EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/14/2011

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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Penney, Breakers20.5 
 2. Ervin, Hawks20.1 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.4 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.3 
 6. Clark, Blaze17.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers16.1 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.3 
 10. Harvey, Blaze14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.0 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.0 
 3. Vukona, Breakers7.5 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 6. Schenscher, Croco.6.9 
 7. Holmes, 36ers6.8 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.8 
 9. Williams, Tigers6.8 
 10. Clark, Blaze6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Williams, Tigers6.1 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Ervin, Hawks4.5 
 4. Shannon, 36ers4.4 
 5. Braswell, Breakers4.4 
 6. Saville, Hawks4.1 
 7. Carter, 36ers4.0 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans4.0 
 9. Blalock, Crocodiles3.5 
 10. Martin, Wildcats3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.4 
 2. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 3. Carter, 36ers1.4 
 4. Saville, Hawks1.4 
 5. Dorsey, Taipans1.4 
 6. Shannon, 36ers1.4 
 7. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 8. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 9. Ellis, Crocodiles1.3 
 10. Braswell, Breakers1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam BALLINGER
  36ers
  (205-F-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 2. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.8 
 3. Clark, Blaze1.2 
 4. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 5. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 6. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 8. Gilder, Sydney K.0.9 
 9. Sanders, Sydney K.0.9 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats0.8 


SBL: Lee, Norwood swoop for PowerPlayer of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks Import Anthony Lee-Ingram (198-F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Brescia (KY)) has claimed his first PowerPlayer of the Week award after guiding his team to a 2-0 weekend in impressive style.

Lee received the honours over Wanneroo Wolves Sebastian Salinas (190-G-85) to claim the Week Four $50 voucher to PowerPlay Sports in Osborne Park.

The high flying American starred in his two outings averaging 25.5 points and 15.5 rebounds, including a 35 point haul in front of his home crowd against the South West Slammers in a 95-77 win.

Runner-Up Salinas was impressive in his teams tough game against Geraldton scoring 32 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing off 5 assists in a 92-83 win.

Australian Central Eagles forward Samantha Norwood (188-F/C-89, college: Stony Brook) took out the Womens award for Week Four after helping her side go 2-0 for the round.

The West Coast Waves player edged out Perth Redbacks Brooke Hiddlestone, who led her side to their third win of the season, which puts them in the top 8.

Norwood was in great form with a 20 point, 11 rebound effort in a 60-55 win over the Lakeside Lightning, and then backed it up with 16 points and six rebounds in only 20 minutes as her side demolished the Western Stainless Stirling Senators.

Brooke Hiddlestone was unlucky to miss out on the award, amassing 14 points and 18 rebounds in a 77-45 win over the Rockingham Flames.

The PowerPlayers of the Week are revealed on SBL Radio each Tuesday night between 7:00pm 8:00pm on 91.3 SportFM.

Click here to view the previous winners during the 2011 Season.
Courtesy of: http://www.sportingpulse.com
Article by Michael Gliddon




SBL: Giants hoping to avoid Lightning strike - by Eurobasket News
SKILLED Goldfields Giants will be looking to continue their improved form but face a tough challenge in perennial title contenders Lakeside Lightning in round five of the mens State Basketball League.

The Giants have bounced back from losses in their first two matches to win their last three and climb to sixth spot, with imports Matthew Rosinski (188-G-87, college: Regis Univ.) and Darnell Dialls (203-F/C-86, agency: Court Side) integral to their better results, having combined to average 45 points per game this season.

But the second placed Lightning should be a tougher task, despite the absence of their star forward Ben Beran, after they thrashed Australian Central East Perth Eagles last week to improve to 4-1.

Sun City Plumbing Geraldton Buccaneers will be desperate to improve on their 1-4 record when they host reigning champions Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers.

The Buccaneers will take confidence from their 30-point victory last time they played Willetton in the Midwest, in the first game of last years semi-final series, but Willetton has moved into the top eight with two straight victories and will be favoured to continue its resurgence.

Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks will be looking to improve on their 3-3 start and end Cockburn Cougars unbeaten run when they meet on Saturday.

The Cougars have won their first six games to leave them as the only side with a perfect record, but Perry Lakes have won two straight matches and could end Cockburns dream start.

Rockingham Flames have won four of their first five games and theyll be desperate to continue their good form when they play ATD Stirling Senators.

But the Senators have won two of their last three matches and should provide a tough test.

Wanneroo Wolves will be hoping to extend their two-game winning streak when they play Kalamunda Eastern Suns and Mandurah Magic, who have both struggled recently.

East Perth has lost four of its last five and will be desperate to improve its form with a win against Southwest Slammers, while the Bunbury side also meets the fifth placed Perth Redbacks.

Meanwhile, Rockingham's home clash against Kalamunda, which was scheduled for Friday, has been postponed to a later round because of problems finding a suitable venue.
Courtesy of: http://www.sportingpulse.com
Article by Jacob Kagi




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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
All-Baltic League 1st Team 2010-2011
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Artsiom Parakhouski
Parakhouski
Rolandas Alijevas
Alijevas
Adas Juskevicius
Juskevicius
Callistus Eziukwu
Eziukwu
Bambale Osby
Osby
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Player of the Year: Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of VEF Riga Latvia
Playoffs MVP: Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82) of Zalgiris Lithuania
Guard of the Year: Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85) of Nevezis Lithuania
Forward of the Year: Bambale Osby (203-F-86) of TTU/Kalev Estonia
Center of the Year: Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of VEF Riga Latvia
Domestic Player of the Year: Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) of Rudupis Lithuania
Bosman Player of the Year: Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of VEF Riga Latvia
Import Player of the Year: Bambale Osby (203-F-86) of TTU/Kalev Estonia
Defensive Player of the Year: Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of TU/Rock Estonia
Coach of the Year: Ramunas Butautas of VEF Riga Latvia

1st Team
G: Rolandas Alijevas (192-85) of Nevezis Lithuania
G/F: Adas Juskevicius (194-89) of Rudupis Lithuania
F/C: Callistus Eziukwu (208-85) of TU/Rock Estonia
F: Bambale Osby (203-86) of TTU/Kalev Estonia
C: Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87) of VEF Riga Latvia

2nd Team
G: Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86) of Ventspils Latvia
G: Rashaun Broadus (182-84) of Siauliai Lithuania
F: Vytenis Lipkevicius (198-89) of Rudupis Lithuania
G/F: Gediminas Orelikas (197-90) of Rudupis Lithuania
C: Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-82) of Siauliai Lithuania

Honorable Mention
Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) of Ventspils Latvia
Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83) of Ventspils Latvia
Justinas Sinica (203-F-85) of Rudupis Lithuania
Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79) of Norrkoping Sweden
Michael Dunigan (208-C-89) of Kalev/Cramo Estonia

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Rolandas Alijevas (192-85) of Nevezis Lithuania
G/F: Adas Juskevicius (194-89) of Rudupis Lithuania
G/F: Gediminas Orelikas (197-90) of Rudupis Lithuania
F: Vytenis Lipkevicius (198-89) of Rudupis Lithuania
C: Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-82) of Siauliai Lithuania

All-Imports Team
G: Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86) of Ventspils Latvia
G: Rashaun Broadus (182-84) of Siauliai Lithuania
F: Bambale Osby (203-86) of TTU/Kalev Estonia
F/C: Callistus Eziukwu (208-85) of TU/Rock Estonia
C: Michael Dunigan (208-89) of Kalev/Cramo Estonia

All-Bosmans Team
G: Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86) of TU/Rock Estonia
G: Bojan Bakic (197-83) of VEF Riga Latvia
F: Oladapo Ayuba (198-86) of Norrkoping Sweden
F/C: Randall Hanke (211-84) of Norrkoping Sweden
C: Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87) of VEF Riga Latvia

All-Playoffs Team
Marcus Brown (193-G-74) of Zalgiris Lithuania
Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) of Lietuvos Rytas Lithuania
Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82) of Zalgiris Lithuania
Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) of Lietuvos Rytas Lithuania
Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of VEF Riga Latvia



Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Osby, TT.19.0 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale19.0 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas16.9 
 5. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.5 
 7. Parakhouski, VEF R.15.2 
 8. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.15.0 
 9. Dimsa, Nevezis15.0 
 10. Krumins, Zemgale14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Osby, TT.11.7 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.5 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.9 
 4. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 5. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 6. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 7. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 8. Cukinas, Aiscai K.7.2 
 9. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.2 
 10. Cepukaitis, Juven.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.1 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 4. Kriisa, TT.5.0 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis4.8 
 6. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 7. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.4.3 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 9. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gintaras LEONAVICIUS
  Techasas
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai2.2 
 3. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 4. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 5. Dainys, Rudupis1.8 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 7. Leppik, TU/Rock1.7 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja1.6 
 9. Anderson, Ventspils1.6 
 10. Gabrans, Valmiera1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 6. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 7. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.3 
 8. Hanke, Norrkoping1.2 
 9. Cain, VEF Riga1.1 
 10. Osby, TT.1.1 


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  BOSNIA   


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


Stats Leaders - D1

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


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  BRAZIL   


Unitri/Universo and Araldite/Joinville take wins on Tuesday - by Eurobasket News
Unitri/Universo went 2-0 up on Araraquara in the eighth-final series. They claimed an 89:61 home win to step closer to the next stage. Robert Day (197-F-82, agency: 011 Sports, college: W.Oregon) unloaded 31 points to lead the hosts. Unitri/Universo established a 5-point lead after the opening quarter. Araraquara stayed within striking distance throughout the second term but the hosts increased the tempo in the second half and eased to the victory at the end. Valtinho Silva (187-G-77) had 12 points for the winners. Mark Borders (188-G-82, college: Tampa) and Daniel Zilmer (197-G/F-86) responded with 15 points apiece for Araraquara.
Joinville leveled the series versus Pitagoras/Minas. Joinville outgunned their opponents 84:77 at home court. Andre Luiz Brugger (192-G-81) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners. Joinville held Minas to just 11 points in the first quarter piling up a 6-point lead. They maintained it well throughout the next two periods and entered the fourth term ahead by 9 points. Pitagoras/Minas could not recover and had to surrender at the end. Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) netted 17 points in the winning case. Michel Nascimento (208-C-78) answered with 18 points for Pitagoras/Minas. Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72) nailed 16 points in defeat.




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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1

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


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


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  CYPRUS   


Final Stage: Etha Engomis beat AEL with 88-76 and is now 2-1 in the series. - by Chris Mammides
Coach Antonis Konstantinides troops prove to be very rough to lose a home court game and after a great second and third period, were able to beat AEL. The home court advantage seems to be very thorny to be overcome at this stage, as all three games of this final stage of the Cyprus league is a proven record!
The game started quite slow as all the games of this series with the two teams in the first quarter sharing all the defenses and all the offences but with the Lithuanian Valdas Dabkus (204-F-84) showing that he will have a different role in the specific game so with eight personal points but with an unexcused technical foul remain seated in the second period as in less than seven playing minutes, Etha's player received three fouls. On the other hand the first six points on behalf of AEL came from the usual suspect and top scorer in the play-offs American guard Brandon Ewing (187-G-86, college: Wyoming) while Delic followed as he scored all his six points from the charity line of the technical foul to Valdas Dabkus. The score in the first period was 21-18 in a much closed game and with tough defenses from both sites.

The second period begun with Reggie Redding (196-G-88, college: Villanova) and Anastasiadis taking over what Valdas Dabkus left in the middle and with four points from Reggie Redding and another four by Anastasiadis the score went to nine, 33-24. After a time out called by Spyrou to Refresh his team, Johnson scored his first three points from the charity line while Thomas Massamba (185-G-85, agency: Lanshire Group) added another three to take the score to fifteen points with another jumper from Johnson and the half time ended with four points by Brandon Ewing to cut the deficit to 13 for Etha Engomis.
It is worth mentioned that the scoring in these first 20 minutes for the home team didnt came from the usual scorers Ken Tutt (185-G-84, college: ORU) and King as their productivity was quite low with King the natural captain of the team scoring one basket and Ken Tutt scoring just four points. The 8 points by Valdas Dabkus and the 7 points by Thomas Massamba were kind of unexpected but very welcome for Coach Konstnatinides who saw his top scorer Reggie Redding on a good shape with his nine points, while on the other site, AEL Limassol took 12 points from his top scorer while Milosevic score only 2 points from the charity line and the Cypriot players of AEL none! That was the difference for the two teams as the duet Kounounis and Palalas together with Liatsos score nothing in the first half of the game.

Was it the time of the Cyprus passion to overcome the home advantage of Intercollege Etha Engomis??

The third quarter is always the most crucial in these games and in this series so Etha knew that, Antonis Konstantinides knew that and planned the game exactly as he did in the first quarter with the Lithuanian Valdas Dabkus in the starting five scoring the first three pointer the score went to sixteen points, Brandon Ewing is trying but he is all alone, after Kings waking up, the score goes to 21 points difference as King is adding five points and Reggie Redding is offering a new three pointer. Spyrou is asking for a new time-out as the difference went to heaven 57-32! Brandon Ewing and Delic are scoring a pair of threes and cutting the deficit to just 19! It is obvious that one Brandon Ewing alone cant succeed a road win against this team of Etha! The American player of AEL is performing a heroic game and he is main reason why there is still a game in the court as with another seven personal points he cuts the deficit to just thirteen 61-48, he is fighting alone his opponents as the Cypriot players of AEL not only they do not offering to the team but Kounounis was the reason to Stop for a moment Brandon Ewings crescent who got silent for some seconds but then with a new three pointer cuts the deficit to 10, 61-51 before four quick points from Reggie Redding gives an end to another thrilling quarter which reached as many as 26 points difference and went down to as little as ten.

The 4th quarter begun with AEL's forgotten player, Milosevic scoring from the paint after nearly 20 minutes, and Brandon Ewing added his 25th point in the game to bring the game once more at ten 65-55. For a minute AEL took over and with Milosevics 9th point, AEL cut the difference to a single digit with less than 8 minutes to go and the score being 69-58. Ken Tutt and Thomas Massamba's three pointers though brought the difference once more to forbidden areas for dreaming, so the score went up to 17 points 77-60 and Spyrou called a new time-out in order to try and save the game as much as he could with five minutes to the end of this third final. The final score is 88-76 after Brandon Ewing and Wyatt cutting the deficit to a shameless loss.


Top scorer of the game was Ewing with 32!! followed by Delic 18 and Wyatt with 13 while from the winning sie of ETHA top scorer was Tutt with 17 followed by Redding with 15 and Cup with 12.
Next game will take place in three days at Melford Arena.




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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 isnt 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 Dear Mr. Referee I challenge you to think of these questions: 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 you didnt earn it? 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 cant do, is the natural play of the game upset? Can a player play to the best of their ability under these circumstances? Are you controlling the game or are you creating chaos and a free for all with these calls? Does a stupid 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 refs this is a career for these players they dont leave the court and then go back to their real jobs delivering beer this is their real job, so can you please get it together ? So, lets 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 get fined, you should get reprimanded, you should be held accountable and maybe you should find a new job I hear fed-ex is hiring.

We had some technical difficulties, and the comments that were left were erased .... please resubmit I am very interested in your responses,
I encourage you to please comment you can do so anonymously, change starts with one person ..

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



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 7-0 
 2. BK Prostejov 6-2 
 3. BK Pardubice 5-3 
 4. BK Decin 3-5 
 5. NH Ostrava 1-6 
 6. Novy Jicin 1-7 
A2
 1. B&W Opava 18-12 
 2. BC Kolin 14-15 
 3. USK Praha 11-19 
 4. Basketbol Brno 10-20 
 5. Svitavy 7-23 
 6. Plzen 4-25 


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.4 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.16.0 
 3. Houska, BK Decin14.8 
 4. Hatcher, BK Decin14.8 
 5. Horak, Svitavy14.7 
 6. Burke, NH Ostrava14.5 
 7. Kotas, USK Praha14.5 
 8. Field, BC Kolin14.3 
 9. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.2 
 10. Muirhead, Novy Jicin13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Meno, Svitavy10.8 
 2. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 3. Burke, NH Ostrava8.7 
 4. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.6 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.8.6 
 6. Houska, BK Decin8.4 
 7. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.8 
 8. Frana, Plzen7.2 
 9. Kramny, Svitavy7.0 
 10. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Vrubl, Plzen5.9 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.2 
 3. Carnecky, B&W O.3.8 
 4. Jones, BC Kolin3.8 
 5. Kotas, USK Praha3.4 
 6. Hatcher, BK Decin3.3 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin3.1 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin3.0 
 9. Maio, Basketbo.3.0 
 10. Ubilla, Novy Jicin2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kotas, USK Praha2.1 
 2. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.8 
 3. Holloway, Basket.1.8 
 4. Wright, BK Pardu.1.8 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava1.7 
 6. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
 7. Vrubl, Plzen1.5 
 8. Channels, Novy Jicin1.5 
 9. Hatcher, BK Decin1.4 
 10. Gibson-B., NH Os.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Meno, Svitavy1.8 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 3. Trybanski, NH Os.1.3 
 4. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 5. Kramny, Svitavy1.0 
 6. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.9 
 7. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 8. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 9. Pelikan, Novy Jicin0.8 
 10. Bjegovic, USK Praha0.8 


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Iowa Energy beat Utah to advance to semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Michael Haynes (6'8''-F/C-81, college: Fordham) and Scott VanderMeer (7'0''-C-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) have spent the season with the Iowa Energy adjusting to roster changes, fighting for minutes, being content in the shadows.

On Tuesday night, in a win-or-else game against the Utah Flash, they had their best showings of the year, pushing Iowa to a 112-107 victory and into the semifinals of the NBA Development League playoffs.

Haynes, a 6-foot-7 forward, scored a season-high 37 points while seeing his most extensive playing time of 44 grueling minutes. He missed five of his first six shots, then started burrowing inside. He found contact often, getting pushed and pounded in an effort to reach the free-throw line, where he was 10-for-10.

I was getting to the basket, and I didnt finish the first couple of shots. I knew eventually theyd fall or Id get to the foul line, said Haynes who finished 12-of-27 from the field and sacrificed his body to help Iowa overcome a sluggish start and a 12-point deficit.

But Haynes biggest shot came 50 feet away from the basket. He pulled up just before the third-quarter buzzer and banked in a basket that gave Iowa its first lead since the opening minute of the game and brought the announced crowd of 2,137 to its feet at Wells Fargo Arena.

That shot right there? It clarified everything. It was meant to be, Haynes said.

When it left my hand, it didnt really look like it was going in. But as it was going up, I was like, Its going in.

VanderMeer, a 7-foot center who tied his season-high with 14 points and added 11 rebounds, said that shot was a huge boost for a team forced to adjust to the loss of reserve forward Marqus Blakely to the Houston Rockets. Blakely, Iowas second-leading scorer at 17.2 points per game, will make his NBA debut tonight at Minnesota.

But VanderMeer, who joins Haynes and point guard Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) as the only three players to spend the entire season on Iowas active roster, said there was a bigger factor to the win.

This is one of the tightest groups of people that Ive ever played with. We have great chemistry, and thats what pulled us through, he said. Because Utah, they started fighting with their own teammates, and I think we started supporting our guys to keep shooting and keep playing hard.

The Energy will meet the Tulsa 66ers in the best-of-three semifinals, beginning Friday in Oklahoma. Game 2 will be in Des Moines on Monday. A third game, if necessary, would be next Tuesday here.

Tulsa eliminated Iowa in the semifinals last season.

Courtesy of www.desmoinesregister.com


Lakers planning to sign guard Trey Johnson - by Eurobasket News
The Lakers are planning to sign free-agent guard Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) for backcourt depth in light of Steve Blakes indefinite absence with the chicken pox.

Johnson, 26, was with the Lakers in training camp and averaged 25.5 points, 4.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League this season. Johnson is 6-foot-5 and more of an off guard but does have ball-handling skills. He shot 32.2 percent on 3-pointers for Bakersfield yet is considered a good shooter from long range.

The Lakers could use Kobe Bryant, Shannon Brown or Lamar Odom as stopgaps at lead guard behind starter Derek Fisher while Blake is out. Luke Walton would also be in line for an increased role, even if small forward Matt Barnes balky right knee is OK.

Courtesy of http://lakers.ocregister.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.7 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.22.5 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. Sims, Maine RC20.3 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.20.2 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.20.1 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande19.6 
 8. Dentmon, Texas L.18.7 
 9. Goods, Dakota W.18.2 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.6 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers8.9 
 10. Alexander, Texas L.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.8 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.5 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.5 
 6. Crittenton, Dakota W.6.9 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 9. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.5.9 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Javaris CRITTENTON
  Dakota W.
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 5. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 9. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
 10. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.7 
 4. Gaffney, Utah F.2.3 
 5. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 7. Goodridge, Maine R.2.1 
 8. Gladness, Dakota W.2.0 
 9. Fall, Maine RC1.9 
 10. Alabi, Erie Bay H.1.8 


Bayhawks beat Bighorns, force Game Three - by Eurobasket News
Reno attempted two game-tying three-pointers in the closing seconds Tuesday night, but the Bighorns couldnt convert and ultimately fell, 114-111, to the Erie Bayhawks in Game Two of the NBA Development League playoffs in the Reno Events Center.

The Erie victory sets up a decisive Game Three, to be played Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Reno Events Center. The winner of Thursdays contest will face the winner of Wednesday nights Bakersfield-Rio Grande Valley matchup.

In a game that saw 17 ties and 14 lead changes, Erie broke a 106-106 tie late in the fourth quarter with a Kyle Spain three-pointer. On the ensuing possession, the BayHawks Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) stole a Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas A&M) pass, drew a foul and converted both free throws to give Erie a 111-106 lead it would not relinquish. Bobby Simmons (6'7''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida St.) hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to two, but Johnson converted three-of-four free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory.

Simmons poured in 21 points for Reno, leading six Bighorns in double figures. Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) and Donald Sloan chipped in 20 points apiece, and Anthony Richardson added 16 for the Horns.

The BayHawks were led by Tasmin Mitchell's (6'7''-F-86, college: LSU) 25-point effort. Erik Daniels (6'9''-G/F-82, college: Kentucky) scored 24 points off the bench for Erie, and Ivan Johnson recorded the games lone double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Game Three is set for Thursday night in the Reno Events Center. Tip time is 7 p.m. PT.

Courtesy of www.kolotv.com


Jam falls in Game 2 against Vipers - by Eurobasket News
Without Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.), the Bakersfield Jam stood little chance of beating the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Tuesday night in Game of a best-of-three playoff series in front of 4,948 at State Farm Arena.

The Jam battle for three quarters before the Vipers pulled away for a 104-92 victory to even the series at 1-1. The decisive Game 3 is at 5 p.m. today in Texas.

Jeremy Wise (6'3''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi) led the Jam with 21 points and Stephen Dennis (6'6''-G, college: Kutztown) add 19, but Bakersfield was outscored 27-20 in the fourth quarter.

Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) led the Vipers with 26 points, shooting 5-for-10 from 3-point range. Rio Grande Valley made 15 of its 36 3-point attempts (41.7 percent).

Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88, college: UTEP), who has spent most of the season with the Lakers, led the Jam with 11 rebounds, but scored just two points.

Bakersfield was without its leading scorer Johnson, who was called up by the Los Angeles Lakers to replace reserve guard Steve Blake, who missed Tuesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs with a case of the chicken pox.

Johnson led the Jam with 29 points in Bakersfield's 110-105 victory over the Vipers in Game 1 on Friday night at the Jam Events Center.

Johnson wasn't available to play Tuesday, but will be available tonight against the Kings in Sacramento for the Lakers' regular-season finale.

Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com


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  EBA   


Stats Leaders
EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Johnson, Hudson 34.8
2 Parker, Horizon 34.7
3 Scott, NY Wiz 28.5
4 Hankins, Mustangs 27.8
5 Onuaku, Madness 27.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Frazier, Destroyers 13.2
2 Cheatham, Destroyers 13.0
3 Witcher, Mustangs 10.5
4 Hubbard, Mustangs 10.0
5 Brown, M.All-Stars 9.9
Assists Per Game
1 Howard, Madness 8.8
2 Flegler, Nova H. 7.3
3 Gill, Madness 7.0
4 Scott, NY Wiz. 6.7
5 Reynolds, Mustangs 5.3
Steals Per Game
1 Hankins, Mustangs 4.3
2 Jeffries, Madness 4.2
3 Hankins, Mustangs 4
4 Hawkins, M.All-Stars 3.2
4 Randolph, Gladiators 3.2
Blocks Per Game
1 Wrice, Enterprise 3.9
2 Alleyne, NY Wiz. 3.8
3 Onunaku, Storm 2.6
4 Reynolds, Mustangs 2.3
5 Bush, M.All-Stars, 2.0
5 Kent, Mustangs 2.0
5 Onuaku, Madness 2.0


Metro All-Star Cap Successful Season with EBA Crown - by Greg
Four team arrived at Howard Universitys Burr Gymnasium on Saturday, April 9, 2011 with high hopes of winning the Eastern Basketball Alliance (EBA) Championship. Only one could claim the title. The Metropolitan All-Stars lived up to their number one seed and emerged as the EBA Champion.

Metropolitan All-Stars opened up on Saturday afternoon with a strong performance against arch-rival Maryland Marvels. Seven Metro players hit double figures led by Terrance Carters 25 in their 118 to 98 victory.

The nightcap featured the defending EBA Champion Destroyers against the New York Wizards. The Wizards dominated the first three quarters and led by 24 points going into the fourth. The Destroyers then came to life and battled back to go up by one with only 12 seconds remaining only to see the Wizards drive the court and score the winning basket and take the 117 to 144 win. Tamien Trent (34 points) was solid throughout, making field goals and foul shots at crucial moments. The Big 2 of the Destroyers, Fahreed Cheatham (28 points) and Anthony Frazier (24 points) were as firm as theyve been all year.

The EBA Championship game thus pitted top-seed Metropolitan All-Stars against the #2 seed New York Wizards. The All-Stars came out with fire in their eyes. Elyon Bush and Antwon Hawkins ran the court and hit from everywhere. When they werent shooting from the outside, they threw it inside to their big man, Calvin Brown Jr. Metro led 37 to 19 after one and 60 to 45 at the half.

The Wizards came out of the locker room determined to make a game of it. Behind the shooting of All-Star guard Aubin Scott and LA Techs Jerome Richardson, the NY squad made a run and pulled within three by the end of the third with a score of 76 to 73. Tenacious defense held the Metro All-Stars to only 6 points in a ten-minute stretch during that quarter.

However, shaky foul shooting and turnovers by the Wizards allowed the Metro team to regroup, take control in the fourth and reclaim a comfortable lead which they held to the end. Final score 108 All-Stars to 90 Wizards.

The All-Stars were led by two 20-point performances Elyon Bush and game MVP Antwon Hawkins. Aubin Scott scored 20 points for the runner-up Wizards followed by Richardsons 19.

The EBA Championship game was followed by the EBA All-Star game which featured a sparkling display of outside shooting and slam dunks. The players would have made any Horse player drool with envy. The Northern Conference won the game 113 to 72. Chris Matthews of the Washington Madness was voted MVP of the Game with 29 points, featuring five 3s.


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EMKL Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Rakvere and TTU/Kalev reach semis - by Eurobasket News
Valga/CKE - Rakvere 79-88

Rakvere advanced into the semifinal stage of the championship after they upset Valga/CKE on the road. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian forward Ivars Timermanis (202-82, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and Latvian guard Raimonds Vaikulis (191-80, agency: RIZO) who added 23 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and forward Antti Vasar (195-79) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Valga/CKE players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Valga/CKE: A.Vasar 19+6reb+1ast, A.Tagamets 18+3reb+3ast, V.Vares 15+3reb, A.Brown 12+13reb+2ast, D.Winston 6+3reb+4ast, T.Oja 5+5reb+2ast
Rakvere: I.Timermanis 29+6reb, R.Vaikulis 23+2reb+5ast, M.Hall 21+3reb+5ast, M.Dorbek 6+3reb+1ast, J.Vahter 4+3reb+2ast, B.McGee 4+13reb
gschID: 126330


Rapla - TTU/Kalev 63-73

TTU/Kalev stunned Rapla away from home to seal the birth in the next round. It looked good early as Rapla took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then TTU/Kalev had a 24-9 second period charge getting the lead and Rapla was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 63-73. They outrebounded Rapla 37-26 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rapla was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and guard Margus Klementsov (169-89) supported him with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Osby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by swingman Heigo Erm (190-80) did not help to save the game for Rapla. Power forward Raido Ringmets (204-83) added 15 points and 6 rebounds for lost side.
Top scorers:
Rapla: H.Erm 16+5reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 15+6reb+1ast, S.Kaldre 10+4reb+2ast, I.Kajupank 8+3reb+2ast, R.Raap 7+3reb, R.Laane 5+2reb+4ast
TTU/Kalev: B.Osby 16+13reb+1ast, M.Klementsov 13+5reb+2ast, I.Pilk 12+5reb+1ast, V.Kriisa 8+6reb+5ast, R.Roos 8+2reb+2ast, A.Parn 5+1reb
gschID: 126331




And the semi-finalists are... - by Janar Filippov
The quarter-finals of KML are over. Last year's silver medallists BC Rakvere Tarvas won Valga/CKE Inkasso in Valga 88:79 and TTU/Kalev beat Piimameister Otto/Rapla at Rapla 73:63. Both series ended 3:1.
At Valga, the hosts led 64:63, going into the last quarter but Tarvas made 9:2 run in 3 minutes (7 pts by Vaikulis) and went ahead 72:66. Valga climbed back to minus one but two three-pointers by Matthew Hall (191-G-86, college: Stonehill) decided the game and the fate of the series.
Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82, agency: Alti Sport) scored 29 pts and added 6 rbs for the winners. Raimonds Vaikulis (191-G-80, agency: RIZO) added 23+5ast, Hall 21+5ast. These three made 12 three-pointers. Antti Vasar (195-F-79) scored 19 for Valga.

At Rapla, the hosts won the 1st quarter 21:14 but still lost the first half 30:38. In 3rd, TTU went up by 14 (57:43) but in 4th, Rapla managed to cut the deficit to only 5 points (53:58). But in last 7 minutes, Rapla could make only one field goal and TTU held on for a firm lead.
Bambale Osby (203-F-86, college: Maryland) led TTU with 16+13rbs, Heigo Erm (190-G/F-80) had 16 for Rapla.

In semi-finals, the reigning champion TU/Rock will face TTU/Kalev while the winner of the regular season, BC Kalev/Cramo takes on BC Rakvere Tarvas in another intriguing matchup.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Erm, Rapla17.9 
 4. Vaikulis, Rakvere17.2 
 5. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 6. Brown, Va.16.3 
 7. Raadik, Parnu16.2 
 8. Arnold, TT.15.7 
 9. Osby, TT.15.6 
 10. Hall, Rakvere15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.1 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.0 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.6 
 5. Osby, TT.9.6 
 6. Kuuba, Voru KK8.9 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.4 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 9. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.2 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.8 
 2. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.4 
 3. Vaikulis, Rakvere3.4 
 4. Sokk, TU/Rock3.3 
 5. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.0 
 6. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Winston, Va.2.6 
 9. Laane, Rapla2.6 
 10. Oja, Va.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 6. Karner, Parnu2.1 
 7. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 8. Veideman, TU/Rock1.8 
 9. Doronin, TU/Rock1.8 
 10. Pilk, TT.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.8 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 3. Osby, TT.1.3 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.2 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.9 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 7. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 8. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 9. Brown, Va.0.7 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


MVP for March: Jeremy Pargo, Maccabi Electra - by Eurobasket News
There was no shortage of heroes as the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs proved over the last three weeks to be as unpredictable and dramatic as elite pro basketball can get. When the dust settled on 17 games that thrilled fans everywhere, one of those heroes stood out tallest, Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, who is Euroleague Basketball's choice as Sportingbet Monthly MVP for March. A rookie point guard, Pargo took his game from good to better to great as he inspired Maccabi to reach the Final Four again after a two-season absence. Pargo's only subpar performance during March came in the first and only game that Maccabi lost in its best-of-five series against Caja Laboral of Spain. After that, however, there was no stopping him. In Game 2, still on the road in Spain, Pargo hit the game-winning jumper with 1.3 seconds left to even the series for Maccabi. Back in Tel Aviv for Game 3, he lifted Maccabi to victory even after teammate Doron Perkins went down with a season-ending knee injury during the first half. And in Game 4, Pargo had season highs with 27 points and 7 assists as Maccabi won its third game in a row to roar into the Final Four! Pargo finished with the best performance index ranking average and the second-most points per game among all Playoffs participants. He also ranked among the top five players in three-pointers made, assists and steals. For all those reasons and more, Jeremy Pargo is Euroleague Basketball's choice as Sportingbet March MVP.

The Sportingbet MVP of the Month award now is in its seventh season. Although statistics and performance ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his team's performance. The award for March was based upon the five Playoffs series that were played throughout March and early April. Sportingbet, a Euroleague Basketball partner, is the sponsor of the MVP of the Month award. Just as the best Euroleague player each month combines performance and leadership for success, so does Sportingbet's sponsorship communicate its conviction to be the best betting brand in European basketball.

Maccabi entered the Playoffs without the homecourt advantage, and despite seeming rested, healthy and confident, struggled in the series opener. As Maccabi's shooting numbers dipped far below their average, so did Pargo's. He finished with just 7 points on 2-of-9 two-point and 1-of-4 three-point shooting in a six-point loss. Facing a crucial Game 2 just 48 hours later, Maccabi knew whom to turn to. When Laboral jumped out to a double-digit second-quarter lead, Pargo rose to the challenge on both ends of the floor to keep the game close at halftime. And when crunch time arrived, it was Pargo again who stepped up. He drew a foul and made a free throw to tie the score at 81-81 with 35.3 seconds remaining. After Laboral missed a shot, Pargo grabbed the rebound, waited out the clock and pulled up for a long jumper that went through the net with 1.3 seconds remaining to give Maccabi a series-tying victory. The action shifted back to Tel Aviv for Game 3, but Nokia Arena was suddenly deflated when Perkins was carried off the floor early in the second quarter. Pargo, who already had 9 first-quarter points, didn't let the shock of his running mate's injury affect him. He took charge with a pair of triples in a 10-0 run en route to a 41-30 lead at halftime, after which Maccabi never looked back. Pargo finished that game with 23 points, best on the floor and his season-high to that point, on 4-of-7 three-point shooting. With Perkins declared out for the season and Maccabi facing one chance to clinch the series at home, Pargo made sure in Game 4 that he and his teammates celebrated with their fans. After an electrifying 20-minute shootout that ended with Laboral ahead 51-52 at halftime, Pargo fueled a 21-2 third-quarter charge with 10 points plus assists on 5 more as Maccabi zoomed to victory and a place in the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. By the time he climbed on the shoulders of teammate Sofoklis Schortsanitis to celebrate, Pargo had raised his season-high of 26 points on 4-of-6 three-point shooting and had matched his season-best 7 assists, all that despite the added pressure of what had become a must-win game at home after Perkins, who had started all 19 previous Euroleague games beside Pargo, was injured.

After entering the Playoffs without homecourt advantage and then having lost Game 1, Maccabi had to prove itself with its season on the line. Sparked by Pargo's game-winner in Game 2 and carried by his performances after that, Maccabi did just that, handing Caja Laboral its worse two losses of the season. Pargo finished his first Playoffs as the round's leader in average performance index rating with 19.5 per game. He was also second in scoring (17.3 ppg.), fifth in assists (4.3 apg.) and tied for fifth in three-pointers made (9-for-18) and steals (1.3 spg.). Moreover, Pargo led all guards in Playoffs rebounding with 4 per game. Most of all, he led his team in the absence of his injured teammate and gave the home fans in Tel Aviv a new taste of glory.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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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, Pyrinto18.6 
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. Young, Tarmo9.6 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 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, Korihait3.4 
 10. Wilson, Honka3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jerald FIELDS
  KTP
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fields, KTP2.1 
 2. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.0 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Korihait1.7 
 7. Heard, Tarmo1.7 
 8. Lewis, LrNM.1.6 
 9. Richards, ToPo1.6 
 10. Ayers, Namika L.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.7 
 3. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 4. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 6. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo0.6 
 8. Wright, Korihait0.6 
 9. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 10. Young, Tarmo0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto crushed Korihait - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, semi-finals, Game # 1: Last season Finnish Champion Pyrinto (Tampere) got an excellent start in the semi-finals. Pyrinto crushed Korihait from Uusikaupunki tonight
82-59 (46-34). Quarters: 18-16, 28-18, 19-12, 17-13. Team defense was Pyrinto's weapon once again as Team won the game # 15 in a row. The only weakness was hitting from behind the arc: 1/13 (8%)! Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) led Pyrinto with 17 pts. All starters were in double (10-17pts) digits. Lawrence Wright (195-F-84, college: Bradley) and Petri Heinonen (207-F/C-88) were the only visitors over 10 pts. Game # 2 on Friday, April 15, at Uusikaupunki.

Pyrinto - Korihait 82-59 (46-34). (Kenneth Lowe 17, Damon Williams 13/5a, Antwine Williams 13 - Lawrence Wright 15, Petri Heinonen 10, Nigel Moore 9/5a). Pyrinto - Korihait 1-0.




Pyrinto and Kataja won the Semi-Finals openers - by Eurobasket News
Pyrinto and Kataja won the Semi-Finals openers

Pyrinto - Korihait 82-59

The game without a history. Tampereen Pyrinto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to UU-Korihait's 32. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. Forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. Tampereen Pyrinto's coach Pieti Poikola felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) added 9 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals in the effort for UU-Korihait.
Top scorers:
Korihait: L.Wright 15+8reb+2ast, P.Heinonen 10+5reb+2ast, N.Moore 9+6reb+5ast, J.Kumpulainen 9+1ast, M.Jalonen 8+4reb, B.Sarcevic 4+1reb+1ast
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 17+4reb+3ast, A.Lehto 13+3reb+2ast, A.Williams 13+6reb+3ast, D.Williams 13+5reb+5ast, A.Nikkila 10+8reb, J.Niemi 6+6reb+1ast


gschID: 126580


KTP - Kataja 73-98

It looked good early as KTP-Basket took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Joensuun Kataja had a 27-17 second period charge getting the lead and KTP-Basket was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-98. KTP-Basket was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Darren Fells (201-86, agency: Court Side) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) responded with 20 points (made all of his eight free throws) and Canadian forward Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
KTP: J.Fields 20+3reb+1ast, S.Barrett 15+7reb+2ast, J.Ivey 12+10ast, C.Jones 9+7reb, V.Lind 8+5reb+1ast, M.Holme 6+2reb+1ast
Kataja: J.Newson 25+8reb+3ast, D.Fells 18+6reb+4ast, J.Nenonen 17+4reb, J.Conley 16+5reb+3ast, S.Lehtoranta 10+5reb+3ast, A.Kanervo 9
gschID: 126579




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  FRANCE   


French Cup : Vichy in semi-finals - by Romain Brusc
Vichy (#15 in ProA) surprised everybody by winning 80-72 on the Asvel court (#7 in ProA) in the French Cup quater finals. Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) scored 23 points, took 3 rebounds and 4 steals and Reece Gaines (198-G-81, college: Louisville) added 14 points and 4 rebounds. Despite the big performance of Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) with 31 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists, ASVEL was dominated during all the match.

Limoges (#16 in ProA) logically won 81-69 in Antibes (#13 in ProB). The best scorers were Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami, FL) with 23 points and Cedrick Banks (190-G-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago) with 18 points for Limoges like Sacha Massot (204-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management) with 21 points and Justin Ingram (185-G-85, college: Toledo) with 16 points for Antibes.

Bourg (#9) the other team from ProB was eliminated on its court by Chalon (#2 in ProA) 85-79. And Nancy (#3 in ProA) is the last qualified for semi-finals thanks to its success 92-71 against Le Havre (#11 in ProA). Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) contributed with 21 points. On the other side, Joseph Jones (206-F/C-86, college: Texas A&M) scored 19 points for Le Havre.

On April 26th, Limoges will receive Vichy and Nancy will play against Chalon. The two winners will try to succeed to Orleans in Paris Bercy.



Romain Dardaine claims French NM1 weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Romain Dardaine (200-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader JSA Bordeaux Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 29 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed Get Vosges (#16, 9-20) with 28-point margin 88-60. It allowed Bordeaux to consolidate first place in the French NM1. Bordeaux have a solid 25-4 record. In the team's last game Dardaine had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Bordeaux's top player in his first season with the team. Romain Dardaine averages this season 12.4ppg and 6.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-F-83) of St Chamond. Rinna impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as St Chamond lost that game 65-75 to the higher-ranked Le Puy (#9, 15-13). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. St Chamond dropped in the standings to 15th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-17 record. Rinna is one of the most experienced players at St Chamond and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Lithuanian Petras Balocka (205-C-86) of Lievin (#11). Balocka scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Lievin, leading his team to a 79-67 win against the higher-ranked Brest (#5, 17-12). The chances of Lievin ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Balocka could help Lievin to bring them higher in the standings. Balocka has a great season in France. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.9rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Franck Monpounga (200-C-78) of Roche - 21 points and 6 rebounds
5. Juwann James (198-F-87) of Challans - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-F-83) of Sorgues - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Xavier Pasut (200-C-84) of Sorgues - 21 points and 7 rebounds
8. John Ford (207-C-78) of Bordeaux - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Vincent Lehut (186-G-87) of Lievin - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. A'Nsi Lema (197-G/F-84) of Get Vosges - 18 points, 7 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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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Feni Industri opens the last round of the Macedonian Superleague with a win over MZT Skopje - by Besart Lachi
Feni Indistrija Kavadarci and KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom opened the last round of the Macedonian Superleague in Kavadarci.
Feni Indistrija won against visiting MZT Skopje 88-70. With this win in Kavadarci , the Macedonian champion got a 1:0 advantage in the eventual clash with their rival MZT Skopje in the finals of the Capital Bank League.
The game was totally controlled by Feni Indistrija, they took the lead in the first seconds of the match and never lost it.
MZT Skopje managed to win the second quarter 23:24 but it was not enough to win the match since Feni Indistrija created a vast difference in the other three quarters, winning the first one 21:12 , the third quarter 25:17 and the last quarter 19:17.
Feni Indistrija played a better game both in the offensive and defensive end , scoring 88 points with a great percentage of 58% for field goals while letting their opponents score 70 points with a percentage of only 32%.
Feni Indistrija also outrebounded MZT Skopje with 37 rebounds while MZT Skopje got only 29 rebounds.
One more indicator for the great game played by Feni Indistrija are the 17 assists while the players of MZT Skopje only made 6.
The playmaker of the Macedonian national team Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) was the best player of the match scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, shooting with a good percentage of 64% from the field and 100% from the free throw line.
The best player for the visitors was the center Miljan Pupovic (209-C/F-83) scoring 19 points for 19 minutes with a great percentage of 70% from the field.
He also added 7 rebounds and 1 steal.

This weekend in the same venue Feni Indistrija will host the BIBL Final Four.
On Friday the 15th Feni Indistrija will play against KK Mornar in the semi final of the Balkan League.
One of the official guests of the Final Four in Kavadarci will be Pini Gershon, most famous for winning the Euroleague three times with Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Top Scorers:


Feni Indistrija: Darko Sokolov 21+6reb+3ast , Jarrid Frye 14+3reb+6ast, Dusan Knezevic 11+9reb+1ast
MZT Skopje: Miljan Pupovic 19+7reb, Darnell Lindsay 15+6reb+1ast




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  GERMANY   


ProB Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Ehingen - NBC 59-47

Ehingen advanced to the Finals as they beat NBC in the decisive game. The game without a history. Ehingen/Urspringschule led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NBC to just 7 points in first quarter. Ehingen/Urspringschule held NBC to an opponent 22.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 37.0 percent accuracy of the winners. It was a great evening for guard Mario Blessing (184-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 4 assists. Naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) helped adding 6 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Dominik Schneider (203-85) with 11 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) scored 4 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: M.Blessing 13+2reb+4ast, V.Matthews 7+5reb+1ast, R.Spoden 7+2reb+1ast, E.Niedermeyer 6+3reb, A.Vargas 6+5reb+2ast, K.Bright 6+2reb+1ast
NBC: C.Adler 13+3reb, D.Schneider 11+9reb, W.Chavis 6+4reb+2ast, A.Smith 4+10reb+4ast, J.Reile 4+3reb, D.Taylor 3
gschID: 126574




Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Wood, Dt.18.7 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons17.0 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.0 
 4. Harris, EnBW L.15.8 
 5. Ross, MBC15.7 
 6. Allen, ALBA15.6 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 8. Benzing, ratio.15.3 
 9. Dorris, Phoenix .15.3 
 10. Callahan, Bremerha.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm11.0 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.3 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.0 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.7 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Burtschi, Phoenix .6.9 
 7. Stevic, EWE B.6.8 
 8. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.7 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.4 
 10. Anderson, Goett.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.3 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.7 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.5 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.1 
 5. Green, EnBW L.4.6 
 6. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 7. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.3 
 8. Jordan, LTi 46ers4.2 
 9. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.2 
 10. Copeland, Bremerha.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bailey, Goettingen1.5 
 5. Dorris, Phoenix .1.5 
 6. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.4 
 8. Ross, MBC1.4 
 9. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 10. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.8 
 3. Bryant, ratiopharm1.6 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.3 
 5. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 6. Seward, Phoenix .1.2 
 7. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 
 9. Kurz, Art.Dragons0.9 
 10. Powell, Dt.0.9 


Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) The Artland Dragons Are A Very Good Well Rounded Team That Can Hurt You In Many Ways - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is a rookie this season for Phoenix Hagen. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against The Artland Dragons on April 15th.

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

Well we were fortunte to be able to play 2 days later and put that game behind us. Everyone has a bad night. we had a TERRIBLE night, but we bounced back sunday and got a huge road win

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

2 road games in 3 days is demanding on the body. Especially with how short we were with players. now we get a full week of before Artland comes in.

How did you like the Volkswagon arena in Braunschweig? It is a very beautiful modern arena

Its a great arena. Probably in my top 4 or 5.

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.

Well they had just beat MBC by 40 and we just lost by 40. They probably werent as mentally ready as they should have been. Luckily for us, we capitalized on it.

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

knocking down our free throws. We had missed a couple it could have gotten to a 2 possession game with 1 minute to play.

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

Zygi can get hot in a hurry, but i still win.

Phoenix Hagen played their last road game of the season. How happy are you too close out the season with two home games?

Its great to close out the season at home. No more long bus trips.

Phoenix Hagen had a big win in Braunschweig. Was this road trip extra ordinary in any way since it was the last one?

No different than the others. I was able to watch Semi-Pro so that might have been the difference maker.

The next game is against the Artland Dragons. Could they reach the beko BBL final?

Artland has a good chance. They are a very good, well rounded team that can hurt you in a lot of ways.

What is your memory of the 111-92 loss at Artland earlier in the season?

They didnt miss much and whatever they wanted to do on offense, they did. We were outplayed and outworked.

Is it easier to defend Nathan Peavy on the perimeter or inside?

Either way he is a tough cover.

Will BG Goettingen reach the 2011 beko BBL playoffs?

They got the much needed win in Tubingen, but they still have a shot. They definitely cant afford to lose again.

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has stated that he wont chnage the way he acts on the court despite getting suspensions. Is this the right attitude? Do you think its good for the league to have more of these type of players just to spruce up the league like Dennis Rodman did in the 90s?

Absolutely its the right attitude. The refs and the commissioner have tried to micro manage the game way too much. I enjoy watching those type of players.

Does Dwight Howard have any chance of winning the 2011 NBA MVP award?

He has an outsde chance. I still think Derrick Rose earns the award.

The Miami Heat have said that they wont sign Eddie Curry for the post season. Would he fit into the Heat system?

I dont think he would. The Heat would have been he same with or withou him

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?

Maybe. They have a lot of talent on that team and not too many super stars. great role players and thats what it takes for a championship team.

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

Rondo is still maturing as a point. He has great veterans around him to make him better, but like I said before, every player goes through a slump at some point in the season.

What makes you such a strong monoply player? Whar is your favorite monoply street?lol

Its like luck of the irish but im not irish, you figure it out. And the key to winning is the Orange properties. Dave, Q, Matt, Mark, and Malte know all about it.

Thanks Jacob for the chat.


The Artland Dragons Add Cecil Brown - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Artland Dragons have announced that Cecil Brown (193-G-83, college: UCSB) will join the club for the stretch run of the season. Brown is a 27 year old 193cm guard from Ingelwood, California and is a smart, efficient, and an excellent leader. He runs a team, scores, consistently hits the 3 point shot. Thiss eason, he played in Israel for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan averaging 12,4ppg, 1,9rpg, 1,9apg and 1,0spg. 'We chose a guard for the simple reason that we will be very fragil if a Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) or Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) get injured. We also chose this time, becuase Rob Kurz is injured and brown can get playing time and learn the plays. He is a combo guard that feels most at home at the two position. He is an allrounder that can also play the position one and has the type of body that can play the position three. It is also important that he is a good defender', stressed Dragons coach Stefan Koch

Brown played at the University of Califorina/Santa Barbara from 2002-2007 and in his senior year played 24 games: 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 42.1%, 3Pts: 37.2%, FT: 75.6%. In 2007-2008, he played his professional rookie season in his home town for the Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League, starting five): 43 games: 12.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT-1 (42.7%), FT: 81.3%. In 2008-2009, he came to Europe and played for Etendard de Brest (France-ProB, starting five): 32 games: 15.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 82.4%. Last season, he returned to the D-League and played for Tulsa 66ers (D-League, starting five): 34 games: 13.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 46.6%, FT: 83.7%. He was a D-League finalist.

Source: Artland Dragons



Dashaun Wood Racks Up MVP Award And Chris Fleming Coach Of The Year and First And Second Team Allstars Announced - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After the blow out win against Phoenix Hagen last weekend, it seemed like Skyliner point guard Dasaun Wood was the only one in the beko BBL community that wasnt totally sure if he would get the MVP award despite having only his third game this season where he didnt score in double figurers, but sometimes one cant be sure until the envelope has been opened. But Wood really had nothing to worry about since he ran away in the MVP race about as quickly as his road runner quickness that has driven beko BBL teams crazy all season long. Wood recieved 123 votes and a distant second and third were Brose Basket Bamberg players Predrag Suput with 39 points and ex NBA player Casey Jacobsen with 33 points.

There was little surprise as Chris Fleming from the Brose Baskets Bamberg was chosen as coach of the year. He has led Bamberg all season long and held the team at first place with only two loses and winning his third overall German cup and second with Bamberg. Fleming recieved 93 points, in second place was Deutsche Bank Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert with 63 points and a close third was Henrik Roedl from TBB Trier

Thebeko BBL also announced the first and second team Allstar teams.


Beko BBL-All-First-Team
Point Guard: DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) (DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS)
Shooting Guard: Julius Jenkins (ALBA BERLIN)
Small Forward: Casey Jacobsen (Brose Baskets)
Power Forward: Predrag Suput (Brose Baskets)
Center: John Bryant (ratiopharm Ulm)

Beko BBL-All-Second-Team
Point Guard: Tyrese Rice (Artland Dragons)
Shooting Guard: Brian Roberts (Brose Baskets)
Small Forward: Robin Benzing (ratiopharm Ulm)
Power Forward: Derrick Allen (ALBA BERLIN)
Center: Tibor Pleiss (Brose Baskets)


Source: beko BBL


Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To EnBW Ludwigsburg Game April 15th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 26 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany and is playing his second season with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. In 2008-2009, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. Last season, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. Brandon took some time to talk to eurobasket before the game against EnBW Ludwigsburg April 15th

How well has Braunschweig digested the 101-92 loss against Phoenix Hagen?

Im not sure we have digested it well. We needed the win.

Braunschweig defended so well at the Top 4 weekend. How do explain the defensive performance against Phoenix Hagen?

Terrible.

The next game is against EnBW Ludwigsburg. What has been your impression of the club this season? Will they reach the playoffs?

I havent seen much of them but I think they are a talented team. These last games will be important for them and we have to realize how important they are for us as well

What do you remember from the 80-76 win earlier in season?

It was a sloppy game and we were fortunate to come out with a victory

EnBW play very intelligfent inside/out basketball. What will be key in getting win?

Defense and desire.

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has stated that he wont chnage the way he acts on the court despite getting suspensions. Is this the right attitude? Do you think its good for the league to have more of these type of players just to spruce up the league like Dennis Rodman did in the 90s?


Maybe he is getting treated unfairly but his attitude isnt making things better so maybe he should try something different. Im not sure if his attitude is what sells tickets but maybe.

Does Dwight Howard have any chance of winning the 2011 NBA MVP award?


I think Derrick Rose is a lock

The Miami Heat have said that they wont sign Eddie Curry for the post season. Would he fit into the Heat system?


I think he would


Thanks Brandon for the chat


Can BBC Bayreuth Keep Their 2011-2012 beko BBL Aspirations Alive With A Win Against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners April 15th? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
When one is enjoying the beautiful spring weather and feeling a calm mild breeze on your cheeks, one can get into the mood to dream about beko BBL basketball, but one cant always think about breathtaking ally-ops from 2011 Mr beko BBL MVP DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) to Quantez Robertson, Mr ballerina Derrick Allen making another opponent look silly out dancing him with his ballerina moves or following the gracefulness of Casey Jacobsen on the court. Sometimes it is impossible not too think about the negative and when one contemplates the undesirable and unlucky season of BBC Bayreuth this year, it can be as unexplainable as to why Baseball crazed Puerto Rico which gave the world legends like Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda or Roberto Alomar are worrying more if guys like Carlos Degado, Felipe Lopez or Jose Molina will have MLB jobs this summer than their own national unemployment problem, the Houston Texans starting games so slowly and then not being surprised that another attempt at the post season goes down the drain like a bottle of sour milk does or a penny going down the drain to hear the chime, why Buffalo sports teams Bills and Sabers are unable to bring a championship home or to why race car legend Mario Andretti was plagued with not winning a second Indianapolis 500 after the year 1969?. BBC Bayreuth had the talent on paper to be a potential playoff team, but instead got more used to losing on a consistent rate then Americans being asked if they knew who Richard Wagner was? The riddle as to why BBC Bayreuth is near the cellar of the beko BBL standings is about as ridiculous as why Bayern Munich isnt at the top of the German soccer Bundesliga with the roster that they have. 'I would have to say that is just bad luck, I am not sure I could compare it to something like what is happening with Buffalo teams, but they just havent been able to put it together, but they still have a chance to hold the league so its not that bad', stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) Losing is something that no professional athlete strives for, but it is something that is always tough and something a player needs to deal with. 'No, I cant ever remember being on a losing team ever in my career but I can say it does suck to lose and it is a tough habit to break and something you should never get used to doing. I think the best way to deal with it is just to try and stick together and find a way to look at the positives which come out of the situation', warned John Bynum

The last time BBC Bayreuth won the BEKO BBL title was in 1989 a few months before German tennis legends Boris Becker and Steffi Graf won Wimbeldon together, Sebastian Vettel was only two years old and late Boston Celtic Reggie Lewis was slowly making a name for himself in the NBA. Back then the team was called Steiner Bayreuth and had German basketball legends like Michael Koch , Hansi Gnad and Oldham Calvin and success was as common in 88 and 89 for the club as winning was fr Rhein Energie Colonge was from 2004-2006. After being regulated in 1999 due to financial reasons, the team had to start at scratch in the Regionaliga and fought its way back up to the PRO A and finally landed back in the BEKO BBL in 2010. For a team that was coming from the PRO A, it sure found a way within their budget to land NBA, Euroleague and North Carolina Tar Heel experience. Last season BBC Bayreuth ran away with the PRO A title registering a record of 26-4. They started the season strong going on a 10 game winning streak before losing their first game to the Kirchheim Knights on December 3rd. They then went on another big winning streak of eight games. They closed the season going on a 6-5 record, but showed that they had the talent to move up to the next level. The team had four players scoring in double figures and was led by JJaivon Harris (197-G-82, college: Ohio) who was rewarded after 6 years in the PRO A with the jump to the BEKO BBL. The success of the team was led by German coach Andreas Wagner who has had the magical wane of bringing teams up as he did it with Bayern Munich into the PRO A in 2004, Walferdange (Luxemberg) into the top league and Nordlingen into the BEKO BBL in 2008. Wagner didnt have it easy taking over for fan favorite Derrick Taylor (184-G-63, college: LSU), but the fans have felt his love and passion of winning.

However Andreas Wagner has had a steady rise as head coach and is coaching for the second time in the BEKO BBL. Wagner also has had a secret formula of how to help basketball clubs reach the next level as he brought FC Bayern Munich from the Regionaliga to the second Bundesliga in 2004, led the Nordlingen Giants from the PRO to the BEKO BBL in 2008 and had another trick up his sleeve bringing BBC Bayreuth from the PRO A into the BEKO BBL in 2010. Of course, the question is can he keep BBC Bayreuth in the BEKO BBL in 2011? In 2008-2009, he had the trio of Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana) Monta McGhee (198-F-79, agency: Basket Law/NM Services, college: Lewis) ,Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.) that almost seemed to take care of 99,9% of all the team scoring, but the club somehow despite no bench finished the season in 16th place, but decided to go down to the PRO A because the lack of a sound financial base for the BEKO BBL. Wagner was able to sweep 3 time BEKO BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg. Wagner has a passion for the game of basketball and the players feel that. 'I enjoy playing for coach Wagner. He values his team, cares about his team and wants us to do well. It is always nice playing for a coach that is so passionate about winning', stressed 2009 NCAA champion with North Carolina Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) Alba Berlin loses in Bamberg with 51 points and it seems that everyone wants the head of Luka Pavicevic, but in Bayreuth it seems like nobody felt like he needs to go despite the lack of success this season. 'There is no telling what can happen in this league, but usually when things arent going well, the coach is the first to go', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). However BBC Bayreuth have faith in the German and extended his contract no matter what happens to the club.

Currently BBC Bayreuth is in 17th place with a record of 8-23, but have the same amount of wins as MBC and Giessen. The team started off with two losses against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and the Giessen 46ers before winning a big game at home against 2010 Eurochallenge champion BG Goettingen. However instead of continuing the winning streak, the club suffered a five game losing streak before recovering and going on a two game winning streak beating Phoenix Hagen and TBB Trier on the road. However since then the team has a record of 5-16. I think their guards are a big part of their success. But they have had injuries as well this season. Gibson is a solid point, and Ginyard is a great player as well. Harris comes in and is a solid back up. I think the guards but then you have Reiner in the middle as well and he gives them a guy on the block that can score', added John Bynum It hasnt helped the team either that they lost five games by five or less points. If they had won at least three of those games, they would be playing beko BBL next season. 'They have all the pieces, but cant seem to put it together this season. Their strength is that they have high quality players at each position. Our biggest problem when we played them was not being able to keep Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana) in front of us on the press', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). With so much talent, but a surprising weak record, the team has to have some kind of weaknesses? It also has been surprising that the club wasnt able to have more success even with strong experienced players like Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa) and Koko Archibong (202-F-81, college: Pennsylvania) on the roster. I just think it has just been one of those seasons for them. It is there first year in the league but still on paper if you were to look at that team, they are a good team. I dont know what it is but they beat us twice so I cant really say nothing negative about them. I think there weakness is just playing consistent for 40 minutes, they play well at times and have let ups and at this level you cant have too many let ups but like I said, they didnt have a let up against us either time', warned John Bynum 'I think chemistry has been their weakness', said Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). 'We need to focus for 40 minutes. We have shown glimpses of being a good team, but only for short phases', stressed Marcus Ginyard I had BBC Bayreuth as a potential playoff team before the season, but boy was I wrong. 'I think on paper they were a playoff team, but it takes more than that. They just had problems and just couldnt put it together', added John Bynum With three games remaining and BBC Bayreuth (opponents Frankfurt, Duesseldorf, Bamberg), MBC (opponents Tuebingen, Giessen, BG Goettingen) and Giessen (opponents Trier, MBC, Phoenix Hagen) all tied, will BBC Bayreuth have the better cards to stay in the beko BBL despite Giessen having the easiest schedule? 'I honestly think Bayreuth will stay in the league. They have played well and got some key wins in the past 2 months', warned John Bynum

BBC Bayreuth is led by Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa) who is a 28 year old 211cm American playing for his third team in the BEKO BBL. He played at Iowa (NCAA) from 2000-2004 and was a Big10 Tournament Champion in 2001. It didnt take him long to find himself in the NBA as he played 49 games in total for three teams for the Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns and Milwauke Bucks. After the NBA came Europe as he played in Spain for Polaris World Murcia in 2007-2008 before finishing the season with the Brose Baskets Bamberg playing 20 games averaging 9.4ppg, Reb-5 (6.8rpg), 2FGP: 52.1%, FT: 53.9%. In 2008-2009, he nearly made the Philadelphia 76ers, but was one of the last cuts and then in December 2008 moved to Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 12 games: 13.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 53.9%, FT: 72.7%. In 2009-2010, he started with the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), only pre-season, in Dec.'09 moved to Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League): 17 games: 13.1ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 45.7%, FT: 72.2%. He finished last season in Puerto Rico for Gallitos de Isabela (Puerto Rico-BSN): 8 games: 12.4ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 25.0%. This season in the BEKO BBL he is averaging 13,3ppg, 8,0rpg and 1,2apg. He hass cored in double figures 21 times and has registered 6 double doubles. Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana) is a 26 year old 180cm point guard from Madison, Indiana who is playing his fourth season in Germany and second in the BEKO BBL. In 2007-2008, he slowly made a name for himself in the German basketball world as he played for the Cuxhaven BasCats (Germany-ProA, starting five): 28 games: 15.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 38.1%, FT: 76.3%. In 2008-2009, he played his first season in the top German league for Giants Noerdlingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 34 games: 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 66.0%. Last season, he made the jump for the cheese in Holland and promptly led the league in scoring for Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 43 games: Score-1 (18.3ppg), 2.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 73.3%. He was named MVP in the Dutch league. This season, he is averaging 11,8ppg, 1,6rpg and 3,6apg and is doing a fine job running the team. He has gotten 18 double doubles this season.

The team also signed Marcus Ginyard who is a 23 year old 196cm shooting guard/small forward from Alexandria, Virginia. He is a BEKO BBL rookie who played for legendary coach Dean Smith at North Carolina from 2005-2010 winning the NCAA tournament in 2008. He played 108 NCAA games and in his senior year averaged 7.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 67.1% in 33 games. Getting adjusted from the NCAA to the BEKO BBL hasnt been easy. The German league is more physical. I have to take care of my body and always be ready to take hits, stated Ginyard. Even though, he is known as a defensive force, he has other weapons as well in his playing arsenal. I am seen as a defensive player, but I showed in preseason that I can score. I think I am a better offensive player than what I get credit for, added Marcus Ginyard The American played together with NBA players like Danny Green (198-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina), Wayne Ellington (193-G-87, college: N.Carolina), Tyler Hainsborough, Brandon Wright (188-G-82, college: Erskine), Ty Lawson and Ed Davis (208-F-89, college: N.Carolina) and remembers who was the best. I think looking at the stats, Hainsborough was the best college player ever, but the best player that I played against was Ty Lawson (180-G-87, college: N.Carolina) He always has the ability to take over a game. He always has the potential to change a game and be that x factor in a game, commented Marcus Ginyard This season, Ginyard is averaging 11,3ppg, 3,5rpg and 1,6apg. He hass cored in double figures 18 times. The team also brought in Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Interperformances) who played under BBC Bayreuth coach Andreas Wager in Nordlingen. Jeanty is a 26 year old 183cm combo guard from Gloucester, Canada. He is a shooter who runs the offense guy at the point and a scorer shooter at the two position. A good shooter with unlimited range and incredibly consistent. He defends bigger guards extremely well because of his strength and he is as tough a competitor also. He played at Carleton from 2003-2007 and winning just about everything there is to win at the Canadian college level. He started his professional basketball career in Germany for the Nordlingen Giants from 2007-2009. He played briefly in Rumania last season before finishing the year with the Giessen 46ers where he played 14 games: 13.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 86.7%. At the moment, he is injured and was averaging 9,9ppg, 2,6rpg and 1,5apg.

The team also brought in the very experienced Koko Archibong (202-F-81, college: Pennsylvania) who is a 29 year old 202cm forward that has the Nigerian/American citizenship. He played at Pennsylvania (NCAA) from 1999-2003 and was Ivy Legaue champion in 2000 and 2002. He then almost made it to the NBA in 2003 as he was one of the last cuts of the Los Angeles Lakers. He started his professional basketball career in France with Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez (France-ProA): Euroleague: 13 games: 3.2ppg, 1.9rpg; French ProA League: 21games: 3.8ppg, 1.9rpg. He won the league title and cup in France. Besides playing the 2008-2009 season with Asseco Prokom Sopot (Poland-PLK): Euroleague: 13 games: 2.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg; Polish League: 20 games: 6.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 70.6%,, he has been all of his career in Germany. He played for The Brose Baskets Bamberg from 2004-2006 winning the BEKO BBL title in 2005. He played for Alba Berlin in 2006-2007 (ULEB Cup: 12 games: 4.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg; German League: 37 games: 6.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 30.8%, FT: 68.6%) and in 2007-2008 played for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners (ULEB Cup: 6 games: 11.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.5spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 83.3%; German League: 41 games: 8.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 43.4%, FT: 57.0%). Last season, he had a disappointing season in Duesseldorf playing 33 games: 11.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 70.2%. This season for BBC Bayreuth, he is averaging 8,6ppg, 3,9rpg and 1,5apg. The club also returns JJJaivon Harris (197-G-82, college: Ohio) who is a 28 year old 196cm guard and is playing his fourth season for BBC Bayreuth and seventh in Germany. He played at Ohio Univ. (NCAA) from 2000-2004 and in his senior year played 30 games averaging 15.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.7apg. After six seasons in the German second league where he averaged 16,8ppg, he finally got rewarded by playing in the BEKO BBL. Last season, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 80.6%. This season, he is averaging 7,0ppg, 2,3rpg and 1,3apg. He is shooting very well with 45% from the field and 40% from the parking lot. He has scored in double figures 9 times.

The club also returned American Pete Campbell (201-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler) who is a 26 year old 201cm forward from Muncie Indiana. He is a deadly shooter and can give shooting clinics from outside at any time of the day. If someone calls down town, then he will surely be firing away at ease to please. He started his basketball career in 2004-2005 at IUPUI-Ft.Wayne (NCAA): 28 games: 11.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3Pts: 38%. He then transferred to Butler and played there from 2005-2008. In his last season at Butler, he played 31 games: 11.7ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 47.5%, 3Pts: 45.7%, FT: 66.7%. In 2006-2007, he reached the NCAA sweet 16 and that season shot 51% from down town. He played his rookie year in Germany for the Duesseldorf Giants (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 29 games: 9.7ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT-3 (46.3%), FT: 75.0%. Last season, he started with Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 7 games: 6.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 50.0%, in Dec.'09 moved to BBC Bayreuth (Germany-ProA): 17 games: 11.2ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 85.7%. This season, he is averaging 8,6ppg and 2,7rpg. He is shooting 45% from the field and 46% from the three point line. He has scored in duble figures 9 times. The team also brings back Steve Wachalski (203-F/C-83) who had to wait a year longer than JJJaivon Harris (197-G-82, college: Ohio) to finally reach the BEKO BBL. However his journey seems all the more amazing since he played in the Regionaliga just three years ago. Wachalski is a 27 year old 203 cm forward that played for Osnabrucker SC from 2003-2008 in the Regionaliga. He signed for two more years in Osnabruck and then played PRO B. Last season, he played 30 games averaging 17.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT-3 (46.6%), FT: 78.9%. he is known for his consistent three point shooting. This season, he is playing sparingly averaging 3,3ppg and 1,7rpg.

With the injuries to Koko Archibong (202-F-81, college: Pennsylvania) and Osvaldo jeanty, the club added some strong players with Drew Neitzel (183-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) and Ekene Ibekwe (206-F-85, college: Maryland). Neitzel is a 25 year old 183cm guard. he has excellent court vision, is talented at pushing the ball in transition, limits turnovers and is a very tough player for his size. He had an outstanding career at Michigan State from 2004-2008 reaching the NCAA Final 4 in 2005 and NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008. He played with some outstanding players like Maurice Ager, Alan Anderson and Travis Walton. In 2008-2009, he turned professional and played for Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga): Eurocup: 12 games: 8.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 82.4%; German League: 34 games: 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 86.0%. Last season, he played for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA, starting five): French League: 12 games: 12.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.3apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 72.7%; EuroChallenge: 4 games: 13.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 81.8%, left in Dec.'09, next month moved to TBB Trier (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 14 games: 7.4ppg, 1.5apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 85.7%. The team also added Ekene Ibekwe (206-F-85, college: Maryland) recently who is a 25 year old 296cm forward with American/Nigerian roots. He is a long, lean dynamic player with unlimited athletic potential that can score in the post and brings energy to the team on defense with his shot blocking ability. He played at Maryland from 2004-2007. He turned professional in 2007 and played in Israel and in France for Bensancon where he was France PRO B champion. In 2008-2009, he played for Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 28 games: 18.6ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, Blocks-5 (1.8bpg), FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 57.0%. Last season, he played for Bld Antalya (Turkey-TBL) in Jan.'10 signed at Genc Banvitliler (Turkey-TB2L, starting five): 10 games: 21.2ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2.2spg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 59.2%. This season, he started with The Artland Dragons averaging 11,8ppg, 5,8rpg, 1,1apg and 1,3bpg. he then had a very short stay in Israel for Ashkelon (Israel-Premier League) averaging 6,0ppg and 4,7rpg. Currently for BBC Bayreuth he is averaging 11,8ppg, 5,8rpg and 1,1apg.

The team also has a trio of talented youngsters with Simon Schmitz (188-G-90), Phillipp Heyden (208-C-88) and Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89). Schmitz is a 20 year old 188cm point guard that began his basketball career in 2005 with SG Bad Duerkheim/Speyer junior team. In 2008-2009, he played for BIS Baskets Speyer (ProB, starting five) where he played together with German national player Elias harris. He played German League: 20 games: 14.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 79.1%; also TV Bad Bergzabern (2.Regionalliga): 8 games: 14.5ppg. Last season, he played for Science City Jena (ProA): 29 games: 10.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 80.2%, in Mar.'10 also played at Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (1.Bundesliga). Last season, he played at the European Championships U20 in Croatia -10: 9 games: 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 80.0%. This season, he is averaging 2,8ppg in 8,9 minutes per game and shooting 40% from outside. The team brought in 22 year old 208cm center Phillipp Heyden. Heyden started his basketball career with BSG Ludwigsburg (Regionalliga): 15 games: 4.4ppg in 2005. From 2006-2008, he played for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin. In 2008, he signed with EnBW Ludwigsburg (1.Bundesliga), German League: 7 games: 2.6ppg; played also for VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA): 23 games: 13.1ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 72.5%. Last season, he played mostly for VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA): 18 games: 9.9ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 63.9%, played also at EnBW Ludwigsburg (1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 1.3ppg, 1.4rpg. He is another very talented German big man that is just waiting for his breakthrough. This season he is averaging 1,8ppg and 1,4rpg in 8,0 minutes. The team also returns 21 year old 206cm center Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89) who was born in Schwandorf. He started his basketball career with Franken Hexer (2.Regionalliga) in 2006. In 2007-2008, he played for SELLBYTEL Baskets Nuernberg (ProA, starting five): 20 games: 3.2ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 39.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 66.7%. In 2008-2009, he played for Franken Hexer (ProB, starting five): 29 games: 9.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 25.3%, FT: 75.0%. Last season, he played only three games for BBC Bayreuth. He has played for the German U-18 and U-20 German national teams. This season he is averaging 1,4rpg in 8,0 minutes.

In the first meeting this season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had to fight for a 83-75 win. BBC Bayreuth surprised Frankfurt in the first half with an offensive onslaught, but the Skyliners came back in the second half to get the win. DaShaun Wood led all scorers with 26 points and had seven assists. BBC Bayreuth was led by Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa) with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Pete Campbell (201-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler) had 18 points hurting Frankfurt with six bombs from outside. An interesting duel will be the point guard match up between Wood and Gibson. Gibson will be seeking revenge after netting only four points. 'I think that it will be a good duel. Both guards run their teams very well and I think that each teams supporting casts will make the difference. I also think that Gibson has to find a way to slow him down or whoever is guarding Wood. ', warned John Bynum 'That will be a good battle. Both are very quick and the keys to their teams. You would not really think that Gibson could be so fast, because he is stocky, but he is quick', added Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). Another interesting battle could be Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn)Marcus Ginyard 'This will be a good match up. Ginyard is a solid player that defends well and his offense is coming around', said John Bynum 'Ginyard fits the team well. He does a lot of things on the court that go unnoticed. They both are athletic players that are underrated and could be the key to the game', expressed Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). It seems like the name Wood keeps coming up for Frankfurt every week as the key for winning. ' Frankfurt has to play their game. If Wood gets in the lane and controls the tempo then they will have good chances of winning. Frankfurt just has to put pressure on the offensive end at all times and dont stop attacking and defensively pressure the ball and try and make them play up tempo.', added John Bynum BBC Bayreuth can score and will have the home court advantage 'Frankfurt has to have a great effort on defense. BBC Bayreuth is a very difficult team to handle on offense. BBC Bayreuth will have an advantage on the blocks', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). BBC Bayreuth has to control the boards and make Frankfurt play defense and try and make someone beat them besides Wood', warned John Bynum BBC Bayreuth has to watch DaShaun Wood and Frankfurt should keep an eye on North Carolina standout Marcus Ginyard 'I think Marcus Ginyard is the X-factor for BBC Bayreuth. If he plays well then the team usually does as well. He can change a game on both ends', added John Bynum BBC Bayreuth host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners April 15th at 19:30






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  HUNGARY   


A Division Quarterfinals: All series tied at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Second games of the Playoff Quarterfinals were played last night. All series are tied at 1-1 now. Third games are scheduled for Friday.



ZTE KK - Atomeromu 70-79 (1-1)

The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Atomeromu made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. American power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international swingman David Vojvoda (191-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) chipped in 22 points and 4 steals during the contest. Atomeromu's coach Imre Horvath used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international swingman Tamas Kaman (200-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) responded with 13 points and 7 assists and international power forward Adam Toth (208-89, agency: FCM) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 22+1reb+3ast, B.Sales 18+11reb+1ast, J.Hodges 12+2reb+4ast, A.Kovacs 10+1reb+1ast, G.Koertelyesi 8+3reb, J.Pavlik 5
ZTE KK: A.Toth 18+2reb, T.Kaman 13+4reb+7ast, G.Baki 10+2reb, G.Kinter 10+2reb, A.Vertetics 9+7reb+2ast, G.Toth 6+1reb


gschID: 126595


Kecskemeti - Kormend 83-63 (1-1)
The game without a history. Kecskemeti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Kecskemeti especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Croatian swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) notched 29 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Croatian swingman Hrvoje Orsulic (203-83) supported him with 8 points and 7 rebounds. Kecskemeti's coach Stojan Ivkovic used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 10 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) did not help to save the game for Kormend. Guard Andras Rujak (187-88) added 7 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests.
Top scorers:
Kecskemeti: I.Siriscevic 29+5reb+1ast, Z.Bencze 14+1reb, H.Orsulic 8+7reb+3ast, K.Wittmann 6+2reb+5ast, G.Cseh 6+1reb+1ast, M.Csorvasi 6+6reb+1ast
Kormend: I.Nemeth 15+2reb+2ast, R.Bell 10+7reb+3ast, C.Ferencz 9+1ast, A.Rujak 7+7reb+6ast, G.David 7+2reb, E.Dies 7+5reb
gschID: 126593


Falco-Szova - Albacomp 79-63 (1-1)
The game without a history. Falco-Szova led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Albacomp was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Charles Gosa (202-77, college: N.Mexico St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Falco-Szova's coach Nikola Lazic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International guard Adam Hanga (201-89, agency: FCM) replied with 17 points and American swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma, agency: Impact Basketball) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Albacomp. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: J.Doyne 26+1reb+1ast, C.Gosa 20+8reb+2ast, M.Aliakseyeu 17+6reb, L.Simon 5+2ast, T.Pankar 5+2reb+1ast, L.Kalman 4+3reb+6ast
Albacomp: A.Hanga 17+3reb+2ast, B.Simon 11+1reb+3ast, R.Hendlein 10+5reb, T.Crocker 10+7reb+2ast, F.Bodi 7+2reb, J.Jones 6+8reb
gschID: 126594


PVSK Pannon - Szolnok 103-100 (1-1)
The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 36-26 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. PVSK Pannon made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Szolnok turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 62.5 percentage. 27 personal fouls committed by Szolnok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) who scored 31 points and 6 assists. Croatian guard Josip Glavinic (192-82) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. American guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) produced 25 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 17 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: M.El-Amin 31+3reb+6ast, J.Glavinic 22+5reb+6ast, A.Deak 21, J.Eilingsfeld 12+7reb+1ast, N.Toth 10+6reb, B.Egemonye 4+8reb+2ast
Szolnok: O.Trotter 25+5reb+3ast, M.Fodor 20+1reb+1ast, A.Horvath 18+2reb, M.Bader 17+11reb+2ast, V.Budimir 13+3reb+4ast, I.Clark 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 126592




A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jara DOYNE
  Falco-Szova
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Doyne, Falco-Szova22.7 
 2. El-Amin, PVSK P.22.6 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.5 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 5. Townes, Soproni19.5 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.4 
 7. Mekongo, FS Debre.19.3 
 8. Rubin, Szedeak19.3 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.19.2 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Townes, Soproni11.2 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu10.9 
 3. Jones, Albacomp9.5 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari9.1 
 5. Cunningham, Kapos.8.9 
 6. Egemonye, PVSK P.8.7 
 7. Bader, Szolnok8.4 
 8. Bell, Kormend8.3 
 9. Szabo, Soproni8.3 
 10. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Khimik
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok6.4 
 4. Kelley, Soproni6.1 
 5. Simon, Albacomp5.9 
 6. Rodgers, Salgotar.5.8 
 7. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.8 
 8. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 9. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.1 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 3. Hanga, Albacomp2.9 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.7 
 5. Werner, Kaposvari2.6 
 6. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok2.5 
 8. Rodgers, Salgotar.2.4 
 9. Singletary, FS Debre.2.3 
 10. Kaman, ZTE K.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.3 
 2. Townes, Soproni1.9 
 3. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.3 
 4. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.1 
 6. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.0.9 
 7. Langford, FS Debre.0.8 
 8. Keller, Albacomp0.8 
 9. Morgen, Atomeromu0.7 
 10. Toth, ZTE K.0.7 


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  IBL   


IBL's Bellingham Slam 2011 roster a mix of youth and experience - by Trask Frost
BELLINGHAM, Wash. When the Bellingham Slam opens the 2011 International Basketball League season at home on Friday, April 15 against the West Coast Hotshots, the roster will feature an interesting mix of youth and veteran leadership.

While the team returns eight players who suited up in the 2010 IBL Championship game last July, the two rookies on the roster are coming off impressive seasons as seniors on their respective college teams.

Center Blake Poole and forward Mike Duty recently wrapped up their collegiate careers at Saint Martins and Western Washington, respectively, and are no strangers to each other on the court. The pair faced off as opponents numerous times in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, and now have an opportunity to complement each other as teammates.

The trio of guards Jacob Stevenson, Paul Hafford and Ryan Diggs, the Slams top three leading scorers last season, are expected to once again provide veteran leadership in 2011. Add into the mix Morris Anderson and Derrick Webb, who both enjoyed quality rookie seasons in 2010, and Bellingham could have one of the best backcourts in the IBL.

Leading the team from the sidelines is Rob Ridnour, who will enter the 2011 season with 96 career coaching victories for the Slam. His 51 wins in the IBL ranks him first among active coaches in the league. Ridnour has been the only head coach in the franchises history, and has led the team to winning records and playoff appearances in each of the teams five seasons.

Fridays opener against the Hotshots tips-off a home schedule that will feature nine games played at Whatcom Pavilion, and for the first time in team history, one contest played at Lynden High School on May 6. With six of their first eight games at home, it will be critical for the Slam to start off the season playing well and position themselves at the top of the standings early. The team will have to endure a ten-game stretch in May and June that includes seven road games.

During the regular season, the Slam will be jockeying for one of the top seeds at the IBLs conference playoff tournament, which begins July 1 in Vancouver. The team doesnt want to see a repeat of the 2010 regular season, when they finished with seven losses. Though that squad did advance to the IBL Championship game, a better win-loss record would have allowed the Slam to play the title game at home instead of traveling to New York.

Fridays home opener against the West Coast Hotshots is set for a 7 p.m. tip-off at Whatcom Pavilion. The game will be broadcast live on KBAI 930 AM.

PROBABLE STARTERS:

Morris Anderson Guard
Manning the point guard position again will be Anderson, who was one of the IBLs top rookies in 2010, averaging 12.9 points and a team-leading 6.8 assists for Bellingham. His 136 total assists was tops among league rookies last season.

Ryan Diggs Guard
A familiar face in the backcourt, Diggs returns for his fourth season with the Slam. He was the Slams leading scorer in 2008 and finished third in that category last season with 16.5 points per game. Diggs is the Slams only player to have competed in the NBA Development League, which he did two years ago with the Utah Flash.

Jacob Stevenson Guard
Stevenson, the longest serving member of the Slam, ranked first on the team and fourth in the IBL in scoring in 2010, averaging 25.4 points per game. He also finished as the teams best field goal shooter, at 53.1 percent, and was second in rebounding and assists.

Lukas Henne Forward
Back in the frontcourt for the Slam is Henne, who will be looking to improve on his statistics from the 2010 season, when he averaged 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds. With the Slam starting the season with a relative lack of size in the post, Henne likely will be counted on to play aggressively put up some big numbers.

Blake Poole Center
The lone new face in the starting lineup, Poole comes to the Slam after a college career that saw him emerge as one of the regions top big men. Despite playing the center position standing just 65, Poole averaged 19.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game for Saint Martins last season and was named an NCAA Division-II All-American.

TOP RESERVES:

Derrick Webb Guard
Webb averaged 6.2 points per game in 2010 and was the Slams top three-point shooter, connecting on 36.6 percent of his outside shots. Late in the season he proved to a valuable asset, coming off the bench to average 16.4 points in his final five games. Webb most recently played professionally in Germany this past winter, before a leg injury ended his season early.

Paul Hafford Guard
Hafford returns to the Slam for his fourth season of a professional career that has seen him play overseas in Romania and Norway. In the second round of the 2010 playoffs, he helped the Slam knock off the then-defending champion Los Angeles Lightning by scoring a season-high 26 points, and finished with season averages of 16.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Michael Duty Forward
Another new face on the roster, Duty recently completed his senior season at Western Washington University where he was the teams leading scorer, averaging 16.4 points per game. A native of Seattle, he was one of the areas top prep players and helped lead ODea High School to a 3A state title in 2007.

Ira Graham Guard
Graham, last played for Bellingham as a rookie in 2009 and ranked third in scoring for the Slam with 18.5 points per game that season and was named an IBL All-Star. Since then, Graham has played for teams in Germany, the Dominican Republic, and most recently the British Columbia Titans, where he averaged 22 points per game.

COMPLETE ROSTER:

# Name Pos. Height Weight College Hometown

3 Ira Graham G 62 200 Western Washington Fontana, CA

5 Derrick Webb G 63 185 Western Washington Port Orchard, WA

7 Paul Hafford G 64 225 Portland State Lynden, WA

8 Charlie Van G 62 190 Whatcom C.C. Bellingham, WA

11 Morris Anderson G 63 170 Western Washington Federal Way, WA

20 Jared Stevenson G 61 180 Western Washington Bellingham, WA

22 Jacob Stevenson G 64 215 Western Washington Bellingham, WA

23 Ryan Diggs G 62 170 Western Washington Victorville, CA

32 Michael Duty F 66 225 Wagner/Western Wash. Seattle, WA

34 Lukas Henne F 67 225 Western Washington Silverdale, WA

44 Blake Poole C 65 275 Saint Martins Eugene, OR

Head Coach: Rob Ridnour, Assistant Coach: Mike Elsner, General Manager: Bob Hofstetter




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  ISRAEL   


Lee Nailon Agreed Terms With KCC Egis - by David Pick
Bnei Hasharon's leading Power Forward, Lee Nailon, is close to signing a one year contract with South Korean's KCC Egis for next years 2011/12 season. KCC who will begin this week their battle for the S. Korean league crown, is already thinking about next season as the league's rules are expected to change and minimize the amount of American players per team from two to just one. The organizations manager and coaching staff have shown great interest in Nailon throughout this season, as they tried to recruit the American star several times.

Nailon, who is averaging 17.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 3.2 apg in 24 games this season, hasn't dropped below double digits in scoring once this year, and has appeared to accept the Korean teams offer estimated at 450,000$. KCC representatives who flew out to Israel this past week to watch the 7 year NBA veteran, saw him score 20 points on 7/13 from the field and 6/6 from the line in 28 minutes despite his teams lose.




National League Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Megido/Yokneam - Beer Yaakov 96-94 OT

The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 25-22 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. Megido/Yokneam made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Beer Yaakov turnovers. Beer Yaakov was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 16 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Megido/Yokneam's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds and guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 20 points and 7 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Megido/Yokneam: R.Clemente 27+10reb, N.Miller 16+9reb+8ast, J.Shtarkman 15+4reb+3ast, R.Barzilay 11+1reb+1ast, N.Tishman 11+6reb+2ast, T.Bar Even 5+4reb+3ast
Beer Yaakov: J.Hall 30+11reb+2ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 20+2reb+7ast, J.Gomes 16+5reb+1ast, O.Farhi 12+8reb+8ast, I.Bochman 11+10reb+4ast, G.Karni 5+9reb+1ast
gschID: 127007


Maccabi HBK - Lev Hasharon 93-79

It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Maccabi HBK's pressure prevailed and they won that period 21-14 extending their advantage to 14 points. Maccabi HBK outrebounded Lev Hasharon 48-25 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB, agency: Lanshire Group) stepped up and scored 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international forward Itay Lev (202-80) chipped in 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Antwan Henry Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) scored 10 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi HBK: P.Delaney 30+6reb+4ast, I.Lev 18+12reb+5ast, S.Bradford 16+13reb+1ast, I.Grinboim 11+2reb+2ast, N.Matalon 7+1reb+3ast, M.Moscovitz 6+5reb
Lev Hasharon: L.Wade 21+10reb+5ast, M.Y 17+1reb, I.Eiram 10+5reb+2ast, A.Henry Dobie 10+4reb+5ast, R.Pitshon 8+3reb+1ast, O.Hover 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 127004


Elitzur Yavne - Elitzur Ramla 83-69

The game without a history. Elitzur Yavne led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Elitzur Yavne forced 22 Elitzur Ramla turnovers. Guard Nir Golan (180-86) stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Ilan Berkowitz (186-75) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international guard Avi Sukar (187-76) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: N.Golan 26+1reb+2ast, C.Timberlake 17+7reb+3ast, K.Wilson 16+6reb+2ast, E.Hofman 12+6reb+1ast, Z.Volfer 6+4reb+3ast, G.Cohen 3+1reb+1ast
Elitzur Ramla: I.Berkowitz 18+5reb+6ast, A.Sukar 14+7reb+5ast, K.Young 13+4reb+2ast, L.Levi 8+6reb+1ast, D.Paris 6, M.Badalov 6+1reb
gschID: 127005


Hapoel T-A - Hapoel Tivon 83-61

The game without a history. Hapoel T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Hapoel T-A outrebounded Hapoel Tivon 41-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Matan Naor (194-80) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Hapoel T-A's coach Sharon Avrhami felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American center Ben Strong (211-86, college: Guilford, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Kobi Izik (204-83, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 11 points.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: B.Asbury 31+13reb+1ast, M.Naor 16+9reb+1ast, E.Eliyah 8+4reb+2ast, Y.Shvartzman 7+3reb, T.Chaimovic 6+3reb, Y.Lahat 6+2reb+8ast
Hapoel Tivon: B.Strong 19+10reb, K.Izik 11+2reb+2ast, B.Timor 9+2reb+3ast, O.Shaashoua 8+3reb+4ast, Y.Shiran 7+4reb, L.Arieli 4+4reb
gschID: 127006




Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A27.4 
 2. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.3 
 3. Moragne, Hapoel B.23.4 
 4. Clemente, Megido.23.3 
 5. Miller, Megido/Y.22.6 
 6. Delaney, Maccabi .21.2 
 7. Timberlake, Elitzu.21.1 
 8. Young, Hod Hasharon20.8 
 9. Gomez, Beer Yaakov20.6 
 10. Brown, Maccabi HBK20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.6 
 3. Clemente, Megido.11.1 
 4. Brandy, Hod H.10.1 
 5. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 6. Wade, Lev Hasharon9.1 
 7. Strong, Hapoel T.9.0 
 8. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 9. Utter, Hapoel T-A8.9 
 10. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ofir FARHI
  Beer Yaakov
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.8 
 2. Dobie, Lev Hasharon6.5 
 3. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.4 
 4. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.5.9 
 5. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula5.7 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.7 
 7. Fisher, Ironi R.4.7 
 8. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.6 
 9. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.5 
 10. Davidi, Elitzur Ramla4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.1 
 2. Bochman, Beer Y.2.6 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.6 
 4. Delaney, Maccabi .2.4 
 5. Markson, Hapoel A.2.2 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.1 
 7. Lev, Maccabi HBK2.0 
 8. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 9. Sukar, Elitzur Ramla2.0 
 10. Fisher, Ironi R.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Isaac ROSEFELT
  Ironi Ramat Gan
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.0 
 2. Colwell, Ironi R.2.0 
 3. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 4. Strong, Hapoel T.2.0 
 5. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.7 
 6. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.5 
 7. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 9. Markson, Hapoel A.1.2 
 10. Brandy, Hod H.1.2 


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Tobol and Barsy Atyrau go 2-0 up in semis - by Eurobasket News
Tobol successfully opened their semifinal series versus Astana Tigers. They surprised Astana Tigers twice in the capital. The first game ended with the Kostonay team claiming a 74:59 victory. Aleksandr Golubev (196-F-78) came up with 18 points to lead the effort. The visitors strongly opened the game. They outscored Astana Tigers 36:20 in the first half. Astana failed to adjust their game after the big break. Tobol kept the hosts at bay and cruised to the victory at the end. Pavel Mikheev (200-F-83) and Evgeniy Gorev (192-G-82) provided 14 points apiece for Tobol. Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) answered with 14 points for the Tigers.
Tobol extended their lead in Game 2. Once again a strong start to the game allowed Tobol gain a 26:17 lead after ten minutes. Astana however erased the deficit in the second term and drew things level at 34. But Tobol pulled in front once again in the second half and limiting Astana to only 12 points in the final stanza rolled to the victory. Aleksandr Golubev unloaded 25 points for the winners. Evgeniy Gorev contributed 15 points for the visitors. Rustam Yargaliyew (195-F/G-86) replied with 20 points for Astana.
In the meantime Barsy Atyrau claimed two victories in a row against Kaspiy at home court. Barsy dominated the game and sealed an 86:68 victory at the end. Dmitriy Klimov (200-F-88) and Endropov came up with 16 points apiece to pace the effort. Pavel Ilin (202-F-92) contributed 10 points in a well-balanced effort from the home team. Gytis Andrijauskas (187-G-86) replied with 13 points for Kaspiy Aktau.
The second game belonged to Barsy as well. They celebrated a comfortable 82:62 win at the end. Sergei Kazantcev (212-C-84) fired 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the home team. Mikhail Evstigneev (202-F/C-84), Endropov and Edgar Chunda added 13 points each in the win. Gytis Andrijauskas once again top-scored for Kaspiy with 20 points.



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Best players of Latvian LBL round 25 - by Eurobasket News
Latvian power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) had an amazing evening in the last round for VEF Riga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 25-year old power forward had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds for VEF Riga in his team's victory, helping them to crush Zemgale (#6, 9-18) with 22-point margin 98-76. VEF Riga is placed at 3rd position in Latvian LBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. VEF Riga will need more victories to improve their 17-9 record. Berzins turned to be VEF Riga's top player in his first season with the team. Berzins has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 6.8rpg) and averages solid 67.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-F/C-86) of Zemgale. Rozitis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Zemgale lost that game 74-97 to the higher-ranked Ventspils (#1, 20-5). Zemgale is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-18 record. Rozitis is one of the most experienced players at Zemgale and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another VEF Riga's star - Montenegrin Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport). Bakic scored 27 points. He was another key player of VEF Riga, helping his team with a 98-76 easy win against the lower-ranked Zemgale (#6, 9-18). VEF Riga needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 9 lost games. Bakic has a very solid season. In 5 games in Latvia he scored 12.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of VEF Riga - 7 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of VEF Riga - 14 points and 6 rebounds
6. Brandon Hunter (201-F-80) of Ventspils - 25 points and 4 rebounds
7. Lauris Blaus (204-C-90) of Ventspils - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Salvis Metra (194-G/F-84) of Zemgale - 17 points and 8 rebounds
9. Aigars Vitols (192-G-76) of Barons - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jekabs Rozitis (206-F/C-86) of Zemgale - 21 points and 8 rebounds

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


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 20-6 
 2. Liepaja 18-10 
 3. VEF Riga 17-9 
 4. Valmiera 17-10 
 5. Barons 17-10 
 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, Barons15.9 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Peiners, LU14.8 
 5. Veselovs, Valmiera14.7 
 6. Duselis, LU14.1 
 7. Mednis, Turiba14.0 
 8. Vaikulis, Liepaja13.4 
 9. Berzins, VEF R.13.3 
 10. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale7.8 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja6.9 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 7. Veselovs, Valmiera6.2 
 8. Cavars, Barons6.0 
 9. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 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. Gabrans, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Willjam, Barons4.4 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.1 
 5. Carter, Ventspils4.0 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja3.7 
 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. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera1.7 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja1.7 
 6. Cavars, Barons1.7 
 7. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 8. Slisans, LU1.6 
 9. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 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. Meiers, Liepaja0.8 
 7. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 9. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 10. Pishchalniko., Barons0.8 


LBL D2 Round 1 of Semi-Finals. BAA Riga and Ventspils Augustskola get victories - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils Aug. - Gulbene 85-68

Ventspils Augustskola surged ahead in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils Augstskola. Gulbene was better in third quarter 30-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Davis Coders (180-G-92) fired 26 points to lead the effort. Karlis Apsitis added 16 points in the victory. Ingars Aizpurs (193-F-92) replied with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Gulbene.
gschID: 126534


Jurmala - BAA Riga 71-79

BAA Riga toppled Jurmala on the road in the first game of the series. Jurmala trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 21-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-79 at the end of the game. Rihards Ginters (193-F-91) stepped up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for BAA Riga. Janis Timma (198-F-92, agency: FCM) top-scored with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Kaspars Raiskums netted 15 points and collected 9 rebounds for Jurmala.
gschID: 126533




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Champville lands Lee Benson before the Final 4 kicks off!! - by Rabih Khoury
After signing Tyrone Anderson, Champville management agreed to terms with American center Lee Benson (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie). Benson played lately in China and Argentina. The 38 years old veteran has a big CV and will be a big plus to Champville. in 2008-2009, he averaged in China in 48 games: 34.1ppg, Reb-2 (18.8rpg), Assists-5 (5.6apg), 1.1spg, 2.0bpg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 71.6%. This year he averaged with Tianjin 16pts, 15rebds.
The final 4 will kick off starting on sunday with the first series between Riyadi and Sagesse... The series of Champville and Mouttahed will kick off on tuesday night.


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 


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Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 24-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 20-4 
 3. Rudupis 17-6 
 4. Siauliai 14-10 
 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 7-17 
 13. Alytus Alita 2-21 


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. Ruikis, Neptunas14.0 
 10. Sirvydis, Sakalai14.0 
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, Zalgiris6.9 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 8. Dilys, Perlas6.7 
 9. Valukonis, Techasas6.6 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis5.9 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.2 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis4.9 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai4.9 
 5. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 6. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 7. Janavicius, Siauliai4.2 
 8. Collins, Zalgiris4.1 
 9. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.1 
 10. Dainys, Rudupis3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Valdas VASYLIUS
  Neptunas
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vasylius, Neptunas2.2 
 2. Juskevicius, Rudupis2.0 
 3. Leonavicius, Techa.2.0 
 4. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.0 
 5. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.9 
 6. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 7. Razutis, Naglis-A.1.7 
 8. Alijevas, Nevezis1.7 
 9. Vene, Aiscai Kaunas1.6 
 10. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Deng GAI
  Naglis-Adakris
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gai, Naglis-Adakris2.9 
 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. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 9. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.9 
 10. Petrukonis, Perlas0.8 


LKL Round 30: Siauliai loses to Zalgiris in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LKL just ended.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Siauliai. 4th ranked host Siauliai (14-10) lost to top-ranked Zalgiris (24-0) 88-78. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-78. Zalgiris made 19-of-19 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. The former international forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Mantas Kalnietis (196-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Darius Gvezdauskas (192-88) with 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Zalgiris have an impressive 24-game winning streak. They clinched the first position with 24-0 record. Siauliai at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost.
Thirteenth-ranked Alytus Alita (2-21) gave a tough game to twelfth ranked Naglis-Adakris (7-17). The visitors from Palanga managed to secure only two-point victory 91-89. However their fans expected easier game. American guard Chris Lowe (183-87, college: Massachusetts) notched 26 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and Raimundas Danys supported him with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Naglis-Adakris' coach Gediminas Petrauskas allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds by center Saulius Dumbliauskas (203-81, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Alytus Alita. Naglis-Adakris moved-up to eleventh place. Alytus Alita lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games.
Sixth ranked Juventus (13-11) crushed at home 8th ranked Neptunas (10-14) by 27 points 92-65, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The best player for the winners was Vaidas Cepukaitis who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Juventus' coach Robertas Giedraitis felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Luke Bonner who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Juventus moved-up to fifth place. Loser Neptunas keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Perlas won against Nevezis on the opponent's court 84-74. Rudupis outscored Sakalai in a home game 87-65. Aiscai Kaunas recorded a loss to Lietuvos Rytas on the road 91-75.



Siauliai - Zalgiris 78-88

The game between Top Four teams took place in Siauliai. 4th ranked host Siauliai (14-10) lost to top-ranked Zalgiris (24-0) 88-78. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-78. Zalgiris made 19-of-19 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. The former international forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Mantas Kalnietis (196-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Darius Gvezdauskas (192-88) with 19 points and center Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-82) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Siauliai players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zalgiris have an impressive 24-game winning streak. They clinched the first position with 24-0 record. Siauliai at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: M.Kalnietis 18+2reb+2ast, P.Jankunas 17+7reb+1ast, T.Delininkaitis 17+1reb+2ast, A.Milaknis 10+1reb+1ast, T.Klimavicius 8+5reb, M.Brown 6+2ast
Siauliai: D.Gvezdauskas 19+2reb+3ast, R.Edvinas 15, R.Broadus 13+4ast, V.Sarakauskas 12+8reb, Z.Janavicius 7+7ast, D.Weaver 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 120462


Juventus - Neptunas 92-65

Sixth ranked Juventus (13-11) crushed at home 8th ranked Neptunas (10-14) by 27 points 92-65, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 56-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Juventus dominated on the defensive end, holding Neptunas to just 7 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Neptunas' 32 and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Neptunas 46-33 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Juventus looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was center Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Gediminas Maceina (188-84) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Juventus players scored in double figures. Juventus' coach Robertas Giedraitis felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Luke Bonner (213-85, college: Massachusetts) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Juventus moved-up to fifth place. Loser Neptunas keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Juventus: V.Cepukaitis 18+12reb, G.Maceina 17+5reb+6ast, A.Kieza 17+8reb+2ast, Z.Urbonas 12+5reb+2ast, A.Vasiliauskas 12+5reb+3ast, M.Prekevicius 8+4reb+7ast
Neptunas: L.Bonner 14+10reb+1ast, V.Vasylius 13+8reb+1ast, M.Ruikis 10+3reb+2ast, M.Mazeika 8+3reb+6ast, D.Heiman 8+2ast, A.Brunins 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 126940


Nevezis - Perlas 74-84

Rather expected game in Kedainiai where 9th ranked Nevezis (9-15) was defeated by seventh ranked Perlas (11-13) 84-74 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Perlas. Nevezis managed to win third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Perlas won last quarter 22-14. It was a great shooting night for Perlas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. The best player for the winners was forward Vilmantas Dilys (208-87) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Perlas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85) who recorded 16 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Perlas maintains seventh position with 11-13 record. Loser Nevezis keeps the ninth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Perlas: V.Dilys 20+12reb, E.Bendzius 16+5reb, E.Kairys 14+6reb, A.Viskontas 10+10ast, L.Samenas 9+2reb+1ast, Z.Kelys 8+2reb+4ast
Nevezis: E.Dimsa 21+5reb, R.Alijevas 16+7reb+9ast, E.Kalve 11+2reb, L.Mikalauskas 8+5reb+2ast, V.Cizauskas 8+5reb, L.Brazdauskis 8+3reb
gschID: 126941


Rudupis - Sakalai 87-65

Very predictable result in Prienai where third ranked Rudupis (17-6) smashed 11th ranked Sakalai (7-17) 87-65 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rudupis outrebounded Sakalai 42-23 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rudupis made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was swingman Gediminas Orelikas (197-90) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Povilas Butkevicius (201-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Five Rudupis players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Vilmantas Dilys (208-87) who recorded 14 points and 5 assists and swingman Virginijus Sirvydis (196-73) added 10 points respectively. Sakalai's coach Rutenis Paulauskas gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Rudupis have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-6 record having eight points less than leader Zalgiris. Loser Sakalai keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 18+7reb+2ast, V.Lipkevicius 15+3reb+2ast, P.Butkevicius 15+10reb+1ast, J.Sinica 11+4reb+6ast, E.Zelionis 11+6reb, A.Juskevicius 10+8reb+4ast
Sakalai: P.Augustas 14+3reb+5ast, V.Sirvydis 10+2reb+1ast, E.Jezukevicius 10+2reb+1ast, A.Gydra 6+1reb, A.Butkevicius 6+2reb, Z.Stankus 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 120459


Lietuvos Rytas - Aiscai Kaunas 91-75

Not a big story in a game in Vilnius where 10th ranked Aiscai Kaunas (8-16) was defeated by second ranked Lietuvos Rytas (20-4) 91-75 on Tuesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Lietuvos Rytas's pressure prevailed and they won that period 25-11 extending their advantage to 16 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Aiscai Kaunas' 36. They outrebounded Aiscai Kaunas 39-24 including 16 on the offensive glass. Lietuvos Rytas looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Bosnian forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points. Lietuvos Rytas' coach Aleksandar Trifunovic used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center Adomas Drungilas (203-90) who recorded 18 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively. Lietuvos Rytas have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion claimed the second position with 20-4 record having four points less than leader Zalgiris. Loser Aiscai Kaunas keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos Rytas: J.Valanciunas 14+11reb+1ast, K.Bajramovic 14+4reb+2ast, M.Bjelica 11+3reb, M.Gecevicius 9+5ast, S.Babrauskas 9+3reb+1ast, B.Newley 9+3reb+1ast
Aiscai Kaunas: A.Drungilas 18+4reb, S.Vasiliauskas 15+2reb+4ast, R.Uzas 9+7reb+1ast, T.Barstys 8+3ast, V.Jasikevicius 8+3reb+6ast, K.Saage 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 120460


Alytus Alita - Naglis-Adakris 89-91

Thirteenth-ranked Alytus Alita (2-21) gave a tough game to twelfth ranked Naglis-Adakris (7-17). The visitors from Palanga managed to secure only two-point victory 91-89. However their fans expected easier game. Alytus Alita was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 14-10 charge of Naglis-Adakris, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Chris Lowe (183-87, college: Massachusetts) notched 26 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and swingman Raimundas Danys (198-85) supported him with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Naglis-Adakris' coach Gediminas Petrauskas allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds by center Saulius Dumbliauskas (203-81, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Alytus Alita. Guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) added 22 points and 5 rebounds. Five Alytus Alita players scored in double figures. Naglis-Adakris moved-up to eleventh place. Alytus Alita lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games.
Top scorers:
Naglis-Adakris: C.Lowe 26+4reb+5ast, R.Danys 20+12reb+2ast, V.Petkus 14+2reb+4ast, V.Uzkuraitis 9+1reb, M.Mockevicius 7+1reb+1ast, M.Reminas 7+3reb+2ast
Alytus Alita: A.Birgelis 22+5reb+2ast, W.Walker 19+3reb+3ast, S.Dumbliauskas 17+12reb+1ast, S.Kazevicius 13+3reb, P.Kleiza 12+5reb, M.Silale 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 120461




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  MEXICO   


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


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael GALE
  Mexicali
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Gale, Mexicali28.9 
 2. White, Cananea28.0 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.3 
 4. Brown, Tepic24.7 
 5. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 6. Brown, Tepic24.0 
 7. Gabbidon, Tijuana23.6 
 8. White, Los Mochis23.2 
 9. Thomas, Cananea23.1 
 10. Barrett, Guasave22.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Moss, Nogales10.7 
 2. Angounou, Guasave9.4 
 3. Avila, Culiacan9.1 
 4. Malloy, Los Mochis9.0 
 5. Brown, Tepic8.9 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 7. Broxsie, Nogales8.1 
 8. Morgan, Culiacan7.2 
 9. Gabbidon, Tijuana7.1 
 10. Lawal, Tepic7.0 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Funn, Guasave6.9 
 2. Watson, Tijuana6.1 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.7 
 4. Marentes, Guaymas4.6 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo4.6 
 6. Nungaray, Guaymas4.4 
 7. Meza, Culiacan4.3 
 8. White, Cananea4.1 
 9. Ford, Tepic4.1 
 10. Brown, Tepic3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Derek THOMAS
  Cananea
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thomas, Cananea2.3 
 2. Rougeau, Culiacan2.0 
 3. White, Cananea1.9 
 4. Brown, Nogales1.8 
 5. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 6. Funn, Guasave1.6 
 7. Gabbidon, Tijuana1.4 
 8. Sowell, Culiacan1.4 
 9. Gale, Mexicali1.4 
 10. Monreal, Hermosillo1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Rougeau, Culiacan2.8 
 3. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 4. Brown, Tepic2.3 
 5. Gale, Mexicali2.3 
 6. Habel, Guaymas2.3 
 7. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 8. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 9. Brown, Tepic2.1 
 10. Marentes, Guaymas2.1 


CIBACOPA Round 19 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most interesting game of round 19 in the CIBACOPA was a home defeat of their biggest opponent Rayos de Hermosillo (15-4) to first ranked Mineros de Cananea (16-3) 89-78 in the game for the first place. It ended the six-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mineros de Cananea made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for American guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) helped adding 30 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Mineros de Cananea have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play again at home against the league's leader Mineros de Cananea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Frayles de Guasave (11-8) against tenth ranked Coras de Tepic (3-16) on Tuesday night. Visiting Frayles de Guasave was defeated by Coras de Tepic in Tepic 96-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds. Cleotis Brown accounted for 27 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks. Guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) came up with 28 points for Frayles de Guasave in the defeat. Coras de Tepic moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Los Mochis. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Coras de Tepic will again play against higher ranked Frayles de Guasave (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
The game in Tijuana was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (8-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (9-10). Tijuana Zonkeys managed to secure a 7-point victory 84-77 on Tuesday. Jermaine Watson fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winners. Jerome Habel produced 31 points (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tijuana Zonkeys moved-up to seventh place. Ostioneros de Guaymas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will again meet at home Ostioneros de Guaymas (#8) in the next round. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round.
The game in Nogales was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Bomberos de Mexicali (10-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (10-9). Fuerza Guinda Nogales defeated Bomberos de Mexicali 92-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bomberos de Mexicali. Worth to mention a great performance of Jermaine Walker who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 6 rebounds. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Culiacan and Mexicali. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' next round opponent will be again Bomberos de Mexicali (#5) at home.
Ninth-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (3-16) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (10-9) on Tuesday. The visitors from Culiacan managed to secure only one-point victory 92-91. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for Rene Rougeau who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nogales and Mexicali. Pioneros Los Mochis lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 16 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against Caballeros de Culiacan (#6).



Los Mochis - Culiacan 91-92

Ninth-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (3-16) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (10-9) on Tuesday. The visitors from Culiacan managed to secure only one-point victory 92-91. However their fans expected much easier game. Pioneros Los Mochis were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caballeros de Culiacan made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for American guard Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) helped adding 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) responded with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international swingman Erick Hare (196-79, college: Albertson) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nogales and Mexicali. Pioneros Los Mochis lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 16 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against Caballeros de Culiacan (#6).
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: C.M. Toussaint 22, E.Hare 21+8reb, D.White 21+6reb+9ast, J.Estrada 13+4reb+1ast, L.Malloy 7+5reb+1ast, A.Verdugo 5+3reb+1ast
Culiacan: R.Rougeau 33+8reb+2ast, Q.Lattimmore Gonzalez 24+6reb, F.Harris 20+5reb+5ast, J.Gonzalez 11+3reb+2ast, S.Morgan 4+7reb, F.Sanchez De Hoyo 0+4reb+1ast
gschID: 122886


Tepic - Guasave 96-82

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Frayles de Guasave (11-8) against tenth ranked Coras de Tepic (3-16) on Tuesday night. Visiting Frayles de Guasave was defeated by Coras de Tepic in Tepic 96-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. The game without a history. Coras de Tepic led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Coras de Tepic outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 38-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Cleotis Brown (198-77, college: Illinois, agency: Dream Team Management) accounted for 27 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks for the winning side. Guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) came up with 28 points and guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) added 20 points and 10 assists respectively for Frayles de Guasave in the defeat. Coras de Tepic moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Los Mochis. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Coras de Tepic will again play against higher ranked Frayles de Guasave (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guasave: R.Barrett 28+4reb+2ast, W.Funn 20+2reb+10ast, M.Strobbe 19+4reb, A.Izaguirre 8+7reb+1ast, S.Angounou 7+6reb, J.Acosta 0+1reb
Tepic: J.Parker 31+5reb+3ast, I.Brown 28+14reb+1ast, C.Brown 27+6reb+6ast, J.Pablo Bravo 4+2reb+5ast, J.Everardo 4+6reb+1ast, H.Torres 2+1ast
gschID: 122887


Tijuana - Guaymas 84-77

The game in Tijuana was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (8-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (9-10). Tijuana Zonkeys managed to secure a 7-point victory 84-77 on Tuesday. Ostioneros de Guaymas trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 16-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-84 at the end of the game. Tijuana Zonkeys made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game, while Ostioneros de Guaymas only scored ten points from the stripe. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tijuana Zonkeys made 7 blocks. Canadian guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll., agency: KMG Sports Management) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winners. Guard Luis Ramirez (180-82) chipped in 20 points. Watson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) produced 31 points (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and power forward Fernando Benitez (204-89) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tijuana Zonkeys moved-up to seventh place. Ostioneros de Guaymas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will again meet at home Ostioneros de Guaymas (#8) in the next round. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: J.Habel 31+4reb+2ast, C.Patton 12+3reb+2ast, F.Benitez 11+8reb+3ast, R.Marentes 9+3reb+1ast, H.Nungaray 6+3reb+6ast, R.Navarro 4+2reb+3ast
Tijuana: J.Watson 24+7reb+12ast, L.Ramirez 20+4reb+2ast, T.Gabbidon 16+3reb, C.Tate 13+6reb, K.Rodriguez 9+1reb+5ast, C.Silva 2+2reb
gschID: 122883


Nogales - Mexicali 92-77

The game in Nogales was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Bomberos de Mexicali (10-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (10-9). Fuerza Guinda Nogales defeated Bomberos de Mexicali 92-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bomberos de Mexicali. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Bomberos de Mexicali was better in third quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Guinda Nogales dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Bomberos de Mexicali's 36. Fuerza Guinda Nogales brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Venezuelan forward Jermaine Walker (198-77, college: Miami, FL) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 6 rebounds. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) answered with 30 points and the other American import power forward Jhon Ruffus (207-81, college: Fayetteville St.) added 18 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) in the effort for Bomberos de Mexicali. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Culiacan and Mexicali. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' next round opponent will be again Bomberos de Mexicali (#5) at home.
Top scorers:
Mexicali: M.Gale 30+4reb+1ast, J.Ruffus 18+8reb, H.Carrillo 11+6reb, R.Lopez 10+4reb, P.Giron 3+2reb+1ast, A.Vazquez 3+3reb
Nogales: J.Walker 26+6reb+1ast, R.Moss 18+12reb+1ast, N.Brown 17+3reb+5ast, B.Heredia 12+2ast, A.Broxsie 7+12reb+3ast, J.Mercado 7+3reb
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Hermosillo - Cananea 78-89

The most interesting game of round 19 in the CIBACOPA was a home defeat of their biggest opponent Rayos de Hermosillo (15-4) to first ranked Mineros de Cananea (16-3) 89-78 in the game for the first place. It ended the six-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mineros de Cananea made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for American guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) helped adding 30 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Jordanian-American swingman Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-87, college: Minnesota) scored 15 points. Four Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play again at home against the league's leader Mineros de Cananea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: M.Gray 22+11reb+4ast, J.Abu-Shamala 15+4reb+3ast, T.Thomas 12+5reb+3ast, J.Lopez 11+3reb+1ast, S.Monreal 7+8reb+3ast, R.Rivera 4+1ast
Cananea: D.Thomas 30+6reb, D.White 28+3reb+6ast, M.Valenzuela 9+1reb, P.Darden 9+2reb+1ast, J.Casillas 4+2reb+1ast, O.Zuniga 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 122885




Brown number one in Mexico for round 19 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Ira Brown (193-F-82, agency: Dream Team Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Tepic, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Guasave (#3, 11-8) 96-82. Tepic maintains the 10th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 16 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Tepic, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Gonzaga University star has very solid stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (4th best: 24.7ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.9rpg) and averages impressive 2.1bpg and 63.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Rene Rougeau (198-G-86) of Culiacan. Rougeau had a very good evening with 33 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Culiacan to edge the lower-ranked Los Mochis (#9, 3-16) 92-91. Despite this victory Culiacan slide down in the standings to 6th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Rougeau is one of the most experienced players at Culiacan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Tepic's star - American swingman Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, agency: Dream Team Management). Brown showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Tepic, helping his team with a 96-82 easy win against the higher-ranked Guasave (#3, 11-8). Tepic can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-16 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Brown he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Brown has individually a great season in Mexico. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 4.3rpg (5th best). He also has 2.3bpg and FGP: 61.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jermaine Watson (193-G-81) of Tijuana - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Marquise Gray (206-C-86) of Hermosillo - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Derek Thomas (193-F-84) of Cananea - 30 points and 6 rebounds
8. Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) of Nogales - 18 points and 12 rebounds
9. Rasheem Barrett (196-G-87) of Guasave - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. William Funn (188-G-82) of Guasave - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 10 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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Quarter Final. First round. - by Huge
09.04.2011. ASEM-Dondiuseni. 102-99
There was no doubt before the game that ASEM will win with at least 15-20 points difference. But 6 points difference after the first quarter have been proving that it is not a done deal
yet. Also the score after first 10 minutes if game (30-24) was promising a game with a final score close it not more then a hundred. Idea of a battle confirmed after a second quarter,
when the difference was just 7 points and it looked like Alexei Andrus (194-G/F-79) was scoring all he was throughing. In the middle of forth quarter ASEM game stopped which allowed Andrus & Co to equal the score 2 minuted before the end of 4th quarter. Mistakes started being produced on the floor and on the bench where ASEM coach was yelling at his players. It felt that Dondiuseni can produce a great sensation and though out Cup Finalist of this year. But a mistake in defense that lead to free-thoroughs make it 102-99 just 9 seconds before the end.

In the last offensive action of Dondiuseni there was a need of 3 points shot which, of course, was delegated to their leader Alexei Andrus. And believe me or not he was able to through the ball and almost score. The ball was close, but ... Final score 102-99 for ASEM. It was very dissapointing for Alexei Andrus to score 51 !!! points in the game and still loose. Good job, Alexei. The greatest is the one who can stand up after a fall and continue and not the one who never falls down.

10.04.2011. UASM-Tiraspol. 106-39
Score of the third quarter 29-2 reflects the feel of the game. Cropotov scored 26 for UASM in the game where all team had an impact.

10.04.2011.
FireBall-USM. 109-81

Gamma-Ribnita. 82-70

These 2 games have proved that leaders have to win the games they have to win. Nothing new under sun.





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MNE1A S-League 5.Round : Buducnost and Mornar achieve victory - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Clubs Buducnost and Mornar achieved a victory in the fifth round matches of MNE1A S-League for a club. The Buducnost is in Tivat beat Teodo 87:65 (30:17, 18:13, 21:17, 18:18), a Mornar was better away from Ulcinj 75:60 (21:11, 17:23, 23: 16, 14-10). Today at 07 pm in Cetinje play Lovcen and Jednistvo.
Today they play two games of the seventh round MNE1A Survival (Play-out) league. ABS Primorje welcomes Danilovgrad and Mogren Budva will host the Gorstak team, both matches starting in 07 pm. In this round is free to Podgorica

Teodo - Buducnost 65:87 (17:30, 13:18, 17:21, 18:18)
Tivat - SC Zupa. Spect: 600. Reff: Vojinovic, Rutesic (Nikisc) Lakicevic (Budva).
Teodo: Lucic 2, Goran Bulatovic (184-G-88) 2, Radonjic, Lazovic 2, Boskovic 18, Manojlovic, Rondovic 7, Subotic 12, Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 5, Aco Mandic (205-C/F-84) 11, Bozovic, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 6.
Buducnost: Scekic 11, Mihailovic 7, Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 14, Filip Barovic (207-F-90), Otasevic 2, Simonovic 14, Kadiulis 10, Dubljevic 9, Milutin Djukanovic (190-G-91), Sead Sehovic (199-F-89) 9, Nesovic 7, Milosevic 4.

Ulcinj - Mornar 60:75 (11:21, 23:17, 16:23, 10:14)
Ulcinj - SC Gimnazija. Spect: 500. Reff: Sutulovic, Jokic, Savovic (Podgorica).
Ulcinj: Latkovic, Tepavcevic 8, Milosevic 16, A. S. Radulovic 10, A. Z. Radulovic 10, Djurkovic 8, Mijovic 4, Mijajlovic 4.
Mornar: Pesic 14, Damjanovic 3, Sarajlija, Radovic 21, Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) 3, Jelenic 5, Ljubojevic 4, Gagic 9, Vujoevic, Ivanovic 16.




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


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Lakers planning to sign guard Trey Johnson - by Eurobasket News
The Lakers are planning to sign free-agent guard Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) for backcourt depth in light of Steve Blakes indefinite absence with the chicken pox.

Johnson, 26, was with the Lakers in training camp and averaged 25.5 points, 4.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League this season. Johnson is 6-foot-5 and more of an off guard but does have ball-handling skills. He shot 32.2 percent on 3-pointers for Bakersfield yet is considered a good shooter from long range.

The Lakers could use Kobe Bryant, Shannon Brown or Lamar Odom as stopgaps at lead guard behind starter Derek Fisher while Blake is out. Luke Walton would also be in line for an increased role, even if small forward Matt Barnes balky right knee is OK.

Courtesy of http://lakers.ocregister.com


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.10.4 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 8. Camby, Portland TB10.3 
 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. Kidd, Dallas M.8.2 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..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. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.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. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.0 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 7. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 8. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 9. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 55-26 
 2. New York K. 42-39 
 3. Philadelph.76 41-40 
 4. New Jersey N. 24-57 
 5. Toronto R. 22-59 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 61-20 
 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 48-33 
 4. Utah Jazz 38-43 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-64 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 56-25 
 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. 61-20 
 2. Dallas M. 56-25 
 3. Memphis G. 46-35 
 4. N.Orleans H. 46-35 
 5. Houston R. 42-39 


Tuesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
New York K. - Chicago B. 90-103
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 26 points and Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) added 23 and 10 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls used a big second half to defeat the host New York Knicks, 103-90, on Tuesday. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) chipped in 14 points and a season-high 22 boards and Joakim Noah scored 13 points for the Bulls (61-20), who have already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference and still have a shot at the best record in the NBA. Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points for the Knicks, who are locked into the No. 6 spot in the East and will open the playoffs this weekend at the Boston Celtics. New York held a 55-52 edge at the half but watched that lead quickly disappear when Chicago ripped off a 26-2 run over the first seven minutes of the third quarter. The Knicks recovered by the end of the period, cutting it to 84-73 heading into the final period. *Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com

Portland TB - Memphis G. 102-89
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) had 22 points and 11 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers locked up the sixth seed in the Western Conference with a 102-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. The Blazers, who won their third straight, will have to wait until the regular season's final games Wednesday night to learn their opponent for the first round of the playoffs. Memphis, which played without starters Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) and Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.), was still jockeying for seeding. The Grizzlies and New Orleans are wrestling between the final two spots with just one game to play apiece. The Grizzlies visit the Clippers while the Hornets are at Dallas on Wednesday night. Portland wraps up the regular season at Golden State. Apparently, Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins decided to rest Randolph and Allen, who were not in the starting lineup against the Blazers but were in uniform on the bench. There was speculation that the move was tactical to set up a favorable playoff matchup. Randolph, who once played for the Blazers, is averaging a team-high 20.1 points and 12.2 rebounds this season. Allen is averaging 6.9 points and 2.7 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

LA Lakers - San Antonio S. 102-93
Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) awkwardly sprawled onto the court, staying down for an uncomfortably long moment. The 7-foot center then walked cautiously to the locker room with more than one teammate staring at his perpetually problematic knees. The Los Angeles Lakers ended their five-game losing streak Tuesday night. They'll find out what it cost on Wednesday. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 27 points, but Bynum hyperextended his right knee in the two-time defending NBA champions' 102-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs' role players. The Lakers' hopes for a third straight title might have taken a significant blow when Bynum fell after stepping on DeJuan Blair's foot during the second quarter. Los Angeles' superb low-post defender will have an MRI on Wednesday while the Lakers wrap up the regular season at Sacramento. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com




Blazers sign C Earl Barron - by Eurobasket News
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed center Earl Barron (7'0''-C-81, college: Memphis) for the remainder of the season, it was announced Tuesday by General Manager Rich Cho.

Barron, 29, was a member of the 2005-06 NBA Champion Miami Heat his rookie season in the league and has played parts of five seasons with Miami (2005-08), the New York Knicks (2009-10), Phoenix Suns (2010-11) and Milwaukee Bucks (2010-11), posting career averages of 5.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 15.1 minutes in 108 games (27 starts).

A University of Memphis product, Barron (7-0, 250) averaged 3.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 14.1 minutes in 19 games (six starts) with Phoenix and Milwaukee this season.

Barron also played parts of five seasons in the NBA Development League, making the D-League All-Star team in 2009-10 with the Iowa Energy.

The Trail Blazers roster now stands at 15 players. Barron will wear jersey No. 40.

Courtesy of www.blazersedge.com


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UConn's Walker announces he'll enter NBA draft - by Rick Ross
Courtesy Of Sportsillustrated.cnn

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut's Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90) says the school's decision to put his name and number
on the wall of its basketball arena helped him decide it was time to head to the NBA.

I think from that point out it did, because it was like coach just kicked me out,' the junior All-American said.
It says 2008 to 2011 (on the banner), so it was like he's (saying), 'Let's get him out of here.

Walker announced Tuesday he will enter the June draft. He said he has not hired an agent, but has been talking to them.

There's no chance that I'm coming back,' Walker said before joking: Coach, like he said, he doesn't have a scholarship for me.
The 6-foot-1 guard led the Huskies to a 32-9 record, including an 11-0 postseason run that ended with a national championship.
Walker is expected to be a first-round pick, and perhaps the second guard chosen behind Duke's Kyrie Irving.

Walker said he's been motivated by criticism that he's too short and won't be able to guard players in the NBA.
Hopefully, I can go into the NBA and once again prove all the doubters wrong, like I've been doing my whole life' he said.
Walker averaged 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists during his junior season. He scored a school record 965 points, accounting for 45 percent of the Huskies' offense.

Walker on Tuesday thanked coach Jim Calhoun 'for turning me into a man. Calhoun had advised Walker to leave.
He's ready to move on as a basketball player, both emotionally and physically, Calhoun said.
He just completed the finest basketball season in the history of this university -
in 111 years I believe it is. He' done everything humanly possible in my opinion that he possibly can do, including winning a national championship.

Walker came into the season averaging just under 12 points, but quickly established himself
as the team's unquestioned leader, scoring 31, 30 and 29 points in powering the Huskies to the Maui Invitational title in November.
He scored 30 or more points 11 times during the season, and 20 or more points 27 times, winning the Bob Cousy award as the nation's top point guard.

Last week, Walker became the 14th Connecticut player to have his name and number placed on the
Huskies of Honor' wall in Gampel Pavilion - the first to receive the honor while he was still in school.
The honor means any future Huskies will have to ask Walker for permission if they want to wear his No. 15.

Walker was on track to graduate by the end of this summer, and said completing his degree is still a priority, though it may not happen that quickly.

I'm going to take all the time I need to graduate,' he said.
Walker is the 13th Connecticut player to leave school early. Center Hasheem Thabeet was the last in 2009.
Walker finishes his career in seventh place on the school's scoring list with 1,783 points in 111 games.

His departure means Connecticut will return four starters and nine players from its national championship team next season.
The Huskies also will add another point guard in Ryan Boatright, a blue chip recruit from Illinois.
Walker said he wished he could stay to see how much that team improves, 'but like I said, it's just time.

Calhoun said no matter what they accomplish next season, the Huskies will miss Walker, as a player and a leader.
I'm starting to miss him now, actually,' Calhoun said. 'So I'll probably start yelling at him just to feel at home.





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Northwest Nazarene Hires New Coach - by Sanjey Noriega
From: gnacsports.com

Dave Daniels, who has been the head coach at Colorado Christian for the past six seasons, has been named the new head coach at NW Nazarene.

He brings with him a wealth of experience, from playing on the Canadian Olympic team, to his 10 years with Campus Crusade for Christ's Athletes in Action,' NNU President Dr. David Alexander said.

Daniels led the Cougars to the NCAA Division II national tournament in 2008 and was named the 2007-08 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach-of-the-Year.

He had a 80-95 record at Colorado Christian including a 21-13 record in 2008-09. This past season his team went 7-20.

Dave has a strong background in NCAA Division II basketball with his recent work in the tough RMAC, NNU athletic director Rich Sanders said.

With his experience at Colorado Christian he has a great feel for campus life on a Christian campus and has a recruiting network that reaches across all levels of collegiate and international basketball.

A 2004 inductee into the Colorado Christian University Hall of Fame, Daniels was a first-team all-conference player at both Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Ore., and at Colorado Christian.

Named the 1993 Colorado Athletic Conference MVP, Daniels ranked second nationally in assists and led his team to two Colorado Athletic Conference titles.

Following his collegiate career, Daniels professional playing experience began with the Denver Nuggets at the 1993 Rocky Mountain Review NBA Summer League and continued with both the Rochester Renegades and the Yakima Sun Kings in the CBA during the 1993-94 season.

Joining Athletes in Action in 1994, Daniels playing career culminated in the 1998 World Championships and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, representing the Canadian National Team where he served as the point guard behind NBA All-Star Steve Nash.

The head coach for Athletes in Action for six years, Daniels returned to his alma mater as head coach in 2005 and led the Cougars to RMAC tournament births four times, reached the RMAC Final Four three times, and captured the RMAC East Division Championship during the 2007-08 season.

Developing an NCAA D II All-American and 10 RMAC all-conference players, Daniels also led the Cougars to a third-place finish at the 2008-09 National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament.



Findlay's Niekamp ends 26-year reign - by Eurobasket News
UFFINDLAY, Ohio -- Ron Niekamp , the all-time leader in basketball victories at The University of Findlay, announced his retirement as mens basketball coach after 26 seasons at the helm of the Oilers. Coach Niekamp will remain at UF and serve as a full-time faculty member next fall in the department of Health and Human Performance.

In addition to teaching roles in physical education, Niekamp will help Findlay develop a certificate program in coaching as well as assist in the launch of a new business major in sports and event management.

I am very appreciative that The University of Findlay has given me this opportunity, which enabled me to experience so many wonderful moments, said Niekamp. I have been a head coach for 39 years and it has been a great ride, but it's time to move on to the next phase of my life.

Niekamp, who finishes his career with a 598-185 record, transformed Findlays mens basketball program into a national power during his tenure and helped make Croy Gymnasium into one of the toughest venues for opponents to capture a victory.

I want to personally thank coach Niekamp for his tremendous dedication and loyalty over the years, said UF Director of Athletics, Steven Rackley. He built what I feel is the premier Division II mens basketball program in the country and he has always represented the school with class and dignity. Not only is he a great coach, but he is an excellent teacher and person as well. I am very proud of our program and Ron will definitely be missed.

In 2009, Niekamp led the Oilers to a perfect 36-0 record en route to a NCAA Division II National Championship. The 36-0 season is the best mark in the history of DII mens basketball and for his efforts, Niekamp was tabbed the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Coach of the Year.

He also garnered National Coach of the Year honors from the Division II Bulletin and Basketball Times publications as well.

During Niekamps tenure he compiled a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) record of 197-57, which includes ten GLIAC South Division regular season championships (1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) and five GLIAC Tournament titles (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010).

Niekamp, who never had a losing season at Findlay, guided the Oilers to 20, 20-win campaigns in his career. His teams were also an unbelievable 353-46 (.885) at home and averaged 23 wins per season during his career. He concluded his career with a 22-6 record in the GLIAC Tournament and a 15-8 record in the NCAA Division II Tournament, which includes an Elite Eight berth in 2005 and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2008.

His efforts on the sideline netted him GLIAC Coach of the Year honors five times (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009) and NCAA Division II Midwest Coach of the Year honors three times (2005, 2007, 2009). He was also named the Columbus Dispatch Mens Basketball Coach of the Year in 2005 and again in 2009.

On August 24, 2004, Niekamp was inducted into Miami Universitys prestigious coaching circuit, The Cradle of Coaches. A 1972 graduate of Miami, Niekamp entered the Cradle with legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler who was also ironically one of Niekamps professors at Miami.

Before joining the NCAA Division II ranks full-time during the 2000-01 season, Niekamp won two District 22 championships, two Mid Ohio Conference (MOC) titles and two NAIA Division I Great Lakes Sectional titles with the Oilers. Niekamps teams also made an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament six times, reaching the Sweet 16 in 1996, 1997 and 1999.

I believe a big key to our success has been the outstanding players and coaches that have been a part of our program for the past 26 years, said Niekamp.

Niekamps tutelage has produced some of the best individual talent in school history. Randy Kortokrax (1986, 1987), Aaron Roth (1989), Chip Smith (1992), Tim Hamen (1996), Marc Bishop (1997, 1999), Chuck Daniels (1997), Ryan Maag (2000) and Kyle Hunt (2000) were all named NAIA All-Americans under Niekamp while Dustin Pfeifer (2006), Frank Phillips (2007), Josh Bostic (2008, 2009) and Nathan Hyde (2011) are the most recent All-Americans at the NCAA Division II level.

Pfeifer was also voted the 2006 GLIAC Player of the Year while Bostic captured National Player of the Year honors and the GLIAC Player of the Year award in 2009.

During his tenure, Niekamp coached 20, 1,000 point scorers including seven of the top ten in school history.

Before coming to UF, Niekamp enjoyed a successful run in the prep ranks, posting a 208-86 record at Parkway, Ottawa-Glandorf and Lima Senior.

In 1977, Niekamp was named the Ohio High School Class AA Coach of the Year with Ottawa-Glandorf and took the Titans to the Ohio State High School Final Four twice (1977, 1978). While at Lima Senior, Niekamp made a return trip to the Final Four in 1982.

My goal was to have a quality program, said Niekamp. A program that reflected well on the institution and where players competed at a very high level. It was important for me to do it the right way. I am also thankful that I had such great support from my wife and family. The life of a coach is much more demanding than what most people would realize.

Information regarding the selection of a new mens basketball coach will be available soon.
Courtesy of: Findlay Athletics




Findlay names Ernst head coach - by Eurobasket News
Charlie Ernst , an assistant mens basketball coach at The University of Findlay for the past 20 years, was named the Oilers new head coach on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 as he replaced the recently retired Ron Niekamp. Ernst, who has served as the associate head coach in each of the past five years, becomes the programs 15th different head coach since 1902 and only the fourth since 1947.

I am thrilled that Charlie has accepted the challenge of becoming our new head mens basketball coach, said UF Director of Athletics Steven Rackley. He knows our program and has prepared himself for this opportunity. He knows our school, who we are and what we are about.

During his time with the program, Ernst has assisted in helping transform the Oilers into a national power. In his 20 years on the sideline the Oilers have accumulated a 479-136 (.779) record, which includes a perfect 36-0 season en route to the 2009 NCAA Division II National Championship.

For his efforts during the Oilers magical national title run, Ernst was selected as the Rising Star award winner, meaning he was one of five coaches in the NCAA to be named Assistant Coach of the Year. He was the only NCAA Division II coach on the list.

I am very excited to be presented with this opportunity, said Ernst. I have been preparing for this for the past 20-plus years as a player and coach at Findlay and I am looking forward to carrying out the tradition that Ron has built.

Ernst has also been a vital cog in helping the Oilers achieve ten GLIAC South Division regular season championships (1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) and five GLIAC Tournament titles (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010). The Oilers, with Ernst on the sideline, have also sported a 22-6 record in the GLIAC Tournament and a 15-8 record in the NCAA Division II Tournament, which included an Elite Eight berth in 2005 and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2008.

I am taking over a program that competes on the highest level, said Ernst. I have a big task ahead of me, but I am confident we have the players, people and support that is necessary to continue the success.

Ernst graduated from The University of Findlay in 1992 with a bachelors degree in public relations and marketing. He holds a masters degree in education from UF as well. While at Findlay, Ernst was a varsity letter-winner in both basketball and golf.

A native of Minster, Ohio, Ernst was a three-year letterman, two-time team MVP, two-time all-Midwest Athletic Conference selection and honorable mention all-Ohio during his career at Minster High School.

This coaching search was easy, said Rackley. Charlie understands the importance of doing things the right way and he is absolutely the best person for the job.
Courtesy of: Findlay Athletics



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Three charged in bribery indictment - by Eurobasket News
SAN DIEGO -- A former University of San Diego star basketball player, another former player and a former assistant coach were charged with running a sports betting business to affect the outcome of games, federal authorities said Monday.

The indictment names Brandon Johnson, the school's all-time leading scorer who finished his college career last year, Thaddeus Brown, an assistant coach at the school in the 2006-07 season, and Brandon Dowdy, who played at USD in the 2006-07 season and at the University of California, Riverside, from 2008 to 2010. Seven other people were also charged.

Authorities did not say how the alleged scheme worked and said they were trying to determine its scope, including the number of games allegedly involved.

The indictment alleges that Johnson, 24, took a bribe to influence a USD game in February 2010 and solicited someone else this January to affect the outcome of USD basketball games while playing for the Dakota Wizards, a development team for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy didn't name the USD opponent in the February 2010 game, saying only that Johnson was the school's starting point guard at the time.

Johnson 'was intricately involved in both the illegal gambling business and in the sports bribery schemes,' Duffy said at a news conference.

There was no attorney listed for Johnson in court documents.

The indictment, handed up Friday by a federal grand jury in San Diego and unsealed Monday, alleges that Brown, 32, of El Cajon, and Dowdy, 22, of San Diego, solicited someone to affect the outcome of a game in February. Authorities said the game was at the University of California, Riverside.

Authorities said USD was fully cooperating and was not accused of any wrongdoing. Duffy and Keith Slotter, head of the FBI's San Diego office, met Monday with school officials.

'They are rightly concerned,' Duffy said. 'They were very responsive and cooperative and it was a good meeting.'

USD, a small, Catholic school that plays in the West Coast Conference, said it informed the NCAA of the probe on Monday.

'These are very serious allegations and the university is fully cooperating with the investigation,' President Mary Lyons said.

The investigation evolved from a probe of a marijuana distribution operation that began about a year ago, Slotter said.

The 10 people are charged with conspiracy to commit sports bribery, conduct an illegal gambling business and distribute marijuana. If convicted, they each face up to five years in prison and $250,000 fines.

Nine of the 10 were arrested, including Johnson, who was taken into custody Saturday in Houston. Seven other arrests were made Monday in the San Diego area. One person remained at large.

Johnson, who finished his college career as USD's all-time leading scorer with 1,790 points, was on the team that stunned Connecticut in overtime in the first round of the 2008 NCAA tournament, the biggest win in school history. USD finished 22-14 that season, and has struggled ever since under coach Bill Grier. It finished 6-24 last season.

Johnson averaged 6.1 points a game this season for the Dakota Wizards. The team wrapped up its season April 4.

Scott Woodmansee, a spokesman for the Dakota Wizards, said the Bismarck, N.D., team had no comment. He had no contact information for Johnson.

Courtesy of: The Associated Press


Fuline named coach at Mount Union - by Eurobasket News
ALLIANCE, Ohio Mike Fuline was named as head men's basketball coach at Mount Union. He takes over at Mount Union after spending the last eight years as head coach at the high school level with Massillon Jackson (2005 to 2011) and Rootstown (2003 to 2005).

Fuline was 95-42 (.693) in six years at Jackson, with a 76-19 (.800) mark during the last four seasons that also included winning the 2010 OHSAA Division I State championship. The Polar Bears won each of the last two Federal League titles and Fuline was named Federal League Coach of the Year both seasons.

At Rootstown, his 2003-04 team posted a 16-6 record and won a sectional championship while his 2004-05 team went 20-4, shared the league title and won a district championship. Fuline was named 2004 Ohio's Division III Co-Coach of the Year.

Fuline began his coaching career with assistant coaching stints at Ravenna and Green high schools.

Fuline earned a bachelor's degree from Kent State and a master's degree from Walsh University. He and his wife, Amy, are the proud parents of five children.
Courtesy of: Mount Union Athletics



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Auckland open NBL season with win over Otago - by Eurobasket News
Auckland - Otago 86:73

Auckland tipped off 2011 NBL season with a home win. They outgunned the Otago Nuggets at the ASB Stadium today. Kevin Mickens (206-F-83, college: George Mason) delivered 26 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Pirates.
The Nuggets eagerly surged ahead in the opening term. They ensured a 2-point lead after ten minutes. The Nuggets piled up a 3-point lead after the second period 39:36. But the Pirates took over in the third quarter. They surged ahead for a 4-point lead with one quarter remaining. Auckland erupted for 27 points in the final term and celebrated a debut victory. Everard Bartlett (191-G-86) accounted for 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Pirates. Kevin Smith (196-F-79, college: Lee) had 12 points in the win. Lance Allred (211-C-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: Weber St.) replied with 20 points and 16 boards for the Nuggets. Scott O'Gallagher (188-G-84, college: Warner Pacific) had 19 points in the losing effort.

Auckland: Kevin Mickens 26, Everard Bartlett 22+12 boards, Kevin Smith 12
Otago: Lance Allred 20+16 boards, Scott O'Gallagher 19


Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Auckland 1-0 
 2. Bay Hawks 0-0 
 3. Harbour Heat 0-0 
 4. Manawatu 0-0 
 5. Nelson 0-0 
 6. Southland S. 0-0 
 7. Taranaki 0-0 
 8. Waikato 0-0 
 9. Wellington 0-0 
 10. Otago 0-1 


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BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27
 1. Russell, Kristiansand27.0 
 2. Timus, Tromso24.5 
 3. Bullock, Gimle21.7 
 4. Karlsen, Asker21.6 
 5. Diomande, Ammerud21.4 
 6. Kombat, Froya21.2 
 7. January, Tromso20.3 
 8. Eskeland, Ulriken19.1 
 9. Oatis, Baerum18.8 
 10. Fivelstad, Ulriken17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Bullock, Gimle13.3 
 2. Oatis, Baerum12.5 
 3. Mullenax, Ulriken11.1 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.3 
 5. Fivelstad, Ulriken10.1 
 6. Christensen, Tro.9.6 
 7. January, Tromso9.3 
 8. Kombat, Froya8.7 
 9. Hamilton, Baerum8.6 
 10. Djerman, Gimle7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Gabrans, Froya5.3 
 2. Mahnin, Asker4.7 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken4.3 
 4. Bullock, Gimle4.3 
 5. Russell, Kristiansand4.2 
 6. Issalhi, Tromso4.2 
 7. Elgmork, Baerum3.8 
 8. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.6 
 9. Mihaylov, Tromso3.4 
 10. Fivelstad, Ulriken3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.7 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.5 
 3. Russell, Kristiansand2.0 
 4. Eskeland, Ulriken2.0 
 5. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.0 
 6. Gabrans, Froya1.7 
 7. Mahnin, Asker1.7 
 8. Timus, Tromso1.7 
 9. January, Tromso1.6 
 10. Okoroafor, Ammerud1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.1 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.7 
 3. January, Tromso1.4 
 4. Bullock, Gimle1.1 
 5. Hamilton, Baerum1.1 
 6. Christensen, Tro.1.0 
 7. Mullenax, Ulriken0.9 
 8. Karlsen, Asker0.9 
 9. Hagen, Ammerud0.8 
 10. Nyborg, Asker0.8 


Baerum wins amazing BLNO Finals - by Eurobasket News
Tromso - Baerum 74-78

Baerum wins amazing BLNO Finals as they shocked Tromso 78:74 in the decisive Game 5. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Baerum made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agency: Prossin Sports Management) stepped up and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and forward Vincent Hamilton (196-80, college: Wilberforce) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Baerum players scored in double figures. Baerum's coach Pal Berg used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Tromso: G.January 20+7reb, R.Timus 18+6reb+2ast, B.Myhrer 18+5reb+1ast, I.Adahada 6+1reb, G.Mihaylov 6+1reb+4ast, H.Issalhi 4+1reb+2ast
Baerum: D.Oatis 18+8reb+3ast, S.Berg 16+1reb, N.Skara 15+5reb+1ast, V.Hamilton 11+9reb+1ast, D.Berg 8+4reb+1ast, C.Elgmork 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 126587




Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO Awards 2010-11 - by Karol
All-Norwegian BLNO 1st Team 2010-11
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Donald Oatis
Oatis
Mustafa Mahnin
Mahnin
Ronald Timus
Timus
Ronny Karlsen
Karlsen
Gerald January
January
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Player of the Year: Donald Oatis (206-F/C-79) of Baerum
Guard of the Year: Mustafa Mahnin (182-G-80) of Asker
Forward of the Year: Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78) of Asker
Center of the Year: Peter Bullock (198-F/C-82) of Gimle
Bosman Player of the Year: Edmunds Gabrans (190-G-79) of Froya
Domestic Player of the Year: Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78) of Asker
Defensive Player of the Year: Donald Oatis (206-F/C-79) of Baerum
Coach of the Year: Pal Berg of Baerum

1st Team
G: Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) of Asker
G/F: Ronald Timus (197-84) of Tromso
F: Ronny Karlsen (202-78) of Asker
F: Gerald January (201-88) of Tromso
F/C: Donald Oatis (206-79) of Baerum

2nd Team
G: Antonio Russell (183-84) of Kristiansand
G: Samuel Diomande (191-88) of Ammerud
G: Edmunds Gabrans (190-79) of Froya
F: Miilah Kombat (200-88) of Froya
F/C: Peter Bullock (198-82) of Gimle

Honorable Mention
Frank Nyborg (197-F-83) of Asker
Audun Eskeland (175-G-85) of Ulriken
Magne Fivelstad (196-G/F-89) of Ulriken
Taylor Mullenax (201-F-86) of Ulriken
Nils-Paul Skara (185-G-87) of Baerum

All-Domestic Players Team
F: Miilah Kombat (200-88) of Froya
F: Ronny Karlsen (202-78) of Asker
G: Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) of Asker
G: Audun Eskeland (175-85) of Ulriken
G: Nils-Paul Skara (185-87) of Baerum

All-Imports Team
G: Antonio Russell (183-84) of Kristiansand
G/F: Ronald Timus (197-84) of Tromso
F: Gerald January (201-88) of Tromso
F/C: Donald Oatis (206-79) of Baerum
F/C: Peter Bullock (198-82) of Gimle
G: Samuel Diomande (191-88) of Ammerud



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PLK Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Trefl Sopot and Energa Czarni post victories - by Eurobasket News
PGE Turow - Trefl Sopot 62-76

Trefl Sopot pulled in front in the semifinal series against PGE Turow. The game was mostly controlled by Trefl Sopot. PGE Turow managed to win third quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Serbian center Dragan Ceranic (212-76, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Trefl Sopot players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) responded with 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and the former international forward Robert Tomaszek (204-81, college: Texas Tech) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: F.Dylewicz 24+7reb+3ast, L.Kinnard 14+6reb+2ast, D.Ceranic 11+7reb+6ast, P.Kikowski 11+6reb, M.Stefanski 7+3reb+1ast, L.Harrington 5+2reb+3ast
PGE Turow: T.Thomas 13+1reb+5ast, D.Kickert 12+2reb+1ast, R.Tomaszek 9+6reb+2ast, D.Jackson 8+1reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 8+6reb+2ast, I.Zigeranovic 5+3reb
gschID: 126545


Asseco Prokom - Energa Czarni 74-59

Asseco Prokom cruised past Energa Czarni in the opener. It looked good early as Energa Czarni took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Asseco Prokom had a 18-11 second period charge getting the lead and Energa Czarni was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 59-74. Energa Czarni was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) nailed 14 points and 4 assists for the winning side and international center Adam Hrycaniuk (208-84, college: Cincinnati) accounted for 8 points and 10 rebounds. Four Asseco Prokom players scored in double figures. Asseco Prokom's coach Tomas Pacesas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Bosnian center Ermin Jazvin (210-80, agency: Lanshire Group) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Jerel Blassingame (177-81, college: UNLV) added 9 points and 6 assists respectively for Energa Czarni in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prokom: D.Ewing 14+4ast, T.Adams 13+1reb+1ast, F.Videnov 12+3reb+2ast, R.Varda 10+4reb, A.Hrycaniuk 8+10reb, C.Eldridge 5+2reb+2ast
Energa Czarni: E.Jazvin 18+9reb, P.Leonczyk 10+4reb, M.Cesnauskis 9+1reb+2ast, J.Blassingame 9+1reb+6ast, B.Davis 7+4reb, K.Roszyk 3+1ast
gschID: 126544




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. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot14.8 
 8. Bennerman, Energa C.14.5 
 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.6.7 
 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. Thompson, Anwil3.0 
Steals Per Game
 James MAYE
  Zastal
  (201-G/F-81)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Maye, Zastal2.8 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.7 
 3. Blassingame, Energa C.2.7 
 4. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 5. Szubarga, Asseco P.2.4 
 6. Skibniewski, Polph.2.4 
 7. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 8. Milicic, AZS K.2.3 
 9. Hawkins, PBG B.2.1 
 10. Vaughn, Polpharma2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harris, SKK K.2.0 
 2. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 3. Reynolds, AZS K.1.4 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 6. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.3 
 7. Davis, Energa C.1.1 
 8. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 
 9. Miller, Anwil0.8 
 10. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.8 


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


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Coamo
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 26
 1. Villegas, Coamo26.0 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo24.8 
 3. Brown, Quebradillas21.7 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas20.8 
 5. Clinch, Isabela20.3 
 6. Dalmau, Bayamon19.5 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez19.0 
 8. Sanchez, Santurce18.0 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon17.3 
 10. Pellot-Rosa, San G.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 13
 1. Randolph, Isabela13.0 
 2. Narvaez, Coamo12.8 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas12.2 
 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. Aubry, Arecibo8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.0 
 2. Clinch, Isabela5.3 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.3 
 4. Cruz, Arecibo4.8 
 5. Brown, Quebradillas4.7 
 6. Copeland, San G.4.7 
 7. Garcia, Humacao4.6 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez4.3 
 9. Santiago, Santurce4.0 
 10. Vega, Coamo3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Eddin ''Guayito'' SANTIAGO
  Santurce
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Santiago, Santurce3.0 
 2. Benison, Santurce2.0 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon2.0 
 4. Pinnock, Arecibo1.8 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez1.7 
 6. Dalmau, Guaynabo1.6 
 7. Guzman, Guaynabo1.5 
 8. Cruz, Arecibo1.5 
 9. Chaney, Santurce1.5 
 10. Carmona, Mayaguez1.5 
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. Santiago, Arecibo2.0 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon1.8 
 6. Freije, Coamo1.6 
 7. Sanchez, Santurce1.6 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Pellot-Rosa, San G.1.2 
 10. Jones, Quebradillas1.2 


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  QATAR   


Bell to Al Sadd - by Ali Ahmed
Michael Bell (206-F-82, college: Florida Atlantic) signs a deal with As Sadd Sports Club to play till the end of the season.

Outlook:
For his size, he is an outstanding long range shooter, a very good rebounder and runs the court extremely well. His overall athletic ability and basketball skills allow him to play both the three and four positions.

Awards/Achievements:
A-Sun 2nd Team -04
All-A-Sun 1st Team -05
All-A-Sun Player of The Year -05
A-Sun All-American Honorable Mention -05
Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Honorable Mention -10



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  ROMANIA   


Div.A Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Quarter-Finals
U.Mobitel.CN - CSU Sibiu 98-75

The game without a history. U-Mobitelco 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 CSU Sibiu's 38. They outrebounded CSU Sibiu 43-24 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. U-Mobitelco players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by CSU Sibiu's players. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (196-78) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and American forward Kyndall Dykes (191-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five U-Mobitelco players scored in double figures. U-Mobitelco's coach Marcel Tenter felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Octavian Calota (185-84) responded with 28 points and Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: BeoExcell) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: K.Dykes 24+5reb+1ast, B.Cuic 19+12reb+8ast, Z.Krstanovic 16+13reb+1ast, M.Silvasan 15+5reb+6ast, T.Morris 11+4reb+6ast, P.Chetreanu 6+1reb+2ast
CSU Sibiu: O.Calota 28+1reb+2ast, M.Markovic 14+8reb+1ast, S.Atanackovic 13+2reb, J.Herndon 9+5reb, L.Seals 8+2reb+4ast, E.Brown 2+2ast
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Gaz Metan - Oradea 84-77

Oradea was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Gaz Metan made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. American forward Deven Mitchell (196-84, agency: Interperformances) nailed 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Ionut Dragusin (221-85) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds. Bosnian center Sasa Topcov (206-80, agency: 011 Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Tyrone Mitchell (186-81, college: Northwestern St.) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Oradea in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: D.Mitchell 20+7reb, I.Dragusin 18+8reb, J.Howell 16+1reb+4ast, U.Velickovic 13+1reb+1ast, I.Ivanovic 9+5reb+4ast, D.Kinloch 4+3reb
Oradea: S.Topcov 20+12reb, T.Mitchell 19+6reb+5ast, N.Maric 16+2reb+3ast, A.Mandic 12+2reb+2ast, R.Pasca 8+3reb+1ast, M.Schachtner 2+1reb
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Steaua Turabo - Mures 83-75

The game without a history. Steaua Turabo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Steaua Turabo outrebounded Mures 46-26 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Virgil Stanescu (207-77, college: S.Alabama, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Croatian guard Ivan Tomeljak (194-79) contributed with 17 points and 7 assists for the winners. American guard JuJuan Cooley (175-82, college: Indiana Tech, agency: Agency No 10) answered with 14 points and 6 assists and the other American import forward Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Mures. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Steaua Turabo: I.Tomeljak 17+3reb+7ast, V.Stanescu 17+12reb+2ast, H.Nikolov 12+3reb+2ast, V.Carutasu 12+12reb+2ast, G.Hafnar 12+4reb+1ast, J.Jackson 7+5reb+1ast
Mures: J.Cooley 14+4reb+6ast, J.Straight 14+5reb, J.Forte 13+8reb+1ast, A.Mladenovic 12+2reb+2ast, F.Lapuste 11+2reb+3ast, L.Dumitru 11+4reb+1ast
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Ploiesti - Pitesti 97-80

Ploiesti looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) nailed 25 points and 5 assists for the winning side and American forward Qarraan Calhoun (203-86, college: Houston, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) accounted for 17 points. Montenegrin guard Darko Vujacic (201-79) came up with 25 points and American guard Donte Gennie (185-83, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for Pitesti in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: C.Burlacu 25+3reb+5ast, Q.Calhoun 17+4reb+1ast, L.Szijarto 13+6reb+1ast, D.Mack 12+3reb+2ast, I.Okoye 10+5reb, J.Westrol 9+6reb+5ast
Pitesti: D.Vujacic 25+4reb+2ast, D.Gennie 16+3reb+4ast, C.Eichelberger 11+11reb+1ast, S.Isleam 11+5reb, I.Stefanovic 9+5reb+4ast, B.Grubisic 5+6reb
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9-16 places
CSM Bucuresti - Craiova 92-86

Craiova trailed by 22 points at halftime and as many as 24 after three quarters before a 34-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 86-92 at the end of the game. CSM Bucuresti outrebounded Craiova 39-27 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Serbian power forward Branislav Tomic (205-80) nailed 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and American guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds. CSM Bucuresti's coach Predrag Vasic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Jermont Horton (198-83, college: Rutgers-Newark) came up with 26 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import center Kenneth Simms (203, college: Cumberland) added 13 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for Craiova in the defeat. Five CSM Bucuresti and four Craiova players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CSM Bucuresti: B.Tomic 19+6reb+4ast, J.Smith 17+5reb+2ast, M.Bennett 14+6reb+1ast, M.Paul 14+6reb+1ast, M.Mladenovic 11+6reb+5ast, A.Santana 8+5reb+3ast
Craiova: J.Horton 26+7reb+1ast, B.Gillespie 18+1reb+2ast, K.Simms 13+11reb+4ast, I.Albu 10+2reb+1ast, I.Dodoc 8+2ast, C.Wohlleb 7+5reb+2ast
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Otopeni - Brasov 85-57

The game without a history. Otopeni led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Otopeni forced 27 Brasov turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Brasov's players. Serbian forward Aleksandar Belanovic (203-76) nailed 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Serbian guard Slobodan Popovic (198-80, agency: BeoExcell) accounted for 13 points. Montenegrin center Zeljko Bubanja (210-73) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and center Horia Codin (204-89) added 14 points respectively for Brasov 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:
Otopeni: A.Belanovic 14+9reb+3ast, S.Popovic 13+4reb+3ast, V.Jiscanu 11+5reb+2ast, A.Urucatu 9+6reb+2ast, M.Minea 9+3reb+1ast, C.Vlaicu 8+2reb
Brasov: H.Codin 14+4reb+2ast, Z.Bubanja 13+11reb+1ast, O.Boian 9+2reb+2ast, R.Paliciuc 6+5reb+2ast, B.Dragus 5+4reb+1ast, A.Tatu 5+1reb
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Rovinari - Politehnica Iasi 86-90

Rovinari was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American guard LeRoy Dawson (188-81, college: S.Nazarene, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed 29 points, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Bryan McCullough (198-83, college: NC-Asheville, agency: 011 Sports) accounted for 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Polish center Rafal Bigus (215-76, college: Villanova) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds and American swingman Porter Troupe (196-83, college: Portland) added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Rovinari in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Politehnica Iasi: L.Dawson 29+4reb+9ast, B.Kabengele-Kalala 14+4reb+1ast, D.Anghel 14+6reb, B.McCullough 14+6reb+5ast, M.Nicolae 14+7reb+2ast, I.Hurjui 3+5reb
Rovinari: P.Troupe 19+7reb+7ast, R.Bigus 18+18reb+2ast, L.Darby 16+2reb+7ast, V.Mocanu 13+6reb, S.Nikolic 10+2reb+5ast, S.Lupusavei 7+2reb+1ast
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Timisoara - Miercurea Ciuc 88-58

The game without a history. Timisoara led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Timisoara forced 20 Miercurea Ciuc turnovers. Serbian forward Nenad Markovic (199-80) nailed 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Serbian guard Rade Dzambic (188-80, college: NYIT) accounted for 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Timisoara players scored in double figures. American guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) came up with 16 points and 5 assists and the other American import center Yamene Coleman (206-86, college: Troy, agency: Court Side) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Miercurea Ciuc 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:
Timisoara: N.Markovic 22+5reb+1ast, M.Pesic 20+1reb+1ast, R.Dzambic 14+5reb+5ast, D.Paltinisanu 12+8reb, D.Andrei 10+3reb+1ast, P.Czmor 9+1reb+1ast
Miercurea Ciuc: C.Hannah 16+3reb+5ast, E.Tucker 8+1reb, Y.Coleman 8+9reb+1ast, L.Levine 7+5reb, J.Huffman 7+5reb, S.Pop 4+4reb
gschID: 125948




Div B: CS Dinamo Bucuresti loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
Round 10 in Div.B means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Giurgiu where host CSS Giurgiu (6-1) beat league's leader CS Dinamo Bucuresti (5-3) 78-69 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CS Dinamo Bucuresti. CSS Giurgiu have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Granitur. CS Dinamo Bucuresti at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Timba Timis.

Top ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (5-3) recorded its third loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Municipal 2 Bucuresti (4-4) 91-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CS Dinamo Bucuresti. Municipal 2 Bucuresti moved-up to third place, which they share with Ploiesti II. CS Dinamo Bucuresti at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost.

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Phoenix Galati (3-4) against sixth ranked CSS Targoviste (1-6) on Sunday night. Visiting Phoenix Galati was crushed by CSS Targoviste in Targoviste 75-37. CSS Targoviste maintains sixth position with 1-6 record. Loser Phoenix Galati dropped to the fifth place with four games lost.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Medias. First ranked Timba Timosoara faced 3rd ranked Gaz Metan II. Guests from Timosoara (11-1) smashed host Gaz Metan II (6-6) 83-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Gaz Metan II. Timba Timosoara have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-1 record. Gaz Metan II at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Aurel Vlaicu Bucuresti (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 73-63 loss to fourth ranked Ploiesti II (4-4) in Bucuresti on Saturday evening. Ploiesti II moved-up to third place, which they share with Municipal 2 B. Loser Aurel Vlaicu Bucuresti still closes the standings with eight games lost.

CSS Targoviste - Ph. Galati 75-37

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Phoenix Galati (3-4) against sixth ranked CSS Targoviste (1-6) on Sunday night. Visiting Phoenix Galati was crushed by CSS Targoviste in Targoviste 75-37. CSS Targoviste maintains sixth position with 1-6 record. Loser Phoenix Galati dropped to the fifth place with four games lost.

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Gaz Metan II - Timba Timis. 64-83

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Medias. First ranked Timba Timosoara faced 3rd ranked Gaz Metan II. Guests from Timosoara (11-1) smashed host Gaz Metan II (6-6) 83-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Gaz Metan II. Timba Timosoara have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-1 record. Gaz Metan II at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost.
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A.Vlaicu Buc. - Ploiesti II 63-73

Bottom-ranked Aurel Vlaicu Bucuresti (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 73-63 loss to fourth ranked Ploiesti II (4-4) in Bucuresti on Saturday evening. Ploiesti II moved-up to third place, which they share with Municipal 2 B. Loser Aurel Vlaicu Bucuresti still closes the standings with eight games lost.
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Dinamo B. - Municipal 2 B. 83-91

Top ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (5-3) recorded its third loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Municipal 2 Bucuresti (4-4) 91-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CS Dinamo Bucuresti. Municipal 2 Bucuresti moved-up to third place, which they share with Ploiesti II. CS Dinamo Bucuresti at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost.
CSS Giurgiu - Dinamo B. 78-69

Round 10 in Div.B means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Giurgiu where host CSS Giurgiu (6-1) beat league's leader CS Dinamo Bucuresti (5-3) 78-69 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CS Dinamo Bucuresti. CSS Giurgiu have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Granitur. CS Dinamo Bucuresti at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Timba Timis.
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Standings - D2
Div.B Standings
Seria 1
 1. Timba Timis. 11-1 
 2. U.Mobitel II 8-4 
 3. Gaz Metan II 6-6 
 4. MP Timisoara 5-6 
 5. T.Mures II 3-8 
 6. Ph. Brasov 2-10 
Seria 2
 1. CSS Giurgiu 6-1 
 2. Dinamo B. 5-3 
 3. Municipal 2 B. 4-4 
 4. Steaua Turabo II 3-3 
 5. Ph. Galati 3-4 
 6. CSS Targoviste 1-6 
Seria 3
 1. Granitur 6-1 
 2. CSU Galati 5-1 
 3. Rapid B. 5-2 
 4. Ploiesti II 4-4 
 5. BT Bucuresti 1-5 
 6. A.Vlaicu Buc. 0-8 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Politehnica Iasi
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Dawson, Polite.22.3 
 2. Hannah, Miercure.20.9 
 3. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.8 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.8 
 5. Horton, Craiova20.1 
 6. Tomic, CSM B.19.6 
 7. Vujacic, Pitesti19.3 
 8. Darby, Rovinari19.1 
 9. Pesic, Timisoara18.8 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Simms, Craiova11.2 
 2. Coleman, Miercure.9.7 
 3. Nicoara, Gaz Metan9.6 
 4. Bennett, CSM B.9.6 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.3 
 6. Bigus, Rovinari8.9 
 7. Forte, Mures8.7 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti7.7 
 9. Harrison, CSU Sibiu7.7 
 10. Eichelberger, Pitesti7.7 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cooley, Mures8.3 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 3. Hannah, Miercure.6.3 
 4. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.4 
 5. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 6. Howell, Gaz Metan5.1 
 7. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.1 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni4.8 
 9. Gennie, Pitesti4.7 
 10. Maric, Oradea4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola STOJAKOVIC
  Craiova
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 2. Howell, Gaz Metan2.5 
 3. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.4 
 4. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.4 
 6. Gennie, Pitesti2.4 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.1 
 8. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.0 
 9. Dawson, Polite.2.0 
 10. Loyd, CSU Sibiu1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.6 
 3. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 4. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 5. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.5 
 6. Mladenovic, Mures1.4 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Lazar, Oradea1.3 
 9. Thomson, U.Mobite.0.9 
 10. Dragusin, Gaz M.0.9 


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Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 15-5 
 2. Lokomotiv 14-7 
 3. Khimky 13-7 
 4. Spartak SP 13-8 
 5. CSKA 13-8 
 6. Enisey 10-10 
 7. N.Novgorod 8-13 
 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. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alexey ZHUKANENKO
  Dynamo
  (210-F-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.8 
 2. Papadopoulos, Khi.7.0 
 3. Lampe, Unics7.0 
 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. Plisnic, 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. Papadopoulos, Khi.3.1 
 10. Rush, Krasnie Krilya3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spartak SP
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 2. Voronov, Dynamo1.6 
 3. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.6 
 4. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.5 
 5. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.5 
 6. Massey, Lokomotiv1.4 
 7. Mateyunas, Triumph1.3 
 8. McCarty, Unics1.3 
 9. Labovic, Enisey1.3 
 10. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.3 
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. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 5. Likhodey, Triumph1.0 
 6. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 
 7. Yakovenko, N.Nov.0.9 
 8. Sokolov, CSKA0.9 
 9. Kaun, CSKA0.9 
 10. Zhukanenko, Dynamo0.8 


BC Nizhny Novgorod shock CSKA Moscow in overtime - by Eurobasket News
BC Nizhny Novgorod (8-13) survived in overtime against CSKA Moscow (13-8) by five points 94-89 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Nemanja Protic who scored 20 points. CSKA Moscow's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted BC Nizhny Novgorod maintains seventh place with 8-13 record. Defending champion CSKA Moscow dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod will face higher ranked Khimky (#3) in Khimki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CSKA Moscow will play at home against Enisey Krasnoyarsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The best stats of 21th round was 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds by Lonny Baxter of Enisey.


Lokomotiv - Krasnie Krilya 67-63

There was no surprise in Kuban where 8th ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-14) was defeated by third ranked Lokomotiv (14-7) 67-63 on Tuesday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Krasnie Krilya won fourth quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Alando Tucker (198-84, college: Wisconsin) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Guard Aleksei Surovtsev (202-84) chipped in 6 points and 12 rebounds. Lokomotiv's coach Kestutis Kemzura used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and power forward Konstantin Nesterov (205-81, college: VCU) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Krasnie Krilya players scored in double figures. Lokomotiv moved-up to second place. Krasnie Krilya lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Lokomotiv will face bottom-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (#10) in Lubertsy in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Krasnie Krilya will play on the road against the league's leader Unics Kazan.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: A.Tucker 20+6reb+2ast, J.Massey 13+1reb, M.Wilkinson 8+10reb, G.Jeretin 7+1reb+3ast, M.Grigoryev 7+3reb+4ast, A.Surovtsev 6+12reb+3ast
Krasnie Krilya: P.Brezec 17+10reb+2ast, M.Marinovic 11+6ast, V.Zvarykin 10+3reb, K.Nesterov 10+7reb+1ast, A.Trushkin 5+5reb, G.Green 5
gschID: 104047


Dynamo - Unics 70-84

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Unics Kazan (15-5) defeated on the road 9th ranked Dynamo Moscow (6-15) 84-70 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 47-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Unics Kazan made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Unics Kazan outrebounded Dynamo Moscow 36-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Polish-Swedish center Maciej Lampe (210-85) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Alexey Zhukanenko (210-86, agency: Alti Sport) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Victor Keyru (199-84) added 15 points respectively. Five Dynamo Moscow players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Unics Kazan maintains first place with 15-5 record. Dynamo Moscow at the other side keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Unics Kazan will face Krasnie Krilya (#8) in Samara in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dynamo Moscow will play on the road against Spartak St.Petersburg.
Top scorers:
Unics: M.Lampe 21+12reb+5ast, M.Popovic 12+4reb+5ast, K.McCarty 11+3reb+3ast, N.Padius 10, V.Veremeenko 9+5reb+1ast, T.Lyday 8+2reb
Dynamo: A.Zhukanenko 15+8reb+1ast, V.Keyru 15+4reb+1ast, P.Gubanov 12+3reb+4ast, D.Domani 10+2reb, N.Shabalkin 10+2reb+1ast, N.Balashov 4+1reb
gschID: 104048


Khimky - Spartak SP 104-95

There was a minor upset in Khimki where 3rd placed Spartak St.Petersburg (13-8) was defeated by fifth ranked Khimky (13-7) 104-95 on Tuesday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-17. But Spartak St.Petersburg won second period 33-31. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimky made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Spartak St.Petersburg was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Croatian-Bosnian guard Zoran Planinic (199-82) who scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International forward Sergey Monya (203-83) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Bosnian guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois) who recorded 27 points and Slovenian power forward Miha Zupan (205-82) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Khimky moved-up to third place. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Khimky will face BC Nizhny Novgorod (#7) on the road in the next round. Spartak St.Petersburg will play against Dynamo Moscow.
Top scorers:
Khimky: Z.Planinic 24+7reb+4ast, S.Monya 18+9reb+3ast, T.Kelati 17+2reb+4ast, V.Fridzon 16+3reb+1ast, K.Loncar 10+1reb, L.Papadopoulos 9+2reb+2ast
Spartak SP: H.Domercant 27+2reb+1ast, A.Ponkrashov 16+2reb+2ast, M.Zupan 16+6reb+1ast, A.Kotishevskiy 15+5reb, N.Dragovic 9+2reb, P.Antic 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 104049


N.Novgorod - CSKA 94-89 OT

BC Nizhny Novgorod (8-13) survived in overtime against CSKA Moscow (13-8) by five points 94-89 on Wednesday night. CSKA Moscow was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 23-19 charge of BC Nizhny Novgorod, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-11. BC Nizhny Novgorod made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Nemanja Protic (182-86) who scored 20 points. Forward Artem Yakovenko (206-88, agency: RU-Basket Management) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian guard Ramunas Siskauskas (197-78) who recorded 17 points and Slovenian forward Matjaz Smodis (205-79) added 16 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. CSKA Moscow's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted BC Nizhny Novgorod maintains seventh place with 8-13 record. Defending champion CSKA Moscow dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod will face higher ranked Khimky (#3) in Khimki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CSKA Moscow will play at home against Enisey Krasnoyarsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
N.Novgorod: N.Protic 20+1reb+3ast, A.Yakovenko 19+4reb+1ast, O.Baranov 12+3reb+3ast, A.Pustahvar 11+5reb+1ast, A.Ivanov 10+1reb+3ast, D.Golovin 8+5reb+2ast
CSKA: R.Siskauskas 17+3reb+1ast, M.Smodis 16+4reb, A.Shved 12+3reb+3ast, D.Polokhin 11+4reb+3ast, V.Khryapa 9+8reb+1ast, J.Holden 8+4ast
gschID: 104050


Enisey - Triumph 98-97

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (10-10) edged at home bottom-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (4-16) 98-97 on Tuesday. However just one-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. Enisey Krasnoyarsk made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. Triumph Lyubertsy was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American center Lonny Baxter (204-79, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field). Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) who recorded 32 points and 5 assists and forward Valery Likhodey (204-86) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Triumph Lyubertsy's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Enisey Krasnoyarsk have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 10-10 record. Triumph Lyubertsy lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will face higher ranked CSKA Moscow (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Triumph Lyubertsy will play against the league's second-placed Lokomotiv (#2) in Kuban.
Top scorers:
Enisey: L.Baxter 35+6reb, D.Labovic 20+8reb+2ast, M.Williams 14+1reb+11ast, P.Sergeev 12+3reb+5ast, K.Pinkney 6+3reb, P.Gromyko 6+4reb+1ast
Triumph: T.McKee 32+4reb+5ast, V.Likhodey 22+5reb, A.Nesterov 12+4reb, I.Syrovatko 11+1ast, A.Vikhrov 9+1ast, S.Karasev 5+4reb
gschID: 104046




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  SERBIA   


B League: Round 25 - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in B League.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Indija. Third ranked Zeleznicar faced 4th placed Smederevo Vizura. Host Zeleznicar (16-9) smashed guests from Smederevo (14-11) 96-57. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Smederevo Vizura. The game without a history. Zeleznicar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Zeleznicar had a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Zeleznicar looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Mladen Djuric (193-G-87, agency: 011 Sports) fired 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Vukan Zivkovic (-91) chipped in 19 points. Center Aleksandar Nastic (207-90) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds 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. Zeleznicar maintains third place with 16-9 record having six points less than leader Radnicki BG. Smederevo Vizura at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Zeleznicar are looking forward to face KK Jagodina (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Smederevo Vizura will play against the league's leader BKK Radnicki (#1) in Beograd and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Leader BKK Radnicki delivered the twentieth second victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Radnicki OB (11-14) 102-52 in Beograd. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Slobodan Lalic (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. Dragan Petronic contributed with 15 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Goran Huskic answered with 14 points for Radnicki OB. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BKK Radnicki have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki maintains first place with 22-3 record. Radnicki OB at the other side keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Mladost Cacak. BKK Radnicki will play against Smederevo Vizura (#5) on the road in the next round. Radnicki OB will play against Vojvodina (#8) in Novi Sad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 (0-25) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 100-73 loss to ninth ranked Vojvodina (13-12) in Novi Sad on Saturday evening. Tomislav Ivosev stepped up and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Vojvodina's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Milic Blagojevic responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Vojvodina moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Radnicki KG 06 still closes the standings. Vojvodina will meet Radnicki OB (#10) in the next round. Radnicki KG 06 will play against Mladost Cacak (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Cacak, where higher ranked Viva Basket (13-12) lost to eleventh ranked Mladost Cacak (11-14) in a road game 82-92. Milos Pejanovic nailed 24 points and 7 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winning side. Mladost Cacak's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Mladost Cacak moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Radnicki OB. Newly promoted Viva Basket keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Mladost Cacak's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 (#14) in Kragujevac.

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Jagodina was crushed by Radnicki Basket in Beograd 85-47. KK Nis was beaten by Spartak at home 70-74. Sindjelic Nis destroyed Student on the opponent's court 81-59.


Zeleznicar - Smederevo 96-57

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Indija. Third ranked Zeleznicar faced 4th placed Smederevo Vizura. Host Zeleznicar (16-9) smashed guests from Smederevo (14-11) 96-57. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Smederevo Vizura. The game without a history. Zeleznicar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Zeleznicar had a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Zeleznicar looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Mladen Djuric (193-87, agency: 011 Sports) fired 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Vukan Zivkovic (-91) chipped in 19 points. Four Zeleznicar players scored in double figures. Center Aleksandar Nastic (207-90) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Uros Zivanovic (204-85) added 14 points and 5 rebounds 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. Zeleznicar maintains third place with 16-9 record having six points less than leader Radnicki BG. Smederevo Vizura at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Zeleznicar are looking forward to face KK Jagodina (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Smederevo Vizura will play against the league's leader BKK Radnicki (#1) in Beograd and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Zeleznicar: V.Zivkovic 19+1reb+3ast, M.Djuric 17+4reb+4ast, B.Mihajlovic 12+6reb+1ast, S.Gugleta 12+4reb, N.Kasabasic 8+5ast, N.Kovac 8+4reb
Smederevo: U.Zivanovic 14+5reb, A.Nastic 12+6reb+2ast, A.Perovic 9+3reb+1ast, V.Vranic 6+2reb, V.Svilar 6+3ast, M.Antic 4+3reb
gschID: 104625


Radnicki Basket - Jagodina 85-47

There was no surprise in Beograd where 12th ranked KK Jagodina (9-16) was crushed by second ranked Radnicki Basket (20-5) 85-47. It looked good early as KK Jagodina took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Radnicki Basket had a 18-13 second period charge getting the lead and KK Jagodina was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 47-85. Radnicki Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to KK Jagodina's 30. They outrebounded KK Jagodina 37-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. Center Milojko Vasilic (207-89) nailed 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and center Dusan Ognjenovic (216-91) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Power forward Damjan Stojkanovic (203-91) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Vladislav Stanisavljevic (185-91) added 8 points respectively for KK Jagodina in the defeat. Radnicki Basket maintains second place with 20-5 record having just two points less than leader Radnicki BG. KK Jagodina at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Radnicki Basket's next round opponent will be Spartak (#4) in Subotica. KK Jagodina will play at home against Zeleznicar (#3) in Indija.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: M.Vasilic 17+9reb+2ast, D.Ognjenovic 14+8reb+2ast, S.Stamenkovic 12+3reb+1ast, F.Djuran 9+3reb+1ast, A.Zaric 8+1reb, N.Vukasovic 7+2reb+6ast
Jagodina: D.Stojkanovic 16+6reb, V.Stanisavljevic 8+4reb+3ast, B.Gladanac 7+4reb+1ast, N.Vujicic 7+4reb+1ast, S.Radojkovic 4+2reb, M.Gambiroza 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 104626


KK Nis - Spartak 70-74

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Spartak (15-10) defeated on the road 13th ranked KK Nis (5-20) 74-70. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But KK Nis won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spartak forced 20 KK Nis turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by KK Nis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Kemal Karahodzic nailed 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and guard Miodrag Dinic (197-80) accounted for 17 points and 4 steals. Vladimir Djordjevic (-84) came up with 16 points, 8 assists and 4 steals and Nikola Stanojevic added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for KK Nis in the defeat. Newly promoted Spartak maintains fourth place with 15-10 record. KK Nis lost fourth consecutive game. KK Nis at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Spartak's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Radnicki Basket in Beograd and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Nis' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Nis to the arena Sindjelic Nis.
Top scorers:
Spartak: M.Dinic 17+3ast, R.Vukolic 17+2ast, K.Karahodzic 16+8reb+3ast, D.Kuntic 8+3reb+5ast, A.Sokolovic 6+6reb+1ast, S.Stojanovic 6+4reb+1ast
KK Nis: V.Djordjevic 16+2reb+8ast, D.Trickovic 13+2reb+1ast, N.Stanojevic 11+6reb+1ast, M.Andrejevic 9+4reb+1ast, I.Kostic 7+2reb+2ast, I.Pendic 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 104627


Student - Sindjelic Nis 59-81

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Kragujevac where 7th ranked Student UK (13-12) was rolled over by eighth ranked Sindjelic Nis (13-12) 81-59. Sindjelic Nis forced 26 Student UK turnovers. Guard Milos Trailovic (198-81) nailed 31 points and 7 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Nenad Djurdjevic accounted for 17 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Four Sindjelic Nis players scored in double figures. Center Nikola Glisovic (209-73) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds and guard Srboljub Samailovic (194-82) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Student UK in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Sindjelic Nis moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Student UK. Sindjelic Nis' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Nis KK Nis.
Top scorers:
Sindjelic Nis: M.Trailovic 31+7reb+2ast, N.Djurdjevic 17+8ast, D.Markovic 16+6reb+1ast, M.Cvetkovic 11+8reb+3ast, U.Milenkovic 2+1reb, N.Gudzic 2+7reb
Student: N.Glisovic 13+6reb+3ast, S.Samailovic 12+5reb+2ast, L.Igrutinovic 8+3reb+4ast, F.Lalovic 6+1reb+2ast, N.Knezevic 5+1reb, S.Vucenov 4
gschID: 104621


Mladost Cacak - Viva Basket 92-82

We should mention about the upset which took place in Cacak, where higher ranked Viva Basket (13-12) lost to eleventh ranked Mladost Cacak (11-14) in a road game 82-92. The game was mostly controlled by Mladost Cacak. Viva Basket was better in fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mladost Cacak shot 60.3 percent from the field. Mladost Cacak outrebounded Viva Basket 33-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 62.5 percentage. FYR Macedonian Milos Pejanovic nailed 24 points and 7 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winning side and swingman Milovan Maric (196-86) accounted for 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Mladost Cacak's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Milos Kurcubic came up with 19 points and 7 assists and guard Dragan Bjelica (198-81) added 21 points and 4 assists respectively for Viva Basket in the defeat. Five Viva Basket players scored in double figures. Mladost Cacak moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Radnicki OB. Newly promoted Viva Basket keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Mladost Cacak's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 (#14) in Kragujevac.
Top scorers:
Mladost Cacak: M.Pejanovic 24+4reb+7ast, M.Maric 21+8reb+4ast, I.Dukanac 15+8reb+3ast, M.Azanjac 8+5reb+1ast, S.Avramovic 7+2reb+3ast, S.Krasic 7+1ast
Viva Basket: D.Bjelica 21+2reb+4ast, M.Kurcubic 19+2reb+7ast, A.Vuletic 13+4reb, S.Djukic 13+3reb, M.Drekalovic 12+3reb, S.Lukovic 2+2reb
gschID: 104622


Vojvodina - KG 06 100-73

Bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 (0-25) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 100-73 loss to ninth ranked Vojvodina (13-12) in Novi Sad on Saturday evening. The game without a history. Vojvodina led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vojvodina forced 30 Radnicki KG 06 turnovers. Tomislav Ivosev stepped up and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and forward Nemanja Knezevic (203-87) chipped in 15 points and 14 rebounds. Vojvodina's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side swingman Milic Blagojevic (200-91) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and center Aleksandar Marelja (207-92) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Vojvodina moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Radnicki KG 06 still closes the standings. Vojvodina will meet Radnicki OB (#10) in the next round. Radnicki KG 06 will play against Mladost Cacak (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: A.Drakulic 23+5reb, T.Ivosev 22+9reb+3ast, N.Knezevic 15+14reb, M.Grubor 8+4reb+1ast, B.Tomasevic 7+4reb+4ast, M.Glisic 7+1reb+6ast
KG 06: M.Blagojevic 22+6reb+1ast, A.Marelja 19+6reb+1ast, A.Mirkovic 16+7reb+2ast, S.Mijovic 8+5reb+1ast, P.Jovanovic 4+5reb+1ast, A.Radosavljevic 2+2reb
gschID: 104623


Radnicki BG - Radnicki OB 102-52

Leader BKK Radnicki delivered the twentieth second victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Radnicki OB (11-14) 102-52 in Beograd. The game was mostly controlled by BKK Radnicki. Radnicki OB was better in third quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Radnicki OB to just 5 points in first quarter. BKK Radnicki dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Radnicki OB's 28. BKK Radnicki forced 25 Radnicki OB turnovers and outrebounded them 40-25 including 30 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Radnicki OB's players. Radnicki OB was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Slobodan Lalic (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Dragan Petronic (206-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four BKK Radnicki players scored in double figures. Goran Huskic answered with 14 points and forward Dragan Boricic (201-77) added 9 points in the effort for Radnicki OB. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BKK Radnicki have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki maintains first place with 22-3 record. Radnicki OB at the other side keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Mladost Cacak. BKK Radnicki will play against Smederevo Vizura (#5) on the road in the next round. Radnicki OB will play against Vojvodina (#8) in Novi Sad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radnicki BG: S.Lalic 22+6reb+2ast, D.Petronic 15+11reb+1ast, M.Ilic 13+4reb+1ast, N.Rakonjac 12+3reb+1ast, Z.Karic 10+3reb+13ast, M.Tomic 9+2reb
Radnicki OB: G.Huskic 14+3reb+2ast, A.Raickovic 10+2reb, D.Boricic 9+4reb+2ast, M.Ljubas 6+2reb+3ast, M.Tasic 5+6reb+1ast, U.Baltic 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 104624




Vladimir Bosnjak new head coach of As de Salle - by Zoran Popovic
Vladimir Bosnjak (agency: 011 Sports ) is a new head coach of basketball club As de Salle from Morocco. This is maybe the strongest confirmation that ASS Sale has the highest ambitions in the future as they hired a coach well known by his international trophies. During the career Vladimir Bosnjak (agency: 011 Sports ) was assistant coach in Crvena Zvezda, head coach of Crvena Zvezda woman team, Al Manama, Al Manama, Qatar Club, ASU Sports Club, Al Wehda Damascus and last year spent in Cote D'avoir. As head coach of Libyan U18 National team Bosnjak won gold medal on Arab Championship 2001, on Asian U20 Championship gold medal with Iranian National team. With Iranian National team Bosnajk won two gold medals on West Asian Championships 2004 and 2005 and Islamic games in Madan 2005.

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


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Radnicki BG 22-3 
 2. Radnicki Basket 20-5 
 3. Zeleznicar 16-9 
 4. Spartak 15-10 
 5. Smederevo 14-11 
 6. Viva Basket 13-12 
 7. Sindjelic Nis 13-12 
 8. Vojvodina 13-12 
 9. Student 13-12 
 10. Radnicki OB 11-14 
 11. Mladost Cacak 11-14 
 12. Jagodina 9-16 
 13. KK Nis 5-20 
 14. KG 06 0-25 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.20.5 
 2. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 3. Sinovec, Metalac18.6 
 4. Micevic, Sloboda .17.6 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 6. Zekovic, Beograd16.7 
 7. Bunic, Novi Sad16.6 
 8. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.16.2 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Cantekin, Mega V.7.4 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac7.3 
 4. Jelovac, Mega V.6.8 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 7. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Sulovic, Napredak6.3 
 10. Borovcanin, Sloga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marko LJUBICIC
  Metalac
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Ljubicic, Metalac6.1 
 2. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 3. Vlahovic, Sloga5.1 
 4. Radivojevic, FMP5.0 
 5. Mitrovic, Beograd4.6 
 6. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.6 
 7. Covic, FMP4.4 
 8. Kocergin, Superfund4.3 
 9. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 10. Dundjerski, Beograd3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd3.1 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.1 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 6. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 8. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Bocka, Crnokosa1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan BIRCEVIC
  Metalac
  (209-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bircevic, Metalac1.3 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.2 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 6. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 7. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 8. Lucic, Beograd0.7 
 9. Karalic, Crnokosa0.7 
 10. Zekovic, Beograd0.7 


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket26.6 
 2. Svilar, Smederevo20.6 
 3. Radic, Spartak18.8 
 4. Dukanac, Mladost .18.8 
 5. Blagojevic, KG 0618.2 
 6. Trailovic, Sindje.17.5 
 7. Tesanovic, KK Nis17.4 
 8. Lalic, Radnicki BG16.1 
 9. Glisovic, Student15.8 
 10. Subotic, Radnic.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nemanja KNEZEVIC
  Vojvodina
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Knezevic, Vojvodina10.2 
 2. Vuletic, Viva Basket8.7 
 3. Gugleta, Zeleznicar8.0 
 4. Ivosev, Vojvodina7.5 
 5. Petrovic, Viva B.7.0 
 6. Dukanac, Mladost .6.9 
 7. Boricic, Radnicki.6.8 
 8. Zivanovic, Smede.6.7 
 9. Glisovic, Student6.7 
 10. Subotic, Radnic.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Zarko KARIC
  Radnicki BG
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Karic, Radnicki BG7.0 
 2. Bjelica, Viva Basket6.7 
 3. Kasabasic, Zeleznicar5.5 
 4. Boltic, Radnicki BG5.1 
 5. Stanisavljev., Jagod.4.3 
 6. Stanisavljev., Jagod.4.3 
 7. Tanasijevic, Stude.4.2 
 8. Vukasovic, Radnic.4.2 
 9. Mijovic, Radnicki.4.2 
 10. Tesanovic, KK Nis4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  Radnicki BG
  (--)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Gacic, Radnicki BG3.1 
 2. Karic, Radnicki BG2.6 
 3. Tanasijevic, Stude.2.1 
 4. Zivanovic, Smede.2.1 
 5. Ivosev, Vojvodina2.0 
 6. Dinic, Spartak1.9 
 7. Trailovic, Sindje.1.9 
 8. Radic, Spartak1.9 
 9. Stojacic, KG 061.8 
 10. Boltic, Radnicki BG1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (--83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.4 
 2. Karahodzic, Spartak1.5 
 3. Vasilic, Radnic.1.4 
 4. Vasilic, Radnic.1.4 
 5. Knezevic, Vojvodina1.2 
 6. Petrovic, Viva B.1.0 
 7. Mirkovic, KG 060.9 
 8. Savic, Student0.9 
 9. Petronic, Radnicki.0.8 
 10. Marelja, KG 060.8 


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  SLOVAKIA   


No Chance Without Tickets Already Bought - by Tomas Kottra
The second semi-final tickets for the match between Astrum Levice and Spisska Nova Ves were sold-out two days before the match!
As official club website informed, more than half of all tickets were sold on Monday and the rest was gone early after Tuesdays noon. There is a huge interest for the game in the city right now () Guests asked for 80 tickets, says official webpage of Astrum Levice.
The Hall in Levice is permanently sold out for some time, basketball club is enjoying a huge fan support selling more than 2300 tickets for every match.


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Helios rally from 21 down for overtime win - by Zeljko Zule
Helios rallied from a 21-point third quarter deficit to defeat Slovan 98-87 in overtime in Telemach Superleague Round 6.
Slovan-Helios 87-98 OT: Slovan made a 21-3 run in the third quarter to take a largest lead of the game 66-45. Helios tied at 71 with 5:31 remaining and Grega Mali hit a three pointer to send the game into overtime. Helios scored 12 straight points in the extra time and its defense held Slovan scoreless for a 3:34 span. Benjamin Raymond scored 26 points, Grega Mali added 21, Ziga Zagorc 18 and Marko Lekic 10. Slovan commited 21 turnovers, while Helios had 11 lost balls. Matej Krusic posted 21 point before he fouled out for Slovan, Dalibor Djapa had 15, Jaka Blazic 11 and Uros Zadnik 10.
Zlatorog-Elektra 83-85: Boris Jersin (183-G-85) hit the game-winning lay-up with 4 seconds remaining in the game. He finished with just 5 points, Milos Miljkovic scored 20 points, Salih Nuhanovic had 15 points and blocked the potential game-winning 3-point shot with the buzzer and Djordje Lelic added 13 points before he fouled out. Trailing by 66-75 with 2:58 into the game, Zlatorog tied at 83 with 15 seconds remaining. Vladimir Panic finished with game-high 32 points and hit all 16 of his free throw attempts in the game, Danijel Vujasinovic added 14 points, Luka Lapornik 13 and junior Alen Omic grabbed 10 rebounds, picking up 7 offensive boards.
Hopsi-Olimpija 67-78:After a 34-34 tie at halftime, Olimpija started the third quarter with 22-7 run and had all five starters score in double figures. Georgi Shermadini contributed 19 points, Kenny Gregory and Vlado Ilievski had 13 points both, Goran Jagodnik 12 and Saso Ozbolt 10. Hopsi shot just 37-percent (14-of-38) for 2-point. Igor Mijajlovic scored 13 points, Gregg Thondique added 12, Matej Venta 11 and Miha Vasl 10.



Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Panic, Zlatorog20.7 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur17.4 
 3. Erzen, Parklji16.9 
 4. Thondique, Polzela16.5 
 5. Harmason, Sentjur15.1 
 6. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan14.9 
 7. Mijajlovic, Polzela14.3 
 8. Nuhanovic, Elektra13.9 
 9. Raymond, Helios13.8 
 10. Bubnic, Helios13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Thondique, Polzela10.8 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur8.9 
 3. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.2 
 4. Miljkovic, Elektra7.8 
 5. Raymond, Helios7.5 
 6. Krusic, Geoplin .7.1 
 7. Zolotic, Maribor .6.2 
 8. Erzen, Parklji6.1 
 9. Cebasek, Parklji5.9 
 10. Paravinja, Parklji5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Primoz BROLIH
  Maribor Messer
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Brolih, Maribor .4.5 
 2. Jersin, Elektra4.5 
 3. Mijajlovic, Polzela4.3 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlatorog3.9 
 5. Hohler, Sentjur3.9 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur3.8 
 7. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.5 
 8. Zagorc, Helios3.1 
 9. Petrovic, Helios2.8 
 10. Pelko, Zlatorog2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.4 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast .1.9 
 3. Vranjkovic, Helios1.9 
 4. Harmason, Sentjur1.6 
 5. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.6 
 6. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.5 
 7. Zadnik, Geoplin .1.5 
 8. Venta, Polzela1.5 
 9. Hohler, Sentjur1.5 
 10. Brolih, Maribor .1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.8 
 2. Thondique, Polzela1.2 
 3. Dimec, Zlatorog1.2 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela0.8 
 5. Lapornik, Zlatorog0.7 
 6. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 7. Mijajlovic, Zlatorog0.6 
 8. Bubnic, Helios0.6 
 9. Atanackovic, Zlato.0.5 
 10. Vrsaljko, Polzela0.5 


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  SWEDEN   


Basketligan Semifinals: Second games - by Eurobasket News
Second games of the Basketligan Semifinals were played on Monday and Tuesday. Norrkoping Dolphins grabbed the first win against LF Basket (1-1), while Sundsvall Dragons jumped to 2-0 against Sodertalje Kings. Third games are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.



Norrkoping - LF Basket 98-92 (1-1)

LF Basket was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 33-24 charge of Norrkoping Dolphins, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) scored 29 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-British forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five Norrkoping Dolphins players scored in double figures. The former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) responded with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international power forward John Rosendahl (203-77, college: Wyoming) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: R.Mbemba 27+5reb+5ast, J.Rosendahl 23+10reb, T.Levett 21+6reb, T.Woodbury 6+3reb, E.Salon 6+1reb, H.Larsson 4+5ast
Norrkoping: A.Mitchell 29+2reb+9ast, A.Saks 14+5reb, G.Gervin 13+1reb+2ast, O.Ayuba 12+8reb, C.Grace 10+6reb+3ast, P.Sakinis 7+1reb


gschID: 126244


Sodertalje - Sundsvall 76-81 (0-2)
Sodertalje Kings were ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 25-15 charge of Sundsvall Dragons, which allowed them to win the game. Icelandic guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birmingham Souther) notched 20 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and Irish-Australian swingman Liam Rush (202-82) supported him with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) did not help to save the game for Sodertalje Kings. Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (201-85, college: Wichita St.) added 10 points for the hosts. Five Sundsvall Dragons and four Sodertalje Kings players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: J.Smith 25+6reb+4ast, D.Jeftic 12+3reb, W.Galick 11+2reb, M.Griskenas 10+4reb+2ast, D.Pita 8+4reb+1ast, A.Wikner-Nordberg 6+3reb+1ast
Sundsvall: J.Sigurdarson 20+3reb+5ast, J.Jeansson 18+3reb, L.Rush 12+9reb+4ast, H.Baeringsson 12+7reb+1ast, A.Wesby 10+3reb+4ast, J.Pierre 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 126245




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, Sodertalje19.8 
 4. Palm, Boras19.4 
 5. Smith, Uppsala18.8 
 6. Rush, Sundsvall18.7 
 7. McCoy, Boras18.4 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall17.9 
 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.10.1 
 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. Salaam, Jamtland7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.4 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 085.1 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje4.5 
 5. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 6. Smith, Uppsala4.4 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.2 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland4.0 
 9. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
 10. Baeringsson, Sunds.3.9 
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. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 6. Rush, Sundsvall1.8 
 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 4 of Quarter-Finals. Geneve Lions seal semifinal birth - by Eurobasket News
Starwings - Geneve Lions 51-63

Geneve Lions completed LNA semifinal picture following a road win over Starwings. The game was mostly controlled by Geneve Lions. Starwings managed to win third quarter 12-6. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Geneve Lions forced 20 Starwings turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Marcus Sloan (205-82, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Senegalese forward Jules Aw (200-86) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St., agency: Warren Sports International) replied with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Alex Thompson (208-85, college: Iowa St.) added 7 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Starwings.
Top scorers:
Starwings: T.Brown 15+3reb+1ast, V.Hollins 14+6reb+6ast, T.McCrory 12+4reb, A.Thompson 7+16reb+2ast, R.Albrecht 2+4reb, N.Matter 1+8reb
Geneve Lions: M.Kouguere 16, J.Aw 15+4reb+1ast, J.Jaunin 9+2reb+2ast, M.Sloan 9+8reb+4ast, B.Toure 7+10reb+1ast, J.Almanson 3+5reb

gschID: 126568




Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.21.0 
 2. Brown, Starwings20.5 
 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.10.6 
 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. Toure, Geneve Lions7.6 
 10. Smith, Fribourg7.5 
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. Angley, Lugano T.4.5 
 6. Brown, Starwings4.5 
 7. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.2 
 8. Hollins, Starwings4.2 
 9. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
 10. Petkovic, Fribourg4.1 
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. Angley, Lugano T.2.5 
 6. Draughan, Lugano T.2.5 
 7. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.3 
 8. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.3 
 9. Sharper, Monthey2.1 
 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.2.0 
 4. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt1.5 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.4 
 7. Moris, Monthey0.9 
 8. Sanders, Lugano T.0.9 
 9. Matter, Starwings0.8 
 10. Esterkamp, Fribo.0.8 


LNB Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Neuchatel - Swiss Central 77-50

Neuchatel overcame Swiss Central in the semifinal series opener. The game was mostly controlled by Neuchatel. Swiss Central was better in fourth quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Swiss Central to just 3 points in third quarter. Mike Jefferson (178-G-84, college: High Point) came up with 16 points to lead Neuchatel. Gino Lanisse (200-F-81) added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Ralph Guettinger replied with 13 points for Swiss Central.
gschID: 126521


Bernex - Vevey 79-67

Bernex celebrated the first win over Vevey in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Bernex. Vevey managed to win second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aurelien Alexander (191-G-81) unleashed 36 points for the winners. Florent Ramseier (198-F-90) added 15 points for Bernex. Domenico Marcario (180-G-79) answered with 21 points for Vevey.
gschID: 126520




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SBL Round 4 of Finals. Dacin Tigers register first victory - by Eurobasket News
Dacin Tigers - Taiwan Beer 76-73

Dacin Tigers narrowed the deficit in the championship series. They overcame Taiwan Beer at home court in the fourth game of the series. Dacin Tigers took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Taiwan Beer won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Dacin Tigers won last quarter 20-19. Worth to mention a great performance of Vincentian-American forward Alexus Foyle (198-78, college: BYU-Hawaii, agency: Prossin Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Chih-Feng Chang (183-81) who added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Emmanuel Jones (200-85, college: UTPA) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and international swingman Ching-Min Yang (188-84) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Dacin Tigers: A.Foyle 25+6reb+3ast, L.Tien 17+6reb+3ast, C.Chang 16+7reb+6ast, Y.Yueh 5+5reb, C.Wang 5+2reb+2ast, T.Chen 3+1reb+2ast
Taiwan Beer: C.Yang 23+5reb+2ast, E.Jones 19+10reb+3ast, T.Wu 10+5reb, S.Ho 7+3reb+2ast, J.Cheng 7+4reb+3ast, Y.Yang 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 125871




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Shawn HAWKINS
  KKL
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27
 1. Hawkins, KKL27.0 
 2. Foyle, Dacin Tigers21.2 
 3. Chen, Bank o.18.4 
 4. Chen, KKL18.3 
 5. Dove, Taiwan Mobile18.1 
 6. Jones, Taiwan Beer18.0 
 7. Tien, Dacin Tigers18.0 
 8. Vaudreuil, Bank o.16.9 
 9. Jennings, Pure Y.16.0 
 10. Lu, Yulon Luxgen15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashad JENNINGS
  Pure Youth
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Jennings, Pure Y.20.6 
 2. Dailey, Yulon Luxgen15.9 
 3. Hawkins, KKL12.9 
 4. Jones, Taiwan Beer11.2 
 5. Vaudreuil, Bank o.11.0 
 6. Dove, Taiwan Mobile11.0 
 7. Foyle, Dacin Tigers10.7 
 8. Tien, Dacin Tigers8.0 
 9. Hsu, Bank o.6.4 
 10. Chen, KKL6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Chih-Chung CHEN
  Yulon Luxgen
  (185-G-77)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.1 
 2. Wu, Taiwan Mobile3.7 
 3. Su, Taiwan Mobile3.5 
 4. Chen, Taiwan Beer3.3 
 5. Chang, Dacin Tigers3.3 
 6. Hsu, Dacin Tigers2.9 
 7. Chen, KKL2.8 
 8. Lin, Bank o.2.7 
 9. Yang, Taiwan Beer2.6 
 10. Vaudreuil, Bank o.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus DOVE
  Taiwan Mobile
  (206-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dove, Taiwan Mobile2.3 
 2. Jones, Taiwan Beer1.7 
 3. Lin, Bank o.1.7 
 4. Su, Taiwan Mobile1.6 
 5. Chang, Dacin Tigers1.5 
 6. Dailey, Yulon Luxgen1.4 
 7. Chou, Yulon Luxgen1.4 
 8. Chen, KKL1.3 
 9. Tien, Dacin Tigers1.2 
 10. Chen, Bank o.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus DOVE
  Taiwan Mobile
  (206-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dove, Taiwan Mobile1.9 
 2. Jones, Taiwan Beer1.9 
 3. Dailey, Yulon Luxgen1.6 
 4. Tien, Dacin Tigers1.5 
 5. Wu, Taiwan Beer1.3 
 6. Jennings, Pure Y.1.2 
 7. Lee, KKL0.9 
 8. Cheng, Taiwan Beer0.9 
 9. Vaudreuil, Bank o.0.8 
 10. Lee, Yulon Luxgen0.7 


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TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Champville
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Anderson, Basak.21.9 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld20.4 
 3. Hall, Kepez Bld20.2 
 4. Johnson, Vestel19.7 
 5. Gardener, Final G.18.5 
 6. Boswell, Basaksehir18.3 
 7. Boddicker, Selcuk U.17.9 
 8. Tekinalp, ITU17.6 
 9. Boykin, Gaziantep17.5 
 10. Dearman, Hacett.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason KEEP
  Adanaspor
  (208-C-78)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Keep, Adanaspor12.8 
 2. Terell, Adanaspor11.9 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.3 
 4. Gardener, Final G.11.3 
 5. Isik, Pertevniyal10.1 
 6. Johnson, Istanbul.10.0 
 7. Johnson, Vestel9.8 
 8. Kolaric, Genc Banvit9.8 
 9. Miller, Gelisim9.3 
 10. Wright, Orman Genc9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  TED Istanbul
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Kan, TED Istanbul6.1 
 2. Ogut, Genc Telekom6.0 
 3. Hall, Kepez Bld5.8 
 4. Bayrak, Usak5.3 
 5. Topcu, Gelisim4.9 
 6. Anderson, Basak.4.8 
 7. Erdogan, Adanaspor4.8 
 8. Topcu, Izmir B.B.4.8 
 9. Eris, Vestel4.5 
 10. Ay, Final Genclik4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Champville
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Anderson, Basak.2.8 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld2.6 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.2 
 4. Yonder, Genc Banvit2.2 
 5. Harris, FMV I.1.8 
 6. Boddicker, Selcuk U.1.7 
 7. Bayrak, Usak1.7 
 8. Clarkson, TED I.1.7 
 9. Karabulut, Orman G.1.7 
 10. Delicay, Gaziantep1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Vestel
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Vestel2.0 
 2. Anderson, Basak.1.8 
 3. Kulcebas, Hacett.1.6 
 4. Clarkson, TED I.1.6 
 5. Boswell, Basaksehir1.5 
 6. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.5 
 7. Smith, Usak1.4 
 8. Johnson, Istanbul.1.4 
 9. Toyloy, Istanbul.1.3 
 10. Terell, Adanaspor1.3 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


UConn's Walker announces he's entering NBA Draft - by David Edole
STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut's Kemba Walker (185-PG-90) says the school's decision to put his name and number on the wall of its basketball arena helped him decide it was time to head to the NBA.

'I think from that point out it did, because it was like coach just kicked me out,' the junior All-American said. 'It says 2008 to 2011 [on the banner], so it was like he's [saying], 'Let's get him out of here.''

Walker announced Tuesday he will enter the June draft. He said he has not hired an agent, but has been talking to them.

'There's no chance that I'm coming back,' Walker said before joking: 'Coach, like he said, he doesn't have a scholarship for me.'

The 6-foot-1 guard led the Huskies to a 32-9 record, including an 11-0 postseason run that ended with a national championship. Walker is expected to be a first-round pick, and perhaps the second guard chosen behind Duke's Kyrie Irving.

Walker said he's been motivated by criticism that he's too short and won't be able to guard players in the NBA.

'Hopefully, I can go into the NBA and once again prove all the doubters wrong, like I've been doing my whole life' he said.

Walker averaged 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists during his junior season. He scored a school record 965 points, accounting for 45 percent of the Huskies' offense.

Walker on Tuesday thanked coach Jim Calhoun 'for turning me into a man.' Calhoun had advised Walker to leave.

'He's ready to move on as a basketball player, both emotionally and physically,' Calhoun said. 'He just completed the finest basketball season in the history of this university -- in 111 years I believe it is. He' done everything humanly possible in my opinion that he possibly can do, including winning a national championship.'

Walker came into the season averaging just under 12 points, but quickly established himself as the team's unquestioned leader, scoring 31, 30 and 29 points in powering the Huskies to the Maui Invitational title in November.

He scored 30 or more points 11 times during the season, and 20 or more points 27 times, winning the Bob Cousy award as the nation's top point guard.

Last week, Walker became the 14th Connecticut player to have his name and number placed on the 'Huskies of Honor' wall in Gampel Pavilion -- the first to receive the honor while he was still in school. The honor means any future Huskies will have to ask Walker for permission if they want to wear his No. 15.

Walker was on track to graduate by the end of this summer, and said completing his degree is still a priority, though it may not happen that quickly.

'I'm going to take all the time I need to graduate,' he said.

Walker is the 13th Connecticut player to leave school early. Center Hasheem Thabeet was the last in 2009.

Walker finishes his career in seventh place on the school's scoring list with 1,783 points in 111 games.

His departure means Connecticut will return four starters and nine players from its national championship team next season. The Huskies also will add another point guard in Ryan Boatright, a blue chip recruit from Illinois.

Walker said he wished he could stay to see how much that team improves, 'but like I said, it's just time.'

Calhoun said no matter what they accomplish next season, the Huskies will miss Walker, as a player and a leader.

'I'm starting to miss him now, actually,' Calhoun said. 'So I'll probably start yelling at him just to feel at home.'

CBSSports.com wire reports



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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 16-2 
 2. Cleveland V. 13-4 
 3. Columbus C. 8-10 
 4. Colonial F. 3-12 
 5. NE Air Soul 1-16 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 31-5 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 28-14 
 3. Atlanta A. 14-10 
 4. Georgia L. 10-15 
 5. St.Mountain H. 3-20 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 19-5 
 2. Tennessee D. 19-11 
 3. Norman E. 15-8 
 4. Austin K. 12-9 
 5. DFW Warriors 12-11 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 9-2 
 2. Dallas Star 8-18 
 3. Houston X. 6-0 
 4. Oklahoma S. 1-21 
 5. Nashville B. 0-11 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-18 


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  UKRAINE   


Igor Zaitsev gets MVP of the Week award for Ukrainian Superleague - by Eurobasket News
Talented international power forward Igor Zaitsev (211-F/C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 48.
The 21-year old power forward had the game-high 30 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Kryvbasbasket in his team's victory, helping them to beat Dnipro (#7, 23-23) 83-73. Kryvbasbasket maintains the 8th position in Ukrainian Superleague. Kryvbasbasket is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 21-25 record. In the team's last game Zaitsev had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Kryvbasbasket, through which he has constantly improved. Igor Zaitsev averages this season 11.9ppg and 5.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Nigerian power forward Ejike Ugboaja (204-F/C-85) of BC Odessa. Ugboaja impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as BC Odessa lost that game 79-100 to slightly lower-ranked Khimik (#12, 15-31). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. BC Odessa dropped in the standings to 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 17-30 record. Ugboaja is one of the most experienced players at BC Odessa and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Christian Burns (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (#6). Burns scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Burns' great performance Ferro-ZNTU lost 84-85 to slightly higher-ranked Mykolaiv (#5, 26-20). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Ferro-ZNTU needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 24 victories and 22 lost games. Burns has a great season in Ukraine. After 44 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 8.5rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mario Austin (206-F/C-82) of Dnipro - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) of Khimik - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Justin Love (188-G-78) of Mykolaiv - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Artem Slipenchuk (192-G-89) of Kryvbasbasket - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Akida McLain (206-F-86) of Khimik - 17 points and 11 rebounds
9. Chris Owens (204-F-79) of Azovmash - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Andrew Betts (216-C-77) of Budivelnyk - 20 points and 4 rebounds

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


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


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


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 23
 1. Moore, Newcastle23.0 
 2. Bell, Cheshire Jets22.6 
 3. Smith, Newcastle21.2 
 4. Blount, Leices.20.6 
 5. Jackson, Newcastle20.6 
 6. Bolds, MK Lions20.4 
 7. Greer, Cheshire.20.1 
 8. Gilbert, Worcester20.0 
 9. Nelson, MK Lions19.9 
 10. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt SCHNECK
  Cheshire Jets
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Schneck, Cheshire.10.7 
 2. Durant, Worthing9.4 
 3. Myers, MK Lions9.3 
 4. Rowe, Plymouth8.8 
 5. Williams, Sheffi.8.6 
 6. Williams, Sheffi.8.6 
 7. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.5 
 8. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.5 
 9. Greer, Cheshire.8.4 
 10. Cricelli, Worcester8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.1 
 2. Clark, MK Lions5.1 
 3. Blount, Leices.4.9 
 4. Middleton, Worce.4.5 
 5. Medlock, Guildfor.4.4 
 6. Zabas, Plymouth4.4 
 7. Bolds, MK Lions4.3 
 8. Chapman, Newcastle3.8 
 9. Marks, Plymouth3.7 
 10. Bell, Cheshire Jets3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.8 
 2. Jackson, Newcastle2.3 
 3. Middleton, Worce.2.2 
 4. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.0 
 5. Livas, Glasgow .1.9 
 6. Medlock, Guildfor.1.9 
 7. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.1.8 
 8. Harrison, Glasgow .1.8 
 9. McLemore, Guildf.1.8 
 10. Murray, Cheshire.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadiri RICHARD
  Newcastle
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Richard, Newcastle2.0 
 2. Polk, Plymouth2.0 
 3. Williams, Sheffi.1.3 
 4. Williams, Sheffi.1.3 
 5. Sturt, Essex P.1.0 
 6. Potter, Leices.1.0 
 7. Dobbins, Worcester0.9 
 8. Nelson, MK Lions0.8 
 9. Toney, Liverpoo.0.8 
 10. Youngblood, Leices.0.7 




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


SBL: Mandurah out to take bite from Wolfpack (Round Five WSBL Preview) - by Eurobasket News
Glasscraft Wanneroo Wolves and Mandurah Magic will be looking to strengthen their womens State Basketball League title credentials and continue their good form when they play on Saturday.

The Wolves and Magic have both started the season 3-1, which sees them sit second and third respectively, trailing defending champions Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers.

Mandurah has only lost to the Tigers this season and could boost its title hopes with a victory over a fellow contender, while the Wolves will be looking to claim another big scalp after defeating 2010 runner-up Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks a few weeks ago.

Wanneroo also plays Kalamunda Eastern Suns, who won their first three games but suffered two losses last weekend in the absence of head coach Craig Mansfield .

And Mansfield will again be missing for his sides crucial clash with the Wolves due to his commitments at the Under 18 Australian Junior Championships.

Rockingham has limped to a 0-4 start to the season and will be desperate to bounce back with a win over Western Stainless Stirling Senators, who are also struggling at 1-4 and will be without head coach Vlad Alava.

But the Flames' home fixture against Kalamunda, which had been scheduled for Friday, was postponed to a later round.

Perry Lakes will be looking to continue its three-game winning streak when it hosts Metropolis Fremantle Cockburn Cougars on Saturday.

The Hawks showed off their good form last week with comfortable wins over Kalamunda and Southwest Slammers but should face a tougher test in a Cockburn side which hasnt lost at home this season.

The Cougars claimed just six victories year but have won three of their first five during this campaign, thanks largely to the good form of English star Emma Pass (179-F-80), who has averaged 14 points per game this season.

Perth Redbacks, who improved to 3-3 with a comfortable win over Rockingham last week, will be looking to consolidate their top eight spot with victory over the Slammers on Friday.

The Slammers have lost three straight games and will need to improve significantly to upset the Redbacks or Australian Central East Perth Eagles, who have won three of their last four games.
Courtesy of: http://www.sportingpulse.com
Article by Jacob Kagi




SBL: Hawks and Cougars brush aside Suns - by Eurobasket News
Kalamunda Eastern Suns impressive start to the womens State Basketball League season came to a halt with losses to Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks and Metropolis Fremantle Cockburn Cougars.

The Suns had won their first three games but fell 72-60 to the Hawks on Friday and 73-64 to Cockburn on Saturday, a pair of results which saw them fall to sixth spot.

Emma Pass scored 22 points and Courtney Hargreaves (91) had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Cougars past the Suns for their third victory of the season, while Tanya Kelly had 21 points to lead the Hawks to their win against Kalamunda.

Perry Lakes made it three straight wins with a comfortable 78-59 win over Southwest Slammers on Saturday.

Belinda OHalloran top-scored for last years runner-up with 14 points, while Lavesa Glover (191-C-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) had 14 points for the Slammers, who have lost three straight after also losing 83-58 to Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers on Friday.

The Tigers have won six consecutive matches to start the season and already have a three win lead over the next highest team after they stormed out to a 30-point half-time lead and were never challenged from there.

Melissa Marsh was the star for Willetton with 29 points, while Glover had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Southwest.

Australian Central East Perth Eagles moved into the top four with victories over Lakeside Lightning and Western Stainless Stirling Senators.

The Eagles survived a late scare to beat Lakeside 60-55 on Friday, led by West Coast Waves forward Samantha Norwood (188-F/C-89, college: Stony Brook) (20 points and 11 rebounds), which saw the Lightning remain winless after five games.

And Norwood had 16 points to help East Perth thrash the Senators 82-52 on Saturday, which left Stirling struggling at 1-4 in 10th spot.

Perth Redbacks ended a two-game losing streak with a 77-45 thrashing of Rockingham Flames.

The Redbacks overcame the absence of star centre Marita Payne to post the comfortable victory, thanks to strong performances from Jessica Jakens (18 points).

The Flames, who finished second last year, are winless from four games this season and bottom of the league.
Courtesy of: http://www.sportingpulse.com
Article by Jacob Kagi




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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-BWBL Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
All-Baltic League 1st Team 2010-2011
#s#
Ausra Bimbaite
Bimbaite
Tatsiana Likhtarovich
Likhtarovich
Jennifer Lacy
Lacy
Ala Murauskaya
Murauskaya
Giedre Paugaite
Paugaite
#e#5

Player of the Year: Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) of VICI Kaunas Lithuania
Guard of the Year: Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) of VICI Kaunas Lithuania
Forward of the Year: Jennifer Lacy (191-F/C-83) of Spartak SP Russia *she plays at both power forward and centre positions
Center of the Year: Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) of VICI Kaunas Lithuania
Defensive Player of the Year: Aleksandra Khomenchuk (203-C-89) of Gorizont Belarus
Import Player of the Year: Jennifer Lacy (191-F/C-83) of Spartak SP Russia
European Player of the Year: Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) of VICI Kaunas Lithuania
Coach of the Year: Gennadi Schetinin of Spartak SP Russia

1st Team
G: Ausra Bimbaite (179-82) of VICI Kaunas Lithuania
F/G: Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-88) of Gorizont Belarus *she plays at both small forward and shooting guard positions
F: Ala Murauskaya (185-85) of Berezina Belarus
F/C: Jennifer Lacy (191-83) of Spartak SP Russia *she plays at both power forward and centre positions
C: Giedre Paugaite (192-90) of VICI Kaunas Lithuania

2nd Team
G: Rita Milieskiene (175-78) of Lemminkainen Lithuania
G: Eugeniya Belyakova (182-86) of Spartak SP Russia
F: Merike Anderson (181-81) of Spartak SP Russia
F: Chrissy Givens (180-85) of Minsk-2006 Belarus
C: Aleksandra Khomenchuk (203-89) of Gorizont Belarus

Honorable Mention
Irma Raugaite (176-G-84) of Lemminkainen Lithuania
Iva Ciglar (170-G-85) of Spartak SP Russia
Aliaksandra Musatava (172-G-92) of Victoria Belarus
Mirjam Nikolai (178-G-86) of TLU/Volta Estonia
Elena Dyeva (188-F-86) of Serene Russia
Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88) of VICI Kaunas Lithuania
Brooke Queenan (188-F-84) of Minsk-2006 Belarus
Olga Gricaeva (192-F-85) of Spartak SP Russia
Sigita Galdikaite (188-F-90) of MRU Lithuania
Natallia Kozun (188-F-88) of Olimpia Belarus
Rashidat Junaid (193-C-87) of Spartak SP Russia
Valeria Kast (201-C-87) of Mariana Spain




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  BULGARIA - Women  


NBL Finals: Lukoil takes 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil - Levski 78-66

Lukoil managed to beat Levski in Game One of the NBL Finals. Second game is scheduled for today and Lukoil will be host once again.
Levski was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 26-11 charge of Lukoil, which allowed them to win the game. The former international forward Zoya Stanoeva (182-F-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) fired 24 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Tamara Bowie (183-81, college: Ball St.) chipped in 21 points. The former international forward Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-80) produced 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Petya Djambazka (178-77) added 17 points respectively for lost side.

Top scorers:
Lukoil: Z.Stanoeva 24+2reb+4ast, T.Bowie 21+2reb+1ast, D.White 10+9reb, N.Djuric 6+3reb+6ast, O.Samburska 6+1reb+4ast, S.Peeva 6+4reb+3ast
Levski: P.Djambazka 17+4reb+1ast, N.Topalova-Shopova 17+8reb+6ast, R.Bachvarova 16+4reb, D.Naydenova 8+4reb+2ast, R.Dimitrova 4+4reb+2ast, D.Tsankova 2+1reb


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Juanita WARD
  Beroe 07
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Ward, Beroe 0724.4 
 2. Samburska, Lukoil18.0 
 3. Bowie, Lukoil17.7 
 4. Allen, Dunav17.0 
 5. Doychinova, Montan.16.6 
 6. Topalova-S., Levski16.4 
 7. Kordova, Dunav15.7 
 8. Stankova, Levski15.6 
 9. Dimitrova, Levski14.8 
 10. Byears, Dunav14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juanita WARD
  Beroe 07
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ward, Beroe 0711.1 
 2. White, Lukoil11.1 
 3. Bowie, Lukoil8.7 
 4. Doychinova, Montan.8.5 
 5. Topalova-S., Levski8.4 
 6. Byears, Dunav8.4 
 7. Kaloferova, Beroe 6.8 
 8. Simeonova, Montana .6.6 
 9. Minkova, Dunav6.6 
 10. Allen, Dunav6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Diana NAYDENOVA
  Levski
  (171-G-73)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Naydenova, Levski5.9 
 2. Vrancheva, Montana .5.8 
 3. Peeva, Lukoil4.4 
 4. Pasheva, Beroe 074.2 
 5. Kostova, Dunav4.1 
 6. Stankova, Levski3.6 
 7. Dzhambazka, Levski3.3 
 8. Minkova, Dunav3.0 
 9. Mihalkova, Montana .2.9 
 10. Djuric, Lukoil2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Zornitsa KOSTOVA
  Dunav
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Kostova, Dunav2.5 
 2. Naydenova, Levski2.5 
 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., Levski1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Zlatina KALOFEROVA
  Beroe 07
  (192-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Kaloferova, Beroe 1.0 
 2. White, Lukoil0.9 
 3. Bowie, Lukoil0.8 
 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. Gavriloska, Levski0.3 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


ZBL Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha - Strakonice 83-55

The game was mostly controlled by USK Praha. Aldast Strakonice managed to win fourth quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. USK Praha dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Aldast Strakonice's 34. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Delisha Milton-Jones (186-74, college: Florida, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. The former international center Petra Kulichova (198-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five USK Praha players scored in double figures. USK Praha's coach Lubor Blazek felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Jitka Musilova (184-84) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Darina Johnova (178-85) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Aldast Strakonice.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: D.Milton-Jones 15+12reb, E.Maltsi 14+3reb+2ast, P.Kulichova 12+11reb, E.Viteckova 11+2reb+2ast, L.Whalen 10+6reb+4ast, A.Vajda 10+2reb+4ast
Strakonice: D.Johnova 13+3reb+4ast, J.Musilova 12+8reb, M.Uhrova 11+5reb+3ast, Z.Skrabalova 8+9reb+1ast, A.Podskalska 7+8reb+2ast, Z.Ondrejova 2+1ast
gschID: 126250


Frisco Sika - Valosun Brno 85-66

The game without a history. Frisco Sika led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter.
gschID: 126251




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  Frisco Sika
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 21
 1. Eldebrink, Frisco S.21.0 
 2. Milton-Jones, USK P.19.5 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.17.6 
 4. Halvarsson, Frisco S.16.8 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice16.5 
 6. Vlkova, Valosun .16.4 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.15.5 
 8. Viteckova, USK P.15.4 
 9. Misurova, Trutnov14.7 
 10. Ford, Frisco Sika14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika12.7 
 2. Reisingerova, Strako.10.3 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .9.8 
 4. Kulichova, USK P.7.7 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK P.7.6 
 6. Skerovic, Frisco Sika7.3 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.6.9 
 8. Halvarsson, Frisco S.6.8 
 9. Stepanova, VS Praha6.7 
 10. Vetrovcova, Karlov.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.5.7 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika5.4 
 3. Uhrova, Strakonice4.1 
 4. Whalen, USK Praha3.4 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice3.1 
 6. Viteckova, USK P.2.8 
 7. Eldebrink, Frisco S.2.7 
 8. Kysilkova, Hradec K.2.6 
 9. Brantlova, VS Praha2.6 
 10. Hrabakova, Karlovy .2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.2 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika2.9 
 3. Brantlova, VS Praha2.4 
 4. Uhrova, Strakonice2.3 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK P.2.2 
 6. Johnova, Strakonice2.2 
 7. Whalen, USK Praha2.1 
 8. Novotna, Slovanka.2.0 
 9. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.1.9 
 10. Misurova, Trutnov1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michaela HARTIGOVA
  Hradec Kralove
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hartigova, Hradec K.1.8 
 2. Kulichova, USK P.1.5 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .1.2 
 4. Milton-Jones, USK P.0.8 
 5. Novakova, Trutnov0.8 
 6. Sipova, Slovanka.0.8 
 7. Halvarsson, Frisco S.0.7 
 8. Stepanova, VS Praha0.7 
 9. Reisingerova, Strako.0.7 
 10. Vodrazkova, Slovanka.0.6 


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Meistriliiga Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Eclex and Tartu Ulikooli poised for Final - by Eurobasket News
Eclex Tallinn - NikeWomen 67-60

Eclex Tallinn advanced into Meistriliiga Final following a home victory against NikeWomen. Solveig Keskula (180-F-92) provided 16 points to pace Eclex. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-F-87) produced 13 points for the winners. Gerly Kostla (180-F-80) answered with 19 points for NikeWomen.
gschID: 125840


TLU/Volta - Tartu Ulikooli 62-68

Tartu Ulikooli reached the championship series after they swept TLU/Volta. TLU/Volta was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 21-11 charge of Tartu Ulikooli, which allowed them to win the game. Katre Arniste (182-F-89) tallied 15 points and 9 boards for Tartu. Liisi Sokman (168-G-88) provided 13 points in the victory. Mirjam Nikolai (178-G-86) answered with 17 points for TLU/Volta.
gschID: 125841




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  FINLAND - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Awards 2009-11 - by Karol
All-Finnish League 1st Team
#s#
Dandra Moss
Moss
Amanda Lassiter
Lassiter
Kenya Robinson
Robinson
Krystal Vaughn
Vaughn
Reetta Piipari
Piipari
#e#5

Player of the Year: Dandra Moss (183-F-88) of ToPo
Guard of the Year: Krystal Vaughn (185-G-86) of PeKa
Forward of the Year: Dandra Moss (183-F-88) of ToPo
Center of the Year: Kenya Robinson (182-C-70) of Huima
Domestic Player of the Year: Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77) of ToPo
Defensive Player of the Year: Kenya Robinson (182-C-70) of Huima
Coach of the Year: Seppo Kurki of PeKa

1st Team
F: Amanda Lassiter (186-79) of PeKa
F: Dandra Moss (183-88) of ToPo
C: Kenya Robinson (182-70) of Huima
G: Krystal Vaughn (185-86) of PeKa
G: Reetta Piipari (170-80) of Catz

2nd Team
C: Taru Tuukkanen (190-77) of ToPo
F: Dionne Pounds (174-84) of HoNsU
F/C: Niina Laaksonen (185-85) of Espoo Team
G: Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-91) of PeKa
G: Judy Wright (172-84) of FoA

Honorable Mention
Lisa Karcic (185-F/C-86) of Kerava
Jill Martin (185-F/C-85) of PeKa
Lisa Lee (183-F-84) of Catz
Minna Sten (188-F-87) of FoA

All-Domestic Players Team
C: Taru Tuukkanen (190-77) of ToPo
F/C: Niina Laaksonen (185-85) of Espoo Team
F: Dionne Pounds (174-84) of HoNsU
G: Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-91) of PeKa
G: Reetta Piipari (170-80) of Catz

All-Imports Team
C: Kenya Robinson (182-70) of Huima
F: Amanda Lassiter (186-79) of PeKa
F: Dandra Moss (183-88) of ToPo
G: Krystal Vaughn (185-86) of PeKa
G: Judy Wright (172-84) of FoA

All-Defensive Team
Kenya Robinson (182-C-70) of Huima
Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83) of PeKa
Dandra Moss (183-F-88) of ToPo
Krystal Vaughn (185-G-86) of PeKa
Judy Wright (172-G-84) of FoA



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  GREECE - Women  


Basketball and the Foreigners the winners at the Greek All Star Game - by George Fragkos
The Rest of the World team was the winners against the Greeks at the All Star Game, which took place with great success at Ioannina. The two teams put a very nice display and the fans that filled the gym enjoyed themselves a lot, watching the best players of the Greek A1 league, produce some impressive basketball.

AEO Proteas Voulas's guard, Emily Fox (175-G-87, college: Minnesota), was voted MVP, having scored 16 points. LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) added 19 more for her team, while from the Greek side Anna Spiridopoulou (182-F-88) and Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) were the leading scorers with 12. Thoma Kotsopoulou (178-G-88, college: Vermont) was the winner of the 3-points competition with 13 shots on target, beating her opponents Marina Kress (192-C-80), Dimitra Kalentzou, Aglaia Karadima (183-G-82) and Tania Halivera (178-G-85).


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  HUNGARY - Women  


A Round 2 of Finals - by Eurobasket News
MKB Eurol. - Pecs 2010 68-78

The game was mostly controlled by Pecs 2010. MKB Euroleasing managed to win third quarter 22-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Pecs 2010 won last quarter 29-20. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American forward Kelsey Griffin (188-87, college: Nebraska) scored 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Dalma Ivanyi (178-76, college: FIU) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists during the contest. Latvian center Zane Tamane (200-83, college: W.Illinois, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Italian swingman Marissa Coleman (185-87, college: Maryland) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Five MKB Euroleasing players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
MKB Eurol.: Z.Tamane 17+9reb+1ast, T.Krivacevic 13+4reb, M.Coleman 13+5reb+2ast, A.Holt 12+5reb, K.Honti 12+2reb+1ast, E.Eordogh 1+2reb
Pecs 2010: K.Griffin 24+7reb+1ast, D.Ivanyi 11+4reb+7ast, A.Quigley 11+5reb+1ast, N.Bujdoso 9+2reb+5ast, Z.Fegyverneky 8+6reb+2ast, S.Krnjic 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 126596




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  ICELAND - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Jacquline Adamshick
Adamshick
Slavica Dimovska
Dimovska
Shayla Fields
Fields
Jaleesa Butler
Butler
Bryndis Guamundsdottir
Guamundsdottir
#e#5

Player of the Year: Jacquline Adamshick (183-F-84) of Keflavik
Guard of the Year: Shayla Fields (175-G-87) of Njardvik
Forward of the Year: Jacquline Adamshick (183-F-84) of Keflavik
Center of the Year: Inga Buzoka (191-C-81) of Fjolnir
Bosman Player of the Year: Julia Demirer (184-F-81) of Njardvik
Import Player of the Year: Jacquline Adamshick (183-F-84) of Keflavik
Domestic Player of the Year: Bryndis Guamundsdottir (180-F-88) of Keflavik
Defensive Player of the Year: Jaleesa Butler (183-F-87) of Hamar
Coach of the Year: Jon Eovaldsson of Keflavik

1st Team
G: Slavica Dimovska (177-85) of Hamar
G: Shayla Fields (175-87) of Njardvik
F: Jacquline Adamshick (183-84) of Keflavik
F: Jaleesa Butler (183-87) of Hamar
F: Bryndis Guamundsdottir (180-88) of Keflavik

2nd Team
G: Kathleen Snodgrass (175-82) of Haukar
F: Margret Sturludottir (178-89) of KR
F: Dita Liepkalne (185-87) of Njardvik
F: Julia Demirer (184-81) of Njardvik
C: Inga Buzoka (191-81) of Fjolnir

Honorable Mention
Helga Hallgrimsdottir (180-C-87) of Grindavik
Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir (178-F-85) of Hamar
Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-G-87) of Keflavik
Ragna Brynjarsdottir (188-C-90) of Haukar
Hildur Siguraardottir (178-G-81) of KR
Signy Hermannsdottir (190-C-79) of KR
Birna Valgarasdottir (181-F-76) of Keflavik

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Hildur Siguraardottir (178-81) of KR
G: Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-87) of Keflavik
F: Bryndis Guamundsdottir (180-88) of Keflavik
F: Margret Sturludottir (178-89) of KR
C: Helga Hallgrimsdottir (180-87) of Grindavik

All-Imports Team
G: Kathleen Snodgrass (175-82) of Haukar
G: Shayla Fields (175-87) of Njardvik
F: Jacquline Adamshick (183-84) of Keflavik
F: Jaleesa Butler (183-87) of Hamar

All-Bosmans Team
G: Agnija Reke (175-86) of Grindavik
G: Slavica Dimovska (177-85) of Hamar
F: Julia Demirer (184-81) of Njardvik
F: Dita Liepkalne (185-87) of Njardvik
C: Inga Buzoka (191-81) of Fjolnir



All-Star Game 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
Reykjavik Team
#s#
Bryndis Gudmundsdottir
Gudmundsdottir
Palina Gunnlaugsdottir
Gunnlaugsdottir
Shayla Fields
Fields
Iris Sverrisdottir
Sverrisdottir
Jacquline Adamshick
Adamshick
#e#5
Country - Reykjavik 110-112

Country Team
4 *Signy Hermannsdottir (190-C-79) of KR Reykjavik
5 Helga Einarsdottir (184-F-88) of KR Reykjavik
6 Fanney Gudmundsdottir (178-F-89) of Hamar
7 Bergaora Tomasdottir (G-94) of Fjolnir
8 *Slavica Dimovska (177-G-85) of Hamar
9 *Natasha Harris (177-G-86) of Fjolnir
10 Berglind Gunnarsdottir (175-F-93) of Snaefell
11 Hafrun Halfdanardottir (182-F-90) of KR Reykjavik
12 Iris Asgeirsdottir (165-G-87) of Hamar
13 *Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir (178-F-85) of Hamar
14 Chazny Morris (178-G-88) of KR Reykjavik
15 *Jaleesa Butler (183-F-87) of Hamar

Reykjavik Team
4 Berglind Magnusdottir (172-G-89) of U.M.F. Grindavik
5 Ragna Brynjarsdottir (188-C-90) of Haukar
6 *Bryndis Gudmundsdottir (180-F-88) of Keflavik
7 Ingibjorg Jakobsdottir (174-G-90) of Keflavik
8 Crystal Boyd (180-G-87) of U.M.F. Grindavik
9 Hrund Johannsdottir (C-87) of Keflavik
10 Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir (173-G-90) of Haukar
11 *Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-G-87) of Keflavik
12 *Shayla Fields (175-G-87) of U.M.F. Njardvik
13 Kathleen Snodgrass (175-G-82) of Haukar
14 *Iris Sverrisdottir (175-F-90) of Haukar
15 *Jacquline Adamshick (183-F-84) of Keflavik


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  ITALY - Women  


A1 Semifinals: First games - by Eurobasket News
Taranto and Familia Schio managed to beat their rivals in Game One of the Playoff Semifinals. Both teams registered road wins and they will be hosts in Game Two (April 16, best-of-five).



Bracco Geas - Taranto 47-48 (0-1)

The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 13-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Megan Mahoney (183-83, college: Kansas St., agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Michelle Greco (176-80) contributed with 8 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Cras Taranto's coach Roberto Ricchini used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Hungarian center Petra Ujhelyi (192-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds and the former international guard Ilaria Zanoni (180-86) added 17 points in the effort for Bracco Geas.
Top scorers:
Bracco Geas: I.Zanoni 17+3reb, P.Ujhelyi 14+15reb+3ast, K.Haynie 10+3reb+5ast, M.Crippa 6+3reb, V.Schieppati 0, K.Twehues 0+1reb
Taranto: M.Mahoney 9+8reb+1ast, K.Wambe 8+5reb, M.Greco 8+5reb+3ast, S.Young 7+4reb, V.Siccardi 6+1reb, S.Giauro 4


gschID: 126589


Umbertide - Familia Schio 64-75 (0-1)
The game was mostly controlled by Familia Schio. Liomatic Umbertide was better in second period 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Liomatic Umbertide 37-26 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Familia Schio especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. The former international forward Raffaella Masciadri (185-80) stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners and the former international forward Laura Macchi (187-79) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side the former international guard Francesca Zara (177-76, agency: Players Group) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and American power forward Tiffany Stansbury (191-83, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Umbertide: F.Zara 21+5reb+2ast, T.Stansbury 11+9reb, C.Consolini 9+4reb+1ast, G.Gorini 7+2reb+1ast, L.Drljaca 6+2reb, M.Jovanovic 5+1reb+3ast
Familia Schio: R.Masciadri 19+5reb, M.Erkic 13+4reb+1ast, L.Macchi 12+8reb+1ast, L.Cohen 7+1reb, E.Moro 7+2reb, J.Nadalin 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 126588




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Nicole ANTIBE
  Basket Parma
  (187-C/F-74)
  Avg: 15
 1. Antibe, Basket P.15.0 
 2. Hicks, Comense15.0 
 3. Moises Pinto, Fae.13.8 
 4. Pascalau, Priolo13.7 
 5. Dixon, Pozzuoli13.6 
 6. Mazzante, Pozzuoli13.5 
 7. Cirov, Priolo13.4 
 8. Ervin, Faenza13.2 
 9. Willis, Lucca12.9 
 10. Ballardini, Umbertide12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lauren ERVIN
  Faenza
  (191-F-85)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Ervin, Faenza10.8 
 2. Gidden, Vomero NA10.1 
 3. Ujhelyi, Bracco G.10.0 
 4. Willis, Lucca9.2 
 5. Walker, Pozzuoli8.9 
 6. McCarville, Famili.8.4 
 7. Robert, Umbertide8.0 
 8. Stansbury, Umber.7.9 
 9. Antibe, Basket P.7.9 
 10. Ohlde, Umana Reyer7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Adriana MOISES PINTO
  Faenza
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Moises Pinto, Fae.4.1 
 2. Andrade, Lucca3.2 
 3. Cohen, Familia Schio3.1 
 4. Sottana, Umana R.2.8 
 5. Wambe, Taranto2.7 
 6. Zara, Umbertide2.6 
 7. Soli, Lucca2.4 
 8. Mahoney, Taranto2.4 
 9. Haynie, Bracco Geas2.4 
 10. Dixon, Pozzuoli2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Adriana MOISES PINTO
  Faenza
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Moises Pinto, Fae.4.5 
 2. Ohlde, Umana Reyer4.2 
 3. Kostaki, Umana R.3.9 
 4. Eric, Priolo3.8 
 5. Sottana, Umana R.3.7 
 6. Willis, Lucca3.6 
 7. Andrade, Lucca3.6 
 8. Antibe, Basket P.3.5 
 9. Ballardini, Umbertide3.5 
 10. Gidden, Vomero NA3.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra UJHELYI
  Bracco Geas
  (192-C-80)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ujhelyi, Bracco G.1.0 
 2. Zherzherunov., Fae.0.9 
 3. Godin, Taranto0.8 
 4. Sowinski, Comense0.7 
 5. McCarville, Famili.0.7 
 6. Antibe, Basket P.0.7 
 7. Ogorodnikova, Umana R.0.6 
 8. Stansbury, Umber.0.5 
 9. Drljaca, Umbertide0.5 
 10. Aziz, Basket Parma0.5 


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


LMKL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. VICI sweep LKKA-Aistes - by Eurobasket News
LKKA-Aistes - VICI Kaunas 39-81

VICI Kaunas sealed their birth in the LMKL Final. They swept their semifinal series against LKKA-Aistes. The game without a history. VICI Kaunas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding LKKA-Aistes to just 5 points in fourth quarter. VICI Kaunas held LKKA-Aistes to an opponent 20.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 48.4 percent accuracy of the winners. VICI Kaunas forced 21 LKKA-Aistes turnovers. Canadian guard Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college: Vermont) scored 27 points to lead the charge for the winners and international swingman Marina Solopova (180-90) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. Center Laura Svaryte (190-92) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Vitalija Kaminskyte (182-92) scored 7 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
LKKA-Aistes: L.Svaryte 11+9reb, S.Okockyte 7+1ast, V.Kaminskyte 7+7reb, D.Saurazaite 5+1reb, J.Marmiene 5+4reb+1ast, K.Druskyte 4+3reb+1ast
VICI Kaunas: C.Pilypaitis 27+2reb+2ast, M.Solopova 13+4reb+4ast, V.Kuktiene 10+7reb+3ast, A.Bimbaite 9+3reb+4ast, A.Kemezys 8+2reb, A.Kristina 8+6reb
gschID: 125844


Utena - Lemminkainen 66-63

Utena avoided elimination after a tough home win over Lemminkainen. The teams will fight for the ticket into Final on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 17-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Utena dominated on the defensive end, holding Lemminkainen to just 7 points in third quarter. Guard Asta Daujadiene (176-73) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Forward Vilma Tamuleviciute (182-76) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Rita Milieskiene (175-78) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds and guard Gabriele Gutkauskaite (174-90) added 12 points in the effort for Lemminkainen.
Top scorers:
Lemminkainen: R.Milieskiene 20+8reb+1ast, G.Gutkauskaite 12+3reb+1ast, L.Povilonyte 9+6reb, I.Raugaite 8+5reb, I.Visgaudaite 7+4reb+1ast, M.Grigalauskyte 7+7reb+1ast
Utena: A.Daujadiene 18+4reb+3ast, E.Briedyte 12+5reb+1ast, V.Tamuleviciute 12+6reb+3ast, A.Ziegyte 9+2reb+4ast, G.Kirstukaite 7+12reb, D.Zintikaite 4+1ast
gschID: 125845




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. Milieskiene, Lemmin.14.7 
 5. Briedyte, Utena14.5 
 6. Solopova, VICI K.14.1 
 7. Bimbaite, VICI K.14.1 
 8. Aglinskaite, MRU13.8 
 9. Aglinskaite, Laisve13.7 
 10. Daujadiene, Utena13.0 
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.9.3 
 4. Aleksaite, MRU8.8 
 5. Balciunaite, LKKA-.8.7 
 6. Galdikaite, MRU8.6 
 7. Taraseviciut., Laisve8.2 
 8. Budryte, Laisve8.2 
 9. Margeviciute, Lemmin.7.2 
 10. Kirstukaite, Utena7.1 
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.4.4 
 4. Bimbaite, VICI K.4.1 
 5. Daujadiene, Utena4.1 
 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. Sauliute, VICI K.2.5 
 6. Milieskiene, Lemmin.2.5 
 7. Briedyte, Ruta S.2.3 
 8. Pilypaitis, VICI K.2.1 
 9. Daujadiene, Utena2.1 
 10. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.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. Aleksaite, MRU1.3 
 4. Paugaite, VICI K.1.3 
 5. Juceviciute, Utena1.3 
 6. Kirstukaite, Utena1.2 
 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  


Ohio legend Marlene Stollings takes over at Winthorp - by George Fragkos
Marlene Stollings, the associate head coach at Ole Miss and scoring legend as a high school and college player in Ohio, was introduced on Tuesday as Winthrop's new head women's basketball coach.

Stollings becomes the 13th different coach in school history as she comes to Winthrop after spending the previous four seasons at the University of Mississippi. As an Associate Head Coach at Ole Miss, her duties included recruiting and player development. Stollings possesses an exceptional ability to develop talent, which she notably proved with the Rebels.

'I'm so excited and honored to be an Eagle,' said Stollings. 'I'd like to start by thanking Tom Hickman and president Dr. DiGiorgio for giving me this opportunity. I'm extremely anxious to meet with the team. Our success may not come overnight, but it will come. Winning will become expected here. I want to be the team our opponents aspire to be.'

'We were overwhelmed with the interest in the women's basketball job here at Winthrop,' said Winthrop Athletic Director Tom Hickman. 'As a result, the screening process took a bit longer than we anticipated. During that process, Marlene Stollings' background and her experience at many Division I levels clearly stood out. She is a proven recruiter and has shown her ability to lead a program as evidenced by her tenure as a successful interim head coach. We are happy to have her taking the reins of our women's basketball program.'

In 2010, Nike recognized Stolli