EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/19/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Interligas Tournament Group B. Day 3. Pinheiros/Sky reach Final - by Eurobasket News
Pinheiros/Sky - Atenas 81:76
Pinheiros/Sky claimed their third straight win at the Interligas Tournament in Group B. They shot down Atenas to clinch the top position in the pool and advanced into the championship clash. Pinheiros/Sky will take on Obras Sanitarias for the trophy on April 21. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) fired 36 points to lead the Brazilian team to the victory against Atenas. Pinheiros/Sky led by 6 points after ten minutes but Atenas stayed close in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at just two points 40:42 at the interval. Atenas got within a single point with ten minutes left in the game. But Pinheiros/Sky relied on Shamell Stallworth who paced the Brazilian side to a vital win at the end. Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84) added 18 points, while Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) provided 14 points in the win. Matias Lescano (196-G/F-79) replied with 19 points for Atenas. Miguel Gerlero (192-G-88) chipped in 16 points in defeat.

Pinheiros/Sky: Shamell Stallworth 36, Marquinhos Vinicius 18, Olivinha Rodriguez 14
Atenas: Matias Lescano 19, Miguel Gerlero 16

Vivo/Franca - Libertad 91:69
Vivo/Franca wrapped up their Interligas Tournament campaign with a loud victory. They stormed past Libertad for 1-2 record. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) came up with 16 points to pace well-balanced effort from NBB regular season champions. Vivo/Franca established a 10-point lead at halftime. They went on a 26:16 run in the third term and cleared off for good in this one. Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) provided 15 points, while William Drudi (206-C/F-81) added 14 points in the winning effort. Roberto Gabini (198-F-75, agency: Interperformances) replied with 14 points for Libertad. Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) had 10 points in the loss.

Vivo/Franca: Dede Stefanelli 16, Marcio Dornelles 15, William Drudi 14
Libertad: Roberto Gabini 14, Robert Battle 10



Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Joseph BUNN
  Argentino
  (198-F/C-75)
  Avg: 20
 1. Bunn, Argentino20.0 
 2. Jackson, La Union19.7 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.16.8 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa16.7 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.6 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.1 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.16.0 
 8. Taylor, Lanus15.5 
 9. Salles, Monte H.14.9 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  La Union
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Garces, La Union10.9 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras10.1 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.9.9 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.9.2 
 5. Rollins, Gimnasia.8.7 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.0 
 8. Kante, Olimpico LB7.9 
 9. Leiva, Penarol7.5 
 10. Bucknor, Club 97.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.9 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.8 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.3 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.4 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.2 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.7 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.3 
 9. Victoriano, Lanus3.1 
 10. Sartorelli, Argentino2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.4 
 2. Sciutto, Monte H.2.6 
 3. Salles, Monte H.2.5 
 4. Martinez, Regat.2.5 
 5. Labaque, Atenas2.4 
 6. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 7. Cequeira, Obras2.3 
 8. Selleaze, Libertad S.2.3 
 9. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 10. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Battle, Libertad S.2.1 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.3 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.8 
 9. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 10. Levy, Lanus0.7 


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  AUSTRALIA   


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


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Cockburn C. 6-1 
 2. Wanneroo W. 6-2 
 3. Lakeside L. 5-1 
 4. Perth R. 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. 2-5 
 13. Mandurah M. 1-6 
 14. AIS 0-0 
 15. SW Slammers 0-7 


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 


Big V: Round 5 Roundup - by Eurobasket News
ROUND UP SCM
ROUND 5
...earning a win against Bulleen on Saturday night before putting in a spirited effort against Eltham on Sunday. Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) was the star contributor for the Hawks with 51pts over the weekend. Eltham, who had lost the previous night to Hume City, eventually hit the court with their full complement of stars on Sunday against the Hawks, the end result was a 99-90 win to the Wildcats, but it looks like it will take a week or two before the big guns fire at the same time.
Another bear that has been poked severely in recent weeks is Hume City, and not only did the Broncos respond with a second successive win, the crafty lads from Broady upended Eltham no less.
Everyone bar the Hume City faithful has been critical of the Broncos thus far (though that's dis-putable too), but the Double Jays and their merry men have answered the call and deliv-ered two consecutive wins, the most recent a pulsating 63-62 victory over the highly touted Eltham. With Greer and Sturt in uniform, the Wild-cats could only watch in horror as sheer guts and determination came charging through, the Broncos hanging tough throughout the contest and finishing with a 22-14 final stanza to claim a memorable win. Jermaine Maybank (193-G-82, agency: Tank Sports, college: Kansas St.) (16pts) broke out of his recent slump, Jamal Brown add-ed 12pts & 17rbs, while Michael Petridis was solid with 14pts.
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Sherbrooke bounced back into the winner's column with a quality 94-76 win at Diamond Valley on Saturday. It's a fair appraisal to con-sider the Eagles a tad below what was ex-pected of them this season and news of injuries won't help their cause. Jeff Reid (198-G-90) (29pts) and Chris Payne (21pts) shone brightly for the Suns, but it's the Eagles lack of fight at the moment that is a real concern. Unfortunately for the Suns a showdown against top team Waverley on Sunday was too big of an ask. In a quality game of ball, the Falcons' higher shooting per-centage proved to be the difference, along with Kevin Benn (23pts, 12rbs), however Sher-brooke continues to punch above its weight and stay in touch with the frontrunners.
Bennie Lewis (36pts) led Melbourne to a com-fortable win on Sunday over Diamond Valley, fueling a slump for the Eagles that now sees them holding up the rest of the competition courtesy of just one win from six games. With the spotlight moving away from Ringwood and Hume City, it's now the Eagles who face some serious questions, the biggest of which is about their ability to fight back from a horror start. An important game against a smarting Bulleen looms for the Eagles and nothing less than a win will be enough to get the ship back on course.


Courtesy of:www.bigv.com.au




Big V Big 11 with McKinnon's Simo Pajdic - by Eurobasket News
McKinnon's Simo Pajdic takes on Big V's Big 11 questions!



NAME: Simo Pajdic

CLUB: McKinnon Cougars

JUNIOR REP CLUB: Dandenong and Keysborough



BIG V BIG 11

1) What is the most memorable thing a coach has ever said to you?

SP: I once had a coach who told me to do pushups during a game because I didn't take an open jump shot.

2) What is your aim for the 2K11 season, both individually and your team?


SP: As a team our goal is to win the Championship. With the right mix of players and Brady Walmsley and Adam Taylor pushing us hard a championship would be perfect reward. Individually I just want to help my team in anyway possible.

3) What is the best trash talk you have ever heard on a basketball court?

SP: I overheard a player say to a teammate of mine that his beard was ugly to which my teammate responded 'Your Mum seems to like it, So must not be too bad'.

4) If you win $10 million what would you buy?

SP: Definitely a car house and boat

5) One word used to describe yourself?

SP: Driven

6) If you could trade places with anyone for a week, who would it be and why?

SP: I would have to say Manu Ginobili without a doubt. Just so I witness how it feels to shoot more than 23% from the field!!!

7) If someone wrote a book about you, what would it be called and why?

SP: unsure

8) Favourite song in warm-up?

SP: At McKinnon we have the 'Whiz' playing the tunes and they go off!!! but rescue me by You Me at Six is hard to go past.

9) People say you look like....

SP: Brad Pitt sometimes, but normally Tim Duncan!

10) What superpower would you like to have and why?

SP: Definitely invisability - the possibilities are endless!!!

11) Big V TV is hosted by Yapper, Sweet Cal and Ads- if you were a host what would you be called?

SP: I think they do a great job on the show everyweek, so I will leave the media to the professionals and Cal!!!
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au


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  BOSNIA   


A1 Finals: Vogosca Evens the Series - by Sead Buljina
In a packed 'Amel Beckovic' arena in Vogosca, host team won the second game of the finals 97:76 (46:45). Carried by support of their fans Vogosca players fought hard and won against favorite Triland. There were probably 2000 spectators in attendance, which is 500 over the arena capacity. Sead Hadzifejzovic (204-PF-89) and Dinko Peljto (190-PG-86) led the winners with 25 and 17 points respectivelly, while Esmir Guzonjic (208-C-82) scored 24 points for the guests.

Stats Leaders - D1
1. LIGA BiH Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lalovic, HER 19.9
2 KahrimanovicAbd18.7
3 Rahimic, BOS 18.0
4 Albijanic, SLO 16.7
5 Gajovic, HER 16.7
6 KahrimanovicAr. 16.6
7 Zdravkovic, CAP 16.4
8 Opacak, CEL 16.3
9 Sakic, ZRI 16.1
10 Lesko, BRO 15.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Pejovic, Hercegovac 8
2 Sakic, Zrinjski HT 7.6
3 Kuzmic, Celik 7.3
4 Kuzmic, Celik 7.3
5 Hajric, Zrinjski HT 7.2
6 Jagodic Kuri., Borac N. 7.1
7 Markovic, Varda HE 6.4
8 Albijanic, Sloboda . 6.4
9 Vukovic, Slavija 6.2
10 Lalovic, Hercegovac 6.2
Assists Per Game
1 Radovanovic, Herce. 6.1
2 Lalic, Hercegovac 6
3 Pasalic, Bosna 4.9
4 Jovanovic, Borac N. 4.4
5 Boljkovac, Slavija 3.6
6 Markovic, Varda HE 3.5
7 Zdravkovic, Capljina 3.5
8 Stanic, Slavija 3.4
9 Jovanovic, SL IAT L. 3.3
10 Kastratovic, Slobod. 3.2
Steals Per Game
1 Stanic, Slavija 3.5
2 Lalic, Hercegovac 2.8
3 Radovanovic, Herce. 2.4
4 Gajovic, Hercegovac 2.3
5 Savovic, Slavija 2.1
6 Vranjes, Borac N. 2
7 Bijelica, Capljina 1.8
8 Lalovic, Hercegovac 1.7
9 Komatina, Mladost 1.7
10 Mulic, Kakanj 1.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Kuzmic, Celik 1.8
2 Kuzmic, Celik 1.8
3 Zimic, Bosna 1.6
4 Brkic, Capljina 0.8
5 Jocovic, Borac N. 0.8
6 Pelkic, SL IAT L. 0.7
7 Durasovic, SL IAT L. 0.7
8 Pejovic, Hercegovac 0.7
9 Albijanic, Sloboda . 0.7
10 Crnobrnja, Varda HE 0.6


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  BOTSWANA   


Troopers, BDF V renew rivalry - by Thomas Fink
MOGOMOTSI BUZWANI
Mmegi Correspondent

FRANCISTOWN: Bitter basketball rivals, BDF V and Troopers meet in the match of the weekend at the University of Botswana (UB) Courts tomorrow. Basketball fans who have been thirsting for top class action could not have asked for a better game as the league enters its second week. Defending champions, Troopers, lost twice to the army boys last season. Tomorrow's game, although coming early in the season, might have a bearing on who walks away with the title at the end of the campaign.

BDF V and Troopers have exhibited scintillating basketball each time they met and tomorrow is expected to be no different. The army side will be eager to quickly get their campaign back on track after lightweights, Dolphins, blanked them 58-57 in the first match. Dolphins have rejoined the league this season after the BBA suspended them for failure to honour fixtures in the 2009 campaign. While BDF V has already started the league, Troopers will be playing their first match when the two sides match.

Unpredictable Cadets who lost their opening match 61-63 to Police take on Spartans. In the women league games played last weekend, NIIT lost to newly-registered Panthers 46-35 while BDF V humiliated Police 20-0. Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) chairperson Kabo Khama said the league started well after a long break. He said they have registered three men clubs and two in the women league. Dolphins, Jwaneng and Drillers joined the men's league while Panthers and Splinters are the new sides in the women competition. Two clubs failed to register in time for the league.




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  BRAZIL   


Joinville and Winner/Limeira force deciders - by Eurobasket News
Joinville forced their eighth-final series versus Pitagoras/Minas into the decisive fifth game. Joinville earned a road win 85:74 in Game 4 to stay alive. Luis Felipe Gruber (205-F-85) provided 20 points to pace the visitors. Joinville decided the outcome in the first half. They stormed into the encounter piling up a massive 54:25 halftime lead. Pitagoras/Minas came back to life after the big break but it was too late. The hosts just sweetened the pill in the next two periods. Shilton dos Santos (198-F/C-82) added 18 points, while Andre Luiz Brugger (192-G-81) had 17 in the victory. Brett Winkelman (198-F-86, college: N.Dakota St.) answered with 17 points for Minas. Raul Neto (184-G-92) finished with 16 points in defeat.
Winner/Limeira prevailed against Sao Jose/Vinac 95:84 behind 23 points from Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh). Winner/Limeira stayed aggressive offensively in the first half. They erupted for 55 points to take a 14-point lead at the interval. Sao Jose slowed the hosts down in the second half but could not challenge the deficit and had to surrender at the end. Diego Pinheiro (195-F/G-80) chipped in 21 points for the winning team. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) replied with 33 points for Sao Jose. Renato Pinto (202-F-78) delivered 21 points for the visitors.
The fifth games in the series are scheduled for April 20.



Fabiao join the Santos team for the New Milennium Tournament - by Paulo Freire
The International / Fupes basketball team from Santos city hit on Saturday (April 16), the sign of a new player, the center Fabiao Pires (199-C-77) , 33 years old and 1m97 height.
Fabiao was defended the Olympico club (MG) pn the Brazil Cup Southeast region, now he will join the Santos team on the rest of the New Millennium Tournament.
Besides the mineiro team, Fabiao is a veteran and has played fpr a lot of teams in the Brazilian scene, such as Franca, Sorocaba, Santo Andre, Mogi das Cruzes, Guaruja, among others.

The experienced player, has defended the Santos team in 2008, winning the title of the Open Games of the Interior cities. He shall make his debut on Tuesday (April 19) at 20.00, in Sao Jose do Rio Preto (SP).


Interligas Tournament Group B. Day 3. Pinheiros/Sky reach Final - by Eurobasket News
Pinheiros/Sky - Atenas 81:76
Pinheiros/Sky claimed their third straight win at the Interligas Tournament in Group B. They shot down Atenas to clinch the top position in the pool and advanced into the championship clash. Pinheiros/Sky will take on Obras Sanitarias for the trophy on April 21. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) fired 36 points to lead the Brazilian team to the victory against Atenas. Pinheiros/Sky led by 6 points after ten minutes but Atenas stayed close in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit at just two points 40:42 at the interval. Atenas got within a single point with ten minutes left in the game. But Pinheiros/Sky relied on Shamell Stallworth who paced the Brazilian side to a vital win at the end. Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84) added 18 points, while Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) provided 14 points in the win. Matias Lescano (196-G/F-79) replied with 19 points for Atenas. Miguel Gerlero (192-G-88) chipped in 16 points in defeat.

Pinheiros/Sky: Shamell Stallworth 36, Marquinhos Vinicius 18, Olivinha Rodriguez 14
Atenas: Matias Lescano 19, Miguel Gerlero 16

Vivo/Franca - Libertad 91:69
Vivo/Franca wrapped up their Interligas Tournament campaign with a loud victory. They stormed past Libertad for 1-2 record. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) came up with 16 points to pace well-balanced effort from NBB regular season champions. Vivo/Franca established a 10-point lead at halftime. They went on a 26:16 run in the third term and cleared off for good in this one. Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) provided 15 points, while William Drudi (206-C/F-81) added 14 points in the winning effort. Roberto Gabini (198-F-75, agency: Interperformances) replied with 14 points for Libertad. Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) had 10 points in the loss.

Vivo/Franca: Dede Stefanelli 16, Marcio Dornelles 15, William Drudi 14
Libertad: Roberto Gabini 14, Robert Battle 10



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  BULGARIA   


Second place for Rilski Sportist in Balkan League - by Valentin Anguelov
Rilski Sportist finished second in Balkan League for this season. Unfortunately, the tradition to win the tournament by the host of the Final Four was followed and local squad Feni Industries won the final by the score 88-75. Rilski Sportist play poorly in the first three parts, after which the hosts had a huge advance. Amazing come back in the second half of the game put them back to 4 points but the hosts held up at the end and came to success.

In the first minutes of the meeting was obvious tension in both teams, who missed several shootings. First the home team managed to break that and after little run got 13-6 lead. Rilski Sportist managed to equalize, but at the end of first quarter Feni played little better for 21-15 after ten minutes play.

The second part went bad for the Bulgarians, who didnt manage to contain their opponent and at one point were losing 33-19. However they were able to cut the distance to only 10 points at the end of the first half of the game - 28-38 in favor of Feni Industries.

With the start of the second half things did not change. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) scored a free throw to bring down the difference to single digit of 9 points, but the home team continued its strong play to get16 points lead at 49-33. But that wasnt the highest distance that Feni had in the game, after 30 minutes of play Feni was up by 22 points - 64-42 and are already seeing a trophy in his hands.

Despite the big difference, Rilski Sportist not give up. Team from Samokov made an amazing mini-serie of 17 consecutive points, bringing them closer to just 6 points at 61-67. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) even cut the lead to only 4 points with 2.51 left in the game but that was the most they did in this final. Feni Industries finished much stronger for 88-75 final score and first Balkan League trophy in their history.

For the winners Darko Sokolov was top scorer with 23 points. Voidan Stojanovski added 17 points and Goran Samardzhiev managed 14 for the winners.

For Rilski Sportist Lilov was a top scorer with 20 points and 7 rebounds. The other player with double-digit effort was Vladimir Mijovic, who finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds.


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  CANADA   


Canadians star in all 3 Jordan Brand Classic Games - by Eurobasket News
A record number of Canadians participated in the 10th annual Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday evening. Myck Kabongo (188-G-93) (Toronto), Kyle Wiltjer (206-C) (Portland, Ore.), Khem Birch (206-F) (Montreal), Kevin Thomas (203-C-93) (Ajax, Ont.) and Andrew Wiggins (202-F-95) (Vaughan, Ont.) all represented Canada with pride.

The day started with Wiggins starring in the International game, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, helping his White team to a 70-63 win over the Black squad. The Cadet National Team member continues to make a name for himself on the international stage by having another impressive performance. He matched up well against highly touted Slovenian forward Mario Hezonja, holding him to 6-19 shooting.

In the Regional game, Thomas followed up Wiggins's performance with a solid 15-point effort, helping the East regional team to a narrow 98-95 victory over the West. In the starting lineup, the Texas-bound Thomas was a force early in the game, scoring eight quick points. The Junior National Team member also grabbed nine rebounds, added two blocks and shot an impressive 6-7 from the field.

In the main event, a record number of Canadians participated in the All-American game. Kabongo and Wiltjer both started for the West, while Birch came off the bench for the East squad. The East dominated in the early going, but the West managed to tie the game at halftime. In the second half, Birch and the East controlled the pace and ended up with the 113-109 victory.

University of Texas bound Kabongo played 15 minutes, scoring four points and grabbing five rebounds, while University of Kentucky bound Wiltjer played 18 minutes, scoring eight points and also tallying five rebounds. Birch, who will be attending the University of Pittsburgh, gain had an impressive all-star showing, scoring 15 points, grabbing seven rebounds and registering a game-high five blocks in a mere 16 minutes. His performance was highlighted by a monster put-back slam dunk to continue the momentum for the East.

The Jordan Brand Classic was the final All-American all-star game on the high school circuit. Kabongo, Birch, Wiltjer and Thomas will now focus on returning to their respective high schools and graduating.

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


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  COLOMBIA   


NATIONAL U-15 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN ANTIOQUIA - by Victor Garcia
Ten Under 15 teams arrived to Medellin a week ago to play the National U-15 Men Tournament, the organization split the teams in two groups, with Antioquia A , Valle and Magdalena as favourites in the group A, and Cundinamarca and Meta in the B.

Group A:
Antioquia A
Magdalena
Valle
Guajira
Bolivar.

Group B:
Cundinamarca
Meta
Cauca
Norte
Antioquia B.

The following were the results of the preliminary round:

Day 1-
Cundinamarca 51 Cauca 37
Bolivar 50 Guajira 61
Antioquia B 69 Norte 56
Antioquia A 49 Valle 39.

Day 2-
Meta 110 Norte 39
Magdalena 84 Valle 55
Antioquia B 35 Cundinamarca 54
Antioquia A 71 Guajira 52

Day 3-
Norte 47 Cauca 67
Valle 83 Bolivar 46
Antioquia B 39 Meta 98
Antioquia A 63 Magdalena 52

Day 4-
Guajira 62 Magdalena 96
Cauca 45 Meta 88
Cundinamarca 105 Norte 78
Antioquia 74 Bolivar 42

QUARTERFINALS
Guajira 52 Meta 79
Cundinamarca 70 Valle 56
Magdalena 89 Antioquia 32
Antioquia A 78 Cauca 34

SEMIFINALS
Meta 59 Magdalena 77
Antioquia A 65 Cundinamarca 43

FINAL
Antioquia A 60 Magdalena 54.

CHAMPION: ANTIOQUIA A
SECOND PLACE : MAGDALENA
THIRD PLACE : CUNDINAMARCA
FOURT PLACE: META



Nation Championship U-15 Awards - by Victor Garcia
Antioquia honored its home and won the title in National U-15 Men Championship, Raul Pabon was the coach of the winners, Magdalena keep doing a very good job in the young categories, the team finished second coached by Alex Vonroesteld.

Scoring Champion: Yildon Mendoza - Magdalena
Best Ofensive Rebounder: Andres Ibarguen - Magdalena
Best Defensive Rebounder: Yesid Mosquera - Cundinamarca
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Best Player of the tournament: Mauricio Montano - Antioquia
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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner 2010
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Puljko, Kvarner .23.0 
 2. Zitko, Trogir19.3 
 3. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 4. Saric, Dubrava17.5 
 5. Petkovic, Svjetlost17.2 
 6. Mimica, KK Split16.8 
 7. Krolo, Darda16.7 
 8. Ridl, Darda15.4 
 9. Bakovic, Darda15.4 
 10. Sobin, KK Split15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante KRAPIC
  Cibona
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 2. Saric, Dubrava9.4 
 3. Krolo, Darda9.2 
 4. Sobin, KK Split8.0 
 5. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.4 
 6. Ridl, Darda6.8 
 7. Grgurevic, KK Split6.4 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj5.8 
 9. Ruzic, Borik5.7 
 10. Vukicevic, Svjetlost5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Karakas, Trogir6.8 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost5.4 
 3. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 4. Blajic, Alkar Sinj4.1 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.8 
 7. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.5 
 8. Saric, Dubrava3.2 
 9. Ridl, Darda3.1 
 10. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (205-F/C-94)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saric, Dubrava2.1 
 2. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.0 
 3. Petani, Borik1.9 
 4. Bicvic, Darda1.8 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 6. Swift, Darda1.8 
 7. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 8. Karakas, Trogir1.8 
 9. Puljko, Kvarner .1.6 
 10. Jugo, Kvarner 20101.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 2. Vitali, Trogir1.3 
 3. Saric, Dubrava1.1 
 4. Vladovic, Trogir1.0 
 5. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 6. Sobin, KK Split1.0 
 7. Ridl, Darda0.9 
 8. Vukicevic, Svjetlost0.9 
 9. Radic, Alkar Sinj0.7 
 10. Sarlija, Borik0.7 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


1Liga Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Chomutov - Sokol H.Kralove 110-81

Chomutov earned 2-1 lead in the semifinal series versus Sokol H.Kralove. The hosts led from start to finish in this one. Pavel Stanek (203-F/C-76, agency: Court Side) came up with 30 points and 9 rebounds to pace top-ranked Chomutov. Jan Stepanek (190-G-83) contributed 19 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Ondrej Peterka (192-F-91) answered with 24 points for H.Kralove. Vojtech Synacek (198-F-79) contributed 16 points in the losing effort.
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J.Hradec - Usti n/Labem 115-96

J.Hradec surged in front against Usti nad/Labem following a comfortable home victory. The hosts led by just a single point at halftime but went on a decisive run in the third term and never looked back en route to the win. Vladimir Sismilich (195-F-85) came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds for J.Hradec. Tomas Sustek (192-F-85) connected for 21 points in the win. Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87, agency: Stanley International, college: Fairmont St.) answered with game-high 32 points and 8 assists for Usti nad/Labem.

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  D-LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  LA Lakers
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.7 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.22.6 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. Sims, Maine RC20.3 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.20.2 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.20.1 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande19.8 
 8. Dentmon, Texas L.18.7 
 9. Goods, Dakota W.18.2 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.6 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 4. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 5. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers8.9 
 10. Alexander, Texas L.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.7 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.5 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.5 
 6. Crittenton, Dakota W.6.9 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 9. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.5.9 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.5 
 4. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 5. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 6. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 7. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 8. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 9. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
 10. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.7 
 4. Gaffney, Utah F.2.3 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 6. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 7. Goodridge, Maine R.2.1 
 8. Gladness, Dakota W.2.0 
 9. Fall, Maine RC1.9 
 10. Sykes, Sioux F.1.8 


Semifinals: Vipers and Energy take 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande - Reno Bighorns 98-96 OT (1-0)
Rio Grande Valley Vipers coach Chris Finch has likened guard Terrell Harris (6'5''-G-87, college: Oklahoma St.) to Craig Winder (6'2''-G-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Texas). Winder hit the shot seen around the NBA Development League world last year when he banked in a three that secure the championship for the Vipers. On Sunday, Harris hit a shot that could ultimately lead the Vipers to a repeat. Harris took a kick-out pass from guard Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) from the left baseline and knocked in a 3-pointer with 11.4 seconds remaining to give the Vipers a 98-96 overtime victory over Reno in Game 1 of a best of three semifinal series before a boisterous crowd of 5,239 at State Farm Arena. 'The whole game I was missing,' said Harris, who made just 4 of 11 from the field and only 1 of 4 from the arc. 'I knew I was going to hit one in the end, and I kept telling myself that I was going to hit one in the end. When the opportunity came, I was going to make sure that it was going to go in.' The Vipers needed that shot, if for no other reason, they were running out of players. The Vipers bench was already short after Arinze Onuaku didn't play because of strep throat. Marcus Cousin left in the third quarter with a lower leg strain. Three Vipers fouled out, leaving them with just one healthy player on the bench. McNeal led all scorers with 31 points. Patrick Sullivan, who has thrived in his role as starting center since Hasheem Thabeet was recalled by the Houston Rockets late in the season, had 17 points on 8 of 10 shooting and 16 rebounds. Guard Jon Scheyer produced one of his best games as a Viper with 20 points. Harris finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Vipers also fought through adversity after they blew a 16-point lead in the third quarter and found themselves trailing 91-88 with 2:42 left in the fourth quarter. They ended up tied at 92 after four quarter. The Vipers were outscored 23-13 in the fourth quarter, making just 4 of 18 shots from the field. 'I thought we started swinging for the fences in the fourth quarter, trying to take a lot of quick shots or shots for no other reason because there's nothing else to do,' Finch said. 'But, the important thing is we kept guarding. A month ago, we wouldn't have kept guarding in the same situation.' The Bighorns led on two different occasions in the overtime period, including 96-94 at the 1:05 mark. Mohammad Faye made one of two free throws to pull the Vipers to one point with 53 seconds left. Anthony Richardson missed a jumper for the Bighorn and Patrick Sullivan got the rebound. That set up the sequence leading to Harris' shot. McNeal, who tallied a game-high 31 points penetrated and kicked out to Harris who made the shot for the game winner. 'I thought we did a good job of staying composed,' Scheyer said. 'We had been winning the whole game and all of the sudden, they took the lead. That could take a lot out of our. I thought we did a good job of staying tough down the stretch and responding.' Game 2 is scheduled for 9 p.m. Wednesday in Reno. If necessary, a third game will be play on Thursday in Reno. Harris is a lot like Winder in more ways than one. Winder, who played for the Vipers in parts of the previous three seasons, was a constant source of frustration and elation during his tenure in the Valley. But Winder always provided energy, just like Harris does. Harris stayed poised and confident and helped the Vipers when they needed it most. 'We like him because he plays big in big moments,' Finch said of Harris. 'He does big things for us and makes a lot of things happen - sometimes good, sometimes bad, but mostly good. I thought we rushed a lot of threes, and he didn't rush that one. He measured it and stuck with his shot.' *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com

Tulsa 66ers - Iowa E. 96-103 (0-1)
Guard Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, college: UAB) posted his fourth double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds and Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) scored a game-high 24 points but the Tulsa 66ers fell short 103-96 to the top-seeded Iowa Energy in Game One of the 2011 D-League Semifinals Friday night inside the Tulsa Convention Center. Fourth-seeded Tulsa rallied from 13-point deficits twice in the contest but came up just short to fall 0-1 in the best-of-three series. The defeat was Tulsa's first in the 2011 playoffs, as the 66ers swept the Texas Legends in the opening round. 'This is not a one-and-done, it is a series,' 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. 'Iowa played great tonight and they were really well-coached. We have to be ready to go on Monday night, and I believe our guys will be up for the challenge.' Also scoring in double-figures for Tulsa was Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85, college: UAB) with 16 points. Chipping in a season-high four blocks was forward Marcus Lewis. Tulsa tallied 17 assists as a team, led by Dyson with seven dishes. The 66ers registered nine steals on the night, led by Millsap with three thefts. Defensively, the 66ers held the Energy to 40-88 (.455) shooting from the floor. Leading the Energy was forward Michael Haynes with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Also chipping in a double-double was Scott VanderMeer with 15 points and 11 boards. The two teams will compete in Game Two of the best-of-three series on Monday, April 18, in Des Moines, Iowa, at 7 p.m. inside the Wells Fargo Arena. The Energy will host an if-necessary Game Three on Tuesday, April 19. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  EL SALVADOR   


Denver and ExSal will face in Liga Premier Final - by Jaime Arevalo
Thanks to a clear win, 85-76 over ITCA in the third and decisive game of Semifinal Series, ExSal-Santa Tecla advanced to Liga Premier Final, where will meet Centro Educativo Denver, winner over Halcones in the other semis.
The superior power in the paint made the difference for ExSal, where shined Panamanian import Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89), a great intimidator with blocked shots and dunks. Ogilvie was the game top scorer at 32 points, followed by Wilson Quijano, with 18 and Martin Ramos (170-G-92), with 16. At the ITCA side, the best performers were Luis Gutierrez (193-F-87), with 19 points, Jorge Solorzano and Milton Martinez, with 15 and 16 pts, respectively.
The great Liga Premier Showdown will be played on Saturday, April 30, in a single game-winner takes all format at the 'Adolfo Pineda' Gymnasium in San Salvador. Prior to the Final will be played a game between ITCA and Halcones/AMSS for the third place.


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  FRANCE   


Mejia's 27 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
27-year old guard Sammy Mejia (198-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Cholet Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds and five assists for Cholet as his team lost the game against Chalon (#2, 18-8) 74-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Despite this loss Cholet managed to keep French league leading position. They afford to lose this game, but they have to be very careful to avoid similar "accidents". Cholet has a very solid 20-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Mejia had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Cholet and it's hard to imagine this team without him. De Paul University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mejia is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.4ppg. Mejia is in league's top in and averages solid 58.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82) of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. He is American swingman in his first season at ASVEL. In the last game Walsh recorded impressive 27 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for ASVEL to edge the lower-ranked Le Havre (#11, 10-16) by 5 points 102-97. ASVEL's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Walsh is a newcomer at ASVEL and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports) of Gravelines (#5). Woodside scored 15 points and passed fourteen assists (!!!). He was a key player of Gravelines, leading his team to a 91-58 easy win against the lower-ranked Paris-Levallois (#15, 9-17). Gravelines needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 9 lost games. Woodside has a great season in France. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.3ppg (9th best) and assists with 6.0apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83) of ASVEL - 23 points and 10 rebounds
5. Robert Hite (188-G-84) of Limoges - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Rick Hughes (204-C/F-73) of Hyeres-Toulon - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) of Vichy - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Alex Acker (196-G-83) of Le Mans - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Antoine Eito (186-G-88) of Vichy - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78) of Roanne - 16 points and 4 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)


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. Cilly, Orchy8.3 
 5. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 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. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 4. El Amrani, St Et.2.0 
 5. Neri, Roche2.0 
 6. Blot, Blois1.9 
 7. James, Challans1.8 
 8. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 9. Roberts, Brest1.7 
 10. Schmieder, Challans1.6 
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. Pasut, Sorgues1.2 
 6. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 7. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 8. Kolb, Blois1.1 
 9. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 10. Diallo, Roche0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 19
 1. Sonko, Maurienne19.0 
 2. Harris, Lille18.8 
 3. Siggers, Rouen18.5 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.7 
 5. Rouse, Charleville17.0 
 6. Milbourne, Boulogne16.1 
 7. Gay, Fos Ouest15.9 
 8. Davis, Le Portel15.6 
 9. Daniels, Nanterre15.5 
 10. Dunn, Maurienne15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Barber, Nantes10.2 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.9.4 
 3. Mathis, Maurienne9.3 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.2 
 5. Rouse, Charleville8.8 
 6. Monds, Bourg8.7 
 7. Wyatte, Le Portel8.7 
 8. Monroe, Boulogne8.1 
 9. Badiane, Boulazac8.1 
 10. Giles, Rouen7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.1 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.2 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.8 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.7 
 5. Oliver, Bourg5.3 
 6. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 7. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.4.9 
 9. Craven, Dijon4.7 
 10. Denave, St Vallier4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jara DOYNE
  Falco-Szova
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 2. Shiloh, St Vallier2.6 
 3. Craven, Dijon2.5 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.5 
 5. Daniels, Chalons-.2.4 
 6. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 7. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.2 
 8. Melody, Dijon2.1 
 9. Mullins, Chalons-.2.1 
 10. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.3 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.0 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 6. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 7. Davis, Evreux0.9 
 8. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 9. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 10. Mathis, Maurienne0.7 


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Didia's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old forward Rezo Didia (203-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kutaisi Kutaisi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He got a double-double of 24 points and 10 assists, while his team crushed TSU Tbilisi (#2, 16-4) with 18-point margin 100-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kutaisi maintains the 3rd position in Georgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kutaisi will need more victories to improve their 15-5 record. In the team's last game Didia had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Didia has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.9apg).

Second best performed player last round was Giorgi Sharabidze (210-C-90) of top-ranked Army. He is a center in his first season at Army. In the last game Sharabidze recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Army to another comfortable win 83-64 over the lower-ranked Energy Rustavi (#8, 7-13) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Army still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 18-2 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Sharabidze is one of the most experienced players at Army and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Richard Damus (198-F-83) of Sokhumi Tbilisi (#5). Damus scored 10 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Damus' great performance Sokhumi lost 73-78 to slightly higher-ranked MIA Tbilisi (#4, 14-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Sokhumi needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 8 lost games. Damus has a great season in Georgia. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.1rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.6bpg and FGP: 66.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Buba Kvimsadze (195-G-82) of Kutaisi - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Kote Tugushi (192-G-84) of Army - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C-90) of Samedicino - 15 points and 10 rebounds
7. Besik Lezhava (193-G-86) of MIA Tbilisi - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Levan Tsekvava (190-G-89) of Kutaisi - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Irakli Kobidze (208-C-90) of GTU Tbilisi - 9 points and 10 rebounds
10. Ilia Londaridze (205-C-89) of TSU Tbilisi - 23 points and 6 rebounds

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


Shermadini getting ready for Adriatic League Final Four - by Nikloz Arveladze
Georgian International center - Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) is getting prepared for the Adriatic League final four who will take place in 19-21 of April in the Home court of Olimpija Ljublijana - the Stozice arena.
The center of Union Olimpija, who is on loan from Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos had a very good season so far with the Slovenian giants averaging: 7.4PPG 3.4RPG and 1.1BPG in the great run of his team in the Euroleague leading them to the Top16 for the first time in 6 years.
Shemra also had a good season in the Adriatic league and he is getting ready for the clash tomorrow in the semifinals against follow Slovenian team - Krka Novo Mesto.
'I am very excited about the final four of the Adriatic league, we will play in front of our devoted fans and it gives us extra motivation', said Georgian center.
'We had a very good season so far, making it to the Euroleague top16 was a big achievement for us'
One of the main reasons for the good season is Olimpija's new home court who was packed in every Euroleague game -'Our fans helped us very much ,this is why I am excited to play in the Adriatic league final four in front of our fans,it will give us an extra boost to try and win the league,but we will have a tough opponent - Krka who finished first in the league'.
Shemradini also spoke about his season so far in Slovenia and his plans for the future. 'I am on loan from Panathinaikos to gain some playing minutes,so far this year was very good personally,i am working hard trying to improve my game. I am playing in a main role in the team and its very good for me.'
As for plans for the next season the Georgian center said: 'I suppose to go back to Panathinaikos, but we wil l discuss my situation in the summer and will make the decision together'.
As for him playing with Georgia national team in this summer Eurobasket in Lithuania he said: 'Of course that I am waiting to play for Georgia in the Eurobasket, it will be a big pride for me and I am waiting for it. We have a tough group with Slovenia, Bulgaria, Belguim, Russia and Ukraine,but we will try to do our best'.


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German ProA round 29 best performance: Gary Johnson - by Eurobasket News
American point guard Gary Johnson (188-PG-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Chemnitz, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Braves (#5, 16-11) 70-69. Chemnitz maintains the 3rd position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chemnitz will need more victories to improve their 20-9 record. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Chemnitz and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Central Florida star has very solid stats this year. Johnson is league's best scorer averaging so far 16.6ppg. Johnson is in league's top in assists (5th best: 3.2apg) and averages impressive 51.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old former international power forward Bjorn Schoo (213-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) of USC Heidelberg. Schoo had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Heidelberg cruised to a 78-68 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Crailsheim (#8, 15-14). Heidelberg's 11th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-17 record. Schoo is a newcomer at Heidelberg, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Chris Alexander (186-G-83) of ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (#10). Alexander got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He was a key player of ETB Wohnbau, leading his team to a 99-96overtime win against slightly lower-ranked Hannover (#12, 11-18). The chances of ETB Wohnbau ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Alexander could help ETB Wohnbau to bring them higher in the standings. Alexander has a very solid season. In 29 games in Germany he scored 16.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rob Lowery (188-G-87) of Braves - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Michael Jost (204-F-88) of Freiburg - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-C-90) of Dragons - 21 points and 11 rebounds
7. Ben Spoeler (206-F-88) of Webmoebel - 22 points and 10 rebounds
8. Adrian Hill (203-F-84) of Jena - 19 points and 10 rebounds
9. Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82) of Kirchheim - 17 points and 15 rebounds
10. Stuart Turnbull (188-G-84) of Hannover - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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 the 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. 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 Jaacob Jaacks. 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 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.

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. 'I thought that this team was individually ok, but the team just didnt fit together. The injury to Vincent Yarbrough really hurt us as our second leader on the court after Chris Ensminger was out. We had numerous injuries. Tim Ohlbrecht 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 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-Botterman. Thuelig has started games the last weeks', added Andreas Boettcher. The team lost leading scorer Folarin Campbell 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 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 who came to Frankfurt for the weekend. 'Just the presence of Derrick Allen helped my game', added Skyliner guard Jimmy Mckinney. 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 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 scored inside as did ex Cologne 99er Jeremy Hunt and Nic Wise 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 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', stated ex NBA player Vincent Yarbrough. '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 mid distance jumper. Frankfurt then got two spectacular buckets from Wood and captain Pascal Roller. 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 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. ' 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 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 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. 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, Jonas Wohlfarth- Botterman, Fabian Thuelig and 30 year old Marqus Ledoux 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 who sunk back to back jumpers to somewhat dampen the Bonn comeback as Frankfurt led 73-53. Patrick Flomo 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.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 20 points, five assists and two rebounds. Roger Powell 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 with nine points and eight rebounds. Chris Ensminger and Patrick Flomo 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. '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.




ProB Round 1 of Finals - by Eurobasket News
Ehingen - Leitershofen 92-87

The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 30-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Ehingen/Urspringschule made 31-of-38 free shots (81.6 percent) during the game, while Leitershofen only scored twelve points from the stripe. They outrebounded Leitershofen 28-16 including 19 on the defensive glass. American guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) stepped up and scored 18 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners and naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) chipped in 19 points. At the losing side American center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) responded with 28 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Michael Mathey (188-87, college: W.Liberty St.) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Four Leitershofen players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: A.Vargas 19+1reb+2ast, V.Matthews 18+4reb+4ast, T.Lang 10+6reb+4ast, G.Raebel 9+1ast, K.Kuhn 8+6reb, E.Niedermeyer 8+1ast
Leitershofen: D.Uskoski 28+3reb+1ast, M.Mathey 15+3reb+4ast, D.Veney 12+7reb, V.Zenk 10, J.Genck 9+3reb+5ast, S.Montag 6
gschID: 127332




Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Awards 2010-2011 - by Moritz Korff



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Brandon Kimbrough
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Augie Johnston
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John Fowler
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Jason Swanson
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Anthony Pettaway
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Player of the Year: Brandon Kimbrough (188-G-84, college: Drury) - Noerdlingen
Domestic Player of the Year: Georg Doelle (194-G/F-85) - Dresden
Defensive Player of the Year: Jason Swanson (201-F-86, college: W.Alabama) - Noerdlingen
Most Improved Player of the Year: Alexander Heide (205-F/C-91) - Baunach
Newcomer of the Year: Richard Ware (184-G-87) - Muenchen
Coach of the Year: Dean Jenko - Ansbach

First Team
Brandon Kimbrough (188-G-84) - Noerdlingen
Augie Johnston (193-G-86, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) - Rattelsdorf
John Fowler (193-F-86, college: UALR) - Zwickau
Jason Swanson (201-F-86) - Noerdlingen
Anthony Pettaway (203-C-87, college: Defiance) - Dachau

Second Team
Ben Hruschka (182-G-87) - Zwickau
Omari Knox (188-G-86, college: Bloomfield) - Dachau
Georg Doelle (194-G/F-85) - Dresden
Dima Rastatter (200-F-88) - Noerdlingen
Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Montana St. - Billin) - Muenchen

Honorable Mention
Andreas Endig (198-F-78) - Dresden
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) - Herzogenaurach
Rob Robinson (203-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Robert Morris) - Weiden
David Rotim (197-F-85) - Noerdlingen
Stefan Schmoll (196-F-89) - Treuchtlingen

Domestic Players Team
Ben Hruschka (182-G-87) - Zwickau
Stefan Schmoll (196-F-89) - Treuchtlingen
Georg Doelle (194-G/F-85) - Dresden
Dima Rastatter (200-F-88) - Noerdlingen
Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Montana St. - Billin) - Muenchen

The votes have been made by coaches and team official of the RLSO teams plus one vote made by Eurobasket.com


Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) Postgame Thoughts to 99-93 Loss To The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is a rookie this season for Phoenix Hagen. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. He spoke to Eurobasket following the 99-93 loss at home against The Artland Dragons

Phoenix Hagen had the 51-46 lead at halftime. Despite the lead what did coach Ingo Freyer want the team to do better in the second half?

Continue our secondary break.

The Artland Dragons seemed to step it up a bit more on offense in the second half. What was giving Phoenix Hagen the most problems on defense?

They hit tough shots. That is why they are a playoff team.

Phoenix Hagen continued to fight, but Artland grinded out the win. What was key in crunchtime for Artland getting the win?

Hitting tough shots and making their free throws.

What was your impression of guard Cecil Brown?

He is a solid player.

Have you been surprised by some first round game 1 upsets as Atlanta, Portland and Memphis won?

Not one bit. Its the playoffs. Anything can happen.

Can the IndianaPacers get confidence with their strong first game against Chicago and win this series?

They had a chance to take the series, but I believe the bulls win in 6.

How do you see the Boston Celtics-New York Knicks series? What will be key and how many games will it take?

I say 7. The Celtics are old and will strugggle on the road.

Thanks Jacob forthe chat.


Dane Watts (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) The What If Game Is A Hard Game To Play, Monday Morning Quarterbacks Always Get It Right - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg that is playing his second season for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. Last season, he played for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. He returns to Tuebingen for the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. Watts sat down with eurobasket after the 81-70 win against Bremerhaven.

Congrats on the 81-70 win at home. How important was rewarding your fans with a win in the last home game considering the long losing streak?

It was big, we had some bright spots in the season but we knew that we would be remembered poorly if we did not finish out the year strong. It was good to beat a quality team at home to finish up.

One can always talk about playing spoiler, but does one feel any different after a game winning and actually being the spoiler than before the game?

I don't think we even thought about B'Haven in the playoffs, we were more concerned with our team finishing out the year with a home win.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen controlled the first half leading 48-32. What was key in the first half for having the big lead?

We just came out and shared the ball really well, we had lots of production from different guys on the team, 3x double doubles.

Bremerhaven came back in the second half, but Tuebingen was too much and pulled out the win. What was key on defense grinding out the win in the second half?

Just different guys stepping up and making plays out of the zone, we let it slow us down for a bit but responded when it counted.

Tuebingen showed great team play as Chris Oliver had 30 points and 11 rebounds, you had 22 points, Anatoly Kashirov 11 points and 10 rebounds and Bane Ratkovica 10 points and 10 assists. Do these stats make you wonder hmmmmmmm what could have been if the team had showed more production like this the last weeks?


The 'what if' game is a hard game to play, monday morning quarterbacks always get it right lol. Inconsistency was our teams downfall this season, we showed that we can beat anyone in the league and we also lost to teams below us.

What was your impression of ex NBA player Jaimosn Brewer?

Was unaware he played in the NBA.

Have you been surprised by some first round game 1 upsets as Atlanta, Portland and Memphis won?

Add the Hornets to that list, they are probably the biggest upset in my eyes. Portland/Dallas will be a tough series. Memphis did well taking advantage of Manu being out. The Magic need to do a better job supporting Dwight.

Can the IndianaPacers get confidence with their strong first game against Chicago and win this series?

I feel like both teams are inexperienced but I still feel that Chicago will win. The Pacers played with no fear in Chicago though, could be interesting.

How do you see the Boston celtics-New York Knicks series? What will be key and how many games will it take?

That one is tricky, New York has great talent on the floor and Boston has a veteran TEAM. You would think Boston but it depends on the health of the players in my opinion.

Thanks Dane for the chat.


Ethan Niedermeyer (Erdgas Ehingen) Mario Blessing And Kevin Bright Were Huge For The Team This Year - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ethan Niedermeyer (198-F-87, college: Portland) is a 23 year old 198cm forward that plays in the German PRO B for Erdgas Ehingen. He was born in Portland, Oregon, but grew up in Lafayette, California. He played at Portland (NCAA) from 2006-2010.In his senior year, he played 32 games: 6.7ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 74.1%. He reached the WCC Tournament Semifinals -09, 10. This season in the PRO B he is averaging 4,9ppg and 1,9rpg while averaging 13 minutes per game. he spoke to eurobasket following the 59-47 win against NBC where Erdgas Ehingen clinched the ticket to the PRO A. He spoke to Eurobasket after reaching the PRO A.

Congrats on the 59-47 win against NBC and moving up to the PRO A. Being a rookie, did you feel much nervousness or were you able to shut it down with the NCAA experience that you had had at Portland?

Everyone always has some nervousness before big time games. That being said, playing at the University of Portland gave me a lot of opportunities to know and embrace that feeling.

Describe the scene in the Ehingen gym after the final buzzer sounded? How much pandemonium was there?


It was amazing; the reaction from our fans matched our own feelings. It was chaos in the best form.

The series already had had a very defensive style. Were you sure before the game started that it would be another defensive game?

It was a very physical series as well, both teams played hard. In a win or die game, winning has a lot to do with how well you play defensively, so we expected it to be defensive. Defense is also a great strength of our team.

Erdgas Ehingen got off to a quick start and never looked back. NBC seemed to be more nervous which is hard to understand since they have more experienced players. Did that surprise you?

I'm not sure how nervous they were, but it was the fourth game and I think some of their players may have started to wear down.

Erdgas Ehingen held NBC to 21% shooting. NBC missed some easy lay ups as well. Was this the best defensive showing of the year for your team?

I joined the team in January, and it was the best I have seen by our team since I have been here. In a number of games we had great defensive quarters or halves, but our last game we kept it up for the entire time.

NBC tried to come back, but was unable to. What was key in the second half to maintaining the lead and getting the win?

NBC had made a few runs late in the game during this series by pressuring full court. It was key for us to take care of the ball late in the game and I think Mario, and Virgil handled their pressure with great poise. Our bigs also helped by being pressure releases for our guards.

Mario Blessing led Erdgas Ehingen with 11 points and NBC was led by Corneilius Adler and Dominik Schneider. All players are German. How rare is too have the game scoring dominated by Germans?

I am not sure how often it happens, but all three are very good players. Adler in particular is capable of scoring in bunches, and made big shots through the series.

What has been your overall impression of the German level in the PRO B this season?

Pro B is a very strong league. NBC in particular stood out as a particularly difficult team to play against.

What made the team Erdgas Ehingen such a success this season?


I think a lot of the success of our team should be credited to our head Coach Ralph Junge. In addition to Coach the play of Mario Blessing and Kevin Bright were huge for the team this year.

How do you see your future? Will you return next season?

I have been accepted to law school for next fall. I may decide to defer my acceptance and continue to play. Nothing beats playing basketball.

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

I think Dwight decided this year to be more serious while playing and I applaud him for that, but we all play basketball because when it comes down to it we have fun doing it. I have no problem with him showing that he is having fun like he did in past seasons. People criticized him for it and he changed things this year.

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


I think there is a chance but, Derrick Rose has really put himself apart from the pack this year.

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

Eddie Curry is a great player, but with him you always need to deal with other factors, like is he in shape?

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Ninja Assassin, good action film


Thanks Ethan for the chat.


Oliver's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old forward Chris Oliver (198-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Walter Tigers Tuebingen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Bremerhaven (#9, 17-16) 80-71. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Walter Tigers is placed at 11th position in German league. Walter Tigers 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 15-18 record. Oliver turned to be Walter Tigers' top player in his first season with the team. Chris Oliver averages this season 13.7ppg and 6.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Zachery Peacock (203-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) of LTi Giessen 46ers. He is American forward in his first season at LTi 46ers. In the last game Peacock recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Of course LTi 46ers cruised to a 81-71 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked MBC (#17, 8-25). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But LTi 46ers managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 15th place. 24 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories LTi 46ers managed to get this year. Peacock is a newcomer at LTi 46ers and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances) of Goettingen (#8). Anderson showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Goettingen, leading his team to a 80-65 easy win against the higher-ranked ALBA (#3, 23-10). Goettingen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 15 lost games. Anderson has a very solid season. In 27 games in Germany he scored 12.7ppg. He also has 6.5rpg and FGP: 54.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Bryant (208-C-87) of ratiopharm - 13 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Predrag Suput (200-F-77) of Brose Baskets - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Darren Fenn (208-C-80) of Art.Dragons - 18 points and 7 rebounds
7. Dane Watts (203-F-86) of Walter Tigers - 22 points and 6 rebounds
8. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) of Dt.Bank SKY - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82) of EWE Baskets - 24 points and 3 assists
10. Ekene Ibekwe (206-F-85) of Bayreuth - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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. Oliver, Walter Tigers6.5 
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. Ross, MBC1.5 
 5. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.5 
 6. Dorris, Phoenix .1.4 
 7. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 8. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 9. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 10. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.8 
 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. Scott, Goettingen0.9 


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. Brooks, Kirchheim1.8 
 8. Shaw, Chemnitz1.8 
 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. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.3 
 8. Henry, Hannover1.3 
 9. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.1 
 10. De Michael, Kirchheim1.1 


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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. Anderson, Panionios1.5 
 10. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.5 
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. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 10. Gechevski, PAOK0.7 


Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Nea Kifisia 21-4 
 2. OFI 20-5 
 3. Ermis Perama 18-6 
 4. Doxa Lefkadas 17-8 
 5. Anagennisi 17-8 
 6. MENT 16-9 
 7. Aias Evosmou 14-11 
 8. Doukas 12-12 
 9. Diagoras 12-13 
 10. Stratoni 11-14 
 11. Aiolos Trik. 11-14 
 12. Apollon KL 9-16 
 13. Egaleo 8-17 
 14. Filippos Veroias 6-19 
 15. M.Alexandros 5-20 


Gechevski's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
33-year old center Todor Gechevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for PAOK Thessaloniki and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 12 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat VAP Kolossos (#7, 12-13) 66-56. PAOK maintains the 3rd position in Greek league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. PAOK will need more victories to improve their 15-10 record. It's Gechevski's second year at PAOK and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Todor Gechevski averages this season 10.4ppg and 6.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78) of Marousi BC. He is a guard in his first season at Marousi. In the last game Gagaloudis recorded impressive 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Marousi cruised to a 78-69 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked AEK (#13, 7-18). This victory allowed Marousi to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Gagaloudis is a newcomer at Marousi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Giorgos Tsiaras (207-C/F-82) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (#8). Tsiaras scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Panionios, leading his team to a 89-80overtime win against the higher-ranked Aris (#4, 13-12). The chances of Panionios ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tsiaras could help Panionios to bring them higher in the standings. Tsiaras has a very solid season. In 24 games in Greece he scored 9.4ppg. He also has FGP: 51.2% and 3PT: 40.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78) of AEK - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dante Stiggers (187-G-82) of PAOK - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Deon Thompson (203-F-88) of Ikaros - 14 points and 11 rebounds
7. Ryvon Covile (206-C-84) of Panionios - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Mike Batiste (203-F-77) of Panathinaikos - 16 points and 8 rebounds
10. Torin Francis (210-F-83) of Panellinios - 13 points and 11 rebounds

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


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Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 23-3 
 2. Dehoppers 21-5 
 3. Leiden 2 18-8 
 4. Red Giants 18-8 
 5. Groene 16-10 
 6. Hoofddorp 16-12 
 7. Cangeroes 15-12 
 8. Goba 14-12 
 9. Almonte 12-14 
 10. Punch 9-17 
 11. Akrides 8-18 
 12. Amsterdam 2 8-19 
 13. Wildcats 5-21 
 14. Black Eagles 2-24 


Results Dutch Basketball League - by Greg
In this game you can be leading for 39:59 seconds, but can still lose the game in that last second.

This weekend in Dutch basketball action, after being on top of the Dutch standings for the entire regular season, this is exactly what happened for the defending Dutch champions GasTerra Flames Groningen on Saturday night in Leeuwarden vs. northern rival DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden, losing in two overtimes by the score of 92-88. Meanwhile title threat Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden christened their new renovated Vijfmeihal in style, winning over WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom to win the regular season title by the score of 91-88 and gaining homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. It was like two wins on Saturday for Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden.

In other action Eiffel Towers sharpened themselves up for a deep playoff run with a blowout over hapless Rotterdam Challengers, while in Zwolle Landstede Basketbal Basketball closed off a disappointing season with a win over Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen.

In Leeuwarden De DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden Aris had the upper hand from the start, spotting Donar to leads of 10-2 and 26-16 at the end of the 1st quarter (41-36 for Aris at halftime). From then on in the 2nd half the intensity level would be at a fever pitch, as both teams would go neck-and neck until the end of regulation. Donar would take the lead momentarily, but Aris' Calvin Chitwood would come up with two big plays in crunchtime, with a three-pointer to tie things up at 67-67, and then a big blocked shot vs. the Flames top scorer Matt Haraysz. Aris would have a chance to win it with the last shot, but Aris PG John Williams' desparation attempt came up short.

In overtime both teams would continue the intensity, with a Gerad Punch three-pointer giving Aris a 74-71 lead, but the Flames would counter with a Matt Bauscher three-pointer of their own, with both teams still tied after the 1st overtime at 76-76.

In the 2nd overtime the teams would continue trading baskets, but the breakthrough came through the play of X-factors Punch and Chitwood, with Chitwood beating the Flames at their own game with a clutch offensive rebound off a missed Manny Adako free throw. Chitwood was fouled, making both free throws to give Aris an 87-82 lead. The Flames would bring it closer to within two at 87-85, but Punch would deliver the final knockout blow with two free throws to seal the win for Aris. Adako, Mark Sanchez and Todd Brown each had 19 pts. to lead Aris. Bauscher led the Flames with 20 pts. with Haraysz adding 17. Aris forced 27 Flames' turnovers. Aris will have to wait on the results of the BS Weert-ABC Amsterdam to determine who their 1st round opponent will be, either Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen or Eiffel Towers.

In the renovated Vijfmeihal on Saturday night, the timing could not have been any better for Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden, who celebrated in style, first with the win over WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom, and then with the news of De DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden Aris winning over Gas Terra Flames, pushing Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden over the top to gain the #1 seed into the Dutch playoffs. Montha McGhee led ZZ with 21 pts., and Thomas Jackson added 17 and Seamus Boxley had 14. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden finished with a league-best 30-6 record and will face ABC Amsterdam in the 1st round of the playoffs. Meanwhile WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom will likely face Gas Terra Flames in the 1st round, but also an opponent they gave lots of trouble to during the regular season.

In the Sportscenter, after being picked to finish in the top 5 by other basketball websites, Landstede Basketbal Zwolle Basketball closed off a miserable season with a 76-65 win over Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen. Nate Rohnert led Landstede Basketbal Zwolle with 31 pts., 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Zaire Taylor led Magixx with 19 pts. For Magixx the loss had no effect on the standings, as Magixx had prior to the game clinched the 4th playoff spot.

In the Topsportcentrum, the team of Raoul Korner took no prisoners, using the game as a tuneup for the upcoming playoffs with an easy 101-61 win over last-place Rotterdam Challengers. Eiffel were lethal from the three-pointline, courtesy of Jeroen v.d. List (5 of 6) and Kees Akkerboom and Rogier Jansen (4 three-pointers each), making 15 of 29 total. Akerboom and v.d. List led six Eiffel players in double digitis with 19 pts. each. Frank Turner added 18 and Jansen 14. Korner had the chance to utilize his entire team, everyone in uniform playing at least 12 minutes. Chip Jones led the Rotterdammers with 17 pts. Eiffel will await the results of BS Weert-ABC Amsterdam game to determine who their 1st round opponent will be.


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  IBL   


Standings
IBL Standings
Continental Division
 1. Bellingham S. 1-0 
 2. L.Angeles L. 0-0 
 3. Olympia R. 0-0 
 4. USA All-Stars 0-0 
 5. Vancouver V. 0-0 
 6. W.C. Hotshots 0-1 
International Division
 1. Albany L. 2-1 
 2. Gary Splash 1-0 
 3. Kankakee S. 1-2 
 4. Edmonton E. 0-0 
 5. Oregon W. 0-0 
Branding Team
 1. Lake Co. 0-0 
 2. Las Vegas P. 0-0 
 3. Ohio H.G. 0-0 
 4. Phoenix R. 0-0 
 5. Lansing C. 0-1 


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  ISRAEL   


Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 25-1 
 2. Galil Gilboa 16-10 
 3. Hapoel J-M 15-11 
 4. Bnei Hasharon 15-11 
 5. Maccabi Rishon 13-13 
 6. Maccabi Ashdod 13-13 
 7. Hapoel Holon 11-15 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 9-17 
 9. Maccabi Haifa 7-18 
 10. Ironi Ashkelon 6-20 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A27.3 
 2. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.3 
 3. Moragne, Hapoel B.23.4 
 4. Clemente, Megido.23.4 
 5. Miller, Megido/Y.22.4 
 6. Delaney, Maccabi .21.3 
 7. Timberlake, Elitzu.20.8 
 8. Young, Hod Hasharon20.8 
 9. Gomez, Beer Yaakov20.4 
 10. Brown, Maccabi HBK20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.6 
 3. Clemente, Megido.11.3 
 4. Brandy, Hod H.10.1 
 5. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 6. Wade, Lev Hasharon9.0 
 7. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 8. Strong, Hapoel T.8.9 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
 10. Utter, Hapoel T-A8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ofir FARHI
  Beer Yaakov
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.6 
 2. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.5 
 3. Dobie, Lev Hasharon6.4 
 4. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.9 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.5.8 
 6. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula5.7 
 7. Fisher, Ironi R.4.7 
 8. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.6 
 9. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.4 
 10. Davidi, Elitzur Ramla4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.1 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.6 
 3. Bochman, Beer Y.2.5 
 4. Delaney, Maccabi .2.3 
 5. Markson, Hapoel A.2.2 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.1 
 7. Fisher, Ironi R.2.0 
 8. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon2.0 
 10. Lev, Maccabi HBK2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Isaac ROSEFELT
  Ironi Ramat Gan
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.0 
 2. Colwell, Ironi R.2.0 
 3. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 4. Strong, Hapoel T.1.9 
 5. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.7 
 6. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 7. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.5 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 9. Markson, Hapoel A.1.2 
 10. Brandy, Hod H.1.2 


The Israeli National League Final-Four has been scheduled - by Netanel Dahan
After that all the upper playoffs games ended up with a sweep (the best of 3 games) the final-four games will take place this week on Wednesday and next week Sunday.
It will be also the best of 3 games, all the top 4 seeded teams of the regular season managed to win it's opponents:

Hapoel Usishkin Tel-Aviv (1) Tivon (8) 83-61&89-87.
Maccabi Habikaa (2) Lev Hasharon (7) 93-79&86-82.
Elitzur Yavne (3) Ramle (6) 83-69&86-77.
Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (4) Be'er Ya'akov (5) 96-94&89-86.

The Final-Four games:
Hapoel Usishkin Tel-Aviv-Hapoel Yokneam/Megido.
Maccabi Habikaa-Elitzur Yavne.

At the lower playoff games Ironi Nahariya will have to win all it's upcoming games to stay in the league, as Ironi Ramat-Gan and Hapoel Afula guaranteed it's staying for the next season.


National League Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Beer Yaakov - Megido/Yokneam 86-89

Megido/Yokneam made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Megido/Yokneam outrebounded Beer Yaakov 37-26 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) to lead the effort and American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) supported him with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 22 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) did not help to save the game for Beer Yaakov. Guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 21 points, 5 assists and 6 steals for the hosts. Four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Beer Yaakov: J.Hall 22+8reb, Y.Bet-Yosef 21+2reb+5ast, O.Farhi 19+3reb, J.Gomes 17+5reb+1ast, G.Karni 5+2reb, I.Bochman 2+5reb+3ast
Megido/Yokneam: R.Clemente 27+16reb+1ast, N.Miller 19+5reb+4ast, N.Tishman 10+1reb+4ast, T.Bar Even 9+4reb+3ast, C.Buchman 8+7reb+1ast, N.Levi 6+1reb
gschID: 127011


Hapoel Tivon - Hapoel T-A 87-89

Hapoel Tivon trailed by 20 points after 3 quarters before a 37-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 87-89 at the end of the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Tivon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) scored 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Matan Naor (194-80) chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Five Hapoel T-A players scored in double figures. Naturalized American power forward Jeff Horovitz (206-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Oded Shaashoua (186-82, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 24 points and 9 assists.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Tivon: O.Shaashoua 24+1reb+9ast, J.Horovitz 22+11reb+2ast, K.Izik 10+5reb+2ast, L.Arieli 9+1reb+3ast, B.Strong 9+7reb, B.Timor 5+2reb+4ast
Hapoel T-A: B.Asbury 25+7reb+3ast, E.Eliyah 16+5reb, M.Naor 15+13reb+2ast, Y.Lahat 13+4reb+9ast, Y.Shvartzman 10+1reb+1ast, S.Haimovitch 7+3ast
gschID: 127008


Lev Hasharon - Maccabi HBK 82-86

The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-82. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB, agency: Lanshire Group) who scored 22 points and 6 assists. Forward Steffon Bradford (200-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Antwan Henry Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) produced 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) added 23 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Lev Hasharon players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lev Hasharon: A.Henry Dobie 25+5reb+4ast, L.Wade 23+7reb+3ast, O.Hover 12+2reb+1ast, M.Yakusi 12+5reb+1ast, I.Eiram 6+2ast, G.Lavie 3+2ast
Maccabi HBK: S.Bradford 22+6reb, P.Delaney 22+4reb+6ast, I.Lev 15+4reb+1ast, E.Skverer 7+2reb+2ast, N.Matalon 7+6reb+2ast, I.Grinboim 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 127009


Elitzur Ramla - Elitzur Yavne 77-86

Elitzur Ramla was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 50-38 second half run of Elitzur Yavne. 24 personal fouls committed by Elitzur Ramla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Nir Golan (180-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. American forward David Paris (205-84, college: Bowie St.) replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds and guard Dror Davidi (190-84) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Elitzur Ramla.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: D.Paris 22+9reb+2ast, D.Davidi 20+8reb+2ast, A.Sukar 10+7reb+5ast, K.Young 9+6reb+4ast, I.Berkowitz 6+6reb+3ast, M.Badalov 6+4reb+1ast
Elitzur Yavne: N.Golan 24+5reb+4ast, K.Wilson 22+6reb, E.Hofman 14+4reb, C.Timberlake 13+8reb+5ast, Z.Volfer 8+3reb+4ast, D.Tamir 5+4reb
gschID: 127010




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  ITALY   


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Evangelisti, Trapani18.3 
 2. Tassinari, Moncalieri17.6 
 3. Musso, Perugia17.5 
 4. Ricciardi, Palestrina16.8 
 5. Rugolo, Molfetta16.8 
 6. Masper, Moncalieri16.7 
 7. Reati, Treviglio16.4 
 8. Vico, Matera16.0 
 9. Carrizo, Ferentino15.9 
 10. Conte, Trento15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza11.4 
 2. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.8 
 3. Corral, Molfetta9.4 
 4. Basei, Ostuni9.0 
 5. Capitanelli, Pales.8.8 
 6. Zambon, Rieti8.7 
 7. Chiaramello, Recanati8.6 
 8. Facenda, Senigallia8.1 
 9. De Min, Treviglio7.9 
 10. Soloperto, Latina B.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tommaso MARINO
  Treviglio
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Marino, Treviglio5.1 
 2. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 3. Scarone, Piacenza4.2 
 4. Virgilio, Rieti4.0 
 5. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 6. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.7 
 7. Paparella, Potenza3.4 
 8. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.4 
 9. Parente, Moncalieri3.3 
 10. Cantone, S.Antimo3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.8 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.1 
 3. De Nicolao, Castelle.3.0 
 4. Bushati, Brescia2.9 
 5. Gullo, Patti2.9 
 6. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 7. Bonfiglio, Ruvo2.7 
 8. Cisse, ASD Pavia2.7 
 9. Palombita, Castelle.2.7 
 10. Ghersetti, Brescia2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.8 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.6 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 4. Capitanelli, Pales.1.1 
 5. Raminelli, Castelle.1.0 
 6. Spippoli, Palestrina0.9 
 7. Biligha, ASD Pavia0.9 
 8. Candido, Ferentino0.9 
 9. Basei, Ostuni0.9 
 10. Pozzi, Molfetta0.8 


Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
 1. Piacenza 22-8 
 2. Brescia 21-9 
 3. Perugia 20-10 
 4. Treviglio 20-10 
 5. Omegna 20-10 
 6. Moncalieri 19-11 
 7. Trento 18-12 
 8. Castelletto 17-13 
 9. Trieste 16-14 
 10. ASD Pavia 13-17 
 11. Comsum.it SI 13-17 
 12. Recanati 12-18 
 13. Senigallia 11-19 
 14. Riva del Garda 9-21 
 15. Ozzano 7-23 
 16. Osimo 2-28 
Group B
 1. Trapani 22-8 
 2. Ostuni 21-9 
 3. Ruvo 20-10 
 4. S.Antimo 18-12 
 5. Ferentino 17-13 
 6. Anagni 16-14 
 7. Matera 16-14 
 8. Molfetta 14-16 
 9. Latina Basket 14-16 
 10. Potenza 14-16 
 11. Massafra 14-16 
 12. Patti 13-17 
 13. Rieti 12-17 
 14. Bisceglie 12-18 
 15. Agrigento 10-20 
 16. Palestrina 6-23 


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. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 5. Homan, CS Bologna8.3 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.0 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.7 
 8. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.7 
 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. Collins, Scavolin.3.8 
 7. Stipcevic, Cimberio.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. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 4. Thomas, Air AV2.7 
 5. Green, Air AV2.6 
 6. Hawkins, Armani MI2.5 
 7. Goss, Cimberio VA2.5 
 8. Dasic, Lottomatica2.5 
 9. Ortner, Bennet C.2.5 
 10. White, Dinamo Sassari2.5 
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. Szewczyk, Air AV1.0 
 7. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.0 
 8. Drozdov, Vanoli CR1.0 
 9. Polonara, Banca T.1.0 
 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. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
 10. Gordon, Forli7.8 
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
 Ndudi EBI
  Limoges
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 2. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.9 
 3. Roderick, Immobi.2.8 
 4. Cerella, Assigeco2.5 
 5. Achara, Barcellona2.5 
 6. Davis, Sunrise .2.5 
 7. Filloy, Immobili.2.5 
 8. Hunter, Sunrise .2.5 
 9. Whiting, Aget Imola2.4 
 10. Marigney, Assigeco2.3 
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 


Interview with Linton Johnson - by Antonello Varallo
Linton Johnson (203-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tulane) is one of the most experienced american players of Italian Serie A, having played 150 NBA games. He was part of the roster of San Antonio Spurs, winning NBA title in 2005. Linton scored 19 points, with 13 rebounds and 5 steals, during his last game.

1-) Linton, you are playing for the first time in Italy, but maybe you are facing more proof than in your entire career: financial problems of your team, injuries of 2/5 of starting five...How did you and your teammates keep on doing your job in a so good way?
- Simply by being professionals. We have a great group of responsible men like Green, Thomas, Szymon and we know we have a greater responsibility and commitment to the fans of Avellino to play the best we can each time we step on the court. That is what gives us motivation to play so hard.

2-) You won a very important game against Caserta, important not only for playoff but above all for Avellino's fans. How did you prepare this match?
- I prepared because my DOLCE (girlfriend) is from Caserta and I knew if we had loss she wouldn't have stopped talking about it. So for this I had to play well. But the entire team knew about the importance of the Derby and after 3 straight losses we had no choice but to win.

3-) Despite all the problems, Avellino have come together well. How much important is Frank Vitucci's job?
- His job is the most important because he is our leader. There are so many personalities that he must manage. Myself having to get accustom with the Italian play for the first year; the injuries that we have had; money problems. All of this with a poor leader would have immediately resulted in failure. But because he is such a great coach, he has led us to stay focused and because of him we have been able to maintain good basketball concentration and success so far.

4-) During your career, you have played with strong players and famous coaches, and everyone appreciated your hard working mentality, while fans love your pleasant character and your kindness. How did you learn your style of playing?
- I learn from so many people throughout my younger days. I learned how to play the game from my uncle Mickey Johnson who was an NBA for 12 years. I always enjoyed to stop another player especially if they were more popular than me. That's why I am a great defensive player. I loved the way Kevin Garnett played with so much passion, so I think I got that for him. I was always a hard worker by nature because I always felt I wasn't good enough. But that was a double edge sword because I would always work hard but I didn't always believe 100% in myself until I came to Italy and finally found freedom, both on and off the court.

5- ) Have your good character obstructed in any way your pro career? We read everyday about 'trash talking' in NBA...
-Well there is a difference between trash talking and being an asshole. Actually, it was because of my aggressive demeanor and trash talking that got me into the NBA in the first place. As you may or may not know, I was not drafted. And I was invited to the Chicago Bulls camp because I talked trash and beat Jalen Rose and company in an open scrimmage at the Berto center (Bulls practice facility). You have to understand basketball is a game that evolved from the streets and talking trash comes with playing the game. You only talked trash to find out who was the weak or scary player. Once you find the scary guy or find a guy's weakness, that is what you focus on so your team has a better chance to win. But its all in fun play. After the game everyone is usually friends again.

6-) So far, what is the greatest satisfaction you have felt in your career?
- My greatest satisfaction to date is still winning the World Championship in 2005 with the San Antonio Spurs. You have to imagine at that moment you are greatest in the World! Incredible!!!!

7-) What are your plans for your future? Would you like to become a coach?
- My major in college was Finance so my plans will be to do some form of stock trading and just travel for the rest of my life. Coaching doesn't seems to be able to fulfill that urge right now, but who knows...


Best players of Italian SerieA round 26 - by Eurobasket News
French Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) had an amazing evening in the last round for Lottomatica Virtus Roma and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 25-year old center had a double-double of 30 points and twelve rebounds, while his team was edged out by Dinamo Sassari (12-14) 86-85. Lottomatica maintains the 8th position in Italian SerieA. Lottomatica is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 14th lost game this season out of 26 games. It was one of impressive evenings for Traore as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ali Traore averages this season 9.8ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of league's best team Montepaschi Siena. Lavrinovic impressed basketball fans with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Of course Montepaschi cruised to a 78-70 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Armani MI (#3, 18-8). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Round 23. Montepaschi consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 22-2 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Lavrinovic is one of the most experienced players at Montepaschi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Linton Johnson (203-F-80, agency: Priority Sports) of Air Avellino (#5). Johnson scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Air AV, leading his team to a 83-75 win against the lower-ranked Pepsi Caserta (#9, 12-14). Air AV needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 13 victories and 13 lost games. Johnson has a very solid season. In 23 games in Italy he scored 6.6ppg. He also has 6.7rpg and FGP: 55.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Earl Rowland (188-G-83) of Vanoli CR - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Phil Goss (186-G-83) of Cimberio VA - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83) of Bennet Cantu - 22 points and 10 rebounds
7. Bobby Dixon (178-G-83) of Enel Brindisi - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75) of Bennet Cantu - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Jumaine Jones (202-F-79) of Pepsi Caserta - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Banca Tercas - 26 points and 4 rebounds

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


Hickman's 30-point game gives him Lega2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old guard Ricky Hickman (190-G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had the game-high 30 points adding three rebounds and seven assists for Fastweb CM in his team's victory, helping them to crush Tezenis Verona (#12, 10-18) with 24-point margin 97-73. It allowed Fastweb CM to consolidate first place in the Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fastweb CM has a very solid 20-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Hickman had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Fastweb CM's top player in his first season with the team. University of North Carolina, Greensboro graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hickman is in league's top in assists (4th best: 3.9apg) and averages solid 61.6% FGP and 44.2% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88) of MarcoPoloShop.it Forli. He is a forward in his second season at Forli. In the last game Poletti recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Forli to edge the higher-ranked N.Ferrara (#11, 11-17) by 4 points 93-89. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Forli managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 14th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-18 record. Poletti is well-known at Forli and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88) of Tuscany PT (#9). Varnado scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Tuscany PT, leading his team to a 96-72 easy win against Aget Imola (13-15). The chances of Tuscany PT ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Varnado could help Tuscany PT to bring them higher in the standings. Varnado has a great season in Italy. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.1rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.9bpg and FGP: 57.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Trent Whiting (185-G-76) of Aget Imola - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Ronald Davis (190-G-82) of Sunrise Scafati - 26 points and 8 rebounds
6. Michael Hicks (193-G-76) of Barcellona - 21 points and 10 rebounds
7. Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Joseph Forte (193-G-81) of Tuscany PT - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84) of Prima Veroli - 17 points and 12 rebounds
10. Kaniel Dickens (203-F-78) of San Severo - 24 points and 9 rebounds

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


Enel Brindisi signs Cedric Jackson - by Antonello Varallo
Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cleveland St.) agreed terms with Enel Brindisi.
Brindisi is fighting to avoid relegation and Jackson is a good player who can help the team of coach Bechi to reach the goal. The former San Antonio Spurs is
a great assistman and a good rebounder for his size. During this season, he has played 14 games with Erie Bay Hawks (D-League), with 12.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 6.6 apg and 36 games with Idaho Stampede (13.6 ppg, with a season high of 26, 6.1 rpg and 7.5 apg).


A Dilettanti, Round 30 - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

In the last round of the Regular Season Piacenza wins at Pavia (90-88) and becomes champion of the group A (22-8 the record)! In a very balanced game the Copra Morpho Bakery wins the match in the overtime. In the last seconds of the last quarter Borgna score the points of the 76-74 and 78-76 but Scarone tie two time first with a 2 points shot and, in the last play, with 2 free throws. In the last minute of the OT, after the 3 points shot of Biligha (88-87), the visitors win the match thanks other 3 free throws of the Argentinian! For the winners the top scorer is Cazzaniga Roberto with 21 points (7/8 at shoot) adding 10 rebounds (5 offensive) and 6 steals with 39 of ranking. For the others there are 17 points of Perego Riccardo with 12 rebounds and 7/10 by 2, 16 points of Scarone German with 6 assist but a bad 3/15 at shoot (decisive the points from the free throw line with 8/10 and 10 fouls suffered), 12 points for Rizzitiello Nelson and 10 points for Passera Marco. For the hosts double-double of Biligha Paul with 21 points (9/14) + 12 rebounds with 3 steals, 17 points from the bench for Cisse Ibrahim with 6 rebounds, 15 points and 4 assist for Borgna Stefano, 12 points with 4 assist and 4 steals of Furlanetto Luca and 10 points with 7 defensive rebounds for Cristelli Davide. Treviglio exceeds Osimo (last place after a very bad season with only 2 wins) for 107-69 and reaches the playoff despite the victory of Omegna and thanks also the contemporary defeat of Perugia (that closes however at the third place). For the Co.Mark (28/37 by 2) 7 players in double digit: 17 points in 20 minutes for Milani Tommaso with 4/7 by 3, 14 points (4/8 by 3) for Reati Davide, 13 points (6/9 by 2) with 6 rebounds and 3 steals for Zanella Gabriele, 11 points for Marulli Roberto and 12 points for De min Thomas that adds 5 steals, Borra Jacopo with a perfect 6/6 by 2 and 10 rebounds and for Marino Tommaso with 9 assist (4.9 in the season, first assistman of the group)! For the visitors only 2 total points from the bench, in the starting five 24 points for Dolic David with 9/17 by 2, 19 points and 5/11 by 3 for Rinaldi Giovanni, 11 points and 8 rebounds with 4 steals for Delli carri Giuliano and 7 points + 10 rebounds for Gaeta Enrico. With the victory of yesterday Moncalieri avoids the PlayOut and condemnation Siena at the direct relegation! In the 84-80 great start of the hosts that close the third quarter with 15 points of advantage (70-55) leading by 2 players: Tassinari Federico (top scorer of the group with 17.6 points) and Masper Cristiano. For the first 28 points with 11/20 at shoot while for the second 24 points (9/12) with 8 rebounds and 6 assist. For the other players of the Zerouno 17 points of Conti Francesco with 7 rebounds and excellent performance of Giadini Maurizio with only 7 points but capturing 15 rebounds and adding 5 steals and 6 assist! For the league cup champions, forced to win this game for salvation, not enough the good match of Rabaglietti Stefano with 25 points, 4 steals and 7/13 by 3. Good job for Casadei Daniele that closes with 14 points and for Andreaus Davide with 13 points and 4/6 by 3. In the other matches:

Liomatic Perugia - SBS Castelletto 80-92 (G.Palombita 22 pts, B.Musso 20 pts & 8 reb & 3 ass, S.Bonamente 8 reb & 3 stl)
Paffoni Omegna - PentaGruppo Ozzano 86-85 (M.Negri 21 pts, E.Rossi 20 pts & 15 reb, J.Canelo 20 pts, I.Ferarro 4 ass, G.Sanguinetti-S.Cortesi 4 stl)
La Fortezza Recanati - Goldengas Senigallia 90-79 (M.Gnaccarini 20 pts & 5 ass, R.Pederzini-A.Pierini 20 pts, O.Chiaramello 6 reb & 4 stl & 4 ass, R.Fossati 7 ass)
Aps Trieste - Cartiere Riva 102-65 (A.Moruzzi 20 pts & 5 stl, D.Magro 12 reb, L.Busca 3 ass, L.Torboli 15 pts, M.Contento 4 stl)
Centrale Latte Brescia - Bitumcalor Trento 71-74 (A.Benevelli 25 pts & 11 reb & 4 stl, L.Conte 25 pts & 5 ass & 5 stl, A.Forray 6 ass, R.Rombaldoni 5 ass, L.Gergati 4 ass & 5 stl)

Recap Post Season Group A

PlayOff Promotion
Copra Morpho Bakery Piacenza, Centrale del Latte Brescia, Liomatic Perugia, Co.Mark Treviglio
PlayOut Salvation
Bitumcalor Trento, SBS Castelletto, Acegas Aps Trieste, Paul Mitchell Pavia
Teams relegated to B Dilettanti
Consum.it Siena, La Fortezza Recanati, Goldengas Senigallia, Garda Cartiere Riva, PentaGruppo Ozzano, Edilcost Osimo

Group B

In the last round Trapani wins (71-69 against Molfetta) and confirms the first place (22-8) also thanks the defeat of Ostuni. In the final minute Rugolo missing for 2 time the shoot for the draw! For the Centro Auto Ford (however qualified for the playout despite the defeat) the top scorer it is Rugolo Giovanni with 27 points (7/17 and 10/11 in the free throws) and 9 fouls suffered helped by the great double-double of Corral Diego Nahuel with 13 points and 18 rebounds adding also 6 blocks! For the others 10 points for Maggi Andrea and Genovese Salvatore. For the champions of the group there are 18 points of Evangelisti Marco (top scorer with 18.3 points in 30 games) and Cantagalli Gianni respectively with 4 assist and 4 steals (but 0/7 by 3 for the first), 11 points and 6 rebounds of Bisconti Luca and 9 points + 13 rebounds for Santarossa Walter. Very important victory for Anagni on the court of Latina for 89-88 thanks the 3 points shot of Romano for the 88-88 and the free throw of Benedusi in the last play. For the Romana Chimici this victory means salvation without playout while the Benacquista Assicurazioni risked the direct relegation, touched at the end for Massafra despite the last win. For the hosts double-double of Soloperto Mattia with 26 points and 11 rebounds (11/14 by 2), 20 points and 3 steals for Amoroso Francesco and 14 points with a perfect 4/4 by 3 for Rossetti Matteo. For the visitors top scorer is Romano Riccardo with 19 points and 10/11 in the free throws, 16 points and 5 assist with 3 steals for Bruni Giovanni (starting from the bench), 12 points for Benedusi Nicolo and 10 points for Soave Mario that catches 7 rebounds and for Giampaoli Andrea in only 16 minutes. Matera wins against S.Antimo (63-60) but not enough to reaches the salvation because of the victory of Anagni. Gilardi Federico scores 20 points in 23 minutes with 7/8 at shoot, 15 points and 3 steals for Lagioia Andrea and 14 points with 8 rebounds and 3 assist for Vico Carlos Sebastian. For the visitors defeat that does not affect participation in the playoffs (great 4th place), Gagliardo Filippo is the top scorer with 15 points, 11 points and 3 steals with 6 rebounds for Calabria Dante, 9 points for Valentini Jacopo, 8 points of Cantone Carlo and 6 points for Iardella Alessio and Gatti Simone that adds 8 rebounds. The other results:

Moncada Agrigento - Ascom Patti 79-69 (A.Fabi 23 pts, A.Barbieri 20 pts & 8 reb & 2 stl, P.Mossi 20 pts & 4 ass, C.Contaldo 19 pts & 8 reb)
Ambrosia Bisceglie - Adriatica Ruvo 74-61 (D.Rosignoli 18 pts & 14 reb, S.Bonfiglio 17 pts & 3 stl, L.Novati 6 ass, F.Ihedioha 4 stl)
Ircop Rieti - FMC Ferentino 67-70 (G.Tessitore 25 pts & 5 stl, D.Zambon 12 reb, A.Iannuzzi 11 reb, M.Carrizo 16 pts & 4 ass)
Itop Palestrina - Cisa Massafra 70-91 (I.Scarponi 22 pts, S.Lenardon 18 pts & 4 ass, A.Capitanelli 16 pts & 9 reb, D.Molinari 4 ass, T.Rossetti 4 stl)
Publisys Potenza - Assi Ostuni 82-73 (S.Gigena 23 pts, S.Bagnoli 20 pts & 13 reb, A.Chiarastella 19 pts & 11 reb, S.Paparella 7 ass, M.Giuri 4 stl & 4 ass)

Recap Post Season Group B

PlayOff Promotion
Shinelco Trapani, Assi Basket Ostuni, Adriatica Industriale Ruvo, AD Pall. S.Antimo
PlayOut Salvation
Bawer Matera, Centro Auto Ford Molfetta, Publisys Potenza, Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina
Teams relegated to B Dilettanti
Cisa Massafra, Ascom Patti, Ircop Rieti, Ambrosia Bisceglie, Moncada Agrigento, Itop Palestrina

Post Season, PlayOff
Copra Morpho Bakery Piacenza (1A) - Co.Mark Treviglio (4A)
Centrale del Latte Brescia (2A) - Liomatic Perugia (3A)
Shinelco Trapani (1B) - AD Pall. S.Antimo (4B)
Assi Basket Ostuni (2B) - Adriatica Industriale Ruvo (3B)
Post Season, PlayOut
Bitumcalor Trento (7A) - Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina (10B)
SBS Castelletto (8A) - Publisys Potenza (9B)
Bawer Matera (7B) - Paul Mitchell Pavia (10A)
Centro Auto Ford Molfetta (8B) - Acegas Aps Trieste (9A)


Best players of Italian A dilettanti round 30 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Roberto Cazzaniga (205-F/C-78) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Piacenza and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A dilettanti Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 32-year old power forward had a double-double of 21 points and ten rebounds, while his team edged out ASD Pavia (#10, 13-17) 90-88. It allowed Piacenza to consolidate first place in the Italian A dilettanti. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Piacenza has a very solid 22-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It was one of impressive evenings for Cazzaniga as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Roberto Cazzaniga averages this season 8.4ppg and 6.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old forward Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) of Trento. Benevelli impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Trento to edge the higher-ranked Brescia (#2, 21-9) by 3 points 74-71. Trento's 7th position in group A has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Benevelli is a newcomer at Trento 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 Maurizio Giadini (199-G-77, agency: Interperformances) of Zerouno Moncalieri S. Mauro Torino (#6). Giadini showcased his all-around game by recording 7 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Moncalieri, leading his team to a 84-80 win against the lower-ranked Comsum.it SI (#11, 13-17). Moncalieri needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group A. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 11 lost games. Giadini has a very solid season. In 30 games in Italy he scored 8.0ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and 2.5spg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cristiano Masper (208-F-73) of Moncalieri - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Riccardo Perego (203-F/C-81) of Piacenza - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Mattia Soloperto (209-C-80) of Latina Basket - 26 points and 11 rebounds
7. Davide Rosignoli (202-F-88) of Bisceglie - 18 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Alfredo Moruzzi (193-G-80) of Trieste - 20 points and 8 rebounds
9. Silvio Gigena (200-F-75) of Ostuni - 23 points and 7 rebounds
10. Simone Bagnoli (206-F/C-81) of Potenza - 20 points and 13 rebounds

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


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BJ League Round 50: Kyoto Hannaryz defeats leader Okinawa GK - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Okinawa GK (32-16) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (26-20) 93-79. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. Okinawa GK was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 27-10 charge of Kyoto Hannaryz, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Okinawa GK's 40. 24 personal fouls committed by Okinawa GK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Kibwe Trim (208-84, college: Sacred Heart) contributed with 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for Okinawa GK. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth position with 26-20 record. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top place with 16 games lost.
In the last game of round 50 Toyama Grouses were beaten by Akita on the road 75-69. Osaka Evessa won against Takamatsu FA on its own court 86-69. Miyazaki was outscored by Shiga Lakestars in a road game 107-79. Oita H.Devils recorded a loss to Shimane at home 84-86.
The most impressive performance of 50th round was 25 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals by Mikey Marshall of Shiga Lakestars.


Okinawa GK - Kyoto Hannaryz 79-93

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Okinawa GK (32-16) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (26-20) 93-79. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. Okinawa GK was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 27-10 charge of Kyoto Hannaryz, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Okinawa GK's 40. 24 personal fouls committed by Okinawa GK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Kibwe Trim (208-84, college: Sacred Heart) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Okinawa GK. 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. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth position with 26-20 record. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top place with 16 games lost.

Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: C.Dixon 17+10reb+1ast, D.Palmer 13+8reb+1ast, N.Kosuge 12+2reb+1ast, S.Kinjo 12+1reb+1ast, T.Yonamine 11+3reb+4ast, A.McHenry 6+3reb+2ast
Kyoto Hannaryz: K.Trim 20+13reb, R.Warren 18+16reb+2ast, M.Abdul-Rauf 17+1reb+5ast, G.Klaiber 12+2reb+1ast, T.Murakami 8+3reb+3ast, K.Setoyama 8+4reb+2ast


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Akita - Toyama Grouses 75-69

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Akita Happinets (17-31) beat at home 7th ranked Toyama Grouses (12-30) 75-69 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-12. But Toyama Grouses won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toyama Grouses were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) contributed with 20 points and 8 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Forward John Davis (198-84, college: Tarleton St., agency: Basket Law/NM Services) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds and forward Jerrell Smith (206-85, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Toyama Grouses. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 17-31 record. Toyama Grouses lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 30 games lost.

Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: J.Davis 19+9reb+2ast, J.Smith 14+9reb+2ast, T.Yasuda 12+2reb+3ast, M.Kato 11+5reb+3ast, T.Mito 8+5reb+3ast, Y.Tachibana 3+2reb+1ast
Akita: S.Henry 20+3reb+8ast, W.Graves 20+10reb+2ast, A.Akingbade 14+14reb+1ast, M.Hasegawa 12+1reb+2ast, R.Mizumachi 6+1reb+1ast, Y.Nobihura 2+2reb


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Hamamatsu P. - Fukuoka Rizing 111-105 OT
Hamamatsu overcame Fukuoka Rizing 111-105 in overtime. Parker stepped up with 29 points and Murry added 23.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 29+13reb+1ast, N.Murry 23+4reb+5ast, A.Kuso 20+11reb+2ast, A.Takeno 15+3reb+4ast, J.Nakanishi 7+3reb, S.Ishitani 5+2reb
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 39+10reb+3ast, W.Arnold 25+5reb+6ast, D.Larkai 14+8reb+1ast, R.Nixon 12+3reb+3ast, M.Ohguchi 9+1reb+5ast, S.Okada 4+3reb+1ast
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Osaka Evessa - Takamatsu FA 86-69

Very expected game when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (10-36) lost on the road to second ranked Osaka Evessa (31-17) 86-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Osaka Evessa. Takamatsu FA was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Osaka Evessa dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Takamatsu FA's 42. They outrebounded Takamatsu FA 48-33 including a 38-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Osaka Evessa looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. The other American import swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Osaka Evessa's coach Ryan Blackwell used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Terrance Farley (208-85, college: Louisville) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Hiroyuki Kikuchi (191-80) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Five Osaka Evessa and four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 31-17 record behind leader Hamamatsu P. Takamatsu FA lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 36 games lost.

Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: T.Farley 14+12reb, J.Price 13+5reb+2ast, M.Suzuki 12+3reb+5ast, H.Kikuchi 10+8reb+3ast, S.Takada 8+1reb+3ast, M.Kita 7+3reb+3ast
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 16+15reb+6ast, W.Knight 16+8reb+2ast, W.Marshall 15+4reb+1ast, S.Konno 12+3reb+2ast, K.Satterfield 11+6reb+7ast, M.Katsuhisa 6+2reb+2ast


gschID: 127356


Shiga Lakestars - Miyazaki 107-79

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Shiga Lakestars (28-20) rolled over at home 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (13-35) 107-79 on Sunday. The game without a history. Shiga Lakestars led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Miyazaki Shining Suns to just 6 points in second quarter. Shiga Lakestars dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 42. Shiga Lakestars forced 20 Miyazaki Shining Suns turnovers and outrebounded them 43-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. Shiga Lakestars looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. American guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Warren Sports International) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. The other American import power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Marshall is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Shiga Lakestars players scored in double figures. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 23 points and 4 steals in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Shiga Lakestars maintains fourth position with 28-20 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 35 games lost.

Top scorers:
Miyazaki: B.Cole 28+13reb+4ast, T.Shimizu 23+2reb+3ast, D.Takaoka 9+2reb+1ast, Y.Kojima 7+6reb+5ast, T.Ito 5+2reb+3ast, O.Shinnosuke 5+1reb+1ast
Shiga Lakestars: M.Marshall 25+11reb+7ast, L.Rice 15+4reb, Y.Okada 13+3ast, T.Fujiwara 12+1reb, G.Hamilton 10+13reb+8ast, M.Joho 10+4reb+4ast


gschID: 127352


Oita H.Devils - Shimane 84-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils' (16-32) home loss to sixth ranked Shimane Magic (24-24) 84-86 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 23-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Oita Heat Devils' 46. They outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 45-30 including 35 on the defensive glass. Shimane Magic looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated the game. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 9 rebounds. Center Jeral Davis (216-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Damian Johnson (201-87, college: Minnesota, agency: Edge Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) added 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Oita Heat Devils. Five Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 24-24 record. Oita Heat Devils lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 32 games lost.

Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: D.Johnson 24+11reb+4ast, M.Lottich 23+7reb+6ast, K.Sato 12+6reb+5ast, K.Mitomo 10+2ast, H.Sato 10+1reb+3ast, S.Umemiya 2+3reb
Shimane: R.Golson 27+9reb+3ast, J.Davis 17+12reb, W.Caudle 13+6reb+2ast, T.Evans 8+6reb+3ast, S.Nakanishi 7+5reb+4ast, K.Yamabuchi 6+1reb+1ast


gschID: 127353




Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 39-5 
 2. Sendai 89ers 24-12 
 3. Tokyo Apache 20-14 
 4. Niigata Albirex 19-19 
 5. Akita 17-31 
 6. Saitama Bron. 14-24 
 7. Toyama Grouses 12-30 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 32-16 
 2. Osaka Evessa 31-17 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 29-19 
 4. Shiga Lakestars 28-20 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 26-20 
 6. Shimane 24-24 
 7. Oita H.Devils 16-32 
 8. Miyazaki 13-35 
 9. Takamatsu FA 10-36 


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  JORDAN   


Coach Joao da Costa in Jordan - by Hugo Carvalho
Amman Jordan 2011, Coach Joao da Costa is hired by the National Basketball Federation of Jordan in order to train and develop all levels of players and conduct coaches clinics. Coach JC was asked to bring his basketball program and teaching philosophy to Jordan in an effort to help the Federation with their goal of developing their players and improving the quality of the game in Jordan. The players and coaches of Jordan are eager to learn, enthusiastic and very gracious. Coach JCs basketball program includes developing players fundamental skills and coordination. Jordan is a beautiful country, the people are friendly and the basketball is developing. Coach JC has experience as a head coach both in the USA and around the World. His dedication to developing players and teams is apparent during each practice as well as in his basketball books. The Jordan Basketball Federation should be commended for making such a serious investment in their basketball program, players and coaches.



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Efejuku's 28 points and 6 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Ventspils and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 28 points adding five rebounds and six assists for Ventspils in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Zemgale (#6, 9-19) with 57-point margin 123-66. It allowed Ventspils to consolidate first place in the Latvian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ventspils has a very solid 22-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Efejuku just recently signed at Ventspils, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku averages this season 10.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) of league's second-best VEF Riga. He is Latvian forward in his first season at VEF Riga. In the last game Berzins recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead VEF Riga to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Turiba (#7, 6-22) 108-61. VEF Riga's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 19-9 record is not bad at all. Berzins is a newcomer at VEF Riga and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Janis Kaufmanis (185-G-89) of Valmiera (#4). Kaufmanis scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Valmiera, leading his team to a 76-71 win against #1 ranked Ventspils in a game of the week. Valmiera needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 11 lost games. Kaufmanis has a very solid season. In 25 games in Latvia he scored 13.2ppg. He also has 4.1rpg and FGP: 53.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) of Ventspils - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Andrejs Selakovs (210-C-88) of VEF Riga - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) of Ventspils - 24 points and 9 rebounds
7. Brandon Hunter (201-F-80) of Ventspils - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) of VEF Riga - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Janis Kaufmanis (185-G-89) of Valmiera - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) of VEF Riga - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists

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


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Riyadi 1-0 against Sagesse in the Final 4 - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In the first game in the Final 4, Riyadi managed to overcome the loss in the last round of the final 8 against Sagesse by beating the long time rival in the first series that will join them on the score of 82-73.

This game saw the comeback to the Lebanese League of Ismail Ahmad after 2 years of absence, Ismail teamed with Nate Johnson for Riyadi in this year Lebanese League Final 4.

The first half saw a net dominance of Riyadi especially through Nate Johnson , Omar Turk & Joe Vogel who hammered Sagesse Basket. Sagesse was answering back through the unbelievable baskets from Darryl Watkins who dominated inside the paint. The score at the half was 45-33.

In the 3rd quarter Sagesse started a comeback which reduced the difference to 4 points , but the big experience of Ismail Ahmad ,Joe Vogel & Nat Johnson prevailed in the end , Ismail finished the game with 10pts ,13rebs,7asst , Vogel with 17 points ( 5 3pointers ) and Nate as the teams scorer with 26 points ( 48% field goal %). On the other sideDarryl Watkins (211-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Syracuse) had a huge night with 26 points and 17 rebounds.

The game saw big excitement and actions throughout its 40 minutes and the fans had lot to cheer about. The Game saw 2 new Greek Referees who with reference to the Local newspapers are not FIBA Referees but they officiate in the Greek League.

The game finished at the score of 82-73but it gave all the fans a big excitement to wait with big passion for game 2 which will be played on Wednesday April 20th at 18;00 in Ghazir.

The other semi final will join Champville to Moutahed in a unpredicted series due that Champville had to change their 2 foreign players , they were replaced by Lee Bensin & Tyrone Anderson.




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Diekirch League Round 8 (Second Stage): Musel Pikes are defeated by Soleuvre - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Musel Pikes (13-11) in Stadrbredimus on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Soleuvre (9-15) 91-74. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group B. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Soleuvre dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Musel Pikes' 34. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Lamonte Ulmer (198-F-86, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Rhode Island) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds and forward David Controguerra (194-86) who added 22 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Guard Eric steffen (180-92) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Musel Pikes' coach Frank Baum rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Soleuvre maintains second position in Group B with 9-15 record. Musel Pikes at the other side still keeps top place with 11 games lost.

Group 1-6 places
Residence - Basket Esch 58-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Residence's (9-17) home loss to fifth ranked Basket Esch (15-11) 58-82 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Basket Esch. Residence was better in fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Basket Esch forced 19 Residence turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and international guard Christophe Donnersbach (192-84) who added 19 points during the contest. Basket Esch's coach Franck Meriguet felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and German center Marco Leschek (204-76) scored 12 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Basket Esch maintains fifth position in League with 15-11 record. Loser Residence keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Residence: M.Kennedy 21+11reb+3ast, M.Leschek 12+4reb, K.Moura 11+1reb+1ast, M.Schmit 10+3reb+1ast, S.Felten 3+4reb, T.Abdiu 1+2reb+2ast
Basket Esch: C.Donnersbach 19+4reb+2ast, J.Reimold 18+5reb+6ast, M.Rajniak 12+1reb+1ast, K.Diederich 10+2reb+2ast, S.Svitek 8+10reb+1ast, E.Kesseler 8+1reb
gschID: 121844


T71 - Sparta 89-78 2OT

T71 Dudelange needed two overtimes to tame Sparta at home court. The league leading T71 improved at 21-5 record on top of the standings. Frank Muller (194-F/C-88, college: Cuesta JC) stepped up with 20 points and 17 rebounds for T71. Denell Stephens (193-G/F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Slippery Rock) added 19 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Sparta answered with 34 points and 16 rebounds from Lucas Hargrove (198-F-88, agency: 540 Sports, college: Auburn). Julien Hublart (192-G/F-88) delivered 15 points in the loss. Sparta slipped at 15-11 record in the third position in the ladder after the loss.
gschID: 121845


Etzella - Amicale 80-81

There was a small surprise in Ettelbruck where fifth ranked Amicale (15-11) edged second-ranked Etzella (18-8) 81-80 on Sunday. Etzella trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 18-7 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-81 at the end of the game. Amicale forced 22 Etzella turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Christian Schartz (180-86) who added 11 points, 7 assists and 5 steals during the contest. The former international swingman Nelson Delgado (186-80) responded with 32 points and 5 rebounds and American center Karim Shabazz (218-78, college: Providence) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds. Four Etzella players scored in double figures. Amicale moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Etzella keeps the second position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Etzella: N.Delgado 32+5reb+3ast, K.Shabazz 19+17reb, J.Delgado 14+7reb+2ast, T.Giver 13+1reb+4ast, C.Wulff 2+2reb, G.Polfer 0+1reb+1ast
Amicale: L.Birdsong 31+14reb+4ast, E.Jeitz 14+6reb+1ast, C.Schartz 11+3reb+7ast, C.Jones 8+8reb+1ast, A.Laurent 7+3reb, R.Birenbaum 5+1ast
gschID: 121846


Group 7-10 places
Contern - Black Star 69-80

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when one of their biggest challengers Contern (7-17) was defeated at home by Black Star (4-20) 80-69 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 48-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Black Star made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game, while Contern only scored three points from the stripe. Black Star forced 19 Contern turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Billy McDaniel (201-84, college: Ark.-Monticello, agency: JEMsports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 21 rebounds and 4 blocks and Mike Schumacher who added 19 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Black Star players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks and forward Eric Bissener (196-86) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds. Contern's coach Mark Reed tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Black Star maintains fourth position in the group with 4-20 record. Loser Contern keeps the third place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Contern: B.Gary 22+13reb+1ast, T.Schleimer 15+1reb+1ast, E.Bissener 12+16reb, S.Kuhlmann 7+4reb+1ast, A.Milongo 6+3reb, D.Torres 5+6reb
Black Star: B.McDaniel 21+21reb+1ast, M.Schumacher 19+11reb+3ast, R.Nunes 17+4reb+2ast, T.Rausch 15+2reb+6ast, M.Cortese 8+2reb+3ast, P.Rodesch 0+1reb
gschID: 121847


Musel Pikes - Soleuvre 74-91

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Musel Pikes (13-11) in Stadrbredimus on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Soleuvre (9-15) 91-74. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the group. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Soleuvre dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Musel Pikes' 34. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Impact Basketball) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds and forward David Controguerra (194-86) who added 22 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Guard Eric steffen (180-92) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Tom Steffen (193-93) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Musel Pikes' coach Frank Baum rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Soleuvre maintains second position in the group. Musel Pikes at the other side still keeps top place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Musel Pikes: E.steffen 20+7reb+2ast, T.Steffen 14+8reb, T.Wurtz 12+5reb+1ast, T.Welter 11+2ast, C.Schmit 6+7reb+1ast, T.Wojnowski 6+5reb
Soleuvre: L.Ulmer 41+18reb+3ast, D.Controguerra 22+10reb+1ast, B.Hemmen 13+3reb+2ast, C.Weisen 10+5reb, M.Weyland 5+4reb+3ast, M.Schmit 0
gschID: 121848




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CIBACOPA Round 22: Fuerza Guinda Nogales defeat Frayles de Guasave in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 22 in the CIBACOPA took place in Guasave. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Frayles de Guasave (12-10) to fifth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (12-10) 100-97 in the game for the fourth place. Frayles de Guasave was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fuerza Guinda Nogales made 8 blocks. American forward Damone Brown (204-F-79, college: Syracuse) scored 20 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and American-Venezuelan forward Jermaine Walker (198-77, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 26 points during the contest. At the losing side American guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 assists. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Guasave. Fuerza Guinda Nogales is looking forward to face Bomberos de Mexicali (#6) on the road in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will play against Coras de Tepic and is hoping to win this game.
CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (18-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (10-12) 75-69. Americans were the main players on the court. Center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) notched 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks to lead the effort and Terrence Thomas supported him with 7 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists and 7 blocks. Even 26 points and 4 blocks by guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) did not help to save the game for Bomberos de Mexicali. Bomberos de Mexicali's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-4 record, which they share with Cananea. Bomberos de Mexicali lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Tijuana and Guaymas. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against league's second-placed Mineros de Cananea on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bomberos de Mexicali will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Second ranked Mineros de Cananea (18-4) crushed at home 7th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (10-12) by 19 points 120-101, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Davin White fired 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!) for the winners. Mineros de Cananea's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cyrus Tate produced a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!) for lost side. Mineros de Cananea keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hermosillo. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Mexicali and Guaymas. Mineros de Cananea will meet at home league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 22 bottom-ranked Los Mochis lost to Guaymas on the opponent's court 83-91. Culiacan managed to outperform Tepic in a home game 85-81.


Mexicali - Hermosillo 69-75

CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (18-4) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (10-12) 75-69. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-14 Bomberos de Mexicali's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 75-69 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Bomberos de Mexicali 39-23 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo brought some defensive toughness making 19 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) notched 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks to lead the effort and forward Terrence Thomas (198-80, college: Baylor) supported him with 7 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists and 7 blocks. Four Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. Even 26 points and 4 blocks by guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) did not help to save the game for Bomberos de Mexicali. Forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) added 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for lost side. Bomberos de Mexicali's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-4 record, which they share with Cananea. Bomberos de Mexicali lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Tijuana and Guaymas. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against league's second-placed Mineros de Cananea on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bomberos de Mexicali will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: M.Gray 25+8reb, J.Manuel Esteva 13+4reb+2ast, J.Lopez 12+6reb+2ast, J.Abu-Shamala 11+4reb+2ast, T.Thomas 7+12reb+9ast, R.Rivera 3+1reb
Mexicali: M.Gale 26+1reb, J.Penny 14+7reb, H.Carrillo 12+3reb, A.Vazquez 8+2reb+1ast, R.Lopez 6+1reb+2ast, J.Ortega 2+1reb
gschID: 122901


Guasave - Nogales 97-100

The most exciting game of round 22 in the CIBACOPA took place in Guasave. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Frayles de Guasave (12-10) to fifth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (12-10) 100-97 in the game for the fourth place. Frayles de Guasave was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fuerza Guinda Nogales made 8 blocks. American forward Damone Brown (204-79, college: Syracuse) scored 20 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and American-Venezuelan forward Jermaine Walker (198-77, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 26 points during the contest. At the losing side American guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 assists and the former international swingman Alonso Izaguirre (200-76) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. Five Fuerza Guinda Nogales and four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Guasave. Fuerza Guinda Nogales is looking forward to face Bomberos de Mexicali (#6) on the road in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will play against Coras de Tepic and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Nogales: J.Walker 26+4reb+1ast, D.Brown 20+9reb+7ast, N.Brown 17+3reb+4ast, R.Moss 14+11reb+1ast, B.Heredia 11+1reb+3ast, J.Salcedo 10+1reb
Guasave: A.Izaguirre 25+5reb+2ast, R.Barrett 22+4reb+1ast, W.Funn 20+4reb+11ast, M.Strobbe 13+11reb+3ast, S.Angounou 9+5reb, J.Acosta 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 122902


Guaymas - Los Mochis 91-83

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (3-19) were defeated on the road by eighth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (10-12) 91-83 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-15. But Pioneros Los Mochis won third quarter 25-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Ostioneros de Guaymas had a 34-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ostioneros de Guaymas made 14 blocks. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jose Luis Bucio (179-86) chipped in 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach Eduardo Opezzo used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) produced 28 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 blocks and guard Carlos M. Toussaint (190-91, college: High School) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Tijuana and Mexicali. Pioneros Los Mochis lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Ostioneros de Guaymas will meet at home Tijuana Zonkeys (#8) in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Caballeros de Culiacan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: J.Habel 22+10reb+3ast, F.Benitez 15+2reb+2ast, R.Marentes 11+4reb+4ast, R.Navarro 11+5reb+1ast, J.Luis Bucio 9+9reb+4ast, H.Nungaray 8+2reb+2ast
Los Mochis: D.White 28+5reb+6ast, C.M. Toussaint 13+5reb+1ast, J.Estrada 10+5reb+1ast, E.Hare 10+6reb, L.Malloy 8+10reb+1ast, A.Amezquita 5+1ast
gschID: 122898


Cananea - Tijuana 120-101

Second ranked Mineros de Cananea (18-4) crushed at home 7th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (10-12) by 19 points 120-101, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Mineros de Cananea. Tijuana Zonkeys managed to win third quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mineros de Cananea shot 64.6 percent from the field. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) fired 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!) for the winners. Forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in 38 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Mineros de Cananea's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!) and forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) added 25 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hermosillo. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Mexicali and Guaymas. Mineros de Cananea will meet at home league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cananea: D.Thomas 38+3reb+5ast, D.White 37+6reb+7ast, J.Casillas 14+2reb+2ast, A.Aguirre 9+2reb, D.Onofre 8+1ast, O.Zuniga 6
Tijuana: C.Tate 40+15reb, T.Gabbidon 25+11reb, L.Ramirez 14+3ast, J.Watson 12+1reb+2ast, K.Rodriguez 6+2reb+1ast, J.Alvarez 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 122899


Culiacan - Tepic 85-81

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (13-9) defeated at home 9th ranked Coras de Tepic (4-18) 85-81 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-20. But Coras de Tepic won third quarter 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caballeros de Culiacan made 8 blocks. Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) fired 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Quentin Gonzalez (200-84, college: McNeese St.) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard James Parker (188-81, college: Robert Morris) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Caballeros de Culiacan have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Loser Coras de Tepic keeps the ninth position with 18 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will meet at home bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Coras de Tepic will play against Frayles de Guasave and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: M.Marchand Moore 32+6reb+4ast, Q.Gonzalez 21+8reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 19+5reb+1ast, F.Harris 11+8reb+3ast, F.Sanchez 2+4reb+1ast, F.Galindo 0
Tepic: I.Brown 24+11reb+4ast, J.Parker 21+3reb+2ast, H.Ibanez 15+2reb+1ast, C.Brown 11+4reb+3ast, J.Everardo 8+13reb+2ast, J.Pablo Bravo 2+2reb
gschID: 122900




Culiacan returns scorer Marcus Moore - by Eurobasket News
Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) is back to Culiacan after one year. The American guard signed a deal for rest of the CIBACOPA season. Moore arrives to Culiacan from Hungarian Kormend, where he started this season and played until March. He appeared 21 times in the league averaging 17.7 points, 3 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
Marcus Moore spent last CIBACOPA season with Culiacan and helped them to win the title. He averaged 19.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.9 steals in 44 games. Moore played in Mexico in 2009/10 as well. At that time he was a member of the LNBP team Abejas. For 30 games he registered 24.3 ppg and was third best scorer of the league. Moore also added 6.1 rpg, 3.1 apg and 2.5 spg.


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Cananea
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. White, Cananea28.5 
 2. Gale, Mexicali28.3 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.3 
 4. Brown, Tepic25.3 
 5. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 6. Tate, Tijuana24.3 
 7. White, Los Mochis24.2 
 8. Gabbidon, Tijuana23.5 
 9. Thomas, Cananea23.2 
 10. Barrett, Guasave23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Moss, Nogales10.3 
 2. Angounou, Guasave9.5 
 3. Brown, Tepic9.3 
 4. Broxsie, Nogales9.3 
 5. Avila, Culiacan9.1 
 6. Malloy, Los Mochis8.9 
 7. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 8. Tate, Tijuana8.5 
 9. Rougeau, Culiacan7.6 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana7.3 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Funn, Guasave7.5 
 2. Watson, Tijuana6.0 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.9 
 4. Thomas, Hermosillo5.0 
 5. Marentes, Guaymas4.5 
 6. Nungaray, Guaymas4.4 
 7. Meza, Culiacan4.3 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo4.2 
 9. Ford, Tepic4.1 
 10. White, Cananea4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Derek THOMAS
  Cananea
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Thomas, Cananea2.1 
 2. White, Cananea2.0 
 3. Brown, Nogales1.9 
 4. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 5. Funn, Guasave1.6 
 6. Rougeau, Culiacan1.6 
 7. White, Los Mochis1.5 
 8. Gale, Mexicali1.5 
 9. Sowell, Culiacan1.4 
 10. Webb, Culiacan1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Thomas, Hermosillo2.9 
 3. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 4. Gale, Mexicali2.5 
 5. Tate, Tijuana2.4 
 6. Habel, Guaymas2.4 
 7. Brown, Tepic2.3 
 8. Brown, Tepic2.2 
 9. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 10. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 18-4 
 2. Cananea 18-4 
 3. Culiacan 13-9 
 4. Guasave 12-10 
 5. Nogales 12-10 
 6. Mexicali 10-12 
 7. Guaymas 10-12 
 8. Tijuana 10-12 
 9. Tepic 4-18 
 10. Los Mochis 3-19 


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  MOLDOVA   


Semifinalists are known in D1 - by Eurobasket News
All four semifinalists are known in National Division (D1). Three teams needed just two games to sweep their series. UASM, Gamma and Fire Ball rolled confidently into the next stage of the championship. In the meantime Donduseni came up with the biggest upset of this round as they eliminated ASEM in three games.
The top-ranked UASM had little problems against Patriot. They claimed a 110:57 win in Game 2 to reach the semis. Vladimir Priscepnii (200-F/G-88) stepped up with 43 points to lead the effort. Dmitri Pogorelov (197-G/F-83) answered with 24 points for Patriot.
Fire Ball also sealed the semifinal appearance in the second game. They held off UTM 107:75 behind 27 points from Vladimir Kolesnikov (202-F/C-80). Serghei Mascoulic (86) provided 22 points for UTM in defeat.
Gamma cruised past Ribnita 92:65 on the road to enter the semifinal stage. Gamma built a 23-point halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Roman Rusu (192-G-81) stepped up with 21 points for the winning side. Evgeniy Jignea (85) answered with 20 points for Ribnita.
Donduseni and ASEM series turned into a real thriller. Donduseni claimed a 75:64 win in Game 2 to level the series. Alexei Andrus (194-G/F-79) was top-scorer once again for the hosts with 25 points. Anton Rulevschii (194-G/F-88) replied with 25 points for ASEM. The teams clashed in the decider on Sunday. Donduseni were up by seven points after the opening term but ASEM erased the deficit and recorded a 38:34 halftime lead. The visitors went on a 32:16 run in the third term and withheld all comeback effort from ASEM in the final quarter to seal the victory. Alexei Andrus stepped up with 39 points to lead the charge. Anton Rulevschii netted 22 points for ASEM in defeat.



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  NBA   


Coach Scott Skiles says Bucks lacked leadership this season - by Eurobasket News
By now, we all now that the Bucks were a solid defensive team this season but one that was offensively challenged.

And, were well aware of the rash of injuries that hampered the team all season.

But it's also the intangibles that contribute greatly to the success or failure of a team. Things like having a strong leadership presence among the players and a cohesive team chemistry. Those were two key areas in which the Bucks came up short this season.

'It's fair to say we did not have good leadership on our team this year', said coach Scott Skiles . 'But that's something you cant manufacture. You can't just say that guy is a leader.'

'I guarantee youd be shocked in all pro sports, when youre on the inside of something like this and you know the league and players and coaches, and somebody in the media will say, That guys the leader of that team. Often times, its so far from the truth that its ridiculous.'

'You cant manufacture that. It just naturally happens. Some people are just natural leaders. Other people can cultivate it some themselves. And then you need both. If you have good leadership on the team you also need guys that will follow the leader. Chemistry and all those things are very fragile things.'

The Bucks have made it clear that they examine all facets of the team in an attempt to improve next season which sure seems like a good idea when one considers the teams 35-47 record.

Improving team leadership will be on the to-do list. On many teams that leadership comes from the point guard but the Bucks arent sure yet if Brandon Jennings, who just completed his second season in the league, is capable of providing that leadership.

I would not assume that Brandon has any of those abilities yetjust because he has the ball in his hands all the time, said Skiles. Its something we constantly talk about. Its something hes trying to work towards but it doesnt come naturally to him so its definitely a work in progress.

In analyzing his own season, Jennings felt he was better prepared this time around for the rigors of the 82 games and for the back-to-backs. He pointed out that the ankle injury that caused him to miss 19 games was his first injury and that he had to learn mentally how to deal with that.

Jennings wants to come back bigger and stronger and be a better player next season. And he did indicate that he would like to be a team leader.

My personal goal next year is to lead this team to be a top five team in the Eastern Conference, said Jennings. Be a better person. Be a better teammate. So my main thing is working in the off-season and working hard.

Jennings admitted, though, that he did miss the veteran leadership of players such as Kurt Thomas and Jerry Stackhouse who were in the locker room during his rookie season.

I missed them a lot, said Jennings. Those are two vets that are well-respected in this league. A guy like Kurt Thomasactually Kurt Thomas and Michael Redd were there for my rookie year so they kind of showed me the way and guided me. Plus Kurt was setting those crazy screens that kept getting me open last year.

Regarding the teams chemistry this season, Jennings said, Theres always going to be chemistry issues when you have new players so the hardest thing is trying to get guys together. We had little chemistry problems here and there but it wasnt anything majorguys trying to find their roles and get used to the new system.

It was a challenging season and I will learn from it.

Skiles said that it was yet to be determined whether or not Jennings, Andrew Bogut, and John Salmons could be the foundation of a playoff team.

And, as the Bucks move forward, is there anyone on the roster that management would consider to be an untouchable when it comes to trades?

How could we? said Skiles. That would be foolish.

Courtesy of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


David Stern says the league isn't ready to sell the New Orleans Hornets just yet - by Eurobasket News
Four months since assuming ownership of the New Orleans Hornets, the NBA continues to work toward resolving issues it hopes will make the franchise more attractive to a local buyer.

Although the league has not had discussions with any potential local owner or groups, NBA Commissioner David Stern said during his annual pre-playoff conference call Friday they continue to receive inquires from people expressing interest.

When people call and express an interest,'we say terrific, well take you to a game, take you to a meal, and put you in the queue, so we can be ready to talk to you when we are ready for this asset to be sold, Stern said. Were not pursuing local ownership at this time.

The direction that Jac Sperling and Hugh Weber are taking is to make this team desirable for local ownership, or ownership that intends on keeping it in New Orleans.

The NBA purchased the Hornets from George Shinn and minority owner Gary Chouest in December for an estimated $300 million.

After the sale, the league appointed Sperling as chairman/governor to work with the state and find a potential local buyer. The possibility remains that Chouest could emerge as the majority owner if the franchise can increase its revenue.

The Hornets are not likely to be sold until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. A new agreement that includes revenue sharing could be beneficial for small-market teams.

Revenue sharing is an important part growing forward, because we believe that it will enable all teams to economically compete, Stern said.

The current collective bargaining agreement expires June 30.

The league is also pushing a new marketing plan to help season-ticket sales reach 10,000 by next season. The Hornets had fewer than 6,500 season-ticket holders this season, but Stern said they operated this season within the budget proposed when they puchased the team, and actually improved a little bit.

The Hornets ranked 26th in the 30-team league, averaging 14,709 per game at the New Orleans Arena.

We need to increase attendance, Stern said. But we are seeing some very good signs with respect to season-ticket sales, and thats what our attendance issues are always starting, within all markets, because once you start with a base of season tickets and then you go to full-season equivalents, and then you go to groups, and then you go to single-game tickets, I think that we are doing well on both renewals and new tickets.

Stern said the teams new Im In marketing campaign has been successful, along with the push to attract sponsorships.

With a season-ticket drive and with a very consequential assist from the mayor and governor, both have been great, as well as the (Hornets) business council and the community, Stern said. We are trying to polish up this apple to make it something that multiple investors will want to keep in New Orleans. Im not suggesting its going to be the easiest thing we have ever done, but we are intent on doing that, and we are working very hard.

Team officials said last month they have sold more than 6,500 season tickets. The Hornets are assured of playing in New Orleans next season after meeting their attendance benchmark of 14,735 in January.

Another team, the Sacramento Kings, could be relocating to Anaheim, Calif., by next season.

Kings owners Gavin and Joe Maloof were granted until May 2 to file paperwork requesting a move to Anaheim.

The Maloofs said they are losing money because they have an outdated arena. Sacramento was unable to work out a deal to build a new home for the franchise.

The league announced the formation of a relocation committee to be headed by Oklahoma City owner Clay Bennett, who relocated the SuperSonics from Seattle to Oklahoma City, changing the name to the Thunder, in 2008.

The committee was appointed, and he was on it, and we had him appointed as chairman, Stern said of Bennetts appointment. And he has stepped up to become quite involved in the issues with Anaheim, with Sacramento. And frankly, hes been doing such a heavy lifting with respect to labor relations and its participants; and hes a very willing participant in league Board of Governor affairs, that it seemed like a good idea to lean on him on this one.

Stern also said Friday the league plans to submit to the players union a revised proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement within the next couple of weeks. The threat remains the league could be in a lockout like the NFL if a new agreement is not reached.

Im an internal optimist, and I am hoping that the proposal will indicate to the players when Peter Holt and the committee finish with it, that theres some modicum of flexibility in our approach, and we are trying to engage the union in a dialogue, Stern said. And you know, we are now going to see whether we can meet after we get this revised proposal out as often as possible.

Courtesy of www.nola.com


Cavaliers Semih Erden, Samardo Samuels and Ramon Sessions all have surgery - by Eurobasket News
Cavaliers center Semih Erden (6'11''-C-87), forward Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F-89, college: Louisville) and guard Ramon Sessions (6'3''-G-86, college: Nevada) each underwent successful surgery yesterday, the team announced from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Erden had surgery on his left shoulder at Cleveland Clinics Strongsville Family Health and Surgery Center. The surgery was performed by Dr. Mark Schickendantz.

Samuels underwent surgery to repair a right wrist injury at the Cleveland Clinic main campus, performed by Dr. Thomas Graham.

Sessions had surgery to repair a hernia at Hill Crest Hospital Cleveland Clinic. The procedure was performed by Dr. William OBrien.

Each player will now undergo a period of rest, treatment and rehabilitation and their statuses will be updated as appropriate.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Game 2 Recap: (1) Bulls (2-0) vs. (8) Pacers (0-2) - by Daniel Gibson
CHICAGO---Down the stretch the Indiana Pacers had to be feeling some dj vu as the Chicago Bulls squeezed out another close victory to pull ahead 2-0 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

The Bulls won 96-90 and Kyle Korver (6'7''-F-81, college: Creighton) hit another huge three-pointer off of a double team in the final minutes for the second straight game.

Danny Gra
nger led the Pacers with 19 points, four assists, and two rebounds. A.J. Price (6'2''-G-86, college: Connecticut) had 13 points but they were the only two Pacers to reach double figures.

Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) led the Bulls with 36 point, eight rebounds, and six assists and Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) avoided foul trouble and recorded a double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds.

The Pacers defense made Rose earn each point again as he was fouled hard on drives and double teamed on the perimeter.

Rose faced multiple defenders each possession but the Pacers rookie Paul George (6'8''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Fresno St.) had the difficult assignment of checking him for most of the night.

Rose was forced into six turnovers and shot 11-for-25 from the floor. Pacers coach Frank Vogel was pleased with the rookies effort.

Hes a rookie, hes a gifted defender, said Vogel. Im very, very proud of his effort tonight.

Game two got off to a similar start as game one. Throughout the first half the teams traded baskets and leads. Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) was forced to the bench late in the first quarter with two fouls.

The biggest play of the half for the Pacers came with a little over two minutes left when Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87, college: UCLA) twisted his ankle on a the baseline after converting a fast break layup. He was unable to return to the game.

The Pacers went into the half ahead, 47-44 but the momentum was shifting in favor of the Bulls.

The Bulls were on a 16-4 run through the end of the second quarter and the start of the third. They took the lead at 52-49 after a Rose three-pointer.

The score was tied at the end of the quarter at 67-67 after T.J. Ford (5'10''-G-83, college: Texas) banked in a three-pointer from beyond half court as time expired.

The fourth quarter had both teams making runs. The Pacers had a 13-4 run from the end of the third quarter into the fourth quarter. The Bulls responded with a 7-0 run to go up by five points late.

Price was fouled by Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) on a three-point attempt late and made the three free-throws to pull within two, but Chicago knocked down 14 consecutive free-throws over the course of the game and kept the game out of reach.

The Bulls defended their home court by winning both games but the Pacers battled to the very end each time. The series shifts to Indiana for game three Thursday night.

Kyle Korver


Game 2 Preview: Chicago Bulls (1-0) vs. Indiana Pacers (0-1) - by Daniel Gibson
Heading into game two on the road at Chicago the Indiana Pacers will need to play 48 minutes of solid basketball.

The eighth-seeded Indiana Pacers didn't trail until the final minute of game one against the Chicago Bulls.

They controlled the game for 45 minutes before Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) and their own playoff inexperience took over.

Most people saw the final score and were not surprised by the results but the Indiana Pacers are not accepting it.

'I'm telling you this right now the next couple of games are going to be exactly like that,' said Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) 'We're not letting down. We're going to shock some people. There is no way they're going to sweep us. We're going to go out there and we're going to beat them.'

A loss like the 104-99 defeat the Indiana Pacers suffered on the road could be deflating to a young team but coach Frank Vogel doesn't believe their confidence is shaken.

'Our guys know we should have won the game,' said Frank Vogel . 'We can play with this team. We can play with any team in the NBA. This is a good basketball team. Theyre playing with a lot of confidence. Its going to be a good series.'

The confidence was clearly there throughout the first three quarters and half way through the fourth before the Chicago Bulls defense tightened up.
At that point the pace of the game slowed down forcing each team to operate out of their half court sets.

That is when the experience of the Chicago Bulls and the superior athletic ability of Derrick Rose came through.

The Indiana Pacers would have loved to steal game one but the team gained valuable post season experience and many of the players had never played Playoff basketball.

'We've got this first one under our belts, worked those jitters off the guys that hadn't been in playoff games,' said Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina). 'We'll take it from here and go.'

The team is saying the right things and they proved to themselves that they can physically match up with the Chicago Bulls. The only thing that separates the two teams is the mental toughness down the stretch.

'It's definitely tough but it's Game 1 of the series, we can't let this affect us,' Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87, college: UCLA) said. 'We've got to go into Game 2 with the same mental attitude.'


East and West Quarterfinals: First games - by Eurobasket News
East
Miami Heat - Philadelph.76 97-89 (1-0)
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 had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers, while Jrue Holiday 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

Orlando M. - Atlanta H. 93-103 (0-1)
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 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. Al Horford scored 16, Josh Smith 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

Boston C. - New York K. 87-85 (1-0)
Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) shut down Carmelo Anthony and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat the New York Knicks 87-85 in their playoff opener on Sunday night. New York led 85-84 before Anthony was called for an offensive foul for pushing Pierce with 21 seconds remaining. Allen, who led the Celtics with 24 points, sank the decisive basket from beyond the left arc. The Knicks then rushed downcourt and Anthony missed a long 3-point attempt with 2 seconds left. The superstar forward went 1 for 11 from the field in the second half. Amare Stoudemire had 28 points and 11 rebounds for New York, and Anthony finished with 15. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is set for Tuesday night in Boston. Pierce scored 18 points and Kevin Garnett added 15 points and 13 rebounds for Boston. After Anthony's critical offensive foul, Rajon Rondo lined up to inbound the ball but called timeout. The next time, Allen inbounded from just in front of the half-court line on the right side. He threw the ball to Pierce, then circled to the other side of the court, caught Pierce's pass and fired up the deciding basket. And when Anthony missed and the final seconds ticked away, Celtics coach Doc Rivers high-fived fans as he headed to the locker room. Third-seeded Boston got a tough challenge from the Knicks, who allowed 105.7 points per game during the regular season, third-most in the league. Pierce was the defensive star for the Celtics, forcing Anthony to shoot with a hand in his face for much of the game. With the score tied at 82, Toney Douglas hit a 3-pointer to put the Knicks in front with 38 seconds to go. The Celtics called timeout and immediately scored when Rondo tossed an alley-oop to Garnett on the inbounds pass. The Celtics, who won their NBA-high 17th championship in 2008, are aiming to return to the finals after losing in seven games last year to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Knicks, in the playoffs for the first time in seven years, have lost their last three postseason series and have gone 10 years without a win in a playoff game. Boston trailed 51-39 at halftime but rallied to take a 66-64 lead early in the fourth. Stoudemire then scored 12 of the Knicks' next 18 points to power them to an 82-78 lead with 2:46 remaining. Pierce followed with a 15-foot fallaway and Jermaine O'Neal scored on a putback, tying it with 1:12 to play. It was a rough night for Anthony from the start. He picked up two quick fouls and went scoreless in the first quarter, but ended the half with 12 points. New York put together a strong defensive effort in the second quarter, outscoring Boston 28-15. The Knicks scored the last six points of the first half on two free throws by Anthony, a powerful dunk by Stoudemire and two foul shots from Chauncey Billups. Boston cut the deficit to five after three and opened the fourth with a 7-0 run. Allen hit a 3-pointer and Delonte West and Jeff Green followed with 15-footers. The Celtics played without center Shaquille O'Neal, who also is expected to miss Game 2 with a sore right calf. O'Neal, a key to their interior defense, missed 27 games with a sore right leg. He returned on April 4 against Detroit, but quickly left again with the calf problem. He sat out the remaining six games of the regular season. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Chicago B. - Indiana P. 104-99 (1-0)
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 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 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 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




West
Oklah.City T. - Denver N. 107-103 (1-0)
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 41 points, Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) had two crucial late baskets among his 31 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled out a 107-103 win against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. The Thunder leaned heavily on their two all-stars, who both scored their most points in the post-season. Westbrook had the go-ahead jumper from the right side with 1:06 left, as several Nuggets looked for it to be waved off with several hands near the rim anxious for a tip-in. Kenyon Martin then missed a jumper from the left wing before Westbrook struck again to make it 104-101 with 22.4 seconds left. Raymond Felton missed a potential tying three-pointer with 12 seconds left, and Oklahoma City closed it out at the foul line. Nene led Denver with 22 points and eight rebounds, and Danilo Gallinari scored 18. *Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com

LA Lakers - N.Orleans H. 100-109 (0-1)
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) and a few teammates sneaked across the street from their hotel to Staples Center the night before the New Orleans Hornets began the postseason, eagerly hoisting up a few shots in the shadows of the Lakers' imposing championship banners. With their tumultuous regular season finally a memory, Paul said the Hornets were almost unbearably eager for the playoffs to start. Maybe that's why New Orleans got the drop on the defending champs in a stunning series opener. Paul had 33 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds, flawlessly leading the Hornets down the stretch of a 109-100 victory Sunday. Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, college: Purdue) scored 17 points and Jarrett Jack added 15 for the seventh-seeded Hornets, who overcame Los Angeles' major size advantage with cagey defense and a disciplined offensive approach that led to just three turnovers, tying an NBA playoff record. New Orleans also got a phenomenal game from Paul, who scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and led a decisive 8-0 run after the Lakers trimmed their lead to four points. Repeatedly shredding Los Angeles' defense on pick-and-roll plays, the four-time All-Star was at his playmaking apex. 'I've struggled all season long, trying to figure out where to pick my spots,' said Paul, who inscribed his sneakers with the No. 30 of injured teammate David West, New Orleans' leading scorer. 'It's the playoffs. It's a whole other energy.' Game 2 is Wednesday at Staples Center. A few hours after eighth-seeded Memphis produced a series-opening surprise in San Antonio, Paul and his Hornets put another intriguing wrinkle in the NBA postseason. Kobe Bryant scored 34 points for the Lakers, who opened the postseason with the same halfhearted effort that comprised much of their regular season after three straight exhausting trips to the NBA finals. Los Angeles' 7-foot starters, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, were widely expected to be an awful matchup for smallish New Orleans, but New Orleans rookie coach Monty Williams concocted an impressive game plan to minimize the big men's impact. 'Our defense, I thought, was late,' Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. 'I think we were late on everything. They were the aggressors, and they stayed aggressive. ... I think they respect the Hornets. I just don't think they were keyed in on what they have to do.' Ron Artest had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who swept the four-game regular-season series with New Orleans. They had won their last six playoff series openers since Houston beat them in the Western Conference semifinals in 2009 on Los Angeles' way to Bryant's fourth championship. Los Angeles never grabbed a second-half lead despite another dynamite game from Bryant. The most glaring problem was Gasol, who struggled to eight points - just two more than his season low - on 2-for-9 shooting with just six rebounds. A few people in the Staples Center crowd pointedly heckled Gasol in the final minutes, while other fans booed as they streamed out of the building. 'I'm disappointed, yeah. Stunned, surprised,' Gasol said. 'But we were the ones responsible for that to happen, so we have to own up to that and come back to work in the next couple of days and get the series where we want it to be.' The playoff pressure of Staples Center clearly didn't bother the Hornets, who lost West to a serious knee injury last month and lost three straight games to finish the regular season. Williams made his playoff debut along with Emeka Okafor, Marco Belinelli and Jack - but the Hornets had more poise down the stretch. Artest's free throws pulled Los Angeles within four with 3 minutes left, but Paul led the Hornets to points on four consecutive possessions, setting off a celebration confined entirely to the Hornets' bench. 'A lot of people counted us out from the beginning,' Landry said. 'A lot of people probably still count us out. That's cool. A lot of people might think this game might have been lucky, but we play as a team. We play as a collective unit. We're without David West, but we've still got dudes on this team that can step up.' Lamar Odom had 10 points and one rebound in 31 minutes of play, while Bynum contributed 13 points and nine rebounds but wasn't his usual defensive force in his first game back from a hyperextended right knee. 'It's always good for us, when I think about the personality of our team, to be humbled a little bit,' Odom said. 'Sometimes that's the best thing for us, to be humbled. To lose on our home court in the playoffs, probably against a team that people think we should handle easy, I think it's good for us.' Aaron Gray had a season-high 12 points for New Orleans, but was helped off the court by teammates with 1:07 to play after Gasol accidentally stepped on his right foot while fighting for a rebound. Williams said Gray has a mildly sprained ankle. Bryant bruised his neck when he tumbled into the front row after hitting a jumper in the final minute of the first half, spending the last 10 seconds facedown in pain while Artest hit a 43-foot jumper at the buzzer. Bryant got up slowly and missed halftime warmups, but returned without missing a beat. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Dallas M. - Portland TB 89-81 (1-0)
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 had 27 points for Portland and Andre Miller 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

San Antonio S. - Memphis G. 98-101 (0-1)
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, San Antonio's second-leading scorer with an average of 17.4 points per game, didn't play after spraining his right elbow in the Spurs' regular-season finale. Ginobili's replacement, George Hill, scored 15 points for the Spurs, who were limited to 40 percent shooting. Richard Jefferson 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




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.4 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers25.4 
 5. Stoudemire, New Y.25.3 
 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. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 7. Camby, Portland TB10.4 
 8. Noah, Chicago B.10.4 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.1 
 10. Lee, Golde S.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.1 
 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: 2.4
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 3. Rondo, Boston C.2.1 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 5. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 7. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 8. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 9. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.0 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 7. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 8. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.8 


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UConn honored with parade and rally in Hartford - by Eurobasket News
Fans lined up four and five deep at spots Sunday to catch a glimpse of Connecticut's basketball team as it paraded through downtown to celebrate the program's third national title.

The Huskies rode on a double-decker bus waving to an estimated 40,000 fans who celebrated their 53-41 win over Butler on April 4 in Houston. They were escorted by bands, jugglers, politicians and even dogs from a local Siberian Husky club.

Center Alex Oriakhi blew kisses, and star guard Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90) took pictures of the crowd as fans held up signs. One read, 'One Nation Under Kemba.'

Walker said the celebration helped him grasp the magnitude of his team's accomplishment.

'It was crazy,' he said. 'It's hit me, but not as much as it hit me today. I just keep thinking to myself, 'Wow, we're really national champions.' To see those people come out and show support, it's crazy. It's surreal.'

Myrna Rivera, 43, of Hartford, brought her family. She said the UConn basketball teams set a great example for the children.

'It shows the youth in Connecticut that they can work hard and be the best that they can be,' she said. 'This is what the boys' and the girls' basketball teams represent, giving hope to those that feel there is no hope.'

The parade wound its way from the Capitol and around Bushnell Park, before heading down Capitol Avenue for a rally on the north steps of the state house.

Coach Jim Calhoun, who brought three of his grandchildren along for the bus ride, made no promises about the future. He has indicated he plans to return next season but said he's taking his time before finalizing that decision.

'The promise I will make to you is that the basketball team at UConn will give everything in its heart and soul to make sure we have another rally next year,' he said.

This was the eighth time there has been a parade in Hartford to celebrate a UConn national championship. This is the men's third championship. The women's basketball team has won seven. The state held a rally but no parade after the women's championship in 2003 after the start of the war in Iraq. In 2004, an estimated 300,000 people showed up for a joint parade after both men's and women's teams won NCAA titles.

Cathy Maher, 29, of Cromwell, was attending her first UConn victory parade.

'I think this is the basketball capital of the world,' she said. 'It's really exciting.'

The team captured the imaginations of many fans with an amazing postseason run that included five victories in five days to win the Big East tournament in New York, and six consecutive wins in the NCAA tournament.

'It's good for the state of Connecticut,' said Doug Wilson, 34, of Plainville. 'It's good for the people, the fan base. And I'm glad the men finally won, because the women have like seven national championships. I get tired of the women sometimes.'

Many of the fans said they came just to get a glimpse of Walker, who announced last week he is leaving school a year early to play professionally in the NBA. Teammates pointed and laughed at one sign, which depicted Walker, a Bronx native, in a New York Knicks jersey.

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

'He's a champion,' said 8-year-old Christian Mereschuk of Enfield. 'He's the best player on the team. I want to play for the Huskies like him and then I want to play for the Miami Heat in the NBA.'

After Walker spoke, the crowd began chanting, 'One more year, one more year.'

'It's fun,' Walker said. 'But, it's too late for that. I really wish I could come back. But it's my time.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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The start of the season - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in NBL just started. 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.
Bay Hawks defeated Taranaki MA at home 82-65. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 52-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bay Hawks forced 23 Taranaki MA turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists. Naturalized British forward Arthur Trousdell (203-81, college: Cameron) contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Jack Leasure (191-86, college: Co.Carolina) answered with 19 points and 4 assists for Taranaki MA. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Taranaki MA at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with Manawatu J. and Nelson G.. Taranaki MA will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Bay Hawks will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Waikato P. on the road.
Nelson G. (0-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Waikato P. (1-1) 98-85. American players dominated the game. Forward Sylvester Seay (208-85, college: Fresno St., agency: Impact Basketball) stepped up and scored 27 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Jerry Smith chipped in 23 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). At the losing side center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) responded with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Waikato P. left bottom position moving up to fifth place. Nelson G. at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with Manawatu J. and Taranaki MA. Waikato P. will play against league's leader Bay Hawks in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nelson G. will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in between Southland S. and OceanaGold N. Southland S. (1-0) got a very close victory on the road over OceanaGold N. (0-2). Southland S. managed to escape with a 3-point win 73-70 on Saturday evening. Mark Dickel nailed 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Southland S.'s coach Richard Dickel used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Scott O'Gallagher came up with 22 points and 4 assists for OceanaGold N. in the defeat. Southland S. left bottom position moving up to second place, which they share with Wellington S. and Auckland P. Loser OceanaGold N. still closes the standings with two games lost. Southland S. will meet Wellington S. (#4) in the next round. OceanaGold N. will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Bay Hawks (2-0) which played road game in against Manawatu J. (0-1). Bay Hawks managed to get a 14-point victory 99-85. Josh Pace fired 30 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. Manawatu J.'s coach Ryan Weisenberg rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bay Hawks keep a position of league leader. Manawatu J. at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Bay Hawks' next round opponent will be Waikato P. (#5). Manawatu J. will play against the league's second-placed Auckland P..
Wellington S. (1-0) saved a 3-point victory at home edging Waikato P. (1-1) 90-87 on Friday evening. It was a very good performance for Leon Henry who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Wellington S. left bottom position moving up to second place, which they share with Southland S. and Auckland P. Loser Waikato P. dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. Wellington S. will face Southland S. (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Waikato P. will play against the league's leader Bay Hawks.

In the last game of round 1 winless OceanaGold N. lost to undefeated Auckland P. on the road 73-86.


OceanaGold N. - Southland S. 70-73

Southland S. (1-0) got a very close victory on the road over bottom-ranked OceanaGold N. (0-2). Southland S. managed to escape with a 3-point win 73-70 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 20-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The former international guard Mark Dickel (187-76, college: UNLV) nailed 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Jordan Lawley (193-87, college: Cal-San Diego) accounted for 19 points. Four Southland S. players scored in double figures. Southland S.'s coach Richard Dickel used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Scott O'Gallagher (188-84, college: Warner Pacific) came up with 22 points and 4 assists and the other American import center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for OceanaGold N. in the defeat. Southland S. left bottom position moving up to second place, which they share with Wellington S. and Auckland P. Loser OceanaGold N. still closes the standings with two games lost. Southland S. will meet Wellington S. (#4) in the next round. OceanaGold N. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: J.Lawley 19+3reb+1ast, M.Dickel 13+8reb+3ast, B.Polyblank 12+4reb+1ast, S.Spicer 10+5reb+3ast, M.Iti 7+8reb+1ast, G.Dawson 4+8reb
OceanaGold N.: S.O'Gallagher 22+3reb+4ast, L.Allred 15+10reb, C.Bradshaw 12+7reb, S.To'omata 8+4reb+1ast, J.Ross 6+2reb+2ast, M.Morrison 4+3reb
gschID: 122643


Nelson G. - Waikato P. 85-98

Nelson G. (0-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Waikato P. (1-1) 98-85. The game was mostly controlled by Waikato P.. Nelson G. was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Waikato P. dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Nelson G.'s 42. It was a great shooting night for Waikato P. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. American players dominated the game. Forward Sylvester Seay (208-85, college: Fresno St., agency: Impact Basketball) stepped up and scored 27 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Jerry Smith (185-87, college: Louisville) chipped in 23 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). At the losing side center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) responded with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Five Waikato P. and four Nelson G. players scored in double figures. Waikato P. left bottom position moving up to fifth place. Nelson G. at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with Manawatu J. and Taranaki MA. Waikato P. will play against league's leader Bay Hawks in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nelson G. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Waikato P.: S.Seay 27+8reb+2ast, J.Smith 23+2reb+2ast, H.Allen 19+2reb+3ast, P.Lenden 14+1reb, R.Cameron 10+7reb+2ast, J.Comer 5+7reb+1ast
Nelson G.: D.Dora 29+9reb+4ast, J.Green 17+8reb+2ast, M.Fitchett 16+1reb+3ast, J.Bloxham 13+3reb+2ast, B.Wright 5+1reb+4ast, S.Dempster 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 122644


Manawatu J. - Bay Hawks 85-99

An interesting game for Bay Hawks (2-0) which played road game in against Manawatu J. (0-1). Leader Bay Hawks managed to get a 14-point victory 99-85. The game without a history. Bay Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bay Hawks outrebounded Manawatu J. 36-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. American guard Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) fired 30 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. Naturalized British forward Arthur Trousdell (203-81, college: Cameron) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and the former international guard Jeremy Kench (187-84) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four Manawatu J. players scored in double figures. Manawatu J.'s coach Ryan Weisenberg rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bay Hawks keep a position of league leader. Manawatu J. at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Bay Hawks' next round opponent will be Waikato P. (#5). Manawatu J. will play against the league's second-placed Auckland P..
Top scorers:
Bay Hawks: J.Pace 30+6reb, P.Winitana 21+4reb+2ast, A.Trousdell 14+9reb+4ast, C.Daniel 9+4reb+1ast, J.Kenny 8+2reb+4ast, B.Hill 8+3reb+3ast
Manawatu J.: N.Horvath 22+8reb+2ast, D.Hudson 19+1reb+3ast, R.Igbawua 17+1reb+1ast, J.Kench 12+8reb+5ast, M.Te Huna 9+3reb+1ast, S.Lambert 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 122645


Wellington S. - Waikato P. 90-87

Wellington S. (1-0) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 9th ranked Waikato P. (1-1) 90-87 on Friday evening. Waikato P. was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 31-26 charge of Wellington S., which allowed them to win the game. Wellington S. outrebounded Waikato P. 51-34 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Waikato P. was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. American center Kareem Johnson (205-80, college: Cincinnati) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Five Wellington S. players scored in double figures. Guard Hayden Allen (187-79) answered with 33 points (!!!) and 4 steals and American guard Jerry Smith (185-87, college: Louisville) added 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Waikato P.Wellington S. left bottom position moving up to second place, which they share with Southland S. and Auckland P. Loser Waikato P. dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. Wellington S. will face Southland S. (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Waikato P. will play against the league's leader Bay Hawks.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: L.Henry 23+12reb+3ast, K.Johnson 17+14reb, T.McLean 15+5reb+2ast, S.Adams 14+3reb, C.Frank 13+11reb+4ast, Z.Meehl 4+2reb+1ast
Waikato P.: H.Allen 33+4reb, J.Smith 20+8reb+4ast, B.Anthony 17+10reb, S.Seay 8+5reb, R.Cameron 5+4reb+1ast, J.Comer 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 122641


Bay Hawks - Taranaki MA 82-65

Bay Hawks defeated Taranaki MA at home 82-65. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 52-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bay Hawks forced 23 Taranaki MA turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists. Naturalized British forward Arthur Trousdell (203-81, college: Cameron) contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Jack Leasure (191-86, college: Co.Carolina) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Link Abrams (198-73) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Taranaki MA. Four Taranaki MA players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Taranaki MA at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with Manawatu J. and Nelson G.. Taranaki MA will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Bay Hawks will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Waikato P. on the road.
Top scorers:
Bay Hawks: J.Pace 20+3reb+4ast, P.Winitana 19+2reb, A.Trousdell 12+8reb+4ast, C.Daniel 8+4reb+2ast, J.Kenny 7+3reb+4ast, B.Hill 5+2reb
Taranaki MA: J.Leasure 19+4reb+4ast, L.Abrams 14+7reb+1ast, M.Campbell 11+6reb+2ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 10+8reb+3ast, R.Beesly 9+1reb, J.Paurini 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 122642


Auckland P. - OceanaGold N. 86-73

Auckland P. (1-0) beat OceanaGold N. (0-2) 86-73 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 13 points. Auckland P. made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Quite impressive performance for guard Everard Bartlett (198-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!). American power forward Kevin Mickens (207-83, college: George Mason) contributed with 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Auckland P. players scored in double figures. Auckland P.'s coach Kenneth Stone allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and international power forward Craig Bradshaw (207-83, college: Winthrop) added 16 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for OceanaGold N.Despite that victory Auckland P. went down to second position due to points difference, which they share with Southland S. and Wellington S. Loser OceanaGold N. still closes the standings with two games lost. Auckland P. will face Manawatu J. (#6) in the next round.
Top scorers:
Auckland P.: K.Mickens 26+8reb+2ast, E.Bartlett 22+12reb+4ast, K.Smith 12+5reb+1ast, R.Brown 10+8reb+2ast, D.Beck 6+2reb, L.Martin 5+9reb+6ast
OceanaGold N.: L.Allred 20+16reb+1ast, S.O'Gallagher 19+3reb+4ast, C.Bradshaw 16+15reb+3ast, S.To'omata 8+2reb+3ast, M.Morrison 6+4reb+4ast, J.Ross 2+1reb
gschID: 122639




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Darryl DORA
  Nelson G.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 29
 1. Dora, Nelson G.29.0 
 2. Mickens, Auckland.26.0 
 3. Allen, Waikato P.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
 Kareem JOHNSON
  Wellington S.
  (205-C-80)
  Avg: 14
 1. Johnson, Wellingt.14.0 
 2. Allred, OceanaGo.13.0 
 3. Bartlett, Auckland.12.0 
 4. Henry, Wellington S.12.0 
 5. Bradshaw, OceanaGo.11.0 
 6. Frank, Wellington S.11.0 
 7. Anthony, Waika.10.0 
 8. Dora, Nelson G.9.0 
 9. Martin, Auckland.9.0 
 10. Trousdell, Bay H.8.5 
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. Dora, Nelson G.4.0 
 5. Leasure, Taranaki.4.0 
 6. Bartlett, Auckland.4.0 
 7. O''Gallagher, Ocean.4.0 
 8. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.0 
 9. Wright, Nelson G.4.0 
 10. Frank, Wellington S.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brendon POLYBLANK
  Southland S.
  (200-G/F-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Polyblank, Southlan.3.0 
 2. Spicer, Southlan.3.0 
 3. Allen, Waikato P.2.5 
 4. Bartlett, Auckland.2.0 
 5. Hudson, Manawatu.2.0 
 6. Johnson, Wellingt.2.0 
 7. Adams, Wellington S.2.0 
 8. Dempster, Nelson G.2.0 
 9. Dickel, Southland S.2.0 
 10. Seay, Waikato P.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin ITI
  Southland S.
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Iti, Southland S.2.0 
 2. Brown, Auckland P.2.0 
 3. Mickens, Auckland.2.0 
 4. Henry, Wellington S.2.0 
 5. Bailey-N., Taranaki.1.0 
 6. Campbell, Taranaki.1.0 
 7. Seay, Waikato P.1.0 
 8. Dickel, Southland S.1.0 
 9. McLean, Wellingt.1.0 
 10. Frank, Wellington S.1.0 


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DStv PBL: Union Bank wallop Chariots 89-42 (08-10, 30-06, 26-10, 25-16) - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Union Bank basketball club of Lagos Sunday stepped up its bid to finish as one of the two top teams from the Atlantic conference of the DStv Premier Basketball League walloped Chariots basketball club by 89-42 points in a local derby at the sports hall of the national stadium, Lagos.

The stallion boys as the bankers are often referred to lost the first quarter by 08-10 points before it got its act together and commence the pounding of the DStv PBL debutant who was saved from going on relegation due to the dropping of Delta Force basketball club of Asaba from the top league from the second quarter.

Union Bank BC won the second, third and fourth quarters by 30-06, 26-10 and 25-16 to bring its regular season records to 9-1 for 19 points.

Police edge Comets 55-54 (13-18, 11-14, 17-08, 14-14)

Police Baton basketball club posted a surprised results also on Sunday when it edged final-8 favourite in the dying seconds of the week-11 pairing to win by 55-54 points.

The Coach Mark Balogun tutored Baton gave up the first two quarters by 13-18 and 11-14 points to go into the break with an 8-point deficit of 24-32 points before rising to the challenge in the third quarter taking the former champion apart with a 17-08 points win to take the crucial one point lead going into the last quarter which ended by 14 points apiece.

Police now hold a 4-6 record to move up the Atlantic conference ladder from sixth to fifth position while Comets who has sealed a playoff slot now has 8-4 record to remain in the second spot behind Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt (10-2 record).

Two other week-11 games hold Monday (today) with Dodan Warriors basketball club battling it out with Union Bank basketball club by 16H00 and Islanders basketball club take on Chariots basketball club at 18H00. Both games are slated for the sports of the national stadium, Lagos.


Big George drags Honeywell, 7up into basketball clinic - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The second edition of Zion Sports Basketball Clinic begin in Lagos Monday (today) with two corporate organisation, Honeywell Noodles and 7-Up Bottling Company partnering the former Nigerian international in this years clinic.

Beneofori Goerge initiator of the annual clinic for kids between the ages of 8-14 is put together by Zoin Sports Consults inconjunction with the Lagos State Basketball Association, LSBBA.

This years clinic according to the Coordinator George is meant to introduce the young kids to the basics of the slamming and dunking game with former Nigeria National team coach, Ganiyu Otenigbagbe as Camp Director while Canada-based Patrick Omo-Osagie will act as the camp head coach.

Honeywell Noogles will provide lunch for the campers as well as the coaches and instructors while 7-Up Bottling Company makers of 7-Up soft drink will make available soft driks for the duration of the 5-day camp.

The camp will run through Friday April 22 at the outdoor court of the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba home office of the LSBBA.

LSBBA Secretary, Uthman Ola-Okunnu applauded the initiator of the camp who was also a former player with the Lagos State Basketball team in the late 1970s.

We are happy to identify with Zion Sports in organising this camp for the youth of Lagos State as it is the home of Nigeria basketball and we hope the initiator Beneofori George will continue with the camp on annual basis.



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


Halfway through the league - by Tamara Awartani
With 13 teams taking part halfway through the superleague now, one cant but notice the level of the game and how not having imports really affected it, there isnt any structure for the game for most of teams, no set plays, at most 2 types of defense, huge number of turnovers, however, on the other end, there are new young faces promising players on some teams and there is room and much potential for development taking the right track though in doing so. Statistics can be viewed on www.palbasket.com
Ibdaa and De La Salle are leading the league just like the previous two seasons pretty competitive when these two will meet, and with the rotations of players to other teams it affected the standings of the teams.
An addition to this years league, will be the final four.


Ibdaa - Dheisheh Camp - Bethlehem
The champs of 2009 and 2010 are keeping it going with their game, a complete team of inside and outside skills but more known for their individual skills, very good shooters and a great game spirit.
Straight 8 wins going to the final four, with well-known players such as Yahia AlKhatibs 3pointers and assists, Abdallah Jabers 3pointers, Mahdi Eids inside and outside game, Eyad Abdallahs inside moves and assists (currently injured), while Waleed Jaffal, Firas Shalan, Thaer Jaffal, Khaled Khmayes and Nader Yousef add their points to the team. Questions raised on Shadi Bahnan (Catholic Action Former Player) who had a few good games given the minutes played with his drives and assists, if he is still playing for the team. Ibdaas next game against Orthodox Beit Sahour will be a fast pace game, interesting to watch.

De La Salle Jerusalem
Runner up of 2010, and competing for 2011 title, with straight 8 wins and two new additions to the team and a former player. The team has strong individuals in each position, playing structured basketball with all 12 players. The team is not being on a stable game level this season, one of the rare teams having more than one strong inside player but are not being efficiently played with, however, having a good outside game. Saleem Sakakini (Sarriyet Ramallah former player) is being a great addition to the team with his scoring and rebounding, Tawfiq Richard & Telly Rafidi leading the team with their drives, assists and 3pointers, Hazem Khattab (Currently injured) , Sari Amer and Tawfiq Robert adding up their 3pointers and shots, Wisam Bittar with the best defense and good shots, Elie Nassrawi, Fadi Yaghmour with good inside and outside game, Mousa Bashir with good inside game and rebounding while Johnny Ishaq, Ammar Nofal, Hassan Awad add up their skills to the team. Their next game against Birzeit will be challenging.

Birzeit Ramallah
The new comer to the superleague after being the champ for the 1st league in 2010, surprised several teams with their fighting spirit, team work and shooting. The brothers Ahmad & Mustafa Yasser are leading their team with their unstoppable 3pointers, strong drives and assists, along with Kahhar abu Dayyeh assists and 3pointers, while Adham Hassib, Mahmoud Assaf, Ahmad Awadallah, Mohammed Hassan are doing well under basket with their rebounding and inside game. A new addition to the team is Fuad Jarrar (a former player of Bireh currently injured) has good drives and shots. Losing 2 games against Ibdaa and Ahli, their next game against De La Salle wont be an easy one.


Orthodox Bethlehem
The team has a good combination of all around players and new additions made it stronger. Osama Jaber (196-F-78) inside and outside game with his drives & 3pointers, along with Firas Freig & George Canawatis quickness, drives, 3pointers and good defense, Issa Qaraa on fastbreaks, Hanna Sahwani (currently injured) leading his team with assists, drives and shots, along with Fares Swaiti & Ibrahim Bandak playing under basket , unstoppable rebounds and strong inside moves, while Rimon Zreineh, Raed Barakat , Awad Hreimi add up to the team with their game. The next game against Sarriyet Ramallah will be a decisive game, interesting to watch.


Sarriyet Ramallah
Starting off with loses, the team got its act together and is getting ready to hit the final four. The team consisting of young players led by the experienced well known player Ibrahim Habash, who is being an all around player, driving, scoring, assists, and rebounding, along with John Saadeh leading the team with his assists and 3poitners, Hassan Jadeh s drives and good defense, Murad Abu Laban & Ibrahim Abdallahs rebounds, Tamer Habash & Daud Abu Qweider the two young promising players with their good shots and drives. Playing next against Orthodox Bethlehem will be challenging but winning it will give them a better chance in the final four.

Ahli Jerusalem
Starting off the season with strong games and wins, structured basketball aiming for the final four. Raed Diab leading his team with his remarkable 3pointers, drives and assists, along with Ammar Baghdadis court vision and assists, Sameer Abdel Latifs good defense and assists, Ismael Swaitis shots, Rami Bakris inside and outside game, while Nabeel Nasr and Maher Bakri play good under basket with several rebounds. Ahlis next game against Faraa will be a fair game.

To be continued on the other half of the teams, stay tuned till tom





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2010 National League starts with 4 teams - by Santiago Maciel
Libertad won its first game against San Jose 77-62. The National League in its first round was completely played over Ciudad Nueva's stadium. This court has recently changed its wood floor. In the second game Sol beat FPC 64 to 49. Many players have switched teams before the beggining of this season due to the new rule that only allows to have 4 players above 24 years old per team. The rule also allows 1 MERCOSUR player in the roster, that means only players from Uruguay, Argentina and Brasil can be hired for this edition.
Statistics:

Libertad: Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) 17 , Carlos Vallejos 12, Alejandro Peralta 6, Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) 6 , Diego Bareiro (195-F/C-91) 19 , Alexis Benitez 3, Alan Zymanscky, Federico Mellone 6 , Hector Vairoletto 8. Coach: Orono
San Jose: Francisco Yugovich 8 , Gustavo Paniagua (186-G-80) 12, Anderson Villamayor (190-F-80) 14, Victor Brizuela (195-F-76) 11 , Fernando Mendez 15, Marcelo Scura, Ignacio Moreno 2 Coaches:Santiago Ochipinti y Cristian Viveros Final: L 77 (15, 20, 19, 23) - SJ 62 (9, 13, 23, 17).

Sol: Gustavo Torres 14, Richard Ozuna (185-G/F-82) 5, Renzo Ferrari (191-G/F-84) 9, Jorge Sequera 4 , Jose Fabio (198-F-77) 15, Jose Cabrera 2, Ramon Snchez 6, Eliodoro Medina 7 , Alfredo Perez 2, Coach:Juan Pablo Feliu
FPC: Manuel Aponte (179-G-92) 9, Luis Gonzlez 7, Mario Gonzalez 1, Ariel Cabanas 6 , Adolfo Lopez 22, Bruno Gonzalez 4, Rodrigo Fleitas, Cesar Mora, Nelson Benitez, Coach:Jose Navarro. Final: Sol 64 (14, 12, 24, 14)-FPC 49 (9, 14, 12, 14).

2nd Round of National League was played last Saturday. San Jos vs. Sol at 18:45 and Libertad vs. FPC 20:45.


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Quinnel BROWN
  Quebec K.
  (198-G/F-83)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Brown, Quebec K.20.5 
 2. Jones, Kentucky S.19.6 
 3. Anderson, Saint J.19.1 
 4. Egerson, Saint J.18.9 
 5. Dollard, Halifax R.17.9 
 6. Parran, Quebec K.17.8 
 7. Perry, Dayton A.15.1 
 8. Smith, Lawton F.14.9 
 9. Friel, Rochester R.14.8 
 10. Crouch, Rocheste.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Crookshank, Halif.10.8 
 2. Williams, Rocheste.9.1 
 3. Sowell, Dayton A.8.3 
 4. Jones, Kentucky S.8.2 
 5. Freeman, Lawton F.8.2 
 6. Dollard, Halifax R.8.1 
 7. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC8.1 
 8. Walton, Rocheste.7.9 
 9. Brown, Quebec K.7.7 
 10. DeMasi, Saint J.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Parran, Quebec K.7.5 
 2. Rice, Saint J.6.2 
 3. Brown, Halifax R.6.2 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.4.7 
 5. Bowden, Lawton F.4.1 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.3.8 
 7. Acker, Quebec K.3.7 
 8. Taylor, Dayton A.3.7 
 9. Lathan, Halifax R.3.5 
 10. Egerson, Saint J.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Parran, Quebec K.2.7 
 2. Brown, Quebec K.1.9 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.9 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.1.7 
 5. Lathan, Halifax R.1.6 
 6. Rice, Saint J.1.6 
 7. Taylor, Dayton A.1.6 
 8. Council, Rocheste.1.5 
 9. Bowden, Lawton F.1.4 
 10. Monroe, Rocheste.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared CARTER
  Rochester R.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Carter, Rocheste.1.6 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 3. Pierre, Quebec K.1.2 
 4. Ocitti, Saint J.1.1 
 5. Crookshank, Halif.1.1 
 6. Turner, Lawton F.0.9 
 7. Harris, Kentucky S.0.8 
 8. Daniels, Lawton F.0.8 
 9. DeMasi, Saint J.0.8 
 10. Brown, Halifax R.0.7 


Razorsharks lose Game 2 of PBL Finals, series tied at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
The Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry forced a decisive game three in the Premier Basketball League championship series with a hard fought 96-89 win over Rochester Sunday night in Oklahoma. Game 3 will be played at the Great Plains Coliseum Monday night.

Rochester began the game jittery, committing six quick turnovers that led to a 14-4 Lawton lead. The Sharks spent the rest of the night playing from behind. The defending PBL champion Cavs led by five at the quarter and five at the half.

After trailing in the final quarter by as many as seven, Rochester finally pulled even on a pair of Jared Carter (7'1''-C-87, college: Kentucky) free throws at 85-85 with 4:54 left. And again on a couple of Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) free throws at 89-89 with 3:21 left. Those were the last points scored by the RazorSharks.

They went the final 3:21 without a point; the final 5:18 without scoring a basket. Lawton got the last seven points of the contest to wrap up the win.

Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) had the big game scoring 15 points with 15 rebounds. DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton) was high man with 18.

Eric Walton (6'9''-F/C-79, college: San Jose St.) led the Sharks with 18 points.

Courtesy of www.whec.com


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Universidad de Lima / Real Club de Lima adds Nelson to their roster - by Tim Nelson
Universidad de Lima / Real Club de Lima has started out the 2011 season by adding Tim Nelson (186-G-86, college: Oklahoma S&A) to their roster. The guard is in his second professional season after playing for Al Aroob YC in Palestine (PBBA) in 2009-2010 where he averaged and impressive 34.6ppg 5.6apg 2.8spg.



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PLK Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Asseco Prokom and Trefl Sopot pull in charge - by Eurobasket News
Energa Czarni - Asseco Prokom 66-70

Asseco Prokom fought hard to snatch a narrow road win over Energa Czarni for 2-1 lead in the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Energa Czarni helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Thomas Adams (191-80, college: Hampton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) helped adding 14 points. Asseco Prokom's coach Tomas Pacesas used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was naturalized Lithuanian guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81, agency: Promotex) with 23 points and Bosnian center Ermin Jazvin (210-80, agency: Lanshire Group) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prokom: D.Ewing 14+3reb+5ast, T.Adams 14+1ast, K.Szubarga 8+2reb+2ast, C.Eldridge 6, R.Burrell 6+3reb+1ast, A.Hrycaniuk 5+9reb
Energa Czarni: M.Cesnauskis 23+2reb+2ast, E.Jazvin 11+7reb, J.Blassingame 9+5reb+3ast, B.Davis 5+3reb+1ast, W.Avery 5+1reb+1ast, K.Roszyk 5+5reb
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Trefl Sopot - PGE Turow 82-69

Tref Sopot surged ahead in the series following a hom win over PGE Turow. The game was mostly controlled by Trefl Sopot. PGE Turow was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded PGE Turow 41-24 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Trefl Sopot players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by PGE Turow's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80, agency: Beo Basket) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Lawrence Kinnard (202-86, college: UAB) accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Four Trefl Sopot players scored in double figures. American guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) came up with 21 points and 4 steals and the other American import guard David Jackson (193-86, college: W.Illinois) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for PGE Turow in the defeat. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: L.Kinnard 16+5reb+5ast, G.Gustas 16+1reb+1ast, D.Ceranic 14+5reb+1ast, F.Dylewicz 13+10reb+3ast, P.Kikowski 9+1reb+1ast, M.Stefanski 7+11reb+3ast
PGE Turow: T.Thomas 21+4reb+3ast, D.Jackson 17+7reb+2ast, R.Tomaszek 8+2reb, M.Gabinski 8+1reb, B.Bochno 5, I.Zigeranovic 4+1reb
gschID: 126549




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 Turow6.7 
 7. Miller, Anwil6.6 
 8. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.6 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot6.4 
 10. Reynolds, AZS K.6.4 
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 Turow5.7 
 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. Thompson, Anwil3.0 
 10. Nowakowski, Poloni.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.7 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.2.7 
 3. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 4. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.2.4 
 6. Szubarga, Asseco P.2.3 
 7. Milicic, AZS K.2.3 
 8. Thomas, PGE Turow2.1 
 9. Hawkins, PBG B.2.1 
 10. Vaughn, Polpharma2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harris, SKK K.2.0 
 2. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 3. Reynolds, AZS K.1.4 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 5. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.3 
 6. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 7. Davis, Energa C.1.0 
 8. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.8 
 9. Miller, Anwil0.8 
 10. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 


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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. Shaw, Academica9.3 
 5. Eddie, Academica9.3 
 6. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
 7. Terrell, Porto F.8.8 
 8. Momplasir, Lusitania8.8 
 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. Nolen, Penafiel1.1 
 5. Willis, Illiabum1.1 
 6. Gentry, CAB1.1 
 7. Gray, Sampaense1.1 
 8. Harris, Illiabum1.0 
 9. Terrell, Porto F.1.0 
 10. Stempin, Porto F.0.9 


Coach Joao da Costa in Jordan - by Hugo Carvalho
Amman Jordan 2011, Coach Joao da Costa is hired by the National Basketball Federation of Jordan in order to train and develop all levels of players and conduct coaches clinics. Coach JC was asked to bring his basketball program and teaching philosophy to Jordan in an effort to help the Federation with their goal of developing their players and improving the quality of the game in Jordan. The players and coaches of Jordan are eager to learn, enthusiastic and very gracious. Coach JCs basketball program includes developing players fundamental skills and coordination. Jordan is a beautiful country, the people are friendly and the basketball is developing. Coach JC has experience as a head coach both in the USA and around the World. His dedication to developing players and teams is apparent during each practice as well as in his basketball books. The Jordan Basketball Federation should be commended for making such a serious investment in their basketball program, players and coaches.



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BSN Round 6 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There were just 6 rounds played in Regular Season of BSN and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

Round 6 most important game was a victory of Caciques over 6th ranked Gallitos 88-77 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Caciques. Gallitos managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caciques made 7 blocks. It was a good game for the former international guard Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Brandon Robinson (202-81, college: Auburn, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for Gallitos. Caciques (3-4) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arecibo. Gallitos lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. They share it with Santurce. Caciques is looking forward to face Capitanes (#5) in Arecibo in the next round. Gallitos will play on the road against Vaqueros (#3) in Bayamon and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Vaqueros (5-2) against tenth ranked Indios (3-5) on Friday night. Host Vaqueros were defeated by Indios in Bayamon 85-74. Venezuelan power forward Hector Romero (202-80, college: New Orleans) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Herve Lamizana chipped in 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. Indios' coach Eddie Casiano allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Indios moved-up to seventh place, which they share with San German. Vaqueros at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with Coamo. Indios will play against Atleticos (#8) in San German in the next round. Vaqueros will play at home against Gallitos (#9) in Isabela and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Mets (4-3) against sixth ranked Atleticos (3-5) on Friday night. Host Mets were defeated by Atleticos in Guaynabo 93-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mets. Mike Harris notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds by Shaun Pruitt did not help to save the game for Mets. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Atleticos went down to seventh position due to points difference, which they share with Mayaguez. Loser Mets dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Atleticos will meet at home Indios (#7) in the next round. Mets will play against the league's second-placed Maratonistas where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game in Arecibo was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Maratonistas (5-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Capitanes (3-4). Maratonistas managed to secure a 4-point victory 81-77. The best player for the winners was Ronnie Fields who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Maratonistas moved-up to second place, which they share with Bayamon. Capitanes lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with four games lost. Maratonistas' next round opponent will be Mets (#4) in Guaynabo. Capitanes will play on the road against Caciques in Humacao and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in San German was also quite interesting. Third ranked Vaqueros (5-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Atleticos (3-5). Vaqueros managed to secure a 6-point victory 89-83 on Sunday. It was a good game for Christian Dalmau who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Atleticos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vaqueros moved-up to second place, which they share with Coamo. Loser Atleticos dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Vaqueros will face Gallitos (#9) in Isabela in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Atleticos will play at home against Indios in Mayaguez and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Arecibo - Coamo 77-81

The game in Arecibo was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Maratonistas (5-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Capitanes (3-4). Maratonistas managed to secure a 4-point victory 81-77. It looked good early as Capitanes took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maratonistas had a 23-19 second period charge getting the lead and Capitanes were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-81. The best player for the winners was American guard Ronnie Fields (193-77, college: High School, agency: Edge Sports) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. American-Lebanese forward Matt Freije (207-81, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Five Maratonistas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Panamanian guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international swingman David Cortes (190-81) added 19 points respectively. Maratonistas moved-up to second place, which they share with Bayamon. Capitanes lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with four games lost. Maratonistas' next round opponent will be Mets (#4) in Guaynabo. Capitanes will play on the road against Caciques in Humacao and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Pinnock 25+11reb+7ast, D.Cortes 19+4reb+1ast, D.Santiago 14+7reb+3ast, A.Latimer 7+3reb+2ast, J.Aubry 6+5reb, O.Alvarado 6+6reb+6ast
Coamo: M.Freije 22+5reb+1ast, R.Fields 21+7reb+1ast, C.Vega 12+5reb+4ast, J.Villegas 10+4reb+1ast, J.Rosario 10+7reb, N.Leon 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 125498


Isabela - Humacao 77-88

Round 6 most important game was a victory of Caciques over 6th ranked Gallitos 88-77 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Caciques. Gallitos managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caciques made 7 blocks. It was a good game for the former international guard Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Brandon Robinson (202-81, college: Auburn, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 8 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Gallitos. Caciques (3-4) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arecibo. Gallitos lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. They share it with Santurce. Caciques is looking forward to face Capitanes (#5) in Arecibo in the next round. Gallitos will play on the road against Vaqueros (#3) in Bayamon and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Isabela: S.Randolph 17+12reb+1ast, F.Valencia 13+6reb, R.Cotto 11+1reb+1ast, L.Clinch 8+5reb+8ast, E.Moore 8+2reb+3ast, D.Hinson 8+2reb+1ast
Humacao: M.Ali Berdiel 20+6reb+7ast, B.Robinson 19+7reb+2ast, J.Guitian 13+8reb+1ast, K.Penn 10+4reb+1ast, J.Garcia 9+2reb+4ast, J.Life 9+4reb
gschID: 125499


San German - Bayamon 83-89

The game in San German was also quite interesting. Third ranked Vaqueros (5-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Atleticos (3-5). Vaqueros managed to secure a 6-point victory 89-83 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 53-46 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Vaqueros made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Vaqueros made 7 blocks. Atleticos were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU) replied with 16 points and Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Atleticos. Five Atleticos players scored in double figures. Atleticos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vaqueros moved-up to second place, which they share with Coamo. Loser Atleticos dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Vaqueros will face Gallitos (#9) in Isabela in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Atleticos will play at home against Indios in Mayaguez and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San German: J.Pellot-Rosa 16+3reb+2ast, D.Copeland 13+1reb+5ast, C.Strong 11+1reb+3ast, J.Lloreda 11+8reb+2ast, H.Mike 11+7reb+1ast, R.Orta 8+2reb+1ast
Bayamon: C.Dalmau 34+6reb+7ast, T.Shannon 24+12reb+1ast, C.Antrone Lee 15+3reb, J.Mojica 6+5reb+3ast, R.Traylor 6+9reb+1ast, R.Jose Hatton 4+2ast
gschID: 125500


Bayamon - Mayaguez 74-85

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Vaqueros (5-2) against tenth ranked Indios (3-5) on Friday night. Host Vaqueros were defeated by Indios in Bayamon 85-74. The game was mostly controlled by Indios. Vaqueros was better in fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Indios shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Venezuelan power forward Hector Romero (202-80, college: New Orleans) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Indios players scored in double figures. Indios' coach Eddie Casiano allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Indios moved-up to seventh place, which they share with San German. Vaqueros at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with Coamo. Indios will play against Atleticos (#8) in San German in the next round. Vaqueros will play at home against Gallitos (#9) in Isabela and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bayamon: C.Dalmau 16+6reb+5ast, T.Shannon 10+7reb+1ast, C.Antrone Lee 8+6reb+2ast, R.Jose Hatton 8+1reb, R.Traylor 8+3reb, I.Lopez 7+2reb+2ast
Mayaguez: H.Lamizana 19+4reb+4ast, H.Romero 18+14reb+4ast, G.Jimenez 14+1reb+3ast, C.Rivera 13+2reb+3ast, E.Rodriguez 11+4reb+1ast, H.Valenzuela 6+6reb
gschID: 125496


Guaynabo - San German 78-93

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Mets (4-3) against sixth ranked Atleticos (3-5) on Friday night. Host Mets were defeated by Atleticos in Guaynabo 93-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mets. The game was mostly controlled by Atleticos. Mets managed to win third quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Atleticos outrebounded Mets 48-34 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Mike Harris notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU) supported him with 17 points and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds by American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) did not help to save the game for Mets. International swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Mets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Atleticos went down to seventh position due to points difference, which they share with Mayaguez. Loser Mets dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Atleticos will meet at home Indios (#7) in the next round. Mets will play against the league's second-placed Maratonistas where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Guaynabo: S.Pruitt 20+13reb+1ast, R.Dalmau 15, A.Luis Figueroa 13+7reb+1ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 12+7reb+4ast, A.Guzman 4+1reb+2ast, C.Escalera 4+1ast
San German: D.Copeland 19+4ast, H.Mike 19+12reb+1ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 17+2reb+5ast, J.Lloreda 9+13reb+2ast, R.Orta 9+1reb+1ast, C.Strong 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 125497




Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Quebradillas 6-1 
 2. Coamo 5-2 
 3. Bayamon 5-2 
 4. Guaynabo 4-3 
 5. Arecibo 3-4 
 6. Humacao 3-4 
 7. Mayaguez 3-5 
 8. San German 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. Dalmau, Bayamon21.0 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas20.3 
 5. Brown, Quebradillas20.1 
 6. Romero, Mayaguez19.3 
 7. Clinch, Isabela18.6 
 8. Robinson, Humacao16.9 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon16.6 
 10. Pellot-Rosa, San G.15.8 
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. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.4 
 5. Lloreda, San G.11.1 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon10.4 
 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
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.1 
 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, Bayamon1.7 
 6. Pinnock, Arecibo1.7 
 7. Robinson, Humacao1.6 
 8. Carmona, Mayaguez1.5 
 9. Cruz, Arecibo1.5 
 10. Romero, Mayaguez1.4 
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. Traylor, Bayamon2.0 
 6. Freije, Coamo1.7 
 7. Sanchez, Santurce1.5 
 8. Shannon, Bayamon1.3 
 9. Rice, San German1.2 
 10. Sweetney, Santurce1.1 


Weekly BSN Team Rankings-Week 3 - by Eric de la Cruz
This is a weekly segment that will be published every Monday, where I will rank the 10 teams of the BSN based primarily on Point Differential and Strength of Schedule, while also considering home and away games, back to backs, injuries and missing players (there is always player turnover in the league, be it teams changing import players, college players arriving at the end of their semester or native players still playing in Europe). Commentary will be included on some teams.

A lot of movement this week in the Rankings, with Gallitos de Isabela (expected) and Capitanes de Arecibo (unexpected) falling meteorically while Indios de Mayaguez (expected) and Quebradillas Pirates (unexpected) show signs of improvement.

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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Politehnica Iasi
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 22
 1. Dawson, Polite.22.0 
 2. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.21.0 
 3. Hannah, Miercure.20.5 
 4. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.5 
 5. Horton, Craiova20.1 
 6. Tomic, CSM B.19.9 
 7. Pesic, Timisoara19.8 
 8. Darby, Rovinari19.1 
 9. Vujacic, Pitesti19.0 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Simms, Craiova11.1 
 2. Coleman, Miercure.9.8 
 3. Bennett, CSM B.9.6 
 4. Nicoara, Gaz Metan9.5 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.4 
 6. Bigus, Rovinari9.3 
 7. Forte, Mures8.7 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti7.8 
 9. Eichelberger, Pitesti7.7 
 10. Harrison, CSU Sibiu7.7 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cooley, Mures8.3 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 3. Hannah, Miercure.6.2 
 4. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.4 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 6. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 7. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.0 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni4.9 
 9. Gennie, Pitesti4.8 
 10. Dzambic, Timisoara4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola STOJAKOVIC
  Craiova
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 2. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.4 
 3. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.4 
 4. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 5. Gennie, Pitesti2.4 
 6. Howell, Gaz Metan2.4 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.0 
 8. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.0 
 9. Dawson, Polite.2.0 
 10. Loyd, CSU Sibiu1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.6 
 3. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 4. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 5. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.4 
 6. Mladenovic, Mures1.4 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Lazar, Oradea1.2 
 9. Dragusin, Gaz M.1.0 
 10. Waterstradt, CSM B.0.9 


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  SCOTLAND   


Rocks beat Sharks in Sheffield for the first time in 10 years - 83-68 - by Eurobasket News
Rocks half way there after a dominate performance in Sheffield, and will now focus on the 2nd leg of the Quarter Finals on Monday Night in Kelvin Hall..

One Health Sharks Sheffield 68 (13,28,44) (Steve Dagostino (180-G-85, agency: SportsTalent, college: St.Rose, NY) 21, Ryan Patton (181-G-78, college: Youngstown St.) 13, Olu Babalola (198-F-81, college: Clemson) 7)

Glasgow Rocks 83 (16,41,65) (Davis 17, Brice Fantazia (193-G-85, college: Culver Stockton) 14, Michael Kingma (209-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) 13)

The Glasgow Rocks scored a crucial 68-83 road win at the One Health Sharks Sheffield in the first leg of their BBL Championship Playoff quarter-final. The Sharks had won four of the five previous meetings between the teams, including a 30-point blowout last time they went north of the border, and a late revival helped them stay within striking distance ahead of Monday's second leg in Scotland.

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

It was the Sharks who raced to a 7-2 lead on Ryan Patton's three-pointer, but the Rocks took control from there as they responded by storming into a 9-14 lead after a 12-2 surge led by 8 points from former Shark Sterling Davis. The Rocks led 13-16 after the opening ten minutes.

Moses Mubarak opened the second stanza with a triple for the Rocks and they led 15-22 on EJ Harrison's three. The lead reached double-figures on another Mubarak three-pointer at 24-34 with two and a half minutes to play in the half. And by the half the lead was extended to 28-41 as Brice Fantazia made an old-fashioned three-point play with six seconds remaining.

The Rocks only pushed on further after the break, opening with a 10-4 run and pushing the lead through the twenty mark at 34-55 after another Harrison triple and a Davis score. The Rocks kept it around that margin, and headed into the fourth with a 44-65 lead.

The Sharks pushed in the fourth, and Steve Dagostino's triple narrowed the gap to 50-70 early on, with two further three-pointers in succession from Mike Tuck and Ryan Patton making the score 59-74 with under three minutes to play. And that was where the margin stayed, finishing 68-83 and giving the Rocks a decent lead to defend in Glasgow.
Courtesy of: glasgowrocks.co.uk


Rocks look to advance to the BBL Playoff Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
All Rocks players are asking their fans to show that they BELIEVE and attend the game tomorrow night when they take on the Sheffield Sharks in the 2nd leg of the BBL Playoff Quarter Finals.

The Rocks will be heading into the Monday Night Blockbuster with a 15 point advantage after their more than impressive 83-68 point victory in Sheffield on Friday Night...

There is still a long way to go in this tie and the Rocks will need the help of every Rock Fan if they are to get over the line against the Sharks.

Currently the Rocks are in the driver's seat, however, any lapse in concentration could see the Sharks get back into, especially with players like Patton and Dagostino in the back court.

There are still tickets available for this epic Monday Night Blockbuster, so please make sure you book your spot and show everyone that the Glasgow Rocks have the best Fan's in the League....
Courtesy of: www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



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  SERBIA   


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket26.6 
 2. Svilar, Smederevo20.1 
 3. Radic, Spartak18.8 
 4. Dukanac, Mladost .18.8 
 5. Blagojevic, KG 0618.4 
 6. Tesanovic, KK Nis17.4 
 7. Trailovic, Sindje.17.4 
 8. Lalic, Radnicki BG15.9 
 9. Glisovic, Student15.8 
 10. Ivosev, Vojvodina15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nemanja KNEZEVIC
  Vojvodina
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Knezevic, Vojvodina10.2 
 2. Vuletic, Viva Basket8.7 
 3. Gugleta, Zeleznicar8.0 
 4. Ivosev, Vojvodina7.5 
 5. Koprivica, Radnicki.7.0 
 6. Boricic, Radnicki.7.0 
 7. Dukanac, Mladost .7.0 
 8. Petrovic, Viva B.7.0 
 9. Glisovic, Student6.7 
 10. Trailovic, Sindje.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket6.7 
 2. Karic, Radnicki BG6.7 
 3. Kasabasic, Zeleznicar5.5 
 4. Boltic, Radnicki BG4.9 
 5. Stanisavljev., Jagod.4.4 
 6. Tanasijevic, Stude.4.2 
 7. Dinic, Spartak4.2 
 8. Mijovic, Radnicki.4.2 
 9. Tesanovic, KK Nis4.2 
 10. Vukasovic, Radnic.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  Radnicki BG
  (--)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Gacic, Radnicki BG3.1 
 2. Karic, Radnicki BG2.6 
 3. Zivanovic, Smede.2.1 
 4. Tanasijevic, Stude.2.1 
 5. Dinic, Spartak2.0 
 6. Ivosev, Vojvodina2.0 
 7. Tomasevic, Vojvo.1.9 
 8. Radic, Spartak1.9 
 9. Trailovic, Sindje.1.8 
 10. Djordjevic, KK Nis1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (--83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.4 
 2. Karahodzic, Spartak1.6 
 3. Vasilic, Radnic.1.3 
 4. Knezevic, Vojvodina1.2 
 5. Petrovic, Viva B.1.0 
 6. Savic, Student0.9 
 7. Markovic, Sindjeli.0.8 
 8. Petronic, Radnicki.0.8 
 9. Marelja, KG 060.8 
 10. Mirkovic, KG 060.8 


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Radnicki BG 23-3 
 2. Radnicki Basket 21-5 
 3. Zeleznicar 16-10 
 4. Spartak 15-11 
 5. Smederevo 14-12 
 6. Student 14-12 
 7. Viva Basket 13-13 
 8. Vojvodina 13-13 
 9. Sindjelic Nis 13-13 
 10. Radnicki OB 12-14 
 11. Mladost Cacak 12-14 
 12. Jagodina 10-16 
 13. KK Nis 6-20 
 14. KG 06 0-26 


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


B League Round 26: The season is over, Radnicki BG is No.1 - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in B League just ended. Radnicki BG is the champion with 23-3 record. Of course, Radnicki BG booked a spot for the A League 2011/12. Second ranked Radnicki Basket will have to wait until the end of Superleague season to find out will they play in A League or not. Mladost Cacak, Jagodina, KK Nis and KG 06 are relegated.


B League Standings
1. Radnicki BG 23-3
2. Radnicki Basket 21-5
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3. Zeleznicar 16-10
4. Spartak 15-11
5. Smederevo 14-12
6. Student 14-12
7. Viva Basket 13-13
8. Vojvodina 13-13
9. Sindjelic Nis 13-13
10. Radnicki OB 12-14
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11. Mladost Cacak 12-14
12. Jagodina 10-16
13. KK Nis 6-20
14. KG 06 0-26



Sindjelic Nis - KK Nis 81-82 OT

Thirteenth ranked KK Nis won an overtime thriller against higher ranked Sindjelic Nis by one point 82-81 on Saturday night. The game took place in Nis. But the guests were better at the end. Sindjelic Nis were trailing by 13 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 21-19 charge of KK Nis, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-10. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sindjelic Nis to just 6 points in first quarter. KK Nis dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Sindjelic Nis' 28. KK Nis forced 27 Sindjelic Nis turnovers. Sindjelic Nis were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Vladimir Djordjevic (-84) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Darko Trickovic chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Milos Trailovic (198-81) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Nemanja Gudzic (195-90) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Sindjelic Nis players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
KK Nis: V.Djordjevic 24+6reb+3ast, D.Trickovic 19+9reb, N.Stanojevic 10+8reb+1ast, M.Markovic 9+6reb, I.Kostic 9+2reb+1ast, M.Tokalic 8+3reb+1ast
Sindjelic Nis: N.Gudzic 19+7reb, M.Trailovic 14+12reb+2ast, D.Markovic 13+6reb, N.Djurdjevic 11+5reb+5ast, M.Vitkovic 10+5reb+1ast, M.Cvetkovic 8+2reb+4ast


gschID: 104628


Spartak - Radnicki Basket 59-76

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Subotica. Second ranked Radnicki Basket faced 4th ranked Spartak. Guests from Beograd (21-5) defeated host Spartak (15-11) 76-59. It looked good early as Spartak took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Radnicki Basket had a 23-18 second period charge getting the lead and Spartak was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 59-76. Radnicki Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding Spartak to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Spartak was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Svetozar Stamenkovic (202-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 8 rebounds. Center Dragan Tubak (216-87) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Miodrag Dinic (197-80) replied with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Srdjan Stojanovic added 18 points and 5 steals in the effort for Spartak. Spartak's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: S.Stamenkovic 30+8reb+2ast, D.Tubak 17+9reb, D.Djokic 8+4reb+2ast, N.Barac 7+2reb+2ast, M.Vasilic 6+3reb+3ast, N.Vukasovic 4+5reb+1ast
Spartak: S.Stojanovic 18+2ast, K.Karahodzic 12+2reb+1ast, M.Dinic 10+8reb+5ast, R.Vukolic 9+7reb+1ast, D.Kuntic 8+5reb+2ast, D.Stefanovic 2+1reb
gschID: 104629


Jagodina - Zeleznicar 96-78

The most important game in the last round took place in Jagodina between third ranked Zeleznicar (16-10) and twelfth ranked KK Jagodina (10-16) on Saturday night. Zeleznicar was defeated by KK Jagodina on the road 96-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zeleznicar. The game was mostly controlled by KK Jagodina. Zeleznicar managed to win fourth quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was guard Vladislav Stanisavljevic (185-91) who scored 28 points and 7 assists. Power forward Damjan Stojkanovic (203-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four KK Jagodina players scored in double figures. Bosnian guard Vladimir Jojic (185-75) produced 15 points and Bogdan Mihajlovic (-87) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Jagodina: V.Stanisavljevic 28+3reb+7ast, M.Gambiroza 24, D.Stojkanovic 16+10reb+2ast, N.Vujicic 15+3reb+1ast, N.Acimovic 6+7reb+5ast, S.Radojkovic 4+6reb
Zeleznicar: V.Jojic 15+3reb+3ast, D.Jerkovic 13+2reb, V.Zivkovic 12+1reb, N.Kovac 11+3reb, B.Mihajlovic 9+10reb+1ast, N.Kasabasic 8+5reb+6ast
gschID: 104630


Smederevo - Radnicki BG 71-87

Leader BKK Radnicki delivered the twentieth third victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Smederevo Vizura (14-12) 87-71. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 31-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. BKK Radnicki made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. Power forward Dragan Petronic (206-F/C-82) (206-82) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Slobodan Lalic (197-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. Four BKK Radnicki players scored in double figures. BKK Radnicki's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Uros Zivanovic (204-85) responded with 23 points and Andrej Perovic scored 13 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Radnicki BG: M.Boltic 14+1reb, S.Lalic 11+3reb+2ast, N.Gacic 11, D.Petronic 11+5reb+1ast, M.Tomic 10+4reb, Z.Karic 9+3reb+1ast
Smederevo: U.Zivanovic 23+4reb+1ast, A.Perovic 13+9reb+3ast, V.Vranic 13+2reb+1ast, V.Svilar 8+2reb+1ast, M.Antic 6+5reb+2ast, A.Nastic 4+3reb
gschID: 104631


Radnicki OB - Vojvodina 94-83

There was a small surprise in Obrenovac where tenth ranked Radnicki OB (12-14) defeated 8th ranked Vojvodina (13-13) 94-83 on Saturday. The game without a history. Radnicki OB 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 Vojvodina's 30. Radnicki OB looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Vojvodina's players. The best player for the winners was forward Dragan Boricic (201-77) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Center Marjan Tasic (205-80, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Nemanja Knezevic (203-87) produced 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Tomislav Ivosev added 21 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Radnicki OB and four Vojvodina players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Radnicki OB: M.Tasic 18+5reb+2ast, A.Raickovic 14+5reb+2ast, N.Stanimirovic 14+6reb+2ast, M.Ljubas 12+4reb+6ast, D.Boricic 11+10reb+9ast, G.Huskic 10+1reb+4ast
Vojvodina: N.Knezevic 22+9reb, T.Ivosev 21+7reb, M.Glisic 17+2ast, B.Tomasevic 12+2reb+6ast, I.Pap 7+1reb+1ast, S.Pastornjicki 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 104632


KG 06 - Mladost Cacak 79-88

Bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 (0-26) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 88-79 loss to eleventh ranked Mladost Cacak (12-14) in Kragujevac. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Radnicki KG 06 won third quarter 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mladost Cacak players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Forward Ivan Dukanac (199-80) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the effort and swingman Milovan Maric (196-86) supported him with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Even 22 points and 8 rebounds by swingman Adam Mirkovic (199-91) did not help to save the game for Radnicki KG 06. Center Aleksandar Marelja (207-92) added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Mladost Cacak: M.Maric 24+5reb+3ast, M.Pejanovic 21+3reb+2ast, I.Dukanac 20+10reb+9ast, V.Gajovic 11+2reb+1ast, S.Avramovic 5+2reb+5ast, M.Azanjac 5+2reb+3ast
KG 06: A.Mirkovic 22+8reb+3ast, M.Blagojevic 22+5reb+3ast, A.Marelja 18+12reb+1ast, I.Nedeljkovic 11+4reb+3ast, S.Zecevic 5+7reb+7ast, P.Jovanovic 1+1reb+2ast
gschID: 104633

Viva Basket - Student 108-113

Everything could happen in Beograd at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Student UK and 6th ranked Viva Basket had identical 13-12 record. But Viva Basket was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Kragujevac 113-108 on Saturday night. Student UK (14-12) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Smederevo. Viva Basket lost third consecutive game.
gschID: 104634


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DStv PBL: Union Bank wallop Chariots 89-42 (08-10, 30-06, 26-10, 25-16) - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Union Bank basketball club of Lagos Sunday stepped up its bid to finish as one of the two top teams from the Atlantic conference of the DStv Premier Basketball League walloped Chariots basketball club by 89-42 points in a local derby at the sports hall of the national stadium, Lagos.

The stallion boys as the bankers are often referred to lost the first quarter by 08-10 points before it got its act together and commence the pounding of the DStv PBL debutant who was saved from going on relegation due to the dropping of Delta Force basketball club of Asaba from the top league from the second quarter.

Union Bank BC won the second, third and fourth quarters by 30-06, 26-10 and 25-16 to bring its regular season records to 9-1 for 19 points.

Police edge Comets 55-54 (13-18, 11-14, 17-08, 14-14)

Police Baton basketball club posted a surprised results also on Sunday when it edged final-8 favourite in the dying seconds of the week-11 pairing to win by 55-54 points.

The Coach Mark Balogun tutored Baton gave up the first two quarters by 13-18 and 11-14 points to go into the break with an 8-point deficit of 24-32 points before rising to the challenge in the third quarter taking the former champion apart with a 17-08 points win to take the crucial one point lead going into the last quarter which ended by 14 points apiece.

Police now hold a 4-6 record to move up the Atlantic conference ladder from sixth to fifth position while Comets who has sealed a playoff slot now has 8-4 record to remain in the second spot behind Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt (10-2 record).

Two other week-11 games hold Monday (today) with Dodan Warriors basketball club battling it out with Union Bank basketball club by 16H00 and Islanders basketball club take on Chariots basketball club at 18H00. Both games are slated for the sports of the national stadium, Lagos.


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De Colo's 22 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old guard Nando De Colo (202-G-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Valencia and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
He had the game-high 22 points adding five rebounds for Valencia in his team's victory, helping them to beat Menorca (#18, 6-24) 74-65. Valencia maintains the 3rd position in Spanish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Valencia will need more victories to improve their 21-9 record. In the team's last game De Colo had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Valencia and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Nando De Colo averages this season 10.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Nicolas Gianella (187-G-78) of Granada. He is Argentinian-Italian guard in his 6th season at Granada. In the last game Gianella recorded impressive 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Granada to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked DKV Joventut (#11, 14-16) 94-65. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Granada keeps 17th position. 23 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Granada managed to get this year. Gianella is one of the most experienced players at Granada and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International) of Fuenlabrada (#7). Ayon scored 12 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Fuenlabrada, leading his team to a 55-54 win against the lower-ranked Manresa (#15, 9-21). Fuenlabrada 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. Ayon has a very solid season. In 29 games in Spain he scored 10.7ppg. He also has 6.2rpg, 1.4bpg and FGP: 67.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gerald Fitch (191-G-82) of Unicaja - 22 points and 2 assists
5. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) of Caja Laboral - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Stanko Barac (217-C-86) of Caja Laboral - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) of Unicaja - 15 points and 9 rebounds
8. Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83) of Caja Laboral - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) of Valencia - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) of CAI Zaragoza - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Witt, Clavijo16.4 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia16.3 
 3. Ramsdell, Avila16.1 
 4. O''Leary, Oviedo F.16.0 
 5. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.15.6 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca15.1 
 7. Paez, Lan M.15.0 
 8. Bratton, Lan M.14.9 
 9. Mortellaro, Lan M.14.8 
 10. Mesa, Clavijo14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara10.8 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.5 
 3. De Santana, Clavijo8.8 
 4. Chubrevich, Illescas8.4 
 5. Mortellaro, Lan M.8.1 
 6. Mesa, Clavijo7.9 
 7. Adams, Coruna7.8 
 8. Ramsdell, Avila7.7 
 9. Larry, Regal F.7.1 
 10. Howard, Andorra6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Witt, Clavijo6.0 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi5.0 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.5.0 
 4. Lopez, Coruna4.6 
 5. Marco, ADT T.3.9 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca3.8 
 7. Pampin, Mallorca3.6 
 8. Rufian, Promobys3.5 
 9. Machuca, Illescas3.4 
 10. Garcia, Avila3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jonathan BARCELO
  Plasencia
  (192-F/G-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Barcelo, Plasencia2.0 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 3. Adams, Coruna1.9 
 4. Smith, Guadalajara1.8 
 5. Bratton, Lan M.1.8 
 6. Guirao, ADT T.1.8 
 7. Martinez, Plasencia1.8 
 8. Witt, Clavijo1.7 
 9. Pampin, Mallorca1.7 
 10. Rueda, Plasencia1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Biyombo, Illescas1.9 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.1.8 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.5 
 4. Green, Mallorca1.4 
 5. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 6. De Santana, Clavijo1.3 
 7. Conde, Avila1.2 
 8. Opoku, ADT T.0.9 
 9. O''Leary, Oviedo F.0.9 
 10. Hampl, Santurtzi0.9 


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria19.6 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.2 
 3. English, DKV J.15.1 
 4. McDonald, DKV J.14.9 
 5. Caner-Medley, Estudi.14.7 
 6. Martinez, Valencia14.6 
 7. Baron, Lagun A.14.6 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.1 
 9. Kurz, Granada13.9 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Art.Dragons
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kurz, Granada9.1 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 3. Caner-Medley, Estudi.7.8 
 4. Donaldson, Menorca7.0 
 5. Barac, Caja Laboral6.8 
 6. Slokar, Manresa6.4 
 7. Trias, DKV Joventut6.4 
 8. Freeland, Unicaja6.4 
 9. Wallace, Gran Canaria6.3 
 10. Doellman, Meridiano6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.9 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.5 
 3. Ciorciari, Menorca5.0 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca4.5 
 5. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.4 
 6. Prigioni, Real Madrid4.2 
 7. San Miguel, Manre.4.0 
 8. Green, Gran Canaria4.0 
 9. Salgado, Lagun A.3.9 
 10. Colom, Fuenlabrada3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Valencia
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cook, Valencia2.2 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol2.0 
 3. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 4. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 5. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca1.7 
 7. Davis, Cajasol1.6 
 8. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.6 
 9. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.6 
 10. Hosley, DKV J.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid1.6 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.5 
 4. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.4 
 5. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 6. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 7. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 8. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 9. Andriuskevic., Meridi.1.1 
 10. Slaughter, Valladolid1.1 


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


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Eagles win Basketettan championship - by Eurobasket News
Basketettan season is over. Eagles won the title thanks to 74-63 victory against Taby in the Finals. The game was played yesterday. Eagles eliminated Hoganas earlier in the Semifinals 72-48. Eagles were the regular season champions in Group North with 20-2 record. They were transferred directly to Semifinals. Last season, Eagles were stopped in the Semis.

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LNA Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Geneve upset Fribourg on the road - by Eurobasket News
Lugano Tigers - Monthey 91-71

Lugano Tigers cruised past Monthey in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Lugano Tigers. Monthey was better in second period 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Lugano Tigers outrebounded Monthey 40-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. American center Sean Finn (212-82, college: Dayton) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and American-Nigerian guard Michael Efevberha (196-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) chipped in 26 points and 4 steals. At the losing side American-Jamaican forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's, agency: SportsList Inc.) responded with 24 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Steeve Louissaint (190-87) scored 13 points and 5 steals. Four Monthey players scored in double figures. Monthey's coach Thibaut Petit rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: M.Efevberha 26+2reb+1ast, M.Abukar 23+5reb+1ast, S.Finn 17+15reb+1ast, D.Mladjan 9+5reb, B.Angley 5+3reb+6ast, M.Schneiderman 5+5reb+3ast
Monthey: R.Yates 24+5reb+2ast, S.Louissaint 13+4reb+1ast, C.Mafuta 12+1reb+1ast, J.Sharper 10+2reb+2ast, A.Reid 8+1reb+2ast, J.Dubas 2+2reb
gschID: 127221


Fribourg - Geneve Lions 59-72

Geneve Lions stunned Fribourg to take the lead in the series. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-59. Geneve Lions dominated on the defensive end, holding Fribourg to just 6 points in second quarter. They made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Fribourg 44-30 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Geneve Lions made 7 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Fribourg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Marcus Sloan (205-82, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized Senegalese forward Jules Aw (200-86) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Fribourg.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: J.Aw 19+7reb, M.Sloan 12+10reb+7ast, B.Toure 11+12reb+1ast, M.Kouguere 9+2reb, J.Almanson 7+2reb, M.Maruotto 5+4reb
Fribourg: S.Smith 15+6reb+1ast, Y.Holland 11+6reb+1ast, V.Buscaglia 8+2reb+2ast, D.Esterkamp 7+8reb+3ast, T.Williams 7+6reb+4ast, T.Quidome 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 127222




Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.21.1 
 2. Brown, Starwings20.5 
 3. Glover, Boncourt20.3 
 4. Smith, Fribourg20.3 
 5. Byron, BBC Nyon20.2 
 6. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 7. Popovich, SAV V.20.0 
 8. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.19.5 
 9. Reid, Monthey19.0 
 10. Martin, BBC Nyon18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.2 
 2. Thompson, Starw.10.6 
 3. Ofoegbu, SAM M.9.9 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt9.7 
 5. Reid, Monthey9.1 
 6. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.2 
 7. Sloan, Geneve Lions8.2 
 8. Toure, Geneve Lions7.8 
 9. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.7 
 10. Smith, Fribourg7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.5 
 2. Glover, Boncourt6.3 
 3. Williams, Fribourg6.1 
 4. Angley, Lugano T.4.6 
 5. Draughan, Lugano T.4.5 
 6. Brown, Starwings4.5 
 7. Hollins, Starwings4.2 
 8. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.1 
 9. Petkovic, Fribourg4.1 
 10. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.9 
 2. Glover, Boncourt3.7 
 3. Hunte, BBC Nyon3.0 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt2.6 
 5. Draughan, Lugano T.2.4 
 6. Angley, Lugano T.2.4 
 7. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.4 
 8. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.3 
 9. Louissaint, Month.2.2 
 10. Sharper, Monthey2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.3 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.2 
 3. Thompson, Starw.2.0 
 4. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt1.5 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.4 
 7. Sanders, Lugano T.0.9 
 8. Moris, Monthey0.9 
 9. Esterkamp, Fribo.0.8 
 10. Matter, Starwings0.8 


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  TURKEY   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzonspor
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzons.22.8 
 2. Henderson, Antalya21.9 
 3. Kambala, Aliaga21.0 
 4. Smith, Karsiyaka19.6 
 5. Seibutis, Olin Edirne18.5 
 6. Gibson, Oyak R.18.1 
 7. Randle, Aliaga17.5 
 8. Scales, Mersin17.2 
 9. Barbour, Erdemir16.7 
 10. Christopher, Antal.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nedim YUCEL
  Mersin
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Yucel, Mersin10.9 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir10.5 
 3. Samardjiski, Olin E.9.5 
 4. Buckman, Antalya9.3 
 5. Wesson, Turk T.9.3 
 6. Mays, Oyak Renault9.1 
 7. Ffriend, Bornova8.4 
 8. Aldemir, Karsiyaka8.3 
 9. Hall, Erdemir8.3 
 10. Smith, Karsiyaka8.2 
Assists Per Game
 William CONROY
  Oyak Renault
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Conroy, Oyak R.6.0 
 2. Ermis, Banvit5.9 
 3. Holston, Karsiyaka5.7 
 4. Chatman, Besiktas5.5 
 5. Henderson, Antalya5.4 
 6. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.3 
 7. Rowe, Tofas4.5 
 8. Acik, Galatasaray4.5 
 9. Erdogan, Besiktas4.2 
 10. Seibutis, Olin Edirne4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Austin T.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Coleman, Aliaga3.1 
 2. Holston, Karsiyaka2.3 
 3. Mays, Oyak Renault2.2 
 4. Waller, Oyak Renault2.1 
 5. Grier, Mersin2.1 
 6. Gibson, Oyak R.2.0 
 7. Prince, Antalya1.9 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas1.8 
 9. Guler, Antalya1.7 
 10. Rowe, Tofas1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Predrag SAMARDJISKI
  Olin Edirne
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Samardjiski, Olin E.1.7 
 2. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.7 
 3. Johnson, Erdemir1.3 
 4. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 5. Simpsons, Turk T.1.1 
 6. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.0 
 7. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.0 
 8. Ruzic, Tofas1.0 
 9. Davis, Banvit0.9 
 10. Likholitov, Besiktas0.9 


TB2L Final Four : First round in Istanbul - by Baha Kurtulus
Turkish Basketball League Second Division ( TB2L ) Final Four's first round will be held in Abdi Ipekci Sport Hall-Istanbul on 29th-30th April-1st May 2011.

29th April 2011
Genc Banvitliler Hacettepe Universitesi
Torku Selcuk Universitesi Kepez Belediyesi

30th April 2011
Kepez Belediyesi Genc Banvitliler
Hacettepe Universitesi Torku Selcuk Universitesi

1st May 2011
Genc Banvitliler Torku Selcuk Universitesi
Kepez Belediyesi Hacettepe Universitesi


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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 17-4 
 2. Cleveland V. 16-4 
 3. Columbus C. 9-10 
 4. Colonial F. 4-14 
 5. NE Air Soul 1-18 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 31-5 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 29-14 
 3. Atlanta A. 16-10 
 4. Georgia L. 10-17 
 5. St.Mountain H. 3-21 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 21-5 
 2. Tennessee D. 20-11 
 3. Norman E. 17-8 
 4. Austin K. 12-11 
 5. DFW Warriors 12-12 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 9-2 
 2. Dallas Star 8-19 
 3. Houston X. 6-0 
 4. Oklahoma S. 1-22 
 5. Nashville B. 0-11 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-18 


URBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Barnes, GIE M.27.3 
 2. Barrett, S.Generals26.6 
 3. Perkins, Austin K.24.4 
 4. Sloan, S.Generals24.1 
 5. Kearse, Dallas S.23.8 
 6. Allison, Norman E.22.2 
 7. Holmes, Atlanta A.21.9 
 8. Grismore, C.Tex.21.4 
 9. James, DFW W.21.3 
 10. Clark, St.Mount.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sylvester MORGAN
  USA
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Morgan, GIE M.13.1 
 2. Dailey, GIE M.12.6 
 3. Hall, St.Mount.10.8 
 4. Bryant, Dallas S.10.7 
 5. Hill, DFW Warriors10.2 
 6. Akpele, S.Generals10.1 
 7. Wilson, Tennesse.9.7 
 8. Holmes, Atlanta A.9.6 
 9. Shewmake, Tennesse.9.6 
 10. Davis, Dallas Stars9.6 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Bray, S.Generals9.9 
 2. De La Cruz, S.Gen.9.1 
 3. Haskins, C.Texas C.8.3 
 4. Williams, GIE M.8.3 
 5. Belton, GIE M.7.9 
 6. Belton, Atlanta A.7.6 
 7. Beaulah, GIE M.6.4 
 8. Douglas, DFW W.6.3 
 9. Taylor, Tennesse.6.0 
 10. Duggans, St.Mount.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Freddie WILLIAMS
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Williams, S.Generals3.6 
 2. Kearse, Dallas S.3.4 
 3. Williams, GIE M.3.3 
 4. Bray, S.Generals3.0 
 5. Brown, Norman E.2.8 
 6. Taylor, Tennesse.2.7 
 7. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.7 
 8. Barnes, GIE M.2.4 
 9. Snell, Atlanta A.2.4 
 10. Sloan, S.Generals2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Williams, GIE M.6.2 
 2. Moore, S.Generals5.5 
 3. Morgan, GIE M.5.0 
 4. Bryant, Dallas S.5.0 
 5. Williams, Norman E.3.4 
 6. Davis, Dallas Stars3.2 
 7. Wilson, Tennesse.3.0 
 8. Hall, St.Mount.2.9 
 9. Hill, DFW Warriors2.5 
 10. Dailey, GIE M.2.5 


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  UGANDA   


Canons land Sudi Ulanga and Martin Okwako - by Eurobasket News
Canons bolstered their roster prior to the start of new Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA) season. They landed Martin Okwako (194-F-83) and Sudi Ulanga. Martin Okwako was rumored to join KIU. But the deal did not go through and the forward had decided to sign with Canons. The Kenyan forward played for Kenya Post Bank Club in 2005. Later he had a stint with Cooperative Bank from 2006 to 2009. Recently Martin Okwako played for Warriors Kyambogo. The forward helped Warriors to FUBA title in 2009.
Sudi Ulanga moved to Canons from Falcons. FUBA technical committee confirmed the signing of the players.



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  UKRAINE   


Superleague Round 50: Donetsk edge Budivelnyk to win regular season - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Superleague just ended.

There was a change at the Superleague leadership position after last games. Round 50 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Budivelnyk (36-12). They were defeated by second ranked BC Donetsk (37-11) 94-82 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Budivelnyk. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 48-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BC Donetsk made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Budivelnyk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian-Bosnian guard Sasa Vasiljevic (183-79, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian swingman Jasmin Hukic (204-79, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American guard Dewarick Spencer (193-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 13 points and 6 assists. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Donetsk have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Budivelnyk at the other side dropped to the second place with 12 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by BC Donetsk.
The game in Dnepropetrovsk was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Hoverla (30-18) played at the court of 7th ranked Dnipro (24-24). Hoverla managed to secure a 5-point victory 91-86. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Dante Swanson (178-81, college: Tulsa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 assists to lead the effort and Derrick Zimmerman supported him with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Hoverla's coach Evgeni Murzin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points and 8 rebounds by power forward Mario Austin (206-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Strategic Sports) did not help to save the game for Dnipro. Hoverla moved-up to third place, which they share with Azovmash. Dnipro at the other side keeps the seventh position with 24 games lost.
Tenth ranked BC Odessa (18-30) crushed at home 8th ranked Kryvbasbasket (21-27) by 25 points 94-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. The best player for the winners was Patrick Sparks who scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Igor Krivtsov produced 16 points for the guests. Kryvbasbasket's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. BC Odessa maintains tenth position with 18-30 record. Loser Kryvbasbasket keeps the eighth place with 27 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 50: Ferro-ZNTU won against Khimik on the opponent's court 96-91. Mykolaiv managed to outperform DniproAzot in a home game 64-58. Bottom-ranked BC Kyiv recorded a loss to Azovmash on the road 88-73.


Khimik - Ferro-ZNTU 91-96

Very expected game in Yuzhny where 12th ranked Khimik (16-32) was defeated by sixth ranked Ferro-ZNTU (25-23) 96-91 on Monday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 26-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Ferro-ZNTU made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game. Ferro-ZNTU had a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who scored 24 points and 5 assists. Forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Curtis Millage (185-81, college: Arizona St.) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals and forward Akida McLain (206-86, college: Indiana, PA) added 22 points respectively for the hosts. Four Ferro-ZNTU and five Khimik players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ferro-ZNTU maintains sixth position with 25-23 record. Loser Khimik keeps the twelfth place with 32 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: K.Mays 24+2reb+5ast, R.Harris 18+1reb+1ast, C.Burns 16+9reb+3ast, A.Rybalko 10+2reb+2ast, R.Guinn 9+6reb+1ast, V.Hunter 7+5reb
Khimik: A.McLain 22+2reb, C.Millage 16+5reb+5ast, A.Kalnichenko 12+3reb, T.Bizaca 11+3reb+1ast, L.Williams 11+4reb+9ast, D.Tihonov 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 126329


BC Odessa - Kryvbasbasket 94-69

Tenth ranked BC Odessa (18-30) crushed at home 8th ranked Kryvbasbasket (21-27) by 25 points 94-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. The game was mostly controlled by BC Odessa. Kryvbasbasket managed to win second period 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kryvbasbasket 35-24 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. BC Odessa shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 60.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Patrick Sparks (184-83, college: Kentucky, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. The other American import forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 21 points. Five BC Odessa players scored in double figures. Forward Igor Krivtsov (202-86) produced 16 points and guard Artem Slipenchuk (192-89, agency: Interperformances) added 7 points and 8 assists respectively for the guests. Kryvbasbasket's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. BC Odessa maintains tenth position with 18-30 record. Loser Kryvbasbasket keeps the eighth place with 27 games lost.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: J.DeGroat 21+4reb+1ast, E.Ugboaja 16+5reb, R.Kryvych 15+2reb+4ast, P.Sparks 13+5reb+9ast, G.Navickas 11+1reb+1ast, A.Shvets 10+12reb+4ast
Kryvbasbasket: I.Krivtsov 16+3reb, V.Kondratovets 13+1reb+1ast, A.Savostin 9+2reb, D.Korablev 8+2reb+1ast, A.Slipenchuk 7+3reb+8ast, V.Malchevskiy 5+4reb
gschID: 126327


Mykolaiv - DniproAzot 64-58

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Mykolaiv (28-20) defeated at home 9th ranked DniproAzot (19-29) 64-58 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But DniproAzot won fourth quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mykolaiv made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mykolaiv made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Justin Love (188-78, college: St.Louis) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Igor Silkovskyy (194-85) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Sergiy Gorbenko (200-85) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Lamar Karim (178-83, college: So.Poly State, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mykolaiv have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 28-20 record. DniproAzot lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 29 games lost.
Top scorers:
Mykolaiv: J.Love 16+7reb+3ast, I.Silkovskyy 11+5reb+1ast, B.Greene 8+4reb, J.Hughes 6+10reb, O.Kushnirov 6+3reb, I.Zhukovsky 5+2reb
DniproAzot: S.Gorbenko 16+10reb+2ast, L.Karim 10+3reb+4ast, A.Chigrinov 9+2ast, B.Merriex 7+3reb, M.Fraser 5+6reb, G.Sirutavicius 4+4reb
gschID: 126328


Dnipro - Hoverla 86-91

The game in Dnepropetrovsk was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Hoverla (30-18) played at the court of 7th ranked Dnipro (24-24). Hoverla managed to secure a 5-point victory 91-86. The guests were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 25-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. Hoverla shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 53.1 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Dante Swanson (178-81, college: Tulsa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 assists to lead the effort and guard Derrick Zimmerman (189-81, college: Mississippi St., agency: Pro One Sports) supported him with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Hoverla's coach Evgeni Murzin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points and 8 rebounds by power forward Mario Austin (206-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Strategic Sports) did not help to save the game for Dnipro. Guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) added 18 points and 9 assists for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hoverla moved-up to third place, which they share with Azovmash. Dnipro at the other side keeps the seventh position with 24 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hoverla: J.Chappell 18+4reb+2ast, D.Swanson 14+2reb+10ast, D.Zimmerman 12+6reb+6ast, P.Ulyanko 10+6reb+1ast, R.Jeter 9+1reb, I.Kryvych 9+1reb+1ast
Dnipro: M.Austin 21+8reb+3ast, D.Ivanov 18+1reb+2ast, S.Burtt 18+3reb+9ast, D.Brown 14+7reb+6ast, A.Pettway 6, C.Glazyrin 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 126324


BC Donetsk - Budivelnyk 94-82

There was a change at the Superleague leadership position after last games. Round 50 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Budivelnyk (36-12). They were defeated by second ranked BC Donetsk (37-11) 94-82 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Budivelnyk. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 48-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BC Donetsk made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Budivelnyk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian-Bosnian guard Sasa Vasiljevic (183-79, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian swingman Jasmin Hukic (204-79, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. American guard Dewarick Spencer (193-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 13 points and 6 assists and British center Andrew Betts (216-77, college: Long Beach St.) scored 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Donetsk have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Budivelnyk at the other side dropped to the second place with 12 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by BC Donetsk.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: B.Cvetkovic 17+4reb, J.Hukic 15+5reb+2ast, V.Kravtsov 14+4reb, S.Vasiljevic 13+2reb+8ast, J.Edwards 11+6reb, J.Gray 11+2ast
Budivelnyk: A.Betts 17+1reb, D.Spencer 13+2reb+6ast, M.Anisimovas 11+3reb+2ast, D.Ikovlev 9+3reb, A.Agafonov 9+1reb, L.Wilson 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 126325


Azovmash - BC Kyiv 88-73

Not a big story in a game in Mariupol where 13th ranked BC Kyiv (11-37) was defeated by third ranked Azovmash (30-18) 88-73 on Sunday. The game without a history. Azovmash led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Azovmash players scored in double figures. Guard Pavlo Burenko (188-90) produced 19 points and swingman Ruslan Otverchenko (192-90) added 17 points respectively for the guests. BC Kyiv's coach Vitaliy Cherniy tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains third position with 30-18 record having seven points less than leader BC Donetsk, which they share with Hoverla. BC Kyiv lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 37 lost games.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: D.Pasalic 17+5reb+2ast, A.Shaposhnikov 17+1reb+4ast, C.Thomas 17+10reb+3ast, P.Pierce 14+4reb+1ast, A.Skutyelnik 8+2reb+3ast, M.Pustozvonov 8+5reb+2ast
BC Kyiv: P.Burenko 19+1reb, R.Otverchenko 17+2reb, V.Podolyan 9+4reb+2ast, A.Riabchuk 7+4reb+3ast, O.Tischenko 6+7reb, D.Zuykov 6+2ast
gschID: 126326




Higher League Round 8 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News
Seventh-ranked BC-93 Pulsar (5-15) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Aviastar (10-10) in Zaporozhye on Sunday. Aviastar managed to secure only seven-point victory 86-79. However their fans expected easier game. Aviastar have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Aviastar maintains fourth position with 10-10 record. BC-93 Pulsar at the other side keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Aviastar will face league's second-placed U-VolinBasket in Lutsk in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BC-93 Pulsar will play on the road against Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Avantazh-Pol. - Cherkasy 73-86

Rather expected game in Kharkov where 3rd ranked Avantazh-Politekhnik (10-8) was defeated by first ranked Cherkasy (19-1) 86-73 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Cherkasy. Avantazh-Politekhnik was better in third quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cherkasy have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-1 record. Avantazh-Politekhnik at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Cherkasy will face Kremen-KNU (#6) in Kremenchuk in the next round where they are favorite. Avantazh-Politekhnik will play at home against Vinnitsky Zubry in Vinnytsya.
gschID: 126567


Dynamo DN - U-VolinBasket 73-93

Rather predictable result when second ranked U-VolinBasket (13-5) smashed on the road 5th ranked Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk (9-11) 93-73 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by U-VolinBasket. Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-VolinBasket maintains second position with 13-5 record having eight points less than leader Striba. Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. U-VolinBasket will face Aviastar (#4) in Zaporozhye in the next round. Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk will play at home against BC-93 Pulsar in Rovno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 126566


Kremen-KNU - Vinnitsky Zubry 96-89

Not a big story in a game in Kremenchuk where 8th ranked Vinnitsky Zubry (5-15) was defeated by sixth ranked Kremen-KNU (7-13) 96-89 on Sunday. Vinnitsky Zubry was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 29-20 charge of Kremen-KNU, which allowed them to win the game. Kremen-KNU maintains sixth position with 7-13 record. Vinnitsky Zubry lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 15 games lost. Kremen-KNU will face league's leader Cherkasy at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Vinnitsky Zubry will play against Avantazh-Politekhnik (#3) in Kharkov.
gschID: 126564


Aviastar - Pulsar 86-79 OT

Seventh-ranked BC-93 Pulsar (5-15) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Aviastar (10-10) in Zaporozhye on Sunday. Aviastar managed to secure only seven-point victory 86-79. However their fans expected easier game. BC-93 Pulsar trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 26-13 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 6-13. Aviastar have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Aviastar maintains fourth position with 10-10 record. BC-93 Pulsar at the other side keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Aviastar will face league's second-placed U-VolinBasket in Lutsk in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BC-93 Pulsar will play on the road against Dynamo Dnepropetrovsk (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Donetsk 37-11 
 2. Budivelnyk 36-12 
 3. Azovmash 30-18 
 4. Hoverla 30-18 
 5. Mykolaiv 28-20 
 6. Ferro-ZNTU 25-23 
 7. Dnipro 24-24 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 21-27 
 9. DniproAzot 19-29 
 10. BC Odessa 18-30 
 11. Halychyna 17-31 
 12. Khimik 16-32 
 13. BC Kyiv 11-37 


Standings - Higher League
Higher Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Cherkasy 19-1 
 2. U-VolinBasket 13-5 
 3. Avantazh-Pol. 10-8 
 4. Aviastar 10-10 
 5. Dynamo DN 9-11 
 6. Kremen-KNU 7-13 
 7. Pulsar 5-15 
 8. Vinnitsky Zubry 5-15 
Places 9-13
 1. Striba 7-5 
 2. Sportlitsey 7-5 
 3. KTU Krivyi Rih 6-2 
 4. Koksokh-Stal 6-4 
 5. Ternopil 0-10 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.7 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.0 
 3. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 4. Curry, Azovmash16.5 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna15.1 
 7. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 8. Love, Mykolaiv14.6 
 9. Fraser, DniproAzot14.5 
 10. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.9 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.6 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Chappell, Hoverla6.8 
 8. Hunter, Fe.6.7 
 9. Owens, Azovmash6.7 
 10. Sandul, BC Kyiv6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Burtt, Dnipro5.3 
 2. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.0 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.8 
 5. Sparks, BC Odessa4.8 
 6. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Millage, Khimik4.5 
 9. Slipenchuk, Kryvba.4.2 
 10. Williams, Khimik3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Millage, Khimik2.4 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.8 
 4. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.5 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Mays, Fe.1.4 
 7. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.4 
 9. Harris, Fe.1.4 
 10. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.1 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.0 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 4. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 5. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 6. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 7. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 
 8. Balashov, BC Odessa1.2 
 9. Coleman, Hoverla1.2 
 10. Agafonov, Budiv.1.2 


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Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 23
 1. Moore, Newcastle23.0 
 2. Bell, Cheshire Jets22.9 
 3. Jackson, Newcastle21.4 
 4. Smith, Newcastle21.0 
 5. Bolds, MK Lions20.4 
 6. Blount, Leices.20.3 
 7. Gilbert, Worcester20.0 
 8. Greer, Cheshire.19.9 
 9. Nelson, MK Lions19.9 
 10. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt SCHNECK
  Cheshire Jets
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Schneck, Cheshire.10.8 
 2. Durant, Worthing9.4 
 3. Myers, MK Lions9.3 
 4. Rowe, Plymouth8.9 
 5. Williams, Sheffi.8.6 
 6. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.3 
 7. Greer, Cheshire.8.3 
 8. Cricelli, Worcester8.2 
 9. Toney, Liverpoo.8.2 
 10. Dobbins, Worcester7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.1 
 2. Blount, Leices.5.2 
 3. Clark, MK Lions5.1 
 4. Medlock, Guildfor.4.6 
 5. Middleton, Worce.4.5 
 6. Zabas, Plymouth4.5 
 7. Bolds, MK Lions4.3 
 8. Jackson, Newcastle4.0 
 9. Chapman, Newcastle3.8 
 10. Creppy, Worcester3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.8 
 2. Jackson, Newcastle2.3 
 3. Middleton, Worce.2.2 
 4. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.0 
 5. McLemore, Guildf.1.9 
 6. Gill, MK Lions1.8 
 7. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.1.8 
 8. Murray, Cheshire.1.8 
 9. Dagostino, Sheffi.1.8 
 10. Moore, Newcastle1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadiri RICHARD
  Newcastle
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Richard, Newcastle2.1 
 2. Polk, Plymouth1.9 
 3. Williams, Sheffi.1.3 
 4. Potter, Leices.1.0 
 5. Sturt, Essex P.1.0 
 6. Dobbins, Worcester0.9 
 7. Nelson, MK Lions0.8 
 8. Toney, Liverpoo.0.8 
 9. Rowe, Plymouth0.7 
 10. Williams, Leices.0.6 


BBL Play-Offs Round Up Sunday 17 April - by Paul Nilsen
BBL regular season champions Mersey Tigers are still in the hunt for the treble after narrowly overcoming Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 181-176 on aggregate.

Taking a three-point lead into the second leg at Manchesters Amaechi Centre, the Tigers never trailed overall by more than a basket and eventually managed to hold their nerve against a gritty Riders team.

Nathan Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) led the Mersey scoring with 25 points but it was James Joness three in the final minute and free throws that made the difference in 92-90 win.

Cheshire Jets eased into the BBL Play-offs last four with an 83-70 victory over UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders.

The win gave Jets a 177-164 aggregate win after the first match had ended 94-94 in Devon on Saturday night. But once Cheshire had taken the lead late in the second quarter the fourth seed gradually grew its advantage to eventually come out fairly comfortable winners.

Quemont Greer led the Jets scoring with 22 points, while Jeremy Bell (19) and Colin OReilly (18) both had more than Raiders leading scorer Lehmon Colbert with 14.



Renewed Rocks Confidence Fuels Semi-Final Bid - by Paul Nilsen

Moses Mubarak (192-G-86) has spoken of the shattered confidence which plagued Glasgow Rocks during the last few months of the regular season and how the play-offs are breathing new life and confidence back into the team.

The Rocks host One Health Sharks Sheffield at Kelvin Hall tonight with their eyes fixed firmly on the last semi-final berth and have a great opportunity to progress after a stunning 15 point road win last Friday night in the first leg.

Mubarak believes the one time BBL Championship contenders have finally recovered from the shattering 77-76 home loss to Newcastle back in February which was the catalyst for a worrying collapse in the latter part of the regular season and can now show their true potential.

After the Newcastle loss we went through a big lack of confidence but since we had worked hard all year long, we have started to play to our level again after a big series of bad results.

Yes, we have had a lot of ups and downs during the season but we are ready to play our level best in the play-offs. We didn't really care who we had to play first in the play-offs because if you want to win them, you have to beat everyone.

In the first game with Sharks, we were focused on defence since they have good players at every position. On the offensive side, we played as a team but the second leg will be harder because we know what they are capable of. If we want to go further, we have to play the same way we did last Friday.

I think we are as good as the top three teams in the BBL Championship but we just had a lack of experience. Most of the players are rookies in this league and I think we needed to be more consistent the whole year long.

However, we have all learned a lot this year and we have a very good team both on and off the court. We are a group of friends and I think it is our main strength as we continue to hope we get the results we expect.

Rocks will of course get the opportunity to prove they are as good as the top three teams if they can overcome Sharks since their potential semi-final will be against BBL Champions Mersey Tigers.

The treble chasing Tigers had to work their socks off to finally shrug off a gutsy eighth seed Jelso