EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/12/2011

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  ABA   


Southeast Texas Mavericks leave the ABA - by Gianni Pascucci
The two time defending ABA National Champion Southeast Texas Mavericks announced today that they will be leaving the American Basketball Association immediately.
The Mavericks have dominated the ABA for the three seasons they have been a member of the League. The Mavericks have won three Division Championships, 30 straight Regular Season Games (a league record), been ranked #1 in National ABA Power Ranking for 33 straight regular season weeks (a league record), and recently won Back to Back National Championships.
'It has just become apparent to us that we need to be in a Pro Basketball League that gives us a greater challenge on a consistent basis' states Mavericks general manager/head coach Steve Tucker .
The Mavericks will contact the NBA D League Office in New York to begin the process of becoming a member of the NBA's Developmental League.
The easiest way for this to happen in a timely fashion may be to purchase an existing D League franchise. Three D League franchises are for sale at this time in the sixteen team professional basketball league.
One thing that should be appealing to the NBA D League is that the Mavericks own their own facility with their Nutty Jerry's Entertainment Complex in Winnie, TX.
The NBA D League will tip-off the 2011-12 season in November.



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  ARGENTINA   


Interligas Tournament Group A. Day 3. Obras reach Final - by Eurobasket News
Penarol - Obras Sanitarias 86:92

Obras Sanitarias made it into the Interligas Tournament Final. They held off Penarol in the decisive third round of action in Group A. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) stepped up with 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead Obras. It was an intense battle from start to finish. The teams were tied at 18 after ten minutes. Obras managed to pull ahead in the second term. They recorded a 3-point lead at the interval 42:39. The teams continued to trade baskets and stay close throughout the third stanza. Obras entered the final quarter leading by three. They poured in 28 points in the fourth period and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Joshua Pittman (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: NC-Asheville) had 19 points, while Luis Cequeira (180-G-85) finished with 14 points in the victory. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) answered with 23 points for Penarol. Marcos Mata (202-F-86) provided 17 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Penarol: Leonardo Gutierrez 23, Marcos Mata 17+10 boards
Obras Sanitarias: Juan Gutierrez 22+12 boards, Joshua Pittman 19, Luis Cequeira 14

Flamengo - BRB/Brasilia 68:67

Flamengo finally delivered their first victory. They nipped their archrivals BRB/Brasilia on the final day of action in Group A. Both teams finished the tournament at 1-2 record. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Atila Santos knocked down a late jumper to propel Flamengo to the victory in this one.
Flamengo led by 4 points after the starting period but BRB/Brasilia surged ahead for a 32:31 halftime lead. Flamengo retained advantage in the third term but BRB/Brasilia eked out a narrow 67:66 lead after a three-pointer from Frederico dos Santos late in regulation. But Atila Santos came up with a rescue shot to seal the victory for Flamengo. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) scored 13 points, while Helio Vitor Lima (184-PG-81) added 11 in the win. Arthur Luiz Belchior (200-G/F-82) answered with 19 points for BRB/Brasilia. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 16 points in the loss.

Flamengo: David Teague 19, Eduardo Machado 13, Helio Vitor Lima 11
BRB/Brasilia: Arthur Luiz Belchior 19, Alexandre Garcia 16



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  AUSTRALIA   


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. 4-0 
 2. Parramatta W. 4-0 
 3. Sydney C. 4-1 
 4. Hornsby S. 3-1 
 5. Newcastle H. 2-1 
 6. Manly Warr. 2-2 
 7. Sutherland S. 2-2 
 8. Illawarra H. 1-1 
 9. Norths Bears 1-2 
 10. Bankstown B. 1-2 
 11. Canberra N. 1-4 
 12. Maitland M. 0-4 
 13. C. Coast C. 0-5 


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga: Arkadia, Oberwart and Gmunden advance to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Arkadia, Oberwart and Gmunden eliminated their rivals with perfect 3-0 and advanced to A Bundesliga Semifinals. In the last game of the night Klosterneuburg was better than Furstenfeld 73-72 coming to 1-2 in the series.



Kapfenberg - Arkadia 66-72 (0-3)

It looked good early as Kapfenberg Bulls took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Arkadia Lions had a 26-18 second period charge getting the lead and Kapfenberg Bulls were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-72. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (201-F-92, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. International guard Benedikt Danek (174-86) accounted for 15 points and 8 assists for the winning side. Four Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) came up with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) added 15 points respectively for Kapfenberg Bulls in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: D.Horace 17+2reb, D.Nelson 15+2reb+2ast, A.Woschank 11+3reb+3ast, L.Gordon 9+8reb+5ast, J.Fears 5+1reb+4ast, M.Lanegger 5+4reb+4ast
Arkadia: D.Drenovac 19+6reb+3ast, B.Danek 15+4reb+8ast, K.Houston 14+10reb, F.Vay 13+5reb+2ast, M.Bralovic 5+3reb+1ast, P.Skurdauskas 4+3reb


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Wels - Oberwart 75-80 (0-3)
The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 27-6 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Oberwart Gunners dominated on the defensive end, holding Raiffeisen Wels to just 6 points in third quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jermaine Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle, agency: 540 Sports) who recorded 21 points and the other American import guard Rasheed Brokenborough (191-76, college: Temple, agency: Impact Basketball) added 17 points respectively. Four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Wels: J.Thomas 21+4reb+1ast, R.Brokenborough 17+4reb+2ast, B.Fields 13+2reb, T.Klette 11+4reb, D.Lamesic 8+5reb+3ast, J.Francois 3+3reb+1ast
Oberwart: J.Dean Shawn 25+5reb, J.Johnson 13+8reb, H.Ochsenhofer 12+3ast, B.Volcic 9+3reb, T.Sally 8+3reb+1ast, K.Parker 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 126347


UBSC Graz - Gmunden 76-87 (0-3)
The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. UBSC Graz managed to win fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Gmunden Swans especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 72.7 percentage. It was a great evening for American swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 8 assists. The former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) helped adding 19 points. Gmunden Swans' coach Matthias Fischer used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American power forward Louis Graham (205-84) with 7 points and 12 rebounds and Slovenian guard Dragan Miletic (195-82) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: D.Miletic 16+4reb+2ast, S.Grum 15+1reb+3ast, C.Knor 14+5reb+1ast, S.Schaal 9+2reb+1ast, M.Stegnjaic 9+1reb+1ast, L.Graham 7+12reb+3ast
Gmunden: D.Mayes 19+2reb, I.Boylan 16+1reb+8ast, D.Oppland 13+1reb, P.Hutter 9+4reb+2ast, M.Mayer 8+8reb+2ast, T.Stelzer 7
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Klosterneub. - Furstenfeld 73-72 (1-2)
Furstenfeld Panthers were ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 29-17 charge of Xion Dukes, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Court Side) answered with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Furstenfeld Panthers. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 18+8reb+6ast, S.Stazic 15+6reb+6ast, D.Carr 11+4reb+1ast, S.Ray 11+2reb, R.Hicks 7+4reb+1ast, L.O'Neal 4+1reb+1ast
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 21+2reb+1ast, R.Suljanovic 15+11reb+2ast, C.Nagler 11+3reb+2ast, D.Hamidovic 8+3reb, A.Maresch 6+4reb+4ast, J.Chappell 5+8reb+2ast
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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.5 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 4. Brokenboroug., Wel.19.4 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.5 
 6. Mayes, Gmunden17.6 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.17.2 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.0 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.16.2 
 10. Shawn, Oberwart16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.2 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 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, Oberwart7.3 
 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. Miletic, UBSC G.4.4 
 8. Parker, Oberwart4.3 
 9. Boylan, Gmunden4.2 
 10. Coffin, BC Vienna4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.2 
 4. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 5. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 6. Parker, Oberwart2.0 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
 8. Vay, Arkadia1.7 
 9. Artner, Oberwart1.7 
 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. Heard, Gussing0.7 


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  BELARUS   


Semifinals openers - by Eurobasket News
Minsk 2006 won the first two games over Lokomotiv in the start of the Semifinal Round. The winner of the Regular Season won 119:78 and 107:61. In the first game Minsk started with 29-23 and added 31-19 in the second frame. The winners also produced two wins in the third and the last quarters respectfully. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) and Larry Hall (190-G-83, college: W.Oregon) stepped up with 16 points each, while Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) netted 13. Igor Dranchenko (191-G-89) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.
In Game 2 Minsk started with 32-8 in the first frame and never looked behind after. Grodno 93 and OZAA meanwhile exchanged the victories in the first two games. Grodno won the first game 98:82 as they started with 27-18 in the opening frame. They also won the second and the last quarters for the first win. In Game 2 however OZAA responded with 86:77 for 1-1 record in the series.


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Miller's 22 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old guard James J.J. Miller (180-G-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Stella Artois Leuven Bears and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had the game-high 22 points adding two rebounds and five assists for Leuven in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Verviers-Pep. (#7, 8-16) 88-85. Leuven is placed at 6th position in Belgian league. Leuven is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-16 record. In the team's last game Miller had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Leuven's top player in his first season with the team. North Carolina A&T State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Miller is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.0ppg), assists (8th best: 2.7apg) and averages solid 42.2% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Andrija Stipanovic (208-C-86) of Liege. He is Croatian center in his second season at Liege. In the last game Stipanovic recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Liege lost that game 63-72 to the higher-ranked M.Hainaut (#3, 15-9). This loss caused Liege to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-16 record. Stipanovic is well-known at Liege and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Stella Artois Leuven Bears' star - guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86). Dagunduro showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Leuven, helping his team with a 88-85 win against slightly lower-ranked Verviers-Pep. (#7, 8-16). The chances of Leuven not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dagunduro could try to bring Leuven's a little bit higher in the standings. Dagunduro has individually a great season in Belgium. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.7apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of VOO Verviers-Pepinster - 22 points and 6 rebounds
5. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Oostende - 21 points and 5 rebounds
6. Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) of Verviers-Pep. - 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Wen Boss Mukubu (198-G/F-83) of Liege - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Marcus Hatten (186-G-80) of M.Hainaut - 7 points and 9 rebounds
9. Lionel Bosco (176-G-81) of Gent - 17 points and 4 assists
10. Ron Lewis (193-G-84) of M.Hainaut - 17 points and 3 rebounds

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


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Kangar.-Boom 22-4 
 2. Sint-Jan Ant. 19-7 
 3. Pitzemburg 18-8 
 4. De Westhoek 16-10 
 5. Excelsior 15-11 
 6. Waregem 14-12 
 7. Essor Charleroi 12-14 
 8. Zolder 12-14 
 9. Fleurus 10-16 
 10. Liege II 10-16 
 11. M.Hainaut II 10-16 
 12. Gembo 9-17 
 13. Oostkamp 8-18 
 14. Carnieres 7-19 


D2: Regular season is over - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in D2 just ended. BBC Kangaroes-Boom is No.1 with 22-4 record.



D2 Standings
1. Kangar.-Boom 22-4
2. Sint-Jan Ant. 19-7
3. Pitzemburg 18-8
4. De Westhoek 16-10
5. Excelsior 15-11
6. Waregem 14-12
7. Essor Charleroi 12-14
8. Zolder 12-14
9. Fleurus 10-16
10. Liege II 10-16
11. M.Hainaut II 10-16
12. Gembo 9-17
13. Oostkamp 8-18
14. Carnieres 7-19



Excelsior - Pitzemburg 60-70
The game in Brussels was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Jako Pitzemburg (18-8) played at the court of 5th ranked Royal Aera Excelsior (15-11). Jako Pitzemburg defeated Royal Aera Excelsior 70-60 on Sunday. Jako Pitzemburg have a solid series of three victories in a row.



Essor Charleroi - De Westhoek 86-72
Very important is a road loss of third ranked BBC De Westhoek (16-10) against eighth ranked Essor Charleroi (12-14) on Sunday night. Visiting BBC De Westhoek was defeated by Essor Charleroi in Charleroi 86-72. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of BBC De Westhoek. Essor Charleroi moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Zolder.




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Oostkamp - Liege II 71-78
Rather expected game when 12th ranked KBBC Oostkamp (8-18) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Belgacom Liege II (10-16) 78-71 on Saturday. Newly promoted Belgacom Liege II maintains ninth place with 10-16 record, which they share with Fleurus and M.Hainaut II. KBBC Oostkamp lost ninth consecutive game. KBBC Oostkamp at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the thirteenth position with 18 games lost.



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Zolder - M.Hainaut II 79-92
There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Dexia Mons Hainaut II (10-16) defeated on the road higher ranked Zolder (12-14) 92-79 on Saturday. Dexia Mons Hainaut II moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Fleurus and Liege II.



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Fleurus - Sint-Jan Ant. 67-51
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Sint-Jans Antwerpen (19-7) against tenth ranked CEP Fleurus (10-16) on Friday night. Visiting Sint-Jans Antwerpen was defeated by CEP Fleurus in Fleurus 67-51. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sint-Jans Antwerpen.



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Waregem - Kangar.-Boom 86-83
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked BBC Kangaroes-Boom (22-4) on the court of sixth ranked Waregem on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Waregem 86-83. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of BBC Kangaroes-Boom. Waregem maintains sixth place with 14-12 record.

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Gembo - Carnieres 75-52
Bottom-ranked Gembo BBC managed to get a ninth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Gembo BBC outleveled thirteenth-ranked BC Carnieres in Borgerhout 75-52. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 23-point difference proves that Gembo BBC was well-prepared to that game.



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  BRAZIL   


Sao Jose and Unitri/Universo take wins - by Eurobasket News
Sao Jose claimed the first win over Winner/Limeira in the eighth-final series. Sao Jose came victorious 92:77 in the home encounter to level the best-of-five series at 1-1. Renato Pinto (202-F-78) stepped up with 22 points to lead the charge. Sao Jose built a 6-point lead at the first intermission but Winner/Limeira bounced back in the second term. The visitors outgunned Sao Jose to earn a 40:39 lead at the interval. But the third term turned out decisive for the home team. Sao Jose went on a deadly 35:14 run to clear off for good in this one. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) contributed 16 points for Sao Jose. Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) had 14 points in the victory. Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 22 points for Winner/Limeira. Diego Pinheiro (195-F/G-80) chipped in 15 points in the loss.
Unitri/Universo delivered a comfortable 90:63 road win over Araraquara in the opener. Robert Day (197-F-82, agency: 011 Sports, college: W.Oregon) stepped up with 31 points to pace the visitors. Lucas Cipolini (206-F/C-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) added 17 points in the victory. Unitri/Universo piled up a 15-point lead after the starting frame and never looked back en route to the victory. Luisinho da Silva (181-G-78) notched 13 points for Araraquara.



Interligas Tournament Group A. Day 3. Obras reach Final - by Eurobasket News
Penarol - Obras Sanitarias 86:92

Obras Sanitarias made it into the Interligas Tournament Final. They held off Penarol in the decisive third round of action in Group A. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) stepped up with 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead Obras. It was an intense battle from start to finish. The teams were tied at 18 after ten minutes. Obras managed to pull ahead in the second term. They recorded a 3-point lead at the interval 42:39. The teams continued to trade baskets and stay close throughout the third stanza. Obras entered the final quarter leading by three. They poured in 28 points in the fourth period and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Joshua Pittman (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: NC-Asheville) had 19 points, while Luis Cequeira (180-G-85) finished with 14 points in the victory. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) answered with 23 points for Penarol. Marcos Mata (202-F-86) provided 17 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Penarol: Leonardo Gutierrez 23, Marcos Mata 17+10 boards
Obras Sanitarias: Juan Gutierrez 22+12 boards, Joshua Pittman 19, Luis Cequeira 14

Flamengo - BRB/Brasilia 68:67

Flamengo finally delivered their first victory. They nipped their archrivals BRB/Brasilia on the final day of action in Group A. Both teams finished the tournament at 1-2 record. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Atila Santos knocked down a late jumper to propel Flamengo to the victory in this one.
Flamengo led by 4 points after the starting period but BRB/Brasilia surged ahead for a 32:31 halftime lead. Flamengo retained advantage in the third term but BRB/Brasilia eked out a narrow 67:66 lead after a three-pointer from Frederico dos Santos late in regulation. But Atila Santos came up with a rescue shot to seal the victory for Flamengo. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) scored 13 points, while Helio Vitor Lima (184-PG-81) added 11 in the win. Arthur Luiz Belchior (200-G/F-82) answered with 19 points for BRB/Brasilia. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 16 points in the loss.

Flamengo: David Teague 19, Eduardo Machado 13, Helio Vitor Lima 11
BRB/Brasilia: Arthur Luiz Belchior 19, Alexandre Garcia 16



Brazil Cup ends and qualify teams for the Super Cup Brazil - by Paulo Freire
The small basketball clubs of Brazil dream that one day they will come tol the elite and play the NBB. For those teams, the road is long, but the Brazil Cup came this year and can shorten that path.

This weekend was set the top teams ranked by their Region on Brazil Cup that will play the Super Cup Brazil, which occurs in May, local not yet defined, the final competition will involve eight teams ranked in their respective regional competitions of the Brazil Cup.

Below is a list of the teams ranked to play in the Super Cup Brazil:

Southeast: Rio Claro (SP), Sorocaba Flextronics Basketball - LSB (SP) and Tijuca Tenis Clube (RJ)
South: Campo Mourao (PR) and Caxias do Sul (RS)
North: SER Sao Jose/Ceap (AP)
Northeast: Sport Club do Recife (PE)
Midwest: AA Sao Camilo/Sinop (MT)

The club that wins the Super Cup Brazil will guarantees a seat for an South American competition. The two finalists in the Super Cup Brazil will also win the chance to prove that they qualify for the next NBB season, as they will be able to claim a spot if they provided and meet all the requirements under the National Basketball League (LNB).



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Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Dunav 2007 20-0 
 2. Beroe 15-5 
 3. Academik PL 15-5 
 4. Vidabasket 12-8 
 5. NSA 11-9 
 6. Rilski 2 10-10 
 7. Balkan 2 9-11 
 8. Cherno More U18 7-13 
 9. Chavdar 6-14 
 10. Sportist Svoge 3-17 
 11. Academik BL 2-18 


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. Georgiev, Levski7.4 
 7. Kolev, Cherno More7.4 
 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. Heath, Lukoil A.1.9 
 5. Radionov, Tundja1.9 
 6. James, Lukoil A.1.7 
 7. Dimitrov, Spartak1.7 
 8. Lilov, Rilski S.1.7 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.6 
 10. Green, 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. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.7 
 7. Petkov, Tundja0.7 
 8. Mijovic, Rilski S.0.7 
 9. Cole, Levski0.7 
 10. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 


Division A: Regular season is over, Dunav 2007 is No.1 with perfect 20-0 - by Eurobasket News
Regular season in Division A ended this weekend. Dunav 2007 is No.1 with impressive 20-0 record.



Division A Standings
1. Dunav 2007 20-0
2. Beroe 15-5
3. Academik PL 15-5
4. Vidabasket 12-8
5. NSA 11-9
6. Rilski 2 10-10
7. Balkan 2 9-11
8. Cherno More U18 7-13
9. Chavdar 6-14
10. Sportist Svoge 3-17
11. Academik BL 2-18



Cherno More U18 - Academik PL 91-98 OT

Eighth-ranked Cherno More U18 (7-13) made lots of trouble for second ranked Academik Plovdiv (15-5) in Varna on Sunday. The visitors from Plovdiv managed to secure only seven-point victory 98-91. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cherno More U18 won third quarter 32-30. 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 Cherno More U18 used huge pressure winning it 18-14 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 9-16. Academik Plovdiv forced 25 Cherno More U18 turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Forward Martin Horozov (200-86) fired a double-double by scoring 32 points and 22 rebounds for the winners. Guard Asen Nikolov (182-75) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 6 rebounds and 16 assists. Forward Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and center Denislav Vutev (206-94) added 22 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Academik Plovdiv have a solid three-game winning streak.
Top scorers:
Cherno More U18: N.Stoyanov 25+11reb+5ast, D.Vutev 22+14reb+2ast, A.Dikov 20+5reb, A.Natskin 14+2reb+6ast, G.Yankov 6+1reb+1ast, N.Ivanov 4+6reb
Academik PL: M.Horozov 32+22reb, D.Horozov 22+7reb+6ast, M.Penev 15+8reb+2ast, A.Nikolov 14+6reb+16ast, I.Stavrev 9+5reb+1ast, J.Novachev 6



gschID: 113148


Balkan 2 - Academik BL 93-81

There was no surprise in Botevgrad where 11th ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (2-18) was defeated by seventh ranked Balkan 2 (9-11) 93-81 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Balkan 2. Academic Blagoevgrad was better in third quarter 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Balkan 2 forced 28 Academic Blagoevgrad turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Academic Blagoevgrad's players. Forward Ivaylo Vuchkov (200-90) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Power forward Rayko Dundalov (199-93) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. Four Balkan 2 players scored in double figures. Balkan 2's coach Lachezar Dikov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Yavor Ivanov (195-84) produced 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and forward Boyan Tenev (205-88, college: Lincoln Memorial) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Academik BL: Y.Ivanov 34+5reb+1ast, B.Tenev 20+6reb+2ast, K.Atanasov 7+5reb, N.Manov 7+3reb+2ast, I.Kraykov 7+1reb, A.Anguelov 6+11reb+2ast
Balkan 2: R.Dundalov 23+8reb+3ast, I.Vuchkov 20+12reb+3ast, D.Hristov 16+4reb+2ast, P.Donchev 14+1reb+6ast, V.Ivanov 7+2reb, V.Stoev 6+4reb+9ast
gschID: 113149


Dunav 2007 - Sportist Svoge 129-76

No shocking result in a game in Ruse where top-ranked Dunav 2007 (20-0) smashed 10th ranked Sportist Svoge (3-17) 129-76 on Sunday. The game without a history. Dunav 2007 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 94 of its points in the paint compared to Sportist Svoge's 54. Dunav 2007 forced 30 Sportist Svoge turnovers and outrebounded them 50-34 including 20 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Sportist Svoge's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dunav 2007 made 8 blocks. Power forward Vladimir Nikolov (205-F/C-88, college: Garrett JC) fired 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Five Dunav 2007 players scored in double figures. Dunav 2007's coach Nikolay Gospodinov felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Antonio Antov (178-91) produced 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and guard Ruslan Bogdanov (190-89) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Dunav 2007 have an impressive 19-game winning streak.
Top scorers:
Sportist Svoge: A.Antov 33+8reb+3ast, R.Bogdanov 20+6reb+1ast, M.Vutov 17+5reb+2ast, G.Kunov 6+7reb+1ast, E.Goranov 0, V.Delistoyanov 0
Dunav 2007: V.Nikolov 20+8reb+4ast, V.Petkov 17+5reb+9ast, H.Gospodinov 16+8reb+1ast, A.Atanasov 12+4reb+1ast, N.Nikolov 11+7reb, M.Tanev 11+6reb+4ast
gschID: 113150


Vidabasket - Chavdar 109-67

Very expected game when 9th ranked Chavdar (6-14) was rolled over on the road by fifth ranked Vidabasket (12-8) 109-67 on Sunday. The game without a history. Vidabasket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Chavdar's 38. Vidabasket forced 25 Chavdar turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 38 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Chavdar's players. Guard Todor Kolev (186-92) fired 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Teodor Kirov (191-91) chipped in 15 points and 8 assists. Four Vidabasket players scored in double figures. Vidabasket's coach Nikolay Kolev felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Krasimir Koev (202-81) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and forward Deyan Denchev (193-93) added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Chavdar: K.Koev 21+11reb+1ast, V.Kukenski 13+6reb+3ast, D.Denchev 9+10reb+5ast, P.Lalev 8+3reb, P.Hristov 8+1reb+2ast, J.Tsarov 6+1reb+1ast
Vidabasket: J.Kolev 20+1reb+5ast, T.Kolev 19+8reb+8ast, T.Kirov 15+4reb+8ast, B.Pangarov 12+6reb+3ast, A.Mihaylov 10+4reb+2ast, T.Nikolov 9+1reb
gschID: 113146


Rilski 2 - NSA 89-78

There was a small surprise in Samokov where sixth ranked Rilski 2 (10-10) beat one of their biggest challengers NSA (11-9) 89-78 on Sunday. The game without a history. Rilski 2 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Darin Ivanov (181-91) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Center Mario Karailiev (206-93) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Rilski 2's coach Borislav Trifonov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Tsvetelin Mladenov (190-90) produced 29 points and 7 rebounds and forward Ventsislav Manuilov (202-91) added 12 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five NSA players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
NSA: T.Mladenov 29+7reb+2ast, V.Manuilov 12+14reb+1ast, L.Zhechev 11+6reb+1ast, G.Tomov 11+3reb+4ast, A.Iliev 10+8reb+2ast, D.Dikov 3+1ast
Rilski 2: D.Ivanov 20+7reb+10ast, S.Vaklinov 15+3reb+2ast, L.Kirov 14+1reb, M.Karailiev 12+8reb+2ast, K.Georgiev 9+11reb+1ast, M.Dimitar 8+8reb+5ast
gschID: 113147


Round 18
Balkan 2 - Beroe 72-80

Not a big story in a game in Botevgrad where 7th ranked Balkan 2 (9-11) was defeated by third ranked Beroe (15-5) 80-72 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 38-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Beroe made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Balkan 2 turnovers. Forward Petar Zagorov (202-86) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Boyko Milenkov (194-83) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Four Beroe players scored in double figures. Forward Ivaylo Vuchkov (200-90) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 steals and power forward Rayko Dundalov (199-93) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Beroe have a solid three-game winning streak.
Top scorers:
Balkan 2: I.Vuchkov 26+10reb+5ast, R.Dundalov 18+6reb, V.Stoev 9+1reb+4ast, P.Donchev 9+1reb+3ast, D.Hristov 8+2reb+4ast, V.Ivanov 2+1reb+1ast
Beroe: P.Zagorov 23+9reb+1ast, B.Milenkov 19+7reb+3ast, B.Marinov 19+6reb+1ast, M.Radnev 11+6reb+2ast, M.Vanchev 8+5reb+6ast, Z.Gochev 0
gschID: 123865




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  COCABA CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Costa Rica sweeps COCABA Phase 2 - by Gianni Pascucci
After defeating Nicaragua in Day 1 and then Honduras, 67-40 in Day 2, Team Costa Rica ended the second leg of COCABA Championship undefeated, thanks to the win, 63-60 over home team El Salvador yesterday night. The game was very close, because El Salvador was in strong need of a win to stay in COCABA race, after the unexpected loss suffered on saturday night by Nicaragua, 66-70.

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Costa Rica sweeps COCABA Phase 2 - by Gianni Pascucci
After defeating Nicaragua in Day 1 and then Honduras, 67-40 in Day 2, Team Costa Rica ended the second leg of COCABA Championship undefeated, thanks to the win, 63-60 over home team El Salvador yesterday night. The game was very close, because El Salvador was in strong need of a win to stay in COCABA race, after the unexpected loss suffered on saturday night by Nicaragua, 66-70.

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1Liga Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Usti n/Labem - J.Hradec 78-91

J.Hradec leveled their semifinal series versus Usti nad/Labem. They celebrated the road win in Game 2. The visitors led by as many as 8 points after the opening term but Usti nad/Labem managed to level things up at halftime. Lions J.Hradec pulled ahead in the third term and never looked back en route to an important win at the end. Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87, agency: Stanley International, college: Fairmont St.) led the hosts with 23 points.
gschID: 125252


Sokol H.Kralove - Chomutov 95-67

Sokol H.Kralove claimed the first win over Chomutov to level the series. Ondrej Peterka (192-F-91) produced 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Jan Spacek (195-F-89) contributed 16 points in the winning effort. Veroslav Sucharda (204-C/F-76) answered with 12 points for Chomutov.
gschID: 125251




All Star Game 2010 -2011 - by Stacey Sandlin
Another super all star game for the Czech Republic. April 2, 2011 was All Star Weekend here in the Czech Republic. The game and activities were held in Pardubice in the CEZ Arena and there were more than 2000 people in attendance. The mood was electric and the players all seemed to be in high spirits. Many of the players decided to make it a whole weekend full of fun and parties and many of them were in Prague for the weekend enjoying a weekend off ,some relaxation and good old fashioned comradery, with the men they are usually at odds with! For those of you who wanted to Spot the Basketball Stars out and wonder where they all go to relax, you could find the guys at a few places over the weekend but one of the fave stops was Hooters, for some good old fashioned American food and Hot Wings. For those of you who dont know what hot wings are Hot Wings are fried chicken wings, with hot sauce, normally dipped in ranch or blue cheese dressing. This is a staple among many Americans and those of us from America really miss these when we are away from home, even though wings here in Czech are very easy to come by, the sauce IS NOT and most of bring the (Franks Red Hot) from home and hope that it last all season. Another fave spot of the American guys is TGI Fridays for again some good ole American Cheeseburgers. After their bellies were full many of the guys opted for some good music, people watching oh and NCAA final four was on TV! There were a few hot spots for the weekend, where the guys relaxed and enjoyed some time off and if you were in Prague, you might have spotted a few of the stars out and about!

Now on to the All Star game - I must say I was even excited to go to the game. The atmosphere was really electric and when I walked through the turn styles with my kids We were immediately overrun by little boys from basketball teams around Czech, running up to them hugging , high fiving and chest bumping! They were all so excited to be there and be up close and personal with the Stars of Czech Republic basketball . The funny part of this was. I walked into the arena with Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona), Dwight Burke (203-F-86, college: Marquette) and Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) and they COULDNT get into the game! They went to the front door and the workers at the door wouldnt let them in without tickets even though everyone else obviously recognized them, the workers were having none of it and definitely took their jobs very seriously. So we dug out all the guest tickets that we had and handed them over . Yes, they had to use their guest tickets just to get in the door! Once they finally got into the arena, they tried to cut through the arena to get to to locker room, sadly they tried to cut through the 'good seats' and were rejected again, because their tickets were for a different section. The main man at the door was not having any sneaking into the good seats! LOL Luckily Burke, Landry and Veikalas were all in good spirits, didn't pull an Iverson thought it to be funny and finally found their way back to the locker room! My boys and I made our way over to our seats, at the very top of the arena on the right side behind the players in the dark . COME ON All Star organizers lets be real is this really where the family, children, wives and loved ones of the all star players should sit ? I was pretty shocked that we were all tucked away at the top in the back corner in a not so super section. Hey how about next year we plan that a little better and give the wives, kids and family members a little love and remember that they support basketball too! My kids were devastated about the seats and so I called a good friend and asked him to get us into some good seats so my kids could see the game so it all worked out and we watched the activities from front and center!

The game started and the lights dimmed and the players came running out through the giant 8ft basketball, cheerleaders with electric blue hair, loud rock music blaring through the speakers and smoke began filling the arena. The crowd was electrified and on their feet cheering for the players! The All Star game of 2011 was on its way! The game itself, was a lot fun to watch especially the guys lifting each other up to make dunks, the alley oops, long three pointers and smiles on everyones face . It took a serious turn when one of the Refs called a Technical foul against the Bohemian team . WHAT? Not even a warning ? Come on now Ref are you trying to control the outcome of game? Oh wait that is a different story, back to the game! My favorite thing was to see Muirhead and Veikalas laughing and joking and I have a photo with Veikalas in a serious All Star pose when Muirhead snuck up behind him and gave him the Bunny Ears behind the head because these two really go at it during the games, but it is apparent how much respect they have for each other and the game of basketball. For me the relaxed atmosphere was the best part, because I know how hard ALL the guys in the league work on a day to day basis. All the rivalries were on hold and all the teams became one for the Czech Republic and it was really a day of fun, friendships and recharging. For all you fans out there I would really encourage you to go to the ALL Star game next year, it really is an amazing day!

Besides, the actual game there were some other huge highlights of the day one was a 3 point contest won by Tomas Teply (190-G-87) of Svitavy - Derrick Wright won the Skills contest who BTW, I mistook the winner for Hampton and asked him how it felt to beat Lawrence Luckily he was a good sport about it and just said' hey you got the wrong guy!' He was very nice especially since, I had run into him earlier and might have talked a little smack before the game LOL! Then came the big dunk contest. We all wondering if anyone could unseat the reigning champ Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) who sometimes looks like he has springs in his shoes. The big winner was Tomas Pomikalek (200-F-89) from Decin. BUT, I think what we all wanted to know was HAD Spagard really made that under the leg dunk in practice? The word is (from his teammate, Burke) was yes, he made it with ease in practice more than once, and it was a shame that it didnt work out during the All Star contest because it would have been really pretty! No matter who won, every time a dunk went in all the fans in the arena were on their feet, cheering, high fiveing and fist pumping in the air like an episode of Jersey Shore! Geno Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) won the MVP award for the Game and along with the other winners went up to receive his award he went up shook hands got his award and a great gift .. well maybe not a great gift . What ? Pans? Really ? No way, open the box maybe it is filled with money ? Nope it is Pans. Ok All Star Organizers What are a bunch of guys living overseas, with one suitcase going to do with a box of PANS? I am not going to call anyone out, but I think this was the biggest complaint from the players PANS REALLY ok this was a FAIL in my book in an otherwise Winning day! Come on they came, they performed they signed autographs so I am putting it out there that for next year, let find something else to give them!

All in all the day was a success, Moravia beat Bohemia, but on this day no one seemed to care who won or lost this was a day about the fans .friendship and having a great time. Well, there was one guy who might have actually dropped a shoulder (or two) under the basket, but hey we all need game tapes to send to our agents ... but for the most part it was a lot of fun and relaxing for the players!

Benas Veikalas said My favorite parts of the day were the interaction with the other players and the dunk contest. Most of all the fans were really great and supportive and I was very appreciative to be a part of the game.

Corey Muirhead said My favorite part was the interaction with the players and fans. It was relaxing to be in a setting where you aren't competing but conversing and having a good time. It gives you a chance to recharge for the remainder of the season, kind of like going home for Christmas and then coming back with a little pep in your step for the second half of the season.

Eugene Lawrence said his favorite part of the day was When the fans come for autographs (especially the children) it makes me feel happy. I feel like a role model because they have dreams to be athletes like us. It lets me know that I inspire them and that they know it is possible for them to achieve the same goals or even better

Maurice Hampton said The All Star Game was nice, It was good time for all the players to interact and hang out other than competing with one another during a game! My favorite part was the skills challenge, it was something new this year.

Kyle Landry said The All Star game was a lot of fun, the best part was just being able to talk with the guys from all the other teams in a relaxed environment and of course the fans!



So on behalf of the players and their families thank you to all the fans for showing your support, voting for your favorite players, attending the game and making us all feel welcome in Czech They send you lots of love and thanks and hope you keep watching and supporting basketball in the Czech Republic!

On to Round Nine . Good luck to all the players this weekend ( unless you are playing Prostejov)

Watch for more upcoming blogs on the league, predictions from the players on the Czech league Champion, future contract signings.. who is staying who is going and who will be a free agent, life in the Czech Republic and a special story on the families and wives behind the players. If you have any comments please feel free to contact me at Eurobasket.




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  D-LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.7 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.22.7 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. Sims, Maine RC20.3 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.20.2 
 6. Ewing, Sioux F.19.9 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.19.5 
 8. McNeal, Rio Grande19.4 
 9. Dentmon, Texas L.18.7 
 10. Goods, Dakota W.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.6 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 4. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 5. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers8.9 
 10. Alexander, Texas L.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.8 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.5 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.5 
 6. Crittenton, Dakota W.6.9 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.5.9 
 10. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.5 
 4. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 5. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 6. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 7. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 8. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 9. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.7 
 4. Gaffney, Utah F.2.3 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.3 
 6. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 7. Goodridge, Maine R.2.1 
 8. Gladness, Dakota W.2.0 
 9. Fall, Maine RC1.9 
 10. Atchley, Rio Grande1.8 


Sunday: Reno takes Game One from Erie, 106-101 - by Eurobasket News
The Reno Bighorns used a big fourth quarter to erase a 12-point Erie lead and win game one of the best-of-three opening round series of the NBA Development League playoffs, 106-101.

Reno jumped out to an early lead and held a four point margin at the end of the first before Erie took control in the second to take a five point lead in to halftime.

Erie continued its steady play in the third and grew its lead over the visitors to ten, behind Ivan Johnson's (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) ten points in the quarter. But the fourth quarter belonged to Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) and the Bighorns as they outscored Erie 35-20 in the game's final twelve minutes, including 12 from Landry, to pull out the comeback win and take game one.

Reno had five players in double-figures with Landry leading the way with 25. Anthony Richardson (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida St.) and Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) each had 20, Bobby Simmons (6'7''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida St.) notched 17 and Mo Charlo added 12.

For Erie, Johnson had the game's lone double-double finishing with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Erik Daniels (6'9''-G/F-82, college: Kentucky) scored 21, Tasmin Mitchell dropped in 18 and Blake Ahearn notched 17.

The series heads to Reno for game two on Tuesday night at 10 pm ET, and game three, if necessary, will be played in Reno at the same time on Thursday.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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El Salvador falls to Nicaragua - by Jaime Arevalo
A winning rally in the last three minutes of game allowed Team Nicaragua to claim the win, 70-66 over home team El Salvador in Day 2 of the second leg of COCABA Championship in San Salvador on Saturday, April 9. Walter Roberts was the man of the game for Nicaragua, with 23 points. Salvador Bandek, Julio Mancia and Oscar Rivera were the best at the losing side, but it wasn' t enough. El Salvador is now risking to be eliminated from teh competition.

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EMKL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Rakvere and TTU/Kalev post second wins - by Eurobasket News
Rakvere - Valga/CKE 101-76

Rakvere cruised past Valga/CKE to surge ahead in the quarterfinal series. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-76. BC Rakvere shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. 30 personal fouls committed by Valga/CKE helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a quality performance of Latvian forward Ivars Timermanis (202-82, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Matthew Hall (191-86, college: Stonehill) helped adding 21 points and 6 rebounds. Hall is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St.) with 18 points and forward Antti Vasar (195-79) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five BC Rakvere and four Valga/CKE players 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.
Top scorers:
Rakvere: I.Timermanis 28+9reb+1ast, M.Hall 21+6reb+2ast, V.Viljar 17+5reb, R.Vaikulis 13+4reb+4ast, B.McGee 10+7reb+2ast, J.Vahter 8+2reb+1ast
Valga/CKE: A.Brown 18+4reb+3ast, A.Vasar 16+6reb+1ast, T.Oja 14+1reb, A.Tagamets 13+5reb+3ast, R.Petersonig 4, V.Vares 4+4reb
gschID: 125432


TTU/Kalev - Rapla 89-80

TTU/Kalev stepped closer to the semis with a home win over Rapla. Rapla trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 26-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-89 at the end of the game. TTU/Kalev dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Rapla's 42. They outrebounded Rapla 37-19 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Canadian guard Casey Archibald (195-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Osby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four TTU/Kalev players scored in double figures. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was swingman Heigo Erm (190-80) with 30 points and power forward Raido Ringmets (204-83) scored 21 points.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: B.Osby 25+13reb+4ast, C.Archibald 16+6reb+3ast, M.Klementsov 12+4reb+3ast, V.Kriisa 12+2reb+3ast, A.Parn 7+5reb+1ast, I.Pilk 6+2reb+3ast
Rapla: H.Erm 30+2reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 21+3reb+2ast, R.Laane 10+2reb+2ast, I.Kajupank 9+4reb, S.Kaldre 4+5reb+2ast, R.Raap 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 125431




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Curtis ALLEN
  Voru KK
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Allen, Voru KK19.1 
 2. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 3. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 4. Erm, Rapla18.0 
 5. Vaikulis, Rakvere16.8 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 7. Brown, Va.16.4 
 8. Raadik, Parnu16.2 
 9. Arnold, TT.15.7 
 10. Osby, TT.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.1 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.0 
 4. Allen, Voru KK10.5 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla9.7 
 6. Osby, TT.9.5 
 7. Kuuba, Voru KK8.9 
 8. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.4 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.8 
 2. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.4 
 3. Vaikulis, Rakvere3.3 
 4. Sokk, TU/Rock3.3 
 5. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.0 
 6. Allen, Voru KK2.8 
 7. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 9. Oja, Va.2.6 
 10. Winston, Va.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 3. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 4. Allen, Voru KK2.2 
 5. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 6. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 7. Karner, Parnu2.1 
 8. Doronin, TU/Rock1.8 
 9. Dorbek, Rakvere1.8 
 10. Veideman, TU/Rock1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.8 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 3. Osby, TT.1.3 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.2 
 5. Allen, Voru KK1.0 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.9 
 7. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 8. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 9. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 


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2011 Eurocup Finals referees announced - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Basketball has announced the names of the referees and game officials who will work the games of the 2011 Eurocup Finals in Treviso, Italy on April 16 and 17. The list of referees for that weekend's two semifinal, third-place and title games features a mix of experience and youth. The full list of referees includes Panagiotis Anastopoulos of Greece, Guerrino Cerebuch of Italy, Volodymyr Drabikovskyi of Ukraine, Sinisa Herceg of Croatia, Olegs Latisevs of Latvia, Jose Martin of Spain, Borys Ryzhyk of Ukraine and Milija Vojinovic of Serbia. The game commissioners will be Stefano Cazzaro of Italy and Emin Balci of Turkey. The 2011 Eurocup Finals will feature Benetton Bwin of Italy, Cajasol Sevilla of Spain, Cedevita Zagreb of Croatia and Unics Kazan of Russia fighting to become the competition's new champion on Sunday, April 17.

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com


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Lietuvos Rytas and Aleksandar Trifunovic part ways - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Beo Basket ) and Lietuvos Rytas decided to part ways month and a half before the end of the season. It means that the Lithuanian outfit will have third coach this year, what is really surprising having in mind great season of the club in Euroleague, where coach Trifunovic and his team managed to beat Panathinaikos and Caja Laboral on the road and were very close to reach the Quarterfinals. Darius Maskoliunas, who was the assistant coach of Aleksandar Trifunovic, will lead the team for rest of the season. Maskoliunas is a former Zalgiris Kaunas coach. He is also former Lithuanian NT player (95-00).

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Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Blair, Denek23.4 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy18.9 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.8 
 4. Petrovic, St Et.17.5 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux17.1 
 6. James, Challans16.8 
 7. Blot, Blois16.2 
 8. Lesieu, St Quentin16.0 
 9. Disy, Roche16.0 
 10. Lalugba, Denain15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petras BALOCKA
  Lievin
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Balocka, Lievin8.9 
 2. Simmons, St Et.8.8 
 3. Pasut, Sorgues8.5 
 4. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 5. Hoard, Lievin8.0 
 6. Cilly, Orchy7.9 
 7. Lopez, Brest7.9 
 8. Kennedy, Orchy7.6 
 9. Brocheray, Denain7.6 
 10. Cabarkapa, Le Puy7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Julien CORTEY
  Le Puy
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Cortey, Le Puy6.9 
 2. Brochard, Blois6.7 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.5.0 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.7 
 5. Rambur, St Quentin4.3 
 6. Sauret, Denain4.2 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.1 
 8. Driss, Bordeaux3.7 
 9. Thomas, St Etienne3.6 
 10. Tillon, St Chamond3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Blair, Denek2.8 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.2 
 3. Neri, Roche2.0 
 4. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 5. El Amrani, St Et.2.0 
 6. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 7. James, Challans1.7 
 8. Roberts, Brest1.7 
 9. Blot, Blois1.7 
 10. Schmieder, Challans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.9 
 2. Traore, Angers B.1.7 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 4. Ford, Bordeaux1.6 
 5. Pasut, Sorgues1.3 
 6. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 7. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 8. Kolb, Blois1.1 
 9. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 10. Pourchot, CFBB0.9 


French ProB round 29 best performance: Sacha Massot (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Olympique Antibes, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Quimper (#16, 11-18) 68-66. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Antibes is placed at 13th position in French ProB. Antibes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-17 record. In the team's last game Massot had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Antibes' top player in his first season with the team. Sacha Massot averages this season 12.8ppg and 7.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Andre Harris (201-F/C-85) of Lille Metropole Basket Clubs. Harris had a very good evening with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Lille lost that game 55-70 to the higher-ranked Le Portel (#5, 17-12). This loss caused Lille to drop to 14th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-17 record. Harris is a newcomer at Lille, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#2). He also registered 6.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward David Monds (205-F-83) of JL Bourg Basket (#9). Monds scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Bourg, leading his team to a 98-92 win against the lower-ranked St Vallier (#15, 11-18). Bourg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 13 lost games. Monds has a great season in France. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.6rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yannick Gaillou (198-F-79) of Boulazac - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84) of Bourg - 30 points and 3 assists
6. Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of Rouen - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. O'Darien Bassett (188-G-86) of Clermont - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Darryl Monroe (202-F-86) of Boulogne - 18 points and 10 rebounds
9. Chris Daniels (200-F-82) of Chalons-Reims - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Korvotney Barber (201-F-87) of Nantes - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Uche Nsonwu-Amadi claims French ProA weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Nigerian Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) had an amazing evening in the last round for Roanne and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 32-year old power forward had the game-high 30 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Roanne in his team's victory, helping them to beat Gravelines (16-9) 71-60. Roanne is placed at 4th position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Roanne will need more victories to improve their 16-9 record. It's Nsonwu-Amadi's second year at Roanne and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Wyoming graduate has very impressive stats this year. Nsonwu-Amadi is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.4rpg) and averages solid 65.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Davon Jefferson (203-F-86) of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Jefferson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead ASVEL to another comfortable win 92-74 over slightly lower-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#9, 11-14) being unquestionably team leader. ASVEL's 7th position in has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Jefferson is a newcomer at ASVEL and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#3). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's star - American Davon Jefferson (203-F-86). Jefferson scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of ASVEL, helping his team with a 92-63 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Gravelines (#5, 16-9). ASVEL needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Round 23. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 11 lost games. Jefferson has a great season in France. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 7.5rpg (8th best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 55.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) of Gravelines - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81) of Nancy - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Vincent Masingue (205-F/C-76) of Hyeres-Toulon - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Rick Hughes (204-C/F-73) of Hyeres-Toulon - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Slaven Rimac (195-G-74) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. John Cox (195-G-81) of Le Havre - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. John McCord (201-F-73) of Strasbourg - 17 points and 9 rebounds

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


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Tasovski's 22 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old forward Dime Tasovski (200-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Feni Indistrija and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 22 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Feni Indistrija in his team's victory, helping them to crush Rabotnicki (#3, 18-9) with 23-point margin 95-72. It allowed Feni Indistrija to consolidate first place in the FYR Macedonian league. Feni Indistrija has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 25-2. In the team's last game Tasovski had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Dime Tasovski averages this season 11.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) of league's second-best MZT Skopje. He is naturalized Serbian forward in his first season at MZT Skopje. In the last game Zivcevic recorded impressive 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as MZT Skopje lost that game 75-81 to slightly lower-ranked Torus Skopje (#4, 16-11). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Superleague. MZT Skopje still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 20-7 record is not bad at all. Zivcevic is a newcomer at MZT Skopje and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Gjorgje Jovanovic (209-C-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Lirija (#5). Jovanovic scored 21 points and grabbed twenty three rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Lirija, leading his team to a 73-70 win against slightly lower-ranked ABA Strumica (#6, 9-18). The chances of Lirija not to end season at such low position in Superleague, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jovanovic could try to bring Lirija's a little bit higher in the standings. Jovanovic has individually a great season in FYR Macedonia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 17.7rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Toni Simic (210-C-76) of Rabotnicki - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88) of Torus Skopje - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88) of MZT Skopje - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nikola Karakolev (197-G-87) of Torus Skopje - 15 points and 7 rebounds
8. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80) of Feni Indistrija - 17 points and 7 rebounds
9. Jeremiah Boswell (194-G-82) of ABA Strumica - 19 points and 5 rebounds
10. Bosko Jovovic (205-F/C-83) of Feni Indistrija - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Stats Leaders - 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. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.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. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.4 
 7. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.4 
 8. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 9. Pupovic, MZT S.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. Frye, Feni Indistrija0.9 
 8. Avramovski, MZT S.0.9 
 9. Dendra, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Simic, Rabotnicki0.8 


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Ahmad Smith (NBC) Pregame Thoughts To Erdgas Ehingen Game April 12th. It Will Come Down To Who Wants To Win More - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) is a 26 year old 194cm guard from Alexandria, Virginia that is currently playing for NBC (PRO B). He is very athletic, handles the ball well and is able to beat his man in one-on-one situations. Creative player offensively who has a strong drive to the basket. He is a left-handed player who plays terrific defense at/on each perimeter position. Has good body control and excellent lateral foot speed. Outstanding rebounder for his size and position at both ends of the floor. He played at St Bonaventure (NCAA) from 2002-2006. In his senior year, he averaged 15.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 65.6%. In 2006-2007 he played for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 9 games: 18.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 60.8%. In 2007-2008, he came to Germany to play for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 6 games: 30.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for BSV Wulfen (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 23.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 6.0apg, 3PT: 35.2%. Last season, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 29 games: 18.2ppg, Reb-2 (8.7rpg), Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.5%. This season, he started for s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): left before the season started, then moved to SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga), waived in Nov.'10, in Jan.'11 signed at Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProB, starting five). Currently he is averaging 8,6ppg, 6,6rpg and 7,3apg. He spoke to eurobasket before the deciding game against Erdgas Ehingen April 12th to see who goes to the PRO A.

NBC is looking to beat Ehingen to be able to move up to the PRO A. How is the mood in the team? Is there calmness or more nervousness?

The mood of our team is really calm and relaxed right now.

How difficult is having to play this game again after NBC had won the series but Ehingen protested getting another game winning 84-81?

It was really difficult at first, but I think we moved on past that situation as a team.

What was key for Ehingen in OT getting the 84-81 win?

I think they made some big plays in OT. We didn't get enough defensive stops at the end of the game.

Has NBC watched extra film on Virgil Matthews since he pounded NBC for 26 points in the 84-81 loss? What makes him so tough to stop?

Yeah we watched the film of that loss, and he played a great game. He made some tough shots in that game. He is a really poised guard that knows when to take the big shot and when to get his teammates involved.

That was a tight 84-81 win for Ehingen. What will NBC have to do better to win in Ehingen and move up to the PRO A?

We have to be solid on the defensive end and stay together on offense.

How would you rate the importance of this game to other big games in your career?

It will be a big game. I would say it would definitely rank top 5 in my career.

You and Will Chavis were real work horses in the 84-81 loss combining for 81 minutes. Who had more breathe after that game? lol

I think we both were really tired after that game so its was equal LOL

What is your impression of young 18 year old German small forward Kevin Bright of Ehingen?


He is a really good player for his age. I think he has good potential and will have a great career.

The team stats in the last game were pretty even. What will be key in getting the win to move up to the PRO A?

It will all come down to who wants to win more, we both know each others plays and tendencies. Whoever makes the most plays will win the game.

Were you surprised by the low scoring 2011 NCAA title game between UCONN and Butler?

Yeah I was really surprised by the score of that game.

How high will Kemba Walker go in the 2011 NBA Draft?


He will be a lottery pick.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


City of God


Thanks Ahmad for the chat.




Virgil Matthews (Erdgas Ehingen) Pregame Thoughts To NBC Game April 12th. Key Will Be Stopping Cornelius Adler From Having A Big Impact On The Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Virgil Matthews (188-G-83, college: Montana) is a 27 year old 188cm guard from Federal Way, Washington that is playing in Germany in the PRO B for Erdgas Ehingen. He played at Montana (NCAA) and in his senior year played 31 games: 10.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.0apg, 1.7spg, FG: 49.8%, 3PT: 48.4%, FT: 76.1%. In 2006-2007, he turned professional and came to Germany and played for KICKZ Muenchen Basket (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 29 games: 18.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 5.2apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 57.3%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 66.5%. In 2007-2008, he played for Tacoma Jazz (IBL). In 2008-2009, he returned back to Germany and played for Schwelmer Baskets (Germany-Regionalliga). Last season, he played for Olympia Reign (IBL, starting five): 21 games: 23.1ppg, 7.2rpg and for Seattle Aviators (NABL). Awards and Achievements in his career have been , Big Sky Conf. Regular Season Runner-Up -05, 06, Big Sky Conf. Tournament Winner -05, 06, Big Sky Tournament MVP -06, Big Sky All-Tournament Team -06, All-Big Sky Honorable Mention -06, and USBasket.com All-IBL Honorable Mention -10. Currently for Erdgas Ehingen he is averaging 11,2ppg, 5,5rpg and 3,6apg. He spoke to eurobasket before the deciding game against NBC April 12th to see who goes to the PRO A.


Tonight a do or die game against NBC. How confident and ready is the team to take care of business on your home court?

We are pretty confident and ready, we feel this is what we played the whole season for to get this game on our home floor, and we haven't lost there so we feel good about taking care of business.

Can one talk about luck that this deciding game took place, because both teams had to redo a game otherwise NBC would already have moved up?

I mean we were extremely fortunate to get a replay, but I think the whole situation would be different if we hadn't replayed that game, but either way we're are excited to get this chance.

What was key in the 84-80 win against NBC?

We finally made shots 50% from the 3 and we are a pretty good shooting team we just can't get everyone to make shots at the same time, and that game we did a pretty good job of it


What will Ehingen have to do better in this deciding game to get the win?

Well first we will have to score more than 45 points, but I think we just have to make shots, and really concentrate on eliminating their open shots. They have been making open shots and we have to do a better job of not giving them so many

Have you ever played in such a big game in your career like this one against NBC?

In college I played in two Conference championship games and 3 NCAA tournament games and a high school state championship but this is definitely my biggest as a professional and is right up there with those others.

Ehingen has many young German talented players. Will the team be ready mentally for this deciding game?

Yes, of course we have young players, but the system here in Urspring is really good. The kids have won numerous NBBL championships which is like winning high school championships so they've had their fair share of big games and they will be ready.

What will be the key matchup in the game?

Our key matchup is probably stopping Cornelius Adler from having a big impact on the game, every game even ones where he didn't score a lot he made timely baskets so limiting those I think is the key.

What is the most difficult thing in having to stop Ahmad Smith?

He's a very versatile player. He's a very good passer and rebounder. He affects the game in other ways than just scoring and then at the same time when he needs to he can score too. He's one of the best all around players in this league.

Bold

How much potential does Kevin Bright have and where do you see his future?

Man the sky is the limit for Kevin. He has big time schools wanting him already and I think his potential is unlimited he can shoot the lights out and he's pretty athletic. I think he'll be a very good player for whatever college he chooses.


Were you surprised how low scoring the 2011 NCAA final was?

Not totally surprised, championship games are usually great or bad. I think its pretty tough to spend a week preparing for a game as big as the final four game then have to play an equally big game in two days later, so the outcomes are usually toss ups.


How high will Kemba Walker go in the 2011 NBA draft?

I think he's predicted somewhere middle first round, but I expect him to do well when he gets his chance he's riding a pretty high confidence train right now and I think that will help him and he is a winner which is always a good attribute. I think his stock can't get any higher.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I just watched Avatar with German subtitles you know got to work on that German.


Thanks Virgil for the chat.




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Nikos Pettas claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Koroivos and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 29-year old guard had a double-double of 26 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Panerythraikos (#14, 8-14) 81-70. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Koroivos maintains the 15th position in Greek A2. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Koroivos have already lost 16 games and recorded just six victories. Pettas turned to be Koroivos' top player in his first season with the team. Nikos Pettas averages this season 14.9ppg and 6.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Montenegrin center Ljubo Jovanovic (206-C-87) of league's best team KAOD. Jovanovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as KAOD was edged in overtime by the lower-ranked Amyntas Dafnis (#9, 10-12) 88-84. KAOD managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 20-2 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Jovanovic is a newcomer at KAOD and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) of Apollon Patras (#7). Pantelic scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Pantelic's great performance Apollon Patras lost 67-69 to the lower-ranked Periko/Arhelaos (#11, 10-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Apollon Patras needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Pantelic has a great season in Greece. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.6rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.9bpg and FGP: 68.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) of Ikaroi Serron - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Darrel Lewis (192-G-76) of AEK/Argous - 23 points and 7 rebounds
6. Damir Latovic (204-C-80) of AGOR - 17 points and 10 rebounds
7. Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83) of AEK/Argous - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) of Amyntas Dafnis - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Vassili Kitsoulis (204-F-83) of KAOD - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Spyridon Magounis (200-G-85) of AGOR - 18 points and 7 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Smith, Panellinios17.7 
 2. Marshall, PAOK17.3 
 3. Palacio, Kavala15.9 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.9 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.15.1 
 6. Thompson, Ikaros14.6 
 7. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.2 
 8. Jorovic, Kavala14.1 
 9. Harris, Ikaros13.7 
 10. King, Peristeri GS13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.1 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.9 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi8.6 
 4. Smith, Panellinios8.5 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.8.4 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.4 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.2 
 9. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
 10. Kommatos, Marousi6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  VAP Kolossos
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Jordan, VAP K.6.1 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.6 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.7 
 4. Diamantidis, Panath.4.5 
 5. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.4.0 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.8 
 8. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 9. Parker, Iraklis3.4 
 10. Gagaloudis, Marousi3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Smush PARKER
  Iraklis
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Parker, Iraklis2.0 
 2. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 3. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.7 
 6. Marshall, PAOK1.7 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.7 
 8. Anderson, Panionios1.6 
 9. Papamakarios, Panell.1.5 
 10. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Simmons, Kavala1.9 
 2. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi1.6 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.4 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS1.1 
 6. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.9 
 7. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 8. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 9. Vougioukas, Panath.0.7 
 10. Gechevski, PAOK0.7 


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. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
 9. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.4 
 10. Koumoulos, AGOR1.4 
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. Papachristos, Periko.0.7 
 9. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 
 10. Amato, Near East0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. KAOD 20-2 
 2. AGOR 16-6 
 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. Periko/Arhelaos 10-12 
 10. Amyntas Dafnis 10-12 
 11. AEK/Argous 10-12 
 12. Olimpiada 9-13 
 13. Pagrati 8-14 
 14. Panerythraikos 8-14 
 15. Koroivos 6-16 
 16. Near East 4-18 


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


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Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 22-3 
 2. Dehoppers 20-5 
 3. Leiden 2 17-8 
 4. Red Giants 17-8 
 5. Hoofddorp 16-11 
 6. Groene 15-10 
 7. Goba 14-11 
 8. Cangeroes 14-12 
 9. Almonte 12-13 
 10. Akrides 8-17 
 11. Punch 8-17 
 12. Amsterdam 2 8-18 
 13. Wildcats 5-20 
 14. Black Eagles 2-23 


DBL Round 35: ZZ Leiden defeats leader GasTerra Flames - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in DBL.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of GasTerra (29-6) in Groningen on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by ZZ Leiden (29-6) 64-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of GasTerra. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 29-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by GasTerra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Center Matt Haryasz (210-84, college: Stanford) answered with 7 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for GasTerra. GasTerra's coach Marco van den Berg rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ZZ Leiden have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They used an opportunity after GasTerra lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated GasTerra. ZZ Leiden is looking forward to face Giants (#5) in Bergen op Zoom in the next round. GasTerra will play on the road against DeFriesland (#7) in Leeuwarden and is hoping to win this game.
Eighth-ranked ABC (12-23) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Magixx (22-13) in Nijmegen. Magixx managed to secure only two-point victory 64-62. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for American forward Geoff McDermott (203-87, college: Providence, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. Markel Humphrey helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. Magixx's coach Michael Schuurs allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International guard Jessey Voorn (193-90, agency: Court Side) responded with 18 points. Magixx maintains fourth place with 22-13 record. ABC at the other side keeps the eighth position with 23 games lost. Magixx will play against Landstede (#9) in Zwolle in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. ABC will have a break next round.
The game in Weert was also quite interesting. Third ranked Eiffel Towers (25-10) played at the court of 5th ranked BS Weert (16-19). Eiffel Towers managed to secure a 7-point victory 81-74 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BS Weert. It was an exceptional evening for Rogier Jansen who led the winners and scored 21 points and 6 assists. Donte Minter came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds for BS Weert in the defeat. BS Weert's coach Terence Stansbury tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Eiffel Towers. They maintain third place with 25-10 record having four points less than leader GasTerra. Loser BS Weert keeps the fifth position with 19 games lost. They share it with DeFriesland and Giants. Eiffel Towers will meet bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BS Weert will have a break next round.
The game between 10th ranked Rotterdam (1-34) and seventh ranked DeFriesland (16-19) in Rotterdam ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Leeuwarden outscored Rotterdam 84-64. The best player for the winners was Manny Adako who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. DeFriesland's coach Pete Miller used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. DeFriesland moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BS Weert and Giants. Rotterdam lost their twentieth first game in a row. They stay dead last with 34 lost games. DeFriesland's next round opponent will be league's leader GasTerra in Groningen and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rotterdam will play at home against Eiffel Towers (#3) in Den Bosch.

In the last game of round 35 Landstede was beaten by Giants on the road 91-83.
The most impressive performance of 35th round was 24 points and 10 rebounds by Matthew Mullery of Landstede.


Giants - Landstede 91-83

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Giants (16-19) beat 9th ranked Landstede (9-26) in Bergen op Zoom 91-83. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Landstede won fourth quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Landstede helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Five Giants players scored in double figures. Forward Matthew Mullery (203-87, college: Brown, agency: Stanley International) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Nate Rohnert (196-87, college: Denver) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Giants moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BS Weert and DeFriesland. Landstede at the other side keeps the ninth position with 26 games lost. Giants' next round opponent will be league's second-placed ZZ Leiden on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Landstede will play against Magixx (#4) in Nijmegen.
Top scorers:
Landstede: M.Mullery 24+10reb, L.Borha 19+1ast, N.Rohnert 14+7reb+6ast, R.Van der Kamp 9+4reb+7ast, A.Bunnig 9+3reb, N.Hulzebos 8+6reb
Giants: T.Blue 21+10reb+3ast, T.Tiedeman 16+5reb+3ast, J.Kimbrough 14+3reb+5ast, T.Theeuwkens 13+5reb+5ast, A.Morgan 10+6reb, Z.Tiedeman 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 107215


GasTerra - ZZ Leiden 61-64

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of GasTerra (29-6) in Groningen on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by ZZ Leiden (29-6) 64-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of GasTerra. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 29-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by GasTerra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Center Matt Haryasz (210-84, college: Stanford) answered with 7 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and guard Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for GasTerra. GasTerra's coach Marco van den Berg rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ZZ Leiden have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They used an opportunity after GasTerra lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated GasTerra. ZZ Leiden is looking forward to face Giants (#5) in Bergen op Zoom in the next round. GasTerra will play on the road against DeFriesland (#7) in Leeuwarden and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
GasTerra: R.Bostain 15+1reb, J.Dourisseau 14+5reb+1ast, M.Bauscher 9+2reb+4ast, S.Ross 7+4reb, J.Ellis 7+6reb, M.Haryasz 7+14reb+5ast
ZZ Leiden: S.Boxley 14+9reb+2ast, M.McGhee 12+11reb+3ast, T.Jackson 11+6reb+5ast, A.Slagter 6+2reb+3ast, J.Smith 6+5reb, W.de Jong 6+1reb
gschID: 107211


BS Weert - Eiffel Towers 74-81

The game in Weert was also quite interesting. Third ranked Eiffel Towers (25-10) played at the court of 5th ranked BS Weert (16-19). Eiffel Towers managed to secure a 7-point victory 81-74 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BS Weert. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 6 assists. American guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) accounted for 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. American power forward Donte Minter (203-84, college: Virginia) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Sjors Besseling (198-85, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for BS Weert in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BS Weert's coach Terence Stansbury tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Eiffel Towers. They maintain third place with 25-10 record having four points less than leader GasTerra. Loser BS Weert keeps the fifth position with 19 games lost. They share it with DeFriesland and Giants. Eiffel Towers will meet bottom-ranked Rotterdam (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BS Weert will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
BS Weert: D.Minter 19+7reb+1ast, S.Besseling 11+6reb+3ast, J.Hairston 10+5reb+2ast, G.Stokes 10+5ast, T.McDowell 8+3reb+2ast, K.van Kempen 8+7reb
Eiffel Towers: R.Jansen 21+4reb+6ast, K.Akerboom 14+5reb+1ast, F.Turner 13+5reb+5ast, J.van der List 13+7reb+1ast, M.Aarts 8+3reb, S.Wessels 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 107212


Magixx - ABC 64-62

Eighth-ranked ABC (12-23) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Magixx (22-13) in Nijmegen. Magixx managed to secure only two-point victory 64-62. However their fans expected much easier game. ABC was ahead by 13 points after three quarters before a 19-4 charge of Magixx, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding ABC to just 4 points in fourth quarter. Magixx forced 23 ABC turnovers. Strangely ABC outrebounded Magixx 37-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American forward Geoff McDermott (203-87, college: Providence, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Markel Humphrey (198-87, college: Marshall) helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Magixx players scored in double figures. Magixx's coach Michael Schuurs allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International guard Jessey Voorn (193-90, agency: Court Side) responded with 18 points and forward Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam (196-90) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Magixx maintains fourth place with 22-13 record. ABC at the other side keeps the eighth position with 23 games lost. Magixx will play against Landstede (#9) in Zwolle in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. ABC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
ABC: J.Voorn 18+1reb+1ast, R.de Pagter 12+4reb, C.Osaikhwuwuomwam 11+9reb, S.de Randamie 7+6reb, R.Siljade 7+3reb, M.Kherrazi 5+10reb+1ast
Magixx: G.McDermott 16+9reb+3ast, M.Humphrey 15+5reb+2ast, T.Vermeulen 11+1ast, Z.Taylor 10+3reb+3ast, K.McCleery 7+3reb+5ast, K.Celaire 2
gschID: 107213


Rotterdam - DeFriesland 64-84

The game between 10th ranked Rotterdam (1-34) and seventh ranked DeFriesland (16-19) in Rotterdam ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Leeuwarden outscored Rotterdam 84-64. It looked good early as Rotterdam took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then DeFriesland had a 19-7 second period charge getting the lead and Rotterdam was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-84. DeFriesland dominated on the defensive end, holding Rotterdam to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Rotterdam's 38 and made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Rotterdam 42-25 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Nigerian forward Manny Adako (203-87, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Todd Brown (196-87, college: Wright St.) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. DeFriesland's coach Pete Miller used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Jeremy Ormskerk (190-82) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Four Rotterdam players scored in double figures. DeFriesland moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BS Weert and Giants. Rotterdam lost their twentieth first game in a row. They stay dead last with 34 lost games. DeFriesland's next round opponent will be league's leader GasTerra in Groningen and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rotterdam will play at home against Eiffel Towers (#3) in Den Bosch.
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: J.Ormskerk 16+2ast, R.Sihota 13+12reb+1ast, M.Richard 12+2reb, D.Jones 11+1ast, S.Mladenovic 9+1reb+4ast, G.Slagter 3+5reb+1ast
DeFriesland: M.Adako 27+8reb, T.Brown 14+7reb+3ast, J.Williams 9+1reb+3ast, M.Sanchez 9+8reb+4ast, C.Chitwood 8+7reb+2ast, G.Punch 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 107214




Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.1 
 2. Blue, Giants16.5 
 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, Landstede14.6 
 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. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.8 
 10. Hamm, BS Weert7.8 
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, Giants3.9 
 5. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 6. Bostain, GasTerra3.4 
 7. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.4 
 8. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.3 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland3.3 
 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. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 8. McDermott, Magixx2.1 
 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, Giants1.1 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 6. Hulzebos, Landstede0.9 
 7. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.9 
 8. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 9. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 10. Haryasz, GasTerra0.8 


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Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 23-1 
 2. Galil Gilboa 15-9 
 3. Hapoel J-M 15-10 
 4. Bnei Hasharon 14-11 
 5. Maccabi Rishon 13-12 
 6. Maccabi Ashdod 12-13 
 7. Hapoel Holon 11-14 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 9-16 
 9. Maccabi Haifa 7-17 
 10. Ironi Ashkelon 5-20 


Sofoklis Schortsanitis Will Face Court Hearing - by David Pick
Maccabi Tel Aviv center, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, will face a disciplinary hearing this coming Thursday (14.4.2011), as the Israeli basketball general attorney Joshua Kramer ruled this afternoon.

Kramer wrote in his official decision document: 'According to the report by the referees, Maccabi T'A player, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, had addressed referee Assaf Oberlander after his team's game this week and threw an offensive comment towards him. The Greece star, Schortsanitis was quoted saying: 'Next time I will fuck you up'.

Therefore, the player will attend a disciplinary hearing for alleged violation of Section 20D, which states insulting judges of the game.



Premier League Round 25: Hapoel J-M is defeated by Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Premier League.

The game between second ranked Hapoel J-M (15-10) and ninth ranked Maccabi Haifa (7-17) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Hapoel J-M was crushed by Maccabi Haifa in Haifa 79-58. The game without a history. Maccabi Haifa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 26 personal fouls committed by Hapoel J-M helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and international forward Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Brian Randle (203-85) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi Haifa maintains ninth place with 7-17 record. Hapoel J-M at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Maccabi Haifa are looking forward to face higher ranked Bnei Hasharon (#4) in Hod Hasharon in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel J-M will play at home against Maccabi Ashdod and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Galil. Third ranked host Galil Gilboa (15-9) defeated 4th placed Bnei Hasharon (14-11) 86-78. Point guard Guni Israeli (185-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) nailed 13 points for the winning side and Courtney Fells accounted for 13 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Lee Nailon (204-75, college: TCU, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds for Bnei Hasharon in the defeat. Galil Gilboa have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Rishon (#5) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round. Bnei Hasharon will play at home against Maccabi Haifa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (23-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (12-13) 107-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Ashdod. Milan Macvan fired 25 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) for the winners. Josh Duncan produced 20 points for lost side. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Ofer Berkovic gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-1 record. Newly promoted Maccabi Ashdod keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Maccabi T-A will meet at home Elitzur Netanya (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Ashdod will play against Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and hope to secure a win.
Eighth ranked Elitzur Netanya (9-16) crushed at home 10th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-20) by 31 points 87-56, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Adrian Banks who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Elitzur Netanya maintains eighth place with 9-16 record. Ironi Ashkelon lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Elitzur Netanya's next round opponent will be league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Ashkelon will play on the road against Hapoel Holon (#7).

In the last game of round 25 Hapoel Holon lost to Maccabi Rishon on the opponent's court 71-81.



Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel J-M 79-58

The game between second ranked Hapoel J-M (15-10) and ninth ranked Maccabi Haifa (7-17) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Hapoel J-M was crushed by Maccabi Haifa in Haifa 79-58. The game without a history. Maccabi Haifa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 26 personal fouls committed by Hapoel J-M helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and international forward Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds. Five Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Brian Randle (203-85) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Willie Solomon (187-78, college: Clemson) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi Haifa maintains ninth place with 7-17 record. Hapoel J-M at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Maccabi Haifa are looking forward to face higher ranked Bnei Hasharon (#4) in Hod Hasharon in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel J-M will play at home against Maccabi Ashdod and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: S.Landesberg 18+5reb+3ast, F.Robinson 17+8reb+3ast, E.Kadir 13+11reb+3ast, G.Jackson 13+3reb+6ast, T.Wilkerson 11+2reb, A.Ben-Chimol 5+1reb+1ast
Hapoel J-M: B.Randle 13+7reb+2ast, W.Solomon 12+2reb, J.Rich 7+2reb+1ast, Y.Ohayon 7+2reb+3ast, D.Dowell 6+3reb, M.Mizrahi 5+1reb
gschID: 122622


Elitzur Netanya - Ironi Ashkelon 87-56

Eighth ranked Elitzur Netanya (9-16) crushed at home 10th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-20) by 31 points 87-56, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Elitzur Netanya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ironi Ashkelon to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Ironi Ashkelon 39-27 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Elitzur Netanya players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Ironi Ashkelon's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Elitzur Netanya players scored in double figures. American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized American guard Corry Carr (192-75, college: Texas Tech) added 13 points in the effort for Ironi Ashkelon. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Elitzur Netanya maintains eighth place with 9-16 record. Ironi Ashkelon lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Elitzur Netanya's next round opponent will be league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Ashkelon will play on the road against Hapoel Holon (#7).
Top scorers:
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 21+5reb+2ast, E.Brown 16+8reb+2ast, R.Travis 13+10reb+4ast, E.Gueta 11+2reb+3ast, T.Washam 11+2reb+2ast, L.Segev 5+4reb+4ast
Ironi Ashkelon: R.Green 20+5reb+2ast, C.Carr 13+1reb+2ast, D.Hagag 10+5reb+1ast, T.Terrell 4+6reb+1ast, R.Turner 2+5reb, A.Bukra 2+2reb
gschID: 122619


Maccabi Rishon - Hapoel Holon 81-71

Rather expected game in Rishon Le-Zion where 7th ranked Hapoel Holon (11-14) was defeated by fifth ranked Maccabi Rishon (13-12) 81-71. Hapoel Holon was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 23-12 charge of Maccabi Rishon, which allowed them to win the game. They made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a very good performance for swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Power forward Rich Melzer (203-79, college: Wisc.-RiverFal., agency: Court Side) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Kasib Powell (201-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Court Side) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Holon. Five Maccabi Rishon and four Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Maccabi Rishon maintains fifth place with 13-12 record. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Maccabi Rishon's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Galil Gilboa at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Holon will play against Ironi Ashkelon (#10).
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: D.Mitchell 20+8reb+6ast, A.McGhee 14+4reb+1ast, I.Swann 12+4reb+7ast, Y.Orland 11+6reb+2ast, N.Hanochi 10+4reb+1ast, R.Morgan 7+3reb+4ast
Hapoel Holon: R.Melzer 17+8reb+1ast, K.Powell 13+7reb+2ast, M.Roth 12+4reb+5ast, S.Daniel 10+4reb+3ast, A.Ben David 8+3reb, J.Arnold 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 122620


Galil Gilboa - Bnei Hasharon 86-78

The game between Top Four teams took place in Galil. Third ranked host Galil Gilboa (15-9) defeated 4th placed Bnei Hasharon (14-11) 86-78. It looked good early as Bnei Hasharon took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Galil Gilboa had a 23-20 second period charge getting the lead and Bnei Hasharon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-86. Point guard Guni Israeli (185-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) nailed 13 points for the winning side and American swingman Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) accounted for 13 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Lee Nailon (204-75, college: TCU, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds and American-Romanian swingman Dan Grunfeld (198-84, college: Stanford) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Bnei Hasharon in the defeat. Five Galil Gilboa and four Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Rishon (#5) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round. Bnei Hasharon will play at home against Maccabi Haifa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: M.Killingsworth 14+2reb+1ast, G.Mekel 13+1reb+6ast, T.Biggs 13+3reb, G.Israeli 13+4reb+3ast, C.Fells 13+5reb+2ast, D.Yavzuri 9+1reb+2ast
Bnei Hasharon: L.Nailon 20+5reb+3ast, D.Grunfeld 18+6reb+1ast, S.James 11+8reb, B.Rice 11+2reb, F.Rivera 6+1reb+2ast, R.Steele 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 122621


Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi T-A 78-107

Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (23-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (12-13) 107-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Ashdod. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 107-78. Maccabi T-A made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. Maccabi T-A outrebounded Maccabi Ashdod 45-24 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Maccabi Ashdod's players. Serbian center Milan Macvan (206-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) fired 25 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) for the winners. American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 16 points and 9 assists. Five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. American power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) produced 20 points and the other American import swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Ofer Berkovic gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-1 record. Newly promoted Maccabi Ashdod keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Maccabi T-A will meet at home Elitzur Netanya (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Ashdod will play against Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: M.Macvan 25+7reb+3ast, J.Pargo 16+1reb+9ast, S.Schortsanitis 15+6reb, T.Burstein 13+4reb+4ast, C.Eidson 11+3reb+7ast, L.Eliyahu 10+7reb+5ast
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Duncan 20+4reb, M.Tapiro 14+2reb+4ast, J.Carter 12+5reb+4ast, L.Gordon 8+3reb, J.Martin 8+4reb, O.Lafayette 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 122618




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  ITALY   


Best players of Italian Lega2 round 27 - by Eurobasket News
Scottish-Nigerian Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sigma Barcellona and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 27-year old power forward had the game-high 20 points adding five rebounds for Barcellona in his team's victory, helping them to crush Sunrise Scafati (#4, 17-10) with 21-point margin 86-65. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Barcellona is placed at 3rd position in Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Barcellona will need more victories to improve their 18-9 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Achara as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Kieron Achara averages this season 8.9ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88) of Tuscany PT. Varnado impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Tuscany PT was edged by the lower-ranked Forli (#15, 9-18) 86-84. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Tuscany PT keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-15 record. Varnado is a newcomer at Tuscany PT and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Andrea Renzi (208-F/C-89, agency: Players Group) of Tezenis Verona (#12). Renzi scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Tezenis Verona, leading his team to a 85-64 easy win against the lower-ranked San Severo (#16, 6-21). The chances of Tezenis Verona not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Renzi could try to bring Tezenis Verona's a little bit higher in the standings. Renzi has a very solid season. In 27 games in Italy he scored 13.9ppg. He also has 7.4rpg and FGP: 52.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Hicks (193-G-76) of Barcellona - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Ricky Hickman (190-G-85) of Fastweb CM - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Bobby Jones (201-F-84) of Forli - 19 points and 8 rebounds
7. Marko Tusek (203-F-75) of Fileni BPA - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Dusan Vukcevic (201-F-75) of Immobiliare SR - 22 points and 5 rebounds
9. Antonio Porta (188-G-83) of Tezenis Verona - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Alexander Simoncelli (188-G-86) of Assigeco - 19 points and 2 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)


Italian SerieA round 25 best performance: Eric Williams - by Eurobasket News
American center Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Pepsi JuveCaserta, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Fabi Shoes (#13, 10-15) 77-70. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Pepsi Caserta maintains the 9th position in Italian SerieA. Pepsi Caserta is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-13 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Williams as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Eric Williams averages this season 11.5ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, agency: Lanshire Group) of Vanoli Cremona. Foster had a very good evening with 26 points and 4 rebounds. Of course Vanoli CR cruised to a 89-78 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Air AV (#5, 12-13). Vanoli CR's 12th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-14 record. Foster is a newcomer at Vanoli CR, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard David Hawkins (194-G-82) of Armani MI (#3). Hawkins scored 23 points. He was a key player of Armani MI, leading his team to a 71-64 win against the lower-ranked CS Bologna (#6, 12-13). Armani MI needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 6 lost games. Hawkins has a very solid season. In 24 games in Italy he scored 14.0ppg. He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 58.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James White (198-G-84) of Dinamo Sassari - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Othello Hunter (203-F-86) of Dinamo Sassari - 17 points and 13 rebounds
6. Mike Green (185-G-85) of Bennet Cantu - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Linton Johnson (203-F-80) of Air AV - 17 points and 13 rebounds
8. Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) of Vanoli CR - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81) of Benetton TV - 21 points and 6 rebounds
10. Jared Homan (206-C-83) of CS Bologna - 14 points and 10 rebounds

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


Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
 1. Piacenza 21-8 
 2. Brescia 21-8 
 3. Perugia 20-9 
 4. Treviglio 19-10 
 5. Omegna 19-10 
 6. Moncalieri 18-11 
 7. Trento 17-12 
 8. Castelletto 16-13 
 9. Trieste 15-14 
 10. ASD Pavia 13-16 
 11. Comsum.it SI 13-16 
 12. Senigallia 11-18 
 13. Recanati 11-18 
 14. Riva del Garda 9-20 
 15. Ozzano 7-22 
 16. Osimo 2-27 
Group B
 1. Trapani 21-8 
 2. Ostuni 21-8 
 3. Ruvo 20-9 
 4. S.Antimo 18-11 
 5. Ferentino 16-13 
 6. Anagni 15-14 
 7. Matera 15-14 
 8. Latina Basket 14-15 
 9. Molfetta 14-15 
 10. Massafra 13-16 
 11. Potenza 13-16 
 12. Patti 13-16 
 13. Rieti 12-16 
 14. Bisceglie 11-18 
 15. Agrigento 9-20 
 16. Palestrina 6-22 


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 Severo8.4 
 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. Hickman, Fastw.3.8 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco3.8 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola3.7 
 9. Farabello, N.Fer.3.5 
 10. Forte, Tuscany PT3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Roderick, Immobi.2.9 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.8 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.6 
 5. Hunter, Sunrise .2.5 
 6. Cerella, Assigeco2.5 
 7. Filloy, Immobili.2.5 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola2.4 
 9. Davis, Sunrise .2.4 
 10. Piazza, Forli2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.8 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.2 
 4. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 5. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 6. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 7. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 8. Ezugwu, Assigeco0.7 
 9. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 10. Boykin, Assigeco0.7 


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Evangelisti, Trapani18.3 
 2. Musso, Perugia17.4 
 3. Tassinari, Moncalieri17.2 
 4. Ricciardi, Palestrina17.1 
 5. Masper, Moncalieri16.5 
 6. Rugolo, Molfetta16.5 
 7. Reati, Treviglio16.5 
 8. Vico, Matera16.1 
 9. Carrizo, Ferentino15.9 
 10. Marino, Treviglio15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza11.3 
 2. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.7 
 3. Corral, Molfetta9.1 
 4. Basei, Ostuni9.0 
 5. Capitanelli, Pales.8.8 
 6. Chiaramello, Recanati8.7 
 7. Zambon, Rieti8.6 
 8. Facenda, Senigallia8.1 
 9. De Min, Treviglio8.1 
 10. Zerini, Ruvo7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tommaso MARINO
  Treviglio
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Marino, Treviglio5.0 
 2. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 3. Scarone, Piacenza4.1 
 4. Virgilio, Rieti4.1 
 5. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.8 
 6. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 7. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.4 
 8. Parente, Moncalieri3.4 
 9. Cantone, S.Antimo3.4 
 10. Passera, Piacenza3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.8 
 2. De Nicolao, Castelle.3.1 
 3. Bonamente, Perugia3.1 
 4. Bushati, Brescia3.0 
 5. Gullo, Patti3.0 
 6. Palombita, Castelle.2.8 
 7. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 8. Cisse, ASD Pavia2.7 
 9. Bonfiglio, Ruvo2.7 
 10. Ghersetti, Brescia2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.9 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.6 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.2 
 4. Capitanelli, Pales.1.1 
 5. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 6. Raminelli, Castelle.1.0 
 7. Spippoli, Palestrina0.9 
 8. Candido, Ferentino0.9 
 9. Basei, Ostuni0.9 
 10. Pozzi, Molfetta0.8 


Italian A dilettanti round 29 best performance: Francesco Basei - by Eurobasket News
Center Francesco Basei (207-C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Ostuni, receiving a Eurobasket.com A dilettanti Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed Palestrina (#16, 6-22) with 34-point margin 98-64. Ostuni maintains the 2nd position in Italian A dilettanti. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ostuni will need more victories to improve their 21-8 record. Basei turned to be Ostuni's top player in his first season with the team. Francesco Basei has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.0rpg) and averages impressive 58.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Francesco Quaglia (207-F/C-88) of Massafra. Quaglia had a very good evening with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Massafra lost that game 77-82 to the lower-ranked Rieti (#13, 12-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in group B. But Massafra managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-16 record. Quaglia is a newcomer at Massafra, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) of Trento (#7). Benevelli scored 19 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Benevelli's great performance Trento lost 81-82 to the higher-ranked Treviglio (#4, 19-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Trento needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in group A. Their record is 17 victories and 12 lost games. Benevelli has a very solid season. In 29 games in Italy he scored 15.2ppg. He also has 7.7rpg and FGP: 60.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fernando Becerra (190-F-81) of Rieti - 24 points and 8 rebounds
5. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) of Perugia - 33 points and 4 rebounds
6. Riccardo Perego (203-F/C-81) of Piacenza - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Omegna - 18 points and 5 rebounds
8. Cristiano Masper (208-F-73) of Moncalieri - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Simone Cortesi (196-F-86) of Omegna - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Norman Hassan (197-G-90) of Riva del Garda - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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


A Dilettanti, Round 29 - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

In the round 29, with just one match at the end of the Regular Season, remain only two the teams on top at the standing contending the first place. Piacenza exceeds Trieste for 70-64 thanks a great last quarter (26-15) after a very bad second quarter (7-19) and confirms the first place led by Perego Riccardo that closes with 21 points, 7/10 by 2, 9 rebounds and 3 steals! For the other players of the Copra Morpho Bakery there are 13 points of Scarone German with 3 assist but also 5 turnovers, 8 points for Rizzitiello Nelson and Plateo Tommaso and 7 points for Passera Marco with 6 assist and 3 steals but 2/9 at shoot and 9 turnovers! For the visitors defeat number 14, only Moruzzi Alfredo in double digit with 13 points and 6 rebounds, 9 points of Maiocco Federico and 8 points for 4 players: Raspino Tommaso that adds 6 steals, Magro Daniele, Scutiero Alessandro with 3/3 at shoot and Bocchini Dennis in only 15 minutes. Important win for Brescia on the court of Senigallia (80-72) with a great start (22-10). For the leaders of the group victory number 21 (only 8 defeats), Rezzano Massimo is the top scorer with 16 points (4/6 by 3) and 6 rebounds, 15 points for Gergati Lorenzo with 7 rebounds, 14 points in 21 minutes with 8/8 in the free throws of Stojkov Stevan and 11 points for Bushati Franko and Ghersetti Mario that catches 11 rebounds and 4 steals. For the hosts not enough the good performance of Perini Davide from the bench with 15 points (6/8 by 2), 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Good job for Gnaccarini Marco with 12 points, Pierantoni Mirco with 13 points, 9 points for Penserini Giovanni and 8 points with 5 steals and 4 assist for Maddaloni Sergio. Perugia loses at Riva (92-80, victory number 9 for the Garda Cartiere) and remains third with 20-9. After a good second quarter of the visitors (16-25) Riva closes the match in the second half (54-31 the partial) thanks the great game of Hassan Norman with 24 points in 22 minutes and 7/8 by 3 with 31 of ranking! 12 points of Filattiera Marcello with 5 assist, 11 points for Torboli Lorenzo with 4 steals and for Chiusolo Mario, 9 points for Garofalo Alessandro and Pastori Giovanni with 3 blocks each and 8 points + 4 rebounds for Bastoni Matteo. For the Liomatic not enough the excellent offensive performance of Musso Bernardo with 33 points, 8 fouls suffered and 11/20 at shoot. For the others 14 points of Caroldi Mattia with 5 assist, 10 points and 9 rebounds of Carenza Giovanni and 9 points with 10 rebounds for Baldi Rossi Filippo. In the other games:

PentaG. Ozzano - Zerouno Moncalieri 62-77 (F.Tassinari 23 pts & 8 reb, P.Monzecchi 9 reb, M.Giadini 7 ass & 9 reb & 5 stl, C.Masper 19 pts & 6 stl & 8 reb)
Bitumcalor Trento - Co.Mark Treviglio 81-82 (A.Benevelli 19 pts & 15 reb, L.Conte 6 ass, T.Marino 4 stl & 4 ass, L.Gandini 4 ass & 2 blk)
Consum.it Siena - La Fortezza Recanati 76-63 (M.Imbro 22 pts, O.Chiaramello 18 pts & 13 reb, N.Mei 5 ass & 3 stl)
SBS Castelletto - P.Mitchell Pavia 79-82 (I.Cisse 16 pts & 10 reb, L.Masieri 16 pts & 7 ass, P.Biligha 15 reb, G.Palombita 5 stl, A.DeNicolao 16 pts & 3 stl & 4 ass)
Edilcost Osimo - Paffoni Omegna 43-98 (M.Carra-E.Rossi 18 pts, S.Cortesi 16 pts & 10 reb & 4 stl & 5 ass, G.Bloise 5 ass, E.Gaeta 5 stl)

Group B

Remain unchanged the first four positions of the standing with Trapani that wins the big match of the day at S.Antimo for 69-64. For the leaders decisive the 19 points of Cantagalli Gianni with 7/10 at shoot but the MVP is Santarossa Walter with a double-double (13 points + 15 rebounds). Good game for Cappanni Christian with 16 points in 21 minutes (8/9 by 2), 12 points but 6 turnovers and 5/13 for Evangelisti Marco and 9 points for Bisconti Luca. For the hosts, that confirm the fourth place despite the defeat, 19 points for Eliantonio Giacomo with 9/12 by 2, 11 points for Iardella Alessio with 3 steals and for Calabria Dante with 8 rebounds and 4 assist, 10 points for Gagliardo Filippo and 8 points and 5 assist of Cantone Carlo. Ostuni exceeds Palestrina without problems (98-64 the final against the last team of the group with only 6 wins) and remains on top with Trapani (21-8 the record). For the visitors Rischia Simone is the top scorer with 16 points and 7/15 at shoot, 14 points for Rossi Gianmarco with a very bad 2/12 by 3 (6/21 total), 10 points and 8 rebounds for Capitanelli Andrea and 9 points for Sperduto Andrea and Nozzolillo Federico (only 16 minutes). For the winners 7 players in double digit, Basei Francesco is the first with 21 points + 12 rebounds and 33 of ranking (10/13 at shoot!), 15 points for Circosta Valerio with 5/9 by 3 and for Gigena Silvio with 8 rebounds and 7/10 by 2 in 22 minutes, 11 points and 3 assist for Ruggiero Antonio and Bona Marco and 10 points for Gigena Mario and Morena Domenico. Ruvo, winning against Potenza for 73-66, remains third with one victory detachment from the first place. Great last quarter for the Adriatica (26-11), the top scorers are Bonacini Davide and Bonfiglio Simone with 20 points each. For the first 9/10 in the free throws while for the second 6/10 by 3 and 4 assist. For the others 13 points and 8 fouls suffered (a perfect 10/10 in the free throws) for Pilotti Andrea, 10 points and 12 rebounds for Ihedioha Francesco with 5 steals but 3/13 at shoot and only 3 points of Zerini Andrea with 1/8 but also 12 rebounds and 4 assist. For the Publisys usual double-double for Bagnoli Simone with 15 points and 15 rebounds adding 3 assist, 14 points and 6 rebounds with 3 steals and 5 assist for Di viccaro Vincenzo, 13 points and 3 assist of Giuri Marco and 12 points for Scrocco Stefano. The other results:

FMC Ferentino - Bawer Matera 64-70 (C.Vico 22 pts & 4 stl, M.Carrizo 17 pts, C.Grappasonni 11 reb, F.Alessandri 4 ass & 5 stl)
Ascom Patti - Ambrosia Bisceglie 71-67 (A.Raschi 23 pts, T.Gullo 22 pts, D.Rosignoli 15 reb & 2 ass, A.Ancellotti 3 stl)
Cisa Massafra - Ircop Rieti 77-82 (F.Quaglia 27 pts & 8 reb, F.Becerra 24 pts & 8 reb, M.Cucinelli 22 pts, D.Virgilio 7 ass & 4 stl, S.Lenardon 4 ass)
Chimici Anagni - Moncada Agrigento 62-66 (G.Bruni 23 pts, A.Barbieri 17 pts & 8 reb, A.Gennari 10 reb & 2 blk, P.Mossi 3 ass, N.Benedusi 4 stl)
Ford Molfetta - Benacquista Latina 71-62 (G.Rugolo 28 pts, D.Corral 10 reb & 3 ass, A.Maggi 3 ass, R.Maggio 3 stl, G.Fattori 16 pts & 3 stl)


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Parker's 33-point game gives him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old swingman Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Fukuoka Rizing and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 47.
He had the game-high 33 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for Fukuoka Rizing in his team's victory, helping them to crush Shiga Lakestars (#4, 26-19) with 21-point margin 109-88. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Fukuoka Rizing maintains the 3rd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fukuoka Rizing will need more victories to improve their 28-17 record. In the team's last game Parker had a remarkable 64.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Fukuoka Rizing, through which he has constantly improved. Evergreen State College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Parker is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.3ppg. Parker is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 10.4rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg,2.2spg and 62.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Reginald Warren (204-F-81) of Kyoto Hannaryz. He is American forward in his first season at Kyoto Hannaryz. In the last game Warren recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds. Of course he lead Kyoto Hannaryz to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Oita H.Devils (#7, 16-29) 83-63. Kyoto Hannaryz's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 24-19 record is not bad and everything may still change. Warren is a newcomer at Kyoto Hannaryz and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Jeral Davis (216-C-84) of Shimane Susanoo Magic (#6). Davis scored 18 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Shimane, leading his team to a 90-56 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Akita (#5, 15-30). The chances of Shimane ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 24 games, recording just twenty one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Davis could help Shimane to bring them higher in the standings. Davis has a very solid season. In 45 games in Japan he scored 9.8ppg. He also has 7.4rpg, 3.2bpg and FGP: 57.0%. Davis attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Carlos Dixon (202-G/F-81) of Okinawa GK - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Nile Murry (193-G-83) of Fukuoka Rizing - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Reggie Golson (201-F-81) of Shimane - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kenny Satterfield (188-G-81) of Osaka Evessa - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists
8. Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84) of Kyoto Hannaryz - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Gary Hamilton (208-F/C-84) of Shiga Lakestars - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) of Shimane - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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


BJ League Round 48: Osaka Evessa defeats Miyazaki Shining Suns in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Eighth-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (13-33) gave a tough game to second ranked Osaka Evessa (29-17) on Sunday. The visitors from Osaka managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Osaka Evessa looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Miyazaki Shining Suns helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the other American import center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Osaka Evessa's coach Ryan Blackwell used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds. Osaka Evessa maintains second position with 29-17 record having four points less than leader Okinawa GK, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 33 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Fukuoka. Third ranked host Fukuoka Rizing (29-17) defeated 4th ranked Shiga Lakestars (26-20) 101-93. The winners were led by American swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds and Akitomo Takeno supported him with 20 points and 4 assists. Even 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Warren Sports International) did not help to save the game for Shiga Lakestars. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Shiga Lakestars at the other side keep the fourth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (31-15) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (10-34) 83-66. The best player for the winners was Carlos Dixon who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Okinawa GK's coach Dai Oketani allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Terrance Farley who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Okinawa GK have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 31-15 record. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the ninth place with 34 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Shimane was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Akita Happinets (15-31) played at the court of sixth ranked Shimane Magic (22-24). Shimane Magic defeated Akita Happinets 100-88. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for Reggie Golson who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Shimane Magic's coach Zeljko Pavlicevic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Shimane Magic maintains sixth position with 22-24 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fifth place with 31 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (25-19) crushed at home 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (16-30) by 27 points 89-62, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Reginald Warren who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds. Kyoto Hannaryz's coach Ano Kazuhito felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth position with 25-19 record. Oita Heat Devils lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 30 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Kyoto Hannaryz - Oita H.Devils 89-62

Fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (25-19) crushed at home 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (16-30) by 27 points 89-62, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The game without a history. Kyoto Hannaryz led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kyoto Hannaryz outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 64-30 including a 23-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Oita Heat Devils' players. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds and the other American import guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-69, college: LSU) who added 20 points and 5 assists during the contest. Kyoto Hannaryz's coach Ano Kazuhito felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Damian Johnson (201-87, college: Minnesota, agency: Edge Sports) with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds and forward Kimitake Sato (186-84) scored 9 points. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth position with 25-19 record. Oita Heat Devils lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 30 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannaryz: M.Abdul-Rauf 20+3reb+5ast, R.Warren 18+19reb+2ast, N.Nakamura 16+3reb+2ast, 11, T.Murakami 9+5reb+2ast, M.Fey 8+9reb+1ast
Oita H.Devils: D.Johnson 32+12reb+2ast, K.Sato 9+2reb+2ast, K.Mitomo 8+4reb+1ast, T.Aoki 6+1reb, Y.Suzuki 3+3ast, H.Sato 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 126700


Takamatsu FA - Okinawa GK 66-83

BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (31-15) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (10-34) 83-66. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Takamatsu FA managed to win second period 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Takamatsu FA 53-33 including a 39-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import swingman Anthony McHenry (201-83, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Five Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK's coach Dai Oketani allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Terrance Farley (208-85, college: Louisville) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Satoshi Takeda (185-80) added 12 points, 5 assists and 7 steals respectively. Okinawa GK have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 31-15 record. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the ninth place with 34 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: C.Dixon 18+9reb+2ast, D.Palmer 14+4reb, A.McHenry 13+10reb+3ast, N.Kosuge 12+3reb+4ast, J.Newton 10+14reb, T.Yonamine 7+4reb+6ast
Takamatsu FA: H.Kikuchi 15+5reb+1ast, T.Farley 14+10reb, S.Takeda 12+4reb+5ast, J.Price 9+3reb+1ast, K.Lemons 9+8reb, M.Suzuki 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 126701


Fukuoka Rizing - Shiga Lakestars 101-93

The game between Top Four teams took place in Fukuoka. Third ranked host Fukuoka Rizing (29-17) defeated 4th ranked Shiga Lakestars (26-20) 101-93. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 34-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. Fukuoka Rizing made 23-of-26 charity shots (88.5 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds and guard Akitomo Takeno (173-85) supported him with 20 points and 4 assists. Even 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Warren Sports International) did not help to save the game for Shiga Lakestars. His fellow American import power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) added 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Fukuoka Rizing and five Shiga Lakestars players scored in double figures. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Shiga Lakestars at the other side keep the fourth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 32+13reb+2ast, A.Takeno 20+2reb+4ast, A.Kuso 13+7reb, N.Murry 13+4reb+3ast, S.Ishitani 10+2reb+2ast, T.Cordeiro 9+9reb+2ast
Shiga Lakestars: M.Marshall 21+7reb+4ast, R.Schafer 13+4reb+1ast, Y.Okada 13+2reb+4ast, L.Rice 11+5reb+2ast, G.Hamilton 11+8reb+3ast, M.Joho 10+1reb
gschID: 126702


Shimane - Akita 100-88

The game in Shimane was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Akita Happinets (15-31) played at the court of sixth ranked Shimane Magic (22-24). Shimane Magic defeated Akita Happinets 100-88. The game was mostly controlled by Shimane Magic. Akita Happinets was better in fourth quarter 40-33. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Akita Happinets' 44. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 46-34 including 36 on the defensive glass. Shimane Magic brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Terry Evans (196-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) contributed with 19 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Five Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic's coach Zeljko Pavlicevic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) replied with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Antonio Burks (198-82, college: Stephen F. Austin) added 25 points in the effort for Akita Happinets. Shimane Magic maintains sixth position with 22-24 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fifth place with 31 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Shimane: R.Golson 23+11reb+5ast, T.Ishizaki 22+7reb+3ast, T.Evans 19+9reb+6ast, T.Yokoo 12+3reb+1ast, W.Caudle 10+6reb+2ast, Y.Hikino 5+2reb+1ast
Akita: S.Henry 29+7reb+7ast, A.Burks 25+2reb+1ast, A.Akingbade 11+10reb, W.Graves 8+11reb+1ast, R.Mizumachi 5+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 126698


Miyazaki - Osaka Evessa 80-82

Eighth-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (13-33) gave a tough game to second ranked Osaka Evessa (29-17) on Sunday. The visitors from Osaka managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Osaka Evessa looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Miyazaki Shining Suns helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the other American import center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Osaka Evessa's coach Ryan Blackwell used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Osaka Evessa maintains second position with 29-17 record having four points less than leader Okinawa GK, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 33 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 23+11reb+4ast, W.Marshall 17+9reb+3ast, W.Knight 10+4reb, H.Takada 9+3reb+6ast, D.Tamura 7+4reb+1ast, K.Satterfield 7+9reb+2ast
Miyazaki: B.Cole 28+15reb+1ast, M.Takahashi 12+4reb+2ast, T.Shimizu 10+6reb+8ast, O.Shinnosuke 8+1reb+2ast, T.Ito 7+2reb+3ast, Y.Kojima 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 126699




Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 37-5 
 2. Sendai 89ers 24-12 
 3. Tokyo Apache 20-14 
 4. Niigata Albirex 19-19 
 5. Akita 15-31 
 6. Saitama Bron. 14-24 
 7. Toyama Grouses 12-28 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 31-15 
 2. Osaka Evessa 29-17 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 29-17 
 4. Shiga Lakestars 26-20 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 25-19 
 6. Shimane 22-24 
 7. Oita H.Devils 16-30 
 8. Miyazaki 13-33 
 9. Takamatsu FA 10-34 


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  KOSOVO   


SuperLeague Round 25: College EuroSporti is defeated by Sigal Prishtina in a derby game - 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 most important
game was a derby match between two local teams from Prishtine: Sigal Prishtina (#1) and College EuroSporti (#5). Sigal Prishtina (22-2) crushed visiting College EuroSporti (8-17) by 30 points 101-71. Sigal Prishtina have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-2 record. College EuroSporti lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Kosova. Sigal Prishtina are looking forward to face Trepca (#4) in Mitrovice in the next round. College EuroSporti will play at home against Kosova in Vushtrri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice (0-25) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 25th consecutive match to sixth ranked Kosova (8-17) 144-70. Kosova moved-up to fifth place, which they share with K.EuroSporti. KB Mitrovice lost their twentieth fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings. Kosova will play against College EuroSporti (#6) in Prishtine in the next round. KB Mitrovice will play at home against Bashkimi in Prizren and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Prizren was also quite interesting. Third ranked Peja (20-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Bashkimi (7-18). Peja defeated Bashkimi 98-82 on Saturday. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Peja. They moved-up to second place. Bashkimi at the other side keeps the seventh position with 18 games lost. Peja will meet at home Bambi (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bashkimi will play against KB Mitrovice (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.




Bashkimi - Peja 82-98

The game in Prizren was also quite interesting. Third ranked Peja (20-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Bashkimi (7-18). Peja defeated Bashkimi 98-82 on Saturday. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Peja. They moved-up to second place. Bashkimi at the other side keeps the seventh position with 18 games lost. Peja will meet at home Bambi (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bashkimi will play against KB Mitrovice (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


gschID: 114664


Kosova - Mitrovica 144-70

Bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice (0-25) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 25th consecutive match to sixth ranked Kosova (8-17) 144-70. Kosova moved-up to fifth place, which they share with K.EuroSporti. KB Mitrovice lost their twentieth fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings. Kosova will play against College EuroSporti (#6) in Prishtine in the next round. KB Mitrovice will play at home against Bashkimi in Prizren and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 114662


Sigal Prishtina - K.EuroSporti 101-71

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Prishtine: Sigal Prishtina (#1) and College EuroSporti (#5). Sigal Prishtina (22-2) crushed visiting College EuroSporti (8-17) by 30 points 101-71. Sigal Prishtina have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-2 record. College EuroSporti lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Kosova. Sigal Prishtina are looking forward to face Trepca (#4) in Mitrovice in the next round. College EuroSporti will play at home against Kosova in Vushtrri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 114663




Big Fight on Bambi-Trepca match - by Luan Morina
Huge incident happened at Bambi-Trepca match this weekend. The match scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. firstly was delayed for 20 minutes because there were some fans inside the arena. After the fan got thrown out by the police, a fight involving Trepcas technical and Bambis president, Igor Dasic. Afterward the fight escalated and almost every player was involved. The situation worsened when fans got inside the hall, in the field. Everything stopped when Bambis players somehow got into different rooms inside the arena. There were reports that Bambis player, Milos Dasic and Trepcas head coach Pance Milevski asked for medical help. Federation's delegate to this match, Remzi Ramadani said that they will release an official note on Monday.


Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 22-2 
 2. Bambi 20-3 
 3. Peja 20-5 
 4. Trepca 13-11 
 5. K.EuroSporti 8-17 
 6. Kosova 8-17 
 7. Bashkimi 7-18 
 8. Mitrovica 0-25 


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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Scott WILSON
  Zemgale
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 2. Willjam, Barons15.6 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Peiners, LU14.8 
 5. Veselovs, Valmiera14.7 
 6. Duselis, LU14.1 
 7. Mednis, Turiba14.0 
 8. Vaikulis, Liepaja13.4 
 9. Berzins, VEF R.13.3 
 10. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale7.8 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 7. Veselovs, Valmiera6.1 
 8. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 9. Cavars, Barons5.9 
 10. Dilevka, Turiba5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  VEF Riga
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 2. Willjam, Barons4.4 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera4.4 
 4. Carter, Ventspils4.1 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.0 
 6. Mitchell, Liepaja3.8 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 10. Vaikulis, Liepaja3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gatis JAHOVICS
  VEF Riga
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 2. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 3. Mitchell, Liepaja1.8 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera1.8 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 6. Cavars, Barons1.7 
 7. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 8. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 9. Slisans, LU1.6 
 10. Rozitis, LU1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 3. Skirmants, Barons1.3 
 4. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 6. Pishchalniko., Barons0.9 
 7. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 9. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 10. Piternieks, LU0.8 


Juventus step closer to BBL Elite Division - by Eurobasket News
Juventus - Valmiera 81:69

Juventus made the first step toward earning the ticket into BBL Elite Division. They overcame Valmiera in the first leg of the promotion playoffs. The teams will now move to Latvia for the decisive second game of the series. Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) stepped up with 24 points to ensure the winning outcome for Utena team.
The teams started the game aggressively with neither side able to dominate. Juventus eventually eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. Juventus gradually increased the tempo. They recorded a 30:19 lead midway through the second term. Juventus built a 42:35 halftime advantage. Valmiera spurred ahead in the third term. They registered a 47:42 lead but Juventus answered with a 17:2 run to establish a 59:52 cushion heading into the fourth quarter. Valmiera opened the fourth quarter with five points in a row but Juventus quickly rebounded and went on a decisive rally that sealed a 12-point victory at the end. Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82, agency: Players Group, college: Hofstra) provided 14 points, while Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) added 11 in the win. Maris Ziedins (200-F/C-90) answered with 16 points for Valmiera. Janis Kaufmanis (185-G-89) had 12 points in the loss.

Juventus: Marius Prekevicius 24, Aurimas Kieza 14, Zydrunas Urbonas 11
Valmiera: Maris Ziedins 16, Janis Kaufmanis 12



LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 20-5 
 2. Barons 17-9 
 3. Liepaja 17-10 
 4. VEF Riga 16-9 
 5. Valmiera 16-10 
 6. Zemgale 9-17 
 7. Turiba 6-21 
 8. LU 4-24 


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Lietuvos Rytas and Aleksandar Trifunovic part ways - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Beo Basket ) and Lietuvos Rytas decided to part ways month and a half before the end of the season. It means that the Lithuanian outfit will have third coach this year, what is really surprising having in mind great season of the club in Euroleague, where coach Trifunovic and his team managed to beat Panathinaikos and Caja Laboral on the road and were very close to reach the Quarterfinals. Darius Maskoliunas, who was the assistant coach of Aleksandar Trifunovic, will lead the team for rest of the season. Maskoliunas is a former Zalgiris Kaunas coach. He is also former Lithuanian NT player (95-00).

Juventus step closer to BBL Elite Division - by Eurobasket News
Juventus - Valmiera 81:69

Juventus made the first step toward earning the ticket into BBL Elite Division. They overcame Valmiera in the first leg of the promotion playoffs. The teams will now move to Latvia for the decisive second game of the series. Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) stepped up with 24 points to ensure the winning outcome for Utena team.
The teams started the game aggressively with neither side able to dominate. Juventus eventually eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. Juventus gradually increased the tempo. They recorded a 30:19 lead midway through the second term. Juventus built a 42:35 halftime advantage. Valmiera spurred ahead in the third term. They registered a 47:42 lead but Juventus answered with a 17:2 run to establish a 59:52 cushion heading into the fourth quarter. Valmiera opened the fourth quarter with five points in a row but Juventus quickly rebounded and went on a decisive rally that sealed a 12-point victory at the end. Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82, agency: Players Group, college: Hofstra) provided 14 points, while Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) added 11 in the win. Maris Ziedins (200-F/C-90) answered with 16 points for Valmiera. Janis Kaufmanis (185-G-89) had 12 points in the loss.

Juventus: Marius Prekevicius 24, Aurimas Kieza 14, Zydrunas Urbonas 11
Valmiera: Maris Ziedins 16, Janis Kaufmanis 12



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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 14-11 
 5. Basket Esch 14-11 
 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 


Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Kennedy, Residence25.3 
 2. Ulmer, Soleuvre25.1 
 3. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.23.1 
 5. Schumacher, T7122.7 
 6. Muller, T7121.1 
 7. Reimold, Basket E.21.1 
 8. Delgado, Etzella19.6 
 9. Gary, Contern19.0 
 10. Smith, Sparta18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre15.3 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.15.0 
 3. Gary, Contern13.2 
 4. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 5. Kennedy, Residence12.3 
 6. Wurtz, Musel Pikes12.0 
 7. Stephens, T7111.6 
 8. Scott, Etzella10.6 
 9. Wojnowski, Musel P.10.1 
 10. Birdsong, Amicale9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Schartz, Amicale5.4 
 2. Schumacher, T714.4 
 3. Rausch, Black Star3.6 
 4. Delgado, Etzella3.3 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.3.3 
 6. Arbaut, Sparta3.1 
 7. Schwartz, Musel P.3.0 
 8. Koster, Residence2.8 
 9. McDaniel, Black S.2.8 
 10. Giver, Etzella2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jones, Amicale2.0 
 2. Kalmes, Contern1.9 
 3. Gary, Contern1.8 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.1.6 
 5. Schartz, Amicale1.5 
 6. Smith, Sparta1.5 
 7. Kennedy, Residence1.5 
 8. Birdsong, Amicale1.5 
 9. Delgado, Etzella1.5 
 10. Koster, Residence1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gary, Contern1.9 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.1.8 
 3. Birdsong, Amicale1.7 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.2 
 5. Stephens, T711.0 
 6. Abercrombie, Spa.0.9 
 7. Ulmer, Soleuvre0.9 
 8. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.8 
 9. Reimold, Basket E.0.7 
 10. Kennedy, Residence0.7 


Diekirch League Round 7 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in Diekirch League.

The most interesting game of round 7 was a home defeat of Contern (7-16) by Soleuvre (8-15) who outscored them by 21 points 73-52 in the game for the second place. The game without a history. Soleuvre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Soleuvre forced 24 Contern turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Contern helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Lamonte Ulmer (198-F-86, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Rhode Island) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Center David Berthle (191-85) helped adding 10 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side the former international guard Sven Pezzotta (186-88) responded with 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Soleuvre maintains second place in Group B with 8-15 record. Contern at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Soleuvre are looking forward to face Musel Pikes in Stadrbredimus in the next round. Contern will play at home against Black Star in Mersch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Etzella (18-7) against fourth ranked Sparta (15-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Etzella was defeated by Sparta in Bertrange 89-78. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Lucas Hargrove (198-88, college: Auburn, agency: 540 Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Dean Gindt accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds. The former international swingman Nelson Delgado (186-80) came up with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Etzella in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sparta moved-up to third place in League. Etzella at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Sparta will play against league's leader T71 in Dudelange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Etzella will play at home against Amicale in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Host Black Star (3-20) lost to Musel Pikes (13-10) 81-76. Musel Pikes maintains first place in Group B with 13-10 record. Newly promoted Black Star keeps the fourth position with 20 games lost. Musel Pikes will meet at home Soleuvre in the next round. Black Star will play against Contern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Diekirch League top team - T71 (20-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Residence (9-16) in Bereldange 107-86. Worth to mention a great performance of Frank Muller who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. T71's coach Jan Enjebo felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains first place in League with 20-5 record. Residence at the other side keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. T71's next round opponent will be Sparta (#3) in Bertrange, which may be the game of the day. Residence will play at home against Basket Esch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Esch was also quite interesting. 4th placed Amicale (14-11) played at the court of fifth ranked Basket Esch (14-11). Basket Esch defeated Amicale 80-68 on Sunday. It was a great evening for John Reimold who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Newly promoted Basket Esch maintains fifth place in League with 14-11 record. Basket Esch will face Residence (#6) in Bereldange in the next round. Amicale will play on the road against the league's second-placed Etzella in Ettelbruck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Group 1-6 places
Residence - T71 86-107

Diekirch League top team - T71 (20-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Residence (9-16) in Bereldange 107-86. The game without a history. T71 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. International guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. T71's coach Jan Enjebo felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) answered with 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and German center Marco Leschek (204-76) added 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Residence. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place in League with 20-5 record. Residence at the other side keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. T71's next round opponent will be Sparta (#3) in Bertrange, which may be the game of the day. Residence will play at home against Basket Esch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
T71: F.Muller 33+11reb+3ast, T.Schumacher 19+5reb+2ast, G.Ruffato 11+2reb+1ast, D.Stephens 10+4reb+1ast, B.Hurt 6+1reb, F.Siebenbour 6+1ast
Residence: M.Kennedy 35+8reb+1ast, M.Leschek 18+6reb+1ast, T.Abdiu 15+5reb+4ast, M.Schmit 11+1reb+1ast, K.Moura 7+5reb+1ast, C.Ludwig 0+1reb+3ast
gschID: 121840


Basket Esch - Amicale 80-68

The game in Esch was also quite interesting. 4th placed Amicale (14-11) played at the court of fifth ranked Basket Esch (14-11). Basket Esch defeated Amicale 80-68 on Sunday. The game without a history. Basket Esch led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for American forward John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. International guard Christophe Donnersbach (192-84) helped adding 23 points and 4 assists. Four Basket Esch players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Christian Schartz (180-86) scored 20 points. Newly promoted Basket Esch maintains fifth place in League with 14-11 record. Basket Esch will face Residence (#6) in Bereldange in the next round. Amicale will play on the road against the league's second-placed Etzella in Ettelbruck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Basket Esch: C.Donnersbach 23+4ast, J.Reimold 19+7reb+3ast, K.Diederich 16+3reb+2ast, M.Rajniak 14+4reb+5ast, S.Svitek 8+11reb+1ast, P.Biever 0
Amicale: C.Schartz 20+2reb+2ast, E.Jeitz 17+1reb+1ast, L.Birdsong 15+8reb+1ast, R.Birenbaum 5+2reb+1ast, C.Scholtes 4+1reb, A.Laurent 4+1ast
gschID: 121841


Sparta - Etzella 89-78

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Etzella (18-7) against fourth ranked Sparta (15-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Etzella was defeated by Sparta in Bertrange 89-78. Etzella was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 25-13 charge of Sparta, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Etzella's 40. They outrebounded Etzella 41-26 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Lucas Hargrove (198-88, college: Auburn, agency: 540 Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Power forward Dean Gindt (202-91) accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Four Sparta players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Nelson Delgado (186-80) came up with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Dustin Scott (203-85, college: Charleston) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Etzella in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sparta moved-up to third place in League. Etzella at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Sparta will play against league's leader T71 in Dudelange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Etzella will play at home against Amicale in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sparta: L.Hargrove 33+15reb+3ast, D.Gindt 19+6reb+2ast, J.Hublart 15+4reb+5ast, L.Smith 13+7reb+3ast, T.Wagner 6+4reb+1ast, P.Arbaut 2+2reb+3ast
Etzella: D.Scott 22+6reb+1ast, J.Delgado 21+1reb+2ast, N.Delgado 20+6reb+5ast, T.Giver 7+3reb, G.Polfer 2+1reb, D.Wilson 2+1reb
gschID: 121839


Group 7-10 places
Black Star - Musel Pikes 76-81

Host Black Star (3-20) lost to Musel Pikes (13-10) 81-76. Musel Pikes maintains first place in the group with 13-10 record. Newly promoted Black Star keeps the fourth position with 20 games lost. Musel Pikes will meet at home league's second-placed Soleuvre in the next round. Black Star will play against Contern and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121842


Contern - Soleuvre 52-73

The most interesting game of round 7 was a home defeat of Contern (7-16) by Soleuvre (8-15) who outscored them by 21 points 73-52 in the game for the second place. The game without a history. Soleuvre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Soleuvre forced 24 Contern turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Contern helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Impact Basketball) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Center David Berthle (191-85) helped adding 10 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side the former international guard Sven Pezzotta (186-88) responded with 11 points and American forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) scored 6 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Soleuvre maintains second place in the group with 8-15 record. Contern at the other side keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Soleuvre are looking forward to face Musel Pikes in Stadrbredimus in the next round. Contern will play at home against Black Star in Mersch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Soleuvre: L.Ulmer 21+17reb+1ast, B.Hemmen 14+4reb+1ast, D.Berthle 10+8reb+2ast, C.Weisen 9+4reb+1ast, M.Weyland 7+2reb+2ast, C.Mertz 6+2reb
Contern: S.Pezzotta 11+2reb+2ast, D.Torres 7+1reb+1ast, B.Gary 6+9reb, A.Milongo 6+3reb+2ast, E.Bissener 5+8reb, S.Kuhlmann 5+3reb
gschID: 121843




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  MEXICO   


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. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 6. Gabbidon, Tijuana24.3 
 7. White, Los Mochis23.3 
 8. Thomas, Cananea22.7 
 9. Barrett, Guasave22.4 
 10. Moss, Nogales22.4 
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. Brown, Tepic8.6 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 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. Sowell, Culiacan1.4 
 7. Gabbidon, Tijuana1.4 
 8. Gale, Mexicali1.4 
 9. Sims, Los Mochis1.3 
 10. Monreal, Hermosillo1.3 
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. Habel, Guaymas2.2 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 7. Brown, Nogales2.1 
 8. Brown, Tepic2.1 
 9. Marentes, Guaymas2.1 
 10. Funn, Guasave2.1 


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  MOLDOVA   


Quarterfinal stage tips off - by Eurobasket News
Quarterfinal stage of D1 championship has just started. All the favorites gain victories in the first games.
UASM thrashed Patriot 106:39 in the opener. UASM built a 21-point lead at halftime and never looked back en route to the victory. Ivan Cropotov (208-F-88, college: SW Baptist) came up with 26 points to pace the effort. Dmitri Pogorelov (197-G/F-83) answered with 15 points for Patriot.
ASEM took care Donduseni 102:99. It was a tough battle from start to finish. ASEM established a 10-point lead heading into the fourth quarter but Donduseni fired 31 points in the final stanza cutting the deficit to minimum. But ASEM hung on to steal a narrow victory at the end. Evgheni Nartov (200-F-87) knocked down 29 points for the winning side. Alexei Andrus (194-G/F-79) responded with impressive 51 points for Donduseni.
Vladimir Kolesnikov (202-F/C-80) knocked down 36 points to lead Fire Ball past UTM 109:81. Fire Ball outscored their opponents 26:7 in the starting frame and coasted to the victory afterwards. Serghei Mascoulic (86) had 26 points in the loss.
Finally Gamma bettered Ribnita 82:70 behind 22 points from Alexei Ghimpu (188-G-75). Dmitriy Tsurkan (182-G-85) replied with 21 points for Ribnita.



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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 Heat25.6 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.25.4 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.2 
 6. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.25.1 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 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.12.2 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.1 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.5 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 8. Camby, Portland TB10.2 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.1 
 10. Lee, Golde S.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.2 
 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. Westbrook, Oklah..8.2 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.2 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.7.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.2 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 5. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 7. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 8. Wall, Washington W.1.7 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
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. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.0 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 7. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 8. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 9. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 55-25 
 2. New York K. 42-38 
 3. Philadelph.76 41-39 
 4. New Jersey N. 24-56 
 5. Toronto R. 22-58 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 60-20 
 2. Indiana P. 37-44 
 3. Milwaukee B. 33-47 
 4. Detroit P. 29-51 
 5. Cleveland C. 17-63 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 56-24 
 2. Orlando M. 50-30 
 3. Atlanta H. 44-36 
 4. Charlotte B. 32-48 
 5. Washington W. 22-58 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 54-26 
 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 55-25 
 2. Phoenix Suns 38-42 
 3. Golde State W. 36-44 
 4. LA Clippers 31-50 
 5. Sacramento K. 23-57 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 61-19 
 2. Dallas M. 55-25 
 3. Memphis G. 46-34 
 4. N.Orleans H. 46-34 
 5. Houston R. 42-38 


Exciting Sunday (9 games) - by Eurobasket News
Indiana P. - New York K. 109-110
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 34 points, making the go-ahead jumper with 4.9 seconds left and blocking a potential winning attempt, helping the New York Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 110-109 on Sunday night for their seventh straight win. Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) had 21 points and seven assists, and Toney Douglas scored 14 for the Knicks (42-38), who moved a game ahead of idle Philadelphia for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. Coach Mike D'Antoni said he could return Tuesday against Chicago. Danny Granger had 20 points and Roy Hibbert added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana (37-44). The Pacers are locked into the No. 8 seed and will play Chicago in the opening round of the playoffs. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Dallas M. - Phoenix Suns 115-90
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) and Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) led the Dallas Mavericks to a 115-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night, keeping alive hopes of snagging the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. With a second straight win, Dallas improved to 55-25. The Los Angeles Lakers were 55-24 - and losers of four straight - going into their game against Oklahoma City later Sunday. Because the Lakers hold the tiebreaker over the Mavericks, Dallas must finish ahead of Los Angeles to get the second spot and home-court advantage in the second round of the playoffs. Nowitzki had 19 points, and Marion had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Each played only 28 minutes, which should help keep them fresh for the final two games - at Houston on Monday night and at home against New Orleans on Wednesday. Marcin Gortat had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix, which lost its second straight and fourth in five games. It also was the 42nd loss of the season for the Suns, clinching their first losing record since 2003-04, their last season before bringing Steve Nash back from the Mavericks. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Golde State W. - Sacramento K. 103-104
Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: LSU) scored 21 points and made several big shots late to lead the Sacramento Kings rally to a 104-103 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. Thornton's jumper with 12.6 seconds remaining put the Kings ahead by four and sealed the victory, snapping Sacramento's two-game losing streak. The teams split the season series 2-2. DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Tyreke Evans and Jason Thompson each scored 14 points for the Kings, who overcame an eight-point deficit late in the fourth quarter. Stephen Curry had 27 points and eight assists, and David Lee finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors, who had won three straight. Monta Ellis left in the final minutes with a head injury and did not return. *Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com

LA Lakers - Oklah.City T. 106-120
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 31 points, Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) added 26 and the Oklahoma City Thunder sent the Los Angeles Lakers to their fifth straight loss, 120-106 on Sunday night. James Harden added 16 points and Serge Ibaka 15 for the Thunder, who moved a game behind the Lakers and Dallas with two remaining in the race for the No. 2 seed in the West. It was the Thunder's fourth straight win and their first against the Lakers on the road since March 12, 2006. Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, Pau Gasol added 26 and Andrew Bynum had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers, who led by five early in the fourth and by one with 3:10 to go, only to see the Thunder close on a 16-2 run. The Lakers haven't lost this many in a row since 2006-07, when they dropped seven straight in the last season before Gasol joined the team. The teams exchanged leads throughout the fourth, with Bryant scoring seven in a row to give the Lakers their last lead. Durant and Westbrook combined for nine of the Thunder's final 16 points. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Toronto R. - New Jersey N. 99-92
When Jay Triano was asked before Sunday's game to list the injured players in his lineup, the Toronto Raptors coach grabbed a reporter's red pen and methodically scratched off the names one by one for effect. Then Jerryd Bayless and his young teammates went out and made the most of an opportunity. The 22-year-old Bayless scored 19 points to lead the under-manned Raptors to a 99-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets in a matchup of teams gutted by injuries. 'I said to the players, let's embrace this,' Triano said. 'Let's not look at this like we've got guys hurt, guys are going to get a chance to play, you're going to make mistakes, but you're probably going to stay in games when you do, but let's play the right way and share the basketball.' With just two games left on another season without a playoff appearance, and with numerous key players out with injuries, one of the few positives down the stretch is the growth of his young players, Triano said. Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F-89, college: USC) and rookie Ed Davis (6'10''-F-89, college: N.Carolina), who are both 21-years-old, and James Johnson (24) added 18 points apiece for the Raptors (22-58), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Julian Wright finished with 10 points while Reggie Evans had a game-high 15 rebounds. *Courtesy of http://toronto.ctv.ca

Memphis G. - N.Orleans H. 111-89
O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) scored 18 points, Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) added 16 and the Memphis Grizzlies continued their march to the postseason with a 111-89 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday. Hornets All-Star guard Chris Paul was held scoreless for the first time in his career, missing all six of his field goal attempts. An 88-percent free throw shooter, Paul went to the line once and missed both shots. He did have 10 assists. Both teams already have clinched spots in the Western Conference playoffs but are now jockeying for seeding position. The victory pulled Memphis even with the Hornets for the seventh spot. The teams split the season series 2-2, but the Hornets own the second tiebreaker with a better record in the Southwest Division. Sam Young and Zach Randolph scored 14 points apiece for Memphis, which won for the sixth time in seven games. Greivis Vasquez added a career-high 13 points, hitting all five of his shots. Randolph had six assists. Marco Belinelli led the Hornets with 18 points, 16 of them in the first quarter. Trevor Ariza, Carl Landry and Willie Green added 11 each for New Orleans, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped. *Courtesy of www.fox8live.com

Charlotte B. - Detroit P. 101-112
Rodney Stuckey (6'4''-G-86, college: E.Washington) scored 24 points, fellow reserve Charlie Villanueva (6'10''-F-84, college: Connecticut) added 20 and the Detroit Pistons recovered from a terrible start to beat the reeling Charlotte Bobcats 112-101 on Sunday night and snap an 11-game road losing streak. Chris Wilcox chipped in with 14 points for the Pistons, who shot 56 percent from the field in their third straight win and second in three days since California investor Tom Gores reached a deal to buy the team. Hours after coach John Kuester said he hopes to return for the last year of his contract, the Pistons overcame a 15-point, first-quarter deficit for their first road victory since Feb. 9 at Cleveland. Gerald Henderson scored 21 points, Boris Diaw added 16 of his 20 points in the first quarter and Kwame Brown had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Bobcats, who have dropped six straight. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Orlando M. - Chicago B. 99-102
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) had 39 points and five assists and Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) added 15 points to help the Chicago Bulls hold off the Orlando Magic 102-99 on Sunday. Orlando's Jameer Nelson appeared to tie it with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but an official review upheld an initial call of no basket. Ryan Anderson led the Magic with a career-high 28 points, Jason Richardson added 24 and Nelson had 17. Chicago won its seventh in a row and for the 19th time in 21 games. The Bulls also kept alive their chances of finishing with the NBA's best record, which would give them home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Magic's loss drops their record to 1-3 without center Dwight Howard. He sat out Sunday, serving his second suspension of the season after picking up his 18th technical foul. *Courtesy of Yahoo

Miami Heat - Boston C. 100-77
If this was an Eastern Conference semifinals preview, then the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics showed what to expect. Few pleasantries. Pushing and shoving. And maybe a Game 7 in Miami. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) added 14 and the Heat moved closer to the No. 2 seed in the East playoffs yesterday by beating the sliding Celtics 100-77. 'It was a playoff-atmosphere type of game, from the fans to both teams' approach to what the game meant,' Wade said. 'It had that feel.' Miami moved a game ahead of Boston, trimming its magic number to clinch the second seed to two. The teams will finish second and third in some order behind Chicago in the East, slotted to play in the conference semifinals. 'We'd like to play them, I can tell you that,' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. 'And we may have to if we want to go somewhere.' Chris Bosh added 13 points and eight rebounds for Miami, which had been 0-3 against Boston this season, though Heat coach Erik Spoelstra cautioned against overstating the win's importance. *Courtesy of www.metrowestdailynews.com




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


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Standings - CBS
Apertura Standings
 1. Oeste 4-1 
 2. Chepo 3-2 
 3. Calidonia 3-2 
 4. Rio Abajo 2-3 
 5. San Miguelito 2-3 
 6. P.Lefevre 1-4 


Apertura, Round 5: Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Apertura just ended. Oeste is No.1 with almost perfect 4-1 record. Four teams advanced to Semifinals (April 16). Semifinals pairs are Oeste - San Miglto and Calidonia - Chepo.

Apertura Standings
1. Oeste 4-1
2. Chepo 3-2
3. Calidonia 3-2
4. Rio Abajo 2-3
5. San Miguelito 2-3
6. P.Lefevre 1-4




San Miguelito - Calidonia 49-67

Quite upsetting was San Miguelito's (#2) 18-point home defeat in a game versus fourth ranked Calidonia who smashed hosts . It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Calidonia. San Miguelito managed to win fourth quarter 14-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding San Miguelito to just 7 points in third quarter. Calidonia (3-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with Chepo. Loser San Miguelito dropped to the fourth position with three games lost.

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Oeste - Chepo 71-64

There was a change at the Apertura leadership position after last games. Round 5 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Chepo (3-2). They were defeated by sixth ranked Oeste (4-1) 71-64 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chepo. Oeste moved-up to fifth place. Chepo at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with Calidonia. They were replaced at the leadership position by P.Lefevre.
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P.Lefevre - Rio Abajo 83-75

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked P.Lefevre as it allowed them to take a leadership position. P.Lefevre defeated 5th ranked Rio Abajo in Panama 83-75. 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 Rio Abajo won third quarter 27-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Rio Abajo at the other side dropped to the bottom place with three games lost.
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Andrade's 23 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old forward Carlos Andrade (197-F-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Porto Ferpinta and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 23 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Porto Ferpinta in his team's victory, helping them to beat CAB (#7, 10-12) 83-71. It allowed Porto Ferpinta to consolidate first place in the Portuguese league. Porto Ferpinta has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 21-1. In the team's last game Andrade had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Porto Ferpinta and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Carlos Andrade averages this season 10.1ppg and 6.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jeremy Goode (175-G-87) of Penafiel. He is American guard in his first season at Penafiel. In the last game Goode recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Penafiel to another comfortable win 75-58 over the lower-ranked Ovarense (#8, 10-12) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Penafiel to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Goode is a newcomer at Penafiel and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.2ppg (#6). He also recorded 3.7 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Ricondo Crutchfield (200-F/G-78, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Illiabum Clube (#11). Crutchfield got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. Despite Crutchfield's great performance Illiabum lost 78-95 to the higher-ranked Benfica (#2, 17-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Illiabum can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Crutchfield he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Crutchfield has a very solid season. In 20 games in Portugal he scored 17.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Little (198-F-87) of Lusitania - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Gregory Jenkins (206-F/C-82) of Benfica - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Matthew Shaw (201-F-86) of Academica - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Nuno Cortez (205-C-82) of Ovarense - 16 points and 13 rebounds
8. Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82) of Academica - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. James Robert (203-F/C-86) of Lusitania - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Andrais Thornton (203-C-85) of Penafiel - 17 points and 6 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. Quebradillas 4-1 
 2. Coamo 3-1 
 3. Bayamon 3-1 
 4. Capitanes 3-2 
 5. Guaynabo 2-2 
 6. Humacao 2-2 
 7. Isabela 2-3 
 8. San German 2-3 
 9. Mayaguez 1-4 
 10. Santurce 1-4 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Coamo
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Villegas, Coamo27.5 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo23.3 
 3. Brown, Quebradillas22.6 
 4. Clinch, Isabela21.4 
 5. Clinch, Isabela21.4 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas20.6 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon19.5 
 8. Romero, Mayaguez19.4 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce18.3 
 10. Pellot-Rosa, San G.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Randolph, Isabela13.4 
 2. Randolph, Isabela13.4 
 3. Narvaez, Coamo12.8 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas11.8 
 5. Lloreda, San G.11.6 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon11.5 
 7. Pruitt, Guaynabo10.5 
 8. Robinson, Humacao9.3 
 9. Romero, Mayaguez8.6 
 10. Aubry, Arecibo8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.0 
 2. Guzman, Guaynabo5.3 
 3. Garcia, Humacao4.8 
 4. Clinch, Isabela4.8 
 5. Clinch, Isabela4.8 
 6. Brown, Quebradillas4.8 
 7. Cruz, Arecibo4.8 
 8. Copeland, San G.4.6 
 9. Apodaca, Quebradillas4.4 
 10. Apodaca, Quebradillas4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Cameron BENISON
  Santurce
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Benison, Santurce2.0 
 2. Santiago, Santurce2.0 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon2.0 
 4. Pinnock, Arecibo1.8 
 5. Clinch, Isabela1.6 
 6. Romero, Mayaguez1.6 
 7. Carmona, Mayaguez1.6 
 8. Clinch, Isabela1.6 
 9. Cruz, Arecibo1.5 
 10. Guzman, Guaynabo1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Humacao
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Penn, Humacao2.8 
 2. Lamizana, Mayaguez2.7 
 3. Romero, Mayaguez2.4 
 4. Santiago, Arecibo2.0 
 5. Freije, Coamo2.0 
 6. Sanchez, Santurce1.8 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon1.8 
 8. Worthington, Guayn.1.5 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas1.4 
 10. Jones, Quebradillas1.4 


Weekly BSN Team Rankings-Week 2 - by Eric de la Cruz
This is a weekly segment that will be published every Monday, where I will rank the 10 teams of the BSN based primarily on Point Differential and Strength of Schedule, while also considering home and away games, back to backs, injuries and missing players (there is always player turnover in the league, be it teams changing import players, college players arriving at the end of their semester or native players still playing in Europe). Commentary will be included on some teams.

In week 2 of the BSN season, Coamo lost its first game, Mayaguez won its first (while becoming the first team to replace their import replacement, if that makes sense) and Santurce at last played their first home game (after 4 roadies).

This is week 2:

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Mayaguez Indians down the San German Athletics - by Luis Ramirez
Both teams were looking to rebound from their last game in which both teams suffered a loss. The Indians opened up with a 5-0 run but the Athletics did not lose their composure and started chipping away and with 7:14 left in the quarter Jesse Pellot made a basket to put the Athletics in the lead. The Indians fell in a drought and the Athletics took a 10 point lead as the quarter came to an end, 23-13.

In the 2nd quarter both teams played at an even level but the Indians could not reduce the 10 point lead as the half came to an end 41-31.

In the 3rd quarter, the Indians came out fired up and went on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to just 4 points, 41-37, the Athletics called for an immediate time out. The Indians tied the game at 41 points with a basket from Alejandro Carmona. With 6:40 left in the quarter Carlos Rivera made a basket to put the Indians in the lead, 45-44. With 2:03 left in the quarter the Athletics had only been able to score 7 points in the quarter while the Indians enjoyed a 6 point lead 54-48. The Athletics cut the lead to 2 points on a 3 pointer from Darius Rice with 39 seconds to go. The quarter ended 55-52 in favor of the Indians.

In the 4th quarter, The Indians once again went on an offensive run of 6-2 to take a 7 point lead, 61-54 with 8:06 left in the game. The Athletics cut the lead to just 2 points 61-59 as Raul Orta made a 3 pointer. The Indians would not relent and with 3:58 left in the game had taken a 7 point lead 70-63 on a 3 pointer from Hector Romero. The Athletics would not recover the rest of the way. The final score for was 82-74.

For Mayaguez, Herve Lamizana (207-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) scored 21 points with 7 rebounds, while Hector Romero scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds.

For San German, Jaime Lloreda scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Donald Copeland scored 15 points.

In the other game of the night, the Guaynabo Mets controlled the game for the 1st half, 42-37, but the Humacao Grays came back in the 2nd half to take the lead, but Angel Vasallo consecutive baskets in the final two minutes of the game gave the Mets the lead once again, 83-80. The Grays would try to tie the game in the final seconds but would miss their 3 point shot and the Mets got the win. The final score was 83-80.

For Guaynabo, Angel Vasallo scored 31 points and captured 11 rebounds followed by Ricardo Dalmau with 14 points.

For Humacao, Miguel Berdiel tied Vasallo with 31 points in a losing cause; he was followed by Ike Ofoegbu and Kleon Penn both with 11 points. Ofoegbu also grabbed 14 rebounds.




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  ROMANIA   


North Team celebrate victory in 2011 All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
North Team overcame their South rivals 121:116 in the annual Romanian League All-Star Game. The spectacular event was held in Sibiu. The game was a usual mixture of impressive plays that entertained the crowd in Sibiu. Mihai Silvasan (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) was trumped the MVP. He scored 22 points in the game.
The game itself was preceded by traditional contests. Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) triumphed at Three-Point Shootout Contest. He overcame Joshua Jackson (188-G-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Warner Pacific) in the final. In the meantime Louis Darby (196-G-84, college: Long Beach St.) was the best in Slam Dunk Contest. Darby prevailed against Jason Forte (196-F-84, college: S.Mississippi) in the final round.



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Vesely's 21 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
20-year old forward Jan Vesely (211-F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Partizan and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Partizan in his team's victory, helping them to crush Mega Vizura (#8, 1-5) with 18-point margin 100-82. Partizan maintains the 3rd position in Serbian league. They are still close to the very top. Partizan would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. Vesely has many years of experience at Partizan, through which he has constantly improved. Jan Vesely averages this season 13.8ppg and 7.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Slobodan Dundjerski (190-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) of OKK Beograd. He is a guard in his second season at Beograd. In the last game Dundjerski recorded impressive 18 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Beograd lost that game 74-88 to the higher-ranked Hemofarm (#1, 5-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Beograd still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Dundjerski is well-known at Beograd and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) of Crvena Zvezda (#5). Lesic scored 19 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Crvena Zvezda, leading his team to a 90-79 win against slightly lower-ranked FMP (#7, 1-5). The chances of Crvena Zvezda ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lesic could help Crvena Zvezda to bring them higher in the standings. Lesic has a very solid season. In 5 games in Serbia he scored 12.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88) of Radnicki - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Marko Ljubicic (197-F-87) of Metalac - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists
6. Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) of Crvena Zvezda - 21 points and 10 rebounds
7. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) of Hemofarm - 16 points and 9 rebounds
8. Nenad Sulovic (202-F/C-85) of Radnicki - 18 points and 6 rebounds
9. Mile Ilic (215-C-84) of FMP - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-F-90) of Mega Vizura - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Radnicki BG 22-3 
 2. Radnicki Basket 20-5 
 3. Zeleznicar 16-9 
 4. Spartak 14-10 
 5. Smederevo 14-11 
 6. Viva Basket 13-12 
 7. Sindjelic Nis 13-12 
 8. Vojvodina 13-12 
 9. Student 13-12 
 10. Radnicki OB 11-14 
 11. Mladost Cacak 11-14 
 12. Jagodina 9-16 
 13. KK Nis 5-19 
 14. KG 06 0-25 


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket26.6 
 2. Svilar, Smederevo20.6 
 3. Radic, Spartak18.8 
 4. Dukanac, Mladost .18.8 
 5. Blagojevic, KG 0618.2 
 6. Trailovic, Sindje.17.5 
 7. Tesanovic, KK Nis17.4 
 8. Lalic, Radnicki BG16.1 
 9. Glisovic, Student15.8 
 10. Subotic, Radnic.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nemanja KNEZEVIC
  Vojvodina
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Knezevic, Vojvodina10.2 
 2. Vuletic, Viva Basket8.7 
 3. Gugleta, Zeleznicar8.0 
 4. Ivosev, Vojvodina7.5 
 5. Petrovic, Viva B.7.0 
 6. Dukanac, Mladost .6.9 
 7. Boricic, Radnicki.6.8 
 8. Glisovic, Student6.7 
 9. Zivanovic, Smede.6.7 
 10. Subotic, Radnic.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Zarko KARIC
  Radnicki BG
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Karic, Radnicki BG7.0 
 2. Bjelica, Viva Basket6.7 
 3. Kasabasic, Zeleznicar5.5 
 4. Boltic, Radnicki BG5.1 
 5. Stanisavljev., Jagod.4.3 
 6. Stanisavljev., Jagod.4.3 
 7. Tanasijevic, Stude.4.2 
 8. Vukasovic, Radnic.4.2 
 9. Mijovic, Radnicki.4.2 
 10. Tesanovic, KK Nis4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  Radnicki BG
  (--)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Gacic, Radnicki BG3.1 
 2. Karic, Radnicki BG2.6 
 3. Zivanovic, Smede.2.1 
 4. Tanasijevic, Stude.2.1 
 5. Ivosev, Vojvodina2.0 
 6. Trailovic, Sindje.1.9 
 7. Radic, Spartak1.9 
 8. Boltic, Radnicki BG1.8 
 9. Tomasevic, Vojvo.1.8 
 10. Svilar, Smederevo1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (--83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.4 
 2. Karahodzic, Spartak1.6 
 3. Vasilic, Radnic.1.4 
 4. Vasilic, Radnic.1.4 
 5. Knezevic, Vojvodina1.2 
 6. Petrovic, Viva B.1.0 
 7. Savic, Student0.9 
 8. Mirkovic, KG 060.9 
 9. Marelja, KG 060.8 
 10. Markovic, Sindjeli.0.8 


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Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. McCoy, Svit26.6 
 2. Fears, Prievidza23.3 
 3. Burrows, Komarno21.7 
 4. Carter, Vahostav.20.6 
 5. Sapp, Pezinok20.2 
 6. Delic, Handlova20.2 
 7. Tomek, Nitra19.4 
 8. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 9. Lukjanec, Pezinok17.6 
 10. Cosic, Svit17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Tomek, Nitra12.4 
 2. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 3. Delic, Handlova9.3 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza8.8 
 5. Johnson, Nova Ves8.3 
 6. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.8.1 
 8. Johnson, Komarno7.9 
 9. Burrows, Komarno7.6 
 10. Dorazil, Svit7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Moore, Nitra6.9 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.4 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.9 
 4. Fears, Prievidza5.6 
 5. English, Levice5.2 
 6. Cosic, Svit5.2 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok4.4 
 8. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
 9. Kostomaj, Levice4.1 
 10. Gavlak, Handlova3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Fears, Prievidza3.1 
 2. English, Levice2.8 
 3. Carter, Vahostav.2.5 
 4. Moore, Nitra2.4 
 5. Nuber, Handlova2.1 
 6. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.1 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok2.0 
 8. Jones, Komarno2.0 
 9. Zavodny, Vahost.1.8 
 10. Zilik, Inter B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Peter MICUDA
  Inter Bratislava
  (206-C-72)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 2. Szalay, Prievidza1.9 
 3. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 4. Mroz, Nova Ves1.2 
 5. Batka, Nova Ves1.1 
 6. Carter, Vahostav.1.0 
 7. Burrows, Komarno0.9 
 8. Bernard, Levice0.8 
 9. McCoy, Svit0.8 
 10. Golian, Handlova0.8 


Extraliga Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Nova Ves - Levice 76-75

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Levice won third quarter 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Levice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Jefferson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Nova Ves players scored in double figures. British center Michael Bernard (205-78, college: S.Florida) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Levice. Levice's coach Ivan Stanisak rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Nova Ves: P.Mroz 20+5reb, L.Johnson 14+9reb, A.Mielczarek 14+4reb+5ast, C.Jefferson 14+8reb+7ast, S.Baldovsky 12+6reb+4ast, M.Batka 2+1reb
Levice: M.Bernard 23+10reb+4ast, M.English 16+5reb+5ast, T.Kostomaj 12+1reb+4ast, R.Klein 8+4reb+1ast, P.Seman 5+3reb+1ast, E.Henderson 4+3reb
gschID: 126682


Nitra - Vahostav-Zilina 94-86

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vahostav-Zilina won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nitra made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Vahostav-Zilina turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Vahostav-Zilina was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners and Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!). Nitra's coach Lubomir Urban allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Adam McCoy (193-86, college: N.Texas) scored 23 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nitra: S.Votroubek 24+3reb, R.Grafs 22+5reb+3ast, R.Moore 18+7reb+11ast, J.Montgomery 14+2reb+1ast, M.Ziak 7+3reb+2ast, P.Bosak 5+5reb+3ast
Vahostav-Zilina: A.McCoy 23+4reb+1ast, J.Carter 22+13reb+6ast, D.Stojanovic 17+11reb, L.Hoferica 10+3reb+2ast, J.Zavodny 4+4reb+1ast, M.Podhorsky 3+2reb
gschID: 126681




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  SLOVENIA   


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Uros IVANOVIC
  Radovljica
  (204-F/C-74)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Ivanovic, Radovljica20.6 
 2. Petrovic, Nova G.19.0 
 3. Gavric, Primorac.18.6 
 4. Moro, Splosna .18.4 
 5. Lobe, Grosuplje18.0 
 6. Pusic, Litija17.9 
 7. Blazevic, Litija17.1 
 8. Husic, Kraski Zidar16.8 
 9. Kosec, Sencur CP16.7 
 10. Primc, Radovljica16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Jakhel, KD Postojna9.8 
 2. Husic, Kraski Zidar9.0 
 3. Barovic, Primor.8.8 
 4. Ivanovic, Radovljica8.5 
 5. Spesic, Rogaska8.3 
 6. Sivka, Konjice8.0 
 7. Klepo, Radovljica7.9 
 8. Buda, Kraski Zidar7.9 
 9. Hocevar, Triglav .7.5 
 10. Tusek, Hrastnik7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Tomic, Rogaska6.4 
 2. Perko, Splosna .6.1 
 3. Tratnik, Primor.4.9 
 4. Ucman, Radovljica4.5 
 5. Glavas, KD Postojna3.8 
 6. Jereb, Konjice3.7 
 7. Blazevic, Litija3.6 
 8. Milovic, Splosna .3.6 
 9. Milasinovic, Sencur C.3.5 
 10. Zalar, Kraski Zidar3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Tomic, Rogaska2.9 
 2. Lobe, Grosuplje2.2 
 3. Jereb, Konjice2.1 
 4. Ninic, Triglav Kranj1.8 
 5. Bratina, Primor.1.8 
 6. Milovic, Splosna .1.7 
 7. Cvek, Sencur CP1.7 
 8. Gavric, Primorac.1.7 
 9. Pusic, Litija1.7 
 10. Blazevic, Litija1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jakhel, KD Postojna2.0 
 2. Lobe, Grosuplje1.2 
 3. Husic, Kraski Zidar1.1 
 4. Barovic, Primor.1.1 
 5. Kosec, Sencur CP1.0 
 6. Trampus, Grosuplje0.9 
 7. Hren, Litija0.8 
 8. Klepo, Radovljica0.8 
 9. Buda, Kraski Zidar0.7 
 10. Alispahic, Grosuplje0.6 


1B Round 26: Rogaska wins the promotion to Telemach League - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in 1B just ended. Rogaska is No.1 with 24-2 record. They won the promotion to Slovenian top division for season 2011/12. Triglav is relegated.

1B Standings
1. Rogaska 24-2
2. Sencur CP 23-3
3. Kraski Zidar 19-7
4. Splosna plovba 17-9
5. Grosuplje 15-11
6. Litija 15-11
7. Hrastnik 14-12
8. Radovljica 14-12
9. KD Postojna 9-17
10. Primorac Branik 8-18
11. Nova Gorica 8-18
12. Medvode 6-20
13. Konjice 5-21
14. Triglav Kranj 5-21




Radovljica - Medvode 87-57

The game between eighth ranked Radovljica (14-12) and 12th ranked Medvode (6-20) in Radovljica ended with biggest points difference. Radovljica outscored guests from Medvode 87-57. The game without a history. Radovljica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Radovljica outrebounded Medvode 37-21 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Luka Zavrsnik (202-90) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Aleksander Tomic chipped in 24 points and 6 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Forward Nik Gregorcic (195-90) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Robert Babic (188-86) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Medvode: N.Gregorcic 13+9reb+1ast, Z.Drvaric 9, A.Macek 9+1ast, Z.Jenko 7, R.Babic 6+7reb+1ast, D.Bucic 5+1reb+1ast
Radovljica: A.Tomic 24+3reb+6ast, L.Zavrsnik 21+12reb, M.Pirija 14+3reb+2ast, E.Omanovic 8+2reb+1ast, A.Primc 8+1reb, S.Zupan 5+1reb+3ast


gschID: 89681


Litija - Sencur CP 80-90

The game in Litija was also quite interesting. Second ranked Sencur CP (23-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Litija (15-11). Sencur CP defeated Litija 90-80 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Litija. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-80. Power forward Stefan Kosec (195-83) notched a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Aljaz Urbanc (198-84) supported him with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Sencur CP players scored in double figures. Even 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by guard Anel Blazevic (182-86) did not help to save the game for Litija. Kosovan guard Dragan Pusic (193-84) added 17 points and 4 steals for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Litija: A.Blazevic 22+5reb+5ast, C.Lipovsek 18+3reb+1ast, D.Pusic 17+4reb+3ast, L.Golez 6, M.Dobravec 5+1reb, M.Goropevsek 4+4reb
Sencur CP: S.Kosec 31+11reb, R.Horvat 15+6reb, A.Urbanc 13+8reb+2ast, D.Buncic 12+2reb+3ast, D.Milasinovic 7+1reb, G.Jankovic 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 89682


Splosna plovba - KD Postojna 77-52

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Splosna plovba (17-9) crushed 9th ranked KD Postojna (9-17) in Portoroz 77-52. The game was mostly controlled by Splosna plovba. KD Postojna was better in fourth quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Splosna plovba dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to KD Postojna's 30. They outrebounded KD Postojna 49-29 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Splosna plovba players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by KD Postojna's players. The best player for the winners was power forward Alen Prole (198-83) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Guard David Moro (199-86) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Splosna plovba players scored in double figures. Splosna plovba's coach Konstantin Subotic felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Forward Tim Skerbec (200-93) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Ales Kunc (208-73, college: Missouri St.) added 8 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
KD Postojna: T.Skerbec 14+5reb+2ast, D.Dramicanin 9+2reb+1ast, A.Kunc 8+3reb+2ast, K.Muha 5+3reb+1ast, M.Zupanc 4+3reb+2ast, M.Radmanovic 4+2reb
Splosna plovba: D.Moro 18+5reb+2ast, P.Djurkovic 14+10reb+1ast, A.Prole 14+10reb+3ast, T.Podboj 10+3reb+2ast, S.Milovic 8+3reb+4ast, I.Kumalic 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 89683


Primorac Branik - Grosuplje 65-84

Very expected game when 10th ranked Primorac Branik (8-18) was smashed by fifth ranked Grosuplje (15-11) in Maribor 84-65. The game was mostly controlled by Grosuplje. Primorac Branik was better in second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grosuplje forced 23 Primorac Branik turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Jure Misic (188-87) who scored 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Blaz Lobe (202-84) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Grosuplje players scored in double figures. Guard Matej Bratina (189-89) produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Jan Tratnik (190-89) added 5 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Primorac Branik's coach Matjaz Cujes rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Primorac Branik: M.Bratina 18+6reb+4ast, L.Jursnik 13, D.Barovic 8+10reb, N.Senekovic 7+2reb+1ast, R.Smaka 6+2reb, J.Tratnik 5+10reb+4ast
Grosuplje: J.Misic 18+2reb+5ast, B.Lobe 18+5reb+2ast, L.Hren 15+8reb, M.Trampus 14+5reb, Z.Erculj 7+2reb, J.Virk 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 89678


Rogaska - Hrastnik 97-85

1B top team - Rogaska (24-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Hrastnik (14-12) in Rogaska Slatina 97-85. They outrebounded Hrastnik 38-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. Hrastnik was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Miroslav Petrovic (199-F-84) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Domen Ambroz (190-83) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Forward Ziga Koritnik (197-89) responded with 21 points and Matic Babic (-90) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Five Rogaska and four Hrastnik players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rogaska have an impressive ten-game winning streak.
Top scorers:
Hrastnik: Z.Koritnik 21+4reb+2ast, G.Ovnik 16+5ast, M.Babic 16+3reb+4ast, Z.Percel 14+3reb+2ast, D.Brcina 8+7reb+2ast, M.Vajdic 5+1reb
Rogaska: D.Ambroz 21+6reb+2ast, M.Petrovic 20+12reb, B.Tomic 17+3reb+4ast, I.Spesic 15+8reb+2ast, Z.Jotic 10+5reb+2ast, S.Smajlovic 6+1reb
gschID: 89679


Konjice - Triglav Kranj 94-79

Bottom-ranked Konjice managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they won against thirteenth-ranked Triglav Kranj 94-79. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 15-point difference proves that Konjice was well-prepared to that game. The game without a history. Konjice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. Konjice outrebounded Triglav Kranj 36-16 including a 27-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Bostjan Sivka (200-76) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Tomaz Jereb (192-91) contributed with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Konjice players scored in double figures. Guard Uros Ninic (190-86) replied with 37 points (!!!) and 4 assists and guard Milos Varagic (195-87) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Triglav Kranj.
Top scorers:
Triglav Kranj: U.Ninic 37+4reb+4ast, M.Varagic 15+2reb+4ast, L.Grum 8+3reb, E.Radoncic 8, S.Ovcina 6+1reb+1ast, R.Jakobcic 2+1reb+1ast
Konjice: B.Sivka 21+15reb+2ast, T.Jereb 19+5reb+4ast, A.Gacnik 17+6reb+2ast, J.Teras 15+2reb+4ast, T.Rap 12+2reb+3ast, D.Sipura 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 89680


Nova Gorica - Kraski Zidar 69-84

Very predictable result when third ranked Kraski Zidar (19-7) won against on the road 11th ranked Nova Gorica (8-18) 84-69. It looked good early as Nova Gorica took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kraski Zidar had a 27-23 second period charge getting the lead and Nova Gorica was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-84. The best player for the winners was center Nejc Buda (210-91, agency: Interperformances) who scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Marko Likar (195-78) chipped in 13 points. Five Kraski Zidar players scored in double figures. Kraski Zidar's coach Miroslav Juric used entire bench saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Rajko Rituper (202-75) produced 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Marko Marcetic (186-79) added 19 points respectively for the hosts. Kraski Zidar have a solid three-game winning streak.
Top scorers:
Nova Gorica: M.Marcetic 19+4reb+2ast, R.Rituper 16+7reb+4ast, T.Sluga 8+2reb+1ast, T.Horvat 8+1ast, Z.Petejan 6+4reb+2ast, M.Kozuh 5+3reb+1ast
Kraski Zidar: M.Likar 13+2reb, T.Zalar 11+2reb, N.Buda 11+6reb+2ast, J.Grgic 11+3reb, A.Medved 10+3reb, Z.Lazarevski 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 89677




1B Stats Leaders
1B Standings
 1. Rogaska 24-2 
 2. Sencur CP 23-3 
 3. Kraski Zidar 19-7 
 4. Splosna plovba 17-9 
 5. Grosuplje 15-11 
 6. Litija 15-11 
 7. Hrastnik 14-12 
 8. Radovljica 14-12 
 9. KD Postojna 9-17 
 10. Primorac Branik 8-18 
 11. Nova Gorica 8-18 
 12. Medvode 6-20 
 13. Konjice 5-21 
 14. Triglav Kranj 5-21 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


KCC defeats Inchon, moves on to Face Dongbu Promy in Finals - by Kevin Campigotto
For the fourth straight game KCC Egis looked like the dominant team in their series against Inchon ET Land Elephants, winning 105-95. KCC's only defeat in the series came after a miraculous come from behind fourth quarter and double overtime game 1. As in the other games, Inchon got an early lead but KCC woke up, took the lead and held on for the victory. Throughout the fourth quarter KCC held a double digit lead of as many as 16 points and never once seemed at all threatened by Inchon.

KCC center Ha Seung-Jin (222-C-85) had his best game of the series looking focused and aggressive and finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Four other Egis scored in double figures including Kang Byung-Hyun (193-G-85) with 19, Lim Jae-Hyun (183-G-77) with 17 and Chris Daniels (211-C-84) with 16. Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) was Inchon's top performer with 22 points and 5 rebounds.

Inchon's elimination means that both of the top seeded teams in the KBL playoffs have been eliminated and leaves third and fourth seeded KCC Egis and Wonju Dongbu Promy to contend for the championship. KCC won the regular season series between the teams 5-1 and with Promy center Rod Benson (208-F/C-84, college: California) nursing an ankle injury KCC will certainly be favored in this finals series. Games 1 and 2 will be held in Jeonju on Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th. The series will then move to Wonju for game 3 on Wednesday the 20th.

Game Notes

KCC Egis



Ha Seung-Jin 21 points 12 rebounds
Kang Byung-Hyun 19 points
Lim Jae-Hyun 17 points
Chris Daniels 16 points
Eric Dawson (208-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) 13 points


Inchon ET Land Elephants



Jarod Stevenson 22 points 5 rebounds
Herbert Hill (208-F-84, college: Providence) 16 points 9 rebounds
Jung Young-Sam (188-G/F-84) 19 points
Shin Ki-Sung (180-G-75) 8 points 12 assists
Seo Jang-Hoon (207-C-74) 16 points




Dongbu Promy and KCC Egis advance to the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Dongbu Promy - Sonic Boom KT 81-68

The game was mostly controlled by Dongbu Promy. Sonic Boom KT managed to win fourth quarter 15-6. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dongbu Promy made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Sonic Boom KT's players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Ji-Hyon Park (183-79) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 assists and the former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) who added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Yeo Kwon Yoon (186-84) scored 9 points. Sonic Boom KT's coach Chang-Jin Jeon rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: J.Park 22+1reb+7ast, R.Benson 17+6reb, J.Hwang 12+1reb+4ast, J.Kim 11+7reb+8ast, K.Jin 8, H.Yoon 8+3reb+3ast
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 37+15reb+2ast, Y.Kwon Yoon 9+1reb+3ast, D.Cho 9+1reb+2ast, S.Park 7+1reb+1ast, S.Cho 3+1reb, W.Yaung 2+1reb
gschID: 126608


KCC Egis - Elephants 105-95

It looked good early as ET Land Elephants took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then KCC Egis had a 23-15 second period charge getting the lead and ET Land Elephants were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 95-105. KCC Egis shot 61.7 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for KCC Egis especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. ET Land Elephants were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by international center Seung-Jin Ha (222-85) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Byung-Hyun Kang (193-85) supported him with 19 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 22 points and 5 rebounds by American forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for ET Land Elephants. His fellow American import forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) added 16 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Five KCC Egis and four ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: S.Ha 21+12reb+1ast, B.Kang 19+1reb+2ast, J.Lim 17+3ast, C.Daniels 16+3reb+2ast, E.Dawson 13+4reb+2ast, M.Shin 8+3reb+1ast
Elephants: J.Stevenson 22+5reb+2ast, Y.Jung 19+1reb, J.Seo 16, H.Hill 16+9reb+1ast, H.Lee 10+4reb+4ast, K.Shin 8+2reb+12ast
gschID: 126609




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  SPAIN   


Jaycee Carroll claims Spanish ACB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Gran Canaria and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 35 points adding three rebounds for Gran Canaria in his team's victory, helping them to crush DKV Joventut (#11, 14-15) with 24-point margin 93-69. Gran Canaria is placed at 6th position in Spanish ACB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Gran Canaria will need more victories to improve their 16-13 record. In the team's last game Carroll had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's his second year at Gran Canaria and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Carroll has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.7ppg. Carroll is in league's top in and averages solid 44.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old British forward Joel Freeland (208-F-87) of Unicaja Malaga. Freeland impressed basketball fans with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Unicaja lost that game 67-90 to the lower-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (#14, 10-19). This loss caused Unicaja to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Freeland is well-known by Unicaja fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports) of Estudiantes (#10). Caner-Medley scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Estudiantes, leading his team to a 87-73 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Fuenlabrada (#8, 16-13). Estudiantes needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 14 lost games. Caner-Medley has a great season in Spain. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.7ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andy Panko (204-F-77) of Lagun Aro GBC - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85) of Valladolid - 19 points and 8 rebounds
6. Javier Salgado (180-G-80) of Lagun Aro GBC - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Albert Oliver (187-G-78) of Estudiantes - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83) of Menorca - 20 points and 5 rebounds
9. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83) of Valencia - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) of Manresa - 9 points and 13 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Witt, Clavijo16.3 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia16.3 
 3. Ramsdell, Avila16.0 
 4. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.15.6 
 5. O''Leary, Oviedo F.15.5 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca15.1 
 7. Mortellaro, Lan M.14.9 
 8. Bratton, Lan M.14.6 
 9. Mesa, Clavijo14.6 
 10. Paez, Lan M.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara10.8 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.7 
 3. De Santana, Clavijo8.9 
 4. Adams, Coruna8.1 
 5. Mortellaro, Lan M.8.1 
 6. Chubrevich, Illescas8.1 
 7. Mesa, Clavijo7.7 
 8. Ramsdell, Avila7.7 
 9. Larry, Regal F.7.3 
 10. Howard, Andorra7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Witt, Clavijo6.0 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi5.0 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.5.0 
 4. Lopez, Coruna4.8 
 5. Marco, ADT T.3.9 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca3.9 
 7. Pampin, Mallorca3.5 
 8. Rufian, Promobys3.4 
 9. Machuca, Illescas3.3 
 10. Garcia, Avila3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jonathan BARCELO
  Plasencia
  (192-F/G-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Barcelo, Plasencia2.0 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 3. Adams, Coruna1.9 
 4. Guirao, ADT T.1.8 
 5. Martinez, Plasencia1.8 
 6. Smith, Guadalajara1.7 
 7. Witt, Clavijo1.7 
 8. Bratton, Lan M.1.7 
 9. Rueda, Plasencia1.6 
 10. Pampin, Mallorca1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Biyombo, Illescas1.9 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.1.8 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.5 
 4. Green, Mallorca1.4 
 5. De Santana, Clavijo1.3 
 6. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 7. Conde, Avila1.2 
 8. Chubrevich, Illescas0.9 
 9. Marti, Prat J.0.9 
 10. Hampl, Santurtzi0.9 


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SBL Round 3 of Finals. Taiwan Beer earn third straight win - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan Beer - Dacin Tigers 94-89 OT

Taiwan Beer stepped closer to the title after an overtime victory over Dacin Tigers. Taiwan Beer trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 30-24 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. It was a great evening for the former international center Wu Tai-Hao (203-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Emmanuel Jones (200-85, college: UTPA) helped adding 22 points and 12 rebounds. Jones is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was Vincentian-American forward Alexus Foyle (198-78, college: BYU-Hawaii, agency: Prossin Sports Management) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and international forward Yi-Hui Lin (192-86) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dacin Tigers' coach Ta-Tsung Chiu rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Taiwan Beer: T.Wu 29+7reb+3ast, E.Jones 22+12reb+2ast, C.Yang 18+4reb+1ast, S.Ho 13+1reb+3ast, D.Creighton 5+1reb+1ast, J.Cheng 4+5reb+1ast
Dacin Tigers: A.Foyle 24+13reb+3ast, Y.Lin 18+4reb+3ast, C.Chang 16+4reb+3ast, L.Tien 12+11reb+2ast, C.Wang 9+3reb+4ast, Y.Yueh 5+4reb+1ast
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High School Round Up - by Don Farrell
The International School of Port-of-Spain (ISPS) completed a perfect five wins in as many matches to advance to the Under-20 Big Four playoffs of the NGC T&T Schools Basketball Association (T&TSBA) North Zone. This was after Ryan Thomas inspired the Westmoorings school to dump Success Laventille Secondary School (SLSS), 40-35 at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on Thursday. ISPS did not look as dominant as it was all season as both sides were separated by only one point by the end of the second quarter, 18-17 in favour of SLSS.

Thomas and company, however, returned in the second half more focused offensively and hung on to earn their target eight points. Jalani Mapp was SLSSs top player on 12 points by fulltime. In the first Big Four decider of the day, East Mucurapo Secondary School (EMSS) eased past Queens Royal College (QRC), to clinch the second spot in the U-17 Boys B group. Four players went into double-digit scores for East Mucurapo, the highest total coming from Carlton Richardson, who netted 18 points. Josiah Best, Nicholai Allard and Jahmaul Graham earned 17, 13 and 11 points, respectively for EMSS.

QRCs Maxime Pereira J, perhaps one of the tournaments top athletes, representing his school in all three divisions, got the match-high total with an impressive 25 points. Michael Davidson was QRCs second topscorer, netting 11. EMSS will advance to the Big Four, despite having the same six-point total as QRC and Fatima College, having defeated QRC in the final match. EMSS will face SLSS in the Big Four on April 24. U-17 Boys B leader ISPS will face the second-place side of the U-17 Boys A, Russell Latapy Secondary on May 2. The third place playoff and the final will be played two days later on May 4. All matches will be played at the Jean Pierre Complex.

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Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzonspor
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzons.22.7 
 2. Kambala, Aliaga20.2 
 3. Smith, Karsiyaka19.7 
 4. Seibutis, Olin Edirne19.0 
 5. Gibson, Oyak R.18.1 
 6. Randle, Aliaga17.5 
 7. Scales, Mersin17.2 
 8. Barbour, Erdemir16.8 
 9. Christopher, Antal.16.7 
 10. Mays, Oyak Renault16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nedim YUCEL
  Mersin
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 11
 1. Yucel, Mersin11.0 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir10.5 
 3. Samardjiski, Olin E.9.6 
 4. Wesson, Turk T.9.4 
 5. Buckman, Antalya9.3 
 6. Mays, Oyak Renault9.1 
 7. Hall, Erdemir9.0 
 8. Ffriend, Bornova8.5 
 9. Smith, Karsiyaka8.1 
 10. Aldemir, Karsiyaka8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Baris ERMIS
  Banvit
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ermis, Banvit6.0 
 2. Conroy, Oyak R.6.0 
 3. Holston, Karsiyaka5.7 
 4. Chatman, Besiktas5.6 
 5. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.3 
 6. Acik, Galatasaray4.5 
 7. Rowe, Tofas4.5 
 8. Seibutis, Olin Edirne4.4 
 9. Randle, Turk T.4.2 
 10. Tunceri, Efes Pilsen4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Austin T.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Coleman, Aliaga3.1 
 2. Holston, Karsiyaka2.4 
 3. Mays, Oyak Renault2.3 
 4. Waller, Oyak Renault2.1 
 5. Gibson, Oyak R.2.0 
 6. Grier, Mersin2.0 
 7. Prince, Antalya1.9 
 8. Guler, Antalya1.8 
 9. Chatman, Besiktas1.8 
 10. Rowe, Tofas1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Predrag SAMARDJISKI
  Olin Edirne
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Samardjiski, Olin E.1.8 
 2. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.7 
 3. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 4. Johnson, Erdemir1.3 
 5. Simpsons, Turk T.1.0 
 6. Ruzic, Tofas1.0 
 7. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.0 
 8. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.0 
 9. Likholitov, Besiktas0.9 
 10. Mays, Oyak Renault0.9 


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Basaksehir
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Anderson, Basak.21.9 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld20.4 
 3. Hall, Kepez Bld20.2 
 4. Johnson, Vestel19.6 
 5. Gardener, Final G.18.5 
 6. Boswell, Basaksehir18.3 
 7. Boddicker, Selcuk U.17.9 
 8. Tekinalp, ITU17.6 
 9. Boykin, Gaziantep17.5 
 10. Dearman, Hacett.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason KEEP
  Adanaspor
  (208-C-78)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Keep, Adanaspor12.8 
 2. Terell, Adanaspor11.9 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.3 
 4. Gardener, Final G.11.3 
 5. Isik, Pertevniyal10.1 
 6. Johnson, Istanbul.10.0 
 7. Kolaric, Genc Banvit9.8 
 8. Johnson, Vestel9.8 
 9. Miller, Gelisim9.3 
 10. Wright, Orman Genc9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  TED Istanbul
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Kan, TED Istanbul6.1 
 2. Ogut, Genc Telekom6.0 
 3. Hall, Kepez Bld5.8 
 4. Bayrak, Usak5.3 
 5. Topcu, Gelisim4.9 
 6. Anderson, Basak.4.8 
 7. Erdogan, Adanaspor4.8 
 8. Topcu, Izmir B.B.4.8 
 9. Eris, Vestel4.6 
 10. Kavut, Optimum TED4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Basaksehir
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Anderson, Basak.2.8 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld2.6 
 3. Yonder, Genc Banvit2.2 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.2 
 5. Harris, FMV I.1.8 
 6. Delicay, Gaziantep1.7 
 7. Clarkson, TED I.1.7 
 8. Bayrak, Usak1.7 
 9. Karabulut, Orman G.1.7 
 10. Boddicker, Selcuk U.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Vestel
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Vestel2.0 
 2. Anderson, Basak.1.8 
 3. Kulcebas, Hacett.1.7 
 4. Clarkson, TED I.1.6 
 5. Boswell, Basaksehir1.5 
 6. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.5 
 7. Smith, Usak1.4 
 8. Johnson, Istanbul.1.4 
 9. Toyloy, Istanbul.1.3 
 10. Terell, Adanaspor1.3 


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Weekend's games review - by UBA media

Norman E. - C. Texas C. 107-89
Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86, college: Oklahoma) scored a career high 33 points to lead the Norman Express pass the Central TX Cyclones 107-89. Brown was recently named UBA Player of the Week for this performance and looks to make the final push for the playoffs. The Cyclones have already clinched a spots in the Western Conference playoffs but are now jockeying for seeding position. The victory pulled Norman even with the Knights for the final spot. The teams split the season series 2-2, but the Express own the second tiebreaker with a better record in the Western Conference. Anthony Allison (6'7''-F-86, college: Texas Coll.) scored 24 points for Norman in the win. Tedric Hill (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Gulf Coast CC) was the top scorer for the Cyclones with 24 points and 12 rebounds in a losing effort.

Austin K. DFW Warriors. 108-99
Pat Perkins (6'1''-G-82) scored 30 points, Geoff Harner (6'1''-G-83) added 25 and the Austin Knights recovered from a terrible start to beat the reeling DFW Warriors 108-99 on Sunday night. Jason Horton (6'2''-G-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Missouri) scored 21 points, Jonathan Walker (6'3''-G-86, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: McMurry) added 18 points and 7 rebounds for the Warriors, who have dropped four straight.

Tennessee D. Nashville B. 89-80
Antonio Webb (5'10''-G-84, college: Bethune-Cookman) had 31 points and five assists and Calvin O'Neil (6'4''-G-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 15 points to help the Tennessee Dragons hold off the Nashville Ballers 89-80 on Sunday. The Dragons are now on a 4 game winning streak and are riding nice into the playoffs. With just 5 games left the Dragons are now 19-11.

GIE Morrow Disciples Metro Atlanta S. 100-89
Chris Miller-Williams (6'5''-F-87, college: W.Georgia) scored 27 points, Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian) added 18 and the Disciples moved closer to the UBA playoffs yesterday by beating the sliding Stars 100-89. 'We have a lot of work to do as a team,' Davis said. Guy need to learn their roles or it will be a short run in the playoffs.



Brayon Brown gets MVP of the Week award for UBA - by UBA media

Former Oklahoma guard Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86, college: Oklahoma) had an amazing week for the Express averaging 30.0ppg 5.0rpg and 6.5ap. Brown helped led the Norman Express pass the Western power Cyclones to receive Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award.

The 25-year old guard had the career-high 33 points adding seven rebounds for Express in his team's victory, helping them to beat Central Texas Cyclones. (#1, 19-4) 109-89. The Express are now tied for the final spot of the UBA playoffs with the Austin Knights. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Norman Express will need more victories to improve their 15-8 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. The Oklahoma University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brown is in league's top in assists (5th best: 5.7ppg), rebounds (12th best: 6.7apg) and averages solid 16.7ppg.

Brown is currently a finalist in 3 major UBA award (Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Western Conference Player of the Year) and was named to his first UBA All-Star game. The future is bright for Brown and the Express.



Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 16-2 
 2. Cleveland V. 13-4 
 3. Columbus C. 8-10 
 4. Colonial F. 3-12 
 5. NE Air Soul 1-16 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 31-5 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 27-14 
 3. Atlanta A. 14-10 
 4. Georgia L. 10-15 
 5. St.Mountain H. 3-19 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 19-5 
 2. Tennessee D. 19-11 
 3. Norman E. 15-8 
 4. Austin K. 12-9 
 5. DFW Warriors 11-11 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 9-2 
 2. Dallas Star 8-18 
 3. Houston X. 6-0 
 4. Oklahoma S. 1-21 
 5. Nashville B. 0-11 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-18 


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Higher League Round 6 (Second Stage): Aviastar edges Vinnitsky Zubry by three points - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in Higher League. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 6 in the Higher League took place in Zaporozhye. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Vinnitsky Zubry (5-13) to fifth ranked Aviastar (8-10) 72-69 in the game for the fifth place. Vinnitsky Zubry trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 25-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-72 at the end of the game. Newly promoted Aviastar maintains fifth position with 8-10 record. Vinnitsky Zubry lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Pulsar and Kremen-KNU. Aviastar are looking forward to face BC-93 Pulsar (#6) in Rovno in the next round. Vinnitsky Zubry will play on the road against Kremen-KNU in Kremenchuk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Koksokh-Stal (6-4) against fourth ranked Sportlitsey (7-5) on Sunday night. Visiting Koksokh-Stal was defeated by Sportlitsey in a tough game on the road 75-84. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Koksokh-Stal. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Sportlitsey keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Striba. Koksokh-Stal at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cherkasy. First ranked Cherkasy faced 4th ranked Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk. Host Cherkasy (17-1) defeated guests from Dnepropetrovsk (9-9) 70-54. Cherkasy have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-1 record. Loser Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Cherkasy will meet Avantazh-Politekhnik (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk will play against the league's second-placed U-VolinBasket in Lutsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Rovno was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Kremen-KNU (5-13) played at the court of eighth ranked BC-93 Pulsar (5-13). BC-93 Pulsar did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 75-58. BC-93 Pulsar moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Vinnitsky Zubry and Kremen-KNU. BC-93 Pulsar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Aviastar (#5) in Zaporozhye and it may be quite challenging game.



Sportlitsey - Koksokh-Stal 84-75

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Koksokh-Stal (6-4) against fourth ranked Sportlitsey (7-5) on Sunday night. Visiting Koksokh-Stal was defeated by Sportlitsey in a tough game on the road 75-84. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Koksokh-Stal. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-18 Koksokh-Stal's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 84-75 at the end of the game. Sportlitsey keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Striba. Koksokh-Stal at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Cherkasy - Dynamo DN 70-54

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cherkasy. First ranked Cherkasy faced 4th ranked Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk. Host Cherkasy (17-1) defeated guests from Dnepropetrovsk (9-9) 70-54. The game was mostly controlled by Cherkasy. Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk managed to win second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cherkasy have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-1 record. Loser Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Cherkasy will meet Avantazh-Politekhnik (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk will play against the league's second-placed U-VolinBasket in Lutsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Pulsar - Kremen-KNU 75-58

The game in Rovno was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Kremen-KNU (5-13) played at the court of eighth ranked BC-93 Pulsar (5-13). BC-93 Pulsar did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 75-58. The game was mostly controlled by BC-93 Pulsar. Kremen-KNU was better in third quarter 15-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC-93 Pulsar moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Vinnitsky Zubry and Kremen-KNU. BC-93 Pulsar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Aviastar (#5) in Zaporozhye and it may be quite challenging game.
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Aviastar - Vinnitsky Zubry 72-69

The most exciting game of round 6 in the Higher League took place in Zaporozhye. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Vinnitsky Zubry (5-13) to fifth ranked Aviastar (8-10) 72-69 in the game for the fifth place. Vinnitsky Zubry trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 25-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-72 at the end of the game. Newly promoted Aviastar maintains fifth position with 8-10 record. Vinnitsky Zubry lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Pulsar and Kremen-KNU. Aviastar are looking forward to face BC-93 Pulsar (#6) in Rovno in the next round. Vinnitsky Zubry will play on the road against Kremen-KNU in Kremenchuk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Standings - Higher League
Higher Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Cherkasy 17-1 
 2. U-VolinBasket 11-5 
 3. Avantazh-Pol. 10-6 
 4. Dynamo DN 9-9 
 5. Aviastar 8-10 
 6. Pulsar 5-13 
 7. Vinnitsky Zubry 5-13 
 8. Kremen-KNU 5-13 
Places 9-13
 1. Striba 7-5 
 2. Sportlitsey 7-5 
 3. KTU Krivyi Rih 6-2 
 4. Koksokh-Stal 6-4 
 5. Ternopil 0-10 


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London Rocco's Raiders win Founder's Cup - by Eurobasket News
Founder's Cup Final

London Rocco's Raiders 79
Kingston Wildcats 70

MVP - Guntars Dikis, London Rocco's Raiders


In their fourth consecutive Founder's Cup Final appearance, Kingston Wildcats had to settle for the runner-up spot for the third time as they went down to London Rocco's Raiders 79-70.

The Raiders' Guntars Dikis was awarded the final MVP for his 20 point haul complemented by 5 assists and four boards.

Trailing 36-25 at the half London Rocco's made their move in the third quarter by outscoring Kingston 24-9, and when Dikis converted a 2-point basket with 22 seconds left in the period, Raiders took a lead they never lost.

Kingston's Carl Plunkett dropped a three to bring them within one (68-67) with 2 and a half minutes left, but an 11-2 Raiders' run from that point sealed the win.

Tim Edmonds from the Raiders was the game's top scorer with 25 points and his teammate Paul Jesinskis (202-F-81, college: Hawaii) followed with 19 points. Steve Rich (19), Mark Bottiglia (12)and Phil Kidd (12) all hit double digits for the Wildcats.

The Founder's Cup is a compeititon open to local league men's clubs.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


British BBL round 27 best performance: Matt Schneck - by Eurobasket News
American center Matt Schneck (203-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cheshire Jets, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 14 rebounds against Worcester, while his team Cheshire Jets finished regular season as No.4. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cheshire Jets registered 20-13 record and booked a spot for the Playoffs. Schneck turned to be Cheshire Jets' top player in his first season with the team. Former St.Cloud State University star has very solid stats this year. Schneck leads league in rebounds with 10.7rpg. Schneck is in league's top in and averages impressive 63.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Anthony Rowe (203-C-85) of Plymouth. Rowe had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Plymouth to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Worthing (5-29) 108-74. Plymouth's 5th position in the standings has not changed (19-14) and they advanced to Playoffs. Rowe is well-known at Plymouth and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Stefan Gill (173-G-83) of MK Lions (#10). Gill got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds and seven assists. He was a key player of MK Lions, leading his team to a 110-104 win against slightly lower-ranked Essex Pirates (#12, 1-33). MK Lions ended as No.10 with 13-20 record. Gill has a very solid season. In 30 games in United Kingdom he scored 13.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Martin (200-F-74) of Guildford Heat - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kadiri Richard (203-F-80) of Newcastle - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Paul Williams (208-F/C-83) of Sheffield Sharks - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Daniel Gilbert (198-G-83) of Worcester - 37 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of Plymouth - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Julius Joseph (193-F-75) of Guildford Heat - 34 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Reggie Jackson (180-G-84) of Newcastle - 31 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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


BBL Round Up Sunday 10 April - by Paul Nilsen
The BBL Championship Playoff picture is now complete after Sunday saw the final regular season games take place, with the only key movement seeing the Guildford Heat jump up to seventh place.

The Heat managed that after a 91-66 defeat of the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, who drop to eighth. The Heat blew their visitors away in the opening five minutes, taking a lead of 22-2 and never looking back. The Hosts were led by Mike Martin and his close to perfect performance of 22 points from 10/10 shooting 8 rebounds and 7 steals.


That means that the Heat will face the Newcastle Eagles in the Playoff quarter-finals, while the Riders will go up against the league champions: Mersey Tigers.


Elsewhere, the UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders stamped their mark on fifth place, setting up a Playoff meeting with the Cheshire Jets, after beating their South Coast rivals the Worthing Thunder 108-74. The Raiders take momentum into the post-season with three wins out of four in April, including a home defeat of the Jets at the start of the month.


The Raiders also blew away their opposition in the first half, leading 61-33 by the break. The lead was 34-20 by the end of the first quarter, as Chez Marks (191-G-80, college: Morehead St.) hit his fourth triple to take him to 14 points in the opening ten minutes. Anthony Rowe opened the second stanza with a triple to spark a 10-0 burst, which included a Germaine Forbes three-pointer and four more for Rowe, making the score 44-20.


The hosts were led by 27 points and 10 rebounds from Rowe, with Lehmon Colbert Jr and Evaldas Zabas leading the charge in the second half, adding 18 each.


North of the border, the Glasgow Rocks confirmed their sixth place finish in the BBL Championship, setting up a Playoff game with the Sheffield Sharks, as they beat the Prestige Homes MK Lions 89-72 on Sunday. The Rocks lost heavily to the Sharks on Wednesday night, so will need to turn that around if they are to go beyond the Playoff quarter-finals.


The Rocks were led by 25 points and 9 rebounds from Mike Copeland, while Nick Livas had a massive game with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. The key run came just before the half, as Copeland hit four free-throws in a 10-2 push to make the score 45-37 at the break, from where the hosts didn't look back.


Finally on Sunday, the Worcester Wolves, whose fate outside of the Playoff places was already sealed, knocked off the fourth-placed Cheshire Jets with a huge 86-109 road win. Worryingly for the Jets, that means that they go into their Playoff quarter-final with the Raiders having lost three of their four games in April, including a defeat to the Raiders earlier in the month.


Danny Gilbert finished the season in astonishing fashion, with 11 three-pointers and 37 points to go with his 8 rebounds. The Wolves had a lightning start to the game as they converted an early 5-0 advantage into a 7-19 lead after four minutes with Danny Gilbert netting four early three-pointers. But the Jets came all the way back to lead 35-34 in the second stanza, before giving that up in the run in to half time.


The visiting Wolves sealed the game with a key run at the end of the third quarter as, after the hosts had got back to within one, they rattled off 8 straight points including two three-pointers in 23 seconds from David Watts.



BBL Play Off Line Up Confirmed - by Paul Nilsen
The line-up & dates for the BBL Championship Playoff Quarter Finals have now been confirmed:

Mersey Tigers (1st) v Jelson Homes Leicester Riders (8th)
1st Leg - Saturday 16th April @ John Sandford Centre (7.30pm)
2nd Leg - Sunday 17th April @ Birchwood, Warrington (5.00pm)

Newcastle Eagles (2nd) v Guildford Heat (7th)
1st Leg - Friday 15th April @ Sport Central (7.30pm)
2nd Leg - Saturday 16th April @ Surrey Sports Park (7.00pm)

One Health Sharks Sheffield (3rd) v Glasgow Rocks (6th)
1st Leg - Friday 15th April @ EIS Sheffield (7.30pm)
2nd Leg - Monday 18th April @ Kelvin Hall (7.30pm)

Cheshire Jets (4th) v UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders (5th)
1st Leg - Saturday 16th April @ Plymouth Pavilions (7.30pm)
2nd Leg - Sunday 17th April @ Northgate Arena (5.30pm)

In the Playoff Semi Final Round the highest remaining seed (league placing) will play the lowest remaining seed. With the two middle ranking seeds facing off in the other semi final. The semi final round will be played over two legs on or around the weekend of the 22nd-24th April.

The two winners in the semi final round will meet in the BBL Playoff Final which will be played at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham on Saturday 30th April 2011 (4pm).


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Liverpool MT 25-8 
 2. Newcastle 24-9 
 3. Sheffield Sharks 24-9 
 4. Cheshire Jets 20-13 
 5. Plymouth 19-14 
 6. Glasgow Rocks 18-15 
 7. Guildford Heat 17-16 
 8. Leicester Riders 17-16 
 9. Worcester 15-18 
 10. MK Lions 13-20 
 11. Worthing 5-28 
 12. Essex Pirates 1-32 


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 23
 1. Moore, Newcastle23.0 
 2. Bell, Cheshire Jets22.6 
 3. Smith, Newcastle21.2 
 4. Blount, Leices.20.8 
 5. Bolds, MK Lions20.7 
 6. Jackson, Newcastle20.6 
 7. Greer, Cheshire.20.1 
 8. Gilbert, Worcester20.0 
 9. Nelson, MK Lions19.9 
 10. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt SCHNECK
  Cheshire Jets
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Schneck, Cheshire.10.7 
 2. Durant, Worthing9.4 
 3. Myers, MK Lions9.2 
 4. Rowe, Plymouth8.8 
 5. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.5 
 6. Greer, Cheshire.8.4 
 7. Williams, Sheffi.8.3 
 8. Toney, Liverpoo.8.2 
 9. Cricelli, Worcester8.1 
 10. Harris, Leices.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.1 
 2. Clark, MK Lions5.1 
 3. Blount, Leices.4.8 
 4. Middleton, Worce.4.5 
 5. Medlock, Guildfor.4.4 
 6. Zabas, Plymouth4.4 
 7. Bolds, MK Lions4.3 
 8. Chapman, Newcastle3.8 
 9. Creppy, Worcester3.7 
 10. Marks, Plymouth3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.7 
 2. Jackson, Newcastle2.3 
 3. Middleton, Worce.2.1 
 4. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.0 
 5. Medlock, Guildfor.1.9 
 6. Livas, Glasgow .1.9 
 7. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.1.8 
 8. Murray, Cheshire.1.8 
 9. Harrison, Glasgow .1.8 
 10. Moore, Newcastle1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadiri RICHARD
  Newcastle
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Richard, Newcastle2.0 
 2. Polk, Plymouth2.0 
 3. Williams, Sheffi.1.1 
 4. Sturt, Essex P.1.0 
 5. Dobbins, Worcester0.9 
 6. Potter, Leices.0.9 
 7. Toney, Liverpoo.0.8 
 8. Nelson, MK Lions0.8 
 9. Rowe, Plymouth0.7 
 10. Youngblood, Leices.0.7 


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LEB Standings
LEB Standings
Central Conference
 1. Saurios 8-2 
 2. Estrellas 5-3 
 3. Felinos 5-4 
Eastern Conference
 1. Pescadores 4-3 
 2. Anzoategui 4-4 
 3. Portuarios 4-6 
 4. Acereros 3-6 
Western Conference
 1. Dragones 8-3 
 2. Guardianes 5-6 
 3. Furreros 1-10 


LEB 2011 - Week 5 (Apr. 6th): Saurios establishes new record in win over Portuarios - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Saurios de Caracas established a new LEB record in their victory against Portuarios de Sucre at Naciones Unidas Park of Caracas, as they allowed the fewest amount of points in an official LEB match in a comfortable triumph, 74-46.

Saurios, coached by Miguel Gonzalez , won every quarter, 16-14, 19-10 (35-24), 18-15 (53-39) and 21-7 (74-46). Cesar Garcia (175-G-89) netted 16 points, Carlos Berroteran (206-C-89) added a double double with 13 points and 15 rebounds and Kelvin Caraballo (195-F-88) also set a new record of blocks in a half, with 6.

For Portuarios, Leonardo Betancourt (205-C-92) finished up with 11 points.


LPB 2011 - Week 7 (Apr. 6th): Trotamundos ends Cocodrilos's undefeated run at home - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Trotamundos de Carabobo ended the long undefeated run at home that belonged to Cocodrilos de Caracas, as they were able to pull off a thrilling victory at Naciones Unidas Park of Caracas, 92-90, against the current title holders of LPB, whom are also at the lead in the 2011 regular season standings.

TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 92 - COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 90
Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
COC: 23-23-21-23= 90
TRO: 22-23-21-26= 92

Scorers
TRO: Carl Edwards (196-F-81) 20 points, David Cubillan (183-PG-87) 19 points and 6 assists, Robert Gleen (201-F/C-89) 15 points, Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) 14 points, Miguel Marriaga (208-C-84) 13 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 11 points, Ryan Wright (206-F-87) 0 points, Pedro Brito (204-F/C-82) 0 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 0 points, Yorbis Umbria (203-F-85) 0 points, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 0 points, Miguel Ruiz 0 points
COC: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 23 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists, Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks, Carl Elliott (193-G-83) 14 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 10 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 9 points, Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) 8 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 5 points, Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) 2 points, Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) 0 points, Windi Graterol (204-C-86) 0 points, Henry Paez (184-PG-70) 0 points, Derson Santos (197-F-84) 0 points

LPB 2011 - Week 7 (Apr. 5th): Guaros sweeps, Guaiqueries and Marinos win - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaros de Lara started Week 7 of the LPB 2011 regular season with a refreshing home win over Toros de Aragua at Domo Bolivariano to defeat them for the second straight matchday, as the two teams had played the previous weekend in Maracay in what turned out to be a series split.

GUAROS DE LARA 84 - TOROS DE ARAGUA 73
Domo Bolivariano - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
GUA: 19-20-25-20= 84
TOR: 23-13-19-18= 73

Scorers
GUA: Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76) 23 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 15 points, Cedric McGowan (198-F-85) 13 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 9 points, Cordell Henry (178-PG-80) 7 points and 8 assists, Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) 5 points, Heberth Bayona (210-C-78) 4 points, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) 3 points, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 3 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 2 points, Rene Farias (188-G-86) 3 points, Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) 0 points
TOR: Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) 21 points, Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 19 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-PG-76) 12 points, Alvaro Calvo (203-G/F-83) 9 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 6 points, Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 3 points, Robert Palacios (185-PG) 2 points, Johan Pinero (183-PG-76) 1 point, Fernando Lucena (182-G-86) 0 points, Peter Kvietek (205-C-77) 0 points, Rodrigo Rodriguez (198-F-80) 0 points

GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 75 - GIGANTES DE GUAYANA 64
Hermanas Gonzalez Arena - Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar

Quarter by quarter
GIG: 13-14-13-24= 64
GUAI: 20-19-24-12= 75

Scorers
GUAI: Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 18 points, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 11 points, Rogers Washington (198-F-77) 11 points, Evan Brock (204-F-84) 8 points and 9 rebounds
GIG: Blake Walker (196-G/F-82) 18 points, Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) 14 points, Jorge Diaz (195-F-77) 8 points, Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) 8 points

MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 102 - PANTERAS DE MIRANDA 84
Luis Ramos Arena - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui

Quarter by quarter
MAR: 24-23-30-25= 102
PAN: 19-14-22-29= 84

Scorers
MAR: Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists, Maurice Carter (183-G-83) 18 points, Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82) 17 points, Carlos Morris (194-G-76) 14 points, Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) 11 points and 6 assists, Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) 8 points, Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) 5 points and 11 assists, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 3 points, Jorge Prada (182-G-90) 2 points, Luis Julio (202-F-80) 0 points, Manuel Briceno (203-C/F-79) 0 points, Robert Yriarte (201-F-89) 0 points

PAN: Curtis Withers (203-F-84) 23 points and 9 rebounds, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 23 points, Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 17 points, Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85) 11 points and 6 assists, DeAndre Coleman (201-F-86) 8 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 2 points, Darwin Cristopher (192-F-86) 0 points, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 0 points, Edgar Sifontes (185-F-85) 0 points, Richard Mejias (187-G-78) 0 points, Gustavo Montoya (197-F-86) 0 points, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) 0 points

LPB 2011 - Week 7 (Apr. 7th): Trotamundos takes down the champions, Gaiteros end loosing streak - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Trotamundos de Carabobo ended the long undefeated run at home that belonged to Cocodrilos de Caracas, as they were able to pull off a thrilling victory at Naciones Unidas Park of Caracas, 92-90, against the current title holders of LPB, whom are also at the lead in the 2011 regular season standings.

TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 95 - COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 91
Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
COC: 16-26-31-18= 91
TRO: 25-23-25-22= 95

Scorers
TRO: David Cubillan (183-PG-87) 24 points and 10 assists, Carl Edwards (196-F-81) 16 points, Robert Gleen (201-F/C-89) 13 points, Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 11 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 8 points, Ryan Wright (206-F-87) 8 points and 7 rebounds, Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) 7 points, Miguel Marriaga (208-C-84) 6 points and 7 rebounds, Pedro Brito (204-F/C-82) 2 points, Yorbis Umbria (203-F-85) 0 points, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 0 points, Miguel Ruiz 0 points
COC: Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 21 points, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 18 points and 16 rebounds, Carl Elliott (193-G-83) 18 points, Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 11 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 6 points, Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) 6 points, Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) 6 points, Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) 5 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 0 points, Windi Graterol (204-C-86) 0 points, Henry Paez (184-PG-70) 0 points, Darwin Matos (197-G/F-85) 0 points

GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 112 - GUAROS DE LARA 94
Belisario Aponte Arena - Maracaibo, Zulia

Quarter by quarter
GAI: 23-29-24-36= 112
GUA: 21-20-27-26= 94

Scorers
GAI: Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 27 points, Dominic Calegari (208-F) 18 points, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 16 points, Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) 14 points, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 13 points, Kervis Ramirez (190-PG-78) 11 points, Joyfre Diaz (196-F-87) 6 points, Omar Mejias (175-PG-80) 5 points, Morris Sierraalta (190-G/F-87) 2 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78) 0 points, Jaime Finol (195-F-87) 0 points
GUA: Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76) 30 points and 5 assists, Cedric McGowan (198-F-85) 18 points, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) 18 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 5 points, Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) 4 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 4 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 4 points, Sonys Reyes (181-G-86) 3 points, Cordell Henry (178-PG-80) 2 points, Heberth Bayona (210-C-78) 2 points, Rene Farias (188-G-86) 2 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 2 points

LPB 2011 - Week 7 (Apr. 8th): Bucaneros and Marinos earn great victories - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Bucaneros de La Guaira crushed Panteras de Miranda 117-112 as visitors in a great night at the offensive end, while Marinos de Anzoategui earned a crucial home win over the climbing Gigantes de Guayana, 88-76, to stay at second place in the LPB 2011 regular season standings.

MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 88 - GIGANTES DE GUAYANA 76
Luis Ramos Arena - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui

Quarter by quarter
MAR: 14-28-21-25= 88
GIG: 23-10-15-28= 76

Scorers
MAR: Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 30 points and 9 rebounds, Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) 15 points, Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) 12 points, Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) 11 points and 6 assists, Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82) 8 points and 3 blocks, Maurice Carter (183-G-83) 8 points, Carlos Morris (194-G-76) 2 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 2 points, Dennis Dadezzio (191-G-81) 0 points, Manuel Briceno (203-C/F-79) 0 points, Robert Yriarte (201-F-89) 0 points, Jorge Prada (182-G-90) 0 points
GIG: Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) 20 points, Blake Walker (196-G/F-82) 19 points, Paul Stoll (178-G-85) 13 points, Jorge Leon (186-PG-79) 7 points, Marlon Patino (204-F/C-80) 5 points, Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) 4 points and 7 rebounds, Jader Fernandez (197-F-82) 4 points, Jorge Diaz (195-F-77) 3 points, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 1 point, Elvis Baez (189-PG-89) 0 points, Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) 0 points, Randy Vasquez (190-G-78) 0 points

BUCANEROS DE LA GUAIRA 118 - PANTERAS DE MIRANDA 115 (OVER TIME)
Jose Joaquin Carrillo Arena - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
PAN: 17-27-25-23-11-12= 115
BUC: 27-19-22-24-11-15= 118

Scorers
BUC: Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 46 points, Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 18 points and 8 assists, Luis Julio (202-F-80) 17 points and 8 rebounds, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 12 points and 14 rebounds, Fred Warrick (195-G/F-76) 11 points, Marcus Melvin (203-F-82) 8 points and 9 rebounds, Maurice Acker (173-G-87) 3 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 3 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez (203-F/C-79) 0 points, Elder Gimenez (186-G-91) 0 points, Yonaiker Ecker (179-PG-90) 0 points, Samuel Marseille (193-G-91) 0 points
PAN: DeAndre Coleman (201-F-86) 29 points and 10 rebounds, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 21 points, Darwin Cristopher (192-F-86) 20 points, Curtis Withers (203-F-84) 14 points and 11 rebounds, Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 11 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 9 points, Elvis Burguillos (194-G/F-82) 5 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 4 points and 11 assists, Richard Mejias (187-G-78) 2 points, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 0 points, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) 0 points, Edgar Sifontes (185-F-85) 0 points



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D1 Semifinals: Sint Kateline and Dexia Namur force Game Three - by Eurobasket News
Both series are tied at 1-1 and third decisive games will be played on Wednesday.



Sint Kateline - BBC Boom 64-60 (1-1)


The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BBC Boom won third quarter 7-6. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sint Kateline Waver dominated on the defensive end, holding BBC Boom to just 7 points in third quarter. American forward Melissa Dennett (188-83, college: Colorado St.) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Daphne Van Dessel (172-82) chipped in 17 points during the contest. The former international forward Eveline Decroos (184-84) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and guard Vreny Van Driel (176-88) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
Sint Kateline: M.Dennett 27+14reb, D.Van Dessel 17+3reb+2ast, M.Celus 9+2reb+4ast, A.Winkelmans 3+3reb+1ast, A.Schyvens 2, F.Mertens 2+1reb+1ast
BBC Boom: V.Van Driel 14+3reb+1ast, E.Lauwers 13+2reb, E.Decroos 13+5reb+1ast, C.Arts 6+2reb+2ast, I.Van den Vonder 4+4reb+1ast, D.Boonen 3+5reb+1ast


gschID: 126010


Waregem - Dexia Namur 52-61 (1-1)

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 15-8. But Declercq Stortbeton won second period 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Dexia Namur won last quarter 21-13. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Declercq Stortbeton turnovers. American center Katryna Gaither (191-75, agency: LBM Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. The former international forward Oksana Agabalova (186-73) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Dexia Namur players scored in double figures. The former international center Tamara Van Respaille (186-77) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and the former international forward Nele Deyaert (186-79) added 6 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Declercq Stortbeton.
Top scorers:
Dexia Namur: L.VanMalderen 16+4reb+1ast, O.Agabalova 14+9reb+2ast, K.Gaither 14+14reb, S.Dubuc 14, S.Dochez 2+2reb, A.Halin 1+1reb+1ast
Waregem: T.Van Respaille 11+14reb+1ast, I.Medvedeva 9+4reb+1ast, A.Boucquey 8+4reb+2ast, J.Vanloo 7+2reb+1ast, H.Ben Abdelkader 6+1ast, N.Deyaert 6+12reb+2ast
gschID: 126009




D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Leemans, Sint K.20.3 
 2. Tatham, Point C.18.4 
 3. Meesseman, Ieper18.0 
 4. Dennett, Sint K.17.1 
 5. VanMalderen, Dexia N.16.7 
 6. Decroos, BBC Boom15.2 
 7. Wilkins, Point Chaud15.1 
 8. Gaither, Dexia N.15.1 
 9. Mayombo, Point C.14.8 
 10. Blommaers, Houth.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Meesseman, Ieper11.1 
 2. Dennett, Sint K.10.1 
 3. Wilkins, Point Chaud9.0 
 4. Gaither, Dexia N.8.9 
 5. Tatham, Point C.8.9 
 6. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.8.6 
 7. Van Respaill., Wareg.8.6 
 8. Ibekwe, Point C.8.5 
 9. Malfait, Jeugd G.7.2 
 10. Maes, Deerlijk7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Leemans, Sint K.3.2 
 2. Van Dessel, Sint K.2.3 
 3. Mayombo, Point C.2.2 
 4. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.1 
 5. Devliegher, Ieper1.8 
 6. Vanloo, Waregem1.8 
 7. Degels, Jeugd G.1.8 
 8. Blommaers, Houth.1.8 
 9. Van Driel, BBC B.1.8 
 10. Deyaert, Waregem1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Meesseman, Ieper2.4 
 2. Gaither, Dexia N.2.3 
 3. Mayombo, Point C.2.2 
 4. Leemans, Sint K.2.1 
 5. Van De Bruae., Deerl.2.1 
 6. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.0 
 7. Deyaert, Waregem2.0 
 8. Van Driel, BBC B.2.0 
 9. Van den Vond., BBC B.2.0 
 10. Celus, Sint Kateline1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Meesseman, Ieper2.8 
 2. Boonen, BBC Boom1.7 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.1.7 
 4. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.1.1 
 5. Lentacker, Jeugd G.0.9 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.0.8 
 7. VanMalderen, Dexia N.0.8 
 8. Malfait, Jeugd G.0.8 
 9. Van Respaill., Wareg.0.8 
 10. De Meyer, Willebroek0.7 


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  BOSNIA - Women  


D1 Round 3, second stage: Celik defeats Zeljeznicar 84-73 - by Eurobasket News
Celik - Zeljeznicar 84-73

An interesting game for Celik (1-1) which hosted in Zenica 3rd placed Zeljeznicar (0-2). Second ranked Celik managed to get a 11-point victory 84-73. Celik maintains second place with 1-1 record behind leader Mladi Krajisnik. Defending champion Zeljeznicar still closes the standings with two games lost. Celik will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Zeljeznicar will play at home against the league's leader Mladi Krajisnik in Banja Luka and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 126056




Standings - Women
D1 Standings
League 3
 1. Mladi Krajisnik 2-0 
 2. Celik 1-1 
 3. Zeljeznicar 0-2 
Places 4-11
 1. Igman 12-6 
 2. Jedinstvo 11-7 
 3. Sloboda 10-8 
 4. Tomislav 9-9 
 5. Banovici 7-11 
 6. Borac ML-IEFK 5-13 
 7. Rudar 3-15 
 8. Trebinje 0-18 


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  CROATIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. Jolly 8-1 
 2. Gospic 8-1 
 3. Lupa Promot. 6-3 
 4. Studenec O. 4-5 
 5. Medvescak 1-8 
 6. Biska Pula 0-9 
Group B
 1. Croatia 2006 3-0 
 2. Pozega 2-1 
 3. Zadar 1-1 
 4. Split 1-2 
 5. Agram 0-3 


A1 Round 9: Lupa Promotion loses to Jolly in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Sibenik. First ranked host Jolly (8-1) defeated 3rd placed Lupa Promotion (6-3) 76-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lupa Promotion. Jolly have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A with 8-1 record, which they share with Gospic. Newly promoted Lupa Promotion keeps the third position with three games lost. Jolly is looking forward to face Studenac Omis (#4) on the road in the next round. Lupa Promotion will play against the league's second-placed Gospic and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Second ranked Gospic blasted bottom-ranked Biska Pula (0-9) in Gospic 86-63. Biska Pula is still unable to win any game. Defending champion (8-1) keeps a position of Group A leader, which they share with Jolly. Biska Pula lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with nine games lost. Gospic will play against Lupa Promotion (#3) in Novi Zagreb in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Biska Pula will play at home against ZKK Medvescak in Zagreb and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked ZKK Agram (0-3) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their third consecutive match to third ranked Plamen Pozega (2-1) 84-77 on Saturday evening. Plamen Pozega moved-up to second place in Group B. ZKK Agram lost their third game in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Zagreb was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Studenac Omis (4-5) played at the court of 5th ranked ZKK Medvescak (1-8). Studenac Omis managed to secure a 9-point victory 66-57. Studenac Omis maintains fourth place in Group A with 4-5 record. ZKK Medvescak lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Studenac Omis' next round opponent will be league's leader Jolly in Sibenik and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ZKK Medvescak will play on the road against Biska Pula (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Group A
Gospic - Biska Pula 86-63

Second ranked Gospic blasted bottom-ranked Biska Pula (0-9) in Gospic 86-63. Biska Pula is still unable to win any game. Defending champion (8-1) keeps a position of Group A leader, which they share with Jolly. Biska Pula lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with nine games lost. Gospic will play against Lupa Promotion (#3) in Novi Zagreb in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Biska Pula will play at home against ZKK Medvescak in Zagreb and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 122991


Jolly - Lupa Promot. 76-59

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sibenik. First ranked host Jolly (8-1) defeated 3rd placed Lupa Promotion (6-3) 76-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lupa Promotion. Jolly have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A with 8-1 record, which they share with Gospic. Newly promoted Lupa Promotion keeps the third position with three games lost. Jolly is looking forward to face Studenac Omis (#4) on the road in the next round. Lupa Promotion will play against the league's second-placed Gospic and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 122992


Medvescak - Studenec O. 57-66

The game in Zagreb was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Studenac Omis (4-5) played at the court of 5th ranked ZKK Medvescak (1-8). Studenac Omis managed to secure a 9-point victory 66-57. Studenac Omis maintains fourth place in Group A with 4-5 record. ZKK Medvescak lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Studenac Omis' next round opponent will be league's leader Jolly in Sibenik and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ZKK Medvescak will play on the road against Biska Pula (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 122990


Group B
Pozega - Agram 84-77

Bottom-ranked ZKK Agram (0-3) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their third consecutive match to third ranked Plamen Pozega (2-1) 84-77 on Saturday evening. Plamen Pozega moved-up to second place in Group B. ZKK Agram lost their third game in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 123009




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  FRANCE - Women  


Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
 1. Lyon 24-3 
 2. Nice 20-7 
 3. Roche 20-7 
 4. Reims 19-8 
 5. Limoges 16-11 
 6. Armentieres 14-12 
 7. Pleyber Christ 14-13 
 8. Voiron 14-13 
 9. Perpignan 13-14 
 10. SI Graffenstaden 12-15 
 11. Dunkerque 11-15 
 12. Le Havre 10-16 
 13. Rennes 10-17 
 14. Angers 9-18 
 15. Pau Orthez 5-21 
 16. CFBB 3-24 


LF2 Round 27: No surprise as #1 Lyon defeats Rennes - 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.

LF2 top team - Lyon (24-3) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Rennes (10-17) 63-58. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rennes won third quarter 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lyon won last quarter 17-14. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rennes to just 7 points in first quarter. Lyon maintains first place with 24-3 record. Rennes at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Lyon are looking forward to face league's second-placed Nice on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rennes will play against Angers (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Limoges was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Nice (20-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Limoges (16-11). Nice did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 61-44. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Limoges. Nice have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 20-7 record having four points less than leader Lyon, which they share with Roche. Limoges at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Nice will play against league's leader Lyon at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Limoges will play against Roche (#3) in La Roche and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Perpignan between Perpignan and Dunkerque. Tenth ranked Perpignan (13-14) got a very close home victory over 11th ranked Dunkerque (11-15). Perpignan managed to escape with a 2-point win 79-77 on Saturday evening. Perpignan moved-up to ninth place. Loser Dunkerque keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Perpignan will meet higher ranked Pleyber Christ (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dunkerque will play against Etoile de Voiron (#8) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Angers where 4th placed Reims (19-8) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Angers (9-18) 68-56. Angers maintains fourteenth place with 9-18 record. Reims at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Angers' next round opponent will be higher ranked Rennes (#13) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Reims will play against CFBB (#16) in Paris.
An interesting game took place in Pau where higher ranked Etoile de Voiron (14-13) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Pau Lacq Orthez (5-21) 72-65 on Saturday. Newly promoted Pau Lacq Orthez maintains fifteenth place with 5-21 record. Loser Etoile de Voiron dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Pau Lacq Orthez will face higher ranked Armentieres (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 27: Le Havre lost to Pleyber Christ on the opponent's court 73-80. Armentieres managed to outperform SI Graffenstaden in a home game 60-53. Bottom-ranked CFBB was rolled over Roche on the road 66-46.


Perpignan - Dunkerque 79-77

A very close game took place in Perpignan between Perpignan and Dunkerque. Tenth ranked Perpignan (13-14) got a very close home victory over 11th ranked Dunkerque (11-15). Perpignan managed to escape with a 2-point win 79-77 on Saturday evening. Dunkerque trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 29-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-79 at the end of the game. Perpignan moved-up to ninth place. Loser Dunkerque keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Perpignan will meet higher ranked Pleyber Christ (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dunkerque will play against Etoile de Voiron (#8) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 111045


Pleyber Christ - Le Havre 80-73

Very expected game in Pleyber-Christ where 12th ranked Le Havre (10-16) was defeated by eighth ranked Pleyber Christ (14-13) 80-73 on Saturday. Le Havre trailed by 21 points after 3 quarters before a 28-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-80 at the end of the game. Pleyber Christ moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Voiron. Newly promoted Le Havre keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Pleyber Christ will face Perpignan (#9) at home in the next round. Le Havre will play against SI Graffenstaden in llkirch-Graff. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 111046


Armentieres - SI Graffenstaden 60-53

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Armentieres (14-12) defeated at home 9th ranked SI Graffenstaden (12-15) 60-53 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 37-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Armentieres. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser SI Graffenstaden dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Armentieres will face Pau Lacq Orthez (#15) in Pau in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SI Graffenstaden will play on the road against Le Havre (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 111047


Roche - CFBB 66-46

Not a big story in a game in La Roche where 16th ranked CFBB (3-24) was rolled over by third ranked Roche (20-7) 66-46 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Roche. CFBB was better in fourth quarter 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Roche moved-up to second place, which they share with Nice. Loser CFBB stay dead last with 24 lost games. Roche will face Limoges (#5) at home in the next round. CFBB will play against Reims (#4).
gschID: 111042


Angers - Reims 68-56

An interesting game took place in Angers where 4th placed Reims (19-8) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Angers (9-18) 68-56. Reims was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 30-7 charge of Angers, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Reims to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Angers maintains fourteenth place with 9-18 record. Reims at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Angers' next round opponent will be higher ranked Rennes (#13) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Reims will play against CFBB (#16) in Paris.
gschID: 111043


Pau Orthez - Voiron 72-65

An interesting game took place in Pau where higher ranked Etoile de Voiron (14-13) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Pau Lacq Orthez (5-21) 72-65 on Saturday. Newly promoted Pau Lacq Orthez maintains fifteenth place with 5-21 record. Loser Etoile de Voiron dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Pau Lacq Orthez will face higher ranked Armentieres (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 111044


Rennes - Lyon 58-63

LF2 top team - Lyon (24-3) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Rennes (10-17) 63-58. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rennes won third quarter 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lyon won last quarter 17-14. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rennes to just 7 points in first quarter. Lyon maintains first place with 24-3 record. Rennes at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Lyon are looking forward to face league's second-placed Nice on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rennes will play against Angers (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 111040


Limoges - Nice 44-61

The game in Limoges was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Nice (20-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Limoges (16-11). Nice did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 61-44. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Limoges. The game was mostly controlled by Nice. Limoges was better in fourth quarter 13-5. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nice have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 20-7 record having four points less than leader Lyon, which they share with Roche. Limoges at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Nice will play against league's leader Lyon at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Limoges will play against Roche (#3) in La Roche and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 111041




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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Vigor Skopje 15-1 
 2. Klubski Junior 12-4 
 3. Mladinec Skopje 10-5 
 4. Baden Kroatia 8-5 
 5. Trokal 8-7 
 6. Kolibri Ohrid 7-7 
 7. Panteri Skopje 6-9 
 8. Struga 2009 5-11 
 9. V.Lisici Skopje 1-9 
 10. Student Skopje 1-15 


D1 Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in D1.

The game in Skopje was quite interesting. 6th ranked Kolibri Ohrid (7-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Panteri Skopje (6-9). Panteri Skopje managed to secure a 6-point victory 64-58 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kolibri Ohrid. Newly promoted Panteri Skopje maintains seventh place with 6-9 record. Kolibri Ohrid at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Panteri Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Vigor Skopje.
The game in Struga was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Klubski Junior (12-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Struga 2009 (5-11). Klubski Junior defeated Struga 2009 54-38. Klubski Junior have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Klubski Junior maintains second place with 12-4 record having just three points less than leader Vigor Skopje. Struga 2009 lost fourth consecutive game. Struga 2009 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Klubski Junior's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje V.Lisici Skopje.



Panteri Skopje - Kolibri Ohrid 64-58

The game in Skopje was quite interesting. 6th ranked Kolibri Ohrid (7-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Panteri Skopje (6-9). Panteri Skopje managed to secure a 6-point victory 64-58 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kolibri Ohrid. Newly promoted Panteri Skopje maintains seventh place with 6-9 record. Kolibri Ohrid at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Panteri Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Vigor Skopje.
gschID: 114573


Struga 2009 - Klubski Junior 38-54

The game in Struga was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Klubski Junior (12-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Struga 2009 (5-11). Klubski Junior defeated Struga 2009 54-38. Klubski Junior have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Klubski Junior maintains second place with 12-4 record having just three points less than leader Vigor Skopje. Struga 2009 lost fourth consecutive game. Struga 2009 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Klubski Junior's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje V.Lisici Skopje.
gschID: 114574


Mladinec Skopje - Student Skopje 2-0


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  GERMANY - Women  


2.Bundesliga Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
North
Opladen - Rotenburg/Sch 58-90

Rotenburg advanced into the North Final. They swept their semifinal series versus Opladen. Pia Mankertz (170-G-90) scored 27 points to lead Rotenburg to the decisive win in Game 2. Laura Rahn (181-F-86) added 17 points for the winners. Mareike Nettersheim (186-C) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Opladen.
gschID: 125776


Quakenbrueck - Osnabruck 57-72

Osbanbruck reached the North Final after the held off Quakenbrueck on the road. Stefanie Grigoleis stepped up with 22 points and 14 rebounds to pace the visitors. Jasmine Byrd (173-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro) contributed 17 points in the winning effort. Theresa Loth (192-C-87) accounted for 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
gschID: 125777


South
Heidelberg - Leimen 66-51

Heidelberg forced the decider in the series against Leimen. Danielle Clark (185-F-85, college: New Hampshire) came up with 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort. Berit Adrion (183-C-88) contributed 15 points for Heidelberg in the win. MaryLynne Schaefer (180-G-87, college: Hartford) replied with 26 points in the losing case.
gschID: 125778


Bamberg - Viernheim 76-71

Bamberg avoided elimination with a narrow home win over Viernheim. Johnette Walker (173-G-87, agency: Promotex, college: Radford) notched 25 points and 7 rebounds for Bamberg. Jessica Miller added 19 points in the victory. Annika Danckert (182-F-81) top-scored with 26 points for Viernheim.
gschID: 125779




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  GREECE - Women  


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gabriela MARGINEAN
  Panathinaikos
  (185-F-87)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Marginean, Panath.17.9 
 2. McLaren, Apollon17.8 
 3. Milkova, Esperides17.1 
 4. Delva, DAS A.16.9 
 5. Koch, Panionios16.6 
 6. Mazic, Panionios15.6 
 7. Kotsopoulou, DAS A.15.1 
 8. Henry, FEA Neas14.5 
 9. Frohlich, Proteas14.1 
 10. Stamati, FEA Neas13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaili MCLAREN
  Apollon
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. McLaren, Apollon13.4 
 2. Mazic, Panionios12.1 
 3. Frohlich, Proteas11.5 
 4. Delva, DAS A.11.5 
 5. Skibbe, DAS A.9.8 
 6. Skrba, Aris9.8 
 7. Thompson, Olymp.9.4 
 8. Ducker, Esperides8.5 
 9. Green, PAOK8.3 
 10. Nkele, Apollon8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Natali PLOUBI
  DAS Ano Liosa
  (169-G-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Ploubi, DAS A.7.5 
 2. Koch, Panionios4.7 
 3. LeNoir, Aris4.4 
 4. Axiopoulou, Esperides4.3 
 5. Lymoura, Athin.4.2 
 6. Stavridou, PAOK3.6 
 7. Green, PAOK3.5 
 8. Hatzinikolao., Athina.3.4 
 9. Kalogirou, Esperides3.3 
 10. Fox, Proteas3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Roula KALOGIROU
  Esperides
  (172-G-81)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Kalogirou, Esperides3.1 
 2. Koch, Panionios2.8 
 3. Axiopoulou, Esperides2.7 
 4. Skrba, Aris2.5 
 5. Derevjanik, Panath.2.4 
 6. Green, PAOK2.3 
 7. Murphree, Panathin.2.3 
 8. Marginean, Panath.2.2 
 9. Fox, Proteas2.2 
 10. Hatzinikolao., Athina.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Asimina KOUTSOUNOURI
  Olympiakos
  (190-C-)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Koutsounouri, Olympi.1.4 
 2. Skrba, Aris1.4 
 3. Delva, DAS A.1.3 
 4. Skiadopoulou, PAOK1.0 
 5. McLaren, Apollon1.0 
 6. Riley, Athinaikos0.9 
 7. Rousou, Panionios0.8 
 8. Skibbe, DAS A.0.8 
 9. Smirnaiou, DAS A.0.7 
 10. Nikolaidou, FEA N.0.6 


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 21-0 
 2. Aris 14-7 
 3. FEA Neas 13-8 
 4. Panathinaikos 13-8 
 5. Esperides 12-9 
 6. Panionios 12-9 
 7. DAS Ano Liosa 12-9 
 8.