EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/9/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


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


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Jackson, La Union20.5 
 2. Bunn, Argentino19.1 
 3. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.6 
 4. Johnson, Monte H.17.1 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.8 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.5 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.15.9 
 8. Taylor, Lanus14.6 
 9. White, Monte H.14.4 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.2 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.9.9 
 3. Battle, Libertad S.9.1 
 4. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.0 
 5. Kante, Olimpico LB8.6 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.0 
 8. Alston, Boca Jrs7.9 
 9. Leiva, Penarol7.4 
 10. Mikulas, La Union7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.4 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.8 
 3. Salles, Monte H.5.1 
 4. Labaque, Atenas5.1 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.5 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.2 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.6 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.5 
 9. Sartorelli, Argentino3.2 
 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.2.6 
 3. Cequeira, Obras2.4 
 4. Salles, Monte H.2.4 
 5. Martinez, Regat.2.4 
 6. Lamonte, Penarol2.3 
 7. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 8. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
 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. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 7. Alston, Boca Jrs0.9 
 8. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 9. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 10. Wolkowyski, Libertad.0.7 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Daniel Dillon Signs with Waverley - by Eurobasket News
The Waverley Falcons continues to build their roster with the signing of Daniel Dillon (191-G-86, college: Arizona) for the BIGV season for 2011 Season.

Dillon, who at 194cm can play the shooting guard/small forward positions, offers plenty of versatility at both ends of the floor.

Touted as a defensive stopper early in his career, which included stints with the powerhouse American college team Arizona and as a development player with the 2008 NBL champion South Dragons, Dillon showed at the recent High Stakes Hoops classic in Adelaide that he also has plenty in his offensive arsenal.

The 24-year-old has deadly range on his shot but can also utilise his speed to get to the basket, while his outstanding defensive capabilities.

Daniel brings a very well rounded game to the with his ability to flat out defend as well as provide a scoring punch in a number of different ways.

With high level Pac 10 experience, Daniel has definitely improved at the offensive end of the floor

Dillon averaged 19.8 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Sandringham Sabres in the SEABL South Conference last year, in the process being named the conference Australian youth player of the year.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au




Lanard Copeland jumps on board Eltham for 2K11 - by Eurobasket News
Eltham is proud to announce the arrive of former Melbourne Tigers and Adelaide 36ers NBL star Lanard Copeland (198-G-65, college: Georgia St.) to the senior men's 2K11 program.

As a high flyer of the NBL, Lanard was a major part of the NBL scene for over 15 years and will now play a major part in assisting the Eltham Wildcats to be competitive in 2K11.

Lanard's new role at Eltham sees him working on game days as Assistant Coach to SCM Head Coach Cameron Lloyd and he will also take on a Coaching Co-ordinator's role with Eltham's Big V men's program.

When asked about the arrival Cameron Lloyd stated 'We have recruited some great names down at the club, but adding Copes will help us develop the local talent in both of our senior men's teams to no end. Copes will spend time helping to develop the talent in our YL program with Chris Owen.'

When asked about his roles at Eltham, Lanard commented, ' I live closed to the club and the opportunity to be involved in the senior program, as well as junior programs and camps at Eltham where we will be providing quality development for the local players was something that drew me to the club. I know many of the guys down at Eltham and I like what they are putting together in 2K11'.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au


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  BAHAMAS   


Robert Nortmann triumph with Dalhousie - by Eurobasket News
Bahamian Robert Nortmann (198-F) triumph with Dalhousie in Canada. This past weekend was filled with outstanding accomplishments by Dalhousies mens basketball team as Atlantic University Sport recognized this seasons award winners and the Tigers took the AUS championship title!

The black and gold mens basketball team finished second in the AUS regular season standings with 44 points, to give them a quarter-final bye to the semifinal game in the AUS championship tournament. In semifinal play last Saturday the Tigers faced StFX and played fiercely, maintaining a lead on the X-Men the entire game to earn a 68-79 win. The team maintained a level head and showed up to Sundays AUS final game determined to win. Dal established a great lead over the Axemen throughout the game for a 78-47 win to earn the 2010-11 Subway AUS championship title. Simon Farine was honoured as the player of the game as well as the tournament MVP for his performance over the weekend which included 24 points in the championship game.

This weekend the men will battle for the CIS championship starting at 6pm on Friday versus the CIS number three ranked Saskatchewan. The black and gold enter the tournament ranked sixth in the CIS.
Courtesy of: athletics.dal.ca


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  BELGIUM   


London NBA Games - by Peter Buyse
Eurobasket Belgium had the pleasure to attend the London NBA games this past weekend. The 2 games between the Toronto Raptors and the New Jersey Nets were the first ever official regular season games overseas. Both games were held at the London o2 Arena and drew sell out crowds of close to 19.000 fans. Game on on Friday saw the Nets beat the Raptors 116-103 in a decent game which was only decided in the 4th quarter.
Game 2 on Saturday was a totally different affair, the game not only went into OT, but it took the Nets 3 overtimes to finally pull out the 137-136 down to the wire win.
Leading scorer for the game was Italy's Andrea Bargnani with 35 pts.
This was a great opportunity to see an actual NBA games that really counts for the standings. It was also amazing to witness the whole NBA circus being transported from the US and Canada to London. The games had all they needed for great entertainment from start to finish. As with all NBA games mascots were present with the Raptor being the star of the show. Off course there were the New Jersey Nets Dancer who got the crowd into the games too.
Also at hand were some NBA legends, such as Daryl Dawkins, Dikembe Mutombo, Robert Horry and John Ameachi.
In a short interview with Jose Manuel Calderon (190-G-81), we asked what the chances are of him playing for Spain at the upcoming EC, to which he replied that nothing was sure yet, but that he would love the chance to take the European Championship back to Spain. He also said it was great for all the European players on both teams to play this close to their home countries and give Europeans a chance to first hand see NBA games without having to travel to America.
Eurobasket also asked Brook Lopez if he is looking forward to coming back to London for the 2012 OG as a member of team USA, he told us that he was invited to be on the team and hopes to make the final roster.
All in all I don't think the NBA could have asked for a better outcome of this experiment.



Ethias League News - by Peter Buyse
Antwerp Giants added guard Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) to its roster for the rest of the season.
Roll played college ball at UCLA before heading to play in Turkey.
In his final season at UCLA he averaged 14.1 ppg and 3.6 apg. He was voted to the Pac 10 first team after his senior year.

The team also announced a countract extension for Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) through the 2011-2012 season.

Dexia Mons-Hainaut has released their American F/C Ben McCauley (206-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.) who is moving to play in France for ProA team Roanne, the nr 2 team in the league.
This season he averaged 7.6 ppg and 4.9 rpg.


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  CAMEROON   


William Yengue wins the title in Canada - by Eurobasket News
Cameroonian William Yengue (193-F) wins the title in Canada. This past weekend was filled with outstanding accomplishments by Dalhousies mens basketball team as Atlantic University Sport recognized this seasons award winners and the Tigers took the AUS championship title!

The black and gold mens basketball team finished second in the AUS regular season standings with 44 points, to give them a quarter-final bye to the semifinal game in the AUS championship tournament. In semifinal play last Saturday the Tigers faced StFX and played fiercely, maintaining a lead on the X-Men the entire game to earn a 68-79 win. The team maintained a level head and showed up to Sundays AUS final game determined to win. Dal established a great lead over the Axemen throughout the game for a 78-47 win to earn the 2010-11 Subway AUS championship title. Simon Farine was honoured as the player of the game as well as the tournament MVP for his performance over the weekend which included 24 points in the championship game.

This weekend the men will battle for the CIS championship starting at 6pm on Friday versus the CIS number three ranked Saskatchewan. The black and gold enter the tournament ranked sixth in the CIS.
Courtesy of: athletics.dal.ca


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  CANADA   


CIS men's basketball roundup: Dalhousie takes AUS title - by Eurobasket News
This past weekend was filled with outstanding accomplishments by Dalhousie's men's basketball team as Atlantic University Sport recognized this season's award winners and the Tigers took the AUS championship title!

The black and gold men's basketball team finished second in the AUS regular season standings with 44 points, to give them a quarter-final bye to the semifinal game in the AUS championship tournament. In semifinal play last Saturday the Tigers faced StFX and played fiercely, maintaining a lead on the X-Men the entire game to earn a 68-79 win. The team maintained a level head and showed up to Sunday's AUS final game determined to win. Dal established a great lead over the Axemen throughout the game for a 78-47 win to earn the 2010-11 Subway AUS championship title. Simon Farine (188-G-87) was honoured as the player of the game as well as the tournament MVP for his performance over the weekend which included 24 points in the championship game.

This weekend the men will battle for the CIS championship starting at 6pm on Friday versus the CIS number three ranked Saskatchewan. The black and gold enter the tournament ranked sixth in the CIS.
Source: Dalhousie Sports Info




PREVIEW 2011 CIS mens basketball championship: Top-seeded T-Birds vying for elusive McGee Trophy - by Eurobasket News
OTTAWA (CIS) The top-seeded University of British Columbia Thunderbirds head to Halifax later this week looking for their first CIS mens basketball title in almost 40 years, while the No. 2 Carleton Ravens return to the site of their greatest successes and the No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies get set to play the role of defending national champions for the first time in school history.

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

The Final 8 tournament, which returns to the Halifax Metro Centre this season following a three-year stint in Ottawa, gets under way Friday with the quarter-final round and culminates on 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 opening-round matchups on Friday. Saturdays semifinals and Sundays championship contest will air on tape delay (see complete schedule below). SSN Canada will have live webcasts of the two non-televised quarter-finals and of the bronze medal affair.

In addition to UBC, Carleton and reigning champion Saskatchewan, this years W.P. McGee Trophy contenders include the 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).

The Huskies, who claimed their first McGee Trophy last March thanks to a 91-81 gold medal win over UBC, open their title defence against Dalhousie Friday at 6 p.m. AST in the third quarter-final matchup.

Other first-round clashes will see UBC face Acadia in the tourney opener at 1 p.m., Lakehead battle Trinity Western at 3:15 p.m., and Carleton take on Concordia in the nightcap at 8:15 p.m.

The Thunderbirds earned the No. 1 seed for the event thanks to an entertaining 107-100 win over Saskatchewan in the Canada West final on Saturday night, combined with a surprising 77-62 Lakehead victory over Carleton in the OUA championship game, which marked the Ravens first loss in 32 confrontations against CIS opponents this season.

Following a series of disappointing showings at the CIS tourney that included five consecutive first-round exits between 2003 and 2008, the T-Birds proved they could play with the big boys in 2009 and 2010 by reaching back-to-back national finals. But they still came up short of their goal with gold medal losses to Carleton (87-77 in 2009) and Saskatchewan.

After going 22-2 in conference play and 4-0 in the Canada West playoffs, UBC seems more ready than ever to finally end a drought that dates to 1972. The T-Birds, who will travel to Halifax riding a 22-game winning streak against CIS competition, also went all the way in 1970.

Weve gone in seeded pretty much number two through seven, and things have happened differently, winning the first game, losing the first game. When you get to this time of year, theres not much difference between any of the teams there, says Canada West coach of the year Kevin Hanson, in his 11th season at the helm at UBC.

We didnt play our best basketball last year and still ended up in the final game. So our goal this year is to play our best basketball and it has to come from the veterans. Well probably be one of the most experienced teams there and our fifth-year guys just have to perform when we get there.

The very deep and talented UBC roster includes a trio of fifth-year seniors and six four-year veterans.

Guard Alex Murphy of Richmond, B.C., and forward Brent Malish of Langley, B.C., will both be playing at the Nationals for the fifth straight campaign, while the other fifth-year T-Bird, guard Josh Whyte (191-G-87), will make his third consecutive appearance since joining the team in 2008-09 after transferring from Victoria.

Whyte, a Calgary native who earned CIS player-of-the-year honours a year ago, paced UBC this season with 18.1 points per game.

This years tournament features many of the teams that have been ranked high in the Top 10 all season long. The strength of these top teams seems to get stronger every year, added Hanson. There will be a lot of parity at the tourney and there should be some very good games and should make for a very entertaining tournament.

Should the Thunderbirds make it to a third straight final this weekend, there is a good chance their quest for gold will once again have to go through Carleton or Saskatchewan.

The Ravens hope their loss to Lakehead last Saturday in Hamilton was nothing but a hiccup. After all, they led all 14 weekly national rankings this season and were the only undefeated team in the country in conference play with a sparkling 22-0 mark.

And, the Ravens return to their second home, the Metro Centre, where they captured five straight banners from 2003 to 2007 before the tournament moved to Ottawa.

Led by talented forward Tyson Hinz (198-F), who was named OUA East MVP in only his sophomore campaign, Carleton would like nothing more than another shot at Saskatchewan in Saturdays semifinal round. The Huskies ruined the Ravens party in last years semis, defeating the hometown favourites 86-82.

The Huskies roster suffered a major overhaul following their triumph last winter.

Gone are CIS scoring champion Showron Glover, who had a game-high 28 points in last years final, as well as Troy Gottselig and Michael Linklater, who also reached the 20-point mark in the championship game, finishing with 22 and 20, respectively. All three were named to the CIS tournament all-star team, with Gottselig taking home the Jack Donohue Trophy as tourney MVP.

However, as the saying goes, the reigning champions didnt rebuild this year, they simply reloaded.

Replacing Glover as the Huskies new primary scoring threat is fellow Californian Jamelle Barrett (180-G), a point-guard who was named Canada West MVP in his first season in Saskatoon after he led the conference and finished second in the country with 25 points per game.

The Huskies also welcomed back Rejean Chabot, who started for the team a few years ago before transferring to Brandon in 2008-09. The six-foot guard from Saskatoon was stellar in his second tour of duty with 21.5 points per outing, good for fourth in Canada West and sixth in the nation.

Our team is really looking forward to returning to the Final 8. The one thing this group has done a great job of this season is not getting complacent because we won the national championship last year, says interim head coach Barry Rawlyk, who took over from Greg Jockims while his former boss is on a one-year sabbatical. Even though we have seven guys back from that team, this is a new group of players with different roles, and theyve forged their own identity, separate from last years team. Im proud of them for their accomplishments so far and I know they are excited to go compete against the best teams in the country this weekend.

Fresh off their first-ever OUA title, the No. 4 Thunderwolves are back at the Final 8 for a second straight year, hoping to improve on their 0-2 showing from 2010. Lakehead was spanked 79-58 by UBC in the lasts years first round and 87-65 by Cape Breton in a consolation match.

The red-hot T-Wolves have won 12 of their last 14 games including an impressive sweep of Western, Ottawa and Carleton in the OUA playoffs.

The Spartans, who received a wildcard entry, will make their first tourney appearance since they joined CIS in 1999. Trinity Western was in the Top 5 in each of the eight national coaches polls after the December break.

The No. 6 Tigers and No. 7 Stingers are both back at the Final 8 after a one-year absence, while the eighth-seeded Axemen return for the first time since 2008, when they lost 64-61 to Brock in the final.

Dalhousie claimed its second Atlantic conference title in three years thanks in large part to fifth-year guard Simon Farine (188-G-87), who was named MVP of the AUS championship after he scored 24 points in a dominating 78-47 gold-medal win over Acadia. Farine was second in AUS scoring this season with a 19.1 average.

Concordia operated a stunning turnaround this season, going from last to first in the Quebec conference. One of the major differences has been the addition of point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-G, college: Cent.Conn.St.), who averaged 19.3 points per game and was named conference co-MVP in his first season with the team after transferring from Central Connecticut State.

I think the chemistry is very different this year. Theres a good attitude. Weve had a lot more fun, says 22-year Concordia head coach John Dore, who guided the Stingers to their lone W.P. McGee Trophy triumph back in 1990. At the beginning of year I was just hoping to compete for conference championship. I thought if we could get there, it would bode well for the future. Well the future is now.

Were like the little engine that could, adds Dore. We win a lot of close games. We have only four guys who have been to Nationals before, but I like our chances if we settle down and play our game.

Acadia was only 7-13 in conference play but booked its ticket to the Final 8 with a stunning 83-81 win over top-seeded Cape Breton (19-1) in the AUS semis.

TEAM PROFILES

No. 1 UBC Thunderbirds
Media Guide (PDF 3.31 MB)
Head Coach: Kevin Hanson (11th season)
Regular season record: 22-2
Regular season standing: 1st Canada West
Playoff record: 4-0
Playoff finish: Canada West champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 29-2
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 4-1 (2-1 vs. Saskatchewan, 2-0 vs. TWU)
Final Top 10 ranking (March 1): No. 2
Best Top 10 ranking (14 weeks): No. 2 (12 weeks: Poll 1 & Polls 4 to 14)
Number of weeks in Top 10 (14 weeks): 14
Conference award winners: Kevin Hanson (coach)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Josh Whyte (G)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Alex Murphy (G)
Conference all-rookie team: No all-rookie team in Canada West
Team leader (points per game): Josh Whyte (18.1)
Team leader (rebounds per game): Kamar Burke (7.5)
Team leader (assists per game): Alex Murphy (5.0)
CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 19th
CIS championship all-time record: 23-21 (.523)
CIS championship best result: 2-time champions (1972, 1970)
CIS championship last appearance: 2010 (finalists)
CIS championship sequence: 6th straight appearance (8th in 9 years Missed 2005)

No. 2 Carleton Ravens
Media Guide (PDF 2.57 MB)
Head Coach: Dave Smart (12th season)
Regular season record: 22-0
Regular season standing: 1st OUA East (1st overall OUA)
Playoff record: 2-1
Playoff finish: OUA finalists
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 31-1
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 1-1 (1-1 vs. Lakehead)
Final Top 10 ranking (March 1): No. 1
Best Top 10 ranking (14 weeks): No. 1 (All 14 weeks)
Number of weeks in Top 10 (14 weeks): 14
Conference award winners (OUA East): Tyson Hinz (MVP), Cole Hobin (defensive MVP), Philip Scrubb (rookie), Dave Smart (coach)
Conference 1st team all-stars (OUA East): Tyson Hinz (F), Cole Hobin (G)
Conference 2nd team all-stars (OUA East): Elliot Thompson (G), Philip Scrubb (G)
Conference all-rookie team (OUA East): Philip Scrubb (G)
Team leader (points per game): Tyson Hinz (17.0)
Team leader (rebounds per game): Tyson Hinz (6.0)
Team leader (assists per game): Philip Scrubb (2.8)
CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 14th
CIS championship all-time record: 24-10 (.706)
CIS championship best result: 6-time champions (2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003)
CIS championship last appearance: 2010 (semifinals)
CIS championship sequence: 9th straight appearance (10th in 11 years Missed 2002)

No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies

Head Coach: Barry Rawlyk (1st season - interim)
Regular season record: 20-4
Regular season standing: 3rd Canada West
Playoff record: 3-1
Playoff finish: Canada West finalists
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 30-5
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 4-3 (1-2 vs. UBC, 1-0 vs. Lakehead, 2-1 vs. TWU)
Final Top 10 ranking (March 1): No. 3
Best Top 10 ranking (14 weeks): No. 3 (9 weeks: Polls 6 to 14)
Number of weeks in Top 10 (14 weeks): 14
Conference award winners: Jamelle Barrett (MVP)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Jamelle Barrett (G)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Rejean Chabot (G)
Conference all-rookie team: No all-rookie team in Canada West
Team leader (points per game): Jamelle Barrett (25.0)
Team leader (rebounds per game): Michael Lieffers (8.9)
Team leader (assists per game): Jamelle Barrett (6.8)
CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 6th
CIS championship all-time record: 7-7 (.500)
CIS championship best result: 1-time champions (2010)
CIS championship last appearance: 2010 (champions)
CIS championship sequence: 2nd straight appearance (3rd in 6 years)

No. 4 Lakehead Thunderwolves
Media Guide (PDF 986 KB)
Head Coach: Scott Morrison (8th season)
Regular season record: 17-5
Regular season standing: 1st OUA West (2nd overall OUA)
Playoff record: 3-0
Playoff finish: OUA champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 25-11
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 1-4 (1-1 vs. Carleton, 0-1 vs. Saskatchewan, 0-1 vs. Dalhousie, 0-1 vs. Acadia)
Final Top 10 ranking (March 1): No. 6
Best Top 10 ranking (14 weeks): No. 6 (4 weeks: Polls 10-11-12-14)
Number of weeks in Top 10 (14 weeks): 6
Conference award winners (OUAWest): Greg Carter (defensive MVP), Scott Morrison (coach)
Conference 1st team all-stars (OUAWest): Jamie Searle (186-G-87) (G)
Conference 2nd team all-stars (OUA West): Venzal Russell (G)
Conference all-rookie team (OUA West): None
Team leader (points per game): Jamie Searle (13.8)
Team leader (rebounds per game): Yoosrie Salhia (7.8)
Team leader (assists per game): Greg Carter (3.4)
CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 4th
CIS championship all-time record: 3-4 (.429)
CIS championship best result: 2-time finalists (1977, 1973)
CIS championship last appearance: 2010 (tied 7th place)
CIS championship sequence: 2nd straight appearance (Others: 1977, 1973)

No. 5 Trinity Western Spartans

Head Coach: Scott Allen (3rd season)
Regular season record: 21-3
Regular season standing: 2nd Canada West
Playoff record: 3-2
Playoff finish: Canada West bronze medallists
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 25-5
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 1-4 (0-2 vs. UBC, 1-2 vs. Saskatchewan)
Final Top 10 ranking (March 1): No. 4
Best Top 10 ranking (14 weeks): No. 4 (6 weeks: Last 6 polls)
Number of weeks in Top 10 (14 weeks): 14
Conference award winners: Tyrell Mara (student-athlete community service)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87, agency: SportsList Inc.) (F)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: None
Conference all-rookie team: No all-rookie team in Canada West
Team leader (points per game): Jacob Doerksen (21.6)
Team leader (rebounds per game): Tyrell Mara (8.9)
Team leader (assists per game): Tristan Smith (4.4)
CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 1st
CIS championship all-time record: 0-0
CIS championship best result: First appearance
CIS championship last appearance: First appearance
CIS championship sequence: First appearance (joined CIS in 1999-2000)

No. 6 Dalhousie Tigers

Head Coach: John Campbell (9th season)
Regular season record: 14-6
Regular season standing: 2nd AUS
Playoff record: 2-0
Playoff finish: AUS champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 22-9
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 6-1 (1-0 vs. Lakehead, 5-1 vs. Acadia)
Final Top 10 ranking (March 1): No. 8
Best Top 10 ranking (14 weeks): No. 8 (2 weeks: Polls 12 & 14)
Number of weeks in Top 10 (14 weeks): 6
Conference award winners: John Campbell (coach)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Simon Farine (G)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Joseph Schow (F)
Conference all-rookie team: None
Team leader (points per game): Simon Farine (19.1)
Team leader (rebounds per game): Joseph Schow (9.5)
Team leader (assists per game): Simon Farine (4.5)
CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 3rd
CIS championship all-time record: 0-4 (.000)
CIS championship best result: Tied 7th place (2009, 1996)
CIS championship last appearance: 2009 (tied 7th place)
CIS championship sequence: 2nd appearance in 3 years (Other: 1996)

No. 7 Concordia Stingers

Head Coach: John Dore (22nd season)
Regular season record: 12-4
Regular season standing: 1st RSEQ
Playoff record: 2-0
Playoff finish: RSEQ champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 21-5
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 1-0 (1-0 vs. Acadia)
Final Top 10 ranking (March 1): No. 9
Best Top 10 ranking (14 weeks): No. 4 (2 weeks: Polls 2 & 6)
Number of weeks in Top 10 (14 weeks): 10
Conference award winners: Kyle Desmarais (co-MVP)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Kyle Desmarais (G), Decee Krah (G)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: James Clark (F)
Conference all-rookie team: None
Team leader (points per game): Kyle Desmarais (19.3)
Team leader (rebounds per game): Evens Laroche (6.1)
Team leader (assists per game): Kyle Desmarais (4.1)
CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 18th
CIS championship all-time record: 19-27 (.413)
CIS championship best result: 1-time champions (1990)
CIS championship last appearance: 2009 (6th place)
CIS championship sequence: 2nd appearance in 3 years (4th in 7 years)

No. 8 Acadia Axemen

Head Coach: Stephen Baur (3rd season)
Regular season record: 7-13
Regular season standing: 4th AUS
Playoff record: 2-1
Playoff finish: AUS finalists
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 16-17
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 2-6 (1-0 vs. Lakehead, 1-5 vs. Dalhousie, 0-1 vs. Concordia)
Final Top 10 ranking (March 1): Unranked
Best Top 10 ranking (14 weeks): Unranked all season
Number of weeks in Top 10 (14 weeks): 0
Conference award winners: None
Conference 1st team all-stars: None
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Owen Klassen (208-F) (F)
Conference all-rookie team: None
Team leader (points per game): Owen Klassen (18.3)
Team leader (rebounds per game): Owen Klassen (9.6)
Team leader (assists per game): Tyler Lutton (3.8)
CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 22nd
CIS championship all-time record: 29-24 (.547)
CIS championship best result: 3-time champions (1977, 1971, 1965)
CIS championship last appearance: 2008 (finalists)
CIS championship sequence: 1st appearance since 2008 (3rd in 5 years)

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (all times ATLANTIC TIME)

Thursday, March 10 (practice schedule)

9:00 Acadia
10:00 Dalhousie
11:00 Concordia
12:00 Trinity Western
13:00 Lakehead
14:00 Saskatchewan
15:00 Carleton
16:00 UBC

Friday, March 11

13:00 Quarter-final #1: No. 8 Acadia vs. No. 1 UBC (SSN Canada webcast)
15:15 Quarter-final #2: No. 5 Trinity Western vs. No. 4 Lakehead (SSN Canada webcast)
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 20:00 AST)
20:00 Semifinal #2: Winner QF #3 vs. Winner QF #4 (TSN2 tape delayed to 22:00 AST)

Sunday, March 13

10:30 Consolation final (5th place)
13:15 Bronze medal game (SSN Canada webcast)
17:00 Championship final (TSN2 tape delayed to 19:00 AST)

Courtesy of: english.cis-sic.ca




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Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang 29-1 
 2. DongGuan 24-6 
 3. Guandong 23-7 
 4. Jiangsu 18-11 
 5. Zhejiang C. 18-13 
 6. Beijing 16-14 
 7. Bayi 16-14 
 8. Zhejiang G.L. 16-14 
 9. Shandong 14-16 
 10. Shanxi Zh. 13-17 
 11. Liaoning 13-17 
 12. Shanghai 12-19 
 13. Jilin 11-19 
 14. Foshan 10-20 
 15. Qingdao DS 10-21 
 16. Fujian 8-22 
 17. TianJin R. 5-25 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.4
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.4 
 2. Morris, Beijing30.5 
 3. Williams, Zhejiang C.30.5 
 4. Douby, Xinjiang29.9 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan28.2 
 6. Emmett, Fujian28.2 
 7. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.6 
 8. Hamilton, TianJ.26.2 
 9. Pickett, Jilin25.1 
 10. Ramos, Zhejiang.24.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Jones, Fujian16.3 
 2. Harris, Shanghai14.7 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.14.0 
 5. Watkins, Jilin13.7 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.6 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.2 
 8. Morris, Beijing12.0 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu11.9 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing11.3 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.2 
 2. Marbury, Foshan5.8 
 3. Lu, Fujian5.6 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.5.4 
 5. LiuWei, Shanghai5.3 
 6. Hu, Jiangsu5.3 
 7. Hamilton, TianJ.5.0 
 8. Brown, Qingdao DS5.0 
 9. Allen, Shandong4.9 
 10. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.1 
 2. Hamilton, TianJ.3.3 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang3.2 
 4. Hudson, Guandong2.9 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.5 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.5 
 8. Akognon, DongGuan2.3 
 9. Emmett, Fujian2.3 
 10. Pickett, Jilin2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Watkins, Jilin2.0 
 3. Haislip, Guandong1.9 
 4. Zhang, Shanghai1.8 
 5. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 6. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 7. Jones, Fujian1.7 
 8. Wang, Bayi1.6 
 9. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 


Zhejiang Defeats Qingdao 115-104 - by Arthur Volbert
Williams Marcus (201-F-86, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Arizona) scored 36 points and had 11 rebounds and 10 assists as Zhejiang defeated Qingdao 115-104. Zhejiang now has an 18-13 record and is in fifth place in the CBA standings. Shandong, the ninth place team, has a 14-16 record with the regular season being 34 games long.

Josh Boone had 20 points and 9 rebounds for Zhejiang. Zhejiang's two talented youngsters, Ding Jinhui and Cao Fei, each scored 17. Ding had 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Cao had 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Zhang Chunjun had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Dayu had 7 points and 5 rebounds.

Charles Gaines had 31 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals for Qingdao, which is out of the playoffs with a 10-21 record. Dee Brown had 19 points and 4 assists. Liu Mingtao and Zaid Al-Kas each scored 14. Cai Liang scored 8 and Li Gen had 7.



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Luksa Andric crushes Efes Pilsen - by Eurobasket News
Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated excellent performance in the latest round of Turkish league. He paced Galatasaray to valuable 80-64 victory in derby game against Efes Pilsen. Andric was a key player in his team with 23 points. He made 8 of 10 attempts from the field and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Andric reached valuation 25. Galatasaray have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Banvit. Efes Pilsen at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Galatasaray is looking forward to face Mersin (#15) in Akdeniz in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Efes Pilsen will play at home against Trabzonspor (#9) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Luksa Andric joined Galatasaray last summer from Cibona Zagreb.


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Czech Republic NBL round 2 (Second Stage) best performance: Kyle Landry - by Eurobasket News
Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for BK Prostejov, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage).
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds, while his team BK Prostejov moved-up to the 4th position in the Czech Republic NBL. BK Prostejov is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 1st lost game this season out of 2 games. It's Landry's second year at BK Prostejov and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Northern Arizona University star has very solid stats this year. Landry is in league's top in points (4th best: 15.7ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.2rpg) and averages impressive 56.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old former international guard Stepan Vrubl (186-G-76) of Plzen. Vrubl had a very good evening with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he lead Plzen to another comfortable win 83-68 over Basketbol Brno (7-15) being unquestionably team leader. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Vrubl is a newcomer at Plzen, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Kenny George (231-C) of Svitavy (#-1). George scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Svitavy, leading his team to a 84-77overtime win against #-4 ranked BC Kolin in a game of the week. Svitavy can only dream about fighting for top spots in A2. They have rather bad season and 4-18 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for George he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for George as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Boris Meno (203-F-83) of Svitavy - 17 points and 15 rebounds
5. Richard Field (196-F-85) of BC Kolin - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84) of BK Pardubice - 25 points and 2 assists
7. Marcus Arnold (207-F/C-84) of BK Pardubice - 17 points and 7 rebounds
8. Emmanuel Holloway (188-G-86) of Basketbol Brno - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Afik Nissim (180-G-81) of CEZ Nymburk - 22 points and 5 rebounds
10. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83) of BK Prostejov - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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 Decin14.9 
 6. Houska, BK Decin14.8 
 7. Kotas, USK Praha14.7 
 8. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.4 
 9. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.2 
 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 Decin8.6 
 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. Kotas, USK Praha3.8 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.3.8 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.6 
 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. Holloway, Basket.1.9 
 5. Field, BC Kolin1.9 
 6. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.9 
 7. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 8. Lawrence, BK Prost.1.5 
 9. Channels, 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. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.0 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin0.9 
 7. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 8. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 9. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 10. Spagrud, NH Ostrava0.7 


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Monday: Dakota beats Reno - by Eurobasket News
Dakota W. - Reno Bighorns 114-94
After letting Sunday's game against the Reno Bighorns slip away in the final seconds, the Dakota Wizards came out with something to prove in Monday's rematch - and they did in a 114-94 victory. Even Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Fresno St.), perhaps the most mild-mannered player to ever don a Wizard uniform, had a chip on his shoulder - if only for a moment. Shortly after getting a dunk attempt blocked by Anthony Richardson (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida St.), Major swatted away a Richardson attempt with authority. As he ran back up the floor, Major stared down at the vanquished Bighorn. 'That was just competitive nature,' Major said with a smile. 'He's a good guy. Even after the game we hugged and greeted each other. It was just a passionate game. He blocked one of my dunks, and I blocked one of his shots. 'The ref came up to me and said, Renaldo, I almost called you for taunting, but I know you're not a bad guy.' ' Definitely not, though on this night, Major certainly was a bad dude. He scored 28 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished off six assists. He also had three steals and blocked two shots. Basically, he did anything and everything to make sure the Wizards would pick up the victory. Major said he and the rest of the Wizards were motivated by Sunday's loss, when they blew a 16-point lead despite leading virtually the entire game. 'We felt like we beat them (Sunday) night, even though they won the game,' Major said. 'To give up that lead and lose, it weighed on the guys a lot. We wanted to come out and show that we could beat them.' To do that, the Wizards used their defense to create offense. Dakota scored 28 points off turnovers, compared to just six for Reno. Although they once again got hammered on the boards, the Wizards were able to neutralize Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86, college: Bradley),, thanks largely to the work of backup center Chris Ayer. On Sunday, O'Bryant had 25 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks, all season-highs. But on Monday, O'Bryant - who got in early foul trouble and missed much of the first half - was held scoreless and grabbed seven rebounds. Meanwhile Ayer, who didn't even get in the game until the third quarter, scored 14 points. 'Chris Ayer stepped up against O'Bryant and played him well,' Wizards coach Rory White said. 'I challenged him this morning in practice in our film session that, when (O'Bryant) was in the game, I was going to put him in against him.' The Wizards grabbed the lead (16-10) midway through the first quarter when Mike Anderson scored seven consecutive points, and never surrendered it. Anderson turned in another solid performance with 22 points and eight rebounds. By early in the second, the Wizards had pushed the lead to 37-24. Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina), who finished with a team-high 22 points, shot Reno back into it by hitting 3-pointers from three different spots on the floor in a span of 82 seconds. The Bighorns got as close as 53-52 late in the first half and kept it close into the third quarter. But Anthony Goods (6'3''-G-87, college: Stanford) helped the Wizards take control when he scored seven unanswered. Five of them came on free throws - two following Reno technicals and three when he was fouled attempting a 3-pointer. The other two points came on a transition layup when Javaris Crittenton (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) threaded a beautiful bounce pass through the Reno defense to Goods. 'We were able to get some of the loose balls, get deflections and get out on the break,' White said. The Wizards have won three out of four and four of their last six as they try to make a late push for a playoff spot. 'Our guys came back and fought hard,' White said. 'It could have went the other way tonight, when you lose a game like that at the buzzer. But we responded, and I'm proud of that.' *Courtesy of www.bismarcktribune.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. 15-26 
 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 25-15 
 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. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.19.9 
 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. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 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
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 5. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Reynolds, Spring.1.9 
 9. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
 10. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.8 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 6. Atchley, Rio Grande2.1 
 7. Gladness, Dakota W.1.9 
 8. Sykes, Sioux F.1.8 
 9. Gaffney, Utah F.1.7 
 10. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 


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Rodrigo Madera falls short with St.Francis Xavier - by Eurobasket News
Rodrigo Madera (208-C-90) fallas short with St.Francis Xavier in Canada.
Courtesy Mat MacDonald

The StFX X-Men took a tough loss to the Dalhousie Tigers Saturday night 79-68 in front
of a packed Halifax Metro Centre.

Coming off a huge win agains the Saint Mary's Huskies, the X-Men couldn't muster
enough energy to pull out their second win in as many nights.

The Dalhousie Tigers, the AUS' top ranked defensive team, were strong out of the gates
lead by Simon Farine's early offence. After a few early baskets, the Dalhousie defence
keyed in on X's offensive attack, holding them to 11 first quarter points.

The second quarter was a lot of the same for the X-Men as they struggled to score
against the Tigers' defensive schemes. Still, at the half the X-Men trailed by 11 points.
The second half was a lot of the same for the X-Men who were matched point for point
by Dalhousie's attack.

Jeremy Dunn was big for the X-Men down the stretch as he kept them in the game with
his clutch shooting from the outside.

Sadly, it wasn't enough to get the job done.

Will Silver lead the team in scoring with 20, while Dunn had 19 Christian Upshaw had
10.

Joseph Schow lead the Tigers with 23 points and Simon Farine chipped in 22.
In a season where injuries always took the spotlight, the X-Men constantly fought
through adversity, and overcame lots of obstacles.

StFX now graduates six players - Chad Warren, Christian Upshaw, Alberto Rodriguez,
Dwayne Johnson, Will Silver and Charlie Spurr.
Courtesy of: goxgo.ca


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


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Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 27-3 
 2. TU/Rock 25-3 
 3. TTU/Kalev 20-6 
 4. Rakvere 14-14 
 5. Rapla 11-16 
 6. Valga/CKE 10-17 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 10-18 
 8. Parnu 8-21 
 9. Voru KK 1-28 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Erm, Rapla17.7 
 4. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 5. Brown, Va.16.6 
 6. Raadik, Parnu16.2 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.6 
 8. Pilk, TT.14.5 
 9. Osby, TT.14.4 
 10. Kuuba, Voru KK14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.4 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.0 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla10.0 
 5. Kuuba, Voru KK9.1 
 6. Osby, TT.8.7 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.1 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.4 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.8 
 2. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.5 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.4 
 4. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 5. Oja, Va.2.9 
 6. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.8 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla2.6 
 9. Archibald, TT.2.5 
 10. Laane, Rapla2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Armands SKELE
  Kalev/Cramo
  (192-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.6 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 3. Karner, Parnu2.2 
 4. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 5. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 6. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 7. Doronin, TU/Rock2.0 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 9. Pilk, TT.1.8 
 10. Oja, Va.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.8 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 3. Osby, TT.1.3 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.2 
 5. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.9 
 7. Brown, Va.0.8 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 9. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 10. Montgomery, Rapla0.6 


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  FINLAND   


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. Pasanen, SayRi1.8 
 7. Hall, SayRi1.8 
 8. Ramey, Ura Basket1.8 
 9. Foreman, FoKoPo1.7 
 10. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Brown, Namika II0.8 
 2. Kopio, Honka0.7 
 3. Setala, BC Nokia0.7 
 4. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 5. Stamper, LoKoKo0.6 
 6. Alanko, Ura Basket0.6 
 7. Heinonen, Namika I.0.5 
 8. Dolenc, Honka0.5 
 9. Mantymaa, Huima0.5 
 10. Siven, Lapua0.5 


Bojang's double-double lands him 1st Division Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for BC Nokia and receives a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Lapua (#4, 14-8) 79-86. BC Nokia moved-up to the 7th position in the Finnish 1st Division. BC Nokia is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 11th lost game this season out of 22 games. Bojang turned to be BC Nokia's top player in his first season with the team. Illinois State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bojang is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.9ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 14.2rpg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 65.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jamal Douglas (201-F-85) of Huima. He is Bahamas forward in his first season at Huima. In the last game Douglas recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds. Of course Huima cruised to a 102-90 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked TomPo II (#10, 8-14). This victory allowed Huima to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Douglas is a newcomer at Huima and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.6ppg (#7). He also registered 13.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Carlton Brown (198-F-79) of Ura Basket (#9). Brown scored 17 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Brown's great performance Ura Basket lost 82-86 to the higher-ranked Jyvaskyla (#2, 17-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Ura Basket ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Brown could help Ura Basket to bring them higher in the standings. Brown has a great season in Finland. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.7rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. De Marcus Hall (201-F-85) of SayRi - 15 points and 13 rebounds
5. Markus Molenius (203-F-92) of FoKoPo - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Eryk Thomas (200-C-85) of SayRi - 28 points and 8 rebounds
7. Treylon Manning (178-G) of Huima - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kwamena Brace (197-G-87) of FoKoPo - 18 points and 10 rebounds
9. Justice Graham (195-G-79) of Kerava ET - 24 points and 10 rebounds
10. Lamar Roberson (203-F-86) of Huima - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  FRANCE   


Roanne adds Ben McCauley - by Eurobasket News
Ben McCauley (206-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.) is a new member of Chorale Roanne. He joined the club as replacement for injured Dylan Page. McCauley started the season in Belgium as a member of Dexia Mons-Hainaut. He averaged 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds for 17 games in D1. In EuroChallenge, McCauley added 6.8 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 13 appearances.
Ben McCauley is not a new face in France as he spent last season there. He played for Strasbourg averaging 10.5 points and 5 rebounds in ProA. It was the first professional season for McCauley, who graduated at the North Caroline State University two years ago. He had 12.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 2 apg for his school as a senior. In 2007, McCauley was named All-ACC Honorable Mention.


Limoges CSP brings in Ndudi Ebi for tryout - by Eurobasket News
Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona) joined Limoges CSP for a tryout. The Nigerian center parted ways with Aget Imola recently and now hopes to earn a deal with the French outfit. Ebi appeared 21 times in LegaDue this season averaging 19.2 points and 9.2 rebounds.
Ndudi Ebi is coming to France for the first time in his career. Last season he spent with Italian LegaDue team Rimini and was their best player. He had 15.3 ppg and 13.6 (1) rpg for 30 games. Eurobasket awarded Ebi with All-Italian Lega2 1st Team -10. On season 2008/09, Ebi had 12.5 ppg and 6.1 rpg for 30 games in SerieA with Carife Ferrara. In 2007/08, he was a member of Bnei Hasharon collecting 14.4 ppg and 8.5 rpg in Israeli Premier league. Ebi has experience from NBDL and he also appeared twice in the NBA on season 2004/05.


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  GEORGIA   


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. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.4 
 7. Mikeladze, Batumi4.4 
 8. Tavartkiladz., Samedi.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. Tsekvava, Energy R.2.8 
 4. Berishvili, TSU T.2.8 
 5. Antadze, GTU T.2.7 
 6. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.6 
 7. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.6 
 8. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 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. Beruashvili, GTU T.1.0 
 9. Tenieshvili, Batumi1.0 
 10. Londaridze, TSU T.1.0 


Georgian Superleague round 16 best performance: Ilia Londaridze - by Eurobasket News
Center Ilia Londaridze (205-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked TSU Tbilisi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 21-year old player had a double-double of 40 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Energy Rustavi (#6, 7-8) with 18-point margin 109-91. TSU Tbilisi is placed at 2nd position in Georgian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TSU Tbilisi will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. Londaridze turned to be TSU Tbilisi's top player in his first season with the team. Ilia Londaridze has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.3rpg) and averages impressive 53.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Vasili Beruashvili (198-F-90) of GTU Tbilisi. Beruashvili had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead GTU Tbilisi to another comfortable win 86-73 over slightly higher-ranked Batumi (#8, 5-10) being unquestionably team leader. GTU Tbilisi's 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Beruashvili is a newcomer at GTU Tbilisi, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another TSU Tbilisi's star - former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-F-87). Berishvili scored 24 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of TSU Tbilisi, helping his team with a 109-91 easy win against the lower-ranked Energy Rustavi (#6, 7-8). TSU Tbilisi needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 4 lost games. Berishvili has a great season in Georgia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Buba Kvimsadze (195-G-82) of Kutaisi - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Eugene Harris (188-G-86) of Sokhumi - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 16 assists
6. Rezo Didia (203-F-87) of Kutaisi - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Irakli Shanidze (199-F-82) of Sokhumi - 23 points and 5 rebounds
8. Carl Damus (203-F/C-84) of Sokhumi - 12 points and 10 rebounds
9. Besik Lezhava (193-G-86) of MIA Tbilisi - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Mamuka Bolkvadze (205-C-83) of Kutaisi - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  GERMANY   


German ProA round 23 best performance: Aleksandar Nadjfeji - by Eurobasket News
Serbian forward Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-F-76) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked FC Bayern Muenchen, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 34-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Kirchheim (#7, 13-10) with 21-point margin 82-61. It allowed B.Muenchen to consolidate first place in the German ProA. B.Muenchen has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 22-1. Nadjfeji turned to be B.Muenchen's top player in his first season with the team. Aleksandar Nadjfeji averages this season 13.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old former international power forward Bjorn Schoo (213-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) of USC Heidelberg. Schoo had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Heidelberg lost that game 81-93 to slightly lower-ranked Hannover (#11, 9-14). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Heidelberg keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-13 record. Schoo is a newcomer at Heidelberg, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Stephen Cramer (188-G-84) of Saar-Pfalz Braves (#6). Cramer scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Braves, leading his team to a 86-41 easy win against the lower-ranked Jena (#14, 7-16). Braves needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 9 lost games. Cramer has a very solid season. In 22 games in Germany he scored 12.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reggie Fuller (198-F-86) of Crailsheim - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Achmadschah Zazai (177-G-86) of Chemnitz - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Aaron Cook (186-G-83) of Cuxhaven - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Aaron Fleetwood (206-F-84) of Osnabrueck - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Sanijay Watts (193-F-87) of Dragons - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jamar Nutter (188-G-84) of Freiburg - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Paul Gause (180-G-86) of Freiburg - 22 points and 7 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)


Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons) I Think I Played Well Against Braunschweig, But Can Still Improve - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) is a 30 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 9th professional basketball season playing his fourth with The Artland Dragons. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17games averaging 18.1ppg,5.3rpg,2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. Last season, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. He sat down and spoke with Eurobasket after the 91-75 win against Braunschweig.

Congrats on the 91-75 win against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. What mistakes were corrected on the court from the Frankfurt loss?

Bold
We came out with more energy to start the second half. In the Frankfurt game, we didn't start the 3rd quarter very well and Frankfurt took advantage of that.

The Artland Dragons had a tight 46-43 lead at halftime. What was significant in the first half for the lead?

I think both team shot the ball extremely well in the first half. We were getting what we wanted on the offensive end and they were answering back with baskets of their own.

In the third quarter, The Artland Dragons exploded winning the quarter 26-8. What adjustments did the team make on offense and defense?

We focused more on picking up our defensive intensity and forcing them into turnovers. This gave us easy fast break points.


Braunschweig got stronger in the fourth quarter, but were unable to come back. Did Artland let up in some areas?

I don't think we let up at all. Braunschweig fought back, but we were able to keep our lead.

What was your favorite play highlight of the game?

Adam Hess' buzzer 3 pointer from the corner.

Was this one of your best games of the season? You contributed in every stat and had no turnovers.

I think I played well, but can still improve. I made some small mistakes on the defensive end that lead to easy points for Braunschweig.

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

Bibby is a veteran who will help the Heat on the offensive end. Chalmers is more of a defensive stopper then Bibby so I think its a good combination.

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.

For the short term, I think the Celtics got worse. But in the long term, I think it will help them.

What movie do you really want to see at the moment?

127 hours.

Thanks Bryan


Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) Eddie Seward Getting The Block With 7 Seconds To Play Against BBC Bayreuth Was My Play Of The Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is a rookie this season for Phoenix Hagen. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07.Jacob spoke to eurobasket after the 94-88 win against BBC Bayreuth.

Congrats on the 94-88 against BBC Bayreuth. How good does it feel to get the win again? The club has played the last 6 games getting a loss-win-loss-win-loss-win.

Its always a great feeling to win. And we have been in every single one of those losses. if 2 games would have gone different we would be in the playoff mix, but thats the way it is sometimes.

The score was 41-41 at halftime. I guess Phoenix Hagen got a good taste how strong the 17th placed BBC Bayreuth was. What made the opponent so strong in the first half?

They took advantage of our press. They were able to break it and get lay ups and Ibekwe showed his presence from the tip.

In the third quarter Phoenix Hagen was able to break away a bit, but BBC Bayreuth stayed on your door step as Phoenix Hagen led 69-60. What was key for keeping the lead?

We countered every shot they made when they hit big 3's. Bernd Kruel got us two and 1's that really helped us keep the lead.

BBC Bayreuth cut the lead down to two points with 39 seconds to play. Was Phoenix Hagen feeling a bit nervous down the stretch?

I dont think it was us feeling nervous. They hit really tough 3's but we knocked down our free throws to seal the win.

How was it playing agaisnt Ekene Ibekwe who had five blocks.

He is long and athletic. He is a heck of a shot blocker and a presence to be reckoned with in the paint.

What was your play of the game highlight?

Eddie Seward getting the block with about 7 seconds to go that stopped them from cutting the lead from 4 to 2. That was a huge block.


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

Bibby will definitely help out the Heat but I will say again, bosh is garbage and will keep them from winning the championship. and dwade needs more game winning shot opportunities than Lebron and Bosh.

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 murphy will help the absence of Perkins. The celtics will find a way to make things work. Too many veterans for them not to be at their best come playoff time. I think they will miss Perkins, but they do have Kristic, Green, and Murphy to add more depth wihich is what they needed with a older roster.

What movie do you really want to see at the moment?

Hall Pass

Thanks Jacob for the chat.


John Bynum (TBB Trier) The Playoffs Are So Far Away, But It Is Getting Fun Knowing Each Game Has So Much Importance - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket after the 85-80 win against EnBW Ludwigsburg.

Congrats on the 85-80 win at home against EnBW Ludwigsburg. How well is the team learning about taking one game at a time in the quest to reach the 2011 BEKO BBL playoffs?


Well like you said it is a one game at a time sport. We cant look ahead to the playoffs because the playoffs are so far away. I think we are learning as we go just like any other team, we may not have as much experience as other teams, but it is getting fun knowing that each game that you play has so much importance.


EnBW Ludwigsburg had the 47-32 lead at halftime. Why was TBB Trier trailing at halftime?

We could not stop Ludwigsburg at all, they were able to do what they wanted and they shot 64% in the first half. Anytime we give up that many points we are going to be in trouble no matter against who.


What did coach Rodl tell the team at halftime?

He just said to come out and play like its our last game and just play hard, we are not going to get back into the game in the first minute so lets just try and get it back gradually.


Whatever his words were, they must of stuck since TBB Trier scored 31 points to go into the fourth quarter with the lead. What adjustments did TBB Trier make and what was key for the good play?


I think we just played with emotion and came out and played hard. We made some adjustments and played the zone to take them out of there rythm and we were able to put some points on the board as well.

It was very tight down the stretch. Did TBB Trier have the better nerves and experience in crunch time?


We still made some mistakes but at the same time it was good to keep a lead and win another close game at home. I think we are learning as we go along with a lot of younger players but it is fun each game when the games are close like this.

Was that the best game that you have played as a member of TBB Trier? You had 14 points, 7 boards, 3 assists, 3 steal and 2 blocks?


I think it was one of my better games for sure and I still feel like I could play better. I missed a lot of easy shots but oh well, a win is a win and I just try to help out in any way that I can.


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


I see them having problems with quick points but Bibby brings some type of experience but its nothing to get all excited about, because Lebron will be bringing the ball up the court anyways... lol

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 they got worse. Why break up something that works for you and they shouldnt have gotten rid of Perkins. I think they got worse and I dont even think they are a finals team now, they broke up too much of that team.


What movie do you really want to see at the moment?


I am not sure what movie i wanna see right now, I'm not big on movies lately.


Thanks JOhn for the chat.


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


Greek All Star Game participants announced - by George Fragkos
The Greek Basketball League announced the players who have been voted by the public to attend the Greek All Star Game, which will be held from 12 to 13 March. The majority of them are from Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus and Panathinaikos Athens, which is something understandable, considering the quality of the roster of these two teams.

The two coaches of the Greek Stars team will be Marousi BC's Vangelis Alexandris and VAP Kolossos Rodou's Giannis Sferopoulos. On the other bench, the one of the Rest of the World team, Panathinaikos Athens's Zeljko Obradovic will be seating alongside Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas's Dimitris Priftis .

One day before the game between those teams, an U22 team consisted of players from the A1 will face the U20s from the same league.

The players who are voted to attend
Greek Team
Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis)
Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's)
Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84)
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80)
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket)
Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: FCM)
Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83)
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81)
Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82)
Kostas Charissis (211-F/C-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: USC)
Stratos Perperoglou (203-G/F-84)
Nikos Barlos (202-F-79)

Rest of the World
Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle)
Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85)
Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76)
Milos Teodosic (195-G-87)
Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland)
Lans Harris (195-G-83, college: Kansas St.)
Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.)
Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.)
Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida)
Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.)
Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland)
Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina)



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MARCH MADNESS - by Matt Bauscher
Wait a month to write a blog and quite a bit can occur over here in Europe.Thanks to coach giving us a few days off between long stretches, I've been able to take a few trips. I always say that one of the coolest things about Europe is how close everything is. When we get two days off in a row, you can do one of two things. A) sit on your ass and chill or B) go see some amazing city in Europe. Living in Groningen, you can jump in a car for 3 hours, drive south and all of a sudden find yourself in the diamond capital of the world (Antwerp, Belgium). Although I didn't buy my girlfriend any bling bling, she did get to see a beautiful city along with some famous chocolate to take back to family in Idaho. A few weeks later four of us jumped in the Seat Ibiza and drove 3 hours northeast to Germany's second largest city, Hamburg.

Basketball wise we have faced some key injures, having main players/starters miss a pair of road games. We are still sitting in first place with a two game lead since we have the tie-breaker. The thing that's crazy is we played a road game March 5th and our only other Dutch league game in the entire month is March 17th on the road. This Saturday is the Dutch All-Star game and the fans have voted me to start at shooting guard for my third straight year. Should be fun and can't wait to see my boy Henry Bekkering (198-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: E.Washington) win the dunk contest. If you don't know about Henry, just youtube him- one of his videos has over 2 MILLION hits.

It's that time of the year, March Madness. The best sporting event in the world, is the NCAA tourny. Everybody fills out their brackets and hopes to win a few bucks. I'm real curious to know what others think about Brigham Young University's Brandon Davies (205-F) being kicked off the team for admitting to having sex with his girlfriend. Davies is 19 years old and has gotten his girlfriend pregnant. He turned to his basketball family for help and like a man, admitted to his mistake.I highly respect BYU's strict guidelines and honor code (listed below)

Be honest
Live a chaste and virtuous life
Obey the law and all campus policies
Use clean language
Respect others
Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse
Participate regularly in church services
Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards
Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code

I've played in the Marriott Center a couple times and it's one of the best basketball atmospheres in the nation. Are rules more important than anything? How do they determine the severity of breaking one of the rules? Is saying a curse word and drinking a beer the same punishment? It says 'observe the grooming standards,' so if you smell like sour body odor while going to class are you going to be suspended? Not only do I feel bad for Davies, but what about Jimmer Fredette (187-G) (187-G)? Jimmer is killing everybody this season and the boy is white lol. He turned down the money to return for his senior season and BYU had a legitimate chance at making a final four. Without their starting center....probably no chance now. BYU's honor code almost praises getting married too young. Had Davies signed a legal document with his girlfriend, he would still be playing on one of the hottest teams in the country...now he is a stressed 19 year old with a new one on the way.


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El-Amin's 34-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-G/F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for PVSK Pannonpower Pecs and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 34 points adding four rebounds and four assists for PVSK Pannon in his team's victory, helping them to beat FS Debrecen (#13, 1-21) 100-94. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. PVSK Pannon maintains the 9th position in Hungarian league. PVSK Pannon 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. In the team's last game El-Amin had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be PVSK Pannon's top player in his first season with the team. State University of New York,Stony Brook graduate has very impressive stats this year. El-Amin is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.6ppg) and averages solid 50.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kurt Cunningham (206-C-87) of Kaposvari KK. He is American center in his first season at Kaposvari. In the last game Cunningham recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Kaposvari lost that game 77-103 to the higher-ranked Kormend (#4, 15-7). Kaposvari is still second from the bottom in the standings. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Kaposvari managed to get this year. Cunningham is a newcomer at Kaposvari and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) of ZTE KK (#6). Kaman scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Kaman's great performance ZTE KK lost 65-68 to slightly lower-ranked Falco-Szova (#7, 12-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing ZTE KK needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 9 lost games. Kaman has a very solid season. In 22 games in Hungary he scored 13.2ppg. He also has 5.1rpg, 2.4spg, FGP: 60.5% and 3PT: 41.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bryson McKenzie (211-C-83) of Szedeak - 21 points and 10 rebounds
5. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79) of Albacomp - 22 points and 16 rebounds
6. Yves Mekongo (201-F-87) of FS Debrecen - 28 points and 7 rebounds
7. Adam Hanga (201-G-89) of Albacomp - 22 points and 7 rebounds
8. Janou Rubin (193-G-82) of Szedeak - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Kevin Langford (204-F/C-85) of FS Debrecen - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Obie Trotter (186-G-84) of Szolnok - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists

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


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Express L. Round 21: IR beats KR in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Reykjavik: IR (#6) and KR (#2). IR (10-11) crushed visiting KR (15-6) by 28 points 124-96. The game without a history. IR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while KR only scored eleven points from the stripe. Strangely KR outrebounded IR 42-29 including a 22-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by KR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard James Bartolotta (193-G-86, college: MIT) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Kelly Biedler (196-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) chipped in 22 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Marcus Walker (186-86, college: Colorado St., agency: 011 Sports) who recorded 31 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. IR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 10-11 record. KR at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Grindavik and Keflavik. IR are looking forward to face Fjolnir (#10) on the road in the next round. KR will play against the league's leader Snaefell (#1) in Stykkisholmur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked KFI managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time newly promoted KFI won against seventh-ranked Njardvik in Reykjavik 102-97. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Njardvik. It was a good game for forward Richard McNutt (203-86, college: Mount Aloysius, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Carl Josey contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Johann Alafsson (195-86) answered with 31 points and 8 rebounds for Njardvik. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted KFI maintains twelfth place with 4-16 record. Njardvik at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. KFI will play against higher ranked Haukar (#8) in Hafnarfjordur in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Njardvik will play at home against Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Snaefell delivered the seventeenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Hamar (6-14) 76-64 in Stykkisholmur. Jon Olafur Jonsson stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Devin Sweetney with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-4 record. Hamar lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Snaefell will meet KR (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hamar will play against Stjarnan (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Tenth-ranked Fjolnir (7-14) made lots of trouble for third ranked Grindavik (15-6). Grindavik managed to secure only one-point victory 91-90. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fjolnir. Mladen Soskic nailed 28 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Grindavik have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Keflavik and KR. Fjolnir at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Grindavik's next round opponent will be Keflavik (#4) on the road. Fjolnir will play against IR (#6) in Reykjavik.
Ninth-ranked Tindastoll (7-14) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Keflavik (15-6) in Sauoarkrokur on Monday. The visitors from Keflavik managed to secure only two-point victory 94-92. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Thomas Sanders who scored 24 points and 4 assists. Keflavik moved-up to second place, which they share with Grindavik and KR. Tindastoll lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Keflavik will face league's second-placed Grindavik at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tindastoll will play against Njardvik (#7) in Njardvik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 21 Haukar was crushed by Stjarnan in a road game 90-69.


Stjarnan - Haukar 90-69

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Haukar (8-13) was crushed on the road by fifth ranked Stjarnan (12-9) 90-69 on Monday. The game without a history. Stjarnan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Stjarnan outrebounded Haukar 46-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Fannar Helgason (202-84) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in 17 points and 9 assists. Five Stjarnan players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Dutch-American forward Gerald Robinson (204-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Semaj Inge (193-87, college: Temple) added 12 points, 6 assists and 6 steals respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stjarnan maintains fifth place with 12-9 record. Haukar lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Stjarnan will face Hamar (#11) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Haukar will play against KFI in Reykjavik.
Top scorers:
Haukar: G.Robinson 19+10reb+1ast, S.Inge 12+3reb+6ast, O.Siguraarson 11+3reb, P.Hermannsson 8+1reb, H.Askarsson 8+3reb+5ast, S.Sveinsson 5+6reb
Stjarnan: F.Helgason 17+13reb+3ast, J.Shouse 17+2reb+9ast, R.Lindmets 13+6reb+3ast, G.Larusson 10+7reb, M.Valdimarsson 10+5reb+4ast, J.Zdravevski 10+7reb+3ast
gschID: 107906


Snaefell - Hamar 76-64

Leader Snaefell delivered the seventeenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Hamar (6-14) 76-64 in Stykkisholmur. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 40-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Snaefell outrebounded Hamar 50-32 including 19 on the offensive glass. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Palmi Sigurgeirsson (190-78) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Snaefell players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA, agency: Strategic Sports) with 24 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Darri Hilmarsson (191-87) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-4 record. Hamar lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Snaefell will meet KR (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hamar will play against Stjarnan (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hamar: D.Sweetney 24+8reb+3ast, D.Hilmarsson 15+7reb+1ast, R.Nathanaelsson 8+7reb, E.Arnarson 6+5reb+5ast, S.Palsson 5+2reb+1ast, L.Jonsson 4+1reb+4ast
Snaefell: P.Sigurgeirsson 16+5reb+3ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 13+16reb+1ast, R.Amoroso 12+8reb+3ast, Z.Bojovic 12+6reb+1ast, S.Daviasson 8+8reb+2ast, S.Burton 6+4reb+6ast
gschID: 107901


IR - KR 124-96

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Reykjavik: IR (#6) and KR (#2). IR (10-11) crushed visiting KR (15-6) by 28 points 124-96. The game without a history. IR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while KR only scored eleven points from the stripe. Strangely KR outrebounded IR 42-29 including a 22-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by KR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard James Bartolotta (193-86, college: MIT) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Kelly Biedler (196-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Five IR players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Marcus Walker (186-86, college: Colorado St., agency: 011 Sports) who recorded 31 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international guard Brynjar Bjoernsson (191-88, college: Francis Marion) added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. IR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 10-11 record. KR at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Grindavik and Keflavik. IR are looking forward to face Fjolnir (#10) on the road in the next round. KR will play against the league's leader Snaefell (#1) in Stykkisholmur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KR: M.Walker 31+7reb+6ast, B.Bjoernsson 15+8reb+4ast, F.Magnusson 12+1reb+1ast, H.Magnusson 8+4reb+3ast, J.Kristjansson 6+5reb, M.Agisson 6+3reb+1ast
IR: J.Bartolotta 33+4reb+6ast, E.Onundarson 24+1reb+2ast, K.Biedler 22+12reb+2ast, N.Sovic 16+4reb+4ast, H.Friariksson 12+1reb+2ast, N.Dungal 11+6reb+4ast
gschID: 107902


KFI - Njardvik 102-97

Bottom-ranked KFI managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time newly promoted KFI won against seventh-ranked Njardvik in Reykjavik 102-97. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Njardvik. KFI players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a good game for forward Richard McNutt (203-86, college: Mount Aloysius, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). British guard Carl Josey (196-86, college: VMI) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Josey is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five KFI players scored in double figures. The former international guard Johann Alafsson (195-86) answered with 31 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan) added 24 points and 7 assists in the effort for Njardvik. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted KFI maintains twelfth place with 4-16 record. Njardvik at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. KFI will play against higher ranked Haukar (#8) in Hafnarfjordur in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Njardvik will play at home against Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: J.Alafsson 31+8reb+2ast, G.Watson 24+2reb+7ast, J.Moore 23+8reb+1ast, F.Stefansson 7+2reb+1ast, H.Einarsson 7+2reb+1ast, G.Jonsson 4+2reb
KFI: R.McNutt 21+9reb, N.Knezevic 17+4reb+5ast, C.Josey 17+8reb+2ast, C.Schoen 13+5reb+7ast, P.Ilievski 12+2reb+2ast, D.Milosevic 10+2ast
gschID: 107903


Grindavik - Fjolnir 91-90

Tenth-ranked Fjolnir (7-14) made lots of trouble for third ranked Grindavik (15-6). Grindavik managed to secure only one-point victory 91-90. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fjolnir. The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-16 Fjolnir's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 91-90 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Fjolnir 53-40 including 18 on the offensive glass. Grindavik players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Serbian forward Mladen Soskic (202-84, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 28 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and American-Italian power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-84, college: Cincinnati) accounted for 11 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international guard Aegir Steinarsson (182-91) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists respectively for Fjolnir in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Grindavik have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Keflavik and KR. Fjolnir at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Grindavik's next round opponent will be Keflavik (#4) on the road. Fjolnir will play against IR (#6) in Reykjavik.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: B.Brown 29+13reb+1ast, A.Steinarsson 19+6reb+13ast, I.Hafsteinsson 17+8reb+1ast, J.Sverrisson 10+6reb+1ast, T.Tomasson 8+3reb+5ast, A.Guamundsson 5+3reb+2ast
Grindavik: M.Soskic 28+6reb+3ast, O.Olafsson 20+7reb+1ast, N.Bradford 14+5reb+3ast, R.Pettinella 11+15reb+4ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 7+5reb+5ast, H.Einarsson 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 107904


Tindastoll - Keflavik 92-94

Ninth-ranked Tindastoll (7-14) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Keflavik (15-6) in Sauoarkrokur on Monday. The visitors from Keflavik managed to secure only two-point victory 94-92. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-46 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Keflavik forced 20 Tindastoll turnovers. Tindastoll was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Thomas Sanders (191-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) who scored 24 points and 4 assists. Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Hayward Fain (196, college: St.Augustine, agency: Strategic Sports) who recorded 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and swingman Helgi Viggosson (189-83) added 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Keflavik moved-up to second place, which they share with Grindavik and KR. Tindastoll lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Keflavik will face league's second-placed Grindavik at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tindastoll will play against Njardvik (#7) in Njardvik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: H.Viggosson 23+3reb+2ast, H.Fain 16+9reb+7ast, S.Cunningham 15+6reb+3ast, S.Birgisson 11+2reb, D.Kitanovic 11+4reb+2ast, F.Hreinsson 11+1ast
Keflavik: T.Sanders 24+2reb+4ast, M.Gunnarsson 15+2reb+3ast, G.Thorsteinsson 15+4reb+3ast, A.Ciric 14+9reb, A.Vilhjalmsson 11+1reb+6ast, H.Halldorsson 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 107905




Mustache Month - Iceland - by Inge Semaj
For the second consecutive year the male population of Iceland is participating in what is being called 'Mustache Month'. This month, last year I noticed the men sporting their mustaches. I asked around and I learned that it started in New York to generate awareness for mens health but particularly prostate cancer.

I think that it is a great idea for a great cause. Many of the players in the league are dawning the stash in support of Mustache Month. I would love to participate in the cause but my mustache growing abilities are not up to par.


Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Snaefell 17-4 
 2. Grindavik 15-6 
 3. KR 15-6 
 4. Keflavik 15-6 
 5. Stjarnan 12-9 
 6. IR 10-11 
 7. Njardvik 9-12 
 8. Haukar 8-13 
 9. Tindastoll 7-14 
 10. Fjolnir 7-14 
 11. Hamar 6-14 
 12. KFI 4-16 


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Keflavik
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Sanders, Keflavik24.5 
 2. Walker, KR23.1 
 3. Trifunovic, Keflavik23.0 
 4. Bartolotta, IR22.9 
 5. Springer, Fjolnir22.7 
 6. Inge, Haukar22.6 
 7. Biedler, IR21.6 
 8. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 9. Sovic, IR21.0 
 10. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.6 
 2. Biedler, IR12.5 
 3. Pettinella, Grindavik11.4 
 4. Ermolinskij, KR10.6 
 5. Trifunovic, Keflavik10.3 
 6. Springer, Fjolnir10.0 
 7. Fain, Tindastoll9.9 
 8. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 9. Amoroso, Snaefell9.6 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.8 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR7.8 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.6 
 4. Burton, Snaefell7.1 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan5.9 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Inge, Haukar5.3 
 8. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 9. Arnarson, Hamar5.1 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 2. Schoen, KFI3.0 
 3. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll2.9 
 5. Biedler, IR2.7 
 6. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.6 
 7. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.5 
 8. Ermolinskij, KR2.2 
 9. Springer, Fjolnir2.1 
 10. Viggosson, Tindastoll2.1 
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, Haukar1.6 
 6. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.4 
 7. Savarsson, Grind.1.4 
 8. Pettinella, Grindavik1.4 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.3 
 10. Magnusson, KR1.3 


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  IRAN   


Zob Ahan stay alive in WABA League semis - by Eurobasket News
Zob Ahan - Jalaa 93:76

Zob Ahan recorded the first win in WABA League semifinal series against Jalaa. The Iranian side claimed a comprehensive home win yesterday to level things up at 1-1. Carlos Powell (199-F-83, college: S.Carolina) stepped up with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists to keep Zob Ahan in the quest for WABA League trophy. The teams will now move back to Aleppo for the decisive Game 3.
The teams stayed pretty close in the opening term. The hosts eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. However Carlos Powell, Karam Ahmadian (197-F-77) and Ali Baheran (186-G-86) triggered an 8:0 rally at the start of the second period as Zob Ahan clear off for good. The home side capped the third term with 9 points in a row as the margin grew at insurmountable 26 points. Jalaa had no answer for the onslaught and surrendered at the end. Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) knocked down 17 points for Zob Ahan. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) and Karam Ahmadian added 15 points each in the victory. Michel Maadanli (195-G-81) answered with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Jalaa. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) knocked down 15 points in defeat.

Zob Ahan: Carlos Powell 25, Ousmane Barro 17, Oshin Sahakian 15, Karam Ahmadian 15
Jalaa: Michel Maadanli 24+10 boards, Jamaal Miller 15



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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 14-5 
 2. UCC Demons 13-6 
 3. Neptune 11-8 
 4. Moycullen 1-18 


SuperLeague Round 19: Leader Dart Killester loses to DCU Saints - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in SuperLeague just ended. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Dart Killester (16-4) recorded its fourth loss in Dublin on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked DCU Saints (13-7) 91-84. DCU Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Dart Killester's 50. They outrebounded Dart Killester 51-30 including a 25-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-C-87) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Patrick Glover (193-77) chipped in 24 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Issac Westbrooks (190-85) produced 14 points and 7 assists for lost side. DCU Saints have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They finished in the second place with 13-7 record. Defending champion Dart Killester clinched top position with four games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Dublin. Second ranked DCU Saints (13-7) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging 3rd placed Neptune (11-8) 98-97 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Neptune. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for DCU Saints. They finished in the second place with 13-7 record. Neptune at the other side kept the third position in South Conference with eight games lost.
Fourth-ranked Moycullen (1-18) made lots of trouble for second ranked UCC Demons (13-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Cork managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected easier game. It was a great evening for Niall O'Reilly who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. At the losing side Mason Ambler responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds. UCC Demons occupied the second place in the South. Moycullen lost their thirteenth game in a row. They remained at the bottom of the ladder with 18 games lost.
A very interesting game took place in Belfast. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd placed Belfast Star (8-12) to third ranked Neptune (11-8) 75-72 in the fight for the third place. It was an exceptional evening for Michael Bonaparte who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 16 rebounds. Belfast Star's coach Danny Fulton rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Neptune. Neptune clinched the third position in South Conference and they would face DCU Saints in the Superleague playoffs.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Dublin: Dart Killester (#1) and UCD Marian (#4). UCD Marian was defeated at home 78-87 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Jermaine Turner fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. UCD Marian's coach Fran Ryan tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion clinched the first place with 16-4 record. Loser UCD Marian dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost.

Other games of round 19 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Belfast Star was defeated by Ulster Elks in a road game 96-84. Ulster Elks was smashed by UL Eagles at home 71-105. UL Eagles lost to UCC Demons on the opponent's court 81-86.
The best stats of 19th round was 26 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists by Scott Kinevane of UL Eagles.


Ulster Elks - Belfast Star 96-84

There was a minor upset when 3rd placed Belfast Star (8-12) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Ulster Elks (4-16) 96-84 on Sunday. Ulster Elks outrebounded Belfast Star 58-31 including a 40-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Swingman Kevin Foley (193-83) fired a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds for the winners. Benjamin De La Cruz chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 21 rebounds. Four Ulster Elks players scored in double figures. American forward Clayton Longmire (201-84, college: St.Rose (NY)) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and naturalized British guard Stephen Dawson (190-80) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ulster Elks remained in the fifth place in North Conference with 4-16 record. Loser Belfast Star kept the third position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Belfast Star: C.Longmire 28+10reb+1ast, S.Dawson 19+2reb+2ast, A.Ferris 13+2reb+1ast, C.McVeigh 8+1reb+2ast, M.McKillop 8+5reb+1ast, N.McCotter 4+2reb
Ulster Elks: K.Foley 36+12reb+2ast, B.De La Cruz 12+21reb+3ast, C.McEvilly 10+4reb+3ast, B.Drumm 10+4reb+3ast, S.Crothers 6, G.Connolly 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 107997


DCU Saints - Neptune 98-97

Important game to mention about took place in Dublin. Second ranked DCU Saints (13-7) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging 3rd placed Neptune (11-8) 98-97 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Neptune. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for DCU Saints. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for DCU Saints. They finished in the second place with 13-7 record. Neptune at the other side kept the third position in South Conference with eight games lost.
gschID: 107999


DCU Saints - Killester 91-84

Top ranked Dart Killester (16-4) recorded its fourth loss in Dublin on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked DCU Saints (13-7) 91-84. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. DCU Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Dart Killester's 50. They outrebounded Dart Killester 51-30 including a 25-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Patrick Glover (193-77) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Five DCU Saints players scored in double figures. The former international guard Issac Westbrooks (190-85) produced 14 points and 7 assists and guard John Behan (193-85) added 19 points respectively for lost side. DCU Saints have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They finished in the second place with 13-7 record. Defending champion Dart Killester clinched top position with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Killester: J.Behan 19+2reb+2ast, I.Westbrooks 14+3reb+7ast, P.Madsen 10+2reb+1ast, J.Turner 9+5reb+1ast, M.Westbrooks 8+7reb+1ast, P.Kelly 8+3reb+1ast
DCU Saints: P.Glover 24+13reb, M.Provizors 20+14reb+5ast, P.Crean 17+13reb+1ast, J.Donnelly 12+4reb+1ast, E.Donnelly 10+4reb+2ast, K.Lacey 6+3reb
gschID: 123325


Ulster Elks - UL Eagles 71-105

No shocking result in a game when first ranked UL Eagles (14-5) smashed on the road 5th ranked Ulster Elks (4-16) 105-71 on Friday. UL Eagles dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Ulster Elks' 44. UL Eagles forced 21 Ulster Elks turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American power forward Cameron Mitchell (201-88, college: Willamette, agency: N.E.T.) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 20 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Scott Kinevane (175-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists. Five UL Eagles players scored in double figures. Benjamin De La Cruz produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and guard Barry Drumm (186-87) added 21 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for UL Eagles. They won the South Conference with 14-5 record. Ulster Elks lost their third game in a row. They remained in the fifth position in North Conference with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ulster Elks: B.Drumm 21+4reb+4ast, B.De La Cruz 18+16reb+3ast, C.McEvilly 12+7reb+4ast, K.Foley 9+3reb+3ast, P.McGaharan 6+4reb+2ast, A.Hickey 3+2ast
UL Eagles: C.Mitchell 26+20reb+3ast, S.Kinevane 26+7reb+13ast, M.Hall 25+3reb+1ast, C.Cuffe 10+3reb+1ast, R.Lynch 10+3reb+4ast, C.White 6+4reb
gschID: 123326


Belfast Star - Neptune 72-75

A very interesting game took place in Belfast. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd placed Belfast Star (8-12) to third ranked Neptune (11-8) 75-72 in the fight for the third place. It was an exceptional evening for Grenadian forward Michael Bonaparte (196-82, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Michael McGinn (183-82) accounted for 19 points for the winning side. Naturalized British guard Stephen Dawson (190-80) came up with 23 points, 7 assists and 5 steals and American forward Clayton Longmire (201-84, college: St.Rose (NY)) added 18 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Belfast Star in the defeat. Belfast Star's coach Danny Fulton rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Neptune. Neptune clinched the third position in South Conference and they would face DCU Saints in the Superleague playoffs.
Top scorers:
Belfast Star: S.Dawson 23+2reb+7ast, C.Longmire 18+10reb+3ast, C.Johnston 10+7reb+1ast, S.Summersgill 7+5reb+1ast, C.McVeigh 6+3reb+7ast, M.McKillop 5+8reb+3ast
Neptune: M.Bonaparte 29+16reb+2ast, M.McGinn 19+2reb, P.Taylor 12+7reb+1ast, J.Kamara 8+9reb+1ast, G.Walsh 5+1reb+1ast, G.Noonan 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 123327


UCC Demons - UL Eagles 86-81

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Cork where leader UL Eagles (14-5) were defeated by second ranked UCC Demons (13-6) 86-81 on Sunday. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. UCC Demons claimed the second place with 13-6 record. Loser UL Eagles clinched the top position in the South with five games lost.
gschID: 123372


UCD Marian - Killester 78-87

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Dublin: Dart Killester (#1) and UCD Marian (#4). UCD Marian was defeated at home 78-87 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. UCD Marian was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Patrick Kelly (191-80) chipped in 7 points and 8 assists. American forward James Crowder (201-86, college: Pfeiffer, agency: Agency No 10) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Conor Meany (185-86) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four UCD Marian players scored in double figures. UCD Marian's coach Fran Ryan tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion clinched the first place with 16-4 record. Loser UCD Marian dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
UCD Marian: C.Meany 16+6reb+4ast, J.Crowder 15+14reb+6ast, D.James 14+2reb+2ast, N.Baynes 12+7reb+3ast, B.Glover 7+2reb+1ast, N.Meany 5+4reb+2ast
Killester: J.Turner 28+15reb+1ast, K.O'Brien 10+5reb, J.Behan 9+3reb+2ast, R.Clarke 8+1ast, P.Madsen 8+2ast, P.Kelly 7+2reb+8ast
gschID: 107995


Moycullen - UCC Demons 77-78

Fourth-ranked Moycullen (1-18) made lots of trouble for second ranked UCC Demons (13-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Cork managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected easier game. It was a great evening for the former international forward Niall O'Reilly (196-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. Forward Shane Duggan (-88) helped adding 16 points. At the losing side American forward Mason Ambler (198-85, college: Coker, agency: R.H.Consultancy) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds and guard Dylan Cunningham (195-91) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Moycullen players scored in double figures. UCC Demons occupied the second place in the South. Moycullen lost their thirteenth game in a row. They remained at the bottom of the ladder with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Moycullen: M.Ambler 31+10reb+2ast, C.Nihill 13+4reb+2ast, J.Loughnane 11+1reb+2ast, D.Cunningham 10+5reb+4ast, J.Cunningham 6+2reb+1ast, P.O'Brien 4+4reb
UCC Demons: N.O'Reilly 18+3reb+1ast, S.Duggan 16+3reb, C.O'Sullivan 14+1reb+2ast, K.Hosford 13, M.Van 9+6reb+1ast, S.Coughlan 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 107996




Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Longmire, Belfast .27.6 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune27.0 
 3. Foley, Ulster Elks23.4 
 4. Mitchell, UL Ea.23.1 
 5. Van, UCC Demons22.9 
 6. Turner, Killester22.8 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.21.4 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.21.4 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen21.1 
 10. Crean, DCU Saints16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron MITCHELL
  UL Eagles
  (201-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.7 
 2. Van, UCC Demons14.1 
 3. De La Cruz, Ulster E.13.1 
 4. Ambler, Moycullen12.9 
 5. Crean, DCU Saints11.3 
 6. Bonaparte, Neptune10.7 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.10.6 
 8. Turner, Killester10.5 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.10.3 
 10. Longmire, Belfast .9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles8.1 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.5.8 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian4.9 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.5 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.1 
 6. Westbrooks, Killester3.6 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.3.5 
 8. Turner, Killester3.1 
 9. McVeigh, Belfast .3.1 
 10. James, UCD Marian2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick CREAN
  DCU Saints
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Crean, DCU Saints3.4 
 2. McGinn, Neptune3.3 
 3. Noonan, Neptune2.6 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks2.4 
 5. Turner, Killester2.4 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.2.3 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.2.2 
 8. Nihill, Moycullen2.1 
 9. Westbrooks, Killester2.1 
 10. Darling, DCU Saints2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Neil BAYNES
  UCD Marian
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Baynes, UCD Marian2.3 
 2. Van, UCC Demons2.3 
 3. Bonaparte, Neptune2.2 
 4. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 5. Longmire, Belfast .1.9 
 6. Turner, Killester1.9 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.8 
 8. Kamara, Neptune1.1 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.1.0 
 10. Crean, DCU Saints0.9 


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  ISRAEL   


Uter's double-double lands him National League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old power forward Adrian Uter (201-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Hapoel Usishkin Tel-Aviv and receives a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds, while his team outclassed Hapoel Beeri (#13, 7-14) with 26-point margin 103-77. It allowed Hapoel T-A to consolidate first place in the Israeli National League. Hapoel T-A has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 20-1. Uter turned to be Hapoel T-A's top player in his first season with the team. Adrian Uter averages this season 18.2ppg and 9.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Shelton Colwell (202-C/F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Ironi Ramat Gan. He is American in his first season at Ironi Ramat Gan. In the last game Colwell recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Ironi Ramat Gan to another comfortable win 92-78 over the lower-ranked Hod Hasharon (#11, 8-13) being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory Ironi Ramat Gan slide down in the standings to 8th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-11 record. Colwell is one of the most experienced players at Ironi Ramat Gan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ramon Clemente (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Megido/Yokneam (#5). Clemente scored 26 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Clemente's great performance Megido/Yokneam lost 85-90 to slightly lower-ranked Elitzur Ramla (#7, 10-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Megido/Yokneam needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 9 lost games. Clemente has a great season in Israel. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.9ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 10.0rpg (4th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 65.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Guy Lavie (188-G-92) of Lev Hasharon - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Lorrenzo Wade (198-F-85) of Lev Hasharon - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. David Paris (205-F-84) of Elitzur Ramla - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Dror Davidi (190-G-84) of Elitzur Ramla - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Elad Eliyah (193-F/G-85) of Hapoel T-A - 28 points and 2 rebounds
9. Jermaine Hall (196-F-80) of Beer Yaakov - 26 points
10. Albert Fisher (184-G-86) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 29 points and 4 assists

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


Premier League Round 20 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Ashkelon - Bnei Hasharon 79-89

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (4-16) was defeated at home by third ranked Bnei Hasharon (13-7) 89-79 on Sunday. Bnei Hasharon looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Lee Nailon (204-75, college: TCU) who scored 21 points. Guard Ronald Steele (188-86, college: Alabama, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists. Five Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. Forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fairleigh Dickinson, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and guard Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Bnei Hasharon have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Ironi Ashkelon lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Bnei Hasharon will face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ironi Ashkelon will play on the road against Maccabi Rishon (#4) in Rishon Le-Zion.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: L.Nailon 21+3reb+1ast, B.Rice 13+3reb+2ast, R.Steele 13+4reb+6ast, F.Rivera 12+4reb+4ast, S.James 12+7reb+3ast, B.Dunston 11+4reb+1ast
Ironi Ashkelon: R.Turner 21+13reb+2ast, R.Green 15+5reb+4ast, G.Porat 13+1reb+3ast, J.Gibson 8+1ast, D.Farmer 8+1reb+2ast, T.Terrell 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 122595


Maccabi T-A - Hapoel J-M 107-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Maccabi T-A's (19-1) home victory over second-ranked Hapoel J-M (12-8) 107-66 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 107-66. Maccabi T-A dominated on the defensive end, holding Hapoel J-M to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel J-M's 30. They outrebounded Hapoel J-M 40-24 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Hapoel J-M's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) who had a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. The other American import swingman Chuck Eidson (201-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Court Side) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International guard Yuval Naimy (188-85) produced 15 points and American guard Jason Rich (191-86) added 12 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Maccabi T-A have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-1 record. Hapoel J-M at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost. Maccabi T-A will face league's second-placed Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel J-M will play at home against Hapoel Holon.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: C.Eidson 20+6reb+4ast, D.Blu 20+4reb+2ast, M.Macvan 14+4reb+1ast, S.Schortsanitis 12+7reb+1ast, G.Pnini 12+2ast, D.Perkins 10+10reb+11ast
Hapoel J-M: Y.Naimy 15+1reb+3ast, J.Rich 12+3ast, J.Williams 9+1reb, D.Dowell 7+3reb+1ast, W.Solomon 7+2reb+2ast, M.Mizrahi 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 122596


Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Haifa 88-67

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Maccabi Haifa (4-15) was rolled over on the road by sixth ranked Hapoel Holon (10-10) 88-67 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Holon. Maccabi Haifa was better in fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Holon forced 20 Maccabi Haifa turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was power forward Nir Cohen (202-81, college: San Diego, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Amit Ben David (190-77, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 13 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Hapoel Holon's coach Danny Franco felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International forward Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) produced 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized American guard Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Hapoel Holon and four Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon maintains sixth position with 10-10 record. Maccabi Haifa lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. Hapoel Holon will face higher ranked Hapoel J-M (#3) in Jerusalem in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi Haifa will play at home against Maccabi Ashdod (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: R.Melzer 18+4reb+2ast, M.Roth 16+1reb+7ast, N.Cohen 15+11reb, K.Powell 14+5reb+3ast, A.Ben David 13+3reb+8ast, T.Ariely 8
Maccabi Haifa: M.Killingsworth 16+4reb+1ast, S.Landesberg 14+7reb+2ast, E.Kadir 13+8reb+5ast, F.Robinson 12+2reb+5ast, B.Rothbart 6+5reb+1ast, A.Ben-Chimol 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 122597


Maccabi Ashdod - Galil Gilboa 100-99 OT

Seventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod won an overtime thriller against 5th ranked Galil Gilboa by one point 100-99 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 29-21 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 1-point victory in overtime. Maccabi Ashdod had a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Galil Gilboa was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward Josh Duncan (204-86) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 19 points and 8 assists. Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. International guard Gal Mekel (195-88, college: Wichita St.) produced 17 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and American forward Tyler Wilkerson (203-88, college: Marshall) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Newly promoted Maccabi Ashdod maintains seventh position with 9-11 record. Defending champion Galil Gilboa dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will face Maccabi Haifa (#9) on the road in the next round. Galil Gilboa will play against Elitzur Netanya (#8).
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Duncan 28+11reb+3ast, J.Carter 19+2reb+8ast, O.Lafayette 15+2reb+4ast, J.Martin 14+4reb+2ast, N.Berkowitz 12+5reb, W.Wallace 5+2reb+1ast
Galil Gilboa: T.Wilkerson 18+7reb, D.Yavzuri 17+1reb+5ast, G.Mekel 17+5reb+6ast, J.McClinton 11, W.Carter 9+5reb+2ast, G.Israeli 9+2reb+5ast
gschID: 122593


Elitzur Netanya - Maccabi Rishon 102-88

There was a surprise result when eighth ranked Elitzur Netanya (7-13) beat at home higher ranked Maccabi Rishon (11-9) 102-88 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Elitzur Netanya. Maccabi Rishon was better in fourth quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Netanya made 32-of-41 free shots (78.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Maccabi Rishon turnovers and outrebounded them 34-22 including 20 on the defensive glass. Elitzur Netanya looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Maccabi Rishon was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Elitzur Netanya players scored in double figures. Guard Dwayne Mitchell (194-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) produced 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Elitzur Netanya maintains eighth position with 7-13 record. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Elitzur Netanya will face higher ranked Galil Gilboa (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi Rishon will play against Ironi Ashkelon.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Netanya: E.Gueta 15+1reb, E.McCollum 14+3reb+2ast, A.Banks 14+5reb+3ast, R.Travis 14+6reb+2ast, T.Washam 13+4reb, S.Brener 10+2reb+3ast
Maccabi Rishon: D.Mitchell 28+5reb+4ast, R.Morgan 14+3reb+2ast, N.Hanochi 10+2reb+4ast, A.McGhee 9+3reb+2ast, Y.Orland 8+2reb+3ast, D.Tucker 7
gschID: 122594




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 10-10 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 9-11 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 7-13 
 9. Maccabi Haifa 4-15 
 10. Ironi Ashkelon 4-16 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A26.2 
 2. Moragne, Hapoel B.24.0 
 3. Hall, Beer Yaakov23.8 
 4. Clemente, Megido.22.9 
 5. Miller, Megido/Y.22.9 
 6. Delaney, Maccabi .22.0 
 7. Gomez, Beer Yaakov21.9 
 8. Young, Hod Hasharon21.2 
 9. Fisher, Ironi R.21.1 
 10. Timberlake, Elitzu.20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.3 
 3. Brandy, Hod H.10.5 
 4. Clemente, Megido.10.0 
 5. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 6. Moragne, Hapoel B.9.3 
 7. Strong, Hapoel T.9.3 
 8. Utter, Hapoel T-A9.0 
 9. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 10. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Yaron LAHAT
  Hapoel T-A
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.7 
 2. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.5 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.2 
 4. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.6.1 
 5. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.8 
 6. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.7 
 7. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri5.0 
 8. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.6 
 9. Fisher, Ironi R.4.5 
 10. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.2.9 
 2. Bochman, Beer Y.2.8 
 3. Delaney, Maccabi .2.8 
 4. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.8 
 5. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.4 
 6. Markson, Hapoel A.2.2 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur .2.1 
 8. Shtarkman, Megido.2.0 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon2.0 
 10. Fisher, Ironi R.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.2.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.1 
 3. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 4. Colwell, Ironi R.1.9 
 5. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.7 
 6. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.7 
 7. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 8. Wade, Lev Hasharon1.5 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 10. Brandy, Hod H.1.3 


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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. Scarone, Piacenza4.1 
 4. Virgilio, Rieti4.1 
 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. Paparella, Potenza3.1 
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. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 6. Candido, Ferentino1.0 
 7. Capitanelli, Pales.1.0 
 8. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 9. Spippoli, Palestrina0.9 
 10. Trapella, Piacenza0.8 


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  JAPAN   


Best players of Japanese BJ League round 39 - by Eurobasket News
American Mac Hopson (188-G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Sendai 89ers and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 39.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 40 points adding six rebounds and nine assists for Sendai 89ers in his team's victory, helping them to beat Saitama Bron. (#5, 14-24) 95-86. Sendai 89ers 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. Sendai 89ers will need more victories to improve their 24-12 record. In the team's last game Hopson had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sendai 89ers' top player in his first season with the team. University of Idaho graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hopson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.3ppg) and assists (2nd best: 5.6apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Wendell White (198-G-84) of Kyoto Hannaryz. White impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead Kyoto Hannaryz to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Miyazaki (#8, 12-26) 99-73. Kyoto Hannaryz's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 20-18 record is not bad and everything may still change. White is a newcomer at Kyoto Hannaryz and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.9ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 10.1rpg and 4.1apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Brian Harper (208-F/G-85) of Toyama Grouses (#6). Harper showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, seventeen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Toyama Grouses, leading his team to a 82-79 win against the higher-ranked Niigata Albirex (#3, 19-17). 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 twelve 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 36 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (8th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 51.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lynn Washington (200-F-78) of Osaka Evessa - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Gary Hamilton (208-F/C-84) of Shiga Lakestars - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83) of Saitama Bron. - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85) of Hamamatsu P. - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Reginald Warren (204-F-81) of Kyoto Hannaryz - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Matthew Kyle (211-C-86) of Toyama Grouses - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Robert Swift (213-F/C-85) of Tokyo Apache - 21 points and 12 rebounds

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


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  KENYA   


Mayott Melvyn wins the title with University of British Columbia - by Eurobasket News
Kenyan Melvyn Mayott (193-G) wins the title with University of British Columbia in Canada.
VANCOUVER - 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.

A 9-2 UBC run put the 'Birds up 83-74 early in the fourth, and near-immaculate free throw shooting from Alex Murphy was the difference down the stretch. Every time the T-Birds appeared to be pulling away, Saskatchewan's dangerous guard duo of Rejean Chabot (183-G-87) and Jamelle Barrett (180-G) seemed to have an answer to keep the Huskies in the game, but they were unable to close the gap entirely thanks to Murphy's 22-for-23 effort from the charity stripe.

'What an unbelievable performance,' UBC head coach Kevin Hanson said of Murphy's effort in his last home game as a T-Bird.

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 (198-F-89) had 19 and 14 points respectively.

Barrett and Chabot certainly 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.

'I was going to see if we could sub a sixth guy on to stop [Barrett's] penetration,' Hanson joked. 'He was single-handedly keeping them in the game. We tried to double team him but he got through double teams and he got through triple teams. I was running out of ideas as a coach for what to do with him.'

Both sides ended up shorthanded due to foul trouble late in the game. Trevor Nerdahl and Nolan Brudehl both fouled out for the Huskies, while UBC was without big men Balraj Bains and Kamar Burke down the stretch, forcing them to go with an all-guard lineup.

'We ended up going small ball at the end with five guards playing out there. We adjusted quite well and I thought it was a sign of our depth that guys just adapted to their new roles,' Hanson said.

The T-Birds outscored the Huskies 23-9 in the first quarter before the visitors shot their way back into contention in the middle quarters. They got to within a point of the 'Birds late in the third, and were as close as two points several times in the fourth, but never held a lead all night.

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.
Courtesy of: gothunderbirds.ca




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LBL Round 20: Leader Ventspils lose to Valmiera - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Ventspils (14-3) recorded its third loss on the court of fifth ranked Valmiera on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Valmiera 85-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ventspils. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-80. Valmiera looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Oskars Virsis (191-89) who scored 24 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). The former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (188-84) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Forward Maris Gulbis (202-85) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Valmiera (12-8) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with VEF Riga jrs. Ventspils at the other side still keep top position with three games lost. Valmiera is looking forward to face higher ranked Barons (#3) in Riga in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Ventspils will play at home against Latvijas Universitate in Riga and are hoping to win this game.

In the last game of round 20 VEF Riga jrs crushed LU in a road game 97-76. Barons smashed Turiba at home 104-44. Valmiera lost to Turiba on the opponent's court 63-76. Zemgale outscored LU in a home game 91-66.
The best stats of 20th round was 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by Roberts Mednis of Turiba.



LU - VEF Riga jrs 76-97

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Latvijas Universitate (3-18) was crushed at home by fifth ranked VEF Riga junior (12-8) 97-76 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-76. VEF Riga junior made 28-of-34 free shots (82.4 percent) during the game, while Latvijas Universitate only scored nine points from the stripe. VEF Riga junior forced 22 Latvijas Universitate turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Latvijas Universitate was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Sandis Valters (193-78) who scored 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Martins Laksa (200-90) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Five VEF Riga junior players scored in double figures. VEF Riga junior's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Arturs Duselis (200-89) produced 26 points and guard Zanis Peiners (203-90) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. VEF Riga junior moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Valmiera. Latvijas Universitate at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. VEF Riga junior will face league's second-placed Liepaja at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Latvijas Universitate will play against the league's leader Ventspils (#1).
Top scorers:
VEF Riga jrs: S.Valters 25+2reb+2ast, M.Laksa 15+5reb+2ast, T.Cain 12+8reb+1ast, D.Bertans 12+2reb+6ast, I.Nelyubov 10+2reb, G.Jahovics 8+2reb+1ast
LU: A.Duselis 26+4reb+1ast, Z.Peiners 17+3reb+5ast, T.Straudovskis 10+3reb+1ast, H.Rubenis 6+3reb+3ast, A.Slisans 6+1reb+1ast, K.Jaunzems 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 119752


Barons - Turiba 104-44

No shocking result in a game in Riga where third ranked Barons (14-8) smashed 7th ranked Turiba (5-17) 104-44 on Friday. The game without a history. Barons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Turiba to just 7 points in second quarter. Barons dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Turiba's 28 and had 23 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Turiba only scored seven points from the stripe. Barons forced 25 Turiba turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Barons made 7 blocks. Turiba was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international center Martins Skirmants (205-77, agency: Interperformances) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Derek Willjam (185-85, college: SMU) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. Four Barons players scored in double figures. Guard Janis Antrops (193-91, agency: Interperformances) produced 7 points and 7 rebounds and center Roberts Mednis (204-89) added 12 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Barons have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 14-8 record having just -5 points less than leader Ventspils. Newly promoted Turiba keeps the seventh place with 17 games lost. Barons will face Valmiera (#4) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Barons: M.Skirmants 18+7reb+2ast, I.Bergmanis 17+3reb+4ast, D.Willjam 15+2reb+7ast, R.Feldmanis 12+2reb+1ast, I.Bankevics 11+3reb+1ast, A.Cavars 8+7reb+2ast
Turiba: R.Mednis 12+2reb, J.Antrops 7+7reb+2ast, M.Vinauds 6+1reb+1ast, J.Dilevka 6+7reb+1ast, J.Lasmanis 5+1reb, M.Rudmiezis 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 119753


Valmiera - Ventspils 85-80

Top ranked Ventspils (14-3) recorded its third loss on the court of fifth ranked Valmiera on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Valmiera 85-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ventspils. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-80. Valmiera looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Oskars Virsis (191-89) who scored 24 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). The former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (188-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Forward Maris Gulbis (202-85) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Valmiera (12-8) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with VEF Riga jrs. Ventspils at the other side still keep top position with three games lost. Valmiera is looking forward to face higher ranked Barons (#3) in Riga in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Ventspils will play at home against Latvijas Universitate in Riga and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: O.Virsis 24+3reb+4ast, P.Veselovs 20+4reb+3ast, J.Graudins 14+6reb+1ast, R.Gabrans 11+6reb+10ast, J.Kaufmanis 9+6reb+3ast, M.Ziedins 4+3reb
Ventspils: M.Gulbis 18+6reb, J.Strelnieks 16+3reb+5ast, T.Carter 11+1reb+3ast, O.Efejuku 10+3reb+2ast, A.Strelnieks 7+4reb+1ast, S.Kuzminskas 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 122443


Zemgale - Turiba 91-98 OT

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Top scorers:
Turiba: R.Mednis 24+11reb+4ast, M.Steinbergs 19+3reb+4ast, J.Antrops 18+2reb+4ast, J.Dilevka 15+11reb+4ast, A.Servuts 10+2reb, L.Mizis 5+7reb+1ast
Zemgale: R.Strupovics 27+1reb, K.Krumins 22+4reb+9ast, J.Rozitis 15+12reb+1ast, E.Krumins 14+12reb+2ast, J.Bambis 5+5reb+1ast, R.Adins 4+1reb
gschID: 119749


Turiba - Valmiera 76-63

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Valmiera (12-8) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Turiba (5-17) 76-63 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 23-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Turiba dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Valmiera's 24. Turiba forced 19 Valmiera turnovers. The best player for the winners was center Roberts Mednis (204-89) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Janis Antrops (193-91, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. Turiba's coach Peteris Visnevics used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Janis Kaufmanis (185-89) produced 19 points and 6 assists and swingman Janis Berzins (200-93) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Newly promoted Turiba maintains seventh position with 5-17 record. Loser Valmiera dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Turiba will have a break next round. Valmiera will play on the road against Barons (#3) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Turiba: R.Mednis 24+11reb+1ast, A.Servuts 14+2reb+2ast, J.Antrops 14+3reb+7ast, M.Rudmiezis 7+2reb+1ast, L.Mizis 6+4reb+2ast, J.Dilevka 6+10reb+3ast
Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 19+4reb+6ast, J.Berzins 14+5reb+3ast, O.Virsis 9+6reb+1ast, R.Gabrans 5+3reb+3ast, J.Graudins 4+7reb+2ast, P.Veselovs 4+4reb
gschID: 119750


Zemgale - LU 91-66

Rather predictable result in Jelgava where sixth ranked Zemgale (7-12) outscored bottom-ranked Latvijas Universitate (3-18) 91-66 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-66. Zemgale outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 47-27 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Zemgale especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. Latvijas Universitate was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four Zemgale players scored in double figures. Forward Arturs Duselis (200-89) produced 19 points and forward Martins Dargis (199-91) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zemgale maintains sixth position with 7-12 record. Newly promoted Latvijas Universitate stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. Zemgale will have a break next round. Latvijas Universitate will play on the road against the league's leader Ventspils (#1).
Top scorers:
Zemgale: E.Krumins 23+5reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 13+10reb, J.Bambis 13+6reb+2ast, S.Metra 13+3reb, R.Strupovics 12+2ast, A.Justovics 7+2reb+1ast
LU: A.Duselis 19+2reb, M.Dargis 13+7reb, H.Rubenis 10+2reb+1ast, Z.Peiners 7+4reb+3ast, R.Rozitis 7+2reb+1ast, K.Brigmanis 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 119751




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


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 14-3 
 2. Liepaja 14-7 
 3. Barons 14-8 
 4. Valmiera 12-8 
 5. VEF Riga jrs 12-8 
 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. Veselovs, Valmiera14.2 
 9. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs14.0 
 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. Rozitis, Zemgale7.2 
 6. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 9. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WILLJAM
  Barons
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Willjam, Barons4.9 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera4.6 
 4. Bertans, VEF R.4.6 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.9 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja3.5 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.2 
 10. Piternieks, LU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Jahovics, VEF R.2.1 
 3. Cavars, Barons2.0 
 4. Mitchell, Liepaja1.9 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 6. Gabrans, Valmiera1.8 
 7. Slisans, LU1.7 
 8. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 9. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.5 
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. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 5. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja1.0 
 7. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Pishchalniko., Barons0.8 
 9. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 10. Piternieks, LU0.8 


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  LEBANON   


Anibal Zahle inks Rasheim Wright.. - by Rabih Khoury
In a quick move, Anibal Zahle management signed with the American- Jordanian Naturalized player Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) to join the team for the rest of the season. Rasheim, a well known player in Lebanon, played for Al Mouttahed Tripoly for 2 years previously, arrived to Lebanon on monday and joined his new team.In 2005-2006 he averaged in 8 games 33.5 pts and in 2006-2007 he averaged 29.4pts in 16 games. Wright started this season in Philipines, before moving to Sharjah team for the Dubai 22nd Tournament. Also he lead the Jordanian National team to qualify for the World Cup 2010 for the first time after the team finished 3rd in the Asian Cup 2009. In turkey 2010, Rasheim averaged 15pts per game.

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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Kieza, Juventus16.8 
 2. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis15.8 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas15.4 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis15.4 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudupis14.8 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas14.4 
 9. Mazeika, Neptunas14.3 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marius JANISIUS
  Alytus Alita
  (203-C-77)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Janisius, Alytus A.11.3 
 2. Kieza, Juventus10.8 
 3. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.5 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.5 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis7.4 
 6. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.1 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas7.0 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai6.9 
 9. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 10. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.6 
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. Janavicius, Siauliai4.1 
 9. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.1 
 10. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.3 
 2. Vasylius, Neptunas2.0 
 3. Razutis, Naglis-A.1.9 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.9 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis1.9 
 6. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.8 
 7. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 8. Ruikis, Neptunas1.7 
 9. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.7 
 10. Leonavicius, Techa.1.6 
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. Bajramovic, Lietuv.0.8 


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 18-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 16-2 
 3. Rudupis 12-5 
 4. Juventus 11-8 
 5. Techasas 10-9 
 6. Siauliai 9-7 
 7. Neptunas 7-11 
 8. Perlas 6-11 
 9. Nevezis 6-11 
 10. Naglis-Adakris 6-11 
 11. Sakalai 6-12 
 12. Aiscai Kaunas 6-12 
 13. Alytus Alita 2-16 


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  NBA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.3 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.2 
 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: 15.8
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.8 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.9 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.9 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.5 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.5 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.0 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 9. Horford, Atlanta H.9.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.9.8 
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. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 6. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 8. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.8 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.2 
 4. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.2 
 5. 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.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 46-15 
 2. New York K. 33-29 
 3. Philadelph.76 32-30 
 4. New Jersey N. 19-43 
 5. Toronto R. 17-46 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 44-18 
 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. 40-24 
 3. Atlanta H. 37-26 
 4. Charlotte B. 26-37 
 5. Washington W. 16-46 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 39-23 
 2. Denver N. 37-27 
 3. Portland TB 36-27 
 4. Utah Jazz 33-31 
 5. Minnesota T. 15-50 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 45-19 
 2. Phoenix Suns 32-29 
 3. Golde State W. 27-35 
 4. LA Clippers 24-40 
 5. Sacramento K. 15-46 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 51-12 
 2. Dallas M. 46-17 
 3. N.Orleans H. 37-29 
 4. Memphis G. 36-29 
 5. Houston R. 33-32 


Monday's games - by Eurobasket News
Memphis G. - Oklah.City T. 107-101
Mike Conley (6'1''-G-87, college: Ohio St.) and Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) each scored 20 points, and Marc Gasol added 18 as the Memphis Grizzlies withstood a second-half rally and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-101 on Monday night. Zach Randolph added 17 points for Memphis, including four free throws in the closing seconds, as the Grizzlies maintained their hold on the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference. Russell Westbrook had 27 points and seven assists for Oklahoma City, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped. Kevin Durant finished with 23 points, while James Harden scored 16. Oklahoma City was 6 of 12 from outside the arc after halftime, but never could overtake Memphis, which led by as many as 17 in the third quarter. Both teams shot 52 percent in the game, but Memphis benefited from 12 Oklahoma City turnovers, including three in the fourth quarter, as the Thunder kept threatening Memphis' lead. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Sacramento K. - Houston R. 101-123
Rick Adelman slowly rose from the Houston Rockets bench, nodded at the Sacramento Kings coaches and headed to the visitors locker room with another victory. This one, though, was a bit more special. Adelman tied Dick Motta for 10th on the NBA's career victories list, getting his 935th as Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88, college: Arizona) scored 20 points and Kyle Lowry (6'0''-G-86, college: Villanova) had 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the Rockets' 123-101 victory Monday night. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Orlando M. - Portland TB 85-89
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) scored 24 points, Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) added 15 and the Portland Trail Blazers held on to beat the Orlando Magic, who were without the suspended Dwight Howard, 89-85 on Monday night. Portland won its third straight, and 10th in 13 games. The Blazers also swept the two-game season series with Orlando. Marcus Camby was held scoreless, but had 10 rebounds to help the Blazers fend off a late rally by the Magic. Orlando lost its second consecutive game and dropped to 1-2 this season without Howard, who sat out while serving a one-game suspension after picking up his 16th technical foul Friday. Jason Richardson led Orlando with 22 points, followed by 13 apiece from Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Charlotte B. - LA Clippers 87-92
Winning on the road is a rare thing for the Los Angeles Clippers. Winning anywhere without top scorer Eric Gordon is unusual. You wouldn't have known they accomplished both feats Monday night by listening to coach Vinny Del Negro. Behind 17 points and 15 rebounds from Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) and impressive contributions from the bench, the Clippers overcame a sluggish start for a rare 92-87 road victory against the undermanned and slumping Charlotte Bobcats. With Gordon sidelined indefinitely with more wrist problems, the Clippers got 17 points from Mo Williams, and 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench from Chris Kaman in their third consecutive victory. The Clippers improved to 6-25 on the road and 5-16 when they play without Gordon. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

New York K. - Utah Jazz 131-109
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 34 points, Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) added 31, and the New York Knicks showed how dangerous they can be when their superstars are rolling, beating the Utah Jazz 131-109 on Monday night. Anthony and Stoudemire combined to make 24 of 31 shots, then were on the bench for the entire final period. Stoudemire departed long before the third even ended, shooting 12-of-15 in just 24 minutes, and Anthony soon joined him after his first 30-point game with the Knicks. Toney Douglas had 20 points in a strong start in place of the injured Chauncey Billups as the Knicks moved a game ahead of Philadelphia for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. New York shot 56 percent from the field in its highest-scoring effort of the season. Al Jefferson scored a season-high 36 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Jazz, who opened an important four-game road trip by losing for the ninth time in 11 games. Utah came in tied for ninth in the West, at risk of falling hopelessly behind after the resignation of Hall of Fame Jerry Sloan and trade of All-Star point guard Deron Williams. *Courtesy of www.ksl.com

Chicago B. - N.Orleans H. 85-77
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 24 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat New Orleans 85-77 on Monday night with Hornets star Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) sidelined by a concussion. The four-time All-Star watched from the sideline after colliding with Cleveland's Ramon Sessions in Sunday's win and remains day to day. Without him, the Hornets put up a fight against the Central division leaders but were shut out over the final 3:15. Coming off wins at Orlando and Miami, the Bulls couldn't exhale until Rose hit two free throws with 35 seconds remaining. That made it 83-77 and sent them to their 10th win in 12 games. Carlos Boozer added 19 points and nine rebounds, and Ronnie Brewer and Luol Deng scored 10. Jarrett Jack, starting in Paul's place, led the Hornets with 23 points, and Marco Belinelli scored 17. David West had 11 points and 11 rebounds, but New Orleans shot just 36.3 percent. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Minnesota T. - Dallas M. 105-108
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) couldn't get in a rhythm for most of three quarters because of foul trouble, so seldom-used veteran Brian Cardinal stepped right in and knocked down shots in the building he used to call home. The Dallas Mavericks didn't miss a beat with their MVP candidate on the bench, the strongest sign yet that they could be a dangerous team in the playoffs. Nowitzki overcame foul trouble to score 25 points in 27 minutes and Cardinal scored a season-high 12 points to help the Mavericks outlast the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 108-105 victory on Monday night. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net


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Terriers Repeat; Wofford Heads to Big Dance Again - by Eurobasket
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - After dropping both regular season matchups, the Wofford Terriers used a strong second half to surge past the College of Charleston Cougars, 77-67, and repeat as the Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament champions.
Wofford relied on clutch free throw shooting and accurate shooting from behind the arc in the second half to separate itself from the Cougars in a tightly contested game. After missing all five three-point shots in the first half, Wofford went a perfect 3-for-3 from long range the rest of the game. The Terriers also sank 57.1 percent (16-for-28) of his second half shots, including a stretch where they scored on seven straight possessions.
Cameron Rundles (6'1''-G-88) three-pointer with 9:49 remaining in the game gave Wofford the 54-52 lead and the Terriers would never trail for the remainder of the game.
The SoCon regular season Player of the Year Andrew Goudelock (6'2''-G-88) picked up his fourth foul with eight minutes remaining with Charleston trailing 54-53. However, he spent less than a minute on the bench after Wofford scored the game's next five points.
The Cougars got within three points at 67-64, but the tournament's Most Outstanding Player Noah Dahlman (6'6''-F-89) scored six in a row to stretch the lead to nine, and Wofford made its free throws down the stretch to secure its second straight NCAA berth.
Leading the way for Wofford were Cameron Rundles with 21 points, while Dalhman scored 20 with nine boards. Jamar Diggs (6'2''-F-88) added another 17 for the Terriers.
In a closely fought first half that featured six ties and seven lead changes, Charleston used a 7-3 run to close out play to take a 32-28 lead at the break. The duo of Monroe and Goudelock combined to score 25 of Charleston's 32 first half points with 14 and 11, respectively.
Wofford shot 91.7 percent (22-for-24) from the charity stripe while Charleston only made 65 percent (13-20) from the line
Charleston (24-10) put together a strong performance behind Goudelock's 25 points despite being in foul trouble throughout the game. Donavan Monroe (6'3''-G) contributed with 19 for the Cougars along with Antwaine Wiggins (6'7''-F-88)' 12.
Wofford improves its record to 21-12 overall record and will wait to hear its NCAA Tournament fate on Selection Sunday on March 13.


Courtesy of SoCon

Southern Conf. Regular Season Standings

North
1 W.Carolina 12 - 6 18 - 15
1 Chattanooga 12 - 6 16 - 16
3 Appalachian St. 10 - 8 16 - 15
4 Elon 7 - 11 14 - 17
5 NC-Greensboro 6 - 12 7 - 24
6 Samford 4 - 14 12 - 19
South
1 Charleston So. 14 - 4 24 - 9
1 Wofford 14 - 4 20 - 12
3 Furman 12 - 6 22 - 10
4 Davidson 10 - 8 17 - 14
5 Citadel 6 - 12 10 - 22
6 Georgia Southern 1 - 17 5 - 27


Southern Conf. Tournament Final: Charleston - Wofford 67-77
Southern Conf. Tournament Semifinals:
Charleston - Furman 63-58
Wofford - WCU 86-72


All-Southern Conf. Awards 2010-11

All-Southern Conf. 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Andrew Goudelock
Goudelock
Donald Sims
Sims
Cameron Wells
Wells
Amu Saaka
Saaka
Noah Dahlman
Dahlman
#e#5

Player of the Year: Andrew Goudelock (6'2''-G-88) of Charleston
All-Tournament MVP: Noah Dahlman (6'6''-F-89) of Wofford
Defensive Player of the Year: Richie Gordon (6'8''-F) of W.Carolina
Freshman of the Year: Trey Sumler (6'2''-G) of W.Carolina
Coach of the Year: Bobby Cremins of Charleston

1st Team
G: Donald Sims (6'1''-87) of Appalachian St.
G: Andrew Goudelock (6'2''-88) of Charleston
G: Cameron Wells (6'1''-88) of Citadel
F: Amu Saaka (6'6''-88) of Furman
F: Noah Dahlman (6'6''-89) of Wofford

2nd Team
F: Omar Carter (6'5''-88) of Appalachian St.
G: Chris Long (6'2''-87) of Elon
G: Keegan Bell (6'1''-88) of Chattanooga
F: Omar Wattad (6'5''-88) of Chattanooga
G: Mike Williams (6'2'') of W.Carolina

3rd Team
G: Donavan Monroe (6'3''-G) (6'3'') of Charleston
F: Jeremy Simmons (6'8''-89) of Charleston
G: Ben Drayton (5'10''-90) of Georgia Southern
F: Tim Johnson (6'6''-88) of Wofford
G: Cameron Rundles (6'1''-88) of Wofford

All-Tournament 1st Team
Andrew Goudelock (6'2''-G-88) of Charleston
Donovan Monroe (6'1''-G-88) of Charleston
Jamar Diggs (6'2''-F-88) of Wofford
Cameron Rundles (6'1''-G-88) of Wofford
Noah Dahlman (6'6''-F-89) of Wofford

All-Tournament 2nd Team
Trent Wiedeman (6'8''-F) of Charleston
Jordan Miller (6'2''-G-88) of Furman
Amu Saaka (6'6''-F-88) of Furman
Harouna Mutombo (6'4''-G) of W.Carolina
Mike Williams (6'2''-G) of W.Carolina

All-Freshman Team
Trent Wiedeman (6'8''-F) of Charleston
Jack Isenbarger (6'2''-G) of Elon
Eric Ferguson (6'7''-G) of Georgia Southern
Trevis Simpson (6'4''-G/F) of NC-Greensboro
Trey Sumler (6'2''-G) of W.Carolina




Monarchs Reign Supreme Over CAA Tournament - by Eurobasket
RICHMOND, Va.- Frank Hassell scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Old Dominion withstood a furious second-half rally by Virginia Commonwealth on Monday night and defended its Colonial Athletic Association tournament title with a 70-65 victory. The victory was ODU's sixth overall CAA Tournament crown, two more than any other school in the league and the first back-to-back champion since UNC Wilmington did it in 2002 and 2003.
A sellout crowd of 11,200 were in attendance at the Richmond Coliseum.
Kent Bazemore added 14 points as the Monarchs (27-6) won their ninth straight and 13 of the last 14 to claim the league's automatic NCAA tournament berth.
Regular season champion George Mason is expected to receive an at-large invitation.
The Rams (23-11) trailed by 18 in the second half, but got within 55-54 with 4:26 left before the Monarchs scored on consecutive possessions, rebuilding the lead to five, and hung on.
Bradford Burgess led VCU with 19 points and Jamie Skeen had 18.
The Rams had lost four of five when they arrived at the tournament and thought they needed to cut down the nets to make the NCAA field. But after beating Drexel on a buzzer-beater and then handing top-seeded George Mason its first loss in 17 games, they came up short against their rival.
Trailing 46-28 with 16 1/2 minutes left, VCU went on a defense-led 26-9 run that had the crowd in its home city roaring at a deafening level, even after the Monarchs answered with their consecutive putbacks.
As Ben Finney stepped to the line with 15.3 seconds left and his team ahead 69-62, the smaller contingent of Monarchs fans chanted 'O-D-U! O-D-U!' to celebrate the Monarchs' league-best sixth tournament title.
Old Dominion led 50-39 and had ended an 11-0 burst by VCU with consecutive baskets by Hassell, but the Rams rallied again.
Joey Rodriguez hit a 3-pointer, Skeen followed a free throw with a putback and then made a reverse layup and was fouled. The free throw pulled the Rams within 51-47. Hassell's basket pushed the lead back to 53-47, but Burgess hit a pair of free throws and then followed a miss with a tip-in, and it was 53-51 with 5 minutes left.
Chris Cooper's first field goal doubled the lead, but Burgess hit a 3-pointer from the left corner, cutting it to one before Cooper scored on a tip-in, and Bazemore followed with another. The Monarchs extended their advantage to seven in the closing minutes to win the season's third game between the state rivals.
Leading 39-26, the Monarchs opened the second half on a 7-2 run to open their largest lead at 46-28. But with their NCAA hopes fading fast, the Rams responded, sparked in part by their more urgent fullcourt defense.
Rob Brandenberg hit a jumper, Burgess followed with a putback and Skeen dunked off an inbound play. With the VCU defense getting nine consecutive stops, a 3-pointer by Brandon Rozzell and a putback by Burgess made it 46-39, capping an 11-0 spurt, and the crowd in VCU's home city grew deafening.
But a timeout seemed to settle Old Dominion, and two straight baskets by Hassell halted the Rams' momentum, rebuilt the lead to 50-39 and once again put VCU in position to have to succeed at both ends.
ODU who leads the nation in rebound margin again dominated the boards with a 38-23 rebound margin as Hassell hauled down a game high nine rebounds, followed by Bazemore and Ben Finney with six each.
ODU shot .585 (24-41) from the floor, while VCU was .397 (23-58). The Monarchs shot .636 in the first half.
ODU's seniors Ben Finney, Frank Hassell, Darius James and Keyon Carter have now won a school record 97 games during their careers which include beating VCU in the city of Richmond four times, twice in the Siegel Center and twice in the CAA Tournament home - The Richmond Coliseum.
Frank Hassell was named the Tournament MVP and was joined on the All Tournament squad by teammate Kent Bazemore along with Bradford Burgess of VCU, Charles Jenkins of Hofstra, Cam Long of Mason and Jamie Skeen of VCU.
Bazemore led ODU with six assists and also game up with three steals. Junior Trian Iliadis added 10 points off the bench and three steals as well.


Courtesy of ODU

CAA Regular Season Standings
1 George Mason 16-2 26-6
2 ODU 14-4 26-6
2 Hofstra 14-4 21-11
4 VCU 12-6 23-10
5 Drexel 11-7 21-10
6 JMU 10-8 21-11
7 Delaware 8-10 14-17
8 NC-Wilmington 7-11 13-18
9 Georgia St. 6-12 12-19
9 Northeastern 6-12 11-20
11 William & Mary 4-14 10-22
12 Towson 0-18 4-26


CAA Tournament Final: Old Dominion - VCU 70-65
CAA Tournament Semifinals:
Old Dominion - Hofstra 77-69
George Mason - VCU 63-79


All-CAA Awards 2010-11

All-CAA 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Charles Jenkins
Jenkins
Chaisson Allen
Allen
Denzel Bowles
Bowles
Frank Hassell
Hassell
Cam Long
Long
#e#5

Player of the Year: Charles Jenkins (6'3''-G-89) of Hofstra
All-Tournament MVP: Frank Hassell (6'8''-F-88) of ODU
Defensive Player of the Year: Kent Bazemore (6'5''-G/F-89) of ODU
Rookie of the Year: Devon Saddler (6'2''-G) of Delaware
Leadership Award: Quinn McDowell (6'6''-G/F) of William & Mary
Coach of the Year: Jim Larranaga of George Mason

1st Team
G: Chaisson Allen (6'4''-89) of Northeastern
F: Denzel Bowles (6'10'') of JMU
F: Frank Hassell (6'8''-88) of ODU
G: Charles Jenkins (6'3''-89) of Hofstra
G: Cam Long (6'4''-88) of George Mason

2nd Team
G/F: Kent Bazemore (6'5''-89) of ODU
F: Samme Givens (6'5'') of Drexel
F: Ryan Pearson (6'6''-90) of George Mason
F: Jamie Skeen (6'9''-88) of VCU
G: Chad Tomko (5'11''-89) of NC-Wilmington

3rd Team
G: Jawan Carter (5'11''-87) of Delaware
G: Chris Fouch (6'2'') of Drexel
F: Luke Hancock (6'5''-90) of George Mason
G/F: Quinn McDowell (6'6'') of William & Mary
G: Joey Rodriguez (5'10''-88) of VCU

All-Defensive Team
Chaisson Allen (6'4''-G-89) of Northeastern
Kent Bazemore (6'5''-G/F-89) of ODU
Jamelle Hagins (6'8''-F) of Delaware
Frank Hassell (6'8''-F-88) of ODU
Gregory Washington (6'10''-F-84) of Hofstra

All-Tournament Team
Frank Hassell (6'8''-F-88) of ODU
Kent Bazemore (6'5''-G/F-89) of ODU
Bradford Burgess (6'5''-G-90) of VCU
Charles Jenkins (6'3''-G-89) of Hofstra
Cam Long (6'4''-G-88) of George Mason
Jamie Skeen (6'9''-F-88) of Wake Forest

All-Rookie Team
Brandon Britt (6'0''-G) of William & Mary
Frantz Massenat (6'4''-G) of Drexel
Ryan Pierson (6'10''-F/C) of Northeastern
Dartaye Ruffin (6'8''-F) of Drexel
Devon Saddler (6'2''-G) of Delaware

All-Academic 1st Team
James Fields (6'3''-G-89) of Georgia St.
Trian Iliadis (6'3''-G-89) of ODU
Brad Kelleher (6'0''-G-86) of Hofstra
Quinn McDowell (6'6''-G/F) of William & Mary
Brian Morris (6'5''-G-87) of Towson

All-Academic 2nd Team
Charles Jenkins (6'3''-G-89) of Hofstra
Marcus Kitts (6'9''-F-89) of William & Mary
Rashawn Polk (6'2''-G-88) of Towson
Isaiah Tate (6'4''-G) of George Mason
Matt Wilson (6'11''-F) of NC-Wilmington




Saint Peter's Punches NCAA Ticket, Earns 62-57 Win Over Iona in MAAC Final - by Eurobasket
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Jeron Belin scored 17 points and Saint Peter's beat Iona 62-57 to secure the school's first NCAA tournament berth in 16 years and win the MAAC championship Monday.
Nick Leon added 15 points for the fourth-seeded Peacocks (20-13), who upset top-seed Fairfield 62-48 Sunday.
Michael Glover had 23 points for Iona, which came in averaging almost 80 points per game. Scott Machado added 15 and Rashon Dwight added 10.
The Gaels trailed by as many as 12 in the second half before mounting a furious comeback that fell short.
Iona's 57 points were a season low, two below the 59 they had in a two-point loss to Rider in January.
This was Saint' Peter's seventh appearance in the MAAC championship game, but its first since 2006. The school last won the tournament and earned an NCAA bid in 1995.
Saint Peter's controlled the tempo throughout. Iona came in shooting almost 48 percent from the field, but made just 19 of their 59 shots on Monday.
Iona, second in the conference in 3-point shooting, was 3 for 18 from behind the arc, while the Peacocks hit seven 3-pointers.
Saint Peter's led by six at intermission and went up by nine early in the second half.
Machado found Glover on an ally-oop to cut the lead to 37-33, but the Peacocks had a quick response.
A blocked shot from Ryan Bacon and a 3-pointer from Leon pushed the lead back to nine at 42-33, and a Jenkins' 3-pointer gave them their biggest lead of the game at 45-33.
Saint Peter's led 49-38 with just over 4 minutes left and began to spread the floor on offense.
That's when Iona made its final push.
Glover scored eight points down the stretch, and Iona cut the lead to 56-52 on his layup with 45 seconds left.
A steal from Iona gave them a chance to cut it to one, but a 3-point attempt from Trinity Fields hit the rim. Saint Peter's made six foul shots down the stretch to seal the win.
As the final buzzer sounded, Saint Peter's players ran to center court and into a pile to celebrate the victory.
Iona hit just three of its first 10 shots, and were outrebounded in the first half 17-13.
Iona also had just two field goals in the final 7 minutes of the half and trailed 26-20 at intermission.
Iona guard Kyle Smyth appeared to re-injure his left shoulder diving for a loose ball with about 3 minutes left in the first half, and was taken to the locker room.
Smyth, who averages almost 11 points a game, also left the team's semifinal win over Rider with a shoulder injury.
Iona had won nine in a row and came in off two blowout wins in the tournament, 94-64 over Siena and 83-59 over Rider in the semifinals.
This was the eighth time to two teams have met in the MAAC tournament. Iona came in 5-2 in those games.
Iona won both regular-season meetings between the two teams, 70-52 at home in January and 73-59 at Saint Peter's on Feb. 25.


Courtesy of MAAC

MAAC Regular Season Standings
1 Fairfield 15-3
2 Rider 13-5
2 Iona 13-5
4 St.Peter's 11-7
5 Loyola (MD) 10-8
6 Canisius 9-9
7 Siena 8-10
8 Niagara 5-13
9 Manhattan 3-15
9 Marist 3-15


MAAC Tournament Final: Iona - Saint Peter's 57-62
MAAC Tournament Semifinals:
Rider - Iona 59-83
Fairfield - Saint Peter's 48-62


All-MAAC Awards 2010-11

All-MAAC 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Ryan Rossiter
Rossiter
Derek Needham
Needham
Michael Glover
Glover
Scott Machado
Machado
Justin Robinson
Robinson
#e#5

Player of the Year: Ryan Rossiter (6'9''-F-89) of Siena
All-Tournament MVP: Jeron Belin (6'6''-F-88) of St.Peter's
Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Nelson (6'1''-G-89) of Niagara
Rookie of the Year: Danny Stewart (6'7''-F) of Rider
Sixth Man of the Year: Jhared Hall (6'2''-G) of Loyola (MD)
Coach of the Year: Ed Cooley of Fairfield

1st Team
G: Derek Needham (5'11'') of Fairfield
F: Michael Glover (6'7'') of Iona
G: Scott Machado (6'1'') of Iona
G: Justin Robinson (6'2''-87) of Rider
F: Ryan Rossiter (6'9''-89) of Siena

2nd Team
F: Ryan Olander (6'11'') of Fairfield
G: Anthony Nelson (6'1''-89) of Niagara
G: Novar Gadson (6'7'') of Rider
F: Ryan Bacon (6'7''-88) of St.Peter's
G: Wesley Jenkins (6'2''-89) of St.Peter's

3rd Team
F: Elton Frazier (6'5''-88) of Canisius
F: Yorel Hawkins (6'5'') of Fairfield
F: Shane Walker (6'10'') of Loyola (MD)
G/F: George Beamon (6'4''-91) of Manhattan
F: Mike Ringgold (6'7'') of Rider

All-Tournament Team
Jeron Belin (6'6''-F-88) of St.Peter's
Scott Machado (6'1''-G) of Iona
Michael Glover (6'7''-F) of Iona
Ryan Bacon (6'7''-F-88) of St.Peter's
Wesley Jenkins (6'2''-G-89) of St.Peter's
Nick Leon (5'11''-G-88) of St.Peter's

All-Rookie Team
Maurice Barrow (6'5''-G) of Fairfield
Justin Drummond (6'4''-G) of Loyola (MD)
Michael Alvarado (6'2''-G-92) of Manhattan
Marvin Jordan (5'11''-G) of Niagara
Danny Stewart (6'7''-F) of Rider

All-Academic Team
Julius Coles (6'4''-G-89) of Canisius
Greg Logins (6'7''-F-88) of Canisius
Ryan Olander (6'11''-F) of Fairfield
Kristian Petric (6'6''-F) of Fairfield
Alejo Rodriguez (6'8''-F) of Iona
Kyle Smyth (6'4''-G) of Iona
Liam McCabe-Moran (6'4''-F-89) of Manhattan
Patrick McDerby (6'0''-G) of Marist
Luuk Kortekaas (6'11''-C-90) of Niagara
Paul Kowalski (6'6''-F) of Niagara
Nick Leon (5'11''-G-88) of St.Peter's
Kyle Griffin (6'3''-G) of Siena




Zags Heading To Big Dance For 13th Straight Season - by Eurobasket
Las Vegas- Robert Sacre (7'0''-C-88) scored 12 points, including a dunk and six late free throws and Gonzaga beat Saint Mary's 75-63 Monday night to win the West Coast Conference tournament for the second time in three years.
Gonzaga (24-9) received an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament for its 13th straight appearance.
Steven Gray (6'5''-G-89) led Gonzaga with 15 points and Dower had 10. Sacre had four blocks and eight rebounds.
Mickey McConnell (6'0''-G-89) led Saint Mary's with 24 points and Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-G-90) added 21.
The game was tied at 53 when Gonzaga reserve Sam Dower (6'9''-C) started an 8-0 run with a pick-and-roll layup. Freshman guard David Stockton (5'10''-G), with Hall of Fame father John Stockton (6'1''-G-62, college: Gonzaga) in the stands, hit a 3-pointer to put Gonzaga ahead 58-53.
Saint Mary's made it 61-58 on a 3-pointer by Clint Steindl, but Elias Harris countered with a tip-in, and Sacre made two more free throws and a powerful dunk off a pass from Stockton to put it out of reach.
Rob Jones (6'6''-F-89) and Mitchell Young (6'9''-F-90) both fouled out with more than five minutes remaining.
'It's an unbelievable feeling, even after all the times we've done it,' Gonzaga 12th-year head coach Mark Few said. 'I just got done telling the team I haven't been more proud of a group of guys. From where we were to where we are now has been an incredible journey. It's taught me a lot. It taught me about the resilience of kids and the team.'
Few has guided the team to the NCAA Tournament in each of his 12 seasons as head coach, and was also a part of Gonzaga's 1995 and 1999 appearances as an assistant coach.
The teams split the regular-season series. Saint Mary's won 73-71 on Jan. 27 and Gonzaga taking the rematch 89-85 in overtime on Feb. 24.
This one was just as close despite the final margin.
The teams met in the WCC title game four times previously. Gonzaga won in 2004, 2005 and 2009, and the Gaels took last year's title.
'It's great feeling knowing that come Sunday you are not going to be sitting there sweating,' said Gray, Gonzaga's lone senior, of the upcoming Selection Sunday. 'I can't imagine what kind of feeling that would be. It's a great feeling to know we are already in.'
The Bulldogs were an at-large pick last season after the WCC title-game loss to the Gaels, but the Bulldogs had a strong resume and there was little doubt the Zags would receive a bid.'
Marquise Carter (6'4''-G), who blossomed down the stretch and started the last 10 games, was the tourney MVP, joining Gray, Dellavedova, McConnell and the University of San Francisco's Michael Williams (6'0''-G) on the all-tournament team.
It feels really good,' Carter said of the MVP honor. 'I just tried to go out and play confident. I want to thank my teammates and coaches for keeping me confident for every game.'
Gonzaga won the women's title earlier Monday with a 72-46 victory over Saint Mary's.


Courtesy of GU Sports Information

WCC Regular Season Standings
1 St.Mary's, CA 11-3
1 Gonzaga 11-3
3 USF 10-4
4 Santa Clara 8-6
5 Portland 7-7
6 Pepperdine 5-9
7 Loyola Marymount 2-12
7 San Diego 2-12


WCC Tournament Final: Saint Mary's - Gonzaga 63-75
WCC Tournament Semifinals:
Saint Mary's - Santa Clara 73-64
Gonzaga - San Francisco 71-67


All-WCC Awards 2010-11

All-WCC 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Mickey McConnell
McConnell
Matthew Dellavedova
Dellavedova
Kevin Foster
Foster
Steven Gray
Gray
Rashad Green
Green
#e#5

Player of the Year: Mickey McConnell (6'0''-G-89) of St.Mary's, CA
All-Tournament MVP: Marquise Carter (6'4''-G) of Gonzaga
Defensive Player of the Year: Troy Payne (6'6''-F) of Santa Clara
Newcomer of the Year: Marquise Carter (6'4''-G) of Gonzaga
Coach of the Year: Randy Bennett of St.Mary's, CA

1st Team
G: Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-90) of St.Mary's, CA
G: Kevin Foster (6'2'') of Santa Clara
G: Steven Gray (6'5''-89) of Gonzaga
G: Rashad Green (6'4''-88) of USF
F: Rob Jones (6'6''-89) of St.Mary's, CA
G: Mickey McConnell (6'0''-89) of St.Mary's, CA
G: Nemanja Mitrovic (6'5'') of Portland
C: Robert Sacre (7'0''-88) of Gonzaga
F: Luke Sikma (6'8''-89) of Portland
G: Michael Williams (6'0'') of USF

Honorable Mention
Perris Blackwell (6'8''-F) of USF
Elias Harris (6'8''-F-89) of Gonzaga
Lorne Jackson (6'2''-G) of Pepperdine
Jared Stohl (6'1''-G-89) of Portland
Vernon Teel (6'4''-G-87) of Loyola Marymount
Mychel Thompson (6'7''-F) of Pepperdine
Drew Viney (6'8''-F-88) of Loyola Marymount

All-Tournament Team
Marquise Carter (6'4''-G) of Gonzaga
Steven Gray (6'5''-G-89) of Gonzaga
Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-G-90) of St.Mary's, CA
Mickey McConnell (6'0''-G-89) of St.Mary's, CA
Michael Williams (6'0''-G) of USF

All-Freshman Team
Cody Doolin (6'2''-G) of USF
Sam Dower (6'9''-C) of Gonzaga
Stephen Holt (6'3''-G-91) of St.Mary's, CA
Anthony Ireland (5'10''-G) of Loyola Marymount
Evan Roquemore (6'3''-G) of Santa Clara




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Wolf Leads Rollins to SSC Men's Basketball Tournament Title - by Greg
Tournament Most Valuable Player Nick Wolf posted 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead top-seeded Rollins to a 75-69 win over No. 3 Eckerd in the final of the 2011 BlueCross and BlueShield of Florida Sunshine State Conference Men's Basketball Championship.
Wolf averaged 24 points and nine rebounds in three tournament games. The Tars also got 12 points from Matt Robertson, who earned a spot on the all-tournament team, and 11 points from Nikola Baran.
Lance Kearse led Eckerd with 21 points, while John Harper tallied 14. Both players were recognized as members of the all-tournament team.
Rollins jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, but Eckerd came back to tie things at 7-7 at the 16:38 mark. Rollins would regain the lead with 15:08 on the clock and pushed the advantage to 21-14 with just under nine minutes left in the half. Eckerd trimmed the lead to three at the 1:30 mark, but Rollins took a 34-28 lead into intermission.
The Tars kept the Tritons at bay through the first part of the second period, but Eckerd remained within striking distance. The Tritons took their first lead of the game with a Quincy Okolie layup that put them in front 41-40 with 12:55 left to play.
Things remained close for the next several minutes, and the squads were tied 54-54 at the 6:48 juncture.
From there, the Tars took command, building a nine-point advantage at 65-56 with 3:33 remaining in the contest. They led 69-59 with 1:09 on the clock, but the Tritons would not go quietly, cutting their deficit to 73-69 with just 15 second left. Ian Scott sealed the win for Rollins with a pair of free throws to set the final score at 75-69.
Tampa's Rashad Callaway and Florida Southern's Rion Rayfield were also recognized as members of the all-tournament team.

Courtesy of SSC


All-SSC Summary 2010-2011

SSC Regular Season Standings
1
Rollins 13-3
2
Florida Southern 12-4
3
Eckerd 11-5
4
Tampa 10-6
5
Florida Tech 9-7
6
Nova SE 5-11
6
Barry 5-11
6
Lynn 5-11
9
St.Leo 2-14

SSC Tournament Final: Rollins - Eckerd 75-69
SSC Tournament Semifinals:
Rollins - Tampa 67-82
Eckerd - Florida Southern 70-69


All-SSC 1st Team
#s#
Nick Wolf
Wolf
Rashad Callaway
Callaway
Rion Rayfield
Rayfield
Justin Sedlak
Sedlak
Willie Whitfield
Whitfield
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: Nick Wolf (6'6''-G-88) of Rollins
Player of the Year: Nick Wolf (6'6''-G-88) of Rollins
Defensive Player of the Year: Willie Whitfield (6'6''-F) of Barry
Freshman of the Year: Nate Johnson (6'5''-G/F) of St.Leo
Coach of the Year: Tom Klusman of Rollins

1st Team
G: Rashad Callaway (5'10''-89) of Tampa
G: Rion Rayfield (6'1''-87) of Florida Southern
F: Justin Sedlak (6'9''-87) of Florida Tech
F: Willie Whitfield (6'6'') of Barry
G: Nick Wolf (6'6''-88) of Rollins

2nd Team
G: Anthony Griffis (6'4''-89) of Tampa
F/G: Alex Gynes (6'6'') of Nova SE
G: Chris Hall (6'2''-88) of Lynn
G: Brandon Jenkins (6'1''-89) of Florida Southern
F: Matt Robertson (6'8'') of Rollins

Honorable Mention
John Harper (6'2''-G) of Eckerd
Terry Jenkins (6'3''-G-87) of Florida Southern

All-Tournament Team
Nick Wolf (6'6''-G-88) of Rollins
Matt Robertson (6'8''-F) of Rollins
Rashad Callaway (5'10''-G-89) of Tampa
Rion Rayfield (6'1''-G-87) of Florida Southern
Lance Kearse (6'6''-F) of Eckerd
John Harper (6'2''-G) of Eckerd

All-Freshman Team
Stefon Barfield (6'6''-F) of Tampa
Alex Bodney (6'2''-G) of Eckerd
Derrick Bolanos (6'1''-G) of Barry
Nate Johnson (6'5''-G/F) of St.Leo
Trip McFall (6'3''-G) of Rollins


Berry MVP as CWU Wins GNAC Title - by Emiliano
Jamar Berry scored 25 points and had seven rebounds and four of his teammates played strong supporting roles leading Central Washington to a 83-71 win over Alaska Anchorage Friday in the GNAC championship basketball game before a crowd of 2,519 at Nicholson Pavilion.
The win in the FSN regionally televised game earned the Wildcats (26-3) their first conference basketball title since the 1999-2000 season and an automatic berth in the NCAA West Regionals which begin next Friday.
Alaska Anchorage (23-9) will also likely receive an at-large berth in the regional. First-round pairings and the site for the tournament will be announced at 7 p.m. Sunday on a webcast at ncaa.com.
Berry finished the tournament with 65 points and 20 rebounds to earn Most Valuable Player honors.
Central also got 19 points from Chris Sprinker, 16 from reserve guard Chris Scott, 10 second-half points from Humberto Perez and a game-high seven assists from Drew Harris.
Brandon Walker and Lonnie Ridgeway led Alaska Anchorage with 19 points each, while Mario Gill had 11.
First-team all-conference center Taylor Rohde, however, was held to a season-low four points as CWU's perimeter pressure made it tough for UAA to feed the ball inside.
Central's defensive pressure forced UAA into 18 turnovers offsetting a 57.1 percent shooting performance by the Seawolves, who made 28 of 49. The Wildcats had a season-low six turnovers and finished with a 22-9 advantage in points off turnovers.
Scott once again was the sparkplug for the Wildcat defense, which had a 13-3 advantage in steals.
Scott also made six of 10 shots, including four of seven three-pointers. His first trey jump-started a 17-3 run midway through the first half as CWU overcame a 26-18 deficit.
Berry followed Scott's trey with one of his own and two free throws to tie the contest at 26-26.
Travis Thompson then hit a three-pointer to put UAA back on top 29-26, but the Wildcats then ran off nine straight points including two dunks by Sprinker, a dunk by Berry, a layup by Sprinker and a free throw by Harris to take the lead for good. Three of those four baskets came after CWU steals.
Central took a seven-point lead (40-33) into halftime and then went ahead 49-40 early in the second half.
At that point Walker hit back-to-back treys to pull UAA to within three points. CWU, however, then got a key three-point play by Coby Gibler and following a basket by Ridgeway, ran off six more points in a row to go up by 10.
UAA didn't get closer than six the remainder of the way.
CWU ended up shooting 47.5 percent, making 10 of 26 three-pointers. They were also outrebounded 29-26. But even with a 10-point advantage in shooting percentage and more rebounds, UAA couldn't overcame the edge CWU's tenacious defense provided.

GNAC Summary 2010-11


Regular Season Standings 2010-11
1 Cent.Washington 16 2
2 Alaska-Anch. 13 5
3 Seattle Pacific 12 6
4 W.Washington 11 7
5 NW Nazarene 10 8
6 W.Oregon 8 10
7 St.Martin's 7 11
8 Montana St. - Billin 6 12
9 Alaska-Fairb. 5 13
10 Simon Fraser 2 16


GNAC Tournament Final: Central Washington - Alaska Anchorage 83-71
GNAC Tournament Semifinals:
Central Washington - Northwest Nazarene 76-58
Alaska Anchorage - Seattle Pacific 72-67


All-GNAC Top Players 2010-11
Jamar Berry
Berry
Blake Poole
Poole
Taylor Rohde
Rohde
Michael Duty
Duty
Parrish West
West

All-Tournament MVP: Jamar Berry (6'5''-G-85) of Cent.Washington
Player of the Year: Blake Poole (6'5''-C) of St.Martin's
Freshman of the Year: Paul Egwuonwu (6'8''-F-92) of NW Nazarene
Freshman of the Year: David Downs (6'2''-G) of Seattle Pacific
Newcomer of the Year: Jamar Berry (6'5''-G-85) of Cent.Washington
Coach of the Year: Greg Sparling of Cent.Washington
Coach of the Year: Tim Hills of NW Nazarene

1st Team
C: Blake Poole (6'5'') of St.Martin's
F/C: Taylor Rohde (6'9'') of Alaska-Anch.
F: Michael Duty (6'6'') of W.Washington
F: Parrish West (6'5'') of Alaska-Fairb.
C/F: Chris Sprinker (6'9'') of Cent.Washington
G: Jamar Berry (6'5''-85) of Cent.Washington

2nd Team
G: Blair Wheadon (6'2'') of W.Oregon
F: Jeff Downs (6'4'') of Seattle Pacific
G: Brandon Walker (6'3''-89) of Alaska-Anch.
C: Brian Barkdoll (6'10''-89) of NW Nazarene
G: John Allen (6'0''-89) of W.Washington
G: Drew Harris (6'0'') of Cent.Washington

3rd Team
C: Andy Poling (6'11'') of Seattle Pacific
C: Ryan Sweet (6'6'') of Seattle Pacific
G: Ricky Berry (6'3'') of Seattle
F: Jeremy Green (6'7'') of St.Martin's
G: Mario Gill (6'2'') of Alaska-Anch.
F: Rory Blanche (6'6'') of W.Washington
G: Jaxon Myaer (5'10''-89) of Montana St. - Billin

All-Academic Team
Liam Gibcus (6'10''-F/C) of Alaska-Anch.
Phillip Hearn (6'6''-F) of Alaska-Anch.
Steve White (6'0''-G) of Alaska-Anch.
Drew Robinson (6'2''-G-85) of Alaska-Anch.
Drew Harris (6'0''-G) of Cent.Washington
Cj Shula (6'3''-G) of NW Nazarene
Lateef Williams (6'2''-G-89) of NW Nazarene
Brady Bomber (5'10''-G) of St.Martin's
Roger O'Neill (6'5''-F) of St.Martin's
Ryan Votaw (6'2''-G) of St.Martin's
Scott Morse (6'7''-F) of Seattle Pacific
Jeff Downs (6'4''-F) of Seattle Pacific
Jake Anderson (6'6''-F) of Seattle Pacific
Zach Frehlick (6'0''-G) of Simon Fraser
Christopher Paredes (6'5''-F/C-90) of Simon Fraser
Rory Blanche (6'6''-F) of W.Washington
Chris Mitchell (6'8''-C) of W.Washington
Anthony Wiederkehr (5'11''-G) of W.Washington



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Limoges CSP brings in Ndudi Ebi for tryout - by Eurobasket News
Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona) joined Limoges CSP for a tryout. The Nigerian center parted ways with Aget Imola recently and now hopes to earn a deal with the French outfit. Ebi appeared 21 times in LegaDue this season averaging 19.2 points and 9.2 rebounds.
Ndudi Ebi is coming to France for the first time in his career. Last season he spent with Italian LegaDue team Rimini and was their best player. He had 15.3 ppg and 13.6 (1) rpg for 30 games. Eurobasket awarded Ebi with All-Italian Lega2 1st Team -10. On season 2008/09, Ebi had 12.5 ppg and 6.1 rpg for 30 games in SerieA with Carife Ferrara. In 2007/08, he was a member of Bnei Hasharon collecting 14.4 ppg and 8.5 rpg in Israeli Premier league. Ebi has experience from NBDL and he also appeared twice in the NBA on season 2004/05.


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  NORWAY   


Oatis' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old power forward Donald Oatis (206-F/C-79, agency: Prossin Sports Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for Baerum Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds, while his team outclassed Kristiansand (#8, 4-17) with 27-point margin 92-65. Baerum maintains the 4th position in Norwegian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Baerum will need more victories to improve their 12-9 record. It's Oatis' second year at Baerum and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wilberforce University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Oatis is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.3rpg) and averages solid 3.5bpg and 60.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Peter Bullock (198-F/C-82) of Gimle BBK Bergen. He is American forward in his second season at Gimle. In the last game Bullock recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Gimle lost that game 65-73 to the higher-ranked Ulriken (#3, 14-7). Gimle is still second from the bottom in the standings. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Gimle managed to get this year. Bullock is well-known at Gimle and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.1ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 13.1rpg and 4.3apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78) of league's leader Asker Aliens BC. Karlsen got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds . He was a key player of Asker, leading his team to a 87-79 win against the lower-ranked Ammerud (#7, 4-17). Asker confirms their top position in the standings Karlsen has a great season in Norway. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.3ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 10.2rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Audun Eskeland (175-G-85) of Ulriken - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Mustafa Mahnin (182-G-80) of Asker - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Magne Fivelstad (196-G/F-89) of Ulriken - 16 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Antonio Russell (183-G-84) of Kristiansand - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Samuel Diomande (191-G-88) of Ammerud - 33 points
9. Dag Christensen (201-F/C-80) of Tromso - 10 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Roy Nwachukwu (192-F-90) of Ammerud - 18 points and 13 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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Dollard number one in PBL for round 15 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Joshua Dollard (203-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Halifax R., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 37 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Quebec K. (#3, 8-6) 100-99. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Halifax R. maintains the 2nd position in PBL PBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Halifax R. will need more victories to improve their 9-5 record. Dollard just recently signed at Halifax R., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken star has very solid stats this year. Dollard is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.1ppg), rebounds (4th best: 8.8rpg) and averages impressive 56.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Anthony Anderson (180-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of Saint John M.R.. Anderson had a very good evening with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Saint John M.R. to edge slightly lower-ranked Kentucky S. (#6, 5-10) 113-107. Saint John M.R.'s 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 7-6 record is not bad at all. Anderson is one of the most experienced players at Saint John M.R. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#5). He also recorded 5.4 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Jared Carter (216-C-87) of Rochester R. (#5). Carter scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Rochester R., leading his team to a 110-108 win against slightly higher-ranked Saint John M.R. (#4, 7-6). Rochester R. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 7 lost games. Carter has a very solid season. In 14 games in PBL he scored 10.9ppg. He also has 6.9rpg, 1.5bpg and FGP: 58.8%. Carter attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwuan Rice (180-G) of Saint John M.R. - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Kenny Jones (198-F-84) of Kentucky S. - 22 points and 4 rebounds
6. Eric Crookshank (201-F-80) of Halifax R. - 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Elvin Mims (196-G/F-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jared Carter (216-C-87) of Rochester R. - 19 points and 7 rebounds
9. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Rochester R. - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Terry Martin (198-G-87) of Saint John M.R. - 21 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)


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike WILLIAMS
  Rochester R.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Williams, Vermo.20.9 
 2. Brown, Quebec K.19.4 
 3. Jones, Kentucky S.19.1 
 4. Dollard, Halifax R.19.1 
 5. Anderson, Saint J.18.8 
 6. Egerson, Saint J.18.7 
 7. Parran, Quebec K.17.8 
 8. Miles, Dayton A.17.5 
 9. Monroe, Rocheste.17.0 
 10. Martin, Saint J.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Crookshank, Halif.10.8 
 2. Williams, Vermo.10.3 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC9.0 
 4. Dollard, Halifax R.8.8 
 5. DeMasi, Saint J.8.4 
 6. Walton, Rocheste.8.4 
 7. Williams, Rocheste.8.1 
 8. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 9. Jones, Kentucky S.7.6 
 10. Harris, Kentucky S.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Rice, Vermont FH7.6 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.6.5 
 3. Rice, Saint J.5.9 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.5.4 
 5. Brown, Halifax R.5.2 
 6. Egerson, Saint J.4.6 
 7. Crouch, Rocheste.3.9 
 8. Bowden, Lawton F.3.8 
 9. Hill, Dayton A.3.7 
 10. Acker, Quebec K.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rice, Vermont FH3.0 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.2.6 
 3. Brown, Quebec K.2.2 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.2.1 
 5. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.1 
 6. Austin, Vermont FH2.0 
 7. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 8. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 9. Monroe, Rocheste.1.6 
 10. Martin, Saint J.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Perry STEVENSON
  Rochester R.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 2. Carter, Rocheste.1.5 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.4 
 4. Ocitti, Saint J.1.1 
 5. Daniels, Lawton F.1.1 
 6. George, Dayton A.1.1 
 7. Harris, Kentucky S.1.0 
 8. Crookshank, Halif.1.0 
 9. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 10. Williams, Rocheste.0.8 


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Div.B Round 7: Univ Mobitelco II defeats Gaz Metan II in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Univ Mobitelco II (7-3) which played road game in Medias against 3rd placed Gaz Metan II (5-5). Second ranked Univ Mobitelco II managed to get a 4-point victory 60-56. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Gaz Metan II. Univ Mobitelco II maintains second place with 7-3 record having just -8 point less than leader Timba Timis. Gaz Metan II at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with MP Timisoara. An interesting game for Gaz Metan II (5-5) which played road game in Timisoara against 4th placed MP Timisoara (5-5). Third ranked Gaz Metan II managed to get a 5-point victory 83-78. Gaz Metan II have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 5-5 record having just -6 point less than leader Timba Timis., which they share with defeated MP Timisoara. Div.B top team - Timba Timosoara (9-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Tirgu Mures II (2-8) 64-47. Timba Timosoara maintains first place with 9-1 record. Tirgu Mures II lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Ph. Brasov. Div.B top team - Timba Timosoara (9-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Phoenix Corona Brasov (2-8) 80-50. Timba Timosoara maintains first place with 9-1 record. Phoenix Corona Brasov at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost.
In the last two games of round 7 T.Mures II was smashed by U.Mobitel II on the road 96-69. MP Timisoara won against Ph. Brasov on its own court 74-69.


Gaz Metan II - U.Mobitel II 56-60

An interesting game for Univ Mobitelco II (7-3) which played road game in Medias against 3rd placed Gaz Metan II (5-5). Second ranked Univ Mobitelco II managed to get a 4-point victory 60-56. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Gaz Metan II. Univ Mobitelco II maintains second place with 7-3 record having just -8 point less than leader Timba Timis. Gaz Metan II at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with MP Timisoara.
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Timba Timis. - T.Mures II 64-47

Div.B top team - Timba Timosoara (9-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Tirgu Mures II (2-8) 64-47. Timba Timosoara maintains first place with 9-1 record. Tirgu Mures II lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Ph. Brasov.
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MP Timisoara - Gaz Metan II 78-83

An interesting game for Gaz Metan II (5-5) which played road game in Timisoara against 4th placed MP Timisoara (5-5). Third ranked Gaz Metan II managed to get a 5-point victory 83-78. Gaz Metan II have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 5-5 record having just -6 point less than leader Timba Timis., which they share with defeated MP Timisoara.
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U.Mobitel II - T.Mures II 96-69

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Univ Mobitelco II (7-3) crushed 5th ranked Tirgu Mures II (2-8) in Cluj Napoca II 96-69. Univ Mobitelco II maintains second place with 7-3 record having just -8 point less than leader Timba Timis. Tirgu Mures II lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost.
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Timba Timis. - Ph. Brasov 80-50

Div.B top team - Timba Timosoara (9-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Phoenix Corona Brasov (2-8) 80-50. Timba Timosoara maintains first place with 9-1 record. Phoenix Corona Brasov at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost.
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MP Timisoara - Ph. Brasov 74-69

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Phoenix Corona Brasov (2-8) lost on the road to fourth ranked MP Timisoara (5-5) 74-69. MP Timisoara moved-up to third place, which they share with Gaz Metan II. Phoenix Corona Brasov at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost.


Standings - D2
Div.B Standings
Seria 1
 1. Timba Timis. 9-1 
 2. U.Mobitel II 7-3 
 3. Gaz Metan II 5-5 
 4. MP Timisoara 5-5 
 5. T.Mures II 2-8 
 6. Ph. Brasov 2-8 
Seria 2
 1. Dinamo B. 4-1 
 2. CSS Giurgiu 4-1 
 3. Steaua Turabo II 3-2 
 4. Ph. Galati 2-3 
 5. Municipal 2 B. 2-3 
 6. CSS Targoviste 0-5 
Seria 3
 1. CSU Galati 5-0 
 2. Granitur 4-1 
 3. Rapid B. 3-2 
 4. Ploiesti II 2-3 
 5. BT Bucuresti 1-3 
 6. A.Vlaicu Buc. 0-5 


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Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Univ.Surgut 22-8 
 2. Saransk 21-7 
 3. Spartak-Primorie 21-9 
 4. Severstal 21-9 
 5. Ural Ekaterinb. 19-8 
 6. Revda 14-14 
 7. Rjazan 12-16 
 8. Metallurg-Univ. 12-18 
 9. Irkutsk 8-22 
 10. Lokomotiv 5-22 
 11. Zaretchny 4-26 


Superleague Round 32 results - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Universitet-Yugra as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Universitet-Yugra defeated 7th ranked Metallurg-University in Surgut 76-70. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Metallurg-University lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 18 games lost. Metallurg-University will play next round against Lokomotiv trying to get back on the winning streak. Universitet-Yugra will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Ural Ekaterinburg at home.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Severstal (21-8) against fifth ranked Spartak-Primorie (20-9) on Monday night. Host Severstal was crushed by Spartak-Primorie in Cherepovec 84-60. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Severstal. Spartak-Primorie moved-up to fourth place. Severstal at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Spartak-Primorie will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Severstal will play again at home against Spartak-Primorie in Vladivostok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eleventh-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (4-26) gave a tough game to eighth ranked Rjazan (12-16) on Sunday. Rjazan managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected easier game. Rjazan moved-up to seventh place. Sojuz Zaretchny lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 26 lost games. Rjazan will meet at home league's second-placed Ruskon-Mordovia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sojuz Zaretchny will have a break next round.
10th ranked Lokomotiv (5-22) was outscored at home by fifth ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (19-8) with the biggest margin this round 69-45. Ural Ekaterinburg have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 19-8 record. Lokomotiv at the other side keeps the tenth place with 22 games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg's next round opponent will be league's leader Universitet-Yugra in Surgut and it may be quite challenging game. Lokomotiv will play at home against Metallurg-University (#8) in Magnitogorsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 32 Irkutsk lost to Revda on the opponent's court 69-75.


Lokomotiv - Ural Ekaterinb. 45-69

10th ranked Lokomotiv (5-22) was outscored at home by fifth ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (19-8) with the biggest margin this round 69-45. The game without a history. Ural Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ural Ekaterinburg have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 19-8 record. Lokomotiv at the other side keeps the tenth place with 22 games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg's next round opponent will be league's leader Universitet-Yugra in Surgut and it may be quite challenging game. Lokomotiv will play at home against Metallurg-University (#8) in Magnitogorsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 104238


Univ.Surgut - Metallurg-Univ. 76-70

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Universitet-Yugra as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Universitet-Yugra defeated 7th ranked Metallurg-University in Surgut 76-70. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Metallurg-University lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 18 games lost. Metallurg-University will play next round against Lokomotiv trying to get back on the winning streak. Universitet-Yugra will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Ural Ekaterinburg at home.
gschID: 104239


Rjazan - Zaretchny 70-69

Eleventh-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (4-26) gave a tough game to eighth ranked Rjazan (12-16) on Sunday. Rjazan managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected easier game. Sojuz Zaretchny was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Rjazan moved-up to seventh place. Sojuz Zaretchny lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 26 lost games. Rjazan will meet at home league's second-placed Ruskon-Mordovia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sojuz Zaretchny will have a break next round.
gschID: 104240


Revda - Irkutsk 75-69

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Irkut Irkutsk (8-21) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (13-14) 75-69. TEMP-SUMZ Revda maintains sixth position with 13-14 record. Irkut Irkutsk lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 21 games lost. TEMP-SUMZ Revda's next round opponent will be again Irkut Irkutsk (#9) at home.
gschID: 104241


Severstal - Spartak-Primorie 60-84

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Severstal (21-8) against fifth ranked Spartak-Primorie (20-9) on Monday night. Host Severstal was crushed by Spartak-Primorie in Cherepovec 84-60. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Severstal. It looked good early as Severstal took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Spartak-Primorie had a 20-16 second period charge getting the lead and Severstal was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-84. Spartak-Primorie moved-up to fourth place. Severstal at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Spartak-Primorie will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Severstal will play again at home against Spartak-Primorie in Vladivostok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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KBL Round 49: SK Knights edge Mobis Phoebus by three points - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in KBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 49 in the KBL took place in Seoul. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Mobis Phoebus (17-33) to seventh ranked SK Knights (19-31) 78-75 in the game for the seventh place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-18. But Mobis Phoebus won second period 9-6. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Mobis Phoebus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Hyo-Bum Kim (195-83) chipped in 18 points. The former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (182-81) produced 12 points and 8 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. SK Knights maintains seventh place with 19-31 record. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the eighth position with 33 games lost. SK Knights' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Seoul to the arena Samsung Thunders.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Wonju. Second ranked ET Land Elephants faced 4th placed Dongbu Promy. Guests from Inchon (35-14) defeated host Dongbu Promy (30-20) 71-61. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. Jarod Stevenson contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Jin-Won Hwang (189-78) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for Dongbu Promy. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ET Land Elephants have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 35-14 record having just two points less than leader Sonic Boom KT. Dongbu Promy lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 20 games lost. ET Land Elephants will play against league's leader Sonic Boom KT in Busan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dongbu Promy will play on the road against Daegu Orions and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Wonju. Local Dongbu Promy (30-20) beat 5th ranked Samsung Thunders (25-24) 82-64 on Tuesday night. Rod Benson stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Aaron Haynes responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Dongbu Promy maintains fourth place with 30-20 record. Samsung Thunders lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 24 games lost. Dongbu Promy will meet bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Samsung Thunders' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Seoul SK Knights.

In the last two games of round 49 Anyang KGC defeated SK Knights in a road game 78-72. KCC Egis beat Mobis Phoebus at home 85-77.



SK Knights - Mobis Phoebus 78-75

The most exciting game of round 49 in the KBL took place in Seoul. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Mobis Phoebus (17-33) to seventh ranked SK Knights (19-31) 78-75 in the game for the seventh place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-18. But Mobis Phoebus won second period 9-6. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Mobis Phoebus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Hyo-Bum Kim (195-83) chipped in 18 points. The former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (182-81) produced 12 points and 8 assists and forward Seung-Hyun Lee (197-82) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. SK Knights maintains seventh place with 19-31 record. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the eighth position with 33 games lost. SK Knights' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Seoul to the arena Samsung Thunders.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: H.Kim 18+2reb+2ast, T.Leather 16+7reb+2ast, M.Kim 13+1reb+1ast, K.Hoon Byun 12+3reb+4ast, I.Baek 8+4reb+2ast, S.Hwang 5
Mobis Phoebus: S.Lee 16+6reb, K.No 13+3reb+4ast, D.Yang 12+4reb+8ast, K.Gransberry 11+7reb+2ast, L.Ekperigin 8+7reb+2ast, D.Kim 7+1reb
gschID: 114287


Dongbu Promy - Samsung Th. 82-64

The game with biggest result difference took place in Wonju. Local Dongbu Promy (30-20) beat 5th ranked Samsung Thunders (25-24) 82-64 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Dongbu Promy. Samsung Thunders managed to win fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dongbu Promy dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Samsung Thunders' 34. American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Jae Wook Ahn (175-87) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Kyu-Sup Lee (198-77) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Dongbu Promy maintains fourth place with 30-20 record. Samsung Thunders lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 24 games lost. Dongbu Promy will meet bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Samsung Thunders' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Seoul SK Knights.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 22+12reb+1ast, H.Yoon 14+1reb, J.Wook Ahn 11+1reb+7ast, V.Thomas 8+2reb, J.Kim 8+6reb+1ast, J.Park 5+2reb+5ast
Samsung Th.: A.Haynes 22+5reb+1ast, W.Lee 10+2ast, K.Lee 9+6reb+3ast, E.Sandrin 8+5reb+1ast, N.Dixon 7+4reb, D.Kim 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 114288


SK Knights - Anyang KGC 72-78

There was a minor upset in Seoul where 7th ranked SK Knights (19-31) were defeated by ninth ranked Anyang KGC (16-33) 78-72 on Sunday. The game without a history. Anyang KGC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Anyang KGC outrebounded SK Knights 35-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Nigerian-American swingman Jeff Varem (198-83, college: Washington St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and forward Jung-Hyun Lee (189) chipped in 21 points and 4 steals. At the losing side the former international guard Hee-Jung Joo (181-77) responded with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Anyang KGC maintains ninth place with 16-33 record. SK Knights lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 31 games lost. Anyang KGC will meet higher ranked Mobis Phoebus (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SK Knights' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Seoul to the arena Samsung Thunders.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: J.Lee 21+4reb+3ast, S.Kim 20+1reb+1ast, C.Park 14+6reb+3ast, J.Varem 12+14reb+4ast, H.Yang 9+7reb+4ast, M.Kim 2+2reb
SK Knights: H.Joo 15+6reb+6ast, H.Kim 13+2reb+2ast, T.Leather 11+6reb+2ast, K.Hoon Byun 10+1ast, M.Kim 9+4reb+1ast, S.Hwang 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 114284


Dongbu Promy - Elephants 61-71

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Wonju. Second ranked ET Land Elephants faced 4th placed Dongbu Promy. Guests from Inchon (35-14) defeated host Dongbu Promy (30-20) 71-61. It looked good early as Dongbu Promy took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then ET Land Elephants had a 22-19 second period charge getting the lead and Dongbu Promy was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-71. They outrebounded Dongbu Promy 38-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures. Guard Jin-Won Hwang (189-78) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) added 14 points in the effort for Dongbu Promy. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ET Land Elephants have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 35-14 record having just two points less than leader Sonic Boom KT. Dongbu Promy lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 20 games lost. ET Land Elephants will play against league's leader Sonic Boom KT in Busan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dongbu Promy will play on the road against Daegu Orions and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Elephants: J.Stevenson 21+4reb+4ast, H.Hill 20+14reb+3ast, Y.Jung 11+3reb+1ast, J.Seo 10+11reb+1ast, K.Shin 3+1reb, B.Lee 2+1reb+1ast
Dongbu Promy: J.Hwang 20+6reb+4ast, H.Yoon 14+1reb+2ast, R.Benson 11+4reb, J.Kim 7+5reb, V.Thomas 4+3reb+2ast, J.Wook Ahn 3+4reb
gschID: 114285


KCC Egis - Mobis Phoebus 85-77

No shocking result in a game in Jeonju where third ranked KCC Egis (33-17) defeated 8th ranked Mobis Phoebus (17-33) 85-77 on Sunday. The game without a history. KCC Egis 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 Mobis Phoebus' 34 and had 28 for 39 from the free-throw line, while Mobis Phoebus only scored ten points from the stripe. International center Seung-Jin Ha (222-85) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international guard Byung-Hyun Kang (193-85) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). At the losing side American forward Laurence Ekperigin (201, college: Le Moyne) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Kyoung-Suk No (189-83) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. KCC Egis have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain third place with 33-17 record having three points less than leader Sonic Boom KT. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the eighth position with 33 games lost. KCC Egis will meet at home bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mobis Phoebus will play against Anyang KGC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: B.Kang 23+2reb+4ast, C.Daniels 21+5reb+1ast, S.Ha 21+8reb+1ast, S.Choo 9+3reb+2ast, M.Shin 5+3reb+1ast, E.Dawson 4+4reb+2ast
Mobis Phoebus: K.No 21+5reb+3ast, L.Ekperigin 20+10reb+1ast, D.Yang 12+2reb+11ast, S.Lee 8+2reb, C.Song 8+3reb+2ast, S.Hwa Hong 6+1reb
gschID: 114286




Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Sonic Boom KT 37-12 
 2. Elephants 35-14 
 3. KCC Egis 33-17 
 4. Dongbu Promy 30-20 
 5. Samsung Th. 25-24 
 6. LG Sakers 23-26 
 7. SK Knights 19-31 
 8. Mobis Phoebus 17-33 
 9. Anyang KGC 16-33 
 10. Daegu Orions 12-37 


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Valencia's James Augustine out 4 to 6 six weeks - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for Power Electronics Valencia. James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) will be sidelined at least 4 weeks due to injury which he sustained during the game against Valladolid. Valencia celebrated in this meeting, but it seems it came with a price.
James Augustine joined Valencia last summer from Gran Canaria. He helped them reach Euroleague Quarterfinals with 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds for 8 games. In ACB, Augustine added 3.5 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 12 appearances. James Augustine shined last season with Granca averaging 8.6 ppg and 7.1 rpg for 36 games in ACB. He had almost the same numbers in EuroCup. Augustine is a player with NBA experience. He appeared 25 times for the Orlando Magic on season 2007/08 registering 1.6 ppg and 1.2 rpg.


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Riiny Ngot had 6 blocks in the semifinal abroad - by Eurobasket News
Courtesy Mat MacDonald
Sudanese Riiny Ngot (218-C, college: Bridgeport) had 2 points and 6 blocks as his StFX X-Men took a tough loss to the Dalhousie Tigers Saturday night 79-68 in front
of a packed Halifax Metro Centre.

Coming off a huge win agains the Saint Mary's Huskies, the X-Men couldn't muster
enough energy to pull out their second win in as many nights.

The Dalhousie Tigers, the AUS' top ranked defensive team, were strong out of the gates
lead by Simon Farine's early offence. After a few early baskets, the Dalhousie defence
keyed in on X's offensive attack, holding them to 11 first quarter points.

The second quarter was a lot of the same for the X-Men as they struggled to score
against the Tigers' defensive schemes. Still, at the half the X-Men trailed by 11 points.
The second half was a lot of the same for the X-Men who were matched point for point
by Dalhousie's attack.

Jeremy Dunn was big for the X-Men down the stretch as he kept them in the game with
his clutch shooting from the outside.

Sadly, it wasn't enough to get the job done.

Will Silver lead the team in scoring with 20, while Dunn had 19 Christian Upshaw had
10.

Joseph Schow lead the Tigers with 23 points and Simon Farine chipped in 22.
In a season where injuries always took the spotlight, the X-Men constantly fought
through adversity, and overcame lots of obstacles.

StFX now graduates six players - Chad Warren, Christian Upshaw, Alberto Rodriguez,
Dwayne Johnson, Will Silver and Charlie Spurr.
Courtesy of: goxgo.ca


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LNA Round 24: Lugano Tigers defeat SAV Vacallo in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

An interesting game for Lugano Tigers (22-2) which hosted in Lugano 4th ranked SAV Vacallo (14-10). First ranked Lugano Tigers had an easy win 98-78. The game without a history. Lugano Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They were well out of reach of SAV Vacallo shooting 70.4 percent from the field. They outrebounded SAV Vacallo 39-23 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American-Nigerian guard Michael Efevberha (196-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who led his team to a victory with 37 points (!!!) (on 16-of-20 shooting from the field). American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Lugano Tigers' coach Joe Whelton used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kevyn Popovich (196-85, college: SE Louisiana) replied with 27 points for SAV Vacallo. Lugano Tigers have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-2 record. SAV Vacallo at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Monthey. Lugano Tigers are looking forward to face Geneve Lions (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SAV Vacallo will play against Zurich Wildcats and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game between seventh ranked Starwings (12-12) and 10th ranked Zurich Wildcats (1-23) in Basel ended with biggest points difference. Starwings outscored guests from Zurich 111-54. Worth to mention a quality performance of international guard Miroslav Petkovic (183-88) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and Tony Brown who added 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Serbian power forward Zoran Zivanovic (203-92) with 16 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Starwings moved-up to sixth place. Zurich Wildcats lost thirteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 23 lost games. Starwings will play against Boncourt (#7) on the road in the next round. Zurich Wildcats will play against SAV Vacallo in Chiasso to get more than just one victory in their record.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 24: Fribourg smashed BBC Nyon on the road 100-62. Monthey won against SAM Massagno on its own court 86-76. Boncourt unfortunately lost to Geneve Lions in a road game 81-89.



Lugano Tigers - SAV Vacallo 98-78

An interesting game for Lugano Tigers (22-2) which hosted in Lugano 4th ranked SAV Vacallo (14-10). First ranked Lugano Tigers had an easy win 98-78. The game without a history. Lugano Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They were well out of reach of SAV Vacallo shooting 70.4 percent from the field. They outrebounded SAV Vacallo 39-23 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American-Nigerian guard Michael Efevberha (196-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who led his team to a victory with 37 points (!!!) (on 16-of-20 shooting from the field). American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Lugano Tigers' coach Joe Whelton used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kevyn Popovich (196-85, college: SE Louisiana) replied with 27 points and Croatian-Slovenian center Martin Mihajlovic (208-81) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for SAV Vacallo. Lugano Tigers have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-2 record. SAV Vacallo at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Monthey. Lugano Tigers are looking forward to face Geneve Lions (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SAV Vacallo will play against Zurich Wildcats and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: M.Efevberha 37+4reb+2ast, M.Abukar 29+9reb+2ast, D.Mladjan 16+3reb, E.Draughan 5+2reb+4ast, D.Stockalper 4+4reb+2ast, S.Finn 4+9reb
SAV Vacallo: K.Popovich 27+3reb+1ast, J.Rahier 14+3reb+1ast, S.Smiljanic 12+1reb+1ast, M.Mihajlovic 9+9reb+3ast, R.Gibson 7+3reb+6ast, N.Dacevic 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 121363


BBC Nyon - Fribourg 62-100

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Fribourg (17-7) crushed on the road 9th ranked BBC Nyon (4-20) 100-62. It looked good early as BBC Nyon took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Fribourg had a 33-10 second period charge getting the lead and BBC Nyon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-100. Fribourg made 25-of-33 charity shots (75.8 percent) during the game, while BBC Nyon only scored seven points from the stripe. Fribourg forced 23 BBC Nyon turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by BBC Nyon's players. BBC Nyon was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Yuanta Holland (202-78, college: Dayton) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and forward Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) who added 22 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Fribourg players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Lester Hunte (196-88, college: Northwood Fl.) with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and guard Chad Byron (188-87, college: Cumberlands) scored 18 points. BBC Nyon's coach Jon Ferguson gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Fribourg have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-7 record having five points less than leader Lugano Tigers, which they share with Geneve Lions. BBC Nyon at the other side keeps the ninth place with 20 games lost. Fribourg will play against Monthey (#4) at home in the next round. BBC Nyon will play against SAM Massagno (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: S.Smith 22+7reb+3ast, O.Vogt 18+3reb+2ast, T.Quidome 16+2reb+3ast, Y.Holland 16+15reb+2ast, D.Esterkamp 10+9reb+6ast, T.Williams 9+1reb+5ast
BBC Nyon: C.Byron 18+1reb+1ast, L.Hunte 13+8reb+6ast, C.Daniels 12+6reb+2ast, J.Senderos 6+1reb, X.Paredes 4+6reb+2ast, J.Meylan 4+4reb
gschID: 121359


Monthey - SAM Massagno 86-76

Rather expected game when 8th ranked SAM Massagno (8-16) lost on the road to fifth ranked Monthey (14-10) 86-76. The game was mostly controlled by Monthey. SAM Massagno was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Belgian power forward Stephane Moris (207-86, agency: Promotex) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 7 rebounds and American guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) who added 25 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Monthey's coach Thibaut Petit allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Ali Farokhmanesh (183-88, college: N.Iowa, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) scored 27 points. Four SAM Massagno players scored in double figures. Monthey moved-up to fourth place, which they share with SAV Vacallo. SAM Massagno lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost. Monthey will play against league's second-placed Fribourg on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. SAM Massagno will play against BBC Nyon (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Monthey: S.Moris 28+7reb+3ast, J.Sharper 25+5reb+3ast, A.Reid 10+8reb+2ast, S.Louissaint 7+2reb+1ast, C.Mafuta 6+6reb+4ast, W.Molteni 5+3reb+2ast
SAM Massagno: A.Farokhmanesh 27+4reb+2ast, J.Ofoegbu 19+16reb, A.Hawkins 14+5reb, B.Johnson 12+5reb+1ast, J.Rey 2, T.Murati 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 121360


Geneve Lions - Boncourt 89-81

Rather predictable result when third ranked Geneve Lions (17-7) won against at home 6th ranked Boncourt (11-13) 89-81. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-18. But Boncourt won second period 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) who added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Geneve Lions' coach Michel Perrin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American center Tony Gugino (207-86, college: Hillsdale) with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and his fellow American import guard Shorown Glover (180-87) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Geneve Lions moved-up to second place, which they share with Fribourg. Boncourt at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Geneve Lions will play against league's leader Lugano Tigers on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Boncourt will play against Starwings (#6) in Basel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: B.Toure 25+9reb+1ast, M.Kouguere 16+5reb+2ast, J.Jaunin 14+2reb+5ast, J.Almanson 13+7reb+4ast, M.Sloan 9+7reb, M.Maruotto 5+1reb+3ast
Boncourt: D.Tshomba 23+5reb+2ast, R.Schwaiger 17+1ast, S.Glover 17+1reb+12ast, T.Gugino 16+10reb+5ast, N.Dos Santos 6+9reb, J.Stucheli 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 121361


Starwings - Zurich Wildcats 111-54

The game between seventh ranked Starwings (12-12) and 10th ranked Zurich Wildcats (1-23) in Basel ended with biggest points difference. Starwings outscored guests from Zurich 111-54. The game was mostly controlled by Starwings. Zurich Wildcats was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Zurich Wildcats to just 7 points in second quarter. Starwings shot 67.2 percent from the field. They outrebounded Zurich Wildcats 44-26 including a 34-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Starwings shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Zurich Wildcats' players. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Zurich Wildcats were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of international guard Miroslav Petkovic (183-88) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and American guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) who added 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Starwings players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was naturalized Serbian power forward Zoran Zivanovic (203-92) with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Central African-French guard Lionel Bomayako (196-78, college: Fairleigh Dickinson, agency: Court Side) scored 14 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. Starwings moved-up to sixth place. Zurich Wildcats lost thirteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 23 lost games. Starwings will play against Boncourt (#7) on the road in the next round. Zurich Wildcats will play against SAV Vacallo in Chiasso to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Starwings: M.Petkovic 30+3reb+7ast, T.Brown 19+6reb+3ast, M.Hett 15+3reb+3ast, V.Hollins 13+5reb+3ast, T.McCrory 12+2reb+3ast, A.Thompson 9+11reb+3ast
Zurich Wildcats: Z.Zivanovic 16+8reb+1ast, L.Bomayako 14+3reb, I.Castro 8+2reb, L.Marchand 5+1reb+2ast, R.Devcic 4+3reb+1ast, M.Jacobsen 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 121362




LNB Round 25: Villars beat Momo Basket by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 25 in the LNB took place in Villars. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Momo Basket (10-12) to eighth ranked Villars (10-13) 90-89 on Saturday evening. Momo Basket trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 36-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 89-90 at the end of the game. Villars moved-up to seventh place. Momo Basket lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Villars are looking forward to face Pully (#11) on the road in the next round. Momo Basket will play against the league's leader Neuchatel (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
An interesting game for Neuchatel (20-3) which played road game in Martigny against 4th placed Martigny (12-11). First ranked Neuchatel had an easy win 79-59. Neuchatel have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-3 record. Martigny at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Neuchatel will play against Momo Basket (#6) in Chiasso in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Martigny will play on the road against Vevey and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Luzern was also quite interesting. Third ranked Vevey (18-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Swiss Central (11-12). Vevey defeated Swiss Central 70-58 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Swiss Central. Vevey maintains third place with 18-5 record having just two points less than leader Neuchatel. Loser Swiss Central keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Vevey will meet at home Martigny (#4) in the next round. Swiss Central will play against Academie Fribourg and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Davesco-Soragno. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Bern (9-13) to tenth ranked DDV Lugano (9-14) 65-62 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bern. DDV Lugano moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Chene and Pully. Newly promoted Bern dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. DDV Lugano's next round opponent will be Chene (#10) on the road.
The game between 12th ranked Vernier (6-15) and eleventh ranked Chene (9-14) in Grand-Lancy on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Chene outscored Vernier 94-72. Chene moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Pully and DDV Lugano. Loser Vernier keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Chene will face DDV Lugano (#9) in Davesco-Soragno in the next round. Vernier will play on the road against Bern.

In the last game of round 25 bottom-ranked Acad.Fribourg was smashed by Bernex on the road 77-55.



Swiss Central - Vevey 58-70

The game in Luzern was also quite interesting. Third ranked Vevey (18-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Swiss Central (11-12). Vevey defeated Swiss Central 70-58 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Swiss Central. The game was mostly controlled by Vevey. Swiss Central managed to win third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Vevey won last quarter 19-8. Vevey maintains third place with 18-5 record having just two points less than leader Neuchatel. Loser Swiss Central keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Vevey will meet at home Martigny (#4) in the next round. Swiss Central will play against Academie Fribourg and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 107604


Vernier - Chene 72-94

The game between 12th ranked Vernier (6-15) and eleventh ranked Chene (9-14) in Grand-Lancy on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Chene outscored Vernier 94-72. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-72. Chene moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Pully and DDV Lugano. Loser Vernier keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Chene will face DDV Lugano (#9) in Davesco-Soragno in the next round. Vernier will play on the road against Bern.
gschID: 107605


Bernex - Acad.Fribourg 77-55

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Bernex (20-4) crushed at home bottom-ranked Academie Fribourg (5-18) 77-55 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-55. Bernex maintains second place with 20-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Neuchatel. Academie Fribourg lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Bernex will have a break next round. Academie Fribourg will play at home against Swiss Central (#5) in Luzern.
gschID: 107606


Martigny - Neuchatel 59-79

An interesting game for Neuchatel (20-3) which played road game in Martigny against 4th placed Martigny (12-11). First ranked Neuchatel had an easy win 79-59. The game without a history. Neuchatel led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Neuchatel have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-3 record. Martigny at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Neuchatel will play against Momo Basket (#6) in Chiasso in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Martigny will play on the road against Vevey and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 107607


DDV Lugano - Bern 65-62

A very interesting game took place in Davesco-Soragno. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Bern (9-13) to tenth ranked DDV Lugano (9-14) 65-62 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bern. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bern won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. DDV Lugano moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Chene and Pully. Newly promoted Bern dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. DDV Lugano's next round opponent will be Chene (#10) on the road.
gschID: 107602


Villars - Momo Basket 90-89

The most exciting game of round 25 in the LNB took place in Villars. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Momo Basket (10-12) to eighth ranked Villars (10-13) 90-89 on Saturday evening. Momo Basket trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 36-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 89-90 at the end of the game. Villars moved-up to seventh place. Momo Basket lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Villars are looking forward to face Pully (#11) on the road in the next round. Momo Basket will play against the league's leader Neuchatel (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 107603




Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Neuchatel 20-3 
 2. Bernex 20-4 
 3. Vevey 18-5 
 4. Martigny 12-11 
 5. Swiss Central 11-12 
 6. Momo Basket 10-12 
 7. Villars 10-13 
 8. Bern 9-13 
 9. DDV Lugano 9-14 
 10. Chene 9-14 
 11. Pully 9-14 
 12. Vernier 6-15 
 13. Acad.Fribourg 5-18 


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.22.2 
 2. Glover, Boncourt21.6 
 3. Smith, Fribourg20.7 
 4. Reid, Monthey20.5 
 5. Brown, Starwings20.3 
 6. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.20.2 
 7. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 8. Byron, BBC Nyon19.4 
 9. Popovich, SAV V.19.0 
 10. Martin, BBC Nyon18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.3 
 2. Ofoegbu, SAM M.10.1 
 3. Thompson, Starw.10.0 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt9.4 
 5. Reid, Monthey9.4 
 6. Yates, Monthey8.2 
 7. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.1 
 8. Sloan, Geneve Lions8.0 
 9. Smith, Fribourg7.8 
 10. Holland, Fribourg7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.0 
 2. Glover, Boncourt6.5 
 3. Williams, Fribourg6.4 
 4. Brown, Starwings4.8 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.4.6 
 6. Draughan, Lugano T.4.6 
 7. Sharper, Monthey4.3 
 8. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.3 
 9. Petkovic, Fribourg4.1 
 10. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Glover, Boncourt3.9 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.5 
 3. Hunte, BBC Nyon3.3 
 4. Angley, Lugano T.2.7 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt2.7 
 6. Draughan, Lugano T.2.6 
 7. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.5 
 8. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.3 
 9. Smith, Fribourg2.2 
 10. Sharper, Monthey2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.5 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.1 
 3. Thompson, Starw.1.8 
 4. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt1.5 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.4 
 7. Moris, Monthey1.0 
 8. Sanders, Lugano T.0.9 
 9. Vogt, Fribourg0.9 
 10. Esterkamp, Fribo.0.8 


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  SYRIA   


Zob Ahan stay alive in WABA League semis - by Eurobasket News
Zob Ahan - Jalaa 93:76

Zob Ahan recorded the first win in WABA League semifinal series against Jalaa. The Iranian side claimed a comprehensive home win yesterday to level things up at 1-1. Carlos Powell (199-F-83, college: S.Carolina) stepped up with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists to keep Zob Ahan in the quest for WABA League trophy. The teams will now move back to Aleppo for the decisive Game 3.
The teams stayed pretty close in the opening term. The hosts eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. However Carlos Powell, Karam Ahmadian (197-F-77) and Ali Baheran (186-G-86) triggered an 8:0 rally at the start of the second period as Zob Ahan clear off for good. The home side capped the third term with 9 points in a row as the margin grew at insurmountable 26 points. Jalaa had no answer for the onslaught and surrendered at the end. Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) knocked down 17 points for Zob Ahan. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) and Karam Ahmadian added 15 points each in the victory. Michel Maadanli (195-G-81) answered with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Jalaa. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) knocked down 15 points in defeat.

Zob Ahan: Carlos Powell 25, Ousmane Barro 17, Oshin Sahakian 15, Karam Ahmadian 15
Jalaa: Michel Maadanli 24+10 boards, Jamaal Miller 15



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  TAIWAN   


Foyle number one in Taiwan for round 10 - by Eurobasket News
Vincentian-American forward Alexus Foyle (198-F-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Dacin Tigers, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 38 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Yulon Luxgen (13-12) 82-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Dacin Tigers is placed at 3rd position in Taiwanese SBL. Dacin Tigers 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 13-12 record. Foyle just recently signed at Dacin Tigers, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former BYU-Hawaii star has very solid stats this year. Foyle is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.0ppg), rebounds (7th best: 10.8rpg) and averages impressive 55.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Shawn Hawkins (198-G/F-82) of KKL. Hawkins had a very good evening with a double-double of 40 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as KKL was edged by the higher-ranked Yulon Luxgen (#4, 13-12) 100-98. KKL are still at the very bottom. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories KKL managed to get this year. Hawkins is a newcomer at KKL, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.6ppg (#1). He also registered 12.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Rashad Jennings (203-F-84) of league's second-best Pure Youth. Jennings scored 19 points and grabbed twenty four rebounds (!!!). Despite Jennings' great performance Pure Youth lost 69-82 to #1 ranked Taiwan Beer. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Pure Youth needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 17 victories and 9 lost games. Jennings has a great season in Taiwan. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 21.7rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rashad Jennings (203-F-84) of Pure Youth - 18 points and 22 rebounds
5. Jermaine Dailey (203-F-86) of Yulon Luxgen - 18 points and 23 rebounds
6. Marcus Dove (206-G/F-85) of Taiwan Mobile - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. John Vaudreuil (203-F/C-85) of Bank of Taiwan - 19 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
8. John Vaudreuil (203-F/C-85) of Bank of Taiwan - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Shawn Hawkins (198-G/F-82) of KKL - 29 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Chih-Feng Chang (183-G-81) of Dacin Tigers - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  TURKEY   


Rammel Allen joins OYAK Renault - by Baha Kurtulus
The American center signed a deal for rest of the season.
Last season he spent in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. For 31 games in Mexico league Rammel Allen (210-C-79, college: Bridgeport) had 13.6 ppg and 11 rpg (Reb-1) and 1.3bpg (Blocks-3)
In the past, he also played for Benetton Fribourg Olympic (Switzerland), Santiago del Estero ( Argentina), Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (Mexico), Bucaneros de La Guaira ( Venezuella) and Champville ( Lebanon). From 2008 to 2011.


( Source : www.salsabasket.net )



TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Basaksehir
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Anderson, Basak.22.9 
 2. Johnson, Vestel21.1 
 3. Hall, Kepez Bld20.0 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld19.6 
 5. Boddicker, Selcuk U.19.4 
 6. Gardener, Final G.18.6 
 7. Boswell, Basaksehir18.3 
 8. Boykin, Gaziantep17.5 
 9. Tekinalp, ITU17.4 
 10. Dearman, Hacett.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason KEEP
  Adanaspor
  (208-C-78)
  Avg: 13
 1. Keep, Adanaspor13.0 
 2. Terell, Adanaspor11.9 
 3. Gardener, Final G.11.3 
 4. Lewis, Beykoz11.0 
 5. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.6 
 6. Johnson, Istanbul.10.1 
 7. Isik, Pertevniyal9.9 
 8. Johnson, Vestel9.8 
 9. Wright, Orman Genc9.3 
 10. Miller, Gelisim9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus HALL
  Kepez Bld
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Hall, Kepez Bld6.2 
 2. Kan, TED Istanbul5.9 
 3. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.8 
 4. Erdogan, Adanaspor5.2 
 5. Topcu, Gelisim5.0 
 6. Bayrak, Usak4.9 
 7. Eris, Vestel4.9 
 8. Topcu, Izmir B.B.4.8 
 9. Kavut, Optimum TED4.8 
 10. Gucyetmez, Selcuk U.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HALL
  Kepez Bld
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hall, Kepez Bld2.9 
 2. Anderson, Basak.2.7 
 3. Yonder, Genc Banvit2.3 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.9 
 5. Yikilmaz, Pertevniyal1.8 
 6. Demircioglu, Istanb.1.8 
 7. Ademoglu, Kepez B.1.8 
 8. Karabulut, Orman G.1.8 
 9. Delicay, Gaziantep1.7 
 10. Harris, FMV I.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Blaze
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Majok, FMV I.3.1 
 2. Anderson, Basak.2.3 
 3. Johnson, Vestel2.2 
 4. Kulcebas, Hacett.1.9 
 5. McGowan, Akhisar .1.8 
 6. Smith, Usak1.6 
 7. Clarkson, TED I.1.6 
 8. Boswell, Basaksehir1.5 
 9. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.4 
 10. Johnson, Istanbul.1.4 


Ermis number one in Turkey for round 20 - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Baris Ermis (194-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Banvit Basketbol Kulubu, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old player got a double-double of 26 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Erdemir (#11, 7-13) in overtime 98-92. Banvit maintains the 3rd position in Turkish TBL. They are still close to the very top. Banvit would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 16-4 record. In the team's last game Ermis had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Banvit and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Baris Ermis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 5.6apg) and averages impressive 56.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Andre Smith (203-F-85) of Karsiyaka. Smith had a very good evening with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Karsiyaka to another comfortable win 101-86 over the lower-ranked Turk Telekom (#10, 8-12) being unquestionably team leader. Karsiyaka's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Smith is well-known at Karsiyaka and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#2). He also registered 8.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80) of Trabzonspor Basketbol (#9). Karadeniz scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Karadeniz's great performance Trabzonspor lost 74-86 to the higher-ranked Fener.Ulker (#1, 18-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Trabzonspor ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Karadeniz could help Trabzonspor to bring them higher in the standings. Karadeniz has a great season in Turkey. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 8.1rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Patrick Christopher (196-G-88) of Antalya - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80) of Fener.Ulker - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Luksa Andric (210-C-85) of Galatasaray - 23 points and 3 rebounds
7. Keith Simmons (196-G-85) of Banvit - 19 points and 10 rebounds
8. Predrag Samardjiski (214-C-86) of Olin Edirne - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. James Thomas (203-F/C-80) of Erdemir - 16 points and 12 rebounds
10. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) of Olin Edirne - 26 points 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)


Arthur Johnson gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish TB2L - by Eurobasket News
American Arthur Johnson (206-F/C-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Vestelspor Manisa and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 29-year old power forward had the game-high 29 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Vestel in his team's victory, helping them to beat Istanbul B.B. (#9, 8-12) 74-64. Vestel maintains the 2nd position in Turkish TB2L. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Vestel will need more victories to improve their 15-5 record. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Vestel's top player in his first season with the team. University of Missouri graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.1ppg), rebounds (6th best: 9.8rpg) and averages solid 2.2bpg and 56.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American center Jason Keep (208-C-78) of Adanaspor. Keep impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as Adanaspor lost that game 65-73 to the higher-ranked Final Genclik (#6, 10-10). Adanaspor managed to keep the same 10th spot in group A. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-14 record. Keep is one of the most experienced players at Adanaspor and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Akhisar Bld (#6). Nelson scored 22 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Akhisar Bld, leading his team to a 96-76 easy win against the lower-ranked Basaksehir (#10, 6-14). Akhisar Bld needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group B. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 10 lost games. Nelson has a great season in Turkey. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.6ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 10.6rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Serhat Ugur (192-G-85) of FMV Isikspor - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Marko Kolaric (213-F/C-84) of Genc Banvit - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Orhan Haciyeva (201-C/F-89) of Genc Telekom - 19 points and 8 rebounds
7. Mehmet Nezih (206-C-80) of Optimum TED - 22 points and 7 rebounds
8. Christopher Garnett (211-C-80) of TED Istanbul - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ufuk Gurgen (205-C-77) of Genc Banvit - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Arif Erhan Kocamis (196-F-86) of Gaziantep - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists

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


Selcuk signs Eric Devendorf - by Eurobasket News
Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya announced signing of Eric Devendorf (193-G-87, college: Syracuse) for rest of the season. The player arrived to Selcuk from Australian Melbourne Tigers, where he started this season. Devendorf already made his debut in TB2L collecting 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists against Beykoz.
Eric Devendorf played 18 games for the Tigers in NBL registering 14.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.8 apg. He also has experience from New Zealand as a member of Waikato Pistons and Wellington Saints. He was awarded with Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Import Player of the Year -10. Last season, Devendorf played 3 games for the Reno Bighorns averaging 4.7 points in NBDL. He is a product of the Syracuse University, where he graduated in 2009. Devendorf had 15.7 ppg, 2 rpg and 3 apg for his school as a senior.
Selcuk currently has 12-8 record in Group B.


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Peltier Wins Weekly Honor from Big West - by David Edole
Irvine, Calif. - Senior guard Devon Peltier (180-G-87) today was selected the Big West Conference men's basketball player of the week.

The native of the Virgin Islands averaged 24 points in leading the Titans to a pair of road wins at Pacific and UC Davis in three days, matching their total of the previous 99 days of the season. He made 14 of 25 shots (.560) including 11 of 21 (.524) from the 3-point line and 9 of 10 at the foul line. His bucket with 3:37 to play put Fullerton ahead to stay in Saturday's win at Davis.

Over the last five games he has posted Josh Akognon-like numbers. He has averaged 25.6 points while shooting 55 percent from the floor including 53 percent from the 3-point line. His free-throw percentage actually has gone down. By making 22 of 25 (88 percent), his season's percentage has gone from .905 to .89999. He is threatening Akognon's school record of .89916 in a season. Peltier's number would be the fifth-best in Big West history if the season was over. His career mark of .871 would rank No. 4 in the Big West annals but still only No. 2 at Fullerton behind Akognon (.895).

Fullerton set season highs with 11 3-point baskets on Thursday and 12 on Saturday. Freshman teammate Isiah Umipig also had player-of-the-week numbers. In a starting role, he made 14 of 22 shots (.636) including 8 of 12 3-pointers (.667) on his way to games of 16 and 23 points, the latter a career high. In the first half at Davis he made all 7 shots, all 4 3-point tries and both free throw attempts for 20 points.

Peltier is only the second Titan to win the award this season. Orane Chin was honored for his play in wins over UCSB and Long Beach State on Jan. 19 and 22.



Walker named First-Team All-BIG EAST - by David Edole
Storrs, Conn. - It was announced today by the BIG EAST Conference that UConn junior guard Kemba Walker (185-G-90) (Bronx, N.Y.) has been named a member of the All-BIG EAST First Team.
This marks the third straight season Walker has been honored with a postseason award by the BIG EAST Conference. He was named to the All-BIG EAST Third Team as a sophomore and to the All-Rookie Team as a freshman.

Walker currently ranks second in the BIG EAST and tied for fourth in the nation at 23.1 points per game. On the season, he's averaging 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Walker also ranks tied for fourth in the BIG EAST with 1.9 steals per game. In BIG EAST play, Walker has put home 21.7 points to go along with 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

Walker is a staple on many of the top postseason awards lists including the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Wooden Award, the Naismith Award and the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard. He was previously named the Sporting News Midseason Player of the Year. He's scored 30 or more points eight times this season while breaking 20 points in 20 games.




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UBL Arkansas Warriors 151 Missouri Thrills 129 - by Ozzie Denson

UBL Basketball 3/7/2011 (Warriors) What exciting Saturday night of Basketball in the Rock. The Arkansas Warriors hosted there Northern Division rival Springfield Thrill from Springfield Missouri. The Warriors got off to a good start and kept thing rolling led by two of there (UBL) All-Stars Dedrick Knox with 33pts and Rashad Moss with 27pts. But it was a balance team affair with all the Warriors getting in on the action. It was a night of runs with the Warriors going up by as many as twenty to see the Thrill come fighting back with a run of there on to cut the lead to single digit, but when the smoke cleared the Warriors walk away in a high scoring affair with a 151 to 129 victory to take a early conference lead in the (Northern Division). Writer (Pastor Udell)
www.ublhoops.com





Standings

UBL Standings
Northern Division
 1. Arkansas W. 3-0 
 2. Springfield T. 1-1 
 3. Oklahoma I. 0-1 
 4. Tulsa T. 0-1 
Southern Division
 1. Metro L. 1-0 
 2. Texas W. 1-1 
 3. Mississippi T. 0-2 


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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.1 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.7 
 3. Washington, BC Od.16.9 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.8 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.7 
 6. Millage, Khimik14.8 
 7. Williams, Halychyna14.8 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna14.7 
 9. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 10. Fraser, DniproAzot14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.7 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.4 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.3 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.8 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.4 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Hunter, Fe.6.9 
 8. Owens, Azovmash6.8 
 9. Greene, Mykolaiv6.4 
 10. Chappell, Hoverla6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.1 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.9 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Millage, Khimik4.7 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.1 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.0 
 10. Hinnant, Kryvbasb.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Millage, Khimik2.5 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.6 
 4. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 5. Love, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.5 
 7. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
 9. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Donetsk
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.2 
 2. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.2 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.7 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.4 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 9. Balashov, BC Odessa1.2 
 10. Owens, Azovmash1.2 


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BBL Team Of The Week - Week 24 - by Paul Nilsen

After an exciting weekend at the 02 Arena when the stars of the NBA lit up London along with Mersey Tigers, the competition from BBL players to make our Team Of The Week line- was similarly intense with an array of high quality performances to choose from.

Rod Middleton (Worcester Wolves)
Worcester Wolves were the big winners of the weekend in the play-off race as they racked up a win double with guard Rod Middleton instrumental in the success against Worthing Thunder. He racked up a performance valuation of 30 after scoring 24 points to go with an impressive 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Middleton last featured in our starting five way back during Week 12.

Trey Moore (Newcastle Eagles)

After an extended break from BBL action, the former league MVP returned to the floor looking suitably refreshed and rejuvenated. Moore produced another dazzling display to stay way out in front when it comes to the most BBL Team Of The Week appearances this season. He put UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders to the sword with the second best performance of the week after registering 32 points with a devastating shooting display. Just for good measure, he also added seven assists.

Nick Livas (198-G-88, college: Ill.-Springfield) (Glasgow Rocks)

Livas makes his BBL Team Of The Week debut in style with one of the best performances of the season. He amassed a valuation score of 36 after a stellar display against Essex Pirates. The versatile and all action small forward finished with a near triple double of 17 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. It was the stand-out performance of the week although his weekend was soured a little by the subsequent home floor loss to Cheshire Jets as his team lost valuable ground in the title race.

Mike Tuck (One Health Sharks Sheffield)

Mike Tuck has been one of the most consistent performers in the BBL during the last 12 months or so and another typically classy performance books him a slot in our five having already featured a few times this season including twice in the first four weeks. Tuck was the difference in the game against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders as he claimed a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds to help One Health Sharks Sheffield maintain their BBL Championship challenge.

David Watts (Worcester Wolves)

While team-mate Rod Middleton did the bulk of the damage in the game against Thunder, Watts shone brightly against Prestige Homes MK Lions as he exploded for 28 points. He underlined his versatility by stepping out of the paint and draining a stunning eight triples to down the Lions while also pulling down 6 rebounds in what was another BBL Team Of The Week debut performance.

BBL Team Of The Week

Rod Middleton (Worcester Wolves)
Trey Moore (Newcastle Eagles)
Nick Livas (Glasgow Rocks)
Mike Tuck (One Health Sharks Sheffield)
David Watts (Worcester Wolves)

Off The Bench

Callum Jones (Worcester Wolves), Andrew Sullivan (Mersey Tigers), Kadiri Richard (Newcastle Eagles), Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles), Colin OReilly (Cheshire Jets,) EJ Harrison (Glasgow Rocks), Shawn Myers (Prestige Homes MK Lions)



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LEB Standings
LEB Standings
Central Conference
 1. Estrellas 0-0 
 2. Felinos 0-0 
 3. Saurios 0-0 
Eastern Conference
 1. Acereros 0-0 
 2. Anzoategui 0-0 
 3. Pescadores 0-0 
 4. Portuarios 0-0 
Western Conference
 1. Dragones 0-0 
 2. Furreros 0-0 
 3. Guardianes 0-0 




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Women News

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Division One Women Season Preview - by Eurobasket News
ALTONA GATORS
Coach: Sharon Grieve
2010: Champions
Recruits: Rochelle Gannon (Werribee), Jackie Silcock (Werribee)
ADS Tip: After a massive season in 2010 there begs only one question. Can the Gators
replace Stacey Barr? Is it as simple as No Barr, No Gators or will Sharon Grieve find a more
than suitable replacement to fill such huge shoes? Despite claiming last years title I think
the Gators will just miss out on finals taking 5th place.
Sweet Cal's Tip: The reigning champions will be looking to go back to back in 2K11, but with
the rumours of Stacey going to college or not going to college changing by the day, it makes
it a tricky prediction. Although the coach can certainly hold her own, Barr was the reason
they won last season and her absence would leave a massive gaping whole. A tentative
fourth is where Im willing to slot them in at, but that variable could change things
dramatically.
Coach says: Its gonna be a challenging year for us again but looking forward to it. Youre
always a target after winning it in the previous season. I love the basketball rumours going
around which keeps it interesting, but i think this year itll be a different season with a
different style of game which will be good for the girls development.

CHELSEA GULLS
Coach: Alan Rumble
2010: Division 2 Champs
Recruits:
ADS Tip: Can the ladies from Chelsea make an impact this season after making the step up
a division? Well... With the likes of experienced campaigners in Jenny Maher, Kate Mahoney
and Nicky St Clair you can certainly expect the Lady Gulls to be more than competitive on
the court at both ends of the floor. The Gulls will claim a few scalps along the way as the lay
claim to 8th spot.
Sweet Cal's Tip: After the dominating D2W, Chelsea will take the same team into Division
One and try their hand. They certainly have the personnel that could provide a number of
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upsets with Jenny Maher and Kate Mahoney, its just whether the depth of the team will
cope with the new level. For Chelseas sake I hope they can turn it on and show they belong,
but it will take time. I have them coming in 8th.

CRAIGIEBURN EAGLES
Coach: Warren Taylor
2010: 8th of 11
Recruits: Bree James (Hume City), Larissa Cordiano (Diamond Valley), Stacey Collins (Hume
City)
ADS Tip: After a couple of seasons away from the Eagles nest, Coach Warren Taylor is back
to rekindle and reinforce the only way Warren knows how to coach a basketball team, to
win. Players like Kellie Bailey and new recruit Stacey Collins will have to step up and start
showing some bigger regular numbers for this team to start consistently getting those wins.
And even though the Eagles will be hoping for a much better position than 2010, I see them
grabbing 7th spot this year.
Sweet Cal's Tip: Looks like the Eagles are getting serious. After a lacklustre 2010, they have
picked up some serious ballers that will no doubt do damage. Cordiano is a vet but can still
ball as well as a number of Hume City girls. Im liking the Eagles to finish in third place,
reasonably on par with the Pacers but will just edge them.
Coach says: New team so its hard to say. We think weve got the team that can make
finals its just a matter to get a bunch of new faces to gel. If that happens, well make finals.

HAWTHORN MAGIC
Coach: Kelly Breazeale
2010: 5th of 11
Recruits:
ADS Tip: A new coach and plenty of new found enthusiasm is what the Magic will bring to
the floor this year. Finishing the 2010 season on a high with a 6 game winning streak, the
Magic fell agonisingly short of 4th spot, and then missing out on the last finals spot by 1
game. The Magic will look for a better and more consistent year this year. Missing out on
finals again would certainly not be on the plans for Head Coach Kelly Breazeale. Despite this,
I cant see the Magic making the top 4 and a 6th place finish is on the cards.
Sweet Cal's Tip: Hawthorn is always tough to pick. They had what would be considered a
good season last year, but it didnt reap a whole lot of rewards as they missed out on a finals
spot. New coach Kelly Breazeale will look to inject some life into the Magic squad, but with a
number of teams leap frogging them from last season, theyll come in at 10th by season
end.

LATROBE CITY ENERGY
Coach: Joe Brouns
2010: New entry
Recruits:
ADS Tip: Welcome Back... And into the competition Latrobe City and Jamie Lee Pearce. If
past form and players from this team is anything to go by, Latrobe City will be a strong
country force on the floor. Only time will tell what a couple of years out the competition and
training behind closed doors can do... Teams will still need to be at their best as they make
the trek down the highway to face the leagues new comers. But Im afraid there are going
to be too many tough tests for the ladies from Traralgon and I see a 9th placed finish this
year.
Sweet Cal's Tip: I know I talk about unknown teams but man, I got no idea about the Energy
women this season. The fact that they made the jump directly into Division one tells me that
they are going to be competitive and are confident of their abilities. This is pretty much all I
have to go on so Ive got them finishing 7th in their return season.

MILDURA HEAT
Coach: Ross McFarlin
2010: 3rd of 11
Recruits:
ADS Tip: Another team bringing a new coach to 2K11 is the Lady Heat. Coach Ross
McFarlane will be keen to keep the core group from last season together with Amanda
Hederics and 2010 Rising Star Mollie McKendrick being must have inclusions. Though with a
cloud of doubt over long time Mildura star Vanessa Power, the Heats other young guns may
have to step up and weather the storm. Im tipping the Heat to sneak into 4th place.
Sweet Cal's Tip: The Heat was a dangerous team in 2010, with the likes of Power, Hederics
and the up and coming Molle McKendrick. If these players return, you know the Heat will be
turned up, but with the Eagles and Pacers stocking up, theyll just miss finals, fifth spot.

SOUTHERN PENINSULA SHARKS
Coach: Murray Holmes
2010: 10th of 11
Recruits:
ADS Tip: After a disappointing 2010 season, the Sharks will be chasing plenty more WINS
than the 3 they secured last year. Have the Sharks managed to develop some quality junior
talent to bring into the squad? Or have they been out and about recruiting to bolster their
program from other places? One thing is for sure, they will be desperate to avoid relegation
come seasons end. Sadly though, I cant see much joy on the horizon for the Sharks and I
feel the wooden spoon will be heading south this year.
Sweet Cal's Tip: After a very very very rough season, the Sharks will be looking to bounce
back. Ill be the first to admit that Im a little bit uninformed, however I doubt its going to
happen though as the Sharks will endure more losses than wins. 9th place is where theyll
finish, but look at the positives- they moved up a spot from last year!

SUNBURY JETS
Coach: Brett Tidswell
2010: 7th of 11
Recruits:
ADS Tip: In what is set to be one of the most competitive divisions this year the Jets will be
looking for a big improvement on their 2010 effort. Have they got the depth to challenge
the likes of the 3 Ws (Warrandyte, Warrnambool and Whittlesea) or will season 2K11 be a
repeat of last year? Well I think the Jets will be battling it out to avoid relegation and a 10th
place is where their cards will fall.
Sweet Cal's Tip: Mediocre is a term I would coin Sunburys season with in 2010 and I expect
that to continue. With no notable signings, I cant see the Jets turning a whole lot of heads
in 2011, while other teams have stepped up to the plate big time. Timber cutlery is what I
expect for the planes, but I hope they can come out firing and upset some teams.
Coach says: Its unknown. If we can stay injury free, well be there pushing for a finals
spot.

WARRANDYTE VENOM
Coach: Justin Nelson
2010: 4th of 11
Recruits: Alana Wallis (Knox), Robyn Ladd (Sherbrooke), Alyse Johns (Bulleen)
ADS Tip: This year I dont think there will be ANY anti-venom from any team in the Division
1 competition to keep Warrandyte from taking out the title. As per normal they will have a
well-rounded and balanced team that can beat anyone on their day. The inclusion of a level
headed experienced player in Robyn Ladd will add even more depth to their team. And with
the young blood of point guard Meg Dargan (and maybe a surprise young recruit making a
comeback into the Big V) running the team, the silverware is theirs to lose.
Sweet Cal's Tip: Absolute blazing favourites here. Although I would love to illegitimately
heap the pressure on my colleagues squad, but they are really going to be destroying teams
this season. Ive seen a fair bit of Alana Wallis over the years and I dont doubt she will be
one of the big players in the competition. With an already strong squad from last season
plus Alyse Johns and vet Robyn Ladd, I doubt they lose a game this season on the way to a
romping title winState Championship 2K12 anyone?
Coach says: I think D1W will be more competitive this year than ever before. I would
expect most teams have a genuine chance at making the playoffs. It will just come down to
which teams find consistency and hopefully well be one of those teams.

WARRNAMBOOL MERMAIDS
Coach: Chris Saunders
2010: Runners up
Recruits:
ADS Tip: The Mermaids were good enough to go all the way through the regular season last
year without dropping a game, so saying that they cant get all the way to the finals again
without a loss would be CRAZY. The question will be, will the loss to Altona in last years
grand final series be the straw that breaks the Mermaids spirit OR will it be the motivation
that young gun Holly Greene and her team mates need to take out the title? Though still
finals bound, I feel the Mermaids will once again be kept from the trophy as they finish in 3rd
spot.
Sweet Cal's Tip: Choking is probably too harsh a-word for the Mermaids, but its not far off.
Although Altona always looked like they could kick into the next gear when required, the
Mermaids had only lost 1 game in the season. With a new coach and potentially being with
Kylie Davies this season, it might be a bit of a different scenario. 6th spot is where Im at with
limited knowledge of recruits, but its still a big club could rock up round 1 with a star out of
nowhere.

WHITTLESEA PACERS
Coach: Shannon Bodley
2010: 6th of 11
Recruits: Rachael McKeown, Leanda Higgs, Emma Smith, Carly Symons (Eltham), Lia Lonigro
(Hume City)
ADS Tip: Whittlesea Wildcats for 2K11? Well with the influx of Eltham players and one ex
Wildcats Head Coach heading Whittleseas direction you could be excused for thinking so.
Just how Shannon Bodley makes the transition work for not only himself but the likes of
Leanda Higgs, Rachael McKeown and Carly Simons to name a few, will be interesting to see.
Add to that Guilia Di Nunzio and Sharon Hughes, the Pacers will certainly be in the hunt
come finals time. So much so that I see them battling it out all the way to the Grand Final
series but will come up just short. 2nd place for the biggest improvers for the season.
Sweet Cal's Tip: With Bodley coming across from Eltham last season, he has bought a bucket
of talent across the Mill Park that is sure to shake things up in D1W. They were reasonably
good last season, finishing mid-table, but Bodley has indicated that the mix of new and
existing girls have gelled right away- a bad sign for opposition clubs. Im bold enough to put
them as high as second, finishing runner up to the Venom.
Coach says: I think well be competitive, definitely want to play finals. Mix of new girls and
Whittlesea girls, its a really good combination.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au


Diamond Valley Delivers - by Eurobasket News
As an association, there are few basketball clubs within the state that can boast the up and coming junior talent that the Diamond Valley Eagles have been able to produce in recent times. From the root to the fruit, the Eagles have grown into one of the strongest associations in Victoria through quality development.

Further proof of this can be seen at the Diamond Valley Sport & Fitness Centre where several Big V Youth League championship banners are hanging from the rafters, such is their current dominance of the competition in recent times.


Diamond Valleys Director of Coaching Alan MCaughtry attributes this success to a number of factors including working with footy and netball kids. When I arrived at Diamond Valley 4 years ago, I saw a window of opportunity where there were a stack of footy and netball kids needing up-skilling. So I put together a 3-4 year plan to get good coaches in, emphasize fundamentals and deliver extra work with the individuals to concentrate on actual skill development.

Coupling that with an increased focus on all of the kids rather than entirely on only the elite juniors was also a vital aspect. Its important to give them attention at the lower levels as well, giving them the chance to have extra sessions with great young coaches that can share their knowledge.

This is clearly the recipe for success at the junior level and it has translated into some very handsome rewards for countless kids. Eagle juniors Sam Gilmore made the 2010 U17 Australian squad while Carly Turner was selected into the 2010 Oceania team. To go along with these two outstanding achievements, countless future stars from Diamond Valley have made state representative teams including names such as Greg Page, Matt Reynolds, Jaclyn Smith (178-G-83) and Abi Akintola. This is a huge coup for the association.

Coach McAughtry also stresses the importance of the top senior level that Diamond Valley kids can aspire to play; Big V Championship. It is a very important part of the program as these kids need to watch the senior players and they can see that they have somewhere to go after U18s and Youth League- and the Big V senior teams is great quality and is vital to our program, particularly with the men coming in third in the last two seasons and looking to go one step better in 2011.

But its not just about the development of players, but coaches as well, something that Alan McAughtry says is just as important. I was brutal from the start on developing coaches. I asked the coaches what extra you were doing for the kids on top of their team training sessions. From that day on we put a strong emphasis on individuals as well as extra clinics on top of their weekly training. This made a notable difference from day one.

Players dont become strong without great coaching and Diamond Valley has been able to produce a huge number of quality teachers that have been able to not only develop these players, but also accomplish some personal successes as well. Seven Eagles coaches are currently state coaches in one form or another, together with a significant number of coaches making it into national and state level including Alan himself as AC of the under 17 national team and under 18 state head coach and Ross Clark as under 16 head coach. In achieving this they are demonstrating further evidence that these juniors are getting the best possible instructions, tutelage and training available.


Another significant inroad has been to have most of the senior Big V coaches coaching in the junior program, which has two benefits. Firstly it again gives more profile to the pathway to Big V level, and secondly with numerous Big V coach of the year awardees coaching in the junior program along with a number of assistant coaches from the program coupled with the excellent younger coaches Alan is developing, the level of coaching has never been better.


The past few years has seen Diamond Valleys junior talent taking that extra step in what should be seen as the blueprint pathway that a club can provide to the elite level. With the coachs continual dedication to the junior program and the kids maintaining their hard work to reach their potential, the Diamond Valley Basketball Association can only get stronger as they continue to provide Basketball for tomorrows stars.
Courtesy op: bigv.com.au


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Sara Leemans claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
International swingman Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Sint Kateline Waver and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 22-year old swingman had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds and five assists for Sint Kateline in her team's victory, helping them to outclass Ieper (#5, 10-10) with 47-point margin 106-59. It allowed Sint Kateline to consolidate first place in the Belgian D1. Sint Kateline have a solid 16-3 record. It's Leemans' second year at Sint Kateline and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Leemans has impressive league stats. She is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.6ppg and is league's best passer with 3.1apg. Leemans is in league's top in and averages solid 57.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Sint Kateline Waver's star - young international swingman Miete Celus (176-G/F-91). Celus impressed basketball fans with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Of course together with Leemans she helped Sint Kateline with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Ieper (#5, 10-10) 106-59. Of course Sint Kateline still keep the league's top spot. Her team lost just three games this season, while they won 16 matches. Celus is well-known by Sint Kateline fans and together with Sara Leemans they both established positions among team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Katryna Gaither (191-C-75, agency: LBM Management) of Dexia Namur (#4). Gaither scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. She was a key player of Dexia Namur, leading her team to a 68-48 easy win against the lower-ranked Houthalen (#7, 7-13). Dexia Namur needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 7 lost games. Gaither has a great season in Belgium. After 18 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.2ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (5th best). She also has 2.3spg and FGP: 53.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chinyere Ibekwe (193-F/C-87) of Point Chaud - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Melissa Dennett (188-F-83) of Sint Kateline - 18 points and 12 rebounds
6. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) of Ieper - 10 points and 13 rebounds
7. Laurence VanMalderen (193-C-81) of Dexia Namur - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Hilde Kreemers (180-F/C-79) of Point Chaud - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Dana Boonen (197-C-79) of BBC Boom - 13 points and 5 rebounds
10. Hanne Mestdagh (179-F-93) of Sint Kateline - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Leemans, Sint K.20.6 
 2. Tatham, Point C.19.0 
 3. Meesseman, Ieper18.8 
 4. Gaither, Dexia N.16.2 
 5. Dennett, Sint K.16.1 
 6. VanMalderen, Dexia N.15.4 
 7. Wilkins, Point Chaud15.1 
 8. Decroos, BBC Boom14.8 
 9. Mayombo, Point C.14.3 
 10. Blommaers, Houth.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rhona MCKENZIE
  Houthalen
  (183-F-76)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. McKenzie, Houth.13.4 
 2. Meesseman, Ieper11.4 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.9.8 
 4. Wilkins, Point Chaud9.0 
 5. Gaither, Dexia N.8.7 
 6. Ibekwe, Point C.8.7 
 7. Hoehne, R.Spirou.8.4 
 8. Van Respaill., Wareg.8.3 
 9. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.8.0 
 10. Tatham, Point C.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Leemans, Sint K.3.1 
 2. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.2 
 3. Deyaert, Waregem2.1 
 4. Devliegher, Ieper2.0 
 5. Van Dessel, Sint K.2.0 
 6. Van Driel, BBC B.1.9 
 7. Mayombo, Point C.1.9 
 8. Dubuc, Dexia Namur1.9 
 9. Degels, Jeugd G.1.8 
 10. Vanloo, Waregem1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Meesseman, Ieper2.3 
 2. Gaither, Dexia N.2.3 
 3. Van Driel, BBC B.2.1 
 4. Van De Bruae., Deerl.2.1 
 5. Van den Vond., BBC B.2.1 
 6. Deyaert, Waregem2.0 
 7. Ballau, R.Spirou.1.9 
 8. Medvedeva, Waregem1.9 
 9. Leemans, Sint K.1.8 
 10. Degels, Jeugd G.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Meesseman, Ieper3.1 
 2. Dennett, Sint K.1.6 
 3. Boonen, BBC Boom1.6 
 4. Theunissen, Point C.1.2 
 5. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.1.1 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.1.0 
 7. Lentacker, Jeugd G.0.9 
 8. Malfait, Jeugd G.0.8 
 9. Van Respaill., Wareg.0.8 
 10. Dochez, Dexia N.0.8 


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  CHINA - Women  


Shenyang and Guangdong start Semifinals with the victories - by Eurobasket News
Shenyang and Guangdong start Semifinals with the victories. Shenyang won over Liaoning 92:82. Trailing 23-24, the favorites produced a 21-17 in the second period to take the lead at the halftime. Moreover they won the third quarter 23-18 and celebrated the win due to 25-23 in the last stanza. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) erupted with 29 points and Song Liwei (190-F-85) followed her with 22. Braxton Kara (198-C-83, college: Georgia) responded with 30 points in the losing effort.
Guangdong meanwhile roll over Bayi 58:50. The winners took 15-14 in the start of the game and added 19-14 in the second frame. Bayi replied with 12-10 in the third quarter, but Guangdong won the game after 14-10 in the last period. Cash Swin (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) stepped up with 20 points for the winners, while Wei Wei (207-C-89) and number 14 scored 10 points each. Chen Lisha (195-C-82) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.
Second games are scheduled for March 11th.


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. Eclex Tallinn 11-1 
 2. Tartu Ulikooli 7-5 
 3. TLU/Volta 6-4 
 4. NikeWomen 5-7 
 5. Audentes 0-12 


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Rest of the World demolish European side in All Star Game - by Eurobasket News
All Star game
Europe-Rest of the World 88:116


Rest of the World demolish European side in All Star Game in Gdynia, Poland. More than 4500 spectators saw 116:88 win for the team that was definitely stronger tonight.
Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) brought the winners their first points, while Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) replied immediately for Europe. The first quarter was a masterpiece for the Rest of the World that nailed 40 points in the first quarter. Bonner made such a number on the board, while Europe had 24 at that time. Sancho Lyttle brought Europe back to 47:41, but Douglas and Joens gave their team 56:45. Sylvia Fowles closed the half at 61:47 and then another 27-22 in the third period saw 88:69 advantage for the Rest of the World. Quigley nailed three in the last stanza to bring her team three-digit number. Zurowska made six in a row for Europe to reduce to 83:112, while made the final result on the board.
Sylvia Fowles and Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) poured in 16 points each, while Seimone Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) added 14. Monica Wright (180-F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia) and Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) delivered 11 points each in a win. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87), Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) and Liron Cohen (173-G-82) delivered 14 points each, while Sancho Lyttle collected 12 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.
Sylvia Fowles was named MVP of the All Star Game.

Europe: Sandrine Gruda 14, Katerina Elhotova 14, Liron Cohen 14, Sancho Lyttle 12+11 rebs
Rest of the World: Sylvia Fowles 16, Angel McCoughtry 16, Seimone Augustus 14, Monica Wright 11, Tina Charles 11




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  LATVIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Krastina, LU22.3 
 2. Krumberga, TTT R.19.7 
 3. Lisnere, Cesis19.7 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.18.4 
 5. Jakobsone, Cesis17.8 
 6. Teilane, RTU-Merks15.4 
 7. Surkusa, TTT J.15.3 
 8. Eibele, TTT Riga15.2 
 9. Egle, Daugavpils14.7 
 10. Butler, TTT Riga14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.12.0 
 2. Lisnere, Cesis11.5 
 3. Teilane, RTU-Merks11.3 
 4. Lagzdina, TTT J.10.5 
 5. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.2 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga9.5 
 7. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.5 
 8. Nimane, TTT Riga8.3 
 9. Veidere, TTT K.8.2 
 10. Zarina, LU8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga6.1 
 2. Jevsejeva, Dauga.4.5 
 3. Krastina, LU4.0 
 4. Karklina, TTT Riga3.8 
 5. Neimane, TTT J.3.3 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga3.0 
 7. Staugaitiene, TTT R.2.8 
 8. Sarja, TTT Juniores2.8 
 9. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.6 
 10. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Krastina, LU4.2 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.4 
 3. Butler, TTT Riga2.9 
 4. Eibele, TTT Riga2.9 
 5. Nimane, TTT Riga2.6 
 6. Krumberga, TTT R.2.6 
 7. Zeltina, Cesis2.5 
 8. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
 9. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.4 
 10. Purina, LU2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.4 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.3.1 
 3. Surkusa, TTT J.2.2 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.7 
 5. Nimane, TTT Riga1.4 
 6. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.1.3 
 7. Lisnere, Cesis1.3 
 8. Egle, Daugavpils1.1 
 9. Egle, Daugavpils0.9 
 10. Vitola, RTU-Merks0.9 


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 24-0 
 2. LU 17-5 
 3. RTU-Merks 17-7 
 4. TTT Juniores 13-8 
 5. TTT Kadetes 10-13 
 6. Daugavpils 6-18 
 7. Cesis 3-20 
 8. Liepajas 2-21 


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Marist Wins 2011 Spark Energy MAAC Championship - by Eurobasket
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Erica Allenspach wasn't going to let her senior season end without another conference tournament championship.
Allenspach scored 21 points and No. 19 Marist clinched an NCAA tournament bid for the sixth straight season with a 63-45 victory over Loyola on Monday in the 2011 Spark Energy MAAC Women's Basketball Championship Game Presented by Webster Bank. The Red Foxes extended their nation-best winning streak to 26 games by winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship for the sixth consecutive year.
'It feels unbelievable,'' said Allenspach, who was wearing one of the nets around her neck that the Red Foxes cut down after the victory. 'We didn't want to be that senior class that didn't get it done in the MAAC tournament. We wanted to finish as we did as freshmen - 21-0.''
The senior guard was the catalyst for the Red Foxes this season after they lost all-time leading scorer Rachele Fitz to graduation.
'All these have been really special and this one ranks up there with the best of them,'' Marist coach Brian Giorgis said. 'They've all been unique and special and to be able to do what we've done this year after graduating the best player in school history is phenomenal.''
Allenspach turned up her game in the MAAC tournament. The regular-season player of the year averaged 25 points in the first two games, making 10 of her 11 3-point attempts.
On Monday, with her teammates struggling, the tournament's MVP kept Marist around long enough for help to arrive. With the Red Foxes (30-2) leading by two at the half, the other four starters keyed a 16-4 run to take control of the game.
Even had they lost in the championship game, the Red Foxes would have most likely secured the conference's first at-large bid to the NCAA tournament since 2001. They weren't going to leave anything up to chance.
'We just want to go to the tournament and do some damage,'' Giorgis said.
Marist got off to a slow start, missing 16 of its first 18 shots, so the senior guard took over. Trailing 14-5, Allenspach scored the final five points of a 9-0 spurt to tie the game at 14. She hit a 3-pointer from way behind the arc and a layup to cap the burst.
Later in the half, with her team down three, she found teammates on consecutive possessions for an open layup and a 3-pointer to give the Red Foxes a 25-23 halftime advantage.
'You don't win the game in the first five minutes,'' Allenspach said. ''We could go deeper than they could.''
After missing 25 of their first 28 shots, the other four starters finally got going, sparking the run that broke the game open.
Brandy Gang started it with a layup, and Corielle Yarde added a three-point play - her first basket of the game - that made it 32-25. Elise Caron and Leanne Ockenden sandwiched 3-pointers around a three-point play by Gang that made it a 13-point game.
The Greyhounds couldn't get within single digits the rest of the way as Allenspach hit basket after basket whenever Loyola tried to make a run.
'She makes huge shots,'' Loyola coach Joe Logan said. ''We cut it to 12 and she makes a big 3. She's the one they go to when they need baskets. If we had continued to shut her down we would have been in the game.''
Katie Sheahin scored 17 points to lead Loyola (20-12).
Marist, which moved up to 19th in the poll earlier Monday for its best ranking ever, ran through the conference tournament in the same fashion as it did the regular season - when the Red Foxes went undefeated in the MAAC for the second time in school history.
Loyola had a much tougher time making the finals. The Greyhounds needed a last-second 3-pointer by Miriam McKenzie to force overtime in a quarterfinal win over Canisius. Loyola then held off Manhattan by three in the semis.
Loyola was looking for its third conference championship and first since 1995. The Greyhounds have been in the title game six times, with the last coming in 2006 when they lost to Marist, which started the Red Foxes' current run.
'We shot 30 percent and they shot 14 more shots than us,'' Logan said. 'I'm proud of our kids' effort and how we came back after starting the season 0-5.''

Courtesy of MAAC



MAAC Regular Season Standings
1 Marist 18-0
2 Loyola (MD) 15-3
3 Manhattan 13-5
4 Siena 11-7
5 Fairfield 10-8
6 Iona 7-11
7 Canisius 6-12
8 St.Peter's 5-13
8 Rider 5-13
10 Niagara 0-18


MAAC Tournament Final: Marist - Loyola 63-45
MAAC Tournament Semifinals:
Loyola - Manhattan 50-47
Marist - Siena 60-45



All-MAAC Awards 2010-11


All-MAAC 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Erica Allenspach
Allenspach
Taryn Johnson
Johnson
Miriam McKenzie
McKenzie
Abby Wentworth
Wentworth
Corielle Yarde
Yarde
#e#5

Player of the Year: Erica Allenspach (5'8''-G) of Marist
All-Tournament MVP: Erica Allenspach (5'8''-G) of Marist
Defensive Player of the Year: Katie Sheahin (5'10''-G) of Loyola (MD)
Rookie of the Year: Jamie Ruttle (6'4''-F-92) of Canisius
Sixth Man of the Year: Ali Heller (5'8''-G) of Rider
Coach of the Year: Brian Giorgis of Marist

1st Team
F: Taryn Johnson (5'11'') of Fairfield
G: Miriam McKenzie (5'10'') of Loyola (MD)
G: Abby Wentworth (5'9''-89) of Manhattan
G: Erica Allenspach (5'8'') of Marist
G: Corielle Yarde (5'8'') of Marist
F: Serena Moore (6'1''-89) of Siena

2nd Team
G: Katelyn Linney (5'8'') of Fairfield
G: Desiree Pina (5'6'') of Fairfield
F: Andja Ivkovic (6'1''-88) of Iona
G/F: Erica DiClemente (5'11''-87) of Loyola (MD)
G: Katie Sheahin (5'10'') of Loyola (MD)
F: Jynae Judson (5'10''-90) of St.Peter's

3rd Team
F: Kristina Ford (6'1''-88) of Iona
F: Lindsey Loutsenhizer (6'0''-89) of Manhattan
F: Brandy Gang (6'2'') of Marist
F: Liz Flooks (5'10''-88) of Niagara
G/F: Cristina Centeno (5'8''-90) of Siena

All-Tournament Team
Erica Allenspach (5'8''-G) of Marist
Elise Caron (5'5''-G) of Marist
Katie Sheahin (5'10''-G) of Loyola (MD)
Miriam McKenzie (5'10''-G) of Loyola (MD)

All-Rookie Team
Jen Morabito (5'9''-G) of Canisius
Jamie Ruttle (6'4''-F-92) of Canisius
Monica Roeder (6'0''-G/F) of Manhattan
Myneshia McKenzie (6'0''-G/F) of Rider
Aziza May (5'3''-G) of St.Peter's

All-Academic Team
Allison Braun (5'10''-G-90) of Canisius
Micayla Drysdale (5'9''-G-89) of Canisius
Stephanie Macdonald (5'10''-G-90) of Canisius
Tauralee Tenn (5'9''-G-89) of Canisius
Joelle Nawrocki (6'0''-G) of Fairfield
Sarah Paulus (5'8''-G) of Fairfield
Laura Vetra (6'2''-F-90) of Fairfield
Haley D'Angelo (5'6''-G) of Iona
Robin Felder (5'5''-G) of Iona
Suzi Fregosi (5'6''-G-89) of Iona
Catherine Lutz (6'1''-G/F-89) of Iona
Milica Paligoric (6'3''-C-90) of Iona
Jessica Scannell (5'8''-G-89) of Iona
Melissa Bangay (6'1''-F-89) of Loyola (MD)
Erica DiClemente (5'11''-G/F-87) of Loyola (MD)
Katie Sheahin (5'10''-G) of Loyola (MD)
Alyssa Sutherland (6'1''-F) of Loyola (MD)
Maggie Blair (5'10''-G) of Manhattan
Alyssa Herrington (5'8''-G-90) of Manhattan
Lindsey Loutsenhizer (6'0''-F-89) of Manhattan
Alicia Marculitis (6'3''-C-89) of Manhattan
Nadia Peters (6'1''-F-89) of Manhattan
Elise Caron (5'5''-G) of Marist
Caroline Feeley (5'6''-G) of Marist
Brandy Gang (6'2''-F) of Marist
Suzzette Garnett (5'9''-G) of Marist
Emily Stallings (6'0''-F) of Marist
Corielle Yarde (5'8''-G) of Marist
Julie Gebhard (6'0''-F) of Niagara
Jacy Schulz (5'8''-G) of Niagara
Meghan Waterman (5'10''-F-90) of Niagara
Carleigh Brown (6'0''-F) of Rider
Sarah Homan (6'3''-C) of Rider
Aisha Varnadore (5'7''-G) of Rider
Jessica Coles (6'0''-F) of St.Peter's
Lauren Morris (5'9''-F) of St.Peter's
Cristina Centeno (5'8''-G/F-90) of Siena




Gonzaga Defeats Saint Mary's to Win Third Straight WCC Title - by Greg
Courtney Vandersloot showed Monday that she was worthy of the Naismith Award with 18 points, 16 assists and even a blocked shot as 20th-ranked Gonzaga beat Saint Mary's 72-46 to claim its third straight West Coast Conference tournament title.
The Bulldogs (28-4) now turn their attention to the NCAA tournament, where they advanced to the Sweet 16 a year ago.
Vandersloot early Monday was chosen winner of the Naismith Award as the top female collegian 5-foot-8 and under.
She came up big, hitting a 3-pointer that fueled a 20-5 Gonzaga run, turning a 15-8 deficit into a 28-20 halftime lead.
Vandersloot was voted Most Valuable Player in the tourney.
Danielle Mauldin led Saint Mary's with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Katelan Redmon added 17 points, six rebounds and three steals for Gonzaga.
In the first half, Saint Mary's made a concerted effort to slow the pace against the nation's top-scoring team. The Gaels applied full-court pressure defensively, and offensively often walked the ball up the court before driving toward the basket and drawing a foul.
The strategy in the first half worked as Saint Mary's drew 10 fouls and went to the line 13 times, making nine, compared to 1 of 1 for Gonzaga, which was held scoreless for 4 1/2 minutes.
The Bulldogs broke loose in the second half, and pulled away for their third lopsided win this season against the Gaels.
Gonzaga trailed 15-8 with 9:12 left in the first half before Vandersloot's 3-pointer. Redmon tied it at 15 with a jumper then stole the ball and started a fast break capped by Jazmine Redmon's layup.
A layin by Kayla Standish put Gonzaga ahead 25-20 and Katelan Redmon's three-point play gave the Bulldogs a 28-20 halftime lead.

Courtesy of GU Sports Information


All-WCC Summary 2010-2011

WCC Regular Season Standings
1
Gonzaga 14-0
2
St.Mary's (CA) 10-4
3
Pepperdine 9-5
4
Portland 6-8
4
Santa Clara 6-8
6
San Diego 5-9
6
Loyola Marymount 5-9
8
USF 1-13

WCC Tournament Final: Gonzaga - Saint Mary's 72-46
WCC Tournament Semifinals:
Gonzaga - Portland 96-71
Saint Mary's - San Diego 71-68

All-WCC 1st Team
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Courtney Vandersloot
Vandersloot
Dominique Conners
Conners
Natalie Day
Day
Lena Gipson
Gipson
Jazmine Jackson
Jackson
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-G-89) of Gonzaga
Player of the Year: Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-G-89) of Gonzaga
Defensive Player of the Year: Jazmine Jackson (5'9''-G) of Pepperdine
Newcomer of the Year: Camille Buckley (6'1''-F) of Loyola Marymount
Coach of the Year: Kelly Graves of Gonzaga

1st Team
G: Dominique Conners (5'8''-90) of San Diego
G/F: Natalie Day (6'0''-90) of Portland
F: Lena Gipson (6'0'') of Santa Clara
G: Jazmine Jackson (5'9'') of Pepperdine
G/F: Katelan Redmon (6'1'') of Gonzaga
G: Jasmine Smith (5'8'') of St.Mary's (CA)
F: Kayla Standish (6'2'') of Gonzaga
F: Louella Tomlinson (6'4''-88) of St.Mary's (CA)
G: Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-89) of Gonzaga
G: Renahy Young (5'8''-89) of Loyola Marymount

Honorable Mention
Janelle Bekkering (6'0''-G/F-88) of Gonzaga
Tara Cronin (5'10''-G-89) of Portland
Candice Nichols (5'10''-G-89) of Loyola Marymount
Rezina Teclemariam (5'8''-G-89) of Portland
Sam Child (6'0''-G-88) of San Diego
Kelly Jo Mullaney (5'7''-G-88) of USF
Meagan Fulps (5'7''-G) of Santa Clara

All-Freshman Team
Camille Buckley (6'1''-F) of Loyola Marymount
Alexis Byrd (5'10''-G) of Portland
Danielle Mauldin (6'0''-F) of St.Mary's (CA)
Robie Mayberry (5'11''-F) of Pepperdine
Ricki Radanovich (5'10''-G) of Santa Clara



UT Tops Kentucky 90-65 for SEC Title - by Greg
The Tennessee Lady Vols are playing so well these days, they have coach Pat Summitt singing.
Angie Bjorklund scored 23 points, including seven 3s, and No. 4 Tennessee hit a school- and tournament-record 16 3-pointers to beat No. 16 Kentucky 90-65 Sunday in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
It was the most points ever scored in this game and such a dominating performance that Summitt celebrated by grabbing a microphone and belting out a version of 'Rocky Top' with her Lady Vols and the pep band. Then she went acapella by herself. 'She's got a good voice,' Bjorklund said of Summitt's singing.
Summitt, whose voice was raspy after yelling mostly at the officials, has reason to sing.
The Lady Vols (31-2), who were unbeaten in the SEC, won their 15th tournament title overall. This one was a bit special because it marked only the third time Tennessee went undefeated in winning the regular-season title before winning the conference tournament. Tennessee also did that in 1994 and 1998.
It's a big turnaround for nine of these Lady Vols who were on the team known for the lowest of Tennessee lows as the first team to lose in the NCAA tournament's opening round two years ago to Ball State. It's still a loss Summitt says she could 'chew on' every day if she wanted.
'But I think it took something like that to wake this team up and their youth, and now you look at the experience we have in this junior class,' Summitt said.
Now the Lady Vols can wait for what should be yet another No. 1 seeding in the NCAA tournament, and their expectations are high once again.
'We've been through the highs and the lows,' Bjorklund said. 'We're not going to give up, and we want another championship.'
Kentucky (24-8) goes home still looking for its first SEC tournament title since 1982. The Wildcats were the SEC team that came closest to stopping Tennessee, only to lose by six in Lexington on Feb. 7, and this was a rematch of last year's title game won by the Lady Vols 80-72.
Shekinna Stricklen scored 19 points for Tennessee, Meighan Simmons added 16, and Alicia Manning had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Victoria Dunlap and Bernisha Pinkett each had 15 points for Kentucky. Back spasms limited A'dia Mathies to just 15 minutes.
The Lady Vols shook off the smaller, aggressive Wildcats by putting on a sizzling shooting performance.
'I just can't imagine that when they're shooting like they did tonight that they're not the best team in the country,' Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. 'They have a lot of weapons.'
The Lady Vols topped the 13 3s Alabama hit against South Carolina in 1998. The Lady Vols had hit 15 3s in a game twice before this season, but they almost couldn't miss in this game with the bottom half of Bridgestone Arena a sea of orange in what felt like a home game. They finished 16 of 21 from beyond the arc.
Tennessee, which opened the second half hitting 13 of its first 17 shots, shot a season-high 56.4 percent from the floor (31 of 55), while holding Kentucky to a mere 27.3 percent (21 of 77).
'We were just feeling it, in a rhythm,' Stricklen said. 'You make that first one, you just feel like you're going to make the rest of them ... from the get-go, we were just pumped and fired up. When Meigan came out, she came out with really high energy. She knocked down the first two shots. That really got us going.'
The Lady Vols hit their first seven 3s before a miss. Stricklen hit five, and Bjorklund matched her career high of seven to go with only one miss beyond the arc. Simmons hit the 14th 3 with 8:12 left.
This game couldn't have been much more physical in the first half with Johnson going to the sideline to get blood cleaned off her jersey, while Dunlap came back for the second half with her chin bandaged. Neither Summitt nor Mitchell was happy, either.
'When you are a little bit challenged there from the physical standpoint, as far as Tennessee's size and athleticism, you really have to, as we say in Mississippi, you have to bow up and play a little tougher, and I just didn't think we did,' Mitchell said. 'That's the thing that's most disappointing to me.'
Simmons set the tone by opening the game with a 3-pointer. Mathies gave Kentucky a brief lead at 11-10, and Pinkett pushed that to 13-10 with a pair of free throws.
Taber Spani hit a 3 from the right corner to tie it up, then Stricklen hit her first 3-pointer to put Tennessee ahead to stay at 16-13 with 15:06 left. Stricklen hit another 3, then the Lady Vols went 4:56 without a point until Bjorklund came off the bench and hit a 3 from the left corner with 9:31 left to push Tennessee up 22-17.
'We weren't matching up in transition and were letting them get wide-open 3s, and they were getting excited with it, and just going after it,' Dunlap said of Tennessee.

Courtesy of UT


All-SEC Summary 2010-2011

SEC Regular Season Standings
1 Tennessee 16-0
2
Kentucky 11-5
3
Vanderbilt 10-6
3
Georgia 10-6
5
S.Carolina 8-8
6
Auburn 8-8
6
LSU 8-8
8
Florida 7-9
9
Arkansas 6-10
10
Alabama 5-11
11
Mississippi St. 4-12
12
Mississippi 3-13

SEC Tournament Final: Tennessee - Kentucky 90-65
SEC Tournament Semifinals:
Tennessee - Georgia 82-58
Kentucky - Vanderbilt 69-56


All-SEC 1st Team
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Shekinna Stricklen
Stricklen
Tierney Jenkins
Jenkins
Alli Smalley
Smalley
Porsha Phillips
Phillips
Victoria Dunlap
Dunlap
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: Shekinna Stricklen (6'2''-G/F-90) of Tennessee
Player of the Year: Shekinna Stricklen (6'2''-G/F-90) of Tennessee
Defensive Player of the Year: Victoria Dunlap (6'1''-F) of Kentucky
Freshman of the Year: Meighan Simmons (5'9''-G) of Tennessee
Sixth Man of the Year: Stephanie Holzer (6'4''-C) of Vanderbilt
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Mary Kathryn Govero (5'11''-G/F) of Mississippi St.
Coach of the Year: Pat Summitt of Tennessee

1st Team
F: Tierney Jenkins (6'0''-89) of Alabama
G: Alli Smalley (5'8''-89) of Auburn
F: Porsha Phillips (6'2''-88) of Georgia
F: Victoria Dunlap (6'1'') of Kentucky
F: Lasondra Barrett (6'2''-90) of LSU
G/F: Shekinna Stricklen (6'2''-90) of Tennessee
F: Glory Johnson (6'3''-90) of Tennessee
G: Jence Rhoads (5'11''-88) of Vanderbilt

2nd Team
G: C'eira Ricketts (5'9''-90) of Arkansas
C: Sarah Watkins (6'3''-90) of Arkansas
G: Jasmine James (5'9''-91) of Georgia
G: A'Dia Mathies (5'9'') of Kentucky
G: Kayla Melson (5'8''-89) of Mississippi
G/F: Mary Kathryn Govero (5'11'') of Mississippi St.
G: Iesia Walker (5'8'') of S.Carolina
G: Meighan Simmons (5'9'') of Tennessee

All-Tournament Team
Shekinna Stricklen (6'2''-G/F-90) of Tennessee
Victoria Dunlap (6'1''-F) of Kentucky
Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90) of Tennessee
Angie Bjorklund (6'0''-G/F-89) of Tennessee
Tiffany Clarke (6'0''-F-91) of Vanderbilt

All-Defensive Team
Tierney Jenkins (6'0''-F-89) of Alabama
Meredith Mitchell (6'1''-G-90) of Georgia
Victoria Dunlap (6'1''-F) of Kentucky
A'Dia Mathies (5'9''-G) of Kentucky
Katherine Graham (5'11''-G-89) of LSU
Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90) of Tennessee

All-Freshman Team
Kaneisha Horn (6'1''-F) of Alabama
Jaterra Bonds (5'7''-G) of Florida
Khaalidah Miller (5'9''-G-92) of Georgia
Bernisha Pinkett (5'7''-G) of Kentucky
Valencia McFarland (5'4''-G) of Mississippi
Meighan Simmons (5'9''-G) of Tennessee
Jasmine Lister (5'4''-G) of Vanderbilt
Stephanie Holzer (6'4''-C) of Vanderbilt


Samford Wins Women's Basketball Tournament - by Emiliano
In only its third year in the Southern Conference, the Samford Bulldogs claimed it first SoCon Women's Basketball title with a 57-54 thriller over the top seed Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Trailing 54-52 with 29 seconds remaining, the Bulldogs' Emily London was sent to the line for a one-and-one opportunity with the chance to tie the game for the ninth time. However, the nation's best free throw shooter missed only her eighth free throw of the season. Samford's Paige Anderson grabbed the rebound and then proceeded to knock down the biggest three pointer of her career with 16 seconds remaining. Her shot gave Samford its first lead since 15-14 midway through the first half.
With the possibility to regain the lead, ASU took the ball down court and Ashlen Dewart was fouled putting back a Courtney Freeman miss. She was sent to the line for two shots with 4.1 seconds to go. Samford's coach Mike Morris decision to call a timeout and ice Dewart proved effective as the first attempt could not find the net.
Morris stuck with his strategy and called another timeout in between shots, and his strategy paid off as freshman Shelby Campbell pulled down the rebound with 3.0 seconds remaining. The Bulldog freshman did not feel the pressure as she knocked down both shots and gave Samford the three point lead.
The Bulldogs used their last foul-to-give to make the Mountaineers take the ball out of bounds by the Bulldogs' bench with 1.4 seconds remaining. The last second attempt by Ramirez did not get off in time, giving Samford the win and the berth to the NCAA tournament
Trailing 7-4 early in the game, Dewart, one of ASU's best down-low threats, picked up her second foul with 15:54 remaining in the half and spent the remainder of the half on the bench. Despite missing Dewart, the Mountaineers proceeded to outscore the Bulldogs 18-4 in the paint for the rest of the half and built a halftime lead of 30-24.
Appalachian State (25-6) held Samford's precision shooting to only 7-for-25 (28.0 percent) in the half, and kept all-conference Emily London scoreless from the field. However, Samford responded by shooting 42.3 percent (11-for-26) in the second half and hitting six three-pointers compared to one by the Mountaineers.
Anderson led the team with 14 points and six rebounds. The championship Most Outstanding Player Savannah Hill contributed with 13 while all-tournament first team Emily London added 12.
Appalachian State placed three players in double figures, led by Dewart (13 points), Courtney Freeman (12) and Kelsey Sharkey (10).
Despite trailing for most of the game, Samford (25-7) used a strong second half to come back and claim the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.


Courtesy of Soconsports

Southern Conf. Summary 2010-11:

Southern Conf. Regular Season Standings

1 Appalachian St. 17 - 3 25 - 5
2 Samford 15 - 5 24 - 7
3 Chattanooga 13 - 7 17 - 14
4 Elon 12 - 8 19 - 12
5 Furman 10 - 10 14 - 16
5 NC-Greensboro 10 - 10 13 - 16
7 Georgia Southern 9 - 11 12 - 18
8 Davidson 8 - 12 14 - 17
9 Charleston 7 - 13 10 - 20
10 W.Carolina 6 - 14 9 - 22
11 Wofford 3 - 17 8 - 22


Southern Conf. Tournament Final: Samford - Appalachian State 57-54
Southern Conf. Tournament Semifinals:
Appalachian State - Elon 72-48
Samford - Chattanooga 68-66 (OT)

All-Southern Conf.1st Team 2010-11
Emily London
London
Ashlen Dewart
Dewart
Sam Ramirez
Ramirez
Whitney Hood
Hood
Sophia Aleksandravicius
Aleksandravicius

Player of the Year: Emily London (5'7''-G-89) of Samford
All-Tournament MVP: Savannah Hill (6'3''-F-89) of Samford
Defensive Player of the Year: Anna Freeman (6'0''-F-90) of Appalachian St.
Freshman of the Year: Laura Murray (5'9''-G) of Davidson
Coach of the Year: Darcie Vincent of Appalachian St.

1st Team
F: Ashlen Dewart (6'3''-91) of Appalachian St.
G: Sam Ramirez (5'8''-89) of Appalachian St.
F: Whitney Hood (6'2''-89) of Chattanooga
F: Sophia Aleksandravicius (6'4'') of Davidson
G: Emily London (5'7''-89) of Samford

2nd Team
F: Anna Freeman (6'0''-90) of Appalachian St.
F: Kelsey Evans (6'2''-91) of Elon
G: Ali Ford (5'3''-90) of Elon
G: Monique Floyd (5'9''-89) of NC-Greensboro
F: Savannah Hill (6'3''-89) of Samford

All-Tournament Team
Savannah Hill (6'3''-F-89) of Samford
Emily London (5'7''-G-89) of Samford
Ashlen Dewart (6'3''-F-91) of Appalachian St.
Anna Freeman (6'0''-F-90) of Appalachian St.
Kelsey Sharkey (6'0''-F-90) of Appalachian St.

All-Freshman Team
Janae Smith (6'1''-F-92) of Charleston
Laura Murray (5'9''-G) of Davidson
Mimi Dubose (5'9''-G) of Georgia Southern
Janae Stevenson (6'1''-C) of NC-Greensboro
Shelby Campbell (5'8''-G) of Samford




Eastern Michigan Hosts First Round Games - by Eurobasket
E.Michigan women's basketball team closed out the 2010-11 regular season with a decisive 80-56 win over Western Michigan University. It was Senior Night for the Lady Eagles in the Mid-American Conference West Division game.

The Eagles did their part in beating WMU, but Kent State came back to win on the road at Akron tonight, making EMU the fifth seed. The Eagles will now host a first-round match-up with 12-seeded Miami University here at the Convocation Center Saturday, March 5, at 4:30 p.m.

The winner advances to play No. 4 Kent State University Wednesday, March 9, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. That game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The EMU men's basketball game against Toledo will open the Convocation Center action with a scheduled 2:00 p.m. tip-off.

The Lady Eagles, now 19-11 overall, had four players in double figures, led by senior guard Sydney Huntley with 17, junior guard Tavelyn James and junior forward Paige Redditt each added 16 with senior point Cassie Schrock scoring 13.

Western Michigan, 9-20 on the year, was led by Miame Giden with 19 points. Eastern was hot from the field blistering the nets for 51.6 % from the field, hitting 32-of-62 shots.

Besides Huntley and Schrock the other EMU seniors honored by Coach AnnMarie Gilbert and parents were DeJa Wills, Tara Johnson, Kristin Thomas and Raina Spencer.

Schrock, a four-year letter winner, set an all-time EMU record for career foul shot conversions with 541. Johnson also closed out her last home game as a four-year letter winner.

More at www.mac-sports.com and www.emueagles.com

By Raymond Rolak


EMU Women Roll into MAC Tourney - by Eurobasket
In the first half, it was all Miami and it looked bleak for the E.Michigan Lady Eagles. With a trip to Cleveland at stake, EMU was down 45-30 at the half-time break. They hadnt overcome such a huge deficit all season but the Lady Eagles went on a tear in the second half for an 82-74 win.
Sparked by junior Tavelyn James, EMU qualified for the First-Energy Mid-American Conference semi-finals in Cleveland. They overtook a struggling Miami University RedHawks squad that went so very cold in the second half. EMU used a 15-1 run to start the second period, with James ending up with a season high 36 points. The Detroit native was 15 of 16 at the free throw line and that set a new E.Michigan foul shot single game record.
Junior Paige Redditt had 21 points and 12 rebounds while Cassie Schrock added 14 points with 11 assists. Senior forward Kristin Thomas grabbed 14 rebounds. DeJa Wills got hot at the right time in the Eagles' comeback, hitting two key baskets. She finished with seven points.
The RedHawks had four players in double figures, as Courtney Osbourn scored 17 points, Maggie Boyer and Kristen Olowinski each tallied 14. Olowinski notched a double as she was also able to grab 11 rebounds and Erica Almady posted 12 points.
With the victory, the Lady Eagles (20-11) will face Kent State in the second round of the MAC Basketball Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio at Quicken Loans Arena. The game will be broadcast live on WEMU 89.1.
Schrock broke the all-time EMU record for career foul shots made, finishing at 549. On the season, junior Tavelyn James led the team with an 18 points-a-game average and hit foul shots at a 79 % clip.
Six seniors played their last home game at EMU, including Wills, Schrock, Thomas, Sydney Huntley, Tara Johnson and Raina Spencer.
Coach AnnMarie Gilbert along with parents honored the seniors before the Western Michigan win. The Lady Eagles beat their in-state rival 80-56.
Upcoming events on campus have the baseball team hosting Oakland and Alma, March 18-19 for the Oestrike Classic Tourney. Womens softball opens at home on April 8, against Bowling Green at 1:00 p.m. at Varsity Field. For more information go to www.emueagles.com
As part of Womens History Month in March, there will be a free lecture titled the Body Positivity Workshop on Monday, March 14, 12:30-1:45 p.m. in 330 of the Student Center. Faculty, students and the community are welcome to the presentation led by MaryAnn Kozlowski. Obesity, self hatred, body positivity and the importance of health at every size! will be covered.

By Raymond Rolak


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Kristiansen's 12 points and 9 assists give her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
35-year old guard Kristine Kristiansen (G-75) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ullern IF and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
She had the game-high 12 points adding five rebounds and nine assists for Ullern in her team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Oslo (#7, 0-15) with 52-point margin 95-43. Ullern maintains the 4th position in Norwegian Kvinneligaen. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ullern will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. Kristiansen has many years of experience at Ullern, through which he has constantly improved. Kristiansen has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.7ppg), assists (3rd best: 3.7apg) and averages solid 4.3spg and 48.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Sigrun Eskeland (G-83) of top-ranked Gimle BBK. She is former international guard in her 6th season at Gimle. In the last game Eskeland recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Gimle was edged by slightly lower-ranked Asker/BV (#2, 12-3) 64-61. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Gimle still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. It was just her team's 3rd loss this season, while they won 14 other games. Eskeland is one of the most experienced players at Gimle and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.7ppg (#3). She also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Gimle BBK's star - forward Martina Wood (188-F/C). Wood scored 20 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Wood's great performance Gimle lost 61-64 to #2 ranked Asker/BV. But her team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Gimle had another 'accident'. It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 3rd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Wood's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Wood has a great season in Norway. After 10 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.2ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 10.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hege Blikra (173-G-91) of Ullern - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Therese Hager (183-F) of Ullern - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Maren Hoff Austgulen (183-G/F-91) of Ulriken - 16 points and 11 rebounds
7. Elinor Englund (G-89) of Ullern - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Hailey Dunham (188-G-87) of Ulriken - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nanna Sand (181-F-77) of Asker/BV - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Karoline Fadnes (170-G-92) of Ullern - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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35 rebounds for Ajda Gabrovsek - by Zeljko Zule
Ajda Gabrovsek (188-C-84) grabbed 35 rebounds for Odeja tonight in the game of Round 22, the highest total in the league history.
Rogaska-Odeja 49-73: The visiting team outrebounded Rogaska 62-33. Ajda Gabrovsek (188-C-84) had 35 rebounds, picking up 11 offensive rebounds, the highest total in league history. She scored 27 points, handed out 6 assists and ended with 64 index rating. Tadeja Horvat added 18 points and Tina Cadez 11. Rogaska shot just 10-of-39 on twos. Ursa Svetic netted 18 points, Mateja Baloh 14 and Tjasa Muhovic grabbed 12 rebounds..
Jezica-Hit Kranjska Gora 48-90: Kranjska Gora went on a 29-5 run spanning halftime for an easy win. All five starters scored in double figures. Teja Oblak posted 20 points, Natasa Radulovic had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Eva Komplet netted 16 points, TejaTrebec 15 and Martina Osterman 14. For Jezica, Ziva Macura scored 11 points and Eva Rupnik 10.
GVT Konjice-Panter Ilirija 67-55: Trailing 43-45 going the final quarter, Konjice went on a crucial 16-5 run. Ziva Bozicevic scored 15 points, Neja Klancnik 13 and Ajsa Zdovc. Ilirija outrebounded Konjice 28-21, picking up 11 offensive boards, but missed plenty of shoots. Barbara Skof was the lone scorer in double digits with game-high 18 points.
AJM Maribor-Domzale 84-41: The home team had five scorers in double figures and led by 34 points at halftime. Katarina Ilijev finished with 18 points, Katja Skerget added 17, Martina Dover 14, Maja Drozg 13 and Kristina Baltic 12 while Alenka Hozjan led Domzale with 9 points.



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Zahui's 27 points and 7 rebounds give her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
17-year old center Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Telge Basketball and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
She had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds for Telge in her team's victory, helping them to edge out Norrkoping (#4, 2-3) 63-59. It allowed Telge to consolidate first place in the Swedish Damligan. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this stage. Telge has a very solid 3-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Zahui had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. It's her second year at Telge and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Zahui has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (7th best: 18.0ppg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 57.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ashley Key (180-G-85) of Marbo Basket. She is American guard in her second season at Marbo Basket. In the last game Key recorded impressive double-double of 36 points and 10 assists. Of course she lead Marbo Basket to another comfortable win 90-72 over Kvarnby (#0, 0-5) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Marbo Basket to move up to -3th position in group B. Her team lost just one game this Second Stage, while they won 4 matches. Key is well-known at Marbo Basket and she already established her position as one of the team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.2ppg (#4). Her other stats are also decent: 5.7rpg and 3.8apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Petra Glaser (196-F/C-81) of Kvarnby BBK (#0). Glaser scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Glaser's great performance Kvarnby lost 72-90 to #-3 ranked Marbo Basket. But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Kvarnby can only dream about fighting for top spots in group B. They have awful Second Stage losing so far all 5 games. Too bad for Glaser she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Glaser has individually a great season in Sweden. After 27 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Farhiya Abdi (187-F-92) of 08 - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
5. LaTangela Atkinson (188-G/F-84) of Norrkoping - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) of Solna Vikings - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ashleigh Brown (183-F/G-87) of Visby - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Eureka Brooks (170-G-86) of Solna Vikings - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nina Risto (186-G-85) of 08 - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Leah Metcalf (173-G-83) of Telge - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists

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


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LNSA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 30.6
 1. Greene, Pully30.6 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg28.8 
 3. Villarroel, Helios26.6 
 4. Diouf, Pully26.5 
 5. Edwards, Riva B.26.4 
 6. Bowman, Riva B.25.1 
 7. Sissoko, Helios23.8 
 8. Wilkins, Riva Basket20.1 
 9. Yanni, Basel19.6 
 10. Griffith, Highflyers18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Greene, Pully17.5 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg15.8 
 3. Wilkins, Riva Basket12.9 
 4. Sissoko, Helios12.6 
 5. Hamlin, Highflyers11.1 
 6. Klimowicz, Nyon10.9 
 7. Bowman, Riva B.10.6 
 8. Edwards, Riva B.10.4 
 9. Skouby, Basel9.5 
 10. Griffith, Highflyers9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Diouf, Pully6.5 
 2. Villarroel, Helios4.3 
 3. Yanni, Basel3.8 
 4. Dorestand, Highf.3.6 
 5. Heckendorn, Basel3.5 
 6. Greene, Pully3.4 
 7. Annibale, Riva Basket2.8 
 8. Gur, Nyon2.8 
 9. Sakica, Highflyers2.7 
 10. Martin, Pully2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Maria VILLARROEL
  Helios
  (174-G-78)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Villarroel, Helios4.5 
 2. Diouf, Pully4.5 
 3. Greene, Pully4.5 
 4. Gur, Nyon4.1 
 5. Sissoko, Helios3.7 
 6. Klimowicz, Nyon3.3 
 7. Trahan, Fribourg3.2 
 8. Edwards, Riva B.3.2 
 9. Dorestand, Highf.3.2 
 10. Kershaw, Helios3.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hillary KLIMOWICZ
  Nyon
  (191-F/C-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Klimowicz, Nyon4.3 
 2. Bowman, Riva B.1.7 
 3. Skouby, Basel1.5 
 4. Edwards, Riva B.1.4 
 5. Trahan, Fribourg1.3 
 6. Greene, Pully1.2 
 7. Hamlin, Highflyers1.2 
 8. Favre, Nyon1.2 
 9. Yanni, Basel1.0 
 10. Griffith, Highflyers0.7 


LNA Round 19: Top-ranked Helios win another game - by Eurobasket News
LNA top team - Helios (19-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Nyon (2-17) 68-44. The game was mostly controlled by Helios. Nyon managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nyon to just 3 points in fourth quarter. Helios forced 30 Nyon turnovers and outrebounded them 48-18 including a 22-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Nyon's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Mali power forward Djenebou Sissoko (190-82, college: Union (TN)) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Venezuelan guard Maria Villarroel (174-78, college: Oklahoma, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. American power forward Hillary Klimowicz (191-87, college: TCNJ) answered with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 blocks for Nyon. Undefeated Helios have an impressive series of nineteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-0 record. Nyon lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 17 games lost. Helios are looking forward to face Highflyers (#5) in Luzern in the next round. Nyon will play on the road against Basel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between second ranked Fribourg (16-3) and 6th ranked Basel (7-12) in Fribourg ended with biggest points difference. Fribourg outscored guests from Basel 105-51. Worth to mention a quality performance of American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 17 rebounds. Angelina Williams helped adding 21 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. At the losing side American swingman Shanice Cole (178-88, college: Winthrop) responded with 10 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Fribourg. They maintain second place with 16-3 record having just three points less than leader Helios. Basel lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Highflyers. Fribourg will play against Pully (#4) at home in the next round. Basel will play against Nyon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 19 Highflyers was smashed by Riva Basket on the road 84-52. Pully won against Hope-GBA on its own court 77-62.



Riva Basket - Highflyers 84-52

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Riva Basket (12-7) crushed 5th ranked Highflyers (7-12) in Riva San Vitale 84-52. The game without a history. Riva Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Highflyers to just 7 points in first quarter. Riva Basket forced 19 Highflyers turnovers and outrebounded them 47-33 including 22 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for American power forward Traci Edwards (188-87, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds. Her fellow American import power forward Brittany Wilkins (191-83, college: Iowa St., agency: LBM Management) helped adding 22 points and 16 rebounds. Riva Basket's coach Fabrizio Rezzonico felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side naturalized Haitian guard Vanessa Dorestand (169-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and Barbados swingman Jamila Griffith (183-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Riva Basket maintains third place with 12-7 record having seven points less than leader Helios, which they share with Pully. Newly promoted Highflyers keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Basel. Riva Basket will play against bottom-ranked Hope-GBA (#8) in Bernex in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Highflyers will play at home against the league's leader Helios in Vetroz and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Riva Basket: T.Edwards 30+18reb+2ast, B.Wilkins 22+16reb+1ast, L.Bordoli 13+2reb+2ast, J.Jakab 7+4reb+2ast, L.Travaini 6+1reb, S.Franscella 4
Highflyers: V.Dorestand 15+10reb+5ast, J.Griffith 13+8reb+1ast, J.Hamlin 11+8reb, S.Eisenring 4+1reb+1ast, G.Pedrazzini 4+1reb+1ast, L.Marie Lavanchy 4+2reb
gschID: 121001


Fribourg - Basel 105-51

The game between second ranked Fribourg (16-3) and 6th ranked Basel (7-12) in Fribourg ended with biggest points difference. Fribourg outscored guests from Basel 105-51. The game without a history. Fribourg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Basel's 30. Fribourg forced 20 Basel turnovers and outrebounded them 46-24 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 17 rebounds. Her fellow American import forward Angelina Williams (183-83, college: Illinois) helped adding 21 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. Five Fribourg players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Shanice Cole (178-88, college: Winthrop) responded with 10 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Jessica Campo (168-85, college: Toledo) scored 12 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. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Fribourg. They maintain second place with 16-3 record having just three points less than leader Helios. Basel lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Highflyers. Fribourg will play against Pully (#4) at home in the next round. Basel will play against Nyon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: C.Trahan 31+17reb+2ast, A.Williams 21+11reb+7ast, L.Mazzocchi 12+2ast, D.Bozovic 11+4reb+1ast, L.Thalmann 11+2reb, M.Milenkovic 7+1ast
Basel: J.Campo 12+1reb+2ast, S.Cole 10+5reb, V.Vigil 8+1reb, M.Heckendorn 8+4reb+2ast, E.Moldovanyi 5, E.Haas 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 121002


Nyon - Helios 44-68

LNA top team - Helios (19-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Nyon (2-17) 68-44. The game was mostly controlled by Helios. Nyon managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nyon to just 3 points in fourth quarter. Helios forced 30 Nyon turnovers and outrebounded them 48-18 including a 22-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Nyon's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Mali power forward Djenebou Sissoko (190-82, college: Union (TN)) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Venezuelan guard Maria Villarroel (174-78, college: Oklahoma, agency: LBM Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. American power forward Hillary Klimowicz (191-87, college: TCNJ) answered with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 blocks and guard Gaelle Gur (167-89) added 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals in the effort for Nyon. Helios have an impressive series of nineteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-0 record. Nyon lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 17 games lost. Helios are looking forward to face Highflyers (#5) in Luzern in the next round. Nyon will play on the road against Basel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Helios: D.Sissoko 24+11reb+1ast, M.Villarroel 19+10reb+6ast, J.Michaux 10+4reb+2ast, C.Turin 6+4reb+5ast, E.Morandi 5+2reb+3ast, K.Clement 4+9reb+1ast
Nyon: H.Klimowicz 14+6reb+3ast, G.Gur 8+5reb+4ast, M.Favre 7, J.Mullauer 5+2reb, R.Durand 5+2reb+1ast, A.Girardet 5+2reb
gschID: 120999


Pully - Hope-GBA 77-62

Very expected game when 8th ranked Hope-GBA (1-18) lost on the road to fourth ranked Pully (12-7) 77-62. The game was mostly controlled by Pully. Hope-GBA was better in fourth quarter 27-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hope-GBA to just 6 points in third quarter. Pully forced 19 Hope-GBA turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Mariesa Greene (183, college: Barry) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 20 rebounds. Senegalese guard Diodio Diouf (170-84) helped adding 31 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side forward Rosalie Grobet (185-92) responded with 8 points and 12 rebounds and forward Sarah Cavin (178-92) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pully moved-up to third place, which they share with Riva Basket. Hope-GBA lost their thirteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 18 lost games. Pully will play against league's second-placed Fribourg on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hope-GBA will play against Riva Basket (#3) in Riva San Vitale to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Pully: D.Diouf 31+6reb+6ast, M.Greene 24+20reb+3ast, L.Martin 9+4reb+3ast, T.Zali 7+4reb, C.Michaux 2+3reb+2ast, A.Gavin 2+3reb+3ast
Hope-GBA: S.Cavin 13+5reb+1ast, G.Thuerler 10+2reb+1ast, D.Studer 10+6reb+2ast, R.Grobet 8+12reb+1ast, L.Cutunic 5+5reb+1ast, A.Rieder 4+2reb
gschID: 121000




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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Charlotte Amalie High teams sweep Kean High - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS - The varsity girls basketball game between Ivanna Eudora Kean High School and host Charlotte Amalie High School played out like a one-on-one battle between two of the rising stars in the league.

CAHS freshman guard Jerusha Corbett had a stronger supporting cast, which made all the difference in the end. Corbett finished with a team-high 24 points and the Lady Chickenhawks converted some clutch jump shots down the stretch to pull out a 55-48 victory over Kean High in a St. Thomas-St. John IAA varsity game Monday.

The score was tied four times in the fourth quarter - the last time with 3:21 left - before junior guard Kayshaunna Williams hit consecutive jumpers to put CAHS up for good.

'We played a great game, but it really came down to their team hitting some big shots in the end,' said Lady Devil Rays coach Akil Lewis, whose team got a 27-point contribution from freshman guard Akia Frett.

During the final 90 seconds, Corbett sank a 3-pointer and Williams hit back-to-back free throws with 29 seconds remaining to ice the game.

'It was a big game and I guess there was some pressure, but we've been in this position before,' said Williams, who scored six of her eight points in the final period. 'On the jump shots, I was a little surprised that I was open. We just came down the court and did it again.'

Frett worked the fast break like a seasoned veteran, and when she wasn't converting layups in traffic, she was getting to the foul line. She went 7-for-14 from the charity stripe in the game.

Frett also hit six of her team's seven field goals in the third quarter to keep Kean High in contention. Her last basket came after she split two CAHS defenders and converted a 10-footer off the glass to tie the game at 38-38 as the third-quarter buzzer sounded.

'Our team really goes through her,' Lewis said. 'Everyone really feeds off of her.'

Frett is no stranger to Corbett as the former teammates traded baskets in the fourth quarter. Both starred on a Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School squad last year that had two straight undefeated seasons.

'She is so fast,' Corbett said. 'She pushed the ball in transition and I guess we had trouble just not fouling her. You have to be careful.'

CAHS post player Marissa Murphy picked up her third foul with 6:33 left in the third quarter. Kean was already in the double bonus with almost six minutes left in the game.

Kelssy Trass scored all eight of her points for the Lady Chickenhawks in the first quarter, while Te'Andra Richardson finished with 10 points. Kean's Asheha Etienne tallied 11 points.

The Lady Devil Rays' stingy press defense forced CAHS into nine turnovers in the third period. Most of the takeaways ended with Frett pushing the ball down the court and attacking the basket.

Of the six BCB players from last year's squad now playing in high school, three are at CAHS and the other three are with Kean.

'They were such a strong team for so long,' said Jerusha's father, Myron Corbett, who is the CAHS varsity coach. 'It going to be fun watching those girls go at it for the next four years.'

The Lady Chickenhawks kept their unblemished regular-season record intact and may see the Lady Devil Rays again soon. Both teams are expected to compete in this weekend's Antilles Basketball Jam, a 12-team tournament that brings boys and girls varsity teams together from St. Thomas and St. Croix.

By AARON GRAY (Daily News Staff)
Published: March 8, 2011



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  USBA - Women  


Toyota gives the WUSBA a ride for the 2011 basketball season - by USBA Media
Atlanta, Ga., (March 8, 2011) --- Southeast Toyota has agreed to join the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) as an automotive vendor and supplier. The agreement will include the purchase of twenty 2011 Toyota Corolla sedans for distribution in the 2011 WUSBA Single Ticket Extravaganza. The agreement establishes Toyota as the second automotive supplier and vendor to the WUSBA.

'We now have the two best automotive companies as our vendor and sponsors. After many years as the leader in automotive sales and its emphasis on customer service in the automotive business, Toyota is a great choice for the WUSBA. We believe they are a perfect fit for our league', said Duane Jenkins, WUSBA president and C.E.O. 'Toyota supports sports all over the world and hugely in the southeast United States, this relationship between the WUSBA and Toyota strengthen our commitment to our fans and customers in the southeastern market, particularly the families we serve'. 'Additionally, the WUSBA's expansion plans throughout the southeast are natural fit with the multitude of Toyota dealerships in the WUSBA footprint of teams'.

As one of the automotive supplier to the WUSBA, Toyota will receive non-exclusive rights to all twenty teams in each WUSBA cities. The agreement will deliver expanded exposure across the WUSBA's southern footprint, allowing Toyota the ability to continue to enhance consumer experiences around their passion for the sport of basketball. The agreement includes usage of Toyota automobiles as display vehicles for WUSBA special events. Toyotas brand and intellectual properties will be used for local arena exposure and on-site activation at all WUSBA local team basketball games. The Corolla , Toyota's bestselling car and will be the main entitlement of the WUSBA awards, including representation at the mid season WUSBA Classic All-Star game, the WUSBA Championship Playoff series and the Cora Lee Hunter Memorial Championship. In addition to the partnership with the WUSBA, Toyota will also be a sponsor of existing WUSBA Youth Outreach initiatives including the 2011 WUSBA Single Ticket Extravaganza. 'The WUSBA partnership with Southeast Toyota and their dealership group is fantastic for the WUSBA, it give our fans one quality vehicle, said Jenkins, Toyota has made a long-term commitment to the WUSBA and we look forward to working together as grow our business. I have owned many Toyota's over the years and they have always been one my favorite choices, I indeed can personally vouch for the quality of their vehicles'.

Toyota joins the WUSBA's corporate family including: Official suppliers, vendors and sponsors such as, Air Tran Airlines, Schwinn Bicycle, Outback Steakhouse, Golden Corral Buffet, Gatorade, InterContinental Hotels, Subway, Visa International and others.

The WUSBA inaugural season is scheduled to begin Wednesday June 8, 2011. The WUSBA has twenty basketball teams, in four divisions, spread out over nine southern states.

Toyota Southeast is located in Jacksonville, Florida. The company is involved in the manufacture and sales of automobiles, vans and trucks. Toyotas customer loyalty and customer satiation is legendary. Toyota is the third largest automotive manufacture in the world and is currently number one in sales in the United States.

The WUSBA Single Ticket Extravaganza is single ticket promotion. Each fan that purchases a single game ticket during the course of the regular season, will receive inclusion in a year end raffle. The Grand prize of the WUSBA 2011 Single Ticket Extravaganza is a 2011 Toyota Corolla CE 4 door sedan. The league will give one car away in each team city.

Women's United States Basketball Association is a triple (AAA) womens minor division professional basketball league based in the United States and features many players from the U.S. and around the world. The 2011 regular season will commence on June 8, 2011 and will conclude September 3, 2011. The league has expansion plans that will develop additional teams within its American footprint.