EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/13/2011

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  ABA   


Players wanted for 3 different teams in North Carolina - by Bruno Baltazar
PLAYERS WANTED FOR 3 NEW ABA TEAMS IN NORTH CAROLINA.
THE ADD SAYS THAT PLAYERS INTERESTED CAN SIGN UP TODAY FOR CAROLINA CATS TRYOUT CAMP MAY 21ST AT NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY.CAMP STARTS AT 1-6PM.REGISTRATION IS $125.00 AND $150.00 AT THE DAY OF SIGN UP.THE LOCATION ADDRESS IS NCCU CAMPUS AT THE MCDOUGALD/MCCLENDAN GYM 616 E. LAWSON ST. DURHAM,NC.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT CEO/PRESIDENT TOMMY STEVENSON AT 910-494-2245 OR ASST. GM/HEAD COACH Johnny Tyson (210-F/C-71, college: Cent.Oklahoma) AT 832-203-9644



Soul to make official launch - by Gianni Pascucci
The Nashville Soul is proud to announce its entry into the American Basketball Association (ABA) beginning with the upcoming 2011-2012 season. The Soul will kick things off with a Soul Legends Luncheon to be held at the teams practice facility on Friday, April 29.
In addition to exciting news about the Souls plans for the upcoming season and beyond, attendees will have the pleasure of inter-acting with Jimmy King (6'5''-G-73, college: Michigan), a member of Michigans famed Fab Five. Mr. King will share his experiences of being a member of one of the best recruiting classes college basketball has ever seen. Hell also discuss the recent ESPN documentary. This is an event that no hardcore basketball fan will want to miss.
The event will be held at Ultimate Sports Basketball Academy (USBA) which is located at 1850-B General George Patton Drive in Franklin, TN and is home to the Souls team operations.
The Nashville Soul is owned by John Rowe and Angi Rowe. John will serve as the teams President and General Manager and oversee most team operations. Angi will carry the title of Vice President and handle most of the teams merchandising as well as be heavily involved with the community relations efforts and non-profit involvement.
Many of the teams plans for home game venues, tryouts, personnel, and much more will be unveiled at this event. While this will be the official launch, John Rowe has been visiting college campuses, local businesses, and youth sports programs and reaching out to all for their involvement in this exciting new sports opportunity for Middle Tennessee. Some fans and media will remember some past attempts to place ABA teams in Music City. The Nashville Broncs and Music City Stars each failed to survive more than one season despite being very successful on the court. The past ABA attempts failed here not because the city doesn't like bas-ketball, Nashville is an awesome basketball city! They failed because they did not show enough interest in the community. People want to feel a connection with their teams. But were not going to sit back and tell you how were going to be different, were go-ing to show people why we are different and trust me when I say fans will fall in love with the way we run this team.
Local businesses, members of the media, and sports fans in general are encouraged to attend this event and get involved with the Nashville Soul. Tickets to the event are $35 and include lunch by Whitts Barbeque, a 2011 partner of the Soul. Call 865-389-2115 or visit www.soulhoops.com for tickets and details on other upcoming events.



Mako's moving to Johnson City, Tennessee - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced that it has approved the move of the Florida Mako's to Johnson City, Tennessee for next season. 'Patrick Grayson (6'0''-G-82, college: E.Tenn.St.),, the owner, is from that area and has wanted to have a team there for a long time,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'We felt that the move would be good for both Patrick and the league.'
The name of the team will be the Johnson City Mad Hatters. 'I'm very excited to be 'going home,' added Grayson. 'We've received tremendous support from the community and are looking forward to competing with teams in Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. I know we will be very competitive.

For more information, email onpointbasketballdevelopment@gmail.com or visit www.abalive.com



Prospect Profile: Kayode Ayeni - by Surujh Roopnarine
Prospects are not only relevant in Portsmouth or at the NBA Pre-Draft camp. Prospects can be players who are continually developing their skills even after leaving college. A shining example of this is first year guard/forward Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, college: St.Francis, NY) out of St. Francis (NY). Ayeni just completed his first professional season as a member of the Jersey Express of the American Basketball Association. The ABA, in its rejuvenated form since 2000, has provided opportunities to hundreds of players over the last decade, spring boarding some to the NBA (Matt Barnes of the LA Lakers), and many to lucrative careers overseas. At 6-5 with an impressive frame, Ayeni possesses the physical tools front office personnel desire with continuously improving skill-set both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

USBASKET: How would you describe your first professional season as a member of the Jersey Express?

AYENI: It was a great learning experience, because we constantly played against good competition even when we traveled to and played in China. Also, I had great teammates and we all got along on and off the court.

USBASKET: There were highs (All-Star Game MVP) and lows (schedule problems, organizational). What was the strangest or most unexpected thing that happened this season?

AYENI: Yeah, receiving the All-Star Game MVP was a high point this season for me because it was a result of all the hard work I put in at the gym constantly trying to improve. The strangest thing this season was the fact that even though we had scheduling problems we still made the playoffs, but didn't get to participate in it.

USBASKET: After finishing at St. Francis, you played in the Eurobasket Summer League in New York. What was that like? How did it help you in preparation for this season?

AYENI: It was another learning experience. We lost our first game because no one on the team got along, we didn't know each others games, but we all learned about each other and adjusted quickly and won the rest of our games. So it helped me learn how to adjust on the fly, not only to the game but with my teammates.

USBASKET: The ACL injury in your Junior year. You were having a tremendous start to the season, All-Conference quality (10 games: 13.3ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7bpg), and then to go down. Mentally and physically, how did you deal with it?

AYENI: At first it was very difficult mentally and physically, but after some time passed my focus changed because I wanted to come back better and stronger. I also had an excellent training group at St. Francis, so that made the process easier to handle. Today I think because I tore my ACL I am a much better and smarter player.

USBASKET: Going back to your game and how you play. Small forward or shooting guard, which do you prefer? Does it matter to you?

AYENI: I feel very comfortable playing both positions, even some point if needed. So, whatever the coach needs I'm ready to play.

USBASKET: You showed a great knack for rebounding this season (10rpg). At 6-5 this is quite a feat. What traits do you think make someone a good rebounder?

AYENI: Good timing and good positioning are important traits when it comes to rebounding. I learned that from Charles Barkley and I take lessons from Kevin Love today, you don't need to be the highest jumper in the gym to grab every rebound; it takes good positioning and good timing. Although, it does help that I am also very athletic.

USBASKET: Obviously at over 20 points a game, you can score as well. Describe your game offensively. What are some of your strengths? What do you need to improve?

AYENI: My greatest strengths are my ability to drive and create for myself and others as well as offensive rebounding. I'm also very comfortable in my three-point and mid range game along with posting up. Two things which I am constantly working on are my dribbling skills as well as my strength.

USBASKET: The ABA season is over, what is next for you in your career progression? More summer leagues?

AYENI: Right now I'm in the gym trying to get better and waiting for an opportunity to play either overseas, in the D-League or in the NBA.

You can check out game and highlight film of Kay Ayeni here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zC5VDjTHbM&feature=youtube_gdata_player
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUIBsQYWM40&feature=youtube_gdata_player



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  ANGOLA   


Interclube Beat 1 De Agosto and Lead Bai Basket - by Eurobasket News
Luanda Interclube beat on Friday 1 de Agosto by 85-83 in Luanda's Codenm pavilion, in the second phase of the national senior males basketball championship (BAI BASKET).

The player of 1 de Agosto Carlos Almeida (193-G/F-76) was the best scorer of the match with 22 points. In the other match of the same round, Petro de Luanda beat ASA by 87-79. Interclube lead the competition with five points.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


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  AUSTRALIA   


Bench, Tucker, lift Forestville to road win over Woodville - by Eurobasket News
The Forestville Eagles are off to the perfect start following their 77-63 victory over the Woodville Warriors at St Clair on Saturday night.

Although limited to 14 points on 4-12 shooting, Eagles star Rashad Tucker (202-F-75, college: S.Illinois) did most of his best work defensively, grabbing 16 of his game-high 18 rebounds at the defensive end.

He also spent sufficient time on Woodvilles Joshua Knight (194-F-80) (17 points on 6-16 shooting), while also forcing Warrior big men Adam Blight (199-F/C-83) (3 points on 1-9 shooting, 10 rebounds) and Steve Pilkington (199-F-80) (13 points on 6-12 shooting, 7 rebounds) into many missed close range shots.

Forestville got a major boost from their bench, particularly at the offensive end. Brad Haydon had a game-high 19 points to go with 6 rebounds, while Nick Blair was ultra-aggressive for 11 points and 8 rebounds (5 offensive).

Brad Sullivan (181-G-82) and Trent Fildes also finished in double figures.

Knight was the focal point for the Woodville offence, while last weeks hero Gary Birmingham was impressive with 17 points off the bench.

The Eagles set up the win in the second quarter with a 21-9 rout.

Leading 22-16 at quarter-time, a three-pointer one minute into the quarter from Sullivan got the ball rolling.

After Birmingham answered right back with two points, Forestville went on a 14-1 run, and were well on top.

The Warriors second period was summed up by Knights first free throw attempt- an airball.

Forestville continued to change up their defence, and it worked a treat, with the Warriors failing to find a groove offensively.

Sullivan continued his best shooting patch of the game, Haydon played some excellent minutes at both ends, and young Majok Deng was getting involved inside.

In a zone for the entirety of the half, the Warriors trailed 25-43 at the main break.

In the third quarter, Forestville lead by as much as 22, before Knight went off the court holding his arm.

With their main scorer off, the Warriors played their best basketball of the game. Pilkington found something inside, Mark Egel hit a couple of jumpers, Birmingham continued to produce, and the Warriors quickly cut the deficit back to seven late in the period.

However, Haydons dish to Deng for a lay-up and Blairs steal and conversion stalled Woodvilles charge, and Coach Al Green immediately called for time.

At the end of three, Forestville had regained a 14 point lead.

Both teams got physical in the fourth quarter, with Knight and Tucker fed up with each others treatment of one another. Cameron Wilson and Blight also had a few words to say.

The teams went basket for basket, with neither the Eagles able to shut up shot, or Woodville able to seriously threaten.

The Warriors could get within no closer than 10 the remainder of the match, which did not occur until the final 30 seconds.

Haydon then converted four straight free throws for the final margin, after Egel was called for an unsportsmanlike foul, following a shooting foul from Pilkington.

Defining moment: So often, a patch of 20 seconds can define a game, and that was certainly the case in this match. With the Warriors on a 19-4 run with under a minute and a half remaining in the third quarter, an unlikely comeback seemed possible. The fans were up, and the players showed the most intensity during this span. Haydons dish to Deng was the first Eagles basket in almost two minutes, putting the lead back out to 9. With the game in the balance, Wilson lost the ball to Blair, who dished off to Adam Doyle, before getting the ball back for the easiest of baskets. Forestville was back out to a double-digit advantage, and the game stayed that way the remainder of the night.

Forestville verdict: The Eagles will be pleased with their victory and their performance, after a lucky escape against Southern in Round 1. They gained the ascendancy early, made the most of their momentum in the second quarter, and responded well to a strong charge from the home side. Their ball movement against Woodvilles zone was good, and they knocked down their shots. There was not so much reliance on Tucker offensively, though he was lethal at the defensive end. They will be looking to make it three from three against the undefeated Panthers next Saturday.

Woodville verdict: The Warriors had their moments in this one, but made costly errors at key times, none moreso than Wilsons turnover late in the third. Look for them to come out of their zone and get up the floor, where they were much more effective. Take off the second quarter, and this was a two-point game, meaning they matched their opponents for most of the night. With Zane Reeves still to return to their line-up, Woodville have a good spread of interior and exterior offensive options. However, they will need to improve defensively if they are to compete with the elite.
Courtesy of:http://www.sportingpulse.com
By James Woite



Aaron Hill lifts Ringwood Hawks - by Eurobasket News
RINGWOOD import Aaron Hill (185-G) gave Hawks fans 48 reasons to love him during the Hawks' 109-97 win over Diamond Valley in Big V basketball league state championship action on Saturday night.
Hill scored 48 points including nine of 15 from the three-point line to put the Hawks' season back on track.

Hill came to the Hawks with big raps on his shooting skills and after two relatively quiet weeks he exploded on the hapless Eagles.

Any doubts about his ability quickly faded as the 186-centimetre guard got on track early with a three pointer to start the game and quickly got himself into a scoring groove.

With the assistance of a more focused Hawks team behind him, Hill shredded the Eagles with his long-range shooting and aggressive drives to the basket.

His foul shooting kept pace with his long-range work as he shot 11-11 from the charity stripe while also grabbing seven rebounds in a memorable individual performance.

'We got a rather large monkey off our back tonight.' Hill said. 'It was good to feel some chemistry develop in the team over the last week.'

It was not a one-man show for the Hawks, with Luke McMillan returning to the form that has had him a regular in the league all-star team in the past few seasons. He attacked the basket relentlessly, finishing with 35 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hawks managed to win the first three quarters comfortably and build themselves a 20-point lead but the Eagles refused to go away and battled hard to the final buzzer.

Hawks assistant coach Michael Beer said he could still see areas for improvement. 'We would have loved to finish the game with the same intensity as we played the first 35 minutes.' Beer said.

Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) is due to rejoin the team this week after finishing his Melbourne Tigers NBL commitments. His first game back will be against the Tigers at North Melbourne this Sunday at 3pm.

Courtesy of http://www.maroondahweekly.com.au
BY ROY WARD


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  BOSNIA   


Dejan Parezanin resignes as a hed coach of KK Bosna. - by Miljan Veskovic
After a bad start of the League 6 (1/3), Dejan Parezanin decided to resign from the head coach position. In reality KK Bosna was facing big injury problems, so the team has been penalized by important absences of Bozo Durasovic (200-F-87), Emir Zimic (216-C-86, agency: World Sport Agency) and Filip Kruslin (198-G-89), all three players were used in a rotation so it was very hard for Parezanin to find adequate replacements in his current roster. Anyway, the final word about his resignation will have the club's board on today's meeting.

Jazvin shines in PLK semifinals - by Nedzad Kladusak
Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80, agency: Lanshire Group) seems to feel very comfortable in the jersey of Energa Czarn. In the first match of the PLK semifinals
he encountered his NT colleague Ratko Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79, agency: Alti Sport) who plays for Asseco Prokom.
On the wings of Ermin Jazvin who scored 6 points in the first quarter the guests from Slupsk and established a threepoint-lead.
Asseco stroke back and finished the first half by 39-35.
In the second half Prokom adjusted its defensive game and continuously increased the margin and secured a well deserved 74-59 win.
Ermin Jazvin scored in 29 minutes 18 points (FG2 8/12) and 9 (7+2) rebs. Ratko Varda scored 10 points (FG2 3/8) and 4 rebs in 14 minutes.


Bosnia and Herzegovina D1 round 4 (Second Stage) best performance: Donnell Harvey - by Eurobasket News
American center Donnell Harvey (203-C-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Igokea, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Borac Nektar (#3, 2-2) with 20-point margin 95-75. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Igokea to consolidate first place in the Bosnia and Herzegovina D1. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Igokea already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Harvey turned to be Igokea's top player in his first season with the team. Donnell Harvey averages this season 16.5ppg and 7.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old Croatian Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74, agency: Court Side) of league's second-best Siroki TT. Grgat had a very good evening with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Siroki TT to another comfortable win 81-67 over slightly lower-ranked Mladost (#4, 1-3) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Siroki TT consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Grgat is well-known at Siroki TT and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Siroki TT's star - Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88). Sakic scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Siroki TT, helping his team with a 81-67 easy win against #4 ranked Mladost. Siroki TT needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Sakic has a great season in Bosnia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 11.3ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 7.3rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) of Siroki TT - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Brian Chase (178-G-81) of Igokea - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Samir Leric (204-F/C-74) of Capljina - 10 points and 13 rebounds
7. Stefan Fekete (188-G-86) of Capljina - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88) of Borac Nektar - 16 points and 8 rebounds
9. Milos Komatina (204-C-84) of Mladost - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82) of Igokea - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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Fred Peete sign with Sorocaba - by Paulo Freire
The Sorocaba Basketball team (LSB) is changing some peaces of their roster that will compete in the Super Cup Brazil. Claiming some particular problems to be solved in the U.S., Mario Edwards (191-G, college: Co.Carolina) asked to be disconnected from the group. Another player who left the team, is Rafael Fusco (192-F-78) who was dismissed by head coach Rinaldo Rodrigues.

'Edward is an excellent player, but I could not force his stay here. He said he has some problems in his country and I released him,' explained the coach, who also commented on the waived of Fusco: 'He has a very strong personality and that way at certain times might disrupt the group. We talked and he decided to leave the team. ' said the coach.

In another hand, yesterday was announced the hiring of another American player. The guard
Fred Peete (193-G-84, college: N.Mexico St.) 26 years old, who was already playing in Brazil at Americana basketball team. 'Frederik is a very strong player, has great long shot and was the second top scorer of the Paulista State Championship last year. I'm sure he will help us a lot of ways in the Super Cup Brazil.' said Rinaldo.


Everton and Fusco sign with Americana - by Paulo Freire
The board director of the Americana Basketball Team, announced the signed of two more players.
With two wins and three defeats in the New Millennium Tournament, the directors of Americana Baskteball decided to run after reinforcements, so the head coach Wolmer Bicalho could have more options during the games.

The smallforward
Rafael Fusco (192-F-78) who recently was waived from the Sorocaba team, he has 33 years old and has played in his career for Pinheiros, Paulistano, Assis, Sao Caetano. His experience will greatly help the Americana team.

The shootinguard
Everton Moraes (196-F-87) is 24 years old and 1.95 m heigh and is an agile wing with offensive style, he had played for Bauru basketball team for some years and currently had been defending the Paraiso Basketball at the Brazil Cup.

'We now have a more complete group in numerical terms. We will streamline and improve the training, trying to accelerate the connectedness of our new reinforcements with the group, so we can be able to react in the competition' says head coach Bicalho.


Itabom/Bauru step closer to NBB quarterfinal - by Eurobasket News
Itabom/Bauru - Paulistano 90:69

Itabom/Bauru are now one step away from NBB quarterfinal. They prevailed against Paulistano for the second straight win in the best-of-five series. Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) stepped up with 33 points to lead the winners. The first frame was a tough battle. The hosts managed to eke out a single-point advantage 26:25. But gradually Itabom/Bauru started to run away. They ensured a 10-point halftime advantage. Paulistano failed to change the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They notched just 11 points in the third stanza and faced a massive 16-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. Itabom/Bauru never slowed down and raced for the win at the end. Douglas Nunes (201-C-87) contributed 24 points in the winning effort. Pilar Alves (200-F-84) and Thyago Aleo (188-G-89) had 8 points each for Itabom/Bauru. Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-G/F-88) answered with 18 points for Paulistano. Pedro Lima (190-G-87) chipped in 13 points in the loss. The third game is scheduled for Wednesday.

Itabom/Bauru: Larry Taylor 33, Douglas Nunes 24, Pilar Alves 8, Thyago Aleo 8
Paulistano: Betinho Nardi Duarte 18, Pedro Lima 13




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Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 24-0 
 2. Levski 20-6 
 3. Balkan 14-11 
 4. Rilski Sportist 13-13 
 5. Cherno More 10-15 
 6. Tundja 9-17 
 7. Spartak 7-18 
 8. Chernomorets 4-21 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 2. Lilov, Rilski S.22.4 
 3. Harper, Levski22.4 
 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, Tundja10.6 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.6 
 4. Todorov, Spartak7.8 
 5. Radojevic, Rilski S.7.6 
 6. Kolev, Cherno More7.4 
 7. Georgiev, Levski7.2 
 8. Dimitrov, Spartak6.8 
 9. Mijovic, Rilski S.6.7 
 10. Kambala, Lukoil A.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Crowe, Levski5.6 
 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: 2.4
 1. Crowe, Levski2.4 
 2. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 3. Radionov, Tundja2.1 
 4. Zahariev, Chernomo.2.1 
 5. Heath, Lukoil A.1.9 
 6. James, Lukoil A.1.7 
 7. Dimitrov, Spartak1.7 
 8. Stojanovski, Lukoil A.1.6 
 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. Cole, Levski0.7 
 7. Mijovic, Rilski S.0.7 
 8. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.7 
 9. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 
 10. Neuhaus, Chernomo.0.6 


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  CANADA   


Rainmen, Kebs miss out on PBL championship - by Eurobasket News
Neither the Halifax Rainmen nor the Quebec Kebs will have a chance to capture the Premier Basketball League (PBL) championship this year. The Rainmen fell to the defending champion Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry while the Kebs lost to the Rochester RazorSharks as the PBL best-of-three playoff semifinals wrapped up Friday night.



Lawton-Fort Sill 102 Halifax 92 (Lawton-Fort Sill wins series 2-1)

With only eight players dressed (leading scoring Josh Dollard was injured in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's win), the Rainmen traded baskets with the Cavalry, often maintaining the lead, for three and a half quarters of the game in Oklahoma. But the Cavalry took charge in the last five minutes.

'Were extremely proud of them,' Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said of his players while talking to the Halifax Chronicle-Herald. 'We were short-handed. No excuses, though. Oklahoma played a great game tonight, as we knew they would, and we just came out on the short end of the stick. But our guys . . . gave a giant effort.'

The leading scorer for the Rainmen was Deandre Thomas (203-C-86, college: Robert Morris) with 23 points, followed by Trayvon Lathan (201-G-84, college: Chowan Univ.) with 17 and Marshall Brown with 16. Jamel White, Eric Crookshank and Taliek Brown had 12 points each. Crookshank added 13 rebounds.

The Cavalry got 22 points from Eddie Smith and 21 points and 13 rebounds from Gabe Freeman.



Rochester 129 Quebec 122 (Rochester wins series 2-1)

Melvin Council, starting at point guard in the absence of Jerice Crouch, scored a career high 36 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor, along with hitting 17 of 18 free throws. All are career highs and they came when his team needed him most.

Taking the court in Quebec with just eight eligible players, Rochester coach Rod Baker kept his troops fresh with frequent substitutions and short shifts. Council was the exception, playing 42 minutes. The 36-point game tied Keith Friel for second on the Sharks' all time single-game scoring list, just two points behind Chris Carrawell's record 38 in a game played in December 2005.

'I just kept my cool,' Council told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. 'I took rest when I needed to and let the game come to me. The rest of my teammates backed me up.'

Rochester hit its first three shots of the second half to go up by 13 points, the lead the Sharks carried into the fourth quarter. That's when things got interesting.

Quebec began to chip away at the lead and got it all the way down to two at 119-117 with 3:20 left. Unlike in game two of the series Wednesday, Rochester didn't cave. Todd McCoy and Jared Carter hit big shots down the stretch to preserve the victory.

The referees called the game with nine seconds left after calling the fourth and fifth technical fouls of the game on Quebec players. They felt conditions were too volatile to continue, mainly due to unruly fans.

Mike Williams added 17 points and a team high 11 rebounds to the RazorShark cause.

Quebec's Royce Parran (175-G-85, college: Chicago St.) got 20 of his 25 points in the second half. Tommy Mitchell (191-G-82, college: Siena) scored 21 of his 25 in the first half. Cordell Jeanty (Toronto) added 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

Rochester was forced to play without Crouch and sixth man Sammy Monroe as they were not allowed over the Canadian border due to passport issues.



In a rematch of last year's championship series, Rochester takes on Lawton-Fort Sill. The Sharks will likely host game one late next week and then travel to Oklahoma to complete the best-of-three series.


Courtesy of www.basketball.ca




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  CBL   


Gainesville Galaxy joins Continental Basketball League - by Eurobasket News
The Continental Basketball League is pleased to announce the addition of the Gainesville Galaxy to its roster of teams. Director of Basketball Operations Gary Perry made the announcement on Monday.

The Galaxy are owned by local entreprenuer and former middle school principal Kristine Anderson. Anderson also served as the General Manager of the ABA's Florida Makos during the 2010-2011 campaign.

Anderson said of her acceptance into the CBL, 'This is such a great opportunity for myself, my players and the community of Gainesville. I became passionate about this level of professional basketball after working as a stand in General Manager and Marketing Director for the Florida Makos. I loved the concept of, and the organization within, the Continental Basketball League and wanted to own my own franchise in the CBL. Gainesville is a great basketball market and the Gainesville Galaxy look forward to bringing a quality product and a whole new brand of entertainment to the community through this connection with the CBL.'

The Galaxy's home games will be played at the Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Center in Gainesville. The team will be coached by Donte Hill and assisted by Bobby Welch and Chris McCoy. The Galaxy will retain players from the ABA's Florida Makos with Michael Welch, Cori Gaither, Brandon Armistead, Fredrick Meeks, Tyre Stevenson, Rasheed Pratt, and Thomas 'TD' Harris. Tryouts to fill the team's remaining spots will be held on April 20th at the Newberry Sports Complex.

Courtesy of CBL


Flight sign veteran Mike Dean - by Eurobasket News
The Florida Flight proudly announce the addition of veteran guard Mike Dean (6'2''-G-82, college: Middle Tenn.St.) to their 2011 player roster.

A Middle Tennessee State University alum, Dean has been playing professionally across the globe for the past seven years. From Poland, Germany, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, and several minor league circuits in the United States, including the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and the NBA Developmental League, Dean has made an all-star impact at each stop along the way.

'Mike was a teammate of mine when we both played for the East Kentucky Miners of the CBA in 2007-2008,' said Flight Owner and President Mark King. 'He's a very hard worker, and will fit perfectly within the culture and chemistry of our basketball program.'

Dean led the CBA in scoring with Rio Grande Valley Silverados before being traded to the East Kentucky Miners midway through the 2007-2008 season. Upon his arrival in Pikeville, Kentucky, he was asked to share the scoring burden with NCAA National champion Josh Pace. On March 2, 2008, the Miners broke a 29-year CBA record for most points scored in a game by a team with a 194-115 win over the Atlanta Krunk. Dean led all scorers with 44 points that night.

Dean recently returned from playing in Venezuela after suffering a minor ankle injury. His ankle is again completely healthy, and he will join the Florida Flight for training camp in April.

'I just want to thank God for giving me so many opportunities to play basketball at this level,' said Dean. 'I'm really looking forward to joining the Florida Flight and helping this team bring a championship to the Avalon Park area of Orlando, Florida this season.'

'Bringing in Dean is a big deal for us,' said King. 'We want to invest in our players, and put them in situations where they can share their talent and prove to other scouts that they are worthy of playing opportunities in the NBA and in various countries around the globe. Adding a player like Mike Dean further establishes our credibility as a professional basketball program.'

This season, the Flight will keep a 10-man active roster, as well as an inactive developmental roster for players seeking to improve their game and jump to the next level. Training camp for the Flight starts April 20. The complete roster for the 2011 Florida Flight will be released in the coming weeks.

Courtesy of CBL


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  CHINA   


CBA Finals 2011 - by Greg
And then there was 2.... after a long and interesting CBA season, the anticipated finals rematch of Guandong Southern Tigers and Xinjiang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers has come to fruition, with one minor difference, it would seem that Xinjiang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers is the favorite this season, after running through the regular season with a 1 loss record.

Arguably the MVP'S of this season Douby Quincy (191-G-84, college: Rutgers) and talented big man Singleton James (203-F-81, college: Murray St.) have carried Xinjiang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers to a near perfect record which includes 2 wins over rival Guangdong. The Tigers who have a pair of talented imports as well, in Marcus Haislip and Lester Hudson who has been one of the top players during the postseason.

With game 1 in Guangdong, this series could be interesting if the Tigers hold serve to send this series to Urumqi, up 1 game.



Players Submit 'Blood Letter' to Remove Fan Bin as U19 Coach - by Arthur Volbert
After a petition was signed by 13 of the 16 players on the Chinese U-19 team alleging verbal and phsyical abuse, Fan Bin, who led the team to the Asian championship last year, was removed as coach of the team. China has named Fan as assistant coach of the senior national team while this matter is investigated. Former CBA all-star Hu Weidong has been promoted from assistant coach to lead the U19 team.

Fan did not accompany the team to the United States for training. Fan led the U16 team to the Asian Championship in 2009 and the U17 team to seventh place in the World Tournament last year. Most of the players on the current team were also on those two teams.

A handwritten letter was submitted to Chinese basketball authorities, co-signed by 13 players, demanding Fan's replacement. There were also 13 red fingerprints, mimicking the 'blood letter' in ancient Chinese history, where a general calls for help by biting his fingers and leaving his blood on the letter to show his desperation. The only players who did not sign the letter were three who are currently with their CBA teams.

Guo Ailun (193-G-93), China's star guard, was reportedly the leader of the effort to remove Fan. Guo is the nephew of Guo Shiqiang, the coach of Liaoning and an assistant coach and former head coach of the Chinese National team.

Just a note on Bismack Biyombo, who has been rated ninth pick in the NBA draft by ESPN's Chad Ford and seventh pick in the draft by Draft Express off his performance in the Nike Hoop Classic. I would not pick Biyombo nearly that highly. Biyombo has no offensive game. Biyombo made 5 of 7 shots but all from close to the basket. He hit only 2 of 8 free throws, which causes his shooting ability to be even further suspect. Scouts compared Biyombo to Ben Wallace. But Wallace had not only Biyombo's physical attributes but also exceptional intensity and work ethic.

Biyombo's play in the Hoop Classic could not possibly demonstrate that he had those qualities. He had 10 blocked shots but this was because the USA players kept coming at him. Their 20 point lead at 86-66 shows that they made more shots than they missed. Biyombo had 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. But Lucas Riva Noguiera of Brazil, who, unlike Biyombo, is not physically mature, had 6 rebounds in 13 minutes, a better rebound per minute average. Biyombo's 12 points were unexceptional so blocked shots were his only outstanding number. In addition, African ages are as suspect as Chinese ages so this too has be born in mind. I would not pick Biyombo until the end of the first round as he is as likely to be a flop as to be a star.




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  COCABA CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Nicaragua advances to COCABA Final Four - by Gianni Pascucci
Team Nicaragua completed a successful campaign in San Salvador, advancing to COCABA Final Four at the end of three days of play. After falling to favourite team Costa Rica, 83-65 in Day 1, the team coached by Angel Mallona upset home team El Salvador, 70-66 in Day 2, with Walter Roberts (188-F-85) leading the way, and then defeated Honduras in the decisive Day 3, at the end of a very close game, who needed of an OT to find the winner.

The final standings of COCABA Phase 2-Semifinal are as follows:
1. Costa Rica 3-0
2. Nicaragua 2-1
3. El Salvador 1-2
4. Honduras 0-3




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


A foul is a foul is a foul ... Or is it? - by Stacey Sandlin
I could recap the Nymburk v. Prostejov game, give you the stats and tell you that Prostejov really couldnt get it going on offense. I could tell you that they seemed to be doing the same things over and over while expecting a different result; I could tell you if Prostejov had made 80% of their 33 FTs instead of 64% they would have won the game. I could tell you that after the game there was some less than classy, ok downright unprofessional, hater type behavior on the part of one player but I wont because I understand that sometime when you get older, winning the game just isn't ... enough said. I should say that the foul count at the end of the game was EXACTLY even. As long as its even at the end its all good I mean a foul is a foul no matter how you get it, or when it comes right?

I know its taboo to talk about and no one wants to make anyone mad, but I am not a player and if I make you mad with what I write then change it. These are my opinions and I just call um as I see um. I know that being a referee is a hard job, no matter what call you make someone wont like it. I know, I know, that as a ref you have to do more than 1 thing at a time like run and call the game. But something has got to give! So look, I really want to offer my help and give a little advice to the referees.

First, if you have trouble walking and rubbing your belly at the same time, maybe this isnt the job for you. IF you have never played basketball before, this probably is not your calling. IF you need glasses then go buy some, if you are embarrassed then get some cool goggles, like they wear in the NBA and strap them on. No one will laugh, we will just be really happy that you can finally see the game. If you still wish you were playing, thus interjecting your superior opinions and advice on the court, lets just get you a nice arm sleeve, so you can feel as if you are playing every time you raise your arm and make a call. Ok this is a big one listen carefully . If you dont know the rules then read the rule book. Here are some common rules maybe you all have never heard before so I want to sincerely offer my help here.

1. If someone hacks a player while they are shooting its A FOUL. Hacking is defined as hacked, hacking, hacks v.tr. : To cut or chop with strong blows:
2. If the players feet are planted and someone runs over them . Its a FOUL! No really, it is, planted: To set firmly in position; fix: planted both feet on the ground. 3. Telling the ref they made a bad call is NOT a reason for a Technical foul, without a warning. I know, I know you hate to be told you are wrong, we all do, but throwing a T on top of an already amazingly, game changing stupid call is well just disgusting. (if you dont know this word look it up) This next one is big, I am going out on a limb here and this may sound like a new concept, but these rules apply at BOTH ends of the court! Last, if a Player laughs in your face after you made a call, this is a good sign that your call stunk.

So, all joking aside, Dear Mr. Referee: I Ask you ... Is this style of referring really helping the league? Is it helping Czech basketball get to a new level? What does a win mean if they didn't earn it? Should the the refs give it or take it away? Can you keep good players here or bring in new talent when no one thinks they can get a fair shake? If a player never knows what he can and can't do, does this upset the natural play of the game? Can a player play to the best of their ability under these circumstances? Are you controlling the game or are you really only creating chaos and a free for all? Does a foul in the middle of run stop a games momentum; change the atmosphere of a game and the rhythm of the team? Does it mean you called a fair game as long as the foul count is even at the end of the game? . Ask yourself, did you call the game or did you decide it?

So hey ref's this is a career for these players - they don't leave the court and then go back to their real jobs delivering beer - so can you please get it together ? So let's make a deal, if after the game I have photos and video of a player who got groped and not even kissed, then you my friendly ref should pay a fine, you should get reprimanded, you should be held accountable and maybe you should find a new job ... I hear fed-ex is hiring.



This is my opinion and does not represent the opinions of any players or clubs in the Czech league .. at least not out loud. Until next time Whoop Whoop










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  DENMARK   


Ligaen Finals: Bears jump to 2-0 against Rabbits - by Eurobasket News
Bakken - Svendborg 65-59 OT (2-0)

Bakken Bears managed to beat Svendborg Rabbits in OT jumping to 2-0 in the Playoff Finals (best-of-seven). Third game is scheduled for Thursday.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 15-9. But Svendborg won second period 25-22. 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 Svendborg used huge pressure winning it 16-6 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 3-9. Bakken dominated on the defensive end, holding Svendborg to just 6 points in third quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bakken made 7 blocks. Svendborg was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-G-84, college: Texas Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC, agency: Rasmussen Services) produced 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Svendborg's coach Craig Pedersen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.

Top scorers:
Bakken: C.Burgess 11+10reb+2ast, C.Christoffersen 10+10reb, J.Thorpe 9+10reb+1ast, M.Kristensen 8+1reb+1ast, C.Nielsen 7+4reb+1ast, P.Linnet 7+1reb
Svendborg: N.Iversen 18+8reb+4ast, M.Plannthin 13+5reb+4ast, C.Cavanaugh 10+4reb, M.Williams 6+7reb, J.Hansen 6+2reb, N.Degn-Andersen 3+1reb
gschID: 126338




Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg21.7 
 4. Brasas, Amager BK21.1 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 6. Dennis, SISU18.8 
 7. Voskuil, Horsens IC18.7 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg18.6 
 9. Roberts, Naestved18.4 
 10. Falkner, Aalborg16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Stirling S.
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.2 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj9.9 
 4. Falkner, Aalborg9.6 
 5. St.John, Horsens IC9.5 
 6. Johansen, Naestved9.3 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.5 
 9. Iversen, Svendborg7.1 
 10. Burgess, Bakken7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.6 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.4 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.2 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.6 
 5. Burgess, Bakken4.2 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj4.1 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.7 
 9. Jensen, Vaerlose3.7 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hall, Aalborg3.8 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.1 
 3. Burgess, Bakken2.0 
 4. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 5. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.8 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm1.8 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken1.7 
 8. Voskuil, Horsens IC1.7 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.7 
 10. Smedley, Naestved1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.1 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.1.8 
 3. Blackmon, Horsholm1.7 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.2 
 6. Brown, SISU0.8 
 7. St.John, Horsens IC0.8 
 8. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 
 9. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.0.6 


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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.19.8 
 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. Alexander, Texas L.8.9 
 10. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.9 
 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
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.5 
 3. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 4. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 5. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.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. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.3 
 5. Gaffney, Utah F.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 


Clippers recall Willie Warren from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Clippers today announced that they have recalled rookie guard Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

Warren, 21, was originally assigned to Bakersfield on Feb. 2 and was reassigned on March 3. Overall, Warren appeared in 15 games with the Jam, averaging 19.2 points, 5.7 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game.

Warren has appeared in 19 games with the Clippers this season and is averaging 1.9 points and 1.4 assists in 7.0 minutes per game.

The former Oklahoma University standout was selected by the Clippers in the second round (54th overall pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Atlanta Hawks sign Magnum Rolle - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks signed forward Magnum Rolle (6'11''-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech) to a contract, according to Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Rolle spent training camp with the Indiana Pacers, and appeared in five preseason games before being waived on October 25, 2010. Rolle was the 51st overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was then acquired by the Pacers in exchange for the draft rights to Ryan Reid.

The Gatorade callup played in 15 games (seven starts) with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League this season, averaging 14.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 spg, 1.3 apg and 1.2 bpg (.508 FG%, .585 FT%) in 25.9 mpg. He was the third overall pick of the D-League Draft by the Claws.

Rolle played his sophomore season at LSU, before transferring to Louisiana Tech. As a senior with the Bulldogs in 2009-10, he led the WAC in blocked shots (2.1 bpg), adding 13.9 ppg and 8.4 rpg in 34 games (33 starts). He finished his career with Louisiana Tech fourth all-time in blocks in just two seasons of action.

Magnum Rolle was born on February 23, 1986 in Freeport, Bahamas, and attended St. George's High School in Freeport before spending a year at Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. He will wear uniform number 25.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Monday: Iowa Energy let win slip away; elimination game today - by Eurobasket News
The Iowa Energy are usually the masters of closing out tight basketball games.

But something went awry Monday night in a 119-118 loss to the Utah Flash before an announced crowd of 4,132 at Wells Fargo Arena.

First, Iowa left Utah guard Kevin Kruger (6'1''-G-83, college: UNLV) alone at the top of the key, and he sank a 3-pointer that gave the guests a 112-111 lead with 1:09 left in Game 2 of the first-round NBA Development League playoff series.

Then, Iowas Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont) inadvertently tipped a missed free throw by Utah's Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) into the basket, turning a one-point lead into a one-point deficit with 37 seconds left. It was the oddest of the 18 lead changes in the fiercely contested game.

Utahs Tony Gaffney (6'9''-F-84, college: Massachusetts) made the decisive play 20 seconds later, swatting away a Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85, college: Missouri) layup attempt that would have put Iowa back in front. The Flash salted away the victory at the free-throw line, forcing a Game 3 at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Des Moines.

In a close game, the bounce of the ball is going to determine it sometimes, Iowa coach Nick Nurse said.

If (Blakely) hit it, and it was outside the cylinder, that is the right rule. It was bouncing up there so much, he was just waiting to rebound it and it wouldnt come down. He went up instinctively to grab it, and just again, it took the wrong bounce for us.

Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) 's layup after Blakelys miscue put Iowa back on top 115-114. Stinson finished with a game-high 34 points and 13 assists. But he was denied a 14th assist on the next possession, after Dupree had made two free throws to push Utah ahead 116-115.

Stinson penetrated and drew a trio of defenders before finding Hannah cutting along the baseline from the left. Hannah, a 6-foot-1 guard, saw an instant of daylight but it was closed quickly by the 6-6 Gaffney, who loudly celebrated his third block of the game while Iowa fouled Brian Hamilton.

Curt drove, everybody stepped to him, and I just cut to the basket, said Hannah, who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, giving Iowa a spark at the outset of the third quarter with a seven-point flurry. I should have floated it, but I tried to lay it up. I should have pulled up, but I went in a little deeper.

In hindsight, Nurse said he should have called his final timeout before that sequence.

I thought wed catch them by surprise, and we did a little bit, he said. Curt drove right through there. He probably should have taken the shot because I thought he was going to get fouled again. But he dished it, so they didnt call it.

The Energy, once again the D-Leagues top seed, face elimination on their home court for a third consecutive year Tuesday night.

That screen and roll, theyre defending that really well. And theyre using a lot of different people, so were going to have to find the openings, Nurse said.

When were in these series that are going back and forth like this, Ive always noticed that the team thats going to win is really determined. And hopefully thats going to be us tomorrow. Weve got to fight them hard. And weve got to rebound better; (allowing) 18 offensive rebounds, thats way too many.

Stinson, the veteran team leader and front-runner for the D-Leagues most valuable player award, retained his confidence.

We had the lead and it got away. Theres just some things we have to fix as a team. We just made mistakes. It happens, he said. Well come back tomorrow, well play better and well win.

Courtesy of www.desmoinesregister.com


Rockets sign C Cousin; recall C Thabeet - by Eurobasket News
The Houston Rockets have signed center Marcus Cousin (6'11''-C-86, college: Houston) to a non-guaranteed contract and assigned him to Rio Grande Valley, their developmental league affiliate.

The Rockets also recalled center Hasheem Thabeet (7'3''-C-87, college: Connecticut) from Rio Grande Valley and waived forward DeMarre Carroll.

The 6-foot-11 Cousin played at Houston. Last month, he signed a 10-day contract with Utah and played in four games. Cousin was a D-League All-Star this season, averaging 14.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.16 blocks in 38 games for the Austin Toros.

The 7-3 Thabeet was assigned to Rio Grande Valley on March 21 and averaged nine points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in seven games. Acquired in a deadline deal with Memphis, Thabeet has played in two games with the Rockets.

The 6-8 Carroll also joined Houston in the deadline deal and played in four games.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


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  FINLAND   


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Heard, Tarmo21.9 
 2. Wilson, Honka21.8 
 3. Wood, Karhu20.6 
 4. Lewis, LrNM.20.5 
 5. Barrett, KTP19.7 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.4 
 8. Blanchard, ToPo19.4 
 9. Williamson, Honka19.2 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Wood, Karhu13.0 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.7 
 6. Young, Tarmo9.6 
 7. Vinson, Kouvot9.0 
 8. Blanchard, ToPo9.0 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steffan JOHNSON
  Karhu
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Johnson, Karhu4.8 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.8 
 3. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.3 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.1 
 6. Wood, Karhu3.9 
 7. Ivey, KTP3.6 
 8. Fields, KTP3.5 
 9. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
 10. Wilson, Honka3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 2. Fields, KTP2.1 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 6. Heard, Tarmo1.7 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait1.7 
 8. Richards, ToPo1.6 
 9. Fells, Kataja1.6 
 10. Ayers, Namika L.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 3. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.7 
 4. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 6. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo0.6 
 8. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 9. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 
 10. Young, Tarmo0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Kataja robbed the advantage - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, semi-finals, Game # 1: The semi-finals got started tonight. Kataja (Joensuu) robbed at once the home court advantage, while visiting Kotka and almost crushing local KTP by 25 pts margin 73-98 (43-51). Quarters: 26-24, 17-27, 13-18, 17-29. There were a few injuries hurting some KTP players, but Kataja didn't avoid an injury either as PG Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) had to leave the court after eight minutes play. However Kataja had five players in double digits. The biggest difference between the teams came out in Defense and FTs. Kataja made 24 FTs out of 34 and KTP 12 out of 15 FTs. Jerald Fields (201-F-82, agency: Lanshire Group, college: E.Tenn.St.) led the hosts with 20 pts, but he had also nine turnovers. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) was Kataja's leading scorer and rebounder: 25/8. Game # 2 on Thursday, April 14, at Joensuu Arena.
KTP - Kataja 73-98 (43-51). (Jerald Fields 20, Sefton Barrett 15/7, Jeb Ivey 12/10a - Jared Newson 25/8, Darren Fells 18, Juho Nenonen 17).



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  FRANCE   


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Bordeaux 25-4 
 2. Denain 22-7 
 3. Angers BC 49 18-11 
 4. Sorgues 17-12 
 5. Brest 17-12 
 6. St Quentin 16-13 
 7. St Etienne 16-13 
 8. Blois 16-13 
 9. Le Puy 15-13 
 10. Challans 14-14 
 11. Lievin 13-16 
 12. Souffel 13-16 
 13. Denek 13-16 
 14. Orchy 13-16 
 15. St Chamond 12-17 
 16. Get Vosges 9-20 
 17. Roche 7-22 
 18. CFBB 4-25 


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Blair, Denek23.2 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy18.7 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.8 
 4. Petrovic, St Et.17.1 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux17.1 
 6. James, Challans17.0 
 7. Blot, Blois16.1 
 8. Disy, Roche16.0 
 9. Lesieu, St Quentin15.9 
 10. Howell, St Quentin15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petras BALOCKA
  Lievin
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Balocka, Lievin8.9 
 2. Simmons, St Et.8.9 
 3. Pasut, Sorgues8.5 
 4. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 5. Cilly, Orchy8.0 
 6. Hoard, Lievin8.0 
 7. Lopez, Brest7.9 
 8. Cabarkapa, Le Puy7.7 
 9. Alingue, Souffel7.6 
 10. Kennedy, Orchy7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Julien CORTEY
  Le Puy
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 7
 1. Cortey, Le Puy7.0 
 2. Brochard, Blois6.6 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.4.8 
 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 Chamond3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Blair, Denek2.8 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.2 
 3. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 4. El Amrani, St Et.2.0 
 5. Neri, Roche2.0 
 6. Blot, Blois1.9 
 7. James, Challans1.8 
 8. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 9. Roberts, Brest1.7 
 10. Barbry, Orchy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.9 
 2. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 3. Ford, Bordeaux1.6 
 4. Traore, Angers B.1.6 
 5. Pasut, Sorgues1.3 
 6. Kolb, Blois1.2 
 7. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 8. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 9. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 10. Gourde, Get Vosges0.9 


NM1 Round 30: Denain Voltaire edges Saint-Etienne by one point - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in NM1 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

Fifth-ranked Saint-Etienne (16-13) made lots of trouble for second ranked Denain Voltaire (22-7) on Saturday. The visitors from Denain managed to secure only one-point victory 68-67. However their fans expected easier game. Saint-Etienne was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 14-11 charge of Denain Voltaire, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was center Renaud Brocheray (203-C-80) who scored 20 points. Forward Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-85, college: Pace, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. Denain Voltaire have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-7 record having just three points less than leader Bordeaux. Saint-Etienne at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with St Quentin and Blois. Denain Voltaire are looking forward to face league's leader Bordeaux on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saint-Etienne will play against Orchesien BC (#14) in Orchies and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Angers BC 49 (18-11) against fifteenth ranked Orchesien BC (13-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Angers BC 49 was defeated by Orchesien BC in Orchies 85-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Angers BC 49. It was a good game for guard Emilien Barbry (188-83) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 6 assists. Matija Ceskovic contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Tony Ramphort (176-82) replied with 17 points for Angers BC 49. Orchesien BC moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Angers BC 49 at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Orchesien BC will play against higher ranked Saint-Etienne (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Angers BC 49 will play against Denek (#13) in Bidart and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Bordeaux delivered the twentieth fifth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 16th ranked Get Vosges (9-20) 88-60 in Golbey. Romain Dardaine had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was A'Nsi Lema with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Get Vosges' coach Laurent Mathis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Bordeaux have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-4 record. Loser Get Vosges keeps the sixteenth place with 20 games lost. Bordeaux will meet at home league's second-placed Denain Voltaire in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Get Vosges will play against Saint-Quentin (#6) and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Souffel., where higher ranked Saint-Quentin (16-13) lost to fourteenth ranked Souffelweyersheim (13-16) in a road game 63-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Saint-Quentin. Jeremy Tschamber notched 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the effort. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Saint-Quentin at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. Souffelweyersheim's next round opponent will be higher ranked Le Puy ASMB (#9) in Le Puy en Velay and it may be quite challenging game.
An interesting game took place in Brest, where higher ranked Etendard de Brest (17-12) lost at home to twelfth ranked Lievin Basket (13-16) 67-79 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Petras Balocka who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Lievin Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Etendard de Brest lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. Lievin Basket will face bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Etendard de Brest will play on the road against Roche (#17) and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.

Rest of the games of round 30 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Sorgues crushed CFBB in a road game 97-69. Denek was beaten by Challans at home 68-75. Le Puy won against St Chamond on the opponent's court 75-65. Blois managed to outperform Roche in a home game 63-54.


CFBB - Sorgues 69-97

There was no surprise in Paris where 18th ranked CFBB (4-25) was crushed by sixth ranked Sorgues (17-12) 97-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sorgues. CFBB was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Sorgues forced 21 CFBB turnovers. The best player for the winners was Central African forward Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-83, college: Hampton) who scored 24 points and 6 steals. Center Xavier Pasut (200-84) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Hugo Invernizzi (196-93) who recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Jean-Charles Livio (202-93) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sorgues have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Brest. CFBB lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Sorgues will face Saint Chamond (#15) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. CFBB will play against Lievin Basket.
Top scorers:
CFBB: H.Invernizzi 18+5reb+4ast, J.Livio 16+5reb, U.Adjagba 10+1reb+1ast, V.Pourchot 8+11reb, B.John 5+2reb+3ast, A.Chassang 5+2reb
Sorgues: F.Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi 24+3reb+3ast, X.Pasut 21+7reb, S.Mekad 18+1reb+1ast, S.Ocokoljic 8+9reb+2ast, A.Thinon 8+4reb+5ast, V.Ateba 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 100892


Orchy - Angers BC 49 85-71

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Angers BC 49 (18-11) against fifteenth ranked Orchesien BC (13-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Angers BC 49 was defeated by Orchesien BC in Orchies 85-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Angers BC 49. The game was mostly controlled by Orchesien BC. Angers BC 49 was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Angers BC 49 was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Emilien Barbry (188-83) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 6 assists. Bosnian-Croatian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. Guard Tony Ramphort (176-82) replied with 17 points and American power forward Damien Griffin (203-80, college: Mountain St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Angers BC 49. Orchesien BC moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Angers BC 49 at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Orchesien BC will play against higher ranked Saint-Etienne (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Angers BC 49 will play against Denek (#13) in Bidart and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: T.Ramphort 17+2reb+1ast, S.Cherasse 12+3reb, D.Griffin 11+6reb, T.Lonzieme 9+1reb, D.Hayes 8+5reb, V.Mendy 6+5reb+1ast
Orchy: G.Plateau 14+1reb+1ast, M.Ceskovic 14+3reb+4ast, E.Barbry 14+3reb+6ast, G.Kennedy 14+6reb+1ast, D.Cilly 9+10reb, O.Soeria 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 100889


Denek - Challans 68-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Vendee Challans' (14-14) road victory over 11th ranked Denek (13-16) 75-68 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was American forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) who scored 21 points. The other American import guard Robert Yanders (180-79, college: Missouri St., agency: JEMsports) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Cedric Mansare (196-85) who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: JEMsports) added 19 points respectively. Vendee Challans maintains tenth position with 14-14 record. Loser Denek keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Vendee Challans will face higher ranked Blois (#8) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Denek will play against Angers BC 49.
Top scorers:
Denek: L.Blair 19+2ast, C.Mansare 15+6reb+1ast, S.Baykam 9+10reb, L.Konate 7+1reb+1ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 6+4reb+2ast, B.Rey 6+9reb
Challans: J.James 21+4reb+2ast, R.Yanders 18+1reb+2ast, F.Herard 10+5reb+1ast, D.Oyono 7+2reb, C.Sauzeau 5+1reb, M.Boutry 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 100890


St Chamond - Le Puy 65-75

Very expected game when 13th ranked Saint Chamond (12-17) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Le Puy ASMB (15-13) 75-65 on Saturday. Saint Chamond was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Guillaume Sene (197-86) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Le Puy ASMB players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds and forward Jonathan Beugnot (201-83, college: Clayton St.) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Le Puy ASMB have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain ninth position with 15-13 record. Saint Chamond lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with 17 games lost. Le Puy ASMB will face Souffelweyersheim (#12) in Souffel. in the next round. Saint Chamond will play on the road against Sorgues.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: J.Rinna 18+17reb, J.Beugnot 16+6reb, J.LanduBongo 9+3reb+1ast, R.Aubry 8+4reb+2ast, T.Viglianco 8+9reb, R.Jacon 6+1reb
Le Puy: C.Guillarme 18+11reb, G.Sene 15+5reb+5ast, D.Pistre 14+2reb+2ast, S.Cabarkapa 12+12reb, S.Soliman 9+4reb, J.Cortey 7+7reb+9ast
gschID: 100891


Get Vosges - Bordeaux 60-88

Leader Bordeaux delivered the twentieth fifth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 16th ranked Get Vosges (9-20) 88-60 in Golbey. The game was mostly controlled by Bordeaux. Get Vosges managed to win fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bordeaux shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Forward Romain Dardaine (200-88) had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman A'Nsi Lema (197-84) with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian guard Svetozar Popovic (195-87) scored 9 points and 7 assists. Get Vosges' coach Laurent Mathis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Bordeaux have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-4 record. Loser Get Vosges keeps the sixteenth place with 20 games lost. Bordeaux will meet at home league's second-placed Denain Voltaire in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Get Vosges will play against Saint-Quentin (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Get Vosges: A.Lema 18+7reb+2ast, M.Gotagni 13+2reb, S.Popovic 9+4reb+7ast, T.Sani 6+4reb+1ast, D.Strong 6+2ast, R.Galette 5+2reb+1ast
Bordeaux: R.Dardaine 29+11reb+3ast, J.Ford 18+4reb+2ast, M.Doubal 12+2reb+2ast, S.Driss 8+6reb+5ast, A.Fellah 8+5reb+5ast, G.Darrigand 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 100885


St Etienne - Denain 67-68

Fifth-ranked Saint-Etienne (16-13) made lots of trouble for second ranked Denain Voltaire (22-7) on Saturday. The visitors from Denain managed to secure only one-point victory 68-67. However their fans expected easier game. Saint-Etienne was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 14-11 charge of Denain Voltaire, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was center Renaud Brocheray (203-80) who scored 20 points. Forward Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-85, college: Pace, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and guard Xavier Gaillou (190-89) added 15 points respectively. Four Saint-Etienne players scored in double figures. Denain Voltaire have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-7 record having just three points less than leader Bordeaux. Saint-Etienne at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with St Quentin and Blois. Denain Voltaire are looking forward to face league's leader Bordeaux on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saint-Etienne will play against Orchesien BC (#14) in Orchies and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
St Etienne: X.Gaillou 15+4reb+2ast, B.Thomas 12+4ast, L.Simmons 10+14reb, S.Hermenier 10+4reb, R.El Amrani 9+7reb+3ast, D.Petrovic 7+7reb
Denain: R.Brocheray 20+4reb, F.Minet 11+2reb+2ast, D.Quincy-Jones 9+8reb+1ast, A.Belkessa 8+1reb+4ast, B.Lalugba 8+6reb, J.Mihalic 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 100886


Blois - Roche 63-54

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Blois (16-13) beat at home 17th ranked Roche (7-22) 63-54 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 63-54. Blois forced 19 Roche turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Johan Blot (198-75) who scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Center Olivier Kolb (205-87) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Blois' coach Nicolas Faure used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center Franck Monpounga (200-78) who recorded 21 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Wayne Morris (198-77, college: Shippensburg) added 11 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Blois moved-up to sixth place, which they share with St Quentin and St Etienne. Roche lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 22 games lost. Blois will face Vendee Challans (#10) on the road in the next round. Roche will play against Etendard de Brest (#5).
Top scorers:
Roche: F.Monpounga 21+6reb+1ast, W.Morris 11+13reb+2ast, C.Audouard 7+6reb+3ast, I.Diallo 6+6reb+1ast, S.Neri 5+1reb+1ast, F.Bateko 4+1reb+1ast
Blois: J.Blot 14+6reb+2ast, B.Recoura 13+5reb+1ast, O.Kolb 10+9reb+1ast, J.Gardner 8+2reb, K.Williams 7+6reb, J.Arlin 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 100887


Souffel - St Quentin 68-63

We should mention about the upset which took place in Souffel., where higher ranked Saint-Quentin (16-13) lost to fourteenth ranked Souffelweyersheim (13-16) in a road game 63-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Saint-Quentin. Saint-Quentin was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 39-31 second half run of Souffelweyersheim. Guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) notched 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the effort and guard Romain Appel (194-80) supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Even 13 points and 7 rebounds by forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) did not help to save the game for Saint-Quentin. Forward Jason Bach (198-87) added 14 points. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Saint-Quentin at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. Souffelweyersheim's next round opponent will be higher ranked Le Puy ASMB (#9) in Le Puy en Velay and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: J.Bach 14+1reb+1ast, J.Lesieu 13+7reb, M.Diallo 11+3reb+1ast, K.Howell 8+3reb+1ast, A.Rambur 6+5reb+5ast, D.Sencanski 5+2reb+1ast
Souffel: R.Appel 15+6reb, J.Tschamber 12+6reb+8ast, J.Alingue 12+8reb, F.Broliron 9+3reb+4ast, S.Kancel 8+3reb+3ast, T.Traineau 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 100888


Brest - Lievin 67-79

An interesting game took place in Brest, where higher ranked Etendard de Brest (17-12) lost at home to twelfth ranked Lievin Basket (13-16) 67-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Lievin Basket. Etendard de Brest was better in second period 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lievin Basket made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian center Petras Balocka (205-86, college: Hawaii) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Vincent Lehut (186-87) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was center Rafael Lopez (204-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and forward Julien Doreau (200-83) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lievin Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Etendard de Brest lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. Lievin Basket will face bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Etendard de Brest will play on the road against Roche (#17) and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Brest: G.Staelens 16+3reb+1ast, J.Doreau 14+5reb+2ast, R.Lopez 11+13reb+2ast, V.Pridotkas 11+3reb+1ast, J.Blanchot 7+3reb+5ast, R.Roberts 6+1reb+1ast
Lievin: P.Balocka 16+10reb+2ast, V.Lehut 16+3reb+6ast, A.Hoard 15+4reb+3ast, D.Russell 14+8reb+1ast, S.Cretaux 8+2ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100884




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  GERMANY   


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.3 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.2 
 3. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.5 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 5. Brooks, Kirchheim17.9 
 6. Watts, Dragons17.7 
 7. Cook, Cuxhaven17.1 
 8. Samarco, Webmoebel17.1 
 9. Yearby, Cuxhaven17.0 
 10. Harbut, Chemnitz16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchheim10.4 
 3. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.9 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.8 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 6. Watts, Dragons8.5 
 7. Schoo, Heidelberg8.1 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim8.0 
 9. Shaw, Chemnitz7.9 
 10. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron COOK
  Cuxhaven
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Cook, Cuxhaven6.1 
 2. Zazai, Chemnitz6.0 
 3. Gray, Crailsheim5.3 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim5.3 
 5. Johnson, Webmoebel5.0 
 6. Larsen, Dragons4.6 
 7. Jeka, Wuerzburg4.5 
 8. Burnette, Osnab.4.5 
 9. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.4 
 10. Lowery, Braves4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel2.9 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.9 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 4. Zazai, Chemnitz2.1 
 5. Johnson, Chemnitz2.0 
 6. Burns, Webmoebel1.9 
 7. Brooks, Kirchheim1.8 
 8. Shaw, Chemnitz1.8 
 9. Gray, Crailsheim1.7 
 10. Alexander, ETB W.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Smallwood, Kirchheim2.1 
 2. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.1.9 
 3. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 4. Schoo, Heidelberg1.6 
 5. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.4 
 6. Hill, Jena1.3 
 7. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.3 
 8. Henry, Hannover1.3 
 9. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.1 
 10. De Michael, Kirchheim1.1 


BSV Wulfen hires Thorsten Morzuch as new head coach for 2011-12 season - by Moritz Korff
BSV Wulfen has announced the hiring of its new head coach for the club's 2. Bundesliga Pro B team. Thorsten Morzuch will take the helm of the Wulfen team, following in the footsteps of Phillip Kappenstein who resigned from coaching duties recently. Morzuch is 39 years of age and was the head coach of the Bochum Astro Stars until 2010. In 2004 Morzuch guided the team to promotion to the 1. Regionalliga West and captured the 2007 WBV-Cup title with Bochum.

Ronald Ross (MBC Wolves) I Don't Know About Number 1, But Kemba Walker Should Most Definitely Be A Lottery Pick - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Ronald Ross (188-G-83, college: Texas Tech) is a 27 year old 18 8cm guard playing his first season for MBC. He is originally from Hobbs New Mexico and played at Texas Tech from 2001-2005. In his senior year, he averaged 17.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.0apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3Pts: 43% and reached the NCA Sweet 16. He started his professional career with Univer Castelletto Ticino (Italy-Lega2) and then moved on to the CBA in 2006-2007 for Butte Daredevils playing 48 games averaging 15.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 49%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 74.2% and in 2007 for the Albany Patroons (USBL, starting five) playing 21 games: Score-3 (17.4ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (4.0apg), Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 41.4%, FT: 84.2%. In 2007-2008, he played for ENBW Ludwigsburg playing 34 games and averaging 14.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-2 (1.7spg), 2FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 77.9% reaching the cup final in 2008. In 2008-2009 he started in Israel before moving on to the Artland Dragons playing 12 games and averaging 15.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 70.0%. Last season for the Artland Dragons, he played 12 games: 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 83.0%; German League: 32 games: 11.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 75.7%. He spoke to eurobasket following the



Congrats on the 83-76 win against The Artland Dragons. Was this the biggest win of the season so far?

It was definitely a big win for us considering our circumstances and current situation.

How much of the game plan was MBC able to convert over 40 minutes?

Honestly, our biggest game plan was to come out, play hard, aggressive, and together and it worked out for us.

MBC had the slim 44-41 lead at halftime. What had been giving MBC the most problems on defense against Artland?

Nothing in particular killed us defensively except for a couple of minor things such as help side defense, putting them on the free throw line and rebounds here and there. We felt good about our performance overall.

What was key in crunchtime for getting the win against The Artland Dragons?

We didn't tense up at the end and continued to execute offensively and defensively throughout the duration of the game.

You had your best scoring game in the beko BBL. Did you have a feeling before the game that you might be in the zone or did it just develop as the game progressed?

I developed it as the game progressed. Our fans were great and it was easy to keep the confidence and focus to make things happen.

Were you surprised by the low scoring 2011 NCAA final?


Yeah, I was really surprised, but then again it was a match up that no one really predicted. Honestly though, it was a boring finals game, but I was glad to see Butler make it to the top and it was good to see UConn win it all.

Can Kemba Walker be the 2011 #1 NBA draft pick?


I don't know about number 1, but he should most definitely be a lottery pick. It just depends what the team with the first draft wants and how much potential they think he might have for their team.

What will you remember most from the 2011 March Madness?

The upsets were crazy, but my favorite game was the Butler vs. Florida. Great Game!!

Thanks Ron for the chat



Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) No One Showed Up In Frankfurt And We Wanted To Redeem Ourselves In Braunschweig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss in Goettingen. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to eurobasket afte rthe 101-92win in Braunschweig.

After the 101-92 win in Braunschweig, how quickly were you able to forget the loss in frankfurt 48 hours earlier?

It was forgotten once we left Frankfurt. No one showed up that game so we just wanted to redeem ourselves Sunday.

How tough was it bouncing back playing on the road twice within three days?

It wasn't bad considering how we played the last game.

How did you like the Volkswagon arena in Braunschweig? You played in it last season already. It is a very beautiful modern arena

It is a very nice arena. It reminds of some arenas from home.

Braunschweig defeded very well in the Top 4, but allowed 101 points. Did it seem like they had less intensity and aggressiveness on defense for 40 minutes.

I think we came out very aggressive from the start. We moved the ball and made the extra pass which got us good looks.

Braunschweig made a come back in the fourth quarter, but it wasnt enough. What was key in getting the win?


Everytime they made a run we hit a basket or got a much needed stop.

Zygimantas Zonusas had 30 points. Its no secret that he can drop bombs from outside. Who wins a three point shooting game, him or Jacob Burtschi?

That would be a close call. They both shoot it great. I'm going with Ziggy!!!

Will BG Goettingen reach the 2011 beko BBL playoffs?

Its wide open right now so they have a good chance if they win out.

If someone would have told you that The Chicago Bulls would have the second best record in the NBA before the season, would you have believed him?

I don't think I would have because I didn't expect them to be this good this quick.

Steve Nash is leading the NBA in assists getting by Rajon Rondo. How do you explain the slump of Rondo recently?


Derrick Rose


Thanks Quentin for the chat.


Beko BBL Announce First Awards For Tibor Pleiss, Phillip Zwiener, Immanuel Mcelroy And Dashaun Wood - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It is that time of the year again where the beko BBL announces which players have shined best in certain categories. After winning rookie of the year last season, Tibor Pleiss won another award this season with best German young growth player. Pleiss who is playing his second season with the Brose Baskets Bamberg and already has 3 titles with the Bavarian club and was drafted in the NBA last summer and given to the Oklahoma Thunder got 54 votes. Ratiopharm Ulm point guard Per Guenther (185-G-88) recieved 31 votes and Robin Benzing (208-F-89) 27 points.

The beko BBL also handed out the most improved player for the first time and the recipient is TBB Trier forward Philip Zwiener (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) Zwiener who came from 8 time beko BBL champion Alba Berlin last season has been a big reason for the team from the Mosel being a playoff team for most of the season. His teammate Maik Zirbes came in second place and German National player Per Guenther (185-G-88) came in third place.

In the last years, no beko BBL player has been able to get by Alba Berlin guard Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) concerning the best defensive player of the year. Mcelroy has been the best defensive player in the league since the 2006-2007 season. Bamberg might have won the season series on the court against Alba Berlin, but when it comes to defense, Mcelroy won his own showdown against Bamberg players Tibor Pleiss that snatched 32 points and his teammate Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) recieved 26 votes.

There was no surprise as to who would get best offensive player of the year as DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) dominated this category getting 123 points. Wood is leading the beko BBL in scoring and there was no player that could challenge him as Artland Dragon guard Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) came in second place with 34 votes. This is the biggest lead between the first and second player in the history of the beko BBL. Bamberg forward Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) came in third place with 25 points. Last years winner Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) landed in ninth place.

Source: beko BBL



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Mullery's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old forward Matthew Mullery (203-F-87, agency: Stanley International) put on an amazing game in the last round for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Giants (#5, 16-19) 83-91. Landstede maintains the 9th position in Dutch league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 26 games and recorded just nine victories. Mullery turned to be Landstede's top player in his first season with the team. Matthew Mullery averages this season 13.4ppg and 6.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Manny Adako (203-F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden. He is Nigerian forward in his first season at DeFriesland. In the last game Adako recorded impressive 27 points and 8 rebounds. Of course he lead DeFriesland to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Rotterdam (#10, 1-34) 84-64. DeFriesland's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 16-19 record. Adako is a newcomer at DeFriesland and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Tim Blue (205-F-84) of WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom (#5). Blue scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Giants, leading his team to a 91-83 win against the lower-ranked Landstede (#9, 9-26). The chances of Giants ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Blue could help Giants to bring them higher in the standings. Blue has a great season in Holland. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (2nd best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 56.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Todd Brown (196-G-87) of DeFriesland - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84) of Eiffel Towers - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Donte Minter (203-F/C-84) of BS Weert - 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Frank Turner (178-G-88) of Eiffel Towers - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Matt Haryasz (210-C-84) of GasTerra - 7 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Amorrow Morgan (196-G-87) of Giants - 10 points and 6 rebounds
10. Geoff McDermott (203-F-87) of Magixx - 16 points, 9 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)


Results Dutch Basketball League - by Greg
This weekend in Dutch basketball action, tough defense and strong bench play helped send Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden to a huge road win over GasTerra Flames Groningen, while Eiffel Towers Den Bosch and Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen won close games, and in the race for the 5th place spot, DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden kept pace with an easy win over Rotterdam Challengers, and WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom win at home over Landstede Basketbal Zwolle.

In a sold-out Martiniplaza, Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden's tough defense, strong bench play and controlling the tempo helped the team of head coach Toon Van Helfteren (agency: R.H.Consultancy ) prevail, sending the defending Dutch champs to a humbling 64-61 defeat, enabling ZZ to tie the Flames in the Dutch standings. After a go-ahead basket by Monta McGhee with 6:22 remaining in the 3rd quarter, ZZ never trailed again. ZZ's defense also held the Flames' top scorer Matt Haraysz in check, holding him to only 7 pts.

In the 4th quarter ZZ held the Flames to a 6 minute span without a field goal, and the Flames also hurt themselves with poor free throw shooting. After a Jason Ellis (201-F-82, college: Boise St.) field goal with 2:36 remaining brought Donar to within one at 60-59, ZZ countered with a McGhee basket and a steal and layup by Arvin Slagter (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) to seize back the momentum for ZZ. The Flames were unable to close the gap from then on. Seamus Boxley led the guests with 14 pts. Robby Bostai led all scorers with 15 pts. If Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden wins next weekend vs. WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom and the Flames lose in Leeuwarden, then Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden will finish the regular season in 1st place and have the right to homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.



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IBL Winter champions will head into Albany NY to face the IBL Spring/Summer Champion- Albany Legends - by Trask Frost
The Kankakee County Soldiers (Illinois) were extremely strong last summer, beating the Edmonton Energy, Albany Legends and sweeping the last 3 games against the Battle Creek Knights as the summer season came to an end- so it was no surprise- that in November of 2010- Kankakee was one of the favorites to win the IBL's 1st Winter season; and Kankakee did win the first IBL Winter championship on a 40-foot buzzer beater by Ryan Edwards on January 15th, 2011 (over the Gary Splash). Kankakee County Soldiers actually play in 2 seasons per year (IBL Winter season and the traditional IBL Spring/Summer season). Kankakee will tip-off their Spring/Summer IBL season this Friday at the Albany Legends (New York); Albany was the IBL 2010 Spring/Summer champions. The Spring/Summer IBL season is well known for its extremely strong play and extremely strong rosters mostly due to the timing of the season (late April through early July which appeals to the highest level players) but that being said, Kankakee head coach Barry Bradford believes that his team is every bit the equal to the Albany Legends. This series will be a battle. The Kankakee County Soldiers announced their roster this afternoon:

Billy Baptist 6'5 Guard Qunicy University
Carl Fine 6'0 Guard Neuman University
Erik Rhinehart 6'10 Forward Olivet Nazarene University
De Marcus Bolton 6'7 Forward East Central University
Zach Ramey 6'3 Guard Benedictine University
Ryan Gunderson 6'0 Guard St Francis University
Micah Kirstein 6'5 Guard St Francis University
Tristan Therkield 6'2 Guard St Francis University
Stan Chismark 6'5 Guard Olivet Nazarene University
Chris Gardner 6'1 Guard Trinity International University
Tyler Sickmeyer 6'6 Forward Lincoln Christian
Ce Ce Malone 6'8 Forward Prairie State University
Ryan Edwards 6'5 Guard Missouri Baptist
Mike Simms 6'5 Guard Florida Southern
Kenyon Gamble 6'11 Center Tuskegee University
Aaron Harrison 6'10 Center Oklahoma Pan Handle



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Express L. Round 1 of Finals. KR celebrate easy victory - by Eurobasket News
KR - Stjarnan 108-78

KR surged ahead in the championship series. They cruised past Stjarnan in the opener. The game without a history. KR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. KR outrebounded Stjarnan 45-32 including 30 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 55.2 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Stjarnan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Brynjar Bjoernsson (191-88, college: Francis Marion) stepped up and scored 28 points for the winners and American guard Marcus Walker (186-86, college: Colorado St., agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 23 points. At the losing side American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) responded with 19 points and 6 assists and American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St., agency: Tank Sports) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Five KR and four Stjarnan 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:
KR: B.Bjoernsson 28+4reb+3ast, M.Walker 23+3reb+2ast, H.Magnusson 16+5reb, P.Ermolinskij 10+9reb+7ast, F.Magnusson 10+4reb+3ast, J.Kristjansson 6+8reb
Stjarnan: J.Shouse 19+3reb+6ast, R.Lindmets 18+7reb+2ast, G.Larusson 12+8reb+1ast, J.Zdravevski 11+4reb, D.Guamundsson 5+4reb+4ast, K.Kjartansson 4+4ast
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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Marcus WALKER
  KR
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Walker, KR24.6 
 2. Sanders, Keflavik22.6 
 3. Inge, Haukar21.8 
 4. Biedler, IR21.7 
 5. Bartolotta, IR21.6 
 6. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 7. Sovic, IR21.0 
 8. Robinson, Haukar21.0 
 9. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
 10. Fain, Tindastoll20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.7 
 2. Biedler, IR12.4 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR11.4 
 4. Pettinella, Grindavik11.3 
 5. Fain, Tindastoll10.1 
 6. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 7. Amoroso, Snaefell9.6 
 8. Jonsson, Snaefell9.0 
 9. Nathanaelsso., Ham.8.3 
 10. Smith, Njardvik8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.0 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.3 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.5 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan6.2 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Arnarson, Hamar5.3 
 8. Inge, Haukar5.2 
 9. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 2. Schoen, KFI3.0 
 3. Fain, Tindastoll2.9 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.5 
 6. Biedler, IR2.5 
 7. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.5 
 8. Steinarsson, Fjolnir2.3 
 9. Ermolinskij, KR2.3 
 10. Viggosson, Tindastoll2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Svit
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Biedler, IR2.0 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.6 
 5. Inge, Haukar1.4 
 6. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.4 
 7. Savarsson, Grind.1.4 
 8. Magnusson, KR1.4 
 9. Pettinella, Grindavik1.3 
 10. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.2 


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Mumbai enjoys All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
East - West 95:82

Mastan YMCA was the key spot in Indian basketball at the weekend. 2011 All-Star Game took place in Mumbai. All the best ballers around the country gathered for the festivities. The spectators enjoyed some top-class action. The All-Star Game was preceded by traditional contests. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) stole all the prizes. The guard first celebrated victory in Three-Point Shooutout Contest. Later he won Slam Dunk Contest alongside with TJ Sahi.
The game itself went in favor of the East. They outgunned their West opponents 95:82. Trideep Rai (190-F-83) delivered 21 points to pace the winners. Yadwinder Singh (198-C-86) contributed 18 points for the East. Japdeep Singh (199-C-86) replied with 22 points for the West.




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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. Rugolo, Molfetta16.5 
 6. Reati, Treviglio16.5 
 7. Masper, Moncalieri16.5 
 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. De Min, Treviglio8.1 
 9. Facenda, Senigallia8.1 
 10. Zerini, Ruvo7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tommaso MARINO
  Treviglio
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Marino, Treviglio5.0 
 2. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.1 
 4. Scarone, Piacenza4.1 
 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. Bonamente, Perugia3.1 
 3. De Nicolao, Castelle.3.1 
 4. Gullo, Patti3.0 
 5. Bushati, Brescia3.0 
 6. Palombita, Castelle.2.8 
 7. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 8. Cisse, ASD Pavia2.7 
 9. Bonfiglio, Ruvo2.7 
 10. Musso, Perugia2.6 
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 


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Japanese BJ League round 48 best performance: Michael Parker - by Eurobasket News
American swingman Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Fukuoka Rizing, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 48.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Shiga Lakestars (#4, 26-20) 101-93. 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 29-17 record. Parker has many years of experience at Fukuoka Rizing, through which he has constantly improved. Former Evergreen State College star has very solid stats this year. Parker is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.4ppg. Parker is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 10.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg,2.2spg and 63.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Damian Johnson (201-F-87, agency: Edge Sports) of Oita Heat Devils. Johnson had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Oita H.Devils lost that game 62-89 to slightly higher-ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (#5, 25-19). Oita H.Devils managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 16-30 record. Johnson is a newcomer at Oita H.Devils, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Lynn Washington (200-F-78) of league's second-best Osaka Evessa. Washington showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Osaka Evessa, leading his team to a 82-80 win against the lower-ranked Miyazaki (#8, 13-33). Osaka Evessa needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 29 victories and 17 lost games. Washington has a great season in Japan. After 39 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.9ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reggie Golson (201-F-81) of Shimane - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Reginald Warren (204-F-81) of Kyoto Hannaryz - 18 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Terry Evans (196-F-86) of Shimane - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Sek Henry (193-G-87) of Akita - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) of Shimane - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Brandon Cole (203-F-84) of Miyazaki - 28 points and 15 rebounds
10. Wayne Marshall (211-C-86) of Osaka Evessa - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  KENYA   


Laiser Hill Face Maseno in Opener - by Eurobasket News
Nairobi This year's Brookside Kenya secondary schools Term One Games get under way at Kakamega High School on Tuesday with a potentially explosive Group 'B' showdown between Laiser Hill and Maseno School in basketball.

For many, this encounter will rekindle memories of that 54-52 score at last year's final, with Maseno claiming the national honours.

This year's draw saw the four finalists in last year's edition at Upper Hill School in Nairobi - Alliance Girls (Central), Shimba Hills (Coast), Tigoi (Western), Buru Buru (Nairobi) - being pooled together.

'There's nothing we can do (on the draw), all I want to say is that, we are ready to reclaim the title,' said Philip Onyango, the Shimba Hills coach.

Shimba lost the national trophy to Tigoi High School and four months later, the Western Province side also ran away with the regional title.

The champions are yet to lose a match this year, having opened their season with that vital Nairobi Secondary Schools Sports Association trophy.
Courtesy of Daily Nation


KPA Host First League Show at Makande - by Eurobasket News
KENYA Ports Authority (KPA) will host their first Premier League show this weekend when Ulinzi Warriors come calling at the Makande Welfare Hall. According to the fixtures released by Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) competitions secretary Joseph Amoko, the portsmen will have their hands full when they host former six-time national champions in what should be a fiercely fought duel. The other match to be played in Mombasa will be a lower division tie pitting newly promoted Kenya Navy against Parklands Baptists.

KCB whose last game was a disaster against Co-op Bank of Kenya return to meet Strathmore University and Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) University at Nyayo Stadium. Strathmore beat KCA 51-42 over the weekend and hope for a repeat performance. Unbeaten Co-op, who have had a three week rest since stopping Lions have a date with lowly Blazers. The women's matches will see Predators and Gladiators host Western Delight at Nyayo. The Kakamega-based team started off well winning their two home matches. Storms take on Strathmore. Both teams experienced mixed results over the weekend with Storms beating Kenya Polytechnic University 73-21 and losing to Eagle Wings 58-38 while the students won against rivals United States International University (USIU).
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star
By Dann O'werre


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LBL Round 25: Leader Ventspils lose to Barons - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in LBL. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Top ranked Ventspils (20-5) recorded its fifth loss in Riga on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Barons (17-9) 82-72. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 47-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Barons made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Ukrainian forward Kirill Pishchalnikov (203-F-87, college: VCU) fired 14 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. The former international guard Aigars Vitols (192-76, agency: Stanley International) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) produced 25 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Barons have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with VEF Riga. Ventspils at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. Barons is again looking forward to face league's leader Ventspils on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ventspils will play against Zemgale in Jelgava and are hoping to win this game.
Leader Ventspils delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Zemgale (9-18) 97-74. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. Lauris Blaus contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for Zemgale. Zemgale's coach Varis Krumins gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ventspils maintains first place with 20-5 record. Zemgale lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 18 games lost. Ventspils will play against league's second-placed Barons in Riga in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zemgale will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Riga. Local VEF Riga (17-9) outscored 6th ranked Zemgale (9-18) 103-63 on Tuesday night. Sandis Valters stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners. VEF Riga's coach Ramunas Butautas felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Andris Justovics responded with 20 points. VEF Riga have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Barons. Zemgale lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 18 games lost. VEF Riga will meet at home Valmiera (#5) in the next round. Zemgale will play against the league's leader Ventspils and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 25 Zemgale was crushed by VEF Riga in a road game 98-76.
The best stats of 25th round was 27 points by Bojan Bakic of VEF Riga.


VEF Riga - Zemgale 103-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Riga. Local VEF Riga (17-9) outscored 6th ranked Zemgale (9-18) 103-63 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Zemgale's 34. They outrebounded Zemgale 43-30 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. VEF Riga looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Zemgale's players. The former international swingman Sandis Valters (193-78) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). VEF Riga's coach Ramunas Butautas felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side forward Andris Justovics (198-89) responded with 20 points and swingman Salvis Metra (194-84) scored 15 points. VEF Riga have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Barons. Zemgale lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 18 games lost. VEF Riga will meet at home Valmiera (#5) in the next round. Zemgale will play against the league's leader Ventspils and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: S.Valters 21+1reb+2ast, A.Parakhouski 14+6reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 13+4ast, K.Berzins 12+4reb+2ast, A.Selakovs 11+5reb, K.Mediss 10+1reb
Zemgale: A.Justovics 20+3reb+2ast, S.Metra 15+4reb+3ast, K.Krumins 11+7reb+3ast, J.Rozitis 7+6reb+1ast, R.Strupovics 7+6reb+2ast, A.Ausejs 2
gschID: 125781


Ventspils - Zemgale 97-74

Leader Ventspils delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Zemgale (9-18) 97-74. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Zemgale's 40 and made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Ventspils players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. Center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Salvis Metra (194-84) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Zemgale. Zemgale's coach Varis Krumins gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ventspils maintains first place with 20-5 record. Zemgale lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 18 games lost. Ventspils will play against league's second-placed Barons in Riga in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zemgale will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: S.Kuzminskas 17+5reb+1ast, A.Vairogs 16+8reb+3ast, A.Strelnieks 15+6reb+2ast, A.Berzins 14+6reb+2ast, L.Blaus 13+8reb+4ast, T.Carter 8+2reb+5ast
Zemgale: J.Rozitis 20+11reb+3ast, S.Metra 17+8reb+1ast, R.Strupovics 13+4reb+1ast, A.Justovics 7+4reb+1ast, K.Krumins 5+1reb, E.Krumins 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 125782


VEF Riga - Zemgale 98-76

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Zemgale (9-18) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked VEF Riga (17-9) 98-76 on Tuesday. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Zemgale's 30. It was a great shooting night for VEF Riga especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Montenegrin guard Bojan Bakic (197-83, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up and scored 27 points (perfect behind the arc making all seven shots !!!) for the winners and the former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, agency: FCM) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). At the losing side power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Salvis Metra (194-84) scored 16 points and 4 steals. Five VEF Riga and four Zemgale 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. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for VEF Riga. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Barons. Zemgale lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 18 games lost. VEF Riga will meet at home Valmiera (#5) in the next round. Zemgale will play against the league's leader Ventspils and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: B.Bakic 27+2reb+3ast, K.Berzins 21+8reb+1ast, T.Cain 14+3reb+3ast, A.Selakovs 12+9reb+1ast, S.Valters 11+4ast, D.Bertans 7+2reb+3ast
Zemgale: J.Rozitis 21+8reb+1ast, S.Metra 16+3reb+3ast, K.Krumins 13+5reb+3ast, E.Krumins 12+2reb+1ast, A.Justovics 4+1reb, R.Strupovics 3+2ast
gschID: 125783


Barons - Ventspils 82-72

Top ranked Ventspils (20-5) recorded its fifth loss in Riga on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Barons (17-9) 82-72. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 47-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Barons made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Ukrainian forward Kirill Pishchalnikov (203-87, college: VCU) fired 14 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. The former international guard Aigars Vitols (192-76, agency: Stanley International) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five Barons players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) produced 25 points and Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Barons have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with VEF Riga. Ventspils at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. Barons is again looking forward to face league's leader Ventspils on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ventspils will play against Zemgale in Jelgava and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Barons: I.Bergmanis 16+4reb+3ast, A.Cavars 16+7reb, A.Vitols 15+6reb+3ast, K.Pishchalnikov 14+9reb+2ast, M.Skirmants 11+3reb+1ast, I.Bankevics 5+3reb+1ast
Ventspils: B.Hunter 25+4reb, O.Efejuku 12+6reb+3ast, M.Gulbis 8+2reb+1ast, A.Berzins 7+2reb+2ast, R.Anderson 6+1reb+1ast, T.Carter 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 125780




LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 20-5 
 2. Barons 17-9 
 3. VEF Riga 17-9 
 4. Liepaja 17-10 
 5. Valmiera 16-10 
 6. Zemgale 9-18 
 7. Turiba 6-21 
 8. LU 4-24 


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. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.3 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.13.3 
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 


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Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 23-6 
 2. Champville 22-7 
 3. Moutahed 21-9 
 4. Sagesse 20-10 
 5. Anibal 15-15 
 6. Hoops 11-19 
 7. Byblos 7-23 
 8. Antranik 6-24 
 9. Chabab 2-14 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Khatib, Champville26.7 
 2. Warner, Byblos26.5 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed22.8 
 4. Cage, Hoops22.8 
 5. Shannon, Anibal20.9 
 6. Johnson, Al Riyadi20.8 
 7. Bangura, Anibal20.7 
 8. Youngblood, Champ.20.1 
 9. Dawson, Chabab20.1 
 10. Byrd, Hoops20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi14.3 
 2. Warner, Byblos13.1 
 3. Cox, Champville12.9 
 4. Dawson, Chabab12.5 
 5. Shannon, Anibal11.7 
 6. Payne, Moutahed11.2 
 7. Thompson, Sagesse10.7 
 8. Byrd, Hoops10.6 
 9. Battles, Antranik10.6 
 10. Watkins, Sagesse10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Willie BANNISTER
  Antranik
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Bannister, Antranik7.0 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed6.8 
 3. Mason, Byblos6.7 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.0 
 5. Akl, Anibal5.2 
 6. Clemons, Chabab4.9 
 7. Barada, Byblos4.6 
 8. Khatib, Champville4.2 
 9. Fahed, Sagesse4.0 
 10. Warner, Byblos3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Darussafaka
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Clemons, Chabab3.2 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed2.8 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 4. Bannister, Antranik2.3 
 5. Byrd, Hoops2.3 
 6. Youngblood, Champ.2.3 
 7. Bangura, Anibal2.2 
 8. Mason, Byblos2.2 
 9. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.2 
 10. Lakiss, Chabab1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell COX
  Champville
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Cox, Champville3.7 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.3 
 3. Thompson, Sagesse1.6 
 4. Watkins, Sagesse1.5 
 5. Byrd, Hoops1.4 
 6. Hamdar, Hoops1.3 
 7. Warner, Byblos1.3 
 8. Kanaan, Antranik1.2 
 9. Shannon, Anibal1.2 
 10. Payne, Moutahed1.0 


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Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 23-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 20-4 
 3. Rudupis 17-6 
 4. Siauliai 14-9 
 5. Juventus 13-11 
 6. Techasas 13-11 
 7. Perlas 11-13 
 8. Neptunas 10-14 
 9. Nevezis 9-15 
 10. Aiscai Kaunas 8-16 
 11. Sakalai 7-17 
 12. Naglis-Adakris 6-17 
 13. Alytus Alita 2-20 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Vilmantas DILYS
  Perlas
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 2. Dimsa, Nevezis16.0 
 3. Kieza, Juventus15.7 
 4. Dilys, Perlas15.5 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas15.0 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis14.9 
 7. Leonavicius, Techa.14.5 
 8. Juskevicius, Rudupis14.3 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai14.0 
 10. Ruikis, Neptunas14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Kieza, Juventus10.5 
 2. Janisius, Alytus A.9.9 
 3. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.1 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.1 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis7.1 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris7.0 
 7. Dilys, Perlas6.7 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.6 
 10. Valukonis, Techasas6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis5.9 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.2 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai4.9 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis4.9 
 5. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 6. Collins, Zalgiris4.3 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 8. Janavicius, Siauliai4.1 
 9. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.1 
 10. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Valdas VASYLIUS
  Neptunas
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vasylius, Neptunas2.2 
 2. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris2.1 
 3. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.0 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis2.0 
 5. Leonavicius, Techa.2.0 
 6. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 7. Alijevas, Nevezis1.7 
 8. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.6 
 9. Razutis, Naglis-A.1.6 
 10. Vene, Aiscai Kaunas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Deng GAI
  Naglis-Adakris
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gai, Naglis-Adakris3.0 
 2. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.0 
 4. Silinskis, Techasas1.8 
 5. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.1 
 7. Klimavicius, Zalgiris0.9 
 8. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 10. Petrukonis, Perlas0.8 


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  NBA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.25.4 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.25.1 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.4 
 10. Howard, Orlando M.23.0 
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.9.8 
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.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.4 
 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: 2.4
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.2 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 5. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 7. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 9. Wall, Washington W.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. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 55-26 
 2. New York K. 42-38 
 3. Philadelph.76 41-40 
 4. New Jersey N. 24-57 
 5. Toronto R. 22-59 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 60-20 
 2. Indiana P. 37-44 
 3. Milwaukee B. 34-47 
 4. Detroit P. 29-52 
 5. Cleveland C. 18-63 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 57-24 
 2. Orlando M. 51-30 
 3. Atlanta H. 44-37 
 4. Charlotte B. 33-48 
 5. Washington W. 23-58 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 55-26 
 2. Denver N. 50-31 
 3. Portland TB 47-33 
 4. Utah Jazz 38-43 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-64 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 55-25 
 2. Phoenix Suns 39-42 
 3. Golde State W. 36-45 
 4. LA Clippers 31-50 
 5. Sacramento K. 23-58 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 61-19 
 2. Dallas M. 56-25 
 3. Memphis G. 46-34 
 4. N.Orleans H. 46-35 
 5. Houston R. 42-39 


Monday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Houston R. - Dallas M. 91-98 OT
The Dallas Mavericks want the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, and they know they'll have to play better than they did on Monday night once the postseason begins. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and the Mavericks beat the Houston Rockets 98-91 in overtime to move a half game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for the No. 2 slot in the West. Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) and Jason Terry scored 21 points each, and Tyson Chandler grabbed 12 rebounds for the Mavericks, who snapped a three-game road losing streak by beating Houston for the fourth straight time. But it was hardly pretty. The Mavs committed 20 turnovers, went 4-for-17 from 3-point range and got outrebounded 52-49. But their defense held Houston to 37 percent shooting (35-of-96) and only 20 points across the fourth quarter and overtime. 'Our defense was solid all night, really,' Nowitzki said. 'That really won us the game down the stretch. We didn't execute well, in flow. We didn't have a lot of stuff going on the fast break.' Kevin Martin had 28 points to lead the Rockets, who were eliminated from playoff contention on Friday. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Denver N. - Golde State W. 134-111
J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) 's 22 points led nine Nuggets in double figures and Kostas Koufos (7'0''-F/C-89, college: Ohio St.) tied his career high with 18 points in Denver's 134-111 win over Golden State on Monday night. The injury-riddled Nuggets reached 50 wins for the fourth straight season and clinched the fifth seed in the Western Conference. Yet, they're limping into the playoffs. On the same night forward Arron Afflalo and center Chris 'Birdman' Andersen returned to action, center Nene strained his left groin and missed the second half. The Nuggets said he's day to day. Afflalo left the game 2 1/2 minutes into the second half and didn't return. He appeared to walk gingerly to the bench during a timeout after scoring 10 points in 17 minutes. Afflalo had missed 11 of the team's previous 15 games with a strained left hamstring, and Andersen hadn't played since spraining his right ankle April 1. Andersen finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Phoenix Suns - Minnesota T. 135-127 OT
Channing Frye (6'11''-C/F-83, college: Arizona) 's 3-point shooting carried the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. Frye scored a game-high 33 points and hit a 3-pointer with 2:05 left in overtime to start an 8-0 run and the Phoenix Suns rallied to beat Minnesota 135-127 for the Timberwolves' 14th consecutive loss. ''Coming home, seeing the family and getting in a comfortable environment rejuvenated me,'' said Frye, who set a Suns' regular-season record with nine 3-pointers, four more than he had during Phoenix's recent five-game road trip. ''I just wanted to be a little more aggressive tonight.'' After Anthony Randolph missed an 18-footer, Grant Hill scored on a 12-foot jumper with 1:27 remaining to give the Suns a four-point lead. Jared Dudley (6'7''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) added a 3-pointer from the right corner with 47.2 seconds left to make it 131-124. Hill had a chance to end the game in regulation but his catch-and-shoot 6-footer at the buzzer rolled off the back of the rim to keep the game tied at 121-121. Dudley scored 26 points and Hill had 21 for the Suns, who snapped a two-game losing streak. ''It's a win. We'll take it,'' said Suns coach Alvin Gentry, whose team needs to beat San Antonio in Wednesday's season finale to reach the 40-win plateau for the seventh straight season. ''We didn't anticipate that we would have to score 135 to win.'' Michael Beasley scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and Randolph added 24 for the Timberwolves, who led by 12 in the first half. *Courtesy of www.csnwashington.com

Washington W. - Boston C. 95-94 OT
John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) scored 24 points and the host Washington Wizards defeated shorthanded Boston 95-94 in overtime Monday night, assuring the Celtics of the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Following Boston's loss to Miami on Sunday, a defeat that dropped the Celtics out of the second spot, coach Doc Rivers rested several of his key players against Washington. Boston played without Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, who were on the inactive list, and Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, who were in uniform but stayed on the bench. Jordan Crawford, whose jump shot tied the game 84-84 with 5.4 seconds remaining and forced the overtime, hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 38.6 seconds left that gave the Wizards a 95-92 lead. Jermaine O'Neal's tip-in cut it to one, but Carlos Arroyo missed an open jumper with two seconds left and Washington secured the rebound. Crawford scored 17 points for the Wizards (23-58) while Andray Blatche added 16. Jeff Green and Glen Davis scored 20 points apiece for Boston (55-26). Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's), who started at guard and scored 11 points, sprained his ankle in the third quarter and didn't return. *Courtesy www.latimes.com

Detroit P. - Cleveland C. 101-110
J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the visiting Cavaliers beat the Pistons 110-101 on Monday in a game featuring a brief fight and double ejection between Detroit's Charlie Villanueva (6'10''-F-84, college: Connecticut) and Cleveland's Ryan Hollins. The two got tangled on a screen with 5:47 left in the game and the Cavs up 11. Villanueva threw the first punch and Hollins retaliated, and both continued grabbing each other's head and jersey before being separated by coaches and officials. Villanueva tried charging at the Cavs' bench on his way to the locker room, then tried getting into the Cleveland locker room minutes later, only to be stopped by security. Ramon Sessions and Daniel Gibson each had 17 points off the bench for the Cavs (18-63), and Gibson completed a rare five-point play in the third quarter. He made a 3-pointer and was fouled by Richard Hamilton, who was also immediately whistled for a technical. Gibson made both free throws to give the Cavs a 79-72 lead with 2:51 left in the third. *Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com

N.Orleans H. - Utah Jazz 78-90
C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) collected 18 points, five rebounds and five assists and Devin Harris (6'3''-G-83, college: Wisconsin) chipped in 18 points as the visiting Utah Jazz won for just the second time in the last 12 games, 90-78, over the New Orleans Hornets on Monday. Paul Millsap scored 16 and Gordon Hayward added 14 for the Jazz (38-43), who are suffering through their first losing season since the 2004-05 campaign. The Hornets (46-35) have dropped two straight to fall one-half game behind the Memphis Grizzlies (46-34) into the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. Eighth would help New Orleans avoid a first-round date with the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. Utah took control from the start on Monday, jumping out to an eight-point lead, 29-21, after the first quarter and increasing it slowly throughout. The Hornets never managed to draw closer than 11 points in the final quarter and shot just 38 percent (28 of 74) from the field. *Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com

Milwaukee B. - Toronto R. 93-86
If this was Michael Redd (6'6''-G-79, college: Ohio St.) 's last home game for the Milwaukee Bucks, at least he went out with a win. Redd didn't play much in Milwaukee's 93-86 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night, scoring two points on 1-for-6 shooting. After knee injuries cost him most of the past two seasons, Redd has gone from being the face of the Bucks' franchise to being a bench player. His contract is up at the end of the season, and he hasn't spent much time thinking about what might be the end of his time in Milwaukee. 'I haven't,' Redd said. 'Before the game, people were mentioning it. I'm just focusing on being healthy and trying to win a ballgame tonight, so I wasn't really focusing on it too much. I know the connection here is special between myself, the city and the fans, so it's been an awesome 11 years.' With Redd potentially fading into the background, the Bucks turned to their new young star to salvage a win in their final home game of what has been a disappointing season. Brandon Jennings broke free for three straight fast-break scores to give Milwaukee the lead in the fourth quarter, and the Bucks held on to beat the undermanned Raptors. 'We were able to get down and get a stretch of easy layups for a change instead of having the burden on our half-court offense to get shots,' Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami, FL) scored 24 points and Jennings added 21. Drew Gooden had 19 points and 11 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Atlanta H. - Miami Heat 90-98
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored 34 points and Miami locked up the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 98-90 win over the Atlanta Hawks, who nearly rallied from a 20-point deficit while going with their backups against the Big Three in the fourth quarter Monday night. Miami played its starters all the way, looking to clinch the second spot behind Chicago in the East. Shortly after beating the Hawks, the Heat got the news they wanted: third-place Boston lost at Washington in overtime. The Hawks, who are locked into the fifth seed, went to a makeshift lineup for the final period and almost pulled it off. The game turned ugly with 3 minutes to go. Atlanta's Zaza Pachulia powered inside for a basket. Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75, agency: Interperformances) took exception to the move and slammed the ball off Pachulia's back as he turned to head back down the court. Ilgauskas was ejected, and the Hawks hit the technical free throw to tie it at 88. But Miami outscored the Hawks 10-2 the rest of the way, with James Jones making two huge 3-pointers - including one that turned into a four-play when he was fouled by a leaping Josh Powell, sending both players flying out of bounds. The Hawks pulled their starters for the fourth quarter. Pachulia, Powell, Jamal Crawford, Jeff Teague and Damien Wilkins held their own, actually outscoring Miami 23-19. It wasn't enough. Bosh drew a charging foul on Powell with just over a minute left, and James clinched it with his final basket of the night. The Big Three combined for 70 points, with Dwyane Wade adding 21 - the bulk of his scoring coming in the first half - and Bosh adding 15. James also had 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Josh Smith led the Hawks with 17 points, but it wasn't enough to prevent Atlanta from a season-high fifth straight loss - hardly the way the team wants to go into a first-round playoff matchup with Orlando, a team that wiped out the Hawks in four straight games a year ago. *Courtesy of www.desertnews.com

New Jersey N. - Charlotte B. 103-105
D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87, college: Texas) hit a jumper with 1.1 seconds remaining, leading the Charlotte Bobcats to a 105-103 victory over the New Jersey Nets Monday night. Nets guard Sasha Vujacic (6'7''-G-84), who finished with 19 points, hit a long 3-pointer to tie the game at 103 with 10.9 seconds remaining. Augustin, who had 19 points and 11 assists, brought the ball down the floor. With 5 seconds left, he used a crossover dribble to get some distance, then made the 19-foot jumper while falling down. Nets center Brook Lopez, who scored a game-high 31 points, heaved a desperation shot at the buzzer that was wide left. The Bobcats used strong third quarter shooting to move past the Nets, connecting on 14 of 23 in the period to turn a four-point halftime deficit into a six-point lead. Dante Cunningham tied a career high with 21 points and Boris Diaw added 20 points, 18 in the second half, for Charlotte. Gerald Henderson added 14 points. Jordan Farmar had 20 points and nine assists for the Nets. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Philadelph.76 - Orlando M. 85-95
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) added 18 and 14 as the Orlando Magic cruised to a 95-85 victory over the host Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. Jameer Nelson also scored 19 for Orlando (51-30), which won its sixth straight in Philadelphia and dashed the Sixers' hopes of claiming the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Magic broke open the game in the third quarter, erasing a two-point deficit by scoring 11 straight as part of a 21-4 run and stretching the lead to 73-58. Anderson and Howard controlled the boards as Orlando held an overwhelming 56-31 advantage on the glass en route to its 11th win in 12 games against Philadelphia. *Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com

Sacramento K. - Oklah.City T. 112-120
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) had 30 points and nine assists for the Oklahoma Thunder, who beat the Sacramento Kings 120-112 on Monday night for their fifth straight win. Oklahoma City (55-26) has clinched the Northwest Division and will be seeded no worse than fourth in the playoffs. It trails Dallas by a game and the Los Angeles Lakers by a half game. DeMarcus Cousins made 18 of 21 free throws and had a career-high 30 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who have dropped six straight to the Thunder. Marcus Thornton had 21 points and nine rebounds, Beno Udrih also scored 21 and Jason Thompson added 16. Durant, who had nine fourth quarter points, made four free throws in the final 41 seconds to secure the victory. Serge Ibaka had 14 points, eight rebounds and six blocks for the Thunder, who trailed by six points at the half. James Harden added 12 points. *Courtesy of www.liveoddsandscores.com



Rockets sign C Cousin; recall C Thabeet - by Eurobasket News
The Houston Rockets have signed center Marcus Cousin (6'11''-C-86, college: Houston) to a non-guaranteed contract and assigned him to Rio Grande Valley, their developmental league affiliate.

The Rockets also recalled center Hasheem Thabeet (7'3''-C-87, college: Connecticut) from Rio Grande Valley and waived forward DeMarre Carroll.

The 6-foot-11 Cousin played at Houston. Last month, he signed a 10-day contract with Utah and played in four games. Cousin was a D-League All-Star this season, averaging 14.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.16 blocks in 38 games for the Austin Toros.

The 7-3 Thabeet was assigned to Rio Grande Valley on March 21 and averaged nine points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in seven games. Acquired in a deadline deal with Memphis, Thabeet has played in two games with the Rockets.

The 6-8 Carroll also joined Houston in the deadline deal and played in four games.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


Cam Long wit fit well in Europe - by Allen Waters

Cam long A bit of a mixed bag in terms of performance for Long this week. He shows flashes of very impressive talent, but he can just as easily disappear and be nonexistent for extensive periods of the game. He is strictly a shooting guard, but at 6-4 and with only decent explosiveness he is at a serious disadvantage for the next level. However, when he gets it going and is looking to attack, he seems to rise above his shortcomings and shows the ability to score at a very high level. His stroke is smooth and he can get shots of very quickly from deep and under duress. He sets his slashing game up well by using shot fakes and jabs very effectively to gain separation and get into the lane. As a finisher he is very crafty because he can comfortably finish with either hand and he also knows how to use his body to protect the ball and absorb contact. He probably didnt show enough to get drafted, but he definitely earned himself some money in terms of an overseas contract.

Cam Long (6'4''-G-88)


Clippers recall Willie Warren from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Clippers today announced that they have recalled rookie guard Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

Warren, 21, was originally assigned to Bakersfield on Feb. 2 and was reassigned on March 3. Overall, Warren appeared in 15 games with the Jam, averaging 19.2 points, 5.7 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game.

Warren has appeared in 19 games with the Clippers this season and is averaging 1.9 points and 1.4 assists in 7.0 minutes per game.

The former Oklahoma University standout was selected by the Clippers in the second round (54th overall pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Monta Ellis suffers concussion, out for remainder of season - by Eurobasket News
Golden States Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) will miss the remaining two games after suffering a grade-2 concussion Sunday night against the Sacramento Kings. The injury came with just under a minute left when Ellis collided with rookie DeMarcus Cousins and hit the deck hard, slamming his head on the court. Adding insult to injury, the Warriors lost the game 104-103.

After pulling off three consecutive wins against playoff teams (Dallas, Portland and LAL), this is a crushing blow for a Golden State team destined to end the season on a good note. Though the Warriors will miss the playoffs this season, there was much to take out of this season. David Lee assimilated well into the offense after starting the season slow, Stephen Curry solidified himself as one of the best point guards in the NBA and veteran Dorell Wright became a viable scorer in the league.

Before the injury, Ellis was leading the NBA in minutes played and minutes per game, while averaging 24.1 points this season.

Courtesy of www.sportsrageous.com


Deron Williams has wrist surgery - by Eurobasket News
Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) underwent surgery on his damaged right wrist Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, Nets General Manager Billy King announced yesterday.

Williams, the star point guard acquired in February for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and draft picks, had bone fragments and scar tissue removed from his right wrist. The surgery was performed by hand specialist Dr. Andrew Weiland and Nets team orthopedic Dr. Riley Williams III.

Williams wrist will be encased in a soft splint for two weeks, after which time he will begin rehabilitation. He is expected to fully participate in training camp for the 2011-12 NBA season. Williams played in 12 games for the Nets, averaging 15.0 points and 12.8 assists.

The bony fragments and scar tissue taken from Derons wrist today were interfering with this ability to flex his wrist, said Dr. Williams. We expect a full recovery and a return to basketball-related activities in approximately 6-8 weeks.

Courtesy of http://newyork.sbnation.com


Atlanta Hawks sign Magnum Rolle - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks signed forward Magnum Rolle (6'11''-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech) to a contract, according to Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Rolle spent training camp with the Indiana Pacers, and appeared in five preseason games before being waived on October 25, 2010. Rolle was the 51st overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was then acquired by the Pacers in exchange for the draft rights to Ryan Reid.

The Gatorade callup played in 15 games (seven starts) with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League this season, averaging 14.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 spg, 1.3 apg and 1.2 bpg (.508 FG%, .585 FT%) in 25.9 mpg. He was the third overall pick of the D-League Draft by the Claws.

Rolle played his sophomore season at LSU, before transferring to Louisiana Tech. As a senior with the Bulldogs in 2009-10, he led the WAC in blocked shots (2.1 bpg), adding 13.9 ppg and 8.4 rpg in 34 games (33 starts). He finished his career with Louisiana Tech fourth all-time in blocks in just two seasons of action.

Magnum Rolle was born on February 23, 1986 in Freeport, Bahamas, and attended St. George's High School in Freeport before spending a year at Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. He will wear uniform number 25.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Heat reportedly won't sign Eddy Curry for postseason - by Eurobasket News
Two weeks after Pat Riley visited Chicago to work out Eddy Curry (6'11''-C/F-82), the Miami Heat have decided not to sign the free agent big man for the playoffs, Yahoo! Sports is reporting.

Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra were not convinced that Curry, who the team worked out several times, would be a difference maker in the postseason, sources told the website.
Curry, 28, was reportedly in poor shape and weighed more than 350 pounds.

Curry has not played in an NBA game this season. In fact, hes played a total of 10 games in the past three seasons, all for the Knicks.

Courtesy of www.aol.sportingnews.com


Dwight Howard says he won't change - by Eurobasket News
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) refuses to change the way he plays or interacts with officials, even as his soaring technical foul total earns him league-mandated suspensions.

Howard has 18 technical fouls this season and he served an automatic one-game suspension in Orlando's loss to Chicago on Sunday. The Magic dropped to 1-3 without Howard.

Under NBA rules, a player or coach is automatically suspended without pay one game once he receives his 16th technical foul during a regular season. For every two additional technical fouls during the regular season, the player or coach receives an automatic one-game suspension.

Howard said before Monday's game against the 76ers that he can't let the way referees call a game 'mess up my head.'

'Why switch up who I am?' he said. 'The technical fouls that I've gotten, I don't think they should have been, not all of them, called for technical fouls. Rolling the ball is normally a delay of game.'

His last technical foul was called on a rare 10-second violation on a free throw attempt.

Howard has always been deliberate at the line, and referee Bennett Salvatore called a violation for taking too long to attempt his second shot late in the second quarter last week at Charlotte.

As the crowd jeered, Howard tossed the ball away from any official. Salvatore immediately gave Howard a technical.

Howard said he wasn't worried about developing a reputation as a player who gets combative with referees. He served a one-game suspension on March 7 after picking up his 16th technical.

'I just have to play. I just can't allow it to affect my game,' he said. 'Refs are going to call the game however they feel. I just can't allow that to mess up my head.'

Even with the technicals, Howard is having a monster season, averaging 23.1 points and 14.1 rebounds. Howard's reputation could work against him in MVP voting. Chicago guard Derrick Rose is the leading candidate for the award for leading the Bulls to the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Asked to state his case for MVP, Howard said he was 'very valuable to my team.'

'I can understand Derrick Rose's case because they do have the best team,' Howard said. 'That seems like the favorite all year. I don't know. I just think I've had a pretty good year.'

Howard said he remained annoyed by talk about his contract and the possibility he would leave Orlando when he becomes a free agent. His current contract runs through the 2012-13 season, but he could use an early termination option and become a free agent after next season.

'I want to be there. I want to put Orlando on the map,' he said. 'I started something in Orlando so I just don't want to leave.'

Magic president Otis Smith said in published reports earlier this year that he planned to offer Howard a contract this summer. Howard said he wants Magic fans to know the only thing he cares about right now is a championship, not a contract.

'I think it's bad because our fans have to read about it, hear rumors and stuff like that,' he said. 'The one thing we want them to focus is just helping us every night, cheering for us and being supportive. Instead, they're focusing on, 'Am I going to be here?' and things like that. I never said I want to leave Orlando. I think the city fits me and who I am.'

Courtesy of ESPN


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Manhattan hires Louisville's Masiello as coach - by Eurobasket News
Manhattan College has hired Louisville assistant Steve Masiello as its men's basketball coach.

Masiello replaces Barry Rohrssen, who was fired after the Jaspers went 6-25 and were 59-85 overall in his five seasons with the school.

Masiello was an assistant at Manhattan from 2001-2005 and helped them reach the NCAA tournament twice and the NIT once before leaving to work under the Cardinals' coach Rick Pitino.

Manhattan's new coach played at Kentucky under both Pitino and Tubby Smith. During has career, the Wildcats went the Final Four twice and won the national title in 1998.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


USA tops World team at Nike Hoop Summit - by Eurobasket News
Austin Rivers (6'3''-G), son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, had 20 points to lead the U.S. Junior National Select Team to a 92-80 victory over their international counterparts in the Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday night.

Kentucky-bound Anthony Davis and future Wildcats teammate Michael Gilchrist (6'7''-F-93) each added 16 points in the annual showcase of young talent put together by USA Basketball. The U.S. team led by as many as 20 points.

Guard Mateusz Ponitka (6'5''-G-93) of Poland led the World Select Team with 17 points. Bismack Biyombo of Congo had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.kgw.com


Miami C Reggie Johnson declares for draft - by Eurobasket News
Miami center Reggie Johnson (6'10''-C) is entering the NBA draft, though will not yet hire an agent.

Johnson averaged 11.9 points and 9.6 rebounds as a redshirt sophomore this past season. The 6-foot-10, 303-pounder shot 59 percent from the field.

His 347 rebounds this season were the most for a Hurricanes player since Rick Barry posted a school-record 475 in 1964-65.

Underclassmen have until May 8 to remove their name from the draft and retain college eligibility.

Miami is also seeking a coach to replace Frank Haith, who resigned last week and accepted a contract from Missouri.

Courtesy of www.csnbaltimore.com


Baylor freshman star Perry Jones not going pro yet - by Eurobasket News
Baylor freshman standout Perry Jones (6'10''-F/C) is staying in school.

Long expected to be the Bears' first one-and-done player, Jones instead Monday said he was returning to Baylor for his sophomore season, even though he will have to sit out the first five games. He likely would have been one of the top picks in the NBA draft this summer.

'I really believe that I can grow as a player and as a person if I stay one more year at Baylor University. This is a pretty tough decision,' said Jones, joined by his parents for the announcement. 'It was hard. I mean you see (NBA draft hype) and that is your dream all of your life. You see you can go number one. I mean, it is in the back of my mind but I know that this is the right choice.'

Jones said another year of development 'can only make things better for me.'

The 6-foot-11 forward was the Bears' highest-rated recruit and played up to expectations. He averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds while starting 30 games, a school freshman record.

'As the basketball player, he has a special God-given ability in size and talent, but what really makes him special is the type of person he is and that is why his teammates were jumping up and down when he said that,' Baylor coach Scott Drew said.

Teammates seemed surprised by Jones' decision, including rising senior post Quincy Acy.

'Quincy's jaw dropped,' Drew said.

The only senior on this year's team that went 18-13 was leading scorer LaceDarius Dunn.

'The whole college experience with my teammates, that was a big part of this decision, having fun with them. Just enjoying everything, just enjoying life with them,' Jones said. 'I do not want to cut that short and just leave out of nowhere. I want to have another good time like I did this year.'

Jones will miss the first five games next season as part of an NCAA suspension for accepting improper benefits before he enrolled at Baylor.

An NCAA reinstatement committee last month upheld an earlier ruling that declared him ineligible before the Bears played their Big 12 tournament opener March 9. Baylor lost that game, ending its season.

The week after that game, an NCAA reinstatement committee upheld the earlier ruling and enforced a six-game suspension. The Big 12 tournament game he missed counted as part of that.

Jones also was ordered to repay at least $700 in impermissible benefits. That included a trip to California last August to attend an NFL preseason game before he began classes at Baylor. The ruling by the NCAA Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement was the final appeal opportunity.

The NCAA said Jones' trip to an NFL game with his AAU coach was provided by an unidentified NFL player, and that the NFL player also provided Jones' parents three separate 15-day loans, all of which were repaid.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Sources: Kemba Walker going pro - by Eurobasket News
Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90) has likely played his last game for UConn and will make himself available for the NBA draft, sources confirmed to ESPN.com's Andy Katz Monday.

Connecticut has called a news conference for Tuesday with junior guard to reportedly announce his intention to enter the draft.

Walker, who led UConn to its third national championship, is projected as a first-round NBA draft pick and coach Jim Calhoun has said he has advised Walker to forgo his senior season.

The Hartford Courant reported Monday that Walker had played his final collegiate game, citing an unnamed source.

Walker averaged almost 24 points and five assists per game in leading UConn to a 32-9 record, including an 11-0 run through the postseason. He accounted for 45 percent of his team's points.

But with an NBA lockout looming, Walker had left his options open.

'It would be a lot of fun if I came back,' he said last week. 'These guys are my brothers and I love them. So, if I have an opportunity to come back, it would be special.'

Courtesy of http://sports.espn.go.com


Cam Long will fit well in Europe - by Allen Waters

Cam long A bit of a mixed bag in terms of performance for Long this week. He shows flashes of very impressive talent, but he can just as easily disappear and be nonexistent for extensive periods of the game. He is strictly a shooting guard, but at 6-4 and with only decent explosiveness he is at a serious disadvantage for the next level. However, when he gets it going and is looking to attack, he seems to rise above his shortcomings and shows the ability to score at a very high level. His stroke is smooth and he can get shots of very quickly from deep and under duress. He sets his slashing game up well by using shot fakes and jabs very effectively to gain separation and get into the lane. As a finisher he is very crafty because he can comfortably finish with either hand and he also knows how to use his body to protect the ball and absorb contact. He probably didnt show enough to get drafted, but he definitely earned himself some money in terms of an overseas contract.

Cam Long (6'4''-G-88)


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NBL returns to Final Four finals format - by Eurobasket News
Borrowing something from its past and something from American college sports, the domestic National Basketball League has gone back to the Final Four to decide its champion. Since 2007, the NBL championship decider has been played over a best-of-3 series, but for 2011 and beyond will be contested in a final four weekend at one venue - a format used prior to 2000. Wellington's waterfront TSB Bank Arena will host the 2011 NBL Final Four - with two semifinals on Friday, July 15 and the championship game on Sunday, July 17. 'The hey-day of basketball in New Zealand was when it went to a final four,' said Saints owner Nick Mills, the man who pushed for a change to the playoffs format. 'When you look at the success of the Sweet 16 and the Final Four in the States, it's something we can do here. I just don't think - although (ex Bay Hawks owner) Jeremy Bayliss disagrees with me - we're big enough for playoffs series in our league. 'I think it will be successful. We want to shift it around to other cities and not just have it in Wellington every year.'
The last time the final four format was used in 2000, the now-defunct Auckland Stars defeated the Nelson Giants in North Harbour. The last time Wellington hosted in 1998, Mills' Saints were absent, despite featuring Tall Black Mark Dickel. The Giants won their second championship, beating a North Harbour side that included a young Kirk Penney that year. Mills said convincing other NBL franchises to shift from a best-of-3 series to final four weekend was not easy, but said the current economy and potential savings in playoffs travel costs help persuade them. A season awards night on the Thursday and other basketball events around the Final Four were possible for what Mills described as 'basketball's showcase for the year'. Mills' Starpak Ltd. company, that handles the day-to-day running of the league, will manage the Final Four weekend, under guidance from the six-man NBL board. Six teams will still qualify for the NBL Playoffs, with the third and fourth seeds to host quarterfinal games against the sixth and fifth seeds, respectively, on Tuesday, July 12. The winners will join the first and second seeds at the final four weekend.
Courtesy of: stuff.co.nz


Rob Igbawua will play for the Jets - by Eurobasket News
The Manawatu Jets invited another import player on board. They inked a deal with Rob Igbawua (198-F-86, college: Ft.Hays State). The 24-year-old comes from Argentina. He played there for Union Progresista in TNA. Rob Igbawua will fill in the spot of Jeremiah Trueman who is involved in playoff action in Australian NBL at the moment. Rob Igbawua played in Qatar in the previous season. The forward graduated from Fort Hays State University in 2009. Rob Igbawua is the best friend of another Jets import Darryl Hudson. They studied at Bellville High School in Michigan together. The Manawatu Jets tip off their season against the Bay Hawks on Saturday.


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Nicaragua advances to COCABA Final Four - by Gianni Pascucci
Team Nicaragua completed a successful campaign in San Salvador, advancing to COCABA Final Four at the end of three days of play. After falling to favourite team Costa Rica, 83-65 in Day 1, the team coached by Angel Mallona upset home team El Salvador, 70-66 in Day 2, with Walter Roberts (188-F-85) leading the way, and then defeated Honduras in the decisive Day 3, at the end of a very close game, who needed of an OT to find the winner.

The final standings of COCABA Phase 2-Semifinal are as follows:
1. Costa Rica 3-0
2. Nicaragua 2-1
3. El Salvador 1-2
4. Honduras 0-3




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  PBL   


RazorSharks Advance to PBL Finals - by Eurobasket News
Melvin Council (6'3''-G, college: Robert Morris) scored 36 points and went 17 of 18 from the free-throw line to lift the visiting Rochester RazorSharks to a 129-122 win over Quebec Kebs Friday in Game 3 of the Premier Basketball League semifinals.

Rochester, which had seven players score in double figures, advances to the finals for the fourth consecutive season and will play defending champion Lawton-Fort Sill, which won 102-92 over Halifax.

'I just kept my cool,' said Council, who played a season-high 42 minutes. 'I took rest when I needed to and let the game come to me. The rest of my teammates backed me up.'

Rochester was forced to play without starting point guard Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) and sixth man Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) as they were not allowed over the Canadian border due to passport issues Wednesday.

'It just felt like I had to do a better job of managing minutes than I did the game before,' Rochester coach Rod Baker said. 'Guys played less consecutive minutes tonight and we had to do a better job of taking the ball to the rim. We accomplished that tonight.'

Council scored 11 points in the first quarter to power the RazorSharks to a 33-27 lead.

Quebec opened the second quarter with a 16-4 run to take 43-39 lead, but Rochester answered with a 27-13 burst to take a 66-56 lead with two minutes left.

Rochester led 70-63 at halftime. The Kebs picked up three first-half technical fouls, including two by guard Erick Barkley (6'1''-G-78, college: St.John's), who was ejected.

The Kebs were whistled for two other technical fouls late and the referees called the game with nine seconds left due to unruly fans.

Rochester made 57 of 71 free throws and Quebec made 21 of its 25 attempts.

Royce Parran and Tommy Mitchell scored 25 points for Quebec.

Courtesy of www.razorsharks.com


Cavalry down Rainmen in decisive Game 3 - by Eurobasket News
There was no quit in the Halifax Rainmen.

Missing their top scorer and essentially using only seven players, the underdog Rainmen extended the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry to the limit in a thrilling Premier Basketball League playoff contest Friday night before falling 102-92 to the defending champions in the third and deciding game of their best-of-three semifinal.

The win vaulted the Cavalry into the PBL championship series against the Rochester RazorSharks and relegated the plucky Rainmen to the sidelines for the rest of the 2010-11 campaign.

At Cameron University, the short-handed Rainmen carried a one-point edge into the fourth quarter in a game that featured at least 21 lead changes and appeared on the verge of a huge playoff upset. But the Cavalry outscored their weary guests 21-10 over the final seven minutes to secure the victory and end Halifaxs Cinderella run.

'They fought,' Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said of his players. 'Were extremely proud of them. We were short-handed. No excuses, though. Oklahoma played a great game tonight, as we knew they would, and we just came out on the short end of the stick. But our guys . . . gave a giant effort.'

Deandre Thomas (6'8''-C-86, college: Robert Morris) led Halifax with 23 points against his former team. Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan Univ.) added 17, Marshall Brown (6'7''-F-85, college: Missouri) had 16 and Taliek Brown, Eric Crookshank and Jamel White had 12 each.

Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) topped the Cavalry with 22 points.

The Rainmen, who slipped into the playoffs with a 10-10 record, werent expected to offer up much opposition against the Cavalry, the top team in the regular season with an 18-2 mark for the second year in a row.

But Halifax extended Lawton-Fort Sill to overtime in the series opener at the Metro Centre on April 2 and then stunned the Cavalry 91-81 on Wednesday night at Great Plains Coliseum to snap their impressive 33-game home winning streak that dated back more than two years.

That victory, the first in franchise history in the post-season, came at a cost to the Rainmen, though. Leading scorer Josh Dollard, whod returned for the playoffs after missing five games with a torn calf muscle, aggravated the injury two minutes into the fourth quarter and wasnt able to play Friday.

The Rainmen, who scored the first 10 points and never trailed Wednesday night, got off to another good start Friday, opening up a 19-12 lead and carrying a slim 23-21 edge into the second quarter. Halifax went to the locker-room at halftime up 53-52 and wiped out an eight-point deficit in the third quarter with a strong finish to go into the fourth quarter clinging to a one-point advantage.

Last season, the Rainmen were swept by the Cavalry in the semifinals, losing the opener 108-104 at the Metro Centre before falling 135-104 in Game 2 at Lawton.

In the other semifinal series, the RazorSharks downed the Quebec Kebs 129-122 in Game 3 on Friday night in Quebec City to advance to the best-of-three final.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


Mill Rats to Host Sendai Japan All Stars April 24th to Benefit Tsunami Relief - by Greg
(April 11, 2011 Saint John, N.B.): Bill Miller described it as a brotherhood - a worldwide bond within the basketball community.

It's this connection, held together by friendship and email, that has led to a group of professional Japanese basketball players coming to New Brunswick this month to play an exhibition game to raise money for their disaster-ravaged homeland.

The Saint John Mill Rats of the Premier Basketball League have scheduled a game versus a Japanese all-star team for Sunday, April 24 in Saint John at the 6,600-seat Harbour Station. Partial proceeds are to be spent helping those in need in the aftermath of a March 11 earthquake that struck about 370 kilometres northeast of Tokyo.

The winding road that will lead the Japanese all-stars to Saint John began with Miller in Franklin, N.H., the home of the 1999 New Hampshire Thunder Loons.

That United States Basketball League team featured a Japanese player by the name of Osamu Abe. While Abe never fulfilled his NBA aspirations, he and Miller continued to stay in touch when the 6-foot-8 forward returned to Japan to play professionally.

It was in the early days following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that Abe sent an email seeking help for the people of the Sendai region.

A city of one million people located on the northeast coast of Japan, Sendai and the surrounding area suffered catastrophic damage from the tsunami. They were hit again Thursday with a magnitude 7.4 aftershock.

Moved by his friend's plea and eager to return the generosity extended to his college and professional teams during trips to Japan, Miller sent out a wider appeal.

'Abe actually contacted me and said, 'Bill, my whole village got wiped out,'?' Miller said this week from his office in Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, N.H., where he coaches.

'Because Abe lived, physically lived with my family when we ran this pro team, he got to know me, trust me over the two years and he felt he could reach out and ask me for help.'

One of the people Miller immediately contacted was Ian McCarthy, president and general manager of the Mill Rats. In 2006, McCarthy hosted a scrimmage with the Hamamatsu University team during his days with the Cape Cod Frenzy of the American Basketball Association. Two years later he took on an aspiring Japanese coach, Kohei Etoh, as an assistant with the Manchester Millrats of the PBL.

'A couple of weeks ago they (Miller) sent out an email blast saying, 'to all people who have worked with the Japanese league or helped out before is there any way you can think of to help raise money?',' McCarthy said.

'That's when I emailed back saying we could host a game.'

The contest will feature the majority of the Mill Rats lineup. Players from the Japanese pro leagues will provide the opposition. Abe is expected to be among them, as is the man known as Japan's Mr. Basketball, Kenichi Sako. A three-time MVP during his 18 seasons in the Japan Basketball League, Sako will most likely play his last pro game in Saint John.

'This will be a highlight game for Sako because he will retire right after,' Masaki Hitosugi, a businessman and educator helping to make the North American visit happen, said from Japan.

'Afterward he will make his appeal. The sun will rise in the east again, because Sendai is on the east of Japan.'

Hitosugi, who was also instrumental in Etoh becoming a Millrats' assistant coach, was in Tokyo this week recruiting pro players for the tour. He hopes to have eight players make the trip.

It's hoped the all-star team will arrive in Saint John April 22 and spend at least three days in the city. 'Ian told us, and we had people around here tell us, that the people of Saint John are really empathetic and they hosted people after 9-11,' Miller said. 'So you know, we love Canada and they love us so it was like, wait a minute now we're a global neighbour. Ian stepped up and you guys stepped up and that's pretty impressive.

'Can you imagine how beautiful it will be to use sports as a catalyst to help out and to deliver the message that we're all global neighbours? Hey, basketball's a universal game.'
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The Saint John Mill Rats are hosting a Japanese all-star team in an exhibition game for disaster relief.
Date: Sunday, April 24, 2011
Game time: 2 p.m.
Location: Harbour Station, Saint John
Teams: The Saint John Mill Rats vs. Japanese All-Stars
Tickets: Tickets are to go on sale at the Harbour Station Box Office, 506-632-6103, Saturday at 10 a.m. or online at www.harbourstation.ca
Ticket prices: $25 for courtside and $15 for bowl seats.

For more information please feel free to contact Mill Rats GM Ian McCarthy at hoops@millratsbasketball.ca or visit www.millratsbasketball.ca or www.thepbl.com.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Quinnel BROWN
  Quebec K.
  (198-G/F-83)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Brown, Quebec K.20.5 
 2. Jones, Kentucky S.19.6 
 3. Anderson, Saint J.19.1 
 4. Egerson, Saint J.18.9 
 5. Dollard, Halifax R.17.9 
 6. Parran, Quebec K.17.8 
 7. Perry, Dayton A.15.1 
 8. Friel, Rochester R.15.0 
 9. Crouch, Rocheste.14.8 
 10. Smith, Lawton F.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Crookshank, Halif.10.8 
 2. Williams, Rocheste.9.0 
 3. Freeman, Lawton F.8.4 
 4. Sowell, Dayton A.8.3 
 5. Jones, Kentucky S.8.2 
 6. Dollard, Halifax R.8.1 
 7. Walton, Rocheste.8.0 
 8. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC8.0 
 9. Brown, Quebec K.7.7 
 10. DeMasi, Saint J.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Parran, Quebec K.7.5 
 2. Rice, Saint J.6.2 
 3. Brown, Halifax R.6.2 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.4.7 
 5. Bowden, Lawton F.4.0 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.3.9 
 7. Acker, Quebec K.3.7 
 8. Taylor, Dayton A.3.7 
 9. Lathan, Halifax R.3.5 
 10. Egerson, Saint J.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Parran, Quebec K.2.7 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.0 
 3. Brown, Quebec K.1.9 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.1.7 
 5. Rice, Saint J.1.6 
 6. Lathan, Halifax R.1.6 
 7. Taylor, Dayton A.1.6 
 8. Council, Rocheste.1.5 
 9. Bowden, Lawton F.1.3 
 10. Jones, Halifax R.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared CARTER
  Rochester R.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Carter, Rocheste.1.6 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 3. Pierre, Quebec K.1.2 
 4. Ocitti, Saint J.1.1 
 5. Crookshank, Halif.1.1 
 6. Turner, Lawton F.1.0 
 7. DeMasi, Saint J.0.8 
 8. Harris, Kentucky S.0.8 
 9. Daniels, Lawton F.0.8 
 10. Brown, Halifax R.0.7 


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DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.4 
 2. Hodge, Zastal17.0 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.16.7 
 4. Reynolds, AZS K.16.5 
 5. Hinson, Polonia Azbud16.3 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.0 
 7. Bennerman, Energa C.14.5 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot14.5 
 9. NaNa, Polonia Azbud14.4 
 10. Goffney, Siarka14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.4 
 2. Truscott, Siarka9.9 
 3. Burgess, Zastal9.4 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.3 
 5. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.0 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow6.7 
 7. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.6 
 8. Miller, Anwil6.6 
 9. Reynolds, AZS K.6.4 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MILICIC
  AZS Koszalin
  (194-G-76)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Milicic, AZS K.6.6 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.6.3 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.9 
 4. Hodge, Zastal5.1 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.4.8 
 6. Szubarga, Asseco P.4.4 
 7. Hawkins, PBG B.4.0 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.5 
 9. Laczynski, Poloni.3.1 
 10. Nowakowski, Poloni.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 James MAYE
  Zastal
  (201-G/F-81)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Maye, Zastal2.8 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.2.7 
 3. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.7 
 4. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 5. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 6. Szubarga, Asseco P.2.4 
 7. Skibniewski, Polph.2.4 
 8. Milicic, AZS K.2.3 
 9. Hawkins, PBG B.2.1 
 10. Reese, AZS Koszalin2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harris, SKK K.2.0 
 2. Reynolds, AZS K.1.4 
 3. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 6. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.3 
 7. Davis, Energa C.1.1 
 8. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.8 
 9. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 
 10. Miller, Anwil0.8 


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  PORTUGAL   


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


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Crabbers Thump Gallitos - by Luis Ramirez
The Santurce Crabbers blew the Gallitos away as they beat them by a score of 98-87.

The Crabbers took the lead in the very 1st quarter and never looked back. The quarter ended with the Crabbers leading by 14, 38-24. At the half they still led by 14 points 59-45.

In the second half the Crabbers were in cruise control until the 4th quarter where the Gallitos had their best quarter scoring 25 points while they held the Crabbers to just 13 points. It was not enough for the Gallitos and the Crabbers coasted to an easy victory.

For Santurce, Wilfredo Pagan (184-G-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 28 points while Ricky Sanchez scored 17 points.

For Isabela, Shavlik Randolph scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Lewis Clinch followed up with 15 points and 8 assists.

Over at Coamo, the Pirates almost blew a 17 point lead as the Runners made an offensive run in the 4th quarter, but the Pirates were able to withstand the surge and get the win, 85-82.
For Quebradillas, Peter John Ramos scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while David Huertas scored 19 points.

For Coamo, Christopher Vega and Johwen Villegas both scored 20 points.



Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Quebradillas 4-1 
 2. Coamo 3-1 
 3. Bayamon 3-1 
 4. Capitanes 3-2 
 5. Guaynabo 3-2 
 6. Humacao 2-3 
 7. Isabela 2-3 
 8. Mayaguez 2-4 
 9. San German 2-4 
 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, Guaynabo24.8 
 3. Brown, Quebradillas22.6 
 4. Clinch, Isabela21.4 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas20.6 
 6. Dalmau, Bayamon19.5 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez19.0 
 8. Sanchez, Santurce18.3 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon17.3 
 10. Pellot-Rosa, San G.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Randolph, Isabela13.4 
 2. Narvaez, Coamo12.8 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas11.8 
 4. Shannon, Bayamon11.5 
 5. Lloreda, San G.11.3 
 6. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.0 
 7. Ofoegbu, Humacao9.0 
 8. Romero, Mayaguez9.0 
 9. Vassallo, Guaynabo8.4 
 10. Robinson, Humacao8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.0 
 2. Guzman, Guaynabo5.3 
 3. Brown, Quebradillas4.8 
 4. Clinch, Isabela4.8 
 5. Cruz, Arecibo4.8 
 6. Copeland, San G.4.7 
 7. Garcia, Humacao4.6 
 8. Apodaca, Quebradillas4.4 
 9. Vega, Coamo4.3 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon2.0 
 2. Benison, Santurce2.0 
 3. Pinnock, Arecibo1.8 
 4. Romero, Mayaguez1.7 
 5. Dalmau, Guaynabo1.6 
 6. Clinch, Isabela1.6 
 7. Guzman, Guaynabo1.5 
 8. Cruz, Arecibo1.5 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez1.5 
 10. Cotto, Isabela1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez2.8 
 2. Romero, Mayaguez2.8 
 3. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 4. Freije, Coamo2.0 
 5. Santiago, Arecibo2.0 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon1.8 
 7. Sanchez, Santurce1.8 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas1.4 
 9. Jones, Quebradillas1.4 
 10. Pellot-Rosa, San G.1.2 


BSN Round 4: Quebradillas defeat leader Gallitos - by Eurobasket News
There were just four rounds played in Regular Season of BSN and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Gallitos (2-3) in Isabela on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Quebradillas (4-1) 104-93. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Quebradillas outrebounded Gallitos 46-34 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Daniel Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. International center Peter John Ramos (222-85) contributed with 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) replied with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for Gallitos. Quebradillas keep a position of league leader. Gallitos at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Humacao. Quebradillas are looking forward to face league's second-placed Maratonistas in Coamo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gallitos will play on the road against Cangrejeros (#10) in Santurce and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Guaynabo. Fifth ranked Mets (3-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Caciques (2-3) 83-80 on Monday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and Shaun Pruitt who added 12 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with 31 points. Mets moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Capitanes. Caciques at the other side keep the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Isabela. Mets will play against Indios (#8) in Mayaguez in the next round. Caciques will play at home against the league's leader Quebradillas and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Maratonistas (3-1) against fifth ranked Mets (3-2) on Saturday night. Host Maratonistas were defeated by Mets in a tough game in Coamo 76-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maratonistas. The winners were led by Angel Daniel Vassallo who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. Even 26 points and 6 rebounds by Johwen Villegas did not help to save the game for Maratonistas. Mets moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Capitanes. Loser Maratonistas keep the second position with one game lost. They share it with Bayamon. Mets will meet Indios (#8) in the next round. Maratonistas will play against the league's leader Quebradillas (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between third ranked Vaqueros (3-1) and 8th ranked Cangrejeros (1-4) in Bayamon ended with biggest points difference. Vaqueros beat guests from Santurce 79-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cangrejeros. Christian Dalmau fired 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vaqueros have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Coamo. Cangrejeros at the other side dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. Vaqueros' next round opponent will be higher ranked Capitanes in Arecibo. Cangrejeros will play at home against Gallitos (#7) in Isabela.

In the last two games of round 4 Mayaguez beat San German on the road 82-74. Mayaguez lost to Humacao on its own court 77-85.



Isabela - Quebradillas 93-104

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Gallitos (2-3) in Isabela on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Quebradillas (4-1) 104-93. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Quebradillas outrebounded Gallitos 46-34 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Daniel Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. International center Peter John Ramos (222-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) replied with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and his fellow American import forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) added 18 points and 18 rebounds in the effort for Gallitos. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Quebradillas keep a position of league leader. Gallitos at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Humacao. Quebradillas are looking forward to face league's second-placed Maratonistas in Coamo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gallitos will play on the road against Cangrejeros (#10) in Santurce and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: D.Brown 27+5reb+8ast, P.John Ramos 21+14reb+1ast, D.Huertas 18+6reb+3ast, J.Jones 15+5reb+2ast, A.Alamo 11+8reb+1ast, R.Apodaca 7+4reb+3ast
Isabela: L.Clinch 25+6reb+8ast, S.Randolph 18+18reb+2ast, J.Verdejo 16+1reb, E.Moore 12+3reb+1ast, F.Valencia 12+3reb+1ast, H.Darnell 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 125487


Guaynabo - Humacao 83-80

Important game to mention about took place in Guaynabo. Fifth ranked Mets (3-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Caciques (2-3) 83-80 on Monday evening. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 8-point deficit before their 25-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) who added 12 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Four Mets players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with 31 points and American-Nigerian forward Ikechukwu Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Mets moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Capitanes. Caciques at the other side keep the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Isabela. Mets will play against Indios (#8) in Mayaguez in the next round. Caciques will play at home against the league's leader Quebradillas and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Guaynabo: A.Daniel Vassallo 31+11reb+3ast, R.Dalmau 14+4reb+4ast, S.Pruitt 12+13reb, C.Escalera 10+2reb+1ast, M.Worthington 7+2reb+1ast, A.Luis Figueroa 7+5reb
Humacao: M.Ali Berdiel 31+1reb+3ast, K.Penn 11+12reb, I.Ofoegbu 11+14reb+1ast, J.Life 9+1reb+3ast, J.Garcia 8+5reb+4ast, B.Robinson 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 125488


San German - Mayaguez 74-82

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when ninth ranked Indios (2-4) beat 8th ranked Atleticos (2-4) in San German 82-74. It looked good early as Atleticos took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Indios took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 8 points. Indios brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Venezuelan power forward Hector Romero (202-80, college: New Orleans) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized American point guard Donald Copeland (177-84, college: Seton Hall) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Indios and four Atleticos players scored in double figures. Indios moved-up to eighth place, which they share with San German. Atleticos lost third consecutive game. Indios' next round opponent will be higher ranked Mets (#5) in Guaynabo and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: H.Lamizana 21+7reb, H.Romero 17+11reb+2ast, C.Rivera 14+4reb+5ast, A.Carmona 13+4reb+1ast, P.Graham 10+1reb+2ast, G.Jimenez 4+4reb+2ast
San German: J.Lloreda 19+10reb+3ast, D.Copeland 15+3reb+5ast, D.Rice 10+8reb, R.Orta 10+2reb+2ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 6+3reb+3ast, J.Nieves 4+3reb
gschID: 125489


Mayaguez - Humacao 77-85

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Indios (2-4) lost to sixth ranked Caciques (2-3) in Mayaguez 77-85. It looked good early as Indios took an 15-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Caciques took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 8 points. 29 personal fouls committed by Indios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Brandon Robinson (202-81, college: Auburn, agency: Paris Global Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American-Nigerian forward Ikechukwu Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Five Caciques players scored in double figures. Venezuelan power forward Hector Romero (202-80, college: New Orleans) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and the former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) added 25 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Indios' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Caciques maintains sixth position with 2-3 record, which they share with Isabela. Indios lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with four games lost. Caciques' next round opponent will be league's leader Quebradillas at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Indios will play against Mets (#5) in Guaynabo.
Top scorers:
Humacao: I.Ofoegbu 19+8reb+2ast, J.Life 17+2reb+2ast, B.Robinson 16+13reb+6ast, K.Penn 13+6reb, M.Ali Berdiel 11+5reb+4ast, J.Garcia 7+5reb+4ast
Mayaguez: A.Carmona 25+7reb, H.Romero 22+10reb+2ast, C.Rivera 10+7reb+6ast, E.Rodriguez 8+2reb+1ast, A.Rosa-Clemente 4, P.Graham 4+2reb
gschID: 125485


Bayamon - Santurce 79-67

The game between third ranked Vaqueros (3-1) and 8th ranked Cangrejeros (1-4) in Bayamon ended with biggest points difference. Vaqueros beat guests from Santurce 79-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cangrejeros. The game was mostly controlled by Vaqueros. Cangrejeros was better in third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) fired 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. American power forward Robert Traylor (204-77, college: Michigan) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Vaqueros players scored in double figures. International power forward Ricky Sanchez (212-87, college: High School) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Michael Sweetney (203-82, college: Georgetown) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vaqueros have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Coamo. Cangrejeros at the other side dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. Vaqueros' next round opponent will be higher ranked Capitanes in Arecibo. Cangrejeros will play at home against Gallitos (#7) in Isabela.
Top scorers:
Bayamon: C.Dalmau 23+3reb+6ast, R.Traylor 15+8reb+1ast, T.Shannon 13+6reb+1ast, J.Mojica 12+9reb+1ast, C.Antrone Lee 8+3reb, R.Jose Hatton 4+1reb+4ast
Santurce: R.Sanchez 19+10reb+3ast, M.Sweetney 13+5reb+1ast, R.Chaney 11+4reb+3ast, A.Reyes 9+8reb, W.Pagan 9+4reb+3ast, L.Villafane 4+1ast
gschID: 125486


Coamo - Guaynabo 76-83

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Maratonistas (3-1) against fifth ranked Mets (3-2) on Saturday night. Host Maratonistas were defeated by Mets in a tough game in Coamo 76-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maratonistas. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-19. But Maratonistas won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by international swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) supported him with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Even 26 points and 6 rebounds by guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) did not help to save the game for Maratonistas. American-Lebanese forward Matt Freije (207-81, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Priority Sports) added 13 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mets moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Capitanes. Loser Maratonistas keep the second position with one game lost. They share it with Bayamon. Mets will meet Indios (#8) in the next round. Maratonistas will play against the league's leader Quebradillas (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guaynabo: A.Daniel Vassallo 26+13reb+1ast, A.Luis Figueroa 16+5reb+1ast, C.Escalera 14+1reb+1ast, S.Pruitt 10+15reb, A.Guzman 9+4reb+6ast, M.Worthington 4+9reb+3ast
Coamo: J.Villegas 26+6reb+1ast, C.Vega 13+6reb+5ast, M.Freije 13+12reb+1ast, T.Manzano 10+3reb, R.Fields 5+3reb, M.Antonio Narvaez 5+11reb+1ast
gschID: 125484




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Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 15-5 
 2. Lokomotiv 14-7 
 3. CSKA 13-7 
 4. Khimky 13-7 
 5. Spartak SP 13-8 
 6. Enisey 10-10 
 7. N.Novgorod 7-13 
 8. Krasnie Krilya 7-14 
 9. Dynamo 6-15 
 10. Triumph 4-16 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Langford, Khimky18.2 
 2. Baxter, Enisey16.9 
 3. Domercant, Spart.16.0 
 4. Lampe, Unics15.7 
 5. Williams, Enisey15.6 
 6. Labovic, Enisey14.2 
 7. Keyru, Dynamo14.1 
 8. Likhodey, Triumph13.8 
 9. Vyaltsev, Triumph13.7 
 10. Zhukanenko, Dynamo13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alexey ZHUKANENKO
  Dynamo
  (210-F-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.8 
 2. Lampe, Unics7.0 
 3. Papadopoulos, Khi.7.0 
 4. Baxter, Enisey6.8 
 5. Monya, Khimky6.4 
 6. Massey, Lokomotiv6.3 
 7. Beverley, Spart.6.3 
 8. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv6.1 
 9. Brezec, Krasnie .5.9 
 10. Paunic, N.Novgorod5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Williams, Enisey7.2 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie .5.5 
 3. Vyaltsev, Triumph5.1 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.0 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.5 
 6. Khvostov, Dynamo4.3 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.9 
 8. Holden, CSKA3.3 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Krilya3.1 
 10. Papadopoulos, Khi.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spartak SP
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 2. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.6 
 3. Voronov, Dynamo1.6 
 4. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.5 
 5. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.5 
 6. Massey, Lokomotiv1.4 
 7. Pashutin, Unics1.3 
 8. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.3 
 9. Mateyunas, Triumph1.3 
 10. Labovic, Enisey1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey VARLAMOV
  Triumph
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Varlamov, Triumph1.2 
 2. Monya, Khimky1.1 
 3. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 4. Likhodey, Triumph1.0 
 5. Kaun, CSKA1.0 
 6. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 7. Sokolov, CSKA0.9 
 8. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 
 9. Antonov, N.Novgorod0.9 
 10. Yakovenko, N.Nov.0.9 


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SKABA League to officially open Sunday with exciting games - by Eurobasket
THE long-awaited and exciting St. Kitts Amateur Basketball Association (SKABA) League is scheduled to begin with an official ceremony at Basketball City at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 17.
Following the traditional opening ceremony, which will see an impressive march past of teams from the Premiere, A, Female and Junior Division brightly adorned in uniforms, there will be an exciting entertainment session.
According to newly-elected SKABA President Kenroy Tobias, there will be a Knockout tournament after the march past.
The first eight Premier or A Division teams present at the march past with 10 or more members will be eligible to participate.
Each game will last for 10 minutes and the champion team will receive the Knockout prize of EC$1 500.
There will also be an All-Star game between St. Kitts and Nevis that is expected to showcase the Federations top players. This game will be preceded by a fashion show that will feature models of S Model Management.
According to the SKABAs President, this league has seen an increase in the number of teams registered for the 2011 season when compared with the past few years.
Over 30 teams have registered for the new league with an increase of four in the A Division compared with last seasons 11, two in the Female Division and one in Junior Division.
This season will also see two teams from Nevis - newcomers PJs of Gingerland and last years finalists Cotton Ground Rebels.


The teams registered for the 2011 season are:

Premier Division Teams
1. S.L.Horsfords Ghetto Roots
2. S.L Horsfords Rootsie
3. Rams Energizer Hitters
4. St.Pauls Tuff Knots
5. Fig Tree Dirt Revellers
6. Joseph Parry Cotton Ground Rebels
7. Village Tickers
8. Ghaut Bucks

'A' Division Teams
1. Dieppe Bay Lions
2. Rockers X1
3. Polstars
4. Firestorm
5. Old Road
6. Pj's
7. Exodus
8. Wolfpack
9. Blue Devils
10. Cayon Lions
11. Chappertin Ballers
12. Birdrock Uprisers
13. Conaree Fireballs
14. McKnight Trotters
15. Quakers




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


Krka easily over Maribor - by Zeljko Zule
Krka remained the only unbeaten team in Telemach Superleague with and an easy 92-59 victory over Maribor in the opening game of Round 6. There were 9 lead changes before Krka took control. They went on 9-0 run early in the secomd quarter to go ahead 26-18 and after the break outscored Maribor by 20 points. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue) had 24 points and 8 rebounds, Bojan Krivec added 13 points, 17-year old Marko Kastelic netted11 points in just 14 minutes and Dragisa Drobnjak grabbed 13 rebounds. Krka's bench players outscored Maribor's reserves 62-17. Ilija Zolotic collected 19 points and 11 rebounds for Maribor and Primoz Brolih posted 10 points.

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Jarod was a real MVP of KBL - by JungHwan Seo
KCC Egis goes to KBL finals over Inchon ET Land Elephants to 94-91 at game 4 of semi final series. KCC Egis will face Dongbu Promy on the last stage this Saturday.

After the game 4, Ha Seung-Jin (222-C-85), a center player of KCC Egis, admitted that Stevenson Jarod (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) was a real MVP of KBL.

'Jarod was an incredible player. I tried to make him upset. But he never lose his control. I have to learn from him like this. I think he is the best I've ever play against in my career. He was very respectable.' Ha said.

Stevenson Jarod averaged 24.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists with 62% at fields during the semi finals. Also he made 3pt shots with 41.7% against one of the best defenders in this league like Choo Seung-Kyun (190-F-74) and Myung-ho shin.

On the other hand, Park Sang-Oh (196-F-81) who got a regular season MVP was so struggle during another semi final series between Sonic Boom KT and Dongbu Promy. He averaged just 8.0 points and 2.5 boards for last 4 games. He even did not make any scores at the first game. Because of his poor performance, regular season champion Sonic Boom KT lost by Dongbu Promy to 3-1 in the series.

'He was so stressful after he got a MVP.' a source from Sonic Boom KT said.



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Tangara returns to Spain - by JC Ruiz

Aurteneche Maquinaria Araberri signed 26-year old center Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84, college: Arizona). Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84, college: Arizona) started the season in CD Estela Santander, but he left the team in January. Now, He arrives to Vitoria from Libya League.
Before his departure, Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84, college: Arizona) was the best center at the beginning of the EBA League. Tangara appeared in 9 games in EBA league this season averaging 15,2 points, 9,8 rebounds per game.
Last season, the International Malian/Usa center played in Fath US de Rabat. He appeared in 10 games in Morocco-D1 averaging 12 points and 8 rebounds per game



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Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Brown, 0820.5 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje19.7 
 4. Palm, Boras19.4 
 5. Rush, Sundsvall18.9 
 6. Smith, Uppsala18.8 
 7. McCoy, Boras18.4 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall18.1 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna17.1 
 10. Ryan, Boras16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Palm, Boras10.3 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.2 
 3. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 4. McKnight, Boras8.5 
 5. Brown, 087.9 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.8 
 7. Cipriano, Eco O.7.5 
 8. Walker, Solna7.5 
 9. Constantine, Solna7.5 
 10. Levett, LF Basket7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.4 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 085.1 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje4.6 
 5. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 6. Smith, Uppsala4.4 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.2 
 8. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland4.0 
 10. Baeringsson, Sunds.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.1 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket2.9 
 3. Hargrove, Jamtland1.9 
 4. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 5. Rush, Sundsvall1.8 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 7. Smith, Uppsala1.8 
 8. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.7 
 9. Brown, 081.7 
 10. McCoy, Boras1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John ROSENDAHL
  LF Basket
  (203-F/C-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rosendahl, LF Ba.2.0 
 2. Salaam, Jamtland1.8 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 4. Palm, Boras1.4 
 5. Cipriano, Eco O.1.3 
 6. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna0.9 
 10. Mosley, Eco Orebro0.8 


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LNA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Three teams advance - by Eurobasket News
Boncourt - Fribourg 69-73

Fribourg swept their series against Boncourt. They celebrated the decisive third win on the road. Boncourt was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) who scored 20 points. Forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 8 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was center Tony Gugino (207-86, college: Hillsdale) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Shorown Glover (180-87) added 18 points, 8 assists and 8 steals respectively. Four Boncourt players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Boncourt: T.Gugino 20+10reb+2ast, S.Glover 18+4reb+8ast, D.Tshomba 14+4reb+4ast, R.Schwaiger 10+6reb+2ast, I.N'Diaye 7+8reb+4ast, C.Boesch 0
Fribourg: S.Smith 20+3reb+1ast, O.Vogt 9+7reb, J.Kazadi 9+5reb+3ast, V.Buscaglia 8+2reb+2ast, D.Esterkamp 8+9reb+6ast, T.Quidome 8+1reb
gschID: 125924


SAM Massagno - Lugano Tigers 45-91

Lugano cruised into the next round of action following a comfortable road win over SAM Massagno. The game without a history. Lugano Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding SAM Massagno to just 5 points in fourth quarter and to 11 points in second half. They outrebounded SAM Massagno 46-13 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Lugano Tigers shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American-Nigerian guard Michael Efevberha (196-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Branden Johnson (206-86, college: Montana St.) added 11 points respectively for SAM Massagno in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
SAM Massagno: J.Ofoegbu 16+5reb+1ast, B.Johnson 11+2reb+1ast, A.Hawkins 9, T.Murati 3+1reb+1ast, F.Fridel 2+3reb, A.Farokhmanesh 2
Lugano Tigers: D.Mladjan 24+5reb, M.Efevberha 12+6reb+3ast, B.Sanders 10+3reb, M.Mladjan 8+2reb, M.Schneiderman 8+5reb+1ast, B.Angley 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 125925


SAV Vacallo - Monthey 72-75

Monthey sealed the semifinal appearance with a tough road victory over SAV Vacallo. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-72. It was a good game for American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Belgian power forward Stephane Moris (207-86, agency: Promotex) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Serbian swingman Nikola Dacevic (205-79) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Croatian-Slovenian center Martin Mihajlovic (208-81) added 22 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for SAV Vacallo. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
SAV Vacallo: M.Mihajlovic 22+6reb, K.Popovich 16+5reb+1ast, N.Dacevic 16+10reb+4ast, R.Gibson 12+6reb+5ast, J.Rahier 4+3reb+4ast, S.Smiljanic 2+2ast
Monthey: A.Reid 18+14reb+4ast, J.Sharper 16+2reb+3ast, S.Moris 16+6reb+1ast, R.Yates 13+4reb+1ast, S.Louissaint 8+4reb+6ast, C.Mafuta 4+4reb
gschID: 125922


Starwings - Geneve Lions 71-53

Starwings avoided elimination as they bruised Geneve Lions at home court. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Starwings's pressure prevailed and they won that period 25-9 extending their advantage to 18 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Geneve Lions to just 6 points in second quarter. Starwings dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Geneve Lions' 22. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 34 points (!!!). His fellow American import forward Alex Thompson (208-85, college: Iowa St.) helped adding 9 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks. The best for the losing side was American forward Marcus Sloan (205-82, college: TCU) with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Congolese forward Max Kouguere (198-87) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Geneve Lions' coach Michel Perrin rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: M.Kouguere 15+6reb+3ast, M.Sloan 12+8reb+5ast, J.Almanson 8+5reb+1ast, J.Jaunin 5+1reb, J.Srzic 5+1ast, J.Aw 4+4reb
Starwings: T.Brown 34+4reb+2ast, V.Hollins 11+5reb+2ast, A.Thompson 9+15reb+2ast, M.Petkovic 9+5reb+1ast, T.McCrory 4+1reb, R.Albrecht 2
gschID: 125923




Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.21.0 
 2. Brown, Starwings20.6 
 3. Smith, Fribourg20.4 
 4. Glover, Boncourt20.3 
 5. Byron, BBC Nyon20.2 
 6. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 7. Popovich, SAV V.20.0 
 8. Reid, Monthey19.7 
 9. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.19.5 
 10. Martin, BBC Nyon18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.2 
 2. Thompson, Starw.10.3 
 3. Ofoegbu, SAM M.9.9 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt9.7 
 5. Reid, Monthey9.6 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions8.2 
 7. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.2 
 8. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.7 
 9. Smith, Fribourg7.5 
 10. Toure, Geneve Lions7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.5 
 2. Glover, Boncourt6.3 
 3. Williams, Fribourg6.2 
 4. Draughan, Lugano T.4.7 
 5. Brown, Starwings4.6 
 6. Angley, Lugano T.4.5 
 7. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.2 
 8. Hollins, Starwings4.1 
 9. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
 10. Sharper, Monthey4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.9 
 2. Glover, Boncourt3.7 
 3. Hunte, BBC Nyon3.0 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt2.6 
 5. Draughan, Lugano T.2.5 
 6. Angley, Lugano T.2.5 
 7. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.3 
 8. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.3 
 9. Smith, Fribourg2.1 
 10. Louissaint, Month.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.3 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.2 
 3. Thompson, Starw.1.9 
 4. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt1.5 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.4 
 7. Sanders, Lugano T.0.9 
 8. Moris, Monthey0.9 
 9. Esterkamp, Fribo.0.8 
 10. Matter, Starwings0.8 


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Standings - Men
NCC Standings
 1. Backstreet Boys 0-0 
 2. Barrack Boys 0-0 
 3. Bronx 0-0 
 4. Courts Hillbouncers 0-0 
 5. Defence Force 0-0 
 6. Giants 0-0 
 7. Heat 0-0 
 8. Jazz 0-0 
 9. Lions 0-0 
 10. Pacers 0-0 
 11. Police 0-0 
 12. Ruff 0-0 
 13. Shak Attack 0-0 
 14. South Side 0-0 
 15. Straker Nets 0-0 
 16. Trinmar Marines 0-0 


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Mire Chatman's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old guard Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He recorded a triple-double of 12 points and added10 rebounds and 10 assists, while his team crushed Erdemir (#12, 9-16) with 16-point margin 92-76. Besiktas maintains the 5th position in Turkish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Besiktas will need more victories to improve their 17-8 record. Chatman has many years of experience at Besiktas, through which he has constantly improved. University of Texas-Pan American graduate has very impressive stats this year. Chatman is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.6apg) and averages solid 55.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, agency: Alti Sport) of Aliaga. He is Latvian center in his first season at Aliaga. In the last game Kambala recorded impressive 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Aliaga lost that game 76-88 to the higher-ranked Efes Pilsen (#4, 18-7). Aliaga is still in a red zone at 13th spot in the standings. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Aliaga managed to get this year. Kambala is a newcomer at Aliaga and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.2ppg (#2). He also registered 7.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) of Tofas Bursa (#9). Karaman scored 14 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Tofas, leading his team to a 81-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Oyak Renault (#16, 3-22). The chances of Tofas ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Karaman could help Tofas to bring them higher in the standings. Karaman has a very solid season. In 25 games in Turkey he scored 8.0ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and FGP: 50.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83) of Besiktas - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86) of Banvit - 20 points and 8 rebounds
6. Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80) of Trabzonspor - 23 points and 2 rebounds
7. KZell Wesson (201-F/C-77) of Turk Telekom - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Seth Doliboa (203-F-80) of Olin Edirne - 5 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) of Mersin - 17 points and 12 rebounds
10. Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) of Fener.Ulker - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 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 - 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. Guler, Antalya8.0 
Assists Per Game
 William CONROY
  Oyak Renault
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Conroy, Oyak R.6.0 
 2. Ermis, Banvit6.0 
 3. Holston, Karsiyaka5.7 
 4. Chatman, Besiktas5.6 
 5. Henderson, Antalya5.4 
 6. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.3 
 7. Acik, Galatasaray4.5 
 8. Rowe, Tofas4.5 
 9. Seibutis, Olin Edirne4.4 
 10. Randle, Turk T.4.2 
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. Grier, Mersin2.0 
 6. Gibson, Oyak R.2.0 
 7. Prince, Antalya1.9 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas1.8 
 9. Guler, Antalya1.8 
 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. Johnson, Erdemir1.3 
 4. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 5. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.0 
 6. Simpsons, Turk T.1.0 
 7. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.0 
 8. Ruzic, Tofas1.0 
 9. Likholitov, Besiktas0.9 
 10. Mays, Oyak Renault0.9 


TB2L Quarterfinals: First games - by Eurobasket News
First games of the TB2L Quarterfinals were played last weekend. Second games are scheduled for April 12/13/14.



Genc Banvit - Gaziantep 64-39 (1-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Genc Banvit. Gaziantep managed to win third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Gaziantep to just 6 points in second quarter. Genc Banvit held Gaziantep to an opponent 18.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 41.8 percent accuracy of the winners. Genc Banvit forced 19 Gaziantep turnovers and outrebounded them 47-31 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Genc Banvit made 9 blocks. Serbian power forward Marko Kolaric (213-84, college: Chaminade) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Guard Erolcan Cinko (188-90) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Genc Banvit players scored in double figures. American center DeVon Hardin (211-86) produced 9 points and 9 rebounds and guard Cihan Delicay (185-83) added 8 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: D.Hardin 9+9reb, C.Delicay 8+3reb+4ast, A.Erhan Kocamis 5+2reb, N.Pastal 5+3reb, M.Dogan 4+6reb+1ast, V.Ertetik 3+2reb+1ast
Genc Banvit: M.Kolaric 22+17reb, M.Turkyilmaz 12+6reb+2ast, E.Cinko 12+7reb+2ast, U.Gurgen 12+5reb+2ast, B.Yonder 2+3reb+4ast, A.Canititiz 2+5reb


gschID: 126177


Hacettepe Univ. - Vestel 76-75 (1-0)
Vestel was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 18-16 charge of Hacettepe Univ., which allowed them to win the game. Guard Derya Yannier (191-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists for the winning side and forward Adnan Onder Kulcebas (205-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) accounted for 7 points and 12 rebounds. American power forward Arthur Johnson (206-81, college: Missouri) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Hakan Erol (200-83) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Vestel in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Vestel: A.Johnson 15+12reb+3ast, H.Cantopcu 14+4reb+1ast, H.Erol 11+7reb+2ast, S.Gursu 11+1ast, B.Gacemer 9+1reb+2ast, S.Eris 6+1reb+3ast
Hacettepe Univ.: D.Yannier 16+1reb+10ast, G.Orcun Tunca 14+6reb, O.Adiguzel 13+5reb+1ast, K.Oztoprak 10+3reb+1ast, C.Ozcan 10+3reb+1ast, A.Onder Kulcebas 7+12reb+1ast
gschID: 126174


Optimum TED - Selcuk Univ. 85-87 (0-1)
The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-85. Selcuk Universitesi forced 20 Optimum TED turnovers. Strangely Optimum TED outrebounded Selcuk Universitesi 37-21 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas, agency: EM-PA) stepped up and scored 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and forward Cihat Sahin (203-83) chipped in 12 points. At the losing side American guard Brandon McKnight (188-83, college: Purdue, agency: Promotex) responded with 28 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and center Hakan Yapar (203-84) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Selcuk Universitesi and four Optimum TED players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Optimum TED: B.McKnight 28+2reb+3ast, H.Yapar 14+6reb+1ast, O.Onver 13+3reb+3ast, B.Cinar 11+4reb+2ast, R.Ozturk 7+4reb+2ast, E.Ozpulat 5+7reb+1ast
Selcuk Univ.: M.Gucyetmez 13+1ast, C.Sahin 12+4reb+2ast, F.Aydemir 12+2reb+1ast, M.Yolcu 12+4ast, B.Boddicker 11+8reb+1ast, M.Kabakci 9+1reb
gschID: 126175


Genc Telekom - Kepez Bld 76-82 (0-1)
The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Kepez Bld dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Genc Telekom's 24 and made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) who helped to win the game recording 31 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Serbian power forward Mesut Ademoglu (207-82, college: NW Nazarene) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Guard Can Ugur Ogut (178-92) answered with 22 points and 8 assists and naturalized Azerbaijan power forward Orhan Haciyeva (201-89) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Genc Telekom. Four Genc Telekom players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Genc Telekom: C.Ugur Ogut 22+3reb+8ast, O.Haciyeva 15+9reb+3ast, S.Gunes 13+10reb+2ast, M.Goktas 11+1reb, G.Karabiyik 7+1reb, A.Rindin 5+3reb
Kepez Bld: M.Hall 31+9reb+5ast, M.Ademoglu 14+3reb+2ast, C.Amasyali 12+3reb+3ast, U.Durmus 8+6reb+3ast, A.Ozurganci 8+6reb+1ast, G.Karamahmut 6+1reb
gschID: 126176


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  UGANDA   


Team Ikong in Final - by Eurobasket News
IT was a measure of the intensity of competition that the semifinal stage of the Friday Night Lights produced the basketball tournament's first overtime.

The extra five minutes were needed to separate Team Ben Komakech from Team Norman Blick after fierce dedication had left both teams tied at 48 apiece at the end of regulation time.

This affair was at times too physical one might have mistaken it for a playoff decider rather than a preseason game.

Because of the sh2m that will go to the winners of this week's final, there was incredible dedication on either side, with Boniface Okello and Allan Musoke netting a game-high 19 and 16 points respectively for Team Komakech and Isaac Afidra and Eric Malinga netted 14 and 11 respectively for Norman.

In the other semifinal, Joseph Ikong (193) sunk 17 to lead his team to a 40-24 victory over Team Mukiza.

Richard Balemwa added 16 for Ikong while Collin Mukiza and Richard Osano dropped 16 apiece for the losers.

The final will be held at YMCA next Friday.
Courtesy of: The New Vision


Club's Wellbeing Raises Doubts - by Eurobasket News
IT is just over a week to the start of the 2011 basketball season but the uncertainty surrounding the wellbeing of the most successful FUBA league club shows no sign of abating.

What seems clear now is this could be the most difficult season in Falcons history.

'There is nothing (to reveal now),' Falcons veteran guard and legend Sam Obol told Sunday Vision.

'If there is anything you'll know.'

Following the loss of almost the entire team from last season, it only seemed logical the Falcons would make massive recruitments this preseason. But nothing has happened, except the loss of more ammunition.

Top performers leave

Richard Osano (198-F/C-80) and Sudi Ulanga - the club's best players last season - have recenlty joined the Miracle Eagles and UCU Canons respectively.

Osano and Ulanga are two of the nine players the record six-time men's champions signed from Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi at the start of the 2010 season.

The club looked like title favourites during the first half of the season when all their signings were around. But, not surprisingly, the club ultimately failed to meet the massive wage demands of their star-studded foreign cast.

By the time the Falcons were eliminated by Power in playoff semi-finals, only three of those signings were available, the rest having left due to unpaid wages.

Since then, there has been no news about the future plans of the club, with owner John Simbwa practically untraceable for comment.
Courtesy of: The New Vision


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  UKRAINE   


Superleague Round 48: Budivelnyk catch up with BC Donetsk on top of the ladder - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Superleague.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Budivelnyk as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Budivelnyk smashed 13th ranked BC Kyiv at home 98-58. The game without a history. Budivelnyk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kyiv's 32 and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded BC Kyiv 43-26 including a 33-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Budivelnyk looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by BC Kyiv's players. The best player for the winners was British center Andrew Betts (216-77, college: Long Beach St.) who scored 20 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Naturalized Lithuanian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Pavlo Burenko (188-90) who recorded 18 points and 6 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. Budivelnyk have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with BC Donetsk. BC Kyiv at the other side stay dead last with 35 lost games. BC Kyiv will play next round against strong BC Donetsk trying to get back on the winning streak. Budivelnyk will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Ferro-ZNTU in Zaporozhye.
Important game to mention about took place in Zaporozhye. Fifth ranked Mykolaiv (26-20) saved a 1-point derby victory on the road edging 6th ranked Ferro-ZNTU (24-22) 85-84 in the fight for the fifth place. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for guard Justin Love (188-78, college: St.Louis) who saved his team from a defeat with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Brian Greene contributed with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for Ferro-ZNTU. Mykolaiv have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 26-20 record. Ferro-ZNTU at the other side keeps the sixth place with 22 games lost. Mykolaiv will play against higher ranked Azovmash (#3) in Mariupol in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ferro-ZNTU will play at home against the league's leader Budivelnyk in Kyiv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Krivoy Rog was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Dnipro (23-23) played at the court of eighth ranked Kryvbasbasket (21-25). Kryvbasbasket defeated Dnipro 83-73 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dnipro. Worth to mention a great performance of Igor Zaitsev who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Mario Austin with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kryvbasbasket maintains eighth position with 21-25 record. Loser Dnipro keeps the seventh place with 23 games lost. Kryvbasbasket will meet Khimik (#12) in the next round. Dnipro will play against Halychyna (#10) in Lviv and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 48 Azovmash defeated DniproAzot in Mariupol 69-58. BC Odessa was smashed by Khimik at home 79-100.


Kryvbasbasket - Dnipro 83-73

The game in Krivoy Rog was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Dnipro (23-23) played at the court of eighth ranked Kryvbasbasket (21-25). Kryvbasbasket defeated Dnipro 83-73 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dnipro. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-73. Kryvbasbasket made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Igor Zaitsev (211-89) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds and guard Artem Slipenchuk (192-89, agency: Interperformances) who added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Mario Austin (206-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Strategic Sports) with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Canadian forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut, agency: Edge Sports) scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kryvbasbasket maintains eighth position with 21-25 record. Loser Dnipro keeps the seventh place with 23 games lost. Kryvbasbasket will meet Khimik (#12) in the next round. Dnipro will play against Halychyna (#10) in Lviv and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dnipro: D.Brown 18+4reb+3ast, M.Austin 17+9reb+5ast, S.Burtt 12+4reb+7ast, S.Tymofeyenko 9+3reb, M.Kornienko 6+5reb, O.Shchepkin 5+2reb
Kryvbasbasket: I.Zaitsev 30+7reb+3ast, A.Slipenchuk 17+8reb+10ast, D.Korablev 12+2reb+3ast, V.Malchevskiy 7+1reb, V.Konev 6+3reb+2ast, I.Krivtsov 4+5reb
gschID: 126317


DniproAzot - Azovmash 58-69

There was no surprise in Dniprodzerzhynsk where 9th ranked DniproAzot (19-27) was defeated by third ranked Azovmash (29-17) 69-58 on Tuesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Chris Owens (204-79, college: Texas, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import power forward Demetrius Alexander (204-75, college: Alabama) who added 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Azovmash players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Canadian power forward Michael Fraser (203-84, college: Oklahoma Baptist, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Lamar Karim (178-83, college: So.Poly State, agency: Interperformances) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains third position with 29-17 record having six points less than leader Budivelnyk. Loser DniproAzot keeps the ninth place with 27 games lost. Azovmash will meet Mykolaiv (#5) in the next round. DniproAzot will play against Hoverla (#4) in Frankivsk and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
DniproAzot: L.Karim 14+5reb+1ast, M.Fraser 11+13reb, B.Merriex 10+5reb+1ast, S.Gorbenko 8+6reb+1ast, R.Sirsnins 6+3reb+3ast, S.Sokur 5+1reb
Azovmash: D.Alexander 16+3reb+4ast, R.Curry 12+4reb+2ast, M.Pustozvonov 11+1reb, P.Pierce 10+2reb+2ast, C.Owens 9+11reb+5ast, A.Shaposhnikov 3+1ast
gschID: 126314


BC Odessa - Khimik 79-100

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Khimik (15-31) smashed on the road 10th ranked BC Odessa (17-30) 100-79 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Khimik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to BC Odessa's 40. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Akida McLain (206-86, college: Indiana, PA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and Bosnian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82) who added 20 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Nigerian power forward Ejike Ugboaja (204-85) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Patrick Sparks (184-83, college: Kentucky, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Five Khimik and four BC Odessa players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Khimik maintains twelfth position with 15-31 record. BC Odessa lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 30 games lost. They share the position with Halychyna. Khimik will meet at home higher ranked Kryvbasbasket (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BC Odessa will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: E.Ugboaja 26+13reb+1ast, R.Kryvych 12+4reb+1ast, J.DeGroat 11+6reb+1ast, P.Sparks 11+4reb+4ast, Y.Frasenyuk 6+1reb, A.Shvets 5+5reb+1ast
Khimik: T.Bizaca 20+4reb+3ast, A.McLain 17+11reb, A.Kolchenko 15+2reb+2ast, C.Millage 14+1reb+5ast, L.Williams 11+2reb+6ast, S.Popov 7+2ast
gschID: 126315


Budivelnyk - BC Kyiv 98-58

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Budivelnyk as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Budivelnyk smashed 13th ranked BC Kyiv at home 98-58. The game without a history. Budivelnyk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kyiv's 32 and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded BC Kyiv 43-26 including a 33-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Budivelnyk looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by BC Kyiv's players. The best player for the winners was British center Andrew Betts (216-77, college: Long Beach St.) who scored 20 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Naturalized Lithuanian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Four Budivelnyk players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Pavlo Burenko (188-90) who recorded 18 points and 6 rebounds and center Olexandr Tischenko (204-89) added 13 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Budivelnyk have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with BC Donetsk. BC Kyiv at the other side stay dead last with 35 lost games. BC Kyiv will play next round against strong BC Donetsk trying to get back on the winning streak. Budivelnyk will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Ferro-ZNTU in Zaporozhye.
Top scorers:
BC Kyiv: P.Burenko 18+6reb+1ast, O.Tischenko 13+3reb, R.Otverchenko 10+1reb+1ast, V.Kovalenko 8+4reb, A.Chelovan 3+2reb, D.Zuykov 3+1ast
Budivelnyk: A.Betts 20+4reb+1ast, D.Lukashov 15+1reb+3ast, L.Wilson 11+1reb+1ast, D.Spencer 10+4reb, M.Anisimovas 10+12reb, A.Agafonov 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 126316


Ferro-ZNTU - Mykolaiv 84-85

Important game to mention about took place in Zaporozhye. Fifth ranked Mykolaiv (26-20) saved a 1-point derby victory on the road edging 6th ranked Ferro-ZNTU (24-22) 85-84 in the fight for the fifth place. It looked good early as Ferro-ZNTU took an 14-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Mykolaiv took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 1 point. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Ferro-ZNTU's 40. They outrebounded Ferro-ZNTU 37-26 including 22 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for guard Justin Love (188-78, college: St.Louis) who saved his team from a defeat with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Brian Greene (196-83, college: Florida A&M) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 24 points in the effort for Ferro-ZNTU. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mykolaiv have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 26-20 record. Ferro-ZNTU at the other side keeps the sixth place with 22 games lost. Mykolaiv will play against higher ranked Azovmash (#3) in Mariupol in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ferro-ZNTU will play at home against the league's leader Budivelnyk in Kyiv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: K.Mays 24+3reb+3ast, C.Burns 20+10reb+1ast, R.Harris 15+4ast, R.Guinn 12+3reb+1ast, H.Kandrusevich 9+3reb, Y.Zmitrovich 4+4reb+1ast
Mykolaiv: J.Love 24+6reb+4ast, B.Greene 13+10reb+4ast, J.Umbrasko 12+2reb+1ast, L.Iailo 10+5reb+2ast, O.Onufriyev 9+6reb+2ast, J.Hughes 7+4reb
gschID: 126313




Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 35-11 
 2. BC Donetsk 35-11 
 3. Azovmash 29-17 
 4. Hoverla 28-18 
 5. Mykolaiv 26-20 
 6. Ferro-ZNTU 24-22 
 7. Dnipro 23-23 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 21-25 
 9. DniproAzot 19-27 
 10. Halychyna 17-30 
 11. BC Odessa 17-30 
 12. Khimik 15-31 
 13. BC Kyiv 11-35 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.8 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.0 
 3. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 4. Curry, Azovmash16.7 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna15.0 
 7. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 8. Fraser, DniproAzot14.8 
 9. Williams, Halychyna14.7 
 10. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.0 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.5 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Chappell, Hoverla6.9 
 8. Hunter, Fe.6.8 
 9. Owens, Azovmash6.7 
 10. Sandul, BC Kyiv6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro5.0 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.0 
 4. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 5. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 6. Millage, Khimik4.6 
 7. Sparks, BC Odessa4.6 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Slipenchuk, Kryvba.4.2 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Millage, Khimik2.3 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.7 
 4. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.6 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Mays, Fe.1.4 
 7. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.4 
 8. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
 9. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Love, Mykolaiv1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.1 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.0 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Balashov, BC Odessa1.3 
 7. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 8. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 9. Coleman, Hoverla1.3 
 10. Agafonov, Budiv.1.2 


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Canary Wharf Baltic Staff take playoff title - by Eurobasket News
By Dave Ryan

Division Four Men's playoff final

Warrington Wolves 68
Canary Wharf Baltic Staff 71


MVP - Karolis Stepanavicius (198-F), Canary Wharf Baltic Staff

Canary Wharf Baltic Staff edged out Warrington Wolves in a close Division Four Men's playoff final at Medway Park on Saturday, wining 71-68 thanks to a good fourth period.

The Lithuanian side trailed 60-55 at the final break, and went behind by seven as former Manchester Magic guard Adam Slater opened the fourth quarter scoring.

But a Karolis Stepanavicius basket put his side back in the game and Henrikus Danielus levelled the score with 1:18 on the clock.

Stepanavicius and Arturas Sidagis also converted from the charity stripe as Canary Wharf wrapped up an 8-0 run to close out the win and collect their second piece of silverware this season, having also won the South East league.

The Baltic Staff team had led 19-14 at the first break, but a strong second period from Wolves saw the game tied 38 at half-time before the Northern Division champions won the third quarter 22-17.

Stepanavicius took the MVP honours with an 18 point, 13 rebound double-double, adding five steals and three assists. Tadas Bagdonas also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards, with Sidagis adding 17 points and Irmantas Bernotas 13.

Wolves' player-coach Delme Herriman led his side with 24 points and seven rebounds, while Kieran Forsythe added 12 points and Alan Duppa had ten points, missing out on a double-double by a single board.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


BBL Team Of The Week - Week 29 - by Paul Nilsen
The last weekend of the regular BBL Championship season threw up some truly memorable performances including one rare flawless shooting display while even the bench players put up some stunning numbers. In particular Matt Schneck who deserves a special mention for his 34 points and 14 rebounds against Worcester Wolves but it wasnt enough to secure victory for his team or a bag place in our fabulous five.

Stefan Gill (Prestige Homes MK Lions)

The former Manchester Magic playmaker has been a major bright spot for his team all season and he continued that form into the last weekend of the campaign with the joint best performance of the week after amassing a huge performance valuation of 41 points. This was due to his 37 point haul in the success against Essex Pirates when he converted an excellent five of eight attempts from three-point range while also pulling down 8 rebounds, dishing up 7 assists and grabbing 5 steals in an all-action and energetic display in the final home game of the season.

Daniel Gilbert (Worcester Wolves)

As with his backcourt partner in our BBL Team Of The Week line-up, Daniel Gilbert also poured in 37 points after going crazy from downtown in the win against Cheshire Jets. Gilbert wasnt afraid to jack up from range and dropped 11 triples from 17 attempts. Just like Gill, he also managed to help out with 8 rebounds and also finished with 4 assists although it was to turn out a bitter sweet weekend for Gilbert with his performance coming after Worcester had already been dumped out of a play-off spot.

Julius Joseph (Guildford Heat)

The veteran rolled back the years with one of the best shooting displays the BBL has seen during 2010-11 after posting a magnificent 7 of 8 from the perimeter against Essex Pirates and 4 of 5 inside as he exploded for 34 points. Heat needed someone to come up big-time to help manoeuvre their way into the play-offs and Joseph responded with one of his most vibrant performances in recent memory.

Anthony Rowe (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)

The forward has had a super year for Raiders and he again showcased his talent with a sparkling double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds in the win against Worthing Thunder as the team finished in fifth place in the BBL Championship. Rowe was on top form inside with 12 of 15 and even managed to convert with his only three-point attempt too. He also showed he has good court vision with a creditable 5 assists to help finish with a healthy performance valuation of 37.

Michael Martin (200-F-74) (Guildford Heat)

After team-mate Julius Joseph stepped up against Essex, the other Heat veteran got in on the act in the home game against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders last Sunday. Martin came up with a perfect shooting night as he made all eight of his attempts inside the arc and sunk both of his attempts beyond it as he claimed 22 points. Just as impressively, he worked hard at the defensive end with seven steals and also finished with 8 rebounds.

BBL Team Of The Week

Stefan Gill (Prestige Homes MK Lions)
Daniel Gilbert (Worcester Wolves)
Julius Joseph (Guildford Heat)
Anthony Rowe (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)
Mike Martin (Guildford Heat)

Off The Bench

Matt Schneck (Cheshire Jets), Kadiri Richard (Newcastle Eagles), Reggie Jackson (Newcastle Eagles), Paul Williams (One Health Sharks Sheffield), Evaldas Zabas (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders).



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Urunday and Goes lead the Metro league - by Hector Lopez
Steven Toyloy (203-C-87, college: Cincinnati) netted 20 and grabbed 22 rebounds and Juan Garbarino (185-G-89) added 20 points with 7 assists leading Urunday Universitario to win 89-86 over Atenas for the Metro league second round. For Atenas, Omar Bartlett (203-F-80) scored 14 points with 7 rebounds. Goes, with 29 points by Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) beat Yale 72-63. For Yale Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis) netted 15 points, took 10 rebounds and had 4 assists. Atenas and Goes are leading the Metro league with a 2-0 record

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


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 17-4 
 2. Marinos 16-6 
 3. Trotamundos 15-7 
 4. Gigantes 11-12 
 5. Guaiqueries 10-10 
 6. Toros 10-13 
 7. Bucaneros 9-13 
 8. Panteras 9-14 
 9. Guaros 9-14 
 10. Gaiteros 4-17 


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Basketball Tourney Kicks Off - by Eurobasket News
THE Zone Six Under-16 basketball championship is scheduled to kick off today at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka with defending champions South Africa certain of retaining the title.

South African head of delegation of the men and women's teams, Monwabisi Planga said the two teams that arrived in Zambia on Wednesday would defend the men's title and that this should send warning shots to other participating teams to work hard if they are to wrestle the title away from the 'Rainbow Nation.'

'We are here for the trophy and we shall take it back to South Africa. There is no doubt that this competition will be rough but winning is our only ambition,' he said.

Planga singled out All African Games (AAG) hosts Mozambique and Angola as the only threats in the competition and that they should be the teams to beat because the two countries were renowned in African and world basketball circles.

He said Angola and Mozambique were endowed with talent coming from a backdrop of good basketball administration.
Courtesy of: Times of Zambia
By Abraham Sakala




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australian Liz Cambage chosen by Tulsa at No.2 in WNBA draft - by Eurobasket News
Melbourne teenager Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) will play in the world's biggest basketball tournament after being taken at No. 2 in the WNBA draft by Tulsa Shock.
The 19-year-old was picked up by Shock after the team sent recruiting scouts to Melbourne recently to meet her family and watch her in action for the Bulleen Boomers.

Cambage's Bulleen teammate, Rachel Jarry, 19, was also drafted, going at No.18 to Atlanta Dream.

'I have been given a wonderful opportunity to play with and against the highest quality players in the world. It is a dream come true,' Cambage said.

'It will be a great challenge, physically and mentally, that will enable me to develop as a player and learn a different style of game from what we play in Australia.

'I have already met some of the Tulsa fans, who have been very welcoming. I've heard they are some of the most passionate and loyal in the competition.'

Cambage will be a teammate of disgraced Olympic sprinter Marion Jones, who switched to basketball after admitting to being a drug cheat in athletics.

Standing 204cm, the size of an AFL ruckman, Cambage is the biggest player in Australia, but is also hugely talented.

She is coming off a huge 12 months, having made her debut at the world championship with the national team, the Opals, and winning the MVP award in the National Women's Basketball League as the Boomers won their first premiership.

The expert judges consider she will rival the impact made on the American scene by Lauren Jackson, who many consider to be the best player in the world.

'She is the most exciting prospect Australian basketball has ever seen,' Opals coach Carrie Graf said recently.

Boomers coach Tom Maher - with Graf, one of only two Australians to coach in the American association - said today: 'She'll be a star, no doubt about it.'

The rest of the Boomers teammates gathered in a Melbourne hotel room at 5am today to watch the draft on TV and celebrate with muesli, toast and orange juice.

Jarry is an 185cm forward who joined the Boomers from the AIS in 2009. She represented Australia at the 2009 under-19 world championships.

She becomes the 19th Australian to make it to the WNBA.

Cambage and Jarry bring to three the number of Bulleen players moving to the WNBA next season.

Opals star Jenna O'Hea, 23, has signed for Los Angeles Sparks.

Courtesy of www.perthnow.com.au


Big V: Ringwood's Lady Hawks have completed their perfect home stand - by Eurobasket News
Ringwood's Lady Hawks have completed their perfect home stand in the Big V state championship women's season with a third straight win.
The Hawks scored a 75-60 win over the Diamond Valley Eagles on Sunday.
Ringwood veteran guard Lisa Ewin had a team high 24 points. Andrea Verdegan (175-G, college: S.Dakota St.) added 15 points and 10 assists and Alison Nash-Gerlach collected 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The Lady Hawks now hit the road to face the third-placed Melbourne Tigers this Sunday.
Courtesy of: http://www.maroondahweekly.com.au


Sabres women down Eastern at Mt. Barker - by Eurobasket News
Easterns women suffered another comprehensive defeat, the Sabres storming away to claim a 72 point win 97 25 in a one sided encounter. The Sabres were led by Tess Madgen who played for the Mavericks last season. She racked up 16 first quarter points on her way to 32 points to finish the top scorer for the game. Madgen was virtually unstoppable and in the first half she compiled 22 points at the high conversion rate of 75% hitting 9 of 12 shots taken. Newly appointed Sturt coach Chris Lucas had the luxury of running all 12 players during the night with each player contributing on the score sheet.

Eastern travelled with only 8 players available when Chloe Henderson, the leading scorer from round 1 was injured at training during the week and ruled unfit to play. In the early minutes of the first quarter Eastern got off a number of shots but under the pressure of the Sabres defence, failed to connect. This appeared to unsettle the young Mavericks side and Sturt took full advantage racing to a 17 1 lead in the first six minutes of play. Easterns Candice Hartman then scored the only field goal for her team for the term, the other score coming from foul shots awarded to Easterns Jo Robbertsen after an unsportsmanlike foul was called on Sturts Caroline Burgess (176-G-82) in the opening minutes of the game.

It then took until the final 26 seconds of the second quarter before Madison Bycroft scored the next basket which was the only basket of the term for the visitors. Sturt continued with their dominance of the game by scoring 22 points during the same period. By half time the deficit was 47 points, 52-5.

In the third and fourth terms Eastern did improve their scoring output but were only able to finish the game with 25 points. With Sturt freely rotating its bench players they had their lowest score of any of the quarters finishing the last with 19 points.

In this match only Madison Bycroft and Jo Robbertsen played the last time the two sides met in Round 13, 2010. For the Sabres seven of their players participated in the Round 13 clash and since that time Sturt have been further strengthened with the inclusion of Nicole Seekamp, Aneeka Smith and Madgen.

After the game, Womens Coach Nathon Jones was disappointed with the result but looking forward to the return of Chloe Henderson from injury and the return of Alex Wilson who has been missing with State Under 18 National commitments. Also the inclusion of recruits Tracey Beatty from the Canberra Capitals and Abby Williams from South Adelaide will make a big difference to the side.
Courtesy of:http://www.sportingpulse.com
By David Tonks




Snell wins EuroLeague with her Spanish team - by Eurobasket News
Belinda Snell (181-F-81) and her Halcon Avenida steals the 5th straight title from Spartak at the EuroLeague Women Final. Both teams produced another great Final Four game, while the Spanish squad triumphed with 68:59. Halcon Avenida took control from the opening quarter and did not allow the defending champions to recover. The Spanish team grabbed 14:8 lead after 10 minutes adding 16-14 in the second frame. Moreover the third quarter as well belonged to the new champions as they had 20-16 in it for Marta Xargay Casademont made it 55:43 and Epiphanny Prince netted two free throws for 55:45. Taj McWilliams-Franklin reduced to 55:47 but DeSouza and Silvia Dominguez made it 57:48 from the free throw line. Taj McWilliams-Franklin reduced again to 58:52 and then for 60:54. Sancho Lyttle and De Mondt were perfect from the line for 64:57 with 1 minute remaining. Silvia Dominguez increased to 66:57 and again Taj McWilliams-Franklin brought Sparatk back to 7 points. De Mondt made another two free throws for 68:59 and it became clear at that time about the winner. That also became the Final score in the game. Silvia Dominguez paced all the winners with 16 points for the amazing win. Alba Torrens netted 13, while Sancho Lyttle collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. Belinda Snell had 7 points and 5 rebounds to triumph with her team. Taj McWilliams-Franklin ended up with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Sue Bird scored 16 and Epiphanny Prince added 12 points.



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Brazilians abroad - by Eurobasket News
Erika DeSouza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and her Halcon Avenida steals the 5th straight title from Spartak at the EuroLeague Women Final. Both teams produced another great Final Four game, while the Spanish squad triumphed with 68:59. Halcon Avenida took control from the opening quarter and did not allow the defending champions to recover. The Spanish team grabbed 14:8 lead after 10 minutes adding 16-14 in the second frame. Moreover the third quarter as well belonged to the new champions as they had 20-16 in it for Marta Xargay Casademont made it 55:43 and Epiphanny Prince netted two free throws for 55:45. Taj McWilliams-Franklin reduced to 55:47 but Erika DeSouza and Silvia Dominguez made it 57:48 from the free throw line. Taj McWilliams-Franklin reduced again to 58:52 and then for 60:54. Sancho Lyttle and De Mondt were perfect from the line for 64:57 with 1 minute remaining. Silvia Dominguez increased to 66:57 and again Taj McWilliams-Franklin brought Sparatk back to 7 points. De Mondt made another two free throws for 68:59 and it became clear at that time about the winner. That also became the Final score in the game. Silvia Dominguez paced all the winners with 16 points for the amazing win. Alba Torrens netted 13, while Sancho Lyttle collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. Taj McWilliams-Franklin ended up with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Sue Bird scored 16 and Epiphanny Prince added 12 points.
In Turkey Kelly Santos (192-C-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) together with Besiktas lost the Quarterfinal series over TED Kayseri. In the last game the latter celebrated 80:66 win as American swingman Nykesha Sales produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and Brazilian center Kelly Santos added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Iziane Castro Marques ended up with 4 points and 3 rebounds.



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  BULGARIA - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Juanita WARD
  Beroe 07
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Ward, Beroe 0724.4 
 2. Samburska, Lukoil18.5 
 3. Bowie, Lukoil17.5 
 4. Allen, Dunav17.0 
 5. Doychinova, Montan.16.6 
 6. Topalova-S., Levski16.4 
 7. Kordova, Dunav15.7 
 8. Stankova, Levski15.6 
 9. Dimitrova, Levski15.3 
 10. Byears, Dunav14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeTrina WHITE
  Lukoil
  (180-F-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. White, Lukoil11.3 
 2. Ward, Beroe 0711.1 
 3. Bowie, Lukoil9.2 
 4. Doychinova, Montan.8.5 
 5. Byears, Dunav8.4 
 6. Topalova-S., Levski8.4 
 7. Kaloferova, Beroe 6.8 
 8. Minkova, Dunav6.6 
 9. Simeonova, Montana .6.6 
 10. Allen, Dunav6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Diana NAYDENOVA
  Levski
  (171-G-73)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Naydenova, Levski6.1 
 2. Vrancheva, Montana .5.8 
 3. Peeva, Lukoil4.5 
 4. Pasheva, Beroe 074.2 
 5. Kostova, Dunav4.1 
 6. Stankova, Levski3.6 
 7. Dzhambazka, Levski3.4 
 8. Minkova, Dunav3.0 
 9. Mihalkova, Montana .2.9 
 10. Bachkovo, Beroe 072.8 
Steals Per Game
 Diana NAYDENOVA
  Levski
  (171-G-73)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Naydenova, Levski2.6 
 2. Kostova, Dunav2.5 
 3. Peeva, Lukoil2.3 
 4. Naydenova, Slavia2.2 
 5. Bowie, Lukoil2.1 
 6. Allen, Dunav2.1 
 7. Dimitrova, Levski2.1 
 8. Vrancheva, Montana .2.1 
 9. Stankova, Levski2.0 
 10. Topalova-S., Levski2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zlatina KALOFEROVA
  Beroe 07
  (192-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Kaloferova, Beroe 1.0 
 2. White, Lukoil0.9 
 3. Bowie, Lukoil0.9 
 4. Ward, Beroe 070.7 
 5. Topalova-S., Levski0.7 
 6. Allen, Dunav0.6 
 7. Mihalkova, Montana .0.5 
 8. Todorova, Montana .0.4 
 9. Doychinova, Montan.0.4 
 10. Samburska, Lukoil0.3 


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  CROATIA - Women  


Omis clinch final playoff spot - by Zeljko Zule
Studenac Omis clinched the final playoff spot in the Croatian League with a road win, 66-57, over Medvescak in Round 9. Tea Buzov (172-G-90) scored 30 points and Dina Sesnic 12 for Omis, while Iva Meznaric led Medvescak with 21 points. A 15-4 run by Gospic late in the second quarter gave them a 44-35 crucial lead over Pula at the break. Jelena Ivezic led four scorers in double figures for Gospic with 29 points and Tijana Jovanovic had a team high 14 points for Pula. Trailing 38-40 early in the third quarter, Lupa's coach Vladimir Ivankovic was called for a technical foul and over the next seven minutes Sibenik went on a 18-3 run. Lindsey Wilson finished with 16 points and Luca Ivankovic added 15 for Sibenik. Lupa was led by Britany Miller with 14 points.
Medvescak-Studenac Omis 57-66 (Meznaric 21, Peric 8, Begic 6, Borovic 2, Rados 9, Tikvic 11 - Vrvilo 9, Buzov 30, Javorcic 7, Seric 6, Dilber 2, Sesnic 12)
Gospic CO-Pula 86-63 (Ivezic 29, Mandir 12, Reid 4, Jurcevic 9, Aleksic 5, Badanjak 14, Pavetic 2, Maslowski 11 - Dukic 10, Premasunac 10, Flaherty 9, Cvjetkovic 6, Valentic 6, Jovanovic 14, Ramljak 8)
Sibenik Jolly JBS-Lupa promotion 76-59 (Cakic 10, Lokas 7, Stampalija 7, Misura 7, Semren 8, Wilson 16, Vasovic 6, Ivankovic 15 - Juric 2, Cacic 2, Cuncic 11, Matic 11, Mada 8, Prgomet 3, Miller 14, Brkljacic 8)



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  DENMARK - Women  


Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Points Per Game
 Lauren BECKLEY
  Lemvig
  (181-F/C-)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Beckley, Lemvig21.6 
 2. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj16.6 
 3. Furgeson, Horsens16.5 
 4. Holmes, Aabyhoj15.7 
 5. Fuller, Falcon15.6 
 6. Tryggedsson, Aabyh.15.4 
 7. Smith, Horsens14.7 
 8. Girdwood, Vaerlose14.4 
 9. Hansen, Falcon14.1 
 10. Jakobsen, Vaerlose13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jessica FULLER
  Falcon
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Fuller, Falcon12.8 
 2. Holmes, Aabyhoj10.2 
 3. Beckley, Lemvig9.8 
 4. Furgeson, Horsens9.5 
 5. Kruuse, Amager9.4 
 6. Smith, Horsens8.9 
 7. Kielpinski, Lemvig8.7 
 8. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj7.5 
 9. Girdwood, Vaerlose7.2 
 10. Aitch, SISU7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Mie BURLIN
  Lemvig
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Burlin, Lemvig4.2 
 2. Lund, SISU4.0 
 3. Krogh, Aabyhoj3.7 
 4. Jensen, Amager3.4 
 5. Blands, SISU3.4 
 6. Haven, Vaerlose3.4 
 7. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj3.0 
 8. Jorgensen, SISU3.0 
 9. Furgeson, Horsens3.0 
 10. Laursen, Horsens2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Emilie HESSELDAL
  Aabyhoj
  (185-F/C-90)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj3.2 
 2. Blands, SISU2.8 
 3. Furgeson, Horsens2.5 
 4. Lund, SISU2.4 
 5. Ryder, Horsholm2.2 
 6. Jorgensen, SISU2.2 
 7. Udovalieva, Lemvig1.9 
 8. Deemand, Horsholm1.8 
 9. Beckley, Lemvig1.8 
 10. Jensen, Amager1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jessica FULLER
  Falcon
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Fuller, Falcon3.1 
 2. Kielpinski, Lemvig1.6 
 3. Dokkedal, Vaerlose0.9 
 4. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj0.8 
 5. Kruuse, Amager0.7 
 6. Aitch, SISU0.6 
 7. Girdwood, Vaerlose0.6 
 8. Holmes, Aabyhoj0.5 
 9. Gilling, Horsholm0.5 
 10. Johansen, Vaerlose0.4 


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team 2011
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Sancho Lyttle
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Epiphanny Prince
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Maurita Reid
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Penelope Taylor
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Candice Dupree
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Player of the Year: Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of Perfumerias Spain
Guard of the Year: Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88) of Spartak V MR Russia
Forward of the Year: Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce Turkey
Center of the Year: Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of Perfumerias Spain
European Player of the Year: Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of Perfumerias Spain
Import of the Year: Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce Turkey
Defensive Player of the Year: Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) of Nadezhda O. Russia
Coach of the Year: Lucas Mondelo of Perfumerias Spain

1st Team
G: Epiphanny Prince (175-88) of Spartak V MR Russia
G: Maurita Reid (173-85) of Gospic Croatia
F: Penelope Taylor (185-81) of Fenerbahce Turkey
F/C: Candice Dupree (188-84) of Dobri Anjeli Slovakia *she plays at both power forward and centre positions
C: Sancho Lyttle (193-83) of Perfumerias Spain

2nd Team
G: Erin Phillips (173-85) of Wisla Can-Pak Poland
G: DeWanna Bonner (193-87) of Rivas Ecopolis Spain
G/F: Kathryn Douglas (185-79) of Ros Casares Spain *she plays at both shooting guard and small forward positions
F/C: Cheryl Ford (191-81) of Frisco Sika Czech Republic *she plays at both power forward and centre positions
C: Tina Charles (193-88) of Nadezhda O. Russia

3rd Team
G: Dalma Ivanyi (178-76) of Pecs 2010 Hungary
G: Elina Babkina (172-89) of Lotos Gdynia Poland
F: Alba Torrens (184-89) of Perfumerias Spain
F/C: Rebekkah Brunson (191-81) of Ros Casares Spain *she plays at both power forward and centre positions
C: Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-87) of Nadezhda O. Russia

Honorable Mention
Amber Holt (183-G/F-85) of MKB Eurol. Hungary
Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic Croatia
Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82) of USK Praha Czech Republic
Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) of UMMC Russia
Charde Houston (185-F-86) of Elitzur Ramla Israel
Monica Wright (180-F-88) of Lotos Gdynia Poland
Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74) of USK Praha Czech Republic
Megan Mahoney (183-F-83) of Taranto Italy
Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) of Wisla Can-Pak Poland
Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85) of Galatasaray Turkey
Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) of Fenerbahce Turkey

All-Europeans Team
G: Dalma Ivanyi (178-76) of Pecs 2010 Hungary
G: Elina Babkina (172-89) of Lotos Gdynia Poland
F: Alba Torrens (184-89) of Perfumerias Spain
C: Nevriye Yilmaz (195-80) of Fenerbahce Turkey
C: Sancho Lyttle (193-83) of Perfumerias Spain

All-Imports Team
G: Epiphanny Prince (175-88) of Spartak V MR Russia
G: Maurita Reid (173-85) of Gospic Croatia
F: Penelope Taylor (185-81) of Fenerbahce Turkey
F/C: Candice Dupree (188-84) of Dobri Anjeli Slovakia
C: Tina Charles (193-88) of Nadezhda O. Russia




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  FINLAND - Women  


PeKa clinch the title! - by Eurobasket News
Catz - PeKa 54-60

PeKa clinch the title as the team won the Final series 3-1 over Catz. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Amanda Lassiter (186-79, college: Missouri) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import guard Krystal Vaughn (185-86, college: VCU, agency: LBM Management) who added 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Lisa Lee (183-84, college: Charleston) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and Russian center Elizaveta Kityzina (195-80) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Catz: L.Lee 23+14reb+1ast, E.Reshetko 8+6reb+1ast, E.Kityzina 7+8reb, K.Tuure 5+2ast, V.Kesanen 5+5reb, R.Piipari 4+4reb+2ast
PeKa: A.Lassiter 18+15reb+2ast, K.Vaughn 17+11reb, L.Lehtoranta 11+2reb, S.Freeman 9+11reb+1ast, L.Richter 5+2reb, L.Tuokko 0
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PeKa took the third victory and celebrates the Championship - by Elina Koskinen
PeKa has won the 2011 Women Championship as they won the final series 3-1 against Catz. PeKa clinched the Championship as they won Catz by numbers 54-60 in the fourth game tonight in Lappeenranta. The game was very even and served exciting moments for the audience. PeKa had a good start in the match as they won the first period 11-15. Then in the second quarter Catz changed the course and started to run. At the same time PeKa had troubles to score and home team won the second period 19-4. Consequently half-time score was 30-19 for Catz. After the break the visitors found some new energy. PeKa narrowed the Catz lead in the third quarter winning it 12-21. Last quarter of the game was even, but PeKa was just a little bit stronger in the end. Final quarter went 12-20 for the visitors. Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) was one of the key players for PeKa as she netted 18 points and gathered the game highest 15 rebounds. Lassiter was assisted by Krystal Vaughn (185-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) and Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83, college: Jacksonville St.). Vaughn finished 17 points and 11 rebounds while Freeman netted 9 points and took 11 rebounds. In addition Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) scored 11 points for PeKa. Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston) was quite alone to score for Catz as she was the only player to score over ten points. Lee finished 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Moss, ToPo25.1 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU24.1 
 3. Vaughn, PeKa23.2 
 4. Tuukkanen, ToPo18.9 
 5. Karcic, Kerava18.6 
 6. Robinson, Huima18.6 
 7. Lassiter, PeKa17.3 
 8. Wright, FoA16.9 
 9. Laaksonen, Espoo T.16.7 
 10. Lomax, Huima15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Robinson, Huima14.8 
 2. Lomax, Huima13.2 
 3. Freeman, PeKa13.2 
 4. Moss, ToPo12.3 
 5. Karcic, Kerava12.1 
 6. Lassiter, PeKa11.3 
 7. Vaughn, PeKa10.7 
 8. Laaksonen, Espoo T.10.4 
 9. Jones, Huima10.0 
 10. Tuukkanen, ToPo9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dionne POUNDS
  HoNsU
  (174-F-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Pounds, HoNsU3.6 
 2. Wright, FoA3.5 
 3. Karcic, Kerava3.3 
 4. Moss, ToPo3.0 
 5. Lassiter, PeKa2.8 
 6. Piipari, Catz2.8 
 7. Robinson, Huima2.7 
 8. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.4 
 9. Freeman, PeKa2.4 
 10. Lomax, Huima2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa KARCIC
  Keflavik
  (185-F/C-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Karcic, Kerava5.5 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU3.9 
 3. Lassiter, PeKa3.2 
 4. Lee, Catz2.9 
 5. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.9 
 6. Wright, FoA2.9 
 7. Morris, Huima2.4 
 8. Robinson, Huima2.4 
 9. Lomax, Huima2.2 
 10. Freeman, PeKa2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 1
 1. Moss, ToPo1.0 
 2. Lomax, Huima0.8 
 3. Laaksonen, Espoo T.0.8 
 4. Pounds, HoNsU0.6 
 5. Iiskola, Espoo T.0.6 
 6. Holopainen, Espoo T.0.6 
 7. Freeman, PeKa0.6 
 8. Wilson, Espoo Team0.6 
 9. Robinson, Huima0.6 
 10. Kosunen, Kerava0.5 


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  GREECE - Women  


Randee Henry claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Randee Henry (186-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for FEA Neas and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 23 points and twelve rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Amarillida (#12, 0-21) with 25-point margin 77-52. FEA Neas maintains the 3rd position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. FEA Neas will need more victories to improve their 13-8 record. Henry turned to be FEA Neas' top player in her first season with the team. University of Nevada -Las Vegas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Henry is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.5ppg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American forward Kaili McLaren (188-F-88) of Apollon Ptolemaidos. McLaren impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Apollon cruised to a 70-61 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Esperides (#5, 12-9). Apollon's 8th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. McLaren is a newcomer at Apollon and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.8ppg (#2). She also registered 13.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Canadian Stephany Skrba (188-F-87) of second-ranked Aris Thessalonikis. Skrba scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. She was a key player of Aris, leading her team to a 71-67 win against the lower-ranked DAS Ano Liosa (#7, 12-9). Aris needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 7 lost games. Skrba has a great season in Greece. After 19 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.8rpg (6th best). She also has 2.5spg, 1.4bpg and FGP: 62.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kary Koch (173-G-83) of Panionios - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Mirna Mazic (188-F-85) of Panionios - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tamara Ruzic (181-G-79) of Apollon - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Maria Chalivelaki (172-G-79) of Panathinaikos - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Asimina Koutsounouri (190-C) of Olympiakos - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Marianna Axiopoulou (180-F-84) of Esperides - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Tina Sten (189-G/F-85) of Panionios - 15 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)


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  INDIA - Women  


West edge East in All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
West - East 77:74

Mumbai enjoyed basketball festivities at the weekend. The best players around the country gathered for the annual All-Star Game. West prevailed in a spectacular display of skills. Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) stood tall at the event scoring impressive 41 points for the West. She was trumped MVP after the game. Prashanti Singh (173-G-84) contributed 21 points for the winners. The East were delighted to have Bollywood actress Neetu Chandra on their roster. The actress is known for her love for the basketball game.
Traditional contests happened prior to the game. Akanksha Singh (165-G-89) triumphed in Three-Point Shootout Contest.




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  KENYA - Women  


Wings Get High on Sprite While Strathmore Win - by Eurobasket News
Nairobi Eagle Wings shattered Sprite Storms' unbeaten run to stay at the top of the women's basketball Premier League table at the weekend.

The 2009 champions hit Storms 58-38 at Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday with an eight-point tally from a four-match winning spree.

Storms, who had won three matches in a row, started off strongly but the more experienced Wings turned the tables on them as national team players Silalei Agalo and Caroline 'Majeng' Achieng scored 12 and 10 points. Faustina Mandu replied with 12.

Despite the loss, Storms are second on seven points, having won three matches and lost one. On Saturday, they had whitewashed Kenya Polytechnic 73-27 at World Hope Centre.

Strathmore women beat Flames of the USIU-A 62-54 as evergreen Faith Owich (F) scored a game-high 22 points and Valerie Oginga 11. Hilda Indasi, who returned to Flames from Kenya Ports Authority, sunk 20.

Terrorists hit Lakeside

World Hope kept clean sheets in three matches, humiliating Kenya Poly 80-28. Moses Obilo and Kenneth Wachira top-scored for the winners with 16 points.

University of Nairobi's Terrorists rallied to beat visiting Lakeside from Kisumu 53-42 in the men's Division One league tie in their first match after relegation. Lakeside had rocked Umoja 56-43 on Saturday.

Irene Makori sunk 15 points to help newcomers Co-operative Bank come from behind to defend their unbeaten record with a 56-53 extra-time win over Gladiators (formerly Yana).

Storms humiliated Kenya Poly 73-27 while Strathmore men dismissed fellow students Kenya College of Accountancy-University 51-42. Tony Abondo hit 13 for the winners.

Full results

Storms 38 Eagle Wings 58, Flames 23 Strathmore 62, World Hope 80 Kenya Polytechnic 28, Terrorists 53 Lakeside 42, KCA 42 Strathmore University 51, Umoja 43 Lakeside 56, Co-op Bank 56 Gladiators 53, Storms 73 Kenya Polytechnic 27
Courtesy of Daily Nation


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Santa OKOCKYTE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-G-92)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Okockyte, LK.19.1 
 2. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.16.9 
 3. Kinkeviciene, Laisve16.9 
 4. Briedyte, Utena14.7 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmin.14.5 
 6. Bimbaite, VICI K.14.1 
 7. Solopova, VICI K.14.1 
 8. Aglinskaite, MRU13.8 
 9. Aglinskaite, Laisve13.7 
 10. Pilypaitis, VICI K.12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sandra BALIUTAVICIUTE
  Laisve
  (182-F-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.10.9 
 2. Palaimaite, Utena10.0 
 3. Grigalauskyt., Lemmin.9.4 
 4. Aleksaite, MRU8.8 
 5. Balciunaite, LKKA-.8.7 
 6. Galdikaite, MRU8.6 
 7. Budryte, Laisve8.2 
 8. Taraseviciut., Laisve8.2 
 9. Margeviciute, Lemmin.7.2 
 10. Kirstukaite, Utena7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milda SAULIUTE
  VICI Kaunas
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Sauliute, VICI K.5.6 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve5.5 
 3. Zygelyte, Lemminka.4.5 
 4. Daujadiene, Utena4.1 
 5. Bimbaite, VICI K.4.1 
 6. Pilypaitis, VICI K.3.7 
 7. Solopova, VICI K.3.6 
 8. Okockyte, LK.3.5 
 9. Valentiene, VICI K.3.1 
 10. Ziegyte, Utena2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ligita KINKEVICIENE
  Laisve
  (173-G-76)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kinkeviciene, Laisve3.3 
 2. Balciunaite, LKKA-.3.3 
 3. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.0 
 4. Solopova, VICI K.2.7 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmin.2.6 
 6. Sauliute, VICI K.2.5 
 7. Briedyte, Ruta S.2.3 
 8. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.2.1 
 9. Daujadiene, Utena2.1 
 10. Pilypaitis, VICI K.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  VICI Kaunas
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Alminaite, VICI K.1.7 
 2. Palaimaite, Utena1.4 
 3. Juceviciute, Utena1.3 
 4. Paugaite, VICI K.1.3 
 5. Aleksaite, MRU1.3 
 6. Kirstukaite, Utena1.1 
 7. Margeviciute, Lemmin.1.0 
 8. Budryte, Laisve0.9 
 9. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.0.8 
 10. Kvederaviciu., Laisve0.8 


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Karen Ashton named head coach at North Texas - by George Fragkos
The N.Texas has named Karen Aston as its sixth women's basketball coach, President V. Lane Rawlins and Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal announced today. Aston, a former assistant coach at North Texas from 1996-98, has spent the last four seasons as the head coach at Charlotte.

'We are very excited to be able to land a coach of this caliber,' said Villarreal. 'Coach Aston is everything that were looking for and is a perfect fit for the direction we want this program to go.'

Aston will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Mean Green Athletic Center.

At Charlotte, Aston led the program to record-breaking heights as she won 86 games in four seasons, including a school-record 27 wins this past year. Aston led the 49ers to four-straight post season appearances and the 2009 Atlantic-10 Tournament title for the school's second NCAA Tournament trip in school history. This past season she led Charlotte to the WNIT Final Four and moved into third place on the school's all-time wins list with 86.

Courtesy: Sun Belt Conference


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  SAINT VINCENT - Women  


Eurobasket names Sancho Lyttle Player of the Year in EuroLeague - by Eurobasket News
Eurobasket names Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) Player of the Year in EuroLeague as Vincentian-Spanish player had an outstanding season abroad. Sancho Lyttle and her Halcon Avenida steals the 5th straight title from Spartak at the EuroLeague Women Final. Both teams produced another great Final Four game, while the Spanish squad triumphed with 68:59. Halcon Avenida took control from the opening quarter and did not allow the defending champions to recover. The Spanish team grabbed 14:8 lead after 10 minutes adding 16-14 in the second frame. Moreover the third quarter as well belonged to the new champions as they had 20-16 in it for Marta Xargay Casademont made it 55:43 and Epiphanny Prince netted two free throws for 55:45. Taj McWilliams-Franklin reduced to 55:47 but DeSouza and Silvia Dominguez made it 57:48 from the free throw line. Taj McWilliams-Franklin reduced again to 58:52 and then for 60:54. Sancho Lyttle and De Mondt were perfect from the line for 64:57 with 1 minute remaining. Silvia Dominguez increased to 66:57 and again Taj McWilliams-Franklin brought Sparatk back to 7 points. De Mondt made another two free throws for 68:59 and it became clear at that time about the winner. That also became the Final score in the game. Silvia Dominguez paced all the winners with 16 points for the amazing win. Alba Torrens netted 13, while Sancho Lyttle collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. Taj McWilliams-Franklin ended up with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Sue Bird scored 16 and Epiphanny Prince added 12 points.


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Extraliga: Dobri Anjeli eliminates Nitra, advances to Playoff Finals - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli blasted Nitra with perfect 3-0 in the Semifinals and booked a spot for the Extraliga Finals. Dobri Anjeli cruised past Nitra in Game 3 celebrating 90-58 win. Ashley Shields (178-G-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) was the leading scorer in victory with 16 points. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) secured a nice help adding 15 pts. In the loosing squad, Amanda Sepulveda (163-G) delivered points. Dobri Anjeli will now wait for the winner of MBK Ruzomberok - Poprad series. Ruzomberok currently has 2-1 lead. They celebrated in Game Three 70-61. Jessica Dickson (178-F-84, college: S.Florida) stepped up for the hosts with 23 points. Their fourth game is scheduled for Wednesday. It will be the first chance for Ruzomberok to join Dobri Anjeli in the Finals.

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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Ilirija beat Triglav, clinch first playoff spot since 2007 - by Zeljko Zule
Ilirija clinched the final playoff spot for the first time since 2007 with a road win, 47-43, over Triglav in Superleague Round 8.
Triglav-Ilirija 43-47: After trailing 34-42 going into the final period, Ilirija outscored the home team 13-1 in the fourth period. Triglav missed all of its 13 field goal attempts and commited 5 turnovers in final 10 minutes. Ana Ljubenovic was the lone scorer in doible digits with 11 points. Ilirija was led by Barbara Skof with 16 points and 12 rebounds and Sandra Bajrektarevic scored 15 points.
Jezica-Kranjska Gora 46-82: Leading by 23-22 early in the second quarter, Kranjska Gora went on a 21-1 run. Natasa Radulovic (181-G-82) finished with 23 points and 19 rebounds, Eva Komplet scored 18 points, Teja Oblak had 17 and Martina Osterman added 11 points. Jezica got outrebounded 18-39 and missed all nine 3-point attempts. Nina Gabrovsek scored 13 points and Ziva Macura added 12.



Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit K.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Oblak, Hit K.Gora21.1 
 2. Kure, AJM Maribor19.2 
 3. Mikic, Grosuplje18.9 
 4. Turcinovic, Merkur C.18.4 
 5. Komplet, Hit K.16.8 
 6. Baric, Merkur C.16.3 
 7. Dover, AJM Maribor15.3 
 8. Trebec, Hit K.Gora15.0 
 9. Drozg, AJM Maribor15.0 
 10. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja KED
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.13.9 
 2. Turcinovic, Merkur C.12.6 
 3. Skof, Ilrija9.0 
 4. Baltic, AJM M.8.5 
 5. Ljubenovic, Triglav8.3 
 6. Macura, Jezica7.7 
 7. Vene, Ilrija7.3 
 8. Klancnik, GVT K.7.2 
 9. Zdolsek, Triglav7.2 
 10. Furman, AJM M.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  Merkur Celje
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Baric, Merkur C.5.4 
 2. Oblak, Hit K.Gora4.7 
 3. Oberc, Ilrija4.4 
 4. Panic, Hit K.Gora4.3 
 5. Jurse, Kozmetik.3.7 
 6. Kolman, Grosuplje3.5 
 7. Radulovic, Hit K.3.2 
 8. Baltic, AJM M.3.0 
 9. Zdolsek, Triglav2.9 
 10. Dover, AJM Maribor2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Klavdija OBLAK
  Odeja KED
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Oblak, Odeja KED3.4 
 2. Drozg, AJM Maribor3.2 
 3. Oblak, Hit K.Gora2.9 
 4. Gabrovsek, Jezica2.7 
 5. Oberc, Ilrija2.6 
 6. Abramovic, Merkur C.2.6 
 7. Zupancic, Grosuplje2.5 
 8. Dover, AJM Maribor2.4 
 9. Zalar, Ilrija2.4 
 10. Klancnik, GVT K.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja KED
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.1.3 
 2. Pavli, Jezica0.8 
 3. Srot, GVT Konjice0.7 
 4. Klancnik, GVT K.0.5 
 5. Trebec, Hit K.Gora0.5 
 6. Furman, AJM M.0.5 
 7. Gjerkes, Grosuplje0.5 
 8. Drozg, AJM Maribor0.5 
 9. Zdovc, GVT Konjice0.5 
 10. Baltic, AJM M.0.4 


Standings - Women
SKL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Hit K.Gora 28-0 
 2. Merkur Celje 23-4 
 3. AJM Maribor 20-7 
 4. Ilrija 16-12 
 5. Triglav 14-14 
 6. Jezica 9-19 
Places 7-13
 1. GVT Konjice 4-0 
 2. Rasica 3-1 
 3. Odeja KED 2-0 
 4. Grosuplje 2-1 
 5. Kozmetika Afr. 1-3 
 6. Pivka 0-3 
 7. Domzale 0-4 


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LNSA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 30.2
 1. Greene, Pully30.2 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg26.7 
 3. Villarroel, Helios25.7 
 4. Edwards, Riva B.25.5 
 5. Diouf, Pully25.2 
 6. Bowman, Riva B.25.1 
 7. Sissoko, Helios23.8 
 8. Williams, Fribourg20.7 
 9. Yanni, Basel19.6 
 10. Klimowicz, Nyon19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Greene, Pully16.2 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg14.8 
 3. Sissoko, Helios12.5 
 4. Wilkins, Riva Basket12.2 
 5. Hamlin, Highflyers11.3 
 6. Klimowicz, Nyon11.0 
 7. Bowman, Riva B.10.6 
 8. Edwards, Riva B.10.2 
 9. Griffith, Highflyers9.6 
 10. Skouby, Basel9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Diouf, Pully6.0 
 2. Williams, Fribourg4.9 
 3. Villarroel, Helios4.6 
 4. Dorestand, Highf.4.2 
 5. Yanni, Basel3.8 
 6. Heckendorn, Basel3.5 
 7. Greene, Pully3.3 
 8. Gur, Nyon3.0 
 9. Annibale, Riva Basket2.7 
 10. Sakica, Highflyers2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Maria VILLARROEL
  Helios
  (174-G-78)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Villarroel, Helios4.3 
 2. Diouf, Pully4.3 
 3. Greene, Pully4.2 
 4. Williams, Fribourg4.1 
 5. Gur, Nyon4.0 
 6. Sissoko, Helios3.5 
 7. Edwards, Riva B.3.3 
 8. Trahan, Fribourg3.2 
 9. Klimowicz, Nyon3.2 
 10. Michaux, Helios3.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hillary KLIMOWICZ
  Nyon
  (191-F/C-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Klimowicz, Nyon4.7 
 2. Williams, Fribourg3.0 
 3. Bowman, Riva B.1.7 
 4. Edwards, Riva B.1.5 
 5. Skouby, Basel1.4 
 6. Greene, Pully1.3 
 7. Favre, Nyon1.1 
 8. Hamlin, Highflyers1.1 
 9. Trahan, Fribourg1.1 
 10. Yanni, Basel1.0 


LNA Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Helios and Fribourg advance - by Eurobasket News
Pully - Helios 52-91

Helios became the first LNA finalists after they upset Pully on the road. The game without a history. Helios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Pully's 40. Helios forced 29 Pully turnovers and outrebounded them 35-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Pully's players. It was a good game for Venezuelan guard Maria Villarroel (174-78, college: Oklahoma, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Mali power forward Djenebou Sissoko (190-82, college: Union (TN)) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Helios players scored in double figures. Helios' coach Erik Lehmann felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Mariesa Greene (183, college: Barry) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and Senegalese guard Diodio Diouf (170-84) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Pully.
Top scorers:
Pully: M.Greene 23+11reb+3ast, D.Diouf 19+5reb+2ast, M.Schmied 6+3reb+1ast, T.Zali 2+1reb, A.Gavin 2+1reb, D.Anex 0
Helios: M.Villarroel 22+9reb+4ast, D.Sissoko 22+7reb+2ast, J.Michaux 14+2reb+3ast, C.Turin 14+4reb+5ast, S.Kershaw 7+4reb+2ast, F.Cochand 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 125405


Riva Basket - Fribourg 72-77

Fribourg joined Helios in the championship series following away from home victory over Riva Basket. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 15-9 Riva Basket's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 77-72 at the end of the game. Fribourg forced 20 Riva Basket turnovers. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Angelina Williams (183-83, college: Illinois) helped adding 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was power forward Traci Edwards (188-87, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: LBM Management) with 24 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Brittany Wilkins (191-83, college: Iowa St., agency: LBM Management) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Riva Basket's coach Fabrizio Rezzonico rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Riva Basket: T.Edwards 24+8reb+3ast, B.Wilkins 21+9reb, J.Jakab 9+6reb+3ast, F.Annibale 7+2reb+4ast, L.Bordoli 7+1reb+3ast, S.Franscella 4+2reb+3ast
Fribourg: C.Trahan 24+11reb+1ast, A.Williams 23+5reb+6ast, P.Winkler 11+3reb+1ast, L.Mazzocchi 9+2reb, B.Muller 8+2reb+3ast, L.Thalmann 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 125406




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  UKRAINE - Women  


Tim-Scuf takes the leading position in UPBL - by Eurobasket News
Tim-Scuf takes the leading position in UPBL as the team improved to 4-0 record on top. In the latest game the league-leaders overcame Kozachka 85:68. The team from Kiev started with 22-16 and then added 23-17 in the second frame. Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) stepped up with 20 points, while Inna Faskhutdinova (182-F-84) and Natalia Isachenko (183-F-79, agency: Promotex) netted 18 each. Ganna Zarytska (182-F-86, agency: Data Plus Group) replied with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Dynamo and Yuzhna Palmira share the second place with 3-1 records each. The latter overcame Donbas 82:68 taking 28-19 from the start. Moreover Yuzhna Palmira won the second and the third periods to win the game. Dynamo also outscored Kozachka 65:54, but they lost the opening quarter. The team from Zaporozhye started with 23-16, while the hosts responded with three wins in the other quarters. Ekaterina Rimarenko (183-F-90) top-scored for the winners with 21 points.


Kozachka brings Pokoiova, Zarytska and Sholokhova - by Eurobasket News
Kozachka brings Pokoiova, Zarytska and Sholokhova for the rest of the season.
Eurobasket wrote that Ganna Zarytska (182-F-86, agency: Data Plus Group) signed with Regina few days ago, however already appeared for Kozachka. Few weeks ago Ganna Zarytska and her previous Elitzur Ramla became the EuroCup winner for season 2010/11. Well-known Ukrainian Forward started year 2010-2011 for Hatis Yerevan (Armenia-D1, starting five), and in EuroCup after 6 games averaged 13.3ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 66.7%. Then in January 2011 moved to Elitzur Ramla (Israel-D1) and in 8 games had 3.3ppg, 2.9rpg.
Anna Pokoiova (188-F-87, agency: Promotex) started this season for Hatis Yerevan (Armenia-D1, starting five) and in EuroCup after 6 games averaged 9.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 55.6%. before that she played for Dnipro and BK Astana Tigers and became Ukrainian UBL Regular Season Champion and Kazakhstan League Regular Season Champion -10 and Kazakhstan League Champion -10.
Viktoria Sholokhova (188-F-86, college: Loyola, MD) started the season 2010-2011 with Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Israel-D1, starting five), left next month: 5 games: 12.4ppg, 12.8rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 30.6%, 3PT: 13.6%, FT: 75.0%. She also was a member of Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine-UPBL, starting five), but will play now for Kozachka.



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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


UWIC Archers secure second in D1 Women's table - by Eurobasket News
By Dave Ryan

UWIC Archers coach Damian Jennings was delighted as his side fought back from 11 points down to take second spot in Women's Division One with a 78-54 win against Nottingham Wildcats on Saturday.

'Given what we were facing four games ago, we set our ambitions at winning the Brixton series 3-0, securing the Leeds series 2-1, and making sure we did the same at our place against Nottingham,' said Jennings.

'The game obviously started with a dire outlook on our ambitions to stay second in the league, but that is the beautiful part about basketball - if you have self-belief and prepare for as many situations as possible you can always find a wayand the players did just that. At 11-0 down we did not panic, we knew we were taking open looks and they would drop eventually - it was more about our frustrations in executing transition defence. We went about building the stops, and creating better looks.

'Of course the turn of events that followed with both teams' top scorers exiting the game for hospital treatment played its part, but in actual fact the major concerns fell at our doorstep as we had to find ways of guarding 6'3' with 5'9' bodies, and doing that with starters Nicki Avery (178-F/G-90) and Kate Butters (178-F-86) off the floor in foul trouble.

'I was so impressed with the resilience of our team at the defensive end. We secured rebounds that we should not even of had a look-in, picked up momentum changing charges, and pushed the break like a team hungry to undo our early shortfalls at the offensive end. A game turn of 35 points is impressive in any league, and after our aggregate score of 178-117 over Leeds the weekend before these types of margins have to give us confidence going forward.'

After conceding the first 11 points, Archers edged the rest of the opening period to trail 15-6 and took control in the second to outscore Wildcats 31-16 to lead by six going into the locker room 37-31 at half-time.

A 27-13 third period put Archers comfortably in charge and they wrapped up the win with a 14-10 final quarter.

Sarah Wagstaff led the Welsh side with 19 points, with melie Durand adding 14 and Leah Dehaan 13. Hannah Shaw top scored for Wildcats with 16, with Phynique Allen (170-G, college: CSU Bakersfield) adding 13 and Siobhan Prior ten.

The teams will meet again in the Final Fours at the Amaechi Centre on Saturday.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


Mystics win D2 Women's playoff final - by Eurobasket News
Division Two Women's playoff final

Manchester Mystics 73
Solent Suns 58


MVP - Nicki Blakeway (177-F-87), Manchester Mystics

Nicola Nicki Blakeway and Pauline Thivillier (179-F-88) racked up double-doubles for Mystics on Saturday as a big second half saw Manchester clinch the Division 2 Women's playoff title with a 73-58 win over Solent Suns.

Nicki Blakeway, the playoff final MVP, scored 35 points (on 72 % shooting) and hauled in 11 rebounds while her French teammate Thivillier had 14 points and 15 boards. Lynne Powell (170-F) (14 points) and Jodi Jerram (13 points) were the top scorers for Solent.

The game was close throughout the first half with the teams trading leads, but Mystics went on a 15-0 run for a five minute spell in the third that helped give them an 8-point lead heading into the fourth.

Suns managed to cut the margin to six midway through the final period, but behind Nicki Blakeway's 12 fourth quarter points, Manchester rallied to take the trophy.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


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  WNBA - Women  


WNBA Draft 2011: Maya Moore heads to Lynx as top pick - by Eurobasket News
Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) is used to winning titles at Connecticut.

Now she's ready to bring that same mentality to her new team -- the Minnesota Lynx, who took her with the first pick in the WNBA Draft on Monday.

'Every year the goal is a championship,' she said. 'That's what I expect. I go on to every team expecting to win a championship, especially with the amount of talent we have. I don't want to limit to the playoffs, I want to win a championship.'

She helped UConn win a record 90-straight games during one stretch over the past two seasons, and also led the school to two national championships in her stellar four-year career.

Her selection as No. 1 wasn't much of a surprise.

'It feels really great to finally be able to have the moment of being drafted No. 1,' Moore said. 'All the hype and excitement around it.'

Moore was followed in the draft by Elizabeth Cambage of Australia (Tulsa) and Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga.

Moore, a four-time All-American, averaged 22.8 points this season. She was also the only collegian to play on the U.S. women's national team that won gold at the world championships last October.

The two-time AP player of the year is used to having a lot of pressure put on her.

'I think I live in the land of high expectations after playing at Connecticut,' Moore said.

She is also the second straight UConn player to be taken with the first pick in the draft, and fourth overall. Tina Charles went to the Connecticut Sun last season and earned the league's rookie of the year award.

The Lynx finished 13-21 last season and won the draft lottery.

The 6-foot-8 Cambage is just the third Australian to be selected in the first round of the WNBA's college draft following in the footsteps of former No. 1 overall pick Lauren Jackson (Seattle Storm, 2001), Michelle Timms (drafted 11th overall by the Phoenix Mercury in 1997), and Alison Lacey (No. 10, Seattle, 2010).

'This is the coolest moment right now,' said Cambage who joins a Tulsa team that owned the league's worst record last year at 6-28.

At 19, Cambage is one of the youngest players ever selected but may not be with the Shock this season as she intends to train with the Australian national team ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.

'For me, I really need to stay behind and train to make the extra miles to make the Olympic team,' said Cambage, who averaged more than 22 points and eight rebounds last season in the WNBL in Australia.

Cambage did however deny a report in Australia's Herald Sun that claimed she has no intentions of playing for the Shock.

'I want to go,' she said. 'I'm so happy. My name's been called out. I'm psyched to get on a plane and get over there and wear a Tulsa jersey.'

There are no such complications for the No. 3 pick Vandersloot who is excited to be playing for the Sky.

'It's a very good fit,' Vandersloot said of heading to Chicago to play with Epiphanny Prince and Sylvia Fowles. 'They needed a point guard and [coach Pokey] Chatman is going to be able to teach me everything I don't know already.'

Vandersloot won this year's Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation's top female point guard, and is the first NCAA Division I player, male or female, to accumulate more than 2,000 points and 1,000 assists in a career.

In addition to selecting Moore with the top pick, the Lynx added Amber Harris, a forward from Xavier with the fourth overall selection.

The Los Angeles Sparks made Jantel Lavender, a center out of Ohio State, the fifth overall pick.

Danielle Robinson went sixth to the San Antonio Silver Stars where the All-Big 12 first teamer out of Oklahoma is expected to team with fellow guard Becky Hammon.

Making their second pick in the first round, the Shock made Stanford's Kayla Pedersen the seventh overall selection.

The Atlanta Dream drafted Ta'Shia Phillips at No. 8, making her the second Xavier player to get picked in the first round of the 2011 draft. Phillips was later shipped to Washington in a trade that sent her, guard Kelly Miller and Atlanta's 2012 first round pick to the Mystics for veteran guard Lindsey Harding and a 2012 second round pick.

The Indiana Fever, coming off their second straight playoff appearance, went small in drafting Stanford guard Jeanette Pohlen at ninth overall.

Georgia Tech's Alex Montgomery rounded out the top 10 after being selected by the New York Liberty.

SEC leading scorer Victoria Dunlap, a forward out of Kentucky, was picked 11th overall by the Washington Mystics.

The defending champion Seattle Storm took Duke's Jasmine Thomas at No. 12 to wrap up the first round.

North Carolina's Jessica Breland was selected with the first pick of the second round by the Lynx. Breland returned to the Tar Heels this season after being diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in May 2009.

The first member of the NCAA champion Texas A&M Aggies to be drafted was point guard Sydney Colson, who was selected by Connecticut 16th overall. Colson's teammate, Danielle Adams, who was named the Final Four's most outstanding player, went to San Antonio as the 20th overall pick.

'It's crazy,' Colson said. 'It seems like it all happened so quickly. Really, throughout your whole college career, all you want is to get a national championship.'

Colson was traded right after the draft ended to the New York Liberty for Kalana Greene.

Training camps open May 15 and the WNBA's 15th season begins June 3.

*Story - Courtesy of ESPN




2011 WNBA DRAFT - ROUND 1
Pick Team Record
1 Minnesota Lynx | Maya Moore | Connecticut 13-21
2 Tulsa Shock | Elizabeth Cambage | Australia 6-28
3 Chicago Sky | Courtney Vandersloot | Gonzaga 14-20
4 Minnesota Lynx | Amber Harris | Xavier 17-17
5 Los Angeles Sparks | Jantel Lavender | Ohio St. 13-21
6 San Antonio Silver Stars | Danielle Robinson | Oklahoma 14-20
7 Tulsa Shock | Kayla Pedersen | Stanford 15-19
8 Atlanta Dream | Ta'Shia Phillips (Traded to Washington) | Xavier 19-15
9 Indiana Fever | Jeanette Pohlen | Stanford 21-13
10 New York Liberty | Alex Montgomery | Georgia Tech 22-12
11 Washington Mystics | Victoria Dunlap | Kentucky 22-12
12 Seattle Storm | Jasmine Thomas | Duke 28-6



2011 WNBA DRAFT - ROUND 2
Pick Team Record
13 Minnesota Lynx | Jessica Breland (traded to New York) | North Carolina 6-28
14 Minnesota Lynx | Felicia Chester | Depaul 13-21
15 Chicago Sky | Carolyn Swords | Boston College 14-20
16 Connecticut Sun | Sydney Colson (traded to New York) | Texas A&M 17-17
17 Chicago Sky | Angie Bjorklund | Tennessee 13-21
18 Atlanta Dream | Rachel Jarry | Australia 14-20
19 Phoenix Mercury | Brittany Spears | Colorado 15-19
20 San Antonio Silver Stars | Danielle Adams | Texas A&M 19-15
21 Tulsa Shock | Italee Lucas | North Carolina 21-13
22 New York Liberty | Angel Robinson (traded to Minnesota) | Marquette 22-12
23 Washington Mystics | Karima Christmas | Duke 22-12
24 Seattle Storm | Ify Ibekwe | Arizona 28-6



2011 WNBA DRAFT - ROUND 3
Pick Team Record
25 Tulsa Shock | Chastity Reed | Arkansas-Little Rock 6-28
26 Minnesota Lynx | Kachine Alexander | Iowa 13-21
27 Chicago Sky | Amy Jaeschke | Northwestern 14-20
28 Connecticut Sun | Adrienne Johnson | Louisiana Tech 17-17
29 Los Angeles Sparks | Elina Babkina | Latvia 13-21
30 San Antonio Silver Stars | Porsha Phillips | Georgia 14-20
31 Phoenix Mercury | Tahnee Robinson (traded to Connecticut) | Nevada 15-19
32 Atlanta Dream | Kelsey Bolte | Iowa State 19-15
33 Indiana Fever | Jori Davis | Indiana 21-13
34 New York Liberty | Mekia Valentine | UC Santa Barbara 22-12
35 Washington Mystics | Sarah Krnjic | Serbia 22-12
36 Seattle Storm | Krystal Thomas | Duke 28-6




Sun trade for former UConn star Kalana Greene - by Eurobasket News
The Connecticut Sun traded No. 16 pick Sydney Colson (5'8''-G-89) to the New York Liberty in return for second-year player and former UConn star Kalana Greene (5'10''-G-87, college: Connecticut),

Greene becomes the fourth former UConn player on the Sun roster joining Asjha Jones, Renee Montgomery and Tina Charles.

The Sun also picked up Louisiana Tech forward Adrienne Johnson with the 28th pick and selected Tahnee Robinson of Nevada in the third round.

Courtesy of www.norwichbulletin.com


Ta'Shia Phillips traded to Mystics - by Eurobasket News
Washington Mystics General Manager and Head Coach Trudi Lacey announced that the team has acquired center Ta'Shia Phillips (6'6''-C-89),, guard Kelly Miller (5'10''-G-78, college: Georgia) and a 2012 first round draft pick from the Atlanta Dream in exchange for guard Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) and the Mystics' second round pick in the 2012 WNBA draft. Phillips was selected by Atlanta in the first round (eighth overall) of today's WNBA draft, marking the first time the Mystics have added two first round draft picks to their roster since 2002 (Stacey Dales and Asjha Jones).

'We were extremely excited to be able to move up in the draft and have the opportunity to bring Ta'Shia Phillips to Washington,' said Lacey. 'At 6-6, she is one of the best rebounders in the game today while her agility and ability to score in the paint will help us out tremendously and give us an additional post player along with Crystal Langhorne, Nicky Anosike and Chasity Melvin.'

From Xavier University, Phillips has been one of the most dominant collegiate post players for the past four seasons. During her senior season, she averaged a double-double with 16.1 points and 12.4 rebounds per game and ranked second in double-doubles (22) amongst college players. Phillips was also third in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 60% from the field. She finished her collegiate career averaging a double-double with 14.9 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. Phillips was named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, the All-Conference First Team and All-Defensive Team and capped the season by being named the Atlantic 10 Championship Most Outstanding Player.

'Kelly is an experienced point guard who has excellent three point range,' stated Lacey. 'She plays extremely hard and will be a defensive presence for us but also will add to the up-tempo game that we want to play.'

A 10-year WNBA veteran, the 5-10 Miller won a championship in 2007 as a member of the Phoenix Mercury while leading the team in assists (4.6). Last season, she helped guide the Atlanta Dream to the 2010 Eastern Conference Championships and WNBA Finals. Miller was drafted in 2001 and was named the 2004 Most Improved Player of the Year. She has averaged 7.2 points and 2.6 assists per game during her stellar career, with playoff averages of 7.3 points and 2.2 assists per game.

Harding was drafted (first overall) by the Phoenix Mercury before being drafted to Minnesota Lynx. In 2009, the Lynx traded Harding to the Mystics. She has averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists during her WNBA career.

The Washington Mystics will tip off their 14th season on Saturday, June 4, on the road against the Connecticut Sun at 7:00 p.m. Washington's home opener at Verizon Center is Saturday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m. against the Chicago Sky.

Courtesy of www.wusa9.com


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 0-0 
 2. Chicago S. 0-0 
 3. Connecticut S. 0-0 
 4. Indiana F. 0-0 
 5. New York L. 0-0 
 6. Washington M. 0-0 
Western
 1. L.Angeles S. 0-0 
 2. Minnesota L. 0-0 
 3. Phoenix M. 0-0 
 4. S.Antonio SS 0-0 
 5. Seattle S. 0-0 
 6. Tulsa S. 0-0