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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


2011 Tournament Draw is held in Manila - by Eurobasket News
2011 Asian Club Championship draw was held in Manila, Philippines. Ten teams were divided into two groups with five teams in each. Four best teams from each group will advance into the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Asian Club Championship is slated to be held from May 28 through June 5 in Manila. Iranian Mahram will enter the tournament as the defending champions. They overcame Rayyan of Qatar in last years edition of the event.

Draw results:
Group A: ASU (Jordan), KL Dragons (Malaysia), Smart Gilas (Philippines), BJ League team, Middle Asia team

Group B: Rayyan (Qatar), Shabab (UAE), Mahram (Iran), Lebanese team, Syrian team.

Lebanese and Syrian representatives are to determined after the end of 2011 WABA League. Also the Japanese Federation is in talks with Fukuoka and Okinawa teams to represent the country at the tourney. Group A will also feature the representative of FIBA Asia Sub zone Middle Asia.



Draw completed for 22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup - by Maarouf Mawloud
Hosts Smart Gilas, comprising the core of the Philippines National Team, have been drawn in Group A of the Preliminary Round for the 22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup which will tip off the FIBA Asia calendar for 2011.

The 22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup, Asias premier event for club teams, will be held at the Filipino capital from May 28 June 5.

Ten top club teams from various FIBA Asia National Federations will match wits in the nine-day bash aiming to become the Champion club team in Asia.

The draw was conducted by FIBA Asia Deputy Secretary General Hagop Khajirian at Manila on Friday.

Among other dignitaries attending the draw were former SBP President Manuel V. Pangilinan, former FIBA Asia Secretary General Mauricio C. Martelino, SBP Executive Director Renauld N. Barrios.

Also present were Ambassadors of Lebanon and Iran to Philippines, representatives of Embassy of Qatar and the coach of the Malaysian National team.

Mahram in high-voltage battle

Iranian giants Mahram are on a quest for an unprecedented three-peat of FIBA Asia Champions Cup titles, but their task is uphill right from the word go.

For, pitted along with the Iranians in Group B for the Preliminary Round, are last years runners-up Al Rayyan of Qatar.

And if that is not sufficient, the two are joined by WABA heavyweights representing Lebanon and Syria besides Emirates club Al Shabab.

The representatives from Lebanon and Syria will be known at the end of the WABA League 2011, the qualifying event for the 22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup, said Khajirian, also the Secretary General of the West Asian Basketball Association, a sub zone of FIBA Asia.

Smart Gilas, who made their first foray on the international scene at the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta two years ago, have made rapid progress under former Iran coach Toroman Rajko and are aiming for a top finish at the 26th FIBA Asia Champions Cup later this year.

The hosts will go up against Asean Basketball League semifinalists KL Dragons of Malaysia, Jordanian outfit ASU, a top club team representing the BJ League from Japan and the representative of FIBA Asia Sub zone Middle Asia.

The Japanese Basketball Association is in talks with BJ-League teams Ryukyu Okinawa and Rizing Fukuoka and one them will be confirmed soon, Khajirian said.

It will also mark the return of an East Asian team to the FIBA Asia Champions Cup fray after a gap of one year.

Koreas Sangmoo, who finished seventh at the 2009 FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, were the last East Asian team to take part.

Each will team will play all the others once in the group to identify the top four teams from each group for the Quarterfinal Play-offs.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Greer, Tragardh and Sturt to debut for Eltham this week - by Eurobasket News
The anticipated debut of these players comes to a conclusion with all three players suiting up for this weekends doubleheader matches. Firstly on Saturday 16th April at 8pm the trio will debut with an away game away against Hume City then follow up on the Sunday at 3pm at home against the Ringwood Hawks.

Coach, Cameron Lloyd, commented we have had two good wins and, two losses to Bulleen, but we are still in the 4 and hoping that we cement that this weekend. The boys have been training the house down and are chomping at the bit to get out there and show the Big V their wares.

The BigV community will be looking very closely at these two games to see if all the pre-season hype and expectations live up to predictions. One thing is for sure the pressure will be on Eltham from here on in, as Waverley waits just around the corner in round 7!

Courtesy of: bigv.com.au


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


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


NBL Grand Final to start on 20 April - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League has confirmed that the best-of-three iiNet NBL Grand Final series will tip-off on Wednesday 20 April, with the New Zealand Breakers set to host Game One at the North Shore Events Centre at 6:30PM local time.

The Breakers advanced to the Grand Final series after defeating the Perth Wildcats last night at North Shore Events Centre, 99-83, to clinch their Semi-Final series 2-1 and move on to the title round for the first time in the clubs history.

Game Two of the Grand Final series will be held on Sunday 24 April at 4:00PM AEST, but just which team will host the Breakers in that game wont be known until a winner is determined in the other Semi-Final series between the Townsville Crocodiles and Cairns Taipans this Sunday. The Cairns-Townsville series is currently tied at 1-1 with the winner of Sundays deciding game at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre advancing to take on the Breakers in the Grand Final.

If required, Game Three of the Grand Final series will be held back at the North Shore Events Centre on Friday 29 April at 7:30PM local Auckland time.

All Grand Final games will be shown live on ONE HD in Australia and on SKY Sport in New Zealand.



2011 iiNet NBL Grand Final Series Schedule (all times local)

New Zealand Breakers vs. Townsville Crocodiles OR Cairns Taipans

Game One
Wed 20 April - 6:30PM -
North Shore Events Centre (Auckland)

Game Two
Sun 24 April - 4:00PM
Townsville Entertainment Convention Centre OR Cairns Convention Centre

Game Three (if required)
Friday 29 April - 7:30PM
North Shore Events Centre (Auckland)

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)




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. Clark, Blaze6.8 
 8. Williams, Tigers6.8 
 9. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.8 
 10. Holmes, 36ers6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Williams, Tigers6.1 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Ervin, Hawks4.5 
 4. Shannon, 36ers4.4 
 5. Braswell, Breakers4.4 
 6. Saville, Hawks4.1 
 7. Carter, 36ers4.0 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans4.0 
 9. Blalock, Crocodiles3.5 
 10. Martin, Wildcats3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.4 
 2. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 3. Shannon, 36ers1.4 
 4. Saville, Hawks1.4 
 5. Dorsey, Taipans1.4 
 6. Carter, 36ers1.4 
 7. Ellis, Crocodiles1.3 
 8. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 9. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 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 


Call of the oval ball: Fryar, Constable join Rebels from basketball - by Eurobasket News
PROMISING young basketballers Jarrod Fryar (194-G-93) and Ash Constable were at the top of their games in Germany last year.
The Ballarat-based duo pulled on the green-and-gold for Australia at the FIBA World Under-17 Championship.

Each described the month-long tour as the best sporting moment in their lives giving each a taste of what it would take to be an elite sportsman.

This season, they have chosen a different path, joining North Ballarat Rebels in TAC Cup under-18 football, in a bid to fulfil their dreams of playing professional sport.

They aim to follow in the footsteps of Jordan Roughead (Western Bulldogs), Matt Dea (Richmond), and Nathan (Collingwood) and Mitch Brown (West Coast Eagles), who each made a transition from the basketball court to an AFL list via the Rebels.

Fryar is no stranger to football, having played some juniors with Lake Wendouree in the Ballarat Football League.

However, up to this year the basketball court is where he has shone the brightest.

Despite representing Australia in basketball, Fryar said there was always part of him that missed football.

I had a little bit to do with Rebels try-outs in juniors, but never really made the cut, Fryar said.

In basketball I always seemed to make the top grades, but last year, after Germany, I didnt get to the level I wanted to reach.

Germany was great. I couldnt believe I was playing against the best kids in the world and playing overseas for a month, but I was missing footy.

I was happy with my performance in Germany, but I was not getting the offers I wanted from American colleges.

When Fryar saw an invitation to attend a Rebels screening test he thought it was worth a shot.

So did his best mate Constable.

This is my last year in the TAC Cup my final chance to have a crack, said Constable, who hails from Horsham.

The past year-and-a-half of basketball was just flat out no break, no holidays. In the end it just wore me down.

As a young kid growing up in the Wimmera, I always wanted to play footy.

Basketball commitments just made it hard to fit in.

The Rebels screening test put promising athletes from a variety of sporting disciplines through standard sprint, endurance and skills tests.

Prospective candidates learnt exactly what the Rebels program was about on and off the field.

Fryar and Constable impressed coaches enough to be invited to train with the Rebels squad.

Then they realised just how much work they had ahead.

Fitness was their biggest hurdle.

The pair scheduled in extra laps of Lake Wendouree to build aerobic capacity required for football.

They felt comfortable with marking and ball run-and-carry, drawing on similar basketball skills.

Fryar said tackling was fine the Ballarat junior footy league was not exactly soft but kicking was one aspect they had taken extra time to fine-tune.

Constable said the moment he was officially named on the Rebels list was a massive confidence boost.

It made all the hard work he had done and all the hard work ahead worthwhile.

Expanding AFL ranks has forced its clubs to scour other talent pools to find an edge in the game.

Basketball Australia under-18 and Ballarat Miners head coach Guy Molloy said AFL clubs looking to basketball was not a new trend.

Its something thats been going on for a long period of time. In my length of involvement in junior mens basketball weve seen a few guys take up football, most notably Jack Watts, who was number one draft pick in the 2008 AFL draft and a terrific basketball player, Molloy said.

The investment in time we put into these players is certainly significant, but everyone is free to make their own choices in their sport.

Its viewed in some respects that a career in football is a more lucrative one, but at the end of the day, if you want and are destined to be a professional sportsperson, youll get there.

I have nothing but good wishes for those two boys (Fryar and Constable).

Molloy said there were lots of parallels between basketball and a variety of other sports.

In his time involved with Australias junior basketball program, Molloy has seen some good players change codes.

At the same time, he said there were plenty that had potential to be good players in other sports and chose to stay in basketball.

North Ballarat Rebels manager Phil Partington said footballers with a basketball background often had clean hands and were extremely athletic in their jump and run.

While AFL clubs scour internationally in other sporting codes for recruits, the Rebels put out an offer across the region.

This season, the Rebels squad also includes professional runner Lauchlan Dalgleish.

Partington made clear no boy from other sports gets a free ride they must still prove themselves alongside boys with strong junior football backgrounds.

They are not treated any differently to any other boy on any level they must show us they have the potential to go further in football, Partington said.

These boys have worked extremely hard, no doubt probably twice as hard through pre-season.

Jarrod and Ash are talented sportsmen. They have played international sport, they are self-driven boys and know what it takes to be the best.

In saying that, these boys still have a long way to go.

If successful, AFL is not an easy pathway for any player but if you do the hard yards, at least youre on a good pathway.

Constable and Fryar played in the Rebels TAC Cup season opener and each said they were just as nervous as when they stepped out in the world championships in Germany.
Courtesy of: thecourier.com.au


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  AUSTRIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.5 
 3. Brokenboroug., Wel.19.4 
 4. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.5 
 6. Mayes, Gmunden17.6 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.17.1 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.0 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.16.3 
 10. Shawn, Oberwart16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus HEARD
  Gussing
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Heard, Gussing9.2 
 2. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 3. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 4. Graham, UBSC G.7.9 
 5. Trepalovac, BC Vi.7.8 
 6. Djuric, Gussing7.5 
 7. Vay, Arkadia7.5 
 8. Volcic, Oberwart7.3 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden7.0 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Markus CARR
  BC Vienna
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Carr, BC Vienna7.3 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.7.3 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.3 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.4 
 6. Miletic, UBSC G.4.4 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 8. Parker, Oberwart4.3 
 9. Boylan, Gmunden4.2 
 10. Coffin, BC Vienna4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.2 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.2 
 4. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 5. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 6. Parker, Oberwart2.0 
 7. Artner, Oberwart1.7 
 8. Vay, Arkadia1.7 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
 10. Matthews, Furstenf.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Louis GRAHAM
  UBSC Graz
  (205-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 2. Hicks, Furstenfeld1.4 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 5. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 6. Sally, Oberwart0.9 
 7. Vay, Arkadia0.9 
 8. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 9. Heard, Gussing0.7 
 10. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 


A Bundesliga: Panthers grab the last Semifinals ticket - by Eurobasket News
Game 4: Klosterneub. - Furstenfeld 60-83 (1-3)

Furstenfeld Panthers cruised past Klosterneuburg on the road 60-83 winning the series with almost perfect 3-1. It means that the Panthers advanced to Semifinals, where they will take on Gmunden.
The game was mostly controlled by Furstenfeld Panthers. Xion Dukes managed to win third quarter 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Furstenfeld Panthers dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Xion Dukes' 20. Furstenfeld Panthers looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Romke Hampton (206-88, college: Biola, CA, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. The other American import guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international guard Christoph Nagler (194-84) produced 18 points and American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Furstenfeld Panthers and four Xion Dukes players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.

Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 18+4reb+2ast, C.Bobb 16+6reb+1ast, R.Suljanovic 12+4reb+1ast, J.Chappell 10+4reb, D.Hamidovic 4+3reb, D.Zeleznik 0+1reb+4ast
Furstenfeld: R.Hampton 23+9reb+2ast, R.Hicks 13, S.Stazic 12+4reb+4ast, A.Shavies 12+5reb+7ast, S.Ray 11+5reb+1ast, D.Carr 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 126620







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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Feni Indistrija and Rilski Sportist to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Feni Indistrija and Rilski Sportist eliminated their rivals in the Semifinals and they will fight for the Balkan League title on Sunday. Feni Indistrija is the host of the Final Four tournament.



Feni Indistrija - Mornar Bar 82-75

The game without a history. Feni Indistrija led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Feni Indistrija outrebounded Mornar Bar 36-23 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Mornar Bar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Darko Sokolov (190-86) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and American guard Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Serbian guard Ivan Jelenic (190-85, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 18 points and power forward Nemanja Radovic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four Mornar Bar players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: I.Jelenic 18+2reb+1ast, M.Sarajlija 13+5ast, N.Ivanovic 12, N.Radovic 11+10reb, N.Ljujic 9+3reb+1ast, D.Gagic 6+2reb
Feni Indistrija: D.Sokolov 24+3reb+1ast, J.Frye 11+5reb+2ast, V.Stojanovski 11+2reb+2ast, S.Mihajloski 8+4reb, D.Knezevic 8+8reb, D.Tasovski 8+3reb+3ast


gschID: 126511

Levski - Rilski Sportist 70-74
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Levski won third quarter 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Rilski Sportist won last quarter 14-11. Swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) nailed 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Bosnian-Serbian center Aleksandar Radojevic (220-76, college: Barton County CC) accounted for 8 points and 7 rebounds. FYR Macedonian power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (202-79) came up with 22 points and American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Levski in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Levski: G.Cekovski 22+1ast, A.Harper 12+5reb+6ast, P.Lauderdale 8+4reb+3ast, J.Crowe 8+3reb+1ast, Z.Georgiev 5+4reb+2ast, S.Slaveykov 5+2reb+2ast
Rilski Sportist: I.Lilov 17+6reb+2ast, M.Marinov 11+2reb+1ast, D.Karadzovski 11+2reb, S.Vaklinov 9+2reb, V.Mijovic 8+3reb+1ast, A.Radojevic 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 126510




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  BELGIUM   


Belgian D1 round 29 best performance: Dominic Waters - by Eurobasket News
American guard Dominic Waters (185-G-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for VOO Verviers-Pepinster, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, two rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Charleroi (#1, 20-4) 85-80. VOO Verviers-Pepinster is placed at 6th position in Belgian D1. VOO Verviers-Pepinster is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-16 record. In the team's last game Waters had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be VOO Verviers-Pepinster's top player in his first season with the team. Former Portland State University star has very solid stats this year. Waters is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.0ppg), assists (4th best: 3.4apg) and averages impressive 50.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Justin Hamilton (191-G-80) of league's leader TEC Spirou Charleroi. Hamilton had a very good evening with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Charleroi lost that game 80-85 to the lower-ranked Verviers-Pep. (#6, 9-16). Charleroi managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. It was just his team's 4th loss this season, while they won 20 other games. Hamilton is one of the most experienced players at Charleroi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another TEC Spirou Charleroi's star - American forward Brent Wright (203-F/C-78). Wright scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Wright's great performance Charleroi lost 80-85 to the lower-ranked Verviers-Pep. (#6, 9-16). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Charleroi had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 4th lost game is hopefully really an accident. Wright's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Wright has a very solid season. In 14 games in Belgium he scored 9.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86) of Aalstar - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Timothy Black (178-G-81) of Antwerp - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. John Tofi (203-F/C-84) of Leuven - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86) of Leuven - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) of Aalstar - 14 points and 10 rebounds
9. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Oostende - 16 points and 2 rebounds
10. Monwell Randle (203-F/C-83) of Gent - 12 points and 7 rebounds

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


Verviers Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
VOO Verviers-Pepinster who are involved in the battle for the last playoff spot have added Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, college: Virginia Union) to their roster.
Darius till recently played in Sweden for Jamtland. His team was recently eliminated from the playoffs making him a free agent.
This past season he led the Swedish league in scoring with an average of 21.9 ppg to go with his 6.2 rpg and 3.9 apg.
Hargrove who played college ball at Div 2 school Virginia Union played most of his overseas career in Rumania. He won 2 titles and 2 Rumanian cups with Asesoft Ploiesti.

His last season in Rumania saw him collect all kinds of Eurobasket awards such as Import Player of the Year.
While in college at VA Union he was voted CIAA Player of the Year following his senior year. He was also selected to the NCAA D2 All-American team.



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D1 Round 5: Siroki TT Kabeli beats Borac Nektar in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
D1 is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 5 rounds left.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Banja Luka. Second ranked Siroki TT Kabeli faced 3rd placed Borac Nektar. Guests from Siroki Brijeg (4-1) defeated host Borac Nektar (2-3) 78-69. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Borac Nektar won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Borac Nektar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Croatian guard Vedran Morovic (184-83, college: Olney Central CC, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 17 points and 8 assists. Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian center Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-87) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siroki TT Kabeli have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 4-1 record behind leader Zrinjski HT. Borac Nektar at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Mladost. Siroki TT Kabeli are looking forward to face Capljina Lasta (#5) on the road in the next round. Borac Nektar will play against Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Igokea delivered the fifth consecutive victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Capljina Lasta (1-4) 76-59. Serbian forward Stevan Nadjfeji (202-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. Donnell Harvey contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Igokea's coach Slobodan Klipa used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Serbian guard Stefan Fekete (188-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for Capljina Lasta. Undefeated Igokea (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. Capljina Lasta at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Bosna. Igokea will play against Bosna ASA BHT (#6) in Sarajevo in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Capljina Lasta will play at home against the league's second-placed Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last game of round 5 Bosna was defeated by Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad 86-77.
The best stats of 5th round was 28 points by Ivan Opacak of Celik.


Mladost - Bosna 86-77

Everything could happen in Mrkonjic Grad at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Mladost and 5th ranked Bosna ASA BHT had identical 1-3 record. This time Mladost used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Sarajevo 86-77. Mladost (2-3) moved-up to third place, which they share with Borac Nektar. Bosna ASA BHT lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Capljina. Mladost will play against Borac Nektar (#4) in Banja Luka in the next round. Bosna ASA BHT will play at home against the league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac to get more than just one victory in their record.
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Borac Nektar - Siroki TT 69-78

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Banja Luka. Second ranked Siroki TT Kabeli faced 3rd placed Borac Nektar. Guests from Siroki Brijeg (4-1) defeated host Borac Nektar (2-3) 78-69. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Borac Nektar won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Borac Nektar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Croatian guard Vedran Morovic (184-83, college: Olney Central CC, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 17 points and 8 assists. Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Five Siroki TT Kabeli players scored in double figures. Serbian center Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-87) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Sinisa Kovacevic (200-78) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siroki TT Kabeli have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 4-1 record behind leader Zrinjski HT. Borac Nektar at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Mladost. Siroki TT Kabeli are looking forward to face Capljina Lasta (#5) on the road in the next round. Borac Nektar will play against Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Borac Nektar: S.Kovacevic 16+5reb+3ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 12+11reb+2ast, N.Vranjes 11+3reb+2ast, S.Tosic 9+1reb+1ast, L.Simonovic 8+2reb+1ast, D.Albijanic 6+7reb+1ast
Siroki TT: V.Morovic 17+4reb+8ast, S.Spralja 14+9reb, I.Grgat 14+3reb, Z.Sakic 12+7reb+2ast, S.Stemberger 10+2reb, I.Ramljak 4+2reb+1ast
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Capljina - Igokea 59-76

Undefeated leader Igokea delivered the fifth consecutive victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Capljina Lasta (1-4) 76-59. It looked good early as Capljina Lasta took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Igokea had a 16-12 second period charge getting the lead and Capljina Lasta was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 59-76. Serbian forward Stevan Nadjfeji (202-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. American center Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Igokea's coach Slobodan Klipa used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Serbian guard Stefan Fekete (188-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (206-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Capljina Lasta. Four Capljina Lasta players scored in double figures. Igokea (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. Capljina Lasta at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Bosna. Igokea will play against Bosna ASA BHT (#6) in Sarajevo in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Capljina Lasta will play at home against the league's second-placed Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Capljina: S.Fekete 15+10reb+3ast, K.Rimac 14+1reb+2ast, J.Brkic 12+3reb+1ast, B.Pelkic 11+8reb+1ast, B.Jelcic 7+3reb, M.Gligora 0
Igokea: S.Nadjfeji 15+4reb+2ast, D.Harvey 13+5reb, M.Pantic 11, B.Chase 9+2reb, N.Joksimovic 7+3reb+2ast, M.Dozet 6+1reb
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Vedran Morovic claims Bosnia and Herzegovina D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Croatian Vedran Morovic (184-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Siroki TT and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 17 points adding four rebounds and eight assists for Siroki TT in his team's victory, helping them to beat Borac Nektar (#4, 2-3) 78-69. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Siroki TT maintains the 2nd position in Bosnia and Herzegovina D1. They are still close to the very top. Siroki TT would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Morovic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Vedran Morovic averages this season 9.0ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Serbian guard Stefan Fekete (188-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Capljina. Fekete impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Capljina lost that game 59-76 to league's leader Igokea (#1, 5-0). Capljina managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Capljina managed to get this Second Stage. Fekete is one of the most experienced players at Capljina and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Siroki TT's star - Croatian Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83). Spralja scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of Siroki TT, helping his team with a 78-69 win against #4 ranked Borac Nektar in a game of the week. Siroki TT is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 4-1 record is not that bad... Spralja has a very solid season. In 4 games in Bosnia he scored 9.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bojan Pelkic (206-F-83) of Capljina - 11 points and 8 rebounds
5. Jozo Brkic (211-F/C-86) of Capljina - 12 points and 3 rebounds
6. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) of Borac Nektar - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Stevan Nadjfeji (202-F-79) of Igokea - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88) of Siroki TT - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Donnell Harvey (203-C-80) of Igokea - 13 points and 5 rebounds
10. Sinisa Kovacevic (200-F-78) of Borac Nektar - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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.7.1 
 7. Markovic, Varda HE6.4 
 8. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.4 
 9. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
 10. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Lalic, Hercegovac6.0 
 3. Pasalic, Bosna4.9 
 4. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 5. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 6. Markovic, Varda HE3.5 
 7. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.5 
 8. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 9. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.3 
 10. Kastratovic, Slobod.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Lalic, Hercegovac2.8 
 3. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 4. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.3 
 5. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 6. Vranjes, Borac N.2.0 
 7. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 8. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.7 
 9. Komatina, Mladost1.7 
 10. Mulic, Kakanj1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 2. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 3. Zimic, Bosna1.6 
 4. Brkic, Capljina0.8 
 5. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 6. Pelkic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 7. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 8. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 
 9. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.7 
 10. Crnobrnja, Varda HE0.6 


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Ex NBB import joins the Harlem Globetrotters - by Mel Devonne
Marvin Kilgore (191-G-84, college: UTEP), US import who played for Sao Jose/Unimed/Vinac in the 2009 season,
has been signed by the Harlem Globetrotters.
The 6-4 guard was college teammate at UTEP in the US with Brasilian Victor Ramelao,
and averaged 7ppg for Sao Jose in the 2009 season.
Kilgore also played for Joinville in an Mexico off season tournament in 2010 , but wasnt picked up
for this years NBB season.
Marvin Kilgore,from the NBB to the Harlem Globetrotters.


Unitri/Universo advance into NBB quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Unitri/Universo reached NBB quarterfinal stage. They held off Araraquara 74:65 to sweep the eighth-final series. Lucas Cipolini (206-F/C-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) stepped up with 17 points to pace the hosts. Araraquara led by 2 points at the interval but Unitri/Universo turned things around in the third frame. They went on a 27:9 run to clear off for good. Robert Day (197-F-82, agency: 011 Sports, college: W.Oregon) delivered 16 points in the winning effort. Arlindo Neto (187-G-86) answered with 11 points for Araraquara.
In the meantime Pitagoras/Minas stepped closer to the quarterfinals. They nipped Joinville 80:78 away from home to take 2-1 lead in the series. Minas will host what could be decisive fourth game in the series on Sunday. Bernard Robinson (198-F-81, college: Michigan) unloaded 33 points to lead the visitors in the victory. Joinville seemed well in control in the first half. They recorded a 4-point advantage at the halftime break. But Minas gradually took over and erased the deficit. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the fourth quarter but Bernard Robinson fired 12 points late in the game and sealed the victory for Minas. Michel Nascimento (208-C-78) provided 20 points for the winners. Andre Luiz Brugger (192-G-81) answered with 19 points for Joinville. Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) provided 18 points in the losing case.



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Easter camp reaches more than 130 players - by David Edole
Steve Parillon was busy on Friday teaching junior basketball players how to play the game during the first annual Easter Hoop and Basketball Showcase Camp on both Tortola and Virgin Gorda.
The Easter Hoops Basketball Camp attracted 97 participants on Tortola and 40 on VG.

This is something I have always envisioned, Mr. Parillon said. Kids who love basketball they want to do something over Easter break.

The camp covered a variety of skills including defense, shooting, passing and dribbling. The participants are divided up into different groups according to age and experience. Both boys and girls from 5 to 18 years old participated in the camp.

Basketball players will also have the opportunity to earn scholarships. Coaches from various colleges including Sauk Valley Community College in Illinois, Colby Community College in Kansas, Central Arizona College, Gulf Coast Community College in Florida and East Central University in Oklahoma will be scouting players at the camp.

We have a coach that is already interested in one of our top players, Mr. Parillon said. And there are other coaches that refuse to leave without a player.

He added that the recruiting for basketball hasnt always been good here, but he hopes to improve it.

Today there will be a closed session for coaches to look at individuals' talents. A game between the USVI Young Talent and the BVI Young Talent will be held on Friday at the Multi-purpose Sports Complex.

The coaches will see the players on a more competitive level, Mr. Parillon said. It is going to be exciting.

See the April 14 issue for full story.

WATCH and HEAR STEVE P.

TODD VANSICKLE
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 16:01



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 2. Lilov, Rilski S.22.4 
 3. Harper, Levski22.4 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak19.7 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.5 
 6. Naydenov, Chernomo.16.8 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja16.1 
 8. Davidov, Balkan15.9 
 9. Kambala, Lukoil A.14.4 
 10. Yanev, Cherno More14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja10.6 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.4 
 4. Todorov, Spartak7.7 
 5. Radojevic, Rilski S.7.6 
 6. Kolev, Cherno More7.4 
 7. Georgiev, Levski7.2 
 8. Dimitrov, Spartak6.9 
 9. Kambala, Lukoil A.6.7 
 10. Mijovic, Rilski S.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Crowe, Levski5.6 
 2. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.4 
 3. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 4. Govedarov, Tundja4.0 
 5. James, Lukoil A.3.9 
 6. Dyakovski, Spartak3.9 
 7. Heath, Lukoil A.3.7 
 8. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
 9. Zahariev, Chernomo.3.6 
 10. Gruev, Rilski S.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Crowe, Levski2.4 
 2. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 3. Zahariev, Chernomo.2.1 
 4. Radionov, Tundja2.1 
 5. Heath, Lukoil A.2.0 
 6. James, Lukoil A.1.9 
 7. Dimitrov, Spartak1.8 
 8. Green, Lukoil A.1.7 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.6 
 10. Lilov, Rilski S.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Doychinov, Balkan1.3 
 3. Radojevic, Rilski S.1.2 
 4. Varbanov, Tundja1.0 
 5. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.7 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.0.7 
 7. Cole, Levski0.7 
 8. Mijovic, Rilski S.0.7 
 9. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 
 10. Neuhaus, Chernomo.0.6 


Levski edges Tundja by two points - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in NBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

Sixth-ranked Tundja (9-16) made lots of trouble for second ranked Levski (19-6) in Yambol on Monday. The visitors from Sofia managed to secure only two-point victory 89-87. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Levski made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Tundja turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Tundja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) fired 20 points and 6 assists for the winners. FYR Macedonian power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (202-79) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Levski maintains second place with 19-6 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Tundja lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Levski are looking forward to face Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tundja will play on the road against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Undefeated leader Lukoil Academik delivered the twentieth fourth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (10-15) 90-66 in Varna. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Dominic James contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. International forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for Euroins Cherno More. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Lukoil Academik (24-0) have an impressive series of twenty four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 24 victories in a row. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against bottom-ranked Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Euroins Cherno More will play on the road against Chernomorets in Burgas and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 25 Spartak was defeated by Balkan in Botevgrad 87-81. Rilski Sportist beat Chernomorets at home 85-76.
The best stats of 25th round was 19 points and 7 rebounds by Dwayne Morton of Balkan.



Balkan - Spartak 87-81

There was no surprise in Botevgrad where 7th ranked Spartak (7-18) was defeated by third ranked Balkan (14-11) 87-81. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Spartak was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Balkan shot 63.6 percent from the field. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). American forward Dwayne Morton (200-71, college: Louisville) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) answered with 27 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and the former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Spartak. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Balkan maintains third place with 14-11 record having nine points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Spartak at the other side keeps the seventh position with 18 games lost. Balkan will play against league's second-placed Levski in Sofia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spartak will play at home against Rilski Sportist (#4) in Samokov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Balkan: G.Davidov 27+5reb+4ast, D.Morton 19+7reb+1ast, L.Lilov 12+4reb+4ast, T.Ivanov 12+4reb+1ast, D.Filipov 9+3reb+4ast, K.Borisov 8+2ast
Spartak: H.Dimitrov 27+8reb+1ast, I.Stankov 17+5reb+2ast, T.Ostrev 10+2reb+4ast, T.Todorov 10+6reb+2ast, A.Dyakovski 5+4ast, V.Georgiev 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98346


Cherno More - Lukoil Academik 66-90

Undefeated leader Lukoil Academik delivered the twentieth fourth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (10-15) 90-66 in Varna. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Academik. Euroins Cherno More was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Euroins Cherno More's 28. Lukoil Academik forced 20 Euroins Cherno More turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. International forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Euroins Cherno More. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lukoil Academik (24-0) have an impressive series of twenty four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 24 victories in a row. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against bottom-ranked Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Euroins Cherno More will play on the road against Chernomorets in Burgas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: T.Peterson 16+5reb+3ast, D.James 15+3reb+4ast, B.Sundov 15+3reb, D.Green 14+1reb+3ast, B.Heath 10+4reb+2ast, B.Avramov 10+3reb+2ast
Cherno More: A.Yanev 19+5reb+3ast, N.Kolev 18+6reb, P.Aleksiev 7+1reb+3ast, I.Kasabov 7+2reb+1ast, S.Iliev 5+3reb+1ast, S.Tsonkov 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98343


Tundja - Levski 87-89

Sixth-ranked Tundja (9-16) made lots of trouble for second ranked Levski (19-6) in Yambol on Monday. The visitors from Sofia managed to secure only two-point victory 89-87. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Levski made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Tundja turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Tundja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) fired 20 points and 6 assists for the winners. FYR Macedonian power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (202-79) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Julian Radionov (188-79) added 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Levski maintains second place with 19-6 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Tundja lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Levski are looking forward to face Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tundja will play on the road against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Levski: A.Harper 20+3reb+6ast, G.Cekovski 20+7reb, S.Georgiev 14+3reb+1ast, J.Crowe 14+2reb+2ast, D.Cole 11+1reb+1ast, Z.Georgiev 4+2reb
Tundja: S.Govedarov 17+3reb+3ast, N.Varbanov 16+7reb+2ast, J.Radionov 16+5reb+4ast, P.Marinov 13+6reb+3ast, M.Durchev 12+4ast, S.Finzgar 10+6reb+3ast
gschID: 98344


Rilski Sportist - Chernomorets 85-76

No shocking result in a game in Samokov where fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (12-13) defeated bottom-ranked Chernomorets (4-20) 85-76. The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-13 Chernomorets' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 85-76 at the end of the game. Rilski Sportist had a 38-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. Chernomorets was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for forward Stanislav Vaklinov (206-89, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. International swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Forward Kiril Raykov (196-87) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-90) added 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Chernomorets. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Rilski Sportist. They maintain fourth place with 12-13 record. Chernomorets lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Rilski Sportist will play against Spartak (#7) in Pleven in the next round. Chernomorets will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: M.Marinov 13, D.Marojevic 12+6reb, S.Vaklinov 12+10reb+1ast, I.Lilov 11+6reb+6ast, D.Karadzovski 10+5reb+4ast, B.Boev 9+6reb+1ast
Chernomorets: K.Raykov 21+5reb, D.Roshmanov 12+3reb+4ast, H.Zahariev 10+6reb+4ast, A.Saraliyski 9+7reb+3ast, J.Neuhaus 6+9reb, K.Koev 6+2reb
gschID: 98345




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


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  CHINA   


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.7 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang32.1 
 3. Morris, Beijing29.9 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.29.7 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan29.2 
 6. Emmett, Fujian28.0 
 7. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.4 
 8. Pickett, Jilin27.1 
 9. Hamilton, TianJ.26.8 
 10. Marbury, Foshan25.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Jones, Fujian15.8 
 2. Harris, Shanghai14.7 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.9 
 5. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.5 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.3 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.2 
 8. Morris, Beijing12.1 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu11.6 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing11.5 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.1 
 2. Marbury, Foshan5.7 
 3. Lu, Fujian5.6 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.5.4 
 5. LiuWei, Shanghai5.3 
 6. Hu, Jiangsu5.3 
 7. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
 8. Allen, Shandong4.9 
 9. Douby, Xinjiang4.9 
 10. Hamilton, TianJ.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.1 
 2. Hamilton, TianJ.3.8 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang3.6 
 4. Hudson, Guandong3.0 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.5 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.4 
 8. Pickett, Jilin2.3 
 9. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
 10. Emmett, Fujian2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 3. Zhang, Shanghai1.8 
 4. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 5. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 6. Jones, Fujian1.6 
 7. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 8. Morris, Beijing1.6 
 9. Haislip, Guandong1.5 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 


Douby Dominates as Xinjiang Beats Guangdong - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang's Douby Quincy (191-G-84, college: Rutgers) scored 53 points, hitting 10 of 17 three-point shots, while Guangdong's Lester Hudson missed all 7 of his three-point shots, and scored only 12 points as Xinjiang won at Guangdong 100-92.

Douby grabbed 11 rebounds and completely dominated Hudson, who did have 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Xu Guozhong scored 13 for Xinjiang and Zhang Qingpeng scored 11. Xirelijiang (Co Tal) had 9 points and 5 rebounds while Mengke Bateer had 6 points and 10 rebounds. James Singleton had 7 points and 7 rebounds. Douby played all 48 minutes of the game while Singleton only played 28.

Wang Shipeng led Guangdong with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Marcus Haislip had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Zhu Fangyu had 18 points and 5 rebounds. Wang Zheng had 8 points and 7 rebounds.

But Hudson, who has been playing well for Guangdong since he arrived, had an awful game. Guangdong will go nowhere in this playoff series if he continues to be completely dominated by Douby.




Xinjiang won the Final opener - by Eurobasket News
Guandong - Xinjiang 92-100

The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 59-50 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 53 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. The former international center Bateer Mengke (210-75) contributed with 6 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Marcus Haislip (207-80, college: Tennessee) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and international swingman ShiPeng Wang (197-83) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for Guandong Tigers. Four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Guandong: W.ShiPeng 22+4reb+4ast, H.Marcus 20+10reb, Z.FangYu 18+5reb, H.Lester 12+9reb+5ast, W.Zheng 8+7reb, D.Feng 7+2reb
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 53+11reb+1ast, X.GuoChong 13+2reb, Z.QingPeng 11+1reb+1ast, C.Tal 9+5reb+3ast, S.James 7+7reb, M.Bateer 6+10reb+2ast
gschID: 126527




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  CROATIA   


A1 second stage: Round 6 review - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games.

Group A
Cedevita - Zadar 69-60

The game between Top Four teams took place in Zagreb. First ranked host Cedevita (5-1) defeated 3rd ranked Zadar (4-3) 69-60. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Zadar. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-15. But Zadar won second period 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international forward Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) (206-86) who led his team to a victory with 26 points. Guard Hrvoje Kovacevic (191-86) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Marko Car (188-85) replied with 26 points and American forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Zadar. Cedevita have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A with 5-1 record, which they share with KK Zagreb CO. Zadar at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Cedevita's next round opponent will be Zabok (#8) in Zabok and are hoping to win another game. Zadar will play at home against KK Split (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: D.Rudez 26+3reb+1ast, H.Kovacevic 14+6reb+1ast, C.Edwards 12+6reb, A.Zizic 4+2reb, D.Draper 4+3ast, M.Bazdaric 3+13reb+3ast
Zadar: M.Car 26+3reb+2ast, B.Brown 14+9reb+1ast, S.Olivari 7+3reb+1ast, I.Ivanov 6+5reb+2ast, P.Marcinkovic 4+3reb+1ast, J.Vladovic 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 124389


KK Split - KK Zagreb CO 74-93

The game between Top Four teams took place in Split. 4th ranked host KK Split (3-3) was smashed by second ranked KK Zagreb CO (5-1) 93-74. The game without a history. KK Zagreb CO led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. The former international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) scored 24 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four KK Zagreb CO players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Toni Katic (185-92) with 18 points and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. KK Split's coach Mladen Vuskovic let to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. KK Zagreb CO keeps a position of Group A leader, which they share with Cedevita. Loser KK Split keeps the fourth place with three games lost. KK Zagreb CO's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cibona.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: K.Simon 24+3reb+4ast, M.Kasun 18+3reb, L.Zoric 15+11reb, J.Heytvelt 14+4reb+1ast, D.Bubalo 6+1reb, P.Babic 5+1reb+3ast
KK Split: T.Katic 18+3reb+2ast, S.Subotic 13+1reb+2ast, J.Sobin 10+10reb+2ast, I.Mimica 9+2reb+1ast, A.Grgurevic 8+10reb+4ast, F.Najev 7+1ast
gschID: 124390


Cibona - Alkar Sinj 89-79

Everything could happen in Zagreb at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Cibona and 5th ranked Alkar Sinj had identical 2-3 record. This time Cibona used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Sinj 89-79 on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by Cibona. Alkar Sinj was better in second period 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Cibona forced 25 Alkar Sinj turnovers. International swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) scored 24 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (214-90, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 19 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Ante Delas (201-88) with 22 points and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Zeliko Zupic (205-81, college: Denver) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Alkar Sinj's coach gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion (3-3) moved-up to fourth place in Group A, which they share with KK Split. Newly promoted Alkar Sinj dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena KK Zagreb CO.
Top scorers:
Cibona: B.Bogdanovic 24+3reb+4ast, T.Zubcic 19+4reb, L.Radosevic 12+4reb+1ast, G.Vrbanc 9+1reb, M.Rozic 6+2reb+1ast, K.Vragovic 6+1reb+4ast
Alkar Sinj: A.Delas 22+2reb+6ast, Z.Zupic 17+7reb+1ast, D.Erceg 14+8reb, I.Radic 9+2reb+1ast, J.Curkovic 6+1reb+1ast, M.Primorac 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 124391


Borik - Zabok 90-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Borik Puntamika's (2-4) home victory over bottom-ranked Zabok (0-5) 90-79 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 48-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Borik Puntamika shot 31 for 43 from the free-throw line, while Zabok only scored eight points from the stripe. Zabok was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. Marijan Cakarun (-90) scored 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Jure Skific (202-88) chipped in 28 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Sven Smajlagic (193-90) with 16 points and forward Robert Lez (200-79) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Borik Puntamika moved-up to sixth place in Group A, which they share with Alkar Sinj. Loser Zabok still closes the standings with five games lost. Borik Puntamika will face Alkar Sinj (#7) on the road in the next round. Zabok will play against the league's leader Cedevita in Zagreb and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Borik: J.Skific 28+1reb+1ast, M.Cakarun 26+8reb+2ast, M.Pesut 12+4reb, M.Sarlija 9, M.Jurjevic 6+3reb+1ast, J.Ruzic 4+5reb
Zabok: R.Lez 17+1ast, S.Smajlagic 16+3reb+1ast, J.Lozancic 11+4reb+1ast, S.Jankovic 9+5reb+2ast, R.Rogic 9+4reb+3ast, D.Krajacic 6+1ast
gschID: 124388


Group B
Trogir - Dubrovnik 70-89

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Trogir (3-3) against sixth ranked Dubrovnik (1-5) on Thursday night. Host Trogir was crushed by Dubrovnik in Trogir 89-70. The game without a history. Dubrovnik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Dubrovnik forced 20 Trogir turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Alen Blesic (198-89) who scored 21 points. Guard Nikola Dosen (187-91) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Dubrovnik players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Luka Zitko (201-81) who recorded 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and center Mise Diminic (208-89) added 19 points respectively. Trogir's coach Ante Perica tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Dubrovnik maintains sixth position in Group B with 1-5 record. It was Trogir's third loss in a row. They dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Svjetlost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: A.Blesic 21+3reb, F.Karac 19+4reb, A.Ostric 16+5reb+1ast, A.Vranjes 12+7reb+4ast, N.Dosen 11+6reb+6ast, H.Marijo 4+1reb+1ast
Trogir: M.Diminic 19+3reb, L.Zitko 17+6reb+5ast, T.Vitali 10+4reb, I.Bilic 9+1reb, A.Bilic 9+1reb+4ast, I.Rasetina 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 124431


Kvarner 2010 - Dubrava 90-102

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Kvarner 2010 (4-2) in Rijeka on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Dubrava (3-2) 102-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kvarner 2010. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group B. The game was mostly controlled by Dubrava. Kvarner 2010 managed to win third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Dario Saric (205-94) had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Matteo Juricic (191-91) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Rudolf Jugo (183-84) with 25 points and 7 assists and forward Franko Filipovic (204-87) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Five Dubrava and four Kvarner 2010 players scored in double figures. Dubrava have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Darda. Newly promoted Kvarner 2010 still keeps top position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dubrava: D.Saric 23+10reb+5ast, M.Juricic 23+2reb+5ast, N.Garma 19+6reb, D.Basic 12+1reb+1ast, R.Rikic 12+4reb, M.Buovac 9
Kvarner 2010: R.Jugo 25+4reb+7ast, F.Filipovic 21+6reb+1ast, Z.Pehar 14+9reb+4ast, T.Maruna 12+5reb+5ast, N.Mazar 6, F.Gacesa 6
gschID: 124432


Darda - Svjetlost 71-69

Important game to mention about took place in Darda. Fourth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (3-2) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-best Svjetlost (3-3) 71-69 on Thursday evening. It was a key game for the second position in Group B. It looked good early as Svjetlost took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Vrijednosnice OS had a 20-9 second period charge getting the lead and Svjetlost was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-71. Vrijednosnice OS dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Svjetlost's 28. They outrebounded Svjetlost 29-15 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Ivan Krolo (217-83) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Filip Kordic (196-92) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Vrijednosnice OS players scored in double figures. Even 25 points by forward Matej Karlovic (200-89) did not help to save the game for Svjetlost. Guard Ozren Misic (188-83) added 16 points. Svjetlost's coach Drazen Brajkovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vrijednosnice OS have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Dubrava. Svjetlost at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Trogir. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Darda: I.Krolo 19+10reb+2ast, F.Kordic 14+6reb+2ast, M.Mandic 12+6reb+3ast, L.Cutuk 10+8reb+2ast, I.Bakovic 10+4reb, Z.Ridl 6+10reb+5ast
Svjetlost: M.Karlovic 25+3reb, O.Misic 16+4reb+2ast, A.Sarac 14+3reb+2ast, L.Petkovic 7+2reb+4ast, I.Maric 3+4reb+2ast, F.Vukicevic 2+6reb+3ast


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner 2010
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Puljko, Kvarner .23.0 
 2. Zitko, Trogir19.3 
 3. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 4. Saric, Dubrava17.5 
 5. Petkovic, Svjetlost17.2 
 6. Mimica, KK Split16.8 
 7. Krolo, Darda16.7 
 8. Bakovic, Darda15.4 
 9. Ridl, Darda15.4 
 10. Sobin, KK Split15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante KRAPIC
  Cibona
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 2. Saric, Dubrava9.4 
 3. Krolo, Darda9.2 
 4. Sobin, KK Split8.0 
 5. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.4 
 6. Ridl, Darda6.8 
 7. Grgurevic, KK Split6.4 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj5.8 
 9. Ruzic, Borik5.7 
 10. Vukicevic, Svjetlost5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Karakas, Trogir6.8 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost5.4 
 3. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 4. Blajic, Alkar Sinj4.1 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.8 
 7. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.5 
 8. Saric, Dubrava3.2 
 9. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.1 
 10. Ridl, Darda3.1 
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. Petani, Borik1.9 
 4. Karakas, Trogir1.8 
 5. Bicvic, Darda1.8 
 6. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 7. Swift, Darda1.8 
 8. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 9. Puljko, Kvarner .1.6 
 10. Jugo, Kvarner 20101.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 2. Vitali, Trogir1.3 
 3. Saric, Dubrava1.1 
 4. Vladovic, Trogir1.0 
 5. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 6. Sobin, KK Split1.0 
 7. Ridl, Darda0.9 
 8. Vukicevic, Svjetlost0.9 
 9. Radic, Alkar Sinj0.7 
 10. Sarlija, Borik0.7 


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


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  CYPRUS   


Razis for try-outs in Aris Thessalonikis - by Chris Mammides
One of the biggest talents of the Cyprus Basketball, the player that was voted for three consecutive years as the best U21 Basketball player of the Cyprus League, Christopher Razis (193-F-89) has been called by Slobodan Subotic , the Head Coach of Aris Thessalonikis for Try-outs in the team of Thessaloniki.
The international shooting guard started the season with the team of Keravnos Strovolou Strovolou but in December of 2010 and after the decision of the Greek Head Coach Memos Ioannou , was given on a loan to the team of ENAD Agiou Dometiou where he earn some quality time in the court and was among the stand outs of the Cyprus team.
Christopher Razis started his career from Keravnos Strovolou as he is a member of the Strovolos team since the age of 8, he passed through all the age groups, and the last two seasons is a member of the Mens team of Keravnos Strovolou.
He comes from a sports family as his father was a truck athlete, his mother was a handball player and his older brother is currently a basketball player in a second division team in the Cyprus league.
It is worth mentioned the fact that Christopher Razis is an owner of a Greek passport so if his try-outs are positive and Slobodan Subotic gives the 'Green light' to the young Cypriot International, to be selected for Aris for the coming (or even this season) he will be playing as a Greek player and not as a Bosman which is an advantage for the Greek team.
Lastly, in the team of Aris Thessalonikis the Cypriot Razis will find another Cypriot, Aleksandros Vezenkov (204-F/G-95) who is a member of the U21 team of Aris Thessalonikis since the last summer.
Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the young Cypriot guard.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NBL Round 10: BK Decin defeats BK Pardubice in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in NBL.

The most exciting game of round 10 in the NBL took place in Pardubice. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers BK Pardubice (5-3) to fourth ranked BK Decin (3-5) 80-78 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side international forward Petr Bohacik (202-85) responded with 9 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BK Decin maintains fourth position in A1 with 3-5 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. BK Decin are looking forward to face league's second-placed BK Prostejov on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BK Pardubice will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (7-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked NH Ostrava (1-6) 94-64. International guard Pavel Pumprla (196-86) notched 16 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Chester Simmons supported him with 14 points. Even a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds by Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) did not help to save the game for NH Ostrava. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated CEZ Nymburk have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in A1 with 7-0 record. NH Ostrava lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with six games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against BK Pardubice (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. NH Ostrava will play against Novy Jicin in Novy Jicin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Novy Jicin was also quite interesting. Second ranked BK Prostejov (6-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Novy Jicin (1-7). BK Prostejov managed to secure a 6-point victory 78-72 on Wednesday. Kyle Landry fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Rostislav Pelikan produced 15 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Prostejov maintains second position in A1 with 6-2 record having 34 points less than leader B&W Opava. Novy Jicin lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with seven games lost. BK Prostejov will meet at home BK Decin (#4) in the next round. Novy Jicin will play against NH Ostrava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And what about another game where USK Praha (#4) beat one of their biggest challengers Basketbol Brno 80-66 on the road. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Basketbol Brno. Worth to mention a great performance of Vojtech Hruban who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. USK Praha (11-19) moved-up to third place in A2. Basketbol Brno at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
NBL top team - B&W Opava (18-12) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (7-23) 74-65. Jakub Blazek scored 13 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. B&W Opava maintains first position in A2 with 18-12 record. Basketbal Svitavy lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with 23 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 10
In A2 Plzen lost to BC Kolin on the opponent's court 74-86.



Group A1
BK Pardubice - BK Decin 78-80

The most exciting game of round 10 in the NBL took place in Pardubice. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers BK Pardubice (5-3) to fourth ranked BK Decin (3-5) 80-78 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. At the losing side international forward Petr Bohacik (202-85) responded with 9 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St.) scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BK Decin maintains fourth position in A1 with 3-5 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. BK Decin are looking forward to face league's second-placed BK Prostejov on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BK Pardubice will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: M.Hampton 18+2reb, M.Arnold 13+5reb, M.Sykora 10+6reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 9+11reb+1ast, Z.Pospisil 9+7reb+2ast, L.Kraus 6+1ast
BK Decin: W.Hatcher 22+2ast, L.Sanders 15+4reb+4ast, M.Soukup 14+1reb+1ast, P.Houska 14+4reb, A.Alic 6+2reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 122263


Novy Jicin - BK Prostejov 72-78

The game in Novy Jicin was also quite interesting. Second ranked BK Prostejov (6-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Novy Jicin (1-7). BK Prostejov managed to secure a 6-point victory 78-72 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 37-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-86, college: N.Arizona) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Polish forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) chipped in 14 points. Power forward Rostislav Pelikan (207-78) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Prostejov maintains second position in A1 with 6-2 record having 34 points less than leader B&W Opava. Novy Jicin lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with seven games lost. BK Prostejov will meet at home BK Decin (#4) in the next round. Novy Jicin will play against NH Ostrava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: R.Pelikan 15+9reb, V.Peciukas 10+2reb+1ast, W.Channels 10+5reb+4ast, D.Pandula 8+7reb+3ast, L.Jurecka 8+3reb+1ast, O.Soska 7+2reb+1ast
BK Prostejov: K.Landry 23+12reb+3ast, R.Hyzy 14+2reb, A.Slezas 10+5reb, B.Veikalas 9+3reb+2ast, B.Cadri-Nicholson 8+3reb, E.Lawrence 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 122264


CEZ Nymburk - NH Ostrava 94-64

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (7-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked NH Ostrava (1-6) 94-64. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to NH Ostrava's 32. They outrebounded NH Ostrava 45-25 including a 30-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. International guard Pavel Pumprla (196-86) notched 16 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington) supported him with 14 points. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds by Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) did not help to save the game for NH Ostrava. Forward Marek Stuchly (196-75) added 11 points 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. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in A1 with 7-0 record. NH Ostrava lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with six games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against BK Pardubice (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. NH Ostrava will play against Novy Jicin in Novy Jicin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: A.Spagrud 21+12reb, M.Stuchly 11+3reb, L.Palyza 9+1reb+1ast, M.Gniadek 6+2reb, A.Ciz 5+1reb, C.Trybanski 4+3reb
CEZ Nymburk: P.Pumprla 16+3reb+4ast, P.Benda 14+4reb+1ast, C.Simmons 14+4reb+1ast, A.Chan 10+6reb+1ast, P.Slezak 10+3reb+1ast, V.Stimac 9+4reb
gschID: 122265


Group A2
BC Kolin - Plzen 86-74

Very expected game when 6th ranked Lokomotiva Plzen (4-26) was defeated on the road by second ranked BC Kolin (15-15) 86-74 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Kolin. Lokomotiva Plzen was better in second period 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Brad Jones (186-85, college: Wyoming, agency: Stanley International) had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Slovakian guard Roman Marko (195-86) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. BC Kolin's coach Predrag Benacek used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side center Pavel Frana (212-77) responded with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Jan Suchy (199-91) scored 19 points. Five BC Kolin and four Lokomotiva Plzen players scored in double figures. BC Kolin maintains second position in A2 with 15-15 record having just three points less than leader B&W Opava. Newly promoted Lokomotiva Plzen keeps the sixth place with 26 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Plzen: J.Suchy 19+4reb, P.Frana 12+7reb+6ast, L.Pecka 10+6reb, S.Vrubl 10+2reb+8ast, K.Riha 7, V.Honomichl 5+1ast
BC Kolin: T.Smith 21+1reb+3ast, D.Machac 16+1reb+1ast, R.Marko 15+7reb+5ast, B.Jones 11+10reb+8ast, R.Field 10+8reb+1ast, U.Benacek 4+1reb
gschID: 122247


Svitavy - B&W Opava 65-74

NBL top team - B&W Opava (18-12) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (7-23) 74-65. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 25-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. B&W Opava made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Radim Klecka (188-90) chipped in 16 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Tomas Teply (190-87) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and center Radim Kramny (212-85) scored 8 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. B&W Opava maintains first position in A2 with 18-12 record. Basketbal Svitavy lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with 23 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: T.Teply 15+6reb, J.Spacek 12+5reb+2ast, L.Horak 12+6reb, B.Meno 8+7reb, R.Kramny 8+10reb+2ast, P.Harcar 6+1reb
B&W Opava: R.Klecka 16+2reb+1ast, J.Blazek 13+6reb+2ast, O.Dygryn 10+3reb+3ast, J.Sirina 10+1reb+1ast, J.Kratochvil 9+4reb, M.Miklosik 6+8reb
gschID: 122248


Basketbol Brno - USK Praha 66-80

And what about another game where USK Praha (#4) beat one of their biggest challengers Basketbol Brno 80-66 on the road. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Basketbol Brno. It looked good early as Basketbol Brno took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then USK Praha had a 26-12 second period charge getting the lead and Basketbol Brno was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-80. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Vojtech Hruban (200-89) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Martin Kriz (200-93) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (203-85) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) added 11 points in the effort for Basketbol Brno. USK Praha (11-19) moved-up to third place in A2. Basketbol Brno at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Basketbol Brno: P.Sedmak 19+9reb, R.Zachrla 12+4reb, E.Holloway 11+3reb+3ast, S.Maio 9+2reb+6ast, S.Castleberry 8+5reb, J.Kysela 3+2reb+2ast
USK Praha: T.Vyoral 19+2reb+3ast, V.Hruban 18+7reb+3ast, M.Kriz 18+8reb+2ast, M.Bjegovic 12+4reb+1ast, L.Kotas 7+4reb+3ast, M.Sotnar 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 122246




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.6 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.16.0 
 3. Hatcher, BK Decin14.8 
 4. Houska, BK Decin14.8 
 5. Horak, Svitavy14.7 
 6. Burke, NH Ostrava14.5 
 7. Kotas, USK Praha14.5 
 8. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.2 
 9. Field, BC Kolin14.0 
 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: 6.1
 1. Vrubl, Plzen6.1 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.2 
 3. Jones, BC Kolin3.9 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.3.8 
 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. Channels, Novy Jicin1.5 
 8. Hatcher, BK Decin1.4 
 9. Gajdosik, Basket.1.4 
 10. Vrubl, Plzen1.4 
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. Bjegovic, USK Praha0.8 
 8. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 9. Pelikan, Novy Jicin0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 


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


Ligaen Finals: Bears are 3-0 up against Rabbits - by Eurobasket News
Game 3: Svendborg - Bakken 71-75 (0-3)

Bakken Bears outplayed Svendborg Rabbits 71-75 on the road for 3-0 lead in the Finals. They need just one more win for the title and the first chance to do it Bears will have at their home court on Monday.
The guests trailed by 15 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-G-84, college: Texas Tech) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC, agency: Rasmussen Services) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.

Top scorers:
Svendborg: N.Iversen 27+11reb+1ast, A.Darboe 12+3reb+4ast, C.Cavanaugh 9+6reb, C.Magaard 8+1reb, M.Williams 7+7reb, M.Plannthin 4+3reb+1ast
Bakken: C.Burgess 21+6reb+3ast, J.Thorpe 15+11reb, A.Jakobsen 11+5reb+2ast, C.Christoffersen 9+8reb+2ast, C.Nielsen 8+2reb+1ast, M.Thuesen 5+1reb+1ast


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  D-LEAGUE   


D-League Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News
The second-seeded Reno Bighorns will meet the third-seeded Rio Grande Valley Vipers, while the top-seeded Iowa Energy will play the fourth-seeded Tulsa 66ers in the semifinals of the NBA Development League Playoffs. Game 1 between Reno, which defeated fifth-seeded Erie Thursday night to advance, and host Rio Grande Valley on Sunday, April 17 at 6 p.m. ET will be televised nationally on VERSUS at 11 p.m. ET, or immediately following the conclusion of the NHL playoff telecast.

Rio Grande Valley, the defending champion, will visit Reno for Game 2 of the best-of-three series on Wednesday, April 20, at 10 p.m. ET, while Reno will host Game 3, if necessary, on Thursday, April 21, at 10 p.m. ET.

Iowa and Tulsa will tip off their semifinal at 8 p.m. ET Friday, April 15, in Tulsa. Game 2 is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, April 18, at Iowa. Game 3, if necessary, will be at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, April 19, at Iowa.

Every game of the NBA D-League Finals will also air nationally on VERSUS. The dates and times of the best-of-three NBA D-League Finals will be released when that information becomes available. Every other game can be viewed live, online, for free via NBA Futurecast at nba.com/dleague.




Second-Round Series (Best of Three)

Iowa Energy vs. Tulsa 66ers
Game 1 - Friday, April 15 - Iowa @ Tulsa, 8 pm ET (NBA Futurecast)
Game 2 - Monday, April 18 - Tulsa @ Iowa, 8 pm ET (NBA Futurecast)
*Game 3 - Tuesday, April 19 - Tulsa @ Iowa, 8 pm ET (NBA Futurecast)

Reno Bighorns v. Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Game 1 - Sunday, April 17 - Reno @ Rio Grande Valley, 6 PM ET (VERSUS, 11 p.m. ET)
Game 2 - Wednesday, April 20 - Rio Grande Valley @ Reno, 10 PM ET (NBA Futurecast)
*Game 3 - Thursday, April 21 - Rio Grande Valley @ Reno, 10 PM ET (NBA Futurecast)



First-Round Series (Best of Three)

Iowa Energy v. Utah Flash (Iowa Wins 2-1)
Game 1 - Wednesday, April 6 - Iowa 103, Utah 96
Game 2 - Monday, April 11 - Utah 119, Iowa 118
*Game 3 - Tuesday, April 12 - Iowa 112, Utah 107

Reno Bighorns v. Erie BayHawks (Reno wins 2-1)
Game 1 - Sunday, April 10 - Reno 106, Erie 101
Game 2 - Tuesday, April 12 - Erie 114, Reno 111
*Game 3 - Thursday, April 14 - Reno 98, Erie 87

Rio Grande Valley Vipers v. Bakersfield Jam (Rio Grande Valley wins 2-1)
Game 1 - Friday, April 8 - Bakersfield 110, Rio Grande Valley 105
Game 2 - Tuesday, April 12 - Rio Grande Valley 104, Bakersfield 92
*Game 3 - Wednesday, April 13 - Rio Grande Valley 112, Bakersfield 99

Tulsa 66ers v. Texas Legends (Tulsa Wins 2-0)
Game 1 - Wednesday, April 6 - Tulsa 94, Texas 83
Game 2 - Friday, April 8 - Tulsa 104, Texas 89



All Times Eastern
All games on NBA Futurecast unless noted
* = if necessary

Courtesy of D-League




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.7 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.22.6 
 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. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 5. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.8.9 
 10. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 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
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.5 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 5. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 7. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 8. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
 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. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 6. Whiteside, Reno B.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 


Quarterfinals: Third decisive games - by Eurobasket News
Reno Bighorns - Erie Bay H. 99-87
The Reno Bighorns are headed to the NBA D-League's semifinals after closing out the decisive Game 3 with a decisive fourth quarter for a 99-87 victory Thursday over Erie in front of 2,242 at the Reno Events Center. 'Next to my family, this is the greatest feeling. I love this time of year,' Reno's Anthony Richardson (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida St.) said after he poured in 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and did an admirable job defending the maniacal but maddeningly talented Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.). 'It was win or go home,' Richardson also said. 'There was nothing else to it.' In a physical, chippy, do-or-die game that featured four technical fouls, a fan ejection and 45 combined fouls, the Bighorns rose above it all in the final period to claim their first D-League playoff series win. Reno will meet Rio Grande Valley in the semifinals, beginning with Game 1 on Sunday in Hidalgo, Texas. Games 2 and 3, if necessary, will be Wednesday and Thursday in Reno. *Courtesy of www.rgj.com

Iowa E. - Utah F. 112-107
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 didn't finish the first couple of shots. I knew eventually they'd fall or I'd 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. *Courtesy of www.desmoinesregister.com/

Rio Grande - Bakersfield J. 112-99
The defending NBA Development League champion and third-seeded Rio Grande Valley Vipers win the best-of-three Quarterfinals series two games to one over the sixth-seeded Bakersfield Jam with a 112-99 victory in Game 3 on Wednesday at State Farm Arena in front of a crowd of 3,496. The Vipers (2-1) win their fifth consecutive elimination game dating back to last year's playoffs and advance to the semifinals against either the second-seeded Reno Bighorns or the fifth-seeded Erie BayHawks, who play a decisive Game 3 in Reno on Thursday. Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) and Mouhammad Faye (6'9''-F-85, college: SMU) hit back-to-back three points to give the Vipers a 6-0 lead, but the Jam (1-2) responded with a 7-0 run to take the lead. Faye hit another three-pointer to give the Vipers the lead right back. The lead changed hands 12 times in the first half, with neither team leading by more than five points again until Matt Janning (6'4''-G/F-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) nailed a deep three pointer with 2.5 seconds left in the second quarter to put the Vipers up 59-53. After Janning opened the third quarter with a jumper, the Jam hit back-to-back baskets to pull within 61-58 with 10:52 remaining. The Vipers responded with a 16-3 run. The Vipers scored the final 10 points of the run as Janning hit a three-pointer, the Vipers stole the ball, Jon Scheyer hit a three, and then the next time down the court Patrick Sullivan picked up a rebound and a tip-in. Jerel McNeal 's lay-up put the Vipers up 77-61 with 7:00 remaining. The Vipers maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the game. McNeal led the Vipers in scoring for the third-straight game, tallying a double-double with 21 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. Sullivan scored 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Janning hit four three-pointers while scoring 17 points. Terrel Harris scored 18 points with seven rebounds. The Jam were led by Derrick Byars (6'8''-G/F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt), who scored 26 points. Jeremy Wise finished with 25 points. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Liga Premier updating - by Jaime Arevalo
Both Centro Educativo Denver and Instituto Tecnolgico Centroamericano (ITCA), defeated their opponents in Game 1 of Liga Premier Semifinals, making an important pace towards the league Finals. The win of Denver over Halcones was clearly easier, becase the game ended 75-53. The best performers were Devin Thompson (200-F-80, college: St.Peter's) with 16 points and Gustavo Ramirez (G) with 13 at the winning side, Miguel Torres with 15 puntos, Cesar Alvarez with 14 and David Reyes with 9 among Halcones players.
At the other side, ITCA faced a very harder job in winning over ExSal. The game enede 69-68, and was very battled and close all the time. Milton Martinez led ITCA with 15 pts, Marlon Avila added 11, Guillermo Ochoa (190-F-93) 10. The best in ExSal were Martin Ramos (170-G-92) with 19 and Eduardo Ramos (188-F-79) with 15.



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Kataja and Pyrinto step closer to the Final - by Eurobasket News
Kataja and Pyrinto step closer to the Final as they took 2-0 leads in the series versus their opponents.



Kataja - KTP 77-69

KTP-Basket trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 26-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-77 at the end of the game. 29 personal fouls committed by KTP-Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Darren Fells (201-86, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Clifton Jones (201-78, college: Oregon St.) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for KTP-Basket.
Top scorers:
KTP: C.Jones 19+9reb, J.Fields 18+10reb+4ast, J.Ivey 15+3reb+6ast, S.Barrett 9+10reb, J.Lehtoranta 4+1reb, J.Eskola 2
Kataja: D.Fells 20+6reb+1ast, J.Newson 14+6reb+2ast, S.Lehtoranta 12+3reb+1ast, A.Kanervo 10+4reb+3ast, J.Conley 8+9reb+2ast, J.Sten 8+1reb+1ast


gschID: 126581


Korihait - Pyrinto 79-89

The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Tampereen Pyrinto dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to UU-Korihait's 34. American forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) scored 28 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) chipped in 13 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Korihait: N.Moore 17+9reb+1ast, J.Reaves 16+3reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 14+6reb+5ast, L.Wright 11+7reb+3ast, J.Kumpulainen 9+3reb, M.Jalonen 6+1reb+2ast
Pyrinto: A.Williams 28+7reb+3ast, K.Lowe 20+6reb+2ast, D.Williams 13+14reb+3ast, A.Nikkila 13+10reb+1ast, J.Niemi 5+2reb, A.Lehto 5
gschID: 126582




KORISLIIGA: Basketball was round - again - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, semi-finals, Game # 2: Korihait (Uusikaupunki) and Pyrinto (Tampere) starting the fourth quarter, the game is tied 66-66. The hosts score 10 points in 2:43 minutes and Pyrinto gets only two plus pts. Korihait leading 76-68 with 7:17 to go. And what happens? Korihait does not score a point during the next 6:22 minutes. Pyrinto instead has a 0-15 run and when James Reaves (203-F-82, college: Niagara) finally scores 2+1 pts for Korihait, there are only 55 seconds left on the clock. And Pyrinto wins 79-89 (45-45) after 14 lead changes and 10 ties. Quarters: 19-21, 26-24, 21-21, 13-23. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) leading Korihait with 17pts/9rbs and Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) the visitors with 28pts. Game # 3 on Sunday, April 17, at Tampere.
Korihait - Pyrinto 79-89 (45-45). (Nigel Moore 17, James Reaves 16, Bojan Sarcevic 14/5a - Antwine Williams 28, Kenneth Lowe 20, Damon Williams 13/14). Korihait - Pyrinto 0-2.



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. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 6. Barrett, KTP19.5 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo19.4 
 8. Walker, Kouvot19.4 
 9. Williamson, Honka19.2 
 10. Baxley, Karhu18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Wood, Karhu13.0 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.7 
 6. Young, Tarmo9.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.0 
 8. Vinson, Kouvot9.0 
 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, KTP3.7 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
 9. Fields, KTP3.5 
 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. Wilson, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 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. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 3. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 4. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 5. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.7 
 6. Heinonen, Korihait0.6 
 7. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 8. Blanchard, ToPo0.6 
 9. Wright, Korihait0.6 
 10. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 


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Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.21.5 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus S.18.5 
 4. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 5. Morban, Lirija16.4 
 6. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 7. Mirakovski, Rabot.15.4 
 8. Blazevski, Rabotnicki15.3 
 9. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.2 
 10. Anakievski, Pelist.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Lirija
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Jovanovic, Lirija9.3 
 3. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.8 
 4. Pavlovski, Lirija8.4 
 5. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.7.9 
 7. Chappell, ABA S.7.7 
 8. Jelesijevic, Torus S.7.7 
 9. Rejnerio, Lirija7.6 
 10. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Morban, Lirija5.1 
 2. Kostovski, Torus S.4.8 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.6 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotnicki4.0 
 5. Petrovski, MZT S.4.0 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
 9. Vukotic, Kumanovo.3.1 
 10. Miljkovic, Torus S.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Morban, Lirija1.6 
 3. Petrovski, MZT S.1.6 
 4. Boswell, ABA S.1.5 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.5 
 6. Pupovic, MZT S.1.4 
 7. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.4 
 8. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 9. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.4 
 10. Frye, Feni Indistrija1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.1.8 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.4 
 3. Jelesijevic, Torus S.1.3 
 4. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 5. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 6. Dendra, Rabotnicki1.0 
 7. Simic, Rabotnicki1.0 
 8. Frye, Feni Indistrija0.9 
 9. Krstevski, Torus S.0.9 
 10. Avramovski, MZT S.0.9 


Simic number one in FYR Macedonian Superleague for round 10 - by Eurobasket News
Center Toni Simic (210-C-76) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Rabotnicki, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 34-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Lirija (10-18) with 20-point margin 94-74. Rabotnicki ended as No.3 with 19-9 record and advanced to Playoff Semifinals. In the team's last game Simic had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Rabotnicki's top player in his first season with the team. Toni Simic averages this season 13.8ppg and 7.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old former international Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Torus Skopje. Trajkovski had a very good evening with 34 points and 3 rebounds. It was enough for Torus Skopje to edge slightly lower-ranked ABA Strumica (9-19) 92-88. Torus Skopje's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 17-11 record is not bad at all and they reached the Playoffs. Trajkovski is a newcomer at Torus Skopje, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#3). He also registered 7.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Rabotnicki's star - Geri Dendra. Dendra scored 16 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Rabotnicki, helping his team with a 94-74 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Lirija (#5, 10-18). Dendra has a very solid season. In 13 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 9.5ppg. He also has 7.1rpg and FGP: 53.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) of Feni Indistrija - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. John Chappell (208-C) of ABA Strumica - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jeremiah Boswell (194-G-82) of ABA Strumica - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Zoran Stojanov (202-F/C-85) of ABA Strumica - 19 points and 10 rebounds
8. Miljan Pupovic (209-C/F-83) of MZT Skopje - 19 points and 7 rebounds
9. Jarrid Frye (194-G-85) of Feni Indistrija - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Soler Mavel Rejnerio) of Lirija - 17 points, 8 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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Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 30-2 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 24-8 
 3. ALBA 23-9 
 4. Art.Dragons 21-11 
 5. EnBW L'burg 18-14 
 6. EWE Baskets 18-14 
 7. NY Phantoms 18-14 
 8. Bremerhaven 17-15 
 9. TBB Trier 17-15 
 10. Goettingen 16-15 
 11. Telekom Baskets 14-17 
 12. Phoenix Hagen 14-18 
 13. Walter Tigers 14-18 
 14. ratiopharm 12-20 
 15. Bayreuth 9-23 
 16. MBC 8-24 
 17. LTi 46ers 8-24 
 18. Duesseldorf 6-26 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Wood, Dt.19.1 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.8 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.3 
 4. Harris, EnBW L.16.0 
 5. Ross, MBC15.6 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix .15.3 
 8. Benzing, ratio.15.3 
 9. Allen, ALBA15.2 
 10. Callahan, Bremerha.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.9 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.2 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.1 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.7 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Stevic, EWE B.7.0 
 7. Burtschi, Phoenix .6.9 
 8. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.7 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.6 
 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.4.8 
 6. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.3 
 7. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.3 
 9. Copeland, Bremerha.4.0 
 10. Jordan, LTi 46ers3.9 
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. Ross, MBC1.5 
 4. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.5 
 5. Bailey, Goettingen1.4 
 6. Dorris, Phoenix .1.4 
 7. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 8. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 9. Wise, Telekom .1.3 
 10. Wood, Dt.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.7 
 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. Boumtje, Art.Drag.0.9 
 10. Scott, Goettingen0.9 


It Felt Like Bamberg, But The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were Really 60 Kilometers Away As Danny Gibson Pulled A Dashaun Wood Leading BBC Bayreuth To A 86-79 OT Win - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Having to sport a mohawk as actor Jim Carey momentarily does, 196cm shooting guard Robert Varden being sent to the D-league Tulsa 66ers from the Oklahoma Thunder or Paris Hilton having to pick up her cell and call a hair salon herself for an appointment instead of her assistant are unappropiate and some what undesirable things, but nothing compared to the tears and bitterness that club BBC Bayreuth would have to feel if they were to be relegated to the PRO A. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have not had easy opponents recently facing a depleted, but still defensive fire power in TBB Trier had to face a desperate BBC Bayreuth who with three games to play had a 8-23 record together with The Giessen 46ers and Mitteldeutscher BC. BBC Bayreuth were not going to lay down and play dead like a slightly distraught possum as they came out upsetting the second place Deutsche Bank Skyliners with a hard fought 86-79 win in OT. 'I would rather dress up as a woman than have to go down to a lower league with a team. I think it would be embarrassing to have to go down. People judge you how you play and if you go down, you cant show that you can compete in the first league', stressed 2011 beko BBL MVP DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.). 'I would have to agree with DaShaun Wood on dressing up as a woman as something I dont want to do, but would rather do than have to go down to the second league, but we want to stay in the beko BBL and just wanted it more tonight. We came together as a team and just fought it out', added 2010 Dutch league top scorer Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana).

With the loss, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were unable to secure the second spot in the standings for the season, because Alba Berlin was able to win in Bremerhaven and only have one loss less with two games to go. BBC Bayreuth on the other hand made a huge jump moving from 17th place to 15th place jumping past The Giessen 46ers who lost at home against TBB Trier and the Mitteldeutscher BC that were defeated at home by The Walter Tigers Tuebingen. BBC Bayreuth have shown their strength at home this seeing compared to on the road winning their 7th game in the friendly Oberfranken Halle in Bayreuth and now can clinch a berth for next season in the beko BBL with a victory in Duesseldorf Sunday. 'This was our biggest win of the season, but it only means something if we can win in Duesseldorf on Sunday. This was a huge confidence booster and we need to prove that we can win on the road', added ex Nordlingen Giant Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana). It was nos ecret that BBC Bayreuth might be the most talented 17th placed team ever to play in the beko BBL. 'You have to give them a lot of credit. They are fighting to stay in the league and can beat any team on a good night. They deserve to stay in the league. It was a playoff atmosphere and we stayed together. However we were leading by 10 points in the third quarter and we made some bad offensive plays and let them back into the game', stressed Skyliner point guard DaShaun Wood. Bamberg may have the loudest arena in the beko BBL, but the Oberfranken halle in Bayreuth isnt far behind. 'The atmosphere was amazing. I dont think that it gets any better than this. It was like a playoff atmosphere. It was tough playing in this arena and their crowd had a big effect on the game', commented Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). 'I dont know if Frankfurt was shaken by the atmosphere, but our fans helped us get back into the game in the second half', stressed ex NBA player Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa). 'I think the atmosphere was normal, but this is the loudest that I have heard anywhere that I have played in Europe', warned Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana). 'This was one of the loudest arenas that I have played in Europe', warned DaShaun Wood.

The Oberfranken Halle reminded one a bit of the old Hardberg Halle where the Telekom Baskets Bonn played before moving into the new Telekom Dome a few years ago. Even though the game was a type of do or die game for BBC Bayreuth, the mood was still chilled before the tip off as Skyliner German Dominik Bahiesne De Mello was chatting with BBC Bayreuth big men Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89) and Phillip Heyden and on the other side of the court, Skyliner forward Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) and Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa) seemed to be in a deep conversation. 'I know Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) from the NCAA days when I played at Iowa and he played at Illinois. We were Big Ten rivals and even toured Europe with an All Star team France and Belgium. Actually Powell, Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) and I all played for Murcia in Spain, but not at the same time. They both did a great job inside using their mobile bodies', stressed ex Brose Baskets Bamberg center Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa).

The arena was sold out as 4,000 people witnessed the last home game and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners quickly felt the strong support in terms of noise. In the first 3-4 minutes, Frankfurt had big problems finding their rhythm on offense as BBC Bayreuth led 6-2. Ex North Carolina Tar Heel Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) got their first points on the fast break, Ekene Ibekwe made free throws and Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa) a tip in. Frankfurt was having problems executing in their set plays and being forced to shoot more from outside than inside, but they were quickly ruling the boards. Frankfurt then took their first lead 7-6 going on a 5-0 run as it was Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) that was controlling the offensive boards with two put backs. After Ginyard made one free throw to knot the game at 7-7, Frankfurt went on a mini 5-0 run as Jimmy Mckinney dropped a bomb from the corner and Skyliner center Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) barreled around Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa) making a lay in as Frankfurt led 12-7. However runs seemed to be on the menu as it was the turn of BBC Bayreuth as they went on a 6-0 run to retake the lead 13-12. American Jaivon Harris (197-G-82, college: Ohio) who waited 7 seasons to reach the beko BBL hit a three pointer and Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa) made a mid distance jumper over Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Gibson made a free throw. Frankfurt fought their way to retake the lead as Jevohn Shepherd made two free throws and Jimmy Mckinney made his second three pointer of the first quarter. After one quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had the slim 17-15 lead. 'We had a slow start. Maybe the crowd had something to do with it. Mckinney made some big shots and we got good shots, but sometimes luck isnt there', added Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). Frankfurt was shooting 35% from the field and 33% from outside while BBC Bayreuth was shooting 33% from the field and 33% from outside. Frankfurt had the overwhelming 16-7 rebound edge, but five turnovers while BBC Bayreuth had three turnovers.

In the second quarter, big German talent Simon Schmitz (188-G-90) came off the bench used his energy and hit a massive three pointer as BBC Bayreuth retook the lead 18-17. Both teams then went on lightening runs started by The Deutsche Bank Skyliners who blasted away on a 6-0 run to lead 23-18 as captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) hit an open three pointer as did Jevohn Shepherd. However BBC Bayreuth didnt allow Frankfurt to break away as they went on a 5-0 run to tie the game at 23-23. Gibson penetrated into the lane getting by Roller and Jaivon Harris (197-G-82, college: Ohio) scored inside coming in hard from the wing as the help side was unable to recover in time. The game continued to be a game of runs as now it was the turn of Frankfurt who escaped on a 8-0 run to quietly break away and lead 31-23. The Frankfurt offense was rolling in this run as the club found many different ways to score. The run was started by an open jumper from Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). The ball found 8 players and to this moment in the game was the best exhibit of Frankfurt ball movement. DaShaun Wood then scored with one of his many options as he decided on his hesitation step back jumper, Mckinney then nailed a pull up jumper as confidence was beaming in his eyes as current Schalke goal keeper Manuel Neuer who has the soccer world in his arms at the moment. Then it was Wood again who found space in the lane and easily scored looking like an Easter stroll in the park. BBC Bayreuth was able not allow Frankfurt to extend their lead as former Michigan standout Drew Neitzel (183-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) hit a fade away jumper over Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) and Reiner socred inside again. Frankfurt led 35-27 with a minute to go before halftime, but let BBC Bayreuth come back with a mini 4-0 run as Pistol Pete Campbell hit a catch and pop and Harris scored inside. At halftime, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had the 35-31 lead. 'We continued to rebound very well, but the 4-0 BBC Bayreuth run at the end of the second quarter hurt us', stressed Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 39% from the field and 31% from the three point line while BBC Bayreuth was shooting 41% from the field and 22% from the three point line. Frankfurt still had the big 24-14 rebound edge, but seven turnovers while BBC Bayreuth had five turnovers.

The third quarter has been the sore spot this season for BBC Bayreuth as they have had problems coming back on the court and letting teams go on runs. This time, it looked like BBC Bayreuth might start their own run as they came out with a high intensity as Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana) nailed a three pointer which was followed by a Super Tez air ball as Frankfurt still led 35-34. However The Deutsche Bank Skyliners then suddenly awoke making their break out going on a 14-5 run to lead 49-39. In this run, DaShaun Wood sparkled with 9 points, 2 assists and one monster block and sharp shooter Pete Campbell (201-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler) Wood scored three times on the fast break and hit a three pointer. Powell and Robertson also gave stability in this run scoring inside. However Frankfurt was unable to keep this comfortable lead as BBC Bayreuth fought back going on a 11-2 run to trail only 51-50 and their aspiration of beko BBL was in their dreams again. Neitzel was huge in this run making seven points as he scored inside twice including a floater bank shot and a huge three pointer. Gibson made a huge three pointer despite a Mckinney in his face. Frankfurt had costly mistakes, offensive fouls and a missed two handed jam by Super Tez. Muurinen closed out the third quarter with an off balance bank shot and Schmitz made two free throws as Frankfurt still had their nose in front 53-52. 'The third quarter continued to controlled by runs. Wood was huge in this quarter', added Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 29% from the parking lot, while BBC Bayreuth was shooting 45% from the field and 33% from the parking lot. Frankfurt still had the massive rebound edge of 29-20. Frankfurt had 10 turnovers and BBC Bayreuth eight turnovers.

The fourth quarter was lo scoring, but the intensity of both teams seemed to have skyrocketed a bit as the fans were witnessing a real old fashioned grudge match on the basketball court. In the first few minutes of the fourth quarter, neither team was able to produce a field goal as free throws were made instead. After BBC Bayreuth had the lead for a short time, Frankfurt was able to regain the lead as Shepherd scored free throws and Powell made another offensive rebound and put back for the 58-55 Frankfurt advantage. However It was Drew Neitzel (183-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) again burring a seemingly impossible shot as Mckinney was in his face tying the score at 58-58. Gibson then scored inside as BBC Bayreuth led 61-58. Frankfurt needed a spark plug and who else than DaShaun Wood to fill the call of duty. Wood scored inside as the game was tied 61-61. Neitzel then gave BBC Bayreuth the lead again 63-61 with an important pull up jumper. However it was Wood again making his second consecutive basket displaying an incredibly beautiful cross over past Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana) who was searching for his jock strap in the dust by road runner DaShaun Wood. The game was dead locked again 63-63 as the excitement kept increasing. Then it was the Frankfurt duo of Powell/Moss who helped stop two consecutive BBC Bayreuth attacks inside on Ibekwe and Neitzel, but they were unable to compensate on offense with buckets. 'It was difficult to keep Powell and Moss off the boards', added Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana). 'Powell and Moss did a good job on reiner and Ibekwe who are always capable of having big games', stressed DaShaun Wood. BBC Bayreuth then had some luck as Robertson missed two free throws and Ibekwe and Ginyard hit at the free throw line as BBC Bayreuth led 67-63. Powell then scored inside cutting the BBC Bayreuth lead to 67-65 with 30 seconds to play. Campbell then made one free throw as BBC Bayreuth led 68-65. Wood then nailed a three pointer at the top of the key with 6,3 seconds to play to tie the game at 68-68. Frankfurt then forced a BBC Bayreuth turnover in the next inbound play and got the ball back with 6,3 seconds to play. Wood missed a floater in the lane sending the game into overtime. 'Wood hit big shots at the end and Powell and Moss stepped up on defense', commented Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR).

The over time started well for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as Powell got set up nicely ba Wood for two points as Frankfurt led 70-68. However the story of the game as in so many games each weekend were runs and BBC Bayreuth elected a super time for an 8-0 run to lead 76-70. Reiner scored inside, Gibson did what Wood usually does scoring in an important phase and Campbell nailed an open three pointer that Mckinney did in Trier last weekend. Wood missed two shots in this run. 'They made one easy lay up and just hit tough shots. We struggled getting inside and took too many outside shots', stressed Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). Frankfurt continued to fight as Powell made free throws to cut the BBC Bayreuth lead to 78-74, but Frankfurt was unable to get big stops as it was Gibson again that scored this time past Wood as BBC Bayreuth led 80-74. 'Gibson played well making big shots. He made the plays at the end that I normally would of made', added DaShaun Wood. 'Wood had a good game and is one of best guards in league. I wanted to measure up against him and made the big plays at the end', said Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana). BBC Bayreuth then caught Frankfurt not getting back quickly on the full court press as Campbell snuck around it scoring an easy hoop as BBC Bayreuth led 82-76. Then it was GIbson again that nailed a giant three pointer to seal the 86-79 victory for BBC Bayreuth. 'I think that at times were to uptight and some guys passed up shots. We werent aggressive enough enough', warned DaShaun Wood. 'We always believed that we could win this game. Even after we came back form 10 down, we stayed together as a team', added Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana). 'They wanted to win more than we did. We missed too many shots. Our field goal and free throw percentage was really bad', added Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by DaShaun Wood with 29 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) chipped in with 17 points and 10 rebounds. BBC Bayreuth were led by Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana) with 22 points. Drew Neitzel (183-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) produced 14 points. Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa) added 13 points and ten rebounds. Jaivon Harris (197-G-82, college: Ohio) chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds. Frankfurt doesnt have much time to dwell over this loss as The Telekom Baskets arrive in less than 48 hours on Sunday. 'We need to take this fighting attitude into the Bonn game. This has won us many games this season. We will have to shoot better than we did in Bayreuth', stressed Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). 'Bonn is a good offensive team. We will have to control Nic Wise and their three point shooters. We want to win this game to lock up second place. This is a big game since it is our last home game', warned DaShaun Wood. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Telekom Baskets Bonn April 17th at 17:00.


1.Bundesliga Round 32 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
BBC Bayreuth (9-23) survived in overtime against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (24-8) by seven points 86-79 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Deutsche Bank Skyliners. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Danny Gibson who scored 22 points and 5 assists. BBC Bayreuth's coach Andreas Wagner used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. BBC Bayreuth moved-up to fifteenth place. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the second position with eight games lost. BBC Bayreuth will face bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (#18) in Duesseldorf in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play at home against Telekom Baskets (#11) in Bonn.

Rest of the games of round 32 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
ratiopharm was defeated by Duesseldorf in a road game 79-66. Art.Dragons smashed Telekom Baskets at home 87-68. NY Phantoms lost to EnBW L'burg on the opponent's court 74-90. LTi 46ers unfortunately lost to TBB Trier in a home game 53-63. Walter Tigers rolled over MBC on the road 79-57. Goettingen defeated Phoenix Hagen on its own court 99-90. Brose Baskets beat EWE Baskets in Bamberg 83-78. Bremerhaven lost to ALBA at home 83-100.
The best stats of 32th round was 17 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists by Chris Oliver of Walter Tigers.



Duesseldorf - ratiopharm 79-66

There was an upset in Duesseldorf where higher ranked ratiopharm Ulm (12-20) was defeated by bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (6-26) 79-66 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 13 points. Gloria Giants made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St.) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Lithuanian forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and international forward Robin Benzing (208-89) added 14 points and 5 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gloria Giants maintains eighteenth position with 6-26 record. ratiopharm Ulm lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 20 games lost. Gloria Giants will face higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#15) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
ratiopharm: R.Benzing 14+4reb+5ast, J.Bryant 13+10reb+1ast, C.Collins 13+6reb, T.Mason-Griffin 7+2reb+4ast, L.Humphrey 6+4reb+1ast, S.Betz 6+4reb
Duesseldorf: D.Haynes 19+6reb+5ast, L.Kisielius 15+6reb+3ast, S.Wright 12+2reb+3ast, G.Watt 9+3reb+1ast, R.Brempong 8+9reb+1ast, M.Petric 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 93163


Art.Dragons - Telekom Baskets 87-68

No shocking result in a game in Quakenbrueck where fourth ranked Artland Dragons (21-11) smashed 11th ranked Telekom Baskets (14-17) 87-68 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-68. The best player for the winners was American center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Cameroonian center Ruben Boumtje (212-78, college: Georgetown) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Five Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. American forward Jacob Jaacks (208-77, college: Iowa, agency: Interperformances) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and international power forward Tim Ohlbrecht (211-88) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Artland Dragons maintains fourth position with 21-11 record. Telekom Baskets lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Artland Dragons will face Phoenix Hagen (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Telekom Baskets will play against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: J.Jaacks 13+5reb, N.Wise 11+2reb+1ast, P.Flomo 9+2reb, T.Ohlbrecht 9+7reb+2ast, J.Hunt 8+3reb+2ast, F.Thulig 8+4reb+2ast
Art.Dragons: D.Fenn 19+6reb+5ast, N.Peavy 13+7reb, T.Rice 13+3reb+5ast, R.Boumtje 11+12reb, J.Strasser 10+1reb, B.Bailey 10+3reb+4ast
gschID: 93159


EnBW L'burg - NY Phantoms 90-74

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (18-14) were defeated on the road by eighth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (18-14) 90-74 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 49-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. EnBW Ludwigsburg made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. New Yorker Phantoms were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Jerry Green (191-80, college: Cal-Irvine) who scored 17 points and 8 assists. Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) produced 17 points and American-Puerto Rican guard Kevin Hamilton (193-84, college: Holy Cross, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. EnBW Ludwigsburg have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with NY Phantoms and EWE Baskets. EnBW Ludwigsburg will face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. New Yorker Phantoms will play at home against TBB Trier (#9).
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: B.Thomas 17+3reb+1ast, K.Hamilton 13+3reb+4ast, L.Greer 12+2reb, M.Goree 11+4reb, K.Visser 7+3reb+2ast, N.Mittmann 5+1ast
EnBW L'burg: A.Harris 21+1ast, J.Green 17+1reb+8ast, D.Zavackas 13+8reb+1ast, R.Rickert 12+2reb, T.Bailey 10+7reb+1ast, J.Bowler 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 93160


Bayreuth - Dt.Bank SKY 86-79 OT

BBC Bayreuth (9-23) survived in overtime against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (24-8) by seven points 86-79 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Deutsche Bank Skyliners. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-15 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. Deutsche Bank Skyliners were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana, agency: Limelight Hoops) who scored 22 points and 5 assists. Center Jared Reiner (211-82, college: Iowa, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four BBC Bayreuth players scored in double figures. BBC Bayreuth's coach Andreas Wagner used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) produced 29 points and 9 rebounds and forward Roger Powell (198-83, college: Illinois, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. BBC Bayreuth moved-up to fifteenth place. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the second position with eight games lost. BBC Bayreuth will face bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (#18) in Duesseldorf in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play at home against Telekom Baskets (#11) in Bonn.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY: D.Wood 29+9reb+3ast, R.Powell 17+10reb, J.Shepherd 8+7reb, J.McKinney 8+3reb+1ast, K.Muurinen 6+5reb, Q.Robertson 4+4reb
Bayreuth: D.Gibson 22+4reb+5ast, D.Neitzel 14+1reb+2ast, J.Reiner 13+10reb+1ast, M.Ginyard 10+7reb+2ast, P.Campbell 8+1reb, J.Harris 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93161


LTi 46ers - TBB Trier 53-63

Very predictable result in Giessen where tenth ranked TBB Trier (17-15) beat 16th ranked LTi 46ers (8-24) 63-53 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by TBB Trier. LTi 46ers was better in third quarter 19-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding LTi 46ers to just 4 points in first quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) who scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 15 points. American swingman Maurice Jeffers (194-79, college: St.Louis) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (211-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. TBB Trier moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bremerhaven. LTi 46ers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 24 games lost. TBB Trier will face higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (#7) in Braunschweig in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LTi 46ers will play at home against Mitteldeutscher BC (#16) in Weissenfels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LTi 46ers: M.Jeffers 14+5reb+2ast, Z.Peacock 8+4reb+1ast, J.Freese 7+2reb+2ast, M.Jordan 7+3reb+1ast, E.Ovcina 6+7reb, A.Smith 5+3reb+1ast
TBB Trier: D.Joyce 16+5reb+6ast, B.Stewart 15+2reb, M.Zirbes 9+5reb, P.Zwiener 8+2reb+1ast, O.Fassler 5+1reb, J.Bynum 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 93162


MBC - Walter Tigers 57-79

Not a big story in a game in Weissenfels where 15th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (8-24) was outplayed by thirteenth ranked Walter Tigers (14-18) 79-57 on Friday. The game without a history. Walter Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Mitteldeutscher BC's 32. They outrebounded Mitteldeutscher BC 40-25 including a 31-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. Russian center Anatoly Kashirov (215-87) chipped in 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) produced 14 points and 4 assists and Canadian-Serbian center Velimir Radinovic (212-81, college: Ohio St.) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Walter Tigers moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Phoenix Hagen. Loser Mitteldeutscher BC dropped to the sixteenth position with 24 games lost. Walter Tigers will face higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#8) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against LTi 46ers (#17) in Giessen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MBC: R.Ross 14+3reb+4ast, V.Radinovic 13+2reb+2ast, W.Bernard 9+3reb+1ast, R.Pilcevic 8+2reb, G.Grunheid 5+6reb+1ast, S.Leutloff 4+4reb
Walter Tigers: A.Kashirov 20+4reb+1ast, C.Oliver 17+17reb+4ast, J.Herber 8+2ast, D.Watts 8+7reb+1ast, N.Simon 6+3reb+1ast, B.Ratkovica 6+3reb+6ast
gschID: 93157


Goettingen - Phoenix Hagen 99-90

Everything went according to plan when tenth ranked BG Goettingen (16-15) won against at home 12th ranked Phoenix Hagen (14-18) 99-90 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-90. BG Goettingen dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Phoenix Hagen's 34. BG Goettingen forced 20 Phoenix Hagen turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova, agency: Interperformances) who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Louis Dale (180-88, college: Cornell) chipped in 19 points. Guard Mark Dorris (188-85, college: Marshall) produced 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and guard David Bell (186-81, college: Montana, agency: Impact Basketball) added 24 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BG Goettingen maintains tenth position with 16-15 record. Loser Phoenix Hagen keeps the twelfth place with 18 games lost. BG Goettingen will face higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Phoenix Hagen will play against Artland Dragons (#4) in Quakenbrueck.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: D.Bell 24+3reb+2ast, Q.Pryor 19+8reb+2ast, J.Burtschi 19+7reb+2ast, M.Dorris 17+5reb+7ast, M.Terwilliger 6+3reb+2ast, D.Spohr 3
Goettingen: D.Anderson 23+8reb+2ast, L.Dale 19+1reb+3ast, T.Meacham 13+1reb+2ast, J.Boone 13+7reb+3ast, M.Scott 10+2reb, K.Bailey 8+3reb+8ast
gschID: 93158


EWE Baskets - Brose Baskets 78-83

There was no surprise in Oldenburg where 6th ranked EWE Baskets (18-14) were defeated by first ranked Brose Baskets (30-2) 83-78 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 26-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Brose Baskets made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. American swingman Casey Jacobsen (198-81, college: Stanford) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the former international center Christopher McNaughton (211-82, college: Bucknell, agency: Pro One Sports) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brose Baskets have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 30-2 record. Loser EWE Baskets dropped to the fifth place with 14 games lost. Brose Baskets will face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#5) at home in the next round. EWE Baskets will play against ratiopharm Ulm.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: C.McNaughton 19+6reb+1ast, O.Stevic 16+11reb+1ast, M.Lukauskis 14+5reb+6ast, R.Paulding 13+2reb, E.Gill 9+2reb+8ast, L.Campbell 5
Brose Baskets: C.Jacobsen 18+6reb, A.Gavel 15+2reb+2ast, T.Pleiss 14+13reb, R.Terry 11+6reb+1ast, P.Suput 7+4reb+1ast, K.Hines 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93155


Bremerhaven - ALBA 83-100

No shocking result in a game when third ranked ALBA Berlin (23-9) defeated on the road 7th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (17-15) 100-83 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-83. ALBA Berlin shot 62.5 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 27 points and 5 assists. International forward Yassin Idbihi (208-83, college: Buffalo) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). ALBA Berlin's coach Muli Katzurin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma) produced 20 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Court Side) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Five ALBA Berlin and four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 23-9 record having seven points less than leader Brose Baskets. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven dropped to the eighth place with 15 games lost. ALBA Berlin will face BG Goettingen (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: T.Everett 20+4reb+6ast, C.Callahan 17+4reb, A.Drevo 16+1reb, P.Schwethelm 13+1reb+3ast, J.Brewer 5+3reb+6ast, S.Denison 4+4reb+3ast
ALBA: J.Jenkins 27+3reb+5ast, B.Taylor 17+3reb+2ast, Y.Idbihi 15+5reb+3ast, T.Dragicevic 11+2reb+3ast, T.Rochestie 10+1reb+5ast, H.Schaffartzik 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 93156




Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons) I Think we Have To get Back To Playing Solid Defense With More Energy - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) is a 30 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 9th professional basketball season playing his fourth with The Artland Dragons. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17games averaging 18.1ppg,5.3rpg,2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. Last season, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. He sat down and spoke with Eurobasket about basketball.

The Artland Dragons are on a 2 game losing streak since the Top 4 weekend. What have been the biggest problems since then?

I think we have to get back to playing solid defense and with more energy. I think we came out very flat in the Berlin game and that carried over to the game against MBC.

The next game is against The Telekom Baskets Bonn. What has been your impression of the team this season?

Bonn is a good team that has had an up and down year. They've had some injuries throughout the year that have hurt them from becoming a better team.

Are you surprised that Bonn might not reach the playoffs?

I'm a little bit surprised. I definitely thought Bonn was a team that would be in the playoffs at the beginning of the season.

How much does the injury to Robert Kurz hurt the team? How will it compensate his loss?

It definitely hurts our team. Rob helped us on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Everyone will have to step up with him out. We've played without different players this season, so it's not something that is new for our team.

What will be key to getting win besides controling Nic Wood from getting in the lane too much?

We will have to do a good job of controlling the boards and limiting their second chance points.

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?

I don't think that he deserved technicals on all his reactions to calls, but I think he will have to change if he wants to avoid getting suspended. It's not good for the league if superstar players are missing games, because of technical fouls.

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

I think Derrick Rose is going to win the MVP award. If his team finished better in the regular season, I think he would have had a shot at winning it.

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

I don't think he would make the Heat a better team.


Thanks Bryan for the chat.


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Razis for try-outs in Aris Thessalonikis - by Chris Mammides
One of the biggest talents of the Cyprus Basketball, the player that was voted for three consecutive years as the best U21 Basketball player of the Cyprus League, Christopher Razis (193-F-89) has been called by Slobodan Subotic , the Head Coach of Aris Thessalonikis for Try-outs in the team of Thessaloniki.
The international shooting guard started the season with the team of Keravnos Strovolou Strovolou but in December of 2010 and after the decision of the Greek Head Coach Memos Ioannou , was given on a loan to the team of ENAD Agiou Dometiou where he earn some quality time in the court and was among the stand outs of the Cyprus team.
Christopher Razis started his career from Keravnos Strovolou as he is a member of the Strovolos team since the age of 8, he passed through all the age groups, and the last two seasons is a member of the Mens team of Keravnos Strovolou.
He comes from a sports family as his father was a truck athlete, his mother was a handball player and his older brother is currently a basketball player in a second division team in the Cyprus league.
It is worth mentioned the fact that Christopher Razis is an owner of a Greek passport so if his try-outs are positive and Slobodan Subotic gives the 'Green light' to the young Cypriot International, to be selected for Aris for the coming (or even this season) he will be playing as a Greek player and not as a Bosman which is an advantage for the Greek team.
Lastly, in the team of Aris Thessalonikis the Cypriot Razis will find another Cypriot, Aleksandros Vezenkov (204-F/G-95) who is a member of the U21 team of Aris Thessalonikis since the last summer.
Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the young Cypriot guard.



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Israeli Premier League round 26 best performance: Chuck Eidson - by Eurobasket News
American swingman Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Maccabi T-A, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, four rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Elitzur Netanya (#8, 9-17) with 32-point margin 92-60. It allowed Maccabi T-A to consolidate first place in the Israeli Premier League. Maccabi T-A has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 24-1. In the team's last game Eidson had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Maccabi T-A and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Chuck Eidson averages this season 8.8ppg and 4.3apg.

The second best player in last round's games was young American Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90) of Maccabi Haifa. Landesberg had a very good evening with 22 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Maccabi Haifa was edged by the higher-ranked Bnei Hasharon (#4, 15-11) 92-90. Maccabi Haifa managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Maccabi Haifa managed to get this year. Landesberg is a newcomer at Maccabi Haifa, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Josh Duncan (203-C/F-86) of Maccabi Ashdod (#6). Duncan scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Maccabi Ashdod, leading his team to a 86-78 win against the higher-ranked Hapoel J-M (#3, 15-11). Maccabi Ashdod needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 13 lost games. Duncan has a great season in Israel. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.1ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 7.3rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gal Mekel (193-PG-88) of Galil Gilboa - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Warren Carter (205-F/C-85) of Galil Gilboa - 21 points and 10 rebounds
6. Brian Randle (203-F-85) of Hapoel J-M - 15 points and 11 rebounds
7. Raymar Morgan (202-F/C-88) of Maccabi Rishon - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shmuel Brener (188-PG-81) of Elitzur Netanya - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Josh Carter (201-F/G-88) of Maccabi Ashdod - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Shawn James (208-C/F-83) of Bnei Hasharon - 7 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  ITALY   


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.2 
 2. Thomas, Air AV18.3 
 3. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.3 
 4. Roberson, Enel B.16.1 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.15.8 
 6. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.14.9 
 8. Goss, Cimberio VA14.8 
 9. Troutman, Air AV14.6 
 10. Lavrinovic, Montepas.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.3 
 2. Davis, Banca Tercas8.5 
 3. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 4. Jones, Pepsi C.8.2 
 5. Homan, CS Bologna8.1 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.0 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.9 
 8. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.4 
 9. Suton, Angelico BI7.4 
 10. Sekulic, Vanoli CR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Green, Air AV6.8 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.7 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.4 
 4. Collins, Scavolin.3.9 
 5. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.9 
 6. Goss, Cimberio VA3.8 
 7. Green, Bennet Cantu3.7 
 8. Zoroski, Banca T.3.7 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.5 
 10. Rannikko, Cimberio.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.1 
 2. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 3. Thomas, Air AV2.7 
 4. Green, Air AV2.7 
 5. Stonerook, Montepas.2.7 
 6. Ortner, Bennet C.2.5 
 7. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 8. Goss, Cimberio VA2.5 
 9. Hawkins, Armani MI2.5 
 10. White, Dinamo Sassari2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.2 
 2. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 3. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.2 
 4. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.2 
 5. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.0 
 6. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 7. Szewczyk, Air AV1.0 
 8. Polonara, Banca T.1.0 
 9. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 
 10. Homan, CS Bologna0.8 


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LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 21-6 
 2. VEF Riga 18-9 
 3. Liepaja 18-10 
 4. Valmiera 17-10 
 5. Barons 17-10 
 6. Zemgale 9-19 
 7. Turiba 6-22 
 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, Turiba13.8 
 8. Vaikulis, Liepaja13.4 
 9. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.3 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Mednis, Turiba7.9 
 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, Turiba5.7 
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. Carter, Ventspils4.3 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.1 
 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. Mitchell, Liepaja1.7 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 5. Gabrans, Valmiera1.7 
 6. Cavars, Barons1.7 
 7. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 8. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 9. Slisans, LU1.6 
 10. Efejuku, Ventspils1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 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 2 of Semi-Finals. BAA Riga become first finalists - by Eurobasket News
BAA Riga - Jurmala 69-67

BAA Riga became the first LBL D2 finalists. They swept the semifinal series versus Jurmala. Ingus Jakovics (180-G-93) scored 18 points to pace the effort. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 25-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kaspars Raiskums (202-F-84, agency: Promotex) responded with 21 points, 5 assists and 4 boards in the loss.
gschID: 126535


Gulbene - Ventspils Aug. 86-72

Gulbene avoided elimination edging Ventspils Augustskola at home court. Mikus Sokolovs (194-G-89) tallied 27 points, 12 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Ingars Aizpurs (193-F-92) provided 18 points in the victory. Ventspils Augstskola was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 46-30 second half run of Gulbene. Martins Rugajs (193-G-91) and Ervins Jonats (198-F-91) replied with 17 points apiece in defeat.
gschID: 126536




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  LEBANON   


Draw completed for 22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup - by Maarouf Mawloud
Hosts Smart Gilas, comprising the core of the Philippines National Team, have been drawn in Group A of the Preliminary Round for the 22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup which will tip off the FIBA Asia calendar for 2011.

The 22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup, Asias premier event for club teams, will be held at the Filipino capital from May 28 June 5.

Ten top club teams from various FIBA Asia National Federations will match wits in the nine-day bash aiming to become the Champion club team in Asia.

The draw was conducted by FIBA Asia Deputy Secretary General Hagop Khajirian at Manila on Friday.

Among other dignitaries attending the draw were former SBP President Manuel V. Pangilinan, former FIBA Asia Secretary General Mauricio C. Martelino, SBP Executive Director Renauld N. Barrios.

Also present were Ambassadors of Lebanon and Iran to Philippines, representatives of Embassy of Qatar and the coach of the Malaysian National team.

Mahram in high-voltage battle

Iranian giants Mahram are on a quest for an unprecedented three-peat of FIBA Asia Champions Cup titles, but their task is uphill right from the word go.

For, pitted along with the Iranians in Group B for the Preliminary Round, are last years runners-up Al Rayyan of Qatar.

And if that is not sufficient, the two are joined by WABA heavyweights representing Lebanon and Syria besides Emirates club Al Shabab.

The representatives from Lebanon and Syria will be known at the end of the WABA League 2011, the qualifying event for the 22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup, said Khajirian, also the Secretary General of the West Asian Basketball Association, a sub zone of FIBA Asia.

Smart Gilas, who made their first foray on the international scene at the 20th FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta two years ago, have made rapid progress under former Iran coach Toroman Rajko and are aiming for a top finish at the 26th FIBA Asia Champions Cup later this year.

The hosts will go up against Asean Basketball League semifinalists KL Dragons of Malaysia, Jordanian outfit ASU, a top club team representing the BJ League from Japan and the representative of FIBA Asia Sub zone Middle Asia.

The Japanese Basketball Association is in talks with BJ-League teams Ryukyu Okinawa and Rizing Fukuoka and one them will be confirmed soon, Khajirian said.

It will also mark the return of an East Asian team to the FIBA Asia Champions Cup fray after a gap of one year.

Koreas Sangmoo, who finished seventh at the 2009 FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Jakarta, were the last East Asian team to take part.

Each will team will play all the others once in the group to identify the top four teams from each group for the Quarterfinal Play-offs.


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  LITHUANIA   


Techasas sign Egidijus Dimsa before the playoffs - by Deividas Valiunas
Before Lithuania league playoffs started, Panevezys Techasas add former Nevezis Kedainiai star Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) for the remainder of the season. Big man played in 24 games with the Nevezis Kedainiai of the LKL this season, averaging 16 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.5 bpg in 27 minutes.
He also played 24 games of the BBL and averaged 15 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.
Techasas also want to sign contracts with former Aisciai Kaunas players - Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89) and Povilas Cukinas (210-C-83).




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


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  NBA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.7 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.25.3 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.3 
 6. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.25.0 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas 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 Lakers10.2 
 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.8.3 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.2 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.2 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.7.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.2 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 5. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 7. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 8. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 4. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 6. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.0 
 7. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippers1.8 


Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson pushing to keep the Kings - by Eurobasket News
Saying 'some things are worth fighting for,' Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is hoping to persuade NBA owners to keep the Kings in his city.

Kings owners Joe Maloof and Gavin Maloof are considering a move to Anaheim and must file a relocation application with the league by Monday. The league's owners are meeting in New York the next two days, and Johnson arrived Thursday to make a presentation in front of them.

Johnson says he will stress the viability of the Sacramento market to the owners and remind them of the Kings' success in the city over the last 26 years. A former NBA All-Star, Johnson says Sacramento is in a playoff game against Anaheim, adding that he doesn't 'believe the grass is greener in Anaheim than it is in Sacramento.'

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


Manu Ginobili has right elbow sprain, doubtful for start of playoffs - by Eurobasket News
San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) had an MRI earlier today in San Antonio. The MRI showed that he has a right elbow sprain.

The injury occurred in the first quarter of last nights Spurs-Suns game.

Ginobili has already begun his rehabilitation process and will be listed as doubtful for Game 1 of the Spurs-Grizzlies series, which is scheduled for noon on Sunday at the AT&T Center.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Bobcats' Jordan ready to spend on free agents? - by Eurobasket News
If the 34-48 Charlotte Bobcats had won four more games this season, the team would have made it into the playoffs. Team owner Michael Jordan (6'7''-F-63, college: N.Carolina) is aiming not only to get there but to be among the top teams.

Jordan told the Charlotte Observer that he wants free agents to think of the Bobcats as a destination: 'I don't want people to think we're not willing to spend,' says Jordan, according to the paper. 'I want to spend money for a team that's going to get us in the top four [in the Eastern Conference], the top three.'

This summer, the Bobcats could lose six players to free agency. Kwame Brown, Dominic McGuire, Nazr Mohammed and Joel Przybilla all become unrestricted free agents. Boris Diaw (notes) has the option to do the same, and Dante Cunningham will be a restricted free agent.

'This is the first time we feel like we're going to have a pretty good summer because we have some flexibility,' Jordan said, according to the Observer. 'We want to invest. To get where we have to go, we know we have to.'

Courtesy of Yahoo


Knicks center Turiaf may turn to 'trim' tactic for playoffs - by Eurobasket News
Some players grow playoff beards. Knicks center Ronny Turiaf (6'10''-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) plans to do the opposite.

Turiaf has worn his trademark Abe Lincoln-length beard since his college days at Gonzaga, but he plans either to shave it off for the playoffs or trim it real close.

Perhaps Turiaf, whom coach Mike DAntoni has named the starting center for the playoffs, is trying to scare Bostons Shaquille ONeal, who practiced yesterday for the Celtics and may suit up in Game 1.

ONeals status is a bigger hot-button issue in Beantown than the Red Soxs collapse. ONeal, who is battling a calf strain, has played just five minutes since early February and has been given the nickname - The Big Reason to Trade Kendrick Perkins.

If ONeal can get healthy, the Knicks could be in trouble because of their lack of size exemplified by the 6-foot-8 Turiaf.

You dont count out Shaq, Turiaf said. He still can be very effective and someone you have to account for.

ONeals status for Sundays Game 1 still is up in the air. Doc Rivers said he cant guarantee ONeal will play.

DAntoni has tabbed Turiaf, an unskilled offensive player, to add defensive toughness at the Knicks weakest position. Turiaf endured a roller-coaster season in which he missed 19 games with various leg issues and has been in and out of the starting lineup.

Toughness is very important, DAntoni said, but the most important thing is possessing a full understanding of our defensive concepts.

DAntoni chose Turiaf over Shelden Williams even before Williams sprained his ankle Wednesday in the regular-season finale in Boston.

I think we play better with Ronny on the floor, DAntoni said.

* Amare Stoudemire, appearing on the Regis & Kelly show, claimed he has a barbershop and recording studio in his $37,500-a-month apartment in the Meatpacking District. One of the reasons DAntoni has cited for not holding home morning shootarounds is Stoudemires commute from Manhattan.

Stoudemire added about the Celts, Most of the guys are 30 and up, but theyre definitely a veteran team. Theyve been in the playoffs many years and have won championships before.

* According to Ben Kessler of Seatgeek.com, which computes tickets on the secondary market, Sundays Knicks-Celtics Game 1 has the highest demand for the first round, with the highest average ticket price $287.

* Williams said the Celtics were interested in re-signing him last summer, but he chose the Nuggets while they negotiated with ONeal and Jermaine ONeal. Boston wanted me back but I couldnt wait it out.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


Jackson, Lakers fined $150K for lockout - by Eurobasket News
Kobe Bryant hurls a gay slur and gets slapped with a $100,000 fine.

Now Kobe's coach, Phil Jackson, has incurred $150,000 in penalties for uttering the word 'lockout.'

Only in the NBA.

The Lakers and Jackson have been fined $75,000 each for comments the coach made about collective bargaining, according to multiple reports.

The comment evidently was one made in Portland to traveling Laker writers about next season in which Jackson reportedly said it would be wiped out entirely, according to ESPN. Jackson said that the uncertainly shrouding next season factored into his decision to retire.

'It was really about the fact that there's going to be a lockout,' Jackson reportedly said. 'It's the perfect time to help the organization cover a gap if there's a lockout. My staff, all those guys who work with me. All those things played into it. I felt like an obligation.'

'Who knows what the NBA is going to look like next year?' Jackson continued. 'It's going to take on a whole different proportion. How long is it going to last? I think there are some people who are pretty convinced there's not going to be a year next year.'

It's no secret that giving controversial on-the-record comments about collective bargaining is taboo. But does an honest off-the-cuff remark about the uncertain future of the league really merit a heftier fine than using a derogatory gay term on the court?

Then again, does it even matter?

Jackson is the NBA's highest-paid coach and Bryant, who signed a three-year, $83.5 million extension in 2010, is the top-paid player.

To put that in perspective: If Kobe makes roughly $30 million this year, it will take him just over 29 hours to pay off his fine.

Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com


Team expects big postseason impact from Shaquille O'Neal - by Eurobasket News
There was yet another Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) sighting yesterday. The difference was that ONeal actually was in basketball gear on the practice court and not sitting in Harvard Square or conducting the Boston Pops.

While the sight of O'Neal in a jersey was welcomed by the Celtics, there's no guarantee hell suit up Sunday for Game 1 of the first-round series against the Knicks. But thats what the big man with the faulty wheel is building toward.

Coach Doc Rivers and general manager Danny Ainge have insisted that ONeal will be ready for the playoffs. With that time here, the expectation is a little less certain.

I do, but I cant guarantee that, Rivers said of ONeals availability for Game 1. Hes going to do a little bit today. Were not going to do enough were going to walk through stuff, so I could do today. But tomorrow and the following day are the two big days for Shaq. Hes going to try to get through practices and see what he can do.

ONeal appeared in only 37 games this season, missing all but five minutes of the final 34 games. ONeal went down with a right Achilles injury on Feb. 1, missed the next two months and returned on April 3. He looked good for five minutes before straining his right calf, which kept him out of the lineup for the remainder of the regular season.

Theres no denying ONeal will be crucial to the Celtics championship hopes. If he plays, he gives them a formidable presence inside. If he remains on the shelf, the Cs will have a sizable hole in the middle.

ONeal didnt speak to reporters, but Kevin Garnett said hes very confident the big man will make a big impact in the postseason

Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com


Deron Williams wants to stay with Nets - by Eurobasket News
Although he cannot comment on contract talks because of the pending end of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement in July, Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) would like to remain with the New Jersey Nets.

Williams, who had wrist surgery Monday after playing just 12 games with the Nets, said Thursday he feels comfortable with the Nets and would like to be part of the organization for the long term.

'I like this organization a lot,' said Williams, a two-time NBA All-Star who was traded by the Utah Jazz to New Jersey in February. 'I can definitely see myself staying here. It's something that will obviously be brought up a lot this summer and a new CBA has to happen before I can even really address it. But once they made the trade for me, they told me that they were going to make me the face of the franchise as they move forward going to Brooklyn.'

The Nets finished 24-58 this season after losing 15 of their last 17 games, including a 97-92 loss to Chicago on Wednesday night in the season finale.

Williams, a point guard, averaged 15 points and 12 assists in his limited stint with the Nets.

Courtesy of www.commercialappeal.com


Warriors retain GM Larry Riley - by Eurobasket News
Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob said Thursday he's keeping General Manager Larry Riley at the team's helm despite another losing season.

Lacob said Riley has 'done a great job' and that he is 'very pleased with his performance' even though the Warriors went just 36-46 to finish 12th overall in the Western Conference.

'He's had a vision since he took the job less than two years ago and he has certainly helped move this team in an extremely positive direction in terms of our culture, cap management and roster additions.'

This season's mark is 10-game improvement over the Warriors' 26-56 record in 2009-10, Riley's first season as general manager.

Riley, 66, took over as GM on May 11, 2009, three years after joining Golden State as assistant coach.

Courtesy of www.upi.com


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Kawhi Leonard to Enter 2011 NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News
San Diego State sophomore forward Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91) has decided to declare for the 2011 NBA Draft. The Aztecs' leading scorer and rebounder this past season, Leonard intends to hire an agent and will forego his final two collegiate seasons. The NBA Draft is set for June 23 in Newark, N.J.

'Kawhi handled this season in as fine of fashion as a player can handle it,' head coach Steve Fisher said. 'After the Final Four, I met with Kawhi and his family and I presented everything in terms of the information I had. They were extremely receptive and at the end of the conversation we reached a decision that he would submit his name for the draft. I am totally supportive of Kawhi, his family and his decision.

'Kawhi is going to be an exceptional NBA player. He will always be a San Diego State Aztec. The feeling he has for this University and program and the feeling our fans and community have for him will allow him to be welcomed back with open arms for years to come.'

In two seasons on Montezuma Mesa, Leonard averaged 14.1 points and 10.2 rebounds, including a career-best 15.5 points and 10.6 rebounds (ninth in NCAA) last year as a sophomore. He scored 990 career points, which is the 19th-highest total in SDSU Division I history, and grabbed 716 rebounds, which ranks seventh all-time in San Diego State history and is the fifth most in the program's D-I history.

'We talked about where we thought I would be selected in the draft,' Leonard said. 'Coach Fisher gave me great advice and helped me with my decision that I should move forward with the process. This is very exciting. I have been preparing my whole life to play in the NBA and now I will have that chance.

'The last two years have been great. I have been part of two conference tournament championships, a regular-season championship and two NCAA Tournament teams. The whole community has been behind us and the student body has been so supportive. This has been a great experience and has set the stage for what is next.'

A double-double machine, the Riverside, Calif., native had 40 double-doubles in 70 career games (69 career starts), including 23 in 2010-11. His 40 double-doubles is the second most in school history behind Michael Cage's 60 (1981-84). His 23 last season, meanwhile, ranked fourth in the NCAA and is tied with Cage (1984) for the most in a single season.

Leonard posted 57 double-figure scoring performances, including 13 20-point efforts and 42 double-digit rebounding performances in his Aztec career. Last season alone, Leonard produced 33 games with 10 points or more and grabbed a minimum of 10 rebounds 23 different times. The forward also led the team in scoring 27 times in his career, in rebounding 44 times and in assists 16 times.

Over two seasons, Leonard picked up his fair share of hardware. In 2009-10, Leonard became the only freshman in the 11-year history of the Mountain West Conference to earn conference player-of-the-week accolades three times. When the season ended, Leonard was the MWC tournament most valuable player, the first freshman in league history to be named to the all-MWC first team and was the MWC freshman of the year. The 6-7 forward was also named to Sporting News' all-freshman second team and the NABC's all-District 17 squad.

This past season, Leonard was one of 10 players selected to the Wooden Award All-America team, was a second-team All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News and FoxSports.com, and was a State Farm Coaches' third-team All-American. Leonard was also one of 10 candidates up for the Naismith Award and one of 20 eligible for the Wooden Award. On a regional and conference level, Leonard was named to the NABC all-District 17 and the USBWA all-District IX squads, while earning all-MWC first team, MWC all-tournament and all-MWC defensive team accolades. In addition, the sophomore was a two-time MWC player of the week and the CBE Classic Oxford Subregional MVP.

'I will follow every San Diego State basketball game,' Leonard said. 'I will stay in touch with all of the players and coaches and look forward to following their future successes.'

Leonard will likely become San Diego State's first NBA Draft pick since Randy Holcomb was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the 2002 pick. The only Aztec player that went in the first round of the NBA Draft was Cage, who was picked with the 14th overall selection of the 1984 draft.

Courtesy of http://goaztecs.cstv.com


Texas Longhorns Basketball Recruiting 2012: Perimeter Players - by Milord Nikolic
With Greg Whittington's commitment to Georgetown a while back and DeAndre's Daniels' likely impending commitment to Duke at their banquet this weekend, it looks like Texas is almost certainly done with their 2011 recruiting class. The fun thing about recruiting, of course, is that it's never ending. That's especially the case in basketball, when coaches are less focused on particular classes at one time and are constantly recruiting nearly a half-decade in advance. While Mack Brown may be working on putting a nice (and early, compared to most schools) finishing touch on his 2012 class while occasionally casting an eye to the 2013 class, Rick Barnes is already formulating his 2012 class knowing who his top targets in 2013 and even 2014 will most likely be. The limited number of scholarships and fact that all players must play on both sides of the ball makes each individual basketball commit so vital to the future success of the team.

Kansas ticket official sentenced to 57 months in prison - by Eurobasket News
A former associate director in charge of the University of Kansas ticket office and 'gatekeeper' for stolen tickets was sentenced Thursday to 57 months in prison for her role in the $2 million conspiracy.

Prosecutors accused Charlette Blubaugh, 44, of providing tickets for basketball and football games to others who then sold them for personal profit.

Blubaugh and her husband, Thomas, both of Medford, Okla., pleaded guilty in January to a single count of conspiracy to defraud the United States through wire fraud, tax obstruction and interstate transportation of stolen property.

She was also sentenced to pay a share of the more than $2 million in restitution along with others convicted in the conspiracy, and was ordered to spend three years under court supervision once she is released from prison. Her husband has been sentenced to a 46-month prison term.

The government said Charlette Blubaugh provided the tickets to the other four conspirators as well as two other officials who were convicted in a related case on a lesser charge. Prosecutors said she manipulated the computer system to cover-up and facilitate the conspiracy, lied to investigators and discussed ways to manipulate or sabotage the computer system to prevent investigators from using it to trace stolen tickets back to the conspirators.

'The defendant was not the highest ranking employee of KU involved in this conspiracy, but she is one of the most culpable,' prosecutors wrote in their presentencing memo to Judge Wesley Brown. 'She was the gatekeeper for all stolen tickets.'

Defense attorney, David Rapp, said Blubaugh accepted responsibility for her actions.

'Of course she is sorry,' Brown interrupted. 'We're all sorry this occurred, but it did occur.'

In a court filing last week, Charlette Blubaugh said the school did not actually lose any money because those tickets would not have been sold anyway - an argument the government has called an 'incredible and frivolous claim.'

Another defense attorney, John Rapp, wrote that the tickets his client stole from Kansas Athletics Inc., the nonprofit that promotes Kansas athletics, were hold tickets used to correct last-minute seating problems that would not have been sold. He also claimed it 'appeared likely' that no one was denied a ticket by her illegal conduct.

But prosecutors argued that 14 boxes of unsold tickets and parking passes recently recovered from the couple's personal storage unit showed the loss to the university could be higher than previously known. Some of the tickets were unsold - known as deadwood tickets - but there were also more than 3,000 tickets in those boxes for a sold-out Orange Bowl, along with thousands of parking passes and tickets to sold-out football games with Kansas State University.

Seven people have been snared in the investigation into the unlawful sale of football and basketball season tickets by key athletics department officials to ticket brokers and others in which the employees pocketed the money. All pleaded guilty. Blubaugh is the sixth defendant to be sentenced in the case.

Former associate athletic director of development Ben Kirtland is set for sentencing on May 12.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


ISU's Jordan Railey arrested on fighting charge - by Eurobasket News
Iowa State center Jordan Railey (6'10''-F) has been suspended indefinitely by coach Fred Hoiberg following his arrest for fighting in public.

Ames police commander Jim Robinson says officers saw Railey throw a punch at another man just after midnight on Welch Ave., a popular restaurant and bar district for students.

Robinson says Railey was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct early Thursday after walking away from officers.

Railey, a 6-foot-11 native of Beaverton, Ore., averaged two points a game as a freshman last season.

Hoiberg says in a statement that he's still gathering information on the incident but is disappointed in Railey's behavior since it was a second offense.

Railey was also suspended by Hoiberg in January for violating team rules after a single-car accident early on New Year's Day.

Courtesy of www.greenwichtime.com


New contract pays Huskers' Sadler $900,000 a year - by Eurobasket News
Nebraska coach Doc Sadler's new five-year contract raises his annual salary from $800,000 to $900,000 and almost doubles the amount of money he would get if he is fired.

Sadler will be paid bonuses of $100,000 for winning a Big Ten regular-season or tournament championship, $150,000 if the Huskers make the NCAA tournament and $75,000 if they appear in the NIT.

Nebraska has been in six NCAA tournaments and never won a game. Sadler would receive incremental bonuses for each NCAA win, and $450,000 if the Huskers win the national title.

Sadler is 89-71 in five seasons with the Cornhuskers. His contract runs through the 2015-16 season

Under the contract, made public Thursday, Sadler would be paid $66,667 a month for the balance of its term if he's fired. The figure was $35,417 under his previous contract.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Kansas' Josh Selby going pro - by Eurobasket News
Freshman guard Josh Selby (6'2''-G) is declaring for the NBA draft, leaving Kansas with only two players who had a significant role in last season's 35-3 record.

Earlier, twin forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris, last season's top scorers and rebounders, hired an agent and announced they would skip their senior seasons.

The 6-foot-3 Selby was rated the overall No. 1 prospect in the nation when Kansas coach Bill Self signed him last year, but was suspended the first nine games by the NCAA for amateurism violations. He also missed several more with a foot injury and wound up averaging 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 26 games.

Selby had spent more than a week working out in Las Vegas testing NBA interest. He said Thursday on Twitter that he will miss Allen Fieldhouse, but was looking forward to 'a new journey.'

He added: 'I will not return to Kansas next year. Making my dream a reality.'

In a statement, Self said he supports Selby's decision.

'When the season was over, Josh, his family and I spoke quite candidly about what he wanted to do,' Self said. 'He made it very clear that he wanted to go to Las Vegas and work out to see if he could get more information of his NBA draft status. He did exactly what we agreed for him to do and handled it well and has come to the conclusion that it's best for him to go ahead and enter into the 2011 NBA draft. We, as a staff, totally support Josh's decision and we also hope our fans support it as well.'

Selby's most memorable game as a Jayhawk was his first. With just seconds to go, he made a 3-pointer from the right wing to lift Kansas to a 70-68 victory over USC in Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 18. His 21 points that day turned out to be his career high. He averaged 12 points and 3.2 assists his first 13 games but injured his foot on Feb. 1. He missed the next three games and was hampered the rest of the season.

'I never coached a kid that went through as much stuff his freshman year as Josh has,' Self said. 'He fought through it and certainly played through injury and did everything within his power to give our team the best chance to succeed.

'Josh made above a 3.0 [grade point average] his first semester and worked with his professors to complete his work second semester. I feel good about Josh leaving here knowing he took care of his business the way that he should have taken care of it.'

The Jayhawks will need to be almost completely retooled next season. Seniors Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar are graduating and the Morris twins and Selby are leaving early for the NBA. Point guard Tyshawn Taylor and forward Thomas Robinson will be the only returning players who had significant roles in Kansas' seventh straight Big 12 regular-season championship.

Courtesy of ESPN


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Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Auckland P. 1-0 
 2. Bay Hawks 1-0 
 3. Wellington S. 1-0 
 4. Manawatu J. 0-0 
 5. Nelson G. 0-0 
 6. Southland S. 0-0 
 7. OceanaGold N. 0-1 
 8. Taranaki MA 0-1 
 9. Waikato P. 0-1 


Marcus Campbell joins Taranaki - by Eurobasket News
Marcus Campbell (214-C-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Mississippi St.) strengthened Taranaki frontcourt. The 29-year-old signed a deal with the Mountain Airs for 2011 season. The centre arrived in New Zealand just on time for the season opener against the Bay Hawks. Marcus Campbell tallied 11 points, 6 boards and 2 assists but could not help the Mountain Airs avoid a 65:82 loss at the end. Marcus Campbell started the season in France. He averaged 6.0 points, 5.0 boards and 1.0 block per game for Le Portel in ProB. Last season Marcus Campbell played for the Springfield Armor in D-League. His stats read 11.0 points and 7.6 boards per appearance. He also had stints in Spain, Italy, USBL and CBA. The Mississippi State graduate Marcus Campbell was USBL champion back in 2007 together with Kansas Cagerz.


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


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PBL Finals set to begin - by Eurobasket News
Game Day 24 / PBL Finals

Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry at Rochester RazorSharks

Rochester Community War Memorial

Friday April 15, 2011 at 7:35pm

The Matchup: This is the first of a best-of-three game series for the fourth Premier Basketball League championship. It pits the regular season and defending champion Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry against the former two time champion Rochester RazorSharks. The series concludes with one or two games in Oklahoma Sunday and Monday nights.

The RazorSharks (14-9) got to their fourth consecutive championship series with a hard-fought three game semifinal series win over the Quebec Kebs. Playing with just eight, point guard Melvin Council played a career game scoring 36 points on 9 for 11 shooting from the floor and 17 of 18 from the foul line in Rochester's 129-122 win in the decisive contest.

Forward Mike Williams (6'7''-F-85, college: Cincinnati) has been the Sharks most consistent player. Williams scored 19-20-17 in the three game series with Quebec. He rebounded 12-11-11. Over his last seven games Williams has a 15.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game average.

Starting point guard Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) and forward Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) return to action after missing the two playoff games in Quebec.

Rochester lost three of four games with the Cavalry this season. 99-86 loss at Lawton February 5; 102-98 loss in overtime in Rochester February 21; 93-91 win at Rochester on the Jerice Crouch to Eric Walton half court inbounds ally oop March 6; 85-80 loss at Lawton March 18.

The RazorSharks are 2-7 overall against the Cavalry. They are 0-6 in Oklahoma.

The Cavalry (20-3) defeated the Halifax Rainmen in the PBL semifinals to advance to the championship series. Lawton was pressed in that series, winning the first game in Halifax in overtime before losing game two by ten on its home court. After trailing at the half in game three, the Cavalry prevailed over the Rainmen 102-92 in the decisive third game.

Lawton has won championships in all three of its years in that city. The Cavalry won two titles in the Continental Basketball Association before moving to the Premier League in 2010. Lawton won the PBL last year crown in a three game series over Rochester.

Forward Gabe Freeman joined the Cavalry in mid March and played in just six regular season games. He has been Lawton's best player in the playoffs averaging 16.7points, second on the team to guard Eddie Smith who averaged 17.7. Freeman rebounded 33 in the three game series.

Of note: The Cavalry saw their 34 game home court winning streak snapped by Halifax in the semifinals last week.

Of note: Rochester has won 12 of 15 games since a 2-6 start to the 2011 PBL season.

Of note: The game will be televised on tape delay to the People's Republic of China and a potential audience of 100 million people. A Chinese broadcast crew is at tonight's game to record the sound track. The PBL recently completed negotiations on a contract to have 2012 games televised in China.

Quotable: Rochester coach Rod Baker, 'Both these teams have a tremendous amount of respect for each other. We do what we do, they do what they do. You have to hope that you find eight quarters where what you do is better than what they do. Then you have a chance.'

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.4 
 2. Hodge, Zastal17.0 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.16.7 
 4. Reynolds, AZS K.16.5 
 5. Hinson, Polonia Azbud16.3 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.0 
 7. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot14.7 
 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 Turow6.9 
 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 Turow5.8 
 4. Hodge, Zastal5.1 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.4.8 
 6. Szubarga, Asseco P.4.2 
 7. Hawkins, PBG B.4.0 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.5 
 9. Laczynski, Poloni.3.1 
 10. Nowakowski, Poloni.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 James MAYE
  Zastal
  (201-G/F-81)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Maye, Zastal2.8 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.7 
 3. Blassingame, Energa C.2.6 
 4. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.2.4 
 6. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 7. Milicic, AZS K.2.3 
 8. Szubarga, Asseco P.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. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.3 
 6. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 7. Davis, Energa C.1.0 
 8. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.8 
 9. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 
 10. Miller, Anwil0.8 


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  PORTUGAL   


That Ticket Has Been Punched - by Nate Bowie
As we sit back and reflect on the regular season, do we say it was good or bad, do we say it was a rollercoaster or a straight highway view. All the above. Basketball is made for excitement, the ups and the lows but at the end you will see what you accomplished and I accomplished alot this season. Heading into the Quarter Finals we face Angra Basket our Island rivals. This game should be exciting and thrilling as I promise you the game of basketball will not let you down. I try to get mentally and physically focus as I send hints to myself for self improvement. I walk around an empty gym wondering what may be, what the future may hold as I bounce the air out of a Fiba Basketball. But it quickly hits me that the time is now, not then or there but now. I beileve in life that it sometimes take tiny steps to get to the top of the staircase. If we continue to move forward how in the hell can we fall backwards?
In saying that I put this thought into the perspective of basketball as we steam forward to the playoffs. With a thrilling win over #2 Fisica last week we secured a comfortable 6th seed. I personally ended the regular season being the Eurobasket Player of The Week punching in a ticket that read 36 Points, 5 Rebs, 8 Ast and 2 Stls. The past weekend was filled with laughter and joy as me my teammates head back to the Island on a high note. Practice this week is going very well as I expected it to, focus on the task at hand we are tuned in on whats to come. We share the regular season 1-1 with Angra Basket. I think we could learn alot from these 2 previous games in the regular season against them. Although some may say otherwise, the past should be remembered. ACCEPT it, LEARN from it and EXPAND it in such a manner that it can someday include your current ideal vision of your future.
I want to say Congratulations to the very few Kansas City natives thats participating Internationally, D-League or NBA for having a positive season. Summer workouts should be the top of my to do list when I return back to Kansas City.
Again, it was a pleasure and into next time always remember: Dont wait for an opportunity to start what your mind has already started. Just make it happen!

For comments or more insight about the blog contact me: nathanbowie@yahoo.com
Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas)


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BSN Round 5: Quebradillas defeat Maratonistas in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
After 5 rounds played we can already see who rules in the BSN and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most exciting game of round 5 in the BSN took place in Quebradillas. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Maratonistas (4-2) to first ranked Quebradillas (6-1) 85-82 on Tuesday evening. Maratonistas trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 30-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-85 at the end of the game. Quebradillas looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Maratonistas' players. International center Peter John Ramos (222-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and international guard David Huertas (196-87, college: Mississippi) chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Christopher Vega (182-84) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Maratonistas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quebradillas have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Maratonistas at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Guaynabo. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Arecibo. 3rd placed host Capitanes (3-3) were smashed by second ranked Vaqueros (4-1) 94-59. The former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) nailed 19 points and 7 assists for the winning side and Javier Mojica accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. The former international swingman David Cortes (190-81) came up with 12 points and 5 rebounds for Capitanes 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. Vaqueros have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 4-1 record having 2 victories less than leader Quebradillas. Capitanes lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Vaqueros will play against Atleticos (#7) in San German in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Capitanes will play at home against Caciques in Humacao and hope to get back on the winning track.
BSN top team - Quebradillas (6-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they beat sixth ranked Caciques (2-4) in Humacao 83-65. The best player for the winners was Peter John Ramos who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Robinson produced 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Quebradillas have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Loser Caciques keep the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with San German and Isabela. Quebradillas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caciques will play against Capitanes (#5) in Arecibo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Mayaguez was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Mets (4-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Indios (2-5). Mets managed to secure a 7-point victory 89-82. Angel Daniel Vassallo orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. Mets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Coamo. Indios at the other side dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Mets' next round opponent will be Atleticos (#7) in San German. Indios will play on the road against the league's second-placed Vaqueros in Bayamon.

In the last two games of round 5 Santurce lost to Coamo on the opponent's court 85-89. Santurce managed to outperform Isabela in a home game 98-87.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points and 10 rebounds by Richard Chaney of Santurce.



Humacao - Quebradillas 65-83

BSN top team - Quebradillas (6-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they beat sixth ranked Caciques (2-4) in Humacao 83-65. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-65. Quebradillas had a 31-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was international center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. The former international swingman Joel Jones (196-81, college: Sacramento St.) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Five Quebradillas players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Robinson (202-81, college: Auburn, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and British V.Islands center Kleon Penn (211-86, college: McNeese St., agency: Paris Global Sports) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Quebradillas have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Loser Caciques keep the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with San German and Isabela. Quebradillas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caciques will play against Capitanes (#5) in Arecibo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Humacao: B.Robinson 22+9reb+4ast, J.Garcia 10+4reb+2ast, J.Guitian 10+4reb, K.Penn 9+9reb+1ast, M.Ali Berdiel 8+2reb+2ast, I.Ofoegbu 3+4reb
Quebradillas: P.John Ramos 17+12reb+3ast, D.Huertas 17+4reb+2ast, J.Jones 15+7reb+3ast, A.Alamo 12+10reb+2ast, D.Brown 11+4reb+6ast, A.Meeking 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 125494


Coamo - Santurce 89-85

Rather expected game in Coamo where 7th ranked Cangrejeros (2-5) were defeated by fourth ranked Maratonistas (4-2) 89-85. It looked good early as Cangrejeros took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maratonistas had a 37-20 second period charge getting the lead and Cangrejeros were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-89. Guard Christopher Vega (182-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) contributed with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Michael Sweetney (203-82, college: Georgetown) added 22 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Cangrejeros. Maratonistas moved-up to third place, which they share with Guaynabo. Cangrejeros at the other side dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Santurce: R.Chaney 30+10reb+2ast, M.Sweetney 22+11reb+1ast, W.Hodge 15+2reb+9ast, W.Pagan 6+3reb+6ast, R.Sanchez 5+7reb+1ast, A.Reyes 5
Coamo: C.Vega 27+9reb+6ast, J.Villegas 23+7reb+4ast, M.Freije 20+6reb+2ast, R.Fields 6+10reb, A.Ortiz 6+3reb+1ast, J.Rosario 5
gschID: 125495


Santurce - Isabela 98-87

There was a small surprise in Santurce where seventh ranked Cangrejeros (2-5) defeated 7th ranked Gallitos (2-4) 98-87. The game was mostly controlled by Cangrejeros. Gallitos was better in fourth quarter 25-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cangrejeros shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. The former international guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 4 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). International power forward Ricky Sanchez (212-87, college: High School) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Five Cangrejeros players scored in double figures. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 15 points and 8 assists in the effort for Gallitos. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite that victory Cangrejeros went down to ninth position due to points difference, which they share with Mayaguez. Gallitos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. Cangrejeros will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Isabela: S.Randolph 21+11reb, L.Clinch 15+2reb+8ast, R.Cotto 10+1ast, F.Valencia 8+5reb, M.Mitchell 8+3reb+1ast, L.Hernandez 8+4reb
Santurce: W.Pagan 28+1reb+4ast, R.Sanchez 17+3reb+2ast, R.Chaney 12+3reb+4ast, A.Reyes 12+7reb+1ast, M.Sweetney 10+5reb+2ast, E.'Guayito' Santiago 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 125491


Arecibo - Bayamon 59-94

The game between Top Four teams took place in Arecibo. 3rd placed host Capitanes (3-3) were smashed by second ranked Vaqueros (4-1) 94-59. The game without a history. Vaqueros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vaqueros had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) nailed 19 points and 7 assists for the winning side and the former international guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Vaqueros players scored in double figures. The former international swingman David Cortes (190-81) came up with 12 points and 5 rebounds and guard Omar Alvarado (180-83) added 12 points respectively for Capitanes 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. Vaqueros have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 4-1 record having 2 victories less than leader Quebradillas. Capitanes lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Vaqueros will play against Atleticos (#7) in San German in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Capitanes will play at home against Caciques in Humacao and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Cortes 12+5reb, O.Alvarado 12+2reb, D.Santiago 7+4reb, J.Aubry 6+6reb, A.Latimer 6+6reb, A.Falcon 5+2reb
Bayamon: C.Dalmau 19+3reb+7ast, J.Mojica 15+6reb+2ast, T.Shannon 13+8reb, C.Antrone Lee 11+3reb+2ast, F.Western 8+4reb, R.Traylor 8+9reb
gschID: 125492


Mayaguez - Guaynabo 82-89

The game in Mayaguez was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Mets (4-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Indios (2-5). Mets managed to secure a 7-point victory 89-82. Indios were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 55-45 second half run of Mets. International swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Venezuelan power forward Hector Romero (202-80, college: New Orleans) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 19 points and 5 assists in the effort for Indios. Five Mets and four Indios players scored in double figures. Mets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Coamo. Indios at the other side dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Mets' next round opponent will be Atleticos (#7) in San German. Indios will play on the road against the league's second-placed Vaqueros in Bayamon.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: H.Romero 22+7reb+3ast, C.Rivera 19+4reb+5ast, H.Lamizana 15+6reb+3ast, A.Rosa-Clemente 11+3reb, P.Graham 7+1reb+3ast, G.Jimenez 5+2reb
Guaynabo: A.Daniel Vassallo 21+7reb+3ast, A.Luis Figueroa 14+4reb+1ast, S.Pruitt 13+12reb, C.Escalera 13+7reb+3ast, A.Guzman 13+2reb+8ast, M.Worthington 12+1reb+3ast
gschID: 125493


Quebradillas - Coamo 85-82

The most exciting game of round 5 in the BSN took place in Quebradillas. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Maratonistas (4-2) to first ranked Quebradillas (6-1) 85-82 on Tuesday evening. Maratonistas trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 30-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-85 at the end of the game. Quebradillas looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Maratonistas' players. International center Peter John Ramos (222-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and international guard David Huertas (196-87, college: Mississippi) chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Christopher Vega (182-84) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maratonistas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quebradillas have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Maratonistas at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Guaynabo. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Coamo: C.Vega 20+7reb+2ast, J.Villegas 20+5reb+2ast, M.Freije 17+2reb, A.Ortiz 11+8reb+1ast, R.Fields 8+8reb, L.Miguel Colon 4+7reb
Quebradillas: P.John Ramos 22+14reb+3ast, D.Huertas 19+7reb+4ast, D.Brown 17+4reb+4ast, J.Jones 11+10reb+8ast, A.Alamo 9+7reb+1ast, S.Rosas 3
gschID: 125490




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


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Coamo
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Villegas, Coamo25.5 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo24.2 
 3. Clinch, Isabela20.3 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas20.3 
 5. Brown, Quebradillas20.1 
 6. Romero, Mayaguez19.4 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon19.4 
 8. Robinson, Humacao16.5 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon16.4 
 10. Sanchez, Santurce15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 13
 1. Randolph, Isabela13.0 
 2. Narvaez, Coamo12.8 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas12.1 
 4. Lloreda, San G.11.3 
 5. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.2 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon10.8 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez8.7 
 8. Robinson, Humacao8.3 
 9. Ofoegbu, Humacao8.2 
 10. Vassallo, Guaynabo8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.2 
 2. Guzman, Guaynabo5.8 
 3. Hodge, Santurce5.5 
 4. Clinch, Isabela5.3 
 5. Brown, Quebradillas4.9 
 6. Cruz, Arecibo4.8 
 7. Copeland, San G.4.7 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez4.4 
 9. Vega, Coamo4.2 
 10. Garcia, Humacao4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Eddin ''Guayito'' SANTIAGO
  Santurce
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Santiago, Santurce2.3 
 2. Benison, Santurce2.0 
 3. Robinson, Humacao1.7 
 4. Pinnock, Arecibo1.7 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez1.6 
 6. Dalmau, Bayamon1.6 
 7. Cruz, Arecibo1.5 
 8. Carmona, Mayaguez1.5 
 9. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 10. Chaney, Santurce1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez2.8 
 2. Romero, Mayaguez2.7 
 3. Penn, Humacao2.3 
 4. Santiago, Arecibo1.6 
 5. Sanchez, Santurce1.5 
 6. Traylor, Bayamon1.4 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon1.4 
 8. Freije, Coamo1.3 
 9. Pellot-Rosa, San G.1.2 
 10. Rice, San German1.2 


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Arabi and Ahli reach Emir Cup semis - by Eurobasket News
Arabi ensured the second straight win at the Emir Cup. They held off Sadd 82:74 to book the spot in semifinal. Michael Cuffee (193-F-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) knocked down 29 points to pace the effort. Elhagi Doudou contributed 28 points in the winning effort. Sadd stayed close throughout the first half but slowed down after the break allowing Arabi to run away. Michael Bell (206-F-82, college: Florida Atlantic) produced 22 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Ahli prevailed against Wakrah 81:80 for the second win in a row. Bob Saintprux accounted for 27 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Enique Clemons (180-G-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) had 19 points and 8 assists for the winners. Darren Kelly (190-G-78, college: Texas) answered with 27 points for Wakrah who fell at 0-2 record. Souleymane Ndour (205-C-87) finished with 18 points and 12 boards in the loss.
Arabi and Ahli will play for the top spot in the group in the next round. The first two teams will meet with respective first and second teams from another pool in the best-of-five semifinal series.



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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Politehnica Iasi
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Dawson, Polite.22.3 
 2. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.8 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.8 
 4. Hannah, Miercure.20.2 
 5. Horton, Craiova19.6 
 6. Tomic, CSM B.19.6 
 7. Vujacic, Pitesti19.5 
 8. Darby, Rovinari19.1 
 9. Pesic, Timisoara19.1 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Simms, Craiova11.1 
 2. Coleman, Miercure.9.8 
 3. Nicoara, Gaz Metan9.4 
 4. Bennett, CSM B.9.4 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.2 
 6. Bigus, Rovinari9.1 
 7. Forte, Mures8.7 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti7.8 
 9. Eichelberger, Pitesti7.7 
 10. Harrison, CSU Sibiu7.7 
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.6.0 
 4. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.5 
 5. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 6. Howell, Gaz Metan5.1 
 7. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.0 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni4.8 
 9. Gennie, Pitesti4.7 
 10. Dzambic, Timisoara4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola STOJAKOVIC
  Craiova
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 2. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.4 
 3. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 4. Gennie, Pitesti2.4 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan2.4 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.4 
 7. Dawson, Polite.2.0 
 8. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.0 
 9. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.0 
 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. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 3. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.6 
 4. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 5. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.4 
 6. Mladenovic, Mures1.4 
 7. Lazar, Oradea1.3 
 8. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 9. Dragusin, Gaz M.1.0 
 10. Bennett, CSM B.0.9 


Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket
1-8 places
Gaz Metan - Oradea 85-64

The game was mostly controlled by Gaz Metan. Oradea was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gaz Metan forced 19 Oradea turnovers. Montenegrin-Serbian forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, agency: Beo Basket) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Jarrett Howell (188-84, college: Texas Arlington, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Serbian guard Nemanja Maric (196-83) responded with 17 points and Serbian forward Andelko Mandic (198-76) scored 10 points and 5 assists. Five Gaz Metan and four Oradea players scored in double figures. Oradea's coach Christian Achim gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: I.Ivanovic 18+9reb+3ast, J.Howell 18+5reb+6ast, T.Nicoara 14+4reb, U.Velickovic 12+2reb+5ast, I.Dragusin 11+6reb, D.Kinloch 4+3reb
Oradea: N.Maric 17+4reb, M.Schachtner 14+4reb, S.Topcov 14+3reb+1ast, A.Mandic 10+4reb+5ast, L.Lazar 4+3reb, V.Stefan 3+2reb
gschID: 125952


Steaua Turabo - Mures 102-97

The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 34-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Steaua Turabo made 30-of-37 free shots (81.1 percent) during the game, while Mures only scored fourteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Mures 45-24 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Mures helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international power forward Virgil Stanescu (207-77, college: S.Alabama, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international center Virgil Carutasu (204-76) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) replied with 25 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) added 22 points in the effort for Mures. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Steaua Turabo: V.Stanescu 26+11reb+5ast, V.Carutasu 19+12reb+4ast, J.Jackson 15+3reb, H.Nikolov 13+4reb+3ast, I.Tomeljak 12+5reb+2ast, G.Hafnar 7+3reb+1ast
Mures: J.Forte 25+9reb+1ast, A.Mladenovic 22+3reb, L.Dumitru 18+2reb, J.Straight 14+2reb+2ast, J.Cooley 11+5reb+6ast, F.Lapuste 7+3reb
gschID: 125953


Ploiesti - Pitesti 86-77

Pitesti was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 30-19 charge of Ploiesti, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Qarraan Calhoun (203-86, college: Houston, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Ploiesti players scored in double figures. Montenegrin guard Darko Vujacic (201-79) responded with 25 points and American guard Donte Gennie (185-83, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) scored 19 points and 6 assists.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: C.Burlacu 24+11reb+5ast, Q.Calhoun 14+6reb+3ast, D.Mack 11+2reb+2ast, L.Szijarto 10+2reb+6ast, J.Westrol 8+4reb+1ast, K.Ford 8+3reb+1ast
Pitesti: D.Vujacic 25+3reb+2ast, D.Gennie 19+2reb+6ast, C.Eichelberger 14+5reb+4ast, B.Grubisic 6+4reb, S.Isleam 6+4reb, A.Voinescu 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 125950


U.Mobitel.CN - CSU Sibiu 85-74

It looked good early as CSU Sibiu took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then U-Mobitelco had a 23-12 second period charge getting the lead and CSU Sibiu was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-85. U-Mobitelco players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (196-78) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (205-82) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American center Justin Herndon (208-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and guard Octavian Calota (185-84) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: Z.Krstanovic 22+8reb, K.Dykes 19+2reb+4ast, B.Cuic 18+14reb+9ast, P.Chetreanu 10+2reb+2ast, M.Silvasan 9+5reb+3ast, T.Morris 7+5reb+4ast
CSU Sibiu: J.Herndon 22+10reb, O.Calota 16+2reb+2ast, M.Markovic 10+6reb+2ast, S.Atanackovic 9+4reb+6ast, E.Brown 8+2reb+2ast, L.Seals 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 125951


9-16 places
CSM Bucuresti - Craiova 111-92

The game without a history. CSM Bucuresti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 65.1 percent from the field and made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. CSM Bucuresti outrebounded Craiova 36-25 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for CSM Bucuresti especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. Serbian power forward Branislav Tomic (205-80) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 21 points and 6 assists during the contest. CSM Bucuresti's coach Predrag Vasic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Casey Wohlleb (201-86, college: Florida Gulf Coast) responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import center Kenneth Simms (203, college: Cumberland) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Five CSM Bucuresti and four Craiova players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CSM Bucuresti: J.Smith 21+3reb+6ast, M.Paul 20+3reb+2ast, B.Tomic 19+9reb+3ast, A.Santana 18+6reb, R.Kraemer 13+2reb+2ast, M.Bennett 10+6reb
Craiova: C.Wohlleb 29+5reb+3ast, K.Simms 20+9reb+1ast, B.Gillespie 19+3reb, J.Horton 13+3reb+1ast, I.Dodoc 3+4reb+3ast, M.Bulancea 3+1reb
gschID: 125957


Rovinari - Politehnica Iasi 108-100

The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Rovinari shot 62.3 percent from the field and made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Rovinari outrebounded Politehnica Iasi 38-20 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Rovinari especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. American swingman Porter Troupe (196-83, college: Portland) scored 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Viorel Mocanu (205-77) chipped in 32 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) during the contest. American guard LeRoy Dawson (188-81, college: S.Nazarene, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 22 points and 9 assists and Bosnian-Serbian swingman Nenad Marinkovic (197-83) scored 22 points. Five Politehnica Iasi players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rovinari: P.Troupe 37+5reb+7ast, V.Mocanu 32+11reb+2ast, R.Bigus 15+15reb+1ast, A.Gliga 9+1reb+5ast, S.Nikolic 7+2reb+9ast, S.Lupusavei 6+2reb+5ast
Politehnica Iasi: N.Marinkovic 22, L.Dawson 22+3reb+9ast, B.Kabengele-Kalala 18+2reb+1ast, D.Anghel 16+4reb+1ast, M.Nicolae 13+5reb+1ast, I.Huludet 4+2reb
gschID: 125955


Timisoara - Miercurea Ciuc 97-88

The hosts were already 15 points ahead at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 33-25 last quarter charge of Miercurea Ciuc cut the lead to 97-88 at the end of the game. Miercurea Ciuc was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian forward Milos Pesic (202-84) scored 26 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Nenad Markovic (199-80) chipped in 27 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American forward Levi Levine (198-82, college: Albany) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Jonathan Huffman (213-86, college: Iona, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Timisoara and five Miercurea Ciuc players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Timisoara: N.Markovic 27+6reb+1ast, M.Pesic 26+6reb+3ast, R.Dzambic 16+6reb+8ast, D.Paltinisanu 12+4reb+1ast, I.Miskovic 7+4reb, D.Habus 6+3reb+4ast
Miercurea Ciuc: E.Tucker 22+2reb+1ast, L.Levine 20+6reb+3ast, J.Huffman 18+9reb, Y.Coleman 10+13reb, C.Hannah 10+3reb+2ast, A.Rosu 6
gschID: 125956


Otopeni - Brasov 78-63

It looked good early as Brasov took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Otopeni had a 21-19 second period charge getting the lead and Brasov was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 63-78. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Brasov to just 7 points in third quarter. American forward Cortney Scott (196-82, college: Oakland, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) scored 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Vlad Jiscanu (193-87) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Montenegrin center Zeljko Bubanja (210-73) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Radu Paliciuc (198-88) scored 15 points. Brasov's coach Milorad Perovic rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Otopeni: C.Scott 24+8reb+2ast, V.Jiscanu 19+3reb+1ast, B.Burell 11+5reb+2ast, A.Belanovic 9+2reb, M.Minea 5+9reb+2ast, A.Urucatu 4+1reb
Brasov: R.Paliciuc 15+4reb+1ast, H.Codin 10+1reb+2ast, Z.Bubanja 10+14reb+1ast, M.Popa 8+2reb+7ast, O.Boian 7+10reb+2ast, A.Tatu 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 125954




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  SERBIA   


Dusan Cantekin number one for Superleague round 7 - by Eurobasket News
Turkish center Dusan Cantekin (222-C-90, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Mega Vizura, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
The 20-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while his team Mega Vizura maintains the 8th position in the league with 1-6 score. It was one of impressive evenings for Cantekin as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Dusan Cantekin has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.4rpg) and averages impressive 67.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd. Ilic had a very good evening with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for FMP to edge the higher-ranked Radnicki (#3, 5-2) 87-83. FMP's 7th position in the standings has not changed. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories FMP managed to get this Second Stage. Ilic is a newcomer at FMP and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Stefan Bircevic (209-F/C-89) of Vujic Metalac Valjevo (#5). Bircevic scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Metalac, leading his team to a 89-62 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Beograd (#6, 2-4). The chances of Metalac ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bircevic could help Metalac to bring them higher in the standings. Bircevic has a very solid season. In 32 games in Serbia he scored 11.5ppg. He also has 5.8rpg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 62.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Ljubicic (197-F-87) of Metalac - 6 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Boris Bakic (194-G-86) of Crvena Zvezda - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists
6. Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89) of Mega Vizura - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dusan Kecman (197-F-77) of Partizan - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) of Mega Vizura - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) of Metalac - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Rasko Katic (208-F-80) of Partizan - 14 points and 8 rebounds

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


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  SLOVENIA   


Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian 1B Awards 2010-11 - by Karol
All-Slovenian 1B 1st Team
#s#
Boban Tomic
Tomic
David Moro
Moro
Mirnes Husic
Husic
Gregor Jakhel
Jakhel
Uros Ivanovic
Ivanovic
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Player of the Year: Boban Tomic (190-G-88) of Rogaska
Guard of the Year: Boban Tomic (190-G-88) of Rogaska
Forward of the Year: Mirnes Husic (203-F-85) of Kraski Zidar
Center of the Year: Uros Ivanovic (204-F/C-74) of Radovljica
Defensive Player of the Year: Gregor Jakhel (206-F/C-88) of KD Postojna

1st Team
G: Boban Tomic (190-88) of Rogaska
G: David Moro (199-86) of Splosna plovba
F: Mirnes Husic (203-85) of Kraski Zidar
F/C: Gregor Jakhel (206-88) of KD Postojna
F/C: Uros Ivanovic (204-74) of Radovljica

2nd Team
F/C: Stefan Kosec (195-83) of Sencur CP
F/C: Igor Spesic (204-83) of Rogaska
F: Dalibor Petrovic (198-75) of Nova Gorica
G: Zeljko Jotic (185-89) of Rogaska
G: Rok Perko (179-87) of Splosna plovba

Honorable Mention
Semir Smajlovic (209-C-87) of Rogaska
Tomaz Jereb (192-G-91) of Konjice
Bostjan Sivka (200-F/C-76) of Konjice
Uros Ninic (190-G-86) of Triglav Kranj
Ilija Gavric (200-F-88) of Primorac Branik
Marko Marcetic (186-G-79) of Nova Gorica




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  SWEDEN   


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, Sodertalje19.9 
 4. Palm, Boras19.4 
 5. Smith, Uppsala18.8 
 6. Rush, Sundsvall18.6 
 7. McCoy, Boras18.4 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall18.0 
 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. Constantine, Solna7.5 
 8. Walker, Solna7.5 
 9. Cipriano, Eco O.7.5 
 10. Salaam, Jamtland7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.4 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 085.1 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje4.5 
 5. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 6. Smith, Uppsala4.4 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.2 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland4.0 
 9. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
 10. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.0 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket2.9 
 3. Hargrove, Jamtland1.9 
 4. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 5. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 6. Smith, Uppsala1.8 
 7. Rush, Sundsvall1.7 
 8. Brown, 081.7 
 9. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.7 
 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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  TAIWAN   


Taiwan Beer clinch SBL title - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan Beer - Dacin Tigers 83:78 OT

Former champions Taiwan Beer regained the SBL championship crown. They overcame Dacin Tigers in the title series. Taiwan Beer claimed the decisive fourth victory tonight. Yang Ching-Min (188-G/F-84) delivered 23 points to pace the winners to a dramatic overtime victory.
Taiwan Beer looked better in the first half. They recorded a 34:28 lead at the interval. But Dacin Tigers recovered after the big break. The visitors cut the distance at 3-point mark in the third term. The Tigers erased the deficit and spurred in front in the final quarter. But Shou-Cheng Ho brought teams on level terms late in regulation forcing overtime. Taiwan Beer fired 14 points in the extra period and sealed the triumph tonight. Jones Emmanuel (200-F-85, college: UTPA) tallied 19 points, 14 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Wu Tai-Hao (203-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) contributed 17 points and 13 boards for Taiwan Beer. Chang Chih-Feng (183-G-81) replied with 17 points for Dacin Tigers. Foyle Alexus (198-F-78, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: BYU-Hawaii) netted 16 points in the loss.

Taiwan Beer: Yang Ching-Min 23, Jones Emmanuel 19+14 boards, Wu Tai-Hao 17+13 boards
Dacin Tigers: Chang Chih-Feng 17, Foyle Alexus 16



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Shawn HAWKINS
  KKL
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27
 1. Hawkins, KKL27.0 
 2. Foyle, Dacin Tigers21.0 
 3. Chen, Bank o.18.4 
 4. Chen, KKL18.3 
 5. Dove, Taiwan Mobile18.1 
 6. Jones, Taiwan Beer18.0 
 7. Tien, Dacin Tigers17.9 
 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 Beer11.3 
 5. Vaudreuil, Bank o.11.0 
 6. Dove, Taiwan Mobile11.0 
 7. Foyle, Dacin Tigers10.6 
 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 Tigers3.2 
 6. Hsu, Dacin Tigers2.9 
 7. Chen, KKL2.8 
 8. Lin, Bank o.2.7 
 9. Vaudreuil, Bank o.2.5 
 10. Yang, Taiwan Beer2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus DOVE
  Taiwan Mobile
  (206-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dove, Taiwan Mobile2.3 
 2. Lin, Bank o.1.7 
 3. Jones, Taiwan Beer1.7 
 4. Chang, Dacin Tigers1.6 
 5. Su, Taiwan Mobile1.6 
 6. Chou, Yulon Luxgen1.4 
 7. Dailey, Yulon Luxgen1.4 
 8. Chen, KKL1.3 
 9. Jennings, Pure Y.1.2 
 10. Hsu, Dacin Tigers1.2 
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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  TURKEY   


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Fener.Ulker 23-3 
 2. Galatasaray 20-5 
 3. Banvit 19-6 
 4. Efes Pilsen 18-7 
 5. Besiktas 17-8 
 6. Karsiyaka 16-9 
 7. Olin Edirne 15-10 
 8. Antalya 12-13 
 9. Tofas 10-16 
 10. Turk Telekom 9-16 
 11. Trabzonspor 9-16 
 12. Erdemir 9-16 
 13. Aliaga 7-18 
 14. Mersin 7-18 
 15. Bornova 7-18 
 16. Oyak Renault 3-22 


Bornova invite Alan Voskuil - by Eurobasket News
Bornova invited Alan Voskuil (191-G-86, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Texas Tech) for tryouts. The decision about the contract with the player is expected in the upcoming days. Alan Voskuil started the season in Halifax Rainmen in PBL. He tallied 1.5 points and 1.0 board per game for the team. In February Alan Voskuil joined Horsens. His stats read 18.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in Denmark. Last season the US-Danish player spent in Spain. He had stints with Fuenlabrada and El Bulevar de Avila. Alan Voskuil graduated from Texas Tech back in 2009. He is the member of Danish National Team.


TBL Round 26: Top-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker wins another game - by Pervin Elgin
In the Beko Basketball League 26th week, Top-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker again had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked Tofas away in Bursa with 81-74.

The battle between Roko Ukic and Tomislav Ruzic started with mutual baskets, but Oguz Savas's baskets and Omer Onan's exterior shots boosted the offensive pace of Fenerbahce Ulker basketball, capturing the first quarter with a 0-15 series and leading by the end with a score of 7-20.

The second quarter started with a three-point basket by Marko Tomas. With 12 minutes to go and a score of 9-23, Tofas finally responded with a series of baskets, but Fenerbahce Ulker went to the locker room with 27-31 of superiority.

In the third quarter Omer Onan continued with his rule of game scorer, and Roko Ukic's balancing the game did not allow their opponent to give contribution to the outside. Fenerbahce Ulker entered the final period ahead with a score of 51-57.

Fenerbahce Ulker's team started the last quarter fast and effective, raising the difference to 55-65. Fenerbahce Ulker continued very effectively with triples by Sean May and Roko Ukic. Scores of Emir Preldzic concluded the game with a 74-81 Ulker victory.



TB2L: Kepez, Genc Banvit and Selcuk advance to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Kepez, Genc Banvit and Selcuk eliminated their rivals with perfect 2-0 and advanced to TB2L Semifinals. The series between Vestel and Hacettepe is tied at 1-1.

Kepez Bld - Genc Telekom 61-58 (2-0)

It looked good early as Genc Telekom took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kepez Bld took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 3 points. Kepez Bld dominated on the defensive end, holding Genc Telekom to just 7 points in third quarter. American guard Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) notched 28 points to lead the effort and naturalized Serbian power forward Mesut Ademoglu (207-82, college: NW Nazarene) supported him with 8 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds by naturalized Azerbaijan power forward Orhan Haciyeva (201-89) did not help to save the game for Genc Telekom. Power forward Gokhan Karabiyik (205-88) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Genc Telekom's coach Timucin Meric rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Kepez Bld: M.Hall 28+3reb+1ast, M.Ademoglu 8+5reb+2ast, G.Karamahmut 7+2reb, U.Durmus 5+9reb, C.Amasyali 5+4reb+3ast, E.Yetim 4+5reb+1ast
Genc Telekom: Y.Akcay 14+2reb+3ast, G.Karabiyik 12+5reb+3ast, O.Haciyeva 10+16reb+1ast, M.Goktas 8+5reb+2ast, M.Erensoy 6+2reb, S.Gunes 6+2reb
gschID: 126601


Gaziantep - Genc Banvit 70-78 (0-2)
Genc Banvit forced 21 Gaziantep turnovers and outrebounded them 48-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Marko Kolaric (213-84, college: Chaminade) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Erolcan Cinko (188-90) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Genc Banvit players scored in double figures. Guard Volkan Ertetik (190-80) produced 18 points and Mete Dogan (-86) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Gaziantep's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Genc Banvit: M.Turkyilmaz 17+10reb, U.Gurgen 16+7reb, E.Cinko 16+8reb+3ast, M.Kolaric 15+13reb+1ast, B.Yonder 6+2reb+4ast, C.Sekeroglu 5+2reb+2ast
Gaziantep: V.Ertetik 18+1reb+1ast, N.Pastal 10+5reb, M.Dogan 8+5reb+2ast, A.Erhan Kocamis 8+3reb+4ast, C.Delicay 7+5reb+3ast, D.Hardin 7+6reb
gschID: 126602


Vestel - Hacettepe Univ. 82-72 (1-1)
It looked good early as Hacettepe Univ. took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Vestel had a 32-16 second period charge getting the lead and Hacettepe Univ. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-82. They outrebounded Hacettepe Univ. 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Hacettepe Univ. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Arthur Johnson (206-81, college: Missouri) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Hakan Erol (200-83) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Adnan Onder Kulcebas (205-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and guard Derya Yannier (191-85) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hacettepe Univ.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Vestel: A.Johnson 21+10reb+3ast, H.Erol 16+7reb+2ast, H.Gungor 12+2reb+1ast, S.Gursu 11+6reb+6ast, H.Cantopcu 7+2reb+1ast, S.Eris 6+3ast
Hacettepe Univ.: A.Onder Kulcebas 19+5reb+1ast, D.Yannier 14+3reb+4ast, O.Altinmakas 11, O.Adiguzel 10+2reb+2ast, K.Oztoprak 6+6reb, S.Ergin 5
gschID: 126599


Selcuk Univ. - Optimum TED 68-66 (2-0)
The hosts trailed by 15 points after three quarters before their 26-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 37 personal fouls committed by Optimum TED helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Mustafa Gucyetmez (186-80) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Cihat Sahin (203-83) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American guard Brandon McKnight (188-83, college: Purdue, agency: Promotex) responded with 11 points and center Hakan Yapar (203-84) scored 14 points. Four Optimum TED players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Selcuk Univ.: M.Kabakci 10+3reb+1ast, M.Gucyetmez 10+5reb+4ast, M.Yolcu 9+2ast, C.Sahin 9+6reb, F.Aydemir 8+3ast, K.Isbilen 7+5reb
Optimum TED: H.Yapar 14+2reb+1ast, B.McKnight 11+4reb+2ast, S.Kavut 11+4ast, I.Yalcin 10+2ast, M.Nezih 7+4reb, O.Onver 5+1reb+1ast
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TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marcus HALL
  Kepez Bld
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Hall, Kepez Bld20.5 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld20.4 
 3. Johnson, Vestel19.7 
 4. Gardener, Final G.18.5 
 5. Boswell, Basaksehir18.3 
 6. Tekinalp, ITU17.6 
 7. Boykin, Gaziantep17.5 
 8. Dearman, Hacett.17.1 
 9. Boddicker, Selcuk U.16.9 
 10. Wright, Orman Genc16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason KEEP
  Adanaspor
  (208-C-78)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Keep, Adanaspor12.8 
 2. Terell, Adanaspor11.9 
 3. Gardener, Final G.11.3 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.3 
 5. Isik, Pertevniyal10.1 
 6. Johnson, Istanbul.10.0 
 7. Kolaric, Genc Banvit9.9 
 8. Johnson, Vestel9.8 
 9. Wright, Orman Genc9.3 
 10. Miller, Gelisim9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  TED Istanbul
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Kan, TED Istanbul6.1 
 2. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.8 
 3. Hall, Kepez Bld5.6 
 4. Bayrak, Usak5.3 
 5. Topcu, Gelisim4.9 
 6. Topcu, Izmir B.B.4.8 
 7. Anderson, Basak.4.8 
 8. Erdogan, Adanaspor4.8 
 9. Kavut, Optimum TED4.5 
 10. Eris, Vestel4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Champville
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Anderson, Basak.2.8 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld2.5 
 3. Yonder, Genc Banvit2.3 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.2 
 5. Delicay, Gaziantep1.8 
 6. Harris, FMV I.1.8 
 7. Karabulut, Orman G.1.7 
 8. Clarkson, TED I.1.7 
 9. Bayrak, Usak1.7 
 10. Boddicker, Selcuk U.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Vestel
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Vestel2.0 
 2. Anderson, Basak.1.8 
 3. Clarkson, TED I.1.6 
 4. Kulcebas, Hacett.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. Sanli, Darussafaka1.3 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Jazz's Bell discusses future with team, new role - by David Edole
Excerpts from a media interview with the Jazz's Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) during locker room cleanout day Thursday at Energy Solutions Arena.

Bell on his season: I think the year off didn't really allow me to focus in on what I needed to work on, because I hadn't played and I didn't know what that was. And so this year, I know I have something to go to the gym and work on I know my shot failed me at times. It wasn't the season I wanted to have by any stretch of the imagination, but it wasn't a wash. I thought I played well at times. I was just pretty inconsistent.

Message from team: He assured me that this team was about winning, and this team wasn't going to be a youth movement, and it wasn't going to be something where they just decided to go completely young and try to rebuild it. So, that's what I'm going off of. I'll come in and come in in shape and try to do whatever they ask me to do again, whatever that role is. And so I'm not exactly sure what it is right now, but I'll be ready for whatever.

Think you can find a role: I hope I could. If I can't, then it'll probably be obvious to them and to me that this isn't the place. But I think I could.

Brian T. Smith




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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.8 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.0 
 3. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 4. Curry, Azovmash16.5 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna15.1 
 7. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 8. Fraser, DniproAzot14.8 
 9. Love, Mykolaiv14.6 
 10. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.1 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.6 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Chappell, Hoverla6.8 
 8. Hunter, Fe.6.8 
 9. Owens, Azovmash6.7 
 10. Sandul, BC Kyiv6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro5.2 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.0 
 4. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 5. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 6. Sparks, BC Odessa4.6 
 7. Millage, Khimik4.6 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Slipenchuk, Kryvba.4.2 
 10. Harris, Fe.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Millage, Khimik2.3 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.7 
 4. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.6 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Burns, Fe.1.4 
 7. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.4 
 8. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
 9. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
 10. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.1 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.0 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 7. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 8. Balashov, BC Odessa1.3 
 9. Agafonov, Budiv.1.2 
 10. Coleman, Hoverla1.2 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 36-11 
 2. BC Donetsk 36-11 
 3. Azovmash 29-18 
 4. Hoverla 29-18 
 5. Mykolaiv 27-20 
 6. Ferro-ZNTU 24-23 
 7. Dnipro 24-23 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 21-25 
 9. DniproAzot 19-28 
 10. BC Odessa 17-30 
 11. Halychyna 17-31 
 12. Khimik 15-31 
 13. BC Kyiv 11-36 


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It's Go-Time In The BBL Play-Offs - by Paul Nilsen
The day has finally arrived for the 2011 BBL Play-Offs to swing into action in what could potentially be one of the most open Finals for years, reflecting one of the most fiercely competitive BBL Championship campaigns in history.

Newcastle Eagles are one of the teams vying to land the last piece of silverware on offer this season and they will be desperate to make it to the National Indoor Arena on Saturday 30th April and the top of the podium with nothing shiny to show for their efforts this year.

Standing between them and a place in the semi-finals are Guildford Heat who are a dangerous opponent having recently pushed the Eagles close at Surrey Sports Park and having also beaten BBL Champions Mersey Tigers in recent weeks.

Eagles play-caller Fabulous Flournoy is just thankful for finally having something close to a healthy team, even if he worries about even thinking about this positive.

I dont really want to say that we are healthy because every time I have thought that so far this season, we have sustained another injury! explained Flournoy.

He added However I am hopeful everyone will be able to suit up this weekend.

The Eagles host Guildford Heat tonight at Sport Central with Creon Raftopoulos also focusing on the health of his team ahead of the first big match up with the second leg in Surrey tomorrow night.

He said, Its been a long grinding season and we have had our fair share of injuries to deal with. With the schedule the way its been, we had to rest guys during the week so they are fresh for the weekend and that helped us make that final push to make the playoffs.

I'm happy we go into the play-offs with a fully fit team and we have to give all we got to get to the next round. continued Raftopoulos.

Mersey Tigers meanwhile head into the post season looking to wrap up a stunning treble although they wont be where they want to be in terms of location when they follow up tomorrow nights first-leg clash at Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders on Sunday.

Tigers are back at the Amaechi Centre in Manchester which means they wont have the chance to continue their great form which has seen them go on a great run at the Echo Arena a fact not lost on Coach Garbelotto.

We are always disappointed not to be playing at the Echo Arena. It is truly a great home court for us, as witnessed by our last five games there.

Wherever the top-seeded Tigers play, they know they face a real tough test in ensuring they are not one of the biggest scalps in recent memory with Riders having already chalked up a victory in recent weeks and that was when the Merseyside club had their influential and now injured captain Drew Sullivan in the team.

One Health Sharks Sheffield are a club that can win a double in the wake of their BBL Cup success earlier this year and that is an additional incentive to despatch an up and down Glasgow Rocks team who travel to Yorkshire tonight hoping they can get a good result for the second leg on Monday.

Finally, UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders are one of the form teams right now after they made a late run to grab fifth spot and that is in stark contrast to Cheshire Jets who have lost their last few games and will be eager to get back to winning ways just when it matters. The first game takes place in Devon at the Pavilions tomorrow night and will be settled 24 hours later at Northgate Arena.




BBL Play Off Preview - Sharks V Rocks - by Paul Nilsen
One Health Sharks Sheffield (3) v Glasgow Rocks (6)
1st Leg - Friday 15th April @ EIS Sheffield (7.30pm)
2nd Leg - Monday 18th April @ Kelvin Hall (7.30pm)
League record: Sharks 24-9 Rocks 18-15
Full record: Sharks 30-11 Rocks 19-19
2010/11 head-to-head record: Sharks 4 Rocks 1
All-time head-to-head record: Sharks 44 Rocks 17
Leading scorer: Sharks - Steve Dagestino 18ppg. Rocks EJ Harrison 15.1ppg
Leading rebounder: Sharks Paul Williams 8.5prg. Rocks Nick Livas 6.9rpg
Glasgow Rocks will need an improvement in their form against One Health Sharks Sheffield when they meet Atiba Lyon side over the weekend as they lost four of the five meetings between the team this season.

The team split their early season BBL Trophy games, with each side winning at home as they both went of the competition at the group stage.

Sharks won 102-93 in their season opener as they weathered a late storm from the Rocks who were 20 down at the final break.

Mike Tuck led their scoring with 28 points, while debutants Steve Dagostino (22) and Paul Williams (20) provided ample support. The Rocks were led by their own debutant, Brice Fantazia, who had 21 points.

In the return, Rocks scored their first win in the competition, winning 78-76 with a pair of last-gasp Sterling Davis free-throws.


It was Nick Livas that led their scoring, with 19 points, while EJ Harrison added 14. Marcus Stout led the visiting Sharks with 19 points, with Mike Tuck adding 17.

Rocks built on a nine point first period lead to go into the locker room 54-40. But Sharks fought back to make it a two point game at the final break and set up a thrilling finale.

The teams didnt meet again until late February when Sharks ran out 93-86 winners in another tight game.

Fantazia sent Rocks into the final period 66-65 ahead, and in the fourth quarter the Rocks kept their noses in front through the early exchanges and lead by five points at 72-67. But the Sharks broke the game open with a 13-5 burst to lead 80-77 with 4:16 remaining in the game. Six points from EJ Harrison for the Rocks gave them the lead back at 82-83, but a six point response from Paul Williams off the bench for the home side gave them a 90-85 lead which they would not relinquish for the remainder of the contest as the home side secured the victory from the foul-line.

Steve Dagostino led all scorers in the game with 33 points for the Sharks, while Nick Livas led the Rocks in scoring with 19 points personal.

In the return, Ryan Patton poured in nine three-pointers on the way to 29 points as Sharks won 91-61 on the road.

Sharks led by one at the first break and seven at half-time before blowing game open with a 26-16 third period and wrapped things up with a 28-15 final stanza.

Tuck added 16 for Sheffield, with Fantazias 14 leading Rocks.


A fortnight later Sharks completed a sweep of the regular season games between the teams with a comfortable 82-65 home win.

Paul Williams was once again in excellent form to finish with 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Sharks led by 28 points at one stage as the match became a rout.

Rocks started well with an 11-6 run, but Sheffield recovered to lead 22-19 at the first break and blew the game open with a 29-11 second period.

Marcus Stout then began and ended an 11-4 opening to the second half to give Sheffield their biggest lead of the night at 62-34. Taking a 69-48 advantage into the final quarter the Sharks were never threatened by a very lacklustre Rocks. Three late threes by the visitors made the score slightly more respectable but Sheffield were comfortable victors.
Stout finished with 16 points, while Harrison was the only Rock above ten points with 16.





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Ballarat Rush start Rachel Jarry steps up to Opals - by Eurobasket News
Ballarat Rush star forward Rachel Jarry (185-G-91) has been selected in the 2011 Australian Opals squad.
Jarry steps up from the Gems list into Basketball Australias marquee womens team for the first time.

The Opals have a busy schedule in an Olympic qualifying year.

Selection continues a big month for Jarry, who two weeks ago played a key role for Bulleen in the Womens National Basketball League.

The 19-year-old said it was a buzz to be named in the Opals alongside some of Australian basketballs biggest names.

Absolutely I remember when I was 10 years old and watching Lauren Jackson on telly. Now I can call her a peer and possible team-mate, Jackson said.

Its been an amazing season with Bulleen and all still pretty surreal, (Opals) is a reward for all the hard work.

My game went to another level with Ballarat last season, in everything they helped me to achieve and improve my game.

Jarry returns to the Auslec Ballarat Rush line-up for the newly-named teams South East Australian Basketball League opener in Frankston on Saturday night. Rush returns to the Minerdome on Sunday afternoon.

The Opals start their preparations in a four-day training camp in June before touring China for a four nations tournament and three-match series against the Chinese international team.

A FIBA Oceania Olympic qualifier series against New Zealand and the World University Games are also high on the Opals agenda for the 25-strong squad.

Jarry was not sure what role she might play for the Opals but looked to China as a chance to prove herself while Australias major exports were still playing internationally.

Opals coach Carrie Graf said there was plenty of chance for emerging Opals to show their game in tournament play this year.

To make an Opals squad is a terrific start to your international career, but making an Opals team in an Olympic year is no easy feat, Graf said.

Theres 12 spots on that London Olympic team.

Jarry said until China, she was focused on improving her game more with Ballarat Rush and making sure her body was fit to go.

AUSTRALIAN OPALS SQUAD: Suzy Batkovic (Canberra), Abby Bishop (Dandenong), Liz Cambage (Bulleen), Stephanie Cumming (Dandenong), Rachael Flanagan (Townsville), Hollie Grima (Aix-en-Provence, France), Kristi Harrower (Bendigo), Natalie Hurst (Aix-en-Provence, France), Rachel Jarry (Bulleen/Ballarat), Lauren Jackson (Seattle, United States/Canberra), Tess Madgen (Bendigo), Kathleen MacLeod (Dandenong), Jenna OHea (Bulleen), Elyse Penaluna (Bulleen), Erin Phillips (Seattle, United States/Wisla Can Pac, Poland), Alicia Poto (Basket Lattes-Montpellier, France), Samantha Richards (Gorzow, Poland), Jennifer Screen (Umana Reyer Venezia, Italy), Belinda Snell (Seattle, United States/Halcon Avenida, Spain), Laura Summerton (Bracco Geas Sesto San Giovanni, Italy), Penny Taylor (Phoenix, Italy), Marianna Tolo (Canberra), Kristen Veal (Logan), Carly Wilson (Canberra), Hanna Zavecz (Bulleen).
Courtesy of: www.thecourier.com.au
By MELANIE WHELAN



Could Cambage be the Shock's Kevin Durant? - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa Shock can only hope Elizabeth Cambage (6'8''-C-91) will be their Kevin Durant.

From opposite sides of the world, the two ended up in similar circumstances.

Like Durant, Cambage was drafted second overall - albeit in the WNBA draft, instead of the NBA version - while still in her late teens and finds herself on a team trying to find its footing after a relocation.

The Shock were the WNBA's worst team last season, winning just six games after a quartet of All-Stars decided not to move with the team from Detroit.

That put them in a position to take Cambage, a 6-foot-8 center from Australia, in the draft Monday.

Two days later, she was taking in her first NBA game and meeting Durant. The NBA scoring champion gave her a draft day shout-out on Twitter to welcome her to the state and promise to come to Tulsa and wear a Shock jersey.

'He's like one of my idols,' Cambage said. 'My friends back home are freaking out.'

Their brief exchange after the game encapsulated where both are at this point in their careers. Durant, now 22, is an established NBA star and headed to the playoffs for the second straight season.

Cambage is adapting to being the new face of a WNBA franchise and just making her presence known in her first visit ever to Oklahoma.

The two, both represented by agent Aaron Goodwin, met up to exchange signed jerseys after the Thunder's 110-106 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

'Where do I sign?' she asked him. 'Like on the 8 or next to it?'

She ended up signing next to her number on the bright yellow jersey, then thanking Durant profusely for swapping with her.

Cambage could learn a lot more from Durant, who joined the Seattle SuperSonics just as they were getting rid of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis and preparing to move to Oklahoma City. Just 18 years old when he was drafted following his freshman year at Texas, Durant became the league's Rookie of the Year. By his third season, he was leading the NBA in scoring and leading the Thunder into the playoffs.

Cambage already misses her parents' cooking - a more desirable alternative to the fried foods that have upset her stomach in her first few days in America - and knows she'll miss all her friends and basketball teammates from back home. Being 20 hours from home seems a bit menacing to her at age 19.

But she also believes she's 'ready to leave the nest and start my own journey.'

'I'm happy I'm here,' said Cambage, who will fly back home Saturday. 'It's a little scary, but I've just got to turn into a big adventurer.'

Cambage believes coming to the U.S. was the best move for her career after she averaged 22 points and eight rebounds in the WNBL last season in Australia. After playing her first season in Tulsa, she'll return home to train with the national team and, hopefully, play in the Olympics.

'If I was still in college, I think I'd be crazy right now,' Cambage said. 'I can't do school and play basketball full-time.'

Instead, as one of two Australians drafted this year, she's hoping to make the WNBA popular back home and join three-time MVP Lauren Jackson in starting a pipeline of players to the United States.

'We might be taking over,' Cambage said. 'You never know.'

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com


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  BELARUS - Women  


Final Live - by Timur Tolokh
April 16 and 17 on-site sports complex 'Minsk-2006' the first match final series of Belarusian championship women's teams. Fight for 'gold' will lead a 'Minsk-2006' and his main rival this season - 'Horizon'.

While the expense of the teams have equal Trophies: Cup of Belarus won the 'Minsk', bronze medals went to the Baltic league basketball player, 'Horizon.' The final series of the national championship is designed to put an end to the dispute for the title of the strongest teams in the country this season, and because the fight on the dance floor promises to be hot and uncompromising.

- The team is coming to the match in the optimal structure and readiness - said before the head coach of the Minsk-2006 'Sergei Svetnik. - In general, in order to play in the final one hundred percent of its capacity, no additional stimulus is not required - this is final. Especially in the case of 'Horizon.' We are quite familiar with this team, we know its strengths and weaknesses, and I doubt that we will face some really serious surprises. Our recent failures were mainly related to the fact that we were not able to cope with the stalwart central 'Horizon' - a Ukrainian Alexandra Homenchuk. But out of those matches, we draw the appropriate conclusions, and found some options, and I think this time will be able to provide effective 'antidote'.

Interner portal itv.by will broadcast live matches of the final series of the national championship women's teams. Watch the games will be on site itv.by, as well as portals and Basket.by Tut.by.


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  BELGIUM - Women  


D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Leemans, Sint K.20.3 
 2. Tatham, Point C.18.4 
 3. Meesseman, Ieper18.0 
 4. Dennett, Sint K.17.3 
 5. VanMalderen, Dexia N.16.5 
 6. Decroos, BBC Boom15.7 
 7. Wilkins, Point Chaud15.1 
 8. Gaither, Dexia N.15.1 
 9. Mayombo, Point C.14.8 
 10. Blommaers, Houth.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Meesseman, Ieper11.1 
 2. Dennett, Sint K.10.3 
 3. Wilkins, Point Chaud9.0 
 4. Tatham, Point C.8.9 
 5. Gaither, Dexia N.8.8 
 6. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.8.6 
 7. Ibekwe, Point C.8.5 
 8. Van Respaill., Wareg.8.4 
 9. Malfait, Jeugd G.7.2 
 10. Maes, Deerlijk7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Leemans, Sint K.3.2 
 2. Mayombo, Point C.2.2 
 3. Van Dessel, Sint K.2.2 
 4. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.1 
 5. Deyaert, Waregem1.9 
 6. Vanloo, Waregem1.9 
 7. Blommaers, Houth.1.8 
 8. Degels, Jeugd G.1.8 
 9. Van Driel, BBC B.1.8 
 10. Devliegher, Ieper1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Meesseman, Ieper2.4 
 2. Mayombo, Point C.2.2 
 3. Gaither, Dexia N.2.2 
 4. Leemans, Sint K.2.1 
 5. Van De Bruae., Deerl.2.1 
 6. Deyaert, Waregem2.0 
 7. Van den Vond., BBC B.2.0 
 8. Van Driel, BBC B.2.0 
 9. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.0 
 10. Celus, Sint Kateline1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Meesseman, Ieper2.8 
 2. Boonen, BBC Boom1.8 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.1.7 
 4. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.1.1 
 5. Lentacker, Jeugd G.0.9 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.0.8 
 7. Malfait, Jeugd G.0.8 
 8. Van Respaill., Wareg.0.8 
 9. VanMalderen, Dexia N.0.8 
 10. De Meyer, Willebroek0.7 


D1: Waregem and Sint Kateline to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Waregem and Sint Kateline celebrated in third decisive games eliminating their rivals with 2-1. Two teams will meet in the Playoffs Finals, which start on Sunday. It will be another best-of-three series and Sint Kateline will have the home court advantage. Second game is scheduled for April 23 and if necessary third game will be played on April 27.

Game 3: Waregem - Dexia Namur 75-45 (2-1)
The game without a history. Declercq Stortbeton led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for the former international forward Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. International guard Julie Vanloo (172-93) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Declercq Stortbeton players scored in double figures. Declercq Stortbeton's coach Daniel Goethals felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International center Laurence VanMalderen (193-81, agency: LBM Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American center Katryna Gaither (191-75, agency: LBM Management) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Dexia Namur.
Top scorers:
Waregem: J.Vanloo 15+2reb+4ast, T.Van Respaille 13+5reb, N.Deyaert 13+10reb+3ast, I.Medvedeva 10+8reb, H.Ben Abdelkader 8, A.Boucquey 6+4reb+4ast
Dexia Namur: K.Gaither 15+7reb, L.VanMalderen 12+10reb+1ast, B.Ray 9+3reb, O.Agabalova 3+5reb+2ast, S.Dubuc 2, A.Halin 2+1reb
gschID: 126629


Game 3:Sint Kateline - BBC Boom 69-67 (2-1)
BBC Boom was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 24-19 charge of Sint Kateline Waver, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 BBC Boom turnovers. BBC Boom was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Melissa Dennett (188-83, college: Colorado St.) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. International swingman Miete Celus (176-91) helped adding 17 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Four Sint Kateline Waver players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Eveline Decroos (184-84) with 28 points and the former international center Dana Boonen (197-79, college: Rutgers) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Sint Kateline: M.Dennett 20+14reb+2ast, M.Celus 17+3reb+2ast, D.Van Dessel 14+1reb+1ast, F.Mertens 12+5reb, A.Winkelmans 2+4reb, H.Mestdagh 2+6reb
BBC Boom: E.Decroos 28+4reb, A.Delaere 10, D.Boonen 8+6reb, V.Van Driel 8+4reb+2ast, E.Lauwers 7+2reb, I.Van den Vonder 4+4reb


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  CROATIA - Women  


A1: Jolly JBS is the regular season champion - by Eurobasket News
The Second Stage in A1 is over. Jolly JBS is No.1 with almost perfect 9-1 record. Four teams advanced to Playoff Semifinals, which start on Saturday.


Group A standings
1. Jolly 9-1
2. Gospic 9-1
3. Lupa Promot. 6-4
4. Studenec O. 4-6
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5. Medvescak 1-9
6. Biska Pula 1-9


Semifinals pairs:
Jolly JBS - Studenec Omis
Gospic - Lupa Promotion


Biska Pula - Medvescak 70-64
Biska Pula can celebrate finally their first win this season after nine consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat ZKK Medvescak (1-9) 70-64 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ZKK Medvescak won third quarter 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories.

gschID: 122993


Lupa Promot. - Gospic 77-83
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Novi Zagreb. Second ranked Gospic faced 3rd ranked Lupa Promotion. Guests from Gospic (9-1) defeated host Lupa Promotion (6-4) 83-77. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lupa Promotion won third quarter 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gospic have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader.

gschID: 122994

Studenec O. - Jolly 72-95
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Omis. First ranked Jolly faced 4th ranked Studenac Omis. Guests from Sibenik (9-1) smashed host Studenac Omis (4-6) 95-72. The game was mostly controlled by Jolly. Studenac Omis was better in third quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jolly have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record, which they share with Gospic. Studenac Omis at the other side keep the fourth place with six games lost.


Sibenik wins the regular season - by Zeljko Zule
Sibenik Jolly JBS won the regular season of Croatian League with a 95-72 road win over Studenac Omis. Luca Ivankovic led six scorers in double figures with 26 points while Ivana Seric had team-high 17 points for Omis. Lupa promotion almost erased a 17-point deficit against Gospic. Irena Cuncic (175-G-86) had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and Britany Miller posted 18 points for Lupa. Gospic was led by Jelena Ivezic with 26 points and 9 rebounds, Michelle Maslowski had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Tijana Jovanovic scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Pula earned their first victory, 70-64, over Medvescak who missed 20 free throws.
Studenac Omis-Sibenik Jolly JBS 72-95 (Puljic 12, Vrvilo 3, Buzov 8, Javorcic 14, Seric 17, Dilber 8, Sesnic 10 - Cakic 9, Lokas 6, Stampalija 10, Misura 10, Semren 14, Wilson 10, Vasovic 10, Ivankovic 26)
Pula-Medvescak 70-64 (Dukic 3, Premasunac 12, Flaherty 14, Valentic 6, Jovanovic 20, Ramljak 16 - Meznaric 18, Peric 9, Majstorovic 3, Borovic 9, Rados 4, Tikvic)
33-46
Lupa promotion-Gospic CO 77-83 (Juric 4, Cacic 12, Cuncic 16, Benic 6, Matic 7, Mada 4, Miller 18, Brkljacic 10 - Ivezic 26, Mandir 18, Reid 8, Jurcevic 13, Badanjak 6, Pavetic 2, Maslowski 10)



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


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


ZBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika and USK praha swept their Semifinal series to meet each other in the Final series.



Valosun Brno - Frisco Sika 64-95

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

gschID: 126585


Strakonice - USK Praha 48-96

The game without a history. USK Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Aldast Strakonice's 34. They outrebounded Aldast Strakonice 39-21 including 25 on the offensive glass. The former international forward Eva Viteckova (189-82) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Delisha Milton-Jones (186-74, college: Florida, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. USK Praha's coach Lubor Blazek felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Zora Skrabalova (196-81, college: Illinois St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and center Zuzana Ondrejova (190-85) scored 12 points.
Top scorers:
Strakonice: Z.Skrabalova 13+9reb, Z.Ondrejova 12+2reb, M.Uhrova 8+1reb+3ast, D.Johnova 8+1reb+2ast, A.Podskalska 3+2reb, J.Musilova 2+3reb+2ast
USK Praha: E.Viteckova 23+7reb+2ast, D.Milton-Jones 20+7reb+2ast, K.Elhotova 13+2reb+1ast, L.Whalen 10+6reb+5ast, A.Vajda 9+6reb+1ast, K.Bartonova 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 126586




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  FRANCE - Women  


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mistie BASS-WILLIAMS
  Challes
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Bass-W., Challes19.4 
 2. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.16.4 
 3. Grima, Aix-en-P.15.9 
 4. Humphrey, Landes15.3 
 5. Dubljevic, Tarbes15.0 
 6. Sanni, Villeneuve14.7 
 7. Mann, Charleville14.3 
 8. Sharp, Mondeville14.3 
 9. Hurst, Aix-en-P.14.1 
 10. Covington, Union H.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurelie BONNAN
  Mondeville
  (187-F-83)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bonnan, Mondeville10.8 
 2. Humphrey, Landes10.0 
 3. Diawara, Charleville9.7 
 4. Bass-W., Challes9.5 
 5. Bales, Union Hainaut8.8 
 6. Sanni, Villeneuve8.6 
 7. Kamba, Union H.8.2 
 8. Matic, Tarbes7.0 
 9. Grima, Aix-en-P.6.8 
 10. Sacko, Lattes M.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Caroline AUBERT
  Nantes
  (168-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aubert, Nantes5.0 
 2. Hurst, Aix-en-P.4.7 
 3. Manic, Landes4.2 
 4. Lepron, Tarbes4.1 
 5. Mitchell, Arras4.0 
 6. Tanqueray, Villeneuve3.8 
 7. Bar, Challes3.7 
 8. Aubert, Toulouse3.5 
 9. Carpreaux, Villeneuve3.5 
 10. Dubljevic, Tarbes3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Johanne GOMIS
  Arras
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gomis, Arras2.6 
 2. Bar, Challes2.4 
 3. Milovanovic, Toulouse2.1 
 4. Poto, Lattes M.2.1 
 5. Skrela, Lattes M.2.1 
 6. Lepron, Tarbes1.9 
 7. Young, Landes1.9 
 8. Bouderra, Charleville1.9 
 9. Bonnan, Mondeville1.8 
 10. Kamba, Union H.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Alison BALES
  Union Hainaut
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bales, Union Hainaut2.1 
 2. Ndongue, Bourges1.6 
 3. Bertal, Villeneuve0.7 
 4. Smith, Tarbes0.7 
 5. Bonnan, Mondeville0.7 
 6. Dowdell, Toulouse0.7 
 7. Jones, Toulouse0.7 
 8. Sy-Diop, Nantes0.7 
 9. Bass-W., Challes0.6 
 10. Bar, Challes0.6 


French LFB round 26 best performance: Mistie Bass-Williams (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
American center Mistie Bass-Williams (191-C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Challes-les-Eaux Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, eight rebounds) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass COB Calais (4-22) with 28-point margin 83-55. Challes maintains the 2nd position in French LFB with 18-8 record. Of course, they advanced to the Playoff Semifinals. Bass-Williams turned to be Challes' top player in her first season with the team. Mistie Bass-Williams averages this season 19.4ppg and 9.5rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Croatian Emilija Podrug (190-C-79) of Reze Nantes Basket 44. Podrug had a very good evening with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course she lead Nantes to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Aix-en-Provence (9-17) 93-71. Nantes' 5th position in has not changed (17-9 record). Podrug is a newcomer at Nantes, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Aurelie Bonnan (187-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) of USO Mondeville (#8). Bonnan showcased her all-around game by recording 11 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Bonnan's great performance Mondeville lost 48-56 to slightly higher-ranked Arras (13-13). Mondeville ended as No.8 with 14 games lost. Bonnan has a great season in France. After 21 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jennifer Fleisher (195-C-84) of Challes - 9 points and 20 rebounds
5. Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) of Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82) of Arras - 17 points and 11 rebounds
7. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82) of Arras - 24 points and 2 rebounds
8. Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (188-F/C-86) of Union Hainaut - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Emilie Silbande (178-G-81) of Union Hainaut - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Brooke Smith (191-F/C-84) of Tarbes - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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  GERMANY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Candace WILLIAMS
  Leipzig
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Williams, Leipzig18.1 
 2. Turner, Freiburg17.4 
 3. Hayes, Freiburg17.0 
 4. Holmes, Wasserburg16.7 
 5. Tatham, Halle16.5 
 6. Tulikihihifo, Wolfen.16.3 
 7. Terzic, Herner15.5 
 8. Austmann, Oberh.14.9 
 9. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.14.7 
 10. Bender, Oberhausen14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sequoia HOLMES
  Wasserburg
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Holmes, Wasserburg8.5 
 2. Tatham, Halle8.2 
 3. Rajecka, Donau-Ries7.8 
 4. Haughian, Leipzig7.5 
 5. Porter-T., Wasse.7.3 
 6. Williamson, Halle7.2 
 7. Landry, Marburg7.1 
 8. Tracey, Freiburg7.1 
 9. Williams, Leipzig6.8 
 10. Almind, Oberhausen6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries4.8 
 2. Comtesse, Saarl.4.1 
 3. Paige, Halle3.9 
 4. Pace, Leipzig3.7 
 5. O''Rourke, Chemnitz3.5 
 6. Austmann, Oberh.3.4 
 7. Mersch, Oberhausen3.1 
 8. Barnert, Saarlouis3.0 
 9. Davidson, Marburg3.0 
 10. Flasarova, Wolfen.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries3.3 
 2. Hayes, Freiburg2.7 
 3. Pace, Leipzig2.6 
 4. Tatham, Halle2.4 
 5. Hightower, Wasse.2.4 
 6. Holmes, Wasserburg2.3 
 7. Austmann, Oberh.2.3 
 8. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.2.3 
 9. Tracey, Freiburg2.2 
 10. Turner, Freiburg2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Sequoia HOLMES
  Wasserburg
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Holmes, Wasserburg1.0 
 2. Landry, Marburg0.9 
 3. Zberch, Oberhausen0.8 
 4. Koop, Marburg0.8 
 5. Muurinen, Rhein MB0.8 
 6. Wohlberg, Leipzig0.7 
 7. Bondarenko, Freib.0.7 
 8. Greunke, Rhein MB0.7 
 9. Almind, Oberhausen0.6 
 10. Saarinen, Rhein MB0.6 


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  ITALY - Women  


A2, 1/8 Finals: Second games - by Eurobasket News
Second games of A2 1/8 Finals were played on Wednesday and Thursday. Four teams already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. In Group North, Borgotaro and Bolzano advanced to the next stage with perfect 2-0. In Group South, T. Spezia and Chieti reached the QFinals already.



Third games

North
Apr. 17 Bologna - Alghero
Apr. 16 Cagliari CUS - Cagliari V.

South
Apr. 17 Alcamo - Battipaglia
Apr. 16 Ragusa - Orvieto



Second games

North
Apr. 13: Alghero 64-57 Bologna
Apr. 13: Borgotaro 65-59 Udine
Apr. 13: San Martino 49-58 Bolzano
Apr. 14: Cagliari V. 46-66 Cagliari CUS

South
Apr. 13: Viterbo 55-66 T. Spezia
Apr. 13: Orvieto 61-72 Ragusa
Apr. 13: R. La Spezia 50-63 Chieti
Apr. 14: Battipaglia 77-70 Alcamo



First games

North
Apr. 10: Bologna 69-53 Alghero
Apr. 10: Cagliari CUS 52-66 Cagliari V.
Apr. 10: Udine 70-82 OT Borgotaro
Apr. 10: Bolzano 63-55 San Martino

South
Apr. 10: Chieti 64-47 R. La Spezia
Apr. 10: Ragusa 41-51 Orvieto
Apr. 10: T. Spezia 79-53 Viterbo
Apr. 10: Alcamo 59-41 Battipaglia




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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Liga Feminina finals - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Finals time in Liga Feminina, and we have Utahya Drye (185-F-88, college: Virginia Tech) and Paula Muxiri (184-F/C-81, college: ODU) previewing what would happen in the Portuguese Womens League.

Surprisingly or not, well have a new champion in Liga Feminina. CAB Madeira finished first in the regular season, but with very similar records to Vagos and Quinta dos Lombos. These both teams faced each other in semi-finals and there were no home wins. So now, CAB will be meeting Quinta dos Lombos to decide who will be getting the title.

CAB Madeira star, Utahya Drye, told fpb.pt that 'in Portugal, every player can go in different positions and shoot, the physical aspect of the game is less important than in US.' About her expectations for the Finals, Drye assumes that 'everyone in CAB is ready to sacrifice, we really want to win. Well have to touch our limits, as a team, if we want to beat Quinta dos Lombos.'

As for Paula Muxiri, the most important player in Quinta dos Lombos, she said that 'morale is really high, as it was hard to expect we could beat Vagos after losing at home.' Quinta dos Lombos won Federation and Portuguese Cup and reach their third final of the season. They also won all their games against CAB this season. 'It will be different now, as its playoff time and CAB is showing a different mentality. I also think we are more tired than CAB, we had to give all our efforts to reach the final. We are counting in our ability to be focused and profit from the errors CAB will make in these games.'

First two games in the Finals will be played this weekend, in Madeira. Next weekend, Carcavelos will be hosting two more games, if necessary. Last game will be played in Madeira, April 30th, if we reach a 2-2 tie.





source: http://porbasket.blogspot.com/2011/04/lf-drye-and-muxiri-finals-preview.html





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  ROMANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Florina DIACONA
  Rapid
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Diacona, Rapid21.4 
 2. Stoenescu, Timis.18.3 
 3. Saponjic, Alexandria16.7 
 4. Matthews, Craiova15.2 
 5. Klein, Satu Mare14.8 
 6. Tarta, Craiova14.6 
 7. Rus, Alexandria14.5 
 8. Voinea, Alba Iulia14.3 
 9. Vass, Sf.Gheorghe14.2 
 10. Ivan, Brasov14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fatou KANE
  Craiova
  (198-C-85)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Kane, Craiova13.4 
 2. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.11.1 
 3. Walker, Sf.Gheor.10.4 
 4. Rus, Alexandria10.0 
 5. Saponjic, Alexandria10.0 
 6. Ducker, Satu Mare9.0 
 7. Teilane, Satu Mare9.0 
 8. Ivan, Brasov8.8 
 9. Vescan, Sf.Gheorghe8.7 
 10. Whitehead, Craiova8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Annemarie PARAU
  Sf.Gheorghe
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Parau, Sf.Gheorghe4.9 
 2. Ciocan, ICIM A.4.5 
 3. Tarta, Craiova4.1 
 4. Mehmedic, Satu M.3.9 
 5. Diacona, Rapid3.9 
 6. Bucica, Alexandria3.0 
 7. Vass, Sf.Gheorghe3.0 
 8. Stoenescu, Timis.2.8 
 9. Sipos, Craiova2.8 
 10. Boriga, ICIM A.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Anca SIPOS
  Craiova
  (185-F/C-85)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Sipos, Craiova4.1 
 2. Diacona, Rapid3.5 
 3. Dinca, Alba Iulia2.9 
 4. Stoenescu, Timis.2.9 
 5. Chivu, Alexandria2.8 
 6. Budean, Timisoara2.5 
 7. Ardeleanu, Sf.Gheor.2.4 
 8. Boriga, ICIM A.2.4 
 9. Ducker, Satu Mare2.3 
 10. Parau, Sf.Gheorghe2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Teilane, Satu Mare3.9 
 2. Walker, Sf.Gheor.2.7 
 3. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.1.9 
 4. Kane, Craiova1.7 
 5. Toma, ICIM A.1.3 
 6. Craciun, Olimpia1.2 
 7. Ionescu, Rapid1.0 
 8. Rus, Alexandria0.9 
 9. Ionescu, Olimpia0.8 
 10. Whitehead, Craiova0.7 


ICIM Arad tied the Final series - by Eurobasket News
3-4 place
Timisoara - Sf.Gheorghe 56-78

Sf.Gheorghe outrebounded Timisoara 37-16 including a 12-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Kerri Gardin (186-84, college: Virginia Tech) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international center Bianca Vescan (186-78) supported her with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Sf.Gheorghe players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 6 rebounds by the former international guard Ancuta Stoenescu (171-80) did not help to save the game for Timisoara. Serbian center Ana Vuksic (188-81) added 14 points for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Sf.Gheorghe: B.Vescan 19+6reb+1ast, A.Parau 15+4reb+3ast, K.Gardin 15+10reb+1ast, I.Vass 10+5reb+4ast, A.Walker 9+6reb+1ast, F.Ardeleanu 7+2reb+1ast
Timisoara: A.Stoenescu 16+6reb+2ast, A.Vuksic 14+4reb, R.Alecu 8+2reb, L.Budean 6+2reb+1ast, C.Morosan 6, A.Haas 4
gschID: 126613


5-6 place
Rapid - Alexandria 53-37

The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 53-37. Rapid dominated on the defensive end, holding Alexandria to just 5 points in fourth quarter and to 14 points in second half. Rapid held Alexandria to an opponent 21.9 percent shooting from the field compared to 43.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Rapid forced 19 Alexandria turnovers and had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Cristina Perta (187-78) who scored 14 points. Center Andra Ionescu (190-88) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Georgiana Rus (189-87) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Alexandra Cutas (179-82) added 2 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Rapid: C.Perta 14+4reb+2ast, A.Ionescu 12+6reb+1ast, C.Ene 11+5reb+2ast, A.Pavel 8+3reb+2ast, F.Diacona 6+8reb+2ast, M.Nicolaescu 2+8reb+2ast
Alexandria: G.Rus 20+9reb, C.Cutas 7+4reb+1ast, N.Saponjic 5+7reb, D.Bucica 3+5reb+3ast, A.Cutas 2+5reb+6ast, I.Pascu 0
gschID: 126614


7-8 place
Olimpia - Craiova 87-70

Olimpia outrebounded Craiova 37-24 including 16 on the offensive glass. Forward Sonia Ursu (175-93) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Guard Gabriela Cursaru (169-92) contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Olimpia players scored in double figures. American guard Tena Matthews (173-85, college: Northwestern St.) replied with 24 points and 7 rebounds and forward Andreea Stefan (181-91) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Craiova.
Top scorers:
Olimpia: G.Cursaru 22+3reb+4ast, S.Ursu 20+11reb+7ast, A.Florea 17+9reb+1ast, R.Filip 11+2reb+5ast, M.Chelariu 8+5reb, G.Munteanu 7+5reb+1ast
Craiova: T.Matthews 24+7reb+2ast, A.Stefan 16+6reb+1ast, J.Simionca 9+3reb+4ast, R.Tarta 9+3reb+4ast, A.Sipos 9+5reb+3ast, A.Gliga 3
gschID: 126615


FINAL
Satu Mare - ICIM Arad 61-65

Satu Mare was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American guard Cherrise Graham (171-82) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Ashlee Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Bosnian guard Amra Mehmedic (175-81) responded with 21 points, 5 assists and 5 steals and Latvian center Anita Teilane (196-85) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
ICIM Arad: G.Toma 16+4reb+2ast, C.Graham 16+7reb+2ast, A.Roberson 11+8reb+3ast, L.Dragoescu 8+3reb+3ast, A.Meszaros 8+8reb, B.Urban 4
Satu Mare: A.Mehmedic 21+5ast, A.Teilane 15+5reb+1ast, C.Pop 10+9reb+2ast, A.Orosz 7+2reb+1ast, L.Drake 6+9reb+1ast, L.Bjork 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 126188




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Extraliga: MBK Ruzomberok joins Dobri Anjeli in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals, Game 4: Poprad - MBK Ruzomberok 58-62 (1-3)

MBK Ruzomberok joined Dobri Anjeli in Extraliga Finals. They managed to beat Poprad 62-58 in Game Four winning the Semifinals series with almost perfect 3-1. Dobri Anjeli will have home court advantage in the Finals series and the first game is scheduled for April 20 (best-of-five). Jessica Dickson (178-F-84, college: S.Florida) was the leading scorer in this victory with 20 points. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) secured a nice help adding 13, while Jenna Smith (191-C-88, college: Illinois) added one point less. Smith also grabbed 10 rebounds beside that to register double-double. In the loosing squad, Natasha Brackett (175-G-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Auburn) and Andrea Oravcova (175-G-87) had 17 and 12 points respectively. Poprad was slightly better in the first quarter (17-16), but visitors took control on them for the next ten minutes. They managed to make 10-19 in the second period and were up by 8 at the halftime. Poprad came to minus 4 before the last quarter, but MBK Ruzomberok players were strong enough to keep their lead for rest of the game.

Poprad: Natasha Brackett 17, Andrea Oravcova 12
MBK Ruzomberok: Jessica Dickson 20, Klaudia Lukacovicova 13, Jenna Smith 12+10 boards


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Stats Leaders - LFB
Points Per Game
 Eshaya Marie MURPHY
  Mariana
  (180-G/F-85)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Murphy, Mariana25.5 
 2. Brunson, Ros C.16.2 
 3. Valdemoro, Rivas E.15.9 
 4. Ferrari, Mariana15.5 
 5. Bonner, Rivas E.15.5 
 6. Traore, Olesa15.3 
 7. Chones, Navarra15.0 
 8. Sliskovic, Real C.15.0 
 9. Traore, Cadi la Seu14.0 
 10. Douglas, Ros C.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gisela VEGA
  Girona
  (188-C-82)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Vega, Girona9.6 
 2. Paris, Rivas Ecopolis8.6 
 3. Brunson, Ros C.8.6 
 4. Lyttle, Perfumer.8.4 
 5. DeSouza, Perfumer.8.3 
 6. Sliskovic, Real C.8.2 
 7. Vega, Mariana8.2 
 8. Murphy, Mariana7.8 
 9. Ress, Gran Canaria7.7 
 10. Staknevicien., Real C.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Paola FERRARI
  Mariana
  (178-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Ferrari, Mariana4.2 
 2. Morales, Ibiza3.7 
 3. Ocete, Mariana3.6 
 4. Infantes, Olesa3.6 
 5. Sanchez, Gran C.3.2 
 6. Lacy, Hondar.-Irun3.1 
 7. Thorburn, Ibiza3.1 
 8. Ouvina, Mann Filter2.9 
 9. Jordana, Real C.2.9 
 10. Palau, Ros Casares2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Eshaya Marie MURPHY
  Mariana
  (180-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Murphy, Mariana2.5 
 2. Lacy, Hondar.-Irun2.1 
 3. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.0 
 4. Thorburn, Ibiza1.9 
 5. Bermejo, Rivas E.1.9 
 6. Ouvina, Mann Filter1.8 
 7. Morales, Ibiza1.8 
 8. Sanchez, Gran C.1.7 
 9. Ocete, Mariana1.6 
 10. Cruz, Rivas Ecopolis1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Olga PODKOVALNIKOVA
  Olesa
  (195-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Podkovalniko., Olesa1.3 
 2. Henry, Mann Filter1.3 
 3. DeSouza, Perfumer.1.0 
 4. Denti, Olesa1.0 
 5. Kerr, Olesa0.9 
 6. Brunson, Ros C.0.8 
 7. Lacy, Hondar.-Irun0.8 
 8. Lyttle, Perfumer.0.7 
 9. Bavendam, Hondar.-.0.7 
 10. Paris, Rivas Ecopolis0.6 


LFB Semifinals: Perfumerias and Ros Casares take 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
First games of the LFB Semifinals were played yesterday. Perfumerias and Ros Casares took 1-0 lead against their rivals and both teams celebrated at home. Second games are scheduled for April 16 and 18.



Perfumerias - Rivas Ecopolis 69-65 (1-0)

The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Perfumerias Avenida outrebounded Rivas Ecopolis 36-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Sancho Lyttle (193-83, college: Houston) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 8 rebounds. Brazilian center Erika DeSouza (197-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Perfumerias Avenida players scored in double figures. International forward Amaya Valdemoro (184-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 25 points and 5 steals and American guard DeWanna Bonner (193-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Rivas Ecopolis.
Top scorers:
Perfumerias: A.Torrens 14+2reb+2ast, S.Lyttle 12+8reb+3ast, E.DeSouza 11+9reb+1ast, A.Montanana 10+3reb+1ast, A.De Mondt 10+3reb+2ast, S.Dominguez 8+5reb+6ast
Rivas Ecopolis: A.Valdemoro 25+4reb+2ast, C.Paris 10+5reb, A.Cruz 9+2reb+1ast, E.Aguilar 9+3reb+1ast, D.Bonner 9+6reb+1ast, C.Bermejo 3+1reb+1ast


gschID: 125967


Ros Casares - Mann Filter 89-54 (1-0)
The game without a history. Ros Casares led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Mann Filter's 24. Ros Casares forced 22 Mann Filter turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Mann Filter's players. American power forward Rebekkah Brunson (191-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Czech forward Jana Vesela (190-83) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four Ros Casares players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Maria Pina (187-87) responded with 9 points and guard Queralt Casas (180-92) scored 10 points. Mann Filter's coach Victor Antonio Lapena gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Ros Casares: R.Brunson 19+7reb+1ast, J.Vesela 18+7reb+2ast, K.Douglas 15+8reb+3ast, N.Anosike 13+8reb+1ast, M.Fernandez 9+1reb+3ast, C.Lima 7+5reb+3ast
Mann Filter: Q.Casas 10+3reb+1ast, M.Pina 9+4reb+1ast, A.Feaster-Strong 9+1reb+1ast, A.Henry 7+6reb, I.Kresovic 6+3reb, J.Zlatanova 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 125968




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  TURKEY - Women  


TKBL Finals: Fenerbahce 2-1 up against Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Game 3: Fenerbahce - Galatasaray 80-68 (2-1)

Fenerbahce is 2-1 up against Galatasaray and now they need just one more win for the title. The first chance to do it Fener will have on Sunday.
The game without a history. Fenerbahce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Angel McCoughtry (185-86, college: Louisville) who scored 22 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Serbian center Ivana Matovic (197-83) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Tamika Catchings (186-79, college: Tennessee) who recorded 18 points and 4 assists and the other American import center Sylvia Fowles (198-85, college: LSU) added 17 points and 7 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively.

Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: A.McCoughtry 22+4reb+5ast, H.Horakova 14+6reb+1ast, N.Yilmaz 14+3reb+4ast, I.Matovic 13+8reb+1ast, A.Jekabsone-Zogota 8+2reb, B.Vardarli 5+2reb+2ast
Galatasaray: T.Catchings 18+3reb+4ast, S.Fowles 17+7reb, S.Augustus 16+7reb+1ast, D.Hodges 9+1ast, I.Alben 4+2reb+2ast, B.Caglar 4+2reb+6ast


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Jolene ANDERSON
  Botas
  (173-G-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Anderson, Botas20.4 
 2. Taylor, Fenerbahce18.7 
 3. Castro Marqu., Besik.17.7 
 4. Smith, Alanya BLD17.5 
 5. Ajavon, Istanbul.17.2 
 6. McCoughtry, Fener.17.0 
 7. Pierson, Tarsus Bld17.0 
 8. Frazee, Botas16.6 
 9. Fowles, Galatasa.16.4 
 10. Thomas, Burhaniy.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aisha MOHAMMED
  Ceyhan Bld
  (191-C-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Mohammed, Ceyhan B.12.0 
 2. Paris, Istanbul Univ.10.9 
 3. Adair, Samsun10.5 
 4. Larkins, Mersin10.2 
 5. Fowles, Galatasa.9.9 
 6. Thomas, Burhaniy.9.8 
 7. Pringle, TED K.8.5 
 8. Brown, Samsun8.3 
 9. Ayim, Alanya BLD8.1 
 10. Frazee, Botas8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Julie MCBRIDE
  Ceyhan Bld
  (165-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. McBride, Ceyhan B.5.9 
 2. Boz, Samsun5.5 
 3. Ajavon, Istanbul.4.2 
 4. Hardy, Burhaniy.4.1 
 5. Vardarli, Fener.3.8 
 6. Boddie, Botas3.7 
 7. Kartaltepe Y., Besik.3.7 
 8. Canty, Tarsus Bld3.4 
 9. Alben, Galatasaray3.4 
 10. Celebi, Alanya BLD3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Crystal SMITH
  Alanya BLD
  (168-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Smith, Alanya BLD2.6 
 2. Perkins, Ceyhan Bld2.3 
 3. White, Burhaniye Bld2.2 
 4. Ajavon, Istanbul.2.2 
 5. McCoughtry, Fener.2.2 
 6. Larkins, Mersin2.1 
 7. Hardy, Burhaniy.2.1 
 8. Catchings, Galatasa.2.0 
 9. Anderson, Botas2.0 
 10. Pierson, Tarsus Bld1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 LaToya PRINGLE
  TED Kayseri
  (191-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Pringle, TED K.1.9 
 2. Ayim, Alanya BLD1.9 
 3. Mokango, Mersin1.5 
 4. Pierson, Tarsus Bld1.3 
 5. Fowles, Galatasa.1.3 
 6. Adair, Samsun1.1 
 7. Gezer, Istanbul.1.0 
 8. McCoughtry, Fener.0.8 
 9. Paris, Istanbul Univ.0.8 
 10. Petronyte, Galatasa.0.8 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Top V.I. prep basketball stars to play in annual Sun Stroke Hoops Classic- April 22-23 - by David Edole
The top prep basketball players from the territory will have one last chance to shine in front of a packed house when the 13th annual Sun Stroke All-V.I. Hoop Classic tips off April 22-23.

The Classic will pit the best boys and girls high school basketball players from St. Thomas against the top players from St. Croix at Central High's Ronald Charles Arena. The girls game will start at 7 p.m. and the boys game will follow.

'In the very first all-star game, they played in T-shirts and now we have nice jerseys from Adidas, so we've come a long way,' said Sun Stroke Promotions President Rashidi Clenance, who co-organizes the event. 'We've also had some great games over the years and the series is pretty balanced.'

The St. Croix boys won last year to double up their all-time series lead to 8-4, while the Lady Crucians also won last year to tie the series with St. Thomas, 6-6.

Sun Stroke Promotions pays for all the players' travel costs and hotel accommodations, Clenance said, while NBA standout Tim Duncan, a St. Croix native, has been a major sponsor of the event for the last nine years.

Last year's boys game was highlighted by an up-tempo pace, which led to high-flying dunks and fearless block attempts. The scoring for the girls game was very balanced as all 11 St. Croix players who entered the game scored.

Clenance's original vision for the all-star games 13 years ago was for the territory's top talents to meet on the court for one premiere game that would attract college scouts and coaches.

'The games are well-promoted and well-attended, but not many college coaches regularly attend,' said Clenance, who played alongside Duncan in high school and graduated from St. Joseph's on St. Croix in 1993. 'That's why we've incorporated the videotaping. We make the DVDs and send them out to any coaches who are interested in our kids.'

Over the years, the DVDs have assisted several local products earn spots on college programs. David Edole, another co-organizer for the event, said a handful of community college coaches and scouts will be in attendance for the games this year.

'We're also trying to put together camps on St. Thomas and St. Croix the week after so coaches can really get to know the kids trying to play in college,' he said.

The action starts Friday with a celebrity game that will feature local senators, entertainers and media personalities. Live bands will perform.

Saturday's game also will have local high school marching bands and another live band will start to perform at 6 p.m., about an hour before the first game tips off. After the awards ceremony, an after-party will be held in the arena.

Coach Donald Bough
1. Melanisiah Hendrickson (CHS) 5-2, Senior, Guard
2. Lanese Bough (CHS) , 5-8, Senior, Guard
3. Veronique Llanos (EC), 5-9, Senior, Forward
4. Jada Edwards (CHS) , 5-10, Junior, Forward
5. Jovanna John (CHS) , 5-7, Senior, Guard
6. Neandra Auguste (EC), 5-9, Senior, Forward
7. Laquinda Isle (EC), 5-6, Senior, Guard
8. Kadeesha Barry (CHS) , 5-7, Sophomore, Guard
9. Julissa Thomas (EC) 5-5, Junior, Guard
10. Krysta Peter (CHS) , 5-8, Senior, Forward

Coach Dean Heywood
1. Kadeem Jones (CHS) 5-6, Senior, Guard
2. Raydel Denis (EC) , 6-6, Senior, Forward
3. Tamoi Francis (EC), 5-9, Senior, Guard
4. Razeem Huggins (CHS), 6-2, Senior, Forward
5. Amali Krigger (EC) , 5-8, Senior, Guard
6. Melvine Adams (EC) , 6-3, Senior, Forward
7. Kareem Harris (Manor), 6-1, Sophomore, Guard
8. Michael Nelthrop (CDS), 6-3, Guard
9. Reno Motta (CHS) , 6-2, Senior, Forward
10. Shomari Francis (CHS), 6-1, Junior, Forward

Female St. Thomas All Stars will be coached by Regular Season Champions from the Chicken Hawks Myron Corbett
1. Eddiong Utibe (Antilles) 6-2, Sophomore, Center
2. Akia Frett (EK) , 5-4, Freshman, Guard
3. TeAndra Richardson (CA) , 6-0, Senior, Forward
4. Sakile Brathwaite-Hall (Antilles) , 6-0, Senior, Forward
5. Kelssy Trass (CA) 5-8, Junior, Guard
6. Rhea Simon (SA) 5-10, Junior, Forward
7. Alanah George (EK) 5-6, Senior, Guard
8. Merrisa Murphey (CA) 6-1, Junior, Center
9. Shaniqua Wheatley (CA) 5-9, Junior, Guard
10. Jerusha Corbett (CA) 5-8, Freshman, Guard

Male St. Thomas All Stars will be coached by Regular Season Champions from the Chicken Hawks Pedrito Estrill
1. Ageyi Gregory (Antilles) 6-0, Junior, Guard
2. Merwin Potter (CA) , 6-2, Senior, Guard
3. Xavier Richards (EK) 6-1, Junior, Guard
4. Deshawn Creque (CA) 5-10, Senior, Guard
5. Dornell Weaver (Antilles) 6-6, Junior, Forward
6. Anamuko Utibe (Antilles) 6-2, Junior, Forward
7. Brandon Wynter (AS) 5-10, Junior, Guard
8. Cursim Hansen (CA) 5-8, Junior, Guard
9. Deland Isidore (EK) 6-2, Senior, Forward
10. Shanoui Miller (CA) 5-10, Junior, Guard


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Standings (Women)
UPBL Standings
 1. Tim-Scuf 4-0 
 2. Dynamo 3-1 
 3. Yuzhna Palmira 3-1 
 4. Donbas 2-1 
 5. Kozachka 2-2 
 6. Frankivsk 1-1 
 7. Dnipro-DVUFK 1-2 
 8. Politeh Basket 0-2 
 9. Luganski Last. 0-3 
 10. Orlan 0-3 


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  WBCBL - Women  


St. Louis Surge women's semi-pro team begins season this month - by Willie McCray
- By Earl Austin Jr. Of the St. Louis American ....

The newest sports addition to the St. Louis sports scene is the women's semi-pro basketball team: the St. Louis Surge. The Surge will play their home games at Vashon High School (3035 Cass) this season.
The St. Louis Surge are members of the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League.
The Surge will feature several former standouts from the St. Louis metropolitan area. Twins Veronica and Victoria Smith were former standouts at East St. Louis Senior High. Center Tiana Ford led Gateway Tech the Missouri Class 4A title in 1997 and '99. Former Vashon standout Laniya 'Star' Stevens and Philadelphia native Chanel Ross were the leaders of Harris-Stowe State University's NAIA national tournament team a few years ago. Former U. City standout Tiffany Foote was a top player at Columbia College.
A season pass is only $20 for the team's home schedule. For season passes or game info, you can call (314) 968-8070 or visit the website, www.wbcbl.com.

St. Louis Surge Roster
21 Laniya 'Star' Stevens 5'7' (Harris-Stowe)
11 Tiffany Foote 5'6' (Columbia College)
40 Tiana Ford 6'2' (University of Louisville)
30 Chanel Ross 5'6' (Harris-Stowe)
24 Veronica Smith 5'11' (Columbia College)
44 Victoria Smith 5'11' (Columbia College)
6 Christian Foston-Stowers 6'0' (Mineral Area College)
10 Alex Harvey 5'6' (Co-Captain)
7 Jemelia Moore 5'4' (Northwest College)
42 Cedrica Reed 5'9' (Southwestern Illinois College)
20 Chris Coney 5'7' (Mineral Area College)
14 Alycea Wallace 5'7' (Mineral Area College)
32 Khalia Collier 5'10' (Harris-Stowe)
1 Jessica Wilkerson 5'8' (Columbia College)
22 Laura Witherspoon 5'8' (Southern Illinois University)

St. Louis Surge Home Schedule
April 23: 3- 6 p.m.
May 14: vs Kansas Nuggets, 2 p.m.
June 11: vs. Kansas City Queenz, 2 p.m.
July 9: vs. Rock Co. Robbins, 2 p.m.
July 23: Regional Tournament


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Lynx sign Maya Moore, 1st pick in WNBA draft - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Lynx have signed Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89), the first pick in this year's WNBA draft. The team announced the signing on Thursday. Terms were not disclosed.

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

Moore was part of a record 90-game winning streak during her college career. She joins a Lynx team that has made the playoffs just twice since entering the league in 1999.

Moore's first on-court action with the Lynx will come on May 24, an exhibition game against the Indiana Fever. Minnesota's regular season begins June 3 at Los Angeles, followed by a home game against the Sparks on June 5.

Courtesy of www.sgvtribune.com


Could Cambage be the Shock's Kevin Durant? - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa Shock can only hope Elizabeth Cambage (6'8''-C-91) will be their Kevin Durant.

From opposite sides of the world, the two ended up in similar circumstances.

Like Durant, Cambage was drafted second overall - albeit in the WNBA draft, instead of the NBA version - while still in her late teens and finds herself on a team trying to find its footing after a relocation.

The Shock were the WNBA's worst team last season, winning just six games after a quartet of All-Stars decided not to move with the team from Detroit.

That put them in a position to take Cambage, a 6-foot-8 center from Australia, in the draft Monday.

Two days later, she was taking in her first NBA game and meeting Durant. The NBA scoring champion gave her a draft day shout-out on Twitter to welcome her to the state and promise to come to Tulsa and wear a Shock jersey.

'He's like one of my idols,' Cambage said. 'My friends back home are freaking out.'

Their brief exchange after the game encapsulated where both are at this point in their careers. Durant, now 22, is an established NBA star and headed to the playoffs for the second straight season.

Cambage is adapting to being the new face of a WNBA franchise and just making her presence known in her first visit ever to Oklahoma.

The two, both represented by agent Aaron Goodwin, met up to exchange signed jerseys after the Thunder's 110-106 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

'Where do I sign?' she asked him. 'Like on the 8 or next to it?'

She ended up signing next to her number on the bright yellow jersey, then thanking Durant profusely for swapping with her.

Cambage could learn a lot more from Durant, who joined the Seattle SuperSonics just as they were getting rid of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis and preparing to move to Oklahoma City. Just 18 years old when he was drafted following his freshman year at Texas, Durant became the league's Rookie of the Year. By his third season, he was leading the NBA in scoring and leading the Thunder into the playoffs.

Cambage already misses her parents' cooking - a more desirable alternative to the fried foods that have upset her stomach in her first few days in America - and knows she'll miss all her friends and basketball teammates from back home. Being 20 hours from home seems a bit menacing to her at age 19.

But she also believes she's 'ready to leave the nest and start my own journey.'

'I'm happy I'm here,' said Cambage, who will fly back home Saturday. 'It's a little scary, but I've just got to turn into a big adventurer.'

Cambage believes coming to the U.S. was the best move for her career after she averaged 22 points and eight rebounds in the WNBL last season in Australia. After playing her first season in Tulsa, she'll return home to train with the national team and, hopefully, play in the Olympics.

'If I was still in college, I think I'd be crazy right now,' Cambage said. 'I can't do school and play basketball full-time.'

Instead, as one of two Australians drafted this year, she's hoping to make the WNBA popular back home and join three-time MVP Lauren Jackson in starting a pipeline of players to the United States.

'We might be taking over,' Cambage said. 'You never know.'

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com


Lindsey Harding in Atlanta - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
The Atlanta Dream announced today the team has acquired guard Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) from the Washington Mystics in a sign-and-trade deal.

The Dream sent guard Kelly Miller (5'10''-G-78, college: Georgia), the teams 2011 No. 8 overall draft pick Ta'Shia Phillips (6'6''-C-89) and a first round pick in 2012 to the Mystics in exchange for Harding and a second round pick in 2012.

Harding, a 5-8 guard, earned her first All-Star selection in 2010 and helped the Mystics to the Eastern Conference regular season title. She started every game for the Mystics the past two seasons. Harding averaged 12.1 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds per game last season.

Harding was originally selected with the first overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Phoenix Mercury and was traded to the Minnesota Lynx on draft day. She spent her first two seasons in Minnesota before being traded to Washington in January 2009. She played collegiately at Duke University where she was the two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year and only the second player in school history to register over 1,000 points, 500 assists, 500 rebounds and 250 steals.

Miller appeared in 30 games for the Dream last season, averaging 3.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

The Atlanta Dream is the defending Womens National Basketball Associations (WNBA) Eastern Conference Champion.




Source: wnba.com



Trade For Kalana Greene Highlights Sun Draft - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
The Connecticut Sun executed a pair of trades during Mondays WNBA Draft, including a swap with the New York Liberty that landed former UConn star Kalana Greene (5'10''-G-87, college: Connecticut).

The Sun dealt Texas A&M rookie guard Sydney Colson (5'8''-G-89), selected with the 16th overall pick in Mondays draft, to the Liberty in exchange for Greene. The move reunites Greene with former UConn teammates Tina Charles and Renee Montgomery, giving the Sun a youthful core that also includes Kelsey Griffin, Allison Hightower and Danielle McCray all members of Connecticuts 2010 draft class.

Selected 13th overall in the 2010 WNBA Draft, Greene appeared in 33 games as a rookie for the Liberty, averaging 4.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game, shooting 46.4 percent from the field. She had a career-high 17 points in a 77-72 win over San Antonio on July 27th.




source: wnba.com