sandwiched his fifth and sixth 3s of the game around two free throws by Malik Boothe to start the Pirates' big closing run.

'It wasn't the 3s. Everybody played together and everyone knocked down open shots. If they didn't give us those 3s, we probably would have gotten something closer to the basket,' said Robinson, who finished with 10 points, all in the second half. 'Today, the way they played their defense, 3s were what was open and everybody was sticking and hitting them, so it worked in our favor.'

The Red Storm were 3 of 12 from long range (25 percent).

'I don't feel we came out in the right mindset,' Boothe, one of St. John's 10 seniors, said. 'They came out with more energy than us from the jump and it showed throughout the game and it showed because they got the 'W.' '

The ejections put a weird ending on the game and left St. John's facing a lot of questions heading into its regular-season finale on Saturday against South Florida. If the Red Storm had won the last two games they would have earned a double-bye in next week's Big East tournament.

'We have to get single bye now,' Hardy said. 'The double bye would have been good. We still have great momentum. We just have to take the hit.'

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Dave Balza fired after 9 seasons at Florida Gulf Coast - by Eurobasket News
Florida Gulf Coast University has fired coach Dave Balza after nine seasons with the program.

Balza, who guided the Eagles through the transition from Division II to Division I, is the only coach in program history. In nine seasons, Balza went 153-121, but just 39-82 in four seasons in Division I. This season, the Eagles won four of their last five Atlantic Sun Conference games to finish 10-20 overall.

Athletic director Ken Kavanagh and Balza confirmed the firing on Thursday.

Balza has one year left on a contract that will pay him $105,000, and he will have an opportunity to stay at the school in a different role.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


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Top-ranked West Liberty get another victory - by Eurobasket News
Top-ranked West Liberty State College recorded their 27th consecutive win. They held off pesky Wheeling Jesuit in the West Virginia Conference Tournament quarterfinal. John Wolosinczuk (6'7''-F) came up with 24 points and 14 boards to lead the Hilltoppers. Tim Hausfeld (5'7''-G) added 20 points in the winning effort. Wheeling Jesuit were up by four points 66:62 in the second half but the Hilltoppers went on a 12:0 run to surge ahead for good. Corey Pelley accounted for 17 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Recardo Gaddy (6'2''-G) answered with 19 points for the Cardinals. West Liberty will take on West Virginia Wesleyan in the semis.
The third-ranked Humboldt State University team reached the California Collegiate Athletics Association Tournament semis. They held off CSU Stanislaus 68:54 at Lumberjack Arena. The victory saw Humboldt State improve at 25-2 record on the season. The Jacks will take on Cal State Los Angeles in the semis. Brandon Sperling (6'5''-G-90) scored 16 points to pace the Jacks to the victory. Elliot Babcock-Krenk (6'4''-F-90) had 12 points in the winning effort. Dan Daviess (6'2''-G) responded with 11 points for the Warriors.



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Bobcats re-sign forward Dominic McGuire, waive Sean Marks - by Eurobasket News
Charlotte Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins announced today that the team has re-signed forward Dominic McGuire (6'9''-F/G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Fresno St.). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In addition, the team has waived forward Sean Marks (6'10''-F-75, college: California).

The 6-9 McGuire appeared in 34 games this season (four starts) for the Bobcats, averaging 3.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 13.2 minutes. He was waived on Feb. 24 in order to create the requisite number of roster spots for the trade in which the Bobcats acquired Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks and two first-round draft picks from Portland in exchange for Gerald Wallace.

Initially selected by the Wizards with the 47th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, McGuire is in his fourth NBA season, with career averages of 2.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.1 minutes in 234 games played for Washington, Sacramento and Charlotte.

Marks was acquired by the Bobcats on Feb. 24. He did not appear in a game for Charlotte.

Courtesy of www.sportspagemagazine.com


Darryl Dora will play for Nelson Giants - by Eurobasket News
The Nelson Giants bolstered their frontcourt. They signed a deal with Darryl Dora (206-C-85, college: Texas Tech). The 25-year-old centre is expected to join his new team later this month. The Giants had to deal with the decision of Tony Rampton to finish his career and opted for Darryl Dora. The centre has been currently playing in Uruguay. He joined Montevideo in October. Darryl Dora tallied 16.4 points, 5.0 boards and 1.5 assists per game in LUB. Last season Darryl Dora started in Salon Vilpas in Finland. The centre averaged 11.9 points, 7.3 boards and 1.6 assists. Later he moved to Rasta Vechta in German ProB League. His stats read 13.8 points, 6.5 boards and 2.3 assists per appearance. Darryl Dora also had stints in Sweden, France and USBL.


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DStv PBL: Police takes survival battle to Niger Delta - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Police Baton basketball club of Lagos takes its survival battle to the Niger Delta region of Nigeria where it will keep a date with Delta Force basketball club of Asaba on Saturday and Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt on Sunday.

The double road game for the Coach Mark Balogun tutored Baton means so much to the Lagos-based side as it intensify its fight against relegation alongside two other clubs Delta Force and Chariots basketball club of Lagos.

The Police occupies the bottom of the eighth team Atlantic conference with just a win from four league games.

In other Week-6 pairing of the Atlantic conference Union Bank basketball club will have its hands full when it take on Dodan Warriors basketball club on Saturday and be the guest of conference leader Comets basketball club.

And in the Savannah conference Niger Potters basketball club of Minna will be at home to defending champion, Kano Pillars basketball club on Saturday while Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos and Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi tango.

On Sunday rejuvenated Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano who picked its first win in the league last weekend with a 73-61 points defeat of Plateau Peaks will host Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos in Kano while Bauchi Nets basketball club test the might of Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna.



Skyforce acquire Ogunoye - by Eurobasket News
The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that the team has acquired forward Yemi Ogunoye (6'9''-G/F-85, college: ORU) from the available player pool. To make room for him on the roster the team waived guard Maureece Rice. He is expected to join the team in Austin for their matchup with the Toros on Saturday at 12 p.m. CT. The active roster now stands at 10 players.

Ogunoye averaged 5.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 39 games (three starts) with the Idaho Stampede last season after beginning the season with the Tulsa 66ers. He averaged 5.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in one-plus season with Tulsa. The 6-9, 210-pound forward was named The Summit League Defensive Player following his senior season at Oral Roberts University.

Courtesy of www.keloland.com


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U Mobilteco BT Cluj Napoca - Gaz Metan Medias match preview - by Sebastian Umbrich
The highlight of round 24 of the Romanian basketball championship will be the meeting between U Mobitelco Cluj Napoca and Gaz Metan Medias.
This teams are having a good season, Cluj being ranked 2nd, with a 17-6 record, while Medias is ranked 4th, with a 17-5 record, and a match less played (they will face Politehnica Iasi on Wednesday in a match counting for round 13). The referees for this meeting will be Laurentiu Grigoras, Alin Mircea Faur and Gabriel Dima. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, 5th of March, 19:00, at the home ground of Cluj, the Horia Demian sports center. This match will be broadcasted by TVR 3 and TVR Cluj.
Last round, the teams had opposite results, despite the fact that both teams had played traditional derbies: Cluj lost on the road against Mures, score 84-90, while Medias won the Sibiu County derby,
In their first meeting earlier this season, Medias won the clash 86-79, but both teams made some changes in their rosters: Milos Pesic left last years runner-ups, joining its former team, BC Timisoara, but recently Cluj inked in Taylor Morris, an American player. Changes happened at Medias too: they dismissed Nemanja Calasan, which has been replaced by Damien Kinloch, and some days ago, Medias transferred Patrick Marcu, a Romanian-born German player.
This match will offer two interesting clashes: one in the paint, the other in the guard zone. Zoran Krstanovic, the center of Cluj, is the player with the highest efficiency average, while Titus Nicoara, a player who can play both power forward and center leads the field in this stat for Medias. The better of them, according to this stat, is the Serbian player, with an average of 19.7/match, while the Romanian has only 18.2/match. These 2 players have also the most rebounds per match: Krstanovic has 3.5 per match, while Nicoara has only 2.6 rebounds per match, so it looks like Cluj will have the better odds in the paint. But, the situation is a bit different in the guard zone: Jarrett Howell of Gaz Metan has an average of 5.5 assists per game, while Branko Cuic, the player with the highest assist average of Cluj has only 2.6 apg. Another important aspect of the back court is represented by the steals: Deven Mitchell and Jarrett Howell have both 1.6 steals per game, while Branko Cuic has only 1.4 steals per game. As a consequence, Medias has the better odds in the frontcourt.
As presented above, it will be an interesting match, like all basketball fans from Romania are expecting. It is difficult to make a prediction, given the fact that all the matches between Medias and Cluj during the last seasons have been extremely close. We all hope that the referees will not influence the match in any way, and that they will make sure that the best team will win.


U Mobilteco BT Cluj Napoca - Gaz Metan Medias match preview - by Sebastian Umbrich
The highlight of round 24 of the Romanian basketball championship will be the meeting between CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca and CS Gaz Metan Medias.
This teams are having a good season, Cluj being ranked 2nd, with a 17-6 record, while Medias is ranked 4th, with a 17-5 record, and a match less played (they will face Politehnica Iasi on Wednesday in a match counting for round 13). The referees for this meeting will be Laurentiu Grigoras, Alin Mircea Faur and Gabriel Dima. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, 5th of March, 19:00, at the home ground of Cluj, the Horia Demian sports center. This match will be broadcasted by TVR 3 and TVR Cluj.
Last round, the teams had opposite results, despite the fact that both teams had played traditional derbies: Cluj lost on the road against BC Mures Targu-Mures, score 84-90, while Medias won the Sibiu County derby, against CSU Sibiu.
In their first meeting earlier this season, Medias won the clash 86-79, but both teams made some changes in their rosters: Milos Pesic (202-F-84) left last years runner-ups, joining its former team, BC Timisoara, but recently Cluj inked in Tyler Morris (188-G-86, college: Boston U.), an American player. Changes happened at Medias too: they dismissed Nemanja Calasan (204-F-85, agency: BeoExcell, college: Purdue), which has been replaced by Damien Kinloch (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Tennessee Tech), and some days ago, Medias transferred Patrick Marcu (191-G-86), a Romanian-born German player.
This match will offer two interesting clashes: one in the paint, the other in the guard zone. Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82), the center of Cluj, is the player with the highest efficiency average, while Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances), a player who can play both power forward and center leads the field in this stat for Medias. The better of them, according to this stat, is the Serbian player, with an average of 19.7/match, while the Romanian has only 18.2/match. These 2 players have also the most rebounds per match: Krstanovic has 3.5 per match, while Nicoara has only 2.6 rebounds per match, so it looks like Cluj will have the better odds in the paint. But, the situation is a bit different in the guard zone: Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) of Gaz Metan has an average of 5.5 assists per game, while Branko Cuic (196-G-78), the player with the highest assist average of Cluj has only 2.6 apg. Another important aspect of the back court is represented by the steals: Deven Mitchell (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances) and Jarrett Howell have both 1.6 steals per game, while Branko Cuic has only 1.4 steals per game. As a consequence, Medias has the better odds in the frontcourt.
As presented above, it will be an interesting match, like all basketball fans from Romania are expecting. It is difficult to make a prediction, given the fact that all the matches between Medias and Cluj during the last seasons have been extremely close. We all hope that the referees will not influence the match in any way, and that they will make sure that the best team will win.



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Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Severstal 21-7 
 2. Saransk 21-7 
 3. Univ.Surgut 20-8 
 4. Spartak-Primorie 19-9 
 5. Ural Ekaterinb. 17-8 
 6. Revda 12-14 
 7. Metallurg-Univ. 12-16 
 8. Rjazan 10-16 
 9. Irkutsk 8-20 
 10. Lokomotiv 5-20 
 11. Zaretchny 4-24 


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National Championship: LSU takes the reins - by Eurobasket News
With his victory over Louga Basketball Club by 58 to 56 in a match part of the eighth day of the national basketball championship in Senegal, the University Gaston Berger (UGB) grabbed the lead.The UGB made a good achievement in Pool A at the 8th day of Senegal national basketball championship. Winner of the amazing team of Louga Basketball Club by 58-56, the students have taken possession of the chair as leader. The dark series resumed in contrast for the DUC, which lost against ASFA on the score of 54 to 52. With the loss, DUC is now relegated to the 5th position.

In Pool B, U.S. Goree is leading the discussions after having the upper hand over JA on the score 57-45. In addition, Mermoz dropped its flag against Saint Louis Basketball Club on the narrow score of 64-65.
Finally, in the Women, USO won a valuable victory against the JA. While DUC offered itself the City of Dakar by 60 to 48.
Results of the 8th day
Boys Pool A
LU - Louga BC: 58-52
DUC - ASFA: 52-54
Douanes - HBC: 66-62
Exempt: Bopp
Pool B
Jaraaf - Rail: 45-66
JA - Gore: 45-57
Mermoz - SLBC: 64-65
Exempt: SIBAC
Courtesy of: Star Africa


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Partizan grabs thriller win in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - Partizan 65-67 (12-21, 22-16, 13-12, 18-18)

Both teams already faced with elimination before this game. Partizan celebrated 65-67 victory on the road and it is the first joy for the Serbian powerhouse in Top 16. They ended it as the last ranked team in Group G with 1-5 record. On the other side, Efes Pilsen is No.3 with two wins. Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89) scored a spectacular game-winner in the closing seconds to give Partizan fans some renewed hope for the future. Jan Vesely (211-F-90) stepped up for the guests with 23 points and 6 rebounds. He was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) had 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, while Rasko Katic (208-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) (8 rebs) and Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) (5 rebs, 5 as) also had 8 pts each. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) netted 19 pts for the hosts. Former Partizan player Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) added 9 pts and 7 rebs.

Efes Pilsen: Igor Rakocevic 19, Lawrence Roberts 8+7 boards
Partizan: Jan Vesely 23+6 boards, Curtis Jerrells 8+7 boards+7 as, Rasko Katic 8+8 boards, Dusan Kecman 9+5 boards+5 as


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. FMP 22-2 
 2. Beograd 17-6 
 3. Metalac 17-7 
 4. Mega Vizura 14-10 
 5. Tamis 13-11 
 6. Sloga 11-12 
 7. Novi Sad 11-13 
 8. Sloboda Uzice 11-13 
 9. Vojvodina 11-13 
 10. Napredak 11-14 
 11. Proleter Naftagas 10-14 
 12. Borac 10-14 
 13. Crnokosa 9-15 
 14. Superfund 1-24 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki


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, Napredak16.2 
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. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 8. Zekovic, Beograd6.3 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.6.3 
 10. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.3 
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. Kocergin, Superfund4.3 
 8. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 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. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 8. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Bocka, Crnokosa1.8 
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. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 8. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 9. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 
 10. Zekovic, Beograd0.7 


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Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Nitra 24-9 
 2. Nova Ves 23-10 
 3. Komarno 18-15 
 4. Levice 17-16 
 5. Vahostav-Zilina 16-17 
 6. Handlova 16-17 
 7. Svit 14-19 
 8. Prievidza 13-19 
 9. B.Bystrica 13-19 
 10. Inter Bratislava 10-23 


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. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 8. Johnson, Nova Ves8.2 
 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. Zilik, Inter B.1.6 
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. Tomek, Nitra0.8 
 10. Lukjanec, Pezinok0.8 


Vincent Polakovic gets MVP of the Week award for Slovakian Extraliga - by Eurobasket News
Vincent Polakovic (203-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Svit and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 39.
The 26-year old forward had the game-high 32 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Svit in his team's victory, helping them to beat Handlova (#6, 15-17) 93-85. Svit maintains the 7th position in Slovakian Extraliga. Svit 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 14-18 record. Polakovic turned to be Svit's top player in his first season with the team. Vincent Polakovic averages this season 12.9ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Justin Carter (193-F-87) of Vahostav-Zilina. Carter impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Vahostav-Zilina to edge the lower-ranked Inter Bratislava (#10, 10-22) by 3 points 85-82. This victory allowed Vahostav-Zilina to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-17 record. Carter is a newcomer at Vahostav-Zilina 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 20.2ppg (#6). He also registered 8.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Croatian Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84) of MBK Handlova (#6). Delic scored 24 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Delic's great performance Handlova lost 85-93 to slightly lower-ranked Svit (#7, 14-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Handlova ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just fifteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Delic could help Handlova to bring them higher in the standings. Delic has a great season in Slovakia. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.4ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 9.1rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mike English (194-F/G-82) of Levice - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Petar Cosic (186-G-85) of Svit - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Jeremy Fears (196-G-85) of Prievidza - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. J.J. Montgomery (196-G-82) of Nitra - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Corey Jefferson (183-G-85) of Nova Ves - 9 points, 5 rebounds and 10 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)


Nenad Milosevic and Marek Kozlik appear in Handlova - by Eurobasket News
Nenad Milosevic (190-G-83) and Marek Kozlik (187-F-86) appear in Handlova and already played for their new team. 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. Nenad Milosevic had 19 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds, while Marek Kozlik scored 2 points.
Nenad Milosevic already played for MBK Handlova (Slovakia-Extraliga) in season 2005-2006. In 39 games he became the third top-scorer of the League averaging 18.1ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-1 (6.7apg), 3.9spg, 2FGP: 32.1%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 79.1%. This season he started with Basketbal Pezinok (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five), but when the team folded in Dec.'10, in Jan.'11 moved to BK Inter Bratislava (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five).
Marek Kozlik arrives from BK Pezinok where he started in 2005. In season 2009-2010 he averaged 4.1ppg, 2.1rpg.


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Regal Barca ends Top 16 with perfect 6-0 - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca - Union Olimpija 76-58 (21-19, 14-12, 16-13, 25-14)

Regal Barca is the winner of Group F with perfect 6-0 record. They outplayed Union Olimpija by 18 points, 76-58. Regal Barca will meet Panathinaikos in the Quarterfinals and the first game is scheduled for March 22. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) scored 12 pts for the reigning Euroleague champion last night, while Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) and Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) added 10 pts each. In the loosing squad, Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) collected 13 points and 7 boards. Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) also netted 13 pts. Their Union Olimpija finished Top 16 as the last ranked team in Group F with 1-5 record.
As mentioned above, Regal Barca will meet PAO in the Quarterfinals. The defending champ will have a home court advantage in this best-of-five series. First two games will be played at the Palau Blaugrana.

Regal Barca: Jaka Lakovic 12, Fran Vazquez 10, Joe Ingles 10
Union Olimpija: Kenny Gregory 13+7 boards, Goran Jagodnik 13


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  SOUTH AFRICA   


DStv PBL: Police takes survival battle to Niger Delta - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Police Baton basketball club of Lagos takes its survival battle to the Niger Delta region of Nigeria where it will keep a date with Delta Force basketball club of Asaba on Saturday and Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt on Sunday.

The double road game for the Coach Mark Balogun tutored Baton means so much to the Lagos-based side as it intensify its fight against relegation alongside two other clubs Delta Force and Chariots basketball club of Lagos.

The Police occupies the bottom of the eighth team Atlantic conference with just a win from four league games.

In other Week-6 pairing of the Atlantic conference Union Bank basketball club will have its hands full when it take on Dodan Warriors basketball club on Saturday and be the guest of conference leader Comets basketball club.

And in the Savannah conference Niger Potters basketball club of Minna will be at home to defending champion, Kano Pillars basketball club on Saturday while Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos and Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi tango.

On Sunday rejuvenated Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano who picked its first win in the league last weekend with a 73-61 points defeat of Plateau Peaks will host Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos in Kano while Bauchi Nets basketball club test the might of Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna.



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Rhodes' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old power forward Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Sonic Boom KT and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 47.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out LG Sakers (#6, 22-27) 86-82. It allowed Sonic Boom KT to consolidate first place in the South Korean league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sonic Boom KT has a very solid 35-14 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Rhodes turned to be Sonic Boom KT's top player in his first season with the team. Charles Rhodes averages this season 14.5ppg and 5.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent) of LG Sakers. He is naturalized American forward in his first season at LG Sakers. In the last game Stevenson recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as LG Sakers was edged by the higher-ranked Sonic Boom KT (#1, 35-14) 86-82. LG Sakers managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 22-27 record. Stevenson is a newcomer at LG Sakers and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.5ppg (#2). He also registered 8.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Herbert Hill (203-F-84) of league's second-best Inchon ET Land Elephants. Hill showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Elephants, leading his team to a 80-62 easy win against the lower-ranked SK Knights (#7, 21-27). Elephants needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 34 victories and 14 lost games. Hill has a great season in South Korea. After 47 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 9.2rpg (4th best). He also has 2.5bpg and FGP: 68.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrence Leather (204-C-81) of SK Knights - 31 points and 12 rebounds
5. Rod Benson (208-F/C-84) of Dongbu Promy - 16 points and 12 rebounds
6. Jang-Hoon Seo (207-C-74) of Elephants - 22 points and 7 rebounds
7. Chan-Hee Park (191-G-87) of Anyang KGC - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Sung-Min Cho (197-F-83) of Sonic Boom KT - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Chris Daniels (211-C-84) of KCC Egis - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75) of Elephants - 22 points, 6 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)


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Ettore Messina quits Real Madrid job - by Eurobasket News
Ettore Messina resigned from Real Madrid head coach position. The decision came after three recent losses of the Madrid outfit. The 51-year-old specialist took over Real Madrid in the previous season. He led the team to ACB Semifinals in 2010 as well as Spanish Cup Finals in 2009 and 2010. Previously Ettore Messina worked in Bologna, Benetton Treviso, CSKA Moscow and the Italian NT. Emanuele Molin will replace Ettore Messina at the bridge.


Venson Hamilton inks short-term contract with Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria signed a short-term deal with Venson Hamilton (207-C/F-77, college: Nebraska). Dealing with injuries of Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) and Xavier Rey (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) the Spanish team have decided to bring in Venson Hamilton. The 33-year-old centre was on tryout with Greek Ikaros in January but never signed a deal. Venson Hamilton played for Real Madrid back in 2008/09 season. His stats read 1.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In ACB his stats read 1.1 points and 1.8 rebounds. The centre also had spells for Bilbao, Joventut, Tenerife, Trefl Sopot in Poland and Ferrara in Italy. Venson Hamilton was named All-Spanish LEB Player of the Year in 2004. In 2005 the centre was trumped All-Spanish ACB Defensive Player of the Year. Venson Hamilton was also Big 12 Player of the Year in 1999 while playing for Nebraska.


Caja Laboral victorious in Vilnius, wins Group E - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Caja Laboral 68-77

It was a do-or-die game for both teams. Caja Laboral managed to stop Khalid El-Amin and to celebrate crucial 68-77 win. With this victory the Spanish champion jumped to first place in Group E (4-2) and they will meet Maccabi Electra in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Lietuvos Rytas ended as No.3 in this group with 3-3 record. Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) was a key player for the guests with double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. He reached valuation 37. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) helped with 15 points, and Stanko Barac (217-C-86) had 13 points and 6 boards. For the hosts, Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 14 points and 5 boards. Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 pts and 5 assists. Quarters 16-27, 23-13, 16-18, 13-19. Euroleague Quarterfinals will be best-of-five series. Caja Laboral will have a home court advantage against Maccabi and first game is scheduled for March 22.

Lietuvos Rytas: Kenan Bajramovic 14+5 boards, Milko Bjelica 11+5 as
Caja Laboral: Fernando San Emeterio 19+12 boards, David Logan 15, Stanko Barac 13+6 boards


PAO too much for Unicaja - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Panathinaikos 61-77 (18-23, 15-15, 8-15, 20-24)

Panathinaikos cruised past Unicaja in Malaga to finish the Top 16 with 4 wins and 2 defeats. Caja Laboral won in Vilnius last night, so the Greens ended as No.2 in Group E and will meet defending champion Regal Barca in the Quarterfinals. Unicaja finished with just one win in six games. Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) top-scored for PAO with 18 points, while Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) added 15 pts and 8 boards. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) nailed 10 pts. Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) collected 12 points and 8 boards in loss. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) and Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) also had 12 pts apiece.
As mentioned above, PAO will take on Regal Barca in the Quarterfinals. It will be best-of-five series and Barca will have a home court advantage. First meeting is scheduled for March 22.

Unicaja: Nedzad Sinanovic 12+8 boards, Joel Freeland 12, Gerald Fitch 12
PAO: Drew Nicholas 18, Dimitris Diamantidis 15+8 boards, Mike Batiste 10


Regal Barca ends Top 16 with perfect 6-0 - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca - Union Olimpija 76-58 (21-19, 14-12, 16-13, 25-14)

Regal Barca is the winner of Group F with perfect 6-0 record. They outplayed Union Olimpija by 18 points, 76-58. Regal Barca will meet Panathinaikos in the Quarterfinals and the first game is scheduled for March 22. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) scored 12 pts for the reigning Euroleague champion last night, while Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) and Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) added 10 pts each. In the loosing squad, Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) collected 13 points and 7 boards. Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) also netted 13 pts. Their Union Olimpija finished Top 16 as the last ranked team in Group F with 1-5 record.
As mentioned above, Regal Barca will meet PAO in the Quarterfinals. The defending champ will have a home court advantage in this best-of-five series. First two games will be played at the Palau Blaugrana.

Regal Barca: Jaka Lakovic 12, Fran Vazquez 10, Joe Ingles 10
Union Olimpija: Kenny Gregory 13+7 boards, Goran Jagodnik 13


Montepaschi blasts Real in Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Montepaschi 77-95 (19-26, 13-29, 19-23, 26-17)

Montepaschi exploded in Madrid last night scoring impressive 95 points. It was too much for the hosts, who faced with the first loss in Top 16. Despite this defeat, Real Madrid won the Group G with 5-1 record, while Montepaschi is No.2 with 4-2. The Italian powerhouse will meet Olympiakos in the Quarterfinals, while Real Madrid will take on Valencia. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) paced the visiting squad to victory with 17 points. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) helped with 16 points and 15 pts respectively. Nikola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) scored 13 points in loss. Mirza Begic (216-C-85) added 12 pts for 10 minutes with no miss.
As mentioned above, Montepaschi will meet Olympiakos in the Quarterfinals, while Real Madrid will take on Valencia. The format is best-of-five (2-2-1) and Olympiakos and Real Madrid will have a home court advantage in these two series.

Real Madrid: Nikola Mirotic 13, Mirza Begic 12
Montepaschi: Malik Hairston 17, Pietro Aradori 16, Ksistof Lavrinovic 15


Valencia beats Fener, advances to Euroleague Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Valencia - Fenerbahce Ulker 82-68 (15-15, 24-17, 20-20, 23-16)

Valencia goes to Quarterfinals. The last season's EuroCup winner finished Top 16 phase in style beating Fenerbahce Ulker in crucial game 82-68. Thanks to this victory, Valencia finished as No.2 in Group H with 3-3 record. Fener has the same numbers, but they dropped to third place after this loss. In the Quarterfinals, Valencia will meet Real Madrid. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) (5 rebs) and Nando De Colo (202-G-87) scored 15 points each for the hosts, and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) secured a great help adding 14 points. In Fener, Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 20 points. Their second scorer was Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) with 13 pts.
Valencia will play first two games of the Quarterfinals in Madrid. It will be best-of-five series. Game One is scheduled for March 22.

Valencia: Robertas Javtokas 15+5 boards, Nando De Colo 15, Dusko Savanovic 14
Fenerbahce Ulker: Emir Preldzic 20, Roko-Leni Ukic 13


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 27-6 
 2. LF Basket 23-10 
 3. Norrkoping 20-9 
 4. Sodertalje 19-13 
 5. Uppsala 15-16 
 6. Solna 15-16 
 7. Jamtland 13-19 
 8. Boras 13-20 
 9. 08 8-24 
 10. Eco Orebro 6-26 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland22.5 
 2. Brown, 0821.1 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.5 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall20.0 
 5. Smith, Uppsala19.5 
 6. McCoy, Boras18.8 
 7. Palm, Boras18.8 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall18.5 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna18.3 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.3 
 2. Palm, Boras9.9 
 3. McKnight, Boras9.1 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Brown, 088.2 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.8 
 7. Constantine, Solna7.7 
 8. Walker, Solna7.4 
 9. Cipriano, Eco O.7.3 
 10. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.4 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.7 
 3. Beck, 085.0 
 4. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 5. Smith, Uppsala4.7 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.5 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland4.4 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.4 
 9. Chuk, Sodertalje4.3 
 10. Baeringsson, Sunds.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.5 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.2 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall1.9 
 4. Smith, Uppsala1.8 
 5. McCoy, Boras1.8 
 6. Brown, 081.8 
 7. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.8 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 9. Hargrove, Jamtland1.7 
 10. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John ROSENDAHL
  LF Basket
  (203-F/C-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.9 
 2. Salaam, Jamtland1.9 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 4. Palm, Boras1.5 
 5. Cipriano, Eco O.1.2 
 6. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 9. Walker, Solna1.0 
 10. Galick, Sodertalje0.8 


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Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Glover, Boncourt21.8 
 2. Abukar, Lugano T.21.7 
 3. Reid, Monthey21.6 
 4. Smith, Fribourg20.7 
 5. Brown, Starwings20.3 
 6. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 7. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.19.9 
 8. Byron, BBC Nyon19.5 
 9. Popovich, SAV V.18.7 
 10. Yates, Starwings18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.5 
 2. Yates, Starwings10.0 
 3. Ofoegbu, SAM M.9.9 
 4. Thompson, Starw.9.9 
 5. Reid, Monthey9.5 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt9.4 
 7. Yates, Monthey8.2 
 8. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.1 
 9. Sloan, Geneve Lions8.0 
 10. Smith, Fribourg7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.0 
 2. Williams, Fribourg6.6 
 3. Glover, Boncourt6.3 
 4. Brown, Starwings4.9 
 5. Draughan, Lugano T.4.7 
 6. Angley, Lugano T.4.6 
 7. Sharper, Monthey4.3 
 8. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.2 
 9. Hollins, Starwings4.1 
 10. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Glover, Boncourt3.9 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.5 
 3. Hunte, BBC Nyon3.2 
 4. Draughan, Lugano T.2.8 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.2.7 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt2.6 
 7. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.5 
 8. Sharper, Monthey2.3 
 9. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.3 
 10. Smith, Fribourg2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.6 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.2 
 3. Thompson, Starw.1.7 
 4. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt1.5 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.4 
 7. Moris, Monthey1.0 
 8. Vogt, Fribourg0.9 
 9. Ferguson, Zurich W.0.9 
 10. Sanders, Lugano T.0.9 


Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 21-2 
 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 1-22 


LNA Round 23: Leader Lugano Tigers get another victory - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LNA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

Leader Lugano Tigers delivered the twentieth first win on Thursday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Zurich Wildcats (1-22) 112-83. The game was mostly controlled by Lugano Tigers. Zurich Wildcats managed to win third quarter 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lugano Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Zurich Wildcats' 26 and made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Lugano Tigers forced 19 Zurich Wildcats turnovers and outrebounded them 38-17 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Lugano Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Zurich Wildcats helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) who scored 26 points and 4 assists. American-Nigerian guard Michael Efevberha (196-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals. Central African-French guard Lionel Bomayako (196-78, college: Fairleigh Dickinson, agency: Court Side) produced 33 points (!!!) for the hosts. Zurich Wildcats' coach Riet Lareida gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Lugano Tigers (21-2) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Zurich Wildcats lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 22 lost games. Lugano Tigers are looking forward to face SAV Vacallo (#4) in Chiasso in the next round. Zurich Wildcats will play on the road against Starwings (#7) in Basel and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Basel. Ninth ranked BBC Nyon (4-19) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Starwings (11-12) 89-86 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Starwings. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Lester Hunte (196-88, college: Northwood Fl.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Cruz Daniels contributed with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) answered with 22 points and 5 assists for Starwings. BBC Nyon maintains ninth place with 4-19 record. Starwings at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Boncourt. BBC Nyon will play against league's second-placed Fribourg at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Starwings will play against Zurich Wildcats (#10) and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Fribourg. Local Fribourg (16-7) outscored 8th ranked SAM Massagno (8-15) 97-62 on Wednesday night. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a quality performance of Steve Smith who helped to win the game recording 38 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 15-of-17 shooting from the field). John Ofoegbu responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. SAM Massagno's coach Franco Facchinetti already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Fribourg. They maintain second place with 16-7 record having five points less than leader Lugano Tigers, which they share with Geneve Lions. SAM Massagno lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Fribourg will meet BBC Nyon (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SAM Massagno will play against Monthey and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 23 Boncourt was crushed by SAV Vacallo in Chiasso 96-70. Geneve Lions beat Monthey at home 74-63.



Zurich Wildcats - Lugano Tigers 83-112

Leader Lugano Tigers delivered the twentieth first win on Thursday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Zurich Wildcats (1-22) 112-83. The game was mostly controlled by Lugano Tigers. Zurich Wildcats managed to win third quarter 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lugano Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Zurich Wildcats' 26 and made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Lugano Tigers forced 19 Zurich Wildcats turnovers and outrebounded them 38-17 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Lugano Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Zurich Wildcats helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, colleg