EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/17/2011

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  ALBANIA   


Tirana won the 2010/2011 title! - by Eurobasket News
Tirana won the 2010/2011 title as they won all Final games over UAT. At first Tirana celebrated 60:51 victory and then added 81:65 win in Game 2. In the last game Tirana grabbed 73:69 win. They started with 21-20 in the first period and then UAT produced 15-13 to take 1-point lead at the halftime. The third quarter became decisive as Tirana needed 25-12 to triumph in the country.


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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA 1/8 Finals, 3rd games: Lanus sweeps Club 9, goes to Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Third games of the LigaA 1/8 Finals are completed. Lanus booked a spot for the QFinals, while three other series will go to Game Four (April 16/17).

Gimnasia CR - Regatas C. 81-68 (1-2)

The game was mostly controlled by Gimnasia CR. Regatas Corrientes was better in fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Gimnasia CR players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Regatas Corrientes.
Top scorers:
Gimnasia CR: F.Funes 16+2reb+2ast, H.Rollins 14+9reb, D.Romero 13+4reb+1ast, R.Okosa 13+7reb+1ast, G.Brown 11+1reb, M.Franco 7+3reb+2ast
Regatas C.: F.Kammerichs 16+10reb, E.Villares 13+1reb+1ast, J.Martinez 10+3reb, L.Roe 8+9reb+1ast, N.Romano 8+5reb+1ast, T.Field 6+2reb
gschID: 126530


Quimsa - Estudiantes 83-72 (1-2)
The game was mostly controlled by Quimsa. Estudiantes managed to win third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Five Quimsa players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami, OH) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 22+6reb+2ast, J.Treise 12+2reb+1ast, A.Marin 11+3reb+1ast, N.Aguirre 10+3reb+2ast, D.Gomez Camargo 10+5reb+2ast, D.Cavaco 8+4reb
Estudiantes: E.Nelson 18+6reb, D.Davis 15+12reb+1ast, P.Sanchez 8+2reb+4ast, J.Espil 7, F.Aguerre 7+3reb, M.Gaynor 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 126531


Club 9 - Lanus 70-77 (0-3)
Club 9 was ahead by 12 points at the halftime before a 48-29 second half run of Lanus. It was an exceptional evening for American center Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Virginia Tech) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (196-82) accounted for 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Italian-Paraguayan forward Bruno Zanotti (197-82, college: Merrimack) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Club 9 in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Lanus: T.Taylor 18+7reb+1ast, M.Byro 13+1reb, A.Boccia 11+8reb+2ast, D.Prego 10, L.Victoriano 7+1reb+1ast, F.Malara 6+4reb
Club 9: J.Meyinsse 18+8reb+2ast, L.Barlasina 13+2reb, B.Zanotti 12+6reb+2ast, G.Torre 8+8reb+3ast, E.Martina 8+1reb, L.Segura 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 126528


Olimpico LB - La Union 81-85 OT (1-2)
The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 18-8 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. La Union made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Olimpico de La Banda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four La Union players scored in double figures. La Union's coach Gabriel Picatto used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Cristian Romero (198-82) with 16 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Andre Laws (186-80, college: San Diego, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
La Union: D.Jackson 18+7reb+2ast, A.Pau 17+2reb+2ast, G.Mikulas 16+10reb+1ast, R.Garces 15+8reb+1ast, M.Ibarra 9+3reb+2ast, P.Barrios 5+2reb
Olimpico LB: C.Romero 16+7reb+3ast, D.Kante 12+2reb, E.Ruiz 11+4reb+1ast, A.Laws 11+5reb+5ast, N.De los Santos 9+2reb+3ast, L.Picarelli 9+6reb+3ast
gschID: 126529



Interligas Tournament Group B. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Atenas and Pinheiros/Sky claimed victories in Day 1 of action in Interligas Tournament Group B.
Atenas prevailed against Vivo/Franca 77:58. It all looked quite hopeful for Vivo/Franca in the first half. They dominated the game posting a 10-point lead at the interval. But things changed drastically in the third term. Atenas closed their defense limiting Vivo/Franca to only 5 points in the third term. Atenas in the meantime fired 24 points to build a 9-point lead with one quarter remaining. The Argentinean team erupted for 33 points in the final period and claimed a comprehensive win at the end. James Williams (204-F/C-79, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Brown Mackie) provided 20 points to pace the effort. Matias Lescano (196-G/F-79) added 15 points in the victory. Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.) came up with 17 points for Vivo/Franca. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) had 12 points in the loss.
Pinheiros/Sky narrowly outscored Libertad 79:77 behind 19 points from Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84). Libertad gained an 8-point after ten minutes of action but Pinheiros/Sky gradually took over. They narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at the interval. The Brazilian team erased the deficit in the third term and the teams headed into the fourth quarter all tied. Pinheiros/Sky proved more accurate in the dying seconds and eked out a tough win at the end. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) provided 14 points for the winners. Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) chipped in 17 points for Libertad. Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: CSU Bakersfield) and Alexander David Galindo (198-F-85, college: FIU) had 16 points apiece in the losing effort.




Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Joseph BUNN
  Argentino
  (198-F/C-75)
  Avg: 20
 1. Bunn, Argentino20.0 
 2. Jackson, La Union19.8 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.16.8 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa16.7 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.6 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.1 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.16.0 
 8. Taylor, Lanus15.5 
 9. Salles, Monte H.14.9 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  La Union
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Garces, La Union10.9 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras10.1 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.10.0 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.9.2 
 5. Rollins, Gimnasia.8.8 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.0 
 8. Kante, Olimpico LB8.0 
 9. Leiva, Penarol7.5 
 10. Okosa, Gimnasia CR7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 7
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.7.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.8 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.3 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.4 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.2 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.7 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.3 
 9. Victoriano, Lanus3.1 
 10. Sartorelli, Argentino2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.3 
 2. Sciutto, Monte H.2.6 
 3. Martinez, Regat.2.5 
 4. Salles, Monte H.2.5 
 5. Labaque, Atenas2.4 
 6. Selleaze, Libertad S.2.3 
 7. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 8. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 9. Cequeira, Obras2.3 
 10. Lamonte, Penarol2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Battle, Libertad S.2.1 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.3 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.8 
 9. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 10. Levy, Lanus0.7 


Argentino Junin returns to TNA - by Facundo Iatzky
After just one season, Argentino Junin returns to second division of argentinean basketball. Boca Juniors beat them 3-0 in the serie and they stay in Liga A one more season. In the third game, Boca won 79-78 on the road. Argentino had not a good season. They were in the bottom of the standings for almost all the tounament. In the other serie Sionista beat Monte hermoso in the third game and they need to win one game more to stay in liga A.

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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Waverley F. 4-0 
 2. Bulleen B. 4-1 
 3. Sherbrooke S. 3-2 
 4. Melbourne 2-3 
 5. Eltham W. 2-3 
 6. Ringwood H. 2-3 
 7. Hume City 2-4 
 8. Diamond V.E. 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 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ilmars BERGMANIS
  Barons
  (184-G-81)
  Avg: 19
 1. Bergmanis, Zemgale19.0 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 3. Osby, TT.18.6 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas16.9 
 5. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.5 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 7. Parakhouski, VEF R.15.2 
 8. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.15.1 
 9. Dimsa, Nevezis15.0 
 10. Krumins, Zemgale14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Osby, TT.12.0 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.1 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.9 
 4. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 5. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 6. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 7. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 8. Cukinas, Aiscai K.7.4 
 9. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.2 
 10. Vasylius, Neptunas6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.1 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 4. Kriisa, TT.4.9 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis4.8 
 6. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.1 
 10. Birgelis, Alytus A.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Gintaras LEONAVICIUS
  Techasas
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai2.2 
 3. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 4. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 5. Dainys, Rudupis1.8 
 6. Leppik, TU/Rock1.7 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 8. Andzejevskis, Valmi.1.6 
 9. Alijevas, Nevezis1.6 
 10. Gabrans, Valmiera1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 6. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 7. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.3 
 8. Hanke, Norrkoping1.2 
 9. Cain, VEF Riga1.1 
 10. Osby, TT.1.1 


Juventus and Kaunas to join BBL Elite Division - by Eurobasket News
TTU/Kalev - Kaunas 65:75
Kaunas will play in BBL Elite Division in the next season. They overcame TTU/Kalev on aggregate in the promotion series. Kaunas followed the home win with a comfortable 10-point success in Estonia. Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-G-85) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds to pace the visitors.
Kaunas outscored the hosts in the opening term to take a 5-point lead. TTU/Kalev adjusted their game in the next stanza and established a narrow 37:36 lead at halftime. The Estonian team stretched the margin to 4 points in the third term but could not capitalize. Kaunas stunned the home team with a 21:7 run in the final quarter and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Povilas Cukinas (210-C-83) finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89) added 16 points in the victory. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) replied with 14 points for TTU/Kalev. Casey Archibald (195-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) accounted for 13 points in the loss.

TTU/Kalev: Illimar Pilk 14, Casey Archibald 13
Kaunas: Vytenis Jasikevicius 21, Povilas Cukinas 18+10 boards, Sarunas Vasiliauskas 16


Valmiera - Juventus 72:76
Juventus recorded the second straight win over Valmiera and reached Baltic League Elite Division. They will become the eighth Lithuanian team in BBL top division in the next season. Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82, agency: Players Group, college: Hofstra) scored 19 points to pace Juventus to the decisive victory in Latvia yesterday.
Juventus led from start to finish in this one. They recorded a 4-point lead at the first break. The visitors stayed in charge and stretched their lead to 8 points at halftime 37:29. Valmiera tried to bounce back in the third term. They cut the deficit to 3 points but it was not enough. Juventus dropped 22 points in the fourth period and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) produced 16 points, 10 boards and 3 assists, while Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points in the win. Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83) notched 16 points and 6 boards for Valmiera. Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84) accounted for 15 points in defeat.

Valmiera: Pavels Veselovs 16, Raimonds Gabrans 15
Juventus: Aurimas Kieza 19, Zydrunas Urbonas 16+10 boards, Vaidas Cepukaitis 14



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  BELARUS   


Minsk-2006 became the first finalist - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 became the first finalist as the undefeated team of the year swept the series over Lokomotiv. In the third game Minsk smashed the opponents 104:49. The favorites opened the game with 24-16 and added 28-8 in the second period. Moreover Minsk-2006 won the third period 28-16 and the last one 24-9. Rostislav Vergun (199-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) stepped up with 17 points and Shawn King (208-C-82, college: ORU) followed him with 16. Drachenko responded with 10 points in the losing effort.
In another Semifinal series Grodno took 2-1 lead after 83:68 win away from home. In the offensive first quarter the guests grabbed 29-26 lead, but OZAA replied with 12-10 defensive period to reduce to just one point at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Grodno needed 26-7 and never looked behind after. Dzmitry Paliashchuk (196-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Vyacheslav Bogdanov (200-F-83, agency: Promotex) netted 19. Evgeni Vornik (207-C/F-86, agency: Promotex) answered with 17 points in the losing effort.


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 20-4 
 2. Aalstar 18-8 
 3. M.Hainaut 15-9 
 4. Oostende 15-11 
 5. Antwerp 14-10 
 6. Liege 9-17 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 9-17 
 8. Leuven 9-17 
 9. Gent 5-21 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Stefon JACKSON
  Verviers-Pep.
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Jackson, Verviers.16.8 
 2. Black, Antwerp15.9 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende15.7 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi15.5 
 5. Copeland, Aalstar15.5 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.5 
 7. Hilliard, Aalstar15.1 
 8. Freeman, Verviers.15.1 
 9. Waters, Verviers.15.0 
 10. Miller, Leuven14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher YOUNG
  Aalstar
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Young, Aalstar7.9 
 2. Randle, Gent7.8 
 3. Freeman, Verviers.7.7 
 4. Hilliard, Aalstar7.3 
 5. Stipanovic, Liege7.3 
 6. Tofi, Leuven6.5 
 7. Brown, Antwerp6.5 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.6.3 
 9. Dagunduro, Leuven6.2 
 10. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.4 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.7 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven3.6 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.3 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Moors, Antwerp3.0 
 7. Black, Antwerp2.9 
 8. Bosco, Gent2.8 
 9. Miller, Leuven2.7 
 10. Mallet, Charleroi2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.5 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.3 
 5. Wilson, Antwerp2.1 
 6. Dagunduro, Leuven2.1 
 7. Mitchell, Oostende1.9 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.9 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
 10. Hill, Charleroi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mejri, Antwerp1.6 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.6 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.0 
 4. Randle, Gent0.8 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 6. Tofi, Leuven0.7 
 7. Stipanovic, Liege0.5 
 8. Pelle, Oostende0.5 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar0.5 
 10. Freeman, Verviers.0.5 


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  BRAZIL   


Interligas Tournament Group B. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Atenas and Pinheiros/Sky claimed victories in Day 1 of action in Interligas Tournament Group B.
Atenas prevailed against Vivo/Franca 77:58. It all looked quite hopeful for Vivo/Franca in the first half. They dominated the game posting a 10-point lead at the interval. But things changed drastically in the third term. Atenas closed their defense limiting Vivo/Franca to only 5 points in the third term. Atenas in the meantime fired 24 points to build a 9-point lead with one quarter remaining. The Argentinean team erupted for 33 points in the final period and claimed a comprehensive win at the end. James Williams (204-F/C-79, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Brown Mackie) provided 20 points to pace the effort. Matias Lescano (196-G/F-79) added 15 points in the victory. Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.) came up with 17 points for Vivo/Franca. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) had 12 points in the loss.
Pinheiros/Sky narrowly outscored Libertad 79:77 behind 19 points from Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84). Libertad gained an 8-point after ten minutes of action but Pinheiros/Sky gradually took over. They narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at the interval. The Brazilian team erased the deficit in the third term and the teams headed into the fourth quarter all tied. Pinheiros/Sky proved more accurate in the dying seconds and eked out a tough win at the end. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) provided 14 points for the winners. Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) chipped in 17 points for Libertad. Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: CSU Bakersfield) and Alexander David Galindo (198-F-85, college: FIU) had 16 points apiece in the losing effort.




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  CROATIA   


Unics end EuroCup dream for Cedevita, reach Final - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Cedevita 87:66

Unics became the first EuroCup semifinalists. They proved strength against ambitious Cedevita in Treviso tonight. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) came up with 27 points, 5 boards, 4 steals and 3 assists to pace the winners.
Cedevita quickly stepped in front at the start of the game. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) helped the Croatian team to a 9:5 lead. But Unics responded with a 10:0 run to take a 15:9 lead late in the period. Ricky Minard capped the opening stanza with four points in a row as the Kazan team took a 22:13 advantage. Terrell Lyday and Marko Popovic ensured a 30:14 advantage for Unics early in the second term. The margin grew at 20-point mark as Cedevita shot awful 2/17 from beyond the arc. Damjan Rudez stopped the rot but Unics ensured a comfortable 47:30 halftime advantage. Unics gained a 21-point lead early in the third term controlling the tempo. But Bazdaric hit from downtown and soon Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) ignited an 8-point run from Cedevita as they cut the deficit at 12 points 48:60. Unics enlarged the margin to 17 points once again but Cedevita fought bravely and narrowed the gap at 12 points 55:67 with ten minutes remaining. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana), Dontaye Draper and Damjan Rudez dragged Cedevita within nine points early in the fourth term restoring the intrigue. But Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) converted a three-point play and Unics calmed down to cruise to the victory from now on. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) provided 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Maciej Lampe added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Damjan Rudez answered with 16 points for Cedevita. Bracey Wright finished with 15 points in defeat. Cedevita ended the game shooting woeful 6/27 from behind the arc.

Unics: Terrell Lyday 27, Kelly McCarty 18, Maciej Lampe 16
Cedevita: Damjan Rudez 16, Bracey Wright 15



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Finals: AEL Limassol beat Etha Engomis 89-78 and brought the series to a 5th game! - by Chris Mammides
The amazing final stage of the play-offs is driven to a fifth match after the new victory of Proteas Danoi AEL over InterCollege Etha Engomis earlier this afternoon.
The home team is unbeaten at Melford Arena which seems to be untouchable no matter the stage of the team is. Tonight, Proteas Danoi AEL proved to be more than Ewing as the American super star was not the key of the victory for the Limassol team. Six players had double digits for Proteas Danoi AEL as the team spirit in the most crucial game of the season (until the next one) for Coaches Christos Spirou and Markos Asonitis came the right time.


The best game in this series, also from the Cyprus international Alexandros Liatsos (200-F-80, college: Ohio) who scored 10 points and dashed down 6 rebounds with very good statistics and with very good defense. Generally, the team of Proteas Danoi AEL played tonight an excellent defense, a defense which basically gave her the win as one of the key-players for the visitors and the top scorer for InterCollege Etha Engomis is the play-offs (all stages) American Redding remain in shallow waters as he only scored 11 points (his lowest scoring result in the play-offs) while Coach Konstantinides saw some other key players (Massamba) being in a very bad night

The Cyprus factor (which was missing from the third game of the series) helped a lot the Limassol team as the three Musketeers of Proteas Danoi AEL, Georgios Palalas (185-G-81) 13 points, Michalis Kounounis (194-F/G-81) 8 points and Alexandros Liatsos 10 points gave not only the 31 points for the team but also the passion and the excitement that a team needs as an added value to win so crucial and at the same time difficult games.

A very good and solid game by the twin towers of AEL, Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) and Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, college: Virginia St.), the Serb and the American gave some critical stats for their team and they were very focused in this game, while the always top performer of the team, Ewing remain in 13 points but assist his team in many other parts in the game.
Only in the first quarter the game was much closed in terms of differences as in the other three quarters, we had a clear leading role for the home team.
The quarters were: 26-22, 47-38, 66-52, 89-78 and the scorers for the two teams were as follows:
Proteas Danoi AEL: Alexandros Liatsos 10, Michalis Kounounis 8, Georgios Palalas 13, Delic 11, Papic 6, Ewing 13, Avis Wyatt 14 and Stevan Milosevic 14
InterCollege Etha Engomis: Johnson 9, Dabkus 7, Anthony King (206-F/C-85, college: Miami, FL) 22, Ken Tutt (185-G-84, college: ORU) 22, Cup 7, Redding 11


The fifth and final game to decide the champion team for the season 2010-2011 will take place in three days at Lefkotheon Stadium, InterCollege Etha Engomiss home court



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NBL Round 11 (Second Stage): CEZ Nymburk beats BK Pardubice in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in NBL. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nymburk. Leader CEZ Nymburk faced 3rd placed BK Pardubice. Host CEZ Nymburk (8-0) defeated guests from Pardubice (5-4) 76-69. BK Pardubice trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 21-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-76 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington) who scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. British-American guard Michael Lenzly (189-81, college: Wofford) chipped in 7 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-0 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. CEZ Nymburk are looking forward to face NH Ostrava (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Prostejov. Second ranked BK Prostejov faced 4th placed BK Decin. Host BK Prostejov (7-2) defeated guests from Decin (3-6) 77-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Decin. American guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 assists. Andrius Slezas contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. International forward Pavel Houska (201-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for BK Decin. BK Prostejov maintains second place with 7-2 record having 32 points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Decin at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. BK Prostejov will play against BK Pardubice (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BK Decin will play against NH Ostrava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Ostrava. Local NH Ostrava (2-6) outscored 6th ranked Novy Jicin (1-8) 79-59 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Andrew Spagrud who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Ondrej Soska responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. NH Ostrava maintains fifth place with 2-6 record. Novy Jicin lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. NH Ostrava will meet at home league's leader CEZ Nymburk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Novy Jicin will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk (#1).

The best stats of 11th round was 28 points and 18 rebounds by Kyle Landry of BK Prostejov.


Group A1
CEZ Nymburk - BK Pardubice 76-69

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Nymburk. Leader CEZ Nymburk faced 3rd placed BK Pardubice. Host CEZ Nymburk (8-0) defeated guests from Pardubice (5-4) 76-69. BK Pardubice trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 21-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-76 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington) who scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. British-American guard Michael Lenzly (189-81, college: Wofford) chipped in 7 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Petr Bohacik (202-85) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-0 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. CEZ Nymburk are looking forward to face NH Ostrava (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: C.Simmons 17+7reb+5ast, P.Pumprla 11+2reb+2ast, P.Benda 9+2reb+2ast, P.Slezak 8+1ast, V.Stimac 8+3reb+2ast, M.Lenzly 7+6reb+2ast
BK Pardubice: Z.Pospisil 16+1reb+2ast, M.Arnold 14+7reb, P.Milos 13+1ast, P.Bohacik 10+8reb+2ast, J.Cernosek 4+3reb+1ast, L.Kraus 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 122266


NH Ostrava - Novy Jicin 79-59

The game with biggest result difference took place in Ostrava. Local NH Ostrava (2-6) outscored 6th ranked Novy Jicin (1-8) 79-59 on Saturday night. The game without a history. NH Ostrava led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a quality performance of Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). American guard Alton Mason (190-77, college: Arizona St., agency: Stanley International) helped adding 15 points. Slovakian center Ondrej Soska (208-78) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and center Tomas Voslajer (203-90) scored 7 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. NH Ostrava maintains fifth place with 2-6 record. Novy Jicin lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. NH Ostrava will meet at home league's leader CEZ Nymburk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Novy Jicin will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk (#1).
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: A.Spagrud 18+5reb+1ast, A.Mason 15+2reb+1ast, C.Trybanski 9+6reb, F.Zbranek 9+1reb, A.Ciz 8+1reb, D.Burke 5+1reb
Novy Jicin: O.Soska 15+5reb+1ast, D.Hajek 8+1reb, T.Voslajer 7+4reb, D.Pandula 7+3reb, C.Muirhead 6+2reb, R.Pelikan 5+5reb
gschID: 122267


BK Prostejov - BK Decin 77-72

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Prostejov. Second ranked BK Prostejov faced 4th placed BK Decin. Host BK Prostejov (7-2) defeated guests from Decin (3-6) 77-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Decin. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BK Decin won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Prostejov made 23-of-26 charity shots (88.5 percent) during the game. BK Decin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 assists. Lithuanian forward Andrius Slezas (200-75) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Five BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. International forward Pavel Houska (201-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and Bosnian forward Admir Alic (198-84) added 20 points in the effort for BK Decin. BK Prostejov maintains second place with 7-2 record having 32 points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Decin at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. BK Prostejov will play against BK Pardubice (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BK Decin will play against NH Ostrava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: A.Slezas 16+6reb+1ast, E.Lawrence 16+4reb+5ast, B.Veikalas 15+2reb, B.Cadri-Nicholson 12+8reb, K.Landry 11+8reb+3ast, R.Hyzy 6+2reb+3ast
BK Decin: A.Alic 20+3reb+1ast, P.Houska 19+14reb, M.Soukup 11+5reb+1ast, L.Stria 6+2reb+2ast, L.Sanders 5+4reb+5ast, R.Landa 4+1reb
gschID: 122268




Czech Republic NBL round 9 (Second Stage) best performance: Pavel Houska - by Eurobasket News
International forward Pavel Houska (201-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for BK Decin, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, five rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Novy Jicin (#6, 1-7) 82-75. BK Decin maintains the 4th position in Czech Republic NBL. BK Decin is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 5th lost game this season out of 8 games. In the team's last game Houska had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at BK Decin, through which he has constantly improved. Pavel Houska has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 14.8ppg), rebounds (6th best: 8.4rpg) and averages impressive 58.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) of BK Breda & Weinstein Opava. Blazek had a very good evening with 34 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as B&W Opava was edged in overtime by the lower-ranked Basketbol Brno (#-2, 10-20) 90-86. Despite lost game B&W Opava moved up to -5th position in A2. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Blazek is one of the most experienced players at B&W Opava and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Congolese forward Boris Meno (203-F-83) of Svitavy (#-1). Meno scored 24 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Meno's great performance Svitavy lost 87-99 to #0 ranked Plzen. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Svitavy can only dream about fighting for top spots in A2. They have rather bad season and 7-23 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Meno he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Meno has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After 10 games, he 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. Kyle Landry (206-F-86) of BK Prostejov - 22 points and 11 rebounds
5. Kamil Riha (180-G-91) of Plzen - 32 points and 5 rebounds
6. Richard Field (196-F-85) of BC Kolin - 26 points and 9 rebounds
7. Ravone George (193-G-83) of Svitavy - 35 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Peter Sedmak (203-C-85) of Basketbol Brno - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Roman Marko (195-G-86) of BC Kolin - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Martin Marek (206-F/C-80) of BK Pardubice - 23 points and 5 rebounds

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


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.15.8 
 3. Meno, Svitavy15.1 
 4. Houska, BK Decin14.9 
 5. Horak, Svitavy14.7 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha14.5 
 7. Hatcher, BK Decin14.3 
 8. Spagrud, NH Ostrava14.2 
 9. Burke, NH Ostrava14.0 
 10. Field, BC Kolin14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Meno, Svitavy11.0 
 2. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 3. Houska, BK Decin8.6 
 4. Landry, BK Prost.8.6 
 5. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.4 
 6. Burke, NH Ostrava8.3 
 7. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.8 
 8. Frana, Plzen7.1 
 9. Kramny, Svitavy6.9 
 10. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vrubl, Plzen6.0 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.1 
 3. Jones, BC Kolin3.9 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.3.8 
 5. Kotas, USK Praha3.4 
 6. Hatcher, BK Decin3.3 
 7. Maio, Basketbo.3.0 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin3.0 
 9. Channels, Novy Jicin3.0 
 10. Macela, Svitavy2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kotas, USK Praha2.1 
 2. Wright, BK Pardu.1.8 
 3. Holloway, Basket.1.8 
 4. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava1.7 
 6. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.7 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin1.5 
 8. Gibson-B., NH Os.1.4 
 9. Vrubl, Plzen1.4 
 10. Gajdosik, Basket.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Meno, Svitavy1.6 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 3. Trybanski, NH Os.1.3 
 4. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 5. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.9 
 6. Kramny, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 8. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 9. Bjegovic, USK Praha0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 8-0 
 2. BK Prostejov 7-2 
 3. BK Pardubice 5-4 
 4. BK Decin 3-6 
 5. NH Ostrava 2-6 
 6. Novy Jicin 1-8 
A2
 1. B&W Opava 18-12 
 2. BC Kolin 15-15 
 3. USK Praha 11-19 
 4. Basketbol Brno 10-20 
 5. Svitavy 7-23 
 6. Plzen 4-26 


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Tulsa falls short in Game One against Iowa - by Eurobasket News
Guard Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, college: UAB) posted his fourth double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds and Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) scored a game-high 24 points but the Tulsa 66ers fell short 103-96 to the top-seeded Iowa Energy in Game One of the 2011 D-League Semifinals Friday night inside the Tulsa Convention Center.

Fourth-seeded Tulsa rallied from 13-point deficits twice in the contest but came up just short to fall 0-1 in the best-of-three series. The defeat was Tulsa's first in the 2011 playoffs, as the 66ers swept the Texas Legends in the opening round.

'This is not a one-and-done, it is a series,' 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts (agency: Impact Basketball ) said. 'Iowa played great tonight and they were really well-coached. We have to be ready to go on Monday night, and I believe our guys will be up for the challenge.'

Also scoring in double-figures for Tulsa was Robert Vaden with 16 points. Chipping in a season-high four blocks was forward Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU).

Tulsa tallied 17 assists as a team, led by Dyson with seven dishes. The 66ers registered nine steals on the night, led by Millsap with three thefts.

Defensively, the 66ers held the Energy to 40-88 (.455) shooting from the floor.

Leading the Energy was forward Michael Haynes (6'8''-F/C-81, college: Fordham) with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Also chipping in a double-double was Scott VanderMeer (7'0''-C-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) with 15 points and 11 boards.

The two teams will compete in Game Two of the best-of-three series on Monday, April 18, in Des Moines, Iowa, at 7 p.m. inside the Wells Fargo Arena. The Energy will host an if-necessary Game Three on Tuesday, April 19.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  LA Lakers
  (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: 9.7
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.7 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.5 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.5 
 6. Crittenton, Dakota W.6.9 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 9. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.5.9 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Javaris CRITTENTON
  Dakota W.
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 5. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 9. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
 10. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.7 
 4. Gaffney, Utah F.2.3 
 5. 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. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.8 


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Kaunas get to BBL Elite Division - by Eurobasket News
TTU/Kalev - Kaunas 65:75

Kaunas will play in BBL Elite Division in the next season. They overcame TTU/Kalev on aggregate in the promotion series. Kaunas followed the home win with a comfortable 10-point success in Estonia. Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-G-85) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds to pace the visitors.
Kaunas outscored the hosts in the opening term to take a 5-point lead. TTU/Kalev adjusted their game in the next stanza and established a narrow 37:36 lead at halftime. The Estonian team stretched the margin to 4 points in the third term but could not capitalize. Kaunas stunned the home team with a 21:7 run in the final quarter and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Povilas Cukinas (210-C-83) finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89) added 16 points in the victory. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) replied with 14 points for TTU/Kalev. Casey Archibald (195-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) accounted for 13 points in the loss.

TTU/Kalev: Illimar Pilk 14, Casey Archibald 13
Kaunas: Vytenis Jasikevicius 21, Povilas Cukinas 18+10 boards, Sarunas Vasiliauskas 16



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Unics and Cajasol will battle for EuroCup 2010/2011 title - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Cedevita 87-66
Unics became the first EuroCup semifinalists. They proved strength against ambitious Cedevita in Treviso tonight. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) came up with 27 points, 5 boards, 4 steals and 3 assists to pace the winners. Cedevita quickly stepped in front at the start of the game. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) helped the Croatian team to a 9:5 lead. But Unics responded with a 10:0 run to take a 15:9 lead late in the period. Ricky Minard capped the opening stanza with four points in a row as the Kazan team took a 22:13 advantage. Terrell Lyday and Marko Popovic ensured a 30:14 advantage for Unics early in the second term. The margin grew at 20-point mark as Cedevita shot awful 2/17 from beyond the arc. Damjan Rudez stopped the rot but Unics ensured a comfortable 47:30 halftime advantage. Unics gained a 21-point lead early in the third term controlling the tempo. But Bazdaric hit from downtown and soon Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) ignited an 8-point run from Cedevita as they cut the deficit at 12 points 48:60. Unics enlarged the margin to 17 points once again but Cedevita fought bravely and narrowed the gap at 12 points 55:67 with ten minutes remaining. Bracey Wright, Dontaye Draper and Damjan Rudez dragged Cedevita within nine points early in the fourth term restoring the intrigue. But Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) converted a three-point play and Unics calmed down to cruise to the victory from now on. Kelly McCarty provided 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Maciej Lampe added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Damjan Rudez answered with 16 points for Cedevita. Bracey Wright finished with 15 points in defeat. Cedevita ended the game shooting woeful 6/27 from behind the arc.

Benetton TV - Cajasol 63-75
Cajasol advanced to EuroCup 2010/2011 Finlas beating Benetton TV in Treviso 75:63. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) opened the game for the visitors and Tomas Satoransky scored for 8:4. The Spanish team controlled the first period and Earl Calloway closed the frame at 22:16. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) reduced it to 18:22, while Cajasol Sevilla erupted for 30:19 as Kaloyan Ivanov made a two-pointer. Paul Davis shocked the Italian side for 36:21 and Louis Bullock delivered two for 38:25. The hosts however managed to reduce and Hrvoje Peric drove a lay-up for 38:33. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) meanwhile made two free throws for 40:33 at the halftime. Mindaugas Katelynas brought 51:38 early in the third and Txemi Urtasun increased to 55:40. Benetton TV looked better later in the third period and closed it to 56:50 with just 10 minutes left. Tariq Kirksay and Paul Davis scored for 67:56 and Tariq Kirksay added another few for 73:60. Louis Bullock was the last to score in the game bringing the Final ticket to the Spanish squad. Tariq Kirksay poured in 16 points to lead all the winners, while Louis Bullock and Paul Davis added 14 each.Massimo Bulleri replied with 15 points in the losing effort as Italian team will face Cedevita for the third place tomorrow. Stefan Markovic scored 13, whilst Hrvoje Peric netted 9.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Primoz BREZEC
  Krasnie Krilya
  (216-F/C-79)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Brezec, Krasnie .20.8 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.20.3 
 3. Carroll, Gran Canaria18.8 
 4. Solomon, Hapoel J.18.0 
 5. Wright, Cedevita17.7 
 6. Chatman, Besiktas16.8 
 7. Simmons, CEZ N.15.9 
 8. Tucker, Aris15.9 
 9. Anderson, Goett.15.7 
 10. Lyday, Unics15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lazaros PAPADOPOULOS
  Khimky
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Papadopoulos, PAOK12.2 
 2. Brezec, Krasnie .9.7 
 3. Walsh, AS.8.3 
 4. Francis, Panellinios8.2 
 5. Tucker, Aris8.0 
 6. Lampe, Unics7.9 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra7.7 
 8. Jones, Pepsi C.7.7 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.5 
 10. Owens, Azovmash7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Draper, Cedevita6.6 
 2. Mekel, Galil Gilboa6.3 
 3. Walsh, AS.6.0 
 4. Thomas, Anwil5.3 
 5. Popovic, Unics5.3 
 6. Markovic, Benetton.5.0 
 7. Lukauskis, EWE B.4.7 
 8. Meacham, Goett.4.6 
 9. Bauscher, GasTerra4.5 
 10. Granger, Estudian.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kristaps JANICENOKS
  VEF Riga
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.5 
 2. Lukauskis, EWE B.2.5 
 3. House, Azovmash2.5 
 4. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 5. Kirksay, Cajasol2.3 
 6. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 7. Draper, Cedevita2.2 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.2 
 9. Curry, Azovmash2.1 
 10. Chatman, Besiktas2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian RANDLE
  Hapoel J-M
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Randle, Hapoel J-M2.1 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.8 
 3. Dunston, Aris1.6 
 4. Skinner, Benetton.1.2 
 5. Francis, Panellinios1.2 
 6. Boone, Goettingen1.1 
 7. Chan, CEZ Nymburk1.1 
 8. Green, Krasnie Krilya1.0 
 9. Fofana, AS.1.0 
 10. Carter, Galil Gilboa1.0 


Eurocup Finals: Official press conference - by Eurobasket News
The Eurocup Finals got off to an official start Friday morning in a beautiful setting with representatives of all four semifinal teams meeting for the opening press conference in the Sala Affreschi (Room of Frescoes) at the Palazzo Rinaldi in Treviso, Italy. The media members in attendance were able to get impressions from the four head coaches and star players of each of the teams set to take the floor Saturday in the first games of the 2011 Eurocup Finals. Unics Kazan guard Marko Popovic, Cedevita forward Vedran Vukusic , Cajasol Sevilla guard Louis Bullock and veteran Benetton Basket Bwin guard Massimo Bulleri represented their respective clubs, fielding questions and posing for photos with the trophy that only one of them will take home. The four teams all have their official practices at Palaverde scheduled for later on Friday, including a last session with the media on court before they get down to action. On Saturday, the buildup ends and the true excitement begins with the long-awaited semifinals Unics vs. Cedevita and Benetton vs. Cajasol worthy contenders looking to battle their way closer to Eurocup glory!



Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball CEO

'There is a great sense of satisfaction to be here in Treviso, because we feel at home here, thanks to the cooperation of working together with Benetton Basketball and Verde Sport. The Eurocup Finals here in Treviso will be an important and relevent opportunity to promote the real values of sport. And to do that, we are supporting the Italian Basketball Federation's campaign against racism this weekend. We are working together to promote the values of fair play, justice and team spirit, and I can say that racism is not a guest in sports. We have to fight against it.

'About the Eurocup, this competition is developing into one of the most important sports events all over Europe, with 32 easm from 17 countries spread all over the continent. We have seen the importance of this competition with the show those teams have put on the court all season long. This weekend, here in Palaverde, we will have 5,000 supporters trying to help four teams, but especially the local fans rooting for Benetton. We also have more than 150 media members from all over Europe ready to bring this great event to many countries.

'I wish to really thank Eurosport 2, whose cooperation enables us to bring these Eurocup Finals all over the world, to 50 million households in 17 different languages. Needless to say, that provides important visibility for these Eurocup Finals. Thanks again to Eurosport 2.

'Last but not least, I want to thank all our sponsors: Turkish Airlines, Nike, Iziplay, Land Rover and others. I also thank all the institutions in Treviso that have helped make his a great finals weekend. Last but not least, I want to thank the Benetton family, who have given a great contribution not only to basketball, but to all sports, over the last 30 years. I want to say that it was a pleasure and a source of pride to cooperate and work with them.'


Gian Paolo Gobbo, Mayor of Treviso

'Thanks. Welcome everyone to Treviso, which is the European City of Sport for the year 2001, a city of great sporting tradition, especially in basketball. We are very happy and proud to host this event, the Eurocup Finals. So welcome and best wishes to all the four teams, but i hope our team from Treviso will win this cup.'



Leonardo Muraro, President of Treviso Province

'Good day everyone, and welcome to our province. We believe in this kind of event and we support it because our province is the most important in Italy concerning sports activities at a top level. This even represents well the quality of sports organization in our community and our province. I also think that sports events like this are a great means of transmitting to our youngsters the cultural and sports values we hold dear. We know that all the community of Treviso will support this event completely to put on a fair and great basketball show. We wish luck to all the four teams.'



Andrea De Checchi, Treviso Sports Counselor

'This great, top-level event represents one of the most relevant and prestigious events hosted by Treviso this year and helps explain why we are the European City of Sport this year, to promote sports and cultural values in our community that can be displayed all over Europe. We are one of the few cities all over Europe that have the structures for these kinds of events. We are proud to host the Eurocup Finals here in Treviso, knowing that it gives important recognition for our community in terms of sport. Thank you to Benetton Basket for organizing the finals. I will deliver best wishes to all four teams and invite all the community of Treviso to buy the last tickets available and create a great atmosphere at Palaverde for this event.'



Enzo Lefebre, Benetton Basket President

'When the Euroleague gave us the possibility to organize these Eurocup Finals, we were really excited. And when this opportunity came through, we worked really hard to make this kind of dream happen in Treviso. I want to thank everyone who was involved in this effort, starting with the Benetton family, all the great partners, the institutions of the city of Treviso, all our fans, of course the three teams that are here as our guests, as well as Euroleague Basketball for making this a great event.'



Arnaud Larroque, Executive Producer Eurosport 2

'Eurosport 2 for six years has been producing coverage of what is a great event for us, the Eurocup. For us, this weekend is a massive operation, with 100 people working on Saturday and Sunday. We'll have five hours of programming each day including the live matches in HD production with 10 cameras. We'll have a special show with the studio on-court for Robbie Knock and Sash Djordjevic, our announcers, doing intros to the games, special reports, interviews with the players and halftime analysis with Sasha. At the end of the two matches each night, we'll have a 15- to 30-minute special show with guests. We'll have special cameras following the teams in the hotels and behind the scenes in the arena. We'll try not to disturb them too much, but we want to show that there is life on the court, but off it, too, with preparation to find the way to win these key games. With the help of Euroleague Basketball, we have managed to arrange all this, and it has been a pleasure to work with them. Last, I want to highlight our great expert, Sasha Djordjevic, who is a legend of European basketball. He brings incredible knowledge, and knows what to expect in the games, and it's great to have him with us. Eurosport 2 is growing. As was mentioned, 50 million people can watch this event in 17 languages. Thanks again to Euroleague Basketball for showing the confidence in us and for organizing this kind of quality event.'



Unics Kazan head coach Evgeniy Pashutin

'We feel very proud to be here. We fought the whole year to be here at these Eurocup Finals to represent Russia and Kazan, a city that is growing in sports, and not only basketball. The people in Kazan are happy to see their team competing at the top level, and we are going to fight for their wish. I would like to say thank you to the organization for everything that goes into playing at this high level of competition. I think we are going to see great basketball here in the Eurocup Finals and my team is going to fight for the win. We would like to show everyone good basketball and play hard defensively so that people see that we deserve to be here and deserve to win.'



Unics Kazan guard Marko Popovic

'First of all, I am really happy to be here and that Unics has reached the Eurocup Finals. This is huge for our team, but we want to go all the way and lift the trophy. It will not be easy but we can do it. We have to play the way we did most of the season this year. We have to play our game and stick to the game plan because we are well-prepared for the Finals. We are only thinking about Cedevita and hopefully we will be able to make to the final and have the chance to win the title.'



Benetton Basket Bwin head coach Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency )

'We are happy to be able to participate in this tournament, and especially to be here at home in Treviso and to able to try for this important trophy together with our supporters. You have to know and remember that Benetton Basket started this season from the qualifying rounds of the Eurocup. We tried to play our basketball all season long, and how we are here in Treviso to fight for that trophy. We need to keep fighting for two more nights to try to make it.'



Benetton Basket Bwin guard Massimo Bulleri

'As everybody knows, this is a very unique moment for our club, like Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu pointed out just now. We had a great basketball tradition for the last 20 years, becoming one of the top teams in Europe. It is very important for us to win the title and we have a great possibility to do it. It would be a great thing for the club and the city of Treviso. We will give 100 percent to try to make it happen.'



Cedevita Zagreb head coach Aleksandar Petrovic

'For many people, it was a great surprise to see Cedevita in the Eurocup Finals. Maybe nobody expected us to qualify, but we have worked hard to make it happen. So we will continue in the same way on Saturday by trying to beat one of the favorite teams in the competition, Unics. Maybe not by exploiting our defensive skills so much as our offensive features, we will try to give a big basketball show to the people of Treviso.'



Cedevita Zagreb forward Vedran Vukusic

'First of all, I am grateful to be here. This is a great success for the players and the whole club in our first Eurocup season. I think our main goal was to qualify to the Eurocup competition in the first place. That was our main goal. But as the season went on, we played better with every game, and our goals have grown for us. Now were the underdog in the game on Saturday. We have already surprised many teams with year. Maybe we can surprise one or two more this weekend.'



Cajasol Sevilla head coach Joan Plaza

'Being here is also a good moment for us. Nobody bet on us to be here at the beginning of the season. But we worked hard to do it. Sevilla is a wonderful place to visit, but also for the kind of work we did this year. We know we have a difficult game Saturday against the local team here and will give our best to do well and enjoy playing. We have to show everybody that we deserve to compete to win this tournament. It is obvious that nobody wants to play against the host team, especially when it is such a great squad as Benetton. We are fully aware of our limits and we will try to make up for our lack of experience with desire and order. Nobody should compete harder and have more desire to win than we do. We will see if the ball goes in, especially in the first two or three minutes, but the work we did is there and nobody in our city will be disappointed with our effort.'

Cajasol Sevilla guard Louis Bullock

'First of all, it is a great honor and a pleasure to be here today. Like my coach said, it is hard to explain what being here means to Seville, its people and the club, the chance to participate in the Eurocup Finals. This is a great event and I am very proud to be here and have the chance to demonstrate it. As far as winning the trophy again, I remember what a great feeling it was to win it before and all the hard work we put into. I am just trying to help my teammates enjoy the moment, because it's important to remember that we must enjoy being here. We've got to give it our best, but enjoy and be confident. We are here to play and try to win two games.'

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com




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  FRANCE   


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


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Nanterre 22-8 
 2. Rouen 19-11 
 3. Dijon 19-11 
 4. Evreux 18-12 
 5. Fos Ouest 18-12 
 6. Boulogne 17-13 
 7. Bourg 17-13 
 8. Le Portel 17-13 
 9. Maurienne 16-14 
 10. Chalons-Reims 16-14 
 11. Boulazac 15-15 
 12. Nantes 14-16 
 13. Lille 12-18 
 14. Antibes 12-18 
 15. Quimper 12-18 
 16. St Vallier 11-19 
 17. Clermont 9-21 
 18. Charleville 6-24 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Sammy MEJIA
  Cholet
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Mejia, Cholet18.4 
 2. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.9 
 3. Nichols, Vichy17.8 
 4. Jefferson, AS.17.6 
 5. Darden, Nancy17.1 
 6. Massie, Limoges16.9 
 7. King, Le Havre15.8 
 8. Shuler, Vichy15.6 
 9. Woodside, Gravelines15.3 
 10. Hamilton, Paris-.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-F/C-77)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Massie, Limoges9.2 
 2. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy8.5 
 4. Issa, Gravelines8.2 
 5. Jones, Le Havre8.1 
 6. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.6 
 7. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 8. Jefferson, AS.7.4 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.3 
 10. Falker, Cholet6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Rouen
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. King, Le Havre6.2 
 3. Woodside, Gravelines6.0 
 4. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.9 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.7 
 6. Taylor, Limoges5.6 
 7. Wright, Limoges5.5 
 8. Walsh, AS.5.1 
 9. Diabate, Roanne4.8 
 10. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.1 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.5 
 3. Walsh, AS.2.3 
 4. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 5. Darden, Nancy1.9 
 6. Schilb, Chalon1.8 
 7. Elegar, Vichy1.8 
 8. Dewar, Le Mans1.8 
 9. Sangare, Le Havre1.8 
 10. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 3. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy1.4 
 5. Issa, Gravelines1.4 
 6. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 7. Sene, Gravelines1.3 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 9. Pasco, Strasbourg1.1 
 10. Fofana, AS.1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 19
 1. Sonko, Maurienne19.0 
 2. Harris, Lille18.8 
 3. Siggers, Rouen18.5 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.7 
 5. Rouse, Charleville17.0 
 6. Milbourne, Boulogne16.1 
 7. Gay, Fos Ouest15.9 
 8. Davis, Le Portel15.6 
 9. Daniels, Nanterre15.5 
 10. Dunn, Maurienne15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Barber, Nantes10.2 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.9.4 
 3. Mathis, Maurienne9.3 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.2 
 5. Rouse, Charleville8.8 
 6. Wyatte, Le Portel8.7 
 7. Monds, Bourg8.7 
 8. Monroe, Boulogne8.1 
 9. Badiane, Boulazac8.1 
 10. Giles, Rouen7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.1 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.2 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.8 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.7 
 5. Oliver, Bourg5.3 
 6. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 7. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.4.9 
 9. Craven, Dijon4.7 
 10. Denave, St Vallier4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.6 
 2. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 3. Craven, Dijon2.5 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.5 
 5. Daniels, Chalons-.2.4 
 6. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 7. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.2 
 8. Melody, Dijon2.1 
 9. Mullins, Chalons-.2.1 
 10. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.3 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.0 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 6. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 7. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 8. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 9. Davis, Evreux0.9 
 10. Mathis, Maurienne0.7 


ProB Round 30: JDA Dijon beats SPO Rouen in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in ProB is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Rouen. Third ranked JDA Dijon faced second-best SPO Rouen. Guests from JDA Dijon (19-11) defeated host SPO Rouen (19-11) 72-68. JDA Dijon made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Samba Dia (201-84, college: West Plains JC) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) who recorded 17 points and 5 assists. JDA Dijon have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Rouen. JDA Dijon is looking forward to face JL Bourg (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. SPO Rouen will play against Olympique Antibes (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was between eighth ranked JL Bourg and higher ranked ALM Evreux where host JL Bourg (17-13) rolled over ALM Evreux (18-12) with 20-point difference 81-61. It was a good game for American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dean Oliver contributed with 10 points and 8 assists for the winners. JL Bourg's coach Fabrice Courcier allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds for ALM Evreux. JL Bourg have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Le Portel and Boulogne. ALM Evreux at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Fos Ouest. JL Bourg will play against higher ranked JDA Dijon (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ALM Evreux will play against the league's leader JSF Nanterre and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader JSF Nanterre delivered the twentieth second victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 15th ranked Saint Vallier (11-19) 69-52. Mykal Riley had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Charles-Henri Bronchard with 14 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JSF Nanterre have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-8 record. Saint Vallier lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth place with 19 games lost. JSF Nanterre will meet ALM Evreux (#4) on the road in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against Aix-Maurienne (#9) in Aix-les-Bains and hope to secure a win.
Fourteenth-ranked Lille Metropole (12-18) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Fos Ouest (18-12). The visitors from Fos managed to secure only one-point victory 69-68. However their fans expected much easier game. Mohamed Hachad notched 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Lille Metropole's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fos Ouest moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Evreux. Lille Metropole at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Fos Ouest's next round opponent will be SO Maritime Boulogne (#6) at home. Lille Metropole will play against Boulazac Basket (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Clermont. Seventeenth ranked Stade Clermont (9-21) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Olympique Antibes (12-18) 71-70 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Mathieu Guichard who scored 13 points. Stade Clermont maintains seventeenth position with 9-21 record. Loser Olympique Antibes keeps the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. Stade Clermont will face higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#10) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Rest of the games of round 30 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Le Portel was defeated by Boulogne in a road game 103-90. Nantes smashed Charleville at home 107-82. Chalons-Reims lost to Quimper on the opponent's court 66-68. Maurienne unfortunately lost to Boulazac in a home game 71-82.
The best stats of 30th round was 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Armand Charles of Nantes.


Boulogne - Le Portel 103-90

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Le Portel (17-13) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (17-13) 103-90 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 103-90. SO Maritime Boulogne looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Etienne Plateau (187-86) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). SO Maritime Boulogne's coach Germain Castano used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Ismaila Sy (192-79) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively. Four SO Maritime Boulogne and five Le Portel players scored in double figures. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bourg and Le Portel. SO Maritime Boulogne will face higher ranked Fos Ouest (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: N.Wyatte 16+13reb+4ast, I.Sy 14+3reb+4ast, A.Rowland 13+3reb+4ast, M.Labeyrie 13+3reb, C.Davis 12+6reb+2ast, E.Choquet 10+1ast
Boulogne: L.Milbourne 22+6reb+1ast, E.Plateau 21+5reb+2ast, D.Monroe 15+6reb+2ast, L.Kante 13+7reb+1ast, M.N'Diaye 9+2reb+1ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 100595


Lille - Fos Ouest 68-69

Fourteenth-ranked Lille Metropole (12-18) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Fos Ouest (18-12). The visitors from Fos managed to secure only one-point victory 69-68. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lille Metropole won third quarter 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fos Ouest forced 19 Lille Metropole turnovers. Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) notched 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Jamaican-American forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Marymount) supported him with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. Even 21 points by American forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) did not help to save the game for Lille Metropole. His fellow American import power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) added 18 points. Lille Metropole's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fos Ouest moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Evreux. Lille Metropole at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Fos Ouest's next round opponent will be SO Maritime Boulogne (#6) at home. Lille Metropole will play against Boulazac Basket (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lille: S.Barnette 21+4reb+1ast, A.Harris 18+4reb, O.Gouez 10+5reb+1ast, B.Gillet 6+1reb, R.Chery 5+1reb+1ast, N.Taccoen 4+6reb+2ast
Fos Ouest: M.Hachad 14+8reb+5ast, P.Haquet 13+3reb+1ast, S.Gay 13+6reb, L.Cummard 12+4reb+2ast, Z.Bah 10+5reb+2ast, M.Dia 4+2reb
gschID: 100592


Nantes - Charleville 107-82

No shocking result in a game when twelfth ranked Nantes (14-16) smashed at home bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (6-24) 107-82 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Nantes. Charleville-Mezieres was better in fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nantes shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Charleville-Mezieres' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Nantes made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Armand Charles (193-83) who scored 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Taron Downey (186-83, college: Wake Forest) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists. Four Nantes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds and guard Daye Kaba (191-86, college: Marist) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Nantes maintains twelfth position with 14-16 record. Charleville-Mezieres lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Nantes will face higher ranked Le Portel (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Quimper UJAP (#15).
Top scorers:
Charleville: C.Rouse 30+12reb+1ast, D.Kaba 13+5reb+1ast, G.Florimont 8+3reb+3ast, Y.Akinocho 7+1ast, J.McClark 7+5reb, Y.Zachee 5+2reb+3ast
Nantes: A.Charles 29+6reb+4ast, T.Downey 18+2reb+8ast, A.Cel 13+10reb+1ast, N.Gayon 10+4reb+1ast, J.James 10+1reb+4ast, K.Barber 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 100593


Rouen - Dijon 68-72

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Rouen. Third ranked JDA Dijon faced second-best SPO Rouen. Guests from JDA Dijon (19-11) defeated host SPO Rouen (19-11) 72-68. JDA Dijon made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Samba Dia (201-84, college: West Plains JC) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) who recorded 17 points and 5 assists and guard Pierric Poupet (191-84) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JDA Dijon have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Rouen. JDA Dijon is looking forward to face JL Bourg (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. SPO Rouen will play against Olympique Antibes (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Siggers 17+3reb+5ast, D.Williams 12+5reb+2ast, C.Thioune 12, S.Traore 11+7reb, P.Poupet 9+6reb+10ast, D.Giles 5+6reb
Dijon: S.Dia 17+7reb+1ast, E.Craven 15+4reb+5ast, E.Bing 15+10reb+1ast, D.Melody 11+1reb+3ast, J.Leloup 7+4reb+1ast, F.Prenom 4+2reb
gschID: 100594


Clermont - Antibes 71-70

Important game to mention about took place in Clermont. Seventeenth ranked Stade Clermont (9-21) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Olympique Antibes (12-18) 71-70 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-70. The best player for the winners was swingman Mathieu Guichard (188-88) who scored 13 points. Naturalized Mali forward Karim Ouattara (198-79, college: Albany) chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-83, agency: LBM Management) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Swiss forward David Ramseyer (200-87) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Stade Clermont maintains seventeenth position with 9-21 record. Loser Olympique Antibes keeps the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. Stade Clermont will face higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#10) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Antibes: S.Massot 18+9reb+3ast, D.Ramseyer 17+8reb, J.Ingram 16+1reb+3ast, M.Bojovic 9+1reb, S.Ho You Fat 7+3reb, M.Courby 3+1reb
Clermont: S.Cisse 14+1reb+2ast, M.Guichard 13+2reb+3ast, K.Ouattara 12+4reb+1ast, O.Bassett 8+5reb+2ast, T.Ford 8+6reb, P.Beye 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100589


Bourg - Evreux 81-61

Another exciting game was between eighth ranked JL Bourg and higher ranked ALM Evreux where host JL Bourg (17-13) rolled over ALM Evreux (18-12) with 20-point difference 81-61. ALM Evreux was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 43-21 second half run of JL Bourg. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to ALM Evreux's 28. JL Bourg forced 23 ALM Evreux turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. ALM Evreux was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import guard Dean Oliver (180-78, college: Iowa) contributed with 10 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. JL Bourg's coach Fabrice Courcier allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Ludovic Chelle (185-83) added 12 points in the effort for ALM Evreux. JL Bourg have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Le Portel and Boulogne. ALM Evreux at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Fos Ouest. JL Bourg will play against higher ranked JDA Dijon (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ALM Evreux will play against the league's leader JSF Nanterre and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Evreux: D.Reed 15+7reb+1ast, L.Chelle 12+3reb+3ast, C.Watson 10+2reb+1ast, D.Davis 8+4reb+3ast, T.Maizeroi 6+2reb+1ast, B.Toffin 5+5reb+1ast
Bourg: D.Monds 18+11reb+3ast, D.Coleman 11+3reb+2ast, K.Corre 10+3reb+4ast, D.Oliver 10+4reb+8ast, C.Ferchaud 9+2reb, A.Tsagarakis 7+1reb
gschID: 100590


Nanterre - St Vallier 69-52

Leader JSF Nanterre delivered the twentieth second victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 15th ranked Saint Vallier (11-19) 69-52. The game was mostly controlled by JSF Nanterre. Saint Vallier managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JSF Nanterre forced 20 Saint Vallier turnovers. American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) with 14 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and guard David Denave (195-85) scored 6 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JSF Nanterre have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-8 record. Saint Vallier lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth place with 19 games lost. JSF Nanterre will meet ALM Evreux (#4) on the road in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against Aix-Maurienne (#9) in Aix-les-Bains and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: C.Bronchard 14+6reb+2ast, B.Vounang 10+5reb+1ast, K.Shiloh 8+5reb+2ast, K.Bichard 6+1reb+1ast, D.Denave 6+8reb+2ast, M.Tensorer 4+2reb
Nanterre: N.Carter 18+5reb+2ast, M.Riley 15+10reb+1ast, W.Daniels 13+2reb+2ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 8+7reb, G.Pons 6+4reb+1ast, L.Akono 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 100591


Quimper - Chalons-Reims 68-66

There was an upset when higher ranked Chalons-Reims (16-14) was edged on the road by sixteenth ranked Quimper UJAP (12-18) 68-66 on Saturday. Chalons-Reims was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Quimper UJAP made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Chalons-Reims was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-79) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Vincent Mouillard (187-87) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Gary Chathuant (196-83) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and American-Irish guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) added 11 points and 8 assists respectively. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. Quimper UJAP moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Antibes and Lille. Newly promoted Chalons-Reims dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Quimper UJAP will face bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: G.Radonjic 13+3reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 13+9reb+3ast, H.Jalce 11+6reb, B.Mullins 11+4reb+8ast, C.Daniels 7+3reb, D.Wilson 4+1reb
Quimper: V.Mouillard 14+1reb+4ast, A.Toto N'Kote 13+8reb+1ast, M.Runkaukas 13+2reb+2ast, G.Lessort 8+2reb, J.Volcy 7+11reb, A.Rigaux 6+1ast
gschID: 100587


Maurienne - Boulazac 71-82

There was a small surprise in Aix-les-Bains where eleventh ranked Boulazac Basket (15-15) beat 8th ranked Aix-Maurienne (16-14) 82-71 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 49-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Boulazac Basket outrebounded Aix-Maurienne 34-21 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Thomas Dubiez (195-80) who scored 25 points. Forward Cedric Melicie (200-79, agency: ACMT) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Boulazac Basket players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward James Mathis (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) who recorded 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Simon Darnauzan (178-80) added 9 points and 8 assists respectively. Boulazac Basket maintains eleventh position with 15-15 record. Aix-Maurienne lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 14 games lost. Boulazac Basket will face Lille Metropole (#13) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: J.Mathis 21+6reb+4ast, E.Joldersma 13+1reb+3ast, T.Gipson 10+3reb+5ast, S.Darnauzan 9+2reb+8ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 7+2reb+1ast, T.Yvrande 7+1reb
Boulazac: T.Dubiez 25+3reb+1ast, C.Melicie 14+7reb+1ast, B.Jacobson 11+1reb+7ast, A.McKenzie 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Gaillou 10+5reb+2ast, M.Badiane 8+11reb
gschID: 100588




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Feni Industri reaches the BIBL finale - by Besart Lachi
After the third consecutive final four , the Macedonian champion Feni Indistrija Kavadarci finally succeeded to get past the semi-final and play for the Balkan League title.
In Kavadarci, supported by their fans , Feni Indistrija Kavadarci achieved to defeat KK Mornar Basket Bar in a very close game, where the winner was decided in the last minutes of the match.
Once again the playmaker of the Macedonian national team Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) was the man of the match scoring 24 points , 3 rebounds and 1 assist.
Jarrid Frye (194-G-85, college: Sacred Heart) and Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) both contributed wiith 11 points and a great game in defense. The great defense of the Macedonian champion was key to the win , they outrebounded Bar Mornar 36-23.
The home court was of a vast help to Feni Indistrija Kavadarci, the 2000 fans gathered in Jasmin were an extra motive for the champions.

On Sunday at 18:00, Feni Indistrija Kavadarci will face the Bulgarian team Rilski Sportist Samokov , the great surprise of this year's Final Four.
Rilski Sportist Samokov won the match against the best team of the regular season Levski Sofia, the only team with seven wins this season.

Feni Indistrija Kavadarci got the opponent they desired, now it is their turn to verify their good form and win the BIBL League.


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Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Beqa CHIKVILADZE
  GTU Tbilisi
  (195-G-91)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Chikviladze, GTU T.23.9 
 2. Sanadze, Batumi21.2 
 3. Berishvili, TSU T.21.2 
 4. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.2 
 5. Panchulidze, TSU T.18.8 
 6. Dvalishvili, Samed.18.2 
 7. Matiashvili, TSU T.17.6 
 8. Harris, Sokhumi17.3 
 9. Tugushi, Army16.8 
 10. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Akaki DVALISHVILI
  Samedicino
  (206-C-90)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Dvalishvili, Samed.12.1 
 2. Berishvili, TSU T.11.1 
 3. Damus, Sokhumi10.8 
 4. Matiashvili, TSU T.9.6 
 5. Londaridze, TSU T.9.5 
 6. Imnadze, MIA T.9.3 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi9.1 
 8. Ugrekhelidze, Army8.7 
 9. Tugushi, Army8.7 
 10. Toudjani, Energy R.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Beka TSIVTSIVADZE
  MIA Tbilisi
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Tsivtsivadze, MIA T.6.8 
 2. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.6.6 
 3. Tugushi, Army5.4 
 4. Harris, Sokhumi5.2 
 5. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi5.2 
 6. Artsividze, GSAU T.4.9 
 7. Rogers, Samedicino4.8 
 8. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.7 
 9. Didia, Kutaisi4.6 
 10. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vasili BERUASHVILI
  GTU Tbilisi
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Beruashvili, GTU T.3.0 
 2. Tsekvava, Energy R.2.8 
 3. Antadze, GTU T.2.7 
 4. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 5. Gulisabedash., Samedi.2.4 
 6. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.3 
 7. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.3 
 8. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.2 
 9. Berishvili, TSU T.2.2 
 10. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Samuel LAMU
  Energy Rustavi
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lamu, Energy R.2.1 
 2. Damus, Sokhumi1.5 
 3. Bekauri, Samedicino1.5 
 4. Berishvili, TSU T.1.4 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.3 
 6. Imnadze, MIA T.1.3 
 7. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 8. Beruashvili, GTU T.1.1 
 9. Atuashvili, Army1.0 
 10. Tenieshvili, Batumi1.0 


Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Army 17-2 
 2. TSU Tbilisi 16-3 
 3. Kutaisi 14-5 
 4. MIA Tbilisi 13-6 
 5. Sokhumi 12-7 
 6. Samedicino 7-12 
 7. Energy Rustavi 7-12 
 8. GTU Tbilisi 6-13 
 9. Batumi 6-13 
 10. GSAU Tbilisi 5-14 
 11. Dinamo Tbilisi 2-18 


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Julius Jenkins claims German 1.Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for ALBA Berlin and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 29-year old guard had the game-high 27 points adding three rebounds and five assists for ALBA in his team's victory, helping them to crush Bremerhaven (#8, 17-15) with 17-point margin 100-83. ALBA maintains the 3rd position in German 1.Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ALBA will need more victories to improve their 23-9 record. In the team's last game Jenkins had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at ALBA, through which he has constantly improved. Julius Jenkins averages this season 14.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Chris Oliver (198-F-85) of Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Oliver impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he lead Walter Tigers to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked MBC (#16, 8-24) 79-57. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Walter Tigers keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-18 record. Oliver is a newcomer at Walter Tigers and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances) of Goettingen (#10). Anderson scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Goettingen, leading his team to a 99-90 win against slightly lower-ranked Phoenix Hagen (#12, 14-18). Goettingen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 15 lost games. Anderson has a very solid season. In 26 games in Germany he scored 12.7ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 54.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) of EWE Baskets - 16 points and 11 rebounds
5. Roger Powell (198-F-83) of Dt.Bank SKY - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Jerry Green (191-G-80) of EnBW L'burg - 17 points and 8 assists
7. Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87) of Walter Tigers - 20 points and 4 rebounds
8. Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87) of Bayreuth - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Terrell Everett (193-G-84) of Bremerhaven - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Danny Gibson (180-G-84) of Bayreuth - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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


John Bynum (TBB Trier) In Braunschweig We Have To Compete And Not Get Down On Ourselves In Any Way - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket before the game against The New Yorker Phnatoms Braunschweig April 17th.

Congrats on the 63-53 win in Giessen. A big game for both teams. TTB Trier limited Giessen to 4 points in the first quarter and 17 points in the first half. Was the defensive effort in this game a tad better than against Frankfurt last weekend?


We did come out and play really hard and set a tone defensively. But we have to find a way to turn our stops into points on the board. I wouldnt say it was better but it was a great effort of team defense.


TBB Trier again was without Zwiener and Evans, but the team stepped up. How does the team block out adversity best and just stick with the game plan?

Zwiener ended up playing and gave us solid minutes but we are missing George's energy and all the little things that he brings to the table.

Does anybody on your team notice that you were top rebounder once again?

Im not sure, but to me it was more important getting the win and I just think its just one of those things that just happens if the ball bounces to you if the big guys are doing there job boxing out.

The next game is against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. What do you remember most from the big 74-65 win at home?


It was a tough game actually one that we shouldnt have won. They were leading pretty much the whole game but we found a way to get it done at home.

Braunschweig has allowed 191 points in the last 2 games against Phoenix Hagen and EnBW Ludwigsburg. Is the team a bit burned out afte rthe Top 4weekend and then two consecutive back to back weekends where they had 2 games in a row?

I wouldnt say that they are burned out, sometimes it happens where you have trouble stopping people. But I know they will be ready tomorrow and will bring a big effort just like us.

How difficult is it to play two away games with in 48 hours and prepare for Braunschweig in this time?

It is difficult because the games are on the road, but at this stage of the year it doesnt matter, because the importance of these games makes you forget about how your body feels.

What will be key in winning?

It comes down to a defensive effort for us and rebounding. We have to compete and not get down on ourselves anytime or if they make a run on their home court.

Kevin Garnett has said that Shaq will make a big impact in the playoffs despite playing only 37 games this season. Is this thought a reality?


I dont mean to disrespect one of the all time greatest centers in the game but Shaq has been sticking up the league for the last 4 years. His impact will be him giving up 6 hard fouls if he is on the court for that long.

Manu Ginoboli is doubtful for start of playoffs. Will this pose a problem for the Spurs getting by the Memphis Grizzlies?

I dont think it will. The spurs are a solid team but at the same team I do think the Grizzlies are a solid team but all that experience will help them get by them.

Ronny Turiaf plans to trim his beard or shave it off for the playoffs. Will this scare the Boston Celtics in any way?

one word NO. lol

Thanks John for the chat.



Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) Pregame Thoughts To Artland Dragons Game April 17th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss in Goettingen. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Artland Dragons April 17th.

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


Overyjoyed!!! Anything that describes pleased and happy

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

It was just like any other road trip except we took a bus which gave us space to stretch out.

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

Yeah they could reach the final and win it. They have a talented and experienced team.

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

They came out and jump on us in the first quarter and never looked back. We were down double digits the whole game.

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


I'm not matched up with him but I think it depends on his defender. He takes a bigger guy on the perimeter and takes the smaller guy on the block.

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 only see him asking for calls and stuff. He does a lot of dancing and playing but if that gets him going then have at.

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

He has no chance at all. That award has Derrick Rose's name all over 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 know if he would fit but I'm sure they could use his body cause they have no bigs that are physical.

What makes teammate Jacob Burtschi such a good monoply player?

He CHEATS!!! He cons people and gest Matt to make any trade he wants. When he says 'Here's the thing' he is throwing b.s. out to you. He came in last place last night though!!!

Thanks Quentin for the chat



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  GREECE   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Smith, Panellinios16.9 
 2. Marshall, PAOK16.8 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.9 
 4. Palacio, Kavala15.8 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.15.0 
 6. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.4 
 7. Thompson, Ikaros14.3 
 8. Harris, Ikaros14.1 
 9. Jorovic, Kavala13.9 
 10. King, Peristeri GS13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Simmons, Kavala9.9 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.8 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi8.5 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.5 
 5. Smith, Panellinios7.9 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.4 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.1 
 9. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
 10. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  VAP Kolossos
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Jordan, VAP K.5.8 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.6 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.8 
 4. Diamantidis, Panath.4.5 
 5. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.0 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.9 
 7. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.7 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi3.5 
 10. Parker, Iraklis3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Smush PARKER
  Iraklis
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Parker, Iraklis2.0 
 2. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 3. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 5. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.8 
 6. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.7 
 7. Marshall, PAOK1.7 
 8. Papamakarios, Panell.1.6 
 9. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.5 
 10. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Simmons, Kavala1.9 
 2. Bagaric, Marousi1.8 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.3 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS1.2 
 6. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.9 
 7. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 8. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 9. Gechevski, PAOK0.7 
 10. Dozier, PAOK0.6 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 24-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 23-1 
 3. PAOK 15-10 
 4. Aris 13-12 
 5. Marousi 13-12 
 6. Kavala 12-13 
 7. VAP Kolossos 12-13 
 8. Panionios 12-13 
 9. Peristeri GS 11-14 
 10. Ikaros 10-15 
 11. Panellinios 9-16 
 12. Ilysiakos 8-17 
 13. AEK 7-18 
 14. Iraklis 5-20 


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jara DOYNE
  Falco-Szova
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Doyne, Falco-Szova22.5 
 2. El-Amin, PVSK P.22.2 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.7 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 5. Townes, Soproni19.5 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.4 
 7. Rubin, Szedeak19.3 
 8. Mekongo, FS Debre.19.3 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.19.2 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Townes, Soproni11.2 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu10.9 
 3. Jones, Albacomp9.3 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari9.1 
 5. Cunningham, Kapos.8.9 
 6. Egemonye, PVSK P.8.7 
 7. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 8. Szabo, Soproni8.3 
 9. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.3 
 10. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Khimik
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Kelley, Soproni6.1 
 5. Simon, Albacomp6.1 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.0 
 7. Rodgers, Salgotar.5.8 
 8. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 9. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.2 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.0 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.7 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 6. Werner, Kaposvari2.6 
 7. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 8. Rodgers, Salgotar.2.4 
 9. Clark, Szolnok2.3 
 10. Singletary, FS Debre.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.3 
 2. Townes, Soproni1.9 
 3. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.3 
 4. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.1 
 6. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.0.9 
 7. Keller, Albacomp0.8 
 8. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.8 
 9. Langford, FS Debre.0.8 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu0.7 


A Division Quarterfinals: Hosts dominate in third games - by Eurobasket News
Third games of the Playoff Quarterfinals were played last night and home teams had no mercy for their rivals. Fourth games are scheduled for Monday.

Albacomp - Falco-Szova 82-69 (2-1)

The game was mostly controlled by Albacomp. Falco-Szova was better in third quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Albacomp players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for American center Jonathan Jones (211-79) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Balazs Simon (188-80, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 assists for the winners. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Charles Gosa (202-77, college: N.Mexico St.) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Falco-Szova.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: J.Jones 24+6reb+1ast, T.Crocker 21+4reb+3ast, B.Simon 16+3reb+12ast, A.Hanga 13+5reb+5ast, F.Bodi 5+2reb, R.Hendlein 2+8reb+1ast
Falco-Szova: J.Doyne 19+6reb+2ast, M.Aliakseyeu 15+3reb+1ast, C.Gosa 14+9reb, T.Harazin 7+1reb, L.Kalman 6+6reb+10ast, L.Simon 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 126948


Szolnok - PVSK Pannon 87-69 (2-1)
The game without a history. Szolnok led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to PVSK Pannon's 34 and made 18-of-18 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Szolnok forced 20 PVSK Pannon turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The former international swingman Akos Horvath (194-81) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists. Five Szolnok players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Janos Eilingsfeld (198-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) who recorded 17 points and 4 steals and American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively. PVSK Pannon's coach Srecko Sekulovic rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: A.Horvath 22+4reb+4ast, M.Bader 20+10reb+2ast, I.Clark 16+5reb+2ast, V.Budimir 13+1reb+4ast, O.Trotter 10+4reb+4ast, Z.Vesztergom 2
PVSK Pannon: J.Eilingsfeld 17+4reb+1ast, M.El-Amin 10+3reb+5ast, K.Kiss 8+1reb, N.Toth 8+5reb, P.Kovacs 7+2reb+3ast, B.Egemonye 7+8reb
gschID: 126949


Atomeromu - ZTE KK 97-68 (2-1)
The game without a history. Szolnok led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to PVSK Pannon's 34 and made 18-of-18 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Szolnok forced 20 PVSK Pannon turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The former international swingman Akos Horvath (194-81) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists. Five Szolnok players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Janos Eilingsfeld (198-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) who recorded 17 points and 4 steals and American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively. PVSK Pannon's coach Srecko Sekulovic rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: A.Horvath 22+4reb+4ast, M.Bader 20+10reb+2ast, I.Clark 16+5reb+2ast, V.Budimir 13+1reb+4ast, O.Trotter 10+4reb+4ast, Z.Vesztergom 2
PVSK Pannon: J.Eilingsfeld 17+4reb+1ast, M.El-Amin 10+3reb+5ast, K.Kiss 8+1reb, N.Toth 8+5reb, P.Kovacs 7+2reb+3ast, B.Egemonye 7+8reb
gschID: 126946


Kormend - Kecskemeti 71-65 (2-1)
The game without a history. Kormend led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Emmanuel Dies (204-77, college: Kansas St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Kormend players scored in double figures. The former international center Zoltan Bencze (213-81, agency: FCM) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and international power forward Milan Csorvasi (209-88, college: High School, agency: FCM) added 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Kecskemeti.
Top scorers:
Kormend: R.Bell 25+6reb+2ast, E.Dies 15+6reb+1ast, A.Rujak 11+1reb+7ast, R.Trummer 10+1reb, I.Nemeth 5+4reb, C.Ferencz 3+1reb+1ast
Kecskemeti: M.Csorvasi 15+5reb, Z.Bencze 14+7reb, H.Orsulic 10+6reb+1ast, I.Siriscevic 7+4reb, G.Cseh 6+1reb+1ast, K.Wittmann 6+2reb+7ast
gschID: 126947




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  IBL   


IBL's Albany Legends beat Kankakee Soldiers to start the 2011 season - by Trask Frost
IBL recap from a Phil FIsher report- Albany Legends Media: with a packed crowd on opening night, the Albany Legends opened the defense of their 2010 IBL Title with a 115-112 victory over the Kankakee (Illinois) Soldiers. The Legends started up right where they left off, taking the first Quarter 24-16. Scott McRay, Damone Morris and DeAndre Thomas were perfect from the field shooting a combined 9 for 9 from the field. The Soldiers did not seem like they were finding their touch as the only person to make more than one basket in the quarter was Ryan Edwards who shot 4/5. The second quarter started with EJ Gallop hitting 3 of 4 from outside the arc to pace the Legends to a 17 point lead, but then Billy Baptist came out of nowhere dropping 8 for 8, including a deep 3, helping the Soldiers take a 2 point lead into the half 58-56. Out of the break, Baptist again put the weight on his shoulders opening with 2 more baskets of his own and the Soldiers opened the gap to 10. But then DeAndre Thomas kicked it into another gear scoring the next 4 baskets of the quarter, adding 2 blocks and an assist in the paint to Scotty McCray to bring the Legends back to within 2. But Baptist would not go quietly- he would then score two more including another big three which forced the Legends to call timeout. The timeout seemed to help as EJ Gallop would open with a deep three and Legends newcomer Adam Abdourhamane would add 2 big defensive rebounds and backed it up with 2 baskets of his own to pull Albany back out to a 2 point lead. Just when we thought the quarter could end any better as the Legends had a narrow 2 point advantage Emanuel Mayben hit a 3 at the buzzer from a beautiful pass by Morris to give them a 5 point lead. The 4th quarter went back and forth with each team going basket for basket. Smart play by Mayben forced a couple fouls that put him at the line a total of 5 times and he hit all 5 including a 3 shot foul and that sealed the deal for the Legends who are now 1-0 to start the 2011 season with the 115-112 win. Billy Baptist and Ryan Edwards led all scorers with 36 and 26 point respectively. While DeAndre Thomas had 22 to pace the Legends. Game 2 of the Albany/Kankakee Series is tonight- Saturday night at Christian Brothers Academy at 7:05.

Smith Under The Radar As Pro Prospect - by Travis McAvene
Sometimes players can get left unnoticed because of lack of the right exposure. Sean Smith, a 67, 210 pound small forward is looking to get noticed on the minor league circuit this spring. Smith is currently playing for the Gary Splash (IBL). Smith recently finished his season in the ABA with the Northwest Indiana Stars, where he averaged 19.0ppg and 7.5rpg.

Smith played his college basketball at Northern Illinois University. He finished his senior season in the tough MAC Conference averaging 8.3ppg and shot 39.7% from the three point line. Sean is a fundamental player that can score in a variety of ways, said Travis McAvene. He is very competitive and displays great footwork around the basket.

Smith is set to start his IBL season with the Gary Splash at the end of April. Smith also plans to attend the Kentucky Pro Am and travel to the country of Estonia in July for a pro exposure camp. My experience so far with minor league basketball has been a great experience and provided me with good competition, said Sean Smith. My goal this spring and summer is to continue to get better as a player and strive to get overseas by the fall.

Sean Smith (6'7''-F-85, college: N.Illinois)


Smith Under The Radar As Pro Prospect - by Travis McAvene
Sometimes players can get left unnoticed due to lack of the right exposure. Sean Smith, a 67, 210 pound small forward is looking to get noticed on the minor league circuit this spring. Smith is currently playing for the Gary Splash (IBL). Smith recently finished his season in the ABA with the Northwest Indiana Stars, where he averaged 19.0ppg and 7.5rpg.

Smith played his college basketball at Northern Illinois University. He finished his senior season in the tough MAC Conference averaging 8.3ppg and shot 39.7% from the three point line. Sean is a fundamental player that can score in a variety of ways, said Travis McAvene. He is very competitive and displays great footwork around the basket.

Smith is set to start his IBL season with the Gary Splash at the end of April. Smith also plans to attend the Kentucky Pro Am and travel to the country of Estonia in July for a pro exposure camp. My experience so far with minor league basketball has been a great experience and provided me with good competition, said Sean Smith. My goal this spring and summer is to continue to get better as a player and strive to get overseas by the fall.

Sean Smith (6'7''-F-85, college: N.Illinois)


Smith Under The Radar As Pro Prospect - by Travis McAvene
Sometimes players can get left unnoticed because of lack of the right exposure. Sean Smith, a 67, 210 pound small forward is looking to get noticed on the minor league circuit this spring. Smith is currently playing for the Gary Splash (IBL). Smith recently finished his season in the ABA with the Northwest Indiana Stars, where he averaged 19.0ppg and 7.5rpg.

Smith played his college basketball at Northern Illinois University. He finished his senior season in the tough MAC Conference averaging 8.3ppg and shot 39.7% from the three point line. Sean is a fundamental player that can score in a variety of ways, said Travis McAvene. He is very competitive and displays great footwork around the basket.

Smith is set to start his IBL season with the Gary Splash at the end of April. Smith also plans to attend the Kentucky Pro Am and travel to the country of Estonia in July for a pro exposure camp. My experience so far with minor league basketball has been a great experience and provided me with good competition, said Sean Smith. My goal this spring and summer is to continue to get better as a player and strive to get overseas by the fall.


IBL's Slam cruise to season-opening win over Hotshots - by Trask Frost
Bellingham, Wash. The Bellingham Slam, led by a record-setting performance by guard Morris Anderson, opened the 2011 International Basketball League season with a 130-104 victory over the West Coast Hotshots on Friday at Whatcom Pavilion.

Anderson finished the game with 15 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds. His 15 assists bested the previous team record of 14 set by Ryan Diggs in 2008.

But the hottest hand belonged to Paul Hafford, who led both teams with 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting from three-point range. Anderson provided assists on four of those outside shots.

Strong outside shooting quickly became a theme for the evening, as the Slam used a trio of three-point shots to build a 21-8 lead after the first six minutes. The Hotshots trimmed the lead to six by the end of the first quarter, at 33-27.

The Hotshots hung around for much of the second quarter, trailing by eight, at 51-43, with four minutes left, before Bellingham extended their lead back to double digits to lead 65-52 at halftime.

Bellingham used an 11-0 run in the early stages of the third quarter to extend the lead to 23 points, at 79-56, and put the Hotshots away.

It was more of the same in the fourth quarter, as the Slam continued their dominance by running up the lead to 35, at 124-89, on back-to-back treys by Hafford midway through the frame, before coach Rob Ridnour emptied his bench to close out the game.

The Slam won the game going away despite getting crushed on the boards by a 76-45 margin. Bellingham mitigated the poor night on the glass by holding the Hotshots to 37 percent shooting from the floor.

Hafford was one of seven Slam players to score in double figures with 22 points. Blake Poole posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in his professional debut for Bellingham.

Rashaad Powell led the Hotshots with 21 points, while Brandon Adams and Terry Thompson added 14 and 13, respectively.

The Slam continue their early-season homestand with a match-up against the Olympia Reign on April 23. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Whatcom Pavilion.




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  ITALY   


Cajasol Sevilla upset the hosts for the EuroCup Final ticket - by Eurobasket News
Benetton TV-Cajasol Sevilla 63:75

Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) opened the game for the visitors and Tomas Satoransky (199-G/F-91) scored for 8:4. The Spanish team controlled the first period and Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) closed the frame at 22:16. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) reduced it to 18:22, while Cajasol Sevilla erupted for 30:19 as Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) made a two-pointer. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) shocked the Italian side for 36:21 and Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) delivered two for 38:25. The hosts however managed to reduce and Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) drove a lay-up for 38:33. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) meanwhile made two free throws for 40:33 at the halftime.
Mindaugas Katelynas brought 51:38 early in the third and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) increased to 55:40. Benetton TV looked better later in the third period and closed it to 56:50 with just 10 minutes left. Tariq Kirksay and Paul Davis scored for 67:56 and Tariq Kirksay added another few for 73:60. Louis Bullock was the last to score in the game bringing the Final ticket to the Spanish squad.
Tariq Kirksay poured in 16 points to lead all the winners, while Louis Bullock and Paul Davis added 14 each.Massimo Bulleri replied with 15 points in the losing effort as Italian team will face Cedevita for the third place tomorrow. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) scored 13, whilst Hrvoje Peric netted 9.

Benetton TV: Massimo Bulleri 15, Stefan Markovic 13, Hrvoje Peric 9
Cajasol Sevilla: Tariq Kirksay 16, Louis Bullock 14, Paul Davis 14



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


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola22.9 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona21.0 
 3. Robinson, Trenkwal.20.3 
 4. Jackson, Prima Veroli19.7 
 5. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 6. Goldwire, Forli19.3 
 7. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 8. Forte, Tuscany PT19.0 
 9. Clark, Umana Reyer18.6 
 10. Marigney, Assigeco18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Limoges
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.1 
 3. Filloy, Immobili.9.0 
 4. Dickens, San Severo8.4 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.3 
 6. Lollis, Immobili.8.0 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.0 
 8. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
 9. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 10. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio PORTA
  Tezenis Verona
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Porta, Tezenis .5.1 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona5.0 
 3. Goldwire, Forli4.8 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer3.9 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola3.8 
 6. Mathis, Snaidero.3.8 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco3.8 
 8. Hickman, Fastw.3.8 
 9. Forte, Tuscany PT3.7 
 10. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Limoges
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 2. Roderick, Immobi.2.9 
 3. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.8 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.6 
 5. Filloy, Immobili.2.5 
 6. Hunter, Sunrise .2.5 
 7. Cerella, Assigeco2.5 
 8. Davis, Sunrise .2.4 
 9. Whiting, Aget Imola2.4 
 10. Piazza, Forli2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.9 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.2 
 4. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 5. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 6. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 7. Boykin, Assigeco0.7 
 8. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 9. Ezugwu, Assigeco0.7 
 10. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 


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  LATVIA   


Juventus edge Valmiera to seal BBL Elite Division birth - by Eurobasket News
Valmiera - Juventus 72:76

Juventus recorded the second straight win over Valmiera and reached Baltic League Elite Division. They will become the eighth Lithuanian team in BBL top division in the next season. Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82, agency: Players Group, college: Hofstra) scored 19 points to pace Juventus to the decisive victory in Latvia yesterday.
Juventus led from start to finish in this one. They recorded a 4-point lead at the first break. The visitors stayed in charge and stretched their lead to 8 points at halftime 37:29. Valmiera tried to bounce back in the third term. They cut the deficit to 3 points but it was not enough. Juventus dropped 22 points in the fourth period and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) produced 16 points, 10 boards and 3 assists, while Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points in the win. Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83) notched 16 points and 6 boards for Valmiera. Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84) accounted for 15 points in defeat.

Valmiera: Pavels Veselovs 16, Raimonds Gabrans 15
Juventus: Aurimas Kieza 19, Zydrunas Urbonas 16+10 boards, Vaidas Cepukaitis 14



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  LITHUANIA   


Juventus edge Valmiera to seal BBL Elite Division birth - by Eurobasket News
Valmiera - Juventus 72:76

Juventus recorded the second straight win over Valmiera and reached Baltic League Elite Division. They will become the eighth Lithuanian team in BBL top division in the next season. Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82, agency: Players Group, college: Hofstra) scored 19 points to pace Juventus to the decisive victory in Latvia yesterday.
Juventus led from start to finish in this one. They recorded a 4-point lead at the first break. The visitors stayed in charge and stretched their lead to 8 points at halftime 37:29. Valmiera tried to bounce back in the third term. They cut the deficit to 3 points but it was not enough. Juventus dropped 22 points in the fourth period and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) produced 16 points, 10 boards and 3 assists, while Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points in the win. Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83) notched 16 points and 6 boards for Valmiera. Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84) accounted for 15 points in defeat.

Valmiera: Pavels Veselovs 16, Raimonds Gabrans 15
Juventus: Aurimas Kieza 19, Zydrunas Urbonas 16+10 boards, Vaidas Cepukaitis 14



Kaunas get to BBL Elite Division - by Eurobasket News
TTU/Kalev - Kaunas 65:75

Kaunas will play in BBL Elite Division in the next season. They overcame TTU/Kalev on aggregate in the promotion series. Kaunas followed the home win with a comfortable 10-point success in Estonia. Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-G-85) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds to pace the visitors.
Kaunas outscored the hosts in the opening term to take a 5-point lead. TTU/Kalev adjusted their game in the next stanza and established a narrow 37:36 lead at halftime. The Estonian team stretched the margin to 4 points in the third term but could not capitalize. Kaunas stunned the home team with a 21:7 run in the final quarter and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Povilas Cukinas (210-C-83) finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89) added 16 points in the victory. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) replied with 14 points for TTU/Kalev. Casey Archibald (195-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) accounted for 13 points in the loss.

TTU/Kalev: Illimar Pilk 14, Casey Archibald 13
Kaunas: Vytenis Jasikevicius 21, Povilas Cukinas 18+10 boards, Sarunas Vasiliauskas 16



Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.22.0 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.6 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.19.6 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.3 
 5. Jurkus, Silute17.9 
 6. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.7 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 8. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 9. Girdziunas, Nafta U.16.0 
 10. Sebeziovas, Triobe.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.10.4 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.10.4 
 3. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.2 
 4. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.4 
 5. Warren, Mazeikiai8.6 
 6. Nedzinskas, Silute8.5 
 7. Brusokas, Perla.8.5 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.7 
 9. Kaupaitis, Silute7.4 
 10. Pupinis, Erelita7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.9 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.2 
 3. Sapiega, Erelita5.0 
 4. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.8 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.6 
 7. Kutra, Delikatesas4.2 
 8. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 9. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.0 
 10. Semaska, Perla.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.8 
 2. Metelica, Erelita2.6 
 3. Petraitis, Delikate.2.5 
 4. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.5 
 5. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.3 
 6. Kutra, Delikatesas2.2 
 7. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.2 
 8. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.2.2 
 9. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.2 
 10. Sapiega, Erelita2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.5 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.2.5 
 3. Urbonas, LK.2.4 
 4. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.8 
 5. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.7 
 6. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.5 
 7. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 8. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.1 
 9. Ramasauskas, ABRO-.1.0 
 10. Warren, Mazeikiai0.9 


NKL Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Nafta Universitetas - Mazeikiai 77-87

Mazeikiai surprised Nafta Universitetas on the road in the semifinal opener. It looked good early as Nafta Universitetas took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Mazeikiai had a 29-17 second period charge getting the lead and Nafta Universitetas was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-87. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jason Warren (201-F/G-84, college: Missouri Western) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll.) contributed with 17 points and 4 steals for the winners. Warren is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Nafta Universitetas. Four Nafta Universitetas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: J.Kazakauskas 22+6reb, M.Girdziunas 14+2reb+6ast, D.Anuzis 12+1reb+2ast, V.Chodosovskis 11+6reb+1ast, T.Klimas 8+4reb, M.Sumskis 6+5reb+1ast
Mazeikiai: B.Harrison 17+2reb+3ast, J.Warren 15+10reb+7ast, M.Norkus 12+5reb, V.Luksa 10+2reb, M.Guzauskis 10+1reb+1ast, D.Vaitelis 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 126537


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Meresta 87-73

Pieno Zvaigzed toppled Meresta for 1-0 lead in the series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Meresta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Darrick Leonard (188-84, college: Aurora) fired 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Zam Fredrick (183-86, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Five Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Guard Saulius Raziulis (183-76, agency: Court Side) produced 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Liudas Radavicius (188-88) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Meresta: L.Radavicius 14+3reb, T.Balciunas 11+3reb+2ast, S.Raziulis 10+5reb+4ast, A.Danusevicius 9+4reb, S.Slivka 7+6reb+2ast, T.Druktenis 7+3reb+1ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: G.Vileita 20+2reb, Z.Fredrick 15+7reb+2ast, M.Virbalas 14+7reb, D.Griskenas 11+7reb+4ast, D.Leonard 11+8reb+6ast, A.Kazlauskas 8+5reb
gschID: 126538




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  NAIA   


Champions of Character: Martin Methodist College Gives Back at National Tournament - by Stephan Ditgens
PULASKI, Tenn. (4/15) For the past months, Martin Methodist College mens basketball has been the talk of the campus, the community, and the NAIA. Stringing together a 34-3 season, the winningest record in collegiate basketball this season, the RedHawks made history on numerous levels. What was left unspoken, however, was how MMC spent their off day at the national tournament.



After a whirlwind of winning the TranSouth Championship, and hopping on a bus headed for Kansas City, playing two close games to secure their Fab Four spot, RedHawk mens basketball finally had a day off on Sunday before their Monday night showdown with Pikeville College. While most teams would probably enjoy a lazy day in Kansas City, exploring the town, the remaining final four teams gathered at the Municipal Auditorium to give back to the local community.



The NAIA works to strengthen their commitment to student-athletes and strives to enrich their college experience by supporting character development, even on championships sites. The NAIA Champions of Character initiative has been a program that is constantly developing, and is being promoted during all aspect of the year. MMC mens basketball shared in this initiative, even amongst the excitement of playing for a national championship, showing their dedication to their team and their community.



The teams participated in a clinic atmosphere with the special needs community in Kansas City, ranging from children to adults. The players spent time teaching skills and interacting one on one with the individuals to share their game of basketball.



We just spent time teaching them basic skills, like passing, dribbling, layups, said junior EJ Kirby. It just made us realize, you can take nothing for granted.



With a big game on their minds, Martin Methodists players represented their institution, taking the time to reflect on their experiences, and appreciating the opportunities to be in such a special arena, and also to give back.



The event was great, and it was fun to help and interact with all the people, commented junior Derrick Davis. I love giving back to the people who arent as fortunate, and the participants really seemed to be enjoying themselves and the activities we were doing. We were all interested and enjoyed everything from lifting the little ones to the rim to playing some one-on-one with the older participants. Overall, it was a great experience, something Ill never forget.



Returning home after a fantastic season, MMC mens basketball brought back memories of playing great basketball on the national level, but also the memory of leaving an impression on those around them.

source: goredhawks.com


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  NBA   


Stern: League's offer to players union coming soon - by Eurobasket News
Amid the revelation that nearly three-quarters of NBA teams are projected to lose money this season, the NBA will submit a revised collective-bargaining proposal to the NBA's Players Association 'within the next couple of weeks,' NBA Commissioner David Stern said Friday.

Speaking after the NBA's Board of Governors meeting, Stern said the league is projected to lose $300 million this season after losing $340 million last season.

NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver dropped a staggering figure. 'Roughly 22 teams are projected to lose money this season; eight teams to be profitable,' he said.

He also said some teams would do better financially if they weren't playing.

'While that is true, (that) some teams in the short term will do better if they are not paying players salaries for that season, our goal still is to not have a work stoppage and to get a deal done for next season,' he said.

The current collective-bargaining agreement expires July 1 and not only are there concerns of a work stoppage, there is a fear the NBA will lose games next season due to a lockout.

With the league stating more than $300 million in losses, Silver said, 'The goal remains the same: To create a system in which all 30 teams can compete for a championship and if well managed have the opportunity to make a profit. We need a new system, and the current system is broken and is unsustainable.'

The NBA enjoyed a spectacular season on and off the court, with higher TV ratings, attendance and merchandise sales this season than last season.




According to the NBA:

ABC, ESPN and TNT had their most-viewed seasons with double-digit increases. ABC was up 38%, ESPN 28% and TNT 42%.

Web traffic at NBA.com had a 35% increase in page views compared to last season, including a 140% increase in videos viewed.

Attendance was up 1% compared to last season.

Merchandise sales were up more than 20% compared to last season.

'It's nice to lose less each year, but it doesn't seem to be a quick path to profitability, and that's where we want to head,' Stern said.

Under the current agreement, players receive 57% of basketball-related income and the league gets 43%. The league has said it would like a swing of nearly $800 million going from the players to the league. In that scenario, players would receive nearly 40% of basketball-related income and the league 60%.

The NBA's first proposal for a new CBA was rejected by the players in early 2010. That proposal called for a hard salary cap, a reduction in existing salaries, less guaranteed money and shorter contracts.

The players union submitted a counterproposal in July but the league never responded. The league hopes the revised proposal jumpstarts negotiations and leads to a new collective-bargaining agreement before July 1 or at least without a prolonged lockout.

Even though the league is intent on finding a long-term profitable business model that is different than the current model, which the players think is working fine, Stern expressed optimism.

'A, I'm an internal optimist. And B, I am hoping that the proposal will indicate to the players when (San Antonio Spurs owner) Peter Holt and the committee finish with it, that there's some modicum off flexibility in our approach, and we are trying to engage the union in a dialogue,' Stern said. 'And you know, we are now going to see whether we can meet after we get this revised proposal out as often as possible.

Stern and Silver declined to say how the revised proposal will different from the original one.

'There are other ways to reach the same goal, and that is a system in which all 30 teams can compete, and, if they are well managed, to make a profit,' Silver said. ' We have never suggested to the union that there's only one way to accomplish that end. And so, we have gone back to ownership. we have heard what they have said about certain issues. And so, we have gone back and said, are there other ways to approach this same goal.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com




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 Heat25.4 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.25.3 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.3 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.25.2 
 7. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
 10. Howard, Orlando M.23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.2 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.2 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.2 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.1 
 6. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 7. Camby, Portland TB10.4 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.10.4 
 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.8.1 
 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. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 8. Felton, New Y.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. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.0 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 8. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.8 


Lakers' Bynum is OK - by Eurobasket News
Lakers' Bynum says he'll be fine for the playoffs

Lakers center Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) claims his troublesome right knee will be no trouble at all when the Los Angeles Lakers open the playoffs Sunday.

Bynum participated in a full practice with the Lakers on Friday, just three days after hyperextending the knee during their home finale against San Antonio. The Lakers feared disaster, given their shot-blocking defensive specialist's history of knee problems, but Bynum merely bruised a bone in his knee.

'I'm fine,' Bynum said. 'It's nothing that's not normal for me at this point.'

Magic's Redick game-time decision Guard J.J. Redick will be a game-time decision for Game 1 of Orlando's first-round playoff matchup with the Atlanta Hawks tonight but says he feels healthy enough to play.

Redick had no limitations in the Magic's final full practice Friday, going through all portions of the team's 2-hour workout.

He missed Orlando's final 17 regular-season games with a lower abdominal strain and hasn't played since early March.

Courtesy of www.stltoday.com


Deadline extended for Kings owners - by Eurobasket News
The NBA has granted the owners of the Sacramento Kings an extension until May 2 to file paperwork requesting a relocation to Anaheim.

Joe Maloof and Gavin Maloof were supposed to submit the documents by Monday, but the league's owners decided to delay that after hearing from Anaheim and Sacramento officials during two days of meetings that ended Friday.

Commissioner David Stern said the league wanted to 'do a little bit more fact finding' after Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson told owners Thursday of additional revenue that had been identified, of the city's commitment to build a new arena, and revealed an interested potential buyer in Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle.

'So the committee thought that it would be a good idea to do a little bit more fact-finding and determine how this will ultimately play out,' Stern said. 'There's no agenda here; just to make sure that something as important to all parties as the transfer of a team to another city and the attempts of that city to keep that team was fully understood, fully briefed.'

The Maloofs insist they won't sell, and Stern said the sale of the Kings, or another team to Burkle that would be moved to Sacramento if the Kings left, is 'not a high priority on our agenda.'

The relocation committee headed by Oklahoma City owner Clay Bennett, who moved the SuperSonics from Seattle three years ago, will research some of the assertions made by Johnson and the potential for success in Anaheim while competing against the Lakers and Clippers. The panel also will recommend a relocation fee the Maloofs would have to pay should they move.

Though eyebrows were raised with Bennett's appointment because of the Sonics' contentious departure to his home state of Oklahoma, Stern said there was no conflict and that Bennett had been chosen because he has been active in the Kings' situation and other league business.

'Maybe Sacramento will think ... -- although I don't -- that [Bennett] favors movement. In this case, he favors what's best for the league and the Kings,' Stern said during a conference call.

Stern said Sacramento's problem was the outdated Power Balance Pavilion, not its market size. Johnson told owners Thursday that the city is committed to building a new entertainment center even if the Kings leave.

Stern seemed dubious, noting that the discussion of a new building in Sacramento is 'usually an eye-roller' at the league because there's been no progress toward it for years. But Johnson's meeting also included a report from the group conducting the feasibility study for a new arena that should be completed by next month, and it made enough of an impression for the Maloofs and Bennett to recommend the extension.

'It was just felt that this was a good presentation and we should delve a little bit more to understand what its ramifications are,' Stern said.

Johnson took the latest extension as a positive sign for Sacramento. He also said it will allow for the feasibility study on a new arena to be near completion by the next deadline and allow for NBA owners to consider the city's plan.

'We bought more time,' Johnson said by phone Friday night. 'It suggests that our strategy and presentation acheived our intended goals. I'm very pleased on that. But I'm not declaring victory by any means, and there's nothing that's stopping the Maloofs from continuing to explore their relocation efforts.'

Johnson also believes his pitch at the meeting intrigued other NBA owners who may be considering blocking a Kings move, but he couldn't tell for certain which way they may be leaning.

'The filing postponed and delayed until May 2 may be the best indication of what [owners] were thinking,' he added.

Once the Maloofs do apply, owners would have to approve the move by a majority vote. Stern said the delay would not hinder their ability to play in Anaheim next season, pointing out how quickly the Hornets were transplanted from New Orleans to Oklahoma City following Hurricane Katrina.

He wouldn't predict how things would end, but hopes the committee can finish its work in two more weeks.

'It was sort of like a timeout,' Stern said. 'This is difficult, let's take some time here to better understand it. This is very important. It's important to the Maloof family. It's important to [Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli] and the people of Anaheim, and it's important to mayor Johnson and the people of Sacramento. And so the committee wanted to do some work.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Warriors hire agent Bob Myers as assistant GM - by Eurobasket News
Prominent NBA player agent Bob Myers has agreed to become the assistant general manager of the Golden State Warriors as part of the new franchise owners plan to groom him to take over the front office, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Warriors GM Larry Riley will receive a contract extension to stay, but sources told Y! Sports that owner Joe Lacob offered Myers the job with an understanding hell eventually ascend to the top of basketball operations.

The San Jose Mercury News first reported the hiring was close to completion.

Myers, 35, will leave Wasserman Media Group, where he had risen quickly under powerful agent Arn Tellem to represent such players as Brandon Roy, Brook Lopez and Kendrick Perkins. An East Bay native, Myers played for the UCLA Bruins 1995 national championship team and is well respected within the agent and front office community for his basketball acumen, negotiating talents and ability to connect with people.

A great hire, one Western Conference GM told Y! Sports on Wednesday night.

Myers has discussed his move with his clients, sources said, and all have remained committed to staying with Tellem and Wasserman Media Group. Agent Greg Lawrence has partnered with Myers on multiple clients and is expected to work with Tellem to take over the top players that Myers leaves behind. Tellem is considered the sports most powerful and influential agent, and hes always had a great affection for his protg, Myers. That relationship could ultimately pay dividends for Myers as he works to procure talent and rebuild the Warriors.

Wasserman Media Group and Tellem represent several NBA stars, including Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol, Russell Westbrook and LaMarcus Aldridge.

The Warriors are the third Western Conference team to recently hire an agent to work in their basketball operations department. The Phoenix Suns hired agent Lon Babby to run their organization in July, but he didnt come with as strong a basketball pedigree as Myers. The Sacramento Kings hired agent Jason Levien as a front office executive in 2008, but GM Geoff Petrie was threatened over his presence and eventually helped force him out in 2010.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com


Disappointed Suns plan changes, but Steve Nash not going anywhere - by Eurobasket News
A year removed from their inspired run to the Western Conference finals, the Phoenix Suns are on the outside looking in at the playoffs.

Their plans for the off-season, collective bargaining issues notwithstanding, are the addition of a 'go-to' scorer to ease the pressure off Canadian Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara), and, in what has become an annual mantra, build a better defence.

Nash, it seems, is not going anywhere. The 37-year-old point guard, after a difficult season on and off the court, calls the Suns 'my team' and expresses no desire to play elsewhere.

Suns president for basketball operations Lon Babby agrees, saying he cannot envision a scenario for the team's future that does not include Nash, who, despite battling injuries since the all-star break, still led the NBA in assists for the fifth time.

'He is the sun and the moon and the stars of this franchise,' Babby said at a news conference Thursday. 'There is honestly uncertainty about everything, but we want him back. We recognize his value here. We may have to find better ways to utilize him and to utilize the pieces around him. I think we probably put too much burden on him this year.

'But, I mean, anybody who begins the analysis of the Phoenix Suns and where we're headed with anything that suggests that Steve Nash is the problem and not the solution I think is looking at it backwards.'

Nash has one year left on his contract.

'This is my team. I feel like this is my home as a basketball player and I want to try to get back to the playoffs with this team, try to build this team into a contender again,' he said. 'It's pretty simple. There's no guarantees. You can't just go out and say, 'Hey, can you go out and trade me to this team?' It's very abstract to think of what the alternative is. But that's beside the point. I want to be a part of this team.'

He wants to keep playing after his contract expires. But, with the Suns?

'Yeah, sure,' Nash said, 'I want to keep playing another two years. If we can improve in the off-season and be set up to have a good year next year I would be more than willing to extend.'

In addition to his battle with injuries, Nash had personal issues, a divorce announced curiously the same weekend that his wife delivered the couple's son.

Coach Alvin Gentry said injuries were a major problem for his star point guard.

'He probably played in 12 games that the average player wouldn't play in,' Gentry said, 'but he just felt like at the time after the All-Star break that if we were ever going to make a run for the playoffs that he had to be out there and he had to try to help us.'

Essentially, the Suns never recovered from the loss of Amare Stoudemire, who left after last season for more guaranteed money on the big stage of New York.

First, Phoenix tried to replace him with the off-season acquisitions of Hedo Turkoglu and Hakim Warrick. When that didn't work out, the team sent Turkoglu, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark to Orlando for Vince Carter and Marcin Gortat.

After toiling in the considerable shadow of Dwight Howard with the Magic, Gortat thrived alongside Nash.

Carter, on the other hand, looked very much like a player past his prime. Expect the Suns to pay him the $4 million he is due and part ways when and if the NBA gets a new collective bargaining agreement with its players.

The team wants Grant Hill back. Babby, Hill's longtime agent before going to work for the Suns, said he will leave the negotiations to general manager Lance Blanks.

Gentry called Hill 'one of those guys that comes along once in a lifetime,' someone who has been asked to do more defensively than any other player in the NBA.

'He's guarded Amare Stoudemire and Blake Griffin,' Gentry said. 'He's guarded LeBron James, Paul Pierce, he's guarded Dwyane Wade, he's guarded Kevin Martin, he's guarded Tony Parker, he's guarded Derrick Rose. The only person we didn't ask him to guard was Dwight Howard.'

The Suns were disappointed in Robin Lopez, who was so good late last season that Gentry expected him to be 'the second-most important guy on our team.'

Gentry said he told Lopez to write off the season as 'a bad sophomore year and let's see if we can regroup and come back and get yourself headed in the right direction.'

While the Suns were pleased with the development of Channing Frye and Jared Dudley, there is no doubt the team is short on talent.

The team, Gentry said, needs 'a go-to guy where we don't count on Steve to create every play at the end of the game and to make every shot in situations like that.'

Such players aren't easy to find and don't come cheap.

While the jury is out on the revamped front office, Gentry and Babby chafed at the suggestion that owner Robert Sarver is unwilling to make the financial commitment necessary to get the Suns back in contention.

'I don't think the issue is spending the money,' Babby said. 'We can all go back and look at decisions that were made where they may not have been the right decisions in terms of how the money was spent. But my view of ownership generally and Robert in particular are the following: He is passionate about winning. He is really, really smart, and anybody who underestimates those two things doesn't get anything about him.'

Courtesy of The Canadian Press


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F Richardson will transfer out of Pitt - by Eurobasket News
Sophomore forward J.J. Richardson (6'7''-F) has been granted a release from his scholarship and will transfer out of coach Jamie Dixon's Pittsburgh program.

'We will assist J.J. in finding the best situation for him to reach his goals both academically and athletically,' Dixon said. 'He's a great kid, hard worker and good player. We thank J.J. for his contribution to our program over the last two years and wish him much success in the future.'

A 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward, Richardson averaged less than two points and one rebound in 23 games for the Panthers last season. A native of Houston, Texas, he played in 45 games at Pitt.

'I am looking for an opportunity to move closer to my family,' Richardson said. 'I want to thank everyone at Pitt, including my coaches, teammates, fans and those associated with the program. It was a great two years and I wish everyone well. I'm very thankful for everything that Pitt has done for me.'

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com


Jayhawks' Woolridge Transferring from Kansas - by Eurobasket News
Kansas freshman Royce Woolridge (6'3''-G-92) says he will transfer to another school because he wants to play more.

The 6-foot-3 Woolridge scored nine points in 16 games for the Jayhawks, averaging just 2.8 minutes of playing time.

Coach Bill Self says he talked to Woolridge after the season about his role with the team. After visiting with his family, Woolridge told Self on Thursday he wanted to transfer.

Self says in Friday's release from the school he wishes Woolridge nothing but the best.

Woolridge, the son of former NBA player Orlando Woolridge, averaged 30.2 points during his senior year at Sunnyslope High
School in Phoenix.

Courtesy of www.kolotv.com


Washington State's Casto decides to enter draft - by Eurobasket News
Washington State junior forward Deangelo Casto (6'8''-F-90) has decided to forgo his senior season and will declare for the NBA draft.

Washington State coach Ken Bone made the announcement late Friday afternoon.

Casto, a 6-foot-8 post with strong shot-blocking ability, was the Cougars' third-leading scorer last season at 12 points per game and led Washington State in rebounds at 7.3. He was a second-team all-Pac-10 selection and was named to the Pac-10 all-defensive team. He will leave school as the No. 2 shot blocker in Washington State history with 165.

Bone says he wishes Casto nothing but the best and that 'his effort on the court was always outstanding.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Hayden ALLEN
  Waikato P.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 33
 1. Allen, Waikato P.33.0 
 2. Mickens, Auckland.26.0 
 3. Pace, Bay Hawks25.0 
 4. Henry, Wellington S.23.0 
 5. Bartlett, Auckland.22.0 
 6. Horvath, Manawatu.22.0 
 7. O''Gallagher, Ocean.20.5 
 8. Smith, Waikato P.20.0 
 9. Winitana, Bay H.20.0 
 10. Lawley, Southlan.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lance ALLRED
  OceanaGold N.
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 13
 1. Allred, OceanaGo.13.0 
 2. Henry, Wellington S.12.0 
 3. Bartlett, Auckland.12.0 
 4. Frank, Wellington S.11.0 
 5. Bradshaw, OceanaGo.11.0 
 6. Martin, Auckland.9.0 
 7. Trousdell, Bay H.8.5 
 8. Horvath, Manawatu.8.0 
 9. Dawson, Southlan.8.0 
 10. Brown, Auckland P.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 George LE''AFA
  Wellington S.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 8
 1. Le''afa, Wellingt.8.0 
 2. Martin, Auckland.6.0 
 3. Kench, Manawatu J.5.0 
 4. Smith, Waikato P.4.0 
 5. Bartlett, Auckland.4.0 
 6. Frank, Wellington S.4.0 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.4.0 
 8. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.0 
 9. O''Gallagher, Ocean.4.0 
 10. Trousdell, Bay H.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Hayden ALLEN
  Waikato P.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 4
 1. Allen, Waikato P.4.0 
 2. Polyblank, Southlan.3.0 
 3. Smith, Waikato P.2.0 
 4. Hudson, Manawatu.2.0 
 5. Adams, Wellington S.2.0 
 6. Dickel, Southland S.2.0 
 7. Bartlett, Auckland.2.0 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki.1.0 
 9. Kench, Manawatu J.1.0 
 10. Te Huna, Manawatu.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sylvester SEAY
  Waikato P.
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Seay, Waikato P.2.0 
 2. Henry, Wellington S.2.0 
 3. Mickens, Auckland.2.0 
 4. Iti, Southland S.2.0 
 5. Brown, Auckland P.2.0 
 6. Dickel, Southland S.1.0 
 7. Frank, Wellington S.1.0 
 8. Horvath, Manawatu.1.0 
 9. Bradshaw, OceanaGo.1.0 
 10. Beck, Auckland P.1.0 


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


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Rochester takes game one 105-101 - by Eurobasket News
They were in the same spot last year. Up a game in the best-of-three Premier Basketball League championship series headed to Oklahoma. Last year the Rochester RazorSharks lost twice at Lawton-Fort Sill. They'll try to fix that this season.

Rochester took game one 105-101 before a crowd of 8,407. it was the fourth time this season the team drew over 8000.

The Sharks led the Cavalry by 16 points early in the third quarter. They had to withstand a 22-2 run by Lawton and still managed to lead after three 77-74. It took character along with a 44-15 edge in free throws taken, a stat that Cavalry coach Michael Ray Richardson complained long and loud about after the game.

LFS had an 11-10 lead early in the first. Rochester scored a 31 point second quarter and led by as many as 18 at 56-38. The Cavalry matched those 31 points in the third quarter by hitting 8 of their first 9 shots. The Cavs wound up shooting 14 for 19 and led by as many as four 70-66. The Sharks made seven free throws to the end of the quarter including two by Melvin Council (6'3''-G, college: Robert Morris) with no time left, to reclaim the lead.

Lawton led only one more time, 83-82 after a three-point basket by Shawn Fountain. Rochester managed eight of the next 10 points to go ahead by five at 90-85. The Sharks kept the pressure on to lead by as many as ten with under 1:30 Left, and hang on for a four point win. The Cavs missed 5 of 6 free throws in the final two minutes to contribute to their own demise.

Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) led the Sharks with 21 often times spectacular points. Melvin Council added 19. Mike Williams (6'7''-F-85, college: Cincinnati) had 11 rebounds. For Lawton, guard Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) scored 23 on 10 of 17 shooting.

So the series moves to Oklahoma for game two on Sunday. Game three is Monday if necessary. The Cavs saw their 34 game home court win streak snapped by Halifax in the PBL semifinals last week. Rochester is 0-6 at Lawton all-time.

Courtesy of www.kswo.com


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Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Michal JANKOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Jankowski, Polonia .17.7 
 2. Pacocha, AZS S.17.5 
 3. Witos, GKS Tychy17.4 
 4. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 5. Michalak, Polonia .16.0 
 6. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 7. Lichodzijews., ISS S.15.6 
 8. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.15.3 
 9. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.14.7 
 10. Mis, SKK Siedlce14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.6 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS S.9.2 
 3. Mielczarek, AZS S.8.6 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.5 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce7.9 
 6. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.8 
 7. Wilczek, Sokol Lancut7.7 
 8. Luszczewski, Start L.7.7 
 9. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.5 
 10. Lisewski, MMKS D.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.3 
 2. Wilczek, Tempcold.6.1 
 3. Brek, SKK Siedlce5.9 
 4. Sikora, Start Lublin5.0 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 6. Stoklosa, Spojnia4.9 
 7. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.6 
 8. Kowalski, Gornik4.5 
 9. Basinski, MMKS D.4.4 
 10. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.8 
 3. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.8 
 4. Muszynski, Gornik2.6 
 5. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.6 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .2.5 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.4 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.3 
 9. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.2 
 10. Rosnowski, ISS S.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.5 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.5 
 3. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.3 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.3 
 5. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.1 
 6. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.1 
 7. Bzdyra, GKS Tychy1.0 
 8. Glabas, Polonia 20110.9 
 9. Pytys, AZS Szczecin0.9 
 10. Pietras, Polonia 20110.9 


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LPB Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Vitoria SC - Penafiel 59-57

Vitoria had a narrow escape against Penafiel in the opener. Penafiel was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 16-11 charge of Vitoria SC, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Penafiel turnovers. Strangely Penafiel outrebounded Vitoria SC 40-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. The former international swingman Paulo Cunha (199-80) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and center Paulo Diamantino (203-85) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Londrick Nolen (198-83, college: Mississippi) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import center Andrais Thornton (203-85, college: NW Missouri St.) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Vitoria SC: P.Diamantino 16+6reb, P.Cunha 14+10reb+1ast, N.Richardson 12+3reb+3ast, R.Pinto 6+1reb+5ast, A.Bessa 4+1reb+3ast, C.Fonseca 4+3reb
Penafiel: L.Nolen 13+11reb+4ast, J.Goode 12+2reb, A.Thornton 10+6reb+1ast, J.Almeida 6+4reb+2ast, A.Monteiro 6+5reb, V.Teixeira 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 126634


Porto Ferpinta - CAB 88-78

Porto outgunned CAB Madeira for 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. It looked good early as CAB took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then FC Porto Ferpinta had a 32-15 second period charge getting the lead and CAB was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-88. FC Porto Ferpinta made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. FC Porto Ferpinta forced 21 CAB turnovers. FC Porto Ferpinta players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Gregory Stempin (203-F-79, agency: Duran International, college: Toledo) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and the former international forward Carlos Andrade (197-78, college: Queens, NC) accounted for 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. American guard Nathan Menefee (182-85, college: Evergreen St., agency: RIZO) came up with 18 points and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and the other American import forward Frederick Gentry (201-77, college: McNeese St., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 17 points respectively for CAB in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Porto Ferpinta: G.Stempin 27+14reb+2ast, S.Ogirri 13+1reb+2ast, C.Andrade 12+6reb+4ast, J.Terrell 12+4reb, J.Costa 9+1reb+4ast, D.Correia 6+3ast
CAB: N.Menefee 18+2reb+4ast, F.Gentry 17+4reb, J.Silva 15+2reb+3ast, F.Lima 12+5reb, J.Coelho 10+3reb+1ast, S.Jackson 6+8reb+4ast
gschID: 126631


Benfica - Ovarense 82-66

Benfica had little problems against Ovarense to take the lead in the series. The game without a history. Benfica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Benfica outrebounded Ovarense 43-26 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. International forward Heshimu Evans (198-75, college: Kentucky) nailed 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international guard Miguel Minhava (197-83) accounted for 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Benfica's coach Henrique Vieira allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and American forward John Waller (193-82, college: ODU) added 19 points respectively for Ovarense in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Benfica: H.Evans 27+8reb+3ast, E.Evora 10+5reb, M.Minhava 10+8reb+6ast, S.Ramos 8+3reb+2ast, B.Reed 8+7reb+3ast, M.Chandler 7+1reb+3ast
Ovarense: J.Waller 19+3reb, N.Cortez 18+8reb, M.Webster 11+6reb+2ast, J.Miguel Barbosa 7+3reb+4ast, A.Pinto 6+2reb+4ast, F.Neves 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 126632


Academica - Ginasio 75-71

Academica spurred in charge against Ginasio. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ginasio won third quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Tommie Eddie (201-82, college: Mississippi) nailed a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and the former international swingman Fernando Sousa (192-81) accounted for 22 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American power forward Jason Hartford (206-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import forward Yima Chia-Kur (196-86, college: Arkansas St.) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Ginasio in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Academica: T.Eddie 30+15reb+1ast, F.Sousa 22+3reb+3ast, M.Shaw 10+5reb+8ast, W.Holland 8+6reb+2ast, T.Pinto 5+2reb+2ast, D.Simoes 0+3ast
Ginasio: J.Hartford 19+13reb, Y.Chia-Kur 17+6reb+1ast, T.Barroso 15+2reb+3ast, A.Swift 8+2reb+3ast, P.Silva 8+7reb+1ast, J.Reveles 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 126633




Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Riley LUETTGERODT
  Sampaense
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Luettgerodt, Sampa.21.0 
 2. Oruche, Ginasio20.6 
 3. Curnell, Barreirense20.1 
 4. Jackson, Sampaense19.8 
 5. Shaw, Academica18.8 
 6. Eddie, Academica18.5 
 7. Goode, Penafiel17.9 
 8. Austin, Vitoria SC17.9 
 9. Johnson, Barreire.17.6 
 10. Crutchfield, Illiabum17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nuno CORTEZ
  Ovarense
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Cortez, Ovarense10.3 
 2. Martin, Vitoria SC10.3 
 3. Robert, Lusitania9.7 
 4. Eddie, Academica9.2 
 5. Shaw, Academica9.2 
 6. Momplasir, Lusitania8.8 
 7. Terrell, Porto F.8.8 
 8. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
 9. Nolen, Penafiel8.6 
 10. Curnell, Barreirense8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 7
 1. Manarte, Ovarense7.0 
 2. Sing, Sampaense6.3 
 3. Reveles, Ginasio5.6 
 4. Monteiro, Lusitania5.2 
 5. Minhava, Benfica5.2 
 6. Simoes, Academica4.7 
 7. Silva, CAB4.6 
 8. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 9. Andrade, Porto F.3.9 
 10. Barroso, Ginasio3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Curnell, Barreirense3.2 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense2.8 
 3. Goode, Penafiel2.7 
 4. Silva, CAB2.6 
 5. Jackson, CAB2.5 
 6. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.3 
 7. Holland, Academica2.1 
 8. Felix, Illiabum2.1 
 9. Eddie, Academica2.0 
 10. Hartford, Ginasio1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Momplasir, Lusitania3.8 
 2. Nolen, Penafiel1.2 
 3. Jackson, Sampaense1.2 
 4. Willis, Illiabum1.1 
 5. Gentry, CAB1.1 
 6. Coelho, CAB1.1 
 7. Gray, Sampaense1.1 
 8. Harris, Illiabum1.0 
 9. Hartford, Ginasio1.0 
 10. Terrell, Porto F.1.0 


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  RUSSIA   


Unics end EuroCup dream for Cedevita, reach Final - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Cedevita 87:66

Unics became the first EuroCup semifinalists. They proved strength against ambitious Cedevita in Treviso tonight. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) came up with 27 points, 5 boards, 4 steals and 3 assists to pace the winners.
Cedevita quickly stepped in front at the start of the game. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) helped the Croatian team to a 9:5 lead. But Unics responded with a 10:0 run to take a 15:9 lead late in the period. Ricky Minard capped the opening stanza with four points in a row as the Kazan team took a 22:13 advantage. Terrell Lyday and Marko Popovic ensured a 30:14 advantage for Unics early in the second term. The margin grew at 20-point mark as Cedevita shot awful 2/17 from beyond the arc. Damjan Rudez stopped the rot but Unics ensured a comfortable 47:30 halftime advantage. Unics gained a 21-point lead early in the third term controlling the tempo. But Bazdaric hit from downtown and soon Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) ignited an 8-point run from Cedevita as they cut the deficit at 12 points 48:60. Unics enlarged the margin to 17 points once again but Cedevita fought bravely and narrowed the gap at 12 points 55:67 with ten minutes remaining. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana), Dontaye Draper and Damjan Rudez dragged Cedevita within nine points early in the fourth term restoring the intrigue. But Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) converted a three-point play and Unics calmed down to cruise to the victory from now on. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) provided 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Maciej Lampe added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Damjan Rudez answered with 16 points for Cedevita. Bracey Wright finished with 15 points in defeat. Cedevita ended the game shooting woeful 6/27 from behind the arc.

Unics: Terrell Lyday 27, Kelly McCarty 18, Maciej Lampe 16
Cedevita: Damjan Rudez 16, Bracey Wright 15



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  SERBIA   


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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.20.5 
 2. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 3. Sinovec, Metalac18.5 
 4. Micevic, Sloboda .17.6 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 6. Bunic, Novi Sad16.6 
 7. Zekovic, Beograd16.4 
 8. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.16.2 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac7.6 
 3. Cantekin, Mega V.7.1 
 4. Jelovac, Mega V.6.7 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
 6. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.4 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Sulovic, Napredak6.3 
 10. Borovcanin, Sloga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marko LJUBICIC
  Metalac
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ljubicic, Metalac6.2 
 2. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 3. Vlahovic, Sloga5.1 
 4. Radivojevic, FMP5.0 
 5. Mitrovic, Beograd4.5 
 6. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.5 
 7. Covic, FMP4.4 
 8. Kocergin, Superfund4.3 
 9. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 10. Dundjerski, Beograd3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd3.0 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.2 
 5. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 7. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 8. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Zarkovic, Prolet.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan BIRCEVIC
  Metalac
  (209-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bircevic, Metalac1.3 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.2 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 4. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 6. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 7. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 8. Karalic, Crnokosa0.7 
 9. Kalinic, Novi Sad0.7 
 10. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 


A League Round 8: FMP Zeleznik beats OKK Beograd in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: FMP Zeleznik (#7) and OKK Beograd (#6). FMP Zeleznik (3-5) won against visiting OKK Beograd (2-5) 87-78. OKK Beograd trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 19-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-87 at the end of the game. They outrebounded OKK Beograd 40-22 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by OKK Beograd helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized Bosnian center Mile Ilic (215-84, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Andreja Milutinovic (199-90) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Dragan Mitrovic (200-85) produced 17 points and 4 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. FMP Zeleznik moved-up to sixth place. OKK Beograd lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. FMP Zeleznik's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Partizan.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Radnicki (5-3) against fourth ranked Crvena Zvezda (4-3) on Friday night. Visiting Radnicki was defeated by Crvena Zvezda in Beograd 95-85. Power forward Uros Nikolic (207-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Sava Lesic contributed with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Nenad Sulovic (202-85) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Radnicki. Crvena Zvezda have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 4-3 record. Radnicki at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena OKK Beograd.

In the last game of round 8 Mega Vizura was defeated by Hemofarm in Vrsac 75-66.
The best stats of 8th round was 31 points and 10 rebounds by Zoran Majkic of Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin.



FMP - Beograd 87-78

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: FMP Zeleznik (#7) and OKK Beograd (#6). FMP Zeleznik (3-5) won against visiting OKK Beograd (2-5) 87-78. OKK Beograd trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 19-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-87 at the end of the game. They outrebounded OKK Beograd 40-22 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by OKK Beograd helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized Bosnian center Mile Ilic (215-84, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Andreja Milutinovic (199-90) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four FMP Zeleznik players scored in double figures. Forward Dragan Mitrovic (200-85) produced 17 points and 4 assists and power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. FMP Zeleznik moved-up to sixth place. OKK Beograd lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. FMP Zeleznik's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Partizan.
Top scorers:
FMP: M.Ilic 21+8reb+2ast, A.Milutinovic 15+7reb+3ast, F.Covic 12+3reb+4ast, I.Smiljanic 11+10reb+2ast, V.Ivelja 9+4reb, M.Dimic 8+1reb+1ast
Beograd: D.Zekovic 17+3reb+1ast, D.Mitrovic 17+4reb+4ast, U.Lucic 16+3reb, S.Zivkovic 8+3ast, M.Pavlovic 8+2reb, S.Dundjerski 5+3reb+6ast
gschID: 124162


Hemofarm - Mega Vizura 75-66

There was no surprise in Vrsac where 8th ranked Mega Vizura (1-7) was defeated by second ranked Hemofarm (6-2) 75-66. It looked good early as Mega Vizura took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hemofarm had a 21-13 second period charge getting the lead and Mega Vizura was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-75. Hemofarm made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Mega Vizura 42-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. Power forward Milivoje Bozovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 21 points and guard Marko Lukovic (204-92, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Mega Vizura. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hemofarm maintains second position with 6-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Tamis. Mega Vizura lost fifth consecutive game. Mega Vizura at the other side keeps the eighth place with seven games lost. Hemofarm will play against Crvena Zvezda (#4) in Beograd in the next round. Mega Vizura will play at home against Metalac (#5) in Valjevo to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 15+3reb+4ast, M.Bozovic 12+14reb+1ast, B.Krstovic 11+2reb+1ast, B.Savovic 9+11reb+1ast, D.Andjusic 8+1reb+1ast, M.Sutalo 7+1ast
Mega Vizura: B.Milisavljevic 21+3reb+2ast, D.Cantekin 12+3reb, M.Lukovic 12+5reb+1ast, D.Cvetkovic 8+6reb+2ast, M.Uros 6+1reb+6ast, A.Mitrovic 3+2reb
gschID: 124164


Crvena Zvezda - Radnicki 95-85

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Radnicki (5-3) against fourth ranked Crvena Zvezda (4-3) on Friday night. Visiting Radnicki was defeated by Crvena Zvezda in Beograd 95-85. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Radnicki was better in second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Radnicki was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Uros Nikolic (207-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Nenad Sulovic (202-85) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Michael Lee (207-86) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Radnicki. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Crvena Zvezda have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 4-3 record. Radnicki at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena OKK Beograd.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: U.Nikolic 20+8reb+4ast, N.Nedovic 20+2reb+2ast, V.Subotic 20+3reb+4ast, S.Lesic 16+12reb+1ast, B.Bakic 7+3reb+10ast, A.Cvetkovic 6+6reb
Radnicki: N.Sulovic 19+9reb+1ast, M.Lee 18+7reb+1ast, S.Markovic 15+3reb+5ast, M.Cakarevic 10+7reb+3ast, A.Gaddefors 8+1ast, D.Mijatovic 5+2reb
gschID: 124161




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Extraliga Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Nitra and Levice took 2-1 Semifinal leads over their opponenets.

Nitra - Vahostav-Zilina 112-103

Vahostav-Zilina was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 60-44 second half run of Nitra. They made 33-of-41 charity shots (80.5 percent) during the game. Nitra outrebounded Vahostav-Zilina 41-24 including 19 on the offensive glass. Vahostav-Zilina was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) who led his team to a victory scoring 41 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Czech guard Pavel Bosak (192-82) helped adding 27 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton) with 30 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Adam McCoy (193-86, college: N.Texas) scored 21 points. Five Vahostav-Zilina players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nitra: R.Moore 41+8reb+6ast, P.Bosak 27+5reb+3ast, J.Montgomery 19+9reb+1ast, S.Votroubek 9+7reb+1ast, R.Grafs 7+6reb+3ast, M.Ziak 5
Vahostav-Zilina: J.Carter 30+3reb+4ast, A.McCoy 21+1reb+1ast, P.Tilandy 13+3reb, L.Hoferica 13+6reb+1ast, J.Zavodny 11+5reb+4ast, V.Kosa 8+1ast


gschID: 126685


Nova Ves - Levice 83-87

Nova Ves trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 32-22 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 83-87 at the end of the game. Levice made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Nova Ves helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Croatian guard Denis Toroman (194-82) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Jozef Vojtek (203-85) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.) answered with 18 points and 8 assists and Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Nova Ves. Five Nova Ves players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Levice: J.Vojtek 21+4reb, D.Toroman 20+7reb+3ast, T.Kostomaj 11+3reb+2ast, M.English 8+4reb+8ast, E.Henderson 8+9reb, M.Bernard 7+2reb
Nova Ves: C.Jefferson 18+4reb+8ast, P.Mroz 17+8reb+2ast, L.Johnson 13+8reb+2ast, A.Mielczarek 12+3reb+2ast, M.Batka 11+1reb+1ast, M.Bartos 8+1ast
gschID: 126686




Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. McCoy, Svit26.6 
 2. Fears, Prievidza23.3 
 3. Burrows, Komarno21.7 
 4. Carter, Vahostav.20.7 
 5. Sapp, Pezinok20.2 
 6. Delic, Handlova20.2 
 7. Tomek, Nitra19.4 
 8. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 9. Lukjanec, Pezinok17.6 
 10. Cosic, Svit17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Tomek, Nitra12.4 
 2. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 3. Delic, Handlova9.3 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza8.8 
 5. Johnson, Nova Ves8.2 
 6. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.7.9 
 8. Johnson, Komarno7.9 
 9. Burrows, Komarno7.6 
 10. Dorazil, Svit7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Moore, Nitra6.9 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.4 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.9 
 4. Fears, Prievidza5.6 
 5. English, Levice5.2 
 6. Cosic, Svit5.2 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok4.4 
 8. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
 9. Kostomaj, Levice4.0 
 10. Gavlak, Handlova3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Fears, Prievidza3.1 
 2. English, Levice2.5 
 3. Carter, Vahostav.2.5 
 4. Moore, Nitra2.3 
 5. Nuber, Handlova2.1 
 6. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.1 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok2.0 
 8. Jones, Komarno2.0 
 9. Zavodny, Vahost.1.8 
 10. Zilik, Inter B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Peter MICUDA
  Inter Bratislava
  (206-C-72)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 2. Szalay, Prievidza1.9 
 3. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 4. Batka, Nova Ves1.2 
 5. Mroz, Nova Ves1.2 
 6. Carter, Vahostav.1.0 
 7. Burrows, Komarno0.9 
 8. Votroubek, Nitra0.9 
 9. Lukjanec, Pezinok0.8 
 10. McCoy, Svit0.8 


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Promy win game 1 of KBL finals 76-71 - by Kevin Campigotto
In a game that was dubbed as KCC Egis' offense Vs. Wonju Dongbu Promy's defense, it was Wonju's offense that came through in a 71-76 win in game 1 of the KBL finals. Both teams were led by their all-star Korean players with Kcc's Ha Seung-Jin (222-C-85) scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds while Wonju's Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) had 22 points and 12 rebounds. Kim scored on 3 of 5 from downtown showing range that he rarely displays.

After KCC got off to an explosive start the game was close with Wonju holding onto a 2 point lead at half and a 7 point lead after 3. KCC was able to take a lead briefly but could not hold onto it. Wonju held on down the stretch and never faltered. The Promy had no real answer for Ha, sending double teams at him throughout the game to no avail. They also gave up far too many open 3-pointers.




Wonju got excellent minutes out of rookie Ahn Jae Wook (175-G-87) who scored all 12 of his points in the second quarter making 4 of 5 three point shots in the second quarter. Wonju also got great minutes out of rarely seen backup foreigner Thomas Victor (201-F-79, college: La Salle) who played the majority of the minutes and had 14 points before fouling out. KCC may be content letting Wonju shoot itself in the foot by taking 3-point shots but when they fall like they did in this game Wonju is hard to beat.

KCC struggled offensively having only two scorers other than Ha in double figures. Chon Tae-Poong (180-G-80) scored 15 points and had 5 assists. Lim Jae-Hyun (183-G-77) scored ten points and Daniels Chris (211-C-84) only scored 6 points but did manage 10 rebounds. KCC struggled to connect with the long ball scoring on only 5 of 22 attempts. Wonju, a typically poor 3-point shooting team, managed a better 8 of 21 thanks to Kim and Wook.

The fact that the first 2 games of the finals are back-to-back may hold some significance. Ha Seung-Jin averaged 27 minutes during the regular season but played 34 in game 1. Wonjus all-star center Benson Rod (208-F/C-84, college: California), who has been struggling with an ankle injury, played only 18 minutes, down from his average of 27. Kim Joo-Sung played all 40 minutes as he has throughout the playoffs. Fatigue may be a factor in tomorrows game 2.

Game 2 will be tomorrow at 2:15 in Jeonju and then the series moves to Wonju for Wednesday nights game 3.




Dongbu Promy won the Final opener - by Eurobasket News
Dongbu Promy won the Final opener. Game 2 to be played tomorrow.

KCC Egis - Dongbu Promy 71-77

The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-71. The former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. At the losing side international center Seung-Jin Ha (222-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and guard Tae-Poong Chon (180-80) scored 15 points and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: S.Ha 22+14reb, T.Chon 15+3reb+5ast, J.Lim 10+3reb+1ast, B.Kang 9+1reb+4ast, E.Dawson 7+4reb+4ast, C.Daniels 6+10reb+2ast
Dongbu Promy: J.Kim 22+12reb+5ast, V.Thomas 14+6reb+1ast, R.Benson 12+9reb, J.Wook Ahn 12+3reb+4ast, H.Yoon 9+8reb+2ast, J.Hwang 8+2reb+1ast


gschID: 126689




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  SPAIN   


Cajasol Sevilla upset the hosts for the EuroCup Final ticket - by Eurobasket News
Benetton TV-Cajasol Sevilla 63:75

Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) opened the game for the visitors and Tomas Satoransky (199-G/F-91) scored for 8:4. The Spanish team controlled the first period and Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) closed the frame at 22:16. Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) reduced it to 18:22, while Cajasol Sevilla erupted for 30:19 as Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) made a two-pointer. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) shocked the Italian side for 36:21 and Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) delivered two for 38:25. The hosts however managed to reduce and Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) drove a lay-up for 38:33. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) meanwhile made two free throws for 40:33 at the halftime.
Mindaugas Katelynas brought 51:38 early in the third and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) increased to 55:40. Benetton TV looked better later in the third period and closed it to 56:50 with just 10 minutes left. Tariq Kirksay and Paul Davis scored for 67:56 and Tariq Kirksay added another few for 73:60. Louis Bullock was the last to score in the game bringing the Final ticket to the Spanish squad.
Tariq Kirksay poured in 16 points to lead all the winners, while Louis Bullock and Paul Davis added 14 each.Massimo Bulleri replied with 15 points in the losing effort as Italian team will face Cedevita for the third place tomorrow. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) scored 13, whilst Hrvoje Peric netted 9.

Benetton TV: Massimo Bulleri 15, Stefan Markovic 13, Hrvoje Peric 9
Cajasol Sevilla: Tariq Kirksay 16, Louis Bullock 14, Paul Davis 14



LEB Silver: Last round of the regular season - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LEB Silver just ended. Clavijo is No.1 and booked a spot for LEB Gold 2011/12.



LEB Silver Standings
1. Clavijo 25-3

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2. Mallorca 22-6
3. Promobys 19-9
4. Andorra 19-9
5. Prat Juventud 17-11
6. ADT Tarragona 15-13
7. Plasencia 15-13
8. Oviedo Feve 13-15
9. Avila 12-16
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10. Regal FC II 11-17
11. Coruna 9-19
12. Santurtzi 9-19
13. Guadalajara 8-20
14. Illescas 8-20
15. Lan Mobel ISB 8-20




Quarterfinals pairs (best-of-five, Game One - April 29)
Mallorca - Avila
Promobys - Oviedo
Andorra - Plasencia
Prat - ADT Tarragona




ADT Tarragona - Coruna 90-68

Very expected game when 11th ranked Leyma Basquet (9-19) was crushed on the road by seventh ranked ADT Tarragona (15-13) 90-68. The game without a history. ADT Tarragona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-18 charity shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. ADT Tarragona outrebounded Leyma Basquet 35-18 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American power forward Edward Cage (203-78, college: Bradley) who led his team to a victory with 18 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Austrian forward Hermann Opoku (208-86, college: George Washington) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Bahamas guard Dynile Forbes (188-86, college: ULM) replied with 17 points and center Victor Hidalgo (204-86) added 16 points in the effort for Leyma Basquet.
Top scorers:
ADT Tarragona: E.Cage 18+2reb, H.Opoku 12+7reb, E.Riu 11+4reb, X.Guirao 9+3reb, J.Antonio Marco 6+2reb+4ast, J.Sutina 6+2reb
Coruna: D.Forbes 17+3reb, V.Hidalgo 16+2reb+1ast, K.Ohman 10+1reb, K.Adams 8+3reb+2ast, D.Suarez 4+3reb+1ast, J.Ramon Esmoris 4+3reb



gschID: 98560


Avila - Santurtzi 74-46

Ninth ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (12-16) crushed at home 12th ranked Santurtzi (9-19) by 28 points 74-46, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Santurtzi. The game without a history. Fontedoso Carrefour led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Santurtzi's 28. They outrebounded Santurtzi 39-25 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American power forward Charles Ramsdell (208-85, college: Tulsa, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Guard David Garcia (190-80) contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Italian-American guard Ryan Read (190-84, college: Concordia Irvine, agency: Duran International) replied with 18 points and center Unai Calbarro (204-89) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Santurtzi.
Top scorers:
Avila: C.Ramsdell 17+9reb+2ast, K.Cipruss 12+11reb, D.Garcia 11+7reb+7ast, X.Lopez 8+2reb+2ast, J.Merino 8+2ast, C.Bart-Williams 6+5reb+1ast
Santurtzi: R.Read 18+1reb, U.Calbarro 9+5reb+1ast, M.Casado 5+3reb+2ast, R.Leichtweis 4, T.Hampl 4+7reb, A.Torres 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 98561


Prat Juventud - Regal FC II 77-66

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Prat Juventud (17-11) defeated at home 10th ranked Regal FC II (11-17) 77-66. Regal FC II was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Prat Juventud made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Regal FC II turnovers. It was a good game for power forward Alejandro Barrera (199-92) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Forward Joan Tomas (201-92) contributed with 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Reginald Larry (201-86, college: Boise St.) replied with 18 points and guard Carles Marzo (190-92) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Regal FC II. Regal FC II's coach Borja Comenge let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Prat Juventud: A.Barrera 19+4reb+1ast, J.Tomas 16+3reb, F.Bassas 12+2reb+2ast, C.Bravo 10, C.Sanmartin 8+4reb+1ast, R.Vilanova 4+4reb+4ast
Regal FC II: R.Larry 18+3reb, E.Jimenez 10+2reb+2ast, C.Marzo 9+5reb+2ast, J.Creus 7+2reb+3ast, A.Aparicio 7+1reb, P.Abdoulaye 6+7reb
gschID: 98556


Andorra - Mallorca 67-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Andorra. One of their biggest challengers host River Andorra (19-9) lost to second ranked Basquet Mallorca (22-6) 81-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of River Andorra. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 31-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by River Andorra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Israel Pampin (192-79) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Sergio Alonso (180-80, college: Celtas de Foz) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Five Basquet Mallorca players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Pablo Sanchez (197-81) with 17 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Robert Johnson (203-81, college: Oregon) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Mallorca: S.Alonso 16+3reb+3ast, M.Angel Garcia 14+6reb, J.Carles Bivia 14+3reb+1ast, I.Torres 12+3reb, I.Pampin 10+7reb+6ast, J.Cabot 8+3reb+1ast
Andorra: P.Sanchez 17+8reb+3ast, R.Johnson 12+14reb+1ast, A.Matali 11+4reb+1ast, J.Holmes 10+1reb, A.Ros 8+3reb+2ast, N.Zamora 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 98557


Clavijo - Oviedo Feve 103-90

LEB Silver top team - CB Clavijo (25-3) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat eighth ranked Feve Oviedo (13-15) in Logrono 103-90. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 60-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. CB Clavijo dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Feve Oviedo's 46. They outrebounded Feve Oviedo 34-18 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. CB Clavijo looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Feve Oviedo's players. The best player for the winners was center David Mesa (200-C-80) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Matt Witt (183-84, college: E.Kentucky) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Ian O'Leary (201-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) who recorded 30 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Tony Tate (180-82, college: Florida A&M) added 18 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Clavijo: M.Witt 18+2reb+6ast, D.Mesa 17+12reb+4ast, E.Suarez 15+2reb+4ast, S.De Santana 14+7reb+2ast, K.Swanston 10+2reb, B.Arevalo 10+3ast
Oviedo Feve: I.O'Leary 30+4reb, T.Tate 18+1reb+2ast, H.Macia 11+2reb, A.Gonzalez 10+1ast, D.James 10+5reb, J.Roman 8+3reb
gschID: 98558


Promobys - Lan Mobel ISB 79-73

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Lan Mobel ISB (8-20) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Promobys Tijola (19-9) 79-73. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 25-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for power forward David Ortega (199-84) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Victor Perez (193-82) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Five Promobys Tijola players scored in double figures. Promobys Tijola's coach Antonio Herrera allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Anthony Paez (198-84, college: Stephen F. Austin, agency: JEMsports) replied with 24 points and his fellow American import swingman Reginald Bratton (193-86, college: Lenoir-Rhyne, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) added 21 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for Lan Mobel ISB.
Top scorers:
Promobys: D.Ortega 17+7reb+4ast, V.Perez 17+3reb+3ast, I.Matemalas 11+1reb, J.Keefe 10+4reb+1ast, R.McDade 10+9reb+1ast, N.Maglisceau 6+1reb
Lan Mobel ISB: A.Paez 24+4reb, R.Bratton 21+4reb, C.Mortellaro 13+8reb+1ast, J.Ibargutxi 4+3reb+5ast, A.De la Iglesia 4+2reb, X.Osa 3+1reb
gschID: 98559


Illescas - Guadalajara 56-62

Bottom-ranked CB Guadalajara managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the six-game losing streak. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked CB Illescas 62-56. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But CB Illescas won third quarter 17-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman Deforrest Smith (198-84, college: Southern, agency: KMG Sports Management) notched 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and center Pablo Rodrigo (204-86) supported him with 16 points. Even 9 points and 16 rebounds by Israeli center Alexey Chubrevich (212-86, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) did not help to save the game for CB Illescas. Argentinian guard Jonathan Machuca (185-89) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
Top scorers:
Guadalajara: D.Smith 17+9reb+4ast, P.Rodrigo 16+1reb, S.Fernandez 9+6reb+1ast, R.Nunez 6+1reb+2ast, C.Arjonilla 5+2reb, R.Lazaro 5+1reb
Illescas: J.Machuca 13+6reb+6ast, J.Sosa 11+3reb+1ast, A.Chubrevich 9+16reb, C.Sekou Conde 8+6reb, A.Munoz 8+4reb, A.Casas 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 98555




LEB Gold Round 34: Regular season is over - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LEB Gold just ended. Murcia is No.1 with 30-4 record and they earned a promotion to ACB for the next season. Other 8 teams will go to Quarterfinals (best-of-five). First games are scheduled for April 29.



LEB Gold Standings
1. CB Murcia 30-4
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2. Obradoiro 28-6
3. Burgos 26-8
4. Girona 20-14
5. Leon 20-14
6. Breogan 18-16
7. La Laguna 18-16
8. Navarra 18-16
9. Caceres 18-16
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10. La Palma 16-18
11. Melilla 14-20
12. Lleida 13-21
13. CB Tarragona 12-22
14. Clinicas Rincon 12-22
15. Huesca 12-22
16. Palencia 12-22
17. Alcazar 10-24
18. Ourense 9-25




Palencia - Ourense 67-62

Rather expected game when 18th ranked Ourense (9-25) was defeated on the road by sixteenth ranked Palencia Baloncesto (12-22) 67-62 on Friday. American center Timothy Frost (208-80, college: Utah) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Adrian Moss (204-81, college: Florida) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American-British point guard Rod Brown (186-78, college: W.Michigan) responded with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American-French point guard David Fergerson (184-78, college: St.Louis) scored 13 points.
Top scorers:
Ourense: D.Fergerson 13+2reb+1ast, J.Salvador Arco 12+1reb, O.Starosta 8+6reb, R.Brown 7+5reb+6ast, A.Ruiz de Galarreta 7+3reb, F.Cardenas 4+4reb+1ast
Palencia: C.Bravo 15+1reb+2ast, T.Frost 14+8reb+2ast, A.Moss 12+8reb+1ast, E.Garrido 8+1reb+4ast, E.San Epifanio 7+2reb+1ast, S.Haanpaa 5+1reb+1ast



gschID: 92874


Leon - Alcazar 98-65

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Baloncesto Leon (20-14) smashed at home 17th ranked Fundacion Adepal (10-24) 98-65 on Friday. The game without a history. Baloncesto Leon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Baloncesto Leon dominated on the defensive end, holding Fundacion Adepal to just 6 points in second quarter. Baloncesto Leon dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Fundacion Adepal's 28 and made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Baloncesto Leon forced 21 Fundacion Adepal turnovers and had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Impact Basketball) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Dominican guard Emmanuel Quezada (188-85, college: USF) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Baloncesto Leon players scored in double figures. At the losing side Trinidad and Tobago power forward Duane Virgil (205-74, college: Murray St.) responded with 14 points and center Jose Balmon (204-81) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
Alcazar: D.Virgil 14+3reb, J.Balmon 14+2reb+1ast, E.Almazan 10+2reb+4ast, D.Brown 9+2reb+3ast, I.Guigou 5+1ast, K.Wachsmann 5+9reb
Leon: E.Quezada 17+3reb+4ast, K.Seawright 16+8reb+1ast, J.Garcia 11+5reb+3ast, J.Jose Bernabe 10+2reb+2ast, J.Calvo 9+5reb+3ast, F.Rocchia 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 92871


CB Murcia - La Laguna 112-111

Sixth-ranked La Laguna (18-16) gave a tough game to first ranked CB Murcia (30-4) on Friday. CB Murcia managed to secure only one-point victory 112-111. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 29-27 charge, which allowed them to win the game. CB Murcia made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. CB Murcia outrebounded La Laguna 40-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by La Laguna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (211-88) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Pedro Rivero (186-79) chipped in 18 points during the contest. CB Murcia's coach Luis Guil used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international power forward Ricardo Guillen (205-76) responded with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Jaime Heras (193-82) scored 20 points.
Top scorers:
La Laguna: R.Guillen 21+8reb+4ast, J.Heras 20+2reb+2ast, A.Sabat 18+3reb+3ast, F.Lampropoulos 18+5reb, I.Yanez 12+2reb+3ast, M.Gansey 11+4reb
CB Murcia: V.Faverani 23+7reb+1ast, P.Rivero 18+4reb+3ast, M.Umeh 16+3reb+2ast, T.Coppenrath 16+9reb, J.Ignacio Jasen 13+5reb+1ast, P.Robles 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 92872


Clinicas Rincon - Breogan 64-65

Fourteenth-ranked Clinicas Rincon (12-22) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Leche Rio Breogan (18-16) in Malaga. The visitors from Lugo managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected much easier game. Clinicas Rincon was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Clinicas Rincon 44-19 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Dominican-American guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 rebounds. Portuguese-Cape Verdean forward Joao Gomes (199-85) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Leche Rio Breogan players scored in double figures. Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (210-88, college: Memphis) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Venezuelan swingman Jhornan Zamora (193-89) added 12 points in the effort for Clinicas Rincon. Leche Rio Breogan have an impressive eight-game winning streak.
Top scorers:
Clinicas Rincon: A.Garcia 17+6reb, J.Zamora 12+3reb+1ast, M.Lorenzo 10+1reb, J.Pozas 8+1reb+4ast, F.El Hadji 7+2reb, C.Cobos 5+2reb+4ast
Breogan: J.Gomes 15+6reb+1ast, J.Feldeine 13+8reb+2ast, W.Brown 12+1reb, E.Hicks 10+10reb, O.Arteaga 6+8reb, J.Amador 5
gschID: 92873


Burgos - Obradoiro 68-56

The game between Top Four teams took place in Burgos. Third ranked host Ford Burgos (26-8) defeated their biggest opponent Obradoiro CAB (28-6) 68-56. The game without a history. Ford Burgos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ford Burgos forced 22 Obradoiro CAB turnovers. American power forward Jerome Tillman (198-87, college: Ohio) notched 19 points to lead the effort and point guard Raimundo Lopez (185-89) supported him with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Even 19 points and 9 rebounds by the former international center Oriol Junyent (207-76) did not help to save the game for Obradoiro CAB. Argentinian-Italian guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76) added 13 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Obradoiro: O.Junyent 19+9reb, J.Bulfoni 13+2reb, M.Ruffin 7+6reb, M.Feliu 5+4reb, L.Kendall 4+4reb+2ast, A.Rodriguez 2+5reb+4ast
Burgos: J.Tillman 19+4reb, A.Miguel 12+3reb, R.Lopez 10+5reb+2ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 8+5reb+2ast, M.Downs 7+3reb+3ast, J.Castro 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 92867


Lleida - Huesca 78-106

An interesting game took place in Lleida where 12th ranked Lleida Basquet (13-21) was upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked Lobe Huesca (12-22) 106-78 on Friday. The game without a history. Lobe Huesca led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lobe Huesca well out of reach of Lleida Basquet shooting 70.2 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Lobe Huesca especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 73.3 percentage. American power forward Stevie Johnson (198-78, college: Iowa St.) scored 22 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Oscar Herrero (182-87) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists during the contest. Five Lobe Huesca players scored in double figures. Lobe Huesca's coach Angel Navarro felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American center Dwayne Curtis (203-85, college: Mississippi, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized American center Dominick Martin (208-83, college: Yale, agency: Impact Basketball) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Lleida: D.Curtis 25+12reb+3ast, D.Martin 12+5reb+2ast, D.Perez 10+2reb+3ast, M.Ambres 8+4reb+3ast, A.Mohammed 8+3reb+3ast, A.Moncasi 6+1reb+1ast
Huesca: S.Johnson 22+3reb+1ast, H.Brown 15+3reb+1ast, O.Herrero 14+1reb+7ast, J.Bonds 14+4reb+3ast, J.Salson 13+3reb+2ast, A.Zengotitabengoa 13+2reb+1ast
gschID: 92868


La Palma - Caceres 82-94

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked UB La Palma's (16-18) home loss to ninth ranked Caceres 2016 (18-16) 82-94 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Caceres 2016. UB La Palma was better in third quarter 29-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded UB La Palma 33-19 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Jose Angel Antelo (203-87) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Carlos Cherry (184-79) chipped in 15 points during the contest. At the losing side Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Daniel Rodriguez (180-84) scored 16 points and 6 assists.
Top scorers:
La Palma: C.Odiakosa 20+6reb, D.Rodriguez 16+1reb+6ast, J.Bonhome 14+4reb+4ast, S.Arrocha 11+1ast, R.Schaftenaar 8+6reb+1ast, R.Martinez 5+1reb+2ast
Caceres: J.Angel Antelo 25+11reb+3ast, F.Sanchez 17+3reb+1ast, C.Cherry 15+3reb+3ast, L.Angulo 12+5reb+2ast, J.Xavier 11+2reb+3ast, J.McCoy 9+6reb+5ast
gschID: 92869


CB Tarragona - Navarra 73-79 OT

Thirteenth-ranked CB Tarragona 2017 (12-22) gave a tough game to eighth ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra (18-16) on Friday. The visitors from Pamplona managed to secure only six-point victory 79-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 19-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-5. Grupo Iruna Navarra made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Grupo Iruna Navarra outrebounded CB Tarragona 2017 42-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. American-Swedish power forward Jason Blair (201-79, college: San Diego) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Guard Roma Bas (192-83) chipped in 23 points. Four Grupo Iruna Navarra players scored in double figures. American forward Alexander Franklin (196-88, college: Siena) produced 8 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and American-Italian swingman Ross Schraeder (196-83, college: Cal-Irvine) added 21 points respectively for lost side. CB Tarragona 2017's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
CB Tarragona: R.Schraeder 21+1reb, J.Santana 12+2reb+1ast, F.Torres 9+6reb+2ast, A.Franklin 8+11reb+4ast, R.Fornas 7+6reb, J.Aguilar 6+3reb+10ast
Navarra: R.Bas 23+1reb, J.Blair 13+14reb, I.Sanz 12+2reb+6ast, A.Garcia 10+9reb+3ast, R.Joseph 9+5reb, C.Lee 8+9reb
gschID: 92870


Melilla - Girona 71-82

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Girona FC (20-14) beat on the road 11th ranked Melilla Baloncesto (14-20) 82-71 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Girona FC. Melilla Baloncesto was better in fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Point guard Ignacio Ordin (183-78) scored 17 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Brazilian center Thiago Labbate (208-83) chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Girona FC players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Oscar Yebra (200-74, agency: Interperformances) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Melilla: O.Yebra 21+5reb+1ast, Z.Moss 14+8reb, D.Pakamanis 9+3reb, J.Detrick 7+3reb+1ast, J.Vega 5+4reb+1ast, J.Jimenez 4+4reb+7ast
Girona: S.Pino 18+1reb, I.Ordin 17+1reb+6ast, T.Labbate 13+11reb, C.Canals 12, L.Rost 11+5reb+2ast, J.Ortega 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 92866




Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. CB Murcia 30-4 
 2. Obradoiro 28-6 
 3. Burgos 26-8 
 4. Girona 20-14 
 5. Leon 20-14 
 6. Breogan 18-16 
 7. La Laguna 18-16 
 8. Navarra 18-16 
 9. Caceres 18-16 
 10. La Palma 16-18 
 11. Melilla 14-20 
 12. Lleida 13-21 
 13. CB Tarragona 12-22 
 14. Clinicas Rincon 12-22 
 15. Huesca 12-22 
 16. Palencia 12-22 
 17. Alcazar 10-24 
 18. Ourense 9-25 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Clavijo 25-3 
 2. Mallorca 22-6 
 3. Promobys 19-9 
 4. Andorra 19-9 
 5. Prat Juventud 17-11 
 6. ADT Tarragona 15-13 
 7. Plasencia 15-13 
 8. Oviedo Feve 13-15 
 9. Avila 12-16 
 10. Regal FC II 11-17 
 11. Coruna 9-19 
 12. Santurtzi 9-19 
 13. Guadalajara 8-20 
 14. Illescas 8-20 
 15. Lan Mobel ISB 8-20 


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria19.7 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.4 
 3. English, DKV J.15.1 
 4. McDonald, DKV J.14.9 
 5. Baron, Lagun A.14.9 
 6. Caner-Medley, Estudi.14.7 
 7. Martinez, Valencia14.5 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.0 
 9. Kurz, Granada13.9 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Art.Dragons
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kurz, Granada9.1 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 3. Caner-Medley, Estudi.7.8 
 4. Donaldson, Menorca6.9 
 5. Barac, Caja Laboral6.8 
 6. Slokar, Manresa6.4 
 7. Trias, DKV Joventut6.4 
 8. Freeland, Unicaja6.3 
 9. Wallace, Gran Canaria6.3 
 10. Doellman, Meridiano6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.9 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.5 
 3. Ciorciari, Menorca4.8 
 4. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.5 
 5. Rubio, Regal Barca4.4 
 6. Prigioni, Real Madrid4.2 
 7. Green, Gran Canaria4.0 
 8. San Miguel, Manre.3.9 
 9. Uriz, Lagun A.3.7 
 10. Salgado, Lagun A.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Valencia
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cook, Valencia2.1 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol2.0 
 3. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 4. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 5. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca1.7 
 7. Victor, Menorca1.6 
 8. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.6 
 9. Hosley, DKV J.1.6 
 10. Davis, Cajasol1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid1.6 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.5 
 4. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.4 
 5. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 6. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 7. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 8. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 9. Majstorovic, Manre.1.1 
 10. Andriuskevic., Meridi.1.1 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Witt, Clavijo16.4 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia16.3 
 3. Ramsdell, Avila16.1 
 4. O''Leary, Oviedo F.16.0 
 5. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.15.6 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca15.1 
 7. Paez, Lan M.15.0 
 8. Bratton, Lan M.14.9 
 9. Mortellaro, Lan M.14.8 
 10. Mesa, Clavijo14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara10.8 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.5 
 3. De Santana, Clavijo8.8 
 4. Chubrevich, Illescas8.4 
 5. Mortellaro, Lan M.8.1 
 6. Mesa, Clavijo7.9 
 7. Adams, Coruna7.8 
 8. Ramsdell, Avila7.7 
 9. Larry, Regal F.7.1 
 10. Howard, Andorra6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Witt, Clavijo6.0 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi5.0 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.5.0 
 4. Lopez, Coruna4.6 
 5. Marco, ADT T.3.9 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca3.8 
 7. Pampin, Mallorca3.6 
 8. Rufian, Promobys3.5 
 9. Machuca, Illescas3.4 
 10. Garcia, Avila3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jonathan BARCELO
  Plasencia
  (192-F/G-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Barcelo, Plasencia2.0 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 3. Adams, Coruna1.9 
 4. Smith, Guadalajara1.8 
 5. Guirao, ADT T.1.8 
 6. Bratton, Lan M.1.8 
 7. Martinez, Plasencia1.8 
 8. Witt, Clavijo1.7 
 9. Pampin, Mallorca1.7 
 10. Rueda, Plasencia1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Biyombo, Illescas1.9 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.1.8 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.5 
 4. Green, Mallorca1.4 
 5. De Santana, Clavijo1.3 
 6. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 7. Conde, Avila1.2 
 8. O''Leary, Oviedo F.0.9 
 9. Cage, ADT Tarragona0.9 
 10. Opoku, ADT T.0.9 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 23-6 
 2. Real Madrid 23-7 
 3. Valencia 20-9 
 4. Caja Laboral 19-10 
 5. Bizkaia Bilbao 18-11 
 6. Gran Canaria 16-13 
 7. Unicaja 16-13 
 8. Fuenlabrada 16-13 
 9. Valladolid 16-13 
 10. Estudiantes 15-14 
 11. DKV Joventut 14-16 
 12. CAI Zaragoza 14-16 
 13. Cajasol 13-16 
 14. Lagun Aro GBC 10-19 
 15. Manresa 9-20 
 16. Meridiano 8-21 
 17. Granada 7-23 
 18. Menorca 6-23 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  La Laguna
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Guillen, La Laguna19.1 
 2. Palacios, La Palma16.8 
 3. Mohammed, Lleida16.2 
 4. Detrick, Melilla15.7 
 5. Seawright, Leon15.5 
 6. Feldeine, Breogan15.3 
 7. Faverani, CB Mu.14.9 
 8. Navarro, Girona14.9 
 9. Franklin, CB Tarra.14.8 
 10. Johnson, Huesca14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne CURTIS
  Lleida
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Curtis, Lleida9.2 
 2. Wachsmann, Alcazar9.2 
 3. Sinanovic, Clinic.8.0 
 4. Seawright, Leon7.7 
 5. Arteaga, Breogan7.3 
 6. Humphrey, Caceres7.3 
 7. Guillen, La Laguna7.3 
 8. Kale, Ourense7.2 
 9. Chagoyen, La Laguna7.0 
 10. Junyent, Obradoiro6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.6 
 2. Rodriguez, Obrad.4.3 
 3. Sabat, La Laguna4.2 
 4. Jimenez, Melilla3.5 
 5. Brown, Ourense3.5 
 6. Bernabe, Leon3.4 
 7. Rivero, CB Murcia3.3 
 8. Lopez, Burgos3.1 
 9. Quezada, Leon3.0 
 10. Cherry, Caceres3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obradoiro
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.4 
 2. Bernabe, Leon1.7 
 3. Rost, Girona1.7 
 4. Castro, Burgos1.6 
 5. Xavier, Caceres1.6 
 6. Franklin, CB Tarra.1.6 
 7. Palacios, La Palma1.5 
 8. Alba, CB Tarragona1.4 
 9. Toledo, Burgos1.4 
 10. Navarro, Girona1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff FOOTE
  Melilla
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Foote, Melilla2.0 
 2. Humphrey, Caceres1.7 
 3. Hicks, Breogan1.5 
 4. Fontet, Leon1.3 
 5. Joseph, Navarra1.2 
 6. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.2 
 7. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.2 
 8. Arteaga, Breogan1.1 
 9. Faverani, CB Mu.1.1 
 10. McCoy, Caceres1.0 


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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. Levett, LF Basket16.3 
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, Norrkoping7.7 
 7. Walker, Solna7.5 
 8. Cipriano, Eco O.7.5 
 9. Constantine, Solna7.5 
 10. Salaam, Jamtland7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.3 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 085.1 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje4.5 
 5. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 6. Smith, Uppsala4.4 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.2 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland4.0 
 9. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
 10. Baeringsson, Sunds.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. 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: 1.9
 1. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.9 
 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, Norrkoping0.9 
 9. Walker, Solna0.9 
 10. Mosley, Eco Orebro0.8 


Basketligan Semifinals: Dragons sweep Kings (3-0), Dolphins take 2-1 lead against LF Basket - by Eurobasket News
Sundsvall - Sodertalje 104-79 (3-0)
Sundsvall Dragons booked a spot for the Finals after they swept Sodertalje Kings with perfect 3-0 in the Semis.
The game was mostly controlled by Sundsvall Dragons. Sodertalje Kings managed to win fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sundsvall Dragons made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Sundsvall Dragons especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) helped adding 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five Sundsvall Dragons players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 22 points and international guard Dino Pita (192-88) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: J.Smith 22+4reb+2ast, D.Pita 15+5reb+2ast, W.Grenthe 10+2reb, A.Wikner-Nordberg 9+7reb+1ast, M.Griskenas 8+1reb+2ast, A.Chuk 7+3reb+5ast
Sundsvall: A.Wesby 22+13reb+5ast, N.Mottram 17+4reb+2ast, J.Sigurdarson 16+2reb+6ast, L.Rush 15+2reb, H.Baeringsson 15+9reb+3ast, J.Jeansson 11+1reb
gschID: 126709


LF Basket - Norrkoping 85-89 (1-2)
Norrkoping Dolphins are 2-1 up and they need just one more win for the Finals. Game Four is scheduled for Monday.
The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-20. But LF Basket won third quarter 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded LF Basket 36-23 including 16 on the offensive glass. LF Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard George Gervin (189-76, college: Houston) accounted for 15 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Norrkoping Dolphins players scored in double figures. The former international power forward John Rosendahl (203-77, college: Wyoming) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) added 21 points respectively for LF Basket in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: R.Mbemba 21+2reb+3ast, J.Rosendahl 18+7reb+1ast, T.Levett 17+5reb+3ast, M.Pahlmblad 8+1reb+3ast, E.Salon 6+1reb, H.Larsson 6+2reb+2ast
Norrkoping: A.Mitchell 18+4reb+4ast, A.Saks 16+4reb+1ast, G.Gervin 15+3reb+4ast, M.Lindqvist 14+4reb+1ast, F.Drains 9+6reb+1ast, J.Kjellbom 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 126710




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  SYRIA   


Jalaa V/S Kayoun in the first game of Final 4 ..... - by Ahmad Madwar
No suprised happen in in the FInal 8 games between Huriya and Jalaa , Karameh and Kasyoun ....
so in the first game between Jalaa and Hurriya ... Jalaa dominated Hurriya team and beat them in first game 93-51 ..
and in the second game Hurriya lost the game by 38points .. and the results was 103-65 ..........
What is that .. is this game in the first Division in Syria !!! lost between 80points in the 2 games .....
at the another Hand ... Kasyoun Beat Karameh in 2 games also ... but by less average than Jalaa and Hurriya game .......
so at the first game which was in Homs City .. Kasyoun didnot find any problem to beat Karameh , they won by 13points and the results was 90/77 and in the second game by 13points also and the results was 74/61 but in Damascus ..........
Karameh played the game without any import players + many Syrian players ... they still have Financial problems
Tomorw we'll see which teams will be in the another hand of Final 4 ...
Jeish and Wehad beat Ittihad and Wathba in the first .......


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  TAIWAN   


Taiwan Beer wins 2011 SBL title - by Chris Wang
Taiwan Beer beat Dacin Tigers 83-78 in overtime in Game 5 of the 2011 SBL Finals Friday night to win its third title in team history and its first title in three years.

Taiwan Beer, which won the best-of-seven series 4-1, won its first title after completing a back-to-back title run in 2007-2008 with its head coach Yen Chia-hua becoming the first SBL coach winning three titles.

Swingman Yang Ching-min, who scored seven of his game-high 23 points in the final quarter to take the game into the extra period and made four crucial free-throws to ice the victory, was named Finals MVP.

The five-game series was the most competitive Finals in the SBL's eight year history as the final margins in all five games were less than five points with two of them going into overtime.

Results:
Game 1: TB 62-59 Dacin
Game 2: TB 80-75 Dacin
Game 3: TB 94-89 Dacin
Game 4: Dacin 76-73 TB
Game 5: TB 62-59 Dacin

Yang, Wu leaving?
However, all is not that well for the champion. Yang and TB's starting center Wu Tai-hao are reportedly going to China next season. Yang said he is still weighing on his decision, but Wu told media that he will be definitely leaving.

If Yang and Wu both leave, it means that TB will lose three-fifth of its starting lineup in two years -- after Lin Chih-chieh's departure to China (Zhejiang) last year.

The next NT coach
Former CTBA President Mao Kao-wen, who has resigned from his post due to illness, has made clear that the new head coach of Taiwan national team will be head coach of the SBL champion.

In other words, Mao doesn't want to hire a foreign coach, such as South Korean Chung Kwang-suk who led Taiwan to fifth place -- its best finish in the tournament since 1999 -- in the 2009 FIBA Asia men's basketball championship, to coach the national team.

Which means Yen will be automatically qualified as the new Taiwan NT head coach? Not exactly.

The CTBA has required in the past that only coaches who have been certified as grade-A coaches are qualified as candidates. However, Yen is not one of them.

Local basketball observers have had mixed reviews about Yen, who did not develop as a basketball coach the traditional way because he had no previous coaching experience before coaching a team in the amateur league and later Taiwan Beer in the SBL.

Yen functioned as more of a general manager than a head coach, in my opinion, since he relinquished much of the substitution and on-court coaching decision to his assistant Chou Jun-san.

I'm not sure how this issue can be solved. Let's wait and see.



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  TURKEY   


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Fener.Ulker 23-3 
 2. Galatasaray 21-5 
 3. Efes Pilsen 19-7 
 4. Banvit 19-7 
 5. Besiktas 17-9 
 6. Karsiyaka 17-9 
 7. Olin Edirne 16-10 
 8. Antalya 13-13 
 9. Turk Telekom 10-16 
 10. Tofas 10-16 
 11. Trabzonspor 9-17 
 12. Erdemir 9-17 
 13. Mersin 8-18 
 14. Aliaga 7-19 
 15. Bornova 7-19 
 16. Oyak Renault 3-23 


TBL Round 26: Karsiyaka defeats Besiktas in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 26 in the TBL took place in Karsiyaka. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Besiktas (17-9) to sixth ranked Karsiyaka (17-9) 87-84 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Besiktas. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Besiktas won third quarter 25-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) chipped in 18 points and 7 assists during the contest. American guard Marcelus Kemp (196-84, college: Nevada) responded with 24 points. Besiktas' coach Ergin Ataman rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Karsiyaka moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Besiktas. Karsiyaka is looking forward to face Olin Edirne (#7) on the road in the next round. Besiktas will play against Tofas in Bursa and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Banvit (19-7) against tenth ranked Turk Telekom (10-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Banvit was defeated by Turk Telekom in a tough game in Ankara 67-73. Guard Mehmet Yagmur (188-87) notched 19 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and KZell Wesson supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 16 points and 5 assists by the former international guard Baris Ermis (194-85) did not help to save the game for Banvit. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Turk Telekom moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Tofas. Banvit at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Efes Pilsen. Turk Telekom will play against Aliaga (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Banvit will play against Trabzonspor (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
TBL top team - Fenerbahce Ulker (23-3) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat ninth ranked Tofas (10-16) in Bursa 81-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tofas. The best player for the winners was Roko-Leni Ukic who scored 24 points and 6 assists. Jurica Zuza produced 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Tofas' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fenerbahce Ulker have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-3 record. Loser Tofas keeps the ninth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Turk Telekom. Fenerbahce Ulker will meet at home league's second-placed Galatasaray in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tofas will play against Besiktas (#5) in Istanbul and hope to secure a win.
Second ranked Galatasaray (21-5) crushed at home 16th ranked Oyak Renault (3-23) by 33 points 94-61, which is the biggest margin this round. Radoslav Rancik orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Galatasaray have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-5 record having just two points less than leader Fener.Ulker. Oyak Renault lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Galatasaray's next round opponent will be league's leader Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oyak Renault will play at home against Efes Pilsen (#3) in Istanbul.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Bornova was destroyed by Efes Pilsen on the opponent's court 83-60. Trabzonspor unfortunately lost to Antalya in a home game 82-86. Olin Edirne managed to beat Erdemir on the road 69-57. Mersin crushed Aliaga on its own court 94-73.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points and 8 rebounds by Kaspars Kambala of Aliaga.



Galatasaray - Oyak Renault 94-61

Second ranked Galatasaray (21-5) crushed at home 16th ranked Oyak Renault (3-23) by 33 points 94-61, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Galatasaray led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Oyak Renault's 38. Galatasaray players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American swingman Joshua Shipp (196-86, college: UCLA) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. American forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) replied with 10 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard William Conroy (187-82, college: Washington) added 5 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Oyak Renault. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Galatasaray have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-5 record having just two points less than leader Fener.Ulker. Oyak Renault lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Galatasaray's next round opponent will be league's leader Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oyak Renault will play at home against Efes Pilsen (#3) in Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: P.Shumpert 15+1reb, E.Kurtoglu 15+4reb+1ast, R.Rancik 15+8reb+2ast, J.Shipp 14+4reb+2ast, J.Johnson 13+4reb+2ast, L.Andric 9+3reb+4ast
Oyak Renault: O.Sevinc 16, K.Ozkan 10+3reb, J.Mays 10+9reb, N.Dal 8+1reb+2ast, W.Conroy 5+5reb+6ast, R.Allen 5+6reb
gschID: 111279


Efes Pilsen - Bornova 83-60

Very expected game in Istanbul where 15th ranked Bornova (7-19) was crushed by fourth ranked Efes Pilsen (19-7) 83-60. The game was mostly controlled by Efes Pilsen. Bornova was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bornova to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Bornova 38-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. International power forward Kerem Gonlum (208-77) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international guard Cenk Akyol (196-87, agency: FCM) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Efes Pilsen players scored in double figures. Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) replied with 21 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Jamaican center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Bornova. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Efes Pilsen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Banvit. Bornova lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Efes Pilsen's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Oyak Renault (#16) in Bursa which should be another easy win for them. Bornova will play at home against Mersin in Akdeniz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Efes Pilsen: K.Gonlum 18+11reb+2ast, C.Akyol 16+2reb, E.Arslan 11+3ast, M.Thornton 10+5reb+1ast, I.Rakocevic 9+2reb+1ast, K.Tunceri 5+1reb+3ast
Bornova: A.Mark Voskuil 21+2reb+5ast, K.Ffriend 11+7reb+2ast, U.Ozyildirim 10+3reb, S.Senturk 6+6reb+3ast, J.Sensley 5+1reb+1ast, C.Erdogan 3
gschID: 111275


Trabzonspor - Antalya 82-86

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Antalya (13-13) defeated on the road 11th ranked Trabzonspor (9-17) 86-82. Trabzonspor was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 25-14 charge of Antalya, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Gerrod Henderson (192-78, college: Louisiana Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 6 assists. Power forward Polat Kocaoglu (205-79, agency: 1x1 Sports) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Antalya players scored in double figures. American-Nigerian forward Derrick Obasohan (199-81, college: Texas Arlington, agency: Beo Basket) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Ali Karadeniz (203-80, college: Arizona) added 26 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Trabzonspor. Antalya maintains eighth position with 13-13 record. Newly promoted Trabzonspor keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Antalya's next round opponent will be Erdemir (#12) at home. Trabzonspor will play against Banvit in Balikesir.
Top scorers:
Antalya: G.Henderson 28+3reb+6ast, P.Kocaoglu 19+1reb+1ast, M.Guler 12+5reb+3ast, J.Prince 12+7reb+2ast, P.Christopher 9+2reb+1ast, E.Balto 4+2reb
Trabzonspor: A.Karadeniz 26+6reb, D.Obasohan 24+10reb+2ast, I.Milosevic 13+5reb+7ast, E.Gorkem 8+2reb, G.Cakic 6+5reb+1ast, H.Ozdemir 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 111276


Tofas - Fener.Ulker 74-81

TBL top team - Fenerbahce Ulker (23-3) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat ninth ranked Tofas (10-16) in Bursa 81-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tofas. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-7. But Tofas won second period 20-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fenerbahce Ulker dominated on the defensive end, holding Tofas to just 7 points in first quarter. The best player for the winners was Croatian guard Roko-Leni Ukic (195-84) who scored 24 points and 6 assists. The former international guard Omer Onan (194-78) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Croatian center Jurica Zuza (207-78, agency: Alti Sport) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Jason Rowe (178-78, college: Loyola, MD) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Tofas' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fenerbahce Ulker have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-3 record. Loser Tofas keeps the ninth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Turk Telekom. Fenerbahce Ulker will meet at home league's second-placed Galatasaray in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tofas will play against Besiktas (#5) in Istanbul and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fener.Ulker: R.Ukic 24+2reb+6ast, O.Onan 21+5reb+1ast, E.Preldzic 10+2reb+4ast, D.Lavrinovic 8+3reb, M.Tomas 5+6reb+3ast, S.May 5+1reb
Tofas: J.Zuza 18+5reb+1ast, J.Rowe 12+7reb+4ast, I.Karaman 11+3reb+2ast, C.Altintig 9+1reb+7ast, T.Ruzic 8+5reb, A.Nichols 5
gschID: 111277


Erdemir - Olin Edirne 57-69

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Erdemir (9-17) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Olin Edirne (16-10) 69-57. The game was mostly controlled by Olin Edirne. Erdemir was better in third quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. FYR Macedonian center Predrag Samardjiski (214-86, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Seth Doliboa (203-80, college: Wright St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with 7 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Hakan Demirel (192-85, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Erdemir. Newly promoted Olin Edirne maintains seventh position with 16-10 record. Erdemir lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Olin Edirne's next round opponent will be higher ranked Karsiyaka (#6) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Erdemir will play against Antalya (#8).
Top scorers:
Olin Edirne: P.Samardjiski 23+8reb+3ast, E.Bibo 11+1reb+2ast, V.Ginevicius 8+2reb+3ast, S.Doliboa 7+6reb+3ast, C.Akin 7+1reb+4ast, R.Seibutis 7+6reb+1ast
Erdemir: A.Barbour 14+6reb+2ast, A.Erol 11+4reb+2ast, H.Demirel 10+4reb+4ast, E.Veyseloglu 7+3reb, M.Hall 5+3reb+1ast, M.Yildiz 4+1reb
gschID: 111278


Turk Telekom - Banvit 73-67

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Banvit (19-7) against tenth ranked Turk Telekom (10-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Banvit was defeated by Turk Telekom in a tough game in Ankara 67-73. Banvit was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 29-15 third quarter run of Turk Telekom. Guard Mehmet Yagmur (188-87) notched 19 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and American power forward KZell Wesson (201-77, college: La Salle) supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 16 points and 5 assists by the former international guard Baris Ermis (194-85) did not help to save the game for Banvit. American-Azerbaijan forward Charles Davis (202-84, college: Alabama) added 13 points and 4 blocks for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Turk Telekom moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Tofas. Banvit at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Efes Pilsen. Turk Telekom will play against Aliaga (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Banvit will play against Trabzonspor (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Turk Telekom: M.Yagmur 19+1reb+6ast, K.Wesson 17+8reb+1ast, C.Altay 16+4reb+1ast, G.Stiemsma 9+3reb, J.Randle 8+3ast, C.Ugur Ogut 2+1reb+3ast
Banvit: B.Ermis 16+2reb+5ast, V.Golubovic 14+2reb, C.Davis 13+4reb+3ast, K.Simmons 8+4reb+3ast, L.Williams 6, J.Dixon 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 111272


Karsiyaka - Besiktas 87-84

The most exciting game of round 26 in the TBL took place in Karsiyaka. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Besiktas (17-9) to sixth ranked Karsiyaka (17-9) 87-84 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Besiktas. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Besiktas won third quarter 25-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) chipped in 18 points and 7 assists during the contest. American guard Marcelus Kemp (196-84, college: Nevada) responded with 24 points and the former international guard Serkan Erdogan (190-78, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 18 points and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Besiktas' coach Ergin Ataman rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Karsiyaka moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Besiktas. Karsiyaka is looking forward to face Olin Edirne (#7) on the road in the next round. Besiktas will play against Tofas in Bursa and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Karsiyaka: A.Smith 18+10reb+3ast, D.Holston 18+3reb+7ast, S.Marshall 16+2reb+1ast, B.Batuk 13+2reb+2ast, J.Stanojevic 11+4reb+1ast, F.Aldemir 8+13reb+1ast
Besiktas: M.Kemp 24+4reb+2ast, S.Erdogan 18+3reb+8ast, M.Chatman 11+3reb+4ast, A.James Ogilvy 11+5reb, C.Ozer 8+6reb+5ast, M.Ignerski 6+3reb
gschID: 111273


Mersin - Aliaga 94-73

Everything could happen in Akdeniz at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Mersin and 13th ranked Aliaga had identical 7-18 record. This time Mersin used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from Aliaga 94-73. It looked good early as Aliaga took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Mersin had a 27-15 second period charge getting the lead and Aliaga was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-94. 26 personal fouls committed by Aliaga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Vincent Grier (195-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The other American import guard Anthony Grundy (189-79, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Mersin players scored in double figures. Latvian center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, college: UNLV, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 32 points and 8 rebounds and guard Baris Guney (193-83) added 15 points and 6 assists in the effort for Aliaga. Aliaga's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Mersin (8-18) moved-up to thirteenth place. Aliaga lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Mersin's next round opponent will be Bornova (#15) on the road. Aliaga will play against Turk Telekom in Ankara.
Top scorers:
Mersin: A.Scales 18+4reb, V.Grier 17+9reb+5ast, A.Grundy 16+4reb+3ast, M.Demir 12+1reb, H.Koseoglu 10+1reb+6ast, N.Yucel 9+8reb
Aliaga: K.Kambala 32+8reb, B.Guney 15+2reb+6ast, Z.Zagorac 12+7reb+1ast, J.Hayes 7+5reb, M.James 5+2reb+3ast, P.Kaya 2+1reb
gschID: 111274




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, Vestel19.6 
 4. Gardener, Final G.18.5 
 5. Boswell, Basaksehir18.3 
 6. Tekinalp, ITU17.6 
 7. Boykin, Gaziantep17.5 
 8. Dearman, Hacett.17.0 
 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. Johnson, Vestel9.9 
 8. Kolaric, Genc Banvit9.9 
 9. Miller, Gelisim9.3 
 10. Wright, Orman Genc9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  TED Istanbul
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Kan, TED Istanbul6.1 
 2. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.8 
 3. Hall, Kepez Bld5.6 
 4. Bayrak, Usak5.3 
 5. Topcu, Gelisim4.9 
 6. Topcu, Izmir B.B.4.8 
 7. Erdogan, Adanaspor4.8 
 8. Anderson, Basak.4.8 
 9. Kavut, Optimum TED4.5 
 10. Ay, Final Genclik4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Champville
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Anderson, Basak.2.8 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld2.5 
 3. Yonder, Genc Banvit2.3 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.2 
 5. Delicay, Gaziantep1.8 
 6. Harris, FMV I.1.8 
 7. Bayrak, Usak1.7 
 8. Karabulut, Orman G.1.7 
 9. Clarkson, TED I.1.7 
 10. Yikilmaz, Pertevniyal1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Vestel
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Vestel2.0 
 2. Anderson, Basak.1.8 
 3. Kulcebas, Hacett.1.6 
 4. Clarkson, TED I.1.6 
 5. Boswell, Basaksehir1.5 
 6. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.5 
 7. Smith, Usak1.4 
 8. Johnson, Istanbul.1.4 
 9. Toyloy, Istanbul.1.3 
 10. Terell, Adanaspor1.3 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzonspor
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzons.22.8 
 2. Henderson, Antalya21.9 
 3. Kambala, Aliaga21.0 
 4. Smith, Karsiyaka19.6 
 5. Seibutis, Olin Edirne18.5 
 6. Gibson, Oyak R.18.1 
 7. Randle, Aliaga17.5 
 8. Scales, Mersin17.2 
 9. Barbour, Erdemir16.7 
 10. Christopher, Antal.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nedim YUCEL
  Mersin
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Yucel, Mersin10.9 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir10.5 
 3. Samardjiski, Olin E.9.5 
 4. Wesson, Turk T.9.3 
 5. Buckman, Antalya9.3 
 6. Mays, Oyak Renault9.1 
 7. Ffriend, Bornova8.4 
 8. Aldemir, Karsiyaka8.3 
 9. Hall, Erdemir8.3 
 10. Smith, Karsiyaka8.2 
Assists Per Game
 William CONROY
  Oyak Renault
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Conroy, Oyak R.6.0 
 2. Ermis, Banvit5.9 
 3. Holston, Karsiyaka5.7 
 4. Chatman, Besiktas5.5 
 5. Henderson, Antalya5.4 
 6. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.3 
 7. Rowe, Tofas4.5 
 8. Acik, Galatasaray4.5 
 9. Seibutis, Olin Edirne4.2 
 10. Erdogan, Besiktas4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Austin T.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Coleman, Aliaga3.1 
 2. Holston, Karsiyaka2.3 
 3. Mays, Oyak Renault2.2 
 4. Waller, Oyak Renault2.1 
 5. Grier, Mersin2.1 
 6. Gibson, Oyak R.2.0 
 7. Prince, Antalya1.9 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas1.8 
 9. Rowe, Tofas1.7 
 10. Guler, Antalya1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Predrag SAMARDJISKI
  Olin Edirne
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Samardjiski, Olin E.1.7 
 2. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.7 
 3. Johnson, Erdemir1.3 
 4. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 5. Simpsons, Turk T.1.1 
 6. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.0 
 7. Ruzic, Tofas1.0 
 8. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.0 
 9. Mays, Oyak Renault0.9 
 10. Likholitov, Besiktas0.9 


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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 21-26 
 9. DniproAzot 19-28 
 10. BC Odessa 17-30 
 11. Halychyna 17-31 
 12. Khimik 16-31 
 13. BC Kyiv 11-36 


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, Khimik4.5 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Harris, Fe.4.1 
 10. Slipenchuk, Kryvba.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. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.4 
 7. Burns, Fe.1.4 
 8. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
 9. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
 10. Harris, Fe.1.4 
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. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 5. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 6. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 7. Balashov, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 9. Agafonov, Budiv.1.2 
 10. Coleman, Hoverla1.2 


Superleague Round 49: Budivelnyk beats Ferro-ZNTU by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Superleague.

Sixth-ranked Ferro-ZNTU (24-23) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Budivelnyk (36-11) in Zaporozhye on Thursday. The visitors from Kyiv managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 28-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dewarick Spencer (193-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Lithuanian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal used entire bench in such tough game. Belarusian forward Heorhi Kandrusevich (198-78, agency: Promotex) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds for Ferro-ZNTU. Budivelnyk have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 36-11 record, which they share with BC Donetsk. Ferro-ZNTU lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 23 games lost. They share it with Dnipro. Budivelnyk is looking forward to face league's second-placed BC Donetsk on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ferro-ZNTU will play against Khimik (#12) in Yuzhny and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Azovmash (29-18) against fifth ranked Mykolaiv (27-20) on Friday night. Visiting Azovmash was defeated by Mykolaiv in a tough game in Mykolaiv 78-85. American center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and Justin Love chipped in 21 points. At the losing side American guard Pierre Pierce (193-83, college: Iowa, agency: Lanshire Group) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mykolaiv have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 27-20 record. Defending champion Azovmash keeps the third position with 18 games lost. They share it with Hoverla. Mykolaiv will play against DniproAzot (#9) in Dniprodzerzhynsk in the next round. Azovmash will play at home against BC Kyiv (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Ninth-ranked DniproAzot (19-28) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Hoverla (29-18) in Dniprodzerzhynsk on Friday. The visitors from Frankivsk managed to secure only one-point victory 66-65. However their fans expected much easier game. Eric Coleman nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Hoverla's coach Evgeni Murzin used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Michael Fraser came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for DniproAzot in the defeat. Hoverla moved-up to third place, which they share with Azovmash. DniproAzot lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 28 games lost. Hoverla will meet Dnipro (#7) in the next round. DniproAzot will play against Mykolaiv in Mykolaiv and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Kryvbasbasket (21-26) and Khimik (16-31), which took place in Yuzhny. Higher ranked Kryvbasbasket lost to twelfth ranked Khimik in a road game 51-64. Akida McLain fired a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Khimik maintains twelfth place with 16-31 record. Kryvbasbasket at the other side keeps the eighth position with 26 games lost. Khimik's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ferro-ZNTU (#6) in Zaporozhye and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between second ranked BC Donetsk (36-11) and 13th ranked BC Kyiv (11-36) in Donetsk on Friday ended with biggest points difference. BC Donetsk outscored guests from Kyiv 91-51. It was a very good performance for J.K. Edwards who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Donetsk have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Budivelnyk. BC Kyiv lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 36 lost games. BC Donetsk will face league's leader Budivelnyk in Kyiv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Kyiv will play on the road against Azovmash (#3) in Mariupol.

In the last game of round 49 Halychyna was beaten by Dnipro on the road 87-78.
The most impressive performance of 49th round was 24 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists by Steve Burtt of Dnipro.



Dnipro - Halychyna 87-78

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Dnipro (24-23) beat 10th ranked Halychyna (17-31) in Dnepropetrovsk 87-78 on Friday. Halychyna trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 27-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-87 at the end of the game. Dnipro dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Halychyna's 36 and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Dnipro looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dnipro made 8 blocks. It was a very good performance for American guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Canadian forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Todd Abernethy (185-84, college: Mississippi) added 20 points and 6 assists in the effort for Halychyna. Four Halychyna players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Dnipro moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU. Loser Halychyna dropped to the eleventh position with 31 games lost. Dnipro will face higher ranked Hoverla (#4) in Frankivsk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Dnipro: S.Burtt 24+7reb+11ast, D.Brown 16+3reb+2ast, D.Ivanov 10, S.Tymofeyenko 10+7reb+4ast, M.Vilkhovetskyi 7+2reb+2ast, M.Austin 7+7reb+4ast
Halychyna: T.Abernethy 20+1reb+6ast, A.Wiggins 19+10reb+3ast, P.Revzin 11+4reb+4ast, H.Jamison 11+8reb+2ast, A.Bagriy 7+1reb+1ast, Y.Zubrytskyi 5+1reb
gschID: 126323


Mykolaiv - Azovmash 85-78

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Azovmash (29-18) against fifth ranked Mykolaiv (27-20) on Friday night. Visiting Azovmash was defeated by Mykolaiv in a tough game in Mykolaiv 78-85. It looked good early as Azovmash took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Mykolaiv had a 22-12 second period charge getting the lead and Azovmash was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-85. Mykolaiv players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Justin Love (188-78, college: St.Louis) chipped in 21 points. At the losing side American guard Pierre Pierce (193-83, college: Iowa, agency: Lanshire Group) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and international forward Maksym Pustozvonov (200-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mykolaiv have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 27-20 record. Defending champion Azovmash keeps the third position with 18 games lost. They share it with Hoverla. Mykolaiv will play against DniproAzot (#9) in Dniprodzerzhynsk in the next round. Azovmash will play at home against BC Kyiv (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Mykolaiv: J.Love 21+3reb+1ast, J.Hughes 18+11reb, A.Butskyy 11+1reb+4ast, B.Greene 11+8reb+6ast, I.Silkovskyy 8+1reb+1ast, L.Iailo 6+2reb+3ast
Azovmash: P.Pierce 16+6reb+5ast, M.Pustozvonov 15+7reb, D.Pasalic 15+3reb+1ast, D.Alexander 13+3reb, C.Thomas 9+6reb+3ast, R.Curry 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 126321


BC Donetsk - BC Kyiv 91-51

The game between second ranked BC Donetsk (36-11) and 13th ranked BC Kyiv (11-36) in Donetsk on Friday ended with biggest points difference. BC Donetsk outscored guests from Kyiv 91-51. The game without a history. BC Donetsk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kyiv's 26. BC Donetsk forced 20 BC Kyiv turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for American power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American-Bulgarian guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston) contributed with 12 points and 6 assists for the winners. Swingman Ruslan Otverchenko (192-90) answered with 9 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Vitaly Kovalenko (201-84) added 8 points in the effort for BC Kyiv. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Donetsk have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Budivelnyk. BC Kyiv lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 36 lost games. BC Donetsk will face league's leader Budivelnyk in Kyiv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Kyiv will play on the road against Azovmash (#3) in Mariupol.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: J.Edwards 17+7reb, A.Owens 12+1reb+6ast, J.Hukic 11+4reb+2ast, B.Cvetkovic 8+2reb+2ast, V.Kravtsov 7+3reb, V.Gurtovoy 7+3reb
BC Kyiv: O.Tischenko 10+3reb+1ast, R.Otverchenko 9+6reb, V.Podolyan 8+4reb+1ast, V.Kovalenko 8+4reb+3ast, A.Riabchuk 7+2reb+2ast, D.Zuykov 4
gschID: 126322


Ferro-ZNTU - Budivelnyk 79-80

Sixth-ranked Ferro-ZNTU (24-23) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Budivelnyk (36-11) in Zaporozhye on Thursday. The visitors from Kyiv managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 28-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dewarick Spencer (193-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Lithuanian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal used entire bench in such tough game. Belarusian forward Heorhi Kandrusevich (198-78, agency: Promotex) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Ferro-ZNTU. Budivelnyk have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 36-11 record, which they share with BC Donetsk. Ferro-ZNTU lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 23 games lost. They share it with Dnipro. Budivelnyk is looking forward to face league's second-placed BC Donetsk on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ferro-ZNTU will play against Khimik (#12) in Yuzhny and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: D.Spencer 19+7reb+1ast, M.Anisimovas 13+3reb+1ast, W.Keys 9+4reb+2ast, L.Stefanishin 7+1reb, D.Ikovlev 6+4reb, A.Agafonov 6+3reb
Ferro-ZNTU: H.Kandrusevich 20+5reb, R.Guinn 17+2reb+1ast, C.Burns 14+10reb+1ast, A.Rybalko 7+1reb+2ast, K.Mays 7+6reb+4ast, Y.Zmitrovich 6+3reb
gschID: 126318


Khimik - Kryvbasbasket 64-51

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Kryvbasbasket (21-26) and Khimik (16-31), which took place in Yuzhny. Higher ranked Kryvbasbasket lost to twelfth ranked Khimik in a road game 51-64. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Khimik's pressure prevailed and they won that period 20-14 extending their advantage to 13 points. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American forward Akida McLain (206-86, college: Indiana, PA) fired a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Guard Artem Slipenchuk (192-89, agency: Interperformances) produced 7 points and 8 rebounds and international power forward Igor Zaitsev (211-89) added 8 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Khimik maintains twelfth place with 16-31 record. Kryvbasbasket at the other side keeps the eighth position with 26 games lost. Khimik's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ferro-ZNTU (#6) in Zaporozhye and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Khimik: C.Millage 12+1ast, L.Williams 11+1reb+4ast, A.McLain 10+11reb+3ast, O.Prokopenko 7+1reb, S.Popov 7+4reb, A.Kolchenko 6+3reb
Kryvbasbasket: D.Korablev 10+2reb, I.Zaitsev 8+3reb+3ast, I.Krivtsov 7+5reb, A.Slipenchuk 7+8reb, V.Kondratovets 6+2reb, E.Annenkov 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 126319


DniproAzot - Hoverla 65-66

Ninth-ranked DniproAzot (19-28) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Hoverla (29-18) in Dniprodzerzhynsk on Friday. The visitors from Frankivsk managed to secure only one-point victory 66-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 28-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) accounted for 23 points. Hoverla's coach Evgeni Murzin used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Canadian power forward Michael Fraser (203-84, college: Oklahoma Baptist, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and forward Sergiy Gorbenko (200-85) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for DniproAzot in the defeat. Hoverla moved-up to third place, which they share with Azovmash. DniproAzot lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 28 games lost. Hoverla will meet Dnipro (#7) in the next round. DniproAzot will play against Mykolaiv in Mykolaiv and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hoverla: J.Chappell 23+4reb, E.Coleman 13+13reb+3ast, R.Jeter 8+5reb+2ast, D.Zimmerman 7+1reb+4ast, D.Swanson 5+3reb, A.Poltoratskiy 4+2reb
DniproAzot: M.Fraser 15+13reb, S.Gorbenko 12+6reb+2ast, G.Sirutavicius 10+2reb+2ast, B.Merriex 7+7reb+4ast, L.Karim 6+3reb+2ast, M.Balashov 6+1ast
gschID: 126320




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BBL Play-Offs Round Up Saturday 16 April - by Paul Nilsen

Backcourt duo Reggie Jackson and Andrew Lasker (188-G-82, college: Point Loma) came up trumps with a combined 48 points for Newcastle Eagles as the team from Tyneside became the first club to punch their ticket for the 2011 BBL Play-Off semi-final.

Having taken a seven point lead from the quarter-final first leg against Guildford Heat, they watched that advantage evaporate within the first three minutes and really had to dig deep against a plucky Heat side who sensed an upset.

Just when it looked like they might get it, the Eagles dug themselves out of a hole and showed they havent given up on grabbing their last opportunity of silverware by storming back to take an 88-83 win on the night and a 192-180 victory in the tie.

Elsewhere, UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders might argue they have the psychological advantage as they played out a rare 94-94 draw with visiting Cheshire Jets in the first leg of their quarter-final.

Trailing by as many as 16 points and in serious danger of losing any chance of progressing, Gavin Love and his team came roaring back, much to the delight of the home fans. A super last quarter and stunning last two minutes in particular gave them a share of the spoils and a real shot in the second leg at Northgate on Sunday evening.

Chez Marks torched his former team for 32 points while Jeremy Bell was in scintillating form for Jets with a game high 36 points.

Mersey Tigers have one eye on a BBL treble and they tipped off their bid to complete that mission with a hard fought and exciting 89-86 first leg success at Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. Tigers had the upper hand for the most part but the quarter-final still hangs deliciously in the balance ahead of the second leg tomorrow.



BBL Play Off Quarter Finals - Friday Review - by Paul Nilsen
Friday night saw the beginning of the BBL Championship Playoffs with the Newcastle Eagles gaining a tumultuous victory, and the Glasgow Rocks scoring a crucial road win.


The Eagles came through a frantic encounter with the Guildford Heat to take a 104-97 advantage in their quarter-final first leg. The Eagles, who have won the Playoffs in four of the last six seasons, have not lost to the Heat in four games this season.


Newcastle were led by Reggie Jackson (180-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Duquesne) huge double-double of 28 points and14 assists, and Charles Smiths 24 points, including six three-pointers. Ralph Hegamin and Julius Joseph led the Heat, with 20 points each.


Neither team could establish themselves in a game that saw 22 lead changes and the teams tied on 12 occasions. A 6-0 run to end the third quarter gave the Eagles a 76-73 edge heading into the final period.


But the game was epitomised by a rollercoaster of a fourth quarter. Richard and Lasker opened the period with scores to open the lead up to 80-73. But a Carlos Medlock three-pointer amid a 7-0 response saw the teams tied up once more, for the twelfth time, at 82 with seven minutes to play. McLemore's triple and a Martin two gave the Heat the lead back, in what had become a 14-2 push. But the pendulum swung decisively the other way once more as the Eagles came back 7-0, regaining the lead on Jackson's triple at 93-91 with 2.21 to play, and it was they who finished strongly to take a 104-97 lead into the second leg on Saturday night.


Elsewhere, the Glasgow Rocks scored a crucial 67-83 road win at the Sheffield Sharks in the first leg of their BBL Championship Playoff quarter-final. The Sharks had won four of the five previous meetings between the teams, including a 30-point blowout last time they went north of the border, and a late revival helped them stay within striking distance ahead of Monday's second leg in Scotland.


Player/coach Sterling Davis led from the front with 17 points for the Rocks, who have been runners-up in the Playoff final in three of the last five years. Brice Fantazia added 14 and Michael Kingma 13, while Steve Dagostino, for the hosts, led all scorers with 21 points.


After the Sharks led early on, the Rocks took control with a 12-2 surge led by 8 points from former Shark Sterling Davis. They built on their lead in the second and third quarters, reaching double-figures before the half on Moses Mubaraks three-pointer and starting the third with a particularly productive 10-4 run, pushing the lead through the twenty mark at 34-55 after an EJ Harrison triple and a Davis score.


But the Sharks came back in the fourth quarter to make the deficit more manageable in the second leg, as Dagostino's triple narrowed the gap to 50-70 early on, with two further three-pointers in succession from Mike Tuck and Patton making the score 59-74 with under three minutes to play.




Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 23
 1. Moore, Newcastle23.0 
 2. Bell, Cheshire Jets22.6 
 3. Smith, Newcastle21.2 
 4. Jackson, Newcastle21.1 
 5. Blount, Leices.20.6 
 6. Bolds, MK Lions20.4 
 7. Greer, Cheshire.20.1 
 8. Gilbert, Worcester20.0 
 9. Nelson, MK Lions19.9 
 10. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt SCHNECK
  Cheshire Jets
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Schneck, Cheshire.10.7 
 2. Durant, Worthing9.4 
 3. Myers, MK Lions9.3 
 4. Rowe, Plymouth8.8 
 5. Williams, Sheffi.8.6 
 6. Williams, Sheffi.8.6 
 7. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.5 
 8. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.5 
 9. Greer, Cheshire.8.4 
 10. Cricelli, Worcester8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.1 
 2. Clark, MK Lions5.1 
 3. Blount, Leices.4.9 
 4. Medlock, Guildfor.4.7 
 5. Middleton, Worce.4.5 
 6. Zabas, Plymouth4.4 
 7. Bolds, MK Lions4.3 
 8. Jackson, Newcastle4.1 
 9. Chapman, Newcastle3.8 
 10. Marks, Plymouth3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.8 
 2. Jackson, Newcastle2.3 
 3. Middleton, Worce.2.2 
 4. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.0 
 5. Livas, Glasgow .1.9 
 6. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.1.8 
 7. Medlock, Guildfor.1.8 
 8. Moore, Newcastle1.8 
 9. Harrison, Glasgow .1.8 
 10. McLemore, Guildf.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadiri RICHARD
  Newcastle
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Richard, Newcastle2.0 
 2. Polk, Plymouth2.0 
 3. Williams, Sheffi.1.3 
 4. Williams, Sheffi.1.3 
 5. Sturt, Essex P.1.0 
 6. Potter, Leices.1.0 
 7. Dobbins, Worcester0.9 
 8. Nelson, MK Lions0.8 
 9. Toney, Liverpoo.0.8 
 10. Rowe, Plymouth0.7 


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  URUGUAY   


Atenas get its first win - by Hector Lopez
Omar Barlett (203-F-80, college: Jacksonville St.) scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebound Atenas first win after three games beating Goes 82-78 for the Metro league. For Goes was its first defeat after three games. Also for Atenas Martin Volf (200-F-80) and Marcos Cabot (178-PG-89) scored 18 points each one. For Goes Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) netted 28 points and Federico Haller (198-F-88) 20 points and took 10 rebounds.The other four games for the third round will be played tonigth.




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Women News

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  BULGARIA - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Juanita WARD
  Beroe 07
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Ward, Beroe 0724.4 
 2. Bowie, Lukoil18.2 
 3. Samburska, Lukoil17.9 
 4. Topalova-S., Levski16.6 
 5. Doychinova, Montan.16.5 
 6. Allen, Dunav16.1 
 7. Kordova, Dunav15.7 
 8. Stankova, Levski15.6 
 9. Dimitrova, Levski14.8 
 10. Bachvarova, Levski14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeTrina WHITE
  Lukoil
  (180-F-80)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. White, Lukoil11.4 
 2. Ward, Beroe 0711.1 
 3. Bowie, Lukoil8.6 
 4. Doychinova, Montan.8.4 
 5. Topalova-S., Levski8.2 
 6. Byears, Dunav8.0 
 7. Kaloferova, Beroe 6.8 
 8. Simeonova, Montana .6.8 
 9. Minkova, Dunav6.6 
 10. Allen, Dunav6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ivelina VRANCHEVA
  Montana 2003
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Vrancheva, Montana .5.9 
 2. Naydenova, Levski5.7 
 3. Peeva, Lukoil4.6 
 4. Pasheva, Beroe 074.2 
 5. Kostova, Dunav4.0 
 6. Stankova, Levski3.6 
 7. Dzhambazka, Levski3.3 
 8. Minkova, Dunav3.0 
 9. Mihalkova, Montana .2.8 
 10. Bachkovo, Beroe 072.8 
Steals Per Game
 Diana NAYDENOVA
  Levski
  (171-G-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Naydenova, Levski2.4 
 2. Kostova, Dunav2.4 
 3. Allen, Dunav2.3 
 4. Naydenova, Slavia2.2 
 5. Peeva, Lukoil2.1 
 6. Bowie, Lukoil2.1 
 7. Vrancheva, Montana .2.1 
 8. Dimitrova, Levski2.0 
 9. Stankova, Levski2.0 
 10. Topalova-S., Levski1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Zlatina KALOFEROVA
  Beroe 07
  (192-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Kaloferova, Beroe 1.0 
 2. White, Lukoil0.9 
 3. Bowie, Lukoil0.8 
 4. Ward, Beroe 070.7 
 5. Topalova-S., Levski0.7 
 6. Allen, Dunav0.6 
 7. Mihalkova, Montana .0.5 
 8. Doychinova, Montan.0.5 
 9. Todorova, Montana .0.4 
 10. Samburska, Lukoil0.3 


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  CYPRUS - Women  


Stavria Koniali in Panathinaikos for try-outs! - by Chris Mammides
It seems that the Basketball academies of Keravnos Strovolou are doing a wonderful and a very professional job as right after the try-outs which Christopher Razis has been called by Aris Thessalonikis another player coming from the academies of the Strovolos team has been called for try-outs in Greece and this time for Panathinaikos Athens. The player is no other than Stavria Koniali (171-G-93) the 17 years old international guard after her very good presentation in the Womens team of Keravnos Strovolou (Keravnos ended the regular season with the amazing record of 16-0). Stavria begun her basteball trip from the team of Keravnos at a very young age and she passed through all the levels to end up in the womens team this season. Stavria just finished the high school and she is planning to study in Athens so for both Panathinaikos Athens and her is a suitable situation if she will be able to pass the try-outs which have been planned between the 26th to the 29th of April, 2011.
Stavria Koniali (171-G-93) considers being the best player at her age in the Cyprus League. In her short career, Stavria was able to win the three points contest which took place last summer, the OPAP Basketball Camp 2010 while she was voted as the top performer and the MVP of the Camp. It is worth mentioned that Panathinaikos Athens scouters under the Head Coach of Panathinaikos Athens, Giannis Gereoudakis do follow her steps all year long and after they scanned her abilities, they are giving her the chance to prove her value in the planned try-outs. Stavria is a sharp shooter and has a deadly three pointer. She have no fear and she proved in a number of difficult games this season with Keravnos jersey.
Lastly, its also worth to mentioned that the managements of Panathinaikos Athens and Keravnos Strovolou have very good relations and this was proved with the 'loan' of the Greek international guard Tsakiridou for the Cyprus play-offs. Tsakiridou belongs to Panathinaikos even though due to some documents discrepancies she remained innactive until the games of the Cyprus play-offs where she took some 'taste' of the Cyprus basketball league.



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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. O''Rourke, Chemnitz14.6 
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. Tracey, Freiburg7.1 
 8. Landry, Marburg7.1 
 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.4.2 
 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. Thoresen, Wasse.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. Hightower, Wasse.2.4 
 5. Tatham, Halle2.4 
 6. Holmes, Wasserburg2.3 
 7. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.2.3 
 8. Austmann, Oberh.2.3 
 9. Turner, Freiburg2.2 
 10. Tracey, Freiburg2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Sequoia HOLMES
  Wasserburg
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Holmes, Wasserburg1.0 
 2. Landry, Marburg0.9 
 3. Muurinen, Rhein MB0.8 
 4. Zberch, Oberhausen0.8 
 5. Koop, Marburg0.8 
 6. Wohlberg, Leipzig0.7 
 7. Smith, Saarlouis0.7 
 8. Bondarenko, Freib.0.7 
 9. Greunke, Rhein MB0.7 
 10. Haughian, Leipzig0.6 


DBBL Round 1 of Finals. Wasserburg take the lead - by Eurobasket News
3-4 place
Saarlouis - Marburg 78-69

Saarlouis celebrated the win in the first game of the best-of-two consolation final series versus Marburg. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BC Pharmaserv Marburg won third quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TV Saarlouis Royals forced 22 BC Pharmaserv Marburg turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. International guard Stina Barnert (174-89) stepped up and scored 30 points for the winners and American forward Shanara Hollinquest (183-88, college: Chattanooga) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side the former international center Lisa Koop (197-85, college: Winthrop) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Margret Skuballa (186-87) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Saarlouis: S.Barnert 30+3reb+3ast, T.Smith 10+2reb+2ast, P.Manakova 8+3reb, S.Hollinquest 8+8reb+4ast, J.Wellers 7+3reb+2ast, K.Brugman 7+4reb
Marburg: L.Koop 12+6reb+1ast, M.Skuballa 12+3reb+3ast, S.Weber 11+4ast, S.Landry 8+6reb, F.Schaake 8+1reb+4ast, A.Davidson 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 126540


FINAL
Wasserburg - Freiburg 69-56

Wasserburg surged ahead in the championship series. They toppled Freiburg at home court in the opener. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. TSV 1880 Wasserburg held Eisvogel Freiburg to an opponent 24.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 46.3 percent accuracy of the winners. TSV 1880 Wasserburg had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Sequoia Holmes (185-86, college: UNLV) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals for the winners and guard Tiffany Porter-Talbert (175-84, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 6 points and 6 rebounds. TSV 1880 Wasserburg's coach Hans Brei used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side guard Sarah Hayes (173-84, college: Brown) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and guard Yvonne Turner (174-87, college: Nebraska) scored 18 points.
Top scorers:
Wasserburg: S.Holmes 17+10reb+5ast, S.Brunckhorst 12, R.Thoresen 7+4reb+1ast, C.Quaye 7+3reb+1ast, D.Adela Pop 7+1reb+1ast, T.Porter-Talbert 6+6reb+3ast
Freiburg: Y.Turner 18+3reb+2ast, S.Hayes 13+7reb+3ast, J.Tracey 10+8reb+4ast, J.Schindler 5+3reb, F.Hoere 3+3reb, M.Bohn 2+1reb
gschID: 126539




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  GREECE - Women  


Stavria Koniali in Panathinaikos for try-outs! - by Chris Mammides
It seems that the Basketball academies of Keravnos Strovolou are doing a wonderful and a very professional job as right after the try-outs which Christopher Razis has been called by Aris Thessalonikis another player coming from the academies of the Strovolos team has been called for try-outs in Greece and this time for Panathinaikos Athens. The player is no other than Stavria Koniali (171-G-93) the 17 years old international guard after her very good presentation in the Womens team of Keravnos Strovolou (Keravnos ended the regular season with the amazing record of 16-0). Stavria begun her basteball trip from the team of Keravnos at a very young age and she passed through all the levels to end up in the womens team this season. Stavria just finished the high school and she is planning to study in Athens so for both Panathinaikos Athens and her is a suitable situation if she will be able to pass the try-outs which have been planned between the 26th to the 29th of April, 2011.
Stavria Koniali (171-G-93) considers being the best player at her age in the Cyprus League. In her short career, Stavria was able to win the three points contest which took place last summer, the OPAP Basketball Camp 2010 while she was voted as the top performer and the MVP of the Camp. It is worth mentioned that Panathinaikos Athens scouters under the Head Coach of Panathinaikos Athens, Giannis Gereoudakis do follow her steps all year long and after they scanned her abilities, they are giving her the chance to prove her value in the planned try-outs. Stavria is a sharp shooter and has a deadly three pointer. She have no fear and she proved in a number of difficult games this season with Keravnos jersey.
Lastly, its also worth to mentioned that the managements of Panathinaikos Athens and Keravnos Strovolou have very good relations and this was proved with the 'loan' of the Greek international guard Tsakiridou for the Cyprus play-offs. Tsakiridou belongs to Panathinaikos even though due to some documents discrepancies she remained innactive until the games of the Cyprus play-offs where she took some 'taste' of the Cyprus basketball league.



A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gabriela MARGINEAN
  Panathinaikos
  (185-F-87)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Marginean, Panath.17.8 
 2. McLaren, Apollon17.8 
 3. Milkova, Esperides17.1 
 4. Delva, DAS A.16.7 
 5. Koch, Panionios16.3 
 6. Kotsopoulou, DAS A.15.4 
 7. Mazic, Panionios15.3 
 8. Henry, FEA Neas14.6 
 9. Frohlich, Proteas14.1 
 10. Stamati, FEA Neas13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaili MCLAREN
  Apollon
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. McLaren, Apollon13.3 
 2. Delva, DAS A.11.6 
 3. Frohlich, Proteas11.5 
 4. Mazic, Panionios11.5 
 5. Skibbe, DAS A.9.8 
 6. Skrba, Aris9.8 
 7. Thompson, Olymp.9.4 
 8. Ducker, Esperides8.3 
 9. Green, PAOK8.3 
 10. Nkele, Apollon8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Natali PLOUBI
  DAS Ano Liosa
  (169-G-81)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Ploubi, DAS A.7.2 
 2. Koch, Panionios4.6 
 3. LeNoir, Aris4.4 
 4. Lymoura, Athin.4.2 
 5. Axiopoulou, Esperides4.2 
 6. Stavridou, PAOK3.6 
 7. Green, PAOK3.5 
 8. Hatzinikolao., Athina.3.4 
 9. Fox, Proteas3.4 
 10. Kalogirou, Esperides3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Roula KALOGIROU
  Esperides
  (172-G-81)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Kalogirou, Esperides3.1 
 2. Axiopoulou, Esperides2.7 
 3. Koch, Panionios2.7 
 4. Skrba, Aris2.5 
 5. Murphree, Panathin.2.4 
 6. Green, PAOK2.3 
 7. Derevjanik, Panath.2.3 
 8. Fox, Proteas2.2 
 9. Marginean, Panath.2.2 
 10. Hatzinikolao., Athina.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Asimina KOUTSOUNOURI
  Olympiakos
  (190-C-)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Koutsounouri, Olympi.1.5 
 2. Skrba, Aris1.4 
 3. Delva, DAS A.1.2 
 4. McLaren, Apollon1.1 
 5. Skiadopoulou, PAOK1.0 
 6. Riley, Athinaikos0.8 
 7. Rousou, Panionios0.8 
 8. Skibbe, DAS A.0.8 
 9. Nikolaidou, FEA N.0.6 
 10. Smirnaiou, DAS A.0.6 


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 22-0 
 2. Aris 14-7 
 3. FEA Neas 14-8 
 4. Panathinaikos 14-8 
 5. Panionios 13-9 
 6. Esperides 12-10 
 7. DAS Ano Liosa 12-10 
 8. Apollon 11-11 
 9. PAOK 9-12 
 10. Proteas 7-15 
 11. Olympiakos 3-19 
 12. Amarillida 0-22 


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  KAZAKHSTAN - Women  


Astana Tigers are step away from the title - by Eurobasket News
Astana Tigers got closer to retaining their D1 title. They overcame Irtysh twice at home court to take 2-0 lead in the best-of-five championship series.
The first game ended with the Tigers clinching a 69:63 victory. Irtysh led by two points after the starting quarter but Astana went on an 18:10 run in the second period to pull ahead for good. Zalina Kurazova (184-F-85) came up with 14 points against her former team. Anastassiya Alishauskaite (170-G-88) added 12 points in the winning effort. Angelina Yuskova (170-G-90) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds for Irtysh.
The second game of the series turned out in a thriller. Astana got to the better start as they recorded a 31:22 lead at the interval. But Irtysh turned things around in the third stanza. The Pavlodar team went on a 23:14 rally to level things up 45 heading into the final term. The Tigers turned luckier in the final seconds stealing a narrow 65:64 win at the end. Zalina Kurazova provided 13 points for the winners. Evgeniya Chernova (180-F-88, agency: LBM Management), Irina Romanova (185-G/F-88) and Yelena Khusnitdinova (85) chipped in 10 points each in the victory. Angelina Yuskova erupted with 38 points to lead Irtysh.
The third game of the series is scheduled for April 20.



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  LITHUANIA - Women  


LMKL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Lemminkainen advance into Final - by Eurobasket News
Lemminkainen - Utena 85-45

Lemminkainen punched the ticket into LMKL Final. They rallied past Utena to reach the title series. The game was mostly controlled by Lemminkainen. Utena managed to win fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Utena to just 7 points in third quarter. Lemminkainen dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Utena's 24. Lemminkainen forced 29 Utena turnovers and outrebounded them 46-27 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for guard Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) who led her team to a victory with 24 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Egle Zygelyte (166-84) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Four Lemminkainen players scored in double figures. The former international guard Ela Briedyte (176-79) answered with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and center Giedre Kirstukaite (190-86) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Utena.
Top scorers:
Lemminkainen: R.Milieskiene 24+6reb+2ast, E.Zygelyte 17+7reb+5ast, L.Povilonyte 15+10reb+1ast, I.Raugaite 14+7reb+2ast, M.Grigalauskyte 9+8reb+1ast, G.Gutkauskaite 4+4reb+3ast
Utena: E.Briedyte 10+6reb+4ast, A.Ziegyte 9+2reb+2ast, E.Juceviciute 7+2reb, G.Kirstukaite 7+7reb+3ast, V.Tamuleviciute 5+1reb+2ast, K.Palaimaite 4+4reb
gschID: 126977




Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Santa OKOCKYTE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-G-92)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Okockyte, LK.19.1 
 2. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.16.9 
 3. Kinkeviciene, Laisve16.9 
 4. Milieskiene, Lemmin.15.1 
 5. Briedyte, Utena14.3 
 6. Solopova, VICI K.14.1 
 7. Bimbaite, VICI K.14.1 
 8. Aglinskaite, MRU13.8 
 9. Aglinskaite, Laisve13.7 
 10. Pilypaitis, VICI K.12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sandra BALIUTAVICIUTE
  Laisve
  (182-F-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.10.9 
 2. Palaimaite, Utena9.7 
 3. Grigalauskyt., Lemmin.9.3 
 4. Aleksaite, MRU8.8 
 5. Balciunaite, LKKA-.8.7 
 6. Galdikaite, MRU8.6 
 7. Taraseviciut., Laisve8.2 
 8. Budryte, Laisve8.2 
 9. Margeviciute, Lemmin.7.2 
 10. Kirstukaite, Utena7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milda SAULIUTE
  VICI Kaunas
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Sauliute, VICI K.5.6 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve5.5 
 3. Zygelyte, Lemminka.4.4 
 4. Bimbaite, VICI K.4.1 
 5. Daujadiene, Utena3.9 
 6. Pilypaitis, VICI K.3.7 
 7. Solopova, VICI K.3.6 
 8. Okockyte, LK.3.5 
 9. Valentiene, VICI K.3.1 
 10. Ziegyte, Utena2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ligita KINKEVICIENE
  Laisve
  (173-G-76)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kinkeviciene, Laisve3.3 
 2. Balciunaite, LKKA-.3.3 
 3. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.0 
 4. Solopova, VICI K.2.7 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmin.2.7 
 6. Sauliute, VICI K.2.5 
 7. Briedyte, Ruta S.2.3 
 8. Daujadiene, Utena2.2 
 9. Pilypaitis, VICI K.2.1 
 10. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  VICI Kaunas
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Alminaite, VICI K.1.7 
 2. Palaimaite, Utena1.3 
 3. Aleksaite, MRU1.3 
 4. Paugaite, VICI K.1.3 
 5. Kirstukaite, Utena1.2 
 6. Juceviciute, Utena1.2 
 7. Margeviciute, Lemmin.1.0 
 8. Budryte, Laisve0.9 
 9. Kvederaviciu., Laisve0.8 
 10. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.0.8 


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  POLAND - Women  


PLKK Round 3 of Finals. CCC Polkowice earn the first win - by Eurobasket News
3-4 place
Lotos Gdynia - Gorzow 88-74

Lotos forced the fourth game in the consolation final series versus Gorzow. AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 50-33 second half run of Lotos Gdynia. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for Latvian guard Elina Babkina (172-89, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists. American forward Monica Wright (180-88, college: Virginia, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 21 points for the winners. International power forward Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and American forward Lyndra Weaver (185-87, college: Virginia) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lotos Gdynia: E.Babkina 25+7reb+14ast, M.Wright 21+3reb+2ast, P.Krawczyk 19+5reb, M.Misiuk 10+6reb, O.Tomialowicz 9+6reb+2ast, M.Zietara 2+1reb+1ast
Gorzow: J.Zurowska 17+3reb, L.Weaver 17+7reb+1ast, A.Kaczmarczyk 16+13reb+2ast, A.Skobel 11+4reb+2ast, K.Dzwigalska 7+7reb+4ast, I.Piekarska 4+3reb
gschID: 126516


FINAL
CCC Polkowice - Wisla Can-Pak 67-58

CCC Polkowice stayed alive in the race for the PLKK trophy edging Wisla Can-Pak at home court. Wisla Can-Pak was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-11 charge of CCC Polkowice, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Amisha Carter (188-82, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. Her fellow American import guard Sharnee Zoll (170-86, college: Virginia) chipped in 21 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Belarusian center Yelena Leuchanka (196-83, college: W.Virginia) who recorded 15 points and Australian guard Erin Phillips (173-85) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively.
Top scorers:
CCC Polkowice: S.Zoll 21+2reb+7ast, A.Carter 17+15reb, K.Greene 8+1ast, A.Pietrzak 7+1reb, J.Walich 6+3reb, V.Musina 4+2reb
Wisla Can-Pak: Y.Leuchanka 15+4reb+2ast, E.Phillips 9+7reb+4ast, G.Basko 9+7reb, K.Krezel 7+2reb, E.Kobryn 6+4reb, N.Powell 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 126517




Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Laurie KOEHN
  Utex Row
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Koehn, Utex Row17.3 
 2. Ross, Lider P.15.0 
 3. Wright, Lotos G.15.0 
 4. Harris, Utex Row14.9 
 5. Kobryn, Wisla C.14.5 
 6. Jankowska, LKS S.14.0 
 7. Szott, Artego14.0 
 8. Mosby, Lider P.13.7 
 9. Mowlik, Inea AZS13.3 
 10. Fox-Griffin, Super.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ugochukwu OHA
  LKS Siemens
  (193-C-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Oha, LKS Siemens9.9 
 2. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia9.2 
 3. Carter, CCC P.8.7 
 4. Leuchanka, Wisla C.8.1 
 5. Crisman, Artego7.9 
 6. Alexander, Odra B.7.9 
 7. Cheek, Super-Pol7.8 
 8. Denson, Lider P.7.7 
 9. Jankowska, LKS S.7.4 
 10. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC Polkowice
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Zoll, CCC P.5.6 
 2. Richards, Gorzow4.2 
 3. Kulaga, Super-Pol4.1 
 4. Phillips, Wisla C.4.0 
 5. Raymond, Artego3.8 
 6. Swanier, Lotos G.3.8 
 7. Idczak, Inea AZS3.7 
 8. Bortelova, Energa T.3.6 
 9. Gawronska, Odra B.3.5 
 10. Babkina, Lotos G.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Naketia SWANIER
  Lotos Gdynia
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Swanier, Lotos G.2.8 
 2. Phillips, Wisla C.2.5 
 3. Ross, Lider P.2.4 
 4. Bednarek, Lider P.2.3 
 5. Wright, Lotos G.2.2 
 6. Carter, CCC P.2.2 
 7. Leedham, Gorzow2.2 
 8. Powell, Wisla C.2.1 
 9. Crisman, Artego2.0 
 10. Kopczyk, Widzew1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Brittany DENSON
  Lider Pruszkow
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Denson, Lider P.2.0 
 2. Majewska, CCC P.1.8 
 3. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia1.4 
 4. Burse, Wisla C.1.3 
 5. Perostiyska, Energa T.1.3 
 6. Jankowska, LKS S.1.1 
 7. Goff, Super-Pol1.0 
 8. Kobryn, Wisla C.0.9 
 9. Oha, LKS Siemens0.9 
 10. Alexander, Odra B.0.8 


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Liga Feminina Round 1 of Finals. CAB Madeira post victory - by Eurobasket News
CAB Madeira - Quinta 69-67

CAB Madeira surged ahead in the Finals. They overcame visiting Quinta in the opener. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Quinta won third quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CAB Madeira made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Strangely Quinta outrebounded CAB Madeira 46-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. American forward Utahya Drye (185-F-88, college: Virginia Tech) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Carla Freitas (170-80) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side American forward Jerica Watson (183-80, college: Iowa) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Alison Mann (186-85, college: Bowling Green) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
CAB Madeira: U.Drye 26+13reb, J.Starling 17+3reb+4ast, C.Freitas 15+5reb+4ast, M.Bravo 9+5reb, M.Correia 2+5reb+1ast, C.Escorcio 0
Quinta: J.Watson 20+14reb+4ast, A.Mann 16+8reb, P.Muxiri 14+5reb+2ast, F.Mendes 6+10reb+1ast, L.Lima 5+4reb, D.Duarte 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 126690




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  UKRAINE - Women  


Kozachka beat Dnipro in the top game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Kozachka beat Dnipro in the top game of the week 75:54 to improve to improve to 3-2 record. The hosts opened the game with 13-12 and added 22-15 in the second frame. Moreover the team from Zaporozhye won the third and the last quarters. Oksana Kisilova (188-F-88) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Ganna Zarytska (182-F-86) collected 19 points and 18 rebounds, while Pokoiova Anna posted 18. Bovykina replied with 19 points and 15 rebounds and Larisa Yaburova (190-F/C-89) added 10.
Last night Politehnika recorded their first win beating winless Orlan 81:65. The teams were tied at 21:21 after the first 10 minutes, while the guests went on a 29-15 push in the second frame and never looked behind after. Nadia Reznichenko stepped up with 21 points and Shablinska collected 15 points and 10 rebounds. Oxana Pysmennyk (191-F-78) replied with 14 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.
The rest of the games will be played tonight.



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


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  USBA - Women  


WUSBA withdraws from Pro Hoops Camp Combine; Draft scheduled for May 7, 2011 - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (April 16, 2011) ---The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) has withdrawn its participation in the Pro Hoops Basketball Camp. 'The camp was scheduled to be held at the Cross Keys High School in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, April 30, 2010,' said WUSBA Executive Vice President Kenneth Green. 'We have been inundated with request for a tryout with one of our teams; however 90% of the applicants will be assigned to a specific city, to play for one of our team. To be fair to everyone, we will maintain our current registration procedures to adhere to meet the players request,' said Green.

The league will conduct a players draft on May 7, 2011. Selected players will be contacted by the WUSBA and the Head Coach, they will directly receive additional information and instructions. The league will conduct open tryouts in each team city. Tryouts will be open to all qualified basketball players. Basketball players can attend a tryout on Saturday, May 14 and players will report to the team on May 21, 2011. All eligible players will be accepted at the local team tryout. We think it unnecessary to have players fly to Atlanta and expend the cost of a camp, said Green. 'The fee of $150.00 is a little much for our intentions'.

Registration for the May 14 Open Tryouts will be conducted on the mornings of the tryouts, which are to be held in each individual city.

Pro Hoops is a camp originated by Linda Hargrove and Jessie Kenlaw. Ms Hargrove is a 37 year veteran and former Olympic basketball coach. Ms Kenlaw is a former WNBA coach. She also spent eight years on the bench as Head Coach at the University of Houston. The pair currently hosts a series of camp around the United States to attract players who wish to develop their skills.

The sign up period for the camp was originally set to begin on April 1, 2011 however, according to league sources the change was made to better serve the request of the WUSBA participants. 'Pro Hoops is a fine organization and they do a great job with the players, however we have heard from basketball players that they would rather wait for our draft then proceed to their team'. 'We are a new league and we are responsible to our prospective players, we want our players to feel comfortable with our procedures '.

'We are working tirelessly in our pursuit to find the best players available for all WUSBA teams; this will enable us to provide our fans the very best minor league professional basketball players from day one,' said WUSBA President and C.E.O., Duane Allen Jenkins. 'Selecting the best players to go to the teams city is a truly special and unique opportunity for all of our fans to meet the basketball players that they probably saw on television during the NCAA tournament,' continued Jenkins. The extra expense to be evaluated was never in our plans, we dont even charge a player for the tryouts, and all we request is that they submit their resume and that they have played successfully in a college program for two years or more. Ms Hargrove approached me about participating in the camp in February, originally I agreed, however, the extra added expense to the players is not necessary for me to find top quality basketball players, continued Jenkins. We wish them well.

The basketball players selected in the May 7th draft will be evaluated by the leagues staff, and then selected players will report to their local team.

WUSBA individual team tryouts are scheduled for May 14, 2011. Players will not be charged a fee to participate in the tryouts. The league will provide the required documents to the players who participate in the tryout. Registrations will begin at 8:00 am. Drills will start at 10:00 am and will run until 7:00 pm. Basketball players are required to have a minimum of two years experience on the collegiate level in order to participate individual team tryouts.

Players participating in the individual team tryouts will receive lunch from Subway. Deer Park will provide bottled water to the players and coaches. Trainers and paramedics will be on hand to assist participants.

The WUSBA has twenty teams in four divisions. The teams are spread out over nine southern states. Information will be made available the leagues website. According to the league, the registration period was changed to allow more time for college players who participated in the NCAA tournament. The WUSBA utilizes medium to small college and university and larger high school gymnasiums for the home location of their teams. All WUSBA coaches will select players from this tryout to field their team for the upcoming season.

Basketball player compensation package includes; $300.00 per week, $25.00 sponsor paid appearances, 25% commission on sponsorship sales, a daily meal at Golden Coral Buffet Restaurant, workman compensation and housing, when needed. Each team plays a twenty eight game schedule, fourteen home games and fourteen games away.

Basketball players interested in playing in the WUSBA should submit a resume to southernbasketballassociation@yahoo.com. All resumes must be received by May 3, 2011 to be included in the selection process.

About the Womens United States Basketball Association----The Womens United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) is a triple AAA womens professional basketball league. The league headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia. The league as twenty teams split into four divisions, spread out over nine southern states. Basketball players, coaches, dance team members and game day staff could be catapulted to enjoy further opportunities in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA), as well as exposure to other reputable professional basketball leagues from around the world.




WUSBA seeks basketball players for 2011 season; NCAA and NAIA seniors urged to apply - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga., (April 16, 2011) ---The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) today announce tryout schedule for professional basketball players. The positions are for all WUSBA team. The WUSBA has twenty teams divided into four divisions, spread over nine southern states. The WUSBA owns and operates all teams. Each team operates independently of each other. Each team has a Regional Event Manager assigned as team representative.

Collegiate, minor league and international players are invited to submit resumes and biographies for consideration. 'We are also extending an invitation to basketball players who are based in our team cities as well as collegiate and former WNBA.'

The WUSBA 2011 basketball season runs from June 8, 2010 to September 4, 2011. Each team plays a twenty eight game schedule, fourteen home and fourteen away. The league has a mid season All Star Classic Gala basketball game scheduled for the 3rd week of July. The WUSBA Championship Playoff series begins August 29, 2011, with the Championship game on September 4, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Individual team tryouts will be held in each team city for May 14, 2011 and May 21, 2011.

The divisions and teams are as follows:

The Southern Division will field the Atlanta Platinum, the Birmingham Starz, the Montgomery Spirit, the Macon Storm and the Tallahassee Cypress.

The Appalachian Division houses the Nashville Thunder, the Chattanooga Royal, the West Virginia Capitals, the Knoxville Reign and the Kentucky Plateau.

The Atlantic Division will consist of the Jacksonville Surf, the Savannah Seahawks, the Charleston Cadets, the Richmond Colonials and the Norfolk Blaze.

The Piedmont Division will take the court as the Charlotte Blue Wave, the Columbia (SC) Breeze, the Winston Salem Cardinals (NC), the Augusta Raging River (GA) and the Raleigh Roadrunners (NC).

The WUSBA will not charge a fee for players to try out for a team. 'We have never had these fees as a part of our revenue stream we want qualified candidate to come take a chance and tryout. We do require all basketball players to have a minimum of two years collegiate playing experience.'

WUSBA president Duane Jenkins says, 'Announcing local tryouts gives us a prime opportunity for us to look closely at local talent and make the selection of players easy for our teams. We want our fans to be able to become familiar with the players and coaches and quite simply, the players and coaches will have ample time for players to select a team of his choice.'

The league has developed a comprehensive package for the basketball players. Players are paid $300.00 per week. Players also receive free housing accommodations and a daily meal at Golden Corral Buffet Restaurant. As a bonus, players will receive compensation for sponsor speaking engagements and sponsorship sales.

According to the league, each player candidate should submit his resume or film. All candidates will receive a response. 'We expect a huge response and I suggest any candidate wishing to be considered should submit their resume no later than May 3, 2011 said Jenkins. 'We're very excited about the upcoming season. None of our teams have players in place and this is a great opportunity for an aspiring individual who has the propensity to lead and succeed.' Players are asked to submit their resumes to southernbasketballassociation@yahoo.com.