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  ARGENTINA   


Interligas Tournament Group A. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Penarol - Flamengo 82:81

Penarol celebrated the second straight win in Group A of Interligas Tournament. They held off Flamengo to clear off on top of the standings. Penarol will now take on Obras Sanitarias in the final round. Flamengo in the meantime suffered the second straight loss in Mendoza. They will wrap up their campaign against archrivals BRB/Brasilia.
Flamengo surged ahead early in the game. The Brazilian powerhouse fired 27 points in the first term and got a 7-point lead. Flamengo continued to dominate in the second stanza. They stretched the margin to 13 points 47:34 at halftime. But Penarol found their hero. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) triggered a comeback rally from the Argentinean team in the second half. Penarol cut the deficit at 6-point mark with one quarter remaining. Kyle Lamonte nailed 7 points in a row late in regulation to give Penarol an 82:78 lead. Helio Vitor Lima dropped a three-pointer to drag Flamengo within one but Penarol managed to escape with a narrow win at the end.
Kyle Lamonte poured in 29 points to pace the effort. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) added 18 points and 7 rebounds for Penarol. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) answered with 37 points for Flamengo. Guilherme Teichmann (204-F/C-83, college: Tulsa) had 13 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Penarol: Kyle Lamonte 29, Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez 18, Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) 14
Flamengo: David Teague 37, Guilherme Teichmann 13+12 boards


Obras Sanitarias - BRB/Brasilia 76:79

BRB/Brasilia earned the first win at Interligas Tournament Group A. They outscored Obras Sanitarias on the second day of action. Nezinho dos Santos (186-G-81) stepped up with 32 points to lead the Brazilian side. BRB/Brasilia improved at 1-1 record and would take on Flamengo tonight. Obras Sanitarias will face Penarol in the final round in Group A.
BRB/Brasilia looked slightly better in the first term which resulted in a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Obras however bounced back in the second stanza and ensured a one-point halftime advantage 44:43. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Obras headed into the final term with a single-point lead 58:57. William McFarlan (201-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) gave Obras a 4-point lead with just over a minute remaining. But Nezinho dos Santos fired four points in a 7:0 run that propelled BRB/Brasilia to the victory at the end. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Arthur Luiz Belchior (200-G/F-82) added 13 points for BRB/Brasilia. William McFarlan answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Obras.

Obras Sanitarias: William McFarlan 18+10 boards, Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) 12
BRB/Brasilia: Nezinho dos Santos 32, Alexandre Garcia 18, Arthur Luiz Belchior 13



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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Semifinals: Both series tied at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Both series in the NBL Semifinals are tied to 1-1. Third decisive games are scheduled for April 13 and 17.

Taipans - Crocodiles 74-57


Cairns Taipans dominated on the defensive end, holding Townsville Crocodiles to just 7 points in second quarter. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. American swingman Ronald Dorsey (197-83, college: McNeese St.) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Ian Crosswhite (212-82, college: Oregon) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. American forward Rosell Ellis (199-75, college: McNeese St., agency: SportsTalent) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: R.Ellis 14+6reb+1ast, L.Schenscher 12+4reb+1ast, P.Crawford 9+2reb+1ast, N.Crosswell 5+3reb+3ast, B.Allen 4+3reb+2ast, M.Cedar 3
Taipans: I.Crosswhite 15+5reb+1ast, A.Loughton 14+3reb+1ast, R.Dorsey 11+9reb+1ast, A.Grabau 7+6reb+1ast, A.Ubaka 7+3reb+5ast, D.Brebner 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 126339


Wildcats - Breakers 89-93

The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Perth Wildcats were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) notched 38 points (!!!) to lead the effort and American guard Kevin Braswell (188-79, college: Georgetown, agency: Priority Sports) supported him with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds by the former international power forward Matthew Knight (204-85, college: Loyola Marymount) did not help to save the game for Perth Wildcats. International guard Damian Martin (188-84, college: Loyola Marymount) added 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: M.Knight 17+8reb+3ast, J.Wagstaff 16+2reb, D.Martin 14+6reb+5ast, K.Lisch 13+4reb+4ast, C.Tovey 11+3reb+1ast, A.Brown 8+8reb
Breakers: K.Penney 38+3reb+3ast, K.Braswell 16+5reb+5ast, G.Wilkinson 13+6reb+1ast, C.Bruton 11+2reb+2ast, T.Abercrombie 7+4reb, M.Vukona 4+10reb
gschID: 126340




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Penney, Breakers20.6 
 2. Ervin, Hawks20.1 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.4 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.3 
 6. Clark, Blaze17.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers16.0 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.3 
 10. Harvey, Blaze14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.0 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.0 
 3. Vukona, Breakers7.5 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 6. Schenscher, Croco.6.9 
 7. Williams, Tigers6.8 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.8 
 9. Clark, Blaze6.8 
 10. Holmes, 36ers6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Williams, Tigers6.1 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Ervin, Hawks4.5 
 4. Shannon, 36ers4.4 
 5. Braswell, Breakers4.4 
 6. Saville, Hawks4.1 
 7. Carter, 36ers4.0 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans4.0 
 9. Blalock, Crocodiles3.5 
 10. Martin, Wildcats3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.5 
 2. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 3. Saville, Hawks1.4 
 4. Carter, 36ers1.4 
 5. Shannon, 36ers1.4 
 6. Dorsey, Taipans1.4 
 7. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 8. Braswell, Breakers1.3 
 9. Ervin, Hawks1.3 
 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. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 5. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 6. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 8. Gilder, Sydney K.0.9 
 9. Sanders, Sydney K.0.9 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats0.8 


Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 4-0 
 2. Waverley F. 4-0 
 3. Eltham W. 2-2 
 4. Sherbrooke S. 2-2 
 5. Melbourne 2-3 
 6. Ringwood H. 1-3 
 7. Diamond V.E. 1-3 
 8. Hume City 1-4 
Central ABL
 1. Forestville E. 2-0 
 2. Norwood F. 2-0 
 3. S.Adelaide P. 2-0 
 4. W.Adelaide B. 2-0 
 5. Eastern M. 1-1 
 6. Woodville W. 1-1 
 7. C.District L. 0-2 
 8. N.Adelaide R. 0-2 
 9. South.Tigers 0-2 
 10. Sturt S. 0-2 
QBL
 1. Brisbane C. 0-0 
 2. Bundaberg B. 0-0 
 3. Caboolture S. 0-0 
 4. Cairns M. 0-0 
 5. Gladstone P. 0-0 
 6. Gold Coast R. 0-0 
 7. Ipswich F. 0-0 
 8. Mackay M. 0-0 
 9. Maroochydore 0-0 
 10. Northside W. 0-0 
 11. Rockhampton 0-0 
 12. SW Metro P. 0-0 
 13. Toowoomba 0-0 
 14. Townsville H. 0-0 
SEABL-East
 1. Knox R. 3-0 
 2. Bendigo B. 2-0 
 3. Brisbane S. 2-0 
 4. Kilsyth C. 1-1 
 5. Ballarat M. 1-1 
 6. Dandenong 1-1 
 7. Canberra G. 0-3 
SEABL-South
 1. NW Tasmania 2-0 
 2. Sandringham S. 2-0 
 3. Nunawading S. 2-1 
 4. Frankston B. 1-1 
 5. Hobart C. 1-1 
 6. Geelong S. 0-2 
 7. Albury W.B. 0-3 
 8. Mt Gambier 0-4 
WARATAH
 1. Hills H. 3-0 
 2. Sydney C. 3-0 
 3. Parramatta W. 2-0 
 4. Sutherland S. 2-1 
 5. Newcastle H. 2-1 
 6. Hornsby S. 2-1 
 7. Norths Bears 1-2 
 8. Canberra N. 1-2 
 9. Bankstown B. 1-2 
 10. Illawarra H. 0-0 
 11. Manly Warr. 0-2 
 12. C. Coast C. 0-3 
 13. Maitland M. 0-3 


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Cockburn C. 6-0 
 2. Lakeside L. 4-1 
 3. Rockingham F. 4-1 
 4. Perth R. 4-2 
 5. Wanneroo W. 4-2 
 6. Goldfield G. 3-2 
 7. Perry Lakes H. 3-3 
 8. Willetton T. 3-3 
 9. Stirling S. 2-3 
 10. East Perth E. 2-4 
 11. Kalamunda E.S. 2-4 
 12. Geraldton B. 1-4 
 13. Mandurah M. 1-5 
 14. AIS 0-0 
 15. SW Slammers 0-5 


SBL:Senators hand East Perth third straight loss - by Eurobasket News
The ATD Stirling Senators have continued the Australian Central East Perth Eagles poor mens State Basketball League form with an upset 107 99 victory.

East Perths third straight loss saw it slip out of the top eight and fall to a 2-4 record, while the Senators improved to 2-3 with their second victory over one of last years top eight in two weeks.

The standouts for Stirling were William Foster (193-F-81) with 24 points and 10 rebounds, Austin Bruton with 25 points and Michael Jones with 24 points.

East Perths best were Colin Matteson (203-G/F-86, college: Alaska-Fairb.) with 27 points and Tom Jervis with 14 points and 22 rebounds in a game which was a milestone for veteran Andrew McLennan.

McLennan was presented with an achievement award before the game by Basketball WA Executive Kevin Wigg for reaching 350 SBL games.

The first quarter was played at a frenetic pace, with several lead changes. Neither team held a lead greater than four points as East Perth went to the break leading 26 25.

It was just as tight in the second quarter as it was before quarter-time, but the Senators went to half-time with a 46-43 lead.

The third quarter went all Stirlings way, seeing them have a 12 point buffer with two minutes left to play before the break. They finished ahead 70-61.

The Senators led by as many as 16 points in the final period but East Perth would not lie down and put in a spirited effort to close the gap to as little as six points before going down by eight.

Stirling Head Coach Don Jamieson was pleased with his teams endeavour and commitment.

He said the win was a credit to the way the team had formulated and stuck to their game plan.

In the womens game the Eagles defeated the Western Stainless Stirling Senators 82 52.

The teams traded baskets early on until Eagle Elizabeth Cooke injured her back taking a courageous charge. This sparked the Eagles and they took a 23 13 lead into the first break.

But Cookes injury prevented her from taking any further part in the game and may rule her out of next weeks game also.

The Eagles continued to build their lead in the second quarter and took a 45 21 advantage into the half time break.

The Eagles built on this lead to be up 63 33 at the last change and would not relinquish this lead, no matter the intensity of Stirlings effort and attack.

The Eagles best were Denielle Lipscombe with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Nicole Jorre St Jorre with 11 points and six assists. Stirlings standouts were Rachel Watman with 18 points and eight assists and Michelle Joy with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Article by Leigh Dalton at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre




SBL:Cougars roar past Suns for sixth straight win - by Eurobasket News
Cockburn Cougars continued their unbeaten start to the mens State Basketball League season with a thumping 115-77 win over Kalamunda Eastern Suns.

The Cougars shot out to a 26 point lead as early as seven minutes into the second period and led by 27 points at the main break.

Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton) recorded 22 points and 14 rebounds and Sheldon McIntyre (G/F-87) had 17 for the Cougars, while Dean Hadley managed 21 of his own in the losing Kalamunda cause.

In Geraldton, Wanneroo Wolves resigned the Buccaneers to a 1-4 season record and moved clear of the mid-table congestion after they came from three points down at half time to claim a 92-83 win.

Seb Salinas with 34 points for Wanneroo while Wildcats development player Greg Hire had 17 rebounds.

Perth Redbacks wasted a golden opportunity to keep the pressure on top-placed Cockburn and second placed Lakeside as they went down 109-99 to Rockingham Flames.

Adrian Majstrovich was unable to get his side up despite 32 points and 17 rebounds.

Goldfield Giants continued their resurgence after a tight 92-87 defeat of Mandurah Magic to make it three straight wins.

The Magic faded late as they were outscored 28-18 final period to let their five-point final term lead slip.

Perry Lakes proved too good for the South West Slammers with a 95-77 runaway victory.

After being tied up at 18-a-piece at quarter time, the Hawks blew the game open with a 34 to 15 second period to set up the win.

Stirling Senators ensured they would stay clear of the bottom of the table with a 107-99 win over East Perth Eagles, who have suffered three straight defeats.

In womens action, Kalamunda Suns were unable to continue their winning start to the season with a 73-64 loss to Cockburn Cougars.

Elsewhere, East Perth defeated Stirling 85-52 and Perry Lakes were 78-59 winners over South West.

Courtesy of: http://www.sportingpulse.com
Article by Ben Cameron




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  AUSTRIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Brokenboroug., Wel.19.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia19.5 
 4. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.5 
 6. Mayes, Gmunden17.6 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.17.2 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.0 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.16.2 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.2 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.6 
 4. Graham, UBSC G.7.9 
 5. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 6. Trepalovac, BC Vi.7.8 
 7. Djuric, Gussing7.5 
 8. Vay, Arkadia7.5 
 9. Volcic, Oberwart7.4 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.7.3 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.3 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.3 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.4 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 7. Parker, Oberwart4.4 
 8. Miletic, UBSC G.4.4 
 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, Furstenfeld2.1 
 5. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 6. Parker, Oberwart1.9 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
 8. Artner, Oberwart1.7 
 9. Vay, Arkadia1.7 
 10. Lee, Wels1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 3. Hicks, Furstenfeld1.4 
 4. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 6. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 7. Sally, Oberwart0.9 
 8. Vay, Arkadia0.9 
 9. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 10. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale19.0 
 3. Osby, TT.19.0 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas16.9 
 5. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.5 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 7. Parakhouski, VEF R.15.2 
 8. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.15.0 
 9. Dimsa, Nevezis15.0 
 10. Krumins, Zemgale14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Osby, TT.11.7 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.8 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.9 
 4. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 5. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 6. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 7. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 8. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.7.4 
 10. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.1 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 4. Kriisa, TT.5.0 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis4.8 
 6. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 7. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.4.3 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 9. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gintaras LEONAVICIUS
  Techasas
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai2.2 
 3. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 5. Dainys, Rudupis1.8 
 6. Leppik, TU/Rock1.7 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 8. Gabrans, Valmiera1.6 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja1.6 
 10. Veideman, TU/Rock1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 6. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 7. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.3 
 8. Hanke, Norrkoping1.2 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 
 10. Cain, VEF Riga1.1 


Zalgiris clinch Mastercard BBL Elite division title - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Zalgiris - VEF Riga 75-67
Zalgiris clinch Mastercard BBL Elite division title as the trophy remains with the Lithuanian team. Zalgiris added another BBL title after beating VEF Riga 75:67. Kaunas Sport Hall and almost 5000 fans saw an amazing Final Four celebrating the victory with the home side. Zalgiris wasted little time at settling into their rhythm, quickly developing a 10 point lead. VEF Riga managed to reduce to 20:14 as Bertans closed the first period. Moreover TreVon Hughes (183-G-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) and Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) tied it at 20:20, but the Latvian side missed 0-10 run to leave the opponents at 20:30. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) was the last to score at the half sending the teams to the lockers for 40:35. TreVon Hughes made it 42:42, whilst another three-pointer from him and a dunk from Parahouski gave the guests 47:44 lead. Tyler Cain surprised the crowd with 55:53 at the end of third quarter as it became very hot at the court of Kaunas. The fans continued to support their team until the very end and saw the final successful push. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) scored for 63:60 and Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) as well as Collins added for 71:64. Collins also made the last free throws for the final success. Tadas Klimavicius paced all the winners with 15 points for the necessary win. Paulius Jankunas notched 12, while Brown added 9. TreVon Hughes finished the game with 16 points in the losing effort. Kristaps Janicenoks delivered 12, whilst Tyler Cain scored 10.



3-4 place
Ventspils - Lietuvos Rytas 80-84
Lietuvos Rytas clinched the third position in the Baltic League Elite Division. They overcame Ventspils to step onto the podium. Kenan Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) tallied 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Jomantas and Kenan Bajramovic helped Lietuvos Rytas gain a 16:9 lead midway through the starting quarter. The margin grew at 9-point mark before three-pointers from Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) and Strelnieks cut the distance at 3 points after ten minutes 21:24. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku and Kuzminskas put the Latvian team in front at the start of the second quarter. But Lietuvos Rytas immediately answered with a 7:1 run to gain a 5-point lead. The Lithuanians stayed in front arriving at the interval up by 4 points 43:39. Rasic and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) gave Lietuvos Rytas an 11-point lead early in the third term. Kenan Bajramovic stretched the gap to 15 points soon. Ventspils replied with a 10:2 run to narrow the deficit. Strelnieks eventually capped the term with a three-pointer as Ventspils trailed by just eight points with one quarter remaining 62:70. The Latvian team stayed aggressive as they gradually clawed their way back into this one. Brandon Hunter put the Latvian side ahead by one 77:76 with just over a minute to go. Kenan Bajramovic answered with four points in a row as Lietuvos Rytas regained control 80:77. Strelnieks hit just two out of his four free attempts in the dying seconds, while Rasic and Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) answered with two accurate shots each from the stripe to seal the victory for Lietuvos Rytas. Jonas Valanciunas provided 16 points and 8 rebounds for Lietuvos Rytas. Steponas Babrauskas finished with 15 points in the win. Brandon Hunter replied with 19 points for Ventspils. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku nailed 18 points in the loss.




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  BELGIUM   


D1 Round 28: Leuven Bears beat VOO Verviers-Pepinster by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 28 in the D1 took place in Leuven. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (8-16) to eighth ranked Leuven Bears (9-16) 88-85 in the game for the sixth place. VOO Verviers-Pepinster trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 26-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-88 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard James J.J. Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists. Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for the winners. American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) replied with 22 points and 6 rebounds for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Leuven Bears moved-up to sixth place. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 16 games lost. They share it with Liege. Leuven Bears are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Optima Gent (#9) on the road in the next round. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Liege was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (15-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (8-16). Dexia Mons-Hainaut managed to secure a 9-point victory 72-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belgacom Liege. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds and Ron Lewis who added 17 points during the contest. At the losing side Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains third position with 15-9 record having four points less than leader Charleroi. Belgacom Liege at the other side keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Verviers-Pep.. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Belgacom Liege will play on the road against Base Oostende (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Ninth-ranked Optima Gent (4-21) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Base Oostende (14-11) on Saturday. The visitors from Oostende managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by Matt Lojeski who scored that evening 21 points and 5 rebounds. Even 17 points and 4 assists by Lionel Bosco did not help to save the game for Optima Gent. Optima Gent's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Base Oostende have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Optima Gent lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Base Oostende will meet at home Belgacom Liege (#8) in the next round. Optima Gent will play against Leuven Bears and hope to secure a win.



Gent - Oostende 70-71

Ninth-ranked Optima Gent (4-21) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Base Oostende (14-11) on Saturday. The visitors from Oostende managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. The winners were led by American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) who scored that evening 21 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena, agency: Lanshire Group) supported him with 17 points. Even 17 points and 4 assists by international guard Lionel Bosco (176-81, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Optima Gent. The former international guard Domien Loubry (186-85) added 14 points for lost side. Optima Gent's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Base Oostende have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Optima Gent lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Base Oostende will meet at home Belgacom Liege (#8) in the next round. Optima Gent will play against Leuven Bears and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gent: L.Bosco 17+1reb+4ast, D.Loubry 14+1reb, M.Rose 12+2reb+1ast, M.Randle 8+7reb, S.Geukens 8+5reb, M.De Zeeuw 6+1reb+1ast
Oostende: M.Lojeski 21+5reb, M.Faison 17+3reb, W.Thomas 10+2reb+1ast, Q.Serron 7, V.Petrovic 5+4reb+1ast, T.Huffman 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 98671


Leuven - Verviers-Pep. 88-85

The most exciting game of round 28 in the D1 took place in Leuven. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (8-16) to eighth ranked Leuven Bears (9-16) 88-85 in the game for the sixth place. VOO Verviers-Pepinster trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 26-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-88 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard James J.J. Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists. Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for the winners. American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) replied with 22 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Four Leuven Bears and five VOO Verviers-Pepinster players scored in double figures. Leuven Bears moved-up to sixth place. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 16 games lost. They share it with Liege. Leuven Bears are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Optima Gent (#9) on the road in the next round. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: S.Jackson 22+6reb+1ast, R.Freeman 19+7reb, D.Waters 13+2reb+5ast, B.Gay 10+3reb+1ast, T.Shengelia 10+3reb+4ast, A.Chada 9+1ast
Leuven: J.J.J. Miller 22+2reb+5ast, B.Freeman 16+2reb+2ast, J.Tofi 15+1reb+1ast, A.Dagunduro 15+5reb+4ast, I.Hanavan 9+3reb+2ast, N.Marnegrave 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 98673


Liege - M.Hainaut 63-72

The game in Liege was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (15-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (8-16). Dexia Mons-Hainaut managed to secure a 9-point victory 72-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belgacom Liege. The guests were already 19 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-13 Belgacom Liege's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 72-63 at the end of the game. Dexia Mons-Hainaut made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Belgacom Liege was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) who added 17 points during the contest. At the losing side Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains third position with 15-9 record having four points less than leader Charleroi. Belgacom Liege at the other side keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Verviers-Pep.. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Belgacom Liege will play on the road against Base Oostende (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Liege: A.Stipanovic 20+12reb, W.Boss Mukubu 14+12reb+2ast, C.Bozeman 10+3reb+1ast, T.Griffin 8+6reb+2ast, G.Muya 4+1reb, I.Papac 3+4reb
M.Hainaut: R.Lewis 17+3reb, R.Taylor 15+7reb, J.Cage 10+5reb+1ast, M.Hatten 7+9reb+1ast, P.Van Paassen 7+1reb, S.Foster 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98670




Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 20-3 
 2. Aalstar 18-7 
 3. M.Hainaut 15-9 
 4. Oostende 14-11 
 5. Antwerp 13-10 
 6. Leuven 9-16 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 8-16 
 8. Liege 8-16 
 9. Gent 4-21 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Stefon JACKSON
  Verviers-Pep.
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Jackson, Verviers.16.8 
 2. Copeland, Aalstar15.9 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende15.7 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi15.5 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.5 
 6. Black, Antwerp15.5 
 7. Hilliard, Aalstar15.0 
 8. Miller, Leuven15.0 
 9. Freeman, Verviers.14.9 
 10. Stipanovic, Liege14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Freeman, Verviers.7.9 
 2. Randle, Gent7.8 
 3. Young, Aalstar7.8 
 4. Stipanovic, Liege7.4 
 5. Hilliard, Aalstar7.2 
 6. Tofi, Leuven6.7 
 7. Jackson, Verviers.6.5 
 8. Brown, Antwerp6.4 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar6.2 
 10. Dagunduro, Leuven6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.4 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.7 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven3.7 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.3 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Moors, Antwerp3.0 
 7. Bosco, Gent2.8 
 8. Miller, Leuven2.7 
 9. Black, Antwerp2.7 
 10. Mallet, Charleroi2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.5 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.3 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven2.1 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp2.0 
 7. Mitchell, Oostende1.9 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.9 
 9. Bosco, Gent1.6 
 10. Black, Antwerp1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Mejri, Antwerp1.7 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.6 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.0 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 5. Randle, Gent0.8 
 6. Tofi, Leuven0.7 
 7. Pelle, Oostende0.5 
 8. Stipanovic, Liege0.5 
 9. Freeman, Verviers.0.5 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar0.4 


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Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
League 6
 1. Igokea 4-0 
 2. Siroki TT 3-1 
 3. Borac Nektar 2-2 
 4. Mladost 1-3 
 5. Capljina 1-3 
 6. Bosna 1-3 
Places 7-15
 1. Zrinjski HT 15-9 
 2. Sloboda Dita 14-10 
 3. Hercegovac 13-11 
 4. SL IAT Leotar 12-12 
 5. Celik 10-14 
 6. Varda HE 9-15 
 7. Brotnjo 7-17 
 8. Kakanj 7-17 
 9. Slavija 2-22 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  APOEL
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.9 
 2. Rahimic, Bosna17.6 
 3. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.4 
 4. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 5. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 6. Kahrimanovic, Kak.16.9 
 7. Sakic, Zrinjski HT16.7 
 8. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 9. Gajovic, Hercegovac16.3 
 10. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Jedinstvo
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.0 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.6 
 3. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 4. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 5. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 6. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.9 
 7. Markovic, Varda HE6.4 
 8. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.4 
 9. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
 10. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Lalic, Hercegovac6.0 
 3. Pasalic, Bosna4.9 
 4. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 5. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 6. Markovic, Varda HE3.5 
 7. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.5 
 8. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 9. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.3 
 10. Kastratovic, Slobod.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Lalic, Hercegovac2.8 
 3. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 4. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.3 
 5. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 6. Vranjes, Borac N.2.0 
 7. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 8. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.7 
 9. Komatina, Mladost1.7 
 10. Mulic, Kakanj1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 2. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 3. Zimic, Bosna1.6 
 4. Brkic, Capljina0.8 
 5. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 6. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.7 
 7. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 8. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 
 9. Pelkic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 10. Crnobrnja, Varda HE0.6 


D1 Round 4: Borac Nektar loses to Igokea in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Aleksandrovac. Top-ranked host Igokea (4-0) smashed one of their biggest opponents Borac Nektar (2-2) 95-75. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Igokea's pressure prevailed and they won that period 31-14 extending their advantage to 20 points. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and the other American import center Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) who added 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Montenegrin guard Nemanja Vranjes (188-88) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Borac Nektar's coach Drago Karalic rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Igokea have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Borac Nektar at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Igokea are looking forward to face Capljina Lasta (#5) on the road in the next round. Borac Nektar will play against the league's second-placed Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Siroki Brijeg. Third ranked host Siroki TT Kabeli (3-1) defeated 4th ranked Mladost (1-3) 81-67. The winners were led by Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-88) who scored that evening 18 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and Ivan Grgat supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 15 points and 6 rebounds by Montenegrin center Milos Komatina (204-84) did not help to save the game for Mladost. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Mladost at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Bosna and Capljina. Siroki TT Kabeli will play against Borac Nektar (#3) in Banja Luka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mladost will play at home against Bosna ASA BHT in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Capljina Lasta has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Sarajevo, where they defeated Bosna ASA BHT (1-3) 79-69 on Saturday. Stefan Fekete fired 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Muhamed Pasalic produced 16 points and 6 assists for lost side. Bosna ASA BHT's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Capljina Lasta left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with Bosna and Mladost. Capljina Lasta will meet at home league's leader Igokea in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Bosna ASA BHT will play against Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Igokea - Borac Nektar 95-75

The game between Top Four teams took place in Aleksandrovac. Top-ranked host Igokea (4-0) smashed their biggest opponent Borac Nektar (2-2) 95-75. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Igokea's pressure prevailed and they won that period 31-14 extending their advantage to 20 points. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and the other American import center Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) who added 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Five Igokea players scored in double figures. At the losing side Montenegrin guard Nemanja Vranjes (188-88) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Lazar Simonovic (185-82) scored 14 points. Borac Nektar's coach Drago Karalic rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Igokea have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Borac Nektar at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Igokea are looking forward to face Capljina Lasta (#5) on the road in the next round. Borac Nektar will play against the league's second-placed Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Borac Nektar: N.Vranjes 16+8reb+1ast, D.Albijanic 15+2reb, L.Simonovic 14+2reb+3ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 9+5reb, I.Josipovic 8+4reb, M.Trikic 8+5reb
Igokea: B.Chase 23+4reb+3ast, C.Vitkovac 20+2reb+3ast, D.Harvey 16+10reb+3ast, N.Joksimovic 11+2reb+2ast, M.Dozet 11+2reb+1ast, S.Nadjfeji 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 125452


Siroki TT - Mladost 81-67

The game between Top Four teams took place in Siroki Brijeg. Third ranked host Siroki TT Kabeli (3-1) defeated 4th ranked Mladost (1-3) 81-67. The game was mostly controlled by Siroki TT Kabeli. Mladost was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Siroki TT Kabeli outrebounded Mladost 42-22 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-88) who scored that evening 18 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and Croatian power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Siroki TT Kabeli players scored in double figures. Even 15 points and 6 rebounds by Montenegrin center Milos Komatina (204-84) did not help to save the game for Mladost. Serbian power forward Ranko Velimirovic (203-72, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Mladost at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Bosna and Capljina. Siroki TT Kabeli will play against Borac Nektar (#3) in Banja Luka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mladost will play at home against Bosna ASA BHT in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mladost: M.Komatina 15+6reb+3ast, M.Bocka 14+1reb+4ast, R.Velimirovic 14+3reb+2ast, P.Ivanic 8+2reb+1ast, D.Duranovic 8+1reb+2ast, N.Milosevic 6+3reb+3ast
Siroki TT: Z.Sakic 18+5reb+2ast, I.Grgat 14+9reb+1ast, J.Naletilic 11+2reb+3ast, S.Stemberger 11+6reb+4ast, V.Morovic 8+2reb+5ast, D.Persic 7+7reb
gschID: 125453


Bosna - Capljina 69-79

Capljina Lasta has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Sarajevo, where they defeated Bosna ASA BHT (1-3) 79-69 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 10 points. Capljina Lasta dominated on the defensive end, holding Bosna ASA BHT to just 6 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Bosna ASA BHT 42-22 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Serbian guard Stefan Fekete (188-86, agency: Beo Basket) fired 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Samir Leric (204-74) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Four Capljina Lasta players scored in double figures. Guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87) produced 16 points and 6 assists and naturalized Croatian power forward Dzenan Rahimic (204-74) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Bosna ASA BHT's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Capljina Lasta left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with Bosna and Mladost. Capljina Lasta will meet at home league's leader Igokea in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Bosna ASA BHT will play against Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bosna: M.Pasalic 16+3reb+6ast, D.Rahimic 16+5reb+2ast, A.Damjanovic 14+5reb, S.Sehovic 9+3reb+1ast, A.Hot 6+1reb+1ast, E.Camdzic 2+1reb+1ast
Capljina: S.Fekete 19+8reb+5ast, K.Rimac 13+3reb+2ast, S.Matic 11+1reb, S.Leric 10+13reb+1ast, B.Pelkic 10+11reb, M.Galic 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 125451




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Interligas Tournament Group A. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Penarol - Flamengo 82:81

Penarol celebrated the second straight win in Group A of Interligas Tournament. They held off Flamengo to clear off on top of the standings. Penarol will now take on Obras Sanitarias in the final round. Flamengo in the meantime suffered the second straight loss in Mendoza. They will wrap up their campaign against archrivals BRB/Brasilia.
Flamengo surged ahead early in the game. The Brazilian powerhouse fired 27 points in the first term and got a 7-point lead. Flamengo continued to dominate in the second stanza. They stretched the margin to 13 points 47:34 at halftime. But Penarol found their hero. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) triggered a comeback rally from the Argentinean team in the second half. Penarol cut the deficit at 6-point mark with one quarter remaining. Kyle Lamonte nailed 7 points in a row late in regulation to give Penarol an 82:78 lead. Helio Vitor Lima dropped a three-pointer to drag Flamengo within one but Penarol managed to escape with a narrow win at the end.
Kyle Lamonte poured in 29 points to pace the effort. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) added 18 points and 7 rebounds for Penarol. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) answered with 37 points for Flamengo. Guilherme Teichmann (204-F/C-83, college: Tulsa) had 13 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Penarol: Kyle Lamonte 29, Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez 18, Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) 14
Flamengo: David Teague 37, Guilherme Teichmann 13+12 boards


Obras Sanitarias - BRB/Brasilia 76:79

BRB/Brasilia earned the first win at Interligas Tournament Group A. They outscored Obras Sanitarias on the second day of action. Nezinho dos Santos (186-G-81) stepped up with 32 points to lead the Brazilian side. BRB/Brasilia improved at 1-1 record and would take on Flamengo tonight. Obras Sanitarias will face Penarol in the final round in Group A.
BRB/Brasilia looked slightly better in the first term which resulted in a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Obras however bounced back in the second stanza and ensured a one-point halftime advantage 44:43. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Obras headed into the final term with a single-point lead 58:57. William McFarlan (201-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) gave Obras a 4-point lead with just over a minute remaining. But Nezinho dos Santos fired four points in a 7:0 run that propelled BRB/Brasilia to the victory at the end. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Arthur Luiz Belchior (200-G/F-82) added 13 points for BRB/Brasilia. William McFarlan answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Obras.

Obras Sanitarias: William McFarlan 18+10 boards, Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) 12
BRB/Brasilia: Nezinho dos Santos 32, Alexandre Garcia 18, Arthur Luiz Belchior 13



Minas pip Joinville for 1-0 lead in NBB eighth-finals - by Eurobasket News
Pitagoras/Minas - Araldite/Univille 83:81

Pitagoras/Minas pulled ahead in the eighth-final series versus Joinville. Minas celebrated a tough narrow home win in the opener. Bernard Robinson (198-F-81, college: Michigan) poured in 31 points to lead the charge.
Minas built the decisive cushion in the first half. The hosts started the game aggressively and led by 7 points after the opening term 27:20. More to come in the second stanza as Minas stiffened defense. They limited Joinville to 12 points and boosted the gap to as many as 15 points. But Joinville went off the dressing room ready to challenge the home team. Joinville shifted the gear and went for 32 points in the third period cutting the deficit to only three points. Joinville got closer in the final minutes but Pitagoras/Minas hung on to snatch a last-second win at the end. Leandro Da Silva (203-F/C-81) provided 14 points, while Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72) and Brett Winkelman (198-F-86, college: N.Dakota St.) added 11 points each in the victory. Andre Luiz Brugger (192-G-81) replied with 23 points for Joinville. Audrei Parisotto (195-G-84) finished with 13 points in defeat.
Game 2 is scheduled for April 12.

Pitagoras/Minas: Bernard Robinson 31, Leandro Da Silva 14, Facundo Sucatzky 11, Brett Winkelman 11
Araldite/Univille: Andre Luiz Brugger 23, Audrei Parisotto 13



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NBL Round 24: Levski edges Euroins Cherno More by two points - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in NBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

Fifth-ranked Euroins Cherno More (10-15) made lots of trouble for second ranked Levski (19-6) in Sofia on Saturday. Levski managed to secure only two-point victory 70-68. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Euroins Cherno More. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-68. 26 personal fouls committed by Euroins Cherno More helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). FYR Macedonian power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (202-79) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Levski maintains second position with 19-6 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the fifth place with 15 games lost. Levski are looking forward to face Tundja (#6) in Yambol in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Balkan (14-11) against fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (12-13) on Friday night. Visiting Balkan was crushed by Rilski Sportist in Samokov 101-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Balkan. It was a good game for international swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Aleksandar Radojevic contributed with 8 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. The former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Balkan. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rilski Sportist maintains fourth position with 12-13 record. Balkan at the other side keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Rilski Sportist will play against bottom-ranked Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas in the next round. Balkan will play at home against Spartak (#7) in Pleven and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Pleven was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Tundja (9-16) played at the court of seventh ranked Spartak (7-18). Spartak defeated Tundja 87-77 on Friday. Worth to mention a great performance of Tsvetoslav Ostrev who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was Stanislav Govedarov with 27 points. Tundja's coach Ivan Cholakov tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Spartak maintains seventh position with 7-18 record. Tundja lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. Spartak will meet higher ranked Balkan (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tundja will play against the league's second-placed Levski where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.



Levski - Cherno More 70-68

Fifth-ranked Euroins Cherno More (10-15) made lots of trouble for second ranked Levski (19-6) in Sofia on Saturday. Levski managed to secure only two-point victory 70-68. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Euroins Cherno More. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-68. 26 personal fouls committed by Euroins Cherno More helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). FYR Macedonian power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (202-79) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Simeon Iliev (202-89, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Four Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Levski maintains second position with 19-6 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the fifth place with 15 games lost. Levski are looking forward to face Tundja (#6) in Yambol in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Levski: S.Georgiev 16+11reb+2ast, A.Harper 14+6reb+2ast, G.Cekovski 14+9reb+4ast, Z.Georgiev 9+5reb+4ast, J.Crowe 8+1reb+4ast, A.Velikov 4+4reb+1ast
Cherno More: N.Kolev 13+9reb, S.Iliev 12+9reb, P.Aleksiev 11+1reb+8ast, A.Yanev 10+6reb+2ast, V.Kyosev 9+4reb, T.Zhelev 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 98339


Rilski Sportist - Balkan 101-73

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Balkan (14-11) against fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (12-13) on Friday night. Visiting Balkan was crushed by Rilski Sportist in Samokov 101-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Balkan. It looked good early as Balkan took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rilski Sportist had a 27-12 second period charge getting the lead and Balkan was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-101. Rilski Sportist made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a good game for international swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian-Serbian center Aleksandar Radojevic (220-76, college: Barton County CC) contributed with 8 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. The former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Balkan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rilski Sportist maintains fourth position with 12-13 record. Balkan at the other side keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Rilski Sportist will play against bottom-ranked Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas in the next round. Balkan will play at home against Spartak (#7) in Pleven and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: I.Lilov 22+5reb+1ast, B.Boev 18+2reb+3ast, D.Karadzovski 14+3reb+8ast, A.Gruev 12+3reb+3ast, V.Mijovic 8+5reb+2ast, A.Radojevic 8+14reb+4ast
Balkan: G.Davidov 18+6reb+1ast, K.Borisov 16+2reb+3ast, K.Doychinov 13+9reb, L.Lilov 12+4reb+3ast, D.Filipov 8+5reb, D.Morton 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 98340


Spartak - Tundja 87-77

The game in Pleven was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Tundja (9-16) played at the court of seventh ranked Spartak (7-18). Spartak defeated Tundja 87-77 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-77. Spartak made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Tsvetoslav Ostrev (184-86) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 assists and the former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) who added 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Spartak players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) with 27 points and the former international guard Julian Radionov (188-79) scored 15 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Tundja's coach Ivan Cholakov tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Spartak maintains seventh position with 7-18 record. Tundja lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. Spartak will meet higher ranked Balkan (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tundja will play against the league's second-placed Levski where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Spartak: T.Ostrev 26+4reb+7ast, H.Dimitrov 20+8reb+4ast, S.Tsenov 19+5reb+3ast, T.Todorov 11+9reb+1ast, I.Stankov 8+4reb+3ast, V.Georgiev 3+2reb+1ast
Tundja: S.Govedarov 27+3reb+3ast, S.Finzgar 17+2reb+1ast, J.Radionov 15+1reb+7ast, N.Varbanov 9+7reb, P.Marinov 4+5reb+3ast, M.Durchev 2
gschID: 98341




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 2. Lilov, Rilski S.22.9 
 3. Harper, Levski22.5 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak19.3 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.5 
 6. Naydenov, Chernomo.16.8 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja16.1 
 8. Davidov, Balkan15.5 
 9. Kambala, Lukoil A.14.4 
 10. Yanev, Cherno More14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja10.7 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.6 
 4. Todorov, Spartak7.8 
 5. Radojevic, Rilski S.7.7 
 6. Kolev, Cherno More7.4 
 7. Georgiev, Levski7.4 
 8. Dimitrov, Spartak6.8 
 9. Kambala, Lukoil A.6.7 
 10. Peterson, Lukoil A.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Crowe, Levski5.8 
 2. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.4 
 3. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 4. Govedarov, Tundja4.0 
 5. James, Lukoil A.3.9 
 6. Dyakovski, Spartak3.9 
 7. Heath, Lukoil A.3.8 
 8. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
 9. Zahariev, Chernomo.3.6 
 10. Gruev, Rilski S.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Crowe, Levski2.3 
 2. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 3. Zahariev, Chernomo.2.0 
 4. Radionov, Tundja1.9 
 5. Heath, Lukoil A.1.9 
 6. Dimitrov, Spartak1.7 
 7. James, Lukoil A.1.7 
 8. Lilov, Rilski S.1.7 
 9. Filipov, Balkan1.6 
 10. Stojanovski, Lukoil A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Doychinov, Balkan1.3 
 3. Radojevic, Rilski S.1.2 
 4. Varbanov, Tundja1.0 
 5. Banev, Lukoil A.0.8 
 6. Cole, Levski0.7 
 7. Mijovic, Rilski S.0.7 
 8. Petkov, Tundja0.7 
 9. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.7 
 10. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 24-0 
 2. Levski 19-6 
 3. Balkan 14-11 
 4. Rilski Sportist 12-13 
 5. Cherno More 10-15 
 6. Tundja 9-16 
 7. Spartak 7-18 
 8. Chernomorets 4-20 


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Guo Has Little Impact on Nike Hoop Summit -- FIBA U17 Championship Has Big Impact - by Arthur Volbert
As I expected. Guo Ailun (193-G-93) did not make much of an impression at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon. Guo played 16 minutes and scored 4 points on 1 of 5 shooting. He hit his two free throws, grabbed 3 rebounds and had 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 turnovers. But the Chinese style is somewhat different than the style played by the rest of the international community. Combined with his communication problems, Guo could not possibly display the leadership skills that make him a special player. But if Wang Zhelin plays in this game next year, he could be much more effective than Guo. As a center, he will not be so badly harmed by these problems.

Led by Austin Rivers, the USA easily defeated the World Select Team 92-80, Rivers scored a game-high 20 points. Michael Gilchrist and Anthony Davis each scored 16 points for team USA. Quinn Cook added 12 points and Davis finished with a double-double, grabbing 12 rebounds. Tony Wroten Jr. finished with a team-high five assists for the US squad.

Bismack Biyombo had a terrific all-around game for the world team, finishing with a triple-double that included 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. His triple-double was the first in Hoops Summit history. However, I have seen Olumide Oyedeji and Mohammed Saer Sene, two other African players, have similarly terrific games and never make it in the NBA. Boyambo is already physically developed -- a man not a boy -- and seems to have no shooting game. Unless he acquires a shooting game, which is possible, he may be no more successful in the NBA than Oyedeji and Sene.

Mateusz Ponitka had a team-high 17 points, with Kyle Wiltjer adding 12 points.

The addition of U16 and U17 championships by FIBA has significantly, and adversely, affected the Hoop Summit. Seven of the ten USA players were on the USA team that won the FIBA U17 World Championship in Hamburg, Germany last July -- Quinn Cook, Tony Wroten, Marquis Teague, Bradley Beal, Michael Gilchrist, Adonis Thomas, and James McAdoo. Only Austin Rivers, Anthony Davis and Rakeem Christmas were not on that team. This gave the USA a significant advantage over its international opponents who were a group of all-stars while the USA functioned as a team.

Link to box score:
http://media.oregonlive.com/sports_impact/other/2011-Hoop-Summit-Box-Score.pdf



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Phase 2-Semifinal, Day 1 Results - by Gianni Pascucci
The first round of games of the second leg of COCABA Championship. fabourite team Costa Rica clearly defated Nicaragua, 83-65. The game best performer was Rohel Wilson (197-F/C-89), with 22 points, followed by Daniel Simmons (194-F/C-80).
In the first game of the day, El Salvador had defeated Honduras, 64-55, despite a good start from Hoduras, that won the first quarter, 21-17, led by towering center Pedro Salazar (204-C-72), a well-known veteran. Pointing on a strong defense and on a faster offensive ga,e El Salvador managed to come back and to surpass the opponents during the second half, claiming a very important win. Julio Mancia (202-C-80) and Oscar Rivera (190-F-80) led the way with 16 points apiece, while Salazar ended the gaem at the top scoer, with 21 points. Alvin Cacho (87) added 10 at the losing side.



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


A1 Round 5 (second stage): KK Zagreb CO loses a game and the top position to Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated KK Zagreb CO (4-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Cedevita (4-1) 97-93. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KK Zagreb CO. It was a key game for the top position in Group A. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KK Zagreb CO won third quarter 29-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cedevita shot 61.1 percent from the field and made 26-of-28 free shots (92.9 percent) during the game. Cedevita outrebounded KK Zagreb CO 28-13 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by KK Zagreb CO helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 32 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Vedran Vukusic (206-82, college: Northwestern) chipped in 20 points. The former international power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Cedevita keeps a position of Group A leader, which they share with defeated KK Zagreb CO. Cedevita is looking forward to face Zadar (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KK Zagreb CO will play against KK Split and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Zadar: Zadar (#3) and Borik Puntamika (#6). Zadar (4-2) crushed visiting Borik Puntamika (1-4) by 32 points 77-45. Swingman Marko Car (188-85) nailed 18 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Brandon Brown accounted for 10 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Teo Petani (190-88) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Borik Puntamika in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zadar have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place in Group A with 4-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Kvarner 2010. Borik Puntamika lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Zadar will play against league's leader Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Borik Puntamika will play at home against Zabok (#8) in Zabok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Trogir (3-2) against fourth ranked Svjetlost (3-2) on Saturday night. Host Trogir was defeated by Svjetlost in Trogir 78-66. The best player for the winners was Luka Petkovic who scored 19 points and 6 assists. Milan Karakas produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals for the hosts. Svjetlost moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with defeated Trogir. Svjetlost will meet Dubrovnik (#6) on the road in the next round. Trogir will play against Dubrava (#5) in Zagreb and hope to secure a win.
A1 top team - Kvarner 2010 (4-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Dubrovnik (0-5) in Rijeka 95-73. Tomislav Maruna orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Newly promoted Kvarner 2010 maintains first place in Group B with 4-1 record. Dubrovnik at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Kvarner 2010's next round opponent will be Vrijednosnice OS (#4) in Darda. Dubrovnik will play at home against the league's second-placed Svjetlost in Slavonski Brod and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Zabok (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to seventh ranked Alkar Sinj (2-3) 75-69 on Saturday evening. Ante Delas stepped up and scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Zabok's coach Dragutin Crnjevic rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Alkar Sinj moved-up to fifth place in Group A, which they share with Cibona. Loser Zabok still closes the standings with four games lost. Alkar Sinj will face Cibona (#6) in Zagreb in the next round. Zabok will play on the road against Borik Puntamika in Zadar and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 5
In Group A Cibona lost to KK Split on the opponent's court 75-79.


Group A
KK Zagreb CO - Cedevita 93-97

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated KK Zagreb CO (4-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Cedevita (4-1) 97-93. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KK Zagreb CO. It was a key game for the top position in Group A. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KK Zagreb CO won third quarter 29-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cedevita shot 61.1 percent from the field and made 26-of-28 free shots (92.9 percent) during the game. Cedevita outrebounded KK Zagreb CO 28-13 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by KK Zagreb CO helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 32 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Vedran Vukusic (206-82, college: Northwestern) chipped in 20 points. The former international power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the former international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) scored 18 points. Four KK Zagreb CO players scored in double figures. Cedevita keeps a position of Group A leader, which they share with defeated KK Zagreb CO. Cedevita is looking forward to face Zadar (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KK Zagreb CO will play against KK Split and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: L.Zoric 25+6reb+3ast, K.Simon 18+3reb+3ast, D.Mulaomerovic 16+1reb+3ast, D.Rancic 12, J.Heytvelt 10+3reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 9+2reb+5ast
Cedevita: B.Wright 32+7reb+3ast, V.Vukusic 20+2reb+1ast, D.Rudez 13+5reb, M.Bazdaric 9+10reb+4ast, D.Draper 9+5reb+6ast, A.Zizic 8+1reb
gschID: 124385


KK Split - Cibona 79-75

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked KK Split and 4th placed Cibona had identical 2-2 record. This time KK Split used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Zagreb 79-75 on Sunday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cibona won third quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cibona was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) stepped up and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and guard Toni Katic (185-92) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Four KK Split players scored in double figures. International swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) responded with 15 points and the former international forward Marin Rozic (201-83) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Cibona's coach Josip Vrankovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Split (3-2) moved-up to fourth place in Group A. Defending champion Cibona dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. KK Split will face league's second-placed KK Zagreb CO at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cibona will play against Alkar Sinj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cibona: B.Bogdanovic 15+1reb+3ast, T.Zubcic 11+2reb, G.Vrbanc 9+2reb, J.Lalic 8, M.Rozic 8+5reb+3ast, K.Vragovic 7+2reb+1ast
KK Split: J.Sobin 20+9reb+3ast, T.Katic 17+2reb+4ast, I.Mimica 13+3reb, A.Grgurevic 11+9reb+1ast, T.Dijan 8+3reb+2ast, S.Rezic 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 124386


Zadar - Borik 77-45

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Zadar: Zadar (#3) and Borik Puntamika (#6). Zadar (4-2) crushed visiting Borik Puntamika (1-4) by 32 points 77-45. The game without a history. Zadar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Borik Puntamika's 22. Zadar forced 21 Borik Puntamika turnovers. Swingman Marko Car (188-85) nailed 18 points and 6 assists for the winning side and American forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) accounted for 10 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Teo Petani (190-88) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) added 10 points respectively for Borik Puntamika in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zadar have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place in Group A with 4-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Kvarner 2010. Borik Puntamika lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Zadar will play against league's leader Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Borik Puntamika will play at home against Zabok (#8) in Zabok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Borik: T.Petani 14+6reb, M.Sarlija 10+2reb, J.Skific 8+2reb+1ast, P.Maric 5, I.Mikulic 3+1reb, M.Pesut 2+3reb+1ast
Zadar: M.Car 18+2reb+6ast, P.Marcinkovic 13+3reb+1ast, B.Brown 10+12reb, S.Olivari 9+2reb, I.Ivanov 8+7reb+4ast, M.Ahmetbasic 8+3reb
gschID: 124387


Zabok - Alkar Sinj 69-75

Bottom-ranked Zabok (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to seventh ranked Alkar Sinj (2-3) 75-69 on Saturday evening. Zabok trailed 44-41 at halftime, rallying from a 31-15 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Swingman Ante Delas (201-88) stepped up and scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and forward Zeliko Zupic (205-81, college: Denver) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Robert Lez (200-79) responded with 17 points and forward Igor Peklaric (200-79) scored 15 points. Zabok's coach Dragutin Crnjevic rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Alkar Sinj moved-up to fifth place in Group A, which they share with Cibona. Loser Zabok still closes the standings with four games lost. Alkar Sinj will face Cibona (#6) in Zagreb in the next round. Zabok will play on the road against Borik Puntamika in Zadar and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Zabok: R.Lez 17+4reb, I.Peklaric 15+3reb+2ast, F.Kraljevic 9+4reb+1ast, J.Lozancic 8+4reb+2ast, S.Jankovic 6+3reb, A.Crnjevic 5+2reb
Alkar Sinj: M.Modric 19+2reb+2ast, A.Delas 18+6reb+4ast, Z.Zupic 16+6reb+4ast, I.Radic 7+6reb+1ast, A.Anzulovic 6+2reb+1ast, J.Curkovic 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 124384


Group B
Kvarner 2010 - Dubrovnik 95-73

A1 top team - Kvarner 2010 (4-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Dubrovnik (0-5) in Rijeka 95-73. The game without a history. Kvarner 2010 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Kvarner 2010 outrebounded Dubrovnik 32-14 including a 32-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Forward Tomislav Maruna (196-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Rudolf Jugo (183-84) contributed with 17 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Kvarner 2010 players scored in double figures. Power forward Ante Vranjes (204-75) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and forward Frano Karac (207-79) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Dubrovnik. Newly promoted Kvarner 2010 maintains first place in Group B with 4-1 record. Dubrovnik at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Kvarner 2010's next round opponent will be Vrijednosnice OS (#4) in Darda. Dubrovnik will play at home against the league's second-placed Svjetlost in Slavonski Brod and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: A.Vranjes 19+6reb+2ast, F.Karac 14+6reb, A.Ostric 11+6reb, N.Dosen 9+2reb+1ast, M.Hajdic 8+2reb, M.Peric 6+2reb+6ast
Kvarner 2010: T.Maruna 22+10reb+2ast, R.Jugo 17+1reb+7ast, Z.Pehar 12+7reb+2ast, A.Boban 12, M.Poscic 10+9reb+3ast, N.Mazar 7
gschID: 124428


Trogir - Svjetlost 66-78

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Trogir (3-2) against fourth ranked Svjetlost (3-2) on Saturday night. Host Trogir was defeated by Svjetlost in Trogir 78-66. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-66. The best player for the winners was guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) who scored 19 points and 6 assists. Forward Igor Maric (196-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Five Svjetlost players scored in double figures. Guard Milan Karakas (190-80) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals and forward Luka Zitko (201-81) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Svjetlost moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with defeated Trogir. Svjetlost will meet Dubrovnik (#6) on the road in the next round. Trogir will play against Dubrava (#5) in Zagreb and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Trogir: L.Zitko 17+3reb+1ast, M.Diminic 14+6reb, M.Karakas 12+6reb+12ast, T.Vitali 8+3reb+3ast, I.Rasetina 6+1reb, A.Bilic 5+1reb+3ast
Svjetlost: L.Petkovic 19+2reb+6ast, M.Karlovic 16+4reb, F.Vukicevic 12+7reb+3ast, M.Kljaic 12+1reb+3ast, I.Maric 11+10reb+2ast, S.Helbich 4+1ast
gschID: 124429




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner 2010
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Puljko, Kvarner .23.0 
 2. Zitko, Trogir19.4 
 3. Petkovic, Svjetlost18.1 
 4. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 5. Saric, Dubrava17.2 
 6. Mimica, KK Split17.1 
 7. Krolo, Darda16.6 
 8. Ridl, Darda15.9 
 9. Bakovic, Darda15.8 
 10. Sobin, KK Split15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante KRAPIC
  Cibona
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 2. Saric, Dubrava9.3 
 3. Krolo, Darda9.2 
 4. Sobin, KK Split7.9 
 5. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.7 
 6. Ridl, Darda6.6 
 7. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
 8. Grgurevic, KK Split6.2 
 9. Ruzic, Borik5.8 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Karakas, Trogir6.8 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost5.5 
 3. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 4. Blajic, Alkar Sinj4.1 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.6 
 7. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.4 
 8. Peric, Dubrovnik3.2 
 9. Saric, Dubrava3.1 
 10. Ridl, Darda3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (205-F/C-94)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saric, Dubrava2.1 
 2. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.0 
 3. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 4. Petani, Borik1.9 
 5. Karakas, Trogir1.8 
 6. Swift, Darda1.8 
 7. Bicvic, Darda1.8 
 8. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 9. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 10. Peric, Dubrovnik1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.5 
 2. Vitali, Trogir1.2 
 3. Saric, Dubrava1.1 
 4. Vladovic, Trogir1.0 
 5. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 6. Sobin, KK Split1.0 
 7. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.0 
 8. Vukicevic, Svjetlost0.9 
 9. Ridl, Darda0.9 
 10. Sarlija, Borik0.8 


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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 6-0 
 2. BK Prostejov 5-2 
 3. BK Pardubice 5-2 
 4. BK Decin 2-5 
 5. NH Ostrava 1-5 
 6. Novy Jicin 1-6 
A2
 1. B&W Opava 17-12 
 2. BC Kolin 14-15 
 3. Basketbol Brno 10-19 
 4. USK Praha 10-19 
 5. Svitavy 7-22 
 6. Plzen 4-25 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.4 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.15.7 
 3. Horak, Svitavy14.8 
 4. Kotas, USK Praha14.8 
 5. Houska, BK Decin14.8 
 6. Hatcher, BK Decin14.5 
 7. Burke, NH Ostrava14.5 
 8. Field, BC Kolin14.3 
 9. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.2 
 10. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Meno, Svitavy11.2 
 2. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 3. Burke, NH Ostrava8.7 
 4. Houska, BK Decin8.6 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.8.5 
 6. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.4 
 7. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.9 
 8. Frana, Plzen7.2 
 9. Kramny, Svitavy6.9 
 10. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Vrubl, Plzen5.9 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.3 
 3. Carnecky, B&W O.3.9 
 4. Jones, BC Kolin3.8 
 5. Kotas, USK Praha3.5 
 6. Hatcher, BK Decin3.4 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin3.0 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin2.9 
 9. Maio, Basketbo.2.9 
 10. Macela, Svitavy2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kotas, USK Praha2.1 
 2. Wright, BK Pardu.1.8 
 3. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.8 
 4. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
 5. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava1.7 
 7. Vrubl, Plzen1.5 
 8. Hatcher, BK Decin1.4 
 9. Lawrence, BK Prost.1.4 
 10. Gibson-B., NH Os.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Meno, Svitavy2.0 
 2. Trybanski, NH Os.1.4 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 4. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 5. Kramny, Svitavy1.0 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin0.9 
 7. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.9 
 8. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 9. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 


NBL Round 9: BK Pardubice defeats NH Ostrava in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 9 in the NBL took place in Ostrava. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked NH Ostrava (1-5) to third ranked BK Pardubice (5-2) 82-79 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. International power forward Martin Marek (206-80, college: Colgate) stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and swingman Jiri Cernosek (200-81) chipped in 18 points. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Lukas Palyza (204-89) with 25 points. BK Pardubice moved-up to second place in A1, which they share with BK Prostejov. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. BK Pardubice is looking forward to face BK Decin (#4) at home in the next round. NH Ostrava will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Prostejov. Second-best host BK Prostejov (5-2) lost to leader CEZ Nymburk (6-0) 78-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. International power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) nailed 17 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side and Pavel Pumprla accounted for 11 points and 4 assists. Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-86, college: N.Arizona) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for BK Prostejov in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Undefeated CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place in A1 with 6-0 record. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with BK Pardubice. CEZ Nymburk will play against NH Ostrava (#5) at home in the next round. BK Prostejov will play against Novy Jicin in Novy Jicin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leading B&W Opava (17-12) recorded its twelfth loss on the court of fourth ranked Basketbol Brno on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Basketbol Brno in overtime 90-86. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of B&W Opava. The best player for the winners was Peter Sedmak who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Jakub Blazek who recorded 34 points (!!!) and 4 steals (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). B&W Opava's coach David Klapetek rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Basketbol Brno. They moved-up to third place in A2, which they share with USK Praha. Loser B&W Opava still keeps top position with 12 games lost. Basketbol Brno will meet at home USK Praha (#4) in the next round. B&W Opava will play against Basketbal Svitavy and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 9
In A1 Novy Jicin lost to BK Decin on the opponent's court 75-82.
In A2 USK Praha unfortunately lost to BC Kolin in a home game 86-88. Svitavy recorded a loss to Plzen on the road 87-99.



Group A1
NH Ostrava - BK Pardubice 79-82

The most exciting game of round 9 in the NBL took place in Ostrava. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked NH Ostrava (1-5) to third ranked BK Pardubice (5-2) 82-79 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. International power forward Martin Marek (206-80, college: Colgate) stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and swingman Jiri Cernosek (200-81) chipped in 18 points. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Lukas Palyza (204-89) with 25 points and Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Five NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. BK Pardubice moved-up to second place in A1, which they share with BK Prostejov. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. BK Pardubice is looking forward to face BK Decin (#4) at home in the next round. NH Ostrava will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: M.Marek 23+5reb, J.Cernosek 18+2reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 9+5reb+1ast, M.Arnold 8+5reb, M.Hampton 7+3reb+3ast, M.Sykora 5+3reb+1ast
NH Ostrava: L.Palyza 25+3reb+1ast, A.Mason 14+2reb+7ast, A.Spagrud 14+10reb+1ast, D.Burke 10+7reb, J.Stehlik 10+2reb+2ast, M.Stuchly 3+1ast
gschID: 122260


BK Prostejov - CEZ Nymburk 74-78

The game between Top Four teams took place in Prostejov. Second-best host BK Prostejov (5-2) lost to leader CEZ Nymburk (6-0) 78-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-17 BK Prostejov's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-74 at the end of the game. CEZ Nymburk made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. BK Prostejov was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. International power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) nailed 17 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side and international guard Pavel Pumprla (196-86) accounted for 11 points and 4 assists. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-86, college: N.Arizona) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and American center Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) added 9 points and 11 rebounds respectively for BK Prostejov in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place in A1 with 6-0 record. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with BK Pardubice. CEZ Nymburk will play against NH Ostrava (#5) at home in the next round. BK Prostejov will play against Novy Jicin in Novy Jicin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: P.Benda 17+6reb+3ast, P.Pumprla 11+3reb+4ast, A.Nissim 11+2reb+1ast, C.Simmons 10+5reb+1ast, L.Sokolovsky 9+3reb, V.Stimac 8+3reb
BK Prostejov: K.Landry 22+11reb, B.Veikalas 13+3reb+1ast, D.Marek 11+2ast, B.Cadri-Nicholson 9+11reb, E.Lawrence 6+3reb+4ast, A.Slezas 4+6reb
gschID: 122261


BK Decin - Novy Jicin 82-75

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked BK Decin and 6th ranked Novy Jicin had identical 1-5 record. This time BK Decin used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Novy Jicin 82-75 on Saturday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Novy Jicin won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Decin looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. International forward Pavel Houska (201-84) stepped up and scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and international forward Tomas Pomikalek (200-89) chipped in 11 points. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic (205-78) scored 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Decin (2-5) moved-up to fourth place in A1. Novy Jicin lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. BK Decin will face higher ranked BK Pardubice (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Novy Jicin will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Houska 23+5reb+5ast, L.Sanders 12+1reb+4ast, T.Pomikalek 11+4reb+3ast, W.Hatcher 11+1reb+1ast, A.Pistecky 9+3reb+1ast, J.Houska 6+4reb+3ast
Novy Jicin: W.Channels 14+5reb+3ast, D.Pandula 10+3reb+1ast, D.Steffel 9+5reb, O.Soska 8, C.Muirhead 8+2reb+4ast, R.Sarovic 8+7reb+5ast
gschID: 122262


Group A2
USK Praha - BC Kolin 86-88

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked BC Kolin's (14-15) road victory over 3rd placed USK Praha (10-19) 88-86 on Sunday. USK Praha trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 36-22 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 86-88 at the end of the game. Forward Richard Field (196-85, college: Mercyhurst) stepped up and scored 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Slovakian guard Roman Marko (195-86) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was international forward Lukas Kotas (194-84) with 21 points and 5 rebounds and center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Five USK Praha players scored in double figures. BC Kolin maintains second place in A2 with 14-15 record having just three points less than leader B&W Opava. Loser USK Praha keeps the third position with 19 games lost. BC Kolin will face Lokomotiva Plzen (#6) at home in the next round. USK Praha will play against Basketbol Brno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: R.Field 26+9reb+1ast, R.Marko 18+8reb+4ast, T.Smith 15+2ast, J.Jelinek 10+2reb, B.Jones 9+10reb+8ast, D.Machac 9+5reb
USK Praha: L.Kotas 21+5reb+2ast, M.Klimes 16+10reb, J.Slavik 15+5reb+1ast, T.Vyoral 14+4reb+2ast, V.Hruban 10+2reb+4ast, M.Kriz 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 122245


Basketbol Brno - B&W Opava 90-86 OT

Leading B&W Opava (17-12) recorded its twelfth loss on the court of fourth ranked Basketbol Brno on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Basketbol Brno in overtime 90-86. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of B&W Opava. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 18-17 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 8-point victory in overtime. Basketbol Brno outrebounded B&W Opava 46-33 including 30 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (203-85) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. American center Stephen Castleberry (214-81, college: Rider, agency: Court Side) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) who recorded 34 points (!!!) and 4 steals (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and forward Jan Kratochvil (200-82) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. B&W Opava's coach David Klapetek rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Basketbol Brno. They moved-up to third place in A2, which they share with USK Praha. Loser B&W Opava still keeps top position with 12 games lost. Basketbol Brno will meet at home USK Praha (#4) in the next round. B&W Opava will play against Basketbal Svitavy and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Basketbol Brno: P.Sedmak 26+11reb+2ast, S.Maio 15+3ast, S.Castleberry 15+9reb, R.Zachrla 12+6reb+1ast, M.Norwa 10+9reb+4ast, D.Gajdosik 7+8reb+4ast
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 34+3reb+3ast, J.Kratochvil 15+9reb+3ast, O.Dygryn 13+4reb+4ast, J.Sirina 10+4reb+4ast, M.Carnecky 8+2reb+4ast, P.Strnisko 4+1ast
gschID: 122243


Plzen - Svitavy 99-87

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (7-22) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Lokomotiva Plzen (4-25) 99-87 on Saturday. Newly promoted Lokomotiva Plzen maintains sixth place in A2 with 4-25 record. Basketbal Svitavy lost their third game in a row. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth position with 22 games lost. Lokomotiva Plzen will face league's second-placed BC Kolin on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Basketbal Svitavy will play against the league's leader B&W Opava.
gschID: 122244




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  D-LEAGUE   


OKC signs Robert Vaden, immediately sends him to Tulsa - by Eurobasket News
The Thunder signed guard Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85, college: UAB) from their D-League affiliate Tulsa 66ers today. Conversely, Vaden has immediately been assigned to the 66ers.

No terms have been released as of yet. The Thunder had one open roster slot remaining and its now been filled by Vaden.

Vaden was acquired from Charlotte by the Thunder in the second round of the 2009 draft and has played this entire season with the 66ers. Vaden averaged 10.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 45 regular season games with Tulsa. This past season he shot 39.2 percent (74/189) from 3. He averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in the 66ers two game sweep of the Texas Legends in the first round of the D-League playoffs.

Before joining the 66ers this season, he spent all 0f 2009-10 in Italys second division.

We are happy to add Robert to our team. Sam Presti said in a press release. Robert has been a dedicated and consistent worker for our program and has excelled in our system in Tulsa under the direction of Head Coach Nate Tibbetts and Assistant Coach Dale Osbourne. We value the role of the 66ers in the overall development of the Thunder organization and this opportunity for Robert comes as a result of that synergy.

Vaden is a shooter by trade and at 6-5, has pretty good size on the perimeter. He was a really good scorer in college at UAB averaged more than 17 points per game his senior season. What his role will be with the organization is to be determined, but its obvious that Presti and the Thunder appreciate hard work and thats why Vaden was rewarded with this deal.

Courtesy of www.dailythunder.com


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  ESTONIA   


Kaunas celebrate win over TTU/Kalev - by Eurobasket News
Kaunas - TTU/Kalev 85:76

Kaunas earned the first win in the series against TTU/Kalev for the right to play in Baltic League Elite Division next season. Kaunas claimed a 9-point victory in the first game of the series. Povilas Cukinas (210-C-83) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Lithuanian team.
TTU/Kalev surprised Kaunas with a quick start. The visitors outscored Kaunas 23:20 in the opening stanza. But Kaunas adjusted their game and surged ahead in the second period. The hosts limited TTU/Kalev to just 10 points in the period and recorded a 40:33 halftime lead. TTU/Kalev Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) and Piik dragged TTU/Kalev within three points midway through the third term. Klementsov capped the term with a three-point play as TTU/Kalev trailed by only two points with one quarter remaining 57:59. Kurg leveled things up at the start of the fourth quarter. Later Bambale Osby (203-F-86, college: Maryland) and Valmo Kriisa put TTU/Kalev in charge. Kaunas responded late in the game. Povilas Cukinas triggered a 13:2 rally that put the home team up by 11 points 81:70. Kaunas did not allow TTU/Kalev to get closer and rolled to the victory at the end.
Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-G-85) and Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89) provided 18 points apiece for Kaunas. Bambale Osby replied with 21 points and 12 rebounds for TTU/Kalev. Valmo Kriisa finished with 14 points and 7 assists in defeat.

Kaunas: Povilas Cukinas 21, Vytenis Jasikevicius 18, Sarunas Vasiliauskas 18
TTU/Kalev: Bambale Osby 21+12 boards, Valmo Kriisa 14



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  FRANCE   


ProB Round 29: ALM Evreux is defeated by JDA Dijon - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end.

The game between third ranked ALM Evreux (18-11) and fourth ranked JDA Dijon (18-11) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. ALM Evreux was crushed by JDA Dijon in Dijon 83-54. The game without a history. JDA Dijon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. JDA Dijon forced 19 ALM Evreux turnovers and outrebounded them 45-32 including 30 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by ALM Evreux helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) stepped up and scored 16 points and 4 assists for the winners and forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) chipped in 19 points. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds. JDA Dijon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Evreux. JDA Dijon is looking forward to face league's second-placed SPO Rouen on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ALM Evreux will play against JL Bourg and is hoping to win this game.
ProB top team - JSF Nanterre (21-8) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Boulazac Basket (14-15) 79-75. American power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) nailed 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and William Daniels accounted for 19 points. Forward Yannick Gaillou (198-79) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for Boulazac Basket in the defeat. JSF Nanterre have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-8 record. Boulazac Basket at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. JSF Nanterre will play against Saint Vallier (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boulazac Basket will play against Aix-Maurienne (#8) in Aix-les-Bains and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Fos was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Aix-Maurienne (16-13) played at the court of seventh ranked Fos Ouest (17-12). Fos Ouest defeated Aix-Maurienne 71-55 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Mohamed Hachad who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. James Mathis produced 13 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Fos Ouest moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Le Portel. Aix-Maurienne lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Fos Ouest will meet Lille Metropole (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aix-Maurienne will play against Boulazac Basket (#11) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Antibes. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 16th ranked Quimper UJAP (11-18) to fourteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (12-17) 68-66 on Friday evening. Sacha Massot orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Olympique Antibes moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Lille. Quimper UJAP at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#17) on the road. Quimper UJAP will play against Chalons-Reims.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: Nantes lost to Chalons-Reims on the opponent's court 75-80. Bottom-ranked Charleville unfortunately lost to Boulogne in a home game 65-73. Lille recorded a loss to Le Portel on the road 55-70. St Vallier was defeated by Bourg on its own court 92-98. Clermont was beaten by Rouen in a road game 82-75.


Antibes - Quimper 68-66

A very interesting game took place in Antibes. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 16th ranked Quimper UJAP (11-18) to fourteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (12-17) 68-66 on Friday evening. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-11. But Quimper UJAP won third quarter 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-83, agency: LBM Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Maxime Courby (200-90) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Marius Runkaukas (189-86) added 17 points in the effort for Quimper UJAP. Olympique Antibes moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Lille. Quimper UJAP at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#17) on the road. Quimper UJAP will play against Chalons-Reims.
Top scorers:
Antibes: S.Massot 25+12reb+5ast, M.Courby 14+5reb+3ast, D.Ramseyer 11+8reb+2ast, J.Ingram 10+6reb+3ast, M.Bojovic 6+3reb+4ast, S.Ho You Fat 2+2reb
Quimper: M.Runkaukas 17+2reb+2ast, J.Volcy 16+8reb+2ast, M.Jefferson 11+5reb+2ast, F.Thibedore 9+2reb+3ast, W.Molas 4, V.Mouillard 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 100585


Chalons-Reims - Nantes 80-75

Very expected game when 12th ranked Nantes (13-16) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Chalons-Reims (16-13) 80-75. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Nantes won third quarter 15-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Chalons-Reims especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Julien Bestron (204-86) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and forward Aaron Cel (203-87) added 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Nantes. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chalons-Reims moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Nantes at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Chalons-Reims' next round opponent will be Quimper UJAP (#16) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Nantes will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#18).
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: G.Chathuant 15+2reb, G.Radonjic 14+3reb, C.Daniels 14+12reb+4ast, J.Bestron 13+3reb+2ast, D.Wilson 8+1reb+3ast, H.Jalce 5+3reb
Nantes: A.Cel 19+5reb+2ast, K.Barber 15+13reb+2ast, T.Downey 12+1reb+1ast, N.Gayon 11+1ast, J.James 9+5reb, A.Charles 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 100586


Dijon - Evreux 83-54

The game between third ranked ALM Evreux (18-11) and fourth ranked JDA Dijon (18-11) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. ALM Evreux was crushed by JDA Dijon in JDA Dijon 83-54. The game without a history. JDA Dijon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. JDA Dijon forced 19 ALM Evreux turnovers and outrebounded them 45-32 including 30 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by ALM Evreux helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) stepped up and scored 16 points and 4 assists for the winners and forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) chipped in 19 points. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and forward Benoit Toffin (205-77) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. JDA Dijon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Evreux. JDA Dijon is looking forward to face league's second-placed SPO Rouen on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ALM Evreux will play against JL Bourg and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Dijon: J.Leloup 19+4reb, E.Craven 16+4reb+4ast, F.Prenom 10+6reb, E.Bing 8+13reb+1ast, S.Dia 8+7reb+1ast, D.Melody 8+2reb+3ast
Evreux: D.Reed 15+7reb+1ast, B.Toffin 10+6reb+1ast, D.Davis 10+4reb+2ast, L.Chelle 10+6reb, T.Maizeroi 4+1reb, M.Correa 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100581


Charleville - Boulogne 65-73

Very predictable result when tenth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (16-13) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (6-23) 73-65. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Charleville-Mezieres won fourth quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SO Maritime Boulogne made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 27 Charleville-Mezieres turnovers. Strangely Charleville-Mezieres outrebounded SO Maritime Boulogne 51-38 including 18 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Charleville-Mezieres helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Etienne Plateau (187-86) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. SO Maritime Boulogne's coach Germain Castano allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import forward Todd Peterson (203-84, college: N.Illinois) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Charleville-Mezieres. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side stay dead last with 23 lost games. SO Maritime Boulogne's next round opponent will be higher ranked Le Portel (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Nantes (#12).
Top scorers:
Boulogne: D.Monroe 18+10reb, E.Plateau 12+5reb+2ast, T.Stanley 11+4reb+1ast, K.Patiejunas 11+1reb+6ast, L.Kante 9+4reb, L.Milbourne 7+1reb
Charleville: C.Rouse 20+14reb+2ast, G.Florimont 17+4reb+1ast, T.Peterson 11+10reb+2ast, D.Kaba 9+4reb+2ast, Y.Zachee 4+5reb+2ast, D.Jean-Joseph 2+5reb+4ast
gschID: 100582


Le Portel - Lille 70-55

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Lille Metropole (12-17) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Le Portel (17-12) 70-55. The game was mostly controlled by Le Portel. Lille Metropole was better in fourth quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman Chris Davis (196-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Mehdi Labeyrie (202-78) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) answered with 25 points and 6 rebounds and forward Nicolas Taccoen (202-86) added 4 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in the effort for Lille Metropole. Lille Metropole's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Le Portel maintains fifth place with 17-12 record, which they share with Fos Ouest. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Le Portel's next round opponent will be SO Maritime Boulogne (#10) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Lille Metropole will play against Fos Ouest.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: M.Labeyrie 16+5reb+1ast, C.Davis 16+9reb+1ast, E.Choquet 10+3reb+3ast, I.Sy 9+4reb+2ast, N.Wyatte 9+8reb, A.Rowland 8+4reb+6ast
Lille: A.Harris 25+6reb+1ast, S.Barnette 6+6reb+2ast, O.Gouez 5+4reb, A.Defoe 4+2reb, M.Sy 4+3reb+1ast, N.Taccoen 4+7reb+4ast
gschID: 100583


St Vallier - Bourg 92-98

Everything went according to plan when ninth ranked JL Bourg (16-13) beat on the road 15th ranked Saint Vallier (11-18) 98-92. It looked good early as Saint Vallier took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then JL Bourg took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. JL Bourg shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Saint Vallier helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Greek guard Angelo Tsagarakis (190-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Kevin Corre (203-85) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Cameroonian power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for Saint Vallier. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JL Bourg moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Saint Vallier lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. JL Bourg's next round opponent will be higher ranked ALM Evreux (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saint Vallier will play against the league's leader JSF Nanterre (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bourg: A.Tsagarakis 30+1reb+3ast, K.Corre 16+7reb+4ast, D.Coleman 15+5reb+2ast, D.Monds 15+8reb+3ast, D.Oliver 9+3reb+11ast, C.Ferchaud 9+1reb
St Vallier: B.Vounang 21+8reb, K.Bichard 20+2reb+2ast, K.Shiloh 18+4reb+4ast, C.Bronchard 11+9reb+5ast, F.Tortosa 9+2reb+1ast, D.Denave 8+5reb+6ast
gschID: 100584


Rouen - Clermont 82-75

There was no surprise when 17th ranked Stade Clermont (8-21) was defeated on the road by second ranked SPO Rouen (19-10) 82-75. Stade Clermont was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 29-18 third quarter run of SPO Rouen. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Darnell Williams (200-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American guard O'Darien Bassett (188-86, college: Troy, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) answered with 23 points and 6 assists and naturalized Mali swingman Souarata Cisse (197-86) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Stade Clermont. Five SPO Rouen and four Stade Clermont players scored in double figures. SPO Rouen maintains second place with 19-10 record having just two points less than leader Nanterre. Stade Clermont at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with 21 games lost. SPO Rouen's next round opponent will be JDA Dijon (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Stade Clermont will play against Olympique Antibes (#13).
Top scorers:
Rouen: D.Williams 17+4reb+2ast, D.Giles 15+12reb+2ast, C.Thioune 14+2reb+1ast, S.Traore 14+4reb+1ast, J.Siggers 11+3reb+3ast, P.Poupet 4+1reb+9ast
Clermont: O.Bassett 23+4reb+6ast, M.Guichard 14+3reb, T.Ford 10+3reb, S.Cisse 10+6reb+2ast, D.Bouldin 9+6reb+2ast, X.Delarue 4+1reb+6ast
gschID: 100578


Boulazac - Nanterre 75-79

ProB top team - JSF Nanterre (21-8) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Boulazac Basket (14-15) 79-75. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 27-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. JSF Nanterre forced 20 Boulazac Basket turnovers. Strangely Boulazac Basket outrebounded JSF Nanterre 39-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Boulazac Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) nailed 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) accounted for 19 points. Forward Yannick Gaillou (198-79) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Ben Jacobson (188-83, college: N.Iowa) added 18 points respectively for Boulazac Basket in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-8 record. Boulazac Basket at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. JSF Nanterre will play against Saint Vallier (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boulazac Basket will play against Aix-Maurienne (#8) in Aix-les-Bains and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: W.Daniels 19+4reb, N.Carter 19+6reb+2ast, M.Riley 12+6reb+5ast, L.Akono 11+2reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 10+2reb+1ast, X.Corosine 3+3reb+2ast
Boulazac: Y.Gaillou 18+11reb+2ast, B.Jacobson 18+4reb+3ast, M.Badiane 13+9reb, T.Dubiez 11+4reb+4ast, A.McKenzie 10+3reb+3ast, C.Melicie 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 100579


Fos Ouest - Maurienne 71-55

The game in Fos was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Aix-Maurienne (16-13) played at the court of seventh ranked Fos Ouest (17-12). Fos Ouest defeated Aix-Maurienne 71-55 on Friday. Fos Ouest dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Aix-Maurienne's 36. Fos Ouest forced 22 Aix-Maurienne turnovers and outrebounded them 42-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Jamaican-American forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Marymount) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward James Mathis (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Cameroonian guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-77) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Fos Ouest moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Le Portel. Aix-Maurienne lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Fos Ouest will meet Lille Metropole (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aix-Maurienne will play against Boulazac Basket (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: S.Gay 18+6reb+1ast, M.Hachad 17+8reb+6ast, P.Haquet 9+6reb+3ast, Z.Bah 8+4reb+1ast, M.Dia 8+7reb+2ast, K.Atamna 4+6reb+2ast
Maurienne: J.Mathis 13+6reb+1ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 10+7reb+3ast, S.Darnauzan 7+3reb+1ast, J.Hoyaux 7, E.Joldersma 7+1reb+1ast, M.Traore 4+5reb
gschID: 100580




Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Cholet 20-5 
 2. Chalon 17-8 
 3. Nancy 17-8 
 4. Roanne 16-9 
 5. Gravelines 16-9 
 6. Hyeres-Toulon 15-10 
 7. ASVEL 14-11 
 8. Le Mans 11-14 
 9. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 11-14 
 10. Orleans 10-15 
 11. Le Havre 10-15 
 12. Strasbourg 10-15 
 13. Paris-Levallois 9-16 
 14. Poitierarleys 9-16 
 15. Vichy 8-17 
 16. Limoges 7-18 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Nanterre 21-8 
 2. Rouen 19-10 
 3. Dijon 18-11 
 4. Evreux 18-11 
 5. Le Portel 17-12 
 6. Fos Ouest 17-12 
 7. Chalons-Reims 16-13 
 8. Maurienne 16-13 
 9. Bourg 16-13 
 10. Boulogne 16-13 
 11. Boulazac 14-15 
 12. Nantes 13-16 
 13. Antibes 12-17 
 14. Lille 12-17 
 15. St Vallier 11-18 
 16. Quimper 11-18 
 17. Clermont 8-21 
 18. Charleville 6-23 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Demetris NICHOLS
  Vichy
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Nichols, Vichy18.3 
 2. Mejia, Cholet18.0 
 3. Jefferson, AS.17.5 
 4. Darden, Nancy17.4 
 5. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.3 
 6. Massie, Limoges16.9 
 7. King, Le Havre15.8 
 8. Shuler, Vichy15.4 
 9. Hamilton, Paris-.15.4 
 10. Woodside, Gravelines15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-F/C-77)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Massie, Limoges9.2 
 2. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy8.6 
 4. Jones, Le Havre8.4 
 5. Issa, Gravelines8.3 
 6. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 7. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.6 
 8. Jefferson, AS.7.5 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.4 
 10. Falker, Cholet7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Rouen
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. King, Le Havre6.2 
 3. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.9 
 4. Taylor, Limoges5.8 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.8 
 6. Woodside, Gravelines5.7 
 7. Wright, Limoges5.7 
 8. Walsh, AS.5.2 
 9. Diabate, Roanne5.0 
 10. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.3 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.5 
 3. Walsh, AS.2.3 
 4. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.1 
 5. Darden, Nancy1.9 
 6. Dewar, Le Mans1.8 
 7. Sangare, Le Havre1.8 
 8. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 9. Schilb, Chalon1.8 
 10. Greer, Strasbourg1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.6 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 3. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 4. Issa, Gravelines1.5 
 5. Jefferson, AS.1.5 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.4 
 7. Sene, Gravelines1.3 
 8. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 10. Fofana, AS.1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 19
 1. Sonko, Maurienne19.0 
 2. Harris, Lille18.8 
 3. Siggers, Rouen18.6 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.7 
 5. Rouse, Charleville16.5 
 6. Gay, Fos Ouest16.0 
 7. Milbourne, Boulogne15.9 
 8. Davis, Le Portel15.8 
 9. Daniels, Nanterre15.6 
 10. Runkaukas, Quimper15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Barber, Nantes10.3 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.9.7 
 3. Mathis, Maurienne9.5 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.1 
 5. Monds, Bourg8.6 
 6. Rouse, Charleville8.6 
 7. Wyatte, Le Portel8.4 
 8. Monroe, Boulogne8.2 
 9. Badiane, Boulazac8.0 
 10. Giles, Rouen7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.1 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.4 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.7 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.4 
 5. Oliver, Bourg5.1 
 6. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 7. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.4.8 
 9. Craven, Dijon4.7 
 10. Denave, St Vallier4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.7 
 2. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 3. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.4 
 5. Craven, Dijon2.4 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.2.4 
 7. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.3 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.2.1 
 9. Leloup, Dijon2.0 
 10. Melody, Dijon2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.4 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.0 
 4. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 5. Barber, Nantes0.9 
 6. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 7. Davis, Evreux0.9 
 8. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 9. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 10. Mathis, Maurienne0.8 


ProA Round 25: Sluc Nancy is upset by Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in ProA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

The game between second ranked Sluc Nancy (17-8) and fourteenth ranked Paris-Levallois (9-16) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Sluc Nancy was defeated by Paris-Levallois in Levallois 93-83. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-83. Paris-Levallois looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley, agency: Lanshire Group) fired 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) chipped in 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Paris-Levallois moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Poitierarleys. Sluc Nancy at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Chalon. Paris-Levallois is looking forward to face higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sluc Nancy will play against Limoges CSP Elite and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was played in Villeurbanne between seventh ranked ASVEL and 4th placed Gravelines-Dunkerque where host ASVEL (14-11) rolled over Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-9) with 29-point difference 92-63. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Kim Tillie contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. ASVEL's coach Nordine Ghrib felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Dominican swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers) answered with 13 points and 5 rebounds for Gravelines-Dunkerque. ASVEL maintains seventh place with 14-11 record. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with Roanne. ASVEL will play against STB Le Havre (#11) at home in the next round. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Paris-Levallois (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked JA Vichy managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they outleveled eighth-ranked Le Mans 87-63. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 24-point difference proves that JA Vichy was well-prepared to that game. The game was dominated by American players. Demetris Nichols stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Rob Lewin responded with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Le Mans' coach J.D. Jackson gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. JA Vichy (8-17) moved-up to fifteenth place. Loser Le Mans keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. JA Vichy will meet at home higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Le Mans will play against Entente Orleans 45 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Cholet delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Strasbourg IG (10-15) 78-70. Sammy Mejia nailed 20 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Cholet's coach Erman Kunter allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Cholet (20-5) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Strasbourg IG at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Cholet's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Chalon/Saor at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Strasbourg IG will play against Poitiers (#14).
The game in Roanne was also quite interesting. 4th placed Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Chorale de Roanne (16-9). Chorale de Roanne defeated Gravelines-Dunkerque 71-60 on Saturday. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi fired 30 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Chorale de Roanne's coach Jean-Denys Choulet used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Chorale de Roanne moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Gravelines. Chorale de Roanne will face Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Paris-Levallois (#13).

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Orleans was defeated by Chalon in a road game 76-59. Le Havre beat Poitierarleys at home 74-59. Limoges was destroyed by Hyeres-Toulon on the opponent's court 82-56. Pau-Lacq-Orthez unfortunately lost to ASVEL in a home game 74-92.



Chalon - Orleans 76-59

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (10-15) was defeated on the road by third ranked Chalon/Saor (17-8) 76-59 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Entente Orleans 45 was better in fourth quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) fired 18 points and 8 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. Five Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Tajuan Porter (168-88, college: Oregon) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Chalon/Saor moved-up to second place, which they share with Nancy. Loser Entente Orleans 45 keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Chalon/Saor will face league's leader Cholet on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Le Mans (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalon: M.Haynes 18+1reb+8ast, N.Lang 14+3reb+3ast, I.Evtimov 13+3reb+2ast, B.Schilb 12+2reb+7ast, A.Aminu 10+9reb, B.Smith 6+2reb+3ast
Orleans: L.Vaty 15+7reb+2ast, T.Porter 12+2reb+3ast, M.NDoye 8+5reb+1ast, A.Moerman 7+3reb, A.Curti 7+2reb+5ast, B.Pamba-Juille 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 100287


Le Havre - Poitierarleys 74-59

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked STB Le Havre and 12th ranked Poitiers had identical 9-15 record. This time STB Le Havre used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Poitiers 74-59 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by STB Le Havre. Poitiers was better in second period 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) fired 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American guard Michael King (193-78, college: George Washington, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Five STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. Guard Carl Ona-Embo (186-89) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and forward Pierre-Yves Guillard (201-84) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. STB Le Havre (10-15) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Strasbourg and Orleans. Loser Poitiers dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. STB Le Havre will face higher ranked ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Poitiers will play at home against Strasbourg IG (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: M.King 17+6reb+2ast, J.Cox 17+5reb+5ast, J.Jones 13+9reb+1ast, N.Pope 10+3reb+2ast, W.Wilkinson 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Sangare 3+3reb+3ast
Poitierarleys: C.Ona-Embo 16+5reb+2ast, P.Guillard 10+7reb+1ast, T.Gunn 10+1reb+2ast, K.Younger 8+4reb+3ast, R.Wright 6+1reb, C.Gomez 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 100288


Le Mans - Vichy 63-87

Bottom-ranked JA Vichy managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they outleveled eighth-ranked Le Mans 87-63. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 24-point difference proves that JA Vichy was well-prepared to that game. The game without a history. JA Vichy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) chipped in 20 points. At the losing side forward Rob Lewin (201-80, college: Troy, agency: Lanshire Group) responded with 10 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Benjamin Dewar (196-81, college: L.Superior) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Le Mans' coach J.D. Jackson gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. JA Vichy (8-17) moved-up to fifteenth place. Loser Le Mans keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. JA Vichy will meet at home higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Le Mans will play against Entente Orleans 45 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vichy: D.Nichols 20+6reb+1ast, J.Shuler 20+4reb+3ast, R.Gaines 14+1reb, T.Larrouquis 13+1ast, N.de Jong 7+4reb, F.Elegar 6+5reb
Le Mans: J.Paulo Batista 13+3reb+1ast, B.Dewar 11+1reb+5ast, A.Acker 10+2reb+2ast, R.Lewin 10+9reb+1ast, M.Pellin 8+1reb+6ast, C.Lombahe-Kahudi 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100289


Hyeres-Toulon - Limoges 82-56

Very expected game when 15th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (7-18) was rolled over on the road by sixth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (15-10) 82-56 on Saturday. The game without a history. Hyeres-Toulon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Limoges CSP Elite's 34. They outrebounded Limoges CSP Elite 43-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Vincent Masingue (205-76) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Four Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Coach Alain Weisz's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) produced 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Robert Hite (188-84, college: Miami, FL) added 9 points respectively for lost side. Hyeres-Toulon maintains sixth place with 15-10 record. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon will face JA Vichy (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Sluc Nancy.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 21+10reb+2ast, V.Masingue 14+14reb+3ast, P.Morlende 13+3reb+3ast, A.Dobbins 11+3reb+5ast, J.Flowers 9+5reb+3ast, N.Boungou Colo 5+5reb
Limoges: C.Massie 9+7reb+4ast, R.Hite 9+3reb+3ast, N.Ebi 9+3reb+1ast, R.Taylor 7+1reb+2ast, K.Souchu 6+6reb, X.D'Almeida 6+2ast
gschID: 100285


Paris-Levallois - Nancy 93-83

The game between second ranked Sluc Nancy (17-8) and fourteenth ranked Paris-Levallois (9-16) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Sluc Nancy was defeated by Paris-Levallois in Levallois 93-83. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-83. Paris-Levallois looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley, agency: Lanshire Group) fired 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) chipped in 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Paris-Levallois moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Poitierarleys. Sluc Nancy at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Chalon. Paris-Levallois is looking forward to face higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sluc Nancy will play against Limoges CSP Elite and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: E.Chatfield 21+1reb+1ast, M.Sommerville 18+8reb+2ast, A.Albicy 11+1reb+6ast, V.Evtimov 10+5reb+2ast, L.Hamilton 9+9reb+5ast, J.Ball 9+2reb+9ast
Nancy: T.Darden 23+8reb+2ast, V.Samnick 14+7reb+1ast, S.Brun 9+7reb, A.Akingbala 9+10reb+3ast, W.Deane 8+3reb+8ast, M.Badiane 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100286


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - ASVEL 74-92

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked ASVEL (14-11) beat on the road 9th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (11-14) 92-74 on Friday. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 36-13 charge of ASVEL, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for ASVEL especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Four ASVEL players scored in double figures. Croatian guard Slaven Rimac (195-74) produced 29 points and 4 assists and guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Didier Dobbels rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. ASVEL maintains seventh place with 14-11 record. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. ASVEL will face STB Le Havre (#11) at home in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Chorale de Roanne.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: D.Jefferson 30+12reb+1ast, M.Walsh 20+1reb+6ast, M.Gelabale 19+8reb+2ast, C.Hammonds 10+4reb+4ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 7+7reb+1ast, E.Jackson 4
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: S.Rimac 29+3reb+4ast, T.Gipson 11+7reb+6ast, C.Elonu 10+6reb+1ast, T.Bryant 8+3reb+1ast, J.Morency 6+6reb+1ast, D.Bennett 6
gschID: 100282


Strasbourg - Cholet 70-78

Leader Cholet delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Strasbourg IG (10-15) 78-70. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Strasbourg IG won third quarter 25-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Strasbourg IG 42-22 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) nailed 20 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Serbian guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 15 points. Cholet's coach Erman Kunter allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-British forward John McCord (201-73, college: Cornell) came up with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for Strasbourg IG in the defeat. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Cholet (20-5) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Strasbourg IG at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Cholet's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Chalon/Saor at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Strasbourg IG will play against Poitiers (#14).
Top scorers:
Cholet: S.Mejia 20+3reb+1ast, V.Avdalovic 15+4reb+3ast, D.Nelson 10+4reb+2ast, R.Falker 8+11reb+2ast, A.Robinson 8+7reb, C.Leonard 4+3reb+1ast
Strasbourg: J.McCord 17+9reb, A.MBaye 17+2ast, R.Greer 15+2reb+4ast, N.Lewis 13+4reb, A.Jeanneau 6+3reb+3ast, J.Hawkins 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100283


Roanne - Gravelines 71-60

The game in Roanne was also quite interesting. 4th placed Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Chorale de Roanne (16-9). Chorale de Roanne defeated Gravelines-Dunkerque 71-60 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chorale de Roanne. Gravelines-Dunkerque was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chorale de Roanne dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Gravelines-Dunkerque's 32. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) fired 30 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ricky Davis (199-79, college: Iowa) chipped in 6 points and 7 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne's coach Jean-Denys Choulet used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Senegalese center Mouhamed Sene (213-86) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and American-Dominican swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers) added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Chorale de Roanne moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Gravelines. Chorale de Roanne will face Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Paris-Levallois (#13).
Top scorers:
Roanne: U.Nsonwu-Amadi 30+9reb+2ast, P.Amagou 9+5reb+2ast, R.Davis 6+7reb+3ast, S.Diabate 6+2reb+5ast, B.McCauley 5+8reb, P.Braud 5+2reb
Gravelines: M.Sene 22+12reb+3ast, B.Woodside 11+2reb+2ast, R.Jomby 9+6reb+2ast, J.Greer 7+9reb+1ast, D.Issa 4+4reb, C.Akpomedah 3+9reb+2ast
gschID: 100284


Round 23
ASVEL - Gravelines 92-63

Another exciting game was played in Villeurbanne between seventh ranked ASVEL and 4th placed Gravelines-Dunkerque where host ASVEL (14-11) rolled over Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-9) with 29-point difference 92-63. The game without a history. ASVEL led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Gravelines-Dunkerque's 38. ASVEL forced 19 Gravelines-Dunkerque turnovers and outrebounded them 41-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Kim Tillie (211-88, college: Utah, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five ASVEL players scored in double figures. ASVEL's coach Nordine Ghrib felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Dominican swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers) answered with 13 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Cyril Akpomedah (203-79) added 14 points in the effort for Gravelines-Dunkerque. ASVEL maintains seventh place with 14-11 record. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with Roanne. ASVEL will play against STB Le Havre (#11) at home in the next round. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Paris-Levallois (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: D.Jefferson 20+10reb+2ast, K.Tillie 17+7reb+2ast, M.Walsh 12+1reb+5ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 11+8reb+3ast, M.Gelabale 10+6reb, E.Jackson 8+1reb+1ast
Gravelines: C.Akpomedah 14+4reb, J.Greer 13+5reb+3ast, D.Issa 10+7reb, M.Sene 8+4reb+1ast, B.Woodside 7+4reb+1ast, J.Johnson 6+2ast
gschID: 125183




Hoop Summit : 6 points and 6 rebounds for Evan Fournier - by Romain Brusc
Last night in Portland, the 18-year-old shooting guard of Union Poitiers Basket 86 Evan Fournier scored 6 points and took 6 rebounds during Hoop Summit. The world selection was beaten by american collegians 78-90. The best scorer was Austin Rivers, son of Doc Rivers, coach of Boston Celtics, with 20 points for US selection. Evan Fournier was the eighth French to participate in Hoop Summit after Moiso Jerome (1997), Tony Parker (2000), Michael Mokongo (2005), Nicolas Batum (2007), Alexis Ajinca (2008), Kevin Seraphin (2009) and Mael Lebrun (2010). Five of them have played in NBA.

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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Superleague Round 9: Lirija beats ABA Strumica by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in Superleague.

The most exciting game of round 9 in the Superleague took place in Lirija. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked ABA Strumica (9-18) to sixth ranked Lirija (10-17) 73-70 in the game for the fifth place. ABA Strumica was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 21-14 charge of Lirija, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to ABA Strumica's 20. They outrebounded ABA Strumica 55-36 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for Serbian center Gjorgje Jovanovic (209-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 23 rebounds. Dominican guard Carlos Morban (187-82, college: FIU, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 15 points and 8 assists for the winners. American guard Jeremiah Boswell (194-82) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds for ABA Strumica. Lirija moved-up to fifth place in Superleague. ABA Strumica at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the sixth position with 18 games lost. Lirija are looking forward to face higher ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3) in Skopje in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ABA Strumica will play at home against Torus Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: Torus Skopje (#4) and MZT Skopje (#2). Torus Skopje (16-11) won against visiting MZT Skopje (20-7) 81-75. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up and scored 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and Nikola Karakolev chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) with 20 points and 6 rebounds. MZT Skopje's coach Igor Gacov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Torus Skopje maintains fourth place in Superleague with 16-11 record. MZT Skopje at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Torus Skopje will play against ABA Strumica (#6) on the road in the next round. MZT Skopje will play against the league's leader Feni Indistrija (#1) in Kavadarci and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Feni Indistrija (25-2) which played road game in Skopje against 3rd placed Fersped-Rabotnicki (18-9). First ranked Feni Indistrija had an easy win 95-72. Dime Tasovski nailed 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Toni Simic came up with 19 points for Fersped-Rabotnicki in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place in Superleague with 25-2 record. Loser Fersped-Rabotnicki keeps the third position with nine games lost. Feni Indistrija will meet at home league's second-placed MZT Skopje in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play against Lirija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Kumanovo 2009 (12-11) which played road game in Prilep against 3rd placed Ultimate Basket (5-17). First ranked Kumanovo 2009 had an easy win 106-62. The best player for the winners was Milan Janjusevic who scored 19 points and 5 assists. Kumanovo 2009's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kumanovo 2009 have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Kumanovo 2009 maintains first place in Play OUT with 12-11 record. Ultimate Basket lost fourth consecutive game. Ultimate Basket at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Superleague
Torus Skopje - MZT Skopje 81-75

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: Torus Skopje (#4) and MZT Skopje (#2). Torus Skopje (16-11) won against visiting MZT Skopje (20-7) 81-75. It looked good early as MZT Skopje took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Torus Skopje had a 23-13 second period charge getting the lead and MZT Skopje was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-81. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up and scored 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and guard Nikola Karakolev (197-87) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) with 20 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) scored 18 points and 6 assists. MZT Skopje's coach Igor Gacov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Torus Skopje maintains fourth place in Superleague with 16-11 record. MZT Skopje at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Torus Skopje will play against ABA Strumica (#6) on the road in the next round. MZT Skopje will play against the league's leader Feni Indistrija (#1) in Kavadarci and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: N.Zivcevic 20+6reb+3ast, J.Petrovski 18+3reb+6ast, K.Nikolovski 12+13reb+2ast, Z.Gocevski 7+6reb+1ast, I.Penov 6+2reb, D.Lindsay 6+3reb+1ast
Torus Skopje: B.Trajkovski 22+9reb+2ast, N.Karakolev 15+7reb, M.Janevski 10+1reb, B.Krstevski 8+5reb+1ast, M.Miljkovic 8+3reb+7ast, A.Kostoski 6+1reb
gschID: 123105


Lirija - ABA Strumica 73-70

The most exciting game of round 9 in the Superleague took place in Lirija. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked ABA Strumica (9-18) to sixth ranked Lirija (10-17) 73-70 in the game for the fifth place. ABA Strumica was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 21-14 charge of Lirija, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to ABA Strumica's 20. They outrebounded ABA Strumica 55-36 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for Serbian center Gjorgje Jovanovic (209-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 23 rebounds. Dominican guard Carlos Morban (187-82, college: FIU, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 15 points and 8 assists for the winners. American guard Jeremiah Boswell (194-82) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import center John Chappell (208, college: S.Carolina) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for ABA Strumica. Four ABA Strumica players scored in double figures. Lirija moved-up to fifth place in Superleague. ABA Strumica at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the sixth position with 18 games lost. Lirija are looking forward to face higher ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3) in Skopje in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ABA Strumica will play at home against Torus Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ABA Strumica: D.Buchberger 21+2reb, J.Boswell 19+5reb+1ast, P.Cvetkov 12+5reb+1ast, J.Chappell 10+11reb+2ast, S.Hadzivasilev 3+2reb, M.Hasanov 2+1reb+1ast
Lirija: G.Jovanovic 21+23reb, C.Morban 15+4reb+8ast, S.Mavel Rejnerio 11+9reb+1ast, M.Despotovic 8+5reb, J.Nikolovski 7+2reb, E.Azemi 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 123106


Rabotnicki - Feni Indistrija 72-95

An interesting game for Feni Indistrija (25-2) which played road game in Skopje against 3rd placed Fersped-Rabotnicki (18-9). First ranked Feni Indistrija had an easy win 95-72. The game was mostly controlled by Feni Indistrija. Fersped-Rabotnicki managed to win fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Feni Indistrija dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Fersped-Rabotnicki's 38. The former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) nailed 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) came up with 19 points and international guard Marko Simonovski (190-89, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Fersped-Rabotnicki in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place in Superleague with 25-2 record. Loser Fersped-Rabotnicki keeps the third position with nine games lost. Feni Indistrija will meet at home league's second-placed MZT Skopje in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play against Lirija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: T.Simic 19+4reb+2ast, I.Sazdov 12, M.Simonovski 10+6reb+2ast, E.Hadzibulic 10+5reb, E.Bogoev 9+3reb+5ast, P.Blazevski 8+7reb+2ast
Feni Indistrija: D.Tasovski 22+8reb+4ast, B.Jovovic 17+4reb+2ast, D.Knezevic 17+7reb, O.Stojanovski 15+1reb+1ast, J.Frye 10+2reb+2ast, M.Gjurov 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 123104


Play OUT
Ultimate Basket - Kumanovo 2009 62-106

An interesting game for Kumanovo 2009 (12-11) which played road game in Prilep against 3rd placed Ultimate Basket (5-17). First ranked Kumanovo 2009 had an easy win 106-62. The game without a history. Kumanovo 2009 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kumanovo 2009 dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Ultimate Basket's 34. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-83) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. Serbian guard Darko Matic (192-84, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 20 points. Five Kumanovo 2009 players scored in double figures. Kumanovo 2009's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Slavisa Janeski (183-90) who recorded 20 points and 9 assists and center Miroslav Petrovski (208-88) added 14 points and 14 rebounds respectively. Kumanovo 2009 have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Kumanovo 2009 maintains first place in Play OUT with 12-11 record. Ultimate Basket lost fourth consecutive game. Ultimate Basket at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ultimate Basket: S.Janeski 20+1reb+9ast, M.Petrovski 14+14reb+2ast, T.Nikoloski 9+5reb, P.Hristijan 6, S.Mihajlovski 5+1reb, H.Petreski 4+2reb
Kumanovo 2009: D.Matic 20+1reb+2ast, M.Janjusevic 19+2reb+5ast, D.Kalov 13+4reb, D.Stanimirovic 12+3reb, I.Vukotic 12+1reb+2ast, D.Mikic 9
gschID: 123107




D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
Superleague
 1. Feni Indistrija 25-2 
 2. MZT Skopje 20-7 
 3. Rabotnicki 18-9 
 4. Torus Skopje 16-11 
 5. Lirija 10-17 
 6. ABA Strumica 9-18 
Play OUT
 1. Kumanovo 2009 12-11 
 2. Ovce Pole 7-15 
 3. Ultimate Basket 5-17 
 4. Pelister Bitola 2-17 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.21.5 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus S.17.9 
 4. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 5. Morban, Lirija16.4 
 6. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 7. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.7 
 8. Mirakovski, Rabot.15.4 
 9. Blazevski, Rabotnicki15.3 
 10. Anakievski, Pelist.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Lirija
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Jovanovic, Lirija9.3 
 3. Nikolovski, MZT S.9.0 
 4. Pavlovski, Lirija8.4 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.1 
 6. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 7. Jelesijevic, Torus S.7.9 
 8. Chappell, ABA S.7.7 
 9. Rejnerio, Lirija7.6 
 10. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Morban, Lirija5.1 
 2. Kostovski, Torus S.4.8 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.6 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotnicki4.0 
 5. Petrovski, MZT S.4.0 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
 9. Vukotic, Kumanovo.3.1 
 10. Miljkovic, Torus S.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Petrovski, MZT S.1.7 
 3. Boswell, ABA S.1.6 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.5 
 5. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 6. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.4 
 7. Pupovic, MZT S.1.4 
 8. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 9. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.4 
 10. Gocevski, MZT S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.1.9 
 2. Jelesijevic, Torus S.1.5 
 3. Chappell, ABA S.1.5 
 4. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 5. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 6. Krstevski, Torus S.1.0 
 7. Dendra, Rabotnicki0.9 
 8. Frye, Feni Indistrija0.9 
 9. Avramovski, MZT S.0.9 
 10. Simic, Rabotnicki0.8 


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  GERMANY   


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 29-2 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 24-7 
 3. ALBA 22-9 
 4. Art.Dragons 20-11 
 5. NY Phantoms 18-13 
 6. EWE Baskets 18-13 
 7. Bremerhaven 17-14 
 8. EnBW L'burg 17-14 
 9. TBB Trier 16-15 
 10. Goettingen 15-15 
 11. Telekom Baskets 14-16 
 12. Phoenix Hagen 14-17 
 13. Walter Tigers 13-18 
 14. ratiopharm 12-19 
 15. MBC 8-23 
 16. LTi 46ers 8-23 
 17. Bayreuth 8-23 
 18. Duesseldorf 5-26 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Wood, Dt.18.7 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons17.0 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.0 
 4. Ross, MBC15.7 
 5. Allen, ALBA15.6 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Harris, EnBW L.15.4 
 8. Dorris, Phoenix .15.3 
 9. Benzing, ratio.15.3 
 10. Callahan, Bremerha.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm11.0 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.3 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.0 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.7 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Burtschi, Phoenix .6.9 
 7. Stevic, EWE B.6.8 
 8. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.7 
 9. Anderson, Goett.6.4 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.3 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.7 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.5 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.1 
 5. Green, EnBW L.4.5 
 6. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 7. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.3 
 8. Jordan, LTi 46ers4.2 
 9. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.2 
 10. Copeland, Bremerha.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bailey, Goettingen1.5 
 5. Dorris, Phoenix .1.5 
 6. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.4 
 8. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 9. Ross, MBC1.4 
 10. Bernard, MBC1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.8 
 3. Bryant, ratiopharm1.6 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.3 
 5. Seward, Phoenix .1.2 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 7. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 
 9. Baynes, EWE B.0.9 
 10. Powell, Dt.0.9 


German 1.Bundesliga round 30 best performance: Roger Powell - by Eurobasket News
American forward Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Dt.Bank SKY, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Phoenix Hagen (#12, 13-17) with 39-point margin 92-53. Dt.Bank SKY maintains the 2nd position in German 1.Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dt.Bank SKY will need more victories to improve their 23-7 record. In the team's last game Powell had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Dt.Bank SKY's top player in his first season with the team. Roger Powell averages this season 12.4ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Jerry Green (191-G-80) of EnBW Ludwigsburg. Green had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 10 assists. Of course EnBW L'burg cruised to a 95-85 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked ratiopharm (#14, 12-19). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in . EnBW L'burg keeps 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Green is a newcomer at EnBW L'burg and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Coleman Collins (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances) of ratiopharm Ulm (#14). Collins scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Collins' great performance ratiopharm lost 85-95 to the higher-ranked EnBW L'burg (#9, 16-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of ratiopharm not to end season at such low position in , however are less than slim as they have already lost 19 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Collins could try to bring ratiopharm's a little bit higher in the standings. Collins has a very solid season. In 31 games in Germany he scored 7.9ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and FGP: 52.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85) of ALBA - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Jason Boone (198-F/C-85) of Goettingen - 16 points and 10 rebounds
6. Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84) of NY Phantoms - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84) of Phoenix Hagen - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89) of Bremerhaven - 17 points and 11 rebounds
9. John Bowler (206-F-84) of EnBW L'burg - 24 points and 7 rebounds
10. Esmir Rizvic (213-C-82) of Duesseldorf - 19 points and 9 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)


TBB Trier Lead After 10 Rounds, But The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Win The Heavyweight Bout With 69-61 Knock Out - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After the more than satisfying 92-53 romp against Phoenix Hagen 48 hours earlier, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had to be more than awake against TBB Trier as their continued goal of reaching the playoffs was not sweetened by the 80-61 loss in Bamberg 48 hours earlier. Frankfurt had to be more than ready for TBB Trier, because since Phoenix Hagen sit back mostly on defense, sipping Margaritas, watching spectacular offense unfold and prepare their next offense in their mind, TBB Trier on the other hand play defense for a passion and just wear down the opponents offense with continued stress play. Frankfurt couldnt afford their minds slip for an instant second on offense possibly contemplating if golf and betting could ever mesh with golf legend Tiger Woods, if the valet parker in Miami beach can be serious for being to traumatized to continue back to work after being slapped by the mom of Lebron James or wonder when the one man horror show tour of actor Charlie Sheen will ever end. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had problems converting against TBB Trier on a consistent rate, but had the better nerves, defense and a 10-0 run in crunch time to win 69-61. 'We knew that the weekend games were two different kinds of games with Phoenix Hagen having a high power offense and TBB Trier having a high power defense. We had to be able to switch our mentality within one day. We were able to lock down our defense in the second half and grind out the win', stated current beko BBL top scorer DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.). TBB Trier also showed Frankfurt that they werent a second Phoenix Hagen. 'Every team has to adjust to situations like this. Our players are pros. Phoenix Hagen were playing for nothing and gave up on defense while TBB Trier gave everything to win the game, because they are still fighting to reach playoffs', stressed Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak 'I think that Frankfurt needed some time to adjust to our defense, but they showed in the second half that they are in second place for a reason. I thought that we did a good job in the half court defense not letting Frankfurt get easy baskets', stated TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). It was a big adjustment for us. TBB Trier was very physical and we were a little surprised how different the defenses of Phoenix Hagen and TBB Trier were', added Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR).

TBB Trier fans got horrible news on Saturday as the club announced that 40 year old veteran George Evans (202-F/C-71, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) had left the team on account of personal reasons. Evans was averaging 8,0ppg and 4,2rpg and left a big void under the baskets. Evans sparkled not only with his play on the court, but also with his work ethic, dedication and heart that he brought to the court every day. Evans had a lot to do for the rapid development of 21 year old 205cm German big man Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) who had played with the American since 2008. Zirbes is averaging 7,1ppg and 4,3rpg and played 34 minutes against Frankfurt and finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. 'George helped me in so many ways. He always pushed me to become a better player. I was able to learn a lot from his attitude. He was the most professional player that I ever played with. He was always there for me on and off the court', stressed Maik Zirbes (205-C-90). Evans who hasnt closed out returning back to TBB Trier in the future also will be remembered by his opponents. 'He was a very good big man that could score, pass and rebound. If he played well than TBB Trier usually won. He is a very nice guy and I always respected him', commented Skyliner Fabian Franke (198-F-88). 'Evans was a super experienced player that had many battles on the court. I wish him the best', added Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak 'We had the jersey of George on the sidelines. His hard work always rubbed off on us', said TBB Trier guard John Bynum.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners extended their winning streak to two games and keep a secure hold on position two in the beko BBL standings. TBB Trier on the other hand lost twice within 48 hours and have lost three of their last four games and slipped from position seven to position 10 within 48 hours as quickly as Chicago Bull Derrick Rose (193-G-88, college: Memphis) has reached the hole from the free throw line on one of his normal penetrations and now are at risk of not reaching the playoffs. 'The Frankfurt play brought back some memories to the teams play last season under ex coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) rallying in the last minutes to win games. TBB Trier was in control for most of the game, but let it slip away in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter. 'This was a very tough loss for us. We controlled the game for the most part and were unable to execute in the last four minutes. Frankfurt stepped up their defense and DaShaun Wood his offense', stated John Bynum. It wasnt a pretty win for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, but in the end a win is a win and the team will take grind out wins like this at the end of the playoffs helping their confidence in being able to win tough come from behind games. 'TBB Trier is a great team and it is amazing how well they play as a team despite all the injuries. TBB Trier had very much energy all throughout the game and we didnt find our rhythm until the fourth quarter and we were able to close out the game successfully', said Skyliner center Marius Nolte. 'I though that TBB Trier fought very hard and controlled most of the game. I thought the difference at the end was that they had made many difficult shots, but in the second half less', said ex TBB Trier American Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado). Frankfurt took a chapter out of the TBB Trier handbook of defense and gave them a taste of their own medicine displaying the typical Skyliner defense that the team had played earlier in the season. 'TBB Trier scored 43 points in the first half and only 18 points in the second half. We let them get too many easy baskets in teh first half and less in the second half. This was a real hard fought win for us', warned Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen.

Despite not having George Evans, and German national player Phillip Zwiener in the lineup and a banged up John Bynum who had run into Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) in Bamberg with his shoulder, TBB Trier didnt show any real weakness as they played their normal fighting basketball. The first quarter was the type of basketball that fans want to see much as it was going back and fourth as there were 12 lead changes. TBB Trier got off to a good start leading 6-3 getting two jumpers from a hot Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron). Frankfurt retook the lead 7-6 going on a mini 4-0 run as Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) and Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) took advantage inside with hoops. TBB Trier continued to get good support from Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron) with a jumper, a lay in by Luxemberg guard Samy Picard (195-F-88) and a Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) dunk getting the extra pass from Barry Stewart (191-G-88, college: Mississippi St.) Muurinen tied the game at 13-13 with a no hesitation jumper from the wing. Frankfurt took the lead another two times only to be tied again by ex Alba Berlin forward Dragan Dojcin (205-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) who scored in the paint twice. DaShaun Wood then scored his first field goal with a floater as Frankfurt led 19-17. However the concentration of Frankfurt was snapped a bit as TBB Trier closed out the first quarter with a 9-2 run to lead 26-21 after one quarter. TBB Trier continued to shoot very well as Picard and Stewart nailed jumpers. ' We shot too many three pointers in the first 3-4 minutes. TBB Trier was doing a good job not letting us do what we wanted to on offense. They didnt let us do too much under the basket', stressed Kamil Novak TBB Trier was shooting 63% from the field and 67% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 47% from the field and only 20% from outside. Frankfurt had the slight 8-7 rebounding edge and there was only one turnover from Frankfurt.

The second quarter began with three turnovers, two by Frankfurt and one by TBB Trier. TBB Trier started out on a 5-0 run to lead 30-21 as John Bynum dropped a three pointer and 23 year old German Oliver Clay (205-F/C-87), who has to play more due to Evans leaving scored inside after getting a needed offense rebound. Frankfurt was getting their chances on offense, but were unable to capitalize on second chances under the hoop. Frankfurt chose the prefect time to go on a run as they didnt want TBB Trier to extend their lead to 10 plus points. Frankfurt went on a 8-0 run and trailed TBB Trier only 30-29. Frankfurt mixed up their offense scoring in three different ways on this run as Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) nailed a bomb from the top of the key, Powell continuing to battle under the glass with an offensive rebound and put back and Wood scoring his first penetration bucket of the game. Frankfurt defended better in this run limiting TBB Trier to difficult shots and Powell made a monster block on Picard. All of a sudden, Frankfurt got cold on offense and TBB Trier hot on offense as they shoved a 10-2 run in the faces of Frankfurt to extend their lead to 40-31. Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) scored inside as he got an extra pass from the shifty Dojcin, Picard continued to give massive support with a lay in and three pointer and Joyce scored in the lane in traffic. In the last minute, Barry Stewart scored a type of Brian Roberts (188-G-85) crazy bomb with a hand in his face and Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) closed out the first half with a three pointer. TBB Trier still had the lead 43-36. 'TBB Trier was still hitting tough shots. Zirbes was scoring inside and the team was making big plays', stated current second best scorer in the Belgium league with Generali Okapi Aalstar Christopher Copeland. TBB Trier was shooting 57% from the field and 44% from the three point line while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 41% from the field and 38% from the three point line. Frankfurt still had the big rebounding edge 19-12, but five turnovers while TBB Trier only had one.

In the third quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners started to step up their defense and quickly rattled TBB Trier going on a 9-3 run to cut the lead of the opponent to only 46-45. After Zirbes started off the third quarter with a lay in, Frankfurt went to work on offense, but had to find production from others besides DaShaun Wood who was 2/14 from the field at that juncture. Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) scored inside and then it was Powell again scoring inside getting a quick feed from Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) Then there was a short delay in the game as a water bottle exploded in front of the Frankfurt bench and Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert showed that you need team work everywhere as he helped mop the floor with a towel using his feet. Mckinney then answered with a three pointer from the corner and Super Tez Robertson scored inside over Zirbes. Frankfurt continued to stay on the door step of TBB Trier as Zirbes and Nolte exchanged baskets as Frankfurt trailed 49-47. Wood then scored on the penetration, but it was Dojcin who hurt Frankfurt with his three point shot something he didnt use as much as he was needed more under the basket. TBB Trier led 54-49. Frankfurt then perfected their first pick an droll of the game as Wood set up Nolte for two quick points. However on the last play of the game, it was Barry Stewart again who connected on a tough three pointer as De Mello was in his face. After 30 minutes TBB Trier still led 57-52. 'Our strength in the third quarter was that we never gave up and stayed with them and were always in reach of them', added Kamil Novak TBB Trier was shooting 50% from the field and 38% from the parking lot while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 27% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 27-24 rebound edge, but six turnovers while Frankfurt had only five turnovers. TBB Trier did a good job registering 6 offensive rebounds in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were all business as they stepped up their defense another three notches allowing only four points for TBB Trier. Frankfurt tried a Wood to Robertson ally-op in the first play, but were denied. However on the next play, an ally-op tip in from Mckinney to Shepherd worked. Frankfurt kept chipping at the TBB Trier lead. Wood was having grave misfortune with his jumper, so he kept at penetrating and scored inside and drew fouls to tie the game at 59-59. TBB Trier had more bad shot selections and Powell made a monster block on German Oskar Fassler (198-G-88) Lebron James buddy Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron) gave TBB Trier the lead one more time with two free throws 61-59. However that was all the scoring that TBB Trier would do on this day as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners closed out the game in top notch fashion riding out the game with a 10-0 run. Moss tied the score at 61-61 with a tip in. The Frankfurt defense then rose to the occasion forcing three TBB Trier turnovers in a row due to very aggressive defense by Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) who annoyed Dojcin in the middle. Jimmy McKinney then scored the winning basket as he was parked in the right corner as Frankfurt led 64-61. Mckinney then scored again and Wood closed out the game with free throws as Frankfurt prevailed69-61. 'The three turnovers at the end didnt help us. I feel we may have been a little tired. Joyce has to carry the load playing 30 plus minutes', stressed John Bynum. 'Our intensity on defense was key in the second half holding TBB Trier to only 18 points', expressed Kamil Novak 'I thought that rebounding was key in crunch time. They held TBB Trier to one shot and Powell did a great job on defense', added Christopher Copeland.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by DaShaun Wood with 18 points and five assists. Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) and Jimmy McKinney added 11 points a piece. TBB Trier was led by Barry Stewart with 14 points, six rebounds and two assists. Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) produced 12 points and eight rebounds. Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron) had 11 points, five reounds and five assists. After losing the rebounding battle in the first game against TBB Trier in a win, Frankfurt had the handle on the glass winning the rebound duel 41-32. Frankfurt also won the points in the paint 30-22. Frankfurt had their problems with the TBB Trier defense for phases of the game, but when it counted most in the fourth quarter took advantage of fatigue on the part of TBB Trier. 'I thought that we played solid defense all night. We kept Wood in check for the most part, but Frankfurt did a good job getting shots over Zirbes and making plays', stressed John Bynum. 'Frankfurt didnt always have an easy time. TBB Trier play very active defense and protect the paint well. They hedge very quick and their help side is good. They play defense like on a string', warned Christopher Copeland. 'They play very physical and we didnt get many easy lay ups on pick and roll. There was always a big guy stopping the middle', added Kimmo Muurinen. One might of thought that perhaps the suits that the players had worn at the gala the night before in Frankfurt for 'Basketball Macht Schule' might have been too tight on them and effected their play? 'My suit was not too tight on me. This was a tough weekend for us. I had to get a hair cut, get a suit and prepare for the game. However the team showed mental toughness again which we have shown all season long. TBB Trier was another challenge for us and I am not surprised that we pulled out this win', smiled DaShaun Wood. Frankfurt has four days to prepare for BBC Bayreuth. 'This game will be similar to TBB Trier. They are fighting to stay in the league. This will be another tough physical game that we will need to be ready for', warned Kimmo Muurinen. BBC Bayreuth host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on April 15th at 19:30.



Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Losing Tony Skinn Was A Huge Offensive Blow So I Feel I Have To Be A Little More Aggressive Offensively - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 94-55 win against MBC.

Congrats on the 94-55 win against MBC. After the tough Top 4 loss against Bamberg, how tough was it getting totally focused for MBC?


We had a little time to digest the loss in the cup finals so we were focused.

Braunschweig led from the first minutes and never looked back. Braunschweig limited MBC to 24 points at halftime. Do you think that the club stepped their defense up a notch from the Top 4?



I think so. I think our effort is better than it has been all season.

In the second half, Braunschweig was able to extend their lead. What was the strength of Braunschweig on this day besides top notch defense?


Our big men!

It seems like the team has grown a lot in the last weeks. Coach Sebastian Machowski got point production from 11 players. Where has this togetherness come from?


I think we just did a good job of moving the ball on Friday.

Germans Phillip Noch and Jusuf El Domiaty combined for 16 points in 21 minutes. Is it more self confidence or just positive support from the other players that seem to have helped them?

I think it is both. Both of those guys are very capable players and I am glad they were able to show a little of what they got.

You had another strong game with 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Is this the best basketball that you have been playing this season? Are you doing anything different in the last weeks?

I think I have just been scoring more. Losing Tony was a huge offensive blow for us so I feel like I have to be a little more aggressive offensively.

Andre Miller recently got his 7,000 assist to join 13 othe rplayer who have done that. When he retires one day what will you remember most from his game?


Just always being under control and being able to make plays.

The Morris twins from Kansas have entered the 2011 NBA draft. How hight will they be taken?


I didn't really get a chance to see them play.

Thanks for the chat Kev.



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Zvonko Buljan arrives for PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis
Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) is expected to arrive today in Thessaloniki and to sign for the team of PAOK Thessaloniki. Soulis Markopoulos after taking Dionte Christmas for the guards, he was looking for a player to help him near the basket after the departure of Lazaros Papadopoulos. The ten days that the championship was stopped gave the opportunity 'Dikefalos tou Vorra' to find Buljan.

The player started this season in Turkey in Bornova before to go to Cyprus for APOEL. In his last team in the local league had an average of 11.3 points and 7.7 rebounds.


A2 Round 22: Leader KAOD loses to Amyntas Dafnis - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked KAOD (20-2) recorded its second loss in Athens on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (10-12) in overtime 88-84. It ended at the same time the 19-game winning streak of KAOD. KAOD was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 10-14. Amyntas Dafnis made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 KAOD turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by KAOD helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) fired 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Fedonas Pagonis (197-85) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Amyntas Dafnis' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Vassili Kitsoulis (204-83) produced 24 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for lost side. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ermis Lagkada and AEK/Argous. KAOD at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Amyntas Dafnis is looking forward to face league's second-placed AGOR in Rethymno in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KAOD will play at home against Periko/Arhelaos in Perikos and is hoping to win this game.

Rest of the games of round 22 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
AEK/Argous defeated Near East in a road game 64-63. Lavrio was beaten by Panelefsiniakos at home 73-82. AGOR won against Pagrati on the opponent's court 67-58. Periko/Arhelaos managed to outperform Apollon Patras in a home game 69-67. Ermis Lagkada recorded a loss to Olimpiada on the road 72-66. Koroivos defeated Panerythraikos on its own court 81-70. Arkadikos was beaten by Ikaroi Serron in Serres 75-73.
The best stats of 22th round was 26 points and 11 rebounds by Nikos Pettas of Koroivos.


Near East - AEK/Argous 63-64

There was no surprise in Kesariani where 16th ranked Near East (4-18) was edged by tenth ranked AEK/Argous (10-12) 64-63 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Near East won third quarter 16-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when AEK/Argous won last quarter 19-20. Near East was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American-Icelandic guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Alkis Pappas (185-88, agency: FCM) produced 11 points and the former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) added 9 points respectively for lost side. Near East's coach Apostolis Hatzigiannakos tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. AEK/Argous moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ermis Lagkada and Amyntas Dafnis. Near East lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. AEK/Argous will face Koroivos (#15) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Near East will play against Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina.
Top scorers:
AEK/Argous: D.Lewis 23+7reb+1ast, A.Gizogiannis 16+15reb+3ast, G.Kopsaftis 15+5reb+2ast, G.Lappas 4, A.Raptis 2+1ast, I.Kartelo 2+6reb+2ast
Near East: M.Stanojevic 11, A.Pappas 11+3reb+3ast, N.Kapetzoglou 11+1reb, F.Moschovitis 9+3reb+2ast, E.Tomaras 8, A.Gribaviotis 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 98885


Lavrio - Panelefsiniakos 73-82

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Panelefsiniakos (13-9) defeated on the road 3rd ranked Lavrio (15-7) 82-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 47-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lavrio was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Giorgos Tirlas (198-80) fired 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Christos Deligiannis (204-84, agency: FCM) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Yiannis Kakiouzis (205-78) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panelefsiniakos have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Lavrio at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with seven games lost. Panelefsiniakos will face bottom-ranked Near East (#16) in Kesariani in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lavrio will play on the road against Olimpiada (#12) in Patras.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: G.Tirlas 22+8reb+2ast, C.Deligiannis 13+6reb+2ast, N.Kaklamanos 11+3reb, T.Nikou 10+2reb+8ast, M.Theos 8+7reb, P.Martzos 8+2reb
Lavrio: Y.Kakiouzis 18+10reb+1ast, N.Psileas 13+3reb+3ast, K.Paschalis 11+1reb, P.Michalis 10+4reb, C.Likogiannis 8+3reb, K.Sinnis 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 98886


Pagrati - AGOR 58-67

Very expected game in Athens where 13th ranked Pagrati (8-14) was defeated by second ranked AGOR (17-6) 67-58 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 25-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Guard Spyridon Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Nikos Voulgaris (193-78) produced 17 points and guard Giannis Dimakos (194-94) added 11 points respectively for lost side. AGOR have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-6 record having just two points less than leader KAOD. Loser Pagrati keeps the thirteenth place with 14 games lost. AGOR will face Amyntas Dafnis (#9) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pagrati will play on the road against Arkadikos (#6) in Arkadia.
Top scorers:
AGOR: S.Magounis 18+7reb+1ast, D.Latovic 17+10reb+1ast, G.Kiriakopoulos 9+1reb+1ast, A.Tsochlas 6+1reb+4ast, G.Koumoulos 6+3reb+2ast, G.Theodorakos 5+3reb+1ast
Pagrati: N.Voulgaris 17+2reb+1ast, G.Dimakos 11+3reb+1ast, T.Vardianos 9+1reb+2ast, C.Skouzis 5+3reb+3ast, C.Karavolas 5+1reb+2ast, S.Tzougarakis 5+2reb
gschID: 98881


Amyntas Dafnis - KAOD 88-84 OT

Top ranked KAOD (20-2) recorded its second loss in Athens on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (10-12) in overtime 88-84. It ended at the same time the 19-game winning streak of KAOD. KAOD was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 10-14s. Amyntas Dafnis made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 KAOD turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by KAOD helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) fired 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Fedonas Pagonis (197-85) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Amyntas Dafnis players scored in double figures. Amyntas Dafnis' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Vassili Kitsoulis (204-83) produced 24 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and Montenegrin center Ljubo Jovanovic (206-87) added 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ermis Lagkada and AEK/Argous. KAOD at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Amyntas Dafnis is looking forward to face league's second-placed AGOR in Rethymno in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KAOD will play at home against Periko/Arhelaos in Perikos and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: K.Vardavas 19+7reb+3ast, P.Koukounias 14+4reb, C.Vidalis 13+3ast, F.Pagonis 11+6reb+2ast, C.Barbas 8+2reb+1ast, B.Samothrakis 7+4reb+3ast
KAOD: V.Kitsoulis 24+9reb+2ast, L.Jovanovic 22+12reb, G.Sourlis 10+2reb+1ast, A.Tsamatos 9+6reb+1ast, I.Vukantinov 8+1reb, N.Katsares 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 98882


Periko/Arhelaos - Apollon Patras 69-67

There was a surprise result in Perikos where eleventh ranked Periko/Arhelaos (10-13) edged higher ranked Apollon Patras (11-11) 69-67 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Apollon Patras won fourth quarter 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-German center Urule Igbavboa (206-87, college: Valparaiso) fired 12 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Forward Antonis Sivorotka (203-85) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and swingman Giorgos Petropoulos (198-80) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Periko/Arhelaos maintains eleventh position with 10-13 record. Apollon Patras at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. Periko/Arhelaos will face league's leader KAOD in Dramas in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Periko/Arhelaos: U.Igbavboa 12+6reb+1ast, E.Jeromanovs 12+1reb+2ast, G.Rodostoglou 11+2reb+2ast, A.Sivorotka 9+5reb+1ast, G.Papachristos 9+5reb+1ast, P.Nanis 9+5reb
Apollon Patras: D.Pantelic 21+12reb+1ast, G.Petropoulos 14+1reb+1ast, Z.Milovic 9+3reb+2ast, G.Lianos 9+2reb+3ast, A.Koronidis 8+1reb+3ast, Y.Psathas 4+2reb
gschID: 98883


Olimpiada - Ermis Lagkada 72-66

There was an upset in Patras where higher ranked Ermis Lagkada (10-12) was defeated by fourteenth ranked Olimpiada (9-13) 72-66 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Olimpiada made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Guard Nikos Makris (188-79) fired 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Four Olimpiada players scored in double figures. Forward Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-80, agency: FCM) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and forward Stratos Nisiotis (203-78) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Olimpiada moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Ermis Lagkada keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Olimpiada will face higher ranked Lavrio (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Olimpiada: S.Veskoukis 19+3reb+2ast, K.Tsotsos 15+7reb+1ast, N.Makris 15+7reb+6ast, A.Koutroulias 12+12reb+1ast, K.Aktipis 5+4reb+1ast, G.Dimitriou 4+2reb
Ermis Lagkada: A.Panagiotopoulos 22+6reb+2ast, S.Nisiotis 12+7reb+1ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 10+1reb+1ast, K.Troulialis 9+2reb+2ast, H.Plioukas 7+2reb+2ast, N.Gamouras 6+11reb+1ast
gschID: 98884


Koroivos - Panerythraikos 81-70

There was a small surprise when fifteenth ranked Koroivos (6-16) won against at home 12th ranked Panerythraikos (8-14) 81-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Koroivos. Panerythraikos was better in second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Panerythraikos was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Serbian forward Predrag Kosanovic (203-76, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Koroivos players scored in double figures. Cypriot guard Andreas Sizopoulos (189-83) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and Latvian forward Maris Laksa (207-81, college: Providence, agency: Court Side) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Koroivos maintains fifteenth position with 6-16 record. Panerythraikos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the thirteenth place with 14 games lost. Koroivos will face higher ranked AEK/Argous (#10) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: N.Pettas 26+11reb+3ast, P.Kosanovic 16+6reb, T.Dimitriadis 13+3reb+6ast, V.Xiouras 11+3reb+2ast, T.Ifantis 5, A.Bekris 5+1ast
Panerythraikos: A.Sizopoulos 19+6reb+1ast, M.Laksa 13+4reb+1ast, N.Pritsos 11+1ast, N.Kourtis 9+3reb, T.Straganiotis 8+2reb+2ast, S.Kontoudis 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98879


Ikaroi Serron - Arkadikos 75-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Arkadikos' (12-10) road loss to fourth ranked Ikaroi Serron (14-8) 73-75 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Ikaroi Serron especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Arkadikos was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) fired 26 points for the winners. Guard Savvas Kaberidis (187-78) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Ikaroi Serron's coach Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Miron Papadakis (183-88) produced 14 points and 4 assists and forward Giannis Prodromou (196-87) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Arkadikos players scored in double figures. Ikaroi Serron maintains fourth position with 14-8 record. Loser Arkadikos dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. Ikaroi Serron will face Panerythraikos (#14) in New Eritrea in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Arkadikos will play at home against Pagrati (#13) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: K.Totsios 26+4reb+2ast, S.Kaberidis 16+4reb+5ast, T.Topouzis 10+6reb+2ast, K.Kakaroudis 9+3reb, K.Pehlivanis 9+2reb, G.Koukas 3+1reb+1ast
Arkadikos: G.Mprozos 15+3reb+2ast, S.Gizogiannis 15+2reb, M.Papadakis 14+3reb+4ast, G.Prodromou 14+5reb+1ast, V.Giannoulakos 8+7reb, N.Kokkalis 5+2reb+5ast


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Yiannis KAKIOUZIS
  Lavrio
  (205-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Kakiouzis, Lavrio19.1 
 2. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.16.6 
 3. Koutroulias, Olimp.16.5 
 4. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.5 
 5. Argyropoylos, Apollo.16.3 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lavrio15.9 
 7. Koupidis, Near East15.8 
 8. Kaklamanos, Panele.15.7 
 9. Michalos, Pagrati15.5 
 10. Vasilopoulos, Pagrati15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Apostolos KOUTROULIAS
  Olimpiada
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Koutroulias, Olimp.8.9 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.8.6 
 3. Latovic, AGOR8.2 
 4. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.8.1 
 5. Macheras, Pagrati7.8 
 6. Kartelo, AE.7.8 
 7. Jovanovic, KAOD7.5 
 8. Amato, Near East7.3 
 9. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.0 
 10. Kakiouzis, Lavrio7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.5 
 2. Katsares, KAOD5.0 
 3. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.8 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.8 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lavrio4.2 
 6. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR4.2 
 7. Makris, Olimpiada4.0 
 8. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada3.9 
 9. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.7 
 10. Apostolopoul., Koroi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  KAOD
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Katsares, KAOD2.4 
 2. Makris, Olimpiada2.0 
 3. Michalos, Pagrati1.9 
 4. Pettas, Koroivos1.9 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.8 
 6. Nikou, Panelefs.1.6 
 7. Pappas, Near East1.5 
 8. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.4 
 9. Koumoulos, AGOR1.4 
 10. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Djordje PANTELIC
  Apollon Patras
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Pantelic, Apollo.1.9 
 2. Kartelo, AE.1.7 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.5 
 4. Kasabalis, AE.1.4 
 5. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 6. Margaritis, KAOD0.8 
 7. Psathas, Apollon .0.7 
 8. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 
 9. Papachristos, Periko.0.7 
 10. Amato, Near East0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. KAOD 20-2 
 2. AGOR 17-6 
 3. Lavrio 15-7 
 4. Ikaroi Serron 14-8 
 5. Panelefsiniakos 13-9 
 6. Arkadikos 12-10 
 7. Apollon Patras 11-11 
 8. Ermis Lagkada 10-12 
 9. Amyntas Dafnis 10-12 
 10. AEK/Argous 10-12 
 11. Periko/Arhelaos 10-13 
 12. Olimpiada 9-13 
 13. Pagrati 8-14 
 14. Panerythraikos 8-14 
 15. Koroivos 6-16 
 16. Near East 4-18 


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Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 29-6 
 2. ZZ Leiden 29-6 
 3. Eiffel Towers 25-10 
 4. Magixx 22-13 
 5. Giants 16-19 
 6. BS Weert 16-19 
 7. DeFriesland 16-19 
 8. ABC 12-23 
 9. Landstede 9-26 
 10. Rotterdam 1-34 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.1 
 2. Blue, Giants16.4 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.5 
 4. Mills, Eiffel Towers14.9 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants14.9 
 6. Laing, Magixx14.8 
 7. Tiedeman, Giants14.7 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.6 
 9. Borha, Landstede14.5 
 10. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.7 
 2. McDermott, Magixx10.0 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.6 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.7 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.6 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.4 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra8.0 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert7.8 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.2 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.9 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.1 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.8 
 5. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 6. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.4 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra3.4 
 8. Williams, DeFriesland3.3 
 9. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jason DOURISSEAU
  GasTerra
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 2. Turner, Eiffel T.2.3 
 3. Taylor, Magixx2.2 
 4. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 5. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 6. Stokes, BS Weert2.1 
 7. McDermott, Magixx2.1 
 8. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 9. Bostain, GasTerra2.0 
 10. Ellis, GasTerra2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.9 
 6. Hulzebos, Landstede0.9 
 7. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 8. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 10. Haryasz, GasTerra0.8 


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jara DOYNE
  Falco-Szova
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Doyne, Falco-Szova22.5 
 2. El-Amin, PVSK P.22.3 
 3. Bell, Kormend22.0 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 5. Townes, Soproni19.5 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.4 
 7. Mekongo, FS Debre.19.3 
 8. Rubin, Szedeak19.3 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.19.2 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Townes, Soproni11.2 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu10.9 
 3. Jones, Albacomp9.5 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari9.1 
 5. Cunningham, Kapos.8.9 
 6. Egemonye, PVSK P.8.8 
 7. Bell, Kormend8.3 
 8. Szabo, Soproni8.3 
 9. Bader, Szolnok8.3 
 10. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Khimik
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok6.5 
 3. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 4. Kelley, Soproni6.1 
 5. Simon, Albacomp6.0 
 6. Rodgers, Salgotar.5.8 
 7. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.8 
 8. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 9. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.1 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.0 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.7 
 5. Werner, Kaposvari2.6 
 6. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok2.5 
 8. Rodgers, Salgotar.2.4 
 9. Kaman, ZTE K.2.3 
 10. Singletary, FS Debre.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.3 
 2. Townes, Soproni1.9 
 3. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.3 
 4. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.1 
 6. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.0.9 
 7. Keller, Albacomp0.8 
 8. Langford, FS Debre.0.8 
 9. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.8 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu0.7 


Division A Quarterfinals: First games - by Eurobasket News
First games of the Playoff Quarterfinals were played yesterday (best-of-five). Second games are scheduled for Tuesday.

Kormend - Kecskemeti 72-58 (1-0)

It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Kormend's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-15 extending their advantage to 14 points. They also forced 19 Kecskemeti turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) who helped to win the game recording 32 points. The former international guard Istvan Nemeth (190-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) contributed with 14 points for the winners. The former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) answered with 14 points and 7 assists and international power forward Milan Csorvasi (209-88, college: High School, agency: FCM) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kecskemeti. Kecskemeti's coach Stojan Ivkovic rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Kormend: R.Bell 32+4reb+2ast, I.Nemeth 14+2reb+3ast, A.Rujak 7+6reb+4ast, G.Hegedus 7+3reb, G.David 5+3reb, E.Dies 5+6reb
Kecskemeti: K.Wittmann 14+1reb+7ast, I.Siriscevic 11+4reb, M.Csorvasi 10+5reb, G.Cseh 9+4reb, G.Denes 8+4reb+2ast, Z.Bencze 4+5reb
gschID: 126221


Albacomp - Falco-Szova 92-64 (1-0)
The game was mostly controlled by Albacomp. Falco-Szova was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Albacomp outrebounded Falco-Szova 35-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. Falco-Szova was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Adam Hanga (201-89, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Balazs Simon (188-80, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 assists for the winners. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. American forward Charles Gosa (202-77, college: N.Mexico St.) answered with 8 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Laszlo Simon (193-86) added 13 points in the effort for Falco-Szova. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: A.Hanga 21+6reb+2ast, T.Crocker 16+3reb+1ast, J.Jones 16+4reb+1ast, B.Simon 14+2reb+10ast, A.Madar 8+1ast, D.Hollis 7+2reb
Falco-Szova: L.Simon 13+2reb+1ast, M.Aliakseyeu 10+4reb, J.Doyne 9+1reb+1ast, C.Gosa 8+7reb+2ast, P.Hajmasy 8+1reb+1ast, T.Harazin 4+1reb
gschID: 126222


Atomeromu - ZTE KK 67-88 (0-1)
The game was mostly controlled by ZTE KK. Atomeromu managed to win third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Atomeromu 38-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. The former international swingman Tamas Kaman (200-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) fired 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman David Gaspar (193-82) chipped in 12 points and 8 assists. American power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) produced 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Ian Johnson (205-84, college: Davidson) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: T.Kaman 19+9reb+5ast, G.Toth 17+4reb+2ast, A.Toth 14+5reb+2ast, D.Gaspar 12+3reb+8ast, G.Baki 9+8reb, A.Vertetics 9+4reb+2ast
Atomeromu: B.Sales 18+9reb+4ast, A.Kovacs 14+2reb+3ast, I.Johnson 13+9reb, J.Hodges 11+1reb+4ast, D.Vojvoda 5+4reb+2ast, J.Pavlik 4+2ast
gschID: 126223


Szolnok - PVSK Pannon 97-68 (1-0)
The game was mostly controlled by Szolnok. PVSK Pannon was better in second period 25-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Szolnok dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to PVSK Pannon's 34. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by PVSK Pannon's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. The former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) contributed with 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Szolnok's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) answered with 29 points and Croatian guard Josip Glavinic (192-82) added 8 points and 5 assists in the effort for PVSK Pannon.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: O.Trotter 21+10reb+12ast, M.Bader 18+4reb+1ast, M.Fodor 13+1reb+3ast, A.Horvath 12+2reb+3ast, Z.Trepak 9+4reb+1ast, I.Clark 7+7reb+2ast
PVSK Pannon: M.El-Amin 29+2reb+3ast, A.Deak 9+3reb+1ast, J.Glavinic 8+1reb+5ast, B.Egemonye 7+5reb, P.Kovacs 5+2reb+2ast, B.Szoke 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 126220




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  IBL   


IBL's Olympia Reign ready for 2011 season - by Trask Frost
Steve Smothers is returning for his second year as Head Coach of the Olympia Reign. In his first year he led the Reign to a 17-6 record. Coach Steve Smothers has coached on the Pro-am circuit for several years and is known as a 'players coach' with not only a tremendous passion for coaching, but mentoring young men. The Olympia Reign will be heading into their second season and will play eleven home games. Home games will be played at Evergreen State College with games against various IBL teams including the defending IBL Champions Albany Legends, Bellingham Slam and Kankakee (Illinois) Soldiers.

The Olympia Reign 2011 roster so far:

Point guard Nate Menefee, played college basketball at Evergreen State College where he was a 3 time NAIA All American, in his rookie season in the IBL (2010), Nate led the IBL in scoring with 28.6 pts per game. Nate is currently playing overseas in Portugal.

Nick Moore (6' 7'') Evergreen State College (2010 IBL All Star)

Mike Ward (6' 4) Evergreen State College, (2010 IBL All Star)

Gio Woods (6' 3') Central Washington University, currently playing overseas in Spain

Virgil Matthews (6' 2') Montana University, currently playing overseas in Germany (2010 IBL All Star)

Framecio Little (6' 6') Washington State University

Also, returning to the team is Marcus Whittaker, (6' 4') G-F Evergreen State College and returning from injury is Bill Richardson (6' 8') F, Saint Martin's University.

The Olympia Reign team will tip off the 2011 season on Saturday April 23rd at the Bellingham Slam. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Whatcom Pavilion in Bellingham, Washington.

For more information about the Olympia team, contact Olympia Reign Head Coach Steve Smothers at (phone) 360-250-9881.

For more information on the IBL, visit the IBL web site- www.iblhoopsonline.com


IBL's Gary Splash announces 2011 roster - by Trask Frost
Coach Jay Bradford of the Gary Splash announces his 2011 IBL season roster:

Dunbar, Peter
6'2 185 Guard Indiana University-NW
Howard Jr., Raynaldo 6'0 180 Guard Judson University
Eldridge, Robert 6'2 207 Guard Florida Southern College
White Jr., Kevin 6'3 190 Guard Jackson State Univ
Jackson, TJ 6'4 200 Guard Southwest Oklahoma Univ
Rankin, Marquis 6'5 190 Guard Lakeland College
Jackson, Marcus L. 6'5 210 Forward Benedictine University
Wesby, Christopher 6'9 220 Forward IU South Bend
Smith, Sean 6'6 210 Forward Northern Illinois University
Zimmer, Andrew J. 6'7 215 Forward Wabash College
Booyer, James 6'8 220 Forward Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ Indianapolis
Walker, BJ 6'10 245 Center Oklahoma City

For more information about the IBL, visit the web site- www.IBLhoopsonline.com


IBL's Vancouver Volcanoes tip off season on April 29th - by Trask Frost
Vancouver Volcanoes Head Coach/General Manager Bryan Hunter is entering his 5th season with the Vancouver Volcanoes. Hunter will be bringing back several 2010 IBL All Stars as the team came up just one game short of reaching the IBL championship game in 2010. The Volcanoes had one of their most successful seasons in the IBL and look to rebound in the 2011 season. The current Vancouver Volcanoes roster for the 2011 season is as follows:

Alex Hartman (6' 7')- Concordia University
Porter Troupe (6' 5')- University of Portland
Cliff White (6' 4')- Cascade College
Kevin 'Pip' Bloodshaw (6' 5')- University of Ozarks- Arkansas
Brad Lechtenberg (6' 2')- University of San Diego
Andre Murray (6' 2')- Portland State
Kevin Tyner (6' 1') Western Oregon
Bryson McKenzie (6' 11') Northern Illinois

The Vancouver Volcanoes tip off for the 2011 season is an away game at 7pm- on Friday April 29th at Whatcom Pavilion against the Bellingham Slam. The Volcanoes return the very next night, at home on April 30th to rematch with this same Bellingham Slam team (this home opener is at Clark College at 7pm on Saturday April 30th).

For more information about the Vancouver Volcanoes, contact Coach Bryan Hunter at (ph) 360-719-7163.

For more information on the IBL, visit the IBL web site www.iblhoopsonline.com


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Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 21-2 
 2. Bennet Cantu 19-6 
 3. Armani MI 18-6 
 4. Benetton TV 13-12 
 5. Air AV 12-13 
 6. CS Bologna 12-13 
 7. Cimberio VA 12-13 
 8. Lottomatica 12-13 
 9. Pepsi Caserta 12-13 
 10. Scavolini PS 11-14 
 11. Dinamo Sassari 11-14 
 12. Vanoli CR 11-14 
 13. Fabi Shoes 10-15 
 14. Angelico BI 9-16 
 15. Banca Tercas 8-17 
 16. Enel Brindisi 7-17 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.2 
 2. Thomas, Air AV18.3 
 3. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.3 
 4. Roberson, Enel B.16.1 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.15.8 
 6. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.14.9 
 8. Goss, Cimberio VA14.8 
 9. Troutman, Air AV14.6 
 10. Diawara, Enel B.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.3 
 2. Davis, Banca Tercas8.5 
 3. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 4. Jones, Pepsi C.8.2 
 5. Homan, CS Bologna8.1 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.0 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.9 
 8. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.4 
 9. Suton, Angelico BI7.4 
 10. Sekulic, Vanoli CR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Green, Air AV6.8 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.7 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.4 
 4. Collins, Scavolin.3.9 
 5. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.9 
 6. Goss, Cimberio VA3.8 
 7. Green, Bennet Cantu3.7 
 8. Zoroski, Banca T.3.7 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.5 
 10. Rannikko, Cimberio.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.1 
 2. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 3. Green, Air AV2.7 
 4. Thomas, Air AV2.7 
 5. Stonerook, Montepas.2.6 
 6. Hawkins, Armani MI2.5 
 7. White, Dinamo Sassari2.5 
 8. Goss, Cimberio VA2.5 
 9. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 10. Ortner, Bennet C.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.2 
 2. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 3. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.2 
 4. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.2 
 5. Polonara, Banca T.1.0 
 6. Szewczyk, Air AV1.0 
 7. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.0 
 8. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 9. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 
 10. Homan, CS Bologna0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola22.8 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona21.0 
 3. Robinson, Trenkwal.20.3 
 4. Jackson, Prima Veroli19.7 
 5. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 6. Goldwire, Forli19.3 
 7. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 8. Forte, Tuscany PT18.8 
 9. Clark, Umana Reyer18.6 
 10. Marigney, Assigeco18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Limoges
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.0 
 3. Filloy, Immobili.9.0 
 4. Dickens, San Severo8.9 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.3 
 6. Lollis, Immobili.8.0 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.0 
 8. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
 9. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 10. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio PORTA
  Tezenis Verona
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Porta, Tezenis .5.1 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona5.0 
 3. Goldwire, Forli4.8 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer3.9 
 5. Mathis, Snaidero.3.8 
 6. Marigney, Assigeco3.8 
 7. Hickman, Fastw.3.8 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola3.7 
 9. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
 10. Forte, Tuscany PT3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Limoges
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 2. Roderick, Immobi.2.9 
 3. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.8 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.6 
 5. Hunter, Sunrise .2.5 
 6. Piazza, Immobili.2.5 
 7. Filloy, Immobili.2.5 
 8. Cerella, Assigeco2.5 
 9. Whiting, Aget Imola2.4 
 10. Davis, Sunrise .2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.8 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.2 
 4. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 5. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 6. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 7. Boykin, Assigeco0.7 
 8. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 9. Ezugwu, Assigeco0.7 
 10. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 


Lega2 Round 27: Fastweb CM is a new leader - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Lega2 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. Very exciting round. It does not happen too often that three games need overtime in just one round. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Fastweb CM as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Fastweb CM defeated 4th placed Snaidero Udine in Casale 89-76. The game was mostly controlled by Fastweb CM. Snaidero Udine managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fastweb CM made 34-of-40 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game, while Snaidero Udine only scored eighteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Snaidero Udine 33-20 including 21 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Snaidero Udine helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro) who scored 22 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Fastweb CM's coach Marco Crespi used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) who recorded 18 points. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Umana Reyer. Snaidero Udine at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Sunrise Scafati. Snaidero Udine will play next round against strong Umana Venezia trying to get back on the winning streak. Fastweb CM will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Tezenis Verona at home.
Top ranked Umana Venezia (19-8) recorded its eighth loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by fourteenth ranked Trenkwalder RE (10-17) 72-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Umana Venezia. It was a good game for American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. Rodolfo Valenti contributed with 9 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Alvin Young (189-75, college: Niagara) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds for Umana Venezia. Umana Venezia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Tezenis Verona and Assigeco. Umana Venezia at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They share it with Fastweb CM. Trenkwalder RE will play against higher ranked Immobiliare SR (#6) in Rimini in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Umana Venezia will play on the road against Snaidero Udine (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Sunrise Scafati (17-10) against fifth ranked Sigma Barcellona (18-9) on Sunday night. Visiting Sunrise Scafati was crushed by Sigma Barcellona in Barcellona 86-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sunrise Scafati. It was a great evening for Michael Hicks who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. The best for the losing side was Ronald Davis with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Sigma Barcellona moved-up to third place. Loser Sunrise Scafati dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Snaidero UD. Sigma Barcellona will meet Assigeco BPL (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sunrise Scafati will play against Prima Veroli (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Eleventh-ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (11-16) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Prima Veroli (16-11). Prima Veroli managed to secure only one-point victory 63-62. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for David Brkic who led the winners and scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Prima Veroli have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Immobiliare SR. Naturhouse Ferrara at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Prima Veroli's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sunrise Scafati (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Naturhouse Ferrara will play against MarcoPoloShop.it (#15) in Forli and be promoted back to the SerieA just one year after relegation.
Important game to mention about took place in Rimini. Thirteenth ranked Assigeco BPL (10-17) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Immobiliare SR (16-11) 74-72 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The best player for the winners was Paul Marigney who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Assigeco BPL moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Trenkwalder and Tezenis Verona. Loser Immobiliare SR keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Assigeco BPL will face higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 27 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked San Severo was crushed by Tezenis Verona in a road game 85-64. Forli beat Tuscany PT at home 86-84. Fileni BPA lost to Aget Imola on the opponent's court 67-82.
The best stats of 27th round was 20 points and 5 rebounds by Kieron Achara of Barcellona.


Tezenis Verona - San Severo 85-64

There was no surprise when 16th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (6-21) was crushed on the road by thirteenth ranked Tezenis Verona (10-17) 85-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. Tezenis Verona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mazzeo San Severo to just 7 points in second quarter. Tezenis Verona dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Mazzeo San Severo's 18 and made 22-of-23 free shots (95.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Mazzeo San Severo 40-29 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Mazzeo San Severo was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was international power forward Andrea Renzi (208-89, agency: Players Group) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Five Tezenis Verona players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Randolph Childress (190-72, college: Wake Forest) who recorded 13 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Fabio Zanelli (196-76) added 17 points respectively. Tezenis Verona moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Trenkwalder and Assigeco. Mazzeo San Severo lost fifth consecutive game. Mazzeo San Severo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 21 games lost. Tezenis Verona will face league's leader Fastweb CM in Casale in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mazzeo San Severo will play at home against Fileni BPA (#9) in Jesi.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: A.Renzi 19+10reb, F.Bellina 18+6reb+1ast, M.Jurevicus 13+8reb+1ast, A.Porta 12+5reb+10ast, J.Trepagnier 12+4reb, M.Taylor 6+3reb+2ast
San Severo: F.Zanelli 17+2ast, M.Ferri 14+2reb+1ast, R.Childress 13+5reb+1ast, R.Stefanov 7+5reb+1ast, L.Ianes 6+6reb, D.Kaniel 5
gschID: 95994


Forli - Tuscany PT 86-84

There was a surprise result in Forli where fifteenth ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (9-18) edged higher ranked Tuscany Pistoia (12-15) 86-84 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tuscany Pistoia won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Leemire Goldwire (180-84, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and guard Joseph Forte (193-81, college: N.Carolina, agency: JEMsports) added 25 points and 4 assists respectively. Five MarcoPoloShop.it and four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. MarcoPoloShop.it have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted MarcoPoloShop.it maintains fifteenth place with 9-18 record. Loser Tuscany Pistoia keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. MarcoPoloShop.it will face higher ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Forli: L.Goldwire 20+2reb+6ast, B.Jones 19+8reb+1ast, M.Nardi 17+1reb+8ast, S.Huff 10+7reb+3ast, S.Borsato 10+2reb, M.Poletti 8+4reb
Tuscany PT: J.Forte 25+4reb+4ast, J.Varnado 22+12reb, A.Filloy 14+3reb+4ast, G.Fucka 12+5reb, J.Porzingis 7+3reb, S.Berti 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 95990


Barcellona - Sunrise Scafati 86-65

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Sunrise Scafati (17-10) against fifth ranked Sigma Barcellona (18-9) on Sunday night. Visiting Sunrise Scafati was crushed by Sigma Barcellona in Barcellona 86-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sunrise Scafati. The game was mostly controlled by Sigma Barcellona. Sunrise Scafati managed to win second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sigma Barcellona forced 20 Sunrise Scafati turnovers and had a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for Panamanian guard Michael Hicks (193-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Scottish-Nigerian power forward Kieron Achara (208-83, college: Duquesne) helped adding 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four Sigma Barcellona players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Ronald Davis (190-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Swedish guard Mats Levin (188-77) scored 16 points and 5 assists. Sigma Barcellona moved-up to third place. Loser Sunrise Scafati dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Snaidero UD. Sigma Barcellona will meet Assigeco BPL (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sunrise Scafati will play against Prima Veroli (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: K.Achara 20+5reb+1ast, M.Hicks 19+10reb+5ast, A.Ghiacci 13+8reb+2ast, R.Bucci 10+1ast, J.Crispin 9+2reb+7ast, G.Sorrentino 7+1reb+2ast
Sunrise Scafati: R.Davis 19+8reb, M.Levin 16+1reb+5ast, N.Radulovic 9+7reb+3ast, P.Baldassarre 9+2reb, J.Hunter 7+3ast, M.Casini 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 95991


Immobiliare SR - Assigeco 72-74

Important game to mention about took place in Rimini. Thirteenth ranked Assigeco BPL (10-17) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Immobiliare SR (16-11) 74-72 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Assigeco BPL made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Immobiliare SR was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian-Greek forward Dusan Vukcevic (201-75, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 22 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Assigeco BPL moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Trenkwalder and Tezenis Verona. Loser Immobiliare SR keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Assigeco BPL will face higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Assigeco: P.Marigney 19+10reb+6ast, A.Simoncelli 19+2reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 9+4reb, R.Boykin 9+10reb+1ast, M.Bertolazzi 8+6reb+1ast, D.Banti 6+3reb+1ast
Immobiliare SR: D.Vukcevic 22+5reb+1ast, D.Filloy 16+7reb+2ast, F.Foiera 12+6reb, G.Tomassini 8+1ast, A.Piazza 7+4reb+3ast, T.Roderick 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 95992


Aget Imola - Fileni BPA 82-67

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Fileni BPA (13-14) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Aget Imola (13-14) 82-67 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Aget Imola. Fileni BPA was better in second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Davide Bruttini (203-87) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) chipped in 16 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Aget Imola players scored in double figures. Aget Imola's coach Maurizio Lasi used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) who recorded 24 points and Slovenian forward Marko Tusek (203-75, agency: Alti Sport) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Aget Imola moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Fileni BPA. Aget Imola will face Tuscany Pistoia (#10) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Aget Imola: D.Bruttini 21+6reb+2ast, F.Masoni 17+2reb+3ast, T.Whiting 16+4reb+5ast, P.Prato 11+4reb+6ast, M.Ringstrom 5+4reb, Y.Moreno 5+2ast
Fileni BPA: M.Maggioli 24+4reb+2ast, M.Nocedal 17+6reb, M.Tusek 15+11reb+3ast, F.Migliori 8+4reb+3ast, M.Rossi 3+2reb+2ast, L.Pirani 0
gschID: 95993


Prima Veroli - N.Ferrara 63-62

Eleventh-ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (11-16) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Prima Veroli (16-11). Prima Veroli managed to secure only one-point victory 63-62. However their fans expected much easier game. Naturhouse Ferrara was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 19-14 third quarter run of Prima Veroli. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. American guard James Penn (178-77, college: Ohio St.) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. The former international power forward Matteo Canavesi (204-86) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Finnish power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) added 9 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Naturhouse Ferrara in the defeat. Prima Veroli have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Immobiliare SR. Naturhouse Ferrara at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Prima Veroli's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sunrise Scafati (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Naturhouse Ferrara will play against MarcoPoloShop.it (#15) in Forli and be promoted back to the SerieA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: J.Penn 14+2reb+2ast, I.Gatto 12, D.Brkic 12+8reb, J.Jackson 10+5reb+2ast, A.Kavaliauskas 8+6reb+2ast, G.Rosselli 7+5reb+2ast
N.Ferrara: M.Canavesi 15+10reb, R.Hoover 15+1reb+4ast, K.Ndoja 10+2reb, T.Kotti 9+12reb+1ast, D.Farabello 5+3reb+4ast, H.Gamal 5+2reb
gschID: 95987


Umana Reyer - Trenkwalder 68-72

Top ranked Umana Venezia (19-8) recorded its eighth loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by fourteenth ranked Trenkwalder RE (10-17) 72-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Umana Venezia. It looked good early as Umana Venezia took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Trenkwalder RE had a 12-4 second period charge getting the lead and Umana Venezia was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-72. Trenkwalder RE dominated on the defensive end, holding Umana Venezia to just 4 points in second quarter. They made 26-of-32 charity shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Trenkwalder RE forced 20 Umana Venezia turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. The former international forward Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) contributed with 9 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Alvin Young (189-75, college: Niagara) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Umana Venezia. Umana Venezia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Tezenis Verona and Assigeco. Umana Venezia at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They share it with Fastweb CM. Trenkwalder RE will play against higher ranked Immobiliare SR (#6) in Rimini in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Umana Venezia will play on the road against Snaidero Udine (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: D.Robinson 23+4reb+2ast, G.Pini 9+5reb, D.Slanina 9+2reb, R.Valenti 9+5reb+2ast, T.Bell 8+3reb, M.Frassineti 8+4reb
Umana Reyer: A.Young 23+5reb+1ast, T.Slay 17+6reb+3ast, M.Allegretti 14+4reb, K.Clark 6+3reb+2ast, S.Bryan 5+9reb, C.Di Giuliomaria 2+5reb
gschID: 95988


Fastweb CM - Snaidero UD 89-76

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Fastweb CM as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Fastweb CM defeated 4th placed Snaidero Udine in Casale 89-76. The game was mostly controlled by Fastweb CM. Snaidero Udine managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fastweb CM made 34-of-40 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game, while Snaidero Udine only scored eighteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Snaidero Udine 33-20 including 21 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Snaidero Udine helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro) who scored 22 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Fastweb CM's coach Marco Crespi used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) who recorded 18 points and Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) added 16 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Umana Reyer. Snaidero Udine at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Sunrise Scafati. Snaidero Udine will play next round against strong Umana Venezia trying to get back on the winning streak. Fastweb CM will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Tezenis Verona at home.
Top scorers:
Fastweb CM: R.Hickman 22+5reb+7ast, D.Taylor 19+5reb+1ast, G.Ferrero 10, D.Chiotti 10+8reb+1ast, T.Fantoni 10+2reb, M.Malaventura 7
Snaidero UD: C.Cotis Harrison 18+3reb+1ast, G.Lee 16+2reb+1ast, J.Williams 12+5reb+1ast, T.Rinaldi 11+1reb+2ast, D.Mathis 9+3reb+5ast, D.Pascolo 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 95989




SerieA Round 25: Bennet Cantu defeats Enel Brindisi in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

Fifteenth-ranked Enel Brindisi (7-17) gave a tough game to second ranked Bennet Cantu (19-6) on Sunday. The visitors from Cantu managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Enel Brindisi was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American guard Mike Green (185-G-85, college: Butler) stepped up and scored 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners and his fellow American import forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Anthony Roberson (188-83, college: Florida) responded with 21 points. Bennet Cantu have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-6 record having just 0 points less than leader Montepaschi. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Bennet Cantu are looking forward to face Angelico Biella (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Enel Brindisi will play against Banca Tercas in Teramo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Banca Tercas managed to get a eighth victory. This time they won against sixth-ranked Cimberio Varese in Teramo 81-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Cimberio Varese. American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) nailed 17 points and 4 assists (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) for the winning side and Josh Davis accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) came up with 17 points for Cimberio Varese in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Banca Tercas (8-17) moved-up to fifteenth place. Cimberio Varese at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Banca Tercas will play against bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi (#16) on the road in the next round. Cimberio Varese will play against Armani Milano (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (21-2) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat tenth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (11-14) 72-66. Marko Jaric fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Daniel Hackett produced 17 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Montepaschi Siena. Defending champion maintains first place with 21-2 record. Loser Scavolini Pesaro keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Dinamo Sassari and Vanoli CR. Montepaschi Siena will meet Armani Milano (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Cremona where higher ranked Air Avellino (12-13) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Vanoli-Braga (11-14) 89-78. Worth to mention a great performance of Je'Kel Foster who helped to win the game recording 26 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Vanoli-Braga moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Scavolini PS and Dinamo Sassari. Air Avellino lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. Vanoli-Braga's next round opponent will be higher ranked CS Bologna (#6) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Air Avellino will play against Pepsi Caserta.
Sixth ranked Benetton Treviso (13-12) beat at home 10th ranked Dinamo Sassari (11-14) by 12 points 90-78, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Donatas Motiejunas stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Benetton Treviso's coach Jasmin Repesa used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Benetton Treviso. They moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Dinamo Sassari keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Benetton Treviso will face league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dinamo Sassari will play against Lottomatica Roma (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 25: Fabi Shoes lost to Pepsi Caserta on the opponent's court 70-77. Lottomatica managed to outperform Angelico BI in a home game 85-78. CS Bologna recorded a loss to Armani MI on the road 71-64.


Benetton TV - Dinamo Sassari 90-78

Sixth ranked Benetton Treviso (13-12) beat at home 10th ranked Dinamo Sassari (11-14) by 12 points 90-78, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Benetton Treviso. Dinamo Sassari was better in third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lithuanian center Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American swingman Devin Smith (196-81, college: Virginia) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Benetton Treviso's coach Jasmin Repesa used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and American guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) scored 21 points. Four Benetton Treviso and five Dinamo Sassari players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Benetton Treviso. They moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Dinamo Sassari keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Benetton Treviso will face league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dinamo Sassari will play against Lottomatica Roma (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: D.Smith 21+6reb, D.Motiejunas 20+6reb+1ast, A.Gentile 13+2reb+3ast, B.Skinner 12+6reb, H.Peric 10+1reb+1ast, S.Nicevic 6+3reb+2ast
Dinamo Sassari: J.White 21+3reb+2ast, O.Hunter 17+13reb+1ast, T.Diener 12+3reb+5ast, M.Vanuzzo 11+3reb, V.Plisnic 11+8reb, D.Tsaldaris 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 96225


Pepsi Caserta - Fabi Shoes 77-70

Very expected game when 13th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (10-15) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Pepsi Caserta (12-13) 77-70 on Sunday. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 25-17 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 70-77 at the end of the game. Pepsi Caserta outrebounded Fabi Shoes Montegranaro 38-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. American center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international guard Fabio Di Bella (187-78) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Pepsi Caserta moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Fabi Shoes Montegranaro keeps the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Pepsi Caserta will face Air Avellino (#5) at home in the next round. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#10).
Top scorers:
Pepsi Caserta: E.Ere 20+2reb, F.Di Bella 17+2reb+5ast, E.Williams 15+15reb+3ast, T.Bowers 9+5reb+1ast, J.Jones 8+6reb+3ast, M.Colussi 2+1reb
Fabi Shoes: S.Ford 16+6reb, D.Ivanov 12+5reb+1ast, A.Ray 11+1reb, S.Williams 9+3reb+3ast, A.Cinciarini 7+4reb+1ast, R.Toolson 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 96221


Vanoli CR - Air AV 89-78

An interesting game took place in Cremona where higher ranked Air Avellino (12-13) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Vanoli-Braga (11-14) 89-78. The game was mostly controlled by Vanoli-Braga. Air Avellino was better in second period 28-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vanoli-Braga made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Air Avellino turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Je'Kel Foster (191-83, college: Ohio St., agency: Lanshire Group) who helped to win the game recording 26 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). British-Ukrainian guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Air Avellino. Four Air Avellino players scored in double figures. Vanoli-Braga moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Scavolini PS and Dinamo Sassari. Air Avellino lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. Vanoli-Braga's next round opponent will be higher ranked CS Bologna (#6) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Air Avellino will play against Pepsi Caserta.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: J.Foster 26+4reb+1ast, M.Milic 17+3reb+3ast, A.Drozdov 15+9reb+3ast, L.D'Ercole 9+1ast, B.Sekulic 9+5reb+1ast, E.Rowland 8+5reb+4ast
Air AV: S.Szewczyk 18+6reb+2ast, O.Thomas 18+1reb+1ast, L.Johnson 17+13reb+1ast, D.Lauwers 11+2reb, M.Green 8+2reb+8ast, V.Spinelli 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 96222


Banca Tercas - Cimberio VA 81-76

Bottom-ranked Banca Tercas managed to get a eighth victory. This time they won against sixth-ranked Cimberio Varese in Teramo 81-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Cimberio Varese. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-16. But Cimberio Varese won second period 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Banca Tercas shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Cimberio Varese was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) nailed 17 points and 4 assists (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Josh Davis (203-80, college: Wyoming) accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four Banca Tercas players scored in double figures. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) came up with 17 points and center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Cimberio Varese in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Banca Tercas (8-17) moved-up to fifteenth place. Cimberio Varese at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Banca Tercas will play against bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi (#16) on the road in the next round. Cimberio Varese will play against Armani Milano (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: D.Diener 17+3reb+4ast, I.Zoroski 15+4reb+4ast, R.De La Fuente 15+3reb+2ast, J.Davis 12+10reb+2ast, G.Boscagin 6+2reb, K.Fletcher 6+6reb
Cimberio VA: P.Goss 17+3reb+3ast, A.Righetti 14+1reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 12+3reb+1ast, G.Galanda 8+1reb, D.Fajardo 8+12reb, K.Kangur 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 96223


Lottomatica - Angelico BI 85-78

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Lottomatica Roma (12-13) defeated at home 14th ranked Angelico Biella (9-16) 85-78 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-78. Angelico Biella was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. FYR Macedonian-American guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) stepped up and scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and French center Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Five Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. At the losing side Dominican guard Edgar Sosa (188-88, college: Louisville) responded with 17 points and American forward Marc Salyers (205-79, college: Samford) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Angelico Biella's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Angelico Biella keeps the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Lottomatica Roma will face Dinamo Sassari (#11) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Angelico Biella will play against the league's second-placed Bennet Cantu.
Top scorers:
Lottomatica: A.Traore 18+9reb, L.Datome 16+2reb+2ast, N.Gordic 14+1reb+2ast, V.Dasic 13+7reb+3ast, D.Washington 13+8reb+6ast, C.Smith 9+3reb+1ast
Angelico BI: E.Sosa 17+1reb+3ast, M.Soragna 12+3reb+1ast, M.Salyers 12+6reb+2ast, A.Slaughter 9+2reb, G.Jurak 9+6reb+1ast, M.Chessa 7+1reb
gschID: 96224


Scavolini PS - Montepaschi 66-72

SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (21-2) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat tenth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (11-14) 72-66. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Scavolini Pesaro won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. Serbian-Greek guard Marko Jaric (198-78) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Daniel Hackett (196-87, college: USC) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola, MD) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Montepaschi Siena. Defending champion maintains first place with 21-2 record. Loser Scavolini Pesaro keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Dinamo Sassari and Vanoli CR. Montepaschi Siena will meet Armani Milano (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: M.Jaric 17+5reb+1ast, D.Moss 15+4reb+1ast, P.Aradori 10+3reb+1ast, K.Lavrinovic 9+11reb+1ast, S.Stonerook 9+2reb+1ast, B.Lester McCalebb 5+2reb
Scavolini PS: D.Hackett 17+5reb, A.Collins 12+4reb+2ast, S.Flamini 10+1reb, G.Diaz 9+3reb+2ast, N.Melli 8+6reb, M.Almond 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 96218


Enel Brindisi - Bennet Cantu 71-73

Fifteenth-ranked Enel Brindisi (7-17) gave a tough game to second ranked Bennet Cantu (19-6) on Sunday. The visitors from Cantu managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Enel Brindisi was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) stepped up and scored 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners and his fellow American import forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Anthony Roberson (188-83, college: Florida) responded with 21 points and French-Ivorian forward Herve Toure (202-82, agency: ACMT) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bennet Cantu have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-6 record having just 0 points less than leader Montepaschi. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Bennet Cantu are looking forward to face Angelico Biella (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Enel Brindisi will play against Banca Tercas in Teramo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: M.Green 17+6reb+4ast, M.Leunen 15+6reb+1ast, M.Markoishvili 12, N.Mazzarino 11+4ast, B.Ortner 10+5reb+2ast, A.Urbutis 4+9reb
Enel Brindisi: A.Roberson 21+3reb+3ast, K.Lang 14+4reb, H.Toure 13+11reb+1ast, A.Giovacchini 10+2reb, Y.Diawara 6+4reb+1ast, B.Dixon 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 96219


Armani MI - CS Bologna 71-64

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked CS Bologna (12-13) was defeated on the road by third ranked Armani Milano (18-6) 71-64 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-18. But CS Bologna won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) stepped up and scored 23 points and 4 steals for the winners and American-Bulgarian guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, agency: 540 Sports) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama, agency: Priority Sports) scored 14 points. Four CS Bologna players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Armani Milano. They maintain third place with 18-6 record having just two points less than leader Montepaschi. CS Bologna lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. Armani Milano will face league's leader Montepaschi Siena at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. CS Bologna will play against Vanoli-Braga (#12) in Cremona.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: D.Hawkins 23+1reb+3ast, I.Jaaber 14+5reb+1ast, J.Maciulis 9+7reb+2ast, S.Mancinelli 7+4reb+4ast, B.Eze 6+7reb+1ast, O.Pecherov 4+4reb+1ast
CS Bologna: J.Homan 14+10reb, K.Winston 14+3reb+2ast, K.Rivers 13+3reb, D.Gailius 12+1reb+1ast, G.Poeta 8+3reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 2+5reb
gschID: 96220




Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Fastweb CM 19-8 
 2. Umana Reyer 19-8 
 3. Barcellona 18-9 
 4. Sunrise Scafati 17-10 
 5. Snaidero UD 17-10 
 6. Immobiliare SR 16-11 
 7. Prima Veroli 16-11 
 8. Aget Imola 13-14 
 9. Fileni BPA 13-14 
 10. Tuscany PT 12-15 
 11. N.Ferrara 11-16 
 12. Tezenis Verona 10-17 
 13. Assigeco 10-17 
 14. Trenkwalder 10-17 
 15. Forli 9-18 
 16. San Severo 6-21 


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Lietuvos Rytas edge Ventspils to claim Baltic League Bronze - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Ventspils 84:80

Lietuvos Rytas clinched the third position in the Baltic League Elite Division. They overcame Ventspils to step onto the podium. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) tallied 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort.
Jomantas and Bajramovic helped Lietuvos Rytas gain a 16:9 lead midway through the starting quarter. The margin grew at 9-point mark before three-pointers from Gulbis and Strelnieks cut the distance at 3 points after ten minutes 21:24. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) and Kuzminskas put the Latvian team in front at the start of the second quarter. But Lietuvos Rytas immediately answered with a 7:1 run to gain a 5-point lead. The Lithuanians stayed in front arriving at the interval up by 4 points 43:39. Rasic and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) gave Lietuvos Rytas an 11-point lead early in the third term. Bajramovic stretched the gap to 15 points soon. Ventspils replied with a 10:2 run to narrow the deficit. Strelnieks eventually capped the term with a three-pointer as Ventspils trailed by just eight points with one quarter remaining 62:70. The Latvian team stayed aggressive as they gradually clawed their way back into this one. Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) put the Latvian side ahead by one 77:76 with just over a minute to go. Bajramovic answered with four points in a row as Lietuvos Rytas regained control 80:77. Strelnieks hit just two out of his four free attempts in the dying seconds, while Rasic and Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) answered with two accurate shots each from the stripe to seal the victory for Lietuvos Rytas.
Jonas Valanciunas provided 16 points and 8 rebounds for Lietuvos Rytas. Steponas Babrauskas finished with 15 points in the win. Brandon Hunter replied with 19 points for Ventspils. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku nailed 18 points in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Kenan Bajramovic 20, Jonas Valanciunas 16, Steponas Babrauskas 15
Ventspils: Brandon Hunter 19, Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 18




Zalgiris clinch Mastercard BBL Elite division title - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris -VEF Riga 75:67

Zalgiris clinch Mastercard BBL Elite division title as the trophy remains with the Lithuanian team. Zalgiris added another BBL title after beating VEF Riga 75:67. Kaunas Sport Hall and almost 5000 fans saw an amazing Final Four celebrating the victory with the home side.
Zalgiris wasted little time at settling into their rhythm, quickly developing a 10 point lead. VEF Riga managed to reduce to 20:14 as Bertans closed the first period. Moreover TreVon Hughes (183-G-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) and Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) tied it at 20:20, but the Latvian side missed 0-10 run to leave the opponents at 20:30. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) was the last to score at the half sending the teams to the lockers for 40:35. TreVon Hughes made it 42:42, whilst another three-pointer from him and a dunk from Parahouski gave the guests 47:44 lead. Tyler Cain surprised the crowd with 55:53 at the end of third quarter as it became very hot at the court of Kaunas.
The fans continued to support their team until the very end and saw the final successful push. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) scored for 63:60 and Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) as well as Collins added for 71:64. Collins also made the last free throws for the final success.
Tadas Klimavicius paced all the winners with 15 points for the necessary win. Paulius Jankunas notched 12, while Brown added 9. TreVon Hughes finished the game with 16 points in the losing effort. Kristaps Janicenoks delivered 12, whilst Tyler Cain scored 10.

Zalgiris: Tadas Klimavicius 15, Paulius Jankunas 12, Brown 9
VEF Riga: TreVon Hughes 16, Kristaps Janicenoks 12, Tyler Cain 10




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Lietuvos Rytas edge Ventspils to claim Baltic League Bronze - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Ventspils 84:80

Lietuvos Rytas clinched the third position in the Baltic League Elite Division. They overcame Ventspils to step onto the podium. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) tallied 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort.
Jomantas and Bajramovic helped Lietuvos Rytas gain a 16:9 lead midway through the starting quarter. The margin grew at 9-point mark before three-pointers from Gulbis and Strelnieks cut the distance at 3 points after ten minutes 21:24. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) and Kuzminskas put the Latvian team in front at the start of the second quarter. But Lietuvos Rytas immediately answered with a 7:1 run to gain a 5-point lead. The Lithuanians stayed in front arriving at the interval up by 4 points 43:39. Rasic and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) gave Lietuvos Rytas an 11-point lead early in the third term. Bajramovic stretched the gap to 15 points soon. Ventspils replied with a 10:2 run to narrow the deficit. Strelnieks eventually capped the term with a three-pointer as Ventspils trailed by just eight points with one quarter remaining 62:70. The Latvian team stayed aggressive as they gradually clawed their way back into this one. Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) put the Latvian side ahead by one 77:76 with just over a minute to go. Bajramovic answered with four points in a row as Lietuvos Rytas regained control 80:77. Strelnieks hit just two out of his four free attempts in the dying seconds, while Rasic and Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) answered with two accurate shots each from the stripe to seal the victory for Lietuvos Rytas.
Jonas Valanciunas provided 16 points and 8 rebounds for Lietuvos Rytas. Steponas Babrauskas finished with 15 points in the win. Brandon Hunter replied with 19 points for Ventspils. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku nailed 18 points in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Kenan Bajramovic 20, Jonas Valanciunas 16, Steponas Babrauskas 15
Ventspils: Brandon Hunter 19, Oritseweyinmi Efejuku 18




Kaunas celebrate win over TTU/Kalev - by Eurobasket News
Kaunas - TTU/Kalev 85:76

Kaunas earned the first win in the series against TTU/Kalev for the right to play in Baltic League Elite Division next season. Kaunas claimed a 9-point victory in the first game of the series. Povilas Cukinas (210-C-83) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Lithuanian team.
TTU/Kalev surprised Kaunas with a quick start. The visitors outscored Kaunas 23:20 in the opening stanza. But Kaunas adjusted their game and surged ahead in the second period. The hosts limited TTU/Kalev to just 10 points in the period and recorded a 40:33 halftime lead. TTU/Kalev Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) and Piik dragged TTU/Kalev within three points midway through the third term. Klementsov capped the term with a three-point play as TTU/Kalev trailed by only two points with one quarter remaining 57:59. Kurg leveled things up at the start of the fourth quarter. Later Bambale Osby (203-F-86, college: Maryland) and Valmo Kriisa put TTU/Kalev in charge. Kaunas responded late in the game. Povilas Cukinas triggered a 13:2 rally that put the home team up by 11 points 81:70. Kaunas did not allow TTU/Kalev to get closer and rolled to the victory at the end.
Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-G-85) and Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89) provided 18 points apiece for Kaunas. Bambale Osby replied with 21 points and 12 rebounds for TTU/Kalev. Valmo Kriisa finished with 14 points and 7 assists in defeat.

Kaunas: Povilas Cukinas 21, Vytenis Jasikevicius 18, Sarunas Vasiliauskas 18
TTU/Kalev: Bambale Osby 21+12 boards, Valmo Kriisa 14



Zalgiris clinch Mastercard BBL Elite division title - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris -VEF Riga 75:67

Zalgiris clinch Mastercard BBL Elite division title as the trophy remains with the Lithuanian team. Zalgiris added another BBL title after beating VEF Riga 75:67. Kaunas Sport Hall and almost 5000 fans saw an amazing Final Four celebrating the victory with the home side.
Zalgiris wasted little time at settling into their rhythm, quickly developing a 10 point lead. VEF Riga managed to reduce to 20:14 as Bertans closed the first period. Moreover TreVon Hughes (183-G-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) and Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) tied it at 20:20, but the Latvian side missed 0-10 run to leave the opponents at 20:30. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) was the last to score at the half sending the teams to the lockers for 40:35. TreVon Hughes made it 42:42, whilst another three-pointer from him and a dunk from Parahouski gave the guests 47:44 lead. Tyler Cain surprised the crowd with 55:53 at the end of third quarter as it became very hot at the court of Kaunas.
The fans continued to support their team until the very end and saw the final successful push. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) scored for 63:60 and Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) as well as Collins added for 71:64. Collins also made the last free throws for the final success.
Tadas Klimavicius paced all the winners with 15 points for the necessary win. Paulius Jankunas notched 12, while Brown added 9. TreVon Hughes finished the game with 16 points in the losing effort. Kristaps Janicenoks delivered 12, whilst Tyler Cain scored 10.

Zalgiris: Tadas Klimavicius 15, Paulius Jankunas 12, Brown 9
VEF Riga: TreVon Hughes 16, Kristaps Janicenoks 12, Tyler Cain 10




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  LUXEMBOURG   


Standings
Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 20-5 
 2. Etzella 18-7 
 3. Sparta 15-10 
 4. Amicale 14-10 
 5. Basket Esch 13-11 
 6. Residence 9-16 
7-10 places
 1. Musel Pikes 13-10 
 2. Soleuvre 8-15 
 3. Contern 7-16 
 4. Black Star 3-20 


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  MEXICO   


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 15-3 
 2. Hermosillo 15-3 
 3. Guasave 11-7 
 4. Mexicali 10-8 
 5. Culiacan 9-9 
 6. Nogales 9-9 
 7. Guaymas 8-10 
 8. Tijuana 8-10 
 9. Los Mochis 3-15 
 10. Tepic 2-16 


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael GALE
  Mexicali
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Gale, Mexicali28.8 
 2. White, Cananea28.0 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.3 
 4. Brown, Tepic24.5 
 5. Gabbidon, Tijuana24.3 
 6. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 7. White, Los Mochis23.3 
 8. Thomas, Cananea22.7 
 9. Moss, Nogales22.4 
 10. Barrett, Guasave22.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Moss, Nogales10.7 
 2. Angounou, Guasave9.9 
 3. Malloy, Los Mochis9.3 
 4. Avila, Culiacan9.1 
 5. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 6. Brown, Tepic8.6 
 7. Broxsie, Nogales7.6 
 8. Gabbidon, Tijuana7.4 
 9. Morgan, Culiacan7.2 
 10. Lawal, Tepic7.0 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Funn, Guasave6.7 
 2. Watson, Tijuana5.7 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.6 
 4. Marentes, Guaymas5.0 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo4.7 
 6. Nungaray, Guaymas4.3 
 7. Meza, Culiacan4.3 
 8. Ford, Tepic4.1 
 9. White, Cananea3.9 
 10. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Derek THOMAS
  Cananea
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thomas, Cananea2.3 
 2. Brown, Nogales1.9 
 3. White, Cananea1.8 
 4. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 5. Funn, Guasave1.6 
 6. Gale, Mexicali1.4 
 7. Gabbidon, Tijuana1.4 
 8. Sowell, Culiacan1.4 
 9. Sims, Los Mochis1.3 
 10. Webb, Culiacan1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 3. Gale, Mexicali2.4 
 4. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 5. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 6. Habel, Guaymas2.2 
 7. Brown, Tepic2.1 
 8. Funn, Guasave2.1 
 9. Marentes, Guaymas2.1 
 10. Brown, Nogales2.1 


CIBACOPA Round 18: Frayles de Guasave beats Ostioneros de Guaymas by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 18 in the CIBACOPA took place in Guasave. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (8-10) to third ranked Frayles de Guasave (11-7) 91-90 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Frayles de Guasave looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Frayles de Guasave made 8 blocks. It was a good game for American guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds, 17 assists and 5 steals. Cameroonian forward Serge Angounou (202-83, college: Arizona St.) contributed with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Cedric Patton (201-78, college: Georgia St., agency: Court Side) replied with 24 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for Ostioneros de Guaymas. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Frayles de Guasave have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-7 record having four points less than leader Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the seventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Tijuana. Frayles de Guasave are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Tijuana Zonkeys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
CIBACOPA top team - Mineros de Cananea (15-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (3-15) 92-73. American players dominated the game. Guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Derek Thomas chipped in 25 points during the contest. Mineros de Cananea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) with 20 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Mineros de Cananea maintains first position with 15-3 record, which they share with Hermosillo. Pioneros Los Mochis lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. Mineros de Cananea will play against league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Caballeros de Culiacan (#5) and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Nogales was also quite interesting. Second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (15-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (9-9). Rayos de Hermosillo defeated Fuerza Guinda Nogales 99-83 on Saturday. Marquise Gray notched 29 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds by Ryan Moss did not help to save the game for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cananea. Loser Fuerza Guinda Nogales keep the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Culiacan. Rayos de Hermosillo will meet at home league's leader Mineros de Cananea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against Bomberos de Mexicali (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 18 Tijuana beat Culiacan on the road 99-84. Bottom-ranked Tepic lost to Mexicali on its own court 86-92.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 38 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds by Michael Gale of Mexicali.



Nogales - Hermosillo 83-99

The game in Nogales was also quite interesting. Second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (15-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (9-9). Rayos de Hermosillo defeated Fuerza Guinda Nogales 99-83 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Rayos de Hermosillo. Fuerza Guinda Nogales managed to win second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rayos de Hermosillo dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Fuerza Guinda Nogales' 46. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rayos de Hermosillo made 8 blocks. American center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) notched 29 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Jordanian-American swingman Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-87, college: Minnesota) supported him with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Abu-Shamala is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds by Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) did not help to save the game for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. American-Venezuelan forward Jermaine Walker (198-77, college: Miami, FL) added 21 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cananea. Loser Fuerza Guinda Nogales keep the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Culiacan. Rayos de Hermosillo will meet at home league's leader Mineros de Cananea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against Bomberos de Mexicali (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nogales: R.Moss 27+12reb, J.Walker 21+8reb+1ast, O.Quintero 15+2reb, N.Brown 15+3reb+2ast, H.Rivera 3+2reb, A.Broxsie 2+7reb
Hermosillo: M.Gray 29+5reb+2ast, J.Lopez 18+7reb, J.Abu-Shamala 13+10reb+2ast, S.Monreal 11+1reb+2ast, J.Camacho 9+3reb+2ast, T.Thomas 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 122882


Culiacan - Tijuana 84-99

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (8-10) beat on the road 6th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (9-9) 99-84 on Saturday. Caballeros de Culiacan was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-8 charge of Tijuana Zonkeys, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tijuana Zonkeys made 11 blocks. American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) supported him with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Even a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds by the former international center Victor Avila (210-77, college: Oklahoma) did not help to save the game for Caballeros de Culiacan. American guard Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) added 23 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach gave the chance to play for twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tijuana Zonkeys moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Guaymas. Defending champion Caballeros de Culiacan dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Nogales. Tijuana Zonkeys will meet at home Ostioneros de Guaymas (#7) in the next round. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Pioneros Los Mochis and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: R.Rougeau 23+6reb+3ast, K.Sowell 21+6reb+3ast, V.Avila 20+13reb+1ast, S.Morgan 10+4reb, F.Harris 4+4reb+2ast, R.Luna Armenta 2
Tijuana: C.Tate 27+11reb+1ast, T.Gabbidon 24+10reb+2ast, J.Watson 19+3reb+8ast, L.Ramirez 15+2reb+1ast, K.Rodriguez 5+4reb+1ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 5+1reb
gschID: 122879


Tepic - Mexicali 86-92

Very expected game when 10th ranked Coras de Tepic (2-16) lost at home to fourth ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (10-8) 92-86 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 27-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bomberos de Mexicali made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bomberos de Mexicali made 7 blocks. American guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) notched 38 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international power forward Hugo Carrillo (205-83) supported him with 16 points. Even 37 points (!!!) and 6 assists by American swingman Cleotis Brown (198-77, college: Illinois, agency: Dream Team Management) did not help to save the game for Coras de Tepic. His fellow American import forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) added 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bomberos de Mexicali have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 10-8 record. Coras de Tepic lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. Bomberos de Mexicali will meet Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#6) on the road in the next round. Coras de Tepic will play against Frayles de Guasave (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tepic: C.Brown 37+4reb+6ast, I.Brown 20+10reb+1ast, J.Parker 16+4reb+4ast, J.Cesar Everardo 6+4reb, H.Ibanez 3+1ast, A.Ayala 2
Mexicali: M.Gale 38+5reb, H.Carrillo 16+4reb+2ast, R.Lopez 14+2reb+2ast, J.Penny 8+6reb+2ast, J.Ruffus 8+3reb+1ast, A.Vazquez 8
gschID: 122880


Cananea - Los Mochis 92-73

CIBACOPA top team - Mineros de Cananea (15-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (3-15) 92-73. Mineros de Cananea dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Pioneros Los Mochis' 42. American players dominated the game. Guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in 25 points during the contest. Mineros de Cananea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) with 20 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans, agency: Pro Management Agency) scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Five Mineros de Cananea and four Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea maintains first position with 15-3 record, which they share with Hermosillo. Pioneros Los Mochis lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. Mineros de Cananea will play against league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Caballeros de Culiacan (#5) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: D.White 20+4reb+4ast, C.M. Toussaint 16+1ast, L.Malloy 15+9reb, A.Verdugo 10+4reb, E.Hare 9+3reb, F.Burgueno 3+1reb
Cananea: D.Thomas 25+3reb+3ast, D.White 23+5reb+7ast, A.Aguirre 11+6reb, D.Williams 10+3reb+1ast, M.Valenzuela 10+1reb+1ast, J.Casillas 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 122881


Guasave - Guaymas 91-90

The most exciting game of round 18 in the CIBACOPA took place in Guasave. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (8-10) to third ranked Frayles de Guasave (11-7) 91-90 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Frayles de Guasave looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Frayles de Guasave made 8 blocks. It was a good game for American guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds, 17 assists and 5 steals. Cameroonian forward Serge Angounou (202-83, college: Arizona St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Funn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Cedric Patton (201-78, college: Georgia St., agency: Court Side) replied with 24 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and his fellow American import forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) added 16 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks in the effort for Ostioneros de Guaymas. Five Frayles de Guasave and four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Frayles de Guasave have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-7 record having four points less than leader Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the seventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Tijuana. Frayles de Guasave are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Tijuana Zonkeys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: C.Patton 24+2reb+5ast, J.Habel 16+7reb+6ast, R.Navarro 12+9reb+4ast, F.Benitez 10+6reb+1ast, R.Benitez 7+3reb+1ast, U.Gomez 6
Guasave: S.Angounou 19+10reb+3ast, M.Strobbe 17+4reb+1ast, R.Barrett 17+3reb+4ast, W.Funn 17+6reb+17ast, A.Izaguirre 12+5reb+2ast, J.Acosta 9
gschID: 122878




Funn's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old guard William Funn (188-G-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Guasave and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He got a double-double of 17 points and 17 assists, while his team edged out Guaymas (#7, 8-10) 91-90. Guasave maintains the 3rd position in Mexican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guasave will need more victories to improve their 11-7 record. Funn just recently signed at Guasave, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Portland State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Funn is league's best passer with 6.7apg. Funn is in league's top in and averages solid 2.1bpg and 62.4% FGP. Worth to mention Funn played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Gale (193-G-82) of Mexicali. He is American guard in his first season at Mexicali. In the last game Gale recorded impressive 38 points and 5 rebounds. It was enough for Mexicali to edge the lower-ranked Tepic (#10, 2-16) by 6 points 92-86. Mexicali's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-8 record is not bad at all. Gale is one of the most experienced players at Mexicali and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.8ppg (#1). He also registered 5.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, agency: Dream Team Management) of Tepic (#10). Brown got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for six assists. Despite Brown's great performance Tepic lost 86-92 to the higher-ranked Mexicali (#4, 10-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tepic can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-16 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Brown he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Brown has individually a great season in Mexico. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.4ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 4.0rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Tijuana - 27 points and 11 rebounds
5. Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) of Nogales - 27 points and 12 rebounds
6. Marquise Gray (206-C-86) of Hermosillo - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Serge Angounou (202-F-83) of Guasave - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Derek Thomas (193-F-84) of Cananea - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Rene Rougeau (198-G-86) of Culiacan - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  MONTENEGRO   


Standings - 1A
1A Stage Two Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Buducnost 3-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 2-1 
 3. Ulcijn 2-2 
 4. Lovcen 2-2 
 5. Teodo Tivat 1-3 
 6. Jedinstvo 1-3 
Play-Out
 1. Danilovgrad 4-1 
 2. ABS Primorje 3-2 
 3. KK Podgorica 3-2 
 4. Mogren 2-3 
 5. Gorstak 0-4 
Stage One Standings


MNE1A S-League 4.Round: Wins the Buducnost, Mornar and Ulcinj - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Clubs Buducnost, Mornar and Ulcinj achieved victory in the fourth round of MNE1A Super League, while the ABS Primorje and Danilovgrad been successful in the sixth round of MNE1A Survival (Play-out) lige.Buducnost until the third victory in the MNE1A Super League came against very good team Lovcen 85:60 ( 22:19, 17:12, 22:15, 24:14), Mornar was a potent anti-Teodo 76:56 (19:13, 24:12, 15:17, 18:14) and Ulcinj was defeated in Bijelo Polje Jedinstvo 75:69 (11:9, 25:19, 17:12, 22:29).
In the sixth round MNE1A Survival (Play-out) league victories have made ABS Primorje and Danilovgrad.ABS celebrated away Podgorica 87:85 (23:19, 15:24, 25:18, 24:24). Danilovgrad on its floor was better than Mogren 70:63 (18:10, 14:18, 14:12, 24:23). In this round was free Highlander.



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  NBA   


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.25.4 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.9 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.3 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.4 
 10. Howard, Orlando M.23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.2 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.1 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.3 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.1 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.7 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 8. Camby, Portland TB10.2 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.1 
 10. Lee, Golde S.9.8 
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.9.9 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.5 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.8.3 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.2 
 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. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 5. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Wall, Washington W.1.7 
 10. Ginobili, San A.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. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 4. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 6. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.0 
 7. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 8. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 
 9. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 10. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 55-24 
 2. New York K. 41-38 
 3. Philadelph.76 41-39 
 4. New Jersey N. 24-55 
 5. Toronto R. 21-58 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 59-20 
 2. Indiana P. 37-43 
 3. Milwaukee B. 33-47 
 4. Detroit P. 28-51 
 5. Cleveland C. 17-63 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 55-24 
 2. Orlando M. 50-29 
 3. Atlanta H. 44-36 
 4. Charlotte B. 32-47 
 5. Washington W. 22-58 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 53-26 
 2. Denver N. 49-31 
 3. Portland TB 47-33 
 4. Utah Jazz 37-43 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-63 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 55-24 
 2. Phoenix Suns 38-41 
 3. Golde State W. 35-44 
 4. LA Clippers 31-50 
 5. Sacramento K. 23-56 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 61-19 
 2. Dallas M. 54-25 
 3. N.Orleans H. 46-33 
 4. Memphis G. 45-34 
 5. Houston R. 42-38 


Saturday's games - by Eurobasket News
Denver N. - Minnesota T. 130-106
Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87, college: N.Carolina) made his first 10 three-pointers Saturday night and scored a career-high 37 points in leading the Denver Nuggets to a 130-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He finished 10 of 11 on threes, including six during a stretch spanning halftime that turned a tight game, 41-39, into a laugher. 'I just got hot,' Lawson said. Lawson missed a running 28-foot heave, though, as the third quarter ended. Had he not tried the buzzer-beater and finished 10 for 10, it would have been an NBA record for most three-point baskets without a miss in a game. Latrell Sprewell (6'5''-G/F-70, college: Alabama) went nine for nine on three-pointers for the Knicks in a game in 2003. The Nuggets improved to 17-6 since trading away All-Star Carmelo Anthony, although two of those losses came in a four-day span against the Thunder, Denver's possible first-round playoff opponent. *Courtesy of www.kansascity.com

Washington W. - Atlanta H. 115-83
Next week, the Atlanta Hawks will face the Orlando Magic in the first round of the playoffs. They couldn't be heading into the postseason in worse shape. The reeling Hawks lost their fourth straight game on Saturday, 115-83 against the Washington Wizards, and weren't even competitive. The loss was embarrassing and puzzling. 'I'm not very confident at all,' Atlanta coach Larry Drew said when asked if he thought his team would be able to play with Dwight Howard and the Magic. 'You can't just flip the switch. It just doesn't work like that. I've been around this thing long enough to see that you can't just turn it on and turn it off. You want to be playing well, you want to be clicking so that you don't miss a beat once the playoffs start.' How can the Hawks play with Howard when they couldn't stop recent NBA D-League refugees Othyus Jeffers and Larry Owens? 'Those are the scariest dudes man -- 'cause they're hungry. Those guys that haven't tasted the NBA lifestyle,' Hawks forward Marvin Williams said. 'They want to be here. They want to prove they can play at this level. Those are the most dangerous guys to me.' Andray Blatche (6'11''-C-86) scored 23 points, John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) had 19, but it was Jeffers (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Owens (10 points) who stood out. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Houston R. - LA Clippers 99-78
Eliminated from playoff contention, the Houston Rockets still looked like a team with plenty of incentive against the Los Angeles Clippers. Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88, college: Arizona), Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) and Brad Miller scored 16 points apiece and Chuck Hayes had 12 points and 13 rebounds in Houston's 99-78 win Saturday night. Goran Dragic had 14 points, seven assists and a career-high 10 rebounds in his first start for the Rockets since he was acquired from Phoenix at the trade deadline. The Rockets dominated one night after Memphis' win ended their postseason hopes. Houston is at least assured of finishing over .500 now, and Hayes said the players are motivated to improve on last season's 42-40 mark. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Milwaukee B. - Cleveland C. 108-101
Drew Gooden (6'10''-F-81, college: Kansas) had his first career triple-double and John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami, FL) scored 32 points as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-101 on Saturday. Gooden had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists for the Bucks, hitting double-digits in all three stat categories in the middle of the third quarter. Baron Davis scored 19 points and Ramon Sessions added 15 for the Cavaliers in a matchup between two teams that have been eliminated from playoff contention. Although the game certainly didn't mean anything in terms of the playoffs, Gooden showed the Milwaukee Bucks what he can do when he's healthy. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

San Antonio S. - Utah Jazz 111-102
Richard Jefferson (6'6''-F/G-80, college: Arizona) said the San Antonio Spurs want to finish with the NBA's best record. Then someone told him how many more victories it could take to assure that. ''We got to win two more?'' Jefferson said. They'll try, but the Spurs have other priorities. Jefferson scored 20 points and the Spurs, mindful of the playoffs starting next weekend, won their fourth in a row while starting to rest some players in a 111-102 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. San Antonio (61-19) has already locked up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, and, with two games left, are 1 1/2 games ahead of Chicago for the NBA's best record. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker all started and played more than 20 minutes while Antonio McDyess got the night off. Coach Gregg Popovich said he's ''certainly not going to overplay anybody'' with the playoffs starting next week but also doesn't want to fall out of rhythm.. ''We've played this well all season long we'd love to finish out atop the NBA,'' said Duncan, who had 10 points. ''We're going to try to do the best of managing minutes and winning games and doing that all at the same time.'' Al Jefferson (6'10''-F-85) scored 23 points as the Jazz lost for the 10th time in 11 games, unable to pull a second upset this week after beating the Los Angeles Lakers. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net


OKC signs Robert Vaden, immediately sends him to Tulsa - by Eurobasket News
The Thunder signed guard Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85, college: UAB) from their D-League affiliate Tulsa 66ers today. Conversely, Vaden has immediately been assigned to the 66ers.

No terms have been released as of yet. The Thunder had one open roster slot remaining and its now been filled by Vaden.

Vaden was acquired from Charlotte by the Thunder in the second round of the 2009 draft and has played this entire season with the 66ers. Vaden averaged 10.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 45 regular season games with Tulsa. This past season he shot 39.2 percent (74/189) from 3. He averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in the 66ers two game sweep of the Texas Legends in the first round of the D-League playoffs.

Before joining the 66ers this season, he spent all 0f 2009-10 in Italys second division.

We are happy to add Robert to our team. Sam Presti said in a press release. Robert has been a dedicated and consistent worker for our program and has excelled in our system in Tulsa under the direction of Head Coach Nate Tibbetts and Assistant Coach Dale Osbourne. We value the role of the 66ers in the overall development of the Thunder organization and this opportunity for Robert comes as a result of that synergy.

Vaden is a shooter by trade and at 6-5, has pretty good size on the perimeter. He was a really good scorer in college at UAB averaged more than 17 points per game his senior season. What his role will be with the organization is to be determined, but its obvious that Presti and the Thunder appreciate hard work and thats why Vaden was rewarded with this deal.

Courtesy of www.dailythunder.com


Utah Jazz decide not to re-sign Kyle Weaver - by Eurobasket News
Kyle Weaver's (6'6''-G-86, college: Washington St.) tenure with the Utah Jazz and return to the NBA proved to be short-lived.

The Jazz decided not to re-sign the versatile 6-foot-6 combo guard after his initial 10-day contract expired Saturday.

'It just didn't work out,' Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said.

Weaver's call-up from the D-League was necessary a week and a half ago when the Jazz were down to one point guard because of injuries to Devin Harris and Ronnie Price.

And Weaver, who played with Oklahoma City from 2008-10, came in and made a quick splash with Utah. He scored 19 points at Sacramento and looked poised and comfortable on the court after spending most of the season in the D-League with Iowa and Austin.

But Harris has since returned from his hamstring injury, making Weaver expendable according to the Jazz with only four days and two games remaining in the 2010-11 season.

'With Devin back, his time was going to be cut way down if he even got in the game. It wasn't worth having him here now,' Corbin said. 'We just decided it wasn't the right thing to do for us.'

Corbin said he could see Weaver earning a fall camp invitation with the Jazz (if the league isn't experience a lockout then, of course).

'He's done a great job,' Corbin said. 'I think as he get in and get relaxed he's a guy that could play a couple of different positions for us and give us some toughness.'

Before his fate was known, Weaver was appreciative for this rare opportunity to prove his worth in the NBA again.

'Having a chance to get out here and play,' he added, 'has been great for me.'

In five games with Utah, the Washington State product averaged 5.6 points on 36 percent shooting (42.9 percent from 3-point land) along with 2.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 13.8 minutes. He scored five points in his Jazz finale Saturday.

With Weaver gone and five Jazz players not on this trip because of injuries the Jazz were down to eight healthy bodies at today's light practice at Trinity University.

Paul Millsap, who was suffering from a sore throat Saturday, stayed at the team hotel because of a sickness, but the starting power forward should be good to go for Monday's game in New Orleans.

Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com


Nets sign Mario West for rest of season - by Eurobasket News
The New Jersey Nets have signed guard Mario West (6'5''-G-84, college: Georgia Tech) for the final three games of the season.

The team announced the move Sunday without disclosing contract details.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound West played three seasons with the Atlanta Hawks after signing with them as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia Tech in 2007. He had spent this season with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League before signing with the Nets on March 31.

West has appeared in five games for New Jersey, making three starts and averaging 4 points and nearly 2 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 13 points in his Nets debut on April 1 against Philadelphia.

New Jersey is 12th in the Eastern Conference at 24-55 entering Sunday's game at Toronto.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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Holy Family tabs Delaware assistant Kehoe as head coach - by Eurobasket News
Holy Family University has named a new men's basketball coach to replace John O'Connor, who resigned in February after a videotaped conflict with a former player at practice.

The private school in Philadelphia announced Friday that it has named R.C. Kehoe as the new coach. Kehoe recently finished his fifth season as an assistant with the Delaware men's basketball team.

O'Connor resigned shortly before Holy Family's season finale in February.

The resignation came after a video surfaced on the Internet showing O'Connor pushing former player Matt Kravchuk at practice, knocking him to the floor and then kicking him while he was down.

Kravchuk left the team and sought criminal charges against his former coach, but prosecutors declined to file charges.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


UNLV president: Brown not in running for Rebels' job - by Eurobasket News
UNLV president Neal Smatresk shot down reports today that Larry Brown is a candidate to be the Rebels' basketball coach.

Brown, the only coach to win an NCAA and NBA championship, was fired as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats in December after a 9-19 start this season.

SI.com and ESPN are reporting Brown has been in contact with UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood, who announced four finalists for the position Tuesday.

Former Rebels players Dave Rice and Reggie Theus are considered the leading candidates. Smatresk, who is talking daily with Livengood, dismissed Brown as a candidate.

'That's the first I've heard of it,' Smatresk said. 'We just interviewed four people and I'm unaware that any names have been added to the list.'

Smatresk said a decision on the hire is coming Sunday.

St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap and former Oregon coach Ernie Kent were the other finalists to interview this week.

Brown, 70, has not coached in college since he led Kansas to the national championship in 1988.

Courtesy of www.lvrj.com


UConn's Calhoun still unsure about retirement - by Eurobasket News
Jim Calhoun was excited to return to Fenway Park to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The longtime Red Sox fan is in no rush to decide whether to return as coach of Connecticut.

Just five days after leading the Huskies to the NCAA basketball championship for the third time, the Boston native said Saturday he hasn't decided whether to come back for a 26th season.

'I can guarantee you I haven't made my mind up in any way,' Calhoun said. 'I'm just going to try to get this team ready for next year and we'll see what happens.'

Last Tuesday, the day after the Huskies beat Butler 53-41 for the championship, Calhoun said he plans to play golf and reflect on the season before deciding whether to return.

For now, he's doing what coaches do in the offseason.

'We're working very hard, recruiting-wise,' Calhoun said. 'I would do that regardless of what I'm doing (next season).'

He had no doubts about what he wanted to do on Saturday before the Red Sox game against the New York Yankees - stand on the mound at Fenway Park, where he once pitched in an American Legion all-star game about 50 years ago.

'To come back home is really nice,' said Calhoun, who was raised about two miles 'as the crow flies' from the ballpark. 'And to come back home in these circumstances (as champion) is even nicer.'

Calhoun coached basketball at Dedham High School just outside Boston before becoming coach at Northeastern in 1972 and Connecticut in 1986.

'I had an opportunity to do something else today, but there was nothing else for me except for my Red Sox,' he said. 'Yesterday I had been fortunate enough to be at Wall Street and open the (stock) market and that was great, but this is home. This is home for me.

'I have two homes. I have where I was born and where my roots are and then my other place, which over the past 25 years is really my home now, and that's Connecticut. So you can never go home again? Yeah, you can.'

Bruce Berman, a Boston University professor, threw a ceremonial pitch before Calhoun. It bounced in the grass about halfway to home plate.

'I got pressure taken off of me,' Calhoun joked. 'I don't want to cast any aspersions on anybody, but the professor from BU really helped me a great deal. I appreciate it.'

His own pitch, delivered right-handed from the rubber, made it all the way to the plate. Boston manager Terry Francona caught the high throw in the right-hand hitter's batter's box - although Calhoun smiled and raised his right hand to signal a strike.

The 68-year-old Calhoun said he was asked if he wanted to throw from in front of the mound.

'That would be like playing from the senior tees,' he said. 'I'm just not going to do that. That's not going to happen. I could throw a baseball pretty good at one time.'

Courtesy of www.kolotv.com


Saint Louis center Reed withdraws from school - by Eurobasket News
Saint Louis center Willie Reed (6'9''-F), suspended last season after a campus incident, has withdrawn from school.

School spokesman Brian Kunderman said Saturday that the 6-foot-9 Reed stopped attending classes a few weeks ago, returned his textbooks and moved out of his residence hall the last week of March. The school ruled Reed had administratively withdrawn from classes on April 5 and said it would have no additional comment.

Reed averaged 12.4 points and 7.9 rebounds as a sophomore in 2009-10 and was an honorable mention All-Atlantic 10 selection.

Reed was among four players involved in an incident in a campus apartment on May 1. Point guard Kwamain Mitchell was readmitted to the school in January.

Courtesy of www.beaumontenterprise.com


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LPB Round 22: Academica beats Sampaense by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LPB just ended.

Eighth-ranked Sampaense (9-13) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Academica (16-6) in Coimbra on Sunday. The visitors managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-14. But Sampaense won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Tommie Eddie (201-82, college: Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Matthew Shaw (201-86, college: S.Illinois) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) replied with 27 points for Sampaense. Academica maintains third position with 16-6 record having five points less than leader Porto Ferpinta. Sampaense at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost.
LPB top team - FC Porto Ferpinta (21-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked CAB (10-12) 83-71. The former international forward Carlos Andrade (197-78, college: Queens, NC) scored 23 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Miguel Miranda chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Nathan Menefee (182-85, college: Evergreen St., agency: RIZO) responded with 17 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. FC Porto Ferpinta have an impressive 13-game winning streak. FC Porto Ferpinta clinched the first position with 21-1 record. CAB at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost.
The game in Penafiel was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Ovarense (10-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Penafiel (11-11). Penafiel did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 75-58 on Sunday. Jeremy Goode notched a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds by Nuno Cortez did not help to save the game for Ovarense. Penafiel moved-up to fifth place. Ovarense lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Vitoria SC (12-10) and Lusitania (7-15), which took place in Angra. Higher ranked Vitoria SC lost to tenth ranked Lusitania in a road game 70-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vitoria SC. Charles Little fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Newly promoted Lusitania maintains tenth position with 7-15 record. Vitoria SC at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost.

In the last two games of round 22 Ginasio beat Barreirense on the road 72-61. Benfica won against Illiabum on its own court 95-78.



Penafiel - Ovarense 75-58

The game in Penafiel was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Ovarense (10-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Penafiel (11-11). Penafiel did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 75-58 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Penafiel. Ovarense managed to win third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Jeremy Goode (175-87, college: Mt.St.Mary's) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and the other American import center Andrais Thornton (203-85, college: NW Missouri St.) supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds by the former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) did not help to save the game for Ovarense. American forward John Waller (193-82, college: ODU) added 19 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Penafiel moved-up to fifth place. Ovarense lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Penafiel: A.Thornton 17+6reb+1ast, J.Goode 17+10reb+7ast, R.Mota 13+2reb+2ast, M.Goncalves 10+3reb, F.Fernandes 8+2reb+3ast, L.Nolen 7+8reb+2ast
Ovarense: J.Waller 19+5reb, N.Cortez 16+13reb, M.Webster 11+10reb+3ast, N.Manarte 9+4reb+7ast, J.Miguel Barbosa 3, N.Morais 0
gschID: 101241


Barreirense - Ginasio 61-72

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Ginasio (10-12) beat bottom-ranked Barreirense (3-19) in Barreiro 72-61. Barreirense was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 25-11 charge of Ginasio, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. American power forward Jason Hartford (206-85) fired 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Yima Chia-Kur (196-86, college: Arkansas St.) chipped in 18 points. Chia-Kur is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Ginasio players scored in double figures. American forward Tyrone Curnell (201-88, college: Valdosta St., agency: Strategic Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Pedro Pinto (186-88) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Ginasio have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Barreirense lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games.
Top scorers:
Ginasio: Y.Chia-Kur 18+4reb, J.Hartford 14+9reb+3ast, T.Barroso 11+3reb+4ast, P.Silva 10+11reb+1ast, M.Goncalves 9+3reb, A.Swift 8+2reb+4ast
Barreirense: P.Pinto 17+5reb+2ast, T.Curnell 12+12reb+4ast, J.Silva 12+5reb+3ast, M.Neves 6+6reb+1ast, J.Guerreiro 5+6reb+2ast, M.Queiroz 5+4reb
gschID: 101242


Lusitania - Vitoria SC 76-70

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Vitoria SC (12-10) and Lusitania (7-15), which took place in Angra. Higher ranked Vitoria SC lost to tenth ranked Lusitania in a road game 70-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vitoria SC. Vitoria SC was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 43-33 second half run of Lusitania. Lusitania had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Charles Little (198-87, college: Dayton) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. The other American import power forward James Robert (203-86, college: Dowling) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Robert is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Center Claudio Fonseca (206-89) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Paulo Cunha (199-80) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Lusitania maintains tenth position with 7-15 record. Vitoria SC at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Lusitania: J.Robert 19+7reb+2ast, C.Little 19+11reb+8ast, R.Franklin 14+1reb+1ast, D.Vieira 10+5reb, M.Freitas 5+3reb+4ast, M.Camara 5+7reb+2ast
Vitoria SC: C.Fonseca 17+8reb, P.Cunha 12+8reb+3ast, N.Richardson 12+1ast, A.Sobrinho 11+1reb+2ast, A.Bessa 7+1ast, P.Tavares 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 101237


Porto Ferpinta - CAB 83-71

LPB top team - FC Porto Ferpinta (21-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked CAB (10-12) 83-71. The game was mostly controlled by FC Porto Ferpinta. CAB was better in third quarter 30-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. FC Porto Ferpinta made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. FC Porto Ferpinta forced 19 CAB turnovers and outrebounded them 38-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. The former international forward Carlos Andrade (197-78, college: Queens, NC) scored 23 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Miguel Miranda (205-78) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five FC Porto Ferpinta players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Nathan Menefee (182-85, college: Evergreen St., agency: RIZO) responded with 17 points and 4 assists and the former international guard Jaime Silva (187-80) scored 7 points, 11 assists and 8 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. FC Porto Ferpinta have an impressive 13-game winning streak. FC Porto Ferpinta clinched the first position with 21-1 record. CAB at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Porto Ferpinta: C.Andrade 23+8reb+5ast, J.Terrell 13+6reb+2ast, D.Correia 13+2reb+1ast, M.Miranda 12+8reb+1ast, N.Marcal 10+2reb+1ast, J.Costa 5+2reb+2ast
CAB: N.Menefee 17+2reb+4ast, J.Coelho 15+1reb, F.Gentry 11+7reb+1ast, J.Silva 7+4reb+11ast, F.Fernandes 6+2reb+1ast, F.Lima 6+2reb
gschID: 101238


Benfica - Illiabum 95-78

Very expected game when 11th ranked Illiabum (6-16) lost on the road to second ranked Benfica (17-5) 95-78. The game was mostly controlled by Benfica. Illiabum was better in third quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Benfica outrebounded Illiabum 38-26 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated also this game. Power forward Gregory Jenkins (206-82, college: Iona) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Benfica's coach Henrique Vieira allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Ricondo Crutchfield (200-78, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) produced 32 points and 5 assists and power forward Emanuel Willis (205-84, college: Houston Baptist) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-5 record having four points less than leader Porto Ferpinta. Illiabum lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Benfica: M.Chandler 22+6reb, G.Jenkins 21+9reb+2ast, S.Ramos 16+6reb+3ast, E.Evora 12+4reb, H.Evans 8+3reb+4ast, M.Minhava 6+2reb+2ast
Illiabum: R.Crutchfield 32+2reb+5ast, E.Willis 15+7reb, V.Estevao 14+5reb, C.Cordeiro 10+8reb+1ast, C.Barroca 7+1reb+3ast, E.Harris 0
gschID: 101239


Sampaense - Academica 73-74

Eighth-ranked Sampaense (9-13) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Academica (16-6) in Coimbra on Sunday. The visitors managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-14. But Sampaense won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Tommie Eddie (201-82, college: Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Matthew Shaw (201-86, college: S.Illinois) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) replied with 27 points and forward Manuel Johnson (201-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm., agency: Court Side) added 22 points and 4 steals in the effort for Sampaense. Academica maintains third position with 16-6 record having five points less than leader Porto Ferpinta. Sampaense at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Academica: M.Shaw 21+5reb+3ast, T.Eddie 20+8reb+2ast, T.Pinto 17+5reb+1ast, F.Destino 6+1reb+1ast, F.Sousa 4+3reb+1ast, D.Simoes 3+3reb+2ast
Sampaense: R.Luettgerodt 27+2reb, M.Johnson 22+3reb, J.Gray 9+12reb, P.Azevedo 7+1reb+1ast, H.Carvalho 4+1ast, D.Furtado 2
gschID: 101240




Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Porto Ferpinta 21-1 
 2. Benfica 17-5 
 3. Academica 16-6 
 4. Vitoria SC 12-10 
 5. Penafiel 11-11 
 6. Ginasio 10-12 
 7. CAB 10-12 
 8. Ovarense 10-12 
 9. Sampaense 9-13 
 10. Lusitania 7-15 
 11. Illiabum 6-16 
 12. Barreirense 3-19 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Riley LUETTGERODT
  Sampaense
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Luettgerodt, Sampa.21.0 
 2. Oruche, Ginasio20.6 
 3. Curnell, Barreirense20.1 
 4. Jackson, Sampaense19.8 
 5. Shaw, Academica19.2 
 6. Goode, Penafiel18.2 
 7. Eddie, Academica18.0 
 8. Austin, Vitoria SC17.9 
 9. Johnson, Barreire.17.6 
 10. Crutchfield, Illiabum17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nuno CORTEZ
  Ovarense
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cortez, Ovarense10.4 
 2. Martin, Vitoria SC10.3 
 3. Robert, Lusitania9.7 
 4. Shaw, Academica9.4 
 5. Eddie, Academica9.0 
 6. Terrell, Porto F.9.0 
 7. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
 8. Momplasir, Lusitania8.8 
 9. Curnell, Barreirense8.5 
 10. Nolen, Penafiel8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Manarte, Ovarense7.2 
 2. Sing, Sampaense6.3 
 3. Reveles, Ginasio5.8 
 4. Monteiro, Lusitania5.2 
 5. Minhava, Benfica5.1 
 6. Simoes, Academica4.8 
 7. Silva, CAB4.7 
 8. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 9. Barroso, Ginasio4.0 
 10. Andrade, Porto F.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Curnell, Barreirense3.2 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense2.9 
 3. Goode, Penafiel2.7 
 4. Silva, CAB2.5 
 5. Jackson, CAB2.5 
 6. Holland, Academica2.2 
 7. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.2 
 8. Felix, Illiabum2.1 
 9. Eddie, Academica2.0 
 10. Barroso, Ginasio1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Momplasir, Lusitania3.8 
 2. Nolen, Penafiel1.2 
 3. Jackson, Sampaense1.2 
 4. Willis, Illiabum1.1 
 5. Gray, Sampaense1.1 
 6. Coelho, CAB1.1 
 7. Terrell, Porto F.1.0 
 8. Hartford, Ginasio1.0 
 9. Gentry, CAB1.0 
 10. Harris, Illiabum1.0 


Bowie's 36-point game gives him Proliga Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old guard Nate Bowie (183-G-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Terceira Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Proliga Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 36 points adding five rebounds and eight assists for Terceira Basket in his team's victory, helping them to beat Fisica (#4, 15-7) 92-79. Terceira Basket is placed at 6th position in Portuguese Proliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Terceira Basket will need more victories to improve their 13-9 record. In the team's last game Bowie had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Terceira Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Central Arkansas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bowie is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.6ppg. Bowie is in league's top in assists (5th best: 5.3apg) and averages solid 2.2spg.

Second best performed player last round was Sergio Correia (197-F-85) of Alges. He is Angolan forward in his first season at Alges. In the last game Correia recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Alges lost that game 63-73 to the higher-ranked Angra (#3, 15-7). Alges is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Correia is one of the most experienced players at Alges and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.6ppg (#4). He also registered 9.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Anthony jr. Oha (198-F-83) of Povoa (#7). Oha scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Oha's great performance Povoa lost 66-71 to the higher-ranked Galitos FC (#2, 15-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Povoa needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 10 lost games. Oha has a great season in Portugal. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 11.3rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Machado (190-G/F-90) of Seixal - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Carlos Fechas (180-G-81) of Barcelos - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Terrence Mack (198-F/C-84) of Angra - 22 points and 9 rebounds
7. Andre Dara (180-G-83) of Maia Basket - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Antonio Pires (185-G-86) of Galitos FC - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Denis Neves (197-F-78) of Electrico FC - 10 points and 12 rebounds

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


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Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Isabela 4-1 
 2. Coamo 3-1 
 3. Bayamon 3-1 
 4. Capitanes 3-3 
 5. Guaynabo 2-2 
 6. Humacao 2-2 
 7. Quebradillas 2-3 
 8. Santurce 2-3 
 9. San German 2-4 
 10. Mayaguez 1-4 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Coamo
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Villegas, Coamo25.3 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo24.4 
 3. Brown, Quebradillas21.5 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas20.5 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez19.4 
 6. Sanchez, Santurce18.8 
 7. Carmona, Mayaguez17.4 
 8. Clinch, Isabela17.2 
 9. Narvaez, Coamo16.6 
 10. Dalmau, Bayamon16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel Antonio NARVAEZ
  Coamo
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Narvaez, Coamo12.6 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.3 
 3. Shannon, Bayamon11.8 
 4. Lloreda, San G.11.6 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas11.3 
 6. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.1 
 7. Aubry, Arecibo8.7 
 8. Romero, Mayaguez8.6 
 9. Sweetney, Santurce8.5 
 10. Robinson, Humacao8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon5.8 
 2. Copeland, San G.5.2 
 3. Apodaca, Quebradillas5.1 
 4. Clinch, Isabela5.0 
 5. Garcia, Humacao4.8 
 6. Pagan, Santurce4.8 
 7. Guzman, Guaynabo4.7 
 8. Cruz, Arecibo4.6 
 9. Brown, Quebradillas4.0 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lewis CLINCH
  Isabela
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Clinch, Isabela2.0 
 2. Benison, Santurce2.0 
 3. Carmona, Mayaguez1.9 
 4. Pinnock, Arecibo1.7 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez1.6 
 6. Moore, Isabela1.6 
 7. Apodaca, Quebradillas1.6 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon1.5 
 9. Worthington, Guayn.1.5 
 10. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez2.7 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 3. Romero, Mayaguez2.4 
 4. Freije, Coamo2.0 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon1.8 
 6. Sanchez, Santurce1.6 
 7. Santiago, Arecibo1.6 
 8. Worthington, Guayn.1.5 
 9. Traylor, Bayamon1.5 
 10. Jones, Quebradillas1.4 


Cowboys tie up Crabbers - by Luis Ramirez
In a battle between centers, Robert Traylor for Bayamon and Michael Sweetney for Santurce the Crabbers and the Cowboys duke it out at the Puerto Rico Coliseum, home of the Santurce Crabbers.

The 1st quarter ended with the Cowboys in the lead, 23-15. The cowboys moved the ball well and got most of its starters in the game during the quarter.

In the 2nd quarter, the Cowboys opened with a 5-0 run, the Crabbers tried to cut the lead with long range shots but they were not falling in for them. The Cowboys extended their lead to 15 points with 1:41 with consecutive 3 pointers from Carmelo Lee and Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC). The half ended 44-31.

In the 3rd quarter, the Cowboys continued to dominate the game and with 4:37 to go the score was 55-44. The crabbers were able to cut somewhat the lead with the help of Sweetney and Ricky Sanchez as the quarter came to an end the score was 63-56.

In the 4th quarter, the Crabbers were able to get within 6 points 65-59 as Sweetney once again was able to impose his strength down on the post. Then came Christian Dalmau with 3 consecutive 3 pointers to pull the Cowboys away once again with 3:48 to go in the game, the score was 76-63 at this point.

Bayamon continued their dominance down the stretch and would not give the Crabbers an opportunity to be a threat in the rest of the game. The final score was 79-67.

For Bayamon, Christian Dalmau scored 23 points followed by Robert Traylor with 15 points and 8 rebounds.

For Santurce, Ricky Sanchez scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Michael Sweetney scored 13 points.

In the only other game of the night, Quebradillas beat Isabela by a score of 104-93. Individual scoring was not available.



Santurce land Walter Hodge - by Eurobasket News
Santurce strengthened their roster. They have agreed on terms of contract with Walter Hodge (183-G-86, college: Florida). The 24-year-old guard is expected to join the team next week. Walter Hodge played in Poland this season. He tallied 17.0 points, 5.1 assists and 2.5 boards per game for Zastal Zielona Gora. Walter Hodge played for Santurce in the previous season. He tallied 11.9 points, 3.3 assists, 2.3 boards and 1.1 steals per game in BSN.


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  RUSSIA   


Baxter number one in Russia for round 20 - by Eurobasket News
American center Lonny Baxter (204-C-79, agency: Priority Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Enisey Krasnoyarsk, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Lokomotiv (#2, 13-7) 80-76. Enisey maintains the 6th position in Russian PBL. Enisey is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-10 record. Baxter turned to be Enisey's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Maryland star has very solid stats this year. Baxter is in league's top in points (2nd best: 15.9ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 6.8rpg) and averages impressive 63.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old international forward Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86, agency: Alti Sport) of Dynamo Moscow. Zhukanenko had a very good evening with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Dynamo to another comfortable win 82-68 over slightly higher-ranked Krasnie Krilya (#8, 7-13) being unquestionably team leader. Dynamo's 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-14 record. Zhukanenko is well-known at Dynamo and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Enisey Krasnoyarsk's star - American guard Marcus Williams (191-G-85). Williams showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was another key player of Enisey, helping his team with a 80-76 win against the higher-ranked Lokomotiv (#2, 13-7). The chances of Enisey ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Williams could help Enisey to bring them higher in the standings. Williams has a great season in Russia. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.7ppg (3rd best) and assists with 6.9apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87) of CSKA - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Egor Vyaltsev (192-G-85) of Triumph - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Dmitry Golovin (192-G-88) of N.Novgorod - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of Krasnie Krilya - 19 points and 7 rebounds
8. Ernest Bremer (195-G-80) of Krasnie Krilya - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) of Unics - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) of Lokomotiv - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Standings - A Liga
A Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Hemofarm 5-1 
 2. Radnicki 5-1 
 3. Partizan 5-1 
 4. Beograd 2-3 
 5. Crvena Zvezda 2-3 
 6. Metalac 2-4 
 7. FMP 1-5 
 8. Mega Vizura 1-5 
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
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.20.3 
 2. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 3. Sinovec, Metalac18.6 
 4. Micevic, Sloboda .17.6 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 6. Zekovic, Beograd16.7 
 7. Bunic, Novi Sad16.6 
 8. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.16.2 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac7.3 
 3. Cantekin, Mega V.7.1 
 4. Jelovac, Mega V.6.8 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 7. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Sulovic, Napredak6.3 
 10. Borovcanin, Sloga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marko LJUBICIC
  Metalac
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Ljubicic, Metalac6.1 
 2. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 3. Vlahovic, Sloga5.1 
 4. Radivojevic, FMP5.0 
 5. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.7 
 6. Mitrovic, Beograd4.6 
 7. Covic, FMP4.5 
 8. Kocergin, Superfund4.3 
 9. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 10. Dundjerski, Beograd3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd3.1 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.1 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 6. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 7. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 8. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Tresac, Borac1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan BIRCEVIC
  Metalac
  (209-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bircevic, Metalac1.3 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.2 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 4. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 6. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 7. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 8. Zekovic, Beograd0.7 
 9. Karalic, Crnokosa0.7 
 10. Lucic, Beograd0.7 


Superleague Round 6: Derby game ends with Crvena Zvezda's win against FMP Zeleznik - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: Crvena Zvezda (#6) and FMP Zeleznik (#7). Crvena Zvezda (2-3) won against visiting FMP Zeleznik (1-5) 90-79. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 49-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Crvena Zvezda made 28-of-33 free shots (84.8 percent) during the game. Crvena Zvezda outrebounded FMP Zeleznik 35-20 including 25 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by FMP Zeleznik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Power forward Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) contributed with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Bosnian center Mile Ilic (215-84, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for FMP Zeleznik. FMP Zeleznik's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Crvena Zvezda moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Beograd. FMP Zeleznik at the other side keeps the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Mega Vizura. Crvena Zvezda is looking forward to face Mega Vizura (#8) on the road in the next round. FMP Zeleznik will play against the league's second-placed Radnicki in Kragujevac and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
An interesting game for Hemofarm (5-1) which played road game in Beograd against 4th ranked OKK Beograd (2-3). First ranked Hemofarm managed to get a 14-point victory 88-74. Forward Boris Savovic (206-87) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Mladen Jeremic chipped in 19 points during the contest. Hemofarm's coach Zeljko Lukajic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was guard Slobodan Dundjerski (190-88, agency: Alti Sport) with 18 points and 7 assists. Hemofarm maintains first position with 5-1 record, which they share with Partizan and Radnicki. OKK Beograd at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Crvena Zvezda. Hemofarm will play against Partizan (#3) in Beograd in the next round, which may be the game of the day. OKK Beograd will play on the road against Metalac in Valjevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between third ranked Partizan (5-1) and 7th ranked Mega Vizura (1-5) in Beograd on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Partizan beat guests from Vizura 100-82. Jan Vesely notched 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 17 points and 5 rebounds by Aleksandar Mitrovic did not help to save the game for Mega Vizura. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Partizan have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hemofarm and Radnicki. Mega Vizura lost third consecutive game. Loser Mega Vizura keeps the seventh place with five games lost. They share the position with FMP. Partizan will meet league's leader Hemofarm in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mega Vizura will play against Crvena Zvezda (#5) in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 6 Metalac was beaten by Radnicki on the road 87-75.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 21 points and 16 rebounds by Nikola Markovic of FMP Zeleznik Beograd.


Partizan - Mega Vizura 100-82

The game between third ranked Partizan (5-1) and 7th ranked Mega Vizura (1-5) in Beograd on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Partizan beat guests from Vizura 100-82. The game without a history. Partizan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Mega Vizura's 30. They outrebounded Mega Vizura 47-22 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Czech forward Jan Vesely (211-90) notched 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward James Gist (203-86) supported him with 17 points. Even 17 points and 5 rebounds by forward Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-90, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Mega Vizura. Power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: BeoExcell) added 13 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Partizan have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hemofarm and Radnicki. Mega Vizura lost third consecutive game. Loser Mega Vizura keeps the seventh place with five games lost. They share the position with FMP. Partizan will meet league's leader Hemofarm in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mega Vizura will play against Crvena Zvezda (#5) in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Partizan: J.Vesely 21+8reb+3ast, J.Gist 17+4reb+2ast, N.Jawai 15+3reb, R.Katic 12+4reb, V.Lucic 11+7reb+3ast, D.Milosavljevic 8+10reb+3ast
Mega Vizura: A.Mitrovic 17+5reb+3ast, S.Jelovac 13+4reb+1ast, N.Nikolic 11+1reb+4ast, D.Cantekin 10+4reb+1ast, V.Micic 9+2reb+1ast, D.Cvetkovic 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 124156


Radnicki - Metalac 87-75

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Radnicki (5-1) beat 6th ranked Metalac (2-4) in Kragujevac 87-75 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 13 points at the halftime before their 54-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Radnicki looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and power forward Nenad Sulovic (202-85) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Radnicki's coach Miroslav Nikolic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 11 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists by forward Marko Ljubicic (197-87) did not help to save the game for Metalac. Guard Stefan Sinovec (195-88) added 15 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Radnicki keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Partizan and Hemofarm. Loser Metalac keeps the sixth place with four games lost. Radnicki will meet FMP Zeleznik (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Metalac will play against OKK Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radnicki: N.Sulovic 18+6reb, M.Cakarevic 18+10reb+5ast, S.Markovic 14+5reb+4ast, M.Lee 14+4reb+1ast, P.Miletic 9+4reb+1ast, V.Aleksic 5+1reb+8ast
Metalac: S.Sinovec 15+6reb+3ast, S.Bircevic 15+2reb+1ast, R.Marojevic 13+3reb+3ast, M.Ljubicic 11+6reb+12ast, M.Ljubojevic 7+4reb, M.Trtic 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 124154


Beograd - Hemofarm 74-88

An interesting game for Hemofarm (5-1) which played road game in Beograd against 4th ranked OKK Beograd (2-3). First ranked Hemofarm managed to get a 14-point victory 88-74. OKK Beograd was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 30-10 charge of Hemofarm, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to OKK Beograd's 22. They outrebounded OKK Beograd 31-19. Forward Boris Savovic (206-87) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Four Hemofarm players scored in double figures. Hemofarm's coach Zeljko Lukajic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was guard Slobodan Dundjerski (190-88, agency: Alti Sport) with 18 points and 7 assists and center Uros Lucic (207-83) scored 19 points. Hemofarm maintains first position with 5-1 record, which they share with Partizan and Radnicki. OKK Beograd at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Crvena Zvezda. Hemofarm will play against Partizan (#3) in Beograd in the next round, which may be the game of the day. OKK Beograd will play on the road against Metalac in Valjevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 19+2reb+3ast, B.Savovic 16+9reb+1ast, M.Sutalo 15+1reb+1ast, J.Jordan 13+4reb, B.Krstovic 7+3reb+2ast, M.Pavkovic 5+1reb+7ast
Beograd: U.Lucic 19+4reb+1ast, S.Dundjerski 18+3reb+7ast, S.Zivkovic 10+3reb+1ast, S.Stanojevic 9+2reb, M.Pavlovic 8+2reb+2ast, D.Mitrovic 6+2reb+9ast
gschID: 124155


Crvena Zvezda - FMP 90-79

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: Crvena Zvezda (#6) and FMP Zeleznik (#7). Crvena Zvezda (2-3) won against visiting FMP Zeleznik (1-5) 90-79. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 49-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Crvena Zvezda made 28-of-33 free shots (84.8 percent) during the game. Crvena Zvezda outrebounded FMP Zeleznik 35-20 including 25 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by FMP Zeleznik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Power forward Uros Nikolic (207-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Bosnian center Mile Ilic (215-84, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Filip Covic (180-89, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for FMP Zeleznik. Four Crvena Zvezda and five FMP Zeleznik players scored in double figures. FMP Zeleznik's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Crvena Zvezda moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Beograd. FMP Zeleznik at the other side keeps the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Mega Vizura. Crvena Zvezda is looking forward to face Mega Vizura (#8) on the road in the next round. FMP Zeleznik will play against the league's second-placed Radnicki in Kragujevac and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: U.Nikolic 21+10reb, S.Lesic 19+12reb, N.Nedovic 15+1reb+5ast, S.Dragicevic 10+3reb, A.Cvetkovic 9+1reb, V.Subotic 7+5reb+3ast
FMP: M.Ilic 16+6reb+6ast, F.Covic 14+6ast, A.Milutinovic 12+4reb+1ast, B.Bowman 12+1reb, B.Lazic 10+5reb+1ast, V.Ivelja 6+1reb
gschID: 124153




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Benjamin Raymond gets MVP of the Week award for Slovenian Telemach League (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
American Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87, agency: Impact Basketball) had an amazing evening in the last round for Helios and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old swingman had a double-double of 24 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed Maribor Messer (#7, 1-4) with 23-point margin 88-65. Helios maintains the 4th position in Slovenian Telemach League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this stage. Helios will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. Raymond just recently signed at Helios, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Xavier University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Raymond is in league's top in points (9th best: 13.8ppg), rebounds (5th best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 52.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old center Jure Erzen (203-C-75) of Parklji Bezigrad. Erzen impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Parklji lost that game 72-80 to slightly higher-ranked LTHcast Mercator (#-6, 5-15). Despite lost game Parklji moved up to -5th position in Group B. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Parklji managed to get this Second Stage. Erzen is one of the most experienced players at Parklji and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.9ppg (#3). He also registered 6.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Vladimir Panic (194-F-82, agency: 011 Sports) of second-ranked Zlatorog Lasko. Panic scored 26 points. He was a key player of Zlatorog, leading his team to a 77-75 win against #3 ranked Union Olimpija in a game of the week. Zlatorog is closer and closer to the top of the standings in Group A. They will still need more victories. But 4-1 record is not that bad... Panic has a great season in Slovenia. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.7ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) of Union Olimpija - 17 points and 6 rebounds
5. Marko Lekic (211-C-85) of Helios - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jaka Blazic (193-G-90) of Geoplin Slovan - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Matej Krusic (211-C-87) of Geoplin Slovan - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tomaz Mezek (180-G-84) of LTHcast Mercator - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Vjekoslav Petrovic (193-G/F-81) of Helios - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Blaz Mahkovic (194-F-90) of LTHcast Mercator - 16 points and 6 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)


Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
Group A
 1. Krka 5-0 
 2. Zlatorog 4-1 
 3. Union Olimpija 3-2 
 4. Helios 3-2 
 5. Polzela 2-3 
 6. Geoplin Slovan 2-3 
 7. Maribor Messer 1-4 
 8. Elektra 0-5 
Group B
 1. Sentjur 9-11 
 2. LTHcast Mercator 5-15 
 3. Parklji 1-19 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Panic, Zlatorog20.7 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur17.4 
 3. Erzen, Parklji16.9 
 4. Thondique, Polzela16.5 
 5. Harmason, Sentjur15.1 
 6. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan14.9 
 7. Mijajlovic, Polzela14.3 
 8. Nuhanovic, Elektra13.9 
 9. Raymond, Helios13.8 
 10. Bubnic, Helios13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Thondique, Polzela10.8 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur8.9 
 3. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.2 
 4. Miljkovic, Elektra7.8 
 5. Raymond, Helios7.5 
 6. Krusic, Geoplin .7.1 
 7. Erzen, Parklji6.1 
 8. Zolotic, Maribor .6.0 
 9. Cebasek, Parklji5.9 
 10. Paravinja, Parklji5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Primoz BROLIH
  Maribor Messer
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Brolih, Maribor .4.6 
 2. Jersin, Elektra4.5 
 3. Mijajlovic, Polzela4.3 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlatorog3.9 
 5. Hohler, Sentjur3.9 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur3.8 
 7. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.5 
 8. Zagorc, Helios3.1 
 9. Petrovic, Helios2.8 
 10. Pelko, Zlatorog2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.4 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast .1.9 
 3. Vranjkovic, Helios1.9 
 4. Harmason, Sentjur1.6 
 5. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.6 
 6. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.5 
 7. Venta, Polzela1.5 
 8. Zadnik, Geoplin .1.5 
 9. Hohler, Sentjur1.5 
 10. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.8 
 2. Thondique, Polzela1.2 
 3. Dimec, Zlatorog1.2 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela0.8 
 5. Lapornik, Zlatorog0.7 
 6. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 7. Mijajlovic, Zlatorog0.6 
 8. Bubnic, Helios0.6 
 9. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan0.5 
 10. Vrsaljko, Polzela0.5 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Promy Blow out Busan, Move on to Finals - by Kevin Campigotto
The Wonju Dongbu Promy had an opportunity to eliminate Busan Sonic Boom KT from the playoffs and they left no doubt blowing Busan out 81-68 in game 5 of the series. Wonju got out to an electric start with guard Park Ji-Hyon (183-G-79) hitting three 3-point shots and finishing the quarter with 14 points. Busan standout Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) had a game high 37 points and 15 rebounds but Busan trailed by 17 at the half and never really threatened. Rhodes was the only player for Busan who finished with double digit points. Wonju got the lead as high as 26.

Wonju Dongbu Promy center Rod Benson (208-F/C-84, college: California), visibly hobbled by an ankle injury, struggled to guard Rhodes but contributed 17 points and 6 rebounds. Despite being up by double-digits Benson stayed in the game until the last whistle. Busan, the regular season champion and therefore top playoff seed, was eliminated while second seeded
Inchon ET Land Elephants face elimination in a game tomorrow against the KCC Egis.

Wonju will be looking for their fourth championship, having won in 2003, 2005, and 2008. Game 1 of the championship series begins Saturday the 16th and will be in either Inchon or Jeonju depending on who wins that series.

Game Notes

Wonju Dongbu Promy
Park Ji-Hyon 22 points 7 assists (4 for 7 3pt)
Rod Benson 17 points 6 rebounds
Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) 11 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists
Hwang Jin-Won (189-G-78) points
Team 3-points 7/12 (58%)

Sonic Boom KT
Charles Rhodes 37 points 15 rebounds, 4 blocks
Team 3-points 4/15 (27%)




KBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Dongbu Promy - Sonic Boom KT 58-57

The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. The former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) helped adding 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) scored 13 points.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 22+8reb+2ast, J.Kim 12+6reb+8ast, J.Park 9+6reb+4ast, K.Jin 5, H.Yoon 4+5reb, J.Kim 3
Sonic Boom KT: S.Park 16+6reb, S.Cho 13+3reb+3ast, J.Peters 10+1reb, Y.Song 8+4reb, C.Rhodes 6+8reb+3ast, D.Cho 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 126341


KCC Egis - Elephants 80-73

ET Land Elephants were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 24-11 third quarter run of KCC Egis. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to ET Land Elephants' 30 and made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Eric Dawson (208-84, college: Midwestern St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. International center Seung-Jin Ha (222-85) accounted for 15 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side. Four KCC Egis players scored in double figures. American forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) came up with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and center Jang-Hoon Seo (207-74) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for ET Land Elephants in the defeat. ET Land Elephants' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: E.Dawson 19+13reb+1ast, S.Ha 15+17reb, T.Chon 14+1reb+3ast, B.Kang 11+1reb+1ast, C.Daniels 8+1reb, M.Shin 6+2reb+2ast
Elephants: J.Stevenson 27+6reb+5ast, H.Lee 13+3reb, J.Seo 12+5reb+1ast, H.Hill 8+6reb+2ast, S.Park 6+2reb+1ast, Y.Jung 3+3reb+6ast
gschID: 126342




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  SPAIN   


ACB Round 29: Leader Regal FC Barcelona loses to Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in ACB is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Regal FC Barcelona (23-6) on the court of second ranked Real Madrid on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Real Madrid in overtime 77-72. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Regal FC Barcelona won fourth quarter 21-14. 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 Regal FC Barcelona used huge pressure winning it 21-14 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 8-13. Real Madrid made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game. 31 personal fouls committed by Regal FC Barcelona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) (202-86, agency: Court Side) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87) chipped in 17 points. Australian swingman Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports) produced 14 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Real Madrid have a solid series of three victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Regal Barca lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Regal FC Barcelona. Real Madrid is looking forward to face CAI Zaragoza (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Regal FC Barcelona will play against Blancos de Rueda (#9) in Valladolid and is hoping to win this game.

Other games of round 29 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Caja Laboral defeated Manresa in Vitoria 89-83. Lagun Aro GBC smashed Unicaja at home 90-67. Gran Canaria destroyed DKV Joventut on the opponent's court 93-69. Bizkaia Bilbao outscored CAI Zaragoza in a home game 79-56. Meridiano recorded a loss to Valencia on the road 86-79. Valladolid was defeated by Granada on its own court 62-67. Fuenlabrada was beaten by Estudiantes in Madrid 87-73.
The best stats of 29th round was 35 points (!!!) by Jaycee Carroll of Gran Canaria.


Manresa - Caja Laboral 83-89

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Assignia Manresa (9-20) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Caja Laboral (19-10) 89-83 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-13. But Assignia Manresa won third quarter 29-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caja Laboral looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Assignia Manresa was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Brazilian-Italian guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 assists. International swingman Fernando San Emeterio (198-84) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Five Caja Laboral players scored in double figures. The former international guard Roman Montanez (193-79) produced 18 points and Slovenian power forward Uros Slokar (210-83) added 9 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Assignia Manresa's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Caja Laboral have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 19-10 record. Assignia Manresa lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Caja Laboral will face Bizkaia Bilbao (#5) at home in the next round. Assignia Manresa will play against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#8) in Madrid.
Top scorers:
Caja Laboral: B.Oleson 19+1reb+1ast, P.Ribas 13+3reb+4ast, F.San Emeterio 12+5reb+5ast, M.Teletovic 12+6reb+1ast, S.Barac 12+4reb+2ast, M.Huertas 11+2reb+10ast
Manresa: R.Montanez 18+2reb+3ast, M.Majstorovic 17+4reb, S.Gladyr 10+3reb+2ast, U.Slokar 9+13reb+1ast, J.Grimau 8+3reb+1ast, R.San Miguel 8+5reb+6ast
gschID: 92392


Lagun Aro GBC - Unicaja 90-67

There was a surprise result in San Sebastian where fourteenth ranked Lagun Aro GBC (10-19) smashed higher ranked Unicaja Malaga (16-13) 90-67 on Saturday. The game without a history. Lagun Aro GBC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Lagun Aro GBC shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Andy Panko (204-77, college: Lebanon Valley) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Javier Salgado (180-80) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Four Lagun Aro GBC players scored in double figures. British forward Joel Freeland (208-87) produced 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky, agency: SportsTalent) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lagun Aro GBC maintains fourteenth place with 10-19 record. Unicaja Malaga at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Lagun Aro GBC will face higher ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (#6) in Las Palmas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Lagun Aro GBC: A.Panko 21+11reb+2ast, J.Salgado 18+2reb+8ast, J.Baron 17+1reb, D.Lorbek 13, M.Kone 6+4reb, A.Miralles 6+2reb+1ast
Unicaja: J.Freeland 26+8reb, G.Fitch 9+5reb+2ast, N.Sinanovic 7, R.Archibald 5+2reb, U.Tripkovic 5, J.Garbajosa 4+6reb
gschID: 92393


DKV Joventut - Gran Canaria 69-93

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked DKV Joventut's (14-15) home loss to ninth ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (16-13) 69-93 on Sunday. The game without a history. Gran Canaria 2014 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Gran Canaria 2014 looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Jaycee Carroll (188-83, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 35 points (!!!). His fellow American import guard Taurean Green (185-85, college: Florida) chipped in 5 points and 8 assists. American swingman Quinton Hosley (198-84, college: Fresno St.) produced 7 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and Czech guard David Jelinek (194-90) added 11 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gran Canaria 2014 moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. DKV Joventut at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Gran Canaria 2014 will face Lagun Aro GBC (#14) in San Sebastian in the next round and are hoping to win another game. DKV Joventut will play on the road against CB Granada.
Top scorers:
Gran Canaria: J.Carroll 35+3reb, X.Rey 9+7reb, S.Nelson 8+4reb+4ast, J.Wallace 7+4reb+4ast, D.Borovnjak 7+4reb, M.Bramos 6+2reb
DKV Joventut: D.Jelinek 11+4reb+1ast, W.McDonald 10+1reb+1ast, R.Robinson 9+3reb+3ast, P.Tomas 9+6reb, N.Llobet 8+2reb, Q.Hosley 7+5reb+6ast
gschID: 92389


Real Madrid - Regal Barca 77-72 OT

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Regal FC Barcelona (23-6) on the court of second ranked Real Madrid on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Real Madrid in overtime 77-72. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 22-6 record before this meeting. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Regal FC Barcelona won fourth quarter 21-14. 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 Regal FC Barcelona used huge pressure winning it 21-14 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 8-13. Real Madrid made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game. 31 personal fouls committed by Regal FC Barcelona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Carlos Suarez (202-86, agency: Court Side) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87) chipped in 17 points. Australian swingman Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports) produced 14 points and Slovenian power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St.) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Four Regal FC Barcelona players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Real Madrid have a solid series of three victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Regal Barca lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Regal FC Barcelona. Real Madrid is looking forward to face CAI Zaragoza (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Regal FC Barcelona will play against Blancos de Rueda (#9) in Valladolid and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: C.Suarez 19+7reb+1ast, A.Tomic 17+4reb+2ast, S.Llull 12+1reb+1ast, F.Reyes 8+5reb+1ast, P.Prigioni 8+2reb+6ast, N.Mirotic 5+1reb+1ast
Regal Barca: J.Ingles 14+2reb+1ast, R.Grimau 12+3reb, A.Anderson 11+3reb, E.Lorbek 11+4reb+2ast, J.Lakovic 7+2reb, K.Perovic 6+1reb
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Bizkaia Bilbao - CAI Zaragoza 79-56

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Bizkaia Bilbao (18-11) outscored at home 12th ranked CAI Zaragoza (13-16) 79-56 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Bizkaia Bilbao. CAI Zaragoza was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bizkaia Bilbao dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to CAI Zaragoza's 32. They outrebounded CAI Zaragoza 39-24 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-79) who scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Greek swingman Costas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM) chipped in 16 points. Four Bizkaia Bilbao players scored in double figures. Bizkaia Bilbao's coach Fotis Katsikaris felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Argentinian-Italian guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) produced 20 points and American power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Bizkaia Bilbao have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 18-11 record. Newly promoted CAI Zaragoza keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Bizkaia Bilbao will face higher ranked Caja Laboral (#4) in Vitoria in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CAI Zaragoza will play at home against the league's second-placed Real Madrid (#2).
Top scorers:
Bizkaia Bilbao: C.Vasiliadis 16+2reb+2ast, E.Hernandez-Sonseca 12+7reb+1ast, A.Mumbru 12+6reb+3ast, M.Banic 10+3reb, A.Hervelle 10+4reb+2ast, J.Blums 8+4reb+4ast
CAI Zaragoza: P.Quinteros 20+1reb+2ast, A.Chubb 12+6reb+2ast, S.Van Rossom 7+2reb, C.Cabezas 6+2reb, P.Aguilar 6+7reb+2ast, C.Toppert 4+1reb
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Valencia - Meridiano 86-79

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Meridiano Alicante (8-21) was defeated on the road by third ranked Power Electronics Valencia (20-9) 86-79 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Power Electronics Valencia outrebounded Meridiano Alicante 34-22 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) who scored 20 points. Serbian power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) produced 19 points and Slovakian power forward Martin Rancik (204-78, college: Iowa St.) added 13 points