EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/18/2011

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  ALGERIA   


Surprise defeat of WA Boufarik - by Carlos Pereira
WA Boufarik has been beaten against all odds, by MSC Constantine (75 - 76), at Rais-Hamidou at the start of the second phase of Championship superdivision basketball, a defeat that could jeopardize its chances of qualifying for the semi-finals of the competition.
This is the only surprise of this opening day, where the GSP, the TBB and NB Staouli Blida, the main favorites for the qualification to the last square, have prevailed with significant differences

RESULTS
Play-off
Group A
GS Ptroliers - CRB Dar-El-Beida 101-83
IRBB Arrridj - TBB Blida 71-94

Group B
NB Staoueli O Batna 86-57
WA Boufarik CSM Constantine 75-76.




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  ARGENTINA   


Interligas Tournament Group B. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Atenas and Pinheiros/Sky recorded second straight wins at the Interligas Tournament Goup B yesterday. They will fight for the ticket into Final tonight.

Atenas - Libertad 76:74
Atenas had to work hard to nip Libertad by just two points. James Williams (204-F/C-79, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Brown Mackie) provided 19 points to lead the effort. Atenas led by four points after ten minutes of action but Libertad recovered after the break. They held the Cordoba team to 12 points and registered a 36:33 halftime advantage. Atenas got within just one point in the third quarter. The Cordoba team came from behind in the fourth period and clinched a tough win at the end. Matias Lescano (196-G/F-79) and Diego Gerbaudo (182-G-89) netted 15 points apiece for the winning side. Roberto Gabini (198-F-75, agency: Interperformances) replied with 19 points for Libertad. Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Atenas: James Williams 19, Matias Lescano 15, Diego Gerbaudo 15
Libertad: Roberto Gabini 19, Juan Pablo Cantero 14

Pinheiros/Sky - Vivo/Franca 85:77
Pinheiros/Sky recorded the second win in a row as they rallied past Vivo/Franca. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) stepped up with 20 points to pace the winners. Vivo/Franca led by as many as 8 points after ten minutes of action. But Pinheiros/Sky stopped the rot and erased the deficit in the second frame. They established a narrow 40:39 advantage at the interval. Pinheiros/Sky went on a 28:14 rally in the third quarter to clear off for good in this one. Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84) and Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) notched 16 points apiece for the winning team. William Drudi (206-C/F-81) replied with 16 points for Vivo/Franca. Marques Lewis (203-C-83, college: UAB) provided 15 points in defeat.

Pinheiros/Sky: Shamell Stallworth 20, Marquinhos Vinicius 16, Olivinha Rodriguez 16
Vivo/Franca: William Drudi 16, Marques Lewis 15



Long Time Away!!! - by Joshua Pittman
I apologize for the long delay in between postings. Its the best time of the year!! PLAY-OFFS!!! God bless we finished first in the regular season! Want to give a few shouts!! Congrats to my teammate Juan Gutierrez. Elected MVP of the league this year. Another to my teammate Alexis Elsener! Selected Most Improved Played!! Wonderful year and now its time to seek championship glory!!!!!. Peace and love to all!! God bless!!!!!

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  AUSTRALIA   


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


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


Cairns defeat Peter Crawford in game 3 - by Duncan Matheson
The Skytrans Cairns Taipans have advanced to their first grand final series in the club's history after defeating the Townsville Crocodiles 93-83 in Townsville this afternoon. After priding themselves on having a balanced attack of scorers all season long, in game 3 the Crocs failed to provide Peter Crawford (193-G-79) with enough assistance in the scoring column as Crawford exploded for 29 points on 9-13 FG and 6-10 from beyond the three point line. Crawford, a truly deserving All-NBL third team selection, has had an incredible second half of the season, igniting the Crocs on offence while also being the the catalyst for the Crocs outstanding defence with his lock down defence and ability to come up with steals, averaging 1.5 steals per contest. That Crocs defence failed however in their biggest game of the season as the Taipans scored 93 points on 52% FG, led by Daniel Dillon (191-G-86, college: Arizona) with 21 points on 9-13 shooting and veteran Dusty Rychart (201-F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Minnesota) with 16 points on 8-13 shooting. The Taipans now advance to take on the New Zealand Breakers in the grand final series, who eliminated the Perth Wildcats 2-1. Game 1 will take place on Wednesday in New Zealand.

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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


KK Feni Industries are the new BIBL champions - by Eurobasket News
BIBL, Final game: Feni Indistrija - Rilski Sportist 88-75

Aleksandar Radojevic scored the first 4 points for Rilski, as they held a 2:4 lead 1.30 into the opening quarter. Vladimir Brchkov gave the home side their first lead of the game with a three for 5:4. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) made it to 7:4 with a jumpshot. Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) made a three to extend the teams run to 8:0 and the score was now 10:4. Rileco tied the game at 13:13 after scoring 7 unanswered points with 3.30 left. Slobodan Mihajloski (202-F/C-82) scored 4 points in a row to give Feni a 21:15 lead with 1.15 left. Dimitar Karadjovski set the score at 21:17 after 10 minutes of play.

Feni started the second quarter with a 5:0 run after baskets by Samardziev and Stojanovski. Gjurov gave his team their first double-digit lead 27:17. Samardziev scored another three for 30:17 with 7.30 left. Karadjovski made two free-throws for 30:19, before Samardziev scored his third three-pointer 33:19 The home side led 35:21 with 4.28. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) scored a three-pointer for 38:23 with 3.20 left in the half. Rileco managed to drop the difference down to 38:28 which made Emil Rajkovic take a time-out. That was the score after 20 minutes of play.

Darko Sokolov made the lead 41:29, converting an and one play right after Rileco made one FT. Radojevic scored 2/2 from the charity stripe, before Samardziev scored a 2 and a 3 in a row to make it 46:31. Darko Sokolov scored a three with the shot clock expiring, and gave Feni a 49:33 lead with 6.13 to go. Martin Marinov answered with a three of his own for 49:36. Ognen Stojanovski (189-G-85) and Darko Sokolov scored consecutive three-pointers to give Feni their biggest lead so far 57:38 with 3.11 left in the third quarter. Vojdan Stojanovski dropped another three for 60:38, before making it 61:38 with 2 minutes left. After three quarters Feni were up by 22 64:42.

Rileco managed to decrease it down to 64:44 in the start of the last quarter, before Darko Sokolov scored another three for 67:44. That was followed by a 7:0 run by Rilski, including 5 points from Vladimir Mijovic (207-F-84) for 67:51, 7.08 before the end. Ivan Lilov scored a three to make it 67:54, and after that extended the run to 13:0 hitting another three for 67:57. Lilov converted the basket and the foul from long range, scoring his 10th point in a row, decreasing the lead to 67:61. Vojdan Stojanovski scored for 69:61, stopping Rilskis 17:0 run in the last minutes. Feni went ahead 71:62, but Lilov kept Rilski in the game, scoring another five points 71:67 with 2.51 to go. Darko Sokolov and
Dusan Knezevic scored the next 7 points 78:67 with 1.54 to go. Feni had an 80:69 lead with 1.11 left, before Martin Marinov made it 80:72 with 1.01 on the clock.Vojdan Stojanovski made it 82:72, but Stanislav Vaklinov made the basket and the foul on the other side (82:75). The final score was settled at 88:75, which made KK Feni Industries the 2011 EUROHOLD Balkan League champions.

Darko Sokolov scored 22 points for Feni, shooting 6/9 for three points, which made him the 2011 EUROHOLD Balkan League Final Four MVP. Dusan Knezevic and Vojdan Stojanovski scored 14 points each, while Goran Samardziev (187-G-81) had 13. Jarrid Frye (194-G-85, college: Sacred Heart) and Slobodan Mihajlovski finished with 11 a piece.

Ivan Lilov and Vladimir Mijovic were the only players from Rilski to finish in double digits, scoring respectively 16 and 15.

This was Fenis third participation in the EUROHOLD Balkan League FInal Four, as the previous two times they failed at the semifinals. This time in front of their hometown fans they managed to get the much awaited cup.

*Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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  BELARUS   


Grodno-93 joins Minsk in the Final - by Eurobasket News
Grodno-93 joins Minsk in the Final as the team won the series over OZAA 3-1. In the fourth game Grodno grabbed 75:72 win to advance to the Finals.
It was a tough start and both teams nailed 24 points in the first period. Grodno went on a lead due to 21-14 in the second period to take 7-point halftime deficit. Moreover they increased to 2 more points in the third period winning it 17-15. OZAA won the last frame 19-13 but it was not enough to seal the victory.
Yaroslav Lemyk (203-C-85, agency: Promotex) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Dzmitry Paliashchuk (196-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) nailed 15. Valery Gandlin (191-G-86) notched 9 and three players added 7 points each. Vadim Matyukevych (208-C-80) ended up with 25 points in the losing case.



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  BELGIUM   


D1 Round 30: Base Oostende edges Okapi Aalstar by three points - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in D1 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 30 in the D1 took place in Aalst. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-best Okapi Aalstar (18-9) to fourth ranked Base Oostende (16-11) 76-73 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 39-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) who scored 21 points. The other American import forward Will Thomas (200-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Base Oostende's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Base Oostende have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 16-11 record. Okapi Aalstar lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with nine games lost. Base Oostende are looking forward to face higher ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Okapi Aalstar will play on the road against Optima Gent and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Spirou Charleroi delivered the twentieth first victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Leuven Bears (9-18) 89-67. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for guard Justin Hamilton (191-80, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Brent Wright contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard James J.J. Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Leuven Bears. Leuven Bears' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-4 record. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the eighth place with 18 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against Antwerp Giants (#5) on the road in the next round. Leuven Bears will play against Belgacom Liege and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Liege was also quite interesting. 6th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (9-17) played at the court of eighth ranked Belgacom Liege (9-17). Belgacom Liege defeated VOO Verviers-Pepinster 81-70 on Friday. Wen Boss Mukubu scored 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Rashaun Freeman with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Belgacom Liege moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Verviers-Pep. Belgacom Liege will meet Leuven Bears (#8) on the road in the next round. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Antwerp Giants and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 30 Antwerp were defeated by M.Hainaut in Quaregnon 80-72.
The best stats of 30th round was 21 points and 10 rebounds by Christopher Young of Aalstar.



Leuven - Charleroi 67-89

Leader Spirou Charleroi delivered the twentieth first victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Leuven Bears (9-18) 89-67. The game was mostly controlled by Spirou Charleroi. Leuven Bears was better in fourth quarter 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Spirou Charleroi especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for guard Justin Hamilton (191-80, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Guard James J.J. Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR) added 18 points in the effort for Leuven Bears. Leuven Bears' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-4 record. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the eighth place with 18 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against Antwerp Giants (#5) on the road in the next round. Leuven Bears will play against Belgacom Liege and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Charleroi: J.Hamilton 21+5reb+4ast, D.Mallet 17+2reb+4ast, B.Wright 16+6reb+2ast, C.Beghin 10+2reb+2ast, J.Gomis 9+2reb+1ast, A.Jadin 8+1reb+1ast
Leuven: B.Freeman 18+2reb+1ast, J.J.J. Miller 17+6reb, J.Tofi 8+5reb+3ast, I.Hanavan 8+4reb, A.Dagunduro 5+5reb+3ast, D.Lowhorn 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 98681


Liege - Verviers-Pep. 81-70

The game in Liege was also quite interesting. 6th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (9-17) played at the court of eighth ranked Belgacom Liege (9-17). Belgacom Liege defeated VOO Verviers-Pepinster 81-70 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Belgacom Liege. VOO Verviers-Pepinster managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded VOO Verviers-Pepinster 35-23 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Taylor Griffin (201-86, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Four Belgacom Liege players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) with 23 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) scored 18 points. Belgacom Liege moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Verviers-Pep. Belgacom Liege will meet Leuven Bears (#8) on the road in the next round. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Antwerp Giants and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liege: T.Griffin 17+4reb+1ast, G.Muya 13+7reb+2ast, C.Bozeman 13+2reb, W.Boss Mukubu 12+7reb+3ast, G.Hockins 10+1ast, A.Stipanovic 8+5reb+1ast
Verviers-Pep.: R.Freeman 23+7reb+1ast, S.Jackson 18+3reb, D.Waters 15+1ast, B.Gay 5+9reb+1ast, G.Major 4+1ast, A.Chada 3
gschID: 98678


Aalstar - Oostende 73-76

The most exciting game of round 30 in the D1 took place in Aalst. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-best Okapi Aalstar (18-9) to fourth ranked Base Oostende (16-11) 76-73 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 39-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) who scored 21 points. The other American import forward Will Thomas (200-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Base Oostende's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) added 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Base Oostende have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 16-11 record. Okapi Aalstar lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with nine games lost. Base Oostende are looking forward to face higher ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Okapi Aalstar will play on the road against Optima Gent and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Oostende: M.Lojeski 21+3reb, M.Faison 16+3reb, W.Thomas 15+7reb, D.Katnic 11+3reb+3ast, B.Ebong 6+4reb+1ast, C.Green 5+1reb
Aalstar: C.Young 21+10reb+2ast, A.Hilliard 16+12reb+5ast, S.Burrell 9+5ast, T.Johnson 9+3reb+3ast, A.Ruoff 7+2ast, P.Gonzales 6+3reb
gschID: 98679


M.Hainaut - Antwerp 80-72

There was no surprise in Quaregnon where 5th ranked Antwerp Giants (14-11) were defeated by third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (16-9) 80-72 on Saturday. Antwerp Giants trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 20-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-80 at the end of the game. Dexia Mons-Hainaut made 27-of-28 free shots (96.4 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) scored 23 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 17 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) with 24 points and 6 rebounds and forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) scored 18 points and 4 steals. Antwerp Giants' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dexia Mons-Hainaut have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-9 record having five points less than leader Charleroi. Loser Antwerp Giants keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will meet Base Oostende (#4) on the road in the next round. Antwerp Giants will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: M.Hatten 23+4reb+5ast, R.Lewis 17+3reb, P.Van Paassen 9+6reb, S.Foster 8+2reb+2ast, J.Cage 8+2reb+1ast, R.Taylor 7+3reb+4ast
Antwerp: T.Black 24+6reb+3ast, D.Wilson 18+2reb+1ast, M.Roll 16+3reb, G.Brown 9+8reb+3ast, R.Biggs 3+2reb+1ast, B.Guillemyn 2
gschID: 98680




Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 21-4 
 2. Aalstar 18-9 
 3. M.Hainaut 16-9 
 4. Oostende 16-11 
 5. Antwerp 14-11 
 6. Liege 9-17 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 9-17 
 8. Leuven 9-18 
 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, Antwerp16.2 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende15.9 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi15.5 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.2 
 6. Freeman, Verviers.15.1 
 7. Hilliard, Aalstar15.1 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar15.1 
 9. Waters, Verviers.15.0 
 10. Miller, Leuven14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher YOUNG
  Aalstar
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Young, Aalstar8.0 
 2. Randle, Gent7.8 
 3. Freeman, Verviers.7.7 
 4. Hilliard, Aalstar7.5 
 5. Stipanovic, Liege7.3 
 6. Brown, Antwerp6.6 
 7. Tofi, Leuven6.5 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.6.3 
 9. Dagunduro, Leuven6.1 
 10. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.2 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.7 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven3.6 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.3 
 5. Moors, Antwerp3.0 
 6. Black, Antwerp2.9 
 7. Bosco, Gent2.8 
 8. Mallet, Charleroi2.7 
 9. Miller, Leuven2.6 
 10. Burrell, Aalstar2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.5 
 3. Mallet, Charleroi2.3 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven2.1 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Oostende1.8 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende1.6 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
 10. Broyles, Charleroi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.6 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.1 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 5. Randle, Gent0.8 
 6. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 7. Pelle, Oostende0.5 
 8. Stipanovic, Liege0.5 
 9. Freeman, Verviers.0.5 
 10. Brown, Antwerp0.4 


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  BOSNIA   


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


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Interligas Tournament Group B. Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Atenas and Pinheiros/Sky recorded second straight wins at the Interligas Tournament Goup B yesterday. They will fight for the ticket into Final tonight.

Atenas - Libertad 76:74
Atenas had to work hard to nip Libertad by just two points. James Williams (204-F/C-79, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Brown Mackie) provided 19 points to lead the effort. Atenas led by four points after ten minutes of action but Libertad recovered after the break. They held the Cordoba team to 12 points and registered a 36:33 halftime advantage. Atenas got within just one point in the third quarter. The Cordoba team came from behind in the fourth period and clinched a tough win at the end. Matias Lescano (196-G/F-79) and Diego Gerbaudo (182-G-89) netted 15 points apiece for the winning side. Roberto Gabini (198-F-75, agency: Interperformances) replied with 19 points for Libertad. Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Atenas: James Williams 19, Matias Lescano 15, Diego Gerbaudo 15
Libertad: Roberto Gabini 19, Juan Pablo Cantero 14

Pinheiros/Sky - Vivo/Franca 85:77
Pinheiros/Sky recorded the second win in a row as they rallied past Vivo/Franca. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) stepped up with 20 points to pace the winners. Vivo/Franca led by as many as 8 points after ten minutes of action. But Pinheiros/Sky stopped the rot and erased the deficit in the second frame. They established a narrow 40:39 advantage at the interval. Pinheiros/Sky went on a 28:14 rally in the third quarter to clear off for good in this one. Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84) and Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) notched 16 points apiece for the winning team. William Drudi (206-C/F-81) replied with 16 points for Vivo/Franca. Marques Lewis (203-C-83, college: UAB) provided 15 points in defeat.

Pinheiros/Sky: Shamell Stallworth 20, Marquinhos Vinicius 16, Olivinha Rodriguez 16
Vivo/Franca: William Drudi 16, Marques Lewis 15



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 2. Lilov, Rilski S.22.4 
 3. Harper, Levski22.4 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak19.7 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.5 
 6. Naydenov, Chernomo.16.8 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja16.1 
 8. Davidov, Balkan15.9 
 9. Kambala, Lukoil A.14.4 
 10. Yanev, Cherno More14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja10.6 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.4 
 4. Todorov, Spartak7.7 
 5. Radojevic, Rilski S.7.6 
 6. Kolev, Cherno More7.4 
 7. Georgiev, Levski7.2 
 8. Dimitrov, Spartak6.9 
 9. Kambala, Lukoil A.6.7 
 10. Mijovic, Rilski S.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Crowe, Levski5.6 
 2. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.4 
 3. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 4. Govedarov, Tundja4.0 
 5. Dyakovski, Spartak3.9 
 6. James, Lukoil A.3.9 
 7. Heath, Lukoil A.3.8 
 8. Zahariev, Chernomo.3.6 
 9. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
 10. Gruev, Rilski S.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Crowe, Levski2.4 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 3. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 4. Radionov, Tundja2.1 
 5. Zahariev, Chernomo.2.1 
 6. James, Lukoil A.1.9 
 7. Dimitrov, Spartak1.8 
 8. Stojanovski, Lukoil A.1.6 
 9. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.6 
 10. Filipov, Balkan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Doychinov, Balkan1.3 
 3. Radojevic, Rilski S.1.2 
 4. Neuhaus, Chernomo.1.0 
 5. Varbanov, Tundja1.0 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.0.7 
 7. Cole, Levski0.7 
 8. Mijovic, Rilski S.0.7 
 9. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.7 
 10. Petkov, Tundja0.6 


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 25-0 
 2. Levski 19-6 
 3. Balkan 14-11 
 4. Rilski Sportist 12-13 
 5. Cherno More 10-15 
 6. Tundja 9-16 
 7. Spartak 7-18 
 8. Chernomorets 4-21 


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Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.7 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang32.2 
 3. Morris, Beijing29.9 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.29.7 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan29.2 
 6. Emmett, Fujian28.0 
 7. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.4 
 8. Pickett, Jilin27.1 
 9. Hamilton, TianJ.26.8 
 10. Marbury, Foshan25.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Jones, Fujian15.8 
 2. Harris, Shanghai14.7 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.9 
 5. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.5 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.3 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.2 
 8. Morris, Beijing12.1 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu11.6 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing11.5 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.1 
 2. Marbury, Foshan5.7 
 3. Lu, Fujian5.6 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.5.4 
 5. LiuWei, Shanghai5.3 
 6. Hu, Jiangsu5.3 
 7. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
 8. Allen, Shandong4.9 
 9. Hamilton, TianJ.4.9 
 10. Brown, Qingdao DS4.8 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.1 
 2. Hamilton, TianJ.3.8 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang3.5 
 4. Hudson, Guandong3.0 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.5 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.4 
 8. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
 9. Pickett, Jilin2.3 
 10. Emmett, Fujian2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 3. Zhang, Shanghai1.8 
 4. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 5. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 6. Jones, Fujian1.6 
 7. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 8. Morris, Beijing1.6 
 9. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 
 10. Haislip, Guandong1.5 


CBA Round 2 of Finals - by Eurobasket News
Xinjiang - Guandong 91-96

Guandong tied the series overXinjiang. The guests trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 40-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Guandong Tigers made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Xinjiang Flying Tige turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Xinjiang Flying Tige helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International swingman ShiPeng Wang (197-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) contributed with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers' coach ChunJiang Li used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) replied with 36 points (!!!) and his fellow American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) added 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Xinjiang Flying Tige.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 36+3reb+1ast, S.James 20+9reb+2ast, M.Bateer 9+8reb+2ast, X.GuoChong 8+3reb, Z.QingPeng 8+5reb+2ast, M.WuLan 4+2reb
Guandong: W.ShiPeng 32+3reb+1ast, H.Lester 17+8reb+7ast, Z.FangYu 13+9reb+2ast, H.Marcus 12+3reb, D.Feng 7+4reb+1ast, S.Wei 6+9reb
gschID: 127135




Guandong Rallies in Fourth Quarter to Defeat Xinjiang and Even Series - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong trailed 60-56 after three quarters but rallied 40-22 in the fourth to defeat Xinjiang 96-91 and even the CBA final series at 1-1. Guangdong, like Xinjiang Friday, won on the road.

Wang ShiPeng (197-F/G-83) led the way with 32 points, hitting 11 of 20 shots and all 7 free throws. Lester Hudson recovered from Friday's awful game and had 17 points on 7 of 17 shooting, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Zhu Fangyu had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Marcus Haislip had 12 points and 3 rebounds and hit all 8 of his free throws. Su Wei had 6 points and 9 rebounds.

Quincy Douby had 36 points on 12 of 20 shooting but did not completely dominate the game as he did Friday. James Singleton added 20 points and 9 rebounds. But Xinjiang's domestic players were significantly outplayed by Guangdong's. None scored in double figures. Mengke Bateer had 9 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng had 8 points and 5 rebounds and only hit 2 of 10 shots. Xu Guozhong had 8 points on 3 of 11 shooting. No one else scored more than 4.

Guangdong's imports do not have to outplay Xinjiang's, just keep them in check, and Guangdong has a good chance of winning this series.


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Cedevita edge Benetton for EuroCup Bronze - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Cedevita 57:59

Cedevita wrapped up their EuroCup campaign on a high note. They defeated Benetton in Treviso to clinch the Bronze medals. Everything was decided in the dying seconds in this low-scoring affair. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) came up with key offensive rebound late in regulation and hit a decisive free throw to propel Cedevita to the victory. He finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge.
The teams got to quite slow start. They teamed up for 18 points in the opening term as Benetton established a 12:6 lead. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston), Troha and Corsley Edwards accounted for 7 points in a row midway through the second term as Cedevita pulled in front 15:14. But the hosts managed to retain the lead as they were up by two at halftime 23:21. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) and Nicevic opened the second half with five points in a row to stretch the margin. Benetton maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the quarter before Troha and Rudez hit consecutive triples giving Cedevita a 37:36 lead at the final intermission. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances), Devin Smith and Peric helped the home team back in charge 42:37 early in the final period. But back-to-back three-pointers from Dontaye Draper and Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) ensured a 46:44 lead for the visitors. The lead then changed hands for several times before Dontaye Draper and Bracey Wright made it 58:54 for Cedevita. Bulleri kept Benetton hopeful with a three-pointer and the hope got even bigger after Dontaye Draper missed both of his free throws. But Corsley Edwards pulled down an offensive rebound and hit one of two freebies to seal the win for Cedevita. Dontaye Draper produced 10 points, while Vedran Vukusic had 9 points in the victory. Greg Brunner (201-F-83, college: Iowa) and Donatas Motiejunas replied with 10 points apiece for Benetton. Devin Smith had 9 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Benetton: Greg Brunner 10, Donatas Motiejunas 10, Devin Smith 9+11 boards
Cedevita: Corsley Edwards 16, Dontaye Draper 10, Vedran Vukusic 9



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Bighorns, Vipers open semifinal series today - by Eurobasket News
The Reno Bighorns open their D-League playoffs semifinal series against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers with a 3 p.m. game today in Hidalgo, Texas.

The second game in the best-of-three series will be played Wednesday (7 p.m.) at the Reno Events Center. A third game, if necessary, would be played Thursday in Reno, also at 7 p.m.

The Bighorns are coming off a 2-1 series win over the Erie BayHawks in the opening round of the eight-team playoffs. It was the first series win in the team's three-year history.

Rio Grande Valley is the defending D-League champion. The Vipers eliminated the Bighorns in the first round of last season's playoffs.

Courtesy of www.rgj.com


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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. Chatman, Besiktas16.8 
 6. Wright, Cedevita16.7 
 7. Tucker, Aris15.9 
 8. Simmons, CEZ N.15.9 
 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. Lampe, Unics8.1 
 6. Tucker, Aris8.0 
 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: 6.4
 1. Draper, Cedevita6.4 
 2. Mekel, Galil Gilboa6.3 
 3. Walsh, AS.6.0 
 4. Popovic, Unics5.8 
 5. Thomas, Anwil5.3 
 6. Markovic, Benetton.4.9 
 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. Kirksay, Cajasol2.3 
 5. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 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. Chan, CEZ Nymburk1.1 
 7. Boone, Goettingen1.1 
 8. Stevic, EWE B.1.0 
 9. Carter, Galil Gilboa1.0 
 10. Ivshyn, Azovmash1.0 


Unics earn 2010/2011 EuroCup title - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Cajasol - Unics 77-92
Unics are 2010/2011 EuroCup titleholders. They held off Cajasol in the championship clash tonight in Treviso. Maciej Lampe finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. It all started quite well for Unics. They quickly cleared off to a 10-point lead 14:4. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) hit a trey for a 22:8 lead for the Russian team. Kelly Mccarty capped the period with a dunk and Unics were up by as many as 16 points 32:16. Veremeenko stretched the gap to 20 points midway through the second term as the game seemed turning into a one-way traffic. But Cajasol stopped the rot with a 10:2 run. Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) and Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) stepped up for the Seville team late in the half as they cut the deficit at 15-point mark at the interval 36:51. Katelynas and Juan Triguero (208-C-83) dragged Cajasol as close as 7 points midway through the third term. But Kelly McCarty came up for Unics to keep those at safe distance. Unics managed to enter the fourth term up by 9 points 71:62. Lampe knocked down six consecutive points for the Russian side in the fourth term as the margin grew at 14 points. Lyday followed with a three-pointer and Unics never looked back. Kelly McCarty and Marko Popovic scored 18 points apiece for Unics. Marko Popovic was trumped Final Four MVP after the game. Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and Louis Bullock answered with 15 points each for Cajasol. Tariq Kirksay and Juan Triguero netted 10 points apiece in defeat.



3rd place
Benetton TV - Cedevita 57-59
Cedevita wrapped up their EuroCup campaign on a high note. They defeated Benetton in Treviso to clinch the Bronze medals. Everything was decided in the dying seconds in this low-scoring affair. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) came up with key offensive rebound late in regulation and hit a decisive free throw to propel Cedevita to the victory. He finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge. The teams got to quite slow start. They teamed up for 18 points in the opening term as Benetton established a 12:6 lead. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston), Troha and Corsley Edwards accounted for 7 points in a row midway through the second term as Cedevita pulled in front 15:14. But the hosts managed to retain the lead as they were up by two at halftime 23:21. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) and Nicevic opened the second half with five points in a row to stretch the margin. Benetton maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the quarter before Troha and Rudez hit consecutive triples giving Cedevita a 37:36 lead at the final intermission. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances), Devin Smith and Peric helped the home team back in charge 42:37 early in the final period. But back-to-back three-pointers from Dontaye Draper and Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) ensured a 46:44 lead for the visitors. The lead then changed hands for several times before Dontaye Draper and Bracey Wright made it 58:54 for Cedevita. Bulleri kept Benetton hopeful with a three-pointer and the hope got even bigger after Dontaye Draper missed both of his free throws. But Corsley Edwards pulled down an offensive rebound and hit one of two freebies to seal the win for Cedevita. Dontaye Draper produced 10 points, while Vedran Vukusic had 9 points in the victory. Greg Brunner (201-F-83, college: Iowa) and Donatas Motiejunas replied with 10 points apiece for Benetton. Devin Smith had 9 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.





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KORISLIIGA: Jeb Ivey wants to the Finals - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, semi-finals, Game # 3: Regular season # 2 KTP (Kotka) is not giving up. After two lost games vs Kataja (Joensuu) KTP defeated tonight Kataja at home court 100-83 (50-35) winning all four quarters: 27-16, 23-19, 26-25, 24-23. The key player was American SG Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) (KTP), who knocked down 28 points (20pts during the first half). Ivey played also last season in Finland, then on Kataja roster. Jerald Fields (201-F-82, agency: Lanshire Group, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 22 pts. Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, agency: Court Side) led Kataja both in points (18) and rebounds (15). Game # 4 on Tuesday, April 19, at Joensuu Arena.
KTP - Kataja 100-83 (50-35). (Jeb Ivey 28 (treys 5/8), Jerald Fields 22, Clifton Jones 14 - Darren Fells 18/15, Sami Lehtoranta 18, Jason Conley 14). KTP - Kataja 1-2.

Last season Finnish Champion Pyrinto (Tampere) instead is ready for the Finals. Pyrinto beat Korihait (Uusikaupunki) third time in a row. The figures this time 90-77 (42-40). Quarters: 20-22, 22-18, 25-9, 23-28. The victory # 17 in a row for Pyrinto. All starters again in double digits.
Pyrinto - Korihait 90-77 (42-40). (Antwine Williams 19, Antti Nikkila 17, Damon Williams 15 - Nigel Moore 26, Lawrence Wright 22, Petri Heinonen 13). Pyrinto - Korihait 3-0.



Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Heard, Tarmo21.9 
 2. Wilson, Honka21.8 
 3. Wood, Karhu20.6 
 4. Lewis, LrNM.20.5 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 6. Walker, Kouvot19.4 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo19.4 
 8. Barrett, KTP19.4 
 9. Williamson, Honka19.2 
 10. Baxley, Karhu18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Wood, Karhu13.0 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Young, Tarmo9.6 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.0 
 8. Vinson, Kouvot9.0 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steffan JOHNSON
  Karhu
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Johnson, Karhu4.8 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.8 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.4 
 4. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.3 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.1 
 6. Wood, Karhu3.9 
 7. Ivey, KTP3.6 
 8. Fields, KTP3.5 
 9. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
 10. Wilson, Honka3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 2. Fields, KTP2.1 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 5. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Korihait1.7 
 7. Heard, Tarmo1.7 
 8. Ayers, Namika L.1.6 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
 10. Fells, Kataja1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.8 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.7 
 3. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 4. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 6. Young, Tarmo0.6 
 7. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 
 8. Heinonen, Korihait0.6 
 9. Blanchard, ToPo0.6 
 10. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 


Tampereen Pyrinto advanced to the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Tampereen Pyrinto advanced to the Finals sweeping the Semifinal series over Korihait.



KTP - Kataja 100-83

The game without a history. KTP-Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Joensuun Kataja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) contributed with 28 points for the winners. Power forward Darren Fells (201-86, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Joensuun Kataja. Five KTP-Basket and four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
KTP: J.Ivey 28+2reb+2ast, J.Fields 22+8reb+3ast, C.Jones 14+6reb+1ast, S.Barrett 13+10reb+3ast, J.Eskola 12+1reb, J.Lehtoranta 5
Kataja: D.Fells 18+15reb, S.Lehtoranta 18+2reb+1ast, J.Conley 14+6reb+2ast, J.Newson 12+7reb+1ast, J.Sten 9, J.Nenonen 6+2reb


gschID: 126583


Pyrinto - Korihait 90-77

It looked good early as UU-Korihait took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tampereen Pyrinto had a 22-18 second period charge getting the lead and UU-Korihait was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-90. Tampereen Pyrinto dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to UU-Korihait's 32 and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Tampereen Pyrinto players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American players dominated also this game. It was a great evening for forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) helped adding 19 points and 4 assists. Five Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) with 26 points and 5 rebounds and forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) scored 22 points.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: A.Williams 19+3reb+4ast, A.Nikkila 17+7reb+2ast, D.Williams 15+8reb+9ast, K.Lowe 13+4reb+4ast, A.Lehto 12+2reb+2ast, O.Ahvenniemi 6+2reb
Korihait: N.Moore 26+5reb+2ast, L.Wright 22+3reb+2ast, P.Heinonen 13+8reb, J.Reaves 7+7reb, J.Kumpulainen 5+1reb+1ast, M.Jalonen 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 126584




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  FRANCE   


NM1 Round 31: Bordeaux defeats Denain Voltaire in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

An interesting game for Bordeaux (26-4) which hosted in Bordeaux their biggest opponent Denain Voltaire (22-8). First ranked Bordeaux had an easy win 84-60. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Denain Voltaire. Bordeaux have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-4 record. Denain Voltaire at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Bordeaux are looking forward to face Saint-Etienne (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Denain Voltaire will play against Saint-Quentin (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked CFBB managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Lievin Basket 73-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lievin Basket. It was a great evening for power forward Jean-Charles Livio (202-F/C-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Hugo Invernizzi helped adding 18 points. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American center Derrick Russell (207-82, college: Auburn-Montgomery) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds. CFBB maintains eighteenth place with 5-25 record. Lievin Basket at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. CFBB will play against higher ranked Roche (#17) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lievin Basket will play against Saint Chamond (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Seventeenth-ranked Roche (7-23) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Etendard de Brest (18-12) on Saturday. The visitors from Brest managed to secure only one-point victory 87-86. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for Johan Rathieuville who led the winners and scored 15 points and 9 assists. Wayne Morris came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for Roche in the defeat. Etendard de Brest moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sorgues. Roche lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 23 games lost. Etendard de Brest will meet at home Vendee Challans (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Roche will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 31 were not that significant. Souffel was beaten by Le Puy on the road 88-84. Orchy lost to St Etienne on its own court 68-76. Blois unfortunately lost to Challans in a road game 70-85. St Quentin rolled over Get Vosges at home 82-63. St Chamond was defeated by Sorgues on the opponent's court 72-76. Angers BC 49 beat Denek in a home game 77-64.
The most impressive performance of 31th round was 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists by Juwann James of Challans.


Le Puy - Souffel 88-84

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Le Puy ASMB (16-13) beat 12th ranked Souffelweyersheim (13-17) in Le Puy en Velay 88-84 on Saturday. Souffelweyersheim was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 25-14 charge of Le Puy ASMB, which allowed them to win the game. They made 31-of-39 free shots (79.5 percent) during the game, while Souffelweyersheim only scored fifteen points from the stripe. It was an exceptional evening for guard Julien Cortey (175-80) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) accounted for 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Four Le Puy ASMB players scored in double figures. Guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) came up with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Romain Appel (194-80) added 14 points respectively for Souffelweyersheim in the defeat. Le Puy ASMB have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. Newly promoted Souffelweyersheim dropped to the eleventh position with 17 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Le Puy ASMB will meet Get Vosges (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Souffelweyersheim will play against Sorgues (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Le Puy: C.Guillarme 20+10reb+1ast, J.Cortey 20+5reb+12ast, S.Soliman 16+2reb, G.Sene 14+8reb+4ast, D.Pistre 10+2reb+2ast, S.Cabarkapa 8+9reb
Souffel: A.N'Kembe 16+3reb+1ast, J.Tschamber 14+7reb+7ast, R.Appel 14+4reb+3ast, F.Broliron 12+1ast, S.Kancel 9+4reb, M.M'Bodji 9+8reb+2ast
gschID: 100900


Orchy - St Etienne 68-76

Very expected game when 14th ranked Orchesien BC (13-17) lost to seventh ranked Saint-Etienne (17-13) in Orchies 68-76 on Saturday. The game without a history. Saint-Etienne led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Roderick Pegon (199-77) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Four Saint-Etienne players scored in double figures. Swingman David Cilly (196-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds and Bosnian-Croatian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81, agency: Court Side) added 15 points respectively for Orchesien BC in the defeat. Saint-Etienne moved-up to sixth place, which they share with St Quentin. Newly promoted Orchesien BC dropped to the eleventh position with 17 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Saint-Etienne will meet at home league's leader Bordeaux in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Orchesien BC will play against Denek (#13) in Bidart and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St Etienne: D.Petrovic 20+9reb+4ast, R.Pegon 16+6reb, H.Sebastien 14+6reb+2ast, L.Simmons 10+4reb+2ast, B.Thomas 9, X.Gaillou 7+3reb+2ast
Orchy: M.Ceskovic 15+2reb+3ast, G.Kennedy 13+4reb, D.Cilly 12+17reb+1ast, E.Barbry 9+5reb+3ast, G.Plateau 8, J.Verbeke 6+5reb
gschID: 100901


Challans - Blois 85-70

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Vendee Challans (15-14) won against at home 8th ranked Blois (16-14) 85-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Vendee Challans. Blois managed to win fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vendee Challans dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Blois' 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) who led the winners and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Forward Benjamin Boutry (198-80) accounted for 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Five Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. Forward Johan Blot (198-75) came up with 21 points and center Olivier Kolb (205-87) added 14 points respectively for Blois in the defeat. Vendee Challans have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain tenth place with 15-14 record. Loser Blois dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Vendee Challans will meet higher ranked Etendard de Brest (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Blois will play against Angers BC 49 (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Challans: J.James 22+5reb+9ast, R.Yanders 16+1reb+4ast, R.Boissie 16+2reb+1ast, B.Boutry 12+9reb, M.Boutry 12+6reb, F.Herard 7+3reb+3ast
Blois: J.Blot 21+4reb+1ast, B.Recoura 14+3reb+1ast, O.Kolb 14+4reb+1ast, P.Brochard 7+4reb+7ast, Z.Alao 6+6reb+2ast, K.Williams 4+4reb
gschID: 100898


St Quentin - Get Vosges 82-63

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Get Vosges (9-21) was outscored on the road by sixth ranked Saint-Quentin (17-13) 82-63 on Saturday. Saint-Quentin forced 19 Get Vosges turnovers and outrebounded them 35-23 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Keonta Howell (193-85, college: Toledo) accounted for 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Serbian guard Svetozar Popovic (195-87) came up with 19 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and swingman A'Nsi Lema (197-84) added 8 points respectively for Get Vosges in the defeat. Saint-Quentin maintains sixth place with 17-13 record, which they share with St Etienne. Get Vosges lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 21 games lost. Saint-Quentin will meet league's second-placed Denain Voltaire on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Get Vosges will play against Le Puy ASMB (#8) in Le Puy en Velay and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: K.Howell 22+7reb+2ast, J.Lesieu 20+10reb+1ast, M.Diallo 10+2reb+6ast, O.Romain 9+4reb+5ast, J.Jones 5+5reb+1ast, D.Sencanski 5+2reb
Get Vosges: S.Popovic 19+2reb+1ast, J.'CoCo' Wade 10+2reb, T.Sani 9+3reb, A.Lema 8+4reb+2ast, M.Gotagni 7+6reb, T.Housieaux 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 100899


Bordeaux - Denain 84-60

An interesting game for Bordeaux (26-4) which hosted in Bordeaux their biggest opponent Denain Voltaire (22-8). First ranked Bordeaux had an easy win 84-60. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Denain Voltaire. Bordeaux have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-4 record. Denain Voltaire at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Bordeaux are looking forward to face Saint-Etienne (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Denain Voltaire will play against Saint-Quentin (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 100894


Lievin - CFBB 67-73

Bottom-ranked CFBB managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Lievin Basket 73-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lievin Basket. Lievin Basket was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 27-14 charge of CFBB, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for power forward Jean-Charles Livio (202-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Hugo Invernizzi (196-93) helped adding 18 points. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American center Derrick Russell (207-82, college: Auburn-Montgomery) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds and naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four Lievin Basket players scored in double figures. CFBB maintains eighteenth place with 5-25 record. Lievin Basket at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. CFBB will play against higher ranked Roche (#17) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lievin Basket will play against Saint Chamond (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
CFBB: H.Invernizzi 18+3reb, J.Livio 14+7reb+2ast, B.John 10+3reb, M.Jaiteh 9+6reb, B.Dallo 8+3reb+4ast, U.Adjagba 5+1reb+2ast
Lievin: D.Russell 13+17reb+1ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 13+2reb+2ast, A.Hoard 10+6reb+2ast, S.Cretaux 10+3ast, V.Lehut 6+1reb+1ast, J.Dessart 5+2ast
gschID: 100895


Sorgues - St Chamond 76-72

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Sorgues (18-12) defeated at home 15th ranked Saint Chamond (12-18) 76-72 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Saint Chamond was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 24-13 charge of Sorgues, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Sorgues outrebounded Saint Chamond 29-17 including a 25-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Sorgues especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for center Xavier Pasut (200-84) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Samir Mekad accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Romain Tillon (180-82, agency: ACMT) added 17 points respectively for Saint Chamond in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sorgues have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Sorgues maintains fourth place with 18-12 record, which they share with Brest. Saint Chamond lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Sorgues will meet Souffelweyersheim (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saint Chamond will play against Lievin Basket and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: X.Pasut 15+10reb+1ast, A.Thinon 15+3reb+2ast, S.Mekad 15+5reb+2ast, V.Ateba 13+4reb+5ast, F.Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi 6+1reb+3ast, D.Obadina 6+2reb+1ast
St Chamond: R.Tillon 17+1reb+3ast, J.Beugnot 17+4reb, J.Rinna 15+8reb+3ast, M.Bole 10, A.Laroche 5+1reb, J.LanduBongo 3
gschID: 100896


Roche - Brest 86-87 OT

Seventeenth-ranked Roche (7-23) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Etendard de Brest (18-12) on Saturday. The visitors from Brest managed to secure only one-point victory 87-86. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for guard Johan Rathieuville (177-85) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 9 assists. Guard Gary Staelens (189-84) accounted for 19 points for the winning side. American forward Wayne Morris (198-77, college: Shippensburg) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Francisco Bateko (185-84, college: Robert Morris) added 19 points respectively for Roche in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Etendard de Brest moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sorgues. Roche lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 23 games lost. Etendard de Brest will meet at home Vendee Challans (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Roche will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brest: V.Pridotkas 19+3reb, G.Staelens 19+2reb+1ast, J.Rathieuville 15+3reb+9ast, J.Doreau 13+5reb+3ast, R.Lopez 10+8reb+1ast, J.Blanchot 6+3reb+1ast
Roche: W.Morris 20+11reb, F.Bateko 19+2reb+1ast, I.Diallo 11+1reb+2ast, H.Disy 10+2reb+2ast, S.Neri 10+3reb+5ast, F.Monpounga 10+9reb
gschID: 100897


Angers BC 49 - Denek 77-64

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Denek (13-17) lost on the road to third ranked Angers BC 49 (19-11) 77-64 on Friday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Angers BC 49's pressure prevailed and they won that period 18-6 extending their advantage to 13 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Denek to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Denek 42-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Damien Griffin (203-80, college: Mountain St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Four Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: JEMsports) came up with 31 points and 4 assists and American-Portuguese power forward Calvin Clemmons (203-81, college: Charlotte) added 17 points respectively for Denek in the defeat. Angers BC 49 maintains third place with 19-11 record having seven points less than leader Bordeaux. Loser Denek dropped to the eleventh position with 17 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Angers BC 49 will meet Blois (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Denek will play against Orchesien BC in Orchies and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: D.Griffin 18+7reb+1ast, S.Cherasse 17+3reb+2ast, J.Traore 14+9reb+3ast, O.Sulpice 10+3reb+1ast, D.Hayes 8+7reb+2ast, V.Mendy 6+5reb+1ast
Denek: L.Blair 31+3reb+4ast, C.Clemmons 17+4reb, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 6+3reb, B.Rey 6+7reb+1ast, F.Calvez 2+5reb+6ast, C.Mansare 2+5reb
gschID: 100893




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 12-14 
 9. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 11-15 
 10. Orleans 10-16 
 11. Le Havre 10-16 
 12. Poitierarleys 10-16 
 13. Strasbourg 10-16 
 14. Vichy 9-17 
 15. Paris-Levallois 9-17 
 16. Limoges 8-18 


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Bordeaux 26-4 
 2. Denain 22-8 
 3. Angers BC 49 19-11 
 4. Sorgues 18-12 
 5. Brest 18-12 
 6. St Etienne 17-13 
 7. St Quentin 17-13 
 8. Le Puy 16-13 
 9. Blois 16-14 
 10. Challans 15-14 
 11. Lievin 13-17 
 12. Souffel 13-17 
 13. Denek 13-17 
 14. Orchy 13-17 
 15. St Chamond 12-18 
 16. Get Vosges 9-21 
 17. Roche 7-23 
 18. CFBB 5-25 


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 Mans2.4 
 3. Walsh, AS.2.3 
 4. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 5. Darden, Nancy1.9 
 6. Schilb, Chalon1.8 
 7. Elegar, Vichy1.8 
 8. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 9. Sangare, Le Havre1.8 
 10. Dewar, Le Mans1.7 
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. Fofana, AS.1.1 
 10. Pasco, Strasbourg1.1 


Armand Charles claims French ProB weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Armand Charles (193-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Nantes and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 27-year old forward had the game-high 29 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Nantes in his team's victory, helping them to crush Charleville (#18, 6-24) with 25-point margin 107-82. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Nantes maintains the 12th position in French ProB. Nantes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-16 record. In the team's last game Charles had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Armand Charles averages this season 8.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Corey Rouse (203-F-84, agency: Court Side) of Etoile Charleville-Mezieres. Rouse impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Charleville lost that game 82-107 to the higher-ranked Nantes (#12, 14-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Charleville is still at the dead bottom 18th position. 24 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Charleville managed to get this year. Rouse is a newcomer at Charleville and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#5). He also registered 8.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Etienne Plateau (187-G-86) of SO Maritime Boulogne (#6). Plateau scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Boulogne, leading his team to a 103-90 easy win against Le Portel (17-13). Boulogne needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 13 lost games. Plateau has a very solid season. In 30 games in France he scored 8.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sacha Massot (204-F/C-83) of Antibes - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. David Monds (205-F-83) of Bourg - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nigel Wyatte (204-F/C-81) of Le Portel - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Erroyl Bing (198-F/C-82) of Dijon - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. James Mathis (199-F/C-84) of Maurienne - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nate Carter (199-F/C-83) of Nanterre - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Landon Milbourne (201-F-87) of Boulogne - 22 points and 6 rebounds

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


ProA Round 26: Chalon/Saor defeats leader Cholet - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Cholet (20-6) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Chalon/Saor (18-8) 82-74. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Cholet. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-74. The former international guard Steed Tchicamboud (193-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Bulgarian forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) replied with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Cholet. Cholet's coach Erman Kunter rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalon/Saor maintains second position with 18-8 record having just two points less than leader Cholet. Defending champion Cholet still keeps top place with six games lost. Chalon/Saor are looking forward to face Poitiers (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cholet will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Sluc Nancy (17-9) against sixteenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (8-18) on Saturday night. Host Sluc Nancy was defeated by Limoges CSP Elite in a tough game in Nancy 88-93. American guard Robert Hite (188-84, college: Miami, FL) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Cedrick Banks chipped in 22 points during the contest. American-Bulgarian guard Willie Deane (186-80, college: Purdue) responded with 22 points and 5 assists. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite maintains sixteenth position with 8-18 record. Sluc Nancy at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Gravelines and Roanne. Limoges CSP Elite will play against league's leader Cholet at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sluc Nancy will play against Hyeres-Toulon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hyeres-Toulon (15-11) and JA Vichy (9-17), which took place in Vichy. Higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon lost to fifteenth ranked JA Vichy in a road game 75-82 on Saturday. Jamal Shuler notched 22 points and 7 assists to lead the effort. Even 27 points and 8 rebounds by Rick Hughes did not help to save the game for Hyeres-Toulon. JA Vichy have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Loser Hyeres-Toulon keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with ASVEL. JA Vichy will meet Paris-Levallois (#15) on the road in the next round. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Sluc Nancy (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game between 10th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (10-16) and eighth ranked Le Mans (12-14) in Orleans ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Le Mans outscored Entente Orleans 45 90-50. The best player for the winners was Alex Acker who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Le Mans maintains eighth position with 12-14 record. Entente Orleans 45 at the other side keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost. Le Mans' next round opponent will be higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Strasbourg IG (#13).

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26: Paris-Levallois was smashed by Gravelines on the road 91-58. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost to Roanne on its own court 62-71. Strasbourg unfortunately lost to Poitierarleys in Poitiers 66-71. ASVEL managed to beat Le Havre at home 102-97.



Gravelines - Paris-Levallois 91-58

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (17-9) crushed at home 13th ranked Paris-Levallois (9-17) 91-58. The game without a history. Gravelines-Dunkerque led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Paris-Levallois to just 7 points in second quarter. Gravelines-Dunkerque dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Paris-Levallois' 36. They outrebounded Paris-Levallois 38-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. Gravelines-Dunkerque players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Paris-Levallois' players. The best player for the winners was American guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 assists and 5 steals. American-Dominican swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley, agency: Lanshire Group) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Gravelines-Dunkerque moved-up to third place, which they share with Roanne and Nancy. Paris-Levallois at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque's next round opponent will be Le Mans (#8) on the road where they are favorite. Paris-Levallois will play against JA Vichy (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: M.Sommerville 15+5reb, J.Ball 12+1reb+2ast, D.Noel 9+1reb+1ast, L.Hamilton 6+3reb+1ast, E.Chatfield 5+2reb+5ast, W.Aka 3+1reb
Gravelines: J.Johnson 17+4reb, J.Greer 16+5reb+5ast, B.Woodside 15+3reb+14ast, D.Issa 14+5reb+6ast, M.Sene 12+7reb, R.Jomby 7+4reb+5ast
gschID: 100295


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Roanne 62-71

Very expected game when 9th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (11-15) lost at home to fourth ranked Chorale de Roanne (17-9) 71-62. It looked good early as Pau-Lacq-Orthez took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chorale de Roanne took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 9 points. Chorale de Roanne outrebounded Pau-Lacq-Orthez 30-19 including 22 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 16 points. American power forward Ben McCauley (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 5 points and 9 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne's coach Jean-Denys Choulet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) produced 10 points and 6 assists and American guard Demetric Bennett (193-85) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Chorale de Roanne moved-up to third place, which they share with Gravelines and Nancy. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Chorale de Roanne's next round opponent will be ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play on the road against STB Le Havre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: D.Bennett 16+1ast, T.Gipson 10+2reb+6ast, S.Rimac 8+2reb+3ast, C.Elonu 6+1reb, T.Bryant 6+5reb+2ast, G.Joseph 5+6reb+6ast
Roanne: U.Nsonwu-Amadi 16+4reb, S.Diabate 11+1reb+1ast, R.Davis 9+3reb, P.Amagou 9+2reb+3ast, D.Downey 8+1ast, P.Braud 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 100296


Poitierarleys - Strasbourg 71-66

There was a small surprise when fourteenth ranked Poitiers (10-16) won against at home 12th ranked Strasbourg IG (10-16) 71-66. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Strasbourg IG won third quarter 14-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Kenny Younger (203-77, college: Houston, agency: Warren Sports International) who scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Pierre-Yves Guillard (201-84) chipped in 12 points. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and American-British forward John McCord (201-73, college: Cornell) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Poitiers moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Strasbourg IG. Strasbourg IG lost third consecutive game. Poitiers' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: R.Greer 19+6reb+3ast, A.MBaye 12+2reb+1ast, P.Pasco 10+6reb+1ast, J.McCord 10+6reb+2ast, S.Essart 5+3reb+2ast, A.Jeanneau 4+1reb+3ast
Poitierarleys: P.Guillard 12+3reb+2ast, K.Younger 12+6reb+1ast, R.Wright 11+4reb, A.Grant 8+3reb, C.Ona-Embo 8+5reb+2ast, G.Costentin 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 100297


Vichy - Hyeres-Toulon 82-75

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hyeres-Toulon (15-11) and JA Vichy (9-17), which took place in Vichy. Higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon lost to fifteenth ranked JA Vichy in a road game 75-82 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hyeres-Toulon won third quarter 25-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) notched 22 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and guard Antoine Eito (186-88) supported him with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Five JA Vichy players scored in double figures. Even 27 points and 8 rebounds by American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Hyeres-Toulon. His fellow American import guard Kevin Houston (179-85, college: Long Beach St.) added 18 points for the guests. JA Vichy have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Loser Hyeres-Toulon keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with ASVEL. JA Vichy will meet Paris-Levallois (#15) on the road in the next round. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Sluc Nancy (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 27+8reb+2ast, K.Houston 18+2reb+2ast, S.Fein 10+2reb+1ast, P.Morlende 9+2reb+2ast, N.Boungou Colo 7+7reb+2ast, V.Masingue 4+6reb
Vichy: J.Shuler 22+2reb+7ast, A.Eito 14+6reb+7ast, T.Larrouquis 13+2reb+1ast, F.Elegar 11+6reb+1ast, D.Nichols 10+8reb+3ast, N.de Jong 5+6reb
gschID: 100291


ASVEL - Le Havre 102-97

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked STB Le Havre (10-16) lost to seventh ranked ASVEL (15-11) in Villeurbanne 97-102. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It looked good early as STB Le Havre took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then ASVEL had a 24-20 second period charge getting the lead and STB Le Havre was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 97-102. ASVEL shot 61.7 percent from the field and made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) chipped in 27 points. ASVEL's coach Nordine Ghrib allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Wes Wilkinson (207-84, college: Nebraska) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Nate Fox (206-77, college: Maine, agency: Pro One Sports) added 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. ASVEL have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hyeres-Toulon. STB Le Havre at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. ASVEL's next round opponent will be higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. STB Le Havre will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: W.Wilkinson 20+6reb, N.Fox 16+3reb+2ast, N.Pope 14+5reb+1ast, J.Cox 14+2reb+4ast, Y.Sangare 10+4ast, J.Jones 8+1ast
ASVEL: M.Walsh 27+3reb+3ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 23+10reb+1ast, D.Jefferson 19+4reb+1ast, M.Gelabale 17+3reb+2ast, C.Hammonds 12+1reb+7ast, E.Jackson 3
gschID: 100292


Orleans - Le Mans 50-90

The game between 10th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (10-16) and eighth ranked Le Mans (12-14) in Orleans ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Le Mans outscored Entente Orleans 45 90-50. The game without a history. Le Mans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Entente Orleans 45's 18. They outrebounded Entente Orleans 45 34-23 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. Guard Tajuan Porter (168-88, college: Oregon) produced 14 points and international power forward Adrien Moerman (204-88) added 7 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Le Mans maintains eighth position with 12-14 record. Entente Orleans 45 at the other side keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost. Le Mans' next round opponent will be higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Strasbourg IG (#13).
Top scorers:
Orleans: T.Porter 14+3reb+2ast, A.Moerman 7+4reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 7+2reb, M.Lebrun 5+2reb, J.Smith 5+3reb, L.Vaty 4+2reb+1ast
Le Mans: A.Acker 18+6reb+3ast, J.Paulo Batista 16+7reb+1ast, C.Lombahe-Kahudi 13+4reb+3ast, M.Kakiouzis 13+5reb+1ast, R.Lewin 10+3reb+1ast, M.Pellin 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100293


Nancy - Limoges 88-93

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Sluc Nancy (17-9) against sixteenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (8-18) on Saturday night. Host Sluc Nancy was defeated by Limoges CSP Elite in a tough game in Nancy 88-93. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 31-26. But Sluc Nancy won second period 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Limoges CSP Elite won last quarter 24-21. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. American guard Robert Hite (188-84, college: Miami, FL) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 22 points during the contest. American-Bulgarian guard Willie Deane (186-80, college: Purdue) responded with 22 points and 5 assists and naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite maintains sixteenth position with 8-18 record. Sluc Nancy at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Gravelines and Roanne. Limoges CSP Elite will play against league's leader Cholet at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sluc Nancy will play against Hyeres-Toulon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nancy: W.Deane 22+4reb+5ast, V.Samnick 18+10reb, K.Grant 11+1reb+1ast, J.Linehan 9+2reb+3ast, A.Akingbala 9+6reb+2ast, T.Darden 8+12reb+2ast
Limoges: C.Banks 22+4reb+3ast, R.Hite 20+6reb+7ast, A.Salmon 16+6reb+1ast, R.Taylor 9+4reb+4ast, R.Desroses 8+4reb, K.Souchu 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 100294


Cholet - Chalon 74-82

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Cholet (20-6) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Chalon/Saor (18-8) 82-74. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Cholet. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-74. The former international guard Steed Tchicamboud (193-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Bulgarian forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) replied with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Cholet. Cholet's coach Erman Kunter rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalon/Saor maintains second position with 18-8 record having just two points less than leader Cholet. Defending champion Cholet still keeps top place with six games lost. Chalon/Saor are looking forward to face Poitiers (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cholet will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cholet: S.Mejia 27+7reb+5ast, D.Nelson 14+4reb+2ast, A.Robinson 11+8reb+1ast, R.Falker 7+3reb+1ast, M.Diarra 5+3reb, W.Gradit 4+2reb+2ast
Chalon: A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 15+5reb, S.Tchicamboud 13+6reb+5ast, I.Evtimov 13+5reb+3ast, J.Lauvergne 9+4reb, M.Haynes 8+2reb+5ast, A.Aminu 7+5reb
gschID: 100290




Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Blair, Denek23.5 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy18.4 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.9 
 4. James, Challans17.2 
 5. Petrovic, St Et.17.2 
 6. Ford, Bordeaux17.1 
 7. Blot, Blois16.3 
 8. Lesieu, St Quentin16.0 
 9. Disy, Roche15.8 
 10. Howell, St Quentin15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Simmons, St Et.8.8 
 2. Pasut, Sorgues8.5 
 3. Balocka, Lievin8.3 
 4. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 5. Cilly, Orchy8.3 
 6. Lopez, Brest7.9 
 7. Hoard, Lievin7.9 
 8. Cabarkapa, Le Puy7.7 
 9. Alingue, Souffel7.6 
 10. Brocheray, Denain7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Julien CORTEY
  Le Puy
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Cortey, Le Puy7.2 
 2. Brochard, Blois6.7 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.4.8 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.7 
 5. Sauret, Denain4.2 
 6. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.1 
 7. Rambur, St Quentin4.1 
 8. Driss, Bordeaux3.7 
 9. Dessart, Lievin3.5 
 10. Tillon, St Chamond3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Blair, Denek2.7 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.2 
 3. Neri, Roche2.0 
 4. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 5. El Amrani, St Et.2.0 
 6. Blot, Blois1.9 
 7. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 8. James, Challans1.8 
 9. Roberts, Brest1.7 
 10. Driss, Bordeaux1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.8 
 2. Traore, Angers B.1.7 
 3. Ford, Bordeaux1.6 
 4. Alingue, Souffel1.5 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.2 
 7. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 8. Kolb, Blois1.1 
 9. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 10. Diallo, Roche0.9 


Eurocup Final : Kirksay to represent France - by Aurelien Hipp
*Leading his team yesterday to a semi-final success over home team Benetton Treviso, Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona)y allows France to place 1 representative in the final game of the Eurocup.
At this final four taking place in Treviso (Northern Italy) with Cedevita Zagreb, Benetton Treviso, Unics Kazan and Cajsol Sevilla, Kirksay posted 16pts and a ranking of 17. International player with France, Kirksay will also face his former team of Kazan in the final for the title and an 2011/2012 Euroleague qualification.


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KK Feni Industries are the new BIBL champions - by Eurobasket News
BIBL, Final game: Feni Indistrija - Rilski Sportist 88-75

Aleksandar Radojevic scored the first 4 points for Rilski, as they held a 2:4 lead 1.30 into the opening quarter. Vladimir Brchkov gave the home side their first lead of the game with a three for 5:4. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) made it to 7:4 with a jumpshot. Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) made a three to extend the teams run to 8:0 and the score was now 10:4. Rileco tied the game at 13:13 after scoring 7 unanswered points with 3.30 left. Slobodan Mihajloski (202-F/C-82) scored 4 points in a row to give Feni a 21:15 lead with 1.15 left. Dimitar Karadjovski set the score at 21:17 after 10 minutes of play.

Feni started the second quarter with a 5:0 run after baskets by Samardziev and Stojanovski. Gjurov gave his team their first double-digit lead 27:17. Samardziev scored another three for 30:17 with 7.30 left. Karadjovski made two free-throws for 30:19, before Samardziev scored his third three-pointer 33:19 The home side led 35:21 with 4.28. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) scored a three-pointer for 38:23 with 3.20 left in the half. Rileco managed to drop the difference down to 38:28 which made Emil Rajkovic take a time-out. That was the score after 20 minutes of play.

Darko Sokolov made the lead 41:29, converting an and one play right after Rileco made one FT. Radojevic scored 2/2 from the charity stripe, before Samardziev scored a 2 and a 3 in a row to make it 46:31. Darko Sokolov scored a three with the shot clock expiring, and gave Feni a 49:33 lead with 6.13 to go. Martin Marinov answered with a three of his own for 49:36. Ognen Stojanovski (189-G-85) and Darko Sokolov scored consecutive three-pointers to give Feni their biggest lead so far 57:38 with 3.11 left in the third quarter. Vojdan Stojanovski dropped another three for 60:38, before making it 61:38 with 2 minutes left. After three quarters Feni were up by 22 64:42.

Rileco managed to decrease it down to 64:44 in the start of the last quarter, before Darko Sokolov scored another three for 67:44. That was followed by a 7:0 run by Rilski, including 5 points from Vladimir Mijovic (207-F-84) for 67:51, 7.08 before the end. Ivan Lilov scored a three to make it 67:54, and after that extended the run to 13:0 hitting another three for 67:57. Lilov converted the basket and the foul from long range, scoring his 10th point in a row, decreasing the lead to 67:61. Vojdan Stojanovski scored for 69:61, stopping Rilskis 17:0 run in the last minutes. Feni went ahead 71:62, but Lilov kept Rilski in the game, scoring another five points 71:67 with 2.51 to go. Darko Sokolov and
Dusan Knezevic scored the next 7 points 78:67 with 1.54 to go. Feni had an 80:69 lead with 1.11 left, before Martin Marinov made it 80:72 with 1.01 on the clock.Vojdan Stojanovski made it 82:72, but Stanislav Vaklinov made the basket and the foul on the other side (82:75). The final score was settled at 88:75, which made KK Feni Industries the 2011 EUROHOLD Balkan League champions.

Darko Sokolov scored 22 points for Feni, shooting 6/9 for three points, which made him the 2011 EUROHOLD Balkan League Final Four MVP. Dusan Knezevic and Vojdan Stojanovski scored 14 points each, while Goran Samardziev (187-G-81) had 13. Jarrid Frye (194-G-85, college: Sacred Heart) and Slobodan Mihajlovski finished with 11 a piece.

Ivan Lilov and Vladimir Mijovic were the only players from Rilski to finish in double digits, scoring respectively 16 and 15.

This was Fenis third participation in the EUROHOLD Balkan League FInal Four, as the previous two times they failed at the semifinals. This time in front of their hometown fans they managed to get the much awaited cup.

*Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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  GEORGIA   


Army wins the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Superleague just ended.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#4) and Sokhumi (#5). Sokhumi was defeated at home 73-78 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokhumi. Sokhumi was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. MIA dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Sokhumi's 24. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Besik Lezhava (193-86) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Troy Cotton (185-88, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) replied with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Sokhumi. MIA maintains fourth position with 14-6 record. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost.


An interesting game for Kutaisi (15-5) which hosted in Kutaisi their biggest opponent TSU (16-4). Third ranked Kutaisi had an easy win 100-82. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of TSU. Forward Rezo Didia (203-87) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Buba Kvimsadze chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kutaisi have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-5 record having just three points less than leader Army. TSU at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost.

Superleague top team - Army Sport Klub (18-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Energy Invest (7-13) in Tbilisi 83-64. Kote Tugushi notched a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Army Sport Klub's coach Levan Moseshvili used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 24 points and 6 rebounds by Malkhazi Abaishvili did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. Army Sport Klub have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Army Sport Klub maintains first position with 18-2 record. Energy Invest lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. They share the position with GTU Tbilisi.

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: GTU (#8) and GSAU (#10). GTU (7-13) won against visiting GSAU (5-15) 72-66. Beqa Chikviladze fired 20 points for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. GTU moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Energy Rustavi. GSAU at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost.
In the last game of round 22 Batumi was beaten by Samedicino on the road 80-72.


Army - Energy Rustavi 83-64

Superleague top team - Army Sport Klub (18-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Energy Invest (7-13) in Tbilisi 83-64. The game without a history. Army Sport Klub 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 Energy Invest's 32. They outrebounded Energy Invest 52-29 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international guard Kote Tugushi (192-84) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90) supported him with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Army Sport Klub players scored in double figures. Army Sport Klub's coach Levan Moseshvili used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 24 points and 6 rebounds by guard Malkhazi Abaishvili (183-91) did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. Cameroonian center Samuel Lamu (204-81) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Army Sport Klub have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Army Sport Klub maintains first position with 18-2 record. Energy Invest lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. They share the position with GTU Tbilisi.

Top scorers:
Army: K.Tugushi 20+12reb+5ast, G.Sharabidze 16+12reb+4ast, Z.Babiashvili 16+3reb, V.Minashvili 10+6reb+1ast, R.Atanelishvili 9+5reb, S.Atuashvili 4+1reb+2ast
Energy Rustavi: M.Abaishvili 24+6reb+2ast, S.Lamu 18+8reb+1ast, Z.Machavariani 8+2reb+3ast, D.Gugava 7+6reb+3ast, G.Beruashvili 3+3reb+3ast, N.Abuladze 2+2reb



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Sokhumi - MIA Tbilisi 73-78

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#4) and Sokhumi (#5). Sokhumi was defeated at home 73-78 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokhumi. Sokhumi was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. MIA dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Sokhumi's 24. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Besik Lezhava (193-86) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Troy Cotton (185-88, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) replied with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Richard Damus (198-83, college: Troy) added 10 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Sokhumi. Four Sokhumi players scored in double figures. MIA maintains fourth position with 14-6 record. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost.

Top scorers:
MIA Tbilisi: B.Lezhava 24+5reb+4ast, T.Cotton 18+3reb+3ast, D.Barbakadze 13+5reb+1ast, S.Shermadini 7+8reb, G.Nikoladze 7+6reb+4ast, D.Imnadze 6+4reb
Sokhumi: L.Parghalava 20+8reb+5ast, E.Harris 15+2reb+2ast, C.Damus 13+7reb, R.Damus 10+16reb+2ast, I.Shanidze 5+3reb+1ast, I.Chlaidze 5+1reb+1ast


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GTU Tbilisi - GSAU Tbilisi 72-66

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: GTU (#8) and GSAU (#10). GTU (7-13) won against visiting GSAU (5-15) 72-66. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But GSAU won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) fired 20 points for the winners. Forward Giorgi Jangveladze (198-89) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Revaz Chachanidze (183-90) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Kakhaber Mumladze (201-92) added 9 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. GTU moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Energy Rustavi. GSAU at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost.

Top scorers:
GTU Tbilisi: B.Chikviladze 20+2reb+2ast, G.Jangveladze 12+7reb+1ast, V.Beruashvili 9+6reb, I.Kobidze 9+10reb+1ast, A.Lomouri 7+7reb+1ast, G.Akhalkatsi 6+3reb
GSAU Tbilisi: R.Chachanidze 18+5reb, G.Khaniashvili 10+3reb+1ast, K.Mumladze 9+11reb+1ast, D.Artsividze 7+6reb+6ast, R.Baakashvili 6+3reb+1ast, N.Sigua 5+4reb+3ast


gschID: 114930


Kutaisi - TSU Tbilisi 100-82

An interesting game for Kutaisi (15-5) which hosted in Kutaisi their biggest opponent TSU (16-4). Third ranked Kutaisi had an easy win 100-82. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of TSU. It looked good early as TSU took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kutaisi had a 30-18 second period charge getting the lead and TSU was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-100. Kutaisi players were unselfish on offense dishing 35 assists. Forward Rezo Didia (203-87) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Buba Kvimsadze (195-82) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) scored 18 points and 5 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. Kutaisi have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-5 record having just three points less than leader Army. TSU at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost.

Top scorers:
Kutaisi: R.Didia 24+3reb+10ast, B.Kvimsadze 20+7reb+6ast, L.Tsekvava 19+4reb+4ast, G.Barbakadze 12+3reb+3ast, A.Lominashvili 8+8reb+3ast, M.Bolkvadze 5+6reb+3ast
TSU Tbilisi: I.Londaridze 23+6reb+1ast, R.Matiashvili 18+5reb+2ast, M.Berishvili 13+3reb+3ast, M.Chitashvili 12+3reb+8ast, G.Markhvashvili 8+1reb+3ast, Z.Dekanoidze 3+1reb


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Samedicino - Batumi 80-72

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Samedicino-Academia (8-12) beat 9th ranked Batumi (6-14) in Tbilisi 80-72. Batumi was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 47-31 second half run of Samedicino-Academia. Center Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Forward Tato Chachibaia (201-90) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Samedicino-Academia's coach Nugzar Kandelaki allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Russian center Giorgi Kvelashvili (206-81) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and guard Duda Sanadze (196-92) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Samedicino-Academia maintains sixth position with 8-12 record. Batumi lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 14 games lost.

Top scorers:
Samedicino: A.Dvalishvili 15+10reb+1ast, M.Chochua 15+2reb+1ast, T.Chachibaia 12+7reb+1ast, G.Gulisabedashvili 8+5reb+1ast, J.Rogers 7+4reb+2ast, B.Bekauri 6+11reb
Batumi: D.Sanadze 20+7reb+1ast, G.Kvelashvili 19+15reb, I.Mikeladze 14+2reb+4ast, M.Ninua 8+3reb+1ast, L.Keshelava 7+8reb+2ast, N.Ramishvili 4+1reb+2ast


gschID: 114927




Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Beqa CHIKVILADZE
  GTU Tbilisi
  (195-G-91)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Chikviladze, GTU T.23.7 
 2. Sanadze, Batumi21.1 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.1 
 4. Berishvili, TSU T.20.4 
 5. Panchulidze, TSU T.18.8 
 6. Dvalishvili, Samed.17.9 
 7. Matiashvili, TSU T.17.7 
 8. Harris, Sokhumi17.1 
 9. Tugushi, Army17.0 
 10. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Akaki DVALISHVILI
  Samedicino
  (206-C-90)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Dvalishvili, Samed.11.9 
 2. Damus, Sokhumi11.1 
 3. Berishvili, TSU T.10.3 
 4. Londaridze, TSU T.9.4 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.9.3 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi9.1 
 7. Imnadze, MIA T.8.8 
 8. Tugushi, Army8.8 
 9. Ugrekhelidze, 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. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi5.2 
 5. Artsividze, GSAU T.5.0 
 6. Harris, Sokhumi4.9 
 7. Didia, Kutaisi4.9 
 8. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.7 
 9. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.4 
 10. Rogers, Samedicino4.4 
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. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.4 
 6. Gulisabedash., Samedi.2.4 
 7. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.3 
 8. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.2.2 
 9. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.2 
 10. Tavartkiladz., Samedi.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Samuel LAMU
  Energy Rustavi
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Lamu, Energy R.2.2 
 2. Damus, Sokhumi1.6 
 3. Bekauri, Samedicino1.4 
 4. Berishvili, TSU T.1.3 
 5. Imnadze, MIA T.1.2 
 6. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.2 
 7. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 8. Dvalishvili, Samed.1.2 
 9. Beruashvili, GTU T.1.1 
 10. Tenieshvili, Batumi1.0 


Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Army 18-2 
 2. TSU Tbilisi 16-4 
 3. Kutaisi 15-5 
 4. MIA Tbilisi 14-6 
 5. Sokhumi 12-8 
 6. Samedicino 8-12 
 7. GTU Tbilisi 7-13 
 8. Energy Rustavi 7-13 
 9. Batumi 6-14 
 10. GSAU Tbilisi 5-15 
 11. Dinamo Tbilisi 2-18 


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  GERMANY   


1.Bundesliga Round 33: ALBA Berlin loses to BG Goettingen - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in 1.Bundesliga.

The game between third ranked ALBA Berlin (23-10) and tenth ranked BG Goettingen (17-15) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. ALBA Berlin was defeated by BG Goettingen in Goettingen 65-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. The game was mostly controlled by BG Goettingen. ALBA Berlin managed to win third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BG Goettingen dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to ALBA Berlin's 24. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BG Goettingen made 10 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds for ALBA Berlin. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BG Goettingen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. BG Goettingen are looking forward to face Mitteldeutscher BC (#17) in Weissenfels in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin will play at home against Walter Tigers (#11) in Tuebingen and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Gloria Giants managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against fifteenth-ranked BBC Bayreuth in Duesseldorf 77-73. American guard Steven Wright (191-83, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Marin Petric chipped in 15 points. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-American forward Ekene Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) with 19 points and 7 rebounds. BBC Bayreuth's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Gloria Giants maintains eighteenth place with 7-26 record. Newly promoted BBC Bayreuth keeps the fifteenth position with 24 games lost. They share it with LTi 46ers. Gloria Giants will play against higher ranked EWE Baskets (#6) in Oldenburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Bayreuth will play on the road against the league's leader Brose Baskets (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (31-2) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fifth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (18-15) in Bamberg 88-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of EnBW Ludwigsburg. Predrag Suput nailed 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Johannes Lischka came up with 10 points and 7 rebounds for EnBW Ludwigsburg in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 31-2 record. Loser EnBW Ludwigsburg dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. Brose Baskets will meet at home BBC Bayreuth (#16) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#2) in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (17-16) and Walter Tigers (15-18), which took place in Tuebingen. Higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lost to thirteenth ranked Walter Tigers in a road game 71-80. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Chris Oliver who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. Walter Tigers moved-up to eleventh place. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. Walter Tigers' next round opponent will be higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 33: Art.Dragons beat Phoenix Hagen on the road 99-93. NY Phantoms won against TBB Trier on its own court 72-58. Telekom Baskets unfortunately lost to Dt.Bank SKY in Frankfurt 60-78. ratiopharm recorded a loss to EWE Baskets at home 86-91. MBC was defeated by LTi 46ers on the opponent's court 81-71.



Brose Baskets - EnBW L'burg 88-61

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (31-2) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fifth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (18-15) in Bamberg 88-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of EnBW Ludwigsburg. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American swingman Casey Jacobsen (198-81, college: Stanford) accounted for 14 points. Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Johannes Lischka (203-87, agency: Court Side) came up with 10 points and 7 rebounds and American forward John Bowler (206-84, college: E.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 12 points respectively for EnBW Ludwigsburg in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 31-2 record. Loser EnBW Ludwigsburg dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. Brose Baskets will meet at home BBC Bayreuth (#16) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#2) in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: P.Suput 21+4reb+3ast, C.Jacobsen 14+3reb+2ast, A.Gavel 12+4reb+1ast, R.Terry 11+5reb, K.Tadda 10+4reb+4ast, K.Hines 7+4reb+1ast
EnBW L'burg: J.Bowler 12+4reb+1ast, A.Harris 10+2reb+2ast, J.Lischka 10+7reb+2ast, J.Green 9+2reb+1ast, D.McCray 7+3reb+1ast, R.Rickert 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 93170


Duesseldorf - Bayreuth 77-73

Bottom-ranked Gloria Giants managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against fifteenth-ranked BBC Bayreuth in Duesseldorf 77-73. BBC Bayreuth was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 19-11 third quarter run of Gloria Giants. BBC Bayreuth was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Steven Wright (191-83, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Croatian guard Marin Petric (190-80) chipped in 15 points. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-American forward Ekene Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 13 points and 4 assists. BBC Bayreuth's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Gloria Giants maintains eighteenth place with 7-26 record. Newly promoted BBC Bayreuth keeps the fifteenth position with 24 games lost. They share it with LTi 46ers. Gloria Giants will play against higher ranked EWE Baskets (#6) in Oldenburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Bayreuth will play on the road against the league's leader Brose Baskets (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: S.Wright 15+5reb+3ast, M.Petric 15+4reb+3ast, D.Haynes 10+1reb+1ast, R.Brempong 7+6reb+1ast, E.Rizvic 6+7reb, J.Buck 5+2reb+1ast
Bayreuth: E.Ibekwe 19+7reb+2ast, D.Neitzel 14+1reb+1ast, D.Gibson 13+4ast, M.Ginyard 6+2reb+2ast, P.Campbell 6+1reb, S.Schmitz 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 93171


Goettingen - ALBA 80-65

The game between third ranked ALBA Berlin (23-10) and tenth ranked BG Goettingen (17-15) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. ALBA Berlin was defeated by BG Goettingen in Goettingen 65-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. The game was mostly controlled by BG Goettingen. ALBA Berlin managed to win third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BG Goettingen dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to ALBA Berlin's 24. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BG Goettingen made 10 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) added 4 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for ALBA Berlin. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BG Goettingen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. BG Goettingen are looking forward to face Mitteldeutscher BC (#17) in Weissenfels in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin will play at home against Walter Tigers (#11) in Tuebingen and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: D.Anderson 14+9reb+5ast, K.Bailey 13+3reb+2ast, J.Boone 13+9reb, J.Raffington 9+5reb, J.Little 8+1reb+4ast, M.Meeks 7+3reb+1ast
ALBA: T.Rochestie 13+6reb+3ast, M.Raduljica 12+6reb, Y.Idbihi 11+2reb+2ast, H.Schaffartzik 8+3reb+3ast, D.Allen 7+3reb, B.Taylor 4+11reb+3ast
gschID: 93172


Phoenix Hagen - Art.Dragons 93-99

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Artland Dragons (22-11) beat on the road 12th ranked Phoenix Hagen (14-19) 99-93. Phoenix Hagen was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 53-42 second half run of Artland Dragons. They shot 61.5 percent from the field. 25 personal fouls committed by Phoenix Hagen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) who scored 20 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Artland Dragons' coach Stefan Koch allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) who recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) added 17 points respectively. Five Artland Dragons and four Phoenix Hagen players scored in double figures. Artland Dragons maintains fourth place with 22-11 record. Phoenix Hagen at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Artland Dragons' next round opponent will be TBB Trier (#10) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Phoenix Hagen will play against LTi 46ers in Giessen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: T.Rice 20+2reb+6ast, D.Fenn 18+7reb+1ast, B.Bailey 14+1ast, A.Hess 14+9reb, J.Strasser 12+2reb+1ast, Brown 9+2reb+4ast
Phoenix Hagen: Z.Jonusas 17+2reb+1ast, M.Dorris 14+4ast, D.Bell 13+1reb+2ast, J.Burtschi 12+6reb+5ast, B.Kruel 10+1reb, Q.Pryor 9+6reb+2ast
gschID: 93167


NY Phantoms - TBB Trier 72-58

Rather expected game when 9th ranked TBB Trier (17-16) lost to seventh ranked New Yorker Phantoms (19-14) in Braunschweig 58-72. TBB Trier was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. New Yorker Phantoms made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by TBB Trier helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) who scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import center Kyle Visser (211-85, college: Wake Forest) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Maik Zirbes (205-90) who recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to fifth place, which they share with EWE Baskets. TBB Trier at the other side keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. New Yorker Phantoms' next round opponent will be Telekom Baskets (#12) in Bonn and are hoping to win another game. TBB Trier will play at home against Artland Dragons in Quakenbrueck.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: B.Thomas 15+8reb+3ast, L.Greer 13+3reb+1ast, K.Visser 12+5reb+2ast, K.Hamilton 9+3reb+1ast, M.Goree 8+4reb+2ast, U.Duvnjak 7+1reb+1ast
TBB Trier: M.Zirbes 16+8reb, D.Joyce 15+3reb+6ast, D.Dojcin 8+3reb, J.Bynum 8+5reb, O.Fassler 7+2reb+2ast, B.Stewart 2
gschID: 93168


Dt.Bank SKY - Telekom Baskets 78-60

Very predictable result when second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (25-8) won against 11th ranked Telekom Baskets (14-18) in Frankfurt 78-60. The game was mostly controlled by Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Telekom Baskets was better in fourth quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Deutsche Bank Skyliners made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Telekom Baskets turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Roger Powell (198-83, college: Illinois, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international power forward Tim Ohlbrecht (211-88) who recorded 9 points and 8 rebounds and American center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 8 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains second place with 25-8 record having six points less than leader Brose Baskets. Telekom Baskets lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' next round opponent will be EnBW Ludwigsburg (#7) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Telekom Baskets will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY: D.Wood 20+2reb+5ast, R.Powell 14+6reb+2ast, M.Nolte 11+8reb, J.McKinney 10+1reb+1ast, P.Roller 7+1reb+1ast, Q.Robertson 6+3reb+2ast
Telekom Baskets: T.Ohlbrecht 9+8reb, P.Flomo 8+3reb, C.Ensminger 8+4reb, J.Jaacks 7+1reb, N.Wise 7+2reb+1ast, J.Hunt 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 93169


ratiopharm - EWE Baskets 86-91

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked ratiopharm Ulm (12-21) lost at home to sixth ranked EWE Baskets (19-14) 91-86. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-18. But ratiopharm Ulm won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when EWE Baskets won last quarter 22-18. Strangely ratiopharm Ulm outrebounded EWE Baskets 39-15 including a 26-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 24 points. Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) chipped in 12 points and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Per Guenther (185-88) who recorded 26 points and American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) added 13 points and 16 rebounds respectively. Five EWE Baskets and four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. EWE Baskets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with NY Phantoms. ratiopharm Ulm lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. EWE Baskets' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (#18) in Duesseldorf which should be an easy win for them. ratiopharm Ulm will play at home against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#9).
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 24+1reb+3ast, L.Bogdanovic 17+1reb, A.Baynes 13+3reb, M.Lukauskis 12+3reb+8ast, O.Stevic 12+1reb+1ast, L.Campbell 6+2reb+2ast
ratiopharm: P.Guenther 26+3reb+2ast, J.Bryant 13+16reb+2ast, L.Humphrey 12+3reb, C.Collins 11+3reb, R.Benzing 10+6reb+1ast, S.Betz 8+7reb
gschID: 93164


Walter Tigers - Bremerhaven 80-71

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (17-16) and Walter Tigers (15-18), which took place in Tuebingen. Higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lost to thirteenth ranked Walter Tigers in a road game 71-80. The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-16 Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-71 at the end of the game. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Court Side) who recorded 18 points and swingman John Allen (194-82, college: Seton Hall, agency: Court Side) added 18 points respectively. Walter Tigers moved-up to eleventh place. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. Walter Tigers' next round opponent will be higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: C.Oliver 30+11reb+2ast, D.Watts 22+6reb+1ast, A.Kashirov 11+10reb, B.Ratkovica 10+3reb+10ast, N.Simon 4+1reb, J.Herber 3+5reb+5ast
Bremerhaven: J.Allen 18+3reb+1ast, C.Callahan 18+4reb+2ast, A.Drevo 8+7reb+5ast, M.Shtein 7+3reb, J.Brewer 6+1reb+8ast, T.Everett 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 93165


LTi 46ers - MBC 81-71

Everything could happen in Giessen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventeenth ranked LTi 46ers and 16th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC had identical 8-24 record. This time LTi 46ers used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Weissenfels 81-71. The game without a history. LTi 46ers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. LTi 46ers outrebounded Mitteldeutscher BC 43-28 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Mitteldeutscher BC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Michael Jordan (183-77, college: Pennsylvania) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Guido Grunheid (209-82) who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) added 18 points respectively. Five LTi 46ers and four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. LTi 46ers (9-24) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Bayreuth. Mitteldeutscher BC at the other side dropped to the seventeenth position with 25 games lost. LTi 46ers' next round opponent will be higher ranked Phoenix Hagen (#13) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against BG Goettingen (#8).
Top scorers:
LTi 46ers: Z.Peacock 22+15reb+2ast, M.Jordan 17+2reb+3ast, A.Smith 14+4reb+2ast, E.Ovcina 10+6reb+3ast, M.Jeffers 10+5reb+1ast, R.Brooks 5+4reb+4ast
MBC: R.Ross 18+4reb+1ast, G.Grunheid 15+6reb+3ast, W.Bernard 12+2reb+3ast, J.Gilbert 10+4reb, R.Pilcevic 8+4ast, V.Radinovic 6+8reb
gschID: 93166




The Deutsche Skyliners Secure Second Place Controlling The Telekom Baskets Bonn 78-60 Without Forest Gump, But Steal Marius Nolte Steal - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Winning for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Bonn the last 6 years has been as difficult as NBA stars Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard refraining from hurling expletives in the direction of refs recently, actress/singer goddess Jennifer Lopez not feeling worthy of being named worlds most beautiful woman by People Magazine or Oscar award winner Robin Williams trying not to look like a combination of Tom Hanks Castaway character and the Unibomber Ted Kaczynski in his new role in the new Broadway piece 'The Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo', but in the Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt has achieved solid success since the last win in Bonn (Jan 1, 2005)having a record of 6-3. Despite the non desirable history that has swept before the feet of Frankfurt in Bonn, they seem to have less problems at home as they were able to win their second game in a row against Bonn at home with a convincing 78-60 win securing second place for the 2010-2011 regular season. Frankfurt forgot any past bad misfortune in Bonn as they have had a superb season at home. 'We had a great season at home winning 15 games. It is always important to win at home to secure that home court advantage in the playoffs. This was a huge win since we secured second place', stressed current beko BBL top scorer DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.). This was one of those games where an innocent bystander that had been caught at the hot dog stand flirting with a woman and had missed the game would of had an idea what went wrong just by staring at the post game stats. 'We didnt take care of the ball. We had 20 turnovers and three assists. But you have to give a lot of credit to Frankfurt. They played well and our turnovers hurt us', stressed Telekom Baskets Bonn forward Jacob Jaacks (208-F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa). Frankfurt also showed a sign that they were capable of recovering after the bitter loss 48 hours earlier in the Bamberg like atmosphere in Bayreuth. 'BBC Bayreuth wanted to win more than us and it was really difficult to play there. However I have to compliment our coaching staff for finding the right words for the Bonn game. They told us to forget the loss in Bayreuth and just focus on Bonn and were able to get our heads free', stressed Skyliner forward Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) ex Skyliner Alex King (200-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) lost for the second time this season in his old living room and one name was on his mind as has been so often for every other team. 'We started well and defended well, but it is always hard to stop DaShaun Wood. Our biggest problem was our turnovers', stressed Alex King (200-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports).

It has been no secret that the beko BBL has been growing in parity the last years as any one can beat anyone and reaching the playoffs is not a given like it isnt waiting in line at Mcdonalds with 20 hungry 300 pound offensive tackles waiting for hamburgers. The Telekom Baskets have missed the playoffs for a second season after reaching the beko BBL final 2 years in a row from 2007-2009. Bonn seemed to be on a roll in December winning five games in a row, but then suffered a 5-13 downslide, and lost Folarin Campbell (193-G/F-86, college: George Mason). 'I thought that this team was individually ok, but the team just didnt fit together. The injury to Vincent Yarbrough (201-F-81, college: Tennessee) really hurt us as our second leader on the court after Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) was out. We had numerous injuries. Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88) played better last season, but he never found his groove after his injury. After we seemed to catch Alba Berlin on their wrong feet, we went on a big losing streak losing to teams like Tuebingen, Trier and Bremerhaven which we should of won. Then our schedule was very tough and we were unable to recover', stated Telekom Baskets Bonn sport director Andreas Boettcher. Despite not reaching the playoffs again and the summer vacation less than a week away, there were some positive developments with the team. 'Nic Wise (178-G-87, college: Arizona) was a very positive development. I cant say yet if he will return, because we first have to see what happens with coach Michael Koch . Then we will talk about players. We alsohave been very happy with our youngsters Fabian Thuelig and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-C-90, agency: Court Side). Thuelig has started games the last weeks', added Andreas Boettcher. The team lost leading scorer Folarin Campbell (193-G/F-86, college: George Mason) recently which also didnt help the team with their playoff aspirations. 'Campbell just didnt fit in any more. There was no scandal or anything concerning him. It was a difficult decision letting him go', stressed Andreas Boettcher. There has been lots of talk and speculation that Michael Koch will not return next season. Koch has done so much for the club and that might just keep him on the Rhine for another season. 'I would like to keep Michael Koch as coach. He came in after the 8th game in the 2005-2006 and helped develop the team and reach two finals', added Andreas Boettcher. The hardcore Bonn fans surely are suffering the last two seasons with the inability to reach the promised land, but there is always a bit of luck involved of how seasons run their course. 'If you look at the stats, we have only missed 2 playoffs in 15 years, so I think thats ok. If you look back to the 2007-2008, we were as good as out against The Artland Dragons in game three, but won the game with 3,7 seconds to play as Miah Davis went from center court and scored and in the semi finals in game five, we were underdogs against Frankfurt, were without Davis who had witnessed the birth of his child and won as Pascal Roller (180-G-76) missed on a lasts second lay up. This game has to do with luck. That season we had luck, but this season less luck', warned Andreas Boettcher.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners entered the game wanting to seal up second place in the regular season standings while The Telekom Baskets were playing for nothing except ending the season on a positive note with a win. Frankfurt was with out American center Chris Moss that hurt his hand in Bayreuth. It is still unknown if he can play in Ludwigsburg this Saturday. In the first quarter. Frankfurt was cheered on by ex Skyliner Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) who came to Frankfurt for the weekend. 'Just the presence of Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) helped my game', added Skyliner guard Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri). Bonn played as if the game meant something, but The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to take control of the game in the second quarter and never looked back. 4,830 patrons were in the Ballsporthalle to witness the action. The first quarter was very entertaining and tight as there were six lead changes. Frankfurt got on the board fast as Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) tested his 30% three point field goal percentage with a bomb from the wing. But it didnt take The Telekom baskets Bonn long finding their rhythm as they raced out on a 7-0 run to lead 7-3. Bonn displayed inside/out basketball as Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) scored inside as did ex Cologne 99er Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, college: Memphis) and Nic Wise (178-G-87, college: Arizona) buried a three pointer. The rule of keep giving the ball to a player who is cold also should be done when someone is hot and Frankfurt kept giving Roger Powel the ball as he connected on two more jumpers bringing Frankfurt back to 9-8. Bonn held the lead as 37 year old Ensminger continues to amaze with his focused work ethic as he made a left handed shovel shot. However Frankfurt was also in the zone as DaShaun Wood tied the score at 13-13. Wood than gave Frankfurt the lead with two free throws 15-13. Bonn then went on a mini 5-0 run as they attacked the paint as Ensminger made a running hook shot and German National player Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88) a lay in as Bonn led 18-15. However the strong Bonn inside game didnt scare Frankfurt as they closed out the first quarter with a 7-2 run to lead 22-20. Frankfurt wa sled in this run by Marius 'The Force' Nolte who might of had his best game this season. He led the offensive charge with a nifty head fake on Ohlbrecht and lay in. Wood scored on a coast to coast sprint after Powell got a steal. Nolte also helped on defense with a steal and block as Frankfurt led 22-20 after one quarter. 'The game was very even. Frankfurt was led by Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois)', stated ex NBA player Vincent Yarbrough (201-F-81, college: Tennessee). 'The first quarter saw Bonn going inside a lot while we shot more from outside', described Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 47% from the field and 50% from outside while The Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 46% from the field and 50% from outside. Bonn had the 9-8 rebound edge ,but five turnovers while Frankfurt had two turnovers.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners slowly started to pull away in the second quarter as they jumped on Bonn with a 9-2 run to lead 31-22. The Frankfurt run was ignited by a Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) mid distance jumper. Frankfurt then got two spectacular buckets from Wood and captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76). One would need the hands of fingers of about 20 people to be able to count the number of amazing penetration lay ups Wood has presented this season. Wood did it again moving into the lane and then finding some space falling to his right and releasing the ball that somehow found its way through the rim. Roller might of even stole the show from Wood as he also found room went to his left them side stepped to his right and ended with a finger tip roll lay in. Frankfurt continued to take advantage of the pussy cat Bonn defense inside letting Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) score and Powell do his magic as he was set up brilliantly by Mckinney. Frankfurt led 33-24. Bonn was unable to score on three straight Bonn sets as inefficient shots were thrown. Both teams continued to score at ease as the defense for both teams seemed to take a back seat. Mark Tyndale scored in side as did Mckinney with a reverse lay up as Frankfurt led 36-26. Jacob Jaacks led Bonn on a 5-0 run as he made up for previous bad shot selections by scoring in traffic and dropping an open three pointer as Bonn trailed 36-31 and Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert took a timeout. Despite Bonn threatening, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to keep the lead going into half time. Nolte continued to sparkle as he scored inside and played immaculate defense. Wood and Ensminger traded hoops as Frankfurt led 41-35. Bonn got a lucky break as Jaacks made a tip in as the buzzer sounded and Bonn trailed 41-37. 'Both teams were not defending well. This was the quarter of Wood who got his team going. Frankfurt got many fast break points', stressed Bonn American Vincent Yarbrough (201-F-81, college: Tennessee). ' We defended better in the second quarter. We still gave up too many easy points. We got more fast break points', stated Kamil Novak.The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 52% from the field and 33% from the three point line while The Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 52% form the field and 40% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 16-14 rebound edge and only four turnovers while Bonn had eight turnovers.

It took The Deutsche Bank Skyliners some time to get back into the flow of things in the third quarter as The Telekom Baskets Bonn clawed their way back to 45-43 despite not having the services of Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) who had broken his nsoe and couldnt return which happened under the basket in the battle for a lose ball. 'Bonn was hurt not having Ensminger. I felt sorry for Chris. He is really a super guy', stressed ex Paderborn Basket Marius Nolte Bonn got baskets from Ohlbrecht and Wise while Frankfurt got Super Tez support from Quantez Robertson with two hoops inside. However as is the case so often in basketball, a new run came as suddenly as does lightening in the humid night. Frankfurt dominated the rest of the quarter closing out the third quarter with a massive 21-4 run to lead 66-47. Frankfurt hit basket after basket while Bonn was unable to break the stronger Frankfurt defense as they were forced more to one on one play. Frankfurt quickly led 59-45 as Muurinen made a mid distance shot, Wood a three pointer and pull up jumper, Mckinney an open jumper and Nolte a dunk on the fast break. Bonn got production only from Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, college: Memphis) who made two shots. Frankfurt closed out their run with a Wood runner and free throws from Mckinney and Nolte. Frankfurt led 66-47 after three quarters. 'We had too many turnovers in this run. We let them get too many easy baskets. You hav eto take care of the ball against a team like Frankfurt, but we didnt. We missed Ensminer. He is our go to guy and we needed him', said ex Skyliner Alex King (200-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 51% from the field and 36% from the parking lot while The Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 49% from the field and 22% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 25-22rebound edge. Bonn had 15 turnovers and Frankfurt only six turnovers.

The fourth quarter was very low scoring as The Telekom Baskets Bonn stepped up their defense, but their offense continued to sputter as they couldnt get very much going. Both teams couldnt get very much going in the early going except for Dominik Bahiense De Mello and Patrik Flomo trading baskets. Bonn coach Michael Koch then understood that with Bonn trailing by 19 points, a win on the road was getting more and more unrealistic so he inserted his Germans Sajmen Hauer (190-G-88), Jonas Wohlfarth- Botterman, Fabian Thuelig and 30 year old Marqus Ledoux (203-F-80, college: Tulsa) who played at LSU for a season and in Austria, France and Hungary, but recently was inserted into the Bonn roster after playing for the Bonn Regionaliga team. It seemed like Bonn might make a comeback after a Thuelig Jumper and Wohlfarth-Botterman tip in dunk, but who arose to the occasion, but Mr reliable Pascal Roller (180-G-76) who sunk back to back jumpers to somewhat dampen the Bonn comeback as Frankfurt led 73-53. Patrick Flomo (203-F-80, college: Ohio) helped with a dunk and tip in and Wohlfarth-Botterman with a lay in, but it was too little to late as Frankfurt got the much deserved 78-60 win. 'Our second half defense was key. We only let up 23 points and we got the free throw line', commented Jimmy McKinney. 'We let up in the second half and it wasnt easy playing without Ensminger. Frankfurt did a good job limiting us to 23 points in the second half. We had too many turnovers and didnt have our inside presence to cool us down', added ex Arizona guard Nic Wise (178-G-87, college: Arizona).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by DaShaun Wood with 20 points, five assists and two rebounds. Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) had 14 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Marius Nolte produced 11 points, eight rebounds, six steals and one block. Jimmy McKinney added 10 points. The Telekom Baskets Bonn had no players in double figurers and were led by Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88) with nine points and eight rebounds. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) and Patrick Flomo (203-F-80, college: Ohio) chipped in with eight points a piece. Marius Nolte had his best game of the season getting 6 steals and 1 block on defense and down played his many steals. 'I am very happy about this win first, but I have to say that I had a lot of luck getting so many steals. Tez helped with his quick hands too. I just wanted to be in the right place and I was', added Marius Nolte 'Marius Nolte stepped up to the challenge. He did an outstanding job on the offensive and defensive end', stressed Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert . The Frankfurt dfense was potent again, but again took some time to get rolling. 'That has been our game this season. We tend to take some time to get started seeing what the opponent gives us. I think that this is ok as long as we keep getting stronge ron defense as the game progresses. However we cant relax in the first half', added Marius Nolte 'The good Frankfurt defense was a combination of our bad decisions and them collapsing very well. They have very active guys that make big plays', stressed Jacob Jaacks. Frankfurt also showed again that the best way to win is with team basketball and support from more than only DaShaun Wood and Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois). 'I think that good defense helps us involve more players on transition. We have more problems getting everyone involved on set plays and that is something that we have to work on', warned DaShaun Wood. 'I think that if we execute well, then that gets the team more involved. If we dont execute, then we rely more on Wood. We have to see that many guys get involved to be successful', warned Marius Nolte Frankfurt has one game left and if the beko BBL playoffs started tomorrow would play EnBW Ludwigsburg in the Quarterfinals. Frankfurt knows that this game could be a preview of what they will see more of in the next weeks. 'Now comes the exciting part of the season. This game in Ludwigsburg will be a good test in a playoff type of atmosphere. We also want to stay in rhythm', warned Marius Nolte 'This will be a big game for Ludwigsburg and a good test for playoffs', added DaShaun Wood. EnBW Ludwigsburg host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners April 23rd.




ProA Round 29: #1 Bayern Muenchen is defeated by Webmoebel Baskets - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in ProA. The round was exceptionally exciting as four games ended with a tiny margin while 2 of them nedded overtime. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Bayern Muenchen (27-2) in Paderborn on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by seventh ranked Webmoebel Baskets (15-14) 84-82. It ended at the same time the 22-game winning streak of Bayern Muenchen. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 26-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Ben Spoeler (206-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and American guard Kejuan Johnson (193-85, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in 14 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. American power forward Darius Hall (201-73, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Stanley International) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Bayern Muenchen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Webmoebel Baskets moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Crailsheim and Kirchheim. Bayern Muenchen at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Webmoebel Baskets is looking forward to face higher ranked GiroLive-Ballers (#4) in Osnabrueck in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bayern Muenchen will play at home against USC Freiburg and is hoping to win this game.

In the last two games of round 29 Kirchheim won against Jena on the opponent's court 82-80. Heidelberg managed to outperform Crailsheim in a home game 78-68. Braves recorded a loss to Chemnitz on the road 70-69. Freiburg were defeated by Karlsruhe on its own court 67-78.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 31 points and 6 steals by Chris Alexander of ETB Wohnbau.


Jena - Kirchheim 80-82

Very expected game when 15th ranked Science City Jena (8-21) was edged at home by eighth ranked Kirchheim Knights (15-14) 82-80 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But Science City Jena won third quarter 27-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kirchheim Knights won last quarter 26-25. They made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Kirchheim Knights forced 21 Science City Jena turnovers. Strangely Science City Jena outrebounded Kirchheim Knights 37-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. Science City Jena was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Serbian guard Radivoj Tomasevic (180-78) chipped in 23 points. American forward Adrian Hill (203-84, college: Rutgers) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Melvin Hall (183-85, college: S.Indiana) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Kirchheim Knights and five Science City Jena players scored in double figures. Kirchheim Knights moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Webmoebel and Crailsheim. Science City Jena lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. Kirchheim Knights will face Hannover Tigers (#12) in Hannover in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Science City Jena will play on the road against Crailsheim Merlins.
Top scorers:
Jena: A.Hill 19+10reb, L.Cunningham 17+4reb+1ast, M.Hall 14+8reb+2ast, C.Roquette 13+6reb+1ast, J.Eichler 12+5reb+1ast, C.Hoffmann 5+3reb+7ast
Kirchheim: R.Tomasevic 23+3ast, C.Brooks 17+1reb+4ast, M.Smallwood 17+15reb+1ast, N.Menck 10+5reb+1ast, G.Scott 7+3reb+3ast, T.Koch 6
gschID: 93593


Heidelberg - Crailsheim 78-68

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked USC Heidelberg (12-17) defeated at home higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (15-14) 78-68 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by USC Heidelberg. Crailsheim Merlins was better in second period 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. USC Heidelberg had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Crailsheim Merlins were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international power forward Bjorn Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Danilo Barthel (207-91) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Frank Young (196-84, college: W.Virginia) responded with 17 points and the other American import point guard Kameron Gray (186-82, college: Oklahoma City) scored 5 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. USC Heidelberg moved-up to tenth place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau. Loser Crailsheim Merlins keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. USC Heidelberg will face higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: F.Young 17+3reb, B.Obiango 10+5reb+1ast, R.Fuller 10+1reb+1ast, R.Anderson 9+2reb+2ast, D.Dorr 8+2reb, R.Ferguson 5+5reb+1ast
Heidelberg: B.Schoo 24+14reb+1ast, J.Bohannon 16+4reb, D.Barthel 14+7reb+2ast, J.Wright 9+2reb+3ast, L.Mendez 8+7reb+6ast, G.Baker 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 93594


Chemnitz - Braves 70-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th placed Saar-Pfalz Braves' (16-11) road loss to third ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (20-9) 69-70 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 26-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Ty Shaw (202-79, college: Albertson, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) responded with 20 points and 8 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and center Robert Oehle (209-88) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Saar-Pfalz Braves players scored in double figures. BV Chemnitz 99 have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-9 record having seven points less than leader B.Muenchen. Loser Saar-Pfalz Braves dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will face league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play at home against Cuxhaven BasCats.
Top scorers:
Braves: R.Lowery 20+3reb+8ast, S.Cramer 10+6reb+1ast, M.Weber 10+4reb+2ast, R.Oehle 10+8reb+1ast, J.Jamerson 9, M.Buse 5+5reb+1ast
Chemnitz: G.Johnson 29+10reb+3ast, T.Shaw 11+9reb+3ast, A.Zazai 9+1reb+6ast, T.Lipke 9+1reb+1ast, T.Harbut 6+2reb, D.Lawson 4+4reb
gschID: 93590


Webmoebel - B.Muenchen 84-82

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Bayern Muenchen (27-2) in Paderborn on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by seventh ranked Webmoebel Baskets (15-14) 84-82. It ended at the same time the 22-game winning streak of Bayern Muenchen. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 26-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Ben Spoeler (206-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and American guard Kejuan Johnson (193-85, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in 14 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. American power forward Darius Hall (201-73, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Stanley International) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Five Webmoebel Baskets and four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Webmoebel Baskets moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Crailsheim and Kirchheim. Bayern Muenchen at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Webmoebel Baskets is looking forward to face higher ranked GiroLive-Ballers (#4) in Osnabrueck in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bayern Muenchen will play at home against USC Freiburg and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: D.Hall 17+5reb+2ast, A.Nadjfeji 13+2reb+2ast, J.Wallace 12+6reb+2ast, R.Garrett 12+4reb+1ast, B.Wyrick 9+6reb, R.Maras 8+2reb+1ast
Webmoebel: B.Spoeler 22+10reb, B.Fumey 18+4reb+1ast, M.Samarco 14+2reb+1ast, K.Johnson 14+3reb+6ast, D.Burns 11+4reb+4ast, D.Lieneke 4+1reb
gschID: 93591


Freiburg - Karlsruhe 67-78

Everything went according to plan when ninth ranked BG Karlsruhe (14-15) beat on the road 14th ranked USC Freiburg (9-20) 78-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BG Karlsruhe. USC Freiburg was better in fourth quarter 11-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded USC Freiburg 48-33 including 35 on the defensive glass. American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Rasmussen Services) stepped up and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Dwight Thorne (190-88, college: Colorado, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. Forward Michael Jost (204-88) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Janis Heindel (199-83) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. USC Freiburg's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BG Karlsruhe maintains ninth place with 14-15 record. USC Freiburg lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. BG Karlsruhe will face USC Heidelberg (#11) at home in the next round. USC Freiburg will play against the league's leader Bayern Muenchen and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Freiburg: M.Jost 20+9reb+3ast, J.Heindel 16+8reb+2ast, A.Shoutvin 14+7reb+1ast, P.Gause 8+1reb+1ast, N.Khartchenkov 4+2reb+2ast, B.McKenzie 3
Karlsruhe: J.Black 18+9reb+1ast, D.Thorne 17+4reb+5ast, R.Roessler 16+7reb+2ast, A.Rueck 7+3reb, A.Zyskunov 6+6reb, J.Jones 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 93592


Hannover - ETB Wohnbau 96-99 OT

ETB Wohnbau needed 99:96 overtime win over Hannover as Alexander stepped up with 31 points.

Top scorers:
Hannover: S.Janzen 23+2reb+2ast, S.Turnbull 21+5reb+4ast, T.Evans 21+3reb+3ast, M.Nunnally 12+6reb+2ast, B.Byerson 9+12reb+4ast, D.Arigbabu 5+1reb
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 31+2reb+3ast, S.Esterkamp 21+8reb+3ast, M.Buljevic 16+1reb+2ast, S.Schroter 15+11reb, K.Chones 9+9reb+1ast, D.Fiorentino 5+4reb+1ast


gschID: 93588


Dragons - Wuerzburg 75-79 OT

Wuerzburg overcame Dragons 79:75 in overtime as Burnette top-scored for the winners with 22 points,.

Top scorers:
Dragons: D.Spraggins 23+4reb+4ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 21+11reb, S.Watts 17+11reb+2ast, N.Larsen 12+6reb+6ast, T.Kasper 2, T.Eisenberger 0
Wuerzburg: T.Burnette 22+1ast, S.Kesselring 13+7reb, I.Elliott 12+8reb+2ast, K.Wysocki 10+6reb+1ast, L.Jeka 7+5reb+5ast, T.Baker 7+7reb+1ast


gschID: 93589




Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 31-2 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 25-8 
 3. ALBA 23-10 
 4. Art.Dragons 22-11 
 5. NY Phantoms 19-14 
 6. EWE Baskets 19-14 
 7. EnBW L'burg 18-15 
 8. Goettingen 17-15 
 9. Bremerhaven 17-16 
 10. TBB Trier 17-16 
 11. Walter Tigers 15-18 
 12. Telekom Baskets 14-18 
 13. Phoenix Hagen 14-19 
 14. ratiopharm 12-21 
 15. LTi 46ers 9-24 
 16. Bayreuth 9-24 
 17. MBC 8-25 
 18. Duesseldorf 7-26 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 27-2 
 2. Wuerzburg 22-7 
 3. Chemnitz 20-9 
 4. Osnabrueck 16-10 
 5. Braves 16-11 
 6. Webmoebel 15-14 
 7. Kirchheim 15-14 
 8. Crailsheim 15-14 
 9. Karlsruhe 14-15 
 10. ETB Wohnbau 12-17 
 11. Heidelberg 12-17 
 12. Hannover 11-18 
 13. Cuxhaven 10-18 
 14. Freiburg 9-20 
 15. Jena 8-21 
 16. Dragons 7-22 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Wood, Dt.19.1 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.9 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.2 
 4. Harris, EnBW L.15.8 
 5. Ross, MBC15.7 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix .15.3 
 8. Benzing, ratio.15.1 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.15.0 
 10. Allen, ALBA14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm11.1 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.0 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.6 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Burtschi, Phoenix .6.9 
 7. Stevic, EWE B.6.8 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.6.7 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.7 
 10. Anderson, Goett.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.3 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.6 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.5 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.1 
 5. Rochestie, ALBA4.6 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.6 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.4 
 8. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 9. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.2 
 10. Copeland, Bremerha.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Bailey, Goettingen1.5 
 4. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.5 
 5. Ross, MBC1.5 
 6. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix .1.4 
 8. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 9. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 10. Oliver, Walter Tigers1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.8 
 3. Bryant, ratiopharm1.6 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.4 
 5. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 6. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 
 7. Seward, Phoenix .1.1 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 9. Boumtje, Art.Drag.0.9 
 10. Baynes, EWE B.0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.0 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.2 
 3. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.4 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 5. Brooks, Kirchheim17.9 
 6. Watts, Dragons17.7 
 7. Cook, Cuxhaven17.1 
 8. Yearby, Cuxhaven17.0 
 9. Samarco, Webmoebel16.9 
 10. Alexander, ETB W.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchheim10.7 
 3. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.9 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.8 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 6. Watts, Dragons8.6 
 7. Schoo, Heidelberg8.3 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim8.0 
 9. Shaw, Chemnitz7.9 
 10. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron COOK
  Cuxhaven
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Cook, Cuxhaven6.1 
 2. Zazai, Chemnitz6.0 
 3. Gray, Crailsheim5.5 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim5.2 
 5. Johnson, Webmoebel5.1 
 6. Jeka, Wuerzburg4.6 
 7. Larsen, Dragons4.6 
 8. Burnette, Osnab.4.5 
 9. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.4 
 10. Lowery, Braves4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.0 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.8 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 4. Zazai, Chemnitz2.1 
 5. Johnson, Chemnitz2.0 
 6. Burns, Webmoebel1.9 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz1.8 
 8. Brooks, Kirchheim1.8 
 9. Alexander, ETB W.1.8 
 10. Scott, Kirchheim1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN
  Telekom Baskets
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.2.1 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchheim2.0 
 3. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 4. Schoo, Heidelberg1.6 
 5. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.4 
 6. Hill, Jena1.3 
 7. Henry, Hannover1.3 
 8. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.3 
 9. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.1 
 10. De Michael, Kirchheim1.1 


BG Dorsten will move up to the Pro B - by Daniel Poerschke
The BG Dorsten of the 1.Regionalliga West will move up to the Pro B for next season. The squad of head coach Alois Buschmann secured an important victory last night against SVD Dortmund. Because league champion SG Sechtem does not want to play in the Pro B next year, BG Dorsten had the chance to move up as the 2nd place team with a win over Dortmund in the last game of the year. It was a hard fought game and Dortmund wanted to win really badly also. Dorsten trailed for most of the time and even was behind by 12 points twice during the 40 minutes. But led by their US players Terry Bryant (186-G-85, college: SE Louisiana) and Marcus Ligons (201-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement), who topped all players with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Dorsten won in the end 74:79 and celebrated the victory with about 200 supporters on the floor afterwards.

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A1 Round 25 of Regular Season: Olympiakos beats PAO again - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Panathinaikos 87-83 OT

Panathinaikos (#2) forced the game against Olympiakos (#1) into an overtime, but lost by four points 83-87 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of Panathinaikos. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Panathinaikos won fourth quarter 24-16. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Panathinaikos used huge pressure getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 7-11. Olympiakos made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Panathinaikos turnovers. Panathinaikos was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Israeli guard Yotam Halperin (196-84) who helped to win the game recording 25 points. Serbian guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) answered with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and international swingman Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Panathinaikos. Five Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Olympiakos (25-0) have an impressive series of twenty five victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 25 victories in a row. Defending champion Panathinaikos keeps the second position with two games lost. Olympiakos will face bottom-ranked Iraklis (#14) in Thessaloniki in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panellinios.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: Y.Halperin 25+1reb, I.Bourousis 12+8reb, M.Teodosic 12+5reb+4ast, L.Mavrokefalides 9+7reb, T.Papaloukas 9+3reb+3ast, G.Jamon Lukas 8+2reb
Panathinaikos: D.Diamantidis 21+7reb+7ast, M.Batiste 16+8reb+1ast, S.Perperoglou 15+8reb+2ast, A.Fotsis 13+4reb+2ast, N.Calathes 12+5reb+2ast, R.Sato 2+3reb
gschID: 103888


Panellinios - Kavala 81-84

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Kavala (12-13) edged 10th ranked Panellinios (9-16) in Athens 84-81 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a very good performance for Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Sotiris Karapostolou (194-80, college: S.New Hampshire) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. American forward Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) added 18 points (made all of his eight free throws) in the effort for Panellinios. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Panellinios' coach Thanasis Skourthopoulos tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kavala moved-up to sixth place, which they share with VAP Kolossos and Panionios. Panellinios at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Kavala will face higher ranked PAOK (#3) in Thessaloniki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panellinios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panathinaikos.
Top scorers:
Kavala: M.Palacio 14+1reb+5ast, B.Jorovic 14+7reb+2ast, S.Karapostolou 13+2reb+7ast, C.Simmons 13+8reb, N.Angelopoulos 12+4reb, C.Stefanidis 8+4reb+2ast
Panellinios: S.Smith 18+4reb+1ast, T.Francis 13+11reb, J.Krabbenhoft 11+3reb+1ast, M.Bailey 11+4reb+6ast, E.Papamakarios 10+1reb, V.Xanthopoulos 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 103889


PAOK - VAP Kolossos 66-56

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked VAP Kolossos (12-13) lost to third ranked PAOK (15-10) in Thessaloniki 56-66 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 36-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. PAOK dominated on the defensive end, holding VAP Kolossos to just 6 points in third quarter. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for FYR Macedonian center Todor Gechevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Dante Stiggers (187-82, college: S.Mississippi) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four PAOK players scored in double figures. Naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Kostas Charissis (211-79, college: USC, agency: Impact Basketball) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for VAP Kolossos. VAP Kolossos' coach Giannis Sferopoulos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. PAOK maintains third place with 15-10 record having ten points less than leader Olympiakos. VAP Kolossos at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. PAOK will face Kavala (#6) on the road in the next round. VAP Kolossos will play against Ilysiakos in Athens.
Top scorers:
PAOK: D.Stiggers 20+5reb+4ast, R.Dozier 12+10reb+2ast, T.Gechevski 12+16reb+5ast, G.Dedas 11+1reb+2ast, R.Marshall 9+2reb+2ast, G.Apostolidis 2+1reb+2ast
VAP Kolossos: P.Kalathis 15+12reb+1ast, A.Asimakopoulos 10, J.Golemac 8+5reb+1ast, K.Charissis 7+8reb+1ast, N.Pappas 5+4reb, N.Ivanovic 3
gschID: 103890


Ilysiakos - Peristeri GS 75-52

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Ilysiakos (8-17) outplayed higher ranked Peristeri GS (11-14) in Athens 75-52 on Saturday. Ilysiakos made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Peristeri GS turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Ilysiakos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. It was a very good performance for Barbados-American forward Tyrone Grant (202-77, college: St.John's, agency: Impact Basketball) who helped to win the game recording 12 points. Guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Forward Alekos Petroulas (201-78) answered with 13 points and Croatian guard Zoran Vrkic (200-87) added 9 points in the effort for Peristeri GS. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ilysiakos moved-up to twelfth place. Peristeri GS at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Ilysiakos will face higher ranked VAP Kolossos (#7) in Rodou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: A.Kiritsis 14+2reb+1ast, T.Grant 12+3reb+3ast, N.Chatzis 12+2reb, N.Papantoniou 10+1reb, M.Todic 7+2reb, M.Dawson 6+5reb
Peristeri GS: A.Petroulas 13+2reb+2ast, E.Scott 10+3reb, Z.Vrkic 9+2reb+2ast, D.Papanikolaou 7+3reb+1ast, D.Woodward 5+2reb+2ast, J.Mocnik 4+1ast
gschID: 103891

Panionios - Aris 89-80 OT
OT win for Panionios, who got 22 points and 8 rebounds from Giorgos Tsiaras (207-C/F-82). Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) replied with 20 points in defeat. Panionios 12-13, Aris 13-12.

Top scorers:
Panionios: G.Tsiaras 22+8reb+2ast, R.Covile 18+11reb+2ast, 13+3reb+6ast, S.Ioannou 11+2reb+2ast, V.Jankovic 11+6reb+4ast, M.Batis 8+3reb+1ast
Aris: K.Charalampidis 20+4ast, N.Hatzivrettas 19+4reb, B.Brown 18+3reb+3ast, J.Thomas 9+7reb+2ast, C.Tapoutos 6+6reb+1ast, K.Sloukas 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 103885


Marousi - AEK 78-69

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Marousi (13-12) beat at home 12th ranked AEK (7-18) 78-69 on Saturday. They outrebounded AEK 35-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Curtis Sumpter (201-F-84, college: Villanova) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Guard Yannis Gagaloudis (191-78) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized Cypriot forward Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-78) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian swingman Vukasin Mandic (200-82) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for AEK. AEK's coach Angelos Koronios rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Marousi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Aris. AEK lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Marousi will face Peristeri GS (#9) in Athens in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. AEK's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panionios.
Top scorers:
Marousi: Y.Gagaloudis 20+3reb+5ast, C. Sumpter 18+8reb+3ast, D.Bagaric 14+9reb+1ast, D.Haritopoulos 7+4reb, E.Basden 6+5reb+2ast, F.Kojadinovic 5+7ast
AEK: P.Nikolaidis 22+8reb+3ast, D.Dikoudis 15+2reb+1ast, V.Mandic 12+3reb+5ast, P.Dorkofikis 9+3reb, T.Castle 5+1reb+1ast, D.Cohadarevic 4+1reb
gschID: 103886


Ikaros - Iraklis 73-68

Rather expected game when 14th ranked Iraklis (5-20) lost to eleventh ranked Ikaros (10-15) in Kalitheas 68-73 on Saturday. Iraklis was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 23-15 charge of Ikaros, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Kyle McAlarney (183-87, college: Notre Dame) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Ikaros' coach Aris Likogiannis used entire bench in such tough game. Lithuanian guard Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-82, college: American) answered with 22 points and 6 assists and naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Iraklis. Four Iraklis players scored in double figures. Ikaros moved-up to tenth place. Iraklis lost sixth consecutive game. Iraklis at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Ikaros will face higher ranked Aris (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Iraklis will play at home against the league's leader Olympiakos (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ikaros: K.McAlarney 20+3reb+2ast, L.Harris 17+2reb+3ast, D.Thompson 14+11reb+1ast, V.Karaboulas 7, S.Katoufas 6+4reb+2ast, L.Agadakos 3+3reb+1ast
Iraklis: A.Eitutavicius 22+1reb+6ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 17+7reb+1ast, D.Despos 13+4reb+1ast, V.Angelakopoulos 10+7reb, N.Koprivica 6+2reb, T.Tsalkitzis 0



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. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.6 
 10. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  VAP Kolossos
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Jordan, VAP K.5.8 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.5 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.8 
 4. Diamantidis, Panath.4.6 
 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. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.8 
 5. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 6. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.7 
 7. Marshall, PAOK1.7 
 8. Papamakarios, Panell.1.6 
 9. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.5 
 10. Kalathis, VAP K.1.4 
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. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 7. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.9 
 8. Bourousis, Olympiakos0.7 
 9. Gechevski, PAOK0.7 
 10. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Yiannis KAKIOUZIS
  Lavrio
  (205-F-78)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Kakiouzis, Lavrio18.3 
 2. Koutroulias, Olimp.17.7 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.7 
 4. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.16.5 
 5. Argyropoylos, Apollo.16.3 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lavrio15.9 
 7. Michalos, Pagrati15.5 
 8. Kosanovic, Koroivos15.3 
 9. Kaklamanos, Panele.15.3 
 10. Jovanovic, KAOD15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Apostolos KOUTROULIAS
  Olimpiada
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 9
 1. Koutroulias, Olimp.9.0 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.8.9 
 3. Latovic, AGOR8.6 
 4. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.8.1 
 5. Macheras, Pagrati7.6 
 6. Kartelo, AE.7.5 
 7. Jovanovic, KAOD7.5 
 8. Amato, Near East7.2 
 9. Kosanovic, Koroivos6.9 
 10. Kakiouzis, Lavrio6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.8 
 2. Katsares, KAOD5.3 
 3. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.5.0 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.7 
 5. Makris, Olimpiada4.3 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lavrio4.2 
 7. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR4.0 
 8. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada3.8 
 9. Vasilopoulos, Pagrati3.7 
 10. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  KAOD
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Katsares, KAOD2.3 
 2. Makris, Olimpiada2.0 
 3. Pettas, Koroivos2.0 
 4. Michalos, Pagrati1.9 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.8 
 6. Nikou, Panelefs.1.6 
 7. Pappas, Near East1.5 
 8. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.4 
 9. Magounis, AGOR1.4 
 10. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Djordje PANTELIC
  Apollon Patras
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Pantelic, Apollo.1.9 
 2. Kartelo, AE.1.6 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.5 
 4. Kasabalis, AE.1.4 
 5. Margaritis, KAOD0.9 
 6. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 7. Papachristos, Periko.0.8 
 8. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 
 9. Amato, Near East0.6 
 10. Charismidis, AGOR0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. KAOD 21-2 
 2. AGOR 17-6 
 3. Lavrio 15-8 
 4. Ikaroi Serron 14-9 
 5. Panelefsiniakos 14-9 
 6. Arkadikos 13-10 
 7. Apollon Patras 11-12 
 8. Ermis Lagkada 11-12 
 9. Periko/Arhelaos 10-13 
 10. Amyntas Dafnis 10-13 
 11. Olimpiada 10-13 
 12. AEK/Argous 10-13 
 13. Panerythraikos 9-14 
 14. Pagrati 8-15 
 15. Koroivos 7-16 
 16. Near East 4-19 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 25-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 23-2 
 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 


A2 Round 23: Lavrio loses to Olimpiada - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between third ranked Lavrio (15-8) and twelfth ranked Olimpiada (10-13) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Lavrio was defeated by Olimpiada in Patras 86-100. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-86. Olimpiada made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Kostas Tsotsos (205-83) contributed with 21 points (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) answered with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Lavrio. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olimpiada moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Lavrio keeps the third position with eight games lost. Olimpiada is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Near East (#16) in Kesariani in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lavrio will play at home against Ermis Lagkada (#8) in Lagadas and is hoping to win this game.
A2 top team - KAOD (21-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Periko/Arhelaos (10-13) in Dramas 75-68. It was a great evening for power forward Vageli Margaritis (202-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Ivan Vukantinov helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Giannis Papachristos (194-80) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Periko/Arhelaos' coach Costas Sorotos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KAOD maintains first place with 21-2 record. Newly promoted Periko/Arhelaos dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. KAOD will play against Apollon Patras (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Periko/Arhelaos will play against the league's second-placed AGOR in Rethymno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Lagadas was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Apollon Patras (11-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Ermis Lagkada (11-12). Ermis Lagkada managed to secure a 6-point victory 65-59 on Saturday. It was an exceptional evening for Nikos Gamouras who led the winners and scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Djordje Pantelic came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds for Apollon Patras in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ermis Lagkada moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Apollon Patras. Ermis Lagkada will meet higher ranked Lavrio (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Apollon Patras will play against the league's leader KAOD (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
A very interesting game took place in New Eritrea. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Ikaroi Serron (14-9) to fourteenth ranked Panerythraikos (9-14) 67-64 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The best player for the winners was Stelios Kontoudis who scored 15 points. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Panerythraikos moved-up to thirteenth place. Ikaroi Serron at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Panerythraikos' next round opponent will be Pagrati (#14) in Athens. Ikaroi Serron will play at home against AEK/Argous (#12).
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between AEK/Argous (10-13) and Koroivos (7-16), which took place in Argous. Higher ranked AEK/Argous lost at home to fifteenth ranked Koroivos 63-74 on Saturday. Nikos Pettas orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. Newly promoted Koroivos maintains fifteenth place with 7-16 record. AEK/Argous at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Koroivos will face higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (#5) in Eleusina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 23: bottom-ranked Near East was beaten by Panelefsiniakos on the road 85-69. AGOR won against Amyntas Dafnis on its own court 80-66. Pagrati unfortunately lost to Arkadikos in Arkadia 58-70.


Panelefsiniakos - Near East 85-69

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Panelefsiniakos (14-9) beat bottom-ranked Near East (4-19) in Eleusina 85-69 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Panelefsiniakos's pressure prevailed and they won that period 22-11 extending their advantage to 16 points. Panelefsiniakos outrebounded Near East 39-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Paris Martzos (197-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Guard Thomas Nikou (185-79) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Guard Alkis Pappas (185-88, agency: FCM) answered with 13 points and center Alexandros Gribaviotis (207-79) added 14 points in the effort for Near East. Four Near East players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Panelefsiniakos have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ikaroi Serron. Near East lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Panelefsiniakos will face Koroivos (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Near East will play against Olimpiada in Patras.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: P.Martzos 31+4reb+1ast, C.Deligiannis 16+10reb, T.Nikou 11+5reb+12ast, G.Trihopoulos 8+3reb, N.Kaklamanos 7+2reb+3ast, G.Tirlas 4+6reb+2ast
Near East: A.Gribaviotis 14+2reb+1ast, A.Pappas 13+4reb+1ast, M.Stanojevic 10+1reb+2ast, E.Tomaras 10+2reb+2ast, N.Tsoutsos 10+2reb+1ast, F.Amato 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 98893


Olimpiada - Lavrio 100-86

The game between third ranked Lavrio (15-8) and twelfth ranked Olimpiada (10-13) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Lavrio was defeated by Olimpiada in Patras 86-100. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-86. Olimpiada made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Kostas Tsotsos (205-83) contributed with 21 points (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) answered with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Giorgos Bakas (201-80) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lavrio. 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. Olimpiada moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Lavrio keeps the third position with eight games lost. Olimpiada is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Near East (#16) in Kesariani in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lavrio will play at home against Ermis Lagkada (#8) in Lagadas and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Olimpiada: A.Koutroulias 44+10reb+4ast, K.Tsotsos 21+4reb+1ast, D.Makris 17+3reb+1ast, S.Veskoukis 12+1reb+3ast, M.Sakota 4+2reb+2ast, P.Simeopoulos 2+1reb+1ast
Lavrio: N.Psileas 22+6reb+4ast, G.Bakas 17+6reb, K.Paschalis 12+3reb+2ast, K.Sinnis 11+4reb, M.Perrakis 10+1ast, P.Karvounis 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 98894


AGOR - Amyntas Dafnis 80-66

Very expected game when 9th ranked Amyntas Dafnis (10-13) lost to second ranked AGOR (17-6) in Rethymno 66-80 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by AGOR. Amyntas Dafnis was better in fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Amyntas Dafnis 38-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Giorgos Koumoulos (185-78) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds and guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) added 6 points and 4 assists in the effort for Amyntas Dafnis. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. AGOR have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-6 record having four points less than leader KAOD. Loser Amyntas Dafnis keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. AGOR will face Periko/Arhelaos (#9) in Perikos in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Amyntas Dafnis will play at home against Arkadikos in Arkadia.
Top scorers:
AGOR: D.Latovic 28+18reb, G.Koumoulos 19+3reb+4ast, G.Kiriakopoulos 13+2reb, S.Grundberg 9+1reb+1ast, A.Tsochlas 4+1reb+2ast, S.Magounis 4+10reb+1ast
Amyntas Dafnis: K.Vardavas 12+6reb+1ast, T.Tzemis 9+2reb, P.Papargiropoulos 8+3reb, B.Samothrakis 7+1reb, S.Dorkofikis 7+3reb, C.Vidalis 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 98889


KAOD - Periko/Arhelaos 75-68

A2 top team - KAOD (21-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Periko/Arhelaos (10-13) in Dramas 75-68. Periko/Arhelaos was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 25-13 charge of KAOD, which allowed them to win the game. They made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Periko/Arhelaos only scored seven points from the stripe. Periko/Arhelaos was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for power forward Vageli Margaritis (202-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-81) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Giannis Papachristos (194-80) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds and guard Giannis Rodostoglou (197-83) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Periko/Arhelaos' coach Costas Sorotos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KAOD maintains first place with 21-2 record. Newly promoted Periko/Arhelaos dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. KAOD will play against Apollon Patras (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Periko/Arhelaos will play against the league's second-placed AGOR in Rethymno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KAOD: V.Margaritis 23+6reb+2ast, I.Vukantinov 16+5reb+1ast, L.Jovanovic 11+7reb, N.Katsares 6+2reb+11ast, V.Kitsoulis 6+2reb, A.Tsamatos 5+3reb+1ast
Periko/Arhelaos: P.Nanis 11+2reb+1ast, G.Papachristos 11+9reb, G.Rodostoglou 11+8reb+1ast, K.Behlivanis 9+1reb+5ast, E.Jeromanovs 7+1reb+3ast, G.Maltesios 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98890


Ermis Lagkada - Apollon Patras 65-59

The game in Lagadas was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Apollon Patras (11-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Ermis Lagkada (11-12). Ermis Lagkada managed to secure a 6-point victory 65-59 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Apollon Patras won fourth quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ermis Lagkada made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for forward Nikos Gamouras (202-86) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-80, agency: FCM) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) added 15 points respectively for Apollon Patras in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ermis Lagkada moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Apollon Patras. Ermis Lagkada will meet higher ranked Lavrio (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Apollon Patras will play against the league's leader KAOD (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ermis Lagkada: D.Rallis 18+2reb+1ast, A.Panagiotopoulos 17+5reb, N.Gamouras 15+7reb+1ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 9+5reb+1ast, K.Troulialis 2+1reb, S.Nisiotis 2+6reb+1ast
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 15+1reb+3ast, D.Pantelic 10+14reb+2ast, G.Lianos 10+5reb, A.Koronidis 7+3reb+3ast, D.Liberis 6+2reb, G.Petropoulos 5+1reb
gschID: 98891


AEK/Argous - Koroivos 63-74

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between AEK/Argous (10-13) and Koroivos (7-16), which took place in Argous. Higher ranked AEK/Argous lost at home to fifteenth ranked Koroivos 63-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Koroivos. AEK/Argous was better in second period 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AEK/Argous was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Stratos Tsabis (190-86) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds and guard Dimitris Papantoniou (190-83) added 15 points in the effort for AEK/Argous. Four AEK/Argous players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Koroivos maintains fifteenth place with 7-16 record. AEK/Argous at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Koroivos will face higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (#5) in Eleusina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: S.Tsabis 24+2reb+1ast, N.Pettas 18+8reb+3ast, P.Kosanovic 17+6reb, T.Dimitriadis 8+6reb, T.Ifantis 6+7reb, V.Xiouras 1+2reb+2ast
AEK/Argous: D.Papantoniou 15+3reb+2ast, A.Gizogiannis 13+8reb, G.Kopsaftis 11+2reb+6ast, D.Lewis 10+7reb+1ast, A.Raptis 6+1reb+1ast, I.Kartelo 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98892


Panerythraikos - Ikaroi Serron 67-64

A very interesting game took place in New Eritrea. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Ikaroi Serron (14-9) to fourteenth ranked Panerythraikos (9-14) 67-64 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 11-point deficit before their 24-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was guard Stelios Kontoudis (185-73) who scored 15 points. Forward Giorgos Stamatis (199-80) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and center Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) added 20 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Panerythraikos moved-up to thirteenth place. Ikaroi Serron at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Panerythraikos' next round opponent will be Pagrati (#14) in Athens. Ikaroi Serron will play at home against AEK/Argous (#12).
Top scorers:
Panerythraikos: S.Kontoudis 15+4reb+1ast, A.Sizopoulos 14+1reb+2ast, G.Stamatis 10+6reb+1ast, N.Kourtis 9+3reb+2ast, T.Kallianotis 5+4reb+4ast, N.Matzioris 4+2reb
Ikaroi Serron: K.Kakaroudis 20+10reb+1ast, K.Totsios 20+13reb, S.Kaberidis 13+4reb+8ast, G.Koukas 9+2ast, T.Topouzis 2+9reb, D.Tsanakas 0
gschID: 98887


Arkadikos - Pagrati 70-58

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Arkadikos (13-10) won against 13th ranked Pagrati (8-15) in Arkadia 70-58 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 42-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Swingman Nikos Kokkalis (198-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Sokrates Gizogiannis (202-82) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Arkadikos' coach used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Guard Giannis Dimakos (194-94) answered with 20 points and forward Dimitris Lolas (203-86, agency: FCM) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Pagrati. Arkadikos maintains sixth place with 13-10 record. Pagrati lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Arkadikos will face Amyntas Dafnis (#10) in Athens in the next round. Pagrati will play at home against Panerythraikos (#13) in New Eritrea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: N.Kokkalis 16+8reb+4ast, S.Gizogiannis 11+5reb, M.Papadakis 9+2reb+3ast, V.Morfis 9+1reb+1ast, T.Tsiotras 7+1reb+1ast, G.Prodromou 6+7reb+1ast
Pagrati: G.Dimakos 20+3reb, D.Lolas 12+6reb+1ast, N.Voulgaris 8+1reb, K.Macheras 6+3reb+1ast, F.Vasilopoulos 6+4reb+8ast, T.Vardianos 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 98888




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What's Happened to the GasTerra Flames? - by Fred Roggen
The Flames are ranked first in the DBL with a record of 29-6 while DeFriesland Aris are in sixth place with a record of 16-19. Last night the DeFriesland Aris were far from a disgrace and the Flames were far from looking like a Championship team. The Friesland Aris came out of the starting gate hard with absolutely nothing to lose and managed to outplay the Flames in every aspect of the entire game.
At one point it looked like they were running circles around the Flames and the key to the for the Friesland Aris was that they made almost every three pointer.
Just before half time I looked over at Coach Marco van den Berg and he just could not believe it. In truth, it really was unbelievable. The Friesland Aris, who are considered a modal team in the league, were making themselves look like Goliath in this matchup. I would have loved to have heard what Coach Pete Miller said to his players as they entered the locker room. The Flames did come out stronger in the second half but even then they were being outplayed from outside the key.
At the beginning of the season the Flames looked like a team that were destined to make the playoffs Finals to win the championship for the second time in a row. They had everything going for them. They were winning games very comfortably and they had this intensity about them that they were not going to be denied. But recently that intensity has dissipated. They have lost to teams in recent weeks such as Giants, Nijmegen and Weert. Keep in mind, if they want to go anywhere in the playoffs they are going to have to be able to beat these teams.
And to top off it all, they were outplayed and outwitted by low seeded team, but if you play a team on average shoots and you put on a performance that can only be
described, at best, is average then you are in big trouble going into the playoffs.
The question is, how far are they going to go?




Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. ZZ Leiden 30-6 
 2. GasTerra 29-7 
 3. Eiffel Towers 26-10 
 4. Magixx 22-14 
 5. DeFriesland 17-19 
 6. Giants 16-20 
 7. BS Weert 16-20 
 8. ABC 13-23 
 9. Landstede 10-26 
 10. Rotterdam 1-35 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Stokes, BS Weert16.8 
 2. Blue, Giants16.6 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.5 
 4. Mills, Eiffel Towers14.9 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants14.9 
 6. Laing, Magixx14.8 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.8 
 8. Tiedeman, Giants14.7 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
 10. Borha, Landstede14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.6 
 2. McDermott, Magixx10.1 
 3. Haryasz, GasTerra9.6 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.7 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.4 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.3 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra8.2 
 9. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.8 
 10. Hamm, BS Weert7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.3 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.9 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.1 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 5. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 6. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.5 
 7. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.4 
 8. Bostain, GasTerra3.4 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland3.4 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jason DOURISSEAU
  GasTerra
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 2. Turner, Eiffel T.2.3 
 3. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.1 
 5. Ellis, GasTerra2.1 
 6. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 8. Slagter, ZZ Leiden2.0 
 9. Stokes, BS Weert2.0 
 10. Williams, DeFriesland2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 3. Blue, Giants1.1 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.9 
 6. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 7. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 8. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 9. Hulzebos, Landstede0.8 
 10. Haryasz, GasTerra0.8 


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Playout - by Tamas Deri
Everybody is focusing on the playoffs but in the background the last six teams are playing in the playouts for staying in the top division. In the first round of the playouts Debrecen could win in Kaposvar and made a big step to reach the goal of the club. Nyiregyhaza had a real bad lose in Sopron, Salgotarjan did not play any games yet. This weekend there were two more games.

Kaposvari KK - Kis-Raba Menti Takarek-Soproni KC 87-68
(1915, 2217, 1915, 2721)
Kaposvar, Referees: Gorka, Balog Gy., Jurak
Kaposvar: Kutasi 8/6, Mate Medve (197-G-89) 21/12, Gabor Soos (200-G/F-85) 28/12, Kovats 8, Fulop 7, Markus 9/3, Kovacs S. 4, Biro 2, Szonyi -, Mihalics G.
Sopron: Kelley 11, Szabolcs Pojbics (183-G-76) 12/12, Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83) 12, Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 14/6, Keresztes 4, Ugaros 4, Gombas 2, Helmeczi 9/3

Del-Konstrukt SZTE-Szedeak - Factum Sport Debrecen 100-91
(22-18, 30-30, 18-24, 30-19)
Szeged, Referees: Cziffra Cs., Gal J., Racz Zs. (Took)
Szedeak: Gabor Drahos (185-G-79) 28/3, Janou Rubin (193-G-82, college: UCLA) 16, Molnar M. 6, Tanacs 19/3, Dukic 9, Istvan Nyilas (202-F-76) 18/6, Kiss Zs. -, Vida 4., Meszaros -, Varga D. -
Factum Sport: Chris Singletary (194-G-88, college: Kent St.) 23/9, Csaba Kaluha (185-G-90) 14/6, Mekongo 15/3, Mondzinger -, Langford 20/3, Gabor Boros (198-G/F-82, college: USC Upstate) 15, Toth G. -, Mate 2. , Balogh -, Varga 2, Kovacs I. -




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IBL's Kankakee Soldiers win in Albany- 3rd game of series- tonight - by Trask Frost
Albany Legends Media paraphrased by IBL Media report: Game 2 between the visiting Kankakee Soldiers and the 2010 IBL Champions Albany Legends started out pretty much like the night before with the Legends taking a 7-0 lead within the first 3 minutes. Damone Morris had all 7 points shooting a 3 pointer and two 2's. The Legends would then finish the opening run at 11-5 before the Soldiers would come storming back behind a Ryan Edwards deep three pointer and another deep two pointer. Ryan Edwards has been one of the best players and playmakers seen in the minor leagues in years; Edward's numbers have been huge and his ability to score from deep has been consistent; Edwards hit a 40-foot jumper on January 15th, 2011 at the buzzer, to give the Kankakee Soldiers the IBL Winter Championship (the game winner). The Albany Legends would hold a 33-30 lead at the end of the quarter. The Second quarter started out once again in Albany's favor as they shot out to a 53-47 advantage. The feisty Soldiers just would not go away. Forcing Albany to call a timeout with 3:39 to go seemed to spark Kankakee even more as Zach Ramey nailed a 3 pointer, right out of the timeout. The Legends would respond with a 9-4 run to end the half up 61-54. Lloyd Johnson came out of the break on fire scoring 16 of his 27 points in the 3rd quarter. Billy Baptist would answer for Kankakee hitting 3 big jump shots to give the Soldiers their first lead, an 87-86 edge. The fourth quarter then saw Kankakee's Ryan Edwards take over nailing 12 points over a three minute span. The Kankakee Soldiers beat the Albany Legends 121-118. DeAndre Thomas led all scorers with 33 and Ryan Edwards had 32 for the Soldiers. The Rubber match between these two teams will be Sunday night April 17th at 6pm eastern time. Radio coverage- visit IBL web site, click on Albany Legends.

IBL's Lansing Capitals compete but fall short to Gary Splash - by Trask Frost
The Lansing Capitals new ownership is determined to be competitive and that- they were- with a game that see sawed back and forth until the end of the fourth quarter. In the end, Lansing's poor free throw shooting cost them dearly as the Gary Splash outlasted the visitors from Lansing Michigan 124 to 112. The Lansing Capitals are one of five branding teams playing within the IBL schedule (a branding team plays between 3 and 8 games in an effort to build or maintain a brand- the exciting thing for the Capitals is that these games count as official IBL games so any time you can take a regular IBL team down to the wire, it is good news the development of the team). Capitals Head coach Dale Beard, assistant coach Mark Hartung and new Lansing Capitals owner Reynardo Jefferson look to rebound next weekend as they face the USA All Stars. For Gary Splash head coach Jay Bradford, this is game 1 of 20 with a primary focus on the toughest part of their season-which comes up early- a three game series in Albany that takes place in just 11 days. For more information on either team or the IBL itself, visit www.iblhoopsonline.com


IBL's Albany Legends moves to 2-1 with Sunday night win over Kankakee - by Trask Frost
Albany Legends Media report recap by the IBL: Game 3 of the series between the host Albany Legends and the visiting Kankakee Soldiers- the Soldiers started the game up 11 to 4 causing the Legends to call an early but needed timeout. But out of the timeout, the Soldiers wouldn't let up, going on another 10-4 run. Former Patroon and Legend Lloyd Clinton came off the bench (finished with 14 points) to get the Legends within 7 points, 26-19. EJ Gallop and Will Harris for the Legends would come out of the break with 3's of their own as the Legends cut that lead all the way down to 3 points. The third quarter half was all Legends early as Lloyd Johnson hit 3 threes pointers and Damone Morris would hit 4 field goals as well- the Legends stormed ahead by 5 points. Ryan Edwards hit 3 big three pointers in a back and forth third quarter but a quarter where the Legends maintained that 5 point cushion. The 4th quarter was all Legends as Lloyd Clinton knocked down a 3 pointer and had 13 points in the final quarter alone and the Legends won 120-106. Ryan Edwards finished with 30 points for the Soldiers. Lloyd Johnson and Lloyd Clinton ended with 20 and 18 points respectively. The Albany Legends are back home for a 3 game series with the Gary Splash on April 29th through May 1st.

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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Marcus WALKER
  KR
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Walker, KR25.2 
 2. Sanders, Keflavik22.6 
 3. Inge, Haukar21.8 
 4. Biedler, IR21.7 
 5. Bartolotta, IR21.6 
 6. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 7. Sovic, IR21.0 
 8. Robinson, Haukar21.0 
 9. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
 10. Fain, Tindastoll20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.7 
 2. Biedler, IR12.4 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR11.5 
 4. Pettinella, Grindavik11.3 
 5. Fain, Tindastoll10.1 
 6. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 7. Amoroso, Snaefell9.6 
 8. Jonsson, Snaefell9.0 
 9. Nathanaelsso., Ham.8.3 
 10. Smith, Njardvik8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR7.8 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.3 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.5 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan6.2 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Arnarson, Hamar5.3 
 8. Inge, Haukar5.2 
 9. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 2. Schoen, KFI3.0 
 3. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll2.9 
 5. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.5 
 6. Biedler, IR2.5 
 7. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.5 
 8. Steinarsson, Fjolnir2.3 
 9. Ermolinskij, KR2.3 
 10. Arnarson, Hamar2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Svit
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Biedler, IR2.0 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.6 
 5. Inge, Haukar1.4 
 6. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.4 
 7. Savarsson, Grind.1.4 
 8. Magnusson, KR1.4 
 9. Pettinella, Grindavik1.3 
 10. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.2 


Express L. Round 3 of Finals. KR take 2-1 lead - by Eurobasket News
KR - Stjarnan 101-81

KR surged ahead in the championship series against Stjarnan following a comfortable home victory. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 20 points. KR made 34-of-39 free shots (87.2 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Stjarnan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Marcus Walker (186-86, college: Colorado St., agency: Strategic Sports) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The former international swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) helped adding 16 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. KR's coach Hrafn Kristjansson used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was swingman Marvin Valdimarsson (198-81) with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St., agency: Tank Sports) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
KR: M.Walker 33+2reb+1ast, B.Bjoernsson 18+1reb+3ast, P.Ermolinskij 16+13reb+5ast, H.Magnusson 13+1reb, F.Magnusson 8+8reb+1ast, A.Angantynsson 4+4reb
Stjarnan: M.Valdimarsson 15+8reb+2ast, R.Lindmets 14+7reb+2ast, J.Zdravevski 13+6reb+1ast, J.Shouse 12+1reb+4ast, F.Helgason 12+3reb, G.Larusson 9+5reb+1ast


gschID: 126804




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  ITALY   


Lega2 Round 28: Prima Veroli beats Sunrise Scafati by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Lega2. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 28 in the Lega2 took place in Scafati. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Sunrise Scafati (17-11) to seventh ranked Prima Veroli (17-11) 72-71 in the game for the fourth place. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ronald Davis (190-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) replied with 26 points and 8 rebounds for Sunrise Scafati. Prima Veroli have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Sunrise Scafati. Prima Veroli is looking forward to face Tuscany Pistoia (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Sunrise Scafati will play against Fileni BPA (#8) in Jesi and is hoping to win this game.
Lega2 top team - Fastweb CM (20-8) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Tezenis Verona (10-18) in Casale 97-73. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 7 assists and 7 steals and Donell Taylor who added 16 points during the contest. Fastweb CM's coach Marco Crespi felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) responded with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Fastweb CM maintains first position with 20-8 record, which they share with Umana Reyer. Newly promoted Tezenis Verona keeps the twelfth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Fastweb CM will play against MarcoPoloShop.it (#14) in Forli in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Tezenis Verona will play at home against the league's second-placed Umana Venezia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Udine was also quite interesting. Second ranked Umana Venezia (20-8) played at the court of 5th ranked Snaidero Udine (17-11). Umana Venezia defeated Snaidero Udine 81-65 on Sunday. The winners were led by Tamar Slay who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Even 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Jason Williams did not help to save the game for Snaidero Udine. Umana Venezia keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Fastweb CM. Snaidero Udine at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Umana Venezia will meet Tezenis Verona (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Snaidero Udine will play against Naturhouse Ferrara (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Twelfth-ranked Trenkwalder RE (10-18) used its home court advantage to challenge seventh ranked Immobiliare SR (17-11) in Reggio Emilia. The visitors from Rimini managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Trenkwalder RE. Quadre Lollis fired 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Immobiliare SR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Trenkwalder RE at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Immobiliare SR's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (#16) at home which should be an easy win for them. Trenkwalder RE will play against Sigma Barcellona (#3).
Thirteenth-ranked Assigeco BPL (10-18) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Sigma Barcellona (19-9) in Lodi on Sunday. The visitors from Barcellona managed to secure only three-point victory 76-73. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a very good performance for Michael Hicks who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Sigma Barcellona have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Sigma Barcellona maintains third position with 19-9 record behind leader Fastweb CM. Loser Assigeco BPL dropped to the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face Trenkwalder RE (#15) in Reggio Emilia in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Assigeco BPL will play on the road against Aget Imola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 28 were not that significant. Fileni BPA beat San Severo on the road 81-75. N.Ferrara lost to Forli on its own court 89-93. Aget Imola was outscored by Tuscany PT in Pistoia 72-96.
The most impressive performance of 28th round was 30 points and 15 rebounds by Mitchell Poletti of Forli.


Snaidero UD - Umana Reyer 65-81

The game in Udine was also quite interesting. Second ranked Umana Venezia (20-8) played at the court of 5th ranked Snaidero Udine (17-11). Umana Venezia defeated Snaidero Udine 81-65 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Umana Venezia. Snaidero Udine managed to win third quarter 11-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Umana Venezia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. The winners were led by American forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) supported him with 22 points. Four Umana Venezia players scored in double figures. Even 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by American swingman Jason Williams (197-83, college: UTEP) did not help to save the game for Snaidero Udine. His fellow American import guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Umana Venezia keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Fastweb CM. Snaidero Udine at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Umana Venezia will meet Tezenis Verona (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Snaidero Udine will play against Naturhouse Ferrara (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Umana Reyer: K.Clark 22+2ast, T.Slay 17+10reb+2ast, A.Young 16+2reb, M.Allegretti 14+1reb+2ast, G.Meini 6+1reb+2ast, M.Maestrello 2+1reb
Snaidero UD: J.Williams 18+7reb+4ast, C.Cotis Harrison 15+5reb+4ast, G.Lee 10+5reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 8+9reb, T.Rinaldi 7+4reb+1ast, D.Mathis 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 95999


Assigeco - Barcellona 73-76

Thirteenth-ranked Assigeco BPL (10-18) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Sigma Barcellona (19-9) in Lodi on Sunday. The visitors from Barcellona managed to secure only three-point victory 76-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Assigeco BPL won fourth quarter 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sigma Barcellona made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Assigeco BPL was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for Panamanian guard Michael Hicks (193-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Joseph Crispin (186-79, college: Penn St.) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) replied with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and power forward Diego Banti (204-83, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Assigeco BPL. Sigma Barcellona have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Sigma Barcellona maintains third position with 19-9 record behind leader Fastweb CM. Loser Assigeco BPL dropped to the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face Trenkwalder RE (#15) in Reggio Emilia in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Assigeco BPL will play on the road against Aget Imola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: M.Hicks 21+10reb+1ast, J.Crispin 21+4reb+4ast, R.Bucci 17+1reb+1ast, K.Achara 7+5reb, A.Ghiacci 5+4reb+3ast, G.Sorrentino 5+1reb
Assigeco: P.Marigney 18+7reb+5ast, D.Banti 16+9reb+1ast, R.Boykin 15+9reb, M.Bertolazzi 9+2reb+8ast, A.Simoncelli 7+4ast, P.Ezugwu 4+3reb
gschID: 96000


San Severo - Fileni BPA 75-81

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Fileni BPA (14-14) beat on the road bottom-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (6-22) 81-75 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mazzeo San Severo won third quarter 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quite impressive performance for the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Marco Rossi (183-81) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Kaniel Dickens (203-78, college: Idaho) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Luca Ianes (202-80) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Mazzeo San Severo. Fileni BPA maintains eighth position with 14-14 record. Mazzeo San Severo lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 22 lost games. Fileni BPA will face higher ranked Sunrise Scafati (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Immobiliare SR (#6) in Rimini.
Top scorers:
Fileni BPA: M.Maggioli 28+7reb+2ast, M.Rossi 19+2reb+5ast, B.Elder 19+4reb+2ast, M.Santiangeli 7, M.Tusek 6+8reb+1ast, F.Migliori 2+6reb
San Severo: K.Dickens 24+9reb, R.Stefanov 21+2reb, L.Ianes 18+7reb+1ast, F.Zanelli 9+2reb+6ast, R.Childress 2+1reb+6ast, M.Ferri 1+1ast
gschID: 96001


N.Ferrara - Forli 89-93

There was an upset when higher ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (11-17) lost at home to fifteenth ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (10-18) 93-89 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 30-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. MarcoPoloShop.it outrebounded Naturhouse Ferrara 41-29 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naturhouse Ferrara was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Naturalized American guard Mike Nardi (186-85, college: Villanova) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) replied with 22 points and 4 steals and naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (198-85) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Naturhouse Ferrara. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. MarcoPoloShop.it have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Naturhouse Ferrara keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. MarcoPoloShop.it will face league's leader Fastweb CM in Casale in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Forli: M.Poletti 30+15reb, M.Nardi 21+3reb+3ast, L.Goldwire 13+4reb+3ast, B.Jones 11+6reb, S.Huff 10+6reb+1ast, S.Borsato 5
N.Ferrara: J.Boyette 22+2reb, K.Ndoja 16+6reb+1ast, D.Farabello 14+3reb+5ast, M.Canavesi 13+7reb, T.Kotti 11+6reb+1ast, R.Hoover 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 96002


Sunrise Scafati - Prima Veroli 71-72

The most exciting game of round 28 in the Lega2 took place in Scafati. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Sunrise Scafati (17-11) to seventh ranked Prima Veroli (17-11) 72-71 in the game for the fourth place. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ronald Davis (190-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) replied with 26 points and 8 rebounds and forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Sunrise Scafati. Prima Veroli have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Sunrise Scafati. Prima Veroli is looking forward to face Tuscany Pistoia (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Sunrise Scafati will play against Fileni BPA (#8) in Jesi and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: A.Kavaliauskas 17+12reb, J.Jackson 14+5reb+1ast, G.Rosselli 9+4reb+6ast, D.Brkic 8+4reb+1ast, M.Rossetti 7+7reb, I.Gatto 7+1reb
Sunrise Scafati: R.Davis 26+8reb, P.Baldassarre 15+9reb+1ast, J.Hunter 11+5reb+2ast, N.Radulovic 8+7reb+1ast, M.Casini 5+2reb+3ast, F.Amoni 4
gschID: 95995


Trenkwalder - Immobiliare SR 69-70

Twelfth-ranked Trenkwalder RE (10-18) used its home court advantage to challenge seventh ranked Immobiliare SR (17-11) in Reggio Emilia. The visitors from Rimini managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Trenkwalder RE. The guests were ahead by 12 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 14-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Immobiliare SR outrebounded Trenkwalder RE 29-18. American power forward Quadre Lollis (200-73, college: Montana St.) fired 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The other American import swingman Terrence Roderick (195-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Donatas Slanina (192-77) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Immobiliare SR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Trenkwalder RE at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Immobiliare SR's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (#16) at home which should be an easy win for them. Trenkwalder RE will play against Sigma Barcellona (#3).
Top scorers:
Immobiliare SR: Q.Lollis 18+7reb, T.Roderick 16+5reb+1ast, D.Vukcevic 11+5reb+5ast, G.Tomassini 8+1reb+2ast, N.Metreveli 6+1reb, D.Filloy 4+9reb+2ast
Trenkwalder: D.Slanina 19+1ast, D.Robinson 19+1reb, R.Chiacig 10+11reb, R.Valenti 8+2reb+1ast, M.Frassineti 6+1ast, T.Bell 6+1reb
gschID: 95996


Tuscany PT - Aget Imola 96-72

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Tuscany Pistoia (13-15) rolled over at home 8th ranked Aget Imola (13-15) 96-72 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-72. Tuscany Pistoia made 16-of-16 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Quite impressive performance for American guard Joseph Forte (193-81, college: N.Carolina, agency: JEMsports) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 assists. The other American import forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. Four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. Coach Paolo Moretti's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) replied with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international forward Davide Bruttini (203-87) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Aget Imola. Tuscany Pistoia moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Aget Imola. Tuscany Pistoia will face higher ranked Prima Veroli (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Tuscany PT: J.Forte 24+2reb+8ast, J.Varnado 22+10reb+1ast, A.Filloy 14+3reb+2ast, J.Porzingis 11+6reb+1ast, S.Berti 7+1reb+1ast, G.Fucka 6+4reb+2ast
Aget Imola: T.Whiting 26+5reb+7ast, Y.Moreno 9+1reb+1ast, P.Prato 8+5reb+2ast, M.Ringstrom 8+5reb+1ast, D.Bruttini 8+7reb, K.Ongenaet 7+2reb
gschID: 95997


Fastweb CM - Tezenis Verona 97-73

Lega2 top team - Fastweb CM (20-8) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Tezenis Verona (10-18) in Casale 97-73. The game was mostly controlled by Fastweb CM. Tezenis Verona was better in second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fastweb CM made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Tezenis Verona turnovers and outrebounded them 29-18 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 7 assists and 7 steals and the other American import guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who added 16 points during the contest. Fastweb CM's coach Marco Crespi felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) responded with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and international power forward Andrea Renzi (208-89, agency: Players Group) scored 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Tezenis Verona players scored in double figures. Fastweb CM maintains first position with 20-8 record, which they share with Umana Reyer. Newly promoted Tezenis Verona keeps the twelfth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Fastweb CM will play against MarcoPoloShop.it (#14) in Forli in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Tezenis Verona will play at home against the league's second-placed Umana Venezia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fastweb CM: R.Hickman 30+3reb+7ast, T.Fantoni 18+2reb+1ast, D.Taylor 16+4reb+3ast, M.Malaventura 9+2reb+3ast, S.Pierich 8+3reb, D.Chiotti 6+5reb
Tezenis Verona: A.Porta 19+6reb+4ast, A.Renzi 17+3reb, F.Bellina 13+3reb, M.Taylor 11+3reb+1ast, J.Trepagnier 6+1reb, A.Campiello 4
gschID: 95998




Cedevita edge Benetton for EuroCup Bronze - by Eurobasket News
Benetton - Cedevita 57:59

Cedevita wrapped up their EuroCup campaign on a high note. They defeated Benetton in Treviso to clinch the Bronze medals. Everything was decided in the dying seconds in this low-scoring affair. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) came up with key offensive rebound late in regulation and hit a decisive free throw to propel Cedevita to the victory. He finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge.
The teams got to quite slow start. They teamed up for 18 points in the opening term as Benetton established a 12:6 lead. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston), Troha and Corsley Edwards accounted for 7 points in a row midway through the second term as Cedevita pulled in front 15:14. But the hosts managed to retain the lead as they were up by two at halftime 23:21. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) and Nicevic opened the second half with five points in a row to stretch the margin. Benetton maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the quarter before Troha and Rudez hit consecutive triples giving Cedevita a 37:36 lead at the final intermission. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances), Devin Smith and Peric helped the home team back in charge 42:37 early in the final period. But back-to-back three-pointers from Dontaye Draper and Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) ensured a 46:44 lead for the visitors. The lead then changed hands for several times before Dontaye Draper and Bracey Wright made it 58:54 for Cedevita. Bulleri kept Benetton hopeful with a three-pointer and the hope got even bigger after Dontaye Draper missed both of his free throws. But Corsley Edwards pulled down an offensive rebound and hit one of two freebies to seal the win for Cedevita. Dontaye Draper produced 10 points, while Vedran Vukusic had 9 points in the victory. Greg Brunner (201-F-83, college: Iowa) and Donatas Motiejunas replied with 10 points apiece for Benetton. Devin Smith had 9 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Benetton: Greg Brunner 10, Donatas Motiejunas 10, Devin Smith 9+11 boards
Cedevita: Corsley Edwards 16, Dontaye Draper 10, Vedran Vukusic 9



SerieA Round 26 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in SerieA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The biggest surprise of round 26 was guest Air Avellino's (#5) road victory over Pepsi Caserta (#8) 83-75 on Sunday evening. Pepsi Caserta trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-83 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Jumaine Jones (202-79, college: Georgia) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts. Air Avellino maintains fifth position with 13-13 record, which they share with Cimberio VA and CS Bologna. Pepsi Caserta at the other side keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Air Avellino is looking forward to face Dinamo Sassari (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Pepsi Caserta will play against Lottomatica Roma and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Armani Milano (18-8) against seventh ranked Cimberio Varese (13-13) on Sunday night. Visiting Armani Milano was defeated by Cimberio Varese in Varese 82-71. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. Kristjan Kangur contributed with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85) replied with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Armani Milano. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cimberio Varese moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Air AV and CS Bologna. Armani Milano at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Cimberio Varese will play against Angelico Biella (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Armani Milano will play against the league's second-placed Bennet Cantu (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Milano. First ranked Montepaschi Siena faced 3rd ranked Armani Milano. Guests from Siena (22-2) defeated host Armani Milano (18-8) 78-70. Ksistof Lavrinovic scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners. Marijonas Petravicius responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-2 record. Loser Armani Milano keeps the third place with eight games lost. Montepaschi Siena will meet at home Enel Brindisi (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Armani Milano will play against the league's second-placed Bennet Cantu (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Enel Brindisi won against fifteenth-ranked Banca Tercas 87-76. Bobby Dixon notched 21 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. Enel Brindisi (8-17) moved-up to fifteenth place. Banca Tercas at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost. Enel Brindisi's next round opponent will be league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Banca Tercas will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13).
Important game to mention about took place in Sassari. Eleventh ranked Dinamo Sassari (12-14) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Lottomatica Roma (12-14) 86-85 in the game for the eighth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lottomatica Roma. The best player for the winners was James White who scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Dinamo Sassari moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Lottomatica Roma. Dinamo Sassari will face higher ranked Air Avellino (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

Rest of the games of round 26 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Scavolini PS defeated Fabi Shoes in Pesaro 66-56. Bennet Cantu beat Angelico BI at home 82-77. CS Bologna won against Vanoli CR on the opponent's court 95-88.
The best stats of 26th round was 30 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks by Ali Traore of Lottomatica.



Fabi Shoes - Scavolini PS 56-66

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (10-16) was defeated at home by tenth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (12-14) 66-56 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Scavolini Pesaro. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro was better in third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Puerto Rican guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL) who scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola, MD) chipped in 13 points and 4 steals. Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Scavolini Pesaro will face Enel Brindisi (#15) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Banca Tercas in Teramo.
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: D.Ivanov 14+9reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 11+2reb+2ast, S.Ford 10+11reb, S.Williams 10, A.Ray 8+8reb+2ast, A.Maestranzi 2+1ast
Scavolini PS: A.Collins 13+3reb+2ast, D.Hackett 11+4reb+1ast, N.Aleksandrov 10+6reb, G.Diaz 10+5reb+3ast, M.Cusin 8+4reb, T.Lydeka 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 96231


Enel Brindisi - Banca Tercas 87-76

Bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Enel Brindisi won against fifteenth-ranked Banca Tercas 87-76. Enel Brindisi forced 20 Banca Tercas turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Banca Tercas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) notched 21 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and French-Ivorian forward Herve Toure (202-82, agency: ACMT) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Even 26 points by American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Banca Tercas. Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) added 21 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Enel Brindisi (8-17) moved-up to fifteenth place. Banca Tercas at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost. Enel Brindisi's next round opponent will be league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Banca Tercas will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13).
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: D.Diener 26+4reb, I.Zoroski 21+3reb, K.Fletcher 12+6reb, R.De La Fuente 10+4reb+1ast, J.Davis 5+7reb+1ast, J.Young 2+1reb
Enel Brindisi: K.Lang 22+4reb, B.Dixon 21+5reb+7ast, H.Toure 15+8reb+3ast, A.Roberson 10+2reb, Y.Diawara 7+5reb+1ast, L.Infante 7+1reb
gschID: 96232


Bennet Cantu - Angelico BI 82-77

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Bennet Cantu (20-6) defeated at home 14th ranked Angelico Biella (9-17) 82-77 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 25-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bennet Cantu made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Angelico Biella turnovers. The best player for the winners was Austrian power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St.) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Naturalized Uruguayan guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Slovenian power forward Goran Jurak (203-77) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Marc Salyers (205-79, college: Samford) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Four Angelico Biella players scored in double figures. Bennet Cantu have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-6 record having just 0 points less than leader Montepaschi. Angelico Biella lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. Bennet Cantu will face Armani Milano (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Angelico Biella will play against Cimberio Varese (#6).
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: M.Salyers 19+1reb+3ast, G.Jurak 13+10reb+3ast, J.Viggiano 13+6reb+3ast, E.Sosa 11+1reb+7ast, M.Soragna 9+1reb+1ast, G.Cuccarolo 8+2reb
Bennet Cantu: B.Ortner 22+10reb, N.Mazzarino 20+2reb+5ast, M.Green 9+2reb+3ast, J.Tabu 9+2ast, M.Leunen 8+7reb+2ast, V.Micov 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 96233


Dinamo Sassari - Lottomatica 86-85

Important game to mention about took place in Sassari. Eleventh ranked Dinamo Sassari (12-14) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Lottomatica Roma (12-14) 86-85 in the game for the eighth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lottomatica Roma. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 22-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Dinamo Sassari made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) who scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Five Dinamo Sassari players scored in double figures. French center Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Beo Basket) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field) and FYR Macedonian-American guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) added 17 points and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) respectively for the guests. Dinamo Sassari moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Lottomatica Roma. Dinamo Sassari will face higher ranked Air Avellino (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Lottomatica: A.Traore 30+12reb+1ast, D.Washington 17+2reb+4ast, V.Dasic 10+6reb+2ast, N.Gordic 9+3reb+2ast, L.Datome 7+5reb+1ast, C.Smith 5+2reb
Dinamo Sassari: J.White 24+5reb+4ast, D.Tsaldaris 13+2reb+1ast, T.Diener 12+2reb+8ast, O.Hunter 12+15reb+1ast, V.Plisnic 11+7reb, M.Pinton 11+2ast
gschID: 96228


Pepsi Caserta - Air AV 75-83

The biggest surprise of round 26 was guest Air Avellino's (#5) road victory over Pepsi Caserta (#8) 83-75 on Sunday evening. Pepsi Caserta trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-83 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Jumaine Jones (202-79, college: Georgia) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) added 19 points respectively for the hosts. Five Air Avellino and four Pepsi Caserta players scored in double figures. Air Avellino maintains fifth position with 13-13 record, which they share with Cimberio VA and CS Bologna. Pepsi Caserta at the other side keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Air Avellino is looking forward to face Dinamo Sassari (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Pepsi Caserta will play against Lottomatica Roma and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pepsi Caserta: E.Ere 19+4reb+1ast, J.Jones 13+15reb+3ast, F.Di Bella 12+1reb+1ast, E.Williams 11+7reb, M.Colussi 7, L.Koszarek 5+2reb+1ast
Air AV: S.Szewczyk 20+7reb+1ast, L.Johnson 19+13reb, M.Green 16+2reb+6ast, O.Thomas 12+6reb+3ast, R.Cortese 11+10reb, D.Lauwers 5
gschID: 96230


Cimberio VA - Armani MI 82-71

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Armani Milano (18-8) against seventh ranked Cimberio Varese (13-13) on Sunday night. Visiting Armani Milano was defeated by Cimberio Varese in Varese 82-71. It looked good early as Armani Milano took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Cimberio Varese took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 11 points. Armani Milano was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. Estonian forward Kristjan Kangur (202-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. Lithuanian swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85) replied with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Bulgarian guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, agency: 540 Sports) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Armani Milano. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cimberio Varese moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Air AV and CS Bologna. Armani Milano at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Cimberio Varese will play against Angelico Biella (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Armani Milano will play against the league's second-placed Bennet Cantu (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: J.Maciulis 13+5reb+4ast, I.Jaaber 13+4reb+4ast, S.Mancinelli 10+3reb+2ast, M.Rocca 8+4reb, B.Eze 8+3reb+1ast, D.Hawkins 6+4reb+5ast
Cimberio VA: P.Goss 22+7reb+3ast, K.Kangur 16+12reb+2ast, T.Rannikko 12+1reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 11+2reb+5ast, G.Galanda 9+2reb+2ast, R.Slay 8+4reb
gschID: 96226


Vanoli CR - CS Bologna 88-95

Very expected game in Cremona where 12th ranked Vanoli-Braga (11-15) was defeated by sixth ranked CS Bologna (13-13) 95-88 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 29-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson, agency: Lanshire Group) chipped in 23 points. American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and Slovenian forward Marko Milic (202-77) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Five CS Bologna and four Vanoli-Braga players scored in double figures. CS Bologna moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cimberio VA and Air AV. Loser Vanoli-Braga keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. CS Bologna will face league's leader Montepaschi Siena at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vanoli-Braga will play against Benetton Treviso (#4).
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: E.Rowland 21+7reb+3ast, M.Milic 20+4reb+4ast, A.Drozdov 14+6reb, J.Perkovic 11+4reb+1ast, J.Foster 10+4reb+4ast, B.Sekulic 9+6reb+1ast
CS Bologna: K.Rivers 23+1reb+1ast, J.Homan 15+13reb, P.Koponen 15+5reb+3ast, K.Winston 11+1reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 11+8reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 96227


Round 23
Armani MI - Montepaschi 70-78

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Milano. First ranked Montepaschi Siena faced 3rd ranked Armani Milano. Guests from Siena (22-2) defeated host Armani Milano (18-8) 78-70. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 45-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Montepaschi Siena made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) chipped in 20 points during the contest. Lithuanian power forward Marijonas Petravicius (208-79, college: S.Carolina) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds and international forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) scored 14 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-2 record. Loser Armani Milano keeps the third place with eight games lost. Montepaschi Siena will meet at home Enel Brindisi (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Armani Milano will play against the league's second-placed Bennet Cantu (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: S.Mancinelli 14+2reb+3ast, M.Petravicius 14+9reb, O.Pecherov 10+3reb, I.Jaaber 7+7reb+2ast, B.Eze 6+5reb+1ast, L.Greer 5+4reb+2ast
Montepaschi: K.Lavrinovic 20+7reb+1ast, M.Hairston 20+3reb+1ast, D.Moss 8+4reb+4ast, S.Stonerook 8+9reb+3ast, N.Zisis 7+2ast, R.Kaukenas 7+1reb
gschID: 125209




Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Fastweb CM 20-8 
 2. Umana Reyer 20-8 
 3. Barcellona 19-9 
 4. Snaidero UD 17-11 
 5. Sunrise Scafati 17-11 
 6. Immobiliare SR 17-11 
 7. Prima Veroli 17-11 
 8. Fileni BPA 14-14 
 9. Tuscany PT 13-15 
 10. Aget Imola 13-15 
 11. N.Ferrara 11-17 
 12. Tezenis Verona 10-18 
 13. Assigeco 10-18 
 14. Forli 10-18 
 15. Trenkwalder 10-18 
 16. San Severo 6-22 


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 22-2 
 2. Bennet Cantu 20-6 
 3. Armani MI 18-8 
 4. Benetton TV 13-12 
 5. Air AV 13-13 
 6. Cimberio VA 13-13 
 7. CS Bologna 13-13 
 8. Lottomatica 12-14 
 9. Pepsi Caserta 12-14 
 10. Dinamo Sassari 12-14 
 11. Scavolini PS 12-14 
 12. Vanoli CR 11-15 
 13. Fabi Shoes 10-16 
 14. Angelico BI 9-17 
 15. Enel Brindisi 8-17 
 16. Banca Tercas 8-18 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.3 
 2. Thomas, Air AV18.0 
 3. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.1 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.16.0 
 5. Roberson, Enel B.15.8 
 6. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 7. Goss, Cimberio VA15.0 
 8. Hunter, Dinamo S.14.8 
 9. Milic, Vanoli CR14.6 
 10. Troutman, Air AV14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.3 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.5 
 3. Davis, Banca Tercas8.4 
 4. Homan, CS Bologna8.3 
 5. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.0 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.7 
 8. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.7 
 9. Suton, Angelico BI7.4 
 10. Toure, Enel Brindisi7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Green, Air AV6.8 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.9 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.5 
 4. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.9 
 5. Goss, Cimberio VA3.8 
 6. Stipcevic, Cimberio.3.8 
 7. Collins, Scavolin.3.8 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu3.7 
 9. Zoroski, Banca T.3.6 
 10. Markovic, Benetton.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.1 
 2. Stonerook, Montepas.2.7 
 3. Thomas, Air AV2.7 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. Green, Air AV2.6 
 6. White, Dinamo Sassari2.5 
 7. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 8. Goss, Cimberio VA2.5 
 9. Ortner, Bennet C.2.5 
 10. Dasic, Lottomatica2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.1 
 2. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 3. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.2 
 4. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.2 
 5. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 6. Polonara, Banca T.1.0 
 7. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.0 
 8. Drozdov, Vanoli CR1.0 
 9. Szewczyk, Air AV1.0 
 10. Homan, CS Bologna0.8 


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.20.2 
 4. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 5. Jackson, Prima Veroli19.5 
 6. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 7. Forte, Tuscany PT19.0 
 8. Goldwire, Forli18.9 
 9. Clark, Umana Reyer18.7 
 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. Chiacig, Trenkwalder8.2 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.0 
 8. Lollis, Immobili.8.0 
 9. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 10. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio PORTA
  Tezenis Verona
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Porta, Tezenis .5.0 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona4.9 
 3. Goldwire, Forli4.6 
 4. Hickman, Fastw.3.9 
 5. Mathis, Snaidero.3.8 
 6. Marigney, Assigeco3.8 
 7. Whiting, Aget Imola3.8 
 8. Clark, Umana Reyer3.8 
 9. Forte, Tuscany PT3.7 
 10. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dawan ROBINSON
  Trenkwalder
  (189-G-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.9 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Roderick, Immobi.2.8 
 4. Hunter, Sunrise .2.5 
 5. Achara, Barcellona2.5 
 6. Filloy, Immobili.2.5 
 7. Davis, Sunrise .2.5 
 8. Cerella, Assigeco2.5 
 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. Achara, Barcellona1.2 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 6. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 7. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 8. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 9. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 10. Radulovic, Sunris.0.6 


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  KOSOVO   


Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 22-2 
 2. Peja 21-5 
 3. Bambi 20-4 
 4. Trepca 13-11 
 5. K.EuroSporti 9-17 
 6. Kosova 8-18 
 7. Bashkimi 8-18 
 8. Mitrovica 0-26 


SuperLeague Round 26: Peja beats Bambi by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in SuperLeague.

The most exciting game of round 26 in the SuperLeague took place in Peje. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Bambi (20-4) to second ranked Peja (21-5) 65-62 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Bambi. Peja have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-5 record behind leader Sigal Prishtina. Bambi at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Peja are looking forward to face Bashkimi (#7) in Prizren in the next round where they are favorite. Bambi will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 26th consecutive match to seventh ranked Bashkimi (8-18) 100-74. Bashkimi moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Kosova. Newly promoted KB Mitrovice still closes the standings. Bashkimi will play against league's second-placed Peja in Peje in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KB Mitrovice will play on the road against College EuroSporti (#5) in Prishtine and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Prishtine was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Kosova (8-18) played at the court of sixth ranked College EuroSporti (9-17). College EuroSporti defeated Kosova 100-85 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kosova. College EuroSporti moved-up to fifth place. Loser Kosova dropped to the sixth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Bashkimi. College EuroSporti will meet at home bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice (#8) in the next round. Kosova will play against Trepca in Mitrovice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Peja - Bambi 65-62

The most exciting game of round 26 in the SuperLeague took place in Peje. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Bambi (20-4) to second ranked Peja (21-5) 65-62 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Bambi. Peja have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-5 record behind leader Sigal Prishtina. Bambi at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Peja are looking forward to face Bashkimi (#7) in Prizren in the next round where they are favorite. Bambi will have a break next round.
gschID: 114667


K.EuroSporti - Kosova 100-85

The game in Prishtine was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Kosova (8-18) played at the court of sixth ranked College EuroSporti (9-17). College EuroSporti defeated Kosova 100-85 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kosova. College EuroSporti moved-up to fifth place. Loser Kosova dropped to the sixth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Bashkimi. College EuroSporti will meet at home bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice (#8) in the next round. Kosova will play against Trepca in Mitrovice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 114669


Mitrovica - Bashkimi 74-100

Bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 26th consecutive match to seventh ranked Bashkimi (8-18) 100-74. Bashkimi moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Kosova. Newly promoted KB Mitrovice still closes the standings. Bashkimi will play against league's second-placed Peja in Peje in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KB Mitrovice will play on the road against College EuroSporti (#5) in Prishtine and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 114666




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  LATVIA   


LBL Round 26: Valmiera defeats leader Ventspils - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LBL just ended. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Ventspils (22-6) on the court of fourth ranked Valmiera on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Valmiera 76-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ventspils. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-71. Valmiera made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Valmiera outrebounded Ventspils 40-21 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Janis Kaufmanis (185-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) replied with 15 points and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for Ventspils. Ventspils' coach Algirdas Brazys rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Valmiera maintains fourth position with 17-11 record. Ventspils at the other side still keep top place with six games lost.
Another interesting game for Liepaja (18-10) which played in Riga against Barons (17-11). Fourth ranked Liepaja won 79-71. American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) scored 20 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Ashton Mitchell chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American guard Derek Willjam (185-85, college: SMU) responded with 19 points and 5 assists. Liepaja moved-up to third place. Defending champion Barons dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Valmiera. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for VEF Riga (19-9) which hosted in Riga 4th ranked Valmiera (17-11). Second ranked VEF Riga had an easy win 109-69. Andrejs Selakovs notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 23 points by Janis Kaufmanis did not help to save the game for Valmiera. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. VEF Riga have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-9 record having just three points less than leader Ventspils. Loser Valmiera keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost.
LBL top team - Ventspils (22-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Barons (17-11) 96-75. The best player for the winners was Brandon Hunter who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Barons' coach Uvis Helmanis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ventspils maintains first position with 22-6 record. Defending champion Barons dropped to the fourth place with 11 games lost.
LBL top team - Ventspils (22-6) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Zemgale (9-19) in Jelgava 123-66. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field). Zemgale's coach Varis Krumins already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ventspils maintains first position with 22-6 record. Zemgale lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 19 games lost.

In the last game of round 26 Turiba was smashed by VEF Riga on the road 108-61.



VEF Riga - Valmiera 109-69

An interesting game for VEF Riga (19-9) which hosted in Riga 4th ranked Valmiera (17-11). Second ranked VEF Riga had an easy win 109-69. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 109-69. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Valmiera's 30. They outrebounded Valmiera 41-24 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. VEF Riga looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. International center Andrejs Selakovs (210-88) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Montenegrin guard Bojan Bakic (197-83, agency: Alti Sport) supported him with 16 points. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Even 23 points by guard Janis Kaufmanis (185-89) did not help to save the game for Valmiera. Swingman Janis Berzins (200-93) added 14 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. VEF Riga have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-9 record having just three points less than leader Ventspils. Loser Valmiera keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: B.Bakic 16+3reb+2ast, K.Janicenoks 15+3reb+2ast, A.Selakovs 14+10reb+2ast, S.Valters 14+1reb+1ast, I.Nelyubov 12+1reb+2ast, D.Bertans 11+2reb+6ast
Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 23+4reb+2ast, J.Berzins 14+8reb+1ast, J.Graudins 11+1reb+3ast, R.Gabrans 6+4ast, M.Ziedins 6, K.Bedritis 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 125788


Ventspils - Barons 96-75

LBL top team - Ventspils (22-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Barons (17-11) 96-75. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Barons was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Ventspils especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. 26 personal fouls committed by Barons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) chipped in 19 points. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Ukrainian forward Kirill Pishchalnikov (203-87, college: VCU) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Derek Willjam (185-85, college: SMU) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Barons' coach Uvis Helmanis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ventspils maintains first position with 22-6 record. Defending champion Barons dropped to the fourth place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: O.Efejuku 19+4reb+2ast, B.Hunter 18+6reb+2ast, J.Strelnieks 13+2reb+10ast, A.Strelnieks 12+4reb+1ast, A.Vairogs 11+5reb, L.Blaus 11+6reb
Barons: K.Pishchalnikov 16+6reb+1ast, D.Willjam 15+4reb+1ast, D.Sweetney 10+1reb+1ast, M.Skirmants 10+1reb+1ast, I.Bergmanis 8+6reb+2ast, A.Cavars 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 125789


Zemgale - Ventspils 66-123

LBL top team - Ventspils (22-6) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Zemgale (9-19) in Jelgava 123-66. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to Zemgale's 32. Ventspils forced 23 Zemgale turnovers and outrebounded them 45-24 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Zemgale's players. Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field). Swingman Arturs Strelnieks (196-85) contributed with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Swingman Salvis Metra (194-84) replied with 14 points and 5 assists and swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) added 14 points in the effort for Zemgale. Zemgale's coach Varis Krumins already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ventspils maintains first position with 22-6 record. Zemgale lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: O.Efejuku 28+5reb+6ast, A.Strelnieks 24+9reb+1ast, A.Berzins 12+6reb+4ast, A.Vairogs 12+1reb, M.Gulbis 12+7reb+1ast, B.Hunter 11+5reb+2ast
Zemgale: S.Metra 14+1reb+5ast, R.Strupovics 14+2reb+1ast, E.Krumins 14+4reb, A.Justovics 8+3reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 7+8reb+2ast, A.Ausejs 4+2reb
gschID: 125786


VEF Riga - Turiba 108-61

No shocking result in a game when second ranked VEF Riga (19-9) crushed at home 7th ranked Turiba (6-22) 108-61 on Friday. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. VEF Riga forced 22 Turiba turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, agency: FCM) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. International swingman Dairis Bertans (192-89) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Forward Lauris Mizis (196-89) replied with 11 points and 5 rebounds and guard Armands Osins (192-91, agency: FCM) added 13 points in the effort for Turiba. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. VEF Riga have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-9 record having just three points less than leader Ventspils. Newly promoted Turiba keeps the seventh place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: K.Berzins 25+10reb, B.Bakic 17+3reb+2ast, D.Bertans 16+6reb+3ast, K.Janicenoks 16+4ast, S.Valters 10+2ast, T.Hughes 8+4reb+4ast
Turiba: A.Servuts 14+4reb+1ast, A.Osins 13+4reb+2ast, L.Mizis 11+5reb+3ast, R.Mednis 9+6reb, J.Antrops 6+2reb+3ast, A.Strelis 3+3reb
gschID: 125787


Valmiera - Ventspils 76-71

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Ventspils (22-6) on the court of fourth ranked Valmiera on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Valmiera 76-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ventspils. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-71. Valmiera made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Valmiera outrebounded Ventspils 40-21 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Janis Kaufmanis (185-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) replied with 15 points and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) added 13 points in the effort for Ventspils. Ventspils' coach Algirdas Brazys rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Valmiera maintains fourth position with 17-11 record. Ventspils at the other side still keep top place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 25+5reb+3ast, P.Veselovs 14+9reb+1ast, K.Bedritis 13+4reb+1ast, J.Berzins 9+3reb, O.Virsis 6+5reb+2ast, R.Gabrans 6+2reb+6ast
Ventspils: J.Strelnieks 15+1reb+5ast, A.Vairogs 13+1reb+1ast, B.Hunter 10+2reb+1ast, S.Kuzminskas 9+2reb+1ast, O.Efejuku 8+4reb+1ast, T.Carter 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 125784


Barons - Liepaja 71-79

Another interesting game for Liepaja (18-10) which played in Riga against Barons (17-11). Fourth ranked Liepaja won 79-71. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Barons won third quarter 27-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Liepaja especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) scored 20 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Ashton Mitchell (180-88, college: Sam Houston St.) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Caldwell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Derek Willjam (185-85, college: SMU) responded with 19 points and 5 assists and the former international center Martins Skirmants (205-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 7 points and 9 rebounds. Liepaja moved-up to third place. Defending champion Barons dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Valmiera.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: P.Caldwell 20+4reb+5ast, A.Mitchell 11+5reb+3ast, J.Aleksejevs 10+5reb+1ast, M.Kravcenko 9+3reb+2ast, A.Ozols 8+6reb+2ast, S.Buskevics 8+3ast
Barons: D.Willjam 19+2reb+5ast, K.Pishchalnikov 11+5reb, I.Bankevics 10+4reb, I.Bergmanis 7+2ast, M.Skirmants 7+9reb+1ast, A.Vitols 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 125785




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Scott WILSON
  Zemgale
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 2. Willjam, Barons15.8 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Peiners, LU14.8 
 5. Veselovs, Valmiera14.1 
 6. Duselis, LU14.1 
 7. Mednis, Turiba13.8 
 8. Vaikulis, Liepaja13.4 
 9. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.3 
 10. Caldwell, Liepaja13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Mednis, Turiba7.9 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale7.8 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja6.9 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 7. Cavars, Barons6.0 
 8. Veselovs, Valmiera6.0 
 9. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 10. Dilevka, Turiba5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  VEF Riga
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.4 
 4. Willjam, Barons4.2 
 5. Carter, Ventspils4.2 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja3.7 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 10. Vaikulis, Liepaja3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gatis JAHOVICS
  VEF Riga
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 2. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.8 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera1.8 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja1.7 
 6. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 7. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 8. Cavars, Barons1.6 
 9. Slisans, LU1.6 
 10. Rozitis, LU1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Skirmants, Barons1.2 
 5. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja0.8 
 7. Pishchalniko., Barons0.8 
 8. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 9. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 10. Piternieks, LU0.8 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 22-6 
 2. VEF Riga 19-9 
 3. Liepaja 18-10 
 4. Valmiera 17-11 
 5. Barons 17-11 
 6. Zemgale 9-19 
 7. Turiba 6-22 
 8. LU 4-24 


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Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre26.5 
 2. Kennedy, Residence25.2 
 3. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.23.0 
 5. Schumacher, T7122.7 
 6. Muller, T7121.1 
 7. Reimold, Basket E.21.0 
 8. Delgado, Etzella20.1 
 9. Gary, Contern19.1 
 10. Smith, Sparta18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre15.5 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.15.3 
 3. Gary, Contern13.2 
 4. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 5. Kennedy, Residence12.2 
 6. Wurtz, Musel Pikes11.7 
 7. Stephens, T7111.6 
 8. Scott, Etzella10.6 
 9. Birdsong, Amicale9.9 
 10. Wojnowski, Musel P.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Schartz, Amicale5.5 
 2. Schumacher, T714.4 
 3. Rausch, Black Star3.7 
 4. Reimold, Basket E.3.4 
 5. Delgado, Etzella3.3 
 6. Arbaut, Sparta3.1 
 7. Schwartz, Musel P.2.9 
 8. Koster, Residence2.8 
 9. McDaniel, Black S.2.7 
 10. Ulmer, Soleuvre2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jones, Amicale2.1 
 2. Kalmes, Contern1.9 
 3. Gary, Contern1.8 
 4. Kennedy, Residence1.6 
 5. Schartz, Amicale1.6 
 6. McDaniel, Black S.1.5 
 7. Smith, Sparta1.5 
 8. Birdsong, Amicale1.5 
 9. Delgado, Etzella1.5 
 10. Koster, Residence1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gary, Contern2.0 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.1.9 
 3. Birdsong, Amicale1.7 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.3 
 5. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.0 
 6. Stephens, T711.0 
 7. Abercrombie, Spa.0.9 
 8. Scott, Etzella0.7 
 9. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.7 
 10. Jones, Amicale0.6 


Standings
Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 21-5 
 2. Etzella 18-8 
 3. Sparta 15-11 
 4. Amicale 15-11 
 5. Basket Esch 15-11 
 6. Residence 9-17 
7-10 places
 1. Musel Pikes 13-11 
 2. Soleuvre 9-15 
 3. Contern 7-17 
 4. Black Star 4-20 


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Funn's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old guard William Funn (188-G-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Guasave and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He got a double-double of 18 points and 18 assists, while his team crushed Nogales (#5, 11-10) with 19-point margin 99-80. Guasave maintains the 3rd position in Mexican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guasave will need more victories to improve their 12-9 record. Funn just recently signed at Guasave, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Portland State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Funn is league's best passer with 7.4apg. Funn is in league's top in and averages solid 2.0bpg and 60.1% FGP. Worth to mention Funn played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas. He is American forward in his first season at Guaymas. In the last game Habel recorded impressive 32 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Guaymas cruised to a 101-89 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Los Mochis (#10, 3-18). Guaymas' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-12 record. Habel is one of the most experienced players at Guaymas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Detrick White (184-G-76) of Los Mochis (#10). White got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds and seven assists. Despite White's great performance Los Mochis lost 89-101 to slightly higher-ranked Guaymas (#8, 9-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Los Mochis can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-18 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for White he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. White has individually a great season in Mexico. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (2nd best) and assists with 5.9apg (3rd best). He also has 1.9bpg and FGP: 57.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rasheem Barrett (196-G-87) of Guasave - 35 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Tepic - 33 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Marquise Gray (206-C-86) of Hermosillo - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jose Sanchez (F/C-80) of Guaymas - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Rene Rougeau (198-G-86) of Culiacan - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Derek Thomas (193-F-84) of Cananea - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Quentin Gonzalez (200-F-84) of Culiacan - 24 points and 12 rebounds

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


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 17-4 
 2. Cananea 17-4 
 3. Guasave 12-9 
 4. Culiacan 12-9 
 5. Nogales 11-10 
 6. Mexicali 10-11 
 7. Tijuana 10-11 
 8. Guaymas 9-12 
 9. Tepic 4-17 
 10. Los Mochis 3-18 


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael GALE
  Mexicali
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Gale, Mexicali28.4 
 2. White, Cananea28.1 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.3 
 4. Brown, Tepic25.3 
 5. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 6. White, Los Mochis24.0 
 7. Gabbidon, Tijuana23.4 
 8. Barrett, Guasave23.0 
 9. Thomas, Cananea22.5 
 10. Brown, Tepic22.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Moss, Nogales10.2 
 2. Angounou, Guasave9.9 
 3. Broxsie, Nogales9.3 
 4. Brown, Tepic9.2 
 5. Avila, Culiacan9.1 
 6. Malloy, Los Mochis8.8 
 7. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 8. Rougeau, Culiacan7.9 
 9. Tate, Tijuana7.6 
 10. Gray, Hermosillo7.1 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Funn, Guasave7.4 
 2. Watson, Tijuana6.2 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.9 
 4. Nungaray, Guaymas4.5 
 5. Marentes, Guaymas4.5 
 6. Thomas, Hermosillo4.4 
 7. Meza, Culiacan4.3 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo4.2 
 9. Ford, Tepic4.1 
 10. White, Cananea4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Derek THOMAS
  Cananea
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Thomas, Cananea2.1 
 2. Brown, Nogales2.0 
 3. White, Cananea2.0 
 4. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 5. Funn, Guasave1.7 
 6. Rougeau, Culiacan1.6 
 7. Gale, Mexicali1.5 
 8. Sowell, Culiacan1.4 
 9. White, Los Mochis1.4 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 3. Tate, Tijuana2.4 
 4. Gale, Mexicali2.4 
 5. Habel, Guaymas2.4 
 6. Thomas, Hermosillo2.3 
 7. Rougeau, Culiacan2.3 
 8. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 9. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 10. Brown, Tepic2.2 


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  NBA   


Nowitzki, Kidd lead Mavs past Blazers in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) knows how to take over a game when the Dallas Mavericks need him the most, and Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California) can still make some big shots.

Nowitzki scored 18 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and the 38-year-old Kidd had a playoff career-best six 3-pointers among his 24 points as Dallas defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 89-81 Saturday night in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference series.

'Just really kept on plugging,' Nowitzki said. 'I've got to keep going. The team told me to keep attacking and things will start happening.'

Even though Nowitzki struggled from the field most of the night, making only 7 of 20 shots, he came through when the Mavericks needed him most.

Nowitzki scored 12 consecutive points in the game-turning spurt in the closing minutes when Dallas tied the game and eventually went ahead to stay. In the opener of his 11th consecutive postseason appearance with the Mavs, the perennial All-Star made all 13 of his free throws -- all in the fourth quarter.

Soon after Portland had its largest lead of six points, the Mavericks got back within 72-70 when Nowitzki made two free throws with 4:49 left.

After Kidd rebounded a Miller miss, Nowitzki got fouled and hit two more free throws to tie the game.

Miller then scored with a finger-roll, but Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer from the right corner to put the Mavs ahead to stay with 3:40 left.

'The most important shot of the game,' coach Rick Carlisle said. 'That really energized our building and energized our team. ... He stayed with it, and when we talk about the important of persistence on our team, he was a great example of that tonight because it wasn't going great necessarily the whole game.'

Dallas, the No. 3 Western Conference seed, survived in Game 1 against a feisty bunch of Trail Blazers who have become a chic pick for a first-round playoff upset. Partly because the Mavericks have been knocked out in the first round three of the last four years since taking a 2-0 lead in the 2006 NBA Finals.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Dallas.

LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) had 27 points for Portland and Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) had 18.

Nowitzki made two more free throws after he was fouled hard and was rubbing his left elbow.

Aldridge then had a scooping shot before Nowitzki spun between two defenders at the free throw line and made the shot while being fouled. His free throw made it 80-76.

The 38-year-old Kidd, in his 122nd playoff game over 15 NBA postseasons, was 9-of-14 shooting. He also had four assists and two steals. His high-scoring game during the regular season was 21 points against the Los Angeles Lakers in mid-January.

'They want me to be aggressive,' Kidd said. 'We all know that Dirk and Jet [Jason Terry] are offensive guys and they put the ball up. But in the playoffs you have to have other guys step up and score and I know that our opponents are going to give me that jump shot and I have to be able to knock it down.'

Portland built its lead to 72-66 when Brandon Roy turned and saw Nicolas Batum charging along the baseline and passed him the ball for an easy dunk.

'We just had to stay solid down the stretch and we didn't,' Aldridge said. 'But when you have a chance to win it always makes you feel better.'

The Blazers' biggest lead came during a span with Dallas missed 10 consecutive field goals over a stretch of nearly 11 minutes after building a 10-point lead. Kidd's stepback jumper with 5:28 left in the game ended that miserable spurt before Nowitzki took over.

'Dirk came alive,' Portland center Marcus Camby said. 'We know we let one get away, but we can't let this one linger.'

Aldridge got off to a fast start with 11 points in the first 7 minutes of the game in his hometown. That included eight points in a span of less than 2 minutes that he bookended with a pair of alley-oop dunks from Marcus Camby to put the Blazers up 15-14.

A long 3-pointer by Terry put the Mavericks up 33-26. Portland cut the gap to 35-33 on Batum's bounce pass through the lane to Miller for a basket.

A putback dunk by Brendan Haywood ignited a half-ending 12-4 run. That was the first of seven straight points for Dallas before Aldridge had another high-flying dunk with 3 minutes left in the half -- this one on a pass from Miller -- for his first basket since his early scoring flurry, and only other one before halftime.

After Portland scored the first six points of the second half, cutting the gap to 47-43, Kidd consecutive 3-pointers. Kidd ended up with the ball after miss another from beyond the arc, then got the ball to Shawn Marion for a 16-footer. Less than 2 minutes later, Kidd hit another long jumper for a 57-47 lead.

It was a much different performance for Kidd than two weeks ago in Portland, when he was scoreless while missing all six of his shots -- five of them 3-pointers -- before getting a couple of games off to rest for the postseason.

'Spectacular,' Carlisle said. 'We had some guys that didn't play their best games, but Kidd played the game of the year to this point. Every shot he made, every play he made was absolutely essential for us. His leadership is something you can't quantify.'

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Johnson, Hawks stun Magic 103-93 in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks' dominance over the Orlando Magic this year is not just a regular-season phenomenon.

For now, it also includes the postseason.

Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) scored 25 points, Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) finished with 23 and Atlanta beat Orlando 103-93 in Game 1 of their playoff series on Saturday, overcoming a monster night by Dwight Howard.

Atlanta was eliminated by Orlando in last year's playoffs in the most lopsided four-game sweep in NBA history, but this one was much different. The Hawks led by as many as 18 points while running multiple bodies at Howard all night, and the rest of the Magic failed to step up.

'It's a seven-game series and anything can happen,' Hawks coach Larry Drew said. 'All I wanted us to come in here and do is play hard and maintain our composure. ... I could tell our guys were ready for tonight's game.'

Howard tied a career high with 46 points, to go along with 19 rebounds. Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's) had 27 points but no other Orlando player reached double figures.

The Hawks had five players with at least 13 points, earning their fourth straight victory against the Magic and erasing the sting of a six-game losing streak to close the regular season. Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) scored 16, Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) had 15 points and eight rebounds and Kirk Hinrich added 13 points.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in Orlando.

'I think we just had to be excited about where we were,' Johnson said. 'We understood that we played this team four times this year and we won three of them. We're a confident group. I think the last six games of the season people kinda looked down on us because we lost all six. But now we have a plan. It's coming to fruition and we just have to go out and play together.'

After shooting a dismal 36 percent in the first quarter, the Hawks connected on 30 of their final 52 attempts from the field. They also shot 6 of 14 from the 3-point line.

'No question it's different (from last year),' Horford said. 'We're a different team this year. This year we feel much more confident.'

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said Atlanta's strong shooting was too much to overcome and will be the focus of his adjustments going forward, along with reducing turnovers. The Magic had 18 giveaways that led to 21 Atlanta points.

The Hawks were in control throughout. They carried an 85-71 lead into the final period and caught a break when Howard was whistled for his fifth foul with 10:58 to play.

But even with Howard playing less aggressively underneath on defense, Orlando put together a 10-1 run that cut it to 92-83 with 4:40 left.

Howard banked in a hook shot with under two minutes remaining to make it 98-90. But a steal by Smith and 3-pointer by Crawford put the Magic back into scramble mode and Atlanta was able to play keepaway the rest of the game.

The Magic came out with some renewed offensive spirit in the opening minutes of the third, cutting Atlanta's lead to 57-53. The Hawks responded with an 11-0 run, aided by a string of Orlando possessions that produced either fouls or turnovers.

To compound matters, a few trips later Howard was hit with his fourth personal and a technical foul at the 5:37 mark for pulling Zaza Pachulia to the floor on a rebound attempt. Three straight free throws by the Hawks made it 71-54.

Nelson kept the Magic close, scoring Orlando's next 15 points to trim the edge to 80-69 with under two minutes to play in the period. He said there are no quick fixes to their woes in Game 1.

'I can't really put a finger on it right now,' Nelson said.

The Hawks took a 55-48 advantage into the break, relying on hot shooting to keep them out in front for most of the half. Atlanta shot 55 percent overall, including a 14 of 17 from the field in the second quarter alone.

Howard went 16 for 23 from the field and 14 of 22 from the free-throw line, but he also had eight turnovers. Howard and Nelson combined for 26 of Orlando's 34 field goals.

Howard scored the Magic's first 12 points of the game and had 31 in the first half. His fellow starters and reserve Ryan Anderson combined to miss their first 10 field-goal attempts.

Hedo Turkoglu finally broke the scoring drought for Howard's teammates with a free throw at the 1:20 mark in the first quarter. And J.J. Redick picked up the first non-Howard field goal of the night a few trips later, dropping in a reverse layup off a behind-the-back pass from Gilbert Arenas in transition.

'It's frustrating that we lost,' Howard said. 'But it's the first game. ... We just need to keep playing.'

*Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Heat get a late scare, top 76ers in Game 1, 97-89 - by Eurobasket News
Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) and LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) watched from afar when Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) controlled the final portions of games during the Miami Heat's championship run in 2006.

They got a closer look Saturday, when Wade helped save Miami from a Game 1 collapse.

Bosh had 25 points and 12 rebounds, James added 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Wade scored five of his 17 points in the final 1:34 as the Heat held off a huge Philadelphia comeback try and beat the 76ers 97-89 in the opener of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

'The only number that matters right now is 1-0,' Wade said. 'That's all it's about.'

Game 2 is Monday night.

Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers, while Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90, college: UCLA) added 19 and Elton Brand finished with 17. It was the second time in 22 days that Philadelphia blew a big second-quarter lead in Miami: On March 25, the 76ers led by 16, and on Saturday, the margin was 14.

The Heat won both, and are now 4-0 against the 76ers this season.

'Second time in three weeks that we had a big lead and let it slip,' Brand said. 'Right now, it's the playoffs. Win these games or go home. So it's more of a discouraging feeling knowing that we could have won these games.'

Also much like that March 25 game: Philadelphia gave itself a shot down the stretch.

The 76ers scored 12 straight points in the fourth quarter, closing to 88-87 - but never getting the lead back. Bosh made two free throws and Wade hit a tough bank shot to give Miami a five-point edge. And after Young scored Philadelphia's final points with 1:24 left, Wade sealed it with a pair of foul shots 14 seconds later.

'We'll take this first win,' said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra , whose team has won 16 of its last 19 games overall. 'Hopefully who we've been the last few weeks will be more who we'll be the rest of the series, particularly offensively. We were not very efficient tonight.'

Wade, Bosh and James all were held under 50 percent shooting and Miami won anyway, in large part because the Heat held big edges in rebounding (52-39) and free throws.

Sixers coach Doug Collins spent much of Game 1 pointing out the game's free-throw discrepancy to the officiating crew - Miami finished 31 for 39, while Philadelphia was only 12 for 15.

Afterward, he craftily took the high road.

'I could,' Collins said, when asked to explain the more-than-2-to-1 difference. 'My grandkids would lose their college fund. So I'll have to dance around that one. I can't respond to that.'

What was clear, however, was that Philadelphia's fouls in the second quarter helped change the game.

'It's kind of discouraging,' Holiday said, 'But at the same time, we know we just have to keep at it. ... Calls are made and we have to fight through that.'

Just like the teams' last regular-season meeting on March 25, the 76ers came out flying. They made eight of their first 10 shots, eventually running out to a 25-11 lead. At period's end, it was still 31-19 Philadelphia, on 61 percent shooting compared to 32 percent by Miami.

Miami outscored Philadelphia 35-18 in the second quarter, and kept the lead - though far from easily - the rest of the way.

'No team is just going to lie down,' Bosh said. 'You're not going to play an 82-game season and work this hard just to lie down when you get there. They're a very gifted team. ... We do expect this series to have all close games. As long as we prepare for that and get that in our minds, we'll be fine.'

Since the NBA went to best-of-seven opening rounds in 2003, No. 2 seeds that win Game 1 of their quarterfinal series have advanced 12 of 13 times, the lone exception being Dallas against San Antonio last year.

And when James and Wade get to enjoy 1-0 series leads, things tend to work out for them. The Heat have advanced all five times when taking a 1-0 lead with Wade on the team; the Cleveland Cavaliers won seven of eight series with James after winning Game 1s.

'It's the postseason,' James said. 'Just try to do whatever it takes to win.'

Brand's rebound and short jumper with 7:58 left got Philadelphia within seven - the margin had been 16 late in the third quarter. And Wade went to the bench 38 seconds later with his fifth foul, but Miami stretched its cushion to 88-75 on a 3-pointer by James Jones, followed by James extending both arms skyward.

It was far from over, though Miami found a way to escape.

'It looked like they were going to run us out,' Collins said. 'But we fought back.'

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.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. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.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. Noah, Chicago B.10.4 
 7. Camby, Portland TB10.4 
 8. Humphries, New J.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. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 8. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 4. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 5. 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 


Rose, Bulls rally past Pacers 104-99 in opener - by Eurobasket News
Never mind what everyone else was thinking, Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) insisted he didn't expect the Chicago Bulls to roll over the Indiana Pacers.

They certainly didn't in Game 1.

Rose scored 39 points and found Kyle Korver (6'7''-F-81, college: Creighton) for a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 48 seconds left, helping top-seeded Chicago stage a late rally to beat the Pacers 104-99 in their playoff opener on Saturday.

'We knew it was going to be a hard game,' Rose said. 'From the beginning I guess we weren't prepared for it. Next time I think we'll be ready.'

For the Pacers, the loss was tough to accept. They controlled most of the game, but couldn't put it away.

They'd make little runs, Chicago would come back, and the Pacers would pull ahead again. With Rose staring at them, Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) never felt safe.

'With Derrick Rose on the other team? No,' Granger said. 'With Derrick Rose on the other team, no. It's like a crazy stalker ex-girlfriend. Everytime you tell her you don't want to talk to her, she'll show up at your door again.'

Trailing 98-88 in the final period, the Bulls showed the resolve that carried them to a league-best 62-20 record, closing with a 16-1 run over the final 3:38.

Rose scored seven during the impressive finish, including a three-point play and a floater that tied it at 99 with 1:27 left. He then hit Korver with a cross-court pass for a 3 that gave the Bulls their first lead at 102-99.

Danny Granger then missed a 3 and Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) got the rebound. Rose eventually hit two free throws with 14.8 seconds remaining.

Game 2 in this best-of-7 series is Monday night at the United Center.

Rose again showed why he is an MVP favorite even though he was off target. He missed each of his nine 3-point attempts but made 19 of 21 at the foul line and finished with six rebounds and six assists.

Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) added 18 points and Korver finished with 13, no shot bigger than that 3.

Rose said an open 3 is 'like a layup' for Korver, who credited the dynamic point guard for finding him.

'Derrick made a great read,' Korver said. 'If my man helps, he's going to kick it out to me. If he doesn't help, he's going to drive into the lane. That's why it's set up that way.'

Granger led Indiana with 24 points, and Tyler Hansbrough shook off an elbow from Kurt Thomas to finish with 22. Darren Collison scored 17, but had just two in the second half, and the Pacers came up just short in their first playoff game in five years.

Even so, they gave the Bulls all they could handle.

With the Pacers leading by 10, Deng hit two free throws with 3:28 remaining to start the comeback. Noah followed with a tip-in and dunk to make it a four-point game, and the Bulls were on their way.

Exactly how far they'll go remains to be seen, but they're certainly aiming high after securing home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. They won nine straight and 21 of 23 down the stretch, and anything less than a big run would be a big disappointment.

Meanwhile, the Pacers will try to shake this one off and figure out how a game that looked so promising ended in defeat.

'We put forth a good effort, but who cares?' Granger said. 'It's 0-1.'

The Pacers were concerned late in the third quarter when Hansbrough was elbowed by Thomas as he was trying to rebound a miss by Rose. Hansbrough stayed down for several minutes and, still woozy, had to take a seat in the tunnel.

He eventually walked to the locker room on his own power. He returned with 5:33 remaining, and it looked as if he might lead the Pacers to a win.

Instead, the Bulls came surging back, erasing that deficit after Hansbrough hit back-to-back jumpers and converted a three-point play to make it 98-88. Now, they can breathe a little easier after a hard, physical game.

'Right now I'm feeling good and can't wait to go eat,' Rose said.

For Indiana?

'This one hurts real bad,' Roy Hibbert said.

Courtesy of www.waow.com


Grizzlies beat Spurs 101-98 for first NBA Playoff win in team history - by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies beat the San Antonio Spurs 101-98 to earn their first National Basketball Association postseason win.

Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) scored 25 points and had 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies at AT&T Center in San Antonio in the first game of the best-of-seven series. Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) added 24 points, twice his season average, for Memphis.

'It was a tough day, it was a physical game', Randolph said in a televised courtside interview. 'We just kept fighting.'

San Antonio won the NBA title four times from 1999 to 2007, while the Grizzlies have never gone past the first round of the playoffs in three previous attempts, losing each of their previous 12 postseason games. The Spurs had the second-best regular-season record after the Chicago Bulls and finished atop the Western Conference with a 61-21 record. The Grizzlies were eighth in the conference, with a 46-36 mark.

Memphis ended the game on a 7-0 scoring run and Shane Battier hit a 25-foot 3-pointer with 23 seconds to play to put the Grizzlies ahead 99-98. Tony Allen extended the lead to three points with 10 seconds left on a pair of free throws.

All-star guard Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances), San Antonio's second-leading scorer with an average of 17.4 points per game, didnt play after spraining his right elbow in the Spurs regular-season finale. Ginobilis replacement, George Hill, scored 15 points for the Spurs, who were limited to 40 percent shooting.

Richard Jefferson (6'6''-F/G-80, college: Arizona) missed a 3-pointer with one second left for San Antonio, which split four regular-season games with the Grizzlies. The teams return to the AT&T Center for Game 2 on April 20 before heading to Memphis for two games.

Courtesy of www.bloomberg.com


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  NCAA1   


San Diego president expresses support for coach, AD - by Eurobasket News
University of San Diego President Mary E. Lyons said Friday that she and the school's trustees have 'unwavering support' for men's basketball coach Bill Grier and athletic director Ky Snyder as the FBI investigates a bribery case involving two former players and a former assistant coach.

Lyons, Grier and Snyder spoke for the first time since federal authorities announced Monday that Brandon Johnson, the school's all-time leading scorer, former coach T.J. Brown and former player Brandon Dowdy were among 10 people charged with running a sports betting business to fix games.

Grier and Snyder 'continue to have our trust and our confidence,' Lyons said. 'It's very important for me to say that publicly.'

Lyons and Snyder said it was shocking for those at the small Catholic college, which plays in the West Coast Conference, to learn of the case.

'No institution is ever immune from difficulties, and this is a lesson that we've learned this week, for sure,' Lyons said.

Snyder agreed.

'Other than a tragedy happening to a student-athlete, there is nothing worse that can happen in collegiate athletics than point shaving,' he said. 'In sports, there is nothing worse than losing the integrity of the game. It calls into question all who are involved: Was it real or was it not? ... One of our student-athletes asked this week, 'How much of my career was real?' This is the damage that point shaving inflicts. This is not a victimless crime.'

Johnson finished his college career in 2010. Brown was an assistant coach at the school in the 2006-07 season, and Dowdy played at USD in the 2006-07 season before transferring to UC Riverside.

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

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

Federal authorities didn't name the USD opponent in the February 2010 game, saying only that Johnson was the school's starting point guard at the time.

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

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

Lyons said she has spoken with NCAA officials. Both she and Snyder said they've been told the NCAA won't look into the case until the FBI finishes its investigation.

Lyons said she was told that historically, point shaving cases involve isolated individuals and do not usually involve institutional collusion.

Grier said the first he heard of the investigation was when two FBI agents came to his home at 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Asked if he was suspicious that anything was going on in the program, he said: 'Good players have bad games, bad players have good games. I don't think either is an indication that anything is going on. That's the nature of athletics.'

Asked if specific games stood out to him and if he had heard that a player was approached last season, Grier said he couldn't answer due to the ongoing investigation.

'If the allegations are true, I am deeply disappointed and feel betrayed,' Grier said. Asked to elaborate, he said he 'did a lot' to help Johnson.

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

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

'We are not diminished by these events. This university is built on a foundation of many, many years of ethics and integrity,' said Lyons, who called the allegations an 'aberration.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Darryl DORA
  Nelson G.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 29
 1. Dora, Nelson G.29.0 
 2. Allen, Waikato P.26.0 
 3. Mickens, Auckland.26.0 
 4. Pace, Bay Hawks25.0 
 5. Henry, Wellington S.23.0 
 6. Horvath, Manawatu.22.0 
 7. Bartlett, Auckland.22.0 
 8. Smith, Waikato P.21.5 
 9. O''Gallagher, Ocean.20.5 
 10. Winitana, Bay H.20.0 
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. Dora, Nelson G.9.0 
 8. Trousdell, Bay H.8.5 
 9. Green, Nelson G.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. Leasure, Taranaki.4.0 
 5. Trousdell, Bay H.4.0 
 6. Frank, Wellington S.4.0 
 7. O''Gallagher, Ocean.4.0 
 8. Bartlett, Auckland.4.0 
 9. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.0 
 10. Dora, Nelson G.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brendon POLYBLANK
  Southland S.
  (200-G/F-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Polyblank, Southlan.3.0 
 2. Allen, Waikato P.2.5 
 3. Hudson, Manawatu.2.0 
 4. Adams, Wellington S.2.0 
 5. Dickel, Southland S.2.0 
 6. Bartlett, Auckland.2.0 
 7. Smith, Waikato P.1.5 
 8. Seay, Waikato P.1.5 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki.1.0 
 10. Mickens, Auckland.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Leon HENRY
  Wellington S.
  (200-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Henry, Wellington S.2.0 
 2. Iti, Southland S.2.0 
 3. Mickens, Auckland.2.0 
 4. Brown, Auckland P.2.0 
 5. Horvath, Manawatu.1.0 
 6. Beck, Auckland P.1.0 
 7. Seay, Waikato P.1.0 
 8. Dickel, Southland S.1.0 
 9. Bradshaw, OceanaGo.1.0 
 10. Frank, Wellington S.1.0 


Strong New Zealand interest in ANBL Grand Final - by Mike Lacey


Back on October 1st 2003 when the New Zealand Breakers stepped on the court at the NSEC for their inaugural ANBL game against the Adelaide 36ers an occasion like tonight was just a dream for players, staff and fans alike. Seven years, 201 days later and the reality is that the Burger King New Zealand Breakers are making their first appearance in the iiNET Grand Final.

Their opponents are the Cairns Taipans who overcame the Townsville Crocodiles last Sunday 93-83 to book their place in the final.
Cairns of course feature a couple of New Zealand basketballs favourite sons, Phill Jones and Lindsay Tait. It is easy to forget these two played 181 games between them for the Breakers and both were foundation players back in 2003
The current Breakers squad features nine New Zealanders therefore for the first time in ANBL history not only will a non-Australian team feature in the final but also the majority of players will be from New Zealand. According to my maths there will be 4 Americans, 9 Australians and 11 New Zealanders on show. Only two Kiwis, current Breakers players Dillon Boucher and Mika Vukona (197-F-82) have won ANBL championship rings.
Vukona won a title with the South dragons in 2009 and Boucher with the Brisbane Bullets in 2007. Whatever happens in the grand final series of 2011 there will be more than two New Zealanders boasting an ANBL championship ring.



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  NIGERIA   


Standings - DStv Premier L.
DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conf.
1. Royal Hoopers 10-2
2. Comets 8-3
3. Union Bank 8-1
4. D.Warriors 6-5
5. Islanders 4-4
6. Police Baton 3-7
7. Chariots 0-10
8. Delta Force 1-9
Savannah Conf.
1. Kano Pillars 10-0
2. Kada Stars 8-2
3. Bauchi Nets 7-3
4. Yelwa Hawks 6-4
5. Niger Potters 4-6
6. Immigration 2-8
7. Plateau Peaks 3-7
8. Rockets 0-10


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  POLAND   


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.4 
 2. Hodge, Zastal17.0 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.16.7 
 4. Reynolds, AZS K.16.5 
 5. Hinson, Polonia Azbud16.3 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.0 
 7. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot14.7 
 8. Bennerman, Energa C.14.5 
 9. NaNa, Polonia Azbud14.4 
 10. Goffney, Siarka14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.4 
 2. Truscott, Siarka9.9 
 3. Burgess, Zastal9.4 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.3 
 5. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.0 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow6.9 
 7. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.7 
 8. Miller, Anwil6.6 
 9. Reynolds, AZS K.6.4 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MILICIC
  AZS Koszalin
  (194-G-76)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Milicic, AZS K.6.6 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.6.2 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.8 
 4. Hodge, Zastal5.1 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.4.8 
 6. Szubarga, Asseco P.4.1 
 7. Hawkins, PBG B.4.0 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.5 
 9. Laczynski, Poloni.3.1 
 10. Nowakowski, Poloni.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 James MAYE
  Zastal
  (201-G/F-81)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Maye, Zastal2.8 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.7 
 3. Blassingame, Energa C.2.7 
 4. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.2.4 
 6. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 7. Szubarga, Asseco P.2.3 
 8. Milicic, AZS K.2.3 
 9. Hawkins, PBG B.2.1 
 10. Vaughn, Polpharma2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harris, SKK K.2.0 
 2. Reynolds, AZS K.1.4 
 3. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 5. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.3 
 6. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 7. Davis, Energa C.1.0 
 8. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 
 9. Miller, Anwil0.8 
 10. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.8 


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. Wilczek, Sokol Lancut7.7 
 7. Luszczewski, Start L.7.7 
 8. Lisewski, MMKS D.7.6 
 9. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.5 
 10. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.5 
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. Stoklosa, Spojnia4.9 
 6. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 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. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.8 
 3. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.8 
 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. Sikora, Start Lublin2.1 
 10. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.4 
 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. Pietras, Polonia 20110.9 
 9. Czyz, SKK Siedlce0.9 
 10. Pytys, AZS Szczecin0.9 


1Liga Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Tempcold AZS and MMKS DG with victories - by Eurobasket News
MMKS DG - LKS Lodz 73-62

MMKS DG surged ahead in the semifinal series versus LKS Lodz. The game was mostly controlled by MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza. LKS Sphinx managed to win second period 27-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by LKS Sphinx helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Adam Lisewski (206-80) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Pawel Zmarlak (195-82) contributed with 7 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza's coach Wojciech Wieczorek used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Bartlomiej Szczepaniak (187-81) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Piotr Trepka (182-80) added 7 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for LKS Sphinx.
Top scorers:
MMKS DG: M.Piechowicz 14+2reb+2ast, A.Lisewski 10+9reb+1ast, R.Lemanski 9+1reb+1ast, P.Zmarlak 7+10reb+2ast, L.Szczypka 7+1reb+2ast, M.Piotrkowski 7+3reb+2ast
LKS Lodz: B.Szczepaniak 20+5reb+2ast, K.Sulima 9+2reb, P.Trepka 7+5reb+2ast, D.Kalinowski 7+2reb+1ast, M.Salamonik 6+5reb+2ast, J.Dluski 5+4reb
gschID: 126676


Tempcold AZS - Sokol Lancut 71-64

Tempcold AZS claimed the opening win over Sokol Lancut in the semifinal series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sokol Lancut won third quarter 13-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when AZS Politechnika Warszawska won last quarter 18-12. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-G-86) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Guard Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Maciej Klima (205-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and guard Marcel Wilczek (200-86) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Sokol Lancut. Four Sokol Lancut players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Tempcold AZS: M.Nowakowski 14+1reb+1ast, L.Wilczek 13+6reb+9ast, M.Ponitka 10+8reb+1ast, L.Karwowski 8+5reb+2ast, J.Mokros 7+4reb, M.Popiolek 7+3ast
Sokol Lancut: M.Klima 19+11reb+1ast, M.Wilczek 14+10reb, R.Glapinski 12+4reb+1ast, W.Pisarczyk 10+5reb+2ast, B.Dubiel 4+3reb, T.Fortuna 3+3reb
gschID: 126675




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  PORTUGAL   


LPB Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Porto Ferpinta - CAB 81-62

Porto Ferpinta cruised to the second straight win over CAB Madeira. The game without a history. FC Porto Ferpinta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. FC Porto Ferpinta dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to CAB's 28. FC Porto Ferpinta had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. FC Porto Ferpinta looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by CAB's players. American forward Julian Terrell (206-84, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Joao Soares (195-90) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists during the contest. American guard Nathan Menefee (182-85, college: Evergreen St., agency: RIZO) responded with 18 points and international center Jorge Coelho (200-78) scored 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Porto Ferpinta: J.Terrell 17+10reb+4ast, G.Stempin 14+3reb, J.Soares 12+2reb+4ast, N.Marcal 9+4reb+2ast, M.Miranda 8+3reb+1ast, J.Costa 7+2reb+4ast
CAB: N.Menefee 18+1reb+2ast, J.Coelho 13+4reb+1ast, F.Lima 12+3reb+1ast, F.Fernandes 6+2reb+1ast, F.Gentry 4+12reb, S.Jackson 3+6reb
gschID: 126637


Academica - Ginasio 77-61

Academica are now 2-0 up on Ginasio. They claimed another home win in the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Academica outrebounded Ginasio 40-27 including 32 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Will Holland (193-87, college: Mt.St.Mary's) scored 27 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Matthew Shaw (201-86, college: S.Illinois) chipped in 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Power forward Jason Hartford (206-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and forward Yima Chia-Kur (196-86, college: Arkansas St.) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Academica: W.Holland 27+3reb+1ast, F.Sousa 14+11reb+1ast, T.Eddie 13+10reb+3ast, M.Shaw 10+11reb+6ast, T.Pinto 8+2reb+4ast, D.Simoes 4+2reb
Ginasio: Y.Chia-Kur 17+3reb+1ast, A.Swift 12+8reb+1ast, J.Hartford 12+10reb+3ast, T.Barroso 10+2reb+5ast, M.Goncalves 6+1reb+1ast, P.Silva 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 126638


Vitoria SC - Penafiel 72-63

Vitoria stepped closer to the semifinals after beating Penafiel at home court for the second straight time. Penafiel trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 14-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. Vitoria SC looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Penafiel's players. American guard Nolan Richardson (188, college: Midwestern St.) scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Augusto Sobrinho (188-85) chipped in 20 points during the contest. Four Vitoria SC players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Rui Mota (190-78) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Cape Verdean power forward Antonio Monteiro (202-89) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Vitoria SC: N.Richardson 20+3reb+3ast, A.Sobrinho 20+2reb+3ast, P.Diamantino 12+5reb, P.Cunha 10+9reb+5ast, P.Tavares 7+3reb+4ast, A.Bessa 2+7reb+7ast
Penafiel: R.Mota 16+6reb+4ast, A.Monteiro 14+10reb+1ast, J.Goode 12+7reb+4ast, A.Thornton 8+8reb+1ast, M.Goncalves 5+1reb, V.Teixeira 3+1reb
gschID: 126635


Benfica - Ovarense 84-77

Benfica ensured the second win in a row against Ovarense. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-77. American swingman Ben Reed (191-83, college: W.Michigan) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Sergio Ramos (200-76) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Benfica players scored in double figures. American forward Matthew Webster (203-84, college: Evansville) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) scored 20 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Benfica: B.Reed 15+6reb+4ast, M.Chandler 14+4reb+1ast, S.Ramos 12+8reb+1ast, M.Minhava 10+4reb+3ast, A.Tavares 10+2reb, G.Jenkins 9+1reb
Ovarense: M.Webster 26+8reb+3ast, N.Cortez 20+9reb+1ast, J.Waller 12+7reb, N.Manarte 8+3reb+7ast, A.Pinto 8+2reb+1ast, J.Miguel Barbosa 3+2ast
gschID: 126636




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, Academica18.4 
 6. Eddie, Academica18.3 
 7. Austin, Vitoria SC17.9 
 8. Goode, Penafiel17.7 
 9. Johnson, Barreire.17.6 
 10. Crutchfield, Illiabum17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Martin, Vitoria SC10.3 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense10.2 
 3. Robert, Lusitania9.7 
 4. Eddie, Academica9.3 
 5. Shaw, Academica9.3 
 6. Momplasir, Lusitania8.8 
 7. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
 8. Terrell, Porto F.8.8 
 9. Curnell, Barreirense8.5 
 10. Nolen, Penafiel8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 7
 1. Manarte, Ovarense7.0 
 2. Sing, Sampaense6.3 
 3. Reveles, Ginasio5.4 
 4. Monteiro, Lusitania5.2 
 5. Minhava, Benfica5.1 
 6. Simoes, Academica4.5 
 7. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 8. Silva, CAB4.5 
 9. Barroso, Ginasio4.0 
 10. Andrade, Porto F.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Curnell, Barreirense3.2 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense2.8 
 3. Silva, CAB2.6 
 4. Goode, Penafiel2.5 
 5. Jackson, CAB2.4 
 6. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.3 
 7. Felix, Illiabum2.1 
 8. Eddie, Academica2.0 
 9. Holland, Academica1.9 
 10. Hartford, Ginasio1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Momplasir, Lusitania3.8 
 2. Coelho, CAB1.2 
 3. Jackson, Sampaense1.2 
 4. Gray, Sampaense1.1 
 5. Willis, Illiabum1.1 
 6. Gentry, CAB1.1 
 7. Nolen, Penafiel1.1 
 8. Terrell, Porto F.1.0 
 9. Harris, Illiabum1.0 
 10. Stempin, Porto F.0.9 


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  PUERTO RICO   


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


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Coamo
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Villegas, Coamo23.3 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo22.4 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas20.3 
 4. Brown, Quebradillas20.1 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez19.3 
 6. Dalmau, Bayamon18.8 
 7. Clinch, Isabela18.6 
 8. Robinson, Humacao16.9 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce15.8 
 10. Pellot-Rosa, San G.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Randolph, Isabela12.9 
 2. Narvaez, Coamo12.8 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas12.1 
 4. Lloreda, San G.11.6 
 5. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.4 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon10.2 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez9.4 
 8. Ofoegbu, Humacao8.2 
 9. Robinson, Humacao8.1 
 10. Vassallo, Guaynabo8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.0 
 2. Clinch, Isabela5.7 
 3. Hodge, Santurce5.5 
 4. Guzman, Guaynabo5.2 
 5. Brown, Quebradillas4.9 
 6. Cruz, Arecibo4.8 
 7. Copeland, San G.4.6 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez4.3 
 9. Garcia, Humacao4.1 
 10. Vega, Coamo4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Carlos RODRIGUEZ
  Guaynabo
  (183-F-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rodriguez, Guaynabo3.0 
 2. Santiago, Santurce2.3 
 3. Benison, Santurce2.0 
 4. Clinch, Isabela1.9 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon1.8 
 6. Pinnock, Arecibo1.7 
 7. Robinson, Humacao1.6 
 8. Carmona, Mayaguez1.5 
 9. Cruz, Arecibo1.5 
 10. Chaney, Santurce1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez2.7 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 3. Romero, Mayaguez2.4 
 4. Santiago, Arecibo2.2 
 5. Freije, Coamo1.7 
 6. Sanchez, Santurce1.5 
 7. Traylor, Bayamon1.5 
 8. Rice, San German1.2 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon1.2 
 10. Ramos, Quebradillas1.1 


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  QATAR   


Gharrafah join semifinals in Emir Cup - by Eurobasket News
The QBF Emir Cup defending champions Gharrafah will play in the semis. They ensured their playoff birth following a 78:68 victory over Jaysh. Gharrafah led from start to finish in this one. They built a 28-point advantage in the third quarter en route to the victory. Alexander McLean (203-F-85, agency: Strategic Sports) provided 24 points and 9 rebounds to pace Gharrafah. Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) contributed 22 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds in the victory. Cheikh Sall (208-C-84) responded with 18 points for Jaysh as they slipped at 1-1 record.
Rayyan bounced back after a starting loss to Gharrafah. They overcame Qatar Club 85:66 to stay in the race for the semifinal ticket. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, college: Iowa) tallied 26 points to pace the QBF regular season winners. Rayyan strongly started the game and cleared off for good in the first quarter. Leather Terrence (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) notched 20 points and 9 caroms in the victory. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) added 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Rayyan. Gaston Moliva (201-F-85, college: Richmond) answered with 19 points for Qatar Club.
Rayyan will take on Jaysh in the battle for the second position in the group on Monday.



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  ROMANIA   


Match 3 of the play-offs previews - by Sebastian Umbrich
The day of Monday, 18th of April schedules the 3rd matches from the play-off and play-outs of the Romanian championship, edition 2010-2011.
In the play-offs, CSU Asesoft Ploiesti, the winner of the regular season, goes to Pitesti to play against BCM Pitesti, the team which caught the last position which granted a place in the upper phase of the championship, rank 8. After the 2 matches played in Ploiesti, the winners of the regular season took the lead 2-0, having confirmed their status of a very powerful team on home ground. Even that one may think that Ploiesti had an easy mission, things didnt look so. In the first match, Pitesti managed to keep the pace, but thanks to 2 strong quarter, the second and the fourth, 27-16 and 29-18, and thanks to a good performance of Catalin Burlacu, Ploiesti managed to win the first match score 97-80. Things looked different in the second match. A much more motivated team of Ploiesti took the initiative, and after the first quarter they led 26-22. Pitesti was going to push harder in the second quarter, which theyve won 24-16, so after 20 minutes of play they led 50-38, but the 2500 fans present in the Olimpia sports hall in Ploiesti knew it wasnt over. Two different teams came back from the lockers. Pitesti started to make more and more errors both in the offense and in the defense, so after the third quarter, their lead has been cut to only 2 points, 58-56, with Ploiesti winning the third quarter 18-8. Things didnt change in the last quarter; Ploiesti continued their offensive, won the quarter 30-19, and the match 86-77. The MVP was again Catalin Burlacu, who scored 24 points. If Ploiesti wins the third match, they will qualify to the semifinals, same like last year when they met Pitesti in the semifinals and won the series 3-0. The match played in the regular season in Pitesti was won by the home team, 87-77, but this occurred in a moment when Ploiesti had the assurance of winning the regular season, so the players didnt play at 100% of their potential.
In Sibiu, home team CSU Sibiu is forced to win the match if they still want to remain in the fight for a semifinal berth. However, they will have a difficult mission, given the fact that they will meet the regular seasons runner-up, U Cluj. The same as in the meeting between Ploiesti and Pitesti, the better ranked team after the regular season, in this case U Cluj, which finished 2nd, won both matches played on their home ground, and now hold the lead 2-0. The first match was a match without a history, Cluj having led from the 12th second up to the finish, managing to obtain a lead at a moment of 31 points, so Coach Marcel Tenter used bench players. As a result, Sibiu managed to lower the margin, but the still lost 75-98. The MVP of this match was Branko Cuic, who was one assist away from the third triple-double in this season, having scored 19 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. The second match saw a different team of Sibiu, which showed that it can make troubles to Cluj, and which had a 19-12 advantage after the first quarter. Cluj managed to strike back, won the second quarter 23-12, so at half-time the scoring table from the Horia Demian sport hall from Cluj-Napoca showed 35-31. The second half saw the team of Cluj better organized, and the lead grew slowly to ten points, but with one minute to go of the third quarter, Octavian Calota and Earl Brown scored two three-pointers, so Cluj won the quarter only with 5 points, 24-19. Sibiu didnt manage to recover, and after a pretty balanced fourth quarter, which has been won by Cluj 26-24, the final score was 85-74 for Cluj. The MVP of the second match was also Branko Cuic, with an efficiency index of 33. The match played on Sibius ground during the regular season saw Cluj winning a very balanced game, 61-58, a game in which both teams had a very good defense.
The third quarter-finals will be played in Oradea, between CSM Oradea and Gaz Metan Medias. The players of Medias won both games played on their home ground, but in both matches Oradea has proved that it can put real trouble to Medias. The first match has been won by Medias, 84-77, but Oradea had the better start, winning the first quarter, score 26-19. Medias fought back in the second quarter, but thanks to a good defense of Oradea, and after some turnovers committed, they won the quarter, 19-14, so at halftime Oradea still held the lead, 40-38. After a very balanced third quarter, with turnovers and spectacular dunks on both sides, Medias finally managed to draw the match even, winning the third quarter 19-17, so the whole match resumed to the last quarter, after three quarters the scoring table showing 57 all. Thanks to a longer bench, and the ability to use more experimented players, Medias took slowly the initiative, and thanks to a very good game of Deven Mitchell, who scored 20 points throughout the game, Medias took the lead 1-0, winning match 1 84-77. The second match looked pretty same as the first one, with many lead changes, and Medias leading at halftime 42-40. Oradea, probably accusing the fatigue from the previous day, didnt manage to keep up the pace, so Medias eventually won the match 85-64, thanks to a solid collective performance. Medias needs to win the third match if they want to avoid the series to include more matches than necessary, and has proved that they can win in Oradea, having defeated Oradea 83-67 during the regular season.
The last quarter final looked like it would be the most balanced one, saw Steaua facing Targu-Mures. Both matches had been very balanced, and both were won by the home team, so Steaua has an advantage of 2-0. The first match saw a very harsh battle both in the paint and in the backcourt, and in the first quarter Virgil Stanescu won the battle in the paint versus Aleksandar Mladenovic, but Mures recovered with some penetrations of the guards and some jump shots of Jason Forte, so Steaua won the quarter only 28-24. The teams went head-to-head in the second quarter, ending it tied, 20-20, so at halftime the score was 48-44. The third quarter was marked by many turnovers, and with many missed shots, but Steaua managed to extend its lead with a further point, winning the quarter 13-12. The last quarter was also very balanced, and the last 2 minutes of the game were full of free throws, and Steaua did better, so they won the match 83-75, after a 22-19 fourth quarter. The second match started with two opposite quarters. The 1000 spectators from a sold-out Mihai Viteazu sports hall thought that this would be an easy meeting for Steaua, as they have won the first quarter 24-16, after Virgil Stanescu scored many points, playing again better than his homologue, Aleksandar Mladenovic. Jason Forte and JuJuan Cooley brought Mures back to life with some three-pointers and jump shots, Liviu Dumitru defended well at Virgil Stanescu, and so Mures won the quarter 28-16, leading at halftime with 44-40. In the third quarter it seemed that the teams forget the defense, so both centers and forwards had no problems in receiving assists from the guards, and the teams scored 28 points each, so Mures still kept the lead, 72-68. The fourth quarter started with an important decision from the referees: JuJuan Cooley was penalized with an unsportsmanlike foul, after having fouled Andrei Mandache on a fast-break attack, but experts think that Marius Ciulin, the best referee from Romania, should have called only personal foul, given the fact that two other players of Mures were behind Cooley. Cooley made its 5th foul, was disqualified, and Steaua drew the tie at 74, having scored both free throws and the attack. After this moment, Mures suffered a moral breakdown, Jason Straight had also been eliminated, so Mures had no experimented guards to deliver passes to the forwards and to the center, so Steaua took the initiative, won the last quarter 34-25 and the match 102-97, extending their lead to 2-0. But Mures still has a good chance, given the fact that theyve won the match played on home ground in the regular season, 81-79.


Match 3 of the play-offs previews - by Sebastian Umbrich
The day of Monday, 18th of April schedules the 3rd matches from the play-off and play-outs of the Romanian championship, edition 2010-2011.
In the play-offs, CSU Asesoft Ploiesti, the winner of the regular season, goes to Pitesti to play against BC Arges Pitesti, the team which caught the last position which granted a place in the upper phase of the championship, rank 8. After the 2 matches played in Ploiesti, the winners of the regular season took the lead 2-0, having confirmed their status of a very powerful team on home ground. Even that one may think that Ploiesti had an easy mission, things didnt look so. In the first match, Pitesti managed to keep the pace, but thanks to 2 strong quarter, the second and the fourth, 27-16 and 29-18, and thanks to a good performance of Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side), Ploiesti managed to win the first match score 97-80. Things looked different in the second match. A much more motivated team of Ploiesti took the initiative, and after the first quarter they led 26-22. Pitesti was going to push harder in the second quarter, which theyve won 24-16, so after 20 minutes of play they led 50-38, but the 2500 fans present in the Olimpia sports hall in Ploiesti knew it wasnt over. Two different teams came back from the lockers. Pitesti started to make more and more errors both in the offense and in the defense, so after the third quarter, their lead has been cut to only 2 points, 58-56, with Ploiesti winning the third quarter 18-8. Things didnt change in the last quarter; Ploiesti continued their offensive, won the quarter 30-19, and the match 86-77. The MVP was again Catalin Burlacu, who scored 24 points. If Ploiesti wins the third match, they will qualify to the semifinals, same like last year when they met Pitesti in the semifinals and won the series 3-0. The match played in the regular season in Pitesti was won by the home team, 87-77, but this occurred in a moment when Ploiesti had the assurance of winning the regular season, so the players didnt play at 100% of their potential.
In Sibiu, home team CSU Sibiu is forced to win the match if they still want to remain in the fight for a semifinal berth. However, they will have a difficult mission, given the fact that they will meet the regular seasons runner-up, CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca. The same as in the meeting between Ploiesti and Pitesti, the better ranked team after the regular season, in this case CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca, which finished 2nd, won both matches played on their home ground, and now hold the lead 2-0. The first match was a match without a history, Cluj having led from the 12th second up to the finish, managing to obtain a lead at a moment of 31 points, so Coach Marcel Tenter used bench players. As a result, Sibiu managed to lower the margin, but the still lost 75-98. The MVP of this match was Branko Cuic (196-G-78), who was one assist away from the third triple-double in this season, having scored 19 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. The second match saw a different team of Sibiu, which showed that it can make troubles to Cluj, and which had a 19-12 advantage after the first quarter. Cluj managed to strike back, won the second quarter 23-12, so at half-time the scoring table from the Horia Demian sport hall from Cluj-Napoca showed 35-31. The second half saw the team of Cluj better organized, and the lead grew slowly to ten points, but with one minute to go of the third quarter, Octavian Calota (185-G-84) and Earl Brown (186-G-78, college: Loyola, IL) scored two three-pointers, so Cluj won the quarter only with 5 points, 24-19. Sibiu didnt manage to recover, and after a pretty balanced fourth quarter, which has been won by Cluj 26-24, the final score was 85-74 for Cluj. The MVP of the second match was also Branko Cuic, with an efficiency index of 33. The match played on Sibius ground during the regular season saw Cluj winning a very balanced game, 61-58, a game in which both teams had a very good defense.
The third quarter-finals will be played in Oradea, between CSM Oradea and CS Gaz Metan Medias. The players of Medias won both games played on their home ground, but in both matches Oradea has proved that it can put real trouble to Medias. The first match has been won by Medias, 84-77, but Oradea had the better start, winning the first quarter, score 26-19. Medias fought back in the second quarter, but thanks to a good defense of Oradea, and after some turnovers committed, they won the quarter, 19-14, so at halftime Oradea still held the lead, 40-38. After a very balanced third quarter, with turnovers and spectacular dunks on both sides, Medias finally managed to draw the match even, winning the third quarter 19-17, so the whole match resumed to the last quarter, after three quarters the scoring table showing 57 all. Thanks to a longer bench, and the ability to use more experimented players, Medias took slowly the initiative, and thanks to a very good game of Deven Mitchell (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances), who scored 20 points throughout the game, Medias took the lead 1-0, winning match 1 84-77. The second match looked pretty same as the first one, with many lead changes, and Medias leading at halftime 42-40. Oradea, probably accusing the fatigue from the previous day, didnt manage to keep up the pace, so Medias eventually won the match 85-64, thanks to a solid collective performance. Medias needs to win the third match if they want to avoid the series to include more matches than necessary, and has proved that they can win in Oradea, having defeated Oradea 83-67 during the regular season.
The last quarter final looked like it would be the most balanced one, saw BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti facing BC Mures Targu-Mures. Both matches had been very balanced, and both were won by the home team, so BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti has an advantage of 2-0. The first match saw a very harsh battle both in the paint and in the backcourt, and in the first quarter Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) won the battle in the paint versus Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell), but Mures recovered with some penetrations of the guards and some jump shots of Jason Forte (196-F-84, college: S.Mississippi), so BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti won the quarter only 28-24. The teams went head-to-head in the second quarter, ending it tied, 20-20, so at halftime the score was 48-44. The third quarter was marked by many turnovers, and with many missed shots, but BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti managed to extend its lead with a further point, winning the quarter 13-12. The last quarter was also very balanced, and the last 2 minutes of the game were full of free throws, and BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti did better, so they won the match 83-75, after a 22-19 fourth quarter. The second match started with two opposite quarters. The 1000 spectators from a sold-out Mihai Viteazu sports hall thought that this would be an easy meeting for BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti, as they have won the first quarter 24-16, after Virgil Stanescu scored many points, playing again better than his homologue, Aleksandar Mladenovic. Jason Forte and JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82, agency: Agency No 10, college: Indiana Tech) brought Mures back to life with some three-pointers and jump shots, Liviu Dumitru (203-C-79) defended well at Virgil Stanescu, and so Mures won the quarter 28-16, leading at halftime with 44-40. In the third quarter it seemed that the teams forget the defense, so both centers and forwards had no problems in receiving assists from the guards, and the teams scored 28 points each, so Mures still kept the lead, 72-68. The fourth quarter started with an important decision from the referees: JuJuan Cooley was penalized with an unsportsmanlike foul, after having fouled Andrei Mandache on a fast-break attack, but experts think that Marius Ciulin, the best referee from Romania, should have called only personal foul, given the fact that two other players of Mures were behind Cooley. Cooley made its 5th foul, was disqualified, and BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti drew the tie at 74, having scored both free throws and the attack. After this moment, Mures suffered a moral breakdown, Jason Straight (188-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Wyoming) had also been eliminated, so Mures had no experimented guards to deliver passes to the forwards and to the center, so BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti took the initiative, won the last quarter 34-25 and the match 102-97, extending their lead to 2-0. But Mures still has a good chance, given the fact that theyve won the match played on home ground in the regular season, 81-79.



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Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Langford, Khimky18.2 
 2. Baxter, Enisey16.3 
 3. Domercant, Spart.16.0 
 4. Williams, Enisey15.9 
 5. Lampe, Unics15.7 
 6. Labovic, Enisey14.2 
 7. Keyru, Dynamo14.1 
 8. Likhodey, Triumph13.8 
 9. Vyaltsev, Triumph13.7 
 10. Zhukanenko, Dynamo13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alexey ZHUKANENKO
  Dynamo
  (210-F-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.8 
 2. Lampe, Unics7.0 
 3. Baxter, Enisey6.7 
 4. Papadopoulos, Khi.6.6 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv6.3 
 6. Monya, Khimky6.3 
 7. Beverley, Spart.6.3 
 8. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv6.1 
 9. Brezec, Krasnie .5.9 
 10. Plisnic, N.Novgorod5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, Enisey7.0 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie .5.5 
 3. Vyaltsev, Triumph5.1 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.0 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.5 
 6. Khvostov, Dynamo4.3 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.8 
 8. Holden, CSKA3.3 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Krilya3.1 
 10. Beverley, Spart.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spartak SP
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 2. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.6 
 3. Voronov, Dynamo1.6 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.5 
 5. Labovic, Enisey1.4 
 6. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.4 
 7. Massey, Lokomotiv1.4 
 8. McCarty, Unics1.3 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.3 
 10. Siskauskas, CSKA1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey VARLAMOV
  Triumph
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Varlamov, Triumph1.2 
 2. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 3. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 4. Yakovenko, N.Nov.1.0 
 5. Monya, Khimky1.0 
 6. Likhodey, Triumph1.0 
 7. Kaun, CSKA0.9 
 8. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 
 9. Zhukanenko, Dynamo0.8 
 10. Antonov, N.Novgorod0.8 


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 15-5 
 2. Lokomotiv 14-7 
 3. Khimky 14-7 
 4. CSKA 14-8 
 5. Spartak SP 13-8 
 6. Enisey 10-11 
 7. N.Novgorod 8-14 
 8. Krasnie Krilya 7-14 
 9. Dynamo 6-15 
 10. Triumph 4-16 


Unics with EuroCup triumph - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Cajasol 92:77

Unics are 2010/2011 EuroCup titleholders. They held off Cajasol in the championship clash tonight in Treviso. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.
It all started quite well for Unics. They quickly cleared off to a 10-point lead 14:4. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) hit a trey for a 22:8 lead for the Russian team. Kelly Mccarty capped the period with a dunk and Unics were up by as many as 16 points 32:16. Veremeenko stretched the gap to 20 points midway through the second term as the game seemed turning into a one-way traffic. But Cajasol stopped the rot with a 10:2 run. Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) and Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) stepped up for the Seville team late in the half as they cut the deficit at 15-point mark at the interval 36:51. Katelynas and Juan Triguero (208-C-83) dragged Cajasol as close as 7 points midway through the third term. But Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) came up for Unics to keep those at safe distance. Unics managed to enter the fourth term up by 9 points 71:62. Lampe knocked down six consecutive points for the Russian side in the fourth term as the margin grew at 14 points. Lyday followed with a three-pointer and Unics never looked back. Kelly McCarty and Marko Popovic scored 18 points apiece for Unics. Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and Louis Bullock answered with 15 points each for Cajasol. Tariq Kirksay and Juan Triguero netted 10 points apiece in defeat.

Unics: Maciej Lampe 26+11 boards, Kelly McCarty 18, Marko Popovic 18
Cajasol: Txemi Urtasun 15, Louis Bullock 15



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Uros Nikolic gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian A League (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Crvena Zvezda and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old power forward had the game-high 20 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Crvena Zvezda in his team's victory, helping them to beat Radnicki (#3, 5-3) 95-85. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Crvena Zvezda maintains the 4th position in Serbian A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Crvena Zvezda will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. Nikolic turned to be Crvena Zvezda's top player in his first season with the team. Uros Nikolic averages this season 16.7ppg and 7.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Crvena Zvezda's star - 22-year old Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88). Lesic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Crvena Zvezda cruised to a 95-85 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Radnicki (#3, 5-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Crvena Zvezda consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Lesic is a newcomer at Crvena Zvezda 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 Milivoje Bozovic (210-F/C-85, agency: Beo Basket) of second-ranked Hemofarm. Bozovic scored 12 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Hemofarm, leading his team to a 75-66 win against the lower-ranked Mega Vizura (#8, 1-7). Hemofarm needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 2 lost games. Bozovic has a great season in Serbia. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 8.8ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 8.3rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nenad Sulovic (202-F/C-85) of Radnicki - 19 points and 9 rebounds
5. Mile Ilic (215-C-84) of FMP - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Boris Bakic (194-G-86) of Crvena Zvezda - 7 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Michael Lee (207-F-86) of Radnicki - 18 points and 7 rebounds
8. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) of Mega Vizura - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dragan Mitrovic (200-F-85) of Beograd - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) of FMP - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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From Hell to the Heaven - by Martin Bosko
Levice is one game from Final. This team played Play-out against Roznava one year ago. Now they are leading in Semi-final 2-1 and the fourth game will play in sold out home arena. They surprised in Nova Ves on Saturday and won 87-83. The first quarter was very important for result of game. Nova Ves was leading in sixth minute of game 13-12, but Levice scored 13 points in row and won 25-13. Nova Ves has qualified to Semi-final 5 years in row, but never reached Final. They have to win on Wednasday if want to confirm second place from regular season.

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KCC Win Big To Even Series - by Jeff Liebsch
A day after Wonju took the opening game of the KBL finals, the KCC Egis evened the series at a game apiece Sunday, easily defeating Dongbu Promy 87-67.

Five KCC players scored in double digits, led by Chon Tae-Poong (180-G-80) and Kang Byung-Hyun (193-G-85) with 16 apiece. Im Jae-hyun added 15 and import Chris Daniels (211-C-84) added 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) led Dongbu with 17 points, while Rod Benson (208-F/C-84, college: California) added 15 points and 9 rebounds.

KCC easily handled Dongbu's defense, with which they struggled in Game 1. After a tight first quarter, KCC came out gunning in the second, scoring 28 points and building a 46-28 halftime lead.

KCC maintained their hot shooting in the second half, easily coasting to victory to tie the series.

KCC shot 64% from the field, as opposed to Wonju, who struggled shooting 48%, including only making 7 of 30 three point attempts. KCC also cleaned up the boards, easily outrebounding Wonju 26-15.


Game 3 is Wednesday night in Wonju.



KBL Round 2 of Finals - by Eurobasket News
KCC Egis - Dongbu Promy 87-67

KCC Egis won over Dongbu Promy 87:67 and tied the series at 1-1.The game was mostly controlled by KCC Egis. Dongbu Promy managed to win fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KCC Egis dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Dongbu Promy's 32. KCC Egis had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. American center Chris Daniels (211-84) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Tae-Poong Chon (180-80) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five KCC Egis players scored in double figures. American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and the former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: T.Chon 16+2reb+4ast, B.Kang 16+2reb+4ast, J.Lim 15+4reb+3ast, E.Dawson 12+4reb, C.Daniels 10+14reb+2ast, S.Ha 8+5reb
Dongbu Promy: J.Kim 17+5reb+2ast, R.Benson 15+9reb+1ast, V.Thomas 10+1ast, J.Park 8+1reb, J.Hwang 7, H.Yoon 4+4reb+1ast
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Unics with EuroCup triumph - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Cajasol 92:77

Unics are 2010/2011 EuroCup titleholders. They held off Cajasol in the championship clash tonight in Treviso. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.
It all started quite well for Unics. They quickly cleared off to a 10-point lead 14:4. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) hit a trey for a 22:8 lead for the Russian team. Kelly Mccarty capped the period with a dunk and Unics were up by as many as 16 points 32:16. Veremeenko stretched the gap to 20 points midway through the second term as the game seemed turning into a one-way traffic. But Cajasol stopped the rot with a 10:2 run. Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) and Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) stepped up for the Seville team late in the half as they cut the deficit at 15-point mark at the interval 36:51. Katelynas and Juan Triguero (208-C-83) dragged Cajasol as close as 7 points midway through the third term. But Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) came up for Unics to keep those at safe distance. Unics managed to enter the fourth term up by 9 points 71:62. Lampe knocked down six consecutive points for the Russian side in the fourth term as the margin grew at 14 points. Lyday followed with a three-pointer and Unics never looked back. Kelly McCarty and Marko Popovic scored 18 points apiece for Unics. Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and Louis Bullock answered with 15 points each for Cajasol. Tariq Kirksay and Juan Triguero netted 10 points apiece in defeat.

Unics: Maciej Lampe 26+11 boards, Kelly McCarty 18, Marko Popovic 18
Cajasol: Txemi Urtasun 15, Louis Bullock 15



ACB Round 30: CAI Zaragoza beats Real Madrid by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most exciting game of round 30 in the ACB took place in Zaragoza. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Real Madrid (23-7) to twelfth ranked CAI Zaragoza (14-16) 86-84 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Real Madrid. Real Madrid was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 22-17 charge of CAI Zaragoza, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 61.1 percent from the field. It was a good game for Argentinian-Italian guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 5 assists. Guard Andres Miso (199-83, college: Colegio Ecole, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. International power forward Felipe Reyes (203-80) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Real Madrid. Real Madrid's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. CAI Zaragoza moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with DKV Joventut. Real Madrid at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. CAI Zaragoza is looking forward to face higher ranked Blancos de Rueda (#9) in Valladolid in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Real Madrid will play at home against Caja Laboral (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
ACB top team - Regal FC Barcelona (24-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Blancos de Rueda (16-14) 77-53. Slovenian power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St.) scored 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Ricky Rubio chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Marcus Slaughter (204-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Beo Basket) with 9 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Regal FC Barcelona maintains first position with 24-6 record. Blancos de Rueda lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 14 games lost. Regal FC Barcelona will play against DKV Joventut (#11) in Badalona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Blancos de Rueda will play at home against CAI Zaragoza and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Fifteenth-ranked Assignia Manresa (9-21) was very close to win a game against eighth ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (17-13) in Madrid on Sunday. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada managed to secure only one-point victory 55-54. However their fans expected much easier game. Gustavo Ayon notched a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 13 points and 8 rebounds by Uros Slokar did not help to save the game for Assignia Manresa. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Unicaja and Gran Canaria. Assignia Manresa lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will meet higher ranked Bizkaia Bilbao (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Assignia Manresa will play against Cajasol (#13) in Sevilla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between DKV Joventut (14-16) and CB Granada (7-23), which took place in Granada. Higher ranked DKV Joventut was outleveled in a road game by seventeenth ranked CB Granada 94-65. The best player for the winners was Nicolas Gianella who scored 22 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CB Granada maintains seventeenth position with 7-23 record. DKV Joventut lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 16 games lost. CB Granada's next round opponent will be higher ranked Lagun Aro GBC (#14) in San Sebastian and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 30: Lagun Aro GBC was beaten by Gran Canaria on the road 79-74. Caja Laboral won against Bizkaia Bilbao on its own court 89-75. Meridiano unfortunately lost to Unicaja in Malaga 78-90. Bottom-ranked Menorca recorded a loss to Valencia at home 65-74.



Regal Barca - Valladolid 77-53

ACB top team - Regal FC Barcelona (24-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Blancos de Rueda (16-14) 77-53. The game without a history. Regal FC Barcelona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Slovenian power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St.) scored 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Ricky Rubio (192-90) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Marcus Slaughter (204-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Beo Basket) with 9 points and 9 rebounds and forward Nacho Martin (205-83) scored 8 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. Regal FC Barcelona maintains first position with 24-6 record. Blancos de Rueda lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 14 games lost. Regal FC Barcelona will play against DKV Joventut (#11) in Badalona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Blancos de Rueda will play at home against CAI Zaragoza and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Valladolid: M.Slaughter 9+9reb, J.Robinson 8+2reb, N.Martin 8+5reb, D.Garcia 7+1ast, M.Stanic 7+2reb+3ast, E.Baez 6+5reb+1ast
Regal Barca: E.Lorbek 16+3reb, J.Carlos Navarro 12+1reb+1ast, R.Rubio 7+5reb+7ast, K.Perovic 7+3reb+1ast, J.Ingles 6+1reb+1ast, R.Grimau 6+5reb+2ast
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Gran Canaria - Lagun Aro GBC 79-74

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (17-13) beat 14th ranked Lagun Aro GBC (10-20) in Las Palmas 79-74. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 15 points ahead at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 34-19 last quarter charge of Lagun Aro GBC cut the lead to 79-74 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Lagun Aro GBC 37-23 including 22 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Lagun Aro GBC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Jaycee Carroll (188-83, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 18 points. The other American import power forward Judson Wallace (205-82, college: Princeton, agency: Impact Basketball) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Gran Canaria 2014's coach Pedro Martinez used entire bench in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Andy Panko (204-77, college: Lebanon Valley) who recorded 19 points and guard Javier Salgado (180-80) added 8 points and 8 assists respectively. Gran Canaria 2014 have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 17-13 record, which they share with Fuenlabrada and Unicaja. Lagun Aro GBC at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with 20 games lost. Gran Canaria 2014's next round opponent will be Meridiano Alicante (#16) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Lagun Aro GBC will play against CB Granada.
Top scorers:
Lagun Aro GBC: A.Panko 19+3reb+2ast, A.Miralles 11+5reb, R.Uriz 9+2reb+1ast, D.Lorbek 9+1reb, J.Salgado 8+2reb+8ast, M.Kone 8+5reb
Gran Canaria: J.Carroll 18+1reb+3ast, J.Wallace 11+6reb+1ast, X.Rey 8+6reb, D.Borovnjak 8+5reb, M.Bramos 7+1reb, J.Beiran 7+9reb
gschID: 92402


Caja Laboral - Bizkaia Bilbao 89-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Bizkaia Bilbao's (18-12) road loss to fourth ranked Caja Laboral (20-10) in Vitoria 75-89. The game was mostly controlled by Caja Laboral. Bizkaia Bilbao was better in fourth quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caja Laboral made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Bizkaia Bilbao helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Uruguayan power forward Esteban Batista (208-83) who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Bosnian-Croatian center Stanko Barac (217-86) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five Caja Laboral players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca (212-83) who recorded 19 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and American-Panamanian forward Chris Warren (196-81, college: S.Carolina) added 12 points respectively. Bizkaia Bilbao's coach Fotis Katsikaris let to play ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Caja Laboral have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 20-10 record. Bizkaia Bilbao at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Caja Laboral's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Real Madrid on the road and it may be the game of the week. Bizkaia Bilbao will play against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bizkaia Bilbao: E.Hernandez-Sonseca 19+2reb, C.Warren 12+3reb+3ast, M.Banic 10+2reb+1ast, A.Mumbru 9+7reb+2ast, C.Vasiliadis 6+1reb+3ast, A.Jackson 6+2reb+3ast
Caja Laboral: M.Teletovic 18+3reb, M.Huertas 15+2reb+7ast, S.Barac 13+8reb+3ast, E.Batista 13+9reb+3ast, F.San Emeterio 10+5reb+4ast, P.Ribas 10+1reb+1ast
gschID: 92399


CAI Zaragoza - Real Madrid 86-84

The most exciting game of round 30 in the ACB took place in Zaragoza. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Real Madrid (23-7) to twelfth ranked CAI Zaragoza (14-16) 86-84 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Real Madrid. Real Madrid was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 22-17 charge of CAI Zaragoza, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 61.1 percent from the field. It was a good game for Argentinian-Italian guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 5 assists. Guard Andres Miso (199-83, college: Colegio Ecole, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. International power forward Felipe Reyes (203-80) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Real Madrid. Four CAI Zaragoza and five Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Real Madrid's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. CAI Zaragoza moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with DKV Joventut. Real Madrid at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. CAI Zaragoza is looking forward to face higher ranked Blancos de Rueda (#9) in Valladolid in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Real Madrid will play at home against Caja Laboral (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: F.Reyes 14+6reb+2ast, C.Suarez 14+4reb+2ast, A.Tomic 13+7reb+1ast, S.Rodriguez 11+1reb+6ast, C.Tucker 11+1reb+6ast, N.Mirotic 10+2reb+1ast
CAI Zaragoza: P.Quinteros 15+3reb+5ast, A.Miso 15+1reb+4ast, A.Chubb 14+3reb