EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/8/2011

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  ABA   


Admirals defeat Stars, advancing in Playoffs - by Gianni Pascucci
After that North West Indiana Magical Stars had eliminated from the playoff rush, 126-100 the Detroit Hoops, the Lake Michigan Admirals took a 112-104 win over the Magical Stars, advancing to the North Central Playoff Final. At the beginning of the game, the Stars came out on fire behind Sean Smith (6'7''-F-85, college: N.Illinois) who had 11 of his 19 points in the first quarter and outscored the Admirals 28-22. Then the Admirals answered with a run of their own outscoring the Stars 27-18 to go into halftime 49-46. The teams were neck to neck going into the fourth quarter and the Admirals caught on fire behind All-Star Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) scoring 15 of his 29pts in the 2nd half. The Admirals went on to win the game 112-104 over the Magical Stars.
Next game will be Saturday, March 12th at South Suburban College against rivalry foe, the Chicago Steam. The game will be the North Central PLayoff Final, and the winner will play in the ABA Championship Quarterfinals.


Surf defeat LA Slam, advance towards San Diego Derby - by Gianni Pascucci
Despite only dressing six men on the team last night and missing three starters, the The San Diego Surf outplayed the Los Angeles Slam in all aspects of the game for a 112-91 victory in the first round of the ABA playoffs. Guard Tim Denson (6'1''-G-86, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) was a true floor general on the court, directing the offense the whole game without hardly a breather on the bench. Denson paced the Surf with 21 points and 11 assists, including five three-pointers. Erwin Dunson (6'7''-F), coming off the bench scored a career high 42 points with the Surf, driving to the hoop, mid-range and even three 3-pointers. Additionally, Dunson was a human highlight reel with several highflying dunks. Kalonji Kadima (6'3''-G-78, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) shot lights out in the first half. After the slam adjusted to his hot hand in the second half, Kadima dished off to Dunson to keep the shooting alive. Kadima scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds. Dunson also pulled down 17 rebounds. Anthony Bruner (6'2''-G-77) also firgured heavily in the rout with 20 points mostly from six three pointers. Papa Samba Guisse (6'8''-F-85, college: Cal.St. Fullerton), the newest Surf and originally from Senegal, dominated the boards with 21 rebounds. Kenny Wright (6'1''-G-81) led the Slam with 24 points and 17 rebounds.
The Surf advance to the Southern California championship Sunday night to face off against the cross-town rivals, A.B.A.'s 7th ranked San Diego Sol, who handedly beat the Mid Valley Titans of near Fresno in the first game 130-73.
The championship game is slated for an 8pm tipoff and will be played at Alliant International University.


Mavericks win 19th straight game - by Gianni Pascucci
The #1 Ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated the Houston All-Stars, a travel team that has only lost once this season 139-82 on Saturday night at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. The SETX Maverick won their 19th straight game of the season (this is also the most wins in a single season by the Mavericks). SETX came out running at a fast and furious pace that surprised Houston. The Mavs famed pressure defense was out in full force as the Mavs held a very talented Houston team to 8 first quarter points. Nine Mavericks players scored double figures. Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) led the way with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Mike Nichols led Houston in scoring with 20 points.
This game marked the final regular season game for the Mavericks. The Mavs will begin a series of Preliminary Games to stay active and to prepare for the ABA Championship Finals, which will be hosted by the Mavericks at their Nutty Jerry's Entertainment Center on March 23rd thru 29th. The first of these Preliminary Games will be on Thursday night, as they will host the Houston Stallions


Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 17-0 
 2. Arlington B. 2-3 
 3. NY Prime Time 1-4 
 4. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 5. Texas RR 0-1 
 6. Shizuoka Gym. 0-4 
Gulf Coast
 1. SE Texas M. 28-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 8-5 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2 
 4. Louisiana U. 1-5 
 5. Cypress 0-0 
 6. Houston R.S. 0-9 
Mid-Atlantic
 1. Seven Cities 16-2 
 2. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 3. Charlotte 0-0 
 4. College Park 0-0 
 5. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Georgia K. 0-0 
NoCal
 1. E.Bay Pitbulls 14-5 
 2. Bay Area M. 13-7 
 3. Modesto H. 9-9 
 4. Sacramento H. 8-6 
 5. California SK 8-7 
 6. S.Francisco R. 5-3 
 7. Clayton 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 13-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 11-5 
 3. NWI M.Stars 4-6 
 4. Detroit Hoops 4-7 
 5. Elkhart E. 0-0 
 6. Indianapolis 0-0 
 7. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 8. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 8-6 
 2. NY Red Riders 0-0 
 3. NY Thunder 0-0 
 4. S.Jersey 0-0 
 5. Tri-City Suns 0-0 
Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 14-1 
SoCal
 1. San Diego Sol 15-3 
 2. Las Vegas A. 9-1 
 3. LA Slam 8-6 
 4. San Diego S. 7-6 
 5. Compton C. 0-0 
 6. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 7. Mid-Valley 0-1 
 8. Riverside R. 0-1 
 9. SoCal Swish 0-4 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 16-1 
 2. St. Louis 8-3 
 3. Columbus Diesel 8-4 
 4. W.Virginia B. 8-8 
 5. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 6. Kentucky C. 0-0 
Southeast
 1. Jacksonville 19-0 
 2. Columbus Life 11-3 
 3. Savannah Storm 11-6 
 4. Heartland P. 8-3 
 5. Bahama PS 0-0 
 6. Florida M. 0-0 
 7. Florida Th. 0-0 
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 9. Team Haiti 0-0 
Southwest
 1. Texas Fuel 15-4 
 2. North Dallas 12-6 
 3. Oklahoma 8-6 
 4. West Texas W. 8-6 
 5. N.Texas F. 1-5 
 6. Dallas Impact 0-0 


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Adriatic League round 23 best performance: Luka Zoric - by Eurobasket News
Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to as his team KK Zagreb CO moved-up to the 5th position in the Adriatic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. KK Zagreb CO will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 13-10 record. Zoric has many years of experience at KK Zagreb CO, through which he has constantly improved. Luka Zoric has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.1ppg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg and 57.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Bosnia and Herzegovina Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) of KK Cibona VIP Zagreb. Bogdanovic had a very good evening with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Cibona lost that game 88-93 to the lower-ranked Zadar (#14, 7-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Cibona keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-13 record. Bogdanovic is well-known at Cibona and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#3). He also registered 4.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Michael Lee (207-F-86) of Radnicki Kragujevac (#6). Lee scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Radnicki, leading his team to a 66-59 win against the lower-ranked Hemofarm (#9, 11-12). Radnicki needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 11 lost games. Lee has a great season in Adriatic League. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.2ppg (best scorer). He also has 2.2spg and FGP: 56.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74) of Union Olimpija - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Goran Vrbanc (194-G-84) of Cibona - 30 points and 2 rebounds
6. Devan Downey (175-G-87) of Zadar - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) of Krka - 27 points
8. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84) of Cedevita - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Marko Scekic (207-F-81) of Buducnost - 22 points and 6 rebounds
10. Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) of Siroki TT - 24 points

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)


Cibona locks Radosevic and Zubcic until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Cibona made important move for the future. The Croatian champion extended contracts of Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) and Tomislav Zubcic (214-C/F-90, agency: Beo Basket) until the end of 2013/2014 season. Both players are products of Cibona.
Leon Radosevic appeared 9 times in Euroleague this season averaging 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds. Almost the same numbers he had for 21 games in Adriatic league. Radosevic was a member of U20 Croatia last summer. Before that, he also played for U19, U18 and U16 National Team.
Tomislav Zubcic averaged 9 points and 5.1 rebounds for 10 Euroleague games this season. In Adriatic league he added 9.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 23 games. Zubcic also was a member of U20 Croatia last summer and together with Leosevic played for U19, U18 and U16 NT in the past.


Partizan lands Nikola Pesakovic - by Zoran Popovic
Serbian Champion sings four year contract with young prospect Nikola Pesakovic (193-G-91). Pesakovic started career in Borac Cacak and played for them last two seasons. This season Pesakovic played for Borac Cacak on 17 games in Serbian league and average scored 15.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Also, Nikola Pesakovic had excellent percent of three points shot 43.2%. Pesakovic will join his new team after the end of Serbian league.

Dontaye Draper extends with Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Croatian media, Cedevita has signed a two-year contract extension with Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston). The American arrived to Cedevita at the start of this season and has established himself as one of the key players averaging 17.8 points and 5.4 assists in Adriatic League.
Dontaye Draper played collegiate basketball at Division I Charleston University. In his final year, he posted averages of 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in 33 games. Draper signed his first professional contract at the start of 2007-2008 when he became member of Sydney Kings. There he played in 30 games and has averaged 14.5 points and 4.4 assists per contest. Following season, Draper moved to France where he joined Hyeres- Toulon. He appeared in 10 league matches and has averaged 11.4 points and 3.6 rebounds. Still in December of 2008, he moved to Belgian outfit Oostende. There, he dished out 4.6 assists and scored 11.8 points in 22 league matches. Last season, Draper played for Italian Lega 2 outfit Prima Veroli.


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  ARGENTINA   


Regatas Corrientes wins Liga de las Americas - by Facundo Iatzky
Regatas Corrientes won Liga de las americas, the most important tournament of latinamerican basketball. It was a huge surprisse because they were not favorites to reach final four and even less to win the league. But they showed that a good estrategy plus a great chemistry in the team were enough to beat solid teams like Capitanes de arecibo and Halcones Xalapa. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) was the MVP. it was a very special achievement for him because he was born in Corrientes, a province at northeast of Argentina. it was the most important sport result for this province in their history. Federico said after the final: ' I want to share it with my teammates because they made it possible. One like to be awarded but this is for the team. Regatas showed tonight that is a great team and this was what guided us to the title'. He also mentioned: 'since I came back to corrientes, after playing in Europe, I have always dreamt with this moment. I wanted to be champion with this club because to me this club represents Corrientes'.
Head coach Fabio Demti said: ' we have to enjoy this moment. We had to battle a lot to get this title due to the quality of teams that participated in it and due to the players with physical problems so we are very happy'.
Source: Regatas prensa


Regatas Corrientes triumph in Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News
Regatas Corrientes - Capitanes de Arecibo 89:73

Regatas Corrientes are the new Liga Americas champions. They toppled Capitanes de Arecibo in the key clash on the third day of Final Four action in Xalapa. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) scored 23 points to lead the Argentinean team to the glory. He was named the MVP after the game.
Regatas shocked the Puerto Rican side early as they went on a 10:0 run to take 20:10 lead. Regatas entered the second term up by eight points 20:12. Capitanes struggled to get any closer in the second quarter. They faced a 33:45 halftime deficit. Federico Kammerichs stepped up for the Argentinean side in the third term as he unloaded 10 points. Regatas Corrientes headed into the fourth frame up by as many as 18 points 70:52. Capitanes fought eagerly in the final minutes but came up short of victory. Eduardo Villares (188-G-79) knocked down 14 points for the winners. Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed 12 points, 14 assists and 5 boards for Regatas. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) responded with 19 points and 6 boards for Capitanes de Arecibo. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) provided 16 points in defeat.

Regatas Corrientes: Federico Kammerichs 23, Eduardo Villares 14, Javier Martinez 12+14 assists
Capitanes de Arecibo: Danilo Pinnock 19, Larry Ayuso 16



Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Jackson, La Union20.3 
 2. Bunn, Argentino19.0 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.17.2 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.1 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.8 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.7 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.15.8 
 8. Taylor, Lanus14.8 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.4 
 10. Salles, Monte H.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.4 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.9.9 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.0 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.9.0 
 5. Kante, Olimpico LB8.6 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.1 
 8. Alston, Boca Jrs7.5 
 9. Leiva, Penarol7.4 
 10. Mikulas, La Union7.3 
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.4.7 
 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: 3.4
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.4 
 2. Sciutto, Monte H.2.5 
 3. Cequeira, Obras2.5 
 4. Martinez, Regat.2.4 
 5. Salles, Monte H.2.4 
 6. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 7. Lamonte, Penarol2.3 
 8. Selleaze, Libertad S.2.3 
 9. Ibarra, Libertad S.2.2 
 10. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 9. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 10. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.7 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Khazzouh's 28 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old center Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sydney Kings and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 28 points adding five rebounds and two assists for Sydney Kings in his team's victory, helping them to beat Tigers (#7, 9-14) 95-86. Sydney Kings maintains the 9th position in Australian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 17 games and recorded just seven victories. In the team's last game Khazzouh had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sydney Kings' top player in his first season with the team. Khazzouh has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.5ppg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 55.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Larry Davidson (207-C-83) of Wollongong Hawks. He is Australian center in his 4th season at Hawks. In the last game Davidson recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Hawks cruised to a 87-77 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Crocodiles (#3, 14-10). Hawks' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Davidson is one of the most experienced players at Hawks and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85) of league's second-best Wildcats. Knight scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Wildcats, leading his team to a 83-60 easy win against #4 ranked Taipans in a game of the week. Wildcats needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 10 lost games. Knight has a very solid season. In 12 games in Australia he scored 11.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Johnson (212-C-88) of 36ers - 13 points and 9 rebounds
5. Alexander Loughton (205-F/C-83) of Taipans - 21 points and 11 rebounds
6. Mika Vukona (197-F-82) of Breakers - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Ben Knight (203-F-76) of Sydney K. - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Gary Ervin (186-G-83) of Hawks - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Ben Madgen (193-G-85) of Sydney K. - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ian Crosswhite (212-C-82) of Taipans - 12 points, 5 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)


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 21-6 
 2. Arkadia 18-9 
 3. Furstenfeld 17-10 
 4. Oberwart 16-11 
 5. Kapfenberg 14-13 
 6. Klosterneub. 14-13 
Group B
 1. Wels 16-11 
 2. UBSC Graz 13-14 
 3. BC Vienna 11-15 
 4. Gussing 11-16 
 5. St.Polten 8-18 
 6. Worthersee 2-25 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.4 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 4. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.8 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.8 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.18.1 
 7. Mayes, Gmunden17.4 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.2 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.0 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.1 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 5. Volcic, Oberwart7.8 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.8 
 7. Graham, UBSC G.7.6 
 8. Mayer, Gmunden7.6 
 9. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.4 
 10. Djuric, Gussing7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.0 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.5 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.1 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.6.0 
 6. Miletic, UBSC G.4.7 
 7. Parker, Oberwart4.4 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 9. Boylan, Gmunden4.4 
 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. Jandl, St.Polten2.1 
 5. Parker, Oberwart2.1 
 6. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 7. Vay, Arkadia1.8 
 8. Fields, Wels1.7 
 9. Danek, Arkadia1.7 
 10. Bachlechner, Worth.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.5 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.4 
 4. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.0 
 5. Slack, Gmunden1.0 
 6. Vay, Arkadia1.0 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.9 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 10. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Vytenis Lipkevicius claims Baltic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented Vytenis Lipkevicius (198-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Rudupis Prienu and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 21-year old forward had the game-high 16 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Rudupis in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Liepaja (#10, 7-15) with 32-point margin 110-78. Rudupis maintains the 4th position in Baltic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rudupis will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. Lipkevicius turned to be Rudupis' top player in his first season with the team. Vytenis Lipkevicius averages this season 13.2ppg and 5.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young center Martins Meiers (203-C-91) of Liepaja. Meiers impressed basketball fans with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Liepaja lost that game 78-110 to the higher-ranked Rudupis (#4, 14-8). Liepaja managed to keep the same 10th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Meiers is one of the most experienced players at Liepaja and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Rudupis Prienu's star - Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89). Juskevicius scored 14 points and passed four assists. He was another key player of Rudupis, helping his team with a 110-78 easy win against the lower-ranked Liepaja (#10, 7-15). Rudupis needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 8 lost games. Juskevicius has a great season in Baltic League. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.5ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82) of Ventspils - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of VEF Riga - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mareks Mejeris (199-F-91) of Liepaja - 14 points and 8 rebounds
7. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) of VEF Riga - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83) of Ventspils - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) of TU/Rock - 14 points and 9 rebounds
10. Lukas Brazdauskis (203-F-88) of Nevezis - 17 points and 7 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Pierce CALDWELL
  Liepaja
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Caldwell, Liepaja19.1 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale19.0 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 4. Osby, TT.18.9 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas16.9 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.5 
 8. Parakhouski, VEF R.15.3 
 9. Dimsa, Nevezis14.9 
 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.8.0 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 7. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 8. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.7.4 
 10. Kuzminskas, Ventspils7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.4 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 4. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 5. Kriisa, TT.4.9 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis4.6 
 7. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 9. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 10. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Broadus, Siauliai2.3 
 2. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 3. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 5. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 6. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 7. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 8. Leppik, TU/Rock1.8 
 9. Anderson, Ventspils1.7 
 10. Veideman, TU/Rock1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.4 
 6. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 8. Osby, TT.1.2 
 9. Hanke, Norrkoping1.2 
 10. Cain, VEF Riga1.1 


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Standings - Premier League
Premier Standings
Group A
 1. Minsk-2006 34-0 
 2. Grodno-93 22-12 
 3. OZAA Osipov. 21-13 
 4. Sozh Gomel 18-16 
Group B
 1. Lokomotiv 17-15 
 2. Borifsen 12-22 
 3. BGUIR-RCOR 6-26 
 4. Vitalyur 4-30 


Premier League Round 6: BGUIR-RCOR is defeated by Vitalyur-RGUOR in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: Vitalyur-RGUOR (#4) and BGUIR-RCOR (#3). Vitalyur-RGUOR (4-30) won against visiting BGUIR-RCOR (6-26) 63-56. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-16. But BGUIR-RCOR won second period 11-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vitalyur-RGUOR maintains fourth position in League with 4-30 record. Newly promoted BGUIR-RCOR keeps the third place with 26 games lost. Vitalyur-RGUOR are looking forward to face league's leader Lokomotiv in Vitebsk in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BGUIR-RCOR will play on the road against the league's second-placed Borifsen in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Grodno. Second-best host Grodno-93 (22-12) was smashed by top-ranked Minsk-2006 (34-0) 116-74. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 34-0 record. Grodno-93 at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Minsk-2006 will play against Sozh Gomel (#4) at home in the next round. Grodno-93 will play against OZAA Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Gomel. One of their biggest challengers host Sozh Gomel (18-16) was smashed by third ranked OZAA Osipovichi (21-13) 108-82. OZAA Osipovichi maintains third position in League with 21-13 record having just -6 point less than leader Lokomotiv. Loser Sozh Gomel keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. OZAA Osipovichi will meet league's second-placed Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will play against the league's leader Minsk-2006 and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Mogilev. Second-best host Borifsen (12-22) was smashed by first ranked Lokomotiv (17-15) 86-66. Lokomotiv maintains first position in League with 17-15 record. Borifsen at the other side keeps the second place with 22 games lost. Lokomotiv's next round opponent will be Vitalyur-RGUOR (#4) in Minsk. Borifsen will play at home against BGUIR-RCOR in Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Group A
Grodno-93 - Minsk-2006 74-116

The game between Top Four teams took place in Grodno. Second-best host Grodno-93 (22-12) was smashed by top-ranked Minsk-2006 (34-0) 116-74. The game without a history. Minsk-2006 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 34-0 record. Grodno-93 at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Minsk-2006 will play against Sozh Gomel (#4) at home in the next round. Grodno-93 will play against OZAA Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 123313


Sozh Gomel - OZAA Osipov. 82-108

The game between Top Four teams took place in Gomel. One of their biggest challengers host Sozh Gomel (18-16) was smashed by third ranked OZAA Osipovichi (21-13) 108-82. The game without a history. OZAA Osipovichi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. OZAA Osipovichi maintains third position in League with 21-13 record having just -6 point less than leader Lokomotiv. Loser Sozh Gomel keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. OZAA Osipovichi will meet league's second-placed Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will play against the league's leader Minsk-2006 and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 123314


Group B
Borifsen - Lokomotiv 66-86

The game between Top Four teams took place in Mogilev. Second-best host Borifsen (12-22) was smashed by first ranked Lokomotiv (17-15) 86-66. Lokomotiv maintains first position in League with 17-15 record. Borifsen at the other side keeps the second place with 22 games lost. Lokomotiv's next round opponent will be Vitalyur-RGUOR (#4) in Minsk. Borifsen will play at home against BGUIR-RCOR in Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 123315


Vitalyur - BGUIR-RCOR 63-56

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: Vitalyur-RGUOR (#4) and BGUIR-RCOR (#3). Vitalyur-RGUOR (4-30) won against visiting BGUIR-RCOR (6-26) 63-56. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-16. But BGUIR-RCOR won second period 11-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vitalyur-RGUOR maintains fourth position in League with 4-30 record. Newly promoted BGUIR-RCOR keeps the third place with 26 games lost. Vitalyur-RGUOR are looking forward to face league's leader Lokomotiv in Vitebsk in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BGUIR-RCOR will play on the road against the league's second-placed Borifsen in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 123316




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D2 Round 23: BBC Kangaroes-Boom edges Royal Aera Excelsior by one point - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in D2 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Fourth-ranked Royal Aera Excelsior (13-9) made lots of trouble for first ranked BBC Kangaroes-Boom (18-3) on Saturday. BBC Kangaroes-Boom managed to secure only one-point victory 75-74. However their fans expected easier game. BBC Kangaroes-Boom maintains first place with 18-3 record. Royal Aera Excelsior at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. BBC Kangaroes-Boom are looking forward to face Belgacom Liege II (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Royal Aera Excelsior will play against CEP Fleurus (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Eighth-ranked CEP Fleurus (8-12) made lots of trouble for third ranked Jako Pitzemburg (14-7) in Mechelen. Jako Pitzemburg managed to secure only two-point victory 57-55. However their fans expected much easier game. Jako Pitzemburg maintains third place with 14-7 record having four points less than leader Kangar.-Boom. CEP Fleurus at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Jako Pitzemburg will play against Gembo BBC (#12) in Borgerhout in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CEP Fleurus will play on the road against Royal Aera Excelsior in Brussels and hope to get back on the winning track.
Ninth-ranked KBBC Oostkamp (8-13) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked BBC De Westhoek (13-8) in Zwevezele on Saturday. BBC De Westhoek managed to secure only one-point victory 68-67. However their fans expected easier game. BBC De Westhoek moved-up to fourth place. KBBC Oostkamp lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. BBC De Westhoek will meet at home Waregem (#6) in the next round. KBBC Oostkamp will play against BC Carnieres (#14) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Liege. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked Gembo BBC (7-14) to thirteenth ranked Belgacom Liege II (7-14) 72-69 in the game for the twelfth place. Belgacom Liege II have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Gembo. Belgacom Liege II's next round opponent will be league's leader BBC Kangaroes-Boom on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Quaregnon, where higher ranked Waregem (12-9) lost to twelfth ranked Dexia Mons Hainaut II (7-12) in a road game 74-88 on Friday. Dexia Mons Hainaut II moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Waregem dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Dexia Mons Hainaut II will face higher ranked Essor Charleroi (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 23 Essor Charleroi were defeated by Sint-Jan Ant. in Antwerp 72-64. Bottom-ranked Carnieres was beaten by Zolder at home 61-65.



Liege II - Gembo 72-69

A very interesting game took place in Liege. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 11th ranked Gembo BBC (7-14) to thirteenth ranked Belgacom Liege II (7-14) 72-69 in the game for the twelfth place. Belgacom Liege II have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Gembo. Belgacom Liege II's next round opponent will be league's leader BBC Kangaroes-Boom on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 101742


Pitzemburg - Fleurus 57-55

Eighth-ranked CEP Fleurus (8-12) made lots of trouble for third ranked Jako Pitzemburg (14-7) in Mechelen. Jako Pitzemburg managed to secure only two-point victory 57-55. However their fans expected much easier game. Jako Pitzemburg maintains third place with 14-7 record having four points less than leader Kangar.-Boom. CEP Fleurus at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Jako Pitzemburg will play against Gembo BBC (#12) in Borgerhout in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CEP Fleurus will play on the road against Royal Aera Excelsior in Brussels and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 101743


De Westhoek - Oostkamp 68-67

Ninth-ranked KBBC Oostkamp (8-13) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked BBC De Westhoek (13-8) in Zwevezele on Saturday. BBC De Westhoek managed to secure only one-point victory 68-67. However their fans expected easier game. BBC De Westhoek moved-up to fourth place. KBBC Oostkamp lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. BBC De Westhoek will meet at home Waregem (#6) in the next round. KBBC Oostkamp will play against BC Carnieres (#14) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 101739


Sint-Jan Ant. - Essor Charleroi 72-64

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Essor Charleroi (9-12) was defeated on the road by second ranked Sint-Jans Antwerpen (16-6) 72-64 on Saturday. Sint-Jans Antwerpen have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-6 record having just one points less than leader Kangar.-Boom. Essor Charleroi lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Sint-Jans Antwerpen will face Zolder (#8) in Zolder in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Essor Charleroi will play at home against Dexia Mons Hainaut II in Quaregnon.
gschID: 101740


Kangar.-Boom - Excelsior 75-74

Fourth-ranked Royal Aera Excelsior (13-9) made lots of trouble for first ranked BBC Kangaroes-Boom (18-3) on Saturday. BBC Kangaroes-Boom managed to secure only one-point victory 75-74. However their fans expected easier game. BBC Kangaroes-Boom maintains first place with 18-3 record. Royal Aera Excelsior at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. BBC Kangaroes-Boom are looking forward to face Belgacom Liege II (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Royal Aera Excelsior will play against CEP Fleurus (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
gschID: 101741


M.Hainaut II - Waregem 88-74

We should mention about the upset which took place in Quaregnon, where higher ranked Waregem (12-9) lost to twelfth ranked Dexia Mons Hainaut II (7-12) in a road game 74-88 on Friday. Dexia Mons Hainaut II moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Waregem dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Dexia Mons Hainaut II will face higher ranked Essor Charleroi (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 101737


Carnieres - Zolder 61-65

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Zolder (9-12) defeated on the road bottom-ranked BC Carnieres (5-15) 65-61 on Saturday. Zolder have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Essor Charleroi. Loser BC Carnieres stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Zolder will face league's second-placed Sint-Jans Antwerpen on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Carnieres will play against KBBC Oostkamp (#10).
gschID: 101738




Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Kangar.-Boom 18-3 
 2. Sint-Jan Ant. 16-6 
 3. Pitzemburg 14-7 
 4. De Westhoek 13-8 
 5. Excelsior 13-9 
 6. Waregem 12-9 
 7. Essor Charleroi 9-12 
 8. Zolder 9-12 
 9. Fleurus 8-12 
 10. Oostkamp 8-13 
 11. M.Hainaut II 7-12 
 12. Gembo 7-14 
 13. Liege II 7-14 
 14. Carnieres 5-15 


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Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Bosna 17-4 
 2. Borac Nektar 15-6 
 3. Capljina 14-7 
 4. Mladost 14-7 
 5. Sloboda Dita 12-9 
 6. Zrinjski HT 12-9 
 7. SL IAT Leotar 12-10 
 8. Hercegovac 11-10 
 9. Celik 9-13 
 10. Kakanj 7-14 
 11. Varda HE 7-14 
 12. Brotnjo 6-16 
 13. Slavija 2-19 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki TT


Josko Pulja resigns as Brotnjo Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Bosnian media, BC Brotnjo is on the lookout for the new coach. Reportedly, Josko Pulja has resigned as Head Coach of Brotnjo only 2 rounds before the end of Stage One in Bosnian Championship. Pulja cited need for a change in order to help the club kick-start their relegation battle. It remains to be seen who will be in charge of the team which will try to avoid relegations in their upcoming matches against Celik and Kakanj.
Josko Pulja started his coaching career when he took over as Head coach of BC Puntamika back in 1981. After 12 years with the club he moved to Zadar in 1994. In his long career he has also coached the likes of Istra, Sibenka, Trigalv Osiguranje Rijeka and Peja. In November of 2010 he was appointed as Head Coach of Brotnjo Citluk. Pulja has also worked as Head coach of Croatian U18 and U20 Teams. In 2002, he won the U18 European Championships which was played in Germany. He also led U20 Croatia on U20 European Championship in Czech Republic in 2004.


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Bulgarian NBL round 20 best performance: Priest Lauderdale - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized American center Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Levski, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 37-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Rilski Sportist (#4, 10-11) 78-63. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Levski maintains the 2nd position in American NBL. They are still close to the very top. Levski would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 17-4 record. Lauderdale just recently signed at Levski, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Central State University star has very solid stats this year. Lauderdale. Lauderdale is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.8ppg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 83.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) of Tundja Yambol. Govedarov had a very good evening with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Tundja cruised to a 90-81 relatively comfortable win over Cherno More (8-13). This victory allowed Tundja 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 8-13 record. Govedarov is one of the most experienced players at Tundja and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#8). His other stats are also decent: 4.3rpg and 4.3apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) of Spartak (#7). Dimitrov scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Spartak, leading his team to a 92-76 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Chernomorets (#8, 4-17). Spartak can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Dimitrov he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Dimitrov has individually a great season in Bulgaria. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.1ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 7.0rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of Tundja - 21 points and 11 rebounds
5. Martin Durchev (200-G-87) of Tundja - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Lamont Mack (201-F-87) of Lukoil Academik - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tencho Banev (209-C-80) of Lukoil Academik - 9 points and 16 rebounds
8. Ivo Slavchev (198-F-90) of Chernomorets - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Nikolay Kolev (204-F/C-88) of Cherno More - 18 points and 9 rebounds
10. Dominic James (180-G-86) of Lukoil Academik - 16 points 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)


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Rilski Sportist
  (196-F/G-88)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Lilov, Rilski S.23.7 
 2. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 3. Harper, Levski22.3 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak19.1 
 5. Lauderdale, Levski18.8 
 6. Bozov, Balkan17.5 
 7. Naydenov, Chernomo.16.8 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja15.8 
 9. Davidov, Balkan15.3 
 10. Yanev, Cherno More14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja11.5 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.7 
 4. Radojevic, Rilski S.7.6 
 5. Todorov, Spartak7.5 
 6. Lauderdale, Levski7.3 
 7. Georgiev, Levski7.3 
 8. Kolev, Cherno More7.1 
 9. Dimitrov, Spartak7.0 
 10. Peterson, Lukoil A.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Crowe, Levski6.0 
 2. Govedarov, Tundja4.3 
 3. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.3 
 4. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 5. Dyakovski, Spartak4.1 
 6. James, Lukoil A.4.1 
 7. Zahariev, Chernomo.3.9 
 8. Heath, Lukoil A.3.9 
 9. Gruev, Rilski S.3.8 
 10. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Crowe, Levski2.3 
 2. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 3. Dimitrov, Spartak1.9 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.1.9 
 5. James, Lukoil A.1.7 
 6. Finzgar, Tundja1.7 
 7. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.7 
 8. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.6 
 9. Lilov, Rilski S.1.6 
 10. Marinov, Balkan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Doychinov, Balkan1.4 
 3. Lauderdale, Levski1.3 
 4. Varbanov, Tundja1.1 
 5. Mijovic, Rilski S.0.9 
 6. Radojevic, Rilski S.0.9 
 7. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.8 
 8. Banev, Lukoil A.0.7 
 9. Cole, Levski0.7 
 10. Petkov, Tundja0.7 


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CanWest Summary 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
UBC gets gold over Huskies, TWU takes third
Led by a huge effort from their fifth-year seniors, the UBC Thunderbirds won the Canada West championship on home court on Saturday, downing the Saskatchewan Huskies 107-100 at War Memorial Gym.
UBC hit 34 of 40 free throw attempts on the night to prevent the Huskies from gaining ground in their comeback effort. Murphy finished with 34 points, eight assists and four steals. Fellow fifth-years Josh Whyte and Brent Malish had 19 and 14 points respectively.
Barrett and Chabot didn't make it easy on the 'Birds though. Chabot picked up 29 points and Barrett poured in a game-high 35 to go with seven assists.
Both sides will make the trip to Halifax next weekend for the CIS tournament. The Huskies beat UBC in last year's Canada West Final Four before downing them in the national title game as well, but this time the 'Birds have the momentum heading into nationals.
Seeding for nationals will be announced on Sunday. The CIS tournament runs from March 11-13 in Halifax.


Bronze: Trinity Western 82 Alberta 74

(TWU wins bronze; eligible to be CIS at-large team)
The Trinity Western Spartans downed the Alberta Golden Bears 82-74 on Saturday to win Canada West bronze, and will now wait to find out on Sunday if they get the wildcard berth to the CIS tournament in Halifax.
A 12-point third quarter from Kyle Coston helped the Spartans erase an 11-point deficit and get back to even terms with Alberta heading into the fourth.
Jacob Doerksen was his usual double-double self, leading the Spartans with 21 points and 11 rebounds on the night. But it was secondary contributors like Coston and Daniel Horner who may have made the difference. Coston fouled out in the fourth after his big third quarter but still managed 14 points and nine rebounds. Horner netted 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting while adding seven assists.
Jordan Baker posted game-highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds for Alberta. Daniel Ferguson added 15 points for the Bears.
The Spartans will find out on Sunday if their season is over or not. Their loss to Saskatchewan in the semifinals saw them miss out on the two guaranteed CIS berths from Canada West, but as the fourth-ranked team in the country, they still have a legitimate shot at being awarded the wildcard berth.
The CIS tournament runs March 11-13 in Halifax.


Courtesy of CanWest

Final: UBC - Saskatchewan 107-100
3rd Place: Trinity Western - Alberta 82-74
Semis:
UBC - Alberta 91-73
TWU - Saskatchewan 78-80


All-CanWest 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Jamelle Barrett
Barrett
Jacob Doerksen
Doerksen
Josh Whyte
Whyte
Jordan Baker
Baker
Daniel Ferguson
Ferguson
#e#5

Player of the Year: Jamelle Barrett (180-G) of Saskatchewan
Rookie of the Year: Matt Letkeman (201-F-92) of Calgary
Defensive Player of the Year: Greg Stewart (218-C) of TRU
Ken Shields Award nominee: Tyrell Mara (198-F-87) of TWU
Coach of the Year: Kevin Hanson of UBC

1st Team
G: Jamelle Barrett (180) of Saskatchewan
F: Jacob Doerksen (200-87) of TWU
G: Josh Whyte (191-87) of UBC
G: Jordan Baker (193-91) of Alberta
F: Daniel Ferguson (191-G/F) of Alberta

2nd Team
G: Ryan Mackinnon (193-89) of Victoria
G: Rejean Chabot (183-87) of Saskatchewan
G: Tyler Fidler (206-89) of Calgary
G: Alex Murphy (185) of UBC
G: Joel Friesen (193) of UFV




2011 CIS mens basketball championship: UBC seeded No. 1, TWU earns wildcard - by Eurobasket News
OTTAWA (CIS) Fresh off a 107-100 win over defending national champion Saskatchewan in the Canada West final, the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds earned the No. 1 seed for next weekends CIS mens basketball championship tournament, which returns to the Halifax Metro Centre this season following a three-year stint in the nations capital.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb

The seeding was announced Sunday night for the 2011 CIS Final Eight, which kicks off Friday with the quarter-final round and culminates next Sunday at 5 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time with the gold medal final.

Five games will be televised on TSN2 including live broadcasts of the last two first-round matchups on Friday (6 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. AST) and the second semifinal on Saturday (8 p.m. AST). Saturdays first semifinal will air right after the conclusion of the second semi, while Sundays championship match is set to air on a two-hour tape delay.

Battling top-ranked UBC for CIS supremacy in Halifax will be the No. 2 Carleton Ravens (OUA finalists), No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies (CWUAA finalists), No. 4 Lakehead Thunderwolves (OUA champions), No. 5 Trinity Western Spartans (CWUAA bronze medallists), No. 6 Dalhousie Tigers (AUS champions), No. 7 Concordia Stingers (RSEQ champions), and No. 8 Acadia Axemen (AUS finalists).

Trinity Western received the wildcard entry following a vote by a committee of CIS coaches. The Spartans were ranked in each of the 13 weekly national coaches polls this season including in the top 5 in each of the eight polls after the December break and finished second in the Canada West standing with a 21-3 mark before claiming bronze at the conference Final Four.

Fridays quarter-finals will see UBC face Acadia in the tourney opener at 1 p.m. AST, Lakehead battle Trinity Western at 3:15 p.m., Saskatchewan open its title defence against Dalhousie at 6 p.m., and Carleton take on Concordia at 8:15 p.m.

Looking for their first W.P. McGee Trophy victory since 1972, the Thunderbirds reached the national final each of the past two years at Ottawas Scotiabank Place, both times as the No. 3 seed. They lost 87-77 to Carleton in the 2009 gold medal game and 91-81 to the Huskies a year ago.

The triumph marked Saskatchewans first-ever CIS mens basketball title.

Perennial powerhouse Carleton, which has claimed six of the last eight McGee Trophies including the last five contested at the Metro Centre (2003-2007), goes in as the No. 2 seed following a surprising 77-62 loss to Lakehead in the OUA final, which marked the Ravens first loss in 30 overall contests against CIS opponents this season. The Ravens had been seeded No. 1 each of the past three years heading into the Final Eight.

The CIS all-Canadians and major award winners will be announced on Thursday.

Note: A complete championship preview will follow on Tuesday.

SEEDING

1. UBC Thunderbirds (CWUAA champions: 22-2 regular season / 4-0 playoffs)
2. Carleton Ravens (OUA finalists: 22-0 regular season / 2-1 playoffs)
3. Saskatchewan Huskies (CWUAA finalists: 20-4 regular season / 3-1 playoffs)
4. Lakehead Thunderwolves (OUA champions: 17-5 regular season / 3-0 playoffs)
5. Trinity Western Spartans (Wildcard: 21-3 regular season / 3-2 playoffs)
6. Dalhousie Tigers (AUS champions: 14-6 regular season / 2-0 playoffs)
7. Concordia Stingers (RSEQ champions: 12-4 regular season / 2-0 playoffs)
8. Acadia Axemen (AUS finalists: 7-13 regular season / 2-1 playoffs)

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (all times ATLANTIC TIME)

Thursday, March 10

8:00 17:00 Team practices

Friday, March 11

13:00 Quarter-final #1: No. 8 Acadia vs. No. 1 UBC
15:15 Quarter-final #2: No. 5 Trinity Western vs. No. 4 Lakehead
18:00 Quarter-final #3: No. 6 Dalhousie vs. No. 3 Saskatchewan (Live on TSN2)
20:15 Quarter-final #4: No. 7 Concordia vs. No. 2 Carleton (Live on TSN2)

Saturday, March 12

12:00 Consolation #1: Loser QF #1 vs. Loser QF #2
14:15 Consolation #2: Loser QF #3 vs. Loser QF #4
17:00 Semifinal #1: Winner QF #1 vs. Winner QF #2 (TSN2 tape delayed to after SF #2)
20:00 Semifinal #2: Winner QF #3 vs. Winner QF #4 (Live on TSN2)

Sunday, March 13

10:30 Consolation final (5th place)
13:15 Bronze medal game
17:00 Championship final (TSN2 tape delayed to 19:00 AST)
Courtesy of: english.cis-sic.ca



All-Atlantic Division Summary 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
Final: Dalhousie - Acadia 78-47
Semis:
Acadia - Cape Breton 83-81 (OT)
StFX - Dalhousie 68-79



All-Atlantic Division 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Joey Haywood
Haywood
Simon Farine
Farine
Paris Carter
Carter
Jimmy Dorsey
Dorsey
Christian Upshaw
Upshaw
#e#5

Player of the Year: Joey Haywood (186-G-84) of St.Mary's
Rookie of the Year: William McFee (191-G) of New Brunsw.
Defensive Player of the Year: Phillip Nkrumah (193-G-85) of Cape Breton
Student-Athlete Award: Scott Jaspers-Fayer (183-F) of Cape Breton
Coach of the Year: John Campbell of Dalhousie

1st Team
G: Joey Haywood (186-84) of St.Mary's
G: Simon Farine (188-87) of Dalhousie
G: Paris Carter (193) of Cape Breton
G: Jimmy Dorsey (188) of Cape Breton
G: Christian Upshaw (178-86) of St.Francis X.

2nd Team
F/C: Joseph Schow (206-83) of Dalhousie
G: William Silver (175-87) of St.Francis X.
F: Owen Klassen (208) of Acadia
F: Manock Lual (198-89) of UPEI
F: Tory Fassett () of St.Mary's

All-Rookie Team
William McFee (191-G) of New Brunsw.
Terry Thomas (193-G) of St.Francis X.
Aaron Robbins (201-F) of UPEI
Julien Smith (178-G) of Cape Breton
Geoff Doane (196-F) of UPEI




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  CHINA   


Gaines' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old forward Charles Gaines (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) put on an amazing game in the last round for Qingdao DS and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
He had a double-double of 42 points and 13 rebounds, while his team lost the game against DongGuan (#2, 24-6) 108-122. Qingdao DS maintains the 15th position in Chinese league. Qingdao DS is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 20th lost game this season out of 30 games. Gaines turned to be Qingdao DS's top player in his first season with the team. University of Southern Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gaines is league's best scorer averaging so far 33.5ppg. Gaines is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 13.5rpg) and averages solid 2.4spg and 61.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Vernon Hamilton (183-G-84) of TianJin R.. He is American guard in his first season at TianJin R.. In the last game Hamilton recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as TianJin R. lost that game 101-114 to the higher-ranked Guandong (#3, 23-7). TianJin R. are still at the very bottom. 25 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories TianJin R. managed to get this year. Hamilton is one of the most experienced players at TianJin R. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.2ppg (#8). His other stats are also decent: 8.3rpg and 5.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward James Singleton (203-F-81) of league's leader Xinjiang. Singleton scored 23 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Xinjiang, leading his team to a 111-68 easy win against the lower-ranked Zhejiang G.L. (#8, 16-14). Many experts and fans count Xinjiang as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 29 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Singleton has a very solid season. In 29 games in China he scored 21.8ppg. He also has 10.2rpg, 1.5bpg and FGP: 73.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wei Su (212-C-89) of Guandong - 31 points and 12 rebounds
5. Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) of Beijing - 34 points and 15 rebounds
6. Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-G-86) of DongGuan - 39 points and 6 assists
7. Marcus Williams (201-F-86) of Zhejiang C. - 28 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Lester Hudson (191-G-84) of Guandong - 28 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Alexander Johnson (208-F-83) of Shanxi Zh. - 19 points and 14 rebounds
10. Dwayne Jones (211-C-83) of Fujian - 14 points and 22 rebounds

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


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  CROATIA   


Cibona locks Radosevic and Zubcic until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Cibona made important move for the future. The Croatian champion extended contracts of Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) and Tomislav Zubcic (214-C/F-90, agency: Beo Basket) until the end of 2013/2014 season. Both players are products of Cibona.
Leon Radosevic appeared 9 times in Euroleague this season averaging 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds. Almost the same numbers he had for 21 games in Adriatic league. Radosevic was a member of U20 Croatia last summer. Before that, he also played for U19, U18 and U16 National Team.
Tomislav Zubcic averaged 9 points and 5.1 rebounds for 10 Euroleague games this season. In Adriatic league he added 9.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 23 games. Zubcic also was a member of U20 Croatia last summer and together with Leosevic played for U19, U18 and U16 NT in the past.


Dontaye Draper extends with Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Croatian media, Cedevita has signed a two-year contract extension with Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston). The American arrived to Cedevita at the start of this season and has established himself as one of the key players averaging 17.8 points and 5.4 assists in Adriatic League.
Dontaye Draper played collegiate basketball at Division I Charleston University. In his final year, he posted averages of 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in 33 games. Draper signed his first professional contract at the start of 2007-2008 when he became member of Sydney Kings. There he played in 30 games and has averaged 14.5 points and 4.4 assists per contest. Following season, Draper moved to France where he joined Hyeres- Toulon. He appeared in 10 league matches and has averaged 11.4 points and 3.6 rebounds. Still in December of 2008, he moved to Belgian outfit Oostende. There, he dished out 4.6 assists and scored 11.8 points in 22 league matches. Last season, Draper played for Italian Lega 2 outfit Prima Veroli.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.9 
 2. Horak, Svitavy15.7 
 3. Burke, NH Ostrava15.7 
 4. Landry, BK Prost.15.7 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin15.1 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha14.7 
 7. Houska, BK Decin14.7 
 8. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.4 
 9. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.3 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava9.4 
 3. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.7 
 4. Houska, BK Decin8.7 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.8.2 
 6. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.0 
 7. Kramny, Svitavy7.8 
 8. Zagorac, BK Prost.7.7 
 9. Frana, Plzen7.4 
 10. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Vrubl, Plzen5.7 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.9 
 3. Carnecky, B&W O.3.8 
 4. Kotas, USK Praha3.8 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.7 
 6. Jones, BC Kolin3.5 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin3.3 
 8. Macela, Svitavy3.0 
 9. Sanders, BK Decin3.0 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kotas, USK Praha2.0 
 2. Smith, BC Kolin2.0 
 3. Wright, BK Pardu.2.0 
 4. Field, BC Kolin1.9 
 5. Holloway, Basket.1.9 
 6. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.9 
 7. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 8. Hatcher, BK Decin1.6 
 9. Muirhead, Novy Jicin1.5 
 10. Vrubl, Plzen1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.5 
 2. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.1 
 4. Kramny, Svitavy1.1 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.0 
 6. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.0 
 7. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 8. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 9. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 10. Spagrud, NH Ostrava0.7 


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  DENMARK   


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Falcon 17-2 
 2. Stevnsgade 15-3 
 3. Lemvig 13-6 
 4. Haderslev 12-6 
 5. Virum 11-8 
 6. Solrod 10-10 
 7. Glostrup 9-7 
 8. Skt.Klemens 6-13 
 9. ALBA 6-13 
 10. Aarhus BF 6-14 
 11. Herlev 4-15 
 12. Hobas 3-15 


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, Svendborg18.9 
 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. Ba, Vaerlose7.0 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.0 
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. Nielsen, Horsholm4.1 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj4.0 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose3.7 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg3.6 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hall, Aalborg3.8 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.1 
 3. Dennis, SISU2.0 
 4. Nielsen, Horsholm2.0 
 5. Jakobsen, Bakken1.9 
 6. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 7. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.8 
 8. Burgess, Bakken1.8 
 9. Roberts, Naestved1.8 
 10. Smedley, Naestved1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.1 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 3. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.4 
 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 


Danish Ligaen round 26 best performance: Jonathan Gilling - by Eurobasket News
Forward Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Horsholm 79ers, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 19-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, nine rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Vaerlose (#8, 8-19) 84-71. Horsholm maintains the 4th position in Danish Ligaen. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Horsholm will need more victories to improve their 16-11 record. In the team's last game Gilling had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Horsholm, through which he has constantly improved. Jonathan Gilling averages this season 14.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Donald Rutherford (198-F-87) of SISU Copenhagen. Rutherford had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead SISU to another comfortable win 96-81 over slightly higher-ranked Horsens IC (#5, 13-14) being unquestionably team leader. SISU's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-16 record. Rutherford is a newcomer at SISU, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Hans Schur (203-F/C-83) of Horsens IC (#5). Schur scored 24 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Schur's great performance Horsens IC lost 81-96 to slightly lower-ranked SISU (#6, 11-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Horsens IC ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Schur could help Horsens IC to bring them higher in the standings. Schur has a very solid season. In 27 games in Denmark he scored 12.3ppg. He also has 6.2rpg and FGP: 56.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Barkley Falkner (203-F/C-86) of Aalborg - 18 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Mike St.John (203-F/C-84) of Horsens IC - 18 points and 14 rebounds
7. Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78) of SISU - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Marquis Hall (183-G-87) of Aalborg - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Edward Morris (203-F-84) of Aabyhoj - 27 points and 4 rebounds
10. Matt Williams (200-F-77) of Svendborg - 22 points and 8 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)


1st Division Round 19: Leader Falcon gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in 1st Division is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

Leader Falcon delivered the seventeenth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 11th ranked Herlev (4-15) 127-43. Falcon (17-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Herlev at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Falcon are looking forward to face Lemvig (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Herlev will play against Solrod (#6) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Leader Falcon recorded the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Solrod (10-10) 100-61. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Falcon. They maintain first place with 17-2 record. Solrod lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Falcon will play against Lemvig (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Solrod will play against Herlev and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Odense supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Stevnsgade (15-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Skt.Klemens (6-13). Stevnsgade smashed Skt.Klemens 93-59 on Friday. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Stevnsgade. They maintain second place with 15-3 record having just three points less than leader Falcon. Loser Skt.Klemens keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with ALBA. Stevnsgade will meet Aarhus BF (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Skt.Klemens will play against Haderslev and hope to secure a win.
Twelfth-ranked Hobas (3-15) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Haderslev (12-6). Haderslev managed to secure only two-point victory 100-98. However their fans expected much easier game. Newly promoted Haderslev maintains fourth place with 12-6 record. Hobas lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Haderslev's next round opponent will be Skt.Klemens (#8) in Odense. Hobas will play at home against Virum Vipers (#5).
We should mention about the upset which took place in Solrod, where 6th ranked Solrod (10-10) lost at home to ninth ranked Aarhus BF (6-14) 60-76 on Sunday. Despite that victory Aarhus BF went down to tenth position due to points difference. Solrod lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. Aarhus BF will face league's second-placed Stevnsgade at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 19 Virum was defeated by Lemvig in a road game 86-72. ALBA beat Aarhus BF at home 79-66.



Haderslev - Hobas 100-98

Twelfth-ranked Hobas (3-15) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Haderslev (12-6). Haderslev managed to secure only two-point victory 100-98. However their fans expected much easier game. Newly promoted Haderslev maintains fourth place with 12-6 record. Hobas lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Haderslev's next round opponent will be Skt.Klemens (#8) in Odense. Hobas will play at home against Virum Vipers (#5).
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Falcon - Herlev 127-43

Leader Falcon delivered the seventeenth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 11th ranked Herlev (4-15) 127-43. Falcon (17-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Herlev at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Falcon are looking forward to face Lemvig (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Herlev will play against Solrod (#6) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
gschID: 110412


Lemvig - Virum 86-72

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Virum Vipers (11-8) were defeated on the road by third ranked Lemvig (13-6) 86-72 on Saturday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Lemvig. They maintain third place with 13-6 record having four points less than leader Falcon. Virum Vipers lost their fourth game in a row. Loser Virum Vipers keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Lemvig will face league's leader Falcon on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Virum Vipers will play against Hobas (#12) in Horsholm.
gschID: 110413


Solrod - Aarhus BF 60-76

We should mention about the upset which took place in Solrod, where 6th ranked Solrod (10-10) lost at home to ninth ranked Aarhus BF (6-14) 60-76 on Sunday. Despite that victory Aarhus BF went down to tenth position due to points difference. Solrod lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. Aarhus BF will face league's second-placed Stevnsgade at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 110414


Solrod - Falcon 61-100

Leader Falcon recorded the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Solrod (10-10) 100-61. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Falcon. They maintain first place with 17-2 record. Solrod lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Falcon will play against Lemvig (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Solrod will play against Herlev and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 122787


Skt.Klemens - Stevnsgade 59-93

The game in Odense supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Stevnsgade (15-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Skt.Klemens (6-13). Stevnsgade smashed Skt.Klemens 93-59 on Friday. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Stevnsgade. They maintain second place with 15-3 record having just three points less than leader Falcon. Loser Skt.Klemens keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with ALBA. Stevnsgade will meet Aarhus BF (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Skt.Klemens will play against Haderslev and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 110409


ALBA - Aarhus BF 79-66

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Alleroed where tenth ranked ALBA (6-13) defeated 9th ranked Aarhus BF (6-14) 79-66 on Saturday. The victory was the third consecutive win for ALBA. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Skt.Klemens. Aarhus BF lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. ALBA will face higher ranked Glostrup (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aarhus BF will play against the league's second-placed Stevnsgade having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 110410




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Daniels returns to BayHawks, Temple heads to Charlotte - by Eurobasket News
The Erie BayHawks have welcomed back their star forward from 2008-09, Erik Daniels (6'9''-G/F-82, college: Kentucky), who averaged 21.1 points and 10 rebounds per game during the team's inaugural season. Daniels, added to the team's ten-man roster today, is taking the roster spot vacated by guard Garrett Temple (6'6''-G-86, college: LSU) who was signed by the Charlotte Bobcats.

Daniels (6-8, 215) did it all for the BayHawks two seasons ago. He led the team in scoring, rebounding, assists (4.5) and minutes played (40.5). Daniels was named to the 2008-09 NBA Development League All-Star team and had the team's only double-double in the franchise's first-ever playoff game (15 pts, 11 assts) in a loss to the eventual champion Colorado 14ers.

Daniels, a University of Kentucky graduate, was most recently playing overseas and is returning to Erie by way of league rules that allow teams to retain the rights of former players for up to two years. Daniels will be in uniform when Erie faces the Springfield Armor on Tuesday morning at 11 am for the team's third annual School Kids Jam game.

Temple (6-5, 180) heads to Charlotte coming off a 20-point performance in Saturday's win over Tulsa. In 24 total games this season with Erie and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Temple, an NBA D-League All-Star, averaged 14.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists. After spending three games with the San Antonio Spurs to start the season, Temple was called up by the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 25. He appeared in nine games with the Bucks, averaging 1.9 points in 9.2 minutes.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 31-11 
 2. Erie Bay H. 25-13 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 17-22 
 4. Dakota W. 14-26 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 7-30 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 28-11 
 2. Rio Grande 28-12 
 3. Texas L. 18-22 
 4. Austin T. 17-22 
 5. New Mexico 15-25 
 6. Maine RC 14-26 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 25-14 
 2. Bakersfield J. 24-15 
 3. Utah F. 23-15 
 4. Idaho S. 17-22 
 5. Springfield A. 11-28 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.1 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.2 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.21.1 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.19.9 
 5. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 6. McNeal, Rio Grande19.5 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.19.4 
 8. Sims, Maine RC19.0 
 9. Byars, Bakersfi.18.6 
 10. Stinson, Iowa E.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.8 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.0 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 5. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 6. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 7. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 8. Alexander, Texas L.9.2 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.0 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.2 
 2. Daniels, Texas L.8.9 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.5 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Johnson, Austin T.6.5 
 8. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.1 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.6.1 
 10. Bailey, Sioux F.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
 9. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
 10. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris JOHNSON
  Boston C.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 2. Williams, Texas L.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 5. Atchley, Rio Grande2.1 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 7. Gladness, Dakota W.2.0 
 8. Sykes, Sioux F.1.8 
 9. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.7 
 10. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 


Exciting Sunday - by Eurobasket News
Iowa E. - Idaho S. 112-144
Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) scored 23 points and collected 12 rebounds as the Idaho Stampede took a 144-112 victory over the Iowa Energy on Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa. Seven players scored in double digits for the Stampede (17-22), who have won two in a row and beat an Iowa (31-11) team that has the best record in the NBADL and is the only team in the league that has clinched a playoff spot. Idaho set a new season high with its point total and recorded a season-high 60 rebounds. The Stampede led by as many as 40 during the game. *Courtesy of www.idahostatesman.com

Maine RC - Springfield A. 97-100
The new-look Maine Red Claws remain as enigmatic as ever, equally capable of dominating an opponent and looking lost in the same game. Sunday was a perfect example. The Red Claws ran out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter, squandered it in the middle two periods, fought back from an eight-point deficit to tie the game, then lost it in the final second. JamesOn Curry banked in a straight-on 3-pointer to lift the Springfield Armor to a 100-97 victory over the Red Claws before an announced crowd of 3,045 at the Portland Expo. It was Springfield's first win at the Expo in 10 games over two seasons. (box-score) *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Dakota W. - Reno Bighorns 103-105
Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) sank two free throws with five seconds remaining to give the Reno Bighorns (25-14) a 105-103 come from behind victory over the Dakota Wizards (14-26) Sunday afternoon at the Bismarck Civic Center. Reno (25-14) jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter but relinquished the lead late as Dakota went on an 18-8 run and led 33-24 at the end of the first. Dakota led by 16 after an Anthony Goods three-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in the half but Donald Sloan countered with a three-pointer of his own as the horn sounded giving Dakota a 62-49 lead at the break. Reno trailed the entire second half until Salim Stoudamire hit a three with 50.9 seconds left to tie the game at 103-103. The Bighorns came up with a big defensive stop and would call timeout with 7.9 seconds left. Landry got fouled on a drive to the basket with 5.2 seconds left and calmly sank both free-throws. Darren Cooper's last second three-pointer rattled out securing the Bighorns 105-103 win and third straight road victory. Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86, college: Bradley) led the way for Reno with a season high 25 points and 17 rebounds and Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina) contributed a double-double of his own with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Marcus Landry finished with 21 points and Salim Stoudamire chipped in 17 off the bench going 3-of-4 from behind the arc. Javaris Crittenton came off the bench to lead Dakota with 26 points and Anthony Goods added 22 points shooting a season best 5-of-7 from behind the arc. The same two teams meet for the last time this season Monday night at 7 p.m. CT at the Bismarck Civic Center. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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Euroleague MVP for February: Rasho Nesterovic, Olympiacos Pireaus - by Eurobasket News
Maximum effect in a minimum amount of time is the definition of efficiency on the basketball court. Add to that great timing in crucial games and it could also define the difference that center Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) of Olympiacos Pireaus, Euroleague Basketball's choice as the Sportingbet MVP for February, made for his team over the second half of the Top 16. After a one-week break in the phase, the Reds faced back-to-back road games against the teams directly above and below them in their group. But in both games, they were behind heading into the final quarter. Nesterovic helped solve each of those dilemmas. He scored 10 points in the final quarter - including a memorable trio of tip-ins - to hand Power Electronics Valencia its only home defeat in three months. The next week, Nesterovic did it again, reeling off 9 fourth-quarter points against Fenerbahce Ulker, which was unbeaten in the Top 16 until then. That victory clinched first place for Olympiacos in the Top 16's most volatile group. To finish up the phase, he led the Reds to a final Top 16 win at home over Zalgiris as that games best scorer. The bottom line: Olympiacos showed the fortitude and veteran know-how to go 3-0 in the second half of the Top 16. Nesterovic had plenty to do with that success at both ends of the floor as he was the Euroleague's second-best scorer and top shot-blocker over those three games, making him a more-than-deserving Sportingbet MVP for the Month of February.

The Sportingbet MVP of the Month award now is in its seventh season. Although statistics and performance ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his team's performance. The award for February was based upon the two Top 16 games played during that month and another played on March 3. Sportingbet, a Euroleague Basketball partner, is the sponsor of the MVP of the Month award. Just as the best Euroleague player each month combines performance and leadership for success, so does Sportingbet's sponsorship communicate its conviction to be the best betting brand in European basketball.

Olympiacos returned from the Top 16 break facing a challenge to its aspiration of winning Group H. The Reds, with a 2-1 record, sat in second place, behind undefeated Fenerbahce Ulker and just a victory ahead of Power Electronics Valencia. And they had to play both those teams away. Valencia had not lost a Euroleague home game since Svetislav Pesic took over as head coach almost three months earlier. Nesterovic recorded 3 blocks in the game's first 18 minutes as Olympiacos took a 27-32 lead. Valencia rallied and led 59-53 early in the final quarter, however. Nesterovic re-entered the game then and soon turned around the scoreboard with a series of spectacular put-backs of his teammates' misses - one each in minute 36, 37 and 38 - giving Olympiacos in the lead for good on its way to a 79-85 victory. Nesterovic finished with 16 points, went 7-for-8 shooting two-pointers, matched the game-high of 6 rebounds, and posted the highest performance index rating, 22, all in just 23 minutes' work. A week later, on the road against Fenerbahce Ulker, the Reds had a score to settle, namely their 14-point home loss when the teams first met in the Top 16's opening week. Again, Olympiacos was in trouble, trailing 49-37 midway through the third quarter. This time, Nesterovic helped take the rally his teammates had started and, with his 9 points in the final quarter, turn it into a runaway 65-80 victory that clinched first-place in the group. He had 16 points again on 7-for-9 shooting to go with games-highs of 9 rebounds, 3 blocks and a 22 index rating. By the time the Reds finished up the Top 16 with a 78-64 home win over Zalgiris, with Nesterovic again posting game-highs of 20 points and 3 blocks, his impact could not have been clearer. He finished the three most important games of the season so far having averaged 17.3 points on 75% two-point shooting (75%), plus 6.3 rebounds and 3 blocks per game.

In addition to efficiency, Nesterovic showed remarkable consistency, too. He played almost the exact same time, between 23:31 and 23:36, while scoring between 16 and 20 points and blocking 3 shots in all three games. His presence on defense was such that, in the key games against Valencia and FB Ulker, no opposing big men reached double digits in scoring. On offense, thanks to all his tip-ins, Nesterovic produced many of his points on hustle alone. That combination of his efficiency, consistency and hustle will give Olympiacos fans plenty to cheer him about when Nesterovic receives his monthly MVP award at an upcoming home game during the Playoffs.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  FINLAND   


VTB United League: CSKA Moscow to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
VTB United League, round 9: World famous Russian Team CSKA Moscow will visit Espoo, Finland on Wednesday, March 9, when meeting the hosting Honka at Barona Arena. CSKA Moscow will arrive to Finland on Tuesday with the new Lithuanian Head Coach Jonas Kazlauskas , 56. On the roster there is more international colours as Lithuanian G-F Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) and three American Players (SG Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke), SG Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.), PG J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell)) are team's key players. Holden (USA-RUS) has actually two passports. CSKA Moscow was founded in the year 1924 and Team has won 41 National Championships, six EuroLeague and two VTB United League titles. This season record in VTB League is 7-1 by now (Honka 0-8), when there is one round left out of the regular season after Wednesday.

1st Division Round 22: Top-ranked Forssan Koripojat wins another game - by Eurobasket News
1st Division top team - Forssan Koripojat (18-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Kerava Energia Team (7-15) 93-61. The game without a history. Forssan Koripojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forssan Koripojat dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kerava Energia Team's 20. Forssan Koripojat forced 26 Kerava Energia Team turnovers and outrebounded them 40-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Markus Molenius (203-92) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Kwamena Brace (197-87) contributed with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Justice Graham (195-79, college: Glenville St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for Kerava Energia Team. Kerava Energia Team's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Forssan Koripojat have a solid three-game winning streak. Forssan Koripojat maintains first position with 18-4 record. Kerava Energia Team at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 22th consecutive match to third ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (15-6) 86-62. Guard Santeri Latvala (187-91) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Janne Kinnunen chipped in 15 points during the contest. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach Greg Gibson felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side swingman Jimi Koskinen (194-88) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Loimaan Korikonkarit have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-6 record having four points less than leader FoKoPo. Lahden NMKY at the other side still closes the standings. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Nokia was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (14-8) played at the court of 5th ranked BC Nokia (11-11). Lapuan Korikobrat managed to secure a 7-point victory 86-79 on Sunday. Derick Nelson notched a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Lapuan Korikobrat's coach Tyrwone Still used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) by Baboucarr Bojang did not help to save the game for BC Nokia. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fourth position with 14-8 record. BC Nokia lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Honka. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Jyvaskyla was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Tapiolan Honka (11-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (9-12). Tapiolan Honka managed to secure a 6-point victory 75-69. Panu Vertio fired 17 points for the winners. Tapiolan Honka moved-up to sixth place, which they share with BC Nokia. Newly promoted Saynatsalon Riento keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 22 Huima beat TomPo II on the road 102-90. Jyvaskyla won against Ura Basket on its own court 86-82.


BC Nokia - Lapua 79-86

The game in Nokia was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (14-8) played at the court of 5th ranked BC Nokia (11-11). Lapuan Korikobrat managed to secure a 7-point victory 86-79 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 35-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agency: ACMT) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Benny Valentine (170-87, college: E.Washington) supported him with 23 points. Lapuan Korikobrat's coach Tyrwone Still used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) by Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) did not help to save the game for BC Nokia. Guard Henri Jokinen (188-92) added 14 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Four Lapuan Korikobrat and five BC Nokia players scored in double figures. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fourth position with 14-8 record. BC Nokia lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Honka. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Lapua: B.Valentine 23+1reb, T.Still 17+1reb+2ast, D.Nelson 13+11reb+1ast, J.Turja 10+4reb+1ast, K.Siven 9+10reb+4ast, J.Salo 5+1ast
BC Nokia: B.Bojang 23+15reb+3ast, S.Kajander 15+3reb, H.Jokinen 14+5reb+2ast, V.Virtanen 13+5reb, T.Kankaanpaa 10+3reb+4ast, J.Koskinen 2+4reb
gschID: 106861


Kerava ET - FoKoPo 61-93

1st Division top team - Forssan Koripojat (18-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Kerava Energia Team (7-15) 93-61. The game without a history. Forssan Koripojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forssan Koripojat dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kerava Energia Team's 20. Forssan Koripojat forced 26 Kerava Energia Team turnovers and outrebounded them 40-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Markus Molenius (203-92) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Kwamena Brace (197-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Forssan Koripojat players scored in double figures. American guard Justice Graham (195-79, college: Glenville St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and guard Henry Alatyppo (191-94) added 13 points in the effort for Kerava Energia Team. Kerava Energia Team's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Forssan Koripojat have a solid three-game winning streak. Forssan Koripojat maintains first position with 18-4 record. Kerava Energia Team at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: M.Molenius 24+6reb+4ast, K.Brace 18+10reb+1ast, S.Ikavalko 16+5reb+5ast, J.McCulloch 13+3reb+2ast, T.Viertola 7+5reb+4ast, O.Kaunomaki 6+2reb
Kerava ET: J.Graham 24+10reb+1ast, H.Alatyppo 13, S.Harjula 7+1reb, J.Aho 6+1reb, J.Ansas 5+7reb, R.Pahn 3+1reb
gschID: 106862


SayRi - Honka 69-75

The game in Jyvaskyla was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Tapiolan Honka (11-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (9-12). Tapiolan Honka managed to secure a 6-point victory 75-69. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Saynatsalon Riento won third quarter 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Saynatsalon Riento outrebounded Tapiolan Honka 40-26 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Swingman Panu Vertio (195-86) fired 17 points for the winners. Guard Kalle Naapi (187-93) chipped in 14 points. American center Eryk Thomas (200-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) produced 28 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward De Marcus Hall (201-85, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 15 points and 13 rebounds respectively for lost side. Tapiolan Honka moved-up to sixth place, which they share with BC Nokia. Newly promoted Saynatsalon Riento keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Honka: P.Vertio 17+3reb, K.Naapi 14+1reb+1ast, H.Hohteri 10+2reb+1ast, V.Tarjanne 9+2reb, O.Holst 8+3reb, I.Sirola 8+6reb
SayRi: E.Thomas 28+8reb+1ast, D.Marcus Hall 15+13reb, T.Viitamaki 13+9reb, J.Hiekkavirta 8+1reb, E.Pasanen 2+4reb+1ast, K.Naukkarinen 2+4reb
gschID: 106863


TomPo II - Huima 90-102

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Aanekosken Huima (12-10) beat 10th ranked Torpan Pojat (8-14) in Helsinki 102-90. It looked good early as Torpan Pojat took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Aanekosken Huima had a 24-20 second period charge getting the lead and Torpan Pojat was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 90-102. Aanekosken Huima dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Torpan Pojat's 46. Bahamas forward Jamal Douglas (201-85, college: E.Kentucky) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. American guard Treylon Manning (178, college: Texas Coll.) chipped in 22 points. Five Aanekosken Huima players scored in double figures. Center Mikael Sandberg (209-91) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and forward Juuso Kauppinen (188-94) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Torpan Pojat's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Aanekosken Huima moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Torpan Pojat keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Huima: T.Manning 22+2reb+3ast, L.Roberson 17+6reb+2ast, J.Douglas 16+17reb+3ast, M.Santa 13+4reb+1ast, P.Karvonen 12+1reb, L.Paanala 10+4reb+1ast
TomPo II: M.Sandberg 21+7reb, J.Heinikoski 14+1reb+3ast, J.Kauppinen 14+3reb+2ast, O.Lindqvist 9+6reb, V.Chepurnoy 8+8reb, M.Pehkonen 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 106864


LoKoKo - Namika II 86-62

Bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 22th consecutive match to third ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (15-6) 86-62. The game was mostly controlled by Loimaan Korikonkarit. Lahden NMKY was better in fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Loimaan Korikonkarit dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Lahden NMKY's 22. They outrebounded Lahden NMKY 50-27 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Santeri Latvala (187-91) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Janne Kinnunen (180-87) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach Greg Gibson felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side swingman Jimi Koskinen (194-88) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and guard Alexi Alanen (194-91) scored 18 points. Loimaan Korikonkarit have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-6 record having four points less than leader FoKoPo. Lahden NMKY at the other side still closes the standings. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
LoKoKo: S.Latvala 17+6reb+3ast, J.Kinnunen 15+4reb+1ast, J.Stamper 11+6reb, T.Karppinen 8, M.Horton 8+5reb+3ast, A.Lepola 7+5reb+1ast
Namika II: A.Alanen 18+2reb, J.Koskinen 16+7reb+2ast, S.Mert Cakici 8+4reb, S.Oja 7+3reb+1ast, O.Aalto 6+4reb+1ast, S.Rautavuori 5+1reb
gschID: 106865


Jyvaskyla - Ura Basket 86-82

Very expected game when 9th ranked Ura Basket (9-13) lost on the road to second ranked BC Jyvaskyla (17-5) 86-82. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It looked good early as Ura Basket took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Jyvaskyla had a 29-8 second period charge getting the lead and Ura Basket was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-86. American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola (IL)) fired 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jarno Nissinen (194-77) chipped in 20 points. BC Jyvaskyla's coach Jari Laine used entire bench in such tough game. American forward Carlton Brown (198-79, college: Texas A&M) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Zach Ramey (191-81, college: Benedictine) added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Four Ura Basket players scored in double figures. BC Jyvaskyla have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-5 record behind leader FoKoPo. Ura Basket at the other side keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla: T.Robinson 20+7reb+1ast, J.Nissinen 20+4reb+2ast, R.Ojanen 11+3reb+2ast, T.Naukkarinen 6+2reb+1ast, N.Pantsu 5+1reb, M.King 4+4reb
Ura Basket: C.Brown 17+14reb, J.Mattila 16+2reb+1ast, S.Salminen 13+3reb, Z.Ramey 10+8reb+8ast, N.Lehtila 9, J.Alanko 5+2reb
gschID: 106866




Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 18-4 
 2. Jyvaskyla 17-5 
 3. LoKoKo 15-6 
 4. Lapua 14-8 
 5. Huima 12-10 
 6. Honka 11-11 
 7. BC Nokia 11-11 
 8. SayRi 9-12 
 9. Ura Basket 9-13 
 10. TomPo II 8-14 
 11. Kerava ET 7-15 
 12. Namika II 0-22 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.4 
 2. Manning, Huima22.9 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo22.4 
 4. Graham, Kerava ET21.2 
 5. Valentine, Lapua20.1 
 6. Bojang, BC Nokia19.9 
 7. Douglas, Huima19.6 
 8. Robinson, Jyvaskyla19.6 
 9. Hall, SayRi19.4 
 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, Huima13.9 
 4. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET13.1 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.4 
 7. Stamper, LoKoKo11.4 
 8. Hall, SayRi10.8 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Manning, Huima6.0 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.2 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket5.2 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo4.3 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.5 
 6. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.9 
 7. Valentine, Lapua2.8 
 8. Graham, Kerava ET2.7 
 9. Pasanen, SayRi2.4 
 10. Viertola, FoKoPo2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Lamar ROBERSON
  Huima
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Roberson, Huima2.9 
 2. Horton, LoKoKo2.6 
 3. Valentine, Lapua2.5 
 4. Bojang, BC Nokia2.1 
 5. Stamper, LoKoKo1.9 
 6. Hall, SayRi1.8 
 7. Pasanen, SayRi1.8 
 8. Ramey, Ura Basket1.8 
 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. Setala, BC Nokia0.7 
 3. Kopio, Honka0.7 
 4. Stamper, LoKoKo0.6 
 5. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 6. Alanko, Ura Basket0.6 
 7. Salminen, Ura B.0.5 
 8. Koskinen, Namika I.0.5 
 9. Alanen, Namika II0.5 
 10. Dolenc, Honka0.5 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Wilson, Honka22.4 
 2. Heard, Tarmo21.0 
 3. Lewis, LrNM.20.7 
 4. Wood, Karhu20.6 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo19.3 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.3 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.2 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto19.0 
 10. Baxley, Karhu18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Wood, Karhu12.9 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.2 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Young, Tarmo9.8 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 7. Vinson, Kouvot9.2 
 8. Blanchard, ToPo9.1 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Moore, LrNM.4.7 
 2. Johnson, Karhu4.6 
 3. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.3 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 5. Wood, Karhu4.2 
 6. Virtanen, Kataja4.1 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait3.7 
 8. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 9. Fields, KTP3.4 
 10. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jerald FIELDS
  KTP
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fields, KTP2.1 
 2. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 3. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 4. Moore, Korihait1.8 
 5. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Richards, ToPo1.7 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait1.7 
 8. Lewis, LrNM.1.7 
 9. Newson, Kataja1.7 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 3. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 4. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 5. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 6. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 
 7. Belser, Honka0.6 
 8. Latimer, Namika Lahti0.6 
 9. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 
 10. Wood, Karhu0.6 


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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Tremmell DARDEN
  Nancy
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Darden, Nancy18.3 
 2. Mejia, Cholet18.2 
 3. Nichols, Vichy18.0 
 4. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.7 
 5. Jefferson, AS.16.8 
 6. Massie, Limoges16.8 
 7. Woodside, Gravelines15.8 
 8. King, Le Havre15.8 
 9. Haynes, Chalon15.4 
 10. Hamilton, Paris-.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-F/C-77)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Massie, Limoges8.9 
 2. Issa, Gravelines8.8 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.8 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy8.8 
 5. Jones, Le Havre8.5 
 6. Elegar, Vichy8.2 
 7. Jefferson, AS.7.6 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 9. Falker, Cholet7.3 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.2 
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, Gravelines5.9 
 6. Diabate, Roanne5.2 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.8 
 8. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
 9. Walsh, AS.4.3 
 10. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.7 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.5 
 3. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.4 
 4. Darden, Nancy2.2 
 5. Walsh, AS.2.1 
 6. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 7. Elegar, Vichy1.8 
 8. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 9. Greer, Strasbourg1.7 
 10. Woodside, Gravelines1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.8 
 2. Issa, Gravelines1.7 
 3. Sene, Gravelines1.5 
 4. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 6. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 7. Pasco, Strasbourg1.3 
 8. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.2 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 10. Fofana, AS.1.1 


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.22.7 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.3 
 4. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus S.16.8 
 6. Morban, Lirija16.8 
 7. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 8. Blazevski, Rabotnicki16.2 
 9. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 10. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultimate Basket
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 3. Pavlovski, Lirija9.3 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.7 
 5. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.0 
 7. Chappell, ABA S.7.7 
 8. Knezevic, Feni I.7.2 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki7.2 
 10. Rejnerio, Lirija7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Morban, Lirija5.3 
 2. Kostovski, Torus S.5.2 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.1 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.1 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki3.9 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
 9. Neal, ABA Strumica3.0 
 10. Sokolov, Feni I.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Azemi, Lirija1.8 
 3. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.5 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 5. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 6. Petrovski, MZT S.1.4 
 7. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 8. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.3 
 9. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.3 
 10. Stimson, ABA S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.2.2 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.8 
 3. Krstevski, Torus S.1.2 
 4. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 5. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 6. Avramovski, MZT S.1.1 
 7. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 8. Frye, Feni Indistrija0.9 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Kurciev, Ultima.0.6 


Best players of FYR Macedonian Superleague round 2 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Serbian Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-C/F-79, agency: World Sport Agency) had an amazing evening in the last round for Torus Skopje and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage).
The 31-year old had a double-double of 16 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Lirija (#6, 7-13) 92-78. Torus Skopje maintains the 4th position in FYR Macedonian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Torus Skopje will need more victories to improve their 12-8 record. In the team's last game Jelesijevic had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Torus Skopje, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jelesijevic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.3ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 67.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old forward Jove Kurciev (197-F-87) of Ovce Pole. Kurciev impressed basketball fans with 26 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as Ovce Pole lost that game 82-98 to Kumanovo 2009 (9-11). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Kurciev is one of the most experienced players at Ovce Pole and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) of second-ranked MZT Skopje. Nikolovski scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of MZT Skopje, leading his team to a 82-71 win against #3 ranked Rabotnicki in a game of the week. MZT Skopje is closer and closer to the top of the standings in Superleague. They will still need more victories. But 16-4 record is not that bad... Nikolovski has a great season in FYR Macedonia. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarrid Frye (194-G-85) of Feni Indistrija - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88) of Torus Skopje - 20 points and 12 rebounds
6. Milan Janjusevic (196-F-83) of Kumanovo 2009 - 26 points and 3 rebounds
7. Jeremiah Boswell (194-G-82) of ABA Strumica - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Daniel Zaharievski (206-C-87) of Ovce Pole - 16 points and 4 rebounds
9. John Chappell (208-C) of ABA Strumica - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nikola Karakolev (197-G-87) of Torus Skopje - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  GEORGIA   


Superleague Round 16: MIA is defeated by Kutaisi - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Kutaisi between second ranked MIA (11-4) and fourth ranked Kutaisi (11-4) on Friday night. MIA was defeated by Kutaisi on the road 81-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of MIA. The game was mostly controlled by Kutaisi. MIA managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Buba Kvimsadze (195-82) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Rezo Didia (203-87) who added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Besik Lezhava (193-86) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. MIA's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kutaisi moved-up to third place, which they share with MIA Tbilisi. Kutaisi is looking forward to face GSAU (#10) in Tbilisi in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MIA's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi GTU.
Superleague top team - Army Sport Klub (14-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked GSAU (4-12) in Tbilisi 81-72. The winners were led by the former international guard Kote Tugushi (192-84) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and Anatoliy Boisa supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Even 23 points and 4 steals by guard Revaz Chachanidze (183-90) did not help to save the game for GSAU. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Army Sport Klub have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Newly promoted Army Sport Klub maintains first position with 14-1 record. GSAU at the other side keeps the tenth place with 12 games lost. Army Sport Klub's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
The game in Rustavi supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked TSU (12-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Energy Invest (7-8). TSU did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 109-91 on Friday. Ilia Londaridze fired a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for the winners. Luka Khmelidze produced 30 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. TSU have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Energy Invest lost sixth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Army Sport Klub.
Fifth ranked Sokhumi (10-6) crushed at home 11th ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (1-15) by 47 points 121-74, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a very good performance for Eugene Harris who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 assists. Sokhumi maintains fifth position with 10-6 record. Dinamo Tbilisi lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Sokhumi's next round opponent will be Batumi (#8) on the road. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.

In the last game of round 16 Batumi lost to GTU Tbilisi on the opponent's court 73-86.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 15 rebounds by Vasili Beruashvili of GTU Tbilisi.



GTU Tbilisi - Batumi 86-73

There was a minor upset in Tbilisi where 7th ranked Batumi (5-10) was defeated by ninth ranked GTU (5-11) 86-73. The game was mostly controlled by GTU. Batumi was better in second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when GTU won last quarter 32-11. They also forced 19 Batumi turnovers. It was a very good performance for forward Vasili Beruashvili (198-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. GTU's coach Zurab Tomaradze allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and guard Ivane Maisuradze (194-85) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Batumi. Five Batumi players scored in double figures. GTU maintains ninth position with 5-11 record. Batumi at the other side keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. GTU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Top scorers:
GTU Tbilisi: V.Beruashvili 27+15reb+3ast, B.Chikviladze 20+7reb+2ast, A.Lomouri 11+2reb+4ast, G.Akhalkatsi 7+5reb, Z.Machaladze 7+6reb+3ast, G.Jangveladze 5+5reb+1ast
Batumi: I.Maisuradze 16+8reb+2ast, D.Sanadze 16+3reb+1ast, L.Keshelava 12+13reb+3ast, 12+8reb+3ast, G.Kvelashvili 11+8reb, N.Ramishvili 6+2reb
gschID: 114899


Sokhumi - Dinamo Tbilisi 121-74

Fifth ranked Sokhumi (10-6) crushed at home 11th ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (1-15) by 47 points 121-74, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Sokhumi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Sokhumi forced 19 Dinamo Tbilisi turnovers and outrebounded them 44-32 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sokhumi players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Dinamo Tbilisi's players. It was a very good performance for American guard Eugene Harris (188-86, college: High Point) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 assists. Forward Irakli Shanidze (199-82) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Sokhumi players scored in double figures. Guard Irakli Ivaneishvili (194-89) replied with 20 points and power forward Giga Tvauri (204-90) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Dinamo Tbilisi. Sokhumi maintains fifth position with 10-6 record. Dinamo Tbilisi lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Sokhumi's next round opponent will be Batumi (#8) on the road. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: I.Shanidze 23+5reb+1ast, E.Harris 21+2reb+16ast, Z.Antadze 17+7reb+2ast, I.Chlaidze 17+1reb+1ast, I.Sordia 14+5reb+3ast, C.Damus 12+10reb
Dinamo Tbilisi: I.Ivaneishvili 20+2reb+3ast, G.Tvauri 15+5reb+2ast, T.Tavamaishvili 9+3reb+1ast, G.Pataraia 9+4reb+3ast, N.Chavelashvili 8+7reb+7ast, I.Alkhanaidze 6+8reb
gschID: 114900


Kutaisi - MIA Tbilisi 81-68

The most important game in the last round took place in Kutaisi between second ranked MIA (11-4) and fourth ranked Kutaisi (11-4) on Friday night. MIA was defeated by Kutaisi on the road 81-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of MIA. The game was mostly controlled by Kutaisi. MIA managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Buba Kvimsadze (195-82) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Rezo Didia (203-87) who added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Five Kutaisi players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Besik Lezhava (193-86) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Azerbaijan forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. MIA's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kutaisi moved-up to third place, which they share with MIA Tbilisi. Kutaisi is looking forward to face GSAU (#10) in Tbilisi in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MIA's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi GTU.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: R.Didia 22+5reb+6ast, B.Kvimsadze 16+15reb+10ast, M.Bolkvadze 13+9reb+2ast, G.Barbakadze 13+3reb+3ast, T.Babunashvili 11+1reb, L.Tsekvava 3+3reb+2ast
MIA Tbilisi: B.Lezhava 18+6reb+5ast, D.Barbakadze 15+9reb+4ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 12+2reb+3ast, T.Toudjani 9+8reb, S.Shermadini 6+2reb, G.Markoishvili 5+4reb
gschID: 114896


Energy Rustavi - TSU Tbilisi 91-109

The game in Rustavi supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked TSU (12-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Energy Invest (7-8). TSU did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 109-91 on Friday. The game without a history. TSU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 21 Energy Invest turnovers. Center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) fired a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Luka Khmelidze (195-92) produced 30 points and guard Malkhazi Abaishvili (183-91) added 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Four Energy Invest players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. TSU have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Energy Invest lost sixth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Army Sport Klub.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: I.Londaridze 40+10reb, M.Berishvili 24+17reb+2ast, M.Panchulidze 21+3reb+3ast, M.Chitashvili 9+1reb, G.Gaprindashvili 8+8reb+5ast, S.Kokhreidze 3+3reb+5ast
Energy Rustavi: L.Khmelidze 30+4reb, M.Abaishvili 21+5reb+6ast, Z.Machavariani 10+4reb+6ast, D.Gugava 10+9reb+1ast, S.Lamu 9+8reb, Z.Tvaradze 4+1ast
gschID: 114897


Army - GSAU Tbilisi 81-72

Superleague top team - Army Sport Klub (14-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked GSAU (4-12) in Tbilisi 81-72. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-14. But GSAU won second period 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Army Sport Klub forced 21 GSAU turnovers and outrebounded them 48-33 including 20 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Army Sport Klub brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by the former international guard Kote Tugushi (192-84) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and international swingman Anatoliy Boisa (195-83, college: Lincoln Memorial, agency: World Sport Agency) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Even 23 points and 4 steals by guard Revaz Chachanidze (183-90) did not help to save the game for GSAU. Guard Davit Artsividze (178-83) added 12 points and 8 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Army Sport Klub have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Newly promoted Army Sport Klub maintains first position with 14-1 record. GSAU at the other side keeps the tenth place with 12 games lost. Army Sport Klub's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
Top scorers:
Army: Z.Babiashvili 17+4reb+1ast, A.Boisa 14+6reb+3ast, K.Tugushi 10+10reb+8ast, L.Moseshvili 10+2reb, R.Atanelishvili 8+8reb+1ast, B.Berishvili 7+4reb+5ast
GSAU Tbilisi: R.Chachanidze 23+4reb+3ast, G.Khaniashvili 13+4reb+1ast, D.Artsividze 12+2reb+8ast, K.Mumladze 8+7reb+2ast, G.Javakhshvili 6+10reb, R.Baakashvili 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 114898




Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Army 14-1 
 2. TSU Tbilisi 12-4 
 3. Kutaisi 11-4 
 4. MIA Tbilisi 11-4 
 5. Sokhumi 10-6 
 6. Energy Rustavi 7-8 
 7. Samedicino 5-10 
 8. Batumi 5-10 
 9. GTU Tbilisi 5-11 
 10. GSAU Tbilisi 4-12 
 11. Dinamo Tbilisi 1-15 


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mikheil BERISHVILI
  TSU Tbilisi
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 23
 1. Berishvili, TSU T.23.0 
 2. Chikviladze, GTU T.21.6 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.0 
 4. Panchulidze, TSU T.19.5 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.17.7 
 6. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi17.3 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi16.7 
 8. Harris, Sokhumi16.3 
 9. Tugushi, Army16.2 
 10. Babiashvili, Army16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mikheil BERISHVILI
  TSU Tbilisi
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Berishvili, TSU T.11.8 
 2. Damus, Sokhumi11.5 
 3. Keshelava, Batumi10.6 
 4. Matiashvili, TSU T.10.4 
 5. Imnadze, MIA T.9.6 
 6. Londaridze, TSU T.9.3 
 7. Damus, Sokhumi9.1 
 8. Tugushi, Army8.9 
 9. Ugrekhelidze, Army8.7 
 10. Antadze, GTU T.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAPRINDASHVILI
  TSU Tbilisi
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.6.5 
 2. Harris, Sokhumi6.2 
 3. Tugushi, Army6.1 
 4. Artsividze, GSAU T.6.0 
 5. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi5.2 
 6. Mikeladze, Batumi4.4 
 7. Tavartkiladz., Samedi.4.4 
 8. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.4 
 9. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.3 
 10. Didia, Kutaisi4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Vasili BERUASHVILI
  GTU Tbilisi
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Beruashvili, GTU T.3.1 
 2. Gulisabedash., Samedi.2.9 
 3. Berishvili, TSU T.2.8 
 4. Tsekvava, Energy R.2.8 
 5. Antadze, GTU T.2.7 
 6. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.6 
 8. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.6 
 9. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.4 
 10. Markhvashvil., TSU T.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Samuel LAMU
  Energy Rustavi
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lamu, Energy R.2.0 
 2. Bekauri, Samedicino1.5 
 3. Imnadze, MIA T.1.4 
 4. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.3 
 5. Damus, Sokhumi1.3 
 6. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 7. Damus, Sokhumi1.2 
 8. Tenieshvili, Batumi1.0 
 9. Beruashvili, GTU T.1.0 
 10. Atuashvili, Army1.0 


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  GERMANY   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 22-1 
 2. Wuerzburg 17-6 
 3. Chemnitz 16-7 
 4. Osnabrueck 14-8 
 5. Crailsheim 14-9 
 6. Braves 13-9 
 7. Kirchheim 13-10 
 8. Webmoebel 11-11 
 9. Karlsruhe 11-12 
 10. Heidelberg 9-13 
 11. Hannover 9-14 
 12. Freiburg 7-16 
 13. Cuxhaven 7-16 
 14. Jena 7-16 
 15. Dragons 6-17 
 16. ETB Wohnbau 6-17 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Wood, Dt.18.6 
 2. Allen, ALBA16.5 
 3. Benzing, ratio.16.4 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons16.3 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.9 
 6. Ross, MBC15.7 
 7. Harris, EnBW L.15.5 
 8. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 9. Dorris, Phoenix .15.2 
 10. Callahan, Bremerha.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.8 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.5 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.3 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.7 
 5. Stevic, EWE B.7.2 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 7. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 8. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.6 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.5 
 10. Burtschi, Phoenix .6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.9 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.7 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.4 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.0 
 5. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.2 
 7. Campbell, EWE B.4.1 
 8. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 9. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.0 
 10. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Pryor, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.6 
 5. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.6 
 6. Wood, Dt.1.5 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix .1.5 
 8. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.5 
 9. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 10. Oliver, Walter Tigers1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.5 
 5. Seward, Phoenix .1.3 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 7. Scott, Goettingen1.1 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 10. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.8 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.2 
 3. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.5 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim18.3 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 6. Watts, Dragons18.0 
 7. Gause, Freiburg17.7 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim17.0 
 9. Samarco, Webmoebel16.9 
 10. Wallace, B.Mue.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.5 
 3. Smallwood, Kirchheim9.5 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.8 
 5. Watts, Dragons8.7 
 6. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 7. Schoo, Heidelberg8.3 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim8.1 
 9. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.8 
 10. Shaw, Chemnitz7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kameron GRAY
  Crailsheim
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gray, Crailsheim6.0 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim5.7 
 3. Zazai, Chemnitz5.7 
 4. Cook, Cuxhaven5.4 
 5. Jeka, Wuerzburg4.8 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel4.7 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 8. Burnette, Osnab.4.5 
 9. Lowery, Braves4.4 
 10. Larsen, Dragons4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.1 
 2. Gause, Freiburg3.0 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz2.1 
 5. Zazai, Chemnitz2.0 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim2.0 
 7. Burns, Webmoebel1.9 
 8. Shaw, Chemnitz1.8 
 9. Gray, Crailsheim1.8 
 10. Mendez, Heidelberg1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Smallwood, Kirchheim2.1 
 2. Schoo, Heidelberg2.0 
 3. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.1.9 
 4. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 5. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.4 
 6. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.3 
 7. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.3 
 8. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 9. Hill, Jena1.2 
 10. De Michael, Kirchheim1.1 


ProA Round 23: Cuxhaven BasCats defeat s Oliver Baskets in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 23 in the ProA took place in Cuxhaven. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked s Oliver Baskets (17-6) to thirteenth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (7-16) 68-67 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. s Oliver Baskets trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 23-10 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 67-68 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for American guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) helped adding 18 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Timothy Burnette (188-82, college: Tarleton St.) responded with 12 points. s Oliver Baskets' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Cuxhaven BasCats moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Freiburg and Jena. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the second position with six games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats is looking forward to face bottom-ranked ETB Wohnbau (#16) in Essen in the next round. s Oliver Baskets will play at home against Webmoebel Baskets (#8) in Paderborn and are hoping to win this game.
ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (22-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Kirchheim Knights (13-10) 82-61. It was a quality performance for Serbian forward Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-76) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). Bastian Doreth accounted for 8 points and 6 assists. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Kirchheim Knights in the defeat. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-1 record. Kirchheim Knights at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Bayern Muenchen will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#5) on the road in the next round. Kirchheim Knights will play against GiroLive-Ballers in Osnabrueck and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Paderborn was also quite interesting. Third ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (16-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Webmoebel Baskets (11-11). BV Chemnitz 99 managed to secure a 8-point victory 87-79 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Webmoebel Baskets. The best player for the winners was Achmadschah Zazai who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists. Kejuan Johnson produced 21 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for BV Chemnitz 99. They maintain third place with 16-7 record having six points less than leader B.Muenchen. Loser Webmoebel Baskets keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will meet at home USC Freiburg (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Webmoebel Baskets will play against USC Heidelberg (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifteenth-ranked ETB Wohnbau (6-17) gave a tough game to fifth ranked GiroLive-Ballers (14-8) in Osnabrueck. GiroLive-Ballers managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Aaron Fleetwood saved the victory by scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. GiroLive-Ballers' coach Thorsten Leibenath allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. GiroLive-Ballers moved-up to fourth place. ETB Wohnbau at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. GiroLive-Ballers' next round opponent will be Kirchheim Knights (#7) on the road. ETB Wohnbau will play against Cuxhaven BasCats (#13).
An interesting game took place in Karlsruhe where 4th placed Crailsheim Merlins (14-9) were upseton the court of ninth ranked BG Karlsruhe (11-12) 75-70 on Friday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Crailsheim Merlins. It was a great evening for Rouven Roessler who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Crailsheim Merlins' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BG Karlsruhe maintains ninth place with 11-12 record. Loser Crailsheim Merlins dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. BG Karlsruhe will face higher ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (#6) in Homburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Crailsheim Merlins will play at home against the league's leader Bayern Muenchen and will have a slim chance for a victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: Jena were destroyed by Braves on the opponent's court 86-41. Heidelberg unfortunately lost to Hannover in a home game 81-93. Dragons recorded a loss to Freiburg on the road 80-91.



B.Muenchen - Kirchheim 82-61

ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (22-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Kirchheim Knights (13-10) 82-61. The game without a history. Bayern Muenchen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Kirchheim Knights' 34. It was a quality performance for Serbian forward Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-76) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). Guard Bastian Doreth (183-89) accounted for 8 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) added 6 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Kirchheim Knights in the defeat. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-1 record. Kirchheim Knights at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Bayern Muenchen will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#5) on the road in the next round. Kirchheim Knights will play against GiroLive-Ballers in Osnabrueck and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: A.Nadjfeji 22+10reb, C.Prewitt 11+3reb+1ast, B.Wyrick 9+1reb, B.Doreth 8+3reb+6ast, R.Garrett 8+2reb+2ast, S.Hamann 8+6ast
Kirchheim: M.Smallwood 15+8reb+1ast, C.Brooks 10+3reb+3ast, R.Tomasevic 9+2reb+1ast, G.Scott 7+1reb+1ast, R.De Michael 6+11reb, B.Lischka 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 93545


Braves - Jena 86-41

Very expected game in Homburg where 12th ranked Science City Jena (7-16) was crushed by seventh ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (13-9) 86-41 on Sunday. The game without a history. Saar-Pfalz Braves led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Science City Jena's 28. Science City Jena was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Stephen Cramer (188-84, college: Hope (MI)) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) helped adding 7 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. American guard Melvin Hall (183-85, college: S.Indiana) responded with 10 points and power forward Christoph Roquette (203-82) scored 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Saar-Pfalz Braves moved-up to sixth place. Loser Science City Jena keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Saar-Pfalz Braves will face BG Karlsruhe (#9) on the road in the next round. Science City Jena will play against Hannover Tigers in Hannover and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Braves: S.Cramer 25+6reb, T.Carr 15+2reb+2ast, R.Oehle 13+5reb, M.Weber 10+1reb+1ast, R.Lowery 7+6reb+6ast, M.Damjanovic 6+7reb+4ast
Jena: C.Roquette 11+3reb+1ast, M.Hall 10+4reb+3ast, A.Hill 7+5reb+1ast, L.Cunningham 6+2reb+1ast, J.Eichler 3+2reb+1ast, T.Kepkay 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93546


Osnabrueck - ETB Wohnbau 83-82

Fifteenth-ranked ETB Wohnbau (6-17) gave a tough game to fifth ranked GiroLive-Ballers (14-8) in Osnabrueck. GiroLive-Ballers managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. ETB Wohnbau was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 24-17 charge of GiroLive-Ballers, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) saved the victory by scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. Forward Tom Spoeler (206-88) contributed with 15 points for the winners. GiroLive-Ballers' coach Thorsten Leibenath allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) answered with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Steven Esterkamp (198-81, college: Ohio, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for ETB Wohnbau. Four GiroLive-Ballers and five ETB Wohnbau players scored in double figures. GiroLive-Ballers moved-up to fourth place. ETB Wohnbau at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. GiroLive-Ballers' next round opponent will be Kirchheim Knights (#7) on the road. ETB Wohnbau will play against Cuxhaven BasCats (#13).
Top scorers:
Osnabrueck: A.Fleetwood 18+7reb+4ast, T.Spoeler 15+3reb+3ast, T.Blackwood 12+1reb+7ast, A.Hird 10+3reb, S.Greene 10+3reb, I.Simin 9+5reb
ETB Wohnbau: S.Esterkamp 19+7reb, C.Alexander 15+7reb+4ast, K.Chones 13+7reb+1ast, D.Fiorentino 13+2reb, M.Buljevic 10+4reb+10ast, S.Schroter 6+6reb
gschID: 93542


Cuxhaven - Wuerzburg 68-67

The most exciting game of round 23 in the ProA took place in Cuxhaven. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked s Oliver Baskets (17-6) to thirteenth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (7-16) 68-67 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. s Oliver Baskets trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 23-10 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 67-68 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for American guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) helped adding 18 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Timothy Burnette (188-82, college: Tarleton St.) responded with 12 points and forward Kevin Wysocki (198-87) scored 12 points. Four s Oliver Baskets players scored in double figures. s Oliver Baskets' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Cuxhaven BasCats moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Freiburg and Jena. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the second position with six games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats is looking forward to face bottom-ranked ETB Wohnbau (#16) in Essen in the next round. s Oliver Baskets will play at home against Webmoebel Baskets (#8) in Paderborn and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: A.Cook 21+10reb+4ast, D.Yearby 18+11reb+2ast, J.Capel 14+1reb+1ast, J.Schaffrath 6+8reb+1ast, A.Hasenkamm 6+3reb+2ast, E.Shaw 3+4reb
Wuerzburg: K.Wysocki 12+2reb+2ast, T.Burnette 12+4reb+1ast, J.Levy 10+4reb+2ast, I.Elliott 10+5reb, P.Paelay 10+3reb, L.Jeka 6+2reb
gschID: 93543


Heidelberg - Hannover 81-93

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked Hannover Tigers (9-14) defeated on the road 10th ranked USC Heidelberg (9-13) 93-81 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Hannover Tigers. USC Heidelberg was better in third quarter 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hannover Tigers won last quarter 33-22. USC Heidelberg was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Canadian guard Stuart Turnbull (188-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) helped adding 11 points and 11 rebounds. Five Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Bjorn Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and power forward Oliver Komarek (210-86) scored 18 points. USC Heidelberg's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hannover Tigers maintains eleventh place with 9-14 record. USC Heidelberg lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Hannover Tigers will face Science City Jena (#14) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Hannover: S.Turnbull 17+5reb+7ast, S.Janzen 14+3reb+4ast, D.Arigbabu 13+6reb+2ast, B.Byerson 12+6reb, M.Nunnally 11+11reb, T.Evans 11
Heidelberg: B.Schoo 22+11reb+1ast, O.Komarek 18+1reb+2ast, J.Wright 16+1reb+4ast, J.Bohannon 9+3reb+2ast, L.Mendez 6+4reb+1ast, G.Baker 4+5reb+5ast
gschID: 93544


Webmoebel - Chemnitz 79-87

The game in Paderborn was also quite interesting. Third ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (16-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Webmoebel Baskets (11-11). BV Chemnitz 99 managed to secure a 8-point victory 87-79 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Webmoebel Baskets. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But Webmoebel Baskets won second period 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BV Chemnitz 99 made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. BV Chemnitz 99 outrebounded Webmoebel Baskets 36-25 including 23 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was naturalized Afghani guard Achmadschah Zazai (177-86) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists. American guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Four BV Chemnitz 99 players scored in double figures. American guard Kejuan Johnson (193-85, college: Long Beach St.) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 23 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for BV Chemnitz 99. They maintain third place with 16-7 record having six points less than leader B.Muenchen. Loser Webmoebel Baskets keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will meet at home USC Freiburg (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Webmoebel Baskets will play against USC Heidelberg (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: T.Harbut 18+5reb+1ast, G.Johnson 18+3reb+4ast, T.Shaw 14+11reb, A.Zazai 13+4reb+10ast, D.Lawson 7+8reb+1ast, J.Schmidt 7+4reb
Webmoebel: M.Samarco 23+1reb+2ast, K.Johnson 21+5reb+3ast, D.Burns 10+2reb+1ast, B.Spoeler 8+7reb, D.Lieneke 4+2reb, D.Malinowski 4+1reb
gschID: 93539


Freiburg - Dragons 91-80

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifteenth ranked USC Freiburg and 14th ranked Dragons Rhoendorf had identical 6-16 record. This time USC Freiburg used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Rhoendorf 91-80 on Saturday night. Dragons Rhoendorf was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 23-9 charge of USC Freiburg, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 26 Dragons Rhoendorf turnovers. It was a great evening for American guard Paul Gause (180-86, college: Seton Hall) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. His fellow American import guard Jamar Nutter (188-84, college: Seton Hall) helped adding 23 points. Four USC Freiburg players scored in double figures. USC Freiburg's coach Toni Radic used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Cent.Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and center Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-90) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. USC Freiburg (7-16) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Jena and Cuxhaven. Dragons Rhoendorf lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. USC Freiburg will face higher ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against USC Heidelberg (#10).
Top scorers:
Freiburg: J.Nutter 23+3reb+2ast, N.Khartchenkov 23+3reb, P.Gause 22+1reb+7ast, J.Heindel 10+9reb, B.McKenzie 4+5reb+5ast, A.Shoutvin 4
Dragons: S.Watts 25+12reb+2ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 13+13reb+1ast, K.Moore 13+1reb+3ast, R.Howard 9+8reb, D.Spraggins 9+1reb+1ast, N.Larsen 9+1reb+5ast
gschID: 93540


Karlsruhe - Crailsheim 75-70

An interesting game took place in Karlsruhe where 4th placed Crailsheim Merlins (14-9) were upseton the court of ninth ranked BG Karlsruhe (11-12) 75-70 on Friday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Crailsheim Merlins. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. It was a great evening for forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Flavio Stuckemann (187-85) helped adding 16 points. American forward Reggie Fuller (198-86, college: Binghamton) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Kameron Gray (186-82, college: Oklahoma City) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Crailsheim Merlins' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BG Karlsruhe maintains ninth place with 11-12 record. Loser Crailsheim Merlins dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. BG Karlsruhe will face higher ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (#6) in Homburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Crailsheim Merlins will play at home against the league's leader Bayern Muenchen and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: F.Stuckemann 16+3reb, R.Roessler 15+6reb+6ast, A.Rueck 12+3reb, J.Jones 8+5reb+1ast, J.Black 7+8reb+1ast, B.Johnson 6+1reb
Crailsheim: R.Fuller 19+9reb+3ast, K.Gray 14+5reb+7ast, B.Obiango 11+6reb, R.Ferguson 8+1reb, R.Anderson 7+2reb+1ast, F.Oladipo 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 93541




Dane Watts (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) I Think We Have Matured As ATeam Since The Bamberg Loss So I Am Looking Forward To The Rematch - 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 2010 BEKO BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg March 8th.

Congrats on the 75-60 win against The Duesseldorf Giants. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen have won 6 games in a row. Is this the best basketball that you have been a part of in a long stretch since coming to Germany?


It feels pretty similar to last year right now, hopefully we can continue this and finish stronger than we did last year.

Did the team celebrate a bit after this game or is the mood a bit subdued and concentrated for the big game in Bamberg Tuesday?

We did not play our best basketball, we were happy that we got the victory but our focused definitely shifted to the game in Bamberg.

Tuebingen had the tight 30-28 lead at halftime. Why was the game so low scoring? Did Duesseldorf suprise the team a bit in the first half?

Dusseldorf slowed the game down with their zone and we did not do a good job of pushing the pace.

Tuebingen got on track in the third quarter with a 27 point outburst. What adjustments did Tuebingen make to get more on track on offense and defense?

We got more aggressive on defense which led to better offense for us.

You didnt lead the team in rebounding alone, but German Johannes Herber had 9 rebounds as well. Has Herber always been an adept rebounder?

Rebounding is more of a mentality and Joe is tough, he has been wanting to get more lately and has been stealing some of mine hahah.

What was your game highlight of the game?

For me it was the 360 lay up by Mladen Lukic

The next game is against The Brose Baskets Bamberg. What do you remember from the 105-84 loss earlier in the season.

I remember that they executed their offense very well and seemed to get an open shot every possession. I think we have matured as a team since that game so I am looking forward to the rematch.

Bamberg lost in Goettingen. They will be motivated to make amends at home against Tuebingen. What will be key in getting the 7th win in a row?

Limiting their open shots and keeping the crowd out of the game as much as possible. They are a good team but we are going with every intention to win the game.

Mike Bibby went to the Miami Heat. How do you see the guard duo of Bibby/Chalmers?

Bibby is a veteran and hopefully brings more stability to the Heat, Chalmers has been a good role player for them this season, need some consistent production from them both.

How will Troy Murphy fit in with Boston? Do you think the Celtics got better or worse with their trades? It seems like Nenad Kristic is fitting in well.

I think that Green was definitely a solid pick up, he is a legit starter that they have as a back up. Murphy has been solid in the league for years. They seem to have reloaded for a title run.

What movie do you really want to see at the moment

Just Go With It, Adam Sandler it was pretty funny.

Thanks Dane for the chat.





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Euroleague MVP for February: Rasho Nesterovic, Olympiacos Pireaus - by Eurobasket News
Maximum effect in a minimum amount of time is the definition of efficiency on the basketball court. Add to that great timing in crucial games and it could also define the difference that center Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) of Olympiacos Pireaus, Euroleague Basketball's choice as the Sportingbet MVP for February, made for his team over the second half of the Top 16. After a one-week break in the phase, the Reds faced back-to-back road games against the teams directly above and below them in their group. But in both games, they were behind heading into the final quarter. Nesterovic helped solve each of those dilemmas. He scored 10 points in the final quarter - including a memorable trio of tip-ins - to hand Power Electronics Valencia its only home defeat in three months. The next week, Nesterovic did it again, reeling off 9 fourth-quarter points against Fenerbahce Ulker, which was unbeaten in the Top 16 until then. That victory clinched first place for Olympiacos in the Top 16's most volatile group. To finish up the phase, he led the Reds to a final Top 16 win at home over Zalgiris as that games best scorer. The bottom line: Olympiacos showed the fortitude and veteran know-how to go 3-0 in the second half of the Top 16. Nesterovic had plenty to do with that success at both ends of the floor as he was the Euroleague's second-best scorer and top shot-blocker over those three games, making him a more-than-deserving Sportingbet MVP for the Month of February.

The Sportingbet MVP of the Month award now is in its seventh season. Although statistics and performance ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his team's performance. The award for February was based upon the two Top 16 games played during that month and another played on March 3. Sportingbet, a Euroleague Basketball partner, is the sponsor of the MVP of the Month award. Just as the best Euroleague player each month combines performance and leadership for success, so does Sportingbet's sponsorship communicate its conviction to be the best betting brand in European basketball.

Olympiacos returned from the Top 16 break facing a challenge to its aspiration of winning Group H. The Reds, with a 2-1 record, sat in second place, behind undefeated Fenerbahce Ulker and just a victory ahead of Power Electronics Valencia. And they had to play both those teams away. Valencia had not lost a Euroleague home game since Svetislav Pesic took over as head coach almost three months earlier. Nesterovic recorded 3 blocks in the game's first 18 minutes as Olympiacos took a 27-32 lead. Valencia rallied and led 59-53 early in the final quarter, however. Nesterovic re-entered the game then and soon turned around the scoreboard with a series of spectacular put-backs of his teammates' misses - one each in minute 36, 37 and 38 - giving Olympiacos in the lead for good on its way to a 79-85 victory. Nesterovic finished with 16 points, went 7-for-8 shooting two-pointers, matched the game-high of 6 rebounds, and posted the highest performance index rating, 22, all in just 23 minutes' work. A week later, on the road against Fenerbahce Ulker, the Reds had a score to settle, namely their 14-point home loss when the teams first met in the Top 16's opening week. Again, Olympiacos was in trouble, trailing 49-37 midway through the third quarter. This time, Nesterovic helped take the rally his teammates had started and, with his 9 points in the final quarter, turn it into a runaway 65-80 victory that clinched first-place in the group. He had 16 points again on 7-for-9 shooting to go with games-highs of 9 rebounds, 3 blocks and a 22 index rating. By the time the Reds finished up the Top 16 with a 78-64 home win over Zalgiris, with Nesterovic again posting game-highs of 20 points and 3 blocks, his impact could not have been clearer. He finished the three most important games of the season so far having averaged 17.3 points on 75% two-point shooting (75%), plus 6.3 rebounds and 3 blocks per game.

In addition to efficiency, Nesterovic showed remarkable consistency, too. He played almost the exact same time, between 23:31 and 23:36, while scoring between 16 and 20 points and blocking 3 shots in all three games. His presence on defense was such that, in the key games against Valencia and FB Ulker, no opposing big men reached double digits in scoring. On offense, thanks to all his tip-ins, Nesterovic produced many of his points on hustle alone. That combination of his efficiency, consistency and hustle will give Olympiacos fans plenty to cheer him about when Nesterovic receives his monthly MVP award at an upcoming home game during the Playoffs.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Macheras' double-double lands him A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old center Kostas Macheras (205-C-85, agency: FCM) put on an amazing game in the last round for Pagrati and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed Ermis Lagkada (#9, 8-9) with 16-point margin 82-66. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Pagrati is placed at 13th position in Greek A2. Pagrati is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-11 record. Macheras turned to be Pagrati's top player in his first season with the team. Macheras has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.1rpg) and averages solid 63.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) of Lavrio. He is a swingman in his 6th season at Lavrio. In the last game Giannakopoulos recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Lavrio lost that game 81-103 to the higher-ranked KAOD (#1, 16-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Lavrio still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 11-6 record is not bad at all. Giannakopoulos is one of the most experienced players at Lavrio and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) of Koroivos (#15). Pettas scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Pettas' great performance Koroivos lost 68-83 to the higher-ranked Periko/Arhelaos (#10, 8-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Koroivos can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Pettas he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Pettas has a very solid season. In 17 games in Greece he scored 14.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giannis Rodostoglou (197-G-83) of Periko/Arhelaos - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83) of AEK/Argous - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Nikos Katsares (190-G-83) of KAOD - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Ivan Kartelo (208-C-79) of AEK/Argous - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Giorgos Theodorakos (197-F-88) of AGOR - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Savvas Kaberidis (187-G-78) of Ikaroi Serron - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Yiannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) of Lavrio - 25 points and 3 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)


Edward Basden to Marousi - by Giorgos Diploidis
Marousi BC was looking for a player to replace David Huertas who after the game against Panellinios will return to Puerto Rico. The 'one' will be Basden Edward (196-G/F-83, college: Charlotte) who sent his contract to the team of Vagelis Alexandris and he will be the new member of the team.

Basden started the season in China where was playing for Western Liaoning having 19.6ppg, 8.3rpg and 2.2apg. Basden is the second player who is coming the last days in Marousi BC because the start was made by Curtis Sumpter (201-F-84, college: Villanova) (already played in a friendly game) who will help as a small forward taking the place of
Aleksandar Bojic

The club of Athens although it has a limited budget (this is the reason why some players go), they try to keep the team in high level until the end of the championship (having the 3rd place so far).


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Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Dehoppers 18-2 
 2. Binnenland 17-3 
 3. Groene 14-6 
 4. Hoofddorp 14-8 
 5. Leiden 2 13-6 
 6. Red Giants 13-7 
 7. Cangeroes 12-9 
 8. Goba 11-10 
 9. Almonte 9-12 
 10. Akrides 7-14 
 11. Amsterdam 2 7-15 
 12. Punch 6-15 
 13. Black Eagles 2-19 
 14. Wildcats 2-19 


Results Dutch Basketball League - by Sanders Jackson
This weekend in Dutch basketball action, it was a difficult week for the defending Dutch champions GasTerra Flames Groningen as they closed off carnaval week with their third loss in a row, this time at the hands of BS Weert. Meanwhile ZZ Leiden are breathing down the necks of GasTerra Flames Groningen, closing on the top of the league standings with a road win in Amsterdam, Eiffel Towers win in a thriller in Leeuwarden, while the two bottom teams Landstede Basketball and Rotterdam Challengers played, with Landstede winning a close one.

In the Boshoven, the team of BS Weert head coach Terence Stansbury played perhaps its finest game of the season, clicking on all clinders en route to an impressive 87-79 win. The Limburgers were able to establish a fastbreak game, taking advantage of the quickness off the dribble and prowess of quicksilver Glenn Stokes, who had little resistance in finding sight to the basket (25 pts.). The defending Dutch champs, despite the absence of suspended Steve Ross and injured Jason Ellis, were able to keep within striking distance at 60-58 through the strong play of guard Matt Bauscher (25 pts.), but three-pointers by Stokes and Junior Hairston kept the Flames at arm's length. Later a Stokes fifth three-pointer made it 81-69 for the Limburgers with one minute remaining to put the icing on the cake. The Limburgers also could count on the strong perimeter play of Trey McDowell, who added 15, including two vicious slam dunks. The win helped keep BS Weert in the race for the 5th playoff spot, while the Flames will look to regroup and get back on track as well as getting their health back after the All-Star break.

In the Sporthallen-Zuid ZZ Leiden won on Saturday what was esentially two games, themselves winning over ABC Amsterdam, coupled with Gas Terra Flames' road loss in Weert, with the score 70-55. The guests had the game tempo mostly under control, controlled the boards and were able to establish their fastbreak. ZZ were led by Seamus Boxley with 14 pts. Sergio den Randamie led ABC with 13 pts. ZZ Leiden are now only one game behind Gas Terra Flames with five games remaining in the regular season.

In Leeuwarden Eiffel Towers escaped town with a 74-73 win over De Friesland Aris. It was a topsy-turvy game, with dominant play first at the end of the 1st quarter from the guests, then in the 2nd quarter Aris stormed back, with a 33-13 difference to give them the lead at the half at 44-31. In the 3rd quarter Aris extended their lead to as much as 20 points before Eiffel closed the lead to within 61-45 on a Jeroen van der List score at the end of the quarter.

In the 4th quarter for Aris having a sizable lead became once again a bad omen, with after a Calvin Chitwood three-pointer to make the score 66-53 for Aris, the guests went on a 16-0 run to seize the momentum back. With two minutes remaining Aris would counter with a Todd Brown three-pointer, but in the last two minutes Eiffel would prevail, and take the two points back to Den Bosch. Rogier Jansen led the guests with 19 pts. Mark Sanchez led Aris with 15 pts. Eiffel improves to 22-9 while De Friesland Aris remain in a three-way fight for the 5th playoff spot.

In Zwolle, in a game with the two last place teams playing for pride, Landstede wins in a close one by the score of 75-72. Matthew Mullery (203-F-87, agency: Stanley International, college: Brown) led Landstede with 23 pts., Nate Rohnert added 16 pts., 15 rebounds and 7 assists. Robbie Sihota led the guests with 22 pts. and 10 rebounds, with Jeremy Ormskerk adding 18.



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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. El-Amin, PVSK P.21.6 
 4. Bell, Kormend21.2 
 5. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 6. Townes, Soproni20.0 
 7. Wilson, Kaposvari19.6 
 8. Rubin, Szedeak19.0 
 9. Mekongo, FS Debre.18.8 
 10. Cunningham, Kapos.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Townes, Soproni11.5 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu11.3 
 3. Jones, Albacomp9.7 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.9.1 
 5. Werner, Kaposvari9.1 
 6. Bader, Szolnok8.9 
 7. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.9 
 8. Bell, Kormend8.6 
 9. McKenzie, Szedeak8.4 
 10. Szabo, Soproni8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Khimik
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Kelley, Soproni6.3 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 6. Simon, Albacomp5.8 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 8. Rodgers, Salgotar.5.1 
 9. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.0 
 10. LaGrange, Kecsk.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.1 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.6 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 6. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 7. Kaman, ZTE K.2.4 
 8. Werner, Kaposvari2.3 
 9. Townes, Soproni2.3 
 10. Singletary, FS Debre.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.5 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.0 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.5 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.2 
 5. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.1.1 
 6. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 7. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.0 
 8. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.9 
 9. Langford, FS Debre.0.9 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu0.8 


A Division Round 22: Falco-Szova beats ZTE KK by three after a very close game - 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 most exciting game of round 22 in the A Division took place in Szombathely. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked ZTE KK (13-9) to seventh ranked Falco-Szova (12-10) 68-65 on Wednesday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ZTE KK won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Falco-Szova won last quarter 16-15. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to ZTE KK's 24. 25 personal fouls committed by ZTE KK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Falco-Szova's coach Nikola Lazic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international swingman Tamas Kaman (200-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!) for ZTE KK. Falco-Szova have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 12-10 record. ZTE KK lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Falco-Szova are looking forward to face league's leader Szolnok in Szolnok in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ZTE KK will play at home against the league's second-placed Albacomp (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
A Division top team - Szolnok (19-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Soproni (11-11) 84-70. American players dominated the game. Guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Ivory Clark chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Thomas Kelley (188-77, college: Michigan St., agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Szolnok have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-3 record, which they share with Albacomp. Soproni at the other side keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. Szolnok will play against Falco-Szova (#7) in Szombathely in the next round where they are favorite. Soproni will play at home against Atomeromu in Paks and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between tenth ranked Szedeak (9-13) and 14th ranked Salgotarjani (1-21) in Szeged on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Szedeak outscored guests from Salgotarjan 115-71. Janou Rubin notched 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Szedeak's coach Peter Fodor felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 21 points by De'Andre Mays did not help to save the game for Salgotarjani. Szedeak have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Szedeak maintains tenth position with 9-13 record. Salgotarjani lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. They share the position with FS Debrecen. Szedeak will meet Marso-Vagep (#11) in the next round. Salgotarjani will play against PVSK Pannon in Pecs.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. PVSK Pannon beat FS Debrecen on the road 100-94. Albacomp won against Kecskemeti on its own court 77-73. Kaposvari was outscored by Kormend in a road game 103-77. Atomeromu rolled over Marso-Vagep at home 95-62.



FS Debrecen - PVSK Pannon 94-100

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked PVSK Pannon (10-11) beat on the road 13th ranked FS Debrecen (1-21) 100-94 on Sunday. FS Debrecen trailed by 20 points at halftime and as many as 25 after three quarters before a 37-18 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 94-100 at the end of the game. PVSK Pannon made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) notched 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists to lead the effort and Croatian guard Josip Glavinic (192-82) supported him with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. PVSK Pannon's coach Srecko Sekulovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 28 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) by Cameroonian forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, college: La Salle) did not help to save the game for FS Debrecen. American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) added 19 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Four FS Debrecen players scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon maintains ninth position with 10-11 record. FS Debrecen lost eighteenth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 21 games lost. They share the position with Salgotarjani. PVSK Pannon will meet at home bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (#14) in the next round where they are favorite. FS Debrecen will play against Kaposvari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: M.El-Amin 34+4reb+4ast, B.Egemonye 18+2reb, J.Glavinic 11+6reb+5ast, N.Toth 8+8reb+1ast, A.Deak 8+2reb+1ast, G.Hosszu 5+1reb
FS Debrecen: Y.Mekongo 28+7reb+1ast, K.Langford 19+10reb+3ast, G.Toth 13+5reb+2ast, M.Mate 13+1reb+4ast, C.Kaluha 8+1reb, G.Boros 6+1ast
gschID: 109632


Albacomp - Kecskemeti 77-73

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Kecskemeti (13-8) lost to second ranked Albacomp (19-3) in Szekesfehervar 73-77 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort and international guard Adam Hanga (201-89, agency: FCM) supported him with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Even 25 points and 8 rebounds by the former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for Kecskemeti. Croatian swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Albacomp have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Szolnok. Loser Kecskemeti keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Albacomp will meet ZTE KK (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Kecskemeti will play against Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: J.Jones 22+16reb, A.Hanga 22+7reb+1ast, T.Crocker 13+3reb+2ast, D.Hollis 7+6reb, B.Simon 6+4reb+3ast, F.Bodi 3
Kecskemeti: K.Wittmann 25+8reb+2ast, I.Siriscevic 12+9reb, H.Orsulic 10+4reb+1ast, Z.Bencze 8+3reb, G.Denes 5+7reb+2ast, A.Csabay 5+1ast
gschID: 109633


Szolnok - Soproni 84-70

A Division top team - Szolnok (19-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Soproni (11-11) 84-70. The game was mostly controlled by Szolnok. Soproni was better in third quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Szolnok won last quarter 26-13. American players dominated the game. Guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Ivory Clark (198-85) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Thomas Kelley (188-77, college: Michigan St., agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Robert Jarvis (180-87, college: ORU) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Szolnok have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-3 record, which they share with Albacomp. Soproni at the other side keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. Szolnok will play against Falco-Szova (#7) in Szombathely in the next round where they are favorite. Soproni will play at home against Atomeromu in Paks and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: A.Horvath 17+3reb+1ast, O.Trotter 17+7reb+7ast, I.Clark 15+6reb+4ast, Z.Vesztergom 11+4reb+1ast, M.Fodor 9+1reb, M.Bader 7+11reb+1ast
Soproni: T.Kelley 18+7reb+3ast, R.Jarvis 17+8reb, D.Townes 17+8reb, Z.Szabo 8+6reb+2ast, S.Pojbics 6+1reb, A.Helmeczi 2+1ast
gschID: 109634


Kormend - Kaposvari 103-77

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Kormend (15-7) rolled over at home 12th ranked Kaposvari (6-16) 103-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Kormend. Kaposvari managed to win fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kormend shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 57.6 percentage. American players dominated also this game. Guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) notched 15 points, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five Kormend players scored in double figures. Kormend's coach Balazs Sabali felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds by center Kurt Cunningham (206-87, college: Boise St.) did not help to save the game for Kaposvari. Guard Josh Wilson (188-87, college: N.Arizona, agency: Beggs and Lane) added 18 points for lost side. Kormend maintains fourth position with 15-7 record. Kaposvari lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 16 games lost. Kormend will meet Kecskemeti (#5) on the road in the next round. Kaposvari will play against FS Debrecen (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kormend: C.Ferencz 17+2reb+1ast, M.Moore 15+4reb+6ast, R.Bell 15+8reb+1ast, E.Dies 14+5reb+2ast, I.Nemeth 12+4reb+5ast, R.Trummer 10+2reb+1ast
Kaposvari: K.Cunningham 26+15reb+2ast, J.Wilson 18+2reb+1ast, G.Kutasi 12+3reb, M.Medve 9+1reb+3ast, G.Fulop 4+3reb+1ast, S.Kovacs 4+1reb
gschID: 109635


Atomeromu - Marso-Vagep 95-62

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Marso-Vagep (8-14) was outscored by third ranked Atomeromu (16-6) in Paks 95-62 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 33 points. Atomeromu shot 63.9 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Atomeromu looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) notched 17 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Even 23 points and 8 assists by Slovenian guard Brane Savic (181-79) did not help to save the game for Marso-Vagep. The former international center Laszlo Czigler (215-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 11 points and 10 rebounds 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. Atomeromu have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-6 record having just three points less than leader Szolnok. Marso-Vagep lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Atomeromu will meet Soproni (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Marso-Vagep will play against Szedeak in Szeged and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: J.Hodges 17+7ast, D.Vojvoda 15+2reb+3ast, B.Sales 14+6reb+2ast, J.Pavlik 13+5reb, F.Morgen 9+3reb+1ast, A.Kovacs 9+1reb+3ast
Marso-Vagep: B.Savic 23+3reb+8ast, L.Czigler 11+10reb+1ast, D.Djogo 9+4reb+1ast, J.Siska 8+2reb, K.Nagy 7+1reb, Z.Czinger 2
gschID: 109636


Falco-Szova - ZTE KK 68-65

The most exciting game of round 22 in the A Division took place in Szombathely. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked ZTE KK (13-9) to seventh ranked Falco-Szova (12-10) 68-65 on Wednesday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ZTE KK won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Falco-Szova won last quarter 16-15. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to ZTE KK's 24. 25 personal fouls committed by ZTE KK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Falco-Szova's coach Nikola Lazic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international swingman Tamas Kaman (200-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!) and international power forward Adam Toth (208-89, agency: FCM) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for ZTE KK. Falco-Szova have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 12-10 record. ZTE KK lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Falco-Szova are looking forward to face league's leader Szolnok in Szolnok in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ZTE KK will play at home against the league's second-placed Albacomp (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: J.Doyne 25+7reb+1ast, L.Kalman 14+4reb+6ast, T.Will 8+4reb, M.Aliakseyeu 6+4reb, T.Pankar 5+2reb, L.Simon 4+3reb+2ast
ZTE KK: T.Kaman 25+11reb+3ast, D.Gaspar 12+2reb+4ast, A.Toth 12+5reb+3ast, G.Toth 9+2reb, B.Delity 4+1reb, A.Vertetics 3+3reb
gschID: 109630


Szedeak - Salgotarjani 115-71

The game between tenth ranked Szedeak (9-13) and 14th ranked Salgotarjani (1-21) in Szeged on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Szedeak outscored guests from Salgotarjan 115-71. The game without a history. Szedeak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Salgotarjani's 42. Szedeak forced 20 Salgotarjani turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Salgotarjani's players. American guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA) notched 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the other American import center Bryson McKenzie (211-83, college: N.Illinois) supported him with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Szedeak's coach Peter Fodor felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 21 points by American guard De'Andre Mays (188-87, college: Youngstown St.) did not help to save the game for Salgotarjani. Forward Tamas Hartvich (200-74) added 10 points for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Szedeak have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Szedeak maintains tenth position with 9-13 record. Salgotarjani lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. They share the position with FS Debrecen. Szedeak will meet Marso-Vagep (#11) in the next round. Salgotarjani will play against PVSK Pannon in Pecs.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: B.McKenzie 21+10reb, J.Rubin 21+8reb+4ast, I.Nyilas 17+1reb+2ast, M.Molnar 13+2reb+2ast, N.Dukic 11+2reb+1ast, A.Tanacs 8+2reb+1ast
Salgotarjani: D.Mays 21+3reb, D.Koma 10+1reb+1ast, T.Hartvich 10+3reb+2ast, T.Sebok 10+3reb+2ast, E.Ukeagu 6+1reb, T.Kocsis 5+3reb
gschID: 109631




Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Szolnok 19-3 
 2. Albacomp 19-3 
 3. Atomeromu 16-6 
 4. Kormend 15-7 
 5. Kecskemeti 13-8 
 6. ZTE KK 13-9 
 7. Falco-Szova 12-10 
 8. Soproni 11-11 
 9. PVSK Pannon 10-11 
 10. Szedeak 9-13 
 11. Marso-Vagep 8-14 
 12. Kaposvari 6-16 
 13. FS Debrecen 1-21 
 14. Salgotarjani 1-21 


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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Keflavik
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Sanders, Keflavik24.6 
 2. Inge, Haukar23.1 
 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: 13.8
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.8 
 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, Snaefell9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.6 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.2 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.7 
 4. Burton, Snaefell7.2 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan5.8 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Inge, Haukar5.3 
 8. Arnarson, Hamar5.1 
 9. Cunningham, Tinda.5.1 
 10. Schoen, KFI5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Inge, Haukar3.1 
 2. Fain, Tindastoll3.1 
 3. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 4. Schoen, KFI2.9 
 5. Biedler, IR2.7 
 6. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.6 
 7. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.6 
 8. Milicevic, KFI2.4 
 9. Ermolinskij, KR2.3 
 10. Viggosson, Tindastoll2.2 
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. Inge, Haukar1.5 
 6. Savarsson, Grind.1.5 
 7. Pettinella, Grindavik1.4 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.4 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.3 
 10. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.3 


17 points from Stefansson not enough - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) on CB Granada in ACB, Spain is playing better and better after coming back from knee injury.
But still his team is loosing and is on the bottom of the league with only three wins.
In last game Granada lost to Cajasol in away game 82-63. Stefansson scored 17 points in 5/11 shooting from the floor and 5/5 from free throw line and took 3 rebounds.

In Sweden Logi Gunnarsson and Solna Vikings visited Helgi Magnusson and Uppsala Basket tonight.
Easy win for Uppsala 83-69
Both players did not shoot well tonight Magnusson 1/4 from the field but 4/4 from free throw line and ended up with 6 pts & 4 boards
Gunnarsson was even colder with 1/12 from the field but made all 5 free throws and ended up with 8 points 2 rebs & 4 assist


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  INDIA   


KSBA to organize a state A-division basketball league - by M. Rajalingam

The Karnataka State Basketball Association (KSBA) will be organizing State 'A' Division League Basketball Championship. The championship will be held at the Sri Kanteerava Stadium Basketball Courts in Bangalore from March 11, 2011 to April 2, 2011.
The winners will be awarded with 'Prof. N.C .Parappa Memorial Trophy for Men'.
Games will be played in evening sessions from Friday-Sunday during this period.

Participating teams are:
Vijaya Bank
Madras Engineering Group (MEG) & Center
Army Service Group (ASC)
Karnataka State Police (KSP)
Jayanagara Sports Club (JSC)
Sports Hostel
Young Orions Sports Club
Hindustan Aeronatics Sports Club
Indiranagar Basketball Club (IBBC)
Southern Blues


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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. Killester 16-4 
 2. DCU Saints 13-7 
 3. Belfast Star 8-12 
 4. UCD Marian 8-12 
 5. Ulster Elks 4-16 
South Conference
 1. UL Eagles 14-4 
 2. UCC Demons 12-6 
 3. Neptune 11-8 
 4. Moycullen 1-18 


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  ISRAEL   


3rd One Always A Charme - Maccabi Thrashes Jerusalem, again - by David Pick
Just in case you forgot, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv returned last night (Sunday) to their season long, outstanding form and gunning spirit, along with assistance from game MVP guard, Doron Perkins, who become the 6th player in Israeli basketball history to record a triple-double, crushed visiting Hapoel Jerusalem and their newly acquired forward, Jawad Williams, 107:66, at Nokia Arena.

Forward's Chuck Eidson and David Blu (who reached 1,000 career points with Maccabi) shot lights out (20 points each), while even Serbian, Milan Macvan, proved to earn his pay check as he took the chance he received from coach Blatt with two hands and responded with 14 points, including 2 sweet treys from beyond the arc.

The first quarter ended with no reflection of the outcome as the teams split the first 10 minutes while the hosts were down by one, 20:19. Guy Pnini scored a buzzer beating layup from a Perkins dish, and gave the home squad a promising lead at the break, 50:34. Nothing changed much in the third period, however, this time; it was Macvan who finished a slick pass from Perkins, making the scoreboard show 74:59 after three. The fourth quarter only continued the blow out and the final result was a third season trashing, 107:66 yellow and blue victory over Hapoel Jerusalem.

Scored for Maccabi: Eidson 20 points, 6 rebounds; Blu 20 points; Macvan 14 points; Schortsanitis 12 points, 7 rebounds; Pnini 12 points; Perkins 10 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists; Eliyahu 8 points; Pargo 7 points; Sharp 3 points; Hendrix 1 point.

Quotes:

This was the best answer we could have given all our doubters. We came in and played outstanding basketball. The guys played fantastic and showed commitment to the name on their jerseys', said head coach, David Blatt.

I think we crushed Jerusalem the entire game, not just in the second half. We were numb last week and didnt play well the last two games, as we lost one of them.
If, because of that, we won tonight by 41 points, it was worth it. Perkins was great tonight, and it's not for the first time this season, but he didnt play alone. Now were back to normal', added Blatt.

Blatt also referred to next weeks encounter against Lee Nailon's Bnei Hasharon: Its always tough against [coach] Dan Shamir and Bnei Hasharon, who are having an excellent season. They are in second place and rightfully so. They are a team that is super-skilled, superbly coached and with outstanding players'.

MVP Doron Perkins said on recording a triple double (10 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists): We played well, and I felt very comfortable out on the floor. We played good defense, and all in all it was a lot of fun. We did whatever we wanted, and Im proud of the team for getting the victory and the fact that we played aggressively. I hope well keep it going.

Milan Macvan referred to his teammate's outstanding performance: 'I had a good game because Perking looked for me every time I was on the floor. I worked hard lately and had many private practices. I also stay a lot after practices to shoot and work on my game'.




Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 19-1 
 2. Bnei Hasharon 13-7 
 3. Hapoel J-M 12-8 
 4. Maccabi Rishon 11-9 
 5. Galil Gilboa 11-9 
 6. Hapoel Holon 9-10 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 9-11 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 7-13 
 9. Maccabi Haifa 4-14 
 10. Ironi Ashkelon 4-16 


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  ITALY   


Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
 1. Perugia 18-7 
 2. Piacenza 18-7 
 3. Trento 17-8 
 4. Brescia 17-8 
 5. Treviglio 16-9 
 6. Omegna 16-9 
 7. Moncalieri 14-11 
 8. Trieste 13-12 
 9. Castelletto 13-12 
 10. Comsum.it SI 12-13 
 11. Senigallia 11-14 
 12. Recanati 9-16 
 13. ASD Pavia 9-16 
 14. Riva del Garda 8-17 
 15. Ozzano 7-18 
 16. Osimo 2-23 
Group B
 1. Trapani 19-6 
 2. Ostuni 17-8 
 3. Ruvo 17-8 
 4. S.Antimo 16-9 
 5. Latina Basket 14-11 
 6. Ferentino 14-11 
 7. Matera 13-12 
 8. Massafra 12-13 
 9. Potenza 12-13 
 10. Anagni 12-13 
 11. Molfetta 11-14 
 12. Rieti 10-14 
 13. Bisceglie 10-15 
 14. Patti 9-16 
 15. Agrigento 7-18 
 16. Palestrina 6-18 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.9 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona22.0 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.7 
 4. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 5. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 6. Clark, Umana Reyer18.9 
 7. Forte, Tuscany PT18.2 
 8. Marigney, Assigeco18.1 
 9. Slay, Umana Reyer17.2 
 10. Hickman, Fastw.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT8.8 
 3. Dickens, San Severo8.7 
 4. Filloy, Immobili.8.6 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.5 
 6. Lollis, Immobili.8.1 
 7. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 8. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
 9. Waleskowski, Tezeni.7.8 
 10. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Leemire GOLDWIRE
  Forli
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Goldwire, Forli5.5 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona5.2 
 3. Porta, Tezenis .4.7 
 4. Farabello, N.Fer.3.7 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer3.7 
 6. Hickman, Fastw.3.6 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco3.6 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola3.6 
 9. Mathis, Snaidero.3.5 
 10. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.1 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Hunter, Sunrise .2.8 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.6 
 5. Williams, Snaidero.2.5 
 6. Cerella, Assigeco2.5 
 7. Scarone, Immobili.2.4 
 8. Filloy, Immobili.2.4 
 9. Davis, Sunrise .2.4 
 10. Radulovic, Sunris.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.8 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 6. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 7. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 8. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 10. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.7 


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Evangelisti, Trapani18.6 
 2. Ricciardi, Palestrina17.4 
 3. Tassinari, Moncalieri17.0 
 4. Reati, Treviglio16.9 
 5. Musso, Perugia16.7 
 6. Masper, Moncalieri16.4 
 7. Vico, Matera16.3 
 8. Marino, Treviglio16.0 
 9. Rugolo, Molfetta15.8 
 10. Benevelli, Trento15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza10.8 
 2. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.3 
 3. Corral, Molfetta9.2 
 4. Capitanelli, Pales.9.0 
 5. Basei, Ostuni8.9 
 6. Zambon, Rieti8.9 
 7. Chiaramello, Recanati8.6 
 8. Facenda, Senigallia8.2 
 9. De Min, Treviglio8.2 
 10. Soloperto, Latina B.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tommaso MARINO
  Treviglio
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Marino, Treviglio4.9 
 2. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.1 
 4. Scarone, Piacenza4.1 
 5. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 6. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.6 
 7. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.4 
 8. Parente, Moncalieri3.3 
 9. Lenardon, Massafra3.2 
 10. Cantone, S.Antimo3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.6 
 2. Marcante, ASD P.3.2 
 3. Bushati, Brescia3.1 
 4. Gullo, Patti3.1 
 5. De Nicolao, Castelle.3.1 
 6. Bonamente, Perugia3.0 
 7. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 8. Bonfiglio, Ruvo2.8 
 9. Palombita, Castelle.2.7 
 10. Casadei, Comsum.i.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.8 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.6 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 4. Raminelli, Castelle.1.1 
 5. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 6. Capitanelli, Pales.1.0 
 7. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 8. Candido, Ferentino1.0 
 9. Spippoli, Palestrina0.9 
 10. Trapella, Piacenza0.8 


Hunter's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Othello Hunter (203-F-86, agency: David Lee services) put on an amazing game in the last round for Dinamo Sassari and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Scavolini PS (10-11) 80-75. Dinamo Sassari is placed at 8th position in Italian league. Dinamo Sassari 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 10-11 record. Hunter turned to be Dinamo Sassari's top player in his first season with the team. Ohio State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hunter is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.0ppg), rebounds (8th best: 7.2rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg,2.2spg and 59.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Omar Thomas (197-F-82) of Air Avellino. He is American forward in his first season at Air AV. In the last game Thomas recorded impressive 23 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Air AV lost that game 67-91 to the higher-ranked Bennet Cantu (#2, 15-6). Air AV managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Thomas is a newcomer at Air AV and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#2). He also registered 6.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports) of Banca Tercas Teramo (#15). Diener scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Banca Tercas, leading his team to a 78-72 win against the higher-ranked Benetton TV (#12, 9-12). Banca Tercas can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Diener he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Diener has individually a great season in Italy. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.0apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86) of Fabi Shoes - 17 points and 11 rebounds
5. James White (198-G-84) of Dinamo Sassari - 24 points and 2 rebounds
6. Ronald Slay (203-F-81) of Cimberio VA - 20 points and 9 rebounds
7. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi - 17 points and 5 rebounds
8. Kristoffer Lang (211-F/C-79) of Enel Brindisi - 17 points and 11 rebounds
9. Mike Green (185-G-85) of Bennet Cantu - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79) of Banca Tercas - 23 points and 5 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)


Hicks' 25 points and 7 rebounds give him Lega2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
34-year old guard Michael Hicks (193-G-76) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sigma Barcellona and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 25 points adding seven rebounds for Barcellona in his team's victory, helping them to crush Fileni BPA (#9, 10-12) with 23-point margin 88-65. Barcellona is placed at 4th position in Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Barcellona will need more victories to improve their 15-7 record. In the team's last game Hicks had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Barcellona's top player in his first season with the team. Michael Hicks averages this season 15.1ppg and 6.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Dawan Robinson (189-G-82) of Trenkwalder. He is American guard in his first season at Trenkwalder. In the last game Robinson recorded impressive 28 points and 8 rebounds. Of course Trenkwalder cruised to a 68-61 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Snaidero UD (#3, 15-7). Trenkwalder's 14th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Robinson is one of the most experienced players at Trenkwalder and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) of league's second-best Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato. Hickman scored 27 points and passed four assists. Despite Hickman's great performance Fastweb CM lost 83-94 to the lower-ranked Prima Veroli (#7, 13-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Fastweb CM needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 7 lost games. Hickman has a great season in Italy. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.6apg (6th best). He also has FGP: 66.3% and 3PT: 41.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tamar Slay (204-F-80) of Umana Reyer - 28 points and 10 rebounds
5. Paul Marigney (192-G-82) of Assigeco - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ronald Davis (190-G-82) of Sunrise Scafati - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Guido Rosselli (196-G-83) of Prima Veroli - 21 points and 3 rebounds
8. Trent Whiting (185-G-76) of Aget Imola - 33 points and 3 rebounds
9. Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88) of Forli - 17 points and 13 rebounds
10. Kaniel Dickens (203-F-78) of San Severo - 22 points and 11 rebounds

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


Tomasiello's 25 points and 9 rebounds give him A dilettanti Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old guard Gianluca Tomasiello (188-G-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Consum.IT Siena and receives a Eurobasket.com A dilettanti Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Comsum.it SI in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ozzano (#15, 7-18) 78-69. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings in group A. Comsum.it SI maintains the 10th position in Italian A dilettanti. Comsum.it SI 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 12-13 record. In the team's last game Tomasiello had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Comsum.it SI, through which he has constantly improved. Tomasiello has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (6th best: 3.6apg) and averages solid 2.2spg.

Second best performed player last round was Andrea Capitanelli (203-C-86) of Palestrina. He is a center in his first season at Palestrina. In the last game Capitanelli recorded impressive double-double of 13 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for Palestrina to edge the higher-ranked Rieti (#12, 10-14) by 3 points 90-87. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in group B. Palestrina keeps 16th position. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Palestrina managed to get this year. Capitanelli is a newcomer at Palestrina and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to center Mattia Soloperto (209-C-80) of Latina Basket (#5). Soloperto scored 21 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Latina Basket, leading his team to a 107-72 easy win against Ferentino (14-11). Latina Basket needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group B. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 11 lost games. Soloperto has a very solid season. In 23 games in Italy he scored 12.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alessandro Garofalo (197-F-85) of Riva del Garda - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Gints Antrops (202-F-82) of Rieti - 29 points and 10 rebounds
6. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) of Perugia - 29 points and 5 rebounds
7. Fabio Ruini (186-G-80) of Latina Basket - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Silvio Gigena (200-F-75) of Ostuni - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tommaso Raspino (196-G-89) of Trieste - 21 points and 8 rebounds
10. Francesco Guarino (182-G-79) of Trapani - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 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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BJ League Round 39: Toyama Grouses edge Niigata Albirex by three points - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 39 in the BJ League took place in Toyama. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Niigata Albirex (19-17) to sixth ranked Toyama Grouses (12-24) 82-79 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 30-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import center Matthew Kyle (211-86, college: Yale) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) who recorded 24 points and 6 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses maintains sixth place with 12-24 record. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the third position with 17 games lost. Toyama Grouses are looking forward to face higher ranked Saitama Broncos (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Niigata Albirex will play against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Shiga. Third ranked Shiga Lakestars faced 4th placed Tokyo Apache. Host Shiga Lakestars (22-16) smashed guests from Tokyo (18-14) 100-79. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Josh Peppers contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Robert Swift (213-85, college: High School) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for Tokyo Apache. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Shiga Lakestars have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 22-16 record having ten points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Tokyo Apache lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost. Shiga Lakestars will play against Oita Heat Devils (#7) at home in the next round. Tokyo Apache will play against Akita Happinets and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. Second ranked Okinawa GK faced 4th placed Fukuoka Rizing. Host Okinawa GK (24-14) defeated guests from Fukuoka (21-17) 92-79. It was a great evening for Jeff Newton who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. Okinawa GK's coach Dai Oketani used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Michael Parker with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Okinawa GK have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Loser Fukuoka Rizing keeps the fourth place with 17 games lost. Okinawa GK will meet league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Takamatsu FA and hope to secure a win.
Leader Osaka Evessa delivered the twentieth fourth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Shimane Magic (17-21) 83-64. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a quality performance for Lynn Washington who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Shimane Magic's coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Osaka Evessa maintains first place with 24-14 record, which they share with Okinawa GK. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the sixth position with 21 games lost. Osaka Evessa's next round opponent will be Kyoto Hannaryz (#5) on the road. Shimane Magic will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Hamamatsu Phoenix recorded the 33th victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Akita Happinets (11-27) 82-65. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Jeffrey Parmer who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hamamatsu Phoenix (33-4) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Loser Akita Happinets keep the seventh position with 27 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face league's second-placed Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Akita Happinets will play against Tokyo Apache (#4).

Other games of round 39 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Sendai 89ers defeated Saitama Bron. in a road game 95-86. Takamatsu FA beat Oita H.Devils at home 82-77. Kyoto Hannaryz destroyed Miyazaki on the opponent's court 99-73.
The best stats of 39th round was 40 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 9 assists by Mac Hopson of Sendai 89ers.



Saitama Bron. - Sendai 89ers 86-95

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Saitama Broncos (14-24) were defeated at home by second ranked Sendai 89ers (24-12) 95-86 on Sunday. Saitama Broncos trailed 42-39 at halftime, rallying from a 29-16 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Sendai 89ers looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Saitama Broncos were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Mac Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) who scored 40 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 9 assists. His fellow American import power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) chipped in 9 points and 19 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals and Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) added 26 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) respectively. Sendai 89ers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 24-12 record having ten points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Saitama Broncos lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 24 games lost. Sendai 89ers will face Niigata Albirex (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Saitama Broncos will play against Toyama Grouses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: G.Klaiber 26+5reb+2ast, K.Satterfield 17+6reb+12ast, D.Terashita 16+1reb+2ast, Y.Kitamuki 8+1reb+4ast, K.Hatano 6+4reb+1ast, B.Brown 6+6reb
Sendai 89ers: M.Hopson 40+6reb+9ast, M.Bell 22+5reb+2ast, T.Komoda 11+7reb+2ast, C.Holm 9+19reb+2ast, L.Hechon 8+1reb+4ast, H.Kusaka 5+2ast
gschID: 106017


Shiga Lakestars - Tokyo Apache 100-79

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Shiga. Third ranked Shiga Lakestars faced 4th placed Tokyo Apache. Host Shiga Lakestars (22-16) smashed guests from Tokyo (18-14) 100-79. The game without a history. Shiga Lakestars led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Shiga Lakestars players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Shiga Lakestars players scored in double figures. Power forward Robert Swift (213-85, college: High School) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and forward Jeremy Tyler (209-91, college: High School) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Tokyo Apache. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Shiga Lakestars have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 22-16 record having ten points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Tokyo Apache lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost. Shiga Lakestars will play against Oita Heat Devils (#7) at home in the next round. Tokyo Apache will play against Akita Happinets and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Apache: R.Swift 21+12reb, J.Tyler 14+11reb, C.Aoki 11, J.Johnson 9+5reb+5ast, T.Kensuke 8+3reb+5ast, J.Nakama 8+4reb+1ast
Shiga Lakestars: J.Peppers 17+6reb+3ast, G.Hamilton 17+13reb+3ast, M.Marshall 13+7reb+4ast, S.Ogawa 10+1reb+1ast, R.Schafer 10+4reb+1ast, L.Rice 9+4reb+5ast
gschID: 106018


Takamatsu FA - Oita H.Devils 82-77

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (10-28) defeated at home 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (16-22) 82-77 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 45-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Oita Heat Devils were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Kirby Lemons (200-80, college: La-Monroe) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Jefferey Price (203-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Five Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Damian Johnson (201-87, college: Minnesota, agency: Edge Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Oita Heat Devils' coach gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Takamatsu FA maintains ninth place with 10-28 record. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the seventh position with 22 games lost. Takamatsu FA will face higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: M.Lottich 22+6reb+3ast, T.Finger 17+8reb+1ast, D.Johnson 17+14reb+2ast, C.Tate 8+4reb, Y.Suzuki 5, R.Howell 4+3reb
Takamatsu FA: S.Takeda 18+4reb+3ast, K.Lemons 16+14reb, S.Takada 15+4reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 14+1reb+1ast, J.Price 13+10reb+2ast, H.Kikuchi 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 106019


Shimane - Osaka Evessa 64-83

Leader Osaka Evessa delivered the twentieth fourth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Shimane Magic (17-21) 83-64. It looked good early as Shimane Magic took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Osaka Evessa took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 19 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Shimane Magic to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Osaka Evessa shot 25 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Shimane Magic only scored six points from the stripe. 24 personal fouls committed by Shimane Magic helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a quality performance for forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) accounted for 7 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and center Jeral Davis (216-84) added 14 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Shimane Magic in the defeat. Shimane Magic's coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Osaka Evessa maintains first place with 24-14 record, which they share with Okinawa GK. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the sixth position with 21 games lost. Osaka Evessa's next round opponent will be Kyoto Hannaryz (#5) on the road. Shimane Magic will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane: T.Ishizaki 17+5reb+3ast, R.Golson 14+14reb+3ast, J.Davis 14+12reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 7+6reb, W.Caudle 4+1reb, S.Nakanishi 4+1reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 28+10reb+3ast, K.Tyner 15+3reb, W.Tseng 10+1reb, D.Tamura 7+1reb, L.Blackledge 7+12reb+3ast, H.Takada 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 106020


Miyazaki - Kyoto Hannaryz 73-99

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-26) were rolled over at home by fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (20-18) 99-73 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-73. Kyoto Hannaryz dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 50. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 59-30 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Kyoto Hannaryz looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Miyazaki Shining Suns' players. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) who scored 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Kyoto Hannaryz's coach Ano Kazuhito felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded 21 points and 9 rebounds and forward Elijah Palmer (201-81, college: Duquesne, agency: Court Side) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth place with 20-18 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 26 games lost. Kyoto Hannaryz will face league's leader Osaka Evessa at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Shimane Magic (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki: B.Cole 21+9reb+1ast, E.Palmer 20+6reb+1ast, T.Shimizu 18+3reb+5ast, J.Manuel 11+3reb+4ast, T.Ito 2+5reb+3ast, Y.Tsubasa 1+1ast
Kyoto Hannaryz: W.White 24+9reb+6ast, K.Trim 21+7reb, T.Kawabe 18+4reb+2ast, R.Warren 16+11reb+5ast, M.Fey 6+13reb+3ast, Y.Inoue 4+4reb
gschID: 106021


Okinawa GK - Fukuoka Rizing 92-79

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. Second ranked Okinawa GK faced 4th placed Fukuoka Rizing. Host Okinawa GK (24-14) defeated guests from Fukuoka (21-17) 92-79. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 52-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Okinawa GK especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. It was a great evening for American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) helped adding 20 points and 8 rebounds. Okinawa GK's coach Dai Oketani used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) with 20 points and 9 rebounds and Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Okinawa GK have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Loser Fukuoka Rizing keeps the fourth place with 17 games lost. Okinawa GK will meet league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Takamatsu FA and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 20+9reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 14+5reb, A.Kuso 13+6reb+1ast, N.Murry 13+3reb, I.Hoger 8+2reb, A.Takeno 4+1reb+2ast
Okinawa GK: J.Newton 22+7reb+2ast, C.Dixon 20+8reb+2ast, N.Kosuge 16+4reb+1ast, D.Palmer 12+3reb, A.McHenry 6+4reb+7ast, S.Kinjo 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 123362


Akita - Hamamatsu P. 65-82

Leader Hamamatsu Phoenix recorded the 33th victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Akita Happinets (11-27) 82-65. The game was mostly controlled by Hamamatsu Phoenix. Akita Happinets was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamamatsu Phoenix looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Akita Happinets were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hamamatsu Phoenix (33-4) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Loser Akita Happinets keep the seventh position with 27 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face league's second-placed Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Akita Happinets will play against Tokyo Apache (#4).
Top scorers:
Akita: P.Butorac 16+6reb+2ast, W.Graves 14+10reb+1ast, A.Burks 9+4reb, K.Shoji 5+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 5+1reb, A.Akingbade 4+8reb+1ast
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 18+10reb+3ast, J.Dixon 14+3reb+4ast, W.Arnold 13+2reb+3ast, D.Larkai 12+4reb, M.Ohguchi 8+1reb+3ast, S.Okada 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 106015


Toyama Grouses - Niigata Albirex 82-79

The most exciting game of round 39 in the BJ League took place in Toyama. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Niigata Albirex (19-17) to sixth ranked Toyama Grouses (12-24) 82-79 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 30-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import center Matthew Kyle (211-86, college: Yale) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) who recorded 24 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Five Toyama Grouses and four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses maintains sixth place with 12-24 record. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the third position with 17 games lost. Toyama Grouses are looking forward to face higher ranked Saitama Broncos (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Niigata Albirex will play against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: J.Ashby 24+6reb+1ast, W.Veasley 14+2ast, Y.Ikeda 13+1reb, Z.Andrews 12+10reb+1ast, N.DeWitz 9+3reb, N.Takushi 5+5reb+5ast
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 22+17reb+4ast, T.Mito 17+1reb+1ast, M.Kyle 15+9reb+3ast, H.Johnson 12+5reb+3ast, M.Kato 11+3reb+3ast, J.Smith 5+3reb
gschID: 106016




Best players of Japanese JBL round 36 - by Eurobasket News
Former international Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Aishin Sea Horses and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 25-year old had the game-high 24 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Aishin in his team's victory, helping them to beat Toshiba (#4, 17-19) 83-76. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Aishin to consolidate first place in the Japanese JBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aishin has a very solid 26-10 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Takeuchi has many years of experience at Aishin, through which he has constantly improved. Takeuchi has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.8ppg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 58.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American center Scott Merritt (208-C-82) of Tochigi Brex. Merritt impressed basketball fans with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Tochigi Brex to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Toyota (#3, 23-13) 89-65. Tochigi Brex's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-21 record. Merritt is well-known by Tochigi Brex fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Jai Lewis (201-F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Rera Kamuy Hokkaido (#8). Lewis scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Hokkaido, leading his team to a 76-66 win against the higher-ranked Hitachi S. (#5, 16-20). Hokkaido can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 10-26 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Lewis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Lewis has individually a great season in Japan. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 8.9rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of Toyota - 13 points and 11 rebounds
5. Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-G-81) of Aishin - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) of Aishin - 8 points and 10 rebounds
8. Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) of Hokkaido - 12 points and 10 rebounds
10. Makoto Nagayama (184-G-77) of Panasonic - 22 points and 4 rebounds

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


Japanese BJ League round 38 best performance: Jeff Newton - by Eurobasket News
American center Jeff Newton (205-C-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 38.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Fukuoka Rizing (#4, 21-16) 106-95. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Okinawa GK maintains the 2nd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Okinawa GK will need more victories to improve their 23-14 record. Newton has many years of experience at Okinawa GK, through which he has constantly improved. Former Indiana University star has very solid stats this year. Newton is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 11.2rpg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Brazilian Thiago Cordeiro (208-C-85) of Fukuoka Rizing. Cordeiro had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Fukuoka Rizing lost that game 95-106 to slightly higher-ranked Okinawa GK (#2, 23-14). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Fukuoka Rizing still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 21-16 record is not bad at all. Cordeiro is well-known at Fukuoka Rizing and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Brian Harper (208-F/G-85) of Toyama Grouses (#6). Harper scored 20 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Harper's great performance Toyama Grouses lost 61-86 to the higher-ranked Niigata Albirex (#3, 19-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Toyama Grouses not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 24 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Harper could try to bring Toyama Grouses' a little bit higher in the standings. Harper has individually a great season in Japan. After 35 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (6th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 51.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lawrence Blackledge (203-F-86) of Osaka Evessa - 15 points and 15 rebounds
5. Wayne Arnold (193-G-84) of Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix - 34 points and 9 rebounds
6. Chris Holm (212-C/F-84) of Sendai 89ers - 15 points and 19 rebounds
7. Taj Finger (203-F-86) of Oita H.Devils - 14 points and 14 rebounds
8. Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Carlos Dixon (202-G/F-81) of Okinawa GK - 22 points and 8 rebounds
10. Jackie Manuel (196-G/F-83) of Miyazaki - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 33-4 
 2. Sendai 89ers 24-12 
 3. Niigata Albirex 19-17 
 4. Tokyo Apache 18-14 
 5. Saitama Bron. 14-24 
 6. Toyama Grouses 12-24 
 7. Akita 11-27 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 24-14 
 2. Okinawa GK 24-14 
 3. Shiga Lakestars 22-16 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 21-17 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 20-18 
 6. Shimane 17-21 
 7. Oita H.Devils 16-22 
 8. Miyazaki 12-26 
 9. Takamatsu FA 10-28 


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  JORDAN   


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Arena 3-0 
 2. ASU 3-0 
 3. Orthodox 1-0 
 4. Al Wehdat 1-1 
 5. College SC 1-1 
 6. Al Riyadi Am. 1-2 
 7. Kofer Yoba 1-2 
 8. Al Jalil 0-3 


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  KOSOVO   


Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 18-1 
 2. Bambi 15-3 
 3. Peja 14-4 
 4. Trepca 10-8 
 5. K.EuroSporti 6-13 
 6. Kosova 6-13 
 7. Bashkimi 5-14 
 8. Mitrovica 0-18 


SuperLeague: Round 18 - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Prishtine: Sigal Prishtina (#1) and College EuroSporti (#5). College EuroSporti was smashed at home by 42 points 70-112 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Sigal Prishtina (18-1) have an impressive 18-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. College EuroSporti lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Kosova. Sigal Prishtina are looking forward to face Trepca (#4) in Mitrovice in the next round. College EuroSporti will play on the road against Kosova in Vushtrri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Mitrovice: Trepca (#4) and Bambi (#2). Trepca (10-8) won against visiting Bambi (15-3) 83-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bambi. Trepca maintains fourth position with 10-8 record. Bambi at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Trepca will play against league's leader Sigal Prishtina in Prishtine in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Bambi will play at home against Peja in Peje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 18th consecutive match to seventh ranked Kosova (6-13) 100-53 on Saturday evening. Kosova moved-up to fifth place, which they share with K.EuroSporti. Newly promoted KB Mitrovice still closes the standings. Kosova will meet at home College EuroSporti (#5) in the next round. KB Mitrovice will play against Bashkimi in Prizren and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 18 Bashkimi was smashed by Peja on the road 108-71.


Mitrovica - Kosova 53-100

Bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 18th consecutive match to seventh ranked Kosova (6-13) 100-53 on Saturday evening. Kosova moved-up to fifth place, which they share with K.EuroSporti. Newly promoted KB Mitrovice still closes the standings. Kosova will meet at home College EuroSporti (#5) in the next round. KB Mitrovice will play against Bashkimi in Prizren and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 114634


K.EuroSporti - Sigal Prishtina 70-112

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Prishtine: Sigal Prishtina (#1) and College EuroSporti (#5). College EuroSporti was smashed at home by 42 points 70-112 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Sigal Prishtina (18-1) have an impressive 18-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. College EuroSporti lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Kosova. Sigal Prishtina are looking forward to face Trepca (#4) in Mitrovice in the next round. College EuroSporti will play on the road against Kosova in Vushtrri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 114635


Trepca - Bambi 83-70

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Mitrovice: Trepca (#4) and Bambi (#2). Trepca (10-8) won against visiting Bambi (15-3) 83-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bambi. Trepca maintains fourth position with 10-8 record. Bambi at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Trepca will play against league's leader Sigal Prishtina in Prishtine in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Bambi will play at home against Peja in Peje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 114636


Peja - Bashkimi 108-71

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Peja (14-4) crushed 6th ranked Bashkimi (5-14) in Peje 108-71 on Saturday. Peja have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-4 record having five points less than leader Sigal Prishtina. Bashkimi lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 14 games lost. Peja will meet league's second-placed Bambi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bashkimi will play against KB Mitrovice (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 114637




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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 14-2 
 2. Liepaja 14-7 
 3. Barons 14-8 
 4. VEF Riga jrs 12-8 
 5. Valmiera 11-8 
 6. Zemgale 7-12 
 7. Turiba 5-17 
 8. LU 3-18 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


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. Mitchell, Liepaja14.6 
 7. Mednis, Turiba14.6 
 8. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs14.0 
 9. Veselovs, Valmiera13.8 
 10. Peiners, LU13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Caceres
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Valeika, Valmiera8.7 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.2 
 3. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 4. Berzins, VEF R.7.7 
 5. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 6. Rozitis, Zemgale7.2 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 9. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WILLJAM
  Barons
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Willjam, Barons4.9 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.6 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.1 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja3.5 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 10. Feldmanis, Barons3.2 
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. Slisans, LU1.7 
 8. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 9. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 10. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.2 
 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. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 9. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 10. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 


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  LEBANON   


Alpha Bangura Escaped from Anibal secretly and went To Philipines!! - by Rabih Khoury
In a very strange move, Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) disappeared Sunday from Lebanon after acting that he is injured in a very important game for his team Anibal on Saturday against Hoops. Bangura played just 13 minutes in the game, and then acted to have a sprained Ankle and left the game. Anibal management found out on sunday that Alpha left the country without notifying the club. Then on monday, it was published that Bangura went to Philipines to join Air 21 in the PBA League. It was a strange move from the veteran professional player, noting that his contract with Anibal Zahle ends in May and he don't have his release.!!! Will FIBA allows him to play in PBA??

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  LIGA AMERICAS   


Liga-Americas Round: 3 (Top 4). Regatas Corrientes crowned new champions! - by Eurobasket News
Regatas C. - Capitanes 89-73
Regatas Corrientes are the new Liga Americas champions. They toppled Capitanes de Arecibo in the key clash on the third day of Final Four action in Xalapa. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) scored 23 points to lead the Argentinean team to the glory. He was named the MVP after the game. Regatas shocked the Puerto Rican side early as they went on a 10:0 run to take 20:10 lead. Regatas entered the second term up by eight points 20:12. Capitanes struggled to get any closer in the second quarter. They faced a 33:45 halftime deficit. Federico Kammerichs stepped up for the Argentinean side in the third term as he unloaded 10 points. Regatas Corrientes headed into the fourth frame up by as many as 18 points 70:52. Capitanes fought eagerly in the final minutes but came up short of victory. Eduardo Villares knocked down 14 points for the winners. Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed 12 points, 14 assists and 5 boards for Regatas. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) responded with 19 points and 6 boards for Capitanes de Arecibo. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) provided 16 points in defeat.

Halc.Xalapa - Halc.Rojos 87-81
Halcones Xalapa claimed the third position in the Liga Americas. They outscored Halcones Rojos on the final day of the Final Four tournament. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) provided 17 points and 10 boards for the hosts. Halcones Xalapa started the game aggressively. They fired 26 points in the opening term to take a 4-point lead. Xalapa maintained the advantage in the second term. They piled up a comfortable 53:41 halftime lead. The home team tipped off the third term with ten points in a row to boost the gap. But Halcones Rojos stayed in the game as they went on a 13:0 rally to trail by just six points with ten minutes left. Halcones Rojos outgunned Xalapa 21:20 in the fourth period but it was not enough to celebrate victory. Adam Parada added 14 points, while Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) contributed 13 points in the win. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) responded with 27 points and 10 rebounds for Halcones Rojos. Anthony Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) netted 13 points in the losing effort.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake WALKER
  Gigantes
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27
 1. Walker, Mavort27.0 
 2. Machado, Flamengo25.2 
 3. Matthews, Defensor21.0 
 4. Carter, Caneros20.7 
 5. Lloreda, Halc.Rojos19.8 
 6. Giovannoni, BRB/B.19.7 
 7. Ayuso, Capitanes18.8 
 8. Romero, Espartanos18.7 
 9. Henning, Toros18.3 
 10. Brown, Sionista18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Martinez, Cocodrilos14.7 
 2. Kvietek, Dep.Espa.13.0 
 3. Matthews, Defensor10.7 
 4. Jackson, Mavort10.3 
 5. Zilli, Sionista10.0 
 6. Roe, Halc.Xalapa9.3 
 7. Henning, Toros9.3 
 8. Giovannoni, BRB/B.9.2 
 9. Teichmann, Flame.9.0 
 10. Araujo, Dep.Espanol9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Javier MARTINEZ
  Regatas C.
  (189-G-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Martinez, Regat.6.4 
 2. dos Santos, BRB/B.6.3 
 3. Gonzalez, Defensor6.0 
 4. Franco, Sionista5.3 
 5. Garcia, BR.5.2 
 6. Hernandez, Halc.Xal.4.7 
 7. Mazzaro, Quimsa4.5 
 8. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.0 
 9. Machado, Flamengo3.8 
 10. Harris, Halc.Xalapa3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Reinaldo GARCIA
  Mavort
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Garcia, Mavort3.0 
 2. Montas, Caneros2.7 
 3. Woodward, Defensor2.7 
 4. Teichmann, Flame.2.3 
 5. Machado, Flamengo2.2 
 6. Campazzo, Penarol2.2 
 7. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.2.1 
 8. Morales, Dep.Espa.2.0 
 9. Garcia, BR.2.0 
 10. Hill, Halc.Rojos2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian HENNING
  Toros
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Henning, Toros3.0 
 2. Jackson, Mavort2.3 
 3. Hill, Halc.Rojos2.3 
 4. Roe, Halc.Xalapa2.1 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.1.9 
 6. Traylor, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 7. Mata, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 8. Robinson, Halc..1.5 
 9. Teichmann, Flame.1.5 
 10. Santiago, Capitanes1.4 


Standings
Liga Americas Standings
Group A
 1. Regatas C. 2-1 
 2. Capitanes 2-1 
 3. Halc.Rojos 1-2 
 4. Halc.Xalapa 1-2 


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Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Kieza, Juventus17.2 
 2. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis15.8 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis15.4 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas15.0 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudupis14.8 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 8. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.5 
 9. Ruikis, Neptunas14.5 
 10. Viskontas, Perlas14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.1 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.5 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.5 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.4 
 5. Matulis, Sakalai7.1 
 6. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.1 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 8. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.6 
 9. Adomavicius, Alytus A.6.5 
 10. Valukonis, Techasas6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.4 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.7 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.4 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai5.3 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.5 
 6. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.2 
 8. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.1 
 9. Janavicius, Siauliai4.1 
 10. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.1 
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. Ruikis, Neptunas1.7 
 8. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.7 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas1.7 
 10. Vene, Aiscai Kaunas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.2 
 3. Silinskis, Techasas2.0 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.1 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.1 
 7. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 
 8. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 10. Kieza, Juventus0.8 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.22.3 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.7 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.4 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.1 
 5. Jurkus, Silute17.8 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.16.8 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.3 
 9. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 10. Girdziunas, Nafta U.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.10.8 
 2. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.1 
 3. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.4 
 4. Warren, Mazeikiai8.7 
 5. Nedzinskas, Silute8.5 
 6. Brusokas, Perla.8.4 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.7 
 8. Jucikas, Delikatesas7.3 
 9. Kaupaitis, Silute7.2 
 10. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.9 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.1 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.9 
 4. Sapiega, Erelita4.9 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Kutra, Delikatesas4.4 
 7. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.3 
 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. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.2.3 
 6. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.3 
 7. Sapiega, Erelita2.2 
 8. Radavicius, Meres.2.2 
 9. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.2 
 10. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.1 
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.1.3 
 6. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 7. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.2 
 8. Ramasauskas, ABRO-.1.0 
 9. Bernataviciu., Triobe.0.9 
 10. Milinskas, Triobe.0.9 


Warren's double-double lands him NKL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old swingman Jason Warren (201-F/G-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mazeikiai and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 40.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Zalgiris-Sabonio (#6, 21-17) with 41-point margin 100-59. Mazeikiai maintains the 4th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mazeikiai will need more victories to improve their 23-15 record. In the team's last game Warren had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Mazeikiai, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Missouri Western State College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Warren is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.7rpg). Worth to mention Warren played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-G-88) of ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai. He is a guard in his 3rd season at ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai. In the last game Kvedaravicius recorded impressive 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai cruised to a 83-75 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Silute (#2, 15-21). ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-25 record. Kvedaravicius is one of the most experienced players at ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Rokas Cepanonis (207-F/C-89) of Erelita (#3). Cepanonis scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Cepanonis' great performance Erelita lost 72-83 to the lower-ranked Puntukas (#7, 10-27). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Erelita not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 23 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Cepanonis could try to bring Erelita's a little bit higher in the standings. Cepanonis has a very solid season. In 17 games in Lithuania he scored 14.1ppg. He also has 6.1rpg and FGP: 58.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tomas Balciunas (186-G-79) of Meresta - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Erikas Kaupaitis (202-F/C-84) of Silute - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-G/F-87) of Silute - 12 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Darius Griskenas (194-F-84) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Saulius Raziulis (183-G-76) of Meresta - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) of LKKA-Atletas - 29 points and 5 rebounds
10. Matas Sapiega (180-G-90) of Erelita - 17 points, 3 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)


Kh. El-Amin is out, Rytas searching point guard - by Aurimas Rimselis
Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) got injury in the past Euroleague game. El-Amin was injured at the end of the match, when invaded towards the basket, but on his fell one of the Caja Laboral players.
'The American received a serious knee injury. This season it really is over, but only after the operation will be to guess how much time needed for rehabilitation, said Lietuvos Rytas team doctor Tomas Vorobjovas. Performed magnetic resonance imaging definitively showed that Kh.El-Amin will have to lie down on the operating table. After such a serious knee injury, Kh. El -Amin is waiting a very long rehabilitation. All treatments can take from 6 to 12 months - said Vorobjovas. Lietuvos Rytas, having lost the main point guard don't sleeps and is looking for his replacement. The team can register players to LKL and BBL till start of playoffs. The team have already started negotiations with the three candidates, but don't want to sign the contract in a hurry - said general director M. Purlys. After Kh. El -Amin's injury Lietuvos Rytas don't have the real point guard, because DJ Strawberry and M. Gecevicius is more like shooting guards. So as expected, new player should join the team till 15 March, because that day Lietuvos Rytas is starting BBL quarterfinal with Siauliai.


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Halcones Xalapa edge Halcones Rojos on final day of Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Xalapa - Halcones Rojos 87:81

Halcones Xalapa claimed the third position in the Liga Americas. They outscored Halcones Rojos on the final day of the Final Four tournament. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) provided 17 points and 10 boards for the hosts.
Halcones Xalapa started the game aggressively. They fired 26 points in the opening term to take a 4-point lead. Xalapa maintained the advantage in the second term. They piled up a comfortable 53:41 halftime lead. The home team tipped off the third term with ten points in a row to boost the gap. But Halcones Rojos stayed in the game as they went on a 13:0 rally to trail by just six points with ten minutes left. Halcones Rojos outgunned Xalapa 21:20 in the fourth period but it was not enough to celebrate victory. Adam Parada (213-C-81, college: Cal-Irvine) added 14 points, while Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) contributed 13 points in the win. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) responded with 27 points and 10 rebounds for Halcones Rojos. Anthony Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) netted 13 points in the losing effort.

Halcones Xalapa: Louis Roe 17+10 boards, Adam Parada 14, Leandro Garcia Morales 13
Halcones Rojos: Jaime Lloreda 27+10 boards, Anthony Pedroza 13



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SSAC Men's Championship: Emmanuel rallies past Southern Poly for first SSAC title - by Eurobasket
Teddy Hudson poured in a game-high 19 points as Emmanuel (GA) rallied from a 14-point first half deficit to win its first Southern States Athletic Conference championship with a 67-63 victory over Southern Polytechnic State University in the SSAC Men's Basketball Championship on Saturday night at The Forum in Rome.
The Lions (26-7), the second-seed out of the SSAC East Division, will represent the SSAC in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship in Kansas City, Mo., as the league champion.
Southern Poly (23-9), which was denied a second straight SSAC crown, is also on its way to the Midwest as the conference's second automatic qualifier.
Emmanuel took the defending champion's best shot, but used a second half surge to make history under SSAC Coach of the Year, T.J. Rosene.
Poly went on a 14-2 spurt over a 4:11 span in the first half to take a 21-10 lead Darrien Beacham's 3-pointer with 12:00 left until halftime. The Hornets' lead ballooned to 14 on a layup by Jordan Lemons and later back to 14 on a Julian Jones free throw at the 1:02 mark of the first half.
That's when Emmanuel made its move.
The Lions closed the first half on a 6-0 run to go into the locker room down 43-35 and then scored the first eight points of the second half to take a 44-43 lead on a Graham Maxwell field goal with 15:22 to play.
Poly reasserted itself, embarking on an 11-4 tear capped by a pair of foul shots from Rashad Gill to go up 54-47, but Emmanuel again clawed its way back, as a 3-pointer and offensive rebound and stick back by Chase Procuro on back-to-back possessions ignited an 11-0 run by the Lions that left them up four with 6:06 left.
The lead switched hands just one more time - Beacham completed an old-fashioned 3-point play to put his Hornets up 59-58 with 5:00 left - before Hudson, named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, gave Emmanuel the lead for good with a jumper at the 4:31 mark.
Hudson made 1 of 2 from the foul line to put Emmanuel up 65-63 with 15 seconds left and after Beacham misfired on a pair from the charity stripe with nine seconds to go, Michael Stanley iced the victory for Emmanuel with two freebies with three ticks remaining.
Hudson, who added nine rebounds to his stat line, was joined in double figures by Stanley (13 points), Maxwell (12) and Procuro (10). The Lions shot 39 percent (18-for-46) and held a 42-31 advantage on the glass while shooting an efficient 5-for-9 from the 3-point line.
Beacham led the Hornets with 18 points and six rebounds. Lemons chipped in with 12 points while leading scorer Brent Jennings dealt with foul trouble throughout the evening and finished with just eight points on 2-for-7 shooting. Poly shot 36 percent (19-for-53) from the floor and made 19 of 32 from the foul line.
EC Lions who made the history: Charles Johnson, Milos Bucalo, Michael Brantley, Isaiah Tyus, Chase Procuro, Graham Maxwell, Jonathan Mattox, Svetomir Ilic, Asmatiek Fields, Michael Stanley, Darrell Adams,Tedrick Hudson, and Joey Moon

M.Ninkovich



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Sunday's games - by Eurobasket News
Milwaukee B. - Boston C. 83-89
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 23 points and Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency) added 14 points and 11 rebounds, lifting the Boston Celtics over the Milwaukee Bucks, 89-83 on Sunday night for their fifth straight win. The Celtics (46-15) held Milwaukee without a field goal in the final 3 minutes, proving they have no problem closing out games even with just nine players dressed. Boston remained three games up on Chicago atop the Eastern Conference. With the game tied at 82, Boston's Big Three came through. Ray Allen hit a 17-foot jumper, Garnett made an 11-foot fadeaway jumper while being heavily defended and Pierce converted a three-point play with 18 seconds left to seal it. Brandon Jennings scored 23 points for the similarly short-handed Bucks, who have lost 12 of the last 16. Boston also got 17 points from Nenad Krstic and 11 points from Jeff Green, two of the Celtics' five new players acquired in the last 10 days. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Philadelph.76 - Golde State W. 125-117 OT
Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) 's eyes lit up when he saw Evan Turner alone in the open court. Iguodala's perfect pass to Turner was turned into a game-closing dunk -- and a 10th assist. Iguodala needed 5 extra minutes to earn his second straight triple-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, helping the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Golden State Warriors 125-117 in overtime on Sunday night. 'Took overtime to get it tonight,' Iguodala said, smiling. 'It just feels good to see these guys have success winning in the NBA.' Iguodala had 22 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds Friday in a win over Minnesota. He's the first Sixer with two straight triple-doubles since Aaron McKie in the 2000-01 season, and he has three this season. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Cleveland C. - N.Orleans H. 81-96
The New Orleans Hornets were more concerned with the condition of their star point guard than with talking about a win that was crucial to their playoff hopes. Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) left the court on a stretcher in the Hornets' 96-81 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. The Hornets said the four-time All-Star was taken to the Cleveland Clinic, where tests showed that Paul had a concussion. Paul rejoined the Hornets at the arena and accompanied them on their charter flight to Chicago. He will miss Monday's game. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) scored 23 points, and Paul had 13 points and 11 assists in 26 minutes. West played with a sprained left ankle that occurred Friday in Memphis. It was uncertain whether West would play, but his ankle felt better at Sunday morning's shootaround. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Oklah.City T. - Phoenix Suns 122-118 OT
Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) had 32 points and 11 assists, James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) matched his career high with 26 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame an off night by NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant to beat the Phoenix Suns 122-118 in overtime on Sunday night. Vince Carter led Phoenix with 29 points but missed two of three free throws with the chance to put the Suns ahead with 17.4 seconds left. Steve Nash missed a potential tying 3-pointer after that, and the Thunder were able to close it out from the foul line. Durant made a season-low three baskets on 14 attempts and scored 18 points, 11 of them on free throws. Reserves Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus each added 20 points for Phoenix. *Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com

Dallas M. - Memphis G. 103-104
Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins already had seen his club score more points in the third quarter than they did in the first half. He'd seen them erase an 18-point deficit against a team that had lost just once in its last 19 games. So in a timeout with 3.1 seconds left, he asked for one more improbable feat. He wanted Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) to make a long jumper from the corner, even though he'd be covered by a 7-footer and probably have a guard chasing him, too. Randolph made it work, putting extra arch on a 17-foot jumper and dropping it straight through the net with 0.3 seconds left, lifting Memphis to a 104-103 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

San Antonio S. - LA Lakers 83-99
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) agreed it might have been the Lakers' best game so far. It technically wasn't the worst for the San Antonio Spurs, though it often looked that way. The Lakers may not catch the NBA's winningest team for the No. 1 seed in time for the playoffs, but they handed the Spurs a blunt reminder that the Western Conference is still theirs to surrender, beating San Antonio 99-83 in a blowout Sunday. Bryant, who finished with 26 points, didn't make much of it. ''I don't think it's that big of a message that we sent today,'' he said. It was the seventh straight victory for the Lakers, who are playing as well as any point this season. Coach Phil Jackson concedes that San Antonio's 6 1/2-game lead in the West may be too big to overcome with 18 games left. But the Lakers still made a few marks. One is emphatically ending San Antonio's franchise-record home winning streak at 22 games. Another is beating the Spurs for the first time in three tries, including last month's stunning loss in Los Angeles when Antonio McDyess (6'9''-F-74, college: Alabama) tipped in the game-winner at the buzzer. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Atlanta H. - New York K. 79-92
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) didn't look like himself without his trademark NBA headband. Turns out New York's star forward didn't feel like himself, either, in a 92-79 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night. 'When I got poked in the eye, it messed my vision up,' Anthony said. 'I had a migraine throughout the whole game. I was just trying to fight through it. The headband was too tight on my head at that point. I'll be ready for Utah tomorrow night.' Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) scored 26 points and Landry Fields added 15 for the Knicks. Anthony, who was poked in the eye in the first quarter and later hit in the head in the first half, finished with 14 points, his lowest total since New York acquired him in a Feb. 22 trade. He took off the headband to relieve pressure. 'I really couldn't see,' Anthony said. 'My eye was blurry. I was seeing double almost the whole game. I was shooting the ball, just trying to get it up to the basket.' Josh Smith scored 17 and Kirk Hinrich added 15 for Atlanta, which has lost two straight and three of four. The Hawks host the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Detroit P. - Washington W. 113-102
Charlie Villanueva (6'10''-F-84, college: Connecticut) scored all 16 of his points in the second quarter, helping the Detroit Pistons build a lead they wouldn't relinquish in a 113-102 win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday night. Villanueva made three 3-pointers, then added a conventional three-point play that started a 10-0 run that put Detroit ahead 60-49 shortly before halftime. Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky), who has been bothered by back problems, added 20 points for the Pistons in his first appearance in five games. John Wall had 24 points and seven assists for the Wizards, who dropped to 1-29 on the road. Detroit has won eight straight over Washington. The Wizards went on a 13-5 run early in the fourth quarter, cutting Detroit's lead to three with 6:55 remaining, but Washington lost track of Greg Monroe near the basket, and the rookie's three-point play made it 92-86. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Miami Heat - Chicago B. 86-87
The perspectives could not have been more different. Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) either got pushed in the back by Mike Miller on what became one of the final two game-deciding moments, or tripped over his own feet stumbling for a rebound. That point could be argued. What's inarguable, however, is this: Another final-second opportunity slipped away from the Miami Heat, and the Chicago Bulls - spurned last summer in their bids to land Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh - swept all three regular-season meetings from the team that signed them. The Big 3? They're No. 3 in the East at this point, after Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 27 points, Deng capped an 18-point effort with two free throws on a debated play with 15.9 seconds remaining, and the Bulls beat Miami 87-86 on Sunday to hand the Heat their fourth straight loss. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com




Sherron Collins loses offer with Bobcats for missing flights, Temple gets contract - by Eurobasket News
Two missed flights have ended guard Sherron Collins' (5'11''-G-87, college: Kansas) chance of returning to the Charlotte Bobcats.

Coach Paul Silas says they planned to bring back the undrafted rookie from Kansas after waiving him, but withdrew the offer last week after Collins missed two flights the team had arranged from his hometown of Chicago.

The Bobcats filled the roster spot Monday by signing guard Garrett Temple (6'6''-G-86, college: LSU) of the NBA Development League to a 10-day contract. Silas says he'll be the No. 3 point guard behind D.J. Augustin and Shaun Livingston.

Collins had been in that role, averaging less than a point in 20 games. But Silas says after the second missed flight, That was kind of it.

Collins was waived Feb. 24 after two trades left Charlotte with 18 players.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


Chris Paul suffers concussion - by Eurobasket News
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) left last night's game at Cleveland at the 4:36 mark in the third quarter following a collision with the Cavaliers Ramon Sessions. Pauls forehead went into Sessions shoulder on the play.

Paul was taken from the court on a stretcher after alerting trainers of neck pain. He was fully conscious and did not lose feeling anywhere at any time. Paul was taken to the Cleveland Clinic for precautionary tests.

All tests taken at the hospital were negative and revealed that Paul suffered a concussion.

He rejoined the team at the arena and will accompany them to Chicago on tonights charter. He is listed as out.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Heat players cry in locker room after loss to Bulls, says Erik Spoelstra - by Eurobasket News
Sure, the Heat's 87-86 loss to the Bulls today was painful, and just the latest in a long series of disappointments for a squad that seems to be 98% great when it needs to be 100%. But players crying about it in the locker room, while rational and natural, is probably not something those players want the world to know. That makes what Erik Spoelstra told ESPN's Brian Windhorst a little awkward at the very least.

Spoelstra said some Heat players are crying in the locker room at the moment.

I'm not the person who's going to take the Heat to task for softness because players get emotional after losses; I think that's probably perfectly in character for some of the competitors the Heat have, and might actually be a catharsis for a team that could benefit from one. But some pundits will, and they'll lump it in with the Heat's bizarre struggles late in games to brand this as a team full of 'bullies' and 'wimps' without the 'killer instinct' necessary to be 'closers.'

And, what's more, you can be sure that every other player in the NBA will know about these tears - and, probably, who shed them - and remind the Heat of it in every future meeting. (I'd also guess that there will be some short-term blowback for Spoelstra if his players don't take kindly to the violation of locker room secrecy.)

This is the problem with crying in sports, or in other 'masculine' pursuits: while it's not bad, unless you think 'soft' is as damning an adjective as there is, it does create an opportunity for a ruthlessly cruel culture full of 'winners' and 'killers' to take its jabs. The way to shut those folks up, though, is by winning, even tearfully.

If the Heat can do that, these tears will be the last thing critics can hold on to, rather than the first of many knocks. If they can't, they should expect the critical beatdown to get louder.

Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


Eric Gordon's injury again throws Clippers' lineup into disarray - by Eurobasket News
Team had just gotten back to full strength when shooting guard re-aggravated his injured right wrist in a hard foul against Denver. Early indications are that he will be out seven to 10 days.

So much for getting to see the complete and healthy Clippers roster for an extended look.

That vision lasted, oh, a game and one-plus quarter.

(Nice team, by the way.)

Chances for a decent, late-season evaluation period evaporated when shooting guard Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) clattered to the court, victim of a hard foul from Denver center Timofey Mozgov in the second quarter of the Clippers' 106-103 victory over the Nuggets on Saturday night.

Gordon, the Clippers' leading scorer, landed hard and re-aggravated his injured right wrist and did not return. There was no flagrant foul called on the play. Although X-rays were negative, he did not travel with the Clippers to Charlotte on Sunday. They begin a five-game trip against the Bobcats on Monday night, finishing at Memphis on March 14.

Early indications are that Gordon could be out seven to 10 days.

However, the first time he injured the wrist, Gordon was out for a substantial stretch. He missed 18 games and nearly six weeks until returning Wednesday against Houston. Gordon sprained his right wrist against the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 22 and was also found to have a small bone chip fracture.

The development will mean increased playing time on the trip for rookie reserve guard Eric Bledsoe, who figured to be the odd man out following the recent acquisition of point guard Mo Williams and the return of Gordon. He played just under eight minutes against the Rockets and went scoreless.

After Gordon left the game Saturday, Bledsoe played one of his best games as a Clipper with a career-high 20 points in 22-plus minutes of action, scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter. His previous high was 18 points against Detroit on Nov. 12.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.2 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.2 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.26.2 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.4 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.25.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.24.6 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers23.7 
 10. Howard, Orlando M.23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.7 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.9 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.0 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.5 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.6 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.5 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.1 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.9.9 
 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 Suns11.4 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.6 
 5. Calderon, Toron.9.3 
 6. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.9 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 6. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
 7. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Kidd, Dallas M.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. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.2 
 4. McGee, Washingt.2.2 
 5. Stoudemire, New Y.2.1 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.2.0 
 9. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 46-15 
 2. New York K. 32-29 
 3. Philadelph.76 32-30 
 4. New Jersey N. 19-43 
 5. Toronto R. 17-46 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 43-18 
 2. Indiana P. 27-35 
 3. Milwaukee B. 23-38 
 4. Detroit P. 23-41 
 5. Cleveland C. 12-50 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 43-20 
 2. Orlando M. 40-23 
 3. Atlanta H. 37-26 
 4. Charlotte B. 26-36 
 5. Washington W. 16-46 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 39-22 
 2. Denver N. 37-27 
 3. Portland TB 35-27 
 4. Utah Jazz 33-30 
 5. Minnesota T. 15-49 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 45-19 
 2. Phoenix Suns 32-29 
 3. Golde State W. 27-35 
 4. LA Clippers 23-40 
 5. Sacramento K. 15-45 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 51-12 
 2. Dallas M. 45-17 
 3. N.Orleans H. 37-28 
 4. Memphis G. 35-29 
 5. Houston R. 32-32 


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Texas Tech fires coach Knight today - by Eurobasket News
Texas Tech fired Pat Knight on Monday, ending a disappointing three-year run for a coach who failed to lead the Red Raiders to the NCAA tournament after taking over for his famous father.

Knight will coach the Red Raiders at this week's Big 12 tournament and then step down, school spokesman Blayne Beal said.

Knight is 50-60 in his first Division I coaching job and his third full year as head coach. He had only one winning season (19-16 in 2009-10) at Texas Tech after taking over for Bob Knight at midseason in February 2008.

Knight, who did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday, seemed to know he might be dismissed in comments about the Red Raiders program following a 71-68 home loss to Colorado on Feb. 23.

'We've lost seven games in the last minute,' he said. 'This program is competitive. But that's not for me. I mean, honestly, I'm going to be coaching here, I'm going to be coaching somewhere else. I've proven I can coach. I run a clean program, I don't cheat, my players graduate and we have discipline. So if you don't want me here there's going to be someone else that wants me.'

Knight met with Texas Tech president Guy Bailey early Monday, associated head coach Chris Beard said on the Big 12 conference call. Bailey said it was time for a change.

'I appreciate everything Pat has done for our university, not only as a head coach, but also throughout his career as an assistant,' Bailey said in a prepared statement. 'I wish him success and the best moving forward.'

Knight played under his father at Indiana University from 1991-1995 and later worked as a scout for the Phoenix Suns. He was an assistant for the CBA's Connecticut Pride and was a coach in both the International Basketball Association and the U.S. Basketball League.

Pat Knight was also at Indiana and at Akron University before joining his father as an assistant at Texas Tech in 2001.

The elder Knight took the Red Raiders to the NCAA tournament, but the success didn't come as easily for Pat Knight . The Red Raiders got to the quarterfinals of the NIT last season, losing at Mississippi 90-87 in double overtime.

At the beginning of the season, with six seniors on his squad, Knight said he didn't deserve a contract extension if he did not get the team to the NCAA tournament. Going into the league tournament, Texas Tech is 13-18 overall and 5-11 in the Big 12.

Beard said he hasn't had much time to reflect on the firing.

'Right now, we really are just concerned about the players' well being, concerned about our families, make sure everybody's on the same page,' he said. 'That's all you can do. We're still the coaches here. We've got some guys we owe that to. We've got six seniors on this team that have been playing some really good basketball down the stretch. We can be a factor in the Big 12 tournament, we believe.'

The Red Raiders are seeded 11th in the tournament in Kansas City, Mo., and play No. 6 seed Missouri on Wednesday night.

Knight's team won just three Big 12 regular season games in 2008-09 - one was against No. 9 Kansas - and he openly criticized officiating twice in a three-week span. The Big 12 slapped him with a public reprimand and a one-game suspension.

Last season, the Red Raiders won just four regular season conference games.

In 2009, Texas Tech took 10 wins into its Big 12 opener, one a 167-115 victory against East Central, the most points ever scored by the Red Raiders. The worst of five losses to that point, though, was a 111-66 rout at Stanford that gave Pat Knight the three biggest defeats in school history after Texas Tech lost at Kansas by 58 and at Texas A&M by 44 in 2008.

In his comments Feb. 23, Knight said he's never shied away from his famous pedigree.

'I'd have been smart if I'd just played baseball and never got into coaching,' he said. 'The two things I'm most proud of that I've done: I went to Indiana and played at Indiana, for my dad. And I took over for him here. So people can write and say whatever they want about me but the one thing they can't say is that I ever took the safe or easy way out.'

Beard said Knight's possibly firing was never discussed with the players.

'I can honestly tell you there hasn't been a lot of sitting around wondering what's going to happen,' Beard said. 'Pat has been a great leader since he took over, and especially this year during a tough season. He's been a real backbone through this. It's been business as usual up until 9:25 this morning.'

Bob Knight declined to comment, ESPN spokeswoman Keri Potts wrote in an e-mail.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


North Carolina sheds sleeper label, wins ACC championship - by Eurobasket News
As soon as the first wave of North Carolina students reached the midcourt circle after Saturday night's 81-67 victory over Duke, critics immediately blasted the Tar Heels for behavior not befitting a blue blood.

'Court storm really not needed,' wrote one. 'Duke didn't do so after they won in Cameron,' echoed another.

It was admittedly eye-opening to see North Carolina fans stream onto the court to celebrate a regular season victory, but perhaps the crowd reaction was symptomatic of how unfathomable the final six weeks of the season have been for the Tar Heels.

Remember when the ACC appeared to be Duke and the 11 dwarfs and North Carolina wasn't necessarily even considered the best of the also-rans? Well, the Tar Heels won the conference championship outright by a game over the Blue Devils on Saturday night, capping an impressive stretch of 12 victories in their final 13 games.

The impact of Saturday's victory is that North Carolina can no longer be considered a sleeper Final Four pick anymore. The Tar Heels won't be sneaking up on anyone now that they've played their way into at least a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament and they could even land a No. 2 seed perhaps just by making it to the ACC tournament title game.

North Carolina's transformation from underachiever to conference champion can largely be attributed to the maturation of two prized freshmen: Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F) and Kendall Marshall (6'3''-G).

While Barnes hasn't quited lived up to his preseason all-American hype, the 6-foot-8 forward has blossomed into a formidable defender, a capable scorer and a clutch shooter during the second half of the season. And Marshall has played with poise and assertiveness since entering the starting lineup in late January, running North Carolina's fast break to perfection and demonstrating an ability to get his teammates involved that predecessor Larry Drew II always lacked.

Barnes scored 18 points against Duke and Kendall Marshall added 15 points and 11 assists as the Tar Heels this time protected the double-digit halftime lead they let slip away in the first meeting with the Blue Devils. Nolan Smith and Seth Curry combined for 50 of Duke's 67 points, but they couldn't counteract North Carolina's balance or make up for Kyle Singler's continued offensive struggles.

Harrison Barnes scored 18 points for the Tar Heels (24-6, 14-2), who earned the top seed in next week's league tournament in Greensboro. Kendall Marshall added 15 points and 11 assists as North Carolina avenged last month's loss at Duke in which the Tar Heels blew a 16-point lead in the first half.

In spite of North Carolina's brilliance on Saturday, there are still reasons not to pencil the Tar Heels into the Elite Eight just yet. Marshall is susceptible to quick guards defensively, the backcourt lacks a lights-out outside shooter as a result of Reggie Bullock's absence and the lack of perimeter shooting could spell problems against an opponent who can force the Tar Heels to play a half-court tempo.

Still, considering where North Carolina was a year ago or even two months ago, those problems don't sound so bad.

The Tar Heels were once underachievers. Then they were dark horses. And now suddenly they've returned to their usual status as full-fledged Final Four contenders again.

Courtesy of http://rivals.yahoo.com


Bears Come Up Short in MVC Finals, Fall 60-56 to Upstart Sycamores - by Eurobasket
ST. LOUIS -- In a game of streaks and runs, the third-seeded Indiana State Sycamores (20-13) struck last and captured the 2011 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title here Sunday with a 60-56 win over top-seeded Missouri State (25-8).
The Bears roared out to a 9-0 lead early in the game and led 31-28 at the half before the Sycamores got on track. ISU started the second stanza on an 8-0 run to lead 36-31 and never trailed again.
While the Sycamores were rallying, the Bears went cold from the field and did not score a field goal until a layup by Adam Leonard with 9:19 to go in the contest. That shot and stingy defense, however, kept the Bears close, and that shot made it a 46-41 game.
After a layup by Jake Kelly pushed ISU's lead back to seven, tournament MVP Jermaine Mallett knocked down a three-pointer to keep it close. Jordan Printy answered with eight minutes to go on a leaner from the left baseline to make it a 50-44 contest. Indiana State would not make another field goal the rest of the way, but with a 23-14 foul discrepancy, the Bears could not close the gap down the stretch.
Still, Mallett who finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds, made it interesting. His third trey of the afternoon with 4:33 to go made it a 54-53 game. Later, After Jake Odum made three of four free throws, Leonard knocked down a three from the left corner to make it 57-56 with 25.8 seconds to go.
The Bears defended well on the in-bound play, forcing ISU into a timeout, and then a loose ball on the floor that was eventually tied up by Missouri State. However, the possession arrow pointed to Indiana State, and the Sycamores kept possession with 20.4 to go.
After Odum was fouled with 19.2 to go and made one free throw, the Bears had a chance to tie with the final possession in a 58-56 game. MSU called timeout with 6.5 seconds left after not finding a seam in the ISU defense. The final play of the night found Mallett alone on the left baseline, but when he ripped to attack the basket for the potential game-tying shot, the ball slipped from his hands and out of bounds with 2.4 ticks to go.
Jake Kelly iced to free throws from there to give Indiana State a 60-56 win.
Aaron Carter led the Sycamores with 15 points, while Odum added 12. ISU shot 17-for-34 (.500) from the field and 5-of-12 (.417) from beyond the arc. ISU also shot 15 more free throws than the Bears, making 21-of-32 (.656).
Missouri State dominated the boards, 39-30, including 20 offensive boards that led to 21 second-chance points. The Bears finished 18-for-59 (.305) from the field, including just 6-of-31 (.194) in the second half. MSU was 8-for-27 from three-point range and took advantage of 12-of-17 (.706) free throw opportunities.
Mallett was joined by Weems and Leonard in double figures with 11 points apiece. The trio were all named to the all-tournament team along with Adum and Carter from Indiana State.
The Bears, who entered Championship Sunday, at No. 37 in the official NCAA RPI rankings after a remarkable regular-season run, will now play the waiting game in hopes of their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1999 when the field of 68 is announced next Sunday afternoon.
In the first half, Missouri State scored the first nine points of the game and out-rebounded Indiana State by seven in the opening period to take a 31-28 lead into the intermission. Odum started a 7-0 run by the Sycamores with a layup at the 13:31 mark, and three-pointers by Carter and Printy pushed ISU into a 12-12 tie just over a minute later.
The Bears pushed ahead 17-12 on a jumper and NBA-range three-pointer by Weems over the next one minute, 12 seconds before another 7-0 run by the No. 3 seeded Indiana State club gave the lead back to ISU, 19-17.
The lead would change hands five times over the next six minutes before a Nafis Ricks layup in transition and jumper off the glass by reserve Calbe Patterson put the Bears up by three at the break.


Courtesy of MVC

MVC Regular Season Standings
1 Missouri St. 15-3 24-7
2 Wichita St. 14-4 24-7
3 Indiana St. 12-6 18-13
4 N.Iowa 10-8 19-13
5 Creighton 10-8 19-13
6 Evansville 9-9 15-15
7 Drake 7-11 13-18
8 S.Illinois 5-13 13-19
9 Illinois St. 4-14 12-19
9 Bradley 4-14 12-20


MVC Tournament Final: Missouri State - Indiana State 56-60
MVC Tournament Semifinals:
Missouri State - Creighton 60-50
Wichita State - Indiana State 54-61


All-MVC 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Kyle Weems
Weems
Kwadzo Ahelegbe
Ahelegbe
J.T. Durley
Durley
Doug McDermott
McDermott
Andrew Warren
Warren
#e#5

Player of the Year: Kyle Weems (6'6''-F-89) of Missouri St.
All-Tournament MVP: Jermaine Mallett (6'3''-G-88) of Missouri St.
Defensive Player of the Year: Kwadzo Ahelegbe (6'2''-G-88) of N.Iowa
Freshman of the Year: Doug McDermott (6'7''-F) of Creighton
Newcomer of the Year: Doug McDermott (6'7''-F) of Creighton
Sixth Man of the Year: Ben Smith (6'5''-F) of Wichita St.
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Will Creekmore (6'9''-C-89) of Boston U.
Coach of the Year: Cuonzo Martin of Missouri St.

1st Team
G: Kwadzo Ahelegbe (6'2''-88) of N.Iowa
F/C: J.T. Durley (6'8''-88) of Wichita St.
F: Doug McDermott (6'7'') of Creighton
G: Andrew Warren (6'5''-87) of Bradley
F: Kyle Weems (6'6''-89) of Missouri St.

2nd Team
C: Will Creekmore (6'9''-89) of Boston U.
G: Colt Ryan (6'5''-90) of Evansville
G: Jermaine Mallett (6'3''-88) of Missouri St.
G: Toure Murry (6'4''-89) of Wichita St.
G: Antoine Young (6'0''-89) of Creighton

Honorable Mention
Carlton Fay (6'8''-F-88) of S.Illinois
Anthony James (6'0''-G) of N.Iowa
Jake Odum (6'4''-G) of Indiana St.
Rayvonte Rice (6'4''-G) of Drake
Carl Richard (6'5''-G/F-89) of Indiana St.

All-Defensive Team
Kwadzo Ahelegbe (6'2''-G-88) of N.Iowa
Gregory Echenique (6'9''-C-90) of Rutgers
Jermaine Mallett (6'3''-G-88) of Missouri St.
Lucas O'Rear (6'6''-F-80) of N.Iowa
Jake Odum (6'4''-G) of Indiana St.

All-Newcomers Team
Gregory Echenique (6'9''-C-90) of Rutgers
Doug McDermott (6'7''-F) of Creighton
Jake Odum (6'4''-G) of Indiana St.
Rayvonte Rice (6'4''-G) of Drake
Mamadou Seck (6'6''-F) of SE Illinois JC

All-Tournament Team
Jermaine Mallett (6'3''-G-88) of Missouri St.
Kyle Weems (6'6''-F-89) of Missouri St.
Adam Leonard (6'1''-G-87) of E.Kentucky
Jake Odum (6'4''-G) of Indiana St.
Aaron Carter (6'4''-G-88) of Indiana St.

All-Freshman Team
Doug McDermott (6'7''-F) of Creighton
Jahenns Manigat (6'1''-G) of Creighton
Jake Odum (6'4''-G) of Indiana St.
Rayvonte Rice (6'4''-G) of Drake
Nathan Scheer (6'5''-F) of Missouri St.

Most-Improved Team
Anthony James (6'0''-G) of N.Iowa
Will Creekmore (6'9''-C-89) of Boston U.
David Kyles (6'4''-G-89) of Wichita St.
Dyricus Simms-Edwards (6'2''-G) of Bradley
Antoine Young (6'0''-G-89) of Creighton

All-Bench Team
Ben Smith (6'5''-F) of Wichita St.
Ned Cox (6'1''-G) of Evansville
Jahenns Manigat (6'1''-G) of Creighton
Jordan Printy (6'4''-G-88) of Indiana St.
Garrett Stutz (7'0''-C-90) of Wichita St.




Saint Peter's 62, Iona 57 - by Milord Nikolic
Jeron Belin scored 17 points, and Saint Peter's fended off a late Iona rally to clinch the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title with a 62-57 victory. Nick Leon added 15 points and Wesley Jenkins had 14 for the fourth-seeded Peacocks, who nearly squandered a 13-point lead in the second half. Mike Glover posted a game-high 23 points for the second-seeded Gaels, who entered the contest having won nine in a row. Saint Peter's captured its third tournament crown and first since 1995.



Diebler scores 27 as top-ranked Ohio State gets even for loss to No. 10 Wisconsin, 93-65 - by Eurobasket News
In the midst of a raucous locker room after No. 1 Ohio State's 93-65 payback victory over 10th-ranked Wisconsin, Jon Diebler said he was sorry to his teammates.

'I apologize for missing that one,' he said.

Everyone laughed.

Diebler lived up to his '3-bler' nickname Sunday by hitting 7 of 8 shots behind the arc while scoring 27 points, as Ohio State (29-2, 16-2 Big Ten) set NCAA Division I records by making 14 of 15 3-pointers (93.3 percent) and hitting 14 in a row after missing the first.

'On our best day this year, we hit 11 of 17 and thought we'd hit the jackpot,' Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. 'Fourteen of 15? I don't think people do that very often. Either that, or I'm living in the wrong part of the country.'

Still smarting from their first loss of the year, a 71-67 setback at Wisconsin on Feb. 12, the Buckeyes unleashed their best game of the season shutdown defense at one end and 68-percent shooting from the field at the other.

'I don't know if you could script it much better,' said Ohio State coach Thad Matta. 'Our defensive energy was incredible ... and offensively the shots were falling. It was incredible how well we shot the basketball.'

Freshman Jared Sullinger had 22 points just weeks after accusing a Wisconsin fan of spitting in his face as he left the floor at the Kohl Center. He had told several people that he not only wanted to beat the Badgers, but that he wanted to beat them by 50 points.

The final score only seemed that lopsided.

'That first loss in college, I didn't take that too lightly,' Sullinger said. 'I wanted to win, and I wanted to win big, too.'

William Buford added 18 points and David Lighty 13 for the Buckeyes, who won their 22nd straight home game while dropping Wisconsin to just 4-5 in Big Ten road games this season.

Ryan had been the focal point for many fans in a capacity crowd of 18,809 who felt he had disrespected the Buckeyes after the first meeting when he said, 'We won the game. Deal with it.'

Ohio State officials fueled the fans' enmity by handing out 1,400 scarlet towels that read, 'Deal With It.' When Ryan's picture was shown on the monitors at midcourt before the game, there was a large chorus of boos, and the Buckeyes student section immediately behind the Wisconsin bench yelled at the coach most of the day.

Asked after the game about the towels, Ryan said, 'What towels? ... I know one thing, towels didn't blow the ball in on all those 3s.'

The Buckeyes built a 47-32 halftime lead the exact score they led by in the second half of the first game before Wisconsin came roaring back thanks to 6-of-7 shooting behind the arc.

Topping that, Ohio State hit all eight 3s in the second 20 minutes.

Diebler, who tied the Big Ten record by hitting 10 shots behind the arc in a win at Penn State on Tuesday night, is 17 of 20 on 3-pointers in his last two games for the Buckeyes, who had clinched the outright Big Ten title a day earlier thanks to No. 6 Purdue's loss at Iowa.

Josh Gasser had 17 points, Jon Leuer 16 and Keaton Nankivil 10 for the Badgers (23-7, 13-5). Jordan Taylor, who had scored 21 of his 27 points to lead the comeback in the second half of the first meeting, was limited to eight points on 2-of-9 shooting. He was shadowed throughout the game by Ohio State freshman Aaron Craft.

'Aaron did a tremendous job,' said Matta, whose teams have won four Big Ten titles in the last six years. 'He'd studied so much film. What might go unnoticed is the job the other guys did in helping Aaron. But he was a pit bull out there today.'

Wisconsin drew as close as 56-45 on Nankivil's 3 with 14:15 left before the Buckeyes put the game on ice. Diebler was at the heart of it, starting things with a 3. He later hit one off an inbounds play and then dribbled around a defender and stepped back for yet another to push the lead to 69-48 and cap a 10-0 run midway through the second half.

The rest of the game was a matter of killing time until the Buckeyes could cut down the nets and raise the Big Ten trophy. They'll be the top seed in the Big Ten tournament this week in Indianapolis, and are all but assured of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Lighty, who played his final home game along with Diebler and Dallas Lauderdale, said the victory was nothing more than a step toward bigger goals.

'Our first mission was a regular-season Big Ten championship. That's complete,' Lighty said. 'Now we'll turn our focus on a three-day tournament that we need to win and that will get us ready for the NCAA tournament. That's just step two of our three-step mission.'

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


No. 20 Kentucky holds off Tennessee in 64-58 win - by Eurobasket News
Kentucky's first half against Tennessee may have aged coach John Calipari a bit. His young Wildcats did some maturing of their own in the second half.

No. 20 Kentucky survived poor shooting and weak rebounding before halftime to beat Tennessee 64-58 on Sunday and finish second in the Southeastern Conference's East Division.

'What I told them was we grew up today,' Calipari said. 'For the first time this year we did not play the way we started.'

At the heart of that effort was freshman Brandon Knight (6'3''-G), who was held scoreless for the first 19:57 but finished with 19 points.

The victory kept Kentucky from having to play an extra game in the SEC tournament, which starts Thursday. The Wildcats (22-8, 10-6) will get a bye for the first round and ended a four-game road losing skid.

The Volunteers (18-13, 8-8) could have finished second in the SEC East by beating Kentucky, despite a dramatic season overshadowed by the NCAA's unethical conduct and recruiting violation charges against coach Bruce Pearl. Instead, Tennessee dropped to fifth behind Vanderbilt and Georgia and will face Arkansas in the opening round of the SEC tournament.

'To leave second place on the table and not finish with Kentucky is disappointing. ... Getting swept by Kentucky is disappointing,' Pearl said. 'I do feel it's a benchmark I should be judged on, and I obviously have not done my job in our rivalry with Kentucky.'

Knight, who played all 40 minutes, set the tone for a second-half comeback when he took a pass from DeAndre Liggins down the floor to hit a layup just before the halftime buzzer. The basket cut Tennessee's advantage to 29-22 after the Vols opened the game with a 7-0 run and led by as many as 10 points.

The Wildcats came out of halftime by scoring the first seven points as part of a 20-4 run spanning both halves. Knight hit three 3-pointers in the opening 5 minutes of the half, the second of which tied the score at 29-29 with 18:15 to play.

'Right before we stepped onto the court (after halftime) we all huddled up and said we are really going to put in a 110 (percent) effort and just play our best,' forward Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-85, college: Livingstone) said. 'I think we got a good run to tie the game up. We just started moving the ball better, not really worrying about the bumps and just knocking down the open shots.'

The Wildcats led by eight points with 11:23 to go after a fast-break layup by Knight, but three Kentucky fouls in 45 seconds sent Tobias Harris (6'8''-F-92) to the line once and Scotty Hopson twice. They hit all six of their free throws to end the Wildcats' run, and Kenny Hall hit a jumper to give the Vols a 52-51 lead with 5:56 left.

Jones answered with a layup 36 seconds later to retake the lead for Kentucky, which used free throws and a 3 by Darius Miller to hold off the Vols.

Jones had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Miller also scored 15.

The loss marred Tennessee's celebration to honor all-time scoring leader Allan Houston. The Vols retired Houston's No. 20 at halftime and unveiled a banner with his name and number hanging from the rafters of Thompson-Boling Arena.

Kentucky's early struggles on the boards combined with five missed shots to open the game helped Tennessee jump out to a 7-0 lead. The Vols were able to hit short jumpers and get to the rim, and a dunk by Cameron Tatum gave them a 16-6 lead with 11:07 left in the first half.

Harris scored 18 points for Tennessee, which finished the season with eight home losses for the first time since 1994-95. Hopson, who had averaged 24 points in his last five games against Kentucky, finished with 13, though nine of his points were on free throws.

'Everybody from the coaching staff to the bench - we've got to look ourselves in the mirror and just ask ourselves, 'What have we done and what can we do to get better?'' Hall said.

Courtesy of http://scores.nbcsports.msnbc.com


Young leads Saint Mary's past Santa Clara 73-64 - by Eurobasket News
Mitchell Young (6'9''-F-90) scored 17 points off the bench and freshman Stephen Holt (6'3''-G-91) added 15 to lead No. 1 seed Saint Mary's to a 73-64 victory over No. 4 seed Santa Clara in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament Sunday night.

The Gaels (24-7) will face Gonzaga in Monday's championship game. Saint Mary's is seeking its third straight WCC tournament title.

Marc Trasolini (6'9''-F-90) led Santa Clara (19-14) with 22 points, and Kevin Foster (6'2''-G) added 18 points, but made only 5-of-18 shots.

Saint Mary's led 31-29 at halftime and never trailed in the second half.

'It was a tough game, a gritty game,' Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said. 'In the first half it was hard to get away from them, but we survived some foul trouble.'

The win was the Gaels' third this season against the Broncos.

Early in the second half Saint Mary's went on a 9-3 run to take a 42-34 lead with 17:08 remaining. Holt started it with a jumper, Rob Jones converted a three-point play and Young capped it with a putback.

Santa Clara answered with Trasolini beating the shot clock, Evan Roquemore (6'3''-G) hitting a pull-up jumper and Foster draining a 3-pointer to pull the Broncos within 44-41.

Santa Clara later got within 53-50 after a jumper by Trasolini with 6:25 remaining, but Saint Mary's then went on a 7-0 run. Matthew Dellavedova, who had 13 points, made a pair of free throws and Young scored the next five to give Saint Mary's a 60-50 lead.

'Mitch really stepped up. That's how it's been all year; guys picked each other up,' Bennett said.

Saint Mary's held a 25-4 advantage in bench scoring with Kenton Walker (6'9''-F-84, college: Montana St. - Billin) II adding eight points in 16 minutes.

Holt came into the game averaging six points a game, but had 12 midway through the second half.

Bennett made the decision to start Holt at guard in an effort to slow down Foster.

'I didn't want Foster to get going right away,' Bennett said.

Foster, who leads the WCC in scoring and the nation in 3s attempted and made, was just 4 of 12 from 3-point range.

The game was tied five times and saw eight lead changes in the first half.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Gators beat Vanderbilt, set record for SEC wins - by Eurobasket News
Billy Donovan admits he had some doubts when Florida was picked to win the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division before the season.

The 14th-ranked Gators and their three seniors erased any questions about their potential and showed just how far theyve come by beating No. 21 Vanderbilt 86-76 on Saturday night. The win clinched the third outright regular-season SEC championship for Florida and the first since the 2007 team of future NBA stars won the national championship.

'I was cautiously optimistic because I didnt know if we could take some of the steps weve taken this year because we havent shown that', Donovan said. 'And now we've got to be able to put this behind us and move on to the next thing.'

The next thing is the SEC tournament, where the Gators own a first-round bye.

Kenny Boynton (6'2''-G-89) scored 17 points, and seniors Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F), Alex Tyus (6'8''-F) and Vernon Macklin (6'10''-F/C) each scored 13 points and made key plays down the stretch against Vanderbilt to help the Gators (24-6, 13-3) set a school record for conference wins.

We dont have three players going in the lottery this year, so it was a totally different team, Donovan said. This has been really, really as rewarding as any team Ive had to coach because of where theyve come from, not only from November and December, but where Chandler and Alex and Vern have come from two or three years ago.

Florida pulled away after a technical foul on Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings midway through the second half. That wiped out a potential tie for the Commodores (21-9, 9-7) and gave the Gators a six-point swing.

The loss knocked Vanderbilt out of position for a first-round bye in next weeks SEC tournament. The Commodores must now hope that No. 20 Kentucky beats Tennessee today to help them remain the Eastern Divisions No. 3 seed. Vanderbilt, which was led by John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91) 22 points, is 1-11 in season finales under Stallings.

The Commodores had wiped away a 14-point deficit behind a spirited 16-6 run and strong second-half play from Jenkins and Rod Odom, and seemed set to tie the game with 9:19 left. Jenkins appeared to make a layup and draw a blocking foul on Parsons. But a second referee simultaneously called charging on Jenkins and before the officials could confer, Stallings walked about 12 feet onto the court and put his hand on his hips, indicating to the official that his crewmate had called a blocking foul.

The official called a technical foul on Stallings, and Boynton made both shots. Instead of a 56-all tie had Jenkins made his foul shot, the Commodores were down 58-53. The Gators inbounded the ball and Tyus hit a layup to make it 60-53.

Boynton then hit a 3-pointer a minute later to make it 65-54 with 8:05 left and Vanderbilt never seriously threatened again.

I thought that was a turning point certainly, and for the life of me I didnt think it was a very good call, Stallings said. Ill have to go back and look at the film to see if I was right or not.

Courtesy of www.bradenton.com


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Harding Men Collect GSC Tournament Title - by Greg
Arkansas Tech had easily dispatched its two opponents in Gulf South Conference Tournament and was one win away from securing a third straight league title. Harding, though, had other ideas.
Using a second straight scintillating shooting performance, the Bisons dominated the Wonder Boys 80-61 to secure their first GSC Tournament title. The win gives Harding the league's automatic berth in the NCAA South Region field and avenged the two regular season losses suffered at the hands of Arkansas Tech.
Kevin Brown had a monster effort, making 7-of-8 shots en route to a 19-point, seven-rebound, five-blocked shot performance. As a team, Harding shot 58 percent from the field and scored half its points in the paint on an assortment of layups, dunks and short jumpers. The Bisons were even hot from beyond the 3-point arc, making 8-of-15 from downtown.
Arkansas Tech did not turn the ball over much (12 turnovers), but Harding turned those miscues into 22 points. The Wonder Boys' shooting left a little to be desired as well, making just 35 percent of their shots from the field.
Harding made nine of its first 12 shots to open a 20-10 lead less than nine minutes into the contest. A Matt Haney 3-pointer trimmed the lead to seven points but the Bisons would go on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes that gave HU its biggest lead of the first half, 33-15.
Down 39-26 at the half, Arkansas Tech made a last-ditch assault on the Harding advantage. The Wonder Boys cut the deficit to seven less than five minutes into the final period. But a 27-6 jaunt over a seven-minute span midway through the second half put the game out of reach. The Bisons led by as many as 25 in the second half.
Sam Brown scored 17 points, Hayden Johnson had 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists off the bench and tournament Most Outstanding Player Stephen Blake added 10 points. Jeremy Dunbar led Arkansas Tech with 14 points, James Causey added 13 and Jared Williamson finished with 12

Courtesy of GSC


All-GSC Summary 2010-2011

GSC Regular Season Standings
East
1 Al.-Huntsville 11-1
2 Valdosta St. 7-5
3 W.Georgia 6-6
4 N.Alabama 6-6
5 W.Alabama 5-7
6 W.Florida 2-10

West
1 Arkansas Tech 13-1
2 Harding 12-2
3 Delta St. 9-5
4 Ark.-Monticello 6-8
5 Ouachita Baptist 6-8
6 Christian Brothers 5-9
7 S.Arkansas 3-11
8 Henderson St. 2-12


GSC Tournament Final: Harding - Arkansas Tech 80-61
GSC Tournament Semifinals:
Harding - Alabama-Huntsville 82-51
Arkansas Tech - Valdosta State 82-64

GSC All-Tournament Team
#s#
Stephen Blake
Blake
Kevin Brown
Brown
Sam Brown
Brown
Laithe Massey
Massey
Jeremy Dunbar
Dunbar
#e#5

GSC All-Tournament MVP: Stephen Blake of Harding University
GSC All-Tournament Team
G: Stephen Blake (5'8''-89) of Harding University
F: Kevin Brown/a> (6'4''-87) of Harding University
G:
Sam Brown (6'1''-87) of Harding University
G: Laithe Massey (6'4'') of Arkansas Tech
G/F: Jeremy Dunbar (6'5''-88) of Arkansas Tech
G: Johnie Davis (6'2'') of Arkansas Tech

All-GSC East Division Player of the Year: Zane Campbell (6'8''-F) of Al.-Huntsville
All-GSC East Division Freshman of the Year: Wes Long (6'2''-F) of N.Alabama
All-GSC East Division Coach of the Year: Lennie Acuff of Al.-Huntsville

All-GSC East Division 1st Team
G: Josh Magette (6'1'') of Al.-Huntsville
F: Zane Campbell (6'8'') of Al.-Huntsville
G: Ricky Davison (6'2''-89) of UALR
G: Kevin Harris (5'11'') of Valdosta St.
G: Alquan Mendenhall (5'11''-88) of High Point
F: Da'Ron Sims (6'6''-90) of W.Georgia

All-GSC East Division 2nd Team
G: Jaime Smith (6'2'') of Al.-Huntsville
C: Marcus Landry (6'6'') of N.Alabama
G: Christian Hunter (6'3'') of ZHampton RC
G/F: Jamar Moore (6'6'') of W.Florida
F: Marquis Mathis (6'7'') of W.Florida

All-GSC West Division Player of the Year: Phil Turner (6'3''-G-87) of Mississippi St.
All-GSC West Division Freshman of the Year: Harry Green (6'0''-G) of Christian Brothers
All-GSC West Division Coach of the Year: Doug Karleskint of Arkansas Tech

All-GSC West Division 1st Team
G: La Farmer (6'1'') of Ark.-Monticello
G: Johnie Davis (6'2'') of Arkansas Tech
G: Laithe Massey (6'4'') of Arkansas Tech
G: Phil Turner (6'3''-87) of Mississippi St.
G: Stephen Blake (5'8''-89) of Harding
F: Kevin Brown (6'4''-87) of Harding

All-GSC West Division 2nd Team
F: Ricardo Hall (6'4'') of Ark.-Monticello
G/F: Jeremy Dunbar (6'5''-88) of SE Louisiana
G: Scott Dennis (6'5'') of Christian Brothers
F: Josh French (6'7'') of N.Arkansas CC
G: G: Channin Hardin (6'3'') of S.Arkansas


Fort Hays State Wins Men's Tournament Title - by Greg
MIAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Dominique Jones took over in the second half, tying a championship game record with 30 points and leading Fort Hays State to an 89-83 victory over Missouri Southern Sunday afternoon in the 2011 MIAA Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game at Municipal Auditorium.
The tournament title is the first-ever MIAA championship in any sport for Fort Hays State (25-6), which earns the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA South Central Regional Championship.
Jones hit big shot after big shot, finishing the game 12-of-19 from the field (3-of-7 from three-point range) and dished out seven assists to go along with his historic scoring performance, which included 20 points in the second half.
He shares the record for most points in an MIAA men's championship game with Ronny Rankin of Southeast Missouri State, who scored 30 in the 1985 title game against Central Missouri, and LaKeith Humphrey of Central Missouri, who netted 30 in the 1991 championship game against Southwest Baptist.
Missouri Southern (25-4) got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 7-2 lead after Marquis Addison hit a three-pointer at the 18:11 mark of the opening half. As it turns out, that would prove to be Southern's largest lead of the game.
Fort Hays State went on a 20-13 run to take the lead for good at 22-20 on a Ben Congiusta three-pointer with 8:47 to play in the first half.
The Tigers were able to extend the lead to nine on one of the plays of the game at the 3:09 mark of the first half, a play that set the tone for the rest of the contest.
Congiusta missed a three-point attempt, but Karron McKenzie flew through the lane for a thunderous follow-up slam, sending the FHSU faithful into a frenzy.
Fort Hays State went into the locker room with a 39-34 lead, and came out with a sense of urgency to put its stamp on the game.
Holding a 43-38 lead early in the second stanza, the Tigers went on an 8-1 spurt led by two Jones three-pointers to stretch the lead to 51-39 with 16:49 to play. Hays kept Southern at arms length for the majority of the second half, and when Corbin Kuntzsch hit one of his two three-pointers at the 7:04 mark, the Tigers led by their largest margin of the game, 76-58.
Missouri Southern battled back, but the closest the Lions would get would be on the final free throw of the game by Kevin Hinsey that provided the final margin.
Kuntzsch, an all-tournament team selection, had another big night for Fort Hays State, scoring 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Dijon Smith controlled the paint for the Tigers with 14 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, earning all-tournament team honors as well.
Missouri Southern was led on the afternoon by its two all-tournament team selections, Skyler Bowlin and Keane Thomann.
Bowlin scored 22 points to lead the Lions, while Thomann had 20 points to go along with seven rebounds and three blocks.
Both Fort Hays State and Missouri Southern will compete in the 2011 NCAA South Central Regional Tournament.

Courtesy of MIAA


ALL-MIAA Summary 2010-2011

MIAA Regular Season Standings
1 Missouri So. 19-3 25-4
2
Ft.Hays State 16-6 25-6
3
Nebraska-Omaha 15-7 19-9
3
Washburn 15-7 18-9
5
Cent.Missouri 13-9 18-11
6
Emporia St. 12-10 16-14
7
Missouri Western 10-12 12-16
8
Pittsburg St. 9-13 13-13
8
SW Baptist 9-13 12-17
10
NW Missouri St. 8-14 10-16
11
Truman St. 5-17 7-19
12
Lincoln (MO) 1-21 3-23

MIAA Tournament Final: Fort Hays St. - Mo. Southern St. 89-83
MIAA Tournament Semifinals:
Fort Hays St. - Emporia St. 74-71
Mo. Southern St. - Neb.-Omaha 88-85


All-MIAA 1st Team
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Dominique Jones
Jones
Skyler Bowlin
Bowlin
Logan Stutz
Stutz
Tyler Bullock
Bullock
Jason Adams
Adams
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: Dominique Jones (5'9''-G) of Ft.Hays State
Player of the Year: Skyler Bowlin (6'3''-G-89) of Missouri So.
Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Skyler Bowlin (6'3''-G-89) of Missouri So.
Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Dijon Smith (6'8''-F) of Ft.Hays State
Freshman of the Year: Marquis Addison (6'4''-G) of Missouri So.
Coach of the Year: Robert Corn of Missouri So.

1st Team
G: Skyler Bowlin (6'3''-89) of Missouri So.
G: Dominique Jones (5'9'') of Ft.Hays State
F: Logan Stutz (6'9''-88) of Washburn
G: Tyler Bullock (6'2''-88) of Denver
G/F: Jason Adams (6'5''-89) of Missouri So.

2nd Team
F: De'Andre Washington (6'5''-89) of Valdosta St.
F: Dijon Smith (6'8'') of Ft.Hays State
G: Boo Hunter (6'3''-89) of SW Tennessee
G: Tomas Brock (6'1''-88) of Missouri St.
G: Deshaun Cooper (5'7'') of NW Missouri St.

3rd Team
C: Keane Thomann (6'11''-89) of Missouri So.
G: Mitch Albers (6'4''-88) of Nebraska-Omaha
F: Ethan Freeman (6'6''-88) of Truman St.
F: Elijah Allen (6'4'') of NW Missouri St.
G: Matt Boswell (6'6'') of Emporia St.

Honorable Mention
Xavier Burnette (6'1''-G-85) of Northeastern St.
Adam Holthaus (6'7''-F) of Emporia St.
Ken Bowman (6'9''-F) of Ft.Hays State
Corbin Kuntzsch (6'4''-G) of Ft.Hays State
Pierre Declue (5'9''-G) of Lincoln (MO)
P'Allen Stinnett (6'3''-G-87) of Creighton
T.J. Johnson (6'3''-G) of Missouri Western
Eric Ray (6'1''-G-90) of Pittsburg St.
Andra Bailey (6'4''-F-85) of Pittsburg St.
Alex Henderson (6'0''-G-88) of Truman St.

All-Defensive Team
Skyler Bowlin (6'3''-G-89) of Missouri So.
Dijon Smith (6'8''-F) of Ft.Hays State
Torrian Harris (6'1''-G-87) of Nebraska-Omaha
Reggie Stallings (6'3''-G-89) of Wayne St., MI
Arunas Simanavicius (6'6''-F-88) of E.Wyoming JC

All-Tournament Team
Dominique Jones (5'9''-G) of Ft.Hays State
Skyler Bowlin (6'3''-G-89) of Missouri So.
Dijon Smith (6'8''-F) of Ft.Hays State
Keane Thomann (6'11''-C-89) of Missouri So.
Corbin Kuntzsch (6'4''-G) of Ft.Hays State


UCO Caps Off Bartlesville In Style; Claims LSC Title - by Greg
Central Oklahoma claimed the first-ever LSC Championship in Bartlesville back in 2008. Thanks to a balanced scoring effort, a 14-0 second-half run and an all-around performance from a star player, UCO made sure it won the last won as well.
In a battle of No. 1 seeds, the Bronchos (28-3) were too strong for Tarleton State once again, running past the Texans 68-52 Sunday in the LSC Championship final game at Bruin Fieldhouse. UCO has now defeated Tarleton seven straight times and nine of the last 10 meetings.
Dauntae Williams was named MVP of the tournament for this three-game effort. Williams scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds and three assists on Sunday, while teammates Brent Friday and Victor Driver were also on the all-tournament team. Friday led UCO in scoring against TSU with 16 points while Driver added 14 off the bench. Driver entered the weekend averaging 4.5 points but had three straight games of double-figure scoring.
Corin Henry led the Texans (24-5) with 19 points and was TSU's only representative on the all-tournament squad. Henry led all LSC scorers this weekend with 69 points.
The game was tight in the early going but by the end of the first half, UCO stretched the lead out to seven at 35-28 That was a dangerous spot for the Texans considering Central Oklahoma was a perfect 25-0 this year when leading at the half.
The Bronchos made sure that number went to 26 as they opened the second half with a 3-pointer by Williams to push the 10. Tarleton did trim the lead to two with an 11-3 run.
But that's when the Bronchos reeled off 14 straight points.
While UCO needed two overtimes to beat West Texas A&M in Saturday's semifinal game, it was actually Tarleton that looked to run out of steam. The Texans used a remarkable run Saturday in their semifinal game for a 38-point turnaround in a 24-point win over Midwestern State.
In the second half Sunday, Tarleton shot just 22.2 percent from the floor (6 of 27 field goals), including 2 of 14 from beyond the arc.
On the flip side, UCO shot 56.8 percent from the field and was 11 of 18 (61.1 percent) in the second half.
With UCO eventually headed to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, the Bronchos leave the LSC with their fifth championship on the men's side.
Tarleton State failed to land its second LSC Championship, but as the No. 3 seed in the South Central Regional, the Texans will certainly try to regroup in next week's tournament.
That event could be possibly be held in Edmond, Okla. with UCO playing host. The Bronchos entered the weekend with a No. 2 regional record, but with three straight wins, including two over ranked teams (West Texas A&M and Tarleton State), UCO could surpass Missouri Southern, who lost to Fort Hays State in the finals of the MIAA tournament.
Regional pairings for the men's bracket will be announced tonight at NCAA.com at 9 p.m. (CST). The women's pairings will be announced at 8:30, with both UCO and Tarleton's women's teams expected to get bids.


Courtesy of LSC

All-LSC Summary 2010-2011


LSC Regular Season Standings
North Division

1 Cent.Oklahoma 11-1 28-3
2
Tex.A&M-Comm. 8-4 18-9
3
Cameron 7-5 17-11
4
SW Oklahoma St. 7-5 16-13
5
Northeastern St. 4-8 9-17
6
East Central 3-9 10-17
7
SE Oklahoma 2-10 3-23

South Division
1
Tarleton St. 13-1 24-5
2
W.Texas A&M 9-5 23-6
3
Midwestern St. 9-5 22-8
4
E.New Mexico 8-6 13-14
5
Angelo St. 7-7 11-15
6
Incarnate World 5-9 16-10
7
Tex.A&M-Kingsv. 4-10 9-17
8
Abil.Christian 1-13 9-17

LSC Tournament Final: UCO - Tarleton 68-52
LSC Tournament Semifinals:
UCO - West Texas A&M 66-63
Tarleton State - Southwestern Oklahoma 74-65


All-Tournament Team 2010-2011
#s#
Dauntae Williams
Williams
Brent Friday
Friday
Victor Driver
Driver
Corin Henry
Henry
Ladarius Hall
Hall
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: Dauntae Williams of University of Central Oklahoma
All-Tournament Team
G: Dauntae Williams (6'4''-G-88) of University of Central Oklahoma
G: Brent Friday (6'2''-G-90) of University of Central Oklahoma
G: Victor Driver (5'10''-G) of University of Central Oklahoma
G: Corin Henry (5'11''-G-88) of Tarleton State University
G: Ladarius Hall (6'2''-G) of West Texas A&M University

LSC North Division Player of the Year: Dauntae Williams (6'4''-G-88) of Cent.Oklahoma
LSC North Division Defensive Player of the Year: Jarrod McDaniel (5'10''-G) of Stephen F. Austin
LSC North Division Freshman of the Year: Desmond Henry (6'4''-G) of Cameron
LSC North Division Newcomer of the Year: Desmond King (6'7''-F-88) of Paris JC
LSC North Division Coach of the Year: Terry Evans of Cent.Oklahoma

LSC North Division 1st Team
G: Dauntae Williams (6'4''-88) of Cent.Oklahoma
F: Desmond King (6'7''-88) of Paris JC
G: Milton Garner (6'1'') of Cameron
G: Antoine Branch (5'10'') of Northeastern St.
F: Urald King (6'6''-90) of SE Oklahoma

LSC North Division 2nd Team
G: Charleston Flemmings (6'0''-88) of SW Oklahoma St.
G: Brad Hambrick (5'11''-90) of Tex.A&M-Comm.
G: Tyler Phillips (6'5''-87) of Cent.Oklahoma
G: Denarius Darby (6'2''-88) of East Central
G: Ross Moore (6'0''-89) of SW Oklahoma St.

LSC North Division Honorable Mention
Nathan Murray (6'6''-F) of Cameron
Brent Friday (6'2''-G-90) of Cent.Oklahoma
Chancellor Jones (6'2''-G-89) of SW Oklahoma St.
Tyris Dowell (6'3''-G-87) of Tex.A&M-Comm.

LSC South Division Player of the Year: Chris Hagan (5'9''-G-89) of Rice
LSC South Division Defensive Player of the Year: Corin Henry (5'11''-G-88) of Tarleton St.
LSC South Division Freshman of the Year: Andre Adams (5'8''-G) of Angelo St.
LSC South Division Newcomer of the Year: Richard Thomas (6'5''-G-87) of N.Texas
LSC South Division Coach of the Year: Lonn Reisman of Tarleton St.

LSC South Division 1st Team
G: Chris Hagan (5'9''-89) of Rice
G: Ladarius Hall (6'2'') of South Plains JC
G: Richard Thomas (6'5''-87) of N.Texas
G: Corin Henry (5'11''-88) of Tarleton St.
G: Stefan Mirabal (6'3'') of W.New Mexico

LSC South Division 2nd Team
F: Tracy Robinson (6'6''-87) of Incarnate World
G: Michael Loyd (6'1''-88) of BYU
G: Lionel Foster (6'1''-89) of UALR
G: Antwan Mullins (5'9'') of Richland CC
G: Shaun Umeh (6'3''-90) of Incarnate World

LSC South Division Honorable Mention
Preston Davis (6'2''-G-88) of Stephen F. Austin
Steve Moore (6'9''-C) of Missouri
Ridge McKeither (6'6''-F-88) of Chattanooga
Max Carrier (6'7''-F) of E.New Mexico
Chris Johnson (6'7''-F-90) of Incarnate World
David Terrell (6'5''-F-88) of Morehead St.
Wes Dipprey (6'8''-F/C-89) of Cal Poly - SLO
Jacquiese Holcombe (6'6''-F) of Mississippi St.




Warriors Win GLIAC Tournament Championship - by Eurobasket
Big Rapids, Mich. - The Wayne State University men's basketball team (22-7 overall) won its first GLIAC tournament title since 1999 with a last second 73-71 triumph at Ferris State University (22-7 overall) Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore guard Mike Hollingsworth (Utica, Mich.) tipped in a missed Warrior shot with 1.5 seconds left to put WSU ahead and Bulldog Kenny Brown's half-court shot was off the mark.
Hollingsworth was named to the GLIAC All-Tournament team along with Findlay's Nathan Hyde, Michigan Tech's Ali Haidar, and Ferris State's Justin Keenan and Darien Gay. WSU senior guard Bryan Smothers (Pontiac, Mich./Northern) was voted to the tournament's Most Valuable Player after scoring 51 points in Wayne State's three post-season victories.
The first half was a see-saw affair with four lead changes and five tied scores. WSU had the largest advantage (8, 32-24) with 4:11 left, but FSU closed the opening 20 minutes on an 11-4 run.
Seven different players scored for the Warriors before intermission led by eight each from Hollingsworth and senior forward Jerry Oden (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech). WSU shot 53 percent (16-of-30) from the floor while limiting FSU to 36 percent (10-of-28). Keenan had 10 points but was just 2-of-7 from the field.
Wayne State tallied the first five points of the second half with junior guard Dale Brundidge (Southfield, Mich./Detroit Country Day) hitting a jumper and adding a pair of foul shots. A Hollingsworth jumper on an in-bounds play at the 16:40 mark gave the Warriors an eight point lead (45-37).
WSU's lead remained between six and eight points until an 8-2 Bulldog run cut the visitors advantage to two (51-49) with 12:51 remaining.
Wayne State's lead was between two and five points for the next four minutes until junior guard Stacey Waters (Detroit, Mich./Renaissance) drained a long triple just as the shot clock was about to expire pushing the lead to six (61-55) with 8:46 left.
FSU responded with a 7-0 spurt to take its first lead since 16-15. After a Hollingsworth free throw tied the game at 62, Keenan made a pair of foul shots. Hollingsworth answered at the other end with a jumper in the paint. Two more Keenan free throws preceded a triple by Hollingsworth with 2:41 left. Keenan went to the foul line again and split a pair to tie the game at 67 with 2:16 remaining.
Hollingsworth went to the foul line as Matt DeHart was whistled for an over-the-back call on Keenan's missed free throw. Hollingsworth sank both shots from the charity stripe to put the Warriors ahead 69-67 also at the 2:16 mark as the clock did not move on the missed free throw by FSU. A jumper by Brown with 59.6 seconds left tied the game at 69.
Brundidge's lay-up regained the WSU lead at the 25.7 mark. Keenan answered at the other end with exactly 10.0 seconds remaining setting up the final sequences.
FSU only made three field goals in the final seven minutes, meanwhile Hollingsworth tallied 10 of WSU's final 12 points.
Hollingsworth finished with a team-high 22 points and a game-best 15 rebounds. Smothers contributed 11 points and nine assists.
Keenan led all scorers with 25 points (6-15 FG, 13-17 FT) as he attempted just three free throws less than the Warriors squad.


Courtesy of WSU

GLIAC Regular Season Standings
North Division
1 Ferris St. 16-3 22-7
2 Grand Valley St. 14-5 19-8
3 Michigan Tech 11-8 17-11
4 L.Superior 9-10 15-12
4 Saginaw Valley 9-10 13-14
6 Northwood 7-12 10-18
7 N.Michigan 4-15 9-17
South Division
1 Findlay (OH) 16-3 24-4
2 Hillsdale 14-5 20-6
2 Wayne St., MI 14-5 22-7
4 Ashland 7-12 13-13
5 Tiffin 6-13 8-18
6 Lake Erie 3-16 7-19
6 Ohio Dominican 3-16 6-20


GLIAC Tournament Final: Wayne State - Ferris State 73-71
GLIAC Tournament Semifinals:
Ferris State - Michigan Tech 73-64
Wayne State - Findlay 73-64


Player of the Year: Justin Keenan (6'7''-F/C-88) of Ferris St.
All-Tournament MVP:
Bryan Smothers (5'10''-G-88) of Wayne St., MI
Freshman of the Year:
Joe Graessle (6'3''-G-92) of Tiffin
Coach of the Year:
Bill Sall of Ferris St.

All-Tournament Team

Bryan Smothers (5'10''-G-88) of Wayne St., MI
Nathan Hyde (6'3''-G-88) of Findlay (OH)
Ali Haidar (6'7''-F-90) of Michigan Tech
Darien Gay (5'10''-G-89) of Ferris St.
Mike Hollingsworth (6'1''-G) of Wayne St., MI
Justin Keenan (6'7''-F/C-88) of Ferris St.

All-GLIAC North Division 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Justin Keenan
Keenan
Greg Foster
Foster
Darien Gay
Gay
Ali Haidar
Haidar
Justin Ringler
Ringler
#e#5

1st Team
G: Greg Foster (6'2''-89) of Saginaw Valley
G: Darien Gay (5'10''-89) of Ferris St.
F: Ali Haidar (6'7''-90) of Michigan Tech
F/C: Justin Keenan (6'7''-88) of Ferris St.
G/F: Justin Ringler (6'4'') of Grand Valley St.

2nd Team
C: Jared Benson (6'10''-89) of N.Michigan
F: Mike Hojnacki (6'7''-90) of Michigan Tech
G: Kyle Hunt (6'3'') of L.Superior
G: James Thomas (6'2'') of Grand Valley St.
G/F: Lou Williams (6'7'') of Ferris St.

All-Defensive Team
Dontae Molden (5'11''-G) of Ferris St.
Justin Ringler (6'4''-G/F) of Grand Valley St.
Alvin Storrs (6'2''-G) of Grand Valley St.
Chris Webb (6'1''-G-91) of Saginaw Valley
Lou Williams (6'7''-G/F) of Ferris St.

All-GLIAC South Division 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Justin Keenan
Smothers
Kyle Caiola
Caiola
Brent Eaton
Eaton
Mike Hollingsworth
Hollingsworth
Nathan Hyde
Hyde
#e#5

1st Team
G: Kyle Caiola (5'11''-90) of Mass.-Lowell
G: Brent Eaton (6'5''-89) of Wisc.-Green Bay
G: Mike Hollingsworth (6'1'') of Wayne St., MI
G: Nathan Hyde (6'3''-88) of Findlay (OH)
G: Bryan Smothers (5'10''-88) of Wayne St., MI

2nd Team
G: Ethan Bradshaw (6'1''-87) of Lake Erie
G: Tyler Gerber (5'10''-90) of Hillsdale
G: Aaron Gibbs (6'3''-88) of Presbyterian
F: Kale Richardson (6'8''-87) of Ashland
C: Evan Yates (6'6'') of Ashland

All-Defensive Team
Tyler Gerber (5'10''-G-90) of Hillsdale
Nick Meinert (6'2''-G) of Hillsdale
Aaron Robinson (6'2''-G-90) of Findlay (OH)
Bryan Smothers (5'10''-G-88) of Wayne St., MI
Ike Udanoh (6'8''-C-89) of LIU Brooklyn


Limestone men's basketball wins first ever Conference Carolinas Championship 68-59 over Coker - by Emiliano
Limestone men's basketball wins first ever Conference Carolinas Championship 68-59 over Coker
No. 2 Limestone College (23-6, 14-4) capped off the most successful Division II season in program history with a thrilling 68-59 victory over No. 4 Coker to win the 2011 Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Tournament and earn the program's first-ever bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. It is the first conference championship in program history.
With Limestone leading 58-47 with 5:06 to play, Coker mounted a tremendous comeback as they used a 12-2 run to close to within 60-59 with 1:33 to play. A basket by redshirt-junior forward Jarrell Douglass (Leesburg, Fla.) then sparked an 8-0 run, highlighted by 6-of-6 shooting from the line by junior guard Stewart Clark (Atlanta, Ga.), that clinched the 68-59 victory and the first-ever Conference Carolinas Championship for Limestone.
Jarrell Douglass earned Most Valuable Player honors for the tournament and was joined on the All-Tournament team by redshirt-senior forward Danny Friend (Morrow, Ga.) and junior guard Michael Barrett (Virginia Beach, Va.).
In the first half, with the game tied at 6-6 at the 16:12 mark, Limestone used an 8-0 run fueled by five points from Jarrell Douglass to take a 14-6 advantage. Trailing 19-13 with 7:43 to play, Coker used a 7-2 run to pull back to within 21-20. A pair of free throws and a layup then stretched LC's lead to 25-20 before the Cobras tied up the game with a 5-0 run of their own.
A Douglass layup gave Limestone back the lead but it was a Douglass miss that provided the highlight of the half. Michael Barrett then crashed the boards and slammed home the rebound to close out the half with a 29-25 lead.
Leading 34-31 at the 16:16 mark, the Saints put together a 10-3 run over the next 2:44 to take a 44-33 lead. They would stretch their lead to 11 on several occasions and maintain at least an eight-point advantage until Coker clawed to within 52-45 with 6:19 to play. A 6-2 Limestone run then made it 58-47 and set the stage for their late game heroics.
Liam Kyle led all scorers with 22 on the night and added five rebounds and four assists while Joselle Bracy finished with 12 points. Tom Wright added 10 points and a team-high tying five rebounds and Delonte Doles, playing in foul trouble much of the night, chipped in with eight points, four assists and three boards.
Jarrell Douglass led Limestone with a near triple-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to go along with four blocks while Michael Barrett had 15 points. Danny Friend added 11 points, nine rebounds and two blocks and Stewart Clark finished with eight points on perfect 8-of-8 foul shooting, including 6-of-6 down the stretch.
With the win, Limestone has earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will await word on what regional they will be placed in and who they will face. The NCAA Selection Show will be aired live on NCAA.com at 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.
Courtesy of Golimestonesaints.com


Conf.Carolinas Summary 2010-11:

Regular Season Standings 2010-11:


1 Queens (NY) 16-2 20-7
2
Limestone 14-4 22-6
3
Barton (NC) 12-6 18-10
4
Coker 10-8 14-13
5
Mount Olive 9-9 14-13
5
St.Andrews 9-9 13-14
5
Pfeiffer 9-9 11-16
8
Belm.Abbey 8-10 14-14
9
Lees-McRae 2-16 6-20
10
Erskine 1-17 3-23


Conf.Carolinas Tournament Final: Limestone - Coker 68-59
Conf.Carolinas Tournament Semifinals:
Limestone - Barton College 81-77
Coker - Belmont 87-80



All-Conf.Carolinas Top Players 2010-11
#s#
Chris Woods
Woods
Reggie Hopkins
Hopkins
L.J. Dunn
Dunn
Richard Barbee
Barbee
#e#4

All-Tournament MVP: Jarrell Douglass (6'5''-F) of Limestone
Player of the Year: Chris Woods (6'5''-F) of Pfeiffer
Rookie of the Year: Brent Evans (6'8''-F-92) of Queens (NC)
Rookie of the Year: Dory Hines (6'3''-G) of Mount Olive
Coach of the Year: Wes Long of Queens (NC)

1st Team
F: Chris Woods (6'5'') of Pfeiffer
G: Reggie Hopkins (5'11''-88) of Queens (NC)
F: Jarrell Douglass (6'5'') of Limestone
F: L.J. Dunn (6'3'') of Barton (NC)
G: Richard Barbee (6'3'') of Belm.Abbey

2nd Team
G: Derek Staton (5'9'') of Mount Olive
F: Marvin Jackson (6'5'') of St.Andrews
G: Daniel Bailey (6'4''-90) of Queens (NC)
G: Tom Wright (6'2''-88) of Augusta St.
G: Gerald Boston (5'10'') of Barton (NC)

3rd Team
F: Danny Friend (6'6''-88) of D.O.T.S.
G: Jaren Haley (6'1'') of Wagner
F: Kyle Phillips (6'9'') of Belm.Abbey
F: Liam Kyle (6'7'') of W.Liberty St.
F: Adam McFerran (6'4''-88) of Wheeling Jesuit

All-Tournament Team
Kyle Phillips (6'9''-F) of Belm.Abbey
L.J. Dunn (6'3''-F) of Barton (NC)
Liam Kyle (6'7''-F) of W.Liberty St.
Tom Wright (6'2''-G-88) of Augusta St.
Michael Barrett (5'11''-G) of Limestone
Danny Friend (6'6''-F-88) of D.O.T.S.

All-Academic Team
Mihai Petcu (6'6''-F-88) of
Matthew Beerse (6'1''-G) of Belm.Abbey
Ryan Conrad (5'10''-G) of Wagner
Ian Parry (6'5''-F) of Belm.Abbey
Tom Wright (6'2''-G-88) of Augusta St.
John Mark Taylor (6'6''-C) of Erskine
Nick Debnam (6'3''-G) of Limestone
Aleks Mitrovic (6'7''-F) of Mount Olive
David Cheek (6'3''-G/F-88) of Queens (NC)
Sean Eads (5'11''-G-90) of Queens (NC)




Daye named MVP as Bloomfield wins CACC Men's Basketball Championship - by Emiliano
Gage Daye netted 24 points in leading Bloomfield College to the 2010-11 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Basketball Championship with a 94-81 victory over Goldey-Beacom College Saturday night at Holy Family University. With the win, Bloomfield has captured the CACC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament, which will commence next week.
Three Deacons tallied at least 20 points, led by Daye's 24. Junior forward Matt Wafula registered a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while senior guard Ryan Rodrigues scored 20 points and added seven boards. Daye, Wafula and Rodriguez were named to the All-Tournament team. Bloomfield (21-8) shot 48.4-percent (31-of-64) from the field and 76.3-percent (29-of-38) from the charity stripe.
Goldey-Beacom (19-11) was led by senior forward Terrence Parkes, who registered 23 points and eight rebounds. Classmate Azeez Ellegood added 19 points, five assists and three rebounds, while Darnell Cephas contributed 15 points. The Lightning have now advanced to two consecutive CACC Championship games, falling to Felician College in the 2009-10 finale.


CCAC Summary 2010-11:

Regular Season Standings 2010-11

North Division
1
Bloomfield 15-3 19-8
2
Post 14-4 17-10
3
Dominican (NY) 12-6 16-13
4
Felician 10-8 14-13
5
Concordia (NY) 9-9 10-16
6
Caldwell 7-11 10-16
7
Nyack 0-18 2-24
South Division
1
Goldey-Beacom 12-5 18-10
2
Philadelphia 10-7 15-12
3
Chestnut Hill 8-9 12-15
4
Univ.Sciences 7-10 12-13
5
Wilmington 6-11 8-18
6
Holy Family 4-13 6-21

CACC Tournament Final: Bloomfield - Goldey-Beacom 94-81
CACC Tournament Semifinals:
Goldey-Beacom - Post 74-63
Bloomfield - Chestnut Hill 82-80




All-CACC 1st team 2010-11
Gage Daye
Daye
Adewale Adefemi
Adefemi
Almin Hodzic
Hodzic
Terrence Parkes
Parkes
Devon Young
Young

All-Tournament MVP: Gage Daye (6'2''-F) of Bloomfield
Player of the Year: Gage Daye (6'2''-F) of Bloomfield
Rookie of the Year: Tyrone Mann-Barnes (6'0''-G) of Univ.Sciences
Rookie of the Year: Khaleev Ginyard (5'8''-G) of Dominican (NY)
Coach of the Year: Al Sokaitis of Post USA

1st Team
F: Adewale Adefemi (6'4'') of Univ.Sciences
F: Gage Daye (6'2'') of Bloomfield
C: Almin Hodzic (6'10'') of Dominican (NY)
F: Terrence Parkes (6'6''-87) of Delaware St.
G/F: Devon Young (6'3''-89) of Felician

2nd Team
F/C: Dan Comas (6'6'') of Chestnut Hill
G: Jim Connolly (6'3''-90) of Philadelphia
F: Garvin McAlister (5'9'') of Post
G/F: Samuel McDuffie (6'5'') of Goldey-Beacom
G: Leon Porter (5'6'') of Dominican (NY)

3rd Team
G: Ahmad Harris (5'9'') of Bloomfield
F: James Oyamo (6'5'') of Nyack
G: Ryan Rodrigues (6'0'') of St.Michael's
G: Tim Smith (6'2'') of Holy Family
G: Brandon Whitaker (6'1'') of Concordia (NY)

Honorable Mention
Temi Adebayo (7'0''-C-88) of St.Joseph's
Azeez Ellegood (5'8''-G) of Goldey-Beacom
Corey Francisco (6'5''-G/F-89) of Philadelphia
Suquan Gary (6'6''-F-88) of Felician
Nikola Otovic (6'1''-G-89) of Sloga

All-Tournament Team
Gage Daye (6'2''-F) of Bloomfield
Ryan Rodrigues (6'0''-G) of St.Michael's
Matt Wafula (6'6''-F) of Molloy
Terrence Parkes (6'6''-F-87) of Delaware St.
Azeez Ellegood (5'8''-G) of Goldey-Beacom
Josh Lopez (5'11''-G) of Post
Uros Kovacevic (6'5''-G-86) of Seminole CC
Adewale Adefemi (6'4''-F) of Univ.Sciences


Bellarmine Collects Back-to-Back GLVC Titles - by Eurobasket
ST. LOUIS - The Bellarmine men's basketball team claimed its second straight GLVC Championship on Sunday afternoon with an 87-81 overtime win against second-seeded Southern Indiana at Moloney Arena. With the win, the second-ranked Knights secured the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Senior forward Nick Holmes converted a three-point play with just under one minute in regulation to knot the score at 62-62 and force the extra session.
After the two teams exchanged baskets through the first three minutes of the overtime session Bellarmine (27-2) seized the lead and control of the game on back-to-back three-point baskets by Chris Dowe and Braydon Hobbs.
The two buckets gave the Knights a 77-72 lead with 1:04 to play and Bellarmine converted eight straight free throw conversions down the stretch to seal the win.
Bellarmine's Justin Benedetti, the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, paced the Knights in the second half as he scored his team's first nine points after the break to help them to a 40-32 lead. He finished the game with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting and added four rebounds and four assists.
Hobbs, who joined Benedetti on the All-Tournament Team, notched a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists and Dowe came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting.
In all, five Knights reached double figures on the afternoon as the team shot 49.1 percent from the field. Bellarmine canned 21-of-22 free throws and shot 54.5 percent from the three-point line (12-22).
Behind Benedetti's nine-point surge to open the second half, the Knights made a 12-2 run and took a 43-34 advantage on a Hobbs three-pointer with 12:37 to play.
Southern Indiana's Mohammed Ntumba scored six of his team-high 20 points as the Eagles (24-5) roared back over the next three minutes. USI capped the run and tied the score at 47-47 with a pair of Kevin Gant free throws.
The teams traded buckets until Holmes managed to tie the game at the end of regulation.
The cleanly played first half featured five lead changes with Southern Indiana opening the contest on an 11-5 run highlighted by four points each by Ntumba and Hogg.
Bellarmine responded with a significant run of their own led by Chris Dowe off the bench who had seven points in the spurt including a bucket at the 5:10 mark to give the Knights a 26-20 advantage.
In addition to Benedetti, Hobbs and Ntumba, USI's Brandon Hogg and Kentucky Wesleyan's Anthony Young were also selected to the All-Tournament Team.
The NCAA Midwest Regional, in which Bellarmine and likely Southern Indiana will be competing, will begin on Saturday.


Courtesy of GLVC

CLVC Regular Season Standings
East
1 Bellarmine 17-1
2 S.Indiana 14-4
3 N.Kentucky 12-6
3 Indianapolis 12-6
5 Ky Wesleyan 10-8
West
1 Drury 13-5
2 Mo.-St.Louis 10-8
3 Rockhurst 6-12
4 Missouri S&T 3-15
4 Maryville Coll. 3-15
North
1 Quincy 9-9
1 Lewis 9-9
3 St.Joseph (IN) 7-11
4 Wisc.-Parkside 6-12
5 Ill.-Springfield 4-14


GLVC Tournament Final: Bellarmine - S.Indiana 87-81
GLVC Tournament Semifinals:
Southern Indiana - Drury 88-74
Bellarmine - Kentucky Wesleyan 86-73


All-GLVC 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Jeremy Kendle
Kendle
Darius Adams
Adams
Gerald Fulton
Fulton
Braydon Hobbs
Hobbs
Mohamed Ntumba
Ntumba
#e#5

Player of the Year: Jeremy Kendle (6'1''-G) of Bellarmine
All-Tournament MVP: Justin Benedetti (6'7''-G) of Bellarmine
Freshman of the Year: Jordan Mach (6'2''-G) of Wisc.-Parkside
Coach of the Year: Scott Davenport of Bellarmine

1st Team
G: Darius Adams (6'0''-89) of Indianapolis
G: Gerald Fulton (6'2''-88) of Mo.-St.Louis
G: Braydon Hobbs (6'5'') of Bellarmine
G: Jeremy Kendle (6'1'') of Bellarmine
C: Mohamed Ntumba (6'7''-85) of SE Illinois JC

2nd Team
G: Alex Hall (6'2'') of Drury
F: Jajuan Maxwell (6'6''-88) of SE Missouri St.
G: Dennis Thomas Jr. (6'2'') of Lewis
G: C.J. Trotter (6'3'') of S.Indiana
C: Anthony Young (6'7''-89) of Ky Wesleyan

3rd Team
G: Justin Benedetti (6'7'') of Bellarmine
G: Chris Dowe (6'2'') of Bellarmine
G: Josh Edmonds (6'5''-88) of Quincy
G: Malcolm Eleby (6'3''-89) of St.Bonaventure
C: Michael Fakuade (6'7'') of N.Illinois
G: Kevin Gant (5'8''-89) of S.Indiana
G: Cardell McFarland (6'0''-87) of Missouri St.
G: Dennon Mitchell (6'2''-90) of Drury
G: Adrian Moss (5'9''-88) of IUPUI
G: Josh Tabb (6'4''-86) of Tennessee

All-Tournament Team
Justin Benedetti (6'7''-G) of Bellarmine
Braydon Hobbs (6'5''-G) of Bellarmine
Mohamed Ntumba (6'7''-C-85) of SE Illinois JC
Brandon Hogg (6'1''-G) of S.Indiana
Anthony Young (6'7''-C-89) of Ky Wesleyan




Lincoln Memorial Captures Men's Basketball Tournament Title With 68-58 Victory Over Wingate - by Greg
Lincoln Memorial Univerisity built a 16-point halftime lead, and then held off a late Wingate rally to defeat the Bulldogs 68-58 in the championship game of the 2011 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference men's basketball tournament on Sunday afternoon at Catawba Valley Community College.
The 12th-ranked Railsplitters win their first-ever Food Lion SAC title and improve to 27-2 overall, while Wingate falls to 19-10 on the season.
The Railsplitters receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs will have to wait until later Sunday night to see if they receive an at-large bid to the tournament. The selection show can be seen live via webcast at 10 p.m. by going to the ncaa.com.
Junior forward Desmond Johnson (Lynch, Ky.) led the LMU attack with 24 points and 10 rebounds. The SAC Player of the Year hit seven-of-14 shots from the field and 10-of-12 free throws, while also handing out a team-high four assists, earning All-SAC Tournament honors. Junior guard Darryl Garrett (Detroit, Mich.) added 15 points, while senior forward D'Mario Curry (Detroit, Mich.) had 12 points and five boards, earning SAC Tournament MVP honors.
Sophomore forward Odell Turner (Charlotte, N.C.) had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the Wingate attack, hitting eight-of-12 shots from the field while earning all-tournament accolades. Junior guard Jaime Vaughn (Tallahassee, Fla.) added 12 points, four rebounds and three assists, joining Turner on the all-tournament squad.
The Railsplitters relied on their defense in the first half, holding Wingate scoreless for the final 3:33 of the opening stanza to stretch the lead to 14 points at halftime. Johnson hit a pair of free throws and a jumper to start the closing spurt for LMU, while junior guard Carlos Sanford (Durham, N.C.) added a three. Armstrong knocked down a jumper with three seconds remaining to give the Railsplitters a 36-22 halftime lead.
An alley-oop to Curry on the opening play of the second half put LMU on top by 16. The Railsplitters maintained their lead over the next few minutes, holding a 54-40 advantage with 12 minutes remaining in the game. The Bulldogs used a 9-0 run to cut the lead down to three. Junior guard Chase Smith (Upper Marlboro, Md.) drained a three to start the spurt, while Vaughn added with a three-point play to cut the deficit to six. A Turner free throw, followed by Turner layup made it 54-51 with 9:15 to go.
LMU got a big bucket from Garrett on the next possession, followed by a jumper from sophomore guard Cam Carden (Clearwater, Fla.) to push the lead back to seven. The Bulldogs cut the lead back down to four on a three from sophomore guard Paidrick Matilus (Boynton Beach, Fla.) at the 4:32 mark. The Railsplitters had the answer once again, scoring the next seven points to push the lead to 11. Five points in the stretch came via free throws, while Garrett added a layup in the run which made it 67-56 with 48 seconds remaining.
LMU shot 41.1 percent from the field, while holding a 40-28 rebounding advantage. The Railsplitters compiled 12 second-chance points, compared to Wingate's four. The Bulldogs shot 42.3 percent from the field, while knocking down five-of-18 from three-point range (27.8 percent). Lincoln Memorial also had a big advantage at the free throw line, knocking down 20-of-28 while the Bulldogs hit just nine-of-12 for the day.
Catawba College's Dominick Reid, who averaged 24.5 points in two tournament games, rounds out the All-Tournament team.

Courtesy of SAC

All-SAC Summary 2010-2011

SAC Regular Season Standings
1
Lincoln Memorial 16-2
2
Wingate 12-6
2
Anderson 12-6
4
Brevard 8-10
4
Newberry 8-10
4
Catawba 8-10
4
Carson-Newman 8-10
4
Tusculum 8-10
9
Mars Hill 7-11
10
Lenoir-Rhyne 3-15

SAC Tournament Final: LMU - Wingate 68-58
SAC Tournament Semifinals:
LMU - Tusculum 62-56
Wingate - Catawba 65-60

All-SAC 1st Team
#s#
D
Curry
Brandon Young
Young
Josh Roper
Roper
Dominick Reid
Reid
Desmond Johnson
Johnson
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: D'Mario Curry (6'7''-F-85) of Lincoln Memorial
Player of the Year: Desmond Johnson (6'6''-F-90) of Lincoln Memorial
Freshman of the Year: Keon Moore (6'4''-G) of Catawba
Student-Athlete of the Year: Nick Trull (6'2''-G) of Anderson
Coach of the Year: Josh Schertz of Lincoln Memorial

1st Team
G: Brandon Young (6'3'') of Anderson
G: Josh Roper (6'0'') of Pfeiffer
G: Dominick Reid (5'10'') of Catawba
F: D'Mario Curry (6'7''-85) of Lincoln Memorial
F: Desmond Johnson (6'6''-90) of Lincoln Memorial
F: Odell Turner (6'6'') of Wingate

2nd Team
G: Kevis Cornwell (6'2'') of Anderson
G/F: Sammy Emile (6'5'') of Mars Hill
F: Dion Malachi (6'6'') of Mars Hill
F: Tony Davis (6'10'') of Cent.Florida
F: Robert Troutman (6'5''-89) of Tusculum
G: Jamie Vaughn (6'0''-90) of Wingate

All-Tournament Team
D'Mario Curry (6'7''-F-85) of Lincoln Memorial
Desmond Johnson (6'6''-F-90) of Lincoln Memorial
Odell Turner (6'6''-F) of Wingate
Jamie Vaughn (6'0''-G-90) of Wingate
Dominick Reid (5'10''-G) of Catawba

All-Freshman Team
Denzail Jones () of Clark Atlanta
Ishmael Sanders (6'2''-G) of Carson-Newman
Keon Moore (6'4''-G) of Catawba
Allan Jones (6'4''-G/F) of Lenoir-Rhyne
Vincent Bailey (6'6''-F) of Lincoln Memorial


Winona State Wins NSIC/Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament Title - by Greg
Fifth seeded Winona State won the 2011 NSIC/Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament Championship with a 58-41 win over sixth seeded St. Cloud State. The Warriors earn an automatic bid to next week's NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament, while the Huskies lose their first NSIC Tournament game (8-1) after winning the previous two NSIC Tournament Championships.
The Warriors lead nearly the entire way as they claimed their fifth NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament Championship and removed all doubt from its postseason destination.
The Warriors received a huge game from Clayton Vette and strong senior leadership from Ben Fischer to earn a 58-41 victory over St. Cloud State. The championship will be added to a WSU trophy case that already contains tournament titles from 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2008. The win also punches Winona State's ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive season.
Vette was a workhorse as WSU built a second half advantage that reached as many as 20. The junior scored 17 and grabbed nine rebounds, with 11 points and six assists after halftime, earning all-tournament honors.
The MVP of the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament went to Ben Fischer who scored eight points and dished out seven assists. Jon Walburg added 12 points and six rebounds.
Winona State held the Huskies to just 23 percent shooting in the first half, building a 22-15 lead. St. Cloud State shot 28 percent for the game and hit just six of 17 3-point attempts. The Warriors shot the ball at a 43 percent clip on their way to the win.
WSU is now 20-9 on the season, the seventh consecutive year the Warriors have reached at least 20 wins.

Courtesy of NSIC


All-NSIC Summary 2010-2011

NSIC Regular Season Standings
1
Minnesota St. 19-3
2
Mary 18-4
3
Augustana (SD) 15-7
4
Winona St. 13-9
4
Concordia-St.Paul 13-9
6
MSU Moorhead 12-10
6
St.Cloud St. 12-10
8
Wayne St., NE 9-13
8
SW Minnesota St. 9-13
10
Northern St. 8-14
10
Bemidji St. 8-14
10
Minn.-Duluth 8-14
13
Upper Iowa 7-15
14
Minn.-Crookston 3-19

NSIC Tournament Final: Winona State - St. Cloud State 58-41
NSIC Tournament Semifinals:
Winona State - Minnesota State 82-74
St. Cloud State - U-Mary 65-59


All-NSIC 1st Team
#s#
Ben Fischer
Fischer
Cameron McCaffrey
McCaffrey
Cody Schilling
Schilling
Peter Olafeso
Olafeso
Eric Erdmann
Erdmann
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: Ben Fischer (6'1''-G) of Winona St.
Player of the Year: Anthony Moody (6'0''-G) of Mary
Defensive Player of the Year: Cameron Hodges (6'5''-G-87) of Minnesota St.
Freshman of the Year: Brett Ervin (6'7''-F) of Minn.-Duluth
Newcomer of the Year: Peter Olafeso (6'2''-G-85) of Concordia-St.Paul
Coach of the Year: Matt Margenthaler of Minnesota St.

1st Team
G: Cameron McCaffrey (6'1''-90) of Augustana (SD)
G: Cody Schilling (6'5''-89) of Augustana (SD)
G: Peter Olafeso (6'2''-85) of Concordia-St.Paul
F: Eric Erdmann (6'5'') of Mary
G: Anthony Moody (6'0'') of Mary
G: Marcus Hill (5'9''-89) of Minnesota St.
G: Jefferson Mason (6'6''-88) of N.Colorado
F: Collin Pryor (6'6'') of Northern St.
G: Taylor Witt (6'3''-88) of St.Cloud St.
G: Ben Fischer (6'1'') of Winona St.

2nd Team
F: James Ellisor (6'5''-90) of Bemidji St.
F: Brent Barz (6'10''-89) of Tyler JC
G: Ryan Rasmussen (6'2''-89) of Minn.-Duluth
G: Cameron Hodges (6'5''-87) of Minnesota St.
F: Alex Novak (6'8'') of MSU Moorhead
F: Scott Roehl (6'7''-87) of SW Minnesota St.
F: Andrew Bernstetter (6'6''-89) of St.Cloud St.
G: Amry Shelby (5'11''-91) of Wayne St., NE
G: Anthony Tucker (6'4''-89) of Iowa
F: Clayton Vette (6'8'') of Iowa St.

All-Tournament Team
Anthony Moody (6'0''-G) of Mary
Marcus Hill (5'9''-G-89) of Minnesota St.
Taylor Witt (6'3''-G-88) of St.Cloud St.
Clayton Vette (6'8''-F) of Iowa St.
Ben Fischer (6'1''-G) of Winona St.


Augusta State Claims PBC Men's Tournament Title 76-59 - by Greg
Augusta State shot 50% in the second half and hit 81% of their 42 free throw attempts as they won the2011 PBC Tournament Championship on Sunday in Aiken 76-59 over UNC Pembroke. The Jaguars (28-3) earn the PBC's automatic bid to next week's NCAA Tournament. UNC Pembroke sees their season come to a close with an 18-11 record after making their first-ever PBC championship game appearance.
Both teams started the game tight and points were hard to come by for the first five minutes. ASU led 9-4 before free throws from UNCP's Mike Robinson and Nate Priest and a layup from Shahmel Brackett gave the Braves their first lead of the game. The two teams traded that lead five more times over the next four minutes until the score was tied at 15 each with 9:40 to play.
UNCP got to 15 on Chris Hargrove's three-pointer with 10:18 to play, but the Braves would not score again for nearly seven minutes as the Jaguars went on an 18-0 run to open up a 17-point lead. Franck Ndongo scored eight of ASU's first 10 points of the run and had 10 points overall in the span.
Down 17, UNC Pembroke cut the lead down with a 9-3 run that ended with a Brackett three-pointer and Robinson layup. ASU's O'Neal Armstrong answered with a pair of free throws that left ASU up 37-24 at the half.
The second half was status quo as ASU's lead shrank to 13 after a Robinson free throw with 17:42 left, but that would be as close as the Braves would get until the waning seconds. Ndongo got a steal and breakaway layup which began a period where the Jaguars were scoring two points for every one for UNCP that left ASU with a 21-point lead, their largest in the game, with 7:22 to play.
The Jaguars did that largely at the free throw line, setting season-highs in both free throws made and attempted. ASU took 21 free throws in each half and hit 18 of them in the second frame, an 86% rate. UNCP hit 20 of 25 from the line as a team but struggled from long distance, hitting only one of nine three-pointers in the second half. The 34 total makes by ASU set a PBC Tournament record.
ASU's Tye Beale led the team with 17 points, hitting 10 of 11 free throws. George Johnson scored 16 and was named the tournament Most Valuable Player. Ndongo finished with 15 and Armstrong 14.
Brackett scored 24 to lead UNC Pembroke, hitting eight of 14 from the floor and all six of his free throws. No other Brave reached double figures as Priest finished with eight and Blakeney led all players with seven rebounds.
Augusta State extends their head-to-head winning streak over UNC Pembroke to 17 straight games. The Jaguars claim their fourth overall tournament title and their second in three years, both of those also coming with PBC regular-season championships.
Augusta State is favored to host their fifth straight NCAA Southeast Regional championship. If they are awarded the regional on Sunday night, they will host the event 12-13 and 15 as Christenberry Fieldhouse in Augusta.

Courtesy of PBA


All-PeachBelt Summary 2010-2011

PeachBelt Regular Season Standings
East
1
Augusta St. 15-3 28-3
2
USC Aiken 10-8 17-10
3
UNC Pembroke 9-9 18-11
3
Francis Marion 9-9 16-11
5
Armstrong Atlantic 8-10 14-12
6
Flagler 4-14 10-16
7
Lander 3-15 10-16

West
1
Georgia SW 12-5 20-8
2
Clayton St. 10-7 19-10
2
Montevallo 10-7 18-10
2
Georgia Coll. 10-7 16-10
5
Columbus St. 7-10 11-15
5
N.Georgia 7-10 10-16

PeachBelt Tournament Final: Augusta State - UNC Pembroke 76-59
PeachBelt Tournament Semifinals:
Augusta State - Montevallo 61-52
UNC Pembroke - Ga. Southwestern 69-68


All-PeachBelt 1st Team
#s#
George Johnson
Johnson
Phillip Brown
Brown
Timothy Downs
Downs
Franck Ndongo
Ndongo
Brandon Robinson
Robinson
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: George Johnson (6'4''-G) of Gannon
Player of the Year: Phillip Brown (6'7''-C) of Air Force
Defensive Player of the Year: Alvin Brown (6'10''-C) of JMU
Freshman of the Year: Colin Slotter (6'5''-G) of Georgia SW
Coach of the Year: Mike Leeder of Georgia SW

1st Team
C: Phillip Brown (6'7'') of Air Force
G: Timothy Downs (5'7''-89) of BC Lakers
G: George Johnson (6'4'') of Gannon
F: Franck Ndongo (6'6''-88) of Va Commonwealth
F: Brandon Robinson (6'6''-89) of Clayton St.

2nd Team
G: Byron Faison (6'1'') of Winthrop
F: Trayce Macon (6'7''-88) of Troy
G: Carl Taylor (6'3''-87) of Morehead St.
F: Liki Turner (6'5''-89) of Shepherd
F: Reece Wiedeman (6'8''-88) of Georgia Coll.

3rd Team
G: Shahmel Brackett (6'0''-91) of UNC Pembroke
G: Antoine Davis (5'9''-86) of Montevallo
G: John Pietkiewicz (6'4'') of Flagler
G: Colin Slotter (6'5'') of Georgia SW
G: Chris Vanlandingham (6'4''-89) of Armstrong Atlantic

All-Tournament Team
Trayce Macon (6'7''-F-88) of Troy
Antoine Davis (5'9''-G-86) of Montevallo
George Blakeney (6'9''-F-91) of UNC Pembroke
Shahmel Brackett (6'0''-G-91) of UNC Pembroke
Oneal Armstrong (5'6''-G) of Augusta St.


CW Post won ECC Championship 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
BRIDGEPORT, CONN. - The C.W. Post men's basketball team punched a ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a 68-64 win over the Bridgeport Purple Knights in the East Coast Conference Championship on Sunday. This is the third conference tournament championship in the past four years for the Pioneers, the first under first-year head coach Chris Casey.
Gilbert Montalvo (Astoria, N.Y.) hit is only made shot of the game with 1:40 left in the second half to give the Pioneers a 63-62 lead over the Purple Knights. The Pioneers held onto that lead down the stretch as Aaron Hall (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Tobin Carberry (Hamden, Conn.) hit clutch free throws, including two by Carberry with only one second remaining to set the final score of 68-64.
The Pioneers jumped out to an early 10-0 lead to open the game, highlighted by two long-distance three pointers by ECC Player of the Year, Stefan Bonneau (Middletown, N.Y.). The early lead grew to as large as 14 for the Pioneers in the early going before the Purple Knights put on a run of their own to eventually take the lead with 9:54 left in the opening frame, 24-23.
Both teams went back and forth over the course of those last nine minutes, exchanging leads and pulling even with each other at moments. The score went into the half tied at 36 after a lay-up by Dave Boykin allowed the Purple Knights to pull even.
Play was much of the same during the second half for both teams, trading blows and getting the best out of one another. The Purple Knights opened up a five point lead in the opening minutes after the half; however the Pioneers tied the game up again six minutes in with a jumper by Vaughn Allen (Mount Vernon, N.Y.). Bridgeport could never build a lead bigger than three from that point on.
Montalvo's jumper at 1:40 left forced the Purple Knights to call a 30 second timeout coming down the court, but the timeout did not prove useful after the Pioneer defense made big stops down the stretch. Hall then hit a back-end of a one-and-one with 41 seconds remaining, and then Carberry went 4-4 from the line in the last eight seconds to seal the victory.
Allen finished the championship game with 16 points, leading four Pioneers in double-figures. He also contributed 10 rebounds to give him a double-double, along with four blocks on the defensive end. Billy Butler (Elmont, N.Y.) turned out a solid game as well with 14 points and six assists. Bonneau matched Butler with 14 points, while Hall poured in 13 behind a 6-8 day from the field.
Montalvo hit the clutch jumper at the end, dished out eight assists, and won his third ECC Tournament Championship as a member of the Pioneers.
In the end free throws proved to be crucial, as the Pioneers shot 73.3 percent from the line while the Purple Knights went 3-10 to shoot 30 percent from the stripe.
For their effort, Allen and Butler earned All-Tournament Team nods, with Bonneau joining them along with winning the tournament's M.V.P. honors.
The Pioneers will now await their fate and placing in the 2011 NCAA Division II Tournament. Selections are expected to be made tonight, with the games to get underway next weekend at a determined site.


Courtesy of ECC

ECC Regular Season Standings
1 Bridgeport 18-3 19-8
2 Queens (NY) 16-5 20-8
2 C.W. Post 16-5 20-9
4 NYIT 10-11 13-15
5