EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/1/2011

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  ABA   


New ABA team in Rocky Mount in NC is having tryout ,registration is open for players - by Bruno Baltazar
The registrations are open for players that want to have a chance to play in the ABA ,team is based in Rocky Mount in the state of North Carolina and their new head coach Johnny Tyson (6'11''-F/C-71, college: Cent.Oklahoma) is looking for players and also staff members...
The tryout details are the fallowing
ITS SATURDAY,MAY 21ST AT MCDOUGALD/McCLENDAN GYM AT NCCU,NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY CAMPUS...
616 E. LAWSON ST DURHAM,NC.FROM 1-5PM...$125.00 AT THE DOOR AND $150.00 FOR LATE REGISTRATION.

Be there and contact head coach at 832-203-9644 for any doubts or questions...


ABA new team in Rocky Mounty,NC and new head coach Johnny Tyson - by Bruno Baltazar
ABA ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICIAL TEAM IN ROCKY MOUNT,NC AND ANNOUCES IT HEAD COACH Johnny Tyson (6'11''-F/C-71, college: Cent.Oklahoma) ALSO KNOWN AS THE SPIDERMAN.
FORMER ALL-DECADE PLAYER AND ASST. COACH OF THE ABA AND 2010 ABA CHAMPS,THE SE TEXAS MAVERICKS UNDER THE GREAT AND MOST WINNINGNESS,ALL-TIME COACH OF THE YEAR,COACH STEVE TUCKER.
TYSON WAS GM/COACH FOR THE TEXAS FUEL THIS PAST YEAR CARRYING THEM TO A 16-4 AND 9-0 UNDEFEATED DIVISION RECORD AND 9TH RANK IN THE ABA TOP 25 POLL,BUT NOW HE TAKES HIS EXPERIENCE BACK HOME TO NORTH CAROLINA,WHERE HES FROM AND TO DR. LEVONDER BRINKLEY,OWNER OF ONE OF THREE PROFESSIONAL CATS TEAMS IN THE ABA.RALEIGH JAGUARS,TREFOUR CHEETAHS AND DOWNEAST COUGARS.DR. BRINKLEY IS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS LADY AND SAY THE DOWNEAST TEAM IS GOING TO BE ONE OF HER BEST SUCCESSFUL FRANCHISE THIS UPCOMING SEASON.
THEY WILL HAVE THEIR 2ND TRYOUT CAMP COMING UP MAY 21ST AT NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY FROM 1-5PM,WHICH THE FIRST CAMP WAS A SUCCESS
.SIGN UP NOW OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.CONTACT TOMMY STEVENSON,CATS CEO AND PRESIDENT AT 910-494-2245 OR HEAD COACH/ASST GM
Johnny Tyson AT 832-203-9644.
ALSO OPENING POSITIONS FOR STAFF,COACHES AND PLAYERS FOR THE OTHER CATS TEAMS.SO CALL IN AND SIGN UP TODAY.



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  ANGOLA   


1 de Agosto win first place, receive USD 10,000 - by Eurobasket News
Luanda - The winning 1 de Agosto team received USD 10,000 for the first place in the regular phase of 33rd National Senior Male Championship of Basketball.


The prize, that was attributed by the competition's sponsors, the African Investment Bank (BAI), is designed only for the winners.


The national champions have totalled 42 points in 22 games.
Courtesy of: http://www.portalangop.co.ao


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - Liga B
Liga B Stage Two Standings
B1 Norte
 1. Alma Juniors 0-0 
 2. Atl.Echague 0-0 
 3. Brown SV 0-0 
 4. Facundo 0-0 
 5. San Isidro 0-0 
 6. Union Electrica 0-0 
B1 Sur
 1. Alianza Viedma 0-0 
 2. Hispano Am. 0-0 
 3. Huracan 0-0 
 4. Ramos Mejia 0-0 
 5. Rocamora 0-0 
 6. Velez Sarsfield 0-0 
B2 Norte
 1. Anzorena 0-0 
 2. Centro Vecinal 0-0 
 3. Del Bono 0-0 
 4. Estudian.Con. 0-0 
 5. La Union 0-0 
 6. Sportivo SS 0-0 
B2 Sur
 1. Centro Espanol 0-0 
 2. Estudian.O 0-0 
 3. Independ.T. 0-0 
 4. Los Indios 0-0 
 5. Rosario Cent. 0-0 
 6. Sport Club 0-0 
Stage One Standings


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 21-8 
 2. Penarol 18-10 
 3. Lanus 17-11 
 4. La Union 17-11 
 5. Libertad S. 16-12 
 6. Estudiantes 16-12 
 7. Atenas 15-13 
 8. Quimsa 14-15 
 9. Regatas C. 14-15 
 10. Gimnasia CR 14-15 
 11. Club 9 13-15 
 12. Boca Jrs 12-17 
 13. Olimpico LB 11-16 
 14. Monte Hermoso 10-18 
 15. Sionista 10-18 
 16. Argentino 8-20 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 20
 1. Jackson, La Union20.0 
 2. Bunn, Argentino19.7 
 3. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.1 
 4. Meyinsse, Club 916.7 
 5. Johnson, Monte H.16.6 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.3 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.16.2 
 8. Taylor, Lanus15.2 
 9. Salles, Monte H.15.1 
 10. White, Monte H.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.2 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.10.2 
 3. Battle, Libertad S.9.1 
 4. Rollins, Gimnasia.8.8 
 5. Williams, Atenas8.4 
 6. Kante, Olimpico LB8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.1 
 8. Alston, Boca Jrs7.6 
 9. Leiva, Penarol7.5 
 10. Okosa, Gimnasia CR7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.7.1 
 2. Martinez, Regat.6.1 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.3 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.5 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.2 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.7 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.4 
 9. Victoriano, Lanus3.1 
 10. Sartorelli, Argentino3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.4 
 2. Sciutto, Monte H.2.6 
 3. Martinez, Regat.2.6 
 4. Salles, Monte H.2.5 
 5. Labaque, Atenas2.4 
 6. Cequeira, Obras2.4 
 7. Selleaze, Libertad S.2.3 
 8. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 9. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 10. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Battle, Libertad S.2.1 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.9 
 9. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.8 
 10. Levy, Lanus0.8 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Penney, Breakers20.5 
 2. Ervin, Hawks20.1 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Williams, Tigers17.9 
 5. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.5 
 6. Clark, Blaze17.2 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers16.1 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.3 
 10. Devendorf, Tigers14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.1 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.0 
 3. Vukona, Breakers7.7 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Williams, Tigers7.0 
 6. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.9 
 8. Burston, Tigers6.8 
 9. Holmes, 36ers6.8 
 10. Schenscher, Croco.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, Tigers6.0 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Ervin, Hawks4.5 
 4. Shannon, 36ers4.4 
 5. Braswell, Breakers4.3 
 6. Saville, Hawks4.1 
 7. Carter, 36ers4.0 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.9 
 9. Blalock, Crocodiles3.6 
 10. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.3 
 2. Williams, Tigers1.4 
 3. Saville, Hawks1.4 
 4. Shannon, 36ers1.4 
 5. Crawford, Croco.1.4 
 6. Carter, 36ers1.4 
 7. Ervin, Hawks1.3 
 8. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 9. Braswell, Breakers1.3 
 10. Ellis, Crocodiles1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam BALLINGER
  36ers
  (205-F-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 2. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.8 
 3. Clark, Blaze1.2 
 4. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.0.9 
 8. Gilder, Sydney K.0.9 
 9. Freeman, Croco.0.9 
 10. Abercrombie, Break.0.8 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 21-6 
 2. Crocodiles 17-10 
 3. Wildcats 16-12 
 4. Taipans 15-12 
 5. Hawks 15-13 
 6. Blaze 12-15 
 7. Tigers 10-17 
 8. 36ers 9-19 
 9. Sydney K. 8-19 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 23-9 
 2. Oberwart 21-11 
 3. Arkadia 20-12 
 4. Furstenfeld 19-13 
 5. Klosterneub. 18-14 
 6. Kapfenberg 14-18 
Group B
 1. Wels 19-13 
 2. UBSC Graz 17-15 
 3. St.Polten 13-19 
 4. BC Vienna 13-19 
 5. Gussing 13-19 
 6. Worthersee 2-30 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.5 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 4. Brokenboroug., Wel.19.3 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.8 
 6. Mayes, Gmunden17.7 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.17.4 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.0 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.16.6 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.2 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.4 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 5. Trepalovac, BC Vi.7.8 
 6. Graham, UBSC G.7.8 
 7. Vay, Arkadia7.7 
 8. Volcic, Oberwart7.5 
 9. Djuric, Gussing7.5 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.7.6 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.3 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.0 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.4 
 6. Miletic, UBSC G.4.6 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 8. Parker, Oberwart4.3 
 9. Boylan, Gmunden4.2 
 10. Coffin, BC Vienna4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.2 
 4. Ray, Furstenfeld2.2 
 5. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 6. Parker, Oberwart2.0 
 7. Vay, Arkadia1.8 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
 9. Artner, Oberwart1.7 
 10. Bachlechner, Worth.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.4 
 4. Hicks, Furstenfeld1.2 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 6. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 7. Vay, Arkadia0.9 
 8. Sally, Oberwart0.9 
 9. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 10. Heard, Gussing0.7 


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Rilski Sportist goes to Semifinals, Ulcinj ties the series against Mornar - by Eurobasket News
Rilski Sportist eliminated Beograd with perfect 2-0 and booked a spot for BIBL Semifinals. Rilski will meet another Bulgarian team - Levski. The other Quarterfinals series between Ulcinj and Mornar Bar is tied to 1-1. Their third game is scheduled for April 6 and Mornar will be the host.


Game 2: Rilski Sportist - Beograd 66-57 (2-0)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But OKK Beograd won third quarter 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Swingman Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and Serbian forward Vladimir Mijovic (207-84) supported him with 5 points and 10 rebounds. Even 8 points and 13 rebounds by center Uros Lucic (207-83) did not help to save the game for OKK Beograd. Forward Dragan Mitrovic (200-85) added 10 points and 8 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: I.Lilov 18+12reb+3ast, A.Gruev 13+1reb+2ast, A.Radojevic 8+7reb, S.Vaklinov 7+5reb+1ast, M.Marinov 7+5reb, D.Karadzovski 6+4ast
Beograd: S.Dundjerski 11+5reb, A.Vasic 10+3reb+1ast, D.Mitrovic 10+8reb+2ast, U.Lucic 8+13reb, A.Tanaskovic 6+5reb, S.Zivkovic 5+3reb+1ast




Game 2: Ulcijn - Mornar Bar 80-68 (1-1)
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 80-68. Ulcijn made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Ulcijn especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. 26 personal fouls committed by Mornar Bar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Marko Mijovic (188-87) scored 28 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Milos Djurisic (194-88) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Power forward Nemanja Radovic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and guard Radovan Pesic (186-72, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next game.
Top scorers:
Ulcijn: M.Mijovic 28+4reb+5ast, M.Djurisic 17+3reb+1ast, S.Tepavcevic 7+4reb, N.Jeftic 7+1reb, A.Radulovic 5+3reb, D.Milosevic 4+3reb+1ast
Mornar Bar: N.Radovic 23+10reb+1ast, I.Jelenic 17+2reb+2ast, R.Pesic 13+2reb+6ast, N.Ivanovic 9+3reb, N.Ljujic 4+1reb, D.Gagic 1+4reb





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  CROATIA   


Croatian A1 round 2 (Second Stage) best performance: Marko Car - by Eurobasket News
Swingman Marko Car (188-G/F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Zadar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage).
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, seven rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush bottom-ranked team Cibona (#8, 0-2) with 23-point margin 80-57. Zadar is placed at 6th position in Croatian A1. In the team's last game Car had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Zadar and it's hard to imagine this team without him.

The second best player in last round's games was young Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) of KK Dubrava Zagreb (Group B). Saric had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Dubrava to another comfortable win 84-67 over Svjetlost (2-1) being unquestionably team leader. Saric is a newcomer at Dubrava, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.2ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 9.3rpg and 3.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Igor Maric (196-F-85) of Svjetlost Slavonski Brod (#-6). Maric showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Svjetlost, leading his team to a 91-83 win against #-2 ranked Dubrovnik in a game of the week (Group B). Maric has a very solid season. In 18 games in Croatia he scored 12.6ppg. He also has 5.1rpg, FGP: 57.4% and 3PT: 46.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milan Karakas (190-G-80) of Trogir - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Bracey Wright (191-G-84) of Cedevita - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Zvonimir Ridl (204-F-73) of Darda - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Matej Karlovic (200-F-89) of Svjetlost - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Rudolf Jugo (183-G-84) of Kvarner 2010 - 26 points and 4 assists
9. Nikola Dosen (187-G-91) of Dubrovnik - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80) of Cedevita - 26 points and 7 rebounds

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


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. Cedevita 2-0 
 2. KK Zagreb CO 2-0 
 3. Borik 1-1 
 4. KK Split 1-1 
 5. Alkar Sinj 1-1 
 6. Zadar 1-2 
 7. Zabok 0-1 
 8. Cibona 0-2 
Group B
 1. Trogir 3-0 
 2. Svjetlost 2-1 
 3. Kvarner 2010 2-1 
 4. Darda 1-2 
 5. Dubrava 1-2 
 6. Dubrovnik 0-3 


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner 2010
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Puljko, Kvarner .21.3 
 2. Zitko, Trogir19.4 
 3. Petkovic, Svjetlost19.0 
 4. Mimica, KK Split17.7 
 5. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 6. Saric, Dubrava17.2 
 7. Krolo, Darda16.6 
 8. Ridl, Darda16.2 
 9. Sobin, KK Split16.1 
 10. Bakovic, Darda15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante KRAPIC
  Cibona
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 2. Saric, Dubrava9.3 
 3. Krolo, Darda8.9 
 4. Sobin, KK Split8.0 
 5. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.9 
 6. Ridl, Darda6.8 
 7. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
 8. Vukicevic, Svjetlost5.8 
 9. Vitali, Trogir5.7 
 10. Ruzic, Borik5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Karakas, Trogir5.8 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost5.3 
 3. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 4. Blajic, Alkar Sinj4.1 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.6 
 7. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.4 
 8. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.1 
 9. Saric, Dubrava3.1 
 10. Subotic, KK Split3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Teo PETANI
  Borik
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Petani, Borik2.2 
 2. Saric, Dubrava2.1 
 3. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.0 
 4. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 5. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 6. Bicvic, Darda1.8 
 7. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 8. Swift, Darda1.8 
 9. Skific, Borik1.7 
 10. Jugo, Kvarner 20101.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 2. Vitali, Trogir1.3 
 3. Saric, Dubrava1.1 
 4. Vladovic, Trogir1.1 
 5. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 6. Krolo, Darda1.1 
 7. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.0 
 8. Sarlija, Borik0.8 
 9. Vukicevic, Svjetlost0.8 
 10. Ridl, Darda0.8 


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  CYPRUS   


Proteas Danoi AEL is in the finals - by Michael Aristidou
History is written down in Limassol with Proteas Danoi AEL proceeding all the way to the finals. Proteas Danoi AEL finished 6th in regular season and after their win tonight 76-65 over Keravnos Strovolou they make it till the end. Proteas Danoi AEL was better in the game and had an incredible Michalis Kounounis (194-F/G-81, agency: Interperformances) in the field scoring 13 (3) and having some crucial baskets from the tiple. Another great night for Brandon Ewing (187-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Wyoming) who had with 20 (3). On the other hand from Keravnos Strovolou Kounnas tried more.

Quarters: 17-14, 40-32, 54-47, 76-65



Proteas Danoi AEL (Spirou): Kounounis 13 (3), Brandon Ewing 20 (3), Delic 11 (3), Milocevic 16, Wyatt 6 (2), Papic 4, Palalas 4, Liatsos 2

Keravnos Strovolou (Giannaras): Camings 7, Pilavas 5, Johnson 13 (2), Stefanovic 8, Jorjevic, Pecovic 3 (1), Trisokkas 4, Garcia, taylor 15 (3), Kounas 10 (2)





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  DENMARK   


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg21.7 
 4. Brasas, Amager BK21.1 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 6. Dennis, SISU18.8 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.7 
 8. Voskuil, Horsens IC18.7 
 9. Roberts, Naestved18.4 
 10. Falkner, Aalborg16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.2 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj9.9 
 4. Falkner, Aalborg9.6 
 5. St.John, Horsens IC9.5 
 6. Johansen, Naestved9.3 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.6 
 9. Rutherford, SISU7.1 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.6 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.4 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.2 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.6 
 5. Burgess, Bakken4.2 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj4.1 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.9 
 9. Jensen, Vaerlose3.7 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hall, Aalborg3.8 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.1 
 3. Burgess, Bakken1.9 
 4. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 5. Jakobsen, Bakken1.8 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm1.8 
 7. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.8 
 8. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 9. Voskuil, Horsens IC1.7 
 10. Nielsen, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.1 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.7 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.5 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.2 
 6. Brown, SISU0.8 
 7. St.John, Horsens IC0.8 
 8. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 9. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 
 10. Marinkovic, Horsholm0.6 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 35-13 
 2. Erie Bay H. 30-18 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 23-25 
 4. Dakota W. 18-29 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 10-37 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 31-17 
 2. Tulsa 66ers 31-17 
 3. Texas L. 23-25 
 4. Austin T. 21-27 
 5. New Mexico 20-28 
 6. Maine RC 17-31 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 32-16 
 2. Bakersfield J. 29-19 
 3. Utah F. 28-20 
 4. Idaho S. 22-26 
 5. Springfield A. 13-35 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.6 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.22.5 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. Sims, Maine RC19.9 
 5. Ewing, Sioux F.19.9 
 6. Alexander, Texas L.19.5 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande19.5 
 8. Stinson, Iowa E.19.5 
 9. Dentmon, Texas L.19.1 
 10. Goods, Dakota W.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.6 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.4 
 6. Williams, Texas L.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.8.7 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.6 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.6 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.4 
 6. Crittenton, Dakota W.7.2 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Warren, Bakersfi.6.2 
 9. Johnson, Austin T.5.9 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Javaris CRITTENTON
  Dakota W.
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.6 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 5. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 7. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 8. Jackson, Idaho S.2.0 
 9. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris JOHNSON
  Portland TB
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 2. Williams, Texas L.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Gaffney, Utah F.2.4 
 5. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Goodridge, Maine R.2.2 
 7. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 8. Gladness, Dakota W.2.0 
 9. Fall, Maine RC1.9 
 10. Alabi, Erie Bay H.1.9 


Chris Holm Formerly of Sendai 89ers Signs With Dakota Wizards of NBA D-League - by Surujh Roopnarine
The Dakota Wizards are the new home of center Chris Holm (7'0''-C/F-84, college: Vermont). Chris Holm is a 7-0 center from the University of Vermont who has spent the last three seasons playing in Japan with the Sendai 89ers. Sendai is the city in Japan that was at the forefront of the news after the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami ravaged Japan earlier this month. American and foreign players in Japan have been scrambling not only to sort out their personal lives, but also their careers. Holm joins the Wizards not only as a talented big man who can contribute but with the experience of going through something not many can relate to.
On the season, Holm appeared in 36 games for the 89ers, averaging 14.4 points and 13.4 rebounds (second in the BJ league) while shooting 56.9% from the field. Since leaving Vermont after the 2006-07 season, Holm, from Henderson, Nevada, has bounced around the globe professionally. He has played in Spain and Bosnia in addition to his time in Japan.



Wizards acquire center Chris Holm - by Eurobasket News
The Dakota Wizards announced today that they have acquired center Chris Holm (7'0''-C/F-84, college: Vermont) via the Available Player Pool. Holm will practice with the team today and will be in uniform this weekend against the Tulsa 66'ers.

Holm, 26, has been playing professional basketball in Japan with the Sendai 89ers since the fall of 2008. He averaged 14.4 points and 13.4 rebounds in 36 games for the 89ers prior to the rest of the season being cancelled due to the earthquake in Japan. Holm played two years at Rhode Island before transferring to Vermont where he averaged 10.6 points and 12.2 rebounds in his senior season.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Thunder assign Cole Aldrich to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced that the team has assigned center Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League for a third time this season.

During his two earlier assignments with the 66ers, Aldrich appeared in 19 games (19 starts) and averaged 10.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots in 29.2 minutes. Aldrich has recorded four double-doubles with Tulsa and the 66ers own a 15-4 mark this season with him in the lineup.

Aldrich will be in uniform Friday night when the 66ers host the Dakota Wizards at the Tulsa Convention Center.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Jazz sign Kyle Weaver to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
Utah Jazz general manager Kevin OConnor announced today that the team has signed guard Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, college: Washington St.) of the NBA Development Leagues Austin Toros to a 10-day contract. Weaver becomes the NBAs 19th D-League Call-Up and 15th different player promoted to the NBA this season. Following the transaction, the Jazz roster now stands at 15 players.

A 6-6 guard from Washington State, Weaver averaged 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting .441 from the field through 21 games (20 starts) for the Iowa Energy this season before being acquired by the Austin Toros. During his nine-game stint with the Toros, Weaver averaged 13.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 30.8 minutes of play.

Originally selected by Charlotte in the second round (38th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft, Weaver was traded by the Bobcats to the Oklahoma City Thunder on August 8, 2008, in exchange for a future second-round pick. During his two seasons with the Thunder (2008-10), Weaver appeared in 68 games (19 starts), averaging 4.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 points in 19.3 minutes of play.

Weaver attended training camp with the Chicago Bulls prior to the 2010-11 season, appearing in three preseason games and averaging 2.3 points and 2.3 assists in 8.7 minutes before being waived on October 21.

The 25-year-old Beloit, Wisconsin, native played four collegiate seasons at Washington State (2004-08), averaging 12.2 points with 4.3 assists during his senior season. Weaver finished his Cougars career as the first player in Pac-10 history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 175 steals and 75 blocked shots.

Weaver becomes the seventh D-League Call-Up in Jazz history, joining Rusty LaRue (2000-01), Mikki Moore (2003-04), Louis Amundson (2006-07), Sundiata Gaines (2009-10), Othyus Jeffers (2009-10) and Marcus Cousin (2010-11).

Courtesy of www.abc4.com


Wednesday: Warren paces Jam past Utah, Legends beat Armor - by Eurobasket News
Utah F. - Bakersfield J. 104-113
Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) scored 25 points and dished out nine assists to lead a balanced Bakersfield Jam attack in a 113-104 victory over the Utah Flash on Wednesday night at the McKay Events Center. The Jam (29-19) had eight players score in double figures. Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88, college: UTEP), who recently came to the Jam from the Los Angeles Lakers, finished with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Brandon Wallaced added 14 points and Luke Zeller scored 12. Brandon Costner led the Flash with 18 points. Bakersfield moved one game ahead of Utah (28-20) for fourth place in the NBA D-League's West Conference. The Jam has two regular-season game remaining, each against Reno. The Bighorns will host the Jam at 7 p.m. Friday before visiting the Jam Events Center at 7 p.m. Saturday. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

Texas L. - Springfield A. 132-112
The Texas Legends controlled every aspect of the contest on Wednesday night, picking up a crucial 132-112 win over the Springfield Armor at HP Court inside Dr Pepper Arena. The victory pulled the Legends even with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the eighth and final playoff spot with two games remaining on the schedule for each team. Texas though holds their own destiny as they control the tiebreaker over the Mad Ants. Therefore, with a win in each of the Legends final two games on the road against the Austin Toros, Texas would find themselves in the playoffs in their expansion season. After Springfield scored the first bucket of the game, Texas went on an 11-0 run to take a nine-point lead. The Legends stretched their lead to 12 by the end of the opening quarter, taking a 36-24 lead into the second. Texas was able to maintain a comfortable lead throughout the second quarter. With a 53-43 lead under four minutes to go in the second, the Legends went on a 15-6 sprint to finish the half on top 68-49. Joe Alexander (6'8''-F-86, college: W.Virginia) dominated the first half for Texas, as he shot 9-of-11 from the field, scoring 20 points. Sean Williams and Justin Dentmon added 10 points apiece in the opening half. Lance Hurdle led the way for Springfield in the first half with 12 points. Rashad McCants (6'4''-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) sparked a big third quarter, pouring in 11 points in the period. The Legends shot 61.2% through the first three quarters and put the game out of reach by taking a 30-point lead into the fourth, as they went into the final quarter on top 108-78. McCants finished with a season-high 22 points, while Alexander led Texas with 24 points. Antonio Daniels contributed 11 points and 15 assists. Recently assigned to the Armor from the New Jersey Nets, Craig Brackins led Springfield with 31 points. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Utah Jazz Sign Kyle Weaver of the Austin Toros to 10-Day Contact - by Surujh Roopnarine
Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, college: Washington St.) has been signed by the Utah Jazz, making him the NBA D-Leagues 19th call-up this season.
In 30 games (24 starts) this season with Austin and the Iowa Energy, Weaver has averaged 15.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 43.1% from the field, 41.9% from three and 81.9% from the free-throw line.
Prior to this season, Weaver had been on assignment for seven games over the course of 2008-09 and 2009-10 with the Tulsa 66ers while a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Weaver, a third-year pro who was in camp with the Chicago Bulls this fall, was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the second round (38th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft, and then was traded to Oklahoma City that summer. Weaver appeared in 68 regular season games (19 starts) with the Thunder from 2008 to 2010, averaging 4.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
Weaver will be in uniform for the Jazz on Friday night as they host the Los Angeles Lakers.



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


CPN Pueblo Nuevo (Dominican Rep.) sign De La Cruz - by Greg

CPN Pueblo Nuevo added to their roster 29-year old Dominican guard Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian). Will De La Cruz plays for the Southern Generals (UBA) and was currently selected to the UBA All-star game. Will De La Cruz is averaging an impressive 15.8ppg, UBA 2- (9.5apg) and 2.5 steals in 24 games. Will Will De La Cruz is one of the top guards in the UBA and was ranked in the top 5 of MVP voting.

De La Cruz's best performance came March 27th versus the Dragons. He tailed 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists (first career triple double). He was also named UBA Player of the Month (March).

De La Cruz signed a two year deal with CPN and is expected to help led them to a championship.

He had an amazing senior season averaging 20.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.7 assists in 28 games for Atlanta Christian (NCAA3). After college Will De La Cruz was invited to attend Houston Rockets training camp and has played as an import in the ABA, WBA, URBL and the UBA. He was named USBasket.com All-UBA 2nd team in 2010.



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  EBA   


Standings
EBA Standings
Div.
 1. Destroyers 9-3 
 2. New York W. 9-3 
 3. South Jersey E. 7-5 
 4. Harrisburg H. 6-6 
 5. North Jersey P. 4-8 
 6. Hudson V.H. 1-11 
 7. M. All-Stars 11-1 
 8. Washington M. 9-3 
 9. Maryland M. 7-5 
 10. Winchester S. 6-6 
 11. Old Domin. M. 6-6 
 12. Carolina G. 4-6 
 13. NoVa H. 3-9 
 14. Portsmouth C. 2-11 


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  EUROCUP   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Primoz BREZEC
  Krasnie Krilya
  (216-F/C-79)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Brezec, Krasnie .20.8 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.20.3 
 3. Carroll, Gran Canaria18.8 
 4. Wright, Cedevita18.0 
 5. Solomon, Hapoel J.18.0 
 6. Chatman, Besiktas16.8 
 7. Tucker, Aris15.9 
 8. Smith, Benetton TV15.9 
 9. Simmons, CEZ N.15.9 
 10. Anderson, Goett.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lazaros PAPADOPOULOS
  Khimky
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Papadopoulos, PAOK12.2 
 2. Brezec, Krasnie .9.7 
 3. Walsh, AS.8.3 
 4. Francis, Panellinios8.2 
 5. Tucker, Aris8.0 
 6. Lampe, Unics7.9 
 7. Jones, Pepsi C.7.7 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra7.7 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.5 
 10. Owens, Azovmash7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Draper, Cedevita6.7 
 2. Mekel, Galil Gilboa6.3 
 3. Walsh, AS.6.0 
 4. Popovic, Unics5.4 
 5. Thomas, Anwil5.3 
 6. Markovic, Benetton.5.2 
 7. Lukauskis, EWE B.4.7 
 8. Meacham, Goett.4.6 
 9. Bauscher, GasTerra4.5 
 10. Granger, Estudian.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Fred HOUSE
  Azovmash
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. House, Azovmash2.5 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.5 
 3. Lukauskis, EWE B.2.5 
 4. Kirksay, Cajasol2.4 
 5. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 6. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.2 
 8. Curry, Azovmash2.1 
 9. Draper, Cedevita2.1 
 10. Chatman, Besiktas2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian RANDLE
  Hapoel J-M
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Randle, Hapoel J-M2.1 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.8 
 3. Dunston, Aris1.6 
 4. Skinner, Benetton.1.4 
 5. Francis, Panellinios1.2 
 6. Boone, Goettingen1.1 
 7. Chan, CEZ Nymburk1.1 
 8. Owens, Azovmash1.0 
 9. Ivshyn, Azovmash1.0 
 10. Stevic, EWE B.1.0 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.0 
 2. Langford, Khimky17.8 
 3. Rakocevic, Efes P.17.2 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.15.5 
 5. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympiakos14.2 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.14.1 
 8. Gregory, Union O.14.0 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja13.9 
 10. San Emeterio, Caja L.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirsad TURKCAN
  Fener.Ulker
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.7.3 
 2. Gist, Partizan6.9 
 3. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 4. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.6 
 5. Batista, Caja L.6.3 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 7. Fischer, Real Madrid6.3 
 8. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja6.3 
 10. Gregory, Union O.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.5.7 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.7 
 3. Huertas, Caja L.5.6 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.3 
 5. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 6. Stipcevic, Cibona4.1 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.4.1 
 8. Pargo, Maccabi T-A3.9 
 9. Eidson, Maccabi .3.8 
 10. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (202-F/G-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .2.6 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.2.0 
 3. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 4. Smith, Lottomatica1.8 
 5. Cook, Valencia1.8 
 6. Bogdanovic, Cibona1.7 
 7. Perkins, Maccabi .1.7 
 8. Ozbolt, Union O.1.7 
 9. Ilievski, Union O.1.7 
 10. Dedovic, Lottomat.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 3. Fischer, Real Madrid1.6 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 5. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 6. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.3 
 7. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 8. Shermadini, Union O.1.1 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 10. Gist, Partizan1.0 


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  FINLAND   


1.DIVISION: A new star is born. - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division Finals, Game # 3: A new star is born. When LoKoKo (Loimaa) defeated tonight Lapua 75-70 (41-36) with the quarters 17-26, 24-10, 12-21, 22-13, the game MVP was
20-year-old Finnish SF Eero Aaltonen (194-G/F-90). Aaltonen scored already during the first half for the hosts 20 points and totally 29 pts (1 - 3/4, 2 - 10/13, 3 - 2/6) in 29 minutes. That's the season and career high for Aaltonen. So, this time it was not three Americans vs three Americans. Both teams won two quarters, but LoKoKo succeeded this time to keep the home court advantage. Game # 4 will be at Lapua on Saturday, April 2. Game # 5 would be at Loimaa on Monday, April 4 (if necessary).

Loimaa - Lapua 75-70 (41-36). (Eero Aaltonen 29, J'son Stamper 14, Jani Kivinen 10 - Benny Valentine 21, Jussi Turja 19, Kim Siven 13). Loimaa - Lapua 2-1.



KORISLIIGA: Jeremiah Wood # 1 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Last season and now again. Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) (Kauhajoki) is the best player in Top League. He was the leading rebounder (average 12,93 rpg), the best shooter (2-p) 69,06%, the most steals (2,21) and the most effective player (index 30,67). Wood was the third leading scorer (20,62) behind Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany), Honka (22,27) and Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86), Tarmo (21,86), and # 6 with the assists (3,98). Wood had 32 double-doubles in 42 contests! Now Wood (and his teammates) has a new challenge. The play-off-games will begin on Friday. First Kauhajoki will meet KTP (Kotka), the # 2 team after regular season. Will he become and be the nightmare of all KTP?

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  GERMANY   


Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) I Dont Think Bamberg Is Very Vulnerable. Dont Let Them Get Into A Rhythm Or Get Open Looks - 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 concerning the 2011 beko BBL Top 4 in Bamberg.


Phoenix Hagen has a 13 day rest between games. You went to England. What was the most interesting thing that you experienced there?

England is a beautiful country. London has a bunch of tourist attractions. There were a bunch of riots over being in Libya there and there were thousands of policemen around Buckingham Palace and other Embassy's.

The next game is against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. Is it tough to stay focused when the last games seem meaningless?

Well Dusseldorf is still fighting to stay in the league. We still want to compete. I know we arent satisfied with a sub par record and staying in the league. It would be nice to win a few more

How strange will it be playing two hours before the first cup game? What will be key in winning in Duesseldorf?

When Dusseldorf came to our place and when Bonn came we played at 1400. So its nothing new. Just means we get home earlier and can watch some good Cup games.

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

Anything is possible. Just look at the NCAA Tourney. You only have to be hot for that 40 minute span and anything can happen. Every team left has a fair shot to win it.

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

It could be. Frankfurt has their number as of late but like I said, anything is possible

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

Control the boards and play their style of game. Control the tempo.

How much does the loss of Tony Skinn hurt them?

Losing Skinn definitely does hurt. It just gives an opportunity for other guys to step up and fill the void.


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

I remember the dragon from the all star weekend festivities. if there were a 1000 of him, lord help us all. that outfit hadnt been washed since about 2004. but some people say 3rd times a charm. Never know.

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

I dont think they are very vulnerable. Just dont let them get into a rhythm or allow them to get open looks. They are too experienced and too talented to not play at your very best. Artland is pretty talented themselves. Play your style of ball, out hustle them, and hope for good shooting night.


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

They have a wide variety of guys that can be clutch. Depends on the situation and whats needed.

What is your pick for Kentucky-UCONN and why?

Redemption tour is still goin on for UK. I am taking the wildcats

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

I wish they werent playing each other in the sem final. VCU has been on a roll, but Butler gets it done everytime. I gotta take Butler.


Deutsche Bank Skyliners-New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig 2011 BEKO BBL Cup Preview. Will 12 be a charm for Braunschweig? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The way players come and go in the BEKO BBL, remembering a streak is often not in the cards for players, because they dont stay long enough to enjoy the highs and mope with the lows. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have not won against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in 60 months dating back to April 2006 as they slipped by Frankfurt 81-76. Back then, current Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert was coaching Racing Paris and still far away from landing as an assistant with The Toronto Raptors some years later and in the dreams of many Skyliner fans of ever returning to Frankfurt, ex Phoenix Sun forwad Dan Langhi (208-F-77, college: Vanderbilt) led Braunschweig in scoring with 19 points in the win, Skyliner Kavossy scoot Franklin led his team in scoring and hobby rapper and Skyliner guard Nino Garris had a smoking hot game making 14 points, four assists and four steals. Frankfurt has won the last 11 games and maybe the 12th game will be a charm for Braunschweig? Possibily playing Frankfurt on neutral ground for the first time will give them luck? 'I think that Braunschweig just have to play their game and not worry about the streak, cause once the ball goes up it doesnt matter anymore about the past. I just think they have to come out and play hard and anything can happen they will be alright', stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) Frankfurt on the other hand have a 1-3 record on neutral ground since 2002. They lost to Alba Berlin 100-88 in a cup game in Berlin, lost to The Telekom Baskets Bonn in the Frankfurt Festhalle 89-82 and lost to Alba Berlin in the 2009 semi final cup game in Hamburg and then beating Duesseldorf in the game for third place. 'I think playing on a neutral court can be tough but at the same time if it is neutral neither team does have an advantage. I think Frankfurt will adjust just fine', added TBB Trier guard John Bynum

Since this Frankfurt winning streak, the two most memorable games were from the 2008-2009 season. Who could forget the 68-58 win in the cup game which brought Frankfurt to the TOP 4 in Hamburg. That game displayed the best performance by guard Adam Emmenecker (185-G-85, college: Drake) who came out of his shell and proved he has no nervous shooting hand as he left captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) on the bench as he had the hot hand leading the team with 13 points. However in the regular season game in Braunschweig, Roller got his revenge as he led the team to a 55-53 win as his last minute clutch jumper paved the way to the win. Last season, Frankfurt swept the series winning 81-77 as Frankfurt came from behind to win as Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) poured in 21 points and prevailed at home 71-62 as Derrick Allen steered 18 points to the triumph. However the two regular season games of the teams this season were as exciting as the months leading up to the LeBron James (203-F-84) decision to what team he would go to last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners pulled out a thrilling 94-91 win at home in the first game. Frankfurt fought back in the fourth quarter as they came back from being behind 90-87 and close out the game on a 7-0 run as Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) hit a huge three pointer and DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) a shot. Frankfurt did a fantastic job distributing the ball as seven players scored in double figures led by Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and Kimmo Muurinen with 13 points a piece. Frankfurt dominated the boards 38-24. In the second game 6 weeks ago, Frankfurt pulled out another come from behind win 67-66 as they were trailing 63-56 in crunch time and DaShaun Wood tied the game with 11 seconds getting fouled and making the and one free throw.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have had a very strong and inspiring season considering the stress that has gone on behind the scenes with the uncertainty of a new sponsor coming on board as well as losing fan favorite Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) for the season and always having to regroup as new players got injured. Players have come and gone like Brad Buckman and Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond), but Herbert was always able to quickly get the team on track, despite with all the disturbances happening. Gordon Herbert did an excellent job putting together a team that has played with a lot of heart and showed team basketball all year round. He showed his stroke of luck as if he could jump on the chair of who wants to be a millionare and win all the dough or just play Lotto once and win by bringing in DaShaun Wood (19,4ppg, 4,7rpg, 5,7apg) having been injured and sitting out the entire last season, but the Detroit native found his rhythm and knee pretty quickly and has been the huge MVP favorite leading the team in scoring and second in assists behind Tuebingen guard Bane Ratkovica. The team has a great supporting cast with ex NBA player Roger Powell (11,6ppg, 5,2rpg) who started his stay with spectacular dunks, but has toned down his NBA show time highlights and stood out more with his rebounding and three point threat as he continues to improve his shooting from outside. The unsung hero has been Kimmo the ice man Muurinen (7,9ppg, 4,0rpg) who is known as the invisible Finish player who does the dirty work. Everybody talks and remembers Wood after games, but without the hustle and aggressive defense from Muurinen, some games might have ended differently. Muurinen can shoot and recently has shown his interest in penetrating to the hoop which he might have gotten from watching his roadrunner teammate. Center Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) (6,3ppg, 4,7rpg) came recently and has helped under the boards and has shown glimpses of scoring. Quantez air Cincinnati Robertson (7.9ppg, 5,5rpg, 1,8apg) continues to shine on defense and on the fast break and hits big important three pointers at times showing that he loves the rainbow coming from his release. The team recently picked up Jevohn air canada Shepherd (4,7ppg, 2,7rpg). In his first three games, he amazed the crowd with three thunderous dunks and continues to get used to the beko BBL after coming from the PRO A. The team has much support from their three elder statesmen Pascal Roller (180-G-76) (4,3ppg, 1,0rpg, 1,3apg), Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) (5,9ppg, 1,6rpg, 1,3apg) and Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri). The two Germans were injured for some time and are slowly coming back. Roller doesnt play much anymore, but any coach would want him for big shots in crunch time. The game of Mckinney (9,6ppg, 2,7rpg and 1,4apg) has been like day and night since Murat Didin left. His shot is back like in his rookie season with little hesitation when shooting and his self confidence is back also. Second year man Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) (5,0ppg, 2,9rpg) may be the teams most improved player as he has shown good play as a starter or from the bench. He still has problems with fouls, but what counts is his hustle and that is always there.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners currently are in second place with a record of 22-7 and 2 more wins then The Artland Dragons and Alba Berlin. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have had two seven game winning streaks this season. The only crack in their strong record has been the fact that they lost both season series to three time BEKO BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg and eight time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin. one of their big strength is their defense as the ydont focus so much on one on one defense, but continue to stick together as a team especially in difficult phases of a game. The club has kept the opponent to 70 or less points 15 times and under 60 points seven times. The offense revolves around the smart play of DaShaun Wood either scores scores and scores as he scored 30 points or more twice or 20 or more points 12 times and the team usually wins, wins games with his playmaking and less scoring or what is most deadly for the opponent when his scoring assists and rebounds are high, then his stat sheet looks like a combination of Monta Ellis, LeBron James or Dwayne Wade. Of course Frankfurt has enough good other scorers, but at times it seems like the team is too dependent on the American point guard. It doesnt really matter, because no team has been able to stop him except for Duesseldorf (4 points) and Artland Dragons (8 points) as he has scored in double figures in 27 out of 29 games. Wood is so versatile that he can score on the penetration about as easily as Kemba Walker (185-G-90) does hitting game winners this season, can shoot the three pointers and kills teams with his passing skills. Wood just plays what the defense gives him. He doesnt really need to score for Frankfurt to be successful. Guys like Powell, Mckinney, Robertson and Muurinen all have contributed in scoring when it was needed. Having sharp shooters like Roller and De Mello come from the bench only adds additional thorns in the side of opponents.

Currently The New Yorker Phantoms are in fifth place with a record of 17-12 and are proving that last seasons semi final appearance wasnt a fluke. After a slow start where they went 3-5 including a four game losing streak, the club has rebounded nicely positing a 11-4 record since November 13th until the 67-66 loss against Frankfurt in February 20th. Since the bitter close loss, the team has been up and down, but over 500 with a 3-2 record. With a current fifth place in the standings and a date in the BEKO BBL Cup Final 4 with Frankfurt this weekend, The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig seem like they could be ready for an upset 'I do think that Braunschweig is stronger this season. They have a lot of weapons at the offensive end and are playing really good basketball right now, they are a contender and one of the top teams in the BBL. I think they are a team that could scare people in the playoffs and be capable of beating top teams as well. They are getting better and better each week and will do damage in the playoffs', warned John Bynum Their three biggest wins this season all came at home and show that they arent scared of any top teams as they defeated Alba Berlin, The Telekom Baskets Bonn and The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. 'I think their strength is that they have a lot of guys that can score the ball and they play really good team basketball. They have great guard play and guys on the perimeter that can play multiple positions. Weaknesses that is a tough one, but if I would say anything it would be depth down low', warned John Bynum TBB Trier did beat Braunschweig 74-65, but Bynum remembers the game well. 'They really have good guard play and that stood out the most. The guards are always attacking and making plays and Visser and Cain as well as Goree play solid underneath the basket', stressed John Bynum Frankfurt is the favorite and could Braunschweig use their underdog role to their advantage or could it even be a disadvantage? 'No, I dont think so, I think it helps them being the underdog if thats what you want to call them. They have nothing to lose and if they take that attitude they can do a lot of damage with the team that they have', warned John Bynum

The team is led by 34 year old 201cm 106 kilo Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) He played at West Virginia and since 2001 has been playing for some of the top teams in Europe. He is a typical European league PF, a little undersized to play the four, but very effective in low post game, thanks to strength and good fundamentals; runs very well the court, can defend well and even press on the perimeter; has great instincts for the game, and is also a good rebounder and shot blocker. He played for teams like Macabbi Tel Aviv (2003 cup winner), Benetton Trviso (Italy cup winner 2005 & 2007) or CSKA Moscow where he helped win the Euroleague in 2008. He has played 105 Euroleague games. Last season, he averaged 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-5 (1.1bpg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 72.9%. This season, he is averaging 12,2ppg, 5,7rpg and 1,1apg. 'Goree is a very experienced player and knows exactly how the game is played. I think with the numbers that he is putting up that he plays younger than his age is', stated Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). The main guy to shut down will be Marcus Goree 'The guy to stop is Goree. He is a strong post presence and they use him in many different ways to set up other players as well. He still plays very strong and does not play like he is 33', expressed Brose Baskets Bamberg American Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) 'Goree is very strong and just knows how to get great position and score in low post', said ex Braunschweig guard Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky) The experience of Goree will be bolstered by basketball globe trotter LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.). 'They give the team added leadership and will keep the team level headed. I think that they will be big for the team having success', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). A big surprise last season was known scorer Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) from San Antonio, Texas who quickly showed that he could continue to score at the next level in the BEKO BBL. He is a 25 year old 198 cm shooting guard/small forward who started last season with MEG Goettingen, but left, because he was supposed to play a position that he was not used to playing. Even though, he only played sparingly at UMASS in his senior year averaging 4,0ppg and 1,1rpg in the 2006-2007 season, he came to Europe in 2007 and exploded in the leagues in Norway and Austria. In Norway, he led the league in scoring with Fog Naestved averaging 24,5ppg, 4,6rpg, 3,2apf, 2,0spg and 1,0bpg. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was MVP of the 2008 Allstar game. In 2008-2009, in Austria, he played for Kraftwerk Wels averaging 20,2ppg, 3,2rpg, 2,5apg. He has a great basketball IQ, can defend anyone and likes to finish around the rim. Last season for Braunschweig, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%.Currently he is averaging 13,6ppg, 4,2rpg and 1,9apg. He got a double double in the 74-71 loss to Bamberg. 'I do believe my game is progressing and hopefully will continue to get better', stressed Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts). Thomas has been injured a bit this season, but came back strong.

The team also added some experience this season which will go hand in hand with Marcus Goree by welcoming LaMarr Greer who is a 34 year old 196cm guard from New Jersey. Already in high school, he was a known player as he grew up in Cape May Court House and played his high school ball at Middle Township. He was the New Jersey High School Player of the Year in 1994 and led Middle Township to two Group II state titles. As a second team Parade All-American, he scored 13 points in the McDonald's All-Star game and had 16 points and 10 assists in Magic's Roundball Classic. He played at Florida State from 1994-1998. Since turning professional in 1998, he has played in countries like Italy (3 years with teams like Record Napoli (Italy-A2, Media Broker Messina (Italy-Lega2), and Pompea Napoli (Italy-LegaA). He also played in Russia for Uniks Kazan and three years for BC Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague) from 2004-2007. In the last three years, he played in Greece, Cyprus, Jordan and Israel. Last season, he played for ASU Sports Club (Jordan-Premier League, starting five), in Dec.'09 moved to Ironi Nahariya (Israel-Premier League): 14 games: 14.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 64.5%. He has played 44 Eurocup games in his career. This season, he is averaging 11,0ppg, 1,8rpg and 2,0apg. The team also brought back Kyle Visser who is a 25 year old 211cm center from Grand Rapids, Michigan and played for The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig from 2007-2009. Last season, he played for EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 10.7ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 55.7%. He played at Wake Forest from 2003-2007 and was a teammate with NBA top point guard Chris Paul. He is a center who still hasnt reached his fullest potential and could have his breakthrough year this season. Currently he is averaging 9,0ppg, 4,9rpg and 1,0apg.

The club also brought back 25 year old 208cm forward Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia) from Philadelphia who has the most experience in a Phantoms jersey. This is his fourth season in Braunschweig after coming from the University of Virginia. Jason has played extremely well. He played great in college and now he is in his fourth season in Braunschweig and he always plays hard on each play. He can rebound and play defense and just does his role, commented Gloria Giants Duesseldorf guard Steven Wright Last season, he played 40 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 62.9%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 72.6%. Currently he is averaging 9,8ppg, 4,5rpg and 1,3apg The team might have landed one of the bigger steals last season landing 25 year old 193 combo guard Kevin Hamilton from New York. He played at Holy Cross with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons from 2002-2006. He played in Poland the last few years and in the summers in Puerto Rico. He played under coach Sebastian Machowski in Poland and was made into a point guard even though he has been a shooting guard most of his career. He scored 17,9ppg in his last season at Holy Cross and last season he led the Polish league in assists. What makes him so dangerous is his scoring and his potential and ability to score are limitless. In college, I averaged almost 18 points per game. I have been a shooting guard for most of my career. Two seasons ago, I had to play point guard in Poland. I always thought that I was a good passer. I think passing has come naturally to me. I have enjoyed playing point guard, stressed Kevin Hamilton. The best thing that teams can do is to keep the ball out of Hamiltons hands, but that is about as impossible as doing the same to LeBron James. We tried to keep the ball out of his hands. We didnt want him to make plays. He is a true point guard. He is a great passer and makes things happen for them. When he gets going, it is hard to stop the team, warned ex Braunschweig guard Steven Wright Last season, Hamilton played 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He is one of those rare players that has triple double potential. Currently he is averaging 8,1ppg, 4,1rpg, 4,1apg and 2,1spg.

Braunschweig also brought in Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason) who is a 27 year old 185cm guard from Washington DC that has the Nigerian/American citizenship. He is a combo guard with great leaping ability, who can run an offense at the point or excel at the scoring department. He played at George Mason from 2002-2006 and was a teammate with ex Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Folarin Campbell (193-G/F-86, college: George Mason) He reached the NCAA Final 4 in 2006. After finishing at George Mason, he took part in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 10.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3spg, 0.3bpg, 2FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 37.5%. He played his first three seasons in France and last season for Pistoia (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 34 games: 15.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 67.0%. For Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProA) and BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA), he averaged 16ppg. Opponents will have to get used to his leaping ability. 'I am usually the smallest on the court. I can do a bit of everything. I can play defense and shot. I think that my athletcism gets overlooked. I can jump. Its seems like that isnt noticed, but check my videos at you tube as you can see I can jump', stressed Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason). Currently he is averaging 11,3ppg, 3,0rpg and 3,4apg. 30 year old 201cm German Nils Mittman is playing his sixth season in Braunschweig after having played there from 1998-2001. He is the ultimate team player that will do anything to win. He played two years in Ulm, two years in Wurzburg and three seasons in Ludwigsburg. Currently, he is averaging 3,3ppg and 1,8rpg. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig also added 26 year old 221cm German giant Nick Schneiders that was born in Bielefeld and grew up in Rietberg. he has experience having played in the States for S.Carol.Upstate (NCAA2) from 2005-2008 and then transferring to USC Upstate (NCAA) and playing there from 2008-2010. In his senior year, he played 29 games: 12.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.0bpg, FGP: 46.3%, FT: 57.6%. Currently he is averaging 2,7ppg and 1,8rpg. The team recently added 24 year old 190cm Serb Uros Duvnjak bringing him in for the injured Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason).. He started his basketball career with Partizan Belgrad. Last season, he played for Basket Poznan (Poland-PLK, starting five): 26 games: 7.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 76.8%. Currently he is averaging 4,5ppg and 1,8rpg.

When looking at the individual positions, one has to give the edge to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the guard position. Not only is this justified by the strong play of DaShaun Wood, but Braunschweig will be without Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason) which really will hurt the club. Braunschweig has a great passing/defending point guard with Kevin Hamilton and three point and crunch time threat with Lamarr Greer, but that is it. 24 year old Serb Uros Duynjak has too little experience to really be a factor. 'Anytime you throw in DaShaun Wood then you have an advantage, but I like the overall guard play of Braunschweig. Their guards are big and can do a lot of things, but dont underestimate Mckinney, Robertson and Roller as well', warned John Bynum The position forward is pretty much even. Frankfurt has a strong duo of Powell and Muurinen that do different things well, while Shepherd brings flash and athletic play, but has a lack of experience while Braunschweig has experience, scoring, toughness around the hole and heart with Goree, a scorer in Thomas and heart and soul/three point punch with Nils Mittman. The center position edge goes to Braunschweig. With Kyle Visser and Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia), the team has the needed routine and consistency while Frankfurt has Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) and Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) who bring different things to the table, but wont do as much damage in the paint or in the scoring department as the phantom duo would. The team experience would have to go to Braunschweig also. Granted Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) has 57 international team games and countless German national team experience and Roger Powell has played in the NBA, but Lamarr Greer and Marcus Goree have 24 professional seasons between them and with Goree, you cant really get more experience than 105 Euroleague games that he has and a 2008 Euroleague title. The coaching experience edge goes to Frankfurt and Gordon Herbert. Herbert has won a BEKO BBL title in 2004, coached in the NBA and in countries like France and Greece. Braunschweig coach Sebastian Machowski has been coach only since 2007, but in that short span ahs showed that he has the knack for leading teams as he won the 2009 Polish cup with SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg and led Braunschweig past 2009 BEKO BBL champion EWE Baskets Oldenburg getting to the 2010 BEKO BBL semi finals. 'I think the coaches are pretty even as well. Both coaches do a good job changing the game on the fly and both coaches will have there teams prepared', added John Bynum

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig average 76 points per game and grab 33 rebounds per game. This will be no cake walk for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as they will have some things to keep an eye on including every move of the Phantom. An interesting duel will be the Braunschweig guards against DaShaun Wood and Frankfurt should not forget who the x factor is for Braunschweig. I think Wood will see a lot of different guys, I think you have to give him different looks, because he is such a great offensive player, he will adjust. You just have to find different ways to try and slow him down', stressed John Bynum 'It will come down to how Frankfurt defends the low post. Braunschweig will have edge on blocks. I am sure Braunschweig will try to pound it down low', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). Marcus Goree and running is something that Frankfurt cant allow Braunschweig to get going. 'Frankfurt has to limit the touches of Goree and dont give him a lot of space to make moves and set up his teammates. They should also keep them in the half court and slow down the game. Frankfurt should run a good offense and take good shots. They are really strong at spreading the floor and it is difficult to guard them. Every guy can shoot it from long range', warned Kyle Hines 'Frankfurt has to use their quickness and get their bigs involved in the pick and roll to get them away from the basket or in foul trouble', said Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). 'Frankfurt should attack on transition. Braunschweig isnt as good defensively as last season. They should also use the ball screen a lot and continue the drive and kick with Wood. He is very talented and knows the game', stressed Steven Wright Frankfurt will have to do their usual thing to win and shoot the ball well and let Wood do his thing. Braunschwieg has to control the tempo and boards and make Frankfurt play defense', stressed John Bynum The Deutsche Bank Skyliners meet The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in the 2011 BEKO BBL Cup semi final on April 2nd at 16:45.




Ronald Ross (MBC Wolves) Like Old Coach Bob Knight Always Told Me, Victory Always Favors The Team With The Fewest Mistakes. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Ronald Ross (188-G-83, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Texas Tech) is a 27 year old 188cm guard playing his first season for MBC. He is originally from Hobbs New Mexico and played at Texas Tech from 2001-2005. In his senior year, he averaged 17.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.0apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3Pts: 43% and reached the NCA Sweet 16. He started his professional career with Univer Castelletto Ticino (Italy-Lega2) and then moved on to the CBA in 2006-2007 for Butte Daredevils playing 48 games averaging 15.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 49%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 74.2% and in 2007 for the Albany Patroons (USBL, starting five) playing 21 games: Score-3 (17.4ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (4.0apg), Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 41.4%, FT: 84.2%. In 2007-2008, he played for ENBW Ludwigsburg playing 34 games and averaging 14.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-2 (1.7spg), 2FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 77.9% reaching the cup final in 2008. In 2008-2009 he started in Israel before moving on to the Artland Dragons playing 12 games and averaging 15.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 70.0%. Last season for the Artland Dragons, he played 12 games: 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 83.0%; German League: 32 games: 11.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 75.7%. He spoke to eurobasket concerning the 2011 beko BBL Top 4 in Bamberg


How is the mood in the team of MBC after the Frankfurt loss? I guess the best news is that BBC Bayreuth also lost?


Mood is not the greatest because I would have loved to win, but my mood is not the worst.


Do you think that the fight between MBC and BBC Bayreuth could go down to last game day?

I can't predict what will happen with Bayrueth because my main focus is on us.

Have you met new team consultant Hendrik Dettmann? How much influence will he have on coaching decisions?

Yeah, I just met him a couple of days ago. I definitely like him and I think that will have a good influence for the team considering the good connection that he and the head coach Anton have.

Is there any team besides Bamberg that will be able to win this cup or are you pretty sure that they will win it?


Yeah, I think the other teams definitely have a chance to win it as well, but the odds are just so high with Bamberg winning it. But they have to earn it though, I don't think any of them teams are just going to just give it to them.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have lost the last 11 games against Frankfurt. Do you think that a 12th time could be like that third charm for them?


I don't know. It just depends how much they want it. Whether its the 12th or 35th only they can change it. I'm not much of the superstitious type so anything can happen.

How much will the loss of Tony Skinn hurt Braunschweig? How will they compensate this loss?

I think it makes a difference with him being gone, but Braunschweig definitely has the personal to make the transition and still be successful.

The Artland Dragons lost two close games against Bamberg this season. What will be the best way to make a huge dent in the Bamberg defense?

Like old coach Bob Knight always told me, victory always favors the team with the fewest mistakes.

What will be the key matchup in the Bamberg-Artland game and why?

I would love to give a match up, but Bamberg is a very team oriented and anybody can play huge for them any given night. Artland has a good team as well, but Rice will definitely have a huge impact on the games outcome.

What is your pick for UCONN-Kentucky and why?

UConn + Kemba Walker = Finals that is all you need to know. lol



What is your pick for VCU-Butler and why?


Butler for sure. I just thought they would go all the away after they messed up my bracket, but I don't think they will win it all.


Thanks Ron for the chat.


Chris Oliver (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Pregame Thoughts To 2011 beko BBL Top 4 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Chris Oliver (198-F-85, college: Radford) is a 25 year old 198cm forward that is playing his first season with the The Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He is a athletic forward that has great hands, the versatility to play inside and outside, with three-point range on his jump shot, and has tremendous poise and maturity. He played at Radford from 2003-2007 and in his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 18.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 48.7%, 3Pts: 25.8%, FT: 74.8%. He came to Germany in 2007-2008 and played for the Kaiserslautern Braves of the PRO A playing 30 games: Score-2 (20.5ppg), Reb-5 (9.0rpg), 1.2apg, 1.3spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 56%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 79.6%.In 2008-2009 in Goettingen, he averaged 10.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 75.5% in 34 games. Last season, he won the Eurochallenge and played ): EuroChallenge: 13 games: 11.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 77.1%; German League: 35 games: 14.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 80.9%. Chris spoke to eurobasket about the 2011 beko BBL Top 4 in Bamberg.


Tuebingen now have a 15 day pause. How hard is it to go through a long delay between games when suffering a 5 game losing streak and entry to playoffs?

It is not hard to go thru a long delay. Even if you get time off its not hard because usually after your break you have at least a week to practice before the actual game. But it is tough anytime you have to deal with a losing streak. Its terrible and not making the playoffs is even worse. This is a feeling that I have never dealt with.

Why do you think did Tuebingen go on this losing streak after the long winning streak?

We were inconsistent with our effort and energy. A problem we had all season. We would play some games hard and intense and then the next game we played with no energy. And also games we lost are games we didn't share the ball and played terrible defense.

You are in Italy with your friend Ricky Hickman. How are you enjoying Italy? Maybe a place you would play next season or will you stay in Tuebingen?

I am enjoying my time with Ricky. Its always good when you are able to chill and kick it with family. Italy would be a great place to play next season but it is still to early to know where I am going to be playing. My focus right now though is to finish this season strong and win as many games as possible.

Do you think that any team besides The Brose Baskets Bamberg will be bale to win the cup this weekend?

All the teams in the cup are good so any of the 4 teams have a chance to win. Bamberg has to be the favorite especially hosting the Final 4.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have lost the last 11 games against Frankfurt. They lost Tony Skinn. What will Tuebingen have to do to win besides stopping Dashaun Wood?

It is going to be a tough game for both teams. Braunschweig has to make sure to play good team defense and make shots.

What will be the key matchup in this series and why?

Wood will be the main matchup just because he puts so much pressure on the others teams defense all game long.


The Artland Dragons lost 2 close games against Bamberg this season. How will Artland break the Bamberg defense best and stop their great ball movement on offense?

Both teams are very good. Artland has to make sure to limit Bambergs easy points and play great team defense and have to attack Bamberg.

What will be the key player match up in this series?

Suput will be the key matchup. He does so much offensively for Bamberg.


What is your pick for the Kentucky-UCONN game and why?

Uconn. More experience and they have Kemba Walker.

What is your pick for the VCU-Butller game and why?

Butler. They have been in this situation before and have won close games all tournament.


Thanks Chris for the chat.


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GNAC Player of the Year Blake Poole joins Bellingham Slam - by Trask Frost
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2011
BELLINGHAM, Wash.




The Bellingham Slam has announced today that former Saint Martins standout center Blake Poole has joined the team for its 2011 International Basketball League season.

Despite standing just 6 foot 5 inches, Poole finished his collegiate career in February as one of the regions top post players, finishing fourth in scoring and first in rebounding as a senior in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, with averages of 19.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. He was named the 2010-11 GNAC Player of the Year and also an NCAA Division-II All-American.

Pooles rebounding average of 11.6 during the 2010-11 campaign ranked him third in the entire NCAA Division-II, just 0.2 boards off the mark for the nations top rebounder.

In addition to his team-leading scoring and rebounding numbers, Poole finished first on the Saints in field goal shooting (54.7 percent), steals (48), and blocks (20). One of his best outings of the 2010-11 season came against Western Washington on January 6, when he posted a double-double of 32 points and 17 rebounds.

As a junior, Poole led the GNAC in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 21.0 points and 12.2 rebounds per contest. Poole ran away with the conference rebounding title that season, leading the second-best player in that category by more than three boards per game.

In high school, Poole was a standout at Sheldon High School in Eugene, Ore., where he led the Fighting Irish to third place in the 2007 Oregon 6A state tournament as a senior.

The addition of Poole continues a trend that has seen a player from Saint Martins suit up for the Slam each season since 2005. Former Saints standout guards Brandon Hartley and Jake Linton have also previously competed for Bellingham.

Poole will be in uniform for the Slam in their 2011 season opener on Friday, April 15 against the West Coast Hotshots. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Whatcom Pavilion.

For more information, contact the Slam at (360) 734-SLAM or visit their website at www.bellinghamslam.com

CONTACT: Kip Leonetti (360) 734-7526 or kip.leonetti@bellinghamslam.com




IBL's Albany Legends sign three more players- will tip off against Kankakee Illinois team in 16 days - by Trask Frost
Albany, New York - The Albany Legends of the International Basketball League have announced today that Scott Morton (6' 6'', SUNY Geneseo) will be joining its roster as a member of the 2011 Campaign. Morton, 23, is a SUNY Geneseo Graduate, and a 1-year veteran of overseas play, having played professionally in the United Kingdom for the Durham Wildcats of the English Basketball League. Morton averaged 20.4 ppg and 7 rpg in 2010, and was also ranked second overall in the league in both blocks and assists. He was featured in 2009 on ESPN and ESPN's 'Plays of the Week' for a game winning, over the shoulder, diving basket in a game against Oswego State. When asked about what Morton brings to the team, Legends Head Coach and General Manger Ben Smith claimed, 'Scotty is a stat-sheet filler. He will keep up with any player, no matter what size, strength, or ability. Bottom-line, he will not be out-worked by anyone, and we have seen that to-date (in his workouts). Scott will help us in all the intangible parts of the game, and will lead by example. He is a great asset to any team, and we are fortunate enough to have him signed.' Morton has proven his worth to his teams in the past, as he has garnered several personal and team achievements along the way. His collegiate accolades include: NCAA Regional Conference Player of the Year (2008), ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-America and All District I 1st Team (2009), NABC's NCAA D3 All-America 2nd Team (2009) and D3Hoops.com All-East Region 1st Team (2009). As a professional, he was the EBL's Playoff MVP in 2010, and also the Patron Cup MVP, while also becoming regular and post-season Champion with the Wildcats. That year he was also recognized by Eurobasket.com, the premiere overseas basketball resource, and the EBL Division Two forward of the year, import player of the year, and was named to the 1st team. Morton begins training camp with the Legends on Monday April 4th , and will play in his first game against the Kankakee (Illinois) Soldiers at 7pm on Friday April 15th , in Albany, NY at Christian Brothers Academy, 12 Airline Dr, Albany, NY 12205.

The Albany Legends have also announced today two more additions to the 2011 roster. Adam Abdourhamane (6' 9'' PF/C) and Prince Jackson (6' 5''SF) have both been named to the list of pre-season signees.

Abdourhamane, 24, a player who hails from Niger, Africa, was signed immediately after competing in the March tryout hosted by the team. Adam was just too impressive athletically for us not to act quickly, Head Coach Ben Smith stated. Our goal is to season him into the game of professional basketball at this level, and to help him achieve from there. He has tremendous potential to be a force in this league. Abdourhamane resides currently near Philadelphia, PA and attended Cecil College.

The Legends also recently signed 2nd Team All League (ACPBL) and League All-star Prince Jackson, a native of Schenectady, NY. Jackson, a former standout on a set of teams out of Schenectady High, went on to SUNY Cobleskill and Dominican College, where he became a 2000-point scorer through his collegiate career. Jackson has a good ability to play both inside and out, and has proven his scoring ability in the Atlantic Coach Professional Basketball League, being named player of the week in Early January, and also scoring games of 33, 34, and 36 points along the way. 'Prince and I established a professional relationship along the years following his play in the USBL', Smith said. 'There was always the capability (to play professionally), and as Prince has matured and grown, he has become quite the player. I was fortunate to stay with him along the path he has taken, and we as a staff are excited to see what he can bring to the IBLs Legends'. Jackson marks yet another local standout that has signed on to play with the Legends in 2011. He joins Lloyd Johnson (Albany High), Emanuel Mayben (Troy High), Will Harris (Redemption Christian Academy / UAlbany), Scotty McRae (UAlbany), and veteran E.J. Gallup (Gloversville High) as area representatives of the team.


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Express L. Round 2 of Semi-Finals. KR and Stjarnan earn second wins - by Eurobasket News
Stjarnan - Snaefell 93-87

Stjarnan celebrated the second straight win over Snaefell. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 29-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Stjarnan looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. FYR Macedonian forward Jovan Zdravevski (197-80) had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in 13 points and 15 assists during the contest. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) responded with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Palmi Sigurgeirsson (190-78) scored 22 points. Four Stjarnan and five Snaefell players scored in double figures. Snaefell's coach Ingi Thor Steinthorsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: J.Olafur Jonsson 24+8reb+5ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 22+2reb+3ast, Z.Bojovic 15+6reb+1ast, R.Amoroso 15+8reb+1ast, S.Burton 11+6reb+9ast, K.Andresson 0
Stjarnan: J.Zdravevski 38+10reb+2ast, R.Lindmets 15+7reb+5ast, J.Shouse 13+2reb+15ast, D.Guamundsson 10+1reb+1ast, F.Helgason 9+3reb+1ast, M.Valdimarsson 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 125072


Keflavik - KR 87-105

KR stepped closer to the Final after a road win over Keflavik. KR thus grabbed 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by KR. Keflavik was better in third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Keflavik was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Marcus Walker (186-86, college: Colorado St., agency: 011 Sports) notched 31 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the effort and the former international swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) supported him with 17 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Even a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds by the former international center Gunnar Thorsteinsson (204-88) did not help to save the game for Keflavik. American guard Thomas Sanders (191-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) added 18 points for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: G.Thorsteinsson 21+13reb+3ast, T.Sanders 18+3reb+3ast, A.Ciric 16+3reb, M.Gunnarsson 8+2reb+7ast, A.Vilhjalmsson 7+4reb+8ast, G.Einarsson 6+6reb
KR: M.Walker 31+8reb+3ast, B.Bjoernsson 17+4reb+2ast, P.Ermolinskij 17+15reb+8ast, H.Magnusson 10, F.Alafsson 9+6reb, F.Ingason 8+2reb
gschID: 125073




Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Marcus WALKER
  KR
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Walker, KR24.3 
 2. Sanders, Keflavik22.5 
 3. Inge, Haukar21.8 
 4. Biedler, IR21.7 
 5. Bartolotta, IR21.6 
 6. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 7. Sovic, IR21.0 
 8. Robinson, Haukar21.0 
 9. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
 10. Fain, Tindastoll20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.7 
 2. Biedler, IR12.4 
 3. Pettinella, Grindavik11.3 
 4. Ermolinskij, KR11.0 
 5. Fain, Tindastoll10.1 
 6. Amoroso, Snaefell9.8 
 7. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 8. Jonsson, Snaefell9.0 
 9. Nathanaelsso., Ham.8.3 
 10. Smith, Njardvik8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR7.8 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.3 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.5 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan6.3 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Arnarson, Hamar5.3 
 8. Inge, Haukar5.2 
 9. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 2. Schoen, KFI3.0 
 3. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll2.9 
 5. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.6 
 6. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.5 
 7. Biedler, IR2.5 
 8. Steinarsson, Fjolnir2.3 
 9. Arnarson, Hamar2.2 
 10. Moore, Njardvik2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Svit
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Biedler, IR2.0 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.6 
 5. Savarsson, Grind.1.4 
 6. Inge, Haukar1.4 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.3 
 8. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.3 
 9. Pettinella, Grindavik1.3 
 10. Magnusson, KR1.2 


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NBA's "Train the Trainers" program concluded in Chennai - by M. Rajalingam
Jr. NBA WNBA Train the Trainers program concluded in Chennai on 24th march 2011.

NBA hosted this basketball clinic. In partnership with BFI, the 'Train the Trainers' program was a free opportunity for coaches and fitness trainers from Chennai to learn the coaching techniques from Martin Conlon.

Martin Conlon (born January 19, 1968 in the Bronx, New York) is a former professional basketball player whose career in the National Basketball Association lasted from 1992 through 2000.

The two day program concentrated on basic fundamental skills, including ball handling and dribbling, passing, shooting, one-on-one offensive moves, footwork and rebounding.

On the first day of the program, Marty taught the basic drills and demonstrated the skills challenge. He worked on the 'strength and conditioning for basketball' on the day2.

The clinic concluded with a question-and-answer period with Marty, where he answered all the questions raised by the participants.

I was really excited about Chennai, Marty said on Friday. The weather is great, the hospitality was excellent and the participants response was good.

Marty provided words of encouragement to the participants, reminding them of the hard work and constant practice it takes to develop into a better coach.


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 17-4 
 2. Tarabari Qom 16-5 
 3. T.E.Kashan 15-6 
 4. Mahram 14-2 
 5. Zob Ahan 13-2 
 6. Azad 10-10 
 7. Gorgan 8-12 
 8. Caspian 7-13 
 9. B.A. Shiraz 7-14 
 10. M.H.Ahvaz 6-15 
 11. Shahrekord 5-17 
 12. Pouya 2-20 


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Standings - EBS Division I
Division 1 Standings
North Conference
 1. Ballon 12-3 
 2. Tolka Rovers 9-6 
 3. Portlaoise 8-7 
 4. Ballina 4-11 
 5. Waterford 4-11 
South Conference
 1. Maree 11-3 
 2. St.Mary's 10-4 
 3. Titans BC 9-5 
 4. St.Brendan 7-7 
 5. Blue Demons 4-10 
 6. Neptune BC 2-13 


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Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 22-3 
 2. Maccabi HBK 18-7 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 16-9 
 4. Megido/Yokneam 15-10 
 5. Beer Yaakov 13-12 
 6. Lev Hasharon 12-13 
 7. Elitzur Ramla 12-13 
 8. Hapoel Tivon 11-14 
 9. Hapoel Afula 11-14 
 10. Kohav Yair 11-14 
 11. Ironi Ramat Gan 11-14 
 12. Hod Hasharon 9-16 
 13. Hapoel Beeri 8-17 
 14. Ironi Nahariya 6-19 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A27.4 
 2. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.0 
 3. Moragne, Hapoel B.23.3 
 4. Clemente, Megido.23.1 
 5. Miller, Megido/Y.23.0 
 6. Delaney, Maccabi .21.3 
 7. Young, Hod Hasharon21.1 
 8. Timberlake, Elitzu.21.1 
 9. Gomez, Beer Yaakov20.8 
 10. Brown, Maccabi HBK20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.6 
 3. Clemente, Megido.10.8 
 4. Brandy, Hod H.10.3 
 5. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 6. Wade, Lev Hasharon9.3 
 7. Strong, Hapoel T.9.1 
 8. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 9. Utter, Hapoel T-A8.9 
 10. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ofir FARHI
  Beer Yaakov
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.7 
 2. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.4 
 3. Dobie, Lev Hasharon6.3 
 4. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula5.9 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.5.9 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.7 
 7. Fisher, Ironi R.4.7 
 8. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.7 
 9. Davidi, Elitzur Ramla4.6 
 10. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.3 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.7 
 3. Delaney, Maccabi .2.6 
 4. Bochman, Beer Y.2.5 
 5. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.1 
 6. Sukar, Elitzur Ramla2.1 
 7. Markson, Hapoel A.2.1 
 8. Lev, Maccabi HBK2.0 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon2.0 
 10. Fisher, Ironi R.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.2.2 
 2. Colwell, Ironi R.2.1 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.0 
 4. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 5. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.6 
 6. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 7. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.5 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 9. Brandy, Hod H.1.3 
 10. Markson, Hapoel A.1.3 


National League Round 25: Hod Hasharon defeats leader Hapoel T-A - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in National League. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Hapoel T-A (22-3) in Tel-Aviv on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by twelfth ranked Hod Hasharon (9-16) 85-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel T-A. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jitim Young (188-81, college: Northwestern, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Koby Sharvit (195-84) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for Hapoel T-A. Hod Hasharon maintains twelfth place with 9-16 record. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A still keeps top position with three games lost. Hod Hasharon are looking forward to face league's second-placed Maccabi HBK in Habikaa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel T-A will play on the road against Lev Hasharon and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Elitzur Yavne (16-9) against fourth ranked Megido/Yokneam (15-10) on Tuesday night. Visiting Elitzur Yavne was defeated by Megido/Yokneam in a tough game in Yokneam 90-99. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Elitzur Yavne. American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and Nate Miller chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Megido/Yokneam's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Megido/Yokneam maintains fourth place with 15-10 record. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Megido/Yokneam will play against Kohav Yair (#10) in Kohav Yair in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Elitzur Yavne will play at home against Beer Yaakov (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses on Tuesday night. This time they won against fifth-ranked Beer Yaakov 105-99. Jeron Roberts nailed 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Jermaine Hall came up with 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for Beer Yaakov in the defeat. Ironi Nahariya maintains fourteenth place with 6-19 record. Loser Beer Yaakov keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Ironi Nahariya will meet at home higher ranked Hapoel Tivon (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Beer Yaakov will play against Elitzur Yavne having rather not much hope for a victory.
A very interesting game took place in Kiryat Tivon. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Hapoel Tivon (11-14) to ninth ranked Lev Hasharon (12-13) 93-92 on Tuesday evening. Antwan Henry Dobie fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Lev Hasharon have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Hapoel Tivon at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Lev Hasharon's next round opponent will be league's leader Hapoel T-A in Tel-Aviv and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Tivon will play on the road against Ironi Nahariya (#14).
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hapoel Afula (11-14) and Hapoel Beeri (8-17), which took place in Afula. Higher ranked Hapoel Afula lost at home to thirteenth ranked Hapoel Beeri 80-88 on Tuesday. It was a very good performance for Stacey Moragne who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds. Hapoel Beeri maintains thirteenth place with 8-17 record. Loser Hapoel Afula keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. Hapoel Beeri will face higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#11) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 25 Kohav Yair beat Ironi Ramat Gan on the road 93-81. Maccabi HBK won against Elitzur Ramla on its own court 84-71.



Beer Yaakov - Ironi Nahariya 99-105

Bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses on Tuesday night. This time they won against fifth-ranked Beer Yaakov 105-99. Ironi Nahariya made 29-of-31 free shots (93.5 percent) during the game. The former international swingman Jeron Roberts (194-76, college: Wyoming, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) nailed 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and American forward E.J. Drayton (204-82, college: Charlotte, agency: Strategic Sports) accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) came up with 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 20 points and 7 assists respectively for Beer Yaakov in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya maintains fourteenth place with 6-19 record. Loser Beer Yaakov keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Ironi Nahariya will meet at home higher ranked Hapoel Tivon (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Beer Yaakov will play against Elitzur Yavne having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: J.Roberts 22+8reb+3ast, O.Ben Hemo 19+1reb, R.Sabag 16+2reb+4ast, E.Drayton 14+10reb+1ast, A.Ohana 12+1reb+2ast, A.Pereg 11+2reb+5ast
Beer Yaakov: J.Hall 36+7reb+1ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 20+7ast, O.Farhi 14+4reb+9ast, J.Gomes 13+4reb, I.Bochman 10+5reb+1ast, G.Karni 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 105680


Megido/Yokneam - Elitzur Yavne 99-90

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Elitzur Yavne (16-9) against fourth ranked Megido/Yokneam (15-10) on Tuesday night. Visiting Elitzur Yavne was defeated by Megido/Yokneam in a tough game in Yokneam 90-99. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Elitzur Yavne. The hosts were already 19 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-14 Elitzur Yavne's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 99-90 at the end of the game. Megido/Yokneam forced 22 Elitzur Yavne turnovers. American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Megido/Yokneam's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Megido/Yokneam maintains fourth place with 15-10 record. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Megido/Yokneam will play against Kohav Yair (#10) in Kohav Yair in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Elitzur Yavne will play at home against Beer Yaakov (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Megido/Yokneam: N.Miller 22+5reb+5ast, N.Tishman 21+2reb+5ast, J.Shtarkman 20+2reb+1ast, R.Clemente 18+17reb, C.Buchman 7+2reb+3ast, R.Barzilay 5+2reb+1ast
Elitzur Yavne: C.Timberlake 29+10reb+4ast, K.Wilson 28+8reb+3ast, O.Brandwein 11+2ast, Z.Volfer 10+6reb+2ast, E.Hofman 7+5reb+4ast, T.Karpels 3+1ast
gschID: 105681


Ironi Ramat Gan - Kohav Yair 81-93

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked Kohav Yair (11-14) beat on the road 10th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (11-14) 93-81 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 50-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kohav Yair forced 20 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. It was a very good performance for forward Gil Amitai (197-89) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Aviram Zelkovits (191-89) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Kohav Yair players scored in double figures. Naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and naturalized American guard Jason Thomas (191-82, college: American, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 24 points in the effort for Ironi Ramat Gan. Kohav Yair moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Ironi Ramat Gan. Kohav Yair will face higher ranked Megido/Yokneam (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Kohav Yair: O.Rub 24+3ast, G.Amitai 22+7reb+1ast, A.Zelkovits 19+8reb+1ast, O.Smith 18+6reb+1ast, S.Harush 6+3reb+4ast, E.Traimel 2
Ironi Ramat Gan: J.Thomas 24+1reb+1ast, I.Rosefelt 16+16reb+1ast, Y.Yatzkan 9+2reb+6ast, O.Brener 7, V.Yeremishin 6+2reb+2ast, S.Colwell 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 105682


Hapoel Afula - Hapoel Beeri 80-88

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hapoel Afula (11-14) and Hapoel Beeri (8-17), which took place in Afula. Higher ranked Hapoel Afula lost at home to thirteenth ranked Hapoel Beeri 80-88 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-80. Hapoel Beeri made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Raymond Canady Jr. (201-84, college: Valdosta St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Canady Jr. is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Bryant Markson (198-83, college: Utah) added 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in the effort for Hapoel Afula. Five Hapoel Beeri and four Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. Hapoel Beeri maintains thirteenth place with 8-17 record. Loser Hapoel Afula keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. Hapoel Beeri will face higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#11) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Beeri: S.Moragne 22+8reb+3ast, R.Canady Jr. 19+10reb+2ast, D.Aidan 15+7reb+1ast, G.Dotan 12+3reb+3ast, H.Shifman 12+1reb+4ast, T.Havkin 6+3reb+3ast
Hapoel Afula: B.Markson 16+10reb+4ast, T.Michael Dunne 15+11reb+5ast, O.Shmidt 13+1ast, G.Aud 12+5reb+2ast, O.Kalimi 10+3reb, A.Eliyahu 8+2reb+6ast
gschID: 105676


Maccabi HBK - Elitzur Ramla 84-71

Very expected game when 6th ranked Elitzur Ramla (12-13) lost to second ranked Maccabi HBK (18-7) in Habikaa 71-84 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 13 points. Maccabi HBK made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Elitzur Ramla turnovers. Quite impressive performance for American guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB, agency: Lanshire Group) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 4 steals. His fellow American import forward Steffon Bradford (200-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward David Paris (205-84, college: Bowie St.) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Avi Sukar (187-76) added 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Elitzur Ramla. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. Maccabi HBK maintains second place with 18-7 record having four points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Loser Elitzur Ramla keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Maccabi HBK will face Hod Hasharon (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Ramla will play against Hapoel Afula (#9).
Top scorers:
Maccabi HBK: P.Delaney 29+3reb+2ast, S.Bradford 17+9reb, N.Matalon 13, M.Moscovitz 9+7reb, I.Lev 6+4reb+5ast, I.Grinboim 5+1reb+2ast
Elitzur Ramla: D.Paris 21+6reb+2ast, A.Sukar 15+3reb+5ast, K.Young 13+3reb+2ast, D.Davidi 13+1reb+6ast, L.Levi 7+8reb+3ast, M.Badalov 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 105677


Hapoel T-A - Hod Hasharon 84-85

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Hapoel T-A (22-3) in Tel-Aviv on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by twelfth ranked Hod Hasharon (9-16) 85-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel T-A. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jitim Young (188-81, college: Northwestern, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Koby Sharvit (195-84) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Matan Naor (194-80) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel T-A. Hod Hasharon maintains twelfth place with 9-16 record. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A still keeps top position with three games lost. Hod Hasharon are looking forward to face league's second-placed Maccabi HBK in Habikaa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel T-A will play on the road against Lev Hasharon and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: J.Young 26+6reb+4ast, K.Sharvit 17+3reb+2ast, S.Shaibi 15+2reb+2ast, S.Brandy 8+5reb+2ast, O.Ron 7+5reb+2ast, I.Karabayov 6+1reb+1ast
Hapoel T-A: B.Asbury 22+11reb+1ast, M.Naor 16+9reb+2ast, G.Eytan 13+4ast, E.Eliyah 9, Y.Lahat 8+2reb+5ast, T.Chaimovic 5+1reb
gschID: 105678


Hapoel Tivon - Lev Hasharon 92-93

A very interesting game took place in Kiryat Tivon. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Hapoel Tivon (11-14) to ninth ranked Lev Hasharon (12-13) 93-92 on Tuesday evening. Hapoel Tivon was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 30-23 charge of Lev Hasharon, which allowed them to win the game. They made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Tivon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Antwan Henry Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners (made all of his eight free throws). His fellow American import forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 25 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Oded Shaashoua (186-82, agency: Avi Zilberman) produced 27 points and power forward Kobi Izik (204-83, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Five Lev Hasharon and four Hapoel Tivon players scored in double figures. Lev Hasharon have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Hapoel Tivon at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Lev Hasharon's next round opponent will be league's leader Hapoel T-A in Tel-Aviv and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Tivon will play on the road against Ironi Nahariya (#14).
Top scorers:
Lev Hasharon: L.Wade 25+7reb+1ast, A.Henry Dobie 20+5reb+10ast, G.Lavie 13+4reb+2ast, I.Eiram 11+5reb+5ast, R.Pitshon 11+12reb, O.Hover 9+1reb+4ast
Hapoel Tivon: O.Shaashoua 27+4reb+3ast, K.Izik 21+4reb+2ast, B.Timor 13+3reb+6ast, B.Strong 11+11reb+1ast, J.Horovitz 9+4reb+1ast, L.Arieli 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 105679




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  JORDAN   


Mario Palma to coach Portugal NT - by Omar Shafaamri

LISBON (EuroBasket 2011) Mario Leonel Palma has led Angola and Jordan to podium finishes as the coach of their national teams.

Now hell try to do the same for his home country of Portugal after being confirmed as the new boss of their national side.

Two places are up for grabs for EuroBasket 2011 and Finland, Hungary and Palmas Portuguese will go after them when playing in an Additional Qualifying Round.

The first game will be against Hungary on August 9.

After winning just one of eight games last year in qualifying under former coach Moncho Lopez, Portugal were given a second chance to reach the EuroBasket when FIBA Europe increased the tournament size by eight teams to make it 24 in all.

This European Championship is a tough one, as it is like a World Championship given the number of teams, Palma said to FIBA.com.

As for their chances against the Finns and Hungarians, Palma said: We have the same chances to qualify to EuroBasket 2011 as our opponents.
Palma will gather his players on June 20 to launch preparations for the Additional Qualifying Round.

My coaching staff and I now have the task of turning around the current scenario of the national team, he said.

We should motivate our players as priority point, convincing some of them to join the national team.

Bringing in new talents and making them work hard is something that well stick on our agenda.

Palma steered Angola to Afrobasket titles and into the 2004 Olympics and 2006 FIBA World Championship.

In 2009, he guided Jordan to the bronze medal at the FIBA Asia Championship in China.

Julio Chitunda
FIBA


Portuguese make Palma national team coach - by Maarouf Mawloud
Mrio Palma has led Angola and Jordan to podium finishes as the coach of their national teams.

Now hell try to do the same for his home country of Portugal after being confirmed as the new boss of their national side.

Two places are up for grabs for EuroBasket 2011 and Finland, Hungary and Palmas Portuguese will go after them when playing in an Additional Qualifying Round.

The first game will be against Hungary on August 9.

After winning just one of eight games last year in qualifying under former coach Moncho Lopez, Portugal were given a second chance to reach the EuroBasket when FIBA Europe increased the tournament size by eight teams to make it 24 in all.

This European Championship is a tough one, as it is like a World Championship given the number of teams, Palma said to FIBA.com.

As for their chances against the Finns and Hungarians, Palma said: We have the same chances to qualify to EuroBasket 2011 as our opponents.
Palma will gather his players on June 20 to launch preparations for the Additional Qualifying Round.
My coaching staff and I now have the task of turning around the current scenario of the national team, he said.
We should motivate our players as priority point, convincing some of them to join the national team.
Bringing in new talents and making them work hard is something that well stick on our agenda.
Palma steered Angola to Afrobasket titles and into the 2004 Olympics and 2006 FIBA World Championship.

In 2009, he guided Jordan to the bronze medal at the FIBA Asia Championship in China.



Portuguese make Palma national team coach - by Maarouf Mawloud
Mario Leonel Palma has led Angola and Jordan to podium finishes as the coach of their national teams.

Now hell try to do the same for his home country of Portugal after being confirmed as the new boss of their national side.

Two places are up for grabs for EuroBasket 2011 and Finland, Hungary and Palmas Portuguese will go after them when playing in an Additional Qualifying Round.

The first game will be against Hungary on August 9.

After winning just one of eight games last year in qualifying under former coach Moncho Lopez, Portugal were given a second chance to reach the EuroBasket when FIBA Europe increased the tournament size by eight teams to make it 24 in all.

This European Championship is a tough one, as it is like a World Championship given the number of teams, Palma said to FIBA.com.

As for their chances against the Finns and Hungarians, Palma said: We have the same chances to qualify to EuroBasket 2011 as our opponents.
Palma will gather his players on June 20 to launch preparations for the Additional Qualifying Round.
My coaching staff and I now have the task of turning around the current scenario of the national team, he said.
We should motivate our players as priority point, convincing some of them to join the national team.
Bringing in new talents and making them work hard is something that well stick on our agenda.
Palma steered Angola to Afrobasket titles and into the 2004 Olympics and 2006 FIBA World Championship.

In 2009, he guided Jordan to the bronze medal at the FIBA Asia Championship in China.




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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. Barsy Atyrau 18-2 
 2. Astana Tigers 16-4 
 3. Tobol 11-9 
 4. Kaspiy Aktau 8-11 
 5. BK Atyrau 3-16 
 6. BK Almaty 3-17 


Barsy Atyrau win D1 regular season - by Eurobasket News
Barsy Atyrau celebrated victory at Division 1 regular season. They entered the semifinal stage as the top-ranked team and would faced 4th-ranked Kaspiy Aktau in the best-of-five series.
Barsy Atyrau exchanged victories with their key rivals Astana Tigers in the final games of the regular season. First Barsy Atyrau surprised Astana 75:67. Barsy built a 13-point halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Dmitri Dyatlovsky (195-G-85) provided 18 points to lead the winners. Endropov finished with 17 points for Barsy. Astana Tigers answered with 16 points from Rustam Yargaliyew (195-F/G-86).
But next day the Tigers avenged the loss. They thumped Barsy 92:71 in quite one-way traffic game. Rustam Yargaliyew produced 20 points to lead the charge. The Tigers went on a 32:11 rally in the first term to leave Barsy far behind. The Atyrau team leveled the battle in the next periods but never got too closer to their opponents in the reminder of the clash. Vilius Gabsys (199-F-79, agency: Court Side) and Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) notched 17 points apiece in the victory. Edgar Chunda top-scored with 14 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case. Astana Tigers clinched the second spot in the ladder and would take on Tobol in the semifinal series starting on April 9.




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  KENYA   


Tears Flow as Baptist Lose - by Eurobasket News
Coast Provincial Term One Games ended in drama when Mombasa Baptist High School students broke down tears after losing to Shimba hills 66-67 in the basketball final at the weekend at Shimo La Tewa Secondary School.

Shimba Hills will now represent Coast in the boys and girls category at the nationals in Kakamega after their girls punished Kaloleni's St John's Girls 147-13 in the girls final.

Baptist who were one time champions lost the title with one basket after leading by 12 points from the first quarter to the third quarter of the match. in the first quarter, the score stood in favour of Baptist at 17-14 but things turned round at 61-58 when Shimba brought in Richard Warufe seven minutes to the whistle.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star


Co-operative Bank tipped to win the league again - by Eurobasket News
NATIONAL champions Co-operative Bank of Kenya are still the team to beat in the Premier League title race this year. Team manager Emmanuel Agunda warned that the bankers are determined to stamp their authority on the local scene as they position themselves for the Kenyan and the zone 5 club titles. This team is still the best and will once again show their might as the league progresses. We proved that by coming from behind to beat KCB Lions over the weekend, said Agunda. Co-op rallied from 21 points down to stun KCB Lions 64-57 in another top clash at Nyayo Stadium gymnasium last weekend, a feat that excited Agunda and the bankers technical bench. Lions roared to 43-23 cushion on a slam by Yoni Wanambiro (191-F-80) before going to an inexplicable slump. Salim Ali, Mayien, Mike Makiadi (199-F/C) and Titus Musembi effort saw Co-op charge right back into contention. Musembi hit a clutch three for 38-43, Mayien completed a three point play at 41-43 and banked another shot that locked the duel 43-43. A bewildered Lions struggled from all corners committing turn overs at will. Co-op then dominated the match through Alis impressive display to race up to a 56-46 lead with their Lions losing their cool completely.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star


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  KOSOVO   


SuperLeague Round 23: Peja beats Trepca in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in SuperLeague is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Peje. Third ranked Peja faced 4th placed Trepca. Host Peja (18-5) smashed guests from Mitrovice (12-11) 86-60. Peja have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 18-5 record having just one points less than leader Sigal Prishtina. Trepca at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Peja are looking forward to face bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Trepca will play against Bashkimi (#7) in Prizren and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Leader Sigal Prishtina delivered the twentiethth win. This time they crushed bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice (0-22) 150-54 in Prishtine. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-2 record. Newly promoted KB Mitrovice still closes the standings. Sigal Prishtina will play against Kosova (#6) in Vushtrri in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. KB Mitrovice will play at home against Peja in Peje and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Prizren was also quite interesting. 5th ranked College EuroSporti (8-15) played at the court of seventh ranked Bashkimi (6-15). Bashkimi managed to secure a 9-point victory 88-79 on Wednesday. Bashkimi maintains seventh place with 6-15 record. Loser College EuroSporti keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Bashkimi will meet higher ranked Trepca (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. College EuroSporti will play against the league's second-placed Bambi and will have a slim chance for a victory.

In the last game of round 23 Kosova was defeated by Bambi in Mitrovice 89-82.



Bashkimi - K.EuroSporti 88-79

The game in Prizren was also quite interesting. 5th ranked College EuroSporti (8-15) played at the court of seventh ranked Bashkimi (6-15). Bashkimi managed to secure a 9-point victory 88-79 on Wednesday. Bashkimi maintains seventh place with 6-15 record. Loser College EuroSporti keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Bashkimi will meet higher ranked Trepca (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. College EuroSporti will play against the league's second-placed Bambi and will have a slim chance for a victory.
gschID: 114656


Peja - Trepca 86-60

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Peje. Third ranked Peja faced 4th placed Trepca. Host Peja (18-5) smashed guests from Mitrovice (12-11) 86-60. Peja have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 18-5 record having just one points less than leader Sigal Prishtina. Trepca at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Peja are looking forward to face bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Trepca will play against Bashkimi (#7) in Prizren and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 114657


Sigal Prishtina - Mitrovica 150-54

Leader Sigal Prishtina delivered the twentiethth win. This time they crushed bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice (0-22) 150-54 in Prishtine. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-2 record. Newly promoted KB Mitrovice still closes the standings. Sigal Prishtina will play against Kosova (#6) in Vushtrri in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. KB Mitrovice will play at home against Peja in Peje and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 114654


Bambi - Kosova 89-82

There was no surprise in Mitrovice where 6th ranked Kosova (7-16) was defeated by second ranked Bambi (18-3) 89-82 on Wednesday. Bambi have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 18-3 record having just three points less than leader Sigal Prishtina. Loser Kosova keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. Bambi will meet College EuroSporti (#5) in the next round. Kosova will play against the league's leader Sigal Prishtina in Prishtine and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 114655




Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 20-2 
 2. Bambi 18-3 
 3. Peja 18-5 
 4. Trepca 12-11 
 5. K.EuroSporti 8-15 
 6. Kosova 7-16 
 7. Bashkimi 6-15 
 8. Mitrovica 0-22 


Granit Rugova scores 110 points in a single match - by Onur Deqani
21-year old Sigal Prishtine player Granit Rugova (196-F-86, college: Trinity Valley JC) achieved the new record of points scored in a single match in Kosova . He scored 110 points on Wednesday night why his team Sigal Prishtine crashed the team from the bottom of the table, KB Mitrovice 150-54. The team from capital remain at the top, while winless KB Mitrovice is at the very bottom.
Granit Rugova, now has made his name known as one of the players for most points scored in match, worldwide. But in Kosovo, he will be known for the man who keeps the record. And as it seems, it will bo very difficult to break it, also .


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  LATVIA   


LBAL: Saulkrasti against BK VEF will play in final - by Gatis Zvirbulis
Amateur Basketball League (ABL) is 3rd strongest league in Latvia and is official tournament who organize LBS, who also organize LBL and LBL2, so ABL is something like LBL3.

This season regular season teams where diveded in 2 divisions Centrs (Center) and Austrumi (East). In Centrs played 7 teams and in Austrumi 8 teams. After the regular season ended first four teams of each division qualified for quarterfinal.

Regular season standings:
Centrs
1. BK VEF 10-2
2. SS Dartija Iecava 9-3
3. Kursa MRU 8-4
4. Saulkrasti 7-5
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5. RTU/Marupe 6-6
6. Kvele 1-11
7. Riga/Pardaugava 1-11

Austrumi
1. Limbazi 12-2
2. Beverina 11-3
3. BK Salacgriva 9-5
4. Pargauja/Cesis 9-5
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5. Darznieks/Cesis 8-6
6. Jekabpils 5-9
7. Aluksne 2-12
8. Madonas BJSS/SEB 0-14

In quarterfinals 1st placed Limbazi from Austrumi lost series 0-2 to 4th placed Saulkrasti from Centrs. In first game Saulkrasti won by 20 points 77:57, but in second game before last quarter they where down by 5 points, but at the end won by 4 points 79:75. Best players for Saulkrasti in series: Gatis Zonbergs (197-G/F-82), Kristaps Melnbardis (200-F/C-80) and Kaspars Rubenis; for Limbazi: Janis Kopeika and Kaspars Veide.
In second pair Centrs 2nd placed SS Dartija Iecava lost series 0-2 to Austrumi 3rd placed BK Salacgriva. Both games ended with almost even score 84:72 and 84:71. Best players for BK Salacgriva in series: Karlis Valenieks and Janis Zegelis; for SS Dartija Iecava: Gundars Bricka (195-F-89).
In third pair Centrs 1st placed BK VEF won series 2-0 to Austrumi 4th placed Pargauja/Cesis. BK VEF also won both games with almost identic score 77:66 and 77:67. best players in series for BK VEF: Nauris Miezis, Martins Rozenbergs and Guntars Strakis (188-G-90); for Pargauja/Cesis: Juris Patmalnieks (201-F-85), Arturs Patmalnieks and Martins Tiss.
In last pair Austrumi 2nd placed Beverina lost series 1-2 to Centrs 3rd placed Kursa/MRU. In first game Beverina won by 6 points 84:78, but then Kursa/MRU won at their home court by 15 points 77:62 and also won in 3rd decisive game by 4 points 75:71. Best players for Kursa/MRU in series: Girts Spelmanis and Martins Vinbergs (190-F-82); for Beverina: Sandis Amolins (190-G/F-81) and Edgars Bergmanis.

In semi-final Saulkrasti won series 2-0 to BK Salacgriva. First game they won only in overtime by 7 points 97:90, but second game at home won by 6 points 67:61. Best players in series for Saulkrasti: Gatis Zonbergs (scored 32 in first and 25 points in second game), Kaspars Rubenis and Edgars Brumermanis; for BK Salacgriva: Kristaps Kalnins.
In second semi-final BK VEF won series 2-1 to Kursa/MRU. First game won Kursa/MRU by 2 points 82:80, in second game BK VEF won by 4 points 76:72, but in 3rd decisive game BK VEF won by 21 points 70:49. Best players in series for BK VEF: Guntars Strakis (188-G-90) and Aigars Strakis (186-G-90); for Kursa/MRU: Girts Spelmanis and Martins Vinbergs (190-F-82).

So in final Saulkrasti will play with BK VEF and for 3rd place BK Salacgriva against Kursa/MRU.


LBL Round 24: Liepaja wins and moves to second place, VEF also win - by Gatis Zvirbulis
Liepaja - Valmiera 69:67

Liepaja won on close contest, when Valmiera didn't make a shot at the buzzer. This mean that Liepaja moved to second place, but Valmiera dropped to fourth. At the halftime Valmiera got +2 lead 33:35, then Liepaja after third quarter have +3 already 53:50. Pierce Caldwell (191-G-88, college: Incarnate World)l scored 16 points for winners and Ashton Mitchell (180-G-88, college: Sam Houston St.) added 13, Buskevics 12 and Mejeris 11, while for Valmiera Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84) scored 18 points, Kaufmanis added 13 and Veselovs with almost double-double 9points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: P.Caldwell 16+3reb, A.Mitchell 13+4reb, S.Buskevics 12+3ast, M.Mejeris 11+5reb, A.Ozols 5+5reb, J.Aleksejevs 4+8reb, J.Kosuskins 3, M.Kravcenko 3+3ast, M.Meiers 2
Valmiera: R.Gabrans 18+4steals+5turnovers, J.Kaufmanis 13, P.Veselovs 9+9reb, J.Berzins 9+5reb, J.Graudins 6+6reb, O.Virsis 4+3reb+3steals, K.Bedritis 4, M.Ziedins 2+5reb, V.Iljins 2


Zemgale - VEF Riga 70:92

VEF Riga after trailing in first quarter by 12 points 14:26, won the next quarter by impressive 28 points 34:6 and at the halftime have 16 points advantage. In the second half VEF Riga increased her lead to 22 points at the end. For VEF Riga 5 players got 11 and more points, where Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) got 15 points and 8 rebounds, Andrejs Selakovs (210-C-88) had impressive game on boards getting 15 rebounds and also scored 8 points. For Zemgale Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) scored 20 points and Salvis Metra added 14 points.
Top scorers:
Zemgale: J.Strelnieks 14+4reb+2ast, R.Anderson 12+2reb, B.Hunter 11+17reb+2ast, A.Vairogs 9+7reb+1ast, A.Berzins 7+2reb+2ast, M.Gulbis 6+2reb+1ast
VEF Riga:
T.Cain 15+8reb+1ast, B.Bakic 12+3reb+3ast, K.Berzins 12+4reb, A.Parahouski 12, D.Bertans 13+2reb+3ast, M.Laksa 9+5reb+3ast, A.Selakovs 8+15reb, S.Valters 6, K.Janicenoks 5+2reb+3ast, K.Mediss 2, T.Hughes 0+7ast


LBL D2 Round 22: BS Ogre defeats leader Jurmala - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LBL D2 just ended. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Jurmala (17-5) on the court of second ranked BS Ogre on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by BS Ogre 75-54. The game was mostly controlled by BS Ogre. Jurmala managed to win third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Despite that victory BS Ogre went down to third position due to points difference. Newly promoted Jurmala still keeps top place with five games lost. They share the position with Ventspils Aug.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ventspils Augstskola (17-5) against eighth ranked Liepaja-2 (11-11) on Tuesday night. Visiting Ventspils Augstskola was crushed by Liepaja-2 in Liepaja 88-46. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ventspils Augstskola. Liepaja-2 have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Zemgale/Jun. Ventspils Augstskola at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost.
An interesting game for Ventspils Augstskola (17-5) which hosted in Ventspils their biggest opponent BS Ogre (16-6). Third ranked Ventspils Augstskola managed to get a 14-point victory 80-66. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Ventspils Augstskola used an opportunity after Jurmala lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser BS Ogre dropped to the third place with six games lost.
VEF Kadeti (#12) forced the game against Livani (#10) into an overtime, but lost by three points 90-93. The game took place in Riga. But the guests from Livani were better at the end. Livani maintains tenth position with 5-17 record. VEF Kadeti lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 21 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Jelgava was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked BAA Riga (13-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Zemgale/Juniors (11-11). BAA Riga defeated Zemgale/Juniors 82-69 on Tuesday. BAA Riga have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 13-9 record. Newly promoted Zemgale/Juniors dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Zemgale/Jun. beat VEF Kadeti on the road 65-51. Ridzene was destroyed by Saldus on its own court 66-107. Bottom-ranked VEF Kadeti was outscored by Gulbene in a road game 101-75. Daugava managed to beat Livani at home 81-72.



VEF Kadeti - Zemgale/Jun. 51-65

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Zemgale/Juniors (11-11) beat bottom-ranked VEF Kadeti (1-21) in Riga 65-51 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Zemgale/Juniors led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Zemgale/Juniors moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Liepaja-2. VEF Kadeti lost eleventh consecutive game. VEF Kadeti at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 21 lost games.
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Ventspils Aug. - Ogre 80-66

An interesting game for Ventspils Augstskola (17-5) which hosted in Ventspils their biggest opponent BS Ogre (16-6). Third ranked Ventspils Augstskola managed to get a 14-point victory 80-66. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Ventspils Augstskola used an opportunity after Jurmala lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser BS Ogre dropped to the third place with six games lost.
gschID: 125423


VEF Kadeti - Livani 90-93 OT

VEF Kadeti (#12) forced the game against Livani (#10) into an overtime, but lost by three points 90-93. The game took place in Riga. But the guests from Livani were better at the end. The guests were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 23-20 run, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-10. Livani maintains tenth position with 5-17 record. VEF Kadeti lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 21 lost games.
gschID: 125424


Ogre - Jurmala 75-54

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Jurmala (17-5) on the court of second ranked BS Ogre on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by BS Ogre 75-54. The game was mostly controlled by BS Ogre. Jurmala managed to win third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Despite that victory BS Ogre went down to third position due to points difference. Newly promoted Jurmala still keeps top place with five games lost.
gschID: 120529


Ridzene - Saldus 66-107

Very expected game when 11th ranked Ridzene (4-18) was smashed by fourth ranked Saldus (15-7) in Riga 107-66 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Saldus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Saldus maintains fourth position with 15-7 record. Loser Ridzene keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost.
gschID: 120530


Gulbene - VEF Kadeti 101-75

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Gulbene (12-10) rolled over at home bottom-ranked VEF Kadeti (1-21) 101-75 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Gulbene. VEF Kadeti was better in fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gulbene maintains sixth position with 12-10 record. VEF Kadeti lost eleventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 21 lost games.
gschID: 120531


Zemgale/Jun. - BAA Riga 69-82

The game in Jelgava was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked BAA Riga (13-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Zemgale/Juniors (11-11). BAA Riga defeated Zemgale/Juniors 82-69 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by BAA Riga. Zemgale/Juniors was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BAA Riga have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 13-9 record. Newly promoted Zemgale/Juniors dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost.
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Daugava - Livani 81-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Livani's (5-17) road loss to ninth ranked Daugava (10-12) in Daugavapils 72-81 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 26-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Newly promoted Daugava maintains ninth position with 10-12 record. Loser Livani keeps the tenth place with 17 games lost.
gschID: 120527


Liepaja-2 - Ventspils Aug. 88-46

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ventspils Augstskola (17-5) against eighth ranked Liepaja-2 (11-11) on Tuesday night. Visiting Ventspils Augstskola was crushed by Liepaja-2 in Liepaja 88-46. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ventspils Augstskola. The game without a history. Liepaja-2 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Liepaja-2 have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Zemgale/Jun. Ventspils Augstskola at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost.
gschID: 120528




LBL D2 Playoffs about to start - by Gatis Zvirbulis
Regular season just ended, but now it's time for playoffs. Quarterfinals are played to 2 wins of one of the team.

Regular season winners Jurmala/ Fenikss (17-5) begin their playoff tonight when they face 8th team of the regular season Zemgale LLU, who ended season with 11wins and 11loses. In regular season Jurmala won at home by 10 points 85:75 and also at road by 10 points 75:65.
2nd place team Ventspils Augstskola (17-5) play with 7th placed Liepja 2 (11-11) at 5th april. In regular season Ventspils Augstskola at home win by 17 points 89:72, but at road Liepaja 2 got their revenge destroying Ventspils Augstskola by 42 points 88:46.
3rd placed BS Ogre (16-6) face 6th placed Gulbene (12-10). In rgular season BS Ogre won at home by 13 points 67:54 winning fourth quarter with result 18:4. Also at road they got their victory 86:81.
And at last pair 4th placed BK Saldus (15-7) face 5th placed BAA Riga (13-9). BK Saldus in regular season lost at home by huge 23 points 66:89, but won in the road by 5 points 71:66.


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Riyadi inks Ismail Ahmad for 3 years!! - by Rabih Khoury
After the negotiations for nearly 2 weeks, Riyadi management agreed to terms with its previous player Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76). Ismail, the Egyptian forward who spent most of his career in Lebanon, will join back the yellow castle after leaving for 2 years. Ahmad played this season and the previous one for Itihhad Alexandria in Egypt and won lately the Dubai Championship with them. In his last season in Lebanon (2008-2009) he averaged 16.3ppg, 11.3rpg, 7.8apg, 2.3spg, 2.2bpg. Riyadi signed Ismail for the next 3 years for a big amount of money!!

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Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 27 - by Eurobasket News
American David Weaver (209-C-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Siauliai and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 23-year old center had the game-high 17 points adding eight rebounds for Siauliai in his team's victory, helping them to beat Techasas (#6, 12-10) in overtime 77-72. Siauliai maintains the 4th position in Lithuanian LKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Siauliai will need more victories to improve their 13-7 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Weaver as usually he does not deliver so high stats. David Weaver averages this season 11.0ppg and 5.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (198-F-89) of Rudupis Prienu. Lipkevicius impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Rudupis to another comfortable win 96-82 over slightly higher-ranked Lietuvos Rytas (#2, 17-4) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Rudupis consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 14-6 record is not bad at all. Lipkevicius is a newcomer at Rudupis and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) of top-ranked Zalgiris. Jankunas scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Zalgiris, leading his team to a 104-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Nevezis (#9, 7-13). Zalgiris have amazing season winning all 21 games without a single defeat. Jankunas turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Jankunas has a great season in Lithuania. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.7rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vytenis Cizauskas (190-G-92) of Nevezis - 14 points
5. Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) of Rudupis - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tomas Rinkevicius (178-G-78) of Techasas - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82) of Zalgiris - 10 points and 13 rebounds
8. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) of Neptunas - 13 points and 7 rebounds
9. Edvinas Jezukevicius (207-C-90) of Sakalai - 13 points and 8 rebounds
10. Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-C-82) of Siauliai - 8 points and 10 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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CIBACOPA Round 12: Rayos de Hermosillo is defeated by Pioneros Los Mochis - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Hermosillo between second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (9-3) and tenth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (1-11) on Wednesday night. Rayos de Hermosillo was defeated by Pioneros Los Mochis in a tough game at home 94-101. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-94. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pioneros Los Mochis made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 10 assists and the other American import swingman Nathan Sims (191-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) who added 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Steve Monreal (180, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Pioneros Los Mochis left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Tepic. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home in the next round. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (7-5) against fourth ranked Frayles de Guasave (8-4) on Wednesday night. Visiting Caballeros de Culiacan was defeated by Frayles de Guasave in Guasave 94-79. The winners were led by American guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) who scored that evening 29 points and 5 assists and Gabriel Giron supported him with 23 points and 5 assists. Even 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 blocks by American guard Kevin Sowell (190-81) did not help to save the game for Caballeros de Culiacan. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to third place. Defending champion Caballeros de Culiacan dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Nogales. Frayles de Guasave will play against league's leader Mineros de Cananea on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
CIBACOPA top team - Mineros de Cananea (10-2) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat ninth ranked Coras de Tepic (1-11) 88-84. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Davin White who scored 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Devon Ford who recorded 30 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Mineros de Cananea have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Coras de Tepic lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Los Mochis. Mineros de Cananea will meet at home Frayles de Guasave (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Coras de Tepic will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Mexicali was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (6-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (6-6). Bomberos de Mexicali managed to secure a 4-point victory 89-85. It was a good game for Michael Gale who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Bomberos de Mexicali's coach Luis Nicoletti allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Bomberos de Mexicali moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Tijuana. Bomberos de Mexicali's next round opponent will be Ostioneros de Guaymas (#8) on the road.
Fifth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (7-5) crushed at home 7th ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (5-7) by 20 points 106-86, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Ryan Moss who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Culiacan. Loser Ostioneros de Guaymas dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will face Caballeros de Culiacan (#4) on the road in the next round. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Bomberos de Mexicali (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Tepic - Cananea 84-88

CIBACOPA top team - Mineros de Cananea (10-2) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat ninth ranked Coras de Tepic (1-11) 88-84. Coras de Tepic trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 26-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-88 at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mineros de Cananea made 9 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who scored 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Damond Williams (197-80, college: McNeese St.) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Devon Ford (193-77, college: Idaho) who recorded 30 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) added 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Four Coras de Tepic players scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Coras de Tepic lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Los Mochis. Mineros de Cananea will meet at home Frayles de Guasave (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Coras de Tepic will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cananea: D.White 34+5reb+4ast, D.Williams 18+8reb+2ast, A.Aguirre 10+5reb+1ast, M.Valenzuela 9+3reb+3ast, J.Casillas 6+1reb, D.Thomas 6+5reb
Tepic: D.Ford 30+5reb+8ast, I.Brown 23+13reb+4ast, P.Lawal 16+4reb+1ast, J.Pablo Bravo 10+4reb+1ast, H.Ibanez 3+2reb+5ast, C.Estrada 2+1reb
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Hermosillo - Los Mochis 94-101

The most important game in the last round took place in Hermosillo between second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (9-3) and tenth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (1-11) on Wednesday night. Rayos de Hermosillo was defeated by Pioneros Los Mochis in a tough game at home 94-101. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-94. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pioneros Los Mochis made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 10 assists and the other American import swingman Nathan Sims (191-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) who added 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Steve Monreal (180, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Pioneros Los Mochis left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Tepic. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home in the next round. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: D.White 37+8reb+10ast, N.Sims 34+7reb+1ast, L.Malloy 17+5reb, E.Hare 10+7reb+2ast, J.Favela 2+2reb, C.M. Toussaint 1
Hermosillo: S.Monreal 27+8reb+6ast, J.Manuel Esteva 20+2reb+1ast, J.Lopez 17+10reb, J.Camacho 9+5reb, M.Gray 9+4reb, J.Abu-Shamala 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 122852


Nogales - Guaymas 106-86

Fifth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (7-5) crushed at home 7th ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (5-7) by 20 points 106-86, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Ostioneros de Guaymas was better in fourth quarter 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Guinda Nogales shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fuerza Guinda Nogales made 10 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and naturalized American guard Noah Brown (186-81, college: Appalachian St.) who added 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Four Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) with 25 points and 5 rebounds and guard Jose Luis Bucio (179-86) scored 16 points and 4 blocks. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Culiacan. Loser Ostioneros de Guaymas dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will face Caballeros de Culiacan (#4) on the road in the next round. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Bomberos de Mexicali (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nogales: R.Moss 22+9reb+3ast, N.Brown 20+5reb+4ast, O.Quintero 12+2reb+4ast, H.Rivera 12+2reb, J.Walker 10+3reb+1ast, B.Heredia 9+1reb+2ast
Guaymas: J.Habel 25+5reb, J.Luis Bucio 16+4reb+3ast, O.Lopez 10+8reb+2ast, F.Benitez 8+1reb, D.Green 8+1reb, R.Navarro 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 122848


Mexicali - Tijuana 89-85

The game in Mexicali was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (6-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (6-6). Bomberos de Mexicali managed to secure a 4-point victory 89-85. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Bomberos de Mexicali brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Tijuana Zonkeys helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Bomberos de Mexicali's coach Luis Nicoletti allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American center Gene Shipley (206-79, college: Brandon, agency: Elleby Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and Canadian guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll., agency: KMG Sports Management) added 24 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Tijuana Zonkeys. Four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Bomberos de Mexicali moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Tijuana. Bomberos de Mexicali's next round opponent will be Ostioneros de Guaymas (#8) on the road.
Top scorers:
Mexicali: M.Gale 25+8reb+1ast, J.Penny 14+9reb+1ast, H.Carrillo 11+1reb+3ast, P.Giron 8+1reb, J.Ruffus 8+4reb, R.Lopez 6+4reb+2ast
Tijuana: J.Watson 24+5reb+2ast, T.Gabbidon 20+5reb+1ast, G.Shipley 18+13reb, L.Ramirez 12+2reb, L.Rodriguez Sainz 7+2reb, C.Silva 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 122849


Guasave - Culiacan 94-79

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (7-5) against fourth ranked Frayles de Guasave (8-4) on Wednesday night. Visiting Caballeros de Culiacan was defeated by Frayles de Guasave in Guasave 94-79. The game was mostly controlled by Frayles de Guasave. Caballeros de Culiacan was better in fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Frayles de Guasave players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Caballeros de Culiacan's players. The winners were led by American guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) who scored that evening 29 points and 5 assists and Panamanian forward Gabriel Giron (192-88) supported him with 23 points and 5 assists. Five Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Even 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 blocks by American guard Kevin Sowell (190-81) did not help to save the game for Caballeros de Culiacan. Naturalized American guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) added 15 points. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to third place. Defending champion Caballeros de Culiacan dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Nogales. Frayles de Guasave will play against league's leader Mineros de Cananea on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guasave: R.Barrett 29+1reb+5ast, G.Giron 23+2reb+5ast, W.Funn 14+6reb+6ast, M.Strobbe 13+10reb+2ast, S.Angounou 10+14reb+5ast, F.Ibarra 2+2reb
Culiacan: K.Sowell 34+7reb+3ast, F.Harris 15+4reb+3ast, V.Avila 11+9reb+1ast, S.Morgan 9+5reb, J.Gonzalez 5+2reb, J.Leroy Webb 3+7reb+4ast
gschID: 122850




White number one in Mexico for round 12 - by Eurobasket News
American guard Detrick White (184-G-76) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Los Mochis, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 34-year old player got a double-double of 37 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Hermosillo (#2, 9-3) 101-94. Los Mochis is placed at 9th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 11 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game White had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 12 attempts. He just recently signed at Los Mochis, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Mississippi State University star has very solid stats this year. White is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.5ppg), assists (3rd best: 5.5apg) and averages impressive 1.8bpg and 59.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Kevin Sowell (190-G-81) of Culiacan. Sowell had a very good evening with 34 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Culiacan lost that game 79-94 to slightly higher-ranked Guasave (#3, 8-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Culiacan still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 7-5 record is not bad at all. Sowell is one of the most experienced players at Culiacan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.5ppg (#3). He also registered 4.1 boards per game. Former star Sowell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Davin White (186-G-81) of league's top team Cananea. White got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of Cananea, leading his team to a 88-84 win against the lower-ranked Tepic (#10, 1-11). Cananea confirms their top position in the standings White has a great season in Mexico. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.9ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.3apg (3rd best). He also has 1.3bpg, FGP: 64.3% and 3PT: 41.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Tepic - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Devon Ford (193-G-77) of Tepic - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Nathan Sims (191-G/F-86) of Los Mochis - 34 points and 7 rebounds
7. Steve Monreal (180-G) of Hermosillo - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) of Nogales - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jesus Lopez (205-F-83) of Hermosillo - 17 points and 10 rebounds
10. Michael Gale (193-G-82) of Mexicali - 25 points and 8 rebounds

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


Interview with Harold Valenzuela, President of CIBANE - by Carlos Chapa
Within the framework of the CIBANE Finals, -which by the way, are led by Mineros de Fresnillo 2-0-, the President of the CIBANE circuit, Harold Valenzuela took his time to have a question and answer session, in which he immerses into the joys and struggles of the first edition of this tournament, adding useful information about the future of the league he commands.

-What is your opinion on the first season of CIBANE?
To be the first year of the league, the balance has been very satisfactory, during the development of the circuit we had some unfortunate events that diverted the attention of our tournament, however, weve had acceptance from the cities involved in the first season of CIBANE and from other cities to which we are planning to expand.


-To which unfortunate events are you referring?
First of all, the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, we are established in a soccer oriented country that anxiously awaits every four year to watch this event and the results the soccer national team gives, the press also puts all its efforts to bring every detail of the World Cup. Then we had Hurricane Alex, which unleashed many problems mainly in the cities of Monterrey, Piedras Negras and Linares, this catastrophe changed the lifestyle of many citizens due to the devastation made in these areas, and prevented access to the city of Piedras Negras, apart from substantial loses and panic. Those were the two main unfortunate events.


-Will the mission of the league prevail next season? (to enable teams to have 2 foreign players and 1 Mexican-American player)
For next season we are planning to modify that rule, we will allow teams to have 2 foreign players but eliminate the option of having a Mexican-American player (they will play as a foreign player), what we saw last season showed us that 2 foreign players is more than enough to have a top rank level and to guarantee high entertainment for the fans, we are trying to have Mexican players as the core of their teams.

-What do you expect for the following season?
We expect the integration of 4 to 6 more teams; weve had talks with several businessmen and promoters that love and appreciate this game, most are very interested in being part of this project, they see this league with good eyes and with an encouraging future, thats why we expect from 10 to 12 teams for next season, with additional teams from Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosi. Commercially, we are sure that national and international companies will take part in the CIBANE, as this league is a real option to advertise their businesses.

-Do you want to add anything else?
I just want to thank the teams that ventured in this project with enthusiasm and desire, also the fans that paid attention to our first season and that cheered for their favorite team. Id like to acknowledge the players that gave the best they could, they contributed with heart and effort and we are proud to say that they will have an opportunity to show more of that next year. Our sponsors supported our adventure from start to finish and they deserve a special recognition, I want to tell them that the league will always be with them and we will take them into account for the near future, Im grateful with god, without him, this would have been impossible.




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


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael GALE
  Mexicali
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 29.3
 1. Gale, Mexicali29.3 
 2. White, Cananea28.9 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.5 
 4. Sims, Los Mochis24.4 
 5. Gabbidon, Tijuana24.3 
 6. Barrett, Guasave23.6 
 7. White, Los Mochis23.5 
 8. Moore, Tijuana23.5 
 9. Moss, Nogales22.9 
 10. Thomas, Cananea22.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Serge ANGOUNOU
  Guasave
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Angounou, Guasave12.3 
 2. Moss, Nogales10.5 
 3. Moore, Tijuana10.0 
 4. Malloy, Los Mochis9.7 
 5. Brown, Tepic9.1 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana8.9 
 7. Brown, Nogales8.0 
 8. Avila, Culiacan7.9 
 9. Strobbe, Guasave7.4 
 10. Sims, Los Mochis7.1 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Funn, Guasave6.0 
 2. Ford, Tepic5.8 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.5 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo5.3 
 5. Watson, Tijuana4.8 
 6. White, Cananea4.3 
 7. Meza, Culiacan4.2 
 8. Ibanez, Tepic3.9 
 9. Marentes, Guaymas3.8 
 10. Brown, Nogales3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Derek THOMAS
  Cananea
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thomas, Cananea2.3 
 2. Brown, Nogales2.0 
 3. White, Cananea1.8 
 4. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo1.6 
 6. Gale, Mexicali1.6 
 7. Brown, Tepic1.5 
 8. Funn, Guasave1.5 
 9. Sims, Los Mochis1.4 
 10. Webb, Culiacan1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Sowell, Culiacan2.9 
 2. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 3. Shipley, Tijuana2.5 
 4. Jones, Tepic2.4 
 5. Malloy, Los Mochis2.4 
 6. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 7. Brown, Tepic2.2 
 8. Habel, Guaymas2.1 
 9. Marentes, Guaymas2.0 
 10. Nungaray, Guaymas2.0 


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  NBA   


Wednesday's games (13) review - by Eurobasket News
Washington W. - Miami Heat 107-123
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and the Miami Heat had a surprisingly tough time against the lowly Wizards - even after No. 1 draft pick John Wall was ejected for a second-quarter scuffle. James finished with 35 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, Wade had 33 points and nine assists, and Chris Bosh scored 26, helping Miami get past Washington 123-107 Wednesday night and avoid what would have been a second consecutive embarrassing loss. Washington was left without its best player when Wall and two Miami reserves - Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Juwan Howard - were kicked out of the game. The Heat led by as many as 13, but the Wizards managed to make it a one-point game in the fourth quarter, at 91-90 on Jordan Crawford's 3 with 9 minutes left. *Courtesy of www.desertnews.com

Toronto R. - Milwaukee B. 98-104
Finally healthy after long absences, Drew Gooden (6'10''-F-81, college: Kansas) and Michael Redd (6'6''-G-79, college: Ohio St.) are giving the Milwaukee Bucks a big boost in their chase for a playoff berth. Brandon Jennings scored 25 points, Gooden and Andrew Bogut each had double-doubles and the Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors 104-98 on Wednesday night. 'The guy that hurt us was Gooden,' Raptors coach Jay Triano said. 'When he came in he made jump shots against our second unit and that hurt us.' Gooden had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Bogut had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who had lost three of their previous four games. Carlos Delfino added 14 points for Milwaukee. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Charlotte B. - Cleveland C. 98-97
Boris Diaw (6'8''-F/C-82) scored 26 points and hit the tiebreaking free throw with 14 seconds left to lead the short-handed Charlotte Bobcats to a 98-97 victory over the gritty Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Diaw added 11 assists and seven rebounds in becoming Charlotte's main scoring option after Stephen Jackson was sidelined with his troublesome hamstring injury. Kwame Brown had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Bobcats, who won their fourth straight game to remain one game behind Indiana for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. A night after an emotional home victory over Miami and LeBron James, the Cavaliers almost secured their first two-game winning streak in nearly five months. But Anthony Parker missed a runner at the buzzer. Ramon Sessions had 24 points and J.J. Hickson overcame foul trouble to score 20 points and grab seven rebounds for Cleveland, which shot 52 percent from the field but couldn't execute its offense in the closing moments. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New York K. - New Jersey N. 120-116
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 39 points for the second straight game, including the tiebreaking jumper with 1:08 left, and the New York Knicks rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets 120-116 on Wednesday night. Chauncey Billups added 33 points, six rebounds and six assists, and Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points for the Knicks, who have won two in a row after a six-game losing streak and trimmed their magic number for clinching a playoff spot to three. Anthony scored only two points in the fourth quarter after a 20-point third, but it was the basket the Knicks needed in the first meeting since they beat out the Nets in the race to acquire the All-Star forward. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Atlanta H. - Orlando M. 85-82
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) kept trying to muscle his way into the lane. Jason Collins wouldn't back down, providing hope that Atlanta will fare a lot better if the Hawks get their expected rematch with Orlando in the playoffs. Joe Johnson's floating one-hander in the lane put Atlanta ahead with 55.4 seconds remaining, Jameer Nelson missed two chances to tie it for the Magic, and the Hawks escaped with an 85-82 victory Wednesday night. Josh Smith led the Hawks with 26 points, and Johnson added 18. But a guy who had only three points and five rebounds might have done the best work of the night. Collins went body-to-body with Howard in a bruising matchup, helping limit the Orlando star to 17 points on 4-of-13 shooting. *Courtesy of www.albanyherald.com

Indiana P. - Detroit P. 111-101
The Indiana Pacers looked great in handling the Pistons 111-101 on Wednesday night. Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87, college: UCLA) led the attack with 20 points, Danny Granger added 17 and Josh McRoberts had a career-best with 13 rebounds to add to an effective 15-point night. Mike Dunleavy inspired the troops by making a triumphant return from injury to score 9 points. It was truly a night when no one on the Pacers played poorly. *Courtesy of www.eightpointsnineseconds.com

Philadelph.76 - Houston R. 108-97
The 76ers' freefall to the bottom of the Eastern Conference was short-lived. A year after one of their worst seasons in more than a decade, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand and the Sixers are a win away from the playoffs. Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90, college: UCLA) had 24 points and 12 assists, and Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) scored 22 points to lead Philadelphia to 108-97 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. The Sixers can clinch a playoff spot with one more victory or one more loss by the Charlotte Bobcats. The Sixers can secure a spot at home Friday vs. New Jersey; Charlotte plays at Orlando the same night. *Courtesy of Yahoo


Phoenix Suns - Oklah.City T. 98-116
Their best regular-season month in franchise history is over. The Oklahoma City Thunder look for even better things ahead in the playoffs. Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) and James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) scored 22 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder completed the best month in franchise history with a 116-98 victory over the fading Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. Michael Westbrook added 16, Serge Ibaka 15 and Kendrick Perkins 13 as the Thunder won their fifth in a row, 11th in their last 12 and 50th of the season. It's the first consecutive 50-win seasons for the franchise since 1998. *Courtesy of ESPN

LA Clippers - Dallas M. 100-106
At least the Mavericks didn't have to worry about using up much quality play before they got to tonight's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. They didn't need much to outrun LA's other team Wednesday night, although they did have to sweat at the end. The Mavericks got by with a modicum of execution, conserving some energy and using a brief display of focus in the third quarter to spring free and roll to a 106-100 victory over the Clippers at Staples Center. They blew out to a 96-80 lead with under six minutes to go, but the Clippers scored 11 consecutive points - six by Blake Griffin - to close to 96-91. Then Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-G-84, college: Northeastern) played the hero's role with a 3-pointer and layup to push the advantage back to 10 with two minutes left. The Mavericks improved to an NBA best 27-10 on the road. Barea did an impressive job both with and without Kidd on the court, slicing through the Clippers' defense for 22 points and six assists. Shawn Marion had a strong evening and Stojakovic hit three of four 3-pointers to finish with 11 points. *Courtesy of www.star-telegram.com

N.Orleans H. - Portland TB 95-91
Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, college: Purdue) scored 21 points and the New Orleans Hornets jumped ahead of Portland for sixth place in the Western Conference with a 95-91 victory over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. Chris Paul had 11 points and 12 assists, and Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 1:38 left. Willie Green added 12 points, 10 in the fourth quarter. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Minnesota T. - Chicago B. 91-108
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) had 23 points and 10 assists in three quarters and the Chicago Bulls blew out the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-91 on Wednesday night. Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 14 rebounds and the Bulls recorded 31 assists on 41 field goals to stay 2 games ahead of Boston and Miami in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Kevin Love had 16 points and nine rebounds, but was limited to 27 minutes in his first game back from a strained left groin. The Timberwolves (17-58) lost their eighth straight game and have sunk to the bottom of the West. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Memphis G. - Golde State W. 110-91
The Golden State Warriors built a 10-point lead early in the second half before the Memphis Grizzlies and Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) kicked up the energy. With Allen scoring, rebounding and encouraging the Memphis faithful to their feet, the Grizzlies erased the double-digit deficit and left not only with a 110-91 victory over the Warriors on Wednesday night, but a tighter hold on their playoff hopes. Allen scored 21 points while helping reverse Memphis' lackadaisical first-half effort. He added eight rebounds and four assists as Memphis not only won its fifth straight at home, but assured the Grizzlies (42-33) of their first winning season since 2005-06, the last time the team made the playoffs. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Denver N. - Sacramento K. 104-90
Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 20 points, J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) and Danilo Gallinari had 17 each and the Denver Nuggets beat the surging Sacramento Kings 104-90 on Wednesday night. Al Harrington scored 15 and Nene had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Nuggets, who won their fourth straight and increased their lead over Portland to 2 1/2 games for the fifth spot in the Western Conference playoff race. The Trail Blazers lost at New Orleans on Wednesday. Marcus Thornton scored 27 and Tyreke Evans had 22 off the bench for the Kings, whose four-game win streak was snapped. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


LeBron: Derrick Rose in lead for MVP - by Eurobasket News
This season's MVP debate is settled as far as LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) is concerned.

James said he believes Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) is rightfully the front-runner for the league's top individual award and that everyone else falls in line behind the Chicago Bulls point guard.

'I think [it's] Derrick Rose,' James said before the Heat's game Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards. 'What he's done for that team, with all the injuries they have and them being first in the Eastern Conference -- they're playing some really good basketball.'

Rose said he was surprised to get LeBron's vote.

'Yeah ... I'm speechless right now to tell you the truth,' Rose said.

Rose, however, also said the MVP race isn't his main concern right now.

'It means a lot, especially coming from a player like him, that won it two years in a row and could win it every year,' Rose said. 'But right now, my focus is on just winning games. Trying to get better towards the end of this season, and we're trying to be a 48 minute team.'

James was named MVP each of the past two seasons but has said throughout this season that his chances to win a third time would be tarnished by his move to the Miami Heat to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. James reiterated that notion Wednesday night.

Rose is averaging 25 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds for the Bulls (53-20), who entered Wednesday with a two-game lead over Boston and 2 games ahead of Miami atop the East standings.

'I'm just trying to drive them,' Rose said of his team. 'I'm trying to get better in becoming a leader, being more vocal, but I'm coming along with that. My teammates have been helping me out, the veterans have been talking to me, just talking a little bit more in practice. But if anything, I try to lead by example.'

Meanwhile, James is averaging 26.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.9 assists for the Heat. He is also shooting a career-high 50.4 percent from the field this season.

James believes his production is strong enough to validate a third consecutive MVP trophy. But he also said Rose seems to be garnering more support among the media block that votes on the award. In addition to Rose and James, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Dirk Nowitzki are considered the top candidates for MVP this season.

'Right now, statistically, it's probably one of the best years I've had,' James said. 'But we'll see. The media kind of controls it. You've got some guys here that have done their job also. At one point, I thought Dirk was also [worthy] until he got hurt. But Derrick Rose definitely has gotten a lot of the exposure and a lot of the media attention because of the work he's done. He's playing some unbelievable basketball.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Jazz sign Kyle Weaver to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
Utah Jazz general manager Kevin OConnor announced today that the team has signed guard Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, college: Washington St.) of the NBA Development Leagues Austin Toros to a 10-day contract. Weaver becomes the NBAs 19th D-League Call-Up and 15th different player promoted to the NBA this season. Following the transaction, the Jazz roster now stands at 15 players.

A 6-6 guard from Washington State, Weaver averaged 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting .441 from the field through 21 games (20 starts) for the Iowa Energy this season before being acquired by the Austin Toros. During his nine-game stint with the Toros, Weaver averaged 13.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 30.8 minutes of play.

Originally selected by Charlotte in the second round (38th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft, Weaver was traded by the Bobcats to the Oklahoma City Thunder on August 8, 2008, in exchange for a future second-round pick. During his two seasons with the Thunder (2008-10), Weaver appeared in 68 games (19 starts), averaging 4.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 points in 19.3 minutes of play.

Weaver attended training camp with the Chicago Bulls prior to the 2010-11 season, appearing in three preseason games and averaging 2.3 points and 2.3 assists in 8.7 minutes before being waived on October 21.

The 25-year-old Beloit, Wisconsin, native played four collegiate seasons at Washington State (2004-08), averaging 12.2 points with 4.3 assists during his senior season. Weaver finished his Cougars career as the first player in Pac-10 history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 175 steals and 75 blocked shots.

Weaver becomes the seventh D-League Call-Up in Jazz history, joining Rusty LaRue (2000-01), Mikki Moore (2003-04), Louis Amundson (2006-07), Sundiata Gaines (2009-10), Othyus Jeffers (2009-10) and Marcus Cousin (2010-11).

Courtesy of www.abc4.com


Thunder assign Cole Aldrich to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced that the team has assigned center Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League for a third time this season.

During his two earlier assignments with the 66ers, Aldrich appeared in 19 games (19 starts) and averaged 10.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots in 29.2 minutes. Aldrich has recorded four double-doubles with Tulsa and the 66ers own a 15-4 mark this season with him in the lineup.

Aldrich will be in uniform Friday night when the 66ers host the Dakota Wizards at the Tulsa Convention Center.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.8 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.8 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.25.5 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.2 
 6. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.25.0 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.2 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.3 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.3 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.4 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.3 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.0 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 8. Camby, Portland TB10.4 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.2 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.3 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.6 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.8.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.2 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 4. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 7. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 8. Delfino, Milwaukee B.1.7 
 9. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Ariza, N.Orleans H.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.1 
 6. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 
 7. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 10. Duncan, San A.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 51-22 
 2. Philadelph.76 39-36 
 3. New York K. 37-38 
 4. New Jersey N. 23-51 
 5. Toronto R. 20-54 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 54-20 
 2. Indiana P. 34-42 
 3. Milwaukee B. 30-44 
 4. Detroit P. 26-48 
 5. Cleveland C. 15-59 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 52-23 
 2. Orlando M. 47-28 
 3. Atlanta H. 43-32 
 4. Charlotte B. 32-42 
 5. Washington W. 18-56 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 50-24 
 2. Denver N. 45-29 
 3. Portland TB 43-32 
 4. Utah Jazz 36-39 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-58 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 53-20 
 2. Phoenix Suns 36-38 
 3. Golde State W. 32-44 
 4. LA Clippers 29-46 
 5. Sacramento K. 21-53 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 57-17 
 2. Dallas M. 53-21 
 3. N.Orleans H. 43-32 
 4. Memphis G. 42-33 
 5. Houston R. 39-36 


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  NCAA1   


BC's Reggie Jackson will test NBA draft but does not hire an agent - by Eurobasket News
Boston College junior Reggie Jackson (6'3''-G-84) has made himself eligible for the NBA draft. But the 6-foot-3 guard says he won't hire an agent, so he could remove his name from the list and return to school.

Jackson averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game last season. He was the team's leading scorer as it rebounded from a sub-.500 season and went 21-13 (9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) under new coach Steve Donahue.

Jackson was named to the All-ACC first team, and earned an honorable mention for The Associated Press All-America team.

He has until May 8 to remove his name from consideration and retain his college eligibility.

Courtesy of www.newser.com


Oregon wins at home to even CBI final - by Milord Nikolic
Ducks beat the Bluejays 71-58 on Wednesday night to force a deciding game in the best-of-three College Basketball Invitational championship. The Ducks (20-18) host the Bluejays (23-15) in the finale on Friday night. Creighton won the opening game of the championship series 84-76 on Monday night at the Qwest Center in Omaha. The CBI tournament is in its fourth year. The Oregon State Beavers won the 2009 title, defeating UTEP in three games. Last year's CBI champion was Virginia Commonwealth, which plays Butler in an NCAA tournament semifinal Saturday.

Marquette's Buzz Williams gets new deal after NCAA run - by Eurobasket News
Marquette took a chance on Buzz Williams back in 2008, hiring a relative unknown whose name elicited head scratches and shoulder shrugs from fans and alumni in the wake of Tom Crean's disappointing departure for Indiana.

Now that Williams has led the Golden Eagles to the NCAA tournament in all three of his seasons as head coach - including a surprise run to the round of 16 this year - it is clear the school's gamble has paid off.

And they're sweetening the deal to keep him around.

Marquette announced Wednesday that it has finalized a new contract with Williams, who led the team through an uneven regular season to beat Xavier and Syracuse in the NCAA tournament before they bowed out to North Carolina. Terms were not disclosed.

The new deal presumably takes Williams' name out of the running for several high-profile programs looking for a new coach.

'I was given an opportunity beyond my wildest dreams 1,086 days ago and my entire family is extremely humbled and grateful by the opportunity to continue this journey,' Williams said in a statement. 'Too much attention is given to my position, but I assure you, it's the collective ownership of all of those who impact our program daily, who have developed the culture we currently have. I am thankful to all of those who work so diligently to make our program the success it is today.'

Williams was a surprising hire after Crean left in 2008. He had been a head coach for only one season - at the University of New Orleans in 2006-07 - when he joined Crean as an assistant. Since taking over, Williams has led Marquette to three straight NCAA tournaments, is 69-37 overall and 32-22 in Big East play.

Athletic director Steve Cottingham said the new deal recognizes Williams' status as 'one of the rising stars' in the college coaching ranks.

'The current direction of the program under his leadership fits perfectly into the mission and values of the University,' Cottingham said. 'Buzz has done a tremendous job guiding the program to successes both on and off the court and we look forward to that continuing for many years to come.'

As speculation about Williams' future at Marquette grew during the Golden Eagles' tournament run, the coach said he would address the issue after the season. Even before the 81-63 loss to North Carolina, Williams reiterated that he was thankful to Marquette.

'Marquette gave me a chance when I had no job,' Williams said then. 'That's the deal.'

Despite the tough loss to the Tar Heels, it was Marquette's best performance in the NCAA tournament since 2003, when Crean's Dwyane Wade-led team made the Final Four.

Williams has maintained the program's success largely through the addition of junior college transfers. But Williams also has reeled in a few marquee players - including Madison native Vander Blue, who originally had committed to in-state rival Wisconsin before coming to play at Marquette.

The new contract is another step in a unique journey for Williams, who got his start in coaching as a student assistant at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.

He went out to meet every college coach he could from there, then began writing frequent letters to all of them in hopes of getting his foot in the door.

'I didn't know anything about college basketball, to be honest with you,' Williams said recently. 'But I knew how to say 'Yes, sir,' and 'No, sir.' I wasn't scared to work, and I knew that being polite and being honest would at least give you a chance.'

He eventually landed a $400-per-month assistant job at Texas-Arlington in 1994, and worked his way up the ladder.

'I just knew that the only chance I had as a non-player, as no one that was connected to anybody associated with anybody in college athletics, was to wake up early, be very hard and diligent and effective and efficient in my work, to always tell the truth and to always try to treat people the right way,' Williams said.

Courtesy of www.bellinghamherald.com


Louisiana Tech hires Mississippi assistant White - by Eurobasket News
Michael White earned his reputation as a strong recruiter in the South during his seven seasons as an assistant at Mississippi.

Louisiana Tech expects him to build on that as the new head coach of a program that has produced several NBA players, from Karl Malone to P.J. Brown, but has fallen on hard times.

The 34-year-old White was formally introduced Wednesday as Louisiana Tech's new coach.

'One of the major criteria we were seeking for a new leader of our men's program was someone with strong ties in recruiting and especially in the South,' athletic director Bruce Van De Velde said. 'Michael more than fulfills that quality and we are confident he is going to bring a high-energy, passionate approach to recruiting outstanding student-athletes to the team.'

White succeeds Kerry Rupp, who was fired after going 57-69 overall and 20-42 in the Western Athletic Conference over four seasons.

'Never would I have dreamed that my first head coaching job would be at such a highly thought of institution like Louisiana Tech,' White said. 'This is a very special place and I want to do my part in helping make it even more special.

'I know it's going to be really busy in upcoming weeks, but I'm ready to get my feet wet and get to work,' White said. 'It won't be a quick fix, but we are going to do everything we can.'

While at Ole Miss, White helped the Rebels twice finish a top the Southeastern Conference West Division and receive four postseason berths. In addition to his recruiting, he also coached guards and helped develop five players that earned All-SEC honors the past five years.

'I can't wait to get back to recruiting this area and especially Louisiana,' White said. 'The conferences of Ole Miss and Tech might be different, but I plan to recruit the same types of players and young men that we recruited there. We're going to recruit every possible player we can in this state, in Arkansas, in Mississippi and the rest of the region.'

White, the son of Duke athletic director Kevin White, grew up in New Orleans while his father was Tulane's A.D. He played for four years at Ole Miss, helping the Rebels win the SEC West twice and earn three NCAA tournament appearances, along with the program's first victory in an NCAA tournament game.

Before returning to Ole Miss as an assistant coach, he served in a similar role for four years at Jacksonville State, which won its most games in Division I (20) in a single season during White's time there in 2002-03.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Matt Painter staying at Purdue, not leaving to coach at Missouri - by Eurobasket News
Purdue's sales pitch to Matt Painter was good enough.

After talking with Missouri about its coaching vacancy, Painter decided to stay at his alma mater Wednesday and has agreed to an eight-year contract through the 2018-19 season.

'I am extremely excited about continuing my career at Purdue,' Painter said in a statement. 'I believe we have built something very special. At the same time, I feel we have much more ahead of us to accomplish. At the end of the day, my heart is at Purdue, and this is a place where I want to win a national championship.'
Purdue officials spoke with Painter by telephone on Monday, then he met with Missouri officials on Tuesday while on vacation in Florida. The Tigers are hoping to fill a vacancy left open when Mike Anderson left for Arkansas after a similar public bidding battle just a week ago.

The 40-year-old Painter has been selected the Big Ten's coach of the year three times and led the Boilermakers to Sweet 16 appearances in 2009 and 2010. Purdue (26-8) made it to the third round of this year's NCAA tournament but was knocked out by Final Four participant Virginia Commonwealth.

Last year, Purdue rewarded Painter with a contract through the 2016-17 season. It included a $1.3 million base salary and up to $1 million in incentives.

Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.

'We are thrilled to announce that Matt will continue his leadership of our men's basketball program,' athletics director Morgan Burke said. 'He has been at the helm of the winningest four-year period in the storied history of Boilermaker basketball, and we pledge to work with him to win championships.'

After it became clear that Painter was talking with Missouri, Purdue made clear it was serious about keeping him.

'The Board of Trustees, president [France] Cordova and Morgan Burke clearly demonstrated the university's commitment to him and to our men's basketball program,' Purdue spokesman Tom Schott said Tuesday. 'We are proactive. Although we will not go into any details at this time, we encourage Matt to stay, through our words and action. We want Matt to remain a Boilermaker.'

Purdue was successful this season despite losing top returning player Robbie Hummel to a torn ACL during preseason practice. Led by JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore, Purdue finished with a 16-0 record at Mackey Arena, the program's first undefeated home season since 1968-69. Johnson was chosen the conference player of the year and a first-team All-American, and Moore was an All-Big Ten selection.

Painter joined elite company by earning conference coach of the year honors again. Since the award's inception in 1974, just three others -- former Purdue coach Gene Keady, Ohio State's Thad Matta and former Indiana coach Bob Knight -- have won it at least three times.

Hummel will return next season, along with starters D.J. Byrd, Ryne Smith and Lewis Jackson.

'There's a lot to be excited about right now with Purdue basketball,' Painter said. 'We are moving into our new offices and locker room complex over the next couple of weeks. Our program is built on hard work, and we are ready to get back to improving as a team and a staff.'

Courtesy of www.nesn.com


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Sharks assemble strong squad for NBL - by Eurobasket News
Southland Sharks coach Richard Dickel has named his final squad for this year's National Basketball League, which tips off against the Otago Nuggets on April 16 in Dunedin. The team's roster has an impressive look to it with former Tall Blacks Mark Dickel (187-G-76, college: UNLV) and Brendon Polyblank (200-G/F-78, college: Texas St.) both joining the side over the off-season. Southland will field two new American imports in former NBA player Kaniel Dickens (203-F-78, college: Idaho) and shooting guard Jordan Lawley (193-G-87, college: Cal-San Diego), who recently finished his collegiate career as the all-time leading scorer in University of California, San Diego, history. The franchise is close to announcing the signing of a temporary import for Dickens, who does not arrive in Invercargill until early May because of playing commitments in Italy. Other new Sharks this season include Christchurch guard Sam Dobbs, who has returned to New Zealand after two years at Jackson State Community College in Tennessee. Christchurch Cougar guard Dan Peck (196-G-88) also linked up with the team earlier this week with the Canterbury outfit forced to withdraw from this year's competition because of February's earthquake. Big men Martin Iti (213-C-83, college: N.Mexico St.), James Paringatai (202-F-86), Gareth Dawson (C) and Bubba Lau'ese return from last season as do the experienced Ian Cathcart and homegrown products Izaac Williams (G) and Paratene McLeod (G). Youngsters Rhys Smolenski and Tim Campbell are the team's development players and will train with the squad.
Coach Dickel said he was pleased with this year's squad. 'We've got a lot of good big guys, who are pretty versatile.' The team takes to the court tomorrow night when they play the Nuggets in a pre-season game at the ILT Velodrome at 7.30pm.

SHARKS 2011 SQUAD

Mark Dickel, Jordan Lawley, Brendon Polyblank, Kaniel Dickens, Martin Iti, Gareth Dawson, James Paringatai, Ian Cathcart, Sam Dobbs, Paratene McLeod, Izaac Williams, Bubba Lau'ese, Dan Peck. (Temporary American import to be named). Development players: Rhys Smolenski, Tim Campbell.
Courtesy of: stuff.co.nz


Otago Nuggets build roster - by Eurobasket News
Mark Morrison (200-F-85) will play for the Otago Nuggets in the upcoming NBL season. The former Cougars player had to look for the new team after Christchurch had withdrawn from the championship. Last season Mark Morrison tallied 8.9 points, 5.8 boards and 1.5 assists per game for the Cougars. Mark Morrison used to play for New Zealand team at the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok.
Otago Nuggets also secured the services of two import players. These are Lance Allred (211-C-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: Weber St.) and Scott O'Gallagher (188-G-84, college: Warner Pacific).. Lance Allred arrives from Venezuela. He played for Trotamundos de Carabobo in LPB. His stats read 1.3 points and 3.3 boards per game there. Lance Allred also played in Greece and D-League this season.
Scott O'Ghallagher was last seen in FYR Macedonia back in 2008/09 season. The guard notched 23.9 points, 5.1 boards and 3.9 assists per game for Ovce Pole Sveti Nikole.



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  PALESTINE   


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


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  PUERTO RICO   


Ponce Lions Fan Base holds Vigil - by Luis Ramirez
For the first time in more than 64 years, the Ponce Lions will not host a team in the BSN tournament. Team owners held out thru out the preseason looking to sell the team and were never able to do so although they received a strong backing by the Ponce municipality and other interested parties.

With the first day of the season as their backdrop, the Ponce Lions fan held a vigil at the Lions home arena to make a statement that they are behind a movement to bring the Lions back next season. It was a very emotional event as the Lions mascot suit was placed in a coffin and with a great attendance that included the towns mayor and other past Ponce Lions team owners who took turn addressing the fans. These responded in droves, the message was clear and loud, the Ponce fans would not attend any games this season and would show solidarity within their ranks to make League Officials understand that they made a big mistake by not taking more proactive action in resolving the issue prior to accepting the team owners request to recess this season.

If the attendance at the event was any indication, the BSN season will not be the same without the Ponce Lions fan providing their accustomed support on the road as well as at home games.



Arecibo looks sharp in Season Opener - by Luis Ramirez
The Arecibo Captains showed why they are the BSN champions as they took apart the Guaynabo Mets, 89-71.

The fact that the Captains have been playing together during the offseason proved decisive as they looked in sync and very sharp in their first game of the BSN season. The first quarter ended with the Captains in the lead 24-23, the closet the Mets would get in the game. At the half the Captains were already leading by 10 points, 45-35. David Cortes (190-G/F-81) was hot all night and made the absence of Larry Ayuso unnoticeable. The Captains pressed the Mets most of the night and by the start of the 4th quarter the Mets had already committed 18 turnovers.

The leading scorers for Arecibo were David Cortes with 21 points followed by Jeff Aubry and Danny Santiago with 14 points each.

For Guaynabo it was Daniel Vasallo with 24 points followed by Shawn Pruitt with15 points who also grabbed 12 rebounds.



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  ROMANIA   


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


Tomic number one in Romania for round 29 - by Eurobasket News
Serbian power forward Branislav Tomic (205-F/C-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for CSM Bucuresti, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (43 points, five rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Miercurea (#15, 5-24) in overtime 134-130. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. CSM Bucuresti maintains the 12th position in Romanian Div.A. CSM Bucuresti is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-17 record. In the team's last game Tomic had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be CSM Bucuresti's top player in his first season with the team. Branislav Tomic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 19.3ppg) and averages impressive 65.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Donte Gennie (185-G-83, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) of Pitesti. Gennie had a very good evening with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Pitesti cruised to a 88-78 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Ploiesti (#1, 24-5). This victory allowed Pitesti to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Gennie is a newcomer at Pitesti, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) of league's second-best U.Mobitel.CN. Krstanovic scored 23 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of U.Mobitel.CN, leading his team to a 95-80 easy win against the lower-ranked Politehnica Iasi (#14, 5-24). U.Mobitel.CN needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 23 victories and 6 lost games. Krstanovic has a great season in Romania. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.1ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 9.1rpg (5th best). He also has FGP: 60.5% and 3PT: 44.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kyndall Dykes (191-F-87) of U.Mobitel.CN - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Deven Mitchell (196-F-84) of Gaz Metan - 21 points and 6 rebounds
6. Enrico Tucker (180-G) of Miercurea - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Brian Burell (191-G-84) of Otopeni - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Louis Darby (196-G-84) of Rovinari - 22 points and 7 rebounds
9. Stefan Nikolic (192-G-87) of Rovinari - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Tyrone Mitchell (186-G-81) of Oradea - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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  RWANDA   


Maputo African Games Contingent Reaches 131 - by Eurobasket News
RWANDA'S contingent to the 10th All Africa Games, which will take place in Maputo, Mozambique in September, has reached 131 following the recent qualification of basketball, volleyball and beach volleyball teams.

Rwanda will participate in eleven sports disciplines at the upcoming games.

The sports disciplines that include basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball, athletics, boxing, tennis, table tennis, karate, swimming, cycling and sport for the disabled will all send their athletes.

The 131 mark was confirmed by the Ministry of Sport's director of sports Gaspard Kayijuka yesterday, who noted that the number increased due to the recent qualification of team events in volleyball, basketball and beach volleyball.

'This is good because this shows how competitive federations have been in trying to have Rwanda represented at this year's Games,' said Kayijuka, who is also optimistic on the country's performance at the upcoming Games.

'Our performance at this year's event will be determined by the level of other countries. For individual sports, the level may not be so good but for team events since they qualified from zones, their representation will be good,' he explained.

According to the official, there is no short cut to success and the government will do its best in offering extensive training for athletes such that Rwanda can compete effectively.

In the last edition held in Algiers in 2007, Rwanda failed to win a medal. Dieudonne Disi came closest to the podium after a fourth spot finish in the half marathon.

This year's event is slated to run from September 3-18; attracting over 5000 athletes competing in 23 disciplines. Zimpeto stadium is the official venue for the Games.

The continental tournament will also be a platform for the athletes to attain qualifying marks for the 2012 London event.
Courtesy of: The New Times


Ferwaba Planning Pre-Season Tourney - by Eurobasket News
Basketball's governing body-FERWABA is set to organize a pre-season tournament that kicks off on April 1-3 at Amahoro indoor stadium court.

The event will renew rivalry among the game's top rivals, reigning champions National University of Rwanda (NUR), record holders APR, Espoir, CSK as well as defending champions as the event commences at Amahoro stadium on April 1 and the rest at Green Hills Academy on April 2-3.

'The tournament will take place as scheduled, however, games on the weekend will be at Green Hills Academy because Amahoro has been booked for another occasion,' said Didier Shema-Maboko, the federation's technical director.

APR will be seeking to revive their domestic sphere of influence by winning everything, however, hard work on their rivals' side especially Kigali Basketball Club (KBC) will sure give them a run for their money.

In what has seemed like an unusual quiet transfer season, lack of team chemistry will be unheard of from teams as an excuse for losing at this event.

In the women's category, National University of Rwanda (NUR) will sound an early warning to arch-rivals and regional giants APR after an almost one-sided season last year.

The build-up tournament should give an insight on the teams to look out for this season, which is scheduled to start in the first week of May. KCB are the champions.
Courtesy of: The New Times


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  SCOTLAND   


Rocks suffer disappointing 61-91 point loss in front of huge home crowd - by Eurobasket News
Glasgow Rocks 61 (18,30,46) (Fantazia 14, Harrison 13, Copeland 12)

One Health Sharks Sheffield 91 (19,37,63) (Patton 29, Tuck 16, Williams 14)

One Health Sharks Sheffield turned in an impressive three-point shooting performance to easily beat Glasgow Rocks 61-91 and keep the pressure on the leaders of the BBL Championship.

Atiba Lyons team know they must remain perfect for the rest of the season and they very nearly achieved that from beyond the arc as Ryan Patton (181-G-78, college: Youngstown St.) drained nine of 11 treys to pace the Sharks to victory with 29 points.

Two Patton threes to open the match set the tone for the Sharks offence as they quickly opened up a 6-19 lead. Rocks responded to score the final 12 points of the quarter to trail 18-19.

Glasgows comeback was complete when Brice Fantazia made it 20-19 and the match was still tight when Moses Mubarak (192-G-86) tied it at 26-26. Sheffield were to lead at half time, though, with an 11-4 run up to the break which saw the visitors head to the locker room 30-37 on top.

Sheffields three-point barrage continued in the third quarter. Ryan Patton made four from beyond the arc and Marcus Stout two as the Sharks lead stretched to 21 points (40-61).

Rocks had the better of the closing moments with Sterling Davis beginning a 6-2 run to make it 46-63.

Mike Tuck (201-F-83, college: Loyola, MD) prevented any Rocks comeback with all of the Sharks points in a 13-6 run to start the fourth quarter. Further threes by Dagostino, Patton and youngster Ash Chandley gave the Sharks a deserved 30-point victory.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



Edinburgh Win Fifth Title of The Weekend - by Eurobasket News
1st Quarter

AT win the tip, #9 for EK opens the scoring with FB lay-up, #12 AT scores one straight bk with baseline drive, #9 EK scores 2 from baseline. #12 for EK takes mid rang 2 from the wing. Big D from #8 At stops drive from #7, #7 EK drives baseline again and dishes to #12 and scores, #12 EK misses shot get OR, #8 AT blocks 2nd chance AT take ball up court. AT TO, EK offence, #10 steals ball from EK feet and drives looks for dish but EK feet stop pass AT ball sideline, EK force jump ball, EK ball. #15 in post fights for ball but loses out to #8 AT. #9 EK gets the buzzer beater 3 for the EK giving a 9pt lead 5mins in. good hands from #5 puts ball into sideline, AT take time-out, with 4min 35 secs, score 2-11 to the Kings. EK ball from sideline, #7 get the steal from AT offence, drives the lane #8 AT stands tall but #7 EK finishes strong. TO AT, #8 AT pushes #7 EK, baseline ball, #9 scores 2 from mid range. #8 AT scores to for 1st points since the 1st minute. strong drive from #9 EK but misses frationaly, strong boards from AT, #12 AT drives baseline, gets fouled shooting 2, makes 1 from 2, #5 AT strips ball from #4 EK and scores easy lay-up. tussle for ball, jump ball AT come away with it. #15 EK called for blocking baseline ball. #12 AT drives dishes to #5 but gets picked by #15EK. 40secs to go, #10 AT drives at #9 EK and scores. EK waste offence, #12 steals ball back with good press on the ball. clock runs out quarter finishes 9 15.

2nd Quarter

EK start the quarter, #7 scores 2 from midrange. big DR from EK stop 2nd chance for AT, TO for EK, #12 AT drives to basket, fouled on the floor, baseline ball. #4 EK drives but gets blocked by #5 AT. #8 AT scores close range 2, block from #8 stops EK scoring. Big D from AT make EK 24 violation, #8 AT grabs big OR, but then gets called for offensive charge. #10 AT drives baseline and dishes to #13 baseline and scores the buzzer beater 2. bad pass by EK ball out of bounds EK call time-out 4mins gone 14- 17. AT ball, #8 drives the lane and gets fouled by #15 EK, shooting 2, makes 2 from 2, making it a 1pt game. TO by EK, #10 drives and pulls up for 2 mid range and scores taking the lead for the 1st time in the game. FB for EK to #9, AT TO, #7 posts up, drives the baseline and gets the 2 and the chance for the extra point which he misses, EK get OR, #4 shoot baseline 2. #5AT gets blocked by #4 EK, #7 gives great pass to a running #9 and scores the 2, AT TO, #12 dumps ball to #9 EK and drives baseline and scores the 2. time-out by AT, 1min 42secs to go, score 18 27. #14 AT strip ball and passes to #5 but #5 misses the lay-up, EK ball, AT strip the ball again and #5 drives the lane and get the bucket and the foul from #7, shooting 1, timeout to EK, misses extra point. 1min to go EK ball, TO from jump ball, AT offence 40 secs to go, #12 AT drives and scores buzzer beater put in. 15seconds to go EK ball. clock runs out. Was a good physical 1st half of basketball, the Kings dominated there defensive end with strong rebounds and they ran the court brilliantly. The Tornadoes attacked the basket really well and drew the foul and made the basket well. Quarter ends 22 27.

Top Scorers: Ayrshire Tornadoes: #6 Sam Jack 6 Points. Edinburgh Kings: #9 Matt Wilcox 15 Points

3rd Quarter

EK start the 3rd, AT TO the ball from EK, #8 EK drives to basket #8 AT fouls 2 shots, scores 1 from 2, FB from EK stopped by good AT D, #7 EK fouled by #12 AT holding, shoots 1 from 2. #5 AT scores another buzzer beater close range 2. #7 EK posts up in the paint a drains the hook shot. EK TO, #12 drives baseline for 2 AT. #12AT strips ball from #8EK but and score the basket. EK ball, #7 steps out of bounds AT ball baseline, EK press the inbound, AT fail to score, #8 scores deep 3 for EK, AT TO t the half way, EK TO with a bad pass to #7 on the baseline. score 26-34, 5mins gone. #15 EK grabs OR, #7 drives at #8 AT and commits his 4th foul. #7 shooting 2 from FT, misses 1st and misses 2nd. AT TO, EK #7 score short range fade away 2. 3mins 23secs to go EK lead by 10pts. #8 EK scores his 2nd 3 in a row. #5 AT scores baseline 2. #11 AT and #15 EK tussle for ball, jump ball given AT come away with it. Time-out for AT, 2mins 22secs to go, score 28 39. EK force a TO from AT inbound, #7 drive the baseline and scores the 2. EK get another TO on the sideline EK ball, #12 EK scores deep baseline 2. #5 EK gets a steal but #5 AT gets ball back anddrives and draws the foul for baseline ball. #7 EK drives the lane and #12AT fouls with a hold, shooting 2 scores 1st and 2nd bucket. EK has increased ther lead to 17pts with 30secs to go. TO by AT 20secs to go, EK move the ball well looking for the buzzer beater shot and #12 gets it with a second to spare. score 28 48.

4th Quarter

AT start final quarter, EK get the ball from AT TO, EK work ball well and #12 scores another 3, #13 AT scores one straight bk for 2. TOs at both ends, EK have the ball, #8 AT gets his 5th foul, #12 shooting 2 scores 2nd misses 1st. #14 AT grabs OR but AT cant score the put back, #7 EK scores i the paint. AT TO the ball again. #12 EK scores another buzzer beater 3. AT TO the ball and #7 EK scores easy 2. AT call time-out with 5mins 10secs to go and the score at 31-59. #8 EK steals ball from AT inbound, #12 EK grabs OR, fail to score, AT #5 drives baseline and scores for 2. #12 EK drives and draws the foul, and gets the bucket, shooting 1and scores. good combination between #5 and #12 AT to score the reverse lay-up. Brilliant offence from EK scores easy bucket in the paint. AT score straight back with mid range 2. time-out called for EK, 2mins 25sec to go 36-64. EK ball #15 grabs loose ball, but AT get the TO from AT, AT waste there offence and EK set there offence. TO to AT baseline ball, 1min 15secs to go. EK ball AT baseline, good D from #4 AT, #11 shoots for deep 2, #12 grabs OR, #14 gets the lay-up. 20secs to go. EK have the ball and will run the clock down. Game finishes 36 66 for the Kings.

The Tornadoes struggled to get there offence working at times, and there outside shooting was inconsistant, they had a few good looks inside and ran the court well. The Kings dominated on rebounds at both ends and forced more TOs. They also worked there offence very well and gave them options from every point on the court, a well deserved win to the Edinburgh Kings.

Top Scorers: Ayrshire Tornadoes: #5 Scott Armstrong 14 Points, 3 Steals. Edinburgh Kings: #12 Niall Mackle (191-F-93) 19 Points, 4 Assists.
Courtesy of: http://www.basketballscotland.co.uk


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Standings - A Liga
A Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Hemofarm 3-0 
 2. Radnicki 3-0 
 3. Partizan 2-1 
 4. Beograd 1-1 
 5. Metalac 1-2 
 6. Mega Vizura 1-2 
 7. Crvena Zvezda 0-2 
 8. FMP 0-3 
Places 9-16
 1. Tamis 15-11 
 2. Napredak 12-14 
 3. Sloga 12-14 
 4. Novi Sad 12-14 
 5. Sloboda Uzice 12-14 
 6. Vojvodina 12-14 
 7. Borac 11-15 
 8. Proleter Naftagas 10-16 
 9. Crnokosa 9-17 
 10. Superfund 1-25 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Nikola KOPRIVICA
  Iraklis
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Koprivica, Super.20.7 
 2. Milisavljevi., Mega V.20.5 
 3. Zekovic, Beograd18.8 
 4. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 5. Sinovec, Metalac18.3 
 6. Micevic, Sloboda .17.6 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 8. Bunic, Novi Sad16.6 
 9. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 10. Majkic, Prolet.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Cantekin, Mega V.7.6 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac7.4 
 4. Misanovic, Beograd6.9 
 5. Jelovac, Mega V.6.7 
 6. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.4 
 10. Borovcanin, Sloga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac5.7 
 3. Vlahovic, Sloga5.1 
 4. Radivojevic, FMP5.0 
 5. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.7 
 6. Covic, FMP4.4 
 7. Kocergin, Superfund4.3 
 8. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 9. Mitrovic, Beograd4.3 
 10. Kovacevic, Novi Sad3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd2.9 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.1 
 5. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 8. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Tresac, Borac1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.3 
 3. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 7. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 8. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 9. Karalic, Crnokosa0.7 
 10. Kalinic, Novi Sad0.7 


Superleague, Round 3: Radnicki shocks Partizan, Mega Vizura too strong for FMP - by Eurobasket News
There were just three rounds played in Superleague and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Partizan (2-1) in Beograd on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Radnicki (3-0) 96-91. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Partizan. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. Partizan was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 29-17 charge of Radnicki, which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Radnicki looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Danilo Mijatovic (205-83) contributed with 20 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Czech forward Jan Vesely (211-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for Partizan. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Radnicki have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Hemofarm. Defending champion Partizan dropped to the third place with one game lost. Radnicki is looking forward to face Mega Vizura (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Partizan's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena OKK Beograd.
A League top team - Hemofarm (3-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Metalac (1-2) in Vrsac 78-67. It was a great evening for Montenegrin power forward Ivan Maras (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds. Miljan Pavkovic helped adding 12 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Marko Ljubicic (197-87) with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hemofarm have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Radnicki. Metalac at the other side keeps the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Mega Vizura. Hemofarm will play against FMP Zeleznik (#8) in Beograd in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Metalac will play on the road against Crvena Zvezda in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Vizura was also quite interesting. Bottom-ranked FMP Zeleznik (0-3) played at the court of eighth ranked Mega Vizura (1-2). Mega Vizura managed to secure a 6-point victory 77-71 on Tuesday. It was an exceptional evening for Branko Milisavljevic who led the winners and scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Filip Covic came up with 17 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for FMP Zeleznik in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mega Vizura left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Metalac. It was FMP Zeleznik's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Mega Vizura will meet league's second-placed Radnicki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. FMP Zeleznik will play against the league's leader Hemofarm (#1) in Vrsac and hopes to get finally their first victory.

The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 27 points and 5 rebounds by Milan Janjusevic of KK Crnokosa Kosjeric.


Hemofarm - Metalac 78-67

A League top team - Hemofarm (3-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Metalac (1-2) in Vrsac 78-67. The game was mostly controlled by Hemofarm. Metalac was better in fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Metalac 40-18 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Hemofarm players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a great evening for Montenegrin power forward Ivan Maras (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds. Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 12 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Marko Ljubicic (197-87) with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Stefan Sinovec (195-88) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hemofarm have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Radnicki. Metalac at the other side keeps the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Mega Vizura. Hemofarm will play against FMP Zeleznik (#8) in Beograd in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Metalac will play on the road against Crvena Zvezda in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: I.Maras 25+9reb+2ast, M.Jeremic 13+5reb+3ast, M.Pavkovic 12+3reb+7ast, M.Bozovic 9+9reb+2ast, B.Savovic 6+6reb+1ast, J.Jordan 5+1reb
Metalac: S.Sinovec 16+2reb+4ast, M.Ljubicic 14+5reb+6ast, M.Trtic 9+2reb, D.Kruscic 9+1reb, S.Balmazovic 6+1reb, S.Bircevic 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 124144


Partizan - Radnicki 91-96

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Partizan (2-1) in Beograd on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Radnicki (3-0) 96-91. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Partizan. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. Partizan was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 29-17 charge of Radnicki, which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Radnicki looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Danilo Mijatovic (205-83) contributed with 20 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Czech forward Jan Vesely (211-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and American forward James Gist (203-86) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Partizan. Five Radnicki and four Partizan players scored in double figures. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Radnicki have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Hemofarm. Defending champion Partizan dropped to the third place with one game lost. Radnicki is looking forward to face Mega Vizura (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Partizan's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena OKK Beograd.
Top scorers:
Radnicki: D.Mijatovic 20+1reb, M.Cakarevic 18+7reb+5ast, P.Miletic 16+1reb+3ast, N.Sulovic 14+3reb+1ast, M.Lee 10+6reb+1ast, A.Gaddefors 8+3reb
Partizan: J.Vesely 16+11reb+1ast, J.Gist 14+4reb+4ast, R.Katic 12+8reb+1ast, D.Milosavljevic 11+2reb+1ast, C.Jerrells 10+2ast, V.Lucic 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 124142


Mega Vizura - FMP 77-71

The game in Vizura was also quite interesting. Bottom-ranked FMP Zeleznik (0-3) played at the court of eighth ranked Mega Vizura (1-2). Mega Vizura managed to secure a 6-point victory 77-71 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-71. Mega Vizura made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) who led the winners and scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Turkish center Dusan Cantekin (222-90, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Filip Covic (180-89, agency: Interperformances) came up with 17 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) added 14 points respectively for FMP Zeleznik in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mega Vizura left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Metalac. It was FMP Zeleznik's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Mega Vizura will meet league's second-placed Radnicki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. FMP Zeleznik will play against the league's leader Hemofarm (#1) in Vrsac and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mega Vizura: B.Djekic 15+6reb, B.Milisavljevic 15+5reb+7ast, A.Mitrovic 11+3reb+1ast, D.Cantekin 10+12reb+1ast, V.Micic 8+1reb+1ast, D.Cvetkovic 7+6reb+1ast
FMP: F.Covic 17+2reb+3ast, B.Bowman 14+4reb, A.Milutinovic 12+2reb, M.Ilic 11+4reb+2ast, I.Smiljanic 5+6reb+2ast, S.Zivanovic 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 124143




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  SPAIN   


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

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

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

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

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Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland22.2 
 2. Brown, 0820.5 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.5 
 4. Smith, Uppsala19.5 
 5. Palm, Boras19.4 
 6. Rush, Sundsvall19.4 
 7. Wesby, Sundsvall18.4 
 8. McCoy, Boras18.3 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna17.1 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.4 
 2. Palm, Boras10.2 
 3. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 4. McKnight, Boras8.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping8.0 
 6. Brown, 087.9 
 7. Walker, Solna7.5 
 8. Constantine, Solna7.5 
 9. Cipriano, Eco O.7.5 
 10. Salaam, Jamtland7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.4 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 085.1 
 4. Smith, Uppsala4.6 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje4.5 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.3 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.2 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland4.1 
 9. Smith, Sodertalje4.1 
 10. Baeringsson, Sunds.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.3 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket2.9 
 3. Smith, Uppsala1.9 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall1.9 
 5. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 7. Hargrove, Jamtland1.8 
 8. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.8 
 9. McCoy, Boras1.7 
 10. Brown, 081.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John ROSENDAHL
  LF Basket
  (203-F/C-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.9 
 2. Salaam, Jamtland1.8 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 4. Palm, Boras1.4 
 5. Cipriano, Eco O.1.3 
 6. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna0.9 
 10. Galick, Sodertalje0.8 


Basketligan Quarterfinals: Third games - by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping - Solna 82-70 (2-1)
The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-70. Norrkoping Dolphins dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Solna Vikings' 40. They outrebounded Solna Vikings 45-32 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points. American-British forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) helped adding 12 points and 12 rebounds. Four Norrkoping Dolphins players scored in double figures. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Kelly Grant used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Olivier Ilunga (185-84) with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Adam Constantine (206-88, college: Elon, agency: Strategic Sports) scored 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field).
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: A.Mitchell 22+3reb+3ast, J.Kjellbom 13+10reb, G.Gervin 12+4reb+2ast, O.Ayuba 12+12reb+1ast, C.Grace 7+7reb+1ast, M.Lindqvist 6+4reb+2ast
Solna: A.Constantine 17+4reb, O.Ilunga 14+6reb+6ast, L.Myrthil 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Merzoug 9+3reb+1ast, D.Persson 8+3reb, W.Walker 8+9reb+3ast
gschID: 125131


Sundsvall - Jamtland 91-75 (2-1)
The game was mostly controlled by Sundsvall Dragons. KFUM Jamtland managed to win fourth quarter 24-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded KFUM Jamtland 40-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. Sundsvall Dragons looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for the former international guard Johan Jeansson (197-G-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 5 rebounds. Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) helped adding 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Sundsvall Dragons' coach Peter Oqvist used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Bilal Salaam (201-81, college: Kutztown) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agency: Strategic Sports) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Four Sundsvall Dragons and five KFUM Jamtland players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Sundsvall: J.Jeansson 27+5reb+3ast, J.Sigurdarson 16+4reb+3ast, H.Baeringsson 14+11reb+4ast, A.Wesby 11+7reb+8ast, L.Rush 9+3reb, N.Mottram 6+6reb
Jamtland: D.Hargrove 17+4reb+4ast, B.Salaam 15+7reb+3ast, D.Klaric 13+4reb, A.Stien 12, S.Mjos 11+3reb+6ast, L.Marolt 7+4reb
gschID: 125132


LF Basket - Boras 92-86 (2-1)
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-22. But Boras Basket won second period 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when LF Basket won last quarter 25-21. LF Basket outrebounded Boras Basket 41-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for the former international guard Martin Pahlmblad (193-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. The former international power forward John Rosendahl (203-77, college: Wyoming) helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. LF Basket's coach Matthias Kentta allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) with 23 points and 9 rebounds and guard Christopher Ryan (196-90) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: M.Pahlmblad 19+4reb+1ast, J.Rosendahl 14+6reb+2ast, J.Akesson 13+6reb, H.Larsson 12+2reb+1ast, T.Woodbury 11+7reb+1ast, R.Mbemba 10+2reb+7ast
Boras: M.Palm 23+9reb+2ast, C.Ryan 20+6reb+4ast, C.McKnight 19+2reb+1ast, K.McCoy 16+2reb+3ast, H.Carlsson 8+5reb+4ast, N.Rajacic 0
gschID: 125133




Basketligan: Dolphins advance to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Solna - Norrkoping 88-90 (1-3)

Norrkoping Dolphins are the first semifinalists of the Swedish Basketligan. They eliminated Solna with almost perfect 3-1 and will meet LF Basket or Boras in the Semis.
The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-16. But Solna Vikings won second period 26-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) who added 18 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) during the contest. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Kelly Grant used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Adam Constantine (206-88, college: Elon, agency: Strategic Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import forward William Walker (201-87, college: Bethel (IN), agency: Warren Sports International) scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

Top scorers:
Solna: A.Constantine 24+13reb+1ast, L.Myrthil 22+3reb+2ast, W.Walker 18+8reb+4ast, Y.Merzoug 7+2reb+5ast, D.Persson 7+1ast, L.Gunnarsson 6+4reb+6ast
Norrkoping: J.Kjellbom 24+6reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 18+1reb+3ast, G.Gervin 13+2reb+4ast, O.Ayuba 7+3reb+3ast, J.McNaull 7+3reb, P.Sakinis 7+1reb




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LNB Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Swiss Central - Chene 69-47

Swiss Central grabbed a 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal series against Chene. The game without a history. Swiss Central led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rolf Stallkamp (200-F-78) provided 15 points to pace the effort. Michael Pluess (186-G/F-90) added 12 points in the victory. Michael Matos (198-F-92) answered with 9 points and 7 rebounds for Chene.
gschID: 125053


Bernex - Bern 85-58

Bernex cruised past Bern in the opener. The game without a history. Swiss Central led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mikael Maruotto (199-F/G-91) and Florent Ramseier (198-F-90) delivered 22 points each to pace the hosts. Aurelien Alexander (191-G-81) contributed 21 points in the winning case. Warner Nattiel (184-G-82) had 19 points in the loss.
gschID: 125054


Neuchatel - Martigny 78-73

Gino Lanisse (200-F-81) chipped in 19 points to lead Neuchatel past Martigny. The hosts were already 12 points ahead at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 26-15 last quarter charge of Martigny cut the lead to 78-73 at the end of the game. Marrucho finished with 14 points for Neuchatel. Martigny answered with 16 points from Xavier Michellod (183-G-90).
gschID: 125051


Vevey - Villars 66-63

Vevey nipped Villars in the opening clash. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 22-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Vevey dominated on the defensive end, holding Villars to just 4 points in third quarter. Nicolas Porchet (188-G-79) came up with 19 points for the winning side. Herb Johnson (209-F/C-62, college: Tulsa) replied with game-high 21 points, 12 boards and 5 assists for Villars.
gschID: 125052




Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Neuchatel 21-3 
 2. Bernex 20-4 
 3. Vevey 20-4 
 4. Swiss Central 12-12 
 5. Chene 12-12 
 6. Martigny 11-12 
 7. Villars 11-13 
 8. Bern 11-13 
 9. DDV Lugano 9-15 
 10. Momo Basket 9-15 
 11. Pully 9-15 
 12. Vernier 6-17 
 13. Acad.Fribourg 5-19 


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  SYRIA   


It's your TURN!!! - by Kenyon Gamble
What up people???

Its been a while since my last post, and I know you all look forward to such raw and uncut stories about the life of a professional basketball player. As long as you can accept the bad, with the great, your career can last until you decide to stop running up and down the court, unless you sustain a career ending injury. Those who stay healthy are truly blessed, and usually have his/her workout regimen to thank. As long as you take care of your body, by keeping it strong and conditioned, it will take care of you, though sometimes, you just end up having some freak accident on the court, and its just your 'turn'.

That type of bad luck prevented me from having a great opportunity with a great team, in a great country. After my teams proved to be dominant in the Chicago Summer League Circuit, for yet another year (making it to the Championship game of 3 different tournaments); and many vigorous workouts in the weight room, and on the court, my agent had a great opportunity lined up for me in Kuwait with Al Al Jahraa, with Felton Sealey . On my fifth day in the country (September 2010), I went down, and I went down HARD.
The coach was conducting another great practice as usual, and at this point of the practice, it was more about timing and execution, in a mock setting. That means there was no real defense to be played; the defensive players were on the court to merely take up space, and accurately show where each defender would be as the offensive play was executed. The play started off very basic. The guard was supposed to start in the short corner (a few steps from the basket along the baseline), run under the basket, and run straight up the middle to the top of the key (the point directly in front of the basket, at the 3 point line), sort of like he was making an L. Im on the floor as the mock defense, and Im at the corner of his L cut. I get in my defensive stance as I defend my player, and this wild hog runs a million miles an hour, with no sense of direction and slams his whole body into my inner knee. Now mind you, he is about 5 feet nothing, and I am 7 feet, so his shoulder was the first part of his body to come crashing into me, followed by the rest of this short, compact frame. Needless to say, I hit the floor in agonizing pain, and couldn't believe that this kid took me out. Now, I dont believe it was intentional by any means, but if the rules were being followed, this duck would not have taken me out.

Regardless, of it being intentional or not, I was out of the game of basketball. Al Jahraa and I hadn't completed the deal yet, so there was nothing owed on either end. Al Jahraa was such a great club that they took care of everything financially, as far as evaluating (MRI, x-ray) and treatment. Far different from anything I experienced with a former club whose name I wont mention (I'm sure Ive said enough about my former clubs management and how useless they were). With the season starting the following week, we had no option, but to part ways. I was elated to meet such a professional club, and such a great and knowledgeable coach, Felton Sealey . If I ever got the chance to work with either of them again, I'd go into it knowing that all things will be done as business should be done.

Because of the injury, I had to come back to America and rehab. After 6 weeks, I was back to 100%, and I was cleared by the specialists, and all of the sports doctors, to compete on the court again. I was elated, and when I received such great news, I got right back to doing what I loved to do. A couple days after receiving the news, I got a call from Barry Bradford , and he extended an invitation to come and compete with the Kankakee County Soldiers of the IBL, and my team ended up winning the Championship! God continues to bless me with so many opportunities, and I am truly grateful for them all. More details on our route to the title coming soon.

'Til next time people...RIOCI...Thanks for tuning in for another chapter in my basketball book, and thanks to Eurobasket.com for giving me an opportunity to share my story with the world!

This blog is maintained by Kenyon Gamble (212-C-82, college: Tuskegee).
Feel free to comment and/or email me personally at kkg@kenyongamble.com
www.KenyonGamble.com




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  TURKEY   


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Basaksehir
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Anderson, Basak.21.9 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld20.1 
 3. Johnson, Vestel19.8 
 4. Hall, Kepez Bld19.7 
 5. Gardener, Final G.18.5 
 6. Boddicker, Selcuk U.18.5 
 7. Boswell, Basaksehir18.3 
 8. Tekinalp, ITU17.6 
 9. Boykin, Gaziantep17.5 
 10. Dearman, Hacett.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason KEEP
  Adanaspor
  (208-C-78)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Keep, Adanaspor12.8 
 2. Terell, Adanaspor11.9 
 3. Gardener, Final G.11.3 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.7 
 5. Isik, Pertevniyal10.1 
 6. Johnson, Istanbul.10.0 
 7. Johnson, Vestel9.7 
 8. Kolaric, Genc Banvit9.4 
 9. Miller, Gelisim9.3 
 10. Wright, Orman Genc9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  TED Istanbul
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Kan, TED Istanbul6.1 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld5.9 
 3. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.8 
 4. Bayrak, Usak5.3 
 5. Topcu, Gelisim4.9 
 6. Eris, Vestel4.8 
 7. Topcu, Izmir B.B.4.8 
 8. Anderson, Basak.4.8 
 9. Erdogan, Adanaspor4.8 
 10. Kavut, Optimum TED4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Basaksehir
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Anderson, Basak.2.8 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld2.7 
 3. Yonder, Genc Banvit2.2 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.9 
 5. Harris, FMV I.1.8 
 6. Demircioglu, Istanb.1.7 
 7. Karabulut, Orman G.1.7 
 8. Clarkson, TED I.1.7 
 9. Bayrak, Usak1.7 
 10. Tunca, Hacettep.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Vestel
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Johnson, Vestel2.1 
 2. Anderson, Basak.1.8 
 3. Kulcebas, Hacett.1.7 
 4. Clarkson, TED I.1.6 
 5. Boswell, Basaksehir1.5 
 6. Smith, Usak1.4 
 7. Johnson, Istanbul.1.4 
 8. Terell, Adanaspor1.3 
 9. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.3 
 10. Toyloy, Istanbul.1.3 


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  UBA   


CPN Pueblo Nuevo (Dominican Rep.) sign De La Cruz - by UBA media

CPN Pueblo Nuevo added to their roster 29-year old Dominican guard Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian). Will De La Cruz plays for the Southern Generals (UBA) and was currently selected to the UBA All-star game. Will De La Cruz is averaging an impressive 15.8ppg, UBA 2- (9.5apg) and 2.5 steals in 24 games. Will Will De La Cruz is one of the top guards in the UBA and was ranked in the top 5 of MVP voting.

De La Cruz's best performance came March 27th versus the Dragons. He tailed 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists (first career triple double). He was also named UBA Player of the Month (March).

De La Cruz signed a two year deal with CPN and is expected to help led them to a championship.

He had an amazing senior season averaging 20.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.7 assists in 28 games for Atlanta Christian (NCAA3). After college Will De La Cruz was invited to attend Houston Rockets training camp and has played as an import in the ABA, WBA, URBL and the UBA. He was named USBasket.com All-UBA 2nd team in 2010.



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


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  UKRAINE   


BC Donetsk ink Justin Gray - by Eurobasket News
BC Donetsk bolstered their backcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest). The deal is meant till the end of the season. Justin Gray will replace Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) on the roster. Flores got injured in the last game and the time frames of his recovery are still unknown. Justin Gray started the season in Greece. He averaged 11.5 points, 1.8 boards and 1.3 assists per EuroCup game for PAOK. In A1 League Justin Gray tallied 11.8 points, 2.9 boards and 2.8 assists per appearance. Last season the guard spent in Poland. He notched 14.6 points, 3.3 assists and 2.7 boards for Turow in PLK. Gray participated at the PLK All-Star Game. The guard also had spells in Czech Republic and Belgium.


Superleague Round 44: BC Donetsk keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BC Donetsk as it allowed them to take a leadership position. BC Donetsk defeated 6th ranked Ferro-ZNTU at home 87-78. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ferro-ZNTU won third quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Donetsk dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Ferro-ZNTU's 20. They outrebounded Ferro-ZNTU 39-26 including 18 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Serbian-Bosnian guard Sasa Vasiljevic (183-79, agency: Beo Basket) who added 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds. BC Donetsk have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Ferro-ZNTU at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Mykolaiv. Ferro-ZNTU will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. BC Donetsk will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Dnipro in Dnepropetrovsk.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Azovmash (27-16) against eleventh ranked Halychyna (15-29) on Monday night. Host Azovmash was defeated by Halychyna in a tough game in Mariupol 75-81. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and Harold Jamison supported him with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Even 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by power forward Demetrius Alexander (204-75, college: Alabama) did not help to save the game for Azovmash. Halychyna maintains eleventh position with 15-29 record. Defending champion Azovmash keeps the third place with 16 games lost. Halychyna will play against higher ranked BC Odessa (#10) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Azovmash will play against the league's second-placed Budivelnyk (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Mykolaiv was also quite interesting. Second ranked BC Donetsk (33-11) played at the court of 5th ranked Mykolaiv (23-20). BC Donetsk did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 76-59 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mykolaiv. The best player for the winners was Branko Cvetkovic who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. James Hughes produced 9 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BC Donetsk have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Mykolaiv keeps the fifth place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Ferro-ZNTU. BC Donetsk will meet Dnipro (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Mykolaiv will have a break next round.
13th ranked BC Kyiv (10-33) was outscored at home by twelfth ranked Khimik (14-29) with the biggest margin this round 87-66. Curtis Millage orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimik maintains twelfth position with 14-29 record. BC Kyiv lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 33 lost games. Khimik's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hoverla (#4) in Frankivsk and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BC Kyiv will play at home against Kryvbasbasket (#8) in Krivoy Rog.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 44: bottom-ranked BC Kyiv lost to Dnipro on the opponent's court 53-62. Azovmash managed to outperform Ferro-ZNTU in a home game 93-87. BC Odessa recorded a loss to Hoverla on the road 85-73. Mykolaiv defeated Kryvbasbasket on its own court 75-61. DniproAzot was beaten by Dnipro in Dnepropetrovsk 75-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists by Eric Coleman of Hoverla.



Mykolaiv - BC Donetsk 59-76

The game in Mykolaiv was also quite interesting. Second ranked BC Donetsk (33-11) played at the court of 5th ranked Mykolaiv (23-20). BC Donetsk did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 76-59 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mykolaiv. The game was mostly controlled by BC Donetsk. Mykolaiv managed to win fourth quarter 17-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Mykolaiv 39-19 including a 29-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian-Bosnian guard Sasa Vasiljevic (183-79, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points. Five BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. American center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) produced 9 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Justin Love (188-78, college: St.Louis) added 10 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BC Donetsk have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Mykolaiv keeps the fifth place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Ferro-ZNTU. BC Donetsk will meet Dnipro (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Mykolaiv will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mykolaiv: A.Butskyy 11+1ast, B.Greene 10+2reb+1ast, J.Love 10+2reb+3ast, J.Hughes 9+7reb, J.Umbrasko 6+2reb, A.Mazutis 5+1ast
BC Donetsk: S.Vasiljevic 15+2reb+3ast, B.Cvetkovic 13+9reb, V.Kravtsov 12+4reb, D.Gliebov 11+5reb+3ast, J.Hukic 10+5reb+4ast, J.Edwards 7+5reb
gschID: 124260


Dnipro - BC Kyiv 62-53

Very expected game in Dnepropetrovsk where 13th ranked BC Kyiv (10-33) was defeated by seventh ranked Dnipro (21-21) 62-53. BC Kyiv was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 23-10 charge of Dnipro, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. The former international guard Maksim Vilkhovetskyi (191-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Center Maksym Sandul (207-91) replied with 5 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Vitaly Kovalenko (201-84) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BC Kyiv. BC Kyiv's coach Vitaliy Cherniy rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dnipro maintains seventh position with 21-21 record. BC Kyiv lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 33 lost games. Dnipro's next round opponent will be league's leader BC Donetsk at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BC Kyiv will play against Kryvbasbasket (#8) in Krivoy Rog.
Top scorers:
BC Kyiv: V.Kovalenko 11+5reb, V.Podolyan 11+3reb+1ast, R.Otverchenko 7+5reb, Y.Gorenkov 6+2reb, M.Sandul 5+11reb+2ast, A.Riabchuk 5+1reb+5ast
Dnipro: S.Burtt 16+2reb+4ast, M.Vilkhovetskyi 16+7reb+1ast, S.Tymofeyenko 10+7reb, D.Brown 7+7reb+2ast, M.Kornienko 6+6reb+2ast, A.Pettway 5+14reb+1ast
gschID: 124261


Azovmash - Ferro-ZNTU 93-87

Rather predictable result in Mariupol where third ranked Azovmash (27-16) defeated 6th ranked Ferro-ZNTU (23-20) 93-87. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-22 Ferro-ZNTU's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 93-87 at the end of the game. Azovmash made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Azovmash especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots). Forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ricky Harris (188-87, college: Massachusetts) replied with 17 points and 9 assists and forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Ferro-ZNTU. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains third position with 27-16 record having seven points less than leader BC Donetsk. Ferro-ZNTU at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 20 games lost. Azovmash's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Budivelnyk in Kyiv and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Harris 17+2reb+9ast, V.Hunter 16+2reb+2ast, R.Guinn 15+1reb+3ast, C.Burns 13+8reb+1ast, A.Rybalko 9+1reb+2ast, H.Kandrusevich 9+7reb+1ast
Azovmash: R.Curry 30+5reb+1ast, C.Thomas 16+6reb+2ast, D.Alexander 15+5reb+3ast, P.Pierce 13+3reb+4ast, M.Pustozvonov 7+2reb+3ast, A.Shaposhnikov 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 124258


Hoverla - BC Odessa 85-73

Not a big story in a game in Frankivsk where 10th ranked BC Odessa (17-27) was defeated by fourth ranked Hoverla (27-17) 85-73. It looked good early as BC Odessa took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hoverla took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 12 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to BC Odessa's 32. Hoverla players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. American center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Hoverla's coach Evgeni Murzin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) replied with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Nigerian power forward Ejike Ugboaja (204-85) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for BC Odessa. Hoverla maintains fourth position with 27-17 record. BC Odessa at the other side keeps the tenth place with 27 games lost. Hoverla's next round opponent will be Khimik (#12) in Yuzhny and are hoping to win another game. BC Odessa will play on the road against Halychyna in Lviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: R.Kryvych 17, J.DeGroat 15+8reb+1ast, E.Ugboaja 13+8reb, A.Shvets 9+2reb+1ast, P.Sparks 6+6reb+7ast, G.Buchanan 6+3reb+3ast
Hoverla: E.Coleman 22+11reb+6ast, J.Chappell 14+11reb+2ast, V.Gerasimchuk 12+4reb+2ast, I.Kryvych 11+2reb+1ast, D.Zimmerman 9+1reb+7ast, P.Ulyanko 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 124259


BC Donetsk - Ferro-ZNTU 87-78

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BC Donetsk as it allowed them to take a leadership position. BC Donetsk defeated 6th ranked Ferro-ZNTU at home 87-78. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ferro-ZNTU won third quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Donetsk dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Ferro-ZNTU's 20. They outrebounded Ferro-ZNTU 39-26 including 18 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Serbian-Bosnian guard Sasa Vasiljevic (183-79, agency: Beo Basket) who added 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Vincent Hunter (208-84, college: Arkansas) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Donetsk have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Ferro-ZNTU at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Mykolaiv. Ferro-ZNTU will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. BC Donetsk will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Dnipro in Dnepropetrovsk.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Guinn 19+6reb+1ast, A.Rybalko 16+1reb+3ast, V.Hunter 12+7reb+2ast, R.Harris 11+3reb+3ast, S.Ovdeenko 8+2reb+1ast, H.Kandrusevich 7+2reb+3ast
BC Donetsk: J.Edwards 15+8reb+1ast, V.Kravtsov 15+5reb+1ast, B.Cvetkovic 14+4reb+3ast, S.Vasiljevic 14+5reb+3ast, L.Flores 9+1reb+1ast, J.Hukic 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 124255


Mykolaiv - Kryvbasbasket 75-61

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Mykolaiv (23-20) beat at home 7th ranked Kryvbasbasket (20-22) 75-61. The game was mostly controlled by Mykolaiv. Kryvbasbasket was better in fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Kryvbasbasket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Justin Love (188-78, college: St.Louis) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. International forward Olexiy Onufriyev (200-82) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Mykolaiv's coach Valentin Berestnev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Artem Slipenchuk (192-89, agency: Interperformances) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Dmitry Korablev (198-77) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kryvbasbasket. Mykolaiv have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 23-20 record, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU. Kryvbasbasket at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 22 games lost. Mykolaiv will have a break next round. Kryvbasbasket will play on the road against BC Kyiv (#13).
Top scorers:
Kryvbasbasket: A.Slipenchuk 19+8reb+1ast, D.Korablev 17+5reb+1ast, V.Kondratovets 9+3ast, E.Annenkov 7+4reb+3ast, I.Krivtsov 7+4reb+1ast, I.Zaitsev 2+10reb
Mykolaiv: J.Love 18+3reb+3ast, O.Onufriyev 15+8reb+1ast, I.Gilyevych 10+4reb, J.Umbrasko 8+4reb+1ast, L.Iailo 7+8reb+1ast, A.Mazutis 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 124256


Dnipro - DniproAzot 75-67

There was no surprise in Dnepropetrovsk where 9th ranked DniproAzot (18-25) was defeated by seventh ranked Dnipro (21-21) 75-67. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But DniproAzot won fourth quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Forward Stanislav Tymofeyenko (204-89) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Dnipro players scored in double figures. Canadian power forward Michael Fraser (203-84, college: Oklahoma Baptist, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Maxim Balashov (189-80) added 20 points in the effort for DniproAzot. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Dnipro maintains seventh position with 21-21 record. DniproAzot at the other side keeps the ninth place with 25 games lost. They's next round opponent will be league's leader BC Donetsk at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
DniproAzot: M.Balashov 20+2reb+3ast, M.Fraser 19+13reb, S.Gorbenko 10+2reb, J.Dukes 5+4reb+2ast, Y.Lokhmanchuk 4+5reb, S.Sokur 4+2reb
Dnipro: S.Burtt 20+3reb+6ast, S.Tymofeyenko 17+9reb+2ast, A.Pettway 14+5reb+1ast, M.Kornienko 12+8reb+1ast, D.Brown 9+8reb+7ast, D.Ivanov 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 124257


Azovmash - Halychyna 75-81

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Azovmash (27-16) against eleventh ranked Halychyna (15-29) on Monday night. Host Azovmash was defeated by Halychyna in a tough game in Mariupol 75-81. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-14. But Azovmash won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and center Harold Jamison (204-76, college: Clemson) supported him with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Five Halychyna players scored in double figures. Even 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by power forward Demetrius Alexander (204-75, college: Alabama) did not help to save the game for Azovmash. Guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 18 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Halychyna maintains eleventh position with 15-29 record. Defending champion Azovmash keeps the third place with 16 games lost. Halychyna will play against higher ranked BC Odessa (#10) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Azovmash will play against the league's second-placed Budivelnyk (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: D.Alexander 21+8reb+4ast, R.Curry 18+5reb+2ast, P.Pierce 15+7reb+3ast, C.Owens 9+7reb+2ast, M.Pustozvonov 8+2reb+3ast, M.Ivshyn 4+4reb
Halychyna: H.Jamison 22+8reb, A.Wiggins 19+13reb+1ast, T.Abernethy 12+7reb+4ast, N.Williams 12+5reb+8ast, P.Revzin 10+2reb+4ast, M.Andriukaitis 5
gschID: 124253


BC Kyiv - Khimik 66-87

13th ranked BC Kyiv (10-33) was outscored at home by twelfth ranked Khimik (14-29) with the biggest margin this round 87-66. BC Kyiv was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Khimik dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kyiv's 24. American guard Curtis Millage (185-81, college: Arizona St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. The other American import forward Akida McLain (206-86, college: Indiana, PA) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Khimik players scored in double figures. Guard Vladyslav Podolyan (195-86) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Vitaly Kovalenko (201-84) added 12 points in the effort for BC Kyiv. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimik maintains twelfth position with 14-29 record. BC Kyiv lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 33 lost games. Khimik's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hoverla (#4) in Frankivsk and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BC Kyiv will play at home against Kryvbasbasket (#8) in Krivoy Rog.
Top scorers:
BC Kyiv: V.Podolyan 14+5reb+3ast, V.Kovalenko 12+4reb+2ast, R.Otverchenko 10+1reb+1ast, P.Burenko 9+2reb+3ast, A.Riabchuk 7+1reb+5ast, O.Tischenko 5+3reb
Khimik: A.McLain 21+10reb+1ast, C.Millage 16+6reb+10ast, A.Kalnichenko 14+2reb, A.Kolchenko 10+1reb+2ast, D.Tihonov 6+5reb, S.Zavadsky 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 124254




Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Donetsk 33-11 
 2. Budivelnyk 32-10 
 3. Azovmash 27-16 
 4. Hoverla 27-17 
 5. Mykolaiv 23-20 
 6. Ferro-ZNTU 23-20 
 7. Dnipro 21-21 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 20-22 
 9. DniproAzot 18-25 
 10. BC Odessa 17-27 
 11. Halychyna 15-29 
 12. Khimik 14-29 
 13. BC Kyiv 10-33 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.1 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.1 
 3. Curry, Azovmash16.8 
 4. Washington, BC Od.16.7 
 5. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna14.7 
 7. Williams, Halychyna14.7 
 8. Fraser, DniproAzot14.6 
 9. Millage, Khimik14.5 
 10. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.0 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.3 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Hunter, Fe.6.8 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla6.8 
 9. Owens, Azovmash6.5 
 10. Sandul, BC Kyiv6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.1 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.9 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.8 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Sparks, BC Odessa4.6 
 7. Millage, Khimik4.6 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Harris, Fe.4.4 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Millage, Khimik2.3 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.7 
 4. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.6 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.6 
 6. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.5 
 7. Burns, Fe.1.4 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
 9. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.3 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Agafonov, Budiv.1.3 
 7. Balashov, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 9. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 10. Coleman, Hoverla1.2 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Eagles Ink Lasker For Last Month Of Season - by Paul Nilsen
Newcastle Eagles have signed former UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders shooting guard Andrew Lasker (188-G-82, college: Point Loma) after losing Trey Moore for the rest of the season to a foot injury.


The 6ft 2in Texan had been a part of the Raiders BBL Team for five seasons before deciding to try his luck in Europe this season. Currently a free agent, the Eagles are hoping that his knowledge of the league will allow him to hit the ground running as the team complete a fierce end of season schedule.


Lasker is known for being a strong competitor with excellent defensive qualities, he averaged 19 points and 5 rebounds during the 2009-10 season at Plymouth. In his time with the Raiders he was twice featured in the BBL All Star team. Lasker will travel with the team this weekend for their double-header weekend against Worcester Wolves and UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders respectively.


Paul Blake, Eagles Managing Director, said: We are really happy to bring Drew to the club for this short period and hope that he can help to make the difference in the coming weeks. We have a tough schedule between now and the 9th April, but its not over yet!



Sprint to the Finish - by Steve Dagostino
I know I haven't blogged in a while, but we went on a nice little winning streak and my focus has been completely on that. It's funny, we lost for the first time in a while last night and that deathly losing feeling does not get any easier, even if you have won 6 in a row. I forgot how annoying it is.
The BBL Championship is coming to a close with only two weekends left before the Playoff race is finally decided. My team is currently in a battle for first place with Newcastle Eagles and Mersey Tigers. Mersey has 6 losses, Newcastle has 7 and we have 8. All with 5 games left. I believe that there are 6 teams battling for the last 4 spots all within a couple games of eachother and the Chester Jets are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs as well. It's odd this year because seeding for the playoffs really has no benefit. The BBL decided to make the first and second round 2 legs (Like in Soccer) with aggregate score. Essentially the higher seed has no advantage because both teams get to play at home. So, as long as you get into the playoffs, everyone has the same obstacles and advantages.
As far as life in England goes, it has been unusually sunny and we have had some great spring weather. Much better then everyone back home in NY who are gearing up for another Snow Storm. That's crazy, but as long as they get it out of the way before I get home then I won't be mad.
I'll keep this blog short because I want to get to Nando's and the hot tub. Talk to you guys soon. And all my boys finishing out the season, good luck! Stay Healthy!!



Williams Out For Season - by Paul Nilsen
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders captain LaTaryl Williams (197-F-78, college: Mississippi) is finished for the season after suffering a severe knee injury on Sunday in Rider's narrow defeat to the Milton Keynes Lions.

Williams underwent a MRI yesterday, and the news was not good, with surgery required, and no chance for Williams to play again this season

It is a blow for the Riders as they chase a BBL Championship playoff spot and look to need to win at least two of their remaining four games left in the regular season.

Riders also have forward Tom Sherlock out and probably needing a hernia operation, and centre Liam Potter also listed as day to day with a knee injury.

The Riders coach Rob Paternostro is now manning the phones to get in an injury replacement allowed under BBL rules, 'Lataryl's loss is a massive blow, in so many ways. But with Sherlock out and Potter still hobbling, we need to do something. I will be using all my contacts, and hope to have a replacement lined up for the weekend.'

The deadline for signing new players in the BBL is end of February, but a new regulation means BBL Clubs are allowed this season one injury replacement. Riders face a double header this weekend. Riders host Essex Pirates this Saturday at the John Sandford Centre, followed by a trip to the Cheshire Jets on Sunday.

'The rule change was just for this sort of circumstance, so we need to get some cover. It is not an ideal time to be looking because most European Leagues are at a critical stage of their seasons, but I believe I can find some good options,' said Paternostro.


BBL Round Up Wed 30 March - by Paul Nilsen
Mersey Tigers took a massive step towards the BBL Championship title with an 87-82 win over One Health Sharks Sheffield in Liverpool.


The Tigers have all but put Sharks out of the Championship race and with Newcastle Eagles also losing at Prestige Homes MK Lions it is now the Merseyside clubs league to lose.


Great Britain guard Nathan Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) scored nine points in the fourth quarter as Tigers ended the match on a 13-0 run to stun a Sharks team that seemed certain to throw themselves into the title mix.


Newcastle Eagles grip on the title is looking precarious after an 83-81 defeat at MK Lions.


Without the injured Trey Moore the Eagles struggled all match but led 77-78 with a minute to play before a three-point play from Travis Nelson gave Lions the lead for good.


A late Reggie Jackson three gave Newcastle some hope but Charles Smith couldnt follow suit with a last second heave as Lions celebrated an excellent victory.


Cheshire Jets kept alive their feint title hopes and condemned Essex Pirates to the bottom of the BBL Championship with an 83-106 win at MK Lions basketball centre.


The Pirates led for most of the first half and were still in the match after three quarters but a decisive final stanza by the Jets saw them ease clear. Jeremy Bell ended the match with 39 points for Cheshire.


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


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Portuguese make Palma national team coach - by Maarouf Mawloud
Mario Leonel Palma has led Angola and Jordan to podium finishes as the coach of their national teams.

Now hell try to do the same for his home country of Portugal after being confirmed as the new boss of their national side.

Two places are up for grabs for EuroBasket 2011 and Finland, Hungary and Palmas Portuguese will go after them when playing in an Additional Qualifying Round.

The first game will be against Hungary on August 9.

After winning just one of eight games last year in qualifying under former coach Moncho Lopez, Portugal were given a second chance to reach the EuroBasket when FIBA Europe increased the tournament size by eight teams to make it 24 in all.

This European Championship is a tough one, as it is like a World Championship given the number of teams, Palma said to FIBA.com.

As for their chances against the Finns and Hungarians, Palma said: We have the same chances to qualify to EuroBasket 2011 as our opponents.
Palma will gather his players on June 20 to launch preparations for the Additional Qualifying Round.
My coaching staff and I now have the task of turning around the current scenario of the national team, he said.
We should motivate our players as priority point, convincing some of them to join the national team.
Bringing in new talents and making them work hard is something that well stick on our agenda.
Palma steered Angola to Afrobasket titles and into the 2004 Olympics and 2006 FIBA World Championship.

In 2009, he guided Jordan to the bronze medal at the FIBA Asia Championship in China.




Portuguese make Palma national team coach - by Maarouf Mawloud
Mrio Palma has led Angola and Jordan to podium finishes as the coach of their national teams.

Now hell try to do the same for his home country of Portugal after being confirmed as the new boss of their national side.

Two places are up for grabs for EuroBasket 2011 and Finland, Hungary and Palmas Portuguese will go after them when playing in an Additional Qualifying Round.

The first game will be against Hungary on August 9.

After winning just one of eight games last year in qualifying under former coach Moncho Lopez, Portugal were given a second chance to reach the EuroBasket when FIBA Europe increased the tournament size by eight teams to make it 24 in all.

This European Championship is a tough one, as it is like a World Championship given the number of teams, Palma said to FIBA.com.

As for their chances against the Finns and Hungarians, Palma said: We have the same chances to qualify to EuroBasket 2011 as our opponents.
Palma will gather his players on June 20 to launch preparations for the Additional Qualifying Round.
My coaching staff and I now have the task of turning around the current scenario of the national team, he said.
We should motivate our players as priority point, convincing some of them to join the national team.
Bringing in new talents and making them work hard is something that well stick on our agenda.
Palma steered Angola to Afrobasket titles and into the 2004 Olympics and 2006 FIBA World Championship.

In 2009, he guided Jordan to the bronze medal at the FIBA Asia Championship in China.





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Women News

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  BELGIUM - Women  


D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Leemans, Sint K.20.3 
 2. Tatham, Point C.18.4 
 3. Meesseman, Ieper18.0 
 4. VanMalderen, Dexia N.16.7 
 5. Dennett, Sint K.16.3 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.15.7 
 7. Wilkins, Point Chaud15.1 
 8. Decroos, BBC Boom15.1 
 9. Mayombo, Point C.14.8 
 10. Blommaers, Houth.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rhona MCKENZIE
  Houthalen
  (183-F-76)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. McKenzie, Houth.13.4 
 2. Meesseman, Ieper11.1 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.9.7 
 4. Wilkins, Point Chaud9.0 
 5. Tatham, Point C.8.9 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.8.8 
 7. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.8.6 
 8. Van Respaill., Wareg.8.5 
 9. Ibekwe, Point C.8.5 
 10. Hoehne, R.Spirou.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Leemans, Sint K.3.2 
 2. Van Dessel, Sint K.2.3 
 3. Mayombo, Point C.2.2 
 4. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.1 
 5. Deyaert, Waregem2.0 
 6. Vanloo, Waregem1.9 
 7. Van Driel, BBC B.1.9 
 8. Degels, Jeugd G.1.8 
 9. Blommaers, Houth.1.8 
 10. Devliegher, Ieper1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Meesseman, Ieper2.4 
 2. Gaither, Dexia N.2.3 
 3. Mayombo, Point C.2.2 
 4. Van Driel, BBC B.2.1 
 5. Leemans, Sint K.2.1 
 6. Van De Bruae., Deerl.2.1 
 7. Van den Vond., BBC B.2.0 
 8. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.0 
 9. Deyaert, Waregem2.0 
 10. Celus, Sint Kateline1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Meesseman, Ieper2.8 
 2. Boonen, BBC Boom1.8 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.1.6 
 4. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.1.1 
 5. Lentacker, Jeugd G.0.9 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.0.9 
 7. VanMalderen, Dexia N.0.8 
 8. Malfait, Jeugd G.0.8 
 9. Van Respaill., Wareg.0.7 
 10. De Meyer, Willebroek0.7 


BBC Boom blasts Spirou Monceau in third crucial game, gets the last Semifinals ticket - by Eurobasket News
Quarterfinals, Game 3: BBC Boom - R.Spirou M. 80-50 (2-1)

The game was mostly controlled by BBC Boom. R.Spirou Monceau managed to win fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BBC Boom made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 28 R.Spirou Monceau turnovers. It was a great shooting night for BBC Boom especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BBC Boom made 7 blocks. It was a good game for the former international forward Eveline Decroos (184-F-84) who led her team to a victory with 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Inge Meylemans (168-92) contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Priscilla Frassanito (168-90) answered with 11 points and guard Krystel Ballau (168-84, agency: LBM Management) added 11 points in the effort for R.Spirou Monceau. BBC Boom will meet Sint Kateline in the Semis.

BBC Boom: E.Decroos 22+2reb+2ast, E.Lauwers 10+5reb+1ast, V.Van Driel 9+3reb, I.Meylemans 9+6reb+4ast, A.Delaere 8+2reb+1ast, A.Lydia Boel 7+3reb
R.Spirou M.: P.Frassanito 11+3reb+2ast, K.Ballau 11+3reb, M.Hamaide 7+1reb, M.Fivet 6+5reb+1ast, S.Signore 5, L.Schmitz 4+5reb
gschID: 123912




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  BULGARIA - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Juanita WARD
  Beroe 07
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Ward, Beroe 0724.4 
 2. Samburska, Lukoil18.2 
 3. Allen, Dunav18.1 
 4. Tisdale, Lukoil17.7 
 5. Bowie, Lukoil17.6 
 6. Topalova-S., Levski16.8 
 7. Doychinova, Montan.16.2 
 8. Dimitrova, Levski15.7 
 9. Kordova, Dunav15.7 
 10. Stankova, Levski15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeTrina WHITE
  Lukoil
  (180-F-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. White, Lukoil11.3 
 2. Ward, Beroe 0711.1 
 3. Bowie, Lukoil9.7 
 4. Topalova-S., Levski8.7 
 5. Doychinova, Montan.8.4 
 6. Byears, Dunav7.9 
 7. Erak, Lukoil7.9 
 8. Kaloferova, Beroe 6.8 
 9. Minkova, Dunav6.7 
 10. Allen, Dunav6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Diana NAYDENOVA
  Levski
  (171-G-73)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Naydenova, Levski6.5 
 2. Vrancheva, Montana .6.2 
 3. Kostova, Dunav4.4 
 4. Pasheva, Beroe 074.2 
 5. Dzhambazka, Levski3.7 
 6. Stankova, Levski3.6 
 7. Peeva, Lukoil3.1 
 8. Minkova, Dunav3.0 
 9. Bachkovo, Beroe 072.8 
 10. Naydenova, Slavia2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Diana NAYDENOVA
  Levski
  (171-G-73)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Naydenova, Levski2.9 
 2. Peeva, Lukoil2.5 
 3. Bowie, Lukoil2.3 
 4. Kostova, Dunav2.3 
 5. Allen, Dunav2.2 
 6. Naydenova, Slavia2.2 
 7. Dimitrova, Levski2.1 
 8. Vrancheva, Montana .2.1 
 9. Topalova-S., Levski2.1 
 10. Stankova, Levski2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zlatina KALOFEROVA
  Beroe 07
  (192-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Kaloferova, Beroe 1.0 
 2. Bowie, Lukoil0.8 
 3. Allen, Dunav0.7 
 4. White, Lukoil0.7 
 5. Topalova-S., Levski0.7 
 6. Ward, Beroe 070.7 
 7. Zagorova, Levski0.5 
 8. Doychinova, Montan.0.5 
 9. Mihalkova, Montana .0.5 
 10. Todorova, Montana .0.5 


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  FINLAND - Women  


ToPo leveled the series against PeKa - by Elina Koskinen
ToPo won the fourth match today by numbers 75-71 in Helsinki and stretched the semi-final-series against PeKa into the fifth and final game. The game was really even all the time and lead was changed for 11 times. ToPo won the first period 22-18 but then PeKa won the second period 13-15. Although the game was very even PeKa had the lead for the last time while fifteen minutes of the game was played. In the end of the second quarter ToPo took the lead and half-time-score was 35-33. ToPo kept the lead during the whole second half of the game. They added the lead a little bit winning the third quarter 15-10. In the last period PeKa was few times one point behind, but couldn't take the lead. However the visitors won the last quarter 25-28. Stars of the night were ToPo's Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) who scored 24/10 and Dandra Moss (183-F-88, college: VCU) who finished 26/10. Alli Arppe (184-F-81) assisted them with 13 points and Anette Juvonen (170-G-93) by 9 points. Most efficient from PeKa was Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) who netted 23 points and reached the game highest 14 rebounds. Lassiter was backed up by Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83, college: Jacksonville St.) who scored 21/9 and Laura Lehtoranta (172-G-84) who netted 14 points. Also Krystal Vaughn (185-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) netted 9 points and took 8 rebounds. The last game between these teams will be played in Kotka on Saturday.

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  FRANCE - Women  


LFB Round 24 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Thirteenth-ranked COB Calais (4-20) used its home court advantage to challenge tenth ranked Union Hainaut (10-14) on Wednesday. The visitors from Saint-Amand managed to secure only four-point victory 81-77. However their fans expected easier game. Union Hainaut moved-up to ninth place. COB Calais lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Union Hainaut will face higher ranked Basket Landes (#6) in Mont de Marsan in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. COB Calais will play on the road against Charleville-Mezieres (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 24 Charleville beat Mondeville on the road 59-47. Villeneuve lost to Challes on its own court 73-83. Arras unfortunately lost to Nantes in a road game 76-77. Bourges rolled over Toulouse at home 71-44. Aix-en-Provence was defeated by Tarbes on the opponent's court 64-70. Landes smashed Lattes Montp. in a home game 79-58.
The most impressive performance of 24th round was 24 points and 5 rebounds by Mistie Bass-Williams (191-C-83, college: Duke) of Challes.


COB Calais - Union Hainaut 77-81 OT2

Thirteenth-ranked COB Calais (4-20) used its home court advantage to challenge tenth ranked Union Hainaut (10-14) on Wednesday. The visitors from Saint-Amand managed to secure only four-point victory 81-77. However their fans expected easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But COB Calais won third quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where COB Calais used huge pressure winning it 18-10 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually double-overtime period -. Union Hainaut moved-up to ninth place. COB Calais lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Union Hainaut will face higher ranked Basket Landes (#6) in Mont de Marsan in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. COB Calais will play on the road against Charleville-Mezieres (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 101093


Mondeville - Charleville 47-59

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Charleville-Mezieres (9-15) beat on the road higher ranked Mondeville (11-11) 59-47 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Charleville-Mezieres. Mondeville was better in third quarter 20-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Charleville-Mezieres forced 22 Mondeville turnovers. It was a good game for guard Amel Bouderra (160-89) who led her team to a victory with 12 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Mali center Djene Diawara (192-85) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. The former international forward Aurelie Bonnan (187-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) replied with 10 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Lenae Williams (186-79, college: De Paul, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 14 points in the effort for Mondeville. Mondeville's coach Herve Coudray rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Charleville-Mezieres moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Villeneuve and Aix-en-Provence. Mondeville at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Charleville-Mezieres will face COB Calais (#13) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Charleville: K.Mann 13+6reb, D.Diawara 12+7reb, A.Bouderra 12+2reb+7ast, B.Mboma 10+4reb, E.Dimitrova 6+4reb, S.Ouerghi 6+2reb
Mondeville: L.Williams 14+3reb+1ast, A.Bonnan 10+8reb+1ast, K.Sharp 7+3reb+2ast, Y.Sene 6+2reb+1ast, V.Berezhynska 6+9reb+1ast, A.Brumermane 4+4reb
gschID: 101094


Villeneuve - Challes 73-83

Very expected game when 9th ranked Villeneuve D'Asco (9-15) lost at home to fourth ranked Challes-les-Eaux (16-8) 83-73 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Challes-les-Eaux. Villeneuve D'Asco was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Challes-les-Eaux made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American center Mistie Bass-Williams (191-83, college: Duke) who led her team to a victory with 24 points and 5 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The other American import guard Bianca Thomas (178-88, college: Mississippi) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian center Olayinka Sanni (188-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Josep and Nicolas) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Emilie Gomis (180-83) added 16 points and 5 assists in the effort for Villeneuve D'Asco. Five Challes-les-Eaux and four Villeneuve D'Asco players scored in double figures. Challes-les-Eaux moved-up to third place, which they share with Lattes Montp. Villeneuve D'Asco at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Challes-les-Eaux will face Mondeville (#7) at home in the next round. Villeneuve D'Asco will play against Aix-en-Provence in Les Milles and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Challes: M.Bass-Williams 24+5reb+3ast, B.Thomas 21+6reb, A.Plagnard 14+7reb+4ast, M.Lacroix 10+5reb+1ast, R.Bar 10+3reb+4ast, J.Fleisher 2+2reb
Villeneuve: O.Sanni 19+9reb+1ast, E.Gomis 16+2reb+5ast, C.Thomas 15+8reb, L.Datchy 10+2reb+1ast, M.Carpreaux 4+5ast, E.Bertal 4+5reb
gschID: 101095


Nantes - Arras 77-76

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Nantes Reze (15-9) edged at home 8th ranked Arras (11-12) 77-76 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-19. But Arras won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nantes Reze made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. Nantes Reze had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American center Lindsay Taylor (203-81, college: UCSB) who saved her team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Croatian center Emilija Podrug (190-79) contributed with 17 points for the winners. International swingman Sarah Michel (178-89) replied with 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Ukrainian forward Olesia Malashenko (188-91, agency: LBM Management) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Arras. Five Arras players scored in double figures. Nantes Reze maintains fifth position with 15-9 record, which they share with Landes. Arras lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 12 games lost. Nantes Reze will face bottom-ranked Toulouse (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Arras will play against the league's leader Bourges (#1).
Top scorers:
Nantes: E.Podrug 17+3reb+1ast, L.Taylor 16+10reb, S.Niedola 10+3reb+1ast, C.Aubert 9+5reb+5ast, A.Hightower 9+2reb+2ast, M.Sy-Diop 7+5reb+5ast
Arras: S.Michel 15+4reb+2ast, O.Malashenko 14+7reb, M.Amant 13+5reb, J.Gomis 11+1reb+3ast, P.Akonga Nsimbo 10+4reb+1ast, L.Mitchell 7+7ast
gschID: 101096


Bourges - Toulouse 71-44

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Toulouse (2-22) was outscored on the road by first ranked Bourges (23-1) 71-44 on Wednesday. Bourges dominated on the defensive end, holding Toulouse to just 6 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Toulouse 39-23 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for international forward Endene Miyem (188-88) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Catherine Joens (180-82) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Bourges' coach Pierre Vincent felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Chandrea Jones (175-87, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and her fellow American import forward Shanavia Dowdell (188-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Toulouse. Bourges have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-1 record. Toulouse at the other side stay dead last with 22 lost games. Bourges will face Arras (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toulouse will play against Nantes Reze (#5).
Top scorers:
Bourges: C.Joens 16+4reb+1ast, S.Kaltsidou 12+5reb+3ast, E.Miyem 10+12reb+1ast, J.Digbeu 9+2reb+1ast, P.Salagnac 6+5reb+1ast, E.Ndongue 6+2reb+3ast
Toulouse: C.Jones 15+6reb+1ast, S.Dowdell 12+6reb+2ast, S.Milovanovic 11+5reb, C.Aubert 3+3reb+3ast, E.Maurice 2+3reb+1ast, J.de Colo 1
gschID: 101090


Tarbes - Aix-en-Provence 70-64

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Tarbes (16-7) defeated at home 11th ranked Aix-en-Provence (9-15) 70-64 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Aix-en-Provence trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 23-13 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 64-70 at the end of the game. Tarbes outrebounded Aix-en-Provence 37-20 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Montenegrin center Jelena Dubljevic (192-87) who led her team to a victory with 20 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American guard Roneeka Hodges (180-82, college: Florida St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Tarbes' coach Alain Jardel used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Sabrina Reghaissia (188-83) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Australian power forward Hollie Grima (190-83) added 14 points in the effort for Aix-en-Provence. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tarbes have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Aix-en-Provence lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Tarbes will face Lattes Montpellier (#4) on the road in the next round. Aix-en-Provence will play against Villeneuve D'Asco (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tarbes: J.Dubljevic 20+4reb+2ast, R.Hodges 14+5reb+3ast, B.Smith 10+2reb+1ast, I.Matic 10+6reb, P.Lo 7+2reb+1ast, F.Lepron 6+8reb+1ast
Aix-en-Provence: S.Reghaissia 14+6reb+1ast, H.Grima 14+4reb+3ast, C.Tomaszewski 12+1reb, Z.Dimitrakou 11+4reb, N.Hurst 9+3reb+3ast, C.Gay 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 101091


Landes - Lattes Montp. 79-58

There was an upset when second-best Lattes Montpellier (16-8) was outleveled by sixth ranked Basket Landes (15-9) in Mont de Marsan 79-58 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Basket Landes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Basket Landes forced 19 Lattes Montpellier turnovers and outrebounded them 35-21 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American center Jennifer Humphrey (191-84, college: Kentucky, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import guard Tamera Young (188-86, college: JMU) contributed with 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Basket Landes players scored in double figures. Croatian swingman Ana Lelas (183-83) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Iva Perovanovic (190-83) added 11 points in the effort for Lattes Montpellier. Basket Landes have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Nantes. Lattes Montpellier at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Basket Landes will face Union Hainaut (#9) in Saint-Amand in the next round. Lattes Montpellier will play at home against the league's second-placed Tarbes (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Landes: J.Humphrey 14+14reb+1ast, J.Barennes 13+4reb+1ast, T.Young 13+4reb+5ast, A.Le Gluher 12+3reb+2ast, K.Manic 10+3reb+2ast, M.Laborde 9+1reb+5ast
Lattes Montp.: A.Lelas 15+7reb+1ast, I.Perovanovic 11+2reb+1ast, G.Skrela 10+1ast, V.Bremont 8+2reb+2ast, F.Sacko 7+4reb+1ast, S.Dijon 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 101092




Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Bourges 23-1 
 2. Tarbes 16-7 
 3. Challes 16-8 
 4. Lattes Montp. 16-8 
 5. Nantes 15-9 
 6. Landes 15-9 
 7. Mondeville 11-11 
 8. Arras 11-12 
 9. Union Hainaut 10-14 
 10. Villeneuve 9-15 
 11. Aix-en-Provence 9-15 
 12. Charleville 9-15 
 13. COB Calais 4-20 
 14. Toulouse 2-22 


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mistie BASS-WILLIAMS
  Challes
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 19
 1. Bass-W., Challes19.0 
 2. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.16.0 
 3. Grima, Aix-en-P.15.7 
 4. Humphrey, Landes15.6 
 5. Dubljevic, Tarbes15.0 
 6. Sharp, Mondeville14.7 
 7. Mann, Charleville14.6 
 8. Hurst, Aix-en-P.14.6 
 9. Sanni, Villeneuve14.0 
 10. Covington, Union H.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurelie BONNAN
  Mondeville
  (187-F-83)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Bonnan, Mondeville10.7 
 2. Humphrey, Landes9.7 
 3. Diawara, Charleville9.6 
 4. Bass-W., Challes9.5 
 5. Bales, Union Hainaut8.8 
 6. Sanni, Villeneuve8.7 
 7. Kamba, Union H.8.2 
 8. Matic, Tarbes7.0 
 9. Grima, Aix-en-P.6.8 
 10. Sacko, Lattes M.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Natalie HURST
  Aix-en-Provence
  (163-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Hurst, Aix-en-P.5.0 
 2. Aubert, Nantes4.9 
 3. Manic, Landes4.2 
 4. Mitchell, Arras4.1 
 5. Lepron, Tarbes4.0 
 6. Tanqueray, Villeneuve3.9 
 7. Bar, Challes3.8 
 8. Carpreaux, Villeneuve3.5 
 9. Aubert, Toulouse3.5 
 10. Dubljevic, Tarbes3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Johanne GOMIS
  Arras
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gomis, Arras2.6 
 2. Bar, Challes2.6 
 3. Skrela, Lattes M.2.1 
 4. Milovanovic, Toulouse2.1 
 5. Bouderra, Charleville2.0 
 6. Poto, Lattes M.1.9 
 7. Plagnard, Challes1.8 
 8. Lepron, Tarbes1.8 
 9. Kamba, Union H.1.8 
 10. Hightowner, Nantes1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Alison BALES
  Union Hainaut
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bales, Union Hainaut2.1 
 2. Ndongue, Bourges1.7 
 3. Dowdell, Toulouse0.8 
 4. Smith, Tarbes0.8 
 5. Bass-W., Challes0.7 
 6. Bonnan, Mondeville0.7 
 7. Sy-Diop, Nantes0.7 
 8. Humphrey, Landes0.7 
 9. Jones, Toulouse0.7 
 10. Bar, Challes0.7 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Olena ZHERZHERUNOVA
  Szeged
  (191-F-78)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Zherzherunov., Sze.18.7 
 2. Page, ZTE18.3 
 3. Carson, SEAT L.17.4 
 4. Hollingswort., SEAT L.15.6 
 5. Tamane, MKB Eurol.15.0 
 6. Griffin, Pecs 201014.6 
 7. Holt, MKB Eurol.14.2 
 8. Quigley, Pecs 201013.7 
 9. Nemeth, Szeged13.6 
 10. Krivacevic, MKB E.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olena ZHERZHERUNOVA
  Szeged
  (191-F-78)
  Avg: 11
 1. Zherzherunov., Sze.11.0 
 2. Hollingswort., SEAT L.10.2 
 3. Page, ZTE9.4 
 4. Tamane, MKB Eurol.7.9 
 5. Pal, Vasas-Csata7.4 
 6. Olajuwon, SEAT L.7.3 
 7. Krnjic, Pecs 20106.7 
 8. Cvetanovic, Szolnok6.6 
 9. Kublina, SEAT L.6.2 
 10. Balla, Vasas-Csata6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Katarina RISTIC
  Szolnok
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ristic, Szolnok5.3 
 2. Medgyessy, Atome.5.0 
 3. Ivanyi, Pecs 20104.8 
 4. Bukovszki, ZTE4.7 
 5. Nemeth, Szeged4.3 
 6. Darida, Nanette FTC4.3 
 7. Honti, MKB Eurol.4.0 
 8. Laczi, Szeged3.8 
 9. Boskovic, Szolnok3.7 
 10. Eordogh, Vasas-Cs.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gina SZEPSI
  Bajai NKK
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Szepsi, Bajai NKK3.6 
 2. Bukovszki, ZTE3.5 
 3. Griffin, Pecs 20103.1 
 4. Laczi, Szeged3.0 
 5. Zherzherunov., Sze.2.9 
 6. Darida, Nanette FTC2.8 
 7. Nemeth, Szeged2.8 
 8. Medgyessy, Atome.2.7 
 9. Ambrus, ZTE2.6 
 10. Demeter, Atomeromu2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Page, ZTE2.0 
 2. Zherzherunov., Sze.1.8 
 3. Cvetanovic, Szolnok1.3 
 4. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.3 
 5. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.2 
 6. Kublina, SEAT L.1.0 
 7. Griffin, Pecs 20100.9 
 8. Pap, Cegledi EKK0.8 
 9. Bagi, BEAC0.8 
 10. Hollingswort., SEAT L.0.8 


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  KAZAKHSTAN - Women  


Irtysh and Astana Tigers enter Final - by Eurobasket News
Irtysh and Astana Tigers will play for D1 crown. They celebrated victories in respective semifinal series. Irtysh overcame Okzhetpes in two games. The first game turned into a thriller. Okzhetpes led by as many as 9 points after the opening term but Irtysh managed to cut the deficit to just two points at the interval 45:47. Okzhetpes maintained the lead throughout the third term as they piled up a 4-point lead before the fourth quarter. But a 20:14 surge in the fourth term allowed Irtysh to eke out an 81:79 win at the end. Anna Vinokurova (191-C-92) provided 15 points, 9 boards and 4 blocks for the winners. Yuliya Korotkaya (175-G-77) added 13 points in the win. Olena Stashuk responded with 29 points and 11 boards for Okzhetpes. The second game of the series had a different scenario. Irtysh looked better at the start. They ensured a 15:6 lead after ten minutes. Okzhetpes got as close as 4 points at the end of the third term but Irtysh stepped on the gas and ran away for the win at the end. Angelina Yuskova (170-G-90) nailed 15 points to pace the effort. Lyudmila Sedova (187-C-79) added 12 points in the victory. Olena Stashuk and Koldabenko answered with 21 points apiece for Okzhetpes.
In the meantime Astana Tigers also needed two games to deal with BK Almaty. The Tigers celebrated a 101:62 win in Game 1. Zalina Kurazova (184-F-85) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winning team. Svetlana Fedotova replied with 15 points for BK Almaty. The second game was a tougher battle as the Tigers led by just one point at halftime. But they increased the tempo in the second half and ran away for the victory at the end. Anastassiya Alishauskaite (170-G-88) notched 18 points and 9 assists for Astana. Svetlana Fedotova once again top-scored for BK Almaty with 19 points and 14 boards.




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  KENYA - Women  


Strathmore University sides retain KUSA league crowns - by Eurobasket News
STRATHMORE University men and women teams retained their Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) league crowns at the University of Nairobi courts over the weekend. The mens team, Blades dismissed United States International University (USIU) 58-45 while the ladies prevailed 48-21 over Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). David Ogolla and Ronny Gundo boosted the Blades campaign with 19 points a piece while Victor Bosire was the highest scorer for USIU with 21 points. The teams tied in 18-18 the first quarter, before Blades secured the second with a 17-06 lead. The winners took the third quarter 11-10 before succumbing 12-11 in the final. En-route to finals, Blades whipped Egerton 47-32 with Gundo and Edwin Otula as the key players. The womens side, Swords top scorer was Denise Apondi who hit 23 points while CUEAs Joyce Nyagol scored 16 points. Swords beat Moi University 33-21 and Maseno 44-20 in the preliminary stages. In other matches, CUEA beat Moi 51-16 while Strathmore were shocked by Maseno 43-38. Moi beat Maseno ladies 30-24 as USIU dismissed Maseno and Egerton 79-47 and 47-46 respectively. Eight teams took part in the championships.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star


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  LATVIA - Women  


Latvian LSBL round 26 best performance: Dita Krumberga - by Eurobasket News
International forward Dita Krumberga (183-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked TTT Riga, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, nine rebounds and five assists) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass TTT Juniores (#4, 14-13) with 72-point margin 110-38. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed TTT Riga to consolidate first place in the Latvian LSBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and TTT Riga keeps perfect 28 -0 record. Krumberga has many years of experience at TTT Riga, through which he has constantly improved. Former Mt.St.Mary's College, MD star has very solid stats this year. Krumberga is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.4ppg) and averages impressive 2.8spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Lina Lisnere (192-F/C-86) of SK Cesis. Lisnere had a very good evening with a double-double of 39 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Cesis lost that game 69-75 to the higher-ranked LU (#2, 21-7). Cesis managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 22 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Cesis managed to get this year. Lisnere is a newcomer at Cesis, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.8ppg (#2). She also registered 11.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another SK Cesis' star - forward Lina Lisnere (192-F/C-86). Lisnere showcased her all-around game by recording 16 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and eleven assists (!!!) in the last round. She was another key player of Cesis, helping her team with a 69-52 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Daugavpils (#6, 8-20). Cesis can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-22 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Lisnere she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Lisnere has individually a great season in Latvia. After 20 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.8ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 11.1rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ieva Krastina (176-G/F-90) of LU - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Olesja Jevsejeva (174-F-86) of Daugavpils - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Guna Lagzdina (182-C-93) of TTT Juniores - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Zane Jakobsone (180-F-85) of TTT Riga - 18 points and 4 rebounds
8. Ieva Krastina (176-G/F-90) of LU - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Liga Surkusa (192-C-91) of TTT Riga - 16 points and 8 rebounds
10. Karline Nimane (188-F-90) of TTT Riga - 12 points, 10 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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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Standings - Women League
Superleague Standings
 1. Jedinstvo BP 4-0 
 2. Buducnost 2-1 
 3. Heceg Novi 1-2 
 4. Rudar 0-4 


Superleague Round 3: Jedinstvo BP keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
Superleague is at the halfway and there are still another 3 rounds left.

ID: 123336
Jedinstvo BP - Heceg Novi 86-54
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Jedinstvo BP as it allowed them to keep a leadership position. Jedinstvo BP smashed second-best Heceg Novi in Bijelo Polje 86-54. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Heceg Novi. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Heceg Novi at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Heceg Novi will play next round against strong Buducnost trying to get back on the winning streak. Jedinstvo BP will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Rudar in Sjever.


gschID: 123337
Buducnost - Rudar 75-62
An exciting game was played in Podgorica. First ranked Buducnost faced 4th placed Rudar. Host Buducnost (2-1) defeated guests from Sjever (0-3) 75-62. Despite that victory Buducnost went down to second position due to points difference. Rudar at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Buducnost will play against Heceg Novi (#3) in Herceg Novi in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rudar will play at home against the league's leader Jedinstvo BP in Bijelo Polje and hopes to get finally their first victory.


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Toledo, Southern Cal roll into WNIT final - by Eurobasket News
Playing in front of a packed arena for the first time in school history, Toledo's women's basketball team won its fifth consecutive game and jumped straight into a chance to play for the WNIT title.

Toledo came out strong and defeated visiting Charlotte 83-60 in front of 7,020 electrified fans. The Rockets earned a final home game Saturday, when they will host Southern Cal in the WNIT championship beginning at 3 p.m. ET. The game will be carried live on CBS College Sports.

Toledo led from start to finish Wednesday night, getting production from everyone, including all five starters who finished in double figure scoring. Naama Shafir (5'7''-G-90) led with 16 points and 9 assists, and teammate Andola Dortch (5'7''-G) had 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.

The victory extended Toledos home winning streak to 17 games. The Rockets (28-8), who won the Mid-American Conference regular season title, collected their 28th win of the season, the most in school history.

Charlotte finished its season with a 27-10 record, the most wins ever for its program. The 49ers, playing in postseason for the ninth straight season, were playing in their first WNIT semifinal game. They were led by Kendria Holmes (5'5''-G-88), who scored 14 points.

In Wednesday's other semifinal game, Southern Cal continued its road dominance with a 63-36 victory over host Illinois State. Southern Cal will travel to Toledo to play the Rockets in the championship at 3 p.m. ET Saturday on national television.

Like Toledo, Southern Cal also led from the first basket of the game. Illinois State (24-11) closed the gap to eight points (30-22) at halftime, but the Trojans rolled from there. USC (24-12), with the most wins in a season since 1994, got 15 points and 7 rebounds from Jacki Gemelos (6'0''-G) to win its fourth straight road game.

Illinois State got 9 points and 8 rebounds from Emily Hanley (6'0''-F-88, college: E.Michigan), as the Redbirds made it to the WNIT semifinal round for the third straight year.



Semifinal Games
Wednesday, March 30

Toledo 83, Charlotte 60
Southern Cal 63, Illinois State 36

Courtesy of www.womensnit.com




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  POLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Laurie KOEHN
  Utex Row
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Koehn, Utex Row17.3 
 2. Champion, Inea AZS16.9 
 3. Kobryn, Wisla C.15.1 
 4. Harris, Utex Row14.9 
 5. Ross, Lider P.14.5 
 6. Szott, Artego14.0 
 7. Jankowska, LKS S.14.0 
 8. Wright, Lotos G.13.8 
 9. Cheek, Super-Pol13.4 
 10. Mowlik, Inea AZS13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ugochukwu OHA
  LKS Siemens
  (193-C-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Oha, LKS Siemens9.9 
 2. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.7 
 3. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia9.0 
 4. Carter, CCC P.8.4 
 5. Leuchanka, Wisla C.8.1 
 6. Cheek, Super-Pol7.9 
 7. Crisman, Artego7.9 
 8. Alexander, Odra B.7.9 
 9. Jankowska, LKS S.7.4 
 10. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC Polkowice
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Zoll, CCC P.5.9 
 2. Phillips, Wisla C.4.2 
 3. Richards, Gorzow4.1 
 4. Raymond, Artego3.8 
 5. Kulaga, Super-Pol3.8 
 6. Swanier, Lotos G.3.8 
 7. Idczak, Inea AZS3.7 
 8. Gawronska, Odra B.3.5 
 9. Bortelova, Energa T.3.4 
 10. Pasheva, LKS S.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Naketia SWANIER
  Lotos Gdynia
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Swanier, Lotos G.2.8 
 2. Phillips, Wisla C.2.5 
 3. Ross, Lider P.2.5 
 4. Powell, Wisla C.2.3 
 5. Bednarek, Lider P.2.3 
 6. Leedham, Gorzow2.2 
 7. Wright, Lotos G.2.2 
 8. Carter, CCC P.2.2 
 9. Crisman, Artego2.0 
 10. Harris, Utex Row1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Brittany DENSON
  Lider Pruszkow
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Denson, Lider P.2.1 
 2. Majewska, CCC P.1.9 
 3. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia1.4 
 4. Perostiyska, Energa T.1.4 
 5. Burse, Wisla C.1.3 
 6. Jankowska, LKS S.1.1 
 7. Goff, Super-Pol1.0 
 8. Oha, LKS Siemens0.9 
 9. McLean, Utex Row0.8 
 10. Carter, CCC P.0.8 


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


Kats stay cool under Rocks pressure - by Eurobasket News
1st Quarter

GR win the tip, 2 OR from KK but miss put back. GR ball, #6 drives and dishes to #13 and score 2 to open the scoring. GR set-up offence and #13 gets deep 2. #14 grabs OR and gets fouled KK baseline ball, GR grab inbound #11 score fast break lay-up. #7 for KK scores there 1st points, #15 for KK get easy basket after pass over the top from #9. TO from GR, KK get fast break. lay-up from #14. #13 drives to basket and scores 2, #5 scores right back for KK. score tied at 8 each with 5mins gone. #6 and #21 get steal from # 15 KK., but GR TO and #6 get tough 2 from in the paint. GR baseline ball in KKs half. GR rocks force another TO, jump ball GR possession. GR force baseline shot and give the ball to KK. #14 drives to baseline pulls up misses shot get own rebound and GR set offence. Long pass from #7 gets knocked out of court by #8 GR. Fast break pass from #6 GR too long for #11GR. 30seconds left in the 1st Quarter, #21 GR forces KK to knock ball out of court, KK have ball back but clock runs out and shot not allowed. Quarter finishes 8-13 to the Kool Kats, both teams finding there range and getting settled into the game and both teams showing lots of hustle.

2nd Quarter

KK ball from start, #9grabs OR and gets fouled by #13 GR and goes to the line for 2, misses both shots. GR throw ball away, KKs up on offence. Fast break from #6 pulls up for mid range shot and scores. #13 gets fouled going to the basket scores 1 from 2. GR to the ball, fast break to KK, #14 grabs OR and gets fouled shooting 2, makes the 1st misses the 2nd strong Defensive boards from #13, ball TO from GR, #6 for KK scores FB lay-up. KKs steal ball at half way, fouled by #6 GR, #14 shoots 2 scores 1st misses 2nd and #10 grabs another OR.score 9-19 with 6mins left. #7 scores baseline 2 for KK. #13 GR drives against #10 KK and gets the foul, baseline ball GR, quick pass from #11 to #31 GR, #12 KK fouls, shooting 2, #31 scores both. KKs on team fouls with 5mins to go. GR double team ball handler and cause TO, GR ball. reach in against #6 GR, KKs ball. GR grabs DR and outlet pass goes to #11 and gets blocking foul by #6 shooting 2, misses both but #31 grabs OR and makes the bucket. Time-out for KKs with under 5mins to go score at 13-21 to the KKs. GR ball, TO, then KK grab OR but out of bounds GR ball. #21 GR scores 2 from baseline. KK TO the ball. #11 drives to the basket and #15 gives a blocking foul, #11 shooting 2 from the line scores 1 from 2. #11 drives at #15 KK and gets golding foul, shooting 2 scores 1 from 2 again. #15 KK grabs OR, gets fouled by #13 GR and goes to the line for 2, makes 1st bucket and the 2nd. Good passing from GR but slow hands give the ball to KK. #14 KK drives baseline misses gets rebound but has nowhere to go and 24 sec violation gives GR the ball. #7 KK drives at #4 GR shooting 2 from the FT scores both baskets, 1min 20 to go score 17-25. A few TO from both teams, GR have the ball #13 drives to the basket and gets fouled by #15 shooting 2, drains them both. 20 seconds to go, GR get ball back with 8 seconds to go and #11 scores big 3 pointer buzzer beater. taking the score to 22-25. Glasgow Rocks showed real character gettin back from a 10point deficit. Both teams fighting hard for every rebound and loose ball.

Top Scorers: Glasgow Rocks - #11 Natalie Chaloner (173-F/G-86) 9 Points, 2 Steals, 2 Assists. Edinburgh Kool Kats - #7 Emma Findlay 6 Points, 4 Steals, 2 Assists.

3 Quarter

GR have the ball from the start, KK steal the ball #7 gives a good pass to a running #14 and scores the basket and gets the foul but misses the extra point. #31 get the steal for GR and scores an easy lay-up. #14 shoots a 3 , #9 get OR and #5 scores deep 2. GR TO over the ball, #14 grabs DR and runs the court dishing to #9 who scores the basket. 24-31. good passing from KK, #15 gets the ball at the elbow and scores the 2. GR are struggling to set the offence, and give the TO, #9 goes to the basket and gets fouled shooting 2, misses them both. KK get another OR. #11 for GR runs the court and gets the foul by #7, shooting 2, scores 1 from 2, gets the steal on the baseline after DR, but GR lose ball to a weak pass, #14 scores another FB basket. GR force a TO and set the Offence. GR take a time-out 4mins into the 3rd, score at 25-35. KK ball after the Time -out, #15 goes to the basket but an excellent block from #21 GR. Good D from the GR force KK to put the ball out of play. #9 KK and #11 GR chase a loose ball, KK came away with the ball. #15 scores easy 2 under basket. double team by KK force a steal and #14 score the put back. #15 KK scores baseline 2, #44 GR drives to basket and draws a foul, shooting 2 from the FT, sinks both shots. KK inbound put out by good hustle from #44 GR. FB from GR #8 and #11 combine brilliantly for an easy 2 points for #8. GR press the inbound but KKs take a time-out. score 31-41 with 1min 50 left in the 3rd. #11 force a TO for the KK, jump ball given to GR, TO at both ends, KK take a baseline shot #44 grabs rebound and gets fouled. KK make 2 OR but fail to score, GR run the floor and are unlucky to score, but a fumbled inbound from KK give GR the ball bk with 2seconds to go. Quarter finishes 31-41.

4th Quarter

KK start with the ball in the final quarter, KK work the ball well and #10 scores a close range 2 from the baseline, #11 for GR runs court and gets a baseline 2. #14 KK gets fouled again going to the basket, shoots 2 makes 1, GR on offence, #21 gets the ball in the post and #9 KK gets called for holding. #31 gets a steal but is unable to score from it KKs ball. KKs turn the ball over again GR work the ball into #21 and get the 2 points in the paint. #9 gives a no look pass to #14 and gets an un contested lay-up. 3mins gone, score 35 46. #6 GR puts ball into #21 and #21 scores in the paint again. #21 puts up baseline 2, and goes for the rebound but fouls KK # 9. #7KK takes a deep 2 but # 13 returns with a quick 2, #15 KK scores another 2, #11 GR steal the ball and get baseline 2 to make it a 9point game, #4 gets fouled going to basket but misses the 2 FT. with 5mins to go, KK call a time-out. #15 KK scores inside. #11 GR gets called for 2nd foul for reaching, KK sideline ball. GR TO the ball from a FB, #14 has the lane but gets fouled hard by #4 GR, 2shots from the FT scores both. #11 scores baseline 2 straight away. #15 gets fouled goin to the basket putting GR on 5 team fouls, shooting 2. KK call time-out with 3mins 20 and score at 43-54. #15 misses both FT, GR on quick break, #13 scores mid range 2. GR force a 24sec violation, very strong D by GR, #11 goes into the post and get the shot on the turn to make it a 7 pt game. KK miss a deep 2 with 1sec left on the shot clock. GR ball, they set-up the offence, ball put out of bounds GR ball time out by GR, 1min 46, 47-54. Baseline ball to GR, KK get TO, GR double team point gaurd, but foul #15, she shoots and scores 2. GR press inbound KK jus use the clock, 3second violation by #15 KK, GR ball 1min to go, #21 drives to the basket sinks the basket shooting 1 misses but gets the OR, jump ball GR ball baseline. TO KK ball, #14 drives to the basket gets the 2, #21 answers straight back with a baseline 2, 15seconds to go GR have the ball but lose out to a solid KK D. Game ends 51-58 to the Edinburgh Kool Kats. Kool Kats had the lead from the very start and were not letting The Rocks break them down. The Rocks were unlucky with a few shot not dropping but played brilliantly.

Top Scorers: Glasgow Rocks #11 Natalie Chaloner 20 Points, 4 Steals, 3 Assists. Edinburgh Kool Kats #14 Charlotte King 18 Points, 3 Steals, 3 Assists
Courtesy of: http://www.basketballscotland.co.uk



Girls Scottish Schools Finals Results - by Eurobasket News
Once again The Peak plays host to another day of competition in the Schools Scottish Cup This time it Girls Finals Day!

The schedule and Results can be found below;

S1 Girls Final

Portobello HS vs Culloden Academy 49 54 (After OT)

WINNER = Culloden Academy

Top Scorers

Portobello HS = Z. Urquhart & N Walker (14pts)

Culloden HS = M. Lisle (19pts)

Under 14 Girls Final

Falkirk HS vs The Mary Erskine School 77 29

WINNER = Falkirk HS

Top Scorers

Falkirk HS L. Young (29pts)

The Mary Erskine School M. Russell (11pts)

Under 15 Girls Final

North Berwick HS vs St Maurices HS 16 58

WINNER = St Maurices HS

Top Scorers

North Berwick HS S. Purves (8pts)

St Maurices HS M. Bradley (22pts)

Open Girls Final

Falkirk HS vs Park Mains HS 52 55

WINNER = Park Mains HS

Top Scorers

Falkirk HS K. Young & C. Straiton (15pts)

Park Mains HS S. Thomson (30pts)
Courtesy of: http://www.basketballscotland.co.uk


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  SERBIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Hemofarm 11-0 
 2. Partizan 8-3 
 3. Radivoj Korac 8-3 
 4. Vojvodina 6-5 
 5. Vozdovac 4-7 
 6. Crvena Zvezda 3-8 
 7. Spartak 2-9 
 8. Celarevo 2-9 
Places 9-13
 1. Kovin 8-8 
 2. Proleter 5-11 
 3. Student 5-11 
 4. Loznica 4-12 
 5. Radnicki KG 3-13 


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit K.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Oblak, Hit K.Gora21.2 
 2. Kure, AJM Maribor19.2 
 3. Mikic, Grosuplje18.3 
 4. Turcinovic, Merkur C.18.3 
 5. Baric, Merkur C.16.8 
 6. Komplet, Hit K.16.3 
 7. Trebec, Hit K.Gora15.9 
 8. Skof, Ilrija14.6 
 9. Dover, AJM Maribor14.5 
 10. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja KED
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 14
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.14.0 
 2. Turcinovic, Merkur C.12.4 
 3. Skof, Ilrija9.2 
 4. Ljubenovic, Triglav8.4 
 5. Baltic, AJM M.7.9 
 6. Macura, Jezica7.9 
 7. Vene, Ilrija7.9 
 8. Zdolsek, Triglav7.4 
 9. Furman, AJM M.7.0 
 10. Klancnik, GVT K.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  Merkur Celje
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Baric, Merkur C.5.3 
 2. Oblak, Hit K.Gora4.7 
 3. Oberc, Ilrija4.4 
 4. Panic, Hit K.Gora4.3 
 5. Jurse, Kozmetik.4.1 
 6. Kolman, Grosuplje3.4 
 7. Radulovic, Hit K.2.9 
 8. Zdolsek, Triglav2.9 
 9. Baltic, AJM M.2.8 
 10. Abramovic, Merkur C.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Klavdija OBLAK
  Odeja KED
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Oblak, Odeja KED3.6 
 2. Drozg, AJM Maribor3.5 
 3. Oblak, Hit K.Gora3.0 
 4. Gabrovsek, Jezica2.8 
 5. Abramovic, Merkur C.2.8 
 6. Oberc, Ilrija2.6 
 7. Zalar, Ilrija2.6 
 8. Zupancic, Grosuplje2.4 
 9. Bosilj, Merkur Celje2.3 
 10. Turcinovic, Merkur C.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja KED
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.1.3 
 2. Pavli, Jezica0.8 
 3. Srot, GVT Konjice0.7 
 4. Gjerkes, Grosuplje0.5 
 5. Klancnik, GVT K.0.5 
 6. Vene, Ilrija0.5 
 7. Furman, AJM M.0.5 
 8. Trebec, Hit K.Gora0.5 
 9. Macura, Jezica0.5 
 10. Baltic, AJM M.0.5 


Teja Oblak gets MVP of the Week award for Slovenian SKL (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Talented international guard Teja Oblak (172-G-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Hit Kranjska Gora and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 20-year old guard had the game-high 22 points adding two rebounds and seven assists for Hit K.Gora in her team's victory, helping them to outclass AJM Maribor (#3, 2-1) with 48-point margin 90-42. It allowed Hit K.Gora to consolidate first place in the Slovenian SKL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Hit K.Gora already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. It's Oblak's second year at Hit K.Gora and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Oblak has impressive league stats. She is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.2ppg. Oblak is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 4.6apg) and averages solid 3.1spg,55.8% FGP and 45.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Katja Klancnik (175-F-90) of GVT Slovenske Konjice (Group B). Klancnik impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Of course GVT Konjice cruised to a 76-69 relatively comfortable win over Kozmetika Afr. (#-1, 0-2). This victory allowed GVT Konjice to move up to -5th position in Places 7-13. Her team has extremely good start of the Second Stage. They won both games so far. However the Second Stage is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Klancnik is well-known by GVT Konjice fans and she already established her position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Hit Kranjska Gora's star - former international guard Natasa Radulovic (181-G-82). Radulovic showcased her all-around game by recording 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the last round. She was another key player of Hit K.Gora, helping her team with a 90-42 easy win against #3 ranked AJM Maribor in a game of the week. Hit K.Gora started extremely well this Second Stage. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game in Places 1-6. Radulovic turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Radulovic has a very solid season. In 15 games in Slovenia she scored 12.1ppg. She also has 5.2rpg, FGP: 56.0% and 3PT: 42.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ajda Gabrovsek (188-C-84) of Odeja KED - 18 points and 13 rebounds
5. Tina Trebec (189-F/C-90) of Hit K.Gora - 20 points and 4 rebounds
6. Alja Samec (167-G-93) of Rasica - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Natasa Vene (186-F/C-84) of Ilrija - 18 points and 15 rebounds
8. Tina Kercmar) of Rasica - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Martina Osterman (188-F-88) of Hit K.Gora - 7 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tadeja Horvat (176-G/F-89) of Odeja KED - 14 points and 8 rebounds

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


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LFB Round 25: Rivas Ecopolis are defeated by Cadi la Seu - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in LFB. It is already clear that Perfumerias will be No.1 and Ros Casares No.2 at the end.

The game between third ranked Rivas Ecopolis (18-7) and eleventh ranked Cadi la Seu (9-16) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Rivas Ecopolis was edged by Cadi la Seu in a tough game in Rivas
58-61. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rivas Ecopolis. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 14-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cadi la Seu dominated on the defensive end, holding Rivas Ecopolis to just 5 points in fourth quarter. American forward Sandora Irvin (191-82, college: TCU) stepped up and scored 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Cuban guard Licet Castillo (175-73) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. At the losing side American guard DeWanna Bonner (193-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Cadi la Seu moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Gran Canaria. Rivas Ecopolis at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Mann Filter. Cadi la Seu is looking forward to face higher ranked Joventud Mariana (#6) in Soller in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rivas Ecopolis will play on the road against the league's leader Perfumerias Avenida having rather not much hope for a victory.
LFB top team - Perfumerias Avenida (24-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Gran Canaria (9-16) in Las Palmas
79-64. Brazilian center Erika DeSouza (197-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side and Sancho Lyttle accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds. Perfumerias Avenida's coach Lucas Mondelo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Patricia Arguello (178-87) came up with 18 points for Gran Canaria in the defeat. Perfumerias Avenida have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-1 record. Gran Canaria at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Cadi la Seu. Perfumerias Avenida will play against Rivas Ecopolis (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Gran Canaria will play against Ibiza (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Hondarribia was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Argon Uni Girona (13-12) played at the court of 8th ranked Hondarribia-Irun (11-14). Argon Uni Girona managed to secure a 9-point victory
62-53 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hondarribia-Irun. Anna Carbo fired 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Danielle Burgin produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Hondarribia-Irun's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Argon Uni Girona maintains fifth place with 13-12 record. Loser Hondarribia-Irun dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Ibiza. Argon Uni Girona will meet at home higher ranked Mann Filter (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hondarribia-Irun will play against the league's second-placed Ros Casares in Valencia and hope to secure a win.
The game in Soller supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Ros Casares (22-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Joventud Mariana (12-13). Ros Casares smashed Joventud Mariana
98-71. Worth to mention a great performance of Rebekkah Brunson who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds. Joventud Mariana's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains second place with 22-3 record having just two points less than leader Perfumerias. Joventud Mariana lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. Ros Casares' next round opponent will be Hondarribia-Irun (#8) at home which should be theoretically another easy game. Joventud Mariana will play against Cadi la Seu in Seu D'urgell.
An interesting game took place in Vigo where higher ranked Ibiza (11-14) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Real Celta Vigo (8-17)
63-58 on Wednesday. Iva Sliskovic stepped up and scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Real Celta Vigo maintains twelfth place with 8-17 record. Ibiza lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Real Celta Vigo will face bottom-ranked Olesa Espanyol (#14) on the road in the next round.

In the last two games of round 25 bottom-ranked Olesa was destroyed by Extrugasa on the opponent's court 76-42. Mann Filter unfortunately lost to Navarra in a home game 56-65.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 7 rebounds by
Shona Thorburn of Ibiza.

Hondar.-Irun - Girona 53-62

The game in Hondarribia was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Argon Uni Girona (13-12) played at the court of 8th ranked Hondarribia-Irun (11-14). Argon Uni Girona managed to secure a 9-point victory 62-53 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hondarribia-Irun. Hondarribia-Irun trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 18-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 53-62 at the end of the game. Argon Uni Girona dominated on the defensive end, holding Hondarribia-Irun to just 7 points in first quarter. Forward Anna Carbo (176-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) fired 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Morgan Warburton (180-87, college: Utah, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 16 points. American power forward Danielle Burgin (196-87, college: Charlotte) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and guard Natasha Lacy (178-85, college: UTEP, agency: Merit Sports) added 9 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Hondarribia-Irun's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Argon Uni Girona maintains fifth place with 13-12 record. Loser Hondarribia-Irun dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Ibiza. Argon Uni Girona will meet at home higher ranked Mann Filter (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hondarribia-Irun will play against the league's second-placed Ros Casares in Valencia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hondar.-Irun: D.Burgin 19+10reb+1ast, M.Ferragut 10+3reb, N.Lacy 9+4reb+4ast, A.Dapo 9+4reb, J.Rad 4, T.Quintero 2+2reb+1ast
Girona: A.Carbo 17+9reb+3ast, M.Warburton 16+3reb+2ast, L.Antoja 10+2reb+1ast, C.Kelly 8+5reb+3ast, G.Vega 8+10reb, E.Guneva 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93354


Mariana - Ros Casares 71-98

The game in Soller supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Ros Casares (22-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Joventud Mariana (12-13). Ros Casares smashed Joventud Mariana 98-71. The game without a history. Ros Casares led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Joventud Mariana's 42. Ros Casares forced 24 Joventud Mariana turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Rebekkah Brunson (191-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Marta Fernandez (178-81) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Five Ros Casares players scored in double figures. Puerto Rican-American swingman Eshaya Marie Murphy (180-85, college: USC) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Paraguayan swingman Paola Ferrari (178-85, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 18 points and 7 assists in the effort for Joventud Mariana. Joventud Mariana's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains second place with 22-3 record having just two points less than leader Perfumerias. Joventud Mariana lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. Ros Casares' next round opponent will be Hondarribia-Irun (#8) at home which should be theoretically another easy game. Joventud Mariana will play against Cadi la Seu in Seu D'urgell.
Top scorers:
Mariana: E.Marie Murphy 21+6reb+2ast, P.Ferrari 18+2reb+7ast, L.Comfort 17+9reb+1ast, V.Kast 6+4reb, S.Miteva 4+3reb, G.Ocete 3+2reb+5ast
Ros Casares: R.Brunson 26+8reb+1ast, M.Fernandez 20+2reb+3ast, K.Douglas 14+5reb+4ast, N.Anosike 12+9reb+3ast, C.Lima 11+6reb+2ast, E.Lawson-Wade 6+2ast
gschID: 93355


Rivas Ecopolis - Cadi la Seu 58-61

The game between third ranked Rivas Ecopolis (18-7) and eleventh ranked Cadi la Seu (9-16) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Rivas Ecopolis was edged by Cadi la Seu in a tough game in Rivas 58-61. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rivas Ecopolis. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 14-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cadi la Seu dominated on the defensive end, holding Rivas Ecopolis to just 5 points in fourth quarter. American forward Sandora Irvin (191-82, college: TCU) stepped up and scored 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Cuban guard Licet Castillo (175-73) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Four Cadi la Seu players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard DeWanna Bonner (193-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and international forward Amaya Valdemoro (184-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 15 points. Cadi la Seu moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Gran Canaria. Rivas Ecopolis at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Mann Filter. Cadi la Seu is looking forward to face higher ranked Joventud Mariana (#6) in Soller in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rivas Ecopolis will play on the road against the league's leader Perfumerias Avenida having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Rivas Ecopolis: D.Bonner 17+9reb+3ast, A.Valdemoro 15+2reb+2ast, E.Aguilar 11+2ast, A.Cruz 7+3reb+1ast, L.Nicholls 3+6reb, C.Paris 3+8reb
Cadi la Seu: A.Traore 14+2reb+1ast, K.Karklina 11+3reb, L.Castillo 11+4reb+4ast, S.Irvin 10+9reb, F.Nascimento 8+8reb+1ast, J.Freixanet 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 93356


Real C.Vigo - Ibiza 63-58

An interesting game took place in Vigo where higher ranked Ibiza (11-14) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Real Celta Vigo (8-17) 63-58 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 36-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Real Celta Vigo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Croatian forward Iva Sliskovic (196-84, college: S.Carolina) stepped up and scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and guard Noemi Jordana (173-80) chipped in 16 points. At the losing side Canadian-British guard Shona Thorburn (178-82, college: Utah, agency: LBM Management) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds and American-British forward Kimberly Butler (186-82, college: Oregon St.) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Real Celta Vigo maintains twelfth place with 8-17 record. Ibiza lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Real Celta Vigo will face bottom-ranked Olesa Espanyol (#14) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Ibiza: S.Thorburn 26+7reb+3ast, K.Butler 11+6reb+3ast, P.Segui 8+4reb, D.Peteva 6+6reb, K.Rasmussen 5+1reb+1ast, S.Morales 2+4reb+4ast
Real C.Vigo: I.Sliskovic 16+8reb+5ast, N.Jordana 16+4reb+2ast, L.Michulkova 13+6reb+2ast, S.Gomez 8+2reb+1ast, M.Beljanski 4+2ast, D.Svitlica 2+6reb+3ast
gschID: 93351


Extrugasa - Olesa 76-42

Very expected game in Vilagarcia where 14th ranked Olesa Espanyol (4-21) was crushed by tenth ranked Extrugasa (10-15) 76-42 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Extrugasa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Olesa Espanyol's 22. Extrugasa forced 22 Olesa Espanyol turnovers. Slovakian power forward Romana Vynuchalova (193-86, college: Penn St.) stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and guard Maria Ylenia Manzanares (175-83) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side Santa Carrasco responded with 6 points and 8 rebounds and center Sheila Alana (191-82) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Extrugasa moved-up to ninth place. Olesa Espanyol lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Extrugasa will face Navarra Pamplona (#13) on the road in the next round. Olesa Espanyol will play against Real Celta Vigo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olesa: A.Denti 11+3reb+1ast, G.Rodriguez 10+4reb+2ast, S.Alana 10+6reb, S.Carrasco 6+8reb+2ast, N.Gomez 3+2reb, A.Traore 2+6reb
Extrugasa: R.Vynuchalova 19+5reb, M.Ylenia Manzanares 13+10reb+1ast, D.Adams 10+9reb+1ast, M.Gilabert 8+5reb+3ast, M.Stevenson 8+8reb+1ast, C.Sousa 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 93352


Mann Filter - Navarra 56-65

There was a surprise result in Zaragoza where thirteenth ranked Navarra Pamplona (6-19) defeated 4th placed Mann Filter (18-7) 65-56 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Navarra Pamplona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mann Filter to just 7 points in fourth quarter. The former international guard Tamara Abalde (188-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and guard Helena Boada (174-87) chipped in 16 points. At the losing side American forward Allison Feaster-Strong (181-76, college: Harvard, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 6 points and 7 rebounds and international center Lucila Pascua (196-83) scored 3 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Navarra Pamplona maintains thirteenth place with 6-19 record. Loser Mann Filter dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Navarra Pamplona will face higher ranked Extrugasa (#9) in Vilagarcia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mann Filter will play on the road against Argon Uni Girona (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mann Filter: K.Brown 9+2reb, I.Kresovic 9+1ast, A.Henry 7+5reb, M.Pina 6+3reb, C.Ouvina 6+5reb+1ast, A.Feaster-Strong 6+7reb+2ast
Navarra: K.Chones 18+3reb, H.Boada 16+4reb+2ast, T.Abalde 11+13reb, P.Palomares 7+4reb+6ast, M.Asurmendi 7+1ast, M.Garcia 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 93353


Gran Canaria - Perfumerias 64-79

LFB top team - Perfumerias Avenida (24-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Gran Canaria (9-16) in Las Palmas 79-64. Gran Canaria was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 38-18 second half run of Perfumerias Avenida. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Gran Canaria's 28. Brazilian center Erika DeSouza (197-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side and international center Sancho Lyttle (193-83, college: Houston) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds. Perfumerias Avenida's coach Lucas Mondelo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Patricia Arguello (178-87) came up with 18 points and American guard Nicole Michael (188-87, college: Syracuse) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Gran Canaria in the defeat. Perfumerias Avenida have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-1 record. Gran Canaria at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Cadi la Seu. Perfumerias Avenida will play against Rivas Ecopolis (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Gran Canaria will play against Ibiza (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gran Canaria: P.Arguello 18+4reb+2ast, N.Michael 14+6reb, Y.Diaz 12+3reb+1ast, M.Staalvant 8+2ast, A.Andersson 5+2reb, K.Ress 3+4reb
Perfumerias: E.DeSouza 18+9reb+1ast, S.Lyttle 17+8reb, A.Montanana 8+1reb, B.Snell 8+2reb+1ast, I.Sanchez 7+3ast, A.Torrens 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 93350




Stats Leaders - LFB
Points Per Game
 Eshaya Marie MURPHY
  Mariana
  (180-G/F-85)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Murphy, Mariana25.1 
 2. Brunson, Ros C.15.9 
 3. Bonner, Rivas E.15.8 
 4. Ferrari, Mariana15.3 
 5. Valdemoro, Rivas E.15.3 
 6. Traore, Olesa15.2 
 7. Chones, Navarra15.1 
 8. Sliskovic, Real C.14.7 
 9. Douglas, Ros C.13.8 
 10. Staknevicien., Real C.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gisela VEGA
  Girona
  (188-C-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Vega, Girona9.9 
 2. Paris, Rivas Ecopolis8.8 
 3. Brunson, Ros C.8.7 
 4. Lyttle, Perfumer.8.4 
 5. Vega, Mariana8.2 
 6. DeSouza, Perfumer.8.2 
 7. Sliskovic, Real C.8.1 
 8. Ress, Gran Canaria7.8 
 9. Murphy, Mariana7.8 
 10. Staknevicien., Real C.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Paola FERRARI
  Mariana
  (178-G/F-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Ferrari, Mariana3.9 
 2. Morales, Ibiza3.6 
 3. Ocete, Mariana3.6 
 4. Infantes, Olesa3.6 
 5. Thorburn, Ibiza3.2 
 6. Lacy, Hondar.-Irun3.2 
 7. Ouvina, Mann Filter3.0 
 8. Sanchez, Gran C.3.0 
 9. Jordana, Real C.2.9 
 10. Palau, Ros Casares2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Eshaya Marie MURPHY
  Mariana
  (180-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Murphy, Mariana2.4 
 2. Lacy, Hondar.-Irun2.1 
 3. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.0 
 4. Bermejo, Rivas E.1.9 
 5. Thorburn, Ibiza1.9 
 6. Ouvina, Mann Filter1.9 
 7. Morales, Ibiza1.8 
 8. Sanchez, Gran C.1.8 
 9. Sousa, Extrugasa1.6 
 10. Zlatanova, Mann F.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Olga PODKOVALNIKOVA
  Olesa
  (195-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Podkovalniko., Olesa1.3 
 2. Henry, Mann Filter1.3 
 3. DeSouza, Perfumer.1.0 
 4. Denti, Olesa1.0 
 5. Kerr, Olesa0.9 
 6. Brunson, Ros C.0.8 
 7. Lacy, Hondar.-Irun0.8 
 8. Lyttle, Perfumer.0.7 
 9. Bavendam, Hondar.-.0.7 
 10. Pirsic, Ibiza0.6 


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Perfumerias 24-1 
 2. Ros Casares 22-3 
 3. Rivas Ecopolis 18-7 
 4. Mann Filter 18-7 
 5. Girona 13-12 
 6. Mariana 12-13 
 7. Ibiza 11-14 
 8. Hondar.-Irun 11-14 
 9. Extrugasa 10-15 
 10. Cadi la Seu 9-16 
 11. Gran Canaria 9-16 
 12. Real C.Vigo 8-17 
 13. Navarra 6-19 
 14. Olesa 4-21 


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Stats Leaders - Damligan
Points Per Game
 Jeannie SAUNDERS
  Visby
  (173-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Saunders, Visby22.3 
 2. Key, Marbo Basket21.0 
 3. Abdi, 0820.0 
 4. Zahui, Telge18.4 
 5. Ferm, Eos18.0 
 6. Glaser, Kvarnby17.4 
 7. Atkinson, Norrk.15.8 
 8. Metcalf, Telge15.6 
 9. Frieson, Kvarnby15.1 
 10. Maenpaa, Marbo B.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 LaTangela ATKINSON
  Norrkoping
  (188-G/F-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Atkinson, Norrk.11.2 
 2. Zahui, Telge10.7 
 3. Tattersdill, Sallen9.9 
 4. Frieson, Kvarnby9.8 
 5. Scott, Lulea BBK9.6 
 6. Brown, Visby9.2 
 7. Forsman-Goga, Tel.8.7 
 8. Gustavsson, Brahe8.1 
 9. Abdi, 087.8 
 10. Koponen, Umea7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Leah METCALF
  Telge
  (173-G-83)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Metcalf, Telge4.5 
 2. Johansen, Sallen4.1 
 3. Key, Marbo Basket3.9 
 4. Eldebrink, Telge3.5 
 5. Rivero, Kvarnby3.4 
 6. Saunders, Visby3.4 
 7. Kabengano, Telge3.3 
 8. Johansen, 083.1 
 9. Persson, Brahe2.9 
 10. Brooks, Solna Vikings2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Anette JOHANSEN
  08
  (176-F-82)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Johansen, Sallen4.3 
 2. Abdi, 083.3 
 3. Key, Marbo Basket3.0 
 4. Brooks, Solna Vikings3.0 
 5. Atkinson, Norrk.2.9 
 6. Metcalf, Telge2.8 
 7. Johansen, 082.8 
 8. Otamiri, Eos2.5 
 9. Nekmouche, Sallen2.4 
 10. Ausmann, Eos2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Katarina ANDERSSON
  Solna Vikings
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Andersson, Solna V.2.0 
 2. Frieson, Kvarnby1.6 
 3. Zahui, Telge1.4 
 4. Cesnaviciute, Visby1.3 
 5. Atkinson, Norrk.1.0 
 6. Risto, 080.9 
 7. Stjarnstroem, Norrko.0.9 
 8. Scott, Lulea BBK0.8 
 9. Hersler, Telge0.6 
 10. Gustavsson, Brahe0.6 


Damligan: Telge Basket and Lulea BBK to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Telge Basket and Lulea BBK smashed their rivals in the Playoff Semifinals. They won their series with perfect 3-0 and will meet each other in the Finals. Telge blasted Solna Vikings with 3-0, including 67-78 in third game, while Lulea BBK cruised past Marbo Basket (Game Three 83-73). The Finals schedule will be announced soon.



Game 3: Lulea BBK - Marbo Basket 83-73 (3-0)


The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 49-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lulea BBK outrebounded Marbo Basket 43-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lulea BBK made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for American center Sabrina Scott (190-C-81, college: Colorado) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. International forward Elin Soederstroem (180-83) helped adding 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lulea BBK players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Rachel Maenpaa (185-84, college: Indiana St.) with 28 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Ashley Key (180-85, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Marbo Basket: R.Maenpaa 28+7reb+2ast, A.Key 14+6reb+5ast, L.Fredriksson 8+6reb+2ast, K.Nybom 8+2reb+4ast, J.Jerebko 6+2reb, T.Broman 5+1reb
Lulea BBK: J.Olheim 18+5reb+1ast, E.Soederstroem 16+9reb+1ast, S.Scott 12+17reb+5ast, E.Nilsson 12+2reb+3ast, F.Grahn 9+1reb+1ast, S.Nilsson 8+4reb


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Game 3: Solna Vikings - Telge 67-78 (0-3)

Solna Vikings were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Solna Vikings 37-22 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for international guard Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-91) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Amanda Zahui (191-93) accounted for 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Eureka Brooks (170-86, college: Florida) came up with 13 points, 9 assists and 4 steals and the other American import swingman Christy Bacon (182-80, college: Wyoming) added 18 points respectively for Solna Vikings in the defeat. Five Telge and four Solna Vikings players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Solna Vikings: M.Gultekin 19+1reb+3ast, C.Bacon 18+4reb+2ast, E.Brooks 13+4reb+9ast, K.Andersson 10+9reb+2ast, K.Mindell Kidanu 7+3reb+1ast, J.Falkenstrand 0
Telge: E.Eldebrink 16+2reb+2ast, L.Metcalf 15+3reb+5ast, B.Drammeh 14+4reb+1ast, A.Zahui 14+14reb+2ast, C.Forsman-Goga 12+13reb+5ast, S.Kabengano 7+4ast
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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Mariesa Greene gets MVP of the Week award for Swiss LNA - by Eurobasket News
American Mariesa Greene (183-F) had an amazing evening in the last round for Pully and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The -year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and thirteen rebounds, while her team edged out Highflyers (#6, 7-14) 79-77. Pully maintains the 4th position in Swiss LNA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pully will need more victories to improve their 13-8 record. Greene turned to be Pully's top player in her first season with the team. Barry University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Greene is league's best scorer averaging so far 30.2ppg and leads league in rebounds with 17.2rpg. Greene is in league's top in assists (5th best: 3.5apg) and averages solid 1.3bpg,4.6spg and 57.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old Mali power forward Djenebou Sissoko (190-F/C-82) of league's best team Sdent Helios Basket. Sissoko impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Helios to edge slightly lower-ranked Fribourg (#2, 17-4) by 5 points 80-75. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Helios consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. She plays for the best team in the league and Helios managed to win all 21 games keeping perfect record. Sissoko is a newcomer at Helios and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.9ppg (#7). She also registered 13.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Pully's star - Senegalese Diodio Diouf (170-G-84). Diouf got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. She went also for ten rebounds and nine assists. She was another key player of Pully, helping her team with a 79-77 win against slightly lower-ranked Highflyers (#6, 7-14). Pully needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Diouf has a great season in Switzerland. After 21 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.2ppg (3rd best) and assists with 6.4apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Angelina Williams (183-F-83) of Fribourg - 32 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Hillary Klimowicz (191-F/C-87) of Nyon - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Traci Edwards (188-F/C-87) of Riva Basket - 21 points and 12 rebounds
7. Jamila Griffith (183-G/F-82) of Highflyers - 24 points and 13 rebounds
8. Vanessa Dorestand (169-G-92) of Highflyers - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Brittany Wilkins (191-F/C-83) of Riva Basket - 14 points and 12 rebounds
10. JoAnn Hamlin (191-F/C-86) of Highflyers - 13 points, 14 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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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Jolene ANDERSON
  Botas
  (173-G-86)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Anderson, Botas20.3 
 2. Taylor, Fenerbahce18.7 
 3. Castro Marqu., Besik.17.7 
 4. Smith, Alanya BLD17.5 
 5. Ajavon, Istanbul.17.2 
 6. Pierson, Tarsus Bld17.0 
 7. Frazee, Botas16.9 
 8. Thomas, Burhaniy.16.3 
 9. Fowles, Galatasa.16.3 
 10. Yilmaz, Fenerbahce15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aisha MOHAMMED
  Ceyhan Bld
  (191-C-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Mohammed, Ceyhan B.12.0 
 2. Paris, Istanbul Univ.10.9 
 3. Adair, Samsun10.5 
 4. Larkins, Mersin10.2 
 5. Thomas, Burhaniy.9.8 
 6. Fowles, Galatasa.9.3 
 7. Pringle, TED K.8.7 
 8. Brown, Samsun8.3 
 9. Ayim, Alanya BLD8.1 
 10. Frazee, Botas8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Julie MCBRIDE
  Ceyhan Bld
  (165-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. McBride, Ceyhan B.5.9 
 2. Boz, Samsun5.5 
 3. Ajavon, Istanbul.4.2 
 4. Hardy, Burhaniy.4.1 
 5. Kartaltepe Y., Besik.3.7 
 6. Boddie, Botas3.6 
 7. Alben, Galatasaray3.5 
 8. Vardarli, Fener.3.5 
 9. Celebi, Alanya BLD3.4 
 10. Canty, Tarsus Bld3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Crystal SMITH
  Alanya BLD
  (168-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Smith, Alanya BLD2.6 
 2. Jackson, Alanya BLD2.4 
 3. Perkins, Ceyhan Bld2.3 
 4. McCoughtry, Fener.2.3 
 5. Ajavon, Istanbul.2.2 
 6. White, Burhaniye Bld2.2 
 7. Anderson, Botas2.1 
 8. Hardy, Burhaniy.2.1 
 9. Larkins, Mersin2.1 
 10. Pierson, Tarsus Bld1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 LaToya PRINGLE
  TED Kayseri
  (191-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pringle, TED K.2.0 
 2. Ayim, Alanya BLD1.9 
 3. Mokango, Mersin1.5 
 4. Fowles, Galatasa.1.3 
 5. Pierson, Tarsus Bld1.3 
 6. Adair, Samsun1.1 
 7. Kraayeveld, Tarsus B.1.1 
 8. Gezer, Istanbul.1.0 
 9. Petronyte, Galatasa.0.8 
 10. Paris, Istanbul Univ.0.8 


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


D2 Women quarter finals recap - by Eurobasket News
By Dave Ryan

Sevenoaks Suns II will host Manchester Mystics and Wellingborough Phoenix will play at home against Solent Suns on Sunday as the Women's Division Two playoffs reach the final four stage.

The Kent side were given a quarter-final walkover against Northern Division champions Durham Bobcats, and they will meet a Mystics side whose only three losses in 21 games this season came against the Bobcats, so they will fancy their chances in Sevenoaks.

A strong second period paved the way for Mystics' 78-51 home win against Bristol Academy Storm in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

The teams shared 30 first period points, but outscored the visitors 23-7 in the second quarter to take a 16-point lead into the locker room. That advantage was extended by one after a tight third quarter before Manchester wrapped things up with a 24-14 final stanza.

Pauline Thivillier (16), Ashley Tensel (14) and Nicola Blakeway (13) led the Mystics, with Emilie Ravn (186-G/F-83, college: Cal Poly - SLO) (16) and Fiona Fox (11) the only Bristol players in double figures.

On the south coast, a good second half was the key to Solent's 60-48 win against London Westside.

The capital side led 17-14 at the first break, but Suns fought back to go into the locker room 31-29 ahead. A 17-9 third period put Suns comfortably in charge, and they wrapped things up with a 12-10 last quarter.

Florence Ward led all scorers with 14 points for the home side, with Carrie Jones adding 10 and Lynne Powell 9, while for Westside, Michelle Dale hit 11, Jana Mascenikova ten and Sabine Veidemane seven.

A good second half from Phoenix also did the trick as they defeated UWIC Archers II 64-47.

It was the visitors who started the brighter, edging a tight first period 19-17 despite six points from Angelina Browne-Akinyemi and four from Amanda Swann for the home side.

After a tight opening to the second quarter, Wellingborough started to turn the defensive screw allowing UWIC just five points in the last eight minutes of the half as they moved into a lead they would not lose. Jordan Elliott-King led the way with a quick four point burst and when Swann scored the final basket of the half it left the home side leading 32-27 at the break.

The third quarter was always going to be crucial in deciding the outcome, and it started with both defences on top with the scorers not being troubled until the fourth minute when UWIC closed the gap to three points. Wellingborough, however, managed to gain some offensive momentum inspired by Naomi Sterling whose eight points led Phoenix on a 14-2 run to open a fifteen point margin. Swann again rounded off the period with another two points to leave the home side 50-33 ahead.

Phoenix needed to maintain their intensity in the final period to not allow UWIC back into the game, and they did just that, stretching their lead to eighteen points midway through the quarter with an Elliott-King triple before comfortably seeing the game out to progress to the semi-finals.

Browne-Akinyemi top-scored for Phoenix with 12 points; she also claimed 7 rebounds. Naomi Sterling added 11 points, and combined with 9 rebounds and 4 steals had another fine all round game. Alekszandra Koman was the only Archer in double figures with 17.

Phoenix coach Barry Powell said, 'We have so many players who can step up and give us a game-winning performance, and when they combine like they did today it is very satisfying. All season long we have had different players step up in differing circumstances to help the team, and that is what makes it difficult for teams to play against us.'
Courtesy of:http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk